My favorite actors

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1.
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin...
“ As Anthony Soprano in 'The Sopranos', as Mickey in 'Killing Them Softly' and as Douglas Riley in 'Welcome to the Rileys'. ” - freeko3
 
2.
Ian McShane
From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough, no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains, and all-around badasses. A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically trained actor was born in Blackburn...
“ As Al Swearengen in 'Deadwood' and as Waleran Bigod in 'The Pillars of the Earth'. ” - freeko3
 
3.
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ As Col. William Ludlow in 'Legends of the Fall', as Ted Crawford in 'Fracture' and as Charles Morse in 'The Edge'. ” - freeko3
 
4.
Jack Nicholson
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...
“ As Edward in 'The Bucket List', as Dr. Buddy Rydell in 'Anger Management' and as Frank Costello in 'The Departed'. ” - freeko3
 
5.
“ As Silvio Dante in 'The Sopranos' and as Frank Tagliano in 'Lilyhammer'. ” - freeko3
 
6.
Gerald McRaney
Gerald McRaney was born August 19, 1947 in Collins, Mississippi. He is known as "Mac" to his family and friends. He began his acting career in junior high school when he injured his knee playing football and he joined the drama club. He spent several years acting in small roles and guest appearances while working in the Louisiana oil fields to support himself and his family...
“ As Johnston Green in 'Jericho'. ” - freeko3
 
7.
Pierce Brosnan
Actor, GoldenEye
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life...
“ As Harry Dalton in 'Dante's Peak', as Allen Brewer in 'The Greatest' and as Gideon in 'Seraphim Falls'. ” - freeko3
 
8.
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...
“ As Carver in 'Seraphim Falls', as Ottway in 'The Gray' and as Bryan Mills in 'Taken'. ” - freeko3
 
9.
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ As Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding in 'The Shawshank Redemption' and as Carter in 'The Bucket List'. ” - freeko3
 
10.
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...
“ As Ben Wade in '3:10 to Yuma', as Capt. Jack Aubrey in 'Master and Commander' and as Maximus in 'Gladiator'. ” - freeko3
 
11.
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Eastwood took interest in music and mechanics...
“ As Walt Kowalski in 'Gran Torino'. ” - freeko3
 
12.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ As Viktor Navorski in 'The Terminal', as Chuck Noland in 'Cast Away' and as Captain Richard Phillips in 'Captain Phillips'. ” - freeko3
 
13.
“ As Ron Swanson in 'Parks and Recreation'. ” - freeko3
 
14.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ As Bob Munro in 'Runaway Vacation', as Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire in 'Mrs. Doubtfire' and as Sean Maguire in 'Good Will Hunting'. ” - freeko3
 
15.
Ed O'Neill
Ed O'Neill is an American actor best known for playing Al Bundy on Married with Children, the most iconic working class character on television since Archie Bunker. Upon his debut on the world stage in Youngstown, Ohio on April 12, 1946, he was christened Edward Philip O'Neill, Jr. Both his father, Ed, Sr....
“ As Jay Pritchett in 'Modern Family'. ” - freeko3
 
16.
“ As Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri in 'The Sopranos'. ” - freeko3
 
17.
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ As Jack Campbell in 'The Family Man'. ” - freeko3
 
18.
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
“ As Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'. ” - freeko3
 
19.
“ As Cameron Tucker in 'Modern Family'. ” - freeko3
 
20.
Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ As Dr. King Schultz in 'Django Unchained' and as Col. Hans Landa in 'Inglourious Basterds'. ” - freeko3
 
21.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ As James Conway in 'Goodfellas', as Paul Vitti in 'Analyse This' and as Fred Blake in 'Malavita'. ” - freeko3
 
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. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ As Michael Corleone in 'The Godfather', as Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero in 'Donnie Brasco' and as Tony Montana in 'Scarface'. ” - freeko3
 
23.
Idris Elba
Actor, Prometheus
An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped out...
“ As Russell 'Stringer' Bell in 'The Wire'. ” - freeko3
 
24.
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...
“ As Tristan Ludlow in 'Legends of the Fall' and as Paul Maclean in 'A River Runs Through It'. ” - freeko3
 
25.
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...
“ As James Bond in 'Goldfinger'. ” - freeko3
 
26.
Alec Baldwin
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Alexander Rae Baldwin III is the son of Carol Newcomb (Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin...
“ As Jake Adler in 'It's Complicated' and as Robert Green in 'The Edge'. ” - freeko3
 
27.
Dominic Chianese
A multi-talented performer--as well as being an actor, he is an accomplished singer. He released a new music CD in late 2000 on which he sings American and Italian standards.
“ As Corrado 'Junior' Soprano in 'The Sopranos'. ” - freeko3
 
28.
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ As Benjamin Martin in 'The Patriot' and as William Wallace in 'Braveheart'. ” - freeko3
 
29.
Jonathan Banks
Versatile veteran character actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington D.C in 1947. While growing up he always had an interest in acting and stage work, so decided to pursue a career in entertainment. To this day he is a very accomplished stage actor. While acting in film, he usually plays sinister types or villains. He can be seen in Better Call Saul as Mike Ehrmantraut.
“ As Mike Ehrmantraut in 'Breaking Bad'. ” - freeko3
 
30.
Sean Bean
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ As Eddard Stark in 'Game of Thrones'. ” - freeko3
 
31.
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...
“ As Arnold in 'Hope Springs' and as Thaddeus Stevens in 'Lincoln'. ” - freeko3
 
32.
Logan Lerman
Logan was born in Beverly Hills, to a Jewish family. His parents are Lisa (Goldman), who worked as his manager, and Larry Lerman, an orthotist and businessman. He has two siblings, Lindsey and Lucas, both older. His relatives operate the orthotics and prosthetics company Lerman & Son, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Jacob Lerman...
“ As Charlie in 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'. ” - freeko3
 
33.
Steve Carell
Actor, The Office
Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet T. (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother is of Polish descent and his father is of Italian and German ancestry (Steve's grandfather had changed the surname from "Caroselli" to "Carrell")...
“ As Andy in 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'. ” - freeko3
 
34.
Mandy Patinkin
Actor, Homeland
Mandy Patinkin was born Mandel Bruce Patinkin in Chicago, Illinois, to Doris "Doralee" (Sinton), a homemaker and cookbook writer, and Lester Patinkin, who operated two scrap metal plants. He is of Russian Jewish and Latvian Jewish descent. Growing up, he began singing in synagogue choirs at the age of 13-14 and still continues to use his fantastic voice in musicals and in recordings...
“ As Saul Berenson in 'Homeland'. ” - freeko3
 
35.
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...
“ As Matt King in 'The Descendants'. ” - freeko3