Surviving Stars of Classic TV - as of May 2016

by BWRocks | created - 22 May 2016 | updated - 22 Jul 2016 | Public

This list includes the surviving stars of classic TV, from the standardization of broadcast television in the '40s up until the cusp of modern television in the mid '60s.

1. Joyce Randolph

Actress | The Honeymooners

Joyce Randolph was born on October 21, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Joyce Sirola. She is an actress, known for The Honeymooners (1955), Everything's Jake (2000) and The Ed Sullivan Show (1948). She was previously married to Richard Charles.

2. Mary Kay Stearns

Writer | Mary Kay and Johnny

Mary Kay Stearns was born on October 27, 1925 in Glendale, California, USA as Mary Katherine Jones. She was a writer and actress, known for Mary Kay and Johnny (1947), Kraft Theatre (1947) and Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950). She was married to John Stearns. She died on November 17, 2018 in Newport...

3. Kevin O'Morrison

Actor | Sleepless in Seattle

Kevin O'Morrison was born on May 25, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Funny Farm (1988) and Dear Ruth (1947). He was married to Linda Soma. He died on December 11, 2016 in Lynnwood, Washington, USA.

4. Carl Reiner

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, having achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his "2,000 Year Old Man" album, based on his ...

5. Bob Newhart

Actor | The Rescuers

Bob Newhart is an American actor and stand-up comedian. His comedic style involves deadpan delivery of dialogue, a slight stammer when talking, and comedic monologues. He has cited earlier comedians George Gobel (1919-1991), Ray Goulding (1920-1990), and Bob Elliott (1923-2016) as his main ...

6. Gloria Henry

Actress | Air Hostess

New Orleans-born second-string actress Gloria Henry was born Gloria Eileen McEniry on April 2, 1923, and lived on the edge of the Garden District growing up. Educated at the Worcester Art Museum School, she moved to Los Angeles in her very late teens and worked on a number of radio shows and ...

7. Rose Marie

Actress | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rose Marie was a legend of show business, with a career stretching 90 years, since her debut as her self in a Vitaphone musical short that appeared on the bill with The Jazz Singer (1927) at its premiere in 1927. According to Rose Marie, when she approached Al Jolson at The Wintergarden Theater in ...

8. Dick Van Dyke

Actor | Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had ...

9. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...

10. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

11. Nanette Fabray

Actress | Harper Valley P.T.A.

A sparkling, entertaining, highly energetic presence ever since her early days (from age 4) as a singing and tap dancing child vaudevillian, Nanette Fabray was once billed as "Baby Nanette".

She was born in San Diego, California, to Louisiana-born parents, Lily Agnes (McGovern) and Raoul Bernard ...

12. Tina Louise

Actress | Gilligan's Island

Tina Louise was born Tina Blacker in New York City, the daughter of Sylvia (Horn) and Joseph Blacker, who owned a candy store. Tina was still in her teens when she burst upon the national scene by starring on Broadway in the critically acclaimed box-office success "Li'l Abner", based on the famous ...

13. Dawn Wells

Actress | Gilligan's Island

A wholesome beauty from Reno, Nevada, Dawn Wells was on her way to becoming a ballerina, but bad knees prevented her from realizing the dream. Despite this, she did become Miss Nevada and was in the 1960 Miss America pageant. Wells majored in drama during her collegiate years (she was originally ...

14. Ann Baker

Actress | Meet Corliss Archer

Ann Baker was born in 1931 in Sedalia, Missouri, USA as Anna Rose Baker. She is an actress, known for Meet Corliss Archer (1954), Rhythm in a Riff (1947) and Casey Jones (1957).

15. June Lockhart

Actress | She-Wolf of London

Born in New York City on June 25, 1925, the daughter of actors Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart, June Lockhart made her professional debut at age eight in a Metropolitan Opera production of "Peter Ibbetson", playing Mimsey in the dream sequence. In the mid-1930s, the Lockharts relocated to ...

16. Cloris Leachman

Actress | The Last Picture Show

The legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She ...

17. Jon Shepodd

Actor | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Jon Shepodd was born on December 19, 1925 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Hugh Goodwin. He was an actor, known for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Return of Jack Slade (1955) and The Power of the Resurrection (1958). He died on August 16, 2017 in London, England.

18. Harry Belafonte

Actor | Bobby

Harold George Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927 in New York City. He was educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in nightclubs and theaters, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also,...

19. Jed Allan

Actor | General Hospital

Jed Allan was born on March 1, 1935 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Jed Allan Brown. He was an actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Port Charles (1997). He was married to Janice Toby Druger. He died on March 9, 2019 in Palm Desert, California, USA.

20. Ray Fulmer

Actor | Hazel

Ray Fulmer was born on February 17, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Raymond Stover Fulmer. He is an actor, known for Hazel (1961), Wild Is My Love (1963) and Guiding Light (1952).

21. John Astin

Actor | The Frighteners

Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family (1964), John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and ...

22. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

23. Don Hastings

Actor | As the World Turns

Actor and writer, best known as "The Video Ranger", "Jack Lane", and "Dr. Bob Hughes" on television. The youngest son of Hazel and Charles Hastings, he lived in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant area until he was six, attending Our Lady of Victory parochial school for one year. The family then moved to...

24. Pat Boone

Soundtrack | Journey to the Center of the Earth

Actor, singer, author and songwriter ("Exodus") Pat Boone was educated at David Lipscombe College, North Texas State College and Columbia University (from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958). His career in entertainment began when he emceed a teenage talent show on radio and ...

25. Linda Henning

Actress | Petticoat Junction

The daughter of veteran writer and TV producer Paul Henning and Ruth Henning, Linda originally studied to be a dancer before going into acting. After appearing in an uncredited role as one of the dancers in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), she landed the role of Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction (1963), on ...

26. Jeannine Riley

Actress | Electra Glide in Blue

Blonde bombshell Jeannine Brooke Riley was born on October 1, 1940, in Madera, California, and started her movie and TV career in 1962 with an unbilled movie part in the Rosalind Russell drama Five Finger Exercise (1962) and with roles on the TV shows "Father of the Bride" and "Route 66," not to ...

27. Gunilla Hutton

Actress | Fantasy Island

Gunilla Hutton was born on May 15, 1944 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Gunilla Freeman. She is an actress, known for Fantasy Island (1977), Petticoat Junction (1963) and Hee Haw (1969).

28. Lori Saunders

Actress | Petticoat Junction

Striking brunette Lori Saunders managed to capitalize on her sunny, daisy-fresh beauty during CBS-TV's famous 1960s "rural age", an era in which the network churned out a connected trio of bucolic hit shows -- The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Green Acres (1965) and Petticoat Junction (1963). As the ...

29. Jimmy Hawkins

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Jimmy Hawkins....Portrayed the son of some of Hollywood's most popular movie stars of the 40's (Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Greer Garson, Lana Turner & Jessica Tandy). Jimmy also has the distinction of playing Jimmy Stewart & Donna Reed's son, Tommy Bailey, in the Frank Capra film classic... ...

30. Jonathan Daly

Actor | CPO Sharkey

Jonathan Daly was born on January 14, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for CPO Sharkey (1976), Adams of Eagle Lake (1975) and Petticoat Junction (1963).

31. Beverley Owen

Actress | Bullet for a Badman

Beverley Owen was born Beverley Ogg in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Thursday, May 13th, 1937. In high school and college, she was always doing television, theatre, and radio programs. She then moved to New York to pursue an acting career after graduating from the University of Michigan. She was fired many a ...

32. Pat Priest

Actress | The Munsters

This sweet, wholesome, porcelain-skinned beauty was your typical bouffant blonde of the early-to-mid 1960s. She was picture perfect, whether romping along the coast of Malibu Beach in a bikini or peering over a white picket fence as the girl-next-door. Pat Priest was born Patricia Ann Priest on ...

33. Clint Walker

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Clint Walker was born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, southwestern Illinois, to Gladys Huldah (Schwanda), a Czech immigrant, and Paul Arnold Walker, who was from Arkansas. Walker almost single-handedly started the western craze on TV in the 1950s as Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne (1955). Growing up ...

34. Jim Nabors

Actor | Gomer Pyle: USMC

Tall, spade-jawed, hopelessly genial balladeer/actor Jim Nabors was born in 1930 in Alabama and raised there, graduating from the University of Alabama. A typing clerk at the UN in his salad days, he eventually moved to Los Angeles due to his asthmatic condition and became a film cutter for NBC. ...

35. Adam West

Actor | Batman

Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. (Speer), an opera singer. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man...

36. Max Baer Jr.

Actor | The Beverly Hillbillies

The son of former heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer, Max Baer Jr. is a classic (except probably to him) example of Hollywood typecasting. Known around the world as "Jethro Bodine" in the smash TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Baer did not find work as an actor in Hollywood for three ...

37. Burt Reynolds

Actor | Boogie Nights

Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in T.V. westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970s/1980s popular culture, as a sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine), and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a ...

38. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

39. Roger Ewing

Actor | Gunsmoke

Roger Ewing was born January 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. His acting career entailed several guest shots on TV shows, sitcoms and movies but he is best known for his role of a part-time deputy marshal and handy man, Clayton Thaddeus "Thad" Greenwood in thirty-six episodes (October 2, 1965 -...

40. Barbara Eden

Actress | I Dream of Jeannie

Barbara Eden was born as Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona, went on and become one of America's most endearing and enduring actresses. A graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California. Eden would go on to study at San Francisco's City College as well as the San ...

41. Ann E. Todd

Actress | The Blue Bird

Ann E. Todd was born Ann Todd Phillips on August 26, 1931, in Denver, Colorado. Both of her parents had extensive careers in music; her father, Burrill Phillips, was an accomplished composer and pianist. Ann also had one brother, Stephen, who was born in 1937 (and died in 1986). Ann was adopted and...

42. Kelo Henderson

Actor | 26 Men

Kelo Henderson was born on August 8, 1923 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Paul Henderson Jr. He is an actor, known for 26 Men (1957), Treasure of the Aztecs (1965) and Pyramid of the Sun God (1965).

43. James Drury

Actor | The Virginian

James Drury was born on April 18, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA as James Child Drury. He is an actor and writer, known for The Virginian (1962), Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993). He was previously married to Carl Ann Head, Phyllis Mitchell and Cristall ...

44. Clu Gulager

Actor | The Return of the Living Dead

Clu Gulager was born William Martin Gulager in Holdenville, Hughes County, Oklahoma. His nickname was given to him by his father for the clu-clu birds (known in English as martins, like his middle name) that were nesting at the Gulager home at the time Clu was born. He grew up on his uncle's ranch ...

45. Gary Clarke

Writer | Greenbriar

Gary Clarke was born on August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Clarke Frederic Lamoreaux. He is an actor and writer, known for Greenbriar, The Paperboy (2012) and Tombstone (1993). He has been married to Jerrene Beatty since October 5, 1991. He was previously married to Pat Woodell and ...

46. Randy Boone

Actor | The Virginian

Randy Boone was born on January 17, 1942 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA as Clyde Wilson Randall Boone Jr. He is an actor, known for The Virginian (1962), Terminal Island (1973) and It's a Man's World (1962). He was previously married to Sylvia Howell.

47. Carol Burnett

Actress | The Carol Burnett Show

The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood ...

48. Larry Storch

Actor | The Great Race

As a kid in the 1930s growing up in a tough New York neighborhood, kinetic wiseguy Larry Storch took in the multi-ethnic flavor of his surroundings and started blurting out various accents as a juvenile to provoke laughs and earn attention. Little did he know that this early talent would take him ...

49. Ken Berry

Actor | The Cat from Outer Space

Dancing and the military were a large part of Ken Berry's life. When he was 13 he attended a carnival at his grade school; the dancers impressed him so much that he decided that's what he wanted to do with his life. His parents were supportive, and his dad even booked Ken into variety type shows. ...

50. James Hampton

Actor | Sling Blade

Raised in Dallas, Texas, James Hampton attended John H. Reagan Elementary, N.R. Crozier Technical High School and the University of North Texas (Theatre Arts Major). He studied acting with Michael Howard in New York and Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles. He worked with Baruch Lumet at Knox Street ...

51. Robert Clary

Actor | The Bold and the Beautiful

Born in France, Robert Clary early suffered the pangs of war, being interned in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. After WWII he became a singing star in France, and in 1949 came to the United States to promote his career. He appeared on The Ed Wynn Show (1949); still learning English he ...

52. Connie Stevens

Actress | Hawaiian Eye

Connie Stevens was born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Eleanor McGinley, a singer, and Teddy Stevens (born Peter Ingoglia), a musician. Her father was of Italian/Sicilian descent and her mother was of half Irish and half Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Connie ...

53. Mark Goddard

Actor | Lost in Space

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts (July 24, 1936), the actor (real name: Charles Goddard) grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts, where his father owned a five-and-ten. At Holy Cross, the head of the dramatic society encouraged him to become an actor and, soon, Goddard was off to Manhattan, attending the ...

54. Marta Kristen

Actress | Lost in Space

Marta Kristen was born Birgit Annalisa Rusanen, on February 26, 1945, to a Finnish mother and a German soldier who was killed towards the end of World War II in Europe. Marta was only two months old when she was left in an orphanage. In 1949, Prof. & Mrs. Harold Soderquist of Detroit, Michigan ...

55. Jerry Van Dyke

Actor | Coach

He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick...

56. Sally Field

Actress | Forrest Gump

Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field...

57. Marlo Thomas

Actress | That Girl

Many well-known and highly identifiable actresses have tried and failed to make the arduous crossover from fizzy TV sitcom star to mature, dramatic artist. Usually, it was their hardcore fans who refused to accept them in any other light. Sally Field and Elizabeth Montgomery come to mind first as ...

58. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...

59. Lee Meriwether

Actress | Batman: The Movie

Today, sexy Lee Meriwether is best remembered for her roles in a few science fiction/fantasy cult productions made between 1966 and 1969. Batman: The Movie (1966), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), The Time Tunnel (1966) and Land of the Giants (1968).

Firstly Batman: The Movie (1966), in which ...

60. Kaye Ballard

Actress | Cinderella

Singing funny girl Kaye Ballard was born to perform...and perform she did, in a career spanning eight decades. With a strong comedy background and tunnel mouth to rival Martha Raye, the broad and bouncy trouper drew laughs on the musical stage, in night clubs, in recordings and on TV. As the ...

61. Diahann Carroll

Actress | Julia

One of television's premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. The first child of John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel Faulk Johnson, a nurse; music ...

62. Carole Cook

Actress | Sixteen Candles

Actress Carole Cook showed a knack for comic timing from early on, so much so that the legendary Lucille Ball took her on as a protégée. Cook would make many appearances on Ball's TV shows The Lucy Show (1962) and Here's Lucy (1968), as well as other shows like Magnum, P.I. (1980), Dynasty (1981), ...

63. Ruta Lee

Actress | Witness for the Prosecution

Ruta Lee was born on May 30, 1935 in Montréal, Québec, Canada as Ruta Mary Kilmonis. She is an actress, known for Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Funny Face (1957). She has been married to Webster B. Lowe Jr. since February 13, 1976.

64. Norman Lloyd

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Norman Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, a furniture store manager. His family was Jewish (from Hungary and Russia). He began his acting career in the theater, first "treading the boards" at Eva Le Gallienne...

65. Jane Withers

Actress | Giant

During the early times of the Depression when life was more famine than feast, child stars became the blue plate special of the day, served up by Hollywood to help nourish a nation besieged with troubles. Following 20th Century-Fox monumental success with Shirley Temple in the early 1930s, every ...

66. Cicely Tyson

Actress | The Help

Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...

67. Bill Dana

Actor | The Nude Bomb

Comedian, author and composer, educated at Emerson College. He served in the US Infantry during World War II. Later, he was part of the team Dana and Wood on television and in supper clubs. As a single, he appeared on television with Martha Raye and Imogene Coca and was a writer for Steve Allen, ...

68. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Angela Brigid Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her ...

69. Shirley Jones

Actress | The Music Man

Named after child star Shirley Temple, Shirley Jones started singing at the age of six. She started formal training at the age of 12 and would dream of singing with her idol, Gordon MacRae. Upon graduating from high school, Shirley went to New York to audition for the casting director of Rodgers & ...

70. Florence Henderson

Actress | The Brady Bunch

Florence Henderson was considered by protocol executive Jerold Franks, CSA to be "...one of the most generous stars I have ever worked with." Los Angeles, New York and all parts of the country, Florence has helped raise millions of dollars for various charitable organizations.

Jerold Franks, friend ...

71. Marion Ross

Actress | Superhero Movie

The lovely, continuously upbeat and iconic All-American mom from the classic Happy Days (1974) TV sitcom had fervent desires of becoming an actress while growing up in her obscure Minnesota town. Born Marian Ross (with an "a") in 1928, she grew up in her native state and, at one time, worked as a ...

72. Carol Channing

Actress | Thoroughly Modern Millie

Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...

73. Don Rickles

Actor | Kelly's Heroes

Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, ...

74. Elinor Donahue

Actress | Pretty Woman

Tap dancing at the age of 16 months, pert and pretty Elinor Donahue has been entertaining audiences for six decades. Born Mary Eleanor Donahue in Tacoma, Washington in 1937, she appeared as a radio singer and vaudeville dancer while still a mere toddler, then was picked up by Universal Studios at ...

75. Jamie Farr

Actor | M*A*S*H

Jamie Farr was born on July 1, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Jameel Joseph Farah. He is an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Cannonball Run (1981) and Cannonball Run II (1984). He has been married to Joy Ann Richards since February 16, 1963. They have two children.

76. Charlotte Rae

Actress | The Facts of Life

Charlotte Rae was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the middle daughter of three sisters, between Beverly and Mimi. Her parents, Esther (nee Ottenstein) and Meyer Lubotsky, were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her father owned an automobile tire business. Her mother had been ...

77. Estelle Parsons

Actress | Bonnie and Clyde

The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she ...

78. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break ...

79. Gigi Perreau

Actress | Shadow on the Wall

A major little talent, this French-American moppet star of the late '40s and early '50s was not able to parlay her precocious popularity into a sizeable adult career, but has nevertheless maintained on the fringe for decades. Gigi Perreau was born in Los Angeles to a French father, who fled his ...

80. Jack Collins

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Jack Collins was born on August 24, 1918 in Brooklyn New York. He was an actor, known for The Towering Inferno (1974), The Sting (1973) and Police Story (1973). He died on January 31, 2005.

81. Abbe Lane

Actress | Twilight Zone: The Movie

Abbe Lane was born on December 14, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Abigail Francine Lassman. She is an actress, known for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Caesar Against the Pirates (1962) and Amazing Stories (1985). She has been married to Perry Leff since December 16, 1964. She ...

82. Jane Powell

Actress | A Date with Judy

Jane Powell was singing and dancing at an early age. She sang on the radio and performed in theaters before her screen debut in 1944. Through the 1940s and 1950s, she had a successful career in movie musicals. However, in 1957, her career in films ended, as she had outgrown her innocent ...

83. Marvin Kaplan

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Marvin Kaplan was born on January 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Marvin Wilbur Kaplan. He was an actor and writer, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), Wild at Heart (1990) and The Great Race (1965). He was married to Rosa Felsenburg. He died on August 25, 2016 in Tarzana, ...

84. Janis Paige

Actress | Silk Stockings

Joyous scene-stealer Janis Paige started out playing rather bland film ingénues, but never seemed to be comfortable in those roles--she had too much snap, crackle and pop to be confined in such a formulaic way.

Born Donna Mae Tjaden in 1922 in Tacoma, Washington, she was singing in public from age 5...

85. Arlene Dahl

Actress | Journey to the Center of the Earth

Elegance and femininity are fitting descriptions for Arlene Dahl. She is considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have graced the screen during the postwar period. Audiences were captivated by her breathtaking beauty and the way she used to it to her advantage, progressing from ...

86. Patrick Wayne

Actor | The Searchers

Possessing his father's durable good looks, vigor and charm, this tall, strapping, exceedingly handsome second son of John Wayne had huge boots to fill in trying to escape his legendary father's shadow and corral Hollywood fame on his own terms. But attempt he did and, looking back, he may not have...

87. Dolores Rosedale

Actress | The Seven Year Itch

Dolores Rosedale was born on March 20, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Dolores Evelyn Rosedale. She is an actress, known for The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Young Don't Cry (1957) and Crime Photographer (1951).

88. Patty McCormack

Actress | The Master

As a testament to her passion and talent, former 1950s pig-tailed moppet star Patty McCormack has remained a consistent presence on film and TV for over five decades. While the lovely and talented blond suffered her share of hard knocks in adjusting to an adult career, she did not fade away into ...

89. Tom Smothers

Actor | The Informant!

Tom Smothers was born on February 2, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Bolyn Smothers III. He is an actor, known for The Informant! (2009), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) and Pandemonium (1982). He has been married to Marcy Carriker since September 9, 1990. They have two ...

90. Dick Smothers

Actor | Casino

Dick Smothers was born on November 20, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Remick Smothers. He is an actor, known for Casino (1995), The Informant! (2009) and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967). He was previously married to Denby Franklin, Lorraine Wallace and Linda Miller.

91. Vera Miles

Actress | Psycho

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she ...

92. Barbara Bain

Actress | Mission: Impossible

Barbara Bain was born in Chicago, graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She then relocated to New York City where she gained work as a dancer and high-fashion model. Ms. Bain studied with Martha Graham, permanently cementing her love of dance; however, it...

93. Robin Morgan

Actress | Mama

Robin Morgan was born on January 29, 1942 in Lake Worth, Florida, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Mama (1949), Kraft Theatre (1947) and The Alcoa Hour (1955).

94. Cara Williams

Actress | The Defiant Ones

This perky, talented, blue-eyed redhead had acting aspirations from the get-go. She was born in Brooklyn on June 29, 1925, as Bernice Kamiat, to an Austrian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Cara began performing as a child and continued into her teens. After her parents' divorce, she ...

95. Connie Sawyer

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

96. Richard Keith

Actor | The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Keith Thibodeaux, billed as "Richard Keith" in I Love Lucy (1951) episodes, started playing drums at the age of two in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began touring the United States at the tender age of three and ended up in Hollywood, California auditioning for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's popular ...

97. Orson Bean

Actor | Being John Malkovich

Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marian Pollard. The newborn Dallas...

98. Bernard Fox

Actor | Titanic

Endearing, bushy-whiskered Welsh character actor whose screen repertoire seemed to consist for the better part of variations on a similar theme, namely stereotypical stiff-upper-lip or bumbling British gents. The son of an actress and an actor-manager and on stage from early childhood, Fox began ...

99. Kathy Garver

Actress | Sweet November

Kathy Garver was born in Long Beach, California Her break-through performance came as one of the young slaves in The Ten Commandments

She is most well known for starring as the teenage niece of Uncle Bill Davis, Cissy Davis on Family Affair (1966). The show was nominated for Emmys in various ...

100. Robert Earle

Self | The General Electric College Bowl

Robert Earle was born on January 5, 1926 in Baldwin, New York, USA. He was married to Marion Hanna. He died on June 5, 2019 in Ithaca, New York.



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