Motion picture actor Rudolph Valentino gave movie goers the perfect prototype of the Latin lover.
Italian born Valentino came to the United States in 1913 and worked as a gardener before he became a vaudeville dancer.
He received his first major film role in 1921 when he was cast in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
From then until his sudden death in 1926, thousands of people flocked to the theatre to see their favorite lover in films such as The Sheik, Blood and Sand and The Eagle.
(George) Orson Welles was an American actor, film and theatrical producer and producer of radio dramas.
One such radio drama, The War of the Worlds, broadcast in 1938 - a fictionalized narrative of the invasion of earth by creatures from Mars.
New York City listeners actually believed earth was being invaded by Martians and panicked.
Welles began his film career in 1940 and became best known for films such as Citizen Kane, The Third Man, and Man for All Seasons.
Charlie Chaplin was born into a family of music hall performers.
As a youth he joined the Fred Karno Comedy Act and by age 19 had become its leading performer.
When the troupe toured the U.S. in 1913, Mack Sennet saw Chaplin perform and hired him to work for his Keystone studio in Hollywood.
Within a year, Chaplin made 35 one-reel comedies.
In 1919, he formed United Artist Pictures with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and director D. W. Griffith, so that each could produce and distribute their own films independently.
Chaplin built his own studio and started producing full-length motion pictures.
He became most famous for his "tramp" roles in films such as The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936).
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