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

Helena Bonham
(1966- )
Bellatrix Lestrange in Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View (1985)
Helen Schlegel in Howards End (1992)
Elizabeth in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Amanda Weinrib in Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Olivia in Twelfth Night: Or What You Will (1996)
Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Marla Singer in Fight Club (1999)
Ari in Planet of the Apes (2001)
Susan Ivey in Novocaine (2001)
Dinah / Madeleine's Sister in The Heart of Me (2002)
Jennifer Hill / The Witch in Big Fish (2003)
Mrs. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Dr. Serena Kogan in Terminator Salvation (2009)
Red Queen / Iracebeth in Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech (2010)
Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (2012)
Mme. Thénardier in Les Misérables (2012)
The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (2015)
Edith Ellyn in Suffragette (2015)
Rose Weil in Ocean's Eight (2018)

Ernest Borgnine
Marty Pilletti in Marty (1955) Sgt. "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity (1953)
Bart Lonergan in Johnny Guitar (1954)
Donnegan in Vera Cruz (1954)
Coley Trimble in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Shep Horgan in Jubal (1956)
Ragnar in The Vikings (1958)
Eddie Colt in The Rabbit Trap (1959)
Lucius in Barabbas (1961)
Trucker Cobb in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Gen. Worden in The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Sergeant Otto Hansbach in Chuka (1967)
Boris Vaslov in Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Dutch Engstrom in The Wild Bunch (1969)
Emmett Clemens in Hannie Caulder (1971)
Mr. Michael 'Mike' Rogo in The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Shack in Emperor of the North Pole (1973)
Lyle Wallace in Convoy (1978)
Cabbie in Escape from New York (1981)
Baldo Cacetti in Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)
Albert in Night Club (2011)

Clara Bow
Betty Lou in It (1927) Cynthia Day in The Plastic Age (1925)
Alverna in Mantrap (1926)
Mary Preston in Wings (1927)
Hula Calhoun in Hula (1927)
Nancy Worthington in Get Your Man (1927)
Stella Ames in The Wild Party (1929)
Mayme Barry in The Saturday Night Kid (1929)
Nasa 'Dynamite' Springer in Call Her Savage (1932)

William "Bill" Boyd
Bill Cassidy or "Hoppy" in "Hopalong Cassidy" Films (1935-1948), beginning with

Hop-Along Cassidy (1935)

TV's The "Hopalong Cassidy" series (1952-1954)

Other B-westerns in the 1930s and 1940s

Charles Boyer
Pepe Le Moko in Algiers (1938) Archduke Rudolph of Austria in Mayerling (1936)
Paul Durmond in History Is Made At Night (1937)
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in Conquest (1937)
Michael (Michel) Marnet in Love Affair (1939)
Theo, Duc de Praslin in All This, And Heaven Too (1940)
Walter Saxel in Back Street (1941)
Georges Iscovescu in Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
Lewis Dodd in The Constant Nymph (1943)
Gregory Anton in Gaslight (1944)
Adam Belinski in Cluny Brown (1946)
Jacques Bonnard in The Happy Time (1952)
General Andre de... in The Earrings of Madame De ... (1953)
Dr. Douglas N. Devanal in The Cobweb (1955)
Monsieur Gasse (Thomas Cook Paris Clerk) in Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Cesar in Fanny (1961)
Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Le Baron Jean Raoul in Stavisky... (1974)

Eddie Bracken
Norval Jones in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) Jojo Jordan in Too Many Girls (1940)
Bert Sparks in Caught in the Draft (1941)
Barney Waters in The Fleet's In (1942)
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith in Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Orville Wingait in Summer Stock (1950)
Biff Roberts in About Face (1952)
Wilson Boswell 'Willie' Fisher in We're Not Married! (1952)
Roy Walley in (National Lampoon's) Vacation (1983)
Old Timer in Baby's Day Out (1994)

#4 star
Marlon Brando
Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954)

Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972)
Ken in The Men (1950)
Emiliano Zapata in Viva Zapata! (1952)
Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (1953)
Johnny Strabler in The Wild One (1953)
Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (1955)
Sakini in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Major Lloyd Gruver in Sayonara (1957)
Lt. Christian Diestl in The Young Lions (1958)
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier in The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Rio in One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
1st Lt. Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite in The Ugly American (1963)
Sheriff Calder in The Chase (1966)
Ogden Mears in A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
Maj. Penderton in Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Grindl in Candy (1968)
Sir William Walker in Burn! (1970)
Paul in Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Robert E. Lee Clayton in The Missouri Breaks (1976)
Jor-El in Superman: The Movie (1978)
Col. Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalpyse Now (1979)
Ian McKenzie in A Dry White Season (1989)
Carmine Sabatini in The Freshman (1990)
Dr. Jack Mickler in Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
Dr. Moreau in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Max in The Score (2001)

Walter Brennan
Stumpy in Rio Bravo (1959) Billy Martin in Tearin' Into Trouble (1927)
Old Atrocity in Barbary Coast (1935)
'Bugs' Meyers in Fury (1936)
Swan Bostrom in Come and Get It (1936)
Muff Potter in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Peter Goodwin in Kentucky (1938)
'Hunk' Marriner in The Northwest Passage (1940)
Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner (1940)
The Colonel in Meet John Doe (1941)
Pastor Rosier Pile in Sergeant York (1941)
Tom Keefer in Swamp Water (1941)
Sam Blake in The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Eddie in To Have and Have Not (1944)
Old Man Clanton in My Darling Clementine (1946)
Nadine Groot in Red River (1948)
Doc Velie in Bad Day at Black Rock (1954)
Ben Tatum in The Far Country (1955)
Jake in The Proud Ones (1956)
Grandpa in Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
Pa Danby in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
H.P. Kingman in Smoke in the Wind (1971)

George Brent
Dr. Frederick Steele in Dark Victory (1939) Julian Tierney in The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)
Pat Denning in 42nd Street (1933)
Trenholm in Baby Face (1933)
Jim Thorne in Female (1933)
Curt Devlin in Front Page Woman (1935)
Buck Cantrell in Jezebel (1938)
Tom Ransome in The Rains Came (1939)
Clem Spender in The Old Maid (1939)
'Wild Bill' Donovan in The Fighting 69th (1940)
Dan Hardesty in 'Til We Meet Again (1940)
Peter Van Allen in The Great Lie (1941)
Craig Fleming in In This Our Life (1942)
Professor Warren in The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Larry Hamilton in Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
Capt. Jeremy Bradford in Luxury Liner (1948)

Jeff Bridges
(1949- )
Duane Jackson in The Last Picture Show (1971) and Texasville (1990)

Starman in Starman (1984)

Jeffrey Lebowski/The Dude in The Big Lebowski (1998)
Ernie in Fat City (1972)
Jake Rumsey in Bad Company (1972)
Lightfoot in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Jack McKee in Rancho Deluxe (1975)
Lewis Tater / Neddy Wales in Hearts of the West (1975)
Craig Blake in Stay Hungry (1976)
John L. Bridges in Heaven's Gate (1980)
Richard Bone in Cutter's Way (1981)
Kevin Flynn/Clu in TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010)
Terry Brogan in Against All Odds (1984)
Jack Forrester in Jagged Edge (1985)
Turner Kendall in The Morning After (1986)
Preston Thomas Tucker in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Jack Baker in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Jack Lucas in The Fisher King (1991)
Jack Kelson in American Heart (1992)
Max Klein in Fearless (1993)
James 'Jimmy' Dove / Liam in Blown Away (1994)
Gregory Larkin in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Michael Faraday in Arlington Road (1999)
President Jackson Evans in The Contender (2000)
Dr. Mark Powell in K-PAX (2001)
Charles Howard in Seabiscuit (2003)
Ted Cole in The Door in the Floor (2004)
Noah in Tideland (2005)
Obadiah Stane in Iron Man (2008)
Bill Django in The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Bad Blake in Crazy Heart (2009)
Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn in True Grit (2010)
Marcus Hamilton in Hell or High Water (2016)
Champagne ('Champ') in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Lloyd Bridges
Dep. Marshal Harvey Pell in High Noon (1952)

and Mike Nelson in TV's Sea Hunt (1958-1961)

Fred Clarkson in Sahara (1943)
Sgt. Ward in A Walk in the Sun (1945)
Johnny Steele in Canyon Passage (1946)
Ray Douglas in 16 Fathoms Deep (1948)
Jerry Sykes in Moonrise (1948)
Finch in Home of the Brave (1949)
Paul Donovan in Colt .45 (1950)
Gyp Clements in Wichita (1955)
Noah Curry in The Rainmaker (1956)
Dutch Seymour in The Goddess (1958)
Steve McCroskey in Airplane! (1980) and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

Adm. Thomas "Tug" Benson in Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
Max in Blown Away (1994)
Vincenzo Cortino in Mafia! (1998) (aka Jane Austen's Mafia!)

Jim Broadbent
(1949- )
Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! (2001) W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert in Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Bridget's Dad Colin Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), and Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
John Bayley in Iris (2001)
William 'Boss' Tweed in Gangs of New York (2002)
Judge in Vera Drake (2004)
Inspector Frank Butterman in Hot Fuzz (2007)
King William IV in The Young Victoria (2009)
Sam Longson in The Damned United (2009)
Professor Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Denis Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011)
Father Flood in Brooklyn (2015)

Charles Bronson
Paul Kersey in
  • Death Wish (1974)
  • Death Wish II (1982)
  • Death Wish 3 (1985)
  • Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
  • Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)
Wascylewski in You're in the Navy Now (1951)
Igor in House of Wax (1953)
Hondo in Apache (1954)
Reb Haislipp in Jubal (1956)
George R. "Machine Gun" Kelly in Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)
Bernardo O'Reilly in The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Flt. Lieutenant Danny Willinski ("The Tunnel King") in The Great Escape (1963)
Cos Erickson in The Sandpiper (1965)
Maj. Wolenski in Battle of the Bulge (1965)
J.J. Nichols in This Property Is Condemned (1966)
Joseph T. Wladislaw in The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Franz Propp in Adieu, L'Ami (aka Farewell, Friend) (1968)
The Man ("Harmonica") in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Joe Valachi in The Valachi Papers (1972)
Pardon Chato in Chato's Land (1972)
Arthur Bishop in The Mechanic (1972)
Detective Lt. Lou Torrey in The Stone Killer (1973)
Chino Valdez in Chino (1973)
Vince Majestyk in Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Chaney in Hard Times (1975)
John Deakin in Breakheart Pass (1975)
Graham Dorsey in From Noon Till Three (1976)
Wild Bill Hickok (James Otis) in The White Buffalo (1977)
Major Grigori Borzov in Telefon (1977)
Charlie Congers in Love and Bullets (1979)
Albert Johnson in Death Hunt (1981)
Jay Killion in Assassination (1987)
Garret Smith in Messenger of Death (1988)
Lieutenant Crowe in Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

Louise Brooks
Lulu in Pandora's Box (1929) Clara in The Show-Off (1926)
Marie in A Girl in Every Port (1928)
Nancy (The Girl) in Beggars of Life (1928)
Margaret O'dell (The Canary) in The Canary Murder Case (1929)
Thymian in Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
Lucienne Garnier in Prix de Beaute (1930) (aka Miss Europe)
Florine in God's Gift to Women (1931)

Mel Brooks
(1926- )
Gov. William J. LePetomaine / Indian Chief in Blazing Saddles (1974)

Moses/Comicus/Torquemada/Jacques/King Louis XVI in History of the World: Part I (1981)
Tikon in The Twelve Chairs (1970)
Werewolf (Voice) in Young Frankenstein (1974)
Mel Funn in Silent Movie (1976)
Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke in High Anxiety (1977)
Professor Max Krassman in The Muppet Movie (1979)
Dr. Frederick Bronski in To Be or Not to Be (1983)
President Skroob / Yoghurt in Spaceballs (1987)
Goddard 'Pepto' Bolt in Life Stinks (1991)
Rabbi Tuckman in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Mr. Welling in The Little Rascals (1994)
Dr. Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
Jake Gordon in Screw Loose (1999)
Bigweld (Voice) in Robots (2005)
Vlad (Voice) in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

Joe E. Brown
Osgood E. Fielding III in Some Like It Hot (1959) Connie (The Grand Duke) in Sally (1929)
Elmer Lane in Elmer, the Great (1933)
Frank X. Farrell in Alibi Ike (1935)
Flute - the Bellows-Mender in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Elmer Lane in Riding on Air (1937)
Hugo Kipp in The Gladiator (1938)
Rev. Will Norris in The Tender Years (1948)
Cap'n Andy Hawks in Show Boat (1951)
Union Official in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Cemetery Keeper in The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Yul Brynner
King Mongkut of Siam in The King and I (1956) Pharaoh Rameses in The Ten Commandments (1956)
General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine in Anastasia (1956)
Dmitri Karamazov in The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
Jean Lafitte in The Buccaneer (1958)
Jason Compson in The Sound and the Fury (1959)
Solomon in Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Chris Larabee Adams in The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966)
Taras Bulba in Taras Bulba (1962)
Jules Gaspard d'Estaing in Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Captain Mueller in Morituri (1965)
The Deaf Man in Fuzz (1972)
Robot Gunslinger in Westworld (1973) and Futureworld (1976)

Sandra Bullock
(1964- )
Annie Porter in
  • Speed (1994)
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

Dr. Ryan Stone in Gravity (2013)

Diane Farrow in Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
Lenina Huxley in Demolition Man (1993)
Alyssa Rothman in Fire on the Amazon (1993)
Elaine in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Lucy Eleanor Moderatz in While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Angela Bennett in The Net (1995)
Ellen Roark in A Time to Kill (1996)
Agnes (Aggie) von Kurowsky in In Love and War (1996)
Birdee Pruitt in Hope Floats (1998)
Sally "Sal" Owens in Practical Magic (1998)
Sarah Lewis in Forces of Nature (1999)
Judy Tipp in Gun Shy (2000)
Gwen Cummings in 28 Days (2000)
Gracie Hart/Gracie Lou Freebush in Miss Congeniality (2000) and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005)
Det. Cassie Mayweather / Jessica Marie Hudson in Murder By Numbers (2002)
Siddalee Walker in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Lucy Kelson in Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Jean Cabot in Crash (2004)

Kate Forster in The Lake House (2006)
Nelle Harper Lee in Infamous (2006)
Linda Hanson in Premonition (2007)
Margaret Tate in The Proposal (2009)
Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009)
Linda Schell in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)

Special Agent Sarah Ashburn in The Heat (2013)
Debbie Ocean in Ocean's Eight (2018)
Malorie in Bird Box (2018)

Billie Burke
Glinda, the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) Margaret Fairfield in A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
Millicent Jordan (Mrs. Oliver Jordan) in Dinner at Eight (1933)
Mrs. Clara Topper in Topper (1937), Topper Takes a Trip (1938), and Topper Returns (1941)
Mrs. Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live (1938)
Daisy Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Doris Dunstan in Father of the Bride (1950)
Doris Dunstan in Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate in Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

George Burns
often with
Gracie Allen

Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Herself in The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
George and Gracie in The Big Broadcast (1932)
Dr. Burns and Nurse Allen in International House (1933)
George and Gracie in We're Not Dressing (1934)
George and Gracie in The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
Mr. and Mrs. Platt in The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936)
George Burns and Gracie Allen in A Damsel in Distress (1937)
George Jonas and Gracie in College Swing (1938)
Pamela North in Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)
Herself in Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
God in Oh, God! (1977), Oh, God! Book II (1980), and Oh, God! You Devil (1984)
Kite in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Bill in Just You and Me, Kid (1979)
Joe in Going in Style (1979)
Jack Watson / David Watson in 18 Again! (1988)

Ellen Burstyn
(1932- )
Alice Hyatt in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Lois Farrow in The Last Picture Show (1971)
Sally in The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973)
Shirley in Harry and Tonto (1974)
Doris in Same Time, Next Year (1978)
Edna McCauley in Resurrection (1980)
Kate MacKenzie in Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Esther Moskowitz in The Cemetery Club (1993)
Emily Haberman in The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)
Hy in How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
Hannah Ferguson in The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Val Handler in The Yards (2000)
Sara Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Vivi Abbott Walker in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Dr. Lillian Guzetti in The Fountain (2006)

Richard Burton
George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Philip Ashley in My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Captain "Tammy" MacRoberts in The Desert Rats (1953)
Marcellus Gallio in The Robe (1953)
Alexander in Alexander the Great (1956)
Capt. Jimmy Leith in Bitter Victory (1957)
Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger (1958)
Officer David Campbell in The Longest Day (1962)
Marc Antony in Cleopatra (1963)
Paul Andros in The V.I.P.'s (1963)
Thomas Becket in Becket (1964)
Rev. D. T. Lawrence Shannon in The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Alec Leamas in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965)
Edward Hewitt in The Sandpiper (1965)
Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Brown in The Comedians (1967)
McPhisto in Candy (1968)
Major John Smith in Where Eagles Dare (1969)
King Henry VIII in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Kurt Von Sepper in Bluebeard (1972)
Father Philip Lamont in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Martin Dysart in Equus (1977)
Ashley St. Clair in Circle of Two (1981)
O'Brien in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Steve Buscemi
(1957- )
Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Carl Showalter in Fargo (1996)

Mink in Miller's Crossing (1990)
Chet in Barton Fink (1991)
Rex in Airheads (1994)
Danny McGrath in Billy Madison (1995)
Nick Reve in Living in Oblivion (1995)
The American in Desperado (1995)
Tommy in Trees Lounge (1996)
Garland Greene in Con Air (1997)
David "Dave" Veltri in The Wedding Singer (1998)
Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos in The Big Lebowski (1998)
Rockhound in Armageddon (1998)
Seymour in Ghost World (2001)
Norther Winslow in Big Fish (2003)
Le Touriste in Paris, Je T'aime (2006)
Dale Martin in The Messenger (2009)
Nikita Khrushchev in The Death of Stalin (2017)

Francis X. Bushman
Messala in Ben-Hur (1925) Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (1916)
Hugh Brown in Daring Hearts (1919)
Chief Clive Anderson in Dick Tracy (1937)
Bernard Baruch in Wilson (1944)
King Saul in David and Bathsheba (1951)
Mr. Tyson in Sabrina (1954)
Sessom in The Phantom Planet (1961)

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