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Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts
Although she had been performing for more than 15 years in her native Australia, actress Naomi Watts finally landed her breakthrough role when she was tapped by David Lynch to portray an aspiring starlet in "Mulholland Drive" (2001), the director's bizarre, darkly nightmarish vision of show business. Her vaunted turn propelled the unknown actress into stardom, resulting in leading roles in major...

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
From Hollywood wild child to Academy Award winner to U. N. Goodwill Ambassador, actress Angelina Jolie underwent a series of metamorphoses over the course of her much-storied life and career. Both strikingly beautiful and exceedingly talented, Jolie - who was the daughter of Jon Voight - earned her first acclaim in the television movie "Gia" (HBO, 1998). She quickly developed a reputation for her...

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
An ambitious triple threat who went from dancer to top shelf actress to best-selling recording artist, Jennifer Lopez was able to maintain a high level of publicity throughout a majority of her career, even when negative press managed to enter her orbit. After getting her start as a "Fly Girl" on the hit variety series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94), Lopez broke through with a strong leading...

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei
For some performers, winning an Oscar became both a blessing and a curse. While an Academy Award could lead to bigger and better roles, it could also bring about career stagnation, as the actor tried to live up to unrealistic expectations. Actress Marisa Tomei was in danger of failing to warrant the hype after seemingly coming out of nowhere to nab Best Supporting Actress for her comical...

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
Dubbed "the next Miley Cyrus" in 2008, singer and actress Selena Gomez vaulted to the top of tween stardom thanks to her starring role as a New York teenager with magical powers on the hit Disney Channel series, "Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007-2012). While fame came at a young age, Gomez had already been working in the entertainment business for several years, having started her acting career at...

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber
Unlike the chart-toppers who graduated from "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) or the bubblegum pop stars groomed by the Disney Channel, Justin Bieber's talent and wholesome appeal was purely homemade. The Canadian singer became a worldwide sensation after teen girls discovered videos he had posted on YouTube.com where he performed pop and R&B cover songs. Singer and songwriter Usher took Bieber...

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf
Few of the 21st century class of teen actors enjoyed as meteoric a rise as Shia LaBeouf, who was elevated from kid TV star to bankable movie lead in such Hollywood blockbusters as "Transformers" (2007) and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). Though an Emmy winner for his performance as an excitable grade schooler on the Disney sitcom "Even Stevens" (The Disney Channel...

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes
The tragedy of actor Wesley Snipes' career was due not to the fact that he was sentenced to three years of jail time for tax evasion in 2008, but rather because it overshadowed a prolific decade of work in which he proved himself to be among the most versatile and popular leading men in Hollywood. Though his athletic prowess made him an ideal action hero in films like "Blade" (1997) and its two...

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
In the mid-2000s, when gossip stories about twenty-something actresses behaving badly dominated headlines, Scarlett Johansson was nowhere to be found. Johansson was certainly one of the most respected actresses of her generation, having made an impact in a number of roles as intriguing young muses to older men in crisis, but she preferred to limit her dramatic behavior to movie screens. For her...

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
Despite not having any professional training, Jennifer Lawrence became one of Hollywood's most sought after and respected young actresses within five years of beginning her career. After a fairly typical start on television as a cast member of the family sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" (TBS, 2007-09), she began to show surprising depth with performances in harrowing dramas like "The Poker House"...

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth
Tall, muscular and exceptionally handsome, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth became a star in the U. S. with a series of well-received genre films. He was a household name in his native country while starring on the popular drama series, "Home and Away" (7 Network, 1988- ), playing an opinionated student navigating his way through high school in a seaside town. He quickly became a sci-fi sensation...

Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen
Unlike many of Hollywood's <i>GQ</i>-esque, A-list types, comedy actor-writer Seth Rogen, with curly locks and Yogi Bear physique, was instantly embraced by audiences for his common-man appeal. While paying his initial dues working on a variety of TV sitcoms, he fell under the tutelage of producer-writer-director Judd Apatow. Under Apatow's brilliant guidance, Rogen's...

Megan Fox

Megan Fox
A statuesque actress who flaunted a "bad girl" attitude both on and off the screen, Megan Fox was one of the more popular performers of the new millennium, thanks to roles as spunky girlfriends in features like "Transformers" (2007), provocative layouts in men's magazines, and a much buzzed about romance with "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Brian Austin Green. After a successful stint as a model, Fox...

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum
After starting out as a model and music video dancer, actor Channing Tatum shot to stardom as the star of "Step Up" (2006), a classic high school romance set in the world of competitive dance that gave the unknown Tatum a chance to prove that he had more to offer. From there, Tatum enjoyed another teen success with "She's the Man" (2006), before unveiling surprising acting chops in the acclaimed...

Tara Reid

Tara Reid
After an impressive early appearance as a straight-talking sex kitten in the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski" (1998), followed by a prominent role in the megahit teen comedy "American Pie" (1999), appealing young actress Tara Reid seemed poised for a robust career in Hollywood - that is, before questionable professional and personal choices quickly relegated her to tabloid fodder status. After...

The Body

Credits: The Purge: Anarchy BIRTHDATE| N/A

The Section

Credits: Saw III BIRTHDATE| N/A

Lucas Black

Lucas Black
Soft-spoken and unassuming, actor Lucas Black's biggest asset was the sense of genuineness he brought to his performances. Having no previous acting training whatsoever, the 11-year-old Alabama native aced a casting call for a supporting role in the Kevin Costner drama "The War" (1994) then jumped straight into television as a cast member on the short-lived but well-regarded supernatural drama...

Robert Redford

Robert Redford
Robert Redford's all-American blond good looks and subtle, sardonic sense of humor made him one of the most popular leading men of the late 1960s into the 1970s in features like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), "The Sting" (1973) and "All the President's Men" (1976). Along with his peers Warren Beatty and Paul Newman, he was one of the rare movie icons who could balance being both a...

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard
One of most accomplished and talented African-American actresses of her generation, Alfre Woodard earned an Oscar nomination and multiple Emmy wins in a prolific film and TV career that spanned over three decades. Woodard worked primarily in drama, where she was celebrated for her grounding force in "Passion Fish" (1992), "Crooklyn" (1994), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and "Down in the...

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck
Actor, writer and director Ben Affleck hit the Hollywood radar in 1997 as the co-writer and co-star of "Good Will Hunting," earning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay along with childhood best friend Matt Damon. In fact, the seemingly overnight ascent to stardom in tandem with Damon became one of the great "Hollywood" stories" of all time - rivaling Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab's...

Yvette Monreal

Credits: Matador, Runaway BIRTHDATE| N/A

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
A laid-back actor who stood out from Hollywood for his down-to-earth charm and fun-loving lifestyle, Matthew McConaughey was the exact opposite of his image behind the scenes and used his strong work ethic to carve out a vibrant career marked with a number of quality performances. McConaughey made his first impression early on as an older guy who hangs out with high school kids in Richard...

Will Lee

Credits: TMZ BIRTHDATE| N/A

Celebrity

Credits: Swimfan, Swimfan BIRTHDATE| N/A

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian
At first blush, Kim Kardashian seemed indistinguishable from any of the twenty-something actresses, models and socialites whose faces littered the pages of gossip magazines and web sites in the early millennium. Like so many of them, she had access to fabulous wealth, male companions of varying celebrity pedigrees, her own reality series and an uncanny ability to appear wherever the paparazzi were...

Hollywood

Credits: New York Undercover, Broken BIRTHDATE| N/A

Gretchen Mol

Gretchen Mol
Once hailed as Hollywood's next "It" Girl by <i>Vanity Fair</i> in 1998, actress Gretchen Mol failed to live up to the hype before her career was able to take off and suffered the notoriety of starring in a series of commercial failures. The first sign of trouble came with what was intended to be her breakout movie, "Rounders" (1998). That film underperformed at the box office and left...

Sean Young

Sean Young
Initially touted as one of Hollywood's most promising starlets, actress Sean Young experienced a precipitous fall from grace within a decade of making her film debut. A former model and dancer, Young made an early splash in popular films like the Bill Murray comedy "Stripes" (1981) and the futuristic noir "Blade Runner" (1982), opposite Harrison Ford. Although not every project would yield a hit -...

Hollywood

Credits: I'm Not There BIRTHDATE| N/A

P-1

Credits: Trust the Man BIRTHDATE| N/A

Michael Nyqvist

Michael Nyqvist
Primarily known to American audiences for playing the plucky investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the film adaptations of author Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" crime novels, Michael Nyqvist was already a huge star in Sweden prior to achieving international acclaim in the States. After landing numerous small roles in Swedish television shows throughout the '90s, Nyqvist drew praise...

Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest
One of the most unique voices in contemporary comedy, Christopher Guest earned a following with the acutely observed characters and spontaneous improvised spirit of "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), "Waiting for Guffman" (1997), and "Best in Show" (2000). Offbeat and satirical in nature, Guest's portraits of regular people with big dreams were effectively compelling as they steered clear of the mean...

P A

Credits: CB4 BIRTHDATE| N/A

Michael Learned

Michael Learned
Intelligent, sometimes with a stern aura, yet attractive, warm and inviting, Michael Learned was a stage actress virtually unknown to TV viewers when she was cast as Olivia Walton, mother of John-Boy and the others, in the long-running CBS series "The Waltons" (1972-81). Assuming the role that Patricia Neal had originated in a TV-movie special, Learned was so unknown that she was originally billed...

Editors

Credits: The Twilight Saga: New Moon BIRTHDATE| N/A

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan
When it came time to locate the proper actress for the coveted role of identical twins in a remake of Disney's Hayley Mills classic "The Parent Trap" (1961), an exhaustive casting search occurred around the world. After three callbacks and one screen test, freckle-faced Long Islander Lindsay Lohan won the role. Although just 11 years old when cast, it would be her affiliation with Disney that...

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
Ever since he emerged with a stunning performance as an abused stepson in "This Boy's Life" (1993), actor Leonardo DiCaprio was expected to achieve greatness by critics and the public alike. DiCaprio met these expectations, thanks to an Oscar-worthy performance as a mentally challenged teenager in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and as a troubled teen in "Marvin's Room" (1996). While he...

Leslie Body

Credits: Hurricane Streets BIRTHDATE| N/A

Beeg Al

Credits: Play Me Something BIRTHDATE| N/A

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet
Ever since making her impressive feature debut in the acclaimed "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), actress Kate Winslet amassed a résumé full of exquisite performances of which most of her contemporaries could have only dreamed. In fact, by the time she was only 22, Winslet broke the record for being the youngest actress to have received two Academy Award nominations - the first for her...

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz burst onto the scene in her native Spain in the early 1990s and quickly established herself as a talent to be reckoned with. A longtime critical darling on the international film circuit, Cruz was a favorite creative muse of famed Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the actress in some of his most acclaimed features, including "Live Flesh" (1997) and "All About My...

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones
Despite wading through a significant amount of dreck at the beginning of his career, actor Tommy Lee Jones emerged to become one of the most admired and respected film stars of his generation. An inauspicious start on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1967-2012) eventually led to leading roles in made-for-television movies like "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (CBS, 1977) and "The Executioner's...
Credits: Criminal, The Homesman, Emperor, The Family, Hope Springs BIRTHDATE| 09/15/1946

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts
The daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts and the niece of "America's Sweetheart," Julia Roberts, youthful actress Emma Roberts seemed almost destined by blood to go into the family business. Her first professional claim to fame, however, came on the small screen for her role as junior high school student Allie Singer on the popular children's television series "Unfabulous" (Nickelodeon...

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus
International pop culture phenomenon Miley Cyrus rocketed to fame almost instantly after being added to the Disney Channel's stable of wholesome teenage entertainers in 2006. As "Hannah Montana" (2006-2010), Cyrus won over tween audiences by playing a perky and charming middle-school student who happens to lead a secret double life as a pop singer. While the premise was the definition of hokey TV...

To Lee

Credits: Child's Play, Banshee BIRTHDATE| N/A

Natalya Rudakova

Natalya Rudakova
Credits: The One, Transporter 3 BIRTHDATE| N/A

From

Credits: Show Me Love BIRTHDATE| N/A

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway had a wholesome start in Hollywood, establishing her strong screen presence with breakout roles in family fare "The Princess Diaries" (2001) and "Ella Enchanted" (2004), while many of her peers were getting far more attention for their rehab and party antics. But the well-grounded, well-educated Hathaway held focus on her career, evolving into impressively three-dimensional...

Gary Ross

Gary Ross
One of the most accomplished writer-directors of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gary Ross received screenwriting Oscar nominations for "Big" (1988), "Dave" (1993) and "Seabiscuit" (2003) while enjoying critical acclaim as a director of the latter picture as well as Pleasantville" (1998) and the blockbuster fantasy "The Hunger Games" (2012). Ross' best work combined a wistful longing for the...

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart
An exceptionally poised young film actress with a knack for challenging roles as troubled adolescents, Kristen Stewart got her big break playing Jodie Foster's daughter in David Fincher's hot-wired thriller, "Panic Room" (2002). As the teen's profile rose over the following years, Stewart consistently impressed audiences and critics alike with her realistic performances and her choice of projects...

Michael York

Michael York
A classically trained British actor who honed his craft on the stage, Michael York made a smooth transition to the screen with several noted Shakespearean performances in films made by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Though not a leading performer, York delivered strong turns as Lucentino in "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967) and Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" (1968), before he played more...

The Up

Credits: Ten For Two BIRTHDATE| N/A

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai
A superstar in her native India and around the globe, as well as one of the entertainment industry's most acclaimed beauties, Aishwayra Rai was a former model whose ethereal looks were matched by an apparently limitless grasp of drama, comedy, musicals and action films in her native country. A former model, Rai began her acting career in ornamental roles in light comedies and musicals before...

Jean-Claude van Damme

Jean-Claude van Damme
An action movie hero and world-renowned martial artist hailing from Belgium, Jean-Claude Van Damme burst onto the Hollywood scene with classic martial arts films "Bloodsport" (1988) and "Kickboxer" (1989). Van Damme was suddenly a star and broadened his fan base from fight film fanatics to general action film fans with critically panned, but commercially successful blockbusters like "Universal...

Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent D'Onofrio
Though he established his career in the 1980s and 1990s with numerous film roles, actor Vincent D'Onofrio became a household name thanks to his nine-season run as the intelligent, but imposing Detective Robert Goren on the long-running procedural drama, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ). Prior to the acclaim and stardom he received from his television role, D'Onofrio made a quick...

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel
An overnight action-film sensation who intrigued audiences when he seemingly emerged from nowhere in the summer of 2001, Vin Diesel actually made his first mark on the movie business as a filmmaker. His first two independent films screened at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals after which the hulking, clean-shaven actor had a breakthrough role as imposing antihero Riddick in the cult-favorite...

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift sang about the joy and pain of adolescence on her way to becoming an international pop phenomenon. Her crossover success from country music darling to pop culture superstar happened seemingly happened overnight, yet Swift's prodigious natural talent, honest songwriting and cheerfully free spirit gave her staying power on the charts. Her sophomore album <i>Fearless</i>...

Emma Watson

Emma Watson
Famous for playing the role of Hermione Granger in all eight adaptations of the "Harry Potter" film series, actress Emma Watson was one of those rare actresses who enjoyed a balanced, normal life despite being one of the most recognized and highest-earning stars of the franchise. Her meteoric rise to fame was nothing short of magical. With virtually no professional acting experience, the...

Madolyn Smith

Attractive actress who has played Sadat's wife and Gloria Swanson in the TV miniseries' "Sadat" (1983) and "The Kennedys of Massachusetts" (1990) respectively. Smith's feature career began auspiciously with the role of John Travolta's rich girlfriend in "Urban Cowboy" (1980). She has since played medium-sized parts in mostly light comedies such as "All of Me" (1984) and as the female lead in "The...

Simon Chung

Credits: American Dad, American Dad BIRTHDATE| N/A

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker
Working professionally from the age of 10, Sarah Jessica Parker made the difficult transition from awkward teen actress to respected leading lady, evolving into a trendsetting fashion icon in the process. At 15, Parker took on the lead role in the 1979 Broadway production of the hit musical "Annie," then co-starred on the popular high school comedy series "Square Pegs" (CBS, 1982-83). After nearly...

Me & My

Credits: Touch of Pink, Touch of Pink BIRTHDATE| N/A

Linette Beaumont

Credits: Murder in Suburbia BIRTHDATE| N/A

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
The biggest star in the world for decades, Tom Cruise stood atop the Hollywood pecking order thanks to his charisma, movie star looks, and consistent box office success. Beginning with "Risky Business" (1983), he became the industry's biggest draw in the wake of the blockbuster "Top Gun" (1986). Following a compelling turn opposite Paul Newman in "The Color of Money" (1986), Cruise continued to...

To Lee

Credits: Raising Helen BIRTHDATE| N/A

Isabella Melling

Credits: The Man Who Cried BIRTHDATE| N/A

Britney Spears

Britney Spears
With her baby doll sexuality and infectious dance tracks, Britney Spears became the definitive pop princess of the late 1990s, ushering in a new era of bubble gum music for an entire generation of young fans. Pretty, talented and incubated on performance hothouses like "Star Search" (CBS, 1983-2004) and "The Mickey Mouse Club" (The Disney Channel, 1989-1994), Spears was groomed for fame from her...

Heather Graham

Heather Graham
Ever since her breakthrough performance as a wide-eyed drug addict in "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), actress Heather Graham had a hit-or-miss career that was punctuated with several winning performances amidst an equal amount of duds. She spent nearly the next 10 years looking to fulfill the early promise of "Drugstore." But instead, she lagged in better-forgotten films like "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk...

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler
Impressively able to channel his 1970s star-making sitcom turn into one of the most varied and long-lasting Hollywood success stories of all time, Henry Winkler built an impressive career as an actor, producer and director in television and films. Immortalized in Americana as the good-hearted greaser "The Fonz" on "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984), Winkler benefited from his career-long association...

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks
Almost in spite of his inauspicious beginnings, actor and perennial nice guy Tom Hanks rose from the star of the cult comedy series "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82) to become a respected Academy Award-winning actor and Emmy-winning producer. Though it took almost a decade to rise from the depths, Hanks made his name with a touching performance in "Big" (1988), opening the doors to eventual...

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling
Canadian actor Ryan Gosling established himself with misfit outsider roles in award-winning independent films like "The Believer" (2001), "Half Nelson" (2006) and "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), with a believability that could only come from someone who had struggled with unease and dissatisfaction in their own life. Perhaps his awkward professional start in ill-suited endeavors like a stint as a...

Alycia Debnam-Carey

Alycia Debnam-Carey
Credits: The Devil's Hand BIRTHDATE| N/A

Bryshere Y. Gray

Bryshere Y. Gray
Credits: Empire BIRTHDATE| N/A

Trai Byers

Trai Byers
Credits: Selma, 90210, 90210, 90210, 90210 BIRTHDATE| N/A

Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi
A striking Nigerian actor, Oladayo A. Okeniyi (pronounced O-la-die-o Okay-ni-yi) appeared in several elementary school theatrical productions before his family moved to the United States in 2003. At the insistence of his father, a customs officer, and his mother, a literature teacher, Okeniyi earned his bachelor's degree in visual communications design in 2009. Following his dreams, he moved to...