Great Actors

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1.
Henry Fonda
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ Born 1905

5 Best performances -
12 Angry Men
The Grapes of Wrath
Once Upon a Time in the West
On Golden Pond
The Ox-Bow Incident ” - robrundle2
 
2.
Katharine Hepburn
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead...
“ Born 1907

Morning Glory
Alice Adams
The Philadelphia Story
Woman of the Year
The African Queen ” - robrundle2
 
3.
Laurence Olivier
Actor, Rebecca
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ Born 1907

5 Best performances -
Henry V
Hamlet
Richard III
Sleuth
Rebecca ” - robrundle2
 
4.
Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child...
“ Born 1916

5 Best performances -
To Kill A Mockingbird
Cape Fear
The Boys From Brazil
Roman Holiday
Twelve O'Clock High ” - robrundle2
 
5.
William Holden
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
“ Born 1918

5 Best performances -
Sunset Boulevard
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Wild Bunch
The Towering Inferno
Network ” - robrundle2
 
6.
Richard Burton
Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins...
“ Born 1925

5 Best performances -
Becket
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Equus
Hamlet
Nineteen Eighty-Four ” - robrundle2
 
7.
Paul Newman
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ Born 1925

5 Best performances -
Cool Hand Luke
The Sting
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Hustler
The Towering Inferno ” - robrundle2
 
8.
Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
“ Born 1927

5 Best performances -
In the Heat of the Night
Lilies of the Field
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
To Sir, With Love
The Defiant Ones ” - robrundle2
 
9.
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. Held back in school, Clint moved with his parents to Seattle...
“ Born 1930

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot
Every Which Way But Loose
Escape From Alcatraz
The Bridges of Madison County
Gran Torino ” - robrundle2
 
10.
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ Born 1930

5 Best performances -
The French Connection
Scarecrow
Mississippi Burning
Enemy of the State
The Conversation ” - robrundle2
 
11.
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ Born 1932

5 Best performances -
The Last Picture Show
The Exorcist
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Resurrection
Requiem for a Dream ” - robrundle2
 
12.
Albert Finney
Actor, Big Fish
Albert Finney came from the theatre, where he was especially successful in plays of William Shakespeare, to the movies. There he became a leading figure of the young Free Cinema. His debut in cinema was in 1960 with The Entertainer of Tony Richardson who had directed him also in theatre plays various times before. His typical roles when he was young were projects like Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
“ Born 1936

5 Best performances -
Erin Brockovich
Miller's Crossing
Tom Jones
Under the Volcano
The Dresser ” - robrundle2
 
13.
Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Born 1936

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
Downhill Racer
The Sting
Brubaker ” - robrundle2
 
14.
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Born 1937

5 Best performances -
Driving Miss Daisy
The Shawshank Redemption
Invictus
Seven
Unforgiven ” - robrundle2
 
15.
Jane Fonda
Actress, 9 to 5
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Born 1937

5 Best performances -
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Klute
On Golden Pond
Coming Home
The China Syndrome ” - robrundle2
 
16.
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the early 2000s...
“ Born 1937

5 Best performances -
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Shining
About Schmidt
As Good As It Gets
Chinatown ” - robrundle2
 
17.
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ Born 1937

5 Best performances -
The Devils
Julia
Howard's End
Mary, Queen of Scots
The Bostonians ” - robrundle2
 
18.
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
“ Born 1939

Richard III
Apt Pupil
Gods and Monsters
X-Men
The Lord of the Rings ” - robrundle2
 
19.
Dustin Hoffman
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...
“ Born 1937

5 Best performances -
Midnight Cowboy
All the President's Men
Kramer vs. Kramer
Rain Man
Hook ” - robrundle2
 
20.
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ Born 1940

5 Best Performances -
Heat
Scent of a Woman
Scarface
The Godfather Part II
Scarecrow ” - robrundle2
 
21.
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
She is one of the great models who transitioned successfully into acting! "Thomas Crown Affair" being one of the greatest performances causing all to take notice! Playing intelligent women with ability to match her contemporary male powerful counterparts into in-depth presence of the changes appearing...
“ Born 1941

5 Best performances -
Bonnie & Clyde
Network
Chinatown
The Thomas Crown Affair
Three Days of the Condor ” - robrundle2
 
22.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Born 1943

5 Best Performances -
Heat
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
The King of Comedy
Casino ” - robrundle2
 
23.
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ Born 1944

5 Best performances -
Wall Street
The Game
Traffic
Falling Down
Behind the Candelabra ” - robrundle2
 
24.
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, New York, to Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television producer and advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention...
“ Born 1946

Atlantic City
Thelma & Louise
Lorenzo's Oil
The Client
Dead Man Walking ” - robrundle2
 
25.
Jim Broadbent
One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school...
“ Born 1949

The Borrowers
Little Voice
Topsy-Turvy
Iris
Cloud Atlas ” - robrundle2
 
26.
Jeremy Irons
British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island 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. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up being grounded when his family settled down in Hertfordshire...
“ Born 1948

5 Best performances -
Moonlighting
Dead Ringers
Reversal of Fortune
The Mission
The French Lieutenant's Wife ” - robrundle2
 
27.
Sissy Spacek
Actress, Carrie
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen...
“ Born 1949

Badlands
Carrie
3 Women
Coal Miner's Daughter
Missing ” - robrundle2
 
28.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ Born 1949

5 Best performances -
Kramer vs. Kramer
Sophie's Choice
Silkwood
The Manchurian Candidate
The Bridges of Madison County ” - robrundle2
 
29.
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...
“ Born 1949

5 Best performances -
Starman
The Big Lebowski
The Last Picture Show
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
The Fisher King ” - robrundle2
 
30.
William Hurt
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
“ Born 1950

5 Best performances -
Altered States
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Children of a Lesser God
Broadcast News
Body Heat ” - robrundle2
 
31.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Born 1951

5 Best performances -
Good Will Hunting
One Hour Photo
Good Morning, Vietnam
Mrs. Doubtfire
Jack ” - robrundle2
 
32.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University...
“ Born 1954

5 Best performances -
Malcolm X
The Hurricane
American Gangster
The Manchurian Candidate
Training Day ” - robrundle2
 
33.
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 mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Born 1956

5 Best performances -
Big
Philadelphia
Forrest Gump
Cast Away
Charlie Wilson's War ” - robrundle2
 
34.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ Born 1957

5 Best performances -
There Will Be Blood
My Left Foot
The Last of the Mohicans
In the Name of the Father
The Crucible ” - robrundle2
 
35.
Frances McDormand
Actress, Fargo
Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982...
“ Born 1957

5 Best performances -
Fargo
Mississippi Burning
North Country
Blood Simple
Burn After Reading ” - robrundle2
 
36.
Tim Robbins
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group...
“ Born 1958

5 Best performances -
Jacob's Ladder
The Player
Mystic River
The Shawshank Redemption
The Hudsucker Proxy ” - robrundle2
 
37.
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...
“ Born 1958

5 Best performances -
A History of Violence
Eastern Promises
The Road
A Dangerous Method
The Lord of the Rings ” - robrundle2
 
38.
Annette Bening
Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there...
“ Born 1958

5 Best performances -
American Beauty
Being Julia
The Kids Are All Right
Open Range
Guilty By Suspicion ” - robrundle2
 
39.
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the...
“ Born 1959

5 Best performances -
American Beauty
K-Pax
Seven
L.A. Confidential
Superman Returns ” - robrundle2
 
40.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Born 1960

5 Best performances -
Mystic River
Milk
Dead Man Walking
Sweet and Lowdown
21 Grams ” - robrundle2
 
41.
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ Born 1960

5 Best performances -
Boogie Nights
Far from Heaven
The Hours
Magnolia
The Kids are All Right ” - robrundle2
 
42.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ Born 1962

5 Best performances -
Dumb & Dumber
The Mask
The Truman Show
Man on the Moon
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ” - robrundle2
 
43.
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. Nonetheless...
“ Born 1962

5 Best performances -
Born on the Fourth of July
Collateral
Minority Report
Rain Man
Magnolia ” - robrundle2
 
44.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ Born 1962

5 Best performances -
Schindler's List
In Bruges
The English Patient
Coriolanus
Harry Potter ” - robrundle2
 
45.
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ Born 1962

5 Best performances -
The Accused
The Silence of the Lambs
Contact
Nell
Panic Room ” - robrundle2
 
46.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ Born 1963

5 Best performances -
Public Enemies
Donnie Brasco
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Ed Wood
The Rum Diary ” - robrundle2
 
47.
Brad Pitt
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. However, 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...
“ Born 1963

5 Best performances -
Seven Years in Tibet
Meet Joe Black
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Assassination of Jesse James
Killing Them Softly ” - robrundle2
 
48.
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ Born 1964

5 Best performances -
A Beautiful Mind
Gladiator
The Insider
Cinderella Man
Master & Commander ” - robrundle2
 
49.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ Born 1966

5 Best Performances -
A Room With A View
Howard's End
The Wings of the Dove
Sweeney Todd
The King's Speach ” - robrundle2
 
50.
Nicole Kidman
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ Born 1967

5 Best performances -
Australia
The Hours
Eyes Wide Shut
Cold Mountain
Rabbit Hole ” - robrundle2
 
51.
Julia Roberts
Actress, Notting Hill
Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her love of animals...
“ Born 1967

5 Best performances -
Erin Brockovich
Charlie Wilson's War
Michael Collins
Stepmom
Pretty Woman ” - robrundle2
 
52.
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...
“ Born 1968

The Fountain
Australia
Real Steel
Les Miserables
Prisoners ” - robrundle2
 
53.
Matthew McConaughey
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish...
“ Born 1969

Amistad
The Lincoln Lawyer
Mud
Killer Joe
Magic Mike ” - robrundle2
 
54.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
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 ancestry...
“ Born 1967

5 Best performances -
The Master
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Capote ” - robrundle2
 
55.
Sam Rockwell
Actor, Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ Born 1968

Lawn Dogs
The Green Mile
Matchstick Men
Moon
Conviction ” - robrundle2
 
56.
Emily Watson
Actress, Corpse Bride
Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and was rejected on her first attempt...
“ Born 1967

5 Best performances -
Breaking the Waves
Angela's Ashes
Punch Drunk Love
War Horse
Gosford Park ” - robrundle2
 
57.
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Born 1969

5 Best performances -
The Missing
Elizabeth
The Aviator
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Little Fish ” - robrundle2
 
58.
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ Born 1970

5 Best performances -
Good Will Hunting
The Talented Mr Ripley
The Departed
Behind the Candelabra
Hereafter ” - robrundle2
 
59.
Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ Born 1974

Junebug
Doubt
Julie & Julia
The Fighter
The Master ” - robrundle2
 
60.
Hilary Swank
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ Born 1974

Boys Don't Cry
Milliion Dollar Baby
Freedom Writers
Conviction
The Homesman ” - robrundle2
 
61.
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...
“ Born 1974

5 Best performances -
J.Edgar
Catch Me If You Can
The Departed
The Aviator
The Man in the Iron Mask ” - robrundle2
 
62.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father...
“ Born 1974

5 Best performances -
The Master
Two Lovers
Gladiator
Reservation Road
Walk the Line ” - robrundle2
 
63.
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ Born 1975

5 Best performances -
Monster
North Country
Young Adult
In the Valley of Elah
The Cider House Rules ” - robrundle2
 
64.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Born 1975

Heavenly Creatures
Iris
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Little Children
Revolutionary Road ” - robrundle2
 
65.
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. His parents ran a restaurant (his father is a chef)...
“ Born 1977

5 Best performances -
Shame
Hunger
Prometheus
Fish Tank
A Dangerous Method ” - robrundle2
 
66.
Jessica Chastain
Actress, The Martian
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
“ Born 1977

5 Best performances -
Zero Dark Thirty
The Tree of Life
The Help
Take Shelter
Coriolanus ” - robrundle2
 
67.
Kirsten Dunst
Actress, Spider-Man
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, born in 1987...
“ Born 1982

5 Best performances -
Spiderman
Marie Antoinette
Melancholia
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Spiderman 2 ” - robrundle2
 
68.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ Born 1982

5 Best performances -
The Devil Wears Prada
Rachel Getting Married
The Dark Knight Rises
Les Miserables
Hoodwinked ” - robrundle2
 
69.
Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
 
70.
John Hurt
Actor, Alien
This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnould Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and mathematician...
 
71.
Michael Gambon
Sir Michael Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary (Hoare), a seamstress, and Edward Gambon, an engineer. After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn...