Actors and actresses who have played some of the sweetest, most innocent, naive (sometimes wise) and appealing characters. At their best they tug at your heartstrings. All-Time. Alphabetically.
Note; Just beginning.
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ Giselle (Enchanted) ” - peterdi315
“ Gertie (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestial), Josie Geller (Never Been Kissed), Lucy Whitmore (50 First Dates), Sophie Fisher (Music and Lyrics) ” - peterdi315
“ Minnie (Lark Rise to Candleford) ” - peterdi315
“ Queliek (Galaxy Quest) ” - peterdi315
“ Corky (Life Goes On) ” - peterdi315
The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck
). Although playing the part of Mrs...
“ Lily Ruskin (December Bride) ” - peterdi315
“ Mathesar (Galaxy Quest) ” - peterdi315
Born to Alice Cooper
and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a two reeler by Hans Tissler (an independent producer)...
“ Longfellow Deeds (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), John Doe (Meet John Doe), Prof Bertram Potts (Ball of Fire), Melody Jones (Along Came Jones) ” - peterdi315
New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture. She is of mostly German and British Isles descent...
“ Yvaine (Stardust) ” - peterdi315
Character fame on film came quite late for long-time stage actor Harry Davenport at age 70, but he made up for lost time in very quick fashion with well over a hundred film roles registered from the advent of sound to the time of his death in 1949. Beloved for his twinkle-eyed avuncular and/or grandfatherly types in both comedy and drama...
“ Old John (The Enchanted Forest) ” - peterdi315
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine
, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
“ Melanie (Gone with the Wind) ” - peterdi315
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...
“ Edward Scissorhands, Sam (Benny and Joon) ” - peterdi315
Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. His subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002) and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002) which also marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese...
“ Arnie Grape (What's Eating Gilbert Grape) ” - peterdi315
“ Georgette (Mary Tyler Moore) ” - peterdi315
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ Charles (The Lady Eve), Lt. "Doug" Roberts (Mr. Roberts) ” - peterdi315
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson
, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ Tim ” - peterdi315
There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn
comes to mind, but there aren't many others. However, one who made it was Edmund Gwenn...
“ Kris Kringle (Miracle on 34th Street) ” - peterdi315
Jack Haley was a movie and vaudeville actor who is always remembered as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz
. The Tin Man role was originally was going to Buddy Ebsen
, but due to allergic reaction from the aluminum powder makeup, Ebsen was taken out of the casting and Haley replaced him. To avoid the same problem arising...
“ The Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz) ” - peterdi315
Hanks climbed back to the top again with his portrayal of a washed-up baseball legend turned manager in A League of Their Own
. Hanks has stated that his acting in earlier roles was not great, but that he subsequently improved. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hanks noted his "modern era of movie making ...
“ Forest Gump ” - peterdi315
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ Princess Ann (Roman Holiday), Ariane Chavasse (Love in the Afternoon), Rima (Green Mansions) ” - peterdi315
Carol Kane was born Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elaine Joy (Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools...
“ Simka (Taxi) ” - peterdi315
Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe
. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke into acting in his teens...
“ Rory (Square Dance) ” - peterdi315
With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. Harpo...
“ Harpo (The Cocoanuts, etc.) ” - peterdi315
A third generation performer, Chuck McCann was already a show business veteran by age 11. By age 19, he had performed in nightclubs, made guest TV appearances, and was a semi-regular on The Steve Allen Show. Chuck's extensive career includes The Chuck McCann Show, Let's Have Fun Show, Little Orphan Annie...
“ Spiros (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) ” - peterdi315
“ Daisy (Downton Abbey) ” - peterdi315
“ Clara (Light in the Piazza) ” - peterdi315
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
“ Cherie (Bus Stop) ” - peterdi315
Debra Paget was born Debralee Griffin on August 19, 1933 in Denver Colorado. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was a child. Debra's mother was a former actress who encouraged all her children to go into show business. At the age of fifteen Debra made her film debut in Cry Of The City. Her big break came when she was cast opposite James Stewart in the 1950 western Broken Arrow...
“ Sonseeahray (Broken Arrow) ” - peterdi315
Missi Pyle was born on November 16, 1972 as Andrea Kay Pyle in Houston, Texas and was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, she has four older siblings, sisters Debbie and Julie, and brothers Sam and Paul. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated in 1995...
“ Laliari (Galaxy Quest) ” - peterdi315
James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track)...
“ Jefferson Smith (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), George Bailey (It's a Wonderful Life), Elwood P. Dowd (Harvey) ” - peterdi315
British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna
. Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became familiar to filmgoers over the next 25 years...
“ Clarence (It's a Wonderful Life) ” - peterdi315
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent. Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore
and the ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls
“ Rose Nylund (Golden Girls) ” - peterdi315