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Top 50 Most Popular Actors from 80s [2022]

AishwaryaAishwarya-Updated May 26, 2022


80s Actors

 

This week we were feeling a little nostalgic, so let us look back at the decade of the 80s, which was a formative decade for Hollywood.

 

This decade saw the emergence of many successful movie franchises and filmmakers that displayed Oscar-winning talent for years to come.

 

Hollywood gave us movie franchises in all genres, like science-fiction, horror, adventure, comedy, crime, sports, and more.

 

With these franchises, we saw the growth of several iconic actors and actresses as well.

 

Some of these stars shone brighter with each passing decade, and some dimmed after the turn of the century.

 

However, one thing is for sure, Hollywood had more stars than ever, and they carved out their own niche.

 

The decade of the 80s was busy, not just for movies but also fashion and music.

 

All these industries leaned on one another to give each other a much-needed boost. While movie stars and the fashion industry have helped fashion houses like Valentino, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, etc., gain prominence.

 

On the other hand, we saw the rise of accessible styles in Star Wars, Working Girls, Scarface, etc.

 

Many music artists included their hit singles in the original soundtrack of films. They wrote and sang songs for movies and won awards for them.

 

Who doesn’t remember the OST for Dirty dancing? It featured many rock ballads and love songs that topped music charts.

 

Top Gun was another such movie, which had a very successful music album attached to it.

 

Let us take a close look at the stars of Hollywood from the 1980s who have given us memorable films, redefined star power, and became benchmarks of coolness across the world.

 

We are looking at stars from all genres like drama, action, comedy, horror, and more.

 

Just as varied as the movies of the 80s were, so were the stars from that decade.

 

Come and join ENTOIN on a fun ride down memory lane with a look at all the stars who made the 80s iconic.

 

You might know many of these big names even to this day, but they are a few forgotten heroes that need to be remembered too.

 

Without any further delay, hop on and have fun.

 

 

50. Charlie Sheen

 

Charlie Sheen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 3rd September 1965
Place of Birth New York, New York, United States
Height 1.78 m
Debut Year 1973
Debut Movie Badlands

 

Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Esteve to Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton. He comes from a family of actors, screenwriters, and filmmakers.

 

Charlie started young with small roles in his father's movies. He also made Super 8 movies with his brother Emilio Estevez and high school friends Rob Lowe and Sean Penn.

 

In 1980, Charlie Sheen debuted in films with Grizzly II: Revenge. He acted alongside his dad in movies like Badlands, The Execution of Private Slovik, Wall Street, etc.

 

He also appeared in Young Guns, Men At Work, etc., with his brother, Emilio. Charlie was a part of such successful films as Platoon, Red Dawn, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Amazing Stories, Eight Men Out, Wisdom, Major League, etc.

 

Charlie Sheen also worked on the small screen with hit shows like Spin City, Two and a Half Men, Anger Management, etc.

 

 

 

49. Morgan Freeman

 

Morgan Freeman

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 1st June 1937
Place of Birth Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut Year 1964
Debut Movie The Pawnbroker

 

Morgan Freeman grew up with his grandmother in the southern state of Mississippi before he moved to Chicago.

 

He worked in plays all through childhood. He appeared in his first play when he was nine years.

 

Impressed by his theater work, Freeman was offered a partial scholarship to learn acting and drama at Jackson State University.

 

He turned it down to enlist into the United States Air Force. After serving till 1959, Morgan Freeman moved to Los Angeles and learned acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Los Angeles City College.

 

Morgan played different types of roles in films and television series. He got his breakthrough role in 1987 with Street Smart.

 

It also earned him his first Academy Award nomination. His other prominent roles in the 80s include Clean and Sober, Driving Miss Baker, Glory, and Lean On Me.

 

He earned his second of the five Oscar nominations for Driving Miss Daisy. Freeman went on to play many more iconic film roles in Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Se7en, Unforgiven, Amistad, etc.

 

 

 

48. Kurt Russell

 

Kurt Russell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 17th March 1951
Place of Birth Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Height 1.8 m
Debut year 1962
Debut Movie/ TV series Dennis the Menace

 

Kurt Russell is an actor and the son of Bing Russell. With Bing Russell being a minor league baseball player, even Kurt took up that sport in his high school.

 

However, acting proved to be a stronger attraction, and he appeared in television series from a young age.

 

He appeared in TV series like Our Man Higgins,  The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, The Man from U.N. C. L. E, Daniel Boone, Gilligan’s Island, etc. Kurt Russell was a child actor who worked throughout the seventies, but he made his big transition to lead actor in the 1980s.

 

With the direction of John Carpenter, Kurt worked in the films Escape From New York, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China.

 

The latter two films gained cult status despite being a commercial flop at the start.

 

Kurt also starred in many comedies that bolstered his fame during that decade. His big hits include Best of Times, Overboard, Tango & Cash, Silkwood, Tequila Sunrise, Winter People, and more.

 

This decade also marked the start of his long and happy relationship with Goldie Hawn.

 

 

 

47. Billy Crystal

 

Billy Crystal

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 14th March 1948
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.68 m
Debut Year 1975
Debut Movie Keep on Truckin' (TV Series)

 

Billy Crystal was born William Edward Crystal into a family of art lovers. His dad and his uncle were jazz connoisseurs, and his uncle founded Commodore Records, which was known for its jazz records.

 

As a child, Billy’s house was frequented by many jazz musicians, and it laid the foundation for his love for performing arts.

 

After earning his BFA from the Tisch School of fine arts, Billy started work in the 70s with television series.

 

His biggest break came as Jodie Dallas in Soap. After the success of this role, Billy appeared in many movies and TV series in the 80s.

 

He substantiated his career as a comedian. He worked in movies like This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, Throw Momma From The Train, Sesame Street, Running Scared, etc.

 

His most successful film of the 80s was When Harry Met Sally… This movie earned him a Golden Globe nomination and made him a name to watch out for.

 

He also appeared in Saturday Night Live! And displayed his talent for stand-up comedy. It could be said that his great work in the 80s laid the foundation for most of his future endeavors.

 

 

 

46. Kevin Kline

 

Kevin Kline

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 24th October 1947
Place of Birth St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height 1.87 m
Debut Year 1976
Debut Movie Search for Tomorrow

 

Kevin Kline was born in Missouri and spent his childhood steeped in the theater. In his high school, Kevin admittedly spent more time in school plays than in his classes.

 

His father was a music lover and an amateur opera singer, and this love for arts was passed on to him.

 

Kevin Kline attended the Juilliard School of arts and took up the theater after graduating from it.

 

Kevin spent the early part of his career winning awards for his theater performances. He debuted in films with Sophie’s Choice in 1982.

 

However, Kevin Kline had a natural talent for comedy. He appeared in The Big Chill and Silverado, which marked the start of his association with Lawrence Kasdan.

 

He worked with Kasdan in many more future projects like Grand Canyon, I Love You To Death, and French Kiss.

 

Kline also appeared in other successful films like Pirates of Penzance, Cry Freedom, A Fish Called Wanda, etc.

 

He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the last one.

 

 

 

45. Alan Rickman

 

Alan Rickman

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 21st February 1946
Place of Birth Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Height 1.85 m
Debut Year 1978
Debut Movie Romeo and Juliet

 

Alan Rickman is a gifted British actor famous for his unique style of speaking. He has a deep and resonant voice.

 

Alan was born with a tight jaw which attributes to his voice. As a child, he was talented with calligraphy and watercolor painting.

 

Alan and his friends formed Graphiti, a graphic design company. But, Alan’s real passion lay in acting, and he quit the company to join the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to learn drama.

 

He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and worked on many plays like As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, A View From The Bridge, The Seagull, etc.

 

In 1986, he performed Les Liaisons Dangereuse in the West End and in 87, on Broadway.

 

It earned him a Tony nomination. Starting in 1980, he appeared in many television series and movies, chief of them being The Barchester Chronicles and Die Hard.

 

Alan Rickman went on to work in iconic films like the Harry Potter franchise, Love Actually, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, etc.

 

 

 

44. Kevin Costner

 

Kevin Costner

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 18th January 1955
Place of Birth Lynwood, California, United States
Height 1.85 m
Debut Year 1981
Debut Movie Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.

 

Kevin Costner is a well-respected filmmaker, actor, and businessman in America. He began his film career in the 1980s.

 

Kevin was not an academically inclined child, but he was more interested in football, piano, and singing while in high school.

 

Yet he earned a degree in finance and marketing. While on a flight, Costner met the actor Richard Burton and spoke to him.

 

Burton commented that Costner could make it in Hollywood with his blue eyes. This was all the motivation Kevin Costner needed.

 

He debuted in 1981 and appeared in multiple roles in Fandango, American Flyers, Silverado, etc.

 

But in 1987, he appeared in the highly acclaimed films The Untouchables and No Way Out.

 

He followed these up with roles in Bull Durham and Field of Dreams and both of which were well received.

 

This formed the basis for a very successful acting and directing career in the future. In 1990, Costner released the longtime project Dances With Wolves and won two Academy Awards for it.

 

He also worked in other prestigious projects like  Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK, Bodyguard, etc., in the following years.

 

 

 

43. Ben Kingsley

 

Ben Kingsley

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 31st December 1943
Place of Birth Snainton, United Kingdom
Height 1.73 m
Debut Year 1966
Debut Movie Pardon the Expression

 

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji. His ancestors were Gujarati Indian spice traders who migrated to Kenya.

 

And from there to the UK before Ben was born. In the early part of his acting career,  Ben found it difficult to find jobs with his uncommon name, so he changed it to Ben Kingsley and immediately saw the difference.

 

He worked extensively for 15 years with the Royal Shakespeare Company on many plays and West End roles.

 

In 1982, his career took a marked turn. Sir Richard Attenborough cast him as Mohandas Gandhi in his film, Gandhi.

 

This role won him an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA for Lead Actor.

 

After that, Kingsley appeared in many more acclaimed films like Turtle Diary, Maurice, Pascali's Island, Without a Clue, etc., in the 80s.

 

Later he worked on other Academy Award-nominated films and roles like Schindler’s List, Bugsy, Sexy Beast, Shutter Island, House of Sand and Fog, etc.

 

 

 

42. Al Pacino

 

Al Pacino

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 25th April 1940
Place of Birth East Harlem, New York, United States
Height 1.67 m
Debut Year 1968
Debut Movie N.Y.P.D.

 

Alfredo James ‘Al’ Pacino was born into an Italian-American family. When Al insisted on taking up acting as a career, his mother was against it.

 

He rebelled and moved out of the house to study drama at the HB Studio under Charlie Laughton.

 

After his mother and grandfather died in quick succession, Pacino was distraught. He immersed himself in the theater to get a grip on his feelings.

 

He struggled all through the 60s to get a foothold in movies. In the 1970s, Al Pacino starred in great Oscar-nominated films like The Godfather, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice For All, etc.

 

After a very successful decade, the 80s saw a decline in his luck. Al Pacino starred in the critical and commercially successful Scarface.

 

It was followed by multiple failures. He appeared in Author!, Author!, Sea of Love, Revolution, and Cruising apart from Scarface.

 

His luck turned again in the 90s, and he went back to making hit films again.

 

 

 

41. Daniel Day-Lewis

 

Daniel Day-Lewis

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 29th April 1957
Place of Birth Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Height 1.87 m
Debut Year 1971
Debut Movie Sunday Bloody Sunday

 

Daniel Day-Lewis is considered one of the acting giants of Hollywood. This reclusive actor was born to Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and Jill Balcon.

 

He mentioned in an interview that as a child, he was a troublemaker, prone to shoplifting and rebelling against authority.

 

However, he settled down by high school and concentrated on his great love for acting and woodworking.

 

Although he debuted in 1971 as a child actor in Sunday Bloody Sunday, he started acting in films only in the 1980s.

 

The movies he chose and appeared in were a testimony to his talent as an actor.

 

He worked in Gandhi, The Bounty, My Beautiful Laundrette, A Room with a View, Nanou, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, etc.

 

His performance in all the movies was critically acclaimed and appreciated. In 1989, he appeared in the film My Left Foot, about the Irish painter and author Christy Brown.

 

This role earned him his first Academy Award for Best Actor. This began his long journey to come with one dazzling performance after another.

 

 

 

40. Rutger Hauer

 

Rutger Hauer

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 23rd January 1944
Place of Birth Breukelen, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m
Debut Year 1969
Debut Movie Monsieur Hawarden

 

Rutger Hauer was a Dutch actor who debuted on the Dutch television series Floris. He acted in many Paul Verhoeven movies.

 

He gained international recognition with another Verhoeven movie, Soldier of Orange and Spetters. He was a major star in the Netherlands, and his picture was voted the Best Dutch Film of the Century in 1999.

 

In 1981, Rutger made his Hollywood debut with the movie Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone. He followed it up with more roles in Inside the Third Reich,  Blade Runner, Eureka, The Osterman Weekend, Flesh & Blood, Ladyhawke, etc.

 

He continued to play different kinds of roles without sticking to a genre, and he never shied away from the controversial roles.

 

His most memorable performances have been in Blade Runner, Escape from Sobibor, Legend of the Holy Drinker, Wanted: Dead or Alive, etc.

 

Rutger Hauer appeared in critically praised films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Batman Begins, Sin City, The Rite, etc.

 

 

39. William Hurt

 

William Hurt

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 20th March 1950
Place of Birth Washington, D.C., USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut Year 1977
Debut Movie The Best Of Families

 

William Hurt is an actor who has gained critical and commercial success in film, television, and theater roles.

 

He always harbored a love for acting throughout his schooling years and later joined the Juilliard School.

 

While he was at Juilliard, Hurt's classmates were Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve. He stepped onto the stage right after graduation and won an Obie Award for his debut performance.

 

In 1980, William Hurt worked in a science-fiction body horror film, the Altered States, and won critical acclaim for it.

 

In the following years, he worked on more Lawrence Kasdan films like Body Heat, The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist, and I Love You to Death.

 

In the 80s, William Hurt worked in three major films that were all nominated for Academy Awards, Kiss From the Spider Woman, Children From a Lesser God, and Broadcast News.

 

Hurt acted in many more successful films throughout his career like Gorky Park, A History of Violence, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, etc.

 

 

38. John Cusack

 

John Cusack

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 28th June 1966
Place of Birth Evanston, Illinois, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut Year 1983
Debut Movie Class

 

John Cusack is an American actor who comes from a family of actors. His dad, Richard Cusack, and sisters Ann and Joan are all actors.

 

After completing high school, John joined New York University but quickly dropped out to start his acting career.

 

Starting in 1983, John Cusack has appeared in several comedies and romcoms. His notable performances have been in Sixteen Candles, The Sure Thing, Better Off Dead, Stand by Me, One Crazy Summer, Tapeheads, Say Anything…, etc.

 

Cusack worked in many more successful films throughout his career like Grosse Pointe Blank, Con Air, Anastasia, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, America's Sweethearts, Serendipity, Identity, Runaway Jury, Must Love Dogs, The Ice Harvest, The Contract, Grace Is Gone, 1408, Martian Child, and more.

 

 

37. Mickey Rourke

 

Mickey Rourke

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 16th September 1952
Place of Birth Schenectady, New York, USA
Height 1.8 m
Debut Year 1976
Debut Movie Love in the Hamptons (Video short)

 

Philip Andre ‘Mickey’ Rourke Jr is an actor and a former boxer. While living in Miami with his mother and stepfather, he developed a keen interest in boxing and participated in sparring matches with middleweight champions.

 

He pursued boxing as a career from 1964 till 1973. Due to suffering concussions, Mickey took a break from boxing with a record of 27 wins.

 

While at the University of Miami, Mickey Rourke participated in a play for his friend.

 

After this, he developed a liking for art. He moved to New York and started to pursue acting as a career.

 

Despite a few small roles in films, Mickey got his breakthrough in Body Heat in 1981.

 

After that, he appeared in acclaimed roles in the films Diner, Rumble Fish, Pope of Greenwich Village, 91/2 Weeks, etc.

 

Mickey Rourke garnered maximum praise for his movies Barfly and Angel Heart, both of which were released in 1987.

 

Later, he went on to work in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, The Rainmaker, Buffalo 66, Get Carter, Sin City, The Wrestler, and more.

 

 

36. Forest Whitaker

 

Forest Whitaker

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 15th July 1961
Place of Birth Longview, Texas, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut Year 1982
Debut Movie Making the Grade (TV Series)

 

Forest Whitaker is an actor and filmmaker. Many fans would only identify him by his most recent performance as Zuri in the Black Panther film.

 

Yet he is an accomplished actor with a long and illustrious career marked with an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

 

Whitaker made his film debut in 1982 with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which was a coming of age film written by Cameron Crowe.

 

He later appeared in TV series like Hill Street Blues, Different Strokes, Trapper John M.D, Fall Guy, etc. He built a reputation of being a thoroughly researching actor who prepares for every role.

 

We can also see his preparedness for any role in his outstanding film repertoire. In the 80s, he appeared in Bird; Good Morning, Vietnam, and in the later decades, he acted in The Crying Game, Platoon; Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler; Arrival, Respect, Panic Room, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Last King of Scotland, etc.

 

 

35. Michael Douglas

 

Michael Douglas

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 25th September 1944
Place of Birth New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.73 m
Debut Year 1966
Debut Movie Cast a Giant Shadow

 

Michael Douglas is an Academy Award-winning actor and producer. He won his first Academy Award as a producer for the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

 

The film was based on a novel with the same name, and Kirk Douglas owned the rights to make the film.

 

He was the son of legendary actors Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill. Encouraged by the success of the film, Michael went on to produce and star in many more films in the 1980s, including The China Syndrome, Romancing the Stone, Jewel Of The Nile, etc.

 

Apart from these, he also acted in films like A Chorus Line, Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, The War of The Roses, Black Rain, The Streets of San Francisco, etc Over the course of his career, Michael Douglas has won two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Cecil B.

 

DeMille Award, etc. His repertory of films included Basic Instinct, The Game, A Perfect Murder, Traffic, Solitary Man, Behind The Candelabra, The Ant-Man franchise, The Kominsky Method, etc.

 

 

34. John Candy

 

John Candy

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 31st October 1950
Place of Birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.88 m
Debut Year 1972
Debut Movie Cucumber (TV Series)

 

John Candy was a Canadian comedy actor who died early due to a heart attack.

 

Candy’s health was not at its best due to his binge eating, heavy smoking, and alcohol abuse.

 

His weight was putting stress on his heart and eventually led to a heart attack.

 

He was a comedy actor who had many unfinished projects lined up. John Candy started his career in Canada with small parts in TV series and films during the 70s.

 

He also worked with the Second City television and comedy troupe. He got his breakthrough with the comic-war film Stripes, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and others.

 

He followed it up with more comedy performances in The Blues Brothers, Heavy Metal, Splash, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Uncle Buck, Spaceballs, etc.

 

Throughout his career, John Candy has appeared in films such as Cool Runnings, Only The Lonely, JFK, Planes Trains, and Automobiles, Going Berserk, GhostBusters, Home Alone, etc.

 

 

33. James Woods

 

James Woods

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 18th April 1947
Place of Birth Vernal, Utah, USA
Height 1.8 m
Debut Year 1971
Debut Movie All the Way Home (TV Movie)

 

James Woods is an Academy Award-nominated actor who almost became an eye surgeon. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but quit one semester shy of graduation.

 

He decided to pursue his dream of acting and joined the theater group Dramashop. He acted in multiple Off-Broadway plays before stepping into Hollywood.

 

Before the 80s, James Wood appeared in acclaimed movies like The Onion Field, Holocaust, The Way We Were, and more.

 

On the back of his critical success, he worked with acclaimed directors like Sergio Leone, Oliver Stone, and more.

 

His critical successes in the 80s include Once Upon a Time in America, Against All Odds, Salvadore, etc.

 

Other notable works of Woods include Videodrome, Chaplin, Casino, Nixon, Ghosts of Mississippi, Any Given Sunday, Contact, True Crime, Virgin Suicides, My Names Bill W., Family Guy, The Simpsons, Start Little 2, Surfs Up, etc.

 

 

32. Dustin Hoffman

 

Dustin Hoffman

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 8th August 1937
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 1.67 m
Debut Year 1961
Debut Movie Naked City (TV Series)

 

Dustin Hoffman is a much-celebrated actor and filmmaker. Robert DeNiro praised his ability to play any role and appear heartbreakingly human.

 

His versatility can be noticed in the wide range of roles he has played over the years.

 

He started playing major roles in films in the 70s, appearing in Oscar-nominated films like The Graduate, Midnight Cowboys, Kramer vs Kramer, Papillon, The Marathon Man, All The President’s Men, and more. In the 80s, he performed in films like Tootsie, Death of a Salesman, Ishtar, Rain Man, etc.

 

He also worked on stage in The Merchant of Venice, where he played Shylock. Hoffman won the Drama Desk Award for this role and was nominated for a Tony Award.

 

He appeared in many more successful and critically acclaimed films throughout his long career.

 

 

31. Steve Martin

 

Steve Martin

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 14th August 1945
Place of Birth Waco, Texas, USA
Height 1.82 m
Debut Year 1967
Debut Movie Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)

 

Steve Martin is Hollywood’s best funnyman. Starting his career as a stand-up comedian, he performed live shows for a long time.

 

Steve Martin worked in the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Saturday Night Live!, etc. He retired from his stand-up career to become an actor in the 1980s.

 

He carried on his tradition of slapstick comedy and physical comedy to his movies too.

 

He worked in super hit comedies like  The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains, Three Amigos, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, etc.

 

He frequently collaborated with Rob Reiner, and his most acclaimed film, All of Me, was made by Reiner too.

 

Steve Martin has been honored with the Mark Twain Prize of American Humor and the AFI Life Achievement Award.

 

His other famous appearances are in Sgt. Bilko, Bowfinger, Parenthood, the Father of the Bride film, the Cheaper by the Dozen films, and most recently in Only Murders in the Building.

 

 

30. James Earl Jones

 

James Earl Jones

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 17th January 1931
Place of Birth Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut Year 1952
Debut Movie Guiding Light (TV Series)

 

James Earl Jones is an iconic actor whose voice has lent life to many memorable characters.

 

He is the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, Mufasa in Lion King, Emperor of the night in Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, etc.

 

With a deep gravelly voice, which is classed as Basso profundo, his voice can be soothing and terrifying at the same time.

 

There was a time when James Earl Jones had a stutter so profound that he refused to speak.

 

His English teacher used poetry to encourage him out of the shell. James Earl Jones debuted on-screen with a Stanley Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove.

 

He also appeared in Claudine, the Star Wars franchise, Lion King, its sequel, and the live-action remake in 2019.

 

He was also active on the theater scene, with Tony Award-winning plays like The Great White Hope, Fences, Driving Miss Daisy, The Best Man, The Gin Game, You Can’t Take It With You, etc.

 

In the 1980s, Jones appeared in films including Conan The Barbarian, Matewan, Coming to America, and its sequel, Field of Dreams, Hunt For Red October, etc.

 

 

29. Danny Glover

 

Danny Glover

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 22nd July 1946
Place of Birth San Francisco, California, USA
Height 1.92 m
Debut Year 1979
Debut Movie B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)

 

Donald ‘Danny’ Glover is an actor, director, and civil rights activist. Before joining the acting profession, Danny worked at the city administration on community development.

 

However, his love for acting encouraged him to join acting classes at American Conservatory Theater.

 

In the 1980s, he appeared in a wide range of roles on television, on stage, and in films.

 

His most memorable roles were in the Lethal Weapon series of movies alongside Mel Gibson and Joe Pesci.

 

The Color Purple, Witness, To Sleep With Anger, Silverado, Witness, Hill Street Blues, Mandela, A Raisin in The Sun, etc.

 

Throughout his long and celebrated career, Danny Glover has worked in Predator 2, Angels in the Outfield, Operation Dumbo Drop, A Rage in Harlem, Dreamgirls, Shooter, Death at a Funeral, Beyond the Lights, Sorry to Bother You, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Dead Don't Die, Lonesome Dove, Jumanji: The Next Level, etc.

 

 

28. Sean Connery

 

Sean Connery

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 25th August 1930
Place of Birth Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Height 1.88 m
Debut Year 1954 
Debut Movie Let's Make Up

 

Thomas Sean Connery was a Scottish actor and the first James Bond. He made the MI6 agent 007 famous across the world with quotes like, “My name is Bond, James Bond” and “I’d like a Martini, shaken not stirred”.

 

Connery worked in seven Bond films before he quit the franchise to work in other film roles Apart from James Bond, Sean Connery appeared in other successful films like Marnie,  The Hill, Murder on the Orient Express, The Man Who Would Be King, A Bridge Too Far, Highlander, The Name of the Rose, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusades, The Hunt For the Red October, The Rock, Finding Forrester, etc.

 

Sean Connery has been made the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and was also knighted by the British monarchy in the 2000 New Years' Eve Honors.

 

 

27. Richard Pryor

 

Richard Pryor

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 1st December 1940
Place of Birth Peoria, Illinois, USA
Height 1.78 m
Debut Year 1966
Debut Movie The Wild Wild West (TV Series)

 

Richard Pryor was America’s number one stand-up comedian of all time. He was ranked at the top spot by the Comedy Central channel and the Rolling Stone magazine as the best stand-up comic.

 

He has inspired several future performers and is admired by his contemporaries as well. Pryor had a difficult childhood, and most of his jokes revolve around racism, race relations, and sexuality.

 

His jokes were tragi-comic and freely discussed many uncomfortable topics. Richard Pryor had a  flourishing career doing stand-up shows and concerts.

 

They were released as records that won him 4 Grammy Awards too. Later, he collaborated with Paul Mooney, Gene Wilder, and Mel Brooks to appear in comedy films that were a roaring success as well.

 

His most memorable performances include Blue Collar, Bustin Loose, Superman III, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Silver Streak, and more.

 

He also worked on television shows like Pryor's Place, Sesame Street, Chicago Hope, The Richard Pryor Show, Saturday Night Live!, etc.

 

 

26. Judge Reinhold

 

Judge Reinhold

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 21st May 1957
Place of Birth Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut Year 1979
Debut Movie Wonder Woman (TV Series)

 

Edward Earnest ‘Judge’ Reinhold Jr. is a character actor, popular during the 1980s. Most of his appearances were in comedy films, and he was the supporting lead in many hit franchises.

 

He attended the Mary Washington College and Palm Beach Community College to earn his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree.

 

After college, he started his acting career on television with the series Wonder Woman. On TV, he also worked in Magnum PI, Secret Service Guy, Saturday Night Live!, Seinfeld, Ellen, The King of Queens, National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Family Reunion, Monk, Easy Money, etc.

 

In films, he appeared in supporting roles in hit comedies like Stripes, Pandemonium, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, Ruthless People, Santa Clause trilogy, Beverly Hill II,  Beverly Cop III, etc.

 

 

25. Denzel Washington

 

Denzel Washington

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 28th December 1954
Place of Birth Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut Year 1977
Debut Movie Wilma (TV Movie)

 

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is an award-winning actor, director, and producer who has worked on stage, television, and films.

 

While studying at Texas Tech University, Washington had a quandary about which major to choose.

 

He took a semester off and worked as a stage director at a summer camp.

 

This experience opened his eyes to his love for acting. After graduation, he worked on stage in off-Broadway plays like Coriolanus, Wings of the Morning, a Soldier’s Play, etc.

 

He debuted in Hollywood with the film Carbon Copy in 1981. He worked as one of the few black actors on the hit NBC show St.

 

Elsewhere. At the same time, he also worked in the films A Soldier’s Story, Hard Lessons, Cry Freedom, The Mighty Quinn, Glory, For Queen and Country, etc.

 

By 1990, Denzel Washington had already won an Academy Award and was nominated for another.

 

He regularly worked with amazing directors like Antoine Fuqua, Spike Lee, Tony Scott, etc., to win more nominations and awards.

 

His filmography includes Much Ado About Nothing, Malcolm X, Pelican Brief, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, Training Day, Fences, and more.

 

 

24. Alec Guinness

 

Alec Guinness

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 2nd April 1914
Place of Birth Marylebone, London, England, UK
Height 1.76 m
Debut Year 1934
Debut Movie Evensong

 

Sir Alec Guinness was an English actor who has worked extensively in British cinema, television, and theater.

 

In particular, his work with the Ealing comedies has garnered him a large fanbase. To the rest of the world, Sir Alec Guinness is famous for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars franchise.

 

Before starting the Star Wars saga, Sir Alec was renowned for his role in such films as, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob, The LadyKillers, etc., from Ealing Studios.

 

He also appeared in great literary adaptations of The Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, The Bridge on River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, A Passage to India, Scrooge, etc.

 

This great actor has four Academy Award nominations, won the award once, and was honored with Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement.

 

Apart from this, he has multiple Tony Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes, and more.

 

 

23. Robert De Niro

 

Robert De Niro

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 17th August 1943
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.75 m
Debut Year 1965
Debut Movie Three Rooms in Manhattan

 

Robert De Niro is a highly acclaimed actor, director, and producer. He has collaborated with the renowned filmmaker Martin Scorcese and made memorable films.

 

De Niro garnered Oscar nominations too. De Niro was nominated for an Academy Award for six other films, and he won the award for Godfather II and Raging Bull.

 

Robert De Niro for his first starring role in Hollywood with Greetings, but his breakout role was in Francs Ford Coppola's Godfather II, as young Vito Corleone.

 

He followed up this fabulous performance with Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, etc.

 

In the 1980s, De Niro slightly shifted his course and tried comedy movies. He was successful in comedies too.

 

Some of them are King of Comedy, Brazil, Midnight Run, Wag the Dog, Analyze This,  Meet The Parents, Silver Linings Playbook,  etc.

 

The other critically acclaimed films of Robert De Niro include Goodfellas, The Mission, Cape Fear, Heat, Awakenings, Once Upon a Time in America, This Boy’s Life, Joker, The Irishmen, etc.

 

 

22. Willem Dafoe

 

Willem Dafoe

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 22nd July 1955
Place of Birth Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Height 1.7 m
Debut Year 1980
Debut Movie Heaven's Gate

 

William James ‘Willem’ Dafoe is an actor who has dabbled more in experimental films than his contemporaries and won acclaim.

 

He has four Academy Award nominations, four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, and a BAFTA nomination.

 

At the start of his career, Dafoe worked with the experimental theater company, The Wooster Group.

 

Willem Dafoe’s filmography includes The Loveless, To Live and Die in LA, Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, Shadow of the Vampire, and more.

 

He has also worked with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spiderman franchise as The Green Goblin.

 

And the DCEU’s Aquaman franchise as Nuidis Vulko. Other popular projects of Dafoe are Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Antichrist, The Fault Is In Our Stars, John Wick, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Murder on the Orient Express, The Florida Project, The Lighthouse, At Eternity’s Gate, Togo, etc.

 

 

21. Christopher Lloyd

 

Christopher Lloyd

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 22nd October 1938
Place of Birth Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut Year 1975
Debut Movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

 

At the mention of Christopher Lloyd, everyone’s mind conjures up an image of an eccentric frazzled man with wild frizzy hair.

 

Owing to this persona from the Back to the  Future franchise, and his character in Taxi, both these roles were an integral part of entertainment in the 80s.

 

Apart from the Back to the Future franchise and the TV series Taxi, Lloyd has also worked in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Adams Chronicles, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Clue, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, and more.

 

Lloyd has also appeared in animated films and TV series like Road to Avonlea, Anastasia, Twenty Bucks,  DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, The Woodsman, Over the Garden Wall, Street Hawk, Amazing Stories, Spin City, My Favorite Martian, etc.

 

 

20. Tom Berenger

 

Tom Berenger

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 31st May 1949
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 1.8 m
Debut Year 1975
Debut Movie One Life to Live (TV Series)

 

Tom Berenger is the screen name of Thomas Michael Moore. At the University of Missouri, he graduated with journalism as his major.

 

Tom worked as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines before realizing his calling to become an actor.

 

As there was an actor listed as Tom Moore, he chose to change his name to Tom Berenger.

 

He took up small roles in films like Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, One Life To Live, In Praise of Older Women, etc.

 

He got his first lead role in the film Rush it. In the 1980s, Tom Berenger’s work drew critical praise.

 

He worked in films like  The Big Chill, Eddie, and the Cruisers, Rustlers' Rhapsody, Platoon, Someone to Watch Over Me, Shoot to Kill, Major League, etc.

 

His work in Platoon was also nominated for Academy Award and Golden Globe Awards. Other notable performances of Berenger were Dogs of War, the Major League franchise, the Sniper franchise, Betrayed, The Field, Gettysburg, The Substitute, One Man’s Hero, Training Day, Inception, etc.

 

 

19. Billy Dee Williams

 

Billy Dee Williams

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 6th April 1937
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut Year 1959
Debut Movie The Last Angry Man

 

Billy Dee Williams is an artist and actor. He graduated from the High School of Music and Arts and won a painting scholarship to study at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design.

 

Billy Dee also won a Hallgarten Prize for painting. He made his Broadway debut at 7 years in The Firebrand of Florence.

 

After graduation, Williams went back to acting to buy his art supplies. He debuted in films with The Last Angry Man.

 

Billy Dee went on to act in TV movies Brian’s Song, Lady Sings The Blues, Mahogany, Nighthawks, and more.

 

In 1980, he appeared in the Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as Hans Solo’s best friend, Lando Calrissian.

 

Billy Dee Williams appeared in other successful films and TV series like Tim Burton’s Batman, The Lego Batman Movie, Gideon's Crossing; Dynasty, General Hospital: Night Shift; and General Hospital, The Jeffersons, 227, The Hughleys, Titan Maximum, etc.

 

 

18. Tom Hanks

 

Tom Hanks

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 9th July 1956
Place of Birth Concord, California, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut Year 1980
Debut Movie He Knows You're Alone

 

Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood’s most amiable actors and has a reputation of being a thorough gentleman with his fellow actors and crew members.

 

Hanks had a very religious upbringing, and he was a disciplined good child who never got into trouble.

 

While in college, Tom became interested in theater and acting. He did an internship for three years, at the Great Lakes Theater Festival, in Cleveland.

 

In 1980, Tom Hanks got his break into Hollywood and often worked in comedies for a few years.

 

His notable performances during the 80s include Splash, Bachelor Party, Big, Dragnet, Nothing in Common, Turner, and Hooch, etc.

 

In the following decade, his films became major hits. They included A League of their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Cast Away, etc.

 

He appeared in many more memorable roles like Woody in the Toy Story franchise, Professor Robert Langdon in the Dan Brown franchise, Catch Me If You Can,, Saving Private Ryan, Road to Perdition, The Green Mile, Bridge of Spies, Band of Brothers, etc.

 

 

17. Mel Gibson

 

Mel Gibson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 3rd January 1956
Place of Birth Peekskill, New York, USA
Height 1.77 m
Debut Year 1976
Debut Movie The Sullivans

 

Mel Gibson is an award-winning actor, director, and producer, known for such iconic roles as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max and Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon.

 

Mel Gibson was born in New York, but he shifted to Australia with his family.

 

Mel grew up in New South Wales. He debuted on the Australian television series The Sullivans.

 

He gained critical praise and wide acclaim for his role in the post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max.

 

He also worked with Peter Weir in the World War I film Gallipoli, which earned him a reputation as a versatile and serious actor.

 

He followed it up with movies like the Mad Max series,  Lethal Weapon series, A Year of Living Dangerously, Tequila Sunrise, A Bird on a Wire, Maverick, etc.

 

Mel Gibson ventured into the direction and production of films in 1993 with A Man Without a Face.

 

He also directed and produced Braveheart, for which he won two Academy Awards. His other ventures include The Passion of Christ, Apocalypto, Get The Gringo, The Singing Detective,  Paparazzi, and more.

 

 

16. Christopher Reeve

 

Christopher Reeve

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 25th September 1952
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.93 m
Debut Year 1974
Debut Movie Great Performances (TV Series)

 

Christopher Reeve was the OG Superman in the DCEU franchise, and he was the most successful Superman actor.

 

He was a critically acclaimed actor before his equestrian accident. After Reeve broke his neck from the fall, he was paralyzed neck down.

 

He became confined to the wheelchair for the rest of his life. Christopher Reeve graduated from Cornell University and Juilliard School of arts with Robin Williams.

 

While Christopher was inclined to take up theater, his mother and stepfather made him promise to finish college, so he persevered in Cornell University while working in the theater during his holidays and vacations.

 

Despite the limited scope, his talent was recognized by big producers. Apart from his work in the Superman franchise, Christopher also appeared in acclaimed films, including The Bostonians, Street Smart, Remains of The Day, etc.

 

He appeared on stage in Fifth of July, The Aspern Papers, etc. His TV works include The Rear Window, In The Gloaming, Smallville, etc.

 

 

15. Mark Hamill

 

Mark Hamill

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 25th September 1951
Place of Birth Oakland, California, USA
Height 1.7 m
Debut Year 1963
Debut Movie General Hospital (TV Series)

 

Mark Hamill is an actor known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga.

 

His fame reached such meteoric heights that he actively avoided being typecast and moved to stage and voice acting.

 

As a result, Mark has worked on some of the most well-loved voice roles in Batman, Spiderman, Avatar: The Last Airbender, etc.

 

Mark Hamill appeared in the first Star Wars film in 1977. It was an unexpected and enormous success, and its sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, were equally successful.

 

Due to the pressure of the huge success, he shifted his work to Broadway and appeared in The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Harrigan ‘N Hart, Room Service, The Nerd, etc.

 

Mark Hamill did the voice of The Joker in many Batman animated series and DCEU animations.

 

He was also the voice of Hobgoblin in Spiderman, Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Skips in Regular Show, etc.

 

His other film works include Corvette Summer, The Big Red One,  The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Britannia Hospital, etc.

 

 

14. Leonard Nimoy

 

Leonard Nimoy

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 26th March 1931
Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height 1.82 m
Debut Year 1951
Debut Movie Queen for a Day

 

Leonard Nimoy is a beloved actor who has immortalized the character of Mr. Spock from the Star Trek franchise.

 

He left such an impact on his fans in the film fraternity, the scientific community, and the world at large that they named an asteroid 4864 Nimoy in his honor.

 

Leonard Nimoy was a small-time actor who taught acting in Hollywood before he auditioned for this part.

 

Nimoy had worked in B movies like Kid Monk Baroni and Tv series like Perry Mason and Dragnet.

 

After attaining fame with his role, Nimoy turned to filmmaking and directed and produced films and shows.

 

He also did voice acting for the Star Trek animated series as well. His most notable performances were in The Transformers: The Movie (voice of Galvatron), Halloween Tree, documentary film, Destiny in Space, etc.

 

He did audio work and narrated the books, The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World, The Invisible Man, and The First Men in the Moon for the Sci-fi channel.

 

 

13. Dan Aykroyd

 

Dan Aykroyd

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 1st July 1952
Place of Birth Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.83 m
Debut Year 1974
Debut Movie The Gift of Winter (TV Movie)

 

Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, musician, writer, comedian, and more. He was a part of the original team of Saturday Night Live!.

 

Dan worked with the Second City comedy troupe, and he did stand-up comedy shows in Ottawa.

 

He briefly worked in the Canadian sketch comedy show The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour with Lorne Michaels of SNL.

 

Once SNL was created, Lorne invited Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to audition and join the cast.

 

Rolling Stones Magazine voted Aykroyd as the fifth most iconic SNL cast member. The sketches he created and worked on became feature films, including The Coneheads, The Blues Brothers, etc.

 

He also created and co-wrote The Ghostbusters franchise along with Harold Ramis. Some of the iconic works of Dan Aykroyd are The Blues Brothers, Coneheads, Driving Miss Daisy, Nothing But Trouble, 1941, Ghostbusters franchise, Soul Man, Indiana Jones, and The Temple of Doom, The Great Outdoors, and more.

 

 

12. Danny DeVito

 

Danny DeVito

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 17th November 1944
Place of Birth Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.47 m
Debut year 1970
Debut Movie/ TV series Dreams of Glass

 

Danny DeVito is an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter who came to prominence in the 1980s.

 

His dream was to work as a makeup artist, and he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to learn the craft.

 

Yet after a while at the academy, he became more interested in acting and started participating in theater.

 

Danny DeVito rose to fame in the TV series Taxi as the dispatcher. He steadily gained more recognition with his satirical comedies and supporting roles in dramatic films.

 

His filmography includes Terms of Endearment, Romancing the Stone, Throw Momma from the Train, Twins, The War of the Roses, Jewel of the Nile, etc.

 

Over the years, DeVito has appeared in  Junior, Get Shorty, Matilda, L. A. Confidential, The Big Kahuna, Big Fish, Deck the Halls, When in Rome, Solitary Man, Reno 911!, The Lorax, The Rainmaker, etc.

 

His recent film and television works are It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dumbo, Jumanji: The Next Level, etc.

 

 

11. Michael J. Fox

 

Michael J. Fox

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 9th June 1961
Place of Birth Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.63 m
Debut year 1978
Debut Movie/ TV series The Magic Lie (TV Series)

 

Michael J Fox is a Canadian-American actor from the 80s. He was a teenage heartthrob who steadily worked his way up from television roles to film roles until 1998.

 

Michael disclosed his health problem and his struggles with Parkinson’s disease. After this, he reduced his film appearances and worked to create awareness for the condition.

 

The first significant role of Michael was in the TV series Family Ties, where he played Alex Keaton.

 

Simultaneously, he appeared in the sci-fi film trilogy, Back to the Future. With this role, he cemented his position as a heartthrob.

 

He followed it up with appearances in The Secret of My Success, Casualties of War, Doc Hollywood, The Frighteners, etc.

 

In 1998, Fox reduced the number of film and TV roles dramatically. He worked in the ABC sitcom Spin City till 2002, and he also did voice acting in Stuart Little and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

 

His other works include The Michael J Fox Show, Rescue Me, The Good Wife, etc.

 

 

10. Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 30th July 1947
Place of Birth Thal, Styria, Allied-occupied Austria
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1970
Debut Movie/ TV series Hercules in New York

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, politician, and businessman. He was born in Austria and trained as a weightlifter and bodybuilder.

 

His football coach encouraged him to take up bodybuilding professionally, so Arnold started participating in events.

 

After winning multiple bodybuilding championships and Mr. Universe titles, he set his sights on Hollywood.

 

Initially, Arnold Schwarzenegger had to get his lines dubbed as his dialect was heavily accented in Hercules in New York.

 

His next venture was that of a deaf and mute hitman. But, he did not give up and worked on his speech.

 

He gave his breakthrough performance in 1982 in Conan the Barbarian and its sequel, Conan the Destroyer.

 

In the 80s, he also appeared in the hit sci-fi film series, The Terminator and its sequels.

 

His other prominent works include Commando, Predator, Total Recall, Twins, The Kindergarten Cop, True Lies, Junior, Jingle All The Way, etc.

 

 

9. Robin Williams

 

Robin Williams

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 21st July 1951
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1977
Debut Movie/ TV series Can I Do It... 'Til I Need Glasses?

 

Robin Williams is arguably one of the best comedians that Hollywood has witnessed. While at Juilliard School of Arts in his third year, his drama teachers remarked that there was nothing more Juilliard could teach him.

 

He stepped out onto the stage and won the hearts of his critics and audiences.

 

Robin got his breakthrough with the TV series, The Mork and Mindy Show, where he played an alien.

 

After that, he continued churning out hits like  The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King, Patch Adams, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Bird Cage, etc. He excelled in voice acting as Genie in Aladdin and its sequel, Happy Feet, and its sequel,  etc.

 

He won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting and had four other nominations at the Academy Awards for acting.

 

His list of accolades also includes two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.

 

 

8. William Shatner

 

William Shatner

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 22nd March 1931
Place of Birth Montréal, Québec, Canada
Height 1.77 m
Debut year 1951
Debut Movie/ TV series The Butler’s Night Off

 

William Shatner is a name synonymous with Star Trek. He is Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise, and he praised the same role in all the Star Trek movies, animated series, and Tv series.

 

This Canadian actor came to Los Angeles in the 50s and appeared in supporting roles in pictures and TV shows before becoming Captain Kirk in the 60s.

 

Apart from the Trekkie role, he also acted like a veteran police sergeant in T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Columbo, etc. He also had a music band and released his debut album, The Transformed Man, in 1968.

 

His TV work did not end there as he appeared in recurring roles in The Practice, Boston Legal, Better Late Than Never, 3rd Rock From The Sun, etc.

 

In 2021, William Shatner became the oldest man to travel to space. He made his trip in the sub-orbital capsule, Blue Origin.

 

He was 90 years old when he took the flight and described it as experiencing an overview effect.

 

 

7. Bill Murray

 

Bill Murray

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 21st September 1950
Place of Birth Evanston, Illinois, U.S
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1975
Debut Movie/ TV series Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell

 

Bill Murray is a comedian and actor whose comic genius was well exploited in the 1980s.

 

He often collaborated with directors like Ivan Reitman, Harold Rams, Farrelly Brothers,  Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, etc., to churn out hits.

 

Bill Murray had his breakout role in the TV show Saturday Night Live! Where he starred in and co-wrote sketch comedies.

 

With an enormous fan base from SNL days, he starred in comedies like Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, etc.

 

He continued his comedy into the 90s with  What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Kingpin, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Rushmore, Hyde Park on Hudson, St. Vincent, Lost in Translation, Garfield: The Movie, and its sequel, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, etc.

 

 

6. Rick Moranis

 

Rick Moranis

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 18th April 1953
Place of Birth Toronto, Canada
Height 1.68 m
Debut year 1980
Debut Movie/ TV series SC TV

 

Rick Moranis is a Canadian actor, comedian, and musician, known for his role in the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids franchise.

 

He was a prominent actor in the 80s and appeared in many comedies in lead and supporting roles.

 

He worked extensively with the Second City comedy troupe in Canada and their TV shows too.

 

In the 1980s, he started work in Hollywood and appeared in the hit films Strange Brew, Ghostbusters,  Ghostbusters II, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood, SC TV Network, Saturday Night Live!, etc.

 

After the death of his wife, Moranis reduced his television and film work to concentrate on his kids and be a single father.

 

His famous roles include Honey, I Blew Up The Kids, The Flintstones, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Splitting Heirs, Brother Bear, and the sequels, etc.

 

He is set to make a comeback in 2022 with another installment of Shrunk.

 

 

5. Jack Nicholson

 

Jack Nicholson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 22nd April 1937
Place of Birth Neptune City, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.78 m
Debut year 1956
Debut Movie/ TV series NBC Matinee Theater

 

Jack Nicholson is a retired American actor and filmmaker with an experience of five decades in Hollywood.

 

He worked as an actor in all capacities like the lead actor, supporting actor, villain, comedian, etc., and excelled in all levels.

 

He is also the most nominated male actor with twelve Academy Award nominations, and he won three Oscars too.

 

Jack debuted in 1956 on television shows and worked in small roles in films. He first gained recognition for his role in the drama Easy Rider.

 

He followed it up with more dramas, comedy-dramas like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, Five Easy Pieces, Broadcast News, The Witches of Eastwick, etc.

 

He also amazed the audiences with his roles in psychological thrillers and crime thrillers like Chinatown, The Pledge, The Shining, A Few Good Men, The Departed, The Two Jakes, etc.

 

He was surprisingly good in comedies as well. He worked in As Good as it Gets, About Schmidt, Anger Management, Something’s Gotta Give, etc.

 

 

4. Sylvester Stallone

 

Sylvester Stallone

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 6th July 1946
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.77 m
Debut year 1969
Debut Movie/ TV series The Square Root

 

Sylvester Stallone is an actor, screenwriter, director, and producer of one of the best sports dramas in Hollywood.

 

Stallone struggled to get his foothold in Hollywood for many years and did uncredited work in several movies before gaining fame and recognition.

 

And, he got this fame with the iconic boxing movie Rocky and its sequels. In the initial days, Sylvester had a speech impediment, and many directors refused to work with him or found it difficult to record his words correctly.

 

But Stallone persevered as he had many stories in his head that he wanted to present and perform.

 

He wrote the screenplay for the Rocky franchise, the Rambo franchise, The Expendables franchise,  F. I. S. T, Lords of the Flatbush, Paradise Alley, etc. Some of the best works of Sylvester Stallone are action movies and comedies.

 

They include Cliffhanger, Shoot or My Mother Will Shoot, Cobra, Tango & Cash, The Demolition Man, The Specialist, Escape Plan, Creed, and more.

 

 

3. Eddie Murphy

 

Eddie Murphy

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 3rd April 1961
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1980
Debut Movie/ TV series Saturday Night Live

 

Eddie Murphy is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, and producer. He started his career with stand-up comedy and performed in front of sellout audiences.

 

After gaining fame in the comedy circuits, he also worked on sketch comedy with Saturday Night Live.

 

This only solidified his popularity with his fans. Eddie Murphy debuted in films with 48 hrs.

 

He continued his comedy run with the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, Coming To America, Harlem Nights, The Nutty Professor, and its sequels, Vampire in Brooklyn, Boomerang, etc.

 

He also did voice acting for Mulan as Mushu and as Donkey in the Shrek franchise.

 

For his turn as the singer James Thunder Early in Dreamgirls, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

 

His other prominent films are Dr. DoLittle, and its sequels, Norbit, Dolemite is My Name, The Haunted Mansion, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, etc.

 

 

2. Tom Cruise

 

Tom Cruise

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 3rd July 1962
Place of Birth Syracuse, New York, United States
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1981
Debut Movie/ TV series Endless Love

 

Tom Cruise is an actor and producer. He is one of the biggest Hollywood stars who started out in the 80s, and his films have grossed over $10.1 billion worldwide.

 

This makes him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He also won critical acclaim for his work with three Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globes, and a British Academy of Film Awards nomination.

 

Tom Cruise got his breakthrough with Risky Business in 1983. He gave more strong performances in Top Gun, Color of Money, Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Cocktail, Born on the Fourth of July, etc.

 

For the latter, he got his first Academy Award nomination, and he won a Golden Globe Award.

 

In the following decades, he continued to give mesmerizing performances in A Few Good Men, The Mission Impossible franchise, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, Minority Report, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, and more.

 

 

1. Harrison Ford

 

Harrison Ford

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth 13th July 1942
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1966
Debut Movie/ TV series Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

 

Harrison is arguably the biggest star during the decade of the 80s. He delivered multiple money-making movies and major blockbuster franchises.

 

Although he continued to work for the next few decades, his magic from the 80s was difficult to surpass.

 

He was also one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, with his movies making over $9 billion worldwide.

 

Harrison appeared in blockbuster movie franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones during the 80s.

 

His other hit films include Blade Runner, Witness, Working Girl, The Mosquito Coast, etc. He also worked on the spy thriller Jack Ryan in Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger.

 

He also starred in the hugely successful The Fugitive and Air Force One. Ford is also remembered for his romantic comedies like  Heroes, Working Girl, Sabrina, Six Days, Seven Nights, Random Hearts, Morning Glory, The Age of Adaline, etc.

 

His other films are Presumed Innocent, What Lies Beneath, 42, Ender's Game, The Conversation, etc.

 

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