Born to Play That Role!!!

ACTORS WHO HAVE INHABITED THEIR PART TO THE Nth DEGREE....PROFOUNDLY MEMORABLE ROLES..Top Scifi/Horror/Speculative Fiction Actors/Actresses in defining, seminal roles that became an iconic trademark both for the genre & their careers...
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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...
“ Unequivocally, not only one of the greatest American actors ever but also the Number One favorite thespian to ever play the President of the United States in Sidney Lumet's classic spec-fiction cult classic "Fail-Safe" For years, many fans of this accidental Nuclear Armageddon film actually "preferred" & wished that he actually WAS the President!!!! Nuff-Said... ” - jmasseysr7
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
“ Think of it, this magnificent Chicago-born actor was responsible for at least not one or two but THREE totally iconic roles that stagger the mind of alll genre fanatics. These seminal performances include Han Solo [Star Wars], Det. Dekker [Blade Runner], & the iconic Prof. Indiana Jones [Raiders of the Lost Ark series]...Hall of Famer, he is.... ” - jmasseysr7
Rutger Hauer
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer...
“ A longtime personal favorite of mine, Rutger's claim to cult-classic status is seen in the body of his work & chosen roles...just consider the ultimate Scifi-Spec/hard-boiled Detective-fiction cult-classic "Blade Runner" where he unforgettably played Supersoldier-Android/"Replicant" Roy Batty arch-nemesis of Blade Runner Dekker! As well he killed in other roles including "Crossworlds," the legendary "Hitcher," Omega Doom & Sin City's despicable cardinal Roarke...Definitley Bad Ass! ” - jmasseysr7
Arnold Schwarzenegger
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!...
“ "I'll be Back..." Arnold is still the undisputed king of all things Spec-Scifi..Hell, he built the genre into its level of world-wide dominance seen today & has benefited tremendous as he ascended to the apex of cult icon heaven! Let's start with "Conan, the Barbarian" & then list both the legendary "Predator" role of Dutch, the premier role of flesh-covered android assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor in "The Terminator." What, that's only 3 classic roles. We really get started with cult classic roles including the incredible "Total Recall's" Doug Quaid/Hauser, Ben Richards [The Butcher of Bakersfield] of "The Running Man," super spy Harry Tasker in "True Lies, " cloned tech expert Adam from "The 6th Day" & a personal fav of mine-the doomed & tragic martyr Det. Jericho Cane in "End of Days." So what we have here is a grand total of EIGHT iconic roles...DAMN, OMG & WTF...!!! Long live the King! Where would the genre be without him... ” - jmasseysr7
Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia (Crone), a dancer, and actor Bing Russell (Neil Oliver Russell). He is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. His first roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters...
“ Perhaps the most underrated spec-scifi action icon of my era, Kurt is Defintely a cult classic unto himself...Along with personal fav's of mine like Bruce Willis or Keith David, when Kurt played Antarctic copter pilot MacCready in the Legendary scifi classic, John Carpenter re-make of "The Thing" the role could belong to no other...He became a legend & fulfilled his royalty with the creme-de-la-creme' portrayal of Snake Plitzkin in 'Escape from New York" & only embellished his fame as Jack Burton 'Big Trouble in Little China," Col. O'Neil of "Stargate" fame & a personal fav role of mine-obsolete super soldier Todd 3465 in "Soldier." Just when it couldn't have gotten better for me with this guy, he goes & hooks up with my childhood crush Goldie Hawn...Well, Well...what are heroes for??? My man! ” - jmasseysr7
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ OK boys, move over! There is absolutely nothing I do not like about this epic actress roles! in this genre she is perfect...Ellen Ripley from the iconic "Alien" franchise, belongs to her & her alone! She is defintely the Queen of the genre [with close competition from Milla Jovovich]. But hold on there sports fans, let's not forget the other seminal roles she has expertly crafted & inhabited such as Dr. Grace in the biggest scifi epic of all time "Avatar" or Hadley Sloane-Bill Murray's babe from "Ghostbusters." Last, there's the hilarious Gwen DeMarco of "Galaxy Quest' Way to go girlfriend...ooopps, I mean your highness! ” - jmasseysr7
Max von Sydow
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 ancestry...
“ Hell, who else on planet Earth could have played nemesis to the Devil, Father Merrin in the scariest movie of all time "The Exorcist?" But wait, remember Director Burgess in P.K. Dick's "Minority Report," Chief Justice Fargo-the man who took the "Long Walk out into the Cursed Earth" from "Judge Dredd," or the deliciously evil Leland Gaunt in Stephen King's "Needful Things?" Icing on the cake for this magnificent actor is Henry Farber "Until the End of the World," Dr. Kynes in Frank Hebert's epic "Dune," CIA wet-boy Joubert in "Three Days of the Condor," & The Role of Antonious Block playing chess with Death in Ingmar Bergman's classic "The Seventh Seal" Whew! ” - jmasseysr7
Jean Reno
Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce...
“ Yup, that is Leon from "The Professional" a cult classic of mine....What an acting stud he is! Superior craftsman, an actors actor who killed in the "Crimson Rivers" series as Det. Pierre Niemans. As well Reno qualifies for cult status in his roles as Phillipe Roache form 1998's "Godzilla", "Mission: Impossible's" Franz Krieger, Alexi Petrovich in "Rollerball" & Capt. Fache in "The Da Vinci Code" ” - jmasseysr7
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...
“ Well deserved King of all things Hollywood he is! Long an acting idol of mine, I never forget that Jack cut his acting teeth at the old Hammer Films horror cult classics. Having paid that homage, NOBODY inhabited a role better than Jack as doomed writer Jack Torrance of Stephen King's epic "The Shining" {Here's Johnny!]. Must not forget Bedlo in "The Raven," Duvalier in "The Terror," Daryl Van Horne [aka Satan] in Witches of Eastwick," Pres. Dale of "Mars Attacks." Yet, the last two roles are for gthe ages in genre fame as the Joker in "Batman" & cursed Will Randall the werewolf of "Wolf" Quite a list there Jacko! ” - jmasseysr7
Keith David
Actor, Platoon
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...
“ King of Black scifi actors-I am humbled by this superb thespians range, longevity & dedication to the genre. A Cult Classic he is as can be seen in his rendition of Roddy Pipers ace Frank Armitage in Carpenter's Satirical anti-capitalism alien invasion epic "They Live" or the inimitable Childs from "The Thing." David's vast lineup of roles in highly regarded [by hardcore scifi-spec fiction fans] include Alex Holland in the masterful rendition of the great Robert Heinlen's "The Puppet Masters," Holy Man Abu-IMan-Al Walid form my fav "Pitch Black & Chronicles of Riddick" "Final Fantasy: Sprits Within" & Agent Keith in "Gamers." Yea boy, you got it going on Bro! ” - jmasseysr7
Jeffrey Combs
Jeffrey Combs was born on September 9th, 1954 in Oxnard, California. He grew up in Lompoc, California with a plethora of siblings both older and younger. He attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, and the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle...
“ Ah yes Jeffery; what a subversive & delightful actor you are! His roles scream of independent cult horror at its best. H. P Lovecraft afficiando & Stuart Gordon muse, Combs hit proverbial grand slams in cult classics [my favs] like his portrayal of Miskatonik's mad scientist Dr. Herbert West in "Re-Animator & Bride of Re-Animator," as John Reilly opposite his real wife Barbara Crampton in "Castle Freak," Dr. Pyle from the infamous Jack Deth "Trancers" series, H.P. Lovecraft himself in "Necronomicon: Book of the Dead," my personal classic as inter-dimensional researcher Crawford Tillghast of "From Beyond" fame & Dr. Vannecutt in "House on Haunted Hill" He virtually killed the role of urologically challenged Milton Dammers in "The Frighteners" Jeff, you are a keeper in this genre.... ” - jmasseysr7
Alice Krige
Alice Maud Krige was born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa where her father, Dr. Louis Krige, worked as a young physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she describes as a "very happy family", a family that also included two brothers (both of whom became physicians) and her mother...
“ Hubba Hubba; I still have dreams of becoming her love slave while she's dressed up in her Borg Queen outfit....Yikes! Been following her for over 30 years now & I am not disappointed...She is a TRUE pioneering trailblazer in the cross-genre of scifi-horror-fantasy with epic performances like the haunting Alma Mobley in the chilling adaptation of Peter Straub's "Ghost Story," her epic-over-the-top portrayal of viciously protective shape-shifter momma Mary Brady in King's "Sleepwalkers." This consummate actress has played Mary [Shelly] Wollstonecraft as she created 'THE Mother of All Scifi Horror genre' "Frankenstein" in "Haunted Summer," [greatest role] The Borg Queen in "Star Trek: First Contact," Karen in "Reign of Fire," & Christabella from "Silent Hill" Simply an amazing woman & a damn fine artist!!!! ” - jmasseysr7
Michael Biehn
Michael Connell Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, to Marcia (Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two years later to pursue an acting career in Hollywood...
“ Aww Shucks now...we ARE talking about the father of the Resistance & leader John Conner daddy right? Yup, he's trooper Kyle Reese from "The Terminator" alright. And that role is his! But do not forget what he did for the "Alien" franchise in contributing to what is arguably the greatest sequel EVER made in all of film: "Aliens" as Corporal Dwayne Hicks-Ripley's Gung-Ho stud muffin...Watching this guy act, as I have for nearly 3 decades now, is like gazing into the dazzling light refracted from a multi-faceted diamond...You never catch him acting...And he's always totally authentic when he is in character. Just watch his performance as Sheriff Hague in Tarantino's "Grindhouse," the demented Navy Seal Lt. Coffey in "The Abyss," or husband Russell Quinn in the apocalyptic "The Seventh Sign." ” - jmasseysr7
Angela Bassett
Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son...
“ Putting together a rather impressive genre resume. Take a look at Her Det. Veder in "Vampire in Brooklyn," limo driver Mace Mason in "Strange Days [a fav of mine], Rachel in Carl Sagan's "Contact," Dr. Evers from "Supernova." Shoot she's even in "Green Lantern" ” - jmasseysr7
Michael Ironside
Actor, Top Gun
Michael Ironside has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. He was born as Frederick Reginald Ironside on February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in his teenage years...
“ He is no joke! My main man of the genre boasts unforgettable credits. Look at my 1st Ironside experience, as Esper Daryl Revok in the legendary "Scanners," Lem in "Watchers," the classic Richter in "Totall Recall" Gen. Katana of "Highlander 2," hard-as -nails Rasczak form cult classic "Starship Troopers," the voice of Tyler in "Heavy Metal 2000." Sen. Armitage from "Mindstorm," the tragically misled by duty Gen. Ashdown in "Terminator Salvation." ” - jmasseysr7
Charlton Heston
Actor, Ben-Hur
With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As a Hollywood star...
“ Chicago's own, "From My Cold Dead Hands" Ben Hur himself or should I say Moses! Just you remember that this fine actor is a thinking man's credit to our genre! He is singlehandedly responsible for bridging the gap between Golden-Era scifi-Spec fiction of the 40's & 50's and the New Age of the 80s til now. How'd he do it? Why take a look his epic portrayal as forlorn Col. Taylor in the quintessential Spec scifi film: "Planet of the Apes." Then gander at his last man on Earth Robert Neville in "Omega Man," Det. Thorn in "Soylent Green," spy chieftain Trilby in "True Lies," Harglow from 'In the Mouth of Madness," Evanston Illinois loves ya Chuck & so do I... ” - jmasseysr7
Peter Weller
Actor, RoboCop
Peter Frederick Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Jean (Davidson) and Frederick Bradford Weller, a federal judge and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army. He traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he had attended high schools in Heidelberg...
“ Dr. Weller, I presume? Another 'thinking man's' genre giant. Exquisite body of work includes his famous portrayal of Joe in the cult classic "Screamers" & the legendary Ofc. Alex Murphy of "Robocop Franchise" fame. But I remember him from the true cult film "Buckaroo Bonzai: Across the 8th Dimension" as well as Steve Beck in "Leviathan!" ” - jmasseysr7
Gina Torres
Actress, Serenity
Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.
“ Larry Fishburne, you lucky dog! Better NEVER let her go....I fell in love with this scifi maven as she killed in the role of futuristic bombshell Helen Carter in "Cleopatra: 2525." Then she had to gone & nuke me with what I quietly consider one of the best under-played roles ever as 2nd in command & fellow galactic war veteran of the smuggler spaceship Serenity in the best U.S. scifi series since Star Trek "Firefly" & the epic movie "Serenity." But for really heavy street cred in this genre just consider she was in BOTH "The Matrix" films....I'll wait for you Gina...I ” - jmasseysr7
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel Hayes Washington...
“ Who knew that "Our Boy" was a scfi-horror-Spec fiction muse, eh? Need help with that? Just look at his roles like his last one as the monadic keeper of the faith traveling the post-apocalyptic Wasteland as ELI in "The Book of Eli," ATF Agent Carlin from "Deja Vu," Ben Marco in the chilling re-make of cult classic "The Manchurian Candidate," enigmatic paraplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme in "The Bone Collector" or the Ill-fated martyr of Det. John Hobbes in "Fallen." But for me, he had me with hsi fascinating prtrayals of beleaguered Navy Cmdr. Hunter in "Crimson Tide" & my fav, the wrongly imprisoned ex-cop of the speculative future Lt. Parker Barnes in "Virtuosity" ” - jmasseysr7
Sam Neill
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 at Canterbury and Victoria...
“ Ever since he stole home plate with his masterful performance as the fully grown Anti-Christ Damien in "Omen 3: The Final Conflict" I was hooked on this New Zealander. Then came his role as Russian 1st Ofcr Borodin in Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October." Now things get really interesting here. Sam shows his stuff over & again as Fitzpatrick in "Until the End of the World," "Memoirs of an Invisible Man," & hits the game winning touchdown with his Dr, Grant in Micheal Creighton's blockbuster"Jurassic Park" series. Now does it end there; nope. We have him as John Trent in "In the Mouth of Madness" & my very special performance experience of gravity-drive inventor Dr. Bill Weir in "Event Horizon" along with Richard Martin in Issac Asimov's "Bicentennial Man." Quietly, he IS a master of this genre. & very much under-appreciated. ” - jmasseysr7
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ Doesn't matter with this Cult Idol: Whether it be in "Terminator: Salvation" as the unforgettable & haunting freedom fighter John Conner, Equilibrium [as the enigmatic Fahrenheit 451-like super-priest John Preston], New Age existentialist madman Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho," unwitting hero of humanity Quinn from legendary "Reign of Fire," "Batman Begin's/Dark Knight's" Bruce Wayne or the mysterious illusionist Alfred Borden in "The Prestige" you will not forget Bales presence. His contribution to the genre is historic in magnitude ” - jmasseysr7
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ R U kidding me!!!? This is Darth Vader [Star Wars]. Totally iconic he is. But let's look at the body of his formidable roles in this cross-genre. USAF B-52 Lt. Lothar from Kubrick's Spec-fiction masterpiece "Dr. Strangelove," Older the Elder shaman in "Exorcist 2," Conan-the Barbarian's" chilling epitome of ruthlessness Thulsa Doom, National Security Council Advisor Adm. Greer from Clancy's espionage thriller "Hunt for Red October/Patriot Games" Strategic Air Command "Looking Glass" airborne commanding General codenamed "Alice" in nuclear holocaust[my fav] "By Dawn's Early Light." Stunning body of genre work.... ” - jmasseysr7
Bill Paxton
Actor, Titanic
Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World Pictures...
“ Lets start with his role as punkster in "The Terminator." We move on to "Weird Science's" Chet [a brothers' nightmare], hallmark setting role as Pvt. Hudson in Cameron's "Aliens," bounty hunter Matt in "Slipstream" Severin from the cult classic "Near Dark," the iconic Det. Jerry "the Lone Ranger" Lambert from the underrated classic sequel "Predators 2" Simon the duplicitous used care salesman in "True Lies"...No matter how Bill is depicted, he definitely inhabits his roles in an truly unique & unforgettable way! Right on Bill... ” - jmasseysr7
Brad Dourif
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, after which his mother married Bill Campbell...
“ The guy is a darned cult classic all unto himself....A giant unto the cross-genre spectrum. One of my favorites, Dourif's body of work is also legendary & long. Tommy-"Eyes of Laura Mars"; Spooky Peter De Vries -"Dune"; Ray-"Blue Velvet"; demonic Chucky aka serial-killer Charles Lee Ray-"Child's Play"; The most disturbingly evil Gemini Killer-"Exorcist 3"; King's psycho exterminator-"Graveyard Shift"; Al Bart-"Critters 4"; Jack Dante-"Death Machine"; Dr. Geldman-"Alien Resurrection"; Grima-Lord of the Rings Two Towers"; Stan-"The Box"; the alien-'Wild Blue Yonder" & Sheriff Brackett-"Halloween" & the salesman-"Priest".....Holy Cow! All hail a Prince of Cross-Genre! ” - jmasseysr7
Lance Henriksen
Actor, Aliens
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 his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope...
“ Besides "Pumpkinhead" Lance is known as the sympathetic android in "Aliens" (Greatest Sequel Ever)! Of note, he also played the quasi-evil human template for which the android was made. This human template is directly related to the Arch-Evil corporation within the Alien-universe better known as Weyland-Yutani: Lance is Weyland!!! Let's not forget his role in the original "Terminator" movie! ” - jmasseysr7
Uma Thurman
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
“ She will forever be known as "The Bride" thanks to Tarrentino's "Kill Bill" epic! I personally like her also in Gattaca! But let's not forget her enjenue' role in Dangerous Liasons..Succulent indeed! ” - jmasseysr7
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ Born to ever be known to the era of the Baby Boomers as the face of Dracula!!! ” - jmasseysr7
Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ Known for his debut as "Boo" in the epic "To Kill a Mockingbird"; Duvall was born to play 3 roles!!! Marlon Brando's consigliere in "The Godfather," twisted Army Air Cavalry Colonel in " Apocalypse Now," and Marine Dog-Fighter Pilot in "The Great Santini"...Can't forget "Tender Mercies" for which he won th Oscar! ” - jmasseysr7
Michael Madsen
Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Sin City, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, Thelma & Louise...
“ The Cult-Classic "Reservoir Dogs" Nuff Said! ” - jmasseysr7
Nancy Allen
Actress, RoboCop
Nancy Anne Allen was the daughter of a police lieutenant from Yonkers, New York. At a young age, she trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. In dozens of television commercials from the age of 15, Nancy made her first film appearance in The Last Detail with Jack Nicholson...
“ Played the sincere hooker in Travolta's "Blowout" & Peter Weller's partner in Robocop!!! ” - jmasseysr7
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...
“ Oh wow; multiple roles for the legendary Fonda! Barefoot in the Park, cult-classic Barberella, enigmatic hooker Bre' in Klute. Vietnam Army-wife in "Coming Home," the emotionally torn daughter in her Oscar winning role for "On Golden Pond", TV reporter in nuclear thriller "The China Syndrome" and my personal favorite alcoholic ex-actress in "The Morning After"!!!! Trust me, for her there are more... ” - jmasseysr7
Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ Homeless father in "The Pursuit of Happiness" Agent J in "Men in Black," Boxing legend Muhammed Ali in "Ali," the futuristic detective in "I, Robot" & the cult-classic "I Am Legend,": "Independence Day, 7 Pounds & Hancock" also deserve mention!!! ” - jmasseysr7
Jada Pinkett Smith
Actress, Collateral
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr., a contractor, and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a nurse. They divorced after only a few months of marriage. Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Afro-Caribbean ancestry (from Barbados and Jamaica). Jada majored in dance and choreography at the Baltimore School for the Arts...
“ Remembered for her stunning role in "Jason's Lyric": also The "Matrix Trilogy," & "Set it Off"...I Applaud her for role as the heir-apparent, p Protector of Mankind & the Sacred Blood of Christ Vial in "Demon Night"!!! ” - jmasseysr7
Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
“ Star Trek: Next Generation's Capt. Jean' Luc Picard; heir-apparent to William Shatner's legendary Capt. James Tiberius Kirk!!! However, Stewart is known to me as a well-known Shakespearean actor (Henry V, Richard III) and will forever also be known for his roles as Marvel Comics "X-Men" Arch-Leader "Prof. Xavier" as well as Capt. Ahab in "Moby Dick"! ” - jmasseysr7
Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York City's Greenwich Village...
“ Are you kidding me?!! Grandmaster Vin is the man! He'll be a Cult-Legend in his own right for "The Fast & the Furious Trilogy" and his legendary work as Riddick: Last of the Furrians in "Pitch Black Trilogy" films... Long Live Riddick!! ” - jmasseysr7
Radha Mitchell
Actress, Silent Hill
Radha Mitchell (born 12 November 1973) is an Australian actress. She started her career acting in various Australian TV series and movies, and later became known for her appearance in Hollywood films. Mitchell, a native of Melbourne, began acting when she was still in high school and had her professional debut on the popular Australian soap...
“ Born to play the beleaguered pilot in "Pitch Black" & the distraught American mother in Denzel Washington's "Man on Fire" She's damn good every time you see her name in a movie's credits!!! ” - jmasseysr7
Kyle MacLachlan
Actor, Twin Peaks
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...
“ The Hidden, Dune, ” - jmasseysr7
James Olson
Actor, Commando
He was a Chicago-based stage actor by the time he began his film career in the forgettable action drama The Sharkfighters (1956). A reedy, sensitive-looking blond, James Olson showed an understated power in his performances that often received critical applause, but also a taciturn personality that kept audiences at bay...
Eric Braeden
Eric Braeden is a German actor in America who began his career playing Nazis and eventually became a star of daytime soap operas. Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was a superb athlete who excelled in track-and-field events. As a teenager, he immigrated to the United States and worked in Texas and Montana as a translator...
Warren Beatty
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass, Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, and actor, and few have evidenced so high a level of integrity in a body of work...
Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Lee Renner was born in Modesto, California, the son of Valerie (Tague) and Lee Renner, who managed a bowling alley. After a tumultuous yet happy childhood with his four younger siblings, Renner graduated from Beyer High School and attended Modesto Junior College. He explored several areas of study...
Jennifer Lawrence
America's Sweetheart and star of the wildly popular Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have received an acting Oscar (for Silver Linings Playbook). Lawrence was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch)...
Ida Lupino
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson was one of her...
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
Maggie Smith
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross...
Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1892, but three years later his family was forced to flee the country because his father was accused by the Boers of being a British spy at a time when Dutch-British conflicts were leading to the Boer War. The Rathbones escaped to England, where Basil and his two younger siblings...
John Gielgud
Actor, Gandhi
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other contemporaries of the National Theatre at the "Old Vic"...
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as the 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...
Steve McQueen
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular culture...
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...
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...
William Shatner
Actor, Star Trek
William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc...
Helen Mirren
Actress, The Queen
Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. Mirren attended St...
Ellen Barkin
Offbeat, unconventionally pretty, and utterly mesmerizing, Ellen Barkin was born in 1954 in the Bronx, New York, to Evelyn (Rozin), a hospital administrator, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families. Raised in the South Bronx and Queens, New York area,...
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...
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...
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is striking. Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan), an Irish immigrant (from Borrisokane...
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was thirteen and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg...
Noomi Rapace
Actress, Prometheus
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is the daughter of Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for three years. When she was eight, she was cast in a small role in the Icelandic film...
Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, Unbreakable, Shaft, Formula 51, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Bruce Campbell
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, The Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983...
Bruce Dern
Actor, Nebraska
Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch. Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy...
Bruce Willis
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...
Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up...
Halle Berry
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
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...
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
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...
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
George C. Scott
George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the United States Marines and spent four years with them...
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...
Forest Whitaker
Actor, Arrival
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...
Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track), musician (singing and accordion playing), and sometime actor...
Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, Giant
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, 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...
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...
Jon Hamm
Actor, Mad Men
Christina Hendricks
Actress, Mad Men
Christina Rene Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father, Robert, originally from England, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, while her mother, Jackie Sue (Raymond), was a psychologist. At the age of 13 her father transferred to the Forest Service Washington...
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...
Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia (Crone), a dancer, and actor Bing Russell (Neil Oliver Russell). He is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. His first roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters...
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...
Tony Todd
Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk. Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of Connecticut...
Sharon Stone
Actress, Casino
Sharon Yvonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry...
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...
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s...
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
Viola Davis
Actress, The Help
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker...
Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s 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 policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Benicio was born on February 19...
Richard Gere
Humanitarian and actor Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, the second of five children of Doris Ann (Tiffany), a homemaker, and Homer George Gere, an insurance salesman, both Mayflower descendants. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions...
Richard Roundtree
Actor, Se7en
Richard Roundtree's iconic career began while attending Southern Illinois University where he was on a football scholarship. After being spotted Richard signed with Johnson Publications to model in their Ebony Fashion Fair, touring 79 cities in 90 days. But rather than returning to school, Roundtree headed off to his home state of New York to begin acting lessons...
John Amos
Actor, Die Hard 2
A native of New Jersey and son of a mechanic, African-American John Amos has relied on his imposing build, eruptive nature and strong, forceful looks to obtain acting jobs, and a serious desire for better roles to earn a satisfying place in the annals of film and TV. He has found it a constant uphill...
John Lithgow
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 born in Puerto Plata...
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...
John Cusack
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
John Leguizamo
Actor, Ice Age
Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naive young men, such as Johnny in Hangin' with the Homeboys; cold-blooded killers like Benny Blanco in Carlito's Way; a heroic Army Green Beret, stopping aerial terrorists in Executive Decision; and drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar...
John Wayne
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...