If I have four or more movies of an actor, which I consider classics & on my all time favourites list; & if I keep viewing those movies again because of the actor, besides the direction, plot & technical aspects; & also if I anticipate a particular actor's movies irrespective of his recent works' critical or commercial acclaim, then that actor to me is one of my all time favoutites. In my view, this makes him a brilliant actor plus a superstar, hence the unique title of my list.
I know I've left out many other all time greats which may have made other peoples' list. So a worthy mention for these artists is also in order: Laurince Oliver, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Cary Grant, James Stewart, John Wayne, Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Heath Ledger, Greogry Peck, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Sanjeev Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Guru Dutt, Pran, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Michael Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Takashi Shimura, Takashi Kitano, Marcello Mastroianni, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Humphrey Bogart, Rock Hudson & maybe some others who are just not coming to mind as of this moment.
But this is my list & I'm backing up every actor on this list with ample evidence of his classic movies & legendary performances, so here goes:
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...
“ To showcase his classic movies (all among my favourites), I was compelled to compile another list within this list:
1.) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
2.) Dirty Harry (1971)
3.) For a Few Dollars More (1965)
4.) Unforgiven (1992)
5.) A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
6.) In the Line of Fire (1993)
7.) High Plains Drifter (1973)
8.) Where Eagles Dare (1968)
9.) Kelly's Heroes (1970)
10.) Million Dollar Baby (2004)
11.) The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
12.) Gran Torino (2008)
13.) Play Misty for Me (1971)
14.) The Eiger Sanction (1975)
15.) The Gauntlet (1977)
16.) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
17.) Coogan's Bluff (1968)
18.) Joe Kidd (1972)
19.) Trouble With The Curve (2013) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ The Godfather (1972), On the Waterfront (1954), The Chase (1966), The Wild One (1953), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) ” - DareDevilKid
Dilip Kumar is considered to be one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema. Starting his career in 1944, he has starred in some of the biggest commercially successful films in the period 1949-1961. . He was the first actor to receive a Filmfare Best Actor Award and holds the record for most number of Filmfare Awards won for that category...
“ Naya Daur (1957), Mashaal (1984), Gopi (1973), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Gunga Jumna (1961), Shakti (1982), Madhumati (1958) ” - DareDevilKid
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (A.K.A. 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...
“ Gangs Of New York (2002), In the Name of the Father (1993), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), My Left Foot (1989), Lincoln (2012) ” - DareDevilKid
Shah Rukh Khan
Born to Mir Taj Muhammad Khan and Lateef Fatima in New Delhi, India. His name literally translates into 'Face of the King'. According to some critics he may have influences of the legends Mr. Rajesh Khanna and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan while he acts out roles but he has always been known for his trademark performances...
“ Another actor for which I was compelled to showcase him in his own list:
1.) Swades (2004)
2.) Darr (1993)
3.) Chak De India! (2007)
4.) Don 2 (2011)
5.) Don (2006)
6.) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
7.) Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993)
8.) Baazigar (1993)
9.) My Name Is Khan (2010)
10.) Baadshah (1999) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ A Few Good Men (1992), The Departed (2006), The Shining (1980), Chinatown (1974), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Batman (1989) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ The Godfather (1972), Scarface (1983), The Recruit (2003), The Devil's Advocate (1997), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Scent Of A Woman (1992) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ White Heat (1949), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), The Roaring Twenties (1939), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) ” - DareDevilKid
Robert De Niro
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
“ Could any sane person expect De Niro not to have his own list:
1.) Goodfellas (1990)
2.) The Untouchables (1987)
3.) Taxi Driver (1976)
4.) Cape Fear (1991)
5.) The King Of Comedy (1982)
6.) Midnight Run (1988)
7.) Casino (1995)
8.) Meet the Parents (2000)
9.) Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
10.) Ronin (1998)
11.) Grudge Match (2013) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ Here again, this legendary superstar & brilliant actor demanded his own list:
1.) Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
2.) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
3.) Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
4.) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
5.) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
6.) Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
7.) Air Force One (1997)
8.) Blade Runner (1982)
9.) The Fugitive (1993)
10.) Witness (1985)
11.) 42 (2013) ” - DareDevilKid
“ Another legendary star who demands his own list & nothing less:
1.) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
2.) The Untouchables (1987)
3.) Dr. No (1962)
4.) Finding Forrester (2000)
5.) Goldfinger (1964)
6.) From Russia with Love (1963)
7.) The Hunt for Red October (1990)
8.) The Rock (1996)
9.) The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
10.) Just Cause (1995) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ The Big Lebowski (1998), True Grit (2010), Iron Man (2008), Starman (1984), Arlington Road (1999), Crazy Heart (2009) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ The only actor among the few superstars nowadays who merits his own list:
1.) The Dark Knight (2008)
2.) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
3.) Batman Begins (2005)
4.) The Fighter (2010)
5.) 3:10 To Yuma (2007)
6.) The Flowers Of War (2011)
7.) The Prestige (2006)
8.) American Hustle (2013)
9.) Harsh Times (2005)
10.) Treasure Island (1990)
11.) Rescue Dawn (2006) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ In the Heat of the Night (1967), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), A Raisin In The Sun (1961), The Defiant Ones (1958), To Sir, with Love (1967), Lilies of the Field (1963), A Patch of Blue (1965), Shoot To Kill (1988) ” - DareDevilKid
"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...
“ High Noon (1952), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Beau Geste (1939), Man of the West (1958), Vera Cruz (1954), Meet John Doe (1941), Friendly Persuasion (1956) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ This brilliant action star proves his versatility with some diverse roles & different genres, thus meriting his own list:
1.) Pulp Fiction (1994)
2.) Die Hard (1988)
3.) The Sixth Sense (1999)
4.) Looper (2012)
5.) Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
6.) Die Hard 2 (1990)
7.) Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
8.) Red (2010)
9.) Tears of the Sun (2003)
10.) Red 2 (2013)
11.) Sin City (2005)
12.) Armageddon (1998)
13.) Blind Date (1987) ” - DareDevilKid
Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s...
“ Paths of Glory (1957), Last Train from Gun Hill (1959), Spartacus (1960), Ace in the Hole (1951), Detective Story (1951) ” - DareDevilKid
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would become Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood...
“ Again I was compelled to compile his own list:
1.) A Few Good Men (1992)
2.) Mission: Impossible (1996)
3.) Jerry Maguire (1996)
4.) Rain Man (1988)
5.) Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
6.)Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)
7.) Top Gun (1993)
8.) The Firm (1986)
9.) Collateral (2004)
10.) Edge of Tomorrow
11.) Knight and Day (2010)
12.) The Last Samurai (2003)
13.) Oblivion (2013) ” - DareDevilKid
An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant...
“ Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013), Luther (2010) [T.V. Series], Thor (2011), The Losers (2010), No Good Deed (2014) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ His own list and nothing less:
1.) The Dark Knight (2008)
2.) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
3.) Batman Begins (2005)
4.) The Prestige (2006)
5.) Jack The Ripper (1988) [T.V. Miniseries]
6.) The Italian Job (1969)
7.) Dressed to Kill (1980)
8.) Now You See Me (2013)
9.) Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
10.) Miss Congeniality (2000) ” - DareDevilKid
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish...
“ A Time to Kill (1996), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Contact (1997), Fool's Gold (2008) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ Planet of the Apes (1968), Touch of Evil (1958), Soylent Green (1973), The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), Airport 1975 (1974) ” - DareDevilKid
Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy
and Vernon Lynch
“ 48 Hrs. (1982), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek (2001), Coming to America (1988), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Shrek Forever After (2010) ” - DareDevilKid
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton
and Myra Keaton
. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
“ The Cameraman (1928), The General (1926), College (1927), Seven Chances (1925), Sherlock Jr. (1924), Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), Our Hospitality (1923) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ Yojimbo (1961), Seven Samurai (1954), The Hidden Fortress (1958), Throne of Blood (1957), The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Red Sun(1971), Rashomon (1950) ” - DareDevilKid
Dharmendra is one of the biggest stars of Indian cinema. Dharmendra Deol played the romantic hero in woman centric films from 1960-1968 and became romantic hero from 1968-69 and played the role of action hero from 1975-1997. Dharmendra has appeared in 288 films. He is known as 'Garam' Dharam in Bollywood...
“ Here comes another actor compelling his own list:
1.) Sholay (1975)
2.) Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)
3.) Johnny Gaddaar (2007)
4.) Chupke Chupke (1975)
5.) Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)
6.) Anupama (1966)
7.) The Burning Train (1980)
8.) Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011)
9.) Charas (1976) ” - DareDevilKid
Akshay Kumar, born September 9, 1967, is an actor. He studied martial arts in Hong Kong. It was a student that suggested that he try modeling. Because of his success as model, he was offered films. Along with his good looks and excellent martial art skills, he was always the first choice to do adventurous movies...
“ Too many memorable films that deserve a separate list:
1.) Khakee (2004)
3.) Hera Pheri (2000)
5.) Baby (2015)
6.) OMG: Oh My God! (2012)
7.) Special 26 (2013)
8.) Mohra (1994)
9.) Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994)
10.) Khiladi (1992)
11.) Housefull (2010)
12.) Housefull 2 (2012)
13.) Keemat: They Are Back (1998)
14.) Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
15.) Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004)
16.) Awara Paagal Deewana (2002)
17.) Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ Too many great films not to have his own list:
1.) Inglourious Basterds (2009)
2.) Se7en (1995)
3.) Snatch (2000)
4.) Ocean's Eleven (2001)
5.) World War Z (2013)
6.) Fight Club (1999)
7.) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
8.) Burn After Reading (2008) ” - DareDevilKid
Living in a Chawl in Tilak Nagar, Punjabi-speaking Anil was born in 1959 to Surinder and Nirmal aka Suchitra Kapoor. He has an elder brother, Boney, a sister, Reena, and a younger brother, Sanjay. His dad used to be Shammi Kapoor's Secretary. A loner, without many friends, he studied in the nearby O.L.P.S...
“ Pukar (2000), Parinda (1989), Mashaal (1984), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Mr India (1987), Meri Jung (1985) ” - DareDevilKid
Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970's hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat
- he was the youngest child in the trio. He then concentrated on school and became a state tennis champion for Maharashtra. Aamir fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21...
“ If he doesn't deserve his own list, then few others do:
1.) Lagaan (2001)
2.) Range De Basanti (2006)
3.) 3 Idiots (2009)
4.) Ghulam (1998)
5.) Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
6.) Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
7.) Sarfarosh (1999)
8.) Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
9.) PK (2014)
10.) Dangal (2016)
11.) Taare Zameen Par (2007) ” - DareDevilKid
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...
“ Schindler's List (1993), Batman Begins (2005), Taken (2008), The A-Team (2010), The Lego Movie (2014) ” - DareDevilKid
Emraan Hashmi was born 24 March 1979) is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi languagefilms. Through his successful career, Hashmi has received three Filmfare Award nominations and has established himself as one of the most popular and highest-paid actor of Hindi cinema. Hashmi, member of the Bhatt family was born and raised in Mumbai...
“ Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010), Shanghai (2012), Jannat (2008), Jannat 2 (2012), Gangster (2006), Murder (2004) ” - DareDevilKid
James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Margaret (Lavery), a former stage actress, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor. The Caviezels are a closely knit Catholic family. He is of Irish (mother) and Swiss and Slovak-Romansh (father) descent; the surname...
“ Person of Interest (2011 - TV Series), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Outlander (2008), Transit (2012). ” - DareDevilKid
Errol Flynn was born to parents Theodore Flynn
, a respected biologist, and Marrelle Young, an adventurous young woman. Young Flynn was a rambunctious child who could be counted on to find trouble. Errol managed to have himself thrown out of every school he was enrolled in. In his late teens he set out to find gold...
“ The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Adventures of Don Juan (1948), Captain Blood (1935), The Sea Hawk (1940) ” - DareDevilKid