In my meanderings around the web this past week, I came upon a page on IMDB called “Most Popular People Born in 1960.” What I found interesting was how many of these actors, turning 50 this year, have been in genre films. So I thought I’d share the top 13 genre-connected ones with you here:

NOTE: These are in the order that IMBD placed them.

julianne moore Julianne Moore
Born: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991 – TV)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Psycho (1998)
Evolution (2001)
The Forgotten (2004)
Children of Men (2006)
Next (2007)
I really like Julianne’s quirky, tough and thoroughly grounded energy. She’s one of those actresses that when I know she’s in a film, I know its worth seeing.

jean-claude van damme Jean-Claude Van Damme
Born: Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium

Cyborg (1998)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Timecop (1994)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
Replicant (2001)
Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)
Ah, the muscles from Brussels … easy on the eyes and had potential. Saw a bio on him that made me sad. I hope he turns things around.

hugo weaving Hugo Weaving
Born: Austin, Nigeria

Babe (1995)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
The Matrix (1999)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Transformers (2007)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
The Wolfman (2010)
For me the magic that is Hugo Weaving is his voice. I loved the way he used it to taunt Neo in The Matrix movies.

antonio banderas Antonio Banderas
Born: Málaga, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
The 13th Warrior (1999)
Spy Kids (2001)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
Shrek 2 (2004)
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Shrek the Third (2007)
Another actor with a fantastic voice. Besides, he’s from Spain and being half Spanish myself, that gives him points in my book. In fact, I still have family that live in Málaga.

david duchovny David Duchovny
Born: New York City, New York

“Twin Peaks” (1990-1991)
“The X-Files” (1993-2002)
The X Files (1998)
Evolution (2001)
The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
Loved David as Fox Mulder … gave the character a dark groundedness, while still evoking a certain amount of innocence when needed.

timothy hutton Timothy Hutton
Born: Malibu, California

Iceman (1984)
Made in Heaven (1987)
The Dark Half (1993)
5ive Days to Midnight (TV – 2004)
The Last Mimzy (2007)
Although his genre work is few and far between, Timothy always brings a senses of realism to his fantasy roles.

kenneth branagh Kenneth Branagh
Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Dead Again (1991)
Frankenstein (1994)
Wild Wild West (1999)
Alien Love Triangle (2002)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
I first saw Kenneth in Dead Again … a movie enjoyed so much I watched it twice in one day … and had no idea he was British. A few days later, I heard a movie critic rag on his “horrible American Accent.” Well, he had me fooled.

doug jones Doug Jones
Born: Indianapolis, Indiana

The Newlydeads (1987)
Night Angel (1990)
Batman Returns (1992)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Tank Girl (1995)
Galgameth (1996)
Mimic (1997)
Mystery Men (1999)
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Gentlemen (TV – 1999)
“Alien Hunter” (TV – 2001)
Monkeybone (2001)
The Time Machine (2002)
Men in Black II (2002)
Hellboy (2004)
Doom (2005)
El laberinto del fauno aka Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
The Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Doug plays the body of Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies (David Hyde Pierce is the voice), which I’ve always found very sexy. 🙂

daryl hannah Daryl Hannah
Born: Chicago, Illinois

Blade Runner (1982)
The Final Terror (1983)
Splash (1984)
High Spirits (1988)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV – 1993)
Final Days of Planet Earth (TV – 2006)
Absolutely hated Clan of the Cave Bear. The book was so much better and deserved more on the screen. But I don’t think that was her fault, she was good as Ayla.

john leguizamo John Leguizamo
Born: Bogotá, Colombia

Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Spawn (1997)
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
Arabian Nights (TV – 2000)
Titan A.E. (2000)
Land of the Dead (2005)
This man has more talent in his little finger than most have in their entire bodies. I wish he’d get more and better roles.

james spader James Spader
Born: Boston, Massachusetts

Mannequin (1987)
Wolf (1994)
Stargate (1994)
Supernova (2000)
Alien Hunter (2003)
I’m not usually into blondes, but for James I’ll make an exception. Loved him in Dream Lover and awesome in Stargate!

john schneider John Schneider
Born: Mount Kisco, New York

The Curse (1987)
“Relic Hunter,” playing Dallas Carter (TV – 2 episodes, 2000-2001)
“Touched by an Angel,” playing Joshua Winslow (TV – 3 episodes, 1995-2001)
“Smallville” (TV – 2001-2006)
Lake Placid 2 (TV – 2007)
“Journeyman,” playing Dennis Armstrong (TV – 1 episode, 2007)
Ogre (TV – 2008)
Conjurer (2008)
Another talented actor who has a low-key career.

hiroyuki sanada Hiroyuki Sanada
Born: Tokyo, Japan

Swords of the Space Ark (TV – 1981)
Makai tenshô (1981) USA Title: Samurai Reincarnation
Iga ninpôchô (1982) USA DVD Title: Death of a Ninja
Rasen (1998)
Ringu (1998)
Ringu 2 (1999)
Onmyoji (2001) English title: The Yin Yang Master
Sunshine (2007)
“Lost” playing Dogen (TV – 2010)
So far, I’ve been very disappointed in the lack of screen time this amazingly talented performer gets in his English language roles. The man oozes charisma … even watching his TV commercials can be captivating!

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