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This list of Hollywood actors might help inspire you if you are thinking about how you are going to get your own acting career started. Here are some brief descriptions about how they got started with web links to pages where you can find out a lot more information about them. This article looks at how, these, some of the most popular actors working today got their respective big breaks in comedy, drama, TV or on stage.
Although you might have come here looking for a list of Hollywood actors, here are some other pages that might be related to what you are looking for:
The first one on this list of Hollywood actors is Leonardo DiCaprio, who started his acting career by appearing in commercials and on TV shows in guest roles on Santa Barbara, Parenthood and Roseanne. His first movie role was in Critters 3 and shortly after this he played a standout role as Johnny Depps mentally handicapped brother in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape. This performance earned him an Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination, and since then he has performed steadily in a variety of film roles that have firmly established him as one of the biggest movie stars working in Hollywood.
Visit Leonardo DiCaprios official website for more information on his career:
Gael Garcia Bernal is one of Mexicos biggest movie stars, both of his parents are actors and he started performing when he was only a year old. He performed in soap operas for much of his teen years and was having a very successful career before he decided to leave Mexico so that he could attend Londons Central School of Speech and Drama. He was 19 years old when he started at this drama school and was the first Mexican to study there. After graduating he worked in both theatre and film including the Oscar nominated Amores Perros which was his first big hit that allowed him to cross over into American films like The Science of Sleep and most recently Blindness.
For all the information about his past and future roles (he also is a director and producer) you should visit:
You can also find their list of Hollywood actors on that site as well.list of hollywood actors, acting career, how to get discovered, professional ator resume
Next in this list of Hollywood actors is Hugh Jackman, who started his performing career in acting, singing and dancing by performing in his high schools musicals such as My Fair Lady. He continued his formal training in musical theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (he turned down a role in the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours to do so). After he finished his training he performed mostly in stage productions in Australia and England before his breakthrough role as Wolverine in the very popular X-Men movies. Most recently Hugh Jackman hosted the 2009 Academy Awards.
http://www.hugh-jackman.com/ has a full bio of all of Hugh Jackman's TV, movie and stage credits.
Sean Penn is number four in this list of Hollywood actors as he first appeared on TV as a child-extra in Little House on the Prairie (his father was the director of the episode) but it was his portrayal of Jeff Spicoli in the hit TV show Fast Times at Ridegemont High that really launched his career. He has starred in At Close Range, Woody Allens Sweet and Lowdown, I Am Sam and Dead Man Walking. Sean Penn has been nominated for an Academy Award five times and has won it twice, first for Mystic River and most recently for Milk. You can watch his acceptance speech for his Oscar;
Or visit http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/sean_penn_biog.html to find out more information about all of his movie roles and directing credits.
Johnny Depp started out in music, leaving school to play in various bands until he was introduced to Nicholas Cage who encouraged him to go after a career in acting. Johnny Depps first major role was in 21 Jump Street, a TV show that made him a teen heartthrob in the late 1980s. However this was not the direction that he wanted to take his career so he then departed from TV and went into film. He has made a career for himself by playing offbeat characters in movies like Edward Scissor Hands and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood by playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies and Tim Burtons version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
http://www.johnnydeppweb.com/ is a great resource where you can read all about Johnny Depps film projects, including his upcoming roles.
List Of Hollywood Actors Continued
Ed Norton began acting in summer camps as a child before attending Yale; he graduated with a BA in History, but ignited his love of acting by performing in many university productions during his time there. In the early nineties he moved to New York and began his acting career in Off-Broadway theatre. Shortly after this he broke into film and has since performed in movies such as Primal Fear, American History X, Rounders and the cult hit Fight Club. He has been nominated for an Academy Award numerous times.
Check out this website dedicated to Edward Norton for all the information on his career
Daniel Day-Lewis is an English actor known for his own version of method acting that means he stays in character on and off set for the duration of filming. He is very dedicated to researching his roles and as a result is also known for being an eccentric character actor. He appeared in his first film when he was 14 years old and as a child was involved in the National Youth Theatre before being accepted into the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he studied for three years. In 1982 he successfully won the role of Colin in the movie Gandhi after he asked the director in person if he could have the part (he was initially rejected). Daniel Day Lewis has worked extensively in stage (including the Royal Shakespeare Company) and TV. Most recently however he has performed exclusively in film in projects like My Left Foot, Gangs of New York and There Will Be Blood.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000358/ This website gives you the full list of his previous roles and also has some archival footage of his work and of his Oscar acceptance speeches.
You can't have a list of Hollywood actors without talking about Brad Pitt, who grew up singing in his local church choir, participating in school debates and performing in musicals. He continued acting during college (where he majored in journalism) and ended up leaving for Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally when he was only two weeks short of graduating. He started working professionally in television on popular TV shows such as Dallas but it was his performance in Thelma and Louise that really kicked his career into gear. He has acted alongside some of the biggest starts in Hollywood- Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, Anthony Hopkins in Legends of the Fall and Meet Joe Black, Morgan Freeman in Seven and Ed Norton in Fight Club. Most recently he was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Being one of the biggest stars around there are many websites dedicated to the work of Brad Pitt, you might want to check out this one for more information
Christian Bale makes our list of Hollywood actors as his acting career began when he was eight years old and appeared in an ad for fabric softener. His career really began after his co-star in one of his first acting jobs Anastasia: The Mystery Of Anna recommended him to Stephen Spielberg. The recommendation paid off because Bale did in fact end up appearing in Empire Of the Sun. He received a lot of praise for his performance- including an award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures but being so young and still in school meant that he also was bullied a lot by his peers. This did not deter him though and he went on to perform in the Disney musical Newsies and Little Women with Winona Ryder. During his young adulthood in performed in many art house films before raising his profile by appearing in American Psycho, 3:10 to Yuma and The Prestige. Most recently he has received a lot of exposure through his portrayal of Batman in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
For more information on Christian Bales past films including his infamous performance in The Machinist where he underwent a massive physical transformation visit http://www.christianbale.net/
Will Ferrell is primarily known for his work as a comedic actor, a reputation that began during his seven year stint on Saturday Night Live. Prior to this he developed his comedic skills as a member of the comedy group The Groundlings where he showed a strong talent for improvisation. He has appeared in A Night at the Roxbury and Zoolander as well as memorable performances after he left SNL in Old School and Anchorman. Will Ferrell has also departed from these sorts of frat comedies, lending his talents to films like Stranger Than Fiction and Woody Allens Melinda and Melinda.
http://planetwill.jt.org/ is a website all about the career of Will Ferrell.
Here is a great resource to a complete list of Hollywood actors and to find out about just about any actor you want.
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