30. Robin Williams
There was no one quite like Robin Williams. While Williams became better known as an actor, stand-up was his entry into life on stage. His sets were fierce, fearless, and wildly spontaneous. They veered away from established routines at the drop of a hat. Instead, they flew into new, hilarious territory. Williams then turned to film, and achieved success far beyond what his TV success (Mork and Mindy) could have indicated. He won an Academy Award for his work on Good Will Hunting (1997). This was one of four Oscar nominations he earned in his career (which also included Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King and Good Morning, Vietnam). It’s still hard to believe the beloved actor and comedian is gone. However, Williams leaves behind a cinematic legacy that we’ll still be talking about many decades from now.
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29. Javier Bardem
It’s no wonder Javier Bardem chose to pursue a career as an actor. He possess a chameleon-like ability to disappear into his characters. This frequently renders him unrecognizable (save for his piercing eyes). Born the youngest member of a family of actors in Spain, Bardem’s first role came at the age of six with the film El Picaro (aka The Scoundrel). Moving into the 1990s, Bardem’s collaborations with such filmmakers as Pedro Almodóvar and J.J. Bigas Luna saw his popularity as a Spanish screen star growing. He bolstered his status as an international leading man with Milos Foreman’s Goya’s Ghosts in 2006. The following year. his role in No Country for Old Men would bring Bardem the most substantial praise of his career to that point. Bardem’s portrayal of the remorseless, amoral killer Anton Chigurh earned him nearly every award that season (including the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor).
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28. Christian Bale
Physically and emotionally, Christian Bale became something of a chameleon. He’s always going the extra mile to transform himself into a sociopath, American hero, or Caped Crusader. Bale’s commitment to the craft of acting has been evident from the word “go.” A former child actor who effortlessly bridged the gap to an acclaimed run of commercial and art house successes, he has been noted for his versatility and dedication to character. This is the guy who lost more than 60 pounds for 2004’s The Machinist. Then, Bale binged on ice cream for six months to beef up for his starring role in Batman Begins. In Adam McKay’s new film Vice, Bale effectively captures Dick Cheney’s essence with small but crucial details that bring the performance to life. Bale, who won Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter (2010), is one of our greatest living performers.
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