My Favorite Actors

by GuitarGeek920 | created - 04 Sep 2011 | updated - 05 Sep 2011 | Public

Some of my favorite contemporary actors from movies and television in no particular order. Feel free to comment away.

1. Nathan Fillion

Actor | Castle

Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the son of Cookie (Early) and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers, and has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of ...

Funniest man alive... probably.All I know is that I have seen everything he has done and not once has he failed to impress me. Firefly, Waitress, and Dr. Horrible... check them out.

2. Viggo Mortensen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.

Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was...

He's Aragorn! Also he was great in A History of Viloence and Eastern Promises.

3. Michael Caine

Actor | The Quiet American

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

He's always been fantastic in everything I've seen him in... my favorite role of his is in Children of Men.

4. Alan Tudyk

Actor | Rogue One

Alan Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Plano, where he attended Plano Sr. High. In 1990, he went on to study drama at Lon Morris Jr. College. While there, he was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Drama. He was also named Most Likely to Succeed and Sophomore Beau. During this ...

Ok now that I've said Nathan Fillion is the funniest man alive I'm a little bit regretting it cause this man is u there too. I watched Doll house for two reasons: 1 - Joss Whedon 2 - Alan Tudyk

5. Adam Baldwin

Actor | Serenity

Adam Baldwin was born on February 27, 1962 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Serenity (2005), Independence Day (1996) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). He has been married to Ami Julius since 1988. They have three children.

He's in two of my absolute favorite TV shows, Firefly and Chuck and on top of that he's frakin Animal Mother!

6. Hugh Laurie

Actor | House M.D.

Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. 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 ...

He's House... what more do you need. Also his sketch comedy show with Stephen Fry is hilarious.

7. Jason Segel

Actor | Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Multi-talented Jason Jordan Segel was born in Los Angeles, California, where he was raised by his parents, Jillian (Jordan), a homemaker, and Alvin Segel, a lawyer. His mother is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and his father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. He was educated at St. ...

Damn... ok he's tied with Nathan Fillion for funniest man. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, and of course How I Met Your Mother!

8. Neil Patrick Harris

Actor | How I Met Your Mother

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. ...

DAMN... ok three way tie. Yeah he did Doogie Howser, and yeah he's funny in Harold and Kumar, but his best work is on HIMYM and Dr. Horrible.

9. Brendan Gleeson

Actor | The Guard

Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...

He is freaking amazing! Just all around fantastic. He's great in Harry Potter, but the best is In Bruges by far!

10. Zach Braff

Actor | Garden State

Zach Braff was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, to Anne Hutchinson (Maynard), a clinical psychologist, and Harold Irwin Braff, a trial attorney. His father is from Russia and Austria, while Zach's mother, who is from a family with deep roots in New England. Zach attended Columbia High ...

The character of John Dorian in Scrubs is probably the character from tv or film I identify most with, largely in part to Zach Braff's awesome portrayal. Also Garden State... how good was that movie?

11. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...

Just everything he does is great. My favorite part of the new Star Trek... you know besides the first eleven minutes.

12. David Tennant

Actor | Doctor Who

One of Scotland's greatest ever actors, David Tennant has won almost universal acclaim from audiences, critics and fellow professionals for his outstanding and award-winning performances on stage and screen. He was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and ...

The best Doctor, I mean he has the wittiness, the quirkiness, the charm, yet he also brings the character to a much deeper darker place and it is wonderful. Also he's in the fourth HP movie, look for him!

13. Matt Smith

Actor | Doctor Who

Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who (2005).

Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David ...

Not as good as Tennant, but for the most part the new episode are much better, and he really has the whole nerdy goofiness down while still being able to have utterly sincere and genuine moments.

14. 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 ...

The Dude... I'll see any movie he's in.

15. 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 ...

He has his ups and downs, but in the last few years he's been great. Michael Clayton, Up In the Air, Syriana, and (though I didn't like the movie) he was great in The American.

16. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different ...

Batman, The Machinist, The Fighter, American Psycho, The Prestige... honestly the man is incredible!

17. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Nicholas Blake, Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing ...

Probably the greatest actor of our time, I mean seriously this man is ridiculous. If you haven't seen My Left Foot, which he won his first Oscar for then please do it is inspiring to watch this man at his best. There Will Be Blood is great too, and his role as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York is terrifying.

18. J.K. Simmons

Actor | Whiplash

J.K. Simmons is an American actor.

He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music).

He had ...

He's hilarious, and I just love him in general.

19. Cillian Murphy

Actor | 28 Days Later...

Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law ...

28 Days Later, Batman Begins, Inception, The Edge of Love... they are all good and he is good in all of them.

20. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...

He was at his best in Shutter Island... the movie was ok, but DiCaprio was fantastic, add on to that Inception, Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Revolutionary Road, The Aviator, and that one movie that made a whole lot of money, and he is one of the best around.

21. 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 ...

If for nothing else than the movie Big Tom should be on here... he also happens to have done other fantastic films such as Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Apollo 13, Philadelphia, Cast Away, and Catch Me If You Can.

22. Ian McKellen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (...

He's Gandalf and Magneto!?!? I know right? blows my mind too... was slightly less cool when I found out that he wasn't Dumbeldore.

23. Ben Browder

Actor | Farscape

Ben Browder is an American actor, writer and director born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 11, 1962, as Robert Benedict Browder.

After a successful college football career with the Furman University Paladins as a Championship-winning Linebacker while staring in theatrical productions and gaining a...

Loved him in Farscape and followed him to Stargate SG-1... loved him there too.

24. James Callis

Actor | Battlestar Galactica

James Callis was born on June 4, 1971 in London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Battlestar Galactica (2004), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Austenland (2013). He has been married to Neha Callis since December 30, 1998. They have three children.

The best character on Battlestar Galactica... so intricate, flawed, and shifty and played absolutely perfectly by Mr. Callis.

25. Edward James Olmos

Actor | Battlestar Galactica

Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered...

He's frakin Adama! Also really creepy/cool in Blade Runner.

26. 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 ...

Pretty much a BAMF, leaving Taken and his other newer stuff behind, he is amazing in Schindler's List no matter how many times I watch it.

27. Clive Owen

Actor | Closer

British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting ...

Mostly on here because Children of Men is probably my favorite movie of all time, but I've never seen him be bad in anything else so I'm good with him.

28. 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 ...

Wolverine! But he's really on here because he was fantastic in The Fountain and The Prestige. I like that he does Broadway stuff too.

29. Woody Harrelson

Actor | True Detective

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, where his mother was from. After receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, he...

He's a funny guy and everything I see him in he is great. The Messenger, Zombieland, and White Men Can't Jump are good ones.

30. Patrick Stewart

Actor | Logan

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he ...

I'm gonna say it... Picard over Kirk... hate me later. Also he's really good as Professor X and he does some awesome voice over work too.