Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at 6 yrs old and graduated high school as a functional illiterate, relying on his sister for help with schoolwork. He was in movies like Taps and Risky Business before learning to read in 1986 when he became a scientologist, the year Top Gun was released.
James Cagney in the 1932 film ‘Taxi’ is famous not only for Cagney’s dancing, it’s also the first film where he refused to be shot at with live ammo. This was very common at the time, due to it being much cheaper to use than blanks.
Jack Nicholson‘s first job in Hollywood was an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. They offered him an entry-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor.
While filming the 2000 hit movie, Castaway, Tom Hanks received a cut and got a staph infection that nearly killed the Academy Award winning actor. The cut gave him blood poisoning, Hanks was in the hospital for 3 days and production of the movie was shut down for 3 weeks.
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North.
Actors in the early silent film era often went uncredited because audiences just didn’t care — then, in 1910, actress Mary Pickford became so popular cinemas started specially advertising her films, making her the world’s first movie star.
The actor James Finlayson’s catchphrase “dohhhhhhh!” inspired Homer Simpson’s catchphrase. Dan Castellaneta was to utter an “annoyed grunt” while recording for the Tracey Ullman Show, so he said “dohhhhhhh”. Matt Groening felt that faster would be better and Castellaneta shortened it to “D’oh!”
Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) was so upset that the other actors could laugh and be happy while she had to be so cold and heartless that near the end of production she removed her dress and stood in only her panties to prove she was not a cold-hearted monster.
Actor Paul Marcarelli – the Verizon Wireless “Can you hear me now?” guy – told “The Atlantic” magazine that the catchphrase plagues him so much that someone even said it to him at his grandmother’s funeral as her casket was being lowered into the cemetery plot.
The actor that played the Telletubby, Tinky Winky, died alone on a street in Liverpool from alcoholism at the age of 52.