My Favourite Actors

by Echt_Mal_Jetzt | created - 17 Apr 2017 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. Alfred Abel

Actor | Metropolis

This elegant actor of the golden age of German cinema appeared in several masterpieces, before the cameras of such inspired geniuses as Lang, Lubitsch and Murnau. Vocation had come rather late in his life, though. Abel was indeed already 33 when he made his first film. Beforehand, he had been a ...

2. John Alderton

Actor | Zardoz

An English actor active in the theater since 1961, having made few theatrical movies, none of which particularly outstanding, with the exception of John Boorman's Zardoz (1974) and Nigel Cole's popular Calendar Girls (2003), John Alderton has become famous thanks to British television. Appearing in ...

3. Roland Alexandre

Actor | Casa Ricordi

Born in 1927, Roland Alexandre started his adult (and professional) life under favorable auspices. Young (he was only 22 when he joined the prestigious Comédie-Française), handsome (L'Aurore, a French newspaper described him as having a wonderful physical appearance and a fantastic charm), gifted (...

4. Shane Attwooll

Actor | Legend

Shane Attwooll was born in 1968 in Risca, Gwent, Wales. He is an actor, known for Legend (2015), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).

5. Christoph Bantzer

Actor | Funny Games

Christoph Bantzer was born on January 4, 1936 in Marburg, Hesse, Germany. He is an actor, known for Funny Games (1997), Wer zu spät kommt - Das Politbüro erlebt die deutsche Revolution (1990) and Irrungen - Wirrungen (1966).

6. David Beames

Actor | Maelstrom

David Beames is an actor, known for Maelstrom (1985), Weekend Playhouse (1984) and The Comic Strip Presents... (1982).

7. Norman Bowler

Actor | Softly Softly: Task Force

Norman Bowler was born on August 1, 1932 in London, England as Norman Clifford Bowler. He is an actor, known for Softly Softly: Task Force (1969), The Avengers (1961) and Julius Caesar (1970).

8. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...

9. Pinkas Braun

Actor | Les brigades du Tigre

This lean, incisive, basso-voiced Swiss actor with the unsettling mephistophelean countenance was the son of a Galician-Jewish merchant. Pinkas Braun began his chosen vocation at the age of eighteen as an extra with the Zürcher Schauspielhaus (embracing what he considered the 'order and discipline'...

10. Arthur Brauss

Actor | Victory

Arthur Brauss was born on July 24, 1936 in Augsburg, Germany. He is an actor, known for Victory (1981), Confessional (1989) and Burning Daylight (1975). He is married to Marie Poccolin.

11. Stuart Bunce

Actor | First Knight

Stuart Bunce was born on October 21, 1971 in London, England. He is an actor, known for First Knight (1995), Behind the Lines (1997) and Between the Lines (1992).

12. Wolfgang Büttner

Actor | The Longest Day

Wolfgang Büttner was born on June 1, 1912 in Rostock, Germany. He is known for his work on The Longest Day (1962), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (1955). He was married to Eleonore Noelle. He died on November 18, 1990 in Stockdorf, Gauting, Bavaria, Germany.

13. Daniel Casey

Actor | Midsomer Murders

Daniel Casey was born on June 1, 1972 in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England. He is an actor, known for Midsomer Murders (1997), Hex (2004) and Our Friends in the North (1996). He has been married to Ellie since October 2005. They have one child.

14. John Castle

Actor | The Lion in Winter

John Castle was born on January 14, 1940 in Croydon, Surrey, England as John Michael Frederick Castle. He is an actor, known for The Lion in Winter (1968), RoboCop 3 (1993) and Man of La Mancha (1972). He has been married to Maggie Wadey since 1963. They have one child.

15. Sean Chapman

Actor | Hellraiser

Sean Chapman was born on June 2, 1961 in Greenwich, London, England. He is an actor, known for Hellraiser (1987), A Mighty Heart (2007) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988).

16. Charlie Condou

Actor | Nathan Barley

Charlie Condou was born on January 8, 1973 as Charlie Lomax David Condou. He is an actor and producer, known for Nathan Barley (2005), The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells (2001) and The Impressionists (2006). He has been married to Cameron Laux since June 8, 2015. They have two children.

17. Gary Cooper

Actor | High Noon

Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a...

18. Ivor Dean

Actor | The Saint

Ivor Dean was born on December 21, 1917 in Edmonton, London, England as Ivor Donald Dean. He was an actor and writer, known for The Saint (1962), Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) and My Partner the Ghost (1969). He was married to Patricia Hamilton. He died on August 10, 1974 in Truro, Cornwall, ...

19. William Dieterle

Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught ...

20. Marc Di Napoli

Actor | Les aventures de Tom Sawyer

Marc Di Napoli was born on May 28, 1953. He is an actor, known for Les aventures de Tom Sawyer (1968), Moartea lui Joe Indianul (1968) and Deux ans de vacances (1974).

21. Gösta Ekman

Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

Generally spoken of as Swedish theater's most legendary stage actor, Gösta Ekman enjoyed a prolific stage career during his short life, becoming the first real star of Swedish theater. His boyish good looks attracted both sexes, helping to create a massive cult following and elevating him to the ...

22. Ron Eldard

Actor | Super 8

Former golden gloves boxer Ron Eldard has found success on stage, television and in feature films. Fans of the NBC medical drama ER (1994) will remember Eldard for playing a paramedic and love interest for nurse Julianna Margulies on the show's second season. The New York native graduated from the ...

23. Robin Ellis

Actor | Poldark

Robin Ellis was born on January 8, 1942 in Ipswich, England as Anthony Robin Ellis. He is an actor, known for Poldark (1975), American Playhouse (1981) and The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980). He has been married to Meredith D Wheeler since August 1990.

24. Gus Gallagher

Actor | Star Wars: The Old Republic

Gus Gallagher is an actor, known for Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011), Spooks (2002) and Midsomer Murders (1997).

25. Fred Haltiner

Actor | Lawinenpatrouille

Fred Haltiner was born on December 15, 1936 in Rhäzüns, Graubünden, Switzerland as Alfred Haltiner. He was an actor, known for Lawinenpatrouille (1973), Hannibal Brooks (1969) and Le Mans (1971). He died on December 7, 1973 in Zurich, Switzerland.

26. Raimund Harmstorf

Actor | Siegfried und das sagenhafte Liebesleben der Nibelungen

A tall, athletic bear of a man, Raimund Harmstorf rose to stardom on the strength of a single role: the amoral, brutal, self-righteous captain Wolf Larsen (a Nietzschean 'superman', if there ever was one) in Jack London's The Seawolf (1971). Harmstorf's was a genuinely chilling, mesmerizing ...

27. Richard Häussler

Actor | Die schöne Tölzerin

Richard Häussler was born on October 26, 1908 in Munich, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Die schöne Tölzerin (1952), Die Martinsklause (1951) and Dein Herz ist meine Heimat (1953). He was married to Maria Andergast. He died on September 28, 1964 in Munich, Bavaria, West ...

28. 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 ...

29. Robert Hoffmann

Actor | Angélique, marquise des anges

Robert Hoffmann was born on August 30, 1939 in Salzburg, Austria. He is known for his work on Angélique (1964), Nights and Loves of Don Juan (1971) and The Last Roman (1968).

30. David Horovitch

Actor | The Young Victoria

David Horovitch was born on August 11, 1945 in London, England. He is an actor, known for The Young Victoria (2009), 102 Dalmatians (2000) and Cassandra's Dream (2007). He was previously married to Jane Elizabeth Gwynn Roberts.

31. Gordon Jackson

Actor | The Great Escape

Gordon Cameron Jackson was born on December 19, 1923, in Glasgow, Scotland, the youngest of five children, whose father taught painting in the city. His interest in acting began during his school years, when he took part in many amateur productions. This led to him being spotted by the BBC, and ...

32. Emil Jannings

Actor | The Last Command

His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The ...

33. Curd Jürgens

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser ...

34. Hellmut Lange

Actor | Das Halstuch

Popular German television star from the 1960's to the 1980's, with long-standing experience in radio and on the stage. Lange trained at an acting school in Hannover between 1946 and 1948, subsequently making his stage debut at the Junges Theater in Munich, followed by an open-air Karl May revival ...

35. Karl Lieffen

Actor | One, Two, Three

German character actor on screen, TV and stage. Trained in Brunswick he had his stage debut in Freiburg. Later he was on stage in Frankfurt and since 1975 in Munich. After more and more bigger filmparts since 1949 he played his only leading role in The Kidnapping of Miss Nylon (1959). Then he ...

36. Nick Moran

Actor | Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Nick Moran was born on December 23, 1969 in East End, London, England as Nick James Moran. He is an actor and producer, known for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and The Musketeer (2001). He was previously married to Sienna Guillory.

37. Anton Pampushnyy

Actor | Aleksandr. Nevskaya bitva

Anton Pampushnyy was born on May 5, 1982 in Tselinograd, Tselinogradskaya oblast, Kazakhskaya SSR, USSR as Anton Gennadevich Pampushnyy. He is an actor, known for Aleksandr. Nevskaya bitva (2008), Guardians (2017) and Realnaya skazka (2011). He is married to Monika Gossmann.

38. Bruce Payne

Actor | Passenger 57

Having worked extensively in film, theatre and television in both the UK and the US, and on location in many parts of the globe. Bruce Payne (Producer, Actor, 1st A.D.) was born in London Town and is a much-loved and respected talent recognized around the world. Known in the Industry as the ...

39. Danny Pino

Actor | Cold Case

Danny Pino was born on April 15, 1974 in Miami, Florida, USA as Daniel Gonzalo Pino. He is an actor and writer, known for Cold Case (2003), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Burn Notice (2007). He has been married to Lilly Pino Bernal since February 15, 2002. They have two children.

40. Jeremy Piven

Actor | Serendipity

Born in Manhattan and raised in Evanston, Illinois, he is an alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop founded by his parents (Byrne Piven and Joyce Hiller Piven) and a one time Chicago stage actor.

41. John Pyper-Ferguson

Actor | Suits

John Pyper-Ferguson was born on February 27, 1964 in Mordiallic, Australia. He is an actor, known for Suits (2011), The Last Ship (2014) and Unforgiven (1992).

42. Terence Rigby

Actor | Get Carter

Terence Rigby was born on January 2, 1937 in Erdington, Birmingham, England as Terence Christopher Rigby. He was an actor, known for Get Carter (1971), Elizabeth (1998) and Watership Down (1978). He died on August 10, 2008 in London, England.

43. Jeremy Roberts

Actor | The Mask

Jeremy Roberts was born in 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He is an actor known for The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Mask (1994) and Christmas Vacation (1989). He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps after serving in the Vietnam War. He went to the American ...

44. Joseph Rye

Actor | V for Vendetta

Joseph Rye is a British actor and writer who has appeared in numerous Film, Theatre & Television productions. Film highlights include V for Vendetta, Batman Begins, Alien Vs Predator. Television highlights include CSI New York, Midsomer Murders, Nash Bridges, Judge John Deed. Theatre highlights ...

45. Max Schreck

Actor | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Max Schreck was born in Berlin. He worked in an apprenticeship until his father's death before enrolling into a school for acting. He toured the country with his peers and was a member of several theaters until he became a part of Max Reinhardt's group of innovative German actors. He played mostly ...

46. Paul Scofield

Actor | A Man for All Seasons

Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school ...

47. Rufus Sewell

Actor | Dark City

Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left ...

48. Julian Shaw

Actor | San Andreas

Julian Shaw is an actor and director, known for San Andreas (2015), Use Me (2019) and Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story (2007).

49. Spencer Tracy

Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the ...

50. Lee Ving

Actor | Flashdance

Lee Ving was born on April 10, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA as Lee James Jude Capallero. He is best known as the frontman for the seminal L.A. hardcore punk band Fear. His film appearances include Flashdance (1983), Streets Of Fire (1984) and Clue (1985). He was also one of the principal subjects ...

51. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. ...

52. Timothy West

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

A versatile British actor noted for his great power and command on the classical stage and in several other mediums including radio, film and television, Timothy West was born on October 20, 1934 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, the son of actors (Harry) Lockwood West and his wife Olive (...

53. James Wilby

Actor | Gosford Park

James Wilby was born on February 20, 1958 in Rangoon, Burma. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Maurice (1987) and Howards End (1992). He has been married to Shana Louise Magraw since June 25, 1988. They have four children.

54. Grant Williams

Actor | The Incredible Shrinking Man

As a child, Williams acted in summer stock productions. After graduation from high school he joined the Air Force for a four-year stint. Then, returning to New York, he took acting classes with Lee Strasberg. A few minor Broadway roles followed as did parts on some live TV dramas. One of these ...

55. Simon Williams

Actor | Kinvig

Simon Williams was born on June 16, 1946 in Windsor, Berkshire, England as Hugh Valentine Simon Williams. He is an actor, known for Kinvig (1981), Jabberwocky (1977) and Don't Wait Up (1983). He is married to Lucy Fleming. They have four children. He was previously married to Belinda Carroll.

56. Stuart Wilson

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Stuart Wilson was born in Guildford, Surrey in England, on December 25th, 1946. He went to thirteen different schools, as his father worked in the RAF and traveled around the world. After the RAF, his father worked as an engineer in the copper mines in Rhodesia. Stuart moved to London in the mid- ...

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