Favourite Exploitation Actors

Just because someone appears in this list, doesn't mean he is a bad actor. While some of them did trash only, others joined Bond movies, too (or even more sophisticated films). I'm just a fan of Exploitation and Trash Cinema, including grades far below B...
So, favourite just means that we have a personal selection here. For sure, someone will miss Brigitte Lahaie, Bruce Campbell or Pam Grier. But I didn't want to let it grow up too big (who needs lists with 500+ entries?).
Anyway: This list is not a fixed one and can be modified on occasion. If you have someone who definitely appears in your personal Exploitation list, just let me know. I'm always curious to get more inspiration to my favourite movie genres and actors.
No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name.
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Adolfo Celi
Sicilian born actor/writer/director was very popular with European audiences, but largely unknown to the west apart from his portrayal of the villainous SPECTRE agent "Emilio Largo" in the spectacular James Bond film Thunderball. However, due to his heavy accent, Celi's voice was dubbed by Robert Rietty...
Aldo Sambrell
Prolific, versatile, and ubiquitous character actor Aldo Sambrell was featured in over 140 international motion pictures in a remarkably long, varied, and illustrious career that spanned four and a half decades. Swarthy and burly, usually sporting a thick mustache, and often projecting an air of quiet oily menace...
Barbara Bach
Barbara Goldbach was born to Howard and Marjorie Goldbach in Queens, New York. Her father was a policeman. Barbara is the oldest of 5 children. She met her first husband Augusto Gregorini in New York while she worked as a model and he was visiting from Italy for a business trip in 1966. Barbara followed him to Italy to be with him In 1968...
Barbara Bouchet
Stunningly beautiful and charismatic blonde actress Barbara Bouchet was born Barbara Goutscher on August 15th, 1943 in Reichenburg, Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. Her family was forced to leave the country when Barbara was a little girl and settled in San Francisco, Califoria. Bouchet attended Galileo High School...
Barbara Steele
The most beautiful star of the greatest horror masterpiece of Italian film, Black Sunday: Barbara Steele was born on December 29, 1937 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. Barbara is loved by her fans for her talent, intelligence, and a dark, mysterious beauty that is unique; her face epitomizes either sweet innocence...
Caroline Munro
Leggy, brunette-maned pin-up actress Caroline Munro was born in Windsor and lived in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Catholic Convent School. By chance, her mother and a photographer entered her picture in a "Face of the Year" competition for the British newspaper The Evening News and won...
Chelo Alonso
If you remember those silly, badly-dubbed sandal-and-spear spectacles that became the rage of Italian cinema during the late 1950s and early 1960s, then you will certainly recall this torrid brunet bombshell. Invariably cast as the ambitiously evil queen or undulating dancer/temptress whose soul mission was to entrance the film's resident muscleman...
Christina Lindberg
Gorgeous and voluptuous brunette beauty Britt Christina Marinette Lindberg was born on December 6, 1950, in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a working-class family, with one sister and two brothers. She studied Latin at school and initially planned on being an archaeologist. Doing some modeling while still in high school...
Dyanne Thorne
Strikingly buxom, ravishing and voluptuous redheaded stunner Dyanne Thorne will forever live on in cult exploitation cinema infamy for her ferocious and frightening portrayal of wicked Nazi villainess Ilsa in the notoriously nasty "Ilsa" features made throughout the 1970s. Dyanne was born on October 14...
Edwige Fenech
Edwige Fenech was born (as Edwige Sfenek) on December 24, 1948, in Bone, Constantine, France, to a Maltese father and an Italian mother. She began her show-business career as a participant in beauty contests (she won the title of "Miss Mannequin de la Cote d'Azur" at age 16 and even won a Miss France...
Francine York
Francine was born in the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota to her parents, Frank and Sophie Yerich. When Francine was five, her family (including her younger sister, Deanne) moved to Cleveland, where she began to write short stories and take an interest in acting. At age nine, Francine made her theatrical debut in the Hodge Grammar School production of Cinderella...
George Eastman
Writer, Keoma
Born Luigi Montefiori in 1942 near Genoa, Italy, the future actor provided artwork for various advertising agencies in Genoa before moving to Rome in 1966. Though he intended to further his art career, he became involved with a crowd of film people who urged him to put his good looks to advantage in the movies...
Ajita Wilson
Ajita Wilson was a transsexual actress who started out as an entertainer in the red-light district of New York. Wilson had sex reassignment surgery in the mid-1970s. After the operation she started appearing in adult films in New York. Then she was discovered by a European hardcore film producer who got her roles in various French and Italian films of hardcore nature...
“ Born as George Wilson ” - mister_gs
Gian Maria Volontè
Born in Milan in 1933, he studies in Rome at the "National Dramatic Arts Academy" were reaches the degree in 1957. He starts working in teather and television, where he is soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After a few short appearance in movies, he reaches notoriety with the character of Ramón Rojo in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars...
Gigi Proietti
An Italian actor of the stage, talent-scout and mentor of the new generation Italian's stage actors. He is a Dubbing Director and interpreter of hundreds of original characters, and cult-movies.
Gloria Guida
Actress, To Be Twenty
Lovely and shapely blonde bombshell Gloria Guida was born into a family of Emilia-Romagna origin on November 19, 1955 in Merano, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy. Guida moved with her family to Bologna when she was a child. Gloria started out in the entertainment business as a singer at her father's dancing place on the Romagna Riviera...
Gordon Mitchell
Gordon Mitchell was one of those perfectly developed bodybuilders who jumped on the Steve Reeves bandwagon and hightailed it to Italy to seek movie stardom as a Herculean strongman. Born in Denver, Colorado, but raised in Inglewood, California, Mitchell served in WWII and at one point became a prisoner of war...
Henry Silva
Henry Silva was born on September 15, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City. He quit public school to attend drama classes at age 13, supporting himself as a dishwasher in a Manhattan hotel. By 1955, Silva had moved up from dishwasher to waiter, and felt ready to audition for the Actors Studio. He was one of five students chosen out of more than 2500 applicants...
Horst Frank
The blond, steely-eyed bad guy of European westerns and potboilers was born in Lübeck, Germany, the son of a porcelain painter. Horst Frank financed his acting studies by working part-time as a babysitter and night watchman. He actually failed his final exams at the Musikhochschule Hamburg, but nonetheless managed to secure an acting position in his home town...
Ingrid Steeger
Actress, Klimbim
Ingrid Steeger was born Ingrid Anita Stengert in Berlin, April 1st, 1947, as the third child to Kurt and Käthe Stengert, who already had son Udo and daughter Jutta. After school she worked as a secretary when she was discovered by photographer Frank Quade. Soon pinup photos of her appeared in numerous men's magazines...
Jack Palance
Actor, Batman
Jack Palance exemplified evil incarnate on film -- portraying some of the most intensely despised villains witnessed in 50s westerns and melodrama. He received two Best Supporting Actor nominations early in his career, but it would take a grizzled, eccentric comic performance 40 years later for him to finally grab the coveted statuette...
John Saxon
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You and George Cukor's A Star Is Born. Born Carmine Orrico on August 5...
Klaus Kinski
Klaus Kinski was born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began acting on the stage...
Laura Gemser
Lovely, slender, and sensuous raven-haired knockout Laurette Marcia Gemser was born on October 5, 1950 in Java, Indonesia. In 1955 Gemser left Indonesia at age four and moved with her parents to the Netherlands. Laura grew up in the Dutch city of Utrecht and attended Mulo Regentesseschool high school...
Libertad Leblanc
Alabaster-skinned, platinum sex symbol, Isabel Sarli's eternal rival. In Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela she starred in films awash with nudity and lust during the sixties and early seventies. Also appeared in TV versions of Naná, Lola Montes and Lady Hamilton. Married-divorced to producer Leonardo Barujel.
Lina Romay
Stunningly comely and slinky brunette Lina Romay rates highly as one of the boldest, most sensuous, and enticing actresses to have appeared with tremendous frequency in a large volume of European horror and exploitation features made from the early 1970s to the early 21st century. Romay was born Rosa Maria Almirall on June 25...
Lionel Stander
Lionel Stander, the movie character actor with the great gravelly voice, was born on January 11th, 1908 in The Bronx borough of New York City. Stander's acting career was derailed when he was blacklisted during the 1950s after being exposed as a Communist Party member during the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings...
Liz Renay
Liz Renay's extraordinary life could almost be a movie script. Raised by fanatically religious parents, she ran away from home to win a Marilyn Monroe lookalike contest, and become a showgirl during World War II. She eventually became a "moll" to Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen, and when he was...
Luigi Pistilli
Luisi Pistilli's most notable stage successes were roles in "The Threepenny Opera", "St. Joan of the Stockyards" and a 1972 production, "Lulu". In 1991 he reprised his role in "Lulu" in the first professional collaboration with actress-singer Milva, his partner in previous plays as well as in a four-year offstage relationship...
Mario Adorf
Mario Adorf, a tell-tale name indeed. Mario calls to mind the actor's Italian roots (his father was a Calabrian surgeon) whereas Adorf reveals his German origins (his mother was a radiologist from German-speaking Alsace). As for the full name Mario Adorf it echoes to perfection the international character of this living legend's long career...
Martine Beswick
Actress, Thunderball
Born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Martine Beswick did some brief modeling and pageant entering before seeking a career in films. She allegedly once won a "Miss Autoville" contest and won a car only to sell it in order to move to and study acting in London. A minor break for her occurred in the James Bond film series...
Meiko Kaji
Meiko Kaji was born on March 24, 1947 in the Kanda area of Tokyo, Japan. Following graduation from the Yakumo Academy High School in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan in 1965, Kaji first began acting in films in the mid-1960's under her real name of Masako Ota. She was given the stage name Meiko Kaji by director Masahiro Makino...
Miki Sugimoto
Miki Sugimoto is almost inseparable from fellow 1970s Toei film star Reiko Ike. Both stared in numerous "sukeban" films throughout the 1970s and helped build a generation of "Toei porn". A fashion model and star of "Go Go Girl in All Night Fuji" (a Japanese TV program), she made her film debut in "Hot Springs Mimizu Geisha" (Onsen mimizu geisha) and was later known for her film "Zero Woman...
Paul Naschy
Paul Naschy reigns supreme as the true king of Spanish horror cinema. He was born Jacinto Molina Alvarez on September 6, 1934, in Madrid, Spain. His father ran a successful fur business. Naschy grew up during the Spanish Civil War, and sought escape from the real-life horrors around him in adventure...
Al Cliver
Actor, Zombie
“ Real name Pierluigi Conti ” - mister_gs
Ray Lovelock
Handsome, charming and versatile actor Ray Lovelock was born on June 19, 1950 in Rome, Italy to an Italian mother and English father. Lovelock's father was an allied British soldier who in 1944 liberated Italy from a fascist regime. Ray's father met and eventually married his mother while stationed in Italy...
Reiko Ike
Reiko Ike was still in her late teens when she was "discovered" by Japan's Toei Studios (stories of her "discovery" are inconsistent, ranging from being scouted in a nightclub to being spotted as a model). Along with Miki Sugimoto she was Toei's top sex star throughout the 1970s, and the focus of the "sukeban" or female girl boss phenomenon of 1970s Japanese cinema...
Rosalba Neri
She won a beauty pageant and attended il Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (The Center for Experimental Cinematography). In 1956, she received an offer to go to Hollywood and attend the Actor's Studio but didn't take the offer for undisclosed reasons. She began her film career at the age of 15...
Soledad Miranda
Soledad Miranda was a Spanish actress who appeared in many films in the 1960s. Her remarkable beauty and her tragic untimely death make her story the stuff of legend. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain. She started her career when only eight years old as a flamenco dancer and singer. She made her film debut at age sixteen as a dancer...
Sybil Danning
Actress, Halloween
Tall, leggy, buxom and statuesque 5'7" blonde beauty Sybil Danning reigns supreme as one of the sexiest, most dynamic and commanding actresses to achieve cult B-movie queen status. She was born Sybille Johanna Danninger on May 24, 1952, in Wels, Austria, the daughter of a US Army major father and an Austrian mother...
Sylvia Kristel
Actress, Emmanuelle
Sylvia Kristel was born on September 28, 1952 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She first came to international attention in the early 1970s with Emmanuelle for director Just Jaeckin. Then two more sequels followed in which she also starred. Included in her credits are a long list of European films including the film Julia...
Udo Kier
Actor, Blade
Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. His entrance was just as dramatic as some of his roles. On the evening of his birth Udo's mother requested extra time with her new baby. The nurses had gathered all of the other babies and returned them to the nursery when the hospital was bombed...
Ursula Andress
Actress, Dr. No
The quintessential jet-set Euro starlet, Ursula Andress was born in the Swiss canton of Berne on March 19, 1936, one of six children in a strict German Protestant family. Although often seeming icily aloof, a restless streak early demonstrated itself in her personality, and she had an impetuous desire to explore the world outside Switzerland...
Uschi Digard
Actress, Supervixens
Uschi Digard was born in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, near Stockholm, Sweden. At 16 she left home, traveled to Paris and spent a year there and then in Italy before journeying further to England. She returned to her native Sweden but finally settled in the United States in 1967. Working as a translator for the jewelry trade...