Actors From California

California has produced a number of Actors who have made it big. These include Clint Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Vin Diesel and others.

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 1 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Famous As: Actor, Film Producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio

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.

 2 Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
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.

 3 Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Beginning his career as a child star, actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been active in the entertainment industry for almost three decades. The son of a director and screenwriter, he inherited his parents’ love for Hollywood. His career progressed in the 2000s as he proved his mettle by taking up versatile roles. He is considered a male sex symbol.

 4 Charles Robert Redford Jr.

Charles Robert Redford Jr..
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo

Charles Robert Redford Jr. is a retired actor, activist, and director. He is credited with founding the Sundance Film Festival and was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. For his contributions to arts, Charles Robert Redford Jr. was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

 5 Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Actor, film director, and producer, Kevin Costner, is a much-decorated Hollywood with two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards to his name. Even though he never dreamed of a career in films as a youngster, fate ultimately led him to Hollywood where he made a successful career. He is also a singer in a country rock band.

 6 Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo

One of the most respected and decorated actors of his generation, Dustin Hoffman is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award and AFI Life Achievement Award among many other prestigious awards. As a cancer survivor, Dustin Hoffman also serves as an inspiration to many people suffering from cancer.

 7 Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer

One of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, Tom Hanks is known for both his comedic and dramatic roles. Making his breakthrough with leading roles in the 1980s, he went on to further cement his place in Hollywood in the 1990s by taking up poignant and sensitive roles. He is also a director, producer, and screenwriter. 

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 8 Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Considered one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, Jeff Bridges is known for his natural acting and his versatility. He has starred in acclaimed films like Fat City, Starman, Tron, Jagged Edge, Fearless, Against All Odds, The Big Lebowski, True Grit and Hell or High Water. He received a Best Actor Oscar for the 2009 film Crazy Heart.

 9 Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 12, 2003

American actor Gregory Peck was one of the most famous movie stars between the 1940s and the 1960s. In 1999, Gregory Peck was ranked 12th in the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema list published by the American Film Institute. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Gregory Peck was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.

 10 Dwayne Johnson

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

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.

 11 Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee.
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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.

 12 Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel.
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Famous As: Actor, Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
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.

 13 Zac Efron

Zac Efron.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra

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.

 14 Paul Walker

Paul Walker.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 15 Donald Glover

Donald Glover.
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Famous As: Actor, Rapper, Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: September 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra

The actor, rapper, writer and director, Donald Glover Jr became famous after playing the role of a college student In the sitcom, Community, from 2009 to 2013. He also stars in the FX series Atlanta. He has also acted in a number of commercially successful films. His albums have done well and he won a Grammy award for the single Redbone.

 16 Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce.
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: May 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
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.

 17 Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage.
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: January 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn

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.

 18 Rami Malek

Rami Malek.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus

Rami Malek became the first actor of Egyptian origin to receive the prestigious Oscar for Best Actor, which he earned for playing British singer, Freddie Mercury, in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. In 2019, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world. He also has a philanthropic side and supports various charities..

 19 Adam Driver

Adam Driver.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio

From supporting roles to starring in the legendary Star Wars franchise, Adam Driver is hailed as much for his unique talent as for his unconventional looks. He has gained popularity over the recent years to become one of the sought-after actors in Hollywood, thanks to his noteworthy performances.

 20 James Franco

James Franco.
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher
Birthdate: April 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries

Actor, director, and comedian, James Franco, has been active in the entertainment industry for over two decades. He was studious as a child and wanted to become a marine biologist. However, fate had other plans and he became an actor instead. In addition to acting, he teaches film classes at many universities, including New York University.

 21 Chris Pine

Chris Pine.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo

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.

 22 Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Mainly known for portraying villainous roles, Josh Brolin has worked with a number of big directors like Woody Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone. No Country for Old Men, Milk, Gangster Squad, W and Deadpool 2 are some of his notable movies. The role of the warlord Thanos in the Avengers film series made him an international star.

 23 Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra

A popular American actor, Mark Hamill became a teen idol after playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie series. He then went on to become a prolific voice actor, contributing immensely to animated films by voicing such characters as The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, Skips in Regular Show, and Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

 24 Jack Black

Jack Black.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo

American Actor, Jack Black is known for his comedic performances. His notable films include High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, School of Rock and Bernie. His voice acting in animated film series Kung Fu Panda and video game Brütal Legend have also earned him accolades. Additionally, he has co-founded Grammy Award winning rock band, Tenacious D and launched his You Tube channel.

 25 Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Veteran actor, Sam Elliott, is best known for his work in movies like Hulk, Ghost Rider, The Big Lebowski and A Star Is Born. With his good looks and deep commanding voice, he became favourite for cowboy roles, like in TV series The Sacketts and movies Tombstone. However, the actor has also played various other characters in his long career.

 26 Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer

Will Ferrell rose to fame in the mid-1990s when he acted in a comedy show Saturday Night Live. He then went on to act in a series of comedy films such as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and The Other Guys.  He’s considered part of the ‘Frat Pack’, essentially meaning Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and 2000s.

 27 Dave Franco

Dave Franco.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini

Born into a family of poets and authors, Dave Franco was encouraged to pursue acting by his brother James. After appearing in minor roles, he played a prominent role in the comedy film 21 Jump Street, which proved to be a turning point in his career. He then went on to try his hand at writing, producing, and directing.

 28 Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Jeremy Renner is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Apart from appearing in the Avengers and Mission: Impossible franchises, he has also performed songs for the soundtracks of several films. He also plays the guitar, drums, and keyboard and practices Arnis and Muay Thai.

 29 Sean Penn

Sean Penn.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo

Academy Award winner actor, Sean Penn, is known for his powerful and passionate performances. His work in Mystic River and Milk won him tremendous appreciation as an actor while Into the Wild and The Crossing Guard earned him positive review as a director. Sean Penn has also attracted media attention for his personal life, political views and humanitarian work.

 30 Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo

Ben Affleck is actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He started as a child actor and attained fame after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing ‘Good Will Hunting’ in 1997. He has been involved in a number of successful and critically acclaimed films. He’s had issues with alcoholism and has been accused by women of inappropriate behaviour.

 31 Liev Schreiber

Liev Schreiber.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra

Actor, director, and screenwriter, Liev Schreiber, is mainly known for his appearances in independent films. He had a difficult childhood and struggled a lot as a young man before destiny led him to the world of entertainment. Besides his work on the screen, Liev Schreiber has appeared in many Shakespearean plays.

 32 Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Best known as Spider-Man from The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, Andrew Garfield is also a Tony-winning theater actor. His role in The Social Network earned him BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Hacksaw Ridge. He is also a WWO ambassador of sport.

 33 RuPaul

RuPaul.
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Famous As: Drag Queen
Birthdate: November 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Drag queen, actor, model, singer, and songwriter RuPaul is best known for hosting the reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race. Considered the most commercially successful drag queen in the United States, he is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. As an actor, he has appeared in many TV shows and films, often playing himself.

 34 Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon.
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Famous As: Television actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo

Versatile stage and screen actor Mark Harmon is best known for his work in television series, St. Elsewhere and NCIS, and television film, The Deliberate Stranger. Initially a footballer, Harmon considered a career in law and advertising before eventually entering the world of acting. His big break came with the television movie, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years

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 35 Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius

A multitalented personality, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a versatile actor, a recognised director and the founder of HitRecord, a collaborative platform for creative artist. Debuting as a child actor, he won fame and awards with the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. Later, as an adult, he acted in films like The Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Don Jon.

 36 Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries

Actor and model Scott Eastwood is the son of veteran actor Clint Eastwood and was introduced to the show business when he was a young man. He began his career under the name “Scott Reeves” in order to avoid charges of nepotism. After establishing himself as an actor, he ventured into production as well.

 37 Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer

Popular American actor, Tobey Maguire, gained fame playing the titular character in the Spider-Man film trilogy. The versatile actor began his career on television and later shifted to films. In between, he also struggled with alcohol issues. His other significant films include The Cider House Rules, Brothers and The Great Gatsby. Maguire has also produced numerous films including Pawn Sacrifice.

 38 Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer

Milo Ventimiglia is best known for acting in American television series Gilmore Girls, Heroes and This Is Us. His role in This is Us has been critically acclaimed and he has won three Emmy awards for it. He has also acted in films like The Art of Racing in the Rain, Devil’s Gate, Gamer, The Divide, Rocky 6 and Pathology.

 39 John Ritter

John Ritter.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 11, 2003

American actor and comedian, John Ritter is best remembered for playing Jack Tripper in sitcom Three’s Company, a work that earned him both the Golden Globe and Emmy Award. His work in television show Hooperman and animated children's series Clifford the Big Red Dog was also appreciated tremendously. John Ritter has also appeared in numerous films and Broadway productions too.

 40 Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith.
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jaden Smith, son of the famous Hollywood actor Will Smith, made his big screen debut with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness at a young age. Later, The Karate Kid proved to be a big movie for him. The young star, since then, has continued his acting career and simultaneously released two albums and launched his own clothing line.

 41 John Stamos

John Stamos.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo

A big fan of Elvis Presley, it was only natural for John Stamos to become a musician and actor. Though he is best known for his work as an actor, there is no denying the fact that he is also a skilled musician; he has performed with The Beach Boys in concerts. He is also known for his charity work.

 42 Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Actor and producer, Michael B. Jordan, is best known for playing action roles in Hollywood films. He started modeling as a child and played basketball when he was in his teens. As a young man, he decided to become an actor and took up TV roles. Entering films, he gained prominence for playing a shooting victim in the movie, Fruitvale Station.

 43 Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Aspiring to become a writer since his early days, Jonah Hill went on to establish himself as an actor, comedian, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He also serves as an inspiration to many as he lost a significant amount of weight in order to land serious roles. He practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as part of his fitness routine.

 44 Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus

From working as a construction foreman to a regular visitor to the state prisons in California, Danny Trejo's future looked bleak. However, his boxing skills came to his rescue as he landed the job of training Eric Roberts for a boxing scene in one of his movies. Eventually, Trejo became a film star and part of an incredible rags-to-riches story.

 45 Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius

For someone who was voted by his acting school peers as 'The Least Likely To Succeed', Gene Hackman went on to have a remarkable acting career spanning around half a century with multiple prestigious awards. His notable films include Bonnie and Clyde, The French Connection, Unforgiven, Mississippi Burning and The Royal Tenenbaums. Apart from acting, Gene Hackman is also a novelist and has written six books.

 46 Sean Astin

Sean Astin.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Sean Astin became a widely recognized actor after portraying Samwise Gamgee in one of the most popular film trilogies of all time - The Lord of the Rings. The film series played such an important role in his life that Sean decided to get a tattoo of the word nine in the Tengwar script, commemorating his involvement in the series.

 47 Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 48 Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus

A fashion model turned actor, Shemar Moore is known for his rugged good looks and raw sex appeal. He started modeling in college and soon moved to act in TV shows. After having a successful stint in the TV series The Young and the Restless, he became a popular name in the show business.

 49 Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 31, 1993

The son of the legendary martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee followed in his father’s footsteps. Trained in martial arts, he made his film debut in the 1980s and became a successful star in his own right. He was accidentally wounded while filming The Crow and died. The film, dedicated to him, became a hit.

 50 Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: March 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces

American actor Bryan Cranston became a household name when he starred in the hit television series Breaking Bad. He won four Primetime Emmy Awards for the role. Seinfeld, Malcolm in the Middle and Sneaky Pete are some of his other notable series. He has also worked in many films and has received critical acclaim for movies like Trumbo and The Upside.