- Frank Dietl (Actor)
- b. Lakeville, IN 11/15/1875
- d. 1/24/23
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- Charles Dingle
- b. Wabash, IN 12/28/1887
- d. Worcester, Mass. 1/19/56 Prominent supporting actor from 1937 to 1955. Films include, "Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Home in Indiana" (1944), "Duel in the Sun" (1946), "A Southern Yankee" (1948). Last film was "The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell" (1955).
- Jim Dougherty
- b. Anderson, IN
- Stuntman/actor. Appeared in at least four films including, Maintenance By Any Means (2003) and Somewhere in Indiana (2004).
- Tex Driscoll (Real name: John W. Morris)
- b. Indiana 9/7/1889
- d. Los Angeles, CA 6/1/70
- Made three silent films in 1914, 1915. Then after a long absence came back in 1938 in "Swiss Miss" and made a total of two other films, "Union Pacific" and "The Ox Bow Incident".
- Michael Duane (Real name: Duane McKinney)
- b. Dunkirk, IN 4/12/14
- d. Entered films in 1943, made at least 17 films from that date until 1948...mostly B movies. Last film was "The Gallant Blade" starring Larry Parks.
- Andrew Duggan
- b. Franklin, IN Dec. 28, 1923
- d.May 15, 1988
- Graduate of Indiana University, Began his career in motion pictures in 1956 and had a long and busy career through 1987. He appeared in such films as, The Bravados, The Chapman Report, The Secret War of Harry Frigg, Seven Days in May. He also had a very busy career in television, appearing in Twelve O' Clock High, Lancer, Rich Man, Poor Man, Streets of San Francisco, The Missiles of October.
- Ralph Dumke
- b. South Bend, IN 7/25/1899
- d. Sherman Oaks, CA 1/4/64
35 films as a supporting actor from 1948 to 1961.
- Many TV appearances including "The Andy Griffith Show" and "I Love Lucy".
- Ed East
- b. Bloomington, IN 1896
- d. New York, NY 1/18/52
- Made three films between 1949 and 1951. Was a stage,
- vaudeville, radio actor and pianist. Appeared in vaudeville with Ralph Dumke (above).
- Andy Edwards
- b. Muncie, IN 11/23/62
- Acted in four movies from 1992 to 1995. Mostly uncredited.
- Corey Edwards
- b. Indiana
- Actor, Producer and Production designer for 1999 film entitled, "Chillicothe".
- James Edwards
- b. Muncie, IN 3/6/18 (another source says 1916)
- d. San Diego, CA 1/4/70
- Made at least 26 films from 1949 to 1970. Mostly remembered for his leading role in "Home of the Brave" in 1949 (His second film). His last role was as Gen. George Patton's valet in "Patton" 1970.
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- Todd Edwards
- b. Indiana
- Actor, editor, director and writer of "Chillicothe", released in 1999.
- David Emge
- b. Evansville, IN
- Made four films from 1978 to 1992...all low budget horror films.
- Robert Emhardt
- b. Indianapolis, IN 7/16/16
- d. Ojai, CA 12/29/94
- Well known character actor. Appeared in 27 films from 1952 to 1982 including, "The Group", "Scorpio", "Change of Habit".
- Many TV appearances, several on "Bonanza", "Wild, Wild
- West" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".
Shown here with
- his father, former Mayor of
Indianapolis Christian Emhardt.
- Mike Epps
- b .Indianapolis, IN
- Began doing comedy as teen-ager. Moved to Atlanta, worked
- at the Comedy Act Theatre. At age 21 went to NY and was on
- the Def Comedy Jam tour. First film, Next Friday with Ice
- Chad Everett (Real Name: Raymond Cramton)
- b. South Bend, IN 6/11/36
- Prior to entering high school, his family moved to Dearborn, Michigan where he graduated from Fordson High School. After high school, he enrolled at Wayne State University where he studied mass communications and drama. His most notable role was that of Dr. Joe Gannon on "Medical Center" in the 1969 TV series.
- Many other TV appearances. Made at least 15 films from 1961 to the present including, "Airplane II: The Sequel", "Psycho"(1998).
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- Albert Fields (Real name: Albert Jean Pierre Fields)
- b. Gary, IN 3/3/75
- Made one film in 1988, then became a regular on "The Mickey Mouse Club" ("MMC") in 1989.
- Med Flory (Real name: Meredith Flory)
Logansport, IN 8/27/26
- d. North Hollywood, CA
- An actor and jazz saxophonist, he learned to
play musical instruments as a child. He served in the Army Air Force
as a pilot during WW II. Earned a degree in philosophy from Indiana
University after his discharge. Played in bands led by Woody Herman
and Claude Thornhill in the early 1950s. .Led his own group in New
York City, before moving to California in 1955. Began working as an
actor in the early 1960s.. Appeared in at least 17 films from 1963 to 1988. Many TV appearances including "Mission Impossible", "Little House on the Prairie", "Perry Mason, "Maverick."
He co-founded the ensemble "Supersax" music in 1972 to perform
the works of Charlie Parker. Earned an Emmy in 1974 for the album
"Supersax Plays Bird." Retired in the 1990s to care
for his wife, Joan Barbara Fry who died in 2000. Survived by a son
- b. Indiana
- Graduated from Indiana University in 2000. While at I.U. he weighed 425 pounds. Decided to lose weight by eating only at Subway. Lost 245 pound in less than a year and Subway asked him to do commercials for them. He is now a full-time spokesman for Subway. He and his wife, Elizabeth (who also graduated from I.U. in 2000) live in Indianapolis.
- Norman Foster (Real name: Garland "Nick" Hoeffer)
- b. Richmond, IN 12/13/1903
- d. Santa Monica, CA 7/7/76
- Was an actor, director, writer and producer. Appeared in at least 45 films from 1929 to 1978. Wrote screenplays for 17 films including six of the Mr. Moto series. Directed 37 films including the Moto series and several Charlie Chan features. Also directed many TV series including It Takes a Thief, The Green Hornet 1966/II and Batman 1966/II Married Claudette Colbert, divorced and was married to Sally Blane until his death.
He became a friend of Orson Welles and worked with Welles as an assistant director on several films. Welles gives Foster credit for
directing Journey Into Fear. He also worked on Welles' last film, The Other Side of the Wind.
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- Harry Frankel
- b. Richmond, IN
- d. 1948
- Famous on radio as "Singin' Sam" in a radio career that began on CBS in 1930, switched to NBC and then was independently syndicated until his death. The later years of the show originated on his farm in Richmond. He made one film as himself in 1934, "This Little Piggie Went to Market".
- Brendan Fraser
- b. Indianapolis, IN 12/3/68
- Has appeared in 26 films since the start of his career in 1991. Born in Indianapolis, raised in Holland, Switzerland and Canada. Educated in Toronto and the Actor's Conservatory, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Breakthrough roles were in "George of the Jungle" and "Gods and Monsters". Won Golden Space Needle Award as best actor for "Still Breathing" (1998). Nominated for Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor/Actress-Family for "George of the Jungle" (1997).
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- b. Dune Acres, IN
- Has appeared in at least seven feature films, most notable "Three Kings" 1999. Several TV appearances. Just started as the star of a new TV series, "Mr. New York" about a funny weatherman from Indiana going to New York to pursue his dreams. The CBS series is produced by Worldwide Pants, the David Letterman Company.
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Richard "Skeets" Gallagher
- b. Terre Haute, IN 7/28/1891
- d. Santa Monica, CA 5/22/55
- Vaudeville entertainer who went into movies in 1923 and became a well-known supporting actor. Made at least 59 films in a career that ran until 1952.
Will Geer (Will Aughe Ghere)
- b. New Hope, IN 3/9/02
- d. Los Angeles, CA 4/22/78
- Very busy supporting actor, folklorist, folksinger,political agitator. Best known as "Grandpa Walton" in the TV series. Made at least 60 movies from 1932 to 1978. Many TV appearances. Father of actresses Ellen and Kate Geer.
- b. Evansville, IN 7/10/45
- Best known for the wisecracking, ambitious Dectective Ron Harris on "Barney Miller" from January
1975 to May 1982. Born in Evansville, following the divorce of his parents, he was raised by his mother, Lethia, who worked as a domestic to earn money to send him, his sisters and three brothers to private school. He attended high school in Cincinnati, but returned to his home town to attend the University of Evansville where he was an English major. Started acting in college and then went to the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis for four years. Went to L.A. and did small parts in "Sanford and Son" and "All in the Family" before getting "Barney Miller." In 1983 he was one of six distinguished Hoosiers honored by the Indiana Arts Commission.
Richard Glazier b. Indianapolis, IN 8/20/62
A graduate of
Brebeuf High School in Indianapolis, Richard Glazier received his
Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Indiana University. His Ph.
D. was earned at the Cleveland Institure of Music. Today Glazier is one of
the foremost interpreters of the American Popular Songbook and a
leading exponent of the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Since he began
touring in 1996, he has performed in nearly every state of the union,
bringing audiences not only the music of the Golden Age, but fascinating
commentary about the composers and stars of the era. His 2010
televisiion program, "From Gershwin to Garland...A Musical Journey
with Richard Glazier" was shown on PBS stations around the
country. The program won four Telly awards. Michael
Feinstein said, "Richard Glazier has Gershwin in his soul."
Glazier's next television program will be entitled, "From Ragtime
to Reel Time" and will be aired in the spring of 2012.
- Sid Grauman (Sidney Patrick Grauman)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 3/17/1879
- d. 3/5/50
- Known as "Hollywood's Master Showman", he left Indianapolis as a boy to go to the
Alaska gold rush with his father. Bought and sold a string of theatres until building the famous "Chinese Theatre" in Hollywood. Was presented an Oscar in 1949 for "Raising the level of Show Business". Appeared in 5 films as himself.
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William M. Griffith
- b. Indiana 12/18/1897
- d. 7/21/60
- Appeared in two films, 1949 and 1955.
- b.Columbus, IN
- Appeared in many Indiana Repertory Theatre Productions and at least
35 movies since 1990.
- b. Terre Haute, IN 10/29/21
- d. France 6/30/98
- Career as an actor was almost entirely in French films.
- He made at least 56 films from 1953 to 1986, almost all of them were produced in France.
- b. Rensselaer, IN 9/28/19
- d. Los Angeles, CA 3/15/90
- All-American football player for the University of Michigan. Halfback for the L.A. Rams 1946/47. Appeared in 10 films from 1941 to 1975. Usually played himself or a sports announcer. Married actress Elyse Knox. Father of actor Mark Harmon.
- Phil Harris
- b. Linton, IN 6/24/04
- d. Rancho Mirage, CA 8/11/95
- Actor/Musician, he appeared in at least 21 films from 1933 to 1991. Was a long-standing regular on "The Jack Benny Show" on radio as well as the TV version. Later had his own radio series with his wife, actress Alice Faye. Recorded several hit novelty songs including "The Thing". His voice was used in several films, notably for "Baloo the Bear" in Disney's "The Jungle Book".
- George D. Hay
- b. Attica, IN 11/9/1895
- d. 5/8/68
- Appeared as "The Judge" in the 1943 film, "Hoosier Holiday". Was also a radio announcer.
- Robert T. Haines
- b. Muncie, IN 2/3/1868
- d. New York, NY 5/6/43
- Appeared in 17 films from 1916 to 1935.
- Lloyd Haynes
- b. South Bend, IN 1934
- d. 12/31/86
- Actor best known for his TV role as Pete Dixon in the 1969 TV series, "Room 222". Career was mostly in television including appearances on "The Fugitive", "Star Trek", "T.J. Hooker". Last appearance was a TV film in 1981.
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- Kevin Hershberger
- b. Indianapolis, IN 9/7/73
- Appeared in 2 movies...1993 and 1994. Also was costume designer for 1994 musical stage-adaptation of "Red Badge of Courage".
- Joe Higgins
- b. Logansport, IN 7/12/25
- d. Los Angeles, CA 6/15/98
- Character actor who
gained fame portraying a "Safety Sheriff" in 1969 in a Dodge commercial. Had recurring roles in "The Rifleman",
"Arrest and Trial". Mostly worked in TV in the late 50's and throughout the 60's. Last appearance was a feature
film "Milo-Milo" in 1979.
- Maurice (Maury) Hill
- b. Fort Wayne, IN
- d. Los Angeles, CA 8/3/07
- A graduate of Indiana University
he created the character of Captain
Hayward in the TV series "Space Patrol." He made his Broadway debut in "Mr. Roberts," (1948) starring Henry Fonda. He became a
regular on such TV series as, "Kraft Theater," "Suspense," "Studio One." He had recurring roles in "Alice," "Dragnet," "Murder She
Wrote." His feature credits include Airplane, and The Mark of Zorro.
- Ken Hixon
- b. Indiana
- Actor/writer, mostly in TV. Movies included "Hollywood Knights", "Mr. Mom". Wrote several screenplays for both TV and motion pictures. "Morgan Stewart's Coming Home" and "Inventing the Abbotts".
- Drake Hogestyn (Donald Drake Hogestyn)
- b. Fort Wayne, IN 9/29/53
- Television actor..."Days of Our Lives", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". Appearances on "Gunsmoke", "The Fugitive", "The Twilight Zone". In 1998 fellow Fort Wayne native Shelley Long, asked Drake to play her husband on the sitcom, "Kelly Kelly." He was set to star on both that and "Days of Our Lives," but his schedule conflicted and Robert Hays was selected for the role.
- Bruce Hubbard
- b. Indianapolis, IN 1952
- Graduate of Arlington H.S. in Indianapolis.
Studied voice at Indiana University and was a member of the I.U. Opera Theatre. Played "Joe" in Showboat in the 1983
production. Best known for his role of "Porgy" in Porgy and Bess which he sang in his Metropolitan Opera debut during the
1984-85 season and in his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival
in England the following year. Also played "Porgy" in the Broadway production. Nominated for the Laurence
Olivier Award (Best actor in a musical) in 1991, the
year he died from pneumonia, for his performance in 1990s London revival of Show Boat.
- Scott Andrew Hutchins
- b. Indianapolis, IN 1/2/76
- Actor, cinematographer, director, writer, composer, etc.
- Acted in 5 films 1997 to 1999. Several of these he wrote, directed, composed and edited.
- Bill Hutton
- b. Evansville, IN
- Appeared in 3 TV films 1980, '81 and '88. Also originated the role of Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony award.
- Michael Jackson
- Chubby Johnson (Charles Randolph Johnson)
- b. Terre Haute, IN 1903
- d. Hollywood, CA 10/31/74
- Very busy character actor in the 50's. Made at least 41 films from 1950 to 1969 including..."Bend of the River", "The Far Country", "Tribute to a Bad Man". In several TV series, "Frontier Doctor", "Temple Houston". Last film was in 1969, "Support Your Local Sheriff".
- J. Louis Johnson
- b. Indiana 3/20/1878
- d. 4/29/54
- Appeared in 8 films playing mostly butlers and train porters. Was a butler in "The Magnificent Ambersons", "Surrender", "Strangers on a Train". Was a car porter in "Without Reservations" and "They Live by Night".
- William L.Johnson
- Buck Jones (Charles Frederick Gebhart)
- b. Vincennes, Indiana 12/04/1889 (some sources say 12/12/1891)
- d. 11/20/42 Boston, MA.
- Made 77 silent films and a total of 152 films from 1918 to 1942. Next to Tom Mix, he was the most popular cowboy in westerns in the late 1930's. Exhibitor polls at that time showed him to be the most popular cowboy. He died in the Coconut Grove fire in Boston.
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- Doug Jones
- b. Indianapolis
- A graduate of Ball State University where he performed inside the Charlie the Cardinal
mascot suit, Jones has made a career out of being the man or creature with somebody else's face. He plays Pan/Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth
which was nominated for six Academy Awards. Hellboy fans know him best as amphibious agent Abe Sapien. In Hellboy II
he reprised his role of Hellboy's begilled foil and sidekick, but this time he finds some romance of his own.
- Jeremy Jordan (Donald Henson)
- b. Indiana 10/19/73
- Actor/singer. Had a top ten pop hit in a
brief pop music career..."Right Kind of Love"...featured on the soundtrack to "Beverly Hills 90210". Appeared
as an actor in 10 films from 1991 to 1999. Mostly small parts such as "college boy" in "Leaving Las Vegas". Several TV appearances.
- William Jordan
- b. Milan, IN
- Usually rather prominent supporting roles in such films as "A Man Called Horse", "Gray Lady Down", "The Buddy Holly Story". TV... "Project UFO", "Beyond Westworld".
- Alex Karras
- b. Gary,IN 7/15/32
- Former football player. Many roles, best known as the father on the "Webster" T.V. Series.
- Joe Keaton
- b. Terre Haute, IN 1867
- d. Los Angeles, CA 1/13/46
- Vaudeville performer who featured his family including his son, Buster. Appeared in many of his son's films including "The General", "Sherlock, Jr.", "Our Hospitality". Was in at least 14 films from 1917 to 1928.
- Robert Keith (Robert Keith Richey)
- b. Fowler, IN 2/10/1898 (or 1896)
- d. Los Angeles, CA 12/22/66
- Stage and screen actor and playwright. Wrote the play, "Tightwad" which appeared on Broadway in 1927. Also wrote screenplays. Married Dorothy Tierny. Father of actor Brian Keith. (By his first wife)
- Appeared in at least 36 films from 1924 to 1961. Originated the role of "Doc" in the Broadway production of "Mr. Roberts". Son Brian was in this as well. Films include, "Young at Heart", "Guys and Dolls", "Written on the Wind","They Came to Cordura"
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