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1. Carolyn Jones Carolyn Jones Actress, How the West Was Won Carolyn Jones was born April 28, 1930, in Amarillo, Texas. Her mother was Jeannette and her sister was Bette (Moriarty). She was an imaginative child, much like her mother. In 1934, her father abandoned the family and her mother moved them in with her parents, also in Amarillo. As a child Carolyn suffered from severe asthma...
2. Gloria Swanson Gloria Swanson Actress, Sunset Blvd. Gloria Swanson was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson in Chicago, Illinois. She was destined to be perhaps one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era. Her personality and antics in private definitely made her a favorite with America's moviegoing public. Gloria certainly didn't intend on going into show business...
3. David Niven David Niven Actor, The Guns of Navarone David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
4. Norma Shearer Norma Shearer Actress, The Women She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to correct her cross-eyed stare caused by a muscle weakness...
5. Slim Pickens Slim Pickens Actor, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Slim Pickens spent the early part of his career as a real cowboy and the latter part playing cowboys, and he is best remembered for a single "cowboy" image: that of bomber pilot Maj. "King" Kong waving his cowboy hat rodeo-style as he rides a nuclear bomb onto its target in the great black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb...
6. Luis Buñuel Luis Buñuel Writer, Belle de Jour The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
7. Buster Crabbe Buster Crabbe Actor, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Buster Crabbe graduated from the University of Southern California. In 1931, while working on That's My Boy for Columbia Pictures, he was tested by MGM for Tarzan and rejected. Paramount Pictures put him in King of the Jungle as Kaspa, the Lion Man (after a book of that title but clearly a copy of the Tarzan stories)...
8. Simon Oakland Simon Oakland Actor, Psycho One of the movies' most memorable tough guys, Simon Oakland actually began his career as a concert violinist, turning to acting in the late 1940s. After a long string of roles in Broadway hits, including "Light Up the Sky," "The Shrike" and "Inherit the Wind," Oakland made his film debut as the tough...
9. Paul Fix Paul Fix Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird Paul Fix, the well-known movie and TV character actor who played "Marshal Micah Torrance" on the TV series The Rifleman, was born Peter Paul Fix on March 13, 1901 in Dobbs Ferry, New York to brew-master Wilhelm Fix and his wife, the former Louise C. Walz. His mother and father were German immigrants who had left their Black Forest home and arrived in New York City in the 1870s...
10. Louis de Funès Louis de Funès Actor, The Wing or Thigh? Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction. Young Louis de Funès was fond of drawing and piano playing...
11. Raymond Massey Raymond Massey Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace Educated at the University of Toronto & Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the Canadian Field Artillery in World War I, served in France & was wounded. His first appearance was in a stage production in Siberia, during its occupation by American Forces in 1918. Raymond returned to Canada & the farm implement business after the war...
12. Joan Hackett Joan Hackett Actress, Support Your Local Sheriff! Joan Hackett was never one of your conventional leading ladies. Directors sometimes found her difficult to work with. Yet, this strong-minded perfectionist had an unquenchable individuality that came through in her performances and she never hesitated being unglamorous whenever the role demanded. Born of an Italian mother and an Irish-American father in East Harlem on March 1 1934...
13. Michael Conrad Michael Conrad Actor, The Longest Yard Michael Conrad was a stalwart American character actor who appeared frequently on television, best known for his recurring role as the desk sergeant Phil Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues, for which he won two Best Supporting Actor Emmy Awards, in 1981 and 1982. Conrad died from urethral cancer during the shooting of the police drama's fourth season...
14. Christopher George Christopher George Actor, City of the Living Dead Solidly built, boyishly handsome American leading-man, Christopher George was the son of Greek immigrants. Weaned on stories of the legendary Greek heroes, George and his brother Nick (later a prominent fashion photographer) both quit high school to join the Marines. Completing his education after his tour of duty...
15. Dolores del Rio Dolores del Rio Actress, Flying Down to Rio Dolores del Rio was the first Mexican movie star with international appeal and had a meteoric career in 1920s Hollywood (an extraordinary accomplishment for an Hispanic female on those years). She came from an aristocratic family in Durango. In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything they had and emigrated to Mexico City...
16. Ralph Richardson Ralph Richardson Actor, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Ralph Richardson was one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century English-language theater, ascending to the height of his profession in the mid-1930s when he became a star in London's West End. He became the first actor of his generation to be knighted. He became Sir Ralph in 1947 and was quickly followed Laurence Olivier in 1948 and then by by John Gielgud in 1953...
17. William Demarest William Demarest Actor, Sullivan's Travels Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, William Demarest was a prolific actor in movies and TV, making more than 140 films. Demarest started his acting career in vaudeville and made his way to Broadway. His most famous role was in My Three Sons, replacing a very sick William Frawley. Demarest was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role in the real-life biography...
18. Alice White Alice White Actress, The Naughty Flirt This Hollywood High graduate began her career as a secretary and script girl, working for Josef von Sternberg and Charles Chaplin. A sexy and bubbly player, she was repeatedly miscast as a singer-dancer. She toured the vaudeville circuit after her career spluttered, returning to Hollywood only to get involved in a sex scandal in 1933 with her boyfriend...
19. Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Self, Carpenters: Close to You Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen Carpenter moved with her family to Downey, California, in 1963. Karen's older brother, Richard Carpenter, decided to put together an instrumental trio with him on the piano, Karen on the drums and their friend Wes Jacobs on the bass and tuba. In a battle of the bands at the Hollywood Bowl in 1966...
20. Pat O'Brien Pat O'Brien Actor, Some Like It Hot Although he came to be called "Hollywood's Irishman in Residence"--and, along with good friends James Cagney, Allen Jenkins, Frank McHugh and a few others were called "The Irish Mafia"--and he often played Irish immigrants, Pat O'Brien was US-born and -bred. As a young boy the devoutly Roman Catholic O'Brien considered entering the seminary to study for the priesthood...
21. John Williams John Williams Actor, Dial M for Murder John Williams was a tall, urbane anglo-American actor best known for his role as Chief Inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder, a role he played on Broadway, in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1954 film, and on television in 1958. Playing Hubbard on the Great White Way brought him the 1953 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play...
22. George Cukor George Cukor Director, My Fair Lady
23. Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams Writer, A Streetcar Named Desire Tennesse Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes, for "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947) and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955). His other major plays include "Summer and Smoke" (1948), "The Rose Tattoo" (1951), "Camino Real" (1953), "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1959), and "The Night of the Iguana" (1961). In addition to his two Pulitzers...
24. Robert Aldrich Robert Aldrich Director, The Dirty Dozen Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, and directed his first feature in 1953 (Big Leaguer)...
25. Vaughn Taylor Vaughn Taylor Actor, Psycho Reedy, balding, often bespectacled American character actor with pencil-thin moustache, once described as the man with TV's 'most deceptive face'. He looked like - and was - a certified public accountant, graduate from Northeastern University. A struggling actor in his youth, he worked in stock, tent shows and on radio...
26. Fay Spain Fay Spain Actress, The Godfather: Part II She was your typical B-movie drive-in bad girl - sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, always bodacious. A tease, a taunter and a temptress throughout most her career, Fay Spain was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1932. She headed to New York where she initially found summer stock work and a bit of television exposure...
27. John Le Mesurier John Le Mesurier Actor, The Pink Panther The son of a solicitor, British character actor John Le Mesurier attended public school in Dorset, England, before embarking on a career in law. However, acting was his true calling, and at age 20, with his parents' approval, he began his acting career by studying drama at the Fay Compton School of Acting...
28. Doodles Weaver Doodles Weaver Actor, The Birds Well-remembered at Stanford for his many pranks and practical jokes. Was an occasional guest on Rudy Vallee radio program and Kraft Music Hall in the late 1930s and early 40s. Performed in clubs nationwide. He specialized in manic comic sports narrations, often using his friends' names as characters...
29. Walter Slezak Walter Slezak Actor, One Life to Live Tall, portly Viennese character actor Walter Slezak simultaneously pursued two different careers after his arrival in America in 1930: one, as a star of musical comedy on the stage, and another, as a portrayer of villains, impish rogues or pompous buffoons on screen. Born of a musical family in May 1902...
30. Ralph Wright Ralph Wright Writer, Maleficent
31. Eduard Franz Eduard Franz Actor, The Ten Commandments Born Eduard Franz Schmidt in Milwaukee, WI, this stern-faced character actor had originally planned to be a commercial artist, but a stint with a local theatrical troupe set him on the road to an acting career. In 1925 he moved to New York City and joined up with a Greenwich Village theatrical group...
32. Robert Bray Robert Bray Actor, Bus Stop Born in Montana to homesteading parents, Robert Bray eventually moved to Seattle with his family and attended Lincoln High School. After graduation, he knocked around for a while as a lumberjack, cowboy and a member of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). As a young man, Bray worked for a while in Hollywood as a studio carpenter in the early 1940s...
33. Mike Kellin Mike Kellin Actor, Midnight Express Burly, coarse, raspy-voiced Mike Kellin was often cast as a tough cop, gangster, or soldier, usually a corporal or sergeant, so it may be surprising to some that during his stint in the US Navy during World War II he was a Lieutenant Commander. Though he seemed to be straight out of the tenements of New York City...
34. Junior Samples Junior Samples Self, Hee Haw One of the most unlikely TV stars in history, Alvin Samples, Jr., was a carpenter by vocation and avid fisherman and teller of tall tales by avocation. A recording of Junior's tall tales, originally made for a radio program, was heard by Chet Atkins, who, in turn, introduced him to country music comedian Archie Campbell...
35. James Hayter James Hayter Actor, Oliver! The son of a police superintendent in India, the character actor James Hayter was educated in Scotland, where he was urged into acting by his headmaster. After one year (1924-5) at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London, he performed in repertory theater, eventually appearing in The West End...
36. Peter Arne Peter Arne Actor, The Return of the Pink Panther Peter Arne was for a short time the perfect villain in British film. After a couple of roles in war movies (The Purple Plain and The Cockleshell Heroes) and a Tarzan movie (Tarzan and the Lost Safari) he became a villain in Strangers' Meeting. From than on he continued to play sinister types in The Moonraker, Intent to Kill...
37. Marcel Dalio Marcel Dalio Actor, Sabrina Sunday, November the 20th is the anniversary of Marcel Dalio's death in 1983. It was the end of a serendipitous life. You know him. He was a citizen of the world. Born Israel Moshe Blauschild, in Paris, in 1900, he became a much sought-after character actor. His lovely animated face with its great expressive eyes became familiar across Europe...
38. Dennis Wilson Dennis Wilson Soundtrack, Marley & Me Dennis Wilson was born Hawthorne, California in the fall of 1944 to Murry and Audree Wilson. The middle son of three brothers, Dennis was rebellious, argumentative and as he often acknowledged, the "black sheep" of the family. His integration into America's band, The Beach Boys came when his mother pushed his brothers to allow him to play with them...
39. Harry James Harry James Soundtrack, The Matrix Harry James was born in a rundown hotel next to the city jail in Albany, Georgia. His mother and father were members of a circus - she as a trapeze artist and he a band leader - with the Mighty Haag Circus. At seven, they settled in Beaumont, Texas where Harry learned yo play drums. By twelve, he was playing trumpet in the Christy Brothers circus band...
40. William Elliott William Elliott Actor, Coffy
41. Lamberto Maggiorani Lamberto Maggiorani Actor, Bicycle Thieves
42. Gavin Gordon Gavin Gordon Actor, The Bride of Frankenstein
43. Hergé Hergé Writer, The Adventures of Tintin Born under the name Georges Remi on May 22, 1907 in Brussels, Belgium. As a child, Herge had a gift for drawing but never had any formal training in the visual arts. He attended both school and the boy scouts during the World War 1 and post-World War 1 Era. After he finished school Herge published his first ever cartoon: "The Adventures of Totor" for Le Boy-Scout Belge (a scouting magazine)...
44. Maurice Ronet Maurice Ronet Actor, Elevator to the Gallows
45. Arthur Godfrey Arthur Godfrey Self, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus - 99th Edition Arthur Godfrey was born in New York City on August 31, 1903. Mr. Godfrey was a radio and TV host and had his own television show The Arthur Godfrey Show, (1948-1959). During his career, he discovered and show cased many new talents including Pat Boone, Julius LaRosa, Marion Marlowe, and many others...
46. James Hayden James Hayden Actor, Once Upon a Time in America
47. Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack Actor, Horror of Dracula Charles Lloyd Pack was a noted British character actor. He invariably played Church of England vicars, a role which seems to have started with 'ITV's Play of the Week' in the 1950s, through 1960s films such as "Bedazzled" and continued down to the early 1980s, e.g. "The Mirror Crack'd". When not playing a vicar...
48. Judy Canova Judy Canova Actress, Sis Hopkins Raucous singing and yodeling and loads of cornpone humor was pretty much the whole shebang when it came to singer/comedienne Judy Canova. Her outlandish image may be considered tacky and/or offensive by today's measure, but back in the 1930s and 1940s it really worked! By the time she left the limelight after five decades...
49. Dorrie Kavanaugh Dorrie Kavanaugh Actress, One Life to Live
50. Richard Loo Richard Loo Actor, The Man with the Golden Gun One of the most familiar Asian character actors in American films of the 1930s and 1940s, Richard Loo was most often stereotyped as the Japanese enemy flier, spy or interrogator during the Second World War. Chinese by ancestry and Hawaiian by birth, Loo spent his youth in Hawaii, then moved to California as a teenager...
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