People involved in West Coast Exploitation Cinema of the '60s and '70s

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1. Forrest J. Ackerman

Actor | The Wizard of Speed and Time

Forrest J. Ackerman was born on November 24, 1916 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Forrest James Ackerman. He was an actor, known for The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988), Dead Alive (1992) and Vampirella (1996). He was married to Mathilde "Wendayne" Wahrman. He died on December 4, 2008 in Los ...

2. Al Adamson

Director | Blood of Ghastly Horror

Although it's very unlikely that his admittedly cheap-'n'-cheesy films will ever be acknowledged as true works of cinematic art, director/producer/screenwriter Al Adamson did nonetheless make a slew of entertainingly trashy low-budget exploitation features for the drive-in market throughout the ...

3. Samuel Z. Arkoff

Dressed to Kill

By the early 1950s, future movie mogul Samuel Z. Arkoff was a brash 30-ish lawyer scratching out a living by representing his in-laws and the Hollywood fringe, which included many of now infamous director/angora-clad transvestite Edward D. Wood Jr.'s social circle. As a shark, Arkoff was physically...

4. Howard Avedis

Director | Scorchy

Howard holds his Master of Arts in Cinema from the University of Southern California. He was one of the top students in the cinema department, winning the coveted George Cukor Award. Howard is also a graduate of the London School of Film Technique and has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English ...

5. Frank Bolger

Actor | Cherry, Harry & Raquel!

Frank Bolger is an actor, known for Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1969), Eve and the Handyman (1961) and Common Law Cabin (1967).

6. Colleen Brennan

Actress | Trinity Brown

With her fiery scarlet hair, pretty round freckled face, awesomely ample, buxom and shapely figure, and infectiously bubbly good-natured personality, popular 1970s soft-core starlet Sharon Kelly was as endearing as she was alluring, a potent double whammy that, in turn, made the always exuberant ...

7. Alaina Capri

Actress | Good Morning... and Goodbye!

Alaina Capri was born on June 11, 1939 as Aelina Tuccinardi. She is an actress, known for Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967) and Common Law Cabin (1967).

8. John 'Bud' Cardos

Transportation_department | Memento

Versatile and underrated B-movie Renaissance man John "Bud" Cardos was born in 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri. His family has interesting roots in the entertainment industry: his cousin Spiros Cardos worked at Twentieth Century-Fox and his father and uncle managed the lavish Graumann's Egyptian and ...

9. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

10. Peter Carpenter

Actor | Point of Terror

Handsome and muscular 6'3" hunk Peter Carpenter hailed from Oakland, California. Of Spanish and Italian descent, Carpenter was part of the Corbelli family who lived in the East Bay area and was raised in the Catholic faith (the name of his production company Jude Productions was done in tribute to ...

11. William Castle

Producer | Homicidal

William Castle was born on April 24, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA as William Schloss. He was a producer and director, known for Homicidal (1961), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and House on Haunted Hill (1959). He was married to Ellen. He died on May 31, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

12. Larry Cohen

Writer | God Told Me To

Larry Cohen was born July 15, 1936, in New York, New York, and spent time in Kingston, a small town north of New York City. At a young age, his family moved to the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and he eventually majored in film at the historic City College of New York, from which he graduated in ...

13. Roger Corman

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a...

14. Uschi Digard

Actress | Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens

Uschi Digard was born in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, near Stockholm, Sweden. At 16 she left home, traveled to Paris and spent a year there and then in Italy before journeying further to England. She returned to her native Sweden but finally settled in the United States in 1967. Working as a translator for the ...

15. Don Edmonds

Producer | Bare Knuckles

Don Edmonds was born on September 1, 1937, in Kansas City, MO. He came to Hollywood in the mid to late 1950s. He studied acting with noted acting coach Estelle Harmon and began performing in various California stage productions. His initial forays into television acting included such live TV shows ...

16. George 'Buck' Flower

Actor | Back to the Future

There aren't many actors who can claim that they appeared in everything from innocuous family features to sexy soft-core smut to popular television programs to various horror, science fiction, and exploitation movies as well as worked behind-the-scenes on a slew of films in assorted production ...

17. Peter Fonda

Actor | Easy Rider

Peter Henry Fonda was born in New York City, to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. He is the brother of actress Jane Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda. Fonda made his professional stage debut on Broadway in 1961 in Blood, Sweat and Stanley ...

18. Anitra Ford

Actress | The Longest Yard

Sultry, slinky and slender brunette knockout Anitra Ford was born as Anitra Joy Weinstein in 1942 in California. Anitra began her career in the 60s as a model. She made her film debut in an uncredited small role as a model in "The Love Machine." Ford gave a funny and spirited performance as cheery ...

19. David F. Friedman

Producer | Matinee Idol

David F. Friedman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. His father was a local newspaperman and his mother was a professional musician who played the piano and organ in silent-movie theaters and in churches. Friedman was exposed to the adult world at the age of four or five when his parents took him out...

20. Bert I. Gordon

Director | Empire of the Ants

Bert I. Gordon, affectionately nicknamed "Mr. B.I.G." by Forrest J. Ackerman, produced, directed, and wrote more than twenty-five Sci/Fi and Horror features, such as The Magic Sword (1962), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Village of the Giants (1965), The Cyclops (1957), in addition to comedies ...

21. Pam Grier

Actress | Jackie Brown

Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched ...

22. Haji

Actress | Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Haji was a Cando-American actress renowned for starring in Russ Meyer's sexploitation classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), in which she made her theatrical film debut. Barbarella Catton was born in Quebec City, Quebec on January 24, 1946, and at the age of 14, began dancing topless. The ...

23. Arch Hall Jr.

Actor | Eegah

Arch Hall Jr. was born on December 2, 1943 in Van Nuys, California, USA as Archibald W. Hall. He is an actor, known for Eegah (1962), The Sadist (1963) and The Choppers (1961).

24. Arch Hall Sr.

Actor | Eegah

Arch Hall Sr. was born on December 21, 1908 in Missouri, USA as Archibald Williams Hall. He was an actor and writer, known for Eegah (1962), The Choppers (1961) and The Corpse Grinders. He was married to Addalyn Pollitt. He died on April 28, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Curtis Harrington

Director | Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

Curtis Harrington was an excellent and shamefully underrated writer and director who specialized in marvelously offbeat and atmospheric low-budget independent horror pictures. Harrington was born on September 17, 1926, in Los Angeles and grew up in Beaumont, California. A hardcore film buff from a ...

26. Jack H. Harris

Producer | The Blob

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jack H. Harris first entered show business by way of vaudeville, singing and dancing with Cliff Edwards' (aka "Ukeleke Ike") Kiddie Revue at age six. Working his way up from an early job as a theater usher, Harris went into publicity and learned distribution, ...

27. Isaac Hayes

Actor | Escape from New York

Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school ...

28. Jack Hill

Writer | Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told

Jack Hill grew up around movies--his father was a designer for the Disney studios and Warner Brothers. He went to the University of California to study film, where he was a classmate of Francis Ford Coppola--they worked together on student productions and later both apprenticed with Roger Corman, ...

29. Max Julien

Actor | The Mack

A classically trained actor, Max began his career in New York's Off-Broadway circuit including Joseph Papp's Shakespeare-In-The-Park. Moving westward he landed co-starring roles with Jack Nicholson in Psych-Out and Candace Bergen in Columbia's box-office hit Getting Straight. In Uptight, N.Y. times...

30. Jim Kelly

Actor | Enter the Dragon

With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's ...

31. Stuart Lancaster

Actor | Edward Scissorhands

Stuart Lancaster was born on November 30, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Stuart Gage Lancaster. He was an actor and producer, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) and Batman Returns (1992). He was married to Ivy Bethune, Mary Brooks Wood, Betty Warren and ...

32. Russ Meyer

Director | Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens

Russell Albion Meyer was born in San Leandro, California, to Lydia Lucinda (Hauck), a nurse, and William Arthur Meyer, a police officer, who divorced during his childhood. His parents were both of German descent. Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in ...

33. Ted V. Mikels

Producer | The Doll Squad

Ted V. Mikels was born on April 29, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Theodore Vincent Mikacevich. He was a producer and director, known for The Doll Squad (1973), Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1973) and Ten Violent Women (1982). He was married to Geneva Kirsch. He died on October 16, 2016 in Las...

34. Charles Napier

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Lively character actor who usually plays edgy military types and menacing bad guys, Charles Napier's roles have changed little since his debut in Russ Meyer's Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1969). Napier went on appearing in other Meyer movies, including the homicidal Harry Sledge in Supervixens (...

35. Kitten Natividad

Actress | Another 48 Hrs.

Miss Nude Universe twice in a row, in 1970 and 1971, got her a topless non-speaking part in The New Centurions (1972). Started working as a maid for fellow nude model and actress Stella Stevens, went on tour as a strip-dancer for three years. Then she met talent-finder Russ Meyer, with whom she ...

36. James H. Nicholson

Producer | Le spie vengono dal semifreddo

James H. Nicholson was a longtime theater owner and exhibitor and worked as a promo man for Realart Pictures prior to 1954, when he founded American Releasing Corp., Two years later, he decided he wanted to expand globally and, with lawyer Samuel Z. Arkoff, formed American International Pictures. ...

37. Chuck Norris

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman (1991), The Delta Force (1986) and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990). He also starred in Missing in Action (1984) and its sequels, Firewalker (1986) and Sidekicks (1992). He was an executive ...

38. Michael Pataki

Actor | Rocky IV

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Michael Pataki had a long, varied and impressive career in both movies and TV shows, alike, that spanned a little over 50 years. Pataki was born on January 16, 1938 in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended the University of Southern California as a double ...

39. Alex Rocco

Actor | The Godfather

Tough and volatile-looking Italianate character actor Alex Rocco was born in Boston and spent time training with such notable teachers as Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Corey to curb his thick Boston accent. In Hollywood from 1963, he worked as a bartender during the lean years and began his TV career in ...

40. Henry Rowland

Actor | Wolf Larsen

Henry Rowland was born on December 28, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Wolfram von Bock. He is known for his work on Wolf Larsen (1958), Supervixens (1975) and Captain Midnight (1954). He died on April 26, 1984 in Northridge, California, USA.

41. Steve Sandor

Actor | Fire and Ice

The big, brawny, and imposing Steve Sandor was born on October 27, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the Greenfield neighborhood. He sold copy machines and trained sentry dogs while serving as an Air Policeman in the US Air Force prior to pursuing an acting career in the late 1960s. ...

42. Tura Satana

Actress | Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Tura Satana started exotic dancing when she was only 13 years old. She integrated acrobatics, humor, and sensual beauty to her dancing art form. As a dancer, she started doing guest appearances in films such as Our Man Flint (1966) and Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) and made several films ...

43. William Smith

Actor | Any Which Way You Can

Biker, bare-knuckle brawler, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, vampire hunter . . . William Smith has done it all. He was born on March 24, 1933, in Columbia, Missouri, on Rolling Acres, a Hereford cattle ranch. After losing everything to the dust bowl, the family moved to California. From 1942, when he ...

44. Dan Sonney

Producer | A Night at the Follies

Dan Sonney was born on January 23, 1915. He was a producer, known for A Night at the Follies (1947), The Flesh Merchant (1956) and Racket Girls (1951). He was married to Margaret Sonney. He died on March 3, 2002 in Canoga Park, California, USA.

45. Jack Starrett

Actor | First Blood

Jack Starrett was a superbly talented and versatile actor and director who specialized in making hugely enjoyable down-'n'-dirty low-budget drive-in exploitation pictures. Starrett was born on November 2, 1936, in Refugio, TX. He attended San Marcos Academy in the 1940s and the 1950s. He made his ...

46. Russ Tamblyn

Actor | West Side Story

Russ Tamblyn might as well face it...he will be a Jet "till his last dying day." Indelibly linked to the "womb to tomb" role of Riff, the knife-wielding, rocket-tempered, Edward Villella-styled gang leader of the streetwise Jets in the musical film masterpiece West Side Story (1961), it's not a bad...

47. Dyanne Thorne

Actress | Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS

American actress and performer Dyanne Thorne began her career in show business as a band vocalist and New York stage actress. Before breaking onto the silver screen, she was popular as a comedic sketch artist/talking foil. Comedy albums, with Allen & Rossi, Vaughn Meader and Loman & Barkley earned ...

48. Fred Williamson

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet ...



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