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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. Dorothy Lamour Dorothy Lamour Actress, Road to Bali In addition to being Miss New Orleans in 1931, Dorothy Lamour worked as a Chicago elevator operator; band vocalist for her first husband, band leader Herbie Kaye; and radio performer. In 1936 she donned her soon-to-be-famous sarong for her debut at Paramount, The Jungle Princess, and continued to play female Tarzan-Crusoe-Gauguin-girl-with make-up parts through the war years and beyond...
3. Charlene Holt Charlene Holt Actress, El Dorado
4. Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert Actress, It Happened One Night Screenwriter Allan Scott was one of Claudette Colbert's biggest fans after working with her on Skylark and So Proudly We Hail!. When she had trouble with one of his scenes she never said, "I can't play this scene"; her attitude was, "I think I'm missing something here", he recalled decades later when writing about Colbert's deep understanding as a friend...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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...
13. 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...
14. 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...
15. George Burns George Burns Actor, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
16. Bibi Besch Bibi Besch Actress, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Bibi Besch was born in Vienna, Austria, to race car driver Gotfrid Köchert and actress Gusti Huber. She was a very busy supporting actress who had worked in television for over twenty years before being nominated for an Emmy Award as a supporting actress for Doing Time on Maple Drive and another in 1993 for a guest appearance on Northern Exposure...
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. 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...
20. Mark Lenard Mark Lenard Actor, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
21. Guy Madison Guy Madison Actor, Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Handsome American leading man Guy Madison stumbled into a film career and became a television star and hero to the Baby Boom generation. As a young man he worked as a telephone lineman, but entered the Coast Guard at the beginning of the Second World War. While on liberty one weekend in Hollywood, he...
22. 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...
23. 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...
24. Jack Weston Jack Weston Actor, Dirty Dancing Born in Cleveland, he was a Machine Gunner and USO performer in World War II before arriving in New York to start his theater career.
25. Herb Edelman Herb Edelman Actor, The Odd Couple
26. 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...
27. 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.
28. 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...
29. Jon Pertwee Jon Pertwee Actor, Doctor Who Jon Pertwee is best known for his portrayal of the Doctor, on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. He portrayed the Doctor from 1970 to 1974. His 60-year entertainment career included work in radio, films, and cabaret. This was despite the inauspicious beginning of having been thrown out of drama school as a young man and told he had no future as an actor...
30. Whit Bissell Whit Bissell Actor, The Magnificent Seven 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...
31. 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...
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. 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...
34. 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...
35. Margaux Hemingway Margaux Hemingway Actress, Lipstick Born in Portland, Oregon, she grew up in on a farm in Ketchum, Idaho. But dad was Jack Hemingway, son of the Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway and, with that heritage, fame was almost foreordained. By the time she was 21, after the lead in the rape melodrama Lipstick, she had a budding movie career...
36. 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...
37. Buck Buck Actor, Married with Children
38. Laura La Plante Laura La Plante Actress, The Cat and the Canary Laura La Plante was 15 years old when she entered films as a Christie Comedy Bathing Beauty. By 1921, she had played a number of roles including a Tom Mix Western called The Big Town Round-Up for Fox and The Old Swimmin' Hole for First National. Laura, now 17, next signed with Universal, where she appeared in shorts...
39. 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...
40. John Abbott John Abbott Actor, The Jungle Book
41. 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"...
42. Adam Roarke Adam Roarke Actor, Hells Angels on Wheels Burly Brooklyn-born tough guy Adam Roarke made an infamous name for himself in 1960s biker flicks, usually donning a black leather jacket and a mean, mean scowl, typically the head of a bunch of hell-raisers. Nine of his more than 30 films would be in motorcycle movies, sometimes at odds with young rebel Jack Nicholson before his 'Easy Rider' fame...
43. 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...
44. Shûsaku Endô Shûsaku Endô Writer, Silence
45. Lyle Talbot Lyle Talbot Actor, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Lyle Talbot, who appeared in scores of movies from leads in Warner Bros.' "B" pictures to supporting roles in Edward D. Wood Jr.'s legendary kitsch, was born Lysle Henderson on February 8, 1902, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a small town in Nebraska, where after the early death of his mother, he was raised by her mother, Mary Hollywood Talbot, whose name he later bore professionally...
46. 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.
47. Michael Fox Michael Fox Actor, Young Frankenstein Michael Fox first "trod the boards" in grade school plays in his hometown of Yonkers, New York. After toying with the idea of becoming a history teacher, Fox did "something as foreign to my nature as one could think of", becoming a "boomer" (a migratory railroad worker) and taking jobs as a brakeman with various lines...
48. Don Simpson Don Simpson Producer, The Rock 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...
49. Luana Patten Luana Patten Actress, Song of the South One of the first two contract players for Walt Disney Studios, she made her debut in Song of the South as a poor white child fascinated by the stories told by Uncle Remus. She made three more films as a child star, then left film for over 10 years. She returned as an ingénue in Rock, Pretty Baby, and followed that by several teen films...
50. Phillip Reed Phillip Reed Actor, Song of the Thin Man
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