My Favorite Male Celebrities of All Time

by rose77 | created - 11 Jan 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

This is a list of celebrities that I consider to be the best in talent, looks and personality. From earliest to to most recent favorite.

1. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...

2. River Phoenix

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally ...

A favorite since 1986.

Favorite roles: Stand By Me, Dogfight and The Thing Called Love.

Born: River Jude Bottom August 23, 1970 in Madras, Oregon, USA

Died: October 31, 1993 (age 23) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

3. Corey Haim

Actor | The Lost Boys

Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale.

Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s ...

A favorite since 1987.

Born: Corey Ian Haim December 23, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Died: March 10, 2010 (age 38) in Burbank, California, USA

4. Dick York

Actor | Bewitched

The gangly York is best remembered as the first and most frustrated "Darrin Stephens" on the long-running TV series Bewitched (1964). He left the series in 1969 because of a chronic back ailment. He later founded Acting for Life, a private fund-raising effort for the homeless which he managed from ...

Born: Richard Allen York September 4, 1928 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

5. Larry Hagman

Actor | Dallas

The son of a legendary actress (Mary Martin) and a district attorney, Larry Martin Hagman was born on September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents' divorce, he moved to Los Angeles, California to live with his grandmother. When he was 12, his grandmother died and he moved back to his ...

Born: Larry Martin Hagman September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Died: November 23, 2012 (age 81) in Dallas, Texas, USA

A favorite since 1988

Favorite role: Major Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie.

6. Michael Keaton

Actor | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...

A favorite since 1989.

Favorite roles: Bill Blazejowski in Night Shift, Jack Butler in Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, Billy Caufield in The Dream Team, Batman/Bruce Wayne.

Born: Michael John Douglas September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA

7. Seth Green

Actor | Austin Powers in Goldmember

Seth Green has starred in numerous films and television series including the Austin Powers trilogy, The Italian Job (2003), Without a Paddle (2004), Party Monster (2003), Can't Hardly Wait (1998), Old Dogs (2009) and dozens more, including starring roles in Sexy Evil Genius (2013), The Story of Luke...

A favorite since 1990.

Favorite Roles: Radio Days - Joe, Stephen King's It -Richie Tozier, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Oz, Dads -Eli Sachs

Least Favorite Role: Ezekiel in Sex Drive.

Born: Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green February 8, 1974 in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

8. 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...

A favorite since 1991.

Born: Malcolm John Taylor June 13, 1943 in Horsforth, Yorkshire, England, UK

9. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

A favorite since 1992.

Born: Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Favorite Characters: Nick Styles in Ricochet, Demetrius Williams in Mississippi Masala

10. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

11. Dave Foley

Actor | The Kids in the Hall

Dave Foley dropped out of an alternative high school to do stand-up comedy. He met Kevin McDonald at an improv class and, while employed as movie ushers, they began working as a comedy team. In 1984 they merged with another team to form "The Kids in the Hall". Foley made his film debut at 22 as the...

A favorite since 1995.

Born: David Scott Foley January 4, 1963 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

12. Robert Englund

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Veteran character actor Robert Englund was born in Glendale, California, to Janis (MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer. Since 1973, Robert has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. He has starred alongside Oscar-winners Henry Fonda, Susan Sarandon ...

A favorite since 1996.

Born: Robert Barton Englund June 6, 1947 in Glendale, California, USA

Favorite Characters: Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm St. films.

13. Justin Kirk

Actor | Angels in America

Born in Salem, Oregon, Justin Kirk spent his childhood in Union, Washington, where he attended grade school on a Native American reservation. Kirk knew from the age of 3 that he wanted to perform, and he made his acting debut at seven in a local college play. At 12, he moved with his mother to ...

A favorite since 2003.

Born: May 28, 1969 in Salem, Oregon, USA

Favorite Characters: Prior Walter in Angels in America, Andy Botwin on Weeds, Jeff Kane in Against the Current

14. 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.

Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert...

A favorite since 2004.

Born: Clarence J. Brown III January 5, 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, USA

15. Diego Luna

Actor | Rogue One

Diego Luna Alexander was born on December 29, 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Alejandro Luna and Fiona Alexander, who worked as a costume designer. His father is Mexican and his mother was British, of Scottish and English descent. His mother died when Diego was only two, in a car accident. He soon ...

A favorite since 2004.

Born: Diego Luna Alexander December 29, 1979 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Favorite Characters: Rodrigo in Criminal, Michael Jackson in Mister Lonely, Jack Lira in Milk.

16. Will Arnett

Actor | Arrested Development

Will Arnett is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He played George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox series, Arrested Development (2003). He also appeared in films, such as The Lego Movie (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ...

A favorite since 2005.

Born: William Emerson Arnett May 4, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Favorite Characters: Jack on Sex and the City, George 'Gob' Bluth II on Arrested Development, John Solomon in The Brothers Solomon, Brent Wilts on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Steven Wilde on Running Wilde.

17. Gregory Peck

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only ...

A favorite since 2005.

Born: Eldred Gregory Peck April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, USA

Died: June 12, 2003 (age 87) in Los Angeles, California, USA

18. 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 ...

A favorite since 2005.

Born: Patrick Galen Dempsey January 13, 1966 in Lewiston, Maine, USA

19. Dennis Hopper

Actor | Easy Rider

With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...

A favorite since 2006.

Born: Dennis Lee Hopper May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, USA

Died: May 29, 2010 (age 74) in Venice Beach, California, USA

20. Ben Stiller

Producer | Tropic Thunder

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism).

It's not surprising that Ben has ...

A favorite since 2007.

Born: Benjamin Edward Stiller November 30, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Favorite roles: Zoolander - Derek Zoolander, Mystery Men - Mr. Furious, Greenberg - Roger Greenberg

Least favorite role: Heartbreak Kid

21. John Lithgow

Actor | 3rd Rock from the Sun

If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was ...

A favorite since 2008.

Born: John Arthur Lithgow October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York, USA

Favorite Characters: Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer in Memphis Belle, Earl talbot Blake in Ricochet, Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp, Dr. Dick Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun

22. Zach Galifianakis

Actor | The Hangover

Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to Mary Frances (Cashion), who owned a community arts center, and Harry Galifianakis, a heating oil vendor. His father is of Greek descent and his mother is of mostly English and Scottish ancestry. Zach moved to New York City after failing ...

A favorite since 2009.

Born: Zacharius Knight Galifianakis October 1, 1969 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

Favorite Characters: Chip Baskets / Dale Baskets in "Baskets"

23. Dave Franco

Actor | Neighbors

David John Franco was born in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, an author, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. He has two older brothers, actor James Franco and Tom Franco. His father was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and his mother is Jewish. Dave made ...

A favorite since 2009.

Born: David John Franco June 12, 1985 in Palo Alto, California, USA

24. Scott William Winters

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Scott William Winters is the brother of actor Dean Winters and writer Brad Winters. His sister Blair is married to executive producer/writer Jorge Zamacona. Scott is married to Jennifer Logan Winters. They have 2 daughters, Grace and Faith. Scott is from New York and attended Northwestern ...

A favorite since 2010.

Born: August 5, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Favorite Characters: Eddie Dugan in Homicide: Life on the Street, Cyril O'Reily on Oz, Matt Jablonski on 10-8: Officers on Duty

25. Ryan Gosling

Actor | Blue Valentine

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson (2006)).

He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a ...

26. Sid Haig

Actor | House of 1000 Corpses

Tall, bald and nearly always bearded, Sid Haig has provided hulking menace to many a low-budget exploitation film and high-priced action film.

Sid Haig was born Sidney Eddie Mosesian on July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California, a screaming ball of hair. His parents, Roxy (Mooradian) and Haig Mosesian, an...

A favorite since 2011.

Born: Sidney Eddie Mosesian July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California, USA

Favorite Roles: Ralph Merrye-Spider Baby Omar-Coffy Captain Spaulding-House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects

27. Ioan Gruffudd

Actor | Fantastic Four

Ioan Gruffudd was born on October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, UK to educators Gillian (James) and Peter Gruffudd. He has a brother, Alun, who is two years younger and a sister, Siwan, who is seven years younger. He got his start at age 13 in the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm (1974). He attended the ...

A favorite since 2011.

Born: October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, UK

28. Hank Azaria

Actor | The Simpsons

Hank Azaria was born on April 25, 1964 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Henry Albert Azaria. He is an actor, known for The Simpsons (1989), Free Agents (2011) and The Birdcage (1996). He was previously married to Helen Hunt.

A favorite since 2011.

Born: Henry Albert Azaria April 25, 1964 in Queens, New York, USA

29. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

A favorite since 2012.

30. Chris Evans

Actor | The Avengers

Christopher Robert Evans began his acting career in typical fashion: performing in school productions and community theatre.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Lisa (Capuano), who worked at the Concord Youth Theatre, and G. Robert Evans III, a dentist. His uncle is congressman Mike ...

Born: Christopher Robert Evans June 13, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

31. Clark Gable

Actor | It Happened One Night

William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle ...

Born: William Clark Gable February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, USA

32. Peter O'Toole

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...

Born: Peter Seamus O'Toole August 2, 1932 in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

33. Matthew Ansara

Actor | To Protect and Serve

Matthew Ansara was born on August 29, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Michael Ansara. He was an actor, known for To Protect and Serve (2001), One World (1998) and Con Games (2001). He was married to Julie Ansara. He died on June 25, 2001 in Monrovia, California.

Born: Matthew Michael Ansara August 29, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Died: June 25, 2001 (age 35) in Monrovia, California, USA

A favorite since 2014.

Favorite role : Saul in Con Games.

34. Pablo Schreiber

Actor | 13 Hours

Pablo Tell Schreiber was born in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, to Lorraine Reaveley, a Canadian psychotherapist, and Tell Schreiber, an American actor. His paternal half-brother is actor Liev Schreiber. Pablo, who is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was raised in Ymir, and moved to Seattle,...

Favorite Characters: Demetri Ravitch on Weeds and George 'Pornstache' Mendez on Orange Is the New Black.

Born: Pablo Tell Schreiber April 26, 1978 in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada

35. Wes Bentley

Actor | American Beauty

Wes Bentley is an American actor who first became well-known via his role in the Oscar-winning film American Beauty (1999), in which he played the soulful, artistic next-door neighbor Ricky Fitts. He also portrayed gamemaker Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games (2012), and co-stars in Lovelace (2013) as...

Favorite Characters: Ricky Fitts in American Beauty, Victor Brighton in Hidden Moon, Gabe Ruskin in Welcome to Me, William in Final Girl, and Edward Mordrake in AHS: Freak Show.

Born: Wesley Cook Bentley September 4, 1978 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

36. Kyle MacLachlan

Actor | Twin Peaks

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.


37. Nicolas Cage

Actor | Face/Off

Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage ...

38. Bill Skarsgård

Actor | It

Bill Skarsgård was born on August 9, 1990 in Vällingby, Sweden as Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård. He is an actor and producer, known for It (2017), Allegiant (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018).

39. Dylan Sprouse

Actor | Big Daddy

Dylan Sprouse was born August 4, 1992, in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse. Sprouse has acted from the young age of six months and continues to do so out of his new home base of NYC after receiving his bachelors degree from NYU. Along with acting, ...

40. Eric Roberts

Actor | The Dark Knight

Roberts is an Academy Award nominee for his role in Runaway Train, and a three-time Golden Globe nominee for Runaway Train, Star 80, and King of the Gypsies.

In addition, Roberts received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for his role in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and It's My Party. He ...

41. Nyle DiMarco

Actor | This Close

Nyles was born in Queens, New York City, USA. He has 2 brothers--one of them, a fraternal twin. He is the 4th generation in a deaf family. He moved to Maryland where he attended and graduated from Maryland School for the Deaf. Then, he graduated from Gallaudet University, the most popular ...

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