My most cherished performances by an actor

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Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ In APARTMENT ZERO, Colin plays the most complex and unique character I've ever seen on the screen. Also, I think, it affects me so much because it reminds me of someone I loved very much. So totally misunderstood. Colin fills this odd man out with amazing humanity. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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Linus Roache
Linus Roache began his acting career with a two-week appearance as a young Barlow on Coronation Street at the age of 11. He also played a boy with the bubonic plague in The Onedin Line. He spent much of the next two decades on stage. In 1986 he had brief appearances in a few films, including Link. He was brought to attention in 1994 after appearing in the BBC TV series Seaforth.
“ His character in PRIEST has stayed with me ever since I saw it first. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ His performance in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN has become a landmark but let's not forget him in CANDY. He was a miracle actor. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ He is shattering in LAMB - a priest that takes a human turn with tragic consequences. Will never forget it. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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“ I've only seen him in LOVE SONGS but that was enough for this actor to get under my skin. Humanity again makes it for me and a personal pattern is starting to emerge. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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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 and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ I didn't know who he was when I saw THIS BOY'S LIFE. It blew my mind and stayed with me. Then of course WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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Richard Attenborough
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough...
“ In SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON he finds courage under a mass of insecurities and personal fears. It became a point of reference to me. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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William Holden
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 chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
“ He was a bit too old for his character in PICNIC and maybe that's why I found it so moving. He plays a failiure with great deal of hope still intact. Just talking about it brings tears to my eyes. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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Ryan Gosling
Actor, Drive
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson). He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman...
“ In HALF NELSON he reaches a pinacle of humanity. We understand his private hell because he explains it to us without words and without begging for sympathy. ” - lucymeyerrisi
 
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Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (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 Country Day School...
“ In MISSING he is a father like no other. Trying to find a son he never believed in. He doesn't find him physically but discovers the man his son was. Profoundly moving and truthful. ” - lucymeyerrisi