The ABC's of Film Noir
The ABC's of Film Noir

Basil Rathbone – A Bad Guy You Love to Hate

Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone was born in South Africa, in 1892, but left as a forthcoming Boer War. In England Rathbone attended Repton School where he excelled at fencing, a skill that would serve him well later in the movies, and showed an interest in theater. After graduation, he worked for one…

Continue reading

Sidney Poitier – The Cool Cat from Cat Island

Sidney Poitier in The Long Ships (1964)

Sidney Poitier became a stage actor after moving from Cat Island in the Bahamas and serving time in the Army. By 1949 he was so respected that he was offered a role in No Way Out (1950) directed by Darryl F. Zanuck. In this film, Poitier is playing a black doctor…

Continue reading

Anthony Quinn – Mexican to Greek

Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1915. The family moved to Los Angeles where Quinn attended but eventually dropped out of high school. Quinn spent some time boxing and then studied architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright encouraged Quinn to try acting and by 1936 he was in…

Continue reading

Burt Lancaster Short Bio

Burt Lancaster as Moonlight Graham in Field of Dreams (1989)

Burt Lancaster was born in Manhattan. All four of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. Lancaster grew up on the streets and was a tuff character. He became interested in gymnastics and was a high school athlete. Following his mother’s death, he dropped out of college and later joined…

Continue reading

Lisa Montell Short Bio

Lisa Montell

Lisa Montell was described by IMDB.com as a “Smoulderingly beautiful and a fetching, exotic-eyed vision.” Yeah I’m okay with that description. She was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1933 but he family moved to 5th Avenue in New York prior to the Nazi invasion of Poland. Montell attending performing arts…

Continue reading

Hugh Marlowe Short Bio

Hugh Marlowe with Gregory Peck Twelve O'Clock High (1949) Military tribute fest

Hugh Marlowe was born in Pennsylvania in 1911. Marlowe had a radio, stage, and film career. I will confine myself to just the films at this point. Marlow began his stage career in the early 1930’s at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. His first appeared on the New York stage…

Continue reading

Richard Widmark Bio

Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark was born in Minnesota and always had an interest in movies. Like so many, he attends college to become a lawyer but he was derailed by the acting bug. By the late 30s, he was acting in New York. When World War II broke out he tried to…

Continue reading

Humphrey Bogart Short Bio

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart was born in New York City but not in Hell’s Kitchen or the rough parts like some of the actors we have already talked about. His parents were doing pretty well. Bogie was preparing for medical school at Yale when he was kicked out of Phillips Academy in…

Continue reading