Here, I list the performance that I think the listed actor gave their best performance (that I have seen).
Films (at least 45 minutes) and TV Miniseries Only (Though I might have a few exceptions).
I will also list their other roles (that I have seen) as well
More info will be added as time passes.
“ The Blind Side (2009) ” - elephant999
Paula Abdul grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheerleader. After graduating in 1980, she started college at Cal State-Northridge, majoring in TV and radio...
“ Robots (2005) ” - elephant999
“ Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) ” - elephant999
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...
“ 1. Joshua (2002)
2. Scarface (1983)
3. Noah's Ark (1999) ” - elephant999
Jean Acker was born in 1893 on a farm in Trenton, NJ, and was named Harriet. Her father was part Cherokee and her mother was Irish, and they had separated when she was young. Jean attended school at St. Mary's Seminary in Springfield, NJ. Her acting career began in vaudeville and stock-company drama before she moved in front of the cameras...
“ 1. My Favorite Wife (1940)
2. Spellbound (1945)
3. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
4. A Star Is Born (1937)
5. San Francisco (1936) ” - elephant999
Slight, birdlike Jean Adair came to the screen after playing a succession of crotchety or maternal roles on the stage. She was born Violet McNaughton in Ontario, Canada, and absolved her acting studies in Chicago. After extensive touring with local stock companies and a few seasons on the vaudeville Orpheum Circuit performing in one-act plays...
“ Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ” - elephant999
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...
“ 1. Enchanted (2007)
2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
3. Man of Steel (2013) ” - elephant999
Claire Adams was born in Winnipeg, Canada (her brother was prolific screenwriter Gerald Drayson Adams
), and after her education in that country she was sent to a private school in England, where she studied drama. At the outbreak of World War I, however, she joined the nursing corps and spent the war years as a nurse...
“ The Big Parade (1925) ” - elephant999
The scintillating, sultry-eyed blonde (formerly a redhead) star of screen, TV and award-winning stage went on to become best known, however, for her sensual delivery pitching cigars in taunting 60s ads and commercials with her Mae West
ian come-on line, "Why don't you pick one up and smoke it sometime?" This...
“ 1. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
2. The Apartment (1960) ” - elephant999
Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel
, played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean
. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor
He died in 1968 due to an overdose of drugs he was taking for a nervous disorder.
“ 1. Pillow Talk (1959)
2. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
3. The Hook (1963)
4. The Killers (1946)
Provides James Dean's voice in certain scenes in Giant (1956) ” - elephant999
Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, on September 30, 1898. She had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in acting surfaced during her teen years with minor stage productions in France...
“ 1. The Big Parade (1925)
2. The Show (1927)
3. Redemption (1930)
4. Mr. Wu (1928) ” - elephant999
Scott Adsit performed on the mainstage of Chicago's Second City, between 1994 and 1998, and, alongside Saturday Night Live
's Rachel Dratch
and Tina Fey
, was one of the driving forces behind such groundbreaking revues as "Pinata Full of Bees" and "Paradigm Lost". An in-depth look at his craft is available in the PBS documentary...
“ Big Hero 6 (2014) ” - elephant999
Ben Affleck is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984, 1988). He later appeared in Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained...
“ 1. Argo (2012)
2. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
3. Field of Dreams (1989) ” - elephant999
was born in Chicago, the eldest of four children. In World War II, Sgt. John Agar was a United States Army Air Force physical instructor. His 1945 marriage at the Wilshire Memorial Church to "America's Sweetheart" Shirley Temple
put him in the public eye for the first time, and a movie contract with independent producer David O. Selznick
“ 1. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
2. Fort Apache (1948)
3. Adventure in Baltimore (1949) ” - elephant999
Shohreh Aghdashloo was born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952, in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as The Report
(The Report) directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami
, which won critics awards at the Moscow Film Festival...
“ The Nativity Story (2006) ” - elephant999
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother...
“ Shark Tale (2004) ” - elephant999
Jenny Agutter was born on December 20, 1952, in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK. The daughter of an army officer, she spent her childhood traveling and living in different countries. Her film career began at the age of 12 in East of Sudan
, which was quickly followed by Ballerina: Part 1
and Ballerina: Part 2
“ 1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
2. The Avengers (2012) ” - elephant999
Brian Aherne was an Oscar-nominated Anglo-American stage and screen actor who was one of the top cinema character actors in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Born on May 2, 1902 in King's Norton, Worcestshire, England, Aherne performed as an actor as a child. At age 18 he made his debut as an adult with the company that would evolve into the world-famous Birmingham Repertory Theatre...
“ The Swan (1956) ” - elephant999
Broad-shouldered and beefy Claude Akins had wavy black hair, a deep booming voice and was equally adept at playing sneering cowardly villains as he was at portraying hard-nosed cops. The son of a police officer, Akins never seemed short of work and appeared in nearly 100 films and 180+ TV episodes in a career spanning over 40 years...
“ 1. The Killers (1964)
2. From Here to Eternity (1953) ” - elephant999
“ 1. The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour (2004)
2. Happy Feet (2006)
3. The Fairly OddParents in Fairy Idol (2006)
4. Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom (2004)
5. The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide (2006)
6. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)
7. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
8. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
9. Toy Story 3 (2010)
10. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
11. A Bug's Life (1998)
12. An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998) ” - elephant999
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Eddie Albert was a circus trapeze flier before becoming a stage and radio actor. He made his film debut in 1938 and has worked steadily since, often cast as the friendly, good-natured buddy of the hero but occasionally being cast as a villain; one of his most memorable roles was as the cowardly...
“ 1. Roman Holiday (1956)
2. Attack (1956)
3. I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
4. Mouse on the Mayflower (1968)
5. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) ” - elephant999
A former song-and-dance man and veteran of vaudeville, burlesque and Broadway, Jack Albertson is best known to audiences as "The Man" in the TV series Chico and the Man
, for which he won an Emmy. In 1968 Albertson, the brother of actress Mabel Albertson
, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Subject Was Roses
, a part which also won him the Tony award during its Broadway run.
“ 1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
2. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
4. Strike Up the Band (1940) ” - elephant999
Hardie Albright's parents had a traveling vaudeville act, in which he made his stage debut at the age of six. He studied drama at Carnegie Tech and was a member of Eva Le Gallienne
's repertory theater. He appeared in many Broadway plays before making his film debut in 1931. Appearing in over 50 films...
“ 1. Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
2. Bambi (1942) ” - elephant999
Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander's has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in films following a towering Broadway success...
“ 1. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
2. Glory (1989) ” - elephant999
Jason Greenspan adopted the stage name Jason Alexander while still in high school in New Jersey. He was soon appearing in Broadway plays and movies, then in the hit TV series, Seinfeld
, from 1990 to 1998. Alexander also directs and produces films.
“ 1. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
2. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
3. The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)
4. Madeline: Lost in Paris (1999) ” - elephant999
“ To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010) ” - elephant999
Barbara Jo Allen
Comedienne/writer Barbara Jo Allen induced laughs nationwide after originating and literally becoming synonymous with the talky, shrill-voiced, man-hungry spinster "Vera Vague," a WWII creation in the late 1930s. She kept the name throughout much of her career and was often billed as such. The character, however, was to be both her fortune and her curse...
“ 1. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
2. The Opposite Sex (1956)
3. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
4. The Women (1939) ” - elephant999
Just one year ago, young Isabelle Allen was acting in a school play (as a boy, no less). Today, she's the featured co-star of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway in director Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation of one of the longest-running musical in history, "Les Miserables." The ten-year-old Allen plays the younger version of Cosette...
“ Les Misérables (2012) ” - elephant999
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was voted most likely to succeed...
“ 1. The Crucible (1996)
2. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) ” - elephant999
Karen Jane Allen was born in Carrollton, rural southern Illinois, to Patricia (Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. Karen spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. She was always "the new girl in school". Acting did not really cross...
“ The Sandlot (1993) ” - elephant999
Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, USA, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real-estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...
“ 1. Toy Story (1995)
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
3. Toy Story 3 (2010)
4. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
5. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2003)
6. The Shaggy Dog (2006)
7. Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom (2004)
8. Cars (2006) ” - elephant999
Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish mothers...
“ 1. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
2. Between Two Worlds (1944)
3. That Hamilton Woman (1941)
4. Storm in a Teacup (1937)
5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
6. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
7. Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
2. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
3. Mickey's House of Villains (2001)
4. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)
5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
6. The Spirit of Mickey (1998)
7. Fantasia/2000 (1999)
8. A Goofy Movie (1995)
9. The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)
10. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
11. The Black Cauldron (1985) ” - elephant999
Lovely Connecticut-born blonde Astrid Allwyn, with her foreign-sounding name and icy countenance, spruced up a number of 1930s and early 1940s films. Of Swedish descent, she studied dancing and dramatics in New York and later gathered experience joining a stock company. Allwyn made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Elmer Rice
's "Street Scene" and...
“ 1. International Crime (1938)
2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
3. Love Affair (1939) ” - elephant999
American leading lady whose sweet smile and sunny disposition made her the prototypical girl-next-door of American movies of the 1940s. Raised in semi-poverty in Bronx neighborhoods by her divorced mother, Allyson (nee Ella Geisman) was injured in a fall at age eight and spent four years confined within a steel brace...
“ 1. The Three Musketeers (1948)
2. The Opposite Sex (1956)
3. Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
4. Girl Crazy (1943) ” - elephant999
Tom grew up in the small towns of Richmond and Crystal Lake, Illinois. He began performing at home, with his 10 brothers and sisters, creating puppet shows, short films, music and radio dramas, before moving on to school plays and community theater. He graduated from The Goodman School of Drama, as it became the Theatre School at DePaul University...
“ Second Chances (1998) ” - elephant999
Don Ameche was a versatile and popular American film actor in the 1930s and '40s, usually as the dapper, mustached leading man. He was also popular as a radio master of ceremonies during this time. As his film popularity waned in the 1950s, he continued working in theater and some TV. His film career...
“ 1. In Old Chicago (1937)
2. Down Argentine Way (1940) ” - elephant999
Along with his sister, Robert Patrick Amell started acting when he was just six years old. At sixteen, he started to land theater roles at Lawrence Park Stage in plays such as Louis and Dave, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Importance of Being Earnest. The experience brought Robbie to realize that he wanted to pursue a career in acting...
“ Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) ” - elephant999
Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff in Portland, Indiana, to Cora Alice (DeMoss) and Charles Elmer Wycoff. He had always wanted to be an actor and he did it the hard way, serving a long apprenticeship in touring amateur theatre companies, even selling shoes for a while on 42nd Street in the 1920's. It took him until 1933 to make his debut on Broadway...
“ 1. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
2. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
3. On Moonlight Bay (1951)
4. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
5. Peyton Place (1957)
6. Son of Lassie (1945)
7. Anchors Aweigh (1945)
8. The Happy Years (1950) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Hoodwinked! (2005)
2. Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) ” - elephant999
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
The son of a minstrel and circus tightrope walker, Eddie Anderson developed a gravel voice early in life which would become his trademark to fame. He joined his older brother Cornelius as members of "The Three Black Aces" during his vaudeville years, singing for pennies in the hotel lobby. He eventually moved his way up to the Roxy and Apollo theaters in New York...
“ 1. Cabin in the Sky (1943)
2. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
3. Gone with the Wind (1939)
4. You Can't Take It With You (1938)
5. Jezebel (1938)
6. Show Boat (1936) ” - elephant999
Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s...
“ 1. Rebecca (1940)
2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
3. Salome (1953)
4. The Ten Commandments (1956)
5. Laura (1944)
6. Edge of Darkness (1943) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Lifeboat (1944)
2. To Each His Own (1946)
3. The Song of Bernadette (1943)
4. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
5. Gone with the Wind (1939)
6. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
7. The Women (1939) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Major Dundee (1965)
2. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) ” - elephant999
Pamela Denise Anderson was born on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada at 4:08 PST. During her childhood, she moved to the city of Vancouver with her parents, Barry Anderson
and Carol Anderson
. As a teenager, she went to Highland Secondary School. Pamela was first "discovered" at a British Columbia Lions football game...
“ Scooby-Doo (2002) ” - elephant999
Richard Anderson appeared in high school plays, served a hitch in the Army and, upon his discharge, began doing summer stock, radio work, a movie bit part (a wounded soldier in Twelve O'Clock High
) and all the other minor jobs required of your basic struggling actor. He did comedy scenes on a "screen test"-like TV series called Lights, Camera, Action!
and impressed the right people at MGM...
“ 1. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
2. Scaramouche (1952)
3. Hit the Deck (1955) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
2. Frozen (2013)
3. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
4. Bolt (2008) ” - elephant999
“ Winnie the Pooh (2011) ” - elephant999
André the Giant
André René Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff. His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but André suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. As the Giant grew up (very quickly...
“ 1. The Princess Bride (1987)
2. Noah's Ark (1999) ” - elephant999
American leading man of the 1940s and 1950s, Dana Andrews, was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farm by Collins, Covington County, Mississippi. He was the son of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. He was one of thirteen children, including actor Steve Forrest
. Andrews studied business administration at Sam Houston State Teachers College in Texas...
“ 1. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
2. Laura (1944)
3. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
4. Ball of Fire (1941)
5. The Westerner (1940)
6. The Loved One (1965) ” - elephant999
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ 1. The Sound of Music (1965)
2. Mary Poppins (1964)
3. The Princess Diaries (2001)
4. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Diaries (2004)
5. Shrek 2 (2004)
6. Despicable Me (2010)
7. Tooth Fairy (2010)
8. Enchanted (2007): Narrator ” - elephant999
Ms. Andrews and her sisters, Patty and Maxene, were one of the most successful women's singing groups, with 19 gold records and sales of nearly 100 million copies. The sisters began performing in the early 1930s when the Depression wiped out their father's business. In 1937, the sisters scored their first big hit with 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.' In addition to 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy'...
“ Melody Time (1946) ” - elephant999
Ms. Andrews and her sisters, Patty and Laverne, were one of the most successful women's singing groups, with 19 gold records and sales of nearly 100 million copies. The sisters began performing in the early 1930's when the Depression wiped out their father's business. In 1937, the trio of sisters scored their first big hit with 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen'...
“ Melody Time (1946) ” - elephant999
She was born in Mound, Minnesota on 16 February 1918, the daughter of Peter Andreos (changed to 'Andrews' upon arriving in the US) and Olga Sollie. Her real name was Patricia Marie (Patty nickname). Her father was a Greek Catholic immigrant and her mother a Lutheran from Norway who ran the pure food café...
“ Melody Time (1946) ” - elephant999
Heather Grace Angel was born in Oxford, England, on February 9, 1909. She dabbled on the stage for a time before coming to California to try her luck on the screen. Heather was 20 years old when she landed a bit part for the 1929 film, Bulldog Drummond
. Although she didn't know it at the time, she would become a staple of that particular series eight years hence...
“ 1. Peter Pan (1953)
2. Lifeboat (1944)
3. Suspicion (1941)
4. That Hamilton Woman (1941)
5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
6. Pride and Prejudice (1940)
7. Kitty Foyle (1940) ” - elephant999
Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century. Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson...
“ 1. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
2. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) ” - elephant999
She arrived in the U.S. at a time when a great surge of foreign feminine mystique was invading Hollywood, led by Greta Garbo
, Ingrid Bergman
and Marlene Dietrich
. A stunning and exceptionally gifted star beloved in her native France, Annabella was thrown into a string of mediocre films by her studio during her brief Hollywood courtship and...
“ 13 Rue Madeleine (1947) ” - elephant999
English actress Francesca Annis, who has enjoyed a 50-plus year career, spanning seven decades in movies, television and the theater, was born in London six days after V-E Day, on May 14, 1945. Her father, Lester, was English, but her mother, Mariquita (aka Mara Purcell
), was of Brazilian-French heritage...
“ Cleopatra (1963) ” - elephant999
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston
and Nancy Dow
. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City where her parents divorced when she was nine...
“ 1. Office Space (1999)
2. The Iron Giant (1999) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Cinderella (2015)
2. The Bible (2013) ” - elephant999
Tony Anselmo was born on February 18, 1960 in Salt Lake City, UT, and formed an early fascination with all things Disney sparked by a screening of Mary Poppins
at the age of five. His family moved to Sunnyvale, in northern California, when he was seven, and he continued to actively study Disney and animation...
“ 1. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
2. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
3. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)
4. Mickey's House of Villains (2001)
5. The Spirit of Mickey (1998)
6. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
7. Fantasia/2000 (1999)
8. The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)
9. The Great Mouse Detective (1986) ” - elephant999
“ Zookeeper (2011) ” - elephant999
Christina Applegate was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, to record producer/executive Robert William Applegate and singer-actress Nancy Priddy
. Her parents split-up shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings from her father's re-marriage - Alisa (b. 10 October 1977) & Kyle (b. 15 July 1981)...
“ Mars Attacks! (1996) ” - elephant999
Anne Archer was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and the British (BAFTA) Academy Award for her role as Michael Douglas
' sympathetic, tortured wife, "Beth Gallagher", in Adrian Lyne
's 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction
. Archer is also well-known for her poignant Golden Globe-winning performance...
“ Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000) ” - elephant999
Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage offered her the same minor roles...
“ 1. Mildred Pierce (1945)
2. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
3. Whistling in the Dark (1941)
4. Cover Girl (1944)
5. Grease (1978)
6. Night and Day (1946) ” - elephant999
“ Astro Boy (2009) ” - elephant999
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles...
“ 1. Argo (2012)
2. The Fourth Wise Man (1985)
3. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) ” - elephant999
During World War I, Richard Arlen served in the Royal Canadian Flying Corps as a pilot, but he never saw combat. After the war he drifted round and eventually wound up in Los Angeles, where he got a job as a motorcycle messenger at a film laboratory. When he crashed into the gates of Paramount Pictures and suffered a broken leg...
“ Alice in Wonderland (1933) ” - elephant999
One of the oldest actors on the screen in the 1920s and 1930s, George Arliss starred on the London stage from an early age. He came to the United States and starred in several films, but it was his role as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli
that brought him his greatest success.
“ The House of Rothschild (1934) ” - elephant999
Born in Mexican revolution times, Pedro Armendáriz was the first child of Mexican Pedro Armendáriz García-Conde and American Adele Hastings. He was raised in Churubusco, then a suburb of Mexico City, before the family traveled to Laredo, Texas. They lived there until 1921, the year Armendáriz' parents died...
“ 1. Fort Apache (1948)
2. Francis of Assisi (1961)
3. The Fugitive (1947) ” - elephant999
“ The Mask of Zorro (1998) ” - elephant999
Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, and studied at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His first appearance on the screen was in a small role in This Year's Love
“ 1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
2. The Phantom Menace (1999) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Les Miserables : 10th Anniversary Concert (1995)
2. Braveheart (1995)
3. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
4. Millions (2004)
5. Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
2. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
3. Jingle All the Way (1996)
4. Shredderman Rules (2007) ” - elephant999
Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother's life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined the home's brass band...
“ 1. High Society (1956)
2. Cabin in the Sky (1943) ” - elephant999
Robert Armstrong is familiar to old-movie buffs for his case-hardened, rapid-fire delivery in such roles as fast-talking promoters, managers, FBI agents, street cops, detectives and other such characters in scores of films--over 160--many of them at Warner Brothers, where he was part of the so-called "Warner Brothers Stock Company" that consisted of such players as James Cagney
“ 1. King Kong (1933)
2. The Fugitive (1947) ” - elephant999
American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke
. Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman of medical supplies and his mother later became a newspaper columnist...
“ Them! (1954) ” - elephant999
“ 1. The Lego Movie (2014)
2. Despicable Me (2008)
3. Horton Hears a Who! (2007)
4. RV (2006)
5. Ratatouille (2007)
6. Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) ” - elephant999
Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style and superb baritone voice...
“ 1. You Can't Take It With You (1938)
2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
3. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
4. Janie (1944)
5. Janie Gets Married (1946)
6. Johnny Eager (1941)
7. I'm No Angel (1933)
8. He Who Gets Slapped (1924) ” - elephant999
Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden
. Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived with her younger sister and her mother...
“ Clash of the Titans (2010) ” - elephant999
This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York...
“ 1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
2. You Can't Take It With You (1938)
3. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
4. Shane (1953) ” - elephant999
Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II
in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew
. On stage she was cast in many a Shakespearean role...
“ The Nun's Story (1959) ” - elephant999
Love her or not, award-winning actress Elizabeth Ashley can always be counted on to give her all. Grand in style, exotic in looks, divinely outgoing in personality and an engaging interpreter of Tennessee Williams
' florid Southern-belles on stage, she was born Elizabeth Ann Cole on August 30, 1939, in Ocala...
“ Ship of Fools (1965) ” - elephant999
Shawn Robert Ashmore was born one minute after his twin brother Aaron in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, on October 7, 1979. He is the son of Linda, a homemaker, and Rick Ashmore, a manufacturing engineer. By the age of seven, when their mother became a part of the Multiple Births Association in Alberta...
“ Cadet Kelly (2002) ” - elephant999
“ Tarzan (1999) ” - elephant999
Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore
, both of whom rank second to their "Mary Tyler Moore
Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman
who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award...
“ 1. Up (2009)
2. Elf (2003)
3. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)
4. Our Friend, Martin (1999) ” - elephant999
Armand Assante is a coarsely handsome American actor who has successfully portrayed a wide range of intriguing characters from numerous ethnic backgrounds, both on screen and in the theater. Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. was born on October 4, 1949 in New York City, to Katherine (Healey), a music teacher and poet...
“ The Road to El Dorado (2000) ” - elephant999
Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire
. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO...
“ 1. Easter Parade (1948)
2. The Band Wagon (1953)
3. Funny Face (1957)
4. Swing Time (1936)
5. You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
6. Finian's Rainbow (1968)
7. Royal Wedding (1951)
8. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970)
9. Ziegfeld Follies (1945) ” - elephant999
Nils Asther was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1897 and raised in Malmö, Sweden, by his wealthy Swedish parents. After attending the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm, he began his stage career in Copenhagen. His film debut came in 1916 when the director Mauritz Stiller
cast him in the lead role (as an aspiring actor...
“ Son of Lassie (1945) ” - elephant999
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...
“ 1. West Side Story (1961)
2. Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) ” - elephant999
“ Selma, Lord, Selma (1999) ” - elephant999
Her German immigrant father pushed her into a beauty contest at 14 and her first movie Sentimental Tommy
at 15. After a number of minor parts she starred in John Barrymore
's Beau Brummel
. She had a lively affair with Barrymore, over with before she starred a second time with him, in Don Juan
“ 1. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
2. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
3. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
4. Listen, Darling (1938)
5. Other Men's Women (1931)
6. Fiesta (1947)
7. Cass Timberlane (1947)
7. In This Our Life (1942) ” - elephant999
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees in electrical engineering...
“ 1. The Lion King (1994)
2. Scooby-Doo (2002) ” - elephant999
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough...
“ 1. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
2. A Bridge Too Far (1977) ” - elephant999
Born in London, England, Hayley Elizabeth Atwell has dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. An only child, Hayley was named after actress Hayley Mills
. Her parents, Alison (Cain) and Grant Atwell, both motivational speakers, met at a London workshop of Dale Carnegie's self-help bible "How to Win Friends and Influence People"...
“ 1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
3. Cinderella (2015)
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) ” - elephant999
Actor, comedian, and composer, educated at the Sargent School of Acting. His Broadway stage appearances included "The Little Missus", "The Mimic World", "The Firefly", and "How's Your Health?". He was a member of the Fortune Gallo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular song "Some Little Bug is Going to Bite You".
“ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) ” - elephant999
Lionel Atwill was born into a wealthy family and was educated at London's prestigious Mercer School to become an architect, but his interest turned to the stage. He worked his way progressively into the craft and debuted at age 20 at the Garrick Theatre in London. He acted and improved regularly thereafter...
“ 1. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
2. Three Comrades (1938) ” - elephant999
“ 1. Cinderella (1950)
2. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
3. Pretty Baby (1950)
4. A Summer Place (1959)
5. Jeanne Eagles (1957)
6. No Way Out (1950) ” - elephant999
Mischa Auer, the American screen's supreme exponent of the "Mad Russian" stereotype so dear to Yankee hearts before and after World War II, was born Mischa Ounskowsky on November 17, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the grandson of violinist Leopold Auer, whose surname he took when he became a professional actor in the U.S...
“ 1. You Can't Take It With You (1938)
2. Sweethearts (1938) ” - elephant999