The 50 Most Talented Male Actors By Screen Achievement...My Humble Opinion!

This is my list of the fifty very best male actors plying their craft since 1990 to the present in descending order. I weighted it towards most recent performances back. So five years ago it would probably have had most of the same actors but a different order and five tears from now it will probably evolve more. De Niro is my favorite actor of all-time but is he number one with the above parameters in place? Find out below. They are not necessarily my favorites or most popular but what I believe after watching well over 1,000 movies - whether I like them or not - are the very best 50 actors for sheer on screen brilliance! You are more than welcome to disagree and debate the list, but as with any list it is my opinion. Nothing more, Nothing less. I'll post my favorite actors in order in a different list. So please feel free to disagree but I would appreciate no bashing since it is just my opinion. I hope you enjoy and welcome any comments.

It's been well over two years since I put up this list and there have been some significant changes...I will try to fix what I feel needs fixed. Remember, it's only my opinion and it's natural to disagree...feel free, and thanks for checking it out. Gary
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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...
“ I was not a big fan of Leo when he first popped into the limelight, but after watching him tackle one role after another and given his ability to adapt to a multitude of roles right now I would have to put him right at the very top spot...and that is actually hard for me to do because he is not in my top ten favorite actors. But objectively speaking I can't think of anyone better right now. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ Jeff Bridges is finally starting to get the recognition he has long deserved. Next to Leo he has probably pumped out more memorable roles than anyone other than Sir Anthony and Leonardo.

Since I put this list up I now think Bridges is right there with Leo so he is the new number 2. DOOR IN THE FLOOR a great lesser known movie. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ Daniel Day-Lewis is another actor at the very top of his craft. He can play just about any role with the utmost perfection. From GANGS OF NEW YORK to MY LEFT FOOT to LAST OF THE MOHICANS to THERE WILL BE BLOOD he continuously puts out brilliant work. If he was busier he would probably be even higher on my list.

Update: after THERE WILL BE BLOOD he is right there with the big boys, maybe the most talented actor of the last generation for pure talent. Give it up for DDL ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ Despite the fact that the years keep churning by Anthony Hopkins continues to be relevant and at the top of his game. Two or three years ago he would have been my shoe-in for number one but Leo's work of late inches him past Sir Anthony by a nose.

Update: Sir Anthony is still probably as good as anybody but the choice parts are now going to others. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ Al Pacino is certainly one of our greatest actors of the last quarter of the twentieth century. I remember him first from SERPICO(1973) and after that it was one great performance after another: DOG DAY AFTERNOON, THE GODFATHER MOVIES, SCARFACE, GLENGARY GLENROSS, SCENT OF A WOMEN, CARLITO"S WAY, HEAT, DEVIL"S ADVOCATE, INSOMNIA and on and on. But as great as Pacino's career has been he would have never cracked my top two or three simply because he was always playing Al Pacino first and foremost. I just never thought he had the range of a Nicholson, De Niro, DiCaprio or even Jeff Bridges. But I think he fits well at number least for now. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ There seems to be a lot of people out there who just don't want to like Philip Seymour-Hoffman and to a point I understand that. While he sometimes comes across as full-of-himself there can be no denying his wide range and ability to play a myriad of roles. The fact that he is on the heavy side also keeps him from playing the leading man and out of action films...whether that is why he will never be accepted as an A lister or not is beyond me, but there can be no denying his tremendous talent. He seems like he should be a top five choice but I just can't put him there yet. ” - gary-hill57
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...
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...
“ De Niro would have been at the very top of my list if I did this just three years ago, but the really meaty roles are starting to become a little fewer and farther in between. My all-time favorite actor. He's as good a method actor as there is currently plying his craft. He the mens version of Meryl Streep.

Update: This almost kills me to say it but De Niro is finally not a top five actor and age is now limiting his parts. Get me a hankie, I'm tearing up...Bobby was always my man and if he was in a movie it was a must see, no more. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ "Jack" has long been one of my very favorite actors. Ten years ago he would have been either number one or two on my list, but as father time marches on the roles available becaome more and more limited and Nicholson has not seen the juicy roles he was being offered ten to twenty years ago. His performance in THE DEPARTED shows that he is still capable of carrying a movie. He first blew me away with one of the greatest performances of all time, his role in Ken Kesey's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S nest and continued to impress in such films as THE SHINNING, TERM OF ENDEARMENT, THE WILD RIDE(one of his first movies where he plays a James Dean type role), THE SHOOTING(Jack did several westerns early in his career), EASY RIDER(his breakout film...I thought his performance was brilliant), FIVE EASY PIECES, CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS, CHINATOWN, THE MISSOURI BREAKS, REDS, PRIZZI'S HONOR, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, BROADCAST NEWS, IRONWEED, BATMAN, THE TWO JAKES, A FEW GOOD MEN, THE CROSSING GUARD, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, THE PLEDGE, ABOUT SCHMIDT and ANGER MANAGEMENT(oh yes, Jack can do comedy just fine). Looking back at that list it wouldn't be hard to argue that Nicholson is one of the most versatile and best actors ever.

Nicholson has been nominated for an Academy Award a record twelve times winning three Oscars. ” - gary-hill57
Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
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 ...
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...
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor...
“ Ben Kingsley has been an amazing actor for such a long time and continues to remain relevant. While his Academy Award years may, or may not, be behind him he continues to churn out exceptional performances. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ Edward Norton burst onto the Hollywood scene in his very first movie, the thriller PRIMAL FEAR(a role that was offered to DeCaprio who turned it down Norton auditioned for the part and won it), in which he played Aaron the alter boy accused of murder and received his first Academy Award nomination . He followed that up playing Larry Flint's lawyer in the under rated PEOPLE VERSUS LARRY FLINT. Next he got the starring role in Woody Allen's EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU followed immeadiately by ROUNDERS, AMERICAN HISTORY X and the modern classic FIFGT CLUB. By this time Norton was being talked about as the next great American method actor. For whatever reason he has not received the same critical acclaim in his more recent roles as he did in his first half dozen movies. His more recent roles include THE SCORE where he got to play across from Robert DeNiro and DEATH TO SMOOCHY, THE ITILIAN JOB, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and the juicy role of Eisenhiem in the ILLUSIONIST. His last juicy role in my opinion was as the convicted arsonist Gerald "Stone" creeson who uses his wife the lovely Milla Jovovich to try to seduce his parole officer played by Robert DiNero to ensure his parole. The movie was a dissapointment for me but Norton was at his best again. I'm not sure what the future holds for Norton as he seems to be cutting back on his movie making. Five years ago Norton would have been in the top ten but right now I have him at 14 and trending downwards. ” - gary-hill57
Tom Hardy
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction 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...
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
Sam Rockwell
Actor, Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
Tom Wilkinson
Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and comes from a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England...
“ The English actor Tom Wilkinson is one of the finest English actors alive today. His ability to play almost any role on either side of the Atlantic is quite remarkable. And he has had so many truly amazing parts from his role in MICHAEL CLAYTON, to his role in ROCK-N-ROLLA to his tragic and poignant role in IN THE BEDROOM. Wilkinson is indeed a man for every season. ” - gary-hill57
Forest Whitaker
Actor, Platoon
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
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...
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...
Christopher Plummer
Actor, Up
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
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...
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father, from California...
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, Unbreakable, Shaft, Formula 51, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Born on February 19...
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
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...
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...
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...
Tim Roth
Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Simon Timothy Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to "Roth"; Ernie was in Brooklyn, New York, to an immigrant family of Irish ancestry...
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...
“ Though Penn is not of late getting the choice roles that he once was receiving and that made him one of the hottest commodities in his field there can be no denying that he is still one of the finest actors plying his trade and seldom disappointes when cast in the right role. A true actors actor. There is little doubt that he still has his acting chops when cast properly. ” - gary-hill57
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...
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...
Clint Eastwood
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...
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
Don Cheadle
Actor, Crash
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...
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...
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...
Ray Winstone
Ray Winstone was born on February 19, 1957, in Hackney Hospital in London, England, to Margaret (Richardson) and Raymond J. Winstone. He moved to Enfield, at age seven, where his parents had a fruit and vegetable business. He started boxing at the age of twelve at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing Club...
Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Belfast High School and the Queen's University, where he studied English. He later trained at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. In 1970s, he acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with the talented Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney. After several stage...
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...
Michael Gambon
Sir Michael Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary (Hoare), a seamstress, and Edward Gambon, an engineer. After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn...
Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
William Hurt
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
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...
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...
“ LEFT OFF LIST BECAUSE: For me the only role Matt Damon really plays well is Matt Damon. When it comes to range he has very little in my opinion (there's that word opinion again) and plays the same all-American looking kid even when he is supposed to be the bad guy. Take departed for instance, he was totally non-convincing as a bad apple and strained to even be taken seriously. In the one movie that he had a chance to stretch his acting chops - INVICTUS - he came up horribly short. Sorry Matt Damon fans but this list could be the best 150 actors and I still wouldn't be able to include Matt Damon. ” - gary-hill57
Val Kilmer
Actor, Heat
Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and...
“ Whatever became of Val Kilmer? At one time he was one of my favorite up and coming actors playing such different roles as Jim Morrison in THE DOORS, DANNY Parker in THE SALTON SEA, John Holmes in WONDERLAND and Doc Holliday in TOMBSTONE. Sadly he hasn't made a really quality movie since the comedy KISS KISS BANG BANG. AND lately he has been relegated to the B movie pile cranking out one stinker after another. If you want to see how bad his career has gotten watch 2009 THE STEAM EXPERIMENT sometime...just plain embarrassing. If you look at his photo to the left of this blurb it looks like he's gained 100 pounds in the past few years. And rightly or wrongly, Hollywood is not big on leading men type who suddenly go on an ice cream diet. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ Poor Nicholas Cage...he was terrific in a couple of films, especially WILD AT HEART, CONAIR and ADAPTATION. But for whatever reason Cage just can't seem to find a niche that fits him. Is he an action hero? Well not really. A leading man? Not with that hair. A great comedic talent? Hardly. Nickie Boy has probably churned out more junk than just about any other big name actor. He has to have the worst hair weave ever created for man (Didn't he ever hear of The Hairclub For Men?) And he often seems to be out of step with the rest of the characters in whichever movie he tackles lately. My gut tells me in five more years Nick Cage will just sort of fade out of the public eye...I think I'm starting to tear up! ” - gary-hill57
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ Costner is a great example that your lousy acting will eventually catch up to you. HOW DANCES WITH WOLVES ever won any awards let alone the Oscar is beyond me. He somehow parlayed BULL DURHAM, FIELD OF DREAMS and DANCES WITH WOLVES into a long if ho hum career. I mean really WATERWORLD and THE POSTMAN. They don't get much worst than those mega budget disasters. Costner is another one who let boy-next-door good looks define his options and now he is reaping what he has sown. What a letdown he has been. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ I always liked Harrison Ford, probably because his one really critically accepted movie WITNESS was shot in my hometown and I got to spend a whole day on the set where, in the movie, he ived with the Amish family. He's a heck of a nice guy with a good sense of timing, but acting wise...well, suffice it to say he never gets the juicy roles and for good reason. He has such a flat affect that it is hard for him to play anyone other than a particular type of character. If he could only...ahhh it's a day late and a dollar short now. ” - gary-hill57
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...
“ Dustin Hoffman was at one time one of our very best actors, but in acting terms he has not aged well. For whatever reason Hoffman, after a fantastic early career, has not aged well in acting terms. In a relatively short amount of time he went from having his pick of scripts to being offered supporting role parts in below average scripts. All one needs to do is look at his last five movies to see that Hoffman is no longer relevant in Hollywood: LITTLE FOCKERS, BARNEY'S VERSION, THE TALE OF DESPERAUX, LAST CHANCE HARVEY, KUNG FU PANDA, MR. MAGNORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM(small roll), STRANGER THAN FICTION, PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERE, THE LOST CITY, RACING STRIPES and LEMONEY SNICKEST'S A SERIOUS OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS(okay that's ten). Why Hoffman has lost his mojo I can't put my finger on but he has fallen and fallen hard in terms of roles he has played. ” - gary-hill57
Sam Neill
Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria...
“ Maybe I haven't seen the right movies, maybe I'm just plain wrong but for my money Sam Neill is a B-movie actor at best. When it comes to Americanizing his voice he's horrible. He seems to struggle with hitting the right emotional tone for whatever character he's playing. Okay I'll put it bluntly he's just flat out unconvincing. I've seen better acting in high school plays. Watch DAYBREAKERS some time and I think you'll agree. ” - gary-hill57
Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Margaret and Robert Joseph Kline, who owned several stores. His father was of German Jewish descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. After attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Kline studied at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, Kline joined the Acting Company in New York which was run by John Houseman...
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...
“ Cruise had his noments but in many ways he seems to come across us a very vain person who believes in that crazy scientology garbage and he is another one of those actors who suffers from the John Wayne theory. No matter what the part he is always Tom Cruise before you even have a chance to play along and see if he has decided to branch out.

I don't mean to rip on any of the bottom ten...well I guess I do actually. But if you look at these last ten quickly snap off three movies that each actor has made. Not as easy as it sounds, my guess is that is why all them leave nothing more than a faint memory, ” - gary-hill57