My best 25 actors of all time

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Min-sik Choi
Actor, Oldeuboi
Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han Seok-gyu...
“ Number 25 in my top 25 rating of the best actors of all times goes to this South Korean actor that starred in instant classics and epic dark masterpieces such as "Oldboy" and "Lady Vengeance". ” - kluseba
Bud Spencer
Bud Spencer, the popular Italian actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the 1960s and 1970s, was born Carlo Pedersoli on October 31, 1929, in Naples. The first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a swimmer on the Italian National Team at the Olympic Summer games in both Helsinki...
“ Number 24 goes to this Italian swim master and actor. He is maybe not one of the best actors world wide from an objective point of view, but his movies along side with Terence Hill are absolute cult movies nowadays and are always good for an entertaining evening or some laughs. His roles of an angry and hungry bully are legendary and funny. ” - kluseba
Val Kilmer
Actor, Heat
Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and...
“ Many people say that he is acting in some of the worst movies of all times nowadays, but I think that he is still doing a great job in modern flicks like "Double identity" or "Mindhunters". And don't forget legendary movies such as "Heat" or "Top Secret!". ” - kluseba
“ He is one of the most popular German actors and was able to play serious and dramatic roles like in "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" but also humourous roles like in the cult flick "Die Feuerzangenbowle" that became classics of the German cinema. Some parts of his life were rather funny though. He had to turn a documentary about the Goebbels family and was forced to witness the rape of his wife by Russian soldiers during World War II. He died in 1994 at the age of 92. ” - kluseba
Jack Nance
Actor, Eraserhead
Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the early 1970s in Philadelphia while he was performing in a local theater...
“ Jack Nance played in the unforgettable cult movie "Eraserhead" as well as in the best series of all times in my opinion, "Twin Peaks". He also starred in other David Lynch flicks such as "Blue velvet", "Dune" and "Lost Highway". He suddenly died in 1996 because of a head injury after getting into a physical brawl at a donut shop with some rowdy patrons. ” - kluseba
“ This is a rather unknown actor from Hongkong who principally starred in the five "Mad Mission" movies where he did an excellent job as the hilarious and unforgettable Albert Au or Kodi-Jack. ” - kluseba
Jean Reno
Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce...
“ This great French actor played in some extraordinary movies like "Leon", "Mission: Impossible", "Ronin", "Les rivières pourpres" or "The Da Vinci Code" so that we might pardon him to have starred in a flick like the bad Hollywood remake of "Godzilla". ” - kluseba
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ This legendary French actor starred in movies such as "Cyrano de Bergerac" (maybe the role of his life), "Vidocq" or "Nouvelle-France" and has given a life to many famous roles or personnalities from novels, theater plays or books over more than three decades in a stunning and constant way. ” - kluseba
Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian-born actress and model, went from sharing a cramped flat with her aunt, uncle, grandparents and cousin to starring as a Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig. She was born Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko on November 14, 1979, in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Her mother, Marina Alyabysheva...
“ The young Ukrainian actress already played in several of my favourite movies such as the brilliant film noir "Le serpent", the atmospheric and brutal "Max Payne" or as a Bond girl in "Quantum of Solace" but I think the best is yet to come... ” - kluseba
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an interant cook. His father had English and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Even though I am not a big fan of his most popular kind of movies, I can't deny that he did an unforgettable job in movies such as "Philadelphia", "Forrest Gump" or "The Green Mile". I personally admired and prefered him in its rather honoured roles in "Band of brothers", "Catch me if you can" and "The Da Vinci Code" as well as "Illuminati". ” - kluseba
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...
“ The amount of masterpieces in which he starred is endless: Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, The fugitive, Air Force One or Six days seven nights. In the last years, we haven't heard or seen much of him but let's hope that he will come back and do some more of his great acting. ” - kluseba
Moritz Bleibtreu
Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door. He also became internationally known for his work on Run Lola Run...
“ This German actor convinced me in the tragic comedy "Knockin on heaven's door", the shocking "Das Experiment" and lately as insightful terrorist in the brilliant "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex". ” - kluseba
Charles Bronson
The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky)...
“ This Lithuanian immigrant is well known as the silent, hard and cool mad man in his best movies. Let's remember his role as bandit in "The magnificent seven", as captured lieutnant in "The great escape", as the harmonica player in "Once upon a time in the west", as ice cold avenger in "Death wish" or as intelligent major in "Telefon" to just name a few ones. He died in 2003. ” - kluseba
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ He is able to play extremely serious and shocking roles like in "Lord of war" as well as family friendly stuff like "National treasure" or unconvential stuff like "Sailor and Lula" but I think that he hasn't yet played the role of his life and can even do better. ” - kluseba
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ He is not only a quite good director but also a great actor. He proved it in brilliant westerns like the Man without name trilogy and especially "For a fistful of dollars", "The outlaw Josey Wales" or "Unforgiven" but also in the "Dirty Harry" movies or lately in the brilliant "Gran Torino". ” - kluseba
Leslie Nielsen
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
“ Leslie Nielsen always makes me laugh no matter how bad the movie is in which he is starring. As crazy cop in "The naked gun", as fugitive in "Wrongfully accused" or as president in the "Scary Movie" series. The Canadian is always good for a laugh and that's why I think he is the best comedy actor ever. The legend died of a pneumonia in november 2010. ” - kluseba
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...
“ Only for his roles in "Shining" and especially "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" he should make it in any list of the best actors of all times. He is excentric, he is weird, he is simply unique. ” - kluseba
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...
“ He played in a couple of brilliant crime and action flicks but his most memorable roles have been in the three legendary and unforgettable "The godfather" movies. ” - kluseba
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...
“ Dead in 1980 by a heart attack at the age of only 50, McQueen played in such legendary movies like "The magnificent seven", "Bullitt" and especially in the epic masterpiece "Papillon" about the will to freedom. ” - kluseba
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ She is not only one of the most charming and down to earth actors in Hollywood, but she also played in the instant classic "Mulholland Drive", in the American "Ring" movies or as seducing blonde in the epic remake of "King Kong" and the best seems yet to come. ” - kluseba
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ With 88 years and a six decades spanning actor career Sir Christopher Lee is a true living legend. He convinces as "Dracula", as "Sherlock Holmes", as "Doctor Fu Man Chu", as "Francisco Scaramanga" (in "James Bond 007 - The man with the golden gun"), as "Count Dooku" in "Star Wars" and as "Saruman" in "Lord of the rings". My secret tip is the brilliant and underrated movie "Bear Island". His interesting brand new heavy metal album "Charlemagne" shows how open-minded he is. Any questions? ” - kluseba
Kyle MacLachlan
Actor, Twin Peaks
The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch...
“ Kyle MacLachlan did not only a brilliant job in one of my favourite science-fiction flicks "Dune" or the weird "Blue velvet" but especially in the legendary cult series "Twin Peaks" as the unforgettable Special Agent Dale Cooper that is probably one of my favourite movie roles or personnalities of all times. A shame that he didn't make it to the big movies because his acting would be worth an Academy Award. ” - kluseba
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...
“ Let's head now to my top 3. Here is Leonardo DiCaprio who seems to be able to convince in any role he plays. As romantic guy in "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" or "Titanic", as tough fighter in "Gangs of New York" or "Catch me if you can", as weird personnality in "Aviator" or "Shutter Island" and recently in the new cult flick "Inception". This guy is incredibly diversified and from an objective point of view maybe simply the best actor alive. ” - kluseba
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...
“ I put Johnny Depp on the second place not because he is better than Leonardo DiCaprio but because he has the special certain something, a kind of aura or genius that surrounds him and convinces me every time I see him in a movie. All other actors look like untalented and lousy actors next to him like in "Pirates of the Carribean" and he is as talented as DiCaprio. He convinces as a tragical hero in "Edward Scissorhands", as weird genius "El Wood", as intelligent and obsessed intellectual in "The ninth gate" or as gothic musical singer in "Sweeney Todd" and the best is probably yet to come. ” - kluseba
Eli Wallach
One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole, and Al Pacino, to name but a few...
“ The most underrated actor of all times (who finally got an Academy Award this year) is my personal number one. His role as "Tuco" in "The good, the bad and the ugly" is probably the best acting I have ever seen. He does also a brilliant job in "The magnificent seven" or the underrated "The godfather III". He also convinces in very short roles in lousy films such as "The ghostwriter" and still stands tall after 95 years of life and over six decades of a diversified and admirable career. ” - kluseba