My List of the Greatest Male Film Actors

(Note: I keep a separate list for female actors) I'm sure I'll never be completely happy with this list. The only thing harder than ranking movies is ranking those in them. There will probably always be greats that I'm overlooking, or someone who should be ranked higher than someone else, etc. But, for the most part, these are in order of greatness starting with the greatest of 'em all - Jack, of course!
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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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
2. The Shining
3. Carnal Knowledge
4. Ironweed
5. The Witches of Eastwick
6. As Good as It Gets
7. A Few Good Men
8. Chinatown
9. About Schmidt
10. Heartburn
11. Five Easy Pieces
12. The Last Detail
13. Hoffa
14. Batman
15. The Passenger
16. Terms of Endearment
17. Reds
18. The Departed
19. Easy Rider
20. The Postman Always Rings Twice ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Tootsie
2. Rain Man
3. Little Big Man
4. Marathon Man
5. Kramer vs. Kramer
6. The Graduate
7. All the President’s Men
8. Midnight Cowboy
9. Hook
10. Sleepers
11. Straw Dogs
12. Family Business
13. Agatha
14. Dick Tracy
15. Papillon
16. I Heart Huckabees ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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 Raging Bull. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver and Cape Fear, both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received additional Academy Award nominations for Michael Cimino's Vietnam war drama The Deer Hunter...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Cape Fear
2. Taxi Driver
3. The Godfather: Part II
4. Raging Bull
5. Goodfellas
6. Awakenings
7. The King of Comedy
8. This Boy's Life
9. Mean Streets
10. The Untouchables
11. Heat
12. Once Upon a Time in America
13. Silver Linings Playbook
14. Jackie Brown
15. The Deer Hunter
16. The Score
17. Analyze This
18. Casino
19. The Mission
20. Angel Heart
21. Brazil
22. Sleepers
23. American Hustle ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Philadelphia
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Forrest Gump
4. Apollo 13
5. Road to Perdition
6. Cast Away
7. Cloud Atlas
8. Catch Me If You Can
9. Saving Mr. Banks
10. Captain Phillips
11. The Terminal
12. The Ladykillers
13. A League of Their Own
14. Big
15. The Green Mile
16. Charlie Wilson’s War
17. Joe Versus the Volcano
18. Bridge of Spies
19. You've Got Mail
20. Sleepless in Seattle ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico; he was also nominated for The Godfather: Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and ...And ...and justice for all. and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman. For his performances in The Godfather...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Godfather: Part II
2. The Godfather
3. Dog Day Afternoon
4. Serpico
5. The Panic in Needle Park
6. The Devil’s Advocate
7. Heat
8. Scent of a Woman
9. Scarface
10. ...And Justice For All.
11. The Godfather: Part III
12. Insomnia
13. Glengarry Glen Ross
14. Dick Tracy ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln, making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ Greatest performances:

1. There Will Be Blood
2. Gangs of New York
3. My Left Foot
4. In the Name of the Father
5. Lincoln
6. A Room With a View
7. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
8. The Crucible
9. The Boxer
10. The Age of Innocence
11. The Last of the Mohicans
12. My Beautiful Laundrette ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Godfather
2. Apocalypse Now
3. On the Waterfront
4. Last Tango in Paris
5. A Streetcar Named Desire
6. Viva Zapata!
7. The Wild One
8. The Freshman
9. The Score ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Silence of the Lambs
2. Shadowlands
3. The Remains of the Day
4. Magic
5. Amistad
6. The Elephant Man
7. Dracula
8. Hannibal
9. Howard’s End
10. Meet Joe Black
11. A Bridge Too Far
12. The Human Stain
13. Legends of the Fall
14. Red Dragon
15. Chaplin
16. Bobby ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Paul Newman
Paul Newman won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. Despite being colorblind, he won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Hustler
2. The Verdict
3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
4. Road to Perdition
5. Hud
6. Slap Shot
7. The Long, Hot Summer
8. Exodus
9. Cool Hand Luke
10. Absence of Malice
11. The Color of Money
12. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
13. The Sting
14. The Hudsucker Proxy ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
William Hurt
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Accidental Tourist
2. Kiss of the Spider Woman
3. The Big Chill
4. Broadcast News
5. Body Heat
6. Altered States
7. Dark City
8. I Love You to Death
9. The Doctor
10. Children of a Lesser God
11. A History of Violence
12. Into the Wild
13. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
14. The Village ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Prick Up Your Ears
2. Léon: The Professional
3. Dracula
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. Sid and Nancy
6. Hannibal
7. The Fifth Element
8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire/Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
9. True Romance
10. The Dark Knight
11. Lost in Space
12. Air Force One
13. JFK ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Conversation
2. Mississippi Burning
3. The Royal Tenenbaums
4. The Birdcage
5. Unforgiven
6. The Firm
7. Hoosiers
8. Bonnie and Clyde
9. The French Connection
10. The Poseidon Adventure
11. Postcards from the Edge
12. A Bridge Too Far
13. Runaway Jury
14. No Way Out
15. Young Frankenstein
16. Reds ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Peter O'Toole
O'Toole was one of several actors to be Oscar-nominated for playing the same role in two different films: he played King Henry II in both Becket and The Lion in Winter. O'Toole played Hamlet under Laurence Olivier's direction in the premiere production of the Royal National Theatre in 1963. He...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Lawrence of Arabia
2. Man of La Mancha
3. My Favorite Year
4. The Last Emperor ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Shine
2. Elizabeth
3. Quills
4. The King’s Speech
5. The Best Offer
6. The Book Thief
7. Munich
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
9. Shakespeare in Love
10. Mystery Men
11. Intolerable Cruelty ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. Primarily a stage actor, Abraham made his screen debut as an usher in the George C. Scott comedy They Might Be Giants. By the mid-1970s, Murray had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-over work...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Amadeus
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Scarface
4. Mighty Aphrodite
5. The Name of the Rose ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Godfather
2. The Judge
3. The Godfather: Part II
4. Apocalypse Now
5. Network
6. The Apostle
7. A Civil Action
8. Thank You for Smoking
9. Secondhand Lions
10. Deep Impact
11. MASH
12. Bullitt
13. To Kill a Mockingbird ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. It’s a Wonderful Life
2. The Philadelphia Story
3. Harvey
4. Vertigo
5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
6. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
7. Rope
8. Bell, Book and Candle
9. The Shop Around the Corner
10. How the West Was Won
11. You Can't Take It With You
12. Rear Window ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Gandhi
2. Sexy Beast
3. Schindler’s List
4. Hugo
5. Shutter Island
6. The Walk
7. Dave ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
2. Judgment at Nuremberg
3. Inherit the Wind
4. Father of the Bride
5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
6. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Peter Sellers
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served during World War II...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
2. Being There
3. The Return of the Pink Panther
4. Murder by Death
5. The Pink Panther Strikes Again
6. Revenge of the Pink Panther
7. Lolita ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Milk
2. Mystic River
3. Dead Man Walking
4. At Close Range
5. The Assassination of Richard Nixon
6. 21 Grams
7. The Thin Red Line
8. Casualties of War
9. The Falcon and the Snowman
10. The Tree of Life
11. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
12. Taps ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England, and was raised by his mother, Agnes Cuffe. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Bridge on the River Kwai
2. Oliver Twist
3. Lawrence of Arabia
4. Doctor Zhivago
5. Scrooge
6. Murder by Death
7. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
8. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Apartment
2. Glengarry Glen Ross
3. The China Syndrome
4. Days of Wine and Roses
5. The Odd Couple
6. Some Like It Hot
7. Bell, Book and Candle
8. Grumpy Old Men ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the...
“ Greatest performances:

1. American Beauty
2. Se7en
3. The Usual Suspects
4. Pay It Forward
5. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
6. The Life of David Gale
7. L.A. Confidential
8. A Time to Kill
9. Glengarry Glen Ross
10. The Men Who Stare at Goats
11. K-PAX
12. Henry & June ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Witness
2. Presumed Innocent
3. The Mosquito Coast
4. Regarding Henry
5. The Fugitive
6. Patriot Games
7. Blade Runner
8. Raiders of the Lost Ark
9. What Lies Beneath
10. American Graffiti
11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
12. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
13. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
14. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
15. Working Girl
16. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
17. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother...
“ Greatest performances:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Gentleman's Agreement
3. The Boys From Brazil
4. The Guns of Navarone
5. The Omen
6. Cape Fear (1962)
7. How the West Was Won
8. Cape Fear (1991) ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The World According to Garp
2. Dead Poets Society
3. The Fisher King
4. Awakenings
5. The Birdcage
6. Insomnia
7. Mrs. Doubtfire
8. One Hour Photo
9. Good Morning, Vietnam
10. Hook
11. Cadillac Man
12. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
13. Night at the Museum
14. Good Will Hunting
15. The Final Cut ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Wonder Boys
2. Wall Street
3. Fatal Attraction
4. A Perfect Murder
5. Traffic
6. Falling Down
7. The Game
8. Disclosure
9. The Ghost and the Darkness
10. Basic Instinct
11. The China Syndrome ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Henry Fonda
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ Greatest performances:

1. On Golden Pond
2. The Grapes of Wrath
3. Young Mr. Lincoln
4. 12 Angry Men
5. Fail Safe
6. How the West Was Won
7. The Longest Day ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ Greatest performances:

1. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
2. Revolutionary Road
3. The Wolf of Wall Street
4. Shutter Island
5. J. Edgar
6. The Revenant
7. The Aviator
8. Gangs of New York
9. This Boy's Life
10. Catch Me If You Can
11. Django Unchained
12. Blood Diamond
13. Inception
14. The Departed
15. Romeo + Juliet
16. Titanic ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Driving Miss Daisy
2. Invictus
3. Se7en
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Glory
6. Nurse Betty
7. The Dark Knight
8. Unforgiven
9. Million Dollar Baby
10. Lean on Me
11. Amistad
12. Along Came a Spider
13. Deep Impact
14. Kiss the Girls
15. Brubaker ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Margaret and Robert Joseph Kline, who owned several stores. His father was of German Jewish descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. After attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Kline studied at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, Kline joined the Acting Company in New York which was run by John Houseman...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Sophie’s Choice
2. A Fish Called Wanda
3. Cry Freedom
4. A Midsummer Night's Dream
5. The Ice Storm
6. Soapdish
7. I Love You to Death
8. The Big Chill
9. Grand Canyon
10. Chaplin
11. Dave
12. In & Out ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
John Hurt
This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnould Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and mathematician...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Elephant Man
2. 1984
3. Beyond the Gates
4. V for Vendetta
5. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
6. Rob Roy
7. Owning Mahowny
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
9. A Man for All Seasons
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
11. The Skeleton Key
12. Alien
13. Melancholia
14. Contact
15. Dead Man
16. Aria ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Charlie Wilson’s War
2. Doubt
3. The Savages
4. Synecdoche, New York
5. The Master
6. Capote
7. Boogie Nights
8. Owning Mahowny
9. Red Dragon
10. The Ides of March
11. The Talented Mr. Ripley
12. Magnolia
13. Punch-Drunk Love
14. Along Came Polly
15. Scent of a Woman
16. The Big Lebowski
17. Cold Mountain
18. Almost Famous ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. True Grit
2. The Fabulous Baker Boys
3. The Fisher King
4. The Big Lebowski
5. The Last Picture Show
6. Tucker: The Man and His Dream
7. Blown Away
8. K-PAX
9. Iron Man
10. The Men Who Stare at Goats
11. Jagged Edge ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
“ Greatest performances:

1. In the Heat of the Night
2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
3. To Sir, With Love
4. The Defiant Ones
5. Blackboard Jungle ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Born on the Fourth of July
2. War of the Worlds
3. The Firm
4. Collateral
5. A Few Good Men
6. Magnolia
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. Vanilla Sky
9. Rain Man
10. Risky Business
11. Jerry Maguire
12. Minority Report
13. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
14. Tropic Thunder
15. The Color of Money
16. The Outsiders
17. Taps ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
John Cazale
John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way, he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line"...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Godfather: Part II
2. Dog Day Afternoon
3. The Godfather
4. The Deer Hunter
5. The Conversation ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and German, English, and Polish (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Raising Arizona
2. Leaving Las Vegas
3. Adaptation.
4. Moonstruck
5. Birdy
6. Wild at Heart
7. The Cotton Club
8. 8MM
9. Guarding Tess
10. Peggy Sue Got Married
11. Rumble Fish
12. City of Angels ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
2. From Hell
3. Ed Wood
4. Black Mass
5. Dead Man
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
7. Finding Neverland
8. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
9. Chocolat
10. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
11. Sleepy Hollow
12. Alice in Wonderland
13. Into the Woods
14. Edward Scissorhands
15. Dark Shadows
16. The Ninth Gate
17. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel Hayes Washington...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Hurricane
2. Cry Freedom
3. Philadelphia
4. Glory
5. Flight
6. American Gangster
7. Training Day
8. Man on Fire
9. The Pelican Brief
10. The Bone Collector ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Primal Fear
2. American History X
3. Birdman, Or: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
4. Fight Club
5. The Score
6. Kingdom of Heaven
7. The People vs. Larry Flynt
8. Moonrise Kingdom
9. Red Dragon
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jeremy Irons
Elegant and handsome British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to mainland England only once a year...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dead Ringers
2. Reversal of Fortune
3. Damage
4. The Mission
5. Lolita
6. Inland Empire
7. Die Hard: With a Vengeance
8. Kingdom of Heaven ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Untouchables
2. The Man Who Would Be King
3. The Hunt for Red October
4. The Hill
5. Murder On the Orient Express
6. A Bridge Too Far
7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
8. The Name of the Rose
9. Family Business
10. Time Bandits ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
2. Casablanca
3. Key Largo
4. The Caine Mutiny
5. The Maltese Falcon
6. The African Queen ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Tim Roth
Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Simon Timothy Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to "Roth"; Ernie was in Brooklyn, New York, to an immigrant family of Irish ancestry...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Reservoir Dogs
2. Rob Roy
3. Funny Games
4. Pulp Fiction
5. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
6. The Hateful Eight
7. Selma ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ancestry...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Wild Strawberries
2. The Seventh Seal
3. Pelle the Conqueror
4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
5. Hannah and Her Sisters
6. The Exorcist
7. Minority Report
8. Three Days of the Condor
9. Needful Things
10. Shutter Island
11. Awakenings
12. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
13. Dune ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Richard Harris
A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Field
2. Gladiator
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
4. Unforgiven
5. Patriot Games ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Laurence Olivier
Actor, Rebecca
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Hamlet
2. Marathon Man
3. A Little Romance
4. The Boys From Brazil
5. Rebecca
6. Spartacus
7. A Bridge Too Far ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Belfast High School and the Queen's University, where he studied English. He later trained at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. In 1970s, he acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with the talented Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney. After several stage...
“ Greatest performances:

1. V for Vendetta
2. The Crying Game
3. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
4. Breakfast on Pluto ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is breathtaking. Martin Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Apocalypse Now
2. Badlands
3. Wall Street
4. Catch Me If You Can
5. The Believers
6. Catch-22
7. The Departed
8. The Dead Zone
9. Gandhi
10. Selma
11. Bobby ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ian Holm
Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dreamchild
2. Alien
3. From Hell
4. Garden State
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
7. Brazil
8. The Fifth Element
9. Chariots of Fire
10. Naked Lunch
11. The Aviator
12. Time Bandits ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Albert Finney
Actor, Big Fish
Albert Finney came from the theatre, where he was especially successful in plays of William Shakespeare, to the movies. There he became a leading figure of the young Free Cinema. His debut in cinema was in 1960 with The Entertainer of Tony Richardson who had directed him also in theatre plays various times before. His typical role were young prolets like, e.g. Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
“ Greatest performances:

1. Under the Volcano
2. Murder On the Orient Express
3. Erin Brockovich
4. Big Fish
5. The Browning Version
6. Scrooge
7. Miller's Crossing
8. Tom Jones ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Claude Rains
Actor, Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Camberwell area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth business end as well...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Notorious
2. Casablanca
3. Lawrence of Arabia
4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father, from California...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Master
2. Inherent Vice
3. Her
4. Gladiator
5. Walk the Line
6. Quills
7. To Die For
8. Hotel Rwanda
9. Signs
10. The Village
11. Parenthood
12. 8MM ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Of Mice and Men
2. Empire of the Sun
3. Dangerous Liaisons
4. Places in the Heart
5. Rounders
6. The Killing Fields
7. Shadow of the Vampire
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
9. Burn After Reading
10. Changeling
11. In the Line of Fire
12. Being John Malkovich ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Chaplin
2. Tropic Thunder
3. Zodiac
4. Wonder Boys
5. The Judge
6. Sherlock Holmes
7. Natural Born Killers
8. Soapdish
9. Less Than Zero
10. Iron Man
11. Good Night, and Good Luck.
12. Bowfinger ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire/Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2
2. Die Hard
3. Sense and Sensibility
4. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
5. Galaxy Quest
6. Love Actually ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel is an American actor and producer. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma & Louise, Peter Yates' Mother, Jugs & Speed, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Last Temptation of Christ
2. Mean Streets
3. The Piano
4. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
5. From Dusk Till Dawn
6. Reservoir Dogs
7. Bad Lieutenant
8. Pulp Fiction
9. Taxi Driver
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
11. Red Dragon
12. Moonrise Kingdom
13. Point of No Return
14. Thelma & Louise
15. Sister Act ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Quiz Show
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Schindler’s List
4. Red Dragon
5. In Bruges
6. The Reader
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire/Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2
8. Strange Days
9. The Hurt Locker ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Cinderella Man
2. A Beautiful Mind
3. Gladiator
4. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
5. American Gangster
6. L.A. Confidential
7. Les Misérables
8. Proof of Life ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Christopher Guest
U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes), was a vice president of casting at CBS...
“ Greatest performances:

1. This Is Spinal Tap
2. The Princess Bride
3. Waiting for Guffman
4. Best in Show
5. A Mighty Wind
6. A Few Good Men
7. Little Shop of Horrors ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Tim Robbins
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Jacob’s Ladder
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. The Player
4. Mystic River
5. The Hudsucker Proxy
6. Bull Durham
7. Cadillac Man
8. High Fidelity ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jason Robards
Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at Hollywood High School...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Long Day's Journey Into Night
2. Magnolia
3. Johnny Got His Gun
4. All the President’s Men
5. Parenthood
6. Philadelphia
7. Something Wicked This Way Comes ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Colin Firth
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The King's Speech
2. A Single Man
3. Love Actually
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. Bridget Jones’s Diary
6. Nanny McPhee
7. Shakespeare in Love ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
George C. Scott
Best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton, as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and as Ebenezer Scrooge in Clive Donner's A Christmas Carol. He was the first actor to refuse the Academy Award for Best Actor (for Patton)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
2. Patton
3. The Hustler
4. The Hindenburg
5. The Changeling
6. The Exorcist III
7. Taps
8. Malice ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Willem Dafoe
Actor, Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Last Temptation of Christ
2. Antichrist
3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
4. Shadow of the Vampire
5. Mississippi Burning
6. Platoon
7. Wild at Heart
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Born on the Fourth of July
10. Clear and Present Danger
11. Spider-Man
12. To Live and Die in L.A. ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
2. The Goodbye Girl
3. American Graffiti
4. Jaws
5. Mr. Holland’s Opus
6. W.
7. Postcards from the Edge ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
James McAvoy
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary) after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Last King of Scotland
2. Atonement
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
“ Greatest performances:

1. A Clockwork Orange
2. If...
3. The Artist ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Omar Sharif
He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and Funny Girl. He was nominated for an Academy Award. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Doctor Zhivago
2. Lawrence of Arabia ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Michael Caine
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Alfie
2. The Cider House Rules
3. Interstellar
4. Deathtrap
5. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
6. Hannah and Her Sisters
7. The Dark Knight
8. Quills
9. The Man Who Would Be King
10. A Bridge Too Far
11. Children of Men
12. The Prestige
13. Secondhand Lions
14. Austin Powers in Goldmember ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English, and Swiss-German...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Zodiac
2. Nightcrawler
3. Prisoners
4. Brokeback Mountain
5. Brothers
6. Donnie Darko
7. Jarhead
8. October Sky
9. The Day After Tomorrow ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
James Caan
A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred. He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Godfather
2. Misery
3. A Bridge Too Far
4. Bottle Rocket
5. Honeymoon in Vegas
6. Elf
7. Dogville ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Groundhog Day
2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
3. Ghostbusters
4. Tootsie
5. Hyde Park on Hudson
6. Lost in Translation
7. Rushmore
8. Stripes
9. Ed Wood
10. The Royal Tenenbaums
11. Wild Things
12. Moonrise Kingdom
13. Kingpin
14. Caddyshack
15. The Grand Budapest Hotel
16. Little Shop of Horrors
17. Scrooged
18. Zombieland ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Christopher Walken
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Deer Hunter
2. Catch Me If You Can
3. At Close Range
4. True Romance
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Biloxi Blues
7. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
8. Batman Returns
9. The Stepford Wives
10. Wedding Crashers
11. Sleepy Hollow
12. Brainstorm ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas...
“ Greatest performances:

1. No Country for Old Men
2. Coal Miner's Daughter
3. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
4. Men in Black
5. Lincoln
6. The Fugitive
7. JFK
8. The Client
9. Double Jeopardy
10. Natural Born Killers ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
William Holden
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Network
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai
3. Sunset Blvd.
4. Damien: Omen II ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
2. All the President’s Men
3. The Sting
4. Jeremiah Johnson
5. Out of Africa
6. Three Days of the Condor
7. Brubaker
8. The Natural
9. A Bridge Too Far
10. Indecent Proposal ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Cary Grant
Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood...
“ Greatest performances:

1. North by Northwest
2. Notorious
3. The Philadelphia Story
4. Holiday
5. To Catch a Thief
6. Suspicion
7. Arsenic and Old Lace
8. Bringing Up Baby ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Trainspotting
2. Big Fish
3. August: Osage County
4. Black Hawk Down
5. The Men Who Stare at Goats
6. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Gabriel Byrne
Byrne was the first of six children, born in Dublin, Ireland. His father was a cooper and his mother a hospital worker. He was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He spent five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a Catholic priest. He later said, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Miller’s Crossing
2. The Usual Suspects
3. Gothic
4. Excalibur
5. Stigmata
6. Point of No Return
7. Dead Man ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Hours
2. The Way Back
3. The Firm
4. The Abyss
5. Glengarry Glen Ross
6. Apollo 13
7. The Right Stuff
8. A Beautiful Mind
9. Enemy at the Gates
10. Places in the Heart
11. The Truman Show
12. A History of Violence
13. Needful Things ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
John Turturro
Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles. Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine, a jazz singer...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Quiz Show
2. Miller’s Crossing
3. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
4. Barton Fink
5. The Big Lebowski
6. To Live and Die in L.A.
7. Rounders
8. The Color of Money ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ Greatest performances:

1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2. The Descendants
3. Up in the Air
4. Good Night, and Good Luck.
5. The Men Who Stare at Goats
6. Michael Clayton
7. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
8. The Ides of March
9. Ocean’s Eleven
10. The Perfect Storm
11. Burn After Reading
12. Intolerable Cruelty
13. From Dusk Till Dawn
14. Gravity
15. Three Kings ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Schindler’s List
2. Rob Roy
3. Love Actually
4. Breakfast on Pluto
5. Kingdom of Heaven
6. The Mission
7. Gangs of New York
8. Batman Begins
9. Darkman
10. Excalibur ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
6. X-Men
7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jude Law
Jude Law is a talented and versatile actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca and The Talented Mr. Ripley to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Hugo's father in Hugo and in the titular role in Dom Hemingway...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Cold Mountain
2. The Talented Mr. Ripley
3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
4. Sherlock Holmes
5. Road to Perdition
6. Closer
7. I Heart Huckabees
8. Gattaca
9. Enemy at the Gates
10. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
11. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
12. Hugo
13. The Grand Budapest Hotel ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Warren Beatty
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass, Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, and actor, and few have evidenced so high a level of integrity in a body of work...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Bonnie and Clyde
2. Reds
3. Heaven Can Wait
4. Bulworth
5. Dick Tracy ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Joe Pesci
Actor, Goodfellas
Joe Pesci is an Italian-American actor, known for playing tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres. He is best known for his roles in Martin Scorsese films Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. Pesci has starred in a number of other high-profile films, including Easy Money...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Goodfellas
2. My Cousin Vinny
3. Casino
4. Raging Bull
5. Once Upon a Time in America
6. Home Alone
7. JFK
8. The Super ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Danny Glover
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights. Glover trained at the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Color Purple
2. Witness
3. Grand Canyon
4. Places in the Heart
5. The Royal Tenenbaums ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Tom Wilkinson
Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and comes from a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England...
“ Greatest performances:

1. In the Bedroom
2. Michael Collins
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. Selma
5. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
6. The Patriot
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Karl Malden
Karl Malden resumed his film acting career in the 1950s, starting with The Gunfighter and Halls of Montezuma. The following year, he was in A Streetcar Named Desire, playing Mitch, Stanley Kowalski's best friend who starts a romance with Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh). For this role, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor...
“ Greatest performances:

1. On the Waterfront
2. How the West Was Won
3. Patton
4. A Streetcar Named Desire ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. The son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, he graduated from the University of Manchester and continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Imitation Game
2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Black Mass
4. Atonement
5. War Horse
6. August: Osage County
7. 12 Years a Slave ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
John Goodman
John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988-1997)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Raising Arizona
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Barton Fink
4. Argo
5. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
6. True Stories
7. Flight
8. Trumbo
9. Arachnophobia
10. The Artist ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Graham Chapman
Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a German air raid was in progress. Graham's father was a chief police inspector and probably inspired the constables Graham often portrayed later in comedy sketches. Graham studied medicine in college and earned an M.D., but he practiced medicine for only a few years...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
2. Life of Brian
3. The Meaning of Life ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Fight Club
2. Twelve Monkeys
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
5. A River Runs Through It
6. Se7en
7. Legends of the Fall
8. Snatch.
9. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
10. The Tree of Life
11. Meet Joe Black
12. Ocean’s Eleven
13. The Big Short
14. Inglourious Basterds
15. Sleepers
16. Burn After Reading
17. 12 Years a Slave
18. Thelma & Louise
19. True Romance ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Brad Dourif
Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell...
“ Greatest performances:

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
2. The Exorcist III
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
4. Mississippi Burning
5. Wise Blood
6. Ragtime
7. Dune
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
9. Alien: Resurrection ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Paul Giamatti
Actor, Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Sideways
2. American Splendor
3. Cinderella Man
4. 12 Years a Slave
5. Saving Mr. Banks
6. Man on the Moon
7. The Ides of March
8. Private Parts
9. The Truman Show
10. Saving Private Ryan ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Roy Scheider
Actor, Jaws
Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, fighting...
“ Greatest performances:

1. All That Jazz
2. Jaws
3. Sorcerer
4. Marathon Man
5. Klute
6. 2010
7. The French Connection ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane