The Actors Studio

by Sylviastel | created - 13 Aug 2014 | updated - 02 Jun 2016 | Public

Not listed here is Robert Lewis. Former students not listed here are the following: Reuven Adiv Joseph Anthony Don Baldwin James Baldwin Joan Chandler William Greaves William Hansen William Marshall Eric Morris George Morrison Nico Teresa Ruiz John P. Ryan

1. Elia Kazan

Director | On the Waterfront

Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He ...

Founder

2. Cheryl Crawford

Paint Your Wagon

Cheryl Crawford was born on September 24, 1902 in Akron, Ohio, USA. She is known for her work on Paint Your Wagon (1969), One Touch of Venus (1948) and The Rose Tattoo (1955). She died on October 7, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA.

Founder

3. Anna Sokolow

Actress | Bullfight

Anna Sokolow was born on February 9, 1910 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She is known for her work on Bullfight (1955), Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950) and All Star Revue (1950). She died on March 29, 2000 in New York City, New York, USA.

Founder

4. Lee Strasberg

Actor | The Godfather: Part II

Famed acting teacher Lee Strassberg was born in Budzanov, Austria-Hungary (now Budanov, Ukraine). Brought to America as a child, he had a brief acting career, before becoming one of the founders of the Group Theatre in 1931, directing a number of plays there. His greatest influence, however, was ...

He ran the studio from 1952 to his death on February 17, 1982.

5. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an Italian-American family. His parents, Rose (nee ...

Currently co-running with Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel.

6. Ellen Burstyn

Actress | Requiem for a Dream

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of Irish, French/French-Canadian, Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and Native American ancestry.. She worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a ...

Currently running with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel.

7. Harvey Keitel

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

American actor and producer Harvey Keitel was born on May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Miriam (Klein) and Harry Keitel. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), Ridley Scott's The Duellists (...

Currently running with Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn.

8. James Lipton

Writer | Inside the Actors Studio

James Lipton is an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and is a producer for stage and television projects. He is most known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio (1994), where successful and prominent actors discuss their ...

Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School.

9. Edie Adams

Actress | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

The scintillating, sultry-eyed blonde (formerly a redhead) star of screen, TV and award-winning stage went on to become best known, however, for her sensual delivery pitching cigars in taunting '60s ads and commercials with her Mae Westian come-on line "Why don't you pick one up and smoke it ...

10. Edward Albee

Writer | A Delicate Balance

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Edward Franklin Albee III. He was a writer, known for A Delicate Balance (1973), Nijinsky: Unfinished Project (1970) and National Theatre Live: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017). He died on ...

11. Maria Conchita Alonso

Actress | The Running Man

Maria Conchita Alonso was born Maria Concepcion Alonso Bustillo on June 29, 1957 in Cienfuegos, Cuba, but raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She was crowned Miss Teenager World in 1971 and later as Miss Distrito Federal became the first runner up in the Miss Venezuela 1975 competition placing later that...

12. Susan Anspach

Actress | Five Easy Pieces

Susan Anspach was born on November 23, 1942 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Susan Florence Anspach. She was an actress, known for Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972) and Blume in Love (1973). She was married to Sherwood Ball and Mark Goddard. She died on April 2, 2018 in ...

13. Lou Antonio

Actor | Cool Hand Luke

Oklahoma-born Lou Antonio is English-French-German on his mother's side and Greek on his father's side. A talented baseball player as a teenager, he was scouted by the Boston Red Sox while in high school, but an injury ended his dreams of playing professional baseball. He attended Oklahoma ...

14. R.G. Armstrong

Actor | Predator

A golden career was reflected in his name. Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7, 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he was frequently performing on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduating,...

15. Bea Arthur

Actress | The Golden Girls

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".

She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her ...

16. Beverly Hope Atkinson

Actress | Heavy Traffic

African-American Beverly Hope Atkinson began her career on the New York stage with Cafe LaMama and toured in such productions as "The Skin of Our Teeth," "Lysistrata" and "The Blacks". She eventually made her way to Hollywood in the early 70s where she impressed in her very first film role, that of...

17. Barbara Bain

Actress | Mission: Impossible

Barbara Bain was born in Chicago, graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She then relocated to New York City where she gained work as a dancer and high-fashion model. Ms. Bain studied with Martha Graham, permanently cementing her love of dance; however, it...

18. Carroll Baker

Actress | Baby Doll

Carroll Baker was born on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman, William W. Baker. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love (1953), did TV ...

19. Joe Don Baker

Actor | GoldenEye

Tall, broad shouldered character actor with Texan drawl first appeared in support in several Western vehicles both on TV and the cinema in the mid 1960s. Got himself noticed playing Steve McQueen's younger brother in Junior Bonner (1972), and then scored the lead role of Buford Pusser (!) in the ...

20. 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 ...

21. Judith Baldwin

Actress | Pretty Woman

Judith Baldwin was born on March 26, 1946 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Judith Lee Baldwin. She is an actress, known for Pretty Woman (1990), The Stepford Wives (1975) and No Small Affair (1984).

22. Martin Balsam

Actor | All the President's Men

Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. ...

23. Anne Bancroft

Actress | The Graduate

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...

24. Martine Bartlett

Actress | Splendor in the Grass

Martine Bartlett was born on April 24, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for Splendor in the Grass (1961), Kraft Theatre (1947) and Sybil (1976). She died on April 5, 2006 in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

25. Susan Batson

Actress | Summer of Sam

Actor, writer, director, producer, teacher, and coach Susan Batson has been called a "technician of the spirit" by the New Yorker. In private consultation on film sets all over the world, and in her New York- and Hollywood- based Black Nexxus acting studios, Susan Batson has enjoyed the privilege ...

26. Barbara Baxley

Actress | Sea of Love

Barbara Angie Rose Baxley was born on New Year's Day 1923 to Emma A. & C. Bert Baxley in Porterville, CA. She was the youngest of their two daughters and was named after her grandmothers; Angie Sibley-Tyler and Iva Matilda Rose-Baxley. Barbara attended and graduated with honors from the University ...

27. Stanley Beck

Actor | Lenny

Stanley Beck was born on June 5, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Lenny (1974), Death Valley (1982) and Straight Time (1978).

28. Tobin Bell

Actor | Saw

Tobin Bell is an American actor with a career in film, television and theater spanning three decades. He was born in Queens, New York and raised in Weymouth, Mass. His mother is the British actress Eileen Bell. He is perhaps best known for his role as the iconic villain "Jigsaw" in the Saw film ...

29. Herbert Berghof

Actor | Cleopatra

Herbert Berghof was born on September 13, 1909 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on Cleopatra (1963), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Fräulein (1958). He was married to Uta Hagen and Alice Hermes. He died on November 5, 1990 in New York City, New York, USA.

30. Jack Betts

Actor | Spider-Man

Jack Betts was born on April 11, 1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Jack Fillmore Betts. He is an actor, known for Spider-Man (2002), 8MM (1999) and Falling Down (1993).

31. Richard Beymer

Actor | West Side Story

Born in Avoca, Iowa and moved with his parents to Hollywood, California in the late 1940s, Richard Beymer acted in various films while attending North Hollywood High School. He enjoys making his own films and has a film used in a PBS series on the civil rights movement.

32. Edward Binns

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Gravel-voiced, authoritative American character actor, a reliable presence on screen for more than four decades.

Edward Thomas Binns was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Esther (Bracken) and Edward Thoms Binns. His family were Quakers. He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and ...

33. Rudy Bond

Actor | On the Waterfront

Rudolph Bond was raised in Philadelphia. He got his start at the Neighborhood Players. After World War II, he was invited by Elia Kazan to be a student at the famed "Actors Studio" in New York, working with such future stars as Paul Newman, James Dean, and Marlon Brando. His first big break was a ...

34. Richard Boone

Actor | Have Gun - Will Travel

Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone.

Richard was a...

35. Savannah Smith Boucher

Actress | Remington Steele

Savannah Smith Boucher was born on October 28, 1943 in Springhill, Louisiana, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Remington Steele (1982), The Long Riders (1980) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996). She was previously married to William Stover.

36. Philip Bourneuf

Actor | Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Tall American character actor with distinctively dark eyebrows and graying hair. The son of an engineer, he was a respected performer on Broadway for thirty years, beginning in 1934. He had a reputation for being a consummate professional and a great storyteller. Despite his military bearing and ...

37. Patricia Bosworth

Writer | Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Patricia Bosworth was born on April 24, 1933 in Oakland, California, USA as Patricia Crum. She is an actress and writer, known for Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Kraft Theatre (1947) and The Edge of Night (1956). She was previously married to Mel Arrighi.

38. Sully Boyar

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

Sully Boyar was born on December 14, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Israel Sully Boyarsky. He was an actor, known for Dog Day Afternoon (1975), In the Soup (1992) and Car Wash (1976). He was married to Josephine Pizzo. He died on March 23, 2001 in Queens, New York City.

39. Lorraine Bracco

Actress | Goodfellas

Lorraine was voted the "ugliest girl in the 6th grade" at her Long Island grade school. She moved to France in 1974 where she became a fashion superstar for Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister is Elizabeth Bracco. Has two daughters, Stella Keitel by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel and Margaux Guerard by ...

40. Richard Bradford

Actor | The Untouchables

Richard Bradford was born on November 10, 1934 in Conroe, Texas, USA as Richard Edwin Bradford Jr. He was an actor, known for The Untouchables (1987), Permanent Record (1988) and The Legend of Billie Jean (1985). He was married to Eileen Elliott. He died on March 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California...

41. Jocelyn Brando

Actress | The Big Heat

Jocelyn Brando, the older sister of Marlon Brando, was born Nov. 18, 1919, in San Francisco, California, to Marlon Brando Sr. and his wife, the former Dorothy Pennebaker. Joceyln and Marlon and their sister Frances grew up mostly on a farm near Evanston, Illinois, though the family moved around ...

42. 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 ...

43. Jacqueline Brookes

Actress | The Good Son

Jacqueline Brookes was born on July 24, 1930 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA as Jacqueline Victoire Brookes. She was an actress, known for The Good Son (1993), The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Sea of Love (1989). She died on April 26, 2013 in New York, New York, USA.

44. Ellen Barkin

Actress | The Fan

Offbeat, unconventionally pretty, and utterly mesmerizing, Ellen Barkin was born in 1954 in the Bronx, New York, to Evelyn (Rozin), a hospital administrator, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families. Raised in the South Bronx and Queens, New York area,...

45. Geraldine Brooks

Actress | Possessed

A resolute, blue-eyed brunette with attractive, slightly pinched features, Geraldine Brooks was born to a Dutch couple on October 29, 1925, in New York City. Her parents had a theater-based background -- father, James Stroock, owned a top costume company and mother, Bianca, was a costume designer ...

46. Graham Brown

Actor | Malcolm X

Graham Brown was born on October 24, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert E. Brown. He was an actor, known for Malcolm X (1992), Clockers (1995) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). He died on December 13, 2011 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

47. Roscoe Lee Browne

Actor | The Cowboys

He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims.

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48. Tony Burton

Actor | Assault on Precinct 13

Tony Burton, who is famous for playing the corner man in six "Rocky" movies, was himself, in real life, a professional heavyweight boxer. Boxing in such avenues as Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California, the 6 feet 200 pound Burton knocked-out among others, Bob Smith and Denny Chaney....

49. Billy Green Bush

Actor | Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Amiable and exceptional character actor Billy Green Bush appeared in a handful of offbeat and enduring cult classic features made in the early '70s. Tall, handsome and rangy, Bush often portrayed engaging good ol' boy types, rugged cowboys and stern police officers. He was born as William Warren ...

50. Zoe Caldwell

Actress | Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

As a testament to her remarkable talent, Broadway has honored esteemed stage actress Zoe Caldwell four times with Tony Awards: for "Slapstick Tragedy" (1966), for her title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1968), for her searing performance as "Medea" (1982), and as opera diva Maria Callas ...

51. Hayden Christensen

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

Hayden Christensen was born April 19, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His parents, Alie and David Christensen, are in the communications business. He is of Danish (father) and Swedish and Italian (mother) descent. Hayden grew up in Markham, Ontario, with siblings Kaylen, Hejsa, and ...

52. Dane Clark

Actor | Destination Tokyo

Dane Clark was born Bernard Elliot Zanville in Brooklyn, New York City, to Rose (Korostoff) and Samuel Zanville, who were Russian Jewish immigrants. He graduated from Cornell University and St. John's Law School (Brooklyn). When he had trouble finding work in the mid-1930s he tried boxing, baseball,...

53. Odessa Cleveland

Actress | M*A*S*H

Odessa Cleveland was born on March 3, 1944 in Louisiana, USA. She is an actress, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Greatest American Hero (1981) and Simon & Simon (1981).

54. 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-...

55. Lee J. Cobb

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the...

56. Nicholas Colasanto

Actor | Cheers

Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as "Coach" on the TV series Cheers (1982) at the end of his career, was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of seven children. He attended Providence's Central High School but did not graduate...

57. Miriam Colon

Actress | Scarface

Miriam Colon was born on August 20, 1936 in Ponce, Puerto Rico as Miriam Colon Valle. She was an actress, known for Scarface (1983), Sabrina (1995) and Goal! The Dream Begins (2005). She was married to Fred Valle and George Paul Edgar. She died on March 3, 2017 in New York City, New York, USA.

58. Michael Conrad

Actor | Hill Street Blues

Michael Conrad was a powerfully built and toweringly tall New York-born American character actor, best known for his role as the pompous but beloved desk sergeant Phil Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues (1981), for which he won two Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards (1981, 1982)...

59. Curt Conway

Actor | The Twilight Zone

Curt Conway was born on May 4, 1913 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Charles Curtis Conway. He was an actor and director, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963) and Danger (1950). He was married to Gail Burton, Kim Stanley and Sandra Francis. He died on ...

60. Peter Cookson

Actor | White Lies

Peter Cookson is an actor, known for White Lies (1998).

61. 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 ...

62. Joan Copeland

Actress | Brother Bear

Joan Copeland, the sister of famed playwright Arthur Miller, is a renowned actress in her own right. She made her name on Broadway, debuting there in 1945 to begin a career that lasted more than 60 years. She also had a long career on television, where she appeared in a number of that medium's most...

63. Pat Corley

Actor | Murphy Brown

Pat Corley was born on June 1, 1930 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Cleo Pat Corley. He was an actor, known for Murphy Brown (1988), Mr. Destiny (1990) and Kiss My Grits (1982). He was married to Iris June Carter and Rose Louise Valentine. He died on September 11, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

64. Frank Corsaro

Director | Play of the Week

Frank Corsaro was born on December 22, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA as Francesco Andrea Corsaro. He is known for his work on Play of the Week (1959), Cold Storage (1983) and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963). He was married to Mary Cross Lueders. He died on November 11, 2017 in ...

65. Mariclare Costello

Actress | Ordinary People

Mariclare Costello was born on February 3, 1936 in Peoria, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for Ordinary People (1980), Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). She was previously married to Allan Arbus.

66. Norma Crane

Actress | Fiddler on the Roof

Norma Crane was born on November 10, 1928 in New York, USA as Norma Anna Bella Zuckerman. She was an actress, known for Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Ben Casey (1961) and Studio One in Hollywood (1948). She was married to Herbert Sargent. She died on September 28, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

67. John Crawford

Actor | The Poseidon Adventure

Burly, handsome and rugged character actor John Crawford appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows combined in a career that spanned over 40 years, usually cast as tough and/or villainous characters.

Crawford was born Cleve Richardson on September 13, 1920, in Colfax, Washington. He was discovered by...

68. Rupert Crosse

Actor | Shadows

Rupert Crosse was born on November 29, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Shadows (1958), The Reivers (1969) and Ben Casey (1961). He was married to Chris Calloway. He died on March 5, 1973 in Nevis, West Indies.

69. Clifford David

Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Clifford David was born on June 30, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Signs (2002) and Kinsey (2004). He died on November 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

70. Altovise Davis

Actress | Can't Stop the Music

Altovise Davis was born on August 30, 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Altovise Joanne Gore. She was an actress, known for Can't Stop the Music (1980), Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) and Charlie's Angels (1976). She was married to Sammy Davis Jr.. She died on March 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, ...

71. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...

72. Olive Deering

Actress | The Ten Commandments

Olive Deering was born on October 11, 1918 in New York City, New York, USA as Olive Corn. She was an actress, known for The Ten Commandments (1956), Samson and Delilah (1949) and Masterpiece Playhouse (1950). She was married to Leo Penn and Leo Penn. She died on March 22, 1986 in New York.

73. Gabriel Dell

Actor | Earthquake

The son of an Italian immigrant doctor, Gabriel "Gabe" Dell began his career singing in a boys church choir and then on a children's radio show. He made his stage debut in the play "Dead End" and, with the other juvenile members of the cast, was called to Hollywood for the film version. Dell was ...

74. Rebecca De Mornay

Actress | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Rebecca De Mornay was born 1959 as Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California. She is the daughter of Julie (Eagar) and Wally George (born George Walter Pearch), a television and radio commentator. Her paternal grandmother was child actress Eugenia Clinchard. Her parents divorced when she was ...

75. 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 English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...

76. Sandy Dennis

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came ...

77. Bruce Dern

Actor | Nebraska

Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern's tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. Dern has several high profile ...

78. Laura Dern

Actress | Jurassic Park

Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for ...

79. Richard Derr

Actor | When Worlds Collide

Born June 15, 1918 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, second lead Richard Derr made his first film appearance at age 23 as one of many suspects in Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) after signing with 20th Century-Fox. A second Chan film role would come with Castle in the Desert (1942). With staid good looks, he...

80. Francesca De Sapio

Actress | The Godfather: Part II

Born in Rome, Italy. After completing her undergraduate studies in 1965, she moved to United States. Became a member of the Actor's Studio in 1969. Began her movie career and worked with Al Pacino and Arthur Penn. In 1985 she founded the "Duse Studio" with Giuseppe Perruccio. Currently works on ...

81. Seamus Dever

Actor | Castle

Seamus Dever was born on July 27, 1976 in Flint, Michigan, USA as Séamus Patrick Dever. He is an actor and producer, known for Castle (2009), Hollywoodland (2006) and Threshold (2005). He has been married to Juliana Dever since May 26, 2006.

82. Bradford Dillman

Actor | Sudden Impact

Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it ...

83. Deborah Dir

Actress | A Winter Rose

Deborah Dir is known for her work on A Winter Rose (2016), Pig (2011) and The Bernie Mac Show (2001).

84. Betsy Drake

Actress | Every Girl Should Be Married

Betsy Drake was born on September 11, 1923 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Betsy Gordon Drake. She was an actress and writer, known for Every Girl Should Be Married (1948), The Second Woman (1950) and Room for One More (1952). She was married to Cary Grant. She died on October 27, ...

85. Olympia Dukakis

Actress | Moonstruck

Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and ...

86. Keir Dullea

Actor | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Tall, slim, remote and boyishly handsome, one of Keir Dullea's most arresting features is his pale blue eyes, which featured in a number of watershed films of the 1960s. His major breakthrough (providing him legendary status) was the starring role as astronaut Dave Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's 2001:...

87. Faye Dunaway

Actress | Network

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, enormously popular actress Faye Dunaway starred in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than ...

88. Mildred Dunnock

Actress | Baby Doll

Petite American character actress who was celebrated for her definitive portrayal of long-suffering Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", a part she played opposite Lee J. Cobb at the Morosco Theatre for 742 consecutive performances between 1949 and 1950. Mildred recreated her role ...

89. 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 ...

90. Robert Duvall

Actor | The Apostle

Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a ...

91. Stephen Elliott

Actor | Beverly Hills Cop

A Drama Desk Award-winning actor ("A Whistle in the Dark" [1969] ) and a Tony Award nominee (as "Monsieur Colmier", "Marat/Sade" [1967] ), he began his career as a member of New York's Neighborhood Playhouse from 1940 to 1942, where he studied with noted acting instructor, Sanford Meisner, before ...

92. Cary Elwes

Actor | Saw

Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. He was raised in London and attended ...

93. Robert Emhardt

Actor | 3:10 to Yuma

Robert Emhardt looked and sounded as if he had intentionally been created by some perverse god to play villains. Though rotund, he had hooded, lizard like eyes and a drawling whine in his voice. The real Robert Emhardt, however, was a well-educated, cultured, generous man, not at all like the ...

94. Tom Ewell

Actor | The Seven Year Itch

Beleaguered character actor Tom Ewell, the unlikely film and TV star with the trademark lumpy figure and droopy, lugubrious mug, was born Samuel Yewell Tompkins on April 29, 1909, in Kentucky. His family tried to steer him towards a law career but he chose the path of acting instead after becoming ...

95. Norman Fell

Actor | Three's Company

Norman Fell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in drama. During World War II, he was an Air Force tail gunner in the Pacific. After the war, he studied acting and obtained small parts in television and on stage. His first ...

96. Lupita Ferrer

Actress | Mariana de la noche

Lupita Ferrer was born on December 6, 1947 in Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela as Yolanda Guadalupe. She is an actress, known for Mariana de la noche (1975), The Children of Sanchez (1978) and Amándote (1988). She was previously married to Hall Bartlett.

97. Sally Field

Actress | Forrest Gump

Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field...

98. Robert Fields

Actor | The Stepford Wives

Robert Fields has always been a far busier stage actor than a film performer, but this hasn't prevented him from appearing in a number of notable theatrical and made-for-television features. His acting debut came in 1958 when he was chosen for the role of Tony, one of the teenagers in The Blob (...

99. Gail Fisher

Actress | Mannix

A classy, smart-looking, spectacularly beautiful African-American actress who broke racial barriers in 1970s Hollywood but suffered greatly in her private life years after her TV glory days, award-winning actress Gail Fisher was born on August 18, 1935, in Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of five ...

100. Jane Fonda

Actress | Klute

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and Ontario-born New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was ...



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