Most Oscar-Nominated Actorsby smcgann14 | created - 06 Jan 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
The complete list ranked.
101. Marsha Mason
Actress | The Goodbye Girl
She has a wonderful, extremely engaging "feel good" quality about her, an innate warmth that makes you root for her whether she's playing a stubborn single mom, brittle prostitute, or strung-out alcoholic. Marsha Mason was a resoundingly respected and popular film actress of the 1970s and 1980s ...
0/4 Only When I Laugh (Actress); Chapter Two (Actress); The Goodbye Girl (Actress); Cinderella Liberty (Actress)
102. Agnes Moorehead
Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal ...
0/4 Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (S. Actress) Johnny Belinda (S. Actress); Mrs. Parkington (S. Actress); The Magnificent Ambersons (S. Actress) R.I.P.
103. Claude Rains
Actor | Casablanca
William Claude Rains, born in the Clapham area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth...
0/4 Notorious (S. Actor); Mr. Skeffington (S. Actor); Casablanca (S. Actor); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (S. Actor) R.I.P.
104. Mickey Rooney
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. ...
0/4 The Black Stallion (S. Actor); The Bold and the Brave (S. Actor); The Human Comedy (Actor); Babes in Arms (Actor) R.I.P.
105. Rosalind Russell
Actress | His Girl Friday
The middle of seven children, she was named, not for the heroine of "As You Like It" but for the S.S. Rosalind on which her parents had sailed, at the suggestion of her father, a successful lawyer.
After receiving a Catholic school education, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New ...
0/4 Auntie Mame (Actress); Mourning Becomes Electra (Actress); Sister Kenny (Actress); My Sister Eileen (Actress) R.I.P.
106. Barbara Stanwyck
Actress | Double Indemnity
Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley (1965), wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys (1985). But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the ...
0/4 Sorry, Wrong Number (Actress); Double Indemnity (Actress); Ball of Fire (Actress); Stella Dallas (Actress) R.I.P.
107. Michelle Williams
Actress | Blue Valentine
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was ...
0/4 Manchester by the Sea (S. Actress); My Week with Marilyn (Actress); Blue Valentine (Actress); Brokeback Mountain (S. Actress)
108. Melvyn Douglas
Actor | Being There
Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka ...
2/3 Being There (S. Actor - win); I Never Sang for My Father (Actor); Hud (S. Actor - win) R.I.P.
109. 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...
2/3 Lincoln (S. Actress); Places in the Heart (Actress - win); Norma Rae (Actress - win)
110. 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 ...
2/3 Melvin and Howard (S. Actor); Julia (S. Actor - win); All the President's Men (S. Actor - win) R.I.P.
111. Peter Ustinov
Actor | Spartacus
Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions.
He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, ...
2/3 Topkapi (S. Actor - win); Spartacus (S. Actor - win); Quo Vadis (S. Actor) R.I.P.
112. Dianne Wiest
Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of ...
2/3 Bullets Over Broadway (S. Actress - win); Parenthood (S. Actress); Hannah and Her Sisters (S. Actress - win)
113. Julie Andrews
Actress | The Sound of Music
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...
1/3 Victor/Victoria (Actress); The Sound of Music (Actress); Mary Poppins (Actress - win)
114. Fay Bainter
Actress | Jezebel
Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous ...
1/3 The Children's Hour (S. Actress); White Banners (Actress); Jezebel (S. Actress - win) R.I.P.
115. Javier Bardem
Actor | Skyfall
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema.
He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal ...
1/3 Biutiful (Actor); No Country for Old Men (S. Actor - win); Before Night Falls (Actor)
116. Kathy Bates
Actress | Misery
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as...
1/3 About Schmidt (S. Actress); Primary Colors (S. Actress); Misery (Actress - win)
117. Humphrey Bogart
Actor | Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...
1/3 The Caine Mutiny (Actor); The African Queen (Actor - win); Casablanca (Actor) R.I.P.
118. James Cagney
Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time, James Cagney was also an accomplished dancer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to Carolyn (Nelson) and James Francis Cagney, Sr., who was a bartender and amateur ...
1/3 Love Me or Leave Me (Actor); Yankee Doodle Dandy (Actor - win); Angels with Dirty Faces (Actor) R.I.P.
119. Charles Coburn
Actor | The More the Merrier
A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty.
1/3 The Green Years (S. Actor); The More the Merrier (S. Actor - win); The Devil and Miss Jones (S. Actor) R.I.P.
120. Claudette Colbert
Actress | It Happened One Night
One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette ...
1/3 Since You Went Away (Actress); Private Worlds (Actress); It Happened One Night (Actress - win) R.I.P.
121. Ronald Colman
Actor | Random Harvest
British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his ...
1/3 A Double Life (Actor - win); Random Harvest (Actor); Bulldog Drummond/Condemned (Actor) R.I.P.
122. Joan Crawford
Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; ...
1/3 Sudden Fear (Actress); Possessed (Actress); Mildred Pierce (Actress - win) R.I.P.
123. Bing Crosby
Actor | White Christmas
Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in ...
1/3 The Country Girl (Actor); The Bells of St. Mary's (Actor); Going My Way (Actor - win) R.I.P.
124. 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),...
1/3 A Beautiful Mind (Actor); Gladiator (Actor - win); The Insider (Actor)
125. Penélope Cruz
Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...
1/3 Nine (S. Actress); Vicky Christina Barcelona (S. Actress - win); Volver (Actress)
126. Viola Davis
Actress | Fences
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...
1/3 Fences (S. Actress - win); The Help (Actress); Doubt (S. Actress)
127. 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 ...
1/3 Network (Actress - win); Chinatown (Actress); Bonnie and Clyde (Actress)
128. José Ferrer
Actor | Dune
José Ferrer was born on January 8, 1912 in Santurce, Puerto Rico as José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón. He was an actor, known for Dune (1984), Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and Moulin Rouge (1952). He was married to Stella Daphne Magee, Rosemary Clooney, Phyllis Hill and Uta Hagen. He died on ...
1/3 Moulin Rouge (Actor); Cyrano de Bergerac (Actor - win); Joan of Arc (S. Actor) R.I.P.
129. Joan Fontaine
Actress | Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...
1/3 The Constant Nymph (Actress); Suspicion (Actress - win); Rebecca (Actress) R.I.P.
130. Clark Gable
Actor | It Happened One Night
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle ...
1/3 Gone with the Wind (Actor); Mutiny on the Bounty (Actor); It Happened One Night (Actor - win) R.I.P.
131. Wendy Hiller
Actress | Murder on the Orient Express
Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally ...
1/3 A Man for All Seasons (S. Actress); Separate Tables (S. Actress - win); Pygmalion (Actress) R.I.P.
132. William Holden
Actor | Stalag 17
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying ...
1/3 Network (Actor); Stalag 17 (Actor - win); Sunset Boulevard (Actor) R.I.P.
133. Celeste Holm
Actress | All About Eve
Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19 in 'The Time of Your Life'. She appeared in many ...
1/3 All About Eve (S. Actress); Come to the Stable (S. Actress); Gentleman's Agreement (S. Actress - win) R.I.P.
134. Anjelica Huston
Actress | The Witches
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her ...
1/3 The Grifters (Actress); Enemies, a Love Story (S. Actress); Prizzi's Honor (S. Actress - win)
135. 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 ...
1/3 Ed Wood (S. Actor - win); Crimes and Misdemeanors (S. Actor); Tucker: The Man and His Dream (S. Actor) R.I.P.
136. Charles Laughton
Actor | Witness for the Prosecution
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...
1/3 Witness for the Prosecution (Actor); Mutiny on the Bounty (Actor); The Private Life of Henry VIII (Actor - win) R.I.P.
137. 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...
1/3 The Sunshine Boys (Actor); Kotch (Actor); The Fortune Cookie (S. Actor - win) R.I.P.
138. Jack Palance
Actor | City Slickers
Jack Palance often exemplified evil incarnate on film -- portraying some of the most intensely despised villains witnessed in 1950s westerns and melodrama, enhanced by his tall, powerful build, icy voice, and piercing eyes. He received two Best Supporting Actor nominations early in his career, but ...
1/3 City Slickers (S. Actor - win); Shane (S. Actor); Sudden Fear (S. Actor) R.I.P.
139. 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...
1/3 All the Money in the World (S. Actor); Beginners (S. Actor - win); The Last Station (S. Actor)
140. Natalie Portman
Actress | Black Swan
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).
Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...
1/3 Jackie (Actress); Black Swan (Actress - win); Closer (S. Actress)
141. Anne Revere
Actress | Gentleman's Agreement
Veteran character actress Anne Revere became another in the long line of talented artists whose careers would crash under the weight of the "Red Scare" hysteria that tore through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manhattan and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere, ...
1/3 Gentleman's Agreement (S. Actress); National Velvet (S. Actress - win); The Song of Bernadette (S. Actress) R.I.P.
142. Maximilian Schell
Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and ...
1/3 Julia (S. Actor); The Man in the Glass Booth (Actor); Judgment at Nuremburg (Actor - win) R.I.P.
143. Octavia Spencer
Actress | Hidden Figures
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, ...
1/3 The Shape of Water (S. Actress); Hidden Figures (S. Actress); The Help (S. Actress - win)
144. 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...
1/3 In the Heat of the Night (Actor - win); The Pawnbroker (Actor); On the Waterfront (S. Actor) R.I.P.
145. Emma Stone
Actress | La La Land
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish, German, and British Isles descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona...
1/3 The Favourite (S. Actress); La La Land (Actress - win); Birdman (S. Actress)
146. Marisa Tomei
Actress | My Cousin Vinny
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy ...
1/3 The Wrestler (S. Actress); In the Bedroom (S. Actress); My Cousin Vinny (S. Actress - win)
147. Claire Trevor
Actress | Key Largo
Claire Trevor was born Claire Wemlinger in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Fifth Avenue merchant-tailor Noel Wemlinger, an immigrant Frenchman from Paris who lost his business during the Depression, and his Belfast-born wife, Benjamina, known as "Betty". Young ...
1/3 The High and the Mighty (S. Actress); Key Largo (S. Actress - win); Dead End (S. Actress) R.I.P.
148. Teresa Wright
Actress | Shadow of a Doubt
A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to ...
1/3 The Pride of the Yankees (Actress); Mrs. Miniver (S. Actress - win); The Little Foxes (S. Actress) R.I.P.
149. Gig Young
Actor | They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Gig Young was born Byron Barr to parents John and Emma Barr in Minnesota, and raised in Washington, DC, where he developed a passion for theatre while appearing in high school plays. After gaining some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Southern ...
1/3 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (S. Actor - win); Teacher's Pet (S. Actor); Come Fill the Cup (S. Actor) R.I.P.
150. Renée Zellweger
Actress | Chicago
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. ...
1/3 Cold Mountain (S. Actress - win); Chicago (Actress); Bridget Jones Diary (Actress)
151. Joan Allen
Actress | Room
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She ...
0/3 The Contender (Actress); The Crucible (S. Actress); Nixon (S. Actress)
152. Charles Bickford
Actor | The Farmer's Daughter
American character actor of gruff voice and appearance who was a fixture in Hollywood pictures from the earliest days of the talkies. The fifth of seven children, he was born in the first minute of 1891. He was a boisterous child, and at nine was tried and acquitted for attempted murder in the ...
0/3 Johnny Belinda (S. Actor); The Farmer's Daughter (S. Actor); The Song of Bernadette (S. Actor) R.I.P.
153. Gladys Cooper
Actress | My Fair Lady
Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour ...
0/3 My Fair Lady (S. Actress); The Song of Bernadette (S. Actress); Now, Voyager (S. Actress) R.I.P.
154. 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. ...
0/3 Magnolia (S. Actor); Jerry Maguire (Actor); Born on the Fourth of July (Actor)
155. 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 ...
0/3 The Martian (Actor); Invictus (S. Actor); Good Will Hunting (Actor)
156. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.
He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.
Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...
0/3 Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Actor); Finding Neverland (Actor); Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Actor)
157. Kirk Douglas
Actor | Spartacus
Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...
0/3 Lust for Life (Actor); The Bad and the Beautiful (Actor); Champion (Actor)
158. Edith Evans
Actress | Tom Jones
Edith Evans was the greatest actress on the English stage in the 20th century, treading the boards for over half-a-century. She made her professional stage debut in 1912 and excelled in both classic and modern roles in the West End of London and on Broadway, as well as the Shakespeare Memorial ...
0/3 The Whisperers (Actress); The Chalk Garden (S. Actress); Tom Jones (S. Actress) R.I.P.
159. Greta Garbo
Actress | Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and ...
0/3 Ninotchka (Actress); Camille (Actress); Anna Christie/Romance (Actress) R.I.P.
160. Woody Harrelson
Actor | True Detective
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, where his mother was from. After receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, he...
0/3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (S. Actor); The Messenger (S. Actor); The People vs. Larry Flynt (Actor)
161. Diane Ladd
Actress | Wild at Heart
Ladd earned recognition for her role as Florence Jean Castleberry, the hardened, sharp-tongued waitress in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974); her performance earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role but she lost to Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the ...
0/3 Rambling Rose (S. Actress); Wild at Heart (S. Actress); Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (S. Actress)
162. Angela Lansbury
Actress | The Manchurian Candidate
The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Angela Brigid Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her ...
0/3 The Manchurian Candidate (S. Actress); The Picture of Dorian Gray (S. Actress); Gaslight (S. Actress)
163. Piper Laurie
Actress | The Hustler
Piper Laurie is a three-time Oscar nominee, nominated by BAFTA as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best performance by an actress in 'The Hustler' with Paul Newman.
Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a ...
0/3 Children of a Lesser God (S. Actress); Carrie (S. Actress); The Hustler (Actress)
164. Laura Linney
Actress | The Big C
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her ...
0/3 The Savages (Actress); Kinsey (S. Actress); You Can Count on Me (Actress)
165. James Mason
Actor | Lolita
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of...
0/3 The Verdict (S. Actor); Georgy Girl (S. Actor); A Star is Born (Actor) R.I.P.
166. Marcello Mastroianni
Actor | 8½
Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...
0/3 Dark Eyes (Actor); A Special Day (Actor); Divorce, Italian Style (Actor) R.I.P.
167. Viggo Mortensen
Actor | Eastern Promises
Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.
Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother ...
0/3 Green Book (Actor); Captain Fantastic (Actor); Eastern Promises (Actor)
168. Nick Nolte
Actor | Warrior
Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (1976),...
0/3 Warrior (S. Actor); Affliction (Actor); The Prince of Tides (Actor)
169. Edward Norton
Actor | Keeping the Faith
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 ...
0/3 Birdman (S. Actor); American History X (Actor); Primal Fear (S. Actor)
170. Eleanor Parker
Actress | The Sound of Music
Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian that she attended the Rice Summer ...
0/3 Interrupted Melody (Actress); Detective Story (Actress); Caged (Actress) R.I.P.
171. Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress | Hairspray
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it ...
0/3 Love Field (Actress), The Fabulous Baker Boys (Actress); Dangerous Liaisons (S. Actress)
172. Joaquin Phoenix
Actor | Her
Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family from New ...
0/3 The Master (Actor); Walk the Line (Actor); Gladiator (S. Actor)
173. Brad Pitt
Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999). However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011), and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (...
0/3 Moneyball (Actor); The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Actor); 12 Monkeys (S. Actor)
174. William Powell
Actor | The Thin Man
William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did ...
0/3 Life With Father (Actor); My Man Godfrey (Actor); The Thin Man (Actor) R.I.P.
175. Saoirse Ronan
Actress | Hanna
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved back to Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin ...
0/3 Lady Bird (Actress); Brooklyn (Actress); Atonement (S. Actress)
176. Mark Ruffalo
Actor | The Kids Are All Right
Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, ...
0/3 Spotlight (S. Actor); Foxcatcher (S. Actor); The Kids Are All Right (S. Actor)
177. Gloria Swanson
Actress | Sunset Blvd.
Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in...
0/3 Sunset Boulevard (Actress); The Trespasser (Actress); Sadie Thompson (Actress) R.I.P.
178. Sigourney Weaver
Actress | Avatar
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth ...
0/3 Gorillas in the Mist (Actress); Working Girl (S. Actress); Aliens (Actress)
179. Clifton Webb
Actor | Laura
Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in ...
0/3 Sitting Pretty (Actor); The Razor's Edge (S. Actor); Laura (S. Actor) R.I.P.
180. Debra Winger
Actress | Terms of Endearment
Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her ...
0/3 Shadowlands (Actress), Terms of Endearment (Actress); An Officer and a Gentleman (Actress)
181. Natalie Wood
Actress | Rebel Without a Cause
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Zudilov and Nikolai Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was...
0/3 Love with the Proper Stranger (Actress); Splendor in the Grass (Actress); Rebel without a Cause (S. Actress) R.I.P.
182. Mahershala Ali
Actor | House of Cards
Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television, and theater.
This past fall, Ali wrapped A24's Brad Pitt and Adele Romanski produced independent feature film, ...
2/2 Green Book (S. Actor - win); Moonlight (S. Actor - win)
183. Helen Hayes
Actress | Airport
Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown,...
2/2 Airport (S. Actress - win); The Sin of Madelon Claudet (Actress - win) R.I.P.
184. Vivien Leigh
Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...
2/2 A Streetcar Named Desire (Actress - win); Gone with the Wind (Actress - win) R.I.P.
185. Luise Rainer
Actress | The Great Ziegfeld
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a ...
2/2 The Good Earth (Actress - win); The Great Ziegfeld (Actress - win) R.I.P.
186. Kevin Spacey
Actor | The Usual Suspects
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...
2/2 American Beauty (Actor - win); The Usual Suspects (S. Actor - win)
187. Hilary Swank
Actress | Boys Don't Cry
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and ...
2/2 Million Dollar Baby (Actress - win); Boys Don't Cry (Actress - win)
188. Christoph Waltz
Actor | Django Unchained
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...
2/2 Django Unchained (S. Actor - win); Inglourious Basterds (S. Actor - win)
189. Casey Affleck
Actor | Manchester by the Sea
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple projects.
Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and ...
1/2 Manchester by the Sea (Actor - win); The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (S. Actor)
190. George Arliss
Actor | Disraeli
One of the oldest actors on the screen in the 1920s and 1930s, George Arliss starred on the London stage from an early age. He came to the United States and starred in several films, but it was his role as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli (1929) that brought him his greatest ...
1/2 Disraeli (Actor - win); The Green Goddess (Actor) R.I.P.
191. Anne Baxter
Actress | All About Eve
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was ...
1/2 All About Eve (Actress); The Razor's Edge (S. Actress - win) R.I.P.
192. Wallace Beery
Actor | Dinner at Eight
In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...
1/2 The Champ (Actor - win/tie); The Big House (Actor) R.I.P.
193. Juliette Binoche
Actress | The English Patient
Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only...
1/2 Chocolat (Actress); The English Patient (S. Actress - win)
194. Alice Brady
Actress | My Man Godfrey
Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...
1/2 In Old Chicago (S. Actress - win); My Man Godfrey (S. Actress) R.I.P.
195. 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 ...
1/2 Gravity (Actress); The Blind Side (Actress - win)
196. 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, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage ...
1/2 Adaptation. (Actor); Leaving Las Vegas (Actor - win)
Actress | Moonstruck
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups ...
1/2 Moonstruck (Actress - win); Silkwood (S. Actress)
198. Marion Cotillard
Actress | La Môme
Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.
Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...
1/2 Two Days, One Night (Actress); La Vie En Rose (Actress - win)
199. Geena Davis
Actress | Thelma & Louise
As a child, Geena dreamed of being an actress. While in high school, she felt left out and had low self-esteem because, at 6 feet, she was the tallest girl in school. After high school graduation, Geena entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston ...
1/2 Thelma & Louise (Actress); The Accidental Tourist (S. Actress - win)
200. Benicio Del Toro
Actor | Sicario
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).
1/2 21 Grams (S. Actor); Traffic (S. Actor - win)