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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. 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...
4. 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...
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. Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson Actor, Rio Bravo
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. 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!...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. Louise Brooks Louise Brooks Actress, Pandora's Box Louise Brooks was one of the most fascinating personalities of Hollywood, always being compared with her most important characterization as protagonist: Lulu in Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Pandora's Box. Along with her beauty and talent she had an independent streak and refused to accept the restrictive role that women had in American society...
13. 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...
14. James Craig James Craig Actor, Kitty Foyle Tall, rugged James Craig's career as a contract player at MGM blossomed in the 1940's, mainly due to his resemblance to the 'King of Hollywood' 'Clark Gable' (who was then serving in the U.S. Army Air Force). The Rice Institute graduate had studied to be a physician until a sojourn in the movie capital persuaded him to try his luck as an actor...
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. 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...
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. 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...
20. Phil Silvers Phil Silvers Actor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
21. Gar Moore Gar Moore Actor, To Live in Peace
22. 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...
23. 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...
24. 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...
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. 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...
27. Norah Baring Norah Baring Actress, Murder!
28. Gary Holton Gary Holton Actor, Bloody Kids
29. 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...
30. 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...
31. Kenny Baker Kenny Baker Actor, Stage Door Canteen
32. 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...
33. 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...
34. Wolfgang Reitherman Wolfgang Reitherman Director, The Jungle Book
35. Doris Dudley Doris Dudley Actress, The Moon and Sixpence
36. Phil Foster Phil Foster Actor, Bang the Drum Slowly
37. 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...
38. 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...
39. Mickey Shaughnessy Mickey Shaughnessy Actor, From Here to Eternity Mickey Shaugnessy, the Irish-American character actor best known for his portrayal of Elvis Presley's musical mentor in the rock n' roll classic "Jailhouse Rock" (1957), was born Joseph Michael Shaughnessy on August 5, 1920 in New York City. As a performer, the young Mickey made his bones on the Catskill Mountains tourist resort circuit...
40. Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy Actor, Where Eagles Dare
41. Lady Tsen Mei Lady Tsen Mei Actress, Lotus Blossom
42. 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...
43. George Chandler George Chandler Actor, Every Which Way But Loose After military service during the First World War, Chandler studied at the University of Illinois, financing his studies by playing jazz violin in a band. During the early 1920's, he returned to the vaudeville circuit and began in films from 1928. Most of his early efforts were short one- and two-reel comedies...
44. Kyril Bonfiglioli Kyril Bonfiglioli Writer, Mortdecai
45. Murray Matheson Murray Matheson Actor, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Urbane, grey-eyed, silver-haired Australian-born character actor, notable for his smooth manner and clipped upper-class English diction. A grazier's son, Matheson first worked as a clerk in a bank in Geelong, Victoria. However, his overriding ambition to become an actor caused him to abscond to Melbourne...
46. 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...
47. Alexander Scourby Alexander Scourby Actor, All My Children The possessor of one of stage, screen, radio and audiocassette's most distinguished vocal instruments, actor Alexander Scourby received his training via Shakespearean roles in the 1930s and perfected his trade on dramatic radio serials in the 1940's. The noted actor/narrator was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 13...
48. 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)...
49. 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...
50. Marion Martin Marion Martin Actress, Boom Town Dubbed "Hollywood's blonde menace," brassy, curvaceous Marion Martin (born Marion Suplee) was the daughter of a well-to-do Bethlehem Steel executive and reared in Main Line society. She attended exclusive schools until the family fortune was wiped out in the stock market crash of 1929. Forced to work...
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