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Will Smith
Although he initially became famous as a rapper, Will Smith went on to prove his acting talents in both television and films, eventually winning a reputation as an entertainer who could easily cross back and forth between musician and actor. In the process, he became one of the most successful entertainers--African-American or otherwise--in the American popular consciousness of the 1990s.A native of Philadelphia, Smith was born on September 25, 1968. The son of middle-class parents (his father owned a refrigeration company and his mother worked for the school board) and the second of four children, he earned the nickname "Prince" thanks to his ability to talk himself out of trouble. The nickname became part of his popular persona when, with fellow rapper Jeff Townes, Smith (who had been rapping since the age of twelve) formed the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Smith found fame as a rapper, producing two platinum albums and winning a Grammy for He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper. learn more

Ryan Phillippe
With his golden curls, sensuous mouth, and sculpted body, Ryan Phillippe looks more like he was peeled off a Botticelli canvas than 'discovered' in a Delaware barber shop. Phillippe, who was born September 10, 1974 in New Castle, Delaware, has quickly risen from obscurity to become one of the most talked-about and drooled-over actors of his generation.Phillippe got his first break on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, on which he portrayed daytime's first gay teenager, Billy Douglas. The role, which he played from 1992 to 1993, won him both favorable notices and increasing recognition. After quitting the show to focus on his screen career, Phillippe got a small part in 1995 submarine action thriller Crimson Tide. More work--and more boat-oriented action--followed in 1996 with Ridley Scott's White Squall, in which Phillippe was given a prominent role alongside two other up-and-coming actors, Ethan Embry and Scott Wolf. learn more

Tom Cruise
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on the 3rd of July, 1962 (eerily similar to his film Born on the 4th of July), in Syracuse, New York. He was the only boy of four children. Since his father was an electrical engineer, he must have inherited his love for acting from his mother... learn more

Leonardo DiCaprio

Born November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio has become a modern day Casanova. DiCaprio has been romantically linked with so many models and actresses it boggles the mind, but more on that later. DiCaprio was raised in Echo Park, an area Leo terms as "Hollywood slums", learn more

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Full name William Bradley Pitt has became the most desired man everywhere in the world. Maybe no one in the history of film has elicited so many women learn more

Seth Green

Seth Green changes his hair color as often as other people change their sheets. Just within the last few months, the natural-born redhead has dyed his spiky locks brown, black, blue, black and blue, yellow and magenta. Today,learn more

Russell Crowe

Though perhaps best known internationally for playing tough-guy roles in Romper Stomper (1993), L.A. Confidential (1997), and Gladiator (2000), New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe has proven himself equally capable of playing gentler roles in films such as Proof (1991) and The Sum of Us (1992). No matter what kind of characters he plays, Crowe's weather-beaten handsomeness and gruff charisma combine to make him constantly watchable: his one-time Hollywood mentor Sharon Stone has called him "the sexiest guy working in movies today." learn more

Ben Affleck
Tall and handsome in a meat-eating sort of way, Ben Affleck has the looks of a matinee idol and the resume of an actor who honed his craft as an indie film slacker before flexing his muscles as a Hollywood star. A staple of Kevin Smith films and such seminal indies as Dazed and Confused, Affleck became a star and entered the annals of Hollywood legend when he and best friend Matt Damon wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, winning a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for their work. Born in Berkeley, California on August 15, 1972 to a schoolteacher mother and drug rehab counselor father, Affleck was the oldest of two brothers. His younger brother, Casey, also became an actor. When he was very young, Affleck's family moved to the Boston area, and it was there that he broke into acting. At the age of eight, he starred in PBS's marine biology-themed The Voyage of the Mimi, endearing himself to junior high school science classes everywhere. The same year he made Mimi, Affleck made the acquaintance of Matt Damon, a boy two years his senior who lived down the street. The two became best friends and, of course, eventual collaborators. learn more

John Travolta
Actor. Born on February 18, 1954, in Englewood, New Jersey, of Italian-Irish descent. Highly popular young star of American TV and movies of the late 70's and later a likable lead of the 90's. A high school dropout at 16, he began his acting career in summer stock in New Jersey. After a period of training in acting and dancing he began doing commercials and off-Broadway. He moved to Hollywood, where he got occasional small roles on TV, then joined the national touring company of "Grease", eventually making the Broadway casts of "Grease" and the Andrews Sisters' musical "Over Here!". He got his big break in 1975 when he joined the cast of the TV series "Welcome Back, Kotter", in the role of dimwitted but lovable Vinnie Barbarino. Although his role in the series was secondary, he immediately attracted an enthusiastic following and soon became one of television's top stars. Film assignments quickly followed. An appealing young man with a dazzling grin, luminous blue eyes, and a characteristic cleft chin, he extended his popularity to the big screen with a convincing performance in the role of Tony Manero, king of the Brooklyn disco scene, in the film Saturday Night Fever (1977) and enjoyed another success with the screen version of Grease (1978), and with Urban Cowboy (1980), which helped popularize Western wear in the early 80's. During this period, he also released a few hit records, having done all his own singing in Grease learn more




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