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1. Ivan Triesault

Actor | Notorious

Ivan Triesault was born on July 13, 1898 in Reval, Russian Empire as Johann Constantin Treisalt. He was an actor, known for Notorious (1946), The 300 Spartans (1962) and The Amazing Transparent Man (1960). He died on January 3, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

2. Sarah Selby

Actress | Beyond the Forest

Sarah Selby was born on August 30, 1905 in Middletown, Ohio, USA as Sarah Elizabeth Selby. She was an actress, known for Beyond the Forest (1949), The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure (1956) and Tower of London (1962). She was married to Holger Yngvar Harthern-Jakobsen and Stanley ...

3. Leonard Strong

Actor | Shane

Leonard Strong was born on August 12, 1908 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Leonard Clarence Strong. He was an actor, known for Shane (1953), Cult of the Cobra (1955) and The Naked Jungle (1954). He was married to Irene Richards. He died on January 23, 1980 in Glendale, California, USA.

4. Jimmy Durante

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

First wife Jeanne died in 1943. Wed second wife, Marjorie Little after 16 year courtship when she was 39 and he 67 Marjorie Little had been the hatcheck girl at the Copacabana. Durante and his second wife adopted a baby girl, Cecelia Alicia on Christmas day 1961. Durante doted on "CeCe" until his ...

5. Romolo Valli

Actor | Il gattopardo

Romolo Valli was born on February 7, 1925 in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is known for his work on The Leopard (1963), Duck, You Sucker (1971) and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970). He died on February 1, 1980 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

6. David Janssen

Actor | The Green Berets

David Janssen was born David Harold Meyer in 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska, to Berniece Mae (Graf) and Harold Edward Meyer, a banker. He was of German, and some Swiss-German and Scottish-Irish, descent. David took the surname of his stepfather, Eugene Janssen. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood ...

7. Bon Scott

Soundtrack | The School of Rock

Ronald Belford Scott was born on July 9, 1946 in Kirriemuir, Scotland, UK. In 1952, the Scott family relocated to Australia. Bon's strong distaste for authority led him to quit his studies at the age of 15. Bon's earliest musical efforts were both on vocals and drums. His first "real" job in the ...

8. George Tobias

Actor | Sergeant York

American character actor who specialized in none-too-bright pals of the lead, though his range included villains and ethnic types. A native of New York City, he began acting at 15. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and played on Broadway with the Theatre Guild, and with the Provincetown ...

9. Jay Silverheels

Actor | The Lone Ranger

Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key ...

10. Jay Anson

Writer | The Amityville Horror

Jay Anson was born on November 4, 1921 in New York, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Amityville Horror (1979), The Amityville Horror (2005) and The Moviemakers (1969). He died on March 12, 1980 in Palo Alto, California, USA.

11. Harlan Warde

Actor | Money Madness

Harlan Warde was born on November 6, 1917 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Harlan Warde Lufkin. He is known for his work on Money Madness (1948), The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) and State Department: File 649 (1949). He was married to Barbara Grace Whittaker and Caroline ...

12. Tom Fadden

Actor | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Wavy-haired, emaciated-looking Tom Fadden enjoyed a prolific screen career as a small part supporting actor with more than a fair share of scene-stealing moments to his credit. From the time he began with a stock company in Omaha in 1915, he remained continuously employed right up until his death ...

13. Raymond Bailey

Actor | Vertigo

Raymond Bailey was a great example of "If at first you don't succeed..." After high school, Bailey headed for Hollywood with the intent on becoming a movie star, but soon found it tougher than he thought. Instead Bailey went into a high finance career working as stockbroker and banker. He made a ...

14. Paul Langton

Actor | It! The Terror from Beyond Space

Although established in show business for many years, it wasn't until 1964 with the debut of the TV series, "Peyton Place" that he became truly famous as the hapless and scheming, Leslie Harrington. His tenure there lasted several years and he added considerable style and finesse with his presence ...

15. Tony Beckley

Actor | The Italian Job

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Beckley appeared in BBC-TV's "Romeo and Juliet" and later in "War and Peace" and "Julius Caesar." Prior to his death, he had appeared on stage with Maggie Smith in "Snap" and Elaine Strich in Tennesse Williams' "Small Craft Warnings." ...

16. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

17. Dee Carroll

Actress | Emergency!

Dee Carroll was born on December 2, 1925 in Colorado, USA as Betty Jean Marsh. She was an actress, known for Emergency! (1972), The Stunt Man (1980) and Bonanza (1959). She died on April 28, 1980 in Burbank, California, USA.

18. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

19. Lillian Roth

Actress | Animal Crackers

Tragic songstress Lillian Roth (nee Lillian Rutstein), born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 13, 1910, was given her first name in honor of singer Lillian Russell. She was the daughter of daunting stage parents who groomed her and younger sister Anne for stardom at an early age. The girls did ...

20. Hugh Griffith

Actor | Ben-Hur

Enjoyably larger-than-life character actor Hugh Emrys Griffith was born in Marianglas, Anglesey, North Wales, to Mary (Williams) and William Griffith. Griffith left the world of banking (having been employed as a teller) after winning a scholarship to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic ...

21. Leland Starnes

Actor | The Crazies

Leland Starnes was born on February 5, 1923 in Sanderville, Georgia, USA as Robert Leland Starnes. He was an actor, known for The Crazies (1973) and Cruising (1980). He was married to Mary. He died on May 14, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA.

22. Milton Parsons

Actor | The Hidden Hand

Milton Parsons was born on May 19, 1904 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA as Ernest Milton Parsons. He was an actor, known for The Hidden Hand (1942), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947). He died on May 15, 1980 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

23. Ian Curtis

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

Ian Curtis was born in Old Trafford, Manchester, at the Memorial Hospital. He grew up listening to The Who and The Rolling Stones, and other heroes of his teenage years included David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and James Dean. He especially liked musicians whose lyrics ...

24. Fred Beir

Actor | Hawaiian Eye

He made guest appearances on TV series like Bonanza, Perry Mason, Maverick, The Andy Griffith Show, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone (the 1963 episode "Death Ship"), Ben Casey, The Outer Limits, The Munsters, The Time Tunnel, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Honey West, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, The ...

25. Milburn Stone

Actor | Gunsmoke

Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke (1955), was born in Kansas on July 5, 1904. Acting must have been in his blood as the nephew of Broadway comedian Fred Stone for Milburn left home as a teenager to find work with touring repertory ...

26. Terence Fisher

Director | Dracula

Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment, Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service ...

27. Herbie Faye

Actor | Thoroughly Modern Millie

Herbie Faye was born on February 2, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), The Harder They Fall (1956) and The New Phil Silvers Show (1963). He was married to Mary Lou. He died on June 28, 1980 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

28. Dan White

Actor | Unknown Island

Dan White was born to George & Orpha White about one mile from the Suwannee River in Falmouth, Florida. Falmouth was a small sleepy town then, as it is still today. He was one of 13 siblings who were moved to Lakeland sometime around WW I. Lakeland is where Dan was introduced into show business in ...

29. Peggy Knudsen

Actress | The Big Sleep

A knockout curvaceous screen siren with a smart, confident air, Peggy Knudsen had the blonde pulchritude and the presence to make it in Hollywood. Somehow, stardom eluded her. The daughter of a Duluth fire chief, she had studied violin as a child and later showed some promise acting in school plays...

30. Don 'Red' Barry

Actor | Jesse James' Women

Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this ...

31. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...

32. Charles McGraw

Actor | Spartacus

Stony-faced, grizzled-looking tough guy Charles McGraw (real name Charles Butters) notched up dozens of TV and film credits, usually portraying law enforcement figures or military officers, plus the odd shifty gangster. While at high school he worked as a theatre usher and was nicknamed "Chick" by ...

33. Strother Martin

Actor | Slap Shot

American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, ...

34. Dorothy Stratten

Actress | Galaxina

Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...

35. Douglas Kenney

Writer | National Lampoon's Animal House

Though almost completely unknown, this man was one of the originators of a highly popular and groundbreaking new form of comedy and satire.

After working on the Harvard Lampoon as an undergraduate, Douglas C. Kenney co-founded the National Lampoon magazine and the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

Kenney ...

36. Bernard Fein

Writer | Hogan's Heroes

Bernard Fein was born on November 13, 1926 in West Orange, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Hogan's Heroes (1965), The Phil Silvers Show (1955) and The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962). He died on September 10, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. Lillian Randolph

Actress | It's a Wonderful Life

Lillian Randolph was born on December 14, 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She was an actress, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Hi, Neighbor (1942) and The Great Gildersleeve (1942). She died on September 12, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

38. Lewis Milestone

Director | All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early ...

39. Michael Strong

Actor | Patton

While never one of the big names on screen, Michael Strong was one of those excellent method actors who were often compelling to watch. Unsurprisingly, many of Michael's screen characters were typical New Yorkers, whether they be cops or thugs, and he imbued them with an edgy 'in-your-face' ...

40. Robert McCord

Actor | The Twilight Zone

Robert McCord was born on February 24, 1915 in Sac, Iowa, USA as Robert Leigh McCord II. He was an actor, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), Yancy Derringer (1958) and The Wild Wild West (1965). He died on October 1, 1980 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

41. Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas

Actor | General Spanky

Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas was born on March 12, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Thomas Jr. He was an actor, known for General Spanky (1936), Ye Olde Minstrels (1941) and Night 'n' Gales (1937). He died on October 10, 1980 in Los Angeles.

42. Edwin Max

Actor | Ride, Ryder, Ride!

Edwin Max was born on May 4, 1909 in Georgia, USA as Edwin Miller. He was an actor, known for Ride, Ryder, Ride! (1949), The Incredible Melting Man (1977) and Side Street (1950). He died on October 17, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Russ Grieve

Actor | The Hills Have Eyes

Russ Grieve was born on November 5, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Russell Park Grieve Jr. He was an actor, known for The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Charlie's Angels (1976) and Fuzz (1972). He died on October 22, 1980 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

44. Victor Sen Yung

Actor | Across the Pacific

Achieving both film and TV notice during his lengthy career, this diminutive Asian-American character was born Sen Yew Cheung on October 18, 1915 in San Francisco of humble Chinese émigrés. When his mother died during the flu epidemic of 1919, his father placed Victor and his sister in a children's...

45. Steve McQueen

Actor | The Great Escape

He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...

46. Imogen Hassall

Actress | Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly

Imogen Hassall is sometimes referred to as "The Countess of Cleavage" as she was better known for her glamorous celebrity than her acting talent. Imogen was born on August 25 1942, in Woking, Surrey, England and rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s as an international B-movie ...

47. Mae West

Actress | I'm No Angel

Mae West was born in Queens, New York, to "Battling Jack" West and Matilda Doelger. She began her career as a child star in vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays, including "SEX", for which she was arrested. Though her first movie role was a small part in Night After Night (1932), ...

48. George Raft

Actor | Some Like It Hot

George Raft was born and grew up in a poor family in Hell's Kitchen, at the time one of the roughest, meanest areas of New York City. He was born George Ranft, and was the son of Eva (Glockner) and Conrad Ranft, a department store deliveryman. His parents were both of German descent. In his youth, ...

49. Rachel Roberts

Actress | Murder on the Orient Express

Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing...

50. Edith Evanson

Actress | Rope

During the Golden Age of Hollywood there were an array of character actors who came out and perfected their craft alongside some of the era's most popular stars. Within that category is one Edith Evanson.

She was born on April 28, 1896 in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of a Protestant minister. In...

51. Darby Crash

Soundtrack | 20th Century Women

Darby Crash was born on September 26, 1958 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Jan Paul Beahm. He died on December 7, 1980 in Hollywood, California.

52. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

53. Peter Collinson

Director | The Italian Job

Peter Collinson was born on April 1, 1936 in Lincolnshire, England as Peter Kenneth Collinson. He was a director and producer, known for The Italian Job (1969), The Long Day's Dying (1968) and Up the Junction (1968). He was married to Ann Collinson and Lisa Shane. He died on December 16, 1980 in ...

54. Charles Tannen

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Charles Tannen was born on October 22, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles David Tannen. He was an actor and writer, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Ensign O'Toole (1962) and Jesse James (1939). He died on December 28, 1980 in San Bernardino, California, USA.

55. Roy Engel

Actor | The Man from Planet X

Roy Engel was born on September 13, 1913 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Man from Planet X (1951), The Wild Wild West (1965) and Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952). He died on December 29, 1980 in Burbank, California, USA.

56. Matthew 'Stymie' Beard

Actor | Mush and Milk

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard was born on January 1, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Beard Jr. He was an actor, known for Mush and Milk (1933), A Lad an' a Lamp (1932) and Free Wheeling (1932). He was married to Annie. He died on January 8, 1981 in Los Angeles.

57. Woody Chambliss

Actor | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Woody Chambliss was born on October 14, 1914 in Bowie, Texas, USA as Woodrow Lewis Chambliss. He was an actor, known for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), Then Came Bronson (1969) and Gunsmoke (1955). He was married to Erika Chambliss. He died on January 8, 1981 in Ojai, California, USA.

58. Richard Boone

Actor | Have Gun - Will Travel

Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone.

Richard was a...

59. Beulah Bondi

Actress | It's a Wonderful Life

Character actress Beulah Bondi was a favorite of directors and audiences and is one of the reasons so many films from the 1930s and 1940s remain so enjoyable, as she was an integral part of many of the ensemble casts (a hallmark of the studio system) of major and/or great films, including The Trail...

60. Bernard Lee

Actor | Diamonds Are Forever

Best remembered as 'M' in the James Bond films, Bernard Lee was a popular character player in British films throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Born into a theatrical family, he made his stage debut at age six and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He first appeared on the West End stage...

61. Kipp Hamilton

Actress | Mike Hammer

Kipp Hamilton was born on August 16, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Rita Marie Hamilton. She was an actress, known for Mike Hammer (1958), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and The Unforgiven (1960). She was married to Donald Thorman Rosenfeld and Dave Geisel. She died on January 29, 1981 in ...

62. Bill Haley

Soundtrack | Turtle Beach

William John Clifton Haley - better known as Bill Haley, leader of the first-ever rock & roll band The Comets - is probably the greatest musical pioneer of the 20th century. He was the first white artist to record a rhythm & blues hit - the 1951 "Rocket 88" for Dave Miller's subsidiary label ...

63. Kermit Murdock

Actor | The Andromeda Strain

Kermit Murdock was born on March 20, 1908 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for The Andromeda Strain (1971), In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). He died on February 11, 1981 in Tenafly, New Jersey, USA.

64. Torin Thatcher

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Associated with gritty, flashy film villainy, veteran character actor Torin Thatcher was born in Bombay, India to British parents on January 15, 1905, and was educated in England at the Bedford School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A former schoolteacher, he appeared on the London stage in ...

65. Brenda de Banzie

Actress | Hobson's Choice

The daughter of a musical conductor, fair-haired, matronly Brenda de Banzie appeared in around 40 films. As the result of two outstanding performances she became an unexpected star when well into her middle age. Brenda first came to public notice as a sixteen year old chorine on the London stage in...

66. Frances Feist

Actress | Carnival of Souls

Frances Feist was born on May 13, 1903 in Kansas, USA. She was an actress, known for Carnival of Souls (1962), A Life to Save (1954) and The Griper (1954). She died on March 11, 1981 in Alameda, California, USA.

67. Molly Dodd

Actress | Disneyland

Molly Dodd was born on November 11, 1921 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mary E. Dodd. She was an actress, known for The Magical World of Disney (1954), The Waltons (1971) and What's the Matter with Helen? (1971). She was married to Henry Farrell. She died on March 26, 1981 in Santa Monica, ...

68. Jim Davis

Actor | Big Jake

Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike...

69. Herb Voland

Actor | Airplane!

Herb Voland was born on October 2, 1918 in New Rochelle, New York, USA as Herbert Maurice Voland. He was an actor, known for Airplane! (1980), Play of the Week (1959) and The Love God? (1969). He died on April 26, 1981 in Riverside, California, USA.

70. Bob Marley

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, ...

71. Richard Hale

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

Richard Hale was born on November 16, 1892 in Rogersville, Tennessee, USA as James Richards Hale. He was an actor, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Scaramouche (1952) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). He was married to Kathryn Hamill and Temple Duncan. He died on May 18, 1981 in ...

72. Arthur O'Connell

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

Though veteran character actor Arthur O'Connell was born in New York City in 1908, he looked as countrified as apple pie, looking ever more comfy in overalls than he ever did in a suit. He made his stage debut in the mid 1930s and came into contact with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. As a result, ...

73. Boris Sagal

Director | The Omega Man

Boris Sagal was born on October 18, 1923 in Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Bernard Louis Sagal. He was a director and writer, known for The Omega Man (1971), The Name of the Game (1968) and Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). He was married to Marge Champion and Sara Macon. He died on May 22, 1981 ...

74. Herbert Lytton

Actor | The Cosmic Man

Herbert Lytton was born on December 9, 1897 in Falmouth, Kentucky, USA as Herbert Lytton Cress. He was an actor, known for The Cosmic Man (1959), The Twilight Zone (1959) and McHale's Navy (1962). He died on June 26, 1981 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA.

75. Don Megowan

Actor | Blazing Saddles

Don Megowan was born on May 24, 1922 in Inglewood, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), The Creation of the Humanoids (1962) and The Werewolf (1956). He was married to Alva Megowan and Betty Eleanor Wright. He died on June 26, 1981 in Panorama City, California.

76. George Voskovec

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Czech actor/producer/director/author George Voskovec was born Jirí Wachsmann on June 19, 1905, the son of Jirina Valentina Marie (nee Pinkasová) and Vilem Eduard Voskovec (Wachsmann). His ancestry was Czech, German, and French. Prior to George's birth, the spelling of the family name was Vaksman (...

77. Ross Martin

Actor | The Wild Wild West

Born in Grodek, Poland, Ross Martin grew up on New York City's Lower East Side. He spoke Yiddish, Polish, and Russian before even learning English and later added French, Spanish, and Italian to his amazing repertoire.

Despite academic training (and receiving honors in) business, instruction, and ...

78. Melvyn Douglas

Actor | Being There

Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka ...

79. Eddie Byrne

Actor | Star Wars

Eddie Byrne was born on January 31, 1911 in Dublin, Ireland. He was an actor, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Island of Terror (1966) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). He died on August 21, 1981 in Dublin.

80. Vera-Ellen

Actress | White Christmas

Vera-Ellen began dancing at the age of 10, and a few years later became one of the youngest Rockettes. She appeared in several Broadway musicals until she was spotted by film producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1945. She was only 24 years old when Goldwyn cast her opposite Danny Kaye in Wonder Man (1945). ...

81. Fern Barry

Actress | The Rifleman

Fern Barry was born on September 24, 1909 in Fairview, Oklahoma, USA as Fern Pauline Berry. She was an actress, known for The Rifleman (1958), 77 Sunset Strip (1958) and The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959). She was married to Donald E. Hill. She died on September 9, 1981 in Burbank, California...

82. Chief Dan George

Actor | Little Big Man

Chief Dan George was born with the names Geswanouth Slahoot (which was anglicised as 'Dan Slaholt') to a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve Nº. 3 in North Vancouver. His last name was changed to 'George' when he entered a mission boarding school at the age of 5, where the use of his native ...

83. Patsy Kelly

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Patsy Kelly was born Bridget Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly on January 12, 1910, in Brooklyn, New York. She began performing in vaudeville when she was just twelve years old. Patsy worked with comedian Frank Fay and starred in several Broadway shows. She was discovered by producer Hal Roach, who paired ...

84. Ray Kellogg

Actor | The F.B.I.

Ray Kellogg was born on November 12, 1919. He was an actor, known for The F.B.I. (1965), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He died on September 26, 1981 in Olympia, Washington, USA.

85. Robert Montgomery

Actor | Night Must Fall

Born Henry Montgomery Jr., the elder son of New York businessman Henry Montgomery and his wife, Mary W. (nee Barney) Montgomery (a native of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York), Robert Montgomery had a younger brother, Donald. He was not related to Belinda Montgomery.

As a child, he enjoyed a ...

86. Gloria Grahame

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...

87. Clelia Matania

Actress | Don't Look Now

Clelia Matania was born on March 28, 1913 in London, England. She was an actress, known for Don't Look Now (1973), Il circolo Pickwick (1968) and L'uomo la bestia e la virtù (1953). She died on October 13, 1981 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

88. Frank DeKova

Actor | F Troop

Frank DeKova parlayed a sinister scowl, piercing eyes and an all-around menacing attitude into a long career of playing cold-blooded trigger-men, rampaging Indian chiefs, brutal Mexican army officers and the like. So it would probably come as a shock to those who know his work to discover that, ...

89. Stanley Clements

Actor | Racing Luck

Stanley Clements realized he wanted a show-business career while he was in grammar school, and when he graduated he toured in vaudeville for two years. He then joined the touring company of Edward Bowes' (aka Major Bowes) Amateur Hour. In 1941 he was signed to a contract by 20th Century-Fox and ...

90. William Holden

Actor | Stalag 17

William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying ...

91. Harry von Zell

Actor | How DOooo You Do

Portly, pudding-faced, wavy dark-haired actor/announcer Harry Von Zell, whose well-modulated voice was a standard radio fixture during the 1930s and '40s, also extended his talents toward film and TV where he appeared in numerous comedy outings, often as a straight man foil. Born in Indianapolis, ...

92. Jack Albertson

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

A former song-and-dance man and veteran of vaudeville, burlesque and Broadway, Jack Albertson is best known to audiences as "The Man" in the TV series Chico and the Man (1974), for which he won an Emmy. In 1968 Albertson, the brother of actress Mabel Albertson, won the Oscar for Best Supporting ...

93. Natalie Wood

Actress | Rebel Without a Cause

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 ...

94. Robert H. Harris

Actor | Valley of the Dolls

Robert H. Harris was born on July 15, 1911 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert H. Hurwitz. He was an actor, known for Valley of the Dolls (1967), Mirage (1965) and Bundle of Joy (1956). He was married to Viola Harris and Louise Lewis. He died on November 30, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, ...

95. Maurice Argent

Actor | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Maurice Argent was born on March 4, 1916 in Pennsylvania, USA as Maurice Saul Argent. He was an actor, known for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Dirty Harry (1971) and Magnum Force (1973). He died on December 7, 1981 in San Francisco, California, USA.

96. Rocky Shahan

Actor | Rawhide

Rocky Shahan was born on March 4, 1919 in Texas, USA as Robert Ray Shahan. He is known for his work on Rawhide (1959), El deseo en otoño (1972) and Roll, Thunder, Roll! (1949). He died on December 8, 1981 in Denton, Texas.

97. Edith Bell

Actress | The Crazies

Edith Bell was born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington, USA. She is known for her work on The Crazies (1973). She was married to Lee Hessel. She died on December 16, 1981 in Tarrytown, New York, USA.

98. James Murdock

Actor | The Godfather: Part II

James Murdock was born on June 22, 1931 in Bloomington, Illinois, USA as David Lee Baker. He was an actor, known for The Godfather: Part II (1974), Rawhide (1959) and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963). He died on December 24, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

99. Hoagy Carmichael

Soundtrack | To Have and Have Not

Award-winning songwriter ("Stardust", "Ole Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind"), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief ...

100. Victor Buono

Actor | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Larger than life, Laughtonesque, and with an eloquent, king-sized appetite for maniacal merriment, a good portion of the work of actor Victor Buono was squandered on hokey villainy on both film and television. Ostensibly perceived as bizarre or demented, seldom did Hollywood give this cultivated ...



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