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1. Robert Mitchum Robert Mitchum Actor, The Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
2. Anne Francis Anne Francis Actress, Forbidden Planet Anne Francis got into show business quite early in life. She was born Ann Marvak on September 16, 1930 in Ossining, New York (which is near Sing Sing prison), the only child of Phillip Marvak, a businessman/salesman, and the former Edith Francis. A natural little beauty, she became a John Robert Powers model at age 6(!) and swiftly moved into radio soap work and television in New York...
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. 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...
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. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. 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"...
13. 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.
14. 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...
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. Robert Stevenson Robert Stevenson Director, Mary Poppins
19. Mary Grace Canfield Mary Grace Canfield Actress, General Hospital
20. 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...
21. 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...
22. John Cromwell John Cromwell Director, Of Human Bondage Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, OH. 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...
23. 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...
24. 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?".
25. 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...
26. Keith Larsen Keith Larsen Actor, Night of the Witches
27. 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...
28. Dorothy Mitchum Dorothy Mitchum Actress, The Big Steal
29. Virginia Gilmore Virginia Gilmore Actress, The Pride of the Yankees While probably better recalled as Yul Brynner's former wife, stunningly beautiful, stage-trained Virginia Gilmore made close to a dozen or so "B" level films during the early 1940s and should definitely be accorded more credit in the Hollywood annals than merely her one-time wifely status to a big star...
30. Doris Lloyd Doris Lloyd Actress, The Sound of Music
31. 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...
32. Lola Lane Lola Lane Actress, The Girl from Havana 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. At one time, in her teens, she 'scandalized' the townsfolk by dancing a particularly suggestive Charleston right in front of the church--which was emptying after Sunday service...
33. 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...
34. 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...
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. Jonathan Peck Jonathan Peck Actor, The Big Country
37. 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...
38. 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...
39. John L. Cason John L. Cason Actor, Snowfire
40. Noel Black Noel Black Director, One Life to Live Director Noel Black was born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. He has a B.A. and Masters degree in Film from UCLA. His directing "debut" was with Skaterdater, an 18-minute short that used only music and sound effects to advance the plot. Initially winning the Grand Prix and the Golden Palm Awards at the Cannes Film Festival...
41. Robb White Robb White Writer, Thir13en Ghosts Writer Robb White was partnered with "gimmick horror film" king William Castle during Castle's most popular and productive period. Born in the Philippines, White was a preacher's son who held a wide variety of jobs before landing in the Navy during World War II. He initially collaborated with Castle on the short-lived TV series Men of Annapolis...
42. 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...
43. 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. She was born in Colchester, Essex, to Margaret Inglis (Hunt) and Alan George Hawkins. After making her debut in Borrowed Clothes and having small parts in some of Alfred Hitchcock's early movies...
44. Stephen W. Burns Stephen W. Burns Actor, Herbie Goes Bananas
45. 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. He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Elenor Isabel (Dixon) and Sylvester Laflin Weaver. From commercial television's nascent days at the end of the 1940s...
46. Ray Montgomery Ray Montgomery Actor, Air Force
47. Jean Hazlewood Jean Hazlewood Writer, The Secret Ways
48. Lilian Fontaine Lilian Fontaine Actress, The Lost Weekend
49. Christopher Bernau Christopher Bernau Actor, Episode dated 13 February 1984 After four years in the Drama Department of the University of California, Bernau appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Antony and Cleopatra". In 1964, he was featured in the National Company's touring production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
50. Don Stewart Don Stewart Actor, Guiding Light Don Stewart was born to George and Marian Stewart on November 14, 1935. He spent his youth in Nebraska with his older brother, George, and his younger brother and sister, Jack and Marilyn. He then moved to New York and began studying opera. He worked on and off Broadway, and even understudied for Robert Goulet in Camelot at a young age...
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