My 40 Favorite Actors

by jprocter-1 | created - 12 Oct 2017 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

I have also included my favorite roles of each actor.

1. Jim Davis

Actor | Big Jake

Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns, mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy, and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, ...

Jock Ewing on Dallas

2. Patrick Duffy

Actor | Dallas

Youngest of 2 children, and only son born to Terrence and Marie Duffy. Patrick was born in Montana, where his parents owned local taverns, and raised in Everett, Washington, since age 12. He wanted to become a professional athlete, and became a certified scuba diver while in his teens. However, his...

Bobby Ewing on Dallas

3. Steve Kanaly

Actor | Dallas

Steve Kanaly was born on March 14, 1946 in Burbank, California, USA as Steven Francis Kanaly. He is an actor and director, known for Dallas (1978), Dillinger (1973) and Sliding Home (1997). He has been married to Brent Power since March 27, 1975. They have two children.

Ray Krebbs on Dallas

4. Andy Griffith

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and ...

Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show

5. Don Knotts

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century.

His first stint as an...

Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show

6. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man

7. Jim Nabors

Actor | Gomer Pyle: USMC

Tall, spade-jawed, hopelessly genial balladeer/actor Jim Nabors was born in 1930 in Alabama and raised there, graduating from the University of Alabama. A typing clerk at the UN in his salad days, he eventually moved to Los Angeles due to his asthmatic condition and became a film cutter for NBC. ...

Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show

8. George Lindsey

Actor | The AristoCats

George Lindsey graduated from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. He has been promoting the George Lindsey Film Festival there since 1998.

Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show

9. Desi Arnaz

Producer | I Love Lucy

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz ye de Acha the Third was born in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917. His father was the mayor of Santiago. The 1933 revolution led by Fulgencio Batista had landed his father in jail and stripped the family of its wealth, property and power. His father was released because of ...

Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy

10. William Frawley

Actor | I Love Lucy

William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to ...

Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy

11. Howard Keel

Actor | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

He was the Errol Flynn and Clark Gable of "golden age" movie musicals back in the 1950s. With a barrel-chested swagger and cocky, confident air, not to mention his lusty handsomeness and obvious athleticism, 6'4" brawny baritone Howard Keel had MGM's loveliest songbirds swooning helplessly for over...

Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat, Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Clayton Farlow on Dallas

12. Robert Preston

Actor | The Music Man

American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking ...

Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man

13. Walter Matthau

Actor | The Odd Couple

Walter Matthau was best known for starring in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993), and Dennis the Menace (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars.

He was born Walter Jake Matthow in New York City, New York...

Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly

14. Michael Crawford

Actor | Hello, Dolly!

Michael Crawford was born on January 19, 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England as Michael Patrick Dumbell-Smith. He is an actor, known for Hello, Dolly! (1969), The Knack... and How to Get It (1965) and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973). He was previously married to Gabrielle Lewis.

Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly

15. Christopher Daniel Barnes

Actor | The Little Mermaid

Christopher Daniel Barnes was born on November 7, 1972 in Portland, Maine, USA. He is an actor, known for The Little Mermaid (1989), Spider-Man (1994), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and A Very Brady Sequel (1996). Barnes moved to New York when he was eight years old, where he began his acting career...

voice of Eric in The Little Mermaid

16. Zachary Levi

Actor | Chuck

The middle child between two sisters, Zachary Levi was born as Zachary Levi Pugh, on September 29, 1980, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Susan (Hoctor) and Darrell Pugh. He uses his middle name as his stage surname, because his birth name, "Pugh", which is of Welsh origin, sounds too much like "Pew"...

voice of Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert in Tangled and Tangled: The Series

17. William Phipps

Actor | The War of the Worlds

In the early days of 1950s science-fiction, one of the first people to become identified with the genre was actor William Phipps. Aside from furnishing the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's cartoon classic Cinderella (1950), Phipps also hid his boyish face beneath a beard as the star of Arch ...

voice of Prince Charming in Cinderella

18. Robby Benson

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

Robby Benson was born on January 21, 1956 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Robin David Segal. He is an actor and director, known for Beauty and the Beast (1991), Friends (1994) and One on One (1977). He has been married to Karla DeVito since July 11, 1982. They have two children.

voice of Beast/Prince in Beauty and the Beast

19. Jerry Orbach

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

Jerry was born in the Bronx. His father, Leon, was a former vaudevillian actor, and his mother, Emily, was a radio singer. His family moved frequently and eventually settled in Waukegan, Illinois where he went to high school. The constant moving made him the new kid on the block and forced him to ...

voice of Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast

20. David Ogden Stiers

Actor | M*A*S*H

David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Margaret Elizabeth (Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. He moved with his family to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School in 1960. At the age of twenty, he was offered $200 to join the company of the Santa Clara ...

voice of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast

21. Bradley Pierce

Actor | Jumanji

Bradley Pierce was born and raised in Arizona. He moved to southern California to begin acting at age 6 and has since appeared in various projects ranging from commercial and voiceover to television and film. He is known for voicing Chip in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Tails in the Saturday ...

voice of Chip in Beauty and the Beast

22. Richard White

Actor | The Grandmother

Richard White is an actor, known for The Grandmother (1970).

voice of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast

23. Samuel E. Wright

Actor | The Little Mermaid

Samuel E. Wright was born on November 20, 1946 in Camden, South Carolina, USA. He is an actor, known for The Little Mermaid (1989), Dinosaur (2000) and Bird (1988).

voice of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid

24. Jason Marin

Actor | Back to the Future

Jason Marin was born on July 25, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Moving (1988).

voice of Flounder in The Little Mermaid

25. Buddy Hackett

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Brooklyn-born Buddy Hackett was known mainly as a nightclub comic, especially in Las Vegas, where he first performed in 1952 and wound up being one of the biggest headliners in that city's history. Hackett always referred to himself as a "saloon comic" and preferred the intimacy of his stage act--...

voice of Scuttle in The Little Mermaid, Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man

26. James MacDonald

Actor | Cinderella

James MacDonald was born on May 19, 1906 in Dundee, Dundee City, Scotland as John James MacDonald. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Mary Poppins (1964) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Sarah Roberta Cullen. He died on February 1, 1991 in Glendale, California, USA.

voice of Jaq and Gus in Cinderella

27. James Stewart

Actor | Vertigo

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life

28. Bing Crosby

Actor | White Christmas

Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in ...

Bob Wallace in White Christmas

29. Danny Kaye

Soundtrack | The Danny Kaye Show

Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,...

Phil Davis in White Christmas

30. Chevy Chase

Actor | Caddyshack

Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward ...

Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

31. Tim Allen

Actor | Toy Story

Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...

Scott Calvin/Santa Claus in The Santa Clause movies, Luther Krank in Christmas with the Kranks

32. Brian Keith

Actor | The Parent Trap

Son of character actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and ...

Mitch Evers in The Parent Trap

33. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

Ned Land in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

34. Paul Lukas

Actor | Watch on the Rhine

Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 ...

Prof. Pierre Aronnax in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

35. Peter Lorre

Actor | Casablanca

Peter Lorre was born Laszlo Lowenstein on Roszahegy, Hungary. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. As a youth, he ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for ...

Conseil in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

36. James Mason

Actor | Lolita

James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of...

Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

37. Hugh Jackman

Actor | Les Misérables

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...

P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman

38. Zac Efron

Actor | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Zachary David Alexander Efron was born October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California, to Starla Baskett, a secretary, and David Efron, an electrical engineer. He has a younger brother, Dylan. The surname "Efron", which is Hebrew and a Biblical place name, comes from Zac's Polish Jewish paternal ...

Phillip Carlyle in The Greatest Showman

39. Jeremy Jordan

Actor | The Last Five Years

Jeremy Michael Jordan was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is most well-known for his television roles in Supergirl (2015) and Smash (2012).

Jeremy graduated in 2007 with a degree in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. Soon after, he landed his first Broadway role in "Rock of Ages." In ...

voice of Varian in Tangled: The Series

40. 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 ...

Sebastian in La La Land



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