Greatest Film Stars
Greatest Roles & Filmographies


Greatest Film Stars - Roles and Filmographies
(alphabetical, by last name)
Introduction | A1 | A2 | B1 | B2 | B3 | C1 | C2 | C3 | D1 | D2 | E
F1 | F2 | G1 | G2 | H1 | H2 | H3 | I-J | K
L1 | L2 | M1 | M2 | M3 | M4 | N | O | P1 | P2-Q | R1
R2 | S1 | S2 | S3 | T1 | T2 | U-V | W1 | W2-Z


Greatest Film Star Roles and Filmographies
Actor or Actress
Definitive Screen Role Other Great Film Roles

James Caan
(1940- )
Santino "Sonny" Corleone in "Mississippi" Traherne in El Dorado (1966)
Larry Moore in T.R. Baskin (1971)
Brian Piccolo in Brian's Song (1971, TV)
Dick Kanipsia in Slither (1973)
John Baggs Jr. in Cinderella Liberty (1973)
Axel Freed in The Gambler (1974)
Billy Rose in Funny Lady (1975)
Jonathan E. in Rollerball (1975)
Mike Locken in The Killer Elite (1975)
Frank 'Buck' Athearn in Comes a Horseman (1978)
George Schneider in Chapter Two (1979)
Frank in Thief (1981)
Jolly Villano in Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Clell Hazard in Gardens of Stone (1987)
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes in Alien Nation (1988)
Spaldoni in Dick Tracy (1990)
Paul Sheldon in Misery (1990)
Eddie Sparks in For the Boys (1991)
Tommy Korman in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Roy Sweeney in Flesh and Bone (1993)
Abe Henry (Mr. Henry) in Bottle Rocket (1996)
U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin in Eraser (1996)
Frank Vitale in Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Frank Olchin in The Yards (2000)
Marvin in City of Ghosts (2002)
The Big Man in Dogville (2003)
Walter in Elf (2003)
The President in Get Smart (2008)

Nicolas Cage
(1964- )
Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Randy in Valley Girl (1983)
Smokey in Rumble Fish (1983)
Nicky/Bud in Racing With the Moon (1984)
Vincent Dwyer in The Cotton Club (1984)
Al Columbato in Birdy (1984)
Charlie Bodell in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
H.I. McDonnough in Raising Arizona (1987)
Ronny Cammareri in Moonstruck (1987)
Peter Loew in Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Sailor Ripley in Wild at Heart (1990)
Johnny Collins in Zandalee (1991)
Detective Jack Singer in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Michael in Red Rock West (1993)
Charlie Lang in It Could Happen to You (1994)
Little Junior Brown in Kiss of Death (1995)
Dr. Stanley Goodspeed in The Rock (1996)
Cameron Poe in Con Air (1997)
Castor Troy/Sean Archer in Face/Off (1997)
Seth in City of Angels (1998)
Rick Santoro in Snake Eyes (1998)
Tom Welles in 8MM (1999)
Frank Pierce in Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Randall "Memphis" Raines in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Jack Campbell in The Family Man (2000)
Captain Antonio Corelli in Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Joe Enders in Windtalkers (2002)
Donald/Charlie Kaufman in Adaptation (2002)
Roy Waller in Matchstick Men (2003)
Ben Gates in National Treasure (2004) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Yuri Orlov in Lord of War (2005)
David Spritz in The Weather Man (2005)
John McLoughlin in World Trade Center (2006)
Edward Malus in The Wicker Man (2006)
Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider in Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Cris Johnson in Next (2007)
John Koestler in Knowing (2009)
Terence McDonagh in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Damon Macready/Big Daddy in Kick-Ass (2010)
Balthazar Blake in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Milton in Drive Angry (2011)

#8 star
James Cagney
(1899-1986)
Tom Powers in The Public Enemy (1931)
and
Cody Jarrett in White Heat (1949)
Jack in Smart Money (1931)
Bert Harris in Blonde Crazy (1931)
Joe Greer in The Crowd Roars (1932)
Lefty Merrill in Hard to Handle (1933)
Danny Kean in Picture Snatcher (1933)
Chester Kent in Footlight Parade (1933)
Dan Quigley in Lady Killer (1933)
James 'Brick' Davis in G-Men (1935)
Bottom (The Weaver) in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Bat Morgan in Frisco Kid (1935)
Dizzy Davis in Ceiling Zero (1936)
Rocky Sullivan in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
The Oklahoma Kid (Jim Kincaid) in The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
Frank Ross in Each Dawn I Die (1939)
Eddie Bartlett in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
"Nicky" Butler in Torrid Zone (1940)
Danny Kenny in City For Conquest (1940)
T. L. "Biff" Grimes in The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
Steve Collins in The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Nick Condon in Blood on the Sun (1945)
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey in 13 Rue Madeleine (1946)
Ralph Cotter in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
Capt. Flagg in What Price Glory (1952)
Martin (Marty the Gimp) Snyder in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
The Captain in Mister Roberts (1955)
Lon Chaney in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
C. R. MacNamara in One, Two, Three (1961)
NY Police Commissioner Rheinlander Waldo in Ragtime (1981)

Michael Caine
(1933- )
Peachy Carnehan in The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
and

Alfred Pennyworth in

Lt. Gonville Bromhead in Zulu (1964)
Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965), Funeral in Berlin (1966) and Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Alfie in Alfie (1966)
Michael Finsbury in The Wrong Box (1966)
Harold "Harry" Dean in Gambit (1966)
Nicholas Urfe in The Magus (1968)
Charlie Croker in The Italian Job (1969)
Jack Carter in Get Carter (1971)
Mickey King in Pulp (1972)
Milo Tindle in Sleuth (1972) and Andrew in Sleuth (2007)
Leslie C. Tucker in Peeper (1975)
Oberst Kurt Steiner in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Lt. Col. J.O.E. Vandeleur in A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Brad Crane in The Swarm (1978)
Sidney Cochran in California Suite (1978)
Captain Mike Turner in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Blair Maynard in The Island (1980)
Dr. Robert Elliott in Dressed to Kill (1980)
Jonathan Lansdale in The Hand (1981)
Capt. John Colby in Victory (1981)
Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap (1982)
Dr. Frank Bryant in Educating Rita (1983)
Consul Charlie Fortnum in Beyond the Limit (1983)
Matthew Hollis in Blame It On Rio (1984)
Noel Holcroft in The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
Elliot in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Mortwell in Mona Lisa (1986)
Lawrence Jamieson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Michael Jennings in On Deadly Ground (1994)
Ray Say in Little Voice (1998)
Dr. Wilbur Larch in The Cider House Rules (1999)
Dr. Royer-Collard in Quills (2000)
Billy "Shiner" Simpson in Shiner (2000)
Cliff Brumby in Get Carter (2000)
Victor 'Mr. Vic' Melling in Miss Congeniality (2000)
Jack in Last Orders (2001)
Captain Hendricks/Nigel Powers in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Thomas Fowler in The Quiet American (2002)
Pierre Brossard in The Statement (2003)
Jasper in Children of Men (2006)
Cutter in The Prestige (2006)
Mr. Hobbs in Flawless (2007)
Miles in Inception (2010)
Arthur Tressler in Now You See Me (2013) and Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Professor Brand in Interstellar (2014)
Arthur in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

John Candy
(1950-1994)
Del Griffith in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Parole Officer Burton Mercer in The Blues Brothers (1980)
Dewey "Ox" Oxberger in Stripes (1981)
Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld in (National Lampoon's) Vacation (1982)
Freddie Bauer in Splash (1984)
Jack Chester in Summer Rental (1985)
Frank Dooley in Armed and Dangerous (1986)
Wink Wilkinson in Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Barf in Spaceballs (1987)
Chet Ripley in The Great Outdoors (1988)
Harry Crumb in Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)
Charlie Cronan in Cannonball Fever (1989) (aka Speed Zone)
Buck Russell in Uncle Buck (1989)
Gus Polinski in Home Alone (1990)
Dennis / Eldona in Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Irving "Irv" Blitzer in Cool Runnings (1993)
Sheriff Bud Boomer in Canadian Bacon (1995)

Dyan ("Diane")
Cannon
(1937- )
Alice Henderson in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Dixie in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
Lorrie Dellman in Doctors' Wives (1971)
Ingrid Everly in The Anderson Tapes (1971)
Judith Austin in (Jacqueline Susann's) The Love Machine (1971)
Julie in Such Good Friends (1971)
Alexis Montaigne in Shamus (1973)
Christine in The Last of Sheila (1973)
Julia Farnsworth in Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Simone Legree in Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
Viv Bonham in Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
Madie Levrington in Coast to Coast (1980)
Myra Bruhl in Deathtrap (1982)
Elizabeth Pearce in Caddyshack II (1988)

Eddie Cantor
(1892-1964)
Henry Williams in Whoopee! (1930) Samuel (Kid) Boots in Kid Boots (1926)
Eddie Simpson in Palmy Days (1931)
Eddie Williams/Don Sebastian II in The Kid From Spain (1932)
Eddie / Oedipus in Roman Scandals (1933)
Eddie Wilson, Jr. in Kid Millions (1934)
Eddie Pink in Strike Me Pink (1936)
Al Babson in Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
Gilbert Jordan Thompson in Forty Little Mothers (1940)
Himself/Joe Simpson in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Himself in Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Eddie Martin in Show Business (1944)
Sam Parker in If You Knew Susie (1948)

Claudia Cardinale
(1938- )
Jill McBain in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Carmelina in Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
Ginetta in Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
Claudia in 8½ (1963)
Angelica Sedara / Bertiana in The Leopard (1963)
Princess Dala in The Pink Panther (1963)
Toni Alfredo in Circus World (1964)
Maria in The Professionals (1966)
Molly in Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Maria Gambrelli in Son of the Pink Panther (1992)

Harry Carey, Jr.

(1921-2012)
Dan Latimer in Red River (1948) Prentice McComber in Pursued (1947)
William Kearney, "The Abilene Kid" in 3 Godfathers (1948)
Lt. Ross Pennell in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Trooper Daniel "Sandy" Boone in Rio Grande (1950)
Sandy Owens in Wagonmaster (1950) (TV)
Sims in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Dwight Eisenhower in The Long Gray Line (1955)
Stefanowski in Mister Roberts (1955)
Brad Jorgensen in The Searchers (1956)
Harold in Rio Bravo (1959)
Trooper Smith in Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Charles Stuart in Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)
Dobie in Nickelodeon (1976)
George Arthur in The Long Riders (1980)
Mr. Anderson in Gremlins (1984)
Red in Mask (1985)
Joshua Brackett in The Whales of August (1987)
Zeke - Saloon Old Timer #2 in Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Father Kanavan in The Exorcist III (1990) and The Exorcist III: Legion (2016)
Tombstone Marshal Fred White in Tombstone (1993)

Art Carney
(1918-2003)
Harry Coombes in Harry and Tonto (1974)

and
Ed Norton on TV's The Honeymooners series (1955-56) (39 episodes)
Deacon John Wesley Gore in WW And The Dixie Dancekings (1975)
Ira Wells in The Late Show (1977)
Dr. Amos Willoughby in House Calls (1978)
Doctor Blaine / Doctor Bowers in Movie Movie (1978)
Marcus in Sunburn (1979)
Al in Going in Style (1979)
Irv Manders in Firestarter (1984)
Bernard Crawford in The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Frank in Last Action Hero (1993)

Leslie Caron
(1931- )
Lise Bouvier in An American in Paris (1951) Lili Daurier in Lili (1953)
Ella in The Glass Slipper (1955)
Julie Andre in Daddy Long Legs (1955)
Gigi in Gigi (1958)
Fanny in Fanny (1961)
Jane Fosset in The L-Shaped Room (1962)
Catherine in Father Goose (1964)
Françoise Labé in Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Nicole in Nicole (1976)
Véra in The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
Madame Audel in Chocolat (2000)

John Carradine
(1906-1988)
Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Sgt. Rankin in The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
David Rizzio in Mary of Scotland (1936)
'Long Jack' in Captains Courageous (1937)
Warden in The Hurricane (1937)
Taxi Driver in Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
Bob Ford in Jesse James (1939)
Hatfield in Stagecoach (1939)
Naveau in The Three Musketeers (1939)
Barryman in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Caldwell in Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Caleb Green in Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
Reinhardt Heydrich in Hitler's Madman (1943)
Gaston Morrell in Bluebeard (1944)
Count Dracula / Baron Latos in House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945)
Ziby Fletcher in The Kentuckian (1955)
Giacomo in The Court Jester (1955)
Aaron in The Ten Commandments (1956)
Major Cassius Starbuckle in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
H. Buckram Sartoris in Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Fr. Francis Matthew Halliran in The Sentinel (1977)
The Great Owl (voice) in The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Lord Grisbane in House of the Long Shadows (1983)
Leo in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Jim Carrey
(1962- )
Stanley Ipkiss (The Mask) in The Mask (1994) Walter Getz in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Wiploc in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Dumb and Dumber To (2004)
Edward Nygma (The Riddler) in Batman Forever (1995)
Chip Douglas in The Cable Guy (1996)
Fletcher Reede in Liar Liar (1997)
Truman Burbank in The Truman Show (1998)
Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999)
Charlie Baileygates/Hank Evans in Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Peter Appleton/Luke Trimble in The Majestic (2001)
Bruce Nolan in Bruce Almighty (2003)
Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Dick Harper in Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Walter Sparrow / Fingerling in The Number 23 (2007)
Horton (Voice) in Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
Carl in Yes Man (2008)
Steven Russell in I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Scrooge/Ghost of Christmas Past... in A Christmas Carol (2009)
Mr. Popper in Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

Leo G. Carroll
(1886-1972)
The Professor in North by Northwest (1959)

and
Cosmo Topper in the TV series Topper (1953-1955)

and
Alexander Waverly / Quentin Lester Baldwin in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968)

Phelps Finnegan in Sadie McKee (1934)
Dr. Ford-Waterlow in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Marley's Ghost in A Christmas Carol (1938)
Joseph Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights (1939)
Lord Hastings in Tower of London (1939)
Dr. Baker in Rebecca (1940)
Capt. Melbeck in Suspicion (1941)
Col. Hammersohn in The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Dr. Murchison in Spellbound (1945)
Matt Goodgroome in Forever Amber (1947)
Sir Joseph in The Paradine Case (1947)
Mr. Massoula in Father of the Bride (1950)
Senator Morton in Strangers on a Train (1951)
Henry Whitfield in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Madeleine Carroll
(1906-1987)
Pamela in The 39 Steps (1935) Elsa Carrington in Secret Agent (1936)
Judy Perrie in The General Died at Dawn (1936)
Lady Elizabeth Stacy in Lloyds of London (1936)
Mimi Caraway in On the Avenue (1937)
Princess Flavia in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Norma in Blockade (1938)
Gail Allen in Honeymoon in Bali (1939)
April Logan in North West Mounted Police (1940)
Karen Bentley in My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Mrs. Erlynne in The Fan (1949)

Nancy Carroll
(1903-1965)
Hallie Hobart in The Devil's Holiday (1930) Rosemary Murphy in Abie's Irish Rose (1928)
Barbara Quayle in Easy Come, Easy Go (1928)
Babs Clark in Manhattan Cocktail (1928)
Daisy Heath in The Shopworn Angel (1928)
Gert in The Wolf of Wall Street (1929)
Bonnie Lee King in The Dance of Life (1929)
Olivia Dangerfield in Honey (1930)
Peggy Gibson in Laughter (1930)
Lora Moore in Follow Thru (1930)
Fraulein Elsa in Broken Lullaby (1932) (aka The Man I Killed)
Ruth Brock in Hot Saturday (1932)
Tanyusha in Scarlet Dawn (1932)
Maria Held in The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
Sally Marsh in Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1934)
Grace Bristow in That Certain Age (1938)
Dorothy Moore in There Goes My Heart (1938)

John Cassavetes
(1929-1989)
Gus in Husbands (1970) Axel North in Edge of the City (1957)
Johnny North in The Killers (1964)
Victor R. Franko in The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Guy Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Hank McCain in Machine Gun McCain (1969)
Jim in Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Frankie Yale in Capone (1975)
Sgt. Button in Two Minute Warning (1976)
Nicky Godalin in Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Maurice Aarons in Opening Night (1977)
Childress in The Fury (1978)
Dr. Michael Emerson in Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
Dr. Sam Cordell in The Incubus (1981)
Phillip in Tempest (1982)
Marvin Stewart in Marvin & Tige (1983)
Robert Harmon in Love Streams (1984)

Jackie Chan
(1954- )
Chief Inspector Yang Naing Lee in
  • Rush Hour (1998)
  • Rush Hour 2 (2001)
  • Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Subaru Driver #1 in The Cannonball Run (1981) and as Himself in Cannonball Run II (1984)
Chan Ka-Kui / Kevin Chan in Police Story (1985) and Police Story 2 (1988), and sequels
Wong Fei Hung in Drunken Master (1978) and Drunken Master II (1994)
Ma Hon Keung in Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
Who Am I in Who Am I? (1998)
Chon Wang in Shanghai Noon (2000) and Shanghai Knights (2003)
Jimmy Tong in The Tuxedo (2002)
Lu Yan / Old Hop in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Mr. Han in The Karate Kid (2010)

Lon Chaney
(1883-1930)
The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) "The Frog" in The Miracle Man (1919)
Blizzard in The Penalty (1920)
Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Paul Beaumont / HE in He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Dr. Ziska in The Monster (1925)
Sergeant O'Hara in Tell It To the Marines (1926)
Alonzo (The Armless) in The Unknown (1927)
Professor Edward C. Burke in London After Midnight (1927) (lost film)
Phroso in West of Zanzibar (1928)
Professor Echo (Ventriloquist) in The Unholy Three (1925, 1930)

Lon Chaney, Jr.

(1906-1973)
Larry Talbot/Wolf Man in
  • The Wolf Man (1941)
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
  • House of Frankenstein (1944)
  • House of Dracula (1945)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Joe Bethel in Sixteen Fathoms Deep (1934)
Dollarhide in Union Pacific (1939)
Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men (1939)
Akhoba in One Million B.C. (1940)
Dan McCormick in Man-Made Monster (1941)
The Frankenstein Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Kharis, the Mummy in The Mummy's Tomb (1942), The Mummy's Ghost (1944) and The Mummy's Curse (1944)
Count Anthony Alucard / Dracula in Son of Dracula (1943)
Willie in My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Artemus Taylor in The Bushwhackers (1952)
Martin Howe in High Noon (1952)
Job Marsh in Not As a Stranger (1955)
Big Sam in The Defiant Ones (1958)
Simon Orne in The Haunted Palace (1963)
Bruno, the Chauffeur in Spider Baby (1967)
Groton in Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

#10 star
Charles Chaplin
(1889-1977)
The Tramp (Lone Prospector) in The City Slicker in Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
The Tramp in The Tramp (1915)
The Derelict in Easy Street (1917)
The Immigrant in The Immigrant (1917)
The Tramp in A Dog's Life (1918)
The Tramp in The Kid (1921)
The Pilgrim / Lefty Lombard in The Pilgrim (1923)
The Tramp in The Circus (1928)
The Tramp (Factory Worker) in Modern Times (1936)
Hynkel (Dictator of Tomania)/A Jewish Barber in The Great Dictator (1940)
Henri Verdoux/Varney/Bonheur/Floray/Narrator in Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Calvero in Limelight (1952)
King Shahdov in A King in New York (1957)

Cyd Charisse
(1922-2008)
Gabrielle Gerard in The Band Wagon (1953) Ballerina ('Beauty') in Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
Deborah Andrews in The Harvey Girls (1946)
Dance Specialty in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Mlle. Ariane Bouchet in The Unfinished Dance (1947)
Margo Grant in Words and Music (1948)
Rosa Senta in East Side, West Side (1949)
Dancer in Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Fiona Campbell in Brigadoon (1954)
Jackie Leighton in It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Maria Corvier in Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Ninotchka Yoschenko in Silk Stockings (1957)
Vicki Gaye in Party Girl (1958)


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