Actors are the biggest celebrities in our culture, and for good reason! Every year, Hollywood rakes in billions as people all over the world flock to see the newest features. A major motion picture can cost more than the annual budget of some developing nations. People watch movies to laugh and cry, to be thrilled by the spectacle of big budget special effects, and to be carried away by powerful stories. But it is the actors which make these stories come to life.
A great actor can have all sorts of qualities. Maybe they are able to perform a whole range of characters, conveying amazing emotional depth with the slightest facial movements. Maybe they are method actors who throw themselves fully into their parts. Some are little more than winning smiles on stunning muscular bodies, but oh boy, how they make those smiles steal the show! Some will give up whole portions of their lives to play a part. Christopher Lee learned whole new languages to delve into his roles, while Brendan Fraser received intensive injuries doing stunt work. Whatever the reasons an actor is successful, we want to know who can name all these actors on the first try. We’re betting no one can. Who can prove us wrong?
Who is this lead actor?
This is an actor who has taken on a wide variety of rolls. When he was a young man, he rose to prominence with roles such as playing Achilles in the movie Troy and Tyler Durden in Fight Club. He threw himself into his roles, buying a home without air conditioning in Greece to spend the summer adjusting to the heat before playing the part of Achilles. As he matured, he took on roles in in critically acclaimed films like The Departed, Moneyball, and 12 Years A Slave. Name this actor.
In recent years, this actor has taken Hollywood by storm.
This Englishman is probably best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC show Sherlock. However, that is just the beginning of his repertoire. He has played the Father of Computers, none other than Alan Turing, in the film The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange in the film of that name (as well as two other MCU movies). Plus, he’s a genius of stagecraft, appearing in play after play. The one thing he can’t do is emulate US accents. Who is this thespian?
Name this incredibly talented performer.
Few actors have risen to fame in recent years quite like this movie star whose meteoric ascent has inspired a whole fan base to gather around him. In 2002 he appeared on HBO’s hit show The Wire as Wallace in a masterful performance. Since then he has played in Friday Night Lights, the 2015 Fantastic Four film, and he was the star of Fruitvale Station and Creed. However, his best known performance is as the antagonist in the film Black Panther. Name this star.
What is this Academy Award-winning actor named?
Born in 1974, this actor got his start as a child performer on TV before starring in the tragic 1995 movie The Basketball Diaries. The role led to him taking more leads in Romeo + Juliet and Titanic. In the 2000s he rose to new heights, starring in Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and The Departed. Many of his films received the Academy Award for Best Picture, but his inability to win one led to him being turned into a meme—until his role in 2015’s The Revenant.
Who is this major motion picture star?
This man has stolen the hearts and minds of millions of adoring fans. From his role as Stringer Bell on The Wire to his recent performance as Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower and from his superhero film role as the Asgardian god Heimdall in the MCU to his voice acting where he lent his vocals to Zootopia and The Jungle Book, there is no role he cannot pull off. However, he may best be known for the performance he has never (yet) played, since the internet wants him as James Bond. Who is he?
Name this charming lead?
This actor’s trajectory of successes has followed an interesting path. He is considered by Forbes to be one of the wealthiest and most billable actors of everyone in Hollywood. While he rose to critical acclaim for his lead role in the film he wrote with Ben Affleck, the drama Good Will Hunting, at the time he was probably just as influential for playing a dissatisfied angel in Kevin Smith’s comedy his Dogma. Other key performances include his leads in The Departed in 2006 and 2015’s The Martian. Who is this actor?
Name this iconic Hollywood star.
The rock star of movie stars, this energetic force of nature has become known for his work in the MCU, where he plays Tony Stark, also known as the indestructible Iron Man. This performance of a charismatic hard-living egomaniac who is on a path to perpetual self-destruction has entered into the cultural consciousness as instantly familiar, but many claim the performance is actually based on this actor’s real life personality. Who is this maverick of the screen with a penchant for wild antics?
What is this actor named?
This actor entered the world in 1961, and got his first major acting role in 1978 at the age of 17. He did a number of TV roles, including minor parts on The Golden Girls, E/R and the similarly named show ER. In the 90s he got his big break with Quentin Tarantino’s vampire film From Dusk Till Dawn. Other major roles included Syriana, Ocean’s Eleven, and Good Night and Good Luck. However, his most famous role may be as the most disappointing portrayal of Batman ever filmed. Name this star.
This entertainer got his start as a wrestler.
This actor has appeared in more than fifty movies now, but before taking to the big screen, he spent the 90s wrestling under the name “The Rock” and asking people if they could smell what he was cooking. He appeared as just a head atop a CGI body in the action comedy film The Mummy Returns, and then in the historical fantasy film The Scorpion King. A lover of fun action pieces, he has appeared Walking Tall, Moana, and Jumanji. By what other name is the Rock known?
What is the name of this charming actor?
One of the goth stars of the 90s for his roles in Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow, this depressed actor became even more beloved by fans for his role as Cap’n Jack Sparrow in 2003’s Disney dark historical fantasy Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Along with Tim Burton, he worked on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Sweeney Todd, taking lead (or co-lead) in all three. He also supposedly makes great pancakes. Who is this goth actor?
By what name is this award-winning actor known?
This English actor has an accomplished repertoire in film, TV, and on the stage. In his time he has performed quite a bit with the Royal Shakespeare Company, but he is probably better known for his role as Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the Enterprise in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 2000, he helped prove superhero movies could be good long before the MCU hammered the point home, when he played Professor X in the first X-Men film. What is this role-defining actor named?
Who is this Renaissance man?
This multi-talented actor may be most recognizable to many for his role in the sitcom Community. He also stars in the show Atlanta, which he created and episodes of which he sometimes directs. Some recent film hits in which he appeared include The Martian, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Magic Mike XXL. In 2018, he had two of his biggest successes, appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Also, this year he released a hit solo song and music video, “This Is America,” and thus officially won the internet. Identify this actor.
What is this knighted actor named?
Some actors are known for defining specific roles. This actor has done so twice: first becoming the filmic representation of the supervillain Magneto in the 2000 film X-Men, then appearing as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Of course, this is another man of many talents, and his acting exploits are so notable that he has been honored with a “Sir” in the front of his name. Who is this gifted actor who has achieved new levels of greatness?
This Hawaiian action hero knows how to bring a fight.
Game of Thrones is one of the most influential cultural sensations to hit TV in our lifetimes, and part of its success was the amazing performance by this actor in the first season where he played the warlord Khal Drogo who led a Dothraki horde across the Grass Sea. More recently, he has appeared as Aquaman in the DCEU, appearing in Justice League and the upcoming Aquaman film. He also played Conan the Barbarian in the 2011 remake of that fantasy classic. Identify this muscular long-haired actor.
Who is this comedian that loves to party for 8 Crazy Nights?
This comedy actor’s first big hit was as the lead in the film Billy Madison back in 1995, a movie about an adult who must go back and complete each grade of school to inherit his wealth. Other successes of that time included Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, and Little Nicky. After this began to get stale, he began experimenting, doing an animated film, Eight Crazy Nights, and the surreal tech-drama Click. Plus, his Chanukah song is a musical treat. Who is this comic actor?
Identify this major movie star.
First coming to gain wide recognition for his role as David Wooderson in the 1993 coming-of-age film Dazed and Confused, this actor has since made appearances in a number of major movies. He was in the 1997 science fiction film Contact, and then went onto star in such romantic comedies as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Fool’s Gold. More recently he appeared in The Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, and season one of True Detective. Name this actor.
Identify this iconic action hero.
This Australian actor is another one to define a role—in this case the role of the adamantium X-Man Wolverine, playing the part in all 9 X-movies out to date. From 2000 to 2018, he fought his way through hordes of enemies. However, he is just as profound a musical performer, singing in such musicals as The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables. Sadly, he seems to be retiring soon for health reasons. Identify this iconic performer who can sing, fight, and act with a skill few possess.
Who is this actor/director/screenwriter?
Perhaps best known for his role in the Taken franchise of films, this actor’s sheer force of personality delivered that series to success with the monologue he delivered into a cell phone—a monologue which made the trailer as he told the person on the other end what lay in store for them. He also played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode One, Hannibal in The A-Team, and Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins. Often said to be Irish, he is actually from Northern Ireland. Who is this star?
What name is this filmmaker known by?
Whatever can be said of this man’s acting accomplishments, he is not a superhero. Oh, he’s played in superhero films. He starred as the blind vigilante Daredevil in the film of that name, and currently is contracted as Batman in the DCEU movies, but these roles are pretty much universally despised. That said, he has done plenty of great work, appearing in comedies such as Chasing Amy and Dogma, as well as more serious works. He directed Argo and The Town. Who is this multi-talented filmmaker?
This actor was once known as the “Fresh Prince.”
There are so many achievements this man has under his cap it is hard to know where to begin with him. His lead role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” made him a star, which was followed by his co-lead in Men in Black (a film so successful it's mediocre song became a major summer hit). In addition to playing in Ali, I Am Legend, and The Pursuit of Happiness, he has a successful history in rap. What other name does the Fresh Prince go by?
Who is this wise-cracking jokester?
Where can one even begin to describe this comic treasure. He is perhaps best known for playing the role of the 4th Wall-breaking antihero in red and black known as (among other things) "The Merc with a Mouth." In the second film in this series, he used time travel to officially fix mistakes from his past films, like his role as Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern film. Perhaps his first loudmouth comic book movie role was in Blade Trinity. Who is this smart-mouthed jokester?
This comedian won plenty of laughs from the big screen.
Comedy is HARD. Seriously. Try getting a roomful of complete strangers to laugh. This man knows how to get the laughs, and ends his standup routine with a signature move: the mic drop. But he turned stand-up comedy into an acting life doing comedy movies, appearing in Down To Earth, Head of State, The Longest Yard, and Grown Ups. He also was the developer, writer, and narrator of his own sitcom. Who is this mic-dropping man of a million smiles?
Who is this multi-talented artist?
There are few actors who are as tough in real life as the characters they play, but this performer is once such man. While playing Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he did his own stunts, lost a tooth, broke a toe, did more stunts with these setbacks, and was called the most gifted sword fighter that stunt director Bob Anderson had ever worked with. He has since starred in Hidalgo, Eastern Promises, and Captain Fantastic. He’s also an impressive painter, linguist, and horseback rider. Who’s this real-life Renaissance man?
Name this iconic actor.
This actor has gotten up in years, but he is perhaps best known for a role he played when much younger, that of a young Jedi named Luke Skywalker who grew up on the desert world of Tatooine. Then in the early 90s he blessed geek culture with another star performance, this time as a voice actor, playing the cackling madman the Joker in Batman The Animated Series. We could name his other movie roles, but really, what role could surpass those first two? Name this cinema legend.
This actor does his own stunts.
While he has not appeared on the big screen in some time with the same regularity he once did, this stuntman is a master of martial arts—and of visual comedy. Known for such films as Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Forbidden Kingdom, Rumble in the Bronx, and the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, he has appeared in more than 150 films so far. While he rose to his Hollywood fame in the 90s and 2000s, it is his Hong Kong cinema performances that really wow us. Identify this martial artist.
Who is this star performer?
Best known for playing the ruler of Wakanda, the legendary Black Panther, this actor has captivated the minds and hearts of people across the globe with his played numerous film roles of real-life people. Interesting, he got his start playing in a TV soap opera where his role was, shall we say…problematic. He walked from the role despite being offered LOTS of money. Since then, he went onto play Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, James Brown in Get on Up, and everybody’s favorite Wakandan superhero monarch. Who is this master of the screen?
Identify this child actor who grew into his own man.
Starting out as a child actor, this performer played in movies like Angels in the Outfield and A River Runs Through It, as well as in the TV show 3rd Rock From The Sun. Since then, his renown has dramatically expanded in scope. He played an orphan cop who identified Bruce Wayne as Batman in the Christopher Nolan film The Dark Knight Rises (and later was revealed to go by the nickname Robin) and portrayed Edward Snowden in the film Snowden. Name this performer.
Name this master of comedy.
This is a man who has taken lowbrow humor to all new heights. His first film appearance was a bit role in the 2001 film Donnie Darko. Later, he played in a number of suggestive raunchy comedies, took on the role of the computer genius Steve Wozniak in the biopic film Steve Jobs, and was a masked vigilante in the movie Green Hornet. However, he may best be known for such comedies as This is The End, Pineapple Express, and Superbad. Who is this comedy genius?
What is this 78-year-old actor named?
It may seem like a bit of a catch-22 to ask the name of this actor who has used a pseudonym most of his life, but we are only asking for his stage name. He was Jed Bartlet on The West Wing—his most iconic role. However, some other films and shows he appeared in include O, Catch Me If You Can, Free Money, Apocalypse Now, Gettysburg, The Departed, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Who is this masterful veteran of film?
Who is this major movie star?
Sadly, this performer has been away from film for years following some serious hurt he sustained doing the stunts for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. However, his performance in The Mummy trilogy ensured his immortality in the halls of films. He has appeared in a number of other special effects intensive action films, like Journey to the Center of the Earth and Inkheart, but some of his best work was in the dramas Crash and School Ties. Which actor are we talking about?
Name this real life action hero who does his own stunts.
This martial artist karate chopped his way to fame with a series of stunning dramatic performances played out amidst his wushu stunt work. Once Upon A Time in China and Fist of Legend were his early claims to fame, but these were followed by Kiss of the Dragon, The Forbidden Kingdom, Fearless, Hero, and The Expendables series, all of which pushed him in new directions, either narratively or in terms of philosophy. Still, it is his quick fists and martial arts mastery that make us ask who knows this hard-hitting star is?
What is the name of this mustachioed man of action?
Machete. That is the role this actor is probably best known for. And what a role it was! Originally, the film Machete was just a trailer for a movie that did not exist, part of the two-film event Grindhouse. The trailer was so popular that Hollywood actually made a movie. Then fans demanded a trilogy. Yeah, Machete’s that good. But Machete isn’t his only role. He’s also in Spy Kids, Con Air, Desperado, and such shows as Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad. Who is this man? Y’know, beside “Machete.”
Peg the identity of this English comedy actor.
While many geeks have become masters of comedy in their own right, this English actor may currently be the leading geeky funny actor in the public sphere of consciousness. In addition to starring in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, he has played Scotty in the recent Star Trek reboot film series, taken on the role of Benji Dunn in the Mission Impossible franchise, and played an alien-obsessed ComiCon nerd in Paul. Who is this nerdy Englishman that continues to make fans laugh?
This actor is a living legend to fans of fantasy films.
There are few actors alive more iconic than this one. He was Indiana Jones in all of the Indiana Jones movies. He helped invent the genre of cyberpunk when he took the lead in the movie Blade Runner. He played Han Solo in the Star Wars series, and delivered such a powerful performance that he scared fellow actor Carrie Fisher out of some bad habits she had at the time. Who is this whip-cracking cyborg-hunting pilot of an actor who always shoots first?
Who is this English actor?
In 2015 this actor simultaneously became a breakout sensation and a source of internet controversy (then again, that was around the time that the color of a dress also caused massive controversy). The reason for both was that he was featured in the film Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Nerds culture being what it is, many did not respond well to the film, and while some of the complaints had valid canonical or narrative reasons, this actor was assailed for playing the part of an ex-Stormtrooper, Finn. Name this actor.
Name this Cambridge graduate who studied improv and clowning.
While comedians by their very nature are the court jesters of the modern world and prone to poke fun at the absurdism of life, few have caused quite the stir this one has. He had a show on TV, The Ali G Show, where he played three characters, white rapper Ali G, Kazakhstani reporter Borat, and German fashion icon Brüno. In each role, he interviewed real people who then made fools of themselves due to his antics—something he took to new extremes in his newest show, This Is America. Identify this clown.
Who is this big screen lead?
Some actors have really weird choices of film roles. Not that we’re judging him, but this actor has jumped between extremes with his choice of roles, demonstrating a range of ability and of aesthetic choices. He was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Charles Bronson in Bronson, Rodders in SuckerPunch, Ricki Tarr in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, and Venom in the recent movie Venom. Who is this performer with large biceps and an ever larger range?
What is this comedy legend named?
Once a Saturday Night Live regular, this comedy actor made some of the biggest side-splitters to ever play on the big screen. Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Stripes, and the original two Ghostbusters films. Lost in Translation was his film about experiences as a foreigner in Japan, a sad comedy dealing with loneliness and misunderstanding. In Rushmore and The Life Aquatic he fully embraced the weirdness of surreal human interactions in his humor. He also played himself in such films as Space Jam and Zombieland. What is this comedy legend named?
Name this pioneer of indie films and geek comedy.
This Jersey guy dropped out of school and maxed out all his credit cards to make his first film: Clerks. It was one of the first indie films, an instant classic that spawned the Jay and Silent Bob film series (in which he played Silent Bob). Later movies in this ‘verse, the View Askewniverse, include Mallrats, Dogma, Chasing Amy, and Jersey Girl. Then his movies got dark, weird, and artistically brilliant. Red State was a profound exploration of religious zealotry, while Tusk’s is about a man becoming a walrus. Name this indie movie legend.
Identify this action star.
This actor got his start in the 2002 film 8 Mile, where he played the character Clarence. In 2004, he got recognition for his performance in Brother to Brother, for which he was nominated for some awards. He then went onto play in Million Dollar Baby, Freedomland, Half Nelson, Eagle Eye, and The Hurt Locker, before joining the cast of the MCU as the superhero Falcon (or Sam Wilson, as he is known in his civilian identity). Who is this talented performer?
Who is this winner of the Oscar for Best Actor?
This actor is perhaps best known for his appearance as Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies. But more than just that, this man is a Triple Crown actor, having won an Academy Award, an Emmy, and a Tony Award. His portrayal of a blind man in Scent of a Woman got him his Academy Award for Best Actor, and he was nominated for Oscars based on his work in his roles in various crime films. Who is this acting superstar?
What is this actor named?
This actor played Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. He also played roles of various capacities in Sin City, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Everything Is Illuminated, Green Street, and in the TV show Wilfred. He also did some great voice acting, lending his voice to Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, and the Legend of Spyro video games where he gave his voice to the titular character. Who is this talented actor who just walked into Mordor?
By what name was this multi-talented actor known?
This actor has played many roles over the years, but before he was an actor, he fought in World War II as part of The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, and may have been the inspiration for James Bond. He played Saruman in The Lord of the Rings films, Count Dooku in Star Wars, and has also played Dracula, a Bond villain, the Jabberwocky, and Mycroft Holmes. He spoke at least 9 languages and played Charlemagne in two heavy metal albums. Who was this real life hero?
Who is this big hit of the big screen?
In recent years, this actor has become famously associated with playing the lead role of the Dark Knight of Gotham City in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. He had leading roles in Reign of Fire, Equilibrium, 3:10 To Yuma, The Flowers of War, The Promise, and Public Enemies, while he was the main villain in the 2000 remake of Shaft and Moses in 2014’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. All of his roles are based on his method acting style. Identify this award-winning performer.
Identify this talented Danish performer.
This Danish actor has a face full of character. In fact, it’s a face suited for all sorts of characters. He’s in the Danish crime films Pusher and Pusher II, then played Tristan in 2004’s King Arthur. He played the Bond villain La Cheffe in Casino Royale. In the WWII film Flame and Citron he portrayed the Danish resistance operative Citronen. More recently, he joined the MCU as the villain Kaecilius in Doctor Strange and played Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Who is this actor?
What is the name of this hairless leading man?
This is one of the all-time greatest action stars. He was the boxer Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction and was the detective John Hartigan in the noir crime drama Sin City. But rather than name all of the films this muscular bald-headed actor has starred in—and there are many classics on that list—let’s talk about his most important role. He played John McClane, the star hero of the greatest action movie ever made. What is this hairless action hero named?
Name this master of the angry rant.
Probably best known for his role as an angry character in films about crime and less than peaceful behavior, such as Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, and Once Upon A Time In America (3 out of the 4 being by director Martin Scorsese). He also appeared in the comedy My Cousin Vinny where he was the lead role, Vinny Gambini, and in the children’s movies Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Known for angry rants and his sharp voice, he delivers intense performances. Name this actor.
Who is this gifted actor?
Getting his start back in 2008 in the Afterschool, this actor got the lead role in his first appearance while only a teenager. Then he went onto greater successes with We Need to talk About Kevin and with the 2012 drama The Perks of Being A Wallflower, winning multiple awards for his performance in this film. Recently, he has played the Flash in the DCEU, making his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then going onto appear in Justice League. Who is this actor?
Identify this octogenarian who won the Oscar for Best Actor.
For our last question, we ask about a living legend. This actor is a man who redefined film roles and whole genres. He is best known for playing the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and its surrounding films, Hannibal and Red Dragon. Among his other key performances were as Van Helsing in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as Bill Parrish in Meet Joe Black, and as Robert Ford in the HBO Sci-Fi drama series Westworld. Identify this legendary performer.
Who is this legend of Japanese cinema?
One of the most recognizable Japanese actors in the world, this guy is a boss! He is considered the cinematic spiritual successor to the legendary Akira Kurosawa. And why not? With performances like what he delivered in Brother, Battle Royale, Zatoichi, and Ghost in the Shell, he is a legendary action star whose performances have garnered huge followings outside Japan. He is also a director, painter, singer, author, comedian, TV host, and even created a video game. Name this Japanese auteur.