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1. Robert De Niro Robert De Niro Actor, Goodfellas Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest American actors of all time, was born in New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, Dutch, English, French, and German. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
2. Christopher Walken Christopher Walken Actor, Catch Me If You Can Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
3. Chevy Chase Chevy Chase Actor, Christmas Vacation Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning) and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward Leigh Chase and admiral Miles Browning. His recent ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, and Danish...
4. Joe Pesci Joe Pesci Actor, Goodfellas Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943, in Newark, NJ, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor and by the mid-50s was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-'60s he released a record under the stage name of "Joe Ritchie" titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing"...
5. Ben Kingsley Ben Kingsley Actor, Schindler's List Ben Kingsley was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was of Gujrati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was British. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to have roles in films and TV...
6. Malcolm McDowell Malcolm McDowell Actor, A Clockwork Orange Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
7. David Cronenberg David Cronenberg Director, The Fly David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
8. Wallace Shawn Wallace Shawn Actor, Toy Story American character actor and writer Wallace Shawn has one of those fun, mischievously homely faces just made to entertain. Though he got out of the starting gate rather slowly, he has since excelled on stage, television and film while managing to turn himself into a winner with his loser-type looks...
9. Michael Mann Michael Mann Producer, Heat A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
10. Terrence Malick Terrence Malick Writer, The Tree of Life Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
11. Edward Herrmann Edward Herrmann Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street
12. Lin Shaye Lin Shaye Actress, There's Something About Mary Lin attended the University of Michigan, where she was an Art History major, although acting in as many University productions as possible, including "Bye Bye Birdie" and "On The Town". After U of M, she attended Columbia University School of the Arts, and acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting...
13. Sam Shepard Sam Shepard Actor, The Right Stuff Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base around the US until finally settling in Duarte...
14. Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve Actress, Dancer in the Dark Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut at age 13 in The Twilight Girls, and continued with small parts in minor films. Her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in which she gave an unforgettable performance...
15. Blythe Danner Blythe Danner Actress, Meet the Parents Blythe Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Katharine (Kile) and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has German, as well as English and Irish, ancestry. Danner studied acting and got her degree from Bard College and began her career in Boston theater companies. By 25, she won the Theater World Award for her work in Molière's "The Miser"...
16. Conchata Ferrell Conchata Ferrell Actress, Edward Scissorhands It took 30 years since it was first predicted, but Conchata Ferrell finally achieved television stardom, albeit of the supporting variety, as the housekeeper "Berta" in the situation-comedy Two and a Half Men. Ferrell originally had been tipped for stardom with her turn as the prostitute "April" in the Norman Lear-produced series Hot L Baltimore...
17. Sylvester McCoy Sylvester McCoy Actor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Sylvester McCoy was born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith on 20 August 1943, the son of Molly Sheridan and Percy James Kent-Smith, an Irish couple living in Dunoon, Scotland. His father was killed in the Second World War a couple of months before he was born, and he was brought up by his mother, his grandmother - Mary Sheridan - and aunts...
18. Michael Palin Michael Palin Writer, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
19. Kurtwood Smith Kurtwood Smith Actor, RoboCop
20. Mike Leigh Mike Leigh Director, Secrets & Lies
21. Tuesday Weld Tuesday Weld Actress, Once Upon a Time in America Susan Ker Weld was born on August 27, 1943, in New York City. When her father, Lathrop Motley Weld, died three years later at the age of 49, the cute little girl, whose name by then had somehow been transmogrified into "Tuesday", took over the role of the family breadwinner, which included her mother Yosene Balfour Ker...
22. Joan Van Ark Joan Van Ark Actress, Frogs Joan Van Ark, just out of high school, was the second youngest student to attend the Yale School of Drama on a scholarship. The youngest was Julie Harris. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Years later, they would co-star on the CBS Television series, Knots Landing. Van Ark began her professional career at the Minneapolis Guthrie Theater in Moliere's "The Miser"...
23. Sharon Tate Sharon Tate Actress, The Fearless Vampire Killers Sharon Tate won the first of many beauty contests before her first birthday. Her looks, charm, and grace would be her passport into the acting world, initially as an extra in movie shot on location in Italy, where her army officer father was posted in the early 1960's. Commercials and modeling assignments followed...
24. J.T. Walsh J.T. Walsh Actor, Sling Blade
25. Penny Marshall Penny Marshall Actress, The Hard Way Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943. The Libra is 5' 6 1/2" with brown hair and green eyes. Born to parents Marjorie Ward and Anthony "Tony" Marshall (he changed his last name from Masciarelli after his family moved to the states), she is the younger sister of Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin. Penny was known in her family as "the bad one"...
26. Keith Richards Keith Richards Soundtrack, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Keith Richards is an internationally recognized iconic figure in contemporary culture and popular music as a singer, guitar player, songwriter, film actor, and public figure. He was voted 10th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, and was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989...
27. Holland Taylor Holland Taylor Actress, The Truman Show Holland Taylor is the third born (and last) daughter of her mother Virginia Taylor, and the only child of her father C. Tracy Taylor (an attorney). She was born in Philadelphia and spent her teen years in nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Holland got the nickname, "Penny Taylor" because of her coppery hair color...
28. Lauren Hutton Lauren Hutton Actress, American Gigolo Following her success as a top fashion model for the Ford Modeling Agency and Revlon cosmetics, Hutton was selected to play the only major female character in Paper Lion. After a semi-successful starring role in American Gigolo, Hutton's modeling career took a slide in the 1980s, and she was relegated to B-movie roles...
29. Michele Carey Michele Carey Actress, El Dorado
30. Martin Campbell Martin Campbell Director, Casino Royale Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro, the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Next, when he helmed Vertical Limit, the film was well received by the critics and earned over $200 million in worldwide box-office sales...
31. Paul Michael Glaser Paul Michael Glaser Actor, Something's Gotta Give
32. Richard Moll Richard Moll Actor, Jingle All the Way
33. Gianni Russo Gianni Russo Actor, The Godfather With a singularly nebulous background, which, by his account, included stints as a Las Vegas nightclub emcee, radio personality and jewelry tycoon, and with comparatively little acting experience, Gianni Russo won the role of Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather on the basis of his screen test. Since then...
34. Art LaFleur Art LaFleur Actor, Field of Dreams
35. Mary Woronov Mary Woronov Actress, The House of the Devil Mary Woronov was born on December 8, 1943, at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida (some sources cite New York as her birthplace). A surgeon's stepdaughter, she was raised in Brooklyn Heights and attended Cornell University as a sculpting major. After a class trip to Andy Warhol 's Silver Factory...
36. Hervé Villechaize Hervé Villechaize Actor, The Man with the Golden Gun Hervé Villechaize was born in Paris on April 23, 1943. He stopped growing very early and his father (who was a surgeon) tried to find a cure by visiting several doctors and hospitals. But there was none, so Hervé had to live with his small height and also with undersized lungs. He studied at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and made an exhibition of his own paintings...
37. Bill Duke Bill Duke Director, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Shaven headed, imposing looking African American actor, director, producer and writer who received his dramatic arts training at Boston University, New York University's Tisch School of Arts and at the American Film Institute. Duke first broke into TV in the early eighties directing episodes of well known TV shows including Miami Vice...
38. Sharon Gless Sharon Gless Actress, The Star Chamber Show business is in Sharon Gless' blood. Her grandfather, Neil S. McCarthy (May 6, 1888 - July 25, 1972), was considered by many to have been the most respected and powerful entertainment lawyer of Hollywood's Golden Age. His clients included Howard Hughes, Paramount Pictures, Louis B. Mayer (personally)...
39. Gary Burghoff Gary Burghoff Actor, MASH
40. Paul Freeman Paul Freeman Actor, Raiders of the Lost Ark One of Britain's most versatile character actors, Paul Freeman's dark, hypnotic good looks and talent for accents have often seen him cast as villains. He originally worked first in advertising and then he trained as a teacher, while he participated in amateur dramatics as a pastime. As a professional...
41. John Denver John Denver Soundtrack, Final Destination As the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other students at the many new schools in which he was placed...
42. David Soul David Soul Actor, Salem's Lot David Soul achieved pop icon status as handsome, blond-haired, blue-eyed Detective Kenneth Hutchinson on the cult "buddy cop" TV series Starsky and Hutch, Soul also had a very successful singing career recording several albums, with worldwide number one hit singles including "Silver Lady" & "Don't Give Up on Us Baby"...
43. Martin Mull Martin Mull Actor, Jingle All the Way Offbeat funnyman Martin Mull was born in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Betty, an actress and director, and Harold Mull, a carpenter. He was raised in Ohio. The blond-maned, blue-eyed comedian with the sad, droopy mustache first came in contact with the arts by honing in on his innate talents as a painter...
44. Creed Bratton Creed Bratton Actor, Terri Creed Bratton's talent for acting and music began at a young age. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in the small town of Coarsegold near Yosemite, California. He attended the College of the Sequoias and Sacramento State College as a drama major. He began playing the guitar professionally as a teenager...
45. Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Soundtrack, The Departed Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent on 26th July 1943. When he was 4 he met Keith Richards until they went into secondary schools and lost touch. But one day in 1960 they accidentally met on the Dartford train line and both realized that they had an interest in rock n roll combined with blues...
46. Eric Idle Eric Idle Actor, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
47. Jerry Bruckheimer Jerry Bruckheimer Producer, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
48. Valerie Perrine Valerie Perrine Actress, Superman
49. Gil Gerard Gil Gerard Actor, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Gilbert "Gil" Gerard was born on January 23, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and did a good deal of acting in high school. He attended the University of Arkansas but dropped out before graduation. He landed a job as an industrial chemist. He became regional manager of a large chemical company, headed by Governor Wynn Rockefeller...
50. Harry Shearer Harry Shearer Actor, The Simpsons Movie Harry Shearer was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. His film debut was with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, followed by The Robe. Probably best known for his Saturday Night Live gigs, his NPR satire program "Le Show" and The Simpsons, where he plays 21 characters...
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