Except for one — the actor who continues to have that movie-star aura and, frankly, is the last of them: Tom Cruise. With the release of his latest action movie this Friday, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," Cruise is poised to rule the weekend box office once again, despite the film's poor reviews (it currently has a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes).
In honor of Neeson’s “particular set of skills,” ET is ranking his late-period action movies to find out which ones are worth hunting down and which you can let slip away. 9. Taken 3 (2014) Liam Neeson vs: The crooks who framed him for the murder of his ex-wife Worldwide box office: $325 million Badass quote: “And then I’ll come for you.
There was a time when Mel Gibson was better known for his acting than for his off-screen troubles. The American-born, Australian-raised Gibson initially gained fame for his work down under before returning to America to become a Hollywood action star in the 1980s.
Chan Kong-sang, SBS, MBE, PMW (陳 港 生; born 7 April 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself, in the cinematic world.
Downey Jr.'s career prospects improved when he featured in the black comedy crime Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), the mystery thriller Zodiac (2007), and the satirical action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008); for the latter he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Look up Marky Mark's filmography—you might be embarassed when you realize you actually fuck with at least three of his movies. Now that the stick up your rear is removed, we can just come out and say it: Mark Wahlberg has the reliable action star niche on lock these days, in all his clever but tough protagonist glory.
Depp is regarded as one of the world's biggest film stars. He has gained praise from reviewers for his portrayals including screenwriter-director Ed Wood in Ed Wood, undercover FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco, author J. M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, and the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.
Nicolas Cage is tapping his Primal instincts. The actor is set to star in a film directed by veteran stunt coordinator Nick Powell (The Bourne Identity, X-Men: The Last Stand, Cinderella Man), which centers on Frank Walsh (Cage), a big game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a fresh haul of exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon, including a rare white jaguar.
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There were rumors recently that Tom Hardy has a part in Star Wars: Episode VIII. We can confirm the authenticity of those rumors as they are in fact true. We were able to confirm the general contents of his sequence with a few of our sources as of late and piece the cameo together.
Famous Action Movie Stars Action movie stars are the heroes and heroines who get our adrenaline pumping. Early action stars include Douglas Fairbanks, the swashbuckling adventurer of the 1920s and '30s; John Wayne, the famous gunslinger of the 1940s and '50s; and Sean Connery, who played the debonair spy Bond—James Bond—in the 1960s.
After Thelma & Louise, Pitt starred in the 1991 film Johnny Suede, a low-budget picture about an aspiring rock star, and the 1992 live-action/animated fantasy film Cool World, although neither furthered his career, having poor reviews and box office performance.
Of note: We did not not include stars who have some action cred, but who haven’t been identified primarily as an action star. These include Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Natalie Portman, Chloe Grace Moretz, Emily Blunt, Felicity Jones, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Keira Knightley, Rooney Mara, Noomi Rapace, and Shailene Woodley.
Hanks is one of the few movie stars who, like Gary Cooper once upon a Hollywood time, can convey a sense of old-fashioned American decency just by standing in the frame. There’s something so unforced about him that it can seem as if he’s not delivering a performance, just being Tom Hanks.
In 1958, Eastwood was cast as Rowdy Yates for the CBS hour-long western series Rawhide, the breakthrough in his career he had long been searching for. However, Eastwood was not especially happy with his character; Eastwood was almost 30, and Rowdy was too young and too cloddish for Clint to feel comfortable with the part.
Renner starred in the action horror film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (released in January 2013), in which he and Gemma Arterton played Hansel and Gretel, respectively. The 3-D film was set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who kidnapped them.
Leading actor Sean Connery was born Thomas Sean Connery on August 25, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Scotland. The son of Joe, a truck driver, and Euphamia, a laundress, Connery had a modest upbringing in a neighborhood known as "the street of a thousand smells" for the stench of the local rubber mill and several breweries that filled the air.
Stallone wrote, directed and starred in the movie. Joining him in the film were fellow action stars Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren, as well as Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Eric Roberts, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and cameos by fellow '80s action icons Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Thirty years ago, Bruce Willis became a fan-favorite action star when he played NYPD detective John McClane in 1988's "Die Hard." While the role wasn't his first on the big screen, it helped define his acting career and gave Bruce a reputation for being a Hollywood tough guy.
Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist and musician. Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan. A 7th-dan black belt in aikido, he began his adult life as a martial arts instructor in Japan; becoming the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in the country. He later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he had the same profession. In 1988, Seagal made his acting debut in Above the Law. By 1991, he had starred in four successful films.