Best of actors of the 20th

by johnalarash | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Christopher Lambert

Actor | Highlander

Though born in Great Neck, Long Island, Christopher Lambert's family left the US when he was only two years old. His father was a United Nations diplomat assigned to Switzerland and, as a result, Chris was educated at private boarding schools in Geneva. Inspired through his having appeared in a ...

2. Richard Tyson

Actor | Battlefield Earth

Richard Tyson was born in Mobile, Alabama but eventually pursued his love of acting and moved to Hollywood, California. Landing one of his first roles on the hit TV show, 'Moonlighting' (with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd), Richard's career took off from there and hasn't shown any sign of slowing...

3. Thomas Jane

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

Thomas Jane was born on February 22, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Thomas Elliott. He is an actor and producer, known for Deep Blue Sea (1999), Boogie Nights (1997) and The Thin Red Line (1998). He was previously married to Patricia Arquette and Ayesha Hauer.

4. Gary Busey

Actor | The Buddy Holly Story

A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has ...

5. Jan-Michael Vincent

Actor | Bite the Bullet

Virile, handsome and square-jawed youthful star of the 1970s and 1980s who showed early potential at super-stardom, Jan-Michael Vincent originally made a name for himself portraying rebellious young men bucking the system, as in The Tribe (1970), White Line Fever (1975) and Baby Blue Marine (1976) ...

6. Clint Howard

Actor | Apollo 13

Clint Howard also had a recurring role in The Andy Griffith Show, as a little boy always dressed in a cowboy outfit and always eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He never said a word, but was always offering someone a bite. He also had a co-starring role along with a black bear as the owner...

7. Vernon Wells

Actor | Commando

Strong-featured Australian actor Vernon Wells was born December 1945 in Rushworth, rural Victoria, to Eva Maude (Jackson) and Michael Wells. He initially worked in a quarry, and then as a salesman. He was noticed by casting agents and started to appear in Australian TV commercials, print ads, local...

8. Jean Reno

Actor | Léon

Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. ...

9. Michael Dudikoff

Actor | Platoon Leader

Michael Dudikoff was born on October 8, 1954 in Redondo Beach, California, USA as Michael Joseph Stephen Dudikoff. He is an actor, known for Platoon Leader (1988), American Ninja (1985) and Bachelor Party (1984). He has been married to Belle since September 18, 2004. They have three children.

10. Timothy Van Patten

Director | Boardwalk Empire

Timothy Van Patten was born on June 10, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Christopher Van Patten. He is a director and actor, known for Boardwalk Empire (2010), The Sopranos (1999) and The Pacific (2010). He has been married to Wendy Rossmeyer since May 23, 1996. They have three children.

11. Thom Bray

Actor | Prince of Darkness

Thom Bray was born on April 30, 1954 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA as Thomas Edward Bray. He is an actor and writer, known for Prince of Darkness (1987), Nash Bridges (1996) and DeepStar Six (1989). He has been married to Jane Staugas since May 22, 1983. They have three children.

12. Jameson Parker

Actor | Prince of Darkness

Jameson Parker is best known for his role as A.J. Simon on Simon & Simon (1981), which ran on CBS for eight seasons. He was born in Baltimore and saw most of the capitals of Europe during his father's foreign service career. Young Parker also managed to see an inordinate number of boarding ...

13. James Franciscus

Actor | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

James Grover Franciscus graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1957 with a B.A. in English and theater. His father, John Allen Franciscus, was a pilot killed in action during WWII. His mother was named Loraine (nee Grover) and he had one sibling, a brother named John. Mr. Franciscus is ...

14. Eric Roberts

Actor | Head Full of Honey

Roberts is an Academy Award nominee for his role in Runaway Train, and a three-time Golden Globe nominee for Runaway Train, Star 80, and King of the Gypsies.

In addition, Roberts received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for his role in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and It's My Party. He ...

15. Chuck Norris

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman (1991), The Delta Force (1986) and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990). He also starred in Missing in Action (1984) and its sequels, Firewalker (1986) and Sidekicks (1992). He was an executive ...

16. Daniel Greene

Actor | Falcon Crest

Daniel Greene was born in Miami, Florida, USA. He is an actor, known for Falcon Crest (1981), Kingpin (1996) and Me, Myself & Irene (2000). He has been married to LaGena Hart since February 14, 1990.

17. Mark Torgl

Actor | The Toxic Avenger

Mark Torgl is known for his work on The Toxic Avenger (1984), Toxic Tutu (2017) and Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High Aka Vol. 2 (2017).

18. Armand Assante

Actor | Gotti

Armand Assante is a coarsely handsome American actor who has successfully portrayed a wide range of intriguing characters from numerous ethnic backgrounds, both on screen and in the theater.

Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. was born on October 4, 1949 in New York City, to Katherine (Healey), a music ...

19. Charles Grodin

Actor | Midnight Run

Charles Grodin was born on April 21, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Grodinsky. He is an actor and writer, known for Midnight Run (1988), King Kong (1976) and Dave (1993). He has been married to Elissa Durwood since July 1983. They have one child. He was previously married to Julia...

20. Geoffrey Lewis

Actor | The Devil's Rejects

Talented and highly capable character actor Geoffrey Lewis, with rustic (sometimes sour-faced) looks, grew up in Rhode Island but was moved out to California at the age of ten. Lewis was very keen on the dramatic arts at high school, but often preferred to put on his own one-man shows rather than ...

21. Weng Weng

Actor | For Y'ur Height Only

The 1981 Manila International Film Festival was designed by First Lady Imelda Marcos as an elaborate showcase of Filipino culture. To everyone's horror, the only film that sold to the world was a midget spy film - a miniature mockery of Western pop iconography, and a joyously naïve celebration of ...

22. Jeffrey Kramer

Actor | Jaws

Jeffrey Kramer was born on July 15, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and actor, known for Jaws (1975), Clue (1985) and Jaws 2 (1978).

23. David Paul

Actor | The Barbarians

David Paul, first discovered with his twin brother for their muscular physiques and good looks, starred in films such as The Barbarian Brothers and evolved with excellent comedic timing to star in Twin Sitters, babysitting a couple of evil rich kids. Aside from acting, David has had many celebrated...

24. Robert Z'Dar

Actor | Tango & Cash

Robert Z'Dar was born Robert James Zdarsky on June 3, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. He caught the acting bug while attending Proviso West High School in Hillside. He received a BFA from Arizona State University. Prior to acting Z'Dar was a singer/keyboardist/guitar player for the Chicago-based rock ...

25. Marco Rodríguez

Actor | Cobra

Marco Rodriguez is a film, television, and stage actor. Marco received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and trained with notable acting coaches, Jeff Corey and Jose Quintero. After a short stint as a teacher in the Lausd, Rodriguez embarked on a professional ...

26. Dan Hedaya

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Dan Hedaya is a familiar face from his work in films and on TV, where he often plays a villain (although he had a good comic turn as the charmingly sleazy Nick Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband, in Cheers (1982) and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis (1987)). He has also done much stage work, ...

27. Hart Bochner

Actor | Die Hard

Hart Matthew Bochner was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Ruth (Roher), a concert pianist, and Lloyd Bochner, an actor. He is of Russian Jewish and Ukrainian Jewish descent. Hart made his feature film debut portraying George C. Scott's son in Ernest Hemingway's Islands in the Stream (1977) and ...

28. David Carradine

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and ...

29. Ted Raimi

Actor | Deadwax

Ted Raimi was born on December 14, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Theodore R. Raimi. He is an actor and writer, known for Deadwax (2018), Ash vs Evil Dead (2015) and The Midnight Meat Train (2008).

30. Edward Herrmann

Actor | Overboard

Edward Herrmann was born on July 21, 1943 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Edward Kirk Herrmann. He was an actor, known for Overboard (1987), The Lost Boys (1987) and Annie (1982). He was married to Star Herrmann and Leigh Curran. He died on December 31, 2014 in New York City, New York, ...

31. Brian Thompson

Actor | Joe Dirt

Brian Earl Thompson was born on August 28, 1959 in Ellensburg, Washington. Raised on the Columbia River in Longview, he learned the value of academics and athletics, as the son of two teachers and the second of six siblings. His interest in acting was first sparked during his senior year of high ...



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