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1. Mel Gibson Mel Gibson Actor, Braveheart Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
2. Tom Hanks Tom Hanks Producer, Cast Away Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
3. William Fichtner William Fichtner Actor, Crash A small-town guy with a big heart, William Fichtner has been captivating the hearts of Western New Yorkers for decades. Bill was born in 1956 on Long Island, New York, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. Fichtner was raised in Cheektowaga, and graduated from Maryvale High School in 1974...
4. Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher Actress, Star Wars Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was an actress and writer known for Star Wars, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Fisher is also known for her book, "Postcards from the Edge"...
5. Bryan Cranston Bryan Cranston Actor, Breaking Bad Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Austrian, German, Irish and Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his grandparents...
6. Linda Hamilton Linda Hamilton Actress, Terminator 2: Judgment Day Born in Salisbury, Maryland, USA, following high school Linda studied for two years at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, before moving on to acting studies in New York. In New York she attended acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg. Her first parts were small parts in TV series, with her biggest break coming with her role in The Terminator...
7. Geena Davis Geena Davis Actress, Thelma & Louise As a child, Geena dreamed of being an actress. While in high school, she felt left out and had low self-esteem because, at 6 feet, she was the tallest girl in school. After high school graduation, Geena entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston University...
8. Christoph Waltz Christoph Waltz Actor, Django Unchained Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
9. Kim Cattrall Kim Cattrall Actress, Sex and the City 2 Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family immigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she returned to her native country and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
10. Michael Biehn Michael Biehn Actor, Aliens Michael Connell Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, to Marcia (Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two years later to pursue an acting career in Hollywood...
11. Bruce Greenwood Bruce Greenwood Actor, Star Trek
12. Rita Wilson Rita Wilson Actress, Jingle All the Way
13. Keith David Keith David Actor, The Princess and the Frog Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...
14. Eric Roberts Eric Roberts Actor, Runaway Train One of Hollywood's edgier, more intriguing characters running around and about for decades, Eric Anthony Roberts started life in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is the son of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights. His siblings are actors Lisa Roberts Gillan and Julia Roberts...
15. Bo Derek Bo Derek Actress, Bolero
16. Dana Delany Dana Delany Actress, China Beach Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater...
17. Richard Kind Richard Kind Actor, Inside Out Richard Kind, a Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee for the Broadway hit The Big Knife, is an accomplished stage, screen and television actor who continues to redefine the term character actor. Kind is starring as Sam Meyers in the Amazon Original Series Red Oaks. He appeared in the 2013 Best Picture Academy Award-winning Argo...
18. Andy Garcia Andy Garcia Actor, Ocean's Eleven One of Hollywood's most private and guarded leading men, Andy Garcia has created a few iconic characters while at the same time staying true to his acting roots and personal projects. Garcia was born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez on April 12, 1956, in Havana, Cuba, to Amelie Menéndez, a teacher of English...
19. Wendy Crewson Wendy Crewson Actress, Air Force One Wendy Crewson was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She attended Westwood Collegiate and was first exposed to acting when she performed in The Boy Friend in grade 10.
20. Dwight Yoakam Dwight Yoakam Actor, Sling Blade Since the start of his music career, Dwight Yoakam has proven he's more than just another guy with a guitar and a hat. He has risen from hot country star to being one of country music's biggest influences. While doing that, he has also become a critically acclaimed actor. Dwight Yoakam was born in the coal mining community of Pikeville...
21. Maureen McCormick Maureen McCormick Actress, The Brady Bunch Maureen Denise McCormick was born on August 5, 1956 to Richard and Irene McCormick. The youngest of four children, she has three brothers Michael, Dennis and Kevin. Her acting career began at age six when she won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley contest, which opened up the glamorous world of acting to the future teenie-bopper...
22. Steven Bauer Steven Bauer Actor, Scarface
23. Alan Ruck Alan Ruck Actor, Ferris Bueller's Day Off Alan Ruck was born on July 1, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, and has made over 100 appearances in films and television, and on stage. He is best known for his role as the friend of Matthew Broderick and hopeless hypochondriac Cameron Frye, in John Hughes's Ferris Bueller's Day Off. During the 1980s he appeared...
24. Mimi Rogers Mimi Rogers Actress, Lost in Space It's fair to say that after 20 years and over 50 film appearances, Mimi Rogers should be praised for her variety of roles and acting capabilities, not for a brief marriage to a Hollywood star. In the early 1980s she began to carve a niche for herself in Hollywood, appearing on television and in films...
25. Joan Allen Joan Allen Actress, Room Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was voted most likely to succeed...
26. Ann Curry Ann Curry Actress, 30 Rock
27. Lars von Trier Lars von Trier Writer, Dancer in the Dark Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, Forbrydelsens element. A highly distinctive blend of film noir and German Expressionism with stylistic nods to Dreyer...
28. Sela Ward Sela Ward Actress, Gone Girl Hallelujah for Sela. Everyone's favorite "Sister" was born Sela Ann Ward, on July 11, 1956, in Meridian, Mississippi. Sela's parents were Annie Kate (Boswell) and Granberry Holland Ward, Jr., an electrical engineer; the three younger children in the family are Jenna (1957), Berry (1959) and Brock (1961)...
29. Ann Dowd Ann Dowd Actress, Compliance
30. Tim Daly Tim Daly Actor, Basic
31. Danny Boyle Danny Boyle Director, 127 Hours
32. Imelda Staunton Imelda Staunton Actress, Pride
33. Chloe Webb Chloe Webb Actress, Sid and Nancy Chloe Webb earned New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics awards for her film debut role as drug addict Nancy Spungen in the Sid Vicious biopic Sid and Nancy. Other notable credits include, The Belly of an Architect, Twins, Heart Condition, China Beach, Tales of the City, and Shameless.
34. Gary Cole Gary Cole Actor, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
35. Sinbad Sinbad Actor, Jingle All the Way Sinbad was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan to two parents, Louise and the Baptist Rev. Dr. Donald Beckley Adkins and was then known as David Adkins. He is primarily known as an actor and somewhat a writer and proved his comedic acting style in House Guest (1994), Jingle All the Way (1996), First Kid (1996) and Good Burger (1997)...
36. Robby Benson Robby Benson Actor, Beauty and the Beast
37. Lesley Manville Lesley Manville Actress, Another Year Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award winning stage and screen actress and has worked extensively with the director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Secrets & Lies (1996). Lesley was made an OBE in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours List.
38. Dinah Manoff Dinah Manoff Actress, Grease Dinah Manoff was born in New York City, New York, to screenwriter Arnold Manoff and actress, director, and writer Lee Grant. She began her professional career in the PBS production of "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike". After subsequent guest appearances on various television series, she received...
39. Bob Saget Bob Saget Actor, Full House
40. Lisa Eilbacher Lisa Eilbacher Actress, Beverly Hills Cop Lisa Eilbacher was born in Saudi Arabia, the daughter of an oil company executive. She spent her most formative years in Paris. After moving to Beverly Hills, California with her family, she soon appeared on television on episodes of Wagon Train, Laredo, My Three Sons, and Gunsmoke...
41. David Caruso David Caruso Actor, First Blood His low-keyed intensity, deep-voiced somberness, pale skin, puffy-eyed baby face and crop of carrot-red hair are all obvious and intriguing trademarks of TV star David Caruso. A hugely popular item in the 1990s as a result of a smash crime series, he got way too caught up in all the hoopla surrounding him...
42. Nathan Lane Nathan Lane Actor, The Producers
43. Luis Guzmán Luis Guzmán Actor, Traffic Actor of Puerto Rican descent who made many memorable films in the 1980s due to his villainous persona. Presently resides with his wife and many kids in Vermont.
44. Robert Romanus Robert Romanus Actor, Fast Times at Ridgemont High Robert Romanus is an American film/television actor and musician. He played ticket scalper Mike Damone in the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Natalie Green's boyfriend Snake on The Facts of Life. Robert is the son of Eileen (Maloof) and Raymond Romanos, a doctor. His brother is actor Richard Romanus...
45. Richard Curtis Richard Curtis Writer, Love Actually
46. Phyllis Logan Phyllis Logan Actress, Secrets & Lies
47. Cherry Jones Cherry Jones Actress, Signs
48. David E. Kelley David E. Kelley Writer, The Practice David Kelley might be described as living the American Dream, 1990s' style: write a screenplay, move to Hollywood, make millions and marry a movie star. A former Boston lawyer, in the last decade, he switched careers to become a successful television producer whose shows are recognized for their quality as well as receiving top ratings...
49. Vladimir Kulich Vladimir Kulich Actor, The Equalizer Vladimir Kulich was born in Prague and began his training at the State Theatre of Czechoslovakia. During the Soviet occupation his father, an advisor in the military arranged for his escape to Austria by bribing border guards. Arriving in Canada he was scouted by John Ferguson and became a professional hockey player for the New York Rangers farm team...
50. Kevin McNally Kevin McNally Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Kevin McNally was born on April 27, 1956, in Bristol, England. He grew up in Birmingham where he attended Redhill and Mapledene Junior schools and Central Grammar School for Boys. At the age of 16, he got his first job at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. A year later he received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art...
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