My Favorite Horror Movie Directors, Actors, writers and producers

by writeractor-979-344542 | created - 19 Dec 2011 | updated - 19 Dec 2011 | Public

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1. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

DIRECTOR

2. John Carpenter

Writer | The Fog

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

DIRECTOR

3. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls. His work won...

PRODUCER OR DIRECTOR

4. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

DIRECTOR

5. Danielle Panabaker

Actress | The Flash

Danielle Nicole Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia. Her younger sister, actress Kay Panabaker, starred in the TV series Summerland (2004)(WB, 2004-05). Panabaker started acting at a summer camp before joining community theater productions when she was 10 years old. Panabaker moved to Naperville...

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6. Michael J. Gallagher

Director | Funny Story

Michael Gallagher was born in San Diego, California. He began his career on YouTube, where he has garnered over 1 million subscribers and was one of the original co-founders of Maker Studios. He is a director and writer, known for Funny Story (2018), Internet Famous (2016), Smiley (2012) and The ...

DIRECTOR & ACTOR

7. Sara Paxton

Actress | The Innkeepers

Sara Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, California. At a young age she began acting in television commercials.

She was cast in her first film at the age of 8 as a child at school and at the party in Liar Liar (1997). Her first major television series role was on the WB's Greetings from Tucson (2002)....

ACTRESS

8. Bailee Madison

Actress | Brothers

This young actress has worked with a number of the industry's biggest stars in a variety of diverse and challenging roles. She won rave reviews and a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination for her powerful work on the feature film, Brothers (2009), opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake ...

ACTRESS

9. Neve Campbell

Actress | Scream

Neve Campbell was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, to Marnie (Neve), a Dutch-born psychologist and yoga instructor (from Amsterdam), and Gerry Campbell, a Scottish-born teacher (from Glasgow). Campbell first came to our TV screens in the hit Drama series Party of Five (1994). Described as TV's ...

ACTRESS

10. David Arquette

Actor | Scream 3

The youngest of five, David Arquette was born in Winchester, Virginia and is part of the illustrious Arquette family, whose work has spread over several generations. His parents, Lewis Arquette, an actor, and Brenda Denaut (née Nowak), an acting teacher and therapist, had 4 other children: Rosanna ...

ACTOR

11. Courteney Cox

Actress | Friends

Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...

ACTRESS

12. Emma Roberts

Actress | We're the Millers

Emma Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, New York. She was a baby when her parents separated, and she grew up living with her mother, Kelly Cunningham. She was educated at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California.

Emma is the daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts, and the niece of ...

ACTRESS

13. Hayden Panettiere

Actress | Heroes

Hayden Lesley Panettiere was born on August 21, 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. Her parents are both of half Italian descent, along with German and English. Her mother got her started ...

ACTRESS

14. Lucy Hale

Actress | Truth or Dare

Lucy Hale has captured the attention of millions through her dynamic on-screen performances in some of the most buzzed about projects in film and television. Hale recently starred as the lead, DC Lake Edmunds, in the new series, Ragdoll, which is streaming on AMC and Alibi. Last year, she finished ...

ACTRESS

15. Shenae Grimes-Beech

Actress | Scream 4

Shenae Grimes-Beech was born on October 24, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is known for Scream 4 (2011), The Cross Road (2008) and Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001). She has been married to Josh Beech since May 10, 2013. They have one child.

ACTRESS

16. Kristen Bell

Actress | Frozen

Kristen Anne Bell (born 1980) is an American actress and singer. She was born and raised in Huntington Woods, Michigan, and is the daughter of Lorelei (Frygier), a nurse, and Tom Bell, a television news director. Her ancestry is Polish (mother) and German, English, Irish, and Scottish (father). ...

ACTRESS

17. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

DIRECTOR

18. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

ACTRESS

19. Kevin Williamson

Writer | Scream

As a child Williamson was a fond fan of movies, especially those of Steven Spielberg. After high school, Williamson went to college for a future in acting. Though he landed very small parts on T.V. shows and movies, nothing had happened. Williamson moved out to L.A in 1990 in hopes it would aid his...

WRITER

20. Marielle Jaffe

Actress | Scream 4

Marielle Jaffe was born on June 23, 1989 in Valencia, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Scream 4 (2011), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) and Higher Power (2018).

ACTRESS

21. Drew Barrymore

Producer | Charlie's Angels

Since melting audiences' hearts at the tender age of six in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Born in Culver City, California to actors John Drew ...

ACTRESS

22. Rose McGowan

Actress | Planet Terror

Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut Dawn (2014) was ...

ACTRESS

23. Heather Langenkamp

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Heather Langenkamp was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. She got her start in acting when she was cast as an extra in the Francis Ford Coppola films The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), which were both filmed in Tulsa. Her scenes were deleted from the final cut of both films. While studying at ...

ACTRESS

24. Katie Cassidy

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Katie Cassidy was born Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy on November 25, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, David Cassidy, was a pop star in the 1970s. Her famous relatives include uncles Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy and Ryan Cassidy, the sons by her grandfather Jack Cassidy's marriage to ...

ACTRESS

25. Camilla Belle

Actress | Practical Magic

Belle was born as Camilla Belle Routh in Los Angeles, California, to Deborah, a fashion designer, and Jack Wesley Routh, who composed country music and owns a construction company. Her mother is Brazilian and her father, who is from Kingman, Kansas, has English, German, and French ancestry. Camilla...

ACTRESS

26. Jessica Biel

Actress | The Illusionist

Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish,...

ACTRESS

27. Britt Robertson

Actress | Tomorrowland

Brittany Leanna Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Beverly (Hayes) and Ryan Robertson, a restaurateur. She was raised in South Carolina, the oldest of seven children. Her mother's worries about the public school system led to Robertson being home-schooled. She began acting at the ...

ACTRESS

28. Aimee Teegarden

Actress | Friday Night Lights

Aimeé Richelle Teegarden, is an American actress, model, director and producer. She starred as Julie Taylor in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights (2006) from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, she co-starred with Dennis Quaid in Martin Guigui's thriller Beneath the Darkness (2011). Later she plays Jenny Randall...

ACTRESS

29. Brittany Snow

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Brittany Anne Snow (born March 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as Susan "Daisy" Lemay on the CBS series Guiding Light (1952) for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress and was nominated for two other Young Artist Awards and a Soap Opera Digest ...

ACTRESS

30. Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Actress | 10 Cloverfield Lane

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an actress known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed (2012), for which...

ACTRESS

31. Shantel VanSanten

Actress | Shooter

Shantel Yvonne VanSanten is an American model and actress, born July 25, 1985. As a model, she has been featured in the magazines Teen Vogue and Seventeen. VanSanten was born in Luverne, Minnesota. She is of Dutch and one quarter Norwegian descent. VanSanten was raised in Spring, Texas where she ...

ACTRESS

32. Haley Webb

Actress | Blonde

Haley Vianne Webb was born in Fairfax, Virginia and moved to Southern California in her teens. She began acting professionally at 15 and in 2011 founded production company Legion of Horribles through which she directs, produces, and acts. She resides in Los Angeles and is married to photographer ...

ACTRESS

33. Ali Larter

Actress | Final Destination

Born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ali began modeling at age thirteen, and traveled the world before moving to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting job was a role on the television series Chicago Sons (1997). She received her breakthrough in the high school football drama ...

ACTRESS

34. Milla Jovovich

Actress | The Fifth Element

Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.

Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich ...

ACTRESS

35. Kiele Sanchez

Actress | A Perfect Getaway

Kiele Sanchez was born on October 13, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for A Perfect Getaway (2009), The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and Lost (2004). She has been married to Zach Gilford since December 29, 2012. They have one child. She was previously married to Zach Helm.

ACTRESS

36. Marley Shelton

Actress | Planet Terror

Marley Eve Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Eagle Rock, CA. She is the daughter of Carol (Stromme), a teacher and singer, and Christopher Shelton, who worked as a director and producer. She has three sisters: Koren Shelton, Erin Shelton and Samantha Shelton. Both of her ...

ACTRESS

37. Shane Dawson

Actor | Shane Dawson TV

Shane Dawson is a young actor from California who started out making videos on YouTube for hobby and eventually became one of the biggest stars of the popular video website. His main videos, small sketches and parodies of popular songs, are seen by millions of people and the most recurrent ...

ACTOR & WRITER & DIRECTOR

38. Bree Essrig

Actress | Nuclear Family

Bree Essrig was born and raised in Los Angeles. After getting her start on YouTube, Essrig broke into the industry as an actor, writer, and host. She has starred in thousands of videos on many popular Youtube channels (SourceFed, Funny or Die, The Young Turks, Break, and many more), and has ...

ACTRESS & WROTE 1 THING

39. Nikki Limo

Actress | Smiley

Nikki Limo was born on November 2, 1986 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Smiley (2012), How I Met Your Mother (2005) and Totally Sketch (2009). She has been married to Steve Greene since May 28, 2017.

ACTRESS

40. Caitlin Gerard

Actress | American Crime

Caitlin Gerard was born on July 26, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress and director, known for American Crime (2015), Insidious: The Last Key (2018) and The Wind (2018).

ACTRESS

41. Minka Kelly

Actress | The Roommate

Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and she is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist, Rick Dufay, and Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother, who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in...

ACTRESS

42. Julianna Guill

Actress | The Resident

Julianna Guill was born on July 7, 1987 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA as Julianna Minetree Guill. Her parents are Ann and Earl Guill. She is one of three children who all grew up singing and acting. She began tap, ballet and jazz dance at an early age, and continued singing in the choir ...

ACTRESS

43. Liz Burghdorf

Actress | Friends 4ever

Liz Burghdorf is an actress, known for Friends Forever (2011), Getting That Girl (2011) and Plastic Films (2012).

ACTRESS

44. Kristin Findley

Actress | Friends 4ever

Kristin Findley is an actress, known for Friends Forever (2011), Deuce of Spades (2011) and Shane Dawson TV (2008).

ACTRESS

45. Cyrina Fiallo

Actress | Life in Pieces

Cyrina Fiallo is a Cuban-Italian actress and writer, born & raised in Miami, Florida. Since moving to Los Angeles, her more-than-two dozen television appearances include NBC's Brooklyn 99 and Community, Fox's Glee, CW's Supernatural and CBS's Life in Pieces and a recurring role on Disney's Good ...

ACTRESS

46. Rachel Wittman

Actress | Friends 4ever

Rachel Wittman is an actress and director, known for Friends Forever (2011), Date Me! (2011) and Fear Ever After (2007).

ACTRESS

47. Dana Kimmell

Actress | Friday the 13th Part III

Dana Kimmell was born on October 26, 1959 in Texarkana, Arkansas, USA. She is known for Friday the 13th Part III (1982), Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) and Days of Our Lives (1965). She has been married to John Anderson since September 18, 1982. They have four children. She was previously married to Mark...

ACTRESS

48. Emma Bell

Actress | The Walking Dead

Emma Jean Bell (born December 17, 1986) was born in Woodstown, New Jersey, grew up in Flemington and the Stanton section of Readington Township and attended Hunterdon Central Regional High School. She moved to New York City at the age of 16. She attended Talent Unlimited High School Performing Arts...

ACTRESS

49. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Actress | Final Destination 5

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (born 17 April 1987) is a Canadian actress, disc jockey, singer and television host. She is best known for starring as Olivia Castle in the horror film Final Destination 5 (2011) and as Steffy Forrester in CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (2008-present), the latter...

ACTRESS

50. Makinna Ridgway

Actress | Grimm

Makinna Ridgway is an actress and singer born in Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Theater, and an alumnus of The British American Drama Academy. Makinna's most notable TV and film credits include roles on NBC's Grimm, ABC's Castle and ...

ACTRESS



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