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Composer | L.A. Confidential
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...
2. James Mason
Actor | Lolita
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of...
3. Annie Rosar
Actress | Die goldene Stadt
Annie Rosar was born on May 17, 1888 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress, known for The Golden City (1942), Kleine Melodie aus Wien (1948) and Invitation to the Dance (1941). She was married to Franz Rebiczek and Max Walser. She died on August 5, 1963 in Vienna, Austria.
Actor | Halloween II
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the ...
complications from heart valve replacement surgery
5. Irwin Allen
Producer | The Towering Inferno
A graduate of New York's Columbia School of Journalism, Irwin Allen was a magazine editor, the producer/director of a radio show and the owner of an advertising agency before entering film production in the 1950s. His documentary, The Sea Around Us (1953), won an Academy Award. A successful TV ...
Actress | Five Easy Pieces
Susan Anspach was born on November 23, 1942 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Susan Florence Anspach. She was an actress, known for Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972) and Blume in Love (1973). She was married to Sherwood Ball and Mark Goddard. She died on April 2, 2018 in ...
7. Jack Arnold
Director | The Incredible Shrinking Man
Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere.
8. Saul Bass
Director | Why Man Creates
Saul Bass was born in New York City in 1920 and is a widely acclaimed graphic designer with a career spanning over 40 years. Among his most famous works are the title sequences for such classic films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). Bass used his ...
9. 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 ...
kidney failure and respiratory complications from cancer
10. Brian Keith
Actor | The Parent Trap
Son of character actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and ...
11. Basil Rathbone
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, ...
12. Roy Scheider
Actor | Jaws
Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, ...
Actor | M*A*S*H
David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Margaret Elizabeth (Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. He moved with his family to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School in 1960. At the age of twenty, he was offered $200 to join the company of the Santa Clara ...
14. Danny Dayton
Actor | Guys and Dolls
Danny Dayton was born on November 20, 1923 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Guys and Dolls (1955), Ed Wood (1994) and Wonder Woman (1975). He was married to Arlene Allinson and Dagmar. He died on February 6, 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
15. Corey Allen
Actor | Rebel Without a Cause
Corey Allen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UCLA in Theatre in 1954. While there, he received the department's Best Actor award and starred in the UCLA film, "A Time Out of War", which won the Academy Award & Cannes & Venice Film Festival for Best Short Film. Upon graduation, he appeared in ...
complications of Parkinson's disease
16. Edgar Bergen
Actor | Fun & Fancy Free
Edgar Bergen was born on February 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Edgar John Berggren. He was an actor, known for Fun and Fancy Free (1947), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Letter of Introduction (1938). He was married to Frances Bergen. He died on September 30, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
17. Michael Curtiz
Director | Casablanca
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...
18. Gert Fröbe
Actor | Goldfinger
Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the ...
19. Moustapha Akkad
Producer | The Message
The creativity of Moustapha Akkad came in such movies as Lion of the Desert (1980) and The Message (1976), where he directed and showed some really creative amazing view on the history of Islam. As an Arabic Muslim it was really hard for him to make it in Hollywood but no one could deny his talent ...
injuries sustained in terrorist bombing following a severe heart attack
20. James Bernard
Writer | Seven Days to Noon
Bernard was born in India, the son of a British army officer, but was moved to England as a small child for his health. He was educated at Wellington College, where the future actor Christopher Lee was a classmate. Fortuitously, because Lee was to star in scores of horror films for Hammer Studios, ...
21. Jerome Bixby
Writer | The Man from Earth
Father of Emerson Bixby, Leonardo Brook Bixby and Russell Albert Ludwig Bixby.
22. Leon Fromkess
Producer | The Great Mike
Educated at Columbia University in New York, Leon Fromkess entered the film industry as a financial specialist for Columbia Pictures in 1929. He joined Monogram Pictures in 1938 as Treasurer, and several years later left Monogram to join PRC as vice president and general manager in charge of ...
23. Herbert Marshall
Actor | Trouble in Paradise
Herbert Marshall had trained to become a certified accountant, but his interest turned to the stage. He lost a leg while serving in World War I, he was rehabilitated with a wooden leg. This did not stop him from making good his decision to make the stage as his vocation. He used a very deliberate ...
24. Theo Lingen
Theo Lingen was born on June 10, 1903 in Hanover, Germany as Franz Theodor Schmitz. He was an actor and director, known for M (1931), Till Eulenspiegel: Wie Eulenspiegel sich einmal erbot, zu fliegen (1936) and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933). He was married to Marianne Zoff. He died on November...
25. Penny Marshall
Actress | Laverne & Shirley
Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...
complications from diabetes
26. Rutger Hauer
Actor | Blade Runner
Blond, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was the son of Teunke (Mellema) and ...
27. Lana Turner
Actress | Peyton Place
Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional ...
28. Kenny Davis
Actor | Gremlins
This long time veteran comedian, actor, musician, singer is a welcome addition to any staged event... (Concert, Corporate, Comedy Club or Golf Tournament Gala.) Kenny Davis began as a 60's guitar playing folk-singer and surfer, playing bars and clubs around San Diego, CA and on the So Cal beaches. ...
29. Jacques Tati
Writer | Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who ...
31. Don Cornelius
Soundtrack | Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Don Cornelius was born on September 27, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Donald Cortez Cornelius. He was a writer and producer, known for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), Soul Train (1971) and Jackie's Back! (1999). He was married to Viktoria Chapman and Delores Harrison. He died on February...
self-inflicted gunshot wound