In a very specific order from the most desirable to watch to the least but all of them more desirable than those not mentioned (as far as I know about the actors out there).
To be continued.
Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His other handicap...
“ So much DIGNITY, that no other actor can compare with it. Was he really that sweet in real life? Well, he died young and, as they say, the good die young. ” - karlericsson
“ The most neglected comedian of all time. Maybe you have to be a swede in order to appreciate him fully. Nevertheless his comedy style is totally unique and comes totally natural. I guess that if he read this, he would be totally surprised and think it was a prank. In many ways an ANTI-ACTOR - you will understand when you see it. ” - karlericsson
Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on the 16th of June in Ulverston, Cumbria in England, 1890. His father was a vaudeville performer and this led Arthur to being a stage performer too. He didn't get much schooling and this led to the joining of Fred Karno
's Troupe where Arthur understudied the future star...
“ No comment needed. ” - karlericsson
Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad
“ No comment needed, except maybe, and this goes for Stan Laurel too,
IF YOU DON'T SEE THEM AS THE GREATEST ANARCHIST ACTORS THAT EVER LIVED, SHOWING NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER FOR SOCIETY, THEN YOU DON'T SEE THEM AT ALL! ” - karlericsson
“ The Best Secret-Agent-actor in the whole wide world. After Johan Pettersson, the most NEGLECTED actor in film history. ” - karlericsson
Born in Buchard, Nebraska, USA to Elizabeth Fraser and 'J. Darcie 'Foxy' Lloyd' who fought constantly and soon divorced (at the time a rare event), Harold Clayton Lloyd was nominally educated in Denver and San Diego high schools and received his stage training at the School of Dramatic Art (San Diego)...
“ Truly a joy to behold. Highly INVENTIVE comedian and something of an athlete. Searched long for his character in films but found it at safety last. Well, before that, actually. ” - karlericsson
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
“ Marlon Brando stated that he was something of a buffoon against his son during the filming of The Countess Of Hong Kong. That was a bad film and if he was bad while doing bad films, and good while doing good films (well, let's hope anyway) he must have been very good for most of the time. Nevertheless, a true ARTIST. ” - karlericsson
From the late 1940s through 1961, he was the highly successful host of You Bet Your Life
a quiz show on radio and television. His son, Arthur Marx
, is a successful writer of biographies and TV scripts. Arthur complained about his father always being "on". If he asked Groucho about something serious or personal, Groucho would reply with one-liners.
“ The absolute king of the ONE-LINER. Totally DISRESPECTFUL, which, incidentally, is not the prime ingredient of anarchy. ” - karlericsson
He was born Alfred Hawthorn Hill. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Burlesque Shows and the theatre from where the young Benny Hill was to draw much of his comic inspiration. After his national service with the army during WW2, Benny came to London, adopted the stage name Benny Hill (in homage to his all time favourite comedian Jack Benny
) and began appearing in variety shows...
“ The funniest man that ever lived? Some think so. Respect was something that he did not know what to do much about. You could say, that he did not find time for it, always chasing after a new way of how to be disrespectful and naughty against anyone who had it coming to him or her, for that matter.
In one of his sketches a woman says to him after enduring his conversation for a while:"I've never been so insulted in whole my life!", upon which he immediately answers:"You must have been!" ” - karlericsson
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)...
“ What a SYMPATHETIC actor! You just like this guy and his wisdom. ” - karlericsson
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton formed own film company...
“ Always lit up the screen. So much PRESENCE. Gave the people the show they wanted, without thinking twice about it. ” - karlericsson
In 1950, Krug moved to East Germany where he worked in heavy industry before he started his career as an actor and, later on, as a singer and entertainer in the communist GDR. In 1968, he got the national prize and was only at the beginning of his career. He starred in many successful East German films until he applied for expatriation in 1977...
“ Had he been an American actor and not an east German one, he would have been known the world over. OMNIPRESENCE personified. Piss on this guy and you soon find out that you are pissing on yourself without ever understanding how that happened. A larger-than-life character without ever trying to be something special. ” - karlericsson
Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions. He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, London...
“ Directed and starred in Billy Budd and did more out of Melville than Melville ever did. A PERSONALITY for sure. Once said: Terrorism is the war of the poor and war is the terrorism of the rich. In other words: Much deeper than he ever pretended to be. ” - karlericsson
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War, where he saw combat...
“ Like Clint Eastwood naughty towards phony liberalism but has not drifted in fascist direction with the tide. I like to think of him as he was in The Ciderhouse Rules. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Never afraid to work with odd directors and a tireless REBEL. In later years fat and tired but always with a commanding presence. Was a master of acting without taking it seriously (what actors can say that about themselves?). Haunted by catastrophes in private life and still not forgetting the plight of the powerless. A remarkable man. ” - karlericsson
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
“ Maybe the greatest comic genius that ever lived but never all on his own account. Always needed a good director to direct him but did not always get that director. Did however OK with Blake Edwards towards the end of his much too short life. Before that he shone in more than one Rank-film. ” - karlericsson
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936...
“ Reason enough to buy a dvd. ORIGINAL to say the least and, as a Russian, talked better English than most Englishmen. ” - karlericsson
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
Louis de Funès
Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction. Young Louis de Funès was fond of drawing and piano playing...
“ CHOLERIC comedian, if ever there was one. What he did with his face made you role in the aisles with laughter. ” - karlericsson
One of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in non-Westerns as well. He was born and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood and as a boy became interested in the movies that were being made all around. He studied acting at Pomona College and got some stage experience at the Pasadena Community Playhouse...
“ Quiet, DECENT actor of great integrity. A spokesman against injustice, as far as I can see. ” - karlericsson
Connery's breakthrough came in the role of secret agent James Bond. He was reluctant to commit to a film series, but understood that if the films succeeded his career would greatly benefit. He played the character in the first five Bond films: Dr. No
, From Russia with Love
“ I'm afraid he has taken ill in later years. He doesn't seem to be much "there" anymore. In his prime, he was a spokesman for JUSTICE. ” - karlericsson
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ In a way, he always played "Bogie", whether he was a good guy or a bad one. Forgettable in many early roles but unforgettable when he came into style. In later years a tower of STYLE. ” - karlericsson
Leslie Howard Stainer was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the outbreak of World War I...
“ Born of Hungarian parents, this actor was more English than any Englishman. Did play the lead in The Scarlet Pimpernel, a despicable glorification of aristocracy, but was otherwise so LOVELY, that it made critique impossible. ” - karlericsson
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
made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave...
“ Not still for very long as in That Man From Rio, which was the role that made him famous. Together with Alain Delon, the big star of la France. ACTION/HUMOR was his trademark. ” - karlericsson
Michael Moriarty was born in Detroit, attended the University of Detroit High School and then matriculated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1963. His parents were Dr. George Moriarty, a Detroit police surgeon, and Eleanor Paul of North Dakota. Both attended the University of Minnesota where they met and married...
“ The actor of UNDERSTATEMENT. Holds back so much, that it becomes an art in itself. ” - karlericsson
"I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up," Marty Feldman told a reporter -- a week before he died. This beloved comedian, who poked fun at himself, as well as others, was born Martin Alan Feldman on July 8, 1934, in London, England. His parents were of Ukrainian Jewish heritage (from Kiev)...
“ His television-shows are the thing that counts. If you haven't seen them, you haven't seen Marty, period. ” - karlericsson
Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents to the US in 1908...
“ As far as his politics went, I would not have given him the time of day and not have trusted him as far as I could have thrown him. But we are not discussing that now and the character he invented the YELLOW guy was quite hilarious. That was ages before Woody Allen reinvented that guy. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Only a pretty face? Some think so. I do not. In interviews he was a spokesman for LOYALTY and in his best films with Jean-Pierre Melville he sparkled like a star should sparkle. Privately I think it's sad that he renounced one of his sons that he begot in his wilder years. Maybe he has done something about it now - if he hasn't, I hope he will. ” - karlericsson
Iconic American-born singer and actor in international films since the 1950s. Born in L.A. to Russian immigrant parents, Constantine studied voice in Vienna. He returned to the US, where his singing career wavered and he found work as a film extra. Constantine first achieved fame in Paris, where he launched a successful career as a popular singer under the tutelage of Édith Piaf
“ American actor in mostly french films. Spoke the french language with a pronouncement that made that language understandable. MARVELOUS always. Had a habit of hitting the bad guys on the throat instead of on the chin. Could hit them so they stumbled backwards in a ten-yard long corridor. Enjoyable fights before Terence Hill and Bud Spencer made it their trade-mark. ” - karlericsson
Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler
. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns before being cast as the knife-throwing...
“ Did something of the smallest roles. When he became a star, he gradually became less dependable and sometimes maybe a little silly like in The Intercinine Project or whatever that film was called. Fondest remembered for the Derek Flint-films but also for films like the President's Analyst and great moments in Waterhole # 3. ” - karlericsson
“ "Pecos" in two unforgettable westerns. Sadly misunderstood and forgotten, but not by me. ” - karlericsson
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 finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Yes, there was a period in time when I went to see every movie that he was in. Most of these movies are still good. He was naughty towards phony liberalism much like Michael Winner. Sadly, he is now no communist to make the balance and I don't go to look for him anymore. He is here for his early naughtiness and because Sergio Leone helped him. ” - karlericsson
“ Zatoichi, the blind swordsman. I have them all on dvd and cherish them. Makes GOODNESS shine. ” - karlericsson
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
“ The master of looking TIRED. Behind that mask, a most vivid actor, however. Acted in order to live but seldom stupidly. Had too much dignity to give in to levity. Did not seem to be too impressed by the society around him. ” - karlericsson
Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death
in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer "Tommy Udo". Kiss of Death
and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new generation of American movie actors who became stars in the post-World War II era...
“ The hysterical laughter of the mad killer made his day. But he was more than that. Friend to Jules Dassin. Did often play against John Wayne without sharing Wayne's political ideas, so it seems. ” - karlericsson
"Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
“ Portrayed the good guy without getting boring. Not much of a blabbermouth and played the QUIET guy splendidly. The kind of fellow you would like standing behind you when things get rough. ” - karlericsson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screen-writer and director, 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 nods in every decade from sixties through the naughts...
“ Actor of ECCENTRICITY. Never, never dull, not even in comedies, which I wish he would play less of. ” - karlericsson
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. His parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel Danielovitch...
“ Paths of Glory and Spartacus maybe stand out but what about Ace In the Hole, Detective Story, The Big Sky, Act of Love, The Vikings, The Arrangement, There Was a Crooked Man, The Master Touch, Posse, The Fury and The Man From Snowy River? ” - karlericsson
Dan Duryea was definitely the man you went to the movies for and loved to hate. His sniveling, deliberately taunting demeanor and snarling flat, nasal tones set the actor apart from other similar slimeballs of the 1940s and 1950s. From his very first picture, the highly acclaimed The Little Foxes
, in which he portrayed the snotty...
“ Just like Coburn, he did much of the smallest roles but never got to play the really big ones. If there is a dvd around and he is in it, it's enough for me to buy it. Had that smile, that made you shiver with delight. One of cinema's most CHARISMATIC BAD GUYS. ” - karlericsson
Handsome and elegant George Peppard occasionally displayed considerable talent through his career, but was too often cast in undemanding action roles. Following Broadway and television experience, he made a strong film debut in The Strange One
. He started getting noticed when he played Robert Mitchum
's illegitimate son in the popular melodrama Home from the Hill
“ I try to get all of his films. HUMANE actor, if ever there was one. Would so much like to see P.J. again with Raymond Burr as a villain. ” - karlericsson
The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable
who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky)...
“ CAT-LIKE actor of great strength. A hombre not to be messed with, as those unfortunate guys did in Chato's Land. ” - karlericsson
Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney. His paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, while his mother was from an Anglo family from the South. He was raised by his mother, who had separated from his father when he was five...
Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as "Beat" Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective...
“ OBSTINACY personified. ” - karlericsson
was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot
“ FUNNY AND DRAMATIC. Could play them both with equal vigor. Seems to have been a really nice guy. ” - karlericsson
Tyrone Power was one of the great romantic swashbuckling stars of the mid-twentieth century, and the third Tyrone Power of four in a famed acting dynasty reaching back to the eighteenth century. His great-grandfather was the first Tyrone Power (1795-1841), a famed Irish comedian. His father, known to historians as Tyrone Power Sr.
“ Not just a PRETTY FACE. Check out Nightmare Alley. ” - karlericsson
Steven Seagal is a striking and somewhat boyishly handsome (often with ponytail) action star who burst onto the martial arts film scene in 1988 in the fast-paced Warner Bros. film Above the Law
. Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician...
“ When he looks crossed, he really looks CROSSED. Don't catch him getting crossed with you, because then you will get most viciously PUNISHED. He is getting fatter and fatter but no less heroic. I can see him winning in martial arts, sitting in a wheel-chair. In cinema everything is possible and even I, who knows absolutely nothing of martial arts, can be a champion of it in cinema.
Seagal knows this and is not late in thrusting it down your throats. This too is a kind of anti-acting or anti-cinema, which is most delightful. Besides that, he often has a social message of much concern. ” - karlericsson
Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone. Richard was a college student...
“ Talked slow and very menacing at his best. Was never more psychopathic than in The Kremlin Letter but mostly charismatic as in the TV-series Hec Ramsey. Should have gotten more attention - he deserved it. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is maybe still his most gripping role but Cutter's Way and Tucker aren't less good. And there is so much more. ” - karlericsson
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding
, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient
, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ Feels like next of kin. I relate strongly to this actor. Feels like coming home seeing him. ” - karlericsson
Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and his wife Courtenay Washington Davidge...
“ IMPERTINENCE without end. ” - karlericsson
Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in middle age as the classy villain Waldo Lydecker in Laura
“ Mr. Belvedere in person and not one of these films can be had on dvd. Always plays himself and what a delightful self it is. ” - karlericsson
“ DRAMATIC actor if ever there was one. On the edge of overplaying but not transgressing that edge. Deeply touching. ” - karlericsson
Though born in Russia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski
, and launched a stage career...
“ Almost always in small roles in which he shines so bright that it saves the whole movie. His voice was wonderfully suited for irony. A film that featured mr. Tamiroff was never a total spoil for the ticket-paying visitor. ” - karlericsson
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland
, among others. Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint John...
“ Not just Oddball. His non-fascist commitment shines through in his films. Quite touching sometimes, as in "Ordinary People". ” - karlericsson
Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers. He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish...
“ Made out in a really good start. Then his grew white and he had lost it. Personal grief? Mischief amongst producers? I don't know but I miss the likes of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Krawitz. ” - karlericsson
Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien
and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war...
“ Well, we all know him. DEDICATED. ” - karlericsson
English character actor Robert Morley was educated in England, Germany, France and Italy. His family planned for him to go into the diplomatic service but he liked the idea of acting more. After studying at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London he appeared on the London stage in 1929 and in 1938 he first appeared on Broadway as the lead in Oscar Wilde...
“ Great SUPPORTING actor. Mostly enough reason for me to see the film, whatever film he is in. ” - karlericsson
Gian Maria Volontè
Born in Milan in 1933, he studies in Rome at the "National Dramatic Arts Academy" were reaches the degree in 1957. He starts working in teather and television, where he is soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After a few short appearance in movies, he reaches notoriety with the character of Ramón Rojo in Sergio Leone
's A Fistful of Dollars
“ A truly ENIGMATIC actor. You can never tell what he is up to. Like a lightning from clear sky he strikes, good or bad. ” - karlericsson
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen
singer Gil Robbins
and actress Mary Robbins
(née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group...
“ Bob Roberts revealed much to us. His anti-fascist commitment is compelling. One of few Americans that will enter heaven because they voted for Ralph Nader, I think. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ The good friend down the block. Never dull and often compelling. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ THRILLING actor, who is always interesting. Sometimes in good movies, sometimes in bad movies, which, however, lighten up because of him. ” - karlericsson
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ CHARMING for sure. And often not superficial. More films than Cool Hand Luke will not be forgotten. ” - karlericsson
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ Shines up any picture. Everybody's depraved baby as he once said about himself. ” - karlericsson
Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,"...
“ Sings far too much but when he doesn't he is most funny. ” - karlericsson
James Robertson Justice
James Robertson Justice was always a noticeable presence in a film with his large stature, bushy beard and booming voice. A Ph.D., a journalist, a naturalist, an expert falconer, a racing car driver, JRJ was certainly a man of many talents. He entered the film industry quite late in life (37) after he was spotted serving as MC for a local music hall...
“ Delightful POMPOSITY made me seek out his films. Always good for a laugh. Did he live up to his name? I don't know. ” - karlericsson
For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in the industry. He won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
“ Father of John Huston, who was often in very decent films like Gabriel Over the White House and Dodsworth. No charisma to speak of but his choice of films to participate in, shows a certain charisma of the soul. ” - karlericsson
“ German INSTITUTION. The actor to measure other actors by. A mixture between James Cagney and Paul Newman, if such a thing is possible, without any of the thrown in good looks. Rather ordinary looking, which was part of his popularity, I think. ” - karlericsson
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ HAMMING it up for sure. But what lovely hamming! I would not have him otherwise. Again, a sort of anti-actor by the way of over-actor. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ The director is Clint Eastwood. The scene is a sheriff's office with prison cell in the wild west. The film is Unforgiven and Gene Hackman dictates that it's the Duck of Death and not the Duke of Death.
Need I say more? ” - karlericsson
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer
“ Always INTERESTING. Never minded or avoided the obscure. An actor of the underground. ” - karlericsson
Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward Leigh Chase and admiral Miles Browning...
“ HANDSOME AND FUNNY. A most unusual combination. But it works. Probably because cc could not care less about handsome. ” - karlericsson
Tom Conway played "The Falcon" in ten of that series' entries. He starred in three Val Lewton
horror classics. He appeared in comedies, musicals, two Tarzan films and even science fiction films. He was early television's Detective Mark Saber, but Conway will probably be best remembered as George Sanders
“ George Sanders brother and just as versatile. Often starred in mystic B-movies. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ The Spartan definitely put him on the map in my book since it was the second very important role, the first one being Thunderheart. ” - karlericsson
Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in his father's studio for a time after graduating from Dalian Middle School...
“ Mr Japan in person. ” - karlericsson
Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915- ), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin
“ France's most promising actor together with Gerard Depardieu in the seventies. The word is that he committed suicide. Especially MEMORABLE for Le Juge Fayard. During his short life, he nevertheless played in 47 films! ” - karlericsson
“ Yes massa, no massa, (f-k you massa). So dignified that most white actors that played with him were in danger to look like trash. Of course they were not trash, since they had the good taste to play with him but nevertheless, this man had POSE. ” - karlericsson
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
“ Curiously seemed to avoid becoming the great star that we expected him to become after The Big Chill. Did rather play the lead in The Kiss Of the Spider Woman, which proved what a fine actor he is in a most compelling role but unfortunately wasn't much of a career move. ” - karlericsson
George C. Scott
George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born in 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945 he joined the US Marines and spent four years with them...
“ STRAIT as an arrow. No bull here. Refreshing most of the time. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Makes scientology shine, probably undeservedly for them. SPARKLING most of the time and a joy to see perform. ” - karlericsson
Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself...
“ That accent of his! I wonder if he did not put us on all the time. Nevertheless, most entertaining. ” - karlericsson
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
“ The Singing Detective, who is not paranoid but right instead. Always interesting. ” - karlericsson
“ WORKING CLASS HERO in at least one film: "Blue Collar". Did not budge for the white man. Class. ” - karlericsson
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick
(née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick
, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from Germany and Poland)...
“ Well, here I get personal. Reminds me of my son, to whom I unfortunately to not have a good relationship. He is probably the way I would have liked my son to be. ” - karlericsson
Lee Van Cleef
One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and subchasers during World War II...
“ A CARICATURE of an actor. Always interesting. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ The bad friend down the block - nah, just kidding. ENGAGED but maybe not as much as we would like, we being the decent people. ” - karlericsson
“ Four Friends forever. Body Double OK. Other films obscure. Actor always good and has that little EXTRA, whatever it is. ” - karlericsson
“ The ALTER EGO of everyman. Chilly Scenes of Winter are chilly indeed. Cutter's Way is the brother you never had. ” - karlericsson
Harry Dean Stanton
Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton's drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes. Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer...
“ CULT-actor. ” - karlericsson
“ A HUMORIST to say the least. His funniness comes across even if it is in swedish. ” - karlericsson
Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster. Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their aunt and uncle's home at Virginia Beach...
“ In my favorite movies, like The Third Man and Citizen Kane. Discovered Portrait of Jennie and other films when I sought him out. ” - karlericsson
Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey, to Helen (Rege) and Sebastiano Cristillo. His father was from Calabria, Italy, and his mother was an American of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Raised in Paterson, Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to break into the movies...
“ The funny part of Abbot and Costello. Lenny Bruce didn't like his high-pitched screaming. I didn't mind and still don't. For me, this man had funny bones and used them well. ” - karlericsson
“ Maybe not so glamorous amongst the Pythons as Eric Idle and John Cleese but more consistent afterwards, when the Python-craze was over. Join him on his travels around the world and you realize that the world is not much more attractive than your living room. Mentioning the Spice Girls in the serene Himalayas or whatever, as he does, brings the whole thing down to the comfortable trivial. Happiness is all around you, yeah. ” - karlericsson
The son of Joseph Livesey and Mary Catherine (nee Edwards), Roger was educated at Westminster City School, London. His first stage appearance was the office boy in Loyalties at St. James' theatre in 1917. Subsequently, he played in everything from Shakespeare to modern comedies. He played various roles in the West End from 1920 to 1926...
“ So ENDEARING. Extremely neglected. Star of more than one Powell-Pressburger-movie and deservedly so. ” - karlericsson
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ The Tin Star and The Grapes of Wrath is quite enough. But there is even more. ” - karlericsson
Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia
and the title role in Doctor Zhivago
, was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and Syrian extraction, the young Michel was raised a Roman Catholic...
“ Doctor Zhivago and Genghis Khan and many other big roles and little ones and always FASCINATING. ” - karlericsson
“ Swedish actor, who entertained no matter what. Not even overwrought directors like Ingmar Bergman could bring him down. Again, that special thing, that dignity, charisma or whatever is working here. Just a pleasure to watch. ” - karlericsson
The son of an insurance underwriter, who represented Lloyd's of London in Ceylon, Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith was born in Margate, Kent. He spent his early childhood globetrotting with his mother, frequently left in the care of strangers. After attending private school, he subsequently trained at RADA (due to his mother's insistence)...
“ In so many good films. Always fascinating. ” - karlericsson
Stephen Boyd was born William Millar on July 4, 1931, at Glengormley, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of Martha Boyd and Canadian truck driver James Alexander Millar, who worked for Fleming's on Tomb Street in Belfast. He attended Glengormley & Ballyrobert primary school and then moved on to Ballyclare High School and studied bookkeeping at Hughes Commercial Academy...
“ Departed from us all too soon. A face that was UNFORGETTABLE. The best films with him were never done. ” - karlericsson
One of Britain's most beloved eccentric comedians, the irrepressible, gap-toothed Terry-Thomas was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens in Lichfield Grove, Finchley. He was the son of Ellen Elizabeth (Hoar) and Ernest Frederick Stevens, a fairly well-to-do London businessman. He was afforded a private education at Ardingly College in Sussex...
“ The man with the very British TEETH. Played always the more or less good for nothing upper class twit when he didn't play an outright villain. Always funny. ” - karlericsson
John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920, when he was 7...
“ COMMUNISTIC actor in the fascist states of america. Bravo!
OK, I was not supposed to evaluate the private life of the actor and instead his works but this time I simply don't care. ” - karlericsson