Berlin: Best Actor

by KSTLeo | created - 25 Nov 2012 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. Jingchun Wang

Actor | Di jiu tian chang

Jingchun Wang was born on February 12, 1973 in Xinjiang, China. He is an actor and producer, known for So Long, My Son (2019), Jing cha ri ji (2013) and The Flowers of War (2011).

2019: So long, my son

2. Anthony Bajon

Actor | La prière

Anthony Bajon is an actor, known for The Prayer (2018), Sweetheart (2018) and Rodin (2017).

2018: La prière (The prayer)

3. Georg Friedrich

Actor | Wilde Maus

Georg Friedrich was born on October 31, 1966 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor, known for Wild Mouse (2017), Bright Nights (2017) and North Face (2008).

2017: Bright nights

4. Majd Mastoura

Actor | Inhebek Hedi

Majd Mastoura was born on April 30, 1990 in Menzel Abderrahmane, Tunisia. He is an actor, known for Hedi (2016), As I Open My Eyes (2015) and Bidoun 2 (2014).

2016: Inhebek Hedi

5. Tom Courtenay

Actor | 45 Years

Acting chameleon Sir Tom Courtenay, along with Sirs Alan Bates and Albert Finney, became a front-runner in an up-and-coming company of rebel upstarts who created quite a stir in British "kitchen sink" cinema during the early '60s. An undying love for the theatre, however, had Courtenay channeling a...

2015: 45 years

6. Fan Liao

Actor | Jiang hu er nü

Fan Liao was born on February 14, 1974 in Hunan, China. He is an actor, known for Ash Is Purest White (2018), Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) and The Final Master (2015).

2014: Black coal

7. Nazif Mujic

Actor | Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza

Nazif Mujic was born on October 10, 1970 in Tuzla, Yugoslavia. He was an actor, known for An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013). He died on February 18, 2018 in Svatovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2013: An episode in the life of an iron picker

8. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Actor | En kongelig affære

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard is a young danish actor. In 2012, he won the award of Best Male Actor at the Berlinale for his appearance in the movie A Royal Affair, while still attending theatre school, Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen. He graduated in the summer of 2012.

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard grew up in the...

2012: A royal affair

9. Shahab Hosseini

Actor | Forushande

Shahab Hosseini was born on February 3, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. He grew up in a family of six and was the oldest child. He earned his high school diploma in Biology. Once a psychology student at the University of Tehran, he dropped out with the intent of emigrating to Canada. Instead, he ended up as ...

2011: A separation

10. Babak Karimi

Actor | Forushande

Babak Karimi is an actor and editor, known for The Salesman (2016), The Past (2013) and A Separation (2011).

2011: A separation

11. Payman Maadi

Actor | Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Peyman Maadi was born in 1972 in New York City to an Iranian couple. His father was a lawyer. His family moved back to Iran when he was 5 years old. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from Karaj Azad University. Maadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000s. He is the writer ...

2011: A separation

12. Ali-Asghar Shahbazi

Actor | Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Ali-Asghar Shahbazi is an actor, known for A Separation (2011), Under the Peach Tree (2007) and Il était une fois... (2003).

2011: A separation

13. Grigoriy Dobrygin

Actor | Kak ya provyol etim letom

Grigoriy Dobrygin was born on February 17, 1986 in Rybachiy, Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Grigoriy Eduardovich Dobrygin. He is an actor and producer, known for How I Ended This Summer (2010), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Black Sea (2014).

2010: How I ended this summer

14. Sergey Puskepalis

Actor | Prostye veshchi

Sergey Puskepalis was born on April 15, 1966 in Kursk, Kurskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR. He is an actor and director, known for Simple Things (2007), Metro (2013) and Krik sovy (2013).

2010: How I ended this summer

15. Sotigui Kouyaté

Actor | Little Senegal

Sotigui Kouyaté was born on July 19, 1936 in Bamako, Mali. He was an actor and composer, known for Little Senegal (2000), Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and London River (2009). He was married to Ester Marty. He died on April 17, 2010 in Paris, France.

2009: London River

16. Mohammad Amir Naji

Actor | Avaze gonjeshk-ha

Mohammad Amir Naji is an actor, known for The Song of Sparrows (2008), Children of Heaven (1997) and Sargije (2007).

2008: The song of sparrows

17. Julio Chávez

Actor | El custodio

Julio Chávez was born on July 14, 1956 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina as Julio Hirsch. He is an actor, known for El custodio (2006), Red Bear (2002) and The Other (2007).

2007: El otro (The other)

18. Moritz Bleibtreu

Actor | Das Experiment

Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch (1977) at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997). He also became ...

2006: Atomised

19. Lou Taylor Pucci

Actor | You

Lou is the son of Linda (Farver) Pucci, a onetime model and former Miss Union County, and guitarist Lou Pucci, formerly of the groups "The Watch" and "Leap of Faith". He never showed any interest in singing or acting as a child till his aunt, Cindy, bribed him to try out for a community theater ...

2005: Thumbsucker

20. Daniel Hendler

Director | Norberto apenas tarde

Daniel Hendler was born on January 3, 1976 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is an actor and director, known for Norberto's Deadline (2010), El Candidato (2016) and Phase 7 (2010). He has been married to Ana Katz since 2008. They have two children.

2004: Lost embrace

21. Sam Rockwell

Actor | Moon

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which ...

2003: Confessions of a dangerous mind

22. Jacques Gamblin

Actor | Les enfants du marais

Jacques Gamblin was born on November 16, 1957 in Granville, Manche, France. He is an actor, known for The Children of the Marshland (1999), Safe Conduct (2002) and The Names of Love (2010).

2002: Safe conduct

23. Benicio Del Toro

Actor | Sicario

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).


2001: Traffic

24. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

X2 2000: The Hurricane 1993: Malcolm X

25. Michael Gwisdek

Actor | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Michael Gwisdek was born on January 14, 1942 in Weissensee, Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Good Bye Lenin! (2003) and Treffen in Travers (1988). He has been married to Gabriela Gwisdek since July 24, 2007. He was previously married to ...

1999: Nightshapes

26. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

1998: Jackie Brown

27. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...

1997: Romeo + Juliet

28. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

1996: Dead man walking

29. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman (died 1950) and Theresa Fetsko (died 1982). His elder brother was , Arthur S. Newman Jr., named for ...

1995: Nobody's fool

30. 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 ...

1994: Philadelphia

31. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

1992: Utz

32. Maynard Eziashi

Actor | Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Maynard Eziashi was born in 1965 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), Mister Johnson (1990) and The Contract (2006).

1991: Mister Johnson

33. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

1990: Driving Miss Daisy

34. Iain Glen

Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, who was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of...

1990: Silent scream

35. Gene Hackman

Actor | The French Connection

Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...

1989: Mississippi burning

36. Manfred Möck

Actor | Einer trage des anderen Last

Manfred Möck was born on February 14, 1959 in Sangerhausen, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor, known for Bear Ye One Another's Burden (1988), Berlin, Berlin (2002) and Meine schönsten Jahre (2004).

1988: Bear Ye one another's burden

37. Jörg Pose

Actor | Einer trage des anderen Last

Jörg Pose was born on May 18, 1959 in Rostock, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor, known for Bear Ye One Another's Burden (1988), Blochin: Die Lebenden und die Toten (2015) and Flugstaffel Meinecke (1989).

1988: Bear Ye one another's burden

38. Gian Maria Volontè

Actor | Per un pugno di dollari

Born in Milan in 1933, Gian Maria Volontè studied in Rome at the National Dramatic Arts Academy, where he obtained his degree in 1957. He began working in theatre and television, where he was soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After several supporting appearances in ...

1987: Il caso Moro

39. Tuncel Kurtiz

Actor | Auf der anderen Seite

Tuncel Kurtiz was born in 1936, Izmit-Turkey. He graduated from Istanbul University, English Language and Literature and started acting in 1956 with Dormen Theatre. With the movie 'Suru', he reached the peak of his acting career. Kurtiz received many awards in Turkey and also abroad. He also known ...

1986: The smile of the lamb

40. Fernando Fernán Gómez

Actor | El abuelo

Spanish actor and director of cinema and theater. Son of the actress Carola Fernán Gómez. When he was three years old he comes back to Spain from Argentina. He has written comedies, novels and poem books. He plays a wide repertoire of roles from comedy to drama.

X2 1985: Stico 1977: The Anchorite

41. Albert Finney

Actor | Erin Brockovich

The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal ...

1984: The Dresser

42. Bruce Dern

Actor | Nebraska

Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern's tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. Dern has several high profile ...

1983: That championship season

43. Michel Piccoli

Actor | Le mépris

Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (1963) and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won ...

1982: Strange affair

44. Stellan Skarsgård

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where...

1982: The simple-minded murder

45. Jack Lemmon

Actor | The Apartment

Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers ...

1981: Tribute

46. Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Actor | Stalker

The famous Russian actor was discovered by Andrei Tarkovsky. He was looking for an actor to play the part of Andrei Rublev for his second full-length film and accidentally found the completely unknown Solonitsyn in Chelyabinsk. He worked there as an amateur actor. After Andrei Rublev, he played ...

1981: Twenty six days from the life of Dostoyevsky

47. Andrzej Seweryn

Actor | Schindler's List

Andrzej Seweryn was born on April 25, 1946 in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Schindler's List (1993), Prymas. Trzy lata z tysiaca (2000) and The Last Family (2016). He has been married to Katarzyna Kubacka since August 30, 2015. He was previously ...

1980: Dyrygent (The conductor)

48. Michele Placido

Actor | Romanzo criminale

Michele Placido was born on May 19, 1946 in Ascoli Satriano, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Romanzo Criminale (2005), Un eroe borghese (1995) and Del perduto amore (1998). He has been married to Federica Vincenti since August 14, 2012. They have one child. He was previously ...

1979: Ernesto

49. Craig Russell

Actor | Outrageous!

Craig Russell was born on January 10, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Russell Craig Eadie. He was an actor, known for Outrageous! (1977), The Streets of San Francisco (1972) and Too Outrageous! (1987). He was married to Lori Jenkins. He died on October 30, 1990 in Toronto.

1978: Outrageous!

50. Gerhard Olschewski

Actor | Verlorenes Leben

Gerhard Olschewski was born on May 30, 1942 in Herzogskirchen, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor, known for A Lost Life (1976), Strange Fruits (1983) and Der Mörder (1979).

1976: A lost life

51. Vlastimil Brodský

Actor | Jakob, der Lügner

Vlastimil Brodský was born on December 15, 1920 in Hrusov, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He was an actor, known for Jacob the Liar (1974), Autumn Spring (2001) and A Night at Karlstein (1974). He was married to Jana Brejchová and Bozena Brodská. He died on April 20, 2002 in Slunecna, Czech Republic.

1975: Jacob the liar

52. Alberto Sordi

Actor | I vitelloni

One of Italy's most captivating and talented cinematic comedy stars, Italian veteran Alberto Sordi was known for satirizing his country's social mores in pungent black comedies, farcical tales and grim drama. He, along with peers Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi and Nino Manfredi, arguably represent ...

1972: In prison awaiting trial

53. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

X2 1971: Le chat 1959: Archimède, le clochard (The magnificent tramp)

54. Jean-Louis Trintignant

Actor | Amour

Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with ...

1968: The man who lies

55. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

1967: The two of us

56. Jean-Pierre Léaud

Actor | Les quatre cents coups

Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it ...

1966: Masculine-Femenine

57. Lee Marvin

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an ...

1965: Cat Ballou

58. Rod Steiger

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at...

1964: The pawnbroker

59. Sidney Poitier

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (although born, two months prematurely, in Miami during a visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (nee Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to...

X2 1963: Lilies of the field 1958: The defiant ones

60. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

1962: Mr. Hobbs takes a vacation

61. Peter Finch

Actor | Network

Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he ...

1961: No love for Johnny

62. Fredric March

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...

1960: Inherit the wind

63. Pedro Infante

Actor | Tizoc (Amor indio)

Undoubtedly, Pedro Infante was, and still is, the idol of Mexico. Because of his movies (59 including 55 leading roles and four cameos), records (366 songs recorded between 1943 and 1956) and public appearances in Mexico and Latin America, Infante became a star and the most beloved human being in ...

1957: Tizoc

64. Burt Lancaster

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and ...

1956: Trapeze

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