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by detloff | created - 18 Jan 2012 | updated - 09 Feb 2016 | Public

1. Scott Wilson

Actor | The Ninth Configuration

One chillingly infamous screen role for Scott Wilson in 1967 set the tone for an actor who went on to prove himself an invaluable character player for the past five decades. The Georgia-born native (Atlanta born and raised) was awarded a basketball scholarship following high school at Georgia's ...

2. Sergey Bezrukov

Actor | Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie

He graduated from Moscow Art Theatre and made his cinema debut in Noktyurn dlya barabana i mototsikla (1994). Since 1994 he has played a wide range of characters, such as Ivan Brilling in Azazel (2002), Irakliy in The Irony of Fate 2 (2007), Kappel in Admiral (2008), Sumarokov in High Security ...

3. Aidan Turner

Actor | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Aidan Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, Aidan appeared in a number of stage productions, many with Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey. Such productions included The Plough & The Stars, Romeo & Juliet and A Cry from Heaven. In ...

4. Toby Stephens

Actor | Die Another Day

Toby Stephens began his acting career while a stagehand at the Chichester Festival Theatre, in end-of-season productions mounted by the crew. In his brief professional career, he has already won the Sir John Gielgud Prize for Best Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in the title ...

5. Juliano Mer-Khamis

Director | Arna's Children

Juliano Mer-Khamis was born on May 29, 1958 in Nazareth, Israel. He was an actor and director, known for Arna's Children (2004), Deadly Heroes (1993) and Tahara (2002). He was married to Jenny Nyman. He died on April 4, 2011 in Jenin, West Bank, Palestine.

6. Mathieu Carrière

Actor | La maison des Bories

Mathieu Carrière was born on August 2, 1950 in Hannover, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for La maison des Bories (1970), Young Torless (1966) and Quantum Leap (1989).

(Spiegel Online, 2001) Was möchten Sie dem Zuschauer geben?

Spaß. Interesse. Oder, wie Eisenstein sagte, Attraktion. Ich möchte, ganz egal ob ich einen Kinderschänder oder Pontius Pilatus spiele, dass das Publikum hinguckt. Viele Leute finden mich zum Kotzen, andere schwärmen von mir. Was mich freut, ist, dass sich beide Gruppen für meine Arbeit interessieren.

7. Laurence Harvey

Actor | The Manchurian Candidate

Laurence Harvey was a British movie star who helped usher in the 1960s with his indelible portrait of a ruthless social climber, and became one of the decade's cultural icons for his appearances in socially themed motion pictures.

Harvey was born Zvi Mosheh Skikne on October 1, 1928 in Joniskis, ...

8. Greg Hicks

Actor | Snow White and the Huntsman

Greg Hicks was born on May 27, 1953 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He is an actor, known for Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Knock (1994) and Charlie (2014).

9. Joe Absolom

Actor | Doc Martin

Born in 1978, Joe Absolom began acting in 1990 at age 11 in a peanut butter advertisement. After appearing in Screenplay: Antonia and Jane (1990) , he achieved fame as Matthew Rose in EastEnders (1985) in 1997 at age 18. After leaving EastEnders (1985) in 2000, he has appeared in Long Time Dead (...

10. Steven Mackintosh

Actor | Underworld: Evolution

Steven Mackintosh was born on April 30, 1967 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. He is an actor, known for Underworld: Evolution (2006), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009). He has been married to Lisa Jacobs since 1989. They have two children.

11. Mick Lally

Actor | Alexander

Mick Lally was born on November 10, 1945 in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland as Michael Lally. He was an actor, known for Alexander (2004), The Secret of Kells (2009) and Circle of Friends (1995). He was married to Peige Lally. He died on August 31, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland.

12. Diego Serrano

Actor | The Men Who Stare at Goats

Diego Serrano was born in Quito, Ecuador. During his childhood, he ironically did not watch television but rather played soccer. Other hobbies include playing golf, bike riding, hiking and dancing. At 18 he won a Star Search (1983) modeling contest, and soon after started playing Tomas on Another ...

13. Alun Armstrong

Actor | Krull

Alun Armstrong was born on July 17, 1946 in Annfield Plain, County Durham, England as Robert Alun Armstrong. He is an actor, known for Krull (1983), The Mummy Returns (2001) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). He has been married to Susan J Bairstow since 1977. They have three children.

14. Rory Kinnear

Actor | The Imitation Game

Rory Kinnear was born on February 17, 1976 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England as Rory Stewart Kinnear. He is an actor, known for The Imitation Game (2014), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012). He is married to Pandora Colin. They have two children.

15. Ben Whishaw

Actor | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, to Linda (Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology. He has a twin brother, James. He is of French, German, Russian (...

16. Jeremy Clyde

Actor | The Musketeer

Jeremy Clyde was born on March 22, 1941 in Dorney, Buckinghamshire, England as Michael Thomas Jeremy Clyde. He is an actor, known for The Musketeer (2001), ffolkes (1980) and The Iron Lady (2011).

17. Ricky Tognazzi

Director | Ultrà

Ricky Tognazzi was born on May 1, 1955 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Riccardo Tognazzi. He is an actor and director, known for Ultrà (1991), Canone inverso - Making Love (2000) and La scorta (1993). He has been married to Simona Izzo since June 1995. He was previously married to Flavia Toso.

18. Billy Zane

Actor | Titanic

William George Zane, better known as Billy Zane, was born on February 24, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, to Thalia (Colovos) and William Zane, both of Greek ancestry. His parents were amateur actors and managed a medical technical school. Billy has an older sister, actress and singer Lisa Zane. Billy ...

19. Jim Caviezel

Actor | The Passion of the Christ

James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Margaret (Lavery), a former stage actress, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor. The Caviezels are a closely knit Catholic family. He is of Irish (mother) and Swiss and ...

20. Claude Laydu

Actor | Journal d'un curé de campagne

Claude Laydu was born on March 10, 1927 in Brussels, Belgium. He was an actor and writer, known for Diary of a Country Priest (1951), Sinfonia d'amore (1956) and Italienisches Capriccio (1961). He was married to Christine Laydu. He died on July 29, 2011 in Paris, France.

21. Dominic Jephcott

Actor | Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story

Dominic Jephcott was born on July 28, 1957 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987), Paradise Postponed (1986) and Emmerdale Farm (1972).

22. Guillaume Depardieu

Actor | Tous les matins du monde

Guillaume Depardieu was born on April 7, 1971 in Paris, France as Guillaume Jean Maxime Antoine Depardieu. He was an actor, known for Tous les matins du monde (1991), Pola X (1999) and The Duchess of Langeais (2007). He was married to Elise Ventre. He died on October 13, 2008 in Garches, ...

23. John Le Mesurier

Actor | The Italian Job

The son of a solicitor, British character actor John Le Mesurier attended public school in Dorset, England, before embarking on a career in law. However, acting was his true calling, and at age 20, with his parents' approval, he began his acting career by studying drama at the Fay Compton School of...

24. Ed Flanders

Actor | St. Elsewhere

Ed Flanders was born on December 29, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Edward Paul Flanders. He was an actor, known for St. Elsewhere (1982), The Ninth Configuration (1980) and The Exorcist III (1990). He was married to Cody Lambert, Ellen Geer and Bennye Kelly. He died on February 22, 1995 in...

25. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

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 ...

26. Mehdi Nebbou

Actor | Body of Lies

Mehdi Nebbou was born in Bayonne, France, to a German mother and an Algerian father.

He started his career by appearing in the film My Sweet Home (2001), directed by Filippos Tsitos.

In 2004, the director Samir Nasr offered him the leading role in the film Folgeschäden (2004), which won the ...

27. Brett Climo

Actor | Blue Heelers

Brett Climo was born on September 26, 1964 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor, known for Blue Heelers (1994), The Elephant Princess (2008) and Australia on Trial (2012). He has been married to Michelle Louis since October 1996.

28. Nikita Mikhalkov

Actor | 12

Nikita Mikhalkov is the son of the famous communist poet Sergey Mikhalkov, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem and had strong connections to the Communist Party. Nikita Mikhalkov's mother, Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, was also a poet and daughter of famous painter Pyotr Petrovich...

29. Jack Farthing

Actor | Poldark

Jack was born in 1985 and grew up in his native London, attending Westminster School and the Hall School, Hampstead, where he got into acting . From Oxford University he went to study acting at LAMDA but left when he was spotted and cast as Benvolio at the Globe Theatre, taking part in other ...

30. Mel Ferrer

Actor | Lili

Actor/director/producer Mel Ferrer was born Melchor Gaston Ferrer on August 25, 1917, in Elberon, New Jersey. The son of a Cuban-born surgeon and a Manhattan socialite, he went to prep school and attended Princeton University. From the age of 15 he worked in summer stock. After Princeton he became ...

31. David Morrissey

Actor | Centurion

David Morrissey started acting at Everyman's Youth Theatre in Liverpool, where he was born and raised. He made an auspicious debut in One Summer (1983), a series about two Liverpool runaways. Following a degree at RADA, he worked with the theatre company Cheek By Jowl. He has also worked at theatre...