At least once each of these actors has come so close to epitomizing the Manic Pixie Dream Boy -- only minus the manic. All-Time. Alphabetically.
Note: Some might miss one adjective or another but fit the spirit of the list.
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges
and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges
(née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges
. Both boys popped up, without billing...
“ Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude (The Big Lebowski) ” - peterdi315
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick
(née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick
, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from Germany and Poland)...
“ Ferris Bueller ” - peterdi315
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would become Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood...
“ Joel Goodman (Risky Business) ” - peterdi315
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
“ Lloyd Dobler (Say Anything) ” - peterdi315
“ VW Guy (Taking Woodstock) ” - 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...
“ Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, etc.) ” - peterdi315
Garret grew up in the state of Washington and attended the University of Washington where he studied journalism. He received his MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He has appeared on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he began pursuing film and television roles. He has two brothers: Brett, a teacher; and Eric, deceased.
“ Burt Chance (Raising Hope) ” - peterdi315
Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff
, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen
's The Power of One
in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay Masterson. For his performance...
“ Cliff Spab (SFW) ” - peterdi315
Jimmy Fallon was born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York, to Gloria (Feeley) and Jimmy Fallon. He is of Irish, German, and Norwegian descent. He was raised in Saugerties, New York, which is in upstate New York. He has performed stand up, impressions and characters across the country, in some of the biggest comedy clubs...
“ Ben (Fever Pitch) ” - peterdi315
“ Telly (Kids), The Hitman (Bully) ” - peterdi315
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ Paul Ashworth (Fever Pitch) ” - peterdi315
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg
's A History of Violence
“ Harlan James (I Love You to Death) ” - peterdi315
Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), who was employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker. He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha. He is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother) descent...
“ Jesse Montgomery III (Dude, Where's My Car) ” - peterdi315
Tobias Vincent Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California. His parents were 18 and 20, and not yet married, when he was born. His mother, Wendy (Brown), did advertising, publicity, and acting in Hollywood for years as she coached and managed Tobey. His father, Vincent Maguire, was a cook and sometimes a construction worker...
“ David (Pleasantville) ” - peterdi315
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish...
“ Tripp (Failure to Launch) ” - peterdi315
Breckin Meyer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Dorothy Ann (Vial), a travel agent, and Christopher William Meyer, a management consultant. His ancestry includes German, English, and Irish. He went to grade school with Drew Barrymore
and attended Beverly Hills High School with Joshua John Miller
and Branden Williams
“ Travis (Clueless) ” - peterdi315
A comedian. Improvisation, Sketch and Stand-up comedy are his forte. Todd Joseph Miller was born in Denver, Colorado, to Leslie, a clinical psychologist, and Kent Miller, an attorney. He went to East High School, and college in Washington, D.C. There, he performed with the group receSs for 4 years...
“ Billy (Our Idiot Brother) ” - peterdi315
Lucas Neff was born in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, IL in 1985. The start of his acting career came about by mistake after he was assigned to the performing arts department at the University of Illinois. It was there that he graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theatre in 2008....
“ Jimmy Chance (Raising Hope) ” - peterdi315
Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek
(he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes between 1999 and 2000)...
“ Donny Semanec (Bully) ” - peterdi315
William James Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, one of seven children of Johanna (Blaas), a nurse, and James Pullman, a doctor. He is of Dutch (mother) and English, Northern Irish, and Scottish (father) descent. After high school, Bill went into a building construction program at SUNY Delhi in New York...
“ Jack Callaghan (While You Were Sleeping) ” - peterdi315
Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor
, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese...
“ Matt (River's Edge), Ted Logan (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, etc.), Tod Higgins (Parenthood), Marlon James (I Love You to Death) ” - peterdi315
“ Marty Puccio (Bully), Josh (Ghost World) ” - peterdi315
An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian Jewish descent...
“ Ben Stone (Knocked Up) ” - peterdi315
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the U.K. He has one sister, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at TWA. His family eventually settled in Overland Park...
“ Ned Rochlin (Our Idiot Brother) ” - peterdi315
Seann William Scott
Seann William Scott was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, to Patricia Anne (Simons) and William Frank Scott, a factory worker. He was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles, and almost immediately was flown to New York by ABC to test for All My Children
. His face has also been seen from his...
“ Chester Greenburg (Dude, Where's My Car?) ” - peterdi315
James Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story
and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star...
“ Elwood P. Dowd (Harvey) ” - peterdi315
Alex Winter entered show business as a child actor with co-starring roles on Broadway in 'The King & I' and 'Peter Pan', and came to prominence starring in movies such as Warner Bros' hit 'The Lost Boys' and the wildly popular 'Bill & Ted' franchise. Winter has directed three narrative features: cult classic 'Freaked' for 20th Century Fox; 'Fever'...
“ Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure) ” - peterdi315