In no specific order.
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed
who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter
, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted
“ For Shooter, The Departed, Broken City, Four Brothers & Boogie Nights. ” - Anna Johns
Born in Roseau, Minnesota, Garrett John Hedlund is the son of Kristi Anne (Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund. He has two older siblings, Nathaniel and Amanda. His father is of Swedish descent and his mother is of German and Norwegian ancestry. Garrett spent his early years growing up on a farm in a small town...
“ For TRON: Legacy, Four Brothers, On The Road, Friday Night Lights & Death Sentence. ” - Anna Johns
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr.
and actress Elsie Downey
(née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ For Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Charlie Bartlett, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, A Scanner Darkly & Sherlock Holmes. ” - Anna Johns
Jeremy Lee Renner was born in Modesto, California, the son of Valerie (Tague) and Lee Renner, who managed a bowling alley. After a tumultuous yet happy childhood with his four younger siblings, Renner graduated from Beyer High School and attended Modesto Junior College. He explored several areas of study...
“ For Love Comes to the Executioner, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Town, The Hurt Locker, The Avengers & The Bourne Legacy. ” - Anna Johns
Paul Walker was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming of age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained...
“ For Joy Ride, The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 & Running Scared. ” - Anna Johns
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ For 10 Things I Hate About You, Brokeback Mountain, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Candy & The Dark Knight. ” - Anna Johns
Scott Caan is the son of tough guy actor James Caan
. While it is obvious that he admires tough method actors like Marlon Brando
and Sean Penn
, Scott also has a strong egalitarian streak, evidenced by his reasoning for baring his body in films. He is quoted as saying that originally only the women in the scene were to be nude, but that he felt it really sexist, so he stripped too...
“ For Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve & Ocean's Thirteen. ” - Anna Johns
Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has also been a fashion model...
“ For Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Mechanic, The Transporter, Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Parker, Blitz & Death Race. ” - Anna Johns
“ For Spun & The Darjeeling Limited. ” - Anna Johns
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney
, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney
). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ For From Dusk Till Dawn, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen & Burn After Reading. ” - Anna Johns
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club
. But his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball
, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven
and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ For Se7en, Twelve Monkeys, Snatch, Fight Club, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen & Burn After Reading ” - Anna Johns
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary) after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ For Atonement, Wanted & X-Men: First Class. ” - Anna Johns
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...
“ For The Fountain, Les Misérables, The Prestige, X-Men Origins: Wolverine & Real Steel. ” - Anna Johns
Norman Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, to Marianne (Yarber), a teacher, and Norman Reedus. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, and Irish descent. Norman's first film was in 1997 the Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy...
“ For Blade II, The Boondock Saints & The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. ” - Anna Johns
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston Massachusetts, to Kent Damon
, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige
, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ For Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum & The Departed. ” - Anna Johns
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 (Lowe), from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University...
“ For Training Day, Man on Fire, Inside Man, The Book of Eli & Flight. ” - Anna Johns
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ For Good Will Hunting & Awakenings. ” - Anna Johns
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
“ For What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Inception, Django Unchained, Titanic & The Departed. ” - Anna Johns
Colin Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead in his war drama Tigerland (2000). He then starred in Schumacher's psychological thriller Phone Booth (2002) and the American thrillers S.W.A.T...
“ For Dead Man Down, S.W.A.T, The Way Back, Fright Night, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Total Recall & Seven Psychopaths. ” - Anna Johns
Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman. Ryan was the second of their two children. His ancestry is French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish, and German. The Gosling family moved to Cornwall...
“ For The Notebook, Gangster Squad, The Place Beyond the Pines, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine & Crazy, Stupid, Love. ” - Anna Johns
“ For Donnie Darko, Bubble Boy, Source Code, Brokeback Mountain, The Day After Tomorrow, End of Watch & Love and Other Drugs. ” - Anna Johns
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove
. He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role as the love-smitten Nathan Maloney in Queer as Folk
“ For 3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom, Undeclared, The Ledge, Deadfall & Pacific Rim. ” - Anna Johns
Robert De Niro
De Niro's longtime collaboration with Scorsese later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received...
“ For Taxi Driver, Machete & Awakenings. ” - Anna Johns
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
“ For Se7en, American Beauty, K-PAX & Shrink. ” - Anna Johns
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy
. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ For The Jacket, The Darjeeling Limited, The Brothers Bloom & Predators. ” - Anna Johns
Seann William Scott
Seann William Scott was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, to Patricia Anne (Simons) and William Frank Scott, a factory worker. He was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles, and almost immediately was flown to New York by ABC to test for All My Children
. His face has also been seen from his...
“ For Goon, Evolution, Role Models & Cop Out. ” - Anna Johns
Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen
, a Nickleodeon series taped in Florida with many other Canadian actors...
“ For Blade: Trinity, The Amityville Horror, Waiting..., Smokin' Aces, The Nines & Paper Man. ” - Anna Johns
Born in Manhattan and raised in Evanston, Illinois, he is an alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop founded by his parents (Byrne Piven
and Joyce Hiller Piven
) and a one time Chicago stage actor.
“ For Smokin' Aces & RocknRolla. ” - Anna Johns
Liev (pronounced Lee-ev) Schreiber was born in San Francisco. His mother, Heather (Milgram), is a painter, and his father, Tell Schreiber
(Tell Carroll Schreiber III), is a theatrical actor who had a small role in The Keeper
. His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and Russia...
“ For X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt, Goon & Repo Men. ” - Anna Johns
Ben Affleck is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984, 1988). He later appeared in Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained...
“ For The Town, Smokin' Aces, Good Will Hunting, Dazed and Confused & Armageddon. ” - Anna Johns
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects. Affleck will next be seen starring opposite Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea. The film tells the story of an uncle (Affleck) who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies...
“ For Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen & Good Will Hunting. ” - Anna Johns
Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in Denver...
“ For Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Traffic and Boogie Nights. ” - Anna Johns
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ For Gladiator, Les Misérables, Broken City, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man & Robin Hood. ” - Anna Johns
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ For Schindler's List, The A-Team & The Grey. ” - Anna Johns
Cooper garnered consecutive Oscar nominations from 2013 to 2015 for his roles in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012), the comedy-drama American Hustle (2013), and the biographical war drama American Sniper (2014). For producing American Sniper, Cooper also received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination...
“ For The A-Team, The Place Beyond the Pines, Silver Linings Playbook, Limitless & The Midnight Meat Train. ” - Anna Johns
Known for his charming looks and deep personality, Michael Ealy blessed the movie screen with his role in Barbershop
. When he left Silver Spring, Maryland, with a degree in English, he headed off to New York. From there he performed in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway hits "Joe Fearless" and "Whoa-Jack"...
“ For Underworld: Awakening, Seven Pounds, Takers & Unconditional. ” - Anna Johns
Sharlto Copley was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Linda Stocks and Bruce Copley, a former university professor. His childhood dreams of acting were put on hold for many years when his television production company was one of few in his native South Africa granted licensing to create content for broadcast...
“ For District 9 & The A-Team. ” - Anna Johns
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ For 300, The Phantom of the Opera, Gamer, Law Abiding Citizen & RocknRolla. ” - Anna Johns
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ For Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Blow, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland & The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy. ” - Anna Johns
Benicio Del Toro
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh
. Born on February 19...
“ For Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Snatch, Traffic, The Hunted & Savages. ” - Anna Johns
Sean Patrick Flanery
Sean Patrick Flanery was born in Lake Charles, La. and raised in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. While attending the University of St. Thomas in Houston, he saw a beautiful girl leaving a building on campus every Monday and decided to drop an English class and sign up for "whatever the hell they were teaching in that building"...
“ For The Boondock Saints & The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. ” - Anna Johns
Eric Mabius was born in Pennsylvania, the second of two sons of Elizabeth and Craig Mabius. His father has Austrian and Irish ancestry, and his mother is of entirely Polish descent. Eric spent much of his early life in Massachusetts. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the renowned arts school...
“ For Resident Evil. ” - Anna Johns
Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his parents divorced...
“ For Spun, Domino & Iron Man 2. ” - Anna Johns
Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a member of the band Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty
(later of Baker Street fame)...
“ For Fido, The Boondock Saints & The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. ” - Anna Johns
Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. His brothers are actors Liam Hemsworth
and Luke Hemsworth
. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestry. His uncle, by marriage, was Rod Ansell, the bushman who inspired the film Crocodile Dundee
“ For Thor & The Avengers. ” - Anna Johns
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks
, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco
, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
“ For 127 Hours, Freaks and Geeks, Oz the Great and Powerful, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Pineapple Express & Deuces Wild. ” - Anna Johns
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent
. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York City's Greenwich Village...
“ For The Fast and the Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 & xXx. ” - Anna Johns
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson
. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ For Trainspotting, Big Fish, Stay, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Impossible, I Love You Phillip Morris & Beginners. ” - Anna Johns
Scott Speedman was born in London, England, to Scottish parents, Mary (Campbell), a primary school teacher, and Roy Speedman, a department store buyer. He grew up in Toronto, Canada. He was an aspiring swimmer and held a record amongst the best for distance freestyle, unfortunately, an accident put that career path on hold forever...
“ For Underworld, Underworld: Evolution & Weirdsville. ” - Anna Johns
Shia Saide LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, to Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, and is an only child. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while his father has Cajun (French) ancestry. His parents are divorced. He started his career by doing stand-up comedy around places in his neighborhood...
“ For Holes, Constantine, Transformers & Lawless. ” - Anna Johns
Joshua David Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota. His mother, Bonny L., is a retired high school teacher and the current Executive Director of Minot's Downtown Business & Profession Association, and his father, Larry Duhamel, is an advertisement salesman. Josh has three younger sisters: Ashlee, McKenzee and Kassidy...
“ For Safe Haven, Fire with Fire, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen & Transformers: Dark of the Moon. ” - Anna Johns
From Timothy Olyphant's first screen appearances, such as his two-minute bit in The First Wives Club
, to "Nicko", whose presence at times dwarfed the island in A Perfect Getaway
, he has been a force to be reckoned with. Born in Hawaii, Timothy David Olyphant was raised in Modesto, California. He is the son of Katherine Lyon (Gideon) and John Vernon Bevan Olyphant...
“ For Dreamcatcher, The Girl Next Door & The Crazies. ” - Anna Johns
Jared Leto made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997). Leto played supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998), Fight Club (1999) and American Psycho (2000), as well as the lead role in Urban Legend (1998), and earned critical acclaim after portraying heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000)...
“ For Requiem for a Dream, Lord of War & Mr. Nobody. ” - Anna Johns
Ethan Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary, and wrote the novels The Hottest State (1996) and Ash Wednesday (2002)...
“ For Daybreakers, Training Day, Gattaca, Lord of War, Assault on Precinct 13, The Purge, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight & Taking Lives. ” - Anna Johns
“ For Repo Men, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Gattaca & Sherlock Holmes. ” - Anna Johns
Edward Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear (1996), American History X (1998) and Birdman (2014). He also starred in other roles, such as Everyone Says I Love You (1996), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)...
“ For Fight Club, American History X, The Illusionist, Leaves of Grass & The Incredible Hulk. ” - Anna Johns
Edward Walter Furlong was born in Glendale, California. His mother, Eleanor (Tafoya), is from a Mexican family, and worked at a youth center. Furlong had no acting ambitions until he was approached by casting agent Mali Finn
, who was looking for a young actor to play the role of John Connor in what turned out to be one of the the biggest box-office hits of the 1990s...
“ For American History X, Terminator 2: Judgement Day & Detroit Rock City. ” - Anna Johns
Samuel Henry John Worthington was born August 2, 1976 in Surrey, England. His parents, Jeanne (Martyn) and Ronald Worthington, a power planet employee, moved the family to Australia when he was six months old, and raised him and his sister Lucinda in Warnbro, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Worthington...
“ For Terminator: Salvation, Avatar, Man on a Ledge & Clash of the Titans. ” - Anna Johns
Logan was born in Beverly Hills, to a Jewish family. His parents are Lisa (Goldman), who works as his manager, and Larry Lerman, an orthotist and businessman. He has two siblings, Lindsey and Lucas, both older. His relatives operate the orthotics and prosthetics company Lerman & Son, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Jacob Lerman...
“ For The Number 23, Gamer & The Perks of Being a Wallflower. ” - Anna Johns
Ezra Matthew Miller was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to Marta (Koch), a modern dancer, and Robert S. Miller, who has worked at Workman Publishing and as former senior VP for Hyperion Books. He has two older sisters. Ezra is of Ashkenazi Jewish (father) and German-Dutch (mother) ancestry; he has described himself as Jewish and "spiritual"...
“ For City Island, We Need to Talk About Kevin & The Perks of Being a Wallflower. ” - Anna Johns
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994)...
“ For Pulp Fiction, S.W.A.T, 1408, Jumper & The Avengers. ” - Anna Johns
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, England, the elder son of Joanne (Parsons) and Nigel Grint, who dealt in memorabilia. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993 and 1996 respectively, and last, but not least, Charlotte, who was born in 1999...
“ For The Harry Potter Series, Cherrybomb & Wild Target. ” - Anna Johns
Joshua Ryan Hutcherson was born on October 12, 1992 in Union, Kentucky to Michelle Fightmaster Hutcherson
, who worked for Delta Air Lines, and Chris Hutcherson, an EPA analyst. He has one younger brother, Connor Hutcherson
. From the age of four, Josh knew that he wanted to be an actor. In order to pursue his goal, Josh and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was nine-years-old...
“ For Zathura, The Kids Are All Right, Detention & The Hunger Games. ” - Anna Johns
Terrence Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his great-grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry
. He later began his acting career after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director...
“ For Four Brothers, Dead Man Down, Hustle & Flow, Iron Man & Fighting. ” - Anna Johns
Channing Tatum was born in a small town, Cullman, Alabama, 50 miles north of Birmingham. He is the son of Kay (Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, who worked in construction. Growing up, he was full of energy and somewhat troublesome, so his parents decided to enroll him in different sports such as track and field...
“ For Step Up, Fighting, 10 Years, The Eagle & Magic Mike. ” - Anna Johns
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...
“ For Underworld, Underworld: Evolution & Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. ” - Anna Johns
Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon. At school, he gained 'O'-levels in English Language and English Literature and enjoyed reading...
“ For Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, The Boat That Rocked & Wild Target. ” - Anna Johns
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ For I Am Legend, Seven Pounds, Men in Black, Independence Day & The Pursuit of Happyness. ” - Anna Johns
Vincent Peter Jones was born on January 5, 1965 in Watford, England. He first came to public notice as a professional footballer, playing in the English Football League. Noted as one of soccer's hard men, he leaped to fame when a photographer, at a match, snapped him "marking" Newcastle United's Paul Gascoigne
“ For Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Gone in Sixty Seconds & The Midnight Meat Train. ” - Anna Johns
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, to an English family then-resident there. The man he briefly knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist who fought for civil rights in South Africa...
“ For The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy & The Three Musketeers. ” - Anna Johns
Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, Virginia...
“ For The Brothers Bloom, Now You See Me, The Kids Are All Right & The Avengers. ” - Anna Johns
Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir
, Viggo Mortensen
's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
“ For A History of Violence & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. ” - Anna Johns
Best-known for his portrayal of troubled high school football star "Tim Riggins" on NBC's acclaimed television series, Friday Night Lights
, actor Taylor Kitsch has scored big with audiences and critics on both the big and small screens. Taylor Kitsch was born on April 8, 1981 in Kelowna, British Columbia...
“ For The Bang Bang Club, John Carter & Savages. ” - Anna Johns
Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff
, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen
's The Power of One
in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay Masterson. For his performance...
“ For Blade, Deuces Wild, Somewhere & Brake. ” - Anna Johns
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the U.K. He has one sister, Julie, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at TWA. His family eventually settled in Overland Park...
“ For The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Role Models, I Love You, Man & This Is 40. ” - Anna Johns
“ For Smokin`Aces & Star Trek. ” - Anna Johns
“ For Smokin`Aces & X-Men Origins: Wolverine. ” - Anna Johns
Tom Hardy made his debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war film Black Hawk Down. Hardy's other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the crime film RocknRolla (2008), biographical psychological drama Bronson (2008), science fiction thriller Inception (2010), sports drama Warrior (2011)...
“ For Warrior, Bronson, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises & Lawless. ” - Anna Johns
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ For Dracula, Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, The Book of Eli & Lawless. ” - Anna Johns
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor. He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson
, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas
. Aaron is of English-Russian Jewish background...
“ For Kick-Ass & Savages. ” - Anna Johns
Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis
, Chekov in the Star Trek
reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night
remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy
. He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin...
“ For Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, Star Trek & Fright Night. ” - Anna Johns
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ For Scarface, The Recruit & Dog Day Afternoon. ” - Anna Johns
Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster
. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in Boston), while his mother's family is from Maryland...
“ For Big Trouble, Hostage, Alpha Dog & The Mechanic. ” - Anna Johns
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ For Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard: With A Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Unbreakable, Pulp Fiction, Twelve Monkeys, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, Hostage, Alpha Dog, Surrogates, Cop Out, Lucky Number Slevin & Looper. ” - Anna Johns
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt
, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ For 10 Things I Hate About You, Manic, Mysterious Skin, Hesher, 50/50, Premium Rush & Looper. ” - Anna Johns
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, and forceful will...
“ For Inside Man & Shoot 'Em Up. ” - Anna Johns
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ For The Shawshank Redemption, Now You See Me, Se7en, Wanted & Lucky Number Slevin. ” - Anna Johns
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winner Woody 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. He was soon cast as Woody on TV series Cheers
“ For Natural Born Killers, Now You See Me, Seven Pounds, A Scanner Darkly, Defendor, Zombieland & Seven Psychopaths. ” - Anna Johns
Jay Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Robyne (Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Victor Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He has a younger sister who also acts. He started acting in 1995 when he made his first of three appearances on the hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark?
“ For How To Train Your Dragon, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Knocked Up, Fanboys & Goon. ” - Anna Johns
Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Palms, California, to Margaret Esther (Davenport), a teacher and visual artist, and David M. Hirsch, an entrepreneur and producer. He grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and having been introduced to acting while still at school, he got his first acting job on TV at the age of 11 in an episode of Kindred: The Embraced
“ For The Girl Next Door, Lords of Dogtown, Alpha Dog & Into the Wild. ” - Anna Johns
Jamie Bell was born in 1986 in Billingham, England, UK, to Eileen (Matfin) and John Bell, a toolmaker. He comes from a family of dancers including his grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister. It was at his sister's dance practices that he would stand outside the door and imitate the movements of the dancers inside...
“ For Billy Elliot, King Kong, Jumper, The Eagle & Man on a Ledge. ” - Anna Johns
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell
and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ For Safe Men, Snow Angels, Iron Man 2, The Green Mile & Seven Psychopaths. ” - Anna Johns
Josh Brolin is an American actor. His first role was in the 1985 film The Goonies. Since then he has appeared in a wide number of films, and is best known for his work as Llewellyn Moss in No Country for Old Men, young Agent K in Men in Black 3, George W. Bush in W. and Dan White in Milk, for which he received Academy Award and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor...
“ For Gangster Squad, The Goonies, Into The Blue, No Country For Old Men & Men in Black 3. ” - Anna Johns
Antonino Giovanni Ribisi is an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents both have careers in the entertainment industry. His mother, Gay Ribisi
(née Landrum), is a talent manager for actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. He has a twin sister...
“ For Gone in 60 Seconds, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Avatar & Gangster Squad. ” - Anna Johns
Peña was born and raised in Chicago, to Nicolasa, a social worker, and Eleuterio Peña, who worked at a button factory. His parents were originally from Mexico, his mother from Charcas in San Luis Potosí and his father from Villa Purificación in Jalisco. After graduating from high school, he went to an open casting call for the Peter Bogdanovich
feature To Sir, with Love II
“ For Shooter, Everything Must Go, End of Watch & Gangster Squad. ” - Anna Johns
Luke George Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales, and grew up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. He is the son of Yvonne (Lewis) and David Evans. He moved to Cardiff at the age 17. He then won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre, and graduated in 2000. He starred in many of London's West End theatre productions...
“ For Immortals, Blitz, The Three Musketeers & Fast and Furious 6. ” - Anna Johns
Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British-born mother, Lynn (Hillman), and an American-born father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. Andrew was raised Jewish. He went to a private school, the City of London Freemen's School...
“ For Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Never Let Me Go & The Amazing Spider Man. ” - Anna Johns
“ For On The Road & Byzantium. ” - Anna Johns
Actor Stanley Tucci was born on November 11, 1960, in Peekskill, New York. He is the son of Joan (Tropiano), a writer, and Stanley Tucci, an art teacher. His family is Italian-American, with origins in Calabria. Tucci took an interest in acting while in high school, and went on to attend the State University of New York's Conservatory of Theater Arts in Purchase...
“ For Lucky Number Slevin, The Lovely Bones, Easy A, Burlesque, The Hunger Games & Jack the Giant Slayer. ” - Anna Johns
“ For Jack the Giant Slayer, Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class & Skins UK. ” - Anna Johns