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1. Thomas A. Edison

Producer | Electrocuting an Elephant

Thomas A. Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio, USA as Thomas Alva Edison. He was a producer and director, known for Electrocuting an Elephant (1903), The Trick Cyclist (1901) and The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914). He was married to Mina Miller and Mary Stilwell. He died on October 18,...

Presenter 1894 - Edison Studios (Producer) (1894) Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894) Sandow: The Strong Man (1894) Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894) Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1895) Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1896) Black Diamond Express (1896) The Kiss (1901) What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1903) Electrocuting an Elephant (1913) Nursery Favorites

2. William K.L. Dickson

Cinematographer | Sandow

Born in France to British parents, William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson stayed in that country until age 19, when he, his mother and sisters (their father had died sometime before) returned to Great Britain. Once there, Dickson--in an early indication of his lifelong fascination with science and ...

Director (Presenter 1895 - Biograph Company, Producer) (1894) Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894) Sandow: The Strong Man (1894) Buffalo Bill (1894) Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894) Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1895) Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1896) The Kiss (1896) Sandow (1897) Butterfly Dance

3. Fred Ott

Self | Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze

Fred Ott was born in 1860 in New Jersey, USA as Frederick P. Ott. He was an assistant director, known for Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894), The Kiss (1900) and Fred Ott Holding a Bird (1894). He died on October 24, 1936 in West Orange, New Jersey.

Actor (1894) Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze

4. William F. Cody

Writer | The Indians Are Coming

William F. Cody was born on February 26, 1846 in Scott County, Iowa, USA as William Frederick Cody. He was a writer and producer, known for The Indians Are Coming (1930), Battling with Buffalo Bill (1931) and Fighting with Buffalo Bill (1926). He was married to Louise Maude Frederici. He died on ...

Actor (1894) Buffalo Bill (1898) Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 1 (1898) Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 2

Director (1897) The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight

6. J. Stuart Blackton

Director | The Glorious Adventure

J. Stuart Blackton came to the US with his family from Sheffield, England, in 1885 at age 10, settling in New York. He became friends with Albert E. Smith - who later became his business partner and headed Vitagraph Studios - in 1894 and they started a short-lived vaudeville act together. Blackton ...

Director (1898) Battle of Santiago Bay (1898) Battle of Manila Bay (1906) Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1907) Liquid Electricity; or, The Inventor's Galvanic Fluid (1911) Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1915) The Battle Cry of Peace (1933) March of the Movies

7. 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 nine 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...

Producer (1898) Battle of Santiago Bay (1898) Battle of Manila Bay (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1933) March of the Movies

8. Edwin S. Porter

Director | The White Pearl

In the late 1890s Porter worked as both a projectionist and mechanic, eventually becoming director and cameraman for the Edison Manufacturing Company. Influenced by both the "Brighton school" and the story films of Georges Méliès, Porter went on to make important shorts such as Life of an American ...

Director (Cameraman) (1901) What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1903) Electrocuting an Elephant (1903) Life of an American Fireman (1903) The Great Train Robbery (1908) Rescued from an Eagle's Nest

9. Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

Director | The Son-of-a-Gun

American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother ...

Actor (1903) The Great Train Robbery

10. G.W. Bitzer

Cinematographer | Logging in Maine

G.W. Bitzer was born on April 21, 1872 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA as Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Logging in Maine (1906), Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) and Happy Hooligan Interferes (1903). He was married to Ethel ...

Cinematographer (1904) Panoramic View, Aisle B, Westinghouse Works (1909) The Mended Lute (1909) Those Awful Hats (1909) The Curtain Pole (1909) The Country Doctor (1909) A Corner in Wheat (1910) Faithful (1910) The House with Closed Shutters (1912) A Beast at Bay (1912) The Massacre (1912) The Painted Lady (1912) The Girl and Her Trust (1912) An Unseen Enemy (1912) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1913) The Reformers; or, The Lost Art of Minding One's Business (1913) The Mothering Heart (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1918) Hearts of the World (England, UK | France) (1919) True Heart Susie (1919) Broken Blossoms (1920) Way Down East (1921) Orphans of the Storm

11. D.W. Griffith

Director | The Birth of a Nation

David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War veteran. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually shape his movies. In 1897 ...

Director (Actor) (1908) Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1909) The Mended Lute (1909) Those Awful Hats (1909) The Curtain Pole (1909) The Country Doctor (1909) A Corner in Wheat (1910) Faithful (1910) The House with Closed Shutters (1912) A Beast at Bay (1912) The Massacre (1912) The Painted Lady (1912) The Girl and Her Trust (1912) An Unseen Enemy (1912) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1913) The Reformers; or, The Lost Art of Minding One's Business (1913) The Mothering Heart (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1918) Hearts of the World (England, UK | France) (1919) True Heart Susie (1919) Broken Blossoms (1920) Way Down East (1921) Dream Street (1921) Orphans of the Storm (1924) Isn't Life Wonderful

12. Henry B. Walthall

Actor | Chandu the Magician

Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he ...

Actor (1908) Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1909) The Mended Lute (1909) A Corner in Wheat (1910) The House with Closed Shutters (1912) The Painted Lady (1913) The Mothering Heart (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1925) The Golden Bed (1925) The Plastic Age (1926) The Scarlet Letter (1927) Wings (1932) Me and My Gal (1933) 42nd Street

13. Carl Laemmle

Bride of Frankenstein

The roots of Universal Pictures can rightfully be traced back to 1906 when Carl Laemmle returned home to Chicago after a stint as a bookkeeper in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and opened up a chain of nickelodeons. This in turn led to the ambitious 39-year-old organizing a film exchange network he boldly ...

Presenter 1912 - Universal Pictures (Producer) (1909) Those Awful Hats (1909) The Mended Lute (1917) Straight Shooting (1918) The Heart of Humanity (1918) The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1919) Blind Husbands (1922) Foolish Wives (1923) Merry-Go-Round (1923) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1925) The Goose Woman (1928) Lonesome (1928) The Man Who Laughs (1930) All Quiet on the Western Front (1931) Frankenstein (1932) The Old Dark House (1935) Bride of Frankenstein

14. Florence Lawrence

Actress | Not Like Other Girls

Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...

Actress (1909) Those Awful Hats (1909) The Curtain Pole (1909) The Country Doctor (1909) The Mended Lute (1935) The Crusades

15. Mack Sennett

Producer | The Good-Bye Kiss

Mack Sennett was born Michael Sinnott on January 17, 1880 in Danville, Quebec, Canada, to Irish immigrant farmers. When he was 17, his parents moved the family to East Berlin, Connecticut, and he became a laborer at American Iron Works, a job he continued when they moved to Northampton, ...

Presenter 1912 - Keystone Studios (Actor, Director, Producer) (1909) Those Awful Hats (1909) The Curtain Pole (1909) The Mended Lute (1909) A Corner in Wheat (1910) Faithful (1914) Making a Living (1914) A Busy Day (1914) The Rounders (1914) Kid Auto Races at Venice (1916) A Movie Star (1916) Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916) The Nick of Time Baby (1916) A Family Affair (1916) Hearts and Sparks (1916) Haystacks and Steeples (1916) A Social Cub (1916) The Danger Girl (1917) Whose Baby? (1917) The Sultan's Wife (1917) Teddy at the Throttle (1917) The Pullman Bride

16. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

Actress (1909) The Country Doctor (1912) A Beast at Bay (1919) Heart o' the Hills (1919) Daddy-Long-Legs (1920) Suds (1921) Little Lord Fauntleroy (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) The Black Pirate

17. Blanche Sweet

Actress | Judith of Bethulia

Born into a family of show people, Blanche first appeared on the stage when she was 18 months old. Blanche was a dancer by the time she was four and a talented actress by 1909 when she started work at Biograph with D.W. Griffith. At 14, she was two years younger than Mary Pickford, but her maturity...

Actress (1909) A Corner in Wheat (1912) The Massacre (1912) The Painted Lady (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1919) The Unpardonable Sin (1930) Show Girl in Hollywood (1980) Hollywood

18. Henry Lehrman

Producer | Why Sailors Go Wrong

Austrian-born Henry Lehrman entered the film industry in 1909 while working as a trolley conductor. Legend has it that he cornered director D.W. Griffith and claimed to be an agent for the French-based Pathe company, sent by them to work with Griffith. By the time Griffith found out that Lehrman's ...

Director (Actor) (1909) A Corner in Wheat (1912) A Beast at Bay (1914) Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) Making a Living

19. Frank Norris

Writer | Greed

Turn-of-the-20th-century American author, whose starkly realistic works, too strong for readers of his time, are today acclaimed as classics ("McTeague," "The Octopus"). A handsome intellectual, of a wealthy family, his brilliant, promising career was cut off tragically when he died, aged only 32, ...

Writer (1909) A Corner in Wheat (1924) Greed

20. John Bunny

Actor | Her Old Sweetheart

When John Bunny died the New York Times stated, "The name John Bunny will always be linked to the movies." Little did movie fans of 1915 realize that he would be completely forgotten the next year and completely omitted from many books on silent movies 70-80 years later.

Bunny was the ninth in a ...

Actor (1911) Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1912) Bunny at the Derby (England, UK)

21. Alice Guy

Director | The Woman of Mystery

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 ...

Director (1912) Falling Leaves

22. Jesse L. Lasky

Producer | Beau Geste

Lasky, one of the first pioneers of the Hollywood film industry and its first genuine 'mogul', was not only a consummate showman and entrepreneur, but a jack-of-all-trades. Born in San Francisco in September 1880, the son of a shoe salesman, he attended high school in San Jose and held down his ...

[Presenter of Paramount Pictures 1912-1958] (1914) The Squaw Man (1915) The Cheat (1919) The Valley of the Giants (1919) Male and Female (1920) The Life of the Party (1921) Forbidden Fruit (1921) The Affairs of Anatol (1921) The Sheik (1922) Manslaughter (1923) Nobody's Money (1923) The Covered Wagon (1923) The Ten Commandments (1924) Manhandled (1925) The King on Main Street (1925) Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1926) Mantrap (1927) Children of Divorce (1927) It (1927) Wings (1928) The Wedding March (1928) The Last Command (1928) The Docks of New York

23. Adolph Zukor

Horse Feathers

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, Queen Elizabeth (1912), featuring French actress Sarah Bernhardt that ran for ...

[Presenter of Paramount Pictures 1912-1959] (1920) The Life of the Party (1923) Zaza (1923) The Ten Commandments (1924) Manhandled (1925) The King on Main Street (1925) Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1926) Mantrap (1927) Children of Divorce (1927) It (1927) Wings (1928) The Wedding March (1928) The Last Command (1928) The Docks of New York (1931) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) Shanghai Express (1934) It's a Gift (1934) The Scarlet Empress (1935) Peter Ibbetson (1935) The Crusades (1935) Ruggles of Red Gap (1936) Desire (1937) Angel (1937) Make Way for Tomorrow (1938) Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

24. Otto Kahn

Producer | Thunder Over Mexico

Otto Kahn was born on February 21, 1867 in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as Otto Hermann Kahn. He was a producer and actor, known for Thunder Over Mexico (1933), ¡Que viva Mexico! (1932) and Eisenstein in Mexico (1933). He was married to Adelaide Wolff. He died on March 29, 1934 in New...

Investor 1912 - Paramount Pictures (Costume Designer) (1920) Way Down East (1927) Wings

25. Lillian Gish

Actress | The Night of the Hunter

Lillian Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893, in Springfield, Ohio. Her father, James Lee Gish, was an alcoholic who caroused around, was rarely at home and left the family to more or less fend for themselves. To help make ends meet, Lillian, her sister Dorothy Gish and their mother, Mary Gish ...

Actress (1912) An Unseen Enemy (1912) The Painted Lady (1912) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1913) The Mothering Heart (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1918) Hearts of the World (England, UK | France) (1919) True Heart Susie (1919) Broken Blossoms (1920) Way Down East (1921) Orphans of the Storm (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) The Scarlet Letter (1928) The Wind (1946) Duel in the Sun (1948) Portrait of Jennie (1955) The Cobweb (1955) The Night of the Hunter (1980) Hollywood

26. Harry Carey

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future ...

Actor (1912) An Unseen Enemy (1912) The Painted Lady (1912) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1917) Straight Shooting (1928) The Trail of '98 (1946) Duel in the Sun (1948) 3 Godfathers (1948) Red River

27. Dorothy Gish

Actress | Gretchen the Greenhorn

Dorothy Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Dorothy and her sister Lillian Gish were old enough, they became ...

Actress (1912) An Unseen Enemy (1912) The Painted Lady (1912) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1913) The Reformers; or, The Lost Art of Minding One's Business (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1918) Hearts of the World (England, UK | France) (1921) Orphans of the Storm (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

28. Jack Pickford

Actor | Brown of Harvard

Nepotism certainly has had its advantages in Hollywood, none more so than in the film career of Jack Pickford, whose famous older sis, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, saw to it that Jack had all the advantages her star weight could muster. Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1896, Jack was prompted ...

Actor (1912) The Painted Lady (1912) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) The Massacre (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1921) Little Lord Fauntleroy (1925) The Goose Woman

29. Laurence Trimble

Director | The Love Master

Laurence Trimble was born on February 15, 1885 in Robbinston, Maine, USA. He was a director and writer, known for The Love Master (1924), My Old Dutch (1926) and Brawn of the North (1922). He was married to Marian Constance Blackton and Jane Murfin. He died on February 8, 1954 in Woodland Hills, ...

Director (1912) Bunny at the Derby (England, UK)

29. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

Director (Actor, Writer, Producer) (1941) High Sierra (1941) The Maltese Falcon (1946) The Killers (1948) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1950) The Asphalt Jungle (1951) The Prowler (1951) The African Queen (1957) Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1961) The Misfits (1962) Freud (1972) The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) Fat City (1974) Chinatown (1979) Wise Blood (1984) Under the Volcano (2018) The Other Side of the Wind

30. Anita Loos

Writer | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

While she is now best known for her book "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's foremost early screenwriters. She began writing screen scenarios for the 'Biograph Company' at an early age (though not 12, as she later claimed), and the first to be produced, The New York Hat (...

Writer (1912) The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1939) The Women (1945) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1980) Hollywood

31. Pancho Villa

Producer | Life of Villa

Francisco "Pancho" Villa was born Doroteo Arango to rural peasant parents in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, on June 5, 1878. He later took several aliases, the most popular and well-known being "Pancho Villa". Raised in poverty in Durango, he turned to cattle rustling and robbery as a young man. The ...

General (Actor) (1912) Life of Villa (Mexico) (1914) The Life of General Villa (Mexico)

32. James Cruze

Actor | The Covered Wagon

Coming from a Mormon family in Utah, James Cruze was reportedly part Ute Indian. He worked as a fisherman to pay his way through drama school. Among his former wives were actresses Betty Compson (also from Utah) and Marguerite Snow. He was also married to Alberta McCoy (died on July 7, 1960), who ...

Director (Actor) (1913) When the Studio Burned (1919) The Valley of the Giants (1923) The Covered Wagon (1926) Old Ironsides

33. Viola Dana

Actress | Two Sisters

Viola Dana (real name Virginia Flugrath) was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 26, 1897. She was the middle sister of three sisters (the other two were Edna Flugrath and Shirley Mason). She made her film debut in 1914 in Molly the Drummer Boy (1914). The following year she received top billing playing ...

Actress (1913) Nursery Favorites (1917) Blue Jeans (1923) Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 21 (1980) Hollywood

34. Lois Weber

Director | Suspense

Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first ...

Director (Actress) (1913) Suspense (2017) Early Women Filmmakers

35. Phillips Smalley

Director | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Phillips Smalley was born on August 7, 1875 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Phillips Wendell Smalley. He was a director and actor, known for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1917), The Merchant of Venice (1914) and Captain Courtesy (1915). He was married to Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin and Lois Weber. He ...

Actor (Director) (1913) Suspense (1923) Flaming Youth (1925) The Phantom of the Opera (1927) Sunrise (1929) The Black Watch (1930) Peacock Alley (1935) A Night at the Opera (1936) Swing Time (1937) Make Way for Tomorrow

36. Lon Chaney

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in ...

Actor (Director) (1913) Suspense (1918) The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1922) Oliver Twist (1923) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1925) The Phantom of the Opera (1926) Tell It to the Marines (1927) The Unknown

37. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

Director (Presenter 1913 - Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, Actor) (1914) The Squaw Man (1915) The Warrens of Virginia (1915) The Cheat (1916) Joan the Woman (1934) Cleopatra (1919) Male and Female (1920) Why Change Your Wife? (1921) Fool's Paradise (1921) Forbidden Fruit (1921) The Affairs of Anatol (1922) Manslaughter (1923) The Ten Commandments (1925) The Golden Bed (1927) The King of Kings (1935) The Crusades (1939) Union Pacific (1942) Star Spangled Rhythm (1949) Samson and Delilah (1950) Sunset Blvd. (1956) The Ten Commandments

38. Herbert Brenon

Director | Beau Geste

Herbert Brenon was born on January 13, 1880 in Dublin, Ireland, UK as Alexander Herbert Reginald St. John Brenon. He was a director and writer, known for Beau Geste (1926), Ivanhoe (1913) and Sorrell and Son (1927). He was married to Mrs. Herbert Brenon. He died on June 21, 1958 in Los Angeles, ...

Director (1913) Ivanhoe (Wales, UK) (1916) War Brides (1926) Beau Geste (UK) (1926) Dancing Mothers

39. Frank Borzage

Director | 7th Heaven

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for 7th Heaven (1927), No Greater Glory (1934) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

Actor (Director) (1913) Silent Heroes (1914) Samson (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1920) Humoresque (1925) Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1925) Lazybones (1927) 7th Heaven (1933) Man's Castle (1936) Desire (1940) The Mortal Storm

40. Thomas H. Ince

Producer | The Coward

Thomas H. Ince was born into a family of stage actors. He appeared on the stage at age six and worked with a number of stock companies, making his Broadway debut at 15. Vaudeville work was inconsistent, so he was a lifeguard, a promoter and part-time actor. His stage career was a failure but by ...

Producer (Director, Editor, Actor) (1913) Silent Heroes (1915) Civilization (1916) The Return of Draw Egan (1916) Hell's Hinges

Civil Engineer (California Water Wars [1913-1928])

42. Frank D. Williams

Cinematographer | An Arabian Knight

Frank D. Williams was born on March 21, 1893 in Nashville, Missouri, USA as Frank Douglas Williams. He is known for his work on An Arabian Knight (1920), The Illustrious Prince (1919) and The First Born (1921). He was married to Mildred E. Hansen and Porter Lee. He died on October 16, 1961 in ...

Cameraman (Special Effects) (1914) Making a Living (1914) Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) A Busy Day (1914) The Rounders (1916) The Floorwalker (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1927) Sunrise (1933) King Kong

43. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Director (Actor) (1914) Making a Living (1914) Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) A Busy Day (1914) The Rounders (1914) Mutual Weekly, No. 104 (1915) A Night Out (1916) The Floorwalker (1916) The Pawnshop (1916) The Rink (1917) The Immigrant (1918) The Bond (1918) A Dog's Life (1921) The Kid (1923) A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) The Pilgrim (1925) The Gold Rush (1928) Show People (1928) The Circus (1931) City Lights (1936) Modern Times (1940) The Great Dictator (1947) Monsieur Verdoux (1952) Limelight (1957) A King in New York (1967) A Countess from Hong Kong (1986) American Masters (1985– ) Unknown Chaplin (2003) Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

44. Wilfred Buckland

Production_designer | Hawthorne of the U.S.A.

He was the first film director to use klieg lights.

Art Director (1914) The Squaw Man (1915) The Cheat (1916) The Ragamuffin (1916) Joan the Woman (1919) Male and Female (1920) Why Change Your Wife? (1922) Robin Hood (1924) Monsieur Beaucaire (1929) The Iron Mask

45. Hal Roach

Director | One Million B.C.

Hal Roach was born in 1892 in Elmira, New York. After working as a mule skinner, wrangler and gold prospector, among other things, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd in 1913 in San Diego. By all accounts, including his own,...

Presenter 1914 - Hal Roach Studios (Producer, Director, Actor) (1914) The Squaw Man (1914) Samson (1916) Luke's Movie Muddle (1920) Haunted Spooks (1921) Never Weaken (1923) Safety Last! (1926) The Devil Horse (1928) Pass the Gravy (1929) Big Business (1932) Helpmates (1932) The Music Box (1937) Way Out West (1938) Swiss Miss (1980) Hollywood

46. Art Acord

Actor | The Set-Up

Art Acord was born on April 17, 1890 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA as Arthemus Ward Acord. He is known for his work on The Set-Up (1926), Set Free (1927) and The White Horseman (1921). He was married to Louise Lorraine, Edna Nores and Edythe Sterling. He died on January 4, 1931 in Chihuahua, ...

Actor (1914) The Squaw Man (1916) The Extra Man and the Milk-Fed Lion

47. Marshall Neilan

Actor | Daddy-Long-Legs

In the early days of silent pictures, Marshall Neilan was a top director for Goldwyn Pictures. He had also directed a small number of Louis B. Mayer's independently produced melodramas, but there was a mutual dislike between the two men. During the festivities inaugurating the merger of Metro and ...

Director (1914) Judith of Bethulia (1919) The Unpardonable Sin (1919) Daddy-Long-Legs (1921) Screen Snapshots, Series 2, No. 17-F (1923) Souls for Sale

48. Harold Lloyd

Actor | The Sin of Harold Diddlebock

Born in Buchard, Nebraska, USA to Elizabeth Fraser and 'J. Darcie 'Foxy' Lloyd' who fought constantly and soon divorced (at the time a rare event), Harold Clayton Lloyd was nominally educated in Denver and San Diego high schools and received his stage training at the School of Dramatic Art (San ...

Actor (Director) (1914) Samson (1916) Luke's Movie Muddle (1920) Haunted Spooks (1921) Never Weaken (1923) Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 9 (1923) Safety Last! (1924) Hot Water (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1932) Movie Crazy

49. Mack Swain

Actor | The Gold Rush

Mack Swain was born in 1876 and soon became a talented vaudevillian. In 1913 he was hired by Mack Sennett and appeared in a few Mabel Normand pictures until a year later he became even bigger when 'Charlie Chaplin' arrived at the Keystone Studio. Swain later created a character by the name of ...

Actor (1914) A Busy Day (1916) A Movie Star (1917) The Pullman Bride (1925) The Eagle (1925) The Gold Rush (1927) The Beloved Rogue (1930) Redemption (1980) Hollywood (1980– ) Hazard of the Game

50. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

Director (Editor, Assistant Director, Actor) (1914) The Life of General Villa (Mexico) (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1915) The Regeneration (1924) The Thief of Bagdad (1926) What Price Glory (1928) Sadie Thompson (1930) The Big Trail (1932) Me and My Gal (1933) The Bowery (1939) The Roaring Twenties (1941) High Sierra (1945) Objective, Burma! (1947) Pursued (1949) Colorado Territory (1949) White Heat (1951) The Enforcer (1951) Distant Drums (1973) The Men Who Made the Movies: Raoul Walsh

51. Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Actor | Leap Year

Roscoe Arbuckle, one of nine children, was the baby of the family who weighed a reported 16 pounds at birth. Born in Smith Center, Kansas, on March 24, 1887, his family moved to California when he was a year old. At age eight he appeared on the stage. His first part was with the Webster-Brown Stock...

Director (Actor) (1914) The Rounders (1914) Mutual Weekly, No. 104 (1916) Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1917) Coney Island (1920) The Life of the Party

52. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

Actress (1914) Mutual Weekly, No. 104 (1916) Fatty and Mabel Adrift

53. William Fox

Producer | 7th Heaven

Starting at the age 8 he had a series of jobs before starting his own business in 1900, which was sold to buy a Brooklyn nickelodeon in 1904. As the new owner with an empty house, Fox hired a coin manipulator and a barker to attract patrons into the dark 146-seat theatre. Once audiences adequately ...

Presenter 1915 - Fox Film Corporation (Producer) (1915) The Regeneration (1920) The Skywayman (1924) The Iron Horse (1925) Lazybones (1926) What Price Glory (1926) The Great K & A Train Robbery (1927) 7th Heaven (1927) Sunrise (1928) Four Sons (1929) The Sky Hawk (1929) The Black Watch (1930) City Girl (1933) Hoopla

54. Wallace Reid

Actor | Carmen

The son of writer-theater producer-director-actor Hal Reid, Wallace was on stage by the age of four in the act with his parents. He spent most of his early years, not on the stage, but in private schools where he excelled in music and athletics. In 1910, his father went to the Chicago studio of "...

Actor (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Joan the Woman (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1919) The Valley of the Giants (1921) The Affairs of Anatol

55. Alma Rubens

Actress | The Americano

Alma Rubens was born Alma Genevieve Reubens in San Francisco, California. She was interested in entertaining at an early age. Like most young girls, she enjoyed fantasy play acting and by the time she was 19 had become a full-fledged star. She didn't have to wait long like some of the starlets who ...

Actress (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1923) Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 9

56. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

Director (Actor, Assistant Director) (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1918) The Unbeliever (1918) The Heart of Humanity (1918) Hearts of the World (England, UK | France) (1919) Blind Husbands (1922) Foolish Wives (1923) Merry-Go-Round (1924) Greed (1925) 1925 Studio Tour (1925) The Merry Widow (1928) The Wedding March (1932) The Lost Squadron (1932) Queen Kelly (1950) Sunset Blvd.

57. Allan Dwan

Director | Bound in Morocco

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for Bound in Morocco (1918), A Perfect Crime (1921) and A Broken Doll (1921). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland ...

Director (Assistant Director) (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1922) Robin Hood (1923) Zaza (1924) Manhandled (1925) Stage Struck (1929) The Iron Mask (1932) American Madness (1954) Silver Lode (1980) Hollywood

58. Karl Brown

Writer | Flames

Karl Brown was born on December 26, 1896 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a writer and cinematographer, known for Flames (1932), Stark Love (1927) and Port of Missing Girls (1938). He was married to Edna Mae Cooper. He died on March 25, 1990 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Cameraman (Assistant Cameraman) (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1918) Hearts of the World (England, UK | France) (1919) True Heart Susie (1919) Broken Blossoms (1920) The Life of the Party (1923) The Covered Wagon (1924) Greed (1980) Hollywood

59. Thomas Dixon Jr.

Writer | Mark of the Beast

American novelist, writer and minister Thomas Dixon was born in Shelby, NC. His father was a Baptist minister and, by inheritance, a slave-owner. As a young boy Dixon helped out on the farms the family owned; although he would later say he detested farm labor, he admitted that it helped him to ...

Writer (Director) (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1916) The Fall of a Nation

60. Adela Rogers St. Johns

Writer | What Price Hollywood?

Adela Rogers St. Johns was born Nora Adela Rogers on May 20, 1894 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary criminal defense attorney Earl Rogers, a brilliant barrister who drank himself to death at an early age. Lionel Barrymore won a Best Actor Oscar playing a mouthpiece based on her ...

Writer (Journalist, Actor) (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1927) Children of Divorce (1928) Lilac Time (1980) Hollywood (1981) Reds

61. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

Director (Actor, Assistant Director) (1915) The Birth of a Nation (1917) Straight Shooting (1924) The Iron Horse (1926) 3 Bad Men (1926) What Price Glory (1928) Four Sons (1929) Salute (1929) The Black Watch (1933) Pilgrimage (1935) The Informer (1939) Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Stagecoach (1940) The Long Voyage Home (1940) The Grapes of Wrath (1941) How Green Was My Valley (1945) They Were Expendable (1946) My Darling Clementine (1948) 3 Godfathers (1948) Fort Apache (1949) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1950) Wagon Master (1950) Rio Grande (1952) The Quiet Man (1953) The Sun Shines Bright (1955) The Long Gray Line (1956) The Searchers (1957) The Wings of Eagles (1962) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1964) Cheyenne Autumn (1966) 7 Women (1971) The American West of John Ford (1971) Directed by John Ford

62. Alvin Wyckoff

Cinematographer | Rose of the Rancho

Alvin Wyckoff was born on July 3, 1877 in New York, USA. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Rose of the Rancho (1914), The Bold Caballero (1936) and The Lucky Devil (1925). He was married to Alice Olivia Johannson and Jessie Wyckoff. He died on July 30, 1957 in Los Angeles, California, ...

Cameraman (1915) The Warrens of Virginia (1915) The Cheat (1916) Joan the Woman (1919) Male and Female (1920) Why Change Your Wife? (1921) Fool's Paradise (1921) Forbidden Fruit (1921) The Affairs of Anatol (1922) Manslaughter (1922) Blood and Sand

63. William C. de Mille

Director | The Splendid Crime

William Churchill de Mille, the older brother of Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille (W.C. retained the family spelling of his name) and father of Tony Award-winning choreographer Agnes de Mille, was born in Washington, North Carolina, on July 25, 1878. His father, Henry C. DeMille, was a playwright ...

Writer (Director) (1915) The Warrens of Virginia (1916) Joan the Woman (1916) The Ragamuffin (1916) The Heir to the Hoorah

64. David Belasco

Writer | The Return of Peter Grimm

David Belasco was born on July 25, 1853 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Return of Peter Grimm (1935), Rose of the Rancho (1914) and Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930). He was married to Cecilia Loverich. He died on May 14, 1931 in New York City, New York, USA.

Theatrical Producer (1915) The Warrens of Virginia

65. Ben Turpin

Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin

First of all, the cross-eyed comedian of silent days was not born that way. Supposedly his right eye slipped out of alignment while playing the role of the similarly afflicted Happy Hooligan in vaudeville and it never adjusted. Ironically, it was this disability that would enhance his comic value ...

Actor (1915) A Night Out

66. Norma Talmadge

Actress | Camille

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her...

Actress (1915) The Battle Cry of Peace (1916) The Children in the House (1928) Show People

67. Harry McCoy

Writer | The Girl from Everywhere

Harry McCoy was born on December 10, 1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Girl from Everywhere (1927), Present Arms (1927) and Oh Boy (1927). He died on September 1, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Actor (1915) The Regeneration (1916) A Movie Star (1927) Three's a Crowd (1928) Skirts (1936) Fury

68. Sessue Hayakawa

Actor | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to ...

Actor (1915) The Cheat

69. Fannie Ward

Actress | The Cheat

Fannie Ward was a star of light comedies on Broadway and in vaudeville. Internationally famous, she was at the height of her career in the first decade of the 20th century. She debuted on Broadway at 19 in "Pippino" (1890). She went on to starring roles in "The Marriage of William Ashe", "Madam ...

Actress (1915) The Cheat

70. John Gilbert

Actor | Flesh and the Devil

John Gilbert was born into a show-business family - his father was a comic with the Pringle Stock Company. By 1915 John was an extra with Thomas H. Ince's company and a lead player by 1917. In those days he was assistant director, actor or screenwriter. He also tried his hand at directing. By 1919 ...

Actor (Director) (1915) Civilization (1916) Hell's Hinges (1919) Heart o' the Hills (1924) His Hour (1925) The Merry Widow (1925) The Big Parade (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) Flesh and the Devil (1927) Man, Woman and Sin (1927) Love (1928) Show People (1928) A Woman of Affairs (1929) His Glorious Night (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1930) Redemption (1930) Queen Christina

71. Alice Terry

Actress | The Conquering Power

Alice started as an extra in films at age 15. She worked in "Inceville" and would appear as several characters in 'Civilization (1916)'. In 1917, she would meet director Rex Ingram and they would marry in 1921. It was also in 1921 that Alice would gain acclaim as Marguerite in 'The Four Horsemen of...

Actress (1915) Civilization (1919) The Valley of the Giants (1921) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1923) Scaramouche (1926) Mare Nostrum

72. Woodrow Wilson

Self | The Adventures of a Boy Scout

Woodrow Wilson is an American politician, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 ...

28th U.S. President [1913-1921] (1915) Civilization

73. Agnes de Mille

Oklahoma!

Agnes de Mille was born on September 18, 1905 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Agnes George de Mille. She is known for her work on Oklahoma! (1955), The Ragamuffin (1916) and Carousel (1956). She was married to Walter Foy Prude. She died on October 7, 1993 in Greenwich Village,...

Actress (1916) The Ragamuffin (1934) Cleopatra (1980) Hollywood

74. William S. Hart

Actor | The Money Corral

A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain, William S. Hart lived for a while in the Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In 1888 he began to study acting. In 1899 he created the role ...

Actor (Director) (1916) Hell's Hinges (1916) The Return of Draw Egan (1921) Screen Snapshots, Series 2, No. 17-F (1925) Tumbleweeds (1928) Show People

75. Jean Hersholt

Actor | Greed

If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art ...

Actor (1916) Hell's Hinges (1921) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1923) Souls for Sale (1924) Greed (1927) The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

76. Clarence G. Badger

Director | Rangle River

A graduate of the Boston Polytechnic Institute, Clarence Badger had a varied early career as an artist, stage actor, editor and journalist with several newspapers and magazines (including "The Youth's Companion"), before entering the film business with Mack Sennett in 1915. At Sennett's ...

Director (1916) A Family Affair (1916) Haystacks and Steeples (1916) A Social Cub (1916) The Danger Girl (1916) The Nick of Time Baby (1917) Whose Baby? (1917) The Sultan's Wife (1917) The Pullman Bride (1917) Teddy at the Throttle (1927) It

77. Gloria Swanson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in...

Actress (1916) A Family Affair (1916) Hearts and Sparks (1916) A Social Cub (1916) The Danger Girl (1916) Haystacks and Steeples (1916) The Nick of Time Baby (1917) Whose Baby? (1917) The Sultan's Wife (1917) Teddy at the Throttle (1917) The Pullman Bride (1919) Male and Female (1920) Why Change Your Wife? (1921) The Affairs of Anatol (1923) Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 21 (1923) Zaza (1924) Manhandled (1925) Madame Sans-Gêne (France) (1925) Stage Struck (1927) The Love of Sunya (1928) Sadie Thompson (1932) Queen Kelly (1950) Sunset Blvd. (1980) Hollywood

78. Bobby Vernon

Actor | Bulldog Drummond

Bobby Vernon was born in the U.S. in 1897, was trained in Vaudeville and became a talented comic in the silent era. He began working in 1913, appearing in Lon Chaney's Almost an Actress (1913) and later worked for Mack Sennett, who teamed him up with young Gloria Swanson in 9 comedies between 1916 ...

Actor (1916) A Family Affair (1916) Hearts and Sparks (1916) A Social Cub (1916) The Danger Girl (1916) Haystacks and Steeples (1916) The Nick of Time Baby (1917) Whose Baby? (1917) The Sultan's Wife (1917) Teddy at the Throttle

79. A. Edward Sutherland

Director | Sky Devils

British-born A. Edward ("Eddie") Sutherland started in vaudeville and acted in films from 1914 at Keystone (he was one of the original Keystone Kops). He became a director in 1925, first with Paramount (1925-31), then at United Artists (1931-32), again with Paramount (1933, 1935-37), then Universal...

Actor (Director) (1916) The Danger Girl (1921) The Kid (1923) A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1925) The Gold Rush (1930) Paramount on Parade (1942) Star Spangled Rhythm (1944) Follow the Boys

80. Tom Mix

Actor | Destry Rides Again

The son of a lumberman, Tom Mix joined the army as a young man and was an artillery sergeant during the Philippine campaign from 1898 to 1901, though he never saw action. In fact, Mix deserted from the army and carefully kept the facts about his military service a closely guarded secret. About 1903...

Actor (Director) (1916) Tom's Strategy (1921) The Queen of Sheba (1926) The Great K & A Train Robbery

81. Victor Fleming

Director | Gone with the Wind

Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...

Director (Assistant Director) (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1926) Mantrap (1939) Gone with the Wind (1939) The Wizard of Oz (1943) A Guy Named Joe (1948) Joan of Arc

82. Bessie Love

Actress | The Broadway Melody

Bessie Love was born in Texas. Her cowboy father moved the family to Hollywood, where he became a chiropractor. As the family needed money, Bessie's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, hoping she would become an actress. D.W. Griffith saw she was pretty and had some acting talent, and put her in ...

Actress (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1923) Human Wreckage (1925) The King on Main Street (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1964) I Think They Call Him John (1980) Hollywood (1981) Ragtime (1981) Reds

83. Seena Owen

Actress | Shipwrecked

Seena Owen was born in Spokane, WA, on Nov. 14, 1894. Her first film was A Yankee from the West (1915) under the name of Signe Auen, when she was 21. The following year she appeared (as "Attarea") in D.W. Griffith's epic Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). In 1919 she played ...

Actress (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1932) Queen Kelly

84. Douglas Fairbanks

Actor | Robin Hood

Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (nee Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney and native of Pennsylvania, who was a captain for the Union forces during the Civil War. Fairbanks' paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, ...

Actor (Producer, Writer) (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1920) The Mark of Zorro (1921) The Three Musketeers (1922) Robin Hood (1924) The Thief of Bagdad (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) The Black Pirate (1927) The Gaucho (1928) Show People (1929) The Iron Mask

85. King Vidor

Director | The Crowd

King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Hungarian descent. He was born in Galveston, Texas to lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor and his wife Kate Wallis. King's paternal grandfather Károly (Charles) Vidor had fled Hungary as a refugee following the failed ...

Director (Actor) (1916) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1924) His Hour (1925) The Big Parade (1928) Show People (1928) The Crowd (1929) Hallelujah (1931) The Champ (1937) Stella Dallas (1939) The Wizard of Oz (1946) Duel in the Sun (1949) Beyond the Forest (1949) The Fountainhead (1952) Ruby Gentry (1956) War and Peace (1973) The Men Who Made the Movies: King Vidor (1980) Hollywood

86. Beatrice DeMille

Writer | Castles for Two

Grandmother of Agnes de Mille and Peggy George, grandmother-in-law of B.P. Fineman, mother-in-law of Constance Adams.

Writer (1916) The Heir to the Hoorah

87. Lewis J. Selznick

Producer | Society Snobs

Lewis J. Selznick, one of the pioneers of studio film production and the father of Oscar-winning Gone with the Wind (1939) producer David O. Selznick, was born Lewis Zeleznik in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire, into a poor Jewish family with 18 children. Selznick migrated to London at the age of 12, ...

Producer (1916) War Brides

88. 'Snub' Pollard

Actor | Rollin' Plains

The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The ...

Actor (1916) Luke's Movie Muddle (1922) The Dumb-Bell (1946) Canyon Passage (1950) Stars in My Crown (1950) Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) The Gunfighter (1952) Limelight (1952) Singin' in the Rain (1955) The Man with the Golden Arm (1956) Friendly Persuasion (1961) The Errand Boy (1962) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

89. Bebe Daniels

Actress | 42nd Street

Bebe Daniels already had toured as an actor by the age of four in a stage production of "Richard III". She had her first leading role at the age of seven and started her film career shortly after this in movies for Imperial, Pathe and others. At 14 she was already a film veteran, and was enlisted ...

Actress (1916) Luke's Movie Muddle (1919) Male and Female (1920) Why Change Your Wife? (1921) The Affairs of Anatol (1924) Monsieur Beaucaire (1933) 42nd Street

90. Tully Marshall

Actor | The Cat and the Canary

Tully Marshall intended to pursue a legal career, until he tried a dramatic course at Santa Clara University. He started stage work in San Francisco in 1883 and moved to New York in 1887, where he played in various roles on Broadway and on the road. After a few small parts in films he was given the...

Actor (1916) Joan the Woman (1926) Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1923) The Covered Wagon (1923) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1925) The Merry Widow (1928) The Trail of '98 (1930) Redemption (1930) The Big Trail (1932) Broken Lullaby (1932) Queen Kelly (1933) Scarface

91. Ramon Novarro

Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, ...

Actor (1916) Joan the Woman (1921) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1923) Scaramouche (1925) 1925 Studio Tour (1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1927) The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

92. Wallace Beery

Actor | Dinner at Eight

In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...

Actor (1917) Teddy at the Throttle (1919) The Unpardonable Sin (1921) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1922) Robin Hood (1923) Three Ages (1926) Old Ironsides (1930) The Big House (1931) The Champ (1933) The Bowery

93. Harry Lauder

Actor | Huntingtower

Harry Lauder was born on August 4, 1870 in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland as Henry Lauder. He was married to Annie Vallance. He died on February 26, 1950 in Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Actor (Director, Singer) (1917) Hearst-Pathé News, No. 51

94. Douglas MacLean

Actor | Seven Keys to Baldpate

Douglas MacLean was born on January 10, 1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Douglas MacLean. He was an actor and producer, known for Seven Keys to Baldpate (1925), Caught Plastered (1931) and Fuss and Feathers (1918). He was married to Florence Barton, Barbara Barondess, Lorraine ...

Actor (1917) Souls in Pawn (1921) Screen Snapshots, Series 2, No. 17-F

95. Ben F. Reynolds

Cinematographer | Vengeance

"'A' Western Filmmakers: A Biographical Dictionary" by Henryk Hoffmann has an entry on Ben F. Reynolds.

Cameraman (1917) Straight Shooting (1919) Blind Husbands (1922) Foolish Wives (1923) Merry-Go-Round (1924) Greed (1925) The Merry Widow (1928) The Wedding March (1932) Queen Kelly

96. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

Director (Actor) (1917) Coney Island (1920) One Week (1922) Cops (1923) Three Ages (1923) Our Hospitality (1924) The Navigator (1924) Sherlock Jr. (1925) Seven Chances (1926) The General (1928) Cameraman (1928) Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1950) Sunset Blvd. (1952) Limelight (1965) Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965) Film (1965) The Railrodder

97. Joseph M. Schenck

Sherlock Jr.

People liked Joseph M. Schenck. Anyone who knew both him and his brother Nicholas Schenck would comment on how different they were. He came to New York in 1893 and, with his younger brother, built a drugstore business. They risked some profits and made more money in amusement parks. Marcus Loew ...

Producer (1917) Coney Island (1920) One Week (1922) Cops (1923) Three Ages (1923) Our Hospitality (1924) The Navigator (1924) Sherlock Jr. (1925) The Eagle (1925) Seven Chances (1926) The General (1928) Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1933) The Bowery

98. Chester Conklin

Actor | Modern Times

Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never ...

Actor (1917) The Pullman Bride (1924) Greed (1925) The Phantom of the Opera (1936) Modern Times (1940) The Great Dictator (1941) Sullivan's Travels (1942) The Palm Beach Story (1943) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

99. John H. Collins

Director | Children of Eve

John H. Collins was born on December 31, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as John Hancock Collins. He was a director and writer, known for Children of Eve (1915), Riders of the Night (1918) and Opportunity (1918). He was married to Viola Dana. He died on October 23, 1918 in New York City.

Director (1917) Blue Jeans



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