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1. Meryl Streep Meryl Streep Actress, The Devil Wears Prada Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 18 times, and has won it three times. Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested...
2. Jessica Lange Jessica Lange Actress, Big Fish On April 20, 1949, Jessica Lange was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model for many years, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong...
3. 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...
4. Sigourney Weaver Sigourney Weaver Actress, Aliens Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis, was a British actress who had sacrificed her career for a family...
5. Bill Nighy Bill Nighy Actor, Love Actually Born on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. After trying his hand at a number of jobs, including journalism, Nighy wound up training at Guildford School of Dance and Drama in London, and has since then worked consistently in film, television, and on stage...
6. Richard Gere Richard Gere Actor, Pretty Woman Humanitarian and actor, Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia. The second of five children of Doris (Tiffany) and Homer Gere, an insurance salesman. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions. He graduated from North Syracuse Central High School in 1967...
7. Tom Berenger Tom Berenger Actor, Inception Born in Chicago, Illinois, as Thomas Michael Moore, was raised along with his sister, in a working class home headed by a father who worked as a printer for The Chicago Sun-Times. After graduating Rich East High School in 1967, he attended the University of Missouri to study journalism, but tried his hand at acting on a whim because of a bet he lost...
8. Garry Shandling Garry Shandling Writer, What Planet Are You From?
9. Pam Grier Pam Grier Actress, Jackie Brown Pam Grier has been a major African-American actress from the early seventies. Her career started back in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her into The Big Doll House, about a woman's penitentiary, and The Big Bird Cage. Her strong role put her into a five-year contract with Samuel Z. Arkoff of American International Pictures and...
10. 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...
11. Ron Palillo Ron Palillo Actor, One Life to Live At 14, Ron Palillo started his own summer theater in Cheshire, Connecticut. His parents,Gabriel and Carmel Palillo,were surprised when the summer theater actually made money. After graduating from high school, Ron went to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he majored in drama. He appeared in many school plays in college...
12. Keith Carradine Keith Carradine Actor, The Duellists It seems the second generation of acting Carradines -- David, Keith and Robert -- are proudly continuing the family tradition and begetting a third generation of talent. The dynasty began with veteran Hollywood patriarch John Carradine, the son of a surgeon and a correspondent for the Associated Press. Keith was a child, born of John's second marriage to actress Sonia Sorel...
13. John Belushi John Belushi Actor, The Blues Brothers The son of an Albanian immigrant restaurant owner, Adam Belushi, and his vivacious wife, Agnes, who was also of Albanian descent, John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six. Though a young hellion in grade school...
14. Jim Broadbent Jim Broadbent Actor, Cloud Atlas One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Broadbent and sculptress Dee Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting...
15. Shelley Duvall Shelley Duvall Actress, The Shining Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Houston, Texas. Her mother and father were Bobbie and Robert Duvall. According to an interview of Shelley by MonoFilms VideoGuide, as a young child, Shelley's mother Bobbie humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse" because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture...
16. Shelley Long Shelley Long Actress, The Brady Bunch Movie Shelley Long was born at 7:15 am on Tuesday August 23, 1949 in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. She is the daughter and only child to Evandine and Leland Long. Her mother was a school teacher and her father worked in the rubber industry before becoming a teacher. Shelley Long attended school at Kekionga Junior High for grades 6-9 and at South Side High School for grades 10-12...
17. Brent Spiner Brent Spiner Actor, Star Trek: First Contact Brent Spiner, whose primary claim to fame is his portrayal of the beloved android Data on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His parents, Jack and Sylvia Spiner, owned and operated a furniture store. Jack died of kidney failure at age 29, when Brent was 10 months old...
18. Sissy Spacek Sissy Spacek Actress, Carrie As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen. After graduating, she embarked on an acting career, gaining interest in the profession through her cousin...
19. Pamela Reed Pamela Reed Actress, Kindergarten Cop Veteran character actress Pamela Reed was born April 2, 1949 in Tacoma, Washington. She received her B.F.A at the University of Washington. With over 60 film and television credits under her belt, we should acknowledge her work in film with performances in The Long Riders, The Right Stuff, Kindergarten Cop...
20. David Strathairn David Strathairn Actor, The Bourne Ultimatum David Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. His father was a physician and he has two siblings, a brother Tom and a sister named Anne. He attended Williams College, where he demonstrated great interest in the theater, and first befriended John Sayles, with whom he would later frequently collaborate...
21. Leslie Easterbrook Leslie Easterbrook Actress, The Devil's Rejects
22. Pedro Almodóvar Pedro Almodóvar Writer, Talk to Her The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
23. Jim Varney Jim Varney Actor, Toy Story Jim Varney became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer Scrooge in a local children's theater production of "A Christmas Carol", and by 17 was performing professionally in nightclubs and coffee houses...
24. Veronica Cartwright Veronica Cartwright Actress, Alien Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour, Spencer's Mountain and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone...
25. Victor Garber Victor Garber Actor, Titanic A leading player on Broadway for over two decades, Victor Garber has appeared in comedies and musicals in New York to applause and Tony nominations, but his career in TV and films has been limited to mostly supporting parts. Garber's first stage success of note came in his native Canada, where he...
26. Judith Light Judith Light Actress, One Life to Live Judith Light was born February 9, 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey to Pearl Sue and Sidney Light. Judith later graduated from St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, and later enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she earned a degree in drama. With several television appearances, perhaps Judith is best remembered as Angela Bower in the 1980's sitcom Who's the Boss?.
27. Lindsay Wagner Lindsay Wagner Actress, The Paper Chase Lindsay Wagner makes little distinction between her life as an actress, advocate, mother or author. What unites these various parts is a commitment through her work and her personal life to exploring and advancing human potential. Lindsay first came to prominence in the critically-acclaimed role of Susan Fields in The Paper Chase...
28. Michael Richards Michael Richards Actor, Bee Movie Immortalized as Cosmo Kramer on the classic American sitcom Seinfeld, L.A. comedy star Michael Richards was born in Culver City, California, to Phyllis (Nardozzi) and William Richards. He developed an early interest in acting in high school. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and graduated at Evergreen State College in Washington with his BFA in drama...
29. LaTanya Richardson LaTanya Richardson Actress, U.S. Marshals She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971. While a student at Spelman (an all-female institution), she met Samuel L. Jackson, who was a student at Morehouse College (the all-male institution affiliated with Spelman), who would later become her husband. She and Jackson have one daughter named Zoe.
30. Tom Waits Tom Waits Soundtrack, Fight Club Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Tom Waits - in fact - had two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he recorded nine LPs for Asylum Records, writing songs mainly in the manner of Tin Pan Alley, mixing them with jazz and blues...
31. Joyce DeWitt Joyce DeWitt Actress, A Man About the House Joyce Anne DeWitt was born the second oldest of four to parents Paul and Norma DeWitt on April 23, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia but grew up in Indiana. Joyce began taking acting lessons when she was in high school. Although her father was hardly thrilled at his daughter's ambition, she persuaded him to let her major in theater in college...
32. Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Self, Be Cool Best known as the fire breathing, blood splitting and larger than life co-founder of hard rock supergroup, KISS. Simmons was actually born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel in August, 1949 of Hungarian background and moved to New York as a young child. Like many American teenagers of the 1960s, he was influenced by a fascination with comic book super heroes...
33. Armand Assante Armand Assante Actor, Judge Dredd Coarsely handsome US actor of Irish-Italian background who has successfully portrayed a wide range of intriguing characters from numerous ethnic backgrounds, both on screen and in the theater. Assante was a graduate from Cornwall Central High School and received his dramatic training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts...
34. Leon Rippy Leon Rippy Actor, Stargate
35. Bruno Kirby Bruno Kirby Actor, The Godfather: Part II Native New Yorker and Italianate Bruno Kirby tended towards assertive, pushy, streetwise characters and was armed with a highly distinctive scratchy tenor voice that complemented his slim eyes and droopy puss and accentuated his deadpan comedic instincts on film and TV. The well-regarded character actor was born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu--his father is actor Bruce Kirby--on April 28...
36. Frankie Faison Frankie Faison Actor, The Silence of the Lambs
37. Gates McFadden Gates McFadden Actress, All My Children
38. Bruce Jenner Bruce Jenner Self, Donald Duck's 50th Birthday
39. Billy Joel Billy Joel Soundtrack, The Hangover Part II
40. Lawrence Kasdan Lawrence Kasdan Writer, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
41. Patrick Duffy Patrick Duffy Actor, You Again Youngest of 2 children, and only son born to Terrence and Marie Duffy. He is NOT related to Julia Duffy, of Newhart fame. Patrick was born in Montana, where his parents owned local taverns, and raised in Seattle since age 12. He wanted to become a professional athlete, and became a certified scuba diver while in his teens...
42. Steven Williams Steven Williams Actor, The Blues Brothers
43. Loretta Devine Loretta Devine Actress, Crash Loretta Devine was born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas to Eunice O'Neal and James Devine. Loretta grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston and later enrolled at the University of Houston, where she earned a a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama, and later Brandeis University where she earned a MFA in Theater...
44. Linda Lovelace Linda Lovelace Self, Linda Lovelace for President Linda Lovelace, the most famous porn star of all time, was born Linda Boreman in 1949. In the late 1960s, she began a relationship with Chuck Traynor. She appeared in eight 8mm hard-core fetish loops. She is most well known for the feature Deep Throat. The film became a runaway hit, playing to...
45. Patti LuPone Patti LuPone Actress, Driving Miss Daisy A fireball of talent and a musical force to be reckoned with, singer/actress Patti LuPone was born on April 21, 1949 on Long Island, New York of Italian heritage. Her parents, Orlando LuPone, a school administrator, and mother Angela, a librarian, eventually divorced. She was christened Patti in honor of her great-grand-aunt...
46. Brooke Adams Brooke Adams Actress, The Dead Zone Brooke Adams was born on February 8, 1949 in New York City to Robert K. and Rosalind Adams. She was educated at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts and the School of the American Ballet. Starting her career on the stage while still a juvenile, her film career took off when she became an adult with a well-received performance...
47. Randall Wallace Randall Wallace Writer, Braveheart
48. Beth Grant Beth Grant Actress, No Country for Old Men Raised in the South, Beth Grant moved frequently as a child and enjoys claiming several towns and cities in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina as home. She was a Page in the North Carolina Senate, attended the North Carolina Governor's School for Gifted and Talented students, and received a governor's appointment at the age of nineteen...
49. John Savage John Savage Actor, The Deer Hunter This American film actor also multitasks as a producer, composer and production manager. He rose to fame in the 1970s, praised for his range and sensitivity. His blonde rugged looks helped viewers connect even more easily to his powerful performances. Born John Youngs in Old Bethpage, New York, Savage attended the American Academy of Performing Arts...
50. Andy Kaufman Andy Kaufman Actor, Heartbeeps Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in the town of Great Neck...
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