Reel Portrayals

The Lives of 640 Historical Persons on Film, 1929 through 2001


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About the Book

While countless films have been based on fictional characters, a surprising number have also been based on the lives of real people. This comprehensive reference book covers 640 nonfictional characters of historical or social importance who have been portrayed in at least two feature films. It lists 569 real people arranged alphabetically (from George Adamson to Emile Zola), provides a brief biography of each, and lists each film in which he or she has been portrayed. Such information as the actor portraying the real person and the country, year of release, running time, color or black & white, director(s), source (novel, play, etc.), awards, alternate titles (if any), and cast credits are given. The appendices list 71 additional real people who have been portrayed in feature films, including American presidents, British, French, German and Russian monarchs, and Billy the Kid and Wild Bill Hickock.

About the Author(s)

The late Michael G. Stevens was a talented actor, musician, and writer.
Editor R. Thompson is a graphic artist who lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Michael G. Stevens
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 431
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1461-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

The Portrayals      3

Appendix A: Presidents of the United States      355

Appendix B: British Monarchs      360

Appendix C: French Monarchs      366

Appendix D: Russian Czars and Czarinas      374

Appendix E: Germany’s Last Monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm II      377

Appendix F: Western Series (Fictional)      378

Bibliography      380

Index      383

Book Reviews & Awards

“highly recommended”—ARBA; “bigger…better and more detailed”—Psychotronic; “unique”—Chelmsford Independent.