Actors at the Pasadena Playhouseby quartertwain | created - 07 Dec 2012 | updated - 07 Dec 2012 | Public
Actors whose rise to fame includes experience at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Actor | Adventures of Superman
George Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, to Helen Roberta (Lescher) and Donald C. Brewer. He was of German, English, and Scottish descent. Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College. He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He ...
2. John Alvin
Actor | Destination Tokyo
John Alvin was born on October 24, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Alvin Hoffstadt. He was an actor, known for Destination Tokyo (1943), Objective, Burma! (1945) and Climax! (1954). He was married to Betty June Lewis. He died on February 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
John moves from Chicago to Pasadena, to study at the playhouse. There, he would meet his wife of 61 years.
Actor | Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law, Morris Ankrum was an attorney and an economics professor before switching careers and joining the theater. He was a veteran stage actor by the time he entered the film industry in the 1930s. His film career spanned from 1933 to 1965...
A long time teacher and director at the playhouse
4. Dana Andrews
Actor | Laura
American leading man of the 1940s and 1950s, Dana Andrews, was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farm by Collins, Covington County, Mississippi. He was the son of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. He was one of thirteen children, including actor Steve Forrest.
Trained at the playhouse
5. Eve Arden
Actress | Our Miss Brooks
Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage ...
Better known as Our Miss Brooks. I haven't found the connection yet.
Actress | Strange Days
Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son...
While the playhouse may not have contributed to her stardom, she made a notable run there in 2006.
Actor | C'era una volta il West
The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky), ...
I haven't found the connection yet.
8. Raymond Burr
Actor | Rear Window
Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He ...
Supporting role my favorite movie, Rear Window. Began his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse.
9. Ruth Buzzi
Actress | Laugh-In
Ruth Buzzi was Born July 24, 1936 in South County (Westerly), Rhode Island to Rena Pauline and Angelo Peter Buzzi, a nationally recognized stone sculptor. She Raised in Wequetequock, Connecticut, and attended Stonington High School. She Gained experience as a cheerleader performing before crowds at...
Enrolled at Pasadena Playhouse at 17
10. Youssef Chahine
Director | El Naser Salah el Dine
Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film ...
Egyptian director, credited with launching the career of Omar Sharif, moved to United States to study acting at the playhouse
11. Maxine Cooper
Actress | Kiss Me Deadly
This svelte, sultry-eyed brunette made a mark in one significant (some consider "ultimate") film noir classic helmed by Robert Aldrich in the mid-1950s -- and then, within a short time, she vanished. Another in the long line of pretty and promising actresses who traded in their career for marriage ...
Famous for Kiss me Deadly, she finished her dramatic studies at the playhouse.
12. Frances Dee
Actress | I Walked with a Zombie
Brunette Frances Dee was born in Los Angeles, where her Army officer father was stationed, and grew up in Chicago after her father was transferred there. In 1929, he was re-assigned to L.A., and, as a lark, Dee began working in motion pictures as an extra. Her debut was in Words and Music (1929) ...
Early talkie star, I haven't found the connection yet.
13. Don DeFore
Actor | Too Late for Tears
Don DeFore toured the country in stock companies for several years before making his Broadway debut in 1938. In films since 1941, he occasionally played leads in B pictures, but was more often cast as the good-natured buddy of the hero or a likable but gullible character whom the hero has to bail ...
14. Bill Erwin
Actor | Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Bill Erwin was born on December 2, 1914 in Honey Grove, Texas, USA as William Lindsey Erwin. He was an actor, known for Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Home Alone (1990) and Somewhere in Time (1980). He was married to Lucy Frances MacLachlan. He died on December 29, 2010 in Studio City, ...
The mean old-guy from Seinfeld? He completed his acting degree at the playhouse.
15. Jamie Farr
Actor | M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr was born on July 1, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Jameel Joseph Farah. He is an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Cannonball Run (1981) and Scrooged (1988). He has been married to Joy Ann Richards since February 16, 1963. They have two children.
Discovered for his role in The Blackboard Jungle while studying at the playhouse
16. Dabbs Greer
Actor | The Green Mile
Dabbs Greer was a very familiar face in films and especially on TV. He was a sort of "everyman" in his roles and played merchants, preachers, businessmen, and other "pillars of the community" types as well as assorted villains. With his plain looking face, wavy hair and mellow, distinctive voice he...
Moved to Pasadena in 1943, passed away at Huntington Hospital in 2009
17. Gene Hackman
Actor | The French Connection
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...
Joined the playhouse in 1956
18. William Henry
Actor | The Thin Man
American leading actor who began his career as a juvenile in the 1930s. The son of a stock broker, he attended Los Angeles and Hollywood High Schools. Upon graduation, he trained for stagecraft at the Pasadena Playhouse School having by then already debuted on screen, aged eight, in an uncredited ...
Child actor and, mostly, B-movie star
19. Samuel S. Hinds
Actor | It's a Wonderful Life
Samuel S. Hinds, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer in Hollywood until the stock market crash of 1929, in which he lost most of his money. Hinds, who had an interest in theater acting, decided to embark on a career in acting, albeit it age 54. The tall, dignified-looking Hinds appeared in over 200 ...
Died in Pasadena, 1948
20. Dustin Hoffman
Actor | Rain Man
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...
Amazing that Hoffman and Hackman began their careers at the same time in the same place. Number of versions of Straw Dogs the world needs, 0.
21. Earl Holliman
Actor | Forbidden Planet
Louisiana-born actor Earl Holliman, after a stint in the Navy, studied at UCLA and the Pasadena Playhouse before earning his break in the Martin/Lewis comedy Scared Stiff (1953). He gained clout after portraying a variety of young, manly characters in rugged westerns and war drama, ranging from dim...
Left the Navy for the Playhouse
22. Carolyn Jones
Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Carolyn Jones was born April 28, 1930, in Amarillo, Texas. Her mother was Jeannette and her sister was Bette (Moriarty). She was an imaginative child, much like her mother. In 1934, her father abandoned the family and her mother moved them in with her parents, also in Amarillo. As a child Carolyn ...
Morticia moved to California to study acting at the playhouse
23. Victor Jory
Actor | Gone with the Wind
Victor Jory was born in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. His burly physique made him a wrestling and boxing champion during his military service in the United States Coast Guard. After a few appearances on Broadway, he made his way into Hollywood in the early 1930s. His acting career spanned exactly 50 ...
24. Celia Milius
Actress | Island of the Blue Dolphins
Graduated from Playhouse in 1961
Actor | Conan the Barbarian
Born in Japan, Mako was living there with his grandparents while his parents studied art in the United States, when Japan and the U.S. went to war in 1941. His parents remained in the U.S., working for the Office of War Information, and, at the cessation of the conflict, were granted U.S. residency...
Trained at the Playhouse
26. Kerwin Mathews
Actor | The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Before there was a George Lucas and Harrison Ford running around creating special-effects excitement, there was a virile, boyishly handsome actor named Kerwin Mathews who was entertaining audiences battling a variety of creatures courtesy of pioneer special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. ...
Met the head of casting for Columbia Pictures while acting at the playhouse
27. Victor Mature
Actor | Samson and Delilah
American leading man Victor John Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Clara P. (Ackley) and Marcellus George Mature, a cutler and knife sharpener. His father, born Marcello Gelindo Maturi in Pinzolo, Trentino, was Italian, and his mother was of Swiss-German and German descent. Mature worked ...
Discovered at Pasadena Playhouse
28. Tyler MacDuff
Actor | Fury at Showdown
Tyler MacDuff was born on September 12, 1925 in Hollywood, California, USA as Tyler Glenn Duff Jr. He was an actor, known for Fury at Showdown (1957), Cyborg 2087 (1966) and The Boy from Oklahoma (1954). He was married to Beverlie Mae Anderson. He died on December 23, 2007 in Pasadena, California.
Graduated from playhouse
29. Rue McClanahan
Actress | The Golden Girls
A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from the stage by Norman Lear for roles on All in the Family (1971) and later Maude (1972). For two years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on Mama's Family (1983) until her character was killed off and she joined the cast of Golden ...
30. Joyce Meadows
Actress | The Brain from Planet Arous
Joyce Meadows was born on April 13, 1933 in Arrowwood, Alberta, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Brain from Planet Arous (1957), The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970) and Two Faces West (1960). She was previously married to Merrill Harrington.
Earned a scholarship to playhouse, before travelling to New York to finish her education
Actor | Waterloo Bridge
Montgomery, on stage by his teens, was scouted by MGM. The studio changed his name to Kent Douglass and cast him in dashing or romantic roles opposite some of MGM's powerhouse actresses, such as Joan Crawford (in Paid (1930) ) and Katharine Hepburn (in Little Women (1933), in which he played the ...
32. Wayne Morris
Actor | Kid Galahad
American actor who had early success as a sunny juvenile, but whose career declined following World War II, in which he was a highly-decorated hero. A native of Los Angeles, Morris played football at Los Angeles Junior College, then worked as a forest ranger. Returning to school, he studied acting ...
33. Lloyd Nolan
Actor | Julia
It would no doubt be a real shock to most people to discover that the rich baritone Bronx-like accent of great veteran character actor Lloyd Nolan was a product of the San Francisco streets--not the urban jungle of New York City. Nolan was born in the City by the Bay, and his father, James Nolan, ...
34. Moroni Olsen
Actor | Notorious
Even his more courteous, somewhat friendlier types gave one pause for concern. The tall, beefy, balding, icy-eyed character actor Moroni Olsen was one of Hollywood's more popular and imposing performers of film during the late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s.
The versatile player was born Moroni Olsen ...
35. Eleanor Parker
Actress | Caged
Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian that she attended the Rice Summer ...
36. Tyrone Power
Actor | Witness for the Prosecution
Tyrone Power was one of the great romantic swashbuckling stars of the mid-twentieth century, and the third Tyrone Power of four in a famed acting dynasty reaching back to the eighteenth century. His great-grandfather was the first Tyrone Power (1795-1841), a famed Irish comedian. His father, known ...
37. Robert Preston
Actor | The Music Man
American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking ...
One of the first actors I can remember, from his last movie The Last Starfighter
38. Barbara Rush
Actress | It Came from Outer Space
The epitome of poise, charm, style and grace, beautiful brunette Barbara Rush was born in Denver, Colorado in 1927 and enrolled at the University of California before working with the University Players and taking acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse. It didn't take long for talent scouts to ...
To all those media conspiracy theorists out there, her daughter works at Fox News.
39. Onslow Stevens
Actor | Them!
Son of character actor Houseley Stevenson, brother of designer Edward Stevenson and actor Houseley Stevenson Jr., Onslow Stevens was highly active from mid-1920s at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, where his entire family worked frequently as performers, directors and teachers. he scored a major ...
Entire family worked at playhouse
40. Sally Struthers
Actress | All in the Family
Cute as a button and with a petite, porcelain prettiness and vulnerability that endeared her to the American public, Sally Struthers nabbed a series role in the early 1970s and became a solid part of TV history as a member of a dysfunctional family quartet in the milestone sitcom, All in the Family...
41. Randolph Scott
Actor | The Tall T
Handsome American leading man who developed into one of Hollywood's greatest and most popular Western stars. Born to George and Lucy Crane Scott during a visit to Virginia, Scott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina in a wealthy family. After service with the U.S. Army in France in World War I, ...
Attended the playhouse on the advice on Cecile B. DeMille
42. Paul Sorensen
Paul Sorensen was born on February 16, 1926 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA as Paul Eric Sorensen. He was an actor, known for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Hang 'Em High (1968) and Charlie's Angels (1976). He was married to Jacqueline May. He died on July 17, 2008 in Cardiff by-the-Sea, ...
Honored by playhouse with a lifetime achievement award
Actor | Alien
Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton's drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes.
Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco ...
Studied at playhouse
44. Gloria Stuart
Actress | Titanic
Gloria Stuart was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the ...
Jumped from the playhouse to Universal Studious in 1932. Played The Invisible Man's girlfriend in 1933.
45. Robert Taylor
Actor | Waterloo Bridge
Born Spangler Arlington Brugh, Robert Taylor began displaying a diversity of talents in his youth on the plains of Nebraska. At Beatrice High School, he was a standout track athlete, but also showed a talent for using his voice, winning several oratory awards. He was a musician and played the cello...
46. George Tobias
Actor | Passage to Marseille
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 ...
Abner Kravitz from Bewitched
48. Daniel Truhitte
Actor | The Sound of Music
Daniel Truhitte was born on September 10, 1943 in Sacramento, California, USA as Daniel Lee Truhitte.
49. Meg Wyllie
Actress | The Last Starfighter
Meg Wyllie was born on February 15, 1917 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, USA as Margaret Gillespie Wyllie. She was an actress, known for The Last Starfighter (1984), Marnie (1964) and Nothing in Common (1986). She died on January 1, 2002 in Glendale, California, USA.
From the pilot episode of Star Trek
50. Jo Anne Worley
Actress | A Goofy Movie
This tall (with piled-on jet-black hair), attractive, tunnel-mouthed comedienne is a one-of-a-kind commodity and certainly no shrinking violet when it comes to entertaining. Unapologetically, she adores the center stage...and vice versa -- the stage loves her. Like several of her Laugh-In (1967) ...
Studied at the playhouse
51. Gig Young
Actor | They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Gig Young was born Byron Barr to parents John and Emma Barr in Minnesota, and raised in Washington, DC, where he developed a passion for theatre while appearing in high school plays. After gaining some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Southern ...
Studied at the playhouse
52. Robert Young
Actor | Crossfire
Quiet, soft-spoken Robert grew up in California and had some stage experience with the Pasadena Playhouse before entering films in 1931. His movie career consisted of playing characters who were charming, good-looking--and bland. In fact, his screen image was such that he usually never got the girl...
Studied at the playhouse
53. Robert Vaughn
Actor | Bullitt
Robert Francis Vaughn was born on November 22, 1932 at Charity Hospital in New York City, the son of show business parents, Marcella Frances (Gaudel) and Gerald Walter Vaughn. His father was a radio actor and his mother starred on stage. Robert came to the public's attention first with his ...
Made several stage appearances later in his career