Great European (and others) Actors without any chances of making big in US

by maguire2 | created - 18 Apr 2011 | updated - 19 Apr 2011 | Public

Marion Cotillard is one in a million, how made it. Those are just a few names of great actor how have no chance for the carier in us. America - You lose!

1. Romain Duris

Actor | De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Appealing actor Romain Duris is the exact example of those who arrived in the movie industry by chance, and to stardom without really desiring it. Discovered by a casting director while he was waiting in front of a high school in Paris, he was offered a role. Between popular successes such as Le p&...

FRANCE

2. Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Actor | Kvinden i buret

"There are those who miss being in-depth with the world," explains Nikolaj Lie Kaas in an interview with Politiken on April 29th, 2001, "but for me superficiality means a lot - that's where I get my drive." This is an interesting comment from an actor, whose acting always strikes a deeply personal ...

DENMARK

3. Jakob Cedergren

Actor | Den skyldige

Jakob Cedergren was born on January 10, 1973 in Lund, Sweden. He is an actor, known for The Guilty (2018), Submarino (2010) and Terribly Happy (2008).

DENMARK

4. Daniel Brühl

Actor | Good Bye Lenin!

Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain. His father was German TV director Hanno Brühl (1937-2010), who was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His Spanish mother was a teacher. He also has a brother and a sister, Oliver and Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he ...

GERMANY

5. Marcin Dorocinski

Actor | Jack Strong

Marcin Dorocinski (born June 22, 1973) is a Polish film, television and stage actor. He is well known for his portrayals of conflicted, troubled characters: Despero in "Pitbull" (2005), Jacek Mroz in "OFFsiders" (2008). Otter in "Manhunt" (2012) as well as his debonair leading man roles, handsome, ...

POLAND

6. Luca Argentero

Actor | Eat Pray Love

Luca Argentero was born on April 12, 1978 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He is an actor and producer, known for Eat Pray Love (2010), Just a Father (2008) and Lezioni di cioccolato (2007).

ITALY

7. Jérémie Renier

Actor | In Bruges

Jérémie Renier was born on January 6, 1981 in Brussels, Belgium. He is an actor and writer, known for In Bruges (2008), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and My Way (2012).

BELGIUM

8. Pascal Greggory

Actor | La Môme

Pascal Greggory was born on September 8, 1954 in Paris, France as Pascal Charles Greggory. He is an actor, known for La Vie En Rose (2007), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) and Par le sang (2018).

FRANCE

9. Vincent Perez

Actor | Queen of the Damned

Soulful, exotic-looking leading man Vincent Perez is known for his grand and glossy French pictures, exuding a sexy stare and irresistible charm that has swept Gallic women off their feet for over two decades. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German mother and a Spanish businessman father...

FRANCE

10. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who was a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. He is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004).

Ganz was born in Zürich, to a Swiss mechanic father and a ...

SWITZERLAND

11. Élodie Bouchez

Actress | Les roseaux sauvages

Élodie Bouchez was born on April 5, 1973 in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. She is an actress, known for Wild Reeds (1994), The Dreamlife of Angels (1998) and CQ (2001). She is married to Thomas Bangalter. They have two children.

FRANCE

12. Franka Potente

Actress | Lola rennt

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...

GERMANY

13. Trine Dyrholm

Actress | Hævnen

Trine Dyrholm was born on April 15, 1972 in Odense, Denmark. She is an actress and director, known for In a Better World (2010), Love Is All You Need (2012) and A Royal Affair (2012).

DENMARK

14. Isabelle Huppert

Actress | Elle

Isabelle Huppert was born March 16, 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother Annick Huppert (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then...

FRANCE

15. Juliane Köhler

Actress | Der Untergang

Juliane Köhler was born on August 6, 1965 in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is known for her work on Downfall (2004), Aimee & Jaguar (1999) and Nowhere in Africa (2001).

GERMANY

16. Krystyna Janda

Actress | Przesluchanie

Krystyna Janda was born on December 18, 1952 in Starachowice, Swietokrzyskie, Poland. She is an actress and director, known for Interrogation (1989), Pestka (1995) and A Few People, a Little Time (2005). She was previously married to Edward Klosinski and Andrzej Seweryn.

POLAND

17. Ohad Knoller

Actor | Yossi & Jagger

Ohad Knoller was born on September 28, 1976 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is an actor and writer, known for Yossi & Jagger (2002), Yossi (2012) and Munich (2005). He was previously married to Noa Raban.

ISRAEL

18. Sergio Lopez

Actor | La mitad del cielo

Sergio Lopez is an actor, known for La mitad del cielo (1986).

SPAIN

19. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Faa yeung nin wa

Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or The...

HONG-KONG

20. Marie-Josée Croze

Actress | Les invasions barbares

Marie-Josée Croze first studied fine arts before opting for the stage at La Veillée-Prospero Theatre workshop in Montreal. In 1993 she got her first movie part in La Florida (1993) and started working for numerous Canadian TV series and movies.

In 2000, with her performance in Denis Villeneuve's ...

CANADA

21. Saif Ali Khan

Actor | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Saif is the son of Bollywood actress, Sharmila Tagore, and Indian cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan.

Both his grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, and father were professional cricketers. His mother, Sharmila Tagore, an actress within her own rights. He has two sisters, Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan,...

INDIA

22. Rani Mukerji

Actress | Black

Mukerji comes from a film-oriented family of Bengali origin. Her father, Ram Mukherjee, is a retired director and one of the founders of "Filmalaya Studios". Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, was a playback singer. Her brother, Raj Mukherjee is a film producer, now turned director. Her maternal aunt, ...

INDIA

23. Rinko Kikuchi

Actress | Babel

Rinko was born Kikuchi Yuriko in Hadano just south of Tokyo. The town is known mainly for its green tea and public baths. She is the youngest of three siblings. After being scouted on the street, she began modeling in her hometown and subsequently began acting under her birth name before switching ...

JAPAN

24. Audrey Tautou

Actress | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award...

FRANCE

25. Benoît Magimel

Actor | La pianiste

Son of a nurse and a bank employee, Benoît Magimel was born in Paris and grew up there. At age 12, he played Momo in Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988) by Étienne Chatiliez. He stopped his studies at age 16 to become an actor.

But he had a dual personality: on one hand the man of low budget films ...

FRANCE

26. Andy Lau

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...

HONG KONG

27. Olivier Gourmet

Actor | L'exercice de l'État

Grandson of a carpenter, Olivier Gourmet grew up in Mirwart, a Belgian village where his father was a cattle dealer and mother the manager of a family hotel-restaurant. At 13, he was sent to boarding school, which was an unhappy experience that led him to "be closed in on myself". It was at this ...

BELGIUM

28. Paprika Steen

Actress | Applaus

In Okay (2002), director and actress Paprika Steen shows off her multi- faceted acting talent as the loud-mouth control-freak Nete. It is Paprika Steen's first major part for which she has already been nominated for The Best Actress Award from the European Film Academy. The actress has won the ...

DENMARK

29. Kati Outinen

Actress | Mies vailla menneisyyttä

Kati Outinen was born on August 17, 1961 in Helsinki, Finland as Anna Katriina Outinen. She is an actress and writer, known for The Man Without a Past (2002), Le Havre (2011) and Drifting Clouds (1996).

FINLAND

30. Roy Dupuis

Actor | La Femme Nikita

Roy Dupuis was born on April 21, 1963, in New Liskeard, Ontario. He spent a significant portion of his childhood (from early infancy until he was eleven years old) in Amos, which is in a region of Québec called Abitibi. For the next three years, he lived in Kapuskasing, Ontario, where he learned to...

CANADA

31. Konstantin Lavronenko

Actor | Vozvrashchenie

Konstantin Lavronenko was born on April 20, 1961 in Rostov-na-Donu, Rostovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Konstantin Nikolaevich Lavronenko. He is an actor, known for The Return (2003), Kajínek (2010) and The Banishment (2007).

RUSSIA

32. Benno Fürmann

Actor | Joyeux Noël

Benno Fürmann was born on 17 January 1972 in Berlin, Germany and worked as a waiter, bouncer and drifter before attending acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. After returning to Germany, he played several minor parts in movie and television projects until his breakthrough ...

GERMANY

33. Guillaume Canet

Actor | Jeux d'enfants

Son of horse breeders, the young man spent his childhood in the countryside near Paris. In his youth, Guillaume wanted to be a horse-rider, and briefly followed a professional career in the sport. A bad fall broke his dreams, but is at the origin of his acting career, and success. After briefly ...

FRANCE

34. Hanna Schygulla

Actress | Die Ehe der Maria Braun

Lead icon of the influential New German Cinema of the 70's & 80's, Schygulla's natural blonde beauty and amazing versatility keep her among the world's top actresses. She won best actress at Cannes in 1983 for The Story of Piera (1983) (aka "The Story of Piera"), an Italian/German co-production. The...

GERMANY

35. Anamaria Marinca

Actress | 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile

Anamaria Marinca was born on April 1, 1978 in Iasi, Romania. She is an actress, known for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Europa Report (2013) and Fury (2014).

ROMANIA

36. Jan Frycz

Actor | Pornografia

Jan Frycz was born on May 15, 1954 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He is an actor, known for Pornography (2003), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine (2016) and The Welts (2004).

POLAND

37. Sarah Polley

Actress | Dawn of the Dead

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

CANADA

38. Sandrine Bonnaire

Actress | Sans toit ni loi

Sandrine Bonnaire was born on May 31, 1967 in Gannat, Allier, France. She is an actress and director, known for Vagabond (1985), À Nos Amours (1983) and La Cérémonie (1995). She was previously married to Guillaume Laurant.

FRANCE



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