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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...
“ Brother of fabulous Shirley MacLaine! ” - jmasseysr7
Shirley MacLaine
Actress, The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and Scottish...
“ Father of Glorious Angelina Jolie ” - jmasseysr7
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...
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas...
“ Daughter to famed actor-director John [Chinatown] Huston & heir apparent to the Huston family acting dynasty-Walter [Treasure of Sierra Madre]Huston...Jack Nicholson's Ex... ” - jmasseysr7
John Huston
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ Maltese Falcon fame... ” - jmasseysr7
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry...
“ Sister to Jake...Known already as one of the most versatile performers of her era. ” - jmasseysr7
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English and Swiss-German...
“ Donnie Darko cult hero ” - jmasseysr7
Timothy Hutton
Actor, Leverage
Timothy Hutton was born in Malibu, California, to Maryline (Poole), a teacher, and actor Jim Hutton (Dana James Hutton). He set Hollywood ablaze when he burst onto the acting scene in the early 1980s. After only a small number of significant roles in TV movies, he bagged the part of Conrad in the Robert Redford-directed Ordinary People...
“ Famed "Falcon & Snowman/Dark Half" star & very talented son of legendary Jim Hutton [who many thought was actually married to Paula Prentiss] ” - jmasseysr7
Jim Hutton
Described in the press as the heir apparent to James Stewart and Jack Lemmon, Jim Hutton broke out of the pack with his funny, awkward TV Thompson in Where the Boys Are. Son of Col. Thomas R. Hutton and Helen Ryan, his parents divorced when he was an infant. Jim recalled seeing his father only twice before his death...
“ A classic he was...! one of my favs ” - jmasseysr7
Tippi Hedren
Actress, The Birds
Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) and Bernard Carl Hedren, who ran a general store. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of German and Norwegian ancestry. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband...
“ Alfred Hitchcock Muse [The Birds, Marnie] & mother to iconic beauty Melanie [Working Girl, Cherry 2000] Griffith ” - jmasseysr7
Melanie Griffith
Actress, Lolita
Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957 in New York City, to then model/future actress Tippi Hedren and former child actor turned advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her parents' marriage ended in 1961 and Tippi brought Melanie to Los Angeles to get a new start. Tippi caught the eye of the great director Alfred Hitchcock...
“ What a babe & all that talent too...definitely on my list of dream actresses...Banderas better watch out cause I'll be there if he slips up lol... ” - jmasseysr7
Natasha Richardson
Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson...
“ Daughter to Sir Ian Richardson, Joeley's sister ” - jmasseysr7
Joely Richardson
Actress, The Patriot
For Joely the theater must be in her genes. Born in Marylebone, London, England, she is the daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, niece of Lynn Redgrave, and sister of Natasha Richardson, all actors. Former husband Tim Bevan is a producer. However the genes were slow...
“ Daughter to Sir Ian Richardson, Natasha's sister ” - jmasseysr7
Ian Richardson
Actor, Dark City
A classical actor (and founding member in 1960 of the Royal Shakespeare Company), Richardson earned international fame as the villainous Francis Urquart in the BBC television trilogy, "House of Cards." Uttered in a cut-glass accent, the Machiavellian Prime Minister's sly "You might well think that ...
“ "Dark City-House of Cards/To Play the King-Brazil-The 4th Protocol" & Big daddy to the Richardson girls... ” - jmasseysr7
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ Ahhh the Barrymores! Hollywood Royalty indeed. She's daughter to John & great neice to Ethel & Lionel....One hell of an actress too & a fine woman! ” - jmasseysr7
John Barrymore
American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical family in America, he was also its most acclaimed star. His father was Maurice Blyth (or Blythe; family spellings vary)...
Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company...
Lionel Barrymore
Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon"...
Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, to Juanita Bonniedale (Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He grew up in the Houston suburban city of Bellaire. He was raised a Baptist, and studied drama, Mandarin Chinese, and dance while a student at Bellaire High School. He continued study at the University of Houston...
“ Brother of Randy...A fearless actor! ” - jmasseysr7
Randy Quaid
Randy Quaid is an Academy Award-nominated actor, for his performance in The Last Detail (1973). Hal Ashby directed Quaid in the role of Meadows opposite Jack Nicholson and Otis Young. Quaid is a great and much admired actor that has been recognized by Hollywood and the worlds finest directors, Midnight Exspress...
“ Cult icon.... ” - jmasseysr7
John Carradine
John Carradine, the son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended Christ Church School and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture, and afterward roamed the South selling sketches. He made his acting debut in "Camille" in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1927...
“ Famed Father of Robert & David..."Grapes of Wrath" star ” - jmasseysr7
David Carradine
David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and Kansas Carradine, and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton...
“ Kill Bill, Kung Fu, Death Race 2000...RIP my Bro' ” - jmasseysr7
Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach has played to grand success a constellation of the classic and contemporary stage's greatest roles, and he is considered a pre-eminent American interpreter of Shakespeare. His SRO run as "King Lear" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. received the best reviews any national leader has earned in that town for decades...
“ Mike Hammer-New Centurians-Fat City-Doc Holliday-The Heart is a Lonely Hunter [my fav]! Brother to James ” - jmasseysr7
“ The Long Riders [with Stacy] ” - jmasseysr7
“ The Enforcer, Cagney & Lacy-Daughter of famed actor James [Medical Center, Twilight Zone, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek]...She's on my list of hotties U know!!! Fine actress too... ” - jmasseysr7
Tim Daly
Actor, Wings
James Daly
Distinguished character player James Firman Daly first appeared on stage in his home town of Wisconsin Rapids in 1928. He was set on acting from an early age, strongly encouraged by his parents, though neither were in the profession - his father was in the fuel business and his mother at one time a CIA employee...
Matthew Broderick
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from Germany and Poland)...
“ Cult icon 'Ferris Beuller' also known for War Games, Glory, The Cable Guy, Biloxi Blues...Son of famed actor James. ” - jmasseysr7
“ Dog Day Afternoon, Family, Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three ” - jmasseysr7
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ Good Will Hunting-The Town-Daredevil-Paycheck-Hollywood Land [my fav]...Brother to Casey & play brother/BFF to Matt Damon... ” - jmasseysr7
Casey Affleck
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects. Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher...
“ Gone Baby Gone! ” - jmasseysr7
“ MASH, The 4 Seasons, Mephisto Waltz, Seduction of Joe Tyner...In my top 25 favs of all time...Son to acting great Robert Alda ” - jmasseysr7
Robert Alda
Robert Alda's career began in vaudeville, as a singer-dancer. Graduating to performing on radio and in burlesque, he made a splashy film debut as George Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue. His film career faltered somewhat after that, but he had much greater success on the Broadway stage in such productions as "Guys and Dolls" and "What Makes Sammy Run." Settling in Rome in the early 1960s...
“ Cloak & Dagger, Imitation of Life, Homicide ” - jmasseysr7
Alan Arkin
Actor, Argo
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles...
“ Catch-22, Little Miss Sunshine, Gattaca [fav], Mother Night, Havanna, Glengary Glenross [fav]...father of Adam...An actor's actor...Witty as hell too... ” - jmasseysr7
“ Chicago Hope, Chicago Code, Hitch ” - jmasseysr7
John Astin
Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family, John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and studied mathematics...
“ Gomez of The Addams Family! Met him at a Chicago Cubs game too [still got the autographed baseball card]...The Frighteners, Night Court, Operation Petticoat, Evil Roy Slade [fav]...Father to Sean & MacKenzie. Such a treat! ” - jmasseysr7
Sean Astin
Sean Astin is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies, for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy, and for his role as the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King...
“ Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 50 First Dates, Courage Under Fire, Encino Man...Patty Dukes Son ” - jmasseysr7
David Arquette
The youngest of five, David Arquette was born in Winchester, Virginia and is part of the illustrious Arquette family, whose work has spread over several generations. His parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Rosanna Arquette...
“ Son of Comedic personality Cliff Arquette & brother to Rosanna & Patricia...Famed for Scream series, Never Been Kissed, Riding the Bullet, 3000 Miles to Graceland [fav], Wild Bill [fav], Where the Day Takes You... ” - jmasseysr7
Patricia Arquette
Actress, Medium
With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed just under the radar of true stardom, despite a 1995 marriage to Nicolas Cage...
“ My Chi-Town Girl!!!True Romance [fav], Medium, Ed Wood, Stigmata, Bringing Out the Dead, Lost Highway [fav] ” - jmasseysr7
Rosanna Arquette
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Rosanna Arquette has acted extensively in film and television, and has come to be acknowledged as an actress of rare depth and scope. Arquette was born in New York City, New York. Her parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Richmond Arquette...
“ Pulp Fiction [fav], Whole Nine Yards, Silverado [fav] ” - jmasseysr7
Alec Baldwin
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Alexander Rae Baldwin III is the son of Carol Newcomb (Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin...
“ Just love EVERYTHING he is in! Thinking man's thespian he is...Brother to Adam, Daniel, William...[ALL favs] Famed for The Getaway, Kim Basinger, Hunt for Red October {Alltimer}, Marrying Man, 30 Rock, The Departed {Alltimer], Glegarry Glenross [Alltime fav], Beetlejuice, The Good Shepard, Shortcut to happiness, The Cooler, Heaven's Prisoners {Alltime fav], The Juror, Malice [Alltime fav], Prelude to a Kiss, Working Girl, Married to the Mob, Miami Blues...Whew! ” - jmasseysr7
“ Vampires, Homicide, Born on the 4th of July, Mulholland Falls ” - jmasseysr7
“ Backdraft, Squid & the Whale, Flatliners, Virus, Sliver, Fair Game ” - jmasseysr7
Sonia Braga
Born June 8, 1950, in Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil to a seamstress mother and a Realtor father. Made a notable appearance in the film adaptation of Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. Played the central role of Dona Flor. Earned American recognition and a Golden Globe nomination for performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman...
“ What a beauty with brains & of a lifetime for Raul Julia; aunt to Alice Braga...Kiss of the Spider Woman [fav], Moon Over Parador [fav], Angel Eyes [Alltimer], Milagro Beanfield War [fav], Empire, ” - jmasseysr7
Alice Braga
Actress, I Am Legend
Alice Braga Moraes born April 15, 1983 is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in 2002's highly acclaimed City of God and as Karina in 2005's Lower City. She came to international prominence after appearing opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend (2007) and has since become a familiar face in Hollywood...
“ I am Legend [fav], Predators [Alltimer], City of God, The Rite, Repo Men [fav] ” - jmasseysr7
“ Dr. Kiley [Marcus Welby M.D.]! Father of Josh Brolin, life mate to Barbara Streisand, known for fine work in Westworld [fav], Capricorn One [fav], Amityville Horror [fav], Gable & Lombard, ” - jmasseysr7
Josh Brolin
Actor, W.
Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin. He has recently seen a massive surge in his career, finding well-known roles such as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States. Brolin was born February 12, 1968 in Santa Monica, California...
“ "W", Wall Street 2, No Country for Old Men [Alltimer], American Gangster [fav], Jonah Hex [fav], Milk [fav], In the Valley of Elah [fav], Grindhouse: Planet Terror [fav], Hollow Man [fav] ” - jmasseysr7
Lloyd Bridges
Actor, Sea Hunt
The star of many land and underwater adventures, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was born on January 15, 1913 in San Leandro, California, to Harriet Evelyn (Brown) and Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr., who owned a movie theater and also worked in the hotel business. He grew up in various Northern California towns...
“ Head of the Bridges clan & my young fav for Mike Nelson in "Sea Hunt"...Father to Jeff & Beau...Known for High Noon [Alltimer], Airplane! [Alltimer], Joe Versus the Volcano [fav], Cousins, Winter People [fav], Tucker, the Man & his Dream, Joe Forrester ” - jmasseysr7
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...
“ Crazy Heart
The Big Lebowski (1998) Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude 1
The Door in the Floor (2004)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Jack Baker 1
The Fisher King (1991) Jack 1
The Iceman Cometh (1973) Don Parritt 4
The Last Picture Show (1971) Duane Jackson 2
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Bill Django 3
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) Gregory Larkin 2
The Moguls (2005) Andy Sargentee 1
The Morning After (1986) Turner Kendall 2
The Muse (1999) Jack Warrick 4
The Open Road (2009) Kyle 6
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Lightfoot 2
Tideland (2005) Noah 5
TRON (1982) Kevin Flynn/Clu 1
TRON: Legacy (2010) Kevin Flynn/Clu 1
True Grit (2010) Rooster Cogburn 1
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Preston
White Squall (1996) Captain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon
Wild Bill (1995) James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok 1
Winter Kills (1979) Nick Kegan ” - jmasseysr7
Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his wife, who was his college sweetheart, Dorothy Dean Bridges. Born just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbour, he was delivered by candlelight because of a power blackout. Named Lloyd Vernet Bridges III, his parents immediately started calling him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind...
“ The Good German, Max Payne, Spinning Into Butter, Jerry Maguire, Fabulous Baker Boys, Heart Like a Wheel, Norma Rae [fav], Hammersmith is Out, The Landlord, For Love of Ivy [fav[ ” - 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...
Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
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...
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...
Larenz Tate
Larenz Tate was born on the west side of Chicago to Larry and Peggy Tate, the youngest of three brothers. His brothers are actors Larron Tate and Lahmard J. Tate. In 1984, Larenz and his family moved to California. It was while living in California that Larenz's parents got him and his brothers involved in a drama program at the Inner City Cultural Center...
Michael Jackson
Thanks, This Is It
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together...
Janet Jackson
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while her brothers and father lived an extravagant life in Los Angeles...
Rae Dawn Chong
Actress, Commando
Rae Dawn Chong was born February 28, 1961 in Edmonton, Canada to Maxine Sneed and Tommy Chong. After a few film and television spots, Rae Dawn earned a Genie for her performance in Jean-Jacques Annaud's prehistoric-drama Quest for Fire. She played the young, Ivaka prisoner, Ika. Other notables roles include Harpo's girlfriend "Squeek"...
Jennifer Beals
Actress, The L Word
Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature...