Top 25 Actors of 1950-1959

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1. 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 ...

Top 10: 1. Dead Poets Society 2. Good Will Hunting 3. The Fisher King 4. Awakenings 5. Good Morning, Vietnam 6. Aladdin 7. Moscow on the Hudson 8. Hook 9. One Hour Photo 10. The Birdcage

2. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym 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 ...

Top 5: 1. There Will Be Blood 2. In the Name of the Father 3. Phantom Thread 4. My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown 5. Lincoln

3. 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 ...

Top 5: 1. Forrest Gump 2. Saving Private Ryan 3. Cast Away 4. Philadelphia 5. Big

4. Viggo Mortensen

Actor | Eastern Promises

Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.

Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother ...

Top 5: 1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 2. Eastern Promises 3. A History of Violence 4. Captain Fantastic 5. Hidalgo

5. Mel Gibson

Actor | Braveheart

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...

Top 5: 1. Braveheart 2. The Lethal Weapon Franchise 3. The Patriot 4. Hamlet 5. The Original Mad Max Trilogy

6. 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), ...

Top 5: 1. Léon: The Professional 2. Darkest Hour 3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 4. The Harry Potter Franchise 5. The Dark Knight Trilogy

7. Denzel Washington

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 ...

Top 5: 1. Malcolm X 2. Training Day 3. American Gangster 4. Remember the Titans 5. Philadelphia

8. 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 ...

Top 5: 1. At Eternity's Gate 2. Platoon 3. Mississippi Burning 4. The Boondock Saints 5. The Spider-Man Trilogy

9. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

Top 5: 1. The Die Hard Franchise 2. Twelve Monkeys 3. Pulp Fiction 4. Moonrise Kingdom 5. The Fifth Element

10. 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. ...

Top 5: 1. The King's Speech 2. Shine 3. The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise 4. The Book Thief 5. Frida

11. Jeff Daniels

Actor | The Squid and the Whale

Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and ...

Top 5: 1. Something Wild 2. The Squid and the Whale 3. The Newsroom 4. Dumb and Dumber 5. The Purple Rose of Cairo

12. Liam Neeson

Actor | Kinsey

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. He was raised in a Catholic household. During his early years, Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, a truck driver, an assistant architect and an ...

Top 5: 1. Schindler's List 2. Silence 3. Taken 4. The Grey 5. The Chronicles of Narnia

13. John Turturro

Actor | Barton Fink

Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles.

Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine (...

Top 5: 1. Barton Fink 2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 3. Miller's Crossing 4. The Big Lebowski 5. Do the Right Thing

14. Michael Keaton

Actor | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...

Top 5: 1. Birdman 2. Spotlight 3. Batman (+Batman Returns) 4. Beetlejuice 5. Spider-Man: Homecoming

15. Bill Murray

Actor | Lost in Translation

Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, ...

Top 5: 1. Lost in Translation 2. Groundhog Day 3. Ghostbusters 4. Tootsie 5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

16. Mickey Rourke

Actor | Sin City

Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his ...

Top 5: 1. Barfly 2. The Wrestler 3. Rumble Fish 4. Sin City 5. Iron Man 2

17. 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 ...

Top 5: 1. Secrets & Lies 2. All or Nothing 3. The Party 4. The Harry Potter Franchise 5. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

18. John Goodman

Actor | 10 Cloverfield Lane

John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best ...

Top 5: 1. The Big Lebowski 2. Barton Fink 3. Monsters, Inc. 4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 5. Argo

19. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...

Top 5: 1. Drunken Master II 2. Drunken Master 3. Shanghai Noon 4. The Rush Hour Trilogy 5. The Foreigner

20. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

Top 5: 1. V for Vendetta 2. The Collectiv Blackadder Series 3. Jeeves and Wooster 4. A Bit of Fry and Laurie 5. Alice in Wonderland

21. Steve Buscemi

Actor | Fargo

Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to...

Top 5: 1. Reservoir Dogs 2. Fargo 3. The Big Lebowski 4. Big Fish 5. Mystery Train

22. Ray Liotta

Actor | Goodfellas

Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice-guy roles in Field of Dreams (1989) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream...

Top 5: 1. Goodfellas 2. Something Wild 3. Identity 4. Blow 5. The Place Beyond the Pines

23. Brendan Gleeson

Actor | The Guard

Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...

Top 5: 1. In Bruges 2. The Guard 3. The Harry Potter Franchise 4. Braveheart 5. Paddington 2

24. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

Top 5: 1. The Collectiv Blackadder Series 2. The Collectiv Works of his Mr Bean Performance 3. The Johnny English Trilogy 4. The Lion King 5. The Thin Blue Line

25. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

Top 5: 1. Inglourious Basterds 2. Django Unchained 3. Big Eyes 4. Carnage 5. The Zero Theorem

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