Top 50 Underrated Actors (who are actually underrated)

A famous actor who's a household name is by definition, not underrated. I've focused mainly on younger actors but have also added a few who I don't think will ever get the recognition they deserve. Some of these actors may be well known within certain circles but none of them enjoys widespread name recognition. I'll also add that while a lot of these actors are already well regarded by the industry I mean they are underrated in their ability to carry a film as the lead.
Subjective list, only the top 10 are in order.
Also it's no longer 50 and will probably just expand exponentially. I'm open to suggestions but will only add them if I agree 100%.

*I hate fb btw so will not be responding to any comments...kinda pissed all the old ones were deleted...
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
Vincent Cassel
Actor, Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ Brilliant in 'La Haine' and 'Mesrine'. He's played a wide range of characters and is always impressive no matter how good the movie he's in is. I thought his performances in 'Black Swan' and 'Eastern Promises' were terrific as well. Should be given more leading roles (in American films). ” - darkhood
Charlie Hunnam
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove. He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role as the love-smitten Nathan Maloney in Queer as Folk...
“ The next Heath Ledger: Fearless, talented, gravitas, sex appeal and a good eye for quality scripts and roles to show his range. Impeccable accents too. Will undoubtedly be atop the A-list sometime in the near future. ” - darkhood
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...
“ Wonderful in 'Casino Royale' and absolutely mesmerizing in 'Valhalla Rising'. He conveys more depth and emotion in that movie with just one eye and a single facial expression than most actors can do with their entire body. Again, should be given more leading roles in American films. ” - darkhood
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...
“ Steals every movie he's in, sometimes with only a very minor role - most notably in '8 Mile' and 'Bad Boys II'. Should have been nominated for his performance in 'Bug'. ” - darkhood
Karl Urban
Actor, Dredd
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did not act again until after high school...
“ There's just something about this guy. I noticed him in 'The Chronicles of Riddick' and thought he was fantastic in 'Star Trek'. They gave him a shot at a leading role in 'Pathfinder' but the movie was abysmal, hopefully 'Dredd' will be decent. ” - darkhood
Stephen Graham
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's film...
“ Great in everything I've seen him in, may never be a leading man but in my opinion he's one of the best supporting actors around. ” - darkhood
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...
“ Very well known within the industry but should be more well known by the mainstream audience. When the academy finally changes the rules to allow mo-cap performances to be nominated (or makes a separate category) he should really be given an achievement award for all his contributions and amazing performances. ” - darkhood
Michael Sheen
Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus". Sheen was born in Newport, Wales, the only son of Irene (Thomas) and Meyrick Sheen...
“ Extremely versatile, can play virtually any character and elevates everything he's in. ” - darkhood
Djimon Hounsou
Actor, Gladiator
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 and Amistad by Steven Spielberg.
“ Another great supporting actor, should have been nominated for 'Amistad' and 'Blood Diamond' ” - darkhood
Rainn Wilson
Actor, The Office
Rainn Wilson lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn (Big Cats), and his son, Walter McKenzie Wilson who was born in 2004. He grew up in Seattle, Washington but graduated from New Trier H.S. in Winnetka, Illinois. After attending both Tufts University and the University of Washington...
“ 'Super' is an affirmation of this guy's immense talent as an actor. Looks like E.T. with glasses and a huge forehead but you shouldn't hold that against him. ” - darkhood
Kieran Culkin
Kieran Kyle Culkin was born September 30, 1982 in New York City, New York. He is the son of Christopher Culkin, a former stage and child actor, and Patricia Brentrup. He is the brother of Shane Culkin, Dakota Culkin, Macaulay Culkin, Quinn Culkin, Christian Culkin, and Rory Culkin. His mother...
“ The only good thing in 'Scott Pilgrim Vs The World' and great in 'Igby Goes Down', very talented young actor. ” - darkhood
Crispin Glover
While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius. The son of actor Bruce Glover...
“ How this guy has never been nominated for anything besides a Saturn award is beyond me, such a wonderful actor. ” - darkhood
Stephen Root
One of the most prolific character actors working today, Stephen Root has worked alongside many of the biggest names in Hollywood. Born in Sarasota, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida and remains a die-hard Gator fan. After three years of touring the U.S. and Canada with the National Shakespeare Company...
“ The range he's got is incredible. Been outstanding in everything I've seen him in and rarely repeats himself. Phenomenal in his role on 'True Blood'. Extremely versatile character actor. ” - darkhood
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 Tony Award-winning actor and producer Michael McAloney. He began school in Dublin, Ireland at the age of five before his parents moved back to NY. At 14 years old...
“ His name is Robert Paulson.. Someone give this guy a movie already, he can easily carry one as the lead. Tremendous in 'Lights Out' (TV). Would take Sam Worthington's spot on the A-list if I had my way - similar look and build only McCallany's got actual talent and personality. ” - darkhood
Ian McShane
From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains and all-around bad asses. A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically trained actor was born in Blackburn...
“ Swidgen! ” - darkhood
Jeffrey Wright
Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber and generation, Jeffrey Wright's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business. Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright graduated from the prestigious Amherst college in 1987...
Michael Imperioli
Imperioli was born James Michael Imperioli in Mt. Vernon, New York on March 26, 1966. His film work began in the late 1980s. An early part that brought him recognition was in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, as Spider, a local kid who works for the gangsters and has a run-in with a psychopathic mob soldier played by Joe Pesci...
“ This 'skinny guinea' is capable of delivering devastating performances. Check out a film called 'Sweet Nothing', a pretty run-of-the-mill after school special that's bizarrely affecting solely because of his performance. ” - darkhood
Kevin McKidd
Kevin McKidd was born and raised in Elgin, Scotland, the son of Kathleen, a secretary, and Neil McKidd, a plumber. He was a member of the Moray Youth Theatre, before going on to study Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. While at the university, Kevin became involved with Bedlam Theatre, the university's student theatre company...
“ Magnificent in 'Rome' and 'Trainspotting', one of the most commanding screen presences I've seen in quite awhile. Dynamic, intense and has the ability to make even a crappy show seem interesting and worth watching. ” - darkhood
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'...
“ Awesome Glasgow grin. Exceptional supporting actor, adds a unique, interesting character to whatever he's in just by being himself. Fantastic accent and a very natural, organic style that's a joy to watch. ” - darkhood
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 Guillermo del Toro's 1997 horror thriller Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy...
Sean Bean
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
John Hawkes
John Hawkes was born John Marvin Perkins in Alexandria, Minnesota, to Patricia Jeanne (Olson) and Peter John Perkins, a farmer. He is of British and Scandinavian descent. John moved to Austin, Texas to begin his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions Theatre Company and appeared in the group's original play...
David Morse
David Morse, a 6' 4" tall blue-eyed blond who performed on stage for 10 years before breaking into film, became established as a respected supporting, character actor and second lead. He was born the first of four children of Charles, a sales manager, and Jacquelyn Morse, a schoolteacher, on October 11...
Lee Tergesen
Actor, Monster
He was born on July 8, 1965 in Ivoryton, Connecticut and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His brother, Chris Tergesen, is a music supervisor and music editor. Lee has been married three times and has been married to Yuko Otomo, an art therapist, since 2011. They have a daughter, Lily, born in 2012...
James Ransone
Actor, Sinister
James Ransone attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland from 1993-1997. The school is a "magnet school" that allows students to specialize in subjects such as theater, dance, writing, fine arts, and film as well as all the required academic classes. Ransone specialized in theater, then changed majors to fine arts and graduated in 1997. he currently lives in NYC.
“ Have only seen him on 'The Wire' and 'Generation Kill' but in both shows he's been mesmerizing - so natural and charismatic. Not sure of his range yet as both characters were similar but I think he's got the talent to be a huge star one day. ” - darkhood
“ Little known fact: While Daniel Day-Lewis had nearly two years to prepare for his role in 'There Will Be Blood', this guy had only three days, initially he was only supposed to play Paul (the first brother). ” - darkhood
James Purefoy
Actor, Rome
James Brian Mark Purefoy was born and brought up in Taunton, Somerset, England, the son of Shirley (Taylor), who ran an employment agency, and Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he took a succession of different jobs, including working on a pig farm and as a porter at Yeovil District Hospital...
“ Thomas Jane's long lost twin brother. ” - darkhood
Ted Levine
Born in Bellaire, Ohio, in May, 1957, he was among the last graduating class of the Windsor Mountain School in Lennox, Massachusetts. Attended Marlboro College in Vermont. Performed in summer stock and regional theatres in Vermont, Michigan and West Virginia before settling in Chicago and joining The Remains ensemble...
“ "It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again." ” - darkhood
Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon. At school...
“ The only conceivable reason for watching 'Pirates of the Caribbean 2", he's been outstanding in supporting and lead roles throughout his career. His performance in 'Underworld' is ridiculous and he's one of the few actors out there who can get me to see a movie just because he's in it. Phenomenal actor, perpetually underrated. ” - darkhood
Michael Biehn
Michael Connell Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, to Marcia (Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two years later to pursue an acting career in Hollywood...
“ Consistently turns in powerful yet understated performances. 'Tombstone', 'The Rock', 'Aliens', he held these movies together with his presence alone and adds so much dimension and depth to any character he plays no matter how insignificant the role appears to be on the surface. Really should've been nominated for his performance in 'The Terminator'. Such a shame the Academy seems intent to continue ignoring Sci-Fi films and especially actors' performances in them. He joins a long line of other great actors who were denied their rightful recognition simply because their best performances came in a Sci-Fi film - Rutger Hauer in 'Blade Runner', Hugo Weaving in 'V For Vendetta', etc., etc. ” - darkhood
Donnie Wahlberg
Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. was born August 17, 1969 in Dorchester Massachusetts, into a family of Swedish (from his paternal grandfather), Irish, and more distant French-Canadian, English, and Scottish, descent. He is the eighth of nine children of Alma Elaine (Donnelly), a nurse's aide and clerk, and Donald Edward Wahlberg...
“ A far better actor than his brother could ever hope to be. Watch him in 'The Sixth Sense', he's virtually unrecognizable yet is wearing no makeup at all, just contorting his face. ” - darkhood
Timothy Olyphant
Actor, Justified
From Timothy Olyphant's first screen appearances, such as his two-minute bit in The First Wives Club, to "Nicko", whose presence at times dwarfed the island in A Perfect Getaway, he has been a force to be reckoned with. Born in Hawaii, Timothy David Olyphant was raised in Modesto, California. He is the son of Katherine Lyon (Gideon) and John Vernon Bevan Olyphant...
Guy Pearce
Actor, Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Anne (Pickering) and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, after his father was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government...
“ Usually given smaller supporting roles which I think is a shame since he was fantastic in 'Memento' ” - darkhood
Tim Roth
Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Simon Timothy Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to "Roth"; Ernie was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an immigrant family of Irish ancestry...
“ Same as above, loved him in 'Legend of 1900'. ” - darkhood
Ron Perlman
Actor, Hellboy
Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman...
“ Bad ASS. Looks like a prehistoric ape-man, perfectly cast in 'Quest For Fire' lol. ” - darkhood
Giovanni Ribisi
Antonino Giovanni Ribisi is an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents both have careers in the entertainment industry. His mother, Gay Ribisi (née Landrum), is a talent manager for actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. He has a twin sister...
“ GREAT actor. Wasted in 'Avatar' and unfairly lambasted for his performance when it was really the character that was awful, badly written and cliched. He did a good job in making him detestable and the best he could with what he had to work with. Heartbreaking and empathetic in 'Boiler Room' and amazing in 'Love Your Work', despite the movie being awful. ” - darkhood
Liev Schreiber
Liev (pronounced Lee-ev) Schreiber was born in San Francisco. His mother, Heather (Milgram), is a painter, and his father, Tell Schreiber (Tell Carroll Schreiber III), is a theatrical actor who had a small role in The Keeper. His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and Russia...
Nicky Katt
Actor, Sin City
Nicky Katt has been acting since the age of 7, when he appeared on the TV series CHiPs in 1977. He continued to work steadily through the 1980s on shows like Quincy M.E., Father Murphy, and V but did not fall into the trap of many child actors who became identified with one famous role because his child roles were as guest spots or...
Tom Wilkinson
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...
John Hannah
Actor, The Mummy
John Hannah is the youngest child of his family, having two older sisters. Before he decided on a career as an actor, John was an apprentice electrician for four years. He gave up his work as an electrician after being accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. After years of struggling...
“ Elevates whatever he's in to another level whenever he's on screen. ” - darkhood
Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly's "It" comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His other television credits include appearances on Seinfeld and NewsRadio...
“ Same thing I said about Rainn Wilson in 'Super' goes for this guy in 'Big Fan'. Resembles a half-retarded hobbit rather than E.T. though. ” - darkhood
Angus Macfadyen
Actor, Braveheart
Best known as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, Angus McFadyen has enjoyed a fine career in the film business. He has been in a variety of different films and television shows over his life, playing such well known roles as Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach, Robert the Bruce, and Orson Welles. Born in Glasgow...
“ Great in everything he's in. Completely stole 'Braveheart' with his performance as Robert the Bruce. ” - darkhood
Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
“ Speaking of 'Braveheart', Hamish here is one of the best actors working right now. Turns in brilliant, affecting performances in every movie I've seen him in. ” - darkhood
“ Based solely on his performance in 'Control' ” - darkhood
Dean Winters
Actor, John Wick
Dean Winters starred as "Johnny Gavin," Tommy's younger brother and a NYPD police detective on Rescue Me, the critically acclaimed, one-hour drama from Sony Pictures Television, airing on FX. Dean is best know for playing the cunning "Ryan O'Reily" on Tom Fontana's hit HBO drama series Oz...
“ Ryan O'Reily in 'Oz' is his best role to date but he's always good and virtually makes whatever show or movie he's in. He's gotten somewhat pudgy lately and is prone to doing Allstate commercials but he's always capable of elevating a production and despite his pretty boy looks is one of the most talented and naturalistic actors out there. His brother's pretty damn good as well although I've only seen him in 'Oz' and don't feel that's enough to qualify him for inclusion on this list. Recalculating... ” - darkhood
Brent Spiner
Brent Spiner, whose primary claim to fame is his portrayal of the beloved android Data on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His parents, Sylvia (Schwartz) and Jack Spiner, owned and operated a furniture store, and were both from Jewish immigrant families (from Austria...
“ Amazing as Data on Star Trek. ” - darkhood
James Cromwell
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell, the son of famous film director John Cromwell, studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon. He went into the theater (like both his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays...
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...
“ Only known by most people through mention of his role as Agent Smith in 'The Matrix', he's delivered some of the best performances of the past twenty years. His performance in 'V For Vendetta' is unbelievable, the entire role is played from behind a mask using only his voice, it's really incredible. Awesome in 'The Interview' and since seeing him in it I've watched every movie he's been in and will continue to do so regardless of its subject matter, be it a cartoon adaptation of the snorks or a historical biopic. ” - darkhood
Alan Tudyk
Actor, Rogue One
Alan Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Plano, where he attended Plano Sr. High. In 1990, he went on to study drama at Lon Morris Jr. College. While there, he was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Drama. He was also named Most Likely to Succeed and Sophomore Beau. During this time, Alan was also an active member of the Delta Psi Omega fraternity...
“ Love this guy, check out a criminally underseen flick called 'Tucker and Dale vs. Evil', he's magnificent in it. Great movie. ” - darkhood
Robert Knepper
Robert Knepper, the son of a veterinarian, was born in Fremont, Ohio, and was raised in Maumee (near Toledo). When he was growing up, his mother worked in the props department for the community theater, and because of her involvement, he became interested in acting. Robert began his career in theater in his hometown before majoring in theater at Northwestern University...
Doug Jones
The youngest of four brothers, Doug Jones was born on May 24, 1960 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in the city's Northeastside. After attending Bishop Chatard High School, he headed off to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications, with a minor in Theatre...
“ Amazing. Watch his mannerisms in 'Hellboy', his arm/hand movements mimic the flow of water and he makes it look effortless and completely natural, so much so that you don't even notice it if you're not paying close attention. ” - darkhood
Luke Goss
Luke Goss started his acting career playing 'Danny Zuko' in the smash hit musical Grease, on London's West End, and later toured with the production throughout the United Kingdom. He established himself as a screen actor in 2002 with performances in two very different features: David Goyer's independent drama ZigZag...
“ Awesome in 'Blade II'. Not convinced he's a great actor yet but he's got a ton of gravitas. Crazy martial arts skills too which makes him pretty unique. ” - darkhood
David Wenham
Actor, 300
“ Always great no matter how God-awful the movie is - 'Van Helsing' being probably the best example. ” - darkhood
Brian Cox
Actor, Troy
Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline (McCann), a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish descent. Cox first came to attention in the early 1970s with performances in numerous television films...
Billy Boyd
Billy Boyd was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Mary and William Boyd. The talented young boy, inspired by Star Wars to try acting, got his first taste of it in his school's production of Oliver Twist when he was 10. Boyd's parents were extremely supportive, driving over two hours to get him to the performances...
Dominic Monaghan
Dominic Monaghan is best known for his role in the movie adaptations of "Lord of the Rings". Before that, he became known in England for his role in the British television drama Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Monaghan was born in Berlin, West Germany, to British parents Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, a science teacher...
Michael Ironside
Michael Ironside has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. He was born as Frederick Reginald Ironside on February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in his teenage years...
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Vince first started to get noticed for his excellent performances at the start of his career in Shy People and Mississippi Burning. In both these films he played something of a blathering redneck idiot, although there was a streak of pathos in both performances which made it impossible to dismiss his characters as just 'bad' people...
“ AKA Crazy-Eyez Killa ” - darkhood
Peter Stormare
Actor, Fargo
Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions of many Shakespeare plays...
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...
Toby Jones
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Toby Edward Heslewood Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones and Jennie Heslewood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, a director...
“ The fourth hobbit to join the list. He did a better Truman Capote in 'Infamous' than Philip Seymour Hoffman did in 'Capote' and completely stole 'The Mist' from Thomas Jane with his very minor role as the store clerk. Enormous range and versatility, really great character actor. ” - darkhood
Val Kilmer
Actor, Heat
Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and...
“ After careful consideration I've decided to add two actors to this list who are no doubt Internationally known but who I feel don't get the credit they truly deserve and are therefore worthy of inclusion on this list. I will not add anymore than these two since it's a slippery slope I'm on here - there's a ton of actors out there who could conceivably be called underrated but really aren't since they're well known which was the main criteria I used when creating this list. These two are an exception though and I felt I needed to include them since both are viewed by the masses as being something less than they are.
All of Val Kilmer's performances are completely unique and not only showcase his immense talent and natural gravitas but also a willingness to experiment and fail which is something I think a lot of famous actors don't have the balls to do. 'The Island of Dr. Moreu' was a terrible movie but how many actors out there would be willing to go down in history as the guy who did a wacked out Brando impersonation in that stupid movie about animal-human hybrids? He's fearless and regardless of his reasons for being so (crazy?) the fact remains that he is and most actors in his position wouldn't have had the guts to take the roles he's taken. His performance in 'Tombstone' is phenomenal and stands as one of my favorite performances of all time. "I've got two guns, one for the each of ya". ” - darkhood
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's best rising stars in Hollywood and abroad today. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history. Farrell was born on May 31...
“ Yea he's pretty but that doesn't mean that's all that he is. 'Fright Night', 'Horrible Bosses', 'Daredevil', these are all pretty awful films and the only reason they're worth watching is because he's in them and is doing something he's never done before, better than a lot of other actors could. IMHO he's a multiple Academy Award winner masquerading as just another pretty face. He's got a lot in common with Tom Cruise in that respect, only even more talented and with a better eye for roles he can take and make his own (and without the propensity to make a fool of himself on national TV, impose his views on others and alienate his fans - also I don't think he's gay, not that I care one way or the other but it matters for the simple reason that once you're established as being gay, people have a hard time accepting you as a straight man which makes it much more difficult to secure leading roles. It's why Kevin Spacey has never come out. NPH is the one exception but only because he's doing comedy. People are idiots - so many can't separate real life from fiction - these people are ACTORS... slightly off topic rant over).
Guaranteed he'll take home an Oscar at least once in his career. He's so much more than everyone thinks he is. ” - darkhood
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...
Jordana Brewster
Actress, Fast Five
Raven-haired beauty Jordana Brewster was born on April 26, 1980 in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João (Leal de Sousa), is a Brazilian-born model who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978. Her father, Alden Brewster, is an American-born investment banker, who has English, Scottish...
“ Decided to add 5 actresses, just the ones who I feel are severely underrated. Initially I was gonna make a separate list since actresses are judged on a completely diff't scale than men (unfortunately) but it really wouldn't be that long (my overrated actresses list on the otherhand would be over 100, there's way too many women out there who are given roles and even called great, talented actresses simply because they're pretty - being pretty and barely able to convey emotion and deliver a line w/ conviction does NOT make one a great actress... Halle Barry would be # 1, 2 and 3, Sandra Bullock #4, Julia Roberts #5,, Sharon Stone #6, Jennifer Lawrence #7, Winona Ryder #8, Zooey Deschanel #9, Jennifer Aniston #10, etc, etc) so I just figured I'd add my top 5 onto here. The following women may be beautiful but take that away and they're still wonderful, talented actresses who can actually ACT...

Jordana Brewster is the female Colin Farrell. Nuff said. ” - darkhood
Clea DuVall
Actress, Argo
Clea DuVall was born in Los Angeles on September 25, 1977, to Rosemary (Hatch) and actor Steph DuVall. DuVall's teenage years presented her with many challenges. Her parents divorced when she was twelve, and, when her mother remarried, DuVall moved out because she did not feel at home in the newly-reconstituted family...
“ Not related to Robert Duvall but easily could be - they have the same innate ability to infuse their own personality into whatever character they're playing and have it come out genuine but also unique to their other roles - imo she's the best naturalistic actress on the planet right now (he's the best naturalistic actor in history imo). ” - darkhood
Parker Posey
Parker Posey was born 2 months premature in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynda (Patton) and Chris Posey. The family moved to Monroe, La. and then Laurel, Mississippi, where Chris became owner of Laurel's own Posey Chevrolet. Parker attended high school at R. H. Watkins High School in Laurel, Mississippi...
“ The female Edward Norton. INCREDIBLE in Blade III. If I never saw her in an interview I'd have no idea what she was actually like real life which is a truly rare thing to be able to say about an actress and the highest compliment I could give to any character actor. ” - darkhood
Chloë Sevigny
Known in the mid to late nineties for her status as a fashion impresario and "it girl," with over a dozen art house films to her credit, Chloe Sevigny also stands out as one of the most prominent queens of contemporary independent cinema. Originally hailing from Darien, Connecticut, Sevigny attributes...
“ Do not wear that outfit again. Wear a skirt or a dress or something...and high heels, I like high heels. ” - darkhood
Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan was born on May 3, 1969 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski. She is an actress, known for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Gone Baby Gone and Escape Plan. She has been married to Eric Slovin since August 23, 2011. They have one child.
Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in performing and attended youth acting school...
“ He's 'wiry'... probably won't be underrated for much longer since he's appearing in the new Spidey movie but whatever - great actor, very natural and charismatic. ” - darkhood
“ Outstanding in Antwone Fisher and Friday Night Lights - has a tendency to get overlooked due to some poor script choices since then but still a great actor imo. Spot-on Bill Cosby impersonation... ” - darkhood
John Turturro
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...
“ We'll just ignore Transformers 2...although it can't be easy to bring yourself to deliver a line like 'I'm standing beneath the enemy's scrotum' after having such a wonderful, dignified career up until that I suppose he should get some credit for going there(?) maybe not... ” - darkhood
Damian Lewis
Actor, Homeland
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh...