Top 500 Villain Actors - The Art of Playing a Villainby carlosotsubo | created - 17 Mar 2013 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
Actor | Raging Bull
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 Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained ...
Vito Corleone - The Godfather: Part II
James Conway - Goodfellas
Neil McCauley - Heat
Max Cady - Cape Fear
Louis Cyphre - Angel Heart
Al Capone - The Untouchables
Simon Silver - Red Lights
Gil Renard - The Fan
Louis Gara - Jackie Brown
Travis Bickle - Taxi Driver
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...
Jack Torrance - The Shining
Joker - Batman
Frank Costello - The Departed
Nathan Jessup - A Few Good Men
3. 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...
John Doe - Seven
Roger 'Verbal' Kint - The Usual Suspects
Larry Hooper - The Men Who Stare at Goats
Lex Luthor - Superman
Francis Underwood - House of Cards
Dave Harken - Horrible Bosses
D.A. Rufus Buckley - A Time to Kill
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), ...
Elijah Price - Unbreakable
Gerald Olin - 1408
Ordell Robbie - Jackie Brown
Chaney - Old Boy
Octopus - The Spirit
Valentine - Kingsman
Stephen - Django
Abel Turner - Lakeview Terrace
Jules Winnfield - Pulp Fiction
5. Al Pacino
Actor | Serpico
Alfredo James "Al" 'Pacino established himself as a film actor during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.
He was born April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to Italian-American parents, Rose (nee Gerardi)...
Don Michael Corleone - The Godfather
John Milton - The Devil's Advocate
Willy Bank - Oceans 13
Rooster - Righteous Kill
Big Boy Caprice - Dick Tracy
Tony Montana - Scarface
Actor | The Hateful Eight
Michael Madsen's long career spans nearly 40 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 (...
Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega - Reservoir Dogs
Sonny Black - Donnie Brasco
Joe Gage - The Hateful Eight
Bob - Sin City
Budd - Kill Bill
7. Gary Oldman
Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his expressive 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), ...
Carnegie - The Book of Eli
Stansfield - Léon
Dracula - Dracula
Floyd Banner - Lawless
Shen - Kung Fu Panda
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg - The Fifth Element
Ivan Korshunov - Air Force One
8. Alan Rickman
Actor | Die Hard
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), of English and Welsh descent, and Bernard Rickman, of Irish descent, who worked at a factory. Alan Rickman had an older brother (David), a younger brother (Michael), and a younger sister (Sheila). ...
Hans Gruber - Die Hard
Severus Snape - Harry Potter
Judge Turpin - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sheriff George of Nottingham - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Actor | Pulp Fiction
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...
Castor Troy - Face Off
Gabriel Shear - Swordfish
Pulp Fiction - Vincent Vega
Ryder - The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Emil Kovac - Killing Season
Howard Saint - The Punisher
Broken Arrow - Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins
10. James Woods
Actor | Vampires
James Howard Woods was born on April 18, 1947 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Martha A. (Smith) and Gail Peyton Woods, a U.S. Army intelligence officer who died during Woods' childhood. James is of Irish, English, and German descent. He grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, with his mother and stepfather ...
Ned Trent - The Specialist
Jack Benyon - The Getaway
Walker - White House Down
Byron De La Beckwith - Ghosts of Mississippi
Hades - Hercules
Max - Once Upon a Time in America
Lester Diamond - Casino
H. R. Haldeman - Nixon
Carl Panzram - A Journal of Murder
11. Ralph Fiennes
Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus ...
Amon Goeth - Schindler's List
Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter
Francis Dolarhyde - Red Dragon
12. 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 ...
Blofeld - Spectre
Col. Hans Landa - Inglorious Bastard
Bert Hanson - Horrible Bosses 2
Richelieu - The Three Musketeers
Chudnofsky - The Green Hornet
August - Water for Elephants
13. Jared Leto
Actor | Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto is a very familiar face in recent film history. Although he has always been the lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and songwriter for American band Thirty Seconds to Mars, Leto is an accomplished actor merited by the numerous, challenging projects he has taken in his life. He is known to be ...
Niander Wallace - Blade Runner 2049
The Joker - Suicide Squad
Vitaly Orlov - Lord of War
Junior - Panic Room
Angel Face - Fight Club
14. Hugo Weaving
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...
Agent Smith - Matrix
Megatron (Voice) - Transformers
Johann Schmidt / Red Skull - Captain America: The First Avenger
15. Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...
Count Dooku - Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Saruman - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Goldfinger - The Man with the Golden Gun
16. 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 ...
Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men
Reiner - The Counselor
Silva - Skyfall
Cpt Salazar - Pirates of The Caribbean Dead Man Tells no Tales
17. Peter Greene
Actor | The Mask
Born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1965. He discovered acting in his mid 20s in New York, where he was trained at Lee Strasberg's studio. Then his deep voiced, tall and pale persona showed up on TV and films in 1990. His first leading roles were in Laws of Gravity (1992) and Clean, Shaven (1993), the...
Peter Winter - Clean, Shaven
Zed - Pulp Fiction
Dorian Tyrell - The Mask
Deacon - Blue Streak
Redfoot the Fence - The Usual Suspects
Jeff - Training Day
Sykes - Judgment Night
18. Peter Stormare
Actor | Fargo
Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions ...
Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus' - The Big Lebowski
Dieter Stark - The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Satan - Constantine
Fargo - Gaear Grimsrud
Alexei - Bad Boys 2
Dino Velvet - 8mm
Norman Hail - Boot Camp
Sheriff Berringer - Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
The Ghost - 22 Jump Street
Francis O'Connell - Tokarev
19. 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 ...
Don Vito Corleone - The Godfather
Colonel Walter E. Kurtz - Apocalypse Now
The Island of Dr. Moreau - Dr. Moreau
20. Oscar Isaac
Actor | Ex Machina
Oscar Isaac was born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia, and a Cuban father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, a pulmonologist. Oscar was raised in Miami, Florida. Before he became an actor, he played lead guitar and sang vocals in his band the Blinking ...
X-Men - En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse
Blue Jones - Sucker Punch
Nathan - Ex Machine
Prince John - Robin Hood
Standard - Drive
21. Josh Brolin
Actor | No Country for Old Men
Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin. He has played roles as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States.
Brolin was born February 12, 1968 in Santa Monica, California, to Jane Cameron (Agee), a Texas-born wildlife activist,...
Thanos - Avengers
Joe Doucett - Old Boy
Bates - Into the Blue
Tom Chaney - True Grit
Detective Trupo - American Gangster
22. Tom Hardy
Actor | Inception
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut...
Bane - The Dark Knight Rises
Fitzgerald - The Revenant
Forrest Bondurant - Lawless
23. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.
He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.
Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...
John Dillinger - Public Enemies Sweeney Todd - Sweeney Todd
James 'Whitey' Bulger - Black Mass
Mort Rainey - Secret Window
Actor | 24
Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led ...
David - The Lost Boys
Ace Merrill - Stand By Me
Freddie Lee Cobb - A Time to Kill
Nelson - Flatliners
The Caller - Phone Booth
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. ...
Edwin Epps - 12 Years a Slave
Burke - Jonah Hex
David - Prometheus
Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto - X-Men: First Class
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 ...
Det. Alonzo Harris - Training Day
Frank Lucas - American Gangster
Tobin Frost - Safe House
Actor | Men in Black
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and server, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theatre production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent and has two older sisters. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American ...
Wilson Fisk - Daredevill
Edgar - MIB
Lester Clark - Escape Plan
Carl Stargher - The Cell
Hoskins - Jurassic World
Burton Steckler - Strange Days
David Hagan - Fire with Fire
28. Edward Norton
Actor | Keeping the Faith
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.
His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...
Aaron - Primal Fear
Derek Vinyard - American History X
Steve - The Italian Job
Jack Teller- The Score
Retired Col. Eric Byer, USAF - The Bourne Legacy
29. Robert Patrick
Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr. was born on November 5, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest of five children. He attended the Bowling Green State University in Ohio, but dropped out after he took a drama course and became interested in acting. After leaving college, he ...
T-1000 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Noah - D-Tox
Koga Shuko - Double Dragon
Rome - The Marine
Coach Joe Willis - The Faculty
Jack Rucker - Cop Land
Walter Hatch - S.W.A.T.: Firefight
30. Forest Whitaker
Actor | The Last King of Scotland
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to...
Barris - The Experiment
Captain Jack Wander - Street Kings
Idi Amin - The Last King of Scotland
Ronny - Catch. 44
Burnham - Panic Room
31. Michael Douglas
Actor | Wall Street
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 ...
Gordon Gekko - Wall Street
William 'D-Fens' Foster - Falling Down
Madec - Beyond the Reach
Steven Taylor - A Perfect Muderder
32. Malcolm McDowell
Actor | A Clockwork Orange
Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
Alex - A Clockwork Orange
Daniel Linderman - Heroes
The Employer - The Employer
Leonard - Silent Hill Revelation
Kesslee - Tank Girl
Soran - Star Trek: Generations
Actor | Hairspray
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter (1978), and has been seen in mostly character roles, often ...
Max Zoren - A View to a Kill
Hessian Horseman - Sleepy Hollow
Hatcher - Welcome to The Jungle
Hickey - Last Man Standing
Mr. Smith - Nick of Time
Max Shreck - Batman Returns
Bobby Cahn - Wayne's World 2
34. Sean Bean
Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theatre, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a ...
John Ryder - The Hitcher
Alec Trevelyan - GoldenEye
Dr. Bernard Merrick - The Island
Ian Howe - National Treasure
Sean Miller - Patriot Games
35. Al Leong
Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Asian American actor & stuntman has picked up a cult fan following based around his numerous appearances in high voltage action flicks from the mid-1980s onwards. Al nearly always turns up as a bad guy with his lean muscled physique, incredible agility, amazing martial arts skills, wispy black hair...
Endo - Leathel Weapon
Wing Kong Hatchet Man - Big Trouble in Little China
Yakuza Assassin - Black Rain
Bruce - Death Warrant
Lewis - Double Dragon
Wu's Thug No.2 - The Ghost
Hershe Gang Member - Escape from L.A.
Uli - Die Hard
36. 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, ...
Dr. Hannibal Lecter - The Silence of the Lambs
Father Lucas Trevant - The Rite
Sir John Talbot - The Wolfman
Bailey - RED 2
37. Steve Buscemi
Actor | Fargo
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to...
Randall Boggs - Monsters, Inc.
Fargo - Carl Showalter
Mr. Pink - Reservoir Dogs
Map to the Stars Eddie - Escape from L.A.
Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene - Con Air
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson - Boardwalk Empire
38. Willem Dafoe
Actor | Spider-Man
Having made over one hundred films in his legendary career, Willem Dafoe is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness, and dare to some of the most iconic films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large ...
Spider Man - Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
John Geiger - Speed 2
Jopling - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bobby Peru - Wild at Heart
General George Deckert - xXx 2
Barillo - Once Upon a Time in Mexico
39. Guy Pearce
Actor | Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Margaret Anne and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, ...
Fernand Mondego - The Count of Monte Cristo
Aldrich Killian - Iron Man 3
Peter Weyland - Prometheus
Charlie Rakes - Lawless
Leonard - Memento
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.
Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...
Bellatrix Lestrange - Harry Potter
Red Queen - Alice in Wonderland
Mrs. Lovett - Sweeney Todd
Madame Thénardier - Les Misérables
41. Ted Levine
Actor | The Silence of the Lambs
Born in May 1957 in Bellaire, Ohio, he was among the last graduating class of the Windsor Mountain School in Lennox, Massachusetts. Attended Marlboro College in Vermont. Performed in summer stock and regional theatres in Vermont, Michigan and West Virginia before settling in Chicago and joining The...
Warden - Shutter Island
Bosco - Heat
Buffalo Bill - The Silence of the Lambs
42. Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor | There Will Be Blood
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym 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 ...
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting - Gangs of New York
Daniel Plainview - There Will Be Blood
43. Wagner Moura
Actor | Tropa de Elite
Moura was born in Salvador, a city located in Northeast Region of Brazil, but grew up in the small town of Rodelas, Bahia. His mother, Alderiva, was a housewife, and his father, José Moura, was a Sergeant in the Brazilian Air Force. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to Salvador, Bahia.
Pablo Escobar - Narcos
Lt. Colonel Nascimento - Elite Squad
44. Charlize Theron
Producer | Monster
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...
Aileen - Monster
Ravenna - Snow White and the Huntsman
Meredith Vickers - Prometheus
45. Woody Harrelson
Actor | True Detective
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, where his mother was from. After receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, he...
Mickey Knox - Natural Born Killers
Charlie Costello - Seven Psychopaths
Carson Wells - No Country for Old Men
David Douglas Brown - Rampart
46. 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).
The Collector - Avengers
Aaron Hallam - The Hunted
Fred Fenster - The Usual Suspects
Jack Boy - Sin City
47. Ray Liotta
Actor | Goodfellas
Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice-guy roles in Field of Dreams (1989) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream...
Paul Krendler - Hannibal
Henry Hill - Goodfellas
Pete Davis - Unlawful Entry
Gallian - In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Ryan Weaver - Turbulence
48. Tim Roth
Actor | Rob Roy
Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Timothy Simon Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to ...
Oswaldo - The Hateful Eight
Thade - Planet of the Apes
Emil Blonsky - The Incredible Hulk
Pumpkin / Ringo - Pulp Fiction
49. Andy Serkis
Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes
English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...
Gollum - Lord of the Rings
Supreme Leader Snoke - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Kong - King Kong
50. James Caan
Actor | The Godfather
A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred.
He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) ...
Santino 'Sonny' Corleone - The Godfather
Colton - Bulletproof
U.S. Marshal Robert DeGuerin - Eraser
51. Joe Pesci
Actor | Goodfellas
Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor, and by the mid-1950s, was starring on the series "Star Time Kids"....
Tommy DeVito - Goodfellas
Harry - Home Alone
Nicky Santoro - Casino
52. Dolph Lundgren
Actor | Rocky IV
Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. ...
Andrew Scott - Universal Soldier
Street Preacher - Johnny Mnemonic
Drago - Rock IV
53. 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 (...
Ray Donlan - Cop Land
Mr. White - Larry Dimmick - Reservoir Dogs
Victor the Cleaner - Point of No Return
The Wolf - Pulp Fiction
54. Julian Glover
Julian Wyatt Glover was born on March 27, 1935 in Hampstead, London, England, to Honor Ellen Morgan (Wyatt), a BBC journalist, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer. He is of English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Primarily a classical stage actor, Glover trained at the National Youth ...
General Veers - Star Wars
Kristatos - For Your Eyes Only
Walter Donovan - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Grand Maester Pycelle - Game of Thrones
55. Danny Trejo
Actor | Machete
Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...
Trejo - Heat
El Jefe - xXx
Razor Charlie - From Dusk Till Dawn
Navajas - Desperado
Cucuy - Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Johnny-23 - Con Air
56. Rutger Hauer
Actor | Blade Runner
Blond, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was the son of Teunke (Mellema) and ...
Roy Batty - Blade Runner
Cardinal Roark - Sin City
John Ryder - The Hitcher
57. 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 ...
Mickey Cohen - Gangster Squad
Kleinfeld - Carlito's Way
Jimmy Markum - Mystic River
58. 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 ...
Scar - The Lion King
Über-Morlock - The Time Machine
Simon Gruber - Die Hard: With a Vengeance
59. Ed Harris
Actor | The Truman Show
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned a reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time.
Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally. ...
Major Konig - Enemy at the Gates
Parcher - A Beautiful Mind
General Francis X. Hummel - The Rock
Mitch Wilkinson - National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Shawn Maguire - Run All Night
Christof - The Truman Show
60. Meryl Streep
Actress | August: Osage County
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...
Witch - Into The Woods
Miranda Priestly - The Devil Wears Prada
Eleanor Shaw - The Manchurian Candidate
61. Eva Green
Actress | Casino Royale
French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of French...
Ava - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Artemisia - 300: Rise of an Empire
Angelique Bouchard - Dark Shadows
62. Jon Voight
Actor | Midnight Cowboy
Jon Voight was born on December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Jonathan Vincent Voight. He is an actor, known for Midnight Cowboy (1969), Anaconda (1997) and Deliverance (1972). He was previously married to Marcheline Bertrand and Lauri Peters.
Jim Phelps - Mission: Impossible
Paul Serone - Anaconda
Nate - Heat
Coach Kilmer - Varsity Blues
Thomas Brian Reynolds - Enemy of the State
63. Christian Bale
Actor | The Dark Knight
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...
Patrick Bateman - American Psycho
Jim Luther Davis - Harsh Times
Walter Wade, Jr. - Shaft
64. Vinnie Jones
Actor | Snatch
Vincent Peter Jones was born on January 5, 1965 in Watford, England. He first came to public notice as a professional footballer, playing in the English Football League. Noted as one of football's hard men, he leaped to fame when a photographer, at a match, snapped him "marking" Newcastle United's ...
Juggernaut - X-Men
Marco - Swordfish
Sargon - Year One
Mahogany - The Midnight Meat Train
Boyd - Fire with Fire
Mongrel - Tooth and Nail
Smasher O'Driscoll - Strength and Honour
McStarley - The Condemned
Bullet-Tooth Tony - Snatch
Big Chris - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
65. Charles Dance
Actor | Gosford Park
Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011), Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986),...
Tywin Lannister - GoT
Benedict - Last Action Hero
Clemens - Alians³
Sardo Numspa - The Golden Child
66. Ving Rhames
Actor | Pulp Fiction
Strikingly featured and muscular American actor Ving Rhames was born Irving Rameses Rhames in Harlem, New York, to Reather, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied ...
Marsellus Wallace - Pulp Fiction
Diamond Dog - Con Air
Aaron Thibadeaux - Entrapment
Jack - Seven Bellow
George 'Iceman' Chambers - Undisputed
Actor | Predator
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...
Terminator - The Terminator
Mr. Freeze / Dr. Victor Fries - Batman & Robin
68. Nicolas Cage
Actor | Face/Off
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage ...
Castor Troy - Face Off
Yuri Orlov - Lord of War
69. John Malkovich
Actor | In the Line of Fire
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary ...
Mitch Leary - In the Line of Fire
Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom - Con Air
Humma Kavula - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Unferth - Beowulf
Quentin Turnbull - Jonah Hex
70. Bruce Willis
Actor | Die Hard
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.
Walter Bruce ...
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Major General William Devereaux - The Siege
Omar - The Prince
The Jackal - The Jackal
Joseph 'Joe' Blake - Bandits
71. Kevin Bacon
Actor | Footloose
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964.
Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. ...
Sebastian Shaw - X-Men - First Class
Sean Nokes - Sleepers
Hayes - R.I.P.D
Wade - The River Wild
72. Billy Zane
Actor | Titanic
William George Zane, better known as Billy Zane, was born on February 24, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, to Thalia (Colovos) and William Zane, both of Greek ancestry. His parents were amateur actors and managed a medical technical school. Billy has an older sister, actress and singer Lisa Zane. Billy ...
Caledon 'Cal' Hockley - Titanic
The Collector - Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
Talus - The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption
Match - Back to the Future
Hughie Warriner - Dead Calm
73. Matt Damon
Actor | Good Will Hunting
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor. His father was of English and ...
Colin Sullivan - The Departed
Interstellar - Mann
74. Nick Chinlund
Actor | The Chronicles of Riddick
Nick Chinlund was born and raised in New York City. He left the city to play basketball at Brown University, but his hoops career was cut short when he suffered an injury during his freshman year. He stayed at Brown and took up acting classes, and realized it was his true calling. He graduated from...
Billy Bedlam - Con Air
Tim - Training Day
Toombs - The Chronicles of Riddick
WitSec Agent Calderon - Eraser
Hatchett - Leathal Weapon III
75. Marion Cotillard
Actress | La Môme
Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.
Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...
Mal - Inception
Miranda - The Dark Knight Rises
76. Tommy Lee Jones
Actor | The Fugitive
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school ...
Harvey Dent -Batman Forever Ryan Gaerity - Blown Away
Warden Dwight McClusky - Natural Born Killer
77. Famke Janssen
Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand
Famke Janssen was born November 5, 1965, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has two other siblings. Moving to America in the 1980s, she modeled for Chanel in New York. Later, taking a break from modeling, she attended Columbia University, majoring in literature.
This model-turned-actress broke into ...
Phoenix - X-Men 3
Xenia Onatopp - GoldenEye
Muriel - Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Annabelle Loren - House on Haunted Hill
Rachel - I, Spy
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,...
Calvin Candie - Django
King Louis XIV - The Man in the Iron Mask
79. Jim Carrey
Actor | Bruce Almighty
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...
Riddler / Dr. Edward Nygma - Batman - Forever
The Cable Guy - The Cable Guy
A Christmas Carol - Scrooge
Count Olaf - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Grinch - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
80. Sharon Stone
Actress | Basic Instinct
Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker, and her mother was a homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania, and at that same age, entered Edinboro ...
Catherine Tramell - Basic Instinct
Laurel Hedare - Catwoman
Lori - Total Recall
81. Brian Cox
Actor | X2
Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline Cox, maiden surname McCann, a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish ...
Hannibal - Manhuter
Agamemnon - Troy
William Stryker - X-Men 2
82. John Leguizamo
Actor | Moulin Rouge!
Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naive young men, such as Johnny in Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991); cold-blooded killers like Benny Blanco in Carlito's Way (1993); a heroic Army Green Beret, ...
Cholo DeMora - Land of the Dead
Clown / Violator - Spaw
Benny Blanco - Carlito's Way
Javier - Kick Ass 2
Tybalt - Romeu + Julieta
83. 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...
Maddox - Fortress
Wez - Mad Max 2
Bennett - Commando
84. 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 ...
General Mandible - Antz
Dr. Lawrence Myrick - Extreme Measures
Capt. Frank Ramsey - Crimson Tide
Lex Luthor - Super Man
85. 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 ...
Joker - The Dark Knight
86. Tom Cruise
Actor | Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...
Vincent - Collateral
Lestat de Lioncourt - Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
87. Kevin Durand
Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Kevin Durand was born on January 14, 1974 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada as Kevin Serge Durand. He is an actor, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), I Am Number Four (2011) and Legion (2010). He has been married to Sandra Cho since October 1, 2010.
Fred Dukes - X-Men Origens: Wolverine
Ricky - Real Steel
Mogadorian Commander - I Am Number Four
Martin Keamy - Lost
Booth - Walking Tall
Travis Holt - Smokin' Aces
Legion - Gabriel
88. David Prowse
Actor | Star Wars
David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young ...
Darth Vader - Star Wars
89. Bruce Payne
Actor | Passenger 57
Having worked extensively in film, theatre and television in both the UK and the US, and on location in many parts of the globe. Bruce Payne (Producer, Actor, 1st A.D.) was born in London Town and is a much-loved and respected talent recognized around the world. Known in the Industry as the ...
Charles Rane - Passenger 57
Flikker - Absolute Beginners
RB Harker - Howling VI: The Freaks
Karl Savak - One Tough Bastard
Jacob Kell - Highlander: Endgame
Damodar - Dungeons & Dragons
Philip Covington - Warlock III: The End of Innocence
Domitian - San Giovanni - L'apocalisse
Adam Garou - Full Eclispe
Lieutenant Macgruder - Steal
Writer | Reservoir Dogs
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.
In January of...
The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee - Django
Richard Gecko - From Dusk Till Dawn
Mr. Brown - Reservoir Dogs
91. Ray Park
Ray Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved with his parents, younger brother and sister to London, England, at the age of seven. Ray always wanted to be in the movies, and be like their heroes. He also began to nurture a love for martial arts from the age of seven, when his father's fondness ...
Darth Maul - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Raptor #3/Tarkatan (Baraka) - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Headless Horseman - Sleepy Hollow
Toad - X-Men
Rugal Bernstein - The King of Fighters
92. Kurtwood Smith
Actor | RoboCop
Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for RoboCop (1987), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and That '70s Show (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to ...
Clarence J. Boddicker - Robocop
Griggs - Rambo III
Prison Director Poe - Fortress
93. Mickey Rourke
Actor | The Wrestler
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 ...
Ivan Vanko - Iron Man II
King Hyperion - Immortals
Stavros - Double Team
94. Ron Perlman
Actor | Hand of God
Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions.
Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, ...
Johner - Alien: Resurrection
Mayor Williams - Bad Ass
Nino - Drive
Nicola - Bunraku
Reinhardt - Blade II
Constantine Konali - Police Academy: Mission to Moscow
95. Powers Boothe
Actor | The Avengers
Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...
World Security Council - The Avengers
FBI Agent Wesley Doyle - Frailty
Senator Roark - Sin City
Joshua Foss - Sudden Death
96. Mark Strong
Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.
Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...
Matai Shang - John Carter
Lord Blackwood - Sherlock Holmes
Godfrey - Robin Hood
Frank D'Amico - Kick-Ass
Septimus - Stardust
97. Ryan Gosling
Actor | La La Land
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson (2006)).
He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a ...
Diver - Drive
Richard Haywood - Murder by Numbers
Julian - Only God Forgives
98. Gabriel Byrne
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Byrne was the first of six children, born in Dublin, Ireland. His father was a cooper and his mother a hospital worker. He was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He spent five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a Catholic priest. He later said, "I spent ...
Capt. Marcus Duvall - Assault on Precinct 13
The Man / Satan - End of Days
Bob - Point of No Return
99. Joaquin Phoenix
Actor | Her
Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family from New ...
Commodus - Gladiator
Freddie Quell - The Master
100. John Carroll Lynch
Actor | The Founder
John Carroll Lynch was born August 1, 1963 in Boulder, Colorado, and was raised in Denver. It was there John found a passion for acting and became a Denver Broncos fan. He graduated in the mid-80s with a B.F.A. in theatre from the The Catholic University of America / Hartke Theatre Acting program. ...
Deputy Warden McPherson - Shutter Island
Arthur Leigh Allen - Zodiac
Sheriff Ryan - Gothika