My Favorite Actorsby Birter | created - 14 Sep 2017 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
Actor | Twin Peaks
The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch.
Favourite roles: Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me), Mr. C / Cooper's Doppelgänger (Twin Peaks), Jeffrey Beaumont (Blue Velvet), The Captain (How I Met Your Mother), Edward Wilde (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear), Paul Atreides (Dune)
2. 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: ...
Favourite roles: Ace Ventura (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls), Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Edward Nygma / Riddler (Batman Forever), Fletcher Reede (Liar Liar), Jeff Piccirillo / Mr. Pickles (Kidding), Walter Sparrow (The Number 23), Stanley Ipkiss (The Mask), Truman Burbank (The Truman Show), Andy Kaufman (Man on the Moon), Joel Barish (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
3. Evan Peters
Actor | X-Men: Apocalypse
Evan Peters was born in 1987 in St. Louis, Missouri to Phil and Julie Peters. When his father's job was transferred, the family moved to Grand Blanc, Michigan. There, Evan began taking acting classes and at age 15, he moved with his mother to Los Angeles in hopes of pursuing a career in the ...
Favourite roles: James Patrick March, Tate Langdon, Edward Phillipe Mott, Jimmy Darling / The Lobster Boy, Kit Walker, Kyle Spencer, Rory Monahan (American Horror Story), Chapin (Elvis & Nixon), Alex (Adult World)
4. Ben Miller
Actor | Johnny English Strikes Again
Halfway through a PhD in physics at Cambridge University, Ben met Alexander Armstrong (who was also studying there) in 1992. Instead of finishing his PhD, Ben chose to scrap science for comedy and started playing at the Comedy Club Footlights, Cambridge. After four years of touring pubs and ...
Favourite roles: James Lester (Primeval), Howard Steel (The Worst Week of My Life), Richard Poole (Death in Paradise), Bough (Johnny English, Johnny English Strikes Again)
Actor | The X Files
David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a ...
Favourite roles: Fox Mulder (The X-Files franchise), Sam Hodiak (Aquarius), Dennis Bryson / Denise Bryson (Twin Peaks)
Actor | Hannibal
Mads Mikkelsen's great successes parallel those achieved by the Danish film industry since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.
Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew ...
Favourite roles: Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal), Lucas (Jagten), Le Chiffre (Casino Royale), Galen Erso (Rogue One: Star Wars Story)
7. Brad Dourif
Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Gaunt character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, ...
Favourite roles: Dennis Hoffmann (Millennium), Piter De Vries (Dune), Charles Lee Ray / Chucky (Child's Play series), One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest (Billy Bibbit), Raymond (Blue Velvet), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Uncle Ted)
Actor | 1985
Favourite roles: Ed Nygma / The Riddler (Gotham)
9. Matt Ryan
Actor | Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Ryan was born in Swansea, the son of Steve (a postman turned record producer) and Maria Evans, a dance teacher. He attended schools in Penyrheol before moving on to Gorseinon College, where he completed a BTEC Performing Arts course. He graduated from the Bristol Old Vic in 2003 and joined the ...
Favourite roles: John Constantine (Constantine, Arrowverse)
10. Hugh Dancy
Actor | Hannibal
Talented British actor Hugh Dancy is one of the UK's most noted young talents.
Hugh Michael Horace Dancy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, to Sarah Ann (Birley), who works in academic publishing, and Jonathan Peter Dancy, a philosophy professor and writer. He has a brother, Jack (b...
Favourite roles: Will Graham (Hannibal), Cal Roberts (The Path)
11. Richard Beymer
Actor | West Side Story
Born in Avoca, Iowa and moved with his parents to Hollywood, California in the late 1940s, Richard Beymer acted in various films while attending North Hollywood High School. He enjoys making his own films and has a film used in a PBS series on the civil rights movement.
Favourite roles: Ben Horne (Twin Peaks)
12. Toby Jones
Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Toby Edward Heslewood Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones and Jennie Heslewood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, ...
Favourite roles: Culverton Smith (Sherlock), Dobby (Harry Potter series), David Pilcher (Wayward Pines), Gilderoy (Berberian Sound Studio), John Mayhew (The Witness for the Prosecution), Eric Gray (Atomic Blonde)
13. William B. Davis
Actor | The X Files
William B. Davis was born on January 13, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as William Bruce Davis. He is an actor and director, known for The X-Files (1993), The X Files (1998) and The Dead Zone (1983). He has been married to Emmanuelle Herpin since 2011.
Favourite roles: Cigarette Smoking Man (The X-Files franchise)
14. Lance Henriksen
Actor | Hard Target
An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch...
Favourite roles: Frank Black (Millennium, The X-Files)
Actor | How I Met Your Mother
Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. ...
Favourite roles: Chester Creb (American Horror Story), Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother), Billy / Dr. Horrible (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
16. Martin Freeman
Actor | Black Panther
Martin Freeman is an English actor, known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office (2001), Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock (2010) and Lester Nygaard in the dark ...
Favourite roles: Lester Nygaard (Fargo), Mike Priddle (Ghost Stories), John Watson (Sherlock), John (Love Actually)
17. Andrew Scott
Actor | Pride
Andrew Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland, the middle child with two sisters, Sarah and Hannah. His parents, Jim and Nora, sent him to a private Catholic school for boys. He did a little acting as a child when he was in a couple of commercials on Irish TV. At 17 he was chosen to star in his first ...
Favourite roles: Jim Moriarty (Sherlock)
18. Denis O'Hare
Actor | Dallas Buyers Club
Denis O'Hare was born on January 17, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare. He is an actor, known for Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Garden State (2004) and The Proposal (2009). He has been married to Hugo Redwood since July 28, 2011. They have one child.
Favourite roles: Liz Taylor / Nick Pryor, Elias Cunningham, Stanley, Larry Harvey, Spalding (American Horror Story)
19. Tony Todd
Actor | Candyman
Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk (1986). Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of ...
Favourite roles: Candyman / Daniel Robitaille (Candyman trilogy)
20. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.
He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.
Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...
Favourite roles: Gellert Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts series), Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean series), Sweeney Todd / Benjamin Barker (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Barnabas Collins (Dark Shadows), Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow), Mort Rainey (Secret Window), Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Actor | The Imitation Game
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold ...
Favourite roles: Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock), Patrick Melrose (Patrick Melrose), Hamlet - Prince of Denmark (Hamlet), Alan Turing (The Imitation Game)
22. Miguel Ferrer
Actor | Traffic
Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...
Favourite roles: Albert Rosenfield (Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
23. André Holland
Actor | Moonlight
Favourite roles: Matt Miller (American Horror Story), Henry Deaver (Castle Rock)
24. Colin Farrell
Actor | The Lobster
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's biggest stars in Hollywood and abroad. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.
Farrell was born on ...
Favourite roles: Ray (In Bruges), Ray Velcoro (True Detective), David (The Lobster), Marty (Seven Psychopaths), Bobby Pellit (Horrible Bosses), Percival Graves (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Steven Murphy (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Stu Shepard (Phone Booth),
25. 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 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 countries ...
Favourite roles: Dick Chenney (Vice), Trevor Reznik (The Machinist), Patrick Bateman (American Psycho), Bruce Wayne / Batman (The Dark Knight trilogy)