You should know their names...but probably don't

by alexkendallmahns | created - 26 Jan 2012 | updated - 06 Feb 2012 | Public

Some of my favorite actors and their performances that I enjoyed. (Not saying their best, worst, or most well known appearances.....just movies I liked them in:)

1. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had 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 to ...

Pusher I/II-Valhalla Rising

2. Vinnie Jones

Actor | Snatch

Vincent Peter Jones was born on January 5, 1965 in Watford, England. He first came to public notice as a professional footballer, playing in the English Football League. Noted as one of soccer's hard men, he leaped to fame when a photographer, at a match, snapped him "marking" Newcastle United's ...

Snatch-Midnight Meat Train-The Condemned-Tooth & Nail

3. Ben Foster

Actor | Hell or High Water

Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in ...

3:10 to Yuma-Alpha Dog-The Mechanic

4. Michael Pitt

Actor | Funny Games

Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek (1998) (he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes...

Boardwalk Empire-Funny Games-Murder by Numbers-Bully

5. Shawn Hatosy

Actor | Animal Kingdom

Shawn Hatosy was born on December 29, 1975 in Frederick, Maryland, USA as Shawn Wayne Hatosy. He is an actor and writer, known for Animal Kingdom (2016), Southland (2009) and Alpha Dog (2006). He has been married to Kelly Albanese since 2010. They have two children.

Boys Don't Cry-Alpha Dog-Soldier's Girl

6. Norman Reedus

Actor | The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, to Marianne and Norman Reedus. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, and Irish descent.

Norman's first film was in 'Guillermo Del Toro''s 1997 horror thriller Mimic (1997), where he played the character Jeremy. He has also ...

Boondock Saints-The Walking Dead

7. Kevin Durand

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Kevin Durand was born on January 14, 1974 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada as Kevin Serge Durand. He is an actor, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), I Am Number Four (2011) and Robin Hood (2010). He has been married to Sandra Cho since October 1, 2010.

3:10 to Yuma-Smokin Aces-Legion

8. Tommy Flanagan

Actor | AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Tommy Flanagan was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. In his twenties, Tommy made his living as a DJ for local dance clubs until a violent attack nearly ended his life. In hospital, his friend Robert Carlyle persuaded Tommy to give acting a try. Mr. Flanagan joined Carlyle's Raindog Theatre ...

Braveheart-Smokin Aces-Sons of Anarchy

9. Manu Bennett

Actor | The Marine

Gracing international covers such as Muscle and Fitness and Men's Health Manu Bennett is capturing the attention of filmmakers and fans with his extraordinary presence and talent.

Of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and born in Rotorua, New Zealand to singer Ted Bennett and bikini model Jean ...

Spartacus-30 Days of Night-The Condemned

10. Stephen Dorff

Actor | Blade

Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen's The Power of One (1992) in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay ...

11. David Thewlis

Actor | Naked

David Thewlis was born David Wheeler in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Maureen (Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler, and lived with his parents above their combination wallpaper and toy shop during his childhood. Originally, he came to London with his band Door 66, however he changed his plans and...

Total Eclipse-The Pajama Game-Gangster No. 1

12. Tom Hulce

Actor | Amadeus

Thomas Edward Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, MI, where he was raised with his two sisters and older brother. He is the son of Joanna (Winkleman), who had sung professionally, and Raymond Albert Hulce, who worked for Ford. He has English, German, and Irish ancestry. ...

Amadeus-Parenthood

13. Ray Stevenson

Actor | Thor

Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at ...

Rome-Kill the Irishman

14. Christopher Eccleston

Actor | Doctor Who

Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991). However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993) that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the ...

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15. Walton Goggins

Actor | Justified

In the past few years, Walton Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood's most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. His integral role as 'Chris Mannix,' a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock in Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT, marks ...

The Shield-Justified

16. Clancy Brown

Actor | The Shawshank Redemption

A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation.

Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert...

The Shawshank Redemption-Pet Sematary 2-Spongebob Squarepants-Love, Lies, Murder

17. Sean Harris

Actor | Harry Brown

Sean Harris was born in 1966 in Bethnal Green, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Harry Brown (2009), Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) and 24 Hour Party People (2002).

Isolation-The Moors Murders-The Borgias

18. Desmond Harrington

Actor | The Hole

Desmond Harrington was raised in the Bronx New York. Prior to acting Desmond attended Manhattan college briefly, worked as a laborer, landscaper, a cold caller at a brokerage firm, and finally a bartender in Manhattan, where a co-worker invited him to attend an acting class. Harrington landed his ...

The Hole-Ghost Ship

19. Jason Isaacs

Actor | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila (née Nathan) and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. While at Bristol ...

Brotherhood-The Patriot-Blackhawk Down-Event Horizon

20. Kenny Johnson

Actor | The Shield

Kenny Johnson is an American actor whose celebrated range, depth and sincerity has only been magnified by starring opposite Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners and nominees, such as Anthony Hopkins, Vera Farmiga, Holly Hunter, Juliette Lewis, Glenn Close, Forest Whitaker, Maria Bello, and ...

The Shield-Sons of Anarchy-Cold Case

21. Michael Rooker

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Michael Rooker was born on April 6, 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was thirteen, his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "...

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22. Zeljko Ivanek

Actor | Seven Psychopaths

Zeljko Ivanek was born on August 15, 1957 in Ljubljana, Slovenia as Zeljko Simic-Ivanek. He is an actor, known for Seven Psychopaths (2012), Argo (2012) and In Bruges (2008).

Law & Order:SVU-Cold Case-CSI-Oz

23. Kirk Acevedo

Actor | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Born and raised in the Bronx, and spent most of his formative years hanging out in New York City, Kirk Acevedo, who is of Puerto Rican descent, received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and founded a theater company called The Rorschach Group. After guest-starring on several television shows like New ...

Law & Order-Oz-Cold Case-Band of Brothers

24. Brad Dourif

Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Gaunt character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, ...

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25. Robert LaSardo

Actor | Nip/Tuck

Robert LaSardo was born on September 20, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Nip/Tuck (2003), Death Race (2008) and Anarchy Parlor (2015).

26. Mark Boone Junior

Actor | Memento

Mark Boone Junior was born on March 17, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Mark Heidrich. He is an actor and producer, known for Memento (2000), Batman Begins (2005) and 30 Days of Night (2007).

Se7en-Sons of Anarchy-The Donner Party

27. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

Blood In Blood Out

28. Tony Goldwyn

Actor | Ghost

Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. Currently starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes' hit series "Scandal," -- now in its fourth season -- Goldwyn has other projects in the works as well. He recently took on the controversial figure Warren...

Ghost-The Mechanic

29. Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor | The Wire

Michael Kenneth Williams was born in Brooklyn, to an African-American father from South Carolina and a Bahamian mother from Nassau. He was raised in the Vandaveer housing projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School....

The Wire-Boardwalk Empire

30. Michael Rapaport

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

A true New Yorker through and through, Michael Rapaport was born in Manhattan, to June Brody, a radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio program manager. He is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Rapaport moved to Los Angeles to try stand-up comedy following high school graduation (...

Copland-Kiss of Death-My Name is Earl

31. Mike Doyle

Actor | The Invitation

Mike Doyle is an actor and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), Jersey Boys (2014) and Green Lantern (2011).

Law & Order:SVU-Criminal Minds-The Orphan Killer

32. Holt McCallany

Actor | The Losers

Holt McCallany costarred in Mindhunter (2017) with director David Fincher on Netflix and can be seen in the prison drama Shot Caller (2017) from director Ric Roman Waugh. Previous film appearances include Sully (2016), The Perfect Guy (2015), Blackhat (2015), Gangster Squad (2013), Vantage Point (...

The Losers-Lights Out-Law & Order-Fight Club

33. Pablo Schreiber

Actor | 13 Hours

Pablo Tell Schreiber was born in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, to Lorraine Reaveley, a Canadian psychotherapist, and Tell Schreiber, an American actor. His paternal half-brother is actor Liev Schreiber. Pablo, who is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was raised in Ymir, and moved to Seattle,...

Law & Order-Lights Out-The Wire-

34. Jimmi Simpson

Actor | Westworld

Jimmi Simpson is an American actor. He was born in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the youngest of three brothers. After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

Simpson made his film debut in...

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia-Cold Case-CSI-My Name is Earl

35. Leo Fitzpatrick

Actor | Kids

Leo Fitzpatrick was born on August 10, 1978 in Orange, New Jersey, USA as Leonardo Aurellio Randy Fitzpatrick. He is an actor, known for Kids (1995), Bully (2001) and Bubble Boy (2001).

Kids-Law & Order-The Wire-Bully-Sons of Anarchy-My Name is Earl

36. Daniel Franzese

Actor | Mean Girls

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, actor Daniel Franzese is best known for his interesting and daring choices in breakthrough films: from his debut role in Larry Clark's Bully, to Tina Fey's hit comedy Mean Girls, to 2010's update of the highly controversial I Spit on Your ...

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37. Terry Serpico

Actor | Army Wives

Terry Serpico was born as Terrance M. Serpico. He is known for his work on Army Wives (2007), The Purge: Election Year (2016) and The Inspectors (2015).

Law & Order-The Departed-Righteous Kill

38. Brad William Henke

Actor | Orange Is the New Black

Brad William Henke was born on April 10, 1966 in Columbus, Nebraska, USA. He is an actor, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), Bright (2017) and Sneaky Pete (2015).

Jusified-CSI-Criminal Minds-Cold Case-Law & Order

39. James Le Gros

Actor | Drugstore Cowboy

It isn't hard to make James LeGros bust a gut laughing. Just call him Brad Pitt. Okay, so he doesn't get $6 million a film or have his photo air-kissed by legions of swooning schoolgirls during recess. But if you've caught LeGros' quirky personality, you may wonder why he's still toiling away. But ...

Mildred Pierce-Point Break-Justified-Law & Order

40. Silas Weir Mitchell

Actor | Rat Race

Silas Weir Mitchell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Rat Race (2001), The Whole Ten Yards (2004) and Prison Break (2005).

My Name is Earl-Burn Notice-Law & Order-Cold Case-CSI

41. Michael Shannon

Actor | Take Shelter

Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.

Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His ...

Boardwalk Empire-Law & Order:SVU-

42. Shea Whigham

Actor | Take Shelter

Born in Florida, educated at Purchase, and coming from the NYC based theatre scene, Shea Whigham's big break came when director Joel Schumacher cast him opposite Colin Farrell in Tigerland (2000). Since then he has racked up impressive credits working with such legendary Hollywood directors as ...

43. Dominic West

Actor | The Wire

Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Fe West. He is an actor and director, known for The Wire (2002), Chicago (2002) and Punisher: War Zone (2008). He has been married to Catherine Fitzgerald since June 26, 2010. They have four children.

300-The Wire-Hannibal Rising

44. David Wenham

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

David Wenham was born on September 21, 1965 in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and 300 (2006).

300-Killing Time-Lord of the Rings II

45. Stephen McHattie

Actor | Pontypool

Stephen McHattie was born on February 3, 1947 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada as Stephen McHattie Smith. He is an actor and director, known for Pontypool (2008), The Fountain (2006) and Watchmen (2009). He is married to Lisa Houle. They have three children. He was previously married to Meg Foster...

46. Garret Dillahunt

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

Garret grew up in the state of Washington and attended the University of Washington where he studied journalism. He received his MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He appeared on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he began pursuing film and television ...

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