Berlin: Best Actor

by KSTLeo | created - 25 Nov 2012 | updated - 02 Mar 2017 | Public

1. Georg Friedrich

Actor | Wilde Maus

Georg Friedrich was born on October 31, 1966 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor, known for Wilde Maus (2017), Helle Nächte (2017) and Wild (2016).

2017: Bright nights

2. Majd Mastoura

Actor | Inhebek Hedi

Majd Mastoura is an actor, known for Inhebek Hedi (2016), À peine j'ouvre les yeux (2015) and Corps étranger (2016).

2016: Inhebek Hedi

3. Tom Courtenay

Actor | 45 Years

Acting chameleon Sir Tom Courtenay, along with Sirs Alan Bates and Albert Finney, became front-runners in an up-and-coming company of rebel upstarts who created quite a stir in British "kitchen sink" cinema during the early 60s. An undying love for the theatre, however, had Courtenay channeling a ...

2015: 45 years

4. Fan Liao

Actor | Bai ri yan huo

Fan Liao was born on February 14, 1974 in Hunan, China. He is an actor, known for Bai ri yan huo (2014), Lu mao zi (2004) and Jian dang wei ye (2011).

2014: Black coal

5. Nazif Mujic

Actor | Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza

Nazif Mujic was an actor, known for Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza (2013). He died on February 18, 2018 in Svatovac, Bosnia.

2013: An episode in the life of an iron picker

6. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Actor | En kongelig affære

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard is a young danish actor. In 2012, he won the award of Best Male Actor at the Berlinale for his appearance in the movie A Royal Affair, while still attending theatre school, Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen. He graduated in the summer of 2012.

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard grew up in the...

2012: A royal affair

7. Shahab Hosseini

Actor | Forushande

Shahab Hosseini was born on February 3, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. He grew up in a family of six and was the oldest child. He earned his high school diploma in Biology. Once a psychology student at the University of Tehran, he dropped out with the intent of emigrating to Canada. Instead, he ended up as ...

2011: A separation

8. Babak Karimi

Actor | Forushande

Babak Karimi is an actor and editor, known for Forushande (2016), Le passé (2013) and A Separation (2011).

2011: A separation

9. Payman Maadi

Actor | Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Peyman Maadi was born in 1972 in New York City to an Iranian couple. His father was a lawyer. His family moved back to Iran when he was 5 years old. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from Karaj Azad University. Maadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000s. He is the writer ...

2011: A separation

10. Ali-Asghar Shahbazi

Actor | Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Ali-Asghar Shahbazi is an actor, known for A Separation (2011), Zir-e Derakht-e Holou (2006) and Il était une fois... (2003).

2011: A separation

11. Grigoriy Dobrygin

Actor | A Most Wanted Man

Grigoriy Dobrygin was born on February 17, 1986 in Rybachiy, Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Grigoriy Eduardovich Dobrygin. He is an actor and producer, known for A Most Wanted Man (2014), Black Sea (2014) and An Affair (2013).

2010: How I ended this summer

12. Sergey Puskepalis

Actor | Prostye veshchi

Sergey Puskepalis was born on April 15, 1966 in Kursk, Kurskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR. He is an actor and director, known for Prostye veshchi (2007), Metro (2013) and Kak ya provel etim letom (2010).

2010: How I ended this summer

13. Sotigui Kouyaté

Actor | Little Senegal

Sotigui Kouyaté was born on July 19, 1936 in Bamako, Mali. He was an actor and composer, known for Little Senegal (2001), London River (2009) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002). He died on April 17, 2010 in Paris, France.

2009: London River

14. Mohammad Amir Naji

Actor | Avaze gonjeshk-ha

Mohammad Amir Naji is an actor, known for Avaze gonjeshk-ha (2008), Children of Heaven (1997) and Baran (2001).

2008: The song of sparrows

15. Julio Chávez

Actor | Un oso rojo

Julio Chávez was born on July 14, 1956 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina as Julio Hirsch. He is an actor, known for Un oso rojo (2002), El custodio (2006) and El otro (2007).

2007: El otro (The other)

16. Moritz Bleibtreu

Actor | Das Experiment

Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch (1977) at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997). He also became ...

2006: Atomised

17. Lou Taylor Pucci

Actor | Evil Dead

Lou is the son of Linda (Farver) Pucci, a onetime model and former Miss Union County, and guitarist Lou Pucci, formerly of the groups "The Watch" and "Leap of Faith". He never showed any interest in singing or acting as a child till his aunt, Cindy, bribed him to try out for a community theater ...

2005: Thumbsucker

18. Daniel Hendler

Director | Norberto apenas tarde

Daniel Hendler was born on January 3, 1976 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is an actor and director, known for Norberto apenas tarde (2010), El Candidato (2016) and Lost Embrace (2004). He has been married to Ana Katz since 2008. They have two children.

2004: Lost embrace

19. Sam Rockwell

Actor | Moon

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he ...

2003: Confessions of a dangerous mind

20. Jacques Gamblin

Actor | Les enfants du marais

Jacques Gamblin was born on November 16, 1957 in Granville, Manche, France. He is an actor, known for Les enfants du marais (1999), The Names of Love (2010) and Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (2008).

2002: Safe conduct

21. Benicio Del Toro

Actor | Sicario

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).

...

2001: Traffic

22. 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 ...

X2 2000: The Hurricane 1993: Malcolm X

23. Michael Gwisdek

Actor | Good Bye Lenin!

Michael Gwisdek was born on January 14, 1942 in Weissensee, Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Good Bye Lenin! (2003), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) and Treffen in Travers (1988). He has been married to Gabriela Gwisdek since July 24, 2007. He was previously married to ...

1999: Nightshapes

24. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

1998: Jackie Brown

25. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...

1997: Romeo + Juliet

26. 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 ...

1996: Dead man walking

27. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...

1995: Nobody's fool

28. 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 ...

1994: Philadelphia

29. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

1992: Utz

30. Maynard Eziashi

Actor | Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Maynard Eziashi was born in 1965 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), Mister Johnson (1990) and The Contract (2006).

1991: Mister Johnson

31. 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...

1990: Driving Miss Daisy

32. Iain Glen

Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, who was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of...

1990: Silent scream

33. 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 ...

1989: Mississippi burning

34. Manfred Möck

Actor | Einer trage des anderen Last

Manfred Möck was born on February 14, 1959 in Sangerhausen, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor, known for Bear Ye One Another's Burden (1988), Berlin, Berlin (2002) and Meine schönsten Jahre (2004).

1988: Bear Ye one another's burden

35. Jörg Pose

Actor | Einer trage des anderen Last

Jörg Pose was born on May 18, 1959 in Rostock, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor, known for Bear Ye One Another's Burden (1988), Flugstaffel Meinecke (1989) and Blochin: Die Lebenden und die Toten (2015).

1988: Bear Ye one another's burden

36. Gian Maria Volontè

Actor | Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

Born in Milan in 1933, Gian Maria Volontè studied in Rome at the National Dramatic Arts Academy, where he obtained his degree in 1957. He began working in theatre and television, where he was soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After several supporting appearances in ...

1987: Il caso Moro

37. Tuncel Kurtiz

Actor | Auf der anderen Seite

Tuncel Kurtiz was born in 1936, Izmit-Turkey. He graduated from Istanbul University, English Language and Literature and started acting in 1956 with Dormen Theatre. With the movie 'Suru', he reached the peak of his acting career. Kurtiz received many awards in Turkey and also abroad. He also known ...

1986: The smile of the lamb

38. Fernando Fernán Gómez

Actor | Todo sobre mi madre

Spanish actor and director of cinema and theater. Son of the actress Carola Fernán Gómez. When he was three years old he comes back to Spain from Argentina. He has written comedies, novels and poem books. He plays a wide repertoire of roles from comedy to drama.

X2 1985: Stico 1977: The Anchorite

39. Albert Finney

Actor | Erin Brockovich

Albert Finney came to the movies from the theatre, where he was especially successful in the plays of William Shakespeare. He became a leading figure of the young Free Cinema. His film debut was in 1960 with The Entertainer (1960) by Tony Richardson, who had also directed him in theatre plays ...

1984: The Dresser

40. Bruce Dern

Actor | Nebraska

Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern's tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. Dern has several high profile ...

1983: That championship season

41. Michel Piccoli

Actor | Le mépris

Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (1963) and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won ...

1982: Strange affair

42. Stellan Skarsgård

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...

1982: The simple-minded murder

43. Jack Lemmon

Actor | The Apartment

Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to ...

1981: Tribute

44. Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Actor | Stalker

The famous russian actor was actually discovered by Andrei Tarkovsky. He was looking for Andrei Rublov for his second full-lengh fiim and acccidentaly found absolutely unkown by the public Solonitsyn in Chelyabinsk. He worked there as unprofessional actor. After the Rublov role he played main parts...

1981: Twenty six days from the life of Dostoyevsky

45. Andrzej Seweryn

Actor | Schindler's List

Andrzej Seweryn was born on April 25, 1946 in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Schindler's List (1993), The Last Family (2016) and Prymas. Trzy lata z tysiaca (2000). He has been married to Katarzyna Kubacka since August 30, 2015. He was previously ...

1980: Dyrygent (The conductor)

46. Michele Placido

Actor | Romanzo criminale

Michele Placido was born on May 19, 1946 in Ascoli Satriano, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Romanzo criminale (2005), Un eroe borghese (1995) and Angel of Evil (2010). He has been married to Federica Vincenti since August 14, 2012. They have one child. He was previously married...

1979: Ernesto

47. Craig Russell

Actor | Outrageous!

Craig Russell was born on January 10, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Russell Craig Eadie. He was an actor, known for Outrageous! (1977), The Streets of San Francisco (1972) and Too Outrageous! (1987). He was married to Lori Jenkins. He died on October 30, 1990 in Toronto.

1978: Outrageous!

48. Gerhard Olschewski

Actor | Verlorenes Leben

Gerhard Olschewski was born on May 30, 1942 in Herzogskirchen, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor, known for Verlorenes Leben (1976), Eisenhans (1983) and Der Mörder (1979).

1976: A lost life

49. Vlastimil Brodský

Actor | Jakob, der Lügner

Vlastimil Brodský was born on December 15, 1920 in Hrusov, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He was an actor, known for Jacob the Liar (1974), Babí léto (2001) and The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981). He was married to Jana Brejchová and Bozena Brodská. He died on April 20, 2002 in...

1975: Jacob the liar

50. Alberto Sordi

Actor | Il marchese del Grillo

One of Italy's most captivating and talented cinematic comedy stars, Italian veteran Alberto Sordi was known for satirizing his country's social mores in pungent black comedies, farcical tales and grim drama. He, along with peers Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi and Nino Manfredi, arguably represent ...

1972: In prison awaiting trial

51. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

X2 1971: Le chat 1959: Archimède, le clochard (The magnificent tramp)

52. Jean-Louis Trintignant

Actor | Amour

Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with ...

1968: The man who lies

53. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

1967: The two of us

54. Jean-Pierre Léaud

Actor | Les quatre cents coups

Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it ...

1966: Masculine-Femenine

55. Lee Marvin

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an ...

1965: Cat Ballou

56. Rod Steiger

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at...

1964: The pawnbroker

57. Sidney Poitier

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with ...

X2 1963: Lilies of the field 1958: The defiant ones

58. 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 ...

1962: Mr. Hobbs takes a vacation

59. Peter Finch

Actor | Network

Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he ...

1961: No love for Johnny

60. Fredric March

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...

1960: Inherit the wind

61. Pedro Infante

Actor | Tizoc

Undoubtedly, Pedro Infante was, and still is, the idol of Mexico. Because of his movies (59 including 55 leading roles and four cameos), records (366 songs recorded between 1943 and 1956) and public appearances in Mexico and Latin America, Infante became a star and the most beloved human being in ...

1957: Tizoc

62. Burt Lancaster

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and ...

1956: Trapeze