22 Actor's Actors

This is a list of Actors who are versatile and portray a variety of different types of characters extremely well.

I'll also give a brief list of some of their best performances & most popular titles containing performances by them in a random order.

This list however, IS in order of my opinion of the actor's talents.
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1.
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...
“ Favorites:
The Godfather
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Guys and Dolls
Don Juan DeMarco ” - luigislugger
 
2.
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...
“ Favorites:
You Don't Know Jack
The Devil's Advocate
Scent of a Woman
Scarface
Carlito's Way ” - luigislugger
 
3.
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...
“ Favorites:
The Dark Knight
Se7en
The Shawshank Redemption
Bruce Almighty ” - luigislugger
 
4.
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...
“ Favorites:
Iron Man
The Big Lebowski
Surf's Up
The Men Who Stare at Goats ” - luigislugger
 
5.
John Travolta
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, NJ...
“ Favorites:
From Paris with Love
A Love Song for Bobby Long
Pulp Fiction
Phenomenon
Grease ” - luigislugger
 
6.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Favorites:
One Hour Photo
Jack
The Birdcage
Hook
Night at the Museum ” - luigislugger
 
7.
John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise...
“ Favorites:
Ripley's Game
Rounders
Being John Malkovich
Con Air ” - luigislugger
 
8.
Vincent D'Onofrio
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and server, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent and has two older sisters. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre...
“ Favorites:
The Cell
Steal This Movie
Full Metal Jacket
Law & Order: Criminal Intent ” - luigislugger
 
9.
Hugh Laurie
Actor, House M.D.
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980)...
“ Favorites:
House M.D.
Monsters vs Aliens
Street Kings
Stuart Little ” - luigislugger
 
10.
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...
“ Favorites:
The Weather Man
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Prestige
The Quiet American ” - luigislugger
 
11.
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...
“ Favorites:
The Ninth Gate
Edward Scissorhands
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Astronaut's Wife
From Hell
Finding Neverland
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ” - luigislugger
 
12.
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ Favorites:
Inglourious Basterds
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Troy
Snatch.
Fight Club
Se7en
Interview with the Vampire ” - luigislugger
 
13.
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...
“ Favorites:
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
3:10 to Yuma
The Prestige
Howl's Moving Castle
American Psycho ” - luigislugger
 
14.
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ Favorites:
Leaves of Grass
The Illusionist
American History X
Fight Club
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Rounders ” - luigislugger
 
15.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ Favorites:
A Christmas Carol
Yes Man
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Bruce Almighty
Liar Liar
Man on the Moon ” - luigislugger
 
16.
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ Favorites:
The Dark Knight
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Candy
The Brothers Grimm
10 Things I Hate About You ” - luigislugger
 
17.
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ Favorites:
Paycheck
Dogma
Chasing Amy
Good Will Hunting ” - luigislugger
 
18.
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ Favorites:
The Bourne Identity
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Good Will Hunting
Rounders
Dogma ” - luigislugger
 
19.
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ Favorites:
The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Island
Big Fish
Star Wars: Episode I, II, III
Trainspotting ” - luigislugger
 
20.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Favorites:
Tropic Thunder
Iron Man
Sherlock Holmes
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ” - luigislugger
 
21.
Paul Giamatti
Actor, Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ Favorites:
The Illusionist
Sideways
Paycheck
American Splendor
The Negotiator ” - luigislugger
 
22.
Don Cheadle
Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in Denver...
“ Favorites:
Crash
Swordfish
Ocean's Eleven (Twelve & Thirteen)
Boogie Nights ” - luigislugger