The Absolute Best Worlds Leading Men

They're not just a pretty a face, these men were and are the absolute best at what they do. Sometimes the faces might not be so pretty, but they are still the best. Remembered and respected. This list looks like it's going to be a long one. I tried putting them in order , it's impossible to weigh such talent like this against one another. So I opted for alphabetical order instead.
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Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old...
“ My number one choice. His body of work before the Potter series is exceptional and will hopefully continue for many long years. That kind of sounds like I don't like the Potter movies, I adore them, just making the point that he has done many other wonderful films too! Truly, Madly, Deeply is my favorite. He's so dashing in Sense & Sensibility. I need to get some books on tape with his voice, I could listen to it for hours. ” - GothWitch
Andreas Katsulas
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Andreas from a working-class Greek-American family. Attracted from early childhood to being on stage when at 4 his mother took him to see a community theater performance, he took theatre as an extra-curricular activity in high school. He then majored in it at St. Louis University...
“ To many, he's the bad guy from The Fugitive. To those who loved him most, he will always be G'Kar from Babylon 5. He was an amazing talent and is missed dearly. ” - GothWitch
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...
“ North by Northwest. To Catch a Thief. Classy, handsome, enchanting. He carried himself with such dignity. After surviving the VMA awards 2013 last night, you realize how rare someone like this would be in today's society. Although, George Clooney does remind me of Mr. Grant these days. ” - GothWitch
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...
“ Taps. Exorcist III. Patton. There has never been another like him. Strong. Confident. Dynamic. He shares my number one spot with Alan Rickman. After that, I couldn't rate all this talent against one another. ” - GothWitch
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English and Swiss-German...
“ One of the few young ones, he's got a foothold on the door to the greats. Very impressed with his career so far, may it be a long one. He just happens to be gorgeous as well, it's a plus! ” - GothWitch
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...
“ It's a wonderful life. The Man who shot Liberty Valance. Rear Window. His talent was such a gift and we were lucky enough to reap the benefits of it. I'm having a hankering for old movies. Rear Window is my favorite of his films. ” - GothWitch
Johnny Depp
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...
“ I started out as a teenie boppin 21 Jump Street fan, had the posters on my walls, the whole deal. This guy has more talent in his pinky finger than most of us can dream of. I've followed his career from the start and he's never let me down. Did you know he doesn't even go to watch his own films? Once the shooting stops on a film, he feels his work is done and he won't watch it. Yes, he's 10 kinds of yummy, but he's such an incredible talent. I read a rumor that said he might give up acting, I do hope it's not true. That sounds like just the sort of thing he would do! But it's his life, right? All any of us want is to be happy. ” - GothWitch
Laurence Olivier
Actor, Rebecca
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ The very first film I ever saw him in was The Jazz Singer and I was 10, he was some old guy. Luckily, I was exposed to his earlier work as well. Rebecca is my favorite I think. I encourage the younger generations to explore old movies from back when film was starting to make a huge impact across the globe. This man made the transition from stage to film with ease. ” - GothWitch
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...
“ I realize that I'm about to get lynched for saying this, but I was never a huge Godfather fan. *hides* However! The first film started something amazing. Every man that I have ever been close to loved the Godfather films and I'm not above admitting they were all very important to the industry in many ways. His intensity was epic, any film he was in was likely to become a huge success because he brought such excellence to everything he did. ” - GothWitch
Morgan Freeman
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...
“ Not only is he a wonderful actor, but he's just awesome in general. Obviously he has a goof ball streak in him, watch Red & Red2 and you'll see what I mean. I follow him in multi media too because he often says things that make me redefine my position on things. You are truly a remarkable individual Mr. Freeman, live long and prosper! And I mean that selfishly, because I can't wait to see what you do next! ” - GothWitch
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...
“ Inherit the Wind. Watch it. You'll see why he's one of the greatest actors that ever was or is. Secretly I hope he and Kathryn are off cloud tripping together. ” - GothWitch
Toshirô Mifune
Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in his father's studio for a time after graduating from Dalian Middle School...
“ Seven Samuari, one of THE best movies ever!!! Yojimbo. I know nothing about his life, but his talent was caught on film, not someone to mess with! ” - GothWitch
Vincent Price
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ House of Wax, House on Haunted Hill. Edward Scissorhands. I was just looking at his IMDB profile and he has a film coming out in 2014 even though he died in 1993! Now that's talent!! Yeah. Obviously a media clip thing, but it'll be interesting. This is the man that you younger folks heard laughing at the end of 'Thriller' because this man was the king of horror in his time. His movies are still a delight to watch today for any who love the genre. ” - GothWitch
Michael Caine
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ Zulu. Mousetrap. Dressed to Kill. Miss Congeniality. Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, which I never knew until this moment, Michael Caine has captured the hearts of every Batman fan anywhere in the world as the beloved butler 'Alfred.' His career has spanned decades. He was a hottie too! Watch Zulu, so handsome in that one. His diversity is literally legand. How could he not be on this list? ” - GothWitch
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ Once you start watching his stuff, you realize, he's one of the greatest character actors out there. He has true star power too, such a rare combination. Nothing but excellence from the smallest bit part to his feature films. ” - GothWitch
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ I'm a huge snob about my comedy and I was not a fan of 'In Living Color' at all. So I came to the Jamie Foxx table pretty late in the game. I think it was 'Dreamgirls' that he blew my *beep* out of the water with. It's hard to act while singing and damn if he did not nail that part. Nope, I was wrong, it was Collatoral Damage. See I don't even remember that it was him, but I really like that film and that character. So I've paid attention and have quickly become a team Jamie fan. I loved 'White House Down' too. Really loving his work, keep it up!!! ” - GothWitch
John Cusack
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
“ He's smart as a whip, funny as hell and a damn fine actor to boot. I'm like many other women that were teens in the 80s, I fell in love with him in '16 Candles' and 'Say Anything.' How can you not love a man that will wear panties on his head to amuse others? Or the guy that stands outside your window, holding up a boom box and playing 'In Your Eyes' just to tell you how much he loves you? *swoons* 'Gross Point Blank' is one of my favorite films of all time and I quote it often. This is one I could go on about for a while I think and maybe have a little bit of a crush on. He's amazing in many many ways. ” - GothWitch
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
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...
“ Ever since he showed his charming smile in 'Facts of Life' I've been a goner. As he matured, he has always reminded me of Cary Grant, very eloquent in his speech, the very essence of classy. Of course he was exceptional in ER. 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou' and 'Ocean's Eleven' are his two best films in my opinion, though I did like the one he did with Jeniffer Lopez, now I have to look it up! 'Out of Sight'!! And than there was 'Three Kings', loved it. 'Peackeepers'. So many good ones! ” - GothWitch
Robert Shaw
Actor, Jaws
Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
“ The Sting, Force Ten From Navarone, Jaws. I never saw anything mediocre from this man. He always seemed so intense and he brought that quality to the movies for all of us to bask in. I learned my first dirty words from him, not that that had anything to do with his fame, but a 5 year old redheaded spit fire calling her brother a son of a bitch was note worthy in my house! ” - GothWitch
Brad Pitt
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. However, 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...
“ Thelma and Louise, I believe, was my first time noticing him. I'd seen him before and I never took him seriously. I just thought he was a pretty face and an ego the size of Manhattan. Not that I had any basses other than photographs and 'Teen Beat' to go off of. Even after T&L I was still on the fence about him. And then '12 Monkey's' came out and that all changed dramatically. Look who can act, I thought to myself. Yeah, I know, I get the big 'Duh Loser' capital 'L' on my forehead salute. Now I can't wait to see what he does next. ” - GothWitch
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...
“ I saw an interview with this man and someone had the balls to ask him something about how it was working in Hollywood and not having the 'leading man' looks. He smiled and told them that he WAS the leading man at home and that's all that counted. ♥ I felt like the Grinch, my heart swelled up all big. This man is brilliant, one of THE best actors in film, hands down. On a little but of a side not, he's a former firefighter and on 9/11 he went down to the site of the attacks in NYC and did everything he could to help. That is a real hero in my book! ” - GothWitch
“ I know that 'Mystery Men' bombed at the box offices, but I adored it. William played 'the shoveler' and it was brilliant! But you don't HAVE to watch that one, he has a career full of amazing projects. Now I actually think of him often because of his accent in Fargo, because I currently live in the region where many people really speak that way. But if I see that he is in something, I'll make an effort to watch it unless it's too far out of my genre favorites, than I might just watch his part. ” - GothWitch
Bruce Willis
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...
“ BRUCE! This man. This amazing guy. He made sexual tension in Moonlighting the sexiest thing ever. Die Hard, any of them, kick ass. The first is my favorite of course because Alan Rickman is in it. RED. Everything this man does is always fun, often intense, funny, charming. Yeah I'm crushing, doesn't mean he still doesn't kick ass!!! Got a problem with that?! ” - GothWitch
Robin Williams
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...
“ Yes, I watched 'Mork and Mindy' and it was adorable and funny. He was so charming. He may be one of the masters of stand up comedy, but have you seen him do drama? Amazing. 'The Awakening' 'Patch Adams' He's just as talented as an actor and not limited to comedy like many other comedians. Well, at least they try to be funny. I put Robin up there with George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Henry Rollins and trust me when I say, those men are in my top 5 favorite... If I say comedians I think Henry would correct me and say 'spoken word' but he's freakin hilarious too... but anyway, Robin, talented, kudos man! ” - GothWitch
Heath Ledger
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. His work comprised nineteen films...
“ I see his face, along with many I'm sure, and my heart just breaks. He gave the very best performance of his life right before he left us so we all knew what a talent we had lost. I highly recommend a Heath Ledger marathon: 10 Things I hate about you. Brokeback Mountain. Batman: The Dark Knight. Yeah. We miss you Heath. ” - GothWitch
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ He will go to extreme lengths to make sure he looks right for his part. His performances have an intensity that brings an amazing quality to his work. He seems fearless when it comes to his career choices and opinions. I've have never been disappointed by a performance from him and there are very few actors I would say that about. Truly exceptional and inspiring. We were so very lucky to have him as Batman as long as we did. Thanks Christian! ” - GothWitch
William Shatner
Actor, Star Trek
William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc...
“ Many people have very different opinions of him. For me, he's one of my heroes. Truly a wonderful entertainer, he makes me laugh so hard. He's inspiring and sarcastic. Having a love for sarcasm that reaches unhealthy limits, I find his humor mostly hilarious. He's iconic because he helped lead the way in the historically classic 'Star Trek'. He was the guy on the other end of the first interracial kiss on television. He always seems fearless and full of life and I've loved his career since my big brothers propped me up and started me watching reruns of ST when I was a babe. ” - GothWitch
Yun-Fat Chow
Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo. Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then-British colony of Hong Kong...
“ Replacement Killers is one of my most favorite action films, ever! He has never failed to give an exceptional performance: 'Bulletproof Monk' 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. He's dynamic and very physical in his work. Awe inspiring. ” - GothWitch
Matt Damon
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...
“ Good Will Hunting. The Bourne movies. He made a great impression as he moved into Hollywood and has remained on the scene with grace and intellect. I remember hearing him talk about how frightening it would be if Sarah Palin were elected Vice President. If you ever have a chance to watch an interview with him, you should, he's a very impressive man. Plus, he's not above making fun of himself which makes him gold in my book. ” - GothWitch
David Tennant
David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who...
“ Out of 13 Doctor's from Doctor Who he's one of the very best. Given it's iconic popularity, that is quite an accomplishment. I still can't watch his final episode without tearing up. What many people fail to realize about this guy is that he's an exceptional actor. He was incredibly unlikable in Gracepoint and absolutely brilliant in the remake of 'Fright Night.' I can't wait to see what he does next. ” - GothWitch
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...
“ He's amazing at drama and delightful in comedy. He's done it all and his career is far from over. He's a brilliant character actor, one of the best. 'Heat' the film comes to mind and any scene between him and Al Pachino. How could that not be brilliant right? I've never seen him in anything that I didn't like. ” - GothWitch
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ This man is one of the most amazing men on the planet in my opinion. He hunted Nazi's in WWII and now he's released a heavy metal song that he wrote. And oh yeah, he does acting on the side! From Dracula to Suraman he's brilliant and terrifying. He gets the 'Waynes World' we're not worthy salute from me for general awesomeness. ” - GothWitch
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
“ So talented in so many ways! From iconic characters like Magneto to Gandalf to King Lear to Rasputin, he bleeds talent as if it were effortless. Not to mention he has some seriously good taste in men, so much so that I may even get just a little jealous! *fans herself* I think he was one of many that helped lead the way to getting the US to legalize gay marriage, even if just by admitting his natural inclination to love other men. So yeah, he's awesome wrapped up in a big bow. ” - GothWitch
Ian Holm
Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum...
“ This guy can freak me the *beep* out and then turn around and play someone so gentle like the older version of Bilbo in 'The Fellowship of the Ring'. My first introduction to him was in 'Alien,' his performance in 'From Hell' just amazed me. He's such a stunning talent and it shows in every performance he does. ” - GothWitch
Denzel Washington
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 Fordham University...
“ He's not afraid to take risks, but he refuses to do sequels, which I find to be a good strategy for making a quality film. So many sequels fall short. Some of his work is off the beaten track like 'The Book of Eli' or 'Virtuosity' and brilliant, there are too many to name, but 'Philedelphia' and 'Training Day.' Incredible actor, amazing man and he's been married to the same woman for 30+ years, in Hollywood that's legendary. ” - GothWitch
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...
“ Grapes of Wrath, Once Upon a Time in the West, Mr. Roberts, 12 Angry Men, On Golden Pond. I don't think I really need to say why this man was amazing, no one that looks at this list will be surprised he's here. If you're reading this and you have no idea who this man is, you have some catching up to do. Nothing he ever did was mediocre, one of Hollywood's truly exceptional leading men of all time. ” - GothWitch
Chris Pine
Actor, Star Trek
Chris Pine was born in Los Angeles. His parents are actors Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford, and his maternal grandparents were Max M. Gilford, a president of the Hollywood Bar Association, and actress Anne Gwynne. His sister, Katherine Pine, has also acted. Chris's ancestry is Russian Jewish (from his maternal grandfather)...
“ Oh yes, he makes me swoon, but make no mistake, he's a wonderful talent. He's made the role of 'James T. Kirk' his own, following in some pretty large footsteps, he did that with 'Jack Ryan' too. He's landed roles next to some of the best that film making has to offer and shown his talent in spades. ” - GothWitch
Zachary Quinto
Actor, Star Trek
Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Award...
“ I hated his character with a firey vengance in 'Hereos' though I think that was normal. Hate is such a powerful emotion and he elicited from me like it was effortless. Just absolutely incredible as 'Spock' he brings a hauntingly familiarity to the role and gives it his own personal twist. He was so disturbing to me in 'American Horror Story' Season 2 that I had to stop watching to show for a while until I made myself ready to watch it again, took me several months. I can only see great things for him in the future and I enjoy his work so much! ” - GothWitch
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)...
Lance Henriksen
Actor, Aliens
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 his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope...
Danny Glover
Actor, Saw
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights. Glover trained at the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater...
Ryan Gosling
Actor, La La Land
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson). He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman...
Ving Rhames
Strikingly featured and muscular American actor Ving Rames was born Irving Rameses Rhames in Harlem, New York, to Reather, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied at the Juilliard School of Drama...
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. Nonetheless...
“ The Last Samurai. Mission Impossible. Collateral Damage. This one was very difficult for me to put in this list, because the face he has shown to the public is not one that I care for. But we're talking about talent. It doesn't matter how I feel about him personally. I've never actually met him, so who knows what he is really like. But talent? This man is dripping with it and I have many of his films. ” - GothWitch
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...
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ As I write this the hype about him playing the beloved character of Batman as hit the news and boy the fans are hoppin mad about it. I have every hope that he will kick the parts ass and feed them all 'crow' and a little scared too. But this guy has shown himself to be an exceptional talent time and again. He and Matt were the youngest directors to win their Oscars and they bloody well deserved it. So I'm choosing to have faith in the repeat offenses of awesomeness, instead of the hype. If you all remember, when they announced Heath was playing Joker, the reaction was the same and he showed all of us. ” - GothWitch
Val Kilmer
Actor, Heat
Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and...
Ron Perlman
Actor, Hellboy
Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman...
Anthony Edwards
Actor, ER
Anthony Edwards was born in Santa Barbara, California, on July 19, 1962, to a well-blended family. He is the youngest of five children, and the son of Erika Kem (Weber), a landscape painter and artist, and Peter Edwards, an architect. His mother was of German descent, and his father was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Spanish-Mexican ancestry...
Steve McQueen
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular culture...
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. Held back in school, Clint moved with his parents to Seattle...
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, Unbreakable, Shaft, Formula 51, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
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...
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...
Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life in extremely modest circumstances in Mexico...
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
"Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
Charlton Heston
With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As a Hollywood star...
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...
Richard Harris
A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature...
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
Sal Mineo
Salvatore (Sal) Mineo Jr. was born to Josephine and Sal Sr. (a casket maker), who emigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. His siblings were Michael, Victor and Sarina. Sal was thrown out of parochial school and, by age eight, was a member of a street gang in a tough Bronx neighborhood. His mother enrolled him in dancing school and...
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...
Paul Newman
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
James Garner
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
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...
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau was best known for starting in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Dennis the Meance (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars. He was born Walter John Matthow in New York City, New York on October 1...
David Niven
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
Alec Baldwin
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Alexander Rae Baldwin III is the son of Carol Newcomb (Martineau) and Alexander Rae Baldwin...
Ian Somerhalder
Ian Joseph Somerhalder (born December 8, 1978) is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. Somerhalder was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Edna, a massage therapist...
Naveen Andrews
Actor, Lost
Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London on January 17, 1969. His parents were both Indian immigrants from Kerala, India. In high school, he auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Two of his classmates were Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis ...
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
Matthew Fox
Actor, Lost
Matthew Chandler Fox was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. His mother, Loretta B. (Eagono), was a schoolteacher, and his father, Francis G. Fox, was a consultant for an oil company, who raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer. He has Italian (from his maternal grandfather), English...
Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is one of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Ralph Fiennes, an actor; Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes, a musician; and Sophie Fiennes, a producer. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish origin...
Kirk Douglas
Actor, Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. His parents...
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
Peter Jurasik
Actor, Babylon 5
Peter Jurasik began his professional career as a stage actor working in off Broadway productions in New York and later in tours and regional theaters up and down the east coast. In 1975, he moved to Los Angeles beginning a twenty five year run as a character actor continuing to act on stage, but additionally working in feature films...
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn (1909-1959) was an Australian-born film star who gained fame in Hollywood in the 1930s as the screen's premier swashbuckler. Tall, athletic and exceptionally handsome, Flynn personified the cavalier adventurer in a string of immensely popular films for Warner Brothers, most often co-starring...
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
Richard Griffiths
British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal Shakespeare Company just a few of his standout credits...
Gary Oldman
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...
David Thewlis
Actor, Naked
David Thewlis was born David Wheeler in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Maureen (Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler, and lived with his parents above their combination wallpaper and toy shop during his childhood. Originally, he came to London with his band Door 66, however he changed his plans and entered Guildhall School of Drama...
Christopher Plummer
Actor, Up
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
Timothy Spall
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth"...
Brian Blessed
Actor, Tarzan
Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a miner who wanted a better life for his son; Brian lost three uncles in the pit...
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
Derek Jacobi
Actor, Gladiator
Preeminent British classical actor of the first post-Olivier generation, Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre, and, in fact, is only the second to enjoy the honor of holding TWO knighthoods, Danish and English (Olivier was the other). Modest and unassuming in nature, Jacobi's...
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...
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
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...
River Phoenix
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father...
Richard Dreyfuss
Actor, Jaws
Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers. He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish...
Donald Pleasence
Actor, Halloween
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed...
James Coburn
Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns before being cast as the knife-throwing...