TV Leading Men

by aliacomm | created - 26 Feb 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. James Spader

Actor | The Blacklist

James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of teachers Jean (Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover with director Peter Sellars; he dropped out in eleventh grade. He bused tables, shoveled manure, and taught yoga ...

2. D.B. Woodside

Actor | Lucifer

D.B. Woodside was born on July 25, 1969 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as David Bryan Woodside. He is an actor and director, known for Lucifer (2015), 24 (2001) and Romeo Must Die (2000).

3. Michael C. Hall

Actor | Dexter

Michael C. Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Janice (Styons), a guidance counselor, and William Carlyle Hall, who worked for IBM. Michael is a graduate of NYU's Master of Fine Arts program in acting. He is known for the titular character "Dexter" in Dexter (2006) and as mortician "David ...

4. Sam Heughan

Actor | Outlander

Sam Roland Heughan was born April 30, 1980 in Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. An accomplished stage and screen actor best known for his leading roles in Starz TV Series Outlander (2014-2021), A Princess for Christmas (2011), and A Very British Sex Scandal (2007). He attended the ...

5. Ashley Walters

Actor | Speed Racer

Ashley Walters was born on June 30, 1982 in London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Speed Racer (2008), Bulletproof (2018) and Bullet Boy (2004).

6. Ryan Eggold

Composer | Literally, Right Before Aaron

Ryan Eggold was born on August 10, 1984 in Lakewood, California. His father is of German descent and his mother is of half Croatian and half Austrian-Jewish ancestry. Ryan's maternal grandmother was born in Vienna.

Eggold attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School, where he participated in many ...

7. Diego Klattenhoff

Actor | Pacific Rim

Diego Klattenhoff (born 1979) is best known for his role as Mike Faber in the TV series Homeland (2011). He plays the role of a Marine captain whose best friend returns to the US after disappearing in Iraq seven years earlier. Klattenhoff was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. As a kid, he always wanted ...

8. Travis Fimmel

Actor | Warcraft

Travis Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, Australia, to Jennie, a recreation officer for the disabled, and Chris, a cattle farmer. He was raised on a 5500-acre farm located between Melbourne and Sydney. Until the age of seventeen, his life was spent at school and working on the family farm, ...

9. Tom Hopper

Actor | Black Sails

English-born Tom Hopper has come a long way in his acting career. A former student of Rose Bruford College where he studied acting, Tom Hopper has become widely known for his involvement in both films and in some of television's highly popular drama series including Merlin (2008) as the strongman ...

10. Eva Green

Actress | Casino Royale

French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of French...

11. Josh Hartnett

Actor | Lucky Number Slevin

Joshua Daniel Hartnett was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Wendy Anne (Kronstedt) and Daniel Thomas Hartnett, a building manager. His father is of Irish and German descent, and his mother is of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. Hartnett graduated from South High School in Minneapolis in June of ...

12. Hugh Laurie

Actor | House M.D.

Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...

13. Nathan Fillion

Actor | Castle

Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the son of Cookie (Early) and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers, and has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of ...

14. Timothy Olyphant

Actor | Justified

From Timothy Olyphant's first screen appearances, such as his two-minute bit in The First Wives Club (1996), to "Nicko", whose presence at times dwarfed the island in A Perfect Getaway (2009), he has been a force to be reckoned with.

Born in Hawaii, Timothy David Olyphant was raised in Modesto, ...

15. Mahershala Ali

Actor | House of Cards

Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television, and theater.

This past fall, Ali wrapped A24's Brad Pitt and Adele Romanski produced independent feature film, ...

16. Mads Mikkelsen

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 ...

17. Jon Hamm

Actor | Mad Men

Jon Hamm was born on March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Jonathan Daniel Hamm. He is an actor and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Town (2010) and Million Dollar Arm (2014).

18. Adrian Grenier

Actor | Entourage

Adrian Grenier was born on July 10, 1976 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA as Adrian Sean Grenier. He is an actor and producer, known for Entourage (2004), The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Entourage (2015).

19. Shamier Anderson

Actor | Race

Shamier Anderson was born in Toronto, Canada. He has two younger brothers, one, Stephan James, who is also an established actor and the other in the military. Shamier attended Wexford School for the Arts where he majored in Musical Theatre & the Drama Intensive Program where he graduated with ...

20. Cole Sprouse

Actor | Riverdale

Cole Mitchell Sprouse was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy to American parents, Melanie (Wright) and Matthew Sprouse, and was raised in Long Beach, in their native California. Cole began his acting career alongside his identical twin brother at the tender age of six months. From 1993 to 1998 the ...

21. Juan Diego Botto

Actor | La Celestina

Juan Diego Botto was born on August 29, 1975 in Buenos Aires City, Distrito Federal, Argentina as Juan Diego Botto Rota. He is an actor, known for La Celestina (1996), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) and ¡Hay motivo! (2004). He has been married to Olga Rodriguez since 2015. They have one ...

22. Aaron Paul

Actor | Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant in Emmett, Idaho, to Darla (Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a retired Baptist minister. While growing up, Paul took part in church programs, and performed in plays.

He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. It was there, in eighth grade, that Aaron ...

23. Eka Darville

Actor | Jessica Jones

Eka Darville was born on April 11, 1989 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. He is an actor, known for Jessica Jones (2015), Her Smell (2018) and The Sapphires (2012).

24. Nico Tortorella

Actor | Scream 4

Nico Tortorella is a native of Chicago Illinois. They started out in professional theatre when they were in seventh grade. They were offered a contract with Ford Models when they stopped by an open call in 2007. In 2009 they played the character Razor in Abc Family's "Make It or Break It. They then...

25. Dan Levy

Writer | Schitt's Creek

Daniel Levy began his television career as a co-host of MTV Canada's flagship show MTV Live and later co-wrote, co-hosted, and co-produced the critically acclaimed ratings hit The After Show and its various incarnations including The Hills: The After Show and The City: Live After Show. Levy also ...

26. Eddie Marsan

Actor | Happy-Go-Lucky

Eddie Marsan was born in Stepney, East London, to a lorry driver father and a school employee mother, and raised in Bethnal Green. He served an apprenticeship as a printer before becoming an actor twenty years ago. During this time he has worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, ...

27. Benedict Cumberbatch

Actor | The Imitation Game

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold ...

28. Rami Malek

Actor | Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Said Malek (born May 12, 1981) is an American actor. He won a Critics' Choice Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his lead role as Elliot Alderson in the USA Network television series Mr. Robot. He also received Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors ...

29. Chance Perdomo

Actor | Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chance Perdomo is an actor, known for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018), Killed by My Debt (2018) and Midsomer Murders (1997).

30. Aaron Jakubenko

Actor | Tidelands

Aaron Jakubenko is an actor, known for Tidelands (2018), Roman Empire (2016) and The Shannara Chronicles (2016).

31. Peter Gadiot

Actor | Queen of the South

Peter was born in the UK but he is of Dutch and Mexican descent and he trained at the Drama Centre in London, before making his television debut in 2010 in the family comedy drama 'My Spy Family'. He made his American TV debut as the genie Cyrus in 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' in 2013 and in ...

32. Jonathan Groff

Actor | Frozen

Jonathan Groff was born on March 26, 1985 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA as Jonathan Drew Groff. He is an actor, known for Frozen (2013), Frozen II (2019) and Mindhunter (2017).

33. Moe Dunford

Actor | Vikings

Moe Dunford is an actor, known for Vikings (2013), Patrick's Day (2014) and Gridlock (2016).

34. David Anders

Actor | The Revenant

David Anders Holt, known professionally as David Anders, is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Julian Sark on Alias, as Adam Monroe on Heroes, as John Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries, Dr. Whale on ABC's Once Upon a Time, and as Blaine "DeBeers" ...

35. Richard Rankin

Actor | Outlander

Richard was born in Rutherglen, Glasgow, on 4 January 1983, his birth name actually being Richard Harris. It was changed to Rankin, his mother's maiden name, to avoid any confusion with the famous Irish actor. Initially wanting to be an IT professional, he was inspired by a trip to Los Angeles at ...

36. Titus Welliver

Actor | The Town

Titus Welliver was born on March 12, 1961 in New Haven, Connecticut. His father was a famous landscape painter, Neil Welliver. His mother was a fashion illustrator, Norma Cripps. He has three brothers, one was killed overseas. He was raised in Philadelphia and New York City, surrounded by poets and...



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