Heroes of my Childhood

by MarcusCyron | created - 23 Apr 2016 | updated - 27 Dec 2016 | Public

1. Bud Spencer

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Bud Spencer, the popular Italian actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the 1960s and 1970s, was born Carlo Pedersoli on October 31, 1929, in Naples. The first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a ...

2. Terence Hill

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, 1939 in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived near Dresden, Saxony, Germany where they survived the Allied bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he...

3. Louis de Funès

Actor | Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob

Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction.

Young Louis...

4. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

5. Rolf Herricht

Actor | Maxe Baumann

Rolf Herricht was born on October 5, 1927 in Magdeburg, Germany as Rolf Oskar Ewald Günter Herricht. He was an actor, known for Maxe Baumann (1976), Der Weihnachtsmann heißt Willi (1969) and The Small White Mouse (1964). He was married to Christa. He died on August 23, 1981 in East Berlin, ...

6. Helga Hahnemann

Actress | Maxe Baumann

Helga Hahnemann was born on September 8, 1937 in Berlin-Pankow, Germany. She is known for her work on Maxe Baumann (1976), Der Leutnant vom Schwanenkietz (1974) and Maxe Baumann aus Berlin (1987). She died on November 20, 1991 in Berlin, Germany.

7. Heinz Rühmann

Actor | Ein Mann geht durch die Wand

Heinz Rühmann was born on March 7, 1902 in Essen, Germany as Heinrich Wilhelm Rühmann. He was an actor and producer, known for Ein Mann geht durch die Wand (1959), The Captain from Köpenick (1956) and The Good Soldier Schweik (1960). He was married to Hertha Droemer, Hertha Feiler and Maria ...

8. Peter Alexander

Soundtrack | Im weissen Rössl

To paraphrase the Beatles, one could say that, like Michelle and Ma Belle, Peter Alexander and Music are words that go together well, for the Austrian entertainer (musician, singer and actor) was associated with music from cradle to tomb. Born in Vienna in 1926, the son of a banker and his wife, ...

9. Lex Barker

Actor | Winnetou - 3. Teil

Barker was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and of Sir 'William Henry Crichlow', historical governor general of Barbados. He excelled in football and track at Fessenden School and Phillips-Exeter Academy. He went to Princeton but left to become an actor. A year ...

Old Shatterhand

10. Pierre Brice

Actor | Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand

Pierre Brice was born on 6 February 1929 in Brest, France. After enlisting as volunteer to the French Army and fighting in Indochina, he attended acting lessons and got a first small role in Ça va barder (1955). In 1962, the German producer Horst Wendlandt searched for an actor who should ...

Winnetou

11. Ove Sprogøe

Actor | Olsen-bandens sidste bedrifter

Ove Sprogøe was one of Denmark's finest and most treasured actors. Born in 1919 in Odense, where he also grew up, his parents were Arthur and Inger Sprogøe. He married his wife Eva in 1945, the same year as his stage debut at Folketeatret in Copenhagen.

Through a long career in film, television and ...

Olsenbanden: Egon Olsen

12. Poul Bundgaard

Actor | Hærværk

Poul Bundgaard was born on October 27, 1922 in Hellerup, Denmark as Poul Arne Bundgaard. He was an actor, known for Havoc (1977), Strike First Freddy (1965) and The Olsen Gang - Final Mission (1998). He was married to Kirsten Pedersen and Kjær, Bente Elisabeth. He died on June 3, 1998 in Gentofte, ...

Olsenbanden: Kjeld Jensen

13. Morten Grunwald

Actor | Fem mand og Rosa

Born in Odense, Denmark on December 9th, 1934, Morten Grunwald is "World famous in Denmark" for several popular film roles. Most famous, however, will always be his Benny in all of the "Olsen Banden" films, where he starred alongside Ove Sprogøe and Poul Bundgaard.

He attended Odense Theatrical ...

Olsenbanden: Benny Frandsen

14. Dieter Hallervorden

Actor | Nonstop Nonsens

Dieter Hallervorden was born on September 5, 1935 in Dessau, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Nonstop Nonsens (1975), Back on Track (2013) and Head Full of Honey (2014).

15. Lee Majors

Actor | The Six Million Dollar Man

Lee Majors was born on April 23, 1939 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA as Harvey Lee Yeary. He is known for his work on The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), The Fall Guy (1981) and Scrooged (1988). He has been married to Faith Majors since November 9, 2002. He was previously married to Karen Velez, Farrah...

Colt Seavers (The Fall Guy)

16. Kenneth Williams

Actor | Follow That Camel

The acting bug bit Kenneth Williams when, as a student, his English teacher suggested he try out for a school play. He found that he enjoyed it tremendously, but when he raised the possibility at home of becoming an actor, his father forbade it. Williams was eventually sent to art school in London ...

Carry on...

17. Charles Hawtrey

Actor | Follow That Camel

Coming from a theatrical family (although not related to the famous Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, he did "borrow" his last name), Charles Hawtrey made his stage debut at age 11 after having spent several years in a prestigious acting school. A string of stage roles followed, and by 1929 his ...

Carry on...

18. Sidney James

Actor | Carry On Cleo

The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife ...

Carry on...

19. Gunther Philipp

Actor | Unsere tollen Tanten

Gunther Philipp was born on June 8, 1918 in Maroshévíz, Hungary, Austria-Hungary as Gunther Placheta. He was an actor, known for Unsere tollen Tanten (1961), Mikosch, der Stolz der Kompanie (1958) and The White Horse Inn (1960). He was married to Gisela Kirchberg, Monika S., Anna-Maria Huber and ...

20. Danny Kaye

Soundtrack | The Danny Kaye Show

Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,...

21. Pierre Richard

Actor | Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti

Certainly one of France's supreme farceurs in the classic tradition, comedian Pierre Richard was born to an upper crust family with an embarrassing riches of middle names as he was christened Pierre Richard Maurice Charles Leopold Defays. Working and building up his trade at the Paris Music Hall in...

22. Hattie Jacques

Actress | Carry on Again Doctor

Best known for playing Matron - as in "ooh, Matron!" - in four films: Carry on Nurse (1959), Carry on Doctor (1967), Carry On Again Doctor (1969) and, of course Carry on Matron (1972). Key roles included: Grace Short in Carry On Teacher (1959), Sophie Bliss in Carry on Loving (1970) and Peggy ...

Carry on...

23. Barbara Windsor

Actress | EastEnders

Barbara Windsor got a glimpse of theatrical life at an early age when her grandmother took her backstage at a theatre and she decided that was what she wanted to do. She attended several professional schools before making her stage debut at age 12. At 15 she got a job in the chorus line of a London...

Carry on...

24. Kenneth Connor

Actor | Carry on England

The son of a naval officer who ran what were called "concert parties", Kenneth Connor made his stage debut at age two, and by 11 was performing in both a solo act and a doubles act with his brother in various revue shows. He later decided to become a serious actor rather than just a revue performer...

Carry on...

25. Joan Sims

Actress | Carry On... Up the Khyber

The First Lady of Carry On, was born Irene Joan Marion Sims on 9 May 1930. The daughter of an Essex railway station master, Joan was interested in pursuing show-business, and soon became a familiar face in a growing number of amateur productions. In 1946, Joan first applied to RADA, her audition ...

Carry on...

26. Jim Dale

Actor | Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

Jim Dale began his career as a stand-up comic. He sharpened his comedy skills during a stint in the army, where he organized and performed in camp shows. After his discharge he pursued a comedy career, and landed a job as the warm-up comic on a musical variety show. He did so well that the ...

Carry on...

27. Ottokar Domma

Writer | Ottokar der Weltverbesserer

Ottokar Domma was born on May 20, 1924 as Otto Häuser. He was a writer, known for Ottokar, the World Reformer (1977), Alles hört auf Ottokar (1979) and Artour (1992). He died on July 15, 2007 in Woltersdorf, Brandenburg, Germany.

28. Herbert Köfer

Actor | Das große Abenteuer des Kaspar Schmeck

Herbert Köfer was born on February 17, 1921 in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his work on Das große Abenteuer des Kaspar Schmeck (1981), Krupp und Krause (1969) and Hans Beimler, Kamerad (1969).

29. Norman Wisdom

Actor | Trouble in Store

Norman Wisdom has become the great British clown very much in the mould of Charles Chaplin with his "little man" in the ill fitting suit and cloth cap. His character is "everyman", much put upon but struggling through to a (usually) happy ending. He was brought up in an orphanage after his mother ...

30. Adriano Celentano

Soundtrack | Yuppi du

Adriano Celentano is one of the most important singers of Italian pop music, but he's also been a creator of a comic genre in movies, with his characteristic way of walking and his facial expressions. For the most part, his films were commercially successful, in fact in the 70s and part of the 80s,...



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