My favorite actors

by bazman666 | created - 13 Nov 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

My favorite actors and also included is my ten favourite performances from each actor in order.My choices are only considering the performances I love so I'm not interested in how many bad films they have made. Please feel free to comment.

1. Robert De Niro

Actor | Raging Bull

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...

Taxi Driver, Raging bull, the deer hunter, heat, the king of comedy, Awakenings, Casino, Goodfellas, Once Upon A Time In America, Mean Streets.

2. 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 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 countries ...

The fighter, Hostiles, Vice, the prestige, harsh times, the machinist, American psycho, American Hustle, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Rescue Dawn.

3. 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,...

The Revenant, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The departed, shutter island, Django Unchained, the aviator, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Blood Diamond, Gangs Of New York, inception.

4. Jack Nicholson

Actor | Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the...

One flew over the cuckoos nest, the last detail, the shining, easy rider, the pledge, Chinatown, Five Easy Pieces, About Schmidt, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men.

5. Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor | Nightcrawler

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from...

Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko, brokeback mountain, Demolition, Southpaw, Nocturnal Animals, Stronger, end of watch, Zodiac, Jarhead.

6. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an ...

The godfather 1 and 2, dog day afternoon, scarface, heat, any given Sunday, serpico, Insomnia, Donnie Brasco, The Insider, Glengarry Glen Ross.

7. 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 ...

Leaving las Vegas, bringing out the dead, bad lieutenant:port of call:new orleans, adaptation, Matchstick Men, wild at heart, Joe, Face/Off, Mandy, Vampires Kiss.

8. Johnny Depp

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.

He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.

Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...

Fear and loathing in las Vegas, dead man, sleepy hollow, finding neverland, Donnie Brasco, Black Mass, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands, The Libertine.

9. 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 (...

Fight club, the assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert ford, inglorious basterds, seven, snatch, Kalifornia, Moneyball, Fury, 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

10. 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),...

The insider, L.A. Confidential, gladiator, romper stomper, a beautiful mind, Master And Commander, Cinderella Man, Noah, State Of Play, American Gangster.

11. 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 ...

Roman J. Israel Esq, Training day, Fences, the manchurian candidate, flight, he got game, glory, American Gangster, Philedelphia, Remember The Titans.

12. 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. ...

The last samurai, the color of money, magnolia, rain man, eyes wide shut, Jerry Maguire, Born On The Fourth Of July, Collateral, Interview With The Vampire, Mission Impossible.

13. Tom Hardy

Actor | Inception

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut...

Taboo, Warrior, Legend, The Revenant, Bronson, Stuart: A Life Backwards, the dark knight rises, lawless, Locke, The Drop.

14. 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, ...

Straw dogs, midnight cowboy, wag the dog, rain man, all the presidents men, Marathon Man, Lenny, Sleepers, Moonlight Mile, Meet The Fockers.

15. Mark Wahlberg

Producer | The Fighter

American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to acclaimed actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed (2006) who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter (...

Boogie nights, the departed, the fighter, I heart huckabees, The Yards, broken city, Fear, Patriots Day, The Lovely Bones, Instant Family.

16. Edward Norton

Actor | Keeping the Faith

American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...

Fight club, American history x, 25th hour, Birdman, down in the valley, Primal Fear, Pride And Glory, Rounders, Death To Smoochy, The Painted Veil.

17. Michael Douglas

Actor | Wall Street

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 ...

Falling down, basic instinct, wall street, the game, wonder boys, Behind The Candelabra, Traffic, Fatal Attraction, Black Rain, Don't Say A Word.

18. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor | The Master

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ...

Love Lisa, the master, boogie nights, owning Mahoney, before the devil knows your dead, Doubt, 25th Hour,performance, Happiness, Charlie Wilsons War.

19. George Clooney

Actor | Michael Clayton

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 ...

O'brother where art thou, the descendants, up in the air, the men who stare at goats, Michael Clayton, The American, From Dusk Till Dawn, Out Of Sight, Three Kings, Syriana.

20. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

The shawshank redemption, unforgiven, million dollar baby, seven, Lean On Me, Glory, nurse Betty, Invictus, Kiss The Girls, Levity.

21. Matt Damon

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor. His father was of English and ...

The talented mr ripley, the departed, the good shepherd, the Bourne series, Good Will Hunting, The Informant!, The Martian, Suburbicon, Behind The Candelabra, True Grit.

22. 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 ...

Forrest gump, saving private Ryan, the green mile, cast away, road to perdition, captain Phillips, Philadelphia, Sully, Apollo 13, The Terminal.

23. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

Shame, 12 Years A Slave, Alien: Covenant, Hunger, Prometheus, The Light Between Oceans, X: Men, Frank, Macbeth, Eden Lake.

24. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

The godfather 1 and 2, apocalypse now, get low, falling down, true confessions, Tender Mercies, The Apostle, Open Range, The Judge, We Own The Night.

25. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

Unbreakable, 12 monkeys, pulp fiction, die hard with a vengeance, sin city, The Sixth Sense, 16 Blocks, Last Man Standing, The Last Boy Scout, Looper.

26. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

The assassination of Richard Nixon, 21 grams, mystic river, u-turn, the thin red line, Milk, Hurlyburly, Carlitos Way, Colors, Casulties Of War.

27. 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:...

Cold mountain, closer, A.I. Artificial intelligence, the talented mr ripley, road to perdition, Breaking And Entering, enemy at the gates, Black Sea, Contagion, side Effects.

28. John Turturro

Actor | Barton Fink

Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles.

Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine (...

Barton fink, o'brother where art thou, the big lebowski, do the right thing, quiz show, Millers Crossing, The Big Lebowski, Fear X, Jungle Fever, Anger Management.

29. Billy Bob Thornton

Actor | Sling Blade

Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in ...

Sling blade, monsters ball, u-turn, a simple plan, bad Santa, Levity, The Man Who Wasn't There, Bandits, One False Move, Armaggedon.

30. 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 ...

Signs, the beaver, braveheart, ransom, lethal weapon, Conspiracy Theory, Blood Father, We Were Soldiers, Galipoli, Payback.

31. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Walk the Line

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York,...

32. 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 ...

33. Michael Shannon

Actor | Midnight Special

Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.

Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His ...

34. 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...

35. Casey Affleck

Actor | Manchester by the Sea

An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple projects.

Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and ...

36. Matthew McConaughey

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is ...

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