Top 150 Actors

by kinoholik | created - 04 Jul 2013 | updated - 11 Dec 2016 | Public

With up to 5 great performances that I have seen.

1. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

"A Streetcar Named Desire", "The Godfather", "On the Waterfront", "Apocalypse Now", "Ultimo tango a Parigi"

2. 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 ...

"The Great Dictator", "The Kid", "Gold Rush", "City Lights", "Modern Times"

3. Klaus Kinski

Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...

"Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht", "Jesus Christus Erlöser", "Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski"

4. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

"Casablanca", "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", "The African Queen", "Angels with Dirty Faces", "The Big Sleep"

5. Robert De Niro

Actor | Cape Fear

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...

"Raging Bull", "The Godfather Part II", "Cape Fear", "The Mission", "Once Upon a Time in America"

6. 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 ...

"Kind Hearts and Coronets", "The Ladykillers", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Doctor Zhivago", "Cromwell"

7. Emil Jannings

Actor | The Last Command

His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The ...

"Der Letzte Mann", "Der Blaue Engel", "Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage", "Herr Tartüff", "Quo vadis?"

8. 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...

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "The Shining", "Terms of Endearment", "Professione: reporter", "Batman"

9. Marcello Mastroianni

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Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...

"Otto e mezzo", "Una giornata particolare", "La notte", "Le notti bianche", "La dolce vita"

10. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born to a well-off English acting family in 1925. His mother and father worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. As a child, Sellers was spoiled, as his parents' first child had died at birth. He enlisted in the Royal...

"Dr Strangelove", "The Pink Panther", "Being There", "Lolita", "The Ladykillers"

11. 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, ...

"Midnight Cowboy", "The Graduate", "Tootsie", "Rain Man", "Marathon Man"

12. Zbigniew Cybulski

Actor | Popiól i diament

Won international fame with the leading role of Maciek Chelmicki in Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds (1958). He created a character which was imitated not only in Poland; often compared with James Dean.

Graduated from the Higher State School of Acting in Cracow; also studied journalism. From 1953 ...

"Popiół i diament", "Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie", "Pociąg", "Salto", "Jak być kochaną"

13. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

"Citizen Kane", "Touch of Evil", "The Third Man", "A Man for All Seasons", "Campanadas a medianoche"

14. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an ...

"Dog Day Afternoon", "The Godfather", "Scent of a Woman", "Serpico", "Scarecrow"

15. Peter Lorre

Actor | Casablanca

As a youth Peter Lorre ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for several years and acting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, until Fritz Lang cast him as the psychopathic child killer in M (...

"M", "Casablanca", "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "The Maltese Falcon", "The Raven"

16. 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 ...

"The General", "Our Hospitality", "Go West", "Cops", "The Electric House"

17. James Cagney

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time, James Cagney was also an accomplished dancer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to Carolyn (Nelson) and James Francis Cagney, Sr., who was a bartender and amateur ...

"Angels with Dirty Faces", "White Heat", "Ragtime", "Love Me or Leave Me"

18. 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, ...

"The Silence of the Lambs", "The Remains of the Day", "Nixon", "Amistad", "The Elephant Man"

19. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton ...

"Mutiny on the Bounty", "Advise and Consent", "Witness for the Prosecution", "Spartacus"

20. 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...

"Hud", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "The Sting", "The Hustler", "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

21. Jean-Paul Belmondo

Actor | Pierrot le fou

The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in À pied, à cheval et en voiture (1957) but the episodes with his participation were cut before ...

"À bout de souffle", "Pierrot le fou", "Une femme est une femme", "La ciociara", "Le voleur"

22. 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 ...

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "The Philadelphia Story", "It's a Wonderful Life", "Rear Window", "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

23. Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy

Actor | Gamlet

Innokenti Smoktunovsky (birth name Smoktunovich) was born in Siberian village of Tatianovka near Tomsk in 1925. There were some speculations that his ancestors were of Polish nobility or of Jewish ethnicity and that they were exiled to Siberia for participating in the January Uprising of 1863. But,...

"Gamlet", "Chaykovskiy", "Dyadya Vanya", "9 dney odnogo goda", "Beregis avtomobilya"

24. 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 ...

"Il gattopardo", "Elmer Gantry", "From Here to Eternity", "Gruppo di famiglia in un interno", "The Rose Tattoo"

25. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

Anthony Quinn was born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Manuela (Oaxaca) and Francisco Quinn, who became an assistant cameraman at a Los Angeles (CA) film studio. His paternal grandfather was Irish, and the rest of his family was Mexican. After starting life ...

"Alexis Zorbas", "La strada", "Lust for Life", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Wild Is the Wind"

26. 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 ...

"Network", "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Far from the Madding Crowd", "The Pumpkin Eater", "The Nun's Story"

27. 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 ...

"Z", "Amour", "Trois couleurs: Rouge", "Ma nuit chez Maud", "Un homme et une femme"

28. 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 ...

"Days of Wine and Roses", "Some Like It Hot", "The Odd Couple", "The Apartment", "The China Syndrome"

29. Clark Gable

Actor | It Happened One Night

William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle ...

"It Happened One Night", "Gone with the Wind", "Mutiny on the Bounty", "The Misfits"

30. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish.

Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater ...

"C'era una volta il West", "12 Angry Men", "Advise and Consent", "On Golden Pond", "The Wrong Man"

31. George C. Scott

Actor | Patton

George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the...

"Patton", "Dr Strangelove", "The Hustler"

32. Cary Grant

Actor | North by Northwest

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years...

"The Philadelphia Story", "Suspicion", "Charade", "Notorious", "North by North-West"

33. Takashi Shimura

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded ...

"Ikiru", "Shichinin no samurai", "Yoidore tenshi", "Nora inu", "Rashômon"

34. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

"Paths of Glory", "Spartacus", "The Bad and the Beautiful", "Lust for Life"

35. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

"Une si jolie petite plage", "Les belles de nuit", "La beauté du diable", "La fièvre monte à El Pao", "Les liaisons dangereuses"

36. Spencer Tracy

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the ...

"Bad Day at Black Rock", "Adam's Rib", "Inherit the Wind", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", "Boys Town"

37. Dirk Bogarde

Actor | The Servant

Sir Dirk Bogarde, distinguished film actor and writer, was born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde on March 28, 1921, to Ulric van den Bogaerde, the art editor of "The Times" (London) newspaper, and actress Margaret Niven in the London suburb of Hampstead. He was one of three children...

"Morte a Venezia", "The Servant", "La caduta degli dei", "Il portiere di notte", "Accident"

38. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal ...

"Before Night Falls", "No Country for Old Men", "Mar adentro", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Los lunes al sol"

39. Yves Montand

Actor | Le salaire de la peur

Yves Montand was born on October 13, 1921 in Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy as Ivo Livi. He was an actor, known for The Wages of Fear (1953), Let's Make Love (1960) and Jean de Florette (1986). He was married to Simone Signoret. He died on November 9, 1991 in Senlis, Oise, France.

"Le salaire de la peur", "Z", "Les portes de la nuit", "Les sorcières de Salem", "César et Rosalie"

40. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Rebecca

Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927.

Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High ...

"Marathon Man", "Henry V", "Spartacus", "Hamlet", "Rebecca"

41. 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...

"Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo", "Dirty Harry", "Unforgiven", "Gran Torino", "Million Dollar Baby"

42. Jacques Tati

Writer | Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot

The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who ...

"Jour de fête", "Playtime", "Mon oncle", "Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot", "L'école des facteurs"

43. 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 ...

"Forrest Gump", "Philadelphia", "Big", "Saving Private Ryan", "Cast Away"

44. 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. ...

"La grande illusion", "Le chat", "Le jour se lève", "Le quai des brumes", "Le plaisir"

45. Nikolay Cherkasov

Actor | Aleksandr Nevskiy

The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and ...

"Ivan Grozny", "Aleksandr Nevskiy", "Vstrechnyy"

46. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

"Shichinin no samurai", "Kumonosu jô", "Rashômon", "Yojimbo", "Akahige"

47. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter ...

"Look Back in Anger", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "The Night of the Iguana", "The Robe", "Cleopatra"

48. Gérard Depardieu

Actor | Cyrano de Bergerac

Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along ...

"Cyrano de Bergerac", "Danton", "Tous les matins du monde", "Camille Claudel", "1492: Conquest of Paradise"

49. Fernando Rey

Actor | Tristana

Fernando Rey, the great Spanish movie actor primarily known in the United States for his role as "Frog One" in The French Connection (1971) and its sequel, was born Fernando Casado D'Arambillet on September 20 1917, in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, the son of Colonel Casado Veiga. Originally, the young...

"Viridiana", "Cet obscur objet du désir", "The French Connection", "Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie", "Elisa, vida mía"

50. Richard Harris

Actor | Gladiator

A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for ...

"This Sporting Life", "Cromwell", "Il deserto rosso", "Gladiator", "Sibirskiy tsiryulnik"

51. 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 ...

"La belle noiseuse", "Le mépris", "Les choses de la vie", "Salto nel vuoto", "Belle de jour"

52. Gregory Peck

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only ...

"To Kill a Mockingbird", "Duel in the Sun", "Roman Holiday", "Moby Dick", "Spellbound"

53. 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 ...

"I vitelloni", "Lo sceicco bianco", "Mamma mia, che impressione!"

54. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his "big" 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), Drexl in ...

"Léon", "Dracula", "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", "JFK", "Batman Begins"

55. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.

Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew to ...

"Jagten", "Adams æbler", "Efter brylluppet", "Elsker dig for evigt", "En kongelig affære"

56. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with ...

"Der Untergang", "Der Himmel über Berlin", "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht", "La provinciale", "The Reader"

57. Aleksey Batalov

Actor | Letyat zhuravli

Aleksei Vladimirovich Batalov was born on November 20, 1928, into the family of famous Russian theatrical actor Vladimir Batalov. He was born in the city of Vladimir, near Moscow, where his grandmother was the Doctor General at the Vladimir city hospital. His parents, Vladimir Petrovich Batalov and...

"Letyat zhuravli", "Dama s sobachkoy", "Moskva slezam ne verit", "9 dney odnogo goda"

58. Robert Mitchum

Actor | Out of the Past

Robert Mitchum was an underrated American leading man of enormous ability, who sublimated his talents beneath an air of disinterest. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Ann Harriet (Gunderson), a Norwegian immigrant, and James Thomas Mitchum, a shipyard/railroad worker. His father died in a ...

"The Night of the Hunter", "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison", "Crossfire", "Two for the Seesaw", "Maria's Lovers"

59. Max von Sydow

Actor | Minority Report

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

"Det sjunde inseglet", "Ansiktet", "Vargtimmen", "The Exorcist", "Three Days of the Condor"

60. Conrad Veidt

Actor | Casablanca

Conrad Veidt attended the Sophiengymnasium (secondary school) in the Schoeneberg district of Berlin, and graduated without a diploma in 1912, last in his class of 13. Conrad liked animals, theater, cinema, fast cars, pastries, thunderstorms, gardening, swimming and golfing. He disliked heights, ...

"Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari", "Orlacs Hände", "Casablanca"

61. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of 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 head of the famous Ealing ...

"In the Name of the Father", "My Left Foot", "There Will Be Blood", "Lincoln", "A Room with a View"

62. Ulrich Thomsen

Actor | Festen

Ulrich Thomsen graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993, after which playing on several theaters in Copenhagen, i.e. Dr. Dantes Aveny, Mungo Park and Østre Gasværks Teater. His debut on film was in Ole Bornedal's Nattevagten (1994). Since then a number of ...

"Festen", "Adams æbler", "Brødre", "Hævnen", "A nagy füzet"

63. 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...

"Andrei Rublyov", "Voskhozhdeniye", "Stalker", "Solyaris", "Zerkalo"

64. Michael Douglas

Actor | Wonder Boys

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...

"Wall Street", "Fatal Attraction", "Romancing the Stone", "Falling Down", "Traffic"

65. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

"The Mission", "Lolita", "Das Geisterhaus", "The French Lieutenant's Woman", "Reversal of Fortune"

66. 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 ...

"Rebel Without a Cause", "East of Eden", "Giant"

67. Philippe Noiret

Actor | Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century.

He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret ...

"Zazie dans le métro", "Il postino", "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso", "Le vieux fusil", "La grande bouffe"

68. Geoffrey Rush

Actor | Shakespeare in Love

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. ...

"Shine", "The King's Speech", "La migliore offerta", "Quills", "Shakespeare in Love"

68. Sergey Bondarchuk

Actor | Voyna i mir I: Andrey Bolkonskiy

Sergei Bondarchuk was one of the most important Russian filmmakers, best known for directing an Academy Award-winning film epic War and Peace (1966), based on the book by Leo Tolstoy, in which he also starred as Pierre Bezukhov.

He was born Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk on September, 25, 1920, in the ...

"Sudba cheloveka", "Dyadya Vanya"

68. Eiji Okada

Actor | Suna no onna

Eiji Okada was born on June 13, 1920 in Chiba, Japan. He was an actor, known for Woman in the Dunes (1964), Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and Shonen tanteidan: Tetto no kaijin (1957). He was married to Wasa, Aiko. He died on September 14, 1995 in Japan.

"Hiroshima, mon amour", "Kanojo to kare", "Suna no onna"

69. 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 (...

"The Bad Lieutenant", "Smoke", "The Piano", "Pulp Fiction", "Reservoir Dogs"

70. 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 ...

"Inglourious Basterds", "Carnage", "Django Unchained"

71. Jason Robards

Actor | All the President's Men

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at ...

"Long Day's Journey Into Night", "Melvin and Howard", "All the President's Men", "Magnolia", "Julia"

72. Pyotr Mamonov

Actor | Ostrov

Pyotr Mamonov was born on April 14, 1951 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Pyotr Nikolayevich Mamonov. He is an actor, known for Ostrov (2006), Tsar (2009) and Igla (1988).

"Ostrov", "Taxi blyuz", "Tsar"

73. 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 ...

"Billy Liar", "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner", "45 Years", "King and Country", "Doctor Zhivago"

74. Trevor Howard

Actor | The Third Man

The son of an insurance underwriter, who represented Lloyd's of London in Ceylon, Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith was born in Margate, Kent. He spent his early childhood globetrotting with his mother, frequently left in the care of strangers. After attending private school, he subsequently trained at ...

"Brief Encounter", "Mutiny on the Bounty", "A Doll's House", "The Third Man", "Ludwig"

75. Werner Krauss

Actor | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Werner Krauss was born on June 23, 1884 in Gestungshausen, Sonnefeld, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes (1939) and Tartuffe (1925). He was married to Liselotte Graf, Maria Bard and Paula Saenger. He died on ...

"Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari", "Herr Tartüff", "Nana"

76. Colin Firth

Actor | A Single Man

Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's...

"The King's Speech", "A Single Man", "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "Valmont", "Genova"

77. Ben Kingsley

Actor | Gandhi

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...

"Gandhi", "Sexy Beast", "Schindler's List", "Death and the Maiden", "Hugo"

78. Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Actor | Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa

Zbigniew Zapasiewicz was born on September 13, 1934 in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. He was an actor and director, known for Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa (2000), Camouflage (1977) and The Promised Land (1975). He was married to Miroslawa Dubrawska and Olga Sawicka. He died...

"Barwy ochronne", "Drzwi w murze", "Za ścianą", "Bez znieczulenia", "Życie jako śmiertelna choroba przenoszona drogą płciową"

79. Gael García Bernal

Actor | Mozart in the Jungle

Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. García Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When...

"Amores perros", "La mala educación", "Y tu mamá también", "Diarios de motocicleta", "El crimen del padre Amaro"

80. Mickey Rourke

Actor | Sin City

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 ...

"The Wrestler", "Angel Heart", "Nine 1/2 Weeks", "Heaven's Gate", "The Pledge"

81. Paul Muni

Actor | Scarface

Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and ...

"Scarface", "The Story of Louis Pasteur", "The Life of Emile Zola", "A Song to Remember"

82. 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 ...

"The Conversation", "Scarecrow", "The French Connection", "Unforgiven", "Mississippi Burning"

83. 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, ...

"Lost in Translation", "Broken Flowers", "Groundhog Day", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "Moonrise Kingdom"

84. Michael Caine

Actor | The Quiet American

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 ...

"Educating Rita", "The Italian Job", "Little Voice", "The Cider House Rules", "Hannah and Her Sisters"

85. Bernhard Goetzke

Actor | Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

Bernhard Goetzke was born on June 5, 1884 in Danzig, Pomerania, Germany. He was an actor, known for Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922), Salamandra (1928) and Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924). He died on October 7, 1964 in West Berlin, West Germany.

"Der Müde Tod", "Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit", "Salamandra"

86. Alain Delon

Actor | Le samouraï

Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being ...

"Rocco e i suoi fratelli", "L'eclisse", "Il gattopardo", "Un amour de Swann", "Che gioia vivere"

87. Francisco Rabal

Actor | Goya en Burdeos

Francisco Rabal -- Paco to everyone -- was born in the mining camp where his father worked. His mother owned a small mill. At the age of six, with the Civil War breaking out, the family emigrated to Madrid and he started working as a street salesman and later in a chocolate factory, which later led...

"Nazarin", "Goya en Burdeos", "Viridiana", "L'eclisse", "¡Átame!"

88. 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 ...

"Milk", "Dead Man Walking", "Mystic River", "Casualties of War", "Sweet and Lowdown"

89. William Holden

Actor | Stalag 17

William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying ...

"The Bridge on the River Kwai", "The Wild Bunch", "Stalag 17", "Sunset Boulevard", "Network"

90. Daniel Olbrychski

Actor | Salt

Daniel Olbrychski was born on February 27, 1945 in Lowicz, Lódzkie, Poland as Daniel Marcel Olbrychski. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Salt (2010), The Deluge (1974) and The Promised Land (1975). He has been married to Krystyna Demska since October 23, 2003. He was previously ...

"Potop", "Ziemia obiecana", "Panny z Wilka", "Krajobraz po bitwie", "Zemsta"

91. Ernest Borgnine

Actor | Marty

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, ...

"Marty", "From Here to Eternity", "The Wild Bunch", "Jubal", "The Dirty Dozen"

92. 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 ...

"In the Heat of the Night", "The Defiant Ones", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

93. 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 ...

"Apocalypse Now", "The Godfather", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Network", "MASH"

94. John Gielgud

Actor | Arthur

Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...

"Arthur", "Dyrygent", "Secret Agent", "Chariots of Fire", "Romeo and Juliet"

95. Sean Connery

Actor | The Rock

Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables (1987). His film career also includes such films as Marnie (1964), The Name of ...

"The Hill", The Untouchables", "Dr. No", "Der Name der Rose", "Murder on the Orient Express"

96. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

"Shame", "Hunger", "12 Years a Slave", "Fish Tank", "A Dangerous Method"

97. Kevin Spacey

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in...

"American Beauty", "Seven", "The Usual Suspects", "House of Cards", "L.A. Confidential", "A Time to Kill"

98. Timothy Spall

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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 ...

"All or Nothing", "Mr Turner", "Secrets & Lies", "Intimacy", "Life Is Sweet"