1. Michael Caine – Sir Michael Caine, CBE is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class accent, he has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. Caine achieved some of his greatest critical success with Educating Rita earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986, Caine received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Her Sisters. He played Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol. Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. Caine appeared including The Prestige, Inception, Interstellar. Caine also appeared in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men and Pixar's 2011 film Cars 2. As of 2015, films in which he has starred have grossed over $ billion worldwide. He is ranked the ninth highest grossing box star. He is one of only two actors nominated for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s. In 2000, he was knighted to cinema. His father was a Catholic. Caine was brought up in his mother's Protestant religion. He had a maternal half-brother, a full brother, Stanley Micklewhite.Michael Caine – Caine at the Vienna International Film Festival on 26 October 2012
2. Rod Steiger – Rodney Stephen "Rod" Steiger was an American actor, noted for his portrayal of offbeat, often volatile and crazed characters. His In the Heat of the Night performance won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Steiger was born in the son of a vaudevillian. He had a difficult childhood, with an alcoholic mother from whom he ran away at the age of 16. He played a serial killer of many guises in No Way to Treat a Lady. During the 1970s, Steiger increasingly turned in his search for more demanding roles. Steiger had a daughter, opera singer Anna Steiger, a son, Michael Steiger. Steiger was born on April 1925 in Westhampton, New York, the only child of Lorraine and Frederick Steiger, of French, Scottish and German descent. Rod was raised as a Lutheran. Biographer Tom Hutchinson describes him as a "shadowy, figure", one who "haunted" Rod throughout his life and was an "invisible presence and unseen influence". Hutchinson described Steiger's mother with long auburn hair". As a result, she moved away from Westhampton to raise her son. They moved through several towns, before settling in Newark, New Jersey. The family was frequently mocked by other children and their parents within the community. At the age of five he was sexually abused by a pedophile who lured him in with a collection.Rod Steiger – Rod Steiger in Al Capone (1959)
3. Per Oscarsson – Per Oscar Heinrich Oscarsson was a Swedish actor. Oscarsson was born, along on 28 January 1927 on Kungsholmen, Stockholm to parents, engineer Einar Oscarsson and Therèse, née Küppers. The twins had two elder siblings. Their mother, German, died in 1933. A fire started on the night of 30 -- 31 December 2010. On 31 a relative found the house burned to the ground with only the foundations and chimney remaining. Oscarsson had not been heard from since the fire. A second body was discovered on 3 January, which increased the possibility that his wife had perished in the fire. On 5 the deaths of Oscarsson and his wife were confirmed through dental records by Swedish police. Oscarsson died four weeks before his 84th birthday. Per Oscarsson at the Internet Movie Database Per Oscarsson at the Swedish Film DatabasePer Oscarsson – Per Oscarsson 1948
4. Jon Voight – Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight is an American actor. Voight is the winner of one Academy Award, having been nominated for four. Voight was nominated for eleven. Voight is the father of actor James Haven. He came to prominence as a would-be gigolo in Midnight Cowboy. Although his output slowed during the 1980s, he received critical acclaim as a ruthless bank robber in Runaway Train. During the 1990s, he made somewhat of a comeback, starring in Michael Mann's cult Al Pacino. He was born in Yonkers, New York, the son of Barbara and Elmer Voight, a professional golfer. Voight's paternal grandfather and his paternal grandmother's parents were Slovak immigrants, while his maternal grandmother's parents were German immigrants. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he pursued an acting career. In 1962, he married actress Lauri Peters, whom he met when they both appeared in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music. They divorced in 1967. Voight married actress Marcheline Bertrand in 1971. They divorced in 1980. They reconciled in 2007 after Bertrand's death.Jon Voight – Voight in Los Angeles in October 2011
5. George C. Scott – George Campbell Scott was an American stage and film actor, director, producer. Scott believed that every dramatic performance was unique and could not be compared to others. George Campbell Scott was born in the son of George Dewey Scott. He was raised by an executive at Buick. As an adult, he tried on many occasions to write a novel, but was never able to complete one to his satisfaction. Scott joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1945 to 1949. I Barracks in Washington, DC, in which capacity he taught English radio speaking/writing at the Marine Corps Institute. His primary duty, however, was as an honor guard for military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. He later said his duties at Arlington led to his drinking. After his military service, Scott enrolled in the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism and then became interested in drama. His public appearance on stage was as the barrister in a production of Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy, directed by H. Donovan Rhynsburger. During rehearsals for that show, Scott made his first appearance -- in a production of Noël Coward's Hands Across the Sea, directed by Jerry V. Tobias. Scott graduated with degrees in theater. Scott first rose to prominence for his work with Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. He was on Broadway the following year, winning critical acclaim for his portrayal of the prosecutor in The Andersonville Trial by Saul Levitt.George C. Scott – in The Hustler (1961)
6. Peter Finch – Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch was an English-born Australian actor. Finch was the first person to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category. He was born to Alicia Gladys Fisher. At the time, Alicia was married to George Finch. George Finch was educated in Paris and Zürich. At Portsmouth, Hampshire, George married Alicia Fisher, the daughter of a Kent barrister. However, George Finch was not Peter Finch's biological father. Alicia Finch married "Jock" Campbell in 1922. He was taken from his mother and brought up by his paternal "grandmother" Laura Finch in Vaucresson, France. Undoubtedly as a result of his contact with Buddhism Finch always claimed to be a Buddhist. He is reported to have said: "I think a man dying on a cross is a ghastly symbol for a religion. And I think a man becoming enlightened is a beautiful one." In 1926 Finch was sent to Australia to live at Greenwich Point in Sydney. Finch attended the local school until 1929, then North Sydney Intermediate High School for three years. A friend was RAF pilot and author Paul Brickhill.Peter Finch – from Passage Home (1955)
7. Al Pacino – Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor of stage and screen, filmmaker, screenwriter. DeMille Award, the National Medal of Arts. Pacino achieved international recognition as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. Pacino would reprise the role in The Godfather Part III. Pacino's performance as Corleone is now regarded as one of the greatest screen performances in film history. For his performances in Glengarry Glen Ross, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has also acted as Shylock in a 2004 feature film adaptation and a 2010 production of The Merchant of Venice. Since 1994, Pacino has been the joint president of the Actors Studio with Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel. Pacino was born in New York City, to Sicilian-American parents Salvatore Pacino and Rose, who divorced when he was two years old. His mother moved to The Bronx to live with James Gerardi, who, coincidentally, had come from a town in Sicily named Corleone. His father, from San Fratello in the Province of Messina, worked as restaurateur. In his teen years "Sonny", as he was known to his friends, aimed to become a baseball player, was also nicknamed "The Actor". Pacino went through Herman Ridder Junior High School, but in secondary school dropped out of many classes, though not English. Pacino dropped out at age 17. His mother disagreed with his decision; they argued and he left home.Al Pacino – Pacino in September 2004.
8. Marlon Brando – Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director and activist. Brando is considered one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. Brando helped studying with Stella Adler in the 1940s. He was also an activist for many causes, notably various Native American movements. The 1960s proved to be a fallow decade for Brando. The Godfather was then one of the most commercially successful films of all time. He took a four-year hiatus before appearing in The Missouri Breaks. He was ranked as the fourth-greatest movie star among male movie stars whose screen debuts occurred in or before 1950. Brando died at age 80. He was born to Marlon Brando, Sr. a pesticide and chemical feed manufacturer, Dorothy Julia. He had two older sisters, Frances. His ancestry included German, Dutch, English, Irish. Johann Wilhelm Brandau, arrived in New York in the early 1700s from the Palatinate of Germany. He was raised a Christian Scientist. However, she was an alcoholic and often had to be brought home by her husband.Marlon Brando – Brando in 1948.
9. Jack Nicholson – John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is a retired American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for nearly 60 years. He is known for playing a wide range including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of excitable and psychopathic characters. In many of his films, Nicholson has played the "eternal outsider, someone who rebels against the social structure. Nicholson's 12 Academy Award nominations make the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history. Nicholson also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment. He is one of three male actors to win three Academy Awards. Nicholson received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2001. In 1994, Nicholson became one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. Nicholson played The Shining, the Joker in Batman, Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese's neo-noir crime drama The Departed. Other films include the legal drama A Few Good Men, the comedy-drama About Schmidt. He was born on April 1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey, the son of a showgirl, June Frances Nicholson. Nicholson's mother was of Irish, German descent. She married Italian-American showman Donald Furcillo in 1936, unaware that he was already married. Biographer Patrick McGilligan stated in his book Jack's Life that June's manager, may have been Nicholson's biological father, rather than Furcillo. Other sources suggest June Nicholson was unsure of who the father was.Jack Nicholson – Nicholson in 1976
10. Robert De Niro – Robert Anthony De Niro is an American actor and producer who has both Italian and American citizenship. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2003, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016. Scorsese's crime film Mean Streets. He earned Academy Award nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver and Cape Fear, both directed by Scorsese. Notable performances include roles in Once Upon a Time in America, Brazil, The Untouchables, Heat, Casino, Cop Land, Machete. De Niro starred in films such as the spy film The Good Shepherd. Robert Anthony De Niro was born in the Greenwich Village area of the son of Robert De Niro Sr.. De Niro was raised by his mother in the Greenwich Village and Little Italy areas of Manhattan. His father lived within walking distance and De Niro spent much time with him as he grew up. His mother was raised Presbyterian but became an atheist as an adult, while his father was a lapsed Catholic since the age of 12. Against his parents' wishes, his grandparents had him secretly baptized into the Catholic Church while he was staying with them during his parents' divorce. He attended a elementary school in Manhattan, through the sixth grade. De Niro then went for the eighth grades. De Niro began high school at the private McBurney School and later attended the private Rhodes Preparatory School, although he never graduated from either.Robert De Niro – De Niro at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
11. Art Carney – Arthur William Matthew "Art" Carney was an American actor in film, stage, television and radio. His family was Roman Catholic. Carney attended A. B. Davis High School. He was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. As a result of the injury, his right leg was 3/4-inch shorter than his left. Carney's career began with an uncredited role in Pot o' Gold, the radio program's spin-off feature film, playing a member of Heidt's band. A gifted mimic, worked steadily in radio during the 1940s, playing character roles and impersonating celebrities. In 1941 Carney was the comic on the big band remote series, Matinee at Meadowbrook. One of his radio roles during the 1940s was the first Red Lantern on Land of the Lost. In 1943 Carney played Billy Oldham on Joe and Ethel Turp, based on Damon Runyon stories. Carney appeared in 1946 -- 47. Carney impersonated FDR on Living 1948. In 1950 -- 51 Carney played Montague's father on The Magnificent Montague. Carney was a supporting player on Casey, Gang Busters. In 1950, Jackie Gleason was starring in a New York -- based Cavalcade of Stars, played many different characters.Art Carney – Carney in 1959
12. Gary Busey – William Gary Busey is an American actor. He also made guest appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Entourage. In 2014, he lampooned his public image through a series of advertisements for Amazon Fire TV. He was born in Delmer Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1962. While attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas on a football scholarship, he became interested in acting. He then transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he quit school just one class short of graduation. He began his show career in The Rubber Band. For his skits on Uncanny Film Festival, he drew on his American know-it-all character. When he told Gailard Sartain his character needed a name, Sartain replied, "Take three: Teddy, Jack and Eddy." He played in a band called Carp, which released one album on Epic Records in 1969. He continued to play small roles in both television during the 1970s. As the character "Harvey Daley," Busey was the last person killed on the Gunsmoke. In 1978, Busey starred as The Big Bopper. In the 1980s, Busey's roles included the critically acclaimed western Barbarosa, the comedies D.C.Gary Busey – Busey in 2008
13. Dustin Hoffman – Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor and a director, with a career in film, television, theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of vulnerable characters. Hoffman won the Academy Award in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer, in 1989 for Rain Man. This achievement was soon followed by his breakthrough 1967 role as Benjamin Braddock, the title character in The Graduate. Since that time, Hoffman's career has largely been focused with sporadic returns to television and to the stage. Hoffman made his directorial debut with Quartet. Along with 2 Academy Award wins, he was nominated for 13 Golden Globes, winning 6. Hoffman has won 4 BAFTAs, 3 Drama Desk Awards, a Genie Award. He received the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2012. He was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of Lillian and Harry Hoffman. His father worked as a prop supervisor before becoming a furniture salesman. He was named after Dustin Farnum. Ronald, is a lawyer and economist. He is Jewish, from an Ashkenazi family of immigrants from Ukraine, Poland, Romania. He enrolled at Santa Monica College with the intention of studying medicine.Dustin Hoffman – Dustin Hoffman in 1968
14. Peter O'Toole – Peter Seamus O'Toole was a British-Irish stage and film actor. He achieved international recognition playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia for which he received his first nomination for Best Actor. In 2002, O'Toole was awarded the Academy Honorary Award for his career achievements. He was additionally the recipient of four Golden Globe Awards, one Primetime Emmy Award. O'Toole was born in 1932. Some sources give his birthplace as County Galway, Ireland, while others cite St James University Hospital, Leeds, England. Peter had Patricia. When O'Toole was one year old, his family began a five-year tour of major racecourse towns in Northern England. He was brought up as a Catholic. Of course, that's all been stopped. As reported on NPR, he was asked by an officer whether he had something he had always wanted to do. His reply was that he had always wanted to try being either an actor. At RADA, he was in the same class as Albert Finney, Brian Bedford. O'Toole described this as "the most remarkable class the academy ever had, though we weren't reckoned at the time. We were all considered dotty."Peter O'Toole – O'Toole in the TV film Present Laughter (1968)
15. Burt Lancaster – Burton Stephen "Burt" Lancaster was an American film actor. Lancaster also won a Golden Globe for The Birdman of Alcatraz and Atlantic City. The American Film Institute ranks Lancaster as #19 of the greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema. He was James Henry Lancaster, a mailman. Both of his parents were Protestants of working origin. All of Lancaster's grandparents were Ulster immigrants to the United States; his maternal grandparents were descendants of English immigrants to Ireland. The family believed themselves to be related to 1st Earl Roberts. Before he graduated from DeWitt Clinton, his mother died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He subsequently dropped out. At the age of 19, he met Nick Cravat, with whom he developed a lifelong partnership. Together they learned to act at Union Settlement, one of the city's oldest settlement houses. They soon joined the Kay Brothers circus. However, in 1939, an injury forced Lancaster to give up the profession, with great regret. Lancaster then found temporary work, as a singing waiter in various restaurants. Lancaster served in Italy from 1943 -- 45.Burt Lancaster – in Desert Fury (1947)
16. Steve Martin – Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician. In the 1970s, he performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines on national tours. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. Martin was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013. He was born in Waco, Texas, the son of Mary Lee and Glenn Vernon Martin, a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in a Baptist family. He was a cheerleader of Garden Grove High School. One of his earliest memories is as an extra, serving drinks onstage at the Call Board Theatre on Melrose Place. In the United Kingdom, Martin's father had appeared in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey. Expressing his affection through gifts of cars, bikes, etc. Martin's father was stern, not emotionally open to his son. Martin was critical, with Martin later recalling that in his teens his feelings for his father were mostly ones of hatred. Martin's first job was at Disneyland, selling guidebooks on weekends and full-time during the school's break. That lasted for three years. During his free time Martin frequented the Main Street Magic shop, where tricks were demonstrated to potential customers. By 1960, Martin took a paying job at the Magic shop in Fantasyland in August.Steve Martin – Martin at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall in New York City in April 2011
17. Bob Hoskins – Robert William "Bob" Hoskins was an English actor. Hoskins also directed two feature films. Hoskins was also nominated for the same role. In 2009, he won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor on the BBC One drama The Street. In 2012, he died from pneumonia on 29 April 2014, at age 71. His grandmother was a Romani. From two weeks old, Hoskins was brought up in London. Hoskins worked as a porter, lorry driver, window cleaner. Hoskins dropped out. In 1968, Hoskins' acting career began at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Hoskins portrayed a servant named Peter in a production of Romeo and Juliet. In 1969, Hoskins worked in London, England. He was waiting in the Unity Theatre bar for his friend, the actor Roger Frost, to finish an audition. Whilst drinking at the bar, he told, "You're next." Hoskins got the part, with Frost ending up his understudy.Bob Hoskins – Hoskins during the filming of Ruby Blue in 2007
18. Michael Keaton – Michael John Douglas, known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, director. Keaton previously received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in Live for The Company. He was awarded a Career Achievement Award from both the Hollywood Film Festival and Zurich Film Festivals. On January 2016, Keaton was named Officer of Order of Arts and Letters in France. Keaton is also a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. The youngest of seven children, was born in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. His mother, Leona Elizabeth, a homemaker, came from McKees Rocks. He was raised in a Roman Catholic family. His father was of English, Scottish, Scots-Irish, German ancestry. Keaton attended Montour High School in Pennsylvania. He studied speech before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh. He first appeared on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, as one of the "Flying Zookeeni Brothers." Keaton also served on the show. Following Fred Rogers' death, he hosted a PBS memorial tribute program, Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor. He moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for various TV parts.Michael Keaton – Keaton at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
19. Daniel Day-Lewis – Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both Irish citizenship. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health. Protective of his private life, he makes very few public appearances. He gained further public notice with A Room with a View. He then assumed leading man status of Being. He was also nominated for In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York. He has also won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. In November 2012, Time named Day-Lewis the "World's Greatest Actor." In June 2014, he received a knighthood to drama. Day-Lewis was born in the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandparents' families had emigrated to England from Latvia and Poland. Michael Balcon, was the head of Ealing Studios. , being "Jewish" and "posh", he was often bullied. He mastered that as being his first convincing performance.Daniel Day-Lewis – Day-Lewis at a 2013 Jaguar Mille Miglia event.
20. Jeremy Irons – Jeremy John Irons is an English actor. In 1984, Irons received a Tony Award for Best Actor. Irons' major film role came in the 1981 romantic drama The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. After starring in dramas such as Moonlighting, The Mission, Irons gained critical acclaim for portraying twin gynaecologists in David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Dead Ringers. In 1990, he played took home multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor. Irons also appears in Assassin's Creed. He has also made notable appearances on TV. Irons earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination in the ITV series Brideshead Revisited. From 2011 to 2013 Irons starred in the Showtime historical series The Borgias. Irons is one of the few actors who won the "Triple Crown of Acting", winning an Academy Award, a Tony Award. In October 2011, Irons was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations. He was born on the Isle of Wight, the son of Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant, Barbara Anne Brereton Brymer. He has a brother, a sister, Felicity Anne. Irons was educated from 1962 to 1966. Irons was the drummer and player in a four-man school band called the Four Pillars of Wisdom.Jeremy Irons – Irons in 2014
21. River Phoenix – River Jude Phoenix was an American actor, musician, activist. Phoenix was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Summer Phoenix. His rise to fame led as a "teen idol". He began his acting career at age 10, in television commercials. His brother Joaquin Phoenix hold the distinction of being the only brothers to be nominated for acting Academy Awards. At the time of his death, Phoenix had been in the middle of filming Dark Blood. He was born in the first child of Arlyn Dunetz and John Lee Bottom. In an interview with People, Phoenix described his parents as "hippieish". His mother was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jewish parents whose families had emigrated from Russia and Hungary. His father was a lapsed Catholic from Fontana, California, of English, well as French, ancestry. In 1968, Phoenix's mother left her family in New York City and travelled across the United States, meeting John Lee Bottom while hitchhiking in northern California. They married on September 13, 1969, less than a year after meeting. Phoenix's family moved cross country when he was very young. Phoenix was raised in Micanopy, Florida, a small suburb of Gainesville. They received no financial support and lived in poverty, with Phoenix stating they lived in a "desperate situation."River Phoenix – Phoenix at the 61st Academy Awards in March 1989
22. Stephen Rea – Stephen Rea is an Irish film and stage actor. Rea has appeared on Pluto. Rea was nominated for an Academy Award for his lead performance in the 1992 film The Crying Game. Rea was born to Protestant parents; his father was a bus driver and his mother a housewife. He attended the Queen's University Belfast, taking a degree in English. Rea trained in Dublin. In the late 1970s, he acted with Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney. He is a frequent collaborator with Irish film-maker Neil Jordan. Rea has long been associated with some of the most important writers in Ireland. His association for example, began when they were students together at the Queen's University of Belfast. Rea helped establish the Field Day Theatre Company in 1980 with Tom Paulin, Brian Friel, Seamus Deane. Rea returned in 2009 to appear in the world première of Sebastian Barry's Tales of Ballycumber. Rea was hired to speak the words of Gerry Adams when Sinn Féin was under a 1988 -- 94 ban. In 2011, Rea featured in the BBC drama The Shadow Line, playing antagonist Gatehouse. In April 2012, Rea read James Joyce's short story "The Dead" on RTÉ Radio 1.Stephen Rea – Stephen Rea
23. David Thewlis – David Thewlis is an English actor. His most commercially successful role to date has been that of Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter series. Thewlis has also done the Giant Peach, The Miracle Maker and Anomalisa. Thewlis is also known for the role of Cyrus Crabb in the TV series Dinotopia. The second of three children, was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, the son of Maureen and Alec Raymond Wheeler. Both parents worked at his father's shop. As a teenager, Thewlis played lead guitar with a punk rock band called Door 66. Thewlis was educated at a state secondary school in South Shore, Blackpool. Later, Thewlis enrolled in London graduating in 1984. He had a minor role in an episode of the 1980s sitcom Up Round the Castle. Thewlis also appeared in an episode of popular sitcom Only Horses as a friend of Rodney. His professional role was in the play Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich. He appeared on television as a sexual predator named James Jackson in Prime Suspect 3, opposite Helen Mirren and Ciarán Hinds. Before that, his first appearance was alongside Ken Jones in Valentine Park. Thewlis played Clov in a television film of Samuel Beckett's Endgame.David Thewlis – Thewlis at the 2008 San Sebastian Film Festival
24. Paul Newman – Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor. Newman's other films include Cool Hand Luke, as Butch Cassidy in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Verdict. He was a co-founder of a food company from which he donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of 2016, these donations have totaled over US$ million. Newman was also a co-founder of a nonprofit that develops sustainable drinking water solutions for those in need. He was born in Shaker Heights, the second son of Theresa and Arthur Sigmund Newman, who ran a profitable sporting goods store. Newman's father was the son of Simon Newman and Hannah Cohn, immigrants from Hungary and Poland. He described himself as a Jew, saying "it's more of a challenge". Newman's mother worked while raising Paul and his elder brother, Arthur, who later became a producer and production manager. Graduating from Shaker Heights High School in 1943, Newman briefly attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he was initiated into the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He served in World War II in the Pacific theater. Initially, Newman was dropped when his colorblindness was discovered. Boot camp followed, with training as rear gunner. Qualifying in torpedo bombers in 1944, Aviation Radioman Third Class Newman was sent to Hawaii. Newman later flew in an Avenger torpedo bomber.Paul Newman – Newman in The Prize (1963)
25. Nicolas Cage – Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and producer. Cage has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, dramas to science fiction and action films. Cage earned his second Academy Award nomination in Adaptation. In 2002, Cage directed the Sonny, for which he was nominated for Grand Special Prize at Deauville Film Festival. He has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire and The Life of David Gale. Cage has also appeared in National Treasure, Kick-Ass. Films such as Ghost Rider and Knowing were office successes. He has been strongly criticized for his choice of roles, some of which have been universally panned. However, Cage recently starred in The Croods and Joe, both of which were warmly received by critics. He was born in Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer. Cage was raised in a Catholic family. His mother's ancestry was German and Polish. His paternal great-grandparents were immigrants from Bernalda, Basilicata. Cage's two brothers are director Christopher Coppola. Cage attended Beverly Hills High School, known for its many alumni who became entertainers.Nicolas Cage – Cage at the Deauville Film Festival in 2013
26. Eddie Murphy – Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, producer. He was a regular member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. He was ranked # 10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. In films, he has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs. the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, The Nutty Professor. As of 2014, Murphy's films have grossed over $6.6 billion worldwide. In 2015, his films made the 6th-highest grossing actor in the United States. Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for the Performing Arts. Murphy was raised in the borough's Bushwick neighborhood. His father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian. His father died when he was young. A woman stabbed my father. I never got all the logistics. It was supposed to be one of those crimes of passion:'If I can't have you, no one else will'-kind of deal. Someone said to me one day,'That's why you don't trust women.' Get the outta here.Eddie Murphy – Murphy at the Tribeca Film Festival for Shrek Forever After in 2010.
27. Robert Duvall – Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and filmmaker. Duvall received the National Medal of Arts in 2005. This was followed by a series of critically lauded performances in commercially successful films. Duvall has smaller amounts of French Huguenot, German, Scottish, Swiss-German, Welsh ancestry. He has stated that, while it is his belief, he does not attend church. Duvall grew up primarily in site of the United States Naval Academy. Duvall recalled: "I was a Navy brat. My father started at the Academy when he was 16, retired as a rear admiral." Duvall attended Severn School in Severna Park, The Principia in St. Louis, Missouri. Duvall graduated, from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. He served in the United States Army shortly after the Korean War leaving the Army as private first class. Pork Chop Hill stuff. Hell, I barely qualified with the rifle in basic training". While stationed at Camp Gordon in Georgia, he acted in nearby Augusta, Georgia. In the winter of 1955, he began studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, on the G.I..Robert Duvall – Duvall at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
28. Nick Nolte – Nicholas King "Nick" Nolte is an American actor and former model. Nolte went on to receive Academy Award nominations for Affliction and Warrior. He was born February 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska. Helen, was a department store buyer. His ancestry includes German, English, Scots-Irish, Scottish and Swiss-German. Matthew Leander King, invented the hollow-tile silo and was prominent in early aviation. His maternal grandmother ran the union at Iowa State University. Nolte has Nancy, an executive for the Red Cross. He attended Kingsley Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa. Nolte studied at Westside High School in Omaha, where he was the kicker on the team. Nolte also was expelled for fighting and hiding beer before practice and being caught drinking it during a practice session. At Eastern Arizona, he lettered with forward, as a catcher on the baseball team. Poor grades eventually ended his studies, at which point his career in theatre began in earnest. While in college, he worked in Omaha. He was a model in early 1970s.Nick Nolte – Nolte at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival
29. Russell Crowe – Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician from New Zealand. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian. Crowe is also the co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team. Crowe's maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer, named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowe's paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was from Wrexham, Wales, while one of Crowe's maternal great-grandmothers was Māori. Crowe also has English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish, Welsh ancestry. He is a cousin of former New Zealand cricket captains Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe, nephew of Dave Crowe. Russell has built a cricket field named for his uncle. When Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Sydney, Australia, where his parents pursued a career in set catering. Crowe also appeared briefly in the serial The Young Doctors. Crowe was educated at Sydney Boys High School. He then continued his secondary education at Mount Roskill Grammar School, which he left at the age 16 to pursue his ambition of becoming an actor. He released several New Zealand singles including "I Just Want To Be Like Marlon Brando", "Pier 13", "Shattered Glass", none of which charted. He managed an Auckland music venue called "The Venue" in 1984. Crowe returned to Australia at age 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art.Russell Crowe – Crowe at the Sydney premiere of Man of Steel, June 2013
30. Javier Bardem – Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem is a Spanish actor from the Canary Islands. Bardem is the Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar, as well as the first Spaniard to win one. Bardem received second Best Actor nomination, for the film Biutiful. He was born in the Canary Islands, Spain. His father, José Carlos Encinas Doussinague, was a businessman involved in environmental work. The two separated shortly after his birth. His mother raised him alone. Both sister, Carlos and Mónica, are actors. Bardem also comes from a political background, as his uncle Juan Antonio was imprisoned by Franco for his anti-fascist films. He was brought up by his grandmother. As a child, Bardem spent time on film sets. At age six, Bardem made his first appearance, in Fernando Fernán Gómez's El Pícaro. Bardem also played rugby for the junior Spanish National Team. Though he grew up in a family full of actors, he did not see himself going into the business. Actually, painting was his first love.Javier Bardem – Bardem at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 8, 2012
31. Gene Hackman – Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman is a retired American actor and novelist. In a career spanning five decades, he was nominated for five Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor in Unforgiven. Hackman won two BAFTAs. Hackman's final appearance to date was the romantic comedy Welcome to Mooseport in 2004, co-starring comedian Ray Romano. He was born in California, the son of Eugene Ezra Hackman and Anna Lyda Elizabeth. Hackman has Richard. He has Pennsylvania Dutch, Scottish ancestry; his mother was born in Lambton, Ontario. According to a plaque in a park, Hackman worked for a time as a dog catcher for the local animal shelter. His family moved frequently, finally settling in Danville, Illinois, where they lived in the house of Beatrice. Hackman's father operated the printing press for a local paper. As a teenager, he knew Dick Van Dyke, friends with Richard. His father subsequently left the family. He spent his sophomore year at Storm Lake High School. However, Hackman lied about his age to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Hackman served four and a half years as a field operator.Gene Hackman – Gene Hackman at a book signing in June 2008
32. Adrien Brody – Adrien Brody is an American actor. He is also the only American actor to receive the French César Award. He was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter. He was raised "without a strong connection" to Judaism or Catholicism. As a child, he performed magic shows as "The Amazing Adrien". Brody attended New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. His parents enrolled him in acting classes to distance him from the dangerous children with whom he associated. Brody attended summer camp in upstate New York. He attended Stony Brook University before transferring to Queens College for a semester. Taking acting classes by age thirteen Brody appeared in an Off-Broadway play and a PBS television film. Brody received widespread recognition when he was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's The Pianist. Brody also won a César Award for his performance. Other TV appearances on MTV's Punk'd after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher. After The Pianist he appeared in four very different films. In Dummy Brody portrayed a socially awkward aspiring ventriloquist in pursuit of a love interest.Adrien Brody – Brody at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
33. Bill Murray – William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor, comedian, writer. Murray also co-directed Quick Change. He received the Mark Twain Prize in 2016. He was raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Murray is the son of Lucille, Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. His eight siblings were raised in a Roman Catholic Irish-American family. John Murray, Joel Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, are also actors. Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan, who has traveled the United States in a one-woman program, portraying St. Catherine of Siena. Their father died in 1967 from complications of diabetes when Bill was 17 years old. As a youth, he read children's biographies of American heroes like Kit Carson, Davy Crockett. Murray attended Loyola Academy. During his teen years, Murray worked as a caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit high school. His mother suffered several miscarriages. During his teen years Murray was the lead singer of a band called the Dutch Masters and took part in high school and community theater. After graduating, he attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado, taking pre-medical courses.Bill Murray – Murray at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
34. Jamie Foxx – Eric Morlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter, comedian. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral. Eric Marlon Bishop was born on December 13, 1967. Foxx is the son of Darrell Bishop, who sometimes worked as Louise Annette Talley Dixon. Foxx has had little contact with his birth parents, who were not part of his upbringing. He was raised in the black quarter of Terrell, which at the time was a racially segregated community. Foxx has often acknowledged his grandmother's influence in his life as one of the greatest reasons for his success. He began playing the piano when he was five years old. As a teenager he was a part-time pianist and choir leader in Terrell's New Hope Baptist Church. He attended Terrell High School, where he played basketball and football. He was the first player in the school's history to pass for more than 1,000 yards. Foxx also sang in a band called Leather and Lace. After completing high school, he received a scholarship to United States International University, where he studied classical composition. He first told jokes at a comedy club's open mic night after accepting a girlfriend's dare. Foxx chose his surname to the black comedian Redd Foxx.Jamie Foxx – Foxx in Paris in January 2013, at the French premiere of Django Unchained
35. Philip Seymour Hoffman – Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, producer of film and theater. Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He began his screen career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and started to appear in films in 1992. The feature Jack Goes Boating marked his debut as a filmmaker. Hoffman was also an accomplished theater actor and director. Hoffman joined the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, where he appeared in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays -- Death of a Salesman -- all led to Tony Award nominations. He relapsed after many years of sobriety. Hoffman was born on July 23, 1967, in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, New York. Marilyn O'Connor, worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming a lawyer and eventually a family court judge. Gordon Stowell Hoffman, worked for the Xerox Corporation. Along with Gordy, he had two sisters, Emily. Hoffman was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended Mass as a child, but did not have a heavily religious upbringing. His parents divorced when he was nine, leaving the children to be raised primarily by their mother. He recalled in 2008, "I was changed – permanently changed – by that experience.Philip Seymour Hoffman – Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Paris premiere of The Ides of March in October 2011
36. Forest Whitaker – Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, producer, director. Whitaker portrays Saw Gerrera in the Star Wars film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to DNA tests, his father was of Igbo descent, while his mother had Akan ancestry. When Whitaker was four, his family moved to Carson, California. He has an older sister, Deborah. Whitaker's first role as an actor was the lead in Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood. A back injury made him change his major to music. Whitaker toured England in 1980. While still at Cal Poly, Whitaker briefly changed his major to drama. Whitaker graduated in 1982. Whitaker also earned a scholarship to the Berkeley, California branch of the Drama Studio London. He was pursuing a degree in "The Core of Conflict: Studies in Peace and Reconciliation" at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2004. In 1986, Whitaker appeared in The Color of Money and Oliver Stone's Platoon. He co-starred in the comedy Good Morning, Vietnam. In 1988, he had his first lead role starring as musician Charlie "Bird" Parker in Clint Eastwood's Bird.Forest Whitaker – Whitaker at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
37. Sean Penn – Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, filmmaker, political activist. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River and the biopic Milk. Penn began his acting career in television with a brief appearance in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie, directed by his father Leo Penn. Penn made his feature film directorial debut with The Indian Runner, followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard and the mystery film The Pledge. Penn directed September 11, a film made in response to the September 11 attacks. The biographical drama movie Into the Wild, garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations. In January 2016, Penn published an interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in Rolling Stone. Penn was born in Los Angeles County, California, the son of actor and director Leo Penn, actress Eileen Ryan. His older brother is musician Michael Penn. His younger brother, actor Chris Penn, died in 2006. His paternal grandparents were Ashkenazi Jewish emigrants from Lithuania and Russia, while his mother is a Catholic of Irish and Italian descent. Penn was raised in a secular home and attended Santa Monica High School. He began making short films with some of his childhood friends, including actors Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, who lived near his home. He launched his career with the action-drama Taps, where he played a high school cadet. Next, Penn appeared as Mick O'Brien, a troubled youth, in the drama Bad Boys.Sean Penn – Penn at the premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013 New York Film Festival
38. Jeremy Renner – Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor and singer. Throughout the 2000s, he appeared largely in independent films such as Neo Ned. Renner also appeared in supporting roles in bigger films such as 28 Weeks Later. Renner then turned in The Town, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was born to mother Valerie Cearley and father Lee Renner, who managed McHenry Bowl, a Modesto bowling alley, in the 1980s. His parents divorced when he was ten. Renner is the oldest of seven siblings. His ancestry includes Panamanian. Renner graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto in 1989. Renner attended Modesto Junior College, where he studied computer criminology, before he took a drama class as an elective and decided to pursue acting. Renner's debut came in 1995 when he played an underachieving student in the cult favorite National Lampoon's Senior Trip. Over the few years, he had guest roles in Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane, The Net, The Time of Your Life and Angel. He also had a small role on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2001. In between acting roles, he worked as a artist to make ends meet.Jeremy Renner – Renner at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
39. Jesse Eisenberg – Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, author and playwright. Eisenberg made his debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real. In 2006, he won the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award in The Living Wake. In 2009, Eisenberg starred with Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Woody Harrelson. Eisenberg also starred in Holy Rollers, nominated at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. He then starred in Woody Allen's with Love and the magician caper film Now You See Me and its 2016 sequel. He has contributed pieces to The New Yorker and McSweeney's websites. Eisenberg starred in three plays for the New York stage: Asuncion, The Revisionist, The Spoils. Eisenberg's first book, Bream Gives Hiccups: and Other Stories, a short story collection, was released in September 2015. He grew up in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey. Barry Eisenberg, drove a taxicab, then owned and worked at a hospital, later became a college professor, teaching sociology. He was brought up in a secular Jewish family that originated in Poland and Ukraine. He then transferred in New York. When he was a senior, Eisenberg received his role in the independent comedy-drama film Roger Dodger. He began acting in plays at an early age.Jesse Eisenberg – Eisenberg at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
40. Brad Pitt – William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. He first gained recognition in the movie Thelma & Louise. His first leading roles in big-budget productions came Through Interview with the Vampire. He starred in the cult film Fight Club and the major international hit Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Thirteen. His greatest commercial successes have been Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, World War Z. Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball. His personal life is also the subject of wide publicity. Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston, to whom he was married for five years, he has been married to actress Angelina Jolie since 2014. They have six children together, three of whom were adopted internationally. In September 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. William Bradley Pitt was born to William Alvin Pitt, who ran Jane Etta, a school counsellor. The family soon moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he lived together with Julie Neal. He has described Springfield as "Jesse James country", having grown up with "a lot of a lot of lakes". He attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the tennis teams.Brad Pitt – Pitt at the premiere of Fury in Washington D.C, October 2014
41. Oscar Isaac – Oscar Isaac is a Guatemalan-American actor and musician. In 2006, Isaac portrayed husband of Mary, in The Nativity Story. Isaac appeared as the titular mutant supervillain Apocalypse. In 2016, Time named Isaac one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia Estrada Nicolle, a Cuban pulmonologist father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano. His maternal grandfather was French. He was raised in Miami, Florida. Isaac has described his Protestant upbringing as "very Christian". He liked to cause trouble at the private school Westminster Christian when growing up. "I set off a extinguisher in the gym, defaced a mural, just stupid stuff," Isaac said in an interview. Isaac liked to make kids laugh. At one point, his teacher had to screen off his desk from the rest of the class with a piece of cardboard. Eventually, Isaac was expelled. Isaac's entry into professional acting began at Miami Beach, when Artistic Director John Rodaz cast him in a play. Isaac also acted in 2000 -- 2001.Oscar Isaac – Oscar Isaac at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
42. Timothy Spall – Timothy Leonard Spall, OBE is an English character actor and occasional presenter. He became a household name after appearing in the 1983 ITV comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Spall has also starred in the documentary Timothy Spall:... at Sea. The third of four sons, was born in Battersea, London. His mother, Sylvia R. was his father, Joseph L. Spall, was a postal worker. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA, where he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor in his year. He gained international recognition in the Harry Potter film series. In 1991 he guest starred in the series 5 Red episode Back to Reality. In 1993, Spall was in Rab C. Nesbitt. In the 2000 New Year Honours, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Spall performed lead vocals on the song The Devil is an Englishman from the Ken Russell Gothic, in which Spall portrayed John William Polidori. Spall played the starring role of Albert Pierrepoint in the 2005 Pierrepoint, released as The Last Hangman in the United States. In the 2006 video game: Vice City Stories, Spall voiced Phil Collins' manager, Barry Mickelthwaite. In 2007, he starred in Tim Burton's production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Timothy Spall – Spall at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
43. Michael B. Jordan – Michael Bakari Jordan is an American actor. Other film roles include Red Tails, That Awkward Moment. Michael B Jordan was born in Santa Ana, California, the son of Donna, Michael A. Jordan. Jordan's family spent two years in California before moving to New Jersey. Jordan attended Newark Arts High School, where he played basketball. "Bakari", is Swahili for "noble promise". His principal film role followed 2001 when he was featured in Hardball, which starred Keanu Reeves. In 2002, Jordan gained more attention by playing the pivotal role of Wallace in the first season of HBO's The Wire. Jordan's other credits include guest starring appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace and Cold Case. Thereafter, Jordan starred in The Assistants on The-N. In 2008, he appeared in the video "Did You Wrong" by R&B artist Pleasure P. In 2010, Jordan guest-starred in the Law & Order: episode "Inhumane Society" as a boxer involved in a Michael Vick-inspired dog fighting scandal. Jordan played the character for two seasons until the show ended in 2011. In 2010, Jordan was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood Issue. That year, he landed a recurring role on the NBC show Parenthood playing Alex.Michael B. Jordan – Jordan at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
44. Casey Affleck – Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a actor, appearing in the PBS television movie Lemon Sky and in the ABC miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts. His first leading role was as a depressed writer in Steve Buscemi's independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim. In 2010, he directed the mockumentary I'm Here starring his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix. Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the son of Christopher Anne "Chris" and Timothy Byers Affleck. He is a descendant of Adam Rankin Alexander. In the mid-1960s, his father had been a stage manager, director, actor with the Theater Company of Boston. Affleck's father was a chronic alcoholic: "He was a disaster of a drinker. It ruined his life." Following his parents' divorce when he was nine, Ben, lived with their mother. He learned to speak Spanish. The two siblings spent "all of our time together, pretty much. We had the same friends." When Affleck was 14, his father moved to Indio, California to enter a facility, later worked there as an addiction counselor. Affleck reconnected with his father during visits to California as a teenager: "I got to know him, really, because he was sober for the first time...Casey Affleck – Affleck in June 2006