Greatest Actors of the 21st Century

Greatest Actors from (2000-"present")

★ - Great Performance
✰ - Critically Accailmed Performances (Either I do not agree, haven't seen, or need to re-watch)
☠ - Awful Performance
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Daniel Day-Lewis
Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ Greats: Gangs of New York (2002)★; There Will Be Blood (2007)★; Lincoln (2012)★

Other Notable Film(s): The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005); Nine (2009)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Gangs of New York (2002); The Aviator (2004)★; The Departed (2006)✰

Give It a Shot: Catch Me If You Can (2002)✰; Blood Diamond (2006)★; Body of Lies (2008); Revolutionary Road (2008)★; Inception (2010); Shutter Island (2010); Django Unchained (2012)★; The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)★

Caution: J. Edgar (2011)✰

Other Notable Film(s): The Beach (2000); Don's Plum (2001); The Great Gatsby (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Cold Mountain (2003); Capote (2005)★; Doubt (2008)★; Moneyball (2011); The Master (2012)★

Give It a Shot: Almost Famous (2000); Red Dragon (2002); 25th Hour (2002); Punch-Drunk Love (2002); Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007); The Ides of March (2011)

Caution: Along Came Polly (2005); Charlie Wilson's War (2007)✰

Other Notable Film(s): State and Main (2000); Love Liza (2002); Owning Mahowny (2003); Mission: Impossible III (2006); The Savages (2007)✰; Synecdoche, New York (2008); Mary and Max [voice] (2009); Pirate Radio (2009); The Invention of Lying (2009); Jack Goes Boating (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Jack Nicholson
With 12 Academy Award nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s-2000s), Michael Caine (1960s-2000s), Paul Newman (1950s-1960s, 1980s-2000s), and Laurence Olivier (1930s-1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five decades...
“ Greats: About Schmidt (2002)★; The Departed (2006)✰

Give It a Shot: The Pledge (2001); Something's Gotta Give (2003)✰; The Bucket List (2007)

Caution: Anger Management (2003)

Other Notable Film(s): How Do You Know (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Million Dollar Baby (2004)★; Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Give It a Shot: Batman Begins (2005); Lucky Number Slevin (2006); The Dark Knight (2008); The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Caution: Bruce Almighty (2003); Unleashed (2005); The Contract (2006); The Bucket List (2007); Wanted (2008)

Flops: Dreamcatcher (2003); The Big Bounce (2004); Evan Almighty (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Under Suspicion (2000); Nurse Betty (2000); Along Came a Spider (2001); High Crimes (2002); The Sum of All Fears (2002); Levity (2003); An Unfinished Life (2005); Edison (2005); 10 Items or Less (2006); Feast of Love (2007); Thick as Thieves (2009); The Maiden Heist (2009); Invictus (2009)✰; RED (2010); Dolphin Tale (2011); Olympus Has Fallen (2013); Oblivion (2013); Now You See Me (2013); Last Vegas (2013); The Lego Movie [voice] (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Gladiator (2000)★; A Beautiful Mind (2001)★

Give It a Shot: American Gangster (2007); Body of Lies (2008)

Caution: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

Other Notable Film(s): Proof of Life (2000); Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)✰; Cinderella Man (2005)✰; A Good Year (2006); 3:10 to Yuma (2007); State of Play (2009); Tenderness (2009); Robin Hood (2010); The Next Three Days (2010); Les Misérables (2012); Broken City (2013); Man of Steel (2013); Winter's Tale (2014); Noah (2014); The Water Diviner (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Fantastic Mr. Fox [voice] (2009); The Descendants (2011)★

Give It a Shot: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)✰; The Perfect Storm (2000); Ocean's Eleven (2001); Ocean's Twelve (2004); Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005); Ocean's Thirteen (2007); Michael Clayton (2007)★; Up in the Air (2009)★; The Ides of March (2011); Gravity (2013)

Caution: Spy Kids (2001); Intolerable Cruelty (2003); Burn After Reading (2008); The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Other Notable Film(s): Welcome to Collinwood (2002); Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002); Solaris (2002); Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003); Syriana (2005)✰; The Good German (2006); Leatherheads (2008); The American (2010); The Monuments Men (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: No Country for Old Men (2007)★; Skyfall (2012)★

Give It a Shot: Collateral (2004); Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)✰

Other Notable Film(s): Before Night Falls (2000)✰; The Dancer Upstairs (2002); Mondays in the Sun (2002); The Sea Inside (2004)✰; Goya's Ghosts (2006); Love in the Time of Cholera (2007); Biutiful (2010)✰; Eat Pray Love (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
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. But 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...
“ Greats: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)★; Inglourious Basterds (2009); Moneyball (2011)★; 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Give It a Shot: Snatch (2000); Ocean's Eleven (2001); Troy (2004); Ocean's Twelve (2004); Babel (2006)★; Ocean's Thirteen (2007); The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007); The Tree of Life (2011)★

Caution: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005); Burn After Reading (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): The Mexican (2001); Spy Game (2001); Killing Them Softly (2012); World War Z (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: The Prestige (2006); The Fighter (2010)★; American Hustle (2013)★

Give It a Shot: American Psycho (2000)★; Batman Begins (2005); Rescue Dawn (2006); The Dark Knight (2008); The Dark Knight Rises (2012); Out of the Furnace (2013)

Caution: I'm Not There. (2007); Terminator Salvation (2009)

Other Notable Film(s): Shaft (2000); Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001); Laurel Canyon (2002); Reign of Fire (2002); Equilibrium (2002); The Machinist (2004); Howl's Moving Castle [voice] (2004); Harsh Times (2005); The New World (2005); 3:10 to Yuma (2007); Public Enemies (2009); The Flowers of War (2011); Knight of Cups (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Crazy Heart (2009)★

Give It a Shot: Iron Man (2008); True Grit (2010)★

Caution: The Contender (2000)★; The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009); TRON (2010)

Other Notable Film(s): Scenes of the Crime (2001); K-PAX (2001); Masked and Anonymous (2003); Seabiscuit (2003); The Door in the Floor (2004); The Amateurs (2005); Tideland (2005); Stick It (2006); Surf's Up [voice] (2007); The Open Road (2009); A Dog Year (2009); R.I.P.D. (2013); The Giver (2014); Seventh Son (2015) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Mystic River (2003)★; 21 Grams (2003)★; Milk (2008)★

Give It a Shot: The Tree of Life (2011)

Caution: I Am Sam (2001)✰

Other Notable Film(s): Before Night Falls (2000); The Weight of Water (2000); Up at the Villa (2000); It's All About Love (2003); The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004); The Interpreter (2006); All the King's Men (2006); Persepolis [voice] (2007); What Just Happened (2008); Fair Game (2010); This Must Be the Place (2011); Gangster Squad (2012); The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013); The Gunman (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin 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, from California...
“ Greats: Gladiator (2000)★; Hotel Rwanda (2004); Walk the Line (2005)★; The Master (2012)★; Her (2013)★

Give It a Shot: Signs (2002)

Caution: We Own the Night (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Quills (2000); Buffalo Soldiers (2001); It's All About Love (2003); Brother Bear [voice] (2003); The Village (2004); Ladder 49 (2004); Reservation Road (2007); Two Lovers (2008); The Immigrant (2012); Inherent Vice (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Ned Kelly (2003), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Casanova (2005), Candy (2006), I'm Not There (2007)...
“ Greats: Monster's Ball (2001); Brokeback Mountain (2005)★

Give It a Shot: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999); The Dark Knight (2008)★

Caution: I'm Not There. (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Two Hands (1999); The Patriot (2000); A Knight's Tale (2001); The Four Feathers (2002); Ned Kelly (2003); The Order (2003); Lords of Dogtown (2005); The Brothers Grimm (2005); Casanova (2005); Candy (2006); The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
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 (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s...
“ Greats: Training Day (2001)★

Give It a Shot: Remember the Titans (2000); Inside Man (2006); American Gangster (2007)✰; Flight (2012)★

Caution: John Q (2002); Out of Time (2003); Man on Fire (2004); Deja Vu (2006); Safe House (2012)

Flops: The Book of Eli (2010)

Other Notable Film(s): Antwone Fisher (2002); The Great Debaters (2007); The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009); Unstoppable (2010); 2 Guns (2013); The Equalizer (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
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 father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Greats: Toy Story 3 [voice] (2010); Captain Phillips (2013)★

Give It a Shot: Cast Away (2000)★; Catch Me If You Can (2002); The Terminal (2004)

Caution: Charlie Wilson's War (2007)✰; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): Road to Perdition (2002); The Ladykillers (2004); The Polar Express [voice] (2004); The Da Vinci Code (2006); The Great Buck Howard (2008); Angels & Demons (2009); Larry Crowne (2011); Cloud Atlas (2012); Saving Mr. Banks (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
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 finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Greats: Million Dollar Baby (2004)★; Gran Torino (2008)

Give It a Shot: Space Cowboys (2000); Blood Work (2002)

Other Notable Film(s): Trouble with the Curve (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: The King's Speech (2010)★

Give It a Shot: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003); Finding Nemo [voice] (2003)

Caution: Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Other Notable Film(s): Quills (2000)✰; The Tailor of Panama (2001); Lantana (2001); Frida (2002); The Banger Sisters (2002); Swimming Upstream (2003); Ned Kelly (2003); The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)✰; Munich (2005); Candy (2006); Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007); Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007); $9.99 (2008); Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011); The Eye of the Storm (2011); The Best Offer (2013); The Book Thief (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
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...
“ Greats: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001); The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002); The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003); A History of Violence (2005)★; Eastern Promises (2007)★

Give It a Shot: A Dangerous Method (2011)★

Other Notable Film(s): 28 Days (2000); Hidalgo (2004); Alatriste (2006); Appaloosa (2008); Good (2008); The Road (2009); On the Road (2012); The Two Faces of January (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
Tom Wilkinson
Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and comes from a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England...
“ Greats: In the Bedroom (2001)★; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Give It a Shot: Batman Begins (2005); Michael Clayton (2007)★

Caution: The Green Hornet (2011)

Flops: Black Knight (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): The Patriot (2000); Essex Boys (2000); Chain of Fools (2000); The Importance of Being Earnest (2002); Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003); If Only (2004); Stage Beauty (2004); A Good Woman (2004); The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005); Separate Lies (2005); The Last Kiss (2006); Dedication (2007); Cassandra's Dream (2007); RocknRolla (2008); Valkyrie (2008); Duplicity (2009); 44 Inch Chest (2009); The Ghost Writer (2010); The Debt (2010); The Conspirator (2010); Burke and Hare (2010); The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012); The Samaritan (2012); The Lone Ranger (2012); The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014); Unfinished Business (2014); Good People (2014); Little Boy (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Give It a Shot: The Contender (2000); Batman Begins (2005); The Dark Knight (2008); Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)★; The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Caution: Hannibal (2001)

Flops: The Book of Eli (2010)

Other Notable Film(s): Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002); Tiptoes (2003); Sin (2003); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Dead Fish (2005); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005); BackWoods (2006); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007); The Unborn (2009); A Christmas Carol [voice] (2009); Red Riding Hood (2011); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011); Lawless (2012); Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012); Paranoia (2013); RoboCop (2014); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014); Child 44 (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ Greats: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001); Fantastic Mr. Fox [voice] (2009); Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Give It a Shot: Lost in Translation (2003)★; The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004); Broken Flowers (2005); The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Caution: Charlie's Angels (2000)

Other Notable Film(s): Hamlet (2000); Osmosis Jones (2001); Speaking of Sex (2001); Coffee and Cigarettes (2003); Garfield [voice] (2004); The Lost City (2005); Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties [voice] (2006); Get Smart (2008); City of Ember (2008); The Limits of Control (2009); Get Low (2010); Passion Play (2010); Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)✰; Charles Swan (2012); The Monuments Men (2014); The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014); St. Vincent (2014); Aloha (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
Don Cheadle
Actor, Crash
Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in Denver...
“ Greats: Traffic (2000); Hotel Rwanda (2004)★; Crash (2005*)

Give It a Shot: Ocean's Eleven (2001); Ocean's Twelve (2004); Ocean's Thirteen (2007); Reign Over Me (2007); Flight (2012)

Caution: The Family Man (2000); Swordfish (2001); Rush Hour 2 (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): Mission to Mars (2000); Manic (2001); The United States of Leland (2003); The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004); After the Sunset (2004); Talk to Me (2007); Traitor (2008); Brooklyn's Finest (2009); Iron Man 2 (2010); The Guard (2011); Iron Man 3 (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ Greats: Pollock (2000)★; A Beautiful Mind (2001); A History of Violence (2005)★; Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Give It a Shot: The Hours (2002)★

Flops: Radio (2003); National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Waking the Dead (2000); The Prime Gig (2000); Enemy at the Gates (2001); Buffalo Soldiers (2001); Masked and Anonymous (2003); The Human Stain (2003); Winter Passing (2005); Copying Beethoven (2006); Cleaner (2007); Appaloosa (2008); Once Fallen (2010); The Way Back (2010); Salvation Boulevard (2011); That's What I Am (2011); Man on a Ledge (2012); Game Change [TV] (2013); Sweetwater (2013); Phantom (2013); Pain & Gain (2013); Snowpiercer (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
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)...
“ Greats: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Give It a Shot: Shame (2011); X-Men: First Class (2011); A Dangerous Method (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): 12 Years a Slave (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
Michael Caine
Michael Caine is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu (1964)...
“ Greats: Children of Men (2006); The Prestige (2006)

Give It a Shot: Batman Begins (2005); The Dark Knight (2008); Inception (2010); The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Caution: Miss Congeniality (2000); Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Flops: Bewitched (2005)

Other Notable Film(s): Quills (2000); The Quiet American (2002)✰; Secondhand Lions (2003); The Weather Man (2005); Flawless (2007); Sleuth (2007); Is Anybody There? (2008); Harry Brown (2009) ” - Paul Hamell
Kevin Spacey
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
“ Give It a Shot: Margin Call (2011)

Caution: The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009); Horrible Bosses (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000); Pay It Forward (2000); K-PAX (2001); The Shipping News (2001)✰; The United States of Leland (2003); The Life of David Gale (2003); Beyond the Sea (2004)✰; Edison (2005); Superman Returns (2006); Fred Claus (2007); 21 (2008); Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008); Recount [TV] (2008)✰; Shrink (2009); Moon [voice] (2009); Father of Invention (2010); Casino Jack (2010)✰; Xing ying bu li (2012*) ” - Paul Hamell
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993)...
“ Greats: Hugo (2011)★

Give It a Shot: Lucky Number Slevin (2006); Shutter Island (2010)

Caution: You Kill Me (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): What Planet Are You From? (2000); Sexy Beast (2000)✰; Rules of Engagement (2000); The Triumph of Love (2001); Tuck Everlasting (2002); House of Sand and Fog (2003)✰; Thunderbirds (2004); Suspect Zero (2004); A Sound of Thunder (2005); BloodRayne (2005); Oliver Twist (2005); The Last Legion (2007); The Wackness (2008); Elegy (2008); Transsiberian (2008); The Love Guru (2008); War, Inc. (2008); Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008); Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Ian McKellen
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
“ Greats: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)★; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002); The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Give It a Shot: X-Men (2000); X2 (2003)

Caution: X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Other Notable Film(s): The Da Vinci Code (2006); Flushed Away [voice] (2006); The Golden Compass [voice] (2007); The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
Ralph Fiennes
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, a musician; Sophie Fiennes...
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas...
Woody Harrelson
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, had a brief stint in New York theater. He was soon cast as Woody on TV series Cheers...
Christopher Plummer
Actor, Up
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
“ Give It a Shot: Beginners (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Tropic Thunder (2008); Iron Man (2008) ” - Paul Hamell
Ryan Gosling
Actor, Drive
Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman. Ryan was the second of their two children. His ancestry is French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish, and German. The Gosling family moved to Cornwall...
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...
“ The Hurt Locker (2009); The Town (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew 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, Irish, English, German...
“ Dallas Buyers Club (2013); The Wolf on Wall Street (2013) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Give It a Shot: Minority Report (2002); Shutter Island (2010)

Caution: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)★

Flops: Rush Hour 3 (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Intact (2001); Sleepless (2001); The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007); Solomon Kane (2009); Robin Hood (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
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 role were young prolets like, e.g. Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
“ Greats: Traffic (2000)

Give It a Shot: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007); The Bourne Ultimatum (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): Erin Brockovich (2000)✰; Delivering Milo (2001); Big Fish (2003)✰; Corpse Bride (2005); Amazing Grace (2006); A Good Year (2006) ” - Paul Hamell
Paul Giamatti
Actor, Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ Sideways; Cinderalla Man; Win Win (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Give It a Shot: Ali (2001)★; The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)★

Caution: Bad Boys II (2003); I, Robot (2004); Shark Tale [voice] (2004); Hitch (2005); I Am Legend (2007); Hancock (2008)

Flops: Men in Black II (2002)

Other Notable Film(s): The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000); Seven Pounds (2008); Men in Black 3 (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ Greats: Collateral (2004)

Give It a Shot: Minority Report (2002); The Last Samurai (2003)✰; Tropic Thunder (2008)✰

Caution: Mission: Impossible II (2000); Vanilla Sky (2001); War of the Worlds (2005)

Flops: Lions for Lambs (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Mission: Impossible III (2006); Valkyrie (2008); Knight and Day (2010); Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011); Rock of Ages (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, 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 Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Greats: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)★; American Hustle (2013)

Give It a Shot: Meet the Parents (2000)✰

Caution: Showtime (2002); City by the Sea (2002); Analyze That (2002); Shark Tale [voice] (2004); Meet the Fockers (2004); The Good Shepherd (2006); Killer Elite (2011)

Flops: Hide and Seek (2005); Righteous Kill (2008); Machete (2010); Little Fockers (2010)

Other Notable Film(s): The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000); Men of Honor (2000); 15 Minutes (2001); The Score (2001); Godsend (2004); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004); Stardust (2007); What Just Happened (2008); Everybody's Fine (2009); Stone (2010); Limitless (2011); New Year's Eve (2011); Red Lights (2012); Being Flynn (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s 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 cop in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Born on February 19...
“ Traffic (2000)★; 21 Grams★ ” - Paul Hamell
Peter O'Toole
O'Toole was one of several actors to be Oscar-nominated for playing the same role in two different films: he played King Henry II in both Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968). O'Toole played Hamlet under Laurence Olivier's direction in the premiere production of the Royal National Theatre in 1963...
“ Give It a Shot: Troy (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): Bright Young Things (2003); Lassie (2005); Venus (2006)✰; Ratatouille [voice] (2007); Stardust (2007); Dean Spanley (2008) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Crazy Heart (2009)

Give It a Shot: Thank You for Smoking (2005)

Caution: Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000); The 6th Day (2000); John Q (2002); We Own the Night (2007)

Flops: Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Other Notable Film(s): Assassination Tango (2002); Gods and Generals (2003); Open Range (2003); Secondhand Lions (2003); Lucky You (2007); Four Christmases (2008); The Road (2009); Get Low (2010)✰; Seven Days in Utopia (2011); Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ Give It a Shot: Red Dragon (2002); Fracture (2007)

Caution: Hannibal (2001); Bobby (2006); Beowulf (2007)

Flops: Bad Company (2002); Alexander (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): Hearts in Atlantis (2001); The Human Stain (2003); Shortcut to Happiness (2004); Proof (2005); The World's Fastest Indian (2005); Slipstream (2007); The City of Your Final Destination (2009); The Wolfman (2010); You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010); The Rite (2011); Thor (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Caution: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Other Notable Film(s): Moonlight Mile (2002); Confidence (2003); Runaway Jury (2003); Finding Neverland (2004); I Heart Huckabees (2004); Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006); Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007); Last Chance Harvey (2008)✰; Barney's Version (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ Greats: Insomnia (2002)

Caution: S1m0ne (2002); The Recruit (2003); Two for the Money (2005); Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

Flops: Gigli (2003)☠; 88 Minutes (2007)☠; Righteous Kill (2008)☠

Other Notable Film(s): People I Know (2002); The Merchant of Venice (2004); The Son of No One (2011); Jack and Jill (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)★

Caution: The Change-Up (2011)

Flops: America's Sweethearts (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001); Noel (2004); Firewall (2006); The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006); Rendition (2007); Sunshine Cleaning (2008); Get Smart (2008); Marley & Me (2008); City Island (2009); The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009); Thin Ice (2011); The Muppets (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Traffic (2000)

Give It a Shot: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)✰

Flops: The Sentinel (2006); You, Me and Dupree (2006)

Other Notable Film(s): Wonder Boys (2000)✰; One Night at McCool's (2001); Don't Say a Word (2001); It Runs in the Family (2003); The In-Laws (2003); King of California (2007); Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009); Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009); Solitary Man (2009); Haywire (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
Christopher Walken
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ Greats: Catch Me If You Can (2002)★

Caution: Joe Dirt (2001); The Rundown (2003); Man on Fire (2004); Wedding Crashers (2005); Click (2006); Man of the Year (2006); Hairspray (2007)

Flops: America's Sweethearts (2001); Kangaroo Jack (2003)☠; Gigli (2003)☠; Balls of Fury (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Scotland, Pa. (2001); The Affair of the Necklace (2001); Poolhall Junkies (2002); The Country Bears (2002); Undertaking Betty (2002); Envy (2004); The Stepford Wives (2004); Around the Bend (2004); Romance & Cigarettes (2005); Domino (2005); $5 a Day (2008); The Maiden Heist (2009); Kill the Irishman (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
Chris Cooper
Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised. Educated at the University of Missouri school of drama...
“ Adaptation. (2002)★ ” - Paul Hamell
Jude Law
Jude Law is a talented and versatile actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca and The Talented Mr. Ripley to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Hugo's father in Hugo and in the titular role in Dom Hemingway...
“ Cold Mountain (2003)★ ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: The Departed (2006)

Give It a Shot: Finding Forrester (2000); Ocean's Eleven (2001); The Bourne Identity (2002); The Bourne Supremacy (2004); Ocean's Twelve (2004); Ocean's Thirteen (2007); The Bourne Ultimatum (2007); Ponyo [voice] (2008); True Grit (2010)

Caution: Stuck on You (2003); The Good Shepherd (2006); Contagion (2011)

Flops: EuroTrip (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): Titan A.E. [voice] (2000); The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000); All the Pretty Horses (2000); Gerry (2002); Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron [voice] (2002); Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002); The Brothers Grimm (2005); Syriana (2005); Che: Part Two (2008); The Informant! (2009)✰; Invictus (2009)✰; Green Zone (2010); Hereafter (2010); The Adjustment Bureau (2011); Margaret (2011); Happy Feet Two [voice] (2011); We Bought a Zoo (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
“ Give It a Shot: Ali (2001)★

Caution: Holes (2003); National Treasure (2004); Glory Road (2006); Transformers (2007)☠

Flops: Zoolander (2001); Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001); Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)☠; National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)☠

Other Notable Film(s): Pearl Harbor (2001); The Manchurian Candidate (2004); September Dawn (2007); Bratz (2007); Pride and Glory (2008); Four Christmases (2008) ” - Paul Hamell
John Hurt
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...
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ Greats: Gangs of New York (2002)

Give It a Shot: Batman Begins (2005); Taken (2008); Ponyo [voice] (2008); The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Flops: Wrath of the Titans (2012); Battleship (2012)

Other Notable Film(s): Gun Shy (2000); K-19: The Widowmaker (2002); Love Actually (2003); Kinsey (2004)✰; Kingdom of Heaven (2005); Breakfast on Pluto (2005); The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [voice] (2005); Seraphim Falls (2006); The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian [voice] (2008); The Other Man (2008); Five Minutes of Heaven (2009); Chloe (2009); After.Life (2009); Clash of the Titans (2010); The A-Team (2010); The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader [voice] (2010); The Next Three Days (2010); Unknown (2011); The Grey (2011); Unknown (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and German, English, and Polish (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ Greats: Adaptation. (2002)★

Give It a Shot: Matchstick Men (2003); Lord of War (2005)

Caution: Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000); The Family Man (2000); Windtalkers (2002); National Treasure (2004); Ghost Rider (2007)

Flops: Next (2007); National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007); Trespass (2011)☠

Other Notable Film(s): Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001); Sonny (2002); The Weather Man (2005); The Ant Bully [voice] (2006); World Trade Center (2006); The Wicker Man (2006); Bangkok Dangerous (2008); Knowing (2009); G-Force [voice] (2009); The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009); Astro Boy [voice] (2009); Kick-Ass (2010); The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010); Season of the Witch (2011); Drive Angry (2011); Seeking Justice (2012); Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: A History of Violence (2005)★

Caution: Changing Lanes (2002); The Good Shepherd (2006); Mr. Brooks (2007); The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Flops: Vantage Point (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); Tuck Everlasting (2002); The Village (2004); The King (2005); Neverwas (2005); Syriana (2005); Into the Wild (2007); Noise (2007); The Yellow Handkerchief (2008); Endgame (2009); Robin Hood (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
Willem Dafoe
Actor, Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless...
Daniel Craig
Actor, Skyfall
Daniel Craig, one of British theatre's most famous faces, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, went on to star as "James Bond" in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. He was born Daniel Wroughton Craig on March 2, 1968, at 41 Liverpool Road...
“ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011); Casino Royale; Skyfall ” - Paul Hamell
Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ Inglourios Basterds (2009)★; The Green Hornet; Django Unchained (2012)★ ” - Paul Hamell
Mark Wahlberg
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted...
“ The Departed (2006)★ ” - Paul Hamell
Paul Newman
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 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...
“ Other Notable Film(s): Where the Money Is (2000); Road to Perdition (2002)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise...
“ Give It a Shot: RED (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Billy Bob Thornton
Actor, Armageddon
Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in 1958 and now deceased) and John David (born in 1969)...
Djimon Hounsou
Actor, Gladiator
Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator by Ridley Scott and Amistad by Steven Spielberg.
“ Greats: Gladiator (2000)

Give It a Shot: Blood Diamond (2006)★

Caution: Constantine (2005)

Flops: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003); Push (2009)

Other Notable Film(s): Dead Weight (2002); The Four Feathers (2002); In America (2002)✰; Biker Boyz (2003); Renegade (2004); Beauty Shop (2005); The Island (2005); Eragon (2006); Never Back Down (2008); The Tempest (2010); Elephant White (2011); Forces spéciales (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
Ethan Hawke
Actor, Gattaca
Ethan Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary, and wrote the novels The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002)...
“ Greats: Training Day (2001)★

Give It a Shot: Lord of War (2005); Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Caution: Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Flops: Taking Lives (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): Hamlet (2000); Waking Life (2001); Tape (2001); The Jimmy Show (2001); Before Sunset (2004); Fast Food Nation (2006); The Hottest State (2006); What Doesn't Kill You (2008); New York, I Love You (2009); Brooklyn's Finest (2009); Staten Island (2009); Daybreakers (2009); The Women in the Fifth (2011); Sinister (2012); Total Recall (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He has German and British Isles ancestry. Nolte began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man...
“ Warrior (2011); Tropic Thunder (2008) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Mystic River (2003)★; War of the Worlds (2005) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Greats: Insomnia (2002)

Give It a Shot: One Hour Photo (2002)★

Caution: Man of the Year (2006); Night at the Museum (2006)

Flops: License to Wed (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) [voice]; Death to Smoochy (2002); The Final Cut (2004); House of D (2004); Robots [voice] (2005); The Big White (2005); The Night Listener (2006); RV (2006); Happy Feet [voice] (2006); August Rush (2007); Shrink (2009); World's Greatest Dad (2009); Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009); Old Dogs (2009); Happy Feet Two [voice] (2011) ” - Paul Hamell
Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh, was born in 1970...
Josh Brolin
Actor, W.
Josh Brolin is an American actor. His first role was in the 1985 film The Goonies. Since then he has appeared in a wide number of films, and is best known for his work as Llewellyn Moss in No Country for Old Men, young Agent K in Men in Black 3, George W. Bush in W. and Dan White in Milk, for which he received Academy Award and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor...
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 (1995), _Unbreakable (2000), 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 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...
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...
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ Ray (2004)★; ★ ” - Paul Hamell
Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“  ” - Paul Hamell
Bruno Ganz
Actor, Downfall
Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with tendencies towards introspection was widely known after Summer Guests.
“  ” - Paul Hamell
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, 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...
“ Brokeback Mountain★; Donnie Darko ” - Paul Hamell
Frank Langella
Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Angelina and Frank A. Langella, a business executive. He is of Italian descent. A stage and screen actor of extreme versatility, Frank Langella won acclaim on the New York stage in "Seascape" and followed it up with the title role in the Edward Gorey production of "Dracula"...
David Strathairn
David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and one sixteenth Chinese (the latter three from his paternal grandmother)...
Stanley Tucci
Actor Stanley Tucci was born on November 11, 1960, in Peekskill, New York. He is the son of Joan (Tropiano), a writer, and Stanley Tucci, an art teacher. His family is Italian-American, with origins in Calabria. Tucci took an interest in acting while in high school, and went on to attend the State University of New York's Conservatory of Theater Arts in Purchase...
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...
“ Caution: Heist (2001)

Flops: The Replacements (2000); Heartbreakers (2001); Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): Under Suspicion (2000); The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)✰; Behind Enemy Lines (2001); Runaway Jury (2003) ” - Paul Hamell
Guy Pearce
Actor, Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Anne (Pickering) and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, after his father was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government...
“ Memento; The King's Speech (2010); The Hurt Locker (2009*); Prometheus (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Robert Redford
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, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Flops: Lions for Lambs (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): The Last Castle (2001); Spy Game (2001); The Clearing (2004); An Unfinished Life (2005); Charlotte's Web [voice] (2006); The Company You Keep (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Donald Sutherland
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others. Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint John...
“ Greats: Cold Mountain (2003)

Give It a Shot: Space Cowboys (2000); Reign Over Me (2007)

Caution: The Italian Job (2003); Horrible Bosses (2011)

Flops: Fool's Gold (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): Panic (2000); The Art of War (2000); Pride & Prejudice (2005); Ask the Dust (2006); The Mechanic (2011); The Eagle (2011); The Hunger Games (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Eric Bana
Actor, Star Trek
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family and was a hairdresser...
Jeremy Irons
Elegant and handsome British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to mainland England only once a year...
“ Give It a Shot: Margin Call (2011)

Flops: Dungeons & Dragons (2000)☠

Other Notable Film(s): The Fourth Angel (2001); The Time Machine (2002); And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002); Callas Forever (2002); Being Julia (2004); The Merchant of Venice (2004); Kingdom of Heaven (2005); Casanova (2005); Inland Empire (2006); Eragon (2006); Appaloosa (2008); The Pink Panther 2 (2009); The Words (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Laurence Fishburne
Actor, The Matrix
One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer. His mother transplanted her family to Brooklyn after his parents divorced...
“ Caution: Matrix Reloaded (2003); Matrix Revolution (2003) ” - Paul Hamell
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...
“ Caution: What Lies Beneath (2000); Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008); Morning Glory (2010); Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): K-19: The Widowmaker (2002); Hollywood Homicide (2003); Firewall (2006); Crossing Over (2009); Extraordinary Measures (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
Dennis Hopper
Actor, Speed
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard Hopper...
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...