A small list dedicated to touting the unsung stars that are capable of much more than Hollywood offers them.
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...
“ Let's be honest here, When haven't you seen Ron Perlman do anything but a great job? ” - generationofswine
Elias Koteas was born on March 11, 1961, in Montreal, Canada. Both his parents are of Greek descent. Elias attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a graduate. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City...
“ Just like Perlman, the only difference is that I remember Elias Koteas' cheap bit parts in bigger movies a lot more readily than I remember the rest of the movie. Hollywood could cast him in any role, he'd nail it, & yet we hardly ever see him. ” - generationofswine
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony
“ She nailed "Juno," she deserved an Oscar for that role, at a young age she's seemed to master the art of playing comedy straight--and that's, arguably--how it should be done. ” - generationofswine
Whit Stillman was born in 1952 and raised in Cornwall in upstate New York, the son of a impoverished débutante from Philadelphia and a Democratic politician from Washington D.C. Stillman graduated from Harvard in 1973 and started out as a journalist in Manhattan, New York City. In 1980 he met and married his Spanish wife while on an assignment in Barcelona...
“ yeah, yeah, yeah, in our current economic crisis, maybe dry comedies about the upper-class won't fly, but the three movies he's written & directed--at least the three I've seen--have been pure genius, & it's about time Hollywood took decent writer/directors seriously again. ” - generationofswine
Born in Brooklyn in 1969 Noah Baumbach is the son of two film critics, Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach (also a writer). His studies at Vassar College were the subject of his first film (made as he was 26 years old), Kicking and Screaming
. His second major picture, made ten years later, The Squid and the Whale
was no less autobiographical but went back further in his personal history...
“ He seems to be the reigning king of writing the understated drama-comedy. ” - generationofswine
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...
“ His career fell with the expansion of his waist line, leaving him in role after role of carp direct-to-video fair. But let's face it, anyone that's seen "Real Genius" can testify that he nails comedy, and he owned "Tombstone." Despite the lackluster fare of his latter career, he's going to go down in time as one of the best actors in Hollywood history. Let's hope he gets the roles he deserves. ” - generationofswine
Benicio Del Toro
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh
. Born on February 19...
“ Give us a break, when Benicio Del Toro gets into a role, he owns it, even when he's a crap Bond Villian, he owns the role. And yes, seeing him together with Johnny Depp in "Fear and Loathing," was priceless enough to leave you wondering who did the better job. Why isn't he in more movies? ” - generationofswine
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
“ He's brilliant, his movies are just fun to watch, he's the best director out there for unbridled escapism, and isn't that what movies are all about? ” - generationofswine
Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum. Izzard worked as a street...
“ Alright, for those of us that love his stand-up--which is probably everyone that has ever seen his stand-up--it's always a shock to see him dressed as a man. In all honesty, he's probably the most consistently funny person out there today. We don't care how he's dressed, he makes us laugh & that's priceless. ” - generationofswine
Ethan Hawke 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)...
“ Again, another actor that seems to be able to do anything, & is hardly in anything. ” - generationofswine
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...
“ When I first started watching "Farscape" I thought I was going to hate him, but I stayed with the series & it turned out that Browder knows how to make you laugh, & has a far better range than most people that make their living in Sci-fi fare. ” - generationofswine
“ I'll admit, I had a thing for her since the 90's, but still, she's always solid. ” - generationofswine
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ He's either far over-rated & not as brilliant as we think he is, or he's just dry & hysterical, the verdict is still out, either way we'd like to see more of him. ” - generationofswine
Eric Cameron Stoltz is a theater-trained actor and producer who has starred in both independent and studio films. He was born on September 30, 1961 in Whittier, California, to Evelyn Vawter, a violinist and schoolteacher, and Jack Stoltz, an elementary school teacher. He has German, English, and Scottish ancestry...
“ Fair enough, Eric Stoltz plays Eric Stoltz, but who care's, he's fun to watch. ” - generationofswine
Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Wilson was born in Dallas, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. He grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura (Cunningham), a photographer; his father, Robert Andrew Wilson, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson
(the eldest) and Luke Wilson
“ Sure, we'd like to see more of Wes Anderson, but the movies he did with Owen Wilson were instant classics. ” - generationofswine
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...
“ And speaking of Tarantino, Steve Buscemi might play himself in every movie, but at least he play's someone I'd pay theater prices to watch. ” - generationofswine
“ There's not a lot of call for Native American's in film, but "Skins" proved he can hold his own at the helm of a film, "Maverick" proved he can do comedy, even guilty pleasures & hidden gems like "Thunderheart," make a strong case for more Graham Greene, or at least more prominent Graham Greene ” - generationofswine
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ Forest Whitaker, was even great in "Blown Away," a film that neither Bridges nor Jones could make into a decent flick, he made "Ghost Dog," a film that would have been crap without him, and yet he seems stuck in supporting roles, let's face it, the man can act & direct, & still seems to be largely hidden. ” - generationofswine
Stephen Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Belfast High School and the Queen's University, where he studied English. He later trained at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. In 1970s, he acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with the talented Gabriel Byrne
and Colm Meaney
. After several stage...
“ Maybe "Blown Away" would have been better with Rea rather than Jones (who is good but not constantly good). Rea, however, is consistently a great actor, and, unfortunately, a great actor that consistently gets nothing but supporting roles. ” - generationofswine
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old...
“ "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" was a horrible movie, but Alan Rickman's villain was priceless, I own the movie, it's not a guilty pleasure, at least not when you watch it just for the Rickman parts. In fact, just about every Alan Rickman role is priceless. ” - generationofswine
New Yorker Claire Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture, and Claire has English, German, Scottish, Irish, and Austrian ancestry...
“ 90's kids loved her in "My So-Called Life," we liked her in "The Family Stone," we liked her in "Brokedown Palace," Claire Danes can act....& for some reason is in hardly anything, at least when compared to most of Hollywood. ” - generationofswine
“ Yet another actor that seems to be in a ton of movies, always gives a solid performance, and is stuck in obscurity. ” - generationofswine
Christopher Eugene O'Donnell was born on June 26th, 1970 in Winnetka, Illinois, to Julie Ann (Rohs) and William Charles O'Donnell, Sr., who managed a CBS radio station, WBBM-AM. He is the youngest child in his family, with four sisters and two brothers. His father had Irish ancestry and his mother's lineage includes German, English, and Swiss...
“ Again, I'm a 90's guy, as such I feel obligated to like Chris O'Donnell, but let's face facts here, he was the only good part of "Batman & Robin," and in a steaming piece like that, it's saying something. ” - generationofswine
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
. But 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...
“ OK, we see him all the time, he's in everything now, but didn't we like him more in roles like the stoned out roommate Floyd in "True Romance," & the crazed killer in "Kalifornia?" thank God Tarantino came around & gave him a decent role again. ” - generationofswine
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
“ When he want's to act, he can act, the problem isn't seeing enough of him on the big screen, the problem is the type of movies we end up seeing him in. He has the Natalie Portman factor, he's a really good actor that ends up doing a string of crap films. ” - generationofswine