The 25 Most Underrated and Under-appreciated Actorsby jtwulink | created - 19 Jul 2016 | updated - 19 Jun 2017 | Public
1. Jason Patric
Actor | Speed 2: Cruise Control
After Dark, My Sweet (1990) ; Rush (1991) ; Sleepers (1996) ; Expired (2007)
At age 24 and 25, Jason Patric gave one of the most impressive performances of the year respectively, in After Dark, My Sweet (1990) and Rush (1991).
2. Matt McColm
Actor | The Matrix Reloaded
Subterfuge (1996) & Night Man (TV Series: 1997-1999)
Matt McColm was a handsome martial artist playing a superhero in a TV series, but later faded into doing stunt works and playing minor characters.
3. Bren Foster
Actor | The Last Ship
Australian actor Bren Foster started acting in high school. His mother was of Cypriot heritage and his father of English/Irish heritage. After High school Bren studied Film and Video production, but felt the need to move toward his artistic development as an actor.Bren then traveled to New York to ...
Bren Foster is a 9 time World Champion in 6 different martial art disciplines, and a graduate of drama school.
Bren has all the potentials to be a major action hero.
Director | Guardian
John Terlesky was born on May 30, 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as John Todd Terlesky. He is a director and actor, known for Guardian (2001), The Pandora Project (1998) and Deathstalker II (1987). He has been married to Jayne Brook since May 11, 1996. They have two children.
5. Eric Etebari
Actor | The Lincoln Lawyer
Born and raised in an artist complex in Hollywood, California. While a student at San Diego State University, Eric saved two women from a burning apartment fire. Honored by the San Diego Fire Department, he received a formal tribute and commendation for bravery. Of Iranian descent, lineage/descent:...
Director | Pocket Dial
Jonathan was born and raised on the east coast, in a small town of northern New Hampshire. Growing up, Jonathan had some great theater performance opportunities, and thanks to his incredible family, a pure love for Walt Disney. While enrolled in a liberal arts program at the University of Vermont, ...
Actor | Smokin' Aces
Martin Henderson was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He began acting when he was thirteen, appearing in Strangers (1989), a local television production. He attended Westlake Boys High School and Birkenhead Primary. He first became a star in his home country, when he starred in the series, Shortland ...
9. Joe Lando
Actor | Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
A former cook in a Hollywood restaurant, Lando first came to the attention of casting directors in the role of heartthrob Jake Harrison on the soap opera One Life to Live (1968). That job led to the co-starring role as the backwoodsman/love interest of Jane Seymour on TV's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman...
10. Brad Johnson
Actor | Always
When someone tells Brad Johnson he's come a long way, his usual response is, "Well, I had a long way to come." Born on a small ranch in Tucson, Johnson, the son of a horse trainer/used car salesman, has done everything from shoeing horses to repossessing cars to serving as a hunting and fishing ...
11. Michael Paré
Actor | Gone
Michael Kevin Paré was born on October 9, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Joan (Moroney) and Francis Paré, who owned print shops. His father died of leukemia when Paré was five, leaving his mother to raise their large family of children. Paré was working as a chef in New York City when an agent...
12. Vidyut Jammwal
Actor | Force
Given his elaborate expertise in the martial arts especially the ancient form called Kalaripayattu (which he's trained in since he was all of 4 years old), Vidyut has committed himself to creating a platform for action and stunts in world cinema. His first Bollywood outing Force (a remake of the ...
**It looks like the year 2017 will be Vidyut's milestone year as he becomes one of the biggest action stars in India.
13. Jeff Speakman
Actor | The Perfect Weapon
Jeff Speakman was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he became a All-American springboard diver in high school. He broke records in his school's district and conference all without ever having a coach. Determined to go to college, he worked for six years and graduated with honors from ...
14. Jon-Erik Hexum
Actor | Voyagers!
In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing...
He could've been Superman or Captain America of his era if cinematic tech allowed during his prime.
Better luck next life...
Actor | The Big Hit
Antonio Sabato Jr. was born on February 29, 1972 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio G. Sabato Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for The Big Hit (1998), Shark Hunter (2001) and General Hospital (1963). He was previously married to Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes and Tully Jensen.
16. Shawn Christian
Actor | Meet Dave
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Shawn Christian grew up acting purely for the love of it. "Acting in and writing for talent shows and school plays was simply a small town passion until I graduated from Ferris State University." After earning a degree in Marketing Shawn left the next day to ...
Underrated actor trapped in TV soaps forever.
17. Greg Vaughan
Actor | Days of Our Lives
James Gregory Vaughan, Jr., was born in Dallas, Texas, on June 15, 1973, and was raised in both the big city of Dallas and the small German town of Fredericksburg, Texas, from his preschool years through his early teens, graduating from Mesquite High in 1991. Vaughan was involved in sports, student...
Actor | Grease 2
Maxwell Caulfield began his film career in a big way. He was chosen from among thousands of applicants to appear as Michael Carrington in the sequel to the most successful musical film of all time. Both he and his co-star, a fresh-faced young newcomer named Michelle Pfeiffer, were hailed as "The ...
19. Dennis Newman
Actor | No Pain, No Gain
Dennis Newman was born on January 4, 1970. He is an actor, known for No Pain, No Gain (2004).
With proper training in acting, Newman could've been the next bodybuilder-turned-action star since Arnold Schwarzenegger.
21. Frank Zagarino
Actor | Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
Frank Zagarino was born on December 19, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Frank Anthony Zagarino. He is an actor and producer, known for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999), Assassination (1987) and Airboss II: Preemptive Strike (1998).
22. Lochlyn Munro
Actor | Riverdale
Lochlyn Munro started his acting career after a serious sports injury ended his dream of playing professional hockey. A talented musician, Lochlyn turned his attention to the performing arts. While playing music in various clubs around Vancouver, British Columbia, Lochlyn studied drama and ...
Actor | Avengers: Age of Ultron
Thomas Kretschmann was born in East Germany. Before becoming an actor, he was a swimmer. He has acted in several popular American movies, such as Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), The Pianist (2002), U-571 (2000), In Enemy Hands (2004), etc. He has three children, Nicolas, Stella and Sascha with ...
24. Scott Adkins
Actor | Boyka: Undisputed IV
Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England, into a family that for generations were butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by their parents, John and Janet (Sanders) Adkins, in a loving middle-class family. Scott attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar ...
25. Eric Bana
Actor | Munich
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family ...
Chopper (2000) ; Hulk (2003) ; Troy (2004) ; Munich (2005) ; The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Eric Bana has starred in several great movies. As director Steven Spielberg rightly pointed out, Eric Bana has the looks of humanity (rarely seen in contemporary actors). I just think that he should be lead-starring in more movies as he is still in his prime.
26. Ken Wahl
Actor | Wiseguy
Ken Wahl is award-winning actor, most known for his Golden Globe starring role in the ground-breaking, critically acclaimed CBS crime drama, "Wiseguy." He entered acting without experience or aspirations: In 1979, Ken was set to be a walk-on in director Philip Kaufman's movie "The Wanderers", and ...
27. Clive Owen
Actor | Closer
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting ...
Sin City (2005) & Shoot 'Em Up (2007) Clive Owen should have been cast as James Bond, following Pierce Brosnan's 007 term.
28. Dermot Mulroney
Actor | My Best Friend's Wedding
Dermot Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to Ellen and Michael Mulroney, a law professor at Villanova. Since being discovered at Northwestern University by a Hollywood talent agent 28 years ago, Mulroney has been seen in over 70 films. Mulroney is a classically trained cellist who began ...
29. Scott Speedman
Actor | Underworld
Scott Speedman was born in London, England, to Scottish parents, Mary (Campbell), a primary school teacher, and Roy Speedman, a department store buyer. He grew up in Toronto, Canada. He was an aspiring swimmer and held a record amongst the best for distance freestyle, unfortunately, an accident put...
30. Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon ...
31. Ray Stevenson
Actor | Thor
Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at ...
32. Gabriel Macht
Actor | The Good Shepherd
Gabriel Macht is an American actor. He was born in the Bronx, New York, to Suzanne, a museum curator and archivist, and actor Stephen Macht. Gabriel has three siblings, and moved with his parents to California when he was young.
Gabriel had his first success on screen when he was 8-years-old. He was ...
33. Josh Lucas
Actor | Sweet Home Alabama
Josh Lucas was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Michele (LeFevre), a nurse midwife, and Don Maurer, an ER doctor.
Lucas' film career began by accident in 1979 when a small Canadian film production shot on the tiny coastal South Carolina Island, Sullivan's Island, where Lucas and his family lived. ...
34. Dominic Purcell
Actor | Blade: Trinity
Born in England but raised in Australia by his Norwegian father and Irish mother, Purcell was a bored landscaper who decided to attend a drama school. He became a TV star in Australia before debuting in America as the title character in John Doe (2002). In 2000, he won the Green Card lottery and ...