My Favorite Actors

by Jack_Coen | created - 28 Sep 2010 | updated - 27 Jun 2016 | Public

1. 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 ...

1- Mystic River 2- Dead Man Walking 3- I Am Sam 4- Milk 5- The Assassination of Richard Nixon 6- All the King's Men 7- Carlito's Way 8- 21 Grams 9- Sweet and Lowdown 10- Bad Boys

2. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of 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 head of the famous Ealing ...

1- There Will Be Blood 2- My Left Foot 3- Gangs of New York 4- In the Name of the Father 5- Lincoln 6- The Last of the Mohicans 7- The Age of Innocence 8- The Unbearable Lightness of Being 9- My Beautiful Laundrette 10- The Boxer

3. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Her

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born 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 in New York, while his ...

1- The Master 2- Walk the Line 3- Her 4- Gladiator 5- The Village 6- Two Lovers 7- Buffalo Soldiers 8- Signs 9- The Yards 10- Ladder 49

4. Min-sik Choi

Actor | Oldeuboi

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...

1- Oldboy 2- Failan 3- I Saw the Devil 4- Crying Fist 5- Lady Vengeance 6- Painted Fire 7- New World 8- The Quiet Family 9- Happy End 10- The Brotherhood of War

5. 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 ...

1- Forrest Gump 2- Cast Away 3- Philadelphia 4- Saving Private Ryan 5- The Green Mile 6- The Terminal 7- Captain Phillips 8- Sleepless in Seattle 9- Big 10- Toy Story

6. 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 English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...

1- Taxi Driver 2- Raging Bull 3- The Godfather: Part II 4- Once Upon a Time in America 5- Cape Fear 6- The Deer Hunter 7- Casino 8- Heat 9- Awakenings 10- Goodfellas

7. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an ...

1- Scent of a Woman 2- The Godfather: Part II 3- The Godfather 4- Scarface 5- The Devil's Advocate 6- The Godfather: Part III 7- Dog Day Afternoon 8- Donnie Brasco 9- Serpico 10- Any Given Sunday

8. 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...

1- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 2- The Shining 3- As Good as It Gets 4- About Schmidt 5- The Departed 6- Batman 7- Chinatown 8- A Few Good Men 9- Five Easy Pieces 10- Terms of Endearment 11- The Last Detail

9. 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 ...

1- The Godfather 2- A Streetcar Named Desire 3- Viva Zapata! 4- On the Waterfront 5- Julius Caesar 6- Sayonara 7- Ultimo tango a Parigi 8- A Dry White Season 9- Last Tango in Paris 10- Queimada

10. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making 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 ...

1- No Country for Old Men 2- The Sea Inside 3- Before Night Falls 4- Biutiful 5- Live Flesh 6- Vicky Cristina Barcelona 7- Goya's Ghosts 8- Jamon Jamon 9- The Dancer Upstairs 10- Perdita Durango

11. Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor | Nightcrawler

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from...

1- Nightcrawler 2- Donnie Darko 3- Prisoners 4- Brokeback Mountain 5- Demolition 6- Love & Other Drugs 7- End of Watch 8- Source Code 9- Zodiac 10- Brothers

12. 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 Charles Howard 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 ...

1- The Machinist 2- 3:10 to Yuma 3- Empire of the Sun 4- The Prestige 5- The Fighter 6- American Psycho 7- American Hustle 8- Rescue Dawn 9- Harsh Times 10- The Dark Knight Rises

13. 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 Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...

1- Cool Hand Luke 2- Hud 3- The Color of Money 4- The Hustler 5- The Verdict 6- Road to Perdition 7- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 8- Absence of Malice 9- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 10- Nobody's Fool

14. Edward Norton

Actor | American History X

American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...

1- American History X 2- Fight Club 3- 25th Hour 4- Primal Fear 5- The Illusionist 6- The Italian Job 7- Down in the Valley 8- The Score 9- Leaves of Grass 10- Stone

15. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

1- Inglourious Basterds 2- Django Unchained 3- The Zero Theorem 4- Carnage 5- Water for Elephants

16. Johnny Depp

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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 ...

1- Blow 2- Public Enemies 3- Sweeney Todd 4- What's Eating Gilbert Grape 5- Edward Scissorhands 6- Finding Neverland 7- Pirates of the Caribbean 8- Donnie Brasco 9- Ed Wood 10- Benny & Joon 11- Sleepy Hollow 12- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 13- Secret Window 14- Dead Man 15- Don Juan DeMarco

17. 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 ...

1- The Hurricane 2- American Gangster 3- Training Day 4- Flight 5- Malcolm X 6- Glory 7- Cry Freedom 8- Man on Fire 9- Deja Vu 10- John Q

18. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his "big" acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Drexl in ...

1- Leon: The Professional 2- Dracula 3- Air Force One 4- Sid and Nancy 5- Prick Up Your Ears 6- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 7- The Contender 8- Murder in the First 9- State of Grace 10- Romeo Is Bleeding

19. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

1- Shame 2- 12 Years a Slave 3- Hunger 4- Inglourious Basterds 5- Prometheus

20. James Stewart

Actor | Vertigo

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 ...

1- It's a Wonderful Life 2- Vertigo 3- The Philadelphia Story 4- Rear Window 5- Harvey 6- Rope 7- Anatomy of a Murder 8- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 9- The Man Who Knew Too Much 10- The Glenn Miller Story

21. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Rain Man

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, ...

1- Midnight Cowboy 2- The Graduate 3- Kramer vs. Kramer 4- Tootsie 5- Rain Man 6- Wag the Dog 7- Lenny 8- John and Mary 9- Straw Dogs 10- Last Chance Harvey

22. Brad Pitt

Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith

An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999). However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011), and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (...

1- Se7en 2- Twelve Monkeys 3- Fight Club 4- Meet Joe Black 5- Babel 6- Legends of the Fall 7- Interview with the Vampire 8- The Assassination of Jesse James 9- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 10- Inglourious Basterds 11- The Tree of Life

23. 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...

1- American Beauty 2- The Usual Suspects 3- Se7en 4- K-PAX 5- Beyond the Sea

24. 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 ...

1- Capote 2- Magnolia 3- The Master 4- Doubt 5- Charlie Wilson's War 6- Almost Famous 7- Boogie Nights 8- Happiness 9- Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 10- The Ides of March

25. Matthew McConaughey

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is ...

1- Dallas Buyers Club 2- Interstellar 3- True Detective 4- Mud 5- Magic Mike

26. 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,...

1- What's Eating Gilbert Grape 2- Shutter Island 3- Revolutionary Road 4- Django Unchained 5- The Wolf of Wall Street 6- Blood Diamond 7- The Departed 8- The Aviator 9- The Revenant 10- Titanic

27. 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),...

1- A Beautiful Mind 2- Gladiator 3- Cinderella Man 4- Master and Commander 5- The Insider

28. Byung-hun Lee

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

1- A Bittersweet Life 2- I Saw the Devil 3- J.S.A.: Joint Security Area 4- Addicted 5- The Harmonium in My Memory

29. Jim Carrey

Actor | The Truman Show

Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...

1- The Truman Show 2- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 3- Man on the Moon 4- The Majestic 5- Liar Liar 6- Dumb & Dumber 7- The Cable Guy 8- Me, Myself & Irene 9- Bruce Almighty 10- Ace Ventura

30. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor | Inception

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and ...

1- 50/50 2- 500 Days of Summer 3- Looper 4- The Walk 5- Hesher 6- Mysterious Skin 7- Brick 8- The Lookout 9- Inception 10- Premium Rush

31. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

1- Good Will Hunting 2- Bicentennial Man 3- Dead Poets Society 4- The Fisher King 5- Good Morning, Vietnam

32. Will Smith

Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden ...

1- The Pursuit of Happyness 2- Seven Pounds 3- I Am Legend 4- Concussion 5- Enemy of the State