The Certified

by FocoLocoLonzo | created - 24 May 2012 | updated - 29 Jun 2014 | Public

Artists whose work I eagerly anticipate, respect or admire. Whether under-the-radar, poised for breakthrough or seasoned veteran, their talent is undeniable. I'll keep tabs on them here.

In no particular order. This is an active list. SUGGESTIONS WELCOME

1. Idris Elba

Actor | Beasts of No Nation

An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...

Well deserved and long-time coming acknowledgement at the 2012 Golden Globes for Luther. Hopefully not the last nod to this stirring artist. I can't not love every character he plays.

He BETTER be the first black Bond: NO ONE has more across-the-board appeal to successfully herald in this turning point in Bond history than him.

Watchlist: Luther

2. Andrew Scott

Actor | Pride

Andrew Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland, the middle child with two sisters, in a financially comfortable home which allowed his parents, Jim and Nora, to send him to a private Catholic school for boys. He started acting as a child when he was in commercials on Irish TV, then was chosen from his ...

Sooo good! He chills to the core! Have only seen him as Jim Moriarty, but I can't possibly think this profoundness is atypical of him.

Next On My Watchlist: Lennon Naked Google/YouTube Theatre performances

3. Rooney Mara

Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and has since starred in the horror ...

I am very weary of publicly declaring my admiration (fanhood? fanship?) for many young up-and-coming actors. They invariably do something so classless/abhorring/immature/unprofessional or head-smackingly stupid--in their professional or private lives--that I have to jump ship and eat my words. This actress seems inherently un-Hollywood in that regard. And so far, it has been a pleasure bearing witness to the incredible rise of Rooney Mara. She is known to be hard-working, resolute, un-egotistical, demure, "sweet", "inexhaustible" and "scary" good. It really says something when, basically, everyone she's worked with (not a shabby bunch btw), shakes their head in amazement when asked to describe her. I swear! Youtube director and co-star interviews. From Tanner Hall to Dragon Tattoo they all do the head-shake-and-pause thing. Even Plummer, even Skarsgard! Who IS this girl??? Whatever she is, she's bound for greatness and I AM an official fan.

Watchlist: Carol - will star opposite Cate Blanchett! Based on the notorious 1950s novel by Patricia Highsmith (aka "The Price of Salt") Brooklyn (Hornsby) - just finished reading this Colm Toibin book and am now on an Irish history bent. Hailing from a highly regarded Irish-American NY family, I can only imagine how awesome this experience will be for her.

Untitled Terrence Malick Project - with Ryan Gosling Untitled Spike Jonze Project - with Joaquin Phoenix Ain't Them Bodies Saints (hot indie auteur David Lowery) The Girl Who Played with Fire (I hope to God they get Fincher back)

4. Kate Mara

Actress | Fantastic Four

Kate Mara is an American actress. She starred in the Netflix political drama House of Cards (2013) as Zoe Barnes and appeared in the Fox TV series 24 (2001) as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005), We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), ...

On the scene a few years ahead of her sister, Kate has paid her dues and it's looking like she'll get her "big raise" in this coming year. After hearing such good things from her sis, she snagged a considerable role (going by the UK original) in Fincher's upcoming Netflix series "House of Cards." Her role in Stefan Ruzowitzky's indie "Deadfall" has been particularly praised. It goes without saying that she was delightfully evil in "American Horror Story";hope she comes back somehow. It's been hard to neglect this saucy redhead and-- hopefully-- nobody will.

5. Tom Hardy

Actor | Inception

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction 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 ...

In real life he is a self-described teddy bear but on stage he is terrifyingly good. Every character he fully embraces and eases so naturally and acutely into their skin, that I often double-take and rewind his scenes to try to catch "him", y'know? I've seen his Masterpiece Theatre works but I knew he was about to truly breakout (State-side) in his intro scene as Eames in "Inception". Crazy good.

6. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

7. Peter Morgan

Writer | Frost/Nixon

Peter Morgan was born on April 10, 1963 in London, England as Peter Julian Robin Morgan. He is a writer and producer, known for Frost/Nixon (2008), The Last King of Scotland (2006) and The Queen (2006).

8. Kerry Washington

Actress | Scandal

Kerry Washington was born on January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Kerry Marisa Washington. She is an actress and producer, known for Scandal (2012), Django Unchained (2012) and Save the Last Dance (2001). She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. They ...

9. 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 ...

10. 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 ...

11. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

Anyone who can do whatever the *beep* they want is always interesting. A disturbingly talented and well-rounded filmmaker."

12. Channing Tatum

Actor | 21 Jump Street

Channing Tatum was born in a small town, Cullman, Alabama, 50 miles north of Birmingham. He is the son of Kay (Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, who worked in construction. Growing up, he was full of energy and somewhat troublesome, so his parents decided to enroll him in ...

Cute hunk, usually played toughies. I love that he's up for anything and having fun: Comedy, Romance, Thriller: Why not? Makin' moves and averting the pigeon-hole. Good on ya Channing.

Next on Watchlist: 21 Jump St Magic Mike 8/10 Bitter Pill

13. 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 ...

Anyone who can do whatever the *beep* they want is always interesting. (See David Fincher).

14. Carey Mulligan

Actress | Never Let Me Go

Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry.

Her first major appearance was ...

15. 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 ...

16. Romany Malco

Actor | Weeds

The first American-born member of his West Indian family, Brooklyn-bred Romany Malco began his career at the age of seven, when he picked up a microphone and started rapping. As a teen he moved to Texas and formed the rap group R.M.G., and upon relocating to Los Angeles, the crew signed a deal to ...

17. Kevin Hart

Actor | Ride Along

Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Ride Along (2014), Central Intelligence (2016) and Grudge Match (2013). He has been married to Eniko Parrish since August 13, 2016. They have one child. He was previously married to Torrei...

This is his year!

18. Jake Johnson

Actor | New Girl

Jake Johnson (born Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger; May 28, 1978) is an American actor, comedian and director, most commonly known for playing Nick Miller in the Fox comedy series New Girl opposite Zooey Deschanel, for which he has received a Teen Choice Award nomination among others. Johnson also ...

Love him! Expressive comic actor with unexpected range.

19. Max Greenfield

Actor | New Girl

Max Greenfield was born on September 4, 1980 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for New Girl (2011), The Big Short (2015) and About Alex (2014). He has been married to Tess Sanchez since 2008. They have two children.

Very charasmatic and funny as hell. Haven't read the book, but can see him as Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. BUT can one stay "the funny guy" after a role like that?

20. Michael Sheen

Actor | Masters of Sex

Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus".

Sheen was born in Newport, Wales...

Next on Watchlist: Kingdom of Heaven

21. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

With "Ted" he breaks into cinema. May god have mercy on us all 'cus we're all gonna die... of laughter. :) -------- Hosting the Oscars?!!!!! *slow clap* Well done, SIR!!

22. Terrence Malick

Writer | Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...

Seems like a management nightmare, but the man can CAPTURE the undefinable. Amazing.

Next on Watchlist: Lawless Knight of Cups My friends high while watching "Tree of Life"

23. David Lowery

Editor | A Ghost Story

David Lowery is an American writer and director. He is best know for Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), and A Ghost Story (2017).

At the age of 19, Lowery wrote and directed his first film, Lullaby.

Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick (2009).

He often ...

http://davidpatricklowery.tumblr.com/

I love him already!

Next on Watchlist: St. Nick Ain't Them Bodies Saints -- First full-length feature. Sundance, Cannes, Mara, Affleck and Foster....Let's DO This!

24. Taissa Farmiga

Actress | The Final Girls

Taissa Farmiga is an American actress, and the younger sister of Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, who is 21 years her senior. She was born in Readington Township, New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian-born parents Michael and Lubomyra (Spas) Farmiga.

Unlike her older sister, Taissa initially had no ...

Vera's lil' sis is a welcome surprise.

25. 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. ...

26. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008).

27. Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and True Detective (2014).

28. Armie Hammer

Actor | The Social Network

Armand Douglas Hammer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Dru Ann (Mobley) and Michael Armand Hammer, a businessman. His great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, was a prominent tycoon and philanthropist who ran the company Occidental Petroleum for many decades. Armie's ancestry includes ...

29. Daniel Radcliffe

Actor | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, ...

Officially official.

30. Gabrielle Union

Actress | Bring It On

Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. When she was eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. In high ...

31. Meagan Good

Actress | Think Like a Man

Meagan Monique Good was born on 8 August 1981 in Panorama City, California, USA, to Tyra Wardlow-Doyle, who worked as her manager, and Leondis "Leon" Good, an LAPD officer. She began appearing on commercials at the age of four. Then she started guest-starring on series like The Parent 'Hood (1995), ...

32. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the ...

33. Oscar Isaac

Actor | Ex Machina

Oscar Isaac was born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia, and a Cuban father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, a pulmonologist. Oscar was raised in Miami, Florida. Before he became an actor, he played lead guitar and sang vocals in his band the Blinking ...

34. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Actor | Kick-Ass

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor.

He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas (2002). Aaron is of ...

Has a "quiet" IT factor. Good-looking and talented he can easily be thrown into teen heartthrob superstar hell. Wisely, he seems to go for the interesting rather than the obvious blockbuster. A confident performer who seems quite good at infusing this confidence into his roles; making his characters appear so natural and at ease in their own skin, that one thinks "this is a real person". Like, he can give life to all the subtleties and layers so well, it seems like it's him and not an act. Does that make sense? It's like I can't see ANY of his presence peeking through the character. It's so hard to describe! And he does it so well! Help me out guys...

Next on watchlist: Anna Karenina, Kick-Ass 2, Albert Nobbs, Savages Check out Tom & Thomas and other early movie work Find some of episodes of his extensive TV work

35. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his "big" acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Drexl in ...

36. Bill Nighy

Actor | Love Actually

Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon.

At school,...

37. Lee Pace

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

In 2003, Lee Grinner Pace starred in the Sundance hit, Soldier's Girl (2003), an extraordinary telefilm created for Showtime. The film was based on the true story of a transgender nightclub performer in love with a soldier who is brutally murdered for their relationship. His breakthrough ...

38. Matthew McNulty

Actor | The Syndicate

Matthew McNulty was born on December 14, 1982 in Manchester, England as Michael Anthony McNulty. He is an actor, known for The Syndicate (2012), Misfits (2009) and The Musketeers (2014).

39. Ben Whishaw

Actor | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, to Linda (Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology. He has a twin brother, James. He is of French, German, Russian (...

40. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an ...

41. Paul Bettany

Actor | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Paul Bettany was born in Harlesden, London, England, into a theatre family. His father, Thane Bettany, died in 2015 but his mother, Anne Kettle, has retired from acting. His maternal grandmother, Olga Gwynne (her maiden and stage name), was a successful actress, while his maternal grandfather, ...

42. Rebel Wilson

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Rebel Wilson was born in Sydney, Australia. She trained at the Australian Theatre for Young People and at Second City in the US. After a successful stage and television career in Australia, this writer/actress/producer now focuses on feature film projects in the United States and is perhaps most ...

Well known Australian Comedienne broke into US film with Bridesmaids and her career is blasting off. EIGHT projects lined up for the next two years!

Next on Watchlist" Bachleorette Pitch Perfect Small Apartments (dir:Jonas Åkerlund) and gotta find Aussie shows online

43. Ezra Miller

Actor | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Ezra Matthew Miller was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to Marta (Koch), a modern dancer, and Robert S. Miller, who has worked at Workman Publishing and as former senior VP for Hyperion Books. He has two older sisters. Ezra is of Ashkenazi Jewish (father) and German-Dutch (mother) ancestry; he has ...

44. Reid Carolin

Producer | Magic Mike

Reid Carolin was born on January 10, 1982 in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Magic Mike (2012), White House Down (2013) and Magic Mike XXL (2015).

45. Stephen Gaghan

Writer | Syriana

Stephen Gaghan was born on May 6, 1965 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is known for his work on Syriana (2005), Traffic (2000) and Gold (2016). He has been married to Minnie Mortimer since May 19, 2007.

Has some scorching hot deals on his roster right now. Exciting.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/07/stephen-gaghan-fox-21-production-deal/

http://www.deadline.com/2011/10/stephen-gaghan-focuses-on-smuggling-of-cocaine-and-human-for-next-two-films/

46. Abi Morgan

Writer | Shame

Abi Morgan was born in 1968 in the UK. She is a writer and producer, known for Shame (2011), The Iron Lady (2011) and Suffragette (2015).

writer/cowriter: Shame Iron Lady The Hour

3 shining gold stars. Looking forward to "The Invisible Woman" next.

47. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother...

48. Viola Davis

Actress | Fences

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...

49. Miriam Margolyes

Actress | The Age of Innocence

A veteran of stage and screen, award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence (1993) she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her ...

50. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

51. Vincent Cassel

Actor | Black Swan

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

52. Ray Winstone

Actor | The Departed

Ray Winstone was born on February 19, 1957, in Hackney Hospital in London, England, to Margaret (Richardson) and Raymond J. Winstone. He moved to Enfield, at age seven, where his parents had a fruit and vegetable business. He started boxing at the age of twelve at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing ...

53. Kate Winslet

Actress | Titanic

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

54. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

55. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

56. Stellan Skarsgård

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where...

57. Kristen Wiig

Actress | Bridesmaids

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...

Woman in the best position to become "THE Funny Female Lead". She has already inspired Hwood to seek out these "more Com than Rom" female-led comedies. If she's careful, I believe she can leave a Lucille Ball-level legacy.

58. Mia Wasikowska

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight,...

59. Lasse Hallström

Director | What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Lasse Hallström was born on June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Hallström. He is a director and writer, known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Chocolat (2000) and My Life as a Dog (1985). He has been married to Lena Olin since March 18, 1994. They have one child. He was...

60. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

Glad to see this wierd witty Brit get props in Hollywood.

Watchlist: The Watch - I hope they didn't give him crap to play

Watched-List The IT Crowd- with Chris O'Dowd! FAH! Submarine - A view of life and love thru a precocious teens' eyes

61. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...

62. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal ...

Nuf' said.

Watchlist: Skyfall- Bardem as Bond villain? Yes, pls!

63. Christopher Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...

64. Kiara Glasco

Actress | The Devil's Candy

Kiara Glasco has established herself well in television from an early age. Born in Toronto Ontario, Canada. She is best known to audiences for her roles in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, (2013),

BBC America Copper 2011 where ACTRA nominated her for outstanding female performance as Annie ...

Scary good on Copper! Hope she scoops up more great roles. And as always, pray this young performer "makes it through" these next few years.

65. 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 ...

66. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

Caught clips of her Kennedy Center Honors on youtube. I did not know she started so early on and the 4-octave range etc. Much props.

67. 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...

68. Richard Griffiths

Actor | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal ...

You know him.You love him. 91 titles and counting. Nuff said.

69. Lena Dunham

Writer | Tiny Furniture

New Yorker Lena Dunham is the daughter of a painter, Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons, a designer and photographer. Dunham was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio, graduating with a creative writing degree. It was while at Oberlin that she began writing shorts and feature films. In 2009, Dunham ...

70. Adam Driver

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Adam Douglas Driver was born in San Diego, California. His mother, Nancy (Needham) Wright, is a paralegal from Mishawaka, Indiana, and his father, Joe Douglas Driver, who has deep roots in the American South, is from Little Rock, Arkansas. His stepfather is a Baptist minister. His ancestry includes...

71. Brad Bird

Writer | The Incredibles

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...

Crossed over from Pixar to MI:Ghost Protocol and killed it! just thinking about future of film with this guy in the ring, is so flippin' exciting! I could cry.

72. 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:...

73. Scott Z. Burns

Writer | Side Effects

Scott Z. Burns is a writer and producer, known for Side Effects (2013), Contagion (2011) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

74. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

Can't wait to see Soderbergh 2.0 : photography, tv, theatre!

75. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

Was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is also thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader ...

76. Jennifer Westfeldt

Actress | Kissing Jessica Stein

Jennifer is an American actress and filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the indie hits, Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) and Friends with Kids (2011).

A graduate from Yale University, Jennifer started her career as a New York-based theater actor, starring in over 25 ...

Her films just keep getting better and better. Ideally hope she becomes a heavyweight producer/production company that features female work.

77. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

78. Quvenzhané Wallis

Actress | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, to Qulyndreia (Jackson) Wallis, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. She has one sister, Qunyquekya, and two brothers, Vejon and Venjie, Jr. "Quven", the first part of her name, combines the first syllables of her parents' first names. Wallis, at ...

9 yo and is more level-headed, articulate and insightful than many 5x her age. High hopes. She just may (read hope to god) escapes the child actor curse.

79. David Sedaris

Writer | C.O.G.

David Sedaris was born in Johnson City, New York; his father's job caused them to move to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he grew up. David is the second in a family of six children, and is the sibling of actress Amy Sedaris. Attending such schools as Duke University and Kent State University, he ...

80. Amy Sedaris

Actress | Puss in Boots

Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961 in Endicott, New York, USA as Amy Louise Sedaris. She is an actress and writer, known for Puss in Boots (2011), Strangers with Candy (1999) and Elf (2003).

81. Billy Porter

Actor | The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy

Before embarking on a career as a mainstream pop vocalist, Billy Porter built a substantial reputation as a theatrical singer in Broadway productions such as Grease and Smokey Joe's Cafe. He made his initial impact by placing 'Love Is On The Way' on the soundtrack to the film First Wives' Club, in ...

Can't wait to see Kinky Boots on Broadway!

82. Harvey Fierstein

Actor | Torch Song Trilogy

Harvey Fierstein was born on June 6, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Torch Song Trilogy (1988), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Independence Day (1996).

83. June Diane Raphael

Actress | Unfinished Business

June Diane Raphael was born on January 4, 1980 in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Unfinished Business (2015), Year One (2009) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). She has been married to Paul Scheer since October 10, 2009. They have two ...

84. Elizabeth Debicki

Actress | The Great Gatsby

Debicki was born in Paris, to a Polish father and an Australian mother of Irish descent, who were both dancers. When she was five, the family moved to Melbourne, where she grew up with two younger siblings. She became interested in ballet at an early age and trained as a dancer until deciding to ...

Def one to watch!

85. Jason Sudeikis

Actor | Colossal

Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia. His mother, Kathryn (née Wendt), was a travel agent at Brennco, and President of the American Society of Travel Agents. His father, Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, was vice president of a business development. His uncle is actor George ...

Hope his post-SNL career works out. Would hate see his talent wasted.

86. Catherine Martin

Producer | Moulin Rouge!

Catherine Martin was born on January 26, 1965 in Lindfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is a producer and costume designer, known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Australia (2008) and The Great Gatsby (2013). She has been married to Baz Luhrmann since January 26, 1997. They have two children.

AMAZING designer: a film is not a Baz Luhrman film without this women's contributions. So cool that they're married-now that's one creative couple.

87. Oprah Winfrey

Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman.

While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African-American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, ...

Undeniably good.

88. 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 ...

89. 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...

90. Christine Vachon

Producer | Carol

Christine Vachon was born on November 21, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a producer, known for Carol (2015), Far from Heaven (2002) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001).

Epic producer

91. Sean Giambrone

Actor | The Goldbergs

Sean Giambrone portrays younger son "Adam Goldberg" on ABC's comedy series, The Goldbergs (2013), the 11-year-old version of the show's creator, Adam F. Goldberg. Giambrone is also a series regular on Clarence (2013), an animated series on The Cartoon Network. He's the voice of "Jeff Randall", ...

Getting in on this one EARLY! Kid is hilarious!

Watchlist: The Goldbergs

92. Troy Gentile

Actor | Drillbit Taylor

Troy Gentile was born on October 27, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. He is an actor, known for Drillbit Taylor (2008), Good Luck Chuck (2007) and Nacho Libre (2006).

Getting in on this one too! Great physical actor!

Watchlist: The Goldbergs

93. Ruby Dee

Actress | American Gangster

Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist. She is best known for originating the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961).

She also starred in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), Cat People (1982), ...

94. Cicely Tyson

Actress | The Help

Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...

95. 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...

96. 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 ...

97. Forest Whitaker

Actor | The Last King of Scotland

Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American ...

98. Kristin Scott Thomas

Actress | The English Patient

The acclaimed Cornish actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather, Lt. Cdr Simon Idiens, was also a pilot, ...

99. 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 ...

100. Lennie James

Actor | The Walking Dead

Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they ...