The Best Actresses and Actors - Born in the 1920s

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 3 months ago | updated - 8 hours ago | Public

The current year of the competition: 1949 - Film No. 40 Here is the link to the current year: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls027098760/

Points from my "The Best Films Ever Made"-Lists: Vol. 1 = 100%, Vol. 2 = 50%, Vol. 3 = 33%, Vol. 4 = 25%, Vol. 5 = 20 %, Vol. 6 = 17%

1. Bonita Granville

Actress | Now, Voyager

Daughter of Bernard Granville, Bonita Granville was born into an acting family. It's not surprising that she herself became a child actor, first on the stage and, at the age of 9, debuting in movies in Westward Passage (1932). She was regularly cast as a naughty little girl, as in These Three (1936)...

2580 points

2. Lauren Bacall

Actress | To Have and Have Not

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She was the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a ...

2186 points

3. Virginia Mayo

Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives

Virginia Clara Jones was born on November 30, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a newspaper reporter and his wife. The family had a rich heritage in the St. Louis area: her great-great-great-grandfather served in the American Revolution and later founded the city of East Saint Louis, ...

1782 points

4. Gene Tierney

Actress | Laura

With prominent cheekbones and the most appealing overbite of her day, her striking good looks helped propel her to stardom. Her best known role is the enigmatic murder victim in Laura (1944). She was also Oscar-nominated for Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Her acting performances were few in the 1950s ...

1740 points

5. Dickie Moore

Actor | Oliver Twist

Dickie Moore made his acting and screen debut at the age of 18 months in the 1927 John Barrymore film The Beloved Rogue (1927) as a baby, and by the time he had turned 10 he was a popular child star and had appeared in 52 films. He continued as a child star for many more years, and became the ...

1719 points

6. Doris Dowling

Actress | The Lost Weekend

After some Broadway musical stage work as a chorine, Detroit-born actress Doris Dowling followed her older sister Constance Dowling (who died relatively young in 1969) to Hollywood and made about an equal representation. Doris started off auspiciously with the role of the barfly and drinking ...

1660 points

7. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Angela Brigid Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her ...

1609 points

8. Ella Raines

Actress | Phantom Lady

Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by ...

1594 points

9. Anne Baxter

Actress | All About Eve

Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was ...

1579 points

10. Roddy McDowall

Actor | Fright Night

Roddy McDowall was born in Herne Hill, London, England, to Winifriede Lucinda (Corcoran), an Irish-born aspiring actress, and Thomas Andrew McDowall, a merchant seaman. Roddy was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), ...

1560 points

11. Judy Garland

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...

1397 points

12. Ann Miller

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Ann Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier on April 12, 1923 in Chireno, Texas. She lived there until she was nine, when her mother left her philandering father and moved with Ann to Los Angeles, California. Even at that young age, she had to support her mother, who was hearing-impaired and ...

1363 points

13. Michèle Morgan

Actress | La symphonie pastorale

A classic beauty, blonde French actress Michèle Morgan has been one of her country's most popular leading ladies for over five decades. Born in 1920, she studied acting under René Simon and began her career at 15 working as a film extra to pay for drama classes. The young actress soon caught the ...

1362 points

14. Helen Walker

Actress | Call Northside 777

Helen Walker was a beautiful and bright actress whose career never reached its full potential, in spite of her evident talent. She was a successful actress on Broadway, and in 1942 her performance in the play "Jason" was so impressive that she was signed up to act in films. She immediately earned ...

1349 points

15. Veronica Lake

Actress | Sullivan's Travels

Veronica Lake was born as Constance Frances Marie Ockleman on November 14, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Constance Charlotta (Trimble) and Harry Eugene Ockelman, who worked for an oil company as a ship employee. Her father was of half German and half Irish descent, and her ...

1275 points

16. Donna Reed

Actress | It's a Wonderful Life

Donna Reed was born in the midwestern town of Denison, Iowa, on January 27, 1921, as Donna Belle Mullenger. A small town - a population of less than 3,000 people - Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young ...

1218 points

17. Maria Michi

Actress | Ultimo tango a Parigi

First a typist at a law firm, young Maria Michi then became an usherette at Teatro Quattro Fontane in Rome. She was in the right place to become an actress, for was soon noticed and given small parts in the company of Sergio Stofano and Diana Torreri during the 1942-1943 season. Her first major ...

1202 points

18. Madeleine Lebeau

Actress | Casablanca

Madeleine Lebeau was born on June 10, 1923 in Antony, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Marie Madeleine Berthe Lebeau. She was an actress, known for Casablanca (1942), (1963) and Gentleman Jim (1942). She was married to Tullio Pinelli and Marcel Dalio. She died on May 1, 2016 in ...

1188 points

19. Rhonda Fleming

Actress | Out of the Past

A native-born Californian, Rhonda Fleming attended Beverly Hills public and private schools. Her father was Harold Cheverton Louis (1896-1951). Her mother, Effie Olivia Graham (1891-1985), was a famous model and actress in New York. She has a son (Kent Lane), two granddaughters (Kimberly and Kelly)...

1182 points

20. Jackie Moran

Actor | Gone with the Wind

One of the lesser remembered but quite active child actors during the 30s and 40s was Jackie Moran. Born in 1923, he was a tyke model placed into films as a teen, often cast as a feisty street orphan. David O. Selznick took an interest in the gangly, fair-haired lad and cast him as Huckleberry Finn...

1173 points

21. Maureen O'Hara

Actress | The Quiet Man

In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made...

1158 points

22. Virginia Weidler

Actress | The Philadelphia Story

Delightful child/juvenile actress Virginia Weidler (her friends called her "Ginny") had that knowing gleam in her eye that usually spelled trouble in one form or another for anyone at arm's reach. She was born in Eagle Rock, California in 1926, one of the six children of former Wagnerian opera ...

1096 points

23. Ann Gillis

Actress | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Ann Gillis was born Alma Mabel Conner on February 12, 1927, in Little Rock, Arkansas. At age seven, she appeared in her first film, Men in White (1934), as an extra. During the next two years, she had uncredited appearances in six more films until she received her first major role in King of Hockey...

1093 points

24. Scotty Beckett

Actor | A Date with Judy

Scotty Beckett was one of the cutest, most successful child actors of the 1930s and 1940s. His descent into a life of alcoholism, drugs, and crime remains one of the most tragic of Hollywood stories.

Born Scott Hastings Beckett on October 4, 1929, in Oakland, California, he and his family moved to ...

1087 points

25. Deborah Kerr

Actress | The King and I

Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory ...

1081 points

26. Gloria Grahame

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...

1072 points

27. Cathy O'Donnell

Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives

Born and raised in Alabama as Ann Steely, O'Donnell attended high school and college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, then worked as a stenographer to finance a trip to Hollywood, where she was spotted by a talent scout, leading to her being signed to a contract by producer Samuel Goldwyn.

Samuel Goldwyn...

1066 points

28. Mickey Rooney

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. ...

1059 points

29. Dolores Moran

Actress | To Have and Have Not

Better known for her scandalous private life than for her mild film input, the story goes that blonde, extremely well-endowed Dolores Moran was checked out at an annual Sacramento Elks Lodge picnic in 1941 by a Warner Brothers talent scout in the early 40s and a starlet was born.

Born in Stockton, ...

1056 points

30. Peggy Knudsen

Actress | The Big Sleep

A knockout curvaceous screen siren with a smart, confident air, Peggy Knudsen had the blonde pulchritude and the presence to make it in Hollywood. Somehow, stardom eluded her. The daughter of a Duluth fire chief, she had studied violin as a child and later showed some promise acting in school plays...

1056 points

31. Ann Blyth

Actress | Mildred Pierce

The dark, petulant beauty of this petite American film and musical star worked to her advantage, especially in her early dramatic career. Ann Marie Blyth was born of Irish stock to Harry and Nan Blyth on August 16, 1928, in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her parents split while she was young and she, her ...

1051 points

32. William Conrad

Actor | Cannon

William Conrad became a television star relatively late in his career. In fact, the former Army Air Corps World War II fighter pilot began his screen career playing heavies. He was Max, one of The Killers (1946) hired to finish off Burt Lancaster in his dingy lodgings. He was the corrupt state ...

1041 points

33. Charles Smith

Actor | Henry and Dizzy

Charles Smith was born on September 13, 1920 in Flint, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Henry and Dizzy (1942), Henry Aldrich, Editor (1942) and Henry Aldrich Swings It (1943). He died on December 26, 1988 in Burbank, California, USA.

1018 points

34. Lizabeth Scott

Actress | Too Late for Tears

Lizabeth Scott was born Emma Matzo on September 29, 1922 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the oldest of six children of Mary (Pennock) and John Matzo, who were Slovak immigrants. Scott attended Marywood Seminary and the Alvienne School of the Theatre in New York City, where she adopted the stage name of ...

1001 points

35. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

966 points

36. Martha O'Driscoll

Actress | Blonde Alibi

Another gorgeous "B" movie blonde who came and went uneventfully in the 1940s, the beautiful Tulsa-born Martha O'Driscoll started off modeling as a child. Her parents were nonprofessionals. Trained in singing and dancing, Martha was discovered by choreographer Hermes Pan in a local theater ...

964 points

37. Inge Landgut

Actress | M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

Inge Landgut was born on November 23, 1922 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for M (1931), Emil und die Detektive (1931) and Hilfe, ich bin unsichtbar (1951). She was married to Werner Oelschlaeger. She died on May 29, 1986 in West Berlin, West Germany.

961 points

38. Masao Hayama

Actor | Hitori musuko

Masao Hayama was born on August 1, 1925 in Yokohama, Japan. He is an actor, known for The Only Son (1936), There Was a Father (1942) and Gonin no kyodai (1939).

950 points

39. Linda Darnell

Actress | No Way Out

Linda Darnell, one of five children of a postal clerk, grew up fast. At 11, she was modeling clothes, giving her age as 16. At 13, she was appearing on the stage with little theater groups. Her mother encouraged her to audition when Hollywood talent scouts came to Dallas. She went to California and...

948 points

40. Bobby Jordan

Actor | That Gang of Mine

Bobby was raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. By the time he was four and a half, he could act, tap dance and play the Saxophone. He made his stage debut in 1930 and film debut at Warner Bros./Vitaphone in 1931. He also reportedly had a bit part in the 1934 Eddie Cantor film, "Kid Millions". He then ...

944 points

41. Jack Watling

Actor | A Night to Remember

Jack Watling was born on January 13, 1923 in Chingford, Essex, England as Jack Stanley Watling. He was an actor, known for A Night to Remember (1958), The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Pathfinders (1972). He was married to Patricia Hicks. He died on May 22, 2001 in Chelmsford, Essex.

920 points

42. Peter Lawford

Actor | The Longest Day

Born in London, England and son of a British World War I hero, Lawford had spent most of his childhood in Paris, France and began his acting career at a very young age. His parents were not married when their son was born. As a result of the scandal, The Lawfords fled to America.

As a young child, ...

913 points

43. Lana Turner

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

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 ...

910 points

44. David Holt

Soundtrack | L.A. Confidential

Actor, songwriter ("What Every Girl Should Know"), author and publisher, David Holt was educated at Long's Professional School and the Westlake College of Music in Hollywood. He was a child actor on the stage and in early films, and composed special material. Later he became the general manager and...

898 points

45. Marilyn Knowlden

Actress | Show Boat

In 1931, a one-day effort by Marilyn Knowlden's attorney father led to an interview, a next-day screen test and a large part for four-year-old Marilyn in one of the early "talkies", Women Love Once (1931). A ten-year movie career followed, where she played the daughter of such stars as Claudette ...

875 points

46. Alida Valli

Actress | The Third Man

Enigmatic, dark-haired foreign import Alida Valli was dubbed "The Next Garbo" but didn't live up to postwar expectations despite her cool, patrician beauty, remote allure and significant talent. Born in Pola, Italy (now Croatia), on May 3, 1921, the daughter of a Tridentine journalist and professor...

870 points

47. Shirley Mills

Actress | Child Bride

Shirley Olivia Mills was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1926 and moved to southern California while still a child.

She became the star of an independent movie which achieved great fame titled Child Bride (1938)when she was 12 years old which she describes in detail on her "official" website on a ...

857 points

48. María Casares

Actress | Les enfants du paradis

María Casares was born on November 21, 1922 in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain as María Victoria Casares Pérez. She was an actress, known for Children of Paradise (1945), La Chartreuse de Parme (1948) and Orpheus (1950). She was married to André Schlesser. She died on November 22, 1996 in La Vergne, ...

854 points

49. Robert Dhéry

Actor | La belle Américaine

Robert Dhéry was born on April 27, 1921 in La Plaine Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France as Robert Fouilley. He was an actor and writer, known for The American Beauty (1961), La patronne (1950) and Les aventures des Pieds-Nickelés (1948). He was married to Colette Brosset. He died on ...

854 points

50. Sonny Bupp

Actor | Citizen Kane

Moyer Bupp was born in New York City, New York. Al Jolson was the hottest item on stage and Moyer's father nicknamed him "Sonny" after one of Jolson's songs. It was the height of the Great Depression and on the chance of a better job Sonny's parents loaded the children (all five of them) into the ...

853 points

51. Marcia Mae Jones

Actress | The Little Princess

Marcia Mae Jones was born on August 1, 1924, to an acting family. Her mother, Freda Jones, was an actress, and all three of her siblings - Margaret Jones, Macon Jones, and Marvin Jones - were child actors. But Marcia Mae had the most successful career, and she was the only one of her siblings to ...

845 points

52. Billy Halop

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

Billy Halop's show business career started on radio in the 1920s and carried over to stage work on Broadway. There, in 1937, he and other teenage cast members of the stage hit "Dead End" were brought to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn for the film version of the play, which was a tremendous hit. Halop ...

838 points

53. Montgomery Clift

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta (1920-2014) and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg; 1888-1988) and William Brooks Clift (1886-...

836 points

54. Joan Leslie

Actress | Yankee Doodle Dandy

She was born of Irish ancestry as Joan Agnes Theresa Brodel, the daughter of an accountant and a pianist. She was educated at Catholic schools in Toronto, Montreal and Detroit. There were three sisters, her older siblings being Mary and Betty. Together, they made up a successful vaudeville act, the...

833 points

55. Hildegard Knef

Actress | Jeder stirbt für sich allein

Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was born on December 28, 1925 in Ulm, Germany. In 1940, she began studying acting. Even before the fall of the Third Reich, she appeared in several films, but most of them were only released after the war. To avoid being raped by Soviet soldiers, she dressed like a ...

832 points

56. Robert Winkler

Actor | Sullivan's Travels

Born in Chicago on February 12, 1927, Robert "Bobby" Winckler (often credited as "Winkler"), was one of the most prolific child actors of the 1930s and 1940s. Charles Chaplin's wife, Mildred Harris, got Robert into show business with a letter of introduction to producer Hal Roach. Between the ages ...

829 points

57. Todd Karns

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Son of character actor Roscoe Karns. They appeared together for 5 years in the live televisionshow 'Rocky King, Detective'. The last 30 years Todd Karns had his own theatre near Guadalajara, Mexico.

821 points

58. Virginia Patton

Actress | It's a Wonderful Life

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Virginia Patton was raised in Portland, Oregon, where she graduated from Jefferson High School in 1942. Her high school goal was to "make it in Hollywood". She relocated to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California, where she starred in a play written ...

821 points

59. Joy Page

Actress | Casablanca

Actress Joy Page (nee Joy C. Paige) received her exotic good looks from her father, actor Don Alvarado (real name Jose Paige), who played dashing Latin-lover types in silent films. Her mother was actress Ann Boyar (1908 - 1990). Following her parents' divorce, Joy's mother married Warner Bros. ...

818 points

60. Keene Curtis

Actor | Sliver

Keene Curtis was born on February 15, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Keene Holbrook Curtis. He was an actor, known for Sliver (1993), Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He died on October 13, 2002 in Bountiful, Utah.

816 points

61. Peggy Webber

Actress | Macbeth

The daughter of a wildcat oil driller, Peggy Webber commenced her career at age two and a half, performing during intermissions in silent movie theaters. She started working in radio at age 11; by 18, she was writing, producing and directing early television shows; at 21, she won the award that was...

816 points

62. Setsuko Hara

Actress | Banshun

Setsuko Hara became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in ...

812 points

63. Jan Sterling

Actress | Ace in the Hole

One of Hollywood's more talented and watchable stars on screen was sullen, strikingly stick-thin 50s actress Jan Sterling who didn't quite reach the top echelon of stardom but certainly ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy pout and flashy style in soaps, film noir and saucy comedy.

...

809 points

64. Vittorio Gassman

Actor | Sleepers

Vittorio Gassman studied theatre in his youth and was quite a good basketball player. He debuted on stage in 1943 and soon felt home in all classical theatre works. Since 1946 he also worked at the movies and his first big role there was the criminal in Bitter Rice (1949). This fixed him to his ...

808 points

65. Douglas Scott

Actor | Wuthering Heights

Douglas Scott was born on May 31, 1925 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He was an actor, known for Wuthering Heights (1939), Lloyds of London (1936) and Mickey's Touchdown (1933). He died on June 23, 1988 in Concord, California, USA.

804 points

66. Margaret Leighton

Actress | The Go-Between

British theatre actress Margaret Leighton made her classical stage debut at age 16. The daughter of a businessman, she joined the Old Vic Company under the direction of Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson and in the late 40s and 50s earned kudos for her theatrical endeavors on both the London and...

803 points

67. Martha Vickers

Actress | The Big Sleep

Lovely, auburn-haired Martha Vickers (nee Martha MacVicar) was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 28, 1925, the daughter of James S. and Frances MacVicar. After attending schools in various states - Florida, Texas and California - she and her family settled on the West Coast. A raving beauty, she ...

802 points

68. Dorothy Malone

Actress | Written on the Wind

The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American film-going audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite ...

802 points

69. Yvonne De Carlo

Actress | The Ten Commandments

Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of ...

800 points

70. Carmencita Johnson

Actress | These Three

When just a few month old, Carmencita Johnson started appearing in the "Our Gang" shorts. As a child she appeared in some of the better known silent features such as The Way of All Flesh (1927), The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), and The Wind (1928). She worked in many films in the 30's, and in ...

796 points

71. Gene Reynolds

Producer | Lou Grant

Gene Reynolds was born on April 4, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal. He is a producer and director, known for Lou Grant (1977), M*A*S*H (1972) and Room 222 (1969). He has been married to Ann Sweeny since 1979. They have one child. He was previously married to Bonnie Jones.

793 points

72. Martin Spellman

Actor | Beau Geste

Martin Spellman was born in 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. His family moved to California and at the age of 9 he first entered the MGM Studios as a newsboy. He became such a familiar figure at the Studios that for Christmas 1937, they decided to give him a very special Christmas present. He was invited ...

790 points

73. Mona Freeman

Actress | Dear Ruth

A professional model while still in high school, Mona Freeman was signed to a movie contract by Howard Hughes, who then proceeded to sell her contract to Paramount. Starting out in typical juvenile parts, she developed into a very competent actress. As she worked her way out of the teenage ingénue ...

787 points

74. Jean Simmons

Actress | Spartacus

Demure British beauty Jean Simmons was born January 31, 1929 in Crouch End, London. As a 14-year-old dance student, she was plucked from her school to play Margaret Lockwood's precocious sister in Give Us the Moon (1944), and she went on to make a name for herself in such major British productions ...

776 points

75. Jimmy Butler

Actor | Battle of Greed

Jimmy Butler was born on February 20, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Battle of Greed (1937), Tough As They Come (1942) and No Greater Glory (1934). He died on February 18, 1945 in France.

768 points

76. Coleen Gray

Actress | The Killing

Coleen Gray was born in Staplehurst, Nebraska, in 1922. After graduating from high school she studied dramatics at Hamline University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then decided to see America and traveled to California, stopping off at La Jolla where she worked as a waitress. ...

694 points

77. Dickie Jones

Soundtrack | Avengers: Age of Ultron

American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and in television. The son of a Texas newspaper editor. Jones was a accomplished horseman from infancy. At the age of four he was billed as the World's Youngest Trick Rider and Roper. At the age of ...

693 points

78. Douglas Croft

Actor | Batman

Who was the first "Robin, the Boy Wonder"? No, not Burt Ward, but this popular, curly-haired child actor of the 1940s. In addition to being in the first "Batman" film, he appeared in many other major films, mostly at Warner Brothers. In almost all of these films, he played the hero as a boy, "...

678 points

79. Lynn Baggett

Actress | The Time of Their Lives

Tall, regal, sultry-eyed, flame-haired (later blonde) Lynn Baggett is better remembered for her turbulent, unhappy private life than for her "B" level acting roles. Born Ruth Baggett in Wichita Falls, Texas, on May 10, 1923, her father, David L., was in the oil business and her mother, the former ...

656 points

80. Huntz Hall

Actor | Lucky Losers

The 14th of 16 children born to an air conditioning repairman, Henry Richard Hall (he got the name "Huntz" from a brother who said his large nose made him look German) was anything but the tough street kid he played in the East Side Kids/Bowery Boys films. He made his stage debut at the age of 1 in...

653 points

81. Bernard Punsly

Actor | Hell's Kitchen

Bernard Punsly auditioned for the 1935 play "Dead End" on a lark - he had absolutely no show-business experience whatsoever, had never studied acting and had no desire to be an actor. He said that show business seemed like it might be fun, so he figured he'd give it a shot. To his surprise he was ...

653 points

82. Vanessa Brown

Actress | The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The attractive daughter of Austrian-Jewish émigrés who fled their homeland to Paris in 1937 before coming to America, "B" actress Vanessa Brown grew up exceptionally fluent in German, French, Italian and English. She auditioned for Lillian Hellman at age 13 sporting a perfect Teutonic accent and ...

652 points

83. Farley Granger

Actor | Strangers on a Train

Farley Earle Granger was born in 1925 in San Jose, California, to Eva (Hopkins) and Farley Earle Granger, who owned an automobile dealership. Right out of high school, he was brought to the attention of movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, who cast him in a small role in The North Star (1943). He followed...

644 points

84. Joan Chandler

Actress | Rope

Brunette, delicately featured leading lady who briefly made an impact through memorable back-to-back appearances in the films Humoresque (1946) and Rope (1948). Joan grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, where her family had a car dealership. Her mother was a musician. Joan studied dancing at the ...

643 points

85. Kathleen Byron

Actress | Saving Private Ryan

Kathleen Byron trained for the stage at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, beginning her work in the movies soon after she finished her training. Her early work with Michael Powell made her name in the UK. She went to Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s but found it difficult to break into the US ...

632 points

86. June Lockhart

Actress | She-Wolf of London

Born in New York City on June 25, 1925, the daughter of actors Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart, June Lockhart made her professional debut at age eight in a Metropolitan Opera production of "Peter Ibbetson", playing Mimsey in the dream sequence. In the mid-1930s, the Lockharts relocated to ...

623 points

87. Frankie Thomas

Actor | Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

This one-time wiry, curly-haired juvenile actor of 30s Depression era films grabbed major focus toward the end of his acting career as 50s space hero Tom Corbett on the smaller screen, then moved away from the limelight finally seeing his future in the cards.

He was born Frank M. Thomas, Jr. on ...

586 points

88. Richard Long

Actor | The Stranger

Entering films straight out of high school, Richard Long's good looks served him well and got him a contract at Universal Pictures. Making his debut as Claudette Colbert's son in Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Long played juvenile leads in many Universal productions (he was one of the sons in the "Ma ...

580 points

89. Diana Lynn

Actress | The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

She was a child prodigy and pianist at age 10; her first movie role was as one of the children in They Shall Have Music (1939), in which you see her playing the piano. She made another film, The Hard-Boiled Canary (1941), under the name Dolly (a short version of her real name, Dolores). She signed ...

580 points

90. Janet Leigh

Actress | Psycho

Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and...

578 points

91. Chieko Nakakita

Actress | Inazuma

A character actress who never quite got her due, despite roles in numerous high-profile movies from the 1940s onward. Although a vigorous participant in Toho's labor disputes of that early period, like so many others she never really left, in part because she had married studio producer Tomoyuki ...

574 points

92. Michel Auclair

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

Michel Auclair was born on September 14, 1922 in Koblenz, Germany as Vladimir Vujovic Caspar. He was an actor, known for The Day of the Jackal (1973), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Funny Face (1957). He was married to Frédérique Homo. He died on January 7, 1988 in Saint-Paul-en-Forêt, Var, France.

541 points

93. 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 ...

540 points

94. Kathryn Adams

Actress | Blonde for a Day

Kathryn Adams was born on July 15, 1920 in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA as Kathryn Elizabeth Hohn. She was an actress, known for Blonde for a Day (1946), 5th Ave Girl (1939) and Saboteur (1942). She was married to Fred Doty and Hugh Beaumont. She died on October 14, 2016 in Mankato, Minnesota.

536 points

95. William Murphy

Soundtrack | Disconnect

William Murphy was born on January 9, 1921 in Sacramento, California, USA as William Joseph Murphy. He was an actor, known for Disconnect (2012), It Happens Every Spring (1949) and A Foreign Affair (1948). He died on November 6, 1989 in Sacramento.

536 points

96. Mickey Rentschler

Actor | His Private Secretary

Mickey Rentschler was born on October 6, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Milton Rentschler. He was an actor, known for His Private Secretary (1933), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) and Branded a Coward (1935). He died on June 27, 1969 in Long Beach, California, USA.

517 points

97. Ludmilla Tchérina

Actress | Clara de Montargis

Ludmilla Tcherina, a grande dame of the international dance world, was born October 10, 1924, into Russian aristocracy as the daughter of Prince Avenir Tchemerzine (he was a general) and Stephane Finette, a Frenchwoman. She began dancing at the age of three, and by the time she was seven she was ...

515 points

98. Shirley Temple

Actress | Captain January

Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in ...

514 points

99. Freddie Bartholomew

Actor | Captains Courageous

One of the most popular child actors in film history, Child superstar Freddie Bartholomew was born Frederick Cecil Bartholomew in Harlesden, London, the son of Lilian May (Clarke) and Cecil Llewellyn Bartholomew. From age three, he grew up in the town of Warminster under the care of his father's ...

513 points

100. William Phipps

Actor | The War of the Worlds

In the early days of 1950s science-fiction, one of the first people to become identified with the genre was actor William Phipps. Aside from furnishing the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's cartoon classic Cinderella (1950), Phipps also hid his boyish face beneath a beard as the star of Arch ...

506 points



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