Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Comprehensive Guide to 200 Rock and Pop Stars Who Have Acted in Movies




I’ve only included people from the rock era (1954 onwards), so people like Frank Sinatra have been left out, and stars of jazz, blues, and world music have also been excluded, though I have included a few pop stars from non English-speaking countries if they are internationally known and country music stars if they have had cross-over success and are known in the wider ‘pop music world’.

The names included here are all people who first became famous in the music world and then moved to films, not film stars who’ve dabbled in music or models who’ve gone on to work in both music and movies.

Documentaries and concert films are irrelevant to this list. These are all roles in fiction films. For a very few the role just consists of the singer performing a musical number within the story (Jarvis Cocker in Harry Potter and the Goblet in Fire, for example) but the vast majority are ‘proper’ acting roles.

I have included films like Hard Day’s Night and Spice World that consist of a storyline interspersed with songs and where the singers more or less play themselves. These are, after all, fictional stories with scripted lines. However, I’ve just listed them under the band name, not under individual band-member names.


  1. 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
  2. Aimee Mann - The Big Lebowski (1998) 
  3. Al Green - Putney Swope (1969) Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
  4. Alanis Morrisette - Dogma (1999) (as God) Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  5. Alice Cooper - Prince Of Darkness (1987) Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
  6. Andre 3000 - Hollywood Homicide (2003) Four Brothers (2005) Idlewild (2006)
  7. Annie Lennox -  Revolution (1985)
  8. Anthony Keidis - Point Break (1991) The Chase (1994)
  9. Aretha Franklin - The Blues Brothers (1980) Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
  10. Arlo Guthrie - Alice’s Restaurant (1969) Renaldo and Clara (1978)
  11. Art Garfunkel - Catch-22 (1970) Carnal Knowledge (1971)  Bad Timing (1980)
  12. Ashley Walters - Bullet Boy (2004) Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
  13. Avril Lavigne - Fast Food Nation (2006)
  14. Axl Rose - The Dead Pool (1988)
  15. Beach Boys - The Girls on the Beach (1965) The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
  16. Beatles - A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Help! (1965) 
  17. Beck - Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001) 
  18. Bee Gees - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
  19. Beth Orton - Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001) 
  20. Beyonce Knowles - The Fighting Temptations (2003) Cadillac Records (2008) others
  21. Bill Haley & the Comets - Rock Around the Clock (1956) Don't Knock the Rock (1956)
  22. Billy Preston - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
  23. Bjork - Dancer in the Dark (2000)
  24. Bob Dylan - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) Renaldo and Clara (1978)
  25. Bob Geldof - Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) Number One (1984)
  26. Bob Marley - Third World (1980)
  27. Bobby Darin - Too Late Blues (1961) Captain Newman A.D. (1964) others
  28. Bobby Vinton - Surf Party (1964) Harlow (1965) Big Jake (1971)
  29. Bono - Across the Universe (2007)
  30. Britney Spears - Crossroads (2002)
  31. Bryan Ferry - Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
  32. Carly Simon - Taking Off (1971) Perfect (1985)
  33. Cat Power - My Blueberry Nights (2007)
  34. Cher - Silkwood (1983) Moonstruck (1987) many others
  35. Chris Isaak - Married to the Mob (1988) The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) Little Buddha (1993) many others 
  36. Chris Martin - Bruno (2009)
  37. Chuck Berry - Rock Rock Rock! (1956) Mister Rock and Roll (1957)
  38. Cilla Black - Work Is a 4-Letter Word (1968)  
  39. Clare Grogan - Gregory’s Girl (1981) Comfort and Joy (1984)
  40. Cliff Richard - Expresso Bongo (1959) Summer Holiday (1963)
  41. Courtney Love - Sid and Nancy (1986) Straight To Hell (1987) The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
  42. Curtis Mayfield - Short Eyes (1977) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
  43. Damon Alban - Face (1997)
  44. Darlene Love - Lethal Weapon (1987) and its 3 sequels
  45. Dave Stewart - Hackers (1995)
  46. David Bowie - The Man Who Fell To Earth (1975) Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) The Prestige (2006) many others
  47. David Byrne - True Stories (1986) 
  48. David Essex - That’ll Be the Day (1973) Stardust (1974) Silver Dream Racer (1980) 
  49. Debbie Harry - Union City (1980) Videodrome (1983) Copland (1997) many others
  50. Dennis Wilson - Two Lane Blacktop (1971)
  51. Diana Ross - Lady Sings the Blues (1972) Mahogany (1975) The Wiz (1978)
  52. Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 (1980) The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) Steel Magnolias (1989)
  53. Donnie Wahlberg - Sixth Sense (1999) Dreamcathcher (2003) many others
  54. Dwight Yoakim - Sling Blade (1996) Wedding Crashers (2005) The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) many others
  55. Eddie Cochran - Untamed Youth (1957) 
  56. Elliott Smith - Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician (2001) 
  57. Elvis Costello - No Surrender (1985) 
  58. Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock (1957) King Creole (1958) many others
  59. Eminem - 8 Mile (2002)
  60. Enrique Iglesias - Desperado (1995) Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  61. Eric Clapton - Tommy (1975) Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
  62. Erykah Badu - Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) The Cider House Rules (1999) 
  63. Fabian - North to Alaska (1960) The Longest Day (1962) many others
  64. Fats Domino - The Girl Can't Help It (1956) Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956)
  65. Flea - Psycho (1998) The Big Lebowski (1998) others
  66. Frankie Avalon - The Alamo (1960) Grease (1978) many others
  67. Fred Durst - Zoolander (2001) Be Cool (2005) 
  68. Gary Kemp - The Krays (1990)
  69. Gene Simmons - Be Cool (2005)
  70. George Harrison - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Life of Brian (1979) Shanghai Surprise (1986)
  71. Glen Campbell - True Grit (1969)
  72. Glen Hansard - The Commitments (1991) Once (2006)
  73. Gloria Estafan - Music of the Heart (1999) 
  74. Grace Jones - Conan the Destroyer (1984) A View To A Kill (1985) many others
  75. Gwen Stefani - The Aviator (2004)
  76. Hazel O’Connor - Breaking Glass (1980) 
  77. Henry Rollins - Johnny Mnemonic (1995) Heat (1995) many others
  78. Hugh Cornwell - Eat the Rich (1988)
  79. Ian Dury - The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989) Judge Dredd (1995) many others
  80. Ice Cube - Boys N The Hood (1991) xXx: State of the Union (2005) 21 Jump Street (2012) many others
  81. Ice T - New Jack City (1991) Tank Girl (1995) many others
  82. Iggy Pop - The Color of Money (1986)  Dead Man (1995) Coffee And Cigarettes (2003) many others
  83. Isaac Hayes - Escape from New York (1981) Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Hustle & Flow (2005) many others
  84. Jack White  - Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) Cold Mountain (2003) Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
  85. Jackie DeShannon - Surf Party (1964)
  86. James Brown - The Blues Brothers (1980) Rocky IV (1985) Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
  87. James Taylor - Two Lane Blacktop (1971) Funny People (2009)
  88. Janet Jackson - Poetic Justice (1993)
  89. Jarvis Cocker - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  90. Jay-Z - State Property (2002) 
  91. Jennifer Lopez - U-Turn (1997) Out Of Sight (1998) Monster-in-Law (2005) many others
  92. Jerry Lee Lewis - High School Confidential! (1958)
  93. Jimi Hendrix - Pysch-Out (1968)
  94. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come (1972) Club Paradise (1996)
  95. Joan Baez - Renaldo and Clara (1978)
  96. Joe Strummer - Rude Boy (1980) Straight To Hell (1987) Mystery Train (1989) 
  97. Joey Ramone - Hard Core Logo (1996)
  98. John Bonham - Son of Dracula (1974)
  99. John Cale - Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest (1997)
  100. John Lennon - How I Won The War (1967)
  101. John Paul Jones - Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
  102. John Sebastien - Messengers (2004)
  103. Johnny Hallyday - Detective (1985) Man on the Train (2002) The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
  104. Jon Bon Jovi - U-571 (2000) New Year's Eve (2011) others
  105. Jonny Greenwood - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  106. Julian Cope - The Wall (1998)
  107. Julie Covington - Ascendancy (1983)
  108. Justin Timberlake - Black Snake Moan (2006) The Social Network (2010) In Time (2011) many others
  109. Kanye West - The Love Guru (2008) 
  110. KD Lang - Salmonberries (1991) The Black Dahlia (2006)
  111. Keith Moon - 200 Motels (1971) Stardust (1975) Tommy (1975)
  112. Kris Kristofferson - Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Heaven's Gate (1980) many others
  113. Kylie Minogue - Street Fighter (1994) Moulin Rouge (2001) others
  114. L’il Kim - She’s All That (1999) Zoolander (2001)
  115. Laurie Anderson - Hotel Deutschland (1992)
  116. Lauryn Hill -  King of the Hill (1993)
  117. Lenny Kravitz - Precious (2009) The Hunger Games (2012)
  118. Leonard Cohen - The Ernie Game (1967)
  119. Levon Helm - Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) Shooter (2007) many others
  120. Lou Reed - One Trick Pony (1980) Blue in the Face (1995) Prozac Nation (2001)
  121. Lovin Spoonful - What’s Up Tiger Lily (1966)
  122. Lulu - To Sir, with Love (1967)
  123. Lyle Lovett - The Player (1992) Short Cuts (1993) The Opposite of Sex (1998)
  124. Macy Gray - Training Day (2001) Around The World In 80 Days (2004) Domino (2005) others
  125. Madonna - Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Dick Tracy (1990) Evita (1996) many others
  126. Malcolm McLaren - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980) 
  127. Mama Cass Elliot - Pufnstuf (1970)
  128. Mandy Moore - The Princess Diaries (2001) A Walk to Remember (2002)
  129. Mariah Carey - Glitter (2001) Precious (2009)
  130. Marianne Faithful - made in USA (1966) Girl On A Motorcycle (1968) Marie Antoinette (2006) many others
  131. Marilyn Manson - Lost Highway (1997) The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
  132. Mark Wahlberg - The Departed (2006) The Fighter (2010) many others 
  133. Martin Kemp - The Krays (1990)
  134. Meatloaf - Fight Club (1999) Wayne’s World (1992) Spice World (1997) many others
  135. Michael Hutchence - Dogs in Space (1986) Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
  136. Michael Jackson - The Wiz (1978) Men in Black 11 (2002)
  137. Michael Stipe - Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996) 
  138. Mick Jagger - Ned Kelly (1970) Performance (1970) Bent (1997) 
  139. Moby - Suck (2009)
  140. Monkees - Head (1968) 
  141. Mos Def - The Woodsman (2004) 16 Blocks (2006) Be Kind Rewind (2008) many others
  142. Nancy Sinatra - The Oscar (1966) The Wild Angels (1966) Speedway (1968)
  143. Neil Diamond - The Jazz Singer (1980)
  144. Neil Young - Made in Heaven (1987) Greendale (2003)
  145. Nick Cave - Wings of Desire (1987) Johnny Suede (1991) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) 
  146. Norah Jones- My Blueberry Nights (2007)
  147. Ozzy Osbourne -  Little Nicky (2000)
  148. Paul McCartney - Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
  149. Paul Simon - Annie Hall (1977) One Trick Pony (1980)
  150. Pete Townsend - White City (1985)
  151. Peter Frampton - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Almost Famous (2000) 
  152. Phil Collins -  A Hard Day's Night (1964) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) (both very minor, uncredited roles when he was a teenager) Buster (1988)
  153. PJ Harvey - The Book of Life (1998)
  154. Pointer Sisters - Car Wash (1976)
  155. Prince - Purple Rain (1984) Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
  156. Queen Latifah - Set It Off (1996) The Dilemma (2011) many others
  157. Rachel Stevens - Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
  158. Randy Newman - Leatherheads (2008)
  159. Ray Charles - The Blues Brothers (1980) Spy Hard (1996)
  160. Ray Davies - Absolute Beginners (1986)
  161. Ricky Nelson - The Story of Three Loves (1953) Rio Bravo (1959)
  162. Ringo Starr - Candy (1968) The Magic Christian (1969) Lisztomania (1975) many others
  163. Robbie Robertson - Carny (1980) The Crossing Guard (1995)
  164. Roger Daltry - Tommy (1975) Lisztomania (1975) McVicar (1980)
  165. Roland Gift - Tin Men (1987) Sammy And Rosie Get Laid (1987) Scandal (1989)
  166. Ronnie Hawkins - Renaldo and Clara (1978) Heaven’s Gate (1980)
  167. Roy Orbison - The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) 
  168. Rufus Thomas - Mystery Train (1989) Great Balls of Fire! (1989) Cookie's Fortune (1999) 
  169. S Club 7 - Seeing Double (2003)
  170. Sacha Distel - Zazie Dans Le Métro (1960) La Bonne Soupe (1964) 
  171. Sade - Absolute Beginners (1986)
  172. Sandie Shaw - Absolute Beginners (1986) Eat the Rich (1988)
  173. Sean Combs (AKA Puff Daddy, P Diddy) - Made (2001) Monster's Ball (2001)
  174. Sex Pistols - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)
  175. Shane MacGowan - Straight To Hell (1987) Eat the Rich (1988)
  176. Shaznay Lewis - Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
  177. Sinead O’Connor - Wuthering Heights (1992) The Butcher Boy (1997)
  178. Smokey Robinson - Hollywood Homicide (2003)
  179. Snoop Dogg - Training Day (2001) Starsky & Hutch (2004) many others
  180. Sonny Bono - Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Hairspray (1988) others
  181. Spice Girls -  Spice World (1997)
  182. Steve Cropper - The Blues Brothers (1980) Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) 
  183. Sting - Quadrophenia (1979) Dune (1984) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) many others
  184. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Psych-Out (1968) Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
  185. Taylor Swift - Valentine's Day (2010)
  186. Ted Nugent - Tapeheads (1988) A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
  187. Thomas Dolby - Howard the Duck (1986)
  188. Tina Turner - Tommy (1975) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) Last Action Hero (1993)
  189. Tom Waits - Down By Law (1986) Short Cuts (1993) The Book of Eli (2010) many others
  190. Tone Loc - Heat (1995) Spy Hard (1996) many others
  191. Toni Basil - Easy Rider (1969)
  192. Tori Amos - Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
  193. Toyah Wilcox - Jubilee (1978) The Tempest (1979) The Power of Three (2011) 
  194. Tricky - The Fifth Element (1997)
  195. Tupac Shakur - Juice (1992) Poetic Justice (1993) Gridlock’d (1997) others
  196. Usher - The Faculty (1998) She's All That (1999) 
  197. Vanessa Paradis - The Girl on the Bridge (1999) many others
  198. Vanilla Ice - Cool as Ice (1991) 
  199. Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard (1992) Waiting to Exhale (1995) The Preacher's Wife (1996)
  200. Yardbirds - Blow-Up (1966)

Honourable Mention 1: Phil Spector, not a pop star as such, but still one of the most famous names in pop music as a producer. He appeared in Easy Rider (1969)


Honourable Mention 2: Brian Eno, not in a movie but a TV series, Father Ted, in 1998. He plays ‘Father Brian Eno’!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

75 Foreign Directors Who Have Made Movies In Britain


This list concerns movies both made and set in Britain, so old movies like David Copperfield (George Cukor, 1935) and Mrs Miniver (William Wyler, 1942), set in Britain but made on the Hollywood back-lot, are not included. Sometimes modern movies also use other countries as stand-in locations (eg Polanski’s Oliver Twist, made in the Czech Republic or Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous, made in Germany) but as long as it was wholly or mainly set in the UK and at least some of it has been filmed in the UK (like Braveheart for example, filmed in both Ireland and Scotland) I’ve included it.

For films where only a segment of the film takes place in the UK, I’ve included them only if it’s clear that the main focus is the UK, so Errol Morris’ Tabloid stayed in but Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter was left out.

1. Agnieszka Holland (Poland) - The Secret Garden (1993)
2. Alberto Cavalcanti (Brazil) - Went the Day Well? (1942)
3. Alejandro Amenebar (Spain) - The Others (2001)
4. Alexander Korda (Hungary) - The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
5. Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico) - Great Expectations (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabhan (2004), Children of Men (2006)
6. Ang Lee (Taiwan) - Sense and Sensibility (1995)
7. Anton Corbijn (Netherlands) -  Control (2007)
8. Billy Wilder (US) - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
9. Cary Fukunaga (US) - Jane Eyre (2011)
10. Chris Columbus (US) - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(2002)
11. Chris Weitz (US) - About a Boy (2002)
12. Cy Endfield (US) - Hell Drivers (1957)
13. David Cronenberg (Canada) – Spider (2002), Eastern Promises (2007)
14. David Lynch (US) - The Elephant Man (1980)
15. Don Siegel (US) - The Black Windmill (1974)
16. Edward Dmytryk (US) - End Of The Affair (1955)
17. Errol Morris (US) - Tabloid (2010)
18. Franco Zefferelli (Italy) - Jane Eyre (1996)
19. Francois Ozon (France) - Angel (2007)
20. Frank Tashlin (US) - The Alphabet Murders (1965)
21. Fred Schepisi (Australia) - Plenty (1985) Last Orders (2001)
22. Fred Zinneman (US) - A Man For All Seasons (1966)
23. Gillian Armstrong (Australia) - Death Defying Acts (2007)
24. Gurinder Chadha (Kenya) - Bhaji on the Beach (1993) Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
25. Hideo Nakata (Japan) -  Chatroom (2010)
26. Jacques Tourneur (France) - Curse of the Demon (1957)
27. James Ivory (US) - Howard’s End (1992)
28. Jane Campion (New Zealand) - Bright Star (2009)
29. Jean-Luc Godard (France) - Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
30. Jerzy Skolomiwski (Poland) - Deep End (1970), The Shout (1978) Moonlighting (1982)
31. John Huston (US) - The Mackintosh Man (1973)
32. John Landis (US) - An American Werewolf in London (1981), Burke and Hare (2010)
33. John Sturges (US) - McQ (1974), The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
34. Joseph Losey (US) - The Servant (1963),  Accident (1967), others
35. Joseph Mankiewicz (US) - Sleuth (1972)
36. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Spain) - 28 Weeks Later (2007) Intruders (2011)
37. Jules Dassin (US) - Night and the City (1950)
38. Karel Reisz (Czechoslavakia) - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), others
39. Lars Von Trier (Denmark) - Breaking the Waves (1996)
40. Lone Scherfig (Denmark)– Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002),  An Education (2009)  One Day (2011)
41. Marc Forster (Germany) - Finding Neverland (2004)
42. Marcel Ophuls (France) - A Sense of Loss (1972)
43. Mark Romanek (US) -  Never Let Me Go (2010)
44. Mel Gibson (US) - Braveheart (1995)
45. Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy) - Blow-Up (1966)
46. Mike Nichols (US/Germany) - Wit (2001), Closer (2004)
47. Mira Nair (India) - Vanity Fair (2004)
48. Neil Jordan (Ireland) - Mona Lisa (1986), The End of the Affair (1999)
49. Otto Preminger (US) - Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) The Human Factor (1979)
50. Patrice Chéreau (France) - Intimacy (2001)
51. Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland) - Last Resort (2000), My Summer of Love (2004)
52. Peter Medak (Hungary) - A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972), The Ruling Class (1972), Let Him Have It (1991), others
53. Philip Noyce (Australia) - Patriot Games (1992)
54. Richard Donner (US) - The Omen (1976)
55. Richard Fleischer (US) - 10 Rillington Place (1970)
56. Richard Lester (US) - A Hard Day’s Night (1964) The Knack (1965)
57. Robert Aldrich (US) - The Killing of Sister George (1968)
58. Robert Altman (US) - Gosford Park (2001)
59. Robert Wise (US) - The Haunting (1963)
60. Roger Donaldson (New Zealand) - The Bank Job (2008)
61. Roman Polanski (Poland) - Repulsion (1965), Cul-De-Sac (1966) Macbeth (1971)
62. Sam Peckinpah (US) - Straw Dogs (1971)
63. Shekhar Kapur (India) - Elizabeth (1998)
64. Sidney J. Furie (Canada) - The Young Ones (1961) The Leather Boys (1964) The Ipcress File (1965)
65. Sidney Lumet (US)- The Deadly Affair (1966) The Offence (1972)
66. Stanley Donen (US) - Royal Wedding (1951), Bedazzled (1967)
67. Stanley Kubrick (US) - A Clockwork Orange (1971)
68. Steven Spielberg (US) - War Horse (2011)
69. Terry Gilliam (US) - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Jabberwocky (1977)
70. Thomas Alfredson (Sweden) - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
71. Tim Burton (US) - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Alice in Wonderland (2010)
72. Todd Haynes (US) - Velvet Goldmine (1998)
73. William Friedkin (US) - The Birthday Party (1968)
74. William Wyler (US) - The Collector (1965)
75. Woody Allen (US) - Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006), Cassandra’s Dream (2007), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Before They Were Famous: 100 Surprising Early Roles of Major Film Stars

Top: Stallone, Goldblum, Bronson, Schwarzenegger
Middle: Dean Stanton, McQueen, Spacey, Hopper
Bottom: Radcliffe, Robbins, Brosnan, Jackson

Many actors of course serve long apprenticeships before they become stars, and this is a list of interesting match-ups during such apprenticeships, where films memorable for other reasons contain surprises a long way down in their credits. The stars concerned, at this early stage of their careers, usually have only minor roles, sometimes so small they could aptly be described as ‘blink and you’ll miss them’. Above all, the criteria for inclusion in this list was that the mere fact of it should make the average film fan go ‘Jeez! Was he/she really in that?’

1. Adrien Brody - New York Stories (1989) King of the Hill (1993) Natural Born Killers (1994)
2. Alan Cumming - Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
3. Angela Lansbury - The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)
4. Anjelica Huston - The Last Tycoon (1976), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
5. Anthony Hopkins - The Lion In Winter (1968)
6. Anthony Quinn - The Plainsman (1936)
7. Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Long Goodbye (1973)
8. Audrey Hepburn - The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
9. Ben Affleck - Dazed And Confused (1993)
10. Bridget Fonda - The Godfather, Part 111 (1990)
11. Bruce Dern - Marnie (1964)
12. Bruce Willis - The Verdict (1982) 
13. Carrie Fisher – Shampoo (1973)
14. Charles Bronson - Pat And Mike (1952)
15. Charlie Sheen - The Execution Of Private Slovik (1974) (Aged 9, acting alongside his father, Martin)
16. Christopher Lee - Moulin Rouge (1952)
17. Christopher Walken - The Anderson Tapes (1971) Annie Hall (1977)
18. Daniel Day Lewis - Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) (Aged 14), Gandhi (1982)
19. Daniel Radcliffe - The Tailor of Panama (2001)
20. Danny Huston - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
21. Daryl Hannah - The Fury (1978)
22. Dennis Hopper - Rebel Without A Cause (1955), Giant (1956), Gunfight At The OK Carrol (1957)
23. Don Cheadle - Hamburger Hill (1987) Colors (1988)
24. Forest Whitaker - Platoon (1986) The Color of Money (1986) Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
25. Geena Davis - Tootsie (1982)
26. Gene Wilder - Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
27. Genevieve Bujold - La Guerre Est Finie (1966)
28. Giuletta Masina - Paisa (1946)
29. Glenda Jackson - This Sporting Life (1963)
30. Harrison Ford - American Graffiti (1973), The Conversation (1974)
31. Harry Dean Stanton - Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), The Godfather Part 11 (1974)
32. Harvey Keitel - Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)
33. Jack Nicholson - The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)
34. James Caan - Irma La Douce (1963)
35. James Gandolfini - True Romance (1993)
36. James Mason - Fire Over England (1937)
37. James Woods - The Way We Were (1973), Night Moves (1975)
38. Javier Bardem - High Heels (1991)
39. Jeff Bridges - The Company She Keeps (1950) (Aged 4 Months!)
40. Jeff Goldblum - Death Wish (1974), Nashville (1975), Annie Hall (1977)
41. Jessica Lange - All That Jazz (1979)
42. Jim Carrey - Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
43. Jim Caviezel - My Own Private Idaho (1991)
44. John Hurt - A Man For All Seasons (1966)
45. John Lithgow - All That Jazz (1979)
46. Johnny Depp - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Platoon (1986)
47. Jonathan Pryce - Voyage Of The Damned (1976)
48. Julie Delphy - Detective (1985)
49. Juliette Binoche - Hail Mary (1985)
50. Katherine Heigl - King of the Hill (1993) (Aged 15) 
51. Kevin Bacon - National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) Friday the 13th (1980)
52. Kevin Costner - The Big Chill (1983) (as the corpse in the opening credits sequence)
53. Kevin Spacey - Heartburn (1986), Working Girl (1988)
54. Kirsten Dunst - New York Stories (1989) (Aged 7)
55. Klaus Kinski - Dr Zhivago (1965), For  A Few Dollars More (1966)
56. Laura Dern - White Lightning (1973) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
57. Laurence Fishburne - Apocalypse Now (1979)
58. Leslie Nielson - Forbidden Planet (1956)
59. Linda Fiorentino - After Hours (1985)
60. Liza Minnelli - In The Good Old Summertime (1949) (Aged 2, with her mother)
61. Malcolm McDowell - Poor Cow (1967)
62. Martin Landau - North By Northwest (1959)
63. Matthew McConaughey - Dazed And Confused (1993)
64. Meg Ryan - Rich And Famous (1981)
65. Melanie Griffith - Night Moves (1975)
66. Michael Caine - Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
67. Michael Shannon - Groundhog Day (1993) Chain Reaction (1996)
68. Mickey Rourke - 1941 (1979) Heaven's Gate (1980)
69. Morgan Freeman - Brubaker (1980)
70. Nastassjia Kinski - Wrong Move (1975) (Aged 16)
71. Nicole Kidman - BMX Bandits (1983)
72. Patsy Kensit - The Great Gatsby (1974) (Aged 4)
73. Paul Giametti  - Singles (1992)
74. Paul Sorvino - A Touch Of Class (1973)
75. Peter Cushing - Hamlet (1948)
76. Pierce Brosnan - The Long Good Friday (1982)
77. Ray Winstone - Quadrophenia (1979)
78. Richard Dreyfus - The Graduate (1967)
79. Richard Pryor - Lady Sings The Blues (1972)
80. Robert Shaw - The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Dambusters (1954)
81. Robert Vaughn - The Ten Commandments (1956) (as an extra)
82. Samuel L. Jackson - Ragtime (1981), Coming To America (1988)
83. Sharon Stone - Stardust Memories (1980)
84. Sigourney Weaver - Annie Hall (1977)
85. Sophie Marceau - 'Round Midnight (1986)
86. Steve Buscemi - King Of New York (1990)
87. Steve Carell - Curly Sue (1991)
88. Steve McQueen - Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
89. Sylvester Stallone - Bananas (1970)
90. Takeshi Kitano - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983)
91. Tim Robbins - The Sure Thing (1985) Top Gun (1986)
92. Timothy Dalton - The Lion In Winter (1969)
93. Tommy Lee Jones - Love Story (1970)
94. Tony Curtis - Winchester 73 (1950)
95. Viggo Mortensen - Carlito's Way (1993) Crimson Tide (1995)
96. Vincent Gallo - Goodfellas (1990)
97. Ving Rhames - Casualties Of War (1989)
98. Willem Dafoe - Heaven's Gate (1980) (as an extra)
99. William H Macy - My Favourite Year (1982) Radio Days (1987)
100. Zach Braff - Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)


Honorable mention: A very young Wesley Snipes in the music video of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’