Underrated or Cheated Actors

Actors who should be a lot more popular than they are, or they should have been given a lot more acknowledgement for the talent they displayed in their roles. This also includes Oscar snubs.
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1.
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 and Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ He is not recognized as much as he should be for the brilliant actor he is. He should have been given an Oscar nomination for The Mask, but he got a razzie nomination instead. His performances in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Man on the Moon were also Oscar worthy, but they were also overlooked. However, in my opinion, the worst injustice was when he was shunned by the Academy and the Golden Globes for his wonderful performance in I Love You Philip Morris. I think he is in the top 5 most underrated actor of all time. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
2.
Demi Moore
Actress, Ghost
Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, left her mother, Virginia King, before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on drinking...
“ She was sensational in Ghost and should have received an Oscar nomination. She gave great performances in A Few Good Men and G.I. Jane, yet she has not been given the recognition she deserves. She was even given a Razzie for G.I. Jane. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
3.
Gabriel Byrne
Byrne was the first of six children, born in Dublin, Ireland. His father was a cooper and his mother a hospital worker. He was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He spent five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a Catholic priest. He later said, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation...
“ Loved him in Man in the Iron Mask. He was perfect as D'Artagnan. I could see him getting an Oscar nomination for that film. He's also wonderful in the HBO series In Treatment which should be a lot more popular than it is. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
4.
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Few actors can disappear into their roles like he can and he's only gotten one Oscar nomination. He is a screen chameleon! One of the best actors ever! Hope he gets an Oscar soon! ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
5.
Jeremy Irons
British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up being grounded when his family settled down in Hertfordshire...
“ Should have been nominated for more films than Reversal of Fortune. Dead Ringers was definitely worthy of an Oscar nomination. M. Butterfly was also a great performance. Also, he's been in films that should be more popular than they are. The Mission, Reversal of Fortune, The Man in the Iron Mask, Kingdom of Heaven, and Casanova. Despite these great films, not to mention Lion King, too many people do not know who he is. He should be a lot more famous than he currently is. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
6.
Embeth Davidtz
Embeth Davidtz was born on August 11, 1965 in Lafayette, Indiana. She is known for her role as Miss Honey in the film Matilda. Her parents, Jean and John Davidtz, were South Africans, with Dutch, English, and French ancestry. The family moved to Trenton, New Jersey, before returning to her parents' native country...
“ One day I realized that Helen Hirsch from Schindler's List, Amanda and Portia from Bicentennial Man, and Mary Parker from the latest Spider-Man films were all the same actress. She is amazing! I could not believe that they were all the same person. She is so underrated! She should be really famous and have at least 1 or 2 Oscar nods. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
7.
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ He's pretty famous but he should be given a lot more credit for the great actor he is. Kinsey was worthy of an Oscar nomination. Lately, he's been given a lot of action parts. His acting is so wonderful that he should be given a lot more incredible parts. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
8.
James Woods
James Woods is a lean-built, strangely handsome actor-producer-director with intense eyes and a sometimes untrustworthy grin, who has been impressing audiences for over three decades with his compelling performances. James Howard Woods was born on April 18th, 1947 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Martha A...
“ He is such a great actor! He's been Oscar nominated twice and won two Emmys. I loved him in My Name is Bill W., in which he played one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was also brilliant in Hercules, Promise, and Ghosts of Mississippi. Despite his acclaim, he's not as famous or as highly regarded as the great actor he is. He should be getting a lot more amazing and demanding roles. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
9.
Kevin Bacon
Actor, Apollo 13
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964. Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. His debut as the strict Chip Diller in Animal House almost seems like an inside joke...
“ He's a very talented actor and has not received enough acclaim for it. He was great in films like Footloose, Mystic River, Death Sentence, and Sleepers. He should have a couple of Oscar nominations by now. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
10.
Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear was born on June 17, 1963, in Logansport, Indiana, USA to Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat with the US State Department, and Suzanne (Buck) Kinnear, a homemaker. Greg has two brothers--James, vice president-investments at Wachovia Securities in Arizona who was born in 1957, and Steve, a business manager with the Billy Graham Training Center in North Carolina who was born in 1959...
“ Gave a wonderful performance in Flash of Genius, but he was not nominated for an Oscar. Also, he should have a lot more parts as leading men. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
11.
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...
“ Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Dr. Richard Kimble, Branch Rickey, and many more. The man is a legend, and he only has one Oscar nomination! He needs to win an Honorary Oscar for his amazing body of work! ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
12.
Helen Hunt
Actress, Mad About You
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
“ Should be a lot more popular as a leading lady than she is. She was wonderful in Pay It Forward, What Women Want, and Cast Away. She was given an Oscar for her performance in As Good As It Gets, and that is where her critical acclaim seems to have stopped, at least until the Sessions. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
13.
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...
“ He is a great actor, yet he is always put in action flicks. He was wonderful in The Sixth Sense and was not nominated for an Oscar. In that role, he proved that he could do a lot more than play tough cops and gangsters. He should have a lot more demanding roles. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
14.
Jeff Daniels
Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and dropped out to pursue a career as an actor...
“ Showing great range from Dumb and Dumber to Gettysburg, he is not recognized as the very talented actor he is. His performance in Gettysburg should have been Oscar nominated. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
15.
Danny Glover
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights. Glover trained at the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater...
“ His performance in the Color Purple was amazing! He should have been nominated for an Oscar. Amazingly, despite being famous for Color Purple, Lethal Weapon, and many others, he has never received a well deserved Oscar nomination. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
16.
Connie Nielsen
Actress, Gladiator
Danish beauty Connie Nielsen consistently lights up the screen with an eclectic bevy of film roles. She was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to a mother who worked as an insurance clerk, and a father, Bent Nielsen, who was a bus driver. Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene...
“ I thought she was awesome in Gladiator! I thought she should have been Oscar nominated for it. I hope being cast as Queen Hippolyta will really further her career because she is quite talented. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
17.
James Caan
A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred. He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan...
“ Gave wonderful performances in The Godfather and Misery, but he has not become as famous as other people in The Godfather trilogy. Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro have all gone on to become superstars, but James is overlooked a lot more than them. He should be much more of a leading man than he is. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
18.
James Garner
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ He was phenomenal in the Notebook, but he was not nominated for an Oscar. In addition to that, his name does not come up as often as it should in the list of the greatest actors of all time. He has been in several successful things, but he is not the leading man that De Niro, Gere, Nicholson, and many others are. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
19.
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)...
“ Has shown himself to be immensely talented with roles like Ferris Bueller, Glory, and The Lion King. Yet, he is not considered to be in the same category with many great actors like Leonardo Dicaprio and Kevin Spacey. He was shunned by the Academy when he was not nominated for Glory and deserves to be much more popular and highly regarded. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
20.
“ He was spectacular in the Dark Knight, but all of the praise went to Heath Ledger, which he greatly deserved. He was wonderful in Rabbit Hole, but all of the praise went to Nicole Kidman, which she deserved. Even though the actors in these two films who got most of the credit deserved it, Aaron was also spectacular in both of them. I think he should have also gotten an Oscar nomination for Rabbit Hole and a little more credit for his wonderful job in the Dark Knight. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
21.
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ Great actor! Should have more nominations than just 2! I can think of at least two or three more that are awesome! Namely, Fight Club, Kingdom of Heaven, and Red Dragon. Also, he should have won for Primal Fear. I loved Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire, but he should not have beaten Norton. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
22.
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. Nonetheless...
“ He is one of the top 30 actors of all time, but he can't seem to get recognition for it. He should have won the Oscar for Magnolia but lost to Michael Caine for The Cider House Rules. Caine was great, Cruise was even greater! In addition to this, people say too often that he always plays the same character. While he does play an immature guy who changes a lot, this statement is not true. Just watch Born on the Fourth of July, Magnolia, Tropic Thunder, Collateral, Interview with the Vampire, Rock of Ages, and Minority Report. And, finally, he should have a lot more nominations than 3. Collateral, Rain Man, The Last Samurai, and Interview with the Vampire were all worthy of nominations. Possibly, A Few Good Men and Vanilla Sky as well. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
23.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ He gave great performances in The Dark Knight Rises and Lincoln. I think he's worthy of being Oscar nominated. I hope he gets that recognition soon. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
24.
Chris O'Donnell
Christopher Eugene O'Donnell was born on June 26th, 1970 in Winnetka, Illinois, to Julie Ann (Rohs) and William Charles O'Donnell, Sr., who managed a CBS radio station, WBBM-AM. He is the youngest child in his family, with four sisters and two brothers. His father had Irish ancestry and his mother's lineage includes German, English, and Swiss...
“ He has been in very popular films, but he has not been given the recognition that he should have been for his acting ability. He should have been honored with an Academy Award nomination for his work in Scent of a Woman, but he wasn't. I also do not see why his performance in Batman & Robin was considered to be bad. The only thing that made his performance look bad was the script. The Razzie nomination he received should be wiped off of his record, and he should be seen as the good actor he is. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
25.
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ GIVE THE LADY AN OSCAR!!! She was flawless in Fatal Attraction, but she did not receive an Oscar for that or any other of her films. She's been nominated 6 times, but she has never won. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
26.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Although he is highly recognized as an incredible actor, he lost the Oscar for his wonderful performance in I Am Sam. What makes him cheated is the fact that he lost it to Denzel Washington for portraying a bad guy in Training Day. While Denzel's performance was great, Sean was playing someone mentally challenged, which was much more impressive to me than Washington's performance. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
27.
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...
“ So versatile, so talented, should have an Oscar by now! Should have been nominated for Edward Scissorhands and Donnie Brasco! ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
28.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ He should have won the Oscar for his amazing performance in Schindler's List. As good as Tommy Lee Jones was in the Fugitive, Fiennes was better. His performance in Red Dragon was also Oscar worthy. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
29.
Jennifer Lopez
Actress, Out of Sight
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of The Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer always dreamed of being a multi-tasking superstar...
“ I don't understand why everyone hates her as an actress. I think she's a good actress. She's not Meryl Streep by any means, but I do think she's good. I enjoyed Maid in Manhattan and Monster-in-Law, which critics ripped her apart for. I don't even think Gigli was as bad as everyone says. It did have a really bad script though. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
30.
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ He was cheated by the Academy and the Golden Globes for not being nominated for his wonderful performance in I Love You Philip Morris. Also, he deserves to have more star power because he is such an incredible actor. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
31.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ Although he's pretty famous, his performance in Men of Honor was way too overlooked. ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
32.
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
She is one of the great models who transitioned successfully into acting! "Thomas Crown Affair" being one of the greatest performances causing all to take notice! Playing intelligent women with ability to match her contemporary male powerful counterparts into in-depth presence of the changes appearing...
“ She was huge in the 60s and 70s for Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown, and Network, but she should have stayed huge. Many people think it was her performance in Mommie Dearest that hurt her career, but I think it was one of the most bone chilling performances I've ever seen! I think it's a crime that she wasn't Oscar nominated for that film! She was PERFECT!!! ” - FMJBoyGenius
 
33.
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...
“ He is extremely popular, but he is not given as much credit for his acting ability as he should be. Although he won two Oscars for it, his great performance in Braveheart was not nominated, and he was shunned again for his wonderful performance in the Beaver, which may be his greatest performance ever. ” - FMJBoyGenius