Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci
's The Last Emperor
. A US Army brat, he was born in Tokyo and lived in various cities while growing up. His father was in the army, stationed at Ft. Bragg (NC), Ft. Polk (LA) and Ft. Hood (TX). His mother was an actress from Tokyo...
“ Shang Tsung in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie ” - Nicksolo85
“ Kano in Mortal Kombats 1, II, 3 & Trilogy (video games)
Baraka in Mortal Kombats II & Trilogy
Kabal in Mortal Kombats 3 & Trilogy
Quan Chi in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (video game) ” - Nicksolo85
“ Motaro in the 1997 movie Mortal Kombat Annihilation ” - Nicksolo85
“ Oroku Saki/Shredder in the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie ” - Nicksolo85
Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
, James Avery is a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon leaving the military...
“ Oroku Saki/Shredder (voice) in the 1st few seasons of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series ” - Nicksolo85
Thomas F. Wilson
Tom Wilson is a creative artist whose professional career has explored almost every imaginable artistic discipline, blending them into a unique and very individual declaration of a life in the arts. A man of fervent but private faith his whole life, the last few years have been interesting, with hundreds of invitations to speak at conferences and retreats...
“ Biff Tannen in Back to the Future parts I, II & III
Griff Tannen in Back to the Future part II
Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen in Back to the Future part III ” - Nicksolo85
“ Darth Vader (voice) in Star Wars Episodes III, IV, V & VI ” - Nicksolo85
Ian McDiarmid was born on August 11, 1944 in Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland. He studied for a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre. He went to the Royal Academy in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious gold medal for his work...
“ Palpatine/Darth Sidious in Star Wars Episodes I, II, III, V (DVD version) & VI ” - Nicksolo85
Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, the son of Hana (née Stafford) and Laurie Morrison, a musician. He is of Maori, Scottish, and Irish descent. His sister was performer Taini Morrison and his uncle was musician Sir Howard Morrison. His secondary education took place at Wesley College...
“ Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Boba Fett (voice) in the DVD version of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back ” - Nicksolo85
David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young adult...
“ Darth Vader in Star Wars Episodes IV, V & VI ” - Nicksolo85
An actor who consistently brings intensity and intelligence to his work, Aaron Stanford is poised to become one of the foremost talents of his generation. Aaron received critical acclaim for his feature film debut in _Tadpole_ opposite Sigourney Weaver
and Bebe Neuwirth
. Since that breakout performance...
“ John Allerdyce/Pyro in X2: X-Men United & X-Men: The Last Stand ” - Nicksolo85
Raymond Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved with his parents, younger brother and sister to London, England. He was raised in London from the age of seven. His father introduced him into Martial Arts from a young age. Ray always wanted to be in the movies, or be like the heroes in movies but he was most inspired by martial arts...
“ Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Toad in the 2000 X-Men movie
Baraka & Raptor #3 in Mortal Kombat Annihilation ” - Nicksolo85
On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Herbert, was a salesman and her mother, Juanita, worked many odd jobs to help support the family. She has one older brother, Glenn. She is a former Miss Teen USA, and modeled in Japan and Italy for several months before deciding to relocate to L.A...
“ Lady Death Strike in X2: X-Men United ” - Nicksolo85
Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10. She knew from a young age that she wanted to act...
“ Callisto in X-Men: The Last Stand ” - Nicksolo85
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...
“ Erik Lenshirr/Magneto in the 2000 X-Men movie, X2: X-Men United & X-Men: The Last Stand ” - Nicksolo85
Famke Beumer Janssen was born on November 5, 1964 in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and has two siblings, director Antoinette Beumer
and actress Marjolein Beumer
. She studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam. Moving to America in 1984, Famke modeled for Chanel in New York City. Later, taking a break from modeling...
“ Jean Grey/The Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand ” - Nicksolo85
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...
“ Victor Creed/Sabertooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine ” - Nicksolo85
Elegant and handsome British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to mainland England only once a year...
“ Scar (voice) in The Lion King ” - Nicksolo85
“ Johnny Lawrence in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid ” - Nicksolo85
“ Chozen in the 1986 movie The Karate Kid part II ” - Nicksolo85
Thomas Ian Griffith
Thomas Ian Griffith was born on March 18, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Thomas Joseph, was a college professor and his mother, Mary Ann, was a dance teacher. Griffith trained as an opera singer in New York City with Metropolitan Opera star Delia Rigal. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester...
“ Terry Silver in the 1989 movie The Karate Kid part III ” - Nicksolo85
Sean Kanan stars on The Bold and the Beautiful, the number one syndicated show in daytime in 120 countries. He plays the deviously sexy Deacon Sharpe, a role that he made famous on both B and B and Y and R. Kanan is starring in a feature film, Limelight, directed by James Cullen Bressacks. Recently he starred in My Trip to the Darkside and subsequent sequel...
“ Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid part III ” - Nicksolo85
The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen
described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch
“ Cliff Vandercave in the 1994 movie The Flinstones ” - Nicksolo85
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!...
“ The T-800 Terminator in the 1984 movie The Terminator ” - Nicksolo85
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr. was born on November 5, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest of 5 children. He attended the Bowling Green State University in Ohio, but dropped out after he took a drama course and became interested in acting. After leaving college, he took a job as a house painter and continued as such until a boating accident in Lake Erie in 1984...
“ The T-1000 Terminator in Terminator 2: Judgment Day ” - Nicksolo85
Bolo Yeung was born in China. He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular physique he was chosen for several bad guy movie roles...
“ Chong Li in the 1988 movie Bloodsport ” - Nicksolo85
Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino
's Heaven's Gate
from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow
's The Loveless
“ Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the 2002 movie Spider-Man ” - Nicksolo85
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 National Theatre productions...
“ Otto Octavious/Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2 ” - Nicksolo85
Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church was born Thomas Richard McMillen in Yolo, California, to Maxine (Sanders) and Carlos Richard McMillen, who was a U.S. marine and surveyor. He was raised in Texas. Church began his show business career in front of a microphone instead of a camera, first as a radio deejay and then as a voice-over announcer...
“ Flint Marko/Sandman in Spider-Man 3
Lyle in the 1997 movie George of the Jungle ” - Nicksolo85
Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go
. He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New York City...
“ Richard Vernon in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club ” - Nicksolo85
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...
“ Judge Turpin in the 2007 movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ” - Nicksolo85
Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times...
“ Dallas (voice) in the 1996 movie Beavis and Butt-Head do America ” - Nicksolo85
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ Muddy (voice) in Beavis and Butt-Head do America ” - Nicksolo85
“ Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight ” - Nicksolo85
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ The Joker in The Dark Knight ” - Nicksolo85
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas...
“ Chip Hazard (voice) in the 1998 movie Small Soldiers ” - Nicksolo85
Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe
. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke into acting in his teens...
“ Benjamin in the 1992 movie Wayne's World
Paul in the 1995 movie Tommy Boy
Number 2 (1969) in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ” - Nicksolo85
Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943, in Newark, NJ, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor and by the mid-50s was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-'60s he released a record under the stage name of "Joe Ritchie" titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing"...
“ Harry in Home Alone 1 & 2 ” - Nicksolo85
Daniel Stern was born in Bethesda, Maryland, to a social worker father and a day care manager mother. He has been acting professionally since the age of seventeen. Following his high school graduation, he auditioned for the Washington Shakespeare Festival seeking a job as a lighting engineer but ended...
“ Marv in Home Alone 1 & 2 ” - Nicksolo85
“ Bob the Soc in the 1983 movie The Outsiders ” - Nicksolo85
“ Lars in the 1995 movie Heavyweights
(can we really consider this guy a bad guy? I mean he did eventually side with the kids & was nice to them after his boss Tony was stripped of his title as camp owner) ” - Nicksolo85
Quirky, inventive and handsome US actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door busting performance as fast talking, ideas man "Bill Blazejowski" alongside nerdish morgue attendant Henry Winkler
in Night Shift
. Keaton was born Michael John Douglas on September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis...
“ Chick Hicks (voice) in Cars ” - Nicksolo85
Richard Tyson was born in Mobile, Alabama but eventually pursued his love of acting and moved to Hollywood, California. Landing one of his first roles on the hit TV show, 'Moonlighting' (with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd), Richard's career took off from there and hasn't shown any sign of slowing down since...
“ Cullen Crisp in the 1990 movie Kindergarten Cop ” - Nicksolo85
“ Doug Neidermeyer in the 1978 movie Animal House
Also played a mean father & a mean teacher (both based on Neidermeyer) in the Twisted Sister music videos for "I wanna rock" & "We're not gonna take it anymore" ” - Nicksolo85
Daniel von Bargen
A character actor who seems to pop up everywhere as the stereotypical cop, military officer and/or tough guy, Von Bargen can turn in performances of stunning complexity when given the chance. Daniel von Bargen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 5, 1950, to Juanita (Bustle) and Donald L. von Bargen...
“ Commandant Spengler in the TV series Malcolm in the Middle
Police Chief Bruce Grady in Super Troopers ” - Nicksolo85
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
, which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood productions.
“ Baron Wolfgang Von Wolfhausen in Beerfest ” - Nicksolo85
Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa on March 24, 1970 to 21-year old Sally Boyle
. For Sally and young Lara, money was not plentiful so Sally was required to work three jobs in addition to raising baby Lara by herself. Since Lara was mostly around Sally, they developed a bond that still binds Lara and Sally today...
“ Serleena in Men in Black II ” - Nicksolo85
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ Captain James Hook in the 1991 movie Hook ” - Nicksolo85
Rick began his career as a radio DJ while he was still at high school which led to him writing, producing and being on air in his own show. He joined the Canadian TV series SCTV
winning an Emmy for writing and portraying the character Bob McKenzie which became the basis for the film _Strange Brew_ which he co-wrote...
“ Dark Helmet in the 1987 movie Spaceballs ” - Nicksolo85
Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt
and Alan Rickman
, to name two), Roger Rees originally trained for the visual arts. He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied painting and lithography at the Slade School of Art...
“ The Sheriff of Rottingham in the 1993 movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights ” - Nicksolo85
Born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1965. He discovered acting in his mid 20s in New York, where he was trained at Lee Strasberg's studio. Then his deep voiced, tall and pale persona showed up on TV and films in 1990. His first leading roles were in Laws of Gravity (1992) and Clean, Shaven (1993), the latter of which got him noticed by Quentin Tarantino...
“ Dorian Tyrell (a.k.a. the Evil Mask) in the 1994 movie The Mask ” - Nicksolo85
Christopher McDonald was born and raised in New York City, New York, to Patricia, a real estate agent, and James R. McDonald, an educator. His breakout role was in Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise (1991), followed shortly by playing Jack Barry in Robert Redford's Quiz show (1994). Other notable performances...
“ Shooter McGavin in the 1996 movie Happy Gilmore ” - Nicksolo85
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton
, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ Hannibal Lector in the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs ” - Nicksolo85
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...
“ Jame Gumb/Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs ” - Nicksolo85
Actor Ted Knight paid his dues with nearly two decades of relatively obscure dramatic, often villainous television work, before finding enduring fame in a scene-stealing supporting turn on a classic 1970s sitcom, hilariously overplaying a silver-haired, self-important imbecile. Although the conceited "stuffed shirt" typecast plagued him for the rest of his career...
“ Judge Smails in the 1980 movie Caddyshack ” - Nicksolo85