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Writer | Amarcord
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the ...
2. David Niven
Actor | Murder by Death
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the...
complications from ALS.
Director | The Birth of a Nation
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...
4. Bela Lugosi
Actor | Dracula
Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded ...
Actor | The Hunt for Red October
Fred Dalton Thompson was born on August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama, USA as Freddie Dalton Thompson. He was an actor, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), No Way Out (1987) and Sinister (2012). He was married to Jeri Kehn Thompson and Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey. He died on November 1, 2015 in...
Actress | Passione d'amore
Laura Antonelli was born on November 28, 1941 in Pola, Istria, Italy as Laura Antonaz. She was an actress, known for Passion of Love (1981), Malicious (1973) and L'Innocente (1976). She was married to Enrico Piacentini. She died on June 22, 2015 in Ladispoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Actress | The Graduate
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...
Actress | Grease
With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a ...
Director | Ladri di biciclette
Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...
10. Jonathan Demme
Director | The Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme was born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA as Robert Jonathan Demme. He was a director and producer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Philadelphia (1993). He was married to Joanne Howard and Evelyn Purcell. He died...
complications of esophageal cancer and heart disease
12. Agnes Moorehead
Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Agnes was born of Anglo/Irish ancestry near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera ...
13. Pat Morita
Actor | The Karate Kid
Abundantly busy and much loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), the sparkling Noriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy and martial arts lessons for The Karate ...
14. 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.
Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
15. Sam Shepard
Actor | August: Osage County
Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base ...
complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
16. Charles Hawtrey
Actor | Follow That Camel
Coming from a theatrical family (although not related to the famous Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, he did "borrow" his last name), Charles Hawtrey made his stage debut at age 11 after having spent several years in a prestigious acting school. A string of stage roles followed, and by 1929 his ...
17. Charles Bukowski
Writer | Barfly
Charles Bukowski, the American poet, short-story writer, and novelist, was born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, Jr. in Andernach, Germany on August 1920. He was the son of Henry Bukowski, a US soldier who was part of the post-World War I occupation force, and Katharina Fett, a German woman. His father, his...
18. William Conrad
Actor | Cannon
William Conrad became a television star relatively late in his career. In fact, the former Army Air Corps World War II fighter pilot began his screen career playing heavies. He was Max, one of The Killers (1946) hired to finish off Burt Lancaster in his dingy lodgings. He was the corrupt state ...
19. Noël Coward
Writer | In Which We Serve
Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool...
20. Henry Gibson
Actor | Nashville
Henry Gibson was born on 21 September 1935 in Germantown, Pennsylvnia. Before appearing in films and television series, he was a child star on the stage during the 1940s and during the late 1950s he was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. His screen debut came in 1963 when he was cast in...
21. Rex Ingram
Actor | Sahara
A Corsicana native, Rex (Clifford) Ingram was the son of Mack and Mamie Ingram. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in medicine before launching a brilliant acting career which spanned 50 years. Ingram made his screen debut during the silent era in Tarzan of the Apes (1918). He ...
23. Jack Clayton
Producer | The Innocents
Jack Clayton was born on March 1, 1921 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was a producer and director, known for The Innocents (1961), Our Mother's House (1967) and The Bespoke Overcoat (1955). He was married to Haya Harareet, Katherine Kath and Christine Norden. He died on February 26, 1995 in ...
Cinematographer | The Radicals
Michael K. Bucher grew up in the little farm community of Astoria, Illinois, USA. At the age of 11 he instantly fell in love with movies. Barely able to see over the back of his theatre seat, he saw the magical and mystical projection beam playing in the air at the Hughes Astoria Colonial Theatre. ...
Actor | Bite the Bullet
Virile, handsome and square-jawed youthful star of the 1970s and 1980s who showed early potential at super-stardom, Jan-Michael Vincent originally made a name for himself portraying rebellious young men bucking the system, as in The Tribe (1970), White Line Fever (1975) and Baby Blue Marine (1976) ...
26. Donald Brian
Actor | The Man Without a Country
Donald Brian was born on February 17, 1875 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Man Without a Country (1937), The Voice in the Fog (1915) and The Smugglers (1916). He was married to Virginia O'Brien (actress, b. 1896). He died on December 22, 1948 in Great Neck, Long ...
27. Nicholas Korda
Sound_department | Letters from Iwo Jima
Nicholas V. Korda was a Sound Editor for seventy films during his forty-year career in the entertainment industry. While at Disney Studios, Korda became the assistant to well-known Looping Editor, Norman B. Schwartz. One of his most memorable projects was dubbing the film, Hoffa, starring Danny ...
28. Pat Sandys
Actress | ITV Play of the Week
Pat Sandys was born on July 26, 1926 in Nottingham, England as Patricia Mary Trotter. She was a producer and actress, known for ITV Play of the Week (1955), Celebrity Playhouse (1981) and Seven Dials Mystery (1981). She was married to Philip Bond. She died on May 19, 2000 in London, England.
29. Sepp Allgeier
Cinematographer | Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü
Sepp Allgeier was born on February 6, 1895 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He was a cinematographer and director, known for White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929), Helden der Landstraße (1950) and Heimat, die uns blieb (1950). He died on March 11, 1968 in Ebnet, Freiburg im ...
32. Otto Heller
Cinematographer | The Ipcress File
Pioneering Czech cinematographer Ota (later anglicised to 'Otto') Heller started as a cinema usher and then worked as a projectionist at a cinema in Prague. He first came to prominence as a military reporter and cameraman on the Italian Front during World War I and was subsequently involved in ...
34. Ernst W. Kalinke
Director | Die liebestollen Lederhosen
Ernst W. Kalinke was born on September 23, 1918 in Berlin, Germany as Ernst-Wilhelm Kalinke. He is known for his work on Die liebestollen Lederhosen (1982), Victoria and Her Hussar (1954) and Lass mich am Sonntag nicht allein (1959). He died on January 14, 1992 in Munich, Germany.
Soundtrack | My Week with Marilyn
English composer Richard Addinsell was born in 1904. After finishing his law studies at Oxford, he took a short course in music at the Royal College of Music in London and studied from 1929 to 1932 in Berlin and Vienna. From 1933 to 1935 he lived in the USA writing scores for the Hollywood studios.
37. Les Baxter
Soundtrack | Hitman: Agent 47
Born March 14, 1922, at Mexia, Texas. He learned to play the piano at five years of age and studied at the Detroit Conservatory and at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California (his uncle was the college's first president). He began his career as a concert pianist but later joined Mel Tormé's "...
heart and kidney problems
38. Douglas Gamley
Music_department | TRON
Australian film composer, arranger and orchestrator, who worked mainly in Britain on low budget horror films and thrillers. He also composed stock music for the BBC during the 1950's and 60's. On the classical music scene, he wrote vocal arrangements for Dame Joan Sutherland and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa...
39. Franz Grothe
Composer | Immer wenn ich glücklich bin..!
Franz Grothe was born on September 17, 1908 in Berlin, Germany as Franz Johannes August Grothe. He is known for his work on Waltz Melodies (1938), Waltz War (1933) and Das Schloß in Flandern (1936). He was married to Kirsten Heiberg and Gerda Eckert. He died on September 12, 1982 in Cologne, ...
41. Cole Porter
Soundtrack | At Long Last Love
Cole Porter was born June 9, 1891, at Peru, Indiana, the son of pharmacist Samuel Fenwick Porter and Kate Cole. Cole was raised on a 750-acre fruit ranch. Kate Cole married Samuel Porter in 1884 and had two children, Louis and Rachel, who both died in infancy. Porter's grandfather, J.G. Cole, was a...
42. Johann Strauss
Soundtrack | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Johann Strauss (or Johann Strauss son), one of Austrian music's most famous names who studied music secretly against his father's will, later became the leader of his father's band and the indisputable "waltz king"; his waltz 'On the Beautiful Blue Danube', is the main theme in Stanley Kubrick's ...
43. Silvio Francesco
Soundtrack | The Shape of Water
Swiss Schlagersinger and film actor Silvio Francesco (1927-2000) is, despite his many talents, best known as the brother of Caterina Valente, with whom he sang many duets, danced, and played the clarinet in the shadow of his famous sister.
Silvio Francesco Valente was born in 1927, in Paris, France....
45. Maurice Costello
Actor | The Man Who Couldn't Beat God
Maurice Costello was born on February 22, 1877 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Who Couldn't Beat God (1915), The Golden Pathway (1913) and Iron and Steel (1914). He was married to Ruth Reeves and Mae Costello. He died on October 28, 1950 in ...
46. Benjamin 2X
Self | Seven Songs for Malcolm X
Benjamin 2X was born on July 14, 1932 in Suffolk, Virginia, USA as Benjamin Goodman Karim. He was married to Linda. He died on August 5, 2005 in Richmond, Virginia.
complications from a fall