My favourite actors of all time

A list of my favourite actors of all time.

In the description you see the film I rate as this actor's three "Key Films". Others are mentioned in the two categories "Honorable mention" and "Also seen in".

If you miss certain films in an actor's description, it could be due to the fact that I only listed films that I have really watched.

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1.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Taxi Driver" (1976)
2. "Raging Bull" (1980)
3. "The Deer Hunter" (1978)
- Honorable mention: "Mean Streets", "The Godfather: Part II", "New York, New York", "King of Comedy", "Once Upon a Time in America", "The Untouchables", "GoodFellas", "Casino", "Heat", "Silver Linings Playbook"
- Also seen in: "The Last Tycoon", "The Mission", "Backdraft", "Cape Fear", "The Fan", "Sleepers", "Marvin's Room", "Cop Land", "Wag the Dog", "Jackie Brown", "Ronin", "Analyze This", "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle", "Men of Honor", "Meet the Parents", "The Score", "Showtime", "City by the Sea", "Analyze That", "Meet the Fockers", "Stardust", "Machete". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
2.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. Despite being colorblind, he won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958)
2. "The Hustler" (1961)
3. "Hud" (1963)
- Honorable mention: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "The Sting", "Slap Shot", "The Verdict", "The Color of Money", "Nobody's Fool"
- Also seen in: "Torn Curtain", "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson", "The Hudsucker Proxy", "Message in a Bottle", "Road to Perdition", "Cars". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
3.
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Le samouraï" (1967)
2. "Le cercle rouge" (1970)
3. "Rocco e i suoi fratelli" (1960)
- Honorable mention: "Plein soleil", "L'eclisse", "Il Gattopardo", "La piscine", "Un flic"
- Also seen in: "Christine", "Scorpio", "Mort d'un pourri", "The Concorde... Airport '79", "Astérix aux jeux olympiques". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
4.
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946)...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949)
2. "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
3. "The Ladykillers" (1955)
- Honorable mention: "The Man in the White Suit", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Star Wars"
- Also seen in: "Doctor Zhivago", "The Fall of the Roman Empire", "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back", "Little Lord Fauntleroy", "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
5.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Good Will Hunting" (1997)
2. "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999)
3. "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004)
- Honorable mention: "The Rainmaker", "Dogma", "Ocean's Eleven", "The Departed", "The Bourne Ultimatum", "Invictus", "True Grit"
- Also seen in: "Courage under Fire", "Saving Private Ryan", "Rounders", "Finding Forrester", "The Majestic", "The Bourne Identity", "Stuck on You", "EuroTrip", "Ocean's Twelve", "Syriana", "Ocean's Thirteen", "The Informant!". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
6.
River Phoenix
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "My Own Private Idaho" (1991)
2. "Stand By Me" (1985)
3. "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)
- Honorable mention: "The Thing Called Love"
- Also seen in: "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon", "Sneakers". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
7.
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it fascinates others...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "La nuit américaine" (1973)
2. "Les quatre cents coups" (1959)
3. "Baisers volés" (1968)
- Honorable mention: "Antoine et Colette", "La chinoise", "Domicile conjugal", "L'amour en fuite", "I Hired a Contract Killer"
- Also seen in: "Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution", "Pierrot le fou", "Week End", "Ultimo tango a Parigi". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
8.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He started his career by appearing in episodes of television shows with his brother River Phoenix and sister Summer Phoenix. His first major film release was in the comedy-drama film Parenthood (1989). During his period as a child actor he was credited as Leaf Phoenix...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Walk the Line" (2005)
2. "Gladiator" (2000)
3. "Two Lovers" (2008)
- Honorable mention: "Signs", "The Village", "Reservation Road"
- Also seen in:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
9.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Aviator" (2004)
2. "Gilbert Grape" (1993)
3. "The Departed" (2006)
- Honorable mention: "The Basketball Diaries", "Gangs of New York", "Catch Me If You Can", "Revolutionary Road", "Shutter Island", "Django Unchained"
- Also seen in: "Marvin's Room", "Titanic", "The Beach", "Blood Diamond", "Inception". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
10.
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Actor, Breathless
The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in À pied, à cheval et en voiture but the episodes with his participation were cut before release. However, the breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "À Bout de Souffle" (1960)
2. "Le doulos" (1962)
3. "Pierrot Le Fou" (1965)
- Honorable mention: "Une femme est une femme", "La sirène du Mississipi", "Peur sur la ville"
- Also seen in: "Cartouche", "L'aîné des Ferchaux". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
11.
Jack Nicholson
With 12 Academy Award nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s-2000s), Michael Caine (1960s-2000s), Paul Newman (1950s-1960s, 1980s-2000s), and Laurence Olivier (1930s-1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five decades...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Chinatown" (1974)
2. "Five Easy Pieces" (1970)
3. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)
- Honorable mention: "The Passenger", "Shining", "Batman", "A Few Good Men", "Mars Attacks!", "As Good as It Gets", "About Schmidt", "The Departed"
- Also seen in: "Easy Rider", "The Last Tycoon", "Broadcast News", "Anger Management", "Something's Gotta Give", "The Bucket List". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
12.
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow is a Swedish actor who became a French citizen in 2002. He has appeared in many films, in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Sydow is most know for films such as The Seventh Seal, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Quiller Memorandum, The Exorcist...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Det sjunde inseglet" (1957)
2. "Vargtimmen" (1968)
3. "Jungfrukällan" (1960)
- Honorable mention: "Smultronstället", "Nära livet", "Ansiktet", "Nattvardsgästerna", "Skammen", "En Passion", "The Exorcist", "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Minority Report"
- Also seen in: "Never Say Never Again", "Ghostbusters II", "Judge Dredd", "Vercingétorix", "Le scaphandre et le papillon", "Shutter Island". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
13.
Ryan Gosling
Actor, Drive
Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman. Ryan was the second of their two children, with an older sister, Mandi. His ancestry is French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Half Nelson" (2006)
2. "Drive" (2011)
3. "The Place Beyond the Pines" (2012)
- Honorable mention: "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
- Also seen in: "Remember the Titans", "The Notebook", "Only God Forgives". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
14.
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Il Gattopardo" (1963)
2. "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957)
3. "From Here to Eternity" (1953)
- Honorable mention: "Local Hero"
- Also seen in: "Airport". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
15.
James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track)...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (1939)
2. "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962)
3. "Vertigo" (1958)
- Honorable mention: "It's A Beautiful Life", "Rope", "Rear Window", "The Man Who Knew Too Much [1956]"
- Also seen in:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
16.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Tree of Life" (2011)
2. "Fight Club" (1999)
3. "Moneyball" (2011)
- Honorable mention: "A River Runs Through It", "Se7en", "Sleepers", "Snatch.", "Ocean's Eleven", "Babel", "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", "Burn after Reading", "Inglourious Basterds"
- Also seen in: "Thelma & Louise", "True Romance", "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles", "The Devil's Own", "Seven Years in Tibet", "Meet Joe Black", "The Mexican", "Troy", "Ocean's Twelve", "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", "Ocean's Thirteen", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
17.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Schindler's List" (1993)
2. "Quiz Show" (1994)
3. "The English Patient" (1996)
- Honorable mention: "Strange Days", "Sunshine", "The Constant Gardener", "The Constant Gardener", "In Bruges", "The Reader", "Skyfall"
- Also seen in: "Red Dragon", "Manhattan Love Story", "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", "The Hurt Locker". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
18.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "On The Waterfront" (1954)
2. "The Godfather" (1972)
3. "Ultimo tango a Parigi" (1972)
- Honorable mention: "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Apocalypse Now"
- Also seen in: "Julius Caesar", "Freshman", "Don Juan DeMarco", The Score". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
19.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln, making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "There Will Be Blood" (2007)
2. "In the Name of the Father" (1993)
3. "My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown" (1989)
- Honorable mention: "Gandhi", "The Last of the Mohicans", "Gangs of New York", "Lincoln". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
20.
Bill Murray
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Lost in Translation" (2003)
2. "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004)
3. "Rushmore" (1998)
- Honorable mention: "Tootsie", "Ghostbusters", "Groundhog Day", "Ed Wood", "Wild Things", "Hamlet", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "Coffee and Cigarettes", "Broken Flowers", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "Moonrise Kingdom"
- Also seen in: "Meatballs", "Scrooged", "Quick Change", "Ghostbusters II", "The Man Who Knew Too Little", "Charlie's Angels", "Garfield", "The Darjeeling Limited", "Zombieland". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
21.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Fighter" (2010)
2. "The Dark Knight" (2008)
3. "The New World" (2005)
- Honorable mention: "Batman Begins", "The Prestige", "3:10 to Yuma", "Public Enemies", "The Dark Knight Rises"
- Also seen in: "Pocahontas", "Laurel Canyon", "Terminator Salvation". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
22.
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. Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
2. "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975)
3. "Heat" (1995)
- Honorable mention: "The Godfather", "Serpico", "Scarface", "The Devil's Advocate", "Any Given Sunday"
- Also seen in: "The Godfather: Part III", "Insomnia", "Ocean's Thirteen". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
23.
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Le salaire de la peur" (1953)
2. "Z" (1969)
3. "Le cercle rouge" (1970)
- Honorable mention: "Jean de Florette", "Manon des sources"
- Also seen in:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
24.
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
2. "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
3. "Gladiator" (2000)
- Honorable mention: "Mystery, Alaska", "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"
- Also seen in: "3:10 to Yuma", "American Gangster", "Body of Lies", "The Next Three Days". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
25.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Up in the Air" (2009)
2. "Ocean's Eleven" (2001)
3. "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000)
- Honorable mention: "Out of Sight", "Intolerable Cruelty", "Leatherheads", "Burn After Reading", "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
- Also seen in: "From Dusk Till Dawn", "The Thin Red Line", "The Perfect Storm", "Ocean's Twelve", "Ocean's Thirteen". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
26.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Good Will Hunting" (1997)
2. "Argo" (2012)
3. "The Town" (2010)
- Honorable mention: "Shakespeare in Love", "Dogma", "To the Wonder"
- Also seen in: "Armageddon", "Pearl Harbor", "Changing Lanes", "The Sum of All Fears", "Surviving Christmas", "Hollywoodland", "He's Just Not That Into You". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
27.
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Jerry Maguire" (1996)
2. "Vanilla Sky" (2001)
3. "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)
- Honorable mention: "Rain Man", "A Few Good Men", "Mission: Impossible", "Magnolia", "Minority Report", "Collateral", "Valkyrie", "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"
- Also seen in: "Top Gun", "Days of Thunder", "Far and Away", "Mission: Impossible II", "War of the Worlds", "Mission: Impossible III", "Tropic Thunder". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
28.
Owen Wilson
Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Wilson was born in Dallas, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. He grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura (Cunningham), a photographer; his father, Robert Andrew Wilson, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson (the eldest) and Luke Wilson (the youngest)...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Midnight in Paris" (2011)
2. "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)
3. "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001)
- Honorable mention: "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"
- Also seen in: "Cable Guy", "Armageddon", "Zoolander", "Starsky & Hutch", "Wedding Crashers", "Cars", "Fantastic Mr. Fox". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
29.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Ed Wood" (1994)
2. "What's Easting Gilbert Grape" (1993)
3. "Dead Man" (1995)
- Honorable mention: "Edward Scissorhands", "Arizona Dream", "Chocolat", "Blow", "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", "Finding Neverland", "Public Enemies", "The Tourist"
- Also seen in: "Platoon". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
30.
Harvey Keitel
Came to prominence in the early films of Martin Scorsese after working in theatre for around a decade, particularly Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. Faded into anonymity in the 1980s even though he turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America's leading directors. He reemergered into star status with his role as Mr...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Mean Streets" (1973)
2. "Reservoir Dogs" (1992)
3. "Cop Land" (1997)
- Honorable mention: "Taxi Driver", "Thelma & Louise", "Pulp Fiction", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Moonrise Kingdom"
- Also seen in: "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson", "Little Nicky", "National Treasure", "Be Cool", "National Treasure: Book of Secrets". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
31.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
2. "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
3. "Blade Runner" (1982)
- Honorable mention: "Star Wars", "Frantic", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "The Fugitive"
- Also seen in: "American Graffiti", "Apocalypse Now", "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi", "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", "Witness", "The Devil's Own", "Air Force One", "Six Days Seven Nights", "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
32.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Trois couleurs: Rouge" (1994)
2. "Z" (1969)
3. "Amour" (2012)
- Honorable mention: "Il grande silenzio", "Vivement dimanche!"
- Also seen in: "La cité des enfants perdus". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
33.
Viggo Mortensen
Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Eastern Promises" (2007)
2. "A History of Violence" (2005)
3. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003)
- Honorable mention: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
- Also seen in: "Witness", "Hidalgo". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
34.
Mark Wahlberg
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Fighter" (2010)
2. "Boogie Nights" (1997)
3. "The Departed" (2006)
- Honorable mention: "The Basketball Diaries", "The Italian Job", "The Other Guys"
- Also seen in: "Renaissance Man", "The Perfect Storm", "Shooter". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
35.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Le Mépris" (1963)
2. "Belle de Jour" (1967)
3. "Les demoiselles de Rochefort" (1967)
- Honorable mention:-
- Also seen in: "Le doulos", "Topas". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
36.
Guy Pearce
Actor, Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Anne (Pickering) and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, after his father was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Memento" (2000)
2. "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
3. "The Hurt Locker" (2008)
- Honorable mention: "Lawless"
- Also seen in:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
37.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Graduate" (1967)
2. "Rain Man" (1988)
3. "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979)
- Honorable mention: "All the President's Men", "Tootsie", "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer"
- Also seen in: "Papillon", "Hook", "Outbreak", "Sleepers", "Wag the Dog", "Finding Neverland", "Meet the Fockers". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
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“ - His Key Films:
1. "Rushmore" (1998)
2. "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)
3. "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010)
- Honorable mention: "Moonrise Kingdom"
- Also seen in: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Hotel Chevalier", "Fantastic Mr. Fox". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
39.
Joe Pesci
Actor, Goodfellas
Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943, in Newark, NJ, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor and by the mid-50s was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-'60s he released a record under the stage name of "Joe Ritchie" titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing"...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "GoodFellas" (1990)
2. "Raging Bull" (1980)
3. "Casino" (1995)
- Honorable mention: "Once Upon a Time in America", "Home Alone"
- Also seen in: "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York", "Gone Fishin'". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
40.
Keanu Reeves
Actor, The Matrix
Keanu Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2, 1964. He is the son of English-born Patricia Taylor, a showgirl, and American-born Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "My Own Private Idaho" (1991)
2. "Matrix" (1999)
3. "Speed" (1994)
- Also seen in: "Dangerous Liaisons", "Point Break", "The Replacements", "Hard Ball", "Something's Gotta Give". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
41.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Schindler's List" (1993)
2. "Love Actually" (2003)
3. "Unknown" (2011)
- Honorable mention: "Gangs of New York", "Kingdom of Heaven", "Batman Begins"
- Also seen in: "Les Misérables", "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", "Taken". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
42.
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Goldfinger" (1964)
2. "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)
3. "The Untouchables" (1987)"
- Honorable mention: "From Russia with Love", "Marnie", "Thunderball", "Diamonds Are Forever", "The Hunt for Red October"
- Also seen in: "The Longest Day", "Dr. No", "You Only Live Twice", "Murder on the Orient Express", "Never Say Never Again", "Der Name der Rose", "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", "Just Cause", "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
43.
Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Pianist" (2002)
2. "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)
3. "Dummy" (2002)
- Honorable mention: "The Thin Red Line", "The Village", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "Midnight in Paris"
- Also seen in: "Natural Born Killers". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
44.
John Cusack
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Being John Malkovich" (1999)
2. "High Fidelity" (2000)
3. "Bullets over Broadway" (1994)
- Also seen in: "Stand By Me", "Broadcast News", "The Thin Red Line", "America's Sweethearts", "2012". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
45.
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Paper Moon" (1973)
2. "Barry Lyndon" (1975)
3. "What's Up, Doc?" (1972)
- Honorable mention: "Love Story", "A Bridge Too Far"
- Also seen in: "Chances Are". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
46.
Cary Grant
Cary Grant was an English actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and "dashing good looks", Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema (after Humphrey Bogart)...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Bringing Up Baby" (1938)
2. "North by Northwest" (1959)
3. "Notorious" (1946)
- Honorable mention: "To Catch a Thief", "That Touch of Mink". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
47.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "eXistenZ" (1999)
2. "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999)
3. "Artificial Intelligence: AI" (2001)
- Honorable mention: "Road to Perdition", "The Aviator", "The Holiday", Sherlock Holmes", "Hugo Cabret". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
48.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Mystic River" (2003)
2. "The Tree of Life" (2011)
3. "I Am Sam" (2001)
- Honorable mention: "The Thin Red Line", "The Interpreter". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
49.
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is breathtaking. Martin Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan)...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
2. "Badlands" (1973)
3. "The Departed" (2006)
- Honorable mention: "Wall Street", "Catch Me If You Can", "Bobby"
- Also seen in: "Gandhi", "Hot Shots! Part Deux", "Project: ALF", "Lost & Found". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
50.
Daniel Craig
Actor, Skyfall
Daniel Craig, one of British theatre's most famous faces, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, went on to star as "James Bond" in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. He was born Daniel Wroughton Craig on March 2, 1968, at 41 Liverpool Road...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Casino Royale" (2006)
2. "The Invasion" (2007)
3. "Munich" (2005)
- Honorable mention: "Layer Cake" "Quantum of Solace"
- Also seen in: "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider", "Road to Perdition". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
51.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Annie Hall" (1977)
2. "Manhattan" (1979)
3. "Zelig" (1983)
- Honorable mention: "Manhattan Murder Mystery"
- Also seen in: "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Mighty Aphrodite", "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion", "Scoop". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
52.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Last Picture Show" (1971)
2. "The Big Lebowski" (1998)
3. "True Grit" (2010)
- Also seen in: "The Last Unicorn". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
53.
Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him nominations for an Academy award...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Crash" (2004)
2. "There's Something About Mary" (1998)
3. "Wild Things" (1998)
- Also seen in: "Herbie Fully Loaded". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
54.
Kevin Bacon
Actor, Apollo 13
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964. Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. His debut as the strict Chip Diller in Animal House almost seems like an inside joke...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Sleepers" (1996)
2. "A Few Good Men" (1992)
3. "Mystic River" (2003)
- Honorable mention: "Wild Things"
- Also seen in: "The River Wild", "My Dog Skip", "Where the Truth lies". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
55.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Zodiac" (2007)
2. "Donnie Darko" (2001)
2. "Brokeback Mountain" (2005)
- Honorable mention: "Source Code"
- Also seen in: "The Day After Tomorrow". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
56.
Michael Caine
Michael Caine is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Cider House Rules" (1999)
2. "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986)
3. "Batman Begins" (2005)
- Honorable mention: "The Prestige", "The Dark Knight", "The Dark Knight Rises"
- Also seen in: "Miss Congeniality", "Inception". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
57.
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "No Country for Old Men" (2007)
2. "Lincoln" (2012)
3. "The Fugitive" (1993)
- Honorable mention: "Batman Forever", "In the Valley of Elah", "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"
- Also seen in: "Natural Born Killers", "Man of the House". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
58.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Trainspotting" (1996)
2. "Shallow Grave" (1994)
3. "Moulin Rouge!" (2001)
- Honorable mention: "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", "Young Adam", "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"
- Also seen in: "Black Hawk Down", "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", "Angels & Demons". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
59.
Vincent Cassel
Actor, Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "La haine" (1995)
2. "Eastern Promises" (2007)
3. "Black Swan" (2010)
- Also seen in: "Joan of Arc", "Le pacte des loups", "Birthday Girl", "Ocean's Twelve", "Ocean's Thirteen". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
60.
Moritz Bleibtreu
Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door. He also became internationally known for his work on Run Lola Run...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Lola rennt" (1998)
2. "Im Juli." (2000)
3. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (1997)
- Honorable mention: "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex"
- Also seen in: "Solino", "Munich". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
61.
Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "The Godfather" (1972)
2. "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
3. "Network" (1976)
- Honorable mention: "Apocalypse Now"
- Also seen in: "Days of Thunder", "Thank You for Smoking". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
62.
Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy made his debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war film Black Hawk Down. Hardy's other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the crime film RocknRolla (2008), biographical psychological drama Bronson (2008), science fiction thriller Inception (2010), sports drama Warrior (2011)...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Warrior" (2011)
2. "Bronson" (2008)
3. "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012)
- Honorable mention: "Layer Cake"; "RocknRolla", "Inception", "Lawless"
- Also seen in: "Black Hawk Down". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
63.
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...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Fight Club" (1999)
2. "American History X" (1998)
3. "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012)
- Honorable mention: "Rounders", "Keeping the Faith", "The Italian Job", "The Illusionist"
- Also seen in: "The Score", "Kingdom of Heaven", "The Incredible Hulk", "Leaves of Grass". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
64.
Joel Edgerton
Actor, Warrior
Joel Edgerton was born on June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia, to Marianne and Michael Edgerton, who is a solicitor and property developer. His brother is filmmaker Nash Edgerton. He went to Hills Grammar School in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and after leaving, he attended Nepean Drama School in 1994...
“ - His Key Films:
1. "Warrior" (2011)
2. "Animal Kingdom" (2010)
3. "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012)
- Also seen in: "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", "King Arthur", "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith". ” - ArcadeDoinel
 
65.
Sterling Hayden
Born to George & Frances Simonson Walter, and named Sterling Relyea Walter. Father died in 1925. Adopted by stepfather 'James Hayden' renamed Sterling Walter Hayden. Grew up in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Maine. Though very poor, attended prep school at Wassookeag School in Dexter...
 
66.
Ethan Hawke
Actor, Gattaca
Ethan Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary, and wrote the novels The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002)...
 
67.
Steve Buscemi
Actor, Fargo
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...
 
68.
Kevin Spacey
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...
 
69.
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
 
70.
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...
 
71.
Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
 
72.
Daniel Brühl
Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain. His father was German TV director Hanno Brühl (1937-2010), who was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His Spanish mother was a teacher. He also has a brother and a sister, Oliver and Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he grew up and attended the Dreikönigsgymnasium...
 
73.
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, Virginia...
 
74.
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's best rising stars in Hollywood and abroad today. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history. Farrell was born on May 31...
 
75.
Alan Rickman
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...
 
77.
Klaus Kinski
Klaus Kinski was born Nikolaus Günther Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began acting on the stage...
 
78.
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. His parents ran a restaurant (his father is a chef)...
 
79.
Luke Wilson
Actor, Old School
Handsome Texan Luke Cunningham Wilson was born in Dallas in 1971, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. The son of Laura (Cunningham), a photographer, and Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive, he was raised with two brothers, Owen Wilson (the middle one) and Andrew Wilson (the eldest one)...
 
80.
Bruno Ganz
Actor, Downfall
Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with tendencies towards introspection was widely known after Summer Guests.
 
81.
Cillian Murphy
Actor, Inception
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law at University College Cork...
 
82.
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...
 
83.
William Holden
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
 
84.
Pete Postlethwaite
Actor, Inception
Classically-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up in Warrington, Lancashire amid middle-class surroundings, he went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in theatre...
 
85.
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
 
86.
Chris Cooper
Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised. Educated at the University of Missouri school of drama...
 
87.
John Cazale
John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way, he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line"...
 
88.
John Turturro
Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles. Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine, a jazz singer...
 
89.
Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skarsgård is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as Jan Nyman in Breaking the Waves (1996), Prof. Gerald Lambeau in Good Will Hunting (1997), Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Bill Anderson in Mamma Mia...
 
90.
Ulrich Thomsen
Ulrich Thomsen graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993, after which playing on several theaters in Copenhagen, i.e. Dr. Dantes Aveny, Mungo Park and Østre Gasværks Teater. His debut on film was in Ole Bornedal's Nightwatch. Since then a number of roles in...
 
91.
Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker. Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher, he slowly grew to become one of Denmark's biggest movie actors...
 
92.
James Dean
James Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant...
 
93.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
 
94.
James Mason
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone Guthrie and of Alexander Korda...
 
95.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
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...
 
96.
Jean Gabin
Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. But he was also able to play all other kind of people: aristocrats...
 
97.
Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
 
98.
Jean-Claude Brialy
One of the most popular and respected actors to come from the French "New Wave" film movement, Jean-Claude Brialy was born to a military family, which included one brother, in French colonial Algeria on March 30, 1933. Residing in various places while his father, a colonel with the French Army, went through the paces of his career...
 
99.
Woody Harrelson
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, had a brief stint in New York theater. He was soon cast as Woody on TV series Cheers...
 
100.
Matthew McConaughey
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...