Actors and actresses who have played other stars in movies and on TV. Some are as famous as the stars they played, some not quite. All-Time. Alphabetically.
Note: Grownups playing grownups with few exceptions.
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...
“ George Reeves (Hollywoodland) ” - peterdi315
“ Benny Goodman (The Benny Goodman Story) ” - peterdi315
“ Mick Jagger (Cadillac Records) ” - peterdi315
Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau
. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where he majored in Criminology and Sociology...
“ Mack Sennett (Chaplin) ” - peterdi315
Christina Applegate was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, to record producer/executive Robert William Applegate and singer-actress Nancy Priddy
. Her parents split-up shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings from her father's re-marriage - Alisa (b. 10 October 1977) & Kyle (b. 15 July 1981)...
“ Young Grace Kelly (Grace Kelly) ” - peterdi315
Carroll Baker was born Karolina Piekarski on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love
, did TV commercials...
“ Jean Harlow (Harlow) ” - peterdi315
“ Lana Turner (L.A. Confidential) ” - peterdi315
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...
“ Jack/Pastor John (Bob Dylan) (I'm Not There) ” - peterdi315
Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club...
“ Louis B. Mayer (Rainbow) ” - peterdi315
“ Marilyn Maxwell (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son...
“ Tina Turner (What's Love Got to Do with It) ” - peterdi315
Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe
, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale
“ Ava Gardner (The Aviator) ” - peterdi315
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry
“ Dorothy Dandridge (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) ” - peterdi315
“ Earl Wilson (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. She is of German, French, English, Irish, and some Choctaw ancestry. Biel was raised in Boulder...
“ Vera Miles (Hitchcock) ” - peterdi315
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Katharine Hepburn (The Aviator), Jude (Bob Dylan) (I'm Not There) ” - peterdi315
Originally a theater performer, Eric Bogosian has also made a contribution to film, applying his writing skills to several pictures, including his famous play, "Talk Radio", which was turned into a movie in 1988. Bogosian was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, to Edwina (Jamgochian), a hairdresser, and Henry Bogosian...
“ Alan Freed (Cadillac Records) ” - peterdi315
“ King Kaiser (Sid Caesar) (My Favorite Year)
Although not named Sid Caesar, the character is a fictionalized version of Caesar during the time he starred on Your Show of Shows and Errol Flynn was a guest star. ” - peterdi315
“ Keith Richards (Cadillac Records) ” - peterdi315
David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of pop music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones
(lead singer of The Monkees
). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist...
“ Andy Warhol (Basquiat) ” - peterdi315
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...
“ Laurence Olivier (My Week with Marilyn) ” - peterdi315
“ Lewis Milestone (The Amazing Howard Hughes) ” - peterdi315
Since 2009 Morgan has been a political commentator appearing on such shows as "Hannity", "Huckabee" and other FOX network programs. She is the co-author of the best-selling book "What Women Really Want" released in 2014. She is continuing to make appearances all across the United States speaking for conservative values and issues concerning our veterans...
“ Vivien Leigh (Gable and Lombard) ” - peterdi315
“ Clark Gable (Gable and Lombard) ” - peterdi315
“ Jean Harlow (The Amazing Howard Hughes) ” - peterdi315
Michael J. Burg
Michael J. Burg is a film, television and stage actor and a longtime member of the Actors Studio. A native of Missouri, he has resided in New York City since age 19. He moved to the city to attend The Academy of Dramatic Arts where studied acting for several years, including extensive private study with Estelle Parsons...
“ Truman Capote (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has English...
“ Buddy Holly (The Buddy Holly Story) ” - peterdi315
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time (eclipsed, perhaps, only by "King" Clark Gable
and arguably by Gary Cooper
or Spencer Tracy
), and the cinema's quintessential "tough guy", James Cagney was also an accomplished--if rather stiff--hoofer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City...
“ Lon Chaney (Man of a Thousand Faces) ” - peterdi315
“ Jane Russell (The Amazing Howard Hughes) ” - peterdi315
“ Woody Guthrie (Bound for Glory) ” - peterdi315
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color
but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
, Dumb & Dumber
and The Mask
established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ Andy Kaufman (Man on the Moon) ” - peterdi315
“ George Jessel (Rainbow) ” - peterdi315
André Carthen is best known as a amateur chef, having studied under Jean Francois Meteigner, Suki, Gary Clausen, and Camine Corbo. He owes much of his success to the support of many famous friends, including Kathy Ireland
, who has featured André on all of her platinum-selling fitness videos. He gained his interest in cooking as a small child...
“ Harry Belafonte - Introducing Dorothy Dandridge ” - peterdi315
“ Frank Sinatra (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
“ Charles Aznavour ” - peterdi315
“ Willie Dixon (Cadillac Records) ” - peterdi315
“ Bette Davis (Norma Jean & Marilyn) ” - peterdi315
It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles. Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, the daughter of Julia Louise (Dorr)...
“ Carole Lombard (Gable and Lombard) ” - peterdi315
Jeffrey Combs was born on September 9th, 1954 in Oxnard, California. He grew up in Lompoc, California with a plethora of siblings both older and younger. He attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, and the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle...
“ Montgomery Clift (Norma Jean & Marilyn) ” - peterdi315
Joan Copeland, the sister of famed playwright Arthur Miller
, was a renowned actress in her own right. She made her name on Broadway, debuting there in 1945 to begin a career that lasted more than 60 years. She also had a long career on television, where she appeared in a number of that medium's most popular soap operas...
“ Cathleen Nesbitt (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
“ William Holden (Grace Kelly) ” - peterdi315
Academy Award-winning Actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard
, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud
, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ Edith Piaf (La Vie en rose) ” - peterdi315
“ Stan Laurel (Chaplin) ” - peterdi315
“ Jackie Gleason (Martin and Lewis) ” - peterdi315
Intriguing, inspiring, and never less than interesting -- key adjectives in describing the career of Beverly D'Angelo, which has well passed the three-decade mark. Perhaps deserving better movies than she generally found herself in, she nevertheless was always an object of fascination and the one to watch...
“ Patsy Cline (Coal Miner's Daughter) ” - peterdi315
James D'Arcy was born Simon Richard D'Arcy in London, England, to Caroline (O'Connor) and Richard D'Arcy. He was raised by his mother, a nurse. He trained at LAMDA and graduated in July 1995. During his three-year course, he gained acting experience by appearing in the plays "Heracles", "As You Like It"...
“ Anthony Perkins ” - peterdi315
Judy Davis was born April 23, 1955 in Perth, Western Australia. She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She came to prominence as Sybylla Melvyn in the film adaptation of Miles Franklin
“ Judy Garland (Life with Judy: Me and My Shadows) ” - peterdi315
Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul
, Jungle Brothers
, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres Titus
“ Chuck Berry (Cadillac Records) ” - peterdi315
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ Dame Sybil Thorndyke (My Week with Marilyn) ” - 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...
“ Ed Wood (Ed Wood) ” - peterdi315
“ Blake Edwards (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and server, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent and has two older sisters. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre...
“ Orson Welles (Ed Wood) ” - peterdi315
“ Jackie Cooper (Rainbow) ” - peterdi315
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...
“ Liberace (Behind the Candelabra) ” - peterdi315
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)...
“ Charles Chaplin (Chaplin) ” - peterdi315
“ Mickey Rooney (Rainbow) ” - peterdi315
Faye Dunaway was born on a farm in Bascom, Florida in 1941, the daughter of Grace April (Smith), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., an army officer. After high school she majored in education at the University of Florida, but switched to theatre arts and transferred to Boston University, earning her degree in 1962...
“ Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest) ” - peterdi315
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst
, born in 1987...
“ Marion Davies (The Cat's Meow) ” - peterdi315
Talented, prolific and versatile voice and character actor Walker Edmiston had a remarkable career in radio, movies and television that spanned over five decades. Walker was born on February 6, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. Edmiston discovered at an early age that he could perfectly mimic other people's voices; he used to entertain his family with his vocal impression of Lionel Barrymore...
“ Fred Zinnemann (Grace Kelly) ” - peterdi315
As A&E's Biography put it, "She rose from the mean streets of New York's Hell's Kitchen to become the most famous singing actress in the world. When the pressures of fame became too much, she had the courage to leave Hollywood on her own terms". Alice Faye was born Alice Jeanne Leppert in NYC on May 5...
“ Lillian Russell (Lillian Russell) ” - peterdi315
“ Billy Wilder (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
“ Katharine Hepburn - The Amazing Howard Hughes ” - peterdi315
Edith Fellows was born on May 20, 1923, in Boston, Massachusetts. When she was a year old, she and her father and grandmother moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. As a toddler, Edith was pigeon-toed and had trouble walking, and one doctor suggested that dance lessons might cure this condition. At age four...
“ Edith Head (Grace Kelly) ” - peterdi315
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...
“ Ike Turner (What's Love Got to Do with It) ” - peterdi315
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 Charles (Ray) ” - peterdi315
“ Alfred Lunt (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks
, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco
, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
“ James Dean (James Dean) ” - peterdi315
“ Woody/Chaplin Boy (Bob Dylan) (I'm Not There) ” - peterdi315
“ Humphrey Bogart (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
“ Martin Balsam (The Girl) ” - peterdi315
“ Billie Holiday (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
Danny's childhood dream was to play third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After high school, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals. The Chicago White Sox drafted Danny after college, where he was an All-American at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His professional baseball player until an injury ended his career. Many years later, he played a third baseman in the film Bull Durham
“ Dean Martin (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
Kelli Garner was born in Bakersfield, grew up in Thousand Oaks, and currently resides in Calabasas, California. She began her career when she was discovered at a friends Bar Mitzvah, and made her film debut at age 16 in director Mike Mills
's short Architecture of Reassurance
, a Sundance Film Festival entry...
“ Faith Domergue (The Aviator) ” - peterdi315
Humanitarian and actor Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, the second of five children of Doris Ann (Tiffany), a homemaker, and Homer George Gere, an insurance salesman, both Mayflower descendants. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions...
“ Billy (Bob Dylan) (I'm Not There) ” - peterdi315
Most Canadians would know Bruce Gray as the star of the TV series Traders (Gemini Award), but most Americans would recognize him as the Father of the groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Although he began his acting career on stage in the 60s, he quickly moved into daytime dramas: contracted to Somerset...
“ Fred Zinnemann (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
“ Tommy Dorsey ” - peterdi315
Crystal Joy Hall
Crystal Joy Hall has been actively involved in the performing arts since childhood. Her love of stage performance led her to study at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. While there, she completed the Integrated Diploma Program; and has since resided in Toronto focusing on her career as a professional actor...
“ Zsa Zsa Gabor (Martin and Lewis) ” - peterdi315
Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her mother, Beverly (Bushfield), was a homemaker, and her father, Thad Harold Harden, was in the military. The family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was living in Greece...
“ Ava Gardner (Sinatra) ” - peterdi315
“ Fred Zinnemann (Hollywoodland) ” - peterdi315
Sean Patrick Hayes was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. His father, Ronald, a lithographer, left the family when Sean was a young child, leaving his mother to raise Sean and his four siblings as a single mother. His mother, Mary, works at a food bank. Sean supported himself as a classical pianist and as a member of a pop band for five years...
“ Jerry Lewis (Martin and Lewis) ” - peterdi315
“ Dorothy Stratton (Star 80) ” - peterdi315
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. She has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. She got her first name from her older brother Todd Daniel Hewitt (b. November 8, 1970), who picked the name after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on...
“ Audrey Hepburn (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
“ Elvis Presley (Walk the Line) ” - peterdi315
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...
“ Lenny Bruce (Lenny) ” - peterdi315
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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...
“ Truman Capote (Capote) ” - peterdi315
“ Carl Perkins (Walk the Line) ” - peterdi315
“ Clark Gable (Grace Kelly) ” - peterdi315
“ George Peppard (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
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...
“ Alfred Hitchcock (Hitchcock) ” - peterdi315
“ Priscilla Presley (Elvis) ” - peterdi315
Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum. Izzard worked as a street...
“ Charlie Chaplin (The Cat's Meow) ” - peterdi315
“ Givenchy (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315
“ Waylon Jennings ” - peterdi315
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan
, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson
, is Danish. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson
, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson
, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson
“ Janet Leigh (Hitchcock) ” - peterdi315
Distinguished stage, television, and film actor Toby Edward Heslewood Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones
and Jennie Heslewood
, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, a fellow actor. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989...
“ Alfred Hitchcock (The Girl) ” - peterdi315
“ Ed Sullivan (Elvis) ” - peterdi315
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element
, and the Resident Evil
franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ Mildred Harris (Chaplin) ” - peterdi315
American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades...
“ Norma Jean Dougherty (Marilyn Monroe) (Norma Jean & Marilyn) ” - peterdi315
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - and the son of a French Canadian taxi driver and an Irish/French homemaker - Richard has been acting and singing since he was 15 years old - after seeing a production of ''Same Time, Next Year'' on Broadway. Richard then let his fingers do the walking and found the Actor's Studio in Montreal...
“ Jerome Robbins (The Audrey Hepburn Story) ” - peterdi315