My Favorite Actorsby FROSETH5617-1 | created - 05 Feb 2011 | updated - 22 Sep 2011 | Public
1. Matt Dillon
Actor | There's Something About Mary
Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him ...
Favorite roles - Officer Ryan/Crash; Tommy Rowland/Beautiful Girls; Dallas Winston/The Outsiders; Bob Hughes/Drugstore Cowboy
2. Hugh Grant
Actor | Love Actually
Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill (1999), opposite Julia ...
Favorite roles - Daniel Cleaver/Bridget Jones's Diary; William Thacker/Notting Hill; The Prime Minister/Love Actually; Charles/Four Weddings and a Funeral
3. Paul Newman
Actor | The Hustler
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...
Favorite roles - Butch Cassidy/Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Hud Bannon/Hud; Brick Pollitt/Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Doug Roberts/The Towering Inferno
Actor | Friends
Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian.
Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked ...
Favorite roles - Chandler Bing/Friends; Alex Whitman/Fools Rush In; Oz/The Whole Nine Yards; Matt Albie/Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Actor | The Great Escape
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...
Favorite roles - Chief O'Hallorhan/The Towering Inferno; Bullitt/Bullitt; Capt. Hilts/The Great Escape; Doc McCoy/The Getaway
6. Cary Grant
Actor | North by Northwest
Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."
Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years...
Favorite roles - Nickie Ferrante/An Affair to Remember; C.K. Dexter Haven/The Philadelphia Story; Dudley/The Bishop's Wife; T.R. Devlin/Notorious
Actor | All Is Lost
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...
Favorite roles - The Sundance Kid/Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Hubbell/The Way We Were; Roy Hobbs/The Natural; Warren Justice/Up Close & Personal
8. James Dean
Actor | East of Eden
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...
Favorite roles - Jim Stark/Rebel Without a Cause; Cal Trask/East of Eden; Jett Rink/Giant
9. Dean Martin
Soundtrack | The Silencers
If there had to be an image for cool, the man to fit it would be Dean Martin.
Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, to Angela (Barra) and Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti, a barber. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother was of Italian descent. He spoke only Italian until ...
Favorite roles - Dude/Rio Bravo; Sam Harmon/Ocean's Eleven; Capt. Vernon Demerest/Airport; Tom Elder/The Sons of Katie Elder
10. Garrett Hedlund
Actor | Tron
Born in Roseau, Minnesota, Garrett John Hedlund is the son of Kristi Anne (Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund. He has two older siblings, Nathaniel and Amanda. His father is of Swedish descent and his mother is of German and Norwegian ancestry.
Garrett spent his early years growing up on a farm in a ...
Favorite roles - Don Billingsley/Friday Night Lights; Beau Hutton/Country Strong; Jack Mercer/Four Brothers; Harlan/Georgia Rule
11. Patrick Dempsey
Actor | Grey's Anatomy
Patrick Dempsey has lived two charming but separate lives on film and television. From an exuberant, somewhat awkward charmer in college comedy films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he has morphed spectacularly into a dreamy, wavy-haired television hunk of the new-age millennium and this ...
Favorite roles - Dr. Derek Shepherd/Grey's Anatomy; Robert Philip/Enchanted; Andrew Hennings/Sweet Home Alabama; Tom/Made of Honor
12. Josh Hartnett
Actor | Lucky Number Slevin
Joshua Daniel Hartnett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Wendy Anne (Kronstedt) and Daniel Thomas Hartnett, a building manager. His father is of Irish and German descent, and his mother is of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. Hartnett graduated from South High School in Minneapolis in June of ...
Favorite roles - Capt. Danny Walker/Pearl Harbor; Bucky Bleichert/The Black Dahlia; Det. K.C. Calden/Hollywood Homicide; Eversmann/Black Hawk Down
13. Patrick Swayze
Actor | Dirty Dancing
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982. ...
Favorite roles - Johnny Castle/Dirty Dancing; Sam Wheat/Ghost; Darrel Curtis/The Outsiders; Dalton/Road House
14. George Clooney
Actor | Up in the Air
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and television host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney ...
Favorite roles - Danny Ocean/Ocean's Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen; Jack Taylor/One Fine Day; Jack Foley/Out of Sight; Everett/O Brother, Where Art Thou?
15. Rob Lowe
Actor | St. Elmo's Fire
Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke ...
Favorite roles - Robert McCallister/Brothers & Sisters; Billy Hicks/St. Elmo's Fire; Sodapop Curtis/The Outsiders; Danny Martin/About Last Night
16. Kurt Russell
Actor | The Hateful Eight
Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia (Crone), a dancer, and actor Bing Russell (Neil Oliver Russell). He is of English, German, Scottish and Irish descent. His first roles were as a child on television series, including a lead role on the Western ...
Favorite roles - Lt. Gabriel Cash/Tango & Cash; Dean Proffitt/Overboard; Nick Frescia/Tequila Sunrise; Eldon Perry/Dark Blue
17. Kevin Costner
Actor | The Postman
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...
Favorite roles - Crash Davis/Bull Durham; Jake/Silverado; Denny Davies/The Upside of Anger; Ray Kinsella/Field of Dreams
18. Clint Eastwood
Actor | Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...
Favorite roles - Insp. Harry Callahan/Dirty Harry series; Pvt. Kelly/Kelly's Heroes; Robert Kincaid/The Bridges of Madison County; Walt Kowalski/Gran Torino
19. Richard Gere
Actor | Chicago
Humanitarian and actor Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, the second of five children of Doris Ann (Tiffany), a homemaker, and Homer George Gere, an insurance salesman, both Mayflower descendants. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high ...
Favorite roles - Julian/American Gigolo; Zack Mayo/An Officer and a Gentleman; Matt Dyson/Yanks; Edward Lewis/Pretty Woman
20. Pierce Brosnan
Actor | The World Is Not Enough
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left...
Favorite roles - James Bond/GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough & Die Another Day; Harry Dalton/Dante's Peak; Thomas Crown/The Thomas Crown Affair; Daniel Rafferty/Laws of Attraction
21. Mel Gibson
Actor | Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...
Favorite roles - Martin Riggs/Lethal Weapon series; Dale McKussic/Tequila Sunrise; Bret Maverick/Maverick; Rick Jarmin/Bird on a Wire
22. Harrison Ford
Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk,...
Favorite roles - John Book/Witness; Bob Falfa/American Graffiti; President James Marshall/Air Force One; Jack Ryan/Clear and Present Danger & Patriot Games
23. Kevin Bacon
Actor | Footloose
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964.
Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. ...
Favorite roles - Tim Fenwick/Diner; Ren McCormack/Footloose; Ray Duquette/Wild Things; Valentine McKee/Tremors
24. James Stewart
Actor | Vertigo
James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...
Favorite roles - Macaulay Connor/The Philadelphia Story; George Bailey/It's a Wonderful Life; Charlie Anderson/Shenandoah; John O'Hanlan/The Cheyenne Social Club
25. Michael Douglas
Actor | Wonder Boys
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...
Favorite roles - President Andrew Shepherd/The American President; Nick Conklin/Black Rain; Detective Nick Curran/Basic Instinct; Dan Gallagher/Fatal Attraction
26. Colin Firth
Actor | A Single Man
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's...
Favorite roles - Mark Darcy/Bridget Jones's Diary; Jamie Bennett/Love Actually; King George VI/The King's Speech; Colin Ware/Hope Springs
27. Nick Nolte
Actor | Warrior
Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He has German and British Isles ancestry. Nolte began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in ...
Favorite roles - Jack Cates/48 Hrs. & Another 48 Hrs.; Tom Wingo/The Prince of Tides; Alex Jurel/Teachers; Tom Jordache/Rich Man, Poor Man
28. John Cusack
Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American ...
Favorite roles - Rob Gordon/High Fidelity; Martin Q. Blank/Grosse Pointe Blank; Lloyd Dobler/Say Anything; Walter Gibson/The Sure Thing
29. Dermot Mulroney
Actor | My Best Friend's Wedding
Dermot Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to Ellen and Michael Mulroney, a law professor at Villanova. Since being discovered at Northwestern University by a Hollywood talent agent 28 years ago, Mulroney has been seen in over 70 films. Mulroney is a classically trained cellist who began ...
Favorite roles - Michael O'Neal/My Best Friend's Wedding; Nick Mercer/The Wedding Date; Everett Stone/The Family Stone; Pirate/There Goes My Baby
30. David McCallum
Actor | The Great Escape
Since David McCallum's father, David McCallum Sr., was first violinist for the London Philharmonic and his mother, Dorothy Dorman, was a cellist, it's not surprising that David was originally headed for a career in music, playing oboe. He studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Music. He left that,...
Favorite roles - Illya Kuryakin/The Man From U.N.C.L.E.; Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt/The Great Escape; Quint Munroe/Mosquito Squadron; Dr. Donald Mallard/NCIS
31. Hugh Jackman
Actor | Les Misérables
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...
Favorite roles - Drover/Australia; Leopold/Kate & Leopold; Stanley Jobson/Swordfish; Eddie Alden/Someone Like You
32. Dylan McDermott
Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee, Dylan McDermott has proved his talent in film, television and theater. He was born Mark Anthony McDermott in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Diane (Marino) and Richard McDermott. Diane was 15 and Richard was 17 when Dylan was born. Richard earned money by hustling...
Favorite roles - Leo Fish/Home for the Holidays; Jackson Latcherie/Steel Magnolias; Sal/Jersey Girl; Charles Newman/Three to Tango
33. Tom Berenger
Actor | Platoon
Born in Chicago, Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf...
Favorite roles - Sam Weber/The Big Chill; Frank Ridgeway/Eddie and the Cruisers; Det. Mike Keegan/Someone to Watch Over Me; Jake Taylor/Major League
34. Tom Cruise
Actor | Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...
Favorite roles - Maverick/Top Gun; Cole Trickle/Days of Thunder; Brian Flanagan/Cocktail; Charlie Babbitt/Rain Man
35. Robert Carlyle
Actor | The Full Monty
Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...
Favorite roles - Gaz/The Full Monty; Renard/The World is Not Enough; George Lennox/Carla's Song; Nick Cameron/Go Now
36. Jude Law
Actor | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Jude Law is an English actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca (1997) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes:...
Favorite roles - Graham/The Holiday; Harlen Maguire/Road to Perdition; Inman/Cold Mountain; Dr. John Watson/Sherlock Holmes
37. James Spader
Actor | The Blacklist
James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of teachers Jean (Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover with director Peter Sellars; he dropped out in eleventh grade. He bused tables, shoveled manure, and taught yoga ...
Favorite roles - Graham Dalton/Sex, Lies and Videotape; Max Baron/White Palace; Steff/Pretty in Pink; Tim Gerrity/True Colors
38. Tom Hanks
Producer | Cast Away
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...
Favorite roles - Jimmy Duggan/A League of Their Own; Sam Baldwin/Sleepless in Seattle; Joe Fox/You've Got Mail; Captain John Miller/Saving Private Ryan
39. Jack Lemmon
Actor | The Apartment
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to ...
Favorite roles - Felix Unger/The Odd Couple; John Gustafson/Grumpy Old Men; Jerry/Some Like It Hot; Joe Clay/Days of Wine and Roses
40. Andrew McCarthy
Director | Orange Is the New Black
Andrew McCarthy grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, until he was 15. He then moved to Bernardsville, and attended a prep school called the Pingry School, where he performed in plays and musicals and played basketball. At 18, he went to New York University as a theatre major and wound up as the lead ...
Favorite roles - Blane McDonnagh/Pretty in Pink; Kevin Dolenz/St. Elmo's Fire; Matt Larkin/Fresh Horses; Clay/Less Than Zero
41. Dustin Hoffman
Actor | Rain Man
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...
Favorite roles - Michael Dorsey/Tootsie; Raymond Babbitt/Rain Man; Ben Braddock/The Graduate; Bernie Focker/Meet the Fockers
42. Brad Pitt
Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999). However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011), and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (...
Favorite roles - J.D./Thelma & Louise; Tristan Ludlow/Legends of the Fall; Rusty Ryan/Ocean's Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen; Paul Maclean/A River Runs Through It
43. Montgomery Clift
Actor | From Here to Eternity
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of ...
Favorite roles - George Eastman/A Place in the Sun; Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt/From Here to Eternity; John Wickliff Shawnessy/Raintree County; Dr. Cukrowicz/Suddenly, Last Summer
44. Jeff Bridges
Actor | The Big Lebowski
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...
Favorite roles - Bad BLake/Crazy Heart; Duane Jackson/The Last Picture Show; Jack Baker/The Fabulous Baker Boys; Jack Forrester/Jagged Edge
45. John Travolta
Actor | Battlefield Earth
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...
Favorite roles - Danny Zuko/Grease; James Ubriacco/Look Who's Talking; Tony Manero/Saturday Night Fever; Bud/Urban Cowboy
46. Dennis Quaid
Actor | The Day After Tomorrow
Dennis Quaid was born in Houston, Texas, to Juanita Bonniedale (Jordan), a real estate agent, and William Rudy Quaid, an electrician. He grew up in the Houston suburban city of Bellaire. He was raised a Baptist, and studied drama, Mandarin Chinese, and dance while a student at Bellaire High School....
Favorite roles - Eddie Bichon/Something to Talk About; Frank Whitaker/Far From Heaven; Nick Parker/The Parent Trap; Det. Remy McSwain/The Big Easy
47. Liam Neeson
Actor | Schindler's List
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by ...
Favorite roles - Bryan Mills/Taken; Daniel/Love Actually; Ethan Frome/Ethan Frome; Oskar Shindler/Shindler's List
48. Ted Danson
Actor | Cheers
Ted Danson is well known for his role as Sam Malone in the television series Cheers (1982). During the show's 11-year run, he was nominated nine times for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won twice, in 1990 and 1993. The role also earned him a Golden Globe Award for ...
Favorite roles - Sam Malone/Cheers; Jack Holden/3 Men and a Baby & 3 Men and a Little Lady; Larry Kozinski/Cousins; Chip Davis/Just Between Friends
49. Alec Baldwin
Actor | The Departed
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin).
Alexander Rae ...
Favorite roles - Jake Adler/It's Complicated; Lt. Col. James Doolittle/Pearl Harbor; Jack Ryan/The Hunt for Red October; Carter 'Doc' McCoy/The Getaway
50. Timothy Hutton
Actor | Ordinary People
Timothy Hutton was born in Malibu, California, to Maryline (Poole), a teacher, and actor Jim Hutton (Dana James Hutton). He set Hollywood ablaze when he burst onto the acting scene in the early 1980s. After only a small number of significant roles in TV movies, he bagged the part of Conrad in the ...
Favorite roles - Willie Conway/Beautiful Girls; Conrad/Ordinary People; Charlie/French Kiss; Cadet Major Brian Moreland/Taps
51. Tom Selleck
Actor | Blue Bloods
Thomas William Selleck is an American actor and film producer, known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator "Thomas Magnum" on the 1980s television series, Magnum, P.I. (1980).
Selleck was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Martha S. (Jagger), a homemaker, and Robert Dean Selleck, a ...
Favorite roles - Peter Mitchell/3 Men and a Baby & 3 Men and a Little Lady; Dr. Richard Burke/Friends; Peter Malloy/In & Out; Magnum/Magnum P.I.
52. Russell Crowe
Actor | Les Misérables
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),...
Favorite roles - Bud White/L.A. Confidential; Ben Wade/3:10 to Yuma; Cort/The Quick and the Dead; Maximus/Gladiator
53. Don Johnson
Actor | Miami Vice
Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice (1984), 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...
Favorite roles - Ben Quick/The Long, Hot Summer; Harry Madox/The Hot Spot; Jerry Beck/Dead Bang; Wiley Boon/Sweethearts Dance
54. Bill Pullman
Actor | Independence Day
William James Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, one of seven children of Johanna (Blaas), a nurse, and James Pullman, a doctor. He is of Dutch (mother) and English, Northern Irish, and Scottish (father) descent. After high school, Bill went into a building construction program at SUNY Delhi in...
Favorite roles - Jack Callaghan/While You Were Sleeping; Walter/Sleepless in Seattle; President Thomas J. Whitmore/Independence Day; Orin Meecham/Sommersby
55. Tom Skerritt
Actor | Alien
Lean, ruggedly handsome leading man and supporting actor whose "outdoor" looks have improved with age, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and UCLA, and was first noticed in a UCLA production of "The Rainmaker" before making his movie debut in War Hunt (1962). However, he spent most of the...
Favorite roles - Drum Eatenton/Steel Magnolias; Viper/Top Gun; Phil Carpenter/The Big Town; Duke Forrest/MASH
56. Ryan Reynolds
Actor | Deadpool
Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen (1990), a ...
Favorite roles - Andrew Paxton/The Proposal; Will Hayes/Definitely Maybe
57. Guy Pearce
Actor | Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Margaret Anne and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, ...
Favorite roles - Ed Exley/L.A. Confidential; Leonard/Memento; Staff Sergeant Matt Thompson/The Hurt Locker
58. Josh Brolin
Actor | No Country for Old Men
Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin. He has played roles as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States.
Brolin was born February 12, 1968 in Santa Monica, California, to Jane Cameron (Agee), a Texas-born wildlife activist,...
Favorite roles - Llewelyn Moss/No Country for Old Men; Tom Chaney/True Grit; Detective Trupo/American Gangster; Bretton James/Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
59. Burt Reynolds
Actor | Boogie Nights
Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in T.V. westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970s/1980s popular culture as a sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine) and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a ...
Favorite roles - Bandit/Smokey and the Bandit; Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd/The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Mike Murphy/City Heat; Paul Crewe/The Longest Yard
60. Scott Glenn
Actor | The Hunt for Red October
Scott Glenn was born January 26, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth and Theodore Glenn, a salesman. As he grew up in Appalachia, his health was poor; he was bedridden for a year and doctors predicted he would limp for the rest of his life. During long periods of illness, Glenn was ...
Favorite roles - Emmett/Silverado; Wes/Urban Cowboy; John Adcox/Backdraft; Bart Mancuso/The Hunt for Red October
61. John Stamos
Actor | Full House
John Phillip Stamos was born in Cypress, California, to Loretta (Phillips), a model, and William Stamos, a restaurateur. His father was of Greek descent, with the family surname originally being "Stamotopoulos". John has two younger sisters, Janeen and Alaina, both school teachers. His first ...
Favorite roles - Jesse Katsopolis/Full House; Dr. Tony Gates/ER; Zack/Friends
Actor | Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.
Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...
Favorite roles - Tommy Larson/Home for the Holidays; Julian/Less Than Zero; Billy Covington/Air America; Special Agent John Royce/U.S. Marshals
63. Bill Paxton
Actor | Aliens
Bill Paxton was born on May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mary Lou (Gray) and John Lane Paxton, a businessman and actor (as John Paxton). Bill moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where he found work in the film industry as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World ...
Favorite roles - Bill Harding/Twister; Jack Belston/Indian Summer; Fred Haise/Apollo 13; Morgan Earp/Tombstone
64. Sean Connery
Actor | The Rock
Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables (1987). His film career also includes such films as Marnie (1964), The Name of ...
Favorite roles - James Bond/James Bond series; Jim Malone/The Untouchables; King Arthur/First Knight; Marko Ramius/The Hunt for Red October
65. Ralph Macchio
Actor | The Karate Kid
Ralph George Macchio was born on November 4, 1961 in Huntington, Long Island, New York. He started out in various TV commercials in the late 1970s before appearing in the puerile comedy movie Up the Academy (1980), then a regular role in 1980 on the television series Eight Is Enough (1977) followed...
Favorite roles - Johnny Cade/The Outsiders; Eddie Pilikian/Teachers; Daniel LaRusso/The Karate Kid series; Bill Gambini/My Cousin Vinny
66. Lloyd Bridges
Actor | Airplane II: The Sequel
The star of many land and underwater adventures, Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was born on January 15, 1913 in San Leandro, California, to Harriet Evelyn (Brown) and Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Sr., who owned a movie theater and also worked in the hotel business. He grew up in various Northern California ...
Favorite roles - Vincent Kozinski/Cousins; Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell/High Noon; Noah Curry/The Rainmaker; Mike Nelson/Sea Hunt
67. Sam Shepard
Actor | August: Osage County
Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, 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 ...
Favorite roles - Frank Calhoun/The Notebook; The Farmer/Days of Heaven; Spud Jones/Steel Magnolias; Garrison/Black Hawk Down
68. Warren Beatty
Actor | Reds
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...
Favorite roles - Clyde Barrow/Bonnie and Clyde; George Roundy/Shampoo; Joe Pendleton/Heaven Can Wait; Bud Stamper/Splendor in the Grass
69. Tony Danza
Actor | Don Jon
Tony Danza is an American actor, perhaps best known for starring on some of television's most beloved and long-running series, including Taxi (1978-1983) and Who's the Boss (1984-1992).
Danza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to Anne (Cammisa), a bookkeeper, and Matty Iadanza, a garbageman....
Favorite roles - Tony Micelli/Who's the Boss; Tony Banta/Taxi; Duke/The Hollywood Knights; Terry/Cannonball Run II
Actor | The Producers
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from...
Favorite roles - Ferris Bueller/Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Sam/Addicted to Love; Jim McAllister/Election; Sam Lester/The Night We Never Met
71. Walter Matthau
Actor | The Odd Couple
Walter Matthau was best known for starting in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Dennis the Meance (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars.
He was born Walter John Matthow in New York City, New York ...
Favorite roles - Oscar Madison/The Odd Couple; Max Goldman/Grumpy Old Men; Maxie Fields/King Creole; Hamilton Bartholemew/Charade
72. Ed Harris
Actor | The Truman Show
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned a reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time.
Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally. ...
Favorite roles - Charlie Dick/Sweet Dreams; Kyle Bodine/China Moon; Gene Kranz/Apollo 13; Seth Frank/Absolute Power
73. Josh Lucas
Actor | Sweet Home Alabama
Josh Lucas was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Michele (LeFevre), a nurse midwife, and Don Maurer, an ER doctor.
Lucas' film career began by accident in 1979 when a small Canadian film production shot on the tiny coastal South Carolina Island, Sullivan's Island, where Lucas and his family lived. ...
Favorite roles - Jake Perry/Sweet Home Alabama; Don Haskins/Glory Road; Crane Curtis/An Unfinished Life; Deel Munn/Undertow
74. Kevin Spacey
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in...
Favorite roles - Jack Vincennes/L.A. Confidential; Lester Burnham/American Beauty; Eddy Otis/Consenting Adults; Eugene Simonet/Pay It Forward
75. Dan Aykroyd
Writer | The Blues Brothers
Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where...
Favorite roles - Elwood Blues/The Blues Brothers; Dr. Raymond Stantz/Ghostbusters; Harry Sultenfuss/My Girl; Grocer/Grosse Pointe Blank