Greatest Film Stars
Greatest Roles & Filmographies

Greatest Film Stars - Roles and Filmographies
(alphabetical, by last name)
Introduction | A1 | A2 | B1 | B2 | B3 | C1 | C2 | C3 | D1 | D2 | E
F1 | F2 | G1 | G2 | H1 | H2 | H3 | I-J | K
L1 | L2 | M1 | M2 | M3 | M4 | N | O | P1 | P2-Q | R1
R2 | S1 | S2 | S3 | T1 | T2 | U-V | W1 | W2-Z

Greatest Film Star Roles and Filmographies
Actor or Actress
Definitive Screen Role Other Great Film Roles

James Mason
Norman Maine in A Star is Born (1954) Nicholas in The Seventh Veil (1945)
Johnny McQueen in Odd Man Out (1947)
Larry Quinada in Caught (1949) (aka Wild Calendar)
Martin Donnelly in The Reckless Moment (1949)
Brandon Bourne in East Side, West Side (1949)
Hendrik van der Zee in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
Erwin Johannes Rommel in The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
Ulysses Diello ("Cicero") in 5 Fingers (1952)
Rupert of Hentzau in The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Brutus in Julius Caesar (1953)
Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Ed Avery in Bigger Than Life (1956)
Maxwell Fleury in Island in the Sun (1957)
Jim Molner in Cry Terror! (1958)
Phillip Vandamm in North by Northwest (1959)
Professor Oliver S. Lindenbrook in Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Prof. Humbert Humbert in Lolita (1962)
Bob Conway in The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
James Leamington in Georgy Girl (1966)
General Count von Klugermann in The Blue Max (1966)
Bradley Morahan in Age of Consent (1969)
Phillip in The Last of Sheila (1973)
Warren Maxwell in Mandingo (1975)
Dr. Juan Remos in Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Col. Oberst Brandt in Cross of Iron (1977)
Mr. Jordan in Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Eduard Seibert in The Boys From Brazil (1978)
Dr. John H. Watson in Murder by Decree (1979)
Edward J. Concannon in The Verdict (1982)

Marsha Mason
(1942- )
Paula McFadden in The Goodbye Girl (1977) Arlene in Blume in Love (1973)
Maggie Paul in Cinderella Liberty (1973)
Janice Templeton in Audrey Rose (1977)
Georgia Merkle in The Cheap Detective (1978)
Jennie MacLaine in Chapter Two (1979)
Georgia Hines in Only When I Laugh (1981)
Nora McPhee in Max Dugan Returns (1983)
Aggie in Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Polly Cronin in Drop Dead Fred (1991)
Governor Eleanor Grant in Nick of Time (1995)
Audrey Hopper in 2 Days in the Valley (1996)

Raymond Massey
Abe Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Adam Trask in East of Eden (1955)
Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
John Cabal / Oswald Cabal in Things to Come (1936)
Philip II of Spain in Fire Over England (1937)
DeLaage in The Hurricane (1937)
Black Michael of Strelsau in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
John Brown in Santa Fe Trail (1940)
King Cutler in Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Major Otto Baumeister in Desperate Journey (1942)
Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
DA Frank Lalor in The Woman in the Window (1944)
Abraham Farlan in A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (aka Stairway to Heaven)
Dean Graham in Possessed (1947)
Brig. Gen. Ezra Mannon in Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
Gail Wynand in The Fountainhead (1949)
Nathan in David and Bathsheba (1951)
Gen. Cummings in The Naked and the Dead (1958)
Abraham Lincoln in How the West Was Won (1962)

Walter Matthau
Oscar Madison in
  • The Odd Couple (1968)
  • The Odd Couple II (1998)
Wally Gibbs in Bigger Than Life (1956)
Mel Miller in A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Maxie Fields in King Creole (1958)
Sheriff Morry Johnson in Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Hamilton Bartholomew / Carson Dyle in Charade (1963)
Prof. Groeteschele in Fail-Safe (1964)
Doc in Ensign Pulver (1964)
Ted Caselle in Mirage (1965)
Willie Gingrich in The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Paul Manning in A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
Gen. R.A. Smight in Candy (1968)
The Movie Star in The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)
Dr. Julian Winston in Cactus Flower (1969)
Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Joseph P. Kotcher in Kotch (1971)
Henry Graham in A New Leaf (1971)
Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash in Plaza Suite (1971)
Pete Seltzer in Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
Charley Varrick in Charley Varrick (1973)
Walter Burns/Otto Fishbine in The Front Page (1974)
Lt. Garber in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Willy Clark in The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Coach Morris Buttermaker in The Bad News Bears (1976)
Marvin Michaels in California Suite (1978)
Miles Kendig / James Butler / Mr. Hannaway / Leonard Ross in Hopscotch (1980)
Justice Dan Snow in First Monday in October (1981)
Senator Long in JFK (1991)
George Wilson in Dennis the Menace (1993)
Max Goldman in Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Albert Einstein in I.Q. (1994)
Nat Moyer in I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Charlie Gordon in Out to Sea (1997)
Lou Mozell in Hanging Up (2000)

Victor Mature
Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949) Tumak in One Million B.C. (1940)
Frankie Christopher (Botticelli) in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
Doctor Omar in The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
Tommy Lundy in Footlight Serenade (1942)
Jefferson Harper in Song of the Islands (1942)
Paul Dresser in My Gal Sal (1942)
"Doc" Holliday in My Darling Clementine (1946)
Nick Bianco in Kiss of Death (1947)
Pete Wilson in Easy Living (1949)
Andy Clark in Wabash Avenue (1950)
Lt. Dave Andrews in The Las Vegas Story (1952)
James Sullivan in Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Demetrius in The Robe (1953) and Demetrius and the Gladiator (1954)
Horemheb in The Egyptian (1954)
Hannibal in Hannibal (1959)
Tony Powell in After the Fox (1966)

Virginia Mayo
Marie Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Verna Jarrett in White Heat (1949)
Princess Margaret/"Margaret Warbrook" in The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Ellen Shanley in Wonder Man (1945)
Polly Pringle in The Kid From Brooklyn (1946)
Rosalind van Hoorn in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Linda Vickers in Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)
Honey Swanson in A Song is Born (1948)
Colorado Carson in Colorado Territory (1949)
Flaxy Martin in Flaxy Martin (1949)
Ruth Wilson in The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
Anne de Hesse in The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
Nurse Julie Benson in Backfire (1950)
Lady Barbara Wellesley in Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
Ann Keith in Along the Great Divide (1951)
Judalon de Bornay in The Iron Mistress (1952)
Angela Gardner/Hot Garters Getlie in She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
Ginger Martin in South Sea Woman (1953)
Lady Edith in King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
Helena in The Silver Chalice (1954)
Sally in The Proud Ones (1956)
Cleopatra in The Story of Mankind (1957)

Rachel McAdams
(1978- )
Allison "Allie" Hamilton in The Notebook (2004) Sally Garfield in My Name Is Tanino (2002)
Regina George in Mean Girls (2004)
Claire Cleary in Wedding Crashers (2005)
Lisa Reisert in Red Eye (2005)
Amy Stone in The Family Stone (2005)
Della Frye in State of Play (2009)
Clare in The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Becky Fuller in Morning Glory (2010)
Inez in Midnight in Paris (2011)
Paige Collins in The Vow (2012)
Christine in Passion (2012)
Mary in About Time (2013)
Tracy Woodside in Aloha (2015)
Sacha Pfeiffer in Spotlight (2015)
Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange (2016)
Esti Kuperman in Disobedience (2017)
Annie Davis in Game Night (2018)

Emma Small in Johnny Guitar (1954) Sadie Burke in All the King's Men (1949)
Luz Benedict (older) in Giant (1956)
Miss Van Campen in A Farewell to Arms (1957)
Gang leader in Touch of Evil (1958)
Mrs. Holly in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Mrs. Sarah Wyatt in Cimarron (1960)
Sarah Strand in Angel Baby (1961)
Thelma Diaz in 99 Women (1969)
Demon (Voice) in The Exorcist (1973)
Nelli in The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

Melissa McCarthy
(1970- )
Megan Price in Bridesmaids (2011) Sandra in Go (1999)
Doris in Charlie's Angels (2000)
DeeDee in Life As We Know It (2010)
Catherine in This Is 40 (2012)
Diana/Dawn Budgie in Identity Thief (2013)
Detective Shannon Mullins in The Heat (2013)
Tammy Banks in Tammy (2014)
Maggie Bronstein in St. Vincent (2014)
Susan Cooper in Spy (2015)
Michelle Darnell in The Boss (2016)
Dr. Abigail "Abby" Yates in Ghostbusters (2016)
"Lee" Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

(1969- )
Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused (1993)
Buddy Deeds in Lone Star (1996)
Jake Tyler Brigance in A Time to Kill (1996)
Palmer Joss in Contact (1997)
Roger Sherman Baldwin in Amistad (1997)
Ed in Edtv (1999)
Steve Edison in The Wedding Planner (2001)
Adam Meiks in Frailty (2001)
Denton Van Zan in Reign of Fire (2002)
Benjamin in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Tripp in Failure to Launch (2006)
Finn in Fool's Gold (2008)
Rick Peck in Tropic Thunder (2008)
Connor Mead in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Mick Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Killer Joe Cooper in Killer Joe (2011)
Mud in Mud (2012)
Dallas in Magic Mike (2012)
Ward Jansen in The Paperboy (2012)
Mark Hanna in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Joseph Cooper in Interstellar (2014)
Arthur Brennan in The Sea of Trees (2015)
Newton Knight in Free State of Jones (2016)
Baker Dill in Serenity (2019)

Joel McCrea
John L. Sullivan in Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Steve Judd in Ride the High Country (1962)
Johnny Baker in Bird of Paradise (1932)
Robert "Bob" Rainsford in The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Dan in Bed of Roses (1933)
Jim Carmichael in Barbary Coast (1935)
Dr. Joseph Cardin in These Three (1936)
Richard Glasgow in Come and Get It (1936)
Dave Connell in Dead End (1937)
Capt. Jeff Butler in Union Pacific (1939)
Johnny Jones (Huntley Haverstock) in Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Ed Wallace in The Primrose Path (1940)
Tom Jeffers in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Joe Carter in The More the Merrier (1943)
William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody in Buffalo Bill (1944)
William in The Great Moment (1944)
The Virginian in The Virginian (1946)
Dave Nash in Ramrod (1947)
Wes McQueen in Colorado Territory (1949)
Wyatt Earp in Wichita (1955)

Hattie McDaniel
Mammy (House Servant) in Gone With the Wind (1939) Tira's Maid-Manicurist in I'm No Angel (1933)
Aunt Dilsey in Judge Priest (1934)
Mom Beck in The Little Colonel (1935)
Malena in Alice Adams (1935)
Queenie in Show Boat (1936)
Maid (in Grand Plaza Hall) in Libeled Lady (1936)
Mrs. Walker in Nothing Sacred (1937)
Hattie (Maid at Prom Dance) in Vivacious Lady (1938)
Hilda in The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Violet in The Great Lie (1941)
Callie in They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
Cleota in The Male Animal (1942)
Minerva Clay in In This Our Life (1942)
Hester (the Fullers' Maid) in George Washington Slept Here (1942)
Fidelia in Since You Went Away (1944)

Frances McDormand
(1957- )
Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996) Abby in Blood Simple (1984)
Dot in Raising Arizona (1987)
Mrs. Pell in Mississippi Burning (1988)
Julie Hastings in Darkman (1990)
Betty Weathers in Short Cuts (1993)
Dr. Molly Arrington in Primal Fear (1996)
Dr. Verstak in Paradise Road (1997)
Miss Clavel in Madeline (1998)
Elaine Miller in Almost Famous (2000)
Sara Gaskell in Wonder Boys (2000)
Doris Crane in The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Michelle in City By the Sea (2002)
Jane in Laurel Canyon (2002)
Zoe in Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Handler in Aeon Flux (2005)
Glory Dodge in North Country (2005)
Jane in Friends With Money (2006)
Linda Litzke in Burn After Reading (2008)
Miss Pettigrew in Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day (2008)
Mrs. Bishop in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Fern in Nomadland (2020)

Roddy McDowall
Huw Morgan in How Green Was My Valley (1941) Ken McLaughlin in My Friend Flicka (1943)
Joe Carraclough in Lassie Come Home (1943)
Malcolm in Midnight Lace (1960)
Octavian - Caesar Augustus in Cleopatra (1963)
Martin Ashley in Shock Treatment (1964)
Walter Baines in Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Alan Musgrave in Lord Love a Duck (1966)
Arthur Pimm in It! (1967)
Cornelius in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Mr. Rowan Jelk in Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Proffer in Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Acres in The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Frank Gass in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Benjamin Franklin Fischer in The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Bobby Moore in Funny Lady (1975)
V.I.N.CENT (voice) in The Black Hole (1979)
Rex Brewster in Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Terry Corrigan in Class of 1984 (1982)
Peter Vincent in Fright Night (1985) and Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
Andrew in Overboard (1997)

Ewan McGregor
(1971- )
Mark Renton in
  • Trainspotting (1996)
  • T2 Trainspotting (2017)
Alex Law in Shallow Grave (1994)
Andy in Brassed Off! (1996)
Frank Churchill in Emma (1996)
Jerome in The Pillow Book (1996)
Robert Lewis in A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Meneer Chrome in The Serpent's Kiss (1997)
Martin Bells in Nightwatch (1998)
Curt Wild in Velvet Goldmine (1998)
The Eye in Eye of the Beholder (1999)
Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
James Joyce in Nora (2000)
Danny Grimes in Black Hawk Down (2001)
Christian in Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Ed Bloom (young) in Big Fish (2003)
Rodney Copperbottom (Voice) in Robots (2005)
Jonathan McQuarry in Deception (2008)
The Ghost in The Ghost Writer (2010)
Oliver Fields in Beginners (2011)
Kenneth in Haywire (2011)
Henry Bennett in The Impossible (2012)
Bill Fordham in August: Osage County (2013)
Lumière in Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Christopher Robin in Christopher Robin (2018)

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