Greatest Actors

by phbasketball6 | created - 28 Sep 2010 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

★ - Great Performance ✰ - Critically Accailmed Performances (Either I do not agree, haven't seen, or need to re-watch) ☠ - Awful Performance

1. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the...

"Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who's very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real." ~ Tim Burton

"I believe that Jack is one of the best actors in Hollywood, perhaps on a par with the greatest stars of the past like Spencer Tracy and James Cagney. I should think that he is on almost everyone's first-choice list for any role which suits him. His work is always interesting, clearly conceived and has the X-factor, magic. Jack is particularly suited for roles which require intelligence. He is an intelligent and literate man, and these are qualities almost impossible to act. In The Shining (1980), you believe he's a writer, failed or otherwise." ~ Stanley Kubrick

Greats: Five Easy Pieces (1970) (1970)★; The Last Detail (1973) (1973)★; Chinatown (1974) (1974)★; The Passenger (1975); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) (1975)★; The Shining (1980) (1980)★; Reds (1981) (1981)★; Terms of Endearment (1983) (1983)★; Prizzi's Honor (1985) (1985)★; Broadcast News (1987) (1987); As Good as It Gets (1997) (1997)★; About Schmidt (2002) (2002)★; The Departed (2006) (2006)★

Give It a Shot: Easy Rider (1969) (1969)★; Ironweed (1987) (1987)★; Batman (1989) (1989)★; The Pledge (2001) (2001); Something's Gotta Give (2003) (2003)✰; The Bucket List (2007) (2007)

Caution: Carnal Knowledge (1971) (1971)★; Tommy (1975) (1975); The Missouri Breaks (1976) (1976); A Few Good Men (1992) (1992)★; Mars Attacks! (1996) (1996); Anger Management (2003) (2003) Other Notable Film(s): The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) (1960); The Terror (1963) (1963); The Raven (1963) (1963); The Shooting (1966) (1966); On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) (1970); The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) (1972); The Fortune (1975) (1975); Goin' South (1978) (1978); The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) (1981); The Border (1982) (1982); Heartburn (1986) (1986); The Witches of Eastwick (1987) (1987); The Two Jakes (1990) (1990); Hoffa (1992) (1992)✰; Man Trouble (1992) (1992); Wolf (1994) (1994); The Crossing Guard (1995) (1995); Blood and Wine (1996) (1996); The Evening Star (1996) (1996); How Do You Know (2010) (2010)

2. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

"Marlon Brando changed everything for actors. After him, everyone wanted to be Marlon. No one wanted to be a type: they all wanted to display versatility in every role. But the brilliance that Marlon had was that he had star personality that shone through in every role." ~ Peter Bogdanovich

"When Marlon dies, everybody moves up one." ~ Jack Nicholson

"He is the marker. There's 'before Brando' and 'after Brando'." ~ Martin Scorsese

Greats: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) (1951)★; On the Waterfront (1954) (1954)★; The Godfather (1972) (1972)★; Last Tango in Paris (1974)★; Apocalypse Now (1979) (1979)

Give It a Shot: The Men (1950) (1950); Viva Zapata! (1952) (1952)★; Julius Caesar (1953) (1953)★; Sayonara (1957) (1957)★; Superman (1978) (1978); The Godfather: The Game [voice] (2006)

Caution: The Missouri Breaks (1976) (1976); The Score (2001) (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): The Wild One (1953) (1953); Désirée (1954) (1954); Guys and Dolls (1955) (1955); The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) (1956)✰; The Young Lions (1958) (1958); The Fugitive Kind (1960) (1959); One-Eyed Jacks (1961) (1961); Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) (1962); The Ugly American (1963) (1963)✰; Bedtime Story (1964) (1964); Morituri (1965) (1965); The Chase (1966) (1966); The Appaloosa (1966) (1966); A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) (1967); Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) (1967); Candy (1968) (1968); The Night of the Following Day (1969) (1968); Burn! (1969); The Nightcomers (1971) (1971); The Formula (1980) (1980); A Dry White Season (1989) (1989)✰; The Freshman (1990) (1990); Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) (1992); Don Juan DeMarco (1994) (1994); The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) (1996); The Brave (1997) (1997); Free Money (1998) (1998)

3. Robert De Niro

Actor | Raging Bull

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained ...

Greats: Mean Streets (1973) (1973); The Godfather: Part II (1974) (1974)★; Taxi Driver (1976) (1976)★; The Deer Hunter (1978) (1978)★; Raging Bull (1980) (1980)★; The King of Comedy (1982) (1983)★; Once Upon a Time in America (1984) (1984); The Mission (1986) (1986); The Untouchables (1987) (1987); Goodfellas (1990) (1990)★; A Bronx Tale (1993) (1993); Heat (1995) (1995); Casino (1995) (1995); Jackie Brown (1997) (1997); Silver Linings Playbook (2012) (2012)★; American Hustle (2013) (2013); The Irishman (2019) (2019)

Give It a Shot: Midnight Run (1988) (1988)✰; Awakenings (1990) (1990)★; Cape Fear (1991) (1991)★; Sleepers (1996) (1996); Cop Land (1997) (1997); Wag the Dog (1997) (1997); Ronin (1998) (1998); Meet the Parents (2000) (2000)✰; Joker (2019) (2019)

Caution: Brazil (1985) (1985); Angel Heart (1987) (1987); Backdraft (1991) (1991); Guilty by Suspicion (1991) (1991); The Fan (1996) (1996); Analyze This (1999) (1999)✰; The Score (2001) (2001); Showtime (2002) (2002); City by the Sea (2002) (2002); Analyze That (2002) (2002); Shark Tale (2004) [voice] (2004); Meet the Fockers (2004) (2004); The Good Shepherd (2006) (2006); The Family (2013) (2013); Joy (2015) (2015)

Flops: Hide and Seek (2005) (2005); Righteous Kill (2008) (2008); Machete (2010) (2010); Little Fockers (2010) (2010); Killer Elite (2011) (2011); Dirty Grandpa (2016) (2016)

Other Notable Film(s): Hi, Mom! (1970) (1970); Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) (1973); 1900 (1976); The Last Tycoon (1976) (1976); New York, New York (1977) (1977)✰; True Confessions (1981) (1981); Falling in Love (1984) (1984); Stanley & Iris (1990) (1989); We're No Angels (1989) (1989); Jacknife (1989) (1989); Mistress (1992) (1992); Night and the City (1992) (1992); Mad Dog and Glory (1993) (1993); This Boy's Life (1993) (1993); Frankenstein (1994) (1994); Marvin's Room (1996) (1996); Great Expectations (1998) (1998); Flawless (1999) (1999); The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) (2000); Men of Honor (2000) (2000); 15 Minutes (2001) (2001); Godsend (2004) (2004); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004) (2004); Stardust (2007) (2007); What Just Happened (2008) (2008); Everybody's Fine (2009) (2009); Stone (2010) (2010); Limitless (2011) (2011); New Year's Eve (2011) (2011); Freelancers (2012) (2012); Red Lights (2012) (2012); Being Flynn (2012) (2012); The Big Wedding (2013) (2013); Killing Season (2013) (2013); Last Vegas (2013) (2013); Grudge Match (2013) (2013); The Carrier (2014); Heist (2015) (2015); The Intern (2015) (2015); Hands of Stone (2016) (2016); The Comedian (2016) (2016)

4. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Tootsie

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

Greats: The Graduate (1967) (1967)★; Midnight Cowboy (1969) (1969)★; Papillon (1973) (1973); Lenny (1974) (1974)★; Marathon Man (1976) (1976)★; All the President's Men (1976) (1976)✰; Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) (1979)★; Tootsie (1982) (1982)★; Rain Man (1988) (1988)★

Give It a Shot: Straw Dogs (1971) (1971); Dick Tracy (1990) (1990); Sleepers (1996) (1996); Wag the Dog (1997) (1997)★; Finding Neverland (2004) (2004)

Caution: Hook (1991) (1991)★; Sphere (1998) (1998); Stranger Than Fiction (2006) (2006)

Flops: Little Fockers (2010) (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): John and Mary (1969) (1969)✰; Little Big Man (1970) (1970)✰; Who Is Harry Kellerman (1971); Alfredo Alfredo (1972) (1972); Straight Time (1978) (1978); Agatha (1979) (1979); Death of a Salesman (1985) [TV] (1985)✰; Ishtar (1987) (1987); Family Business (1989) (1989); Billy Bathgate (1991) (1991); Hero (1992) (1992); Outbreak (1995) (1995); American Buffalo (1996) (1996); Mad City (1997) (1997); Joan of Arc (1999); Moonlight Mile (2002) (2002); Confidence (2003) (2003); Runaway Jury (2003) (2003); I Heart Huckabees (2004) (2004); Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) (2006); Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) (2007); Last Chance Harvey (2008) (2008)✰; Barney's Version (2010) (2010); Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) [voice] (2011); Luck (2011) [TV series] (2011-2012); Chef (2014) (2014); Boychoir (2014) (2014); The Cobbler (2014) (2014); The Program (2015) (2015); Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) [voice] (2016); The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) (2017); L'uomo del labirinto (2019) (2019)

5. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

Alfredo James "Al" 'Pacino established himself as a film actor during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

He was born April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to Italian-American parents, Rose (nee Gerardi)...

"Al Pacino intimidated me when I watched him in rehearsals, I saw how he turned Tony Montana into something very feral, something immigrant and hungry and decadent." ~ Oliver Stone

Greats: The Panic in Needle Park (1971) (1971); The Godfather (1972) (1972)★; Scarecrow (1973) (1973)★; Serpico (1973) (1973)★; The Godfather: Part II (1974) (1974)★; Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (1975)★; Scarface (1983) (1983); The Godfather: Part III (1990) (1990); Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (1992)★; Scent of a Woman (1992) (1992)★; Carlito's Way (1993) (1993); Heat (1995) (1995); The Insider (1999) (1999); Insomnia (2002) (2002); The Irishman (2019) (2019)★

Give It a Shot: ...and justice for all. (1979) (1979)★; Sea of Love (1989) (1989)✰; Dick Tracy (1990) (1990)★; Donnie Brasco (1997) (1997)✰; Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) (2019)

Caution: Cruising (1980) (1980); City Hall (1996) (1996); The Devil's Advocate (1997) (1997); Any Given Sunday (1999) (1999); S1m0ne (2002) (2002); The Recruit (2003) (2003); Two for the Money (2005) (2005); Ocean's Thirteen (2007) (2007)

Flops: Gigli (2003) (2003)☠; 88 Minutes (2007) (2007)☠; Righteous Kill (2008) (2008)☠

Other Notable Film(s): Bobby Deerfield (1977) (1977)✰; Author! Author! (1982) (1982)✰; Revolution (1985) (1985); Frankie and Johnny (1991) (1991); Two Bits (1995) (1995); People I Know (2002) (2002); The Merchant of Venice (2004) (2004); You Don't Know Jack (2010) [TV] (2010)✰; The Son of No One (2011) (2011); Jack and Jill (2011) (2011); Stand Up Guys (2012) (2012); Phil Spector (2013) [TV] (2013)✰; Salomé (2013) (2013); The Humbling (2014) (2014); Manglehorn (2014) (2014); Danny Collins (2015) (2015)✰; Misconduct (2016) (2016); Hangman (2017) (2017); The Pirates of Somalia (2017) (2017); Paterno (2018) [TV] (2018)

6. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

"I think he's probably the best actor who's ever hit the screen." ~ Frank Capra

Greats: You Can't Take It with You (1938) (1938); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (1939)★; The Philadelphia Story (1940) (1940)★; The Shop Around the Corner (1940) (1940); It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (1946)★; Rope (1948) (1948); Harvey (1950) (1950)★; Rear Window (1954) (1954)★; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (1956); Vertigo (1958) (1958)★; Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (1959)★; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (1962)★

Give It a Shot: The Stratton Story (1949) (1949)

Caution: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) (1962)

Other Notable Film(s): Vivacious Lady (1938) (1938); Made for Each Other (1939) (1939); Destry Rides Again (1939) (1939); The Mortal Storm (1940) (1940); Come Live with Me (1941) (1941); Pot o' Gold (1941) (1940); Ziegfeld Girl (1941) (1941); Call Northside 777 (1948) (1948); Winchester '73 (1950) (1950); Broken Arrow (1950) (1950); The Jackpot (1950) (1950); No Highway in the Sky (1951); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) (1952); Bend of the River (1952) (1952); Carbine Williams (1952) (1952); The Naked Spur (1953) (1953); Thunder Bay (1953) (1953); The Glenn Miller Story (1954) (1954); The Far Country (1954) (1954); Strategic Air Command (1955) (1955); The Man from Laramie (1955) (1955); The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) (1957); Night Passage (1957) (1957); Bell Book and Candle (1958) (1958); The FBI Story (1959) (1959); Two Rode Together (1961) (1961); How the West Was Won (1962) (1962); Take Her, She's Mine (1963) (1963); Cheyenne Autumn (1964) (1964); Shenandoah (1965) (1965); The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) (1965); The Rare Breed (1966) (1966); Firecreek (1968) (1968); Bandolero! (1968) (1968); The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) (1970); The Shootist (1976) (1976); Airport '77 (1977) (1977)

7. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman (died 1950) and Theresa Fetsko (died 1982). His elder brother was , Arthur S. Newman Jr., named for ...

Greats: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) (1958)★; The Hustler (1961) (1961)★; Cool Hand Luke (1967) (1967)★; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) (1969); The Sting (1973) (1973); The Verdict (1982) (1982)★; Road to Perdition (2002) (2002)★

Give It a Shot: The Long, Hot Summer (1958) (1958)★; Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) (1962)★; Hud (1963) (1963)★; Torn Curtain (1966) (1966); The Towering Inferno (1974) (1974); The Color of Money (1986) (1986)★; Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) (1989); The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) (1994)

Other Notable Film(s): The Silver Chalice (1954) (1954); Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) (1956); The Left Handed Gun (1958) (1958); The Young Philadelphians (1959) (1959); From the Terrace (1960) (1960); Exodus (1960) (1960); Paris Blues (1961) (1961); Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962) (1962)✰; The Prize (1963) (1963); What a Way to Go! (1964) (1964); The Outrage (1964) (1964); Harper (1966) (1966); Hombre (1967) (1967); Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) (1970); The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) (1972); The MacKintosh Man (1973) (1973); The Drowning Pool (1975) (1975); Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976); Slap Shot (1977) (1977); Quintet (1979) (1979); When Time Ran Out... (1980) (1980); Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) (1981); Absence of Malice (1981) (1981)✰; Harry & Son (1984) (1984); Blaze (1989) (1989); Nobody's Fool (1994) (1994)✰; Twilight (1998) (1998); Message in a Bottle (1999) (1999); Where the Money Is (2000) (2000); Empire Falls (2005) [TV series] (2005)✰; Cars (2006) [voice] (2006)

8. Spencer Tracy

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the ...

9. Burt Lancaster

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and ...

"Burt Lancaster was largely responsible for me becoming a director." ~ Sydney Pollack

Greats: From Here to Eternity (1953) (1953)★; Sweet Smell of Success (1957) (1957); Elmer Gantry (1960) (1960)★; Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) (1961)★; Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) (1962)★; The Train (1964) (1964)★; Atlantic City (1980)★

Give It a Shot: Separate Tables (1958) (1958)★; Run Silent Run Deep (1958) (1958); Airport (1970) (1970); Field of Dreams (1989) (1989)

Other Notable Film(s): The Killers (1946) (1946); Brute Force (1947) (1947); Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) (1948); Criss Cross (1949) (1949); The Flame and the Arrow (1950) (1950); The Crimson Pirate (1952) (1952); Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) (1952); Vera Cruz (1954) (1954); Apache (1954) (1954); Vera Cruz (1954) (1954); The Rose Tattoo (1955) (1955); The Rainmaker (1956) (1956)✰; Trapeze (1956) (1956); Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) (1957); The Unforgiven (1960) (1960); The Leopard (1963); A Child Is Waiting (1963) (1963); Seven Days in May (1964) (1964); The Hallelujah Trail (1965) (1965); The Professionals (1966) (1966); The Swimmer (1968) (1968); Castle Keep (1969) (1969); Lawman (1971) (1971); Valdez Is Coming (1971) (1971); Ulzana's Raid (1972) (1972); Executive Action (1973) (1973); 1900 (1976); The Cassandra Crossing (1976) (1976); The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) (1977); Go Tell the Spartans (1978) (1978); Zulu Dawn (1979) (1979); Local Hero (1983) (1983)✰; Tough Guys (1986) (1986); Rocket Gibraltar (1988) (1988)

10. Jack Lemmon

Actor | The Apartment

Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers ...

Just watching Jack Lemmon made me want to get into this business. ~ Hank Azaria

I remember that Jack Lemmon, who is one of my favorite actors of all time, says that the day he stops being nervous is the day he should leave the business." ~ Kim Basinger

Greats: Some Like It Hot (1959) (1959)★; The Apartment (1960) (1960)★; The Fortune Cookie (1966) (1966); The Odd Couple (1968) (1968)✰; Missing (1982) (1982)★; JFK (1991) (1991); Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (1992)★

Give It a Shot: Save the Tiger (1973) (1973)★; Avanti! (1972) (1972)✰; The Front Page (1974) (1974)✰; The China Syndrome (1979) (1979)★

Other Notable Film(s): It Should Happen to You (1954) (1954); Mister Roberts (1955) (1955)✰; Bell Book and Candle (1958) (1958); Days of Wine and Roses (1962) (1962)✰; Irma la Douce (1963) (1963); How to Murder Your Wife (1965) (1965); The Great Race (1965) (1965); The Out of Towners (1970) (1970); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) (1975); Airport '77 (1977) (1977); Tribute (1980) (1980)✰; Buddy Buddy (1981) (1981); That's Life! (1986) (1986); Dad (1989) (1989); Short Cuts (1993) (1993); Grumpy Old Men (1993) (1993); Grumpier Old Men (1995) (1995); The Grass Harp (1995) (1995); My Fellow Americans (1996) (1996); Out to Sea (1997) (1997); The Odd Couple II (1998) (1998)

11. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

12. Cary Grant

Actor | Charade

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years...

13. Gary Cooper

Actor | High Noon

Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a...

14. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish.

Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater ...

15. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Sleuth

Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High ...

"the greatest actor in the English-speaking world." ~ Spencer Tracy

Greats: Wuthering Heights (1939) (1939)★; Rebecca (1940) (1940)★; Spartacus (1960) (1960)★; Sleuth (1972) (1972)★; Marathon Man (1976) (1976)★

Give It a Shot: 49th Parallel (1941) (1941); Hamlet (1948) (1948)★; The Boys from Brazil (1978) (1978)★

Other Notable Film(s): Pride and Prejudice (1940) (1940); That Hamilton Woman (1941) (1941); Henry V (1944)✰; Carrie (1952) (1952); Richard III (1955) (1955)✰; The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) (1957); The Entertainer (1960) (1960)✰; Othello (1965) (1965)✰; Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) (1965); Khartoum (1966) (1966); The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) (1968); The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) (1976); A Bridge Too Far (1977) (1977); A Little Romance (1979) (1979)✰; Dracula (1979) (1979); Clash of the Titans (1981) (1981); The Bounty (1984) (1984)

16. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym Nicholas Blake), Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and ...

17. James Cagney

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time, James Cagney was also an accomplished dancer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to Carolyn (Nelson) and James Francis Cagney, Sr., who was a bartender and amateur ...

18. William Holden

Actor | Stalag 17

William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying ...

19. Clark Gable

Actor | It Happened One Night

William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle ...

20. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

21. Peter O'Toole

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...

22. Gregory Peck

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only ...

23. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

Greats: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (1962); True Grit (1969) (1969); MASH (1970) (1970); The Godfather (1972) (1972)★; The Conversation (1974) (1974); The Godfather: Part II (1974) (1974); Network (1976) (1976)★; Apocalypse Now (1979) (1979)★; Tender Mercies (1983) (1983)★; Sling Blade (1996) (1996); Crazy Heart (2009) (2009)

Give It a Shot: The Detective (1968) (1968); Bullitt (1968) (1968); The Natural (1984) (1984); Falling Down (1993) (1993); Thank You for Smoking (2005) (2005)

Caution: Joe Kidd (1972) (1972); A Civil Action (1998) (1998)★; Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) (2000); The 6th Day (2000) (2000); John Q (2002) (2002); We Own the Night (2007) (2007); Jack Reacher (2012) (2012)

Flops: Kicking & Screaming (2005) (2005)

Other Notable Film(s): The Chase (1966) (1966); The Rain People (1969) (1969); THX 1138 (1971) (1971); Tomorrow (1972) (1972); The Killer Elite (1975) (1975); The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) (1976); The Eagle Has Landed (1976) (1976); The Great Santini (1979) (1979)✰; True Confessions (1981) (1981); Colors (1988) (1988); Lonesome Dove (1989) [TV Mini-Series] (1989)✰; Days of Thunder (1990) (1990); Rambling Rose (1991) (1991); Newsies (1992) (1992); Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) (1993); The Paper (1994) (1994); Something to Talk About (1995) (1995); The Scarlet Letter (1995) (1995); Phenomenon (1996) (1996); A Family Thing (1996) (1996); The Apostle (1997) (1997)✰; The Gingerbread Man (1998) (1998); Deep Impact (1998) (1998); Assassination Tango (2002) (2002); Gods and Generals (2003) (2003); Open Range (2003) (2003); Secondhand Lions (2003) (2003); Broken Trail (2006) [TV series] (2006)✰; Lucky You (2007) (2007); Four Christmases (2008) (2008); The Road (2009) (2009); Get Low (2009) (2010)✰; Seven Days in Utopia (2011) (2011); Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) (2012*); A Night in Old Mexico (2013) (2013); The Judge (2014) (2014)✰; Wild Horses (2015) (2015); In Dubious Battle (2016) (2016)

24. Gene Hackman

Actor | The French Connection

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...

"I idolize Gene Hackman. He is not a natural star, not an incandescent personality like Jack Nicholson, but he makes luminous the problems of being an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation." ~ Brian Dennehy

Greats: Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (1967)★; The French Connection (1971) (1971)★; Scarecrow (1973) (1973)★; The Conversation (1974) (1974)★; Night Moves (1975) (1975); Reds (1981) (1981); Unforgiven (1992) (1992)★; The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) (2001)★

Give It a Shot: I Never Sang for My Father (1970) (1970)★; The Poseidon Adventure (1972) (1972); Young Frankenstein (1974) (1974); Superman (1978) (1978); Hoosiers (1986) (1986); Mississippi Burning (1988) (1988)★; Crimson Tide (1995) (1995); Get Shorty (1995) (1995); Absolute Power (1997) (1997); Enemy of the State (1998) (1998)

Caution: The Birdcage (1996) (1996); Heist (2001) (2001)

Flops: Power (1986) (1986); The Replacements (2000) (2000); Heartbreakers (2001) (2001); Welcome to Mooseport (2004) (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): Lilith (1964) (1964); Marooned (1969) (1969); French Connection II (1975) (1975)✰; A Bridge Too Far (1977) (1977); Superman II (1980) (1980); Under Fire (1983) (1983)✰; Twice in a Lifetime (1985) (1985)✰; No Way Out (1987) (1987); Bat*21 (1988) (1988); The Package (1989) (1989); Loose Cannons (1990) (1990); Postcards from the Edge (1990) (1990); Narrow Margin (1990) (1990); Class Action (1991) (1991); The Firm (1993) (1993); Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) (1993); Wyatt Earp (1994) (1994); The Quick and the Dead (1995) (1995); Extreme Measures (1996) (1996); The Chamber (1996) (1996); Twilight (1998) (1998); Under Suspicion (2000) (2000); Behind Enemy Lines (2001) (2001); Runaway Jury (2003) (2003)

25. Robert Mitchum

Actor | Out of the Past

Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a ...

He has what many of the great 1930s and 1940s actors who are today's cult heroes had: a capacity to retain and even expand their dignity, their image, their self-possession, even in the midst of the worst possible material. You see Mitchum in bad movies, but you can never spot him being bad." ~ Roger Ebert

Greats: Out of the Past (1947) (1947)★; The Night of the Hunter (1955) (1955)★; Cape Fear (1962) (1962)★; El Dorado (1967) (1966)

Give It a Shot: Scrooged (1988) (1988); Cape Fear (1991) (1991); Dead Man (1995) (1995)

Caution: River of No Return (1954) (1954); Two for the Seesaw (1962) (1962)

Other Notable Film(s): Story of G.I. Joe (1945) (1945)✰; Undercurrent (1946) (1946); Pursued (1947) (1947); Crossfire (1947) (1947); The Big Steal (1949) (1949); Holiday Affair (1949) (1949); His Kind of Woman (1951) (1951); Angel Face (1953) (1952); Not as a Stranger (1955) (1955); Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) (1957); The Enemy Below (1957) (1957); Thunder Road (1958) (1958); Home from the Hill (1960) (1960); The Grass Is Greener (1960) (1960); The Sundowners (1960) (1960); The Longest Day (1962) (1962); What a Way to Go! (1964) (1964); 5 Card Stud (1968) (1968); Secret Ceremony (1968) (1968); Anzio (1968); Ryan's Daughter (1970) (1970); The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) (1973); The Yakuza (1974) (1974); Farewell, My Lovely (1975) (1975); The Last Tycoon (1976) (1976); Midway (1976) (1976)

26. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...

27. Montgomery Clift

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta (1920-2014) and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg; 1888-1988) and William Brooks Clift (1886-...

28. John Wayne

Actor | True Grit

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...

"John Wayne represents more force, more power than anyone else on the screen." ~ Howard Hawks

Greats: Stagecoach (1939) (1939)★; Red River (1948) (1948)★; The Searchers (1956) (1956)★; Rio Bravo (1959) (1959); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (1962)★; El Dorado (1967) (1966); True Grit (1969) (1969)★

Other Notable Film(s): Flying Tigers (1942) (1942); In Old Oklahoma (1943) (1943); A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) (1943); Tall in the Saddle (1944) (1944); The Fighting Seabees (1944) (1944); Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) (1945); Back to Bataan (1945) (1945); Dakota (1945) (1945); They Were Expendable (1945) (1945); Without Reservations (1946) (1946); Tycoon (1947) (1947); Angel and the Badman (1947) (1947); Wake of the Red Witch (1948) (1948); Fort Apache (1948) (1948); 3 Godfathers (1948) (1948); The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) (1949); Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) (1949)✰; She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (1949); Rio Grande (1950) (1950); Operation Pacific (1951) (1951); Flying Leathernecks (1951) (1951); The Quiet Man (1952) (1952); Big Jim McLain (1952) (1952); Trouble Along the Way (1953) (1953); Island in the Sky (1953) (1953); Hondo (1953) (1953); The High and the Mighty (1954) (1954); The Sea Chase (1955) (1955); Blood Alley (1955) (1955); The Conqueror (1956) (1956); The Wings of Eagles (1957) (1957); Legend of the Lost (1957) (1957); Jet Pilot (1957) (1957); The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) (1958); The Horse Soldiers (1959) (1959); The Alamo (1960) (1960); North to Alaska (1960) (1960); The Comancheros (1961) (1961); The Longest Day (1962) (1962); How the West Was Won (1962) (1962); Hatari! (1962) (1962); Donovan's Reef (1963) (1963); McLintock! (1963) (1963); They Were Expendable (1945) (1963); Circus World (1964) (1964); The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) (1965); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) (1965); In Harm's Way (1965) (1965); Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) (1966); The War Wagon (1967) (1967); The Green Berets (1968) (1968); Hellfighters (1968) (1968); The Undefeated (1969) (1969); Chisum (1970) (1970); Rio Lobo (1970) (1970); Big Jake (1971) (1971); The Cowboys (1972) (1972); The Train Robbers (1973) (1973); Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) (1973); McQ (1974) (1974); Brannigan (1975) (1975); Rooster Cogburn (1975) (1975); The Shootist (1976) (1976)

29. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

"What's it like finding out Denzel Washington wants you to direct his next movie? It's like getting a phone call from Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan saying they want you to coach them." ~ Antoine Fuqua

Greats: Glory (1989) (1989)★; Malcolm X (1992) (1992)★; Philadelphia (1993) (1993)★; Training Day (2001) (2001)★

Give It a Shot: A Soldier's Story (1984) (1984); Crimson Tide (1995) (1995); The Hurricane (1999) (1999)★; Remember the Titans (2000) (2000); Inside Man (2006) (2006); American Gangster (2007) (2007)✰; Flight (2012) (2012)★; Fences (2016) (2016)★

Caution: The Bone Collector (1999) (1999); John Q (2002) (2002); Out of Time (2003) (2003); Man on Fire (2004) (2004); Deja Vu (2006) (2006); Safe House (2012) (2012); The Equalizer (2014) (2014)

Flops: Power (1986) (1986); The Book of Eli (2010) (2010)

Other Notable Film(s): Carbon Copy (1981) (1981); Cry Freedom (1987) (1987)✰; For Queen & Country (1988) (1988); The Mighty Quinn (1989) (1989); Heart Condition (1990) (1990); Mo' Better Blues (1990) (1990); Mississippi Masala (1991) (1991); Ricochet (1991) (1991); Much Ado About Nothing (1993) (1993); The Pelican Brief (1993) (1993); Virtuosity (1995) (1995); Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) (1995); Courage Under Fire (1996) (1996); The Preacher's Wife (1996) (1996); Fallen (1998) (1998); He Got Game (1998) (1998); The Siege (1998) (1998); Antwone Fisher (2002) (2002); The Great Debaters (2007) (2007); The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) (2009); Unstoppable (2010) (2010); 2 Guns (2013) (2013); The Magnificent Seven (2016) (2016); Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) (2017)✰; The Equalizer 2 (2018) (2018)

30. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

"When Orson Welles was acting in 'Compulsion,' the director Richard Fleischer let him just take over and direct the courtroom scenes. To be able to see Welles - who knew more about directing than anyone - direct himself and the other actors, it was unbelievable and unforgettable." ~ Robert Osborne

Greats: Citizen Kane (1941) (1941)★; The Stranger (1946) (1946); The Lady from Shanghai (1947) (1947)★; The Third Man (1949) (1949); Touch of Evil (1958) (1958); A Man for All Seasons (1966) (1966)

Give It a Shot: Macbeth (1948) (1948); Othello (1952); Mr. Arkadin (1955) (1955); The Long, Hot Summer (1958) (1958); The Trial (1962); Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Flops: Casino Royale (1967) (1967)

Other Notable Film(s): Jane Eyre (1943) (1943); Tomorrow Is Forever (1946) (1946); The Black Rose (1950) (1950); Moby Dick (1956) (1956); Compulsion (1959) (1959)✰; Waterloo (1970) (1970); Catch-22 (1970) (1970)

31. Fredric March

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...

32. Michael Caine

Actor | The Prestige

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

"Michael Caine is a movie star, but he's also a great actor. I can't say that about every movie star. It's the concentration he has." ~ Norman Jewison

Greats: Get Carter (1971) (1971)★; Sleuth (1972) (1972)★; The Man Who Would Be King (1975) (1975); Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (1986)★; Children of Men (2006) (2006); The Prestige (2006) (2006)

Give It a Shot: Zulu (1964) (1964); Gambit (1966) (1966)★; Alfie (1966) (1966)★; Mona Lisa (1986) (1986); Batman Begins (2005) (2005); The Dark Knight (2008) (2008); Inception (2010) (2010); The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (2012); Now You See Me (2013) (2013); Interstellar (2014) (2014); Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) (2014); Now You See Me 2 (2016) (2016)

Caution: The Italian Job (1969) (1969); Miss Congeniality (2000) (2000); Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) (2002)

Flops: Jaws: The Revenge (1987) (1987); Bewitched (2005) (2005)

Other Notable Film(s): The Ipcress File (1965) (1965); The Wrong Box (1966) (1966); Funeral in Berlin (1966) (1966); Hurry Sundown (1967) (1967); Billion Dollar Brain (1967) (1967); Woman Times Seven (1967) (1967); Deadfall (1968) (1968); The Magus (1968) (1968); Play Dirty (1969) (1969); Battle of Britain (1969) (1969); The Eagle Has Landed (1976) (1976); A Bridge Too Far (1977) (1977); The Swarm (1978) (1978); California Suite (1978) (1978); Dressed to Kill (1980) (1980); Deathtrap (1982) (1982); Educating Rita (1983) (1983)✰; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) (1988); The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) (1992); Little Voice (1998) (1998)✰; The Cider House Rules (1999) (1999)✰; Quills (2000) (2000); The Quiet American (2002) (2002)✰; Secondhand Lions (2003) (2003); The Weather Man (2005) (2005); Flawless (2007) (2007); Sleuth (2007) (2007); Is Anybody There? (2008) (2008); Harry Brown (2009) (2009); Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2013) (2013); Eliza Graves (2014) (2014); Youth (2015) (2015); The Last Witch Hunter (2015) (2015); Going in Style (2017) (2017); Dear Dictator (2017) (2017)

33. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...

34. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...

Extremely hard to rank this 50's heart throb. His tragic death left him with only three films and two oscar nominations. Can he be considered one of the best actors ever, I don't think so but his performances are easily memorable and we're lucky to squeeze three films out of this legend.

Greats: East of Eden (1955) (1955)★; Rebel Without a Cause (1955) (1955)★; Giant (1956) (1956)★

35. Alec Guinness

Actor | Star Wars

Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence...

36. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...

Outstanding performance in films such as Lust for Life, La Strada, Lawrence of Arabia, Zorba the Greek, The Guns of Navarone, Viva Zapata! and among others.

Greats: La Strada (1956)★; Lust for Life (1956) (1956)★; The Guns of Navarone (1961) (1961); Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (1962)★

Give It a Shot: Viva Zapata! (1952) (1952)★

Caution: Last Action Hero (1993) (1993)

Other Notable Film(s): Blood and Sand (1941) (1941); The Ox-Bow Incident (1942) (1943); Back to Bataan (1945) (1945); Wild Is the Wind (1957) (1957)✰; Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) (1959); The Savage Innocents (1960) (1960); Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) (1961); Barabbas (1961) (1962); Zorba the Greek (1964)✰; A High Wind in Jamaica (1965) (1965); The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969) (1969)✰; Across 110th Street (1972) (1972); The Message (1976) (1977); Lion of the Desert (1980) (1981); Revenge (1990) (1990)

37. Sidney Poitier

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (although born, two months prematurely, in Miami during a visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (nee Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to...

38. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

39. Steve McQueen

Actor | The Great Escape

He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...

40. Walter Matthau

Actor | The Odd Couple

Walter Matthau was best known for starring in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993), and Dennis the Menace (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars.

He was born Walter Jake Matthow in New York City, New York...

41. James Mason

Actor | Lolita

James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of...

42. George C. Scott

Actor | Patton

George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the...

43. Paul Muni

Actor | Scarface: The Shame of the Nation

Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and ...

44. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

Greats: Philadelphia (1993) (1993)★; Forrest Gump (1994) (1994)★; Toy Story (1995) [voice] (1995); Saving Private Ryan (1998) (1998)★; The Green Mile (1999) (1999)★; Toy Story 2 (1999) [voice] (1999); Catch Me If You Can (2002) (2002); Road to Perdition (2002) (2002); Toy Story 3 (2010) [voice] (2010); Captain Phillips (2013) (2013)★

Give It a Shot: Big (1988) (1988)★; A League of Their Own (1992) (1992)★; Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (1993)✰; Cast Away (2000) (2000)★; The Terminal (2004) (2004); Bridge of Spies (2015) (2015); Sully (2016) (2016); The Post (2017)✰

Caution: Turner & Hooch (1989) (1989); Apollo 13 (1995) (1995); Charlie Wilson's War (2007) (2007)✰; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): Splash (1984) (1984); Bachelor Party (1984) (1984); The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) (1985); Volunteers (1985) (1985); The Money Pit (1986) (1986); Nothing in Common (1986) (1986); Dragnet (1987) (1987); Punchline (1988) (1988); The 'Burbs (1989) (1989); Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) (1990); The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) (1990); That Thing You Do! (1996) (1996); You've Got Mail (1998) (1998); The Ladykillers (2004) (2004); The Polar Express (2004) [voice] (2004); The Da Vinci Code (2006) (2006); The Great Buck Howard (2008) (2008); Angels & Demons (2009) (2009); Larry Crowne (2011) (2011); Cloud Atlas (2012) (2012); Saving Mr. Banks (2013) (2013); Ithaca (2015) (2015); A Hologram for the King (2016) (2016); Inferno (2016) (2016); The Circle (2017) (2017)

45. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Greats: A Fistful of Dollars (1964); For a Few Dollars More (1965); The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966); Where Eagles Dare (1968) (1968); Dirty Harry (1971) (1971); High Plains Drifter (1973) (1973); The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) (1976); Unforgiven (1992) (1992)★; A Perfect World (1993) (1993); In the Line of Fire (1993) (1993); The Bridges of Madison County (1995) (1995); Million Dollar Baby (2004) (2004)★; Gran Torino (2008) (2008)

Give It a Shot: Hang 'Em High (1968) (1968); Play Misty for Me (1971) (1971); The Beguiled (1971) (1971); Magnum Force (1973) (1973); Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) (1974); The Enforcer (1976) (1976); The Gauntlet (1977) (1977); Escape from Alcatraz (1979) (1979); Tightrope (1984) (1984); Pale Rider (1985) (1985); White Hunter Black Heart (1990) (1990); Absolute Power (1997) (1997); True Crime (1999) (1999); Space Cowboys (2000) (2000); Blood Work (2002) (2002)

Caution: Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) (1970); Joe Kidd (1972) (1972); The Eiger Sanction (1975) (1975); The Rookie (1990) (1990)

Flops: Every Which Way but Loose (1978) (1978)

Other Notable Film(s): Rawhide (1959) [TV series] (1959-1965); Coogan's Bluff (1968) (1968); Paint Your Wagon (1969) (1969); Kelly's Heroes (1970) (1970); Bronco Billy (1980) (1980); Any Which Way You Can (1980) (1980); Firefox (1982) (1982); Honkytonk Man (1982) (1982); Sudden Impact (1983) (1983); City Heat (1984) (1984); Heartbreak Ridge (1986) (1986); The Dead Pool (1988) (1988); Pink Cadillac (1989) (1989); Trouble with the Curve (2012) (2012); The Mule (2019)

46. Rod Steiger

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at...

47. Warren Beatty

Actor | Bonnie and Clyde

Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...

48. Edward G. Robinson

Actor | Key Largo

Emanuel Goldenberg arrived in the United States from Romania at age ten, and his family moved into New York's Lower East Side. He took up acting while attending City College, abandoning plans to become a rabbi or lawyer. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts awarded him a scholarship, and he began ...

49. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

Greats: Glory (1989) (1989)★; Unforgiven (1992) (1992); The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (1994)★; Se7en (1995) (1995)★; Million Dollar Baby (2004) (2004)★; Gone Baby Gone (2007) (2007)

Give It a Shot: Driving Miss Daisy (1989) (1989)★; Amistad (1997); Batman Begins (2005) (2005); Lucky Number Slevin (2006) (2006); The Dark Knight (2008) (2008); The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (2012); Now You See Me (2013) (2013); The Lego Movie (2014) [voice] (2013); Now You See Me 2 (2016) (2016)

Caution: The Sum of All Fears (2002) (2002); Bruce Almighty (2003) (2003); Unleashed (2005); The Contract (2006) (2006); The Bucket List (2007) (2007); Wanted (2008) (2008); Ted 2 (2015) (2015)

Flops: Dreamcatcher (2003) (2003); The Big Bounce (2004) (2004); Evan Almighty (2007) (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Brubaker (1980) (1980); Eyewitness (1981) (1981); Harry & Son (1984) (1984); Teachers (1984) (1984); Street Smart (1987) (1987)✰; Clean and Sober (1988) (1988); Johnny Handsome (1989) (1989); Lean on Me (1989) (1989); The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) (1990); Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) (1991); The Power of One (1992) (1992); Outbreak (1995) (1995); Moll Flanders (1996) (1996); Chain Reaction (1996) (1996); Kiss the Girls (1997) (1997); Deep Impact (1998) (1998); Hard Rain (1998) (1998); Under Suspicion (2000) (2000); Nurse Betty (2000) (2000); Along Came a Spider (2001) (2001); High Crimes (2002) (2002); Levity (2003) (2003); An Unfinished Life (2005) (2005); Edison (2005) (2005); 10 Items or Less (2006) (2006); Feast of Love (2007) (2007); Thick as Thieves (2009) (2009); The Maiden Heist (2009) (2009); Invictus (2009) (2009)✰; RED (2010) (2010); Dolphin Tale (2011) (2011); Olympus Has Fallen (2013) (2013); Oblivion (2013) (2013); Last Vegas (2013) (2013); Transcendence (2014) (2014); Lucy (2014) (2014); Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) (2014); 5 Flights Up (2014) (2014); Last Knights (2015) (2014); Momentum (2015) (2015); Ben-Hur (2016) (2016); London Has Fallen (2016) (2016); Going in Style (2017) (2017); Just Getting Started (2017) (2017)

50. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

Legendary director Ingmar Bergman's main guy is probably Sweden's best actor.

Greats: The Seventh Seal (1957)★; Wild Strawberries (1957); Hour of the Wolf (1968); The Passion of Anna (1969); The Exorcist (1973) (1973)★; Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (1986); Game of Thrones (2011) [TV series; 3 episodes] (2016)

Give It a Shot: Awakenings (1990) (1990); Minority Report (2002) (2002); Shutter Island (2010) (2010)

Caution: Flash Gordon (1980) (1980); Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) (2011)★

Flops: Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) (1977); Rush Hour 3 (2007) (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Miss Julie (1951); The Magician (1958); The Virgin Spring (1960); Through a Glass Darkly (1961); Nattvardsgästerna (1963) (1963); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) (1965); Hawaii (1966) (1966)✰; The Quiller Memorandum (1966) (1966); Shame (1968); The Night Vistitor (1971); The Emigrants (1971); The New Land (1972); Three Days of the Condor (1975) (1975); Voyage of the Damned (1976) (1976); March or Die (1977) (1977); Death Watch (1980); Victory (1981) (1981); Conan the Barbarian (1982) (1982); The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983) (1983); Never Say Never Again (1983) (1983); Dreamscape (1984) (1984); Dune (1984) (1984); Pelle the Conqueror (1987)✰; Oxen (1991) (1991); A Kiss Before Dying (1991) (1991); The Best Intentions (1992); Needful Things (1993) (1993); Judge Dredd (1995) (1995); Hamsun (1996) (1996); What Dreams May Come (1998) (1998); Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) (1999); Intact (2001); Sleepless (2001); The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007); Solomon Kane (2009) (2009); Robin Hood (2010) (2010); Branded (2012) (2012); The Letters (2014) (2014); Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) (2015)

51. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

"Mifune had a kind of talent I had never encountered before in the Japanese film world. It was, above all, the speed with which he expressed himself that was astounding. The ordinary Japanese actor might need ten feet of film to get across an impression; Mifune needed only three. The speed of his movements was such that he said in a single action what took ordinary actors three separate movements to express. He put forth everything directly and boldly, and his sense of timing was the keenest I had ever seen in a Japanese actor. And yet with all his quickness, he also had surprisingly fine sensibilities." ~ Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa's main guy is possibly the best actor in the history of Japanese cinema.

Greats: Stray Dog (1949); Rashomon (1950)★; Seven Samurai (1954)★; The Hidden Fortress (1958); Yojimbo (1961)★; Sanjuro (1962); High and Low (1963)

Give It a Shot: Grand Prix (1966) (1966)

Flops: 1941 (1979) (1979)

Other Notable Film(s): Drunken Angel (1948); The Quiet Duel (1949); Scandal (1950); The Idiot (1951); The Life of Oharu (1952); Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954); Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955); Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956); The Lower Depths (1957); Throne of Blood (1957); Red Beard (1965)✰; Samurai Rebellion (1967); Hell in the Pacific (1968) (1968)

52. Joseph Cotten

Actor | The Third Man

Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster.

Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their...

53. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...

54. Charlton Heston

Actor | Ben-Hur

With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As ...

55. Donald Sutherland

Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others.

Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint ...

Easily one of the best actors to never receive an oscar nomination.

Greats: MASH (1970) (1970)★; Don't Look Now (1973) (1973); Ordinary People (1980) (1980)★; JFK (1991) (1991); Cold Mountain (2003) (2003)

Give It a Shot: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) (1978); The Italian Job (2003) (2003); Reign Over Me (2007) (2007); The Hunger Games (2012) (2012)

Caution: National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) (1978); Backdraft (1991) (1991); Space Cowboys (2000) (2000); Horrible Bosses (2011) (2011)

Flops: Fool's Gold (2008) (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): The Dirty Dozen (1967) (1967); Kelly's Heroes (1970) (1970); Start the Revolution Without Me (1970) (1970); Klute (1971) (1971); Johnny Got His Gun (1971) (1971); The Day of the Locust (1975) (1975); Fellini's Casanova (1976); 1900 (1976); The Eagle Has Landed (1976) (1976); The Great Train Robbery (1979); Murder by Decree (1979) (1979); Eye of the Needle (1981) (1981); Heaven Help Us (1985) (1985); Revolution (1985) (1985); A Dry White Season (1989) (1989); Lock Up (1989) (1989); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) (1992); Six Degrees of Separation (1993) (1993); The Puppet Masters (1994) (1994); Disclosure (1994) (1994); Outbreak (1995) (1995); A Time to Kill (1996) (1996); The Assignment (1997) (1997); Fallen (1998) (1998); Without Limits (1998) (1998)✰; Instinct (1999) (1999); Panic (2000) (2000); The Art of War (2000) (2000); Pride & Prejudice (2005) (2005); Ask the Dust (2006) (2006); The Mechanic (2011) (2011); The Eagle (2011) (2011); Sofia (2012) (2012); Dawn Rider (2012) (2012); The Best Offer (2013); Jappeloup (2013) (2013); The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) (2013); The Calling (2014) (2014); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) (2014); Forsaken (2015) (2015); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) (2015); Milton's Secret (2016) (2016); Measure of a Man (2018) (2017); Basmati Blues (2017) (2017); The Leisure Seeker (2017) (2017)

56. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

Greats: The Lion in Winter (1968) (1968); The Elephant Man (1980) (1980); The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (1991)★; Westworld (2016) [TV series] (2016)

Give It a Shot: Howards End (1992) (1992); Dracula (1992) (1992); Chaplin (1992) (1992); Amistad (1997) (1997)★; Red Dragon (2002) (2002); Fracture (2007) (2007); Thor: Ragnarok (2017) (2017)

Caution: Desperate Hours (1990) (1990); Hannibal (2001) (2001); Bobby (2006) (2006); Beowulf (2007) (2007); Thor (2011) (2011); Thor: The Dark World (2013) (2013)

Flops: Bad Company (2002) (2002); Alexander (2004) (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): Young Winston (1972) (1972); Juggernaut (1974) (1974); Audrey Rose (1977) (1977); A Bridge Too Far (1977) (1977); Magic (1978) (1978)✰; The Bounty (1984) (1984); 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) (1987); Freejack (1992) (1992); The Trial (1993) (1993); Shadowlands (1993) (1993); The Remains of the Day (1993) (1993)✰; Legends of the Fall (1994) (1994); The Road to Wellville (1994) (1994); Nixon (1995) (1995)✰; Surviving Picasso (1996) (1996); The Edge (1997) (1997); The Mask of Zorro (1998) (1998); Meet Joe Black (1998) (1998); Titus (1999) (1999); Instinct (1999) (1999); Hearts in Atlantis (2001) (2001); The Human Stain (2003) (2003); Shortcut to Happiness (2004); Proof (2005) (2005); The World's Fastest Indian (2005) (2005); Slipstream (2007) (2007); The City of Your Final Destination (2009) (2009); The Wolfman (2010) (2010); You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) (2010); The Rite (2011) (2011); Hitchcock (2012) (2012); RED 2 (2013) (2013); Noah (2014) (2014); Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) (2015); Solace (2015) (2015); Misconduct (2016) (2016); Collide (2016) (2016); Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) (2017)

57. Lionel Barrymore

Actor | Key Largo

Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon...

One of the most respected supporting actors in the history of cinema along with Walter Brennan and Claude Rains.

Greats: Captains Courageous (1937) (1937); You Can't Take It with You (1938) (1938); A Guy Named Joe (1943) (1943); Since You Went Away (1944) (1944); It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (1946)★

Give It a Shot: Dinner at Eight (1933) (1933); Test Pilot (1938) (1938)

Other Notable Film(s): Sadie Thompson (1928) (1928); A Free Soul (1931) (1931)✰; Grand Hotel (1932) (1932); Treasure Island (1934) (1934); David Copperfield (1935); Mark of the Vampire (1935) (1935); Camille (1936) (1936); The Devil-Doll (1936) (1936); On Borrowed Time (1939) (1939); The Valley of Decision (1945) (1945); Duel in the Sun (1946) (1946); Key Largo (1948) (1948)

58. Karl Malden

Actor | On the Waterfront

Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago as Mladen Sekulovich, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden did not speak English until he was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school in the nearby steel town of Gary, Indiana, Malden worked in the industry for three years until 1934, when...

59. Claude Rains

Actor | Casablanca

William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth...

60. Kevin Spacey

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in...

Greats: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (1992); The Usual Suspects (1995) (1995)★; Se7en (1995) (1995)★; L.A. Confidential (1997) (1997); American Beauty (1999) (1999)★

Give It a Shot: Working Girl (1988) (1988); The Negotiator (1998) (1998); A Bug's Life (1998) [voice] (1998); Margin Call (2011) (2011); Baby Driver (2017) (2017)

Caution: See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) (1989); The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) (2009); Horrible Bosses (2011) (2011); Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) (2014)

Other Notable Film(s): Heartburn (1986) (1986); Rocket Gibraltar (1988) (1988); Dad (1989) (1989); A Show of Force (1990) (1990); Henry & June (1990) (1990); Consenting Adults (1992) (1992); Iron Will (1994) (1994); The Ref (1994) (1994); Swimming with Sharks (1994) (1994); Outbreak (1995) (1995); A Time to Kill (1996) (1996); Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) (1997); Hurlyburly (1998) (1998); The Big Kahuna (1999) (1999); Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) (2000); Pay It Forward (2000) (2000); K-PAX (2001) (2001); The Shipping News (2001) (2001)✰; The United States of Leland (2003) (2003); The Life of David Gale (2003) (2003); Beyond the Sea (2004) (2004)✰; Edison (2005) (2005); Superman Returns (2006) (2006); Fred Claus (2007) (2007); 21 (2008) (2008); Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008) (2008); Recount (2008) [TV] (2008)✰; Shrink (2009) (2009); Moon (2009) [voice] (2009); Father of Invention (2010) (2010); Casino Jack (2010) (2010)✰; Xing ying bu li (2011) (2012*); House of Cards (2013) [TV series] (2013-2017)✰; Elvis & Nixon (2016) (2016); Nine Lives (2016) (2016); Rebel in the Rye (2017) (2017); Billionaire Boys Club (2018) (2017)

61. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...

"He was probably the greatest film actor who came from that period of time. He had something quite remarkable. His generosity as an actor, he fed himself into that work. As an actor, you cannot take your eyes off him." ~ Daniel Day-Lewis

Greats: Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (1957)★; Spartacus (1960) (1960)

Other Notable Film(s): If I Had a Million (1932) (1932); Island of Lost Souls (1932) (1932); The Old Dark House (1932) (1932); The Sign of the Cross (1932) (1932); The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) (1933)✰; The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) (1934); Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) (1935); Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) (1935)✰; Les Misérables (1935); Rembrandt (1936) (1936); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) (1939); Jamaica Inn (1939) (1939); It Started with Eve (1941) (1941); Tales of Manhattan (1942) (1942); This Land Is Mine (1943) (1943); The Canterville Ghost (1944) (1944); Captain Kidd (1945) (1945); The Paradine Case (1947) (1947); The Big Clock (1948) (1948); Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) (1952); Young Bess (1953) (1953); Hobson's Choice (1954) (1954); Advise & Consent (1962) (1962)

62. Yul Brynner

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" ...

63. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),...

64. Ben Kingsley

Actor | Sexy Beast

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...

Greats: Gandhi (1982) (1982)★; Bugsy (1991) (1991)★; Schindler's List (1993) (1993)★; Hugo (2011) (2011)★

Give It a Shot: Dave (1993) (1993); Sexy Beast (2000) (2000)★; House of Sand and Fog (2003) (2003)★; Lucky Number Slevin (2006) (2006); Shutter Island (2010) (2010)

Caution: You Kill Me (2007) (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Betrayal (1983) (1983); Maurice (1987) (1987); Without a Clue (1988) (1988); Sneakers (1992) (1992); Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) (1993); Death and the Maiden (1994) (1994); Death and the Maiden (1994) (1994); Species (1995) (1995); Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996) (1996); The Assignment (1997) (1997); Photographing Fairies (1997) (1997); The Confession (1999) (1999); What Planet Are You From? (2000) (2000); Rules of Engagement (2000) (2000); The Triumph of Love (2001) (2001); Tuck Everlasting (2002) (2002); Thunderbirds (2004) (2004); Suspect Zero (2004) (2004); A Sound of Thunder (2005) (2005); BloodRayne (2005) (2005); Oliver Twist (2005) (2005); The Last Legion (2007) (2007); The Wackness (2008) (2008); Elegy (2008) (2008); Transsiberian (2008) (2008); The Love Guru (2008) (2008); War, Inc. (2008) (2008); Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) (2008); Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) (2010); The Dictator (2012) (2012); Iron Man Three (2013) (2013); A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013) (2013); A Common Man (2013) (2013); Walking with the Enemy (2013) (2013); Ender's Game (2013) (2013); The Physician (2013) (2013); War Story (2014) (2014); Stonehearst Asylum (2014); The Boxtrolls (2014) [voice] (2014); Learning to Drive (2014) (2014); Robot Overlords (2014) (2014); Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) (2014); Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) (2014); Life (2015) (2015); Self/less (2015) (2015); The Walk (2015) (2015); An Ordinary Man (2017) (2016); Of Dogs and Men (2016) [voice] (2016); Collide (2016) (2016); The Jungle Book (2016) [voice] (2016); Security (2017) (2017); The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) (2017); War Machine (2017) (2017); Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) (2017)

65. Robert Redford

Actor | The Natural

Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...

66. Marcello Mastroianni

Actor |

Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...

67. Omar Sharif

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...

68. William Hurt

Actor | A History of Violence

William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his ...

Greats: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) (1985)★; Broadcast News (1987) (1987)★; A History of Violence (2005) (2005)★

Give It a Shot: Body Heat (1981) (1981); The Big Chill (1983) (1983); A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); Into the Wild (2007) (2007)

Caution: Changing Lanes (2002) (2002); The Good Shepherd (2006) (2006); Mr. Brooks (2007) (2007); The Incredible Hulk (2008) (2008)

Flops: Vantage Point (2008) (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): Altered States (1980) (1980)✰; Eyewitness (1981) (1981); Gorky Park (1983) (1983); Children of a Lesser God (1986) (1986)✰; The Accidental Tourist (1988) (1988); I Love You to Death (1990) (1990); Alice (1990) (1990); The Doctor (1991) (1991); Until the End of the World (1991); Smoke (1995) (1995); Jane Eyre (1996) (1996); A Couch in New York (1996); Michael (1996) (1996); Dark City (1998) (1998); Lost in Space (1998) (1998); One True Thing (1998) (1998); The Big Brass Ring (1999) (1999); The 4th Floor (1999) (1999); Tuck Everlasting (2002) (2002); The Village (2004) (2004); The King (2005) (2005); Neverwas (2005) (2005); Syriana (2005) (2005); Noise (2007) (2007); The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) (2008); Endgame (2009) (2009); Robin Hood (2010) (2010); The River Why (2010) (2010); Late Bloomers (2011) (2011); The Host (2013) (2013); The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013) (2013); Winter's Tale (2014) (2014); The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) (2014); Race (2016) (2016); Captain America: Civil War (2016) (2016); The King's Daughter (2020) (2017); The Miracle Season (2018) (2017)

69. Jason Robards

Actor | All the President's Men

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at ...

70. Ray Milland

Actor | The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.

Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred ...

71. Paul Scofield

Actor | A Man for All Seasons

Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school ...

"He aspires to the soul rather than the character. He has no sense of personal ambition. He's one of our great, great actors. We're lucky to have him." ~ Helen Mirren

Greats: The Train (1964) (1964)★; A Man for All Seasons (1966) (1966)★; Quiz Show (1994) (1994)★

Give It a Shot: The Crucible (1996) (1996)★

Other Notable Film(s): Carve Her Name with Pride (1958) (1958); King Lear (1971) (1971); Scorpio (1973) (1973); A Delicate Balance (1973) (1973); Henry V (1989) (1989); Hamlet (1990) (1990)

72. Ralph Fiennes

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus ...

Greats: Schindler's List (1993) (1993)★; Quiz Show (1994) (1994); The English Patient (1996) (1996)★; In Bruges (2008) (2008); The Hurt Locker (2008) (2009); Skyfall (2012) (2012); The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) (2014)★

Give It a Shot: Red Dragon (2002) (2002); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (2005); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (2007); The Reader (2008) (2008); The Lego Batman Movie (2017) [voice] (2017)

Caution: Strange Days (1995) (1995)

Flops: The Avengers (1998) (1998); Wrath of the Titans (2012) (2012)

Other Notable Film(s): Wuthering Heights (1992) (1992); The Baby of Mâcon (1993) (1993); Oscar and Lucinda (1997) (1997); The Prince of Egypt (1998) [voice] (1998); Sunshine (1999) (1999); The End of the Affair (1999) (1999); Onegin (1999) (1999); Spider (2002) (2002); Maid in Manhattan (2002) (2002); The Constant Gardener (2005) (2005); The White Countess (2005) (2005); The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) [voice] (2005); Chromophobia (2005) (2005); The Chumscrubber (2005) (2005); Bernard and Doris (2006) (2006); Land of the Blind (2006) (2006); The Duchess (2008) (2008)✰; Clash of the Titans (2010) (2010); Cemetery Junction (2010) (2010); Nanny McPhee Returns (2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) (2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) (2011); Coriolanus (2011) (2011); Great Expectations (2012) (2012); The Invisible Woman (2013) (2013); Two Women (2014); A Bigger Splash (2015) (2015); Spectre (2015) (2015); Hail, Caesar! (2016) (2016); Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) [voice] (2016); Holmes & Watson (2018) (2018)

73. Walter Pidgeon

Actor | Forbidden Planet

Walter Pidgeon, a handsome, tall and dark-haired man, began his career studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He then did theater, mainly stage musicals. He went to Hollywood in the early 1920s, where he made silent films, including Mannequin (1926) and Sumuru (1927). ...

74. Takashi Shimura

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded ...

Akira Kurosawa's second main actor is one of the best actors in Japanese cinema history.

Greats: Stray Dog (1949); Rashomon (1950)★; Ikiru (1952) (1952)★; Seven Samurai (1954)★; The Hidden Fortress (1958); Yojimbo (1961); Sanjuro (1962); High and Low (1963); Kagemusha (1980) (1980)

Other Notable Film(s): Osaka Elegy (1936); Sanshiro Sugata (1943); The Most Beautiful (1944); The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945); Drunken Angel (1948); The Quiet Duel (1949); Scandal (1950); The Idiot (1951); Godzilla (1954); Godzilla Raids Again (1955); I Live in Fear (1955); Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956) (1956); Throne of Blood (1957); The Bad Sleep Well (1960); Mothra (1961); Chushingura (1962); Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964); Kwaidan (1964)

75. Rex Harrison

Actor | My Fair Lady

Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the ...

76. Jon Voight

Actor | Midnight Cowboy

Jon Voight was born on December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Jonathan Vincent Voight. He is an actor, known for Midnight Cowboy (1969), Anaconda (1997) and Deliverance (1972). He was previously married to Marcheline Bertrand and Lauri Peters.

Greats: Midnight Cowboy (1969) (1969)★; Deliverance (1972) (1972)★; Heat (1995) (1995)

Give It a Shot: Coming Home (1978) (1978)★; Runaway Train (1985) (1985)★; Mission: Impossible (1996) (1996); Enemy of the State (1998) (1998); Ali (2001) (2001)★

Caution: Varsity Blues (1999) (1999); Holes (2003) (2003); National Treasure (2004) (2004); Glory Road (2006) (2006); Transformers (2007) (2007)☠

Flops: Anaconda (1997) (1997)☠; Zoolander (2001) (2001); Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (2001); Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) (2004)☠; National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) (2007)☠

Other Notable Film(s): Catch-22 (1970) (1970); The Odessa File (1974) (1974); Conrack (1974) (1974); The Champ (1979) (1979)✰; Most Wanted (1997) (1997); Rosewood (1997) (1997); The Rainmaker (1997) (1997)✰; U Turn (1997) (1997); The General (1998) (1998); Pearl Harbor (2001) (2001); The Manchurian Candidate (2004) (2004); September Dawn (2007) (2007); Bratz (2007) (2007); Pride and Glory (2008) (2008); Four Christmases (2008) (2008); An American Carol (2008) (2008); 24 (2008) [TV movie] (2008); 24 (2001) [11 episodes TV series] (2009); Getaway (2013) (2013); Dracula: The Dark Prince (2013) (2013); Deadly Lessons (2014) (2014); Ray Donovan (2013) [TV series] (2013-2015); Woodlawn (2015) (2015); Same Kind of Different as Me (2017) (2016); American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016) (2016); Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) (2016); Surviving the Wild (2018) (2017); Same Kind of Different as Me (2017) (2017)

77. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor | The Master

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ...

78. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

79. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...

80. Johnny Depp

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.

He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.

Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...

Greats: Platoon (1986) (1986); What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) (1993); Ed Wood (1994) (1994)✰; Sleepy Hollow (1999) (1999); Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) (2007)★

Give It a Shot: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (1984); Edward Scissorhands (1990) (1990)✰; Dead Man (1995) (1995); Donnie Brasco (1997) (1997); Blow (2001) (2001); Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) (2003)★; Finding Neverland (2004) (2004)★; Corpse Bride (2005) [voice] (2005); Public Enemies (2009) (2009); 21 Jump Street (2012) (2012); Black Mass (2015) (2015)★

Caution: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) (1998); The Ninth Gate (1999) (1999); Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) (2003); Secret Window (2004) (2004); Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) (2006)✰; Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) (2007); Alice in Wonderland (2010) (2010)✰; Rango (2011) [voice] (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): Private Resort (1985) (1985); Cry-Baby (1990) (1990); Arizona Dream (1993) (1993); Benny & Joon (1993) (1993)✰; Don Juan DeMarco (1994) (1994); Nick of Time (1995) (1995); The Brave (1997) (1997); The Astronaut's Wife (1999) (1999); The Man Who Cried (2000) (2000); Chocolat (2000) (2000); Before Night Falls (2000) (2000); From Hell (2001) (2001); ...And They Lived Happily Ever After (2004); The Libertine (2004) (2004); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) (2005)✰; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) (2009); The Tourist (2010) (2010)✰; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) (2011); The Rum Diary (2011) (2011); Dark Shadows (2012) (2012); The Lone Ranger (2013) (2013); Transcendence (2014) (2014); Into the Woods (2014) (2014); Mortdecai (2015) (2015); Yoga Hosers (2016) (2016); Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) (2016); Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) (2016); Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) (2017); City of Lies (2018) (2017); Murder on the Orient Express (2017) (2017); Sherlock Gnomes (2018) [voice] (2018)

81. Walter Huston

Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in ...

82. Lee Marvin

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an ...

83. Albert Finney

Actor | Murder on the Orient Express

The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal ...

84. Ed Harris

Actor | The Truman Show

By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned a reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time.

Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally. ...

Greats: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (1992)★; Pollock (2000) (2000)★; A Beautiful Mind (2001) (2001); A History of Violence (2005) (2005)★; Gone Baby Gone (2007) (2007); Gravity (2013) [voice] (2013); Westworld (2016) [TV series] (2016)

Give It a Shot: The Abyss (1989) (1989); Apollo 13 (1995) (1995)★; The Rock (1996) (1996); Absolute Power (1997) (1997); The Truman Show (1998) (1998)★; The Hours (2002) (2002)★

Caution: Creepshow (1982) (1982); Pain & Gain (2013) (2013)

Flops: Milk Money (1994) (1994); Radio (2003) (2003); National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) (2007); Mother! (2017) (2017)

Other Notable Film(s): Knightriders (1981) (1981); The Right Stuff (1983) (1983); Under Fire (1983) (1983); Places in the Heart (1984) (1984); Swing Shift (1984) (1984); Sweet Dreams (1985) (1985); Walker (1987) (1987); To Kill a Priest (1988) (1988); Jacknife (1989) (1989)✰; State of Grace (1990) (1990); Paris Trout (1991) (1991); The Firm (1993) (1993); Needful Things (1993) (1993); China Moon (1994) (1994); Just Cause (1995) (1995); Nixon (1995) (1995); Eye for an Eye (1996) (1996); Stepmom (1998) (1998); The Third Miracle (1999) (1999); Waking the Dead (2000) (2000); The Prime Gig (2000) (2000); Enemy at the Gates (2001) (2001); Buffalo Soldiers (2001) (2001); Masked and Anonymous (2003) (2003); The Human Stain (2003) (2003); Winter Passing (2005) (2005); Copying Beethoven (2006) (2006); Cleaner (2007) (2007); Appaloosa (2008) (2008); Once Fallen (2010) (2010); The Way Back (2010) (2010); Salvation Boulevard (2011) (2011); That's What I Am (2011) (2011); Man on a Ledge (2012) (2012); Game Change (2012) [TV] (2013); Sweetwater (2013) (2013); Phantom (2013) (2013); Snowpiercer (2013) (2013); The Face of Love (2013) (2013); Frontera (2014) (2014); Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) [voice] (2014); Cymbeline (2014) (2014); Run All Night (2015) (2015); The Adderall Diaries (2015) (2015); In Dubious Battle (2016) (2016); Rules Don't Apply (2016) (2016); Kodachrome (2017) (2017); A Crooked Somebody (2017) (2017); Geostorm (2017) (2017)

85. Jeff Bridges

Actor | The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...

Greats: The Last Picture Show (1971) (1971)★; Heaven's Gate (1980) (1980); Crazy Heart (2009) (2009)★

Give It a Shot: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) (1974)★; Stay Hungry (1976) (1976); Cutter's Way (1981) (1981); Starman (1984) (1984)★; The Fisher King (1991) (1991)★; Fearless (1993) (1993); The Big Lebowski (1998) (1998); Surf's Up (2007) [voice] (2007); Iron Man (2008) (2008); True Grit (2010) (2010)★; Hell or High Water (2016) (2016)★

Caution: The Morning After (1986) (1986); The Contender (2000) (2000)★; The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) (2009); Tron (2010) (2010)

Other Notable Film(s): Fat City (1972) (1972); Bad Company (1972) (1972); The Last American Hero (1973) (1973); The Iceman Cometh (1973) (1973); Rancho Deluxe (1975) (1975); Hearts of the West (1975) (1975); King Kong (1976) (1976); Winter Kills (1979) (1979); TRON (1982) (1982); The Last Unicorn (1982) [voice] (1982); Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) (1982); Against All Odds (1984) (1984); Jagged Edge (1985) (1985); 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) (1986); Nadine (1987) (1987); Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) (1988); See You in the Morning (1989) (1989); The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) (1989); Texasville (1990) (1990); American Heart (1992) (1992); The Vanishing (1993) (1993); Blown Away (1994) (1994); Wild Bill (1995) (1995); White Squall (1996) (1996); The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) (1996); Arlington Road (1999) (1999); The Muse (1999) (1999); Simpatico (1999) (1999); Scenes of the Crime (2001) (2001); K-PAX (2001) (2001); Masked and Anonymous (2003) (2003); Seabiscuit (2003) (2003); The Door in the Floor (2004) (2004); The Amateurs (2005); Tideland (2005) (2005); Stick It (2006) (2006); The Open Road (2009) (2009); A Dog Year (2009) (2009); R.I.P.D. (2013) (2013); The Giver (2014) (2014); Seventh Son (2014) (2015); Le Petit Prince (2015) [voice] (2015); The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) (2017); Only the Brave (2017) (2017); Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) (2017)

86. Frank Sinatra

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...

87. Tony Curtis

Actor | Some Like It Hot

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only ...

88. Rock Hudson

Actor | Giant

Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois, to Katherine (Wood), a telephone operator, and Roy Harold Scherer, an auto mechanic. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school ...

89. José Ferrer

Actor | Dune

José Ferrer was a Puerto Rican actor and film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for playing the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). Ferrer was the first Puerto Rican actor to win an Academy Award, and also the first Hispanic actor to win an Academy Award.

In 1912, Ferrer was...

90. Charles Boyer

Actor | Conquest

Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...

91. Alan Arkin

Actor | Argo

Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer.

He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to ...

Greats: Wait Until Dark (1967) (1967)★; Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (1992); Little Miss Sunshine (2006) (2006)★

Give It a Shot: Edward Scissorhands (1990) (1990); Argo (2012) (2012)✰

Caution: The Change-Up (2011) (2011)

Flops: America's Sweethearts (2001) (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966) (1966)✰; Inspector Clouseau (1968) (1968); The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) (1968)✰; Popi (1969) (1969)✰; Catch-22 (1970) (1970); Little Murders (1971) (1971); Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972) (1972); Freebie and the Bean (1974) (1974); Hearts of the West (1975) (1975); The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) (1976); The In-Laws (1979) (1979); Simon (1980) (1980); Full Moon High (1981) (1981); The Last Unicorn (1982) [voice] (1982); The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) (1983); Bad Medicine (1985) (1985); Big Trouble (1986) (1986); Coupe de Ville (1990) (1990); Havana (1990) (1990); The Rocketeer (1991) (1991); Indian Summer (1993) (1993); North (1994) (1994); The Jerky Boys (1995) (1995); Steal Big Steal Little (1995) (1995); Mother Night (1996) (1996); Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) (1997); Four Days in September (1997); Gattaca (1997) (1997); Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) (1998); Jakob the Liar (1999) (1999); Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) (2001); Noel (2004) (2004); Firewall (2006) (2006); The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) (2006); Rendition (2007) (2007); Sunshine Cleaning (2008) (2008); Get Smart (2008) (2008); Marley & Me (2008) (2008); City Island (2009) (2009); The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) (2009); Thin Ice (2011); The Muppets (2011) (2011); Stand Up Guys (2012) (2013); The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) (2013); In Security (2013) (2013); Grudge Match (2013) (2013); Million Dollar Arm (2014) (2014); Love the Coopers (2015) (2015); Going in Style (2017) (2017)

92. Lee J. Cobb

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the...

93. Michael Douglas

Actor | Wall Street

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...

94. Richard Harris

Actor | Unforgiven

Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. ...

95. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem belongs to a family of actors that have been working on films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were...

96. Melvyn Douglas

Actor | Being There

Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka ...

97. Harrison Ford

Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark

Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Minsk, ...

A great actor that's usually in blockbusters. Ford's career went sky rocket for his role as Han Solo in George Lucas' Star Wars in 1977. After that he was in the two sequels of Star Wars (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Ford was also in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark as Indiana Jones which also spawned three Indiana Jones sequels (Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). Ford's other well known performances are in movies such as Blade Runner, Witness, Working Girl, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath.

Greats: The Conversation (1974) (1974); Star Wars (1977) (1977); Apocalypse Now (1979) (1979); The Empire Strikes Back (1980); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (1981); Blade Runner (1982) (1982); Return of the Jedi (1983); Witness (1985) (1985)★; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (1989); The Fugitive (1993) (1993)★

Give It a Shot: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) (1984); Working Girl (1988) (1988); Patriot Games (1992) (1992); Blade Runner 2049 (2017) (2017)

Caution: Clear and Present Danger (1994) (1994); Air Force One (1997) (1997); What Lies Beneath (2000) (2000); Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) (2008); Morning Glory (2010) (2010); Cowboys & Aliens (2011) (2011); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) (2013)

Other Notable Film(s): American Graffiti (1973) (1973); Heroes (1977) (1977); Force 10 from Navarone (1978) (1978); Hanover Street (1979) (1979); The Frisco Kid (1979) (1979); The Mosquito Coast (1986) (1986)✰; Frantic (1988) (1988); Presumed Innocent (1990) (1990); Regarding Henry (1991) (1991); Sabrina (1995) (1995)✰; The Devil's Own (1997) (1997); Six Days Seven Nights (1998) (1998); Random Hearts (1999) (1999); K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) (2002); Hollywood Homicide (2003) (2003); Firewall (2006) (2006); Crossing Over (2009) (2009); Extraordinary Measures (2010) (2010); 42 (2013) (2013); Paranoia (2013) (2013); Ender's Game (2013) (2013); The Expendables 3 (2014) (2014); The Age of Adaline (2015) (2015); Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) (2015)

98. Sean Connery

Actor | The Untouchables

The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for being the original actor to portray the character of James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him ...

There are certain men and women who, from the minute they step in front of a camera, that's exactly where they belong. Connery's one. ~ F. Murray Abraham

Greats: Dr. No (1962) (1962); From Russia with Love (1963) (1963); Goldfinger (1964) (1964); Marnie (1964) (1964); The Man Who Would Be King (1975) (1975); The Untouchables (1987) (1987)★; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (1989)✰

Give It a Shot: The Rock (1996) (1996); Finding Forrester (2000) (2000)

Caution: Murder on the Orient Express (1974) (1974)

Flops: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) (2003)

Other Notable Film(s): Hell Drivers (1957) (1957); Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) (1959); The Longest Day (1962) (1962); Woman of Straw (1964) (1964); The Hill (1965) (1965); Thunderball (1965) (1965); A Fine Madness (1966) (1966); You Only Live Twice (1967) (1967); Shalako (1968) (1968); The Red Tent (1969); The Molly Maguires (1970) (1970); The Anderson Tapes (1971) (1971); Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (1971); The Offence (1973) (1972); Zardoz (1974) (1974); The Wind and the Lion (1975) (1975); Robin and Marian (1976) (1976); A Bridge Too Far (1977) (1977); The Great Train Robbery (1978); Meteor (1979) (1979); Cuba (1979) (1979); Outland (1981) (1981); Time Bandits (1981) (1981); Wrong Is Right (1982) (1982); Never Say Never Again (1983) (1983); Highlander (1986) (1986); The Name of the Rose (1986); The Presidio (1988) (1988); Family Business (1989) (1989); The Hunt for Red October (1990) (1990); The Russia House (1990) (1990); Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) (1992); Medicine Man (1992) (1992); The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) [voice] (1993); Rising Sun (1993) (1993); A Good Man in Africa (1994) (1994); Just Cause (1995) (1995); First Knight (1995) (1995); DragonHeart (1996) [voice] (1996); The Avengers (1998) (1998); Playing by Heart (1998) (1998); Entrapment (1999) (1999)

99. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Her

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family from New ...

Greats: Gladiator (2000) (2000)★; Hotel Rwanda (2004) (2004); Walk the Line (2005) (2005)★; The Master (2012) (2012)★; Her (2013) (2013)★

Give It a Shot: Parenthood (1989) (1989); The Yards (2000) (1999); Signs (2002) (2002); Inherent Vice (2014) (2014)✰; Joker (2019)★

Caution: We Own the Night (2007) (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): SpaceCamp (1986) (1986); Russkies (1987) (1987); To Die For (1995) (1995); Inventing the Abbotts (1997) (1997); U Turn (1997) (1997); Return to Paradise (1998) (1998); Clay Pigeons (1998) (1998); 8MM (1999) (1999); Quills (2000) (2000); Buffalo Soldiers (2001) (2001); It's All About Love (2003) (2003); Brother Bear (2003) [voice] (2003); The Village (2004) (2004); Ladder 49 (2004) (2004); Reservation Road (2007) (2007); Two Lovers (2008) (2008); The Immigrant (2013) (2012); Irrational Man (2015) (2015); You Were Never Really Here (2017)✰

100. Peter Lorre

Actor | Casablanca

Peter Lorre was born László Lowenstein on Rózsahegy, Hungary. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. As a youth, he ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for ...



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