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Scott Wilson
Actor, Monster
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 Southern Tech University to study architecture...
 
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Sergey Bezrukov
He graduated from Moscow Art Theatre and made his cinema debut in Noktyurn dlya barabana i mototsikla. Since 1994 he has played a wide range of characters, such as Ivan Brilling in Azazel, Irakliy in Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie, Kappel in Admiral, Sumarokov in High Security Vacation, and Rzhevskiy in 1812. Ulanskaya ballada. His notable roles in Russian miniseries include starring as Sasha Belov in Brigada...
 
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Aidan Turner
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 2008...
 
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Toby Stephens
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 role of "Coriolanus" at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1994...
 
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“ (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. ” - detloff
 
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Laurence Harvey
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, Lithuania...
 
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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 Antonia and Jane , he achieved fame as Matthew Rose in EastEnders in 1997 at age 18. After leaving EastEnders in 2000, he has appeared in Long Time Dead, Extreme Ops and also popular television series Doc Martin and Vincent and most recently Personal Affairs .
 
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Diego Serrano
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 modeling contest, and soon after started playing Tomas on Another World...
 
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Ben Whishaw
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 (father) and English (mother) descent...
 
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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 was bitten by the acting bug early on...
 
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Jim Caviezel
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 Slovak-Romansh (father) descent; the surname...
 
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John Le Mesurier
Actor, Dad's Army
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 Acting...
 
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Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
 
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Mehdi Nebbou
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, directed by Filippos Tsitos. In 2004, the director Samir Nasr offered him the leading role in the film Seeds of Doubt, which won the Golden Gate Award for best film at the San Francisco Film Festival...
 
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Nikita Mikhalkov
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 Konchalovsky and his wife Olga Vasilievna Surikova...
 
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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 productions there...
 
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Mel Ferrer
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 an editor on a small Vermont newspaper and wrote a children's book...
 
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David Morrissey
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, 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 such as the Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre...