San Sebastián: Best Actor

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“ 2016: Smoke and mirrors (El hombre de las mil caras) ” - KSTLeo
Javier Cámara
Born in La Rioja (Spain) in 1967. Soon he moved to Madrid to graduate in Dramatic Arts. He use to work as an usher at the Fígaro Theatre in Madrid. His stage debut was in "El caballero de Olmedo" by Félix Lope de Vega back in 1991. After his great success in the TV-sitcom 7 vidas, he worked with Pedro Almodóvar in the acclaimed Talk to Her.
“ 2015: Truman ” - KSTLeo
Ricardo Darín
Ricardo Darín is an Argentine actor, screenwriter and film director. Darín is one of the biggest movie stars in Argentina. He played a number of parts in TV series for several years where he became popular as a young leading actor. His most prominent roles as a film actor include Nine Queens (2000)...
“ 2015: Truman ” - KSTLeo
“ 2014: Marshland ” - KSTLeo
Jim Broadbent
One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school...
“ 2013: Le Week-End ” - KSTLeo
“ X2
2012: The dead man and being happy
1978: A man called Autumn Flower ” - KSTLeo
“ 2011: Adikos kosmos ” - KSTLeo
“ 2010: Neds ” - KSTLeo
“ 2009: Me too ” - KSTLeo
“ 2008: Empty nest ” - KSTLeo
“ 2007: A thousand years of good prayers ” - KSTLeo
“ 2006: Go away from me ” - KSTLeo
Juan José Ballesta
Actor, El Bola
Juan José Ballesta was only nine when he debuted in the TV series Querido maestro but his real break came when director Achero Mañas gave him the title role in his sensitive Truffaut-like tale of two youths El Bola. The film garnered lots of awards, of which young Juan José got a fairly impressive share,namely the 2001 Best Actor Award given by the Cinema Writers Circle of Spain...
“ 2005: 7 virgins ” - KSTLeo
Ulrich Thomsen
Ulrich Thomsen graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993, after which playing on several theaters in Copenhagen, i.e. Dr. Dantes Aveny, Mungo Park and Østre Gasværks Teater. His debut on film was in Ole Bornedal's Nightwatch. Since then a number of roles in...
“ 2004: Brothers ” - KSTLeo
“ 2003: Take my eyes ” - KSTLeo
“ 2002: Together ” - KSTLeo
“ 2001: Escape to Paradise ” - KSTLeo
“ 2000: Red Ink ” - KSTLeo
“ 1999: C'est quoi la vie? ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1998: Gods and monsters ” - KSTLeo
“ 1997: Martin (Hache) ” - KSTLeo
Michael Caine
Michael Caine is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu...
“ 1996: Blood and wine ” - KSTLeo
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ 1995: Leaving Las Vegas ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1994: Running out of time and The detective and death ” - KSTLeo
“ 1993: Madregilda ” - KSTLeo
“ 1992: Highway Patrolman ” - KSTLeo
“ 1991: Zombie and the Ghost train ” - KSTLeo
“ 1990: Letters from Alou ” - KSTLeo
“ 1989: Túsztörténet (Stand off) ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ X2
1988: Winter diary and Scent of a crime
1972: Doubt ” - KSTLeo
Imanol Arias
Actor, Cuéntame
Imanol Arias began his career with a traveling theatre group in Spain performing in Euskadi (Basque Country). After minor roles on stage, he travels to Cuba to shoot Cecilia directed by Humberto Solás. In 1987 he won the Concha de Plata of the San Sebastian Film Festival for the biography of Eleuterio Sánchez, El Lute: Run for Your Life directed by Vicente Aranda.
“ 1987: El Lute (camina o revienta) ” - KSTLeo
“ 1986: The Realm of Fortune ” - KSTLeo
“ 1985: Yesterday ” - KSTLeo
Nelson Villagra
Graduated from The University Of Chile, School of Theatre, in 1958. Mr. Villagra works for the most important chilean theatre companies for over twenty years. He receives all the most important existing chilean awards between 1963 and 1973. In 1967 debuts as an actor in the chilean movie scene and thereafter in the international Latin American one...
“ 1979: De försvunna ” - KSTLeo
“ 1977: To an unknown God ” - KSTLeo
“ 1976: Skazany (Convicted) ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1975: Dog day afternoon ” - KSTLeo
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is striking. Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerard Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan), an Irish immigrant (from Borrisokane...
“ 1974: Badlands ” - KSTLeo
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: It was I ” - KSTLeo
Lino Ventura
One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
“ 1973: La bonne année ” - KSTLeo
“ 1972: Follow me! ” - KSTLeo
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 ambiguous gentleman inflicting pain and pleasure at the same time...
“ 1971: Brancaleone at the crusades ” - KSTLeo
Zoltán Latinovits
In Hungary lots of people said that he had been the king in the movies in the 20th century. Latinovics was born in his grandfather's restaurant at 12:30pm. His mother, Katalin Gundel, was the daughter of the well-known restaurant owner in Pest. His father, Oszkár Latinovics, was a landowner in South-Hungary and he left his family some days after Zoltán was born...
“ 1970: Trip around my cranium ” - KSTLeo
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
Actor, Hamlet
Innokenti Smoktunovsky (birth name Smoktunovich) was born in Siberian village of Tatianovka near Tomsk in 1925. There were some speculations that his ancestors were of Polish nobility or of Jewish ethnicity and that they were exiled to Siberia for participating in the January Uprising of 1863. But, according to Smoktunovsky's own words...
“ 1970: Tchaikovsky ” - KSTLeo
Nicol Williamson
Actor, Spawn
Nicol Williamson was an enormously talented actor who was considered by some critics to be the finest actor of his generation in the late 1960s and the 1970s, rivaled only by Albert Finney, whom Williamson bested in the classics. Williamson's 1969 "Hamlet" at the Roundhouse Theatre was a sensation in London...
“ 1969: Laughter in the dark ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1968: For love of Ivy ” - KSTLeo
“ 1968: Je t'aime, je t'aime ” - KSTLeo
John Mills
Actor, Gandhi
Sir John Mills, one of the most popular and beloved English actors, was born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills on February 22, 1908, at the Watts Naval Training College in North Elmham, Norfolk, England. The young Mills grew up in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where his father was a mathematics teacher and his mother was a theater box-office manager...
“ 1967: The family way ” - KSTLeo
“ 1967: Le scandale ” - KSTLeo
Frank Finlay
One of Britain's finest products of the stage, film and TV, actor Frank Finlay, he with the dark and handsomely serious-to-mordant looks, was born on August 6, 1926, in Farnworth, England, the son of Josiah, a butcher, and Margaret Finlay. Of English, Irish and Scottish descent, Frank attended St. Gregory...
“ 1965: Othello ” - KSTLeo
Marcello Mastroianni
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...
“ 1965: Casanova '70 ” - KSTLeo
Richard Attenborough
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...
“ X2
1964: Seance of a wet afternoon
1960: The League of Gentlemen ” - KSTLeo
“ 1964: Les aventures de Salavin ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1963: Days of wine and roses ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1962: Waltz of the Toreadors ” - KSTLeo
Gert Fröbe
Actor, Goldfinger
Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the vast US gold reserves within Fort Knox in the spectacular "James Bond" film Goldfinger...
“ 1961: Crook and the Cross ” - KSTLeo
“ 1960: The League of Gentlemen ” - KSTLeo
Jack Hawkins
Actor, Ben-Hur
In Britain, special Christmas plays called pantomimes are produced for children. Jack Hawkins made his London theatrical debut at age 12, playing the elf king in "Where The Rainbow Ends". At 17, he got the lead role of St. George in the same play. At 18, he made his debut on Broadway in "Journey's End"...
“ 1960: The League of Gentlemen ” - KSTLeo
Roger Livesey
The son of Joseph Livesey and Mary Catherine (nee Edwards), Roger was educated at Westminster City School, London. His first stage appearance was the office boy in Loyalties at St. James' theatre in 1917. Subsequently, he played in everything from Shakespeare to modern comedies. He played various roles in the West End from 1920 to 1926...
“ 1960: The League of Gentlemen ” - KSTLeo
Nigel Patrick
Actor, Zero One
This droll, dry-witted London-born gent came from a family of actors. He made his stage debut in 1932 and established his reputation in stylish plays. He progressed to films in 1939 but his career was immediately interrupted after only one movie appearance by WWII, serving as a lieutenant colonel in the infantry...
“ 1960: The League of Gentlemen ” - KSTLeo
Adolfo Marsillach
He is son and grandson of journalists and theater critics. He studied law in Barcelona finishing his career in 1951. He debuted in cinema and theater in 1947, and as a theater director in 1956. In 1965 he became the director of the Teatro Español de Madrid, and in 1972 directed his first film.
“ 1959: Leap to fame ” - KSTLeo
Kirk Douglas
Actor, Spartacus
Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s...
“ 1958: The Vikings ” - KSTLeo
James Stewart
James Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star...
“ 1958: Vertigo ” - KSTLeo
“ 1957: Burning Fuse ” - KSTLeo
Alberto Closas
During the spanish civil war he goes with his family to Buenos Aires. There he studies in the Escuela de Arte Dramatico of Margarita Xirgu. He debuts in cinema in 1946 in Argentina and in 1955 he comes back to Spain and still working in cinema and theater. He is the owner of the Marquina theater in Madrid.
“ 1956: Todos somos necesarios (Spanish Film) ” - KSTLeo
“ 1956: Canaris (Foreign Film) ” - KSTLeo
Enrique Diosdado
He debuts at the age of 18 in theater, being first actor in 1935 in the company of Margarita Xirgu. After working for a long time in South America in theater and cinema he comes back to Spain.
“ 1954: North Wind ” - KSTLeo
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...
“ 1953: Hay un camino a la derecha ” - KSTLeo