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   The Shooting Gallery (Part I)  
  ...Or the 100 Most Fortunate Actors in Film History?  
 
 
  "Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors." - Walter Winchell  
 
  The Shooting Gallery is a list - we've put together - of the 100 most important (or is that most fortunate?) film actors of all-time. These are the screen performers that most often wound up in classic films in either leading roles or in character parts. It's fair to say that the reward (artistically, that is) for striking up lasting working relationships with better filmmakers is high indeed. Not the least of which is an appearance on this list. Would Robert De Niro, for example, be on this list if it was not for Scorsese? What about John Wayne (if not for Ford?) Or Toshiro Mifune (if not for Kurosawa?) Or Charlie Chaplin (if not for Charles Chaplin?)  
  In summary, this list does not represent box-office clout, it does not represent those who became or are becoming obscenely rich and it certainly does not represent those whose faces have been on the most billboards or magazine covers. It instead represents those 100 performers that have graced and - more often than not - embellished the world's finest movies and therefore have stuck in the hearts and minds of most hardened cineastes/cinephiles. Of course, in many cases, fame, fortune and artistic credibility have gone hand in hand. The Shooting Gallery is presented in alphabetical order, and is spread over three pages.  
                
 
Woody Allen
Leading Player
(1935- ) Born December 1, Brooklyn, New York, USA
"Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. His movies — intimate meditations on recurring subjects such as art, religion, and romance — put a knowing, confessional spin on the anxieties of contemporary audiences, telescoping their fears and concerns through his own mordantly neurotic onscreen persona." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Key Directors Himself  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 6 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Dana Andrews
Leading Player
(1909-1992) Born January 1, Covington County, Mississippi, USA
"Andrews bided his time in supporting roles until the wartime shortage of leading men promoted him to stardom. His matter-of-fact, dead pan acting style was perfectly suited to such roles as the innocent lynching victim in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and laconic city detective Mark McPherson in Laura (1944)." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Laura (1944), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), While the City Sleeps (1956), Night of the Demon (1957) Key Directors Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, Jacques Tourneur Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 6 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Martin Balsam
Leading and Character Player
(1919-1996) Born November 4, Bronx, New York, USA
"Working steadily if not profitably in nightclubs and TV, Balsam made his first film, the Actors Studio-dominated On the Waterfront, in 1954. Averaging a movie and/or a play a year starting in 1957 (among his best-known film roles were Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men [1957] and the unfortunate detective Arbogast in Psycho [1960]), Balsam went on to win a Tony for the Broadway play I Know You Can't Hear Me When the Water's Running." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Psycho (1960), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Little Big Man (1970), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), All the President's Men (1976) Key Directors Sidney Lumet Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 5 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
             
 
Lionel Barrymore
Leading and Character Player
(1878-1954) Born April 28, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
"Like his younger brother John, American actor Lionel Barrymore wanted more than anything to be an artist. But a member of the celebrated Barrymore family was expected to enter the family trade, so Lionel reluctantly launched an acting career. Not as attractive as John or sister Ethel, he was most effectively cast in character roles - villains, military officers, fathers - even in his youth." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Camille (1936), Captains Courageous (1937), You Can't Take it with You (1938), Duel in the Sun (1946), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Key Directors George Cukor, D.W. Griffith, Victor Fleming Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 2 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Ned Beatty
Leading and Character Player
(1937- ) Born July 6, Louisville, Kentucky
"Beatty went on to become one of the screen's more prolific supporting actors, frequently appearing in up to four films per year. His more notable film work includes Nashville (1975), All the President's Men (1976), Network (for which he earned an Oscar nomination), The Big Easy (1987), Hear My Song (1991), A Prelude to a Kiss (1992), Radioland Murders (1994), and He Got Game (1998)." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Deliverance (1972), Nashville (1975), Network (1976), Superman (1978), 1941 (1979) Key Directors John Boorman, John Huston, Robert M. Young  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 4 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Warren Beatty
Leading Player
(1937- ) Born March 30, Richmond, Virginia
"It might have been easy to write off American actor Warren Beatty as merely the younger brother of film star Shirley MacLaine, were it not for the fact that Beatty was a profoundly gifted performer whose creative range extended beyond mere acting... This isn't the place to analyze the value and influence Bonnie and Clyde had; suffice it to say that this one film propelled Warren Beatty from a handsome, talented film star into a powerful filmmaker." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Splendor in the Grass (1961), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Shampoo (1975), Reds (1981) Key Directors Himself, Arthur Penn  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 4 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
             
 
Ingrid Bergman
Leading Player
(1915-1982) Born August 29, Stockholm, Sweden
"Famed for her saintly, natural beauty, Ingrid Bergman was the most popular actress of the 1940s; admired equally by audiences and critics... Bergman's fresh-scrubbed Nordic beauty set her squarely apart from the stereotypical movie starlet, and quickly both Hollywood executives and audiences became enchanted with her." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Casablanca (1942), Notorious (1946), Stromboli (1949), Europa '51 (1952), Voyage in Italy (1953) Key Directors Roberto Rossellini, Alfred Hitchcock  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 5 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Juliette Binoche
Leading Player
(1964- ) Born March 9, Paris, France
"An international star of extraordinary, almost otherworldly beauty... Binoche first earned recognition in 1985 for playing a modernized, teenaged version of the Virgin Mary in Jean-Luc Godard's controversial Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary). The actress became a bona fide French star the same year with an acclaimed performance in André Téchiné's Rendez-Vous." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991), Three Colours: Blue (1993), Code Unknown (2000), Caché (2005)  Key Directors Krszystof Kieslowski, Lèos Carax, Michael Haneke  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 7 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
● Appears in 3 of the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
 
Humphrey Bogart
Leading Player
(1899-1957) Born December 25, New York, New York, USA
"The quintessential tough guy, Humphrey Bogart remains one of Hollywood's most enduring legends and one of the most beloved stars of all time. While a major celebrity during his own lifetime, Bogart's appeal has grown almost exponentially in the years following his death, and his inimitable onscreen persona — hard-bitten, cynical, and enigmatic — continues to cast a monumental shadow over the motion picture landscape." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), The Treasure of the Sierre Madre (1948) Key Directors John Huston, Michael Curtiz, Howard Hawks  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 9 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
             
 
Ward Bond
Character Player
(1903-1960) Born April 9, Benkelman, Nebraska, USA
"American actor Ward Bond was a football player at the University of Southern California when, together with teammate and lifelong chum John Wayne, he was hired for extra work in the silent film Salute (1928), directed by John Ford. Both Bond and Wayne continued in films, but it was Wayne who ascended to stardom, while Bond would have to be content with bit roles and character parts." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Wagon Master (1950), On Dangerous Ground (1951), The Quiet Man (1952), Johnny Guitar (1954), The Searchers (1956) Key Directors John Ford, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 18 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Ernest Borgnine
Leading and Character Player
(1917- ) Born January 24, Hamden, Connecticut, USA
"With a receding hairline, broad, jowly face, caterpillar eyebrows, bulgy eyes, and an incongruent but charming gap-toothed grin, versatile veteran actor Ernest Borgnine's resemblance to a pug dog pretty much relegated him to character roles, but occasionally he was given the opportunity to play leads, and when he did, proved himself a powerful performer." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Marty (1955), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Escape from New York (1981) Key Directors Robert Aldrich, John Sturges  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 3 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Marlon Brando
Leading Player
(1924-2004) Born April 3, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
"Marlon Brando was quite simply one of the most celebrated and influential screen and stage actors of the postwar era; he rewrote the rules of performing, and nothing was ever the same again. Brooding, lusty, and intense, his greatest contribution was popularizing Method acting, a highly interpretive performance style which brought unforeseen dimensions of power and depth to the craft." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), The Godfather (1972), Last Tango in Paris (1972), Apocalypse Now (1979) Key Directors Elia Kazan, Francis Ford Coppola, Joseph L. Mankiewicz  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 5 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
             
 
Walter Brennan
Leading Character Player
(1894-1974) Born July 25, Swampscott, Massachusetts, USA
"Brennan joined the front rank of leading character actors, except that, unlike most of them, he could convincingly play a vast range of roles. His ethnic portrayals, however, gradually tapered off as Brennan took on parts geared specifically for him... Remaining one of the top supporting actors in Hollywood into the 1950s, Brennan's name actually lent some box-office allure" - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films To Have and Have Not (1944), My Darling Clementine (1946), Red River (1948), The Far Country (1955), Rio Bravo (1959) Key Directors Howard Hawks, Fritz Lang, John Ford  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 6 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Jeff Bridges
Leading Player
(1949- ) Born December 4, Los Angeles, California, USA
"After serving in the Coast Guard reserve, the budding actor studied acting at the Herbert Berghof school. While older brother Beau was developing into a character player, Bridges, thanks in equal parts to his ability and ruggedly handsome looks, became a bona fide leading man. He had his first major success with a leading role in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films The Last Picture Show (1971), Fat City (1972), Cutter's Way (1981), Tron (1982), The Big Lebowski (1998) Key Directors Michael Cimino  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 5 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
● Appears in 1 of the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
 
Nicolas Cage
Leading Player
(1964- ) Born January 7, Long Beach, California, USA
"Actor Nicolas Cage has always strived to make a name for himself based on his work, rather than on his lineage. As the nephew of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Cage altered his last name to avoid accusations of nepotism. Even if he had retained the family name, it isn't likely that anyone would consider Cage holding fast to his uncle's coattails. Time and again, Cage travels to great lengths to add verisimilitude to his roles." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Raising Arizona (1987), Wild at Heart (1990), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Adaptation (2002)  Key Directors Francis Ford Coppola  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 2 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
● Appears in 1 of the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
 
           
 
James Cagney
Leading Player
(1899-1986 ) Born July 17, Yonkers, New York, USA
"With his raspy voice, and staccato vocal inflections James Cagney was one of the brightest stars in American cinema history... Cagney was a small, rather plain looking man, and had few of the external qualities usually associated with the traditional Hollywood leading man during the '30s. Yet, inside, he was a dynamo, able to project a contentious and arrogant confidence that made him the ideal Hollywood tough guy, the role in which he is best remembered." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), White Heat (1949)  Key Directors Raoul Walsh, Michael Curtiz, William Wellman  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 2 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
 
Michael Caine
Leading Player
(1933- ) Born March 14, Rotherhithe, London, England
"Icon of British cool in the 1960s, leading action star in the late '70s, and knighted into official respectability in 1993, Michael Caine has enjoyed a long, varied, and enviably prolific career. Although he played a part in some notable cinematic failures, particularly during the 1980s, Caine remains one of the most established performers in the business, serving as a role model for actors and filmmakers young and old." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films The Ipcress File (1965), Get Carter (1971), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Children of Men (2006) Key Directors Christopher Nolan, John Huston, Lewis Gilbert  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 4 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
● Appears in 3 of the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
 
 
Claudia Cardinale
Leading Player
(1938- ) Born April 15, Tunis, Tunisia
"Emerging in the wake of Sophia Loren's international success, Claudia Cardinale was originally touted as Italy's answer to Brigitte Bardot; while never attaining a measure of global stardom comparable to either performer, she nevertheless proved herself a highly capable actress, working with many of the most renowned filmmakers in world cinema." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films 8½ (1963), The Leopard (1963), Of a Thousand Delights (1965), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Fitzcarraldo (1982) Key Directors Luchino Visconti, Werner Herzog Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 6 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
     
 
Harry Carey Jr.
Character Player
(1921- ) Born May 16, Saugus, California
"Ford saw to it that the younger Carey was given a starring assignment (along with another of the director's proteges, Ben Johnson), in Wagonmaster (1950). Though he handled this assignment nicely, exuding an appealing earnest boyishness, Carey wasn't quite ready for stardom so far as the Hollywood "higher-ups" were concerned, so he settled for supporting roles, mostly in westerns." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Pursued (1947), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), Wagon Master (1950), The Searchers (1956) Key Directors John Ford, Howard Hawks, Allan Dwan  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 8 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
John Carradine
Character Player
(1906-1988 ) Born February 5, New York, New York, USA
"Though best known to modern filmgoers as a horror star, cadaverous John Carradine was, in his prime, one of the most versatile character actors on the silver screen... He came to Hollywood in 1930, where his extensive talents and eccentric behavior almost immediately brought him to the attention of casting directors." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Captains Courageous (1937), Stagecoach (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Johnny Guitar (1954), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Key Directors John Ford, Fritz Lang, Henry King  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 6 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Charles Chaplin
Leading Player
(1889-1977) Born April 16, Walworth, London, England
"The first great screen comedian, Charles Chaplin was also one of the most gifted directors in history, in addition to being a formidable talent as a writer and composer... After D.W. Griffith, Chaplin was the most important filmmaker of the silent film era. Through his clear understanding of film and its capabilities, and his constant experimentation, he set most of the rules for screen comedy that are still being followed, and his onscreen image remains one of the most familiar." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947) Key Directors Himself  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 9 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
             
 
James Coburn
Leading and Character Player
(1928-2002) Born August 31, Laurel, Nebraska, USA
"James Coburn was an actor whose style allowed him to comfortably embrace drama, action, and comedy roles, and many of his best-known performances found him blending elements of all these styles in roles that overflowed with charisma and a natural charm... Coburn finally hit full-fledged stardom in Our Man Flint, a flashy satiric comedy which put an American spin on the James Bond-style superspy films of the period." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Charade (1963), The Great Escape (1963), A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), Fistful of Dynamite (1971), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)  Key Directors Sam Peckinpah, John Sturges Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 6 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Sean Connery
Leading Player
(1930- ) Born August 25, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
"One of the few movie "superstars" truly worthy of the designation, actor Sean Connery was born to a middle-class Scottish family in the first year of the worldwide Depression... Still a megastar in the 1990s, Sean Connery commanded one of moviedom's highest salaries — not so much for his own ego-massaging as for the good of his native Scotland, to which he continued to donate a sizable chunk of his earnings." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Marnie (1964), The Hill (1965), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Key Directors Sidney Lumet, Terence Young, Guy Hamilton  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 2 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Gary Cooper
Leading Player
(1901-1961) Born May 7, Helena, Montana, USA
"American actor Gary Cooper was born on the Montana ranch of his wealthy father, and educated in a prestigious school in England — a dichotomy that may explain how the adult Cooper was able to combine the ruggedness of the frontiersman with the poise of a cultured gentleman. Injured in an auto accident while attending Wesleyan College, he convalesced on his dad's ranch, perfecting the riding skills that would see him through many a future Western film." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Morocco (1930), Peter Ibbetson (1935), The Fountainhead (1949), High Noon (1952), Man of the West (1958) Key Directors Cecil B. DeMille, Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 6 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
           
 
Joseph Cotten
Leading Player
(1905-1994) Born May 15, Petersburg, Virginia, USA
"A firmly established romantic lead by the early '40s, Cotten occasionally stepped outside his established screen image to play murderers (Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt [1943]) and surly drunkards (Under Capricorn [1949]). A longtime contractee of David O. Selznick, Cotten won a Venice Film Festival award for his performance in Selznick's Portrait of Jennie (1948)." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Duel in the Sun (1946), The Third Man (1949) Key Directors Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Fleischer  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 10 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Donald Crisp
Leading Character Player
(1880-1974) Born July 27, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland
"An Oscar-winning character actor whose career spanned three generations, from the 1910s to the 1960s, Crisp was also unique as a director and, before that, an assistant and colleague to such figures as D.W. Griffith... With the advent of sound, Crisp moved into acting entirely, and across the 1930s and '40s he essayed a wide range of roles, most memorably as the taciturn but loving father in John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (1941)." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Broken Blossoms (1919), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), How Green Was My Valley (1941), National Velvet (1944), The Man from Laramie (1955) Key Directors John Ford, D.W. Griffith, Michael Curtiz  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 4 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Tom Cruise
Leading Player
(1962- ) Born July 3, Syracuse, New York, USA
"An actor whose name has become synonymous with all-American testosterone-driven entertainment, Tom Cruise spent the 1980s as one of Hollywood's brightest-shining golden boys. With black hair, blue eyes, and unabashed cockiness, Cruise rode high on such hits as Top Gun and Rain Man. Although his popularity dimmed slightly in the early '90s, he was able to bounce back with a string of hits that re-established him as both an action hero and a talented actor." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Risky Business (1983), Days of Thunder (1990), Jerry Maguire (1996), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Magnolia (1999) Key Directors Tony Scott, Steven Spielberg  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 2 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
● Appears in 2 of the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
 
             
 
Willem Dafoe
Leading & Character Player
(1955- ) Born July 22, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
"Known for the darkly eccentric characters he often plays, Willem Dafoe is one of the screen's more provocative and engaging actors. Strong-jawed and wiry, he has commented that his looks make him ideal for playing the boy next door — if you happen to live next door to a mausoleum." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Platoon (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Light Sleeper (1991), The English Patient (1996) Key Directors Oliver Stone, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 3 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
● Appears in 1 of the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
 
Bette Davis
Leading Player
(1908-1989) Born April 5, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
"Dazzling on-stage, Davis was signed to a contract by Universal in 1930. After an unimpressive debut in Bad Sister in 1931, however, Davis was out of work, but picked up by Warner Bros. soon thereafter. Davis applied herself with white-hot intensity to becoming a star with that company, and after a major role in the 1932 George Arliss vehicle The Man Who Played God, a star she became." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films The Little Foxes (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), All About Eve (1950), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965) Key Directors William Wyler, Robert Aldrich, Irving Rapper  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 2 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Robert De Niro
Leading Player
(1943- ) Born August 17, New York, New York, USA
"Considered the best actor of his generation, Robert De Niro has built a durable star career out of his formidable ability to disappear into a character, whether tempering his charisma to become a believable everyman or imbuing his renowned gallery of mobsters and psychopaths with a compelling, frightening authority." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), GoodFellas (1990) Key Directors Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Ulu Grosbard  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 14 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
           
 
Catherine Deneuve
Leading Player
(1943- ) Born October 22, Paris, France
"A model of Gallic elegance, cultivated lust object for art house filmgoers everywhere, and one of the best-respected actresses in the French film industry, Catherine Deneuve made her reputation playing a series of beautiful ice maidens for directors such as Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Repulsion (1965), Belle de jour (1967), The Young Girls of Rochefort (1968), Tristana (1970) Key Directors Luis Buñuel, Jacques Demy, François Truffaut  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 5 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
● Appears in 4 of the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
 
Gérard Depardieu
Leading Player
(1948- ) Born December 27, Châteauroux, Indre, France
"Despite his unorthodox visage, Gérard Depardieu has made a profound mark on the acting world, earning a recognition as one of Europe's most accomplished performers and appealing leading men. Perhaps a contributor to his consistently intense performances, Depardieu's childhood was one of extreme poverty." -  Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films 1900 (1976), Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980), The Woman Next Door (1981), Jean de Florette (1986), Green Card (1990) Key Directors Bertrand Blier, François Truffaut, Maurice Pialat  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 3 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
Marlene Dietrich
Leading Player
(1901-1992) Born December 27, Schoneberg, Germany
"At the peak of her career in the 1930s, Marlene Dietrich was the screen's highest-paid actress; moreover, she was also the very essence of cinematic eroticism, a beguiling creature whose almost supernatural allure established her among film's most enduring icons. While immensely sensual, Dietrich's persona was also strangely androgynous; her fondness for masculine attire not only spawned a fashion craze, it also created an added dimension of sexual ambiguity which served to make her even more magnetic." - Excerpt from Allmovie biography
Key Films Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), The Devil is a Woman (1935), Angel (1937) Key Directors Josef von Sternberg, Billy Wilder  Links Amazon IMDB
● Appears in 7 of the 1,000 Greatest Films
 
           
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