Most Oscar-Nominated Actorsby smcgann14 | created - 06 Jan 2014 | updated - 18 hours ago | Public
The complete list ranked.
1. 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 ...
3/21 The Post (Actress); Florence Foster Jenkins (Actress); Into the Woods (S. Actress); August: Osage County (Actress); The Iron Lady (Actress - win); Julie & Julia (Actress); Doubt (Actress); The Devil Wears Prada (Actress); Adaptation. (S. Actress); Music of the Heart (Actress); One True Thing (Actress); The Bridges of Madison County (Actress); Postcards from the Edge (Actress); A Cry in the Dark (Actress); Ironweed (Actress); Out of Africa (Actress); Silkwood (Actress); Sophie's Choice (Actress - win); The French Lieutenant's Woman (Actress); Kramer vs. Kramer (S. Actress - win); The Deer Hunter (S. Actress)
Actress | The Lion in Winter
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was ...
4/12 On Golden Pond (Actress - win); The Lion In Winter (Actress -win/tie); Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Actress - win); Long Day's Journey into Night (Actress); Suddenly, Last Summer (Actress); The Rainmaker (Actress); Summertime (Actress); The African Queen (Actress); Woman of the Year (Actress); The Philadelphia Story (Actress); Alice Adams (Actress); Morning Glory (Actress - win) R.I.P.
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...
3/12 About Schmidt (Actor); As Good As It Gets (Actor - win); A Few Good Men (S. Actor); Ironweed (Actor); Prizzi's Honor (Actor); Terms of Endearment (S. Actor - win); Reds (S. Actor); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Actor - win); Chinatown (Actor); The Last Detail (Actor); Five Easy Pieces (Actor); Easy Rider (S. Actor)
4. Bette Davis
Actress | All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but...
2/10 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Actress); The Star (Actress); All About Eve (Actress); Mr. Skeffington (Actress); Now, Voyager (Actress); The Little Foxes (Actress); The Letter (Actress); Dark Victory (Actress); Jezebel (Actress - win); Dangerous (Actress - win) R.I.P.
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 ...
1/10 The Boys from Brazil (Actor); Marathon Man (S. Actor); Sleuth (Actor); Othello (Actor); The Entertainer (Actor); Richard III (Actor); Hamlet (Actor - win); Henry V (Actor); Rebecca (Actor); Wuthering Heights (Actor) R.I.P.
Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the ...
2/9 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Actor); Judgment at Nuremburg (Actor); Inherit the Wild (Actor); The Old Man and the Sea (Actor); Bad Day at Black Rock (Actor); Father of the Bride (Actor); Boys Town (Actor - win); Captain Courageous (Actor - win); San Francisco (Actor) R.I.P.
7. 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...
1/9 Road to Perdition (S. Actor); Nobody's Fool (Actor); The Color of Money (Actor - win); The Verdict (Actor); Absence of Malice (Actor); Cool Hand Luke (Actor); Hud (Actor); The Hustler (Actor); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Actor) R.I.P.
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 ...
2/8 A Dry White Season (S. Actor); Last Tango in Paris (Actor); The Godfather (Actor - win); Sayonara (Actor); On the Waterfront (Actor - win); Julius Caesar (Actor); Viva Zapata! (Actor); A Streetcar Named Desire (Actor) R.I.P.
9. 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 ...
2/8 Missing (Actor), Tribute (Actor), The China Syndrome (Actor); Save the Tiger (Actor - win); Days of Wine and Roses (Actor); The Apartment (Actor); Some Like It Hot (Actor); Mister Roberts (S. Actor - win) R.I.P.
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 ...
2/8 Roman J. Israel, Esp. (Actor); Fences (Actor); Flight (Actor); Training Day (Actor - win); The Hurricane (Actor); Malcolm X (Actor); Glory (S. Actor - win); Cry Freedom (S. Actor)
11. 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 ...
1/8 Scent of a Woman (Actor - win); Glengarry Glenn Ross (S. Actor); Dick Tracy (S. Actor); ...And Justice for All (Actor); Dog Day Afternoon (Actor); The Godfather Part II (Actor); Serpico (Actor); The Godfather (S. Actor)
12. Geraldine Page
Actress | The Trip to Bountiful
Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl...
1/8 The Trip of Bountiful (Actress - win); The Pope of Greenwich Village (S. Actress); Interiors (Actress); Pete 'n' Tillie (S. Actress); You're a Big Boy Now (S. Actress); Sweet Bird of Youth (Actress); Summer and Smoke (Actress); Hondo (S. Actress) R.I.P.
13. 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 ...
0/8 Venus (Actor), My Favorite Year (Actor), The Stunt Man (Actor); The Ruling Class (Actor); Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Actor); The Lion In Winter(Actor); Becket (Actor); Lawrence of Arabia (Actor) R.I.P.
14. Ingrid Bergman
Actress | Notorious
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...
3/7 Autumn Sonata (Actress); Murder on the Orient Express (S. Actress - win); Anastasia (Actress - win); Joan of Arc (Actress); The Bells of St. Mary's (Actress); Gaslight (Actress - win); For Whom the Bell Tolls (Actress) R.I.P.
15. Cate Blanchett
Actress | Carol
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...
2/7 Carol (Actress); Blue Jasmine (Actress - win); Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Actress); I'm Not There (S. Actress); Notes on a Scandal (S. Actress); The Aviator (S. Actress - win); Elizabeth (Actress)
16. 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...
2/7 Silver Linings Playbook (S. Actor); Cape Fear (Actor); Awakenings (Actor); Raging Bull (Actor - win); The Deer Hunter (Actor); Taxi Driver (Actor); The Godfather Part II (S. Actor - win)
17. Jane Fonda
Actress | Klute
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by ...
2/7 The Morning After (Actress); On Golden Pond (S. Actress); The China Syndrome (Actress); Coming Home (Actress - win); Julia (Actress); Klute (Actress - win); They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Actress)
18. 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, ...
2/7 Wag the Dog (Actor); Rain Man (Actor - win); Tootsie (Actor); Kramer vs. Kramer (Actor - win); Lenny (Actor); Midnight Cowboy (Actor); The Graduate (Actor)
19. Jeff Bridges
Actor | The Big Lebowski
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...
1/7 Hell or High Water (S. Actor); True Grit (Actor); Crazy Heart (Actor - win); The Contender (S. Actor); Starman (Actor); Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (S. Actor); The Last Picture Show (S. Actor)
20. Judi Dench
Actress | Skyfall
Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...
1/7 Philomena (Actress); Notes on a Scandal (Actress); Mrs. Henderson Presents (Actress); Iris (Actress); Chocolat (S. Actress); Shakespeare in Love (S. Actress - win); Mrs. Brown (Actress)
21. Robert Duvall
Actor | The Apostle
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...
1/7 The Judge (S. Actor); A Civil Action (S. Actor); The Apostle (Actor); Tender Mercies (Actor - win); The Great Santini (Actor); Apocalypse Now (S. Actor); The Godfather (S. Actor)
22. Greer Garson
Actress | Mrs. Miniver
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an ...
1/7 Sunrise at Campobello (Actress); The Valley of Decision (Actress); Mrs. Parkington (Actress); Madame Curie (Actress); Mrs. Miniver (Actress - win); Blossoms in the Dust (Actress); Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Actress) R.I.P.
23. Kate Winslet
Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...
1/7 Steve Jobs (S. Actress); The Reader (Actress - win); Little Children (Actress); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Actress); Iris (S. Actress); Titanic (Actress); Sense and Sensibility (S. Actress)
24. 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 ...
0/7 Equus (Actor); Anne of the Thousand Days (Actor); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Actor); The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Actor); Becket (Actor); The Robe (Actor); My Cousin Rachel (S. Actor) R.I.P.
25. Glenn Close
Actress | Fatal Attraction
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Bettine (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families.
Glenn was often seen on ...
0/7 The Wife (Actress); Albert Nobbs (Actress); Dangerous Liaisons (Actress); Fatal Attraction (Actress); The Natural (S. Actress); The Big Chill (S. Actress); The World According to Garp (S. Actress)
26. 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 ...
3/6 Phantom Thread (Actor); Lincoln (Actor - win); There Will Be Blood (Actor - win); Gangs of New York (Actor); In the Name of the Father (Actor); My Left Foot (Actor - win)
27. 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 ...
2/6 The Quiet American (Actor); The Cider House Rules (S. Actor - win); Hannah and Her Sisters (S. Actor - win); Educating Rita (Actor); Sleuth (Actor); Alfie (Actor)
28. Jessica Lange
Actress | Tootsie
Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis...
2/6 Blue Sky (Actress - win), Music Box (Actress); Sweet Dreams (Actress); Country (Actress); Frances (Actress); Tootsie (S. Actress - win)
29. Maggie Smith
Actress | Gosford Park
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...
2/6 Gosford Park (S. Actress); A Room with a View (S. Actress); California Suite (S. Actress - win); Travels with My Aunt (Actress); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Actress - win); Othello (S. Actress)
30. Ellen Burstyn
Actress | Requiem for a Dream
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from ...
1/6 Requiem for a Dream (Actress); Resurrection (Actress); Same Time, Next Year (Actress); Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Actress - win); The Exorcist (Actress); The Last Picture Show (S. Actress)
31. Vanessa Redgrave
Actress | Atonement
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...
1/6 Howard's End (S. Actress), The Bostonians (Actress); Julia (S. Actress - win); Mary, Queen of Scots (Actress); Isadora (Actress); Morgan! (Actress)
32. Norma Shearer
Actress | The Divorcee
She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to ...
1/6 Marie Antoinette (Actress); Romeo and Juliet (Actress); The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Actress); A Free Soul (Actress); The Divorcee (Actress - win); Their Own Desire (Actress) R.I.P.
33. Sissy Spacek
Actress | In the Bedroom
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin.
1/6 In the Bedroom (Actress); Crimes of the Heart (Actress); The River (Actress); Missing (Actress); Coal Miner's Daughter (Actress - win); Carrie (Actress)
34. Amy Adams
Actress | Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...
0/6 Vice (S. Actress); American Hustle (Actress); The Master (S. Actress); The Fighter (S. Actress); Doubt (S. Actress); Junebug (S. Actress)
35. Deborah Kerr
Actress | The King and I
Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory ...
0/6 The Sundowners (Actress); Separate Tables (Actress); Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (Actress); The King and I (Actress); From Here to Eternity (Actress); Edward, My Son (Actress) R.I.P.
36. Thelma Ritter
Actress | All About Eve
Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short ...
0/6 Birdman of Alcatraz (S. Actress); Pillow Talk (S. Actress); Pickup on South Street (S. Actress); With a Song in My Heart (S. Actress); The Mating Season (S. Actress); All About Eve (S. Actress) R.I.P.
37. Gary Cooper
Actor | High Noon
Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a...
2/5 High Noon (Actor - win); For Whom the Bell Tolls (Actor); The Pride of the Yankees); Sergeant York (Actor - win); Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Actor) R.I.P.
Actress | The Heiress
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...
2/5 The Heiress (Actress - win); The Snake Pit (Actress); To Each His Own (Actress - win); Hold Back the Dawn (Actress); Gone with the Wind (S. Actress)
39. 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 ...
2/5 Unforgiven (S. Actor - win); Mississippi Burning (Actor); The French Connection (Actor - win); I Never Sang for My Father (S. Actor); Bonnie and Clyde (S. Actor)
40. 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 ...
2/5 Cast Away (Actor); Saving Private Ryan (Actor); Forrest Gump (Actor - win); Philadelphia (Actor - win); Big (Actor)
41. Fredric March
Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives
Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...
2/5 Death of a Salesman (Actor); The Best Years of Our Lives (Actor - win); A Star Is Born (Actor); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Actor - win/tie); The Royal Family of Broadway (Actor) R.I.P.
Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...
2/5 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Actress - win); North Country (S. Actress); Almost Famous (S. Actress); Fargo (Actress - win); Mississippi Burning (S. Actress)
43. 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 ...
2/5 Milk (Actor - win); Mystic River (Actor - win); I Am Sam (Actor); Sweet and Lowdown (Actor); Dead Man Walking (Actor)
44. Elizabeth Taylor
Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked ...
2/5 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Actress - win); BUtterfield 8 (Actress - win); Suddenly, Last Summer (Actress); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Actress); Raintree County (Actress) R.I.P.
45. Anne Bancroft
Actress | The Graduate
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...
1/5 Anges of God (Actress); The Turning Point (Actress); The Graduate (Actress); The Pumpkin Eater (Actress); The Miracle Worker (Actress - win) R.I.P.
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,...
1/5 The Revenant (Actor - win); The Wolf of Wall Street (Actor); Blood Diamond (Actor); The Aviator (Actor); What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (S. Actor)
47. 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...
1/5 Invictus (Actor); Million Dollar Baby (S. Actor - win); The Shawshank Redemption (Actor); Driving Miss Daisy (Actor); Street Smart (S. Actor)
48. Susan Hayward
Actress | I Want to Live!
Susan Hayward was born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1917. Her father was a transportation worker, and Susan lived a fairly comfortable life as a child, but the precocious little redhead had no idea of the life that awaited her. She attended public school in Brooklyn, where she...
1/5 I Want to Live! (Actress - win); I'll Cry Tomorrow (Actress); With a Song in My Heart (Actress); My Foolish Heart (Actress); Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (Actress) R.I.P.
49. Audrey Hepburn
Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, and of an English and Austrian ...
1/5 Wait Until Dark (Actress); Breakfast at Tiffany's (Actress); The Nun's Story (Actress); Sabrina (Actress); Roman Holiday (Actress - win) R.I.P.
50. Jennifer Jones
Actress | The Towering Inferno
One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor ...
1/5 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (Actress); Duel in the Sun (Actress); Love Letters (Actress); Since You Went Away (S. Actress); The Song of Bernadette (Actress - win) R.I.P.
51. Shirley MacLaine
Actress | Terms of Endearment
Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on ...
1/5 Terms of Endearment (Actress - win); The Turning Point (Actress); Irma la Douce (Actress); The Apartment (Actress); Some Came Running (Actress)
52. 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 ...
1/5 Still Alice (Actress - win); Far from Heaven (Actress); The Hours (S. Actress); The End of the Affair (Actress); Boogie Nights (S. Actress)
53. Paul Muni
Actor | Scarface
Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and ...
1/5 The Last Angry Man (Actor); The Life of Emile Zola (Actor); The Story of Louis Pasteur (Actor - win); I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Actor); The Valiant (Actor) R.I.P.
54. Gregory Peck
Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only ...
1/5 To Kill a Mockingbird (Actor - win); Twelve O'Clock High (Actor); Gentleman's Agreement (Actor); The Yearling (Actor); The Keys of the Kingdom (Actor) R.I.P.
55. Susan Sarandon
Actress | Thelma & Louise
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to Lenora Marie (Criscione), no profession, and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent.
It was after the 1968 Democratic convention and ...
1/5 Dead Man Walking (Actress - win); The Client (Actress); Lorenzo's Oil (Actress); Thelma & Louise (Actress); Atlantic City (Actress)
56. 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 ...
1/5 Anatomy of a Murder (Actor); Harvey (Actor); It's a Wonderful Life (Actor); The Philadelphia Story (Actor - win); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Actor) R.I.P.
57. Irene Dunne
Actress | The Awful Truth
Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age...
0/5 I Remember Mama (Actress); Love Affair (Actress); The Awful Truth (Actress); Theodora Goes Wild (Actress); Cimarron (Actress) R.I.P.
58. 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 ...
0/5 Erin Brockovich (S. Actor); Under the Volcano (Actor); The Dresser (Actor); Murder on the Orient Express (Actor); Tom Jones (Actor)
59. Arthur Kennedy
Actor | Lawrence of Arabia
Arthur Kennedy, one of the premier character actors in American film from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, achieved fame in the role of Biff in Elia Kazan's historic production of Arthur Miller's Pultizer-Prize winning play "Death of a Salesman." Although he was not selected to recreate the ...
0/5 Some Came Running (S. Actor); Peyton Place (S. Actor); Trial (S. Actor); Bright Victory (Actor); Champion (S. Actor) R.I.P.
60. Walter Brennan
Actor | To Have and Have Not
In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and ...
3/4 Sergeant York (S. Actor); The Westerner (S. Actor - win); Kentucky (S. Actor - win); Come and Get It (S. Actor - win) R.I.P.
61. Jodie Foster
Actress | The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...
2/4 Nell (Actress); The Silence of the Lambs (Actress - win); The Accused (Actress - win); Taxi Driver (S. Actress)
62. Glenda Jackson
Actress | A Touch of Class
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in ...
2/4 Hedda (Actress); A Touch of Class (Actress - win); Sunday Bloody Sunday (Actress); Women in Love (Actress - win)
63. 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 ...
2/4 Zorba the Greek (Actor); Wild is the Wind (Actor); Lust for Life (S. Actor - win); Viva Zapata! (S. Actor - win) R.I.P.
64. Shelley Winters
Actress | The Poseidon Adventure
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved ...
2/4 The Poseidon Adventure (S. Actress) A Patch of Blue (S. Actress - win); The Diary of Anne Frank (S. Actress - win); A Place in the Sun (Actress) R.I.P.
65. Alan Arkin
Actor | Argo
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer.
He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to ...
1/4 Argo (S. Actor); Little Miss Sunshine (S. Actor - win); The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Actor); The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (Actor)
66. 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 Charles Howard 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 ...
1/4 Vice (Actor); The Big Short (S. Actor); American Hustle (Actor); The Fighter (S. Actor - win)
67. Ethel Barrymore
Actress | None But the Lonely Heart
Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of ...
1/4 Pinky (S. Actress); The Paradine Case (S. Actress); The Spiral Staircase (S. Actress); None But the Lonely Heart (S. Actress - win) R.I.P.
68. Julie Christie
Actress | Doctor Zhivago
Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses," was born in Chukua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1941, the daughter of a tea planter and his Welsh wife Rosemary, who was a painter. The young Christie grew up on her father's tea plantation before ...
1/4 Away from Her (Actress); Afterglow (Actress); McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Actress); Darling (Actress - win)
69. George Clooney
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 ...
1/4 The Descendants (Actor); Up in the Air (Actor); Michael Clayton (Actor); Syriana (S. Actor - win)
70. Lee Grant
Actress | In the Heat of the Night
Academy Award-winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee ...
1/4 Voyage of the Damned (S. Actress); Shampoo (S. Actress - win); The Landlord (S. Actress); Detective Story (S. Actress)
71. Alec Guinness
Actor | Star Wars
Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence...
1/4 Little Dorrit (S. Actor); Star Wars (S. Actor); Bridge on the River Kwai (Actor - win); The Lavender Hill Mob (Actor) R.I.P.
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 ...
1/4 The Master (S. Actor); Doubt (S. Actor); Charlie Wilson's War (S. Actor); Capote (Actor - win) R.I.P.
73. 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, ...
1/4 Amistad (S. Actor); Nixon (Actor); The Remains of the Day (Actor); The Silence of the Lambs (Actor - win)
74. Holly Hunter
Actress | The Piano
Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Opal Marguerite (Catledge), a homemaker, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a part-time sporting goods company representative and farmer with a 250 acre farm. She is the youngest of seven children. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, and her first...
1/4 Thirteen (S. Actress); The Piano (Actress - win); The Firm (S. Actress); Broadcast News (Actress)
75. William Hurt
Actor | A History of Violence
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his ...
1/4 A History of Violence (S. Actor); Broadcast News (Actor); Children of a Lesser God (Actor); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Actor - win)
76. Walter Huston
Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in ...
1/4 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (S. Actor - win); Yankee Doodle Dandy (S. Actor); All That Money Can Buy (Actor); Dodsworth (Actor) R.I.P.
77. 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 ...
1/4 Lincoln (S. Actor); In the Valley of Elah (Actor); The Fugitive (S. Actor - win); JFK (S. Actor)
78. Diane Keaton
Actress | Annie Hall
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. She studied Drama at Santa Ana College, before dropping out in favor of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New ...
1/4 Something's Gotta Give (Actress); Marvin's Room (Actress); Reds (Actress); Annie Hall (Actress - win)
79. 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 ...
1/4 Lion (S. Actress); Rabbit Hole (Actress); The Hours (Actress - win); Moulin Rouge! (Actress)
80. Ben Kingsley
Actor | Gandhi
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...
1/4 House of Sand and Fog (Actor); Sexy Beast (S. Actor); Bugsy (S. Actor); Gandhi (Actor - win)
81. Burt Lancaster
Actor | From Here to Eternity
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and ...
1/4 Atlantic City (S. Actor); Birdman of Alcatraz (Actor); Elmer Gantry (Actor - win); From Here to Eternity (Actor) R.I.P.
Actress | The Hunger Games
Was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is also thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.
Jennifer Shrader ...
1/4 Joy (Actress); American Hustle (S. Actress); Silver Linings Playbook (Actress - win); Winter's Bone (Actress)
83. Helen Mirren
Actress | RED
Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...
1/4 The Last Station (Actress); The Queen (Actress - win); Gosford Park (S. Actress); The Madness of King George (S. Actress)
84. Julia Roberts
Actress | Pretty Woman
Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her ...
1/4 August: Osage County (S. Actress); Erin Brockovich (Actress - win); Pretty Woman (Actress); Steel Magnolias (S. Actress)
85. Geoffrey Rush
Actor | The King's Speech
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. ...
1/4 The King's Speech (S. Actor); Quills (Actor); Shakespeare in Love (S. Actor); Shine (Actor - win)
86. George C. Scott
Actor | Patton
George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945, he joined the...
1/4 The Hospital (Actor); Patton (Actor - win); The Hustler (S. Actor); Anatomy of a Murder (S. Actor) R.I.P.
Actress | Reds
Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy ...
1/4 Reds (S. Actress - win); Interiors (S. Actress); Airport (S. Actress); Lonelyhearts (S. Actress) R.I.P.
88. Emma Thompson
Actress | Sense and Sensibility
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother...
1/4 Sense and Sensibility (Actress); The Remains of the Day (Actress); In the Name of the Father (S. Actress); Howard's End (Actress - win)
89. Jon Voight
Actor | Anaconda
Jon Voight was born on December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Jonathan Vincent Voight. He is an actor, known for Anaconda (1997), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Transformers (2007). He was previously married to Marcheline Bertrand and Lauri Peters.
1/4 Ali (S. Actor); Runaway Train (Actor); Coming Home (Actor - win); Midnight Cowboy (Actor)
90. 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 ...
1/4 Good Will Hunting (S. Actor - win); The Fisher King (Actor); Dead Poets Society (Actor); Good Morning, Vietnam (Actor) R.I.P.
91. Joanne Woodward
Actress | Rachel, Rachel
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born on February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, Georgia, to Wade Woodward and Elinor Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward in a modest household. Her one older brother, Wade Jr., who was the favorite of her father, eventually became an architect. Elinor Woodward was a ...
1/4 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (Actress); Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (Actress); Rachel, Rachel (Actress); The Three Faces of Eve (Actress - win)
92. Jane Wyman
Actress | Falcon Crest
Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help ...
1/4 Magnificent Obsession (Actress); The Blue Veil (Actress); Johnny Belinda (Actress - win); The Yearling (Actress) R.I.P.
93. Jane Alexander
Actress | Kramer vs. Kramer
Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in ...
0/4 Testament (Actress); Kramer vs. Kramer (S. Actress); All the President's Men (S. Actress); The Great White Hope (Actress)
94. Warren Beatty
Actor | Reds
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...
0/4 Bugsy (Actor); Reds (Actor); Heaven Can Wait (Actor); Bonnie and Clyde (Actor)
95. Annette Bening
Actress | American Beauty
Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she ...
0/4 The Kids Are All Right (Actress); Being Julia (Actress); American Beauty (Actress); The Grifters (S. Actress)
96. Charles Boyer
Actor | Gaslight
Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...
0/4 Fanny (Actor); Gaslight (Actor); Algiers (Actor); Conquest (Actor) R.I.P.
97. Montgomery Clift
Actor | From Here to Eternity
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta (1920-2014) and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg; 1888-1988) and William Brooks Clift (1886-...
0/4 Judgment at Nuremburg (S. Actor); From Here to Eternity (Actor); A Place in the Sun (Actor); The Search (Actor) R.I.P.
98. Bradley Cooper
Actor | A Star Is Born
Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the ...
0/4 A Star is Born (Actor); American Sniper (Actor); American Hustle (S. Actor); Silver Linings Playbook (Actor)
99. 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 ...
0/4 At Eternity's Gate (Actor); The Florida Project (S. Actor); Shadow of the Vampire (S. Actor); Platoon (S. Actor)
100. 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. ...
0/4 The Hours (S. Actor); Pollock (Actor); The Truman Show (S. Actor); Apollo 13 (S. Actor)