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Actors Who Were Almost Cast

by aarondalby-901-222438 | created - 17 Aug 2014 | updated - 08 Jun 2015 | Public

This list is a list of actors and actresses who were almost cast in some iconic movie roles. Some of these people were cast originally, but were then switched out for someone else or their parts were axed from the movie. From superheroes and wizards to spies and Star Wars, its all here.

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1. Jensen Ackles

Actor | Supernatural

Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, ...

Captain America (Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011) Star-Lord (Guardians Of The Galaxy, 2014) Batman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

2. Scott Adkins

Actor | Boyka: Undisputed IV

Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England, into a family that for generations were butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by their parents, John and Janet (Sanders) Adkins, in a loving middle-class family. Scott attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar ...

Batman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

3. Dianna Agron

Actress | The Family

Dianna Elise Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia to Mary and Ronald Agron and grew up in a middle-class family in Savannah before moving to Texas and, later, San Francisco, California, because her father was a general manager for Hyatt. Dianna and her brother Jason were raised Jewish and she ...

Gwen Stacy (The Amazing Spiderman, 2012)

4. Liam Aiken

Actor | A Series of Unfortunate Events

Liam Pádraic Aiken was born January 7, 1990 in New York City, to Moya and Bill Aiken, an MTV producer. His mother was born in Ireland, while his father was an American of Irish descent. It was apparent from the beginning that Liam was a natural actor. After securing a small part on Broadway in the ...

Harry Potter (Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, 2001) Spiderman (The Amazing Spiderman, 2012)

5. Jessica Alba

Actress | Fantastic Four

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots), and her mother has Danish, Welsh, English, and French ancestry. Her family ...

Elektra Natchios (Daredevil, 2003)

6. Jaimie Alexander

Actress | Thor

Jaimie Alexander was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but moved with her family to Grapevine, Texas, when she was four years old. She took theatre classes in grade school as a hobby but was kicked out in high school because she could not sing, and so she took up sports instead. At age 17 she ...

Wonder Woman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

7. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

Superman (Superman, 1978)

8. Karen Allen

Actress | Raiders of the Lost Ark

Karen Jane Allen was born in Carrollton, rural southern Illinois, to Patricia (Howell), a teacher, and Carroll Thompson Allen, an FBI agent. She spent her first 10 years traveling around the country with her parents and two sisters. She was always "the new girl in school." Acting did not really ...

Leia Organa (Star Wars Episode IV-A New Hope, 1977)

9. Richard Armitage

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, where he discovered his love for acting. He took part in many theatre productions all over the UK, from ...

Batman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

10. Will Arnett

Actor | The Lego Batman Movie

Will Arnett is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He played George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox series, Arrested Development (2003). He also appeared in films, such as The Lego Movie (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ...

David Clark (We're The Millers, 2013)

11. Gemma Arterton

Actress | Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden.

Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived ...

Maya Hansen (Iron Man 3, 2013)

12. Kevin Bacon

Actor | Footloose

Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964.

Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. ...

Sam Wheat (Ghost, 1990)

13. Penn Badgley

Actor | Margin Call

Penn Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynne Murphy Badgley and Duff Badgley, who worked as a newspaper reporter and carpenter. Badgley split his childhood years between Richmond, Virginia. and Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, he was involved in the Seattle Children's Theater and did ...

Nightwing (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

14. Scott Baio

Actor | Arrested Development

Scott Vincent James Baio was born on September 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the third child of Mario and Rose Baio, who had emigrated from Italy. At the young age of nine, Scott decided that he wanted to be an actor. Soon after, his parents took him on interviews and he was able to land ...

Maverick (Top Gun, 1986)

15. 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 (Martineau) and Alexander Rae ...

Sam Wheat (Ghost, 1990) Batman (Batman Forever, 1995)

16. William Baldwin

Actor | Backdraft

William Baldwin has distinguished himself as an actor/producer/writer who continues to showcase his multitude of talents in the world of film and television.

Baldwin has a busy year ahead starring in several high-profile upcoming projects. He is currently travelling the world shooting back-to-back ...

Batman (Batman Forever, 1995)

17. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...

Amie Grape (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, 1993) Robin (Batman Forever, 1995) Jack Dawson (Titanic, 1997) Will Turner (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl, 2003) James Bond (Casino Royale, 2006) Superman (Superman Returns, 2006)

18. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem belongs to a family of actors that have been working on films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were...

Guido Contini (Nine, 2009)

19. Sacha Baron Cohen

Actor | Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born...

Walter Mitty (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, 2013) Burt Wonderstone (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 2013)

20. Kim Basinger

Actress | L.A. Confidential

Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. As a ...

Molly Jensen (Ghost, 1990) Annie Reed (Sleepless In Seattle, 1993) Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006)

21. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a ...

Storm (X-Men, 2000) Leticia (Monster's Ball, 2001)

22. Jason Bateman

Actor | Arrested Development

Jason Bateman is an American film and television actor, known for his role as Michael Bluth on the television sitcom Arrested Development (2003), as well as his role on Valerie (1986).

He was born in Rye, New York. His father, Kent Bateman, from a Utah-based family, is a film and television director...

David Clark (We're The Millers, 2013)

23. Sean Bean

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theatre, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a ...

James Bond (The Living Daylights, 1987) James Bond (Goldeneye, 1995)

24. Warren Beatty

Actor | Bonnie and Clyde

Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...

Michael Corleone (The Godfather, 1972)

25. Annette Bening

Actress | American Beauty

Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she ...

Catwoman (Batman Returns, 1992)

26. Wes Bentley

Actor | American Beauty

Wes Bentley is an American actor who first became well-known via his role in the Oscar-winning film American Beauty (1999), in which he played the soulful, artistic next-door neighbor Ricky Fitts. He also portrayed gamemaker Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games (2012), and co-stars in Lovelace (2013) as...

Star-Lord (Guardians Of The Galaxy, 2014)

27. Jon Bernthal

Actor | The Wolf of Wall Street

Jon Bernthal was born and raised in Washington D.C., the son of Joan (Marx) and Eric Bernthal, a lawyer. His grandfather was musician Murray Bernthal. Jon went to study at The Moscow Art Theatre School, in Moscow, Russia, where he also played professional baseball in the European professional ...

Rick Flag (Suicide Squad, 2016)

28. Halle Berry

Actress | Catwoman

Halle Maria Berry was born Maria Halle Berry on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio & raised in Bedford, Ohio. Halle was born to Judith Ann Hawkins, a psychiatric nurse & Jerome Jesse Berry, a hospital attendant. Halle first came into the spotlight at seventeen years when she won the Miss Teen ...

Annie Porter (Speed, 1994)

29. Jessica Biel

Actress | The Illusionist

Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish,...

Viper (The Wolverine, 2013)

30. Orlando Bloom

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom was born on January 13, 1977 in Canterbury, Kent, England. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine Bloom (née Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, to an English family then-resident there. The man he first knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary ...

Batman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

31. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

Black Widow (Iron Man 2, 2010) Peggy Carter (Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011) Carol Danvers (Avengers: Age Of Ultron, 2015)

32. Douglas Booth

Actor | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Douglas John Booth is an English actor. Booth was born in London, England, the son of Vivien (De Cala), an artist, and Simon Booth, who works in shipping for Citigroup. He has appeared on English television as (Christopher and His Kind (2011), Great Expectations (2011)), starred in the film Romeo ...

Harry Osborn (The Amazing Spiderman 2, 2014)

33. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

Elrond (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001)

34. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

T.E Lawrence (Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962) The Sundance Kid (Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, 1969) Lankester Merrin (The Exorcist, 1973)

35. Abigail Breslin

Actress | Little Miss Sunshine

Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama.

Recently, Breslin headlined the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens (2015)...

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games, 2012)

36. Jeff Bridges

Actor | The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...

Jack Traven (Speed, 1994)

37. Connie Britton

Actress | Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Connie Britton began playing country music fading sensation Rayna Jaymes in Nashville (2012) after having wrapped production for the five season long Friday Night Lights (2006) alongside Kyle Chandler. She previously appeared in Universal's Friday Night Lights (2004) -the movie- directed by Peter ...

Dorothy Boyd (Jerry Maguire, 1996)

38. Jim Broadbent

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a ...

Wilbur Turnblad (Hairspray, 2008)

39. Matthew Broderick

Actor | The Producers

A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from...

Maverick (Top Gun, 1986)

40. Adrien Brody

Actor | The Pianist

Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the ...

The Joker (The Dark Knight, 2008)

41. Josh Brolin

Actor | Avengers: Endgame

Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin. He has played roles as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States.

Brolin was born February 12, 1968 in Santa Monica, California, to Jane Cameron (Agee), a Texas-born wildlife activist,...

Batman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

42. Charles Bronson

Actor | C'era una volta il West

The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky), ...

Superman (Superman, 1978)

43. Pierce Brosnan

Actor | The World Is Not Enough

Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left...

James Bond (The Living Daylights, 1987)

44. Sandra Bullock

Producer | The Proposal

Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of German descent. Sandra grew up on the road ...

Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman, 1990) Trinity (The Matrix, 1999) Maggie Fitzgerald (Million Dollar Baby, 2004)

45. Steve Buscemi

Actor | Fargo

Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to...

Bruce Banner (Hulk, 2003) David Clark (We're The Millers, 2013)

46. James Caan

Actor | The Godfather

A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred.

He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) ...

Randle McMurphy (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, 1975) Han Solo (Star Wars Episode IV-A New Hope, 1977) Superman (Superman, 1978) Axel Foley (Beverley Hills Cop, 1984)

47. 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 and German (mother) descent. Cage changed his...

John Bender (The Breakfast Club, 1985) Maverick (Top Gun, 1986) Sam Wheat (Ghost, 1990) Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994) Harry Dunne (Dumb And Dumber, 1994) Neo (The Matrix, 1999) Aragorn (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001) Norman Osborn (Spiderman, 2002) Joel Barish (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, 2004) Willy Wonka (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 2005) Scarecrow (Batman Begins, 2005) Superman (Superman Returns, 2006) Iron Man (Iron Man, 2008) Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (The Wrestler, 2008) Mr X (Green Hornet, 2011)

48. Michael Caine

Actor | The Dark Knight

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

James Bond (Live And Let Die, 1973)

49. Paul Calderon

Actor | Four Rooms

Paul Calderon was born in 1959 in Puerto Rico. He is an actor, known for Four Rooms (1995), Pulp Fiction (1994) and King of New York (1990). He has been married to Catherine E Salsich since 1986. They have two children.

Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction, 1994)

50. Jamie Campbell Bower

Actor | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Jamie Campbell Bower was born in London, England, to Anne Elizabeth (Roseberry), a music manager, and David Bower, who works for Gibson Guitar Co. His 4 times maternal great-grandfather was Sir John Campbell, the 7th Baronet of Ardnamurchan and Airds.

Jamie is also the lead singer in a band called "...

Tom Riddle (Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, 2002) Quicksilver (X-Men Days Of Future Past, 2014)

51. Gina Carano

Actress | The Mandalorian

From pioneering women's MMA to blazing a trail in movies, GINA CARANO is one of Hollywood's most unique rising stars. Carano began her training with Muay Thai to competitive MMA, where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. Her popularity led to her being called the "Face of Women's MMA" and she ...

Gamora (Guardians Of The Galaxy, 2014)

52. Steve Carell

Actor | The Office

Steve Carell, one of America's most versatile comics, was born Steven John Carell on August 16, 1962, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the son of Harriet Theresa (Koch), a psychiatric nurse, and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer. His mother was of Polish descent and his father of Italian and ...

The Joker (The Dark Knight, 2008)

53. Jim Carrey

Actor | Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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: ...

Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986) Maverick (Top Gun, 1986) Edward Scissorhands (Edward Scissorhands, 1990) Charlie Chaplin (Chaplin, 1992) Harry Dunne (Dumb And Dumber, 1994) Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story, 1995) Dr Evil (Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, 1997) Gaylord Focker (Meet The Parents, 2000) Shaggy Rogers (Scooby Doo, 2002) Stu Shepard (Phone Booth, 2002) Jack Sparrow (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl, 2003) Buddy Hobbs (Elf, 2003) Jon Arbuckle (Garfield: The Movie, 2004) Howard Hughes (The Aviator, 2004) Zaphod Beeblebrox (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, 2005) Willy Wonka (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 2005) Silas (The Da Vinci Code, 2006) RJ (Over The Hedge, 2006) Brainiac (Superman Returns, 2006) Bruce Nolan (Evan Almighty, 2007) Curly (The Three Stooges, 2012) Walter Mitty (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, 2013) Burt Wonderstone (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 2013) Rocket Raccoon (Guardians Of The Galaxy, 2014)

54. Henry Cavill

Actor | Man of Steel

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands. His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), a housewife, was also born on Jersey, and is of Irish, Scottish and English ancestry. Henry's father, Colin Richard Cavill, a stockbroker, is of ...

Superman (Superman Returns, 2006) James Bond (Casino Royale, 2006) Edward Cullen (Twilight, 2008)

55. Jim Caviezel

Actor | The Passion of the Christ

James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Margaret (Lavery), a former stage actress, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor. The Caviezels are a closely knit Catholic family. He is of Irish (mother) and Swiss and ...

Cyclops (X-Men, 2000) Superman (Superman Returns, 2006)

56. Michael Cera

Actor | Superbad

Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Italian (from Sicily). Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated...

Spiderman (Spiderman, 2002)

57. Timothée Chalamet

Actor | Call Me by Your Name

Timothée Hal Chalamet was born in Manhattan, to Nicole Flender, a real estate broker and dancer, and Marc Chalamet, a UNICEF editor. His mother, who is from New York, is Jewish, of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. His father, who is from Nîmes, France, is of French and English ancestry. ...

Cyclops (X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016)

58. Stockard Channing

Actress | Grease

One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944 in New York City, to a Catholic family with English and Irish ancestry. Her parents were Mary Alice (nee ...

Lois Lane (Superman, 1978)

59. Chevy Chase

Actor | National Lampoon's Vacation

Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York, to Cathalene Parker (Browning), a concert pianist and librettist, and Edward Tinsley "Ned" Chase, an editor and writer. His parents both came from prominent families, and his grandfathers were artist and illustrator Edward ...

Han Solo (Star Wars Episode IV-A New Hope, 1977) Indiana Jones (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 1981) Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump, 1994) Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story, 1995)

60. Jessica Chastain

Actress | Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a Northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and ...

Maya Hansen (Iron Man 3, 2013)

61. Sam Claflin

Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level ...

Harry Osborn (The Amazing Spiderman 2, 2014)

62. George Clooney

Actor | Michael Clayton

George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and television host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney ...

J.D (Thelma And Louise, 1991) Mr Blonde (Reservoir Dogs, 1992) Jack Frost (Jack Frost, 1998) Artemus Gordon (Wild Wild West, 1999) Jack (Sideways, 2004) Reed Richards (Fantastic Four, 2005) John McLoughlin (World Trade Center, 2006) Guy Noir (A Prairie Home Companion, 2006)

63. Lily Collins

Actress | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Lily Jane Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father is English musician Phil Collins, while her mother, Jill Tavelman, who is from Los Angeles, California, was president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club for three terms. Lily moved with her mother to LA at the age of five, after ...

Jean Grey (X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016)

64. Sean Connery

Actor | The Untouchables

The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known as the original actor to portray James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him unable to escape it, but he ...

James Bond (Live And Let Die, 1973) John Hammond (Jurassic Park, 1993) Simon Gruber (Die Hard With a Vengeance, 1995) Gandalf (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001) The Architect (The Matrix Reloaded, 2003)

65. Billy Connolly

Actor | Brave

Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards, becoming a welder, and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually being an accomplished banjo player and a ...

Mad Eye Moody (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, 2005) Xenophilius Lovegood (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, 2010)

66. Bradley Cooper

Actor | A Star Is Born

Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the ...

Hal Jordan (Green Lantern, 2011) The Flash (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

67. Chris Cooper

Actor | Adaptation.

Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised.

Educated at the University of Missouri school of ...

Doctor Octopus (Spiderman 2, 2004)

68. Sharlto Copley

Actor | District 9

Sharlto Copley was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Linda Stocks and Bruce Copley, a former university professor. His childhood dreams of acting were put on hold for many years when his television production company was one of few in his native South Africa granted licensing to create content...

Rocket Raccoon (Guardians Of The Galaxy, 2014)

69. Abbie Cornish

Actress | Bright Star

Abbie Cornish, also known by her rap name Dusk, is an Australian actress and rapper. Following her lead performance in 2004's Somersault, Cornish is best-known for her film roles as the titular heroin addict in the drama Candy (2006), courtier Bess Throckmorton in the historical drama Elizabeth: ...

Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby, 2013) Ryan Stone (Gravity, 2013)

70. Miranda Cosgrove

Actress | Despicable Me 2

Miranda Taylor Cosgrove was born May 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, to Christina (Casey) and Tom Cosgrove, who owns a dry-cleaning business. She was discovered at a young age singing and dancing around a table in a restaurant, where an agent saw her talent and quickly signed her. Miranda's ...

Cosette (Les Miserables, 2012)

71. Kevin Costner

Actor | The Postman

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...

Sam Wheat (Ghost, 1990) Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994) Jim Lovell (Apollo 13, 1995) Bill (Kill Bill Vol. 1, 2003)

72. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La Môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is from Brittany.

Raised in Orléans, France, she ...

Ryan Stone (Gravity, 2013)

73. 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 Irish, German, and Austrian-Jewish ancestry. He was raised in the Canoga ...

Sebastian Shaw (X-Men First Class, 2011) Gerry Lane (World War Z, 2013)

74. Chace Crawford

Actor | The Covenant

Christopher Chace Crawford was born in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Dana (Plott), a teacher, and Chris Wayne Crawford, a dermatologist. He grew up in Plano, Texas, and has a younger sister, Candice Crawford Romo, who studied broadcast journalism and won the Miss Missouri USA title in 2008. Chace ...

Captain America (Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011)

75. Terry Crews

Actor | Idiocracy

Terry Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, to Patricia and Terry Crews Sr. He earned an art excellence scholarship to attend Western Michigan University and also earned a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football. Crews was an All-Conference defensive end, and was a major contributor on the ...

Ben Grimm (Fantastic Four, 2015)

76. 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),...

William Shakespeare (Shakespeare In Love, 1998) Morpheus (The Matrix, 1999) Wolverine (X-Men, 2000) Aragorn (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001) Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, 2007)

77. Tom Cruise

Actor | Top Gun

In 1976, if you had told fourteen-year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...

Ren McCormack (Footloose, 1984) Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986) Sam Wheat (Ghost, 1990) Edward Scissorhands (Edward Scissorhands, 1990) Henry Hill (Goodfellas, 1990) Jack Traven (Speed, 1994) Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994) Neo (The Matrix, 1999) Bruce Banner (Hulk, 2003) Dr Robert Neville (I Am Legend, 2007) Iron Man (Iron Man, 2008) Benjamin Button (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, 2008) Edwin A Salt (Salt, 2010)

78. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

Elektra Natchios (Daredevil, 2003)

79. Billy Crystal

Actor | Forget Paris

Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Manhattan, New York, and was raised on Long Island. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were ...

Charlie Chaplin (Chaplin, 1992) Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story, 1995) Wilbur Turnblad (Hairspray, 2008)

80. John Cusack

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American ...

John Bender (The Breakfast Club, 1985) Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986) Maverick (Top Gun, 1986)

81. Alexandra Daddario

Actress | Baywatch

Alexandra Anna Daddario was born on March 16, 1986 in New York City, New York, to Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor. Her brother is actor Matthew Daddario, her sister is actor Catharine Daddario, and her grandfather was congressman Emilio Daddario (Emilio Q. Daddario), of ...

Wonder Woman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

82. Willem Dafoe

Actor | Spider-Man

Having made over one hundred films in his legendary career, Willem Dafoe is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness, and daring to some of the most iconic films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large ...

Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting (Gangs Of New York, 2002)

83. Roger Daltrey

Actor | Tommy

Roger Daltrey is noted as a founder of the legendary rock band The Who. After leaving London's Acton County Grammar School in 1963, he formed a skiffle band called The Detours, then displayed an early genius by putting together unusual elements into a world-class performance. The unusual elements ...

Han Solo (Star Wars Episode IV-A New Hope, 1977)

84. Timothy Dalton

Actor | The Living Daylights

At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping...

James Bond (Live And Let Die, 1973) James Bond (Moonraker, 1979) Alfred Pennyworth (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

85. Matt Damon

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor. His father was of English and ...

Daredevil (Daredevil, 2003) Harvey Dent (The Dark Knight, 2008) Jake Sully (Avatar, 2009) Aquaman (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

86. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym Cecil Day-Lewis), Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and ...

Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction, 1994) Lestat De Lionheart (Interview With A Vampire, 1994) William Shakespeare (Shakespeare In Love, 1998) Aragorn (Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001) Ra's Al Ghul (Batman Begins, 2005)

87. Ellen DeGeneres

Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...

Annie Porter (Speed, 1994)

88. Billy Dee Williams

Actor | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Billy Dee Williams was born William December Williams on April 6, 1937 in New York City. Billy Dee has notched up an impressive array of film and television appearances over the past 50+ years. He is easily best known to international film audiences as the roguish Lando Calrissian in the last two ...

Han Solo (Star Wars Episode IV-A New Hope, 1977)

89. 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).


Darth Maul (Star Wars Episode I-The Phantom Menace, 1999) Curly (The Three Stooges, 2012) Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek Into Darkness, 2013)

90. Robert De Niro

Actor | Raging Bull

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained ...

Sonny Corleone (The Godfather, 1972) Michael Corleone (The Godfather, 1972) Jack Torrance (The Shining, 1980) Scarface (Scarface, 1983) Josh Baskin (Big, 1988) Jesus (The Last Temptation Of Christ, 1988) Dick Tracy (Dick Tracy, 1990) Harry Lime (Home Alone, 1990) Hannibal Lecter (The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991) Max Cherry (Jackie Brown, 1997) Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting (Gangs Of New York, 2002) Jack Sparrow (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl, 2003)

91. 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 ...

Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986) Chris Taylor (Platoon, 1986) Sam Wheat (Ghost, 1990) Jonathan Harker (Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1992) Lestat De Lioncourt (Interview With A Vampire, 1994) Jack Traven (Speed, 1994) Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994) Batman (Batman Forever, 1995) Billy Loomis (Scream 2, 1997) Jack Dawson (Titanic, 1997) Neo (The Matrix, 1999) Wolverine (X-Men, 2000) Patrick Bateman (American Psycho, 2000) Bruce Banner (Hulk, 2003) Count Olaf (Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, 2004) John Smith (Mr And Mrs Smith, 2005) Detective Trupo (American Gangster, 2007) Florentino Ariza (Love In The Time Of Cholera, 2007) Cal MacCaffery (Stage Of Play, 2009) Oz (Oz The Great Of Powerful, 2013) Doctor Strange (Doctor Strange, 2016)

92. Danny DeVito

Actor | Matilda

Danny DeVito has amassed a formidable and versatile body of work as an actor, producer and director that spans the stage, television and film.

Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. was born on November 17, 1944, in Neptune, New Jersey, to Italian-American parents. His mother, Julia (Moccello), was a homemaker. ...

Sallah (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 1981)

93. Neil Diamond

Soundtrack | The Jazz Singer

Neil Leslie Diamond was born in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City, on January 24, 1941. His father, Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, was a dry-goods merchant. Both he and wife Rose were Jewish immigrants from Poland. The Diamond family temporarily relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming, because of...

Superman (Superman, 1978)

94. 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,...

Robin (Batman Forever, 1995) Dirk Diggler (Boogie Nights, 1997) Neo (The Matrix, 1999) Patrick Bateman (American Psycho, 2000) Spiderman (Spiderman, 2002) Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars Episode II-Attack Of The Clones, 2002) Roark Junior (Sin City, 2005) Iron Man (Iron Man, 2008)

95. Vin Diesel

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theatre manager, in an artists' ...

Aragorn (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001) Daredevil (Daredevil, 2003)

96. Matt Dillon

Actor | There's Something About Mary

Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him ...

Butch Coolidge (Pulp Fiction, 1994)

97. Robert Downey Jr.

Actor | Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.

Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...

Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986) Maverick (Top Gun, 1986) Edward Scissorhands (Edward Scissorhands, 1990) Zaphod Beeblebrox (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, 2005) Matt Kowalski (Gravity, 2013) Oz (Oz The Great And Powerful, 2013)

98. Adam Driver

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Adam Douglas Driver was born in San Diego, California. His mother, Nancy (Needham) Wright, is a paralegal from Mishawaka, Indiana, and his father, Joe Douglas Driver, who has deep roots in the American South, is from Little Rock, Arkansas. His stepfather is a Baptist minister. His ancestry includes...

Scottie P (We're The Millers, 2013) Lex Luthor (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016) Nightwing (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2016)

99. David Duchovny

Actor | The X Files

David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a ...

Sam Wheat (Ghost, 1990)

100. Jean Dujardin

Actor | The Artist

In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille (1999). This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end ...

Electro (The Amazing Spiderman 2, 2014)

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