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1. Robert Shaw Robert Shaw Actor, Jaws Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
2. John Cazale John Cazale Actor, The Godfather: Part II John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way, he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line"...
3. Bob Crane Bob Crane Actor, Hogan's Heroes Handsome Bob Crane had many careers including working as a disc jockey for a while. He started acting around the age of 33. One of his first acting jobs was in Return to Peyton Place. After a guest appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show and a supporting role on The Donna Reed Show, he landed the lead role of Col. Robert Hogan in Hogan's Heroes...
4. Charles Boyer Charles Boyer Actor, Gaslight Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations all over Europe...
5. Edward D. Wood Jr. Edward D. Wood Jr. Writer, Plan 9 from Outer Space Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the Hollywood film industry at the turn of the 20th century, thousands of untalented people come to Los Angeles, California from all over America and abroad to try to make it big (writers, producers, directors, actors, talent agents, singers...
6. Gig Young Gig Young Actor, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Affable, immensely likable American actor, usually in second leads. A native of Minnesota, his parents John and Emma Barr raised him in Washington, DC. He developed a passion for the theatre while appearing in high school plays. After some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse...
7. Will Geer Will Geer Actor, The Waltons Will Geer was born William Aughe Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana, to Katherine (Aughe), a teacher, and Roy Aaron Ghere, a postal worker. Will admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to build Frankfort's first opera house...
8. Chill Wills Chill Wills Actor, Giant Colorful character actor of American Westerns. Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birth date being the hottest day of 1903. A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. While performing in vaudeville in Kansas City, he married ballet dancer Betty Chappelle...
9. Frank Ferguson Frank Ferguson Actor, Peyton Place American character actor Frank Ferguson appeared in scores of films and television shows, often as self-important types. Prior to his film debut, he was a prominent performer and director with the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he coached numerous up-and-coming young actors such as Dana Andrews...
10. Edgar Bergen Edgar Bergen Thanks, The Muppet Movie
11. Thayer David Thayer David Actor, Dark Shadows He was David Thayer Hersey from an upper crust Winchester, Massachusetts family. After secondary school he began attending Harvard University. Along with several students he founded the Brattle Theatre Company in 1946. After working closely on Brattle with fellow Harvard graduates and his father,Thayer Frye Hersey, David took the stage name Thayer David in honor of his father...
12. James Daly James Daly Actor, Medical Center Distinguished character player James Firman Daly first appeared on stage in his home town of Wisconsin Rapids in 1928. He was set on acting from an early age, strongly encouraged by his parents, though neither were in the profession - his father was in the fuel business and his mother at one time a CIA employee...
13. Karl Swenson Karl Swenson Actor, The Sword in the Stone Of Swedish descent, burly, light-haired character actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn and started his four-decade career on radio. Throughout the late 30s and 40s, his voice could be heard all over the airwaves, appearing in scores of daytime serials ("Lorenzo Jones") and mystery dramas ("Inner Sanctum Mysteries")...
14. Astrid Allwyn Astrid Allwyn Actress, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Lovely Connecticut-born blonde Astrid Allwyn, with her foreign-sounding name and icy countenance, spruced up a number of 1930s and early 1940s films. Of Swedish descent, she studied dancing and dramatics in New York and later gathered experience joining a stock company. Allwyn made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Elmer Rice's "Street Scene" and...
15. Maggie McNamara Maggie McNamara Actress, The Cardinal Maggie McNamara -- with her brown hair in a ponytail -- arrives in Rome in Three Coins in the Fountain expecting great things to happen. Petite and slender, she looks almost like a schoolgirl in her prim blue suit. She is bright and vivacious and goes for what she wants -- a proposal from "Prince Dino De Cessi" played by Louis Jourdan...
16. André Morell André Morell Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai
17. Angela Greene Angela Greene Actress, Futureworld
18. Marie Blake Marie Blake Actress, The Addams Family Edith MacDonald was the second daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald; her father was a contractor and politician. Early on, her older sister Elsie, younger sister Jeanette MacDonald, and she were given theatrical training. Blossom and Jeanette played Philadelphia vaudeville houses while still youngsters...
19. Carl Betz Carl Betz Actor, The Donna Reed Show Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carl Betz formed a repertory theatre company while still in high school, then worked in summer stock. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, then attended Carnegie Tech. Following graduation, he worked as a radio announcer. He made his Broadway debut in "The Long Watch"...
20. Wendy Barrie Wendy Barrie Actress, The Hound of the Baskervilles Wendy Barrie was born in Hong Kong of English-Irish parentage, the daughter of King's Counsel F.C. Jenkins. She received her education at a convent school in England and a finishing school in Switzerland. After working in a beauty parlour, she made her first foray into acting on the London stage in "Wonder Bar" (1930)...
21. Oskar Homolka Oskar Homolka Actor, Sabotage Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic empire at the time...
22. Michael Bates Michael Bates Actor, A Clockwork Orange
23. Louis Prima Louis Prima Soundtrack, Casino Born in New Orleans' French Quarter, Louis Prima longed to play jazz. When he was a child, he studied the violin. His older brother Leon took up trumpet while Louis was still quite young, and he soon followed in his brother's footsteps. He played in clubs like "The Famous Door" in the 1930s, and by the time the 1940s rolled around...
24. Zara Cully Zara Cully Actress, The Jeffersons
25. Dan Dailey Dan Dailey Actor, The Governor & J.J. Born in New York City, Dan Dailey started his career in vaudeville, later making his Broadway debut in the stage version of "Babes in Arms". When signed to MGM, the studio initially casted him as a Nazi in The Mortal Storm. The studio realized their mistake and cast him in musical films, thereafter. Then, after serving in World War II, Dailey later returned to acting to make more musicals.
26. Philip Ahn Philip Ahn Actor, Kung Fu Born in America of Korean ancestry, Philip Ahn was just one member of the tiny fraternity of Oriental actors who livened the Hollywood screen during the 1930's and later. (Others of note were Keye Luke, Victor Sen Yung, Richard Loo and Benson Fong.) As often as not, Philip Ahn portrayed villainous Japanese or else "inscrutable, " proverb-spouting stereotypes.
27. Barry Atwater Barry Atwater Actor, General Hospital
28. Peggy Wood Peggy Wood Actress, The Sound of Music Above all else, singer/actress Peggy Wood has endeared herself to both TV and film audiences with one single role in each medium. She made warm, lasting impressions as the benevolent, strong-willed Scandinanvian matriarch Marta Hansen in the series drama Mama, and as the knowing Mother Abbess...
29. Noble Johnson Noble Johnson Actor, King Kong African-American movie actor and producer Noble Johnson was born on April 18, 1881, in Marshall, Missouri. His family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, when Noble was very young, and it was there that he met Lon Chaney at school. They became friends as children, and later got re-acquainted when both were making movies in Hollywood and became friends all over again (surprisingly...
30. Charles Horvath Charles Horvath Actor, A Woman Under the Influence Began in films as stuntman, eventually becoming one of the top stuntmen in the business. Continued doing stuntwork throughout his acting career.
31. Kathryn Givney Kathryn Givney Actress, A Place in the Sun
32. I. Stanford Jolley I. Stanford Jolley Actor, The Haunted Palace Perennial film western heavy I. Stanford Jolley could be spotted anywhere and everywhere in dusty "B" fare from 1935 on. Often mustachioed, this freelancing, wideset-eyed, black-hatted villain, who showed up in Hollywood following vaudeville and Broadway experience, could be counted on to give the sagebrush hero a devil of a time before the film's end...
33. Leo Genn Leo Genn Actor, Moby Dick Leo Genn was the son of a successful jewelry merchant Woolfe (William) Genn and his wife Rachel Asserson. He attended the City of London School as a youth and went on to study law at Cambridge. He received his law degree as a qualified barrister (which in English law tradition is a lawyer who is a specialist in law and who appears in court as representative of a client...
34. Edgar Lustgarten Edgar Lustgarten Self, The Scales of Justice
35. Barry Brown Barry Brown Actor, Bad Company
36. Shelly Novack Shelly Novack Actor, Most Wanted Shelly Novack was a star athlete at Venice High School in California. He later played football at Santa Monica City College, Long Beach State, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1965. He became an actor through football, much like some other athletes do. Shelly won the first Toyota Grand Prix Pro Celebrity Race in 1977. Although he was a decent actor his passion was sports.
37. Helen Travolta Helen Travolta Actress, Saturday Night Fever
38. Jack Oakie Jack Oakie Actor, The Great Dictator "America's Joyboy," beefy, plump-faced comedian Jack Oakie, was one of the funniest top and second banana jokesters of stage, radio and especially film's "Golden Age." He would accomplish so much despite the fact that he was "functionally deaf" throughout his career and performed primarily with the aid of lip reading or vibrations...
39. Arthur Brough Arthur Brough Actor, Are You Being Served? The English actor Arthur Brough, who achieved fame as senior clothing salesman Mr. Grainger on the BBC-TV comedy series Are You Being Served? in the 1970s, after almost half-a-century on the stage, was born Frederick Arthur Baker on February 26, 1905 in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. After indulging in amateur theatrics with future star Alistair Sim...
40. Harry Stanton Harry Stanton Actor, The Naked Road
41. Keith Moon Keith Moon Composer, The Kids Are Alright Keith John Moon was born to working class parents in Wembley, London, England, on the 23rd August, 1946. At the age of 12, he had joined the Sea Cadet Corp and was given his first musical instrument, the bugle. He left school by 15 and was in his first band, The Beachcombers; this was around the summer of 1963...
42. Kelly Thordsen Kelly Thordsen Actor, The Parallax View
43. Robert Williams Robert Williams Actor, The Killing
44. Kit Carson Kit Carson Actor, Tales of Wells Fargo Eldridge "Kit" Carson was born in Texas, the son of Frank Carson and Alice Helena Gordon. He came from a large family with seven brothers and sisters. He married Rosemonde James, an actress at Republic Pictures who appeared in a number of films in 1945. They had one son, John David Carson, born March 6...
45. Charlotte Greenwood Charlotte Greenwood Actress, Oklahoma! Charlotte Greenwood was born Frances Charlotte Greenwood on June 25, 1890, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a sickly child and her father left the family when she was very young. Charlotte grew into a healthy, six foot tall woman. She started her career dancing in vaudeville where she became known for her long legs...
46. Richard Kelton Richard Kelton Actor, McQ Richard Duane Kelton was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the only child of Fred and Glenna Kelton. While growing up in Miami, Oklahoma, he remembered watching James Dean and cites him as his main influence on becoming an actor. After studying drama at The University of Kansas, he made his way to California where he made his debut playing "Bud" in an episode of Gunsmoke...
47. Ben Gage Ben Gage Actor, The Big Operator
48. Claude Dauphin Claude Dauphin Actor, Le Plaisir In 1930, Claude, who was a stage-struck set designer at the Oden Theater, a repertory house in Paris, learned an ailing actor's part in two hours and took it over without a rehearsal. Tristan Bernard, the famous French playwright and producer took notice of this feat. He engaged Dauphin for the leading role of his next play "La fortune" was was also made into a film the next year...
49. Sally Eilers Sally Eilers Actress, Bad Girl Sally Eilers enjoyed lunch with a classmate from drama school, Jane Peters (who would later become known as Carole Lombard), at the Sennett Studios cafeteria. There she was spotted by Mack Sennett and instantly became one of his "discoveries". Having already appeared in several bit parts, beginning with The Red Mill in 1927...
50. Florence Marly Florence Marly Actress, Tokyo Joe Highly alluring Czech-born actress Florence Marly, born on June 2, 1919, initially expressed intentions of being an opera singer. At the age of 18, however, she was discovered by the 33-year-old renown French director Pierre Chenal while a student of art and literature at the Sorbonne. Chenal put her immediately into his film The Alibi and an acting career was ignited instead...
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