Actors

Actors are professional performers who portray a given character in a dramatic production on stage or in motion pictures. Even though the term actor is basically used to refer to a male performer, it is becoming increasingly common to use it as a gender neutral term. Theater as an artistic means of expression and entertainment began evolving in ancient Greece and the known history of acting dates back to around 534 BC when Thespis, of Icaria, became the first person ever to portray a character in a play on stage. Acting as a profession has come a long way over the centuries, and so have actors. Initially acting was not considered a respectable profession, and few, if any, educated and well-to-do people chose to pursue acting as a career. But now times have changed and acting is an honorable profession just like any other and there are colleges and institutions dedicated to the grooming of aspiring performers into skilled actors. There are different types of actors, some like experimenting with versatile roles while others prefer specializing in a certain genre of acting like comedy, horror, or romance. You will find information about the life and works of various actors from all over the world in this section.

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 1 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hayward

A renowned former wrestler with numerous titles under his belt, Dwayne Johnson initially wanted to be a football player but an injury turned him towards wrestling. He soon entered the world of acting, experienced phenomenal success in television and films and became the highest earning male actor in the world.

 2 Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

The star of John Wick, Speed and The Matrix films, Keanu Reeves has displayed his wide range as an actor, time and again. The humble Canadian actor has also famously given away his money to recognise the work of crew and to enable the production team to hire good actors.

 3 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio
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Famous As: Actor, Film Producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hollywood, California, U.S.

Leonardo DiCaprio is a name every movie lover reveres. An Oscar, a BAFTA, and 3 Golden Globes does not do justice to DiCaprio’s immensely skilful performances and his top-notch portrayals of addicts, historical figures and business tycoons. From epic dramas and romances to crime and political thrillers, DiCaprio has constantly left a mark in each of his films.

 4 Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owensboro

Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and successful actors in Hollywood today. He wanted to become a musician and became actor by chance.  The star of Pirates of the Caribbean film series is known for selecting challenging roles that have the potential to amaze both audience and critics.

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 5 Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

An actor primarily known for his roles in the DC Extended Universe films, Jason Momoa is famous for his rugged good looks and raw sex appeal. He is of mixed Hawaiian and European descent. Beginning a career in entertainment in his late teens, he has now become an internationally renowned star. He has multiple tattoos.  

 6 Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States

Actor-producer, Tom Cruise, is an international superstar, heartthrob of millions and is a recipient of numerous awards. The Mission: Impossible star has been one of the most bankable and versatile Hollywood actors since 1980s. Interestingly, he once aspired to be a priest but is now amongst the highest paid actors in the world.

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 7 Will Smith

Will Smith
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The charismatic, versatile and bankable American artist, Will Smith, tasted early success with rapping. A successful transition into films and television soon followed and made Smith a phenomenal success. With solid earnings, he has also frequently secured himself a place in the list of highest paid actors in world.

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 8 Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 28, 2020

A versatile actor and an inspiration for a generation of black youths, Chadwick Boseman is best remembered for portraying notable real life black figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown in their biopics. His excellent performance in Black Panther, though, turned him into a household name.

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 9 Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth, shot to superstardom after playing Thor, the crown prince of Asgard in the Thor and The Avengers film series. Before embarking on his Hollywood journey, he had already established himself in Australia with drama series Home and Away. The handsome actor has also won praise for films like Snow White and the Huntsman and Ghostbusters.

 10 Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Virginia, Minnesota, United States
American television and film actor, Chris Pratt won critical applause, commercial success and numerous awards for his work in The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and later Jurassic World. However, before these, he made a name for himself with television shows Everwood and Parks and Recreation. Interestingly, he landed his first role while waiting tables at a restaurant.

 11 Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Famous As: Former Governor of California
Birthdate: July 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thal

Former professional bodybuilder, actor, and politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger, needs no introduction! One of the most popular figures in the entertainment industry in the 20th century, he is a much-admired Hollywood star. Rising to international fame despite hailing from a humble background, he is an epitome the quintessential American dream that many youngsters hold close to their hearts.

 12 Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan,New York, United States
Robert Downey, Jr is an American actor who is best known for his performances in the movie Chaplin as well a in the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes film series. The son of filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr, he entered the world of acting early, fought a successful battle with drug and alcohol addiction and proved his talent and versatility with his impressive body of work.

 13 Robin Williams

Robin Williams
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Famous As: American stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: August 11, 2014

One of the finest comedians of all time, Robin Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian and soon moved to act in television and films. Though widely recognised for his comedic skills, the immensely talented Williams proved his versatility by taking up and successfully performing more serious roles in films like Good Will Hunting and The Fisher King.

 14 Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: June 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S

From being a drug dealer to going to prison on the charge of attempted murder, Mark Wahlberg's young life was a troubled one. That is till the time he decided to pull himself out of the mess and live a worthy life. His foray into music began his journey which later took him into the world of television and film.

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 15 Zac Efron

Zac Efron
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Luis Obispo, California, U.S

An actor who rose to prominence in the late 2000s, Zac Efron is a teen heartthrob and a fan favorite who has acted in many romantic films. He is equally popular for his roles in comedy films and has won several awards. Also a singer, he has contributed to the soundtracks of numerous films.

 16 Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
The charismatic Canadian-American actor and film producer, Ryan Reynolds is best known for his work in Deadpool, Green Lantern and The Proposal. The talented star, who was once named by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive, has also featured in a music video, acted in a web series, lent his voice to animation films and successfully ventured into business.

 17 Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Actor, comedian, and filmmaker, Adam Sandler, is best known for his comedic roles in Hollywood movies. Despite being a popular actor he also has the ignominious distinction of having appeared in numerous widely panned movies and is the holder of three Golden Raspberry Awards! He has released a few comedy albums as well.

 18 Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newmarket

Canadian American actor, Jim Carrey worked as a janitor and a stand-up comedian at club and on stage before entering films and television. His big Hollywood break came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which catapulted him to comedy star status. His later films like The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty proved his versatility and won him critical and commercial success.

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 19 Paul Walker

Paul Walker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glendale
Died: November 30, 2013

Actor Paul Walker is remembered for his role as Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise. A talented star who made his debut as a child actor, he was known for taking up challenging roles, especially in action films. Besides acting, he had a keen interest in marine biology. He was killed in a tragic car accident in 2013.

 20 Sean Connery

Sean Connery
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 31, 2020

The first person to play James Bond on screen, Scottish actor Sean Connery went on to star in seven films of the franchise. The role catapulted him to international fame, but this charismatic actor was not restricted to his iconic role. He also tasted critical and commercial success in other productions including Murder on the Orient Express and The Untouchables

 21 Chris Evans

Chris Evans
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Chris Evans is best known for his role as Captain America in several Marvel films, including The Avengers. He was initially cast in teen films such as Not Another Teen Movie and later also appeared as Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films. He has also appeared on Broadway.

 22 Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Helier, Jersey

An English actor known for his role as Superman in the DC Extended Universe superhero films, Henry Cavill has been active in the film industry for around two decades. As a teenager, he met actor Russell Crowe who inspired him to take up acting. He is known for his sex appeal and is considered a male sex symbol.

 23 Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Juan

Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is widely regarded as one of the most talented actors of his generation. In his career of four decades, he has starred in numerous films playing characters that have become memorable. These include movies like Gladiator, Joker, Walk the Line and Her. The acclaimed actor is also a social activist, environmentalist, animal rights activist and producer.

 24 Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: October 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australian actor Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood debut in the film X-Men made him a transatlantic actor and he went on to do the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018. Some of his other prominent films are Kate & Leopold, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, The Prestige and Australia. He is also a singer, songwriter and a dancer.

 25 Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abington Township

One of the highest-paid actors in the world, Bradley Cooper has been active in Hollywood for over two decades, playing roles ranging from comedic to dramatic. He was named on Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. He supports the charity, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

 26 John Krasinski

John Krasinski
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
The charming actor John Krasinski is best recognised for playing Jim Halpert in the famous American television show, The Office. Apart from working in numerous other film and television projects as well as commercials, John Krasinski further cemented his position in the entertainment world by branching out into writing, producing and directing movies like The Promised Land and The Hollars.

 27 Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel
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Famous As: Actor, Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
The internationally recognised action hero Vin Diesel is known for his work in The Fast and the Furious film series and The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy. Before this the actor, who made his stage debut at the age of seven, was recognised for his work in Saving Private Ryan. Vin is also a director, producer, voice over artist and screenwriter.

 28 Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States

Counted among the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, Brad Pitt is an actor and film producer who has appeared in many big-budget productions. He was cited as the world’s most attractive man for several years. He is also involved in various philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors.

 29 Jason Statham

Jason Statham
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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England

One of Hollywood's most important action heroes, Jason Statham debuted with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and later starred in more action film series like The Transporter, The Expendables and The Fast and the Furious. The martial artist, known for performing most of his own stunts himself, was once a world class diver, fashion model and black-market salesman.

 30 Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973

An iconic actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, in his short life, gained international fame and developed his own form of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do. In films, he debuted as a child actor and became a huge Hollywood star after the release of his last film Enter the Dragon.

 31 Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, U.S

Actor, director, and producer, Denzel Washington, is famous for portraying strong real-life characters like anti-apartheid activist, Steve Biko, and human rights activist, Malcolm X, in films. Well-built and ruggedly handsome, he became the first black star to be named the Sexiest Man Alive in 1996. 

 32 Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

Amongst the best actors of his generation, Robert De Niro is known for his exceptional method acting skills. His formidable acting talent has impressed audience and critics alike in movies like Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II and Meet the Parents. The talented actor has also been applauded for his directorial skills in A Bronx Tale and The Good Shepherd.

 33 Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
The quintessential Western man in the Hollywood movies, Clint Eastwood is regarded as the cultural icon of masculinity. Eastwood’s brilliant portrayal of tough, rugged, ruthless guy in the Western movies endeared him to the masses and brought him international fame.

 34 Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most popular English actors of the current generation. Apart from his acting skills, he is also known for his charity work. In 2014, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world. In 2015, he was appointed a CBE for services to charity and performing arts.

 35 Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S

With an extensive career spanning six decades, veteran actor Harrison Ford is a major figure in Hollywood. The recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, he is one of the highest-grossing domestic box office stars of all time. Besides acting, he is a licensed pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

 36 Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: May 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 6, 2019

American actor Cameron Boyce achieved stardom as a teenager when he played one of the leads in the television show, Jessie. His role in the Descendants television film catapulted him to bigger heights. He also starred in a number of successful feature films like Grown Ups. He died in July 2019, at a young age of 20, due to epilepsy.

 37 Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: January 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Long Beach

Counted among the top movie stars in the late 1990s, actor Nicolas Cage continues to be a key figure in Hollywood. In a career spanning around four decades, he has appeared in a variety of mainstream films. The recipient of numerous awards, he has won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe among others. He often donates to charities.

 38 Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

American comedian and actor, Kevin Hart attained fame as a stand-up comic and then established himself as a leading comedic actor on the big screen with films like Get Hard, About Last Night, Ride Along and The Wedding Ringer. He has also been part of two Jumanji films. He was critically acclaimed for the 2019 comedy-drama film The Upside.

 39 Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballymena, County Antrim

The recipient of multiple awards, actor Liam Neeson has been ranked among  the '100 Sexiest Stars in Film History'. One of the highest-grossing actors of all time, he first rose to prominence in the 1990s with his title role in the epic drama film Schindler's List. Since then, he has appeared in many other critically acclaimed films.

 40 Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy, is one of the highest-grossing actors in the United States. Beginning his career as a comedian on the TV show Saturday Night Live, he went on to become a bankable movie actor. Also a singer, he has released many studio albums. He has been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 41 Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Actor and producer, Samuel L. Jackson is widely regarded as one of the most popular actors of his generation. A highly prolific actor, he has appeared in over 150 films and is especially known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino films. Besides acting, he has voiced for several animated films, television series, and video games.

 42 Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne

Liam Hemsworth is an Australian actor and has starred in Hollywood films like The Last Song, Independence Day: Resurgence, Empire State, The Hunger Games, Isn't It Romantic and Killerman. He has been in the news for his relationship with singer and songwriter, Miley Cyrus. Luke and Chris, his older brothers, are also actors.

 43 Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom

Best known for playing the menacing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, English actor Tom Hiddleston is far from being menacing in real life. In fact, he is often described as the nicest person on earth, an image which he lives up to by supporting several charities and donating items for auction. He is also a UK ambassador of UNICEF.

 44 Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Jackie Chan is a martial artist, actor, film director, screenwriter and singer and is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing and innovative stunts in his films, which he performs himself. Rumble in the Bronx, Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour are some of his popular Hollywood films. He has a widespread following in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.

 45 Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson
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Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: January 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Consett, County Durham, England

British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson has entertained audience globally with his brilliant performance as the eponymous character in the Mr. Bean series and its film adaptations. Earlier, he established himself as a fine comedy actor with Blackadder and then went on to work in movies like Never Say Never Again, The Witches and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

 46 Steve Carell

Steve Carell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Emerson Hospital, Concord, Massachusetts, United States

Recognized as "America's Funniest Man" by Life magazine, Steve Carell is an actor, comedian, and writer. He has starred in several hit comedy films and has received numerous awards, including a Golden Globe. Also popular as a comedic TV actor, he has ventured into production and direction as well. Besides comedy, he also plays dramatic roles.

 47 Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Though Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first major film for actor Robert Pattinson, he became an international star with the Twilight movie series. Since then, he has gained immense accolades for working in independent films like The Lost City of Z, Good Time and The Lighthouse. The talented actor is also known for his philanthropic activities.

 48 Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States

Comedy films like This is 40, The 40-year-old virgin, Wanderlust and The object of my affection made Paul Rudd a bona fide comic actor. He has also acted in some serious films like The cider house rules and The great Gatsby and has been part of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s popular Ant-Man franchise and the highest-grossing film of all time Avengers: Endgame.

 49 Chris Pine

Chris Pine
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

After gaining worldwide recognition for his performance in the movie Star Trek, Chris Pine went on to play prominent roles in popular films. Also known for voicing his opinion on politics, Pine endorsed the Trek Against Trump movement during the 2016 presidential campaign. In 2020, he acted in Home Movie: The Princess Bride to raise fund for World Central Kitchen.

 50 Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito
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Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neptune Township, New Jersey, United States

An award-winning actor, Danny DeVito overcame a rare genetic disorder called Fairbank's disease to become an influential figure in the American film industry. Along with Michael Shamberg, he founded a production company called Jersey Films, which went on to produce films like Pulp Fiction. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

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