Favourite Actorsby Chase_Witherspoon | created - 16 Jun 2011 | updated - 23 Dec 2016 | Public
My criteria for this category is male (I've another list for females) actors whom I'd see a movie just because they were featured.
1. Robert Shaw
Actor | Jaws
Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927, in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while...
Memorable in: "Jaws", "A Man for All Seasons", "From Russia With Love", "Taking of Pelham 123"
Actor | The Enforcer
Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it ...
Memorable in: "Piranha", "The Way We Were", "Compulsion", "Escape From the Planet of the Apes"
Actor | Count Yorga, Vampire
Tall, handsome, and charismatic actor Robert Quarry was born on November 3, 1925 in Santa Rosa, California. His father was a doctor. Robert's grandmother first introduced him to the world of theater. Quarry finished school at age 14 and was on the swimming team in high school. In the early 1940s he...
Memorable in: "Count Yorga Vampire", "Return of Count Yorga"
Actor | The Haunting
Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud's repertory company until joining the navy in 1945 until 1948. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the ...
Memorable in: "Zombie Flesh Eaters", "Khartoum", "80,000 Suspects", "The Haunting"
5. Thayer David
Actor | Rocky
He was David Thayer Hersey from an upper crust Winchester, Massachusetts family. After secondary school he began attending Harvard University. Along with several students he founded the Brattle Theatre Company in 1946. After working closely on Brattle with fellow Harvard graduates and his father,...
Memorable in: "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", "The Eiger Sanction", "Rocky"
Actor | The Incredible Melting Man
Burr DeBenning was born on September 21, 1936 in Seminole, Oklahoma, USA as Burris Franklin Debenning. He is known for his work on The Incredible Melting Man (1977), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) and Turner & Hooch (1989). He was married to Susan Silo. He died on May 26, ...
Memorable in: "Incredible Melting Man", "Beach Red"
Actor | Rocky IV
Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Michael Pataki had a long, varied and impressive career in both movies and TV shows, alike, that spanned a little over 50 years. Pataki was born on January 16, 1938 in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended the University of Southern California as a double ...
Memorable in: "Bat People", "Zoltan Hound of Dracula"
Actor | Jack the Ripper
Underated British leading man predominantly of the Seventies and Eighties, Collins made his mark in the 1970s action drama The Professionals (1977). As hard man "William Bodie", Collins became a household name, worldwide. Unfortunately, since the show ended in 1983, Lewis Collins has been miscast ...
Memorable in: "Who Dares Wins", "The Professionals" (TV), "Jack the Ripper"
9. Victor Buono
Actor | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Larger than life, Laughtonesque, and with an eloquent, king-sized appetite for maniacal merriment, a good portion of the work of actor Victor Buono was squandered on hokey villainy on both film and television. Ostensibly perceived as bizarre or demented, seldom did Hollywood give this cultivated ...
Memorable in: "The Mad Butcher", "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", "Target Harry"
10. Robert Lansing
Actor | 4D Man
Robert Lansing was an actor whose tall stature, tough looks and commanding manner belied an often thoughtful and introspective screen personality. Not that acting had necessarily been his only choice - there was jazz. As a youngster, he played drums with various dance bands and was bitten by the ...
Memorable in: "Empire of the Ants", "Island Claws", "The Nest", "Scalpel", "4D Man"
11. James Franciscus
Actor | Beneath the Planet of the Apes
James Grover Franciscus graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1957 with a B.A. in English and theater. His father, John Allen Franciscus, was a pilot killed in action during WWII. His mother was named Loraine (nee Grover) and he had one sibling, a brother named John. Mr. Franciscus is ...
Memorable in: "Valley of Gwangi", "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", "Killer Fish", "One of My Wives is Missing"
12. William Smith
Actor | Any Which Way You Can
Biker, bare-knuckle brawler, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, vampire hunter . . . William Smith has done it all. He was born on March 24, 1933, in Columbia, Missouri, on Rolling Acres, a Hereford cattle ranch. After losing everything to the dust bowl, the family moved to California. From 1942, when he ...
Memorable in: "Invasion of the Bee Girls", "Scorchy", "The Mean Season", "Any Which Way You Can"
13. John Saxon
Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You (1954) and George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954). ...
Memorable in: "Black Christmas", "Tenebrae", "Blood Beach", "Enter the Dragon"
Actor | Hercules
Claudio Cassinelli was born on September 29, 1938 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was an actor, known for Hercules (1983), The Good Thief (1980) and E.S.P. (1973). He was married to Irene Bignardi. He died on July 12, 1985 in Page, Arizona, USA.
Memorable in: "Island of the Fishmen", "Slave of the Cannibal God", "Great Alligator"
15. Richard Harrison
Actor | Le spie uccidono a Beirut
Muscular, hairy-chested actor Richard Harrison was one of a slew of handsome young American pectoral hunks of the late 50s whose career in Hollywood amounted to little more than brawny bits until being lured to Italy and churning out the sword-and-sandal pictures that became an early 60s craze. ...
16. Richard Jordan
Actor | The Hunt for Red October
Harvard-educated stage and screen actor Richard Jordan was born into a socially prominent family on July 19, 1937 in New York City, the grandson of Learned Hand, the greatest American jurist never to have served on the U.S. Supreme Court. Newbold Morris, his stepfather, was a member of the New York...
Memorable in: "The Mean Season", "Les Miserables", "Raise the Titanic"
17. Stanley Baker
Actor | Zulu
Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona ...
Memorable in: "Zulu", "Guns of Navarone", "Sea Fury", "Sands of the Kalahari"
18. Keenan Wynn
The talented scion of a show-business family, Keenan Wynn's father was the great burlesque and television buffoon Ed Wynn while his maternal grandfather, Frank Keenan, earned distinction on the other side of the entertainment ladder as a Shakespearean tragedian. Mother Hilda Keenan was also a minor...
Memorable in: "Piranha", "Orca", "The Last Precinct", "A Woman for All Men", "The Mechanic"
19. Michael V. Gazzo
Actor | The Godfather: Part II
Michael Vincente Gazzo was born in Hillside, New Jersey, on April 5, 1923. He attended Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop at the New School on the GI Bill after being demobilized from the US Army Air Force after World War II.
Gazzo's first major success was as a playwright. His play about drug ...
Memorable in: "Alligator", "The Godfather Part II", "Black Sunday"
20. Norman Burton
Actor | Diamonds Are Forever
Norman Burton is reportedly a graduate of The Actor's Studio in New York. He appeared in professional stage productions of "Sound of Hunting", "Anna Christie" and José Quintero's production of Brendan Behan's "The Quare Fellow" in New York City. His film and TV career ran hot and cold, varying from...
Memorable in: "The Towering Inferno", "Scorchy", "The Planet of the Apes", "Bloodsport"
21. Anthony Zerbe
Actor | The Omega Man
Hailing from Long Beach, California, talented character actor Anthony Zerbe has kept busy in Hollywood and on stage since the late 1960s, often playing villainous or untrustworthy characters, with his narrow gaze and unsettling smirk. Zerbe was born May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, and served a stint in...
Memorable in: "Papillon", "The Dead Zone", "Cool Hand Luke", "The Omega Man"
22. Woodrow Parfrey
Actor | The Outlaw Josey Wales
Parfrey was born Sydney Woodrow Parfrey in New York City, New York, to Hazel (James) and Sidney Parfrey, both Welsh immigrants. One of the most interesting character actors to emerge on American film and television in the 1960s, Parfrey brought a quirky charisma to every role he played, from ...
Memorable in: "Charley Varrick", "Dirty Harry", "Planet of the Apes", "Papillon"
23. Reggie Nalder
Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much
With a mysterious past and a mouth marred by burns, Reggie Nalder has a unique, if under appreciated, place in the history of cinema.
Nalder was born Alfred Reginald Natzler in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ida (Herzog), from Safov, and Sigmund Natzler. His parents were from Jewish families The year ...
Memorable in: "Salem's Lot", "Zoltan Hound of Dracula", "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage"
24. Jack Taylor
Actor | Conan the Barbarian
Jack Taylor was born as George Brown Randall on October 21, 1936. Tall, slim, and handsome, with a lean face, a pencil thin mustache, and a distinguished air about him, Taylor began his acting career in the early 1950's on "The Jack Benny Show," in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe. Jack also...
Memorable in: "Pieces", "The Ninth Gate"
25. John Vernon
Actor | Dirty Harry
John Vernon was a prolific stage-trained Canadian character player who made a career out of convincingly playing crafty villains, morally-bankrupt officials and heartless authority figures in American films and television since the 1960s. Vernon was directed by some stellar filmmakers, including ...
Memorable in: "Golden Rendezvous", "Charley Varrick", "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"
26. Richard Benjamin
Actor | Westworld
Although his actress wife Paula Prentiss became a star by the early 1960s, it took Richard Benjamin almost fifteen years to establish his screen persona, but the wait was rewarding. After extensive work in theatre as actor and director, and his participation in the cult TV series He & She (1967)...
Memorable in: "Marriage of a Young Stockbroker", "Westworld", "The Last of Sheila"
27. William Finley
Actor | Phantom of the Paradise
Marvelously quirky, distinctive and versatile character actor William Franklin Finley was born on September 20, 1940 in New York City. Finley attended Columbia University, where he first met future filmmaker Brian De Palma. The lanky 6'4" Finley first began acting on the New York stage. He made his...
Memorable in: "Phantom of the Paradise", "Eaten Alive", "Silent Rage"
28. Richard Jaeckel
Actor | Starman
Stocky tough-guy character actor Richard Jaeckel was one of Hollywood's most prolific supporting stars. Born in Long Island, New York, on October 10, 1926, Jaeckel's family moved to Los Angeles when he was still in his teens. After graduation from Hollywood High School, Jaeckel was discovered by a ...
Memorable in: "Grizzly", "Jaws of Death", "Dirty Dozen"
29. Julius Harris
Actor | Live and Let Die
Prior to breaking into films, Philadelphia native Julius Harris worked as a bouncer in New York City.
It was due to his many associations with struggling actors, that on a dare, Harris auditioned for his first role, in the well-received picture Nothing But a Man (1964), in which he played a father ...
30. Brad Harris
Actor | A 001: operazione Giamaica
Born in St. Anthony, a small town in eastern Idaho, Bradford Harris attended UCLA in the early 1950s, where he played fullback on the football team while studying economics. His studies may have been intended as the groundwork for a career in his family's banking business, but Harris instead ...
Actor | Don't Answer the Phone!
James Westmoreland was born on November 25, 1935 in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Don't Answer the Phone! (1980), The Monroes (1966) and The Wild Wild West (1965). He was married to Kim Darby. He died on September 14, 2016 in Palm Desert, California, USA.
32. Stafford Morgan
Actor | Another 48 Hrs.
Stafford Morgan was a handsome, commanding, and deep-voiced actor who appeared in a handful of enjoyably down'n'dirty 70's drive-in exploitation features. He first began acting in both films and TV shows alike in the mid 60's. Stafford gave an especially fine and impressive performance as enigmatic...
33. Adam West
Actor | Batman
Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. (Speer), an opera singer. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man...
34. Rod Taylor
Actor | Inglourious Basterds
Suave and handsome Australian actor who came to Hollywood in the 1950s, and built himself up from a supporting actor into taking the lead in several well-remembered movies. Arguably his most fondly remembered role was that as George (Herbert George Wells), the inventor, in George Pal's spectacular ...
35. Scott Walker
Actor | The Muppet Movie
Scott Walker was born on April 6, 1922 in Alameda, California, USA as Charles Scott Walker. He was an actor, known for The Muppet Movie (1979), High Plains Drifter (1973) and Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973). He was married to Ruth Maitland. He died on April 28, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
36. Billy Green Bush
Amiable and exceptional character actor Billy Green Bush appeared in a handful of offbeat and enduring cult classic features made in the early '70s. Tall, handsome and rangy, Bush often portrayed engaging good ol' boy types, rugged cowboys and stern police officers. He was born as William Warren ...
37. Norman Bartold
Actor | Westworld
Norman Bartold was born on August 6, 1928 in Alameda County, California, USA as Norman Hillman Bartold. He was an actor, known for Westworld (1973), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Real Life (1979). He was married to Sheila Bartold. He died on May 28, 1994 in Riverside County, ...
Actor | The Omega Man
DeVeren Bookwalter honed his TV and movie acting talents originally in stage work in New York. From the east he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, to plumb the opportunities of West Coast acting. One of the first of varied small roles in his new movie career was The Omega Man (1971). ...
42. Woody Strode
Actor | Spartacus
An athlete turned actor, Strode was a top-notch decathlete and a football star at UCLA. He became part of Hollywood lore after meeting director John Ford and becoming a part of the Ford "family," appearing in four Ford motion pictures. Strode also played the powerful gladiator who does battle with ...
43. James Mason
Actor | Lolita
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of...
44. Richard Harris
Actor | Gladiator
Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. ...
45. David Janssen
Actor | The Fugitive
David Janssen was born David Harold Meyer in 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska, to Berniece Mae (Graf) and Harold Edward Meyer, a banker. He was of German, and some Swiss-German and Scottish-Irish, descent. David took the surname of his stepfather, Eugene Janssen. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood ...
46. John Alderman
Actor | Cleopatra Jones
John Alderman was a talented, prolific, and ubiquitous actor in numerous low-budget exploitation features who appeared in everything from 1960s softcore items to 1970s drive-in fare to 1980s hardcore porn throughout the course of his long and diverse career.
Alderman was born on June 12, 1934, in ...
47. Frank Thring
Actor | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Frank Thring was born on May 11, 1926 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Francis William Thring Jr. He was an actor, known for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Ben-Hur (1959) and The Vikings (1958). He was married to Joan Cunliffe. He died on December 29, 1994 in Melbourne.
48. Bryan Marshall
Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me
Bryan studied drama at RADA and soon made an impression on TV in the footballing drama "United" and on film working for Hammer studios in "Quatermass And The Pit" and "The Witches". Perhaps his most major film role is the duplicitous Councillor Harris in "The Long Good Friday". Bryan emigrated to ...
50. Vic Morrow
Actor | Combat!
Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While ...
Actor | The Rat Patrol
Solidly built, boyishly handsome American leading-man, Christopher George was the son of Greek immigrants. Weaned on stories of the legendary Greek heroes, George and his brother Nick (later a prominent fashion photographer) both quit high school to join the Marines. Completing his education after ...
52. David White
Actor | Bewitched
American stage actor who appeared frequently on television and occasionally but impressively in films. A Marine Corps veteran of the Second World War, he worked on Broadway and on tour in stage productions after the war. In the late 1950s, he became an increasingly familiar face on American ...
53. Thomas Jane
Actor | Deep Blue Sea
Thomas Jane was born on February 22, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Thomas Elliott. He is an actor and producer, known for Deep Blue Sea (1999), The Thin Red Line (1998) and Boogie Nights (1997). He was previously married to Patricia Arquette and Ayesha Hauer.
54. Bernie Casey
Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bernie Casey was born on June 8, 1939 in Wyco, West Virginia, USA as Bernard Terry Casey. He was an actor and director, known for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and Never Say Never Again (1983). He was married to Paula. He died on September 19, 2017 in Los ...
55. John Malkovich
Actor | Being John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary ...
56. Cary Elwes
Actor | Saw
Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. He was raised in London and attended ...
57. Burgess Meredith
Actor | Clash of the Titans
One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century, who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in 1907 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts, before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company, Civic Repertory Company, in New York City in 1933...
Actor | Jaws 3-D
Born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, the light-haired, aristocratically handsome Simon MacCorkindale's first career choice was to follow in his Air Force pilot father Peter's bootsteps by joining the Air Training Corps., but his deteriorating eyesight forced him to choose an alternative vocation. ...
59. Robert Logan
Actor | 77 Sunset Strip
Durable Robert Logan, the eldest of seven children, moved to Los Angeles as a child. He pursued sports in high school and had earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Arizona when he was discovered by a Warner Bros. talent agent. He debuted as a young suitor in the trashy soap-styled ...
60. Alec Guinness
Actor | Star Wars
Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence...
61. Herbert Lom
Actor | The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Herbert Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich Schluderpacheru on September 11, 1917. He made his film debut in the Czech film Woman Below the Cross (1937) and played supporting and, occasionally, lead roles. His career picked up in the 1940s and he played, among other roles, Napoleon ...
62. Wright King
Actor | Planet of the Apes
Prolific supporting actor, arguably best known for his two guest appearances on Rod Serling 's The Twilight Zone (1959). In one of his later roles he played the chimpanzee veterinarian Dr. Galen in Planet of the Apes (1968) which was also co-scripted by Serling. Wright King studied drama at the St ...
63. Bruce Gordon
Actor | Piranha
Bruce Gordon was born on February 1, 1916 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA as Boris Benjamin Grabowsky. He was an actor, known for Piranha (1978), The Buccaneer (1958) and Tower of London (1962). He was married to Marla and Mary Jane Farrar Falvey. He died on January 20, 2011 in Santa Fe, New ...
Actor | Wyatt Earp
Rockne Tarkington was born on July 15, 1931 in Junction City, Kansas, USA as Rockne Booth Tarkington. He was an actor, known for Wyatt Earp (1994), The Ice Pirates (1984) and The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968). He was married to Joan Blackman. He died on April 5, 2015 in the USA.
66. Robert Gunner
Actor | Planet of the Apes
Robert Gunner was born on July 27, 1931 in North Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as Robert Wolfmayer. He was an actor, known for Planet of the Apes (1968), The Jackals (1967) and The Green Hornet (1966). He died on December 18, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
67. Jason Evers
Actor | The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Although probably best known for playing Dr. Bill Corter in the 1962 cult film The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962), Jason Evers (born Herb Everin in New York City in 1922) has done much more than meets the eye. He quit school to join the army during WWII, and later decided to act after seeing such ...
68. Ed Devereaux
Actor | Skippy
Ed Devereaux was born in August 1925 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Edward Sidney Devereaux. He was an actor and writer, known for Skippy (1967), True Believers (1988) and The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963). He was married to Irene Champion and Julie Devereaux (nee ?). He died on December 17...
69. Everett McGill
Actor | Twin Peaks
Everett McGill was the leader of a popular Kansas City dance band prior to becoming an accomplished stage actor with more than 1300 performances on Broadway to his credit. He first acquired wide attention in film with his starring role in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Oscar-winning saga of primitive man, ...
70. Jack Ging
Actor | High Plains Drifter
Jack Ging was born on November 30, 1931 in Alva, Oklahoma, USA as Jack Lee Ging. He is an actor, known for High Plains Drifter (1973), Play Misty for Me (1971) and The Eleventh Hour (1962). He has been married to Sharon Ramona Thompson since September 23, 1978. They have two children. He was ...