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1. Jane Greer

Actress | Out of the Past

As a baby, she was winning beauty contests; as a teenager, with good looks and an attractive contralto voice, she was singing with big bands (most notably Enric Madriguera's orchestra in Latin Club Del Rio in Washington, D.C.. She met Rudy Vallee, her first husband, on the radio where she also ...

2. Jack Lemmon

Actor | The Apartment

Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers ...

3. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...

4. Ray Walston

Actor | Popeye

Ray Walston started his acting career as a spear carrier with a local stock company. When the family moved to Houston, Texas, Walston's father wanted to teach him the oil business, but Walston instead joined a traveling repertory company (selling tickets as well as acting). He went on to associate ...

5. Anne Haney

Actress | Liar Liar

Anne Haney held prominent roles acting on stage, on the screen, and on TV. All these achievements came in her mid 40s, after she had raised a daughter and buried a husband. It wasn't until after she had packed her daughter off to college and "the maid quit", as she said, that she decided to try her...

6. Carroll O'Connor

Actor | All in the Family

Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a heavily Jewish community in New York City's borough of Queens. After graduating from high school in 1942, O'Connor joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study ...

7. Aaliyah

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was ...

8. Charlotte Coleman

Actress | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Charlotte Coleman was born on April 3, 1968 in Westminster, London, England as Charlotte Ninon Coleman. She was an actress, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989) and Beautiful People (1999). She died on November 14, 2001 in Holloway, London.

9. Victor Wong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Eccentric looking Chinese-American actor with a slightly drooping face (the result of a bout of Bell's palsy) who studied political science, art & journalism before becoming a news reporter for a San Francisco public TV station in the late 1960s.

Apart from a brief stint in the mid-1970s on the TV ...

10. Kathleen Freeman

Actress | Innerspace

Kathleen Freeman's introduction to show business came very early in life. Her parents were vaudevillians, and she made her debut at age 2 in their act. Later she attended UCLA with intentions of becoming a pianist, but was bitten by the acting bug and never looked back. She gained experience on ...

11. Kim Walker

Actress | Heathers

Known for her supporting roles, Kim Walker was an up and coming young actress in Hollywood before retiring from the business in the late 1990s. As a teen she landed a few guest roles in series such as Matlock (1986) and Highway to Heaven (1984) before moving on to supporting roles in feature films ...

12. Berry Berenson

Actress | Cat People

Born Berinthia Berenson in New York in 1948, Berenson was a noted photographer and actress and was the sister of model-turned-actress Marisa Berenson (of "Barry Lyndon" fame). Berenson met her husband, actor and star of Alfred Hitchcock's original version of Psycho (1960), Anthony Perkins on the ...

13. Gloria Foster

Actress | The Matrix Reloaded

Gloria Foster will always be best known for her performance as The Oracle in The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Reloaded (2003), but the actress's career spanned four decades on the stage and screen.

Born on November 15, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, Foster was put in the custody of her grandparents and ...

14. David Graf

Actor | Police Academy

David Graf was a Lancaster, Ohio native. He was a graduate of Lancaster High School in 1968. He went on to attend college at Otterbein University where he graduated in 1972 as a theater major. He attended Ohio State University grad school until 1975 when he dropped out to pursue an acting career in...

15. Nigel Hawthorne

Actor | The Madness of King George

Born in Coventry, England on 5 April 1929. Raised in South Africa. Returned to the UK in the 1950s. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of "Sir Humphrey Appleby" in the BBC comedy Yes Minister (1980) won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992, he was awarded...

16. Corinne Calvet

Actress | What Price Glory

Petite, seductive French leading lady who underwent several early career changes before settling on the acting profession. Corinne Calvet first studied criminal law at France's renowned Sorbonne, but then turned her attention to interior decoration specializing in fine arts and antiques. After ...

17. Jason Miller

Actor | The Exorcist

Character actor and playwright Jason Miller had a variety of jobs before he started a writing career and wrote his own play, "That Championship Season", for which he received the Pulitzer Prize Award. Miller gave up his professional writing career in the early seventies to start acting. In 1973, he...

18. Lorenzo Music

Actor | Rhoda

Lorenzo Music was born on May 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Gerald David Music. He was an actor and writer, known for Rhoda (1974), Carlton Your Doorman (1980) and Garfield in Paradise (1986). He was married to Henrietta Music. He died on August 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

19. Thuy Trang

Actress | The Crow: City of Angels

Thuy Trang was born on December 14th of 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon in 1975 to Communist forces, her father who had fought in the Vietnam War, traveled to America to seek political asylum. However, his entire family, unable to follow, were left behind.

In 1979, Thuy and her ...

20. Troy Donahue

Actor | A Summer Place

Troy Donahue was a journalism student at Columbia University when he began playing in stock productions. He made his film debut in Man Afraid (1957) and in 1959 signed as a contract player with Warner Bros., which promoted him to stardom with A Summer Place (1959) that year. He was soon a teenage ...

21. Dorothy McGuire

Actress | Gentleman's Agreement

A genuine model of sincerity, practicality and dignity in most of the roles she inhabited, actress Dorothy McGuire offered Tinseltown more talent than it probably knew what to do with. A quiet, passive beauty, she had a soothing quality to her open-faced looks and voice. She was a natural when he ...

22. Edward Winter

Actor | Porky's II: The Next Day

Edward Winter was born on June 3, 1937 in Ventura, California, USA as Edward Dean Winter. He was an actor, known for Porky's II: The Next Day (1983), M*A*S*H (1972) and Project U.F.O. (1978). He was married to Linda Foster, Sandra Frances Ward and Ronda Faye Moe. He died on March 8, 2001 in ...

23. Imogene Coca

Actress | National Lampoon's Vacation

Imogene Coca is best remembered for playing opposite Sid Caesar in the live 90-minute Your Show of Shows (1950), which ran every Saturday night in regular season on NBC from February 1950 to June 1954. Their repertoire of comedy acts included the very memorable, hilarious, timeless and ...

24. George Harrison

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison and Louise Harrison.

Like ...

25. John Mitchum

Actor | Dirty Harry

John Newman Mitchum was the September child of a Norwegian mother and an Irish/Blackfoot father whom he never knew, as he was killed in a tragic train yard accident in 1919. His two-years-older brother Robert filled the role as best as he could, while their older sister Annette studied the lively ...

26. Gina Mastrogiacomo

Actress | Goodfellas

Gina Mastrogiacomo was born on November 5, 1961 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Goodfellas (1990), The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) and The X-Files (1993). She died on May 2, 2001 in California, USA.

27. Joan Sims

Actress | Carry On... Up the Khyber

The First Lady of Carry On, was born Irene Joan Marion Sims on 9 May 1930. The daughter of an Essex railway station master, Joan was interested in pursuing show-business, and soon became a familiar face in a growing number of amateur productions. In 1946, Joan first applied to RADA, her audition ...

28. Ann Sothern

Actress | The Whales of August

Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, she began to bleach her hair blonde for comedy roles. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love (1933). The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid ...

29. Jennifer Syme

Actress | Lost Highway

Not much is known about Jennifer Syme, except that she was a girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves. A lot of what is known about her centered around tragic circumstances: First, the 1999 stillbirth of the baby she expected with Reeves, and second, her untimely death at age 28. Around the time she met ...

30. Brother Theodore

Actor | The 'Burbs

Brother Theodore was born on November 11, 1906 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Theodore Gottlieb. He was an actor and writer, known for The 'Burbs (1989), Nocturna (1979) and The Last Unicorn (1982). He died on April 5, 2001 in New York City, New York, USA.

31. Joseph O'Conor

Actor | Oliver!

Joseph O'Conor was born on February 14, 1910 in Dublin, Ireland. He was an actor and writer, known for Oliver! (1968), The Dark Crystal (1982) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). He was married to Lizann Rodger and Naita Moore. He died on January 21, 2001 in London, England.

32. Lewis Arquette

Actor | Little Nicky

Lewis Arquette was born on December 14, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Lewis Michael Arquette. He was an actor and writer, known for Little Nicky (2000), Tango & Cash (1989) and The Great Outdoors (1988). He was married to Brenda Denaut. He died on February 10, 2001 in Los Angeles, ...

33. Eileen Heckart

Actress | The Bad Seed

Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Herbert on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2, and was eventually adopted by her ...

34. Virginia O'Brien

Actress | Meet the People

Known to classic film fans by various nicknames--including Miss Deadpan, Frozen Face, and Miss Ice Glacier--this statuesque, dark-haired singer/actress carved a unique niche for herself on stage and screen by the hilarious Sphinx-like way she delivered a song. The daughter of the captain of ...

35. Nancy Parsons

Actress | Sudden Impact

Nancy Parsons was born in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, to Mary Margaret née Samsa and Charles Walter Parsons. She had two siblings -- Mary Jean Parsons and Theresa Mae Macrae née Parsons. When she was seventeen, her father remarried Genevieve Stack and moved with the three girls to South Pasadena, ...

36. Deborah Walley

Actress | Beach Blanket Bingo

Actress, author, producer, and Photoplay's "Most Popular Actress of 1961," the daughter of Ice Capades skating stars and choreographers Nathan and Edith Walley. She was skating with her parents at age three, but resisted her father's urging to continue, opting to study acting at the New York ...

37. Roy Brocksmith

Actor | Total Recall

Roy Brocksmith began his career on the bar at Hap Kuhl's Tavern in his native Quincy, Illinois, at the age of three. As a boy soprano, he performed in churches, schools, and appeared regularly on local radio and television programs. At 16, he taught at the local children's theater. Two years later ...

38. David Angell

Writer | Frasier

David Angell was a multiple Emmy Award winner as the creator/executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the hit comedy series Frasier. David was born in West Barrington, RI, and he received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College. He entered the army upon...

39. Stanley Kramer

Producer | Judgment at Nuremberg

Stanley Kramer was born on September 29, 1913 in Hell's Kitchen [now Clinton], Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Stanley Earl Abramson. He is known for his work on Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and On the Beach (1959). He was married to Karen Sharpe, ...

40. Michael Ritchie

Director | The Golden Child

Michael Ritchie was born on November 28, 1938 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA as Michael Brunswick Ritchie. He was a director and producer, known for The Golden Child (1986), The Island (1980) and Fletch (1985). He was married to Jimmie Brown and Georgina Tebrock. He died on April 16, 2001 in New York ...

41. Beatrice Straight

Actress | Network

In her long career, Beatrice Straight actually did very little work in the movies, plying her trade mostly onstage. But when she did grace the silver screen, she did it with great skill. Her first love was theater, having debuted on Broadway in the 1935 "Bitter Oleander". Her work garnered her much...

42. Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins

Actor | National Velvet

Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins was born on August 29, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jack Bronson Jenkins. He was an actor, known for National Velvet (1944), Boys' Ranch (1946) and Summer Holiday (1948). He was married to Glenda Larue Birmingham. He died on August 14, 2001 in Asheville, North ...

43. Michael Williams

Actor | Henry V

Michael Williams was born on July 9, 1935 in Liverpool, England as Michael Leonard Williams. He was an actor and writer, known for Henry V (1989), Eagle in a Cage (1972) and A Fine Romance (1981). He was married to Judi Dench. He died on January 11, 2001 in Hampstead, London, England.

44. Morton Downey Jr.

Actor | Predator 2

Talk-show host and songwriter ("Because We're Young", "Hearts Are Wild"), composer, author, actor and singer, educated at New York University (BS) and a two-year Law School student. He was a program director and announcer at WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut, and later made several records under his ...

45. Whitman Mayo

Actor | Sanford and Son

Noted for portraying characters older than his actual age, Whitman Mayo was in his early 40s in the early 1970s when he first played the sexagenarian "Grady" on "Sandford & Son" -- a role that popularized the expression "Good Goobily Goop!" Nearly thirty years later his "Grady" role had just about ...

46. Connie Marshall

Actress | Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

A promising blue-to-gray-eyed, blonde-haired child actress of the post-WWII years who had more talent than she was given credit for, little Connie Marshall was born on April 28, 1938 (some sources list 1933) in New York City. Her parents were not of show business stock, her father being a ...

47. Lani O'Grady

Actress | Eight Is Enough

Although Lani O'Grady retired from acting in the '80s to become a talent agent like her mother, she had long secured her place in the TV Land pantheon as Mary, the brainiac wannabe doctor in Eight Is Enough (1977)'s expansive Bradford brood. The dramedy, starring Dick Van Patten as a newspaper ...

48. Rosemary DeCamp

Actress | On Moonlight Bay

RoseMary De Camp was the quintessential small-town American mother, a calming and steadying presence in scores of films in the 1940s and 1950s. She came to Hollywood after a successful career on the stage and in radio, making her film debut in 1941. Though she worked for many studios, she was most ...

49. Arlene Francis

Actress | The Thrill of It All

Arlene Francis, the witty actress and popular television personality, was born Arlene Francis Kazanjian on Oct. 20, 1907, in Boston. Her father was an Armenian immigrant, later painter and portrait photographer; her mother was the daughter of actor Alfred Davis. Even at an early age, Arlene said, "...

50. Jack Gwillim

Actor | Patton

Although he did not turn to the stage until middle age after two decades in the Royal Navy, Jack Gwillim was a notable actor on both sides of the Atlantic. During the 1950s he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford, England, for three years during Sir Anthony Quayle's stint as ...


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