Greatest Actors

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Jack Nicholson
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 early 2000s...
“ "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)★; The Last Detail (1973)★; Chinatown (1974)★; The Passenger (1975); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)★; The Shining (1980)★; Reds (1981)★; Terms of Endearment (1983)★; Prizzi's Honor (1985)★; Broadcast News (1987); As Good as It Gets (1997)★; About Schmidt (2002)★; The Departed (2006)★

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

Caution: Carnal Knowledge (1971)★; Tommy (1975); The Missouri Breaks (1976); A Few Good Men (1992)★; Mars Attacks! (1996); Anger Management (2003)

Other Notable Film(s): The Little Shop of Horrors (1960); The Terror (1963); The Raven (1963); The Shooting (1966); On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970); The King of Marvin Gardens (1972); The Fortune (1975); Goin' South (1978); The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981); The Border (1982); Heartburn (1986); The Witches of Eastwick (1987); The Two Jakes (1990); Hoffa (1992)✰; Man Trouble (1992); Wolf (1994); The Crossing Guard (1995); Blood and Wine (1996); The Evening Star (1996); How Do You Know (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Marlon Brando
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 1949...
“ "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)★; On the Waterfront (1954)★; The Godfather (1972)★; Last Tango in Paris (1974)★; Apocalypse Now (1979)

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): The Wild One (1953); Désirée (1954); Guys and Dolls (1955); The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)✰; The Young Lions (1958); The Fugitive Kind (1959); One-Eyed Jacks (1961); Mutiny on the Bounty (1962); The Ugly American (1963)✰; Bedtime Story (1964); Morituri (1965); The Chase (1966); The Appaloosa (1966); A Countess from Hong Kong (1967); Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967); Candy (1968); The Night of the Following Day (1968); Burn! (1969); The Nightcomers (1971); The Formula (1980); A Dry White Season (1989)✰; The Freshman (1990); Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992); Don Juan DeMarco (1994); The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996); The Brave (1997); Free Money (1998) ” - Paul Hamell
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
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 the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Greats: Mean Streets (1973); The Godfather: Part II (1974)★; Taxi Driver (1976)★; The Deer Hunter (1978)★; Raging Bull (1980)★; The King of Comedy (1983)★; Once Upon a Time in America (1984); The Mission (1986); The Untouchables (1987); Goodfellas (1990)★; A Bronx Tale (1993); Heat (1995); Casino (1995); Jackie Brown (1997); Silver Linings Playbook (2012)★; American Hustle (2013)

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Hi, Mom! (1970); Bang the Drum Slowly (1973); 1900 (1976); The Last Tycoon (1976); New York, New York (1977)✰; True Confessions (1981); Falling in Love (1984); Stanley & Iris (1989); We're No Angels (1989); Jacknife (1989); Mistress (1992); Night and the City (1992); Mad Dog and Glory (1993); This Boy's Life (1993); Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994); Marvin's Room (1996); Great Expectations (1998); Flawless (1999); The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000); Men of Honor (2000); 15 Minutes (2001); Godsend (2004); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004); Stardust (2007); What Just Happened (2008); Everybody's Fine (2009); Stone (2010); Limitless (2011); New Year's Eve (2011); Freelancers (2012); Red Lights (2012); Being Flynn (2012); The Big Wedding (2013); Killing Season (2013); Last Vegas (2013); Grudge Match (2013); The Carrier (2014); Heist (2015); The Intern (2015); Hands of Stone (2016); Dirty Grandpa (2016); The Comedian (2016) ” - Paul Hamell
Dustin Hoffman
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, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ Greats: The Graduate (1967)★; Midnight Cowboy (1969)★; Papillon (1973); Lenny (1974)★; Marathon Man (1976)★; All the President's Men (1976)✰; Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)★; Tootsie (1982)★; Rain Man (1988)★

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

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

Flops: Little Fockers (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): John and Mary (1969)✰; Little Big Man (1970)✰; Who Is Harry Kellerman (1971); Alfredo Alfredo (1972); Straight Time (1978); Agatha (1979); Death of a Salesman [TV] (1985)✰; Ishtar (1987); Family Business (1989); Billy Bathgate (1991); Hero (1992); Outbreak (1995); American Buffalo (1996); Mad City (1997); Joan of Arc (1999); Moonlight Mile (2002); Confidence (2003); Runaway Jury (2003); I Heart Huckabees (2004); Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006); Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007); Last Chance Harvey (2008)✰; Barney's Version (2010); Kung Fu Panda 2 [voice] (2011); Luck [TV series] (2011-2012); Chef (2014); Boychoir (2014); The Cobbler (2014); The Program (2015); Kung Fu Panda 3 [voice] (2016); The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Al Pacino
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 Italian-American family...
“ "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); The Godfather (1972)★; Scarecrow (1973)★; Serpico (1973)★; The Godfather: Part II (1974)★; Dog Day Afternoon (1975)★; Scarface (1983); The Godfather: Part III (1990); Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)★; Scent of a Woman (1992)★; Carlito's Way (1993); Heat (1995); The Insider (1999); Insomnia (2002)

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Bobby Deerfield (1977)✰; Cruising (1980); Author! Author! (1982)✰; Revolution (1985); Frankie and Johnny (1991); Two Bits (1995); People I Know (2002); The Merchant of Venice (2004); You Don't Know Jack [TV] (2010)✰; The Son of No One (2011); Jack and Jill (2011); Stand Up Guys (2012); Phil Spector [TV] (2013)✰; Salomé (2013); The Humbling (2014); Manglehorn (2014); Danny Collins (2015)✰; Misconduct (2016); Hangman (2017); Dabka (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
James Stewart
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 was a keen athlete (football and track), musician (singing and accordion playing), and sometime actor...
“ "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); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)★; The Philadelphia Story (1940)★; The Shop Around the Corner (1940); It's a Wonderful Life (1946)★; Rope (1948); Harvey (1950)★; Rear Window (1954)★; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956); Vertigo (1958)★; Anatomy of a Murder (1959)★; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)★

Give It a Shot: The Stratton Story (1949)

Caution: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

Other Notable Film(s): Vivacious Lady (1938); Made for Each Other (1939); Destry Rides Again (1939); The Mortal Storm (1940); Come Live with Me (1941); Pot o' Gold (1940); Ziegfeld Girl (1941); Call Northside 777 (1948); Winchester '73 (1950); Broken Arrow (1950); The Jackpot (1950); No Highway in the Sky (1951); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952); Bend of the River (1952); Carbine Williams (1952); The Naked Spur (1953); Thunder Bay (1953); The Glenn Miller Story (1954); The Far Country (1954); Strategic Air Command (1955); The Man from Laramie (1955); The Spirit of St. Louis (1957); Night Passage (1957); Bell Book and Candle (1958); The FBI Story (1959); Two Rode Together (1961); How the West Was Won (1962); Take Her, She's Mine (1963); Cheyenne Autumn (1964); Shenandoah (1965); The Flight of the Phoenix (1965); The Rare Breed (1966); Firecreek (1968); Bandolero! (1968); The Cheyenne Social Club (1970); The Shootist (1976); Airport '77 (1977) ” - Paul Hamell
Paul Newman
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 immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ Greats: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)★; The Hustler (1961)★; Cool Hand Luke (1967)★; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969); The Sting (1973); The Verdict (1982)★; Road to Perdition (2002)★

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

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

Greats: Fury (1936); Captains Courageous (1937)★; Boys Town (1938)★; Woman of the Year (1942); A Guy Named Joe (1943); Adam's Rib (1949); Father of the Bride (1950)★; Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)★; Inherit the Wind (1960)★; Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)★; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)★

Give It a Shot: San Francisco (1936)★; Test Pilot (1938); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941); It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

Caution: Tortilla Flat (1942)

Other Notable Film(s): Libeled Lady (1936); Mannequin (1937); Northwest Passage (1940); Edison, the Man (1940); Boom Town (1940); Men of Boys Town (1941); Keeper of the Flame (1942); The Seventh Cross (1944); Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944); Without Love (1945); The Sea of Grass (1947); Cass Timberlane (1947); State of the Union (1948); Edward, My Son (1949); Malaya (1949); Father's Little Dividend (1951); The People Against O'Hara (1951); Pat and Mike (1952); Plymouth Adventure (1952); The Actress (1953)✰; Broken Lance (1954); The Mountain (1956); Desk Set (1957); The Old Man and the Sea (1958)✰; The Last Hurrah (1958); The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) ” - Paul Hamell
Burt Lancaster
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 worked there until he was injured...
“ "Burt Lancaster was largely responsible for me becoming a director." ~ Sydney Pollack

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): The Killers (1946); Brute Force (1947); Sorry, Wrong Number (1948); Criss Cross (1949); The Flame and the Arrow (1950); The Crimson Pirate (1952); Come Back, Little Sheba (1952); Vera Cruz (1954); Apache (1954); Vera Cruz (1954); The Rose Tattoo (1955); The Rainmaker (1956)✰; Trapeze (1956); Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957); The Unforgiven (1960); The Leopard (1963); A Child Is Waiting (1963); Seven Days in May (1964); The Hallelujah Trail (1965); The Professionals (1966); The Swimmer (1968); Castle Keep (1969); Lawman (1971); Valdez Is Coming (1971); Ulzana's Raid (1972); Executive Action (1973); 1900 (1976); The Cassandra Crossing (1976); The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977); Go Tell the Spartans (1978); Zulu Dawn (1979); Local Hero (1983)✰; Tough Guys (1986); Rocket Gibraltar (1988) ” - Paul Hamell
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot...
“ 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)★; The Apartment (1960)★; The Fortune Cookie (1966); The Odd Couple (1968)✰; Missing (1982)★; JFK (1991); Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)★

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

Other Notable Film(s): It Should Happen to You (1954); Mister Roberts (1955)✰; Bell Book and Candle (1958); Days of Wine and Roses (1962)✰; Irma la Douce (1963); How to Murder Your Wife (1965); The Great Race (1965); The Out of Towners (1970); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975); Airport '77 (1977); Tribute (1980)✰; Buddy Buddy (1981); That's Life! (1986); Dad (1989); Short Cuts (1993); Grumpy Old Men (1993); Grumpier Old Men (1995); The Grass Harp (1995); My Fellow Americans (1996); Out to Sea (1997); The Odd Couple II (1998) ” - Paul Hamell
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 in Andover...
“ Greats: Angels with Dirty Faces (1938); Dark Victory (1939); The Maltese Falcon (1941)★; Casablanca (1943)★; The Big Sleep (1946); The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)★; In a Lonely Place (1950); The African Queen (1951)★; Sabrina (1954)

Give It a Shot: Sahara (1943)

Other Notable Film(s): The Petrified Forest (1936); Bullets or Ballots (1936); Black Legion (1937); Marked Woman (1937); Kid Galahad (1937); San Quentin (1937); Dead End (1937); The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938); The Oklahoma Kid (1939); The Roaring Twenties (1939); They Drive by Night (1940); Brother Orchid (1940); High Sierra (1941); All Through the Night (1941); Across the Pacific (1942); Action in the North Atlantic (1943); To Have and Have Not (1944); Passage to Marseille (1944); Conflict (1945); Dark Passage (1947); Dead Reckoning (1947); The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947); Key Largo (1948); Tokyo Joe (1949); Knock on Any Door (1949); The Enforcer (1951); Sirocco (1951); Beat the Devil (1953); The Caine Mutiny (1954)✰; The Barefoot Contessa (1954); The Desperate Hours (1955); The Left Hand of God (1955); We're No Angels (1955); The Harder They Fall (1956) ” - Paul Hamell
Cary Grant
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 in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood...
“ He's the best star actor there ever was in the movies." ~ Richard Schickel

Greats: The Awful Truth (1937)★; Bringing Up Baby (1938)★; Only Angels Have Wings (1939); His Girl Friday (1940); The Philadelphia Story (1940)★; Suspicion (1941); Arsenic and Old Lace (1944); Notorious (1946); To Catch a Thief (1955); An Affair to Remember (1957)★; North by Northwest (1959); Charade (1963)★

Give It a Shot: Penny Serenade (1941)★; The Bishop's Wife (1947); Monkey Business (1952)

Other Notable Film(s): Blonde Venus (1932); Sylvia Scarlett (1933); I'm No Angel (1933); She Done Him Wrong (1933); Walk Don't Run (1935); Topper (1937); Holiday (1938); Gunga Din (1939); My Favorite Wife (1940); The Talk of the Town (1942); Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942); Destination Tokyo (1943); Mr. Lucky (1943); None But the Lonely Heart (1944)✰; Night and Day (1946); The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947); Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948); I Was a Male War Bride (1949); People Will Talk (1951); Indiscreet (1958)✰; Houseboat (1958); Operation Petticoat (1959)✰; The Grass Is Greener (1960)✰; That Touch of Mink (1962)✰; Father Goose (1966) ” - Paul Hamell
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
"Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
“ Greats: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)★; Sergeant York (1941)★; Meet John Doe (1941)★; The Pride of the Yankees (1942)★; High Noon (1952)★

Other Notable Film(s): A Farewell to Arms (1932); Beau Geste (1939); The Westerner (1940); Ball of Fire (1941); For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)✰; Saratoga Trunk (1945); Unconquered (1947); The Fountainhead (1949); Vera Cruz (1954); The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955); Friendly Persuasion (1956); Love in the Afternoon (1957); Man of the West (1958); The Hanging Tree (1959) ” - Paul Hamell
Henry Fonda
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 troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
Laurence Olivier
Actor, Rebecca
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 Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ "the greatest actor in the English-speaking world." ~ Spencer Tracy

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Pride and Prejudice (1940); That Hamilton Woman (1941); Henry V (1944)✰; Carrie (1952); Richard III (1955)✰; The Prince and the Showgirl (1957); The Entertainer (1960)✰; Othello (1965)✰; Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965); Khartoum (1966); The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968); The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976); A Bridge Too Far (1977); A Little Romance (1979)✰; Dracula (1979); Clash of the Titans (1981); The Bounty (1984) ” - Paul Hamell
James Cagney
Actor, White Heat
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time (eclipsed, perhaps, only by "King" Clark Gable and arguably by Gary Cooper or Spencer Tracy), and the cinema's quintessential "tough guy", James Cagney was also an accomplished--if rather stiff--hoofer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City...
“ Greats: The Public Enemy (1931)★; Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)★; Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)★; White Heat (1949)

Other Notable Film(s): Footlight Parade (1933); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935); 'G' Men (1935); The Roaring Twenties (1939); The Oklahoma Kid (1939); Each Dawn I Die (1939); City for Conquest (1940); The Strawberry Blonde (1941); The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941); Blood on the Sun (1945); 13 Rue Madeleine (1947); Love Me or Leave Me (1955)✰; Mister Roberts (1955); Man of a Thousand Faces (1957); One, Two, Three (1961); Ragtime (1981) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Sunset Blvd. (1950)★; Stalag 17 (1953)★; Sabrina (1954); The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)★; The Wild Bunch (1969); Network (1976)★

Give It a Shot: Born Yesterday (1950); Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955); Picnic (1955); The Towering Inferno (1974)

Flops: Casino Royale (1967)

Other Notable Film(s): Golden Boy (1939); Our Town (1940); Rachel and the Stranger (1948); Union Station (1950); Escape from Fort Bravo (1953); The Moon Is Blue (1953); The Country Girl (1954); Executive Suite (1954); The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954); The Horse Soldiers (1959); The World of Suzie Wong (1960); The Counterfeit Traitor (1962); Paris - When It Sizzles (1964); Alvarez Kelly (1966); The Devil's Brigade (1968); Breezy (1973); Fedora (1978); Damien: Omen II (1978); When Time Ran Out... (1980); S.O.B. (1981) ” - Paul Hamell
Clark Gable
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 in Pennsylvania...
“ Greats: It Happened One Night (1934)★; Gone with the Wind (1939)★

Give It a Shot: San Francisco (1936); Test Pilot (1938); Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Other Notable Film(s): A Free Soul (1931); Red Dust (1932); Manhattan Melodrama (1934); Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)✰; Wife vs. Secretary (1936); Cain and Mabel (1936); Boom Town (1940); Strange Cargo (1940); Command Decision (1948); Mogambo (1953); Teacher's Pet (1958); It Started in Naples (1960); The Misfits (1961) ” - Paul Hamell
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. His parents...
Peter O'Toole
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 journalist...
“ Greats: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)★; Becket (1964)★; The Lion in Winter (1968)★; The Last Emperor (1987); Ratatouille [voice] (2007)

Give It a Shot: Troy (2004)

Caution: Phantoms (1998)

Flops: Casino Royale (1967)

Other Notable Film(s): What's New Pussycat (1965); Lord Jim (1965); How to Steal a Million (1966); The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966); The Night of the Generals (1967); Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)✰; Murphy's War (1971); The Ruling Class (1972)✰; Man of La Mancha (1972)✰; Zulu Dawn (1979); Caligola (1979); The Stunt Man (1980)✰; Masada [TV series] (1981)✰; My Favorite Year (1982)✰; Supergirl (1984); Creator (1985); Club Paradise (1986); High Spirits (1988); King Ralph (1991); FairyTale: A True Story (1997); Joan of Arc [TV series] (1999)✰; Bright Young Things (2003); Lassie (2005); Venus (2006)✰; Stardust (2007); Dean Spanley (2008) ” - Paul Hamell
Gregory Peck
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 child...
“ Greats: Spellbound (1945); Roman Holiday (1953); The Guns of Navarone (1961)★; To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)★; Cape Fear (1962)★

Give It a Shot: The Yearling (1946)★; Gentleman's Agreement (1947)★; Twelve O'Clock High (1949)★; The Omen (1976); The Boys from Brazil (1978)★; Cape Fear (1991)

Other Notable Film(s): The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)✰; The Valley of Decision (1945); Duel in the Sun (1946); The Paradine Case (1947); Yellow Sky (1948); The Gunfighter (1950); Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951); David and Bathsheba (1951); The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952); Moby Dick (1956); The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956); Designing Woman (1957); The Bravados (1958); The Big Country (1958); Pork Chop Hill (1959); On the Beach (1959); How the West Was Won (1962); Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)✰; Arabesque (1966); Mackenna's Gold (1969); MacArthur (1977)✰; The Sea Wolves (1980) ” - Paul Hamell
Robert Duvall
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 two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ Greats: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962); True Grit (1969); MASH (1970); The Godfather (1972)★; The Conversation (1974); The Godfather: Part II (1974); Network (1976)★; Apocalypse Now (1979)★; Tender Mercies (1983)★; Sling Blade (1996); Crazy Heart (2009)

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

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

Flops: Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Other Notable Film(s): The Chase (1966); The Rain People (1969); THX 1138 (1971); Tomorrow (1972); The Killer Elite (1975); The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976); The Eagle Has Landed (1976); The Great Santini (1979)✰; True Confessions (1981); Colors (1988); Lonesome Dove [TV Mini-Series] (1989)✰; Days of Thunder (1990); Rambling Rose (1991); Newsies (1992); Geronimo: An American Legend (1993); The Paper (1994); Something to Talk About (1995); The Scarlet Letter (1995); Phenomenon (1996); A Family Thing (1996); The Apostle (1997)✰; The Gingerbread Man (1998); Deep Impact (1998); Assassination Tango (2002); Gods and Generals (2003); Open Range (2003); Secondhand Lions (2003); Broken Trail [TV series] (2006)✰; Lucky You (2007); Four Christmases (2008); The Road (2009); Get Low (2010)✰; Seven Days in Utopia (2011); Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012*); A Night in Old Mexico (2013); The Judge (2014)✰; Wild Horses (2015); In Dubious Battle (2016) ” - Paul Hamell
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
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 several moves...
“ "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)★; The French Connection (1971)★; Scarecrow (1973)★; The Conversation (1974)★; Night Moves (1975); Reds (1981); Unforgiven (1992)★; The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)★

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Lilith (1964); Marooned (1969); Young Frankenstein (1974); French Connection II (1975)✰; A Bridge Too Far (1977); Superman II (1980); Under Fire (1983)✰; Twice in a Lifetime (1985)✰; No Way Out (1987); Bat*21 (1988); The Package (1989); Loose Cannons (1990); Postcards from the Edge (1990); Narrow Margin (1990); Class Action (1991); The Firm (1993); Geronimo: An American Legend (1993); Wyatt Earp (1994); The Quick and the Dead (1995); Extreme Measures (1996); The Chamber (1996); Twilight (1998); Under Suspicion (2000); Behind Enemy Lines (2001); Runaway Jury (2003) ” - Paul Hamell
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ Greats: Gandhi (1982); My Left Foot (1989)★; The Last of the Mohicans (1992); In the Name of the Father (1993)★; Gangs of New York (2002)★; There Will Be Blood (2007)★; Lincoln (2012)★

Give It a Shot: The Age of Innocence (1993); The Crucible (1996)

Other Notable Film(s): The Bounty (1984); My Beautiful Laundrette (1985); A Room with a View (1985); Nanou (1986); Stars and Bars (1988); The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988); Eversmile, New Jersey (1989); The Boxer (1997)✰; The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005); Nine (2009)✰; Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Robert Mitchum
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 train accident when he was two...
“ 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)★; The Night of the Hunter (1955)★; Cape Fear (1962)★; El Dorado (1966)

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Story of G.I. Joe (1945)✰; Undercurrent (1946); Pursued (1947); Crossfire (1947); The Big Steal (1949); Holiday Affair (1949); His Kind of Woman (1951); Angel Face (1952); Not as a Stranger (1955); Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957); The Enemy Below (1957); Thunder Road (1958); Home from the Hill (1960); The Grass Is Greener (1960); The Sundowners (1960); The Longest Day (1962); What a Way to Go! (1964); 5 Card Stud (1968); Secret Ceremony (1968); Anzio (1968); Ryan's Daughter (1970); The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973); The Yakuza (1974); Farewell, My Lovely (1975); The Last Tycoon (1976); Midway (1976) ” - Paul Hamell
Richard Burton
Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins...
“ Greats: Becket (1964)★; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)★; Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)★

Give It a Shot: Equus (1977)★

Flops: Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Other Notable Film(s): My Cousin Rachel (1952)✰; The Desert Rats (1953); The Robe (1953)✰; Alexander the Great (1956); Bitter Victory (1957); Look Back in Anger (1959)✰; The Longest Day (1962); The V.I.P.s (1963); Cleopatra (1963); The Night of the Iguana (1964); The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)✰; The Sandpiper (1965); The Taming of the Shrew (1967)✰; The Comedians (1967); Where Eagles Dare (1968); Candy (1968); Raid on Rommel (1971); The Assassination of Trotsky (1972); The Wild Geese (1978); The Medusa Touch (1978); 1984 (1984) ” - Paul Hamell
Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
“ Greats: Red River (1948)★; A Place in the Sun (1951)★; From Here to Eternity (1953)★; I Confess (1953); Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)★

Other Notable Film(s): The Search (1948)✰; The Heiress (1949); The Big Lift (1950); Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953); Raintree County (1957); The Young Lions (1958); Lonelyhearts (1958); Wild River (1960); The Misfits (1961); Freud (1962); The Defector (1966) ” - Paul Hamell
John Wayne
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, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ "John Wayne represents more force, more power than anyone else on the screen." ~ Howard Hawks

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

Other Notable Film(s): Flying Tigers (1942); In Old Oklahoma (1943); A Lady Takes a Chance (1943); Tall in the Saddle (1944); The Fighting Seabees (1944); Flame of Barbary Coast (1945); Back to Bataan (1945); Dakota (1945); They Were Expendable (1945); Without Reservations (1946); Tycoon (1947); Angel and the Badman (1947); Wake of the Red Witch (1948); Fort Apache (1948); 3 Godfathers (1948); The Fighting Kentuckian (1949); Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)✰; She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949); Rio Grande (1950); Operation Pacific (1951); Flying Leathernecks (1951); The Quiet Man (1952); Big Jim McLain (1952); Trouble Along the Way (1953); Island in the Sky (1953); Hondo (1953); The High and the Mighty (1954); The Sea Chase (1955); Blood Alley (1955); The Conqueror (1956); The Wings of Eagles (1957); Legend of the Lost (1957); Jet Pilot (1957); The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958); The Horse Soldiers (1959); The Alamo (1960); North to Alaska (1960); The Comancheros (1961); The Longest Day (1962); How the West Was Won (1962); Hatari! (1962); Donovan's Reef (1963); McLintock! (1963); They Were Expendable (1963); Circus World (1964); The Sons of Katie Elder (1965); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); In Harm's Way (1965); Cast a Giant Shadow (1966); The War Wagon (1967); The Green Berets (1968); Hellfighters (1968); The Undefeated (1969); Chisum (1970); Rio Lobo (1970); Big Jake (1971); The Cowboys (1972); The Train Robbers (1973); Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973); McQ (1974); Brannigan (1975); Rooster Cogburn (1975); The Shootist (1976) ” - Paul Hamell
Denzel Washington
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 Fordham University...
“ "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)★; Malcolm X (1992)★; Philadelphia (1993)★; Training Day (2001)★

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Carbon Copy (1981); Cry Freedom (1987)✰; For Queen & Country (1988); The Mighty Quinn (1989); Heart Condition (1990); Mo' Better Blues (1990); Mississippi Masala (1991); Ricochet (1991); Much Ado About Nothing (1993); The Pelican Brief (1993); Virtuosity (1995); Devil in a Blue Dress (1995); Courage Under Fire (1996); The Preacher's Wife (1996); Fallen (1998); He Got Game (1998); The Siege (1998); Antwone Fisher (2002); The Great Debaters (2007); The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009); Unstoppable (2010); 2 Guns (2013); The Equalizer (2014); The Magnificent Seven (2016) ” - Paul Hamell
Orson Welles
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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ "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)★; The Stranger (1946); The Lady from Shanghai (1947)★; The Third Man (1949); Touch of Evil (1958); A Man for All Seasons (1966)

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

Flops: Casino Royale (1967)

Other Notable Film(s): Jane Eyre (1943); Tomorrow Is Forever (1946); The Black Rose (1950); Moby Dick (1956); Compulsion (1959)✰; Waterloo (1970); Catch-22 (1970) ” - Paul Hamell
Fredric March
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 John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway...
Michael Caine
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 War...
“ "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)★; Sleuth (1972)★; The Man Who Would Be King (1975); Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)★; Children of Men (2006); The Prestige (2006)

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): The Ipcress File (1965); The Wrong Box (1966); Funeral in Berlin (1966); Hurry Sundown (1967); Billion Dollar Brain (1967); Woman Times Seven (1967); Deadfall (1968); The Magus (1968); Play Dirty (1969); Battle of Britain (1969); The Eagle Has Landed (1976); A Bridge Too Far (1977); The Swarm (1978); California Suite (1978); Dressed to Kill (1980); Deathtrap (1982); Educating Rita (1983)✰; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988); The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992); Little Voice (1998)✰; The Cider House Rules (1999)✰; Quills (2000); The Quiet American (2002)✰; Secondhand Lions (2003); The Weather Man (2005); Flawless (2007); Sleuth (2007); Is Anybody There? (2008); Harry Brown (2009); Now You See Me (2013); Mr. Morgan's Last Love (2013); Eliza Graves (2014); Youth (2015); The Last Witch Hunter (2015); Now You See Me 2 (2016); Going in Style (2017); Coup d'Etat (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)★; Titanic (1997)✰; Gangs of New York (2002); Catch Me If You Can (2002)✰; The Aviator (2004)★; The Departed (2006)★; The Revenant (2015)★

Give It a Shot: Blood Diamond (2006)★; Body of Lies (2008); Revolutionary Road (2008)★; Inception (2010); Shutter Island (2010); Django Unchained (2012)★; The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)★

Caution: Romeo + Juliet (1996); J. Edgar (2011)✰

Other Notable Film(s): Critters 3 (1991); Poison Ivy (1992); This Boy's Life (1993); The Quick and the Dead (1995); Total Eclipse (1995); The Basketball Diaries (1995); Marvin's Room (1996); The Man in the Iron Mask (1998); Celebrity (1998); The Beach (2000); Don's Plum (2001); The Great Gatsby (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
James Dean
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 New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ 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)★; Rebel Without a Cause (1955)★; Giant (1956)★ ” - Paul Hamell
Alec Guinness
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 of Arabia (1962)...
“ Greats: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)★; Lawrence of Arabia (1962)★; Doctor Zhivago (1965); Star Wars (1977)★; The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Give It a Shot: The Ladykillers (1955)

Caution: Murder by Death (1976)

Other Notable Film(s): Great Expectations (1946); Oliver Twist (1948); Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949); Last Holiday (1950); The Man in the White Suit (1951); The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)✰; The Card (1952); The Captain's Paradise (1953); The Prisoner (1955); The Swan (1956); The Horse's Mouth (1958); Our Man in Havana (1959); Tunes of Glory (1960); A Majority of One (1961); H.M.S. Defiant (1962); The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964); The Quiller Memorandum (1966); The Comedians (1967); Scrooge (1970); Cromwell (1970); Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973); Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980); A Passage to India (1984); Little Dorrit (1988)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Anthony Quinn
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 in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico...
“ 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)★; The Guns of Navarone (1961); Lawrence of Arabia (1962)★

Give It a Shot: Viva Zapata! (1952)★

Caution: Last Action Hero (1993)

Other Notable Film(s): Blood and Sand (1941); The Ox-Bow Incident (1943); Back to Bataan (1945); Wild Is the Wind (1957)✰; Last Train from Gun Hill (1959); The Savage Innocents (1960); Requiem for a Heavyweight (1961); Barabbas (1962); Zorba the Greek (1964)✰; A High Wind in Jamaica (1965); The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)✰; Across 110th Street (1972); The Message (1977); Lion of the Desert (1981); Revenge (1990) ” - Paul Hamell
Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
“ Greats: The Defiant Ones (1958)★; In the Heat of the Night (1967)★; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Caution: The Jackal (1997)

Other Notable Film(s): No Way Out (1950); Blackboard Jungle (1955); Edge of the City (1957); Porgy and Bess (1959)✰; A Raisin in the Sun (1961)✰; Paris Blues (1961); Pressure Point (1962); Lilies of the Field (1963)✰; The Long Ships (1964); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); The Bedford Incident (1965); The Slender Thread (1965); A Patch of Blue (1965)✰; Duel at Diablo (1966); To Sir, with Love (1967); For Love of Ivy (1968); They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970); Uptown Saturday Night (1974); The Wilby Conspiracy (1975); Let's Do It Again (1975); A Piece of the Action (1977); Shoot to Kill (1988); Little Nikita (1988); Sneakers (1992) ” - Paul Hamell
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
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 toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ Greats: The Kid (1921)★; The Gold Rush (1925)★; City Lights (1931)★; Modern Times (1936)★; The Great Dictator (1940)★

Other Notable Film(s): The Tramp (1915); The Immigrant (1917); Shoulder Arms (1918); A Dog's Life (1918); The Pilgrim (1923); The Circus (1928)✰; Monsieur Verdoux (1947); Limelight (1952); A King in New York (1957) ” - Paul Hamell
Steve McQueen
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 culture...
“ Greats: The Magnificent Seven (1960); The Great Escape (1963)★; Bullitt (1968); The Getaway (1972); Papillon (1973)★

Give It a Shot: The Towering Inferno (1974)

Other Notable Film(s): Wanted: Dead or Alive [TV series] (1958-1961); The Blob (1958); The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959); Never So Few (1959); The Honeymoon Machine (1961); Hell Is for Heroes (1962); The War Lover (1962); Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)✰; Soldier in the Rain (1963); The Cincinnati Kid (1965); Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965); The Sand Pebbles (1966)✰; Nevada Smith (1966); The Thomas Crown Affair (1968); The Reivers (1969)✰; Le Mans (1971); Junior Bonner (1972); The Hunter (1980); Tom Horn (1980) ” - Paul Hamell
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau was best known for starting in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Dennis the Meance (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars. He was born Walter John Matthow in New York City, New York on October 1...
“ Greats: A Face in the Crowd (1957); Charade (1963); The Fortune Cookie (1966)★; The Odd Couple (1968)★; The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974); JFK (1991)

Give It a Shot: Cactus Flower (1969); Hello, Dolly! (1969); The Front Page (1974)✰; The Bad News Bears (1976)

Other Notable Film(s): The Indian Fighter (1955); Bigger Than Life (1956); King Creole (1958); Strangers When We Meet (1960); Lonely Are the Brave (1962); Fail-Safe (1964); Mirage (1965); A Guide for the Married Man (1967); A New Leaf (1968); A New Leaf (1971); Plaza Suite (1971); Kotch (1971)✰; Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)✰; Charley Varrick (1973); Earthquake (1974); The Sunshine Boys (1975)✰; California Suite (1978); Hopscotch (1980)✰; First Monday in October (1981)✰; Buddy Buddy (1981); Pirates (1986); The Couch Trip (1988); Dennis the Menace (1993); Grumpy Old Men (1993); Grumpier Old Men (1995); Out to Sea (1997); The Odd Couple II (1998); Hanging Up (2000) ” - Paul Hamell
James Mason
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 Sir Tyrone Guthrie and of Alexander Korda...
“ Greats: North by Northwest (1959); Lolita (1962)★; Heaven Can Wait (1978); The Verdict (1982)★

Give It a Shot: Julius Caesar (1953); The Boys from Brazil (1978)

Other Notable Film(s): The Seventh Veil (1945); Odd Man Out (1947); Caught (1949); The Reckless Moment (1949); Madame Bovary (1949); East Side, West Side (1949); Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951); The Desert Fox (1951); 5 Fingers (1952); The Desert Rats (1953); Prince Valiant (1954); A Star Is Born (1954)✰; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954); Bigger Than Life (1956); Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959); The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964); The Pumpkin Eater (1964); Lord Jim (1965); The Blue Max (1966); Georgy Girl (1966)✰; The Deadly Affair (1966); The MacKintosh Man (1973); The Last of Sheila (1973); Voyage of the Damned (1976); Cross of Iron (1977); North Sea Hijack (1979); Murder by Decree (1979); Evil Under the Sun (1982); The Shooting Party (1985) ” - Paul Hamell
George C. Scott
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 United States Marines and spent four years with them...
“ Greats: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)★; The Hustler (1961)★; Dr. Strangelove (1964); Patton (1970)★

Give It a Shot: The Hospital (1971)★

Other Notable Film(s): The Hanging Tree (1959); The List of Adrian Messenger (1963); The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964); The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966); The Flim-Flam Man (1967); Petulia (1968); They Might Be Giants (1971); The Day of the Dolphin (1973); The Hindenburg (1975); Islands in the Stream (1977); Movie Movie (1978)✰; Hardcore (1979); The Changeling (1980); The Formula (1980); Taps (1981); Firestarter (1984); The Exorcist III (1990) ” - Paul Hamell
Paul Muni
Actor, Scarface
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 eyes...
“ Greats: Scarface (1932); I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)★; The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)★

Other Notable Film(s): The Valiant (1929)✰; Bordertown (1935); Black Fury (1935)✰; The Life of Emile Zola (1937)✰; The Good Earth (1937); Juarez (1939); A Song to Remember (1945); Angel on My Shoulder (1946); The Last Angry Man (1959)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Tom Hanks
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 called a "fractured" family...
“ Greats: Philadelphia (1993)★; Forrest Gump (1994)★; Toy Story [voice] (1995); Saving Private Ryan (1998)★; The Green Mile (1999)★; Toy Story 2 [voice] (1999); Catch Me If You Can (2002); Road to Perdition (2002); Toy Story 3 [voice] (2010); Captain Phillips (2013)★

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Splash (1984); Bachelor Party (1984); The Man with One Red Shoe (1985); Volunteers (1985); The Money Pit (1986); Nothing in Common (1986); Dragnet (1987); Punchline (1988); The 'Burbs (1989); Joe Versus the Volcano (1990); The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990); That Thing You Do! (1996); You've Got Mail (1998); The Ladykillers (2004); The Polar Express [voice] (2004); The Da Vinci Code (2006); The Great Buck Howard (2008); Angels & Demons (2009); Larry Crowne (2011); Cloud Atlas (2012); Saving Mr. Banks (2013); Ithaca (2015); A Hologram for the King (2016); Inferno (2016); The Circle (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Clint Eastwood
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 Eastwood took interest in music and mechanics...
“ Greats: A Fistful of Dollars (1964); For a Few Dollars More (1965); The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966); Dirty Harry (1971); High Plains Drifter (1973); The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976); Unforgiven (1992)★; A Perfect World (1993); In the Line of Fire (1993); The Bridges of Madison County (1995); Million Dollar Baby (2004)★; Gran Torino (2008)

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

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

Flops: Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

Other Notable Film(s): Rawhide [TV series] (1959-1965); Where Eagles Dare (1968); Coogan's Bluff (1968); Paint Your Wagon (1969); Kelly's Heroes (1970); Bronco Billy (1980); Any Which Way You Can (1980); Firefox (1982); Honkytonk Man (1982); Sudden Impact (1983); City Heat (1984); Heartbreak Ridge (1986); The Dead Pool (1988); Pink Cadillac (1989); Trouble with the Curve (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Rod Steiger
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 age 16 and joined the Navy...
“ Greats: On the Waterfront (1954)★; The Big Knife (1955); Doctor Zhivago (1965); In the Heat of the Night (1967)★

Give It a Shot: Oklahoma! (1955)

Caution: Mars Attacks! (1996); Shiloh (1996); The Hurricane (1999)

Flops: Carpool (1996)

Other Notable Film(s): The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955); Jubal (1956); The Harder They Fall (1956); Run of the Arrow (1957); Al Capone (1959); Seven Thieves (1960); The Longest Day (1962); Hand Over the City (1963); The Pawnbroker (1964)✰; The Loved One (1965); No Way to Treat a Lady (1968); The Illustrated Man (1969); Waterloo (1970); Duck, You Sucker (1971); Dirty Hands (1975); F.I.S.T (1978); The Amityville Horror (1979); Lion of the Desert (1981); The Chosen (1981); American Gothic (1988); The January Man (1989); The Specialist (1994); Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997); Incognito (1997); Crazy in Alabama (1999); End of Days (1999); Poolhall Junkies (2002) ” - Paul Hamell
Warren Beatty
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass, 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, and actor, and few have evidenced so high a level of integrity in a body of work...
“ Greats: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)★; Heaven Can Wait (1978)★; Reds (1981)★; Bugsy (1991)★

Give It a Shot: Dick Tracy (1990); Bulworth (1998)★

Caution: The Parallax View (1974)

Other Notable Film(s): Splendor in the Grass (1961)✰; The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961); All Fall Down (1962); Lilith (1964); Mickey One (1965); $ (1971); McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971); Shampoo (1975)✰; The Fortune (1975); Ishtar (1987); Love Affair (1994); Town & Country (2001); Rules Don't Apply (2016) ” - Paul Hamell
Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson arrived in the United States 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 work in stock...
Morgan Freeman
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)★; Unforgiven (1992); The Shawshank Redemption (1994)★; Se7en (1995)★; Million Dollar Baby (2004)★; Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Give It a Shot: Driving Miss Daisy (1989)★; Batman Begins (2005); Lucky Number Slevin (2006); The Dark Knight (2008); The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Caution: Bruce Almighty (2003); Unleashed (2005); The Contract (2006); The Bucket List (2007); Wanted (2008)

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

Other Notable Film(s): Brubaker (1980); Eyewitness (1981); Harry & Son (1984); Teachers (1984); Street Smart (1987)✰; Clean and Sober (1988); Johnny Handsome (1989); Lean on Me (1989); The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990); Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991); The Power of One (1992); Outbreak (1995); Moll Flanders (1996); Chain Reaction (1996); Kiss the Girls (1997); Deep Impact (1998); Hard Rain (1998); Under Suspicion (2000); Nurse Betty (2000); Along Came a Spider (2001); High Crimes (2002); The Sum of All Fears (2002); Levity (2003); An Unfinished Life (2005); Edison (2005); 10 Items or Less (2006); Feast of Love (2007); Thick as Thieves (2009); The Maiden Heist (2009); Invictus (2009)✰; RED (2010); Dolphin Tale (2011); Olympus Has Fallen (2013); Oblivion (2013); Now You See Me (2013); Last Vegas (2013); The LEGO Movie [voice] (2013); Transcendence (2014); Lucy (2014); Dolphin Tale 2 (2014); 5 Flights Up (2014); Last Knights (2014); Ted 2 (2015); Momentum (2015); Ben-Hur (2016); London Has Fallen (2016); Now You See Me 2 (2016); Going in Style (2017); Villa Capri (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Max von Sydow
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 ancestry...
“ 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)★; Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Game of Thrones [TV series; 3 episodes] (2016)

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Miss Julie (1951); The Magician (1958); The Virgin Spring (1960); Through a Glass Darkly (1961); Nattvardsgästerna (1963); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); Hawaii (1966)✰; The Quiller Memorandum (1966); Shame (1968); The Night Vistitor (1971); The Emigrants (1971); The New Land (1972); Three Days of the Condor (1975); Voyage of the Damned (1976); March or Die (1977); Death Watch (1980); Victory (1981); Conan the Barbarian (1982); The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983); Never Say Never Again (1983); Dreamscape (1984); Dune (1984); Pelle the Conqueror (1987)✰; Oxen (1991); A Kiss Before Dying (1991); The Best Intentions (1992); Needful Things (1993); Judge Dredd (1995); Hamsun (1996); What Dreams May Come (1998); Snow Falling on Cedars (1999); Intact (2001); Sleepless (2001); The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007); Solomon Kane (2009); Robin Hood (2010); Branded (2012); The Letters (2014); Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) ” - Paul Hamell
Toshirô Mifune
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 his father's studio for a time after graduating from Dalian Middle School...
“ "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: Rashomon (1950)★; Seven Samurai (1954)★; The Hidden Fortress (1958); Yojimbo (1961)★; Sanjuro (1962); High and Low (1963)

Give It a Shot: Grand Prix (1966)

Other Notable Film(s): Drunken Angel (1948); The Quiet Duel (1949); Stray Dog (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); 1941 (1979) ” - Paul Hamell
Joseph Cotten
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 aunt and uncle's home at Virginia Beach...
“ Easily one of the best actors to never receive an Oscar nomination.

Greats: Citizen Kane (1941)★; Shadow of a Doubt (1943)★; Gaslight (1944); Since You Went Away (1944); The Third Man (1949); Heaven's Gate (1980)

Give It a Shot: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Caution: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Other Notable Film(s): Love Letters (1945); Duel in the Sun (1946); The Farmer's Daughter (1947); Portrait of Jennie (1948); Under Capricorn (1949); Niagara (1953); The Last Sunset (1961); Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964); The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971); Soylent Green (1973); Airport '77 (1977); Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) ” - Paul Hamell
Peter Sellers
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
“ Greats: Lolita (1962)★; Dr. Strangelove (1964)★; Being There (1979)★

Give It a Shot: The Ladykillers (1955); A Shot in the Dark (1964)

Caution: Murder by Death (1976)

Flops: Casino Royale (1967)

Other Notable Film(s): The Smallest Show on Earth (1957); Tom Thumb (1958); The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959); The Mouse That Roared (1959); I'm All Right Jack (1959); The Pink Panther (1963)✰; The World of Henry Orient (1964); What's New Pussycat (1965); The Party (1968); I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968); The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)✰; The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)✰; Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) ” - Paul Hamell
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 a Hollywood star...
“ Greats: Touch of Evil (1958); Ben-Hur (1959)★; Planet of the Apes (1968)

Caution: The Omega Man (1971); True Lies (1994); Alaska (1996); Any Given Sunday (1999)

Flops: Cats & Dogs [voice] (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): The Greatest Show on Earth (1952); The Naked Jungle (1954); The Ten Commandments (1956)✰; The Big Country (1958); The Buccaneer (1958); El Cid (1961); 55 Days at Peking (1963); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); The War Lord (1965); The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965); Major Dundee (1965); Khartoum (1966); Will Penny (1968); Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970); The Three Musketeers (1973); Soylent Green (1973); Airport 1975 (1974); Earthquake (1974); Midway (1976); Two-Minute Warning (1976); Tombstone (1993); In the Mouth of Madness (1994); Hamlet (1996); The Order (2001) ” - Paul Hamell
Donald Sutherland
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 John...
“ Easily one of the best actors to never receive an oscar nomination.

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

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

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

Flops: Fool's Gold (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): The Dirty Dozen (1967); Kelly's Heroes (1970); Start the Revolution Without Me (1970); Klute (1971); Johnny Got His Gun (1971); The Day of the Locust (1975); Fellini's Casanova (1976); 1900 (1976); The Eagle Has Landed (1976); The Great Train Robbery (1979); Murder by Decree (1979); Eye of the Needle (1981); Heaven Help Us (1985); Revolution (1985); A Dry White Season (1989); Lock Up (1989); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992); Six Degrees of Separation (1993); The Puppet Masters (1994); Disclosure (1994); Outbreak (1995); A Time to Kill (1996); The Assignment (1997); Fallen (1998); Without Limits (1998)✰; Instinct (1999); Panic (2000); The Art of War (2000); Pride & Prejudice (2005); Ask the Dust (2006); The Mechanic (2011); The Eagle (2011); Sofia (2012); Dawn Rider (2012); The Best Offer (2013); Jappeloup (2013); The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013); The Calling (2014); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014); Forsaken (2015); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015); Milton's Secret (2016); Measure of a Man (2017); Basmati Blues (2017); The Leisure Seeker (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
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, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ Greats: The Lion in Winter (1968); The Elephant Man (1980); The Silence of the Lambs (1991)★; Westworld [TV series] (2016)

Give It a Shot: Howards End (1992); Dracula (1992); Chaplin (1992); Red Dragon (2002); Fracture (2007)

Caution: Desperate Hours (1990); Hannibal (2001); Bobby (2006); Beowulf (2007)

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

Other Notable Film(s): Young Winston (1972); Juggernaut (1974); Audrey Rose (1977); A Bridge Too Far (1977); Magic (1978)✰; The Bounty (1984); 84 Charing Cross Road (1987); Freejack (1992); The Trial (1993); Shadowlands (1993); The Remains of the Day (1993)✰; Legends of the Fall (1994); The Road to Wellville (1994); Nixon (1995)✰; Surviving Picasso (1996); The Edge (1997); Amistad (1997)✰; The Mask of Zorro (1998); Meet Joe Black (1998); Titus (1999); Instinct (1999); Hearts in Atlantis (2001); The Human Stain (2003); Shortcut to Happiness (2004); Proof (2005); The World's Fastest Indian (2005); Slipstream (2007); The City of Your Final Destination (2009); The Wolfman (2010); You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010); The Rite (2011); Thor (2011); Hitchcock (2012); RED 2 (2013); Thor: The Dark World (2013); Noah (2014); Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015); Solace (2015); Misconduct (2016); Collide (2016); Transformers: The Last Knight (2017); Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Lionel Barrymore
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); You Can't Take It with You (1938); A Guy Named Joe (1943); Since You Went Away (1944); It's a Wonderful Life (1946)★

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

Other Notable Film(s): Sadie Thompson (1928); A Free Soul (1931)✰; Grand Hotel (1932); Treasure Island (1934); David Copperfield (1935); Mark of the Vampire (1935); Camille (1936); The Devil-Doll (1936); On Borrowed Time (1939); The Valley of Decision (1945); Duel in the Sun (1946); Key Largo (1948) ” - Paul Hamell
Karl Malden
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 he was frustrated with the drudgery of manual labor...
“ Greats: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)★; I Confess (1953); On the Waterfront (1954)★; Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)★; Patton (1970)

Other Notable Film(s): Kiss of Death (1947); The Gunfighter (1950); Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950); Halls of Montezuma (1950); Ruby Gentry (1952); Take the High Ground! (1953); Baby Doll (1956)✰; Fear Strikes Out (1957); The Hanging Tree (1959); Pollyanna (1960); The Great Impostor (1961); One-Eyed Jacks (1961); All Fall Down (1962); Gypsy (1962)✰; How the West Was Won (1962); Dead Ringer (1964); Cheyenne Autumn (1964); The Cincinnati Kid (1965); Nevada Smith (1966); Murderers' Row (1966); Billion Dollar Brain (1967); Blue (1968); Hot Millions (1968); The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971); Wild Rovers (1971); The Streets of San Francisco [TV series] (1972-1976)✰; Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979); Meteor (1979); The Sting II (1983); Nuts (1987) ” - Paul Hamell
Claude Rains
Actor, Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Camberwell 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 business end as well...
“ One of the most respected supporting actors in the history of cinema along with Lionel Barrymore and Walter Brennan.

Greats: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)★; Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941); Casablanca (1943)★; Notorious (1946)★; Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Other Notable Film(s): The Invisible Man (1933); Anthony Adverse (1936); The Prince and the Pauper (1937); They Won't Forget (1937); The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938); Four Daughters (1938); They Made Me a Criminal (1939); Juarez (1939); The Sea Hawk (1940); The Wolf Man (1941); Kings Row (1942); Moontide (1942); Now, Voyager (1942); Phantom of the Opera (1943); Passage to Marseille (1944); Mr. Skeffington (1944)✰; Caesar and Cleopatra (1945); Angel on My Shoulder (1946); Deception (1946); The Unsuspected (1947); The Passionate Friends (1949); Where Danger Lives (1950); The Lost World (1960); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) ” - Paul Hamell
Kevin Spacey
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 the...
“ Greats: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992); The Usual Suspects (1995)★; Se7en (1995)★; L.A. Confidential (1997); American Beauty (1999)★

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Heartburn (1986); Rocket Gibraltar (1988); Dad (1989); A Show of Force (1990); Henry & June (1990); Consenting Adults (1992); Iron Will (1994); The Ref (1994); Swimming with Sharks (1994); Outbreak (1995); A Time to Kill (1996); Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997); Hurlyburly (1998); The Big Kahuna (1999); Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000); Pay It Forward (2000); K-PAX (2001); The Shipping News (2001)✰; The United States of Leland (2003); The Life of David Gale (2003); Beyond the Sea (2004)✰; Edison (2005); Superman Returns (2006); Fred Claus (2007); 21 (2008); Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008); Recount [TV] (2008)✰; Shrink (2009); Moon [voice] (2009); Father of Invention (2010); Casino Jack (2010)✰; Xing ying bu li (2012*); House of Cards [TV series] (2013-)✰; Elvis & Nixon (2016); Nine Lives (2016); Rebel in the Rye (2017); Billionaire Boys Club (2017); Baby Driver (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Charles Laughton
Actor, Spartacus
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton formed own film company...
“ "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)★; Spartacus (1960)

Other Notable Film(s): If I Had a Million (1932); Island of Lost Souls (1932); The Old Dark House (1932); The Sign of the Cross (1932); The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)✰; The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934); Ruggles of Red Gap (1935); Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)✰; Les Misérables (1935); Rembrandt (1936); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Jamaica Inn (1939); It Started with Eve (1941); Tales of Manhattan (1942); This Land Is Mine (1943); The Canterville Ghost (1944); Captain Kidd (1945); The Paradine Case (1947); The Big Clock (1948); Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952); Young Bess (1953); Hobson's Choice (1954); Advise & Consent (1962) ” - Paul Hamell
Yul Brynner
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" and "Empire and Odyssey" by his son...
“ Greats: The King and I (1956)★; The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Give It a Shot: Anastasia (1956)

Other Notable Film(s): The Ten Commandments (1956); The Brothers Karamazov (1958); The Buccaneer (1958); Solomon and Sheba (1959); Taras Bulba (1962); Morituri (1965); Cast a Giant Shadow (1966); Return of the Seven (1966); Triple Cross (1966); The Battle on the River Neretva (1969); Westworld (1973); Futureworld (1976) ” - Paul Hamell
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
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), English...
“ Greats: L.A. Confidential (1997); The Insider (1999)★; Gladiator (2000)★; A Beautiful Mind (2001)★

Give It a Shot: 3:10 to Yuma (2007); American Gangster (2007); Body of Lies (2008); The Nice Guys (2016)

Caution: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

Other Notable Film(s): The Crossing (1990); Proof (1991); The Efficiency Expert (1992); Romper Stomper (1992); For the Moment (1993); The Sum of Us (1994); The Quick and the Dead (1995); No Way Back (1995); Virtuosity (1995); Rough Magic (1995); Heaven's Burning (1997); Breaking Up (1997); Mystery, Alaska (1999); Proof of Life (2000); Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)✰; Cinderella Man (2005)✰; A Good Year (2006); State of Play (2009); Tenderness (2009); Robin Hood (2010); The Next Three Days (2010); Les Misérables (2012); Broken City (2013); Man of Steel (2013); Winter's Tale (2014); Noah (2014); The Water Diviner (2014); Fathers & Daughters (2016); The Mummy (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Ben Kingsley
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 the 1960s...
“ Greats: Gandhi (1982)★; Bugsy (1991)★; Schindler's List (1993)★; Hugo (2011)★

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

Caution: You Kill Me (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Betrayal (1983); Maurice (1987); Without a Clue (1988); Sneakers (1992); Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993); Death and the Maiden (1994); Death and the Maiden (1994); Species (1995); Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996); The Assignment (1997); Photographing Fairies (1997); The Confession (1999); What Planet Are You From? (2000); Rules of Engagement (2000); The Triumph of Love (2001); Tuck Everlasting (2002); Thunderbirds (2004); Suspect Zero (2004); A Sound of Thunder (2005); BloodRayne (2005); Oliver Twist (2005); The Last Legion (2007); The Wackness (2008); Elegy (2008); Transsiberian (2008); The Love Guru (2008); War, Inc. (2008); Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008); Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010); The Dictator (2012); Iron Man Three (2013); A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013); A Common Man (2013); Walking with the Enemy (2013); Ender's Game (2013); The Physician (2013); War Story (2014); Stonehearst Asylum (2014); The Boxtrolls [voice] (2014); Learning to Drive (2014); Robot Overlords (2014); Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014); Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014); Life (2015); Self/less (2015); The Walk (2015); An Ordinary Man (2016); Of Dogs and Men [voice] (2016); Collide (2016); The Jungle Book [voice] (2016); Security (2017); The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017); War Machine (2017); Backstabbing for Beginners (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
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, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Greats: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969); The Sting (1973)★; All the President's Men (1976)

Give It a Shot: The Great Gatsby (1974); The Natural (1984)

Caution: Out of Africa (1985)

Flops: Lions for Lambs (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Inside Daisy Clover (1965)✰; This Property Is Condemned (1966); The Chase (1966); Barefoot in the Park (1967); Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969); Downhill Racer (1969); Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970); The Hot Rock (1972); The Candidate (1972); Jeremiah Johnson (1972); The Way We Were (1973); Three Days of the Condor (1975); The Great Waldo Pepper (1975); A Bridge Too Far (1977); The Electric Horseman (1979); Brubaker (1980); Legal Eagles (1986); Havana (1990); Sneakers (1992); Indecent Proposal (1993); Up Close & Personal (1996); The Horse Whisperer (1998); The Last Castle (2001); Spy Game (2001); The Clearing (2004); An Unfinished Life (2005); Charlotte's Web [voice] (2006); The Company You Keep (2012); All Is Lost (2013) ✰; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014); A Walk in the Woods (2015); Truth (2015); Pete's Dragon (2016); Our Souls at Night (2017); The Discovery (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Marcello Mastroianni
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, then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club...
“ Greats: La Dolce Vita (1960); (1963)

Other Notable Film(s): Le Notti Bianche (1957); Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958); Bell' Antonio (1960); Divorce Italian Style (1961)✰; La Notte (1961); A Very Private Affair (1962); The Organizer (1963); Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963); Marriage Italian Style (1964)✰; The 10th Victim (1965); Casanova 70 (1965); The Stranger (1967); Sunflower (1970); What? (1972); The Big Feast (1973); A Special Day (1977)✰; City of Women (1980); The Night of Varennes (1982); Ginger and Fred (1986); The Beekeeper (1986); Dark Eyes (1987)✰; Everybody's Fine (1990); Used People (1992)✰; Prêt-à-Porter (1994); One Hundred and One Nights (1995); According to Pereira (1995); Beyond the Clouds (1995); Three Lives and Only One Death (1996); Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997) ” - Paul Hamell
Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia and the title role in Doctor Zhivago, 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 Syrian extraction...
“ Greats: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)★; Doctor Zhivago (1965)★; Funny Girl (1968)★

Caution: Top Secret! (1984)

Other Notable Film(s): The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964); Behold a Pale Horse (1964); The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964); The Night of the Generals (1967); Mackenna's Gold (1969); The Last Valley (1971); The Tamarind Seed (1974); Juggernaut (1974); Funny Lady (1975); Ashanti (1979); The 13th Warrior (1999); Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)✰; Hidalgo (2004) ” - Paul Hamell
William Hurt
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 supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
“ Greats: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)★; Broadcast News (1987)★; A History of Violence (2005)★

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

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

Flops: Vantage Point (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): Altered States (1980)✰; Eyewitness (1981); Gorky Park (1983); Children of a Lesser God (1986)✰; The Accidental Tourist (1988); I Love You to Death (1990); Alice (1990); The Doctor (1991); Until the End of the World (1991); Smoke (1995); Jane Eyre (1996); A Couch in New York (1996); Michael (1996); Dark City (1998); Lost in Space (1998); One True Thing (1998); The Big Brass Ring (1999); The 4th Floor (1999); Tuck Everlasting (2002); The Village (2004); The King (2005); Neverwas (2005); Syriana (2005); Noise (2007); The Yellow Handkerchief (2008); Endgame (2009); Robin Hood (2010); The River Why (2010); Late Bloomers (2011); The Host (2013); The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013); Winter's Tale (2014); The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014); Race (2016); Captain America: Civil War (2016); The King's Daughter (2017); Live Like Line (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Jason Robards
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 Hollywood High School...
Ray Milland
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 Jones...
“ Greats: The Lost Weekend (1945)★; Dial M for Murder (1954)★

Other Notable Film(s): Easy Living (1937); Beau Geste (1939); The Major and the Minor (1942); Reap the Wild Wind (1942); Ministry of Fear (1944); The Uninvited (1944); The Big Clock (1948); It Happens Every Spring (1949); The Thief (1952)✰; Premature Burial (1962); Panic in Year Zero! (1962); X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963); Love Story (1970); The Thing with Two Heads (1972); Frogs (1972); Gold (1974); Escape to Witch Mountain (1975); Aces High (1976); The Last Tycoon (1976) ” - Paul Hamell
Paul Scofield
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 age...
“ "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)★; A Man for All Seasons (1966)★; Quiz Show (1994)★

Give It a Shot: The Crucible (1996)★

Other Notable Film(s): Carve Her Name with Pride (1958); King Lear (1971); Scorpio (1973); A Delicate Balance (1973); Henry V (1989); Hamlet (1990) ” - Paul Hamell
Ralph Fiennes
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 Fiennes...
Walter Pidgeon
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 and Sumuru. When talkies arrived...
“ Greats: How Green Was My Valley (1941)★; Mrs. Miniver (1942)★; The Bad and the Beautiful (1952); Funny Girl (1968)

Other Notable Film(s): Dark Command (1940); Blossoms in the Dust (1941); Man Hunt (1941); Madame Curie (1943)✰; Mrs. Parkington (1944); Week-End at the Waldorf (1945); Command Decision (1948); Million Dollar Mermaid (1952); Dream Wife (1953); Executive Suite (1954); The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954); Forbidden Planet (1956); Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961); Advise & Consent (1962); Skyjacked (1972); Two-Minute Warning (1976) ” - Paul Hamell
Takashi Shimura
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 a theatre company...
“ Akira Kurosawa's second main actor is one of the best actors in Japanese cinema history.

Greats: Rashomon (1950)★; Ikiru (1952)★; Seven Samurai (1954)★; The Hidden Fortress (1958); Yojimbo (1961); Sanjuro (1962); High and Low (1963); Kagemusha (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); Stray Dog (1949); 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); Throne of Blood (1957); The Bad Sleep Well (1960); Mothra (1961); Chushingura (1962); Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964); Kwaidan (1964) ” - Paul Hamell
Rex Harrison
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 Liverpool Rep Theatre was nearly his last - dashing across the stage to say his one line...
“ Greats: Unfaithfully Yours (1948)★; My Fair Lady (1964)★

Other Notable Film(s): The Citadel (1938); Night Train to Munich (1940); Blithe Spirit (1945); Blithe Spirit (1945); Anna and the King of Siam (1946); The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947); Midnight Lace (1960); Cleopatra (1963)✰; The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964); The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)✰; Doctor Dolittle (1967)✰; The Honey Pot (1967) ” - Paul Hamell
“ Greats: Midnight Cowboy (1969)★; Deliverance (1972)★; Heat (1995)

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Catch-22 (1970); The Odessa File (1974); Conrack (1974); The Champ (1979)✰; Most Wanted (1997); Rosewood (1997); The Rainmaker (1997)✰; U Turn (1997); The General (1998); Pearl Harbor (2001); The Manchurian Candidate (2004); September Dawn (2007); Bratz (2007); Pride and Glory (2008); Four Christmases (2008); An American Carol (2008); 24 [TV movie] (2008); 24 [11 episodes TV series] (2009); Getaway (2013); Dracula: The Dark Prince (2013); Deadly Lessons (2014); Ray Donovan [TV series] (2013-2015); Woodlawn (2015); Same Kind of Different as Me (2016); American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016); Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016); Riley's Peak (2017); Same Kind of Different as Me (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
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 ancestry...
“ Greats: Scent of a Woman (1992); Boogie Nights (1997); The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999); Magnolia (1999); Cold Mountain (2003); Capote (2005)★; Doubt (2008)★; Moneyball (2011); The Master (2012)★

Give It a Shot: The Big Lebowski (1998); Almost Famous (2000); Red Dragon (2002); 25th Hour (2002); Punch-Drunk Love (2002); Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007); The Ides of March (2011)

Caution: Twister (1996); Along Came Polly (2005); Charlie Wilson's War (2007)★

Flops: Patch Adams (1998)

Other Notable Film(s): Leap of Faith (1992); Money for Nothing (1993); The Getaway (1994); When a Man Loves a Woman (1994); Nobody's Fool (1994); Hard Eight (1996); Next Stop Wonderland (1998); Happiness (1998); Flawless (1999); State and Main (2000); Love Liza (2002); Owning Mahowny (2003); Mission: Impossible III (2006); The Savages (2007)✰; Synecdoche, New York (2008); Mary and Max [voice] (2009); Pirate Radio (2009); The Invention of Lying (2009); Jack Goes Boating (2010); A Late Quartet (2012); The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013); God's Pocket (2014); A Most Wanted Man (2014); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) ” - Paul Hamell
Sean Penn
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 second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Greats: Carlito's Way (1993)★; The Thin Red Line (1998); Mystic River (2003)★; 21 Grams (2003)★; Milk (2008)★

Give It a Shot: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); Dead Man Walking (1995)★; The Game (1997); Sweet and Lowdown (1999)★; The Tree of Life (2011)

Caution: I Am Sam (2001)✰; The Interpreter (2005)

Other Notable Film(s): Taps (1981); Bad Boys (1983); Racing with the Moon (1984); The Falcon and the Snowman (1985); Shanghai Surprise (1986); At Close Range (1986); Colors (1988); Casualties of War (1989); We're No Angels (1989); State of Grace (1990); Hugo Pool (1997); U Turn (1997); She's So Lovely (1997)✰; Hurlyburly (1998); Before Night Falls (2000); The Weight of Water (2000); Up at the Villa (2000); It's All About Love (2003); The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004); All the King's Men (2006); Persepolis [voice] (2007); What Just Happened (2008); Fair Game (2010); This Must Be the Place (2011); Gangster Squad (2012); The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013); The Gunman (2015); Angry Birds [voice] (2016); The Professor and the Madman (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Christian Bale
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 countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ Greats: The Prestige (2006); The Fighter (2010)★; American Hustle (2013)★; The Big Short (2015)★

Give It a Shot: American Psycho (2000)★; The Machinist (2004)★; Batman Begins (2005); The New World (2005); Rescue Dawn (2006); 3:10 to Yuma (2007); The Dark Knight (2008); Public Enemies (2009); The Dark Knight Rises (2012); Out of the Furnace (2013)

Caution: Equilibrium (2002); I'm Not There. (2007); Terminator Salvation (2009)

Other Notable Film(s): Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987); Empire of the Sun (1987); Henry V (1989); Newsies (1992); Swing Kids (1993); Royal Deceit (1994); Little Women (1994); Pocahontas [voice] (1995); The Portrait of a Lady (1996); The Secret Agent (1996); Metroland (1997); Velvet Goldmine (1998); All the Little Animals (1998); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999); Shaft (2000); Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001); Laurel Canyon (2002); Reign of Fire (2002); Howl's Moving Castle [voice] (2004); Harsh Times (2005); The Flowers of War (2011); Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014); Knight of Cups (2015); Song to Song (2016); The Promise (2016); Jungle Book [voice] (2017); Hostiles (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Johnny Depp
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 out of school when he was 15...
“ Greats: Platoon (1986); What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993); Ed Wood (1994)✰; Sleepy Hollow (1999); Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)★

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Private Resort (1985); Cry-Baby (1990); Arizona Dream (1993); Benny & Joon (1993)✰; Don Juan DeMarco (1994); Nick of Time (1995); The Brave (1997); The Astronaut's Wife (1999); The Man Who Cried (2000); Chocolat (2000); Before Night Falls (2000); From Hell (2001); ...And They Lived Happily Ever After (2004); The Libertine (2004); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)✰; Corpse Bride [voice] (2005); Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007); The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009); The Tourist (2010)✰; Rango [voice] (2011); Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011); The Rum Diary (2011); Dark Shadows (2012); The Lone Ranger (2013); Transcendence (2014); Into the Woods (2014); Mortdecai (2015); Yoga Hosers (2016); Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016); Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016); Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017); LAbyrinth (2017); Murder on the Orient Express (2017); Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes [voice] (2018) ” - Paul Hamell
Walter Huston
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 the industry. He won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
“ Greats: Dodsworth (1936)★; Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)★; And Then There Were None (1945); The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)★

Other Notable Film(s): Abraham Lincoln (1930); American Madness (1932); Rain (1932); The Shanghai Gesture (1941); Swamp Water (1941); The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)✰; The North Star (1943); Edge of Darkness (1943); The Outlaw (1943); Dragon Seed (1944); Dragonwyck (1946); Duel in the Sun (1946); The Furies (1950) ” - Paul Hamell
Frank Sinatra
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. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A...
“ Greats: From Here to Eternity (1953)★; The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)★; The Manchurian Candidate (1962)★

Give It a Shot: On the Town (1949); The Detective (1968)

Other Notable Film(s): Anchors Aweigh (1945); Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949); Suddenly (1954); Young at Heart (1954); The Tender Trap (1955); Not as a Stranger (1955); Guys and Dolls (1955); High Society (1956); Around the World in 80 Days (1956); The Pride and the Passion (1957); Pal Joey (1957)✰; The Joker Is Wild (1957); Kings Go Forth (1958); Some Came Running (1958); Never So Few (1959); A Hole in the Head (1959); Ocean's Eleven (1960); Can-Can (1960); The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961); The List of Adrian Messenger (1963); 4 for Texas (1963); Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964); Von Ryan's Express (1965); Cast a Giant Shadow (1966); Tony Rome (1967); Lady in Cement (1968); The First Deadly Sin (1980) ” - Paul Hamell
Lee Marvin
Actor, M Squad
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 advertising executive...
“ Greats: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962); Point Blank (1967)

Other Notable Film(s): The Big Heat (1953); The Wild One (1953); The Caine Mutiny (1954); Not as a Stranger (1955); 7 Men from Now (1956); Attack (1956); Raintree County (1957); The Comancheros (1961); Donovan's Reef (1963); The Killers (1964); Cat Ballou (1965)✰; Ship of Fools (1965); The Professionals (1966); The Dirty Dozen (1967); Hell in the Pacific (1968); Paint Your Wagon (1969)✰; Prime Cut (1972); Emperor of the North (1973); The Iceman Cometh (1973); Shout at the Devil (1976); The Big Red One (1980); Death Hunt (1981); Gorky Park (1983); The Delta Force (1986) ” - Paul Hamell
Albert Finney
Actor, Big Fish
Albert Finney came from the theatre, where he was especially successful in plays of William Shakespeare, to the movies. There he became a leading figure of the young Free Cinema. His debut in cinema was in 1960 with The Entertainer of Tony Richardson who had directed him also in theatre plays various times before. His typical roles when he was young were projects like Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
“ Greats: Miller's Crossing (1990); Traffic (2000); Skyfall (2012)

Give It a Shot: Big Fish (2003)★; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007); The Bourne Ultimatum (2008)

Caution: Tom Jones (1963)★; Murder on the Orient Express (1974)★; The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Other Notable Film(s): Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)✰; The Entertainer (1960); Two for the Road (1967); Scrooge (1970)✰; Gumshoe (1971); The Duellists (1977); Wolfen (1981); Looker (1981); Annie (1982); Shoot the Moon (1982)✰; The Dresser (1983)✰; Under the Volcano (1984)✰; The Browning Version (1994); Washington Square (1997); Simpatico (1999); Breakfast of Champions (1999); Erin Brockovich (2000)✰; Delivering Milo (2001); Corpse Bride (2005); Amazing Grace (2006); A Good Year (2006) ” - Paul Hamell
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the 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)★; Pollock (2000)★; A Beautiful Mind (2001); A History of Violence (2005)★; Gone Baby Gone (2007); Gravity [voice] (2013); Westworld [TV series] (2016)

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): Knightriders (1981); The Right Stuff (1983); Under Fire (1983); Places in the Heart (1984); Swing Shift (1984); Sweet Dreams (1985); Walker (1987); To Kill a Priest (1988); Jacknife (1989)✰; State of Grace (1990); Paris Trout (1991); The Firm (1993); Needful Things (1993); China Moon (1994); Just Cause (1995); Nixon (1995); Eye for an Eye (1996); Stepmom (1998); The Third Miracle (1999); Waking the Dead (2000); The Prime Gig (2000); Enemy at the Gates (2001); Buffalo Soldiers (2001); Masked and Anonymous (2003); The Human Stain (2003); Winter Passing (2005); Copying Beethoven (2006); Cleaner (2007); Appaloosa (2008); Once Fallen (2010); The Way Back (2010); Salvation Boulevard (2011); That's What I Am (2011); Man on a Ledge (2012); Game Change [TV] (2013); Sweetwater (2013); Phantom (2013); Snowpiercer (2013); The Face of Love (2013); Frontera (2014); Planes: Fire & Rescue [voice] (2014); Cymbeline (2014); Run All Night (2015); The Adderall Diaries (2015); In Dubious Battle (2016); Rules Don't Apply (2016); Kodachrome (2017); A Crooked Somebody (2017); Geostorm (2017); Mother! (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Tony Curtis
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 person who ever had his back was himself...
“ Greats: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)★; The Defiant Ones (1958)★; Some Like It Hot (1959); Spartacus (1960)

Other Notable Film(s): Winchester '73 (1950); Houdini (1953); Trapeze (1956); The Vikings (1958); Kings Go Forth (1958); Operation Petticoat (1959); Taras Bulba (1962); The List of Adrian Messenger (1963); Captain Newman, M.D. (1963); Goodbye Charlie (1964); Sex and the Single Girl (1964); Boeing, Boeing (1965); The Great Race (1965); The Boston Strangler (1968)✰; The Last Tycoon (1976); Sextette (1978); The Manitou (1978); The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978); The Mirror Crack'd (1980); Insignificance (1985); Naked in New York (1993); The Immortals (1995) ” - Paul Hamell
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 plays because he couldn't remember lines...
“ Greats: Giant (1956)★

Give It a Shot: Pillow Talk (1959)

Other Notable Film(s): Winchester '73 (1950); Bend of the River (1952); Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952); Magnificent Obsession (1954); All That Heaven Allows (1955); Written on the Wind (1956); A Farewell to Arms (1957); The Tarnished Angels (1957); Seconds (1966); Lover Come Back (1961); Come September (1961); The Last Sunset (1961); Send Me No Flowers (1964); Man's Favorite Sport? (1964); Tobruk (1967); Ice Station Zebra (1968); The Undefeated (1969); Darling Lili (1970); McMillan & Wife [TV series] (1971-1977); The Mirror Crack'd (1980) ” - Paul Hamell
“ Greats: Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)★; Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Other Notable Film(s): Joan of Arc (1948)✰; Whirlpool (1949); Crisis (1950); Moulin Rouge (1952)✰; Miss Sadie Thompson (1953); The Caine Mutiny (1954); The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); Ship of Fools (1965); The Big Bus (1976); Voyage of the Damned (1976); The Sentinel (1977); The Swarm (1978); Fedora (1978); Battle Creek Brawl (1980); Bloody Birthday (1981); A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982); To Be or Not to Be (1983); The Evil That Men Do (1984); Dune (1984) ” - Paul Hamell
Charles Boyer
Actor, Gaslight
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 by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations all over Europe...
“ Greats: Gaslight (1944)★

Flops: Casino Royale (1967)

Other Notable Film(s): Red Headed Woman (1932); Liliom (1934); The Garden of Allah (1936); History Is Made at Night (1937); Conquest (1937)✰; Algiers (1938)✰; Love Affair (1939); All This, and Heaven Too (1940); Hold Back the Dawn (1941); Tales of Manhattan (1942); Cluny Brown (1946); Arch of Triumph (1948); The Earrings of Madame de... (1953); Around the World in 80 Days (1956); The Buccaneer (1958); Fanny (1961)✰; The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962); Is Paris Burning? (1966); How to Steal a Million (1966); Barefoot in the Park (1967); Lost Horizon (1973); Stavisky... (1974)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
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 immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles...
“ Greats: Wait Until Dark (1967)★; Glengarry Glen Ross (1992); Little Miss Sunshine (2006)★

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

Caution: The Change-Up (2011)

Flops: America's Sweethearts (2001)

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

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): The Last Picture Show (1971)✰; Fat City (1972); Bad Company (1972); The Last American Hero (1973); The Iceman Cometh (1973); Rancho Deluxe (1975); Hearts of the West (1975); King Kong (1976); Winter Kills (1979); TRON (1982); The Last Unicorn [voice] (1982); Kiss Me Goodbye (1982); Against All Odds (1984); Jagged Edge (1985); 8 Million Ways to Die (1986); Nadine (1987); Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988); See You in the Morning (1989); The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989); Texasville (1990); American Heart (1992); The Vanishing (1993); Fearless (1993); Blown Away (1994); Wild Bill (1995); White Squall (1996); The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996); Arlington Road (1999); The Muse (1999); Simpatico (1999); Scenes of the Crime (2001); K-PAX (2001); Masked and Anonymous (2003); Seabiscuit (2003); The Door in the Floor (2004); The Amateurs (2005); Tideland (2005); Stick It (2006); Surf's Up [voice] (2007); The Open Road (2009); A Dog Year (2009); R.I.P.D. (2013); The Giver (2014); Seventh Son (2015); The Little Prince [voice] (2015); The Only Living Boy in New York (2017); Only the Brave (2017); Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Lee J. Cobb
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 harmonica...
“ Greats: On the Waterfront (1954)★; 12 Angry Men (1957)★; The Exorcist (1972)

Other Notable Film(s): Golden Boy (1939); The Song of Bernadette (1943); Anna and the King of Siam (1946); Boomerang! (1947); Captain from Castile (1947); Call Northside 777 (1948); The Dark Past (1948); Thieves' Highway (1949); Sirocco (1951); The Left Hand of God (1955); The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956); The Three Faces of Eve (1957); The Brothers Karamazov (1958)✰; Man of the West (1958); Party Girl (1958); But Not for Me (1959); Green Mansions (1959); Exodus (1960); How the West Was Won (1962); The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962); Come Blow Your Horn (1963)✰; Our Man Flint (1966); In Like Flint (1967); Coogan's Bluff (1968); Mackenna's Gold (1969); Lawman (1971) ” - Paul Hamell
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
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. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ Greats: The China Syndrome (1979); Wall Street (1987)★; Fatal Attraction (1987); Traffic (2000)

Give It a Shot: Falling Down (1993); The Game (1997); Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)✰

Caution: Basic Instinct (1992); A Perfect Murder (1998)

Flops: The Sentinel (2006); You, Me and Dupree (2006); Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

Other Notable Film(s): The Streets of San Francisco [TV series] (1972-1976); Napoleon and Samantha (1972); Coma (1978); It's My Turn (1980); The Star Chamber (1983); Romancing the Stone (1984); The Jewel of the Nile (1985); A Chorus Line (1985); Black Rain (1989); The War of the Roses (1989)✰; Shining Through (1992); The American President (1995)✰; The Ghost and the Darkness (1996); Wonder Boys (2000)✰; One Night at McCool's (2001); Don't Say a Word (2001); It Runs in the Family (2003); The In-Laws (2003); King of California (2007); Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009); Solitary Man (2009); Haywire (2011); Last Vegas (2013); Behind the Candelabra [TV] (2013)✰; And So It Goes (2014); Beyond the Reach (2014); Ant-Man (2015); Unlocked (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Richard Harris
A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature...
Javier Bardem
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 grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
“ Greats: Collateral (2004); No Country for Old Men (2007)★; Skyfall (2012)★

Give It a Shot: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)✰

Caution: To the Wonder (2013*)

Other Notable Film(s): The Ages of Lulu (1990); High Heels (1991); Jamon Jamon (1992); Golden Balls (1993); Mouth to Mouth (1995); Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health (1996); Perdita Durango (1997); Live Flesh (1997); Between Your Legs (1999); Before Night Falls (2000)✰; The Dancer Upstairs (2002); Mondays in the Sun (2002); The Sea Inside (2004)✰; Goya's Ghosts (2006); Love in the Time of Cholera (2007); Biutiful (2010)✰; Eat Pray Love (2010); The Counselor (2013); Autómata [voice] (2013); The Gunman (2015); The Last Face (2015); Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017); Loving Pablo (2017); Mother! (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Melvyn Douglas
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, but he was much, much more...
“ Greats: Captains Courageous (1937); Hud (1963)★; I Never Sang for My Father (1970)★; Being There (1979)★

Other Notable Film(s): Tonight or Never (1931); The Old Dark House (1932); Counsellor-at-Law (1933); The Vampire Bat (1933); Annie Oakley (1935); Theodora Goes Wild (1936); The Gorgeous Hussy (1936); Angel (1937); Ninotchka (1939); Too Many Husbands (1940); That Uncertain Feeling (1941); A Woman's Face (1941); The Sea of Grass (1947); Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948); Billy Budd (1962); The Americanization of Emily (1964); The Candidate (1972); The Tenant (1976); Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977); The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979); The Changeling (1980); Ghost Story (1981) ” - Paul Hamell
Harrison Ford
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 immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
“ 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); Star Wars (1977); Apocalypse Now (1979); The Empire Strikes Back (1980); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); Blade Runner (1982); Return of the Jedi (1983); Witness (1985)★; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989); The Fugitive (1993)★

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

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

Other Notable Film(s): American Graffiti (1973); Heroes (1977); Force 10 from Navarone (1978); Hanover Street (1979); The Frisco Kid (1979); The Mosquito Coast (1986)✰; Frantic (1988); Presumed Innocent (1990); Regarding Henry (1991); Sabrina (1995)✰; The Devil's Own (1997); Six Days Seven Nights (1998); Random Hearts (1999); K-19: The Widowmaker (2002); Hollywood Homicide (2003); Firewall (2006); Crossing Over (2009); Extraordinary Measures (2010); 42 (2013); Paranoia (2013); Ender's Game (2013); The Expendables 3 (2014); The Age of Adaline (2015); Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015); Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ” - Paul Hamell
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
“ 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); From Russia with Love (1963); Goldfinger (1964); Marnie (1964); The Man Who Would Be King (1975); The Untouchables (1987)★; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)✰

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

Caution: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Flops: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Other Notable Film(s): Hell Drivers (1957); Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959); The Longest Day (1962); Woman of Straw (1964); The Hill (1965); Thunderball (1965); A Fine Madness (1966); You Only Live Twice (1967); Shalako (1968); The Red Tent (1969); The Molly Maguires (1970); The Anderson Tapes (1971); Diamonds Are Forever (1971); The Offence (1972); Zardoz (1974); The Wind and the Lion (1975); Robin and Marian (1976); A Bridge Too Far (1977); The Great Train Robbery (1978); Meteor (1979); Cuba (1979); Outland (1981); Time Bandits (1981); Wrong Is Right (1982); Never Say Never Again (1983); Highlander (1986); The Name of the Rose (1986); The Presidio (1988); Family Business (1989); The Hunt for Red October (1990); The Russia House (1990); Highlander II: The Quickening (1992); Medicine Man (1992); The Thief and the Cobbler [voice] (1993); Rising Sun (1993); A Good Man in Africa (1994); Just Cause (1995); First Knight (1995); DragonHeart [voice] (1996); The Avengers (1998); Playing by Heart (1998); Entrapment (1999) ” - Paul Hamell
Peter Lorre
Actor, Casablanca
Peter was born in Rózsahegy, Hungary, to Alois and Elvira Löwenstein. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. He ran away from home when he was 17 and joined an improvised theater. In 1922, he worked as a bank clerk. Did bits with a company in Breslau, then secured a part in Galsworthy's "Society" in Zurich...
“ Greats: M (1931)★; The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934); The Maltese Falcon (1941); Casablanca (1943); Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Caution: Secret Agent (1936)

Other Notable Film(s): Mad Love (1935); Stranger on the Third Floor (1940); All Through the Night (1941); Passage to Marseille (1944); The Mask of Dimitrios (1944); The Beast with Five Fingers (1946); The Verdict (1946); Black Angel (1946); My Favorite Brunette (1947); Quicksand (1950); Beat the Devil (1953); 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954); Around the World in 80 Days (1956); Silk Stockings (1957); Tales of Terror (1962); The Raven (1963); The Comedy of Terrors (1963); The Patsy (1964) ” - Paul Hamell
Peter Finch
Actor, Network
Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he worked in a series of dead-end jobs before taking up acting...
“ Greats: Network (1976)★

Give It a Shot: Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)★

Other Notable Film(s): Elephant Walk (1954); The Detective (1954); A Town Like Alice (1956); The Battle of the River Plate (1956); The Nun's Story (1959); Kidnapped (1960); The Pumpkin Eater (1964); The Flight of the Phoenix (1965); Far from the Madding Crowd (1967); The Red Tent (1969); Lost Horizon (1973) ” - Paul Hamell