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Ben Affleck Nicholas Cage Jackie Chan Sean Connery Tom Cruise Matt Damon Leonardo DiCaprio Robert DeNiro Joseph Fiennes Harrison Ford Tom Hanks Eddie Murphy Ryan Phillippe Adam Sandler Steven Seagal Will Smith John Travolta Denzel Washington Robin Williams Bruce Willis
Born: August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California.
Education: attended University of Vermont, but he dropped out and later attended Occidental College while filming School Ties in California.
Starred In: Shakespeare In Love, Armageddon, Good Will Hunting, Dazed and Confused, Forces of Nature, Chasing Amy, Desert Blue, Dogma, 200 Cigarettes, Phantoms, Going All The Way, Glory Daze, Mallrats, and School Ties.
TV Credits: PBS TV series, Voyage of the Mimi, Almost Home, and Hands of a Stranger.
Awards: Ben Affleck won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting.
Fun Facts: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are best friends. Ben Affleck has a younger brother (Casey) who is also an actor.
Born: January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California.
Education: Cage took a proficiency exam to leave Beverly Hills High School early, then attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Starred In: 8mm, City of Angels, Snake Eyes, Face/Off, Con Air, The Rock, Leaving Las Vegas, Honeymoon in Vegas, Vampire's Kiss, Wild at Heart, Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, Peggy Sue Got Married, Birdy, Racing With the Moon, Valley Girl, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, The Boy in Blue, Never on Tuesday, Zandalee, Time to Kill, Firebirds, Red Rock West, Deadfall, Amos & Andrew, Trapped in Paradise, It Could Happen to You, Guarding Tess, and Kiss of Death.
TV Debut: Cage made his acting debut at 18 in a failed TV pilot, The Best of Times.
Awards: Cage won ten awards as Best Actor for his performance as the ill-fated alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas, including the Academy Award.
Fun Facts: Nicolas changed his name from Coppola to Cage to ensure that his achievements would be based on merit and not his famous family ties.
Born: April 7, 1954 in Hong Kong.
Education: Jackie was apprenticed at the Peking Opera where he received arduous training in music, dance and martial arts.
Starred In: Stagedoor Johnny, Armour of God 2: Operation Condor, Island of Fire, Twin Dragons, A Kid From Tibet, Actress, The Shootout, Once Upon a Time in China 2, Police Story 3: Supercop, City Hunter, Crime Story, Project S, Drunken Master 2, Rumble in the Bronx, Thunderbolt, Police Story 4: First Strike, Mr. Nice Guy, Burn Hollywood Burn, Who Am I?, Rush Hour, Gorgeous, and a multitude of others.
Awards: Jackie has won numerous Hong Kong Film Awards in addition to his MTV Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fun Facts: While performing his onscreen stunts, Jackie has broken his nose three times, his ankle once, most of his fingers, both cheek bones and has had numerous skull fractures.
Born: August 25th, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Education: Left school at age of 13.
Starred In: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Never Say Never Again, The Avengers, Playing by Heart, The Rock, First Knight, Just Cause, Rising Sun, Medicine Man, Highlander, Highlander II: The Quickening, The Hunt for Red October, The Russia House, Family Business, The Presidio, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and a multitude of other movies.
The Debut: Connery worked as an extra in 1955's Let's Make Up.
Awards: Sean Connery won an Academy Award for his performance in The Untouchables.
Fun Facts: Before settling into acting, Connery was a contender for the Mr. Universe title. Connery was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989.
Born: July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York.
Education: High School Dropout.
Starred In: Eyes Wide Shut, Jerry Maguire, Mission: Impossible, Interview with the Vampire, Top Gun, The Color of Money, Legend, Risky Business, The Outsiders, Losin' It, The Firm, A Few Good Men, Far and Away, Days of Thunder, Born on the Fourth of July, Rain Man, Cocktail, Young Guns, All the Right Moves, Endless Love, and Taps.
Awards: Tom Cruise received Golden Globes for Jerry Maguire and Born on the Fourth of July. Cruise also received Academy Award nominations for both roles and also won many more awards.
Fun Facts: Tom was a raised as a devout Catholic and even considered becoming a priest, but in 1990 he became a member of The Church Of Scientology. In 1996, Tom witnessed a hit and run accident and stopped to help. He eventually even paid for the victim's hospital bills.
Born: October 8, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Education: Attended Harvard University but later dropped out twelve credits shy of an English B.A to pursue his movie career.
Starred In: Saving Private Ryan, Rounders, Good Will Hunting, The Rainmaker, Dogma, The Good Mother, Rising Son, School Ties, Chasing Amy, Glory Daze, Courage Under Fire, The Good Old Boys, and Geronimo: An American Legend.
The Debut: Even though Matt had only one line, Mystic Pizza was his first movie.
The Big Break: After seeing Damon as the heroin addicted veteran in Courage Under Fire, Steven Spielberg hired him for Saving Private Ryan.
Awards: A Golden Globe for Screenplay and an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting.
Coming Attractions: This year Matt will be starring in The Talented Mr. Ripley and Dogma. Next year, he will be seen in All the Pretty Horses.
Fun Facts: Matt's date at the 1998 Oscars was his mom.
Born: November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California.
Education: Center for Enriched Studies in L.A.
Starred In: Titanic, The Man in the Iron Mask, Celebrity, Critters 3, Poison Ivy, This Boy's Life, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Quick and the Dead, Hundred and One Nights, The Basketball Diaries, Total Eclipse, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and Marvin's Room.
The Debut: Leonardo's acting debut was on the TV show Romper Room at the age of 5.
The Big Break: Leo's leading role as Tobias Wolff in This Boy's Life, which brought him instant recognition as a talented rising actor.
Awards: Best Male Actor at MTV Movie Awards (Titanic), American MovieGoer Award for Best Actor (Drama-Titanic), Favorite Actor (Drama) at the Blockbuster Awards (Titanic), Golden Samovar Award in the Moscow Film Festival (Marvin's Room), Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Actor (Romeo & Juliet), and many other awards.
Born: August 17th, 1943 in New York City.
Education: Dropped out of High School of Music and Art.
Starred In: Analyze This, Cape Fear, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, The Raging Bull, The Last Tycoon, 1900, True Confessions, Falling in Love, Once Upon a Time in America, Brazil, The Fan, Copland, The King of Comedy, The Mission, The Untouchables, Angel Heart, Midnight Run, Jackknife, Stanley and Iris, We're No Angels, Backdraft, This Boy's Life, Mad Dog and Glory, Heat, Sleepers, New York, New York, Goodfellas, Casino, Great Expectations, Wag the Dog, and Jackie Brown.
The Debut: The Wedding Party.
Awards: The New York Film Critic's Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets), the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (The Godfather, Part II), the Academy Award for Best Actor (Raging Bull) and four Academy Award nominations (Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings and Cape Fear).
Born: May 27th, 1970 in Salisbury, England.
Education: Attended Art School at age 16. After leaving the art school, he worked with the Young Vic Youth Theatre, and then went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Starred In: Elizabeth, Stealing Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, and Martha, and Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence.
The Debut: Joseph's first role was as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Awards: Broadcast Film Critics Association "Breakthrough Artist" (Elizabeth and Shakespeare In Love).
Coming Attractions: Rancid Aluminum and Forever Mine.
Fun Facts: Joseph has a fraternal twin brother, Jake. Unlike his famous siblings, Jake chose to be a gamekeeper on an English estate.
Born: July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.
Education: attended Ripon College, a liberal arts school in Wisconsin.
Starred In: Six Days, Seven Nights, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, Air Force One, A Hundred and One Nights, Witness, Indiana Jones (and its two sequels), Star Wars Trilogy, The Devil's Own, Sabrina, Presumed Innocent, Frantic, Patriot Games, The Frisco Kid, Jimmy Hollywood, Clear and Present Danger, Working Girl, Regarding Henry, Force 10 from Navarone, Heroes, The Conversation, Getting Straight, Journey to Shiloh, A Time for Killing, The Mosquito Coast, and Hanover Street.
Coming Attractions: Random Hearts and What Lies Beneath.
Fun Facts: While off the screen, Harrison Ford works as a carpenter. He is also a pilot.
Born: July 9th, 1956 in Concord, Califonia.
Education: Chabot College; California State University at Sacramento.
Starred In: Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Apollo 13, Splash, Bachelor Party, The Man With One Red Shoe, He Knows You're Alone, Everytime We Say Goodbye, A League of Their Own, Radio Flyer, The Celluliod Closet, Nothing In Common, Volunteers, The Money Pit, Dragnet, Punchline, Big, The 'burbs, Turner and Hooch, Joe Versus the Volcano, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and Sleepless in Seattle.
TV Credits: the HBO series entitled From the Earth to the Moon and Bosom Buddies.
Awards: Hanks has won many awards, notably two Oscars for Best Actor in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.
Fun Facts: Tom Hanks firmly resolved to become an actor after seeing a production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh for a course he had to take in Chabot College.
Born: April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York.
Education: attended Nassau Community College.
Starred In: Bowfinger, Life, Best Defense, The Golden Child, Coming to America, 48 Hours, Another 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop (including its sequels), Boomerang, Trading Places, Harlem Nights, The Distinguished Gentleman, Vampire in Brooklyn, The Nutty Professor, and Dr. Doolittle.
On TV: Eddie Murphy provides the voice of lead character Thurgood Stubbs on the TV series The PJs, which he created. He is also its executive producer.
Fun Facts: began his career as a stand-up comedian when only 15. Eddie Murphy starred on Saturday Night Live for 4 years.
Born: September 10, 1975 in New Castle, Delaware.
Education: Attended New Castle Baptist Academy.
Starred In: Playing By Heart, Cruel Intentions, White Squall, Crimson Tide, Lifeform, Homegrown, Nowhere, Invader, Little Boy Blue, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and 54.
TV Debut: Ryan's first acted in the role of Bobby on the soap opera, One Life to Live.
Fun Facts: Ryan was "discovered" by a stranger who saw him in a Delaware barbershop and gave him the name and number of a talent scout in Pennsylvania. The talent scout signed Ryan immediately and landed him his first job within seven months.
Born: September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York.
Education: He received a B.F.A. from New York University.
Starred In: Dirty Work, The Wedding Singer, Bulletproof, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Airheads, Mixed Nuts, Coneheads, Shakes the Clown, Going Overboard, and The Waterboy.
Awards: Adam Sandler won two MTV Movie Awards. One for Best Kiss with Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer, and another for Best Fight with Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore.
Fun Facts: Comedian Dennis Miller from Saturday Night Live saw Adam Sandler performing his stand-up routine at an L.A. comedy club and recruited him his own gig at SNL.
Born: April 10, 1951 in Lansing, Michigan.
Education: Attended Orange Coast College and Fullerton College.
Starred In: The Patriot, My Giant, The Challenge, Hard To Kill, Marked For Death, Out For Justice, Under Siege, On Deadly Ground, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Executive Decision, The Glimmer Man, The Fire Down Below, and Universal Cops.
The Debut: Steven starred in the 1988 movie Above the Law.
Fun Facts: Seagal claims not only to have been involved in security operations for the deposed Shah of Iran, but to have worked security for Bishop Tutu and the late Anwar Sadat. However, accounts of his CIA involvement have been disputed over the years.
Born: September 28th, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Education: After attending Overbrook High School, he didn't go to college, choosing instead to pursue a show business career.
Starred In: Where the Day Takes You, Six Degrees of Separation, Made in America, Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black, Welcome to Hollywood, Enemy of the State, Imagemkaer, and Wild, Wild, West.
The Big Break: His hit single, "Parents Just Don't Understand."
TV Credits: Will starred in his own sitcom, Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Awards: Will has won the ASCAP Film and Television Award and MTV Movie Award for his song "Men in Black" and the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight in Men in Black. He was nominated for two Golden Globes for Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Fun Facts: M.I.T. offered Will a scholarship but he refused to pursue a show-business career. Will Smith was a millionaire by the age of eighteen.
Born: February 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey.
Education: High school dropout.
Starred In: A Civil Action, The Thin Red Line, Primary Colors, Mad City, Face/Off, She's So Lovely, Michael, Phenomenon, Broken Arrow, White Man's Burden, Look Who's Talking Now, Eyes of an Angel, Shout, Look Who's Talking Too, Look Who's Talking, Blow Out, Urban Cowboy, Grease, Moment by Moment, Carrie, The Devil's Rain, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Two of A Kind, Staying Alive, Perfect, The Experts, Pulp Fiction, and Get Shorty.
The Big Break: Playing Vinnie Barbarino in the hit 70's sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter.
Known For: Dancing in that white suit in Saturday Night Fever ("Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, staying alive, staying alive....").
Awards: Nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award twice for Saturday Night Fever and for Pulp Fiction. Winner of the Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Get Shorty.
Born: December 28 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York.
Education: attended Fordham University. After spending a year at the American Conservatory Theatre, he dropped out to pursue acting professionally.
Starred In: He Got Game, Fallen, The Preacher's Wife, Courage Under Fire, Crimson Tide, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Pelican Brief, Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia, Malcolm X, Mississippi Masala, Mo' Better Blues, Glory, and Carbon Copy.
Awards: Denzel Washington received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Glory. He was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for Malcolm X.
Fun Facts: Denzel and Pauletta Pearson (wife) renewed their marriage vows in South Africa in a ceremony officiated by Desmond Tutu.
Born: July 21st, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois.
Education: The Juilliard School, New York.
Starred In: Patch Adams, Flubber, What Dreams May Come, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet's Society, Awakenings, Office Killer, The Fisher King, Deconstructing Harry, Good Morning Vietnam, Aladdin, Toys, I Am Your Child, Hamlet, The Secret Agent, The Birdcage, Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Father's Day, Jack, Being Human, Hook, Popeye, Shakes the Clown, Cadillac Man, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and Comic Relief (1-7).
Big Break: Robin's big break was being cast as the alien, Mork, for an episode of Happy Days. Mork later spun off into his own series, Mork and Mindy.
Awards: Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Good Will Hunting), four Golden Globes (Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Mork & Mindy and Good Will Hunting), People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie Actor, and MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance (Mrs. Doubtfire).
Born: March 19, 1955 in West Germany.
Education: attended Montclair State College (now University) in New Jersey for its theatre department.
Starred In: The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, The Jackal, The Fifth Element, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, Look Who's Talking (1 and 2), Death Becomes Her, The First Deadly Sin, The Verdict, Blind Date, Sunset, The Return of Bruno, That's Adequate, In Country, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Bonfire of the Vanities, Mortal Thoughts, The Last Boy Scout, Hudson Hawk, Billy Bathgate, The Player, Death Becomes Her, Striking Distance, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon, North, Nobody's Fool, Color of Night, Twelve Monkeys, Four Rooms, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Last Man Standing, Mercury Rising, and The Seige.
Fun Facts: Bruce was spotted by a casting director while working as a bartender leading to his discovery...and from there its history!
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