Cannes: Best Actor

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Shahab Hosseini
Shahab Hosseini was born on February 3, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. He grew up in a family of six and was the oldest child. He earned his high school diploma in Biology. Once a psychology student at the University of Tehran, he dropped out with the intent of emigrating to Canada. Instead, he ended up as a radio host in Iran...
“ 2016: Forushande (The salesman) ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2015: La loi du marché (The measure of a man) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Timothy Spall
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth"...
“ 2014: Mr. Turner ” - KSTLeo
 
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Bruce Dern
Actor, Nebraska
Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch. Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy...
“ 2013: Nebraska ” - KSTLeo
 
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Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker. Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher, he slowly grew to become one of Denmark's biggest movie actors...
“ 2012: Jagten (The hunt) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Jean Dujardin
Actor, The Artist
In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille. This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end of "Un gars, une fille" in 2003, he has appeared in many films.
“ 2011: The Artist ” - KSTLeo
 
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Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
“ 2010: Biutiful ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2010: La nostra vita ” - KSTLeo
 
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Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz was born in Vienna, Austria, to Elisabeth Urbancic, an Austrian-born costume designer, and Johannes Waltz, a German-born stage builder. He has 3 siblings. He was born into a theater family, as his maternal grandmother was Viennese Burgtheater actress Maria Mayen, and his step-grandfather was fellow Burgtheater actor Emmerich Reimers...
“ 2009: Inglorious basterds ” - KSTLeo
 
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Benicio Del Toro
Actor, Snatch
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. Born on February 19...
“ 2008: Che: Part one and Che: Part two ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2007: The Banishment ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2006: Days of glory ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2006: Days of glory ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2006: Days of glory ” - KSTLeo
 
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Samy Naceri
Actor, Taxi
“ 2006: Days of glory ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2006: Days of glory ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 2005: The three burials of Melquiades Estrada ” - KSTLeo
 
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Yûya Yagira
Yuya Yagira was born on March 26th, 1990, in Tokyo. His friends call him Yagy. He loves soccer and swimming. And he loves meat and ang-ning-tofu-square. He belongs to StarDust Promotion Agency. He decided to be an actor. By himself. On his own. Just him. His very first audition was Nobody Knows. He quickly got the part...
“ 2004: Nobody knows ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 2003: Distant ” - KSTLeo
 
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Emin Toprak
Actor, Uzak
“ 2003: Distant ” - KSTLeo
 
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Olivier Gourmet
Actor, Le fils
Grandson of a carpenter, Olivier Gourmet grew up in Mirwart, a Belgian village where his father was a cattle dealer and mother the manager of a family hotel-restaurant. At 13, he was sent to boarding school, which was an unhappy experience that led him to "be closed in on myself". It was at this school that he began acting when he replaced a classmate at short notice in the school play...
“ 2002: The son ” - KSTLeo
 
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Benoît Magimel
Benoît was born and bred in Paris. He is the eldest of three children who were born to a bank employee (father) and nurse (mother) whose marriage broke down during Benoît's childhood. With his father largely absent from the domestic home, Benoît shouldered responsibility for the family early and as a young working actor he supported his family financially...
“ 2001: The piano teacher ” - KSTLeo
 
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Tony Chiu Wai Leung
Actor, Ying xiong
Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji or Jue dai shuang jiao...
“ 2000: In the mood for love ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1999: L'humanité ” - KSTLeo
 
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Peter Mullan
He was interested in directing films at the age of 19 and he made several shorts. As he wasn't admitted to the National Film School, he decided to dedicate himself to acting, and made his debut in the theatre in 1988 before moving to cinema and television. Fame came with the parts he played in such films as Riff-Raff by Ken Loach...
“ 1998: My name is Joe ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1997: She's so lovely ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1996: The Eighth day ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1996: The Eight day ” - KSTLeo
 
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Jonathan Pryce
From Holywell to Hollywood Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly moving between Hollywood studio films and the classical West End to bold independent cinema and the broadway musical...
“ 1995: Carrington ” - KSTLeo
 
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You Ge
Actor, To Live
“ 1994: To live ” - KSTLeo
 
31.
David Thewlis
Actor, Naked
David Thewlis was born David Wheeler in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Maureen (Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler, and lived with his parents above their combination wallpaper and toy shop during his childhood. Originally, he came to London with his band Door 66, however he changed his plans and entered Guildhall School of Drama...
“ 1993: Naked ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1992: The player ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1991: Barton Fink ” - KSTLeo
 
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Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1990: Cyrano de Bergerac ” - KSTLeo
 
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James Spader
James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of teachers Jean (Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover with director Peter Sellars; he dropped out in eleventh grade. He bused tables, shoveled manure, and taught yoga before landing his first roles...
“ 1989: Sex, lies and videotape ” - KSTLeo
 
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Forest Whitaker
Actor, Platoon
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ 1988: Bird ” - KSTLeo
 
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Marcello Mastroianni
Actor,
Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette, then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club...
“ X2
1987: Dark eyes
1970: Jelousy, Italian style ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1986: Tenue de soirée (Evening dress) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was living after being evacuated as a result of the heavy bombings. He is the son of Elsie Lillian (Hopkins), a nursery school teacher and cook, and Robert William Hoskins, Sr., who drove a lorry and worked as a bookkeeper...
“ 1986: Mona Lisa ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1985: Kiss of the spider woman ” - KSTLeo
 
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Alfredo Landa
Spanish actor. Born in Pamplona and son of a Civil Guard, he moved to San Sebastián when he was 12 years old, and some years later started studying Law. While studying his legal career, he participated in the Teatro Español Universitario and so he discovered his real vocation. His first contact with cinema was as a dubbing actor...
“ 1984: Los santos inocentes (The holy innocents) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Francisco Rabal
Actor, Viridiana
Francisco Rabal -- Paco to everyone -- was born in the mining camp where his father worked. His mother owned a small mill. At the age of six, with the Civil War breaking out, the family emigrated to Madrid and he started working as a street salesman and later in a chocolate factory, which later led to him working as an electrician in the Chamartín Film Studios...
“ 1984: Los santos inocentes (The holy innocents) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Gian Maria Volontè
Born in Milan in 1933, he studies in Rome at the "National Dramatic Arts Academy" were reaches the degree in 1957. He starts working in teather and television, where he is soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After a few short appearance in movies, he reaches notoriety with the character of Ramón Rojo in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars...
“ X2
1983: The death of Mario Ricci
1972: The working class goes to Paradise and Il caso Mattei ” - KSTLeo
 
44.
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School...
“ X2
1982: Missing
1979: The China Syndrome ” - KSTLeo
 
45.
Ugo Tognazzi
Despite his many superb performances accumulated over a four-decade stretch (and I do mean many), this virile, mustachioed, stocky-framed Italian character star will be forever cherished if only for his one classic comedy role, that of slightly mincing gay cabaret owner Renato Baldi in La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1981: Tragedy of a ridiculous man ” - KSTLeo
 
46.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1980: Leap into the void ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1978: Coming home ” - KSTLeo
 
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Fernando Rey
Fernando Rey, the great Spanish movie actor primarily known in the United States for his role as "Frog One" in The French Connection and its sequel, was born Fernando Casado D'Arambillet on September 20 1917, in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, the son of Colonel Casado Veiga. Originally, the young Fernando intended to become an architect...
“ 1977: Elisa, my love ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1976: Pascual Duarte ” - KSTLeo
 
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Vittorio Gassman
Actor, Sleepers
Vittorio Gassman studied theatre in his youth and was quite a good basketball player. He debuted on stage in 1943 and soon felt home in all classical theatre works. Since 1946 he also worked at the movies and his first big role there was the criminal in Bitter Rice. This fixed him to his main parts: The ambigous gentleman inflicting pain and pleasure at the same time...
“ 1975: Scent of a woman ” - KSTLeo
 
51.
Charles Boyer
Actor, Gaslight
Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations all over Europe...
“ 1974: Stavisky... ” - KSTLeo
 
52.
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...
“ 1974: The last detail ” - KSTLeo
 
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Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini is an Oscar-nominated Italian actor, director and multilingual dubber who made an international reputation for his leading roles in Italian films as well as for his mastery of a variety of languages and dialects. He was born August 1, 1942, in La Spezia, Italy. For ten years young Giannini lived and studied in Naples...
“ 1973: Love and Anarchy ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1972: We won't grow old together ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1971: Sacco & Vanzetti ” - KSTLeo
 
56.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ 1969: Z. ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1967: Not mine to love ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1966: Sult (Hunger) ” - KSTLeo
 
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Terence Stamp
Actor, Wanted
Terence Henry Stamp was born and lived in Canal Road, Bow, until German bombers forced his family to move to Plaistow. An icon of the 1960s, he dated the likes of Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot and Jean Shrimpton. After an extremely successful early career, starring in Modesty Blaise, Poor Cow and Far from the Madding Crowd...
“ 1965: The Collector ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1964: Pacsirta (Sky) ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1964: Seduced and abandoned ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1963: This sporting life ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1962: A taste of honey ” - KSTLeo
 
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Ralph Richardson
Sir Ralph Richardson was one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century English-language theater, ascending to the height of his profession in the mid-1930s when he became a star in London's West End. He became the first actor of his generation to be knighted. He became Sir Ralph in 1947, and was quickly followed Laurence Olivier in 1948...
“ 1962: Long day's journey into night ” - KSTLeo
 
65.
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...
“ 1962: Long day's journey into night ” - KSTLeo
 
66.
Dean Stockwell
Photogenic American child actor of the 1940s, popular due in no small measure to his air of innocence and his beautiful, cherubic face with its dimples and his sparkling eyes, topped with a crown of curls. Still an actor in demand while well into his middle years, he is one of the few juvenile performers to succeed lifelong in films...
“ X2
1962: Long day's journey into night
1959: Compulsion ” - KSTLeo
 
67.
Anthony Perkins
Actor, Psycho
Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College...
“ 1961: Goodbye again ” - KSTLeo
 
68.
Bradford Dillman
Actor, Piranha
Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it and he played shady, highly suspect characters throughout most of his career...
“ 1959: Compulsion ” - KSTLeo
 
69.
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ 1959: Compulsion ” - KSTLeo
 
70.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film 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...
“ 1958: The long, hot summer ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1957: Valley of Peace ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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Aleksey Batalov
Aleksei Vladimirovich Batalov was born on November 20, 1928, into the family of a famous Russian theatrical actor Vladimir Batalov. He was born in the city of Vladimir, near Moscow, where his grandmother was the Doctor General at the Vladimir city hospital. His father, named Vladimir Petrovich Batalov and his mother...
“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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Nikolai Gritsenko
Nikolai Gritsenko was a notable Russian actor known for the role as Kareni in Anna Karenina by director Aleksandr Zarkhi, and as Nazi General in TV series 'Semnadtsat mgnovenii vesny' by director Tatyana Lioznova. He was born Nikolai Olimpiyevich Gritsenko on July 24, 1912, in Yasinovataya, Donetsk province...
“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
80.
Vadim Medvedev
Actor, Hamlet
Vadim Medvededv was born Vladimir Aleksandrovich Medvedev on April 28, 1929, in Yalta, Crimea province, Ukraine, USSR (now Ukraine). In 1949, he graduated from the Acting Studio of Moscow Chamber Theatre under directorship of Aleksandr Tairov. From 1952-1966 he was a permanent member of the troupe of Pushkin Drama Theatre in St...
“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1955: A big family ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1955: Bad day at Black Rock ” - KSTLeo
 
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“ 1953: The wages of fear ” - KSTLeo
 
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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...
“ 1952: Viva Zapata! ” - KSTLeo
 
85.
Michael Redgrave
Sir Michael Redgrave was of the generation of English actors that gave the world the legendary John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, Britain three fabled "Theatrical Knights" back in the days when a knighthood for thespian was far more rare than it is today. A superb actor, Redgrave...
“ 1951: The Browning version ” - KSTLeo
 
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Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson arrived in the United States at age ten, and his family moved into New York's Lower East Side. He took up acting while attending City College, abandoning plans to become a rabbi or lawyer. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts awarded him a scholarship, and he began work in stock...
“ 1949: House of strangers ” - KSTLeo
 
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Ray Milland
Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor. Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred Jones...
“ 1946: The lost weekend ” - KSTLeo