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1. Patrick Swayze

Actor | Dirty Dancing

Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982. ...

2. Natasha Richardson

Actress | The Parent Trap

Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel ...

3. Brittany Murphy

Actress | Just Married

Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...

4. Farrah Fawcett

Actress | Saturn 3

Farrah Fawcett is a true Hollywood success story. A native of Texas, she was the daughter of Pauline Alice (Evans), a homemaker, and James Fawcett, an oil field contractor. She was a natural athlete, something that her father encouraged, and she attended a high school with a strong arts program. ...

5. John Hughes

Writer | The Breakfast Club

John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for The Breakfast Club (1985), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). He was married to Nancy Ludwig. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, ...

6. David Carradine

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and ...

7. Andy Hallett

Actor | Angel

Andy Hallett is from the tiny Cape Cod village of Osterville, part of the town of Barnstable. He attended Barnstable High School and then Assumption College in Worcester. Always shy, he didn't begin singing until Patti LaBelle invited him onstage at a concert. After moving to Los Angeles he worked ...

8. Bea Arthur

Actress | The Golden Girls

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9". She earned the title "wittiest" girl in her school, and Bea's dream was to be in ...

9. Ricardo Montalban

Actor | Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

Handsome Ricardo Montalban was the epitome of continental elegance, charm and grace on film and television and in the late 1940s and early 1950s reinvigorated the Rudolph Valentino / Ramon Novarro "Latin Lover" style in Hollywood without achieving top screen stardom. Moreover, unlike most minority ...

10. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, ...

11. Patrick McGoohan

Actor | The Prisoner

Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor ...

12. Jennifer Jones

Actress | The Towering Inferno

One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor ...

13. Dom DeLuise

Actor | The Secret of NIMH

As might be said for the late and great comedians Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn, it seems that Mel Brooks was the only director on the planet who knew how to best utilize this funnyman's talents on film. Brooks once quipped that, whenever he hired Dom DeLuise for one of his films, he would ...

14. Edward Woodward

Actor | The Wicker Man

British actor Edward Woodward made a highly successful transition into Hollywood stardom in the mid 1980s thanks to a popular TV dramatic series. Possessing a magnetic, yet coldly handsome demeanor in the same mold as Christopher Plummer, he was born on June 1, 1930, in London and received his ...

15. Pat Hingle

Actor | Batman

Pat Hingle (real name: Martin Patterson Hingle) was born in Miami, Florida, the son of a building contractor. His parents divorced when Hingle was still in his infancy (he never knew his father) and his mother supported the family by teaching school in Denver. She then began to travel (with her son...

16. Henry Gibson

Actor | Nashville

Henry Gibson was born on 21 September 1935 in Germantown, Pennsylvnia. Before appearing in films and television series, he was a child star on the stage during the 1940s and during the late 1950s he was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. His screen debut came in 1963 when he was cast in...

17. James Whitmore

Actor | The Shawshank Redemption

Born on October 1, 1921, in White Plains, New York, gruff veteran character actor James Whitmore earned early and widespread respect with his award-winning dramatic capabilities on Broadway and in films. He would later conquer TV with the same trophy-winning results.

The son of James Allen Whitmore ...

18. Marilyn Chambers

Actress | Rabid

Marilyn Chambers was born on April 22, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Marilyn Ann Briggs. She was an actress and writer, known for Rabid (1977) and Angel of H.E.A.T. (1983). She was married to William Taylor, Jr., Chuck Traynor and Doug Chapin. She died on April 11, 2009 in Santa Clarita,...

19. Karl Malden

Actor | On the Waterfront

Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago as Mladen Sekulovich, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden did not speak English until he was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school in the nearby steel town of Gary, Indiana, Malden worked in the industry for three years until 1934, when...

20. Harve Presnell

Actor | Fargo

By the time handsome, brawny baritone Harve Presnell arrived on the film scene, the "Golden Age" of musicals had long dissipated. Born in Modesto, California in 1933 and spending part of his youth on a family ranch near Yosemite Valley where he labored in the fields, it was discovered he had quite ...

21. Cheryl Holdridge

Actress | Leave It to Beaver

Cheryl Holdridge was born on June 20, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Cheryl Lynn Phelps. She was an actress, known for Leave It to Beaver (1957), Life with Archie (1962) and The Donna Reed Show (1958). She was married to Manning J. Post, Albert James Skarda and Lance Reventlow. She died on ...

22. Gene Barry

Actor | The War of the Worlds

With effortless class and elegant charm Gene Barry took 50's and 60's TV by storm, after a rather lackluster start on the musical stage and in films. Born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, 1919, to Martin (an amateur violinist), and Eva (an amateur singer), he showed a gift at an early age ...

23. Wendy Richard

Actress | Are You Being Served?

Wendy Richard was born on July 20, 1943 in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England as Wendy Emerton. She was an actress, known for Are You Being Served? (1972), Are You Being Served? (1977) and Gumshoe (1971). She was married to John Burns, Paul Glorney, Will Thorpe and Len Black. She died on February 26...

24. Joseph Wiseman

Actor | Dr. No

Joseph Wiseman was born on May 15, 1918 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He came to Broadway in the 1930s, where he was critically hailed for performances in Shakespeare's "King Lear", Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" and Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya". Motion pictures in which Wiseman has been seen include ...

25. Dick Durock

Actor | Stand by Me

Big, brawny, and imposing actor and stuntman Dick Durock was born on January 18, 1937 in South Bend, Indiana. The fourth of five children; he grew up in South Bend, Indiana and New Jersey. After serving a stint in the Marine Corps and briefly working as a computer programmer, Durock went to ...

26. Ron Silver

Actor | Timecop

Ron Silver was born on July 2, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Ronald Arthur Silver. He was an actor and director, known for Timecop (1994), Reversal of Fortune (1990) and Find Me Guilty (2006). He was married to Lynne Miller. He died on March 15, 2009 in New York City.

27. Al Martino

Actor | The Godfather

Al Martino was born on October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Alfred Cini. He was an actor, known for The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part III (1990) and The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977). He was married to Judith Martino. He died on October 13, 2009 in Springfield, ...

28. Robert Ginty

Actor | The Exterminator

Born in New York, rugged, virile, hard-looking action star Robert Ginty initially sought a career in music, becoming involved in several rock bands from age 16 on. During this stage he actually got to play and hang out with several rock legends, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana ...

29. John Quade

Actor | Every Which Way But Loose

Character actor John Quade was born John William Saunders on April 1, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas. Quade transferred from Perry Rural High School in Perry, Kansas to Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas in 1954. John was a football tackle and participated in both track and basketball at ...

30. Paul Burke

Actor | Naked City

Tall, dark, and handsome is how Hollywood liked their leading men back in the 1950s and 1960s, and actor Paul Burke certainly fit the bill. While his career fell short of outright stardom, he managed to stand out in a couple of acclaimed TV cop series series in the 1960s and "enjoyed" semi-cult ...

31. Zena Marshall

Actress | Dr. No

Striking, dark-haired beauty Zena Moyra Marshall was born of French (from her mother's side) and English/Irish (her father's) ancestry in Narobi, Kenya. After the early death of her father, her mother remarried and moved the family to Leicestershire. Zena received her education from St Mary's Roman...

32. Richard Todd

Actor | The Hasty Heart

British leading man who achieved some success in American films, as well. Born in Ireland as the son of a British officer, Todd grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury Public School. His interest in theatre led him to small roles in stock in England and Scotland, following which he helped found ...

33. Carl Reindel

Actor | Bullitt

Carl Reindel was born on January 20, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Bullitt (1968), The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). He died on September 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

34. Dennis Cole

Actor | Dead End City

A virile, beefcake blond of the late 1960s and 1970s small screen, Dennis Cole certainly had it all going for him, but tragic circumstances prevented an all-out successful career. A rugged TV version of Robert Redford, his tan, chiseled, surfer-fit looks were ideally suited for crime action and ...

35. Collin Wilcox Paxton

Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird

Actress Collin Wilcox extended her given name twice over the duration of her professional acting career -- billing herself as Collin Wilcox-Horne and Collin Wilcox Paxton, to be exact. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Highlands, North Carolina, and her interest in theater was sparked ...

36. Dan O'Bannon

Writer | Alien

Dan O'Bannon was inspired at an early age by EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and old horror films that he saw in St. Louis. He even wrote a few stories for Heavy Metal magazine (which also showed up in the film).

O'Bannon got his start when he and John Carpenter collaborated on the cult sci-fi ...

37. Don Galloway

Actor | The Big Chill

Born July 27, 1937 in Brooksville, Kentucky. He was married to Linda Galloway [divorced], the former Linda Robinson, and had two daughters. Their names are Tracy and Jennifer. Married the second time to Linda Marie, he has two stepchildren: Sheila and Robert. He also has one brother. Education, ...

38. Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Actor | Murder She Said

Charles 'Bud' Tingwell was born on January 3, 1923 in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia as Charles William Tingwell. He was an actor and director, known for Murder She Said (1961), Murder at the Gallop (1963) and Breaker Morant (1980). He was married to Audrey Wilson. He died on May 15, 2009 in ...

39. Mollie Sugden

Actress | Are You Being Served?

Best remembered as 'Mrs. Slocombe' on the British comedy "Are You Being Served?" Mollie Sugden was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire. She attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her first television role came in 1962 with the series "Hugh and I," which ran for four seasons. In 1972, ...

40. John Hart

Actor | Jack Armstrong

Tall and athletic, and possessed of "movie star" good looks, John Hart acted on the stage of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse as a young man, before making his screen debut in a supporting role in director Cecil B. DeMille's big-budget The Buccaneer (1938). With these physical assets and early ...

41. Jan Rubes

Actor | Witness

Jan Rubes was born in Volyne, Czechoslovakia, to Ruzena (Kellnerová) and Jan Rubes. After graduating in 1945 from the Conservatory of Music in Prague, Jan Rubes went on to join the Prague Opera House as their youngest basso singer. He also performed at the Pilsen Opera House in leading roles in his...

42. Jody McCrea

Actor | Beach Party

Just as strapping (6' 3") and amiably handsome as his actor/father, Joel McCrea, Jody was born Joel Dee McCrea on September 6, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, and bore a strong resemblance to his famous namesake. The oldest of three children, his mother was actress Frances Dee and his two younger ...

43. Arnold Stang

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

A show-stopping comic for decades, the inimitable Arnold Stang, with the trademark Runyonesque voice and thick, black glasses, started out famously on radio before branching out to include Broadway, films and especially TV. Born on September 28, 1918, in New York City (for decades he himself ...

44. Ed McMahon

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Ed McMahon's first appearance before a microphone was as a 15-year-old "caller" at a bingo game in Maine. After that, he spent the next three years touring the state fair and carnival circuit. A Marine fighter pilot during World War II, McMahon sold vegetable slicers on Atlantic City's boardwalk to...

45. Philip Carey

Actor | One Life to Live

Tall, blond and of rugged proportions, handsome actor Philip Carey started out as a standard 1950s film actor in westerns, war stories and crime yarns but didn't achieve full-fledged stardom until well past age 50 when he joined the daytime line-up as ornery Texas tycoon Asa Buchanan on the popular...

46. Alaina Reed-Hall

Actress | Death Becomes Her

Alaina Reed-Hall was born on November 10, 1946 in Springfield, Ohio, USA as Bernice Ruth Reed. She was an actress, known for Death Becomes Her (1992), 227 (1985) and Cruel Intentions (1999). She was married to Tamim Amini and Kevin Peter Hall. She died on December 17, 2009 in Santa Monica, ...

47. Steven Gilborn

Actor | Evolution

Steven Gilborn was born on July 15, 1936 in New Rochelle, New York, USA as Steven Neil Gilborn. He was an actor, known for Evolution (2001), Doctor Dolittle (1998) and Alien: Resurrection (1997). He was married to Karen Halverson. He died on January 2, 2009 in North Chatham, New York.

48. Walter Cronkite

Actor | Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the only child of Helen Lena (Fritsche) and Walter Leland Cronkite, a doctor. Throughout his early career, Cronkite worked with newspapers. During World War II, he served as a news reporter. In 1950, Cronkite became a journalist. He ...

49. Gale Storm

Actress | Between Midnight and Dawn

Born with the drab, unlikely name of Josephine Cottle on April 5, 1922, this pleasantly appealing, Texas-born, auburn-haired beauty was only seventeen months old when her father William passed away. The family moved from Bloomington (her home town) to McDade (between Austin and Houston) where her ...

50. Betsy Blair

Actress | Marty

Betsy Blair was born in Cliffside, New Jersey, a child model before finding work as a chorus dancer at the early age of 15. She received her first mini-break on Broadway in "Panama Hattie" in 1940 delivering a single line, but by the next year she had copped the ingénue lead in William Saroyan's "...


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