Greatest Actors & Actresses In My Mind

by introvertedfl | created - 11 Oct 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Great=Masterpieces (which are nearly flawless). Enjoyable=Not masterpieces, but I enjoyed them. Good=Not enjoyable, with flaws, but worth watching. Mediocre=Not good and not bad. Flop=Too bad for me to watch. Other Notable Works=Works I haven't watched and I'm interested in.

*=A great/good performance. X=A bad performance.

1. Vivien Leigh

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...

Great: 1. Gone with the Wind (1939)*

Other Notable Works: 1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 2. Ship of Fools (1965) 3. Waterloo Bridge (1940) 4. That Hamilton Woman (1941) 5. Anna Karenina (1948) 6. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) 7. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) 8. St. Martin's Lane (1938) 9. Fire Over England (1937)

2. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

Great: 1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)* 2. The Dark Knight (2008)*

Other Notable Works: 1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) 2. The Patriot (2000) 3. A Knight's Tale (2001) 4. Monster's Ball (2001) 5. I'm Not There (2007) 6. Casanova (2005) 7. Lords of Dogtown (2005) 8. Candy (2006) 9. The Four Feathers (2002) 10. Ned Kelly (2003) 11. Two Hands (1999)

3. Ben Whishaw

Actor | Cloud Atlas

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 (...

4. Charlize Theron

Actress | Monster

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...

5. Kit Ying Lam

Actress | Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap

Kit Ying Lam was born on April 27, 1963 in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony. She was an actress, known for A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box (1995), A Chinese Odyssey: Part Two - Cinderella (1995) and The Bride with White Hair (1993). She died on November 3, 2018 in Hong Kong, China.

Great: 1. Sai yau gei: Sin leui kei yun (A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella) (1995)

6. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

7. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

8. Barbara Stanwyck

Actress | Double Indemnity

Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley (1965), wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys (1985). But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the ...

9. 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...

10. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

Great: 1. Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978)*

Enjoyable: 1. Notorious (1946)*

Other Notable Works: 1. Casablanca (1942) 2. Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 3. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) 4. Gaslight (1944) 5. Spellbound (1945) 6. Anastasia (1956) 7. Cactus Flower (1969) 8. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) 9. Stromboli, terra di Dio (1950) 10. Viaggio in Italia (1954) 11. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) 12. Europa '51 (1952) 13. Goodbye Again (1961) 14. The Visit (1964)

11. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...

12. George C. Scott

Actor | Patton

George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the...

13. Xu Zhu

Actor | Bian Lian

Xu Zhu was born on April 15, 1930 in Shenyang, China. He was an actor, known for The King of Masks (1996), Lan (2009) and A Confucius Family (1993). He died on September 15, 2018 in Beijing, China.

14. Anthony Perkins

Actor | Psycho

Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony.

Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University ...

Great: 1. Psycho (1960)*

Other Notable Works: 1. Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 2. Catch-22 (1970) 3. Le procès (1962) 4. On the Beach (1959) 5. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) 6. Friendly Persuasion (1956) 7. The Tin Star (1957) 8. Paris brûle-t-il? (1966) 9. Pretty Poison (1968) 10. Goodbye Again (1961) 11. Fear Strikes Out (1957) 12. Phaedra (1962) 13. Desire Under the Elms (1958)

15. Peter O'Toole

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...

16. Tatsuya Nakadai

Actor | Kagemusha

Japanese leading man, an important star and one of the handful of Japanese actors well known outside Japan. Nakadai was a tall handsome clerk in a Tokyo shop when director Masaki Kobayashi encountered him and cast him in The Thick-Walled Room (1956). Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in...

17. 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 ...

Great: 1. The Prestige (2006) 2. The Dark Knight (2008)* 3. Inception (2010) 4. Batman Begins (2005)*

Enjoyable: 1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)*

18. Bibi Andersson

Actress | Persona

Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom (1953), playing ...

Great: 1. Persona (1966)*

19. Huang Jiao

Actor | Yong Zheng wang chao

Huang Jiao is an actor, known for Yong Zheng wang chao (1997), Han Wu Da Di (2005) and Sha mo tuo ling (1978).

b. 8 July 1936

Great: 1. Beiping wu zhan shi (All Quiet in Beijing) (2014)*

20. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

21. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

Great: 1. Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978)* 2. Persona (1966)

22. 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...

23. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Atonement

On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...

24. 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 (...

Great: 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)* 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)* 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)*

Enjoyable: 1. X2 (2003) 2. X-Men (2000)

25. Yoshio Harada

Actor | Rônin-gai

Yoshio Harada was born on February 29, 1940 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor and producer, known for Rônin-gai (1990), Onibi (1997) and Netorare Sosuke (1992). He died on July 19, 2011 in Tokyo.

Great: 1. Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)* 2. Kiseki (I Wish) (2011)

26. 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 ...

Great: 1. The Godfather (1972)*

Enjoyable: 1. Scent of a Woman (1992)*

27. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who was a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. He is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004).

Ganz was born in Zürich, to a Swiss mechanic father and a ...

28. Isao Hashizume

Actor | Kaguyahime no monogatari

Isao Hashizume was born on September 17, 1941 in Osaka, Japan. He is an actor, known for The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013), Space Battleship Yamato (2010) and Mr. Rookie (2002).

Great: 1. Umi yori mo mada fukaku (After the Storm) (2016) 2. Kiseki (I Wish) (2011)*

29. Kirin Kiki

Actress | Manbiki kazoku

She began acting after high school as part of a theatre troupe. Her stage name was Yuuki Chiho. Years later she would relay that she only started acting for the money. Her father had wanted her to become a pharmacologist, but she missed her examination due to a fractured foot. She changed her alias...

Great: 1. Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)* 2. Umi yori mo mada fukaku (After the Storm) (2016)* 3. Manbiki kazoku (Shoplifters) (2018)* 4. Kiseki (I Wish) (2011)*

30. Ben Kingsley

Actor | Gandhi

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...

31. 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. ...

32. Tommy Lee Jones

Actor | The Fugitive

Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school ...

33. Baotian Li

Actor | Ye Ying - Le promeneur d'oiseau

Baotian Li was born on November 28, 1946 in Wendeng, Shandong, China. He is an actor, known for The Nightingale (2013), Feng huang qin (1993) and Shen yi xi lai le (2003).

34. Alan Rickman

Actor | Die Hard

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years ...

Great: 1. Love Actually (2003)*

35. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

36. Qingxiang Wang

Actor | Yi dai zong shi

Qingxiang Wang was born on February 20, 1949 in Beijing, China. He is an actor, known for The Grandmaster (2013), Red Cliff (2008) and Fatal Decision (2000).

Great: 1. Beiping wu zhan shi (All Quiet in Beijing) (2014)*

37. Geoffrey Rush

Actor | The King's Speech

Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. ...

Enjoyable: 1. The King's Speech (2010)* 2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

38. 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 ...

39. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

40. Leslie Cheung

Actor | Ah fei zing zyun

Leslie Cheung was the youngest of 10 children. His father was tailor to the late William Holden. Leslie's parents divorced when he was young, and he claims this is one reason for his disinterest in marriage. Following graduation from secondary school, he studied at Leeds University in Great Britain...

Great: 1. Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) (1993)*

Enjoyable: 1. Ying hung boon sik (1986) 2. Zong heng si hai (1991)

Other Notable Works: 1. Chun gwong cha sit (1997) 2. Dung che sai duk (1994) 3. Yan zhi kou (1987)

41. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym 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 ...

Great: 1. There Will Be Blood (2007)*

Other Notable Works: 1. Gandhi (1982) 2. The Bounty (1984) 3. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) 4. A Room with a View (1985) 5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) 6. My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989) 7. The Last of the Mohicans (1992) 8. The Age of Innocence (1993) 9. In the Name of the Father (1993) 10. The Crucible (1996) 11. The Boxer (1997) 12. Gangs of New York (2002) 13. The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) 14. Lincoln (2012) 15. Phantom Thread (2017)

42. Willem Dafoe

Actor | Spider-Man

Having made over one hundred films in his legendary career, Willem Dafoe is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness, and dare to some of the most iconic films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large ...

Great: 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

43. Meijuan Xi

Actress | Jiang Zhu Ying

Meijuan Xi graduated from Shanghai Drama Academy acting institute. She was the member of CPPCC and NPC.

As a renown theater actress, Xi won Plum Performance Award and Golden Lion Award for China Dream (1988), which are two most prestige stage awards in China.

For Fake Daughter (1990), Xi crowned ...

44. Baoguo Chen

Actor | Beiping wu zhan shi

Baoguo Chen first made a name for drama series Three Dimensional People (1982), adapted from the best-selling novel. After airing the series was the one of the most popular television show of the year. In 1991, for his performance in Peking Duck Restaurant, Chen nominated Golden Rooster Award for ...

b. 9 March 1956

Great: 1. Beiping wu zhan shi (All Quiet in Beijing) (2014)* 2. Da zhai men (The Grand Mansion Gate) (2001)*

45. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

Great: 1. Shang Hai tan (1983)

Enjoyable: 1. Ying hung boon sik (1986) 2. Zong heng si hai (1991) 3. Dou san (1989)

Other Notable Works: 1. Wo hu cang long (2000) 2. Yi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo (2006) 3. Du zi deng dai (2004) 4. Chou tin dik tong wah (1987) 5. Ah Long dik goo si (1989) 6. Rang zi dan fei (2010) 7. Dip huet seung hung (1989) 8. Gam yuk fung wan (1987) 9. Din lo jing juen (1986)

46. 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 ...

47. Michelle Yim

Actress | Gar ho yuet yuen

Michelle Yim was born on September 2, 1956 in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony as Catherina Yim Wai-Ling. She is an actress, known for Gar ho yuet yuen (2008), Seven Swords (2005) and Forever Young (2018).

48. 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 ...

49. 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 (...

50. You Ge

Actor | Huo zhe

You Ge was born on April 19, 1957 in Beijing, China. He is an actor, known for To Live (1994), Farewell My Concubine (1993) and Da wan (2001). He has been married to Cong He since 1987.

Great: 1. Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) (1993)

51. Frances McDormand

Actress | Fargo

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...

52. Peiqi Liu

Actor | He ni zai yi qi

Peiqi Liu is an actor, known for Together with You (2002), The Days Without Lei Feng (1996) and The War of Loong (2017).

b. 30 November 1957

53. Tony Ka Fai Leung

Actor | Hak se wui

Tony Leung Ka-fai is a four-time Hong Kong Film Award-winning film actor. As he is often confused with actor Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Tony Leung Ka-fai is known as "Big Tony", while Tony Chiu-Wai Leung is known as "Little Tony", nicknames which correspond to the actors' respective physical statures.


54. Youbin Li

Actor | Liang jian

Youbin Li is an actor, known for Liang jian (2005), Zhong guo di (2011) and Pathfinding to the Northeast (2008).

b. 15 February 1958

55. Viggo Mortensen

Actor | Eastern Promises

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 ...

Great: 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)* 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)* 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)* 4. Green Book (2018)*

56. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his expressive 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), ...

Great: 1. The Dark Knight (2008)* 2. Batman Begins (2005)*

Good: 1. Darkest Hour (2017)*

Enjoyable: 1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)*

57. Yu Cheng

Actor | Xuan Ya

Yu Cheng is known for his work on Cliff (2012), Xi wang de tian ye (2003) and All Quiet in Beiping (2014).

b. 8 January 1957

Great: 1. Beiping wu zhan shi (All Quiet in Beijing) (2014) *

58. Boman Irani

Actor | 3 Idiots

Boman Irani was born on December 2, 1959 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is an actor, known for 3 Idiots (2009), Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003) and Don 2 (2011). He has been married to Zenobia since January 28, 1985. They have two children.

Great: 1. 3 Idiots (2009)*

59. Tim Robbins

Actor | Mystic River

Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins (née Bledsoe). Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, ...

60. Jie Deng

Actress | Hong lou meng

Jie Deng was born on October 21, 1958 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China as Deng Jie. She is an actress and producer, known for A Dream in Red Mansions (1987), Zai xiang liu luo guo (1996) and The Romance of Book and Sword (1987). She is married to Guoli Zhang.

Great: 1. Hong lou meng (A Dream in Red Mansions) (1987)*

61. Dahong Ni

Actor | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Dahong Ni was born in 1960 in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. He is an actor, known for Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Lethal Hostage (2012) and Together (2011).

Great: 1. Beiping wu zhan shi (All Quiet in Beijing) (2014)*

62. Hugo Weaving

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

Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...

Great: 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 4. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)*

63. 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 ...

64. Colin Firth

Actor | A Single Man

Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's...

Great: 1. Love Actually (2003)

Enjoyable: 1. The King's Speech (2010)*

65. Tilda Swinton

Actress | We Need to Talk About Kevin

The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late.

She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was ...

Great: 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

66. Tim Roth

Actor | Rob Roy

Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Timothy Simon Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to ...

67. Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang was born to a British father and a Chinese mother. He never knew his father, since the man left his family when Wong was four years old. He trained acting at ATV and later enrolled into the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

After working in several TV Series, he shot to ...

Great: 1. Mou gaan dou (Infernal affairs) (2002)*

68. Jim Carrey

Actor | Bruce Almighty

Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...

69. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Faa yeung nin wa

Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or Jue...

Great: 1. Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002)*

Other Notable Works: 1. Se, jie (Lust, Caution) (2007) 2. Faa yeung nin wa (In the Mood for Love) (2000) 3. Ah fei zing zyun (Days of Being Wild) (1990) 4. Se diu ying hung ji dung sing sai jau (The Eagle Shooting Heroes) (1993)

70. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

Great: 1. Kung Fu (2004)* 2. Sai yau gei: Sin leui kei yun (A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella) (1995)* 3. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (From Beijing with Love) (1994)

Enjoyable: 1. Dai lap mat tam 008 (Forbidden City Cop) (1996) 2. Lu ding ji (Royal Tramp) (1992) 3. Jing gu jyun ga (Tricky Brains) (1991)

Flop: 1. Bak bin sing gwan (Sixty Million Dollar Man) (1995)

Other Notable Works: 1. Siu Lam juk kau (Shaolin Soccer) (2001) 2. Hei kek ji wong (King of Comedy) (1999) 3. Sik san (The God of Cookery) (1996) 4. Ga yau hei si (All's Well Ends Well) (1992)

71. Yuanzheng Feng

Actor | Min Gan Shi Jian

Yuanzheng Feng was born on November 16, 1962 in Hancheng, Shaanxi, China. He is known for his work on Min Gan Shi Jian (2010), Shanghai Story (2004) and Lao nong min (2014). He has been married to Danni Liang since 1993.

72. Ralph Fiennes

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus ...

Great: 1. The Constant Gardener (2005)* 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)*

73. Virginia Madsen

Actress | Sideways

One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen has since played a variety of roles that have cemented her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any part.

Virginia was born in Chicago, Illinois, and belongs to an acting family -- with her brother, Michael Madsen, also an ...

74. Steve Carell

Actor | The Office

Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet Theresa (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother was of Polish descent and his father of Italian and ...

Great: 1. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)*

Enjoyable: 1. Despicable Me (2010)

75. Gang Wu

Actor | Zhan lang II

Gang Wu was born on December 9, 1962 in Beijing, China. He is an actor, known for Wolf Warrior 2 (2017), Tie ren (2009) and Lurk (2009). He has been married to Xiuqing Yue since February 8, 1991. They have one child.

76. Wen Jiang

Actor | Rogue One

Wen Jiang was born on January 5, 1963 in Tangshan, China. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Devils on the Doorstep (2000) and Hidden Man (2018). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to Sandrine ...

77. Lily Franky

Actor | Manbiki kazoku

Lily Franky was born on November 4, 1963 in Fukuoka, Japan as Masaya Nakagawa. He is an actor and writer, known for Shoplifters (2018), Like Father, Like Son (2013) and The Devil's Path (2013).

Great: 1. Umi yori mo mada fukaku (After the Storm) (2016)* 2. Manbiki kazoku (Shoplifters) (2018)*

78. 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 ...

79. Saifei He

Actress | Da hong deng long gao gao gua

Saifei He was born on January 13, 1964 in Zhejiang, China. She is an actress, known for Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Lust, Caution (2007) and Blush (1995).

Great: 1. Da zhai men (The Grand Mansion Gate) (2001)*

80. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...

Great: 1. The Prestige (2006) 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)* 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)* 4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

81. Hiroshi Abe

Actor | Gojira ni-sen mireniamu

Hiroshi Abe was born on June 22, 1964 in Kanagawa, Japan. He is an actor, known for Godzilla 2000 (1999), Still Walking (2008) and Thermae Romae (2012).

Great: 1. Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)* 2. Umi yori mo mada fukaku (After the Storm) (2016)* 3. Kiseki (I Wish) (2011)*

82. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

83. Aamir Khan

Actor | Taare Zameen Par

Aamir is no doubt one of the most dedicated actors in this world. With his recent success in India and China markets combined he has got the title of Worlds Biggest Superstar. He went through rapid transformations in his body structure for his films to bring out the reality factor in his characters...

Great: 1. Dangal (2016)* 2. 3 idiots (2009)*

84. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.

Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew to ...

85. Teruyuki Kagawa

Actor | Out

Teruyuki Kagawa was born on December 7, 1965 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for Out (2002), Sway (2006) and Pickpocket (2000).

86. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

Great: 1. Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) (1993)*

87. 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 ...

88. En-Chun Chiao

Actor | Qing she yu bai she

En-Chun Chiao was born on November 7, 1967 in Taiwan. He is known for his work on Legend of the Snake Spirits (2001), Passionate Dream (1992) and Thunder Cops (1999). He has been married to Chien-Yu Lin since September 6, 2014. He was previously married to Fendi Huang.

89. Mark Ruffalo

Actor | The Kids Are All Right

Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, ...

90. Bing He

Actor | Shi'er gongmin

Bing He is an actor, known for 12 Citizens (2014), Sha Zhu (2015) and White Deer Plain (2017).

b. 26 April 1968

91. Kyung-gu Sol

Actor | Oasiseu

Kyung-gu Sol was born on May 1, 1968 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Oasis (2002), Public Enemy (2002) and Memoir of a Murderer (2017).

Great: 1. So-won (2013)*

92. Yui Natsukawa

Actress | Zatôichi

Yui Natsukawa was born on June 1, 1968 in Kumamoto, Japan as Miki Miyagawa. She is an actress, known for The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), Tales from Earthsea (2006) and Still Walking (2008).

Great: 1. Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)* 2. Kiseki (I Wish) (2011)*

93. 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...

94. 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 ...

Great: 1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 3. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)*

95. Wenli Jiang

Actress | Lan

Wenli Jiang was born on June 20, 1969 in Bengbu, Anhui, China. She is an actress and producer, known for Lan (2009), And the Spring Comes (2007) and Golden Marriage (2007). She has been married to Changwei Gu since 1993. They have one child.

Great: 1. Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) (1993)* 2. Da zhai men (The Grand Mansion Gate) (2001)

96. 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 ...

Great: 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

97. 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 ...

98. Xiaoxu Chen

Actress | Hong lou meng

Xiaoxu Chen was born on October 29, 1965 in Anshan, Liaoning, China. She was an actress, known for A Dream in Red Mansions (1987) and Jia Chun Qiu (1988). She was married to Hao Dan and Yanjun Bi. She died on May 13, 2007 in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, China.

Great: 1. Hong lou meng (A Dream in Red Mansions) (1987)*

99. Yongjian Lin

Actor | Li ming zhi qian

Yongjian Lin was born on February 14, 1970 in Qingdao, Shandong, China. He is an actor, known for Li ming zhi qian (2010), Nie Rongzhen (2013) and Xi Gengtian de gu shi (2007). He has been married to Dongqi Zhou since January 8, 2003. They have one child.

100. Yijun Liu

Actor | Age of Legends

Yijun Liu was born on June 12, 1970 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is an actor, known for Age of Legends (2018), The Disguiser (2015) and Great Expectations (2018).

Great: 1. Beiping wu zhan shi (All Quiet in Beijing) (2014) 2. Fu mu ai qing (Romance of Our Parents) (2014)*

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