Actors from television and film. Some may surprise you...
Darryl Armbruster hails from the Pacific Northwest where he was cast as the lead in the first play for which he ever auditioned and never looked back. He got his feet wet in community theatre which took him from Tacoma to Seattle in plays and musicals from Carousel and Side by Side by Sondheim to Equus and The Shadow Box...
Frank Christian Marx
Frank Christian Marx was born in Wittlich, Germany. After his study at the school of dramatic arts in Stuttgart he played theatre for eight years. His first feature film role was in the short film "Somebody got murdered" from Tor Ibn. The movie won the "Best Film Award" at the filmfestival Cinegail in Spain...
David W. Ross
David W Ross is an award winning actor, writer, and film producer best known for starring in the Sundance Film Festival indie darling Quinceañera (Echo Park LA) which won the Fest's Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, a Spirit Award, a GLAAD Media Award, the Humanitas Award and was featured at the Berlin Film Festival...
Distantly related to Princess Diana on his mother's side, Nova Scotia-born actor David Manners, nee Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom, came from well-to-do stock. His father ran the prestigious Tower Road boys' school Harrow House and later became a literary advisor for E.P. Dutton Publishing Co. in New York...
Hayden Rorke was best known as the ever suspicious "Dr. Alfred E. Bellows" on the 1960s TV series, I Dream of Jeannie
. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rorke was educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began his stage career in the 1930s with the Hampden Theatrical Company. A veteran of numerous Broadway shows...
Tall, incisive, aquiline-featured British character actor. Born in Fulham, London, Archard won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1938. The following year, he made his stage debut opposite Jessica Tandy
in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, at the Regent's Park Theatre. A conscientious objector during the war...
Born in Pasadena, California, George Nader became interested in acting while still in school and appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. This led to several small parts in movies before earning the lead role in the infamous 3D thriller Robot Monster
. The movie was bad but profitable...
Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois, to Katherine (Wood), a telephone operator, and Roy Harold Scherer, an auto mechanic. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays because he couldn't remember lines...
Paul Lynde was born in 1926 in Mount Vernon, Ohio (one of six children and the middle of four boys). His father was a local police officer and the sheriff of the Mount Vernon Jail for two years. Lynde got his inspiration to become an actor at the age of four or five after his mother took him to see the original silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Tom Tryon--son of clothier Arthur Lane Tryon and not, as is commonly believed--actor Glenn Tryon
--grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the South Pacific until 1946. After his discharge he joined the Cape Playhouse in Dennis...
The Bronx-born veteran character actor, who launched his career in New York, performed in nightclubs, theater and films, and appeared in more than 100 commercials in the 1970s. He is best known for role as Cpl. Chuck Boyle, the eager-beaver aide to Frank Sutton's Sgt. Vince Carter, on the beloved 1960s sitcom "Gomer Pyle...
Jack Edward Larson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Anita (Calicoff) and George E. Larson. He was raised in Pasadena, and attended Pasadena Junior College (by coincidence, exactly like his Adventures of Superman
co-star George Reeves
). He was a contract player at Warner Bros. Typecast as Jimmy Olsen...
Tall, dark and handsome, not to mention a charismatic rebel of 60s Hollywood, actor George Maharis (real Greek family name is Mahairas) was born in 1928 in Astoria, New York as one of seven children. His immigrant father was a restaurateur. George expressed an early interest in singing and initially pursued it as a career...
Comic eccentric and gifted raconteur, Victor Spinetti was born in Wales on September 2, 1929, the son of Giuseppe Spinetti and Lily (Watson) Spinetti. He was educated at Monmouth School. Initially interested in a teaching degree, he turned to acting instead and studied for the stage at the College of Music and Drama...
Sargent was a trim, handsome man with a longish chin. He played a variety of gawky businessmen roles in feature films before finding a niche in tv history as the second Darrin on "Bewitched". Shortly before his death, Sargent publicly proclaimed he was gay, and became what he called "a retroactive role model" in the battle for gay rights.
Dreamy Tab Hunter stands out in film history as one of the hottest teen idols of the 1950s era. With blond, tanned, surfer-boy good looks, he was artificially groomed and nicknamed "The Sigh Guy" by the Hollywood studio system, yet managed to continue his career long after his "golden boy" prime. Hunter was born Arthur Kelm on July 11...
Tall, spade-jawed, hopelessly genial balladeer/actor Jim Nabors was born in 1930 in Alabama and raised there, graduating from the University of Alabama. A typing clerk at the UN in his salad days, he eventually moved to Los Angeles due to his asthmatic condition and became a film cutter for NBC. Jim was discovered on stage doing a cabaret act at "The Horn"...
Richard Chamberlain became THE leading heartthrob of early 1960s TV. As the impeccably handsome Dr. Kildare, the slim, butter-haired hunk with the near-perfect Ivy-League charm and smooth, intelligent demeanor, had the distaff fans fawning unwavering over him throughout the series' run. While this would appear to be a dream situation for any new star...
Attractive, dark-featured character actor with a voice like thunder, and eyes like a wolf, who was featured in less than sympathetic roles throughout his career. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Albert Paul Shenar attended the University of Wisconsin. Soon after graduation, he relocated to New York City...
Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek
and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist. George Takei was born Hosato Takei on April 20...
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...
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
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...
Signifying intelligence, eloquence, versatility and quiet intensity, one of the more important, critically acclaimed black actors to gain a Hollywood foothold in the 1970s was Paul Winfield. Born in 1939 in Los Angeles, he lived there in his early years before moving with his family to Los Angeles' Watts district...
Keith Prentice is probably best remembered for his role in Boys in the Band, a film whose title makes it sound like a musical, but in fact it was a dark, mostly negative portrayal of a group of gay men living in the 1960s, and it was anything but upbeat (and was not a musical at all). However, earlier in his career, the handsome actor built an impressive resume of musical roles...
David Ogden Stiers
David Ogden Stiers began his career in San Francisco at the Actors' Workshop and went on to work with John Houseman's Acting Company in New York on such productions as The Beggar's Opera, Measure for Measure, The Hostage and the hit musical The Magic Show. His other theatre work includes performances with the Committee Revue and Theatre...
Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. His entrance was just as dramatic as some of his roles. On the evening of his birth Udo's mother requested extra time with her new baby. The nurses had gathered all of the other babies and returned them to the nursery when the hospital was bombed...
Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt
and Alan Rickman
, to name two), Roger Rees originally trained for the visual arts. He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied painting and lithography at the Slade School of Art...
Nickolas Grace was born in England and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After repertory experience he appeared in numerous London Stage Productions as well as Shakespeare at Stratford and in New York. He has been in innumerable films, television, plays and radio dramas and musicals. He is also an experienced stage director.
Victor Garber has been in some of the most memorable projects of the past four decades. Victor is currently appearing in The Slap, The Flash, Motive and Web Therapy. He will soon star in Greg Berlanti's new Untitled DC Comics Superhero series for Warner Bros/CW. He has shared in two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast...
Born in 1949, Antony Sher was raised in South Africa before going to London to study at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art between 1969 and 1971. After performing for the theatre group "Gay Sweatshop" in "Thinking Straight" (1975), "The Fork" (1976) and "Stone" (1976), Sher joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982...
Born in Stockholm, Sweden to a German mother and Russo-Finnish father, Allan Corduner moved to England with his parents at the age of one year old, growing up in London. His parents were artistic and encouraged his early ambition to become a concert pianist - he is still extremely accomplished on the piano...
A veteran of nearly 100 films, Jon Polito is most recognized for his work with The Coen brothers, as well as his many television appearances as a series regular and guest star. Notable Motion Picture roles are in Millers Crossing, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Crow, Blankman, and The Freshman with Marlon Brando...
He was an adopted child, and he also has an adopted sister. Michael Rupert
has received 3 Tony nominations for Sweet Charity ('86), The Happy Time ('68), and Falsettos ('92). He resides in New York City, and in addition to acting, he also writes, composes, and directs plays. He received the Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Play in 1985, for the play, Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down.
The late William G. "Glenn Shadix" Scott was born April 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama. He attended Birmingham-Southern College for two years. He lived in New York City prior to moving to Hollywood in the late-1970s. He made his film debut appearance in the poorly received remake of _The Postman Always Rings Twice_ before he got his breakthrough film role in Tim Burton
's _Beetle juice (1988)_...
Thomas Edward Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, MI, where he was raised with his two sisters and older brother. He is the son of Joanna (Winkleman), who had sung professionally, and Raymond Albert Hulce, who worked for Ford. He has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Wanting to be a singer...
Actor and comedian known for his various roles on film, TV and stage. He was born in Largs, Scotland, in 1953. He has an older brother and a twin sister. His debut film was The Sender
, a horror feature in which he played a patient. His next film was The Bounty
with Mel Gibson
and Anthony Hopkins
Thomas Louis Villard grew up in Spencerport, New York. He has two brothers and one sister. After high school, Tom attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania for two years. After college, he moved to New York City. There he attended the Lee Strasberg
Acting Studio and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts...
For such a diminutive (4' 11") frame, character actor Leslie Jordan has a tall propensity for scene-stealing. He hails from the South, as his dead-giveaway drawl quickly exposes, and was raised in a highly conservative, deeply religious atmosphere in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father, a Lieutenant Colonel with the Army...
Born and raised in Coventry, Rhode Island, Peter Frechette earned a B.F.A. in Theater from the University of Rhode Island before moving to New York City to pursue acting there on stage. He earned Tony Award nominations for his performances in the play Eastern Standard which played on Broadway, and the off-Broadway production of Our Country's Good...
Tim Bagley was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Madison and Trempealeau, Wisconsin, and Niles, Michigan, with his parents, Carol and Elwyn, and four siblings, Anne, Patrick, Kit and Dan. After High School Tim moved to southern California to perform with the singing group "The Young Americans," while majoring in Art with a minor in Psychology at California State University Fullerton...
Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson
has characterised her friend as "90 percent gay...
Peter Marc Jacobson
Executive Producer, Writer, Director , Actor, Singer. Peter started his career in front of the camera, guest starring in such memorable series as Murphy Brown, Beverly Hills 90210, the Facts of Life, Dynasty, Too Close for Comfort, Booker, Matlock, and some not so memorable ones that locked in his medical insurance...
Mark Patton was raised in Riverside, Missouri, a Suburb of Kansas City. His first interest, starting at age 8, was in gymnastics. By his high school years, he had excelled in the Junior Olympics. But acting had also begun to interest him. Mark began studying in his high school's drama department and...
Mario Cantone is probably best known at home in the US as a comedian, impressionist and singer but he has also made a name for himself as a very successful Broadway actor, appearing in "Love! Valor! Compassion!" in 1995 as well as a number of off-Broadway Shakespeare productions including "The Tempest" and "The Taming of the Shrew"...
Rupert James Hector Everett was born in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, to Sara (Maclean) and Anthony Michael Everett, a Major in the British Army, who later worked in business. He is of mostly English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes arrogant...
David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce was born on 3 April 1959 in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. He is the youngest child of George and Laura Pierce (both deceased) and has two older sisters (Barbara and Nancy) and an older brother (Thomas). As a child, he was very interested in music (particularly piano) and regularly played the organ at his local church (Bethesda Episcopal Church)...
When you think one of the most prolific character actors, who's also an outrageous stand-up comedian, one name comes to mind.... Jason Stuart. Stuart has been making people laugh out loud with his hysterical performances all over the country. He has accomplished what few other out comics have ever achieved: brutal honesty with humor in a world that's not always kind...
Scott Thompson was raised in Brampton, Ontario. He is the second oldest of four boys (the others are Craig, Derek and Dean). At 19, Scott got involved in an educational program called "Canada World Youth", and spent some time in the Phillipines. After CWY, Scott enrolled in York University but, in his third year...
Born Rupaul Andre Charles on November 17 1960, he grew up in San Diego, learning fashion tips from his mother and three sisters. After some time living in Atlanta doing odd jobs such as a used-car salesman, RuPaul moved to New York by the early '90s. He had begun performing in local Manhattan clubs and became a popular attraction through his various flamboyant acts on stage...
BD Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in "M. Butterfly." He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent
Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the television series All-American Girl
Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed talents in British theatre. He spent his early years abroad as his father was Surgeon General to the British Army (his mother is also a doctor), but aged 8 was relocated to England and became a pupil at St Paul's Cathedral School...
Matthew Waterhouse was born the son of a company solicitor. He joined the BBC as a clerk, working in the news and information department, while also pursuing an acting career. His first TV role was as a public schoolboy in "To Serve Them All My Days" (1980). He had not even started working on that programme when he auditoned for and won the role of Adric in Doctor Who...