Tom Hanks is one of the most iconic Hollywood stars. The two-time Oscar winner has been nominated a total of six times. Today, he is mostly known for his dramatic roles in films like Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Cast Away, and Bridge of Spies among many others. As Hollywood’s every man, he’s the Jimmy Stewart of our time.
And like Jimmy Stewart, he’s had a long lustrous career. But before becoming a dramatic actor, he started out as a standup comedian, but it wasn’t long before he started a career in Hollywood as a comedic actor. Some of his most notable early roles were Splash, The Money Pit, and The ‘Burbs. But one of his first big box office successes was the 1988 film, Big.
Julia Roberts isn’t as huge of a star as she once was in the ‘90s but she’s managed to stay somewhat relevant because Hollywood never really forgets its biggest stars. Most recently she has done some television work on the series Gaslit as well as Homecoming. She’s also done film work in films like August: Osage County and the American remake of the Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes.
But her big break really started in the 1988 film Mystic Pizza and her subsequent films, Steel Magnolias, and Pretty Woman starring opposite Richard Gere. She continued to deliver knockout performances as America’s sweetheart before giving the performance of a lifetime in Erin Brockovich in the titular role. Other notable roles during her career include Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, and Ocean’s Eleven.
Amy Adams is an actress who can do it all. Dabbling in comedy, drama, and adventure, Amy Adams had a successful career for almost 20 years. Her first notable role was in the film Catch Me If You Can, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2005, she got a big break after receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in Junebug.
Since then, she has gone on to play a Disney Princess, Superman’s girlfriend, a nun, a con artist, a linguist and so much more. Amy Adams is an actress with a whole lot of range and it’s interesting to see just how far she has come. Her most recent role was on the HBO miniseries, Sharp Objects – a dark psychological thriller.
Today, Clint Eastwood mainly focuses on his career as a director, but he was once one of Hollywood’s biggest actors. He has a total of 45 credits as a director and over 60 film credits as an actor. His most recent film as an actor and director is scheduled to be released in September 2021 titled Cry Macho.
Early in his career, Clint Eastwood starred in numerous uncredited film roles and television roles. But he gained wide recognition when he starred in the 1964 film A Fist Full of Dollars, the first film in the trilogy of spaghetti westerns known as The Man With No Name trilogy. The most successful in the trilogy was the classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He would then move on to a new franchise in 1971 with the initial film being titled Dirty Harry.
Brigitte Bardot was a pretty big deal in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The French actress, animal rights activist, and singer helped fuel the sexual revolution of the ‘60s as one of its most prominent sex symbols. Early in her career, she appeared in Naughty Girl, Plucking the Daisy, The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful, as well as And God Created Woman. These roles made her into a star.
Brigitte Bardot would make her final films in the early ‘70s before fading into obscurity. She turned her focus to animal rights starting in the ‘80s and has continued on this path late in life. While she is no longer a prominent actress, she has a long repertoire of films that future generations can enjoy.
As a member of the prestigious Barrymore family of actors, it was no surprise that Drew Barrymore would become a star herself. She started out as a child actress for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The film was obviously a huge hit but it wouldn’t be until the ‘90s where her career really started to take off.
She appeared in the successful horror film Scream, a Batman movie, two Charlie’s Angels films, and Adam Sandler films like The Wedding Singer. As America’s Sweetheart, she was the perfect fit for Cinderella in Ever After. Now, she’s been doing more TV work, appearing on Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet and doing her own talk show: The Drew Barrymore Show.
Leonardo DiCaprio is another one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The handsome actor has remained a huge star ever since the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic starring him and Kate Winslet. He’s had particularly successful collaborations with the legendary director Martin Scorsese. Although he has received a total of six Academy Award nominations, he has only won once for the film The Revenant.
Early in his career, he had a notable recurring role on the sitcom Growing Pains but he did not stay long. He gained instant recognition when he was hand-picked by Robert DeNiro for the film This Boy’s Life. Then for the 1993 film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, he received his first Academy Award nomination.
Meryl Streep is widely considered to be one of the greatest living actresses. Immersing herself in each and every role, she has become a legend. Most recently she played in films such as Into the Woods, Little Women, and August: Osage County, as well as the HBO series Big Little Lies.
Even early in her career, she was making classic films like The Deer Hunter also starring Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken – other living legends. Then she moved on to Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, and Out of Africa. Her long list of feature films, three Oscar wins, and twenty-one nominations prove how well-respected she truly is, inside and outside of the industry.
Anthony Hopkins is most remembered for his Oscar-Winning role as Hannibal Lecter, which he played for three films: Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon. More recently he has starred in the Thor franchise as the god Odin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On top of this, he earned an Oscar for his work on The Father.
Early in his career, Anthony Hopkins took on smaller television roles before taking on films like The Lion in Winter, Hamlet, and A Bridge Too Far. He has a total of 141 credits to his name on IMDb at the time of writing this, and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon. And did we mention he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II?
Jeff Bridges was born to be an actor, having come from a prominent acting family that includes his father Lloyd Bridges and his brother Beau. Some of his most notable roles include the cult classic The Big Lebowski, True Grit, Tron, and Iron Man, among others. He has been nominated for an Academy Award seven times and won for the film Crazy Heart in which he played an alcoholic country singer.
His first big break as an actor came way back in 1971 in the film The Last Picture Show. Before that, he mostly did work on television shows like The Don Knotts Show and Lassie. The Last Picture Show earned him his first Academy Award nomination and he’d get another for the film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and Star Man 10 years later. But these are just some of his notable roles. Currently, Jeff Bridges is in the fight of his life, battling lymphoma – a diagnosis he announced in October 2020.
Britney Spears became a pop icon in the late ‘90s with her hit song “...Baby One More Time” and “Oops!... I Did It Again.” Credited with the revival of teen pop at the time, she’s left a lasting impression on the music industry as a whole. She continued to turn out hit for a time until she was faced with personal struggles.
These struggles led to a divorce, drug rehabilitation, and a controversial conservatorship. She lost custody of her children and even rights to her own body as she is being forced against her will to have an IUD. On top of that, she doesn’t even have control over her own finances. And thus, the battle of Britney’s independence rages on.
Sylvester Stallone is one of Hollywood’s most iconic action stars. He’s played in franchises like Rambo, The Expendables, and even Guardians of the Galaxy from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other notable roles included Demolition Man and Cop Land. But these are just some of the unforgettable roles he took on and we haven’t even mentioned the mother of them all.
Sylvester Stallone was just about 30 years old when he wrote and starred in the film Rocky. The sports drama about boxer Rocky Balboa would be a huge hit and launch numerous sequels as well as a spin-off franchise titled Creed – which Sylvester Stallone would also star in. There’s no doubt he’s had a long illustrious career, even if you can’t always understand what he’s saying.
Dwayne Johnson, also known as the Rock – his wrestling name – is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now. Currently starring in the Fast and the Furious franchise and Jumanji, Dwayne Johnson has managed to stay pretty busy in recent years. So far his films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and $10.5 billion worldwide.
Before he was a wrestling and Hollywood star, Dwayne Johnson was born in Hayward, California. He had a somewhat troubled childhood where, at the age of 17, he had been arrested for check fraud, theft, and fighting on multiple occasions. He played football in the early ‘90s before moving on to wrestling in 1996.
Harrison Ford has had a successful career spanning decades. He’s played multiple iconic heroes like Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Deckard, and Richard Kimble. Whenever Harrison Ford has a new movie, you can be sure that it will be at least somewhat successful. His first major role was in the film American Graffiti – a film directed by George Lucas, before Star Wars.
In recent years, Harrison Ford has been returning to some of his most iconic roles in the Star Wars, Bladerunner, and in the upcoming fifth entry in the Indiana Jones series. But he’s also given some notable acting performances in the Age of Adaline and Morning Glory. When it comes to acting, at almost 80 years old, he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down or stopping anytime soon.
We all certainly remember what he looked like in his younger years. After all, we all watched him grow up in the Harry Potter film franchise in a total of eight films. While he’s moved on from Harry Potter now, no matter what he does next, we’ll always remember him as “The Boy Who Lived.”
Today, Daniel Radcliffe is moving away from his super-serious Harry Potter role to focus on more light-hearted comedic roles such as Swiss Army Man and Victor Frankenstein. Most recently, he appeared on the television series Miracle Workers. Additionally, he has done voice work for Robot Chicken and The Simpsons.
George Clooney has had a successful career since his role on ER back in 1994. He won America’s heart as Dr. Doug Ross on the hit medical drama series. Not long after he began appearing in films including his role as Batman in Batman & Robin – which he’d probably like you to forget about. And after ER, the roles kept coming.
In 2000, he starred in the Perfect Storm alongside Mark Wahlberg. Then in 2001, he starred in Ocean’s Eleven, which included an all-star cast and would have two more sequels. Throughout his career, he has earned two Academy Awards – for Syriana and Best Picture (as a producer for Argo). When he’s not acting, he is politically active and does humanitarian work in his free time.
Brad Pitt has been one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs, even now in his ‘50s, and while he’s not as youthful as he was when he started out, he still looks great for his age. In recent years, he’s starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ad Astra, The Big Short, and 12 Years a Slave.
Brad Pitt’s first notable role was back in 1991 in the film Thelma & Louise. In 1994, he played Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with a Vampire, and in 1999, he starred in the cult classic Fight Club. But these are just some of the films in his filmography that have become classics in their own right.
Jennifer Aniston is another Friends star who has still managed to stay in the spotlight. Known for her role as Rachel Greene on the show, she’s starred in numerous films during and after her stint on Friends. She’s appeared in films such as She’s the One, Bruce Almighty, Horrible Bosses, and many more.
Most recently, she’s been working on a new show: The Morning Show, also starring Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon. The show premiered in November 2019, and its second season is scheduled to premiere in September 2021. Aniston herself has received recognition for her role on the show, having earned a primetime Emmy nomination.
Johnny Depp is another Hollywood star who has had much success for most of his life, until most recently. Accused of domestic violence, his career has taken a bit of a dive since his divorce from Amber Heard. He’s even lost some roles including his iconic role as Jack Sparrow and his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beast franchise.
Before getting canceled by Hollywood, he was a huge star, known for his many collaborations with Tim Burton, his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and smaller films like Finding Neverland, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Donnie Brasco. One of his first films was Platoon, the Oliver Stone Vietnam war film.
Will Smith really hasn’t aged a day for the most part, so really this just looks like two pictures of Will Smith and we have no idea how far apart really. His career hasn’t been as successful as it once was but he’s still very much working hard. Some of his most recent roles have included Gemini Man, Bright, Aladdin, and Suicide Squad.
His most successful years would have to be from the early ‘90s through the 2000s. He started off on the hit show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Then he moved on to blockbuster films like Independence Day, Bad Boys, and the Men in Black franchise. He’s also starred in dramatic roles like The Pursuit of Happiness and romantic comedies like Hitch, showing just how much range he has.
Like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson is best known for her role in the Harry Potter franchise. It was in that she played Hermione Granger, and we all watch Hermione grow as a character and Emma Watson as an actress. Leaving an eight-film legacy behind, we won’t be forgetting about her anytime soon.
Since appearing in the Harry Potter films, she has moved on to more dramatic roles in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and Little Women. She also played Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, based on the animated Disney film.
Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors in Hollywood. While much of his best work happened about 40 to 50 years ago, every once in a while, an Al Pacino performance comes out that really wows audiences. Sure, there are the eccentric performances that are not quite as impressive but then you have his roles in movies like Insomnia, Heat, and the Irishman.
The heyday of Al Pacino would have to be his earlier work in the ‘70s. Films like The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, and And Justice For All really showed what he could do as an actor. But Al Pacino has changed a lot in appearance and as an actor – for better or worse. You decide.
Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment didn’t have a long career, but he made a huge mark on cinema with his role as Coel Sear in The Sixth Sense. And before that, he played Forrest Jr. at the end of the film Forrest Gump, which not everyone remembers. Additionally, he starred in the film Pay It Forward, opposite Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt.
As an adult, he hasn’t quite hit the mark with his roles. He’s starred in numerous television shows and smaller films but the work isn’t quite as remarkable as his early roles – a problem which many child actors face. But he is alive and well and he certainly still has his fanbase with over 80,000 followers.
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is another one of Hollywood’s finest actors. Known for his tough-guy roles, Robert De Niro is an accomplished actor and unique personality that no one in Hollywood can match. His most recent roles have included The Irishman, the Meet the Parents franchise, and Silver Linings Playbook – just to name a few.
His big break was his role in The Godfather: Part II as the young Vito Corleone for which he won an Academy Award. Then in his early 30s, he would move on to star in other iconic roles like Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver and Mike in The Deer Hunter. Other incredible performances Robert De Niro has provided are in the films Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Heat – to name a few.
Before Britney, there was Madonna. The pop sensation Madonna is a living legend and while she’s mainly recognized by newer generations as some eccentric musician who dates men half her age, she lived a whole life before that – as a singer and as an actress.
Madonna’s first major hit as a musician was her debut album Madonna, which featured the songs “Holiday” and “Everybody.” However, her second album “Like A Virgin” was an even bigger hit. Before everyone knew it, Madonna became an icon and was so big they even put her in films like Dick Tracy and A League of Their Own. Her discography now includes 14 studio albums – and that’s not including soundtracks and compilations.
Richard Gere is another actor that has done it all. He’s appeared in artsy films like Days of Heaven, romantic comedies like Pretty Woman, sword epics like First Knight, horror films like The Mothman Prophecies, dramas like Unfaithful, and even a musical – Chicago. Surprisingly, Richard Gere has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
Richard Gere’s most recent project was MotherFatherSon in which he plays Max Finch, a character based on Rupert Murdoch. While Richard Gere is well-known for his silver hair, you can see in this image, he wasn’t always grey. Check out some of Gere’s earlier work in films like Days of Heaven and see for yourself.
Rob Lowe started out acting in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders, as well as the Joel Schumacher film St. Elmo's Fire in addition to television work, including the BBC tv film Suddenly, Last Summer – based on the Tennessee Williams play - starring Maggie Smith and Natasha Richardson.
In the ‘90s he got a bigger break on the television series The West Wing. He played the character of Sam Seaborn from 1999 to 2003. He continued to star in other television programs throughout his career in mostly a guest capacity until joining Parks and Recreation as a series regular. Since the summer of 2020, Lowe has been hosting his own podcast titled Literally! With Rob Lowe.
You don’t hear much about Cyndi Lauper today but in the ‘80s she was a pretty big deal. She still performs music today and you can catch live performances of her every so often, but millennials aren’t exactly flocking to see her. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t left a lasting impression on the music industry, however.
Providing the world with hit songs like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop," and "True Colors," she’s provided some of the most memorable songs of the ‘80s. In addition to her live performances, she’s also an LGBTQ+ activist and has been somewhat politically active as well, championing for Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
Paul McCartney is one of two living Beatles from the legendary band of the 1960s. While the band itself only lasted a decade, the members of the band would become legends. Today, Paul McCartney is still performing music and inspiring new generations to do the same. Even 60 years later, you can’t escape the British invasion.
There are plenty of people that still listen to the Beatles today and plenty still interested in their story. Director Peter Jackson is currently working on a documentary mini-series titled The Beatles: Get Back, which we’ll feature the whole band together in footage shot 50 years ago, coinciding with the anniversary of the Beatles' final album together: Let It Be.
Matthew Perry is, of course, best known for his iconic role on the television series Friends in which he played Chandler Bing for 10 seasons. At the height of its popularity, the actor, along with his co-stars, was earning as much as $1 million per episode. On top of that, he has had notable film roles in Fools Rush In, The Whole Nine Yards, and 17 Again.
Matthew Perry has long suffered from a drug and alcohol abuse problem, even throughout the filming of Friends. In 1997, he completed a rehabilitation program for his addiction. While his substance addiction will be a lifelong battle, Matthew Perry is making every effort to stay sober, attending rehab as needed.