Famous 20th Century T V & Movie Producers

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 1 Michael Bay

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Famous As: Film Director, Producer
Birthdate: February 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Filmmaker Michael Bay, the man behind films such as Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers movies, is known for his big-budget action films with eye-catching special effects. He also co-owns two production houses, one of which has remade several horror films, such as The Amityville Horror and Friday the 13th.

 2 Peter Jackson

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Famous As: Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

New Zealand director/producer Peter Jackson is best known for his three-time Academy Award-winning work in The Return of the King, the third part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The third-highest-grossing director ever, he is also the man behind The Hobbit trilogy and the 2005 film King Kong

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 3 Stanley Kubrick

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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: March 7, 1999

Regarded as one of the greatest American filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick was the maker of acclaimed movies like Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Barry Lyndon. Stanley Kubrick was known for his exceptional visual style and artistic expression. He began his career as a magazine photographer and subsequently began directing short films. His first big break came with the hit movie Spartacus.

 4 Alfred Hitchcock

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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
Died: April 29, 1980

Popularly known as the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock pioneered the Hitchcockian style of filmmaking. One of the most studied filmmakers in the world, Hitchcock is also one of the most influential in the history of cinema. In his career, that spanned six decades, he directed some of the greatest films of all time, such as Psycho and Vertigo.

 5 Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody.
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: April 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Woodhaven, Queens, New York, United States

Adrien Brody is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance as Polish pianist Władysław Szpilman in The Pianist. He also invited controversy for kissing Halle Berry on stage. Fans loved him in the Wes Anderson films The Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and the series Peaky Blinders.

 6 Henry Winkler

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Henry Winkler delivered a Golden Globe-winning performance as Fonzie in Happy Days and an Emmy-winning performance in Barry. His other major projects include Childrens Hospital, Royal Pains, and Arrested Development. He is also known for playing Captain Hook on stage and for authoring the Hank Zipzer series of children’s books.

 7 Jerry Bruckheimer

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Famous As: Film & TV Producer
Birthdate: September 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is best known for his blockbuster films such as Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, and Enemy of the State, and the Beverly Hills Cop, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Bad Boys franchises. He has also produced TV series such as CSI and co-owns the ice-hockey team Seattle Kraken.
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 8 Don Cheadle

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kansas City
Don Cheadle is best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda and as War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has been a UN ambassador for environment and has won the BET Humanitarian Award for his efforts to end genocide in Rwanda and Darfur.

 9 Holly Hunter

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Conyers

Holly Hunter established herself as an actress in the American film industry after being born into a middle-class household, proving to the world that talent and hard work can make dreams come true. She also serves as an inspiration to those suffering from partial hearing loss as she has achieved popularity despite her inability to hear with her left ear.

 10 Rob Zombie

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Famous As: Musician & Filmmaker
Birthdate: January 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haverhill

The founding member of the popular heavy metal band White Zombie, Rob Zombie is an American singer-songwriter, voice actor, and filmmaker. Having incorporated horror and sci-fi themes into his music and lyrics from the beginning of his career, Zombie often entertains his audience visually in his live shows; he is credited with popularizing shock rock theatricality.

 11 James Woods

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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Voice Artist
Birthdate: April 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vernal, Utah, US

Mostly known for playing real-life characters, Emmy Award-winner James Woods began his career on stage. Fans adore him for his performances in the play Moonchildren, the series Holocaust, and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He also played a significant voice role in the animated feature Hercules.

 12 David Boreanaz

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Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

David Boreanaz is an American actor, director, and television producer. He came into prominence after playing Angel on the popular supernatural drama TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also credited with co-founding Chrome Girl, a nail polish line, along with his wife Jaime Bergman ​and their friends Aaron Ravo and Melissa.

 13 Roger Taylor

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Roger Taylor soared to fame as the drummer of the iconic rock band Queen. A Planet Rock poll named him the eighth-greatest classic rock drummer. Taylor also became known for his falsetto vocal range and co-wrote hits such as Innuendo and Under Pressure. He also appeared on Pop Quiz.

 14 Seth Green

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Birthdate: February 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia

Seth Green is a popular American actor and voice artist who is credited with co-creating the famous adult animated comedy TV series Robot Chicken for Adult Swim. As a voice actor, Seth Green has contributed immensely to the success of series, Family Guy.

 15 Harvey Weinstein

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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: March 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Flushing, New York City

The co-founder of Miramax Films Corporation and The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein produced a number of popular and critically acclaimed movie like The King's Speech and Silver Linings Playbook. In 2017, the powerful Hollywood mogul was accused of sexual harassment by numerous women following which he was fired from his company and in 2020 sentenced to 23 years in prison.

 16 Scott Foley

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas
Scott Foley is best known for his Teen Choice Award-nominated role of Noel Crane in Felicity and the lead Will Chase in Whiskey Cavalier. Some of his other notable projects are Scrubs, The Unit, and Scandal. He also made his directorial and writing debut with Let's Kill Ward's.

 17 N. T. Rama Rao

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nimmakuru, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: January 18, 1996

 18 Michael Crichton

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Famous As: Author, Screenwriter, Film Director
Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 4, 2008

Michael Crichton was an American filmmaker and author. He wrote several science-fiction books, which have sold more than 200 million copies. Many of his books, such as The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Congo, Rising Sun, and Disclosure, have been adapted into highly successful films. He is also credited with creating the popular medical drama TV series, ER.

 19 Werner Herzog

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: September 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich
Werner Herzog, one of the prominent figures of the New German Cinema era, has directed films such as Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, and documentaries such as Grizzly Man. Named to TIME 100, he has written countless books and directed many operas. He was also seen playing The Client in The Mandalorian.

 20 Max Greenfield

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dobbs Ferry, New York
Max Greenfield is best known for his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Schmidt in the series New Girl. Fans also loved him in Veronica Mars and The Neighborhood and as the voice of Roger in Ice Age: Collision Course. Greenfield is also associated with the non-profit Young Storytellers Foundation.

 21 Johnny Depp

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owensboro

Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and successful actors in Hollywood today. He wanted to become a musician and became actor by chance.  The star of Pirates of the Caribbean film series is known for selecting challenging roles that have the potential to amaze both audience and critics.

 22 Jay Baruchel

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Jay Baruchel is best known as Josh Greenberg from the series Man Seeking Woman and as Steven Karp from Undeclared. Fans also loved him in films such as The Trotsky, She's Out of My League, and The Hangover. He voiced Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon films. 

 23 Paul Thomas Anderson

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Studio City, California
Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s style of using hard-hitting cinematography and flawed characters is distinctive. He first shot to fame with Boogie Nights in 1997 and then impressed his critics with There Will Be Blood in 2007. He has also directed music videos and made a short film for Netflix.

 24 Susan Downey

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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: November 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Schaumburg, Illinois

Susan Downey is an American film producer. She is credited with forming a production house called Team Downey, along with her husband Robert Downey Jr. Robert credits Susan for helping him resurrect his Hollywood career after staying by his side throughout his struggle against drugs and alcohol addiction.

 25 T.J. Miller

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

 26 Emily Mortimer

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith

Emily Mortimer is an English-American screenwriter and actress. Mortimer, who started her acting career in stage productions, went on to establish herself as a bankable actress in the British film and TV industry. In 2010, she became an American citizen and has since been playing important roles in American films.

 27 Sunil Dutt

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jhelum, Punjab, British India
Died: May 25, 2005

 28 Nancy Travis

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

Nancy Travis is an American actress known for her contribution across all the three major acting mediums. A founding member of Naked Angels, an Off-Broadway theater company, Nancy Travis started acting on Off-Broadway theater before establishing herself in the film and TV industry.

 29 Diane Ladd

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Meridian

Diane Ladd is an American actress, author, and filmmaker. Over the years, Diane Ladd has contributed immensely to the success of several films and TV series. Perhaps, her greatest contribution to Hollywood is guiding and mentoring her daughter and Academy Award-winning actress Laura Dern. Both Ladd and Dern received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for the film Rambling Rose

 30 Dan Harmon

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Producer, Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dan Harmon is best known for writing the comedy series Community. He co-created Channel 101, hosted the podcast Harmontown, and wrote the animated series Rick and Morty. He also invented a storytelling method known as the Story Circle. His work on the 81st Annual Academy Awards won him an Emmy.

 31 Nicollette Sheridan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Worthing, Sussex, England
Model/actor Nicollette Sheridan is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Edie Britt in Desperate Housewives. Fans also loved her as Paige Matheson in Knots Landing and as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. She has also appeared in films such as Beverly Hills Ninja. She owns a cruelty-free moisturizer brand.

 32 Walt Disney

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer
Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 15, 1966

Walt Disney is considered to be the forerunner of the American animation industry. He has won 22 Oscars and holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual as a film producer. His The Walt Disney Company‍ has produced many successful animation films. He later established amusement theme park, Disneyland, in 1955, which has since grown manifold.

 33 Iain Glen

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh
One of the British theatre's preeminent men, Iain Glen is best-known for featuring in Resident Evil film series and Game of Thrones. Though he has a catalogue of splendid work but his works flew under the radar. He bagged in a Silver Bear for Best Actor for his phenomenal performance in Silent Screen at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.

 34 Lea Thompson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Initially a ballerina, Lea Thompson later deviated to acting, after being told she didn’t have the perfect body to pursue ballet. She then modeled for Burger King and eventually bagged a role in Jaws 3-D. She later gained fame with Caroline in the City and the Back to the Future trilogy.

 35 LeVar Burton

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

 36 Hugh Jackman

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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: October 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australian actor Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood debut in the film X-Men made him a transatlantic actor and he went on to do the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018. Some of his other prominent films are Kate & Leopold, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, The Prestige and Australia. He is also a singer, songwriter and a dancer.

 37 Russell Simmons

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Famous As: Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam
Birthdate: October 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Russell Simmons is a controversial American businessman who co-founded the hip-hop music label, 'Def Jam Recordings', and established the clothing line 'Phat Fashions'. He is noted for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape which generated a lot of heat in 2013. Simmons who calls himself a Christian yogi is accused of sexual assaults on several women. He has adopted veganism and advocates non-violence.

 38 Robert Downey Sr.

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: USA

Robert Downey Sr. was an American actor and filmmaker. He is best remembered for making satirical films, such as Putney Swope that influenced and inspired the Counterculture of the 1960s. He is also credited with shaping the film career of his son Robert John Downey Jr.

 39 Leonardo DiCaprio

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Famous As: Actor, Film Producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hollywood, California, U.S.

Leonardo DiCaprio is a name every movie lover reveres. An Oscar, a BAFTA, and 3 Golden Globes does not do justice to DiCaprio’s immensely skilful performances and his top-notch portrayals of addicts, historical figures and business tycoons. From epic dramas and romances to crime and political thrillers, DiCaprio has constantly left a mark in each of his films.

 40 Adam F. Goldberg

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Famous As: TV Producer
Birthdate: April 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV/film producer and writer Adam F. Goldberg has created popular shows such as Breaking In, Schooled, Imaginary Mary, and The Goldbergs. He has also written for animated projects such as The Jetsons and Monsters vs. Aliens, and produced movies such as The Comebacks and Daddy Day Camp.

 41 Carroll O’Connor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 21, 2001

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, director, and producer. In a TV career that spanned 40 years, O'Connor popularized several fictional characters, including Archie Bunker from the sitcom All in the Family, for which he received four Emmy Awards. In 1996, he was ranked 38th on the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list published by TV Guide.

 42 John Mahoney

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: February 4, 2018
English-born American actor, John Mahoney left his job in medical journalism in his late thirties to embark on an acting career. He first became known for his roles in films like Moonstruck, Tin Men, Eight Men Out. He was best known for playing Martin Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier for which he also bagged a Screen Actors Guild Award. 

 43 Marlo Thomas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 44 Noah Baumbach

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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: September 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Noah Baumbach is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. One of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers of his generation, Noah Baumbach has received Academy Award nominations for films, such as Marriage Story and The Squid and the Whale. His style of filmmaking is cited as an influence by many aspiring filmmakers.

 45 Brad Garrett

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: April 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

 46 Hayao Miyazaki

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bunkyō

Considered one of the most prominent filmmakers in the history of animated films, Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has gained worldwide acclaim as a maker of animated films and a masterful storyteller. Miyazaki has served as an inspiration to several world-renowned animators and directors, including James Cameron and Wes Anderson.

 47 Rod Serling

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Famous As: Screenwriter, TV Producer, Narrator
Birthdate: December 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Syracuse
Died: June 28, 1975

Rod Serling was an American playwright, screenwriter, narrator, and television producer. One of the first writers to write specifically for television, Serling is often credited with legitimizing television drama. He is also credited with creating the much-acclaimed series The Twilight Zone. For his much-publicized clashes with TV executives, Serling was often referred to as the angry young man of Hollywood.

 48 Danny Boyle

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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Film Producer
Birthdate: October 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Radcliffe

Danny Boyle is best known for his Academy Award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. He also amazed audiences with his deft direction in Trainspotting, 127 Hours, and 28 Days Later. He won a BAFTA with his debut film, Shallow Grave. He was the artistic director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

 49 Sela Ward

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi

Sela Ann Ward is best known for her Emmy-winning role of Teddy Reed in Sisters. She won another Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing Lily Manning in Once and Again. Fans also loved her in the series House and CSI: NY, and the movie The Day After Tomorrow.

 50 Satyajit Ray

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Famous As: Indian filmmaker
Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: April 23, 1992

Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, music composer, and writer. Considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray became the first Indian to be honored with an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. Apart from Indian filmmakers, international directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Anderson, and Christopher Nolan have been influenced by Satyajit Ray.