You should know their names...but probably don't

Some of my favorite actors and their performances that I enjoyed.
(Not saying their best, worst, or most well known appearances.....just movies I liked them in:)
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1.
Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker. Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher, he slowly grew to become one of Denmark's biggest movie actors...
“ Pusher I/II-Valhalla Rising ” - alexkendallmahns
 
2.
Vinnie Jones
Actor, Snatch
Vincent Peter Jones was born on January 5, 1965 in Watford, England. He first came to public notice as a professional footballer, playing in the English Football League. Noted as one of soccer's hard men, he leaped to fame when a photographer, at a match, snapped him "marking" Newcastle United's Paul Gascoigne...
“ Snatch-Midnight Meat Train-The Condemned-Tooth & Nail ” - alexkendallmahns
 
3.
Ben Foster
Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in Boston), while his mother's family is from Maryland...
“ 3:10 to Yuma-Alpha Dog-The Mechanic ” - alexkendallmahns
 
4.
Michael Pitt
Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. He is of English and Italian heritage. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek (he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes between 1999 and 2000) In 2005...
“ Boardwalk Empire-Funny Games-Murder by Numbers-Bully ” - alexkendallmahns
 
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“ Boys Don't Cry-Alpha Dog-Soldier's Girl ” - alexkendallmahns
 
6.
Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, to Marianne (Yarber), a teacher, and Norman Reedus. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, and Irish descent. Norman's first film was in 1997 the Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy...
“ Boondock Saints-The Walking Dead ” - alexkendallmahns
 
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“ 3:10 to Yuma-Smokin Aces-Legion ” - alexkendallmahns
 
8.
Tommy Flanagan
Actor, Gladiator
Tommy Flanagan was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. In his twenties, Tommy made his living as a DJ for local dance clubs until a violent attack nearly ended his life. In hospital, his friend Robert Carlyle persuaded Tommy to give acting a try. Mr. Flanagan joined Carlyle's Raindog Theatre Company where he made his stage debut in such productions as 'Wasted I and II'...
“ Braveheart-Smokin Aces-Sons of Anarchy ” - alexkendallmahns
 
9.
Manu Bennett
Gracing international covers such as Muscle and Fitness and Men's Health Manu Bennett is capturing the attention of filmmakers and fans with his extraordinary presence and talent. Of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and born in Rotorua, New Zealand to singer Ted Bennett and bikini model Jean Bennett...
“ Spartacus-30 Days of Night-The Condemned ” - alexkendallmahns
 
10.
Stephen Dorff
Actor, Blade
Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen's The Power of One in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay Masterson. For his performance...
 
11.
David Thewlis
Actor, Naked
David Thewlis was born David Wheeler in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Maureen (Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler, and lived with his parents above their combination wallpaper and toy shop during his childhood. Originally, he came to London with his band Door 66, however he changed his plans and entered Guildhall School of Drama...
“ Total Eclipse-The Pajama Game-Gangster No. 1 ” - alexkendallmahns
 
12.
Tom Hulce
Actor, Amadeus
Thomas Edward Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, MI, where he was raised with his two sisters and older brother. He is the son of Joanna (Winkleman), who had sung professionally, and Raymond Albert Hulce, who worked for Ford. He has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Wanting to be a singer...
“ Amadeus-Parenthood ” - alexkendallmahns
 
13.
Ray Stevenson
Actor, Divergent
Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at the age of eight, and later to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was raised...
“ Rome-Kill the Irishman ” - alexkendallmahns
 
14.
Christopher Eccleston
Actor, The Others
Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It. However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the low-budget thriller Shallow Grave...
“ Jude-28 Days Later-Elizabeth ” - alexkendallmahns
 
15.
Walton Goggins
In his second collaboration with Academy Award-winning Quentin Tarantino, Walton Goggins stars in the writer/director's THE HATEFUL EIGHT. He plays the integral role of 'Chris Mannix,' a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff. In the last few years Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood's most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino...
“ The Shield-Justified ” - alexkendallmahns
 
16.
Clancy Brown
A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation. Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert pianist...
“ The Shawshank Redemption-Pet Sematary 2-Spongebob Squarepants-Love, Lies, Murder ” - alexkendallmahns
 
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“ Isolation-The Moors Murders-The Borgias ” - alexkendallmahns
 
18.
Desmond Harrington
Actor, Dexter
Desmond Harrington was raised in the Bronx New York. Prior to acting Desmond attended Manhattan college briefly, worked as a laborer, landscaper, a cold caller at a brokerage firm, and finally a bartender in Manhattan, where a co-worker invited him to attend an acting class. Harrington landed his first role in Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.
“ The Hole-Ghost Ship ” - alexkendallmahns
 
19.
Jason Isaacs
Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila (née Nathan) and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. While at Bristol University...
“ Brotherhood-The Patriot-Blackhawk Down-Event Horizon ” - alexkendallmahns
 
20.
Kenny Johnson
Actor, The Shield
Kenneth Allen "Kenny" Johnson (July 13, 1963) is an American actor well known for his portrayal of Detective Curtis Lemansky on the drama series The Shield, Butch "Burner" Barnes on Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Joseph Shaw on Cold Case, Detective Hamilton "Ham" Dewey on Saving Grace, Herman Kozik on Sons of Anarchy...
“ The Shield-Sons of Anarchy-Cold Case ” - alexkendallmahns
 
21.
Michael Rooker
Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13 his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "don't-mess-with-me" good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...
“ Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer-Bastard Out of Carolina-Sea of Love-The Walking Dead ” - alexkendallmahns
 
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“ Law & Order:SVU-Cold Case-CSI-Oz ” - alexkendallmahns
 
23.
Kirk Acevedo
Born in Brooklyn, raised in the Bronx, and spent most of his formative years hanging out in New York City, Kirk Acevedo, who is of Puerto Rican/Chinese descent, received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and founded a theater company called The Rorschach Group. After guest-starring on several television shows like New York Undercover and Law & Order...
“ Law & Order-Oz-Cold Case-Band of Brothers ” - alexkendallmahns
 
24.
Brad Dourif
Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell...
“ Deadwood-Lord of the Rings II-Dune-Child's Play(Chucky voice)- ” - alexkendallmahns
 
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“ Se7en-Sons of Anarchy-The Donner Party ” - alexkendallmahns
 
27.
Danny Trejo
Actor, Machete
Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses...
“ Blood In Blood Out ” - alexkendallmahns
 
28.
Tony Goldwyn
Actor, Ghost
Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. Currently starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes' hit series "Scandal," -- now in its fourth season -- Goldwyn has other projects in the works as well. He recently took on the controversial figure Warren Jeffs...
“ Ghost-The Mechanic ” - alexkendallmahns
 
29.
Michael Kenneth Williams
Born in Brooklyn, to an African American father from South Carolina and a Bahamian mother from Nassau, Michael K. Williams was raised in the Vandaveer housing projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School. According to a DNA analysis, he is descended partly from the Mende people of Sierra Leone...
“ The Wire-Boardwalk Empire ” - alexkendallmahns
 
30.
Michael Rapaport
A true New Yorker through and through, Michael Rapaport was born in Manhattan, to June Brody, a radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio program manager. He is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Rapaport moved to Los Angeles to try stand-up comedy following high school graduation (which came after a series of expulsions)...
“ Copland-Kiss of Death-My Name is Earl ” - alexkendallmahns
 
31.
“ Law & Order:SVU-Criminal Minds-The Orphan Killer ” - alexkendallmahns
 
32.
Holt McCallany
Actor, Fight Club
Holt McCallany was born into a family of New York City actors; his mother was the renowned singer/actress Julie Wilson, and his father was a Tony Award winning actor and producer. He began school in Dublin, Ireland at the age of five before his parents moved back to NY. At 14 years old, he ran away...
“ The Losers-Lights Out-Law & Order-Fight Club ” - alexkendallmahns
 
33.
Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Tell Schreiber was born in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, to Lorraine Reaveley, a Canadian psychotherapist, and Tell Schreiber, an American actor. His paternal half-brother is actor Liev Schreiber. Pablo, who is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was raised in Ymir, and moved to Seattle, Washington, as a teenager...
“ Law & Order-Lights Out-The Wire- ” - alexkendallmahns
 
34.
“ It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia-Cold Case-CSI-My Name is Earl ” - alexkendallmahns
 
35.
“ Kids-Law & Order-The Wire-Bully-Sons of Anarchy-My Name is Earl ” - alexkendallmahns
 
36.
Daniel Franzese
Actor, Mean Girls
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, actor Daniel Franzese is best known for his interesting and daring choices in breakthrough films: from his debut role in Larry Clark's Bully, to Tina Fey's hit comedy Mean Girls, to 2010's update of the highly controversial I Spit on Your Grave...
“ Mean Girls-Bully-I Spit on Your Grave-Burn Notice ” - alexkendallmahns
 
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“ Law & Order-The Departed-Righteous Kill ” - alexkendallmahns
 
38.
“ Jusified-CSI-Criminal Minds-Cold Case-Law & Order ” - alexkendallmahns
 
39.
James Le Gros
It isn't hard to make James LeGros bust a gut laughing. Just call him Brad Pitt. Okay, so he doesn't get $6 million a film or have his photo air-kissed by legions of swooning schoolgirls during recess. But if you've caught LeGros' quirky personality, you may wonder why he's still toiling away...
“ Mildred Pierce-Point Break-Justified-Law & Order ” - alexkendallmahns
 
40.
“ My Name is Earl-Burn Notice-Law & Order-Cold Case-CSI ” - alexkendallmahns
 
41.
Michael Shannon
Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His first acting role was in "Winterset" at the Illinois Theatre Center...
“ Boardwalk Empire-Law & Order:SVU- ” - alexkendallmahns
 
42.
Shea Whigham
Born in Florida, educated at Purchase, and coming from the NYC based theatre scene, Shea Whigham's big break came when director Joel Schumacher cast him opposite Colin Farrell in Tigerland (2000). Since then he has racked up impressive credits working with such legendary Hollywood directors as Martin Scorcese...
 
43.
Dominic West
Actor, 300
“ 300-The Wire-Hannibal Rising ” - alexkendallmahns
 
44.
David Wenham
Actor, 300
“ 300-Killing Time-Lord of the Rings II ” - alexkendallmahns
 
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Garret Dillahunt
Garret grew up in the state of Washington and attended the University of Washington where he studied journalism. He received his MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He has appeared on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he began pursuing film and television roles. He has two brothers: Brett, a teacher; and Eric, deceased.
“ Criminal Minds-Deadwood-The Assassination of Jesse James
The Last House on the Left-CSI ” - alexkendallmahns