best character actors

by ttron2000 | created - 25 Mar 2012 | updated - 21 Feb 2014 | Public

1. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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...

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, State of Grace, JFK

2. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

The Insider, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Beginners, Syriana

3. Paul Giamatti

Actor | Sideways

Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004), and Barney's Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella ...

Sideways, American Splendor, The Idles of March, Private Parts, Cinderella Man

4. Brendan Gleeson

Actor | The Guard

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 ...

The General, Braveheart, In Bruges, Gangs of New York, Kingdom of Heaven

5. Donald Pleasence

Actor | Halloween II

Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the ...

Halloween, The Great Escape, Prince of Darkness, You Only Live Twice, Escape From New York

6. Stellan Skarsgård

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where...

The Hunt For Red October, Thor, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World

7. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor | The Master

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 ...

Capote, Doubt, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, The Master

8. John Lithgow

Actor | 3rd Rock from the Sun

If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was ...

Harry & the Hendersons, Cliffhanger, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Blow Out, Kinsey

9. James Gandolfini

Actor | The Sopranos

James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival ...

Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty, Enough Said, True Romance, Crimson Tide

10. Malcolm McDowell

Actor | A Clockwork Orange

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...

A Clockwork Orange, Cat People, Blue Thunder, Star Trek Generations, The Player

11. Mark Strong

Actor | The Imitation Game

British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.

Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...

Zero Dark Thirty, Green Lantern, Rock n' Rolla, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Body of Lies

12. Rod Steiger

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at...

In the Heat of the Night, On the Waterfront, Doctor Zhivago, The Hurricane, Mars Attacks!

13. Tim Curry

Actor | Congo

Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with ...

Clue, Legend, Kinsey, The Hunt For Red October, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

14. William Fichtner

Actor | Crash

A small-town guy with a big heart, William Fichtner has been captivating the hearts of Western New Yorkers for decades. Bill was born in 1956 on Long Island, New York, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent.

Fichtner was raised in Cheektowaga, ...

Black Hawk Down, Heat, The Perfect Storm, Crash, Strange Days

15. Stanley Tucci

Actor | Big Night

Actor Stanley Tucci was born on November 11, 1960, in Peekskill, New York. He is the son of Joan (Tropiano), a writer, and Stanley Tucci, an art teacher. His family is Italian-American, with origins in Calabria.

Tucci took an interest in acting while in high school, and went on to attend the State ...

The Hunger Games, Margin Call, Captain America, Lucky Number Slevin, Road to Perdition

16. Jürgen Prochnow

Actor | Das Boot

Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Jürgen Prochnow is a leading actor of the German stage and screen. He was memorable as the submarine captain in the gritty WW II film Das Boot (1981), which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood ...

In the Mouth of Madness, Beverly Hills Cop II, Air Force One, The Keep, The Seventh Sign

17. Paul Sorvino

Actor | The Rocketeer

Tall, dark and imposing American actor Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother, Angela (Renzi), was a piano teacher, of Italian descent. His father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian immigrant who worked in a robe factory as...

Goodfellas, The Rocketeer, The Cooler, Bulworth, Nixon

18. Ray Winstone

Actor | The Departed

Ray Winstone was born on February 19, 1957, in Hackney Hospital in London, England, to Margaret (Richardson) and Raymond J. Winstone. He moved to Enfield, at age seven, where his parents had a fruit and vegetable business. He started boxing at the age of twelve at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing ...

The Departed, Sexy Beast, London Boulevard, Hugo, Cold Mountain

19. Jeffrey Wright

Actor | Broken Flowers

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,...

Shaft, Basquiat, Syriana, Ali, The Manchurian Candidate

20. Rip Torn

Actor | Men in Black

Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on February 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas. "Rip" is a family name, taken by generations of Torn men and bestowed on Elmore by his father, who was also called "Rip". Torn attended Texas A & M and the University of Texas, where he majored in animal husbandry. ...

The Insider, Men in Black, Extreme Prejudice, DodgeBall, The Man Who Fell To Earth

21. Joe Pantoliano

Actor | Memento

With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business (1983) to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), Cypher...

Memento, Risky Business, Running Scared, Daredevil, The Goonies

22. Delroy Lindo

Actor | Get Shorty

On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore. Alhough it was not his first film role, his portrayal of the bipolar numbers boss West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) is what first attracted attention to Lindo's ...

Malcolm X, Get Shorty, Domino, Clockers, Gone in Sixty Seconds

23. Raymond J. Barry

Actor | Just Married

Raymond J. Barry was born in New York, and attended Brown University, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track. While there, he earned his degree in Philosophy and as a senior, was cast in the stage production of "Picnic," where he played a football player. He then entered the...

Born on the Fourth of July, Training Day, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Rapid Fire, Year of the Dragon

24. Walton Goggins

Actor | Justified

In the past few years, Walton Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood's most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. His integral role as 'Chris Mannix,' a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock in Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT, marks ...

Django Unchained, House of 1000 Corpses, Machete Kills, The Bourne Identity, Lincoln

25. Jonathan Pryce

Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies

From Holywell to Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales, internationally regarded as the one of greatest ones both on stage and screen. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly...

Brazil, Ronin, Pirates of the Caribbean, GI Joe: Retalliation, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

26. Charles S. Dutton

Actor | Alien³

Charles S. Dutton was born on January 30, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Charles Stanley Dutton. He is an actor and producer, known for Alien³ (1992), Gothika (2003) and A Time to Kill (1996). He was previously married to Debbi Morgan.

Surviving the Game, Get on the Bus, Q&A, Menace II Society, Alien 3

27. Lance Henriksen

Actor | Hard Target

An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch...

Aliens, The Terminator, Near Dark, Stone Cold, Johnny Handsome

28. Yaphet Kotto

Actor | Alien

Yaphet Kotto was born on November 15, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Yaphet Frederick Kotto. He is an actor and writer, known for Alien (1979), Live and Let Die (1973) and Midnight Run (1988). He has been married to Tessie Sinahon since July 12, 1998. He was previously married to ...

Alien, Midnight Run, Blue Collar, Freddy's Dead, Live & Let Die

29. John Ortiz

Actor | Silver Linings Playbook

John Ortiz was born on May 23, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Gangster (2007) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). He is married to Jennifer Ortiz. They have one child.

Miami Vice, Public Enemies, Narc, American Gangster, Carlito's Way

30. James Remar

Self | Sex and the City: A Farewell

James is a rugged, intense character player with leading man good looks. Having first gained recognition in 1979 as Ajax, in his second film, The Warriors (1979). That same year he garnered acclaim on Broadway with Richard Gere in the concentration camp drama "Bent".

In a career spanning nearly four...

48 Hrs., The Warriors, Django Unchained, Band of the Hand, The Cotton Club

31. David Warner

Actor | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He was born out of wedlock and often accepted to be raised by each of his parents, eventually settling with his father and stepmother. His father changed jobs often and moved ...

Time Bandits, Waxwork, Titanic, Scream 2, Straw Dogs

32. Ian Holm

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television.

He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the ...

Alien, Chariots of Fire, Lord of the Rings, The Aviator, The Hobbit

33. Ving Rhames

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Strikingly featured and muscular American actor Ving Rames was born Irving Rameses Rhames in Harlem, New York, to Reather, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied ...

Mission Impossible, Pulp Fiction, Casualties of War, Kiss of Death, Con Air

34. Ben Cross

Actor | Star Trek

Ben Cross was born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947, in London, England. He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school plays -- most notably playing "Jesus" in a school pageant at age 12.

Ben left home and school at age 15 and worked various jobs, including work as a...

Star Trek, The Unholy, Chariots of Fire

35. Bruce Greenwood

Actor | Star Trek

Bruce Greenwood was born on August 12, 1956 in Noranda, Québec, Canada as Stuart Bruce Greenwood. He is an actor and producer, known for Star Trek (2009), Thirteen Days (2000) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). He has been married to Susan Devlin since 1985. They have one child.

Star Trek, Flight, Exotica, Deja Vu, The Place Beyond the Pines

36. Bruce Davison

Actor | X-Men

With his blond, clean-cut, Ivy League handsomeness and ready-whipped smile reminiscent of Kennedyesque times, actor Bruce Davison fits the prototype of today's more current crop of fresh-faced, likable blonds such as Brian Kerwin and Aaron Eckhart. While it proved difficult at times for the actor ...

X-Men, Spies Like Us, Apt Pupil, The Lords of Salem, Short Cuts

37. Brian Dennehy

Actor | First Blood

Imposing, barrel-chested and now silver-haired Brian Dennehy is a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage for the best part of 25 years. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. He majored in history,...

First Blood, Silverado, Tommy Boy, F/X, Best Seller

38. R. Lee Ermey

Actor | Full Metal Jacket

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 ...

Full Metal Jacket, The Frightners, Dead Man Walking, Leaving Las Vegas, Saving Silverman

39. Harry Dean Stanton

Actor | Alien

Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton's drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes.

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco ...

Alien, Escape From New York, Christine, The Avengers, Wild at Heart

40. Hal Holbrook

Actor | Into the Wild

Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on ...

The Fog, Lincoln, Creepshow

41. Xander Berkeley

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Xander's father was a painter and his mother a school teacher who sewed, providing him with costumes (his preference over toys). School plays and Community Theater were next. An experimental theater troupe in the area (which was an offshoot from Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater in New York) took ...

Heat, The Rock, Leaving Las Vegas, Sid & Nancy, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

42. Bruce Dern

Actor | Nebraska

Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern's tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. Dern has several high profile ...

nebraska, the burbs, coming home, world gone wild

43. Jackie Earle Haley

Actor | Watchmen

Jackie Earle Haley was born on July 14, 1961 in Northridge, California, USA as Jack Earle Haley. He is an actor and director, known for Watchmen (2009), Little Children (2006) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). He has been married to Amelia Cruz since August 6, 2004. He was previously married to...

Watchmen, Shutter Island, Breaking Away, Lincoln, Semi-Pro

44. Max von Sydow

Actor | Minority Report

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 ...

Shutter Island, Needful Things, Minority Report, Robin Hood, Never Say Never Again

45. Sean Bean

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sean Bean's career since the eighties 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 ...

Ronin, Patriot Games, North Country, GoldenEye, Lord of the Rings

46. Kevin Pollak

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Kevin Pollak was born in San Francisco in 1957, to Elaine (Klein) and Robert Pollak. A stand-up comedy performer at age 10, he turned professional comedian a decade later and was puttering around from city to city when film roles beckoned. Pollak refocused thereafter on acting in what would be a ...

Ricochet, The Usual Suspects, 3000 Miles to Graceland, A Few Good Men, The Whole Nine Yards

47. Ted Levine

Actor | Shutter Island

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 ...

Heat, The Silence of the Lambs, American Gangster, Wonderland, Ali

48. Philip Baker Hall

Actor | Magnolia

Philip Baker Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Berdene (McDonald) and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker who was originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He did not start acting until he was 30 years old, and shot to cult fame when he turned in an electrifying performance as Sydney, the veteran ...

The Insider, Magnolia, Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Midnight Run

49. Ben Gazzara

Actor | Road House

Ben Gazzara's screen career began with two critically acclaimed roles as heavies in the late 1950s. He turned to television in the 1960s but made a big screen comeback with roles in three John Cassavetes films in the 1970s. The 1980s and 1990s saw Gazzara work more frequently than ever before in ...

Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Husbands, Opening Night, Road House, The Thomas Crown Affair

50. Seymour Cassel

Actor | Rushmore

Seymour Cassel, the veteran character actor who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the hippie swinger Chet in John Cassavetes' Faces (1968), studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and at the Actors Studio. He made his movie debut in Cassavetes' first film, Shadows ...

Faces, Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Dick Tracy, Boiling Point, Rushmore

51. Brad Dourif

Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Gaunt character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, ...

Ragtime, The Exorcist III, Child's Play, One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest, Halloween

52. M. Emmet Walsh

Actor | Blood Simple.

Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s.

Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and...

Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, Blade Runner, Back to School, Narrow Margin

53. Christopher Lloyd

Actor | Back to the Future

Christopher Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Allen Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Addams Family Values (1993). He was previously married to Jane Walker Wood, Carol Ann Vanek, Kay Tornborg ...

Back to the Future, The Addams Family, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest, Clue

54. John C. McGinley

Actor | Scrubs

John C. McGinley's path to stardom is a story that reads like a classic Hollywood script. While an understudy in New York in the Circle-In-The-Square production of John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," he was spotted by director Oliver Stone and soon after was cast in "Platoon," the...

Platoon, Any Given Sunday, The Rock, Talk Radio, Wall Street

55. Richard Jenkins

Actor | The Visitor

Richard Jenkins was born on May 4, 1947 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for The Visitor (2007), Step Brothers (2008) and Let Me In (2010). He has been married to Sharon R. Friedrick since August 23, 1969. They have two children.

The Visitor, Step Brothers, Killing The Softly, White House Down, Wolf

56. Tony Shalhoub

Actor | Monk

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joseph Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at age ten, later marrying Shalhoub's mother, Helen (Seroogy), who herself was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents...

Barton Fink, Pain & Gain, Men In Black, The Man Who Wasn't There, Galaxy Quest

57. Sam Neill

Actor | Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities ...

The Hunt For Red October, In The Mouth Of Madness, Escape Plan, Dead Calm, Jurassic Park

58. William Forsythe

Actor | The Devil's Rejects

Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes, William Forsythe has a superb talent for playing some truly unlikeable and downright nasty characters that dominate the films in which he appears! If you're cast as the "hero" against Forsythe's "villain", then you have your work cut ...

Raising Arizona, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, Dick Tracy, The Rock, Virtuosity

59. Robert Prosky

Actor | Dead Man Walking

Member of Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage repertory company in 60's and 70s, where he worked with Jane Alexander James Earl Jones Robert Foxworth and others.

Christine, Dead Man Walking, Mad City, Hoffa, Thief

60. Denis O'Hare

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

Denis O'Hare was born on January 17, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare. He is an actor, known for Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Milk (2008) and The Proposal (2009). He has been married to Hugo Redwood since July 28, 2011. They have one child.

Michael Clayton, Edge of Darkness, Changeling, Milk, J. Edgar

61. Darren McGavin

Actor | A Christmas Story

A remarkably seasoned actor of stage, screen and television, Darren McGavin has notched in excess of 200 performances; however, he is most fondly remembered by cult TV fans as heroic newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak in the classic but short-lived horror TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974). ...

A Christmas Story, Billy Madison, Turk 182

62. Alfred Molina

Actor | Spider-Man 2

Alfred Molina was born in 1953 in London, England. His mother, Giovanna (Bonelli), was an Italian-born cook and cleaner, and his father, Esteban Molina, was a Spanish-born waiter and chauffeur. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. His stage work includes two major Royal ...

An Education, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spider-Man 2, Species, Maverick

63. David Strathairn

Actor | Good Night, and Good Luck.

David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and ...

Lincoln, Sneakers, A League of Their Own, Good Night & Good Luck, The Bourne Ultimatum

64. Steve Buscemi

Actor | Fargo

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...

Ghost World, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, Miller's Crossing

65. David Patrick Kelly

Actor | Twin Peaks

Compact, feisty and fierce character actor David Patrick Kelly was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Margaret Elizabeth (Murphy) and Robert Corby Kelly, Sr., an accountant. He burst onto the acting scene in 1979, playing the devious leader of the leather-clad gang "The Rogues" in Walter Hill's ...

The Warriors, 48 Hrs, The Crow, Last Man Standing, Commando

66. 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 ...

Spider-Man, Up In The Air, The Gift, The Ref, Spider-Man 2

67. Chi McBride

Actor | I, Robot

Chi McBride was born on September 23, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Kenneth McBride. He is an actor and producer, known for I, Robot (2004), Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) and The Terminal (2004).

The Frightners, Gone In Sixty Seconds, I Robot

68. Michael Parks

Actor | Red State

Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite ...

Kill Bill, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Red State, Death Proof, Planet Terror

69. Arliss Howard

Actor | Full Metal Jacket

Arliss Howard was born on October 18, 1954 in Independence, Missouri, USA as Leslie Richard Howard. He is an actor and director, known for Full Metal Jacket (1987), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and The Time Traveler's Wife (2009). He has been married to Debra Winger since November 28, 1996....

Full Metal Jacket, Moneyball, Amistad

70. Michael Stuhlbarg

Actor | A Serious Man

Michael Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach, California. His parents raised him to be an adherent of Reform Judaism, a liberal strand of Judaism. Stuhlbarg attended Juilliard School, a performing arts conservatory located in New York City. In 1992, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He ...

A Serious Man, Hugo, Men In Black 3

71. Michael Lerner

Actor | Barton Fink

Michael Lerner was born on June 22, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Barton Fink (1991), Godzilla (1998) and Elf (2003).

Barton Fink, A Serious Man, Harlem Nights

72. Bill Duke

Actor | Predator

Duke Media Entertainment, led by actor, director, producer, writer and humanitarian, Bill Duke, is dedicated to bringing quality Edutainment to audiences around the globe. Formerly Yagya Productions, Duke Media has successfully produced critically acclaimed film and television content for more than...

Commando, Action Jackson, Predator, The Limey

73. Miguel Ferrer

Actor | Traffic

Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor and director, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and RoboCop (1987). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...

Robocop, Traffic, DeepStar Six, Iron Man 3, Mulan

74. Ray Wise

Actor | Batman: The Killing Joke

Raymond Herbert "Ray" Wise (born August 20, 1947) is an American actor. Some of his best-known roles include Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990), henchman Leon C. Nash in RoboCop (1987), Jack Taggart Sr. in Jeepers Creepers II (2003), the Devil in the CW television series Reaper (2007), Donald ...

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Robocop, Rising Sun, Cat People

75. Ed Begley Jr.

Actor | Whatever Works

Ed Begley Jr. was born on September 16, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward James Begley Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for Whatever Works (2009), Pineapple Express (2008) and A Mighty Wind (2003). He has been married to Rachelle Carson since August 23, 2000. They have one child....

Cat People, Pineapple Express, Recount, Streets of Fire

76. Kurtwood Smith

Actor | RoboCop

Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for RoboCop (1987), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and That '70s Show (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to ...

Robocop, True Believer

77. Robert Loggia

Actor | Independence Day

Born and raised in New York City, Robert Loggia studied journalism at the University of Missouri before moving back to New York to pursue acting. He trained at the Actors Studio while doing stage work. From the late 1950s he was a familiar face on TV, usually as authoritative figures. Loggia also ...

Scarface, The Believers, Necessary Roughness, Jagged Edge, Prizzi's Honor

78. Michael McKean

Actor | This Is Spinal Tap

Michael McKean was born on October 17, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael John McKean. He is an actor, known for This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Clue (1985) and A Mighty Wind (2003). He has been married to Annette O'Toole since March 20, 1999. He was previously married to Susan Russell.

Clue, Best In Show, True Crime

79. Harris Yulin

Actor | Scarface

Another one of those frustratingly nameless but omnipresent and talented faces of stage, film and TV, chameleon-like player Harris Yulin has avoided the severe stereotyping lost to many a prolific actor. Benign, balding and often bearded, Yulin off camera was a stark contrast to the tough, ...

Scarface, Training Day, The Hurricane

80. John Spencer

Actor | The West Wing

John Spencer was born John Speshock, Jr. in New York City, the only son of Mildred (Benzeroski), a homemaker and occasional waitress, and John Speshock, a truck driver. He grew up near Paterson, New Jersey, and left at age 16 to attend the Professional Children's School. In 1963, he landed a ...

The Rock, Black Rain, The Negotiator, Presumed Innocent

81. Gary Cole

Actor | Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Gary Cole was born on September 20, 1956 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA as Gary Michael Cole. He is known for his work on Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), One Hour Photo (2002) and Office Space (1999). He has been married to Teddi Siddall since March 8, 1992. They have one child.

DodgeBall, A Simple Plan

82. Keith David

Actor | The Princess and the Frog

Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...

The Thing, Platoon, They Live, Clockers, Dead Presidents

83. Charles Martin Smith

Director | Dolphin Tale

Charles Martin Smith is an American film actor, writer, and director. Born in Van Nuys, California, Smith was discovered by a talent agent while acting in a school play, usually a rare occurrence. After a few years of working in film, he landed the role of Terry "The Toad" Fields in George Lucas' ...

Starman, The Untouchables, American Graffitti

84. Jonathan Banks

Actor | Breaking Bad

Versatile veteran character actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington D.C in 1947. While growing up he always had an interest in acting and stage work, so decided to pursue a career in entertainment. To this day he is a very accomplished stage actor. While acting in film, he usually plays ...

Beverly Hills Cop, Airplane!, 48 Hrs., Coming Home

85. John Lone

Actor | The Last Emperor

Born Leung Kwok Ng in Hong Kong October 13, 1952, John Lone was spartanly raised by a single mother until the age of 7 when he was sent off to be schooled with the Peking Opera. He never again saw his mother. The Peking Opera could be a brutal and grueling life for a child but he was a diligent and...

Year of the Dragon, The Last Emperor, Iceman, Ruch Hour 2

86. John Heard

Actor | Home Alone

John Heard was a very talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early '80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turns as Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin')s father in the Home Alone (1990) movies.

John was born in Washington, D.C., to Helen (...

Cat People, Snake Eyes, Cutter's Way, Awakenings

87. Michael Rooker

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Michael Rooker was born on April 6, 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was thirteen, 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 "...

Tombstone, Days of Thunder, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Slither

88. James Tolkan

Actor | Back to the Future

Fiery, forceful and intimidating character actor James Tolkan has carved out a nice little niche for himself in both movies and television alike as a formidable portrayer of fierce and flinty hard-boiled tough guy types. James Stewart Tolkan was born on June 20, 1931 in Calumet, Michigan. His ...

Top Gun, Boiling Point, Turk 182, Armed & Dangerous

89. Ed Lauter

Actor | Not Another Teen Movie

Edward Matthew Lauter II was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York. In a film career that extended for over four decades, Lauter starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy (1972). He portrayed an eclectic ...

The Rocketeer, Death Wish 3, Mulholland Falls, True Romance

90. Dabney Coleman

Actor | WarGames

For decades, Dabney Coleman has often appeared as a smarmy, selfish, nervous person, often with money, who is mostly out for himself. He did such a good job in this type of part that he's made a career of it in film.

Dabney Wharton Coleman was born in Austin, Texas, to Mary Wharton (Johns) and ...

WarGames, 9 to 5, Domino, Cloak & Dagger, You've Got Mail

91. Barry Corbin

Actor | No Country for Old Men

Barry's full given name is Leonard Barrie Corbin, and he was born on October 16, 1940 in Lamesa, Texas, to Kilmer Blain Corbin, an attorney, and Alma Corbin, an elementary school teacher. Barry has a daughter named Shannon Ross, with whom he shares his 15-acre ranch in Fort Worth, Texas, when he ...

WarGames, No Country For Old Men, Nothing in Common

92. Glenn Morshower

Actor | Bloodline

Glenn Morshower was born on April 24, 1959 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Glenn Grove Bennett. He is an actor and producer, known for Bloodline (2015), Supergirl (2015) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). He has been married to Carolyn Elizabeth Lindsley since December 30, 1978. They have two ...

Black Hawk Down

93. William Sadler

Actor | The Shawshank Redemption

William Thomas Sadler was born on April 13, 1950 in Buffalo, New York, to Jane and William Sadler. He began his acting career in New York theaters, appearing in more than 75 productions over the course of 12 years. His roles included that of Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Neil Simon's Tony Award winning ...

Trespass, Machete Kills, Iron Man 3, Kinsey