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1. Cleavon Little Cleavon Little Actor, Blazing Saddles Versatile, charismatic African-American actor Cleavon Little was born on June 1, 1939, in Oklahoma but grew up in California and attended San Diego College. He earned a scholarship to Juilliard and moved to New York, then trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art and was soon appearing off-Broadway...
2. Anthony Perkins Anthony Perkins Actor, Psycho Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College...
3. Angelique Pettyjohn Angelique Pettyjohn Actress, Mad Doctor of Blood Island Born Dorothy Lee Perrins in Los Angeles, California on March 11, 1943, Angelique Pettyjohn began modeling at a very young age. She also took advantage of her living in the locus of "American Dreams" by studying acting. Pettyjohn made her movie debut at age 21, under the name "Angelique", in the low-budget The Love Rebellion...
4. Chuck Connors Chuck Connors Actor, The Rifleman Chuck Connors was born Kevin Joseph Connors in Brooklyn, New York, to Marcella (Londrigan) and Alban Francis "Allan" Connors. His parents were immigrants from the Dominion of Newfoundland (now part of Canada), and were of Irish descent. Chuck and his two-years-younger sister, Gloria, grew up in a working-class section of the west side of Brooklyn...
5. Bolaji Badejo Bolaji Badejo Actor, Alien
6. Sterling Holloway Sterling Holloway Actor, The Jungle Book Popular American character actor of amusing appearance and voice whose long career led from dozens of highly enjoyable onscreen performances to world-wide familiarity as the voice of numerous Walt Disney animated films. Born in the American Deep South to grocer Sterling P. Holloway Sr. and Rebecca Boothby Holloway...
7. Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich Actress, Witness for the Prosecution Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901. Her father was an army officer who had served in the Franco-Prussian War. Because of his constant absences from the family due to his army duties, Marlene and the rest had to rely on themselves. When he died...
8. José Ferrer José Ferrer Actor, Lawrence of Arabia
9. Denholm Elliott Denholm Elliott Actor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Much-loved character actor who specialised in playing slightly sleazy/slightly eccentric and often flawed upper middle class English gentlemen. His career spanned nearly 40 years, becoming a well-known face both in Britain and in the States.
10. John Anderson John Anderson Actor, Psycho A tall, sinewy, austere-looking character actor with silver hair, rugged features and a distinctive voice, John Robert Anderson left an impressive legacy of literally hundreds of film and TV credits. Immensely versatile, he was at his best submerging himself in the role of historical figures (he impersonated Abraham Lincoln three times and twice baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis...
11. Dana Andrews Dana Andrews Actor, Laura American leading man of the 1940s and 1950s, Dana Andrews, was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farm by Collins, Covington County, Mississippi. He was the son of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. He was one of thirteen children, including actor Steve Forrest. Andrews studied business administration at Sam Houston State Teachers College in Texas...
12. Sandy Dennis Sandy Dennis Actress, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came to the neurotic-dispensing department...
13. Robert Reed Robert Reed Actor, The Brady Bunch
14. John Ireland John Ireland Actor, Spartacus Born in Canada, John Ireland was raised in New York. Performing as a swimmer in a water carnival, he moved into the legitimate theater, often appearing in minor roles in Broadway plays. His first big break in pictures came in 1945 when he appeared as Windy the introspective letter-writing G.I. in the classic war epic A Walk in the Sun...
15. Dick York Dick York Actor, Bewitched The gangly York is best remembered as the first and most frustrated "Darrin Stephens" on the long-running TV series Bewitched. He left the series in 1969 due to a chronic back ailment. He later founded Acting for Life, a private fund-raising effort for the homeless, which he managed from his home where he was bedridden with a degenerative spine injury.
16. John Dehner John Dehner Actor, The Doris Day Show Regularly cast as the "bad guy" on the radio version of "Gunsmoke", Western fans later came to know Dehner as "Paladin" on radio's "Have Gun, Will Travel". After radio, on television, he often recreated the role of the polished, dishonest gambler or tough gunman hunted by the law. While he was the first choice of TV producers for the TV version of Have Gun - Will Travel...
17. Neville Brand Neville Brand Actor, Laredo Neville Brand joined the US Army in 1939, bent on a career in the military. It was while he was in the army that he made his acting debut, in Army training films, and this experience apparently changed the direction of his life. Once a civilian again, he used his GI Bill education assistance to study drama with the American Theater Wing and then appeared in several Broadway plays...
18. Nancy Walker Nancy Walker Actress, Rhoda They say big things often come in small packages, and never was that saying more true than when sizing up the talents of that diminutive dynamo Nancy Walker. Born Anna Myrtle Smoyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1922, she lived a born-in-a-trunk existence as the daughter of vaudevillian Dewey Barto (né Dewey Smoyer)...
19. Bill Williams Bill Williams Actor, The Adventures of Kit Carson A solid film and TV player bearing a strong, honest persona for most his career, this innocent-eyed, boyishly handsome blond "B" actor of the 40s and 50s was born in Brooklyn on May 21, 1915, and educated there at the Pratt Institute. A natural athlete, Bill Williams was a professional swimmer who broke...
20. Cesare Danova Cesare Danova Actor, Mean Streets Tall, dark, and handsome, Italian actor Cesare Danova (pronounced Chez-a-ray Da-NO-va) was a true Renaissance man. As a boy, it appeared he might become a professional athlete. But his family wanted him to become a doctor. Cesare, by his own account, studied medicine with such diligence that he suffered a nervous breakdown shortly before he was to take his degree...
21. Hank Worden Hank Worden Actor, The Searchers Raised on a cattle ranch in Montana. Educated at Stanford and the University of Nevada as an engineer. Washed out as an Army pilot. Toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc rider. Broke his neck in a horsefall in his 20s, but didn't know it until his 40s. Chosen along with Tex Ritter from a rodeo at Madison Square Garden in New York to appear in the Broadway play "Green Grow the Lilacs"...
22. Judith Anderson Judith Anderson Actress, Rebecca Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s...
23. Steve Brodie Steve Brodie Actor, Out of the Past Primarily known as a "B" movie bad guy of hundreds of films, husky actor Steve Brodie was born John Daugherty Stephens on November 25, 1919, in El Dorado, Kansas. Raised in Wichita, he dropped out of school and raced cars, boxed and worked on oil rigs to get by. He initially entertained a criminal law career but that interest quickly wore off after having to toil as a property boy...
24. Ian Wolfe Ian Wolfe Actor, Witness for the Prosecution Respected character actor whose on-screen work included everything from Shakespeare to Dick Tracy (his last film). After a long apprenticeship in the theatre, the 38-year-old Wolfe finally debuted in films in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, recreating his Broadway role. He then toiled away steadily in Hollywood for the next several decades...
25. Shirley Booth Shirley Booth Actress, Hazel Character actress Shirley Booth could play everything in all facets of show business, whether it was a smart-mouthed cashier on radio's "Duffy's Tavern", the sassy maid on TV's Hazel or the pathetic woman in Come Back, Little Sheba. For those who only know her through her sitcom, it might be hard to believe she was a seasoned theatrical veteran...
26. Benny Hill Benny Hill Writer, The Benny Hill Show He was born Alfred Hawthorn Hill. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Burlesque Shows and the theatre from where the young Benny Hill was to draw much of his comic inspiration. After his national service with the army during WW2, Benny came to London, adopted the stage name Benny Hill (in homage to his all time favourite comedian Jack Benny) and began appearing in variety shows...
27. Lenny Montana Lenny Montana Actor, The Godfather Tall and solidly built, this Italian-American professional wrestler turned actor was born Lenny Passaforo in Brooklyn, New York, and is best remembered for his first on-screen role as the not too bright but ever loyal bodyguard Luca Brasi in The Godfather. Montana didn't get a lot of screen time before...
28. Paul Henreid Paul Henreid Actor, Casablanca The son of aristocratic banker Baron Carl Alphons and Marie Luise von Hernried, Paul grew up in Vienna and studied at the prestigious Maria Theresa Academy (graduating in 1927) and the Institute of Graphic Arts. For four years, he worked as translator and book designer for a publishing outfit run by Otto Preminger...
29. Vincent Gardenia Vincent Gardenia Actor, Moonstruck He was honored twice off-Broadway with Distinguished Performance OBIE Award, first in 1960 for "Machinal" and again in 1969 for "Passing Through From Exotic Places." In 1972 he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play for "Prisoner on 2nd Avenue." In 1979 he was nominated for Best Actor in...
30. Jack Kelly Jack Kelly Actor, Maverick Jack Kelly started acting at age two, modeling in soap ads and garnering a lifetime supply of soap for his pay. Jack continued to model until the age of nine when he appeared in his first play with Hope Emerson called "Swing Your Lady". Broadway shows and radio followed until his family moved to California in 1938...
31. Sam Kinison Sam Kinison Writer, The Sam Kinison Family Entertainment Hour
32. James Brown James Brown Actor, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin James Brown was born March 22, 1920 in the small town of Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas. He graduated from The Desdemona School (grades 1-12), which was built in 1922 (it closed in 1969). Very athletic, Brown became a tennis pro before there was any money in it. He entered films in 1941. Clearly a man of unlimited athletic prowess...
33. Daniel Pollock Daniel Pollock Actor, Romper Stomper
34. John Sturges John Sturges Director, The Great Escape
35. Michael Gothard Michael Gothard Actor, For Your Eyes Only Michael Gothard was born in London on June 24, 1939. He left school at 17 with little idea of what he wanted to do. He traveled around Europe, washing dishes in restaurants, as a house cleaner and building laborer. He spent a year in Paris, living in the Latin Quarter. He dabbled in modeling, but never felt comfortable doing so...
36. Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray Writer, Pather Panchali Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
37. James O'Hara James O'Hara Actor, The Quiet Man
38. Todd Armstrong Todd Armstrong Actor, Jason and the Argonauts
39. Frederick O'Neal Frederick O'Neal Actor, Pinky African-American Frederick O'Neal was an actor and director of distinction, known for his exemplary work on stage and TV, but is hailed (and, arguably, better remembered) for his work behind the scenes as a revolutionary unionist and certifiable mover-and-shaker, earning major applause for his equally...
40. Ray Danton Ray Danton Actor, The Longest Day Handsome and smooth natured leading man who often played oily individuals, Ray Danton was born in New York and dramatically trained at Carnegie Tech. First debuted on-screen as a moody Native American in Chief Crazy Horse and regularly guest-starred in many 1950s TV shows including Playhouse 90, Wagon Train, and 77 Sunset Strip...
41. Marisa Mell Marisa Mell Actress, Danger: Diabolik
42. Brenda Marshall Brenda Marshall Actress, The Sea Hawk Brenda wanted to be a film actress, all right; it's just that she didn't want to be Brenda Marshall. Throughout her years in Hollywood, she insisted that her friends and coworkers address her not by her studio-fabricated cognomen, but by her given name of Ardis Ankerson (with the addition of the surname of her first husband...
43. Marshall Thompson Marshall Thompson Actor, Daktari Although he geared himself up for major film stardom throughout the 1950s, it took a leading role on a 1960s TV series opposite a lion and chimpanzee to make Marshall Thompson a genuine household name. Born on November 27, 1925, and named James Marshall Thompson after an ancestor, a famed Supreme Court justice...
44. Peter Brocco Peter Brocco Actor, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Prolific, sharp-featured American character actor of somewhat skeletal and dishevelled appearance, accentuated later in his career by thinning hair and a scraggly goatee. A former theology student, Brocco began his career playing leading roles in stock theatre. He subsequently honed his craft touring France...
45. Joan Marshall Joan Marshall Actress, Bold Venture Born on June 9, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, Joan Marshall attended St. Clement's School. Looking far more mature than her age would indicate, when she was just 14 years old she auditioned for, and was hired, as a showgirl at Chicago's Chez Paree, one of the country's foremost nightclubs in the 1940s and 1950s...
46. Richard Brooks Richard Brooks Writer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
47. Robert Morley Robert Morley Actor, The African Queen English character actor Robert Morley was educated in England, Germany, France and Italy. His family planned for him to go into the diplomatic service but he liked the idea of acting more. After studying at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London he appeared on the London stage in 1929 and in 1938 he first appeared on Broadway as the lead in Oscar Wilde...
48. Diane Varsi Diane Varsi Actress, Compulsion This lovely, long-haired, fresh-faced and most promising product of the late 1950s was born Diane Marie Antonia Varsi in San Mateo, California, on February 23, 1938, the elder of two daughters of Russell Varsi, a florist, and wife Beatrice DeMerchant. A troubling childhood led to her dropping out of high school...
49. Hari Rhodes Hari Rhodes Actor, Daktari
50. Laurence Naismith Laurence Naismith Actor, Diamonds Are Forever The British charactor actor Laurence Naismith was a Merchant Marine seaman before becoming an actor. He made his London stage debut in 1927 in the chorus of the musical "Oh, Boy." Three years later, he joined the Bristol Repertory and remained with them until the outbreak of World War II. After serving nine years in the Royal Artillery (with the final rank of Acting Battery Commander)...
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