The 100 Greatest Movie Stars

A list of some of the Greatest Actors and Actresses around at the moment, there are loads missing but I wanted to pick some not so obvious ones. Its also in no particular order.
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1.
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...
“ The Master of the character acting, Johnny Depp still hasn't conformed to the Hollywood stereotypes, always playing characters with odd backgrounds and personalities. ” - natwardman
 
2.
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ After winning us over with her performance in E.T she has had a long and hard career and is now directing and producing her own movies. ” - natwardman
 
3.
Andrew Garfield
Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British-born mother, Lynn (Hillman), and an American-born father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. He is of English and Polish-Jewish heritage. Andrew was raised in a middle class family...
“ An up annd coming face for us to swoon at he will be shortly playing the role of Spiderman and I'm sure he will win us over again like he did in The Social Network. ” - natwardman
 
4.
Emma Stone
Actress, The Help
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ Has been described as one of the funniest Actresses of the new decade and is expected to keep us laughing for a long time. ” - natwardman
 
5.
Tom Hardy
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception, English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. But the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the miniseries Band of Brothers...
“ After a struggling career Tom Hardy is now turning heads with roles in Bronson and Inception, I'm sure he will have an outstanding career ahead. ” - natwardman
 
6.
Sandra Bullock
Actress, Gravity
Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of Irish, English, French, and German descent. Sandra grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister...
“ She's been making us laugh for around 20 years and still hasn't aged a day. ” - natwardman
 
7.
Sacha Baron Cohen
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born in Israel...
“ Starting out in England creating characters such as Ali G and exploding into fame with the movie Borat. ” - natwardman
 
8.
Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
Carey Mulligan is a British actress, born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her father is of Irish descent and her mother is Welsh, originally from Llandeilo. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ I believe she has the potential to be an oscar winner. ” - natwardman
 
9.
Jesse Eisenberg
Curly haired and with a fast-talking voice, Jesse Eisenberg is a movie actor, known for his Academy Award nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network. He has also starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks, 30 Minutes or Less...
“ Playing complete opposites in Zombieland and in The Social Network and did them both brilliantly. ” - natwardman
 
10.
Michelle Williams
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was first known as bad girl Jen Lindley in the television series Dawson's Creek...
“ The queen of the indie films but unfortunately is not given enough recognition for her work. ” - natwardman
 
11.
Seth Rogen
An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian Jewish descent...
“ This funny man will carry on Acting and Writing till we no longer find him funny....So a very long time then! ” - natwardman
 
12.
Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, to record producer/executive Robert William Applegate and singer-actress Nancy Priddy. Her parents split-up shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings from her father's re-marriage - Alisa (b. 10 October 1977) & Kyle (b. 15 July 1981)...
“ She has been described as a master of ad-lib and one of the funniest women around. ” - natwardman
 
13.
Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon (Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. His siblings are music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica and went on to The New School in New York to study drama...
“ Another funny guy who has the ability to make you want to be his friend with every word he says. ” - natwardman
 
14.
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Angelina is show stopping and has proven herself with roles such as Girl, Interrupted and Changeling. ” - natwardman
 
15.
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...
“ Brad Pitt has managed to escape the roles of pretty boy and has taken the challenge of playing dark roles in movies such as Fight Club and Snatch but is still able to find that comic timing. ” - natwardman
 
16.
Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top fashion model...
“ After finding it difficult to get into the acting world she finally proved herself in Inglorious Basterds and is now one of the most wanted actresses around. ” - natwardman
 
17.
Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
“ Hes acting roles may never be that stretched but he is still a fantastic director, writer, producer and is still one of the funniest actors around. ” - natwardman
 
18.
Abigail Breslin
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, "Scream Queens" opposite Emma Roberts...
“ Definitely one of the greatest child star around. She will have a fantastic, long career. ” - natwardman
 
19.
Tom Hanks
Hanks climbed back to the top again with his portrayal of a washed-up baseball legend turned manager in A League of Their Own. Hanks has stated that his acting in earlier roles was not great, but that he subsequently improved. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hanks noted his "modern era of movie making ...
“ Starting out at the beginning of the 80's, Tom hanks landed the role of Allen in Splash then he rocketed to stardom with roles in The Man with One Red Shoe and Big. A great leading man in the rom-coms and stole our heart in Forrest Gump, then in Castaway. A great actor and a very funny man. ” - natwardman
 
20.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ Just a show stealing actress who greats it spot on every time! There's nothing more you can say really! ” - natwardman
 
21.
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...
“ Will always be remembered for his amazing performance in Fight Club. ” - natwardman
 
22.
Helen Mirren
Actress, The Queen
Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. Mirren attended St...
“ A wonderful actress and was spellbinding in the Queen. ” - natwardman
 
23.
Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ Some say he's just a guy who can play funny roles but if you have seen The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali and Seven Pounds then you know this guy can act! ” - natwardman
 
24.
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ She's a fantastic actress who plays her roles brilliantly! Her role as Catherine Hepburn in Aviator was amazing! ” - natwardman
 
25.
Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ He was chosen for the Kings Speech because he is one of the most talented and believable actors around. ” - natwardman
 
26.
Natalie Portman
Actress, Black Swan
Natalie Portman is the first millennial to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ Turing heads with her role in Leon she has grown up in the spotlight gracefully and is still classed as one of the best actresses around. ” - natwardman
 
27.
James Franco
Actor, 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
“ His performance in 127 hours is Oscar worthy. ” - natwardman
 
28.
Julia Roberts
Actress, Notting Hill
Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her love of animals...
“ Julia Roberts has been lucky enough to star in some fantastic movies and has always managed to pull them off brilliantly. She was wonderful in Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich. ” - natwardman
 
29.
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...
“ A man with the greatest smile, great comedy timing and who knew he could sing! ” - natwardman
 
30.
Halle Berry
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
“ Making people realise she wasn't just a pretty face with her Oscar winning performance in Monsters Ball. ” - natwardman
 
31.
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 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ Still working after 60 years, this man can pull off any role that's thrown at him. ” - natwardman
 
32.
Nicole Kidman
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ Who knew that she was funny and a good singer! She always plays her roles with such grace and is always show stopping! ” - natwardman
 
33.
Michael Cera
Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Sicilian. Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga Public School...
“ Rocketed to fame after his role in Superbad, he created the geek chic that is ruling Hollywood at the moment. ” - natwardman
 
34.
Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
“ Her performance in Juno was effortless! ” - natwardman
 
35.
Emile Hirsch
Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Palms, California, to Margaret Esther (Davenport), a teacher and visual artist, and David M. Hirsch, an entrepreneur and producer. He grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and having been introduced to acting while still at school, he got his first acting job on TV at the age of 11 in an episode of Kindred: The Embraced...
“ Not wanting to act in any romance comedies he was reluctant to star in The Girl Next Door but it gave him the credibility to star in Into the Wild and he played wonderfully. ” - natwardman
 
36.
Blake Lively
Actress, Gossip Girl
Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively...
“ She is set to star in some roles very different from her Gossip Girl character and I'm excited to see what she brings. ” - natwardman
 
37.
Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Robyne (Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Victor Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He has a younger sister who also acts. He started acting in 1995 when he made his first of three appearances on the hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark?...
“ Loved him in She's out of my League and is meant to be one of the faces of tomorrow. ” - natwardman
 
38.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Always picking the best roles and never wanting to conform into a Hollywood stereotype and it has proven her well not to do so. ” - natwardman
 
39.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ Shown that he can pull off anything he's been given and he was exceptionally cute in 500 days of Summer. ” - natwardman
 
40.
Katherine Heigl
Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978 in Washington, D.C., to Nancy Heigl (née Engelhardt), a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, an accountant and executive. Her father is of German/Swiss-German and Irish descent, and her mother is of German ancestry. A short time after her birth, the family moved to New Canaan...
“ After Greys Anatomy she has shown that she can be hilarious with movies like 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth. ” - natwardman
 
41.
Kieran Culkin
Kieran Kyle Culkin was born September 30, 1982 in New York City, New York. He is the son of Christopher Culkin, a former stage and child actor, and Patricia Brentrup. He is the brother of Shane Culkin, Dakota Culkin, Macaulay Culkin, Quinn Culkin, Christian Culkin, and Rory Culkin. His mother...
“ Just like his older brother he has fantastic acting abilities and is slowly showing the world what he can do. ” - natwardman
 
42.
Amber Heard
Actress, Zombieland
Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin, Texas, to Patricia Paige (Parsons), an internet researcher, and David Clinton Heard, a contractor. She has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Welsh ancestry. Heard appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film, North Country, in which she played Charlize Theron's character in flashbacks...
“ One of the prettiest faces in Hollywood she is trying to prove she is more than that and she seems to be doing a good job or it. ” - natwardman
 
43.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Actor, Kick-Ass
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor. He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas. Aaron is of English-Russian Jewish background...
“ After starring in Nowhere Boy he sky-rocketed to A-list fame in Kick-ass and is set to continue further. ” - natwardman
 
44.
Anna Kendrick
Actress, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award (second youngest ever)...
“ After her stints in Twilight it was her role in Up in the Air that made Hollywood realise that she has great potential to be a super-star. ” - natwardman
 
45.
Ben Foster
Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in Boston), while his mother's family is from Maryland...
“ He started in Get over it playing a dorky high-schooler but has shown that he is fantastic at the dark and disturbed characters. ” - natwardman
 
46.
Mia Wasikowska
Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight, her family moved to Poland for a year...
“ After he debut in Alice in Wonderland she has been picked as one to watch. ” - natwardman
 
47.
James McAvoy
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ Always playing the cute, lovable guys he made people sit up at notice when he played the lead action man in Wanted. ” - natwardman
 
48.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ Her roles in The Devil wears Prada and Love and other Drugs are flawless. ” - natwardman
 
49.
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ One of the sexiest men in Hollywood he plays suave and sophisticated with ease. ” - natwardman
 
50.
Tina Fey
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish, and English ancestry...
“ After years on Saturday Night Live, her first feature film Mean Girls put her on the map. ” - natwardman
 
51.
Jon Hamm
Actor, Mad Men
“ Showing how funny and smart is really done. ” - natwardman
 
52.
Isla Fisher
Actress, Home and Away
Isla Lang Fisher was born on February 3, 1976 in Muscat, Oman, to Scottish parents Elspeth Reid and Brian Fisher, who worked as a banker for the U.N. She spent her early childhood in Scotland before moving to Australia with her family in the early 1980s. From a young age, Isla showed an interest in both acting and writing...
“ Hilarious in Wedding Crashers and her first leading role in Confessions of a Shopaholic was perfect. ” - natwardman
 
53.
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English, and Swiss-German...
“ The handsome leading man has shown that he has true acting capabilities with his roles in Donnie Darko, The Good Girl and Love and Other Drugs. ” - natwardman
 
54.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ TheQueen of playing wacky and weird characters, she never fails to deliver. ” - natwardman
 
55.
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)...
“ Absolutely loved him in Chaplin, his portrayal was flawless and has now shot back up to fame with Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes. ” - natwardman
 
56.
Hilary Swank
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ Always getting nominated for Oscars kind of says it all. ” - natwardman
 
57.
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...
“ Acting for 60 years and been in some fantastic movies such as the Big Lebowski, hes still being nominated for a awards now with his role in True Grit. ” - natwardman
 
58.
Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ A very poised actress who is capable of playing anything from period dramas to comedic roles. ” - natwardman
 
59.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. His subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002) and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002) which also marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese...
“ Another child actor who managed to grow through the spotlight and still be a major leading star with his Oscar winning movies Titanic and Inception. ” - natwardman
 
60.
Kirsten Dunst
Actress, Spider-Man 2
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, born in 1987...
“ Been in the Hollywood spotlight since she starred in Interview with a Vampire and is still one of the most sought after actresses. ” - natwardman
 
61.
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ Starring in movies such as Schindler's List, Gangs of New York, Taken and Love Actually, this man can pretty much do anything. ” - natwardman
 
62.
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ Playing period drama roles and comedy roles Judi Dench is still one of the finest actresses around. ” - natwardman
 
63.
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Charles Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John "Charlie" Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. He has a sister, Holly. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the Honors English program at Georgetown University in 1997...
“ Storming into leading man status, this handsome actor is finally been given some challenging roles to stick his teeth into, preferably with his top off! ” - natwardman
 
64.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson...
“ She has let people know that even though she has one of the prettiest faces in Hollywood she is also a fantastic actress with her roles such as Lost in Translation. ” - natwardman
 
65.
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...
“ Proven how brilliant he is in Good Will Hunting and The Talented Mr Ripley, Matt Damon has never failed to produce some of the greatest movies and acting with The Bourne Trilogy, The Informant!, Invictus and True Grit. ” - natwardman
 
66.
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City on 2 July 1986. Her mother, Dina Lohan (née Donata Melina Nicolette Sullivan), is a former Wall Street analyst, and her father, Michael Lohan, is a businessman and former Wall Street trader. She has Irish, Italian, and German ancestry. Lohan began her career at age three as a model at the Eileen Ford Agency...
“ Some say shes a wash out but you can not deny her performance in Mean Girls was fantastic and she was always classed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, lets just hope she can sort herself out and make a come back. ” - natwardman
 
67.
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...
“ After a rocky few years Ben Affleck has made the sceptics remember why he was famous in the first place and went back to his acting best with his film The Town. ” - natwardman
 
68.
Cameron Diaz
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and an Anglo-German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan...
“ Making Hollywood sit up and listen when she first popped up in The Mask, she was then offered a few movie roles then fortune struck when she was given the lead role in There's something about Mary. She has then since become one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood and has always got stuck into her roles. ” - natwardman
 
69.
Paul Rudd
Actor, Ant-Man
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the U.K. He has one sister, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at TWA. His family eventually settled in Overland Park...
“ After having small roles in films such as Clueless and Romeo and Juliet, Paul Rudd became a worldwide hit with his comedy roles in the T.V series Friends and the movie Anchorman with Will Ferrell. Since then he has popped up everywhere and is cast most of Judd Apatow's films. His lead role in I love you, man is one of my favourites. ” - natwardman
 
70.
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry...
“ Making people realise that she wanted to be taken seriously as an actress she had chosen films without big budgets. She starred in The Secretary which got many people talking. Since then she has starred in some blockbuster hits such as The Dark Night but has still been unable to find that leading role, I'm sure it will arrive soon. ” - natwardman
 
71.
Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his parents divorced...
“ After destroying his beautiful face with plastic surgery he had lost his leading man status. It was his role is Sin City that made his comeback to Hollywood and the was offered the role in the Wrestler which got him a Oscar nomination and a BAFTA win. ” - natwardman
 
72.
Jennifer Aniston
Actress, Friends
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City where her parents divorced when she was nine...
“ People say that all she does is play herself on screen but people forget her performance in The Good Girl which was totally different from anything else she has done. She is a fantastic comedy actress and is great in romantic comedy roles. ” - natwardman
 
73.
Zac Efron
Actor, 17 Again
Zachary David Alexander Efron was born October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California. He is the son of Starla Baskett, a former secretary, and David Efron, an electrical engineer. He has a younger brother, Dylan. His surname, "Efron", is a Biblical place name, and comes from Zac's Polish Jewish paternal grandfather...
“ His good looks and charisma has made him rocket up the A-list chart and is determined to be taken seriously with his acting choosing roles completely different from his High School Musical debut. ” - natwardman
 
74.
Emily Blunt
Actress, Sicario
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada. Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of Joanna Mackie, a former actress and teacher, and Oliver Simon Peter Blunt...
“ She nearly stole the show from Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada and has continued to succeed in her quest for Hollywood A-list stardom. ” - natwardman
 
75.
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 & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ Starting out as a stand up comedian he became the funny man of Hollywood with his rubber face and flamboyant personality. Wanting to show that he was more than a clown he starred in films such as The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind. He is an inspiration to many comedy actors starting out in the business. ” - natwardman
 
76.
Amanda Seyfried
Actress, Mamma Mia!
Amanda Seyfried was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and Scottish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons...
“ After her hilarious performance in Mean Girls no one really thought she would progress further, she starred in a T.v series called Big Love for 5 years and whilst doing that she was given a lead role in Mamma Mia and her stardom blew up. She played the neerdy friend in Jennifers body and was cast the lead in both Letters to Julliet and Dear John, she is now starring in the dark film Red Riding Hood. ” - natwardman
 
77.
Patrick Wilson
Patrick Joseph Wilson was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, the son of Mary Kathryn (Burton), a voice teacher and professional singer, and John Franklin Wilson, a news anchor. Wilson has a B.F.A. in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University. His theater work has produced many nominations and awards...
“ Showing that he is capable of playing twisted sick characters and playing the handsome love interest. His role in Hard Candy made him seem to be the guy who plays the villain but his stint in The Switch and Morning Glory proved otherwise. I believe there's future leading man material here. ” - natwardman
 
78.
Rachel McAdams
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
“ She was starring in a T.V show when she starred in the movie Mean Girls which she played the queen bitch, some may of thought she would carry on with these types of roles but she was then given the role of Allie in the Notebook which made her into a leading lady. ” - natwardman
 
79.
Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell was born in 1986 in Billingham, England, UK, to Eileen (Matfin) and John Bell, a toolmaker. He comes from a family of dancers including his grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister. It was at his sister's dance practices that he would stand outside the door and imitate the movements of the dancers inside...
“ His very cute portrayal of a boy trying to hide his love of ballet from his father made Jamie Bell a household name. He then decided to stay out of the spot light for a few years and came back with a part in King Kong and a larger role in the movie (which didn't do great) Jumper. He is now staring in The Eagle opposite Channing Tatum which is set to make his acting career a little bit brighter. ” - natwardman
 
80.
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Scottish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ She had the lead in Annie Hall alongside Woody Allen and starred in the Godfather films. She was hilarious in The First Wives Club and is still starring in films to this day. ” - natwardman
 
81.
Michael Keaton
Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift. He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously...
“ He got to play Batman himself but it will always be Beetlejuice as his stand out performance. ” - natwardman
 
82.
Bette Midler
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter...
“ It is impossible to watch a Bette Midler movie without liking it. She made Beaches possible to watch and Hocus Pocus will always be a favourite of mine just for her performance. ” - natwardman
 
83.
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...
“ He had to be on this list just mainly due to the fact that he was in the three Star Wars films that were good and that he is Indiana Jones. Must admit that his part in Morning Glory made the film funny. ” - natwardman
 
84.
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress, Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a candy factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are David Jones (born 1967)...
“ She's here because of her performance in Chicago. She completely upstaged Renee Zellweger. Unfortunately she hasn't had a role like it since but this one will go down in history. ” - natwardman
 
85.
Josh Brolin
Actor, W.
Josh Brolin is an American actor. His first role was in the The Goonies. Since then he has appeared in a wide number of films, and is best known for his work as Llewellyn Moss in No Country for Old Men, young Agent K in Men in Black 3, George W. Bush in W. and Dan White in Milk, for which he received Academy Award and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor...
“ For starring in films like American Gangster, True Grit and No Country for Old Men and doing it well. ” - natwardman
 
86.
Winona Ryder
Actress, Black Swan
Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish...
“ When she was growing up she was the most sought after actress, her portrayals in Little Women, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands were fantastic, she's a very capable actress she just needs some good roles to play. ” - natwardman
 
87.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel Hayes Washington...
“ He's just an all out action man who acts with such conviction. ” - natwardman
 
88.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ She starred in the T.V show That 70's show and had small film roles but it was her stint in The Black Swan that is helping her hit the Hollywood A-list. ” - natwardman
 
89.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
De Niro's longtime collaboration with Scorsese later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver and Cape Fear, both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received additional Academy Award nominations for Michael Cimino's Vietnam war drama The Deer Hunter...
“ 'Taxi Driver', 'Godfather', 'Goodfellas', 'New York, New York', 'The Untouchables', 'Cape fear', 'Casino', 'Heat' This list goes on and on but for me, when I sat and watch the 3 and a half hour film 'Once Upon a Time in America' that made Robert De Niro a Hollywood legend! He's also very funny. ” - natwardman
 
90.
Christina Ricci
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish descent...
“ Her debut in Mermaids at the age of 9 made her a star and she carried on going up and up. She had hits with Casper and The Addams Family then she shocked everyone with her role in The Opposite of Sex and carried on shocking with other controversial films. ” - natwardman
 
91.
Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ He's the best action star ever because he has the muscle and the funny to go with it. ” - natwardman
 
92.
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish, English, and German descent...
“ Another one who's proven others that she can be more than a pretty face with her ability to do action, drama and comedy. ” - natwardman
 
93.
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...
“ Never afraid to do things a little different, always happy to dress up and play strange characters and have a laugh. He also seems like a really nice guy. ” - natwardman
 
94.
Gemma Arterton
Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden. Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived with her younger sister and her mother...
“ Another one to watch shes meant to be heading for big things after her roles in James Bond, Prince of Persia and Tamara Drew. ” - natwardman
 
95.
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...
“ Just for playing a cockney in Ocean's Eleven and being in Hotel Rwanda and Iron Man 2. Also for being ultra cool. ” - natwardman
 
96.
Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in Cornwall in the southwest of Britain until the age of 11...
“ She's just a very good actress who shows off her talents in every film she does. ” - natwardman
 
97.
Jude Law
Jude Law is a talented and versatile actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca and The Talented Mr. Ripley to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Hugo's father in Hugo and in the titular role in Dom Hemingway...
“ Even thoug he has the ability to pick awful movies he's still a very good actor who I think doesn't get enough credit for his work. He was fantastic in both The Talented Mr Ripley and Road to Perdition. But some times he makes mistakes like Alfie and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow but so did Gwyneth and Angelina. ” - natwardman
 
98.
Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years...
“ She has now been noticed for her acting talents after Avatar and is now a sought after actress. ” - natwardman
 
99.
Gerard Butler
Actor, 300
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ Three Words - Law Abiding Citizen. Nothing else, nothing more! ” - natwardman
 
100.
Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Precious
Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious, was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver. Her mother is African-American and her father is Senegalese...
“ Her portrayal of Precious was so moving I never stopped crying and I don't really cry at films. ” - natwardman