Actor/Poets

by sevchimerar | created - 12 Sep 2013 | updated - 12 Sep 2013 | Public

The Bard would be proud...here's a list of actors/actresses who are also poets

1. Daniel Radcliffe

Actor | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, ...

2. Ruby Dee

Actress | American Gangster

Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist. She is best known for originating the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961).

She also starred in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), Cat People (1982), ...

3. Yasiin Bey

Actor | The Italian Job

Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres ...

4. Pauley Perrette

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Pauley Perrette is known to millions around the world as Abby Sciuto, the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist on CBS's NCIS (2003), the #1-rated drama in the world. Her additional credits include appearances on such shows as Almost Famous (2000), The Ring (2002), 24 (2001), CSI: Crime Scene ...

5. Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Actor | The Cosby Show

Emmy-nominated actor and director Malcolm-Jamal Warner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was named after Malcolm X and legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Warner first rose to national prominence by starring on the celebrated and long-running classic television series "The Cosby Show." His ...

6. Kit Harington

Actor | Game of Thrones

Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name ...

7. Amber Tamblyn

Actress | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Amber Rose Tamblyn was born May 14, 1983 in Santa Monica, California. Amber caught an agent's eye at the age of ten after a performance in "Pippi Longstocking". She has appeared in Live Nude Girls (1995) and Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard (1997). In addition, her most popular role has been the role of "...

8. Carlos Andrés Gómez

Actor | Inside Man

Carlos Andrés Gómez was born on December 23, 1981 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Inside Man (2006), The L Word (2004) and The Third Month Termination (2014).

9. Lauryn Hill

Soundtrack | Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multi-talented Fugees. Their first album, "Blunted On Reality", went virtually unnoticed by the public; their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score", which featured "Killing Me Softly". That ...

10. Erykah Badu

Actress | The Cider House Rules

Erykah Badu was born on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Erica Abi Wright.

11. Michael Madsen

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Sin City (2005), Hell Ride (2008), Die Another Day (2002), Donnie Brasco (1997), Species (1995), ...

12. Maya Angelou

Actress | Madea's Family Reunion

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Marguerite Annie Johnson. She was an actress and writer, known for Madea's Family Reunion (2006), How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and Poetic Justice (1993). She was married to Paul Du Feu and Thomas J. (Tosh) Angelos. She ...

13. Viggo Mortensen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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 was...

14. Jill Scott

Actress | Why Did I Get Married?

Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mother, Joyce, and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a ...

15. Jamie Foxx

Actor | Django Unchained

Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the biographical film Ray (2004). The same year, he was nominated for the Academy...

16. Nafeesa Monroe

Actress | Gridiron Gang

Nafeesa Monroe was born in Northern California to a father of African-American and Haitian descent and a mother of German and Irish decent. Raised primarily by her mother in the largely white neighborhood of Palo Alto, California, Nafeesa's ethnicity and self-identity were constantly challenged. ...

17. Kanye West

Soundtrack | Safe House

Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Kanye Omari West. He has been married to Kim Kardashian West since May 24, 2014. They have three children.

18. Yazmin Monet Watkins

John Carter

Yazmin Monet Watkins is known for her work on John Carter (2012), When She Smiles (2012) and The Muppets (2011).

19. Cedric the Entertainer

Actor | Barbershop

Cedric the Entertainer was born on April 24, 1964 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as Cedric Antonio Kyles. He is an actor and writer, known for Barbershop (2002), Be Cool (2005) and Larry Crowne (2011). He has been married to Lorna Wells since September 3, 1999. They have two children.

20. Hélène Cardona

Actress | Chocolat

A citizen of the United States, France and Spain, Helene Cardona speaks English, French, Spanish, German, Greek and Italian. Born in Paris of a Greek mother and Spanish father and raised all over Europe, she studied English Philology and Literature in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the ...

21. Wyclef Jean

Soundtrack | Hotel Rwanda

Wyclef Jean was born on October 17, 1969 in La Plaine, Haiti as Nell Wyclef Jean. He has been married to Marie Claudinette since 1994. They have one child.

22. Judy Prescott

Actress | Say Anything...

Judy Prescott was born as Judith Neal Prescott. She is an actress, known for Say Anything... (1989), Grey's Anatomy (2005) and Spontaneous Combustion (1990).

23. Common

Actor | Wanted

First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He was born in Chicago, and is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor.

On October 6,...

24. Maya Massar

Actress | The Uninvited

Maya Massar is an actress, known for The Uninvited (2009), The Cabin in the Woods (2012) and Caprica (2009). She is married to David Massar.

25. Dante Basco

Actor | Hook

Dante Basco was born on August 29, 1975 in Pittsburg, California, USA as Danté Roman Titus Basco. He is an actor and producer, known for Hook (1991), Hang Loose (2012) and But I'm a Cheerleader (1999).

27. DMX

Soundtrack | Exit Wounds

DMX was born on December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Earl Simmons. He was previously married to Tashera Simmons.

28. Grace Dunham

Actress | Tiny Furniture

Grace Dunham was born on January 28, 1992 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Tiny Furniture (2010), Creative Nonfiction (2009) and My Art (2016).

29. Leonard Nimoy

Actor | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit ...

30. Pleasant Gehman

Charlie Wilson's War

Pleasant Gehman is a true Renaissance woman whose career includes acting, dancing, writing, painting and singing. As internationally acclaimed dance star Princess Farhana she performs belly dance and retro-style classic burlesque globally. She is known for her high-concept, innovative performances,...

31. Mike Epps

Actor | Resident Evil: Extinction

Mike Epps was born on November 18, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Michael Elliot Epps. He is an actor and producer, known for Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), The Hangover (2009) and Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004). He was previously married to Mechelle McCain (I).

32. Mary Alexandra Stiefvater

Actress | Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Mary Alexandra Stiefvater was born in Chico, California and grew up in Stockton, where she was first introduced to theater and dance at a young age. Educated at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, she also studied French cinema and ...

33. Anthony Mondal

Actor | Sabrina

Anthony Mondal is an actor, known for Sabrina (1995), Strangers with Candy (1999) and Mr. Friendly Cone (2004).

34. Vanna Bonta

Actress | Beauty and the Beast

Vanna Bonta is an American writer and actress known for her cameo as the superhero's mother (Zed's queen) in the fantasy classic The Beastmaster (1982), and for her work on Beauty and the Beast (1991), An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), and The Universe (2007). She grew up in Bangkok, ...

35. James Franco

Actor | 127 Hours

Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...

36. Jewel Kilcher

Soundtrack | Ride with the Devil

Jewel Kilcher was born on May 23, 1974 in Payson, Utah, USA. She was previously married to Ty Murray.

37. S.A. Griffin

Actor | Air

S.A. Griffin was born on March 16, 1954 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Steven Allan Griffin. He is an actor and writer, known for Air (2009), Pale Rider (1985) and Let It Ride (1989). He has been married to Lorraine Perrotta since September 9, 2000. He was previously married to Grish Griffin and ...

38. Ally Sheedy

Actress | The Breakfast Club

Ally Sheedy was born in New York City, to Charlotte (Baum), a press agent and writer, and John J. Sheedy, Jr., an advertising executive. She is of Russian Jewish (mother) and Irish (father) descent.

While at New York's Bank Street School, 12-year-old Ally Sheedy wrote about a mythical encounter ...

39. Pete Doherty

Soundtrack | Children of Men

Pete Doherty was born on March 12, 1979 in Hexham, Northumberland, England as Peter Doherty.

40. Emmanuelle Riva

Actress | Amour

An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress ...

41. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

42. Alicia Keys

Soundtrack | The Secret Life of Bees

Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano ...

43. Victor Spinetti

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

Comic eccentric and gifted raconteur, Victor Spinetti was born in Wales on September 2, 1929, the son of Giuseppe Spinetti and Lily (Watson) Spinetti. He was educated at Monmouth School. Initially interested in a teaching degree, he turned to acting instead and studied for the stage at the College ...

44. James Avery

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Although best known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), James Avery is a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. ...

45. Dave Chappelle

Writer | Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle's career started while he was in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC where he studied theatre arts. At the age of 14, he began performing stand-up comedy in nightclubs. Shortly after graduation, he moved to New York City where he quickly established ...