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1. Marlon Brando Marlon Brando Actor, The Godfather Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
2. Christopher Reeve Christopher Reeve Actor, Superman Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney...
3. Janet Leigh Janet Leigh Actress, Psycho Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology...
4. Fay Wray Fay Wray Actress, King Kong She was born Vina Fay Wray near Cardston, Alberta, Canada, on September 15, 1907. Fay was from a large family that included five siblings. She moved to Arizona when she was still small in order for her father to find better work than what was offered in Alberta. After moving again to California, her parents divorced...
5. Jerry Orbach Jerry Orbach Actor, Law & Order Jerry was born in the Bronx. His father, Leon, was a former vaudevillian actor, and his mother, Emily, was a radio singer. His family moved frequently and eventually settled in Waukegan, Illinois where he went to high school. The constant moving made him the new kid on the block and forced him to become "a chameleon" to blend in his new settings...
6. Frances Dee Frances Dee Actress, I Walked with a Zombie Brunette Frances Dee was born in Los Angeles, where her Army officer father was stationed, and grew up in Chicago after her father was transferred there. In 1929, he was re-assigned to L.A., and, as a lark, Dee began working in motion pictures as an extra. Her debut was in Words and Music with Lois Moran...
7. Rodney Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield Actor, Back to School Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Dorothy "Dotty" (Teitelbaum) and Phillip Cohen, who performed in vaudeville under the name Phil Roy. His father was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, and his mother was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant...
8. Carrie Snodgress Carrie Snodgress Actress, Pale Rider A student of Northern Illinois University, Carrie switched to drama at Chicago's Goodman Theatre School where she won the Sarah Siddons Award as outstanding graduate. After graduating, Carrie worked in Television and also appeared in Television movies. She made her big screen debut in Rabbit, Run...
9. Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan Production Manager, General Electric Theater Ronald Reagan had quite a prolific career, having catapulted from a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989). Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico...
10. Wilhelm von Homburg Wilhelm von Homburg Actor, Die Hard Wilhelm Von Homburg (A.K.A. Norbert Grupe) was born in Berlin, Germany. He started out his career as a wrestler during the fifties in Germany where he earned his fame. He also toured the States. Homburg's stage name was Prinz Wilhelm Von Homburg. In the early sixties, he shifted from wrestling to boxing. Between 1962 and 1970, he was in the light heavyweight and the heavyweight class...
11. Howard Keel Howard Keel Actor, Dallas He was the Errol Flynn and Clark Gable of "golden age" movie musicals back in the 1950s. With a barrel-chested swagger and cocky, confident air, not to mention his lusty handsomeness and obvious athleticism, 6'4" brawny baritone Howard Keel had MGM's loveliest songbirds swooning helplessly for over a decade in what were some of the finest musical films ever produced...
12. Pat Roach Pat Roach Actor, Raiders of the Lost Ark Proud and passionate Angle, Pat Roach, was born and raised in Birmingham, England and grew to be a mountain of a man standing at six feet, five inches tall, with doorway-wide shoulders and a barrel chest. Pat wrestled competitively under the name of "Bomber" Roach, and at one time held both the British and European Heavyweight Wrestling Championships...
13. Peter Ustinov Peter Ustinov Actor, Robin Hood Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions. He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, London...
14. Robert Pastorelli Robert Pastorelli Actor, Dances with Wolves Beefy, roughhewn actor Robert Pastorelli was a former boxer and an admitted drug addict before he cleaned up his act and pursued theater work in New York in such 1970s productions as "Rebel Without a Cause," "The Rainmaker," and "Death of a Salesman," he headed west and turned to film and TV in 1982...
15. Paul Winfield Paul Winfield Actor, The Terminator Signifying intelligence, eloquence, versatility and quiet intensity, one of the more important, critically acclaimed black actors to gain a Hollywood foothold in the 1970s was Paul Winfield. Born in 1941 in Los Angeles, he lived there in his early years before moving with his family to Los Angeles' Watts district...
16. Tony Randall Tony Randall Actor, The Odd Couple Tony Randall was born on February 26, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma as Aryeh Leonard Rosenberg. He attended Tulsa Central High School and later Northwestern University and New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. After graduating, he starred in two plays: George Bernard Shaw's 'Candida' alongside 'Jane Cowl' and 'Emyln Williams'' 'The Corn Is Green' alongside Ethel Barrymore...
17. Anna Lee Anna Lee Actress, General Hospital The daughter of a clergyman, Anna Lee was born Joan Boniface Winnifrith and encouraged to pursue an acting career by her father. After training at London's Royal Albert Hall, she took to the boards and later began appearing in English films, first as an extra, then working her way up to featured parts and finally earning the unofficial title "Queen of the Quota Quickies." Lee and her husband...
18. John Drew Barrymore John Drew Barrymore Actor, The Big Night American actor with a sporadic career, the son of stage and screen legend John Barrymore. His father and mother, actress Dolores Costello divorced in his infancy and he claimed to remember seeing his father only once. His mother attempted to keep him from the acting life, sending him to St. John's Military Academy and intending that he attend college...
19. Ann Miller Ann Miller Actress, Mulholland Dr. Ann Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier on April 12, 1923 in Chireno, Texas. She lived there until she was nine, when her mother left her philandering father and moved with Ann to Los Angeles, California. Even at that young age, she had to support her mother, who was hearing-impaired and unable to hold a job...
20. Noble Willingham Noble Willingham Actor, Walker, Texas Ranger Noble Willingham has appeared in more than 30 feature films, including Up Close & Personal, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Chinatown, Good Morning, Vietnam, City Slickers, City Slickers II, and The Distinguished Gentleman. He was born in the small town of Mineola, Texas, east of Dallas. After graduating from North Texas State College...
21. Jan Sterling Jan Sterling Actress, Guiding Light One of Hollywood's more talented and watchable stars on screen was sullen, strikingly stick-thin 50s actress Jan Sterling who didn't quite reach the top echelon of stardom but certainly ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy pout and flashy style in soaps, film noir and saucy comedy. Jan was born Jane Sterling Adriance in Manhattan in 1921 to a well-to-do family...
22. Russ Meyer Russ Meyer Director, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Russell Albion Meyer was born in San Leandro, California, to Lydia Lucinda (Hauck), a nurse, and William Arthur Meyer, a police officer, who divorced during his childhood. His parents were both of German descent. Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in Europe as a combat cameraman...
23. Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Music Department, Total Recall Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS...
24. Georgine Darcy Georgine Darcy Actress, Rear Window
25. Caitlin Clarke Caitlin Clarke Actress, Dragonslayer
26. John Randolph John Randolph Actor, Serpico Veteran performer John Randolph was a Tony Award-winning character actor whose union and social activism in the '40s and '50s caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The balding performer may not have been a household name, but he was a regular face in movies and TV for over four decades...
27. Mercedes McCambridge Mercedes McCambridge Actress, The Exorcist Mercedes McCambridge is a highly-talented radio performer who won a best supporting Actress Oscar for her film debut. Mercedes McCambridge was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Marie (Mahaffry) and John Patrick McCambridge, a farmer. She was of mostly Irish (with a small amount of English and German) ancestry...
28. Cecily Adams Cecily Adams Casting Director, That '70s Show American actress, casting director, teacher, and theatrical director. The daughter of nightclub singer Adelaide Adams and Get Smart star Don Adams, she was born in Queens, New York, several months after her parents' divorce. Raised in peripatetic fashion by her mother, she survived a particularly Dickensian Catholic boarding school as a toddler...
29. Alan King Alan King Self, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
30. Ingrid Thulin Ingrid Thulin Actress, Wild Strawberries Along with the legendary Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Eva Dahlbeck, and Harriet Andersson, icy blonde Ingrid Thulin became one of the preeminent Swedish femme stars of Ingmar Bergman's grim, emotional film masterpieces. Born in northern Sweden, she studied ballet as a child and attended the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm...
31. Virginia Capers Virginia Capers Actress, Ferris Bueller's Day Off With plenty of heart and soul, actress Virginia Capers served up loads of music in a career that spanned several decades. Born in 1925, she attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., then studied voice at Juilliard in Manhatten. By happenstance, she was introduced to band leader Abe Lyman who hired her for his radio program and for on-the-road tours...
32. Ray Charles Ray Charles Music Department, Ray A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status by the time he died in Beverly Hills at age 73...
33. Joe Viterelli Joe Viterelli Actor, Shallow Hal
34. Richard Ney Richard Ney Actor, Mrs. Miniver A Columbia University grad with an economics degree, Richard Ney was sidetracked into stage and films. For his movie debut, Ney was cast as Greer Garson's eldest son in the Oscar-winning Mrs. Miniver (1942). He later married Garson, ten years his senior, accruing negative publicity during their 1947 divorce proceedings when it was alleged that he had derided her for being old...
35. Irene Manning Irene Manning Actress, Yankee Doodle Dandy The youngest of five children born to a real estate broker, glamorous actress/singer Irene Manning began this world in Cincinatti, Ohio, as Inez Harvuot in 1912. Classically trained at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, she showed great potential for the grand opera scene but an even...
36. Isabel Sanford Isabel Sanford Actress, The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford was a Broadway actress for over thirty years before moving to Hollywood. She made numerous guest appearances on TV, including a stint as a supporting cast member on The Carol Burnett Show. Until her passing, Isabel continued to act frequently, most recently in a series of commercials for Old Navy stores with The Jeffersons co-star...
37. Acquanetta Acquanetta Actress, Tarzan and the Leopard Woman Aquanetta was a B-rated movie actress (born as Mildred Davenport) in Ozone, Wyoming in 1921. She was nicknamed the "Venezualan Volcano" by Universal Studios. She starred in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman. Acquanetta also had small parts in Arabian Nights, Jungle Woman, Dead Man's Eyes, Lost Continent and The Legend of Grizzly Adams...
38. Bruce Boa Bruce Boa Actor, Full Metal Jacket
39. Virginia Grey Virginia Grey Actress, All That Heaven Allows Born into a show-business family--her father was a director and her mother was a film cutter--Virginia Grey made her film debut at age 10 as Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin. After a few more films as a child actress, she left the business to finish her schooling. Returning to films as an adult in the 1930s, she started out getting extra work and bit parts...
40. Doris Dowling Doris Dowling Actress, The Lost Weekend After some Broadway musical stage work as a chorine, Detroit-born actress Doris Dowling followed her older sister Constance Dowling (who died relatively young in 1969) to Hollywood and made about an equal representation. Doris started off auspiciously with the role of the barfly and drinking companion to fellow alcoholic Ray Milland in the sobering classic film The Lost Weekend...
41. J.C. Quinn J.C. Quinn Actor, The Abyss J.C. Quinn- Was born in Philadelphia. Studied acting in New York and spent 17 years on Stage before moving to Hollywood to act in films.
42. Ron O'Neal Ron O'Neal Actor, Super Fly Forever tagged as the super baaaaaaad "Super Fly," actor Ron O'Neal has spent his entire post 70s career trying to break the chains of a stereotype that made him his fortune. Of tough, humble beginnings, Ron was the son of a wannabe jazz musician who became a factory worker in order to support the family...
43. Julius Harris Julius Harris Actor, Live and Let Die Prior to breaking into films, Philadelphia native Julius Harris worked as a bouncer in New York City. It was due to his many associations with struggling actors, that on a dare, Harris auditioned for his first role, in the well-received picture Nothing But a Man, in which he played a father in the South, alongside Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln...
44. Irina Demick Irina Demick Actress, The Longest Day Brunette French actress of Russian or Polish ancestry. A former model, she got her big break in films courtesy of an affair with the notorious womanizing mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, who cast her as a member of the French Resistance in The Longest Day. She played seven roles of diverse ethnicity in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes, but thereafter pretty much faded from the scene.
45. George 'Buck' Flower George 'Buck' Flower Actor, Back to the Future There aren't many actors who can claim that they appeared in everything from innocuous family features to sexy soft-core smut to popular television programs to various horror, science fiction, and exploitation movies as well as worked behind-the-scenes on a slew of films in assorted production capacities throughout the course of their careers...
46. Donna Michelle Donna Michelle Actress, Mickey One
47. Eric Douglas Eric Douglas Actor, The Golden Child
48. Richard Biggs Richard Biggs Actor, Babylon 5 Richard Biggs had a somewhat unsettled childhood as he travelled between Air Force bases where his father was stationed. Because of his itinerant lifestyle he made few friends and changed schools often. When he was seventeen, and living at a missile base in North Dakota, he decided to change his plans for a medical career after playing the lead in a local theatrical production of 'The Wiz'...
49. Harry Bartell Harry Bartell Actor, Voice in the Mirror
50. Chris Alcaide Chris Alcaide Actor, The Big Heat An arch-villain--the ultimate henchman!--Chris Alcaide has appeared in scores of film-noirs (mainly vintage Columbia B detective movies) and westerns. His steely look and his deep voice threatened for decades TV and movie stars, such as Glenn Ford, Tyrone Power, Lorne Greene, Richard Boone...
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