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.
Born: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991 – TV)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The Forgotten (2004)
Children of Men (2006)
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
Born: Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Universal Soldier (1992)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
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.
Born: Austin, Nigeria
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: 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.
Born: MÃƒÂ¡laga, MÃƒÂ¡laga, AndalucÃƒÂa, 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 MÃƒÂ¡laga.
Born: New York City, New York
“Twin Peaks” (1990-1991)
“The X-Files” (1993-2002)
The X Files (1998)
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.
Born: Malibu, California
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.
Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Dead Again (1991)
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.
Born: Indianapolis, Indiana
The Newlydeads (1987)
Night Angel (1990)
Batman Returns (1992)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Tank Girl (1995)
Mystery Men (1999)
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Gentlemen (TV – 1999)
“Alien Hunter” (TV – 2001)
The Time Machine (2002)
Men in Black II (2002)
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. 🙂
Born: Chicago, Illinois
Blade Runner (1982)
The Final Terror (1983)
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.
Born: BogotÃƒÂ¡, Colombia
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
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.
Born: Boston, Massachusetts
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!
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)
Another talented actor who has a low-key career.
Born: Tokyo, Japan
Swords of the Space Ark (TV – 1981)
Makai tenshÃƒÂ´ (1981) USA Title: Samurai Reincarnation
Iga ninpÃƒÂ´chÃƒÂ´ (1982) USA DVD Title: Death of a Ninja
Ringu 2 (1999)
Onmyoji (2001) English title: The Yin Yang Master
“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!