Paul Henreid found his claim to fame rooted in his performances in films from 1939 through 1945, wherein he appeared in some of the best movies of that era, with Goodbye Mr. Chips, 1939, Joan of Paris, 1942 and Casablanca, 1942, those being his best and each becoming true classic films of which he brought his considerable talent to bare. His charming features and textured voice lent him well to characters of a gentle nature or we might say he could play the part of a gentleman with ease.
Ray Bolger spent more time in the Vaudeville circut and on Broadway than in film, that being where his star shone brightest with his Tony winning performance for Where’s Charley?, 1949 and nominated again in 1962 for All American. Of course his most memorable film-role was that of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, in 1939 along with turns in Four Jacks and a Jill, 1942 and The Harvey Girls, 1946.; as well he made more appearances as himself on TV variety programs than he had film credits. Bolger was blessed with a unique voice but more importantly, his greatest gift: his pretzel like body of which he had great command while dancing!
Sal Mineo made just 18 films from 1952 through 1965, but, what a resume! Beginning with The Private War of Major Benson, in 1955, Mineo left us a map where X marks the spot of a treasure trove of movie magic. The same year as Major Benson, Mineo appeared in Rebel Without a Cause for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. 1956 was to say the least a Giant year along with Somebody Up There Likes Me. 1960 Sal found his second Oscar nomination nod with Exodus.