Connery gained much fame and recognition as the suave undercover in the six Bond films. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Untouchables. He also bagged three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs in his career spanning four decades. In 2000, Connery was knighted, and the following year, he was awarded two Lifetime Achievement honors from the European and American film associations.
The actor is fondly remembered for films like Last Tango in Paris and A Streetcar Named Desire. Brando, whose career spanned over five decades, established himself as one of Hollywood’s bad boys. On screen, he was the notorious Godfather, always ready with an offer that apparently nobody could refuse. And off screen, he would often use his celebrity status and fame to actively voice a noble cause.
The actor has always managed to surpass expectations and deliver performances that have been etched in memory forever. His dedication was such that the actor beat himself up in one of the scenes of Liar Liar to record genuine sound effects rather than have foley added in post-production. He received several nominations for his comedic roles across BAFTA and the Golden Globes. Carrey won best actor back-to-back for critically acclaimed performances in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.
The actor won an Oscar for his performance in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, and by then, he had already established himself as an A-lister. Douglas also won Best Picture for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. That’s not all the awards he has bagged. The actor received a BAFTA for Best Picture and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor. Douglas also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Matt Damon hails from a family of mixed Scottish, Swedish, Finnish, and English ancestry. He moved to New York City against his parents’ wishes to pursue acting and even break danced at Harvard Square in between auditions to make ends meet. Notably, he is also a Harvard dropout. Damon studied English literature and left just 12 credits short of graduation when his acting pursuits started to pay off.
The actor was part of many romantic comedies in his early days, starring opposite Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. His rugged, toned physique and heart melting smile had a lot to do with these roles coming the actor’s way. Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar and several other awards for a more serious and critically acclaimed role in Dallas Buyers Club.
Other than his distinctive voice, Morgan's mastery of handling stoic characters with complete fragility makes him one of the greatest actors of Hollywood. Freeman, who is 84, shows no signs of stopping with two executive production ventures, The Story of God and The Story of Us, in the making. The actor’s voice, best suited for narration, earned him several accolades for documentaries. And who can forget one of his most memorable performances alongside Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption?
Bale’s major breakthrough came when Steven Spielberg chose him to play the role of a young English boy separated from his family at the start of World War II for the 1987 movie Empire of the Sun. He narrowly missed out on being the next James Bond and lost the opportunity to Daniel Craig for Casino Royale. The actor has also worked with the veteran filmmaker Christopher Nolan in the Batman trilogy.
Washington’s filmography speaks for itself, with not one but seven major hits that featured on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers list for the most inspiring movies ever made in Hollywood. The method actor would go all out preparing for any role that came his way, and once the camera was rolling, he created magic that was captured onscreen for eternity. Washington had considered several career options before graduating college. He eventually completed a degree in drama and journalism and began to pursue acting as a career before joining the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Hopkins is not only a renowned actor but is also a successful director and film producer. He has received numerous awards in his career of over six decades, including two Academy Awards, two Emmys, four BAFTAs, a British Academy Television Award, and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. In 1993, the Queen knighted the actor for his services to the arts. In 2003, he was conferred a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That's not all! In 2008, he bagged the BAFTA Fellowship.
Nicholson’s characters are unpredictable at best--hysterical one moment and petrifying the next. He has got that spunk that allows him to play unlikeable and off-putting characters. The actor has starred in some of the most iconic films of all time, including Chinatown and Terms of Endearment, and has demonstrated a range of emotions through his incredible performances that brought some of the most unusual characters to life. He is one of very few actors to have bagged three Oscars out of his 12 nominations! He has a total of 40 award nominations in his kitty, with 14 wins featured across the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Golden Globes, Grammys, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Robert De Niro discovered his love for acting at the tender age of 10 and dropped out of school at 16 to learn from one of the masters of acting, Stella Adler. The actor has received a total of 34 nominations with four notable wins for best supporting actor, best actor, and best international supporting actor. He has also been honored with the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement award most recently in 2020.
Al Pacino gained worldwide recognition with notable and unforgettable performances in Scarface, Serpico, and Scent of a Woman, for which he got an Oscar. He pursued acting from a young age and studied the craft under many legends, including Lee Strasberg. The actor has had one of the most successful careers, spanning over 50 odd years, in the history of Hollywood and is one of the very few American actors to have bagged the Triple Crown of Acting– Academy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. He entered the world of filmmaking with Looking for Richard, which takes a comprehensive look at Shakespeare's unabating role and relevance in popular culture.
Tom Hanks became one of the youngest actors to receive the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award at just 45. The actor received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the country Navy's highest civilian honor, on Veterans Day 1999, for his work in Saving Private Ryan. He is also the only actor after Spencer Tracy to win back-to-back Oscars for his award-winning performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Fun fact: His Oscar acceptance speech for Philadelphia inspired the plot of the 1997 comedy film In & Out.