Clint Eastwood's epic flim J Edgar hits theaters this weekend, painting a grim portrait of legendary FBI director J Edgar Hoover. It's appropriate that Hollywood has finally produced a biopic focusing on Hoover's life, since he spent so much of it obsessing over film and TV actors, producers, and writers. Along with monitoring the production of such FBI based shows as The Untouchables and The FBI, Hoover reportedly targeted much of Tinseltown for what he considered "subversive activities." In the years since Hoover's death, evidence has come to light showing that Hoover investigated, and occasionally persecuted, any Hollywood celebrity who crossed him. Here are seven of the most notable Hollywood icons Hoover had in his crosshairs.

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin is widely considered one of the greatest comedic performers to have ever lived. Unfortunately J. Edgar Hoover wasn't known for his sense of humor (except that time he wore white after Labor Day). Chaplin was known for supporting left-wing causes, and this led Hoover to bar his re-entry in to the Untied States after Chaplin attended the London premier of the film "Limelight" in 1952. Chaplin took the hint and made himself comfortable in Europe for the remainder of his life, except for his return to the U.S. in 1972 to accept an honorary Academy Award. This occurred one month before Hoover's death, which makes it one of the coolest "f*ck you" moments in history.

Jean Seberg

Actress Jean Seberg appeared in everything from "Breathless" to "Airport." Along with being well regarded by critics and audiences, she was a major supporter of The Black Panthers. Hoover wasn't on board the soul train, apparently, and in 1970 he had false stories planted in the media accusing Seberg of infidelity. This occurred during Seberg's first marriage and pregnancy, and preceeded the death of her infant child and her eventual suicide in 1979. So in addition to developing law enforcement techniques for the 20th century, J. Edgar Hoover also paved the way for the Internet bully.

Ring Lardner Jr.

Ring Lardner Jr. was a celebrated screenwriter known for the Oscar winning "Woman of the Year" and the classic "M*A*S*H." He spent a good deal of time between those films on a blacklist, however, after being targeted by the House of Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950's during the height of the red scare. It's now well known that Hoover's office funnelled most of the celebrity targets to HUAC. Lardner was among the infamous "Hollywood Ten" who were found guilty of contempt of Congress. He spent a year in prison, and was later denied a passport, which kept him from finding work in other countries. I suspect Hoover was just jealous of Lardner's awesome sounding name. Try saying it out loud. Ring Lardner Jr. It's neat.

Orson Welles

In 1941, Actor/ Writer/ Director/ Frozen Pea Enthusiast Orson Welles released his masterpiece "Citizen Kane." The film's subject, Charles Foster Kane, was a thinly veiled swipe at newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Hearst didn't like this portrayal one bit, and neither did his good friend J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover opened a file on Welles and monitored his activities for years. Although Welles was never officially blacklisted, his later work in Hollywood wasn't helped by knowledge that he was on Hoover's shit list.

Edward G. Robinson

Decades before he inspired The Simpsons' Chief Wiggum, Edward G. Robinson was a major Hollywood player, appearing in such hits as The Ten Commandments and Double Indemnity. Then he ran afoul of HUAC, and was put under the microscope by J. Edgar Hoover. Although Robinson was cleared of any wrong doing, he was put on an unofficial "Grey" list, and was stuck working in B movies for most of his remaining career. So, if anyone asks, Paulie Shore doesn't suck, he's simply been "greylisted."

Robert Blake

Robert Blake is known by millions for his TV's hits Baretta and Robert Blake's Wife's Murder Trial. In the late 60's, Blake was making the transition from beloved child actor to seedy adult actor, and unintentionally crossed Hoover. In an interview, Blake commented that he'd rather play a villain on the TV Series "The FBI" than a hero in a movie, and implied that he'd make the villain likable. This sounded pretty un-American to Hoover, who noted in Blake's file that the actor was not permitted to appear on "The FBI," ever. Fortunately, Dabney Coleman is a good- scratch that- GREAT American, and appeared in nine episodes of the series.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda comes from a large family of left wing Hollywood actors, so it's natural that Hoover would have her under the microscope from day one. But Fonda gave him plenty of ammunition, filling the early days of her acting career with Civil Rights protests and anti-Nixon sentiment. It's through the latter that Hoover struck, supposedly planting false stories in the news that Fonda had actually threatened then President Richard Nixon. However, any false accusations Hoover concocted paled in comparison to the Fonda's incredibly bad decision to pose for photographs with North Vietnamese anti-aircraft weapons in July of 1972. She was branded a traitor by many Americans, and the effects of that incident still stain her reputation nearly 40 years later. I can't imagine J Edgar Hoover smiled often, but that event probably would have made him pretty happy if he hadn't kicked off two months earlier. Perhaps Hoover and and Fonda can booth laugh about it when they meet in hell someday soon.

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