Saturday, 13 July 2041

5000 Actors in a Blog!


There are now more than 5000 actors and actresses featured in this blog. Here are some links to help you navigate and find the one that you are looking for. As always, this is a work in constant progress so a little time will be needed to complete these links. Alternatively you can use the links in the side panel.

Actors Whose Surname Begins With The Letter...

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Films by Year

1880s  1890s

1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909

1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919

1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929

1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939

1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 






Bloopers (Coming Soon)
 


The word 'Forgotten' has been used in this blog to represent the thousands of actors who rarely get recognised for their work beyond their peers. Without websites and blogs like this one they could easily be forgotten altogether. As new generations discover films, how many will venture into the obscure world of second features and independent productions to discover the layers of talent behind the stars of the day? When you last watched a classic film, did you notice the maid, the train conductor, the woman selling flowers, the elevator operator, or any of the passers-by in the background? Or were your eyes transfixed on the main actors, as they are supposed to be. Sometimes watching a film several times will give you the full appreciation of what it takes to create an atmosphere in a scene. I hope when you look at this blog you will go and watch the films for yourself, maybe several times and look beyond the foreground action to the bit-part actors, each one with a life, a career and a story of their own. More famous actors are included in this blog for the sake of completion and to help you research the less famous ones.

Qualifying actors and actresses for this blog are those who have appeared on screen before 1970, whether they have been forgotten or not.


Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Gordon MacRae

Born: 12 March 1921, East Orange, New Jersey, USA
Died: 24 January 1986, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
 
On Moonlight Bay (1951) as William Sherman
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Blog Updates - April to June 2022

 
29th June 2022
 
Working mainly on the Margaret Rutherford 'Miss Marple' films today.
 
 
Additional pictures added: Duncan Lamont, Joan Ingram
 
 
28th June 2022
 
Working mainly on the Margaret Rutherford 'Miss Marple' films today.
 
 
 
 
27th June 2022
 
Working mainly on the Margaret Rutherford 'Miss Marple' films today.
 

 
 
26th June 2022
 
Working mainly on the Margaret Rutherford 'Miss Marple' films today.
 

Additional pictures added: Margaret Rutherford, Joan Hickson,
 
 
25th June 2022
 

Additional picture added: Gloria Grahame.
 
 
23rd June 2022
 
Watched 'Melvin and Howard (1980)'. Several actors who qualify for this blog were in it including Jason Robards Jr., Michael J. Pollard, Gloria Grahame, Charlene Holt and Herbie Faye. I will add them soon.
 
 
16th June 2022
 
A few months ago I watched the Margaret Rutherford films 'Murder She Said (1961)', 'Murder at the Gallop (1963)', 'Murder Most Foul (1964)' and 'Murder Ahoy (1964)' in which she plays Miss Marple from the Agatha Christie novels. Today I began to add the pictures from these films.

New actors added: Joan Benham.
 
 
15th June 2022
 
Added the pictures from 'Another Fine Mess (1930)' today. 

 

There is an excellent website that helps me put together this blog. The site is dedicated to all things concerning Hal Roach Studios; the films, the actors and the locations and anything else related to those films. Have a look at Another Nice Mess to find more details about some of the actors here.

Watched 'The Gibson Goddess (1909)' and re-watched 'Her First Biscuits (1909)'.

New actors added: Marion Leonard, Dorothy West, Anthony O'Sullivan, Gertrude Robinson, Jeanie Macpherson (added 16th June), Billy Quirk (added 16th June) and John R. Cumpson.
 
Additional pictures added: Mary Pickford, and George Nichols. A picture was also added to Kate Bruce after re-watching 'The Country Doctor (1909).'

Re-watched 'The Country Doctor (1909)'.

New actors added: Rose King, Kate Bruce, Adele DeGarde.

Additional pictures added: Mary Pickford.
 
 
13th June 2022
 
Don't often add actors from television shows at the moment, but I stumbled upon a show from 1956 called Private Secretary.
 
New actors added: Jesse White
 
Additional pictures added: George E. Stone.
 
 
12th June 2022
 
Watched 'Another Fine Mess (1930)' again, but this time with my son, who likes Laurel and Hardy and has seen many of the shorts. Also, I've never watched it before with the intention of adding the actors to the blog.
 
9th June 2022
 
Finished watching 'Made for Love (1926)' thank goodness. Very boring. Several unidentified actors have a featured role. One is suggested to be Malcolm Denny (Reginald Denny's brother) but I need to find another film of his to confirm before he is entered into this blog.
 
7th June 2022
 
Often, I go back to a film I've seen before to find the actors I missed the first time around. This was the case today with 'Back Door to Heaven (1939)', a film I first watched several years ago. The Louis Morrison error I mentioned on 31st May 2022 was in this film, which prompted me to have another look at it.
 
New actors added: Raymond Roe, Kenneth LeRoy, and Hugh Cameron.

Additional pictures added: Robert B. Williams.


5th June 2022

Watched a short silent comedy 'Pep Up (1929)' today starring Cliff Bowes. This is a light comedy with very little storyline. Cliff Bowes reminds me of Glenn Tryon of Hal Roach Studios and the comedy is just as weak. It was lovely to see Adrienne Dore for the first time. Also, Bobby Barber appears briefly in one of his earliest films.


Additional pictures added: Emily Gerdes, and Bobby Barber.

As usual, plenty of extras to sift through to see if I recognise any of them. Unlikely, though.


3rd June 2022

Started watching the silent feature 'Made for Love (1926)' properly today. It's a difficult watch because it is so boring, but I will get through it one of these days. Lots of slow movement from Leatrice Joy in close up. Not very engaging. I only watched it because Leatrice Joy was in it, but she was dull.
 


 
31st May 2022
 
Watched 'The Unholy Three (1925)' in its entirety for the first time. Previously I dipped into the film to look for Harry Earles in his baby costume to compare this version with the sound version from 1930. This is one of those situations where I tell people I love Lon Chaney and then realise I've only seen two of his films. It a realisation that happens to me more often than not. Another example was Humphrey Bogart. I really liked him, but I had only seen one of his films all the way through. I've now put that right and still like him.
 
This was a superior film for 1925, in my opinion, particularly for the performances of Chaney and Mae Busch. My dilemma with this and other films is whether to add people to the blog who are not particularly actors, like the fat lady or human skeleton that appear at the beginning. From the offset, however, I have always maintained in my own mind that this blog was more about the supporting actors, extras and others who appear in the films and less about the stars, even though it is fun adding them all. There is only one sword swallower in the film and I don't know which one he is, so I have left him out for now. Apparently, Marjorie Morton plays Mrs. Arlington. The lady I presume who was this character was almost completely obscured facially. Therefore I've not included her in the blog. Her other films are not available to me. I don't remember seeing the 'Wild Borneo Man' in the film, so John Millerta has not been added.
 
 

I made a correction to Louis Morrison's post. The previous entry was wrong and has been removed. This is why I like to watch more than one film of a particular actor.
 
I rely heavily on other researchers' information for actors such as Louis Shank who was not in many films that we know of, which therefore makes confiming his identity nigh on impossible.
 
There was a lot of extras in this film. I would love to identify some of them.
 
Had a quick look at the beginning of 'Made for Love (1929)'. Added Edmund Burns to the blog.
 
Watched the surviving fragments of the otherwise lost film 'The Way of All Flesh (1927)'. An impressive performance from Emil Jannings for which he won the very first 'best actor' Academy Award. 

New actos added: Emil Jannings, Donald Keith.


30th May 2022

Finished watching 'Too Many Kisses (1926)'. Decided to continue watching films newly entered into the Public Domain this year. The main reason for watching this particular film was so that I could identify the previously mentioned Arthur Ludwig and hopefully also add his inclusion in 'Old Ironsides (1926)'. Too Many Kisses was an enjoyable film even though the plot was extremely thin. I think this is first time I've seen William Powell in a silent film.
 
 
Additional pictures added: Richard Dix, William Powell, Albert Tavernier, and Paul Panzer. I had already added the picture of Harpo Marx from this film some time ago, which I got from a clip on YouTube.

I have newly identified Lois Moran in 'Too Many Kiss (1926)'. Her appearance is brief in the office scene early in the film.
 
 
27th May 2022
 
Finished watching 'Old Ironsides (1926)', a film I decided to watch to see if I could find Bess Flowers in it as reported on other websites. I could not! I particularly loved the performances of Wallace Beery and George Bancroft as two veterans of the sea. It also allowed me to add the following actors and actresses to my blog: the American Charles Farrell (I already had the Irish CF), Johnnie Walker, Charles Hill Mailes, the boxer George Godfrey, William Conklin, Effie Ellsler and Guy Oliver
 
Added new pictures for: Wallace and George (as stated earlier), Esther Ralston, Eddie Fetherston, Fred Kohler, and Spec O'Donnell
 
I was looking for Arthur Ludwig but I didn't know what he looked like. As for the Fred Kohler identification, I am still only 99% sure it's him. I need to see some other films of his from that era. There is a moment in the film when Spec O'Donnell exclaims 'Ain't fightin' great!' and a minute later it appears that he is killed in battle, but then appears in close up again a few minutes after this.
 

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Dan Palmquist

Born: 6 November 1923, Hutchinson, Kansas, USA
Died: April 1981, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
 
Dan Palmquist was the head of the editing department at Centron Corporation, a film production company specialising in short educational and instructional films. He also directed and acted in a few of them. When Herk Harvey, a film director at Centron, decided to make a dramatic feature he asked Dan to edit it. There was also an acting part with dialogue for Dan in the film as the gas station attendant.
 
Carnival of Souls (1962) as Gas Station Attendant
 
With Candace Hilligoss. Dan Palmquist was also the editor on this film.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Forbes Caldwell

Born: 4 January 1911
Died: 8 December 2002, Topeka, Kansas, USA
 
Forbes Caldwell was an amateur actor who occasionally appeared in local theatre productions. He also in appeared in a number of educational shorts made by Centron Corporation in Lawrence, Kansas, often directed by Herk Harvey who invited Tom to appear in his one and only dramatic feature 'Carnival of Souls (1962)'.
 
Carnival of Souls (1962) as Carpenter in Organ Factory
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tom McGinnis

Born: 11 October 1911, Topeka, Kansas, USA
Died: 26 September 1987, Topeka, Kansas, USA
 
Tom McGinnis was a semi-professional actor who worked in local theatre. He also in appeared in a number of educational shorts made by Centron Corporation in Lawrence, Kansas, often directed by Herk Harvey who invited Tom to appear in his one and only dramatic feature 'Carnival of Souls (1962)'.
 
Carnival of Souls (1962) as Organ Factory Boss
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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