You should know their names...but probably don'tby alexkendallmahns | created - 26 Jan 2012 | updated - 06 Feb 2012 | Public
Some of my favorite actors and their performances that I enjoyed. (Not saying their best, worst, or most well known appearances.....just movies I liked them in:)
Actor | Hannibal
Mads Mikkelsen's great successes parallel those achieved by the Danish film industry since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.
Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew ...
Pusher I/II-Valhalla Rising
2. Vinnie Jones
Actor | Snatch
Vincent Peter Jones was born on January 5, 1965 in Watford, England. He first came to public notice as a professional footballer, playing in the English Football League. Noted as one of football's hard men, he leaped to fame when a photographer, at a match, snapped him "marking" Newcastle United's ...
Snatch-Midnight Meat Train-The Condemned-Tooth & Nail
3. Ben Foster
Actor | Hell or High Water
Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in ...
3:10 to Yuma-Alpha Dog-The Mechanic
4. Michael Pitt
Actor | Funny Games
Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek (1998) (he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes...
Boardwalk Empire-Funny Games-Murder by Numbers-Bully
5. Shawn Hatosy
Actor | Animal Kingdom
Shawn Hatosy was born on December 29, 1975 in Frederick, Maryland, USA as Shawn Wayne Hatosy. He is an actor and director, known for Animal Kingdom (2016), Southland (2009) and Alpha Dog (2006). He has been married to Kelly Albanese since December 2010. They have three children.
Boys Don't Cry-Alpha Dog-Soldier's Girl
Actor | The Walking Dead
Norman Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, to Marianne and Norman Reedus. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, and Irish descent.
Norman's first film was in 'Guillermo Del Toro''s 1997 horror thriller Mimic (1997), where he played the character Jeremy. He has also ...
Boondock Saints-The Walking Dead
7. Kevin Durand
Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Kevin Durand was born on January 14, 1974 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada as Kevin Serge Durand. He is an actor, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), I Am Number Four (2011) and Robin Hood (2010). He has been married to Sandra Cho since October 1, 2010.
3:10 to Yuma-Smokin Aces-Legion
Actor | AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Tommy Flanagan was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. In his twenties, Tommy made his living as a DJ for local dance clubs until a violent attack nearly ended his life. In hospital, his friend Robert Carlyle persuaded Tommy to give acting a try. Mr. Flanagan joined Carlyle's Raindog Theatre ...
Braveheart-Smokin Aces-Sons of Anarchy
9. Manu Bennett
Actor | 30 Days of Night
"Shall We Begin!", the battlecry of The undefeated Gaul Crixus first bought Manu Bennett's voice & acting career to international attention. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) spoke a universal language that slowly but surely captured a massive audience. The the show lost lead actor Andy Whitfield...
Spartacus-30 Days of Night-The Condemned
10. Stephen Dorff
Actor | Blade
Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen's The Power of One (1992) in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay ...
11. David Thewlis
Actor | Naked
David Thewlis was born David Wheeler in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Maureen (Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler, and lived with his parents above their combination wallpaper and toy shop during his childhood. Originally, he came to London with his band Door 66, however he changed his plans and...
Total Eclipse-The Pajama Game-Gangster No. 1
12. Tom Hulce
Actor | Amadeus
Thomas Edward Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, MI, where he was raised with his two sisters and older brother. He is the son of Joanna (Winkleman), who had sung professionally, and Raymond Albert Hulce, who worked for Ford. He has English, German, and Irish ancestry. ...
13. Ray Stevenson
Actor | Thor
Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at ...
Rome-Kill the Irishman
Actor | Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991). However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993) that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the ...
Jude-28 Days Later-Elizabeth
15. Walton Goggins
Actor | Justified
Walton Goggins is an actor of considerable versatility and acclaim who has delivered provocative performances in a multitude of feature films and television series. He won a Critics' Choice Award for his performance in the HBO comedy series "Vice Principals" and landed an Emmy nomination for his ...
16. Clancy Brown
Actor | The Shawshank Redemption
A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation.
Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert...
The Shawshank Redemption-Pet Sematary 2-Spongebob Squarepants-Love, Lies, Murder
17. Sean Harris
Sean Harris was born in 1966 in Bethnal Green, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) and Harry Brown (2009).
Isolation-The Moors Murders-The Borgias
Actor | Dexter
Desmond Harrington was raised in the Bronx New York. Prior to acting he worked as a laborer, landscaper, a cold caller at a brokerage firm, and a bartender in Manhattan, where a co-worker invited him to attend an acting class. Harrington landed his first role in Luc Besson's The Messenger: The ...
The Hole-Ghost Ship
19. Jason Isaacs
Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. While at Bristol University, he ...
Brotherhood-The Patriot-Blackhawk Down-Event Horizon
20. Kenny Johnson
Actor | The Shield
Kenny Johnson is an American actor whose celebrated range, depth and sincerity has only been magnified by starring opposite Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners and nominees, such as Anthony Hopkins, Vera Farmiga, Holly Hunter, Juliette Lewis, Glenn Close, Forest Whitaker, Maria Bello, and ...
The Shield-Sons of Anarchy-Cold Case
21. Michael Rooker
Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy
Michael Rooker was born on April 6, 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was thirteen, his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "...
Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer-Bastard Out of Carolina-Sea of Love-The Walking Dead
22. Zeljko Ivanek
Zeljko Ivanek was born on August 15, 1957 in Ljubljana, Slovenia as Zeljko Simic-Ivanek. He is an actor, known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Argo (2012) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).
Law & Order:SVU-Cold Case-CSI-Oz
23. Kirk Acevedo
Actor | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Born and raised in the Bronx, and spent most of his formative years hanging out in New York City, Kirk Acevedo, who is of Puerto Rican descent, received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and founded a theater company called The Rorschach Group. After guest-starring on several television shows like New ...
Law & Order-Oz-Cold Case-Band of Brothers
24. Brad Dourif
Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Gaunt character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, ...
Deadwood-Lord of the Rings II-Dune-Child's Play(Chucky voice)-
25. Robert LaSardo
Actor | The Mule
Robert LaSardo was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began his career studying at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, before going on to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy. For two of those years, he handled Navy attack dogs in the Aleutian Islands...
Actor | Memento
Se7en-Sons of Anarchy-The Donner Party
27. Danny Trejo
Actor | Machete
Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...
Blood In Blood Out
28. Tony Goldwyn
Actor | Ghost
Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. While starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes' hit series "Scandal," Goldwyn has other projects in the works as well. He recently took on the controversial figure Warren Jeffs, starring in the Lifetime ...
Actor | The Wire
Emmy nominated actor and producer, Michael Kenneth Williams is one of this generation's most respected and acclaimed talents. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life-often with surprising tenderness-Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a ...
The Wire-Boardwalk Empire
30. Michael Rapaport
Actor | Deep Blue Sea
A true New Yorker through and through, Michael Rapaport was born in Manhattan, to June Brody, a radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio program manager. He is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Rapaport moved to Los Angeles to try stand-up comedy following high school graduation (...
Copland-Kiss of Death-My Name is Earl
31. Mike Doyle
Actor | The Invitation
Law & Order:SVU-Criminal Minds-The Orphan Killer
32. Holt McCallany
Actor | The Losers
In a film career spanning over 30 years, Holt McCallany has appeared in well over 100 films and television shows, working with some of the world's most storied directors. Throughout his varied and versatile career, Holt has worked for David Fincher, David O'Russell, William Friedkin, Lawrence ...
The Losers-Lights Out-Law & Order-Fight Club
33. Pablo Schreiber
Actor | 13 Hours
Pablo Tell Schreiber was born in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, to Lorraine Reaveley, a Canadian psychotherapist, and Tell Schreiber, an American actor. His paternal half-brother is actor Liev Schreiber. Pablo, who is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was raised in Ymir, and moved to Seattle,...
Law & Order-Lights Out-The Wire-
34. Jimmi Simpson
Actor | Date Night
Jimmi Simpson is an American actor. He was born in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the youngest of three brothers. After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Simpson made his film debut in...
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia-Cold Case-CSI-My Name is Earl
35. Leo Fitzpatrick
Actor | Kids
Kids-Law & Order-The Wire-Bully-Sons of Anarchy-My Name is Earl
36. Daniel Franzese
Actor | Mean Girls
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, actor Daniel Franzese is best known for his interesting and daring choices in breakthrough films: from his debut role in Larry Clark's Bully, to Tina Fey's hit comedy Mean Girls, to 2010's update of the highly controversial I Spit on Your ...
Mean Girls-Bully-I Spit on Your Grave-Burn Notice
37. Terry Serpico
Actor | Army Wives
Law & Order-The Departed-Righteous Kill
Actor | Orange Is the New Black
Brad William Henke was born on April 10, 1966 in Columbus, Nebraska, USA. He is an actor, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), Bright (2017) and Sneaky Pete (2015). He was previously married to Katelin Chesna.
Jusified-CSI-Criminal Minds-Cold Case-Law & Order
39. James Le Gros
Actor | Drugstore Cowboy
It isn't hard to make James LeGros bust a gut laughing. Just call him Brad Pitt. Okay, so he doesn't get $6 million a film or have his photo air-kissed by legions of swooning schoolgirls during recess. But if you've caught LeGros' quirky personality, you may wonder why he's still toiling away. But ...
Mildred Pierce-Point Break-Justified-Law & Order
Actor | Rat Race
My Name is Earl-Burn Notice-Law & Order-Cold Case-CSI
41. Michael Shannon
Actor | The Shape of Water
Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.
Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His ...
Boardwalk Empire-Law & Order:SVU-
42. Shea Whigham
Actor | Take Shelter
Born in Florida, educated at Purchase, and coming from the NYC based theatre scene, Shea Whigham's big break came when director Joel Schumacher cast him opposite Colin Farrell in Tigerland (2000). Since then he has racked up impressive credits working with such legendary Hollywood directors as ...
43. Dominic West
Actor | The Wire
Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Chicago (2002) and Punisher: War Zone (2008). He has been married to Catherine Fitzgerald since June 26, 2010. They have four ...
300-The Wire-Hannibal Rising
44. David Wenham
David Wenham was born on September 21, 1965 in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and 300 (2006).
300-Killing Time-Lord of the Rings II
45. Stephen McHattie
Actor | Pontypool
Stephen McHattie was born on February 3, 1947 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada as Stephen McHattie Smith. He is an actor and director, known for Pontypool (2008), The Fountain (2006) and The Covenant (2006). He is married to Lisa Houle. They have three children. He was previously married to Meg ...
46. Garret Dillahunt
Actor | 12 Years a Slave
Garret studied journalism at the University of Washington and received an MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He performed on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he also began pursuing film and television roles. A self described workaholic, he enjoys a ...
Criminal Minds-Deadwood-The Assassination of Jesse James The Last House on the Left-CSI