Although he became a cultural icon James Dean made only three films during his tragically short career. First was Rebel Without a Cause, the movie which made him a star. Next came East of Eden which won Dean an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. It was the first posthumous award in the history of the Academy Awards. His last film was Giant and he received the second consecutive Best Actor nomination for Best Actor.
Bruce Willis’ four season run as David Addison on the TV series Moonlighting established his acting career. Some of his better known films are The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, followed by The Whole Ten Yards, and Hostage. He is probably best known as John McClane in the Die Hard series of films. The first Die Hard came out in 1988, followed by Die Hard 2 (1990), Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995), and Live Free or Die Hard (2007). The latest one, A Good Day to Die Hard, is due to be released February 14, 2013. Willis also makes a cameo appearance in the latest Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables 2.
Yul Brynner won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of “King Mongcut of Siam” in the film version of The King and I. He also played the role more than 4,500 time on stage. In addition to playing “King Mongcut he starred in The Brothers Karamazov, co-starred with Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia, and with Joanne Woodward in The Sound and the Fury. He appeared in epic films such as Solomon and Sheba, and The Ten Commandments and the epic westerns The Magnificent Seven and Return of the Seven.
Chuck Norris is a well known martial arts actor and founder of his own martial arts school Chun Kuk Do. He appeared alongside Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon and starred in other films such as Breaker, Breaker, Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, An Eye For An Eye, and Lone Wolf McCade. He played prominent roles in Code of Silence, Delta Force, and Firewalker. Norris is also well known for his role as Cordell Walker in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger which ran from 1993-2001. His most recent role is as Booker in the 2012 film The Expendables 2.
Jean Claude Van Damme is best known for his martial arts actions films including Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Universal Soldier, Hard Target, Timecop, Sudden Death,, JCVD, The Expendables, and The Expendables 2. Van Damme recently completed filming Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning with co-star Dolph Lundgren.
Dolph Lundgren is the epitome of the a generation of Hollywood’s action heroes. His breakthrough role was as Ivan Drago in the 1985 film Rocky IV. Other films include Masters of the Universe, The Punisher, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Universal Solider, The Mechanik, and Icarus. His latest role is as Gunner Jensen in The Expendables and The Expendables 2 which will be released August 17, 2012.
From Rocky 1 through 5 and Rambo 1 through 3 Sylvester Stallone has moved on to Barney Ross aka The Schizo and leader of The Expendables. The first Expendable film was released in 2010. The Expendables 2 comes out in August 2012. The films bring together some of film’s aging tough-guy, action heroes like Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, and cameo appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.
Some of Ed Harris’ best known work was in the films The Abyss, A Beautiful Mind, The Right Stuff, Gone, Baby Gone, Empire Falls, and Game Change. He was an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), and The Hours (2002). In 2000, he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his role as American painter Jackson Pollock in the 2000 film Pollock.. Harris had one of the leading role in the 2012 film Game Change and the starring role in the thriller Phantom which will be released later in 2012.
Aron Kincaid, tall, handsome, blond, and tan, was a natural for the 1960’s “beach” movies. He had roles in The Girls on the Beach, Beach Ball, Beach Party, and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. He co-starred with Chuck Connors in the 1972 western The Proud and Damned, and appeared in the films Cannonball, Gable & Lombard, Planet Earth and Brave New World. Kincaid also lent his voice to several animated productions including The Smurfs, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, Duck Tales, Batman: The Animated Series, and Freakazoid.
Handsome, sexy, talented actor Patrick Swayze had a career that spanned 30 years and was named one of People magazine’s “sexiest man alive”. Dirty Dancing, Road House, Ghost and Point Break of some of his best known films. He also appeared in the TV mini-series North and South and North and South II. When Swayze died of pancreatic cancer in 2008 one of filmdom’s most popular actors was lost.