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Pete Postlethwaite

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An English stage, film and television actor. After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer, Mr. Kobayashi, in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, The Age of Stupid, Inception, The Town, Romeo + Juliet, and Æon Flux. In television, Postlethwaite's most notable performance was as the villain Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill in the Sharpe television series and television movies opposite actor Sean Bean's character of Richard Sharpe. Postlethwaite was born in Warrington, England in 1946. He trained as a teacher and taught drama before training as an actor. Steven Spielberg called Postlethwaite "the best actor in the world" after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in In the Name of the Father in 1993, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 New Year's Honours List. He died of pancreatic cancer on 2 January 2011. Description above from the Wikipedia article Pete Postlethwaite, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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Daniel MacPherson

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Daniel Donald MacPherson (born 25 April 1980) is an Australian actor and television presenter, best known for his roles as Joel Samuels in Neighbours, Sergeant Samuel Wyatt in Sky and Cinemax's Strike Back, Whit Carmichael in the Shane Abbess sci-fi film Infini, and Arion Elessedil in The Shannara Chronicles. He has also co-hosted Dancing with the Stars for six years while simultaneously starring in a number of Australians dramas such as Wild Boys. MacPherson has a cameo role as Calvin's father in Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time.
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Joan Blondell

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Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress. After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Brothers and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold-diggers. Blondell continued acting for the rest of her life, often in small character roles or supporting television roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Blue Veil (1951). Blondell was seen in featured roles in two films, Grease (1978) and the remake of The Champ (1979), released shortly before her death from leukemia. Description above from the Wikipedia article Joan Blondell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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Ingrid Bergman

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Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant. Before becoming a star in American films, she had already been a leading actress in Swedish films. Her first introduction to American audiences came with her starring role in the English remake of Intermezzo in 1939. In America, she brought to the screen a "Nordic freshness and vitality", along with extreme beauty and intelligence, and according to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, she quickly became "the ideal of American womanhood" and one of Hollywood's greatest leading actresses. Her producer David O. Selznick, who called her "the most completely conscientious actress" he had ever worked with, gave her a seven-year acting contract, thereby assuring her continual stardom. A few of her other starring roles, besides Casablanca, included For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), and Under Capricorn (1949), and the independent production, Joan of Arc (1948). In 1950, after a decade of stardom in American films, she starred in the Italian film Stromboli, which led to a love affair with director Roberto Rossellini while they were both already married. The affair created a scandal that forced her to return to Europe until 1956, when she made a successful Hollywood comeback in Anastasia, for which she won her second Academy Award, as well as the forgiveness of her fans. Many of her personal and film documents can be seen in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ingrid Bergman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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Rajesh Sharma

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A prominent face in Bollywood, Rajesh Sharma is an Indian actor who is mostly seen as the villain or in comic roles. The actor who made his debut on the silver screen in 1996 with the super hit movie, Maachis is also a renowned personality in the Bengali film industry. During the 2000s the actor appeared only in Bengali movies before eventually making a comeback to Bollywood in 2005 with the critically acclaimed film Parineeta directed by Pradeep Sarkar. The actor has worked with several renowned filmmakers and actors from both Bengali and Hindi film industry like Salman Khan, Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Rani Mukerji, Dibakar Bandopadhyay, Aparna Sen, and Haranath Chakraborty. Born in a typical middle-class Punjabi family in Ludhiana, Punjab, Rajesh Sharma is the son of Late Gurucharan Sharma and Amarjit Sharma. After completing his schooling from Bhawanipur Adarsh Hindi High School in Kolkata, the actor went to pursue his graduation from the NSD (National School of Drama) in New Delhi. The actor who has established himself as one of the prominent actors in the Bengali film industry learned Bengali from his neighbors as well as by watching several Bengali dramas at Muktangon. At the age of 17, Rajesh Sharma joined a drama academy where he got a chance to feature in several plays like Gudia Ki Ghar and Rangakarmi. After gaining substantial acting experience on stage, the actor moved to acting in TV serials and films. The actor made his acting debut on the silver screen with the critically acclaimed film, Maachis directed by Gulzar and co-starring, Chandrachur Singh, Jimmy Shergill, Raj Zutshi, Tabu and Om Puri. The film based on the aftermath of the assassination of the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi and the subsequent Anti-Sikh riots in 1984 was a huge commercial hit and won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Following his debut movie, the actor took a sabbatical for four years and made his comeback in 2000 with a Bengali film titled Paromitar Ek Din, written and directed by Aparna Sen. The film starring, Rituparna Sengupta, Aparna Sen, and Soumitra Chatterjee won several national and international awards including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali, Ecumenical Jury Award the 35th International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary, one of the oldest in the world and Central and Eastern Europe's leading film event.
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Ben Gazzara

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Biagio Anthony Gazzarra (August 28, 1930 – February 3, 2012), known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and television actor and director. His best known films include Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Voyage of the Damned (1976), Inchon (1981), Road House (1989), The Big Lebowski (1998), Happiness (1998), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Summer of Sam (1999), Dogville (2003) and Paris, je t'aime (2006). He was a recurring collaborator with John Cassavetes, working with him on Husbands (1970), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) and Opening Night (1977). As the star of the television series Run for Your Life (1965-1968), Gazzarra was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards. He won his first, and only, Emmy Award for his role in the television film Hysterical Blindness (2002). Description above from the Wikipedia article Ben Gazzara, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.    
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Danica McKellar

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress, author, and education advocate. She is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years, and later as author of the three The New York Times bestsellers, Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed, which encourage middle-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics. Description above from the Wikipedia article Danica McKellar, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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Sean Connery

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Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a Scottish actor and producer who won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award. Connery was the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films (every film from Dr. No to You Only Live Twice, plus Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again), between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His films also include Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Highlander (1986), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000). Connery was polled in a 2004 The Sunday Herald as "The Greatest Living Scot" and in a 2011 EuroMillions survey as "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure". He was voted by People magazine as both the “Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and the "Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999. He received a lifetime achievement award in the United States with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. Connery was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama. On 31 October 2020, it was announced that Connery had died at the age of 90. Description above from the Wikipedia article Sean Connery, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia
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Maria Falconetti

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Renée Jeanne Falconetti (July 21, 1892 – December 12, 1946), sometimes credited as Maria Falconetti, Marie Falconetti, Renée Maria Falconetti, or, simply, Falconetti, was a French stage and film actress, notable for her role as Joan of Arc in Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film, La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc. Description above from the Wikipedia article  Renée Jeanne Falconetti, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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Sophia Latjuba

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Sophia Latjuba was born to Azzizurrahman Latjuba, a Bugis-Javanese, and Anna Muller, a German-Austrian, in West Berlin, West Germany, on 8 August 1970. In her youth, she moved back to Indonesia with her father; she later reported that she felt closer to him than her mother. She graduated from Senior High School 3 Jakarta. Latjuba made her film debut in 1987 with Bilur-Bilur Penyesalan (Stripes of Regret), while still in high school. She later appeared in numerous films, culminating with Kuldesak, directed by her then-sister-in-law Mira Lesmana which she appeared in for free, in 1998. During her film career, Latjuba was considered a sex symbol; Bruce Edmond, writing for The Jakarta Post, described her as being "many an Indonesian man's fantasy woman" at the time. She also released several albums, including Hanya Untukmu (Only For You), which won the 1994 BASF Award for Best Album Arrangement.
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