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D. W. Griffith

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David Llewelyn Wark Griffith was a premier pioneering American film director. He is best known as the director of the controversial and groundbreaking 1915 film The Birth of a Nation and the subsequent film Intolerance (1916). Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation made pioneering use of advanced camera and narrative techniques, and its immense popularity set the stage for the dominance of the feature-length film. It also proved extremely controversial at the time and ever since for its negative depiction of Black Americans and their supporters, and its positive portrayal of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. Griffith responded to his critics with his next film, Intolerance, intended to show the dangers of prejudiced thought and behavior. The film was not the financial success that its predecessor had been, but was received warmly by critics. Several of his later films were also successful, but high production, promotional, and roadshow costs often made his ventures commercial failures. Even so, he is generally considered one of the most important figures of early cinema.
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Sean Connery

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Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a Scottish actor and producer who won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award. Connery was the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films (every film from Dr. No to You Only Live Twice, plus Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again), between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His films also include Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Highlander (1986), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000). Connery was polled in a 2004 The Sunday Herald as "The Greatest Living Scot" and in a 2011 EuroMillions survey as "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure". He was voted by People magazine as both the “Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and the "Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999. He received a lifetime achievement award in the United States with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. Connery was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama. On 31 October 2020, it was announced that Connery had died at the age of 90. Description above from the Wikipedia article Sean Connery, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia
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P. Ravi Shankar

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P. Ravi Shankar (born Pudipeddi Ravi Shankar Sarma) also known as Bommali Ravi Shankar or Sai Ravi is an Indian film actor, dubbing artist, director and writer. He primarily works in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films. He dubbed for over 2600 films with more than 1000 films each in Telugu and Tamil languages.He dubbed for over 150 films each in Kannada and Malayalam films. He is the brother of popular Indian actor Sai Kumar.He won seven Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for Best Male Dubbing Artist and one Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist. He made his directorial debut with the Kannada film "Durgi" in 2002. He also worked as a dialogue writer and penned dialogues for over 75 Telugu films and 150 Tamil films. He also worked as a playback singer for films such as "Rakta Charitra" and "Bejawada". He won his first Filmfare Award for his performance in the film "Kempe Gowda".
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Mimmo Palmara

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Born in Cagliari, Palmara made his film debut in 1952 as character actor in drama films by eminent directors such as Luchino Visconti, Mario Monicelli and Antonio Pietrangeli, then obtained main roles in a great number of genre films, especially adventure films and peplum films., When the sword and sandals genre declined, he took part at a number of spaghetti westerns in which he is usually credited as Dick Palmer. A close friend of Sergio Leone, he was the Leone's first choice for the role of Ramon in A Fistful of Dollars; Palmara eventually chose to star in Mario Caiano's Bullets Don't Argue and the role of Ramon was played by Gian Maria Volontè.
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Virginia Leith

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Virginia Leith (October 15, 1925 - November 4, 2019) was an American film and television actress. Leith starred in a few films, with her most productive period coming in the 1950s. Her debut in 1953 was also the first film directed by Stanley Kubrick, a self-financed art house film, Fear and Desire. She signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1954 and had leading roles in films such as On the Threshold of Space, Toward the Unknown, Violent Saturday and opposite Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward in the crime drama A Kiss Before Dying. She left show business following her 1960 marriage to actor Donald Harron. After her divorce from Harron, in the 1970s Leith resumed her career and appeared in a few films and on television shows, including Starsky and Hutch, Barnaby Jones, and Baretta. She left the screen again in the early 1980s. Her most recognizable role may have been that of a decapitated woman whose head is kept alive in The Brain That Wouldn't Die.
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L. Scott Caldwell

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Laverne Scott Caldwell (born April 17, 1950) is an American actress known for her role as Rose on Lost. Caldwell, who earned a degree in Theater Arts and Communications from Loyola University Chicago, has an extensive background in feature films, television and theater. Her film credits include Mystery Alaska, Waiting to Exhale, The Net, The Fugitive, Dutch and Without a Trace. Caldwell had recurring roles on Judging Amy, and has guest-starred in JAG, Chicago Hope, City of Angels and Promised Land, all on CBS. Her additional television credits include The Practice, The Division, Any Day Now, Murder One, The Pretender, Grace Under Fire, Melrose Place, Lois and Clark, ER, Nip/Tuck, L.A. Law, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, Saving Grace, State of Mind, and The Cosby Show. On Broadway, Caldwell won a 1988 Tony Award for her role in Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Her other Broadway credits include Proposals, A Month of Sundays and Home. She has also appeared off Broadway in About Heaven & Earth, Colored People's Time, Old Phantoms, A Season to Unravel, and The Imprisonment of Obatala. Her most recent appearances have been in the television series Southland and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and films Powder Blue, Like Dandelion Dust, and Gridiron Gang. Caldwell recently appeared on Lost in a recurring capacity. According to the Season 2 DVD featurettes, her husband was going through health problems during the shooting of the first season. Her husband's story inspired her character's story in her focused episode, S.O.S. Description above from the Wikipedia article L. Scott Caldwell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia
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Liam McIntyre

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Liam McIntyre (born 8 February 1982) is an Australian actor most known for his work in several short films and guest starring roles in Australian TV series. He plays the lead role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Vengeance. Although McIntyre has started his career in mostly short films, the actor had more promising roles guest starring in Australia's popular television series' Rush and Neighbours. McIntyre made his US television debut guest starring in an episode of the award nominated HBO mini-series The Pacific.
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Milan Marić

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Milan Marić was born in 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia (then SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia). He appeared on stage as a teenager in the youth theater DADOV, and then entered the Faculty of Dramatic Art. His cinematic debut was in the short film Thursday (2010), the diploma work of director Nikola Ljuce. He followed the television film New Chance and the role of Koki in the series The Scent of Rain in the Balkans (2011). He made another co-operation with Nikola Ljuk acting in his short film Sergeant (2012), in which Miloš Timotijević was his screen partner. In 2014, Milan appeared in the dramatic ensemble of the drama From Paupers to Princes about the break-up of Yugoslavia and the new heroes of society. In parallel with the film career, he also debuted in professional theaters, acting in the plays Behind the Bars (Krusevac Theater, 2011), Workers Dying Singing (Bitef Theater, 2011), Suspicious Face (Yugoslav Drama Theatre, 2012) and in controversial piece presented by Zoran Djindjic (Atelje 212, 2013). After graduating in the class of Biljana Mašić in 2013, he became a permanent member of the Yugoslav Drama Theater.[2] On the centenary of the World War I celebration in 2014, he participated in three performances about the Young Bosnia and the Sarajevo assassination: portrayed Gavrilo Princip in the play Little is my grave by Biljana Srbljanović, Danilo Ilić in the play Zmajeubica by Milena Markovic and in the film The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip.[2] The following year, there followed the supporting roles in the films Humidity, A Good Wife and Santa Maria della Salute, where he portrayed king Milan I of Serbia. In 2018, he played young Vukan Nemanjić in the television series Nemanjić Family - the Birth of the Kingdom. For the purpose of shooting, he learned to ride and to fight with the sword.[3] In the same year, the Russian film Dovlatov premiered, a biopic about the life of Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov, in which he played the main role. Marić was recommended by actress Danijela Stojanović for the role, who worked with director Alexei German Jr. on his previous film. She showed Marić's photographs pointing to the physical similarity between the Serbian actor and the Russian writer. After several rounds of casting, he got a role.[4] Marić learned Russian in three months.[3] The film was premiered in the main competition program at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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Marc Maron

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Marc Maron (born September 27, 1963) is an American stand-up comedian and podcast host. He has been host of The Marc Maron Show, and co-host of both Morning Sedition, and Breakroom Live, all politically-oriented shows, produced under the auspices of Air America Media. He was also the host of Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater for a year, replacing Jon Stewart. Maron has been a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman and made 44 appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, more than any other stand-up performer. He was also a regular guest on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and hosted the short-lived American version of the British game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks on VH1. Description above from the Wikipedia article Marc Maron, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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John Laurinaitis

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John Hodger Laurinaitis, also known as Johnny Ace, is an American retired professional wrestler and senior producer, currently employed by WWE. He has wrestled for such promotions as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and WWE. He is also the younger brother of Joe Laurinaitis (Road Warrior Animal; one half of the wrestling tag team The Road Warriors), and the uncle of James Laurinaitis, former Ohio State standout linebacker for the St. Louis Rams. In WWE, Laurinaitis worked in the talent relations office for eight years, and as occasional wrestler from 2011 until 2012. After his on screen firing, he stepped down from his corporate backstage role to being a producer. Prior to joining WWE, Laurinaitis worked as an executive for WCW.
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