Some of biggest actors, directors, screenwriters, and others were born 100 years ago. They range from the first Blake Carrington, “The Love Goddess,” Ed Norton, a member of the Rat Pack, a pioneering film director, one of Disney’s first stars, and the last surviving star of the silent era.
JOHN FORSYTHE (JANUARY 29)
A stage, film, and television actor whose career spanned six decades and is best known as Blake Carrington and the voice of “Charlie.”
Birth Name: John or Jacob (sources differ) Lincoln Freund
Died: April 1, 2010 (age 92)
Notable Works: Destination Tokyo (1943); The Trouble with Harry (1955); The Ambassador’s Daughter (1956); Bachelor Father (1957-1962); In Cold Blood (1967); Topaz (1969); Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981); …And Justice for All (1979); Dynasty (1981-89); Charlie’s Angels (2000)
JOEY BISHOP (FEBRUARY 3)
An entertainer who was the last living member of the “Rat Pack.”
Birth Name: Joseph Abraham Gottlieb
Died: October 17, 2007 (age 89)
Notable Works: The Naked and the Dead (1958); Ocean’s 11 (1960); The Joey Bishop Show (1961-65); The Delta Force (1986)
IDA LUPINO (FEBRUARY 4)
An actress turned pioneering film director who was the first woman to direct a film-noir.
Died: August 3, 1995 (age 77)
Notable Works: Peter Ibbetson (1935); The Light That Failed (1939); They Drive By Night (1940); High Sierra (1941); The Hard Way (1943); Outrage (1950-director); On Dangerous Ground (1952); The Bigamist (1953-also as director); The Big Knife (1955)
PATTY ANDREWS (FEBRUARY 16)
The youngest member of a trio of sisters who sang during the swing and boogie-woogie era.
Died: January 13, 2013 (age 94)
Notable Works: Buck Privates (1941); Hold That Ghost (1942); Follow the Boys (1944); Make Mine Music (1946); Road to Rio (1947)
FAY MCKENZIE (FEBRUARY 19)
Leading lady of five films starring cowboy-singer Gene Autry. Will celebrate centennial on February 19.
Birth Name: Eunice Fay McKenzie
JAMES EDWARDS (MARCH 6)
African-American actor who played a variety of soldiers.
Died: January 4, 1970 (age 51)
Notable Works: The Set-Up (1949); Home of the Brave (1949); Bright Victory (1951); The Member of the Wedding (1952); The Joe Louis Story (1953); The Phenix City Story (1955); The Manchurian Candidate (1962); Patton (1970)
MARGUERITE CHAPMAN (MARCH 6)
Actress who starred with Fred McMurray and Natalie Wood in the 1940s.
Died: August 31, 1999 (age 81)
Notable Works: A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941); Spy Smasher (1942 serial); Pardon My Past (1945); The Green Promise (1947)
JOHN MCCALLUM (MARCH 14)
Australian actor who had great success in British cinema and later became a television producer.
Died: February 3, 2010 (age 91)
Notable Works: The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947); The Root of All Evil (1947); It Always Rains on Sunday (1947); Miranda (1948); The Magic Box (1951); Trent’s Last Case (1952)
PEARL BAILEY (MARCH 29)
A singer and actress who won a Tony award in 1968.
Died: August 17, 1990 (age 72)
Notable Works: Carmen Jones (1954); That Old Feeling (1956); St. Louis Blues (1958); Porgy and Bess (1959); The Landlord (1970)
MARY ANDERSON (APRIL 3)
Actress who was one of the last surviving credited cast members in “Gone With the Wind.”
Died: April 6, 2014 (age 96)
Notable Works: Gone with the Wind (1939); All This, and Heaven Too (1940); The Song of Bernadette (1943); Lifeboat (1944); Wilson (1944); To Each His Own (1946)
WILLIAM EYTHE (APRIL 7)
Actor who was promoted to leading man because of being unable to serve during WWII.
Died: January 26, 1957 (age 39)
Notable Works: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943); The Song of Bernadette (1943); Wilson (1944); Wing and a Prayer (1945); A Royal Scandal (1945); The House on 92nd Street (1945)
MARY HEALY (APRIL 14)
Entertainer who often worked with her husband, Peter Lind Hayes.
Died: February 3, 2015 (age 96)
Notable Works: Star Dust (1940); He Married His Wife (1940); The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
WILLIAM HOLDEN (APRIL 17)
Oscar-winning actor who was one of the biggest box-office draws through the 1950s to 1970s.
Birth Name: William Beedle, Jr.
Died: November 12, 1981 (age 63)
Notable Works: Golden Boy (1939); Our Town (1940); I Wanted Wings (1941); Dear Ruth (1947); Sunset Boulevard (1950); Born Yesterday (1950); Stalag 17 (1953-Oscar winner for Best Actor); Sabrina (1954); Picnic (1955); The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957); The Wild Bunch (1969); The Towering Inferno (1974); Network (1976)
ANNE SHIRLEY (APRIL 17)
Former child actress who graduated to adult roles and retired from films at age 26.
Birth Name: Dawn Paris
Died: July 4, 1993 (age 75)
Notable Works: Anne of Green Gables (1934-under name of Dawn O’Day; took name of character after this); Stella Dallas (1937-nominated for Best Supporting Actress); Vigil in the Night (1940); The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941); Murder, My Sweet (1944)
JUNE DUPREZ (MAY 14)
English film actress who had a brief career in Hollywood.
Died: October 30, 1984 (age 66)
Notable Works: The Four Feathers (1939); The Thief of Baghdad (1940); None but the Lonely Heart (1944); And Then There Were None (1945)
JOSEPH WISEMAN (MAY 15)
Canadian film actor who is best known for playing the first Bond villian.
Died: October 19, 2009 (age 91)
Notable Works: Detective Story (1951); Viva Zapata! (1952); Dr. No (1962)
A.C. LYLES (MAY 17)
Producer who spent entire career working at Paramount Pictures.
Birth Name: Andrew Craddock Lyles, Jr.
Died: September 27, 2013 (age 95)
JOHN DALL (MAY 26)
Actor who worked with Bette Davis and Alfred Hitchcock, and starred in iconic film noir.
Birth Name: John Dall Thompson
Died: January 15, 1971 (age 50 or 52-may have been born in 1920)
Notable Works: The Corn is Green (1945-Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor); Rope (1948); Another Part in the Forest (1948); Gun Crazy (1950); Spartacus (1960)
ROBERT PRESTON (JUNE 8)
Actor who originated the role of Harold Hill in The Music Man.
Birth Name: Robert Preston Meservey
Died: March 21, 1987 (age 68)
Notable Works: Union Pacific (1939); Beau Geste (1939); This Gun for Hire (1942); Wake Island (1942); The Music Man (1962); How the West was Won (1963); Victor/Victoria (1982-Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor)
JANE BRYAN (JUNE 11)
American actress who retired from films in 1940.
Birth Name: Jane O’Brien
Died: April 8, 2009 (age 90)
Notable Works: Marked Woman (1937); Kid Galahad (1937); Brother Rat (1938); The Old Maid (1939); We Are Not Alone (1939); Invisible Stripes (1939)
BEN JOHNSON (JUNE 13)
Stuntman and rodeo cowboy who transitioned into an actor of Westerns,
Died: April 8, 1996 (age 77)
Notable Works: The Outlaw (1943); Fort Apache (1948-Henry Fonda’s stunt double); Mighty Joe Young (1949); Wagon Master (1950); Shane (1953); Major Dundee (1965); The Last Picture Show (1971-Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor)
CRAIG STEVENS (JULY 8)
Film actor who successfully transitioned to television.
Birth Name: Gail Shikles, Jr.
Died: May 10, 2000 (age 81)
Notable Works: Dive Bomber (1941); Since You Went Away (1944); Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950); Peter Gunn (1958-1961)
INGMAR BERGMAN (JULY 14)
Swedish filmmaker who became one of the greatest directors of all-time.
Birth Name: Ernst Ingmar Bergman
Died: July 30, 2007 (age 89)
Notable Works: Summer with Monika (1953); The Seventh Seal (1957); Wild Strawberries (1957); The Virgin Spring (1960); Persona (1966); Autumn Sonata (1978); Fanny and Alexander (1982)
ARTHUR LAURENTS (JULY 14)
Oscar-nominated and Tony-winning screenwriter and playwright.
Birth Name: Arthur Levine
Died: May 5, 2011 (age 93)
Notable Works: Rope (1948); Anastasia (1956); The Way We Were (1973); The Turning Point (1977-Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay)
MARJORIE LORD (JULY 26)
Television and film actress who became Danny Thomas’s second wife on his television show.
Birth Name: Marjorie Wollenberg
Died: November 25, 2015 (age 97)
Notable Works: The Danny Thomas Show (1957-1964)
TOM DRAKE (AUGUST 5)
Actor best known for a Judy Garland classic.
Birth Name: Alfred Sinclair Alderdice
Died: August 11, 1982 (age 64)
Notable Works: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
ROBERT ALDRICH (AUGUST 9)
Film director who was featured in the 2017 FX series “Feud”.
Died: December 5, 1983 (age 65)
Notable Works: Kiss Me Deadly (1955); The Big Knife (1955); What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962); The Dirty Dozen (1967); The Longest Yard (1974)
EVELYN ANKERS (AUGUST 17)
Actress who was known as a “scream queen” during the 1940s.
Died: August 29, 1985 (age 67)
Notable Works: The Wolf Man (1941)
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (AUGUST 25)
American conductor, pianist, and composer whose was among the first US composers to receive worldwide acclaim.
Birth Name: Louis Bernstein
Died: October 14, 1990 (age 72)
Notable Works: On the Waterfront (1954); West Side Story (1961)
RICHARD GREENE (AUGUST 25)
English actor who had a brief Hollywood career and is best remembered for playing Robin Hood during the 1950s.
Died: June 1, 1985
Notable Works: Four Men and a Prayer (1938); The Little Princess (1939); Stanley and Livingstone (1939); Forever Amber (1947); The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-59)
ALAN JAY LERNER (AUGUST 31)
Oscar and Tony-winning lyricist who won three awards for each.
Died: June 14, 1986
Notable Works: An American in Paris (1951-Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay); Royal Wedding (1951); Gigi (1958-Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song); My Fair Lady (1964)
DICK HAYMES (SEPTEMBER 13)
Argentine-born singer who enjoyed a brief Hollywood career.
Died: March 28, 1980 (age 61)
Notable Works: State Fair (1945); One Touch of Venus (1948)
RAND BROOKS (SEPTEMBER 21)
Actor best known as Scarlett O’Hara’s first husband in “Gone with the Wind.”
Died: September 1, 2003 (age 84)
Notable Works: Gone with the Wind (1939)
ARNOLD STANG (SEPTEMBER 28)
Comic and voice actor who was the voice of “Top Cat” and the “Honey Nut Cheerios Bee.”
Died: December 20, 2009 (age 91)
Notable Works: The Man with the Golden Arm (1955); Texaco Star Theatre (1953-56); It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
LILA KEDROVA (OCTOBER 6)
Oscar-winning and Tony-winning actress for the same role.
Died: February 16, 2000 (age 81-maybe)
Notable Works: Zorba the Greek (1964-Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress); Torn Curtain (1966); Penelope (1966)
JEROME ROBBINS (OCTOBER 11)
Famous choreographer, director, dancer, and theatrical producer who was a five-time Tony award winner.
Birth Name: Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz
Died: July 29, 1998 (age 79)
Notable Works: West Side Story (1961-Oscar winner for Best Director; shared with Robert Wise)
ROBERT WALKER (OCTOBER 13)
Actor whose career was cut short by his untimely death.
Died: August 28, 1951 (age 32)
Notable Works: Bataan (1943); Madame Curie (1943); Since You Went Away (1944); Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944); See Here, Private Hargrove (1944); The Clock (1945); Strangers on a Train (1951)
RITA HAYWORTH (OCTOBER 17)
Latina actress and dancer who coined “The Love Goddess” by the press and was one of the top pin-up girls during WWII.
Birth Name: Margarita Carmen Cansino
Died: May 14, 1987 (age 68)
Notable Works: Only Angels Have Wings (1939); The Strawberry Blonde (1941); Blood and Sand (1941); You’ll Never Get Rich (1941); You Were Never Lovelier (1942); Cover Girl (1944); Gilda (1946); The Lady from Shanghai (1947); Separate Tables (1958)
TERESA WRIGHT (OCTOBER 27)
Actress who is the only person who was Oscar nominated for her first three films.
Birth Name: Muriel Teresa Wright
Died: March 6, 2005 (age 86)
Notable Works: The Little Foxes (1941-Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress); The Pride of the Yankees (1942-Oscar nominated for Best Actress); Mrs. Miniver (1942-Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress); Shadow of a Doubt (1943); The Best Years of Our Lives (1946); The Men (1950)
DIANA SERRA CARY AKA “BABY PEGGY” (OCTOBER 29)
Child actress who is the last living star of the silent era.
Birth Name: Peggy-Jean Montgomery
Notable Works: The Darling of New York (1923); Captain January (1924)
ART CARNEY (NOVEMBER 4)
Actor best known for playing “Ed Norton” on the sitcom “The Honeymooners.”
Died: November 9, 2003 (age 85)
Notable Works: The Honeymooners (1955-56); Harry and Tonto (1974-Oscar winner for Best Actor)
CAMERON MITCHELL (NOVEMBER 4)
Actor who worked with John Wayne, Doris Day, and Lauren Bacall.
Birth Name: Cameron McDowell Mitzell
Died: July 7, 1994 (age 75)
Notable Works: They Were Expendable (1945); Death of a Salesman (1951); How to Marry a Millionaire (1953); Love Me or Leave Me (1955); Carosuel (1956); All Mine to Give (1957); Blood and Black Lace (1960)
STUBBY KAYE (NOVEMBER 11)
Birth Name: Bernard Solomon Kotzin
Died: December 14, 1997 (age 79)
Notable Works: Guys and Dolls (1955); Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1989)
EFREM ZIMBALIST, JR. (NOVEMBER 30)
Film and televison actor.
Died: May 2, 2014 (age 95)
Notable Works: House of Strangers (1949); 77 Sunset Strip (1957-1964); The Chapman Report (1962); The F.B.I. (1964-1974); Wait Until Dark (1967)
JEFF CHANDLER (DECEMBER 15)
Silver-haired actor who was one of Universal’s most popular stars during the 1950s.
Birth Name: Ira Grossel
Died: June 17, 1961 (age 42)
Notable Works: Broken Arrow (1950-Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor); Flame of Araby (1951); Female on the Beach (1955)
VIRGINIA DAVIS (DECEMBER 31)
Child actress who was one of Walt Disney’s first stars.
Died: August 15, 2009 (age 90)