Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Hollywood Walk Of Fame – vintage actors and actresses. Austrian-Hungarian-born American swimmer and actor Johnny Weissmuller was born Johann Peter Weimeller on June 2, 1904 (died January 20, 1984). He was best known for playing Tarzan in movies. Weissmuller was one of the world’s best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal. He won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. After his swimming career, he became the sixth actor to portray Edgar Rice Burroughs’s ape man Tarzan in films, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character’s distinctive, ululating Tarzan yell is still often used in films and the yell itself was actually performed by Steve Brooks, a professional opera singer from Bere Alston in South Devon
English actress Kendall began her film career in the 1946 musical London Town. Though the film was a financial failure, Kendall continued to work regularly until her appearance in the comedy Genevieve brought her widespread recognition. Most prolific in British films, Kendall also achieved some popularity with American audiences, and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in Les Girls (1957). She began a romantic relationship with Rex Harrison after they appeared together in The Constant Husband (1955), and they were married in 1957. Harrison learned from Kendall’s doctor that she had been diagnosed with myeloid leukemia, a fact that was kept from Kendall, who believed she was suffering from an iron deficiency. Harrison cared for Kendall until her death in 1959, at the age of 33.
English actor William Henry Pratt was better known by his stage name Boris Karloff. Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). His popularity following Frankenstein was such that for a brief time he was billed simply as “Karloff” or “Karloff the Uncanny.” His best-known non-horror role is as the Grinch, as well as the narrator, in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966).
English actor Sir Basil Rathbone rose to prominence in England as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in over 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers, and, occasionally, horror films. He frequently portrayed suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His most famous role, however, was heroic—that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series. His later career included Broadway and television work; he received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play.
American athlete and actor Larry Crabbe starred in a number of popular serials in the 1930s and 1940s. He had the starring role in the popular serial Flash Gordon. Crabbe’s role in the 1933 Tarzan serial Tarzan the Fearless launched a successful career in which he starred in over one hundred movies. He also starred in the film Search for Beauty (1934), and his next major role was in 1936 as Flash Gordon in the popular Flash Gordon serial, which he reprized in two sequels, released by Universal in 1938 and 1940. The three serials were later shown extensively on American television during the 1950s and 60s and then edited for release on home video. Other characters he portrayed included Western hero Billy the Kid in 36 films, Buck Rogers, and a brother of his real-life fraternity in the movie musical The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. In some of his movies he is credited as Larry Crabbe or Larry (Buster) Crabbe. His sidekick in most of his westerns was the actor Al St. John. Crabbe is the only actor who played Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers — the top three syndicated comic strip heroes of the 1930s.
Born Marie-Louise Jeanne Nicolle Mourer in Saint-Mande, Val-de-Marne, (France), she studied acting under Rene Simon (1898–1966), making her stage debut in 1940 and her first motion picture in 1943. One of the most beautiful women in film, she was frequently cast as an elegant blonde seductress. During the late 1940s and early 1950s she was the leading sex symbol and a top box office draw of french cinema. One of her most famous roles was as the title character in Lola Montes (1955), directed by Max Ophels, in a role which necessitated dark hair. Despite her fame and fortune, Martine Carol’s personal life was filled with turmoil that included a suicide attempt and drug abuse, and four marriages. She was also kidnapped by gangster Pierre Loutrel (aka “Pierrot le Fou” or “Crazy Pete”), albeit briefly and received roses the next day as an apology. She died unexpectedly of a heart attack in a Monte Carlo hotel room at the age of only forty-six.
American actor Robert Ryan often played hardened cops and ruthless villains. Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois. He appeared in many television series as a guest star, including the role of Franklin Hoppy-Hopp in the 1964 episode “Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?” on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour. Similarly, he guest starred as Lloyd Osment in the 1964 episode “Better Than a Dead Lion” in the ABC psychiatric series, Breaking Point. In 1964, Ryan appeared with Warren Oates in the episode “No Comment” of CBS’s short-lived drama about newspapers, The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino in the title role of journalist Danny Taylor. Ryan appeared five times (1956–1959) on CBS’s Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater and twice (1959 and 1961) on the Zane Grey spin-off Frontier Justice. He appeared three times (1962–1964) on the western Wagon Train.
English actress Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck in Swindon, Wiltshire. Considered the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood, Dors described herself as: “The only sex symbol Britain has produced since Lady Godiva.”
Canadian-American actress Shearer was one of the most popular actresses in North America from the mid-1920s through the 1930s. Her early films cast her as the girl-next-door but for most of the Pre-Code film era beginning with the 1930 film The Divorcee, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress, she played sexually liberated women in sophisticated contemporary comedies. Later she appeared in historical and period films.