The first ever movie was created in the late 1800's, and ever since that day, there have been actors who have become immortalized on the big screen. When the industry started actors from plays and vaudeville burst onto the scene. They were multitalented entertains who could usually play instruments, sing, act, performer acrobatics and even juggle. As the industry grew the number of actors increased and fans started to see specialized actors who focused on the different facets of the industry. Full-time comedians, dramatic actors, and action stars started to arise. Some actors where huge flashes in the pan that dominated screens for a few years, and were nearly forgotten after that, while others have become legends. Their movies are still shown and enjoyed today.
Movies have changed a lot in the last 130 years. Attention spans have shortened, and films have sped up their storytelling to match suit. Genres have come and gone, and in some cases come back again. The actors in this quiz have all at one point in their career been household names, but as the old saying warns, fame can be fickle. Our parents would have breezed through this quiz, but how will we score when we try to name all of these famous actors?
1Who played Rocky?
This actor has played Rocky, Rambo, and Judge Dredd. He has been in a large mix of incredible movies, and terrible ones, but even his bad movies are a lot of fun (Let's face it, Over The Top was about arm wrestling.) The actor has starred mostly in action movies but has also shown skill as both a comedic and dramatic actor. He is one of the best action stars though and loves revisiting that genre. Who is this actor who is still making action movies well into his 70s?
2Who played Willy Wonka?
This comedic actor is probably best known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in 1971, but he was also a long time collaborator with Mel Brooks, having starred in Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles. He also worked a lot with Richard Pryor in See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Stir Crazy, and Silver Streak He was a comedic genius and was known for his slapstick comedy style. Who was this actor who spent a good portion of his life promoting cancer awareness?
3Who is this star of The Shinning?
This actor has made a career out of being able to go from a normal everyday guy, to crazy and outrageous at a drop of a hat. There is something about this guy that seems intimidating, no matter how old he gets. He has starred in Batman, As Good As It Gets, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and A Few Good Men. In almost every role he loves to chew the scenery in a way very few actors can. Who is this actor?
4Who played Serpico?
This actor has often played characters who are known for their cunningness and temper. He has started in The Godfather, Scarface, Scent of a Woman and Devil's Advocate. He has played everything from idyllic heroes in Serpico all the way to the devil himself in Devil's Advocate, and there is always something undeniably likable about him. He started acting in the late 1960s and he has played a few different gangster roles in his career. Who is this actor who loves to play the bad guy everyone roots for?
5Who played The Taxi Driver?
This actor was famous for always playing extremely angry roles, with roles in The Taxi Driver, Heat, The Godfather Part II and Good Fellows. He has also shown off a comedic side in movies like Dirty Grandpa and Meet the Parents. Though, in fairness, most of the humor in those movies comes from the fact that people are often scared of him. This actor started his career in the early 60's but would not find commercial success until the 70's. Who is the often angry actor?
6Who played Dirty Harry?
This actor is known for playing some of the toughest characters in movie history. He was in five Dirty Harry movies, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Unforgiving, Leone's Dollars Trilogy, and more recently Gran Torino. He has also shown his softer side in movies like Million Dollar Baby and The Bridges of Madison County. He has made a name for himself as a director as well as an actor. Who is this actor who started in spaghetti westerns?
7What is the name of this It's a Wonderful Life star?
This actor was very famous, especially in early Hollywood. Known for his distinct voice and line read pacing he has become one of the most celebrated actors in history. He started in stage acting but moved to movies. He has cemented his way into many families Christmas traditions by playing George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. He was also the star of Harvey, Rear Window, Vertigo, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. What was the name of this star of the golden age of Hollywood?
8Who is this Western superstar?
This actor started out as a football star playing for The University of Southern California. However, an injury would help propel him into a life of acting. He became known as one of Hollywood's toughest leading men in all sorts of war and western movies. He starred in True Grit, Rio Bravo, and The Quiet Man. His real first name was Marion, but he went by a much tougher sounding name in his acting career. Who was this actor who many people only refer to as the Duke?
9Who was in Beverly Hills Cop?
This comedic actor got his start working in comedy, especially on the TV show Saturday Night Live. He would go on to star in many movies including Beverly Hills Cop, The Nutty Professor, Life, Trading Places, and Dr. Doolittle. He was even supposed to be in Ghostbusters, but a scheduling conflict got in the way, and he had to be replaced. Today he is better known for his role in kids movies and voiceovers. Who voices the Donkey in the Shrek franchise?
10Who played The Bandit?
This actor was always known for his toughness and swagger. He starred in Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, Boogie Nights, and The Cannonball Run. Any time a tough guy was needed in the 70s and 80s this actor was called on. In fact, he was one of the people being considered for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars before the position was filled by another actor. What was the name of this actor who broke the rules on and off the stage?
11What actor was in the Hustler?
Today this actor is almost better remembered for his salad dressings and his car racing than he is for his movies. Though his dressings are very delicious, how could anyone forget movies like Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Slapshot and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? He started acting in movies in 1954 and his final acting credit was voicing Doc Hudson in Disney's Cars. what is the name of this actor who started his food line as a charity organization?
12Who is this Aikido master?
At a time when most of the western world was fascinated by Karate and Kung Fu, an actor came to Hollywood who focused on a much less dramatic martial art. Whereas Karate and Kung Fu focused strongly on punches and kicks Aikido focused on holds and throws. The premise was using the opponent's size against them. This actor would show off his technique in Above the Law, Under Siege and Executive Decisions. What was the name of this martial arts master?
13Who starred in The Delta Force?
Some actors have become much more famous because of what they have come to represent than for the movies they were in. In fairness, this actor was in Way of the Dragon, Delta Force, and Missing in Action, as well as starring in the TV show Walker Texas Ranger, but today he is known as a meme. According to the internet, this actor may be the toughest human ever born, and he may be hiding a fist under his beard. Who is this man of legend?
14Who was this star of Enter the Dragon?
This actor got his start in Hong Kong cinema and was in many movies that focused on his skill as a martial artist. He would star in Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and The Big Boss. He would also star as Kato on the television show The Green Hornet. He was an incredible martial arts master and he helped popularize martial arts films in the west. He practiced Wing Chun and created Jeet Kune Do. What was the name of this actor and philosopher?
15Who is this star of Blade Runner?
This actor got his big acting break while he was helping with maintenance and set construction on a movie. He would read lines with other actors that were auditioning, and the crew fell in love with his line delivery. This landed him the starring role in Star Wars, and he would go on to be in Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, and The Fugitive. This actor has gotten a reputation as being grumpy at times, but moviegoers still love him. Who is this actor?
16Who played the Godfather?
This actor starred in movies since the 1950's. He played in iconic movies like A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, and Superman. He was known as an eccentric actor and is often credited with helping create the method acting style that is popular with some actors today. He was one of the most famous actors in Hollywood and often got top billing later in his career regardless of screen time. What is the name of this actor who famously yelled Stella?
17Who starred in the Sting?
Famous for his roles in The Sting, Butch Cassidy, and The Sundance Kid, Indecent Proposal, The Natural and The Horse Whisperer, this actor also founded The Sundance Film Festival. He started acting in movies back in 1962 in the movie the War Hunt. He named his independent movie festival after one of his most famous roles and he helps get independent filmmakers recognition in the industry. His festival introduced people like Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, and Kevin Smith. Who is this actor?
18Who was in The Graduate?
He has been acting in movies since the late 60's. He has appeared in The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Rain Man. He has shown an incredible range as an actor being able to excel in both comedies and dramas during his long and famous career. He starred in Midnight Cowboy which was the only movie with an X rating to win an Oscar, but the movie was given an R rating in 1971. What is the name of this actor?
19Who played Lex Luthor in Superman?
This actor is known for his roles in The French Connection, The Poseidon Adventure, and Superman, and he has been acting in movies since 1963. His big break came when he played Buck Barrow in the movie Bonnie and Clyde which got him nominated for his first Academy Award. He has been in both comedies and dramas. This actor has been retired since 2004 and now writes historical fictions. Who is this actor that helped lend legitimacy to the first big-budget superhero movie?
20Who starred in Alfie?
This actor has been working since the late 1950's. He has starred in Alfie, The Italian Job, A Bridge Too Far, but he will probably be most remembered for his role as Alfred the butler in the recent Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy. He is famous for his humor, and even when he plays a more serious role, he seems to add a touch of humor and wit to help make it his own. Who is this actor who was born in London?
21Who played Sonny Corleone in the Godfather?
This actor has been working since the late 60's and has starred in movies like El Dorado, Rollerball, Thief, Misery, Brian Song, Elf, and The Godfather. On top of all that he has also been on some successful tv shows. Known for playing hotheads, he perfected this while playing Sonny Corleone in the Godfather. Though he is extremely talented he has had some personal problems that have hurt his reputation. Who is this actor who has played some very high profile roles?
22Who played Trapper John in the M.A.S.H. movie?
This actor rose to fame when he played Trapper John in the Movie M.A.S.H. The movie may have made cinematic history with the first audible use for the F-bomb being dropped, though this claim is sometimes debated by movie experts. This actor was also in The Long Goodbye, the Ocean's Eleven Franchise, and A Bridge Too Far. However many younger fans might remember him best for playing Monica and Ross's dad in the sitcom Friends. Who is this comedic actor?
23Who starred in Planet of the Apes?
This actor became very famous for playing roles where his character discovers a surprising twist. In Planet of the Apes he found out he was on Earth, and in Soylent Green he found out it was made of people. He was also in Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, The Omega Man, and El Cid. He started his film career in the 50's playing in action and adventure films mostly. Who was this actor who found his niche playing sci-fi and fantasy roles?
24Who starred in Apocalypse Now?
This actor is known for his roles in Apocalypse Now, The Badlands, Firestarter, Wall Street and The Dead Zone. He also played in a lot of TV movies and also starred in the TV show The West Wing. Though he was a famous actor in his own right his sons, Charlie and Emilio have become fairly famous as well, and have helped solidify the family as a Hollywood powerhouse. Who is this actor who changed his last name from Estevez?
25Who was in Romancing the Stone?
This actor rose to fame in the 70s in movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but he became a household name in the 80s with movies like Romancing the Stone, Wall Street, and Fatal Attraction. He has played in both dramas and comedies, though he seems to prefer dramatic roles. The actor was injured in a skiing accident that halted his career for a brief time in the 90s. Who is this actor who recently portrayed Hank Pym in a Marvel movie?
26Who starred in Grease?
This actor rose to fame as a member of the Sweathogs in the TV series Welcome Back Kotter. He has starred in movies like Carrie, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Face-off, Michael and Looks Who's Talking. He has shown incredible range, being able to play a goofy student, all the way to being able to play crazy crime lords. This actor doesn't mind playing either extreme. Who is this actor who has played in many musicals during his career?
27Who starred in Brewster's Millions?
This comedic actor is better known for his stand up career than his movie making one, even though he has had quite a few stand out movie performances. He starred in The Toy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Moving, Stir Crazy, Harlem Nights, Superman III, and Brewster's Millions. The actor was known for his uncompromising look at contemporary issues in the form of humor. This actor won five Grammys for his comedy and is often considered one of the greatest comedians ever. Who is this actor?
28Who starred in Uncle Buck?
He got his start working with Second City in Canada where he worked with Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis. This actor often played as a partner for other comedic greats of his era. Having starred in Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Spaceballs, this actor was known for elevating the performance of everyone he worked with. Even when he was only in the movie for a short cameo, the audience was ready for a laugh. Who was he?
29Who was in the Kickboxer?
This actor was known for playing many martial arts fighters in the 80s and 90s. Most famously he played in Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Lionheart, Double Impact, and Street Fighter. He was known for roles where he would either shoot or kick everyone and everything in the movie. (This is proven when he kicks a tree for 10 minutes in kickboxer.) Though he often played action roles, he did it with a sense of humor and has parodied himself on occasion. Who is this martial arts master?
30Who starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's?
This actor started his career in the 60s and played in many famous movies, including How the West Was Won, The Carpetbaggers, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. However, his most famous role wouldn't come until he moved to television and starred in the series The A-Team as Hannibal Smith. He was the cigar-chomping leader of the team who would always famously exclaim, "I love it when a plan comes together!" even though nothing ever went the way it was planned. Who is this actor?
31Who was in Blue Hawaii?
This actor is far better known as a singer and musician, but he was also an actor for many years. In fact, he was in over 30 films from 1956 to 1969. In almost all of them, he played a character that was fairly close to himself, though sometimes he would play a doctor or a soldier. The films were often excuses for him to sing and dance in a movie. Who is this rock and roll star who acted as well?
32Who was in Angel in My Pocket?
This actor is much better known for his two gigantic tv roles, he starred in a self-titled tv show, and as Matlock. He did, however, have a whole bunch of movie roles, including A Face in the Crowd, Hearts of the West, Angel in My Pocket and Spy Hard. He had three different TV shows that all took place in Mayberry and he was a well-known musician as well, specializing in Gospel music. Who is this actor who worked with Ron Howard?
33Who played in Easy Rider?
This actor made a name for himself playing motorcyclist, and cowboys. He was in The Wild Angels, Easy Rider, The Trip, and The Hired Hand. Because of his history in Biker movies, it was great to see him cameo in Wild Hogs and it was fun to see him play Mephisto in Ghost Rider. He comes from a family of famous actors, with his older sister being a famous actress. Who is this actor whose daughter is now also famous?
34Who was in the original Magnificent Seven?
This actor became known as the King of Cool. This was partly because of his starring roles in The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Great Escape, and The Magnificent Seven. He was also a Stuntman, and a racer in cars, motorcycles, horses, and planes. He was known for collecting rare vehicles and aircraft He had a large motorcycle collection that he was very proud of. He was inducted into the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978. Who was this fast driving actor?
35Who was in Oh God?
This actor starred in vaudeville, radio, film, and television. He was a hugely successful stage comedian who also acted. He was known for his arched eyebrow and his constant cigar. He started starring in films in the 30's and would continue to star in movies well into the 90's. Playing roles in The Muppet Movie, Oh God, and The Sunshine Boys. He played his last role, as a 100-year-old comedian when he was 98. Who was this actor who may have smoked 3000 cigars in his long life?