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2. Norman Lloyd
Actor | Dead Poets Society
Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...
Actress | The Heiress
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...
5. Kirk Douglas
Actor | Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...
8. Marsha Hunt
Actress | Pride and Prejudice
Stardom somehow eluded this vastly gifted actress. Had it not perhaps been for her low-level profile compounded by her McCarthy-era blacklisting in the early 1950s, there is no telling what higher tier Marsha Hunt might have attained. Perhaps her work was not flashy enough, or too subdued, or ...
9. Suzy Delair
Actress | L'assassin habite... au 21
Prototype of the sexy cheeky French lady, Suzy Delair was discovered by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who became her companion and gave her two memorable roles : Mila Malou, inspector Wens' unbearable girlfriend in two films, Le dernier des six (1941), which he wrote, and The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (...
10. Fay McKenzie
Actress | The Party
Fay McKenzie was born into a show business family where she was the youngest of two sisters and an actress cousin, and made her screen debut at only ten weeks old in Station Content (1918) in which she was carried in the arms of Gloria Swanson. Her parents, Bob and Eva were already veteran ...
12. Baby Peggy
Actress | Captain January
Silent moppet star Jackie Coogan, immortalized as Charles Chaplin's The Kid (1921), had only one screen rival during the early 1920s, and that was none other than Baby Peggy. She was "discovered" while visiting the Century Studios lot on Sunset Boulevard with her mother when she was a mere 19-...
13. Caren Marsh
Actress | Secrets of a Sorority Girl
She began her career as a radio actress and professional dancer in 1937 shortly after her graduation from Hollywood High School. In 1939 she was signed under contract to MGM Studios and appeared as a dance stand in for Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939). She later became a free lance actress...
14. Nehemiah Persoff
Actor | An American Tail
Born in 1919 (some sources say 1920) in Jerusalem, Nehemiah Persoff immigrated with his family to America in 1929.
Following schooling at the Hebrew Technical Institute of New York, he found a job as a subway electrician doing signal maintenance until an interest in the theater altered the direction...
16. Walter Bernstein
Writer | The Front
Blacklisted writer in the 50s, a victim of the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), he still continued to write under pseudonyms as did many other blacklisted writers such as Ring Lardner Jr. and Dalton Trumbo, and his biggest contribution during that time was probably his writing work ...
17. Marge Champion
Actress | The Party
One of the great dancer and choreographers in both movies and stage, Marge Champion is best known today as the former wife of Gower Champion, when they worked together as a highly successfully dancing team in the MGM musical years. After retiring from movies, Champion now works as a dance teacher ...
22. Noah Keen
Noah Keen was born on October 10, 1920 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Isadore Keen. He is an actor and director, known for Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and Gable and Lombard (1976). He is married to Gerrianne Raphael. He was previously married to Barbara ...
24. Hugh Downs
Self | Live from Lincoln Center
Hugh Downs was born on February 14, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Hugh Malcolm Downs. He is an actor and producer, known for Live from Lincoln Center (1976), Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) and Concentration (1958). He was previously married to Ruth Shaheen.
27. Geoffrey Chater
Actor | Gandhi
An English actor born in 1921. He starred in both film and television projects. His television credits include appearances in The Champions, Dad's Army, Callan, Mapp and Lucia, Heartbeat, Foyle's War, One Foot in the Grave (1990), The Thin Blue Line (1995) and Midsomer Murders (1997).
The very image...
28. Bill Butler
Camera_department | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Bill Butler was born on April 7, 1921 in Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA as Wilmer C. Butler. He is known for his work on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Grease (1978) and The Conversation (1974). He has been married to Iris Butler since May 28, 1984. They have two children. He was previously ...
Actress | The Barefoot Contessa
Elizabeth Sellars was born on May 6, 1921 in Glasgow, Scotland as Elizabeth McDonald Sellars. She is an actress, known for The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Gentle Gunman (1952) and The Shiralee (1957). She was previously married to Francis Austin Henley.
32. Walter Mirisch
Producer | In the Heat of the Night
Walter Mirisch and brothers Marvin Mirisch and Harold Mirisch were one of the most successful producing teams in Hollywood history. Their Mirisch Company produced such diverse hits as Some Like It Hot (1959), The Magnificent Seven (1960), West Side Story (1961), The Great Escape (1963), The Pink ...
33. Tom Felleghy
Actor | L'età di Cosimo de Medici
Tom Felleghy was born on November 26, 1921 in Budapest, Hungary as Tamás Fellegi. He is an actor and producer, known for The Age of the Medici (1972), Nana (1983) and Come rubare la corona d'Inghilterra (1967). He was previously married to Liane Ger.
35. Betty White
Actress | The Proposal
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.
Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...
36. Ray Anthony
Soundtrack | Sixteen Candles
Ray Anthony (real name Raymond Antonini) was born in Bentleyville, PA, on Jan. 20, 1922. His family moved to Cleveland, where he spent most of his early life. There he studied trumpet with his father. From 1940-1941 he played in Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 and...
37. Carl Reiner
Actor | Ocean's Eleven
Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, having achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his "2,000 Year Old Man" album, based on his ...
38. Doris Day
Soundtrack | Love Me or Leave Me
One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...
39. Margia Dean
Actress | The Quatermass Xperiment
Stunning, dark-haired '40s and '50s leading lady Margia Dean was the daughter of a Greek lawyer. Her parents moved from Athens to the US in 1913, a number of years before her birth on April 7, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of three girls, she was christened Marguerite Louise Skliris. Her...
43. Joan Copeland
Actress | Brother Bear
Joan Copeland, the sister of famed playwright Arthur Miller, is a renowned actress in her own right. She made her name on Broadway, debuting there in 1945 to begin a career that lasted more than 60 years. She also had a long career on television, where she appeared in a number of that medium's most...
45. Norman Lear
Writer | All in the Family
Norman Lear is a World War II veteran, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms like All In The Family, Good Times, Sanford And Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, and many other sitcoms that defined and revolutionized American television.
Norman Milton Lear was born in New ...
46. Micheline Presle
Actress | If a Man Answers
Dark-haired, Paris-born Micheline Presle (better known in the States as Micheline Prelle) was the daughter of a businessman and took acting classes as a teen. She was discovered by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and cast in Jeunes filles en détresse (1939) (Young Girls in Distress) and Four Flights to ...
47. Janis Paige
Actress | Hollywood Canteen
Joyous scene-stealer Janis Paige started out playing rather bland film ingénues, but never seemed to be comfortable in those roles--she had too much snap, crackle and pop to be confined in such a formulaic way.
Born Donna Mae Tjaden in 1922 in Tacoma, Washington, she was singing in public from age 5...
48. Bert I. Gordon
Director | Empire of the Ants
Bert I. Gordon, affectionately nicknamed "Mr. B.I.G." by Forrest J. Ackerman, produced, directed, and wrote more than twenty-five Sci/Fi and Horror features, such as The Magic Sword (1962), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Village of the Giants (1965), The Cyclops (1957), in addition to comedies ...
Actress | La nuit américaine
Valentina Cortese was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, in 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played many "ingenue" parts in Italian films of that period, before making a real sensation in Caccia all'uomo (1948) and Tempesta su Parigi (1948), playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette (...
50. Larry Storch
Actor | The Great Race
As a kid in the 1930s growing up in a tough New York neighborhood, kinetic wiseguy Larry Storch took in the multi-ethnic flavor of his surroundings and started blurting out various accents as a juvenile to provoke laughs and earn attention. Little did he know that this early talent would take him ...
52. Donald Elson
Donald Elson was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, just a "whoop and a holler" from Hollywood. He was a young college student at the outbreak of WWII. After serving in the Air Force, he attended the Columbia Radio School of Broadcasting on the GI Bill and pursued a career as a radio ...
53. Gloria Henry
Actress | Air Hostess
New Orleans-born second-string actress Gloria Henry was born Gloria McEniry on April 2, 1923, and lived on the edge of the Garden District growing up. Educated at the Worcester Art Museum School, she moved to Los Angeles in her very late teens and worked on a number of radio shows and commercials ...
54. Gene Reynolds
Producer | Lou Grant
Gene Reynolds was born on April 4, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal. He is a producer and director, known for Lou Grant (1977), M*A*S*H (1972) and Room 222 (1969). He has been married to Ann Sweeny since 1979. They have one child. He was previously married to Bonnie Jones.
56. Jimmy Lydon
Actor | Strange Illusion
Born to a large Irish Catholic family (the fifth of nine children) and raised in New York City, Lydon overcame a birth defect and alcoholic father to begin a Broadway career in 1937, acting opposite Van Heflin, Sidney Lumet and Uta Hagen in separate productions. After a number of films with ...
57. Peggy Stewart
Actress | The Runaways
Florida-born Peggy O'Rourke's parents divorced when she was very young. Peggy's mother eventually married a wealthy attorney named Stewart, and Peggy took his name. She grew up in Atlanta (where she developed the athletic skills she would later demonstrate in her many westerns for Republic Pictures...
63. Rhonda Fleming
Actress | Out of the Past
A native-born Californian, Rhonda Fleming attended Beverly Hills public and private schools. Her father was Harold Cheverton Louis (1896-1951). Her mother, Effie Olivia Graham (1891-1985), was a famous model and actress in New York. She has a son (Kent Lane), two granddaughters (Kimberly and Kelly)...
65. Glynis Johns
Actress | Mary Poppins
Husky voiced Glynis is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing ...
68. Bob Barker
Producer | The New Price Is Right
For 35 years Bob Barker had been the host of The Price Is Right (1972) game show. Not only is it the highest-rated daytime game show, it's also the longest-running game show in TV history, surpassing the prime-time hit What's My Line? (1950), which ran for 18 years. He also served the show's ...
69. Jimmy Weldon
Actor | The Phantom Planet
Former host of "The Webster Webfoot Show" at KJEO-47 in Fresno, California during the 1960s (KJEO is now KGPE-47). Webster Webfoot was a squat duck (ventriloquist's dummy), who was the eternal Webelo Cub Scout, including hat, scarf and Boy Scout emblem choker. Later produced children's Christian ...
71. Carole Cook
Actress | Sixteen Candles
Actress Carole Cook showed a knack for comic timing from early on, so much so that the legendary Lucille Ball took her on as a protégée. Cook would make many appearances on Ball's TV shows The Lucy Show (1962) and Here's Lucy (1968), as well as other shows like Magnum, P.I. (1980), Dynasty (1981), ...
72. Dick Boccelli
Actor | Oz
Dick Boccelli is better known to rock music fans as Dick Richards, an original member of Bill Haley and the Comets. Boccelli-Richards played drums and sang with this classic rock and roll band from 1953 to 1955, before forming The Jodimars. Today, Boccelli divides his time between movie and TV ...
Actress | Black Sheep
Daughter of silent actor Patrick H. O'Malley Jr. and actress Lillian (Wilkes) O'Malley. Kathleen and her sisters Shelia and Eileen, all worked in show business as children. Her first film was *My Old Dutch" (1926). She portrays Herbert Brown as a baby, her sister, Shelia, as Herbert Brown at 3 ...
76. Stanley Donen
Director | Charade
Since he was a child, Stanley Donen attended dance classes and debuted on Broadway at age 17. With the help of the producer Arthur Freed and the actor Gene Kelly he got the chance to direct the musicals On the Town (1949), Singin' in the Rain (1952), and Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) which ...
78. Leslie Phillips
Actor | Venus
A much-loved comic actor who has specialized in playing plummy, quintessentially English stereotypes, Leslie Phillips' heart was in acting from a very young age. He received elocution lessons as a child in order to lose his natural cockney accent (at that time a regional British accent was a major ...
Actress | Blue Velvet
Though character actress Priscilla Pointer may be better known as the mother of Amy Irving, she has enjoyed a major stage, film and TV career herself for over four decades. The New York-born performer was trained on the stage and appeared in several tours and Broadway shows, including "A Streetcar ...
Actor | The Castle of Fu Manchu
Interpretation takes its first steps in the TEU, with José Luis López Vázquez, María Jesús Valdés and Valeriano Andrés. After obtaining a scholarship at the Lope de Rueda, starts as a professional theater under the command of Alejandro Ulloa with simultaneous functions broadcaster Radio Nacional of...
83. Eva Marie Saint
Actress | On the Waterfront
Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Her film career also includes ...
89. Bob Herron
Stunts | L.A. Confidential
Stuntman and actor Bob Herron was born on September 23, 1924 in Lomita, California. Herron grew up with his father in Hawaii. After his parents divorced, Bob's mother remained in California and married Ace Hudkins, who was a famous supplier of horses for movies. Following service in the Navy in the...
93. Ted Hartley
Actor | High Plains Drifter
Ted Hartley was born on November 6, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Theodore Ringwalt Hartley. He is an actor and producer, known for High Plains Drifter (1973), Race to Witch Mountain (2009) and Mighty Joe Young (1998). He was previously married to Dina Merrill.
94. William Russell
Actor | The Great Escape
William Russell was born William Russell Enoch on 19 November 1924, in Sunderland, County Durham, England, to Eva Compston (Pile) and Alfred James Enoch. He became interested in acting at an early age. He was involved in organizing entertainments during his national service in the Royal Air Force ...
95. Mark Miller
Writer | A Walk in the Clouds
Mark Miller was born on November 20, 1924 in Houston, Texas, USA as Claude Herbert Miller Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for A Walk in the Clouds (1995), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965) and Guestward Ho! (1960). He was previously married to Barbara Stanger and Beatrice Miller.
99. Cicely Tyson
Actress | The Help
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...
100. Hal Holbrook
Actor | Into the Wild
Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on ...