My Favorite Actors (Performance Ranking)

by kimi_iceman | created - 08 Oct 2013 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

1. Robert De Niro

Actor | Raging Bull

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...

Mean Streets (1973) (8/10) The Godfather: Part II (1974) (10/10) "Won Oscar" Taxi Driver (1976) (10/10) The Deer Hunter (1978) (10/10) Raging Bull (1980) (10/10) "Won Oscar" Once Upon a Time in America (1984) (10/10) Brazil (1985) (7/10) The Untouchables (1987) (8/10) Goodfellas (1990) (10/10) Cape Fear (1991) (10/10) A Bronx Tale (1993) (8/10) Heat (1995) (9/10) Casino (1995) (10/10) Sleepers (1996) (7/10) Wag The Dog (1997) (8/10) Jackie Brown (1997) (7,5/10) Analyze This (1999) (8,5/10) Meet The Parents (2000) (7,5/10) Men Of Honor (2000) (8,5/10) Analyze That (2002) (8/10) Meet The Fockers (2004) (7,5/10) Silver Linings Playbook (2012) (8,5/10) Killing Season (2013) (7/10) The Family (2013) (7/10) American Hustle (2013) (7,5/10) Grudge Match (2013) (7/10)

2. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Nicholas Blake, Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing ...

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989) (10/10) "Won Oscar" The Last of the Mohicans (1992) (8/10) In the Name of the Father (1993) (910/10) Gangs of New York (2002) (10/10) There Will Be Blood (2007) (10/10) "Won Oscar" Lincoln (2012) (9/10) "Won Oscar"

3. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

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 ...

The Godfather (1972) (10/10) Scarecrow (1973) (9/10) Serpico (1973) (10/10) The Godfather: Part II (1974) (10/10) Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (10/10) Scarface (1983) (10/10) The Godfather: Part III (1990) (9/10) Scent of a Woman (1992) (10/10) "Won Oscar" Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (9/10) Carlito's Way (1993) (9/10) Heat (1995) (8,5/10) Donnie Brasco (1997) (9/10) Any Given Sunday (1999) (6,5/10) Stand Up Guys (2012) (6,5/10) Phil Spector (2013) (7/10)

4. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

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...

Five Easy Pieces (1970) (8/10) Chinatown (1974) (10/10) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) (10/10) "Won Oscar" The Shining (1980) (10/10) As Good as It Gets (1997) (9/10) "Won Oscar" The Departed (2006) (8/10)

5. James Gandolfini

Actor | The Sopranos

James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival ...

The Sopranos (1999-2007) (10/10) "Won 3 times Emmy"

6. Bryan Cranston

Actor | Breaking Bad

Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Irish, German, and Austrian-Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his ...

Breaking Bad (2008-2013) (10/10) "Won 4 times Emmy"

7. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

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 ...

Philadelphia (1993) (9/10) "Won Oscar" Forrest Gump (1994) (10/10) "Won Oscar" Saving Private Ryan (1998) (9,5/10) The Green Mile (1999) (9,5/10) Cast Away (2000) (9,5/10) Catch Me If You Can (2002) (9/10) Captain Phillips (2013) (8,5/10) Saving Mr. Banks (2013) (8,5/10)

8. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

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 ...

The Kid (1921) (10/10) The Gold Rush (1925) (10/10) The Circus (1928) (10/10) City Lights (1931) (10/10) Modern Times (1936) (10/10) The Great Dictator (1940) (10/10) Monsieur Verdoux (1947) (10/10) Limelight (1952) (10/10) A King in New York (1957) (9/10)

9. Jack Lemmon

Actor | The Apartment

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 ...

Some Like It Hot (1959) (10/10) The Apartment (1960) (10/10) The Great Race (1965) (9/10) JFK (1991) (8/10) Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (10/10)

10. Jon Hamm

Actor | Mad Men

Jon Hamm was born on March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Jonathan Daniel Hamm. He is an actor and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Town (2010) and Million Dollar Arm (2014).

Mad Men (2007-2015) (10/10)

11. Dominic Chianese

Actor | The Sopranos

A multi-talented performer--as well as being an actor, he is an accomplished singer. He released a new music CD in late 2000 on which he sings American and Italian standards.

The Sopranos (1999-2007) (10/10) Boardwalk Empire (2011-2013) (9/10)

12. Steve Buscemi

Actor | Fargo

Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to...

Reservoir Dogs (1992) (9/10) Fargo (1996) (9/10) The Sopranos (2002-2006) (10/10) The Island (2005) (7/10) Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) (10/10)

13. James Stewart

Actor | Vertigo

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 ...

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (10/10) The Philadelphia Story (1940) (8,5/10) "Won Oscar" It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (10/10) Rear Window (1954) (10/10) The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (9/10) Vertigo (1958) (9/10) Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (9/10) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (9/10)

14. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

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 ...

Jezebel (1938) (8,5/10) The Grapes of Wrath (1940) (10/10) My Darling Clementine (1946) (9/10) 12 Angry Men (1957) (10/10) The Longest Day (1962) (8,5/10) C'era una volta il West (1968) (10/10) On Golden Pond (1981) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

15. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

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 ...

Our Hospitality (1923) (9/10) Sherlock Jr. (1924) (10/10) The Navigator (1924) (9/10) The General (1926) (10/10) Sunset Blvd. (1950) (8/10)

16. Spencer Tracy

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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 ...

Captains Courageous (1937) (10/10) "Won Oscar" The Old Man and the Sea (1958) (9/10) Inherit the Wind (1960) (10/10) Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) (10/10) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) (10/10)

17. Cary Grant

Actor | North by Northwest

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...

Bringing Up Baby (1938) (10/10) Holiday (1938) (9/10) The Philadelphia Story (1940) (9/10) His Girl Friday (1940) (8/10) Notorious (1946) (9/10) To Catch a Thief (1955) (9/10) North by Northwest (1959) (10/10)

18. George C. Scott

Actor | Patton

George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the...

The Hustler (1961) (9/10) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) (8/10) Patton (1970) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

19. Joe Pesci

Actor | Goodfellas

Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor, and by the mid-1950s, was starring on the series "Star Time Kids"....

Raging Bull (1980) (10/10) Once Upon a Time in America (1984) (10/10) Goodfellas (1990) (10/10) "Won Oscar" JFK (1991) (8/10) A Bronx Tale (1993) (8/10) Casino (1995) (10/10)

20. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...

Titanic (1997) (8/10) Gangs of New York (2002) (8/10) Catch Me If You Can (2002) (9,5/10) The Aviator (2004) (9/10) The Departed (2006) (8,5/10) Shutter Island (2010) (9,5/10) Inception (2010) (8,5/10) Django Unchained (2012) (9/10) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) (10/10) The Revenant (2015) (8,5/10) "Won Oscar"

21. Kevin Spacey

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in...

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) (8,5/10) The Usual Suspects (1995) (9/10) "Won Oscar" Se7en (1995) (9/10) L.A. Confidential (1997) (9/10) American Beauty (1999) (10/10) "Won Oscar" House of Cards (2013-2016) (10/10)

22. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

Inglourious Basterds (2009) (10/10) "Won Oscar" Django Unchained (2012) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

23. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

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 ...

On the Waterfront (1954) (10/10) "Won Oscar" The Godfather (1972) (10/10) "Won Oscar" Apocalypse Now (1979) (10/10)

24. Gene Kelly

Actor | Singin' in the Rain

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...

Cover Girl (1944) (9/10) Singin' in the Rain (1952) (10/10) Inherit the Wind (1960) (9/10)

25. Roberto Benigni

Actor | La vita è bella

Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), La tigre e la neve (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi since...

La vita è bella (1997) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

26. John Cazale

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...

The Godfather (1972) (9/10) The Godfather: Part II (1974) (10/10) Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (9/10) The Deer Hunter (1978) (9/10)

27. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

Glory (1989) (8/10) "Won Oscar" Malcolm X (1992) (10/10) Philadelphia (1993) (8/10) Man on Fire (2004) (8,5/10) American Gangster (2007) (10/10)

28. 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 ...

Casablanca (1942) (9/10) The Big Sleep (1946) (9/10) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) (10/10) The African Queen (1951) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

29. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

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 emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...

The Hustler (1961) (9/10) Cool Hand Luke (1967) (10/10) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) (10/10) The Sting (1973) (10/10)

30. Peter Krause

Actor | Six Feet Under

Peter William Krause was born on August 12, 1965 in Alexandria, Minnesota. Both his parents were teachers, and he has a sister and brother. He was raised in Roseville, Minnesota. He graduated in 1987 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, with a degree in English literature. In ...

Six Feet Under (2001-2005) (10/10)

31. Joe Pantoliano

Actor | Memento

With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business (1983) to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), Cypher...

Memento (2000) (8,5/10) The Sopranos (2001-2004) (10/10) "Won 1 time Emmy"

32. Michael C. Hall

Actor | Dexter

Michael C. Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Janice (Styons), a guidance counselor, and William Carlyle Hall, who worked for IBM. Michael is a graduate of NYU's Master of Fine Arts program in acting. He is known for the titular character "Dexter" in Dexter (2006) and as mortician "David ...

Six Feet Under (2001-2005) (10/10) Dexter (2006-2013) (9/10)

33. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

The Godfather (1972) (9/10) The Godfather: Part II (1974) (9/10) Network (1976) (8/10) Apocalypse Now (1979) (10/10)

34. Matthew McConaughey

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is ...

U-571 (2000) (7,5/10) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) (9/10) Dallas Buyers Club (2013) (9/10) "Won Oscar" True Detective (2014 TV Series) (10/10) Interstellar (2014) (9/10)

35. John Slattery

Actor | Spotlight

John Slattery was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Joan (Mulhern), a CPA, and John "Jack" Slattery, a leather merchant, both of Irish descent. John landed his first TV gig on the 1988 series Dirty Dozen: The Series (1988) and has worked steadily since then. His television career...

Flags of Our Fathers (2006) (7,5/10) Mad Men (2007-2015) (10/10)

36. Tony Sirico

Actor | The Sopranos

Tony Sirico was born on July 29, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Genaro Anthony Sirico Jr. He is an actor, known for The Sopranos (1999), Goodfellas (1990) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995).

The Sopranos (1999-2007) (10/10)

37. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with ...

Der Untergang (2004) (10/10)

38. Gregory Peck

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

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 ...

Roman Holiday (1953) (9/10) Moby Dick (1956) (9/10) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

39. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

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, ...

The Lion in Winter (1968) (9/10) The Elephant Man (1980) (10/10) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (10/10) The Remains of the Day (1993) (10/10) Noah (2014) (8/10)

40. Peter O'Toole

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (10/10) The Night of the Generals (1967) (9/10) The Lion in Winter (1968) (10/10) The Last Emperor (1987) (8,5/10) Troy (2004) (9/10)

41. Clark Gable

Actor | It Happened One Night

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 ...

The Misfits (1961) (9/10)

42. Ray Milland

Actor | The Lost Weekend

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 ...

Dial M for Murder (1954) (10/10)

43. Michael Shannon

Actor | The Shape of Water

Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.

Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His ...

Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) (10/10)

44. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Rain Man

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, ...

Papillon (1973) (8,5/10) Rain Man (1988) (9,5/10) "Won Oscar" Sleepers (1996) (8/10) Wag the Dog (1997) (7,5/10) Meet the Fockers (2004) (7,5/10)

45. Michael J. Anderson

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Michael Anderson was born in Huron, South Dakota, at 10:30 P.M., on Halloween night. Subject to a genetic anomaly known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, he grew up in a wheelchair. After graduating high school, he traveled America, singing for tips and living in his car. For six years, he attended the ...

Carnivàle (2003–2005) (10/10)

46. Jürgen Prochnow

Actor | Das Boot

Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Jürgen Prochnow is a leading actor of the German stage and screen. He was memorable as the submarine captain in the gritty WW II film Das Boot (1981), which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood ...

Das Boot (1981) (10/10)

47. Burt Lancaster

Actor | From Here to Eternity

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 ...

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) (9/10) Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) (10/10)

48. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton ...

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (10/10) Spartacus (1960) (9/10)

49. Max von Sydow

Actor | Minority Report

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 ...

Pelle erobreren (1987) (10/10)

50. Ben Kingsley

Actor | Gandhi

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...

Gandhi (1982) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

51. Omar Sharif

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (10/10) Doctor Zhivago (1965) (10/10) The Night of the Generals (1967) (8,5/10)

52. Robert Redford

Actor | All Is Lost

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,...

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) (10/10) The Sting (1973) (10/10)

53. Ciarán Hinds

Actor | The Woman in Black

Ciaran Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was one of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor who hoped to have Ciaran follow in his footsteps, but that was not to be. It was his mother Moya, an amateur actress, who was the real influence behind his ...

Rome (2005-2007) (9,5/10)

54. Anson Mount

Actor | Crossroads

Anson is an American actor, born in Mount Prospect, IL and grew up in White Bluff, Tennessee. His mother is Nancy Smith, a former professional golfer. His father Anson Adams Mount II was one of the original contributing editors to Playboy magazine. Anson has an older brother Anson Adams III and a ...

Hell On Wheels (2011-2015) (9/10)

55. Mark Margolis

Actor | Pi

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and attended Temple University briefly before moving to New York where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at Actors Studio.

Oz (1998-2003) (9/10) Breaking Bad (2009-2011) (10/10)

56. Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor | The Wire

Michael Kenneth Williams was born in Brooklyn, to an African-American father from South Carolina and a Bahamian mother from Nassau. He was raised in the Vandaveer housing projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School....

The Wire (2002-2008) (9/10) Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) (10/10)

57. Billy Bob Thornton

Actor | Sling Blade

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in ...

Sling Blade (1996) (10/10) Fargo (2014) (10/10)

58. Edward Norton

Actor | American History X

American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...

American History X (1998) (10/10) Fight Club (1999) (10/10) Birdman (2014) (8,5/10)

59. J.K. Simmons

Actor | Whiplash

J.K. Simmons is an American actor.

He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music).

He had ...

Oz (1997-2003) (10/10) Whiplash (2014) (10/10) "Won Oscar"

60. Ray Stevenson

Actor | Thor

Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at ...

Rome (2005-2007) (9/10) Dexter (2012) (8/10)

61. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor | Lost

Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...

Oz (1997-2000) (10/10) Pompeii (2014) (7/10)

62. Glenn Ford

Actor | Superman

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school...

Gilda (1946) (10/10) Pocketful of Miracles (1961) (9/10)

63. Karl Malden

Actor | On the Waterfront

Born to a Czech mother and a Serbian father in Chicago as Mladen Sekulovich, on March 22, 1912, Karl Malden did not speak English until he was in kindergarten. After graduating from high school in the nearby steel town of Gary, Indiana, Malden worked in the industry for three years until 1934, when...

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) (9/10) Patton (1970) (9/10)

64. Hugh Jackman

Actor | Les Misérables

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...

The Prestige (2006) (9/10) Les Misérables (2012) (8,5/10) Prisoners (2013) (8,5/10)

65. Bruce Dern

Actor | Nebraska

Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern's tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. Dern has several high profile ...

Nebraska (2013) (9,5/10)

66. Michael Sheen

Actor | Masters of Sex

Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus".

Sheen was born in Newport, Wales...

The Damned United (2009) (9/10) Masters of Sex (2013-2015) (9/10)

67. Peter Dinklage

Actor | Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and theatre plays. Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama ...

Game of Thrones (2011-2016) (9,5/10) "Won 1 time Emmy"

68. Alan Cumming

Actor | The Anniversary Party

Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William,...

The Good Wife (2010-2016) (9/10)

69. Michael Stuhlbarg

Actor | A Serious Man

Michael Stewart Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach, California. He attended UCLA, and then The Juilliard School in New York City, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His other studies included time at the Vilnius Conservatory in Lithuania, the British American Drama Academy at Baliol and...

Boardwalk Empire (2010-2013) (9/10)

70. James Purefoy

Actor | Rome

James Brian Mark Purefoy was born and brought up in Taunton, Somerset, England, the son of Shirley (Taylor), who ran an employment agency, and Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he took a succession of different jobs, including working on a pig farm and as a ...

Rome (2005-2007) (9/10)

71. Bob Odenkirk

Actor | Better Call Saul

Robert John Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to Barbara (Baier) and Walter Odenkirk, who worked in printing. His ancestry includes German and Irish. He grew up in Naperville, IL, the second of seven children. He worked as a DJ for WIDB, his college radio station at Southern Illinois ...

Breaking Bad (2009-2013) (10/10) Fargo (2014) (8/10) Better Call Saul (2015-2016) (9/10)

72. Geoffrey Rush

Actor | Shakespeare in Love

Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. ...

The Book Thief (2013) (9/10) La migliore offerta (2013) (9/10)

73. Colm Meaney

Actor | Con Air

Colm Meaney was born on May 30, 1953 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Con Air (1997), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Layer Cake (2004). He has been married to Ines Glorian since March 15, 2007. He was previously married to Bairbre Dowling.

The Damned United (2009) (8/10) Hell on Wheels (2011-2015) (8,5/10)

74. Vincent Piazza

Actor | Boardwalk Empire

Vincent Piazza was born on May 25, 1976 in Middle Village, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Boardwalk Empire (2010), Jersey Boys (2014) and The Wannabe (2015).

Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) (9/10)

75. Vince Vaughn

Producer | The Break-Up

Vincent Anthony Vaughn was born on March 28, 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and was raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. His parents are Vernon Vaughn, a salesman and character actor, and Sharon Vaughn (née Sharon Eileen DePalmo), a real-estate agent and stockbroker. They divorced in 1991. He ...

True Detective (9/10)

76. Dustin Clare

Actor | Pacific Rim Uprising

Dustin Clare is an award winning Australian actor. He made his feature debut opposite Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis in Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm (2011), which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and screened in Special Presentation at the 2011 Toronto International Film...

Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2012-2013) (9/10) Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) (9/10)

77. Manu Bennett

Actor | The Marine

Gracing international covers such as Muscle and Fitness and Men's Health Manu Bennett is capturing the attention of filmmakers and fans with his extraordinary presence and talent.

Of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and born in Rotorua, New Zealand to singer Ted Bennett and bikini model Jean ...

Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010-2013) (9/10) Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) (8,5)