Top 25 Actors of 1950-1959by comeonfcdaniel | created - 1 month ago | updated - 5 days ago | Public
Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...
Top 10: 1. Dead Poets Society 2. Good Will Hunting 3. The Fisher King 4. Awakenings 5. Good Morning, Vietnam 6. Aladdin 7. Moscow on the Hudson 8. Hook 9. One Hour Photo 10. The Birdcage
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 ...
Top 5: 1. There Will Be Blood 2. In the Name of the Father 3. Phantom Thread 4. My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown 5. Lincoln
3. 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 ...
Top 5: 1. Forrest Gump 2. Saving Private Ryan 3. Cast Away 4. Philadelphia 5. Big
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 ...
Top 5: 1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 2. Eastern Promises 3. A History of Violence 4. Captain Fantastic 5. Hidalgo
5. Mel Gibson
Actor | Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...
Top 5: 1. Braveheart 2. The Lethal Weapon Franchise 3. The Patriot 4. Hamlet 5. The Original Mad Max Trilogy
6. 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), ...
Top 5: 1. Léon: The Professional 2. Darkest Hour 3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 4. The Harry Potter Franchise 5. The Dark Knight Trilogy
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 ...
Top 5: 1. Malcolm X 2. Training Day 3. American Gangster 4. Remember the Titans 5. Philadelphia
8. 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 ...
Top 5: 1. At Eternity's Gate 2. Platoon 3. Mississippi Burning 4. The Boondock Saints 5. The Spider-Man Trilogy
9. Bruce Willis
Actor | Die Hard
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.
Walter Bruce ...
Top 5: 1. The Die Hard Franchise 2. Twelve Monkeys 3. Pulp Fiction 4. Moonrise Kingdom 5. The Fifth Element
10. 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. ...
Top 5: 1. The King's Speech 2. Shine 3. The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise 4. The Book Thief 5. Frida
11. Jeff Daniels
Actor | The Squid and the Whale
Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and ...
Top 5: 1. Something Wild 2. The Squid and the Whale 3. The Newsroom 4. Dumb and Dumber 5. The Purple Rose of Cairo
12. Val Kilmer
Actor | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's ...
Top 5: 1. The Doors 2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 3. Willow 4. Heat 5. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
13. John Travolta
Actor | Battlefield Earth
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...
Top 5: 1. Pulp Fiction 2. Face/Off 3. Grease 4. The Thin Red Line 5. The Taking of Pelham 123
14. Liam Neeson
Actor | Kinsey
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. He was raised in a Catholic household. During his early years, Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, a truck driver, an assistant architect and an ...
Top 5: 1. Schindler's List 2. Silence 3. Taken 4. The Grey 5. The Chronicles of Narnia
15. 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 (...
Top 5: 1. Barton Fink 2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 3. Miller's Crossing 4. The Big Lebowski 5. Do the Right Thing
16. Michael Keaton
Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...
Top 5: 1. Birdman 2. Spotlight 3. Batman (+Batman Returns) 4. Beetlejuice 5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
17. Bill Murray
Actor | Lost in Translation
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, ...
Top 5: 1. Lost in Translation 2. Groundhog Day 3. Ghostbusters 4. Tootsie 5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
18. Mickey Rourke
Actor | The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his ...
Top 5: 1. Barfly 2. The Wrestler 3. Rumble Fish 4. Sin City 5. Iron Man 2
19. Timothy Spall
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in ...
Top 5: 1. Secrets & Lies 2. All or Nothing 3. The Party 4. The Harry Potter Franchise 5. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
20. John Goodman
Actor | 10 Cloverfield Lane
John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best ...
Top 5: 1. The Big Lebowski 2. Barton Fink 3. Monsters, Inc. 4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 5. Argo
21. Jeff Goldblum
Actor | Jurassic Park
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Shirley (Temeles), a radio broadcaster who also ran an appliances firm, and Harold L. Goldblum, a doctor. His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry.
Top 5: 1. Jurassic Park 2. Thor: Ragnarok 3. The Grand Budapest Hotel 4. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 5. Independence Day
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...
Top 5: 1. Chernobyl 2. Good Will Hunting 3. The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise 4. His role as Selvig in the Marvel Universe 5. Ronin
23. Jackie Chan
Actor | Ngo si seoi
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.
Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...
Top 5: 1. Drunken Master II 2. Drunken Master 3. Shanghai Noon 4. The Rush Hour Trilogy 5. The Foreigner
24. Stephen Fry
Actor | Gosford Park
Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...
Top 5: 1. V for Vendetta 2. The Collectiv Blackadder Series 3. Jeeves and Wooster 4. A Bit of Fry and Laurie 5. Alice in Wonderland
25. Steve Buscemi
Actor | Fargo
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to...
Top 5: 1. Reservoir Dogs 2. Fargo 3. The Big Lebowski 4. Big Fish 5. Mystery Train
26. Ray Liotta
Actor | Goodfellas
Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice-guy roles in Field of Dreams (1989) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream...
Top 5: 1. Goodfellas 2. Something Wild 3. Blow 4. The Place Beyond the Pines 5. Killing Them Softly
27. Brendan Gleeson
Actor | The Guard
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...
Top 5: 1. In Bruges 2. The Guard 3. The Harry Potter Franchise 4. Braveheart 5. Paddington 2
28. 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 ...
Top 5: 1. The Collectiv Blackadder Series 2. The Collectiv Works of his Mr Bean Performance 3. The Johnny English Trilogy 4. The Lion King 5. The Thin Blue Line
29. 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 ...
Top 5: 1. Inglourious Basterds 2. Django Unchained 3. Big Eyes 4. Carnage 5. The Zero Theorem