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1. Willem Dafoe Willem Dafoe Actor, Spider-Man In 1979, Willem Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless. From there, he went on to perform in over 80 films - in Hollywood (John Carter, Spider-Man, The English Patient...
2. Bruce Willis Bruce Willis Actor, Die Hard Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for his film appearances as 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...
3. Kate Mulgrew Kate Mulgrew Actress, Throw Momma from the Train Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew, or Kate Mulgrew, was born on April 29, 1955. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, being the oldest girl in an Irish Catholic family of 8. When Kate, as a 12-year-old, expressed an interest in acting, her mother, Joan, brought home biographies of great actresses and sent Kate to summer acting schools...
4. Kevin Costner Kevin Costner Actor, Dances with Wolves Kevin was born in Lynwood, California, on January 18, 1955, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953. His father's job required him to move regularly...
5. Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton Actor, Armageddon William Robert (Billy Bob) Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 4, 1955 to William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton (educator, high school history teacher, basketball coach; deceased) and Virginia R. Faulkner (psychic). He has three younger brothers, James Donald (Jimmy Don), born in 1958 and now deceased...
6. Kelsey Grammer Kelsey Grammer Actor, Toy Story 2 A five-time Emmy Award winner, Kelsey Grammer is the first actor in television history to receive multiple Emmy nominations for performing the same role on three series. He received two nominations for his original portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers, another for his guest appearance in that role on Wings...
7. Iman Iman Self, Eccentric Glamour with Simon Doonan
8. Brendan Gleeson Brendan Gleeson Actor, Troy Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
9. Bill Paxton Bill Paxton Actor, Titanic Bill Paxton was born William Paxton on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He moved to Los Angeles, California at age 18, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his film debut in the Corman film Crazy Mama, directed by Jonathan Demme...
10. Michael Rooker Michael Rooker Actor, Cliffhanger Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13 his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "don't-mess-with-me" good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...
11. Lena Olin Lena Olin Actress, The Ninth Gate Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. Her father, Stig Olin, was also an actor and played in six of Bergman's films. Lena also belongs to the Bergman "family"...
12. 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...
13. Jeff Daniels Jeff Daniels Actor, Dumb & Dumber Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia but raised in Chelsea, Michigan, where his father Robert owns The Chelsea Lumber Company. He attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and dropped out to pursue a career as an actor. Daniels made his feature film debut in Milos Forman's Ragtime...
14. Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson Actor, Bean Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on the 6th January, 1955, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm where he grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees in electrical engineering...
15. Judy Davis Judy Davis Actress, Barton Fink Judy Davis was born April 23, 1955 in Perth, Western Australia. She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She came to prominence as Sybylla Melvyn in the film adaptation of Miles Franklin's novel...
16. Laurie Metcalf Laurie Metcalf Actress, Toy Story Laurie Metcalf was born June 16, 1955, in Carbondale, Illinois, she raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, and the eldest of three children born to James and Libby Metcalf. Laurie attended Illinois State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Theater in 1977, in her class were the immeasurable talents of John Malkovich...
17. J.K. Simmons J.K. Simmons Actor, Spider-Man
18. Glenne Headly Glenne Headly Actress, Don Jon For the past fourteen years, she has said that family has been the most important thing to her and she has set most of her time aside to be a "present" mother to her son. Movies, plays and television are chosen, for the most part, when they occur in town or on a school break. She has taken the current year to homeschool her son for his seventh grade...
19. Marina Sirtis Marina Sirtis Actress, Star Trek: First Contact Marina Sirtis was born in London, England to Greek parents who did not want her to become an actress. As soon as Marina completed high school, she applied to the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama secretly. After her graduation, she worked in musical theater, repertory and television. In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles...
20. Gary Sinise Gary Sinise Actor, Apollo 13 Gary Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois. His family later moved to Highland Park, where he attended high school. He was something of a rebel, playing in bands but paying little attention to school. Gary and some friends tried out for "West Side Story" as a lark, but Gary was hooked on acting for life by closing night...
21. Wayne Knight Wayne Knight Actor, Jurassic Park Actor Wayne Knight achieved television immortality assaying the role of the frenetic mailman "Newman", nemesis of the eponymous lead character in the classic TV series, Seinfeld. He also appeared in Jurassic Park as "Dennis Nedry" and in one of the most notorious scenes in American cinema, as one of the detectives interrogating Sharon Stone during her leg-crossing in Basic Instinct...
22. Tanya Roberts Tanya Roberts Actress, A View to a Kill Tanya Roberts came from modest beginnings in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of a pen salesman (Irish) and a mother (Jewish) who were divorced before she reached high school. Tanya dropped out of high school at age 15, got married and hitchhiked around the country until her mother-in-law had the marriage annulled...
23. Brendan O'Carroll Brendan O'Carroll Actor, Agnes Browne
24. Christopher McDonald Christopher McDonald Actor, Requiem for a Dream Christopher McDonald was born and raised in New York. His breakout role was in Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise (1991) followed shortly by playing Jack Barry in Robert Redford's Quiz show (1994). Other notable performances include Into Thin Air (1997) as John Krakauher and Tappy Timmons in Requiem for a Dream (2000) opposite Ellen Burstyn...
25. Mark Boone Junior Mark Boone Junior Actor, Memento
26. Xander Berkeley Xander Berkeley Actor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day Xander's father was a painter and his mother a school teacher who sewed, providing him with costumes (his preference over toys). School plays and Community Theater were next. An experimental theater troupe in the area (which was an offshoot from Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater in New York) took Xander under their wing when he was 16...
27. Yun-Fat Chow Yun-Fat Chow Actor, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 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. Born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then British colony of Hong Kong near its famous Victoria Harbour...
28. Dana Carvey Dana Carvey Actor, Wayne's World One of SNL's most talented alumni, comedian Dana Carvey reigned supreme during his six-season run creating some of the show's most memorable characters, including "Church Lady", "Garth" of Wayne & Garth fame, Grumpy Old Man and bodybuilding "Hans" of Hans & Franz notoriety. So it is quite bewildering that this sharp and witty writer...
29. Debra Winger Debra Winger Actress, Terms of Endearment Mary Debra Winger was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1955 to a Jewish family. Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra. (Her father named her Debra after his favorite actress, Debra Paget). The family moved to California when Debra was five. She fell in love with acting in high school but kept it a secret from her family...
30. Andrew Divoff Andrew Divoff Actor, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull People acknowledged Andrew Divoff and his work from The WishMaster series, though other fans may have noticed him before in movies like Oblivion and Toy Soldiers. Almost every movie you see Andrew in he always plays the bad guy, which is what we love best about him. A very shy boy when he was younger...
31. Peter Gallagher Peter Gallagher Actor, American Beauty
32. Reba McEntire Reba McEntire Actress, Tremors Reba Nell McEntire was born on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since the age of 5. In junior high, she performed with her siblings as the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing...
33. Jimmy Smits Jimmy Smits Actor, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
34. Anton Corbijn Anton Corbijn Director, Control
35. Tommy Wiseau Tommy Wiseau Actor, The Room Tommy Wiseau trained to be an actor at: American Conservatory Theater, Vince Chase Workshop, Jean Shelton Acting Lab, Laney College and Stella Adler Academy of Acting. In 2001 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in "The Room," a feature film that received the 2003 Audience Award at the New York International Film Festival...
36. Gilbert Gottfried Gilbert Gottfried Actor, Aladdin At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as "the comedian's comedian". After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night comedy show...
37. Raoul Trujillo Raoul Trujillo Actor, Riddick
38. Miguel Ferrer Miguel Ferrer Actor, Iron Man 3
39. Kevin Peter Hall Kevin Peter Hall Actor, Predator 2 This African American actor attended Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started his junior year at 6' 5" and finished it at 6' 9"! He played basketball throughout his high-school years and won a scholarship. He averaged 18 points a game and 10 rebounds! He played basketball during college...
40. Jane Kaczmarek Jane Kaczmarek Actress, Pleasantville Jane grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother, Evelyn, was a school teacher. Her father, Edward, is a former Defense Department employee. She is the oldest of four children. Her brothers, Jim & Bill, are a teacher and an entrepreneur respectively. Her sister, Mary, works for an Internet company. Jane was a theater major at the University of Wisconsin...
41. Roland Emmerich Roland Emmerich Producer, The Day After Tomorrow Emmerich began his career in his native Germany. In his youth, he pursued painting and sculpting. While enrolled in the director's program at film school in Munich, his student film Das Arche Noah Prinzip went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. The feature became a huge success and was sold to more than 20 countries.
42. Kane Hodder Kane Hodder Stunts, Se7en
43. Karen Dotrice Karen Dotrice Actress, Mary Poppins
44. Julie Hagerty Julie Hagerty Actress, Airplane! Julie Hagerty's unique personality and talent likely would have been better served had she worked under the Hollywood studio system. As it is, her place in cinema history is secure with her role of stewardess Elaine Dickinson in the comedy classic Airplane!. Hagerty should have evolved into a latter-day Jean Arthur, or become a highly valued supporting player a la Zasu Pitts...
45. Richard Schiff Richard Schiff Actor, Man of Steel Richard was the middle of three sons born to Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying at the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973, but had no interest...
46. William Forsythe William Forsythe Actor, The Rock Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes, William Forsythe has a superb talent for playing some truly unlikeable and downright nasty characters that dominate the films in which he appears! If you're cast as the "hero" against Forsythe's "villain", then you have your work cut out for you...
47. Linda Purl Linda Purl Actress, Mighty Joe Young Linda Purl was born in Connecticut and raised in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. At the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, she played the role of "Louis" in "The King and I" (in Japanese), "Bet" in "Oliver" and the role of "Helen Keller" in "The Miracle Worker". She then went to England to study under Marguerite Beale...
48. Deborra-Lee Furness Deborra-Lee Furness Actress, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
49. Howie Mandel Howie Mandel Self, Howie The story goes that huggable stand-up comedian Howie Mandel, who ran a carpet business once upon a time, began his show biz career by chance while catching amateur night at the Comedy Store on the L.A. Sunset Strip during a vacation. Goaded on by friends to try out, a producer spotted him, hired him for an appearance on the comedy game show "Make Me Laugh," and the rest is history...
50. Kevin Conroy Kevin Conroy Actor, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Kevin Conroy was born on November 30, 1955 in Westbury, New York. At age 17, Kevin earned a full scholarship to attend Julliard's drama division, where he studied under actor John Houseman. In 1978, after graduating from Julliard, he toured with "The Acting Company", Houseman's acting group, and in 1979...
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