The final chapter of my 1914 centennials list. Many classic movie fans will celebrate these actors, producers, and directors this year.
I will see you next year for the 1915 list. Here is a sample for next year: Ann Sheridan, Zero Mostel, Harry Morgan, Anthony Quinn, Alice Faye, Orson Welles, Michael Kidd, Ingrid Bergman, Eli Wallach, and Frank Sinatra.
Born: October 3 (1914 or 1915)
Died: January 17, 2004
Notable Films: The Night of the Iguana (1964); Funny Girl (1968); The Way we Were (1974); The Goodbye Girl (1977); Steel Magnolias (1989).
Trivia: Funny Girl was based on the career of his mother-in-law Fanny Brice.
Ran Columbia Pictures in the 1970s and 1980s.
Born: October 9
Died: March 8, 1985
Notable Films: The Harder They Fall (1956); Tea and Sympathy (1956); Elmer Gantry (1960); The Absent Minded Professor (1961); The Thrill of it All (1963); Sixteen Candles (1984).
Trivia: Type cast as a grandfatherly type.
Didn't really begin building his film career until he was in his forties.
Born: October 19
Died: January 1, 2014
Notable Films: Affair in Trinidad (1952); Ransom! (1956); Imitation of Life (1959); Walk on the Wild Side (1962).
Trivia: Died ten months before her 100th birthday.
The fifth African-American to be nominated for an Oscar in any category.
Born: October 20
Died: January 24, 2006
Notable Films: Down Argentine Way (1940); Sun Valley Serenade (1941); Stormy Weather (1943); The Pirate (1948).
Trivia: Known for doing cartwheels landing in full splits.
Older brother of Harold Nicholas; together they were billed as The Nicholas Brothers.
Born: October 26
Died: March 1, 1984
Notable Films: The Kid (1921); Oliver Twist (1922); The Actress (1953); Marlowe (1969).
Trivia: Law named after him called the Coogan Act, which protects financial abuse by their guardians.
Known for playing Uncle Fester in the 1960s TV show The Addams Family.
Born: November 2 (as Herman Raymond Walston)
Died: January 1, 2001
Notable Films: South Pacific (1958); Damn Yankees! (1958); The Apartment (1960); Kiss Me Stupid (1964); The Sting (1973); Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
Trivia: Known for two TV series-My Favorite Martian and Picket Fences.
Born: November 8
Fingers crossed-will celebrate his centennial this year!
Notable Films: Sabetour (1942); Spellbound (1945); Limelight (1952); Dead Poets Society (1989).
Trivia: Had a lifelong association with Alfred Hitchcock.
Played Dr. Auschlander in the TV show St. Elsewhere.
One of the oldest Hollywood actors never to retire.
Born: November 9 (as Hedwig Kiesler)
Died: January 19, 2000
Notable Films: Ecstasy (1933); Algiers (1938); Boom Town (1940); Ziegfeld Girl (1941); H.M. Pulham Esq. (1941); Samson and Delilah (1949).
Trivia: Did nude scenes in Ecstasy.
Typecast a glamorous woman of exotic origins.
Invented a frequency-hopping spread spectrum that we now used today in such communications tools as Bluetooth and WiFi.
Inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
Regarded by fans and critics alike as one of the most beautiful woman to ever embrace the screen.
The 1st major movie star to die in the new millennium.
Born: December 10 (as Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton)
Died: September 22, 1996
Notable Films: The Jungle Princess (1936); Swing High, Swing Low (1937); The Hurricane (1937); Road to Morocco (1942); My Favorite Brunette (1947); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).
Trivia: Known as The Sarong Queen.
Made a popular seven picture series with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
Born: December 13 (as Samuel Parks)
Died: April 13, 1975
Notable Films: The Jolson Story (1946); Down to Earth (1947); Jolson Sings Again (1949).
Trivia: Blacklisted in the 1950s.
Godfather to Jeff Bridges.
Born: December 26
Died: March 24, 2008
Notable Films: Kiss of Death (1947); Night and the City (1950); No Way Out (1950); Judgment at Nuremberg (1961).
Trivia: Known for playing villains until he branched out into more heroic roles.
Born: December 28
Died: December 25, 1979
Notable Films: Buck Privates (1941); Bataan (1943); Cover Girl (1944); Smash-Up (1947); My Dream is Yours (1949).
Trivia: After retiring from the screen in 1968, he became a corporate communications consultant, specializing in the conversational approach to spoken communication.
Jo Van Fleet
Born: December 30
Died: June 10, 1996
Notable Films: East of Eden (1955); I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955); Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957); Wild River (1960); Cool Hand Luke (1967).
Trivia: Spent five hours in the make-up chair to play an 89-year-old woman in Wild River.
Member of The Actors Studio.