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Essential Film Stars, Paul Dawson

American writer and actor Paul Dawson is best known for delivering captivating and emotional performances. A young actor, Dawson’s career began in the late 1990’s with appearances in a few popular television series. His first major break came in 1999, when he appeared in The Big Kahuna alongside Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito.

Michael Pitt

Essential Film Stars, Michael Pitt

Michael Carmen Pitt was born on April 10th, 1981 in West Orange, New Jersey. A talented actor, Pitt often finds himself in roles that are troubled or bizarre. The actor happened upon his first acting gig while walking in New York. A casting agent approached Pitt, whom Pitt mistook for a police officer.

Ryan Kelley

Essential Film Stars, Ryan Kelley

Ryan Jonathan Kelley was born August 31st, 1986 in Glen Ellyn, IL. The fifth of 15 brothers and sisters, Kelley was introduced to acting when his mother took him and five of his siblings to meet a talent agent in Chicago, IL. Kelley soon got his start in television commercials, appearing in over 50 ads.

Christian Campbell

Essential Film Stars, Christian Campbell

Born in Toronto, Canada on May 12, 1972, Christian Campbell is the son of Dutch and Scottish immigrants. Christian’s father, Gerry, taught high school drama classes, whereas his grandparents were accomplished actors and theatre owners in the Netherlands.

Nathan Lane

Essential Film Stars, Nathan Lane

The two-time Tony Award winning Nathan Lane was born February 3rd, 1956, in Jersey City, NJ. Known for his work in both film and Broadway productions, Lane was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Ben Silverstone

Essential Film Stars, Ben Silverstone

Born in the affluent London neighborhood of Primrose Hill, Ben Silverstone attended the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Barnes, London. As a young man, Silverstone earned his first major role through the help of his family friend Mike Figgis, who placed him in the lead of 1994’s The Browning Version. Silverstone went on to land a few small roles prior to attending Cambridge University.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Essential Film Stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Born February 17, 1981, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was raised in a Jewish family in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by his maternal grandfather, the famous movie director Michael Gordon, Joseph was drawn to acting and film at an early age.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Essential Film Stars, Daniel Day-Lewis

One of the most talented actors of all time, Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor to have won the Oscar for Best Actor on three separate occasions. Daniel Day-Lewis was born in London, England in 1957. The son of a Poet Laureate and the grandson of Sir Michael Balcon of Ealing Studios, Day-Lewis was destined for success.

Essential Film Stars, Hugo Weaving

Hugo Weaving was born April 4th, 1960 in Nigeria, as the middle sibling of three children. Much of his early life was spent travelling between Great Britain, Nigeria, and Australia, until his family finally settled down in Sydney. While in Sydney, Weaving attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, one of the premier acting colleges in the world.

Essential Film Stars, Colin Firth

Born September 10th, 1960 in Hampshire, England, Colin Firth is the son of two college professors. Firth spent much of his early childhood in Africa and in the care of his grandparents, who were Methodist missionaries. Upon returning to England, Firth enrolled in the Drama Centre in Chalk Farm, where his career in acting took hold.

Sean Penn

Essential Film Stars, Sean Penn

Born in August of 1960, Sean Penn is an award-winning actor, producer, and director from Santa Monica, CA. Long recognized as a strong lead actor, Penn’s career spans decades and is highlighted by awards and distinctive honours. Penn hails from a family of talented actors and musicians, appearing in the film At Close Range with his brother, Chris Penn, and mother, Eileen Ryan. Sean Penn’s father is Leo Penn, a famous actor and director. His older brother, Michael Penn, is a talented musician.

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