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1. A.C. Reed

Self | Festival Express

Sax player A.C. Reed was born Aaron Corthen in Wendell, MO, in 1926. He moved to Chicago in 1942 and studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music until 1944. He played with such blues artists as Willie Mabon and Earl Hooker, then in the 1950s he joined Dennis Binder's Rhythm and Blues All-Stars. In...

2. A.J. Cronin

Writer | Kala Pani

British novelist A.J. Cronin was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, in 1896. In 1914 he entered Glasgow University to study medicine, but his studies were interrupted by World War I, in which he served in the British Navy as a surgeon sublieutenant. He received his M.B. and Ch.B. in 1919, and took a...

3. A.P. Herbert

Writer | House by the River

English novelist and essayist Alan Patrick Herbert was born in London, England, in 1890. An Oxford graduate, he served in the Royal Navy in World War I and took part in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in Turkey, which resulted in heavy casualties and a resounding defeat for the Allied forces. He ...

4. Aaron Neville

Soundtrack | Alive

New Orleans-born Aaron Neville started singing in a group called The Hawkettes, in which his brother Art Neville also sang. He had some minor hits over the years, mostly regional, but finally hit the big time in 1966 with the delicate "Tell It Like It Is". For a variety of reasons--including the ...

5. Abner Zwillman

Abner "Longy" Zwillman was an organized crime boss, known as "the Al Capone of New Jersey", and a member of the "Big Six" Mafia Ruling Commission.

Born in 1899 to a poor family in Newark, NJ, Zwillman had to leave school after his father died in 1918 to contribute to the support of his family. After...

6. Adrian Brunel

Director | The Constant Nymph

Producer/director Adrian Brunel was a major director in England during the 1920s and 1930s. He founded Minerva Films in partnership with actor Leslie Howard, but his career started to fade during World War II. He later founded the London Film Society, an organization dedicated to eliminating ...

7. Adrienne Ames

Actress | The Death Kiss

Born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1907, Adrienne Ames hit Hollywood in the late 1920s. Although her career only lasted about ten years, she crammed a lot of living into it--high-profile marriages (and divorces) and her reputation as a clothes horse and glamour queen par excellence far outshone her ...

8. Agnes Ayres

Actress | The Sheik

Extremely popular silent star of the 1920s. Her popularity was enhanced when she co-starred with Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1921) and The Son of the Sheik (1926). She made her screen debut at Essanay Studios in 1915. While she was popular in the 1920s (thanks to the patronage of her lover, ...

9. Ahmed Sékou Touré

Writer | Ahmed Sékou Touré à Paris, Volume 1

Sekou Toure, longtime ruler of the African nation of Guinea, was born Ahmed Sékou Touré in Faranah, Guinea (which, at the time, was a colony called French Guinea) on Jan. 9, 1922. A member of the Mandinka tribe, Toure came from a line of warriors, and in fact his great-grandfather Samory Toure was ...

10. Aladena Fratianno

Self | Crime Inc.

Mafia hitman Aladena "Jimmy the Weasel" Fratianno was born in a small town near Naples, Italy, in 1913. When he was a young boy his family emigrated to the US and settled in the "Little Italy" section of Cleveland, OH. He found school boring and, after gaining a reputation as a troublemaker and ...

11. Alain Cuny

Actor | La dolce vita

Alain Cuny went to medical school with the intention of becoming a physician, but left to attend an arts school in Paris and became a painter. He entered the film industry as a costume and set designer for such directors as Alberto Cavalcanti and Jacques Feyder, all the time attending acting school...

12. Alan Clarke

Director | Screen Two

Liverpool native Alan Clarke got his start in the film business in Canada, where he studied acting and directing. Upon returning to England he got a job at ITV, then moved over to the BBC in 1969. He worked mostly in television, but he made a couple of feature films that got attention for their ...

13. Alan Hale

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Alan Hale decided on a film career after his attempt at becoming an opera singer didn't pan out. He quickly became much in demand as a supporting actor, starred in several films for Cecil B. DeMille and directed others for him. With the advent of sound Hale played leads in a few films, but soon ...

14. Albert Ammons

Soundtrack | The Majestic

"Boogie-woogie" pianist Albert Ammons was born in 1907 in Chicago, IL. He grew up listening to the blues and "barrelhouse" piano players that inhabited the city's famed jazz scene. He drove a taxi while trying to break into the music business, and one day he ran into fellow driver (and jazz pianist...

15. Albert Dekker

Actor | Kiss Me Deadly

A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. Tall and with rugged good looks, he often played aggressive character roles, a prime example being his double-crossing gang leader in the classic The Killers (1946). From 1944-46 he ...

16. Albert E. Smith

Producer | Vengeance - and the Woman

Pioneering film producer and studio executive Albert E. Smith was born in Favershem, County Kent, England, on June 4, 1875, the son of a gardener. There were 9 children in the Smith family--Albert, seven brothers and a sister--and when he was three years old the entire family emigrated to the US, ...

17. Albert Paulsen

Actor | The Manchurian Candidate

Albert Paulsen's pronounced accent and clipped manner may have marked him as German, Austrian or some East European nationality--roles he played often--but he was actually born in Guyaquil, Ecuador, in 1925. Although he did appear in some films and on stage, he was mainly a television actor, with ...

18. Albert S. Rogell

Director | The Wrecker

Born in Oklahoma City, Albert Rogell moved with his family to Spokane, Washington, when he was a child. At 15 he got a job with the Washington Motion Picture Co. Having gotten a taste of the film business, he headed to Los Angeles after the company went bankrupt, and had a succession of jobs before...

19. Albert de Courville

Director | Things Are Looking Up

Albert de Courville began his career as a stage director in Great Britain before turning to films in the 1930s. He directed several Jesse Mathews musicals, including There Goes the Bride (1932), and a Constance Cummings comedy, Strangers on a Honeymoon (1936). In the 1940s he journeyed to New York ...

20. Aleksandr Kerensky

Self | Tsar to Lenin

Alexander Kerensky was born in Simbirsk, Russia, in 1881, the son of a lower-ranking nobleman in the Russian aristocracy. As a law student he gained renown for his skillful defense of socialist activists arrested by the Czarist police, which may well have contributed to his political party, the ...

21. Aleksandr Kolchak

Aleksandr Kolchak, a Czarist admiral who led the military resistance to the Bolshevik government in Russia after the 1917 revolution, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1874. His family had a long history of military service (his father was an artillery officer who fought the British in the ...

22. Alex Gottlieb

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Screenwriter/producer Alex Gottlieb got into show business writing gags and scripts for such radio stars as Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. He went to work for Universal Pictures as a writer, mostly of "B" westerns and action pictures. He let it be known that he wanted to become a producer, and in 1941...

23. Alexander Hall

Director | Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Making his stage debut in 1898 at age four, Alexander Hall entered films in 1914 as an actor. Leaving the film industry to serve in the American army in World War I, he returned from military service in 1917 and re-entered the business, but this time as an editor and assistant director. He made his...

24. Alexander Shirvanzade

Writer | Char vogi

Armenian novelist Alexander Shirvanzade was born Aleksandr Movsesyan in Shirvan, Azerbaijan, in 1858. His father was a tailor. At age 17 Shirvanzade found work in the Caspian Sea city of Baku, Azerbaijan, which was seeing a boom because of its vast oil reserves. He worked in various capacities--...

25. Alexis Korner

Composer | Alexis Korner & Peter Thorup 'Pallou'

British guitarist Alexis Korner was born in Paris, France, in 1928. He was a founder of the seminal British blues band Blues Incorporated, which greatly influenced the blues scene in London in the early 1960s and had such adherents as Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

His family moved regularly around ...

26. Alf Kjellin

Actor | Madame Bovary

Although trained for the stage in his native Sweden, Alf Kjellin appeared in only a few stage productions before entering films. His work in Torment (1944) resulted in his being noticed by Hollywood, and he made his American film debut in 1949 under the name Christopher Kent. He soon went back to ...

27. Alfred Döblin

Writer | Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs

German novelist Alfred Doblin was born in Stettin, Germany, in 1888. When he was ten years old his family moved to Berlin, and Alfred later attended Berlin and Freiburg universities, where he studied medicine. He received his MD degree in 1905 and was hired by a newspaper in Regensburg as a ...

28. Alfred E. Green

Director | The Jolson Story

One of the more prolific American directors, Alfred E. Green entered films in 1912 as an actor for the Selig Polyscope Co. He became an assistant to director Colin Campbell and started directing two-reelers, turning to features in 1917. His career lasted into the mid-1950s but his output was mostly...

29. Alger Hiss

Self | Howard K. Smith

Baltimore-born Alger Hiss was a graduate of Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and a protégé of renowned legal scholar Felix Frankfurter. He was a counsel to the Nye Committee in Congress when it was investigating the munitions industry in 1934, ...

30. Alice Calhoun

Actress | A Hero of the Big Snows

Alice Calhoun, of Cleveland, Ohio, was one of those rare actresses who didn't get into the film industry through the usual channel at the time--the stage. In fact, performing on stage held no interest whatsoever for her, but films did. She traveled to New York in the late 1910s to break into the ...

31. Alice Day

Actress | Two-Fisted Law

Alice Day began her film career as a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty in her mid-teens, and by age 18 was starring in features. Her younger sister, Marceline Day, was also an actress, but Alice never managed to eclipse her sister's career. She was soon working mainly in B pictures and shorts, and ...

32. Alice Guy

Director | Shadows of the Moulin Rouge

Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the ...

33. Alice Joyce

Actress | The Third Degree

Having worked as a telephone operator at age 13 and a fashion model afterwards, Alice Joyce joined the Kalem film company at 20, making her debut in The Deacon's Daughter (1910), and achieved popularity as a charming, proper leading lady in many shorts. After Vitagraph bought out Kalem, Joyce began ...

34. Alicia Keys

Soundtrack | The Secret Life of Bees

Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano ...

35. Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1819. As a young man he became involved in the struggle for voting rights for Scots. Disappointed with the movement's failure, and chafing under the political restrictions existing in the U.K. at the time, he emigrated to the U.S. Traveling ...

36. Allen Garfield

Actor | Beverly Hills Cop II

New Jersey-born Allen Garfield was trained at the Actors Studio in New York City. He had a prolific career on the stage before making his film debut in 1968. His stocky build and nervous, jumpy mannerisms fit well with the weaselly criminals, lecherous villains and corrupt businessmen and ...

37. Allen Jenkins

Actor | Tomorrow at Seven

Both of Allen Jenkins' parents were musical comedy performers, and he entered the theater as a stage mechanic after World War I, after having spent time working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Although his screen persona was that of a not-too-bright Brooklyn tough guy, Jenkins attended the American ...

38. Allyn Joslyn

Actor | I Wake Up Screaming

Allyn Joslyn, the son of a Pennsylvania mining engineer, made his stage debut at 17. He was soon appearing regularly in Broadway productions, and headed for Hollywood in 1936, making his debut in They Won't Forget (1937). His nervous, at times dyspeptic demeanor and somewhat aristocratic looks fit ...

39. Amelita Galli-Curci

Soundtrack | Hotaru no haka

Amelita Galli Curci was an opera singer, considered by many to be one of the greatest coloratura sopranos of the 20th century. She sang with such opera legends as Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli. A throat tumor cut short her career in the 1930s. Legendary opera star Beverly Sills has stated that ...

40. Anatole de Grunwald

Writer | The Demi-Paradise

Anatole de Grunwald was seven years old when his father, a diplomat in the service of the Russian Czar, was forced to flee with his family to England during the Bolshevik Revolution. He grew up in England, began a career as a journalist there and entered the British film industry in 1939 as a ...

41. André De Toth

Director | House of Wax

Although he obtained a law degree from the Royal Hungarian University, Andre De Toth decided to become an actor, and spent several years on the stage. He then entered the Hungarian film industry, obtaining work as a writer, editor, second unit director and actor before finally becoming a director. ...

42. André Deed

Actor | L'uomo meccanico

Starting his show-business career as a singer and acrobat in French music halls, Deed got in almost at the ground floor of the French film industry, making his debut in 1905. It didn't take him long to become one of France's first major comic film stars, and he soon became internationally famous. ...

43. Andy Clyde

Actor | Texas Masquerade

Andy Clyde's more than 40-year film career started on the vaudeville stages and music halls in his native Scotland in the 1920s. He made his way to Hollywood and began as an extra in Mack Sennett comedies, but he was soon moved up to featured player, usually the sidekick or second banana to the ...

44. Angus MacPhail

Writer | Spellbound

London-born Angus MacPhail worked as a screenwriter for many years with producer Michael Balcon, but he wrote for many of Britain's most prestigious studios, such as Gainsborugh, Gaumont-British and Ealing. He is probably best known for his script for the classic British feature Dead of Night (1945)...

45. Anna Katharine Green

Writer | The Millionaire Baby

American novelist Anna Katharine Green, often called "the mother of the American detective novel", was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1846. She graduated from Ripley Female College in Vermont at 20 years of age. She intended to be a poet, a career choice no doubt enhanced by her meeting renowned poet ...

46. Anne Nagel

Actress | The Green Hornet

Anne Nagel's life could be summed up in two words: pretty miserable. Born to devoutly religious Bostonian parents who had long encouraged her to become a nun, she had been enrolled in a preparatory school for just that purpose. As a young teenager, she worked part time as a photographer's model, ...

47. Anthony Hope

Writer | The Prisoner of Zenda

British novelist and playwright Anthony Hope was born Anthony Hope Hawkins on Feb. 9, 1863, in London. His father was the headmaster of the St. Johns Foundation School for the Sons of Poor Clergy. He was educated at Marlborough School and Baliol College, Oxford, obtaining an M.A. with honors in ...

48. Anthony J. Xydias

Producer | Dynamite Dan

Greek-born film producer Anthony J. Xydias got his start in the movie industry in 1909, when he opened up a theater in Dallas, TX. It was successful and it wasn't long before he had a string of theaters. In 1922 he decided to get into film production and started Sunset Productions, which ...

49. Anthony Kimmins

Writer | Smiley

British writer/director Anthony Kimmins was a naval officer in World War I, and after the war became a film actor and playwright. He wrote and directed several films for British comedian George Formby in the 1930s, but with the outbreak of World War II Kimmins rejoined the Royal Navy and spent the ...

50. Anthony Mendleson

Costume Designer | Krull

Costume designer Anthony Mendleson was born in London, England, in 1915. In the 1930s he studied art in France and Italy. He began his career as a painter and set designer for the stage but joined Ealing Studios as a costume designer and wardrobe supervisor in 1947 and stayed with the studio until ...


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