- Clifton Webb(real name: Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 11/19/1889.
- d. Beverly Hills, CA 10/13/66
- Clifton Webb's family represents one of the old pioneer families in Indiana.
They were one of the earliest settlers in the region and belonged to one of the early Dutch families who settled in the state.
His father was a railroad man who started as a ticket clerk in Indianapolis in 1886 and retired from the railroad in St. Louis
as Assistant Traffic Manager of the Missouri Pacific Lines. He died in 1939.
Webb was taken to New York City when he
was somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5 by his mother. Her theatrical ambitions were thwarted so she decided to transfer them to her son. His mother
and father were divorced and his father remarried but had no other children. Webb's mother enrolled her son in dancing school
and had him study opera. When he was 7 years old he made his stage debut. He gave his first one-man show at age 14.
Singing became a career, first in grand opera, then operetta. At 17 he made his operatic debut. When the dance craze
hit the country he was a close second in popularity to Irene and Vernon Castle, teaming up with Jenny Dolly of the Dolly
sisters and Mae Murray. He starred with Evansville native Marilyn Miller in Sunny but did not appear with her
in the film version. He was touring in his good friend Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit when he was offered the part
of Waldo Lydecker in Laura. He was nominated for an Oscar. This began a very successful screen career in which
he played villains, husbands, baby sitters. He was nominated for an Oscar three
times but never won...Laura, (supporting actor)
Sitting Pretty (best actor)
and The Razor's Edge (supporting actor). In the latter film, Michigan City native Anne Baxter won an Oscar for best supporting
- Fred Williamson
b. Gary, Indiana March 5, 1938
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer. A graduate of Froebel High
School in Gary, he went to Northwestern University to study Architecture. He played on the football
team and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Traded before the season started to Pittsburgh. After one season,
signed with Oakland Raiders. In 1965 he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in the Super Bowl vs
Green Bay.He did a season of Monday night football with Howard Cosell. Started acting in 1966 in "Star Trek."
Played in many TV shows and many feature films. Directed at least 16 films, produced 15 and wrote screenplays
for five films.
- William H. Wright
- b. Lawrenceburg, Indiana April 25, 1902
- d. Santa Monica, CA July 23, 1980
- Actor, Writer, Producer. A 1924 graduate of Indiana University and a close friend of Hoagy Carmichael, William Wright was primarily a film producer. His credits include, "Stars in My Crown" (1950), "People Against O'Hara" (1951), and "The Naked Spur"(1953). He wrote screenplays for such films as "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1965)"Her Cardboard Lover" (1942). He was co-author of the play, "Man in a Dog Suit" which ran on Broadway with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn (1958).
He appeared in television as an actor on "The Perry Mason" series several times in 1957.
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