Academy Award-winning people

by tmproofreader | created - 03 Apr 2018 | updated - 08 May 2018 | Public

People who won Academy Awards in front of and behind the camera.

101. Ralph Rainger

Soundtrack | Chinatown

He was one of the era's great composers and songwriters. Ralph Rainger penned numerous popular standards, often working in collaboration with lyricist Leo Robin. These include solid commercial hits like "Moanin Low", "Love in Bloom" (used by Jack Benny to introduce his TV and radio shows), "Love is...

He won an Academy Award for The Big Broadcast of 1938.

102. Leo Robin

Music_department | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Prolific American lyricist, best known for his collaborative efforts with the composer Ralph Rainger. His many popular standards include "Prisoner of Love", "Louise", "Beyond the Blue Horizon", "No Love no Nothing", "Moonlight and Shadows", "My Ideal", "If I Should Lose You", "Blue Hawaii", the ...

He won an Academy Award for The Big Broadcast of 1938.

103. Carl Jules Weyl

Art_director | The Adventures of Robin Hood

German-born art director, a U.S. citizen from 1920, who enjoyed a successful career as an architect in the 1920's. He designed a number of significant buildings in and around Los Angeles, including the Brown Derby Restaurant, the Hollywood Boulevard Building and the Hollywood Palace Theatre. Weyl ...

He won an Academy Award for The Adventures of Robin Hood.

104. Victor Fleming

Director | Gone with the Wind

Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...

He won an Academy Award for Gone with the Wind.

105. Robert Donat

Actor | The 39 Steps

Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His ...

He won an Academy Award for Goodbye Mr. Chips.

106. Vivien Leigh

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...

She won 2 Academy Awards for Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire.

107. Thomas Mitchell

Actor | Stagecoach

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon (1937); Stagecoach (1939); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Gone with the Wind (1939); It's a Wonderful Life...

He won an Academy Award for Stagecoach.

108. Hattie McDaniel

Actress | Gone with the Wind

After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...

She won an Academy Award for Gone with the Wind.

109. Sidney Howard

Writer | Gone with the Wind

Worked under contract at United Artists (1929-31 and 1936). He labored on the script of Gone with the Wind (1939) for more than a year with David O. Selznick, but never saw a single reel of the completed film; he died in an accident on his farm in Massachusetts when the tractor he was driving ...

He won an Academy Award for Gone with the Wind.

110. Gregg Toland

Cinematographer | Citizen Kane

Born in Illinois in 1904, the only child of Jennie and Frank Toland, Gregg and his mother moved to California several years after his parents divorced in 1910. Through Jennie's work as a housekeeper for several people in the movie business, Gregg may had gotten a $12-a-week job at age 15 as an ...

He won an Academy Award for Wuthering Heights.

111. Ernest Haller

Cinematographer | Gone with the Wind

Distinguished American cinematographer Ernest Haller started in the industry in 1914 as an actor with Biograph after leaving his first job as a bank clerk. Within one year he discovered his true calling: being on the other side of the camera. By 1920, he had become a full director of photography ...

He won an Academy Award for Gone with the Wind.

112. Ray Rennahan

Gone with the Wind

Ray Rennahan started working behind movie cameras from 1917. Early on, he had the foresight to recognise the potential for dramatically enhancing motion pictures by the application of colour cinematography. During the 1920's, he was regarded as a leading innovator in the development of the ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for Gone with the Wind and Blood and Sand.

113. Hal C. Kern

Editorial_department | Gone with the Wind

Hal C. Kern was born on July 14, 1894 in Anaconda, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on Gone with the Wind (1939), Rebecca (1940) and Spellbound (1945). He died on February 24, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

He won an Academy Award for Gone with the Wind.

114. James E. Newcom

Editorial_department | Gone with the Wind

James E. Newcom was born on August 29, 1905 in Wayne, Indiana, USA as James Edward Newcom. He is known for his work on Gone with the Wind (1939), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Rebecca (1940). He died on October 6, 1990 in San Diego, California, USA.

He won an Academy Award for Gone with the Wind.

115. Herbert Stothart

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

Of Scottish and German ancestry, Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1885. At first, he was slated for a career as a teacher of history. However, he became enamored with music while singing in a school choir, and again, later, while attending the University of Wisconsin. There, he...

He won an Academy Award for The Wizard of Oz.

116. Richard Hageman

Music_department | Stagecoach

Composer, songwriter, conductor and pianist, educated at the Brussels Conservatory (Mus. D.) and the Royal Conservatory of Amsterdam, on scholarships. He was a concert pianist at six and accompanist for the Royal Opera Company in Amsterdam, assuming the conductorship in 1899. Coming to the USA with...

He won an Academy Award for Stagecoach.

117. W. Franke Harling

Music_department | Stagecoach

Songwriter ("Beyond the Blue Horizon", "Sing You Sinners"), composer and conductor, educated at the Grace Church Choir School in New York and the London Academy of Music. He was also a music student of Theodore Ysaye. His career included being chief organist at the Church of the Resurrecion in ...

He won an Academy Award for Stagecoach.

118. John Leipold

Music_department | Stagecoach

He won an Academy Award for Stagecoach.

119. Leo Shuken

Music_department | Stagecoach

Leo Shuken was an American composer and orchestrator, best known for his western scores. He was co-recipient of the Oscar for best scoring of Stagecoach (1939). In his heyday, Shuken was under contract to Paramount, 1937-1944, at which time he worked on several films of the director Preston Sturges...

He won an Academy Award for Stagecoach.

120. Harold Arlen

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

No American has written more first-rate songs than Arlen. He grew up in a musical family (his father was a cantor), and disappointed but didn't surprise his parents by dropping out of high school to become a musician. A stint as pianist and singer with a dance band, the Buffalodians, allowed him to...

He won an Academy Award for The Wizard of Oz.

121. E.Y. Harburg

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

One of the great lyricists of American song, Edgar Yipsel Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg) grew up in the working-class Jewish ghetto of Manhattan's Lower East Side. In high school, he befriended Ira Gershwin, later his collaborator on student literary ventures at City College of New York; both also...

He won an Academy Award for The Wizard of Oz.

122. Lyle R. Wheeler

Art_director | Gone with the Wind

He was known as the 'dean of Hollywood art directors'. Lyle Wheeler worked on more than 350 films, winning five Academy Awards ("Gone with the Wind", "Anna and the King of Siam"', The Robe (1953), The King and I (1956) and The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)) and was nominated for twenty-four others. ...

He won 5 Academy Awards for Gone with the Wind, Anna and the King of Siam, The Robe, The King and I, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

123. Bernard B. Brown

Sound_department | Shadow of a Doubt

Ten times Oscar-nominated Bernard Brown, affectionately known as 'Brownie', was a prolific composer, sound engineer, visual effects specialist and occasional animation director. He began his career at the tender age of sixteen as first violinist in the pit orchestra at Clune's Auditorium in Los ...

He won an Academy Award for When Tomorrow Comes.

124. Edmund H. Hansen

Sound_department | Wilson

Edmund H. Hansen was appointed as head of the Sound Department of Fox Films and retained that position when the studio changed into 20th Century-Fox. In his capacity as a sound director he was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won two, for Special Sound Effects on The Rains Came (1939) and Sound ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for The Rains Came and Wilson.

125. Fred Sersen

Visual_effects | Crash Dive

Czech-born Ferdinand Sersen arrived in the U.S. in 1907 and made his home in Los Angeles around the year 1920. Having completed an extensive education at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the Portland Art Academy and the San Francisco Institute of Art, he went on to become a prodigious ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for The Rains Came and Crash Dive.

126. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

He won an Academy Award for The Philadelphia Story.

127. Ginger Rogers

Actress | The Major and the Minor

Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped ...

She won an Academy Award for Kitty Foyle.

128. Jane Darwell

Actress | The Grapes of Wrath

Missouri-born Jane Darwell was born Patti Woodard, the daughter of William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen (Booth) Woodard, in Palmyra, Missouri, where she grew up on a ranch . She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her ...

She won an Academy Award for The Grapes of Wrath.

129. Donald Ogden Stewart

Writer | The Philadelphia Story

Donald Ogden Stewart was born on November 30, 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Philadelphia Story (1940), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Laughter (1930). He was married to Leonore (Ella) Sophie Winter Steffens and Beatrice Ames. He died on August 2, 1980 in ...

He won an Academy Award for The Philadelphia Story.

130. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

He won an Academy Award for The Great McGinty.

131. George Barnes

Cinematographer | Rebecca

Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work.

Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to ...

He won an Academy Award for Rebecca.

132. Georges Périnal

Camera_department | The Thief of Bagdad

Some sources have credited him with second-unit work on Vincente Minnelli's remake of "The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse", but he is not credited on the film itself.

He won an Academy Award for The Thief of Bagdad.

133. Anne Bauchens

Editor | The Ten Commandments

Anne Bauchens was a pioneering film editor who had a long-standing partnership with director Cecil B. DeMille. In fact, she first edited a DeMille film in 1915 and then edited all of his films for 38 years, beginning with We Can't Have Everything (1918) and ending with The Ten Commandments (1956). ...

She won an Academy Award for North West Mounted Police.

134. Leigh Harline

Composer | Pinocchio

Academy Award-winning composer (score, Pinocchio (1940), conductor, songwriter ("When You Wish Upon a Star" [Academy award, Best Song, 1940) and arranger Leigh Harine was educated at the University of Utah. He was a music student of J. Spencer Cornwall. He arranged the first transcontinental ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for Pinocchio.

135. Paul J. Smith

Composer | Pinocchio

Paul was the son of J.J. Smith, who was a professor at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho in the early 1900's. It was a very musical family. Father J J composed a number of songs for the College. Paul became music director for Disney. His brother Arthur also became a studio musician and played...

He won an Academy Award for Pinocchio.

136. Ned Washington

Music_department | Pinocchio

Prolific American lyricist and songwriter, one of the giants of Tin Pan Alley. He contributed numerous popular standards to jazz and to the big band scene. His catalogue includes such titles as "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (theme song for bandleader Tommy Dorsey), the ballad "I Don't Stand a ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for Pinocchio.

137. Paul Groesse

Art_director | In the Heat of the Night

Worked under contract at MGM from 1937 (initially as associate or unit art director) to 1959.

He won 3 Academy Awards for Pride and Prejudice, The Yearling, and Little Women.

138. Vincent Korda

Art_director | The Longest Day

Hungarian born Vincent Korda came to Britain in the 1930s with his brothers Alexander Korda and Zoltan Korda. Vincent became a distinguished Art Director and Production Designer. Among his best works are Things to Come (1936), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and The Longest Day (1962).

He won an Academy Award for The Thief of Bagdad.

139. Lawrence W. Butler

Special_effects | Casablanca

Special effects for motion pictures the process was a complex and time consuming once known as "traveling matte" prior to the introduction of digital compositing. The blue screen and traveling matte method were developed in the 1930s at RKO Radio Pictures and other studios, and were used to create ...

He won an Academy Award for The Thief of Bagdad.

140. Jack Whitney

Sound_department | Hangmen Also Die!

He won 2 Academy Awards for The Thief of Bagdad and That Hamilton Woman.

141. Gary Cooper

Actor | High Noon

Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a...

He won 2 Academy Awards for Sergeant York and High Noon.

142. Joan Fontaine

Actress | Rebecca

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...

She won an Academy Award for Suspicion.

143. Donald Crisp

Actor | How Green Was My Valley

Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, ...

He won an Academy Award for How Green Was My Valley.

144. Mary Astor

Actress | The Maltese Falcon

Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized ...

She won an Academy Award for The Great Lie.

145. Sidney Buchman

Writer | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The son of a Russian émigré clothing merchant, Sidney Buchman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on March 27 1902. He initially attended the University of Minnesota. After his family moved to New York, he continued his studies at Columbia University, graduating in 1923. The following year, he travelled...

He won an Academy Award for Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

146. Seton I. Miller

Writer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Seton I. Miller was one of Hollywood's most accomplished writers of action and adventure films in the 1930's and 40's. A graduate of Yale University, he initially entered the film industry with MGM as an actor and 'technical advisor' on Brown of Harvard (1926), a collegiate romance first filmed at ...

He won an Academy Award for Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

147. Herman J. Mankiewicz

Writer | Citizen Kane

Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane (1941) with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the ...

He won an Academy Award for Citizen Kane.

148. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

He won an Academy Award for Citizen Kane.

149. Arthur C. Miller

Cinematographer | How Green Was My Valley

Arthur was known as one of Hollywood's most accomplished lighting cameramen, a master at black and white cinematography. Miller began his career at 13, serving as an assistant to cinematographer Fred J. Balshofer. (They co-authored a book entitled "Two Reels and a Crank" in 1967.) Miller ...

He won 3 Academy Awards for How Green Was My Valley, The Song of Bernadette, and Anna and the King of Siam.

150. Ernest Palmer

Cinematographer | Blood and Sand

Not to be confused with British cinematographer Ernest Palmer (1901-1964).

He won an Academy Award for Blood and Sand.

151. William Holmes

Editor | Sergeant York

American editor, at Warners from 1930 to 1941. Oscar winner for Sergeant York (1941).

He won an Academy Award for Sergeant York.

152. Bernard Herrmann

Soundtrack | Taxi Driver

The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and ...

He won an Academy Award for The Devil and Daniel Webster.

153. Frank Churchill

Composer | Dumbo

Academy Award-winning composer and songwriter ("Whistle While You Work", "Some Day My Prince Will Come"), and pianist, educated at the University of California. He was a pianist in film theatres, and then came to Hollywood under contract to Walt Disney. Joining ASCAP in 1938, his chief musical ...

He won an Academy Award for Dumbo.

154. Oliver Wallace

Composer | Dumbo

Oliver Wallace was born on August 6, 1887 in London, England as Oliver George Wallace. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), Cinderella (1950) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He died on September 15, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

He won an Academy Award for Dumbo.

155. Oscar Hammerstein II

Soundtrack | State Fair

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. He was married to Dorothy Hammerstein and Myra Finn. He died on August 23, 1960 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA.

He won 2 Academy Awards for Lady Be Good and State Fair.

156. Nathan Juran

Director | The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Austrian-born Nathan Juran was a professional architect before entering the film industry as an art director in 1937. He won an Academy Award for art direction on How Green Was My Valley (1941). World War II interrupted his film career, and he spent his war years with the OSS. Returning to ...

He won an Academy Award for How Green Was My Valley.

157. Thomas Little

Set_decorator | All About Eve

He won 6 Academy Awards for How Green Was My Valley, This Above All, My Gal Sal, The Song of Bernadette, Wilson, and Anna and the King of Siam.

158. Urie McCleary

Art_director | Patton

Distinguished American art director, who spent the bulk of his career at MGM (1937-68). Worked on many glossy A-grade productions, including National Velvet (1944) and Raintree County (1957). Won an Oscar for Patton (1970).

He won 2 Academy Awards for Blossoms in the Dust and Patton.

159. Edwin B. Willis

Set_decorator | An American in Paris

Long-time set decorator at M-G-M. He worked at no other film studio.

He won 8 Academy Awards for Blossoms in the Dust, The Yearling, Gaslight, Little Women, An American in Paris, The Bad and the Beautiful, Julius Caesar, and Somebody Up There Likes Me.

160. Farciot Edouart

Visual_effects | Vertigo

Alexander Farciot Edouard was for many decades one of Hollywood's foremost special effects technicians. Though of French descent, he was born and raised in California, the son of a portrait photographer. He joined the film industry early on, working in Hollywood for a subsidiary of Paramount, ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for I Wanted Wings and Reap the Wild Wind.

161. Gordon Jennings

Visual_effects | The War of the Worlds

He was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.).

He won 2 Academy Awards for I Wanted Wings and Reap the Wild Wind.

He won 2 Academy Awards for I Wanted Wings and Reap the Wild Wind.

163. William Wyler

Director | The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the...

He won 3 Academy Awards for Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives, and Ben-Hur.

164. James Cagney

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time, James Cagney was also an accomplished dancer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to Carolyn (Nelson) and James Francis Cagney, Sr., who was a bartender and amateur ...

He won an Academy Award for Yankee Doodle Dandy.

165. Greer Garson

Actress | Mrs. Miniver

Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an ...

She won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver.

166. Van Heflin

Actor | Shane

Craggy-faced, dependable star character actor Van Heflin never quite made the Hollywood "A" list, but made up for what he lacked in appearance with hard work, charisma and solid acting performances. He was born Emmett Evan Heflin in Oklahoma in December 1908, the son of Fanny Bleecker (Shippey) and...

He won an Academy Award for Johnny Eager.

167. Teresa Wright

Actress | Shadow of a Doubt

A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to ...

She won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver.

168. George Froeschel

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

George Froeschel was born on March 9, 1891 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Georg Froeschel. He was a writer, known for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Command Decision (1948) and Me and the Colonel (1958). He died on November 22, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

He won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver.

169. James Hilton

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

British novelist James Hilton was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England, in 1900. His father was a schoolmaster. Hilton graduated from Cambridge University in 1921, having already written his first novel, "Catherine Herself" (written in 1918, it wasn't published until 1920). After graduation he wrote ...

He won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver.

170. Claudine West

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

British novelist and playwright, who began as a writer of magazine articles. In Hollywood from 1929, she worked under contract at MGM, often on continuity scripts or additional dialogue, on British-themed prestige pictures, invariably in collaboration with others.

She won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver.

171. Arthur Wimperis

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

Arthur Wimperis was born on December 3, 1874 in London, England. He was a writer, known for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Random Harvest (1942) and Knight Without Armor (1937). He died on October 14, 1953 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

He won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver.

172. Ring Lardner Jr.

Writer | MASH

The Oscar-winning screenwriter, Ring Lardner, Jr., will always be known for one of two things: that he was the son of one of the greatest humorists American literature has produced, and he was one of the Hollywood 10, the ten film-makers who refused to cooperate with the House Un-American ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for Woman of the Year and MASH.

173. Michael Kanin

Writer | Woman of the Year

The older brother of writer/producer/director Garson Kanin, Michael Kanin was a fine talent in his own right. After serving a creative apprenticeship writing and acting in Catskill resort shows with his brother, Kanin worked as a commercial artist and musician. In 1939 he was signed to a ...

He won an Academy Award for Woman of the Year.

174. Leon Shamroy

Cinematographer | Cleopatra

Leon Shamroy, born Leon Shamroyevsky, was an American film cinematographer. He is best known for The Black Swan (1942),Wilson (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), David and Bathsheba (1951), The Robe (1953), Cleopatra (1963), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and Planet of the Apes (1968).

He and ...

He won 4 Academy Awards for The Black Swan, Wilson, Leave Her to Heaven, and Cleopatra.

175. Daniel Mandell

Editor | The Apartment

Thrice Oscar-winning editor Daniel Mandell started out in show business as one of "The Flying Mandells" with Ringling Brothers Circus. He then turned his acrobatic skills to performing on the vaudeville circuit. Following service with the Marines in World War I and subsequently taking part in the ...

He won 3 Academy Awards for The Pride of the Yankees, The Best Years of Our Lives, and The Apartment.

176. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Austrian composer Max Steiner achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. He was born Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner in Vienna, Austria, the son of Marie Mizzi (Hasiba) and Gabor Steiner, an impresario, and the grandson of actor and theater director and ...

He won 3 Academy Awards for The Informer, Now Voyager, and Since You Went Away.

177. Ray Heindorf

Music_department | Yankee Doodle Dandy

Raymond John Heindorf was born August 25, 1908. in Haverstraw, New York. He grew up in Mechanicville, New York, where he moved to when he was about 10 years old. In 1926 he graduated from Mechanicville High School. He was interested in cars and machinery; he loved to play pool with his father, the ...

He won 3 Academy Awards for Yankee Doodle Dandy, This Is the Army, and The Music Man.

178. Heinz Roemheld

Soundtrack | Melinda and Melinda

Composed the standard "Ruby" for the film Ruby Gentry (1952).

He won an Academy Award for Yankee Doodle Dandy.

179. Irving Berlin

Soundtrack | Blue Skies

Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools....

He won an Academy Award for Holiday Inn.

180. Joseph C. Wright

Art_director | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Wright was the first protégé of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and worked with the Master on such landmarks as Tokyo's Imperial Hotel.

He won 2 Academy Awards for This Above All and My Gal Sal.

181. Nathan Levinson

Sound_department | The Adventures of Mark Twain

In association with Warner Bros. executive Sam Warner, Nathan Levinson helped bring the first sound to motion pictures in Don Juan (1926). He also worked with Warners on The Jazz Singer (1927). Starting as a wireless telegraph operator at the age of 14, he later served as a major in WWI. He started...

He won an Academy Award for Yankee Doodle Dandy.

182. William L. Pereira

Visual_effects | Reap the Wild Wind

William Pereira was a legendary architect who was highly inflential in the shaping of Orange County, California. Perhaps best known for designing the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, his greatest achievement lies in what was his pet project for the latter half of his life - the master ...

He won an Academy Award for Reap the Wild Wind.

183. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

He won an Academy Award for Casablanca.

184. Paul Lukas

Actor | Watch on the Rhine

Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 ...

He won an Academy Award for Watch on the Rhine.

185. Jennifer Jones

Actress | The Towering Inferno

One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young, handsome, aspiring ...

She won an Academy Award for The Song of Bernadette.

186. Charles Coburn

Actor | The More the Merrier

A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty.

He won an Academy Award for The More the Merrier.

187. Katina Paxinou

Actress | For Whom the Bell Tolls

Katina Paxinou was born in 1900, in Piraeus, Greece. She first appeared on stage in 1928, in an Athens production of Henry Bataille's "La femme nue". In the early 1930's she was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece (previously named Royal Theatre) and performed several ...

She won an Academy Award for For Whom the Bell Tolls.

188. Julius J. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Julius J. Epstein was born on August 22, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Casablanca (1942), Reuben, Reuben (1983) and Pete 'n' Tillie (1972). He was married to Ann Margot Laszlo and Frances Sage. He died on December 30, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, ...

He won an Academy Award for Casablanca.

189. Philip G. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Epstein and brother Julius J. Epstein became the first twins to be awarded Oscars when they won in the writing category for Casablanca (1942).

He won an Academy Award for Casablanca.

190. Howard Koch

Writer | Casablanca

Playwright and author of sophisticated screenplays, a graduate of Bard College and Columbia University Law School. Howard Koch started out as a practicing lawyer in Hartsdale, New Jersey, but soon found himself dissatisfied with his career choice and began to write plays on the side. His first two ...

He won an Academy Award for Casablanca.

191. Norman Krasna

Writer | Princess O'Rourke

Humorist, playwright and screenwriter Norman Krasna went to great lengths planning for a career in law. He attended New York University, Columbia University and St. John's University law school but then abruptly changed his plans and started work as a copy boy at a New York newspaper. He had a ...

He won an Academy Award for Princess O'Rourke.

192. Fred Quimby

Producer | The Cat Concerto

Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby on The Simpsons (1989) is named after him.

He won 7 Academy Awards for Yankee Doodle Mouse, Mouse Trouble, Quiet Please!, The Cat Concerto, The Little Orphan, The Two Mouseketeers, and Johann Mouse.

193. Jerry Bresler

Producer | Casino Royale

Jerry (Jerome) Bresler was born in Denver, Colorado on April 13, 1908. He began his film career as a production supervisor, and eventually started his own independent company. In the late 1930s, he joined MGM as a unit manager and worked on the Dr. Kildare series and other films. In 1944 & 1945 he ...

He won 2 Academy Awards for Heavenly Music and Stairway to Light.

194. Sam Coslow

Soundtrack | Raging Bull

Academy Award-winning producer, songwriter ("Everybody Loves Somebody", "My Old Flame", "Sing You Sinners", "Cocktails for Two"), composer, publisher and author, educated at Erasmus Hall High School. He co-founded Spier & Coslow, Inc.

His Broadway stage credits include the score for "Artists and ...

He won an Academy Award for Heavenly Music.

195. W. Howard Greene

Camera_department | The Adventures of Robin Hood

W. Howard Greene, a pioneer in color cinematography, was nominated for an Oscar seven times, including five straight years from 1940 to 1944. All of his nominations were for his work in color, in the days when color and black and white cinematography were different categories at the Academy Awards.

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He won an Academy Award for Phantom of the Opera.

196. George Amy

Editor | Air Force

Starting as a film editor at age 17, George Amy found his niche at Warner Brothers in the 1930s. It was Amy's editing that was one of the main reasons Warners' films got their reputation for their fluid style and breakneck pace. He was a favorite of such top Warners directors as Michael Curtiz and ...

He won an Academy Award for Air Force.

197. Mack Gordon

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Mack Gordon was born on June 21, 1904 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire as Morris Gittler. He was married to Elizabeth Cook and Rose Ponelli. He died on February 28, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA.

He won an Academy Award for Hello Frisco Hello.

198. James Basevi

Art_director | Spellbound

James Basevi saw military service with the 2nd Canadian Division during the First World War and fought at the Battle of Amiens as a machine gunner. He attained the rank of major and was decorated and mentioned in dispatches . After being demobilized, he first returned to Canada, then settled in the...

He won an Academy Award for The Song of Bernadette.

199. Alexander Golitzen

Production_designer | Spartacus

Alexander Golitzen was a legendary art director, a field in which most worker's names remain relatively unknown. His prolific work in hundreds of films, predominantly at Universal, made his name familiar to many film-goers, at least among those who read credits. Possibly only Cedric Gibbons, at MGM...

He won 3 Academy Awards for Phantom of the Opera, Spartacus, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

He won 2 Academy Awards for Phantom of the Opera and Spartacus.



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