Actors

Actors – Short Bios

  • Elsa Lanchester a Taste for the Odd

    Elsa Lanchester played the roles of Mary Shelley and The Monster’s Mate in Bride of Frankenstein. In the role of the bride, she had to wear her hair wired up and her eyes taped open. Lanchester was born in England. As a child, she studied at Isadora Duncan’s School in… Continue reading The post Elsa Lanchester a Taste for the Odd appeared first on . […]

  • Barbara Stanwyck – Enduring Legend

    Barbara Stanwyck is an enduring legend. Stanwyck has such an extensive and varied resume I’m sure I can’t do it just here. I will attempt just the highlights. Until I started my great film adventure I knew Stanwyck primarily as Victoria Barkley on “The Big Valley” (1965) TV show. However,… Continue reading The post Barbara Stanwyck – Enduring Legend appeared first on . […]

  • Lon Chaney Jr.: Wolf Man to Has Been

    Lon Chaney Jr.: Wolf Man to Has Been Lon Chaney Jr. played the role of Lawrence Talbot and the Wolf Man. I don’t know if Chaney Jr. was the greatest actor ever or that was real pain that he shows in every scene. Chaney was the son of legendary actor… Continue reading The post Lon Chaney Jr.: Wolf Man to Has Been appeared first on . […]

  • Cecil B. DeMille – From the Beginning

    Cecil B. DeMille Director Cecil B. Demille started at the beginning of the American film industry. His great directing and draconian style made a great impact on American film, Born: August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA Died: January 21, 1959 (age 77) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA   Director  1914 Brewster’s Millions  1914 Rose of the… Continue reading The post Cecil B. DeMille – From the Beginning appeared first on . […]

  • Vera Miles

    Vera Miles Vera Miles was born in Kansas in 1929. By 1948, she won the title of “Miss Kansas.” The beauty title led to roles in Hollywood and it was long before she was spotted by two of the greatest directors of all times. John Ford started casting her in… Continue reading The post Vera Miles appeared first on . […]

  • James Cagney – Tough Guy, Dancer

    The word great is thrown around a lot, but with this guy, it’s true. James Cagney was a real tough guy and a song and dance man as well. James Cagney, of course, was born in New York City in 1899. After high school, he attended Columbia University but left… Continue reading The post James Cagney – Tough Guy, Dancer appeared first on . […]

  • Lionel Atwill – Authority Figure to Accused Sex Fiend

    Lionel Atwill was born March 1, 1885, in Croydon, United Kingdom. He studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London, in 1904 and soon after made his screen debut. He performed stage work in Australia before arriving in the US. Atwill came to America in 1915 and… Continue reading The post Lionel Atwill – Authority Figure to Accused Sex Fiend appeared first on . […]

  • Director John Ford – Mean as they Come

    Director John Ford can be considered to be as mean as they come. Born: February 1, 1894 in Maine Died: August 31, 1973 in California Selected Biography 1917 A Marked Man 1917 Bucking Broadway 1917 Straight Shooting 1917 The Secret Man 1918 A Woman’s Fool 1918 Hell Bent 1918 The… Continue reading The post Director John Ford – Mean as they Come appeared first on . […]

  • John Carradine – Second Best Dracula

    John Carradine is a fantastic American actor that had 321 television and film credits. He was very tall and slim and had a wonderfully deep voice that made him ideal playing horror roles. John Carradine was born on February 5, 1906, in New York City. When Carradine was two years… Continue reading The post John Carradine – Second Best Dracula appeared first on . […]

  • Gary Cooper – The High Noon Man

    Gary Cooper was born in Montana in 1901. Both his parents were English immigrants. The family was well to do and owned a large ranch where Cooper spent a good portion of his youth. Cooper spent a couple of years going to school in England before returning to Montana. Cooper… Continue reading The post Gary Cooper – The High Noon Man appeared first on . […]

  • Henry Fonda – One-Take Fonda

      Henry Fonda was a soft-spoken man who was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1905. Following high school, he attended the University of Minnesota and studied journalism. At the age of 20, Fonda began acting at the Omaha Community Playhouse. After becoming a part of the Cape Cod University… Continue reading The post Henry Fonda – One-Take Fonda appeared first on . […]

  • Whit Bissell – This Guys is in Everything

    Whit Bissell was born in New York City in 1909. Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in over 300 movies and TV series. Sometimes it seems like he is in every movie. Just there moving steadily along and never… Continue reading The post Whit Bissell – This Guys is in Everything appeared first on . […]

  • Strother Martin – Character Actor with Profound Impact

    Strother Martin Short Biography Strother Martin while famous for that line and many others, he was a springboard champion, taught swimming in the Navy during WWII, and missed the 1948 Olympic team by one place. He moved to Hollywood and among other things, was a swimming instructor to Charles Chaplin’s… Continue reading The post Strother Martin – Character Actor with Profound Impact appeared first on . […]

  • Lionel Jeffries – Veteran Character Actor

    Lionel Jeffries was an English character actor. He was known for his bald head and bushy mustache. This allowed him to play much older roles. During his career Lionel Jeffries played a nice line of English eccentrics. Lionel Jeffries was born in London in 1926. During World War II he… Continue reading The post Lionel Jeffries – Veteran Character Actor appeared first on . […]

  • Patric Knowles – From Will Scarlet to the Wolf Man

    Patric Knowles had a successful acting career with 128 TV and movie credits. He stared in some of the biggest films of his time such at The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein… Continue reading The post Patric Knowles – From Will Scarlet to the Wolf Man appeared first on . […]

  • Alan Rickman: Master Villian/Actor

    I am very sad that we lost Alan Rickman in mid-January (2016). He was a great actor and one of the best bad-guys of all times. I wanted to jump out of line and do a small tribute to Alan Rickman. Rickman was born in London in 1946. He attended… Continue reading The post Alan Rickman: Master Villian/Actor appeared first on . […]

  • Michael Beck – The Warriors to Megaforce

    Michael Beck in Memphis in 1949. Beck went to Millsaps College in Mississippi on a football scholarship. He began acting in plays during his college years. Following college Beck was selected to attend the London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Beck was a very popular young actor with The… Continue reading The post Michael Beck – The Warriors to Megaforce appeared first on . […]

  • Lynne Thigpen – Amazing Voice, Amazing Actress

    Lynne Thigpen Lynne Thigpen was born in Illinois in 1948. Thigpen was active in theater through her college years. Following college she taught English but the stage bug got her and she headed to New York. In 1971 she was cast in the theater version of Godspell, a new age… Continue reading The post Lynne Thigpen – Amazing Voice, Amazing Actress appeared first on . […]

  • Edmond O’Brien – American Tough Guy

    Edmond O’Brien was born in the Bronx, New York in 1915. O’Brein stated that he learned magic tricks from his neighbor Harry Houdini. He was in the school theater and major in drama a Columbia University. He started on Broadway debut at 21. He was brought to Hollywood and he… Continue reading The post Edmond O’Brien – American Tough Guy appeared first on . […]

  • Boris Karloff – King of the Monsters

    I don’t think I will get much argument if I say that Boris Karloff was the greatest Frankenstein of them all. Although Peter Boyle was pretty good. Karloff was a British actor that began stage work in Canada and then made his way to Hollywood. He made some silent films… Continue reading The post Boris Karloff – King of the Monsters appeared first on . […]

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