Top 25 Actors of 1930-1939

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1. 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...

Top 10: 1. The Shining 2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 3. The Departed 4. Chinatown 5. The Last Detail 6. Batman 7. Five Easy Pieces 8. Easy Rider 9. The Passenger 10. Terms of Endearment

2. Sean Connery

Actor | The Rock

The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for being the original actor to portray the character of James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him ...

Top 5: 1. Goldfinger (The James Bond Franchise) 2. The Man Who Would Be King 3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 4. The Untouchables 5. Marnie

3. Richard Harris

Actor | Unforgiven

Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. ...

Top 5: 1. The Count of Monte Cristo 2. Gladiator 3. Unforgiven 4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (+Chamber of Secrets) 5. Abraham

4. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Top 5: 1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Man with No Name Trilogy) 2. Gran Torino 3. Unforgiven 4. Dirty Harry 5. Where Eagles Dare

5. Steve McQueen

Actor | The Great Escape

He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...

Top 5: 1. Papillon 2. Bullitt 3. The Great Escape 4. The Magnificent Seven 5. The Towering Inferno

6. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

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

Top 5: 1. The Godfather Trilogy 2. Apocalypse Now 3. Network 4. The Chase 5. Falling Down

6. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...

Top 5: 1. Giant 2. Rebel Without a Cause 3. East of Eden

7. Ian Holm

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

Sir Ian Holm is one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on ...

Top 5: 1. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Universe 2. Alien 3. From Hell 4. Naked Lunch 5. Hamlet

8. Gene Hackman

Actor | The French Connection

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...

Top 5: 1. The Conversation 2. The French Connection 3. Mississippi Burning 4. The Royal Tenenbaums 5. Bonnie and Clyde

8. Roy Scheider

Actor | Jaws

Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, ...

Top 5: 1. All That Jazz 2. Jaws 3. The French Connection 4. Naked Lunch 5. Marathon Man

8. 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 ...

Top 5: 1. Lawrence of Arabia 2. The Lion in Winter 3. Becket 4. The Ruling Class 5. How to Steal a Million

8. Omar Sharif

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...

Top 5: 1. Lawrence of Arabia 2. Doctor Zhivago 3. Hidalgo 4. The Pink Panther Strikes Again 5. Top Secret!

8. Michael Caine

Actor | The Dark Knight

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 ...

Top 5: 1. Sleuth 2. The Man Who Would Be King 3. The Dark Knight Trilogy 4. Hannah and Her Sisters 5. Get Carter

8. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break ...

Top 5: 1. Young Frankenstein 2. The Producers 3. Blazing Saddles 4. Bonnie and Clyde 5. See No Evil, Hear No Evil

8. Jeremy Brett

Actor | My Fair Lady

The refined and debonair English actor Jeremy Brett will forever be best remembered for his long-running and critically acclaimed portrayal of Sherlock Holmes for Britain's Granada Television. From a privileged background, Brett was educated at England's most prestigious independent school, Eton ...

Top 5: 1. His Collectiv work as Sherlock Holmes 2. My Fair Lady

8. John Cazale

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...

Top 5: 1. Dog Day Afternoon 2. The Godfather: Part II 3. The Godfather 4. The Deer Hunter 5. The Conversation

8. Robert Redford

Actor | The Natural

Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...

Top 5: 1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 2. The Sting 3. All the President's Men 4. Jeremiah Johnson 5. Out of Africa

8. Dennis Hopper

Actor | Easy Rider

With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...

Top 5: 1. Blue Velvet 2. Apocalypse Now 3. Easy Rider 4. Giant 5. True Romance

8. 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...

Top 5: 1. The Shawshank Redemption 2. Se7en 3. Driving Miss Daisy 4. Invictus 5. Unforgiven

8. 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, ...

Top 5: 1. The Silence of the Lambs 2. Amistad 3. The Lion in Winter 4. The Remains of the Day 5. Westworld

8. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Rain Man

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

Top 5: 1. Kramer vs. Kramer 2. Rain Man 3. The Graduate 4. Tootsie 5. Papillon

8. Warren Beatty

Actor | Heaven Can Wait

Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...

Top 5: 1. Bonnie and Clyde 2. Splendor in the Grass 3. Shampoo

8. 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 (...

Top 5: 1. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Universe 2. The X-Men Franchise 3. Vicious 4. The Da Vinci Code 5. The Golden Compass

8. Harvey Keitel

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Miriam (Klein) and Harry Keitel. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), Ridley Scott's The Duellists (...

Top 5: 1. Reservoir Dogs 2. Mean Streets 3. Pulp Fiction 4. Taxi Driver 5. Bad Lieutenant

8. Terence Hill

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, 1939 in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived near Dresden, Saxony, Germany where they survived the Allied bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he...

Top 5: 1. My Name Is Nobody 2. They Call Me Trinity 3. Trinity Is Still My Name 4. All the Way Boys 5. A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe

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