Good Actors!by AleksandertheDraconian | created - 02 Dec 2013 | updated - 15 Jun 2014 | Public
Good actors IMMHO
2. Gordon Scott
Actor | Tarzan the Magnificent
Physical Education major Gordon Weschkul left the University of Oregon after one term. He became an infantry drill instructor (rifle, pistol and bayonet; judo and hand-to-hand combat; close order drill), then a military policeman. After his honorable discharge in 1947, he was a fireman, cowboy, and...
Actor | Hair
Richard Treat Williams was born in Rowayton, Connecticut, to Marian (Andrew), who dealt in antiques, and Richard Norman Williams, a corporate executive. Educated at prep-school, he first made a serious commitment to his craft during his days at Pennsylvania's Franklin and Marshall College. Working ...
4. D.B. Sweeney
Actor | Two Tickets to Paradise
Daniel Bernard Sweeney was born on November 14, 1961 in Shoreham, Long Island, New York. He got his start in the New York theatre with appearances in dozens of productions including a run on Broadway in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial". He was selected by Francis Ford Coppola to star in the Vietnam...
5. D.W. Moffett
Actor | Traffic
A native of the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, D.W. Moffett never gave a thought to acting until after he graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations. While he went to work at Chicago's Continental Bank, he also enrolled in an acting class to broaden his artistic ...
6. James Wlcek
Actor | Steel Magnolias
James Wlcek, (born February 22, 1964) is an American actor from New York City, New York. He began his screen career in 1987 on the series Tales from the Darkside (1983). Progressing through the latter 1980's, Wlcek landed a role on Ryan's Hope (1975) from 1987-1989. That same year also landed him ...
Actor | The Shawshank Redemption
William Thomas Sadler was born on April 13, 1950 in Buffalo, New York, to Jane and William Sadler. He began his acting career in New York theaters, appearing in more than 75 productions over the course of 12 years. His roles included that of Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Neil Simon's Tony Award winning ...
8. Larry Drake
Actor | Darkman
Larry Drake was born on February 21, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Lawrence Richard Drake. He was an actor and director, known for Darkman (1990), Dr. Giggles (1992) and L.A. Law (1986). He was married to Ruth de Sosa. He died on March 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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...
10. Stephen Shellen
Actor | A River Runs Through It
Stephen Shellen grew up in Victoria, British Columbia where he was his high school's star hockey player before heading north to work as a lumberjack. After catching the attention of a talent scout in Vancouver, he decided to try his hand at acting, spurred on in part by the memory of a ...
11. M. Emmet Walsh
Actor | Blood Simple.
Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s.
Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and...
12. William Hickey
Son of Edward & Nora Hickey. Best known as the ancient Mafia don in Prizzi's Honor (1985), Hickey had a long, distinguished career in film, television, and the stage. Began career as a child actor on the variety stage. Made Broadway debut as walk-on in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" (1951 ...
13. Lance Henriksen
Actor | Hard Target
An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch...
14. Lee Arenberg
Lee Arenberg has the remarkable ability to morph himself into frightening aliens, twisted psychotherapists, lascivious entertainment executives and everything in between. Most frequently referred to as a character actor, Arenberg maintains a flourishing acting career--almost 20 years spanning ...
15. Brian Kerwin
Actor | Jack
Kerwin grew up in the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor, Illinois. After graduating from USC's Film School in 1972, he moved to New York City to pursue acting on the stage. After several off-off Broadway productions, he was cast for a brief stint on "The Young and the Restless", in Los Angeles. He ended ...
17. John Rhys-Davies
Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to Mary Margaretta Phyllis (Jones), a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles ...
18. James Remar
Self | Sex and the City: A Farewell
James is a rugged, intense character player with leading man good looks. Having first gained recognition in 1979 as Ajax, in his second film, The Warriors (1979). That same year he garnered acclaim on Broadway with Richard Gere in the concentration camp drama "Bent".
In a career spanning nearly four...
19. Dylan McDermott
Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee, Dylan McDermott has proved his talent in film, television and theater. He was born Mark Anthony McDermott in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Diane (Marino) and Richard McDermott. Diane was 15 and Richard was 17 when Dylan was born. Richard earned money by hustling...
21. Zach Galligan
Actor | Gremlins
Graduated from Columbia University. His mother, Carol Wolfe Galligan, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York. His late father, Arthur Galligan, was a founding partner in Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, in Washington. Married Ling H. Ingerick on September 25, 2005 at the Yale Club in ...
22. Ed Begley Jr.
Actor | Whatever Works
Ed Begley Jr. was born on September 16, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward James Begley Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for Whatever Works (2009), Pineapple Express (2008) and A Mighty Wind (2003). He has been married to Rachelle Carson since August 23, 2000. They have one child....
Actor | Sixteen Candles
Anthony Michael Hall was born in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. His parents are Mercedes Hall, an actress-blues and jazz singer, and Larry Hall, who owned an auto body shop. His stepfather is a show-business manager. His sister, Mary Christian, is also a performer. He has Irish and Italian ancestry. ...
24. Brad Dourif
Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Gaunt character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, ...
25. John Stamos
Actor | Full House
John Phillip Stamos was born in Cypress, California, to Loretta (Phillips), a model, and William Stamos, a restaurateur. His father was of Greek descent, with the family surname originally being "Stamotopoulos". John has two younger sisters, Janeen and Alaina, both school teachers. His first ...
27. Tate Donovan
Actor | Argo
Tate Buckley Donovan began making television appearances while still in his teens, most often cast as angst-ridden high schoolers in such made-for-TV films such as Not My Kid (1985) and Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (1987).
Donovan was born to a large family in Tenafly, New Jersey, the son...
28. Matthew Modine
Actor | Full Metal Jacket
The youngest of seven, Matthew was born in Loma Linda, Ca, to Dolores (Warner), a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Modine, a drive-in theater manager. After graduating high school in Imperial Beach, Ca. Modine moved to NYC (1979). Matthew studied with Stella Adler at her Conservatory of Acting. While...
29. Dale Midkiff
Actor | Pet Sematary
Dale Midkiff attended Edgewood high school and Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, before moving to New York to work as a waiter while pursuing his acting career. His breakthrough role was when he landed the role of Elvis in the made-for-TV movie Elvis and Me (1988). He later starred in ...
30. Peter Dobson
Actor | The Frighteners
Born in Red Bank New Jersey, Peter Dobson's illustrious acting career began at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Lee Strasberg institute in New York City. Dobson went on to join the summer stock Royal Shakespeare Company in Monterey CA, and found his way to Los Angeles to began studying with ...
31. Mark Dacascos
Actor | Le pacte des loups
Mark Dacascos was born on February 26, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Mark Alan Dacascos. He is known for his work on Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Drive (1997) and Only the Strong (1993). He has been married to Julie Condra since January 5, 1998. They have three children.
32. Corey Feldman
Actor | Stand by Me
Corey Scott Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald's commercial and has sustained a 35-year career as a steadily working actor, with more than 80 films under his belt. Corey began his career in guest-starring roles on television series such as Mork &...
35. James Frain
Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo
James Frain is one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actors who has a reputation for bold, intelligent performances in a diverse body of work in which he's collaborated with some of the finest actors and directors working today.
Recent film work includes Disney's TRON: Legacy opposite Jeff...
36. Jon Tenney
Actor | Tombstone
Jon Tenney was born on December 16, 1961 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA as Jonathan F. W. Tenney. He is an actor and director, known for Tombstone (1993), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and Legion (2010). He has been married to Leslie Urdang since June 16, 2012. He was previously married to Teri ...
37. Costas Mandylor
Actor | Saw V
Costas Mandylor was born on September 3, 1965 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Costas Theodosopoulos. He is an actor, known for Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009) and Saw IV (2007). He has been married to Victoria Ramos since October 10, 2013. He was previously married to Talisa Soto.
38. Jensen Ackles
Actor | Supernatural
Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, ...
39. Wentworth Miller
Actor | Prison Break
Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film.
Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller...
40. Jonathan Ward
Actor | Steel Magnolias
Jonathan Ward was born on February 24, 1970 in Elkridge, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Steel Magnolias (1989), The New Adventures of Beans Baxter (1987) and FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992). He is married to Jamie. They have two children.
41. Matthew Lawrence
Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire
Matthew William Lawrence was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, to Donna (Shaw), a personnel manager, and Joseph Lawrence, an insurance broker. He is the middle brother of three, with Andrew Lawrence the youngest and Joey Lawrence the oldest. At age three, his mother started to bring him into NY city ...
42. Cary Elwes
Actor | Saw
Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. He was raised in London and attended ...
43. Aaron Tveit
Actor | Les Misérables
Aaron Kyle Tveit born October 21, 1983 is an American actor and singer. He is known for originating the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale Jr. in the stage version of Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. He is also known for his recurring role as Tripp van der Bilt on The CW's teen ...
44. Edward Burns
Actor | Saving Private Ryan
Edward Fitzgerald Burns was born January 29, 1968 in Woodside, Queens, New York. He is the second of three children of Molly (McKenna), who worked for the Federal Aviation Administration at Kennedy Airport, and Edward J. Burns, a police sergeant and active spokesperson for the New York Police Dept....
45. Daniel Sunjata
Actor | One for the Money
Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon on December 30, 1971) is an American actor who performs in film, television and theater. He is best known for his role as "Franco Rivera" in the FX television series, Rescue Me (2004). Sunjata also starred as "Paul Briggs" in USA Network's series, Graceland...
46. Will Sanderson
Will Sanderson was born on May 26, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor, known for In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007), BloodRayne (2005) and House of the Dead (2003). He has been married to Christine Sanderson since 2005.