What is that one thing that binds legendary actors like Bruce Willis, Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey together? No, it’s not just Hollywood and films, but their penchant for theatre and love for stage. Over the centuries, since the first time theatre rumblings took America by a storm in the Eighteenth Century, it has remained close to the country’s heart. History says that drama was first introduced in this country by the Hallams in the year 1752 when they brought over a company from London and presented The Merchant of Venice at Williamsburg, then the capital of Virginia, in a building arranged for that purpose. However, the truth of this is debatable. Never mind when theatre spread its wings in the nation, what is important is the wad of well authenticated dramatic performances that have been performed in the American soil ever since. Explore this collection of biographies to know the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of some of the most famous and successful American theatre personalities.
jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker
Marisa TomeiMarisa Tomei
04 December 1964
Actress

Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Actor

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
26 March 1931
Actor

Jane Lynch (Jane Marie Lynch) Jane Lynch
14 July 1960
Actress

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress
Diana HylandDiana Hyland
25 January 1936
Actress

Sasha AlexanderSasha Alexander
17 May 1973
Actress

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner
11 July 1920
Actor
Jeffrey WrightJeffrey Wright
07 December 1965
Actor

Vanessa MarcilVanessa Marcil
15 October 1968
Actress
Skylar AstinSkylar Astin
23 September 1987
Actor

Conchata FerrellConchata Ferrell
28 March 1943
Actress

Stockard ChanningStockard Channing
13 February 1944
Actress

Jeffrey JonesJeffrey Jones
28 September 1946
Actor

Titus WelliverTitus Welliver
12 March 1962
Actor
Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift
17 October 1920
Actor

Lee PaceLee Pace
25 March 1979
Actor

Bob HopeBob Hope
29 May 1903
Comedian

Maggie SiffMaggie Siff
21 June 1974
Actress
Ron Cephas JonesRon Cephas Jones
08 January 1957
Actor

Samantha MathisSamantha Mathis
12 May 1970
Actress
Chris SarandonChris Sarandon
24 July 1942
Actor

Rhea SeehornRhea Seehorn
12 May 1972
Actress

Jill St. JohnJill St. John
19 August 1940
Actress
John AstinJohn Astin
30 March 1930
Actor

Vic MorrowVic Morrow
14 February 1929
Actor
David Hyde PierceDavid Hyde Pierce
03 April 1959
Actor

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925
Actress

Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress
Pernell RobertsPernell Roberts
18 May 1928
Actor

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Brian KeithBrian Keith
14 November 1921
Actor
Bob FosseBob Fosse
23 June 1927
Dancer

Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor

Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter
23 July 1970
Actress

Cara BuonoCara Buono
01 March 1971
Actress
Morris ChestnutMorris Chestnut
01 January 1969
Actor
Michael EalyMichael Ealy
03 August 1973
Actor

Cress WilliamsCress Williams
26 July 1970
Actor

Steve KazeeSteve Kazee
30 October 1975
Actor

Judd HirschJudd Hirsch
15 March 1935
Actor
Jake LacyJake Lacy
14 February 1985
Actor

Elizabeth PeñaElizabeth Peña
23 September 1959
Actress

Rosemarie DeWittRosemarie DeWitt
26 October 1971
Actress

Will GeerWill Geer
09 March 1902
Actor

Martin MilnerMartin Milner
28 December 1931
Actor
Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor

Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith
10 July 1951
Actress
Mike NicholsMike Nichols
06 November 1931
Film Director, Theater Director, Film Producer

George RaftGeorge Raft
26 September 1895
Actor

Reginald VelJohnsonReginald VelJohnson
16 August 1952
Actor
Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor

Ethan EmbryEthan Embry
13 June 1978
Actor
Elia KazanElia Kazan
07 September 1909
Director, Actor, Producer

Annabella SciorraAnnabella Sciorra
29 March 1960
Actress

James MacArthurJames MacArthur
08 December 1937
Actor

Loretta SwitLoretta Swit
04 November 1937
Actress

Russ TamblynRuss Tamblyn
30 December 1934
Actor
Hunter ParrishHunter Parrish
13 May 1987
Actor

Michael AnsaraMichael Ansara
15 April 1922
Actor

Vincent SchiavelliVincent Schiavelli
11 November 1948
Actor

Mariette HartleyMariette Hartley
21 June 1940
Actress
Nicole Ari ParkerNicole Ari Parker
07 October 1970
Actress

Christopher AbbottChristopher Abbott
31 January 1986
Actor
Arliss HowardArliss Howard
18 October 1954
Actor

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925
Actress
Nina AriandaNina Arianda
18 September 1984
Actress

Brenda StrongBrenda Strong
25 March 1960
Actress
Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955
Activist

Jake CannavaleJake Cannavale
01 May 1995
Musician

Ally WalkerAlly Walker
25 August 1961
Actress
Joe Don BakerJoe Don Baker
12 February 1936
Character Actor

Dallas RobertsDallas Roberts
10 May 1970
Actor
Shawnee SmithShawnee Smith
03 July 1969
Actress

Anne BaxterAnne Baxter
07 May 1923
Actress

Jan HooksJan Hooks
23 April 1957
Actress

Alison LohmanAlison Lohman
18 September 1979
Actress
Ben FeldmanBen Feldman
27 May 1980
Actor
Glynn TurmanGlynn Turman
31 January 1947
Actor

Lewis ArquetteLewis Arquette
14 December 1935
Actor

KaDee StricklandKaDee Strickland
14 December 1975
Actress

Emily SwallowEmily Swallow
18 December 1979
Actress
Martin BalsamMartin Balsam
04 November 1919
Actor

Hedda HopperHedda Hopper
02 May 1885
Actress

Helen HayesHelen Hayes
10 October 1900
Actress

LaTanya RichardsonLaTanya Richardson
21 October 1949
Actress & Producer

Mamie Van DorenMamie Van Doren
06 February 1931
Actress
Ann B. DavisAnn B. Davis
03 May 1926
Actress

Elizabeth AshleyElizabeth Ashley
30 August 1939
Actress
Sophie von HaselbergSophie von Haselberg
14 November 1986
Actress

Elaine JoyceElaine Joyce
19 December 1943
Actress
Gig YoungGig Young
04 November 1913
Actor
Paul SparksPaul Sparks
16 October 1971
Actor