Empire Magazine's "100 Greatest Movie Characters" (2009)

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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. But his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. ” - colm-hearne365
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ as Darth Vader in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith.

Why He's On The List: To hell with the Emperor - he wasn't even around for most of the action. Darth Vader is, to every child of Star Wars, the supreme badass in the galaxy. He is everything that scares you as a child, cutting a huge, imposing figure, wearing doom-laden black, and breathing through some kind of ominous respirator - surely enough to give any person in their formative years the willies. The masterstroke behind Vader's design is that mask. The cold, expressionless cover is difficult to read, and makes for a much scarier experience than a human face can give. Having the bass tones of James Earl Jones doesn't hurt either. The very definition of simple and effective, something tells us he'll stay near the top of this list for a long time... a long time.

Famous Quote: "I find your lack of faith disturbing."

Finest Hour: His entrance. ” - colm-hearne365
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

Famous Quote: I'm an agent of choas."

Why He's On The List: "Some men," remarks Michael Caine's wise old butler, Alfred, "just want to watch the world burn." Which is about as succinct a summary of Heath Ledger's Joker as you can get. There is no rhyme to him, no reason - just an appetite for anarchy, for chaos and for destruction that marks him out as the most terrifying screen psycho in years. Jack Nicholson's Joker was, arguably, even more psychotic than Ledger's, but where he played the white-faced, red-lipped, green-haired clown for laughs, Ledger's aim was to slip, insidiously, under your skin, with his flickering serpent's tongue, penchant for close-up kills and dead, cold eyes. Ledger's Joker is an unstoppable force of nature, and a wonderful testament to the late actor's talent.

Finest Hour: Gatecrashing the Mob meeting, and showcasing a magic trick - "I'm going to make this pencil disappear!" - that most definitely hasn't been sanctioned by the Magic Circle. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Han Solo in Stars Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Famous Quote: "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."

Why He's On The List: As Jesus Christ proved on more than one occasion, carpenters can make for great heroes. And so it proved for George Lucas when he cast jobbing joiner Harrison Ford as Star Wars' swaggering scoundrel, Han Solo. In any other hands, Solo would have been simply an arrogant, puffed-up jerk, but Ford brought so much charm and laconic cool (not to mention that bitching waistcoat) to Lucas' *beep* dialogue that real man Han steals the show - and the girl - from the movie's nominal hero, the boychild Luke Skywalker. How cool is Han Solo? He's the only non-Jedi in the series to spark up a lightsaber, and it doesn't look out of place in his hands. Now that's cool.

Finest Hour: Han shoots first. Han shoots first. Han shoots first. Han shoots first. Han shoots first. Han shoots! ” - colm-hearne365
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon.

Famous Quote: "I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

Why He's On The List: A sociopath so notorious he's kept like a trophy by the prison that holds him, it's certainly not a well-kept, unimposing man you're expecting to see at the end of that dank corridor - but that's all in Thomas Harris' sublime original material. What Hopkins brings is that eerie stillness, that unnerving sense of cold, calm calculation. This is because our view of him, other than through the glass, is shaped by stories of his notoriety. All his Lecter need do therefore, is wait for you to make a mistake - and he has a lot of patience. More pure animal than human, it's never demonstrated better than through the stories of his cannibal tendencies. In Lambs, Lecter's character is dependent on a good foil, and therefore owes a significant debt to the similarly well-written Clarice. What we benefit from as an audience then, is a beautifully balanced, carefully built relationshipbetween the two, before the story kicks up a notch and the unthinkable happens...

Finest Hour: His blood-soaked escape. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Famous Quote: "It's not the years, honey - it's the mileage."

Why He's On The List: Hands up any who was ten or under when they first saw Raiders, and didn't want to be an archaeologist afterwards? Liars. The poster promised the return of great adventure, and they delivered. Of course it would have all been worthless without a great character holding it all together, but boy did they nail that one. You all know the Tom Selleck story by now, but that doesn't make trying to picture anyone but Ford in the role today any easier. So why does Indy work? Well there's no secret to the formula: charming everyman on the side of the angels (quite literally, in this case), involved in high adventure, always triumphing over the odds - not without significant obstacles to overcome - and easy to hate bad guys. Add a laconic sense of humour and a lack of appreciation from those he works for, and you've got the ideal hero. All you need after that is a brilliant script and a production team to match...

Finest Hour: After being thrown through the windshield of a truck and dragged under it, fighting his way back into the cabin, Jones finally gives the Nazi driver a taste of his own medicine. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as the Duke in The Big Lebowski.

Famous Quote: "Yeah, well, that's just, like... your opinion, man."

Why He's On The List: His Dudeness, Duder, El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing - Jeff Bridges has had a lot of great roles in his career, but does anyone (apart from his Mum, who apparently wasn't too impressed) love any of his characters as much as The Dude? To have this guy at the centre of a Raymond Chandler-esque kidnapping/rug theft plot is so totally inspired, you almost can't fathom it upon first viewing - that is superb writing. The story goes that The Dude is actually based on a real person - two people, actually. The first is a fella by the name of Jeff Dowd, who drinks White Russians and was a member of the Seattle Seven. Second is a guy named Pete Exline, who amongst other things, really did have a rug that tied the room together. But from wherever he's devised, there's nothing like him, and that's something to celebrate: the Dude abides. Don't know about you, but we take comfort in that.

Finest Hour: Paying for a discounted, past use-by carton of milk with a cheque. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. ” - colm-hearne365
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ as Ellen Ripley in Alien 1-4

Famous Quote: "Get away from her, you bitch!"

Why She's On The List: The highest-placing female character on our list, Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley is, of course, the heroine of Alien - and though Sigourney Weaver, then an unknown, does a sterling job there, it's still essentially a slasher film stereotype: scream a lot, run about a bit, show us your knickers. It's only in Aliens, under the watchful eye of Jim Cameron, that Ripley comes to layered life. Initially a nervous wreck, her life torn apart by the xenomorph, Ripley is reborn as a warrior when her maternal instinct kicks in and prompts her to go through hell to save surrogate daugher, Newt. It's a dream role for Weaver, who handles both Ripley's softer side and kick-ass demeanour with considerable aplomb.

Finest Hour: The Alien Queen, a stowaway on the Sulaco, is inches away from killing Newt, when a docking door opens, to reveal; Ripley, in a power loader, with a determined expression on her face. Game on. ” - colm-hearne365
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ as Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

Famous Quote: "A man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

Why He's On The List: Although he's the title character (and Brando is top billed, naturally), it's often a surprise for newcomers to The Godfather to find that Don Vito isn't the primary focus of the film. It's an epic ensemble piece, but it's his youngest son Michael who's the spine of the story. Still, Vito is the one who everybody loves most, as the family man so honourable and dedicated that somehow nobody cares that he's the head of a massive criminal empire. Maybe it's something to do with feeling safe. Brando gives one of his trademark 'performances of a lifetime' (he gave about a half dozen of those, by our count), and there's a nice parallel in the role with the 'old man' providing love and guidance to this collection of next generation stars (Pacino, Caan, Cazale, Shire and Duvall), but it's always, always his show. Don by name, Don by nature.

Finest Hour: After his retirement, advising Michael of how his enemies will move around him. ” - colm-hearne365
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Thomas Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. His mother, Euphamia McBain (Maclean), was a cleaning lady, and his father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and truck driver. He also has a brother named Neil Connery, who works as a plasterer in Edinburgh. He is of Irish and Scottish descent...
“ as James Bond in Goldfinger.

Famous Quote: "Auric Goldfinger. Sounds like a French nail varnish."

Why He's On The List: With so many incarnations to choose from, it's a wonder the Bond camp wasn't hampered by a split vote, but that's clearly not a problem. Despite the huge surge in popularity for Daniel Craig's reboot, it seems you're all a bunch of purists at heart, opting for the Connery classic. What's left to say about this British institution? It's all here - suave? Check. Quips? Check. Gadgets? Check. Etc.? Check.

Finest Hour: Removing the wetsuit to reveal a tuxedo. Smoove. ” - colm-hearne365
Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ as John McClane in Die Hard 1-4.

Famous Quote: "Yippee-ki-yay, *beep*

Why He's on the List: The role that turned TV's Bruce Willis into a movie megastar, John McClane had to be one hell of a character to stop Hans Gruber from swallowing the movie whole. Luckily, he was - a foul-mouthed, wisecracking, no-nonsense New York cop with an itchy trigger finger, an aversion to Eurotrash terrorists, and a never-say-die spirit. McClane may be hard as nails, but he also has more depth and dimensions than was expected of '80s action heroes.

Finest Hour: His emotional breakdown over the blower to Sgt. Al Powell (Reginald Veljohnsen). Hard to imagine Arnie doing the same... ” - colm-hearne365
Andy Serkis
Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East...
“ as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Return of the King.

Famous Quote: "Master is our friend! / You don't have any friends; nobody likes you."

Why He's on the List: Similarly to Yoda, our first fascination with Gollum is with his appearance and his strange speech pattern (as well as being a digitally imposed character), but as the second instalment of Lord Of The Rings progresses, it becomes apparent that he's not one person, but two. It's all galvanised by one fascinating, heartbreaking, classic scene, but Serkis' performance continues to consistently display the demented halfling's highly volatile state.

Finest Hour: His two personalities arguing over Frodo's sincerity and fate. ” - colm-hearne365
Arnold Schwarzenegger
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!...
“ as The Terminator in The Terminator.

Famous Quote: "I'll be back."

Why He's on the List: In an act of latent irony so thick that even Alanis could appreciate it, O.J. Simpson turned down the role of the titular cold-blooded, glove-wearing killer robot in James Cameron's cheapo sci-fi, prompting the director to turn to an Austrian bodybuilder. Best move he ever made, for - thanks to a combo of Big Arnie's implacability (he taught himself not to blink when gunfire was going off), that granite-hewn Austrian accent which invested sparse dialogue with a sense of genuine menace and, of course, that physique - he made The Terminator utterly terrifying and convincingly unstoppable. Hard to imagine Cameron being King of the World, or Arnie King of California, otherwise.

Finest Hour: The cop shop massacre, during which Arnie's T-800 shows that he can't be reasoned with or bargained with. He doesn't feel pain, or pity, or remorse. ” - colm-hearne365
Matthew Broderick
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)...
“ as Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day-Off.

Famous Quote: "A) You can never go too far. B) If I get caught, it is not going to be by a guy like that."

Why He's on the List: Perhaps the least angry voice of teen rebellion you'll ever come across, Ferris has no great obstacles in life (he's from a wealthy family, and his biggest gripe is that he was given a birthday computer instead of a car), but his quest is universal - to have a good time, and to do it now while he's young. Broderick's challenge is to keep what could be a malcontent brat likeable, and he achieves this in spades. It's a role he's never managed to top, but if you're going to be remembered, why not for something as awesome as this?

Finest Hour: Performing Twist & Shout on a Chicago parade float in front of thousands of people. ” - colm-hearne365
Keanu Reeves
Actor, The Matrix
Keanu Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2, 1964. He is the son of English-born Patricia Taylor, a showgirl, and American-born Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese...
“ as Neo in The Matrix.

Famous Quote: "I'm going to show these people what you don't want to see. I'm going to them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders and boundaries. A world where anything is possible."

Why He's On The List: In your average work of drama, it's pretty much a given that the central character has to have a decent arc - y'know, Hero's Journey and all that. Hence the success of Neo, or Thomas Anderson within the Matrix, a man who wakes from the world within a world, and rises to take control. Mentor Morpheus even believes he is 'The One' - classic stuff, which went straight into the zeitgeist.

Finest Hour: Showing us the Matrix in its true form, and at the same time stopping in mid-air bullets which have just been fired at him. ” - colm-hearne365
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old...
“ as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Famous Quote: "I am an exception thief, Mrs. McClane - and since I'm moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite."

Why He's on the List: Acclaimed British stage actor Alan Rickman hadn't made a movie before Die Hard. With all due respect to his wonderful career since, he might as well have stopped there, for there's no topping Hans Gruber. There are scarier villains, there may even be more iconic villains, but when it comes to slickness, suaveness, and coolness, Gruber has 'em licked. Endlessly quotable, Gruber's mind is as sharp as his suit and neat goatee - and the biggest testimony to Rickman's charismatic performance is that part of you wants him to get away with it.

Finest Hour: The moment when, after hours of hard work, the Nakatomi vault opens, and Gruber is bathed heavenly light as the fruits of his labour appear. Of course, two hours later, he's sidewalk squelch, but never mind. ” - colm-hearne365
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, 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 Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. ” - colm-hearne365
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 (1995), _Unbreakable (2000), 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...
“ as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction.

Famous Quote: "I'm a mushroom cloud-layin' *beep* *beep*

Why He's on the List: Killing people for a living shouldn't be cool - we know that. But whether it's the hair or the scripture quoting or the endless badinage with Travolta's Vincent Vega, or just Jackson's natural air, this is a supremely cool professional assassin. Plus he spends a good portion of his time in Tarantino's masterpiece discussing his thoughts on leaving 'the life' and reforming his character, so he's not all bad.

Finest Hour: Delivering Ezekiel 25:17 - "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. " ” - colm-hearne365
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump.

Famous Quote: "Life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get."

Why He's On The List: Good to see Gump so high here, showing that - despite the opprobrium attracted by the movie itself - Forrest hasn't yet been cut down to size. A true one-off, the genius of Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning performance was to show that Gump was more than an idiot, and was instead blessed with a heart so big it made up for deficiencies in other areas. ” - colm-hearne365
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II.

Famous Quote: "I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies."

Why He's On The List: The first film is dominated by Brando, but the as-good-possibly-even-better sequel is where Pacino really clicks into high gear with his characterisation of the mafia Don. Charting Michael's complete moral demise, it's a devastating, flawless ride with a gut-punch of an ending. How the actor gets sympathy out of the audience by the end is a mystery to all but the masters, but amazing characterisation in the screenplay is probably a start.

Finest Hour: The look of pure rage on his face when wife Kay tells him she had an abortion. ” - colm-hearne365
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ as Ellis "Red" Redding in The Shawshank Redemption.

Famous Quote: "I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."

Why He's On The List: In the Stephen King novella upon which Shawshank is based, Ellis 'Red' Redding is a red-haired Irishman. Yet that didn't matter a jot to Frank Darabont - for him, Morgan Freeman was the perfect Red, and it's hard to disagree. Red is not only the narrator of Shawshank (perfect for Freeman's mellifluous tones) but the character that is truly changed by Tim Robbins' Andy from an institutionalised schemer to a man who, finally, dares to believe in hope. He's an integral part of a relationship that remains the finest on-screen depiction of true friendship.

Finest Hour: The look on Freeman's face, and the smile in his eyes, as a paroled Red boards the bus that will take him to Mexico, and to his friend, Andy. ” - colm-hearne365
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 finished high school at the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry.

Famous Quote: "When I see a grown man chasing a woman down an alleyway with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he's not out collecting for the Red Cross."

Why He's On The List: Only Clint could make a guy like Harry Callahan cool. A borderline fascist, with supply teacher chic and hair so big it shows up on Google Earth, Callahan is a shoot first, ask questions never kinda guy, a bit of a pervert and a massive racist, to boot. But as Eastwood deploys his laser-beam squint, massive gun and whispers his tough-guy dialogue, Harry becomes more than Dirty. He becomes an icon.

Finest Hour: Harry's grim, bitter delivery of the 'do you feel lucky?' speech at the end of the film, a world away from the glibness of the opening bank robbery sequence. ” - colm-hearne365
Bruce Campbell
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, The Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983...
“ as Ash in Evil Dead I, II & Army of Darkness. ” - colm-hearne365
“ as Frank Oz in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Famous Quote: "Judge me by my size, do you?"

Why He's On The List: That there's barely a kid in the known universe who can't identify Yoda's quirky syntax speaks volumes. It's a stroke of genius to introduce the Jedi master, a two-foot high alien with what appears to be mild dementia (although you try keeping it together living alone of Dagobah for 20 odd years), well before revealing who he actually is, and he quickly goes from being cute, to integral, to unforgettable. A perfect cinematic creation.

Finest Hour: Lifting Luke's X-Wing out of the swamp. ” - colm-hearne365
Will Ferrell
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were both originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine...
“ as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Famous Quote: "I have many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."

Why He's On The List: Star of the funniest comedy of the last 20 years, Ron Burgundy towers over the rest of the moronic, blustering blowhards on Will Ferrell's CV. A truly deluded world class buffoon, Burgundy is nothing less than the American Alan Partridge, a stuck-record sexist endlessly fascinated by the sound of his own voice and obsessed with his own image. We'd hate him, if he weren't so damned funny. Anchorman 2 now, please.

Finest Hour: Ron's phone-box meltdown, following the brutal punting of his beloved gentleman friend, Baxter. He's in a glass case of emotion, apparently. ” - colm-hearne365
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ as Tony Montana in Scarface. ” - colm-hearne365
Ian McKellen
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
“ as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Famous Quote: "So it begins. The great battle of our time."

Why He's On The List: It's quite a transformation for Gandalf across the span of the Rings trilogy. Sure, leading the charge down to Helm's Deep at the end of The Two Towers took some beating, but it's in Return of the King that Gandalf the White really gets it together - and not just sprouting wisdom in the quiet bits. Between temporarily deposing the deranged Steward (Denethor), whipping the army of Gondor into shape, and occasionally breaking out the staff to up a can of whupass on a few orcs, he's pretty much the whole action thing covered.

Finest Hour: Covering all bases in the besieged city of Minis Tirith, holding the cities lax defences together. ” - colm-hearne365
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (A.K.A. Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. ” - colm-hearne365
Tobin Bell
Actor, Saw
Tobin Bell is an American actor with a career in film, television and theater spanning three decades. He was born in Queens, New York and raised in Weymouth, Mass. His mother is the British actress Eileen Bell. He is perhaps best known for his role as the iconic villain "Jigsaw" in the Saw film series...
“ Jigsaw in Saw 1-5. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Famous Quote: "I give hope to men. I keep none for myself."

Why He's On The List: Like Gandalf, Aragorn undergoes considerable development across the Rings trilogy, but it's in Return Of The King that Aragorn must confront his destiny, and ergo that's when the character has most to do. Mortensen owns the part by this stage, and reliably provides great work in a monumental role that requires as much quiet expression from his eyes as it does from being able to swing a sword.

Finest Hour: Leading the charge on the armies of Mordor. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremecy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Famous Quote: "I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?"

Why He's On The List: Without Bourne, James Bond wouldn't be a blond-haired, cold-blooded killer, but the same old black-haired, shag-happy, quipmeister. Or, as Bourne director Paul Greengrass likes to say, "an Imperialist right-wing *beep* Ahem. Bourne, the amnesiac assassin, made being a spy cool again, combining seriously impressive ass-kicking with a compelling and very human quest for redemption and knowledge. It's also the role that made a viable action hero of Matt Damon.

Finest Hour: During Ultimatum's tense chase sequence in Waterloo, Bourne takes out four henchmen without even missing a heartbeat. ” - colm-hearne365
Yun-Fat Chow
Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo. Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then-British colony of Hong Kong...
“ as Tequila in Hard Boiled. ” - colm-hearne365
Sylvester Stallone
Actor, Rocky
Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is well known for his Hollywood action roles, particularly boxer Rocky Balboa, the title character of the Rocky series' seven films from 1976 to 2015; soldier John Rambo from the four Rambo films, which ran from 1982 to 2008; and Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films from 2010 to 2014...
“ as Rock Balboa in Rocky 1-6.

Famous Quote: "All I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood."

Why He's On The List: With all due respect to John Rambo, Ray Tango and Marion Cobretti, Rocky Balboa remains Sly Stallone's greatest and most heartwarming creation - a true fighter who doesn't know the meaning of the word 'quit' (probably literally, actually). The 30+ years since Rocky have seen comebacks and setbacks aplenty for creator and creation, but the Italian Stallion - na've, optimistic, idealistic, lovable - remains the Rock on which Stallone's legend is built.

Finest Hour: The double knockdown, race-against-the-clock finale of Rocky II, followed by Rocky's joyful, not entirely discernible victory speech. ” - colm-hearne365
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ as Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator.

Famous Quote: "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

Why He's On The List: A mix of Roman history, legend, Shakespeare and old fashioned Hollywood epics, Maximus is about as traditional a tragic hero as you'll find. With everything taken from him by corrupt Emperor Commodus, all he has to fight for is justice, and before he dies, justice is what he shall restore and receive. It was, for Hollywood, a return to the square-jawed non-ironic hero and, for Crowe, the announcement of his status as an A-lister to be reckoned with.

Finest Hour: Fighting a freakin' TIGER. ” - colm-hearne365
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
“ as Harry Potter in Harry Potter 1-6.

Famous Quote: "Expecto patronum!"

Why He's on the List: Five films down, two (well, three) to go, but clearly Harry Potter has already made an impression with you lot. It's not hard to see why: as played by an increasingly convincing Daniel Radcliffe, Harry has morphed before our very eyes from wide-eyed child to embattled, moody teenager and yet managed to remain likeable and sympathetic.

Finest Hour: The last, freezeframed shot of Prisoner Of Azkaban, as Harry flies, carefree and smiling, on his Firebolt. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands.

Famous Quote: "I can't" - Edward's heartbreaking response to Kim's request to hold her.

Why He's On The List:Only Tim Burton could take a character with wild hair, a white face and scissors for hands and place him at the centre of a fairytale and not, as you might presume, a horror. Only Johnny Depp, Burton's most trusted weapon, could play that achingly na've, trusting manchild and invest him with an innate decency that, come the heartrending ending, will break you in two.

Finest Hour: The poignant, unbearably romantic scene when Edward creates an ice sculpture for Kim (Winona Ryder), while she dances in the resulting snowflakes. ” - colm-hearne365
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English, and Swiss-German...
“ as Donnie Darko in Donnie Darko.

Famous Quote: "I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to."

Why He's On The List: And you thought you had the weight of the world on your shoulders when you were in high school. An upgrade on the rebellious teen, throughout Richard Kelly's scorching debut Donnie remains just enough of a mystery to stay intriguing, without ever being alienating. Is he mad? Or is something trying to tell him something beyond our comprehension? Most still don't have the answer when the credits roll, but this troubled kid's journey is one we're happy to watch again and again.

Finest Hour: Burning down the house of 'motivator' Jim Cunningham, which serendipitously exposes him as a pederast. ” - colm-hearne365
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox (née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their ten-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother, Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia...
“ as Marty McFly in Back to the Future 1-3.

Famous Quote: "Nobody calls me chicken!"

Why He's On The List: Goddamn, but Marty McFly is cool. Ace guitarist, ace skateboarder, world-class slacker, hot girlfriend, hangs around with a daffy old boffin without inviting the interest of Operation Ore, travels through time in a DeLorean, manages to make his teenage mum fall in love with him, reunites his parents, inspires a teen band - yep, his mojo is working, and then some. Played by any other actor - say, Eric Stoltz - and you might hate the little bugger, but with Michael J. Fox working his cheeky chappy charm to the full, that's not an option.

Finest Hour: Marty gets carried away during Johnny Be Goode. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. ” - colm-hearne365
Julie Andrews
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. ” - colm-hearne365
Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
“ as Alex Delarge in A Clockwork Orange.

Famous Quote: "Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, ya eunuch jelly thou!

Why He's On The List: It's a role that was dripping with controversy from the beginning, but Kubrick could always be trusted to get the right man for the job and to get the most out of him. Step up Malcolm McDowell, who had already made a frightening impression just a few years earlier on Lindsay Anderson's If..., and well and truly finished the job with teenage sociopath Alex. Being a young man who enjoys rape and violence, even watching the tables turned on him isn't satisfying (the brainwashing technique is clinically brutal), but we've never been so terrified to see someone 'cured'.

Finest Hour: His 'Singin' In The Rain' rendition during a home invasion. ” - colm-hearne365
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 finished high school at the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ as The Man With No Name in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Famous Quote: "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

Why He's On The List: The final chapter in the series which saw Eastwood burst onto the hero market, it's also the best loved of the three. Blondie, as Eli Wallach's Tuco calls him, is about as cool as it gets in movies, but Eastwood never so much as considers that as an excuse not to commit to the role; he's steely, not wooden. He's also a supreme badass, who's quicker on the draw than anyone and always looking three moves ahead. Often imitated, never bettered.

Finest Hour: Blowing the bridge near Sad Hill cemetery. ” - colm-hearne365
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.

Famous Quote: "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

Why He's On The List: Empire's Nick De Semlyen summed up Peter Venkman - the leader of the Ghostbusters and Bill Murray's finest character - perfectly in this month's magazine when he said that Venkman is the ultimate New York hero: cynical, sarcastic, secretly sweet-natured. From his relentless and devilishly charming attempts to hit on Sigourney Weaver's Dana to his aversion to anything resembling work, Venkman is the template for virtually every character Vince Vaughn has ever played.

Finest Hour: Venkman works his powers of persuasion on the Mayor Of New York - and the Ghostbusters are back in business. ” - colm-hearne365
Audrey Tautou
Actress, Amélie
Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award in the ninth 'Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival' in Bezier...
“ as Amelie Poulain in Amelie. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Anton Chigurgh in No Country For Old Men. ” - colm-hearne365
Wesley Snipes
Actor, Blade
Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Maryann (Long), a teacher's assistant, and Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that the theater was to be his career. He attended the High School for the Performing Arts (popularized in Fame)...
“ as Blade in Blade. ” - colm-hearne365
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)...
“ as Tony Stark in Iron Man.

Famous Quote: "This is not the worst thing you've caught me doing."

Why He's On The List: That Stark is one of the newest characters on this list is testament to the performance of Robert Downey Jr., who followed the Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow model by investing Stark - on paper, a Bruce Wayne billionaire playboy wannabe - with panache and flair and off-beat, improvised humour, turning him into one of the most vital comic book characters around. But there's genuine depth and emotion there, too. The sequels should rock.

Finest Hour: His final press conference ” - colm-hearne365
John Goodman
John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988-1997)...
“ as Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski.

Famous Quote: "This is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules."

Why He's On The List: There's no shortage of great characters in the Coen Brothers' canon, but they don't get much better than Walter. Written especially for Goodman, this bellowing, Vietnamwar-obsessed bowling fanatic , notable for his short temper and a love of guns, belongs firmly in the 'once seen, never forgotten' hall of fame.

Finest Hour: Attempting to exact revenge on a fifteen year old for stealing the dude's car by taking to a new sports car with a golf club, only to find it belongs to a guy down the street. ” - colm-hearne365
Robert Shaw
Actor, Jaws
Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
“ as Quint in Jaws.

Famous Quote: "I'll find him for three. I'll catch him and kill him, for ten!"

Why He's On The List: The most colourful member of Jaws' trinity of heroes, Quint could well have been a stereotypical salty sea dog (with traces of Moby Dick's Ahab). But we really should know better, and from the scars scene through to the Indianapolis speech, Shaw reveals frail, fragile layers beneath the sea shanties and wild overconfidence. His death, spitting blood as the shark bites him in two, is profoundly disturbing.

Finest Hour: What else? The speech about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. How Shaw didn't win an Oscar for that, we'll never know. ” - colm-hearne365
Nathan Fillion
Actor, Castle
Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the younger son of Cookie and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers. He has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of Alberta...
“ as Mal Reynolds in Serenity.

Famous Quote: "There's a lot of fine ways to die. I ain't waiting for the Alliance to choose mine."

Why He's On The List: Poor box-office aside, there's no taking away from the fact that Mal is one of the best characters in recent sci-fi. It's largely thanks to Fillion's solid grasp of the role, playing the ship's captain as an imperfect leader who's frequently bested in verbal sparring by his shipmates, but who is unquestionably the top dog among them. Like a Han Solo for the new age, we hope he'll be given more chances for adventure.

Finest Hour: Making time for banter with Inara even while springing the Operative's trap. ” - colm-hearne365
James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track)...
“ as George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life.

Famous Quote: "What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."

Why He's On The List: What would Christmas be like without this movie and Jimmy Stewart's finest role? As George Bailey, the small-town family man with a heart of gold but a head full of doubt, Stewart delivers an astonishingly nuanced turn as a suicidal case slowly getting to grips with the idea that life is worth living after all.

Finest Hour: That ending, when George realises that - hey! - it is a wonderful life after all. ” - colm-hearne365
Paul Newman
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...
“ as Luke in Cool Hand Luke. ” - colm-hearne365
Mark Hamill
Mark Hamill is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy - Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) - a role he reprise in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)...
“ as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Famous Quote: "I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you!"

Why He's On The List: Mark Hamill gets a bad rap, and it's undeserved. OK, so when we first meet Luke Skywalker, he's a whiny little bitch, but as the series progresses and Luke flirts with the Dark Side, Hamill - face and soul ravaged by a car crash - injects just the right amount of gravitas to make the arc believable. Much more so than Hayden Christensen's attempt at the same with Anakin, anyway.

Finest Hour: Empire's moment of truth, as a one-handed Luke finds out who his dad really is. ” - colm-hearne365
Leslie Nielsen
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
“ as Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun. ” - colm-hearne365
Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
“ as Juno MacGuff in Juno.

Famous Quote: "This is not a food baby, alright? I've taken, like, three pregnancy tests, and I'm fo'shizz up the spout."

Why She's On The List: If Oscar-worthy roles for women seem a little thin on the ground, try searching for decent roles for women under twenty. Even if the Academy didn't bestow the award on Page, she can take consolation in the fact that her character has well and truly entered the public consciousness. Quick-witted and with a tongue like a Stanley knife, Juno is, in her own precocious and pregnant way, a strange, new kind of heroine.

Finest Hour: Vomiting blue Slurpy into her stepmother's vase. ” - colm-hearne365
Steve Carell
Actor, The Office
Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet T. (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother is of Polish descent and his father is of Italian and German ancestry (Steve's grandfather had changed the surname from "Caroselli" to "Carrell")...
“ as Brick Tamland in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Famous Quote: "I love lamp."

Why He's On The List: To compete with a character like Ron Burgundy, you have to have something special: Brick Tamland has it. The world champion of movie morons, Steve Carell's mentally retarded weatherman attacks every line with an innocent, boyish zeal that allows him to get away with doing and saying things that would probably find most other people subject of a hate campaign from the Daily Mail.

Finest Hour: His painful attempt to invite Veronica Corningstone to the "pants party." ” - colm-hearne365
Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
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...
“ as Rick Blaine in Casablanca.

Famous Quote: "I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world."

Why He's On The List: As first stabs at romantic leading roles go, you really can't go past this one: Blaine has become the classic jaded romantic. If not quite an anti-hero, he somehow makes selfishness and cynicism cool - but of course goes on to make true love and fighting for the Resistance so much cooler. He did wonders for the white dinner jackets, and who cares if everyone misquotes him? It's the sentiment that counts.

Finest Hour: Stitching up the Nazis a treat. ” - colm-hearne365
Joe Pesci
Actor, Goodfellas
Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943, in Newark, NJ, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor and by the mid-50s was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-'60s he released a record under the stage name of "Joe Ritchie" titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing"...
“ as Tommy Devito in Goodfellas. ” - colm-hearne365
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.

Famous Quote: "Like...a...glove."

Why He's On The List: Jim Carrey has spent the last decade trying to show that there's more to him than the gurning, madcap, big-haired, manic, wildly energetic, room-dominating pet detective, a man who quite literally talks through his arse. And while that's undoubtedly true, he's never been funnier than in the first Ventura - hence this list has an Ace up its sleeve.

Finest Hour: His tour-de-force performance in the penthouse suite of the murdered Miami Dolphins coach as he shows the cops exactly where they're going wrong in their investigation. ” - colm-hearne365
Jack Nicholson
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...
“ as R.P. McMurphy in One Who Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest.

Famous Quote: "You're no crazier'n the average *beep* on the street."

Why He's On The List: Already an icon of the counter-culture movement from Ken Kesey's book, the casting of McMurphy was always going to be crucial. Nicholson's performance is a dervish of anti-establishment chaos, railing against a pointless system with Christ-like appeal. A deserved winner of Oscars for both the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor.

Finest Hour: Making up the baseball world series - and convincing the other patients of it - when Nurse Ratched won't switch it on the TV in the ward. ” - colm-hearne365
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ as Mathilda in Leon.

Famous Quote: "Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?"

Why She's On The List: The coolest kid in movie history - fact. Mathilda is 12 years-old when a corrupt cops kills her family, forcing her to seek solace with hitman neighbour Leon. But, for most of the movie, this frightened little kid acts like someone twice her age. Sassy and hyper-confident, even in her blossoming sexuality, the Louise Brooks-bobbed Mathilda served notice of an astounding new talent in Portman.

Finest Hour: Trembling with fear and uncorked rage, a kid again, as she fails to kill her own personal bogeyman, Norman Stansfield, in a police station's men's room. ” - colm-hearne365
Ben Burtt
Sound Department, WALL·E
“ as WALL-E in WALL-E.

Famous Quote: "Ta-da!"

Why He's On The List: WALL-E is probably the cutest character on this list, making Short Circuit's Johnny Five (not present but we liked the analogy) look like a Terminator and E.T. like Jabba The Hutt. The adorable little bolt bucket never, ever, gives up hope, and winds up saving both the planet and the human race for his trouble. But it's the revealing of his personality through his undying fascination with human junk that really wins you over.

Finest Hour: Gradually winning over the straight-programmed EVE. ” - colm-hearne365
“ as Withnail in Withnail & I. ” - colm-hearne365
Ben Stiller
Producer, Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
“ as White Goodman in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. ” - colm-hearne365
Uma Thurman
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
“ as The Bride in Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2.

Why She's On The List: For a guy who wrote the sweaty sausagefest that is Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has been making up for it since with strong female protagonists - and none stronger than The Bride, aka Beatrix Kiddo, aka a Q&U creation. The 'U', of course, is Thurman, who has never been better as the single-minded, athletic killing machine, as adept at swinging a sword as she is in suggesting The Bride's inner turmoil.

Finest Hour: The House Of The Blue Leaves massacre, as the Crazy 88s become the Crazy 2 or 3. ” - colm-hearne365
Dennis Hopper
Actor, Speed
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard Hopper...
“ as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet. ” - colm-hearne365
“ as Napoleon Dynamite in Napoleon Dynamite. ” - colm-hearne365
Kevin Spacey
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
“ as Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects.

Famous Quote: [About Soze]: "Keaton always said, 'I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him.' Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze."

Why He's On The List: Interestingly, the only character from The Usual Suspects to make it onto the list is one who may not even exist. There's no conclusive proof, for example, that Kevin Spacey's Verbal Kint is actually Keyser Soze and not, say, a Soze goon. Still, that's the genius of Bryan Singer's film - that a character who remains unseen for at least 90% of the time dominates the action. And, with his tendrils of influence seemingly inescapable, Soze - whoever he is - is a truly great screen villain.

Finest Hour: Raining on Dean Keaton's parade, as he pisses out the flames that will blow up the boat. ” - colm-hearne365
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck first film, Days of Glory, was released in 1944. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times, four of which came in his first five years of film acting: for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Twelve O'Clock High (1949)...
“ as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. ” - colm-hearne365
Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia (Crone), a dancer, and actor Bing Russell (Neil Oliver Russell). He is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Russell landed a part in the Elvis Presley movie, It Happened at the World's Fair, when he was 10 years old...
“ as Snake Plissken in Escape From New York and Escape From L.A.. ” - colm-hearne365
Hugo Weaving
Actor, The Matrix
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time traveling between Nigeria...
“ as V in V for Vendetta. ” - colm-hearne365
Jack Nicholson
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...
“ as Jack Torrance in The Shining.

Famous Quote: "Do you have the slightest idea what moral and ethical dilemma is?"

Why He's On The List: Some people are born mad, others have madness thrust upon them, like poor Jack. A recovering alcoholic, frustrated novelist and teacher, his problems are just beginning when he takes his family to manage the upkeep of the Overlook hotel during its winter closure. As its haunting envelopes him, Jack becomes one of the most beautifully unhinged characters of all time.

Finest Hour: The iconic moment when, after he's gone completely ta-ta's, Jack takes to a door with an axe in pursuit of his wife - with grimmest intentions. ” - colm-hearne365
Debra Winger
Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra (her father named her Debra after his favorite actress...
“ as E.T. in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

Famous Quote: "Be...good."

Why He's On The List: A spindly little thing with a stretchy neck, bulbous eyes, flat head, and a voice that sounds like a fart machine with the batteries run low, E.T. is nobody's idea of the star of what was the most successful movie ever. But looks aren't everything, and as E.T. waddled around, bonding with Elliot and garbling a series of adorable non sequiturs, we all fell in love with him.

Finest Hour: When he comes back to life, his pallid skin illuminated by his re-energised, warm, glowing heart. Not a dry eye in the house. ” - colm-hearne365
Frances McDormand
Actress, Fargo
Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982...
“ as Marge Gunderson in Fargo.

Why She's On The List: In stark contrast to pretty much every other movie cop ever, Marge is just about the nicest police officer you're ever likely to meet. But don't be fooled - she's no small town rube, nor does she let being in the final stages of pregnancy stop her from solving an extortion/kidnapping case with a few grisly murderers. One of the Coens' greatest creations, brought to life by Mrs Joel (who was actually pregnant at the time, so a real family affair), she's a perfect creation - with the screenwriting and acting Oscars to prove it.

Finest Hour: Making us believe she's found an important clue in the snow - it's morning sickness. ” - colm-hearne365
“ as Dr. Emmett Brown in Back to the Future 1-3.

Famous Quote: "Great Scott!"

Why He's On The List: The white hair may be standard issue mad scientist, but Doctor Emmett Brown, creator of the flux capacitor and a man incapable of normal social interaction because his head is too busy buzzing with ideas, is a genuinely likeable creation, a world away from stereotypes. So much so that, when he gets shot by Libyans ten minutes in, we're sad even though we've only just met the man. And joyous again when we meet his younger self. Now that's acting.

Finest Hour: "1.21 gigawatts!" The young Doc's spazz-out when he hears the full extent of the energy needed to send Marty back to the future is a sight to behold. ” - colm-hearne365
Nick Frost
Nick Frost is an English actor, screenwriter and comedian. He is known for his work in the series of British comedic genre films The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He also co-starred in Paul (2011), with frequent collaborator and friend Simon Pegg...
“ as Ed in Shaun of the Dead. ” - colm-hearne365
Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy and Vernon Lynch...
“ as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop.

Famous Quote: [In falsetto] *beep*

Why He's On The List: Next time you're bitching about 'Hollywood development hell', remember what could have become of Beverly Hills Cop if Simpson/Bruckheimer had not decided to re-invent it for meteoric SNL star Murphy, instead of as a Stallone vehicle as originally conceived. Murphy's fast-talking, quick-on-his-feet Foley is pure gold, and came as a welcome relief to the traditional action fare of the day.

Finest Hour: Talking his way into an exclusive restaurant by claiming to have a message for the film's bad guy (Steven Berkoff) concerning 'Herpes simplex 10'. ” - colm-hearne365
Jeremy Bulloch
Jeremy Bulloch was born on February 16, 1945 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England. He is one of six children and even at the young age of five was on stage in his school show enjoying acting and singing. After failing a school exam at the age of eleven, Jeremy seemed destined for the acting profession and was soon attending Corona Academy Drama School...
“ as Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Famous Quote: "He's no good to me dead."

Why He's On The List: Before his back story was rewritten, Boba Fett was the coolest thing in the Star Wars universe that wasn't played by Harrison Ford. He took no *beep* from Darth Vader. He wore a cool helmet. He outwitted Han Solo. He had a jetpack. Now, though, he sounds like a Kiwi, and we know that he began life as a brat with about a million brothers. Not cool, but the Original Trilogy Boba abides.

Finest Hour: Tracking Han Solo to Bespin, by hiding in the garbage. Sneaky bastard. ” - colm-hearne365
Anthony Perkins
Actor, Psycho
Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College...
“ as Norman Bates in Psycho.

Famous Quote: "We all go a little mad sometimes."

Why He's On The List: It's Perkins' wholly dedicated performance helps put Bates in the pantheon of horror. You know from the off that something's not quite right with the apparently friendly and handsome Norman, but you're never sure entirely what - even after the shower scene. Is he a weak deviant under the thumb of his mad, disciplinarian mother, or something more sinister?

Finest Hour: Running into the room, knife in hand, dressed in full "costume". ” - colm-hearne365
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ as Wolverine in X-Men, X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand.

Famous Quote: "Hey bub, I'm not finished with you yet."

Why He's On The List: Altogether now: Snikt! Wolverine is the best there is at what he does, which in the movies means mooning after Jean Grey, growling one-liners, slicing and dicing evil mutants and being a foot taller and considerably more handsome than his comic book counterpart. Not that it matters - Hugh Jackman, brash yet vulnerable, simply owns the role. He is the best there is at what he does, after all.

Finest Hour: His berserker rage during Stryker's assault on the X-mansion in X-2. ” - colm-hearne365
Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his parents divorced...
“ as Marv in Sin City. ” - colm-hearne365
Michael Madsen
Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Sin City, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, Thelma & Louise...
“ as Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs.

Famous Quote: "Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?"

Why He's On The List: We hear evidence for and see it against, but the great thing about 'Toothpick' Vic Vega is that you can't believe he's capable of committing his atrocities until you actually see them: that is the hallmark of a psychopath. And his 'moment in the sun', as it were, is magnificent - a cool, cruel torture sequence as meaningless as it is vicious. Arguably the scene that put Tarantino on the map, it walks dangerously close to, yet never crosses the line, between making violence horrific and making it cool.

Finest Hour: Breaking midway through torturing Marvin the cop to step outside and get a can of petrol from the boot of his car, in a single shot. ” - colm-hearne365
Hugo Weaving
Actor, The Matrix
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time traveling between Nigeria...
“ as Agent Smith in The Matrix, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.

Famous Quote: "That is the sound of inevitability. That is the sound of your death."

Why He's On The List: Stony-faced and silken-voiced, the conniving computer program Smith is driven by an engine of pure hate - hate for humans, and hate for the miserable existence that forces him to keep them in check. Even in the sequels, he manages to retain an air of menace (he's more than equal to Neo) as the plot became ever more bloated and ridiculous.

Finest Hour: His speech to a captive Morpheus, in which he expounds on his theory about mankind: namely, they're a virus, and he's the cure. ” - colm-hearne365
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...
“ as Vincenzo Coccotti in True Romance. ” - colm-hearne365
Rutger Hauer
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...
“ as Roy Batty in Blade Runner.

Famous Quote: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain. Time... to die."

Why He's On The List: In some ways, Nexus generation replicant Roy, the most advanced machine ever built, is very lucky - he manages to quite literally meet his maker, and question the issue of his mortality. Sadly he's also been used as slave labour, and despite being advanced in almost every other capacity, has only the collected wisdom of his four years of 'life'. But he finds peace, and his final scenes in Blade Runner are among the best sci-fi you'll see.

Finest Hour: Grabbing Deckard's arm just in time. ” - colm-hearne365
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ as Dracula in Dracula. ” - colm-hearne365
Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years...
“ as Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. ” - colm-hearne365
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She is an actress and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (aka Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Fisher is also known for her book...
“ as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars Episode IV-VI.

Famous Quote: "Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking... NERFHERDER!"

Why She's On The List: Star Wars isn't just a boys' toy - not as long as Princess Leia Organa is around, that is. Not for her the simpering squeaks of a damsel in distress - Leia is opinionated, gutsy and as defiant in the face of authority as her father. Commendably, she never became mere eye candy in the series: even in the bikini she kicks ass, and by the end of Jedi, she's the one wearing the trousers in her relationship with Han.

Finest Hour: Strangling Jabba to death with her own slave chains - emancipation be damned! ” - colm-hearne365
Margaret Hamilton
Margaret Hamilton was Born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several performances in film before she came to her most memorable and astronomically successful role...
“ as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. ” - colm-hearne365
Vivien Leigh
Vivian Mary Hartley was born on November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India. She was to live in this beautiful country for the next six years. Her parents wanted to go home to England but because of World War I they opted to stay in India. At the end of the war the Hartleys headed back to their home country...
“ as Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. ” - colm-hearne365
“ as Randal Graves in Clerks. ” - colm-hearne365
John Cusack
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
“ Martin Q. Blank in Grosse Pointe Blank. ” - colm-hearne365
Tim Allen
Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, USA, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real-estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...
“ as Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 1-2

Famous Quote: "To infinity - and beyond!"

Why He's On The List: One of only two animated characters on this list, Buzz Lightyear deserves his slot because he's a dreamer. And dreamers, sometimes, deserve to fly as high as they can. An initially deluded toy that thinks it's a real space cadet, Buzz's boundless optimism is only temporarily dented when he finds out the truth, with his can-do attitude a vital component of his relationship with the panicky Woody.

Finest Hour: His hilarious attempt to fly, or "falling with style" in Toy Story, which ends with the triumphant declaration, "CAN!" ” - colm-hearne365
Robert Englund
Veteran character actor Robert Englund was born in Glendale, California, to Janis (MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer. He has Swedish, Danish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Since 1973, Englund has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. He has starred alongside Oscar-winners Henry Fonda...
“ as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare in Elm Street 1-6 and Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

Famous Quote: "You're all my children now!"

Why He's On The List: Before he became a vaudevillian villain, dispatching victims while dropping one-liners like a hideously scarred Arnie, Robert Englund's Freddie Krueger was a genuinely disturbing menace, a cackling, mocking foe who moved like a spider, and whose threat was not only almost inescapable (close your eyes, you're his) but often disturbingly sexual, and whose one-liners were blunt tools like "I'm gonna kill you slow!" It's not hard to see why he became an icon.

Finest Hour: His tormenting murder of the hapless Tina, dragging her increasingly bloodied body up walls and onto the ceiling. ” - colm-hearne365
John Wayne
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ as Ethan Edwards in The Searchers.

Famous Quote: "Injun will chase a thing till he thinks he's chased it enough. Then he quits. Same way when he runs. Seems like he never learns there's such a thing as a critter that'll just keep comin' on. So we'll find 'em in the end, I promise you. We'll find 'em. Just as sure as the turnin' of the earth."

Why He's On The List: Cinema's archetypal loner, Ethan's complexities lie in his war-ravaged attitude to life (he fought for the Confederate army), and a deeply entrenched racist attitude to Native Americans. Obviously this creates a problem when a war party comes through and murders his brother's family - except for Ethan's niece Debbie, who is abducted. Many people believe The Searchers itself to be racist, and to a point it is, but it's important to draw the distinction between Ethan's character and the overarching attitude of the film (which essentially isn't).

Finest Hour: His family is re-united, but ever the outsider, Ethan cannot join them, and instead returns to the wilderness. ” - colm-hearne365
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs.

Famous Quote: "I tried to free them. I opened the gate to their pen, but they wouldn't run. They just stood there, confused. They wouldn't run."

Why She's On The List: Hannibal Lecter may be the flashier role, but getting the right Starling proved to be an even more crucial piece of the equation; the sequel, Hannibal, is testament to that. Clarice is an exceptionally bright rookie who's way out of her depth and with demons in her past, but though sheer determination and her strange relationship with Lecter, she fights, and eventually overcomes, her fears.

Finest Hour: Terrified, alone and surrounded by darkness, Starling fends off serial killer Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb, shooting him and conquering her fears. ” - colm-hearne365
Orson Welles
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...
“ as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane. ” - colm-hearne365
“ as Hal-9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Famous Quote: "My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm... afraid."

Why He's On The List: Stanley Kubrick's epic journey to the stars confuses the hell out of a lot of people, but it essentially boils down to an examination of humankind's place in the universe. HAL (that's Heuristic Algorithmic Computer) comes to represent the problems of perfect logic and the lack of spontaneous, emotional human response. His supreme intelligence is always communicated in the same succinct yet polite tone - it's our own humanity which interprets the supercomputer's voice initially as reassuring, then as rather creepy.

Finest Hour: The only two conscious crew members, Frank Poole and Dave Bowman, take what they believe to be every precaution against HAL overhearing a conversation wherein they decide to disconnect him, but he still manages rumbles the plan - HAL can read lips. ” - colm-hearne365
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ as Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon 1-4.

Famous Quote: "You do this my way. You shoot, you shoot to kill, get as many of them as you can. All you got to do is just not miss."

Why He's On The List: The role that persuaded Franco Zefferelli that Gibson would make a great Hamlet, on paper Martin Riggs seems like your run-of-the-mill cop on the edge. Gibson did play Riggs as a wild-eyed nutcase but, armed with Shane Black's wonderful dialogue, also conveyed the desperation of a man who wants to live, but has forgotten how.

Finest Hour: His brutal fight with Gary Busey's Mr. Joshua at the end of the first film. ” - colm-hearne365