The Best Actresses and Actors - Born in the 1930s

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 3 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public

The current year of the competition: 1949 - Film No. 36 Here is the link to the current year: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls027098760/

Points from my "The Best Films Ever Made"-Lists: Vol. 1 = 100%, Vol. 2 = 50%, Vol. 3 = 33%, Vol. 4 = 25%, Vol. 5 = 20 %, Vol. 6 = 17%

1. Darryl Hickman

Actor | Network

Although younger brother Dwayne Hickman is probably the better-remembered sibling today with his still-huge cult following as TV's Dobie Gillis, Darryl Hickman was certainly the more popular actor and deemed more talented when they were children. During his years at MGM in the wartime 40s, Darryl ...

1740 points

2. Mickey Kuhn

Actor | A Streetcar Named Desire

One of Hollywood's staple child actors during the 30s and 40s, Mickey Kuhn played alongside many a top Hollywood star from Leslie Howard and Conrad Nagel's son to playing Dick Tracy's ward. Once he reached the "awkward teens" stage, however, he found himself primarily unemployed or in unbilled ...

1451 points

3. Ann E. Todd

Actress | The Blue Bird

Ann E. Todd was born Ann Todd Phillips on August 26, 1931, in Denver, Colorado. Both of her parents had extensive careers in music; her father, Burrill Phillips, was an accomplished composer and pianist. Ann also had one brother, Stephen, who was born in 1937 (and died in 1986). Ann was adopted and...

1354 points

4. Margaret O'Brien

Actress | Meet Me in St. Louis

Born Angela Maxine O'Brien on January 15, 1937 in San Diego, California. Her film debut was one-minute shot in MGM's Babes on Broadway (1941). Her big moment came when she was cast in Journey for Margaret (1942). This film shot her into instant stardom and also resulted in Angela changing her name ...

1168 points

5. Peggy Ann Garner

Actress | A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Actress Peggy Ann Garner was was born Feb. 3, 1932, in Canton, Ohio. Her father was an English-born attorney, William H. Garner, who served as a U.S. Army officer during World War II. Virginia, her determined mother, got Peggy into summer stock and modeling before she was six. Estranged from her ...

1038 points

6. Bobs Watson

Actor | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Born in Los Angeles almost a year after the start of Great Depression. Bob (whose nickname 'Bobs' was given to him by his father, and for legal and professional reasons he adopted professionally) is from a family of 9 siblings; 6 boys and 3 girls. He made his first on-screen appearance as a (...

932 points

7. Natalie Wood

Actress | West Side Story

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilov) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the ...

906 points

8. Enzo Staiola

Actor | Ladri di biciclette

Enzo Staiola was born on November 15, 1939 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), The Barefoot Contessa (1954) and A Tale of Five Women (1951).

868 points

9. Charles Bates

Actor | Shadow of a Doubt

Charles Bates was born on January 15, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as James Charles Bates. He is an actor, known for Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Pursued (1947) and San Diego I Love You (1944).

828 points

10. Robert J. Anderson

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Robert J. Anderson was born on March 6, 1933 in Hollywood, California, USA as Robert James Anderson. He was a production manager and actor, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Passenger 57 (1992) and Demolition Man (1993). He was married to Victoria Wandrey and Dorothy Ann Cochrane. He died on ...

821 points

11. Danny Mummert

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Danny Mummert was born on February 20, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Dan Easton Mummert. He was an actor, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Blondie Goes to College (1942) and Blondie in the Dough (1947). He was married to Linda Louise Earl Moreno, Mae Louise Horwitz Helms, Helene L Harnett ...

821 points

12. Larry Simms

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

After Larry's first retirement, he worked at Arabian-American Oil Company refinery in Saudi Arabia for Fluor Daniel. Later, Larry was tasked to spearhead the implementation of the Telecommunications infrastructure for a Shell refinery in Rayong, Thailand, also at the employ of Fluor Daniel.

Then he ...

821 points

13. Barbara Lawrence

Actress | Oklahoma!

Her career may have only lasted a dozen years, and the number of films slightly more than twenty, but Barbara appeared in some interesting productions. As a young girl, she was a model. While completing her studies at UCLA, she co-starred in half a dozen movies for 20th Century Fox. She appeared in...

816 points

14. Franco Interlenghi

Actor | Sciuscià

Franco Interlenghi was born on October 29, 1931 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for Shoeshine (1946), I Vitelloni (1953) and The Big Night (1959). He was married to Antonella Lualdi. He died on September 10, 2015 in Rome.

809 points

15. Silvana Mangano

Actress | Dune

Silvana Mangano was born on April 21, 1930 in Rome, Italy and was raised in poverty during World War II. She trained as a dancer for seven years and supported herself as a model. In 1946, at age 16, she won the Miss Rome beauty pageant and through this, she obtained role in a Maria Della Costa film...

808 points

16. Ted Donaldson

Actor | A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Ted Donaldson was born on August 20, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), The Return of Rusty (1946) and Rusty Saves a Life (1949).

802 points

17. Dean Stockwell

Actor | Quantum Leap

Photogenic American child actor of the 1940s, popular due in no small measure to his air of innocence and his beautiful, cherubic face with its dimples and his sparkling eyes, topped with a crown of curls. Still an actor in demand while well into his middle years, he is one of the few juvenile ...

740 points

18. Tommy Cook

Writer | Rollercoaster

Spry, curly-haired, dark-complexioned child actor Tommy Cook's most famous roles happened during his nascent career in serial adventures. He came on the feature film scene auspiciously in the role of young Indian boy Little Beaver alongside western good guy 'Don 'Red' Barry' in the Adventures of ...

441 points

19. Richard Nichols

Actor | A Woman's Face

Richard Franklin Nichols was born on December 14, 1935 in Hollywood, California. He worked in movies from 6-months-old until about 12 years. He was the youngest of seven children, most of whom worked in movies. Older brothers worked in "Our Gang" comedies and in "The East Side Kids". Both Ray ...

441 points

20. Debra Paget

Actress | The Ten Commandments

An acting career was always in the cards for Debra Paget (nee Debralee Griffin) and her siblings, coming from a show biz family and being the offspring of a "stage mother" anxious to get her kids into the movies. Paget's sister Teala Loring got her movie breaks in the 1940s, Lisa Gaye was a film ...

440 points

21. Jimmy Hunt

Actor | Pitfall

Jimmy Hunt was born on December 4, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA as James Walter Hunt. He is an actor, known for Pitfall (1948), Invaders from Mars (1953) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). He has been married to Roswitha T. Jager since January 26, 1963. They have three children.

438 points

22. John Howard Davies

Actor | Oliver Twist

John Howard Davies was born on March 9, 1939 in Paddington, London, England. He was a producer and director, known for Oliver Twist (1948), Fawlty Towers (1975) and Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). He was married to Linda. He died on August 22, 2011 in Blewbury, Oxfordshire, England.

434 points

23. Robert Blake

Actor | Lost Highway

American actor who began as a child in Our Gang comedies and reappeared as a powerful adult performer of leading and character roles. Born in New Jersey, the young Mickey Gubitosi won a role in MGM's Our Gang series at the age of 5. As one of the more prominent children in the Gang, he gained ...

400 points

24. Claude Jarman Jr.

Actor | Rio Grande

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Claude was the son of a railroad accountant. With no intentions of becoming a screen actor at the time, 12-year-old Claude Jarman, Jr. was discovered during an MGM nationwide talent search for their upcoming film, The Yearling (1946), and won the coveted role of Jody ...

400 points

25. Tony Wager

Actor | Great Expectations

Tony Wager was born on June 24, 1932 in Willesden, London, England as Anthony Alexander Wager. He is known for his work on Great Expectations (1946), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and Silent Number (1974). He died on December 23, 1990 in Bali, Indonesia.

399 points

26. Bobby Driscoll

Actor | Peter Pan

Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie ...

395 points

27. Tommy Ivo

Actor | Margie

Tommy Ivo was born on April 18, 1936 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is an actor, known for Margie (1961), The Lost Volcano (1950) and The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956).

389 points

28. Janis Wilson

Actress | The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Janis Wilson was born on February 9, 1930 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Janice May Wilson. She was an actress, known for The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), My Reputation (1946) and The Creeper (1948). She was married to Sidney Victor Petertyl. She died on November 17, 2003 in Spokane, ...

371 points

29. Juanita Quigley

Actress | Imitation of Life

Juanita Quigley was born on June 24, 1931 in Los Angeles. At age 3, she began appearing in films in small roles as an extra child; these parts were often uncredited, but when Quigley did receive credit, it was under the name "Baby Jane." Her career changed when she played Baby Jessie Pullman in ...

302 points

30. Elzie Emanuel

Actor | White Witch Doctor

Elzie Emanuel was born on June 1, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Elzi Emanuel. He was an actor, known for White Witch Doctor (1953), Intruder in the Dust (1949) and Jungle Jim (1955). He died on December 2, 2004 in Los Angeles.

256 points

31. Anthony Newley

Actor | Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

Anthony Newley was born in Hackney, London, England, to Frances Grace Newley and George Kirby, a shipping clerk. He was attracted to acting, after seeing an ad for a child actor in a Fleet Street window. He attended the Italia Conti Stage School from the age of 14 and, two years later, played the ...

251 points

32. Diana Dors

Actress | The Long Haul

Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck on October 23, 1931 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. She and her mother both nearly died from the traumatic birth. Because of the trauma, her mother lavished on Diana anything and everything she wanted--clothes, toys and dance lessons were the order of the day. ...

251 points

33. Patti Brady

Actress | Never Say Goodbye

Patti Brady was born on May 15, 1937 in Woodside, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Never Say Goodbye (1946), Gasoline Alley (1951) and Corky of Gasoline Alley (1951).

251 points

34. Joan Carroll

Actress | Meet Me in St. Louis

Joan Felt was born on January 18, 1931, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Her mother was quite a famous piano player in the 1930s. Six-year-old Joan made her film debut in Walking Down Broadway (1938). She played the role of Sunny, and changed her name from Felt to Carroll. A role in Two Sisters (1938) ...

187 points

35. Sharyn Moffett

Actress | Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

A child actress who showed heart-warming potential in the 1940s, child actress Sharyn Moffett (born Patricia Sharyn Moffett) was a cute presence in a number of sentimental tales. Closer to young Margaret O'Brien than Shirley Temple in type and demeanor, Sharyn was born on September 12, 1936 in ...

187 points

36. Connie Marshall

Actress | Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

A promising blue-to-gray-eyed, blonde-haired child actress of the post-WWII years who had more talent than she was given credit for, little Connie Marshall was born on April 28, 1938 (some sources list 1933) in New York City. Her parents were not of show business stock, her father being a ...

187 points

37. Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins

Actor | National Velvet

Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins was born on August 29, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jack Bronson Jenkins. He was an actor, known for National Velvet (1944), Boys' Ranch (1946) and Summer Holiday (1948). He was married to Glenda Larue Birmingham. He died on August 14, 2001 in Asheville, North ...

185 points

38. Yoshiko Kuga

Actress | Kono hiroi sora no dokoka ni

Yoshiko Kuga was born on January 21, 1931 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Somewhere Under the Broad Sky (1954), Jôshû to tomo ni (1956) and The Rose on His Arm (1956). She was previously married to Akihiko Hirata.

183 points

39. Patsy Parsons

Actress | Yankee Doodle Dandy

Patsy Parsons was born on June 9, 1931 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. She was an actress, known for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954) and The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942). She was married to Solon Soteras and William Powell Jr. She died on October 26, 2006 in ...

145 points

40. Luana Patten

Actress | Fun & Fancy Free

One of the first two contract players for Walt Disney Studios, she made her debut in Song of the South (1946) as a poor white child fascinated by the stories told by Uncle Remus. She made three more films as a child star, then left film for over 10 years. She returned as an ingénue in Rock, Pretty ...

144 points

41. Donn Gift

Actor | The Happy Years

Donn Gift was born on December 14, 1933 in Danville, Illinois, USA as Donald Eugene Gift. He was an actor, known for The Happy Years (1950), Fighting Father Dunne (1948) and The Enchanted Valley (1948). He died on July 8, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

144 points

42. Petula Clark

Soundtrack | Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Petula Clark was a star at the age of 11. She starred in British concert halls and on BBC radio singing for the troops during WWII. She was a child star in a series of British films from the end of WWII through to the early 1950s,and by 1954 was having hit records. After a move to France in 1960, ...

144 points

43. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked ...

118 points

44. Johnny Calkins

Actor | Life with Father

Johnny Calkins was born on September 1, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Life with Father (1947), Divorce (1945) and Song of Arizona (1946). He died on September 28, 2003 in San Diego, California.

118 points

45. Martin Milner

Actor | Sweet Smell of Success

Martin Sam Milner was born December 28, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. His mother, Jerre Martin, originally from Oregon, was a dancer with the Paramount Theater circuit. His father, Sam Gordon Milner, a Polish Jewish immigrant, was a film distributor. The Milners moved to Seattle when Martin was a baby...

118 points

46. Johnny Russell

Actor | The Blue Bird

Johnny Russell was born on January 25, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Russell Countryman. He is an actor, known for The Blue Bird (1940), Jesse James (1939) and Always Goodbye (1938).

118 points



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