Favorite Actorsby smcgann14 | created - 27 Sep 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
No particular order.
1. Ben Affleck
Producer | Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...
Great in: Good Will Hunting (Chuckie), Dogma (Bartleby), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Holden McNeil/Ben Affleck), Paycheck (Jennings), The Town (Doug MacRay), Gone Girl (Nick Dunne), The Accountant (Christian Wolff)
Also saw him in: Field of Dreams (Baseball Fan at Fenway Park), Mallrats (Shannon), Clerks II (Gawking Guy), Suicide Squad (Batman)
2. Fairuza Balk
Actress | The Craft
"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, and her mother, Cathryn Balk, was a belly dancer. Her...
Great in: The Craft (Nancy Downs), The Waterboy (Vicki Vallencourt), Almost Famous (Sapphire), Grindstone Road (Hannah), Dose of Reality (Rose), August Falls (Anna Ellison)
Also saw her in: American History X (Stacey)
3. 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: ...
Great in: The Mask (Stanley Ipkiss), Dumb and Dumber (Lloyd Christmas), Batman Forever (Riddler/Dr. Edward Nygma), The Cable Guy (The Cable Guy), Liar Liar (Fletcher Reede), The Truman Show (Truman Burbank), Man on the Moon (Andy Kaufman), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Grinch), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Count Olaf)
Also saw him in: Horton Hears a Who! (Horton), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (CBC News Anchor - Scott Riles)
Actor | Michael Clayton
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and television host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney ...
Great in: From Dusk Till Dawn (Seth Gecko), Ocean's Eleven (Danny Ocean), Ocean's Twelve (Danny Ocean), Good Night, and Good Luck. (Fred Friendly), Syriana (Bob Barnes), Up in the Air (Ryan Bingham), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Mr. Fox), Gravity (Matt Kowalski)
Also saw him in: Batman & Robin (Batman), South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Dr. Gouache)
5. Bud Cort
Actor | Harold and Maude
Bud Cort, American actor/comedian, was born Walter Edward Cox in New Rochelle, New York. The second of five children, he grew up in Rye, New York, the son of Joseph P. Cox, an orchestra leader, pianist, and owner of a successful men's clothing store in Rye, and Alma M. Court a former newspaper and ...
Great in: Harold and Maude (Harold), Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Bill Ubell)
Also saw him in: And the Band Played On (Antique Shop Owner), Dogma (John Doe Jersey), But I'm a Cheerleader (Peter)
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 ...
Great in: Public Enemies (Billie Frechette), Inception (Mal), Midnight in Paris (Adriana), Allied (Marianne Beauséjour)
Also saw her in: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Canadian Anchor)
7. 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. ...
Great in: Risky Business (Joel Goodsen), Jerry Maguire (Jerry Maguire), Eyes Wide Shut (William Harford), Magnolia (Frank T.J. Mackey)
Also saw him in: Rock of Ages (Stacee Jaxx)
8. 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 ...
Great in: Good Will Hunting (Will Hunting), Rounders (Mike McDermott), Dogma (Loki), Ocean's Twelve (Linus Caldwell), The Informant! (Mark Whitacre), Behind the Candelabra (Scott Thorson), The Martian (Mark Watney)
Also saw him in: Field of Dreams (Extra), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Matt Damon), Ocean's Eleven (Linus Caldwell), Gerry (Gerry), Stuck on You (Bob Tenor), Syriana (Bryan Woodman), Deadpool 2 (Redneck #2)
9. Jeff Daniels
Actor | The Squid and the Whale
Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and ...
Great in: The Purple Rose of Cairo (Tom Baxter/Gil Shepherd), Dumb and Dumber (Harry Dunne), Pleasantville (Bill Johnson), The Hours (Louis Waters), The Martian (Teddy Sanders)
Also saw him in: Because of Winn-Dixie (Preacher), Good Night, and Good Luck. (Sig Mickelson), RV (Travis Gornickle)
10. Viola Davis
Actress | Fences
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...
Great in: Doubt (Mrs. Miller), The Help (Aibileen Clark), Get on Up (Susie Brown)
Also saw her in: Syriana (CIA Chairwoman), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Abby Black), Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller)
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,...
Great in: What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Arnie Grape), Titanic (Jack Dawson), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale Jr.), The Aviator (Howard Hughes), Inception (Dom Cobb), Django Unchained (Calvin Candie), The Great Gatsby (Jay Gatsby), The Wolf of Wall Street (Jordan Belfort)
Also saw him in: Romeo + Juliet (Romeo)
Actor | The Matrix
One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer.
Great in: Apocalypse Now (Tyrone "Clean" Miller), Boyz n the Hood (Furious Styles), What's Love Got to Do with It (Ike Turner), Hoodlum (Bumpy Johnson), The Matrix (Morpheus)
13. Paul Giamatti
Actor | Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004), and Barney's Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella ...
Great in: Private Parts (Kenny), Big Fat Liar (Marty Wolf), Cinderella Man (Joe Gould), Too Big to Fail (Ben Bernanke), Parkland (Abraham Zapruder), Saving Mr. Banks (Ralph), Love & Mercy (Dr. Eugene Landy), Straight Outta Compton (Jerry Heller)
Also saw him in: The Truman Show (Control Room Director), Man on the Moon (Bob Zmuda), Paycheck (Shorty), Robots (Tim the Gate Guard), The Ant Bully (Stan Beals), Rock of Ages (Paul Gill)
14. 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 ...
Great in: The Money Pit (Walter Fielding), The 'Burbs (Ray Peterson), Philadelphia (Andrew Beckett), Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump), Apollo 13 (Jim Lovell), Toy Story (Woody), You've Got Mail (Joe Fox), Toy Story 2 (Woody), The Green Mile (Paul Edgecomb), Cast Away (Chuck Noland), Catch Me If You Can (Carl Hanratty), The Polar Express (Various), Toy Story 3 (Woody), Captain Phillips (Richard Phillips), Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney)
Also saw him in: The Simpson Movie (Tom Hanks), The Great Buck Howard (Mr. Gable), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Thomas Schell)
15. 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. ...
Great in: The Truman Show (Christof), Radio (Coach Jones), Appaloosa (Virgil Cole), Game Change (John McCain), The Adderall Diaries (Neil Elliott)
Also saw him in: Apollo 13 (Gene Kranz), The Hours (Richard Brown), Gravity (Mission Control)
16. Brad Jones
Writer | Freak Out
Brad Jones was born on December 20, 1981 in Springfield, Illinois, USA. He is an editor and producer, known for Freak Out (2003), Game Boys (2008) and Cheap (2005). He has been married to Laura Luke since November 11, 2017. He was previously married to Jillian Zurawski.
Great in: Freak Out (Dean), Cheap (Jack Stone), Midnight Heat (Martin), Game Boys (Scott), The Hooker with a Heart of Gold (Zalman/Steele), Paranoia (Mark Bishop)
Also saw him in: Kickassia (Cinema Snob), Jesus, Bro! (Willy Whitehead)
Actor | The Master
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ...
Great in: Hard Eight (Young Craps Player), Boogie Nights (Scotty J.), Magnolia (Phil Parma), Almost Famous (Lester Bangs), Punch-Drunk Love (Dean Trumbell), 25th Hour (Jacob Elinsky), Doubt (Father Brendan Flynn), The Master (Lancaster Dodd)
Also saw him in: Nobody's Fool (Officer Raymer), Twister (Dustin Davis), The Big Lebowski (Brandt), Moneyball (Art Howe)
18. 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 (...
Great in: Who's That Knocking at My Door (J.R.), Reservoir Dogs (Mr. White), Bad Lieutenant (LT), Pulp Fiction (The Wolf), From Dusk Till Dawn (Jacob Fuller)
Also saw him in: U-571 (CPO Henry Klough), Little Nicky (Dad), Moonrise Kingdom (Commander Pierce)
19. Nicole Kidman
Actress | Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.
Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...
Great in: To Die For (Suzanne Stone), Eyes Wide Shut (Alice Harford), The Hours (Virginia Woolf), Birth (Anna), Rabbit Hole (Becca Corbett), Hemingway & Gellhorn (Martha Gellhorn), Big Little Lies (Celeste Wright)
Also saw her in: BMX Bandits (Judy), Batman Forever (Chase Meridian), Happy Feet (Norma Jean)
Actor | Dallas Buyers Club
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is ...
Great in: A Time to Kill (Jake Tyler Brigance), Contact (Palmer Joss), Dallas Buyers Club (Ron Woodroof), The Wolf of Wall Street (Mark Hanna), Free State of Jones (Newton Knight)
Also saw him in: U-571 (Lt. Andrew Tyler), Bernie (Danny Buck)
21. Julianne Moore
Actress | The Hours
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from ...
Great in: Boogie Nights (Amber Waves), The Big Lebowski (Maude Lebowski), Magnolia (Linda Partridge), The Hours (Laura Brown), Game Change (Sarah Palin)
Also saw her in: Evolution (Allison)
22. 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, ...
Great in: Ghostbusters (Peter Venkman), Scrooged (Frank Cross), Groundhog Day (Phil), Rushmore (Herman Blume), The Royal Tenenbaums (Raleigh St. Clair), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Steve Zissou), Moonrise Kingdom (Mr. Bishop), A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (Saul)
Also saw him in: Little Shop of Horrors (Arthur Denton), Ghostbusters II (Peter Venkman), Space Jam (Bill Murray), Garfield (Garfield), Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties (Garfield), Get Smart (Agent 13), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Badger)
23. 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...
Great in: Easy Rider (George Hanson), The Shining (Jack Torrance), Batman (The Joker), As Good As It Gets (Melvin Udall), The Bucket List (Edward)
Also saw him in: Something's Gotta Give (Harry Sanborn)
24. Edward Norton
Actor | American History X
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 ...
Great in: The People vs. Larry Flynt (Alan Isaacman), Rounders (Worm), American History X (Derek Vinyard), Death to Smoochy (Sheldon Mopes), 25th Hour (Monty Brogan), Moonrise Kingdom (Scout Master Ward), Sausage Party (Sammy Bagel, Jr.)
Also saw him in: Frida (Nelson Rockefeller)
25. Paul Rudd
Actor | Ant-Man
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the London area, U.K. He has one sister, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at ...
Great in: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Bryan Fantana), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (David), Knocked Up (Pete), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Mr. Anderson), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Bryan Fantana)
Also saw him in: Romeo + Juliet (Paris), Night at the Museum (Don), Monsters vs. Aliens (Derek Dietl), Admission (John Pressman), This is The End (Paul Rudd), Sausage Party (Darren)
26. Seth Rogen
Actor | This Is the End
An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen.
Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian...
Great in: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Cal), Knocked Up (Ben Stone), Monsters vs. Aliens (B.O.B.), Funny People (Ira Wright), 50/50 (Kyle), The Guilt Trip (Andrew Brewster), This Is the End (Seth Rogen), The Interview (Aaron Rappaport), Sausage Party (Frank/Sergeant Pepper), The Disaster Artist (Sandy Schklair)
Also saw him in: Donnie Darko (Ricky Danforth), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Eager Cameraman), Shrek the Third (Ship Captain), Horton Hears a Who! (Morton), Kung Fu Panda (Mantis)
27. Meryl Streep
Actress | Out of Africa
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 ...
Great in: The Hours (Clarissa Vaughan), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Aunt Josephine), Doubt (Sister Aloysius Beauvier), Julie & Julia (Julia Child), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Mrs. Fox), It's Complicated (Jane Adler), August: Osage County (Violet Weston)
Also saw her in: Manhattan (Jill), A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Blue Mecha), Stuck on You (Meryl Streep), The Ant Bully (Queen), Mamma Mia! (Donna), The Giver (Chief Elder)
Actor | Sling Blade
Billy Bob Thornton was born on August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Virginia Roberta (Faulkner), a psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, an educator, high school history teacher, and basketball coach (now deceased). He is the older brother of James Donald (Jimmy Don) (born in ...
Great in: Sling Blade (Karl Childers), Bad Santa (Willie), Faster (Cop)
Also saw him in: Parkland (Forrest Surrels), Bad Santa 2 (Willie)
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 ...
Great in: Annie Hall (Duane Hall), At Close Range (Brad Jr.), Batman Returns (Max Shreck), Pulp Fiction (Captain Koons), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale), Hairspray (Wilbur Turnblad), Seven Psychopaths (Hans)
Also saw him in: Wayne's World 2 (Bobby Cahn), Jersey Boys (Gyp DeCarlo)
30. Robin Williams
Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...
Great in: Mork & Mindy (Mork), Good Morning, Vietnam (Adrian Cronauer), Dead Poets Society (John Keating), Aladdin (The Genie), Mrs. Doubtfire (Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire), The Birdcage (Armand Goldman), Good Will Hunting (Sean Maguire), Death to Smoochy (Rainbow Randolph), Robots (Fender), Happy Feet (Ramon/Lovelace)
Also saw him in: Flubber (Philip Brainard), A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Dr. Know), RV (Bob Munro), Night at the Museum (Teddy Roosevelt), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Teddy Roosevelt), A Merry Friggin' Christmas (Virgil Mitchler)
31. 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 ...
Great in: The Last Boy Scout (Joe Hallenback), Pulp Fiction (Butch Coolidge), Nobody's Fool (Carl Roebuck), Ocean's Twelve (Bruce Willis), Over the Hedge (RJ), Moonrise Kingdom (Captain Sharp)
Also saw him in: North (Narrator), Rugrats Go Wild (Spike)
Actress | Wild
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 at Southern Baptist Hospital (now Memorial Medical Center) in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the second child of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Reese) and Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, Sr. Her father was a military surgeon specializing in ear, nose ...
Great in: Pleasantville (Jennifer), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Monsters vs. Aliens (Susan Murphy/Ginormica), Inherent Vice (Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball), Big Little Lies (Madeline Martha Mackenzie)
Also saw her in: American Psycho (Evelyn Williams), Little Nicky (Holly)