All Time Actors

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1. Robert De Niro

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 English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...

The Godfather: Part II; Taxi Driver; 1900; The Deer Hunter; Raging Bull; The King of Comedy; Once Upon a Time in America; The Mission; Brazil; The Untouchables; Awakenings; Goodfellas; Casino; Heat; Sleepers; Jackie Brown; Stardust; Silver Linings Playbook; and ...

2. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

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

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

The Godfather; Serpico; The Godfather: Part II; Dog Day Afternoon; Scarface; Scarface; The Godfather: Part III; Scent of a Woman; Glengarry Glen Ross; Heat; Donnie Brasco; The Insider; The Devil's Advocate; and ...

3. 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 ...

Viva Zapata!; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Godfather; Last Tango in Paris; Apocalypse Now; and ...

4. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

The Kid; The Gold Rush; The Circus; City Lights; Modern Times; The Great Dictator; Monsieur Verdoux; Limelight; The Chaplin Revue; and ...

5. Dustin Hoffman

Actor | Rain Man

Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...

The Graduate; Midnight Cowboy; Straw Dogs; Papillon; Lenny; Marathon Man; All the President's Men; Kramer vs. Kramer; Tootsie; Rain Man; Stranger Than Fiction; Perfume: The Story of a Murderer; and ...

6. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Nicholas Blake, Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being; My Left Foot; In the Name of the Father; The Last of the Mohicans; The Boxer; There Will Be Blood; Lincoln; Phantom Thread; and ...

7. Anthony Quinn

Actor | Alexis Zorbas

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

The Ox-Bow Incident; Viva Zapata!; La Strada; Fatal Desire; Requiem for a Heavyweight; The Guns of Navarone; Lawrence of Arabia; Zorba the Greek; The Visit; The 25th Hour; The Message; The Inheritance; High Rollers; Stradivari; Lion of the Desert; Seven Servants; and ...

8. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

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

Drunken Angel; Stray Dog; Rashomon; Foghorn; Sanjuro; Seven Samurai; Throne of Blood; The Hidden Fortress; High and Low; The Bad Sleep Well; Red Beard; The Sword of Doom; Samurai Rebellion; Nippon no don: Yabohen; and ...

9. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

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

The Petrified Forest; Angels with Dirty Faces; Dark Victory; The Roaring Twenties; The Maltese Falcon; High Sierra; Casablanca; Sahara; To Have and Have Not; The Big Sleep; Dark Passage; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; In a Lonely Place; Key Largo; The African Queen; The Caine Mutiny; We're No Angels; Sabrina; The Desperate Hours; The Harder They Fall; and ...

10. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

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

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

Young Mr. Lincoln; The Grapes of Wrath; The Lady Eve; The Ox-Bow Incident; My Darling Clementine; Fort Apache; Mister Roberts; The Wrong Man; Fail-Safe; Advise & Consent; 12 Angry Men; The Best Man; Once Upon a Time in the West; My Name Is Nobody; On Golden Pond; and ...

11. Michael Caine

Actor | The Quiet American

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

Get Carter; Sleuth; The Man Who Would Be King; Hannah and Her Sisters; Noises Off...; The Muppet Christmas Carol; The Cider House Rules; Children of Men; Batman Begins; The Prestige; The Dark Knight; Kingsman: The Secret Service; and ...

12. Peter O'Toole

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...

Lawrence of Arabia; Becket; How to Steal a Million; The Lion in Winter; The Ruling Class; The Last Emperor; Lassie; Venus; and ...

13. 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...

Easy Rider; Five Easy Pieces; The Last Detail; Chinatown; The Passenger; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; The Shining; Terms of Endearment; Batman; A Few Good Men; About Schmidt; As Good as It Gets; The Departed; and ...

14. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Rebecca

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

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

Wuthering Heights; Rebecca; Hamlet; Richard III; Spartacus; Sleuth; Marathon Man; A Little Romance; and ...

15. 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), ...

Sid and Nancy; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; JFK; Bram Stoker's Dracula; Immortal Beloved; Léon: The Professional; The Fifth Element; Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; The Dark Knight Rises; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Darkest Hour; and ...

16. Philip Seymour Hoffman

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 ...

Scent of a Woman; Boogie Nights; Happiness; Magnolia; Punch-Drunk Love; 25th Hour; Capote; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Charlie Wilson's War; The Savages; Synecdoche, New York; Cold Mountain; Doubt; Moneyball; The Master; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and ...

17. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

The Lion in Winter; The Elephant Man; 84 Charing Cross Road; The Silence of the Lambs; Howards End; Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Remains of the Day; The World's Fastest Indian; and ...

18. James Stewart

Actor | Vertigo

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

After the Thin Man; You Can't Take It with You; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Destry Rides Again; The Mortal Storm; The Philadelphia Story; The Shop Around the Corner; It's a Wonderful Life; Rope; Harvey; Winchester '73; Rear Window; The Man Who Knew Too Much; Vertigo; Anatomy of a Murder; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; The Flight of the Phoenix; The Shootist; and ...

19. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Kelly's Heroes; Where Eagles Dare; Dirty Harry; The Outlaw Josey Wales; Escape from Alcatraz; High Plains Drifter; Unforgiven; A Perfect World; The Bridges of Madison County; Mystic River; Million Dollar Baby; Gran Torino; and ...

20. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

Our Hospitality; Sherlock Jr.; The Navigator; Seven Chances; The General; The Cameraman; Steamboat Bill, Jr.; Limelight; and ...

21. John Wayne

Actor | True Grit

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...

Stagecoach; Fort Apache; The Quiet Man; The Searchers; Rio Bravo; The Longest Day; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; El Dorado; The Shootist; and ...

22. Marcello Mastroianni

Actor |

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

Le Notti Bianche; Big Deal on Madonna Street; Bell' Antonio; Hungry for Love; La Dolce Vita; Divorce Italian Style; La Notte; The Organizer; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; 8½; Marriage Italian Style; A Special Day; Dirty Weekend; Todo modo; The Suspended Step of the Stork; Dark Eyes; and ...

23. 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 ...

Live Flesh; Before Night Falls; Mondays in the Sun; The Sea Inside; No Country for Old Men; Biutiful; Skyfall; Mother!; and ...

24. 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...

The Usual Suspects; Se7en; L.A. Confidential; American Beauty; The Life of David Gale; Moon; Margin Call; Baby Driver; and ...

25. Jack Lemmon

Actor | The Apartment

Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers ...

Mister Roberts; The Apartment; Days of Wine and Roses; The Odd Couple; Missing; JFK; Glengarry Glen Ross; and ...

26. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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

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

The Longest Day; Hamlet; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Becket; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Anne of the Thousand Days; Where Eagles Dare; and ...

27. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...

Somebody Up There Likes Me; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Long, Hot Summer; The Hustler; Hud; Sweet Bird of Youth; Cool Hand Luke; Hombre; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; The Sting; The Verdict; Nobody's Fool; and ...

28. Gunnar Björnstrand

Actor | Det sjunde inseglet

Being the son of an acting father, Oscar Johanson, it isn't surprising that he wanted to be an actor already as a child. However, he first worked as a baker's apprentice, in a barber shop or in the docks. After the conscription he got his first role, a bit part on the theater Lilla Teatern in ...

The Seventh Seal; Wild Strawberries; Through a Glass Darkly; Winter Light; The Magician; Persona; Shame; Blow Hot, Blow Cold; Face to Face; and ...

29. Cary Grant

Actor | Charade

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

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

The Awful Truth; Bringing Up Baby; His Girl Friday; Only Angels Have Wings; Gunga Din; The Philadelphia Story; Suspicion; The Talk of the Town; Arsenic and Old Lace; Notorious; The Bishop's Wife; To Catch a Thief; People Will Talk; North by Northwest; An Affair to Remember; Charade; and ...

30. Takashi Shimura

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

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

Drunken Angel; Stray Dog; The Quiet Duel; Rashomon; Ikiru; Foghorn; Godzilla; Seven Samurai; Throne of Blood; Sanjuro; and ...

31. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

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

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers; A Letter to Three Wives; Out of the Past; The Bad and the Beautiful; Detective Story; Ace in the Hole; Paths of Glory; Spartacus; Lonely Are the Brave; Seven Days in May; and ...

32. Ethan Hawke

Actor | Training Day

Ethan Green Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (Green), a charity worker, and James Steven Hawke, an insurance actuary. His parents were students at the University of Texas at the time but divorced when Ethan was 5 years old. His mother raised him alone for the ...

Dead Poets Society; Before Sunrise; Gattaca; Training Day; Lord of War; Before Sunset; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Before Midnight; Boyhood; Maudie; and ...

33. Albert Finney

Actor | Erin Brockovich

Albert Finney came to the movies from the theatre, where he was especially successful in the plays of William Shakespeare. He became a leading figure of the young Free Cinema. His film debut was in 1960 with De Humorist (1960) by Tony Richardson, who had also directed him in theatre plays several ...

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; The Dresser; Scrooge; Two for the Road; Miller's Crossing; Amazing Grace; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Big Fish; and ...

34. 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"....

Raging Bull; Once Upon a Time in America; Home Alone; Goodfellas; My Cousin Vinny; Casino; and ...

35. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

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

The Seventh Seal; The Magician; The Virgin Spring; Through a Glass Darkly; Winter Light; Shame; The Passion of Anna; The Emigrants; The New Land; The Exorcist; Three Days of the Condor; Pelle the Conqueror; The Best Intentions; Una vita scellerata; Minority Report; and ...

36. 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 ...

Philadelphia; Forrest Gump; Apollo 13; Saving Private Ryan; The Green Mile; Cast Away; Road to Perdition; Catch Me If You Can; Captain Phillips; Charlie Wilson's War; Saving Mr. Banks; Bridge of Spies; Everything Is Copy; Sully; The Post; and ...

37. Jean-Louis Trintignant

Actor | Amour

Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with ...

Violent Summer; A Man and a Woman; The Great Silence; Il Sorpasso; Z; My Night at Maud's; The Conformist; Sortüz egy fekete bivalyért; Three Colors: Red; Amour; Happy End; and ...

38. Leonardo DiCaprio

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,...

What's Eating Gilbert Grape; Titanic; Gangs of New York; Catch Me If You Can; The Aviator; Blood Diamond; The Departed; Revolutionary Road; Inception; Shutter Island; Django Unchained; The Wolf of Wall Street; The Revenant; and ...

39. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

Glory; Driving Miss Daisy; Unforgiven; The Shawshank Redemption; Se7en; Million Dollar Baby; Gone Baby Gone; and ...

40. Timothy Spall

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in ...

Secrets & Lies; All or Nothing; Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; The Damned United; Mr. Turner; Away; and ...

41. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Walk the Line

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 in New York,...

To Die For; Gladiator; Quills; Hotel Rwanda; Walk the Line; The Master; Her; You Were Never Really Here; and ...

42. Chishû Ryû

Actor | Tôkyô monogatari

What an amazing career! Few can boast a longer one (64 years of activity). Few have been able to have to relate to three generations. And it is pretty sure that no one can compare with him in terms of faithfulness to a director: Chishu Ryu indeed appeared in no fewer than fifty-two out of ...

Late Spring; Early Summer; Tokyo Story; Tôkyô boshoku; An Autumn Afternoon ; and ...

43. Jean-Paul Belmondo

Actor | Pierrot le fou

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



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