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1. Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock Director, Psycho Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
2. Steve McQueen Steve McQueen Actor, The Great Escape He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular culture...
3. Peter Sellers Peter Sellers Actor, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
4. Mae West Mae West Soundtrack, I'm No Angel Mary Jane West was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 17, 1893, to parents involved in prizefighting and vaudeville. Mae herself worked on the stage and in vaudeville from the time she was five years old. She never was academically inclined because she was too busy performing. She studied dance as a child...
5. John Lennon John Lennon Soundtrack, A Hard Day's Night John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia (Stanley) an Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was of Irish, and some Welsh and English, ancestry. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, which he attended) who, with the addition of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, later became The Beatles...
6. Barbara O'Neil Barbara O'Neil Actress, Gone with the Wind
7. Strother Martin Strother Martin Actor, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, but quickly returned to Indiana...
8. David Janssen David Janssen Actor, The Green Berets David Janssen was born (in Nebraska in 1931) to be a TV star. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood when he was a teenager and he attended Fairfax High School, where he developed an interest in acting. His film debut was a bit part in It's a Pleasure, and at the age of 18 signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox...
9. Jay Silverheels Jay Silverheels Actor, The Lone Ranger Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key Largo...
10. Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas Actor, Bored of Education
11. Hugh Griffith Hugh Griffith Actor, Ben-Hur Enjoyably larger-than-life character actor Hugh Emrys Griffith was born in Marianglas, Anglesey, North Wales, to Mary (Williams) and William Griffith. Griffith left the world of banking (having been employed as a teller) after winning a scholarship to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art...
12. Jimmy Durante Jimmy Durante Soundtrack, The Notebook Comedian, composer, actor, singer and songwriter ("Inka Dinka Doo") Jimmy Durante was educated in New York public schools. He began his career as a Coney Island pianist, and organized a five-piece band in 1916. He opened the Club Durant with Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, with whom he later formed a comedy trio for vaudeville and on television...
13. George Raft George Raft Actor, Some Like It Hot George Raft was born and grew up in a poor family in Hell's Kitchen, at the time one of the roughest, meanest areas of New York City. He was born George Ranft, and was the son of Eva (Glockner) and Conrad Ranft, a department store deliveryman. His parents were both of German descent. In his youth, he showed a great interest in...
14. Raymond Bailey Raymond Bailey Actor, Vertigo Raymond Bailey was a great example of "If at first you don't succeed..." After high school, Bailey headed for Hollywood with the intent on becoming a movie star, but soon found it tougher than he thought. Instead Bailey went into a high finance career working as stockbroker and banker. He made a second stab at Hollywood...
15. Charles McGraw Charles McGraw Actor, The Birds Gravel voiced, stoney faced & grizzled looking actor Charles McGraw notched up dozens of TV and film appearances often portraying law enforcement figures or military officers, plus the odd shifty gangster. Noted appearances include as dogged cop Det. Sgt. Walter Brown protecting a mob witness in the 1952 noir classic The Narrow Margin ...
16. Mario Bava Mario Bava Cinematographer, A Bay of Blood Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film photography...
17. John Laurie John Laurie Actor, Hamlet John Laurie was a Scotsman who would play many character roles in his long career - a lot of Scotsmen to be sure - but an enthusiastic and skilled actor in nearly 120 screen roles. He was the son of a mill worker, and studied for a career in architecture which he indeed began. But with World War I he left his position to join the British army...
18. Rachel Roberts Rachel Roberts Actress, Picnic at Hanging Rock Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing a drama film about the life of women in prison...
19. Raoul Walsh Raoul Walsh Director, White Heat Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona if an errant jackrabbit hadn't cost him his right eye by leaping through the windshield of his automobile...
20. Lillian Roth Lillian Roth Actress, Animal Crackers Tragic songstress Lillian Roth (nee Lillian Rutstein), born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 13, 1910, was given her first name in honor of singer Lillian Russell. She was the daughter of daunting stage parents who groomed her and younger sister Anne for stardom at an early age. The girls did not disappoint...
21. George Tobias George Tobias Actor, Sergeant York Perhaps best remembered for his TV role in the hit series Bewitched as the Abner Kravitz who had to put up with his wife's ranting about what was going on at the neighbors. George Tobias was also a well loved character actor who was mostly cast as the amiable and lovable friend of the lead character...
22. Gail Patrick Gail Patrick Actress, My Man Godfrey Cold, calculating and hard-as-nails is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick's femmes on the 30s and 40s silver screen, and the actress herself was no softie in real life. The tall, slender, patrician beauty was born with the equally stately-sounding name Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in Birmingham...
23. Victor Sen Yung Victor Sen Yung Actor, The Letter Achieving both film and TV notice during his lengthy career, this diminutive Asian-American character was born Sen Yew Cheung on October 18, 1915 in San Francisco of humble Chinese émigrés. When his mother died during the flu epidemic of 1919, his father placed Victor and his sister in a children's shelter and returned to his homeland...
24. Dorothy Stratten Dorothy Stratten Actress, Galaxina Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...
25. Milburn Stone Milburn Stone Actor, Pickup on South Street Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke, was born in Kansas on July 5, 1904. Acting must have been in his blood as the nephew of Broadway comedian Fred Stone for Milburn left home as a teenager to find work with touring repertory troupes...
26. Douglas Kenney Douglas Kenney Writer, Animal House Though almost completely unknown, this man was one of the originators of a highly popular and groundbreaking new form of comedy and satire. After working on the Harvard Lampoon as an undergraduate, Douglas C. Kenney co-founded the National Lampoon magazine and the National Lampoon Radio Hour. Kenney had originally collaborated at Harvard with friend...
27. Dan White Dan White Actor, Attack of the Giant Leeches Dan White was born to George & Orpha White about one mile from the Suwannee River in Falmouth, Florida. Falmouth was a small sleepy town then, as it is still today. He was one of 12 siblings who were moved to Lakeland sometime around WW I. Lakeland is where Dan was introduced into show business in 1922 at the age of 14...
28. Gale Robbins Gale Robbins Actress, Calamity Jane Little known singer/actress Gale Robbins was a knockout-looking hazel-eyed redhead who made a slight dent in post-war Hollywood. Born Betty Gale Robbins in Chicago, Illinois (some say Mitchell, Indiana) on May 7, 1921, she was the daughter of Arthur E. and Blanche Robbins, and educated at Chicago's Jennings Seminary at Aurora...
29. Don 'Red' Barry Don 'Red' Barry Actor, Johnny Got His Gun Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder. Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this was the one that kept him there...
30. Hattie Jacques Hattie Jacques Actress, Carry on Cabby Prior to entering show business, she worked as a Red Cross nurse and as a welder. She did an audition at the Players Theatre on a Friday, on the Monday she was a professional entertainer singing Marie Lloyd songs. She got the name Hattie while at the Players when as part of her act she sang a negro song...
31. Michael Strong Michael Strong Actor, Patton While never one of the big names on screen, Michael Strong was one of those excellent method actors who were often compelling to watch. Unsurprisingly, many of Michael's screen characters were typical New Yorkers, whether they be cops or thugs, and he imbued them with an edgy 'in-your-face' intensity that was all his own...
32. Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry Actor, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers If you've ever seen a war picture, sci-fi epic or western from the 1940s or 1950s, then you've seen Thomas Browne Henry, and more than once. Along with Morris Ankrum, Henry is probably the army officer most responsible for helping Earth drive off hordes of invading outer-space monsters, aliens and other unwelcome intruders...
33. Dick Haymes Dick Haymes Actor, State Fair Dick Haymes' birth in Argentina meant he was not legally an American citizen. In order to get out of the draft in 1944, he registered as a "resident alien" and was able to avoid service in the Armed Forces. There was little publicity at the time, but when he went to Hawaii in 1953 to pursue Rita Hayworth (who was on location for Miss Sadie Thompson)...
34. Bobby Van Bobby Van Self, Make Me Laugh Triple-threat performer singer, dancer and actor Bobby Van was the epitome of the breezy, exuberant song-and-dance man who could enliven any film he was put into. Unfortunately, he caught the tail end of MGM's musical reign during the 1950s. Alas, the visions of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor come...
35. Lewis Milestone Lewis Milestone Director, All Quiet on the Western Front Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early age...
36. Reginald Gardiner Reginald Gardiner Actor, The Great Dictator English-born Reginald Gardiner graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and, by the early 1930's, had become an established revue and musical star on the London stage. His first foray into films was in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed The Lodger in 1926, but it was in Hollywood where his career really took off...
37. Peggy Knudsen Peggy Knudsen Actress, The Big Sleep A knockout curvaceous screen siren with a smart, confident air, Peggy Knudsen had the blonde pulchritude and the presence to make it in Hollywood. Somehow, stardom eluded her. The daughter of a Duluth fire chief, she had studied violin as a child and later showed some promise acting in school plays...
38. Dirch Passer Dirch Passer Actor, Mig og mafiaen Dirch Hartvig Passer was born on May 18, 1926, on Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Ragnhild Fich and Capt. Vilhelm Passer (seaman). He never did well in school, being the class clown, which had a negative effect on his grades. He did especially badly in mathematics, which came to follow him the rest of his life...
39. Yootha Joyce Yootha Joyce Actress, A Man for All Seasons
40. Greta Schröder Greta Schröder Actress, Nosferatu
41. Terence Fisher Terence Fisher Director, Horror of Dracula Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment, Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service and tried his hand at a succession of jobs ashore...
42. George Pal George Pal Director, The Time Machine George Pal was born on February 1, 1908, in Cegled, Austria-Hungary. Later, when he was still a child, his stage-entertainer parents divorced, and he was raised by his grandparents. In 1928, Pal graduated from the Budapest Academy of Arts with a degree in Architecture and highly developed drawing skills...
43. Kay Medford Kay Medford Actress, Funny Girl A veteran scene stealer known for her delightful dry, poker-faced delivery, Kay Medford was born Maggie O'Regan in New York City in 1914, the daughter of James and Mary (Kelly) O'Regan, of Irish stock. Kay attended both public and Catholic schools growing up, her parents both dying while she was in her teens...
44. Duncan Renaldo Duncan Renaldo Actor, The Gay Amigo To most audiences, Duncan Renaldo will always be identified as film and TV's "The Cisco Kid." However, this role occurred late in his career, which consisted of much more than just this western character. Not much is known about Renaldo's early life. In fact, his date and place of birth is still questioned...
45. Tony Beckley Tony Beckley Actor, The Italian Job A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Beckley appeared in BBC-TV's "Romeo and Juliet" and later in "War and Peace" and "Julius Caesar." Prior to his death, he had appeared on stage with Maggie Smith in "Snap" and Elaine Strich in Tennesse Williams' "Small Craft Warnings." Veteran actor of over 1000 stage productions and television shows in England...
46. Herbie Faye Herbie Faye Actor, Thoroughly Modern Millie
47. Gower Champion Gower Champion Actor, Show Boat Dancer, actor, choreographer and director. Joined in 1945 with Marjorie Belcher (aka Marjorie Bell) to form the dance team of "Gower & Bell," renaming the team "Marge and Gower Champion" upon their marriage.
48. Paul Langton Paul Langton Actor, The Incredible Shrinking Man
49. Lil Dagover Lil Dagover Actress, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari A prominent German film actress born on 30 September 1887 at Madiven, Java, the daughter of a forest ranger in the service of the Dutch authorities. Sent at the age of ten to Baden-Baden to study, she later entered the cinema thanks to her marriage in 1917 to the actor Fritz Dagover who was 25 years her senior...
50. Tex Avery Tex Avery Director, The Woody Woodpecker Show Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the harbor...
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