Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and music video director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career, his work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Monster's Ball, Lords of Dogtown, Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the latter two being posthumous releases. He produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director. For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute, he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor. Posthumously, he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, the casting director for the film I'm Not There, inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
In the film, Ledger portrayed a fictional actor named Robbie Clark, one of six characters embodying aspects of Dylan's life and persona. Ledger died on 22 January 2008 due to accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, his death occurred during editing of The Dark Knight and in the midst of filming his last role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. His untimely death cast a shadow over the subsequent promotion of The Dark Knight. Ledger received numerous posthumous accolades for his critically acclaimed performance in The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards, the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger, a French teacher, Kim Ledger, a racing car driver and mining engineer whose family established and owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry.
The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust is named after his great-grandfather. He had English and Scottish ancestry. Ledger attended Mary's Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill, Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first acting experiences, starring in a school production as Peter Pan at the age of 13, his parents separated when he was 10 and divorced when he was 11. Ledger's older sister Kate, an actress and a publicist, to whom he was close, inspired his acting on stage, his love of Gene Kelly inspired his successful choreography, leading to Guildford Grammar's 60-member team's "first all-boy victory" at the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. Ledger's two half-sisters are Ashleigh Bell, his mother's daughter with her second husband and his stepfather Roger Bell, Olivia Ledger, his father's daughter with second wife and his stepmother Emma Brown. After sitting for early graduation exams at age 17, Ledger left school to pursue an acting career. With Trevor DiCarlo, his best friend since he was three years old, Ledger drove across Australia from Perth to Sydney, returning to Perth to take a small role in Clowning Around, the first part of a two-part television series, to work on the TV series Sweat, in which he played a gay cyclist.
From 1993 to 1997, Ledger had parts in the Perth television series Ship to Shore. In 1999, he starred in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You and in the acclaimed Australian crime film Two Hands, directed by Gregor Jordan. From 2000 to 2005, he starred in supporting roles as Gabriel Martin, the eldest son of Benjamin Martin, in The Patriot, as Sonny Grotowski, the son of Hank Grotowski, in Monster's Ball. In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award as "Male Star of Tomorrow". Ledger received "Best Actor of 2005" awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, in which he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, he received a nomination for Golden Globe Best Actor in a Drama and a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor for this performance, making him, at age 26, the ninth-youngest nominee for a Best Actor Oscar. In The New York Times review of the film, critic Stephen Holden writes: "Both Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished love story physically palpable.
Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his sinewy character, it is a great screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn." In a review in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers states: "Ledger's magnificent performance is an acting miracle. He seems to tear it from his insides. Ledger doesn't just know how Ennis moves and listens. To see him inhale the scent of a shirt hanging in Jack's closet is to take measure of the
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards and nine Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning one of each award from them and three Golden Globe Awards from eleven nominations. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s, he next had recurring roles in various television series, such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains. He debuted in his film career by starring as Josh in Critters 3, he starred in the film adaptation of the memoir This Boy's Life, received acclaim and his first Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He gained public recognition with leading roles in The Basketball Diaries and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet, he achieved international fame as a star in James Cameron's epic romance Titanic, which became the highest-grossing film of all time to that point. Since 2000, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres.
DiCaprio's subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask, the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can, the epic historical drama Gangs of New York, which marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. He was acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond, the neo-noir crime drama The Departed, the espionage thriller Body of Lies, the drama Revolutionary Road, the psychological thriller Shutter Island, the science fiction thriller Inception, the biographical film J. Edgar, the western Django Unchained, the period drama The Great Gatsby. DiCaprio's portrayals of Howard Hughes in The Aviator and Hugh Glass in The Revenant won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, his performance as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street won him the Golden Globe award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant. DiCaprio is the founder of Appian Way Productions.
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 1974, in Los Angeles. He is the only child of Irmelin, a legal secretary, George DiCaprio, an underground comix artist and producer and distributor of comic books. DiCaprio's father is of German descent. DiCaprio's maternal grandfather, Wilhelm Indenbirken, was German, his maternal grandmother, Helene Indenbirken, was a Russian-born German citizen. In an interview in Russia, DiCaprio referred to himself as "half-Russian" and said that two of his late grandparents were Russian. DiCaprio's parents met while subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California. DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Uffizi museum in Florence, when he first kicked, his parents separated when he was a year old, he lived with his mother. The two lived in several Los Angeles neighborhoods, such as Echo Park and Los Feliz, while his mother worked several jobs. DiCaprio attended Seeds Elementary School and John Marshall High School a few blocks away, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years.
He dropped out of high school following his third year earning his general equivalency diploma. DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Germany with his maternal grandparents and Helene, he is conversant in Italian. In 1979, DiCaprio was removed, at the age of five, from the set of the children's television series Romper Room for being disruptive, he began his career by appearing in several commercials and educational films, following his older stepbrother Adam Farrar into television commercials, landing an ad at age 14 for Matchbox cars by Mattel, which he considered his first role. Throughout his teens he was seen in commercials for Kraft Foods, Bubble Yum, Apple Jacks, many more. In 1989, he played. In 1990, he started acting on television; this started with a role in the pilot of The Outsiders, one episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara, playing the young Mason Capwell. That same year, DiCaprio got a break on television. A series based on a successful comedy film by the same name, his works that year earned him two nomination at the Young Artist Award in Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series and Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series.
DiCaprio was a celebrity contestant on the children's game show Fun House. One of the stunts he performed on the show was going fishing in a small pool of water by catching the fish only with his teeth. In 1991, he played an un-credited role in one episode of Roseanne; that year, DiCaprio's debut film role was in the comedic science fiction horror film Critters 3, in which he played the stepson of an evil landlord, a role that DiCaprio described as "your average, no-depth, standard kid with blond hair." Released in March that year, the movie went direct-to-video. Shortly after, he became a recurring cast member on the successful ABC sitcom Growing Pains, playing Luke Brower, a homeless boy, taken in by the Seaver family. DiCaprio was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series. In 1992, alongside Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom Skerritt, an
Rami Said Malek is an American actor. His breakthrough role was as computer hacker Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot, for which he received several accolades, including the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In 2018, he portrayed Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, for which he received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy Film Award for Best Actor, he is the first actor of Egyptian heritage to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, to Egyptian immigrant parents, Malek studied theater at the University of Evansville in Indiana, he began his acting career with supporting roles in film and television, including the Fox sitcom The War at Home, the HBO miniseries The Pacific, the Night at the Museum film trilogy. He has done voicework for video games, as well as motion capture for the latter.
Malek was born in Los Angeles, on May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents, Said Malek and Nelly Abdel-Malek. He has said he is "an eighth Greek", his parents left Cairo in 1978 after his father, a tour guide, became intrigued with Western visitors. They settled in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles staying in the San Fernando Valley and venturing into Hollywood, his father sold insurance. Malek was raised in his family's Coptic Orthodox Christian faith, grew up speaking colloquial Egyptian Arabic at home until the age of four. Malek has an identical twin brother named Sami, younger by four minutes. Malek's older sister, Yasmine, is an ER doctor, his parents emphasized to their children the importance of preserving their Egyptian roots, his father would wake his son in the middle of the night to talk to his Arabic-speaking extended family in their hometown of Samalut, Egypt. As a first-generation American, Malek found it difficult to assimilate as a child because of cultural differences spending most of his childhood having his name mispronounced: "It only took me till high school where I found the confidence to tell everybody, no, my name is Rami.
It's a upsetting thing to think about, that I didn't have the confidence to correct anyone at that point". As a result, he said it was difficult to form a self-identity as a child and gravitated towards "creating characters and doing voices" as he searched for an outlet for that energy, he attended Notre Dame High School, was in the same class as actress Rachel Bilson. Kirsten Dunst, a year younger attended the school, the two shared a musical theater class, his parents harbored dreams of his becoming a lawyer, so he joined the debate team. Though he struggled to form arguments, his debate teacher noted his talent in dramatic interpretation and encouraged him instead to perform the one-man play Zooman and The Sign at a competition. Reflecting on the moment, he said, "On stage I'm having this moment with my dad with a bunch of other people, but I thought, something special is happening here", it was the first time he saw his father become emotional, his parents' positive reaction to his performance left him feeling free to pursue an acting career.
After graduating in 1999, he went on to study theater at the University of Evansville in Evansville, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003. The college honored Malek with a 2017 Young Alumnus Award, "given to those who have achieved personal success and contribute services to their community and to UE". After his college graduation, Malek wanted to attend grad school for theater, his network of friends included directors. Together they performed their own plays around the city. While visiting his family in Los Angeles, he met casting director Mali Finn who convinced him to stay and look for work in Hollywood. After moving in with his parents, Malek worked delivering pizza and making falafel and shawarma sandwiches at a restaurant in Hollywood to make ends meet. Despite sending his resume to production houses, he found it difficult to get work as an actor, which led to bouts of depression and a loss of confidence, he considered getting a real estate license instead of pursuing an acting career.
After a year and a half, he received a call from casting director Mara Casey. She asked to speak to his agent; when he confessed he did not have one, she told him to get one first. After having a pleasant conversation, Malek suggested they meet anyway, she agreed, the meeting led to him getting his first role in the TV sitcom Gilmore Girls in 2004. That same year he voiced "additional characters" for the video game Halo 2, for which he was uncredited. In 2005, he received his Screen Actors Guild card for his work in two episodes of the Steven Bochco war drama Over There; that year, he appeared in an episode of Medium and was cast in the prominent recurring role of Kenny, on the Fox comedy series The War at Home. Kenny's "coming out" story earned accolades from GLAAD. In 2006, Malek made his feature film debut as Pharaoh Ahkmenrah in the comedy Night at the Museum, he reprised this role in the sequels Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. In the spring of 2007, he appeared on-stage as Jamie in the Vitality Productions theatrical presentation of Keith Bunin's The Credeaux Canvas at the Elephant Theatre in Los A
Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club, went on to appear in other family entertainment programs, including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. His first starring film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer, he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers, The Slaughter Rule, The United States of Leland. Gosling gained wider recognition in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romance The Notebook. For playing a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, he next played a inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl. After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine. Gosling co-starred in three mainstream films in 2011, the romantic comedy Crazy, Love, the political drama The Ides of March, the crime thriller Drive, his directorial debut, Lost River, was released to poor reviews in 2014.
Greater success came to Gosling when he starred in several critically acclaimed films, including the financial satire The Big Short, the romantic musical La La Land, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, received a second Oscar nomination. Further acclaim followed with the science fiction the biopic First Man. Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009, he is a co-owner of a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions. Gosling has been involved in peace promotion efforts in Africa for over a decade, he has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, they have two daughters. Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, the son of Thomas Ray Gosling, a travelling salesman for a paper mill, Donna, a secretary.
Both of his parents are of part French-Canadian descent, along with some German, English and Irish. Gosling's parents were Mormons, Gosling has said that the religion influenced every aspect of their lives. However, he said he "never could identify with." Because of his father's work, they "moved around a lot" and Gosling lived in both Cornwall and Burlington, Ontario. His parents divorced when he was 13, he and his older sister Mandi lived with their mother, an experience Gosling has credited with programming him "to think like a girl". Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and Lester B. Pearson High School; as a child, he was inspired to become an actor. He "hated" being a child, was bullied in elementary school and had no friends until he was "14 or 15". In grade one, having been influenced by the action film First Blood, he took steak knives to school and threw them at other children during recess; this incident led to a suspension. He was unable to read and was evaluated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but was not diagnosed with it and, contrary to false reports, never took medication.
His mother homeschooled him for a year. Gosling has said that homeschooling gave him "a sense of autonomy that I've never lost". Gosling performed in front of audiences from an early age, encouraged by his sister being a performer, he and his sister sang together at weddings. Performing boosted his self-confidence, he developed an idiosyncratic accent because, as a child, he thought having a Canadian accent did not sound "tough". He began to model his accent on that of Marlon Brando, he dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to focus on his acting career. In 1993, at the age of 12, Gosling attended an open audition in Montreal for a revival of Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club, he was moved to Orlando, Florida. He appeared on-screen infrequently. Nonetheless, he has described the job as the greatest two years of his life. Fellow cast members included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera. Gosling has credited the experience with instilling in them "this great sense of focus."
He became close friends with Timberlake and they lived together for six months during the second year of the show. Timberlake's mother became Gosling's legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons. Gosling has said that though he and Timberlake are no longer in touch, they are still supportive of each other. Following the show's cancellation in 1995, Gosling returned to Canada, where he continued to appear in family entertainment television series, including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps, starred in Breaker High as Sean Hanlon. At the age of 18, he moved to New Zealand to film the Fox Kids adventure series Young Hercules as the title character. In 2002, he told the Vancouver Sun that he enjoyed working on the show, but began to care too much about the series, so it was no longer fun for him, he wanted to spend more time sitting with and devising a character as well as play a variety of roles, so he chose to enter film and not accept any more television work.
At the age of nineteen, Gosling decided to move into "serious acting". He
Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert is a French actress who has appeared in more than 120 films since her debut in 1971. She is the most nominated actress for the César Award, with 16 nominations, she twice won the César Award for La Cérémonie and for Elle. Huppert was made Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite in 1994 and was promoted to Officier in 2005, she was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1999 and was promoted to Officer in 2009. Huppert's first César nomination was for the 1975 film Aloïse. In 1978, she won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for The Lacemaker, she went on to win two Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival, for Violette Nozière and The Piano Teacher, as well as two Volpi Cups for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, for Story of Women and La Cérémonie. Her other films in France include Loulou, La Séparation, 8 Women, Gabrielle and Things to Come. Among international film's most prolific actresses, Huppert has worked in Italy, Central Europe, in Asia.
Her English-language films include: Heaven's Gate, I Heart Huckabees, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Louder Than Bombs, Greta. In 2016, Huppert garnered international acclaim for her performance in Elle, which earned her a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, she won Best Actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, for both Elle and Things to Come. Huppert is the most nominated actress for the Molière Award, with 7 nominations, she made her London stage debut in the title role of the play Mary Stuart in 1996, her New York stage debut in a 2005 production of 4.48 Psychosis. She returned to the New York stage in 2009 to perform in Heiner Müller's Quartett, in 2014 to star in a Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids. Huppert was born in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of Annick, an English language teacher, Raymond Huppert, a safe manufacturer.
The youngest child, she has three sisters, including filmmaker Caroline Huppert. She was raised in Ville-d'Avray, her father was Jewish. Huppert was raised in her mother's Catholic faith. On her mother's side, she is a great-granddaughter of one of the Callot Soeurs. Huppert was encouraged by her mother to begin acting at a young age, became a teenage star in Paris, she attended Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Versailles, where she won a prize for her acting. She is an alumna of the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique. Huppert made her television debut in 1971 with Le Prussien, her film debut in 1972's Faustine et le Bel Été, her appearance in the controversial Les Valseuses made her recognized by the public. Her international breakthrough came with La Dentelliere, for which she won a BAFTA award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, she made her American film debut in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate, which opened to poor reviews and was a box office failure. Throughout the 1980s, Huppert continued to explore enigmatic and distant characters, most notably in Maurice Pialat's Loulou, Godard's Sauve qui peut, Diane Kurys' Coup de foudre, Claude Chabrol's Une Affaire de Femmes.
In 1994, Huppert collaborated with American director Hal Hartley on Amateur, one of her few English-language performances since Heaven's Gate. She portrayed a manic and homicidal post-office worker in Claude Chabrol's La Cérémonie, with Sandrine Bonnaire, continued her cinematic relationship with Chabrol in Rien ne va plus, Merci pour le Chocolat, she appeared in Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher, based on a novel of the same name by Austrian author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004, Elfriede Jelinek. In this film, she played a piano teacher named Erika Kohut, who becomes involved with a young pianist and ladies' man, Walter Klemmer. Regarded as one of her most impressive turns, her performance netted the 2001 Best Actress prize in Cannes. In 2004, she starred in Christophe Honoré's Ma Mère as Hélène with Louis Garrel. Here, Huppert plays an attractive middle-aged mother who has an incestuous relationship with her teenage son. Ma Mère was based on a novel by Georges Bataille.
2004 saw her star opposite Dustin Hoffman in David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees. Huppert has worked in several countries since her debut, she worked in Russia, in Central Europe and in Asia. Huppert is an acclaimed stage actress, receiving seven Molière Award nominations, including for the titular role in a 2001 Paris production of Medea, directed by Jacques Lassalle, in 2005, at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe in Paris, in the title role of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler; that year, she toured the United States in a Royal Court Theatre production of Sarah Kane's theatrical piece 4.48 Psychosis. This production was performed in French. Huppert returned to the New York stage in 2009 to perform in Heine
Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem is a Spanish actor. Bardem won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the 2007 Coen Brothers film No Country for Old Men, he has received critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne trémula, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Boca a boca, Los lunes al sol, Mar adentro, Skyfall, for which he received both a BAFTA and a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bardem has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes and two Volpi Cups at Venice for his work, he is the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar, as well as the first Spaniard to win one, for Best Supporting Actor in No Country for Old Men, 2008. He received his third Academy Award nomination, second Best Actor nomination, for the film Biutiful. Bardem was born in the Canary Islands, Spain, his mother, Pilar Bardem, is an actress, his father, José Carlos Encinas Doussinague, was a businessman involved in environmental work.
The two separated shortly after his birth and his mother raised him alone. Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors dating back to the earliest days of Spanish cinema. Both his older brother and sister, Carlos and Mónica, are actors, he comes from a political background, as his uncle Juan Antonio was imprisoned by Franco for his anti-fascist films. Bardem was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith by his grandmother; as a child, he spent time on film sets. At age six, he made his first film appearance, in Fernando Fernán Gómez's El Pícaro, he played rugby for the junior Spanish National Team. Though he grew up in a family full of actors, Bardem did not see himself going into the family business. Painting was his first love, he went on to study painting for four years at Madrid's Escuela de Artes y Oficios. In need of money he took acting jobs to support his painting, but he says he was a bad painter and abandoned that career pursuit. In 1989, for the Spanish comedy show El Día Por Delante, he had to wear a Superman costume for a comedic sketch, a job that made him question whether he wanted to be an actor at all.
Bardem has confessed to having worked as a stripper during his struggling acting career. Bardem came to notice in a small role in his first major motion picture, The Ages of Lulu, when he was 20, in which he appeared along with his mother, Pilar Bardem. Bigas Luna, the director of Lulu, was sufficiently impressed to give him the leading male role in his next film, Jamón Jamón in 1992, in which Bardem played a would-be underwear model and bullfighter; the film, which starred a teenaged Penélope Cruz, was a major international success. He starred again in Luna's next film Golden Balls. Bardem's talent did not go unnoticed in the English-speaking world. In 1997, John Malkovich was the first to approach him a 27-year-old, for a role in English, but the Spanish actor turned down the offer because his English was still poor, his first English-speaking role came that same year, in with director Álex de la Iglesia's Perdita Durango, playing a santería-practicing bank robber. After starring in about two dozen films in his native country, he gained international recognition in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls in 2000, portraying Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas.
He received praise from his idol Al Pacino. For that role, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, the first for a Spaniard. After, he turned down the role of Danny Witwer in Minority Report which went to Colin Farrell. Instead, in 2002, Bardem starred in The Dancer Upstairs. Malkovich had Bardem in mind for the role of the detective's assistant, but the movie's taking so long to obtain financing gave Bardem time to learn English and take on the lead role of the detective. "I will always be grateful to him because he gave me my first chance to work in English", has said Bardem of Malkovich. Bardem won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Mar Adentro, released in the United States as The Sea Inside, in which he portrayed the quadriplegic turned assisted suicide activist Ramón Sampedro, he made his Hollywood debut in a brief appearance as a crime lord who summons Tom Cruise's hitman to do the dirty work of dispatching witnesses in the crime drama Collateral.
He stars in Miloš Forman's 2006 film Goya's Ghosts opposite Natalie Portman, where he plays a twisted monk during the Spanish Inquisition. In 2007, Bardem acted in two film adaptations: the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men, the adaptation of the Colombian novel Love in the Time of Cholera with Giovanna Mezzogiorno by Gabriel García Márquez. In No Country for Old Men, he played Anton Chigurh. For that role, he became the first Spaniard to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Supporting Actor. Bardem's rendition of Chigurh's trademark word, "What business is it of yours where I'm from, friendo?" (in respo
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Her films have grossed over $5.7 billion worldwide, she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. Lawrence appeared in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list in 2013 and in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2014 and 2016. During her childhood, Lawrence performed in church plays and school musicals. At age 14, she was in New York City. Lawrence moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career by playing guest roles in television shows, her first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Lawrence made her film debut in a supporting role in Garden Party, had her breakthrough playing a poverty-stricken teenager in the independent drama Winter's Bone, she achieved wider recognition for starring as the mutant Mystique in X-Men: First Class, a role she reprised in installments of the series. Lawrence's career progressed with her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series, which established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time.
She went on to earn accolades for her collaborations with director David O. Russell, her performance as a depressed and bipolar widow in the romance film Silver Linings Playbook earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest winner of the award. Lawrence subsequently won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing a troubled wife in the black comedy American Hustle, she received Golden Globe Awards for her roles in both of these films, for her performance as Joy Mangano in the biopic Joy. She has since starred in the science fiction romance Passengers, the psychological horror film Mother! and the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Lawrence has advocated for Planned Parenthood. In 2015, she founded the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which has advocated for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Special Olympics. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Indian Hills, Kentucky, to Gary, a construction worker, Karen, a summer camp manager.
She has two older brothers and Blaine, her mother brought her up to be "tough" like them. Karen did not allow her daughter to play with other girls in preschool as she deemed her "too rough" with them. Lawrence was educated at the Kammerer Middle School in Louisville, she did not enjoy her childhood due to hyperactivity and social anxiety and considered herself a misfit among her peers. Lawrence has said that her anxieties vanished when she performed on stage and that acting gave her a sense of accomplishment. Lawrence's school activities included cheerleading, field hockey and basketball, which she played on a boys' team, coached by her father. While growing up, she was fond of horseback riding and visited a local horse farm, she has an injured tailbone as a result of being thrown from a horse. When her father worked from home, she performed for him dressing up as a clown or ballerina, she had her first acting assignment at age nine when she played the role of a prostitute in a church play, based on the Book of Jonah.
For the next few years, she continued to take parts in church plays and school musicals. Lawrence was fourteen and on a family vacation in New York City when she was spotted on the street by a talent scout who arranged for her to audition for talent agents. Karen was not keen on allowing her daughter to pursue an acting career, but she moved her family to New York to let her read for roles. After Lawrence's first cold reading, the agents said that hers was the best they had heard from someone that young. Lawrence said her early experiences were difficult because she felt friendless, she signed on with the CESD Talent Agency, who convinced her parents to let her audition for roles in Los Angeles. While her mother encouraged her to go into modelling, Lawrence insisted on pursuing acting. At that time, she considered acting to be a natural fit for her abilities, she turned down several offers for modeling assignments. Lawrence dropped out of school at age 14 without receiving a diploma, she has said that her career was her priority.
Between her acting jobs in the city, she made regular visits to Louisville, where she served as an assistant nurse at her mother's camp. Lawrence began her acting career with a minor role in the television film Company Town, she followed it with guest roles including Monk and Medium. These parts led to her being cast as a series regular on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, in which she played Lauren, the rebellious teenage daughter of a family living in suburban Louisville, Colorado; the series ran for three seasons. Tom Shales of The Washington Post considered her a scene stealer in her part, David Hinckley of the New York Daily News wrote that she was successful in "deliver the perpetual exasperation of teenage girls". Lawrence won a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series for the role in 2009. Lawrence made her film debut in the 2008 drama film Garden Party, in which she played a troubled teenager named Tiff, she appeared in director Guillermo Arriaga's feature film debut The Burning Plain, a drama narrated in a hyperlink format.
She was cast as the teenage daughter of Kim Basinger's character who discovers her mother's extramarital affair—a role she shared with Charlize Theron. Mark Feeney for The Boston Globe