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    Johnny Depp
    1. Johnny Depp
    Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Betty Sue Palmer (née Wells), a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. He was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15, and fronted a series of music-garage bands, including one …

    Al Pacino
    2. Al Pacino
    Actor | Serpico

    Alfredo James “Al” ‘Pacino established himself as a film actor during one of cinema’s most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

    He was born April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to Italian-American parents, Rose (nee Gerardi)…

    Robert De Niro
    3. Robert De Niro
    Actor | Cape Fear

    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 …

    Kevin Spacey
    4. Kevin Spacey
    Actor | L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in…

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    Denzel Washington
    5. Denzel Washington
    Actor | Fences

    Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at …

    Russell Crowe
    6. 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),…

    Brad Pitt
    7. Brad Pitt
    Actor | Fight Club

    William Bradley “Brad” Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma and raised in Springfield, Missouri to Jane Etta Pitt (née Hillhouse), a school counselor & William Alvin “Bill” Pitt, a truck company manager. At Kickapoo High School, Pitt was involved in sports, debating, student …

    Angelina Jolie
    8. Angelina Jolie
    Actress | Maleficent

    Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999), playing the title role in the “Lara Croft” blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become …

    Leonardo DiCaprio
    9. 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,…

    Tom Cruise
    10. 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. …

    John Travolta
    11. John Travolta
    Actor | Pulp Fiction

    John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, …

    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    12. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and…

    Sylvester Stallone
    13. Sylvester Stallone
    Actor | Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone is an athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director/producer, the movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone’s films for over 40 years, making “Sly” one of Hollywood’s biggest-ever box office draws.

    Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946, …

    Kate Winslet
    14. Kate Winslet
    Actress | Titanic

    Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word “ballsy” is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she’s built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut…

    Christian Bale
    15. 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 …

    Morgan Freeman
    16. Morgan Freeman
    Actor | Driving Miss Daisy

    With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman…

    Keanu Reeves
    17. Keanu Reeves
    Actor | The Matrix

    Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patric Reeves, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu’s father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese…

    Nicolas Cage
    18. 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…

    Hugh Jackman
    19. Hugh Jackman
    Actor | Les Misérables

    Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film …

    Edward Norton
    20. Edward Norton
    Actor | Fight Club

    American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

    His mother, Lydia Robinson “Robin” (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer …

    Bruce Willis
    21. Bruce Willis
    Actor | Die Hard

    Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD.

    Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19, 1955, in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany,…

    Tom Hanks
    22. Tom Hanks
    Producer | Cast Away

    Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother’s family, originally surnamed “Fraga”, was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has …

    Charlize Theron
    23. Charlize Theron
    Producer | Monster

    Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner …

    Will Smith
    24. Will Smith
    Producer | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Willard Carroll “Will” Smith II (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him “the most powerful actor in Hollywood”. Smith has been nominated for five Golden …

    Sean Connery
    25. Sean Connery
    Actor | Dr. No

    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 …

    Keira Knightley
    26. Keira Knightley
    Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born …

    Vin Diesel
    27. 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’ …

    Matt Damon
    28. 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 …

    Richard Gere
    29. Richard Gere
    Actor | Chicago

    Humanitarian and actor Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, the second of five children of Doris Anna (Tiffany), a homemaker, and Homer George Gere, an insurance salesman, both Mayflower descendants. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high …

    Catherine Zeta-Jones
    30. Catherine Zeta-Jones
    Actress | Chicago

    Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, Wales (and raised in the nearby town of Mumbles), the only daughter of Patricia (nee Fair) and David James “Dai” Jones, who formerly owned a sweet factory. She attended Dumbarton House School (Swansea). Her father (the son of Bertram (…

    Clive Owen
    31. Clive Owen
    Actor | Children of Men

    British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting …

    Mel Gibson
    32. Mel Gibson
    Actor | Braveheart

    Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is …

    George Clooney
    33. George Clooney
    Actor | The Ides of March

    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 …

    Jack Nicholson
    34. Jack Nicholson
    Actor | Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors – the other being Michael Caine – who have received an Oscar nomination in every decade from the ’60s through …

    Scarlett Johansson
    35. Scarlett Johansson
    Actress | Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born on November 22, 1984 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her mother, Melanie Sloan is from a Jewish family from the Bronx and her father, Karsten Johansson is a Danish-born architect from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, …

    Tom Hardy
    36. Tom Hardy
    Actor | Inception

    With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut…

    Robert Downey Jr.
    37. 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 …

    Orlando Bloom
    38. 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 …

    Ian McKellen
    39. Ian McKellen
    Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in the UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery …

    Antonio Banderas
    40. Antonio Banderas
    Actor | The Mask of Zorro

    Antonio Banderas, one of Spain’s most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international movie star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous movie series.

    He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, …

    Guy Pearce
    41. Guy Pearce
    Actor | Memento

    Guy Edward Pearce was born October 5, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Margaret Anne and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy’s mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, …

    Samuel L. Jackson
    42. Samuel L. Jackson
    Actor | Pulp Fiction

    Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), …

    Sandra Bullock
    43. 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 …

    Meg Ryan
    44. Meg Ryan
    Actress | When Harry Met Sally…

    Blonde-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Susan (Duggan), an English teacher and one-time actress, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She is of Ruthenian, Polish, Irish, and German ancestry (“Hyra” is a …

    Megan Fox
    45. Megan Fox
    Actress | Transformers

    Megan Denise Fox was born on May 16, 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and raised in Rockwood, Tennessee to Gloria Darlene Tonachio (née Cisson), a real estate manager & Franklin Thomas Fox, a parole officer. She began her drama and dance training at age 5 and at age 10, she moved to Port St. Lucie, …

    Nicole Kidman
    46. Nicole Kidman
    Actress | Moulin Rouge!

    Elegant Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood’s top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

    Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical …

    Gerard Butler
    47. Gerard Butler
    Actor | 300

    Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents …

    Simon Baker
    48. Simon Baker
    Actor | Margin Call

    Simon Baker was first recognized in 1992, when he received Australia’s prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. Upon relocating to Los Angeles with his family, Baker was immediately cast in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential (1997).

    Cameron Diaz
    49. Cameron Diaz
    Actress | Vanilla Sky

    A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and a German mother. Self described as “adventurous, independent and a tough kid,” Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied …

    Katherine Heigl
    50. Katherine Heigl
    Actress | One for the Money

    Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978 in Washington, D.C., to Nancy Heigl (née Engelhardt), a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, an accountant and executive. Her father is of German/Swiss-German and Irish descent, and her mother is of German ancestry. A short time after her birth, the…

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