Top 25 Actors of 1920-1929

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1. 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 Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned...

Top 10: 1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 2. The Sting 3. Cool Hand Luke 4. The Hustler 5. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 6. Exodus 7. Torn Curtain 8. The Towering Inferno 9. Road to Perdition 10. Slap Shot

2. Yul Brynner

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" ...

Top 5: 1. The Magnificent Seven 2. The Ten Commandments 3. The Magic Christian

3. Montgomery Clift

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta (1920-2014) and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg; 1888-1988) and William Brooks Clift (1886-...

Top 5: 1. A Place in the Sun

4. 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), ...

Top 5: 1. Once Upon a Time in the West 2. The Great Escape 3. The Magnificent Seven 4. The Dirty Dozen

5. Christopher Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...

Top 5: 1. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Universe 2. The Wicker Man 3. Horror of Dracula 4. The Man with the Golden Gun 5. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

6. Jason Robards

Actor | All the President's Men

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at ...

Top 5: 1. Once Upon a Time in the West 2. All the President's Men 3. Philadelphia 4. Parenthood 5. The Adventures of Huck Finn

7. Charlton Heston

Actor | Ben-Hur

With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As ...

Top 5: 1. Ben-Hur 2. The Ten Commandments 3. Planet of the Apes 4. Soylent Green 5. Touch of Evil

8. 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 ...

Top 5: 1. A Streetcar Named Desire 2. The Godfather 3. On the Waterfront 4. The Chase 5. Apocalypse Now

9. Dick Van Dyke

Actor | Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had ...

Top 5: 1. The Dick Van Dyke Show 2. Mary Poppins 3. What a Way to Go! 4. Night at the Museum 5. Diagnosis Murder

10. Walter Matthau

Actor | The Odd Couple

Walter Matthau was best known for starring in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993), and Dennis the Menace (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars.

He was born Walter Jake Matthow in New York City, New York...

Top 5: 1. The Odd Couple 2. The Front Page 3. Charade 4. Grumpy Old Men 5. The Survivors

11. Tony Curtis

Actor | Some Like It Hot

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only ...

Top 5: 1. Some Like It Hot 2. Spartacus 3. Rosemary's Baby

12. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...

Top 5: 1. Dr. Strangelove 2. Being There 3. Lolita 4. The Pink Panther Franchise 5. The Party

13. 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 ...

Top 5: 1. The Apartment 2. Some Like It Hot 3. The Odd Couple 4. Irma la Douce 5. Short Cuts

14. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...

Top 5: 1. The Taming of the Shrew 2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 3. Becket 4. Where Eagles Dare 5. Cleopatra

15. 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...

Top 5: 1. In the Heat of the Night 2. On the Waterfront 3. Doctor Zhivago 4. The Chosen 5. The Longest Day

16. Harry Dean Stanton

Actor | Alien

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer. Lived in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1944. Drafted into the Navy, he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during ...

Top 5: 1. Paris, Texas 2. The Green Mile 3. Alien 4. Cool Hand Luke 5. The Mighty

17. Klaus Kinski

Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...

Top 5: 1. Fitzcarraldo 2. Nosferatu the Vampyre 3. Aguirre, the Wrath of God 4. For a Few Dollars More 5. Doctor Zhivago

18. Robert Shaw

Actor | Jaws

Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927, in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while...

Top 5: 1. Jaws 2. The Sting 3. From Russia with Love 4. Battle of Britain

19. Peter Falk

Actor | Columbo

Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, ...

Top 5: 1. A Woman Under the Influence 2. Columbo 3. Wings of Desire 4. The Princess Bride 5. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

20. 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...

Top 5: 1. In the Heat of the Night 2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 3. Sneakers

21. Martin Landau

Actor | Ed Wood

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...

Top 5: 1. Crimes and Misdemeanors 2. Ed Wood 3. North by Northwest 4. Cleopatra 5. Rounders

22. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

Top 5: 1. The Sound of Music 2. Beginners 3. The Man Who Would Be King 4. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 5. The Return of the Pink Panther

23. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

Top 5: 1. The Seventh Seal 2. The Exorcist 3. Pelle the Conqueror 4. Minority Report 5. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

24. Bud Spencer

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Bud Spencer, the popular Italian actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the 1960s and 1970s, was born Carlo Pedersoli on October 31, 1929, in Naples. The first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a ...

Top 5: 1. They Call Me Trinity 2. Trinity Is Still My Name 3. All the Way Boys 4. They Call Him Bulldozer 5. Buddy Goes West

25. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...

Top 5: 1. Dog Day Afternoon 2. The Sting 3. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 4. Tootsie 5. The Front Page

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