Defining Roles or Alter Egos

Sometimes an actor and a role are inextricably bound together in that perfect blending of character and actor. It can happen more than once, especially in the life of a great star or a great character, but for some the role and the actor are inseparable and defining. All-Time. Alphabetically.

Note: In progress. So far the reigning champ ... err, queen ... is Bette Davis. So many vivid, indelible roles and who else could have embodied them so completely?
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1.
Amy Adams
Actress, Man of Steel
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. 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...
“ Ashley (June Bug), Giselle (Enchanted) ” - peterdi315
 
2.
Gillian Anderson
Actress, The X-Files
Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987...
“ Dana Scully (The X Files) ” - peterdi315
 
3.
John Astin
Dark haired, usually mustachioed US actor with a cheeky grin who achieved pop culture status through his portrayal of the kooky patriarch "Gomez Addams" in the hit TV series The Addams Family, John Astin was born March 30, 1930, in Baltimore, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University and studied mathematics...
“ Gomez Addams (The Addams Family) ” - peterdi315
 
4.
Lucille Ball
Actress, I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
“ Lucy Ricardo (I Love Lucy) ” - peterdi315
 
5.
Linda Blair
Actress, The Exorcist
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist. Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role...
“ Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist) ” - peterdi315
 
6.
Ray Bolger
Born on January 10, 1907 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Ray Bolger began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. Like Gene Kelly, he was a song-and-dance man as well as an actor. He was signed to a contract with MGM and his first role was as himself in The Great Ziegfeld...
“ The Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz) ” - peterdi315
 
7.
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting...
“ Marty Piletti (Marty), Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale (McHale's Navy), ” - peterdi315
 
8.
“ Howard Cunningham (Happy Days) ” - peterdi315
 
9.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), Terry Malloy (On the Waterfront), Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather) ” - peterdi315
 
10.
Jeff Bridges
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...
“ The Dude (The Big Lebowski) ” - peterdi315
 
11.
Charles Bronson
The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky)...
“ Bernardo O'Reilly (The Magnificent Seven), Joseph Wladislaw (The Dirty Dozen), Harmonica (Once Upon a Time in the West), Paul Kersey (Death Wish, etc.) ” - peterdi315
 
12.
Billie Burke
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was the internationally famous clown, Billy Burke, and she would spend most of her early years touring Europe before the family settled in London. In 1903, she appeared on the stage as an actress and came to America in 1907 to star opposite John Drew in "My Wife"...
“ Glinda (The Wizard of Oz) ” - peterdi315
 
13.
Raymond Burr
Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He and his mother moved to Vallejo...
“ Perry Mason, Robert T. Ironside (Ironside) ” - peterdi315
 
14.
James Cagney
Actor, White Heat
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...
“ Cody Jarrett (White Heat), George M. Cohan (Yankee Doodle Dandy) ” - peterdi315
 
15.
Michael Caine
Michael Caine is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu (1964)...
“ Lt. Bromhead (Zulu), Alfie, Harry Palmer (Ipcress FIle, etc.), Milo Tindle (Sleuth), Peachy Carnehan (The Man Who Would Be King), Dr. Robert Elliot (Dressed to Kill), Dr. Frank Bryant (Educating Rita), Lawrence Jamieson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Dr. Wilbur Larch (The Cider House Rules), Alfred (Batman Begins, etc.) ” - peterdi315
 
16.
Jim Carrey
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...
“ Ace Ventura ” - peterdi315
 
17.
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain became THE leading heartthrob of early 1960s TV. As the impeccably handsome Dr. Kildare, the slim, butter-haired hunk with the near-perfect Ivy-League charm and smooth, intelligent demeanor, had the distaff fans fawning unwavering over him throughout the series' run. While this would appear to be a dream situation for any new star...
“ Dr. Kildaire ” - peterdi315
 
18.
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ The Little Tramp ” - peterdi315
 
19.
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Connery's breakthrough came in the role of secret agent James Bond. He was reluctant to commit to a film series, but understood that if the films succeeded his career would greatly benefit. He played the character in the first five Bond films: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball...
“ James Bond (Dr. No, etc.), Daniel Dravot (The Man Who Would Be King), Robin Hood (Robin and Marian), King Agamemnon/Fireman (Time Bandits), Jim Malone (The Untouchables), Prof. Henry Jones (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Marko Ramius (The Hunt for Red October) ” - peterdi315
 
20.
Jackie Cooper
Actor, The Champ
Jackie Cooper was born John Cooper in Los Angeles, California, to Mabel Leonard, an Italian-American stage pianist, and John Cooper. Through his mother, he was the nephew of actress Julie Leonard, screenwriter Jack Leonard, and (by marriage) director Norman Taurog. Jackie served with the Navy in the South Pacific toward the end of World War II...
“ Dink (The Champ) ” - peterdi315
 
21.
Ellen Corby
Actress, The Waltons
Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered. In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor roles. One of them was in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life...
“ Grandma Walton (The Waltons) ” - peterdi315
 
22.
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ Elliot Ness (The Untouchables), Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Ray Kinsella (Field of Dreams), Lieutenant Dunbar (Dances with Wolves), Frank Farmer, (The Bodyguard), Roy McAvoy (Tin Cup) ” - peterdi315
 
23.
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ Joel Goodson (Risky Buisness), Maverick (Top Gun), Vincent Lauria (The Color of Money), Charlie Babbitt (Rain Man), Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July), Lestat de Lioncourt (Interview with the Vampire), Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible), Jerry Maguire ” - peterdi315
 
24.
Macaulay Culkin
Actor, Home Alone
Macaulay Carson Culkin, one of the most famous American child stars, was born on August 26, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA, as the third of seven children of his father Christopher Culkin (a former stage and child actor and also Macaulay's former manager) and mother Patricia Brentrup. He is the brother of Shane Culkin...
“ Kevin McCallister (Home Alone) ” - peterdi315
 
25.
“ C-3PO (Star Wars, etc.) ” - peterdi315
 
26.
Jaye Davidson
Actor, Stargate
Jaye was born in Riverside, California in 1968 the son of a Ghanaian father and English mother. The family left for England when Jaye was 2 and a half. Jaye left school at 16 and had been alternately unemployed and doing odd jobs (running for a production company, working in a factory) ever since. Jaye...
“ Dil (The Crying Game) ” - peterdi315
 
27.
Bette Davis
Actress, All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ Mildred Rogers (Of Human Bondage), Gabrielle Maple (The Petrified Forest), Julie (Jezebel), Judith Traherne (Dark Victory), Queen Elizabeth (Essex and Elizabeth), Charlotte Vale (Now, Voyager), Fanny Trellis Skeffington (Mr. Skeffington), Margo Channing (All About Eve), Baby Jane Hudson (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?) ” - peterdi315
 
28.
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ Jim Stark (Rebel Without a Cause), Cal Trask (East of Eden) ” - peterdi315
 
29.
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...
“ Arabella Bishop (Captain Blood), Maid Marian (The Adventures of Robin Hood), Melanie Hamilton (Gone with the Wind), Virginia Stuart Cnningham (The Snake Pit), Catherine Sloper (The Heiress), Rachel Sangalletti Ashley (My Cousin Rachel) ” - peterdi315
 
30.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
De Niro's longtime collaboration with Scorsese later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received...
“ Johnny Boy (Mean Streets), Vito Corleone (The Godfather: Part II) Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver), Jake La Motta (Raging Bull), Rupert Pupkin (The King of Comedy), Al Capone (The Untouchables), James Conway (Goodfellas), Max Cady (Cape Fear) ” - peterdi315
 
31.
Bob Denver
Bob Denver was attending college at Loyola-Marymount University, in Los Angeles, when he got into acting. At first, Denver wasn't sure he wanted to be an actor, but gradually gave in, deciding that's what he was going to do for a career. Before he became established, he worked as a mailman and teacher...
“ Gilligan ” - peterdi315
 
32.
Johnny Depp
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, Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) ” - peterdi315
 
33.
Richard Dreyfuss
Actor, Jaws
Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers. He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish...
“ Hooper (Jaws), Roy Neary (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) ” - peterdi315
 
34.
David Duchovny
David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a Scottish-born school teacher...
“ Fox Mulder (The X Files) ” - peterdi315
 
35.
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Henry "Dirty Harry" Callahan ” - peterdi315
 
36.
Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden was born as Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona, went on and become one of America's most endearing and enduring actresses. A graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California. Eden would go on to study at San Francisco's City College as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre...
“ Jeannie ” - peterdi315
 
37.
Cary Elwes
Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. He was raised in London and attended Harrow...
“ Westley - The Princess Bride ” - peterdi315
 
38.
Robert Englund
Veteran character actor Robert Englund was born in Glendale, California, to Janis (MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer. He has Swedish, Danish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Since 1973, Englund has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. He has starred alongside Oscar-winners Henry Fonda...
“ Freddy Kruger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) ” - peterdi315
 
39.
Peter Falk
Actor, Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and...
“ Columbo ” - peterdi315
 
40.
Corey Feldman
Corey Scott Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald's commercial and has sustained a 35-year career as a steadily working actor, with more than 80 films under his belt. Corey began his career in guest-starring roles on television series such as Mork & Mindy...
“ Mouth (The Goonies), Teddy Duchamp (Stand By Me), Edgar Frog (The Lost Boys) ” - peterdi315
 
41.
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She is an actress and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (aka Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Fisher is also known for her book...
“ Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars) ” - peterdi315
 
42.
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn was born to parents Theodore Flynn, a respected biologist, and Marrelle Young, an adventurous young woman. Young Flynn was a rambunctious child who could be counted on to find trouble. Errol managed to have himself thrown out of every school he was enrolled in. In his late teens he set out to find gold...
“ Robin Hood ” - peterdi315
 
43.
Jane Fonda
Actress, Nine to Five
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Cat Ballou, Barbarella, Gloria (They Shoot Horses Don't They), Bree Daniel (Klute), Chelsea Thayer Wayne (On Golden Pond), ” - peterdi315
 
44.
Harrison Ford
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, Belarus...
“ Han Solo (Star Wars), Rick Deckard (Blade Runner), Indiana Jones, John Book (Witness) ” - peterdi315
 
45.
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ Iris (Taxi Driver), Clarice Starling (The Silence of the Lambs) ” - peterdi315
 
46.
Clark Gable
Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King." The 1930s saw him at the peak of his acting ability and his popular appeal, as he often portrayed down-to-earth, bravado characters with a carefree attitude. He was known as the epitome of masculinity with his unmatched charm and knowing smile...
“ Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind) ” - peterdi315
 
47.
Judy Garland
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz, Esther Smith (Meet Me in St. Louis), Vickie Lester/Esther Blodgett (A Star is Born) ” - peterdi315
 
48.
Richard Gere
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...
“ Julian (American Gigolo), Zack Mayo (An Officer and a Gentleman), Edward Lewis (Pretty Woman), Ed Summer (Unfaithful) ” - peterdi315
 
49.
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Celie Johnson (The Color Purple), Terry Doolittle (Jumpin' Jack Flash), Guinan (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Oda Mae Brown (Ghost), Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence (Sister Act), Corrina Washington (Corrina, Corrina) ” - peterdi315
 
50.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ Rod Tidwell (Jerry Maguire) ” - peterdi315
 
51.
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Plymouth Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination...
“ Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show), Matlock ” - peterdi315
 
52.
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946)...
“ Fagin (Oliver Twist), 8 Different Roles (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Colonel Nicholson (The Bridge on the River Kwai), Gulley Jimson (The Horse's Mouth), Prince Feisal (Lawrence of Arabia), Obi Wan "Ben" Kenobi (Star Wars, etc.), George Smiley (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, etc.), ” - peterdi315
 
53.
Fred Gwynne
Fred Gwynne was an enormously talented character actor most famous for starring in the television situation comedies Car 54, Where Are You? (as Officer Francis Muldoon) and The Munsters (as the Frankenstein clone Herman Munster). He was very tall and had a resonant, baritone voice that he put to good use in Broadway musicals...
“ Herman Munster (The Munsters) ” - peterdi315
 
54.
Larry Hagman
Actor, Dallas
The son of a legendary actress (Mary Martin) and a district attorney, Larry Martin Hagman was born on September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents' divorce, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with his grandmother. When he was 12, his grandmother died and he moved back to his mother's place...
“ J.R. Ewiing (Dallas) ” - peterdi315
 
55.
Jack Haley
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
 
56.
Mark Hamill
Mark Richard Hamill was born in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne (Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, a captain in the United States Navy. He grew up in California, Virginia, New York and Japan. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College and made his acting debut on The Bill Cosby Show in 1970...
“ Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) ” - peterdi315
 
57.
Margaret Hamilton
Margaret Hamilton was Born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several performances in film before she came to her most memorable and astronomically successful role...
“ The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz) ” - peterdi315
 
58.
Tom Hanks
Hanks climbed back to the top again with his portrayal of a washed-up baseball legend turned manager in A League of Their Own (1992). 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 ...
“ Forrest Gump ” - peterdi315
 
59.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ Mia Thermopolis - The Princess Diaries, Fantine - Les Misérables ” - peterdi315
 
60.
Rutger Hauer
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer...
“ Roy Batty (Blade Runner), Navarre (Ladyhawke), John Ryder (The Hitcher) ” - peterdi315
 
61.
Tippi Hedren
Actress, The Birds
Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) and Bernard Carl Hedren, who ran a general store. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of German and Norwegian ancestry. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband...
“ Melanie Daniels (The Birds) ” - peterdi315
 
62.
Katharine Hepburn
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead...
“ Susan (Brining Up Baby), Tracy Lord (The Philadelphia Story), Rose Sayer (The African Queen), Eleanor of Aquitaine (The Lion in Winter) ” - peterdi315
 
63.
Dustin Hoffman
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...
“ Benjamin (The Graduate), Raymond Babbitt (Rain Man) ” - peterdi315
 
64.
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
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...
“ Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The SIlence of the Lambs) ” - peterdi315
 
65.
Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Opie Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show), Richie Cunningham (Happy Days) ” - peterdi315
 
66.
Samuel L. Jackson
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, Formula 51, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
“ Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction) ” - peterdi315
 
67.
Sam Jaffe
Actor, Ben Casey
Born Shalom Jaffe in New York City, he became known to the world as Sam Jaffe. From a Jewish family as a child he appeared in Yiddish theater productions with his mother, a well-known regional stage actress. He graduated from the City College of New York and then studied engineering at Columbia University graduate school...
“ Gunga Din ” - peterdi315
 
68.
Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Jones was born April 28, 1930, in Amarillo, Texas. Her mother was Jeannette and her sister was Bette (Moriarty). She was an imaginative child, much like her mother. In 1934, her father abandoned the family and her mother moved them in with her parents, also in Amarillo. As a child Carolyn suffered from severe asthma...
“ Morticia Addams (The Addams Family) ” - peterdi315
 
69.
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ Darth Vader (Star Wars) ” - peterdi315
 
70.
Boris Karloff
Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23...
“ The Frankenstein Monster ” - peterdi315
 
71.
Bert Lahr
Fittingly known to be a "Leo" for his horoscope, Bert Lahr is always remembered as the Cowardly Lion in (and the farmer "Zeke") The Wizard of Oz. But during his acting career, he has been known for being in burlesque, vaudeville, and Broadway. Dropped out of high school at the age of fifteen for a juvenile vaudeville act...
“ The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz) ” - peterdi315
 
72.
Elsa Lanchester
Actress, Mary Poppins
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the institution of marriage and being tied to any conventions of legality for that matter...
“ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley/The Bride (The Bride of Frankenstein), Aunt Queenie Holroyd (Bell, Book and Candle) ” - peterdi315
 
73.
Michael Learned
Actress, The Waltons
Four-time Best Actress Emmy Award winner Michael Learned was born on April 9, 1939 in Washington, D.C. The oldest of six daughters of a U.S. State Department employee, she was raised on her family's farm in Connecticut. The family moved to Austria when she was age 11, and it was while attending boarding school in England that she fell in love with the theater and decided to become an actress...
“ Olivia Walton (The Waltons) ” - peterdi315
 
74.
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it fascinates others...
“ Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows) ” - peterdi315
 
75.
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ The Joker (The Dark Knight) ” - peterdi315
 
76.
Vivien Leigh
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time her parents take her to England...
“ Scarlett O'Hara (Gone with the Wind) ” - peterdi315
 
77.
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (Johnson) and David Franklin Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Welsh, and her mother was of Scottish and Swedish descent. Myrna was raised in Helena and nearby Radersburg. Her father, a rancher, was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature...
“ Nora Charles (The Thin Man) ” - peterdi315
 
78.
Bela Lugosi
Actor, Dracula
It's ironic that Martin Landau won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
“ Dracula ” - peterdi315
 
79.
Shirley MacLaine
Actress, The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and Scottish...
“ Aurora Greenway (Terms of Endearment) ” - peterdi315
 
80.
Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943. The Libra is 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She is the younger sister of filmmakers Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin...
“ Laverne DeFazio (Laverne & Shirley) ” - peterdi315
 
81.
Lee Marvin
Actor, M Squad
Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and his wife Courtenay Washington Davidge...
“ Lt. Frank Ballinger (M Squad), Liberty Valance (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), Shelleen-Strawn (Cat Ballou), Major Reisman (The Dirty Dozen, etc.), The Sergeant (The Big Red One) ” - peterdi315
 
82.
Raymond Massey
Educated at the University of Toronto & Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the Canadian Field Artillery in World War I, served in France & was wounded. His first appearance was in a stage production in Siberia, during its occupation by American Forces in 1918. Raymond returned to Canada & the farm implement business after the war...
“ Abraham Lincoln (Abe Lincoln in Illinois) ” - peterdi315
 
83.
“ Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Leave It to Beaver) ” - peterdi315
 
84.
David McCallum
Actor, NCIS
Since David McCallum's father, David McCallum Sr., was first violinist for the London Philharmonic and his mother, Dorothy Dorman, was a cellist, it's not surprising that David was originally headed for a career in music, playing oboe. He studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Music. He left that, however...
“ Illya Kuryakin (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) ” - peterdi315
 
85.
Hattie McDaniel
After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West. Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams. In this one, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn...
“ Mammy (Gone with the Wind) ” - peterdi315
 
86.
Kelly McGillis
Actress, Top Gun
Kelly Ann McGillis was born in Newport Beach, California, to Virginia Joan (Snell), a homemaker, and Donald Manson McGillis, a general practitioner of medicine. She has English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. McGillis dropped out of high school to pursue a career as an actress, and attended Juilliard in Manhattan and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Art in Santa Monica, CA...
“ Rachel (Witness), Charlie (Top Gun) ” - peterdi315
 
87.
Ian McKellen
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
“ Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings), Magneto (X-Men) ” - peterdi315
 
88.
Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years intensive training, she made her...
“ Samamtha Stephens (Bewitched) ” - peterdi315
 
89.
Frank Morgan
Jovial, somewhat flamboyant Frank Morgan (born Francis Wuppermann) will forever be remembered as the title character in The Wizard of Oz, but he was a veteran and respected actor long before he played that part, and turned in outstanding performances both before and after that film. One of 11 children of a wealthy manufacturer...
“ The Wizard of Oz ” - peterdi315
 
90.
Pat Morita
Abundantly busy and much loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, the sparkling Noriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy and martial arts lessons for The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III...
“ Mr. Kesuke Miyagi (The Karate Kid) ” - peterdi315
 
91.
Jack Nance
Actor, Eraserhead
Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the early 1970s in Philadelphia while he was performing in a local theater...
“ Henry Spencer (Eraserhead) ” - peterdi315
 
92.
Olivia Newton-John
Actress, Grease
Actress/singer Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. She lived there until she was five years old, and her family relocated to Australia when her father was offered a job as the dean of a college in Melbourne. When she was a teen she returned to live in England with her mother...
“ Sandy Olsson (Grease) ” - peterdi315
 
93.
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screen-writer and director, 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 nods in every decade from sixties through the naughts...
“ J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Chinatown), Jack Torrance (The Shining), Joker/Jack Napier (Batman) ” - peterdi315
 
94.
Margaret O'Brien
Born Angela Maxine O'Brien on January 15, 1937 in San Diego, California. Her film debut was one-minute shot in MGM's Babes on Broadway. Her big moment came when she was cast in Journey for Margaret. This film shot her into instant stardom and also resulted in Angela changing her name to Margaret. Throughout the 1940s Margaret was a major child star...
“ Tootie Smith (Meet Me in St. Louis) ” - peterdi315
 
95.
Jerry O'Connell
Jeremiah O'Connell was born in New York City, to Linda (Witkowski), an art teacher, and Michael O'Connell, a British-born advertising agency art director. He is of half Irish, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Polish descent. He was raised in Manhattan with his parents and a younger brother, Charlie O'Connell...
“ Vern Tessio (Stand By Me), Frank Cushman (Jerry Maguire) ” - peterdi315
 
96.
Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music...
“ Gaff (Blade Runner), Jaime Escalante (Stand and Deliver), Lt. Martin Castillo (Miami Vice0, Cmdr. Adama (Battlestar Galactica), Prof. James Gellar (Dexter) ” - peterdi315
 
97.
Haley Joel Osment
American actor who has proven himself as one of the best young actors of his generation. Osment was born in Los Angeles, California, to Theresa (Seifert), a teacher, and actor Eugene Osment. His sister is actress Emily Osment. His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish. Osment began acting at the age of four...
“ Cole Sear (The Sixth Sense) ” - peterdi315
 
98.
Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in County Roscommon, Ireland, to Evangeline "Mary Eva" Lovatt (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers. She was of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in private Catholic girls schools in London...
“ Jane Parker (Tarzan, the Ape Man) ” - peterdi315
 
99.
Peter O'Toole
A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish bookie. As a boy, he decided to become a journalist, beginning as a newspaper copy boy. Although he succeeded in becoming a reporter...
“ T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) ” - peterdi315
 
100.
Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
“ Juno ” - peterdi315