Best actors (deceased)

by Aerodos | created - 12 May 2013 | updated - 05 Jan 2015 | Public

1. Allan Edwall

Actor | Emil och griseknoen

Allan Edwall was born in a working class home in Jämtland, Sweden in 1924. His father was a trade-union man and a communist. 1949-52 he attended Stockholm's Royal Daramatic Theatre School. Through the years he made more than 400 parts in theater, film, television and radio. He was also a director, ...

2. Brasse Brännström

Writer | Mitt liv som hund

Brasse Brännström was born on February 27, 1945 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Erik Brännström. He was an actor and writer, known for My Life as a Dog (1985), The Bomber (2001) and SOPOR (1981). He was married to Git Erixon. He died on August 29, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

3. Pete Postlethwaite

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Classically-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up in Warrington, Lancashire amid middle-class surroundings, he went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in ...

4. Groucho Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wise-cracker with the painted-on moustache and stooped walk was the leader of The Marx Brothers. With one-liners that were often double entendres, Groucho never cursed in any of his performances and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. With a great love...

5. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

6. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

7. Harpo Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. ...

8. John Elfström

Actor | En lektion i kärlek

John Elfström was born on April 20, 1902 in Ovansjö, Gävleborgs län, Sweden as Per Johan Hilding Elfström. He was an actor, known for A Lesson in Love (1954), Myteriet på Caine (1960) and Gengångare (1967). He died on March 27, 1981 in Täby, Stockholms län, Sweden.

9. John Botvid

Actor | Fattiga riddare

John Botvid was born on September 12, 1889 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as John Botvid Börjesson. He was an actor and writer, known for Fattiga riddare (1944), Som folk är mest (1944) and Botte i farten (1945). He was married to Gunborg Maria Johnson. He died on February 20, ...

10. Per Grundén

Actor | Varn!ng för Jönssonligan

Per Grundén was born on May 23, 1922 in Eskilstuna, Södermanlands län, Sweden as Per Gustaf Grundén. He was an actor, known for Varn!ng för Jönssonligan (1981), Jönssonligan får guldfeber (1984) and Jönssonligan & DynamitHarry (1982). He was married to Susanne Gneiser....

11. Lars Brandeby

Actor | Kurt Olssons television

After being expelled from high-school he worked for a few years in the sanitation business. In the evenings he studied to become a journalist. Working on Radio Sjuhärad he came in touch with Nationalteatern in Gothenburg and began a new career as an actor. Around 1980 he created the grumpy and ...

12. Eli Wallach

Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole,...

13. Alec Guinness

Actor | Star Wars

Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence ...

14. Lee Van Cleef

Actor | Escape from New York

One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and sub ...

15. 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 ...

16. Artur Rolén

Actor | Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru

Artur Rolén was born on May 5, 1894 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for The Outlaw and His Wife (1918), Åsa-Nisse ordnar allt (1955) and Åsa-Nisse (1949). He died on May 1, 1972 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

17. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...