No particular order and I am still currently adding to the list. Suggestions please???
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...
“ For his role as Omar Little in "THE WIRE". ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and was rejected on her first attempt...
“ For her role as Bess McNeill in "BREAKING THE WAVES" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan
's science fiction thriller Inception
, English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. But the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the miniseries Band of Brothers
“ For his role as Charlie Bronson in "BRONSON" and for his role as Freddie in "THE TAKE" and also for his role as Heathcliff in "WUTHERING HEIGHTS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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
“ For his role as Anton Chigurh in "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot
, There Will Be Blood
, making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ For his role as Daniel Plainview in "THERE WILL BE BLOOD" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Johnny in "NAKED" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in his father's studio for a time after graduating from Dalian Middle School...
“ For his role as Isaburo Sasahara in "SAMURAI REBELLION" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Japanese leading man, an important star and one of the handful of Japanese actors well known outside Japan. Nakadai was a tall handsome clerk in a Tokyo shop when director Masaki Kobayashi
encountered him and cast him in The Thick-Walled Room
. Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in Kobayashi's monumental...
“ For his role as Kaji in "THE HUMAN CONDITION" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
“ For his role as Gustave 'Gu' Minda in "LE DEUXIEME SOUFFLE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Heath Ledger work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You
, The Patriot
, A Knight's Tale
, Monster's Ball
, Ned Kelly
, The Brothers Grimm
, Lords of Dogtown
, Brokeback Mountain
, I'm Not There.
, The Dark Knight
and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director...
“ For his role as Ennis Del Mar in "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN" and his role as The Joker in "THE DARK KNIGHT" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Alex De Large in "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents...
“ For his role as Micheal Corleone in "THE GODFATHER II" and for his role as Sonny Wortzik in "DOG DAY AFTERNOON" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Robert De Niro
De Niro's longtime collaboration with Scorsese later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull
. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver
and Cape Fear
, both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received additional Academy Award nominations for Michael Cimino
's Vietnam war drama The Deer Hunter
“ For his role as Jake La Motta in "RAGING BULL" and for his role as Travis Bickle in "TAXI DRIVER" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
With 12 Academy Award nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Jack Nicholson
is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s-2000s), Michael Caine
(1960s-2000s), Paul Newman
(1950s-1960s, 1980s-2000s), and Laurence Olivier
(1930s-1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five decades...
“ For his role as R.P. McMurphy in "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST" and for his role as Jack Torrence in "THE SHINING" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Hesher in "HESHER" and for his role as Neil in "MYSTERIOUS SKIN" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains
and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3
, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet
“ For his role as Billy Costigan in "THE DEPARTED" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Patrick Bateman in "AMERICAN PSYCHO" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Scott in "HAPPY-GO-LUCKY" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts
(Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd
. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ For her role as Betty/Diane in "MUHOLLAND DRIVE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the The Color of Money
, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. Despite being colorblind, he won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing...
“ For his role as Luke in "COOL HAND LUKE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ For his role as The Tramp in most of his films! ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Terry Malloy in "ON THE WATERFRONT", as Stanley Kowalski in "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE" and for his role as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in "APOCALYPSE NOW" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Stansfield in "LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL" and honorable mention for his role as Drexl Spivey in "TRUE ROMANCE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry...
“ For his role as Father Flynn in "DOUBT" and his role as Andy Hanson in "BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD" and his role as Truman Capote in "CAPOTE". Now as well for his role as Lancaster Dodd in "THE MASTER" He truly is one of the best. It is hard to choose just one. ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Joel Barish in "ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ For her role as Clementine Kruczynski in "ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND" and for her role as Sarah Pierce in "LITTLE CHILDREN" and for her role as Hanna Schmitz in "THE READER" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting soul but forceful will...
“ For his role as Larry in "CLOSER" and for his role as Theo Faron in "CHILDREN OF MEN". ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Emmet Ray in "SWEET AND LOWDOWN" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects. Affleck will next be seen starring opposite Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea. The film tells the story of an uncle (Affleck) who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies...
“ For his role as Robert Ford in "THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD". ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell
and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ For his role as Sam Bell in "MOON" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ For her role as Sister James in "DOUBT" and for her role as Charlene Fleming in "THE FIGHTER" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For her role as Nina Sayers in "BLACK SWAN" and her role as Alice in "CLOSER" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ For her role as Alice Hartford in "EYES WIDE SHUT" and for her role as Grace Margaret Mulligan in "DOGVILLE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ For her role as Linda Partridge in "MAGNOLIA" and for her role as Amber Waves in "BOOGIE NIGHTS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed
who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter
, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted
“ For his role as Dirk Diggler in "BOOGIE NIGHTS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ For her role as Marion Silver in "REQUIEM FOR A DREAM" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a train accident when he was two...
“ For his role as Harry Powell in "THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. His parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel Danielovitch...
“ For his role as Col. Dax in "PATHS OF GLORY" and for his role as Spartacus in "SPARTACUS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ For her role as Margo in "ALL ABOUT EVE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright
, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west...
“ For her role as Eve in "ALL ABOUT EVE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman
in such films as Persona
“ For her role as Eva in "AUTUMN SONATA" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep
, both are second only to Katharine Hepburn
“ For her role as Charlotte Andergast in "AUTUMN SONATA" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Faye Dunaway was born on a farm in Bascom, Florida in 1941, the daughter of Grace April (Smith), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., an army officer. After high school she majored in education at the University of Florida, but switched to theatre arts and transferred to Boston University, earning her degree in 1962...
“ For her role as Diana Christensen in "NETWORK" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ For her role as Jude in "I'M NOT THERE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her ancestry includes Welsh, English, and Dutch. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot and died six years later under similar circumstances...
“ For her role as Katherine Clifton in "THE ENGLISH PATIENT" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ For her role as Sara Goldfarb in "REQUIEM FOR A DREAM" and her role as Chris MacNeil in "THE EXORCIST" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern
and Diane Ladd
. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for several years as a result...
“ For her role as Nikki Grace/ Susan Blue in "INLAND EMPIRE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Frank Booth in "BLUE VELVET" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense
and Little Miss Sunshine
. Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three children of Judith (Cook)...
“ For her role as Lynn Sear in "THE SIXTH SENSE" and for her role as Sheryl Hoover in "LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Max Fischer in "RUSHMORE" and a honorable mention for his role as Ross in "SPUN" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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
“ For his role as Bob Harris in "LOST IN TRANSLATION" and for his role as Don Johnston in "BROKEN FLOWERS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as The Narrator in "FIGHT CLUB" and for his role as Derek Vinyard in "AMERICAN HISTORY X" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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
. However, 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...
“ For his role as Tyler Durden in "FIGHT CLUB" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Kevin Spacey Fowler better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the...
“ For his role as John Doe in "SE7EN" and for his role as Lester Burnham in "AMERICAN BEAUTY" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and comes from a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England...
“ For his role as Arthur Edens in "MICHEAL CLAYTON" and for his role as Matt Fowler in "IN THE BEDROOM" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Col. Hans Landa in "INGLORIOUS BASTERDS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Jules Winnfield in "PULP FICTION" and for his role as Black in "THE SUNSET LIMITED" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Handsome Texan Luke Cunningham Wilson was born in Dallas in 1971, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. The son of Laura (Cunningham), a photographer, and Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive, he was raised with two brothers, Owen Wilson
(the middle one) and Andrew Wilson
(the eldest one)...
“ For his role as Richie Tenenbaum in "THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone...
“ For his role as Chris Wilton in "MATCH POINT" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu
“ For his role as Milo Tindle in "SLEUTH" and for his role as Eliot in "HANNAH AND HER SISTERS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Gordon Northcott in "CHANGELING" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised. Educated at the University of Missouri school of drama...
“ For his role as John Laroche in "ADAPTATION" and for his role as Col. Frank Fitts in "AMERICAN BEAUTY" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
American actor who began as a child in Our Gang comedies and reappeared as a powerful adult performer of leading and character roles. Born in New Jersey, the young Mickey Gubitosi won a role in MGM's Our Gang series at the age of 5. As one of the more prominent children in the Gang, he gained attention for his cute good looks and his lovable, if somewhat melancholy, personality...
“ For his role as Perry Smith in "IN COLD BLOOD" and honorable mention for a creepy role as The Mystery Man in "LOST HIGHWAY" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ancestry...
“ For his role as Antonius Block in "THE SEVENTH SEAL" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Came to prominence in the early films of Martin Scorsese
after working in theatre for around a decade, particularly Mean Streets
and Taxi Driver
. Faded into anonymity in the 1980s even though he turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America's leading directors. He reemergered into star status with his role as Mr...
“ For his role as The Luitenient in "BAD LUITENIENT" and for his role as Mr. White in "RESERVOIR DOGS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
“ For his role as Carl Showalter in "FARGO" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Jerry Lundegaard in "FARGO" and honorable mention for a fun little role as Little Bill in "BOOGIE NIGHTS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles. Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine, a jazz singer...
“ For his role as Barton Fink in "BARTON FINK" and for his role as Bernie Bernbaum in "MILLER'S CROSSING" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was thirteen and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim
gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue
. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
“ For her role as Severine Serizy in "BELLE DE JOUR" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy. She began her career on the radio with the program "Terzoglio" (1942), about the adventures of newlyweds Cico and Pallina from scripts written by Federico Fellini
“ For her role as Gelsomina in "LA STRADA" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman
and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of directors whom he himself influenced...
“ For his role as Dr. Isak Borg in "WILD STRAWBERRIES" and for his role as David Holm in "THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Being the son of an acting father, Oscar Johanson, it isn't surprising that he wanted to be an actor already as a child. However, he first worked as a baker's apprentice, in a barber shop or in the docks. After the conscription he got his first role, a bit part on the theater Lilla Teatern in Stockholm...
“ For his role as Pastor Tomas Ericsson in "WINTER LIGHT" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. His parents ran a restaurant (his father is a chef)...
“ For his role as Bobby Sands in "HUNGER" and for his role as Brandon Sullivan in "SHAME" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Malik El Djebena in "A PROPHET" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary, and wrote the novels The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002)...
“ For his role as Jesse in "BEFORE SUNRISE/SUNSET" and for his role as Vince in "TAPE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For her role as Celine in "BEFORE SUNRISE/SUNSET" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For his role as Joe Roberts in "THE HILL" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator
by Ridley Scott
by Steven Spielberg
“ For his role as Mateo in "IN AMERICA" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Paddy (Patrick) Considine was born on September 5, 1974 in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire in the U.K. As a teenager, Considine studied a drama course at Burton College where he met with now friend and director Shane Meadows
, who cast Considine in his first role in a feature film as the disturbed character Morell in A Room for Romeo Brass
“ For his role as Richard in "DEAD MAN'S SHOES" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Stephen Graham was born August 3, 1973, in the small town of Kirkby, Lancashire, to a pediatric nurse mother and a social worker father. His paternal grandfather was Jamaican, and one of his grandmothers was Swedish. After years of small parts, he finally got his big break in an unexpected way, playing the dim-witted Tommy in Guy Ritchie
“ For his role as Combo in "THIS IS ENGLAND" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
R. Lee Ermey
A talented character actor known for his military roles, Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did two tours in Okinawa...
“ For his role as SGT. Hartman in "FULL METAL JACKET" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy
. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ For his role as Wladyslaw Szpilman in "THE PIANIST" and for his role as Peter in "THE DARJEELING LIMITED" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Neils in "OPEN HEARTS" and for his role as Jacob Pederson in "AFTER THE WEDDING" and honorable mention for his role as One Eye in "VAHALLA RISING" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Ulrich Thomsen graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993, after which playing on several theaters in Copenhagen, i.e. Dr. Dantes Aveny, Mungo Park and Østre Gasværks Teater. His debut on film was in Ole Bornedal
. Since then a number of roles in...
“ For his role as Christian in "THE CELEBRATION" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa
. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded a theatre company...
“ For his role as Kanji Watanabe in "IKIRU" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
“ For her role as Joan of Arc in "THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Lead icon of the influential New German Cinema of the 70's & 80's, Schygulla's natural blonde beauty and amazing versatility keep her among the world's top actresses. She won best actress at Cannes in 1983 for The Story of Piera
(aka "The Story of Piera"), an Italian/German co-production. The Turkish/German co-production...
“ For her role as Maria Braun in "THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir
, 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...
“ For his role as Nikolai in "EASTERN PROMISES" and for his role as Tom Stall in "A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles...
“ For his role as Grandpa Edwin Hoover in "LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE" and honorable mention in the scary role of Roat in "WAIT UNTIL DARK" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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"...
“ For his role as Tommy DeVito in "GOODFELLAS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson
. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, had a brief stint in New York theater. He was soon cast as Woody on TV series Cheers
“ For his role as Mickey Knox in "NATURAL BORN KILLERS" and for his role as Captain Tony Stone in "THE MESSENGER" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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...
“ For his role as Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery in "THE MESSENGER" and honorable mention of his sociopath Mars Krupcheck in "HOSTAGE" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang
cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M
“ For his role as Hans Beckert in "M" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated in 1989...
“ For her role as Xu Jiazhen in "TO LIVE" and her role as Songlian in "RAISE THE RED LANTERN" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Gabin was born Jean-Alexis Moncorgé in Paris, the son of Madeleine Petit and Ferdinand Moncorgé, a cafe entertainer whose stage name was Gabin. He grew up in the village of Mériel in the Seine-et-Oise département, about 35 km north of Paris. The son of cabaret entertainers, he attended the Lycée Janson de Sailly...
“ For his role as Lt. Maréchal in "GRAND ILLUSION" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks
, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco
, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
“ For his role as Allen Ginsberg in "HOWL" and for his role as Aaron Ralston in "127 HOURS" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Wilder caught his first big break playing...
“ For his role as Leo Bloom in "THE PRODUCERS" and for his role as Dr. Frankenstein in "YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ For his role as Jeff Costello in "LE SAMOURAI" ” - Fear_Of_Falling
This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malle's "Au revoir, les enfants" (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident since the age of 18, Jacob became a promising starlet with her Malle success and followed...
“ For her role of Weronika / Véronique in "THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE". ” - Fear_Of_Falling
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
“ For his role of Roy Batty in "BLADE RUNNER" ” - Fear_Of_Falling