My Favorite Actors (Performance Ranking)

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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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (A.K.A. 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...
“ 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" ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
James Gandolfini
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 of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin...
“ The Sopranos (1999-2007) (10/10) "Won 3 times Emmy" ” - kimi_iceman
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston (Joseph Louis Cranston), an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
“ Breaking Bad (2008-2013) (10/10) "Won 4 times Emmy" ” - kimi_iceman
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an interant cook. His father had English and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
Jon Hamm
Actor, Mad Men
“ Mad Men (2007-2015) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Dominic Chianese
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) ” - kimi_iceman
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 Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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" ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
George C. Scott
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 United States Marines and spent four years with them...
“ 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" ” - kimi_iceman
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". In the mid-1960s...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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 and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ 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" ” - kimi_iceman
Kevin Spacey
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 the...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
Christoph Waltz
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 and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ Inglourious Basterds (2009) (10/10) "Won Oscar"
Django Unchained (2012) (10/10) "Won Oscar" ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ On the Waterfront (1954) (10/10) "Won Oscar"
The Godfather (1972) (10/10) "Won Oscar"
Apocalypse Now (1979) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ Cover Girl (1944) (9/10)
Singin' in the Rain (1952) (10/10)
Inherit the Wind (1960) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
“ La vita è bella (1997) (10/10) "Won Oscar" ” - kimi_iceman
John Cazale
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, he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line"...
“ The Godfather (1972) (9/10)
The Godfather: Part II (1974) (10/10)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (9/10)
The Deer Hunter (1978) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel Hayes Washington...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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" ” - kimi_iceman
Paul Newman
Actor, Cars
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
Peter Krause
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 1990...
“ Six Feet Under (2001-2005) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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 to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run, Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive, Cypher in The Matrix and Teddy in Memento...
“ Memento (2000) (8,5/10)
The Sopranos (2001-2004) (10/10) "Won 1 time Emmy" ” - kimi_iceman
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 and as mortician "David Fisher" in Six Feet Under...
“ Six Feet Under (2001-2005) (10/10)
Dexter (2006-2013) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Robert Duvall
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 two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ The Godfather (1972) (9/10)
The Godfather: Part II (1974) (9/10)
Network (1976) (8/10)
Apocalypse Now (1979) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Matthew McConaughey
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 of Scottish...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
John Slattery
Actor, Mad Men
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 and has worked steadily since then. His television career has included the short-lived series Under Cover...
“ Flags of Our Fathers (2006) (7,5/10)
Mad Men (2007-2015) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
“ The Sopranos (1999-2007) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Bruno Ganz
Actor, Downfall
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 tendencies towards introspection was widely known after Summer Guests.
“ Der Untergang (2004) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ Roman Holiday (1953) (9/10)
Moby Dick (1956) (9/10)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (10/10) "Won Oscar" ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
Peter O'Toole
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 journalist...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
Clark Gable
Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King." The 1930s saw him at the peak of his acting ability and his popular appeal, as he often portrayed down-to-earth, bravado characters with a carefree attitude. He was known as the epitome of masculinity with his unmatched charm and knowing smile...
“ The Misfits (1961) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Ray Milland
Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor. Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred Jones...
“ Dial M for Murder (1954) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Michael Shannon
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 first acting role was in "Winterset" at the Illinois Theatre Center...
“ Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ 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) ” - kimi_iceman
Michael J. Anderson
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 University of Colorado where he majored in numerous subjects ranging from philosophy to microbiology...
“ Carnivàle (2003–2005) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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, which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood productions.
“ Das Boot (1981) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) (9/10)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (10/10)
Spartacus (1960) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ Pelle erobreren (1987) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia and the title role in Doctor Zhivago, 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 Syrian extraction...
“ Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (10/10)
Doctor Zhivago (1965) (10/10)
The Night of the Generals (1967) (8,5/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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...
“ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) (10/10)
The Sting (1973) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Ciarán Hinds
Actor, Frozen
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 decision to become an actor...
“ Rome (2005-2007) (9,5/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Anson Mount
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 sister Kristin from his father's first marriage...
“ Hell On Wheels (2011-2015) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Mark Margolis
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) ” - kimi_iceman
Michael Kenneth Williams
Born in Brooklyn, to an African American father from South Carolina and a Bahamian mother from Nassau, Michael K. Williams was raised in the Vandaveer housing projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School. According to a DNA analysis, he is descended partly from the Mende people of Sierra Leone...
“ The Wire (2002-2008) (9/10)
Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Billy Bob Thornton
Actor, Armageddon
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 1958 and now deceased) and John David (born in 1969)...
“ Sling Blade (1996) (10/10)
Fargo (2014) (10/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
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 James Rouse...
“ American History X (1998) (10/10)
Fight Club (1999) (10/10)
Birdman (2014) (8,5/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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 originally planned to be a singer and studied at the University of Montana to become a composer...
“ Oz (1997-2003) (10/10)
Whiplash (2014) (10/10) "Won Oscar" ” - kimi_iceman
Ray Stevenson
Actor, Divergent
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 the age of eight, and later to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was raised...
“ Rome (2005-2007) (9/10)
Dexter (2012) (8/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
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, Italian...
“ Oz (1997-2000) (10/10)
Pompeii (2014) (7/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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, followed by acting in West Coast, a traveling theater company...
“ Gilda (1946) (10/10)
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Karl Malden
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 he was frustrated with the drudgery of manual labor...
“ Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) (9/10)
Patton (1970) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Hugh Jackman
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 series...
“ The Prestige (2006) (9/10)
Les Misérables (2012) (8,5/10)
Prisoners (2013) (8,5/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Bruce Dern
Actor, Nebraska
Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jean (MacLeish) and John Dern, an attorney and utility chief. His paternal grandfather, George Henry Dern, served as Governor of Utah (1925-1933) and then U.S. Secretary of War (1933-1936). His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Dutch. Bruce Dern had established himself as the movies' premier heavy...
“ Nebraska (2013) (9,5/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Michael Sheen
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 only son of Irene (Thomas) and Meyrick Sheen...
“ The Damned United (2009) (9/10)
Masters of Sex (2013-2015) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Peter Dinklage
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 Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series...
“ Game of Thrones (2011-2016) (9,5/10) "Won 1 time Emmy" ” - kimi_iceman
Alan Cumming
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, before moving to the east coast of Scotland in 1969...
“ The Good Wife (2010-2016) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
“ Boardwalk Empire (2010-2013) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
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 porter at Yeovil District Hospital...
“ Rome (2005-2007) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Bob Odenkirk
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 University Carbondale...
“ Breaking Bad (2009-2013) (10/10)
Fargo (2014) (8/10)
Better Call Saul (2015-2016) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Geoffrey Rush
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. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up...
“ The Book Thief (2013) (9/10)
La migliore offerta (2013) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
“ The Damned United (2009) (8/10)
Hell on Wheels (2011-2015) (8,5/10) ” - kimi_iceman
“ Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Vince Vaughn
Producer, The Internship
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 has two older sisters...
“ True Detective (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Dustin Clare
Dustin Clare is an award winning Australian actor. Dustin Clare made his feature debut opposite Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis in Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and screened in Special Presentation at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival...
“ Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2012-2013) (9/10)
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) (9/10) ” - kimi_iceman
Manu Bennett
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 Bennett...
“ Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010-2013) (9/10)
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) (8,5) ” - kimi_iceman