Top 100 Male Movie Actors (Star System)

This ranking is based on a star system. Every actress gets between one and five stars for each great role. The judgement of what is great is entirely based on my personal taste.
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James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 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), musician (singing and accordion playing), and sometime actor...
“ 62 stars
*****Rear Window
****The Man Who Knew Too Much
****Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
****It's a Wonderful Life
****The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
***You Can't Take It with You
***The Cheyenne Social Club
***The Philadelphia Story
***How the West Was Won
***Anatomy of a Murder
**The Man from Laramie
**Winchester '73
**The Glenn Miller Story
**Destry Rides Again
**Bell, Book and Candle
**The Shop Around the Corner
**The Rare Breed
*The Greatest Show on Earth
*Ziegfeld Girl
*Wife vs. Secretary ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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 on January 18, 1904 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...
“ 61 stars
*****North by Northwest
****His Girl Friday
****Bringing Up Baby
***To Catch a Thief
***Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
***Every Girl Should Be Married
***Monkey Business
***Arsenic and Old Lace
***The Philadelphia Story
**An Affair to Remember
**The Awful Truth
**Dream Wife
**Mr. Lucky
**I Was a Male War Bride
**She Done Him Wrong
**The Bishop's Wife
**Night and Day ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ 60 stars
*****Annie Hall
****Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask
****Crimes and Misdemeanors
****Hannah and Her Sisters
***Husbands and Wives
***Small Time Crooks
***To Rome with Love
***Play It Again, Sam
***Mighty Aphrodite
**Stardust Memories
**Love and Death
**Shadows and Fog
**The Front
**Broadway Danny Rose
**Take the Money and Run ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 56 stars
*****The Maltese Falcon
*****The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
****The Big Sleep
***To Have and Have Not
***Key Largo
***The Two Mrs. Carrolls
***High Sierra
**The African Queen
**Dark Passage
**Black Legion
**The Harder They Fall
**They Drive by Night
**San Quentin
**Dead Reckoning
**In a Lonely Place
**The Barefoot Contessa
**Angels with Dirty Faces
*The Petrified Forest
*Dead End ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Oliver Hardy
Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began appearing in a long series of shorts; his debut film was Outwitting Dad...
“ 52 stars
*****Sons of the Desert
****Our Relations
****Pardon Us
****A Chump at Oxford
***Way Out West
***Saps at Sea
***The Flying Deuces
***The Music Box
**The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case
**Swiss Miss
**Pack Up Your Troubles
**Babes in Toyland
**Fra Diavolo
**The Dancing Masters
**Below Zero
*Putting Pants on Philip
*The Finishing Touch
*The Chimp
*Night Owls ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on the 16th of June in Ulverston, Lancashire in England, 1890. His father was a vaudeville performer and this led Arthur to being a stage performer too. He didn't get much schooling and this led to the joining of Fred Karno's Troupe where Arthur understudied the future star...
“ 49 stars
*****Sons of the Desert
****Our Relations
****Pardon Us
****A Chump at Oxford
***Way Out West
***Saps at Sea
***The Flying Deuces
***The Music Box
**The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case
**Swiss Miss
**Pack Up Your Troubles
**Babes in Toyland
**Fra Diavolo
**The Dancing Masters
**Below Zero
*Putting Pants on Philip
*The Finishing Touch
*The Chimp
*Night Owls ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Fred Astaire
Actor, Top Hat
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...
“ 47 stars
*****Top Hat
****Shall We Dance
****Swing Time
****The Gay Divorcee
***The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
***Daddy Long Legs
***Funny Face
**The Towering Inferno
**The Barkleys of Broadway
**Easter Parade
**Follow the Fleet
**The Band Wagon
**You'll Never Get Rich
**You Were Never Lovelier
**The Sky's the Limit ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ 43 stars
*****Modern Times
*****The Great Dictator
****The Gold Rush
****Monsieur Verdoux
****City Lights
****The Kid
***The Immigrant
***The Tramp
**A Dog's Life
**The Circus
**A King in New York
*A Countess from Hong Kong ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ 43 stars
*****The Godfather
****The Panic in Needle Park
***The Merchant of Venice
**Dog Day Afternoon
**Scent of a Woman
**City Hall
**Frankie & Johnny
**The Godfather: Part II
**The Godfather: Part III
**The Devil's Advocate ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ 40 stars
*****Taxi Driver
*****The King of Comedy
***New York, New York
***The Untouchables
***Jackie Brown
***Silver Linings Playbook
**Raging Bull
**The Godfather: Part II
**Once upon a Time in America
**The Deer Hunter
*Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
*Mean Streets ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Louis de Funès
Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction. Young Louis de Funès was fond of drawing and piano playing...
“ 40 stars
*****La Grande Vadrouille
****Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
****Le Gendarme se marie
***Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob
***L'Aile ou la cuisse
***La Soupe aux choux
***Le Gendarme et les gendarmettes
**Le Gendarme à New York
**Le Gendarme en balade
**Le Gendarme et les extra-terrestres
*Le Mouton à cinq pattes ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 40 stars
*****The Apartment
****Some Like It Hot
****The Out-of-Towners
***Days of Wine and Roses
***The China Syndrome
***Irma la Douce
**The Prisoner of Second Avenue
**Save the Tiger
**The Front Page
**How to Murder Your Wife
**The Great Race
**The Fortune Cookie
**The Odd Couple
*Bell, Book and Candle
*JFK ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 40 stars
****The Russia House
****Dr. No
***The Great Train Robbery
***The Untouchables
**The Man Who Would Be King
**A Bridge Too Far
**Never Say Never Again
**The Offence
**Murder on the Orient Express
*Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
*Time Bandits ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ 37 stars
****Barefoot in the Park
****The Way We Were
***The Horse Whisperer
***All the President's Men
***Up Close & Personal
**Three Days of the Condor
**The Sting
**Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
**The Candidate
**Legal Eagles
**The Great Gatsby
**This Property Is Condemned
**Indecent Proposal
*A Bridge Too Far ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 36 stars
*****Jean de Florette
****Le Dernier Métro
***Cyrano de Bergerac
***Les Valseuses
***Mon père, ce héros
**Sous le soleil de Satan
**Camille Claudel ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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 age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ 36 stars
****The Quiet American
***Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
***Hannah and Her Sisters
***The Prestige
***Dressed to Kill
***The Italian Job
***Mr. Morgan's Last Love
**The Man Who Would Be King
**A Bridge Too Far
**The Cider House Rules
*Woman Times Seven
*Miss Congeniality ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Clark Gable
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania...
“ 34 stars
*****Gone with the Wind
****It Happened One Night
****The Misfits
****Mutiny on the Bounty
***Teacher's Pet
**Manhattan Melodrama
**Wife vs. Secretary
**Red Dust
**Boom Town
**Betrayed ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 32 stars
*****8 1/2
****La dolce vita
****Ieri oggi domani
***Una giornata particolare
***La Grande Bouffe
***Ginger e Fred
**La notte
**Le Notti bianche
**Divorzio all' italiana
**Matrimonio all'italiana
**Storia di Piera ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 32 stars
*****The Remains of the Day
****The Elephant Man
***The Silence of the Lambs
***Howards End
**A Doll's House
**The Mask of Zorro
*Young Winston ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 32 stars
****The Graduate
****Rain Man
****Marathon Man
***All the President's Men
***Straw Dogs
**Sraight Time
**Kramer vs. Kramer
**Little Big Man
*The Program ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Paul Newman
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ 32 stars
****Absence of Malice
****The Towering Inferno
***The Verdict
***The Sting
***The Hustler
***Torn Curtain
**The Color of Money
**Cool Hand Luke
**Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
**Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
**The Hudsucker Proxy ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, 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 nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the early 2000s...
“ 31 stars
*****One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
***The Shining
***Terms of Endearment
**The Witches of Eastwick
**Easy Rider
**Five Easy Pieces
**Goin' South
**Prizzi's Honor
*The Little Shop of Horrors
*Reds ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 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...
“ 31 stars
****To Kill a Mockingbird
****Roman Holiday
***Moby Dick
***Duel in the Sun
***The Boys from Brazil
***Gentlemen's Agreement
***How the West Was Won
**The Omen
**The Paradine Case ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 30 stars
*****Sunset Boulevard
****Paris, When It Sizzles
****The Bridge on the River Kwai
****The Towering Inferno
**Stalag 17
*The Country Girl ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 30 stars
*****The Godfather
****On the Waterfront
****The Wild One
****A Streetcar Named Desire
***Last Tango in Paris
**Guys and Dolls
**Apocalypse Now
**A Countess from Hong Kong
**Julius Caesar
*A Dry White Season
*Superman ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 30 stars
****12 Angry Men
****The Grapes of Wrath
***The Wrong Man
***You Only Live Once
***Once upon a Time in the West
***War and Peace
***The Cheyenne Social Club
**The Lady Eve
**My Darling Clementine
**The Ox-Bow Incident
*How the West Was Won ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured...
“ 30 stars
****From Here to Eternity
****Atlantic City
***Judgment at Nuremberg
**Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
**The Killers
**Elmer Gantry
**Come Back, Little Sheba
**Separate Tables
**Sweet Smell of Success
**Il gattopardo
¨*Local Hero ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Kirk Douglas
Actor, Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. His parents...
“ 29 stars
****Lust for Life
***The Bad and the Beautiful
***Tough Guys
***Detective Story
**Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
**Paths of Glory
**My Dear Secretary
**The Fury
*20,000 Leagues under the Sea
*Out of the Past ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)...
“ 28 stars
****The Ladykillers
****The Lavender Hill Mob
***The Bridge on the River Kwai
***Kind Hearts and Coronets
***The Man in the White Suit
**Oliver Twist
**Great Expectations
**Doctor Zhivago
**Murder by Death
*Lawrence of Arabia
*The Fall of the Roman Empire ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 28 stars
***Judgment at Nuremberg
***Father of the Bride
***Tortilla Flat
**Libelled Lady
**20,000 Years in Sing Sing
**It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
**Woman of the Year
**Adam's Rib
**Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
**Boom Town
*How the West Was Won ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Groucho Marx
Actor, Duck Soup
The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wise-cracker with the painted-on moustache and stooped walk was the leader of The Marx Brothers. With one-liners that were often double entendres, Groucho never cursed in any of his performances and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. With a great love of music and singing (The Marx Brothers started as a singing group)...
“ 26 stars
****Horse Feathers
****A Day at the Races
****Animal Crackers
***Monkey Business
***Duck Soup
**A Night at the Opera
**A Night in Casablanca
**Go West ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Chico Marx
As a kid trying to negotiate his way through various gang territories to a floating crap game or a new pool hall where he was not yet known as a hustler, Leonard (Chico) Marx learned to fake several accents. Because he later employed an Italian accent in the Marx Brothers' act, people assumed his name was pronounced "Cheeko." Instead...
“ 26 stars
****Horse Feathers
****A Day at the Races
****Animal Crackers
***Monkey Business
***Duck Soup
**A Night at the Opera
**A Night in Casablanca
**Go West ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Harpo Marx
Actor, Duck Soup
With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. Harpo...
“ 26 stars
****Horse Feathers
****A Day at the Races
****Animal Crackers
***Monkey Business
***Duck Soup
**A Night at the Opera
**A Night in Casablanca
**Go West ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 26 stars
****The Ladykillers
***Dr. Strangelove
***Being There
***The Pink Panther
***The Battle of the Sexes
**Murder by Death
**The World of Henry Orient
**The Party
*I'm All Right, Jack ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 25 stars
*****Girl with a Pearl Earring
****The King's Speech
***Magic in the Moonlight
**Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy
**The Importance of Being Earnest
**Hope Springs
**Easy Virtue
**A Single Man
*Shakespeare in Love ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
James Mason
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone Guthrie and of Alexander Korda...
“ 25 stars
****A Star Is Born
***Bigger Than Life
***North by Northwest
**The Boys from Brazil
**20,000 Leagues under the Sea
**5 Fingers
**The Verdict
*Julius Caesar
*Evil under the Sun
*The Fall of the Roman Empire ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 25 stars
***The Boys from Brazil
***The Prince and the Showgirl
**Wuthering Heights
**Pride and Prejudice
*Marathon Man
*A Bridge Too Far
*Spartacus ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Donald Sutherland
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others. Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint John...
“ 25 stars
****Don't Look Now
****Invasion of the Body Snatchers
***The Great Train Robbery
**A Dry White Season
**Ordeal by Innocence
**The Hunger Games
*The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
*The Dirty Dozen
*The Eagle Has Landed
*A Time to Kill
*Disclosure ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 25 stars
***Raiders of the Lost Ark
***Working Girl
**Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
**Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
**Blade Runner
**Regarding Henry
**The Fugitive
**Morning Glory
**The Conversation ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster. Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their aunt and uncle's home at Virginia Beach...
“ 24 stars
*****The Third Man
****Shadow of a Doubt
***Citizen Kane
***The Magnificent Ambersons
**Under Capricorn
**Journey into Fear
**Soylent Green ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 24 stars
****The Conversation
***Mississippi Burning
***The Poseidon Adventure
**The French Connection
*The Firm
*A Bridge Too Far
*Bonnie and Clyde
*Another Woman
*Reds ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Harvey Keitel
American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City. 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...
“ 24 stars
***The Piano
***Blue Collar
***Taxi Driver
***Pulp Fiction
**Point of No Return
**Reservoir Dogs
**Thelma and Louise
**Mean Streets
*Bad Timing ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
David Niven
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
“ 23 stars
****The Guns of Navarone
****Around the World in Eighty Days
**A Matter of Life and Death
**Separate Tables
**Wuthering Heights
**Death on the Nile
**The Pink Panther
**Murder by Death
*The Charge of the Light Brigade
*The Bishop's Wife
*The Prisoner of Zenda
*Magnificent Doll ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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 mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ 23 stars
***Sleepless in Seattle
***You've Got Mail
**Saving Mr. Banks
**Cloud Atlas
**Apollo 13
**Forrest Gump
**Joe vs. the Volcano ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
John Travolta
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, NJ...
“ 22 stars
*****Pulp Fiction
****Saturday Night Fever
****Blow Out
***A Love Song for Bobby Long
**Carrie ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
“ 22 stars
*****Citizen Kane
***The Stranger
***The Lady from Shanghai
***The Third Man
***Touch of Evil
**Moby Dick
*The Trial
*A Man for All Seasons
*Journey into Fear ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Richard Burton
Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins...
“ 22 stars
****Anne of the Thousand Days
****Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
****The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
***The Night of the Iguana
**The Taming of the Shrew ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
“ 22 stars
****From Here to Eternity
****The Heiress
***A Place in the Sun
***Suddenly, Last Summer
***The Misfits
***Judgment at Nuremberg
**I Confess ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau was best known for starting in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Dennis the Meance (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars. He was born Walter John Matthow in New York City, New York on October 1...
“ 22 stars
****Cactus Flower
***The Sunshine Boys
**The Front Page
**The Fortune Cookie
**The Odd Couple
*Bigger than Life
*JFK ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A...
“ 22 stars
****The Manchurian Candidate
***From Here to Eternity
**Ocean's Eleven
**Anchors Aweigh
**On the Town
**Young at Heart
**Some Came Running
**Never So Few
**The Tender Trap
*Guys and Dolls ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. Nonetheless...
“ 21 stars
*****Rain Man
****Eyes Wide Shut
**The Color of Money
**The Firm
**Far and Away
**Risky Business
*Magnolia ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Boris Karloff
Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23...
“ 21 stars
****The Bride of Frankenstein
****The Mummy
****The Body Snatcher
**The Raven
**The Sorcerers
*Curse of the Crimson Altar ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Charlton Heston
With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As a Hollywood star...
“ 21 stars
****Soylent Green
***Touch of Evil
***The Ten Commandments
***The Greatest Show on Earth
**Planet of the Apes
**El Cid ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 20 stars
*****The Seventh Seal
***The Exorcist
**Hannah and Her Sisters
*Flash Gordon
*Never Say Never Again
*Three Days of the Condor
*Through a Glass Darkly
*Wild Strawberries ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 20 stars
****Phantom of the Opera
**The Invisible Man
**Caesar and Cleopatra
**The Wolf Man
*Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
*The Adventures of Robin Hood
*Lawrence of Arabia ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico...
“ 20 stars
****La Strada
****The Guns of Navarone
***Zorba the Greek
**Lust for Life
**Across 110th Street
*They Died with Their Boots On
*Lawrence of Arabia
*The Ox-Bow Incident ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the beginning of 1940 while in the army making music-hall show for the troops...
“ 19 stars
*****La Grande Vadrouille
****Le Cercle rouge
***Le Corniaud
***La Grosse Caisse
***Le Coeur sur la main
*The Longest Day ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 19 stars
****Basic Instinct
****Wall Street
****Fatal Attraction
***The China Syndrome
**Romancing the Stone
**Disclosure ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Christopher Plummer
Actor, Up
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
“ 18 stars
****The Sound of Music
****The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
**The Fall of the Roman Empire
**Triple Cross
**The High Commissioner (Nobody Runs Forever)
*The Man Who Would Be King
*The Lake House
*Ordeal by Innocence ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
The apocryphal biography of Fernand Contandin tells the invention of his artistic name Fernandel by his sister-in-law ("Voici le Fernand d'elles"). At the beginning of the thirties he became a typical actor of the comedy genre: popular, common, likable and with a concealed grain of drama. Marc Allégret was the director of his first successful film La meilleure bobonne...
“ 18 stars
****La Vache et le prisonnier
***Le Boulanger de Valorgue
***Don Camillo
***Heureux qui comme Ulysse
**Le Mouton à cinq pattes
**La loi, c'est la loi
*Around the World in Eighty Days ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 18 stars
****Little Caesar
***Double Indemnity
***Soylent Green
**Key Largo
**Scarlet Street
**The Stranger
*The Biggest Bundle of Them All
*The Ten Commandments ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Peter Lorre
Actor, Casablanca
As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M...
“ 18 stars
***The Maltese Falcon
**The Man Who Knew Too Much
**My Favorite Brunette
*Secret Agent
*The Raven
*Around the World in Eighty Days
*20,000 Leagues under the Sea ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
“ 17 stars
*****Jean de Florette
*****Manon des Sources
***Le Cercle rouge
**My Geisha
*Let's make Love
*Z ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard Stainer was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the outbreak of World War I...
“ 17 stars
****The Scarlet Pimpernel
***The Petrified Forest
***Of Human Bondage
***Gone with the Wind ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Charles Laughton
Actor, Spartacus
Charles Laughton was born on July 1, 1899 in Yorkshire, England. He was the son of Robert Laughton, a Yorkshire hotel keeper. His mother was a devout Roman Catholic of Irish ancestry. Laughton briefly attended Scarborough College, a local boys' school in his area before attending Stonyhurst College, an English Jesult school...
“ 17 stars
****Witness for the Prosecution
****Mutiny on the Bounty
**This Land Is Mine
**The Hunchback of Notre Dame
**They Knew What They Wanted
*Jamaica Inn
*The Paradine Case ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Woody Harrelson
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, had a brief stint in New York theater...
“ 17 stars
****Natural Born Killers
***The People vs. Larry Flint
***Indecent Proposal
**Money Train
**Battle in Seattle
**The Hunger Games
*The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Gene Kelly
Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941...
“ 18 stars
****Singin' in the Rain
***An American in Paris
**Cover Girl
**On the Town
**Inherit the Wind
**Anchors Aweigh
*Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
*Let's Make Love
*Xanadu ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Antonio Banderas
Actor, Desperado
Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international film star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous film series. He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain...
“ 17 stars
****Femme Fatale
****La piel que habito
**The Mask of Zorro
**Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
*Frida ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
George Sanders
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936...
“ 17 stars
****Journey to Italy
***All about Eve
**The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
**Death of a Scoundrel
**This Land Is Mine
*The Fan
*Solomon and Sheba ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Wilder caught his first big break playing...
“ 16 stars
****The Producers
****The Woman in Red
***Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* *But Were Afraid to Ask
**Blazing Saddles
**Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
*Bonnie and Clyde ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 16 stars
****Brighton Rock
****10 Rillington Place
***Jurassic Park
**The Human Factor
*A Matter of Life and Death
*The Great Escape
*In Which We Serve ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 16 stars
****In the Heat of the Night
****The Defiant Ones
***To Sir, with Love
***A Raisin in the Sun
**Lillies of the Field ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ 15 stars
****The Untouchables
****The Bodyguard
***Dances with Wolves
**Rumor Has It ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ 15 stars
***The Age of Innocence
***The Unbearable Lightness of Being
***In the Name of the Father
***My Beautiful Laundrette
**A Room with a View
*Gandhi ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Peter Ustinov
Actor, Robin Hood
Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions. He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, London...
“ 16 stars
****Death on the Nile
***Evil under the Sun
***Quo Vadis
***Logan's Run ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 16 stars
****The End of the Affair
***The Constant Gardener
***The Duchess
**Quiz Show
*Schindler's List ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Keanu Reeves
Actor, The Matrix
Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese...
“ 16 stars
***The Devil's Advocate
**The Lake House
**Dangerous Liaisons
**Much Ado about Nothing ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
John Cleese
John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height...
“ 16 stars
****Monty Python and the Holy Grail
***A Fish Called Wanda
***Life of Brian
**Rat Race
*Time Bandits
*Mary Shelley's Frankenstein ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a two reeler by Hans Tissler (an independent producer)...
“ 16 stars
****High Noon
***Love in the Afternoon
**Ball of Fire
**Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
**The Fountainhead
**A Farewell to Arms
*Wings ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself...
“ 16 stars
****Some Like It Hot
***The Defiant Ones
**Boeing Boeing
**Sweet Smell of Success
**The Great Race
*Winchester '73
*The Mirror Crack'd
*Spartacus ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
John Cusack
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
“ 16 stars
***High Fidelity
***Being John Malkovich
**City Hall
**Gross Point Blank
*Shadows and Fog
*Stand by Me
*Sixteen Candles ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ 15 stars
****La Piscine
****Le Cercle rouge
**Le Samouraï
*The Yellow Rolls-Royce
*Il Gattopardo ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 15 stars
****The Lady Vanishes
****The Importance of Being Earnest
**The Captive Heart
**Dead of Night
**The Quiet American
*The Go-Between ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Roger Moore
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His mother was born in Calcutta...
“ 15 stars
****The Man with the Golden Gun
****The Spy Who Loved Me
**Live and Let Die
**For Your Eyes Only
*The Last Time I Saw Paris ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Sam Neill
Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria...
“ 15 stars
****Jurassic Park
***The Piano
**Dead Calm
*Memoirs of an Invisible Man
*The Horse Whisperer
*Sirens ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Trevor Howard
Actor, Gandhi
The son of an insurance underwriter, who represented Lloyd's of London in Ceylon, Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith was born in Margate, Kent. He spent his early childhood globetrotting with his mother, frequently left in the care of strangers. After attending private school, he subsequently trained at RADA (due to his mother's insistence)...
“ 15 stars
****Brief Encounter
***Ryan's Daughter
*Operation Crossbow
*The Third Man
*Triple Cross
*The Offence
*Around the World in Eighty Days
*A Doll's House ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Peter Falk
Actor, Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and...
“ 15 stars
***The In-Laws
***The Princess Bride
**A Woman under the Influence
**Murder by Death
*Der Himmel über Berlin
*The Great Race
*It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 15 stars
**Arch of Triumph
**Barefoot in the Park
**How to Steal a Million
*Around the World in Eighty Days ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ 15 stars
***The Man with the Golden Gun
**The Mummy
**The Hound of the Baskervilles
*The Curse of Frankenstein
*Curse of the Crimson Altar
*A Tale of Two Cities
*Boogie Woogie ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 14 stars
****Elsker dig for evigt
****Efter brylluppet
****En kongelig affaere
**Haevnen ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Dirk Bogarde
Sir Dirk Bogarde, distinguished film actor and writer, was born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde on March 28, 1921, to Ulric van den Bogaerde, the art editor of "The Times" (London) newspaper, and actress Margaret Niven in the London suburb of Hampstead. He was one of three children...
“ 14 stars
****Death in Venice
****A Tale of Two Cities
***The Servant
*A Bridge Too Far ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Philippe Noiret
Actor, Il Postino
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 14 stars
****Cinema Paradiso
****Il Postino
***La Grande Bouffe
*Zazie dans le métro
*Le Secret
*Topaz ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
“ 14 stars
****Seven Chances
***The General
***The Navigator
*Sherlock, Jr.
*A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
“ 14 stars
****Dangerous Liaisons
***The Portrait of a Lady
***Being John Malkovich
**Art School Confidential
*Johnny English
*Shadows and Fog ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts, and Music and Lyrics, opposite Drew Barrymore, among his other works...
“ 14 stars
****Bitter Moon
***Small Time Crooks
**Four Weddings and a Funeral
**The Remains of the Day
**Cloud Atlas
*Sense and Sensibility ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Wallace Shawn
Actor, Toy Story
American character actor and writer Wallace Shawn has one of those fun, mischievously homely faces just made to entertain. Though he got out of the starting gate rather slowly, he has since excelled on stage, television and film while managing to turn himself into a winner with his loser-type looks...
“ 14 stars
****My Dinner with Andre
**The Hotel New Hampshire
**The Princess Bride
*Shadows and Fog
*Radio Days
*Atlantic City ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
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...
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***Wild at Heart
***It Could Happen to You
**Leaving Las Vegas
**Captain Corelli's Mandolin
**Peggy Sue Got Married ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Rock Hudson
Actor, Giant
Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois, to Katherine (Wood), a telephone operator, and Roy Harold Scherer, an auto mechanic. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays because he couldn't remember lines...
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***The Tarnished Angels
***A Farewell to Arms
**Pillow Talk
**Come September
*Winchester '73
*The Mirror Crack'd ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy, one of the premier character actors in American film from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, achieved fame in the role of Biff in Elia Kazan's historic production of Arthur Miller's Pultizer-Prize winning play "Death of a Salesman." Although he was not selected to recreate the role on screen...
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***Peyton Place
**The Man from Laramie
**High Sierra
*Elmer Gantry
*Lawrence of Arabia
*Murder, She Said
*Fantastic Voyage
*They Died with Their Boots On
*Some Came Running
*Barabbas ” - a_z_a_r_y_a
Gunnar Björnstrand
Gunnar Björnstrand made his debut on the Hippodrom-theatre in Malmö, but later worked mainly in Stockholm at various theatres. In film he began playing comedic roles as authoritarian characters with inclination for sadism, for example in Nils Poppe's Bom-series. But it was with Ingmar Bergman that the challenge and fame came: from the 1950s comedies...
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***En lektion i kärlek
***Det sjunde inseglet
**Sommarnattans leende
*Säsom in en spegel ” - a_z_a_r_y_a