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1. A.B. Guthrie Jr.

Writer | Shane

American story writer and author of novels which chronicle the settling of the American West from 1830. With the exception of These Thousand Hills (1959), Guthrie depicted a rugged, generally unromanticised West, his works often filled with accurate historical detail. He attended the University of ...

2. Abe Levitow

Director | The Phantom Tollbooth

Abe Levitow was an important member of the Chuck Jones production unit during the latter stages of the Golden Age of Animation. He animated some of the best-loved Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1950's, like Deduce, You Say (1956), Ali Baba Bunny (1957) and Robin Hood Daffy (1958). First signing on ...

3. Abe Lyman

Soundtrack | Angel Heart

Abe Lyman was an extrovert bandleader with a penchant for organisation and marketing. He led several orchestras from the 1920's to the 40's, successfully catering to changing tastes in music. Trained as a drummer from the age of 14, Lyman worked predominantly in the cinema pits of theatre bands in ...

4. Abe Lyman Orchestra

Soundtrack | Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Lyman (real name Abraham Simon Lymon) began as a drummer in Chicago cinema pits before setting up his first dance band in Santa Monica, California, in 1922. By the time he joined ASCAP seven years later, he had become one of the most popular society orchestra conductors and composers on the West ...

5. Adolph Deutsch

Composer | The Apartment

Academy Award-winning composer, songwriter, conductor and arranger, educated at London Poly. and the Royal Academy of Music. He came to the USA in 1910 and became a US citizen in 1920, eventually leading his own orchestra; later he composed and arranged for and conducted other dance bands. He was ...

6. Adolph Zukor

Producer | Beau Geste

Adolph Zukor's success began with penny arcades, offering moving peepshows that evolved into nickelodeon theaters that offered longer, larger moving pictures. On July 12, 1912, he premiered the first feature-length film, Les amours de la reine Élisabeth (1912), featuring French actress Sarah...

7. Agnes Moorehead

Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born 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 ...

8. Alain Romans

Composer | Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot

Polish-born pianist and composer, noted for his improvisational skills. A child prodigy, Romans studied at the conservatories of Leipzig and Berlin. He settled in Paris and completed his training under the tutelage of Vincent Indy. Then followed a brief, but successful, touring career as a soloist....

9. Alan Badel

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

British thespian Alan Badel came to prominence after graduating from RADA a Gold Medal winner. He made an almost instant impact on the stage in both modern and classical roles. One of his first critically acclaimed performances was as Romeo, opposite Claire Bloom's Juliet at the Old Vic. Despite ...

10. Alan Dinehart

Actor | Supernatural

Tall, heavy-set character actor Alan Dinehart dropped out of school to join a repertory company. He had extensive stage experience (including some 27 appearances on Broadway) and, by the time he was signed by Fox in 1931, he had worked not only as an actor but as a stage manager and writer. On ...

11. Alan Napier

Actor | Marnie

Alan Napier was born on January 7, 1903 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. Tall, distinguished-looking English character actor with aristocratic bearing and precisely modulated voice. A cousin of the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, he studied at the Royal Academy of ...

12. 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 ...

13. Alan Wheatley

Actor | The Pickwick Papers

Sharp-featured, incisive Surrey-born actor whose chief trademark was a memorably mellifluous voice. This, he used to maximum effect as a tool for impersonating a gallery of suave, urbane - usually rather likeable - villains, rogues and assorted shady types. He generally tended to imbue these ...

14. Albert Bassermann

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Classically-trained actor, former chemist, whose formative years on the stage were spent in Bern (Switzerland) and, from 1909, the Deutsches Theater Berlin under Max Reinhardt's direction. Specialised in Shakespearean roles ('Richard III', 'Hamlet') and was a famous interpreter of the plays of ...

15. Albert Finney

Actor | Erin Brockovich

The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal ...

16. Alex North

Music Department | Spartacus

Alex North studied music at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, then won a scholarship to Juilliard in New York (1929) and the Moscow Conservatoire (1933), making him the first-ever American to become a member of the Union of Soviet Composers. In Europe, he worked as music director for the ...

17. Alexander Knox

Actor | Wilson

A Presbyterian minister's son, softly-spoken, intellectual-looking Alexander Knox received his education from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied English literature. An excellent elocutionist, member of the university's Hesperian Club, he had his first fling with dramatic acting ...

18. Alexandre Trauner

Art Director | The Apartment

Hungarian-born Alexandre Trauner came to Paris in 1929 to escape the anti-semitic Horty regime in his native country, and to paint. Instead, he became involved in the film industry as an assistant to the famous art director Lazare Meerson. Influenced by cubism and impressionism, he embraced the ...

19. Alexis Smith

Actress | The Age of Innocence

Statuesque, smart Canadian-born Alexis Smith, with her blue/green eyes and a seductively husky voice, lent a touch of class to her leading ladies of the 1940s and 1950s.

After her family moved to California, Alexis grew into a precocious talent, performing ballet in public by the age of thirteen, ...

20. Alfred Drayton

Actor | The Squeaker

Stocky, bald and rather cold-eyed English character actor, who made a career of playing choleric, hectoring or exasperated authority figures. A former brewery worker, he first appeared in amateur dramatics and over the years built up a reputation as an incisive theatrical performer, both in stage ...

21. Alfred Santell

Director | Winterset

American director, billed early in his career as' Al' Santell. A former architect (graduate of Los Angeles University) he began in the movie industry in 1914 as a general factotum at the Lubinville Studio in Philadelphia before working his way up the ladder to director/scenarist in which capacity ...

22. Aline MacMahon

Actress | One Way Passage

Aline MacMahon was born of Irish/Russian ancestry on May 3 1899, the daughter of William Marcus MacMahon and Jennie Simon MacMahon. Her father went on to become editor-in-chief of Munsey's Magazine, while her mother pursued a theatrical acting career from middle-age and lived to the ripe old age of...

23. Alison Skipworth

Actress | Six of a Kind

In her younger days, auburn-haired Alison Skipworth had been a celebrated patrician beauty. She was the favorite model of English artist Frank Markham Skipworth (1854-1929) who would later become her husband. A physician's daughter, Alison did not make her professional acting debut until the age of...

24. Alma Lloyd

Actress | If I Were King

Alma was one of the myriad of star-struck hopefuls who never quite made the grade in 1930s Hollywood. A strikingly attractive blue-eyed blonde, she began on stage as a six-year old child star in 'Berkeley Square' and 'East Lynne'. Her father was the prominent film director Frank Lloyd (of Mutiny on...

25. Anatole Litvak

Director | The Snake Pit

The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 ...

26. Andrew L. Stone

Director | Julie

American writer-director-producer Andrew L. Stone attended the University of California and then joined the San Francisco Film Exchange. He began in Hollywood with Universal in 1918, serving his initial apprenticeship in a film laboratory. After several more years of toil in Universal's prop ...

27. Andrew Marton

Assistant Director | Ben-Hur

Budapest-born Endre Marton began in the film industry as an editor and assistant director with Vita and Sascha Films in Vienna. Following a brief sojourn in Hollywood with Ernst Lubitsch in 1923, he returned to Germany, having being signed as chief editor by the Tobis company. He made his ...

28. André Previn

Music Department | My Fair Lady

German-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor André George Previn (born Andreas Ludwig Priwin, in Berlin) was for eight decades a hugely influential and prolific figure in jazz, as well as classical and film music. Being Jewish, Previn's family was forced to leave Hitler's Germany in ...

29. Angela Browne

Actress | The Prisoner

Angela Browne was infatuated with cinema from early childhood, imagining herself in the the part of the screen heroine during her frequent visits to the pictures. Aged thirteen, she left her Catholic convent school to study at the Cone-Ripman Drama Academy in London. After four years, she earned ...

30. Ann Christy

Actress | Speedy

Tiny, blue-eyed Ann Christy started in films with a bit part in Long Pants (1927) with Harry Langdon. She was then signed by one of the three major producers of silent comedy, Al Christie, to appear in a series of short comedies filmed at Paramount. It was there that she was spotted by Harold Lloyd...

31. Anne Darling

Actress | Bride of Frankenstein

Brunette, blue-eyed Anne Darling never made much headway in Hollywood despite taking elocution lessons and appearing in amateur dramatics. She was very pretty, too, and an accomplished ballroom dancer to boot. None of that paved the way to a career in showbiz. She did manage a successful audition ...

32. Anson Weeks

Actor | Rhythm Inn

Popular leader of society dance bands, based on the West Coast from 1924. After 1931, Weeks achieved national exposure through sponsored radio programs such as "The Lucky Strike Magic Carpet Show", "The Florsheim Shoe Hour" and "The Eddie Cantor Camel Show". He had a knack for attracting high ...

33. Anthony Bate

Actor | Smiley's People

An immaculate gent of sober appearance and cultivated presence, Bate was seemingly destined to play spymasters and senior civil servants. Lean, pale-eyed and of deceptively mild intonation, he was capable of unnervingly icy composure, never more effectively displayed than as the chameleon-like ...

34. Anthony Caruso

Actor | Star Trek

For more than three decades Hollywood defaulted to a small core group of actors when it came to casting convincing mobsters, gamblers and racketeers. These often typecast individuals included Joseph Ruskin, Bruce Gordon, Neville Brand, Robert Loggia and...Anthony Caruso. Square-jawed, ...

35. Anthony Dawson

Actor | Dial M for Murder

Long-faced, emaciated-looking character actor with a thin mustache and an impeccable English accent, Anthony Dawson was typecast in a variety of villainous roles in the 1950s and 1960s.

He was born Anthony Douglas Gillon Dawson in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Ida Violet (Kittel) and Eric Francis Dawson. ...

36. Anthony Quayle

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Anthony Quayle was born in Ainsdale in September 1913, the son of a Lancashire lawyer. He completed his education at Rugby School and had a brief spell at RADA, before treading the boards for the first time as the straight man in a music hall comedy act in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced and ...

37. Anton Grot

Art Director | Svengali

Anton Grot was profoundly influenced by European modernism and expressionist art in both film and painting by the time he left Poland for the United States in 1909. Having studied illustration and design at Cracow and Koenigsberg, majoring in interior decoration, he was quick to embrace the ...

38. Antonio Moreno

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

A serious rival to Rudolph Valentino as the smouldering 'Latin Lover' type was black-haired Spanish-born Antonio Moreno. One of the most prominent screen stars of the 1920's, he was equally adept at romance, melodrama or comedy and appeared opposite most of the legendary movie queens of the era, ...

39. Arleen Whelan

Actress | Charley's Aunt

Auburn-haired Arleen Whelan was born in Salt Lake City, but spent her early childhood in Pueblo, Colorado, where she attended High School. Her father was an electrician, who, upon opening his own electrical store in Los Angeles, moved the family westward. Arleen was enrolled in a beauty college and...

40. Arlette Marchal

Actress | Aux jardins de Murcie

Brunette, exotic Lucienne Marie Marchal overcame her affliction with shyness by enrolling in, and ultimately winning, a beauty contest. One of the judges was the director Léonce Perret, who promptly helped her get her first role in motion pictures. After that, her face was sufficient to keep her in...

41. Armand Kaliz

Actor | The Belle of Broadway

Dapper, blue-eyed Parisian character actor of Polish-Jewish ancestry, educated at the Lycée Carnot and the Conservatoire National College of Paris. His surname was originally spelled Kalisz, but he dropped the 's' once embarked on a show business career. Having cut his teeth on the French operatic ...

42. Armida

Actress | Border Romance

Tiny, emotive Latino beauty who was 'discovered' singing and dancing in an act with her two sisters at the Los Angeles Hidalgo theatre. Theatrical impresario and star maker Gus Edwards recognised her talent and took her under his wing. She soon made her entrance on the vaudeville circuit in novelty...

43. Art Mooney

Actor | The Opposite Sex

American bandleader, who formed his first group in Detroit during the late 1930's. Never a particularly swinging outfit, it only lasted a few years until Mooney entered military service at the onset of World War II. In 1945, he organised a proper dance orchestra with a reed section organised along ...

44. Arthur Batanides

Actor | Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

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 ...

45. Arthur Dreifuss

Director | Reg'lar Fellers

German-born choreographer Arthur Dreifuss emigrated to the US in 1928, eventually becoming a theatrical producer in New York City. He went to Hollywood, first as a dance director in the 1930s, then from 1939 directing a steady stream of B-movies, initially for Poverty Row company PRC (Producers ...

46. Arthur Hornblow Jr.

Producer | Witness for the Prosecution

College-educated Arthur Hornblow Jr. was the son of a successful novelist, turned playwright. After graduating from New York Law School, he worked for some time as a practising lawyer and was posted in counter-intelligence during the First World War. After the war, his literary inclinations took ...

47. Arthur Hoyt

Actor | It Happened One Night

Extremely prolific actor/director of the silent screen, on Broadway from 1905. Hoyt joined the acting fraternity through the recommendations of an uncle, who worked as dramatic editor for a Cleveland tabloid. Signed by theatrical producer George C. Tyler (1868-1946), he began on stage (earning $10 ...

48. Artie Shaw

Soundtrack | Second Chorus

Artie Shaw played ukulele at ten and began as an alto saxophonist at the age of twelve. While still in his teens he formed his first band, the Bellevue Ramblers which performed at local gigs. He took up the clarinet in 1926 and spent several years honing his talent playing for various local bands ...

49. Artie Shaw and His Orchestra

Soundtrack | Murder on the Orient Express

Artie Shaw started his first swing band in 1936. He formed and dissolved groups several times throughout the 30s and 40s, his last organisation being a short-lived band playing bop-style jazz in 1949. His best-known orchestra enjoyed a lengthy residency at the Blue Room of the Hotel Lincoln on New ...

50. Asta

Actor | The Thin Man Goes Home

Asta was Hollywood's foremost canine scene-stealer, a charismatic dynamo of a wire-haired terrier (real name Skippy) born sometime during 1931. Universally adored by depression-era movie audiences after being cast as the four-legged sidekick of retired private detective Nick Charles and his wife ...


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