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David Blaine   David Blaine, a young and talented magician, is rapidly changing the face of magic. Known as the “magician of the millennium” Blaine broke through cult status by levitating on the streets of New York in his first ABC special “David Blaine: Street Magic.”
Salvatore Stabile  
Salvatore Stabile’s rags-to-riches story was not quite what he initially foisted onto journalists, claiming at times to have had an older brother who died of a drug overdose, bragging at other times of mob connections or confessing to a string of misdemeanor arrests and rotation through drug rehab at 14. Far from leaving home at 17 because his parents threw him out, Stabile hailed from a solid working-class family, but the Cinderella facts remained equally fantastic in the light of the more mundane truth….
Vanessa Williams   
This lissome, bright-eyed, black American actress shares a name with the controversial former Miss America-turned-singer/actress. Williams first registered in features as a feral yet attractive killer in Mario Van Peebles’ gangster movie, “New Jack City” (1991). Before that she appeared on TV in guest spots on “T.J. Hooker”, “The Love Boat”, “The Cosby Show” and “Law & Order”. As aerobics instructor Rhonda Blair of “Melrose Place”, Williams was the first black to figure prominently as a regular on one of the recent slew of glamorous, youth-targeted TV shows….
Jimmy Kimmel  
A comedic broadcaster, with experience on the radio airwaves of Phoenix, Seattle, Tampa and Tucson, Jimmy Kimmel landed a job on Los Angeles’ highly-rated KROQ as Jimmy the Sports Guy, a frequent contributor to the radio station’s popular morning program. This venture earned Kimmel notice, and before long the somewhat stout, curly-haired comedian landed an unlikely Daytime Emmy-winning stint as announcer and co-host of Comedy Central’s game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money” (1997- )….
Edie Falco  
With an open expressive face and a penchant for taking roles that might prove too much of a challenge for a performer with more vanity and less integrity, blonde actress Edie Falco emerged as a rare gem among those who shared her profession. With lead actor talent and appeal and character actor versatility, she would capture many enviable roles on stage, screen and television.Falco did memorable film work in Hal Hartley’s “The Unbelievable Truth” (1989) and “Trust” (1991), displaying a fluency with Hartley’s dialogue that would make her a sought after independent film presence….
Adam Sandler  
A genial, laid-back standup comic who segued into TV as a writer and performer on “Saturday Night Live”, Sandler was the class clown at his New Hampshire high school. After college, he moved out to L.A. and hit the local comedy club cicuit, eventually catching the attention of “SNL” alum Dennis Miller, who recommended the young comic to Lorne Michaels. Hired as a writer. Sandler eventually moved before the cameras creating a gallery of weirdly off-center dunces–including Iraqi Pete, Canteen Boy and Opera Man–that quickly caught on with the audience….
Vincent Spano  
Darkly handsome, Spano came to prominence as the ingratiating misfit, “The Shiek,” opposite Rosanna Arquette in John Sayles’s “Baby, It’s You” (1983). He has proved his versatility in a wide variety of films, from Roger Vadim’s remake of “And God Created Woman” (1988) to the Taviani Brothers’ valentine to the early days of Hollywood, “Good Morning, Babylon” (1987). After appearing in several memorable teen films of the early 80s–Jonathan Kaplan’s “Over the Edge” (1979), Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish” (1983) and Amos Poe’s “Alphabet City” (1984)–Spano appears to have opted for a less ostentatious career than many of his contemporaries….
Scott Baio  
During his heyday as a teen idol, Scott Baio received 5,000 letters per week from adoring fans. Just as the urban edge had worked for a number of rising screen stars in the 1970s (i.e., John Travolta), Baio adopted a similar stance. His thick Brooklyn accent, disco mop of hair, bronze color and tight jeans were turn-ons for young teens who tuned into “Happy Days” to watch him as Chachi Arcola. Baio gave them not just sitcom froth, though, but also a host of dramatic performances of teens in trouble….
Eddie Murphy  
A handsome, dashing comedy star, Eddie Murphy began as a stand-up performer at age 15 and four years later had become a cornerstone of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (from 1980-84) with his dead-on parodies and original comic creations. It was almost inevitable that he would follow other former “SNL” cast members to the big screen. Murphy made his feature debut as a wisecracking con opposite Nick Nolte’s world-weary cop in “48 Hours” (1982), a huge commercial success that established him as Hollywood’s most bankable black leading man….
Vincent D’Onofrio  
Husky-voiced young supporting player who made a strong impression as the dangerously unstable Private Pyle in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” (1987) and played Lili Taylor’s lovable hunk in the bittersweet “Mystic Pizza” (1988). He also appeared with Julia Roberts in “Dying Young” (1991) and as a boatyard worker committed to his retarded brother in “Signs of Life” (1989).The 1990s brought D’Onofrio supporting roles in high-profile ensemble pictures: first as witness Bill Newman in Oliver Stone’s oppositional “JFK” (1991), a role he reprised in a bit part for Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” (1992)….
John Turturro  
John Turturro is an impressively versatile, stage-trained native New Yorker whose dark intensity has served him well in such volatile, neurotic film roles as the psychopathic parolee in “Five Corners” (1988) and the racist pizza-maker in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” (1989). He has also displayed a knack for sly comedy: he played an alternately cocky and sniveling, double-crossing Jewish gangster in the Coen brothers’ “Miller’s Crossing”; a greedy nightclub owner in Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues” (both 1990); and the title character, an idealistic playwright lured to Hollywood in the 1940s, in the Coens’ dark satire, “Barton Fink” (1991)….
Andrew Dice Clay  
The stage act of this stand-up comedian-turned-actor reaped controversy for being over-laden with obscenities and was considered to be misogynistic by feminists and most thinking people. Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay nevertheless found the shtick to propel him to stardom after years of performing in small clubs with an appeal to the urban/suburban teenaged white boys, confused about their roles as men in the changing times. Clay, decked in a leather jacket, with a dangling spoke in Brooklyn slang and used so many nasty words and disgusting references that he was banned from MTV after an appearance on “The 1989 MTV Video Awards”….
Steve Buscemi  
A prolific character player in films since the mid-1980s and a veritable good luck charm for 90s independent filmmakers, Buscemi was a graduate of the NYC downtown theater and performance art scene of the late 70s.Buscemi made a striking impression as Nick, an embittered musician with AIDS, in “Parting Glances” (1986). His first A-list production was “Slaves of New York” (1989), set in the of Manhattan’s East Village. He remained downtown to portray a performance artist in Martin Scorsese’s “Life Lessons” segment of the omnibus feature “New York Stories” (1989)….
William Forsythe  
Round-faced, stocky character player who shifts easily between comedy and drama. Forsythe began acting at ten in his hometown of Brooklyn, performing in school and neighborhood productions. By age 16 he was a full-time NY stage actor appearing in off-off and off-Broadway productions. In his early 20s, Forsythe moved to L.A. and landed a bit part in a cheapie car chase pic, “Smokey Bites the Dust” (1981). That year also marked his TV debut in “The Miracle of Kathy Miller”, an inspirational TV movie….
Jerry Seinfeld  
Wisecracking, deadpan American stand-up comedian whose work has been characterized by the NEW YORK TIMES as “keenly observed, carefully timed, contemplative humor about life’s minutiae, people’s foibles and mankind’s quotidian moments of angst.” Typical material for Seinfeld is his signature breakfast cereal routine or his observations on subjects ranging from dry cleaning fluid (“What the hell is dry cleaning fluid? It’s not a fluid if it’s dry”) to scuba diving (“a great activity, where your main goal is not to die”)….
Tony Danza  
Tony Danza has been a significant force in TV comedy since the 1980s. His unassuming longrunning sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” (ABC, 1984-92) became such a ratings juggernaut that his network routinely used it as a lead-in for prized new shows (“Roseanne” being a particularly successful example). Danza branched out to produce TV-movies, specials and other sitcoms before headlining another success, “Hudson Street”, in the 1995-96 season as star and executive producer….
Lyle Alzado  
Burly professional football player noted for his aggressive, hard-hitting style as a defensive lineman on the field, and for an equally tough line of talk (“I don’t think there’s a man in America who can take me”) off the field. Alzado leavened his growling with an occasional touch of humor in his modest film appearances and TV guest spots, but always boldly proclaimed his “hit hard, hit first” approach to sports and showbiz alike. Alzado was diagnosed with brain cancer in the early 1990s and became convinced that his use of steroids and growth hormones for nearly 20 years had caused his illness….    
Richard Dreyfuss  
An American leading man who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers, Richard Dreyfuss worked his way up through bit parts (i.e,, “The Graduate” 1967) and TV before gaining attention with his portrayal of Baby Face Nelson in John Milius’ “Dillinger” (1973). He gained prominence as a college-bound young man in “American Graffiti” (1973) and as a nervy Jewish kid with high hopes in “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” (1974)….
Larry David   He may be bald, bold and bickersome, but one thing Larry David is not, is broke. As the co-creator of “Seinfeld” (1990), David cashed in immensely on the success of the “anti-sitcom” and went on to create another hugely successful show a decade later with HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiam.” (2000).  

   Richard Lewis 

Energetic, idiosyncratic American stand-up comedian and actor who terms himself “a neurotic Jewish guy from New Jersey”. Moving from the nightclub circuit into writing and performing for television, Lewis attracted attention with “Diary of a Young Comic” and his subsequent numerous appearances on “Late Night”, hosted by avowed Lewis fan David Letterman. With his long hair, standard black garb and jittery but cool manner, expounding upon his schizoid comic persona and kvetching over his lack of success with women, Lewis, who has been dubbed “the high priest of comic angst,” achieved considerable popularity on many cable comedy specials and as Jamie Lee Curtis’s romantic sparring partner on the ABC sitcom “Anything But Love” (1989-92)….

   Priscilla Presley 

Glamourous celebrity who, after her divorce from rock legend Elvis Presley in 1973, carved out a career first as businesswoman opening a boutique to feature the exclusive designs of her personal dress designer Olivia, then as a spokesperson for beauty products before turning to acting. The jet-black, highly piled hair and heavy, artificial makeup of the 1960s Elvis days were gone, replaced by a much more naturalistic and lovely appearance which emphasized her shoulder-length, medium-brunette hair and sculpted cheekbones….

   David Geffen 

This high-powered multimedia mogul, a creative, playful yet hardworking enfant terrible, has been dubbed “Hollywood’s first crossover business star”, in part because, so the publicity goes, he “knows better than anyone . . . who a star is, and who isn’t”.The Brooklyn-born Geffen began his involvement with the world of entertainment as so many seem to have done: in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency. Working his way up to agent, he quickly parlayed his gift for scouting talent into several companies which made him rich and boosted the careers of, among others, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, the Association, Jesse Colin Young, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles….

   Barbra Streisand 

This multi-talented performer shot to fame when she conquered Broadway with her galvanizing stage presence in the musicals, “I Can Get It for You Wholesale” (1962) and “Funny Girl” (1964), in the latter as the gawky but gifted Fanny Brice. Streisand next powered a number of popular albums (“My Name Is Barbra”) and award-winning TV specials (“Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park”; “My Name Is Barbra”, which was based on her hit album and won five Emmys) before moving into films….

   Michael Lerner 

Jowly character player who honed his skills with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre before making his film debut in “Alex in Wonderland” (1970). After several small film roles, Lerner gained notice for his performance as Katz, the Machiavellian lawyer, in Bob Rafelson’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1981) and as World Series “fixer” Arnold Rothstein in John Sayles’s “Eight Men Out” (1988).Lerner has since made a name for himself in TV movies, portraying real-life characters Pierre Salinger, in “The Missiles of October” (1974); Jack Ruby, in “Ruby and Oswald” (1978); film mogul Jack Warner, in “Moviola: This Year’s Blonde” (1980); Columbia studio head Harry Cohn, in “Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess” (1983); and impresario Oscar Hammerstein, in “Melba” (1989)….

   Jessica Walter 

A statuesque, attractive, skilled leading lady capable of a wide range, but usually relegated to playing grand bitches or scheming villains, Jessica Walter is perhaps best remembered for three disparate but memorable screen roles. In Sidney Lumet’s “The Group” (1966), she was cast as Libby, the frigid gossip while Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut “Play Misty for Me” (1971) found her as a psychotic stalker fixated on disc jockey Eastwood and in Garry Marshall’s “The Flamingo Kid” (1984), Walter played the bored affluent housewife, drinking vodka and asking the cabana boy for a gun….

   Brenda Vaccaro 

A raspy-voiced character actress and sometime lead from the New York stage (“Cactus Flower” 1966, “How Now, Dow Jones” 1968, “The Goodbye People” 1969, “Jake’s Women” 1991), Brenda Vaccaro launched her screen career with her performance as a sexually voracious New Yorker in “Midnight Cowboy” (1969). She has since matured from knowing ingenue roles to deft comic and dramatic work, often in a supporting capacity, including “Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough” (1975), for which she received an Oscar nomination, to Susan Seidelman’s enjoyable Mafia comedy “Cookie” (1989) to playing Barbra Streisand’s best friend in “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996)….

   Connie Stevens 

A pretty blonde girl-next-door who evolved from ingenue to sex symbol, Stevens, a resourceful actor and singer, began her career in her native Brooklyn where she formed her own vocal group, The Foremost, featuring three male backups who went on to become The Lettermen. Stevens was later part of the all-girl group The Three Debs before making her professional stage debut in a Hollywood Repertory Company production of “Finian’s Rainbow”.Stevens made her feature movie acting debut as the teenage love interest in “Young and Dangerous” (1957) and co-starred in such late 1950s teen flicks as “The Party Crashers”, “Dragstrip Riot” and “Rock-a-Bye Baby” (all 1958)….

   Elliott Gould 

Tall, gangly, curly-haired actor who, after a career as a performer in stage musicals, came to personify the slovenly angst of the young, upwardly mobile middle class during the late 1960s and early 70s. As a teenager, Gould sang and danced in the chorus of several Broadway musicals before co-starring in Harold Rome’s 1962 musical about the garment industry, “I Can Get It For You Wholesale”, which was notable for the show-stopping performance of Barbra Streisand, whom he married the following year….

   Joseph Bologna 

Character player of the 1970s and 80s, usually in comic roles; outstanding as the manic host of an old-time TV variety show in the hilarious “My Favorite Year” (1982). Bologna writes for theater and TV with his wife, Renee Taylor; the duo co-adapted (from their own plays) “Lovers and Other Strangers” (1970) and the 1989 feature, “It Had to Be You”, which they co-directed. Taylor and Bologna also co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in “Love Is All There Is” (1995), a feature inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” about two feuding families whose children fall in love….

   James Farentino 

A handsome, sometimes brooding American actor whose promise as a leading man somehow dissipated, James Farentino also has demonstrated the real talent to bounce back in key roles, particularly in TV longforms of the 1990s. After making his Broadway debut in a small role in Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana” in 1961, the Brooklyn native quickly moved on to success in television and films. Farentino made his film debut in the forgotten thriller “Psychomania/Violent Midnight” (1963) and next appeared in “Ensign Pulver” (1964) before catching a break with the lead in 1966’s “The Pad….

A handsome, sometimes brooding American actor whose promise as a leading man somehow dissipated, James Farentino also has demonstrated the real talent to bounce back in key roles, particularly in TV longforms of the 1990s. After making his Broadway debut in a small role in Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana” in 1961, the Brooklyn native quickly moved on to success in television and films. Farentino made his film debut in the forgotten thriller “Psychomania/Violent Midnight” (1963) and next appeared in “Ensign Pulver” (1964) before catching a break with the lead in 1966’s “The Pad….

   Louis Gossett Jr 

Charismatic black actor with a flair for projecting quiet authority, Gossett has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition for “Take A Giant Step” (1953), where, beating out 400 other candidates, the then 16-year-old landed the lead. His acting career soon flourished and his work in the stage and film versions of the groundbreaking drama about African-American family life in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961) proved a watershed…

   Mary Tyler Moore 

Perky. Cute. Vivacious. Toothsome. America’s Sweetheart. The classic sitcom wife, Laura Petrie (“Oh, Rob!”). The seminal 1970s single girl, Mary Richards, the girl who “can turn the world on with her smile”. The 20s flapper in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. The cold WASPy mother of “Ordinary People”. The “Dragon” of “New York News”. They are all aspects of one woman, Mary Tyler Moore.From childhood on, Moore wanted to be a dancer and in one of her first gigs, she was–‘Happy Hotpoint’, a dancing elf in an appliance commercial….

   Woody Allen 

Woody Allen is one of a handful of American filmmakers who can truly wear the label ‘auteur’. His films, be they dramas or comedies, are remarkably personal and are permeated with Allen’s preoccupations with art, religion and love. While the comedies are upbeat and the dramas rich in detail, most of Allen’s films are fiercely personal. They betray his yearning for physical beauty, a traditional sense of machismo, intellectual and professional acceptance and knowledge….

   John Saxon 

A handsome lead and character player with a strong, muscular build, dark hair and eyes, John Saxon debuted in “Running Wild” (1955) and established himself for a number of years as a juvenile lead with his next two films. “Rock, Pretty Baby” (1956) was typical of many early Saxon credits: a rock musical aimed at teenagers, it led to a sequel “Summer Love” (1958) and prefigured his three films with sunshiny ingenue Sandra Dee. The other film, though, was more in line with later Saxon work: in “The Unguarded Moment” (1956), swimming star Esther Williams unsuccessfully tried a switch to drama, but Saxon gave a good account of himself as a student dangerously obsessed with his teacher….

   Larry King 

Larry King was a “haimish” guy who worked his way through the undertiers of radio to host a national Mutual Radio program. In 1985, Ted Turner tapped him to host “Larry King Live” on CNN, and by the 90s, King had become the most widely seen talk show host in the world and a de rigeur stop on the circuit for actors plugging a movie, political candidates announcing a bid for higher office and O.J. Simpson trial enthusiasts looking for a lively debate….

   Joan Rivers 

Diminutive, blonde comedienne and writer, Joan Rivers was a trailblazer for female performers, winning laughs and creating controversy along the way. After working in publicity for a New York department store in the 1950s, Rivers had a short-lived marriage to the heir to a clothing store fortune. When the marriage fell apart months later, she left her parents’ Larchmont home in a convertible, wearing Bermuda shorts, intending to be a serious actress….

   Joe Santos 

A street-edged character player of TV and movies, often cast as an urban detective or crook, Joe Santos is perhaps best remembered as Detective Dennis Becker, cop pal who respects James Garner’s Jim Rockford, on “The Rockford Files” (NBC, 1974-80) and its numerous TV-movies.Santos began his on-screen career with a bit part in “My Body Hungers”, a low-budget 1967 film. Subsequent roles included DiBono in “The Panic in Needle Park” and Ezmo in “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight” (both 1971)….

A street-edged character player of TV and movies, often cast as an urban detective or crook, Joe Santos is perhaps best remembered as Detective Dennis Becker, cop pal who respects James Garner’s Jim Rockford, on “The Rockford Files” (NBC, 1974-80) and its numerous TV-movies.Santos began his on-screen career with a bit part in “My Body Hungers”, a low-budget 1967 film. Subsequent roles included DiBono in “The Panic in Needle Park” and Ezmo in “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight” (both 1971)….

   Jerry Stiller 

Short, mustachioed, rotund and balding, Jerry Stiller has proven his mettle in comedy and drama on TV, in films and on stage. Perhaps best remembered during the 20-plus years he performed with wife Anne Meara, he actually began his career as an actor in a Chicago production of “Show Boat” and went on to appear in various productions in summer stock and in New York. Stiller met Meara at a cattle call audition in 1953 and, within a year, they were married….

   Mel Brooks 

Former stand-up comic who, together with Woody Allen and Bill Cosby, set the stage in the 1960s for the entire post-burlesque, TV generation of comedians. Allen was personal and self-deprecating, Cosby eschewed shtick in favor of witty commentary, and Brooks–often working with Carl Reiner–embraced the craziness at the root of all ethnic burlesque and reshaped it for decades to come.Brooks graduated from 1950s TV writer (Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows”) to successful 1960s series creator (“Get Smart”) before breaking into features with “The Producers” (1968), which set the zany, comedic tone of all his subsequent films….

   Harry Guardino 

Guardino won raves on Broadway and in feature character roles before establishing himself as a TV lead in the early 1960s. Craggy-faced, sporting bushy eyebrows, and often somewhat rumpled, he convinces as Italian-American tough guys in and out of uniform and on both sides of the law. TV generally cast Guardino in positions of responsibility including lawyers (DA Hamilton Burger on “The New Adventures of Perry Mason” CBS, 1973-74), G-men (“Monty Nash” syndicated 1971), and police brass in a series of pilots both successful and busted (“The Police Story” NBC, 1973; “Get Christie Love!” ABC, 1974)….

   Buddy Hackett 

Best known for his raunchy Las Vegas routine, Buddy Hackett has also enjoyed substantial Broadway, film and TV success. After making his debut on the “Borscht Circuit” as a teenager, he followed military service in WWII with performances in comedy clubs and on stage. Hackett first cracked features in “Walking My Baby Back Home” (1953) and eventually lent his shtick (a wide range of facial expressions and a distinctive vocal styling often delivered out of the side of his mouth) to several uneven comedies….

   Gene Tierney 

Exotically beautiful debutante whose Broadway and then film career was fueled and promoted through a company owned by her insurance-broker father. (He sued his daughter for breach of the family corporation in the early 1940s.) Tierney’s best roles include the hauntingly beautiful faux-murder victim in the noir classic “Laura” (1944); the neurotically possessive bride in John M. Stahl’s 1945 melodrama “Leave Her to Heaven” (for which she received her only Oscar nomination); Vincent Price’s young bride in Joseph Mankiewicz’s period thriller “Dragonwyck” (1946), and the serene widow in Mankiewicz’s lovely romantic fantasy “The Ghost and Mrs….

   Chuck Connors 

This imposing, lantern-jawed leading man is most famous as Lucas McCain, the righteous, chain-smoking protagonist of ABC’s immensely popular “The Rifleman” (1958-63). Connors’ 6’5″ frame helped him gain a position as a pro basketball player on the Boston Celtics after a stint in the military during WWII. He soon switched to baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs, but he was more distinguished for his comical sideline antics than his on field prowess….

   Mickey Rooney 

Compact, versatile, intensely energetic performer who made his stage debut at the age of 18 months as part of his family’s vaudeville act. Born Joe Yule Jr, Rooney made his film debut at age 6 and, from 1927 to 1933, starred in over 50 episodes of the two-reel comedy series, “Mickey McGuire.” He adopted the name “Mickey Rooney” in 1932 and began landing bit parts in feature films, signing with MGM in 1934. Rooney was loaned out to Warner Bros. in 1935 and played a memorable Puck in the Max Reinhardt/William Dieterle production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”….

   Veronica Lake 

Petite blonde lead of the 1940s who built a career out of an aloof attitude and an eye-obscuring “peek-a-boo” hairstyle. Along with many routine films, Lake did appear in a handful of fondly-remembered efforts: Preston Sturges’ “Sullivan’s Travels” (1941), Rene Clair’s “I Married a Witch” (1941), Frank Tuttle’s “This Gun for Hire” (1942) and George Marshall’s “The Blue Dahlia” (1946), the last two featuring her most appropriate co-star, the equally low-key Alan Ladd….

   Lawrence Tierney 

Strong-featured veteran character actor with a gravelly voice whose career has spanned fifty years in films, TV and theater beginning with “The Ghost Ship” (1943). Tierney broke into B-movie leads with his imposing performance in the title role of “Dillinger” (1945) and played other psychotic gangster types in the cult classics “Born to Kill” and “The Devil Thumbs a Ride” (both 1947). Although he acted prominent supporting roles in occasional A-budget films including Cecil B DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952), most of his activity was confined to smaller-scale crime dramas and Westerns….

   Susan Hayworth 

Pretty, exuberant leading lady who began her Hollywood career in 1937 as a bit player and was a star by the mid-1940s. Talented and tempestuous, with a penchant for playing ripe melodrama with all the stops out, Hayward reached her peak in the early 1950s in such enjoyably sudsy vehicles as “My Foolish Heart” (1950), “With a Song in My Heart” (1952) and “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” (1955). She was often cast as the brassy, defiant heroine, as in her Oscar-winning role “I Want to Live!” (1958), where she splendidly played the real-life Barbara Graham, a woman who was wrongly sentenced to death….

   Rita Haywort 

Immensely popular red-haired beauty of the 1940s. Dancing professionally with her father from childhood, Hayworth was “discovered” in 1935 and made her Hollywood debut the same year. She appeared in mostly small parts in some 25 films before giving her first substantial performance in Howard Hawks’ “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939). In the following decade she became one of Hollywood’s great stars, dubbed the “Love Goddess”, a genuinely talented actress and dancer as well as a celebrated WWII pinup….

   Jeff Chandler 

Tough, virile lead with prematurely steel grey, wavy hair and a muscular physique who starred in action films of the late 1940s and 50s, often as American Indians (three times as Cochise), gangsters, cavalrymen and “natives”. Not a docile star, Chandler rebelled against Universal’s mediocre action projects and was suspended several times. Chandler’s career was cut short by his premature death–due to blood poisoning after routine spinal surgery for a slipped disc–at age 42….

   Lena Horne 

Gifted, silky-voiced chanteuse whose glamorously icy exterior made a marvelous contrast with the inner fire of her sultry, often fierce singing style. Horne made her debut as a chorine at New York’s Cotton Club in 1933 and is best remembered in films for a series of “guest star” appearances in 1940s musicals where she performed such memorable songs as “Love” and “The Lady Is a Tramp”. The first African-American female performer to land a long-term contract with a major studio (MGM), Horne made her mark in a career that was nevertheless hampered by prevailing racial attitudes, with some exhibitors (especially in the South) excising her deliberately bracketed song solos from films before showing them….

   Jackie Gleason 

In several films through the 1940s, but best remembered as the grouchy, overweight Ralph Kramden in TV’s “The Honeymooners” (1949-1954). Gleason never matched his TV success after returning to the screen, though he was outstanding as billiards wizard Minnesota Fats in “The Hustler” (1961)…..

   Eli Wallach 

In a career that has spanned some six decades, this compact prominent “Method” actor has amassed awards, critical encomiums and a list of credits that includes classic plays and lightweight films. After serving in the US Army Medical Corps and training at both the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio, Eli Wallach made his Broadway debut in the short-lived play “Skydrift” in 1945. He spent two seasons with Eva LeGallienne’s fledgling American Repertory Theater before landing the starmaking role of Mangiacavallo opposite Maureen Stapleton in Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” (1951)….

   Zero Mostel 

Volatile, stage-trained comic actor who made his film debut playing dual roles in “Du Barry Was a Lady” (1943). Mostel’s solid, bulky build and heavy-lidded eyes made him a convincing heavy, but his promising film career (e.g. “Panic in the Streets” 1950) was cut short when he was blacklisted following his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951. His fortunes revived in the early 1960s with his maniacally comic Broadway performances in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1963) and, as Tevye, in “Fiddler on the Roof” (1964)….

   Phil Silvers 

Bespectacled vaudevillian who made his feature debut in the early 1940s and established himself as an engaging comic character player in films such as “You’re in the Army Now” (1942), “Cover Girl” (1944) and “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World” (1963). Best known as the wily “Sergeant Bilko” in the popular 1950s TV series, “The Phil Silvers Show.” …..

   Thelma Ritter 

Character actress who after many unrewarded years on the stage enjoyed almost immediate, and enduring, success following her film debut in the late 1940s. Usually in the role of the sardonic choric figure, strewing films with witty asides and cynical observations, Ritter enlivened a host of excellent productions and earned her place as one of the best character players the screen has ever known. Ritter earned six Academy Award nominations as best supporting actress: “All About Even” (1950), “The Mating Season” (1951), “With a Song in My Heart” (1952), “Pickup on South Street” (1953), “Pillow Talk” (1959), and “The Birdman of Alcatraz” (1962)….

   Clara Bow 

One of the loveliest and most talented actresses of the late 1920s, Bow was largely unappreciated by critics, though adored by her fans. Clara Bow endured a Dickensian childhood (abusive father, psychotic mother) in Brooklyn, which she tried to escape by becoming an actress. Winning a beauty contest, Bow was doing bit parts by 1923. That year she was signed by producer B.P. Schulberg of Preferred, and worked nearly to death for the next two years, appearing in more than 20 films (many on loan-out)….

   Aaron Copland 

Distinguished 20th-century composer who brought a melodic, richly textured sophistication to his occasional film scoring. Like the Soviet composer Prokofiev, his work had a distinctly national flavor, perhaps best exemplified in the folksy but still intensely dramatic music he created for “Of Mice and Men” (1939), “Our Town” (1944) and “The Red Pony” (1948)….

   George Gerswin 

A celebrated writer of songs and scores for Broadway and Hollywood whose magical music continues to feature in countless films, Gershwin also composed such ambitious concert pieces as “Rhapsody in Blue”, the “Concerto in F” and the “American in Paris” suite, as well as the folk opera “Porgy and Bess”. He was the subject of the watered-down biopic “Rhapsody in Blue” (1945), starring Robert Alda…..

   Mae West 

The first great sex clown of film, whose purring asides and salacious eye-rolling fueled a string of risque comedies from the early 1930s.A vaudevilian from the age of 14, West wrote, produced and directed the 1926 Broadway show, “Sex”, which led to her being jailed on obscenity charges. She staged her next play, “The Drag”, the following year; despite its success in Paterson, NJ, it was banned on Broadway owing to its subject matter–homosexuality….

   Edward Everett Horton 

Charmingly comic character actor who played the ineffectual bumbler in scores of films from the 1920s through the 70s. Among many triumphs Horton is remembered as Fred Astaire’s sidekick in “The Gay Divorcee” (1934), “Top Hat” (1935) and “Shall We Dance?” (1937).

      People added on from your suggestions – Johnny Petraglia  –  Mark Roth  –  Neil Diamond  –  Lew Alcindor