Famous Names - Stage Actors

While early theater acting focused on human suffering or tragedies, it has flourished appreciably to various movements in the 20th century, such as realism and experimental theater. Realism, a movement that started in the 1870s, aims to depict everyday life situations and focuses on a protagonist overcoming injustice. On the other hand, experimental or avant-garde theater, which started in the late 19th century, attempts to involve the audience by asking questions and gives the actor more interpretative freedom. In both forms, successful stage actors combine talent, technique, stage presence, and magnetism to capture their audience.
Tim Curry

Stage Actor

Age : 73

The actor who took the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (1975) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the Broadway production of 'Amadeus'

Ben Whishaw

Stage Actor

Age : 39

Regarded by critics as one of the best actors of his generation who is known for playing the title character of 'Hamlet' (2004)

Alastair Sim

Stage Actor

Age : 75

The famous Scottish West End performer and character actor who portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in the British fantasy drama film 'Scrooge' (1951)

Jeff Daniels

Stage Actor

Age : 64

An adored figure in Hollywood famous for playing Sol Star on the hit HBO series 'Deadwood' (2004-2006) and his frivolous character named Harry Dunne in the comedy mega-hit 'Dumb and Dumber' sequel

Cedric Hardwicke

Stage Actor

Age : 71

The English actor notable for his performances in the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw, such as 'Caesar and Cleopatra'(1956) and 'Don Juan in Hell' (1950s)

Denis Quilley

Stage Actor

Age : 75

The British Royal National Theatre actor who starred in 'Sweeney Todd' (1980) and 'Georges in La Cage aux Folles' (1986)

Donald Sinden

Stage Actor

Age : 96

The British stage and TV actor who held starring roles in 'Doctor in the House' (1954), 'Simba' (1955), and 'Eyewitness' (1956)

Edmund Kean

Stage Actor

Age : 44

The famous Shakespearean stage actor born in England notable for his villain roles

Edward G. Robinson

Stage Actor

Age : 79

The Academy Award-winning stage and film actor well-known for his antagonist roles known for his roles in 'The Racket' (1927), 'Little Caesar' (1931), and 'Confessions of a Nazi Spy' (1939)

Felix Aylmer

Stage Actor

Age : 90

The veteran English stage actor well-loved for his role in a British situation comedy show, 'Oh, Brother' (1968-1970)

Spalding Gray

Stage Actor

Age : 78

An American writer and actor who made a career out of his autobiographical monologues including 'Swimming to Cambodia' (1987) and 'Gray's Anatomy' (1996)

Henry Irving

Stage Actor

Age : 67

The first actor to be knighted who earned his widespread appeal as an inspiration for 'Count Dracula' (1897)

Raul Julia

Stage Actor

Age : 54

The Puerto Rican actor known for his Broadway and Off-Broadway plays who rose to fame with his portrayal of the patriarch Gomez Addams in 'The Addams Family' movies

Sam Shepard

Stage Actor

Age : 73

The American star of ' Chuck Yeager' (1983) and 'Black Hawk Down' (2001) who was considered by New York magazine's 'the greatest American playwright of his generation'

George C. Scott

Stage Actor

Age : 71

The star of the 1970 film 'Patton' who was the first actor to refuse the Academy Award for Best Actor

Michael Sheen

Stage Actor

Age : 50

The prominent Olivier Award-nominated Welsh actor who performed in 'Romeo and Juliet' (1992) and 'Look Back in Anger' 1956 and portrayed Tony Blair in the biographical films 'The Deal' (2003) and 'The Queen' (2006)

Bernard Miles

Stage Actor

Age : 83

The English character actor and director known for portraying the countryman persona

Taye Diggs

Stage Actor

Age : 48

The American actor and singer who became well-known for his incredible performances in Broadway musicals 'Rent' and 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' before rising to fame in the big screen

Tony Shalhoub

Stage Actor

Age : 66

The Tony Award-winning actor who played the character of Tewfiq Zakaria in the stage musical 'The Band's Visit' and also appeared in the series 'Monk' (2002-2009).

Yul Brynner

Stage Actor

Age : 65

The Russian actor who portrayed King Mongkut, the king of Siam in the Broadway musical 'The King and I' (1951)

Ethel Merman

Stage Actor

Age : 75

The star of the musical 'Annie Get Your Gun' (1946) who has been called 'the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage'

Ben Vereen

Stage Actor

Age : 73

The actor who portrayed the Leading Player in the Broadway show 'Pippin' (1973)







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