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1. Gene Kelly Gene Kelly Actor, Singin' in the Rain Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941...
2. Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Soundtrack, Django Unchained Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground...
3. Dana Hill Dana Hill Actress, National Lampoon's European Vacation Dana Hill was born Dana Lynne Goetz on May 6, 1964, in a suburb of Los Angeles, to parents Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a commercial director. Despite diabetes ending a promising future in athletics when she was just ten years old, Dana gamely threw herself into acting when still in her early teen years...
4. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson Actor, The Last Picture Show Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart...
5. Jack Nance Jack Nance Actor, Eraserhead Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the early 1970s in Philadelphia while he was performing in a local theater...
6. Vince Edwards Vince Edwards Actor, Ben Casey Born in Brooklyn, the son of Italian immigrant parents, Vince Edwards early aspired to the theater. He was a swimming champion in high school, attended Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship, and was on their National Championship swimming team. Olympics were on the horizon, but an appendicitis operation cut short his swimming career...
7. Martin Balsam Martin Balsam Actor, 12 Angry Men Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club...
8. Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert Actress, It Happened One Night One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette grew up...
9. Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni Actor, Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette, then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club...
10. Howard E. Rollins Jr. Howard E. Rollins Jr. Actor, In the Heat of the Night Howard E. Rollins Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. He was the youngest of four children born to Howard E. Rollins Sr. (steelworker) and Ruth R. Rollins (domestic worker). Rollins graduated from Towson State College, where he studied theater. His first break into acting came when a friend convinced him to try out for a role in "Of Mice and Men" at a local Baltimore theater...
11. Jo Van Fleet Jo Van Fleet Actress, Cool Hand Luke Jo Van Fleet was born on December 30, 1914 in Oakland, California. She established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint...
12. Mark Lenard Mark Lenard Actor, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
13. Haing S. Ngor Haing S. Ngor Actor, The Killing Fields Haing S. Ngor was a native of Cambodia, and before the war was a physician (obstetrics) and medical officer in the Cambodian army. He became a captive of the Khmer Rouge during the and was imprisoned and tortured; in order to escape execution he denied being a doctor or having an education. He moved to the U.S...
14. Krzysztof Kieslowski Krzysztof Kieslowski Writer, Three Colors: Red Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
15. Bibi Besch Bibi Besch Actress, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Bibi Besch was born in Vienna, Austria, to racecar driver Gotfrid Köchert and actress Gusti Huber. She was a very busy supporting actress who had worked in television for over twenty years before she was nominated for an Emmy. She received one supporting actress Emmy nomination for Doing Time on Maple Drive and another in 1993 for a guest appearance on Northern Exposure...
16. Jack Weston Jack Weston Actor, Dirty Dancing Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a shoe repairman, Jack Weston began acting at the age of ten. Encouraged by his father and a perceptive teacher in his public school, he was brought to the Cleveland Playhouse, where he joined their children's theater. He stayed with the company until he was drafted into the army at the age of 19...
17. George Burns George Burns Actor, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
18. Vito Scotti Vito Scotti Actor, The Godfather With his dark features and having spent much of his early years in Naples, Italy, Vito Scotti was understandably typecast as Italian waiters, government functionaries, policemen, maitre d's and barbers. When Vito was seven, the Scottis moved back to the U.S. where his mother became a diva in the Italian theatre in New York...
19. Guy Madison Guy Madison Actor, Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Guy Madison appeared in 85 films, on radio, and television, finding his niche in the 1940s and starring as James Butler Hickock in the television series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. A radio version of the show aired on the Mutual network from 1951-1956.
20. McLean Stevenson McLean Stevenson Actor, M*A*S*H McLean Stevenson was born in Illinois, where his father was a cardiologist. After serving in the Navy, he attended Northwestern University, receiving a bachelor's degree in theater arts. Stevenson worked at a radio station, played a clown on a live television show in Dallas and sold insurance and medical equipment...
21. Greg Morris Greg Morris Actor, Mission: Impossible Born in Cleveland, Morris came to Hollywood in the early 1960s. His acting experience at that time consisted of a few minor roles on the Seattle stage. He found work appearing on Television series such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone before being cast in Mission: Impossible. Morris played quiet, efficient electronics expert Barney Collier from 1966-1973...
22. Audrey Meadows Audrey Meadows Actress, The Honeymooners Audrey Meadows was born, the youngest of four children, as Audrey Cotter, New York City. After she was born, her family returned to Wu'chang, China were they worked as missionaries. Her family returned to the US and settled in New England when Audrey was age 6, and sister Jayne Meadows and Audrey attended an all-girls boarding school...
23. Herb Edelman Herb Edelman Actor, The Odd Couple
24. Greer Garson Greer Garson Actress, Mrs. Miniver Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress...
25. Joanne Dru Joanne Dru Actress, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon The daughter of a West Virginia druggist, Joanne Dru came to New York in 1940. In New York she worked as a model and was cast by Al Jolson as one of the showgirls in his Broadway play "Hold Onto Your Hats." When the show closed in 1941, she married popular singer Dick Haymes and went with him to Hollywood...
26. Dorothy Lamour Dorothy Lamour Actress, Road to Bali Dorothy Lamour was born with the birth name of Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton on December 10, 1914, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was a beautiful child who turned heads as a teenager with her long dark hair. However, her dream was to become a professional singer not actress. After she won a beauty contest as Miss New Orleans in 1931...
27. Lucio Fulci Lucio Fulci Writer, Don't Torture a Duckling Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming. Abandoning his early career as a med student...
28. Whit Bissell Whit Bissell Actor, Hud Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in more than 200 movies and scores of TV series. He is best known for playing the evil scientist who turned Michael Landon into a half beast in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Bissell specialized in playing doctors...
29. Ted Bessell Ted Bessell Actor, That Girl Born in New York City, Ted's early career included guest appearances in soap operas, Lover Come Back and It's a Man's World. Ted went on to appear as "Frankie" on Gomer Pyle: USMC, but his big break was as "That Guy" on the successful Marlo Thomas Television series That Girl. As "Don Hollinger"...
30. Jon Pertwee Jon Pertwee Actor, Doctor Who Jon Pertwee was born John (after the apostle and disciple) Devon (after the county) Roland (after his father) Pertwee (an Anglicised version of the true family name, Perthuis de Laillevault) on 7 July 1919 in the Chelsea area of London. He was the second son of famous playwright, painter and actor Roland Pertwee...
31. Lew Ayres Lew Ayres Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front Lew Ayres was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in San Diego, California. A college dropout, he was found by a talent scout in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and entered Hollywood as a bit player. He was leading man to Greta Garbo in The Kiss, but it was the role of Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front that was his big break...
32. Luana Anders Luana Anders Actress, Easy Rider Born Luana Margo Anderson on May 12, 1938, Luana Anders began her show-business career as a bike messenger at MGM along with fellow thespians Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight and future film producers George Edwards and Fred Roos. She convinced Nicholson to join her in her improv acting class...
33. Margaux Hemingway Margaux Hemingway Actress, Lipstick The surname alone connoted fortune, wealth and creativity, but Portland-born Margaux Hemingway worked hard throughout her career to carve her own niche in the Hemingway saga. Raised in Ketchum, Idaho, Margaux worked various jobs in the Sun Valley area before traveling to New York City in the mid 1970's...
34. Morey Amsterdam Morey Amsterdam Self, The Hollywood Squares Born in Chicago, Morey Amsterdam started in vaudeville at the age of 14, as a straight man for his piano-playing brother. His father, a concert violinist who worked with the Chicago Opera and the San Francisco Symphony, wanted Morey to pursue a career in classical music but Morey had other plans. By the time he was 16...
35. William Prince William Prince Actor, Another World William was a character actor, whose popularity was due to hundreds of appearances in soap operas. Going from stage to screen, William had an undistinguished movie career in the 40's which ran out of steam after about four years. But in the 50's, he would find his calling on the small screen. On Young Dr. Malone...
36. Juliet Prowse Juliet Prowse Actress, G.I. Blues Born in India to South African parents, Juliet studied to be a dancer from the age of 4. Attending the Royal Academy of Dance, by the time Juliet was 14, she was deemed too tall at just under six feet to enter the world of ballet. She signed as a chorus dancer with the London Palladium and then pursued a career as a dancer in European nightclubs...
37. Don Simpson Don Simpson Producer, Top Gun Mr. Simpson was an extravagant movie producer whose blockbusters Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, and Top Gun helped define the pop culture of the 1980s. Mr. Simpson teamed with Jerry Bruckheimer in 1983 to produce these hits. In 1985 and 1988, the duo were named producers of the year by the National Association of Theater Owners...
38. Brigitte Helm Brigitte Helm Actress, Metropolis After her role in Metropolis she made a string of movies in which she almost always had the starring role, easily making the transition to sound films. Her last film was Ein idealer Gatte (An Ideal Spouse) in 1935.
39. Buck Buck Actor, Married with Children
40. Tommy Rettig Tommy Rettig Actor, Lassie For the last several years of his life Tom was a successful software developer. His products in Dbase and FoxPro were used by hundreds of other developers.
41. Tiny Tim Tiny Tim Self, Private Parts Tiny Tim, the ukulele-playing singer of 1920s ditties who was a true icon of the 1960s, was born Herbert Khaury on April 12, 1932, in New York City. The son of a Lebanese father and Jewish mother, the young Khaury grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. A high school dropout, his interest in the popular music of the 1890s through the 1930s manifested itself early...
42. Joe Seneca Joe Seneca Actor, Crossroads Prior to his illustrious Hollywood and television careers, Joe Seneca (nee Joel McGhee) belonged to a top flight singing group - The Three Riffs - that worked the better supper clubs in New York City. He was also a fine songwriter and had a big hit with "Talk to Me" sung by Little Willie John.
43. Charlene Holt Charlene Holt Actress, El Dorado
44. Gene Nelson Gene Nelson Director, Kissin' Cousins Gene Nelson was barely a teen when he saw the Fred Astaire movie Flying Down to Rio, which would change his life. It was then that he decided he would be a dancer. After graduating from high school, Nelson joined the Sonja Henie Ice Show and toured for 3 years before joining the Army in World War II...
45. Annabella Annabella Actress, Le million At age 16, Annabella was chosen by Abel Gance to appear in Napoleon. In the 30s, she became a star of French movies. She made movies in numerous other countries, before being called to Hollywood in 1938, where she met and married Tyrone Power. She remained in the USA until 1947. Then she attempted a comeback in France. She retired from show business in 1954.
46. Henry Slate Henry Slate Actor, Pete's Dragon
47. David Opatoshu David Opatoshu Actor, Torn Curtain
48. Larry Gates Larry Gates Actor, In the Heat of the Night Larry Gates spent much of his early career waiting for that "big break." That Big break finally came when he was cast in the 1956 broadway comedy Bell Book and Candle opposite Rex Harrison and Lili Palmer.Already middle aged the role was the first in a long line of character roles that Larry would make famous on both stage and screen...
49. Virginia Christine Virginia Christine Actress, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Virginia was a concert pianist and a trained lyric soprano. She studied dancing with Maria Bekefi and acting with the renowned professional studio coach, Helena Sorell and Michael Mark. Virginia spoke four languages, English, French, Swedish and German.
50. Ray Combs Ray Combs Self, Family Challenge
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