Calling all classical film buffs! It's time to see how well you remember the actors and actresses who helped create what we know today as the Golden Age of Hollywood! Think you can put a name to the face? We're about to find out! It's lights, camera, action with this classic movie star quiz!
So what exactly is the Golden Age of Hollywood? It's generally characterized as American cinema between 1917 and the early 1960s. It includes both the silent era and the sound era. And while most films were produced in black and white, films on the later end of the era were produced in color. Just remember how beautiful you thought Lauren Bacall was in black and white. Now... do you recall the first time you saw her in color? Wowsers! How about Elizabeth Taylor or Kirk Douglas? Not only was this era of actors and actresses easy to look at on the big screen, they also commanded our attention in a way that can only be described as... classic.
Just think about how classic James Cagney was with his "tough guy" persona! And how classic was Cary Grant with his debonair demeanor and comedic relief? If you catch our drift, you might just score well on this classic quiz!
So are you ready to make the A-list? It's time to find out! Roll the tape, and take this quiz. We're on in 3...2...(points finger)!
Charlton Heston was not just an actor, he was also a political activist. He appeared in 100 films throughout his career, including "The Ten Commandments," "Ben-Hur," "Touch of Evil" and "Planet of the Apes." He was a five-term president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 - 2003.
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916, in San Diego, California. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1962 for his performance as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Paul Leonard Newman was not just an actor, he was also a voice actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist! After a long career, he died of lung cancer at the age of 83 in 2008.
Richard St. John Harris was an Irish actor and singer. He is best remembered for his roles in "This Sporting Life," "Camelot," "A Man Called Horse" and "Unforgiven." He later appeared in two of the Harry Potter films.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, Audrey Hepburn rose to stardom after starring in "Roman Holiday" in 1953. She is now ranked as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute.
Peter O'Toole is best remembered for playing T. E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1962. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, not just for this role, but for seven additional roles later on in his career. He holds the record for most nominations without actually winning the award.
James Maitland Stewart was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. He was nominated for five Academy Awards and received an Academy Lifetime Achievement award in 1985.
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was one of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. He won two Academy Awards for Best Actor and was Katharine Hepburn's partner from 1941 to 1967, though technically he was still married...
James David Graham Niven was a British actor best remembered for his roles as Peter Carter in "A Matter of Life and Death," Phileas Fogg in "Around the World in 80 Days," and Sir Charles Lytton in "The Pink Panther." He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Separate Tables" in 1958.
Deborah Kerr won a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the musical film, "The King and I" in 1956, and a Sarah Siddons Award for her performance as Laura Reynolds in the play, "Tea and Sympathy." She also holds the record for most Academy Award for Best Actress nominations without winning... six times!
Do you remember Steve McQueen's nickname? The King of Cool, of course! He is best remembered for his performances in "The Sand Pebbles," "The Cincinnati Kid," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Bullitt," "The Getaway," and "Papillon."
Did you know that Kirk Douglas' real name is Issur Danielovitch? He is 101 years old and one of the last surviving stars of the film industry's Golden Age!
Sir Sidney Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in "Lilies of the Field" in 1964. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974.
Born in France in 1903, Claudette Colbert made her mark on stage and on the big screen. She received three Academy Award nominations during her career, winning one for her performance in "It Happened One Night" in 1934.
Jack Lemmon was an eight-time Academy Award nominee, with two wins. He starred in more than 60 films, including "Some Like It Hot," "The Apartment," "Mister Roberts," "Days of Wine and Roses," "The Great Race," "Irma la Douce," and "The Odd Couple."
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 29, 1915, Ingrid Bergman starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and a Tony Award for Best Actress.
James Byron Dean is best remembered for his role as Jim Stark in "Rebel Without a Cause" in 1955. He died in a car crash that same year at the age of 24.
A product of Omaha, Nebraska, Marlon Brando was not just an actor, he later became a film director and activist. His Academy Award-winning performances include that of Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront," and Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather."
Lauren Bacall was married to Humphrey Bogart from 1945 - 1957. In fact, she made her film debut alongside him in the film, "To Have and Have Not" in 1944.
Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Hayworth became known as "The Love Goddess" during her career of 61 films in 37 years. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.
Robert Duval began his acting career in theater in the late 1950s. He later moved to film and has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning one for his performance in "Tender Mercies." He received the National Medal of Arts in 2005.
Eugene Allen Hackman's acting career spanned nearly five decades. He was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning Best Actor in "The French Connection" and Best Supporting Actor in "Unforgiven." He is 88 years old.
Natalie Wood became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she was 25! She is best remembered for "Miracle on 34th Street," "Splendor in the Grass," "Rebel Without a Cause," "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "The Searchers," and "West Side Story."
Did you know that Cary Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach? He is best remembered for his performances in romantic comedies and screwball comedies, such as "The Awful Truth," "Bringing Up Baby," "His Girl Friday," and "The Philadelphia Story."
Richard Widmark was nominated for an Academy Award in his debut film, "Kiss of Death." He now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard.
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, "The Tramp." He is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry with a career that spanned more than 75 years!
Clark Gable began his career as a busboy and appeared as an extra in silent films between 1924 - 1926. Who would have thought he'd go on to become the leading man in more than 60 films and be known as The King of Hollywood?
Did you know that Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won? He is best remembered for his performance in "Hamlet" in 1964.
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932, in London, England. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend!
Henry Fonda made his Hollywood debut in 1935 and he soon won an Academy Award for his role as Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" in 1940. He is the father of Jane and Peter Fonda.
Humphrey Bogart is best remembered for his performances in the 1940s classic films, such as "High Sierra," "The Maltese Falcon," "Casablanca," and "The Big Sleep." Lauren Bacall was his fourth and last wife.
James Cagney was born on July 17, 1899, in Manhattan, New York. He is best remembered for his tough guy persona in movies such as "The Public Enemy," "Taxi!," "Angels with Dirty Faces," and "White Heat."
Sir Alec Guinness was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including "The Ladykillers" and "Kind Hearts and Coronets." He is also known for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Ronald Charles Colman was born in Surrey, England, in 1891. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for "A Double Life" in 1947, and now has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Did you know that Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters? She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. She died in a plane crash on January 16, 1942.
Vivien Leigh was also known as Lady Olivier. During her career, she won two Academy Awards for Best Actress in "Gone with the Wind" in 1939 and "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1951.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1911, Jean Harlow had her first major appearance in "Hell's Angels" in 1930. Often nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell," she died at the young age of 26 as a result of cerebral edema and uremia.
Did you know that Barbara Stanwyck was orphaned at the age of four? She went on to become the highest-paid woman in the United States, making 85 films in just 38 years!
Joan Crawford may have begun her career as a dancer and stage showgirl, but she went on to become one of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema! She is the mother of writer and actress Christina Crawford.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Katharine Hepburn began acting on Broadway before transitioning to Hollywood. She won four Academy Awards for Best Actress during her career - something no other actress has ever done.