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Jenna Kanell biography

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Jenna Kanell biography Jenna Kanell was born on November 12, 1991 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. Jenna Kanell is an American actress, director, writer, and stunt performer. She gained recognition for her portrayals of Tara Heyes in Terrifier (2016) and Kim Hansen in The Bye Bye Man (2017) - both horror movies. Her film career has since expanded to a variety of genres such as the political drama The Front Runner (2018) and the horror-comedy Renfield (2023).

Judy Garland biography

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Judy Garland biography Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) was born June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA; she was an American actress, singer, and entertainer, mother of Liza Minnelli. Judy Garland was a child star in the 1930s, peaking in the musical The Wizard of Oz (1939), where she launched her signature song "Over the Rainbow." As an adult, Garland starred in the musical classics Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and Easter Parade (1948). After some years of personal and health problems, she made a big comeback in A Star Is Born (1954) and showed character talent in a completely different role as a Nazi victim in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). In the 1960s, Judy Garland split her career between concerts and television shows; she gave a concert in Copenhagen a few months before her death. Died on June 22, 1969, in Cadogan Lane, London, UK (drug overdose). last updated October 2022

Josh Brolin biography 2022

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Josh Brolin biography Josh Brolin (Josh J. Brolin) was born February 12,1968 and is an American actor. Josh Brolin is the son of seasoned Hollywood actor James Brolin (b. July 18, 1940) and made his film debut in 1985. After minor roles in both TV series and films, he was more centrally placed in, among other things, Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man (2000) and had a significant breakthrough in the Coen brothers' laconic crime and fate tale No Country for Old Men (2007). It opened up roles in, among other things, Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007) and the following year in both Gus Van Sant's Milk and, not least, the all-dominant lead role as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's presidential portrait W. Josh Brolin has since, usually with masculine emphasis, i.a., noted in the same director's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Woody Allen 's You'll Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) and the Coen brothers' western True Grit (2011). last updated October

John Wayne biography

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John Wayne biography John Wayne (Marion Michael Morrison) was born on May 26, 1907. He was an American film actor and Oscar winner. He was an institution in American cinema as the classic hero of war films, especially westerns. He personified individualism and a pioneering spirit and was an exponent of conservative American ideals on and off the screen. After a series of b-movie roles, he got his breakthrough in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939). John Wayne's talent, which mainly rested on a rare laid-back and authoritative radiance, was also seen in more complex western roles, for example, in John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Searchers (1956) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). He also had a fruitful collaboration with Howard Hawks in Red River (1948), Rio Bravo (1959), and Hatari! (1962). He won his only Oscar in 1970 for the role of the choleric sheriff in Henry Hathaway's True Grit (1969). Besides his regular genre roles, John Wayne succeeded in

John Turturro biography

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John Turturro biography John Turturro (John Michael Turturro) was born on February 28, 1957. John Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Yale University in drama. He entered the film industry in 1980 and simultaneously built a distinguished theater career Off-Broadway. From the mid-1980s, John Turturro gradually got more significant and prominent roles in films, e.g., in Spike Lee 's Do the Right Thing (1989), which used his Italian ancestry. Spike Lee has continued to use him in all his films, and with Miller's Crossing (1990), John Turturro became one of the Coen brothers' favorite actors, not least in a central role in Barton Fink (1991). With his lanky figure and often nervous characters, John Turturro has also had wide-ranging roles in, e.g., Robert Redford 's Quiz Show (1994), Tim Robbins ' Cradle Will Rock (1999), Nicolas Winding Refn's gripping thriller Fear X (2003) and the comedy Anger Management (

John Belushi biography

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John Belushi biography John Belushi was born January 24, 1949, in Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Belushi was a comedian with cult status and a crazy sense of humor that was honed on the television show Saturday Night Live 1975-79 and carried over to films such as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and The Blues Brothers (1980). Died on march 5, 1982, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, Californien, USA. last updated October 2022

John Barrymore biography

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John Barrymore biography John Barrymore, 1882-1942, American actor. John Barrymore, like his sister Ethel and brother Lionel, was the third generation in the theater world. He made his stage debut in 1903 and his film in 1914. In the theater, he alternated between comedy roles and the classical repertoire, with highlights in John Galsworthy's Justice (1915) as well as Shakespeare's Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922). On film, he played complex character roles such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), seductive lover roles such as Don Juan (1926), and elegant living men on de route in, for example, Grand Hotel (1932) and Dinner at Eight (1933). A hectic personal life and alcohol problems turned Barrymore into a parody of himself in recent years, but he enjoyed international recognition in his heyday. His son John Barrymore Jr. (1932-2004), and his daughter Drew Barrymore (b. 1975), are also film actors. last updated October 2022

Joe Pesci biography

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Joe Pesci biography Joe Pesci (Joseph Frank Pesci) was an American actor born on February 9, 1943. Joe Pesci has incarnated all kinds of record players and gangsters with a quick temper and staccato lines. It has happened both with comic effect in Lethal Weapon II-IV (1989, 1992, 1998, Lethal Weapon II-IV), Home Alone (1990), and My Cousin Vinny (1992) and with severe danger in Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas (1990), for which he won an Oscar, and Casino (1995). Colleague Robert De Niro has also used Joe Pesci as a safe supporting actor in two of his films as a director, A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006). last updated October 2022

Joanne Woodward biography

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Joanne Woodward biography Joanne Woodward was born in 1930; an American actress, married to Paul Newman. Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for her first leading role in The Three Faces of Eve (1957) and has since specialized in character studies of lonely and unglamorous women, primarily directed by Paul Newman, e.g., Rachel, Rachel (1968), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) and The Glass Menagerie (1987). She is also remembered for The Stripper (1963). last updated October 2022

Jeff Bridges biography

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Jeff Bridges biography Jeff Bridges was born On December 4, 1949. The versatile character star got his breakthrough in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971), followed by John Huston's Fat City (1972). Jeff Bridges has since had significant roles in, e.g., Starman (1984), Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), and The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), in which he starred with his brother Beau Bridges ( b. 9.12.1941), Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) and the Coen brothers' comedy The Big Lebowski (1998), in which Jeff Bridges shone in the role of the anti-hero The Dude. The family drama The Door in the Floor (2004) and the war comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) showed Jeff Bridges different sides of his acting, and in 2010 he was awarded an Oscar for the role of an aging and repentant country & western star in Crazy Heart. The following year, he continued his excellent portrayal of fallen heroes in the Coen brothers' west

Jeanette MacDonald biography

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Jeanette MacDonald biography Jeanette MacDonald, 1901-1965, American actress and singer. Jeanette MacDonald was an operetta heroine in popular constellations, first with Maurice Chevalier in The Love Parade (1929), Love Me Tonight (1932), and The Merry Widow (1934), then eight times with Nelson Eddy in i.a. Naughty Marietta (1935) and Rose Marie (1936). After World War II, she resumed her original career as a singer on Broadway. last updated October 2022

Jean Seberg biography

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Jean Seberg biography Jean Seberg was born November 13, 1938, in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA. She was an American film actor. Seberg was chosen for the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan (1957) and cashed in as a failure. Things didn't go much better in Preminger's Sagan film adaptation Bonjour Tristesse (1958), which, however, with its French theme and filming on location, points to her role as an American in Paris in collaboration with Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean Luc Godard's À bout de souffle (1960), which made her an icon of the French New Wave and has secured her a permanent place in film history. Despite several approaches, this role was not followed up; her other career, mainly in the USA, included musicals, disaster films, etc. Only the psychotic title role in Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964) asserts itself above her other films. Jean Seberg got involved politically, i.a., in the Black Panther Party, and was monitored and harassed by the CIA. Her personal lif

Jean Harlow biography

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Jean Harlow biography Jean Harlow (Harlean Carpenter) was born as an American actress on March 3, 1911. Jean Harlow was the first sex symbol of early tone films and, moreover, a witty comedy star who could live up to her image as a "dumb blonde" and at the same time be ironic about it. She got her breakthrough with the pilot film Hell's Angels (1930), and her first significant role was in Platinum Blonde (1931). Her other famous roles include The Public Enemy (1931, Public Enemy No. 1), Dinner at Eight (1933), and Libeled Lady (1936, Her Reputation is in Danger).  Died on June 7, 1937 - died of kidney failure at age 26. last updated October 2022

Jean Arthur biography

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Jean Arthur biography Jean Arthur was born on October 17, 1905, and was an American actor. Jean Arthur debuted in 1923 but got his big break in John Ford's gangster comedy The Whole Town's Talking (1935). In the 1930s and 1940s, she appeared in a large number of films, often in the role of a dashing, independent, and down-to-earth woman with a romantic beating heart; the best-known films are Frank Capra's comedies Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Jean Arthur played her last role in George Stevens' western Shane (1953). Died on June 19, 1991. last updated October 2022

Jayne Mansfield biography

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Jayne Mansfield Biography Jayne Mansfield, 1933-1967, American actress. Jayne Mansfield, who has been called "the poor man's Marilyn Monroe ," caricatured the era's glamorous, platinum blonde sex symbol in the comedies The Girl Can't Help It (1956) and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). Jayne Mansfield got more severe roles in The Wayward Bus (1957) and The Challenge (1960).  Died on June 29, 1967, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was killed in a car accident. last updated October 2022

Jason Robards biography 2022

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Jason Robards biography Jason Robards was born July 26, 1922, and is an American actor; he was 1961-69 and married to Lauren Bacall. After breaking through on Broadway in 1956 in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh and other great theater performances, Jason Robards came to the film. He has often made a strong mark in portrait roles, e.g., as the editor-in-chief in Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men (1976) and Dashiell Hammett in Julia (1977), both of which earned him an Oscar, as well as the Richard M. Nixon impersonator Richard Munckton in the television series Washington Behind Closed Doors (1977). Among Jason Robard's other roles can be mentioned the two western films, Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Sam Peckinpah's The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), as well as Melvin & Howard (1980), Philadelphia (1993) and A Thousand Acres (1997). Jason Robards played his last film role in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999). Died

Janet Leigh biography 2022

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Janet Leigh biography Janet Leigh (Jeanette Helen Morrison) was born on July 6, 1927, in  Merced, California, USA. She was an American actress, married to Tony Curtis from 1951-1962, and the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis . Janet Leigh began her career as a blonde supporting actress in adventure films such as Scaramouche (1952) and The Black Shield of Falworth (1956). Still, she is best remembered as the victim in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and for supporting roles in Touch of Evil (1958), Harper (1966), and The Fog (1980). Died on October 3, 2004. last updated October 2022

Jane Russell biography 2022

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Jane Russell biography Jane Russell was born June 21, 1921, in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA. She was an American actress. She was working as a model and attending drama school when Howard Hughes offered her a role in The Outlaw (1943). The film was a huge success, not least because of Jane Russell's busty appearance and overt sexual performance, and she became a popular pinup figure during the rest of World War II. This was followed by a series of films produced by Howard Hughes, who kept Jane Russell firmly in the role of one of the fantastic sex bombs of the period. Still, in, for example, Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), she was finally allowed to demonstrate her not-inconsiderable comedic talent with Marilyn Monroe . In the late 1950s, Jane Russell began to appear in television series instead of films, which she continued with widely varying intervals until her last role in 1986. Died on February 28, 2011, in Santa Maria, California, USA. last updated October 2022

Jane Fonda biography 2022

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Jane Fonda biography Jane Fonda (Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda) was born on December  21, 1937, in New York City, New York, USA. American actress, daughter of Henry Fonda , and sister of Peter Fonda . Jane Fonda began as an ingénue in the 1960s American comedy, for example, in the western comedy Cat Ballou (1965), and had a detour to French films, e.g., as the butt girl in her then-husband Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968), before her breakthrough as a character actor in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969) based on Horace McCoy's novel. Up through the 1970s, Jane Fonda became one of Hollywood's big stars, who often got involved in political issues, and played important roles in, for example, Alan J. Pakula's Klute (1971), Julia (1977) and Hal Ashby's drama Coming Home (1978) about the human consequences of the Vietnam War. She became an active producer with the successful The China Syndrome (1979) and Nine to Five (1981). In 1981, she published th

Jamie Foxx biography 2022

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Jamie Foxx biography Jamie Foxx, Eric Morlon Bishop, was born December 13, 1967, in Terrell, Texas, USA. He is an American actor. After a career as, among other things, stand-up and TV comedian in, e.g., the series In Living Color 1991-2000 and The Jamie Foxx Show 1996-2001 and roles in, e.g., Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday (1999), Jamie Foxx broke through significantly with his heartfelt portrait of the musician Ray Charles in Ray (2004), which won him an Oscar. Since then, Jamie Foxx has had eye-catching roles in, e.g., Michael Mann's extensive city dramas Collateral (2004) and Miami Vice (2006), as well as in the musical Dreamgirls (2006) and the drama The Soloist (2009) and starred in the thriller Law Abiding Citizen (2009). last updated October 2022