Character Actors

Ernest Thesiger

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Ernest Thesiger

“Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and the right kind of physique ought to make a film actor, if they are lucky enough to be told exactly what to do, and I cannot see that the actor for the screen deserves any more credit than a schoolboy who is good at dictation should have for […]

Forgotten Stars

Zita Johann – photos and quotes

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Zita Johann

“I am terrible the first week or so, until I begin to synthesize the character. It takes me longer than most, I’m afraid.” — Zita Johann   Feisty Johann is most fondly remembered as the reincarnated Princess Ankhesenamón in The Mummy (1932). She probably would have been a bigger star if not for her combative […]

Hollywood Horror

Vincent Price – photos and quotes

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Vincent Price

“I can’t knock my pictures. They have tremendous box-office appeal.” — Vincent Price Source: Kevin Thomas (1970) Photo: The Masque of the Red Death (1964)   “I played so many gentle men at the beginning of my career that I certainly wanted to play some villains and so I got kind of stuck in villains.” […]

Forgotten Stars

Henry Hull – photos and quotes

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Henry Hull Werewolf of London

“Performing for the movies bears about the same relation to acting as sign-painting does to etching. And no offense to the honorable trade of sign-painting. Not that the medium of the screen is at fault. It can really be an art – but not under the maltreatment and mayhem of these fellows in Hollywood. When […]

Celebrity Portraits

Harry Houdini – photos and quotes

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Harry Houdini

“I have spent a goodly part of my life in study and research. During the last thirty years I have read every single piece of literature on the subject of Spiritualism that I could. I have accumulated one of the largest libraries in the world on psychic phenomena, Spiritualism, magic, witchcraft, demonology, evil spirits, etc. […]

Hollywood Horror

Mary Philbin – Photos and Quotes

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Mary Philbin Phantom of the Opera 1925

“If you have a good imagination you can play any kind of role. You should think the way you believe the character you are portraying would think.” — Mary Philbin Source: Dan Thomas (1928) Photo: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)     The Phantom of the Opera (1925). With Lon Chaney and Norman Kerry. […]

Hollywood Horror

Peter Cushing

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Peter Cushing

“People look at me as if I were some sort of monster, but I can’t think why. In my macabre pictures, I have either been a monster-maker or a monster-destroyer, but never a monster. Actually, I’m a gentle fellow. Never harmed a fly. I love animals, and when I’m in the country I’m a keen […]

Celebrity Portraits

Lon Chaney – photos and quotes

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Lon Chaney

“There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.” — Lon Chaney   The Penalty (1920)   The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). With Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Kate Lester, Tully Marshall, Brandon Hurst, Winifred Bryson, Raymond Hatton, Nigel De Brullier, Gladys Brockwell, Eulalie Jensen and Ernest Torrence.     “The role of the […]

Female Stars

Carolyn Jones – Photos and Quotes

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Carolyn Jones

“What’s a kook? Man, that’s when you’re nicely sick. Kooks do like they feel and live up to it.” – Carolyn Jones   “I discovered that Yoga is actually a mental science. The way our social structure is set up it is hard for people to achieve the right attitude to live a full happy life. […]