My 20 Favourite Actors

by thabto | created - 27 Aug 2012 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

1. Wallace Shawn

Actor | The Princess Bride

American character actor and writer Wallace Shawn has one of those fun, mischievously homely faces just made to entertain. Though he got out of the starting gate rather slowly, he has since excelled on stage, television and film while managing to turn himself into a winner with his loser-type looks...

2. Andre Gregory

Actor | My Dinner with Andre

The director and actor Andre Gregory was born on May 11, 1934, to a family he describes as fugitives from Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany. Gregory was born in a hotel in Paris, his mother reportedly having just played cards with the Turkish ambassador. His childhood was spent in Hollywood amongst...

3. Chishû Ryû

Actor | Tôkyô monogatari

What an amazing career! Few can boast a longer one (64 years of activity). Few have been able to have to relate to three generations. And it is pretty sure that no one can compare with him in terms of faithfulness to a director: Chishu Ryu indeed appeared in no fewer than fifty-two out of ...

Must Watch: Twenty-Four Eyes, The Rickshaw Man, The Bad Sleep Well, Red Beard, Dreams, I Am Trying?, A Taxing Woman's Return.

4. Setsuko Hara

Actress | Banshun

Setsuko Hara became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in ...

Must Watch: 47 Samurai, Meshi, No Regrets for Our Youth, The Idiot.

5. Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Actor | Stalker

The famous russian actor was actually discovered by Andrei Tarkovsky. He was looking for Andrei Rublov for his second full-lengh fiim and acccidentaly found absolutely unkown by the public Solonitsyn in Chelyabinsk. He worked there as unprofessional actor. After the Rublov role he played main parts...

6. Robert De Niro

Actor | Cape Fear

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in 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 English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...

Must Watch: Awakenings, 1900, Midnight Run, Angel Heart, Wag the Dog.

7. Julianne Moore

Actress | The Kids Are All Right

Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from ...

8. Michael Keaton

Actor | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...

Must Watch: Live From Baghdad. Watch Again: Beetlejuice.

9. Erland Josephson

Actor | Offret

Erland Josephson, the distinguished Swedish actor best known for his appearance in Ingmar Bergman's films, was born in Stockholm, Sweden on June 15, 1923. Josephson's relationship with Bergman, a long-time friend, began in the late 1930s when they first worked together in the theater.

Although he ...

10. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

11. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

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 (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

Must Watch: Tress Lounge, The Red Violin, Fresh.

12. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the...

Must Watch: Reds, Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News.

13. Haruko Sugimura

Actress | Tôkyô monogatari

Haruko Sugimura was born on January 6, 1909 in Hiroshima, Japan. She was an actress, known for Tokyo Story (1953), Gogo no Yuigon-jo (1995) and Early Summer (1951). She died on April 4, 1997 in Tokyo, Japan.

Must Watch: Samurai Assassin, Yôkihi, No Regrets For Our Youth, Meshi, Late Chrysanthemums, Kaseki, Red Beard

14. Joe Turkel

Actor | Blade Runner

Joe Turkel was born on July 15, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Blade Runner (1982), The Shining (1980) and Paths of Glory (1957).

Must Watch: The Sand Pebbles.

15. Joe Pesci

Actor | Goodfellas

Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor, and by the mid-1950s, was starring on the series "Star Time Kids"....

Must Watch: Lethal Weapon 2, A Bronx Tale. Watch Again: My Cousin Vinny.

16. Harrison Ford

Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark

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,...

Must Watch: The Fugitive and Witness.

17. Harvey Keitel

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), Ridley Scott's The Duellists (1977) and Thelma & Louise (1991), ...

Must Watch: The Piano, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Ulysses' Gaze, Three Seasons, The Duelists, Smoke, Fingers, Bad Timing.

18. Susumu Terajima

Actor | Brother

Susumu Terajima is a famous Japanese actor who, as of February 2007, has appeared in 78 films, 15 television commercials, and three promotional videos. He is part of Office Kitano, the production company of actor/director/comedian Takeshi Kitano.

Terajima was born in Tokyo, Japan, where he still ...

19. Ren Osugi

Actor | Hana-bi

Ren Osugi was born on September 27, 1951 in Komatsushima, Japan as Takashi Osugi. He is an actor, known for Fireworks (1997), Audition (1999) and Inu hashiru (1998).

20. Makoto Ashikawa

Actor | Zatôichi

Makoto Ashikawa was born on April 19, 1960 in Osaka, Japan as Makoto Enotani. He is known for his work on The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), Ju-on 2 (2000) and Violent Cop (1989).