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1. Luc Besson Luc Besson Writer, The Fifth Element Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
2. Sean Bean Sean Bean Actor, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Sean Bean, England's most versatile actor, holds a stellar career spanning every medium for approximately 20 years, in theater, radio, television and movies. This soulful, green-eyed blonde's roles are so varied that his magnetic persona convincing plays angst-ridden villians, as in "Clarissa," passionate...
3. Kevin Spacey Kevin Spacey Actor, American Beauty As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
4. Val Kilmer Val Kilmer Actor, Heat Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, to Gladys (Ekstadt) and Eugene Kilmer, a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. Val studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and, in his teens, entered Juilliard's drama program. His professional acting career began on stage, and he still participates in theater; he played Hamlet at the 1988 Colorado Shakespeare Festival...
5. Emma Thompson Emma Thompson Actress, Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born...
6. Marcia Gay Harden Marcia Gay Harden Actress, Into the Wild Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her father was in the military, and the family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was living in Greece, and she had attended plays in Athens. Harden began her...
7. Hugh Laurie Hugh Laurie Actor, Pilot Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980). He met Emma Thompson at Cambridge in 1978 when both joined "Footlights" and was introduced to Stephen Fry by Emma in 1980...
8. Catherine Keener Catherine Keener Actress, Captain Phillips Catherine Keener is an Oscar nominated actress for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich and Capote. Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Keener got her start as a casting director in New York City. Keener was raised in Hialeah...
9. Vincent D'Onofrio Vincent D'Onofrio Actor, Full Metal Jacket Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play "Open Admissions"...
10. Allison Janney Allison Janney Actress, American Beauty Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing. Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive"...
11. Sean Young Sean Young Actress, Blade Runner Mary Sean Young was born on November 20, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Donald Young, a television news producer and journalist, and Lee Guthrie, a screenwriter, public relations executive and journalist. She attended Cleveland Heights High School, and then transferred to and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy...
12. Judd Nelson Judd Nelson Actor, The Breakfast Club Born in Portland, Maine to attorney Leonard Nelson and his wife, Merle Nelson, (attorney and state assemblywoman), Judd attended St. Paul's preparatory school in Concord, New Hampshire before majoring in philosophy at the prestigious Haverford College in Pennsylvania. The acting bug bit when he went to watch a friend's audition and was obliged to audition in order to stay. He won the role...
13. 'Weird Al' Yankovic 'Weird Al' Yankovic Soundtrack, UHF Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood. He first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His parents, Mary (Vivalda) and Nick Yankovic, decided on the accordion because of polka king Frankie Yankovic (no relation)...
14. Dan Gilroy Dan Gilroy Writer, Real Steel
15. Robert Knepper Robert Knepper Actor, Hitman Robert Knepper, the son of a veterinarian, was born in Fremont, Ohio, and raised in Maumee (near Toledo). When he was growing up, his mother worked in the props department for the community theater, and because of her involvement, he became interested in acting. Knepper spent many years working in community theater and high school productions...
16. Clancy Brown Clancy Brown Actor, The Shawshank Redemption A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation. Born in Urbana, Ohio, he is the son of former US representative Clarence J. Brown, which meant Clancy spent much of his youth in close proximity to Washington...
17. Linda Blair Linda Blair Actress, The Exorcist From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist. Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role...
18. Kelly Lynch Kelly Lynch Actress, Charlie's Angels Kelly Lynch was born in 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started her acting career with a small job at the Guthrie Theater. She studied under acting teacher Sanford Meisner and became a model for the famous Elite Modeling Agency. She first gained acclaim for acting in the Gus Van Sant film Drugstore Cowboy...
19. Rebecca De Mornay Rebecca De Mornay Actress, Risky Business Rebecca De Mornay was born in 1959. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she got her last name when her mother married Richard De Mornay, who adopted her. After Richard's untimely death, Rebecca's mother moved her and her half-brother Peter from northern California to Europe, where she was raised primarily in England and Austria...
20. Rosanna Arquette Rosanna Arquette Actress, Pulp Fiction Rosanna Arquette has acted extensively in film and television, and has come to be acknowledged as an actress of rare depth and scope. Growing up in a family of actors, she began at a young age. Her first big break came as a teenager with a role in the Movie of the Week The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, which starred Bette Davis...
21. Billy Campbell Billy Campbell Actor, The Rocketeer The American television actor Billy Campbell was born on July 7, 1959 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He came to prominence playing Luke Fuller on Dynasty, the gay lover of character Steven Carrington, on what was then the top-rated TV show in America. He followed this up playing Detective Joey Indelli on Crime Story...
22. Catherine Mary Stewart Catherine Mary Stewart Actress, Weekend at Bernie's Catherine Mary Stewart's career has spanned more than 30 years and over 50 different productions, from film to television to theater, in England, Canada and the US. She was living in London studying dance, acting and singing when she was cast in her first professional acting role as the lead in the rock musical The Apple...
23. Kyle MacLachlan Kyle MacLachlan Actor, Pilot The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch...
24. Ken Watanabe Ken Watanabe Actor, Inception Both of Ken Watanabe's parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24 when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was studying, told him that acting was his special gift. Ken is mostly known in Japan for playing samurais...
25. Patricia Clarkson Patricia Clarkson Actress, Shutter Island This remarkable, one-of-a-kind actress has, since the early 1990s, intrigued film and TV audiences with her glowing, yet careworn eccentricity and old world-styled glamour. Very much in demand these days as a character player, Patricia Clarkson nevertheless continues to avoid the temptation of money-making mainstream filming while reaping kudos and acting awards in out-of-the-way projects...
26. John C. McGinley John C. McGinley Actor, Platoon John C. McGinley's path to stardom is a story that reads like a classic Hollywood script. While an understudy in New York in the Circle-In-The-Square production of John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," he was spotted by director Oliver Stone and soon after was cast in "Platoon," the...
27. Matthew Modine Matthew Modine Actor, Full Metal Jacket The youngest of seven children, Matthew Avery Modine was born in Loma Linda, California and grew up in Utah. His father managed drive-in movie theaters. After graduating high school in Imperial Beach, California, Modine moved to New York City (1979). While still a student at Stella Adler's Conservatory of Acting...
28. Bradley Whitford Bradley Whitford Actor, The Cabin in the Woods Bradley Whitford's credits in film, television and theater include work with some of the most noted writers, directors and playwrights in the arts, and constitute a career worthy of a Juilliard-trained actor -- which he is. But stardom is something else altogether, and it remained elusive, at least until 1999 and his appearance on NBC's acclaimed political drama, The West Wing...
29. Rupert Everett Rupert Everett Actor, Shrek 2 British-born Rupert Everett grew up in privileged circumstances but the wry, sometimes arrogant, intellectual was a rebel from the very beginning. At the age of 7 he was placed into the care of Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College where he trained classically on the piano. He was expelled from the...
30. Ving Rhames Ving Rhames Actor, Pulp Fiction Irving "Ving" Rhames was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in Harlem, New York. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied at the Juilliard School of Drama, and began his career in New York theater. He first appeared on Broadway in the play "The Winter Boys" in 1984...
31. Sam Raimi Sam Raimi Writer, Spider-Man 3 Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
32. Aidan Quinn Aidan Quinn Actor, Legends of the Fall
33. Nick Cassavetes Nick Cassavetes Director, The Notebook
34. Donna Murphy Donna Murphy Actress, Tangled Donna Murphy is an accomplished and respected actress who has been building a career of striking range and diversity. She won the first of two Tony Awards for Best Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Drama League Awards for her portrayal of Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Passion"...
35. Thomas F. Wilson Thomas F. Wilson Actor, Back to the Future Tom Wilson is a creative artist whose professional career has explored almost every imaginable artistic discipline, blending them into a unique and very individual declaration of a life in the arts. A man of fervent but private faith his whole life, the last few years have been interesting, with hundreds of invitations to speak at conferences and retreats...
36. David Hyde Pierce David Hyde Pierce Actor, A Bug's Life 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)...
37. Eileen Davidson Eileen Davidson Actress, The House on Sorority Row
38. John Hawkes John Hawkes Actor, American Gangster Born and raised in rural Minnesota, John Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas to begin his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions Theatre Company and appeared in the group's original play, "In the West", at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. John starred in the critically-acclaimed...
39. Peter Mullan Peter Mullan Actor, Trainspotting He was interested in directing films at the age of 19 and he made several shorts. As he wasn't admitted to the National Film School, he decided to dedicate himself to acting, and made his debut in the theatre in 1988 before moving to cinema and television. Fame came with the parts he played in such films as Riff-Raff by Ken Loach...
40. Clint Howard Clint Howard Actor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
41. Jason Alexander Jason Alexander Actor, The Soup Nazi Jason Greenspan adopted the stage name Jason Alexander while still in high school in New Jersey. He was soon appearing in Broadway plays and movies, then in the hit TV series, Seinfeld, from 1990 to 1998. Alexander also directs and produces films.
42. Frank Darabont Frank Darabont Writer, The Shawshank Redemption Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
43. Kevin Nash Kevin Nash Self, TNA Impact! Wrestling Kevin Nash is one of the most well-known personalities in the wrestling business and has established himself not only in the realm of sports, but in the entertainment world, as well. Kevin grew up in Detroit, Michigan with dreams of playing on a professional basketball team. He played basketball for...
44. Talia Balsam Talia Balsam Actress, No Strings Attached
45. Brian Thompson Brian Thompson Actor, The Terminator Brian Thompson was born in Ellensburg, Washington, located in the same area where Northern Exposure would later be filmed. Raised on the Columbia River in Longview, he learned the value of academics and athletics, as the son of two teachers and the second of six siblings. His interest in acting was first...
46. Mare Winningham Mare Winningham Actress, Philomena Mary 'Mare' Megan Winningham is an actress and songwriter who has appeared in nearly 100 TV shows and feature films. She began her career in 1976 as a singer, and starred in numerous and diverse film roles before hitting it big as one of the original Brat Pack in Joel Schumacher's St. Elmo's Fire with Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy...
47. Bronson Pinchot Bronson Pinchot Actor, True Romance When Bronson Pinchot began auditioning for Broadway roles, he refused to do accents. Years later, his ability to do accents is what gave him his first break in film and led to television success as Balki Bartokomous, the odd cousin from a Balkan nation who comes to live with Mark Linn-Baker on the sitcom Perfect Strangers...
48. Dave Coulier Dave Coulier Actor, The New America's Funniest People
49. Yuji Okumoto Yuji Okumoto Actor, Inception
50. Caroline Goodall Caroline Goodall Actress, Schindler's List Born in Britain to Australian parents, Caroline Goodall is internationally known as a leading actress who has starred in some of the biggest blockbusters of the last fifteen years, including Schindler's List, Hook, Cliffhanger, Disclosure, White Squall and The Princess Diaries. She is a graduate of Bristol University where she gained a BA Hons...
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