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Stocky, general purpose actor, a prolific face on the small screen during the 1960s and 1970s. Batanides got into acting after performing stand-up routines in front of fellow GI's in Europe during World War II. His training in dramatic art at the Actors Lab in Los Angeles was followed by extensive ...
2. John Newland
Director | The Man Who Never Was
Tall, dignified-looking Newland began in show business as a song-and-dance man with a vaudeville troupe ('The Vikings'), whose trade-mark was wearing gold capes. He acted in stock with the Stuart Walker Company, then found work on the New York stage in tandem with Milton Berle at the Roxy, Capitol ...
Actress | The Fighting O'Flynn
Helena Carter was born into a family of Irish origin. While she was studying English Literature at the Columbia University Graduate School--to get a teacher's diploma--she began to work as a model for the Conover modeling agency. Renowned photographer Dick Isaacs shot some covers of her that ...
5. Fran Ryan
Actress | Stripes
As an American character actress, Fran Ryan was a familiar face on stage, screen and television from her theatrical stage debut in the 1950s and continuing for nearly three decades. Ryan's similarity to actress Marjorie Main was soon noticed in the late 1960s, and she frequently played tough, ...
Actor | Pet Sematary
Chuck Courtney was born on July 23, 1930 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles T. Courtney Jr. He is known for his work on Pet Sematary (1989), Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966) and Blind Fury (1989). He died on January 19, 2000 in North Hollywood, California.
7. Hedy Lamarr
Actress | Samson and Delilah
Hedy Lamarr, the woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films, was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria. She was the daughter of Gertrud (Lichtwitz), from Budapest, and Emil Kiesler, a banker from Lember (now known as Lviv). Her parents were both from...
8. Alan North
Actor | See No Evil, Hear No Evil
After wartime naval service, Alan North began his show business career as a stage manager in New York. He first worked on Broadway in "Plain and Fancy", doubling up as understudy for the small part of Isaac Miller. The play had a successful run between 1955 and 1956 (461 performances) and this led ...
10. James N. Harrell
Actor | Michael
James Nelson Harrell, born in Waco, Texas to Margaret Teny and Jefferson Whitfield Harrell, Chair of the Baylor University Mathematics Department, graduated from Waco High School and Baylor University. He held a Master's Degree in Drama from Trinity University. He studied acting at the original ...
13. Jim Varney
Actor | Ernest Goes to Camp
James Albert Varney, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nancy Louise (Howard) and James Albert Varney, Sr. He became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer ...
Actor | Mystery Train
Screamin' Jay Hawkins was best known for his song "I Put a Spell On You, " which he recorded on the Okeh label in 1956 and which helped win him cult status in the United States, Europe and Japan. He had originally planned the tune as a ballad, but after a night of heavy drinking he tried again--...
Writer | The Peanuts Movie
Charles M. Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Charles Monroe Schulz. He was a writer and producer, known for The Peanuts Movie (2015), The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983) and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973). He was married to Jeannie Forsyth and Joyce ...
17. Charles Gray
Actor | The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The son of a surveyor, Charles Gray grew up in Queens Park, London, and went to school in his home town of Bournemouth. As a young actor, he received his vocal training from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Old Vic, having long abandoned his first job as clerk for a ...
23. Helen Martin
Helen Martin was born on July 23, 1909 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Helen Dorothy Martin. She was an actress and writer, known for Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), Death Wish (1974) and Repo Man (1984). She died on March 25, 2000 in Monterey, ...
24. Ian Dury
Actor | Judge Dredd
Ian Dury had to face polio at the age of 7, and consequently a string of institutions over the next few years. He joined The Walthamstow College of Art at 17, and from 1966-73 he worked as an art teacher in different schools. It was in the middle of this period he started his musical career with a ...
25. Christopher Cary
Actor | The Wild Wild West
Christopher Cary was born on June 16, 1930 in Surrey, England as Christopher Bay Carysfort. He was an actor and director, known for The Wild Wild West (1965), The Time Tunnel (1966) and Voyagers! (1982). He was married to Ellen Orson Carysfort. He died on April 1, 2000 in Hollywood Hills, ...
27. Claire Trevor
Actress | Key Largo
Claire Trevor was born Claire Wemlinger in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, the only child of Fifth Avenue merchant-tailor Noel Wemlinger, an immigrant Frenchman from Paris who lost his business during the Depression, and his Belfast-born wife Betty. Trevor's interest in acting began when ...
28. Larry Linville
Actor | M*A*S*H
Larry Linville was born on September 29, 1939 in Ojai, California, USA as Larry Lavon Linville. He was an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), Mannix (1967) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). He was married to Deborah Guydon, Susan Hagan, Melissa Gallant, Vana Tribbey and Kate...
29. John Pearce
Actor | THX 1138
John Pearce was born on November 7, 1927 in Gainesville, Georgia, USA as John Bonnell Pearce. He is known for his work on THX 1138 (1971), The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) and September 30, 1955 (1977). He died on April 29, 2000 in West Los Angeles, California, USA.
30. Steve Reeves
Actor | Romolo e Remo
Though he did not possess a Herculean acting talent by any stretch, handsome bodybuilder Steve Reeves certainly had an enviable Herculean physique, and made plenty good use of it in Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960s portraying some of filmdom's most famous bronzed gods. Reeves was ...
Actor | Little Caesar
Although he appeared in approximately 100 movies or TV shows, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. never really intended to take up acting as a career. However, the environment he was born into and the circumstances naturally led him to be a thespian. Noblesse oblige.
He was born Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. in ...
32. Craig Stevens
Actor | The Deadly Mantis
Born in Liberty, Missouri, as Gail Shikles Jr., tall, suave Craig Stevens will forever be remembered for his role as the cool, laid-back private eye Peter Gunn (1958), a ground-breaking show that ushered in the era of tough but smooth private eyes who were handy with their fists and with the ladies...
33. Paul Bartel
Actor | Eating Raoul
Paul Bartel was born in Brooklyn in 1938. He decided he wanted to direct animated movies when he was 11 and by 13 had spent a summer working at New York's UPA animation studio. He majored in theater arts at UCLA, and received a Fulbright scholarship to study film direction in Rome, producing a ...
34. Robert Burr
Actor | The Seven-Ups
Robert Burr was born on March 5, 1922 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Robert Edward Burr. He was an actor, known for The Seven-Ups (1973), Out on a Limb (1992) and The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972). He was married to Jacqueline Britton. He died on May 13, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
35. Edward Bernds
Director | World Without End
Edward Bernds was born in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. While in his junior year in Lake View High School, he and several friends formed a small radio club and obtained amateur licenses. In the early '20s there was considerable prestige for an amateur operator (a "ham") to have commercial radio ...
36. John Gielgud
Actor | Arthur
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...
37. Sô Yamamura
Actor | Tora! Tora! Tora!
Sô Yamamura was born on February 24, 1910 in Tenri, Japan as Hirosada Koga. He was an actor and director, known for Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Kuroi ushio (1954) and Gung Ho (1986). He was married to Yuriko Yamamura. He died on May 26, 2000 in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan.
39. Tito Puente
Soundtrack | Star Trek Into Darkness
Ernest "Tito" Anthony Puente was the eldest son of Puerto Rican parents. His mother called him "Ernestito" which means "Little Ernest", which was later shortened to "Tito". His mother saw his musical potential and enrolled him in piano classes. Eventually he attended the Juilliard School of Music ...
40. Nancy Marchand
Actress | The Sopranos
Nancy Marchand's mother, a pianist, sent her shy daughter to acting classes in hopes of breaking her out of her shell. As a student at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University), she studied the works of William Shakespeare and the other great playwrights and, upon graduation, set off to New York ...
41. David Tomlinson
Actor | Bedknobs and Broomsticks
David Tomlinson is best known for his role as George Banks in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964). As a youth he spent a short spell in the guards where he survived the trauma of a plane crash. He began his film career in the pre-war British film Quiet Wedding (1941) and followed that with Leslie ...
42. Logan Ramsey
Actor | Walking Tall
Logan Ramsey was born on March 21, 1921 in Long Beach, California, USA as Logan Carlisle Ramsey Jr. He was an actor, known for Walking Tall (1973), Scrooged (1988) and Any Which Way You Can (1980). He was married to Anne Ramsey. He died on June 26, 2000 in Los Angeles, California.
43. Michael Ripper
Actor | Quatermass and the Pit
The British character actor Michael Ripper was born in 1913 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. His father was a speech therapist and encouraged him to participate in diction and public speaking competitions. From this, the young Michael gained an interest in acting and got his first taste of the ...
44. Walter Matthau
Actor | The Odd Couple
Walter Matthau was best known for starring in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993), and Dennis the Menace (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars.
He was born Walter Jake Matthow in New York City, New York...
45. Ángel Aranda
Ángel Aranda was born on September 18, 1934 in Jaén, Andalucía, Spain as Ángel Pérez Aranda. He was an actor, known for Javier y los invasores del espacio (1967), The Cruel Ones (1967) and The Last Days of Pompeii (1959). He died on July 4, 2000 in Spain.
46. Eric Christmas
Actor | Porky's
Christmas trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, gained experience in English repertory theatre in 1936, and had a principal role in the London production of Noël Coward's "Bitter Sweet" in the 1930s. During the Second World War, he was a member of Royal Air Force production units and ...
47. Harold Nicholas
Soundtrack | Kid Millions
Harold Nicholas, the younger half of the world famous Nicholas Brothers dance team, is known as one of the world's greatest dancers. He and his brother Fayard Nicholas were established superstars at Twentieth Century Fox with their astounding dance numbers in the studios musicals features. Harold ...
49. Max Showalter
Actor | Sixteen Candles
Born in Kansas, Max Showalter picked up the "acting bug" as a toddler when mother used to take him to the local theater where she played the piano for silent movies. He acted in 92 shows at the Pasadena Playhouse between 1935 and '38, made his Broadway debut under the aegis of Oscar Hammerstein II ...
50. Alec Guinness
Actor | Star Wars
Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence...
52. Loretta Young
Actress | The Farmer's Daughter
Sweet, sweeter, sweetest. No combination of terms better describes the screen persona of lovely Loretta Young. A&E's Biography (1987) has stated that Young "remains a symbol of beauty, serenity, and grace. But behind the glamour and stardom is a woman of substance whose true beauty lies in her ...
53. John Milford
Actor | Command & Conquer: Red Alert
John Milford was born on September 7, 1927 in Johnstown, New York, USA as John Hackney Milford. He was an actor, known for Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996), Homefront (1991) and On the Other Side of the Tracks (2012). He was married to Susan Graw. He died on August 14, 2000 in Santa Monica, ...
54. John Hayes
Director | All the Lovin' Kinfolk
John Hayes was a writer, director, editor, producer and occasional actor who made a wide variety of offbeat and interesting low-budget independent pictures throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Born in New York, he began his film career making short movies in the 1950s--his 1958 short "The Kiss" was ...
Actor | Last Action Hero
Built like the proverbial Patton tank, Professor Toru Tanaka was arguably the successor to Harold Sakata as the archetypal Asian henchman who possessed incredible strength, and clobbered those foolish enough to tangle with him. Born Charles Kalani, he was a successful wrestler and served for over ...
57. Shelagh Fraser
Actress | Star Wars
Shelagh Fraser was born on November 25, 1920 in Purley, Surrey, England as Sheila Mary Fraser. She was an actress, known for Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), Raising a Riot (1955) and Doomwatch (1970). She was married to Anthony Squire. She died on August 29, 2000 in London, England.
58. Patricia Owens
Actress | The Fly
Patricia Owens was born in Golden, British Columbia, in 1925. When she was eight she moved to England, where she embarked on a number of stage plays. Later she was spotted by a Twentieth Century-Fox executive, who offered her a contract, and in 1956 she went to Hollywood. There she met Sy Bartlett,...
Actress | Apollo 13
Jean Speegle Howard was born on January 31, 1927 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Jean Frances Speegle. She was an actress, known for Apollo 13 (1995), Scrooged (1988) and Cocoon (1985). She was married to Rance Howard. She died on September 2, 2000 in Burbank, California, USA.
60. Curt Siodmak
Writer | The Invisible Man Returns
Born in Dresden, Germany, in 1902, Curt Siodmak worked as an engineer and a newspaper reporter before entering the literary and movie fields. It was as a reporter that he got his first break (of sorts) in films: in 1926 he and his reporter-wife hired on as extras on Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) ...
61. Beah Richards
Actress | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Beah Richards left her native Vicksburg, Mississippi, for New York City in 1950. She would not acquire a significant role on stage until 1955, when she appeared in the off-Broadway show "Take A Giant Step" convincingly portraying an 84-year-old grandmother without using theatrical makeup. In 1962 ...
62. Ann Doran
Actress | Rebel Without a Cause
Ann Doran appeared in over 500 motion pictures and 1000 television shows, by one count. Starting at the age of four, she appeared in hundreds of silent films under assumed names so her father's family wouldn't find out. Rarely a featured player (although Charles Starrett's Rio Grande (1938) is a ...
63. Gloria Talbott
Actress | All That Heaven Allows
Gloria Talbott was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, a city co-founded by her grandfather. Growing up in the shadows of the Hollywood studios, her interests inevitably turned to acting, with the result that she participated in school plays and landed small parts in films such as "Maytime"...
64. Patti Jerome
Actress | White House Madness
Patti Jerome was born on August 5, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA as Patricia Morris. She was an actress, known for White House Madness (1975), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) and Alligator (1980). She was married to Harry Balk. She died on September 24, 2000 in Los Angeles, ...
65. Richard Mulligan
Actor | Soap
Originally a student of playwriting at Columbia University, Richard Mulligan began his acting career in regional theater and soon after made his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "All the Way Home". In addition to his continuing Broadway career, Mulligan has successfully transferred...
66. Ted Gehring
Actor | Bad Company
Ted Gehring was born on April 6, 1929 in Bisbee, Arizona, USA as Theodore Edwin Gehring Jr. He was an actor, known for Bad Company (1972), The Domino Principle (1977) and Battlestar Galactica (1978). He was married to Barbara Coates. He died on September 28, 2000 in Steelville, Missouri, USA.
67. Richard Liberty
Actor | Day of the Dead
Richard Liberty was born on March 3, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Liberatisciolli. He was an actor, known for Day of the Dead (1985), Flight of the Navigator (1986) and Just Cause (1995). He died on October 2, 2000 in Dania, Florida, USA.
68. Ben Orr
Actor | The Cars: Drive
Bassist and singer Ben Orr was born Benjamin Orzechowski on September 8, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His Russian and Czechoslovakian parents actively encouraged his musical endeavors. Ben grew up in Lakewood and Parma Heights, Ohio. He played bass, keyboards, and percussion instruments in his teen ...
Actor | The Straight Story
An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in ...
70. David Dukes
Actor | Gods and Monsters
David Dukes was born on June 6, 1945 in San Francisco, California, USA as David Coleman Dukes. He was an actor, known for Gods and Monsters (1998), The Winds of War (1983) and Catch the Heat (1987). He was married to Carol Muske-Dukes and Carolyn L McKenzie. He died on October 9, 2000 in Lakewood, ...
71. Rick Jason
Actor | Combat!
The only child of a stockbroker and well-to-do mother, Richard Jason described himself as "second-generation nouveau riche" and a born romantic. Friends say he was affable, charming, driven and a real Renaissance man. A good student, popular with classmates and teachers, Jason's hellish behavior ...
72. Julie London
Actress | Emergency!
Julie London was born Julie Peck on September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California. She was an actress and sultry singer who starred in a number of movies in the 1940s and 1950s before beginning a popular singing career, but is probably best remembered for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency!...
73. Gwen Verdon
Actress | Cocoon
Gwen Verdon was born to the theater. Her mother, Gertrude, was a vaudevillian and dancer. Her father, Joseph, was an MGM studio electrician. She had to wear corrective boots as a child to straighten out her legs, which were misshapen by childhood illness. Nonetheless, she first appeared as a tapper...
Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW
The man who would eventually become known as Yokozuna was born in San Francisco on October 22, 1966. He came from a wrestling family, as his uncles were Afa Anoai and Sika Anoai. He was trained by his uncles and Sam Fatu as a teenager and wrestled in Alabama and the USWA under the name Kokina Anoai...
77. James Edmond
Actor | Black Christmas
James Edmond was born on February 7, 1924 in Walkerton, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Black Christmas (1974), ABC Weekend Specials (1977) and Devil Girl from Mars (1954). He was married to Shirley Faessler. He died on November 4, 2000 in Paris, Ontario.
80. Anne Barton
Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Anne Barton was born on March 20, 1924 in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Anne Henderson. She was an actress, known for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Whirlybirds (1957). She was married to Dan Barton. She died on November 27, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
82. Werner Klemperer
Actor | Hogan's Heroes
Werner Klemperer, everyone's favorite TV German Air Force colonel, was best known for his role as the bumbling Col. Wilhelm Klink on the comedy series Hogan's Heroes (1965). Although he'll forever be known as the blustering but inept German commandant of Stalag 13, Klemperer was in fact a talented ...
83. Marie Windsor
Actress | The Killing
A product of Marysvale, Utah, Marie Windsor attended Brigham Young University and trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya before she began playing leading roles in B pictures in the late 1940s. Her best work was in the "film noir" category, most notably her role as the manipulative, ...
Actor | Samar
George Montgomery was boxing champion at the University of Montana, where he majored in architecture and interior design. Dropping out a year later, he decided to take up boxing more seriously, and moved to California, where he was coached by ex-heavyweight world champion James J. Jeffries. While ...
86. Billy Barty
Actor | Masters of the Universe
Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began performing at age three and began making pictures in 1927. He played Mickey Rooney's little brother in the "Mickey McGuire" comedy shorts series. He was equally adept in both comedy and drama, and...
87. Victor Borge
Actor | Higher and Higher
Pianist, composer, songwriter, entertainer and actor, educated at Borgerdydskolen and the Conservatory of Copenhagen. He studied with Egon Petri and Frederic Lammond. His concert career began in 1922, and he performed in a musical revue in 1934, and in films by 1937. Arriving in the US in 1940, he ...
88. Leo Gordon
Actor | Maverick
Big, burly, character actor, one of the toughest of screen heavies, Leo Gordon's powerful physique, combined with his deep, menacing voice, was guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest screen hero. Director Don Siegel, who used Gordon in his prison film Riot in Cell Block 11 (...
89. Jason Robards
Actor | All the President's Men
Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at ...
90. Ray Walston
Actor | Popeye
Ray Walston started his acting career as a spear carrier with a local stock company. When the family moved to Houston, Texas, Walston's father wanted to teach him the oil business, but Walston instead joined a traveling repertory company (selling tickets as well as acting). He went on to associate ...
91. Nancy Parsons
Actress | Sudden Impact
Nancy Parsons, was born in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, to Charles Walter Parsons and Mary Margaret Parsons née Samsa. She had two siblings -- Mary Jean Parsons and Theresa Mae Macrae née Parsons. When she was 17, her father remarried Genevieve Stack and moved with the three girls to South Pasadena,...
Writer | I tre del Colorado
He was born in 1918, although there isn't a consensus as some books date his birth in 1925. He was one of the main directors of the Spanish horror boom in the 70s, specially for his quartet of films about the living dead templars which started with Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972).
96. Sandy Baron
Actor | Sid and Nancy
Sandy Baron was born Sanford Beresofsky in Brooklyn, New York on May 5, 1936. Raised in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, the young Sandy attended public schools and participated in accelerated classes. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he spent his early years working summers in the Catskill ...
97. David Byrd
Actor | Tango & Cash
David Byrd was born on September 3, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Tango & Cash (1989), Lost Highway (1997) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He was married to Anne Gee Byrd. He died on January 26, 2001 in Studio City, California, USA.
98. Bert Williams
Actor | Cobra
Bert Williams was born on April 12, 1922 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Bertram Roger Williams. He was an actor and director, known for Cobra (1986), The Usual Suspects (1995) and The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds (1965). He died on January 31, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
100. Dale Evans
Soundtrack | The Roy Rogers Show
American leading lady of musical westerns of the 1940s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in ...