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1. Heath Ledger Heath Ledger Actor, The Dark Knight When a hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. But that comes much later in his story...
2. Paul Newman Paul Newman Actor, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
3. Charlton Heston Charlton Heston Actor, Ben-Hur With features chiseled in stone, who else but Charlton Heston could you picture as Michelangelo, as Ben-Hur, as Moses? Heston's movie career took off with The Greatest Show on Earth and reached light speed with Ben-Hur. Although he has played a pantheon of larger-than-life roles, he usually prefers to talk about the day-to-day daily grind of the movie business...
4. Brad Renfro Brad Renfro Actor, Ghost World Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on July 25, 1982, he was discovered at age 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was cast in the motion picture The Client, which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Although this would be his zenith, he went on to appear in other films, including The Cure...
5. Guillaume Depardieu Guillaume Depardieu Actor, Pola X
6. Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt Actress, The Emperor's New Groove An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina, a pregnancy resulting from the rape by a white plantation owner and a sharecropper mother of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine, and at age 15...
7. Ivan Dixon Ivan Dixon Actor, A Patch of Blue Ivan Dixon, a handsome, mustachioed African-American actor and director who carried a strong, serious nature about his solid frame, initially earned attention on the ground-breaking stage and film with pronounced themes of social and racial relevance. He would become better known, however, for his ensemble playing in the nonsensical but popular WWII sitcom Hogan's Heroes...
8. Roy Scheider Roy Scheider Actor, Jaws Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, fighting...
9. Bernie Mac Bernie Mac Actor, Ocean's Eleven Bernard Jeffrey McCollough was born in Chicago in 1957. He grew up in Chicago, in a rougher neighborhood than most others, with a large family living under one roof. This situation provided him with a great insight into his comedy, as his family, and the situations surrounding them would be what dominated his comedy...
10. Sydney Pollack Sydney Pollack Director, Tootsie Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. He was born on July 1, 1934, in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His mother, Rebecca Miller, was a homemaker. His father, David Pollack...
11. Estelle Getty Estelle Getty Actress, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like one-liners...
12. Suzanne Pleshette Suzanne Pleshette Actress, Spirited Away Suzanne Pleshette achieved television immortality in her role as Bob Newhart's wife in the 1970s classic situation comedy, The Bob Newhart Show. For her role as "Emily Hartley", wife of psychologist "Bob Hartley" (played by Bob Newhart), Pleshette was nominated for the Emmy Award twice, in 1977 and 1978...
13. George Carlin George Carlin Actor, Dogma Born and raised by his mother in Manhattan, New York City. His parents divorced when he was two months. His mother (as well as his father) worked in marketing, where they met. The long hours the mother worked left the young George by himself for long hours every day, providing him (in his own words)...
14. Majel Barrett Majel Barrett Actress, General Hospital
15. Mel Ferrer Mel Ferrer Actor, The Longest Day Actor/director/producer Mel Ferrer was born Melchor Gaston Ferrer on August 25, 1917, in Elberon, New Jersey. The son of a Cuban-born surgeon and a Manhattan socialite, he went to prep school and attended Princeton University. From the age of 15 he worked in summer stock. After Princeton he became an editor on a small Vermont newspaper and wrote a children's book...
16. Harvey Korman Harvey Korman Actor, Blazing Saddles Lanky, popular TV comedy veteran with a flair for broad comic characterizations, who shone for a decade as leading man and second banana par excellence on The Carol Burnett Show but failed to find much success in his own projects. A persistent TV presence since the early 1960s, Korman's first big break was a stint as a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show...
17. Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes Soundtrack, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school teachers to get his diploma...
18. Richard Widmark Richard Widmark Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer "Tommy Udo". Kiss of Death and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new generation of American movie actors who became stars in the post-World War II era...
19. Stan Winston Stan Winston Make-Up Department, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
20. Anthony Minghella Anthony Minghella Writer, The English Patient Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of Hull...
21. Robert Prosky Robert Prosky Actor, Dead Man Walking Member of Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage repertory company in 60's and 70s, where he worked with Jane Alexander James Earl Jones Robert Foxworth and others.
22. Van Johnson Van Johnson Actor, The Caine Mutiny Van Johnson had just started a 7-year contract with MGM in 1942 when he was in a major road accident which left him with a metal plate in his head. Ineligible to serve during WWII, he became America's war film hero, playing the amiable guy next door sent overseas to do his part for America. Johnson also appeared in a slew of MGM musicals...
23. Cyd Charisse Cyd Charisse Actress, Singin' in the Rain Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About...
24. Michael Crichton Michael Crichton Writer, Jurassic Park Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he submitted...
25. Edie Adams Edie Adams Actress, The Apartment The scintillating, sultry-eyed blonde (formerly a redhead) star of screen, TV and award-winning stage went on to become best known, however, for her sensual delivery pitching cigars in taunting 60s ads and commercials with her Mae Westian come-on line, "Why don't you pick one up and smoke it sometime?" This...
26. Beverly Garland Beverly Garland Actress, Port Charles Born in Santa Cruz, California, Beverly Garland studied dramatics under Anita Arliss, the sister of renowned stage and screen star George Arliss. She acted in little theater in Glendale then in Phoenix after her family relocated to Arizona. Garland also worked in radio and appeared scantily clad in a few risqué shorts before making her feature film debut in a supporting part in D.O.A....
27. Don S. Davis Don S. Davis Actor, The Uninvited
28. John Phillip Law John Phillip Law Actor, Barbarella
29. Jerry Reed Jerry Reed Soundtrack, Smokey and the Bandit Tall, blond haired country & western singer / songwriter from Atlanta Georgia, who usually appears in films portraying good humored Southern type characters. Reed was already writing and singing music in high school, and was signed by Capitol Records to a three-year contract in 1955. However, in 1958...
30. Lois Nettleton Lois Nettleton Actress, General Hospital Lois Nettleton was a versatile and accomplished actress who appeared on stage, in films and on TV in her long career. The former Miss Chicago of 1948 beauty pageant contest winner was born in Oak Park, Illinois, She studied acting at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and then at the Actors' Studio in New York City...
31. Julius Carry Julius Carry Actor, The Last Dragon
32. Sam Bottoms Sam Bottoms Actor, Apocalypse Now
33. Paul Benedict Paul Benedict Actor, Sesame Street
34. Nina Foch Nina Foch Actress, Spartacus A leading lady of the 1940s, the tall and blonde Foch usually played cool, aloof and often foreign, women of sophistication. As film roles became harder to find, Foch proved to versatile in many areas. She was a panelist on several TV quiz shows, worked as George Stevens' assistant director for The Diary of Anne Frank and directed plays...
35. Bettie Page Bettie Page Self, Bettie Page Reveals All Bettie Page's life was filled with cult myth, mystery and sadness. Her image captured the imagination of a generation with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality, during an era of strong sexual repression. She was the quintessential pin-up, tacked up on walls in military barracks and garages; five decades later...
36. Robert Knox Robert Knox Actor, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Son of Colin and Sally Knox. Brother of Jamie Knox. Stabbed to death in bar brawl in London on 24 May 2008, while protecting his 16-year-old brother, four days after his last scene on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was shot. His attacker was convicted of his murder on 4 March 2009.
37. Allan Melvin Allan Melvin Actor, Bermuda Triangle Tangle
38. Paul Scofield Paul Scofield Actor, A Man for All Seasons Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school age...
39. Stanley Kamel Stanley Kamel Actor, Domino Stanley Kamel was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 1, 1943 and was raised in South River, New Jersey. He attended school at Rutgers Prepatory School in Somerset, New Jersey and graduated from Boston University School of Fine Arts in 1965. Kamel got his start in acting with bit parts off-Broadway before his big break into television playing Eric Peters on Days of Our Lives in the 1970s...
40. Jeff MacKay Jeff MacKay Actor, All the President's Men
41. Robert DoQui Robert DoQui Actor, RoboCop Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Robert DoQui was born in 1934 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He attended Langston University on a music scholarship and was a member of the popular singing group, "The Langstonaires". Following a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, DoQui went to New York to pursue a career in show business...
42. Brad Sullivan Brad Sullivan Actor, The Untouchables
43. Manuel Padilla Jr. Manuel Padilla Jr. Actor, American Graffiti
44. Evelyn Keyes Evelyn Keyes Actress, Gone with the Wind No shrinking violet this one, but despite her talent, vivacity and sheer drive, lovely and alluring blonde Evelyn Keyes would remain typed as a "B" girl on the silver screen. Furthermore, despite her ripe contributions to such superior pictures as Here Comes Mr. Jordan, The Jolson Story, Mrs. Mike, The Prowler and 99 River Street...
45. George Furth George Furth Actor, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
46. Jules Dassin Jules Dassin Director, Rififi Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi, Never on Sunday, and Topkapi. He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants...
47. Kim Chan Kim Chan Actor, The Fifth Element Born in China, Kim Chan fled China in 1928 with his father Lem and two older sisters. Settling first in Rhode Island, then in New York, Kim left his family after his father caught him lying about an afternoon spent at the cinema. Faced with an ultimatum, Kim left for years as a day laborer, occasionally homeless, frequently sleeping on vermin-infested ironing boards...
48. Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs Actor, Little Shop of Horrors
49. Dody Goodman Dody Goodman Actress, One Life to Live Her quivery, high-pitched, Southern-cracked tones were once described as sounding like "a Tweetie Pie cartoon bird strangling on peanut butter." Just the absurdity of that description fits comedienne Dody Goodman to a tee. One did not know what to make of her, but she could certainly induce laughter with a mere perplexed look...
50. Dorothy Green Dorothy Green Actress, The Big Heat
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