Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) First Year Membership Roll Call (from The Film Daily 1928 Year Book)

by cts-6 | created - 24 Nov 2017 | updated - 24 Nov 2017 | Public

In January, 1928, "The Film Daily" (aka, "Wid's Film Daily") published its annual yearbook of the previous year's activities. Included was the first roster of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who had joined by the end of 1927. Below is an alphabetical list of the 358 members listed, including their branch affiliations, plus two more who were committee members but were not listed until the following year. Also included are the offices and committee memberships some members held. Those who were among the 36 founding members are also noted. Some of the names on the list have no IMDb profiles: Fred W. Beetson, president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA) - Producers Branch; Frank A. Brandow - Technicians Branch; Nathan Burkan, a copyright lawyer - Special Branch; Lawyers and Founding Members George W. Cohen and Edwin Loeb - Special Branch; John W Fingerlin, a theater chain accountant hired to manage Paramount's Long Island studio in preparation for a merger that never happened - Technicians Branch; John Froehlich - Technicians Branch; John J. Gain, a vice-president for the Catholic Motion Picture Guild of America - Producers Branch; Lee K Gaines - Technicians Branch; M.E. Greenwood, a manager at MGM - Producers Branch; Milton E. Hoffman, Paramount Pictures executive and Founding Member - Producers Branch; F.E. Pelton, who developed a system for moving and storing sets on a soundstage - Technicians Branch, Board of Directors and Technicians Class Executive Committee; J.D. Peter - Technicians Branch; Samuel Spring - Special Branch; W.T. Strohm, an electrician and lighting specialist - Technicians Branch; George A. Volck - Technicians Branch.

1. John G. Adolfi

Director | A Man and His Mate

Entering films as an actor in 1910, John G. Adolfi soon switched careers and became a director. He turned out numerous, mostly low-budget films for minor companies, but every so often got a chance to work at a big studio like Fox. His big break came in the sound era, when he formed a partnership ...

Directors Branch

Writers Branch

3. E.H. Allen

Producer | The Little Big Top

E.H. Allen was born on November 15, 1885 in Canton, Missouri, USA as Edwin Hampton Allen. He was a producer and actor, known for The Little Big Top (1935), The Super Snooper (1934) and Knockout Drops (1935). He was married to Margaret Thompson. He died on August 13, 1942 in Los Angeles, California,...

Producers Branch

4. George Archainbaud

Director | One Week of Love

French-born (Paris) George Archainbaud got his start in show business as an actor and stage manager in France. Emigrating to the US in 1915, he got work as an assistant director to fellow French expatriate Emile Chautard at William A. Brady's World Film Co. in Fort Lee, NJ. His directorial debut ...

Directors Branch

5. George K. Arthur

Actor | The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

The son of a travelling salesman and a department store merchandise demonstrator, Arthur was obliged to fend for himself from an early age, selling newspapers and working at starvation wages for a condiment manufacturer. Although underage, he escaped from this life by joining the Bugle Corps at the...

Actors Branch

6. Julia Arthur

Actress | The Woman the Germans Shot

Julia Arthur was born on May 3, 1868 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Julia Lewis. She was an actress, known for The Woman the Germans Shot (1918), The Common Cause (1919) and His Woman (1919). She was married to Benjamin Pierce Cheney. She died on March 28, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Special Branch

as "Julia Arthur Cheney"

7. Dorothy Arzner

Director | Christopher Strong

Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a ...

Directors Branch

8. E.M. Asher

Producer | Frankenstein

Director of Publicity for Mack Sennett Comedies, a production company, in 1920.

Producers Branch

9. Mary Astor

Actress | The Maltese Falcon

Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized ...

Actors Branch

10. Lloyd Bacon

Director | Wonder Bar

One of the workhorses in Warner Brothers' stable of directors in the 1930s, Lloyd Bacon didn't have a career as loaded with classic films as many of his more famous contemporaries. What few "classics" he had his hand in (42nd Street (1933), Footlight Parade (1933)) are so overshadowed by the ...

Directors Branch

11. C. Graham Baker

Writer | Four Faces West

Baker started as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn and Manhattan before entering films in 1914. He wrote a number of screenplays for comedian John Bunny and also wrote for Fox, Universal and Warner Bros., studios under the name of Leslie S. Barrows. Baker died following brain surgery.

Writers Branch

12. Arthur Ball

The Black Pirate

One of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

Technicians Branch (Cinematographer and Technicolor company supervisor)

• College Affairs General Committee • Membership General Committee • Founding Member

Full name Joseph Arthur Ball, also listed on IMDb as J.A. Ball.

See Arthur Ball, above

14. Vilma Bánky

Actress | The Eagle

Vilma Bánky appeared in Hungarian, Austrian and French movies between 1920 and 1925, the year in which Samuel Goldwyn signed her, in Budapest, to a Hollywood contract. In Hollywood she was billed as the "The Hungarian Rhapsody". In the mid and late 1920s she was Goldwyn's biggest money maker, ...

Actors Branch

15. Reginald Barker

Director | The Iron Strain

Canadian-born (Winnipeg) Reginald Barker moved with his family to Scotland shortly after he was born, and they eventually emigrated to the US, settling in California. Bitten by the show-business bug early, Barker was acting in plays by age 16, and then joined up with a traveling stock company as ...

Directors Branch

• Directors Class Executive Committee

16. George Barnes

Cinematographer | Rebecca

Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work.

Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to ...

Technicians Branch

17. John Barrymore

Actor | Twentieth Century

John Barrymore was born John Sidney Blyth on February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical ...

Actors Branch

18. H.H. Barter

Actor | The Heart of the Night Wind

H.H. Barter was born on June 3, 1881 in Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on The Heart of the Night Wind (1914) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916). He died on October 23, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Technicians Branch

19. Richard Barthelmess

Actor | Only Angels Have Wings

Richard Barthelmess was born into a theatrical family in which his mother was an actress. While attending Trinity College in Connecticut, he began appearing in stage productions. While on vacation in 1916, a friend of his mother, actress Alla Nazimova, offered him a part in War Brides (1916), and ...

Actors Branch

• Actors Class Executive Committee • Awards of Merit General Committee • Founding Member

20. James Basevi

Art_director | Spellbound

James Basevi saw military service with the 2nd Canadian Division during the First World War and fought at the Battle of Amiens as a machine gunner. He attained the rank of major and was decorated and mentioned in dispatches . After being demobilized, he first returned to Canada, then settled in the...

Technicians Branch

21. Wallace Beery

Actor | Dinner at Eight

In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...

Actors Branch

• Actors Class Executive Committee • Academy Building and Finance General Committee

22. Monta Bell

Producer | The Worst Woman in Paris?

Producer / director/ screenwriter Monta Bell was born on February 5, 1891, in Washington, DC. He turned to the stage as an actor after trying his hand at journalism in that city. He was cast by Charles Chaplin in the great comedian's The Pilgrim (1923), which was Bell's sole screen appearance as an...

Directors Branch

23. Lionel Belmore

Actor | Frankenstein

Lionel Belmore was born on May 12, 1867 in Wimbledon, London, England. He was an actor and director, known for Frankenstein (1931), The Vampire Bat (1933) and Bardelys the Magnificent (1926). He was married to Emmeline Florence Carder. He died on January 30, 1953 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

Actors Branch

24. Enid Bennett

Actress | Fuss and Feathers

Australian-born Enid Bennett (her sisters, Catherine Bennett and Marjorie Bennett, were also actresses) started her career on stage in Sydney. She became a well-regarded stage actress there, and eventually made her way to New York to conquer Broadway. Broadway, however, wasn't particularly ...

Actors Branch

25. Clara Beranger

Writer | Almost Human

Clara S. Beranger was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was a 1907 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore. Early in her career, she wrote some newspaper and magazine articles. On a whim, she submitted a screenplay which was accepted. She eventually found work writing for several ...

Writers Branch

26. Frank Berger

Camera_department | Dancer in the Dark

Frank Berger is known for his work on Dancer in the Dark (2000), AmnesiA (2001) and App (2013).

Technicians Branch

27. Paul Bern

Director | The Dressmaker from Paris

Paul Bern is undoubtedly more famous today for being found shot to death in his bathroom barely 2 months after his marriage to proto-sex symbol Jean Harlow in 1932. Born in Hamburg, Germany as Paul Levy, he came to the United States with his family as a child. His mother died by drowning in the ...

Writers Branch

29. J. Stuart Blackton

Director | The Glorious Adventure

J. Stuart Blackton came to the US with his family from Sheffield, England, in 1885 at age 10, settling in New York. He became friends with Albert E. Smith - who later became his business partner and headed Vitagraph Studios - in 1894 and they started a short-lived vaudeville act together. Blackton ...

Directors Branch

• Board of Directors • Directors Class Executive Committee • Awards of Merit General Committee

30. Ralph Block

Producer | His First Command

(1934-1935) President of the Screen Writers Guild.

Writers Branch

• Public Relations General Committee

31. Monte Blue

Actor | Key Largo

Stalwart, durable Monte Blue, a romantic leading man of the silent days, was born January 11, 1887, as Gerard Monte Blue (some sources indicate 1890, but his mother's application for his admission to the Soldier's and Sailor's Orphan's Home lists his birth date as January 11, 1887). Various sources...

Actors Branch

32. Al Boasberg

Writer | The General

Al Boasberg was born on December 5, 1892 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Albert Isaac Boasberg. He was a writer and director, known for The General (1926), Listen to Freezin' (1936) and Old Maid's Mistake (1934). He was married to Roslyn Goldberg and Hilda Levy. He died on June 18, 1937 in Los Angeles...

Writers Branch

33. Frank Borzage

Director | No Greater Glory

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

Directors Branch

34. John Bowers

Actor | Lorna Doone

Began working in films from 1916, becoming a a star within five years of his debut. His frequent co-star was was Marguerite de la Motte, whom he later married. The advent of sound effectively ended his career. Shortly after attending a party, the distraught 50-year-old Bowers committed suicide by ...

Actors Branch

35. William Boyd

Actor | Call of the Prairie

The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. ...

Actors Branch

Writers Branch

37. Monte Brice

Writer | Casey at the Bat

Brice qualified as a mining engineer, after studies at Columbia University. He was eventually hired as sales manager for the Texas Oil Company, based in New York. This appears not to have worked out, since Brice popped up in Hollywood for his first spell, as a small part actor in comedies starring ...

Directors Branch

38. Clarence Brown

Director | Anna Karenina

Clarence Leon Brown was the son of Larkin Harry and Catherine Ann (Gaw) Brown of Clinton, Massachusetts. His family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1905 and from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in mechanical and electrical ...

Directors Branch

39. Tod Browning

Director | Dracula

Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: ...

Directors Branch

40. Dimitri Buchowetzki

Director | Valencia

Dimitri Buchowetzki was born in 1885 in Russia as Dmitry Savelyevych Bukhovecky. He was a director and writer, known for Valencia (1926), The Swan (1925) and Othello (1922). He died in 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Directors Branch

41. Wilfred Buckland

Production_designer | Hawthorne of the U.S.A.

His only son, Bill, when an adult, had psychological problems which resulted in his treatment with electric shock therapy. Because of this, Bill needed constant care, which became his father's sole responsibility after Bill's mother's death. Despondent, the elderly Wilfred shot his son in the head ...

Technicians Branch

• Technicians Class Executive Committee

42. Francis X. Bushman

Actor | Sabrina

Francis X. Bushman was born on January 10, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Francis Xavier Bushman. He was an actor and director, known for Sabrina (1954), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Romeo and Juliet (1916). He was married to Iva Millicient Richardson, Norma Emily Atkin, Beverly ...

Actors Branch

43. Edwin Carewe

Director | Across the Pacific

Married petite actress Mary Akin when she was just 17 and he was 38. He was already married once - in 1905 but the records of that union are lost - and divorced. Carewe and Akin had two children during their first marriage, daughter Sally Ann (b. 1925) and son William (b. 1927). A third child with ...

Directors Branch

44. Harry Carey

Actor | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future ...

Actors Branch

45. Ben Carré

Art_department | A Night at the Opera

French-born Benjamin Carré was a classically-trained artist who had studied at the Atelier Amable in Paris. He started out professionally as a scene painter for the Paris Opera and the Comédie-Francaise (1901-06). Looking to find work in the fledgling film business, he joined Pathé-Gaumont as a set...

Technicians Branch

46. Lon Chaney

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in ...

Actors Branch

47. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Actors Branch

48. Charles Christie

Director | 813

Charles H.V. Christie, the motion picture studio owner and real estate developer, was born on April 14, 1880 in London, Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to the United States with his younger brother Al to seek employment in the film industry. Al eventually became head of comedy production at Adolph ...

Producers Branch

• Academy Building and Finance General Committee • Founding Member

49. Elliott J. Clawson

Writer | The Cop

Brother of cameraman Dal Clawson.

Writers Branch

50. Denison Clift

Writer | High Seas

Graduated Stanford University.

Writers Branch

51. Edward F. Cline

Director | The Boat

Edward "Eddie" Cline began his career in the film business as one of the Keystone Kops. The former vaudevillian appeared sporadically in films as an actor until 1922, but became increasingly active behind the camera as a gagman and scenario writer for Mack Sennett. From 1916 he worked on a steady ...

Directors Branch

52. Lew Cody

Actor | The Tenderfoot

This dark-haired, suave American-born matinée idol of French ancestry abandoned a medical career after receiving favorable reviews for his performance in a school play at McGill Medical College in Montreal. He went on to study drama at the Stanhope Wheatcroft School of Acting in New York, then ...

Actors Branch

53. Lenore J. Coffee

Writer | Four Daughters

Novelist and screenwriter, educated at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. An avid movie enthusiast in her youth, she came to films after replying to an advertising campaign launched by actress Clara Kimball Young, who was on the lookout for better scripts. Coffee won the competition and ...

Writers Branch

54. Ronald Colman

Actor | Random Harvest

British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his ...

Actors Branch

55. Alfred A. Cohn

Writer | The Jazz Singer

Alfred Cohn moved to Cleveland, where he got a newspaper job. After getting married, he moved to Galveston, Texas, to run a newspaper. He then moved to Arizona, where he served as secretary to the constitutional convention of Arizona when it was admitted as a state in 1912.

Eventually, he moved to ...

Writers Branch

• Writers Class Executive Committee

56. J.J. Cohn

Self | 1925 Studio Tour

J.J. Cohn was born on December 3, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Judson Cohn. He was a producer and production manager, known for 1925 Studio Tour (1925) and Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993). He died on January 12, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Technicians Branch

57. Anthony Coldeway

Writer | Glorious Betsy

American screenwriter, in Hollywood as a scenarist for 2-reel shorts from 1911. He spent much of his career under contract to Warner Brothers (1927-29 and 1936-42), where he primarily handled westerns and crime dramas for Bryan Foy's B-unit. He adapted a number of his screenplays from his own ...

Writers Branch

58. John Colton

Writer | The Invisible Ray

Had hoped to finish his play "Foreign Fancy Woman" while in Gainesville.

Writers Branch

59. Chester Conklin

Actor | Modern Times

Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never ...

Actors Branch

Producers Branch

• Benefit Motion Picture General Committee • Public Relations General Committee

61. Jack Conway

Director | Viva Villa!

Born Hugh Ryan Conway of Irish ancestry, Jack Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors (others included Sam Wood and Robert Z. Leonard), who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management--as embodied by Irving ...

Directors Branch

62. Jack Coogan Sr.

Writer | Daddy

Jack Coogan Sr. was born on January 21, 1887 in Syracuse, New York, USA as John Henry Coogan. He is known for his work on Daddy (1923), Trouble (1922) and The Rag Man (1925). He was married to Lillian Coogan. He died on May 4, 1935 in San Diego, California, USA.

Producers Branch

63. Clyde Cook

Actor | The Docks of New York

Diminutive Australian-born silent comic, the son of an engine driver. Clyde Cook earned his sobriquet, 'The Kangaroo Boy', because of his rubber-limbed elasticity. He had been on stage from the age of six, trained as an acrobatic dancer and performed on the Tivoli circuit in his native country, and...

Actors Branch

64. Hallam Cooley

Actor | The Monster

Hallam Cooley was born on February 8, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Lindsley Hallam Burr. He was an actor, known for The Monster (1925), Holiday (1930) and Frisco Jenny (1932). He was married to Doris McMahon, Elizabeth Bates and Edna Clara Kemp. He died on March 20, 1971 in Tiburon, ...

Actors Branch

• Actors Class Exclusive Committee

65. Ricardo Cortez

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Ricardo Cortez was born Jacob Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants who moved to New York just before he was born. His brother was cinematographer Stanley Cortez, who also changed his surname. Cortez worked a number of ...

Actors Branch

66. Dolores Costello

Actress | Old San Francisco

Dolores Costello was once known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen but is probably best remembered today as Drew Barrymore's grandmother. She was born in 1905 to actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her father began his film career in 1908. He would soon become the most popular matinée idol of...

Actors Branch

67. Donald Crisp

Actor | How Green Was My Valley

Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, ...

Directors Branch

• Academy Building and Finance General Committee

68. Alan Crosland

Director | Shadows of the Sea

Director Alan Crosland was birn in New York City on August 10, 1894, into an upper-middle class family, which soon moved to East Orange, NJ, where Alan was reared. His family's finances allowed for him to spend part of his elementary education in England, where he acquired a curious Anglo-American ...

Directors Branch

69. Jack Cunningham

Writer | The Avenging Arrow

Never recovered from a stroke he suffered while working on the film Union Pacific (1939).

Writers Branch

70. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Directors Branch

71. Bebe Daniels

Actress | The Maltese Falcon

Bebe Daniels already had toured as an actor by the age of four in a stage production of "Richard III". She had her first leading role at the age of seven and started her film career shortly after this in movies for Imperial, Pathe and others. At 14 she was already a film veteran, and was enlisted ...

Actors Branch

• Information General Committee

72. Fred A. Datig

Casting_director | The Cheerful Fraud

Father of Fred Datig Jr.

Technicians Branch

73. Marceline Day

Actress | Broadway to Cheyenne

The younger sister of actress Alice Day, Marceline Day achieved stardom in the mid-'20s, appearing opposite such stars as John Barrymore and Lon Chaney. Adept at comedy, she also starred with such top comics as Buster Keaton and Harry Langdon. Her career faltered in the early '30s, however, and she...

Actors Branch

74. Richard Day

Art_director | On the Waterfront

Richard Day's film career began in 1918 when director Erich von Stroheim hired him as a set decorator. His work so impressed von Stroheim that the director kept Day as a set decorator, then an art director, and costume designer on many of his productions. Day left von Stroheim and struck out on his...

Technicians Branch

75. Sam De Grasse

Actor | The Man Who Laughs

Born in Canada, Sam De Grasse entered films in 1912 and specialized in playing thoroughly disreputable, nasty, slimy bad guys. Douglas Fairbanks was so impressed with De Grasse's villainy that he used the actor in several of his more memorable productions. He wasn't the only member of the De Grasse ...

Actors Branch

Writers Branch

A woman (Mme. Frédérique Rosine De Grésac) who used the masculine form of her first name.

77. Dolores del Rio

Actress | Las abandonadas

Dolores del Rio was the one of the first Mexican movie stars with international appeal and who had meteoric career in the 1920s/1930s Hollywood. Del Rio came from an aristocratic family in Durango. In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything and emigrated to Mexico City, ...

Actors Branch

• Information General Committee

78. Roy Del Ruth

Director | It Happened on Fifth Avenue

Roy Del Ruth was born on Oct. 18, 1895, in Philadelphia, PA. He began his Hollywood career as a writer for Mack Sennett in 1915. He began directing in 1919 for Sennett with the two-reeler Hungry Lions and Tender Hearts (1920). In the early 1920s he moved over to features with such efforts as Asleep...

Directors Branch

79. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

Directors Branch

• College Affairs General Committee • Founding Member

80. William C. de Mille

Director | The Splendid Crime

William Churchill de Mille, the older brother of Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille (W.C. retained the family spelling of his name) and father of Tony Award-winning choreographer Agnes de Mille, was born in Washington, North Carolina, on July 25, 1878. His father, Henry C. DeMille, was a playwright ...

Directors Branch

• Board of Directors • Public Relations General Committee • Founding Member

81. Reginald Denny

Actor | Cat Ballou

Sometime in the early 1930s, Denny was between scenes on a movie set when he met a neighborhood boy who was trying to fly a bulky gas-powered model plane. When he tried to help by making an adjustment on the machine, Denny succeeded only in wrecking it. But this launched his infatuation with model ...

Actors Branch

82. Beulah Marie Dix

Writer | College Scandal

The rights to her play Allison's Lad was almost bought by the Technicolor Corporation to be adapted as one of their Great Events short color film series. The company discarded this idea promptly when Dix asked for $2,500.00, far more than Technicolor was used to spending on film scenarios.

Writers Branch

83. Richard Dix

Actor | Cimarron

Richard Dix was a major leading man at RKO Radio Pictures from 1929 through 1943. He was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desires of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him...

Actors Branch

84. Billie Dove

Actress | The Black Pirate

In her silent heyday, this ravishing and highly photogenic star, known for her voluptuous femininity on the silent screen, rivaled that of Mary Pickford, Marion Davies and Clara Bow in popularity. She retired after only a few years into the talking picture era, however, and is not as ...

Actors Branch

85. Hans Dreier

Art_director | Sunset Blvd.

The extraordinarily prolific and eclectic art director Hans Dreier studied at Munich University where he majored in engineering and architecture. Following military service during the First World War, he spent time working as a supervising architect in the Cameroons and South Africa. Between 1919 ...

Technicians Branch

86. Louise Dresser

Actress | The Scarlet Empress

This knowing, plump-framed, strong-willed actress went on to play the gamut of emotions, from downtrodden, drunken ex-stars to self-controlled dowager empresses, in both silent pictures and early talkies. Grandly supporting the huge stars of her day (including Rudolph Valentino and Will Rogers), ...

Actors Branch

88. Arthur Edeson

Cinematographer | Casablanca

Arthur Edeson is an American cinematographer who was a pioneer of his craft. His career spanned four decades and encompassed many films now regarded as classics.

Born in New York in 1891, Edeson first worked as a still photographer. In 1911 he entered the movie business at Eclair Studios, a ...

Technicians Branch

89. Robert Edeson

Actor | The Absentee

A noted stage actor at the turn of the 20th century, Robert Edeson began his film career working with Cecil B. DeMille on The Call of the North (1914), then moved on to Vitagraph where he remained for the rest of the teens. In the 1920s he returned to work for De Mille, playing the man-of-the-world...

Actors Branch

90. Douglas Fairbanks

Actor | Robin Hood

Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (nee Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney and native of Pennsylvania, who was a captain for the Union forces during the Civil War. Fairbanks' paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, ...

Actors Branch

• President • Board of Directors • Academy Building and Finance General Committee • Founding Member

91. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Actor | The Fighting O'Flynn

Although he appeared in approximately 100 movies or TV shows, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. never really intended to take up acting as a career. However, the environment he was born into and the circumstances naturally led him to be a thespian. Noblesse oblige.

He was born Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. in ...

Actors Branch

Producers Branch

93. Joseph Farnham

Writer | The Trail of '98

Joseph Farnham was born on December 2, 1884 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Joseph White Farnham. He was a writer and editor, known for The Trail of '98 (1928), West Point (1927) and The Unknown (1927). He was married to Rose Alma LeCourt and Emily Ardis. He died on June 2, 1931 in Beverly Hills,...

Writers Branch

• Writers Class Executive Committee • Benefit Motion Picture General Committee • Information General Committee • Founding Member

94. Dorothy Farnum

Writer | Torrent

Dorothy Farnum was born on June 10, 1900 in New York City, New York, USA. She was a writer and actress, known for Torrent (1926), Lorna Doone (1934) and Jenny Lind (1931). She was married to Maurice Barber. She died on January 27, 1970 in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA.

Writers Branch

95. George Fawcett

Actor | Burn 'Em Up Barnes

A grand, stoic presence of the silent screen, George Fawcett was an immensely popular stage thespian both here and in London at the turn of the century. During his heyday his eloquence rivaled that of both Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he was a ...

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96. Louise Fazenda

Actress | The Bat

When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be, "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but ...

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97. B.P. Fineman

Producer | Half a Bride

Studio Production Chief of Film Booking Offices of America (aka FBO Pictures), 1924-1926.

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98. George Fitzmaurice

Director | The Devil to Pay!

American director of French-Dutch ancestry, born in Paris. He studied the fine arts in Paris before resettling in America. As a set designer for stage productions, he was able to break into films in 1908 doing the same work. He dabbled in screen writing and then began directing, at first ...

Directors Branch

99. Victor Fleming

Director | Gone with the Wind

Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...

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100. George J. Folsey

Cinematographer | Forbidden Planet

Pioneer cinematographer George Folsey started out in 1914 as an errand boy with the Lasky Feature Play Company in New York. His introduction to camerawork came, when he was asked by cinematographer H. Lyman Broening to assist with post-production (tracking dissolve and fades for intercutting). By ...

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