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by falafelosophy created on Mar 30, 2013 (a list of 51 people )
1. Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 September 12, 1992) was an American actor, best known for his Oscar-nominated role in Friendly Persuasion (1956) and as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), and its three sequels. Perkins was born in New York City, the son of Janet Esselstyn (ne Ran... read more...
2. Paul Newman
Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film ... read more...
3. Charlie Chaplin
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 - 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work during the silent film era. He became the most famous film star in the world before the end of World War I. Chaplin used mime, slapstick and ot... read more...
4. Jack Lemmon
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 - June 27, 2001) was an American actor and musician. He starred in more than 60 films including Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Mister Roberts (for which he won the 1955 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award), Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, Irma... read more...
5. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe (pronounced /mɒnˈroʊ/ or /mənˈroʊ/, born Norma Jeane Mortenson but baptized and raised as Norma Jeane Baker; June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, whi... read more...
6. Cary Grant
Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 - November 29, 1986), better known by his stage name Cary Grant, was an English actor who later took U.S. citizenship. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and "dashing good looks", Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood's definitive... read more...
7. William Holden
William Holden (April 17, 1918 - November 12, 1981) was an American actor. Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1954 and the Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1974. One of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s, he was named one of the "Top 10 Stars of the Year" six times (1954-1958, 1961) a... read more...
8. Ray Milland
Ray Milland (3 January 1907 - 10 March 1986) was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945), the murder-plotting husband in Dial M for Murder (1954), and as O... read more...
9. Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 - 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the A... read more...
10. Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 - February 6, 1994) was an American actor of stage and film. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He is associated with Orson Welles, leading to appearances in Citizen Kane (... read more...
11. Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert (/koʊlˈbɛər/; 1903-1996) was a French-born American stage and film actress.Born in Saint-Mandé, France and raised in New York City, Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, progressing to film with the advent of talking pictures. She established a suc... read more...
12. William Powell
William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984) was an American actor.A major star at MGM, he was paired with Myrna Loy in fourteen films, including the popular Thin Man series in which Powell and Loy played Nick and Nora Charles. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three ti... read more...
13. Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 - December 14, 1993) was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, her career prospects improved foll... read more...
14. Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday (June 21, 1921 - June 7, 1965) was an American actress.Holliday began her career as part of a night-club act, before working in Broadway plays and musicals. Her success in the 1946 stage production of Born Yesterday as "Billie Dawn" led to her being cast in the 1950 film version, for w... read more...
15. Gary Cooper
Frank James “Gary” Cooper (May 7, 1901 - May 13, 1961) was an American film actor. He was renowned for his quiet, understated acting style and his stoic, individualistic, emotionally restrained, but at times intense screen persona, which was particularly well suited to the many Westerns he made.... read more...
16. Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell (June 4, 1907 - November 28, 1976) was an American actress of stage and screen, perhaps best known for her role as a fast-talking newspaper reporter in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday, as well as the role of Mame Dennis in the film Auntie Mame. She won all 5 Golden... read more...
17. Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton (March 18, 1886 - September 29, 1970) was an American character actor. He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television and voice work for animated cartoons. He is especially known for his work in the films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.Horton was born in Brooklyn, ... read more...
18. Robert Montgomery
Robert Montgomery (May 21, 1904 - September 27, 1981) was an American actor and director.Montgomery was born Henry Montgomery, Jr. in Beacon, New York, then known as "Fishkill Landing", the son of Mary Weed (née Barney) and Henry Montgomery, Sr. His early childhood was one of privilege, since ... read more...
19. Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966) was an American film and stage actor. The New York Times' obituary noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men".He invariably played outsiders, "often victim-heroes," - examples include the social climber in George Stevens's A Pl... read more...
20. Peter O'Toole
Peter Seamus Lorcan O'Toole (born 2 August 1932) is an Irish actor of stage and screen who achieved stardom in 1962 playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. He went on to become a highly-honoured film and stage actor. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, and holds the record for most... read more...
21. Claude Rains
Claude Rains (10 November 1889 - 30 May 1967) was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned 47 years. He was known for many roles in Hollywood films, among them the title role in The Invisible Man (1933), a corrupt senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Mr. Dryden in Lawrenc... read more...
22. Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 - January 20, 1990) was an American actress. A film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong screen presence, and a favorite of directors including Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang and Frank Capra. After... read more...
23. Miriam Hopkins
Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 - October 9, 1972) was an American actress known for her versatility in a wide variety of roles.Born as Ellen Miriam Hopkins in Savannah, Georgia, she was raised in Bainbridge, a town in the state's southwest near the Alabama border. She attended a finishing school i... read more...
24. Jean Dixon
Jean Dixon (July 14, 1896 February 12, 1981) was an American actress. Born Jean Jacques, she was educated in France. While there, she studied dramatics under Sarah Bernhardt. She was on the Broadway stage a number of years before making her screen debut. Her style of "brittle comedy" was seen i... read more...
25. Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg (April 5, 1901 - August 4, 1981), better known as Melvyn Douglas, was an American actor.Coming to prominence in the 1930s as a suave leading man (perhaps best typified by his performance in the 1939 romantic comedy Ninotchka), Douglas later transitioned into more mature and... read more...
26. Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a British American film and stage actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946 and 1949. She is the elder sister of actress Joan Fontaine. The sisters are among the last surviving leading ladies from Hollywood of the 1930s.Olivia de Havi... read more...
27. Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 - 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939) and roles in Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), The Petrified Forest (193... read more...
28. Bette Davis
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 - October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical... read more...
29. Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; Yiddish: עמנואל גאָלדנבערג; December 12, 1893 - January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-born American actor. Although he played a wide range of characters, he is best remembered for his roles as a gangster, most notably as Rico in his star-m... read more...
30. James Gleason
James Austin Gleason (May 23, 1882 - April 12, 1959) was an American actor born in New York City. He was also a playwright and screenwriter.Coming from theatrical stock, as a schoolboy he made stage appearances while on holiday. He began earning his living at the age of thirteen, being a messenger b... read more...
31. George Brent
George Brent (March 15, 1899 - May 26, 1979) was an Irish film and television actor in American cinema.He was born George Brendan Nolan in Raharabeg, County Roscommon on the opposite bank of the River Shannon from the town of Shannonbridge, County Offaly, Ireland, the son of a British Army officer. ... read more...
32. Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 - June 19, 1991) was an American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. She remains arguably the epitome of the female screwball comedy actress. As James Harvey wrote in his recounting of the era, "No one was more closely identified with the screwball com... read more...
33. Mary Astor
Mary Astor (May 3, 1906 - September 25, 1987) was an American actress. Most remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s.She eventually made a succes... read more...
34. Ann Harding
Ann Harding (August 7, 1902 - September 1, 1981) was an American theatre, motion picture, radio, and television actress.Born Dorothy Walton Gatley at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, to George G. Gatley and Elizabeth "Bessie" Crabb. The daughter of a career army officer, she traveled often du... read more...
35. Dan Duryea
Dan Duryea (January 23, 1907 June 7, 1968) was an American actor, known for roles in film, stage and television.Born and raised in White Plains, New York, Duryea graduated from White Plains Senior High School in 1924 and Cornell University in 1928. While at Cornell, Duryea was elected into the Sph... read more...
36. John Barrymore
John Sidney Blyth (February 15, 1882 - May 29, 1942), better known as John Barrymore, was an acclaimed American actor. He first gained fame as a handsome stage actor in light comedy, then high drama and culminating in groundbreaking portrayals in Shakespearean plays Hamlet and Richard III. His succe... read more...
37. Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 - January 14, 1957) was an American actor. He is widely regarded as a cultural icon. The American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema.After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a r... read more...
38. Peter Sellers
Richard Henry Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 24 July 1980), known as Peter Sellers, was a British film actor, comedian and singer. He appeared in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a world-wide audience through his many film chara... read more...
39. Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925 - September 29, 2010) was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in over 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious dr... read more...
40. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. KBE (December 9, 1909 May 7, 2000) was an American actor and a highly decorated naval officer of World War II.Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. was born in New York City as the only child of actor Douglas Fairbanks, and his first wife, Anna Beth Sully. His parents divorced when h... read more...
41. Sam Levene
Sam Levene (August 28, 1905 - December 28, 1980) was an American Broadway and film actor. He made his Broadway debut in 1927 with five lines in a play titled Wall Street, and over a span of nearly 50 years, appeared on Broadway in 37 Shows, of which 33 were the original Broadway Productions, many no... read more...
42. Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall (23 May 1890 - 22 January 1966), born Herbert Brough Falcon Marshall, was an English actor.His parents were Percy F. Marshall and Ethel May Turner. He graduated from St. Mary's College (later known as Harlow College, until c1964) in Old Harlow, Essex and worked for a time as an acco... read more...
43. Dana Andrews
Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American film actor. He was one of Hollywood's major stars of the 1940s, and continued acting, though generally in less prestigious roles, into the 1980s.He was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farmstead outside Collins, Covington County, Missis... read more...
44. Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer (28 August 1899 - 26 August 1978) was a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, Boyer started on the stage, but he found success in movies during the 1930s. His memorable performances were among the era's most highly... read more...
45. James Mason
James Neville Mason (15 May 1909 - 27 July 1984) was an English actor who attained stardom in both British and American films. Mason remained a powerful figure in the industry throughout his career and was nominated for three Academy Awards as well as three Golden Globes (winning once).Mason was bor... read more...
46. Van Heflin
Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin, Jr. (December 13, 1910 - July 23, 1971) was an American film and theatre actor. He played mostly character parts over the course of his film career, but during the 1940s had a string of roles as a leading man. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his perfo... read more...
47. Ronald Colman
Ronald Charles Colman (9 February 1891 - 19 May 1958) was an English actor.He was born in Richmond, Surrey, England, the second son and fourth child of Charles Colman and his wife Marjory Read Fraser. His siblings included Eric, Edith, and Marjorie. He was educated at boarding school in Littlehampto... read more...
48. John Gilbert
John Gilbert (July 10, 1897 - January 9, 1936) was an American actor and a major star of the silent film era.Known as "the great lover," he rivaled even Rudolph Valentino as a box office draw. Though he was often cited as one of the high profile examples of an actor who was unsuccessful in making th... read more...
49. James Cagney
James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 - March 30, 1986) was an American actor, first on stage, then in film, where he had his greatest impact. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances, he is best remembered for playing "tough guys." In 1999, the American Fi... read more...
50. Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton (July 1, 1899 - December 15, 1962) was an English-American stage and film actor, screenwriter, producer and director.Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, the son of Robert Laughton, a Yorkshire hotel keeper, and his wife Elizabeth (née Conlon). His mother was ... read more...
51. Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of her films were sensational hits, and all but three of her twenty-four Hollywood films were profitable.[1... read more...