Old Familiar Faces—The Great Character Actors and Actresses of Hollywood


“This massive compendium of 89 interesting and informative biographies, besides being fascinating reading, is an invaluable work for reference and research. Illuminating and heartwarming, it is a reminder of an age of brilliant performers and indelible faces whose like will not be seen again.”

—Fredrick Santon, Movie Collector's World

They weren't movie stars—they just stole scenes, and often entire films, from movie stars. They were the character actors-the supporting players-whose faces and portrayals so often were more memorable even than those of the stars.

Now, you'll meet them all again in Old Familiar Faces: The Great Character Actors and Actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Era. The slow-witted hoodlum... the sassy, wisecracking blonde... the unctuous butler... the mad scientist... the kindly priest... the street-smart cab driver... the sinister foreign spy. They’re all here.
This book covers the lives and careers of 89 of the key character actors and actresses of the movies’ golden age—the 1930s. Each performer has a separate chapter, with a portrait photo and a complete filmography. An index and bibliography are also included.

Now, travel back in time to those thrilling days of yesteryear, and relive Hollywood's Golden Era as reflected in the films that defined the age... and the unforgettable character actors who defined the films. See once again their Old Familiar Faces.

Old Familiar Faces is a welcome addition to the bookshelves of film buffs everywhere. Highly readable and informative, it is a reminder of how essential the great character actors were to the cinematic magic of Hollywood's golden age.”
—Terry Porter, Sarasota Arts Review

“This welcome new cinema reference book is lively, informative and researcher-friendly. It treats the careers of character actors with the thoroughness and detail that these stalwarts of Hollywood's golden age so richly deserve.”
—James Robert Parish, film historian


Edward Arnold Lionel Atwill, Lionel Barrymore, Ralph Bellamy, Beulah Bondi, Walter Brennan, Billie Burke, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Andy Devine, Margaret Dumont, Glenda Farrell, James Gleason, Margaret Hamilton, Jean Hersholt, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Huston, Guy Kibbee, Peter Lorre, Hattie McDaniel, Victor McLaglen, Adolphe Menjou, Thomas Mitchell, Frank Morgan, Jack Oakie, Warner Oland, Edna May Oliver, Franklin Pangborn, Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard,


Old Familiar Faces will be available on the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Google as an ePub book.

ISBN: 978-1-935842-xx-x (ePub)

Old Familiar Faceswill be available on Amazon as a Kindle book.

(United States)