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Vincent Cassel – French actor

Vincent Cassel - French actor

Vincent Cassel – French actor

Vincent Cassel is a French actor, winner of Cesar Award.
Vincent Cassel (his real surname is Crochon) was born on November 23, 1966 in Paris. He is the son of Jean-Pierre Cassel and journalist Ann Seiler, half-brother of actress Cecile Cassel and musician Mathieu Cassel known as Rockin’ Squat.
Vincent attended Catholic school because his parents were very religious people. The boy was interested in school drama. After his parents divorced in 1980, 13-year-old Vincent lived with his mother. As a boy he was a shoplifter and even tried to steal a car. Deciding to change the life of the young bully, Cassel entered the circus school and then went to New York.
His career as an actor began in New York, then he returned to France and worked in the theater for several years. Being a popular stage actor, he tried his hand as a film actor, but the first small roles in the films Les Clés du paradis, Hot Chocolate and the television series Warburg: A Man of Influence didn’t bring satisfaction and popularity.
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Katie Holmes – American actress

Katie Holmes - American actress

Katie Holmes – American actress

Katie Holmes is an American film and television actress.
Kate Noelle Holmes was born on December 18, 1978 in Toledo, Ohio. She was the youngest, the fifth child in the family. She has three sisters and a brother. Her father is a lawyer specialized in divorce cases. Katie has English, Irish and German roots. At the age of fourteen the girl began attending modeling school.
In 1996, after reading a monologue from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, she got the role in Ang Lee’s movie The Ice Storm. In 1997 she was invited to the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but refused because she needed to finish her studies. The next year she got the lead role in the television series Dawson’s Creek which was filmed till 2003. That role brought her fame.
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Natalie Wood – Russian Hollywood star

Natalie Wood - Russian Hollywood star

Natalie Wood – Russian Hollywood star

Natalie Wood was an American actress. She was one of the most beautiful Hollywood stars of the twentieth century. Natalie was called Russian queen of Hollywood and Russian Elizabeth Taylor. During her lifetime she entered the history of cinema and became one of Hollywood legends.
Natalie Zakharenko (her real name, then Gurdin) was born on July 20, 1938. She was the daughter of Russian immigrants Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko from Vladivostok, and Maria Stepanovna Zudilova from Barnaul, who became US citizens and changed their surname to Gurdin. Natalie was fluent in both English and Russian (with an American accent) and considered herself “very Russian”.
Her acting career began at the age of four and soon Wood became a successful child actress starring in such films as Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1947) and The Star (1952).
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Marlon Brando – legend of American cinema

Marlon Brando – legend of American cinema

Marlon Brando – legend of American cinema

Marlon Brando was an American film and television actor, film director and political activist. He is one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema. The result of a half-century career of the actor became an arsenal of diametrically opposite roles: revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (Viva Zapata!, 1952), the Roman commander Mark Antony (Julius Caesar, 1953), biker Johnny Strabler (Savage, 1953), port worker Terry Malloy (On the Waterfront, 1954), Vito Corleone (The Godfather, 1972), he – Paul (Last Tango in Paris, 1972), scientist Jor-El (Superman, 1978) and Colonel Walter Kurtz (Apocalypse Now, 1979). In 1961, Brando stood behind the camera and filmed western One-Eyed Jacks. He was a winner of two Oscar (1955, 1973), two Golden Globe (1955, 1973) and three British Academy Awards (1953, 1954, 1955). He had starred in 40 films, many of which were in the golden fund of world cinema.
Marlon Brando was born on April 3, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, Marlon Brando, Sr., was the owner of his own business. He was engaged in manufacturing of feed for farm and domestic animals. His mother Dorothy played in the local theater and was familiar with actor Henry Fonda. Marlon was the youngest child in the family. He had elder sisters, Jocelyn and Frances.
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Leonardo DiCaprio – handsome Hollywood star

Leonardo DiCaprio – handsome Hollywood star

Leonardo DiCaprio – handsome Hollywood star

Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor and producer. He was nominated for Oscar for Best Actor four times in the films The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Revenant (2016), as well as for best Supporting Actor in the film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1994). He was four times BAFTA nominee and got eleven Golden Globe nominations. In 2016 he finally won Oscar for the Best Actor as well as BAFTA for his role in the film The Revenant. The actor was also nominated for Saturn, Screen Actors Guild Award and Sputnik awards.
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles. Leonardo is the only child of comics creator George DiCaprio (born on November 30, 1943) and secretary Irmelin Indenbirken (born in 1943). His mother was born to German Wilhelm Indenbirken and Russian emigrant Helena Indenbirken (1915-2008, born Elena Stepanovna Smirnova) in West Germany. In 1955, William and Helen emigrated to the United States. In 2010, Leonardo said to Russian president Vladimir Putin that he was a half-Russian. The future actor was named after the great artist Leonardo da Vinci. When Leo was a year old, George and Irmelin divorced, and the boy stayed with his mother.
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Sean Penn – actor and film director

Sean Penn - actor and film director

Sean Penn – actor and film director

Sean Penn is an American actor and film director. He is a winner of Oscar for the main roles in the films Mystic River and Milk. Sean is one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, winner of three of the world’s largest film festivals – Cannes, Venice (twice) and Berlin.
Sean Justin Penn was born on August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica (California) to film director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan. The parents of his father were Jewish immigrants from Lithuania and Russia who came to the US in 1898 and 1914. At school, Penn studied with Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen and Rob Lowe, who later became actors. His younger brother, Chris Penn, also became an actor. Chris died in early 2006, of a heart attack at the age of 40.
At the age of 19, Penn moved to New York. His film career began with the TV series. In 1981, he appeared in the film Taps together with Tom Cruise and Timothy Hutton. He received fame after the role in the comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). More popularity he gained after the films Bad Boys (1983) and The Falcon and the Snowman (1985).
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Jared Leto – actor and rock singer

Jared Leto - actor and rock singer

Jared Leto – actor and rock singer

Jared Leto is an American actor and rock singer, lead singer of alternative rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the director of many music videos under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins (the name is borrowed from the book by Dr. Seuss The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins). Jared is a winner of many awards, including Oscar, Golden Globe and the US Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in the drama Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
Jared Joseph Leto was born on December 26, 1971 in Bossier City, Louisiana. He has elder brother Shannon. Their parents divorced when Jared and Shannon were little boys. Shortly after the second marriage their father died (two boys were born in marriage). Second mother’s husband, Carl Leto, adopted them, although they later divorced. Jared has half-sister Melissa Lafsky, who is a writer.
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