How many really good English-language films can you name that have no one of these actors in their cast?
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
“ Best films: Reservoir Dogs, Desperado, Fargo, Con Air, The Big Lebowski, Ghost World ” - peterkun-1
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, 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 "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ Best films: The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times ” - peterkun-1
Mia Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, to director John Farrow
and actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan
. Her father was Australian-born (of English descent) and her mother was Irish-born (of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry). Farrow debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles...
“ Best films: Rosemary's Baby, Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Shadows and Fog, Husbands and Wives ” - peterkun-1
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ Best films: Taxi Driver, Contact, Carnage ” - peterkun-1
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox
(née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their ten-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox
, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother, Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia...
“ Best films: Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road ” - peterkun-1
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett
, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
“ Best films: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, In Bruges ” - peterkun-1
Connecticut native Kim Greist spent her late teen years in Europe as a professional model. She returned to the US at age 20 and launched an acting career in the off-Broadway comedy "Second Prize: Two Months in Leningrad"; her later stage credits included appearances in the New York Shakespeare Festival...
“ Best film: Brazil ” - peterkun-1
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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...
“ Best films: Scent of a Woman, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Doubt ” - peterkun-1
Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum...
“ Best films: Alien, Brazil, The Fifth Element, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ” - peterkun-1
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School...
“ Best films: Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Glengarry Glen Ross ” - peterkun-1
Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear
. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry...
“ Best films: Husbands and Wives, Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn, Strange Days ” - peterkun-1
“ Best films: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future Part II, Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road ” - peterkun-1
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
“ Best films: Empire of the Sun, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Burn After Reading ” - peterkun-1
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray
, Joel Murray
“ Best films: Groundhog Day, Ed Wood, Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers ” - peterkun-1
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Best films: Dracula, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road ” - peterkun-1
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. Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents...
“ Best films: The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Scarface, Glengarry Glen Ross, Scent of a Woman, The Devil's Advocate ” - peterkun-1
From Holywell to Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales, internationally regarded as the one of greatest ones both on stage and screen. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly...
“ Best films: Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ” - peterkun-1
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old...
“ Best films: Die Hard, Dogma, Snow Cake ” - peterkun-1
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!...
“ Best films: Total Recall, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, True Lies ” - peterkun-1
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...
“ Best films: Lolita, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ” - peterkun-1
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...
“ Best films: Glengarry Glen Ross, Se7en, American Beauty, The Life of David Gale, Horrible Bosses ” - peterkun-1
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Best films (as an actor): Pulp Fiction, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn ” - peterkun-1