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1. Robert Mitchum Robert Mitchum Actor, The Night of the Hunter Underrated American leading man of enormous ability who sublimates his talents beneath an air of disinterest. Born to a railroad worker who died in a train accident when he was two, Robert Mitchum and his siblings (including brother John Mitchum, later also an actor) were raised by his mother and stepfather (a British army major) in Connecticut...
2. Anne Francis Anne Francis Actress, Forbidden Planet One tall, cool drink of water, the beautiful, curvaceous, mole-lipped Anne Francis got into show business quite early in life. She was born Anne Lloyd Francis on September 16, 1930 in Ossining, New York (which is near Sing Sing prison), the only child of Phillip, a businessman/salesman, and Edith Francis...
3. 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...
4. Harry Carey Jr. Harry Carey Jr. Actor, Back to the Future Part III Harry Carey, Jr., had been reliable character actor for decades, mostly in Westerns, before he retired. He is the son of the actor Harry Carey and the actress Olive Carey. He was born on his parents' 1000-acre ranch near Saugus, in the northwestern part of Los Angeles County, which is now next door to Santa Clarita...
5. 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...
6. 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...
7. Jeanne Crain Jeanne Crain Actress, State Fair Jeanne Crain was born in Barstow, California, on May 25, 1925. The daughter of a high school English teacher and his wife, Jeanne was moved to Los Angeles not long after her birth after her father got another teaching position in that city. While in junior high school, Jeanne played the lead in a school production which set her on the path to acting...
8. John Dehner John Dehner Actor, Airplane II: The Sequel 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...
9. Marie Dressler Marie Dressler Actress, Dinner at Eight Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on the vaudeville circuit...
10. Ronald Colman Ronald Colman Actor, Lost Horizon British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his father's death cost him the financial support necessary...
11. Howard Duff Howard Duff Actor, Kramer vs. Kramer Tough, virile, wavy-haired and ruggedly handsome with trademark forlorn-looking brows that added an intriguing touch of vulnerability to his hard outer core, actor Howard Duff and his wife-at-the-time, actress Ida Lupino, were one of Hollywood's premiere film couples during the 1950s "Golden Age"...
12. F.W. Murnau F.W. Murnau Director, Nosferatu He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
13. Norma Varden Norma Varden Actress, The Sound of Music The daughter of a retired sea captain and his much-younger wife, actress Norma Varden was born and raised in turn-of-the-century London. A piano prodigy, she studied in Paris and appeared in concert in England during her teenage years. Acting, however, became her career of choice, studying at the Guildhall School of Music...
14. Mary Grace Canfield Mary Grace Canfield Actress, General Hospital
15. Faith Domergue Faith Domergue Actress, This Island Earth Sultry, brunette Faith Domergue was born in New Orleans, part Creole, but primarily of Irish and English extraction. She was adopted when she was six weeks old. In 1927 her adoptive parents took her to live in California, where she was educated at Catholic schools in Santa Monica. She had her first flirt with the acting profession while still at school...
16. Robert Stevenson Robert Stevenson Director, Mary Poppins
17. Arthur Shields Arthur Shields Actor, The Quiet Man Though not as well known as his nearly decade-older brother Barry Fitzgerald, Shields was a talented actor with well over twice the film roles in his career. Fitzgerald was already a well established player at the renowned Dublin Abbey Theater when Shields, also bitten by the acting bug, joined in 1914...
18. Heather Angel Heather Angel Actress, Peter Pan Heather Grace Angel was born in Oxford, England, on February 9, 1909. She dabbled on the stage for a time before coming to California to try her luck on the screen. Heather was 20 years old when she landed a bit part for the 1929 film, Bulldog Drummond. Although she didn't know it at the time, she would become a staple of that particular series eight years hence...
19. Robert Sully Robert Sully Actor, Meet Me in St. Louis
20. Douglas Adams Douglas Adams Writer, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Born Douglas Noel Adams on March 11, 1952 in Cambridge. From 1959 until 1970 he went to Brentwood school in Essex, and his main interest was science. As a student in Cambridge he decided to hitch-hike through Europe to Istanbul, and in order to raise funds for this he took a lot of small jobs. In 1970 he left school to become a writer...
21. Edie Sedgwick Edie Sedgwick Actress, Ciao Manhattan Edie Sedgwick was a bright social butterfly whose candle of fame burned brightly at both ends. Born into a wealthy White Anglo-Saxon Protestant family of impressive lineage, Edie became a "celebutante" for her beauty, style, wealth and her associations with figures of the 1960s counterculture. Edie was born in Santa Barbara into a prominent family plagued by mental illness...
22. Dorothy Mitchum Dorothy Mitchum Actress, The Big Steal
23. Julia Child Julia Child Writer, Julie & Julia
24. Lynn Bari Lynn Bari Actress, Shock A curvaceous, dark-haired WWII pin-up beauty (aka "The Woo Woo Girl" and "The Girl with the Million Dollar Figure"), "B" film star Lynn Bari had the requisite looks and talent but few of the lucky breaks needed to penetrate the "A" rankings during her extensive Hollywood career. Nevertheless, some worthy performances of hers stand out in late-night viewings...
25. Jonathan Peck Jonathan Peck Actor, The Big Country
26. Peter Whitney Peter Whitney Actor, In the Heat of the Night The name may have you scratchin' your head a bit while searchin' for your nearby trivia book, but oh...that intimidating face is so familiar. Peter Whitney's over-powering frame, swarthy looks, bushy brows and maniacal look in his eye made him one of the most fearsome character actors to lump around in 40s...
27. John Cromwell John Cromwell Director, Of Human Bondage Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, Ohio. He made his Broadway debut on October 14, 1912, in Marian De Forest's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" at the Playhouse Theatre. The show was a hit, running for a total of 184 performances. Cromwell appeared in another 38 plays on Broadway between February 24...
28. Barbara Jo Allen Barbara Jo Allen Actress, Sleeping Beauty Comedienne/writer Barbara Jo Allen induced laughs nationwide after originating and literally becoming synonymous with the talky, shrill-voiced, man-hungry spinster "Vera Vague," a WWII creation in the late 1930s. She kept the name throughout much of her career and was often billed as such. The character, however, was to be both her fortune and her curse...
29. Lillian Fontaine Lillian Fontaine Actress, The Lost Weekend
30. Virginia Cherrill Virginia Cherrill Actress, City Lights Actress in US and UK films of the early 1930s. Born on a farm, Cherrill was discovered by Charles Chaplin while sitting beside him at a boxing match in Los Angeles; he introduced himself at intermission and hired her for her debut in City Lights. She met husband Cary Grant at the premiere of Blonde Venus and stopped working after their marriage in 1933...
31. Doris Lloyd Doris Lloyd Actress, The Sound of Music
32. Bruce Geller Bruce Geller Writer, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Author, composer, writer and songwriter, educated at Yale University (BA degree). He joined ASCAP in 1961, and wrote the off-Broadway stage scores for "Living the Life" and "All in Love". His chief musical collaborator was Gene de Paul, and his popular-song compositions included "I Found Him" and "What Can It Be?".
33. David Manners David Manners Actor, Dracula Distantly related to Princess Diana on his mother's side, Nova Scotia-born actor David Manners, nee Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom, came from well-to-do stock. His father ran the prestigious Tower Road boys' school Harrow House and later became a literary advisor for E.P. Dutton Publishing Co. in New York...
34. Elizabeth Inglis Elizabeth Inglis Actress, The Letter As elegant and aristocratic as her British nationality requires, Elizabeth Inglis was one of the most promising actresses of her motherland, in the beginning of the 40s. After making her debut in Borrowed Clothes and having small parts in some of Alfred Hitchcock's early movies, she reached the point of co-starring next to Bette Davis in William Wyler's The Letter...
35. Christian Rub Christian Rub Actor, You Can't Take It with You Character actor in Hollywood for two decades from the early 30's.
36. Lola Lane Lola Lane Actress, Marked Woman Lola Lane, born Dorothy Mullican, grew up Indianola, Iowa. Small-town life was not to her taste and she yearned to be in show business. She was also a bit of a rebel: once in her teens she scandalized the townsfolk by dancing a particularly progressive Charleston right in front of the church - which was emptying after Sunday service...
37. Pat Conway Pat Conway Actor, Geronimo Born on January 9, 1931, in Los Angeles, California, Patrick (Pat) Douglas Conway was the son of Hollywood "royalty"-film actor/director/producer Hugh ("Jack") Ryan Conway and his second wife, Virginia C. Bushman Conway, daughter of famous silent screen star Francis X. Bushman. Pat was a real cowboy...
38. Virginia Gilmore Virginia Gilmore Actress, The Pride of the Yankees Virginia Gilmore's father was a British army officer who retired to California. Educated at a convent in Hollywood, she made her stage debut at 15 with a San Francisco theater company and at 20 made her first movie for Samuel Goldwyn. Although her career started out well, she was soon relegated to leading and supporting parts in B pictures...
39. Jack Sonntag Jack Sonntag Production Manager, Mission: Impossible
40. Phillip Terry Phillip Terry Actor, The Lost Weekend The only child of a San Francisco couple, actor Phillip Terry was born Frederick Henry Kormann on March 7, 1909. His father, a chemical engineer in the oil fields, moved about in his work so Phillip was sent to live with relatives in New Jersey to achieve more stable schooling. Following high school graduation...
41. Vera Ralston Vera Ralston Actress, The Fighting Kentuckian After achieving modest fame as an ice skater in her native Czechoslovakia, Vera Hruba was brought to America by Republic Pictures head Herbert J. Yates, who hoped to turn her into the next Sonja Henie. After featuring her in several Ice Capades movies, he added "Ralston" to her name and tried to pass her off as a leading lady...
42. Keith Larsen Keith Larsen Actor, Night of the Witches
43. Stephen W. Burns Stephen W. Burns Actor, Herbie Goes Bananas
44. Catherine Craig Catherine Craig Actress, Doomed to Die There was a time when Catherine Craig was known in Hollywood as a promising and talented "B"-level actress as opposed to being simply Mrs. Robert Preston. All in all, she handled it with grace, poise and wifely dedication. Born Catherine Jewel Feltus on January 18, 1915, in Bloomington, Indiana, she...
45. John L. Cason John L. Cason Actor, Snowfire
46. Eleanor Boardman Eleanor Boardman Actress, The Crowd Philadelphia-born Eleanor Boardman had always wanted to be an actress, and as soon as she graduated high school she headed for New York to conquer Broadway. When Broadway proved not quite ready to be conquered yet, she took whatever jobs she could find, including one as an artist's model. In that capacity she heard that the Selwyn Organization...
47. Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. Writer, Today No one in the broadcast television industry -- in the U.S. or abroad -- will doubt for an instant that Sylvester (Pat) Weaver has been its foremost creative force. From commercial television's nascent days at the end of the 1940s, Weaver virtually pioneered the very concepts of morning TV and late-night TV...
48. John Wengraf John Wengraf Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg A great number of Austrian and German actors were forced to flee their homeland during the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the late 1930s only to find themselves smack dab in Hollywood pictures playing thoroughly nefarious Gestapo commanders. Viennese performer John Wengraf was one such actor...
49. Jean Hazlewood Jean Hazlewood Writer, The Secret Ways
50. Ray Montgomery Ray Montgomery Actor, Air Force
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