The best actors of all time

by kaijzer | created - 02 Jul 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

In no particular order

1. Gösta Ekman

Actor | Mannen som slutade röka

His career began with a bit part at Skansenteatern in Hjalmar Bergman's play 'Markurells i Wadköping' in 1955. The following year he debuted in the movie Swing it, fröken (1956) playing against Alice Babs. He got speech lessons from actress Sif Ruud and worked behind the camera in his father's...

2. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

3. Nicolas Cage

Actor | Face/Off

Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage ...

4. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

5. Dudley Moore

Actor | Arthur

Dudley Moore, the gifted comedian who had at least three distinct career phases that brought him great acclaim and success, actually started out as a musical prodigy as a child. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, in 1935, to working class parents, Ada Francis (Hughes), an English secretary, ...

6. 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 ...

7. Edward Norton

Actor | Keeping the Faith

American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer ...

8. Ray Liotta

Actor | Goodfellas

Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice-guy roles in Field of Dreams (1989) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream...

9. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),...

10. John Travolta

Actor | Battlefield Earth

John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...

11. Val Kilmer

Actor | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's ...

12. 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), ...

13. Jim Carrey

Actor | Bruce Almighty

Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...

14. Adam Sandler

Actor | The Waterboy

Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took ...

15. Ben Stiller

Producer | Zoolander

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish Catholic descent (she converted to Judaism).

His parents made no real ...

16. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his expressive acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), ...

17. Charlie Sheen

Actor | Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art ...

18. Michael Douglas

Actor | Wall Street

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny ...

19. Joel Kinnaman

Actor | RoboCop

Charles Joel Nordström, known professionally as Joel Kinnaman, is a Swedish actor. He is best known for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Actor" category - and for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series. He ...

20. Johnny Depp

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.

He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.

Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...

21. Mark Dacascos

Actor | Le pacte des loups

Mark Dacascos is an actor, director, martial artist, and television personality. Whether seen on the big screen or small, playing the good guy or the bad, Mark has been making audience stand up and take notice for many years.

This May, Mark will be seen in highly anticipated film John Wick: Chapter ...

22. Matias Varela

Actor | Narcos

Matias Varela was born on June 23, 1980 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Louis Matias Karl Padin Varela. He is an actor, known for Narcos (2015), Point Break (2015) and Assassin's Creed (2016).

23. Per Ragnar

Actor | Låt den rätte komma in

Per Ragnar was born on May 29, 1941 in Kalmar, Kalmar län, Sweden as Per-Erik Ragnar. He is an actor and director, known for Let the Right One In (2008), The Best of Intentions (2014) and Faust 2.0 (2014). He was previously married to Veronica Ragnar (née Tigerhjärta).

24. Björn Gustafson

Actor | Jönssonligan spelar högt

Björn Gustafson was born on November 30, 1934 in Stockholm, Sweden. He is an actor and writer, known for Jönssonligan spelar högt (2000), The Jönsson Gang & Dynamite Harry (1982) and Nisse och Greta (1975).

25. Tomas von Brömssen

Actor | Lust och fägring stor

Tomas von Brömssen was born on May 8, 1943 in Örgryte, Västra götalands län, Sweden as Tomas Birger von Brömssen. He is an actor and writer, known for All Things Fair (1995), The Man from Majorca (1984) and My Life as a Dog (1985). He has been married to Dorthe Pedersen since November 21, 2004. He ...

26. Johan Widerberg

Actor | Ocean's Twelve

Johan Widerberg was born on March 16, 1974 in Stockholm, Sweden as Johan Olof Widerberg. He is an actor and writer, known for Ocean's Twelve (2004), A Man Called Ove (2015) and The Wife (2017).

27. Rikard Wolff

Actor | Änglagård

Rikard Wolff was born on April 8, 1958 in Farsta, Stockholms län, Sweden as Jan Rikard Wolff. He was an actor, known for House of Angels (1992), Änglagård - Tredje gången gillt (2010) and Änglagård - Andra sommaren (1994). He died on November 17, 2017 in Sweden.

28. Per Oscarsson

Actor | Sult

Per Oscarsson was born on January 28, 1927 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Per Oscar Heinrich Oscarsson. He was an actor and writer, known for Hunger (1966), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and Sverige åt svenskarna (1980). He was married to Kia Östling and Gerd Hegnell. He died ...

29. Donald Sutherland

Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others.

Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint ...

30. Sune Mangs

Actor | Fanny och Alexander

Sune Mangs was born on December 31, 1932 in Kaskinen, Finland. He was an actor, known for Fanny and Alexander (1982), The Adventures of Picasso (1978) and Räkan från Maxim (1980). He died on February 11, 1994 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

31. Bertil Norström

Actor | Profitörerna

Bertil Norström was born on September 9, 1923 in Sala, Västmanlands län, Sweden. He was an actor and writer, known for Profitörerna (1983), The Brothers Lionheart (1977) and Älskling på vift (1964). He was married to Margreth Weivers. He died on September 6, 2012 in Stockholm, ...

32. John Malkovich

Actor | Being John Malkovich

John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary ...

33. Harald Hamrell

Director | Vinterviken

Harald Hamrell was born on December 13, 1960 in Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden as Ivar Olof Harald Hamrell. He is a director and actor, known for Vinterviken (1996), Witch in Our Family (2000) and Beck (1997).

34. Martin Ljung

Actor | Ratataa eller The Staffan Stolle Story

Martin Ljung was born on August 15, 1917 in Luleå, Norrbottens län, Sweden as Martin Vilhelm Ljung. He was an actor, known for Ratataa eller The Staffan Stolle Story (1956), A Man with a Maid (1975) and Pippi in the South Seas (1970). He was married to Birgit. He died on September 30, 2010 in ...

35. Jarl Borssén

Actor | Pippi Långstrump på de sju haven

Jarl Borssén was born on March 14, 1937 in Berghem, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Jarl Anders Lennart Borssén. He was an actor, known for Pippi in the South Seas (1970), The Lustful Vicar (1970) and Zoombie (1982). He was married to Birigitta. He died on December 21, 2012 in Borås, Västra ...

36. Jarl Kulle

Actor | Fanny och Alexander

Hadn't it been for his school teacher, who managed to get him money for a theater education, he would probably never had become an actor. After two failed attempts at becoming a student at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school he succeeded at the age of 19. During these years in the beginning ...

37. Björn Skifs

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Björn Skifs was born on April 20, 1947 in Vansbro, Dalarnas län, Sweden. He is an actor, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and The Snowman (2017).

38. Peter Dalle

Actor | Skenbart: En film om tåg

Peter Dalle was born on December 5, 1956 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Dan Peter Dalle. He is an actor and writer, known for Illusive Tracks (2003), Yrrol - En kolossalt genomtänkt film (1994) and Unmarried Couples: A Comedy That Will Break You Up (1997).

39. Johan Ulveson

Actor | Yrrol - En kolossalt genomtänkt film

Johan Ulveson was born on May 30, 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden as Karl Johan Magnus Ulveson. He is an actor and writer, known for Yrrol - En kolossalt genomtänkt film (1994), Strul (1988) and Jönssonligan spelar högt (2000).

40. Claes Månsson

Actor | Vildanden

Claes Månsson was born on February 5, 1950 in Johanneberg, Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Claes Göran Månsson. He is an actor, known for The Wild Duck (1989), Welcome to Sweden (2014) and Yrrol - En kolossalt genomtänkt film (1994). He is married to Gudrun Gamell Månsson. They ...

41. Thorsten Flinck

Actor | Ett hål i mitt hjärta

Thorsten Flinck was born on April 17, 1961. He is an actor and director, known for A Hole in My Heart (2004), (Sökarna) (1993) and Kråsnålen (1988).

42. Peter Haber

Actor | Män som hatar kvinnor

Peter Haber was born on December 12, 1952 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He is an actor and producer, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Sunes sommar (1993) and White Lies (1995). He has been married to Lena T. Hansson since 1990. They have one child.

43. Mikael Persbrandt

Actor | Hævnen

Mikael Persbrandt is internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award winning foreign feature, "In A Better World," directed by Susanne Bier. His performance earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor.

His interest in acting started when working as an extra in ...

44. Måns Nathanaelson

Actor | Beck

Måns Nathanaelson was born on September 18, 1976. He is an actor and writer, known for Beck (1997), Labyrint (2007) and Real Humans (2012).

45. Krister Henriksson

Actor | Kyss mig

Krister Henriksson was born on November 12, 1946 in Häverö, Stockholms län, Sweden as Jan Krister Allan Henriksson. He is an actor and director, known for Kiss Me (2011), Sex hopp & kärlek (2005) and Waiting for the Tenor (1998). He has been married to Cecilia Nilsson since 1988. They have...

46. Jon Cryer

Actor | Two and a Half Men

Jon Cryer was born on April 16, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Jonathan Niven Cryer. He is an actor, known for Two and a Half Men (2003), Pretty in Pink (1986) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). He has been married to Lisa Joyner since June 16, 2007. They have one child. He was ...

47. Alec Baldwin

Actor | The Departed

Alec Baldwin is the oldest, and best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin). Alexander Rae Baldwin III was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, the son of Carol Newcomb (nee Martineau) Baldwin and ...

48. Ashton Kutcher

Actor | That '70s Show

Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), who was employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker. He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha. He is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother...

49. Will Smith

Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden ...

50. Lars-Erik Berenett

Actor | Hassel/Förgörarna

Lars-Erik Berenett was born on December 23, 1942 in Skellefteå, Västerbottens län, Sweden. He was an actor and writer, known for Hassel: There Is No Mercy! (2000), Roland Hassel (2012) and Tre kärlekar (1989). He was married to Maria Kulle and Evabritt Strandberg. He died on February 1, 2017 ...

51. Brasse Brännström

Writer | Mitt liv som hund

Brasse Brännström was born on February 27, 1945 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Lars Erik Brännström. He was an actor and writer, known for My Life as a Dog (1985), The Bomber (2001) and Två killar och en tjej (1983). He was married to Git Erixon. He died on August 29, 2014 in ...

52. Magnus Härenstam

Actor | Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten

Magnus Härenstam was born on June 19, 1941 in Västervik, Kalmar län, Sweden as Johan Herbert Magnus Härenstam. He was an actor and writer, known for Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten (1980), Who Pulled the Plug? (1981) and Två killar och en tjej (1983). He ...

53. Lasse Åberg

Actor | Den ofrivillige golfaren

Lasse Åberg was born on May 5, 1940 in Hofors, Gävleborgs län, Sweden. He is an actor and writer, known for Den ofrivillige golfaren (1991), Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten (1980) and Hälsoresan - En smal film av stor vikt (1999). He has been married to ...

54. Jon Skolmen

Actor | Fortuna

Jon Skolmen was born on November 1, 1940 in Oslo, Norway. He was an actor and writer, known for Fortuna (1993), Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten (1980) and Den ofrivillige golfaren (1991). He was married to Kirsti Elisabeth Halvorsen. He died on March 28, 2019 ...

55. Johan Rabaeus

Actor | Ondskan

Johan Rabaeus was born on July 31, 1947 in Stockholm, Sweden as Carl Magnus Johan Olof Rabéus. He is an actor and writer, known for Evil (2003), Stora teatern (2002) and I.K. - Ivar Kreuger (1998).

56. Ted Åström

Actor | Det brinner!

Ted Åström was born on May 28, 1945 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Ted Bengt Georg Åström. He is an actor, known for Laura Trenter - Fire! (2002), You're Out of Your Mind, Maggie (1979) and Madicken på Junibacken (1980).

57. Allan Edwall

Actor | Emil och griseknoen

Allan Edwall was born in a working class home in Jämtland, Sweden in 1924. His father was a trade-union man and a communist. 1949-52 he attended Stockholm's Royal Daramatic Theatre School. Through the years he made more than 400 parts in theater, film, television and radio. He was also a director, ...

58. Bertram Heribertson

Actor | Reine & Mimmi i fjällen!

Bertram Heribertson was born on February 11, 1955 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Per Anders Bertram Heribertson. He is an actor, known for Reine & Mimmi i fjällen! (1997), Tre kronor (1994) and S*M*A*S*H (1990). He is married to Birte Heribertson.

59. Beppe Wolgers

Actor | Pippi Långstrump på de sju haven

Beppe Wolgers (born John Bertil Wolgers) was a writer of children's books and also a lyricist and composer for cinema and stage. He was responsible for persuading Zarah Leander to take a leading role in the musical "Sommarnattens leende" by Steven Sondheim ("Das Lächeln einer Sommernacht", "A ...

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