Famous American Theater Personalities

What is that one thing that binds legendary actors like Bruce Willis, Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey together? No, it’s not just Hollywood and films, but their penchant for theatre and love for stage. Over the centuries, since the first time theatre rumblings took America by a storm in the Eighteenth Century, it has remained close to the country’s heart. History says that drama was first introduced in this country by the Hallams in the year 1752 when they brought over a company from London and presented The Merchant of Venice at Williamsburg, then the capital of Virginia, in a building arranged for that purpose. However, the truth of this is debatable. Never mind when theatre spread its wings in the nation, what is important is the wad of well authenticated dramatic performances that have been performed in the American soil ever since. Explore this collection of biographies to know the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of some of the most famous and successful American theatre personalities.

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 1 Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 2 Anne Baxter

Anne Baxter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Michigan City
Died: December 12, 1985

Anne Baxter is best remembered for her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Sophie MacDonald in The Razor's Edge. Her other notable projects were the film All About Eve and the series The Name of the Game. She also actively participated in Republican campaigns.

 3 Dallas Roberts

Dallas Roberts
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 4 Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Glynn Turman is an American actor, filmmaker, and writer. In a career spanning over 60 years. Some of the notable characters that he has portrayed are: Lew Miles in the movie Peyton Place, Leroy Jackson in the film Cooley High, and Bradford Taylor in the sitcom A Different World. He has also won several awards like the NAACP Image Award.

 5 Christopher Abbott

Christopher Abbott
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Christopher Abbott is best known as Charlie Dattolo from Girls and as Mason Tannetti from The Sinner. He also had significant roles in the miniseries Catch-22 and the films First Man and James White. He is also a talented stage actor and has appeared in both Broadway and off-Broadway plays.

 6 Margaret Sullavan

Margaret Sullavan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died: January 1, 1960

 7 Van Heflin

Van Heflin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Walters, Oklahoma, United States
Died: July 23, 1971
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 8 Scott Rudin

Scott Rudin
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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: July 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 9 Jo Anne Worley

Jo Anne Worley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States

 10 Joe Besser

Joe Besser
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Famous As: Comedian, Musician, Voice actor, Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: March 1, 1988

 11 Mary Martin

Mary Martin
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Weatherford, Texas, U.S.
Died: November 3, 1990

 12 Stella Adler

Stella Adler
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Famous As: American Actress & Acting Teacher
Birthdate: February 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: December 21, 1992

 13 Miriam Hopkins

Miriam Hopkins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died: October 9, 1972

Miriam Hopkins was an American actress widely regarded as a pioneer of TV drama. She became the first performer to earn an Academy Award nomination for a performance in a color film; she was nominated under the Best Actress category for her portrayal of the title role in the 1935 historical drama film, Becky Sharp.

 14 Harry Warner

Harry Warner
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: December 12, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Krasnosielc
Died: December 27, 1958

 15 Siena Agudong

Siena Agudong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kauai, Hawaii, United States

 16 Jill Schoelen

Jill Schoelen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

 17 Dan Bakkedahl

Dan Bakkedahl
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota

 18 Ted Healy

Ted Healy
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaufman
Died: December 21, 1937

 19 Annie Starke

Annie Starke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Connecticut
Annie Starke, daughter of actor Glenn Close, is best known for her recurring role of Lily Cartwright in the Netflix series Ratched. She has also appeared in films such as We Don’t Belong Here and The Wife. A skilled equestrian, she has won the Children's Modified Jumper Championship at 15.

 20 LaTanya Richardson

LaTanya Richardson
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Famous As: Actress & Producer
Birthdate: October 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 21 Ann Harding

Ann Harding
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 7, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Died: September 1, 1981

 22 Howard Austen

Howard Austen
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Famous As: Businesspeople, Casting director
Birthdate: January 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 22, 2003

 23 Julie Harris

Julie Harris
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
Died: August 24, 2013

 24 Billy Rose

Billy Rose
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Famous As: Impresario
Birthdate: September 6, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 10, 1966

 25 Gladys George

Gladys George
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Patten, Maine, U.S.
Died: December 8, 1954

 26 Martin Ritt

Martin Ritt
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: December 8, 1990

 27 Grace Moore

Grace Moore
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Famous As: Opera Singer & Actress
Birthdate: December 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Del Rio, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 26, 1947

 28 Joshua Logan

Joshua Logan
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Famous As: Film & Stage Director, Writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Texarkana, Texas, United States
Died: July 12, 1988

 29 Helen Wagner

Helen Wagner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Died: May 1, 2010

 30 Dorothy Stickney

Dorothy Stickney
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dickinson, North Dakota, United States
Died: June 2, 1998

 31 Edward Harrigan

Edward Harrigan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1844
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 6, 1911

 32 Roger L. Stevens

Roger L. Stevens
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Famous As: Theatrical producer
Birthdate: March 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan,United States
Died: February 2, 1998

 33 Augustin Daly

Augustin Daly
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 20, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plymouth, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 7, 1899

 34 Alexander H. Cohen

Alexander H. Cohen
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Famous As: Theatrical Producer
Birthdate: July 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 22, 2000

 35 Gordon Davidson

Gordon Davidson
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Famous As: American theatre director
Birthdate: May 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 2, 2016

 36 Kermit Bloomgarden

Kermit Bloomgarden
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Famous As: Theatrical producer
Birthdate: December 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 20, 1976

 37 Albert Marre

Albert Marre
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Famous As: Stage Director
Birthdate: September 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 4, 2012

 38 Jossie Thacker

Jossie Thacker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

 39 Alexander Placide

Alexander Placide
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1750 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1812 AD

Born to French travelling acrobats, Alexander Placide initially gained fame as a tightrope walker at Louis XVI’s court. A professional dancer and entertainer, he later moved to the U.S. and led the Charleston Theatre. His shows included ballets, pantomime dramas, and fencing tournaments. He later married opera singer Charlotte Wrighten Placide.

 40 Joanne Tucker

Joanne Tucker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States