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1. Tom Hardy Tom Hardy Actor, Inception With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception, English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. But the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the mini-series Band of Brothers...
2. Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie Actress, Changeling Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who has become popular by taking on the title role in the "Lara Croft" series of blockbuster movies. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees. She often appears on many "most beautiful women" lists...
3. Mark Wahlberg Mark Wahlberg Actor, Boogie Nights Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg was born June 5th, 1971 in the poor working class district of Boston known as Dorchester, the youngest of nine children. His parents were Alma & Donald Wahlberg. The large Wahlberg brood didn't have a lot growing up, especially after his parents divorced when he was eleven...
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman Actor, Capote Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole as Phil Hoffman...
5. Brad Renfro Brad Renfro Actor, Ghost World Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on July 25, 1982, he was discovered at age 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was cast in the motion picture The Client, which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Although this would be his zenith, he went on to appear in other films, including The Cure...
6. Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Actor, The Avengers Born in Manhattan, New York, on April 4, 1965, Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as an actor at the age of five in the film Pound, written and directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr., and since that early role, Robert Downey Jr. has amassed an enviable list of credits and honors throughout a four-decades-plus career that shows no signs of slowing...
7. Jennifer Connelly Jennifer Connelly Actress, Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
8. Heath Ledger Heath Ledger Actor, The Dark Knight When a 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...
9. Gabriel Macht Gabriel Macht Actor, Behind Enemy Lines Gabriel Macht is an American actor. He was born in the Bronx, New York, to Suzanne, a museum curator and archivist, and actor Stephen Macht. Gabriel has three siblings, and moved with his parents to California when he was young. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on both sides of his family. Gabriel had his first success on screen when he was 8-years-old...
10. Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix Actor, Gladiator Joaquin 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, from California...
11. Sarah Hyland Sarah Hyland Actress, Another World Sarah Hyland was born in New York City to parents Melissa Canaday and Edward James Hyland. Sarah began in the business at the age of 4 with commercial work and voice overs. Her first film was Private Parts. She then moved on to The Object of My Affection and then spent time on Another World as "Rain Wolfe"...
12. Luke Evans Luke Evans Actor, Fast & Furious 6 Luke Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales but grew up in Aberbargoed, South Wales. 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. In 2009, he landed the role of Apollo in Clash of the Titans (2010)...
13. Matt Damon Matt Damon Actor, The Bourne Identity 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. The family lived in Newton until his parents divorced...
14. Winona Ryder Winona Ryder Actress, Edward Scissorhands Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz and named after the town in which she was born, Winona, Minnesota. She grew up in a ranch commune in Northern California which had no electricity. She is the goddaughter of Timothy Leary. Her parents were friends of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and once edited a book called "Shaman Woman Mainline Lady"...
15. Vera Farmiga Vera Farmiga Actress, The Conjuring Vera Farmiga is a Ukrainian-American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for best performance in her supporting role, opposite George Clooney, in Up in the Air. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, in Passaic County, New Jersey, USA. She did not speak English until the age of six...
16. Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Actor, Pulp Fiction Samuel L. Jackson usually played bad guys and drug addicts before becoming an action hero, as the character Mitch Henessey, in The Long Kiss Goodnight and in Die Hard: With a Vengeance. From character player to leading man. His performance in Pulp Fiction gave him an Oscar nomination for his character Jules Winnfield...
17. Rose McGowan Rose McGowan Actress, Planet Terror Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut Dawn was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival...
18. Hayden Christensen Hayden Christensen Actor, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Hayden Christensen was born on April 19, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His parents David and Alie Christensen are in the communications business "Christensen Communications". Hayden grew up in Markham, Ontario, Canada, one of four children (Kaylen, Hejsa, Tove). Although his aspirations changed and regardless of not having his father's approval...
19. Rosario Dawson Rosario Dawson Actress, Sin City This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's beauty may owe to her diverse lineage, which includes Afro-Cuban...
20. Penélope Cruz Penélope Cruz Actress, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo (a retailer) and Encarna (a hairdresser). As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
21. Gaby Hoffmann Gaby Hoffmann Actress, Field of Dreams Gaby began acting in commercials at 4 to help pay the family bills but got tired of the work and quit. Gaby's first film role was as young "Maisy Russell" in 1988's Uncle Buck. Until the summer of 1993, Gaby had lived her entire life with her mother Viva and older sister, Alexandra Auder...
22. Susan Sarandon Susan Sarandon Actress, Thelma & Louise It was after the 1968 Democratic convention and there was a casting call for a film with several roles for the kind of young people who had disrupted the convention. Two recent graduates of Catholic University in Washington DC, went to the audition in New York for Joe. Chris Sarandon, who had studied to be an actor, was passed over. His wife Susan got a major role...
23. Rachael Leigh Cook Rachael Leigh Cook Actress, She's All That Minneapolis native Rachael Leigh Cook began her career as a model at the tender age of 10, gracing Milk-Bone(R) boxes and Target(R) ads nationwide in the USA. She also appeared in a now-famous (in the USA) anti-drug TV spot in which, armed with a frying pan, she bashed her way through a kitchen to show the disastrous effects of heroin...
24. Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges Actor, The Big Lebowski The son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges, Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, and grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing, alongside their mother in the film The Company She Keeps...
25. Sharon Stone Sharon Stone Actress, Casino Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker and her mother was an accountant and homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania and, at that same age, entered Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania...
26. Rob Lowe Rob Lowe Actor, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Rob Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke into acting in his teens. He spent the 1980s as a member of the "Brat Pack", a group of young, powerful and reckless actors and actresses that included Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen and Judd Nelson...
27. Terry Gilliam Terry Gilliam Writer, Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertisement...
28. Melanie Griffith Melanie Griffith Actress, Working Girl Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City to model Tippi Hedren and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her parents' marriage ended in 1961 and Tippi came to Los Angeles to get a new start. Tippi caught the eye of the great director Alfred Hitchcock, who gave her starring roles in The Birds and Marnie...
29. Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe Soundtrack, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
30. River Phoenix River Phoenix Actor, Stand by Me River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), was a secretary from the Bronx, and his father, John Bottom, had been a carpenter. They met in California in 1968, where they worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
31. Johnny Galecki Johnny Galecki Actor, In Time John Mark Galecki was born in Belgium where his dad was stationed while serving in the U.S. Air Force. When he was 3 years old, his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up along with his sister Allison (1980) and brother Nick (1982). His father then became a teacher for blind veterans in a VA hospital outside of Chicago. When Galecki was 16, his father died in an accident...
32. Michael Clarke Duncan Michael Clarke Duncan Actor, The Green Mile Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
33. Peter Sarsgaard Peter Sarsgaard Actor, Jarhead Illinois-born actor Peter Sarsgaard is a graduate of St. Louis' Washington University where he majored in history and literature. He was a co-founder of the comedy improvisational group Mama's Pot Roast and trained initially with the Actors' Studio in New York. Such off-Broadway productions included...
34. Don Johnson Don Johnson Actor, Django Unchained Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice, Don Johnson is one of the stars who really defined the 1980s. As James "Sonny" Crockett he went toe-to-toe with drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, assassins, illegal arms-dealers and crooked cops on a weekly basis from 1984 to 1989...
35. Benicio Del Toro Benicio Del Toro Actor, Snatch. 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's Traffic. Born in Puerto Rico on February 19...
36. Danny Trejo Danny Trejo Actor, Machete A child drug addict and criminal, Danny Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses, he successfully completed a 12-step rehabilitation program that changed his life...
37. David Spade David Spade Actor, The Emperor's New Groove Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. Raised in both Scottsdale (from age four) and Casa Grande, Arizona, he graduated with a degree in business from Arizona State University in 1986. A natural prankster most of his life...
38. Casey Affleck Casey Affleck Actor, Gone Baby Gone American actor Casey Affleck has an onscreen career dating back to 1988, but his Academy Award nominated work in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford gained him wider acclaim in recent years. Affleck, the younger brother of Ben Affleck, was born Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt on 12 August 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts to middle-class parents; his mother was a school district employee and teacher...
39. Tobey Maguire Tobey Maguire Actor, Spider-Man Tobey Maguire's parents were 18 and 20 - and unwed - when he was born. His father, Vincent Maguire, was a cook and sometime construction worker. His mother, Wendy Brown, was a secretary and aspiring screenwriter. They split two years after his birth. This resulted in moving constantly as a youth, spending time in California...
40. Ethan Suplee Ethan Suplee Actor, American History X Ethan Suplee has established himself over the past decade as an actor of considerable talent and accomplishment. His diverse and eclectic resume ranges from hilarious roles in such comedies as Mallrats and Without a Paddle to hauntingly dramatic performances in intense features such as American History X...
41. Jason Lee Jason Lee Actor, The Incredibles Born and raised in Southern California, Jason Lee took up skateboarding at age 13. By 18, he was on the professional skateboarding circuit, where he wowed legions of young fans and popularized a move called the "360 flip". Inspired to tap into the commercial aspect of the sport, Lee and a friend started the twin companies "Stereo Skateboards" and "Stereo Sounds Clothing"...
42. Anne Heche Anne Heche Actress, Donnie Brasco Anne Heche's tumultuous childhood began on May 25, 1969, when she was born into the fundamentalist Christian family of Nancy and Donald Heche. Her father was an itinerant Baptist minister and choir director who relocated his family yearly in search of work. It was not until 1983 when it was discovered that he had...
43. Wes Bentley Wes Bentley Actor, The Hunger Games Wes Bentley is an American actor who first became well-known via his role in the Oscar-winning film American Beauty, in which he played the soulful, artistic next-door neighbor Ricky Fitts. He also portrayed gamemaker Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games, and co-stars in Lovelace as photographer Thomas...
44. Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen Actor, Wall Street Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, Martin Sheen, at the time was an actor just breaking into the business with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen, was a former New York art student who had met Charlie's father right after he had moved to Manhattan...
45. John Ritter John Ritter Actor, Sling Blade The son of a legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife Dorothy Fay, who was also an actress, John Ritter started out his life as Jonathan Southworth Ritter, born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. After his father married Dorothy Fay Southworth in 1941, the couple had their first child...
46. Judy Garland Judy Garland Soundtrack, The Wizard of Oz One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
47. Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Self, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28 1986), is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer. Gaga was born in Manhattan, New York. Her father is of Italian descent, and her mother is of half Italian and half French-Canadian, English...
48. Steven Seagal Steven Seagal Actor, Above the Law Steven Seagal is a striking and somewhat boyishly handsome looking (often with ponytail) and usually impeccably dressed action star who burst onto the martial arts film scene in 1988 in the fast-paced Warner Bros. film Above the Law. The enigmatic Seagal commenced his martial arts training at the age of seven under the tutelage of well-known karate instructor and author Fumio Demura...
49. Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Self, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
50. Donnie Wahlberg Donnie Wahlberg Actor, The Sixth Sense He was born Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. on August 17, 1969, in Dorchester Massachusetts, into a family of Swedish, Irish, French-Canadian, and English descent. He is the eighth of nine children of Donald Sr. and Alma Wahlberg. His parents eventually divorced and Donnie, finding himself already in trouble...
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