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.
Bob FosseBob Fosse
23 June 1927
 
Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925
Actress

jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker

Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Actor

Marisa TomeiMarisa Tomei
04 December 1964
Actress

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
26 March 1931
Actor, Author, Film Director
Lee PaceLee Pace
25 March 1979
Actor

Michael EalyMichael Ealy
03 August 1973
Actor

Skylar AstinSkylar Astin
23 September 1987
Actor

Bob HopeBob Hope
29 May 1903
Comedian
Morris ChestnutMorris Chestnut
01 January 1969
Actor

Sasha AlexanderSasha Alexander
17 May 1973
Actress
Vanessa MarcilVanessa Marcil
15 October 1968
Actress

LaTanya RichardsonLaTanya Richardson
21 October 1949
Actress & Producer

Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift
17 October 1920
Actor
Jane Lynch (Jane Marie Lynch) Jane Lynch
14 July 1960
Actress

Glenne HeadlyGlenne Headly
13 March 1955
Actress
Anne BaxterAnne Baxter
07 May 1923
Actress

Vic MorrowVic Morrow
14 February 1929
Actor

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor
Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith
10 July 1951
Actress

Brian KeithBrian Keith
14 November 1921
Actor
Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor

Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress

Nicole Ari ParkerNicole Ari Parker
07 October 1970
Actress

Rosemarie DeWittRosemarie DeWitt
26 October 1971
Actress
Chris SarandonChris Sarandon
24 July 1942
Actor
Mike NicholsMike Nichols
06 November 1931
Film Director, Theater Director, Film Producer

Jill St. JohnJill St. John
19 August 1940
Actress

Steve KazeeSteve Kazee
30 October 1975
Actor

Pernell RobertsPernell Roberts
18 May 1928
Actor
Elizabeth PeñaElizabeth Peña
23 September 1959
Actress

Ben FeldmanBen Feldman
27 May 1980
Actor

Ethan EmbryEthan Embry
13 June 1978
Actor

Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor

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Conchata FerrellConchata Ferrell
28 March 1943
Actress
Annabella SciorraAnnabella Sciorra
29 March 1960
Actress

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958
Actress
Judd HirschJudd Hirsch
15 March 1935
Actor

Shawnee SmithShawnee Smith
03 July 1969
Actress

Mariette HartleyMariette Hartley
21 June 1940
Actress
Elia KazanElia Kazan
07 September 1909
Director, Actor, Producer

Lewis ArquetteLewis Arquette
14 December 1935
Actor
Ann B. DavisAnn B. Davis
03 May 1926
Actress

Dirk BenedictDirk Benedict
01 March 1945
Actor

Reginald VelJohnsonReginald VelJohnson
16 August 1952
Actor

Elaine JoyceElaine Joyce
19 December 1943
Actress

Will GeerWill Geer
09 March 1902
Actor
Arliss HowardArliss Howard
18 October 1954
Actor

Jan HooksJan Hooks
23 April 1957
Actress

Martin MilnerMartin Milner
28 December 1931
Actor

Steve LawrenceSteve Lawrence
08 July 1935
Singer
Elizabeth AshleyElizabeth Ashley
30 August 1939
Actress

Sharon CaseSharon Case
09 February 1971
Actress
Martin BalsamMartin Balsam
04 November 1919
Actor

Irene DunneIrene Dunne
20 December 1898
Actress

Joe Don BakerJoe Don Baker
12 February 1936
Character Actor
James MacArthurJames MacArthur
08 December 1937
Actor

Gig YoungGig Young
04 November 1913
Actor
Alison LohmanAlison Lohman
18 September 1979
Actress

Ally WalkerAlly Walker
25 August 1961
Actress

Michael ParéMichael Paré
09 October 1958
Actor
Diana HylandDiana Hyland
25 January 1936
Actress

Helen HayesHelen Hayes
10 October 1900
Actress
Hunter ParrishHunter Parrish
13 May 1987
Actor

Hope DavisHope Davis
23 March 1964
Actress

Vincent SchiavelliVincent Schiavelli
11 November 1948
Actor

Hedda HopperHedda Hopper
02 May 1885
Actress
Roger BartRoger Bart
29 September 1962
Actor
Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955
Activist

Jean Speegle HowardJean Speegle Howard
31 January 1927
Actress

Mo CollinsMo Collins
07 July 1965
Actress

Dan DuryeaDan Duryea
23 January 1907
Actor
Sophie von HaselbergSophie von Haselberg
14 November 1986
Actress

Annie StarkeAnnie Starke
26 April 1988
Actor

Van HeflinVan Heflin
13 December 1908
Actor

Scout Taylor-ComptonScout Taylor-Compton
21 February 1989
Actress

Margaret Brooke SullavanMargaret Sullavan
16 May 1909
Actress
Richard BenjaminRichard Benjamin
22 May 1938
Actor

Gary MerrillGary Merrill
02 August 1915
Actor
Nancy KwanNancy Kwan
19 May 1939
Actress

Irene BedardIrene Bedard
22 July 1967
Actress

Larry HovisLarry Hovis
20 February 1936
Singer
Mary MartinMary Martin
01 December 1913
Actress, Singer

Rochelle AytesRochelle Aytes
17 May 1976
Actress
Wanda De JesusWanda De Jesus
26 August 1958
Actress

George RaftGeorge Raft
26 September 1895
Actor

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881
Executive

Sharon LealSharon Leal
17 October 1972
Actress
Leo PennLeo Penn
27 August 1921
Actor

Robert PastorelliRobert Pastorelli
21 June 1954
Actor
Robert Earl JonesRobert Earl Jones
03 February 1910
Actor

Dan BakkedahlDan Bakkedahl
18 November 1969
Actor

Stella AdlerStella Adler
10 February 1901
American Actress & Acting Teacher

Miriam HopkinsMiriam Hopkins
18 October 1902
Actress
Herbert MarshallHerbert Marshall
23 May 1890
Actor