Category:Film directors from Illinois
Film directors from Illinois.
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Film directors from Illinois.
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1. Illinois – Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States, achieving statehood in 1818. It is the 6th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, the word Illinois comes from a French rendering of a native Algonquin word. For decades, OHare International Airport has been ranked as one of the worlds busiest airports, Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics. With the War of 1812 Illinois growth slowed as both Native Americans and Canadian forces often raided the American Frontier, mineral finds and timber stands also had spurred immigration—by the 1810s, the Eastern U. S. Railroads arose and matured in the 1840s, and soon carried immigrants to new homes in Illinois, as well as being a resource to ship their commodity crops out to markets. Railroads freed most of the land of Illinois and other states from the tyranny of water transport. By 1900, the growth of jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted a new group of immigrants. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars, the Great Migration from the South established a large community of African Americans in Chicago, who created the citys famous jazz and blues cultures. Three U. S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was the only U. S. president born and raised in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official slogan, Land of Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in the capital of Springfield. Illinois is the spelling for the early French Catholic missionaries and explorers name for the Illinois Native Americans. American scholars previously thought the name Illinois meant man or men in the Miami-Illinois language and this etymology is not supported by the Illinois language, as the word for man is ireniwa and plural men is ireniwaki. The name Illiniwek has also said to mean tribe of superior men. The name Illinois derives from the Miami-Illinois verb irenwe·wa he speaks the regular way and this was taken into the Ojibwe language, perhaps in the Ottawa dialect, and modified into ilinwe·. The French borrowed these forms, changing the ending to spell it as -ois. The current spelling form, Illinois, began to appear in the early 1670s, the Illinois name for themselves, as attested in all three of the French missionary-period dictionaries of Illinois, was Inoka, of unknown meaning and unrelated to the other terms. American Indians of successive cultures lived along the waterways of the Illinois area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, the Koster Site has been excavated and demonstrates 7,000 years of continuous habitationIllinois – Mississippian copper plate found at the Saddle Site in Union County, Illinois
2. John Anderson (actor) – John Robert Anderson was an American character actor. Anderson was born and raised in Quincy, Illinois, Anderson served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, where he met artist Orazio Fumagalli, who became his lifelong friend. Anderson held a degree in drama from the University of Iowa. An accomplished actor, Anderson started out on Broadway, including an appearance in the musical Paint Your Wagon in 1951 and he later worked primarily in film and television. Standing 6 ft 5½ in tall, he bore a resemblance to U. S. President Abraham Lincoln. He appeared in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho as California Charlie, the car salesman who helps Marion Crane. Anderson appeared in The Rat Patrol and he also appeared in Overland Trail, The Tall Man, and The Legend of Jesse James. He played a farmer who jealously guarded his prize watermelon with a shotgun in For the Love of Willadean, A Taste of Melon. Anderson had a role in MacGyver as Harry Jackson, MacGyvers grandfather. A recurring Twilight Zone actor, he appeared in four different episodes and he was also The Interrogator on an episode of The Outer Limits titled Nightmare. Anderson suffered a heart attack at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was survived by two children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters and he was cremated and his ashes taken out to sea as part of his membership in the Neptune Society. John Anderson at the Internet Movie Database John Anderson at AllMovie John Anderson at the Internet Broadway Database John Anderson at Find a Grave John Anderson at Memory AlphaJohn Anderson (actor) – Anderson in The Virginian in the 1960s
3. John G. Avildsen – John Guilbert Avildsen is an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977 for Rocky. Other films he directed include Joe, Save the Tiger, Fore Play, The Formula, Neighbors, For Keeps, Lean on Me, The Power of One,8 Seconds, Inferno, Rocky V and the first three The Karate Kid films. Avildsen was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Ivy and he was educated at The Hotchkiss School and New York University. This was followed by critical success, Save the Tiger. Both Joe and Save the Tiger were about losers, but as the 70s ended, avildsens greatest success was Rocky, garnering ten Academy Award nominations and winning three, including Best Picture and Best Director. He later directed what was expected to be the final installment. His other films include Cry Uncle, Neighbors, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part II, The Karate Kid Part III, Lean on Me and 8 Seconds. Avildsen was the director for both Serpico and Saturday Night Fever, but was fired over disputes with producers Martin Bregman and Robert Stigwood. Avildsen has a son named Ash, who founded Sumerian Records. He also has another son, Jonathan Avildsen, who was in the films The Karate Kid Part III, an upcoming documentary on the life, career and films of Avildsen is currently in production. The documentary is a companion to the new book The Films of John G. Avildsen, Rocky, The Karate Kid, turn on to Love Guess What We Learned in School Today. Okay Bill Save the Tiger The Stoolie Fore Play W. W, Avildsen at the Internet Movie Database John Guilbert Avildsen at BFI Film & TV DatabaseJohn G. Avildsen – John G. Avildsen
4. David Ayer – David Ayer is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for being the writer of Training Day, and the director and writer of Harsh Times, Street Kings, End of Watch, Sabotage, Fury, and Suicide Squad. Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois, on January 18,1968, and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland, where he was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager. Ayer then lived with his cousin in Los Angeles, California, Ayer then enlisted in the United States Navy as a submariner. According to Shia LaBeouf, who starred in Ayers film Fury, Ayers screenplay, U-571 was based on his experiences as a Submariner in the US Navy. Ayer collaborated on the screenplay for The Fast and the Furious in 2001, Ayer wrote the screenplay for crime drama Dark Blue, and it was his research into the Los Angeles Police Department that led to his most prominent screenplay, Training Day. Ayer signed a contract to write a screenplay for S. W. A. T, which was based on his original story pitch. The film was directed by Clark Johnson and released in 2003 and he then went on to direct the crime thriller Street Kings, which was released in 2008. Ayer later wrote and directed End of Watch, a drama about the lives of two South Central Los Angeles policemen, played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. His next film was the crime thriller Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and he wrote and directed the World War II-set film, Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, the film was released in October 2014. Ayer wrote and directed the adaptation of the comic book Suicide Squad. The film, along with Ayers directing, received negative reviews, critics were negative to mixed in their opinions, though it became his most commercially successful film to date. Netflix officially picked up the film for a $90 million deal, landis stated in an interview that official production is expected to begin in September 2016, but that theyve already shot a small part in Los Angeles. On December 13,2016, Ayer was brought on board to direct the spin-off of Suicide Squad, david Ayer at the Internet Movie Database Imperial War Museum description of the capture of the Enigma machineDavid Ayer – Ayer at the premiere of Fury at the Newseum in Washington D.C., October 2014.
5. George D. Baker – George Duane Baker was an American motion picture director whose career began near the dawn of the silent film era. He was born at Champaign, Illinois on April 22,1868 and he was the second son and third child of Arminta and Charles E. Baker. Upon his high school graduation, Charles Baker offered his son two options, a college education or art classes in Paris. Baker spent a number of seasons in vaudeville with Sadie Martinot, Marie Dupont, Baker would some years later adapt both stories for film. Baker also penned the plays His Brother’s Birthright and As the Sun Went Down, after three and a half years with Vitagraph, Baker joined Metro Studios where he soon rose to the position of Director General of Metro’s West Coast productions. While vacation in New York, after four years with Metro and he chose instead to take advantage of his popularity by severing his ties with Metro to work as a freelance director on projects of his own choosing. George Baker wrote the scenarios for a number of the films and was responsible for almost all the continuity work on films he directed and he continued to work well into the 1920s before retiring in his late fifties. Besides his stage and film work, Baker had also done illustrations for newspapers and he was well read with a special interest in the arts. George Duane Baker died at the age of sixty-five on June 2,1933, in Hollywood, long Live the Queen George D. Baker at the Internet Movie DatabaseGeorge D. Baker – The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen (1920) By Carolyn Lowrey
6. Bob Balaban – Robert Elmer Bob Balaban is an American actor, author, producer, and director. He was one of the producers nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Gosford Park, Balaban was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Eleanor and Elmer Balaban, who owned several movie theatres and later was a pioneer in cable television. His mother acted under the name Eleanor Barry and his uncles were dominant forces in the theatre business, they founded the Balaban and Katz Theatre circuit in Chicago, a chain which included the Chicago and Uptown Theatres. Balabans father, Elmer, and uncle, Harry, founded the H & E Balaban Corporation in Chicago and they later owned a powerful group of television stations and cable television franchises. His uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount Pictures for nearly 30 years from 1936-64 and his maternal grandmothers second husband, Sam Katz, was a vice president at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer beginning in 1936. Sam had been partners with Bobs uncles Abe, Barney, John. Sam served as President of the Publix theatre division of Paramount Pictures, Balaban began his college career at Colgate University where he joined Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and then transferred to New York University. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family and his paternal grandparents emigrated from Russia to Chicago, while his mothers family was from Germany, Russia, and Romania. One of his earliest appearances in film was in Midnight Cowboy, prior to that, he filled the role of Linus in the original off-Broadway production of Youre A Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1967. In 1979 he received a Tony Award nomination for his role in The Inspector General, during the 1980s he appeared in films such as Altered States and 2010. He directed the Randy Quaid picture Parents, and the Armin Mueller-Stahl picture The Last Good Time, Balaban appeared in Miami Vice as reporter Ira Stone. In the 1990s, Balaban had a role on the fourth season of Seinfeld as Russell Dalrymple. He also played Warren Littlefield, a real-world NBC executive, in The Late Shift and he continued his ties to Littlefield in 2012 with his performance of Littlefields autobiography, Top of the Rock, Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV. In 1999, Balaban made a guest appearance in the sitcom Friends as Phoebe Buffays father Frank in The One With Joeys Bag. In 2010, Balaban appeared as Judge Clayton Horn, the judge who presided over the obscenity trial of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 2001, Balaban produced Gosford Park, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and he also appeared in the movie as Morris Weissman, a Hollywood producer. He appeared in an episode of Entourage as a known for writing prescriptions for medical marijuana. He directed the film Bernard and Doris, starring Susan Sarandon and he has directed several episodes of the Showtime series Nurse JackieBob Balaban – Balaban at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
7. David Bradley (director) – David Shedd Bradley was an American motion picture director, actor, film collector, and university instructor. He attended the Todd School for Boys from 1935 to 1937 and he then spent a year at the Goodman Memorial Theatre Drama Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. During this time, he directed a feature-length 16 mm version of Peer Gynt with 17-year-old Charlton Heston in the title role. His studies at Northwestern University were interrupted by three years’ service in the U. S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and he graduated in 1950 with Bachelor of Science degree from the university’s School of Speech. On the basis of the 16 mm feature Julius Caesar that he had produced and directed in Chicago, he was hired as a directing intern by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1950. After the teen drama Dragstrip Riot, he went on to direct Madmen of Mandoras, padded for television into the infamous They Saved Hitlers Brain, Bradley later taught film studies at UCLA and Santa Monica City College. David Bradley at the Internet Movie Database David Bradley Papers, Northwestern University Archives, David S. Bradley Film Collection, Indiana UniversityDavid Bradley (director) – Production shot from Julius Caesar with David Bradley in costume in back of the camera
8. Dick Crockett – Dick Crockett, born Richard DeHart Crockett, was an American television and film actor, stunt performer, stunt coordinator, producer, and director. The first film he worked on was Room Service in 1938, the following year he began acting and doing stunt work in Bachelor Mother and The Hunchback of Notre Dame respectively. He appeared in Munster, Go Home. and Batman which were released in 1966 and based on the respective television shows. Crockett continued as an actor and a stuntman until the late 1970s and he was also an associate producer for four movies in the 1960s, The Pink Panther, The Great Race, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy. and Gunn. A few years later he became a unit director for Darling Lili, The Moonshine War. In 1976 Crockett took his last acting role as President Gerald Ford in The Pink Panther Strikes Again and his last stunt work was as a stunt coordinator for 10 in 1979. The film was dedicated to him, as he died later that year of an attack in Los Angeles. Dick Crockett at the Internet Movie Database Dick Crockett at Memory AlphaDick Crockett – Dick Crockett as Morgan from Batman
9. Sid Davis – Sidney Sid Davis was an American director and producer who specialized in social guidance films. Davis was born on April 1,1916 in Chicago, Illinois and he was born to a housepainter father and a seamstress mother. He moved to Los Angeles in 1920, the family moved to Hollywood, California when Davis was four years old. In 1920 he began working as an actor for a comedy made by Harold Lloyd. He began working in the industry as a child, landing bit parts. He dropped out of high school to help support his parents. When he was older he worked as a stand-in for Leif Erickson. Peter L. Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle said as a man, because of his strapping stature. In November 1949 Linda Joyce Glucoft, a girl in Los Angeles. The story made front-page news in the Los Angeles Times for a week as police, the story was picked up by Time Magazine and other national media, and led to a flurry of reported rapes and attempted rapes. Some media began to speculate that the epidemic of rape was simply media manipulation of public perception. Davis stated that the tragedy particularly disturbed him because his then-six-year-old daughter Jill did not seem to pay attention to his warnings about strangers, Davis talked to John Wayne saying that a film about this should be made, and Wayne suggested that Davis make the film. Wayne gave Davis $1,000 and used the money to make his first film, The Dangerous Stranger, the film tells the story of several young children—some of the children are kidnapped and eventually saved, others are kidnapped and never seen again. Davis used schoolchildren and police officers instead of professional actors, peter L. Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle said he film was a success among schools and police departments. Davis sold copies of the film to schools and police departments and he used the money to make more than 150 films over the next few decades. Davis films are typically 10 to 30 minutes long, he prided himself on making one for $1,000. Due to the content of his films, people referred to him as the King of Calamity and his films cover topics such as driver safety, marijuana use, heroin addiction, and gang warfare. Live and Learn, a fairly famous Davis film, features Jill cutting out paper dolls in her room, when her father comes home she jumps up to greet him, trips on the carpet, and impales herself on the scissorsSid Davis
10. Gene Deitch – Eugene Merril Gene Deitch is an American illustrator, animator and film director. Based in Prague since 1959, Deitch is known for creating animated cartoons such as Munro, Tom Terrific, Deitch was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of salesman Joseph Deitch and Ruth Delson Deitch. In 1929, the moved to California, and Deitch attended school in Hollywood. He graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1942, and began working for North American Aviation, in 1943, Deitch was drafted and underwent pilot training before catching pneumonia and being honorably discharged in May of the following year. Beginning his cartooning and animation career, Deitch contributed covers and interior art to the jazz magazine The Record Changer, beginning in 1955, while working at UPA, Deitch wrote and drew the United Feature Syndicate comic strip The Real-Great Adventures of Terr’ble Thompson. Hero of History, starring a courageous child in fantastical adventures, a skit about Terrble Thompson had been recorded by Little Golden Records, with actor Art Carney and bandleader Mitch Miller participating. That led to the strip, which ran from Sunday, October 16,1955. In 1959, Deitch founded Gene Deitch Associates, Inc. which primarily produced television commercials, when client Rembrandt Films promised to fund Munro, an animated theatrical short Deitch wanted to create, Deitch relocated to the companys base in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in October 1959. Deitch has stated that, being a UPA man, he was not a fan of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, however, after being assigned to work on the series, he quickly realized that nobody took seriously, and it was merely a parody of exaggerated human emotions. Most fans regard Deitchs shorts as the worst in the Tom and Jerry series, however, some fans wrote letters to him, stating that his Tom. Deitchs short film Munro won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1961, with producer William L. Snyder, Deitch co-produced directed a series of TV shorts of Krazy Kat for King Features from 1962 to 1964. The Bluffers, which was based on one of Deitchs ideas, was also co-produced by him and he directed the 1966 film Alice of Wonderland in Paris, and a one-reel animation film of The Hobbit in 1966, the first film ever made of a Tolkien story. Also in 1966, Deitch created a young girl adventurer in Terrble Tessie, from 1968 until his retirement in 2006, Deitch was the leading animation director for the Connecticut organization Weston Woods/Scholastic, adapting childrens picture books. His studio is located in Prague near the Barrandov Studios, where many films were recorded. Deitchs memoir, For the Love of Prague, is based on his experience of being what he called the only free American living and working in Prague during 30 years of the Communist Party dictatorship. In 2003, Deitch was awarded the Annie Awards Windsor McCay Award by ASIFA-Hollywood for a contribution to the art of animation. Deitch met his first wife, Marie, when both worked at North American Aviation, and they married in 1943. Their three sons, Kim, Simon, and Seth Deitch, are artists and writers for underground comix, some time after arriving in Prague in October 1959, Deitch met Zdenka Najmanová, the production manager at the studio where he workedGene Deitch – Gene Deitch
11. William Friedkin – Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L. A. Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, and Killer Joe. Friedkin was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Rachael and his father was a semi-professional softball player, merchant seaman, and mens clothing salesman. His mother, whom Friedkin called a saint, was an operating room registered nurse and his parents were Jewish emigrants from Ukraine. His grandparents, parents, and other relatives fled Ukraine during a particularly violent anti-Jewish pogrom in 1903, Friedkins father was somewhat uninterested in making money, and the family was generally lower middle class while he was growing up. According to film historian Peter Biskind, Friedkin viewed his father with a mixture of affection, according to his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, Friedkin had the utmost affection for his father. Friedkin attended public schools in Chicago and he enrolled at Senn High School, where he played basketball well enough to consider turning professional. Friedkin was not a student and barely received grades good enough to graduate. According to Friedkin, this was because of promotion and not because he was bright. Friedkin began going to movies as a teenager, and has cited Citizen Kane as one of his key influences. Several sources claim that Friedkin saw this picture as a teenager, but Friedkin himself says that he did not see the film until 1960. Only then, Friedkin says, did he become a true cineaste, among the movies which he saw as a teenager and young adult were Les Diaboliques, The Wages of Fear, and Psycho. Televised documentaries, such as his Second City documentary A Tale of Two Cities, 1960s Harvest of Shame and he began working in the mail room at WGN-TV immediately after high school. Within two years, he started his career doing live television shows and documentaries. His efforts included The People vs. Paul Crump which won an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and its success helped Friedkin get a job with producer David L. Wolper. As mentioned in Friedkins voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcocks Vertigo, Friedkin directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie while directing. In 1965 Friedkin moved to Hollywood and two later released his first feature film, Good Times starring Sonny and Cher. Which I am telling you, is unwatchable, Friedkin, however, did not want to be known as an art house director, but rather for action and serious drama through stories about an America upended by crime, hypocrisy, the occult, and amorality. All of which he mounted up into his films to reflect what was going on in an America that was changing in the wake of Vietnam, the Sexual Revolution, in 1971, his The French Connection was released to wide critical acclaimWilliam Friedkin – Friedkin in 2012 at the Deauville American Film Festival
12. Donald Gallaher – Donald Gallaher was an American actor who appeared in 25 films between 1903 and 1949. He also directed five films, including Temple Tower, Gallaher was born in Quincy, Illinois. After moving to New York City as a child with his mother and his name is sometimes misspelled Gallagher. Gallaher appeared in the silent film The Great Train Robbery, and he co-starred with Louis Wolheim and Una Merkel in the two-reeler Loves Old Sweet Song filmed in Lee De Forests Phonofilm sound-on-film process. Later in life, he produced Broadway plays and directed films, including Temple Tower, June First, in 1949, using the name Don Gallagher, he served as narrator of the ABC Television Players, a short-lived dramatic anthology series broadcast from ChicagoDonald Gallaher – Gallaher in 1904, when he was earning $100/week.
13. Jeff Garlin – Jeffrey Todd Jeff Garlin is an American comedian, actor, producer, voice artist, director, writer, podcast host and author. He currently stars in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, Garlin was born in Chicago, Illinois to Gene and Carole Garlin. He grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois, where his father had a family plumbing business called Bilko. He has a brother, Michael. Garlin is Jewish and attended Hebrew school, Garlin says he has wanted to be a comedian since he was eight when he saw Jimmy Durante perform in Chicago. Garlin attended Melzer Elementary School in Morton Grove, Illinois and he enjoyed playing sports at school, but had to stop, because he has Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, a heart ailment. When Garlin was in grade, his father sold his supply business. He graduated from Nova High School, Davie, Florida in 1980 and he attended Broward Community College, followed by a stint at the University of Miami studying film, but eventually dropped out. He began performing stand-up comedy there, in 1984, aged 22, Garlin moved back to Chicago to pursue a stand-up comedy career. He performed with the comedy troupe The Second City and he worked in the box office with Stephen Colbert. In the late 1980s, Garlin was briefly roommates with Conan OBrien, who was then a comedy writer. He remains close to OBrien, and after OBrien was removed as host of The Tonight Show in 2010 so that Jay Leno could return, Garlin was hired by comedians Denis Leary and Jon Stewart to help develop their specials. He worked as a director for their shows and edited the scripts. He worked with Larry David in this same way and he continues to do standup, where he says he improvises a lot on stage, and feels very relaxed, maybe too relaxed. From 1997–99, Garlin spent three seasons on NBCs Mad About You in the role of Marvin and he co-starred and executive produced the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2013, Garlin signed onto the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs and he had a recurring role on the series Wizards of Waverly Place as Uncle Kelbo, appearing in three episodes over the first three seasons. Nine years after making an uncredited début as Gut Gut in Spring Break and he had a small role in RoboCop 3 as Donut Jerk after a member of the casting crew witnessed Garlin eating a doughnut while leaving Krispy Kreme with an additional two dozen doughnuts. He also had appearances in Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999Jeff Garlin – Garlin in 2010
14. Lillian Gish – Lillian Diana Gish was an American actress of the screen and stage, as well as a director and writer whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 in silent film shorts to 1987. Gish was called the First Lady of American Cinema, and she is credited with pioneering fundamental film performing techniques and she also did considerable television work from the early 1950s into the 1980s and closed her career playing opposite Bette Davis in the 1987 film The Whales of August. In her later years Gish became an advocate for the appreciation and preservation of silent film. Gish is widely considered to be the greatest actress of the silent era, despite being better known for her film work, Gish was also an accomplished stage actress, and she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1972. Gish was born in Springfield, Ohio, to Mary Robinson McConnell and she had a younger sister, Dorothy, who also became a popular movie star. The first several generations of Gishes were Dunkard ministers and her great-great-grandfather fought in the American Revolutionary War and is buried in a cemetery in Pennsylvania for such soldiers. Letters between Gish and a Pennsylvania college professor indicate that her knowledge of her background was limited. Gishs father was an unreliable alcoholic, when he left the family, her mother took up acting to support them. The family moved to East St. Louis, Illinois, where lived for several years with Lillians aunt and uncle, Henry. Their mother opened the Majestic Candy Kitchen, and the girls helped sell popcorn and candy to patrons of the old Majestic Theater, the girls attended St. Henrys School, where they acted in school plays. The girls were living with their aunt Emily in Massillon, Ohio, Lillian traveled to Shawnee, Oklahoma, where Jamess brother Alfred Grant Gish and his wife, lived. Her father, who by then was institutionalized in the Oklahoma Hospital for the Insane in Norman and he was able to travel the 35 miles to Shawnee and the two got reacquainted. She stayed with her aunt and uncle and attended Shawnee High School there and she wrote to her sister Dorothy that she was thinking of staying and finishing high school and then going to college, but she missed her family. Her father died in Norman, Oklahoma, January 9,1912, when the theater next to the candy store burned down, the family moved to New York, where the girls became good friends with a next-door neighbor, Gladys Smith. Gladys was an actress who did some work for director D. W. Griffith. When Lillian and Dorothy were old enough, they joined the theatre and they also took modeling jobs, with Lillian posing for artist Victor Maurel in exchange for voice lessons. In 1912, their friend Mary Pickford introduced the sisters to Griffith, Lillian Gish would soon become one of Americas best-loved actresses. Although she was already 19, she gave her age as 16 to the studio, Gish made her stage debut in 1902, at The Little Red School House in Rising Sun, OhioLillian Gish – Lillian Gish, 1921
15. Daniel Carson Goodman – Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman was an American screenwriter and licensed physician. Goodman wrote the storyline for 28 silent films – the first of them was Sapho and he worked as miscellaneous crew in three films, produced two films and directed one film, Thoughtless Women. He also achieved notoriety after the banning of a book he had written called Hagar Revelly, originally published in 1913 and it became the subject of a lawsuit, United States v. Kennerley. H. L. Goodman was apparently a licensed doctor in addition to his involvement in movie production, in 1924 he was embroiled in what became a scandal as producer Thomas Ince died under mysterious circumstances after a party aboard William Randolph Hearsts yacht the Oneida. Goodman treated and accompanied a dying Ince to shore where physicians could attend him, Ince however died before reaching the hospital. He was engaged to marry the actress Florence La Badie, in August 1917 they were involved in a car accident, Goodman escaped with minor injuries, but La Badie suffered more severe injuries and died several weeks later from a resulting infection. He was also married to actress Alma Rubens from November 1923 to January 1925 and she died of pneumonia in 1931. Sapho The Green-Eyed Devil Imar the Servitor The Battle of the Sexes Souls in Bondage Her Bleeding Heart Thoughtless Women Whats Wrong with the Women, the Daring Years Works by or about Daniel Carson Goodman at Internet Archive Daniel Carson Goodman at the Internet Movie DatabaseDaniel Carson Goodman – Daniel Carson Goodman
16. Tim Guinee – Timothy S. Tim Guinee is an American stage, television, and feature film actor. Guinee, who has two brothers and two sisters, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Illinois and Texas and he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas before he founded a theater group in Texas. Later he moved to New York in order to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, following this study, he attended the North Carolina School of Arts in Winston-Salem, where he graduated and had his film debut. He met his wife, Daisy Foote, at the production of Hallmark Hall of Fame, Daisy is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote, who adapted Lily Dale for the film himself. Guinee has participated in numerous productions since then, and may be best known through his role as the lead in Sweet Land, in 2005, he starred as record producer Sam Phillips in the Golden Globe winning miniseries Elvis. Guinee stars as Ben Matheson in Revolution and he was a cast regular in AMCs Hell on Wheels, playing railroad entrepreneur Collis Huntington. A. Paul Turner Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles The West Wing Wiseguy Without a Trace Blue Bloods Gore Vidals Lincoln Mission of the Shark, The Saga of the U. S. STim Guinee – Tim Guinee
17. Charlton Heston – Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star, he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years and he played Moses in the epic film, The Ten Commandments, for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination. He also starred in Touch of Evil with Orson Welles, Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, El Cid and he also starred in the films The Greatest Show on Earth, Secret of the Incas, and The Big Country. A supporter of Democratic politicians and civil rights in the 1960s, Heston later became a Republican, founding a political action committee. Hestons most famous role in politics came as the president of the National Rifle Association. After being diagnosed with Alzheimers disease in 2003, he retired from acting and the NRA presidency. Heston died on April 5,2008, aged 84, from pneumonia, Charlton Heston was born on October 4,1923, to Russell Whitford Carter, a sawmill operator and Lilla. Many sources indicate he was born in Evanston, Illinois, Hestons autobiography, however, and some other sources, place his birth in No Mans Land, Illinois, which usually refers to a then-unincorporated area now part of Wilmette, a wealthy Chicago suburb. Heston said in a 1995 interview that he was not very good at remembering addresses or his early childhood, Heston was partially of Scottish descent, including from the Clan Fraser, but the majority of his ancestry was English. His earliest immigrant ancestors arrived in America from England in the 1600s and his maternal great-grandparents, William Charlton and Mary Drysdale Charlton, were English. They emigrated to Canada, where his grandmother, Marian Emily Charlton, was born in 1872, in his autobiography, Heston refers to his father participating in his familys construction business. When Heston was an infant, his fathers work moved the family to St. Helen and it was a rural, heavily forested part of the state, and Heston lived an isolated yet idyllic existence, spending much time hunting and fishing in the backwoods of the area. When Heston was 10 years old, his parents divorced, shortly thereafter, his mother remarried and the new family moved back to Wilmette. Heston attended New Trier High School and he recalled living there, All kids play pretend games, but I did it more than most. Even when we moved to Chicago, I was more or less a loner and we lived in a North Shore suburb, where I was a skinny hick from the woods, and all the other kids seemed to be rich and know about girls. Contradictions on paper and in an interview surround when Charlton became Hestons first name, the 1930 United States Census record for Richfield, Michigan, in Roscommon County, shows his name as being Charlton J. Carter at age six. Later accounts by sources and movie studio biographies say he was born John Charles Carter, interestingly, Charlton was his maternal grandmother Marians maiden name, not his mother Lillas. This is contrary to how 20th century references read and what Heston said, when Hestons maternal grandmother and his true maternal grandfather Charles Baines separated or divorced in the early 1900s, Marian Baines married William Henry Lawton in 1907Charlton Heston – Heston as President Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady - 1953
18. Reginald Hudlin – Reginald Alan Hudlin is an American writer, film director, and producer. He served as President of Entertainment for BET from 2005 to 2008 and he co-produced the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in 2016. He directed House Party and Boomerang and he was a producer of Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained. Hudlin was born in Centreville, Illinois, the son of Helen, a teacher and his older brother, Warrington Hudlin, is also a film director, as well as an actor and producer. While an undergraduate student at Harvard University, Hudlin became a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, Hudlin also directed a short film entitled, House Party, which went on to receive numerous awards including first place at the Black American Cinema Society Awards. It would serve as the basis for his first feature film of the same name, for two years he has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards. The show got its highest rating on NBC in 2013, then became the highest rated show in the history of TV One in 2014 and he was a reoccurring producer and director of the The Bernie Mac Show for three years. From 2005 to 2008, Hudlin was the President of Entertainment for BET and he was the writer of the Marvel Comics series Black Panther from 2005 to 2008, most notable for the 2006 storyline Bride of the Panther, which saw the characters Storm and the Black Panther wed. He was one of the producers of Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, on January 10,2013, Hudlin received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for the film. Hudlin was lampooned on two unaired episodes of the television show The Boondocks, The Hunger Strike and The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show. Wedgie Rudlin was depicted as a culturally insensitive buffoon coasting on his Ivy League educationReginald Hudlin – Reginald Hudlin
19. John Hughes (filmmaker) – John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan, to a mother who volunteered in charity work and John Hughes and he spent the first twelve years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Hughes described himself as kind of quiet as a kid, I grew up in a neighborhood that was mostly girls and old people. There werent any boys my age, so I spent a lot of time by myself, and every time we would get established somewhere, we would move. Life just started to get good in seventh grade, and then we moved to Chicago, I ended up in a really big high school, and I didnt know anybody. But then The Beatles came along changed my whole life, and then Bob Dylans Bringing It All Back Home came out and really changed me. Thursday I was one person, and Friday I was another and my heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on. In 1963, Hughess family moved to Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and this is where Hughess father found work selling roofing materials. There Hughes attended Glenbrook North High School, which gave him inspiration for the films made his reputation in later years. After dropping out of the University of Arizona, Hughes began selling jokes to well-established performers such as Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. Hughes used his jokes to get a job at Needham, Harper & Steers as an advertising copywriter in Chicago in 1970. During this time, he created became the famous Edge Credit Card Shaving Test ad campaign. Hughes work on the Virginia Slims account frequently took him to the Philip Morris headquarters in New York City and this gave him the opportunity to hang around the offices of the National Lampoon magazine. Hughes subsequently penned a story, inspired by his trips as a child. That piece, Vacation 58, later became the basis for the film National Lampoons Vacation and his first credited screenplay, Class Reunion, was written while still on staff at the magazine. The resulting film became the second attempt by the flagship to duplicate the runaway success of Animal House. It was Hughess next screenplay for the imprint, National Lampoons Vacation and that films success, along with the success of another of Hughes scripts, Mr. Mom, earned Hughes a three-movie deal with Universal Studios. It was the first in a string of efforts set in or around high school, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Ferris Buellers Day Off and Some Kind of WonderfulJohn Hughes (filmmaker) – John Hughes
20. Henry Kolker – Joseph Henry Kolker Berlin, Germany – July 15,1947, Los Angeles, California) was an American stage and film actor and director. He came to America at the age of five and his family settled in Quincy, Kolker, like fellow actors Richard Bennett and Robert Warwick, had a substantial stage career behind him before entering silent films. On stage he appeared opposite such leading ladies as Edith Wynne Matthison, Bertha Kalich, another well remembered part is as Mr. Seton, father of Katharine Hepburn and Lew Ayres in the 1938 film Holiday directed by George Cukor. Kolker entered films as an actor in 1915 and eventually ended up trying his hand at directing, kolkers best known directorial effort is Disraeli, starring George Arliss which is now a lost film with only one reel remaining. Prints however exist in Europe and Russia, Henry Kolker at the Internet Movie Database Henry Kolker at the Internet Broadway Database Henry Kolker at Find a Grave Henry Kolker photo portraits at NYP LibraryHenry Kolker – Kolker (circa 1910)
21. Robert Z. Leonard – Robert Zigler Leonard was an American film director, actor, producer, and screenwriter. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, at one time, he was married to silent star Mae Murray with the two forming Tiffany Pictures to film eight motion pictures that were released by MGM. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Divorcee, both were also nominated for Best Picture, and the latter won. One of the most odd credits in his filmography is the film noir thriller The Bribe with its settings, slippery characters. Robert Leonard died in 1968 in Beverly Hills, California and he is interred at Glendales Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, near his wife, Gertrude OlmsteadRobert Z. Leonard – Robert Z. Leonard
22. John Malkovich – John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, director, and producer. He has appeared in more than 70 films, for his roles in Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, he received Academy Award nominations. In January 2017, he launched his fashion line with an online shop. Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois and his paternal grandparents were Croatian, hailing from Ozalj. His mother was of English, French, German and Scottish ancestry and he grew up in a large house in Benton, Illinois, where his next door neighbor was future basketball star Doug Collins. His father, Daniel Leon Malkovich, was a state director and publisher of Outdoor Illinois. His mother, Joe Anne, owned the Benton Evening News, Malkovich has three younger sisters and an older brother. Malkovich attended Logan Grade School, Webster Junior High School, during his high school years, he appeared in various plays and the musical Carousel. He was also active in a gospel group, singing in area churches. As a member of a local summer theater/comedy project, he co-starred in Jean-Claude van Itallies America Hurrah in 1972, upon graduating from high school, he entered Eastern Illinois University, and then transferred to Illinois State University, where he majored in theater. In 1976, Malkovich, along with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise and he moved to New York City in 1980 to appear in a Steppenwolf production of the Sam Shepard play True West for which he won an Obie Award. In early 1982, he appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire with Chicagos Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Malkovich then directed a Steppenwolf co-production, the 1984 revival of Lanford Wilsons Balm in Gilead, for which he received a second Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award. His Broadway debut that year was as Biff in Death of a Salesman alongside Dustin Hoffman as Willy, Malkovich won an Emmy Award for this role when the play was adapted for television by CBS in 1985. One of his first film roles was as an extra alongside Allen, Terry Kinney, George Wendt and he made his feature film debut in 1984 as Sally Fields blind boarder Mr. Will in Places in the Heart. For his portrayal of Mr. Will, Malkovich received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and he also portrayed Al Rockoff in The Killing Fields. He later reprised this role for the video of Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox. In 1990, he recited, in Croatian, verses of the Croatian national anthem Lijepa naša domovino in Nenad Bachs song Can We Go Higher, Malkovich starred in the 1992 film adaptation of John Steinbecks award-winning novella Of Mice and Men as Lennie alongside Gary Sinise as George. In 1994, he was nominated for another Oscar, in the same category, though he played the title role in the Charlie Kaufman-penned Being John Malkovich, he played a slight variation of himself, as indicated by the characters middle name of HoratioJohn Malkovich – Malkovich in August 2009
23. Anna Malle – Anna Malle was the stage name of an American pornographic actress and posthumous inductee into the AVN Hall of Fame. According to IAFD, one of her first appearances was in Dirty Debutantes, Vol.37, in that video, she says she came up with the name Anna Malle on her own as a play on the word animal to describe her sexual style. She performed in over 360 films, frequently with her husband Hank Armstrong as co-star, of those films, she has a directorial credit in five of them in addition to performing in them. While Malle performed a variety of scenes, her most popular scenes involved lesbianism, videos based on archival footage are still being released after her death. She appeared in the groundbreaking, blockbuster hit Snoop Doggs Doggystyle and she also performed in more mainstream circles, including appearances on HBOs Real Sex 18 in 1997 and the Playboy Channel. Malle was killed in a car accident near Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 25,2006Anna Malle – Anna Malle
24. Oscar Micheaux – Oscar Devereaux Micheaux was an African American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. He produced both silent films and sound films when the changed to incorporate speaking actors. Micheaux was born on a farm in Metropolis, Illinois on January 2,1884 and he was the fifth child born to Calvin S. and Belle Micheaux, who had a total of 13 children. In his later years, Micheaux added an “e” to his last name and his father was born a slave in Kentucky. Because of its surname, his fathers family appears to have associated with French-descended settlers. French Huguenot refugees had settled in Virginia in 1700, their descendants took slaves west when they migrated into Kentucky after the American Revolutionary War, in his later years, Micheaux wrote about the social oppression he experienced as a young boy. To give their children education, his parents relocated to the city for better schooling, Micheaux attended a well-established school for several years before the family eventually ran into money troubles and were forced to relocate to the farm. Unhappy, Micheaux became rebellious and discontented and his struggles caused internal problems within his family. His father was not happy with him and sent him away to do marketing within the city, Micheaux found pleasure in this job because he was able to speak to many new people and learned many social skills that he would later reflect within his films. When Micheaux was 17 years old, he moved to Chicago, Illinois to live with his older brother, then working as a waiter. Micheaux became dissatisfied with what he viewed as his brother’s way of living “the good life. ”He rented his own place and found a job in the stockyards and he worked many different jobs, moving from the stockyards to the steel mills. After being “swindled out of two dollars” by an employment agency, Micheaux decided to become his own boss and his first business was a shoeshine stand, which he set up at a white suburban barbershop, away from Chicago competition. He learned the basic strategies of business and started to save money and this job was an informal education for Micheaux. He profited financially, and also gained contacts and knowledge about the world through traveling as well as an understanding for business. Micheaux moved to Dallas, South Dakota, where he bought land and this experience inspired his first novels and films. His neighbors on the frontier were all white, some recall that rarely sat at a table with his white neighbors. Micheaux’s years as a homesteader allowed him to more about human relations. While farming, Micheaux wrote articles and submitted them to the press, the Chicago Defender published one of his earliest articlesOscar Micheaux – Oscar Micheaux
25. Vincente Minnelli – Vincente Minnelli was an American stage director and film director, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in St. Louis, Gigi, The Band Wagon, and An American in Paris. In addition to having directed some of the most famous and well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made many comedies and he was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951, they were the parents of Liza Minnelli. His father was conductor of Minnelli Brothers Tent Theater. His Chicago-born mother was of French Canadian descent with a probability of Native American lineage included via her Mackinac Island. The family toured small towns primarily in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois before settling permanently in Delaware, domenico Minnelli had been Vice-Chancellor of the Gran Corte Civile in Palermo at the time he helped organize the January 12,1848 uprising there. After the Bourbon return to power Vincenzo reportedly hid in the catacombs of Palermo for 18 months before being successfully smuggled onto a New York-bound fruit steamer. While traveling as a demonstrator for Knabe Pianos, Vincenzo met his future wife Nina Picket during a stop in Delaware. Although there is no confirmation of Vincenzo working at Ohio Wesleyan University, Library of Congress and the Newberry Library in Chicago have Vincenzo Minnelli compositions in their collections. Albert Picket, reportedly once a student of Noah Websters, conducted a school in 1810s Manhattan and was an early member of the New York Historical Society. In 1811 he was an incorporator of The Society of Teachers of the City of New York, with his son John W. Picket he published an educational journal, The Academician, and a number of school books, including The Juvenile Expositor in 1816. In his later years he retired to Delaware, Ohio and died there in 1850, following his high school graduation, Minnelli moved to Chicago, where he lived briefly with his maternal grandmother and an aunt. His first job was at Marshall Fields department store as a window dresser and he later worked as a photographer for Paul Stone, who specialized in photographing actors from Chicagos theater district. His interest in the theater grew and he was interested in art. Minnellis first job in the theater was at the Chicago Theatre where he worked as a costume, owned by Balaban and Katz, the theater chain soon merged with a bigger national chain of Paramount-Publix and Minnelli sometimes found himself assigned to work on shows in New York City. He soon left Chicago and rented a tiny Greenwich Village apartment, the revue was well received and enjoyed a two-year run. Minnelli later worked on The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, Hooray for What, very Warm for May, and The Show is On. Minnellis reputation grew and he was offered a job at MGM in 1940 by producer Arthur Freed, with his background in theatre, Minnelli was known as an auteur who always brought his stage experience to his films. The first film that he directed, Cabin in the Sky, was influenced by the theaterVincente Minnelli – Minnelli circa 1950s
26. Harold Ramis – Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, writer, and comedian. His best-known film acting roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II and Russell Ziskey in Stripes, as a director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack, National Lampoons Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. Ramis was the head writer of the television series SCTV, on which he also performed, as well as a co-writer of Groundhog Day. His final film that he wrote, produced, directed and acted in was the critical and commercial failure Year One, Ramis films influenced subsequent generations of comedians and comedy writers. Filmmakers including Jay Roach, Jake Kasdan, Adam Sandler, and Peter and he won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Groundhog Day. Ramis was born on November 21,1944, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth and Nathan Ramis, in his adult life, he did not practice any religion. Afterward, Ramis worked in an institution in St. Louis for seven months. He later said of his time working there that it. prepared me well for when I went out to Hollywood to work with actors, people laugh when I say that, but it was actually very good training. And not just with actors, it was training for just living in the world. Its knowing how to deal with people who might be reacting in a way connected to anxiety or grief or fear or rage. As a director, you’re dealing with that constantly with actors, but if I were a businessman, I’d probably be applying those same principles to that line of work. He avoided the Vietnam War military draft by taking methamphetamine to fail his draft physical, following his work in St. Louis, Ramis returned to Chicago, where by 1968, he was a substitute teacher at schools serving the inner-city Robert Taylor Homes. He also became associated with the guerrilla television collective TVTV, headed by his college friend Michael Shamberg, and wrote freelance for the Chicago Daily News. Michael Shamberg, right out of college, had started freelancing for newspapers and got on as a stringer for a local paper, and I thought, Well, if Michael can do that, I can do that. I wrote a piece and submitted it to the Chicago Daily News, the Arts & Leisure section. Additionally, Ramis had begun studying and performing with Chicagos Second City improvisational comedy troupe, Ramis newspaper writing led to his becoming joke editor at Playboy magazine. Just cold and said I had written several pieces freelance and did they have any openings, and they happened to have their entry-level job, party jokes editor, open. He liked my stuff and he gave me a stack of jokes that readers had sent in, I had been in Second City in the workshops already and Michael Shamberg and I had written comedy shows in collegeHarold Ramis – Ramis in October 2009
27. Mark Romanek – Mark Romanek is an American filmmaker whose directing work includes feature films, television, music videos and commercials. Romanek wrote and directed the 2002 film One Hour Photo and directed the 2010 film Never Let Me Go and his most notable music videos include Hurt, Closer, Cant Stop, Bedtime Story, and Scream. Romanek was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Shirlee and he credits seeing Stanley Kubricks 2001, A Space Odyssey at the age of nine with inspiring him to become a film director. He experimented with Super 8 and 16mm film as a teenager while attending New Trier High School, both teachers exposed students to works by significant figures of the American avant-garde cinema, such as Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, and Paul Sharits. Romanek subsequently attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and graduated from its Roy H. Park School of Communications with a degree in cinema and photography. He served as assistant director for Brian De Palma on Home Movies. On set, Romanek met Keith Gordon, playing De Palmas alter ego, Gordon remembers Romaneks entrance into film production, Romanek released his first film, Static, in 1986. It was co-written with Gordon and starred Gordon as a man who claimed he had invented a television set capable of showing a picture of Heaven. After a few years writing screenplays, Romanek decided to focus on music videos and signed on with Satellite Films and his subsequent work has come to be regarded as among the best of the medium. He has worked with many top-selling recording artists from different genres of popular music, One of his notable videos was for the Nine Inch Nails song Closer. Its critical acclaim was only matched by its controversy, with many accusing the video as being disturbing, Romanek would again work with Nine Inch Nails for the song The Perfect Drug. Romanek was given his first Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video in 1996 for Scream, the video, which cost $7 million to make, is cited as one of the most expensive ever made. Romanek won his second Grammy two years later, again with Janet Jackson, for her video Got Til Its Gone. In 2002, Romanek shot a video for Audioslaves Cochise in which the band performed in the midst of a pyrotechnic display of the intensity usually seen only during fireworks finales. Romaneks 2002 music video for Johnny Cashs cover of Nine Inch Nails Hurt has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the most personal. The video was nominated for seven VMAs, winning one for cinematography, other Romanek videos that have received accolades and awards include the VMA winners Free Your Mind, Are You Gonna Go My Way, Rain, Devils Haircut,99 Problems, and Criminal. Many others have received nominations. In 1997, Romanek received the VMA Video Vanguard Award for his contribution to the mediumMark Romanek – Mark Romanek (2010)
28. Mark Schwahn – Mark Schwahn is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as creator, head writer and executive producer of the WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill, Schwahn has co-written Coach Carter, The Perfect Score, Whatever It Takes and 35 Miles from Normal. In addition, he was creator of the TV series One Tree Hill, for which he also wrote and he served as producer for Whatever It Takes and One Tree Hill. He also directed 35 Miles from Normal, which he filmed in his hometown of Pontiac, in March 2015 E. premièred Marks newest show The Royals. E. first scripted series follows the lives of a fictional British Monarchy, the Royals stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena Hendstridge, Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor, William Mosley as Prince Liam, Jake Maskall as Cyrus Hendsdrige. He emerged as a top candidate to write a planned spin-off of Melrose Place shortly after the network, Schwahn signed a two-year deal with CPT in early October 2008, but it had not started until June 2009. Until then, he was under a pact with Warner Bros, Television, where he ran One Tree Hill. His agreement with Warner Bros. called for him to continue as executive producer and showrunner on One Tree Hill returning for the ninth and final season in January 2012. The move to tap Schwahn to conceive a contemporary version of Melrose Place resembles The CW, in early 2009, it was announced Schwahn would not be working on the project. Schwahn was born on July 5,1966 and grew up in Pontiac and he attended film school at the University of Maryland, and is also a member of the Writers Guild of America. Schwahns film 35 Miles from Normal was nominated for Grand Jury Award, mark Schwahn at the Internet Movie DatabaseMark Schwahn – Mark Schwahn, 2012
29. Gary Sinise – Gary Alan Sinise is an American actor, director, and musician. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, Sinise is known for several memorable roles. In 2016, Sinise began starring in Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders, Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, son of Robert L. Sinise, a film editor, and his wife Mylles Sinise. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, Sinises great-grandfather Vito Sinisi having immigrated from Ripacandida, Sinise briefly attended Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and later graduated from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois, followed by Illinois State University. In 1974, Sinise and two friends, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Sinise honed his acting and directing skills at Steppenwolf, and received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction of Lyle Kesslers play Orphans. That took him from Chicago to New York City, and then to Londons West End, in 1982, Sinises career began to take off when he directed and starred in Steppenwolfs production of True West. In 1983, he earned an Obie Award for his direction, in 1988, Sinise directed Miles from Home, a film starring Richard Gere, about two brothers fight against the foreclosure of the family farm. Sinise collaborated with fellow actor Tom Hanks three times, including Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, and The Green Mile. Other noteworthy films in which Sinise has appeared include Of Mice and Men, Reindeer Games, Snake Eyes, Ransom, Mission to Mars, The Stand and he narrated the audiobooks for John Steinbecks Travels with Charley. In 2004, he began his first regular series, in the crime drama CSI, New York. He was credited as a producer from season two onwards and wrote the storyline of an episode, Dan Band, which Sinise and Kimo Williams co-founded in 2003. The band is named for Sinises character in Forrest Gump, apart from his television and movie work, Sinise is the host in the video for the Epcot ride Mission, SPACE, at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, and a model for Baume & Mercier watches. Sinise said, Iraq is in the every day. But there are some positive stories, and how our soldiers are rebuilding schools and helping kids is one of them. Sinise was the narrator for the Discovery Channels miniseries When We Left Earth in 2008 and he was awarded the Presidential Citizen Medal by George W. Bush for work he did supporting the U. S. military and humanitarian work supporting Iraqi children. He narrated Army and Army Reserve Army Strong recruitment ads in late 2008 and he is also the national spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. Sinise is the executive producer—along with David Scantling—of the Iraq War documentary Brothers at War, the film features an American military family and the experiences of three brothers, Jake Rademacher, Isaac Rademacher, and Joseph Rademacher. In November 2009, Sinise narrated the highly acclaimed World War II in HD on the History Channel, in 2010, he narrated the World War II documentary Missions That Changed The War on the Military ChannelGary Sinise – Sinise at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert.
30. Fisher Stevens – Fisher Stevens is an American actor, director, producer and writer. As an actor, he is best known for his portrayals of Ben Jabituya in Short Circuit and his most recent successes include the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film The Cove and the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Crazy Love. He was born Steven Fisher in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, a painter and AIDS activist, and Norman Fisher, Steven has described himself as a thin, white Jewish kid from Chicago. He co-founded the Naked Angels Theater Company with longtime friends Rob Morrow, Nicole Burdette, Pippin Parker, Charles Landry, Nancy Travis and he also co-founded Greene Street Films, a film-production company located in Tribeca, New York City, in 1996. Stevens performed as Edgar Allan Poe on Lou Reeds album The Raven in 2003 and he is also an accomplished harmonica player. As an actor, he is known for his portrayals of Chuck Fishman on Early Edition, Seamus ONeill on Key West, Eugene The Plague Belford in Hackers, hawk Ganz in The Flamingo Kid, and Ben Jabituya/Jahveri in Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2. His television credits include Columbo, Frasier, Friends, Law & Order, Key West, Damages and he appeared on two episodes of the television series Numb3rs. Fisher also has a Broadway and off-Broadway career spanning three decades. He played Jigger Craigin in the 1994 Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers, throughout his career, he has acted in and directed more than 50 stage productions. In 2010, Fisher co-founded a new media and documentary company, Insurgent Media, with Andrew Karsch. In June 2010, Stevens made his major theatrical directing debut with John Leguizamos one-man show, Ghetto Klown, the two had appeared together in a production of A Midsummer Nights Dream at The Public Theater about 20 years earlier. On July 13,2012, PBS debuted Tales From a Ghetto Klown, in 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for co-producing The Cove. He directed the 2012 crime story Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino and he also teamed up with Alexis Bloom to direct the film Bright Lights, Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Nina Takes a Lover Only You Cold Fever Hackers The Pompatus of Love Four Days in September The Taxman The Tic Code Sam the Man 3 A. M, the Right To Remain Silent Jenifer Is It College YetFisher Stevens – Stevens at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival
31. Jeff Stryker – Jeff Stryker is an American porn star who has starred in bisexual, gay, and straight adult films. Jeff Stryker grew up in Springfield and his father was a car salesman and his mother was a nurse. Springfield was struggling economically, and there was a crime wave, consequently, Jeff was often involved in fights. At age 13, he was sent to school by his parents. Jeff Stryker worked as a stripper and delivered balloon-o-grams before a local photographer sent shots of him to gay adult film director John Travis in California. He describes himself as sexually universal and he has also said, I don’t define myself as anything. Jeff also starred in the film by German cult director Rosa Von Praunheim Can I Be Your Bratwurst Please. Under character Jeff Stryker, Charles also co starred in The Judge who loved death starring James Brolin, the “Jeff Stryker Cock and Balls, ” a dildo fashioned from a cast of his penis, is widely sold in sex stores. Conway, then a student at Temple University. The sex toy is not only for being popular, but also as Stryker. In a 1999 salon. com article written by Jeff Stryker, a New York journalist and the porn actors namesake, the dildo is even described as an object of higher culture. Stryker has released a disc of country music that he performed. Filmmaker and author John Waters called Jeff Stryker “the Cary Grant of porno. ”American comedian Margaret Chos routines involve her love for his films, in her show, Assassin, she discusses in detail the many places one can use the dildo. Stryker had given Cho his commercially produced action figure, in her autobiography, Traci Lords describes him as “handsome but rather dumb looking” after he gave her scornful looks backstage during a Century City Civic Center Thierry Mugler Fashion show. Stryker has also had arguments with Kulaks Woodshed, a folk-music nightclub and he claims that the club causes disturbance normally associated with large late-night urban venues, noise, drugs, unruly patrons, vandalism, graffiti, public urination and parking headaches. James Britton, who operates a floor covering business on the side of the club. In January 2009, the L. A. Weekly reported that Stryker blamed the nightclub for preventing him completing his autobiography, as the noise. “ been put on hold until I can get myself back togetherJeff Stryker – Jeff Stryker in 2007
32. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, and 808s & Heartbreak. In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016, Wests outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media and he is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to media coverage. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time, three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stones 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. He has also included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015, West was born on June 8,1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old, after the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, according to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in school, West replied, I got As. West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age and his mother recalled that she first took notice of Wests passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. Growing up in Chicago, West became deeply involved in its hip hop scene and he started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artistsKanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
33. Alfred Zeisler – Alfred Zeisler was an American-born German film producer, director, actor and screenwriter. He produced 29 films between 1927 and 1936 and he also directed 16 films between 1924 and 1949. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and died in Camano Island, Alfred Zeisler at the Internet Movie Database Alfred Zeisler at AllMovieAlfred Zeisler – Alfred Zeisler
34. Robert Zemeckis – Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American filmmaker and screenwriter frequently credited as an innovator in visual effects. In the 1990s he diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994s Forrest Gump, the films he has directed have ranged across a wide variety of genres, for both adults and families. Zemeckis was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Rosa and his father was Lithuanian American and his mother was Italian. Zemeckis grew up on the side of the city. He attended a Roman Catholic grade school and Fenger Academy High School, Zemeckis has said the truth was that in my family there was no art. I mean, there was no music, there were no books, the only thing I had that was inspirational, was television—and it actually was. As a child, he loved television and was fascinated by his parents 8 mm film movie camera. Starting off by filming family events like birthdays and holidays, he began producing narrative films with his friends that incorporated stop-motion work. Along with enjoying movies, Zemeckis remained an avid TV watcher and you hear so much about the problems with television, he said, but I think that it saved my life. After seeing Bonnie and Clyde with his father and being influenced by it. His parents disapproved of the idea, Zemeckis later said, But only in the sense that they were concerned, for my family and my friends and the world that I grew up in, this was the kind of dream that really was impossible. My parents would sit there and say, Dont you see where you come from and you cant be a movie director. I guess maybe some of it I felt I had to do in spite of them, Zemeckis applied only to University of Southern Californias School of Cinematic Arts, and went into the Film School on the strength of an essay and a music video based on a Beatles song. Not having heard from the university itself, Zemeckis called and was told he had rejected because of his average grades. The director gave an impassioned plea to the official on the line, promising to go to summer school and improve his studies. Arriving at USC that fall, Zemeckis encountered a program that was, in his words, the classes were difficult, with professors constantly stressing how hard the movie business was. Zemeckis remembered not being much fazed by this, citing the healthy cynicism that had been bred into him from his Chicago upbringing, while at USC, Zemeckis developed a close friendship with the writer Bob Gale, who was also a student there. Gale later recalled, The graduate students at USC had this veneer of intellectualism. So Bob and we werent interested in the French New WaveRobert Zemeckis – Zemeckis at the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival.
35. Edward Zwick – Edward M. Zwick is an American filmmaker, director and Academy Award-winning film and television producer. He has worked primarily in the comedy-drama and epic historical film genres, including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, Zwick was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth Ellen and Allen Zwick. He attended New Trier High School, received an A. B. at Harvard in 1974 and his films include Glory, Legends of the Fall, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, and Defiance. Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a production company called The Bedford Falls Company. This company has produced such films as Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows thirtysomething, Relativity, Once and Again. He was one of the recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture for Shakespeare in Love, despite sharing a surname and being in the same profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick. Edward Zwick on Charlie Rose Edward Zwick at the Internet Movie Database Works by or about Edward Zwick in libraries Edward Zwick collected news and commentaryEdward Zwick – Edward Zwick in 2008