My Favorite Actors

Some of my favorite contemporary actors from movies and television in no particular order. Feel free to comment away.
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1.
Nathan Fillion
Actor, Castle
Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the younger son of Cookie and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers. He has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of Alberta...
“ Funniest man alive... probably.All I know is that I have seen everything he has done and not once has he failed to impress me. Firefly, Waitress, and Dr. Horrible... check them out. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
2.
Viggo Mortensen
Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
“ He's Aragorn! Also he was great in A History of Viloence and Eastern Promises. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
3.
Michael Caine
Michael Caine 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 (1964)...
“ He's always been fantastic in everything I've seen him in... my favorite role of his is in Children of Men. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
4.
Alan Tudyk
Actor, I, Robot
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...
“ Ok now that I've said Nathan Fillion is the funniest man alive I'm a little bit regretting it cause this man is u there too. I watched Doll house for two reasons: 1 - Joss Whedon 2 - Alan Tudyk ” - GuitarGeek920
 
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“ He's in two of my absolute favorite TV shows, Firefly and Chuck and on top of that he's frakin Animal Mother! ” - GuitarGeek920
 
6.
Hugh Laurie
Actor, House M.D.
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980)...
“ He's House... what more do you need. Also his sketch comedy show with Stephen Fry is hilarious. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
7.
Jason Segel
Multi-talented Jason Jordan Segel was born in Los Angeles, California, where he was raised by his parents, Jillian (Jordan), a homemaker, and Alvin Segel, a lawyer. His mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and his father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. He was educated at St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades...
“ Damn... ok he's tied with Nathan Fillion for funniest man. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, and of course How I Met Your Mother! ” - GuitarGeek920
 
8.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. While tagging along with his older brother of 3 years...
“ DAMN... ok three way tie. Yeah he did Doogie Howser, and yeah he's funny in Harold and Kumar, but his best work is on HIMYM and Dr. Horrible. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
9.
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"...
“ He is freaking amazing! Just all around fantastic. He's great in Harry Potter, but the best is In Bruges by far! ” - GuitarGeek920
 
10.
Zach Braff
Actor, Scrubs
Zach Braff was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, to Anne Hutchinson (Maynard), a clinical psychologist, and Harold Irwin Braff, a trial attorney. His father is from a Jewish family (from Russia and Austria), while Zach's mother, who is from a Yankee family with deep roots in New England, converted to Judaism...
“ The character of John Dorian in Scrubs is probably the character from tv or film I identify most with, largely in part to Zach Braff's awesome portrayal. Also Garden State... how good was that movie? ” - GuitarGeek920
 
11.
Simon Pegg
English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was educated...
“ Just everything he does is great. My favorite part of the new Star Trek... you know besides the first eleven minutes. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
12.
David Tennant
David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who...
“ The best Doctor, I mean he has the wittiness, the quirkiness, the charm, yet he also brings the character to a much deeper darker place and it is wonderful. Also he's in the fourth HP movie, look for him! ” - GuitarGeek920
 
13.
Matt Smith
Actor, Doctor Who
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who. Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David Smith...
“ Not as good as Tennant, but for the most part the new episode are much better, and he really has the whole nerdy goofiness down while still being able to have utterly sincere and genuine moments. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
14.
Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing...
“ The Dude... I'll see any movie he's in. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
15.
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ He has his ups and downs, but in the last few years he's been great. Michael Clayton, Up In the Air, Syriana, and (though I didn't like the movie) he was great in The American. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
16.
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ Batman, The Machinist, The Fighter, American Psycho, The Prestige... honestly the man is incredible! ” - GuitarGeek920
 
17.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Day-Lewis 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 (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), 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...
“ Probably the greatest actor of our time, I mean seriously this man is ridiculous. If you haven't seen My Left Foot, which he won his first Oscar for then please do it is inspiring to watch this man at his best. There Will Be Blood is great too, and his role as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York is terrifying. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
18.
J.K. Simmons
Actor, Whiplash
J.K. Simmons is an American actor. He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music). He had originally planned to be a singer and studied at the University of Montana to become a composer...
“ He's hilarious, and I just love him in general. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
19.
Cillian Murphy
Actor, Inception
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law at University College Cork...
“ 28 Days Later, Batman Begins, Inception, The Edge of Love... they are all good and he is good in all of them. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
20.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
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 and Titanic...
“ He was at his best in Shutter Island... the movie was ok, but DiCaprio was fantastic, add on to that Inception, Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Revolutionary Road, The Aviator, and that one movie that made a whole lot of money, and he is one of the best around. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
21.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ If for nothing else than the movie Big Tom should be on here... he also happens to have done other fantastic films such as Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Apollo 13, Philadelphia, Cast Away, and Catch Me If You Can. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
22.
Ian McKellen
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
“ He's Gandalf and Magneto!?!? I know right? blows my mind too... was slightly less cool when I found out that he wasn't Dumbeldore. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
23.
Ben Browder
Actor, Farscape
Ben Browder was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, earned a BS in psychology at Furman University, and then went on to study drama at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, where he met his wife, Francesca Buller. As of 2002, he resides in Australia...
“ Loved him in Farscape and followed him to Stargate SG-1... loved him there too. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
24.
“ The best character on Battlestar Galactica... so intricate, flawed, and shifty and played absolutely perfectly by Mr. Callis. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
25.
Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music...
“ He's frakin Adama! Also really creepy/cool in Blade Runner. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
26.
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...
“ Pretty much a BAMF, leaving Taken and his other newer stuff behind, he is amazing in Schindler's List no matter how many times I watch it. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
27.
Clive Owen
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...
“ Mostly on here because Children of Men is probably my favorite movie of all time, but I've never seen him be bad in anything else so I'm good with him. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
28.
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ Wolverine! But he's really on here because he was fantastic in The Fountain and The Prestige. I like that he does Broadway stuff too. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
29.
Woody Harrelson
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...
“ He's a funny guy and everything I see him in he is great. The Messenger, Zombieland, and White Men Can't Jump are good ones. ” - GuitarGeek920
 
30.
Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
“ I'm gonna say it... Picard over Kirk... hate me later. Also he's really good as Professor X and he does some awesome voice over work too. ” - GuitarGeek920