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1. Orson Welles Orson Welles Actor, Citizen Kane His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
2. Rock Hudson Rock Hudson Actor, Giant He was the son of an auto mechanic and a telephone operator who divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays because he couldn't remember lines. After high school he was a postal employee and during WW II served as a Navy airplane mechanic. After the war he was a truck driver...
3. Yul Brynner Yul Brynner Actor, The Magnificent Seven Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" and...
4. Edmond O'Brien Edmond O'Brien Actor, The Wild Bunch Oscar-winner Edmond O'Brien was one of the most-respected character actors in American cinema, from his heyday of the mid-1940s through the late 1960s. Born on September 10, 1915, in the New York City borough of The Bronx, O'Brien learned the craft of performance as a magician, reportedly tutored by neighbor Harry Houdini...
5. Margaret Hamilton Margaret Hamilton Actress, The Wizard of Oz Margaret Hamilton was Born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several performances in film before she came to her most memorable and astronomically successful role...
6. Anne Baxter Anne Baxter Actress, All About Eve Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west...
7. Ruth Gordon Ruth Gordon Actress, Rosemary's Baby When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
8. Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson Actor, Rio Bravo
9. Nicholas Colasanto Nicholas Colasanto Actor, Raging Bull Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as "Coach" on the TV series Cheers at the end of his career, was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of seven children. He attended Providence's Central High School but did not graduate due to World War II...
10. Richard Haydn Richard Haydn Actor, The Sound of Music Inimitable London-born character actor, noted for his put-on nasal delivery and pompous, fussy manner. Richard Haydn had a laborious start to his show business career, selling tickets in the box office of London's Daly Theatre. This was followed by an unsuccessful stint with a comedy act in musical revue...
11. Louise Brooks Louise Brooks Actress, Pandora's Box A legendary actress of the silent film era. She epitomized the flapper age with her bobbed hairstyle, while blatantly flaunting the accepted sexual and societal roles of women at the time. She is best known for her starring roles in G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box" and "Diary of a Lost Girl," which were both filmed in Weimar Germany in 1929...
12. Edward Andrews Edward Andrews Actor, Gremlins Edward Andrews' familiar face has been seen in guest-starring appearances on numerous television shows and as a character actor in many movies. His image as a boss, father-in-law or other authority figure only grew as he aged, his stark white hair and glasses adding to the effect. He was frequently on Love, American Style and also turned in strong work as Admiral Harold Stark in Tora! Tora! Tora!...
13. Alexa Kenin Alexa Kenin Actress, Pretty in Pink Alexa Jordan Kenin was born February 16, 1962 in New York City, New York. Alexa began acting as a child and won her first professional role opposite Jason Robards in the made-for-television film The House Without a Christmas Tree. She played the part of Carla Mae. After appearances in several television productions she starred alongside Clint Eastwood in Honkytonk Man...
14. J. Pat O'Malley J. Pat O'Malley Actor, 101 Dalmatians J. Pat had a warm smile, twinkling eyes, and an Irish name. He was born in Burnley, England, and began his acting career in British musical halls. J. Pat came to the USA at the outbreak of World War II, and his film debut was Lassie Come Home. He also worked on the Broadway stage during the 1940s and 1950s...
15. Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy Actor, Where Eagles Dare
16. Phil Silvers Phil Silvers Actor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
17. Michael Redgrave Michael Redgrave Actor, The Lady Vanishes Sir Michael Redgrave was of the generation of English actors that gave the world the legendary John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, Britain three fabled "Theatrical Knights" back in the days when a knighthood for thespian was far more rare than it is today. A superb actor, Redgrave...
18. Simone Signoret Simone Signoret Actress, Diabolique The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord, would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship during World War II, mostly as an extra and occasionally getting to speak a single line...
19. Rafael Campos Rafael Campos Actor, Where the Buffalo Roam
20. Lloyd Nolan Lloyd Nolan Actor, Hannah and Her Sisters It would no doubt be a real shock to most people to discover that the rich baritone Bronx-like accent of great veteran character actor Lloyd Nolan was a product of the San Francisco streets--not the urban jungle of New York City. Nolan was born in the City by the Bay, and his father, James Nolan, was a successful shoe manufacturer of hard-working Irish stock...
21. Ina Claire Ina Claire Actress, Ninotchka Effervescent, blond star of sophisticated Broadway comedy in the 1920's. Born Ina Fagan, of Irish descent, she lost her father in a car accident four months before she was born. Without a breadwinner in the family, she was forced to live in a boarding house with her mother. From earliest childhood she displayed a precocious talent for impersonating other people...
22. Selma Diamond Selma Diamond Actress, All of Me Most familiar to TV audiences as the diminutive but feisty court bailiff on Night Court, Selma Diamond's entrance into acting wasn't through the usual venue of vaudeville, stage work or modeling - she was a writer for TV shows, once having been nominated for an Emmy for Caesar's Hour. Although she had that tough New York accent and street demeanor...
23. Richard Greene Richard Greene Actor, The Little Princess Before achieving his greatest fame in the 1950s as television's "Robin Hood", handsome Richard Greene had a significant if largely unremarkable film career, turning in several skillful leading man performances in the late 1930s before becoming type-cast in routine costume adventures. Like his friendly rival...
24. Scott Brady Scott Brady Actor, Gremlins He had the manly good looks and rugged appeal to make it to top stardom in Hollywood and succeeded quite well as a sturdy leading man of standard action on film and TV. Born in Brooklyn on September 13, 1924, Irish-American Scott Brady was christened Gerard Kenneth Tierney (called Jerry) by parents Lawrence and Maria Tierney...
25. Julian Beck Julian Beck Actor, Poltergeist II: The Other Side A bold, innovative, avant-garde figure in theatre who helped revolutionized the style of playwriting and acting in the 1950s and 1960s, actor/writer/producer/directer Julian Beck was certainly a odd-looking sort with his baleful, hollow eyes, stark and skullish features and near-bald dome capped by long fringes of stringy hair along the side...
26. Wilfrid Brambell Wilfrid Brambell Actor, A Hard Day's Night Wilfrid Brambell was born on 22 March 1912, in Dublin, Ireland. His first acting experience was when he was aged just two when he entertained wounded soldiers returning from action during the First World War. On leaving school he worked part-time as a reporter for The Irish Times and part-time as an actor at the Abbey Theatre...
27. Theresa Harris Theresa Harris Actress, I Walked with a Zombie Theresa Harris appeared with more stars of the Golden Era of Hollywood than anyone else. She sang, she danced, appeared in films and TV. She graced the screen with her magnetic presence and most times stole scenes from the top stars of the day every chance she got and made a lot of dull movies worthwhile...
28. Frank Faylen Frank Faylen Actor, It's a Wonderful Life American character actor who specialized in average-guy parts and who could be equally effective in sympathetic or unlikeable roles. His parents, the vaudeville team of Ruf and Cusik, took him onstage with them when he was a baby, and Faylen grew up in the theatre. He attended St. Joseph's Preparatory College in Kirkwood...
29. Grayson Hall Grayson Hall Actress, All My Children
30. Kent Smith Kent Smith Actor, Cat People He was one of Hollywood's more interesting curiosities. Kent Smith, by most standards, had the makings of a topflight 40s and 50s film star -- handsome; virile; personable; highly dedicated; equipped with a rich stage background; no slouch in the talent department. For some reason all these fine qualities...
31. Louis Hayward Louis Hayward Actor, And Then There Were None From his birthplace in South Africa, Louis Charles Hayward was brought to England and was educated there and on the Continent. He spent a short time managing a London nightclub, displayed some acting talent and decided on acting, and was quickly tapped by playwright Noel Coward, who became his patron...
32. Henry Hathaway Henry Hathaway Director, True Grit Henry Hathaway, a son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge, he briefly tried a career in finance but then returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such directors as Frank Lloyd...
33. Harry Earles Harry Earles Actor, Freaks Harry/Kurt (stage name/real name) came over to the U.S. from Germany around 1915 with his sister, Grace/Freida. Once they arrived, they worked for a man named Earles, at which time they adopted his last name. in the early 1920's, their sister Daisy/Hilda joined them and in the mid- to late- 1920's, their sister Tiny/Elly arrived...
34. Wolfgang Reitherman Wolfgang Reitherman Director, The Jungle Book
35. Gale Sondergaard Gale Sondergaard Actress, The Life of Emile Zola Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married director Herbert J. Biberman...
36. Isabel Jeans Isabel Jeans Actress, Gigi
37. George O'Brien George O'Brien Actor, Sunrise Handsome American leading man of classic silent films who became a different kind of star in B-Western talkies. The son of a policeman who later became police chief of San Francisco and then California Director of Penology, O'Brien was raised around police stables and quickly became adept at horsemanship...
38. George Savalas George Savalas Actor, Kelly's Heroes Greek-American actor George Savalas is best remembered for co-starring with his brother, Telly Savalas, on the popular television detective show Kojak between 1973 and 1978. George played Detective Stavros to Telly's Kojak and was billed as Demosthenes in the end credits to avoid confusion with the elder Savalas...
39. John Harmon John Harmon Actor, Funny Girl
40. Phil Foster Phil Foster Actor, Bang the Drum Slowly
41. Dolph Sweet Dolph Sweet Actor, Another World A barrel-chested, bull-necked presence on stage, film and TV, the tough-minded character actor was born Adolphus Jean Sweet in New York City on July 18, 1920, the son of an auto mechanic. He initially attended the University of Alabama in 1939, but his studies were interrupted by WWII Air Force duty...
42. Carol Wayne Carol Wayne Actress, The Party Carol was a beautiful comedienne who appeared as the "Matinee Lady" on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She would come out during one of Carson's regular sketches known as "The Tea Time Movie." Carson played the lecherous character "Art Fern" who would make references to Carol's ample bosom. She played opposite Carson in over 100 sketches...
43. Dawn Addams Dawn Addams Actress, The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Maybe because her beauty was too smooth or because her acting talents were limited or both, Dawn Addams, the daughter of an R.A.F. officer, had an undistinguished film career, in which second-rate pictures far outnumber quality ones. Among the latter: Otto Preminger's risqué (for its time) The Moon Is Blue, Charles Chaplin's bitter A King in New York and Fritz Lang's last The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse.
44. William Bramley William Bramley Actor, West Side Story
45. Bodil Joensen Bodil Joensen Self, Sex Galore
46. Gary Holton Gary Holton Actor, Bloody Kids
47. Evelyn Ankers Evelyn Ankers Actress, The Wolf Man Evelyn Ankers, a beautiful movie actress who was a staple of Universal's horror films in the 1940s, was born in Chile to English parents in 1918. Her parents repatriated the family back to England in the 1920s, and it was in Old Blighty that Ankers developed a desire to become an actress. She began appearing in small roles in English movies in the mid-1930s while she was still in school...
48. Grant Williams Grant Williams Actor, The Incredible Shrinking Man As a child, Williams acted in summer stock productions. After graduation from high school he joined the Air Force for a four-year stint. Then, returning to New York, he took acting classes with Lee Strasberg. A few minor Broadway roles followed as did parts on some live TV dramas. One of these parts caught the eye of a talent agent and Williams signed with Universal in 1956...
49. Stepin Fetchit Stepin Fetchit Actor, Bend of the River Stepin Fetchit remains one of the most controversial movie actors in American history. While he was undoubtedly one of the most talented physical comedians ever to do his shtick on the Big Screen, achieving the rare status of being a character actor/supporting player who actually achieved superstar status in the 1930s (becoming a millionaire to boot)...
50. Connie Gilchrist Connie Gilchrist Actress, Long John Silver With more than two decades of stage experience in France, England and on Broadway behind her, this moon-faced, heavy-set character actress first entered films in 1940. But no matter a film's genre - contemporary drama, historical costumer or shoot 'em up western - her Brooklyn roots always sounded through.
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