My Favorite Actors

View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
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...
“ 17.08.1960, California - American

Favorite performances:
Jimmy in Mystic River (2003) Won Oscar!
Sam in I Am Sam (2001) Oscar Nominated for Leading Role
Paul in 21 Grams (2003)
Harvey in Milk (2008) Won Oscar!

Other movies I've seen:
Jack in The Tree of Life (2011)
Tobin in The Interpreter (2005)
Samuel in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Marciello in It's All About Love (2003)
Cuco in Before Night Falls (2000)
Edward in The Thin Red Line (1998)
Bobby in U Turn (1997)
Matthew in Dead Man Walking (1995) Oscar Nominated for Leading Role
Jim in We're No Angels (1989)
Jeff in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Want to see: The Gangster Squad, This Must Be the Place, Fair Game, Persepolis, All the King's Men, The Weight of Water, Up at the Villa, Sweet and Lowdown, Hurlyburly, Hugo Pool, She's So Lovely, Loved, Carlito's Way, State of Grace, Casualties of War, Colors, Shanghai Surprise, At Close Range, Racing with the Moon ” - yeswecancan
 
2.
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...
“ 26.07.1959, New Jersey - American

Favorite performances:
Lester in American Beauty (1999) Won Oscar
John in Se7en (1995)
Roger in The Usual Suspects (1995) Won Oscar for Supporting Role
David in The Life of David Gale (2003)

Other movies I've seen:
Larry in The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Micky in 21 (2008)
Albert in The United States of Leland (2003)
Dr. Evil in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Quoyle in The Shipping News (2001)
Eugene in Pay it Forward (2000)
Hopper in A Bug's Life (1998)
Chris in The Negotiator (1998)
Rufus in A Time to Kill (1996)

Want to see: Horrible Bosses, Margin Call, Casino Jack, Father of Invention, Shrink, Recount, Beyond the Sea, Hurlyburly, Outbreak, Henry & June, Heartburn ” - yeswecancan
 
3.
Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s 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 policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Benicio was born on February 19...
“ 19.02.1967, Puerto Rican

Favorite performances:
Jack in 21 Grams (2003) Oscar nominated for Supporting Actor
Jerry in Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Javier in Traffic (2000) Won Oscar for Supporting Actor

Other movies I've seen:
Jackie in Sin City (2005)
Toby in The Pledge (2001)
Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Juan in The Fan (1996)
Fred in The Usual Suspects (1995)

Want to see: Silence, The Wolfman, Che: Part 1 and 2, The Hunted, The Way of the Gun, Snatch., Excess Baggage, Joyride, The Funeral, Basquiat, Swimming with Sharks, Fearless, Huevos de oro, The Indian Runner ” - yeswecancan
 
4.
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...
“ 17.08.1943, New York - American

Favorite performances:
Michael in The Deer Hunter (1978) Oscar Nominated
Travis in Taxi Driver (1976) Oscar Nominated
Vito in Godfather 2 (1974) Won Oscar for Supporting Actor

Other movies I've seen:
Carl in Limitless (2011)
Capt. Shakespeare in Stardust (2007)
Bill in The Good Shepherd (2006)
David in Hide and Seek (2005)
Jack in Meet the Fockers (2004)
Paul in Analyze That (2002)
Mitch in Showtime (2002)
Eddie in 15 Minutes (2001)
Jack in Meet the Parents (2000)
Billy in Men of Honor (2000)
Paul in Analyze This (1999)
Lustig in Great Expectations (1998)
Louis in Jackie Brown (1997)
Bobby in Sleepers (1996)
Gil in The Fan (1996)
Sam in Casino (1995)
Lorenzo in A Bronx Tale (1993)
Max in Cape Fear (1991) Oscar Nominated
Leonard in Awakenings (1990) Oscar Nominated
James in Goodfellas (1990)
Ned in We're No Angels (1989)

Want to see: Red Lights, Another *beep* Night in Suck City, Killer Elite, Manuele d'am3re, Stone, Machete, Everybody's Fine, Righteous Kill, What Just Happened, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Shark Tale, City by the Sea, The Score, Flawless, Wag the Dog, Marvin's Room, Heat, This Boy's Life, Guilty by Suspicion, Jacknife, The Untouchables, Angel Heart, Brazil, Falling in Love, Once Upon of Time in America, Raging Bull, New York New York, The Last Tycoon, 1900, The Wedding Party ” - yeswecancan
 
5.
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...
 
6.
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...
 
7.
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)...
 
8.
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...
 
9.
Emile Hirsch
Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Palms, California, to Margaret Esther (Davenport), a teacher and visual artist, and David M. Hirsch, an entrepreneur and producer. He grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and having been introduced to acting while still at school, he got his first acting job on TV at the age of 11 in an episode of Kindred: The Embraced...
 
10.
Christopher Walken
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
 
11.
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, 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...
 
12.
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...
 
13.
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...
 
14.
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...
 
15.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Rafael 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...
 
16.
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...
 
17.
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...
 
18.
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...
 
19.
Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When he was fourteen...
 
20.
Jesper Christensen
Born 1948 in central Copenhagen. Lived there ever since. Did 25 years of theatre, - like Alceste in the Misanthropist, Richard in Richard lll (solo), Faust in Faust, Astrov in Vanja, a lot of worried men,- stopped doing it in 1998. Since then only worried men on film. Worked on more than 100 films by Per Fly...
 
21.
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...
 
22.
John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise...
 
23.
Ryan Gosling
Actor, La La Land
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson). He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman...
 
24.
John Leguizamo
Actor, Ice Age
Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naive young men, such as Johnny in Hangin' with the Homeboys; cold-blooded killers like Benny Blanco in Carlito's Way; a heroic Army Green Beret, stopping aerial terrorists in Executive Decision; and drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar...
 
25.
Lars Mikkelsen
Actor, Headhunter
Lars was born in Gladsaxe near Copenhagen, Denmark as the first child of Bente Christiansen, an occupational health nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a bank clerk. Lars grew up in Copenhagen, where about one and a half years after him brother Mads was born, who's also an actor now. At first the family lived...
 
27.
Clive Owen
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting soul but forceful will...
 
28.
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...
 
29.
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...
 
31.
Pilou Asbæk
Actor, Lucy
Pilou Asbæk graduated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2008. Same year he played the leading role in Niels Arden Oplev's drama WORLDS APARTS. In 2010 he had his breakthrough as the inmate Rune in Lindholm & Noer's prison drama R for which he won the price for Best actor at The Danish Critic Association Award...