Tuesday May 03
Written by Ben Pogany
  1. Superman (first appearance: 1938)  Created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster for Action Comics #1 (DC Comics).
  2. Mickey Mouse (1928)  Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iworks for Steamboat Willie.
  3. James Bond (1953)  Created by Ian Fleming for novel Casino Royale.
  4. Bugs Bunny (1940)  Created by Warner Bros and originally voiced by Mel Blanc.
  5. Batman (1939) Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane for Detective Comics #27 (DC Comics).
  6. Dorothy Gale (1900)  Created by L. Frank Baum for novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Later portrayed by Judy Garland in the 1939 film adaptation.
  7. Darth Vader (1977) Created by George Lucas for Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
  8. The Tramp (1914)  Created and portrayed by Charlie Chaplin for Kid Auto Races at Venice.
  9. Peter Pan (1902)  Created by J.M. Barrie for novel The Little White Bird.
  10. Indiana Jones (1981)  Created by George Lucas for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Portrayed by Harrison Ford.
  11. Rocky Balboa (1976)  Created and portrayed by Sylvester Stallone for Rocky.
  12. Vito Corleone (1969) Created by Mario Puzo for novel The Godfather. Later portrayed by Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro in Coppola's film adaptation.
  13. Han Solo (1977) Created by George Lucas for Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Portrayed most famously by Harrison Ford.
  14. Homer Simpson (1987)  Created by Matt Groening for The Tracey Ullman Show, later The Simpsons as voiced by Dan Castellaneta.
  15. Archie Bunker (1971) Created by Norman Lear for All in the Family. Portrayed by Carroll O'Connor.
  16. Norman Bates (1959) Created by Robert Bloch for novel Psycho.  Later portrayed by Anthony Perkins in Hitchcock's film adaptation.
  17. King Kong (1933)  Created by Edgar Wallace and Merian C Cooper for the film King Kong.
  18. Lucy Ricardo (1951) Portrayed by Lucille Ball for I Love Lucy.
  19. Spiderman (1962)  Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics).
  20. Spock (1964)  Created by Gene Roddenberry for Star Trek. Portrayed most famously by Leonard Nimoy.
  21. Godzilla (1954) Created by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishiro Honda, and Eiji Tsubaraya for the film Godzilla.
  22. Winnie-the-Pooh (1924)  Created by A.A. Milne for verse book When We Were Young.
  23. Popeye (1929)  Created by E.C. Segar for comic strip Thimble Theater (King Features).
  24. Forrest Gump (1986)  Created by Winston Groom for novel Forrest Gump.  Later portrayed by Tom Hanks in Zemeckis' film adaptation.
  25. Hannibal Lector (1981)  Created by Thomas Harris for the novel Red Dragon. Portrayed most famously by Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 Jonathan Demme film The Silence of the Lambs.
  26. Big Bird (1969) Created by Jim Henson and portrayed by Carroll Spinney for Sesame Street.
  27. Tony Montana (1983)  Created by Oliver Stone for film Scarface.  Portrayed by Al Pacino.
  28. Tony Soprano (1999)  Created by David Chase for The Sopranos. Portrayed by James Gandolfini.
  29. The Terminator (1984)  Created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd for The Terminator. Portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  30. Charles Foster Kane (1941)  Created and portrayed by Orson Welles for Citizen Kane.
  31. Scarlett O'Hara (1936)  Created by Margaret Mitchell for the novel Gone With the Wind. Portrayed most famously by Vivien Leigh for the 1939 Victor Fleming film adaptation.
  32. Marty McFly (1985) Created by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale for Back to the Future. Portrayed by Michael J. Fox.
  33. Rick Blaine (1940)  Created by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison for the unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. Later portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in Michael Curtiz's film adaptation Casablanca.
  34. Man With No Name (1964)  Created by Sergio Leone for A Fistful of Dollars, which was adapted from a ronin character in Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961).  Portrayed by Clint Eastwood.
  35. Charlie Brown (1948)  Created by Charles M. Shultz for the comic strip L'il Folks; popularized two years later in Peanuts.
  36. E.T. (1982)  Created by Melissa Mathison for the film E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial.
  37. Arthur Fonzarelli (1974)  Created by Bob Brunner for the show Happy Days. Portrayed by Henry Winkler.
  38. Holden Caulfield (1945) Created by J.D. Salinger for the Collier's story "I'm Crazy."  Reworked into the novel The Catcher in the Rye in 1951.
  39. Phillip Marlowe (1939)  Created by Raymond Chandler for the novel The Big Sleep.
  40. Jay Gatsby (1925)  Created by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the novel The Great Gatsby.
  41. Lassie (1938) Created by Eric Knight for a Saturday Evening Post story, later turned into the novel Lassie Come-Home in 1940, film adaptation in 1943, and long-running television show in 1954.  Most famously portrayed by the dog Pal.
  42. Fred Flintstone (1959)  Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for The Flintstones. Voiced most notably by Alan Reed.
  43. Rooster Cogburn (1968)  Created by Charles Portis for the novel True Grit. Most famously portrayed by John Wayne in the 196
    9 film adaptation.
  44. Atticus Finch (1960)  Created by Harper Lee for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  (Appeared in the earlier work Go Set A Watchman, though this was not published until 2015)  Portrayed most famously by Gregory Peck in the Robert Mulligan film adaptation.
  45. Kermit the Frog (1955)  Created and performed by Jim Henson for the show Sam and Friends. Later popularized in Sesame Street (1969) and The Muppet Show (1976)
  46. George Bailey (1943)  Created by Phillip Van Doren Stern (then as George Pratt) for the short story The Greatest Gift. Later adapted into Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart as the renamed George Bailey.
  47. Yoda (1980) Created by George Lucas for The Empire Strikes Back.
  48. Sam Malone (1982)  Created by Glen and Les Charles for the show Cheers.  Portrayed by Ted Danson.
  49. Harry Callahan (1971)  Created by Harry Julian Fink and R.M. Fink for the movie Dirty Harry.  Portrayed by Clint Eastwood.
  50. Tarzan (1912)  Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the novel Tarzan of the Apes.
  51. Zorro (1919)  Created by Johnston McCulley for the All-Story Weekly pulp magazine story The Curse of Capistrano. Later adapted to the Douglas Fairbanks' film The Mark of Zorro (1920).
  52. Moe, Larry, and Curly (1928)  Created by Ted Healy for the vaudeville act Ted Healy and his Stooges.
  53. Mary Poppins (1934)  Created by P.L. Travers for the children's book Mary Poppins.
  54. Ron Burgundy (2004)  Created by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.  Portrayed by Will Ferrell.
  55. Mario (1981)  Created by Shigeru Miyamoto for the video game Donkey Kong.
  56. The Dude (1998)  Created by Ethan and Joel Coen for the film The Big Lebowski. Portrayed by Jeff Bridges.
  57. Gandalf (1937)  Created by J.R.R. Tolkien for the novel The Hobbit.
  58. The Joker (1940)  Created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane for Batman #1 (DC Comics)
  59. The Grinch (1957)  Created by Dr. Seuss for the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  60. Willy Wonka (1964)  Created by Roald Dahl for the children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  61. The Hulk (1962)  Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for The Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics)
  62. Scooby-Doo (1969)  Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears for the show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  63. George Costanza (1989)  Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld for the show Seinfeld.  Portrayed by Jason Alexander.
  64. Jules Winfield (1994)  Created by Quentin Tarantino for the film Pulp Fiction. Portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson.
  65. Harry Potter (1997)  Created by J.K. Rowling for the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
  66. Travis Bickle (1976)  Created by Paul Schrader for the film Taxi Driver. Portrayed by Robert De Niro.
  67. John McClane (1988)  Based on the character Detective Joe Leland, who was created by Roderick Thorp for the novel Nothing Lasts Forever. Later adapted into the John McTernan film Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis as McClane.
  68. Ellen Ripley (1979)  Created by Don O'cannon and Ronald Shusett for the film Alien.  Portrayed by Sigourney Weaver.
  69. Ralph Kramden (1951)  Created and portrayed by Jackie Gleason for "The Honeymooners," which became its own show in 1955.
  70. Edward Scissorhands (1990)  Created by Tim Burton for the film Edward Scissorhands.  Portrayed by Johnny Depp.
  71. Eric Cartman (1992)  Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the animated short Jesus vs Frosty.  Later developed into the show South Park, which premiered in 1997.  Voiced by Trey Parker.
  72. Walter White (2008)  Created by Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad.  Portrayed by Bryan Cranston.
  73. Cosmo Kramer (1989)  Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld for Seinfeld.  Portrayed by Michael Richards.
  74. Freddy Krueger (1984)  Created by Wes Craven for the film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Most famously portrayed by Robert Englund.
  75. Shrek (1990)  Created by William Steig for the children's book Shrek! Later adapted into the 2001 film starring Mike Myers as the titular character.
  76. Captain America (1941)  Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for Captain America Comics #1 (Marvel Comics)
  77. Bambi (1923)  Created by Felix Salten for the children's book Bambi, a Life in the Woods. Later adapted into the Disney film Bambi in 1942.
  78. Ronald McDonald (1963) Created by Williard Scott for a series of television spots.
  79. Waldo/Wally (1987) Created by Martin Hanford for the children's book Where's Wally? (Waldo in US edition)
  80. Frasier Crane (1984)  Created by Glen and Les Charles for Cheers.  Portrayed by Kelsey Grammar.
  81. Omar Little (2002)  Created by David Simon for The Wire. Portrayed by Michael K. Williams.
  82. Cliff Huxtable (1984)  Created and portrayed by Bill Cosby for The Cosby Show.
  83. Wolverine (1974)  Created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr for The Incredible Hulk #180 (Marvel Comics)
  84. Jason Voorhees (1980)  Created by Victor Miller for the film Friday the 13th.
  85. Betty Boop (1930)  Created by Max Fleischer and the Grim Network for the cartoon Dizzy Dishes.
  86. Bilbo Baggins (1937)  Created by J.R.R. Tolkien for the novel The Hobbit.
  87. Tom Joad (1939)  Created by John Steinbeck for the novel The Grapes of Wrath. Later adapted into the 1940 John Ford film and portrayed by Henry Fonda.
  88. Tony Stark (Iron Man) (1963)  Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby for Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel Comics)
  89. Porky Pig (1935)  Created by Friz Freleng for the animated short film I Haven't Got a Hat. Voiced most famously by Mel Blanc.
  90. Hawkeye Pierce (1968)  Created by Richard Hooker for the novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. Famously portrayed by both Alan Alda and Donald Sutherland.
  91. Don Draper (2007)  Created by Matthew Weiner for the show Mad Men.  Portrayed by Jon Hamm.
  92. Jack Torrance (1977)  Created by Stephen King for the novel The Shining. Later adapted into the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film and portrayed by Jack Nicholson.
  93. Terry Malloy (1954)  Created by Budd Schulberg for the film On the Waterfront. Portrayed by Marlon Brando.
  94. Axel Foley (1984)  Created by Danilo Bach for the film Beverly Hills Cop.  Portrayed by Eddie Murphy.
  95. Tyler Durden (1996) Created by Chuck Palahniuk for the novel Fight Club.  Later adapted into the David Fincher film and portrayed by Brad Pitt.
  96. Holly Golightly (1958)  Created by Truman Capote for the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Later adapted into the 1961 Blake Edwards films starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly.
  97. Patrick Bateman (1987)  Created by Bret Easton Ellis for the novel The Rules of Attraction. Most famously portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2000 film adaption of American Psycho.
  98. J.R. Ewing (1978)  Created by David Jacobs for the show Dallas.  Portrayed by Larry Hagman.
  99. Optimus Prime (1984)  Created by Dennis O'Neil for the Transformers toy line.
  100. Keyser Soze (1995)  Created by Christopher McQuarrie for the film The Usual Suspects.
Pre-20th Century: Santa Claus, Dracula, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Huckleberry Finn, Odysseus, Sherlock Holmes, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, Prince Hamlet, Uncle Sam, Paul Bunyan, Tom Sawyer, Pinocchio, Oliver Twist, Snow White, Don Quixote, Rip Van Winkle, Ebenezer Scrooge, Anna Karenina, Ichabod Crane, John Henry, The Tooth Fairy, Br'er Rabbit, Long John Silver, The Mad Hatter
1) UCLA- Established: 1920--11 championships (10 in 12 years) and 18 Final Four appearances
Wins: 1,821  
Winning Percentage: .689
Last Championship: 1995
Defining Coach: John Wooden
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Bill Walton
  3. Reggie Miller
  4. Gail Goodrich
  5. Russell Westbrook
  6. Jamaal Wilkes
  7. Kevin Love
  8. Marques Johnson
  9. Baron Davis
  10. Sidney Wicks
2) Kentucky- Established: 1903--8 championships and 17 Final Four appearances
Wins: 2,206  
Winning Percentage: .764  
Last Championship: 2012
Defining Coach: Adolph Rupp 
Illustrious alumni: 
  1. Dan Issel
  2. Cliff Hagan
  3. Frank Ramsey
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Antoine Walker
  6. Rajon Rondo
  7. DeMarcus Cousins
  8. Jamal Mashburn
  9. John Wall
  10. Louie Dampier
*also Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley
3) UNC- Established: 1911--5 championships and 18 Final Four appearances
Wins: 2,168  
Winning Percentage: .737 
Last Championship: 2009
Defining Coach: Dean Smith 
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Bob McAdoo
  3. James Worthy
  4. Larry Brown
  5. Billy Cunningham
  6. Vince Carter
  7. Rasheed Wallace
  8. Walter Davis
  9. Jerry Stackhouse
  10. Sam Perkins/Antawn Jamison/Brad Daugherty
4) Duke- Established: 1906--5 championships and 16 Final Four appearances
Wins: 2,085  
Winning Percentage: .707 
Last Championship: 2015
Defining Coach: Mike Krzyzewski 
Illustrious alumni: 
  1. Grant Hill
  2. Elton Brand
  3. Jeff Mullins
  4. Carlos Boozer
  5. Shane Battier
  6. Kyrie Irving
  7. Corey Maggette
  8. Luol Deng
  9. Mike Gminski
  10. Mike Dunleavy
5)Indiana- Established: 1901--5 championships and 8 Final Four appearances  
Wins: 1,778
Winning Percentage: .639  
Last Championship: 1987 
Defining Coach: Bob Knight  
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Isiah Thomas
  2. Walt Bellamy
  3. George McGinnis
  4. Dick Van Ardsdale
  5. Tom Van Ardsdale
6) Kansas- Established: 1899--3 championships and 14 Final Four appearances. 
Wins: 2,183  
Winning Percentage: .723  
Last Championship: 2008
Defining Coach: Phog Allen 
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Wilt Chamberlain
  2. Clyde Lovellette
  3. Paul Pierce
  4. Danny Manning
  5. Jojo White
  6. Andrew Wiggins
7) Louisville- Established: 1912--3 championships and 10 Final Four appearances
Wins: 1,778 
Winning Percentage: .666
Last Championship: 2013
Defining Coach: Rick Pitino
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Wes Unseld
  2. Junior Bridgeman
  3. Jack Coleman
  4. Rodney McCray
  5. Butch Beard
8) Connecticut- Established: 1901--4 championships and 5 Final Four appearances 
Wins: 1,609

Winning Percentage: .6
40
Last Championship: 2014
Defining Coach: Jim Calhoun 
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Ray Allen
  2. Richard Hamilton
  3. Clifford Robinson
  4. Caron Butler
  5. Rudy Gay
9) Michigan St- Established: 1899--2 championships and 9 Final Four appearances 
Wins: 1,635  
Winning Percentage: .606
Last Championship: 2000
Defining Coach: Tom Izzo 
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Magic Johnson
  2. Kevin Willis
  3. Zach Randolph
  4. Jason Richardson
  5. Steve Smith
10) Florida- Established: 1921--2 championships and 5 Final Four appearances
Wins: 1,363  
Winning Percentage: .559 
Last Championship: 2007
Defining Coach: Billy Donovan 
Illustrious alumni:
  1. Mike Miller
  2. Al Horford
  3. Joakim Noah
  4. Bradley Beal
  5. Chandler Parsons
  6. Jason Williams
  7. David Lee
  8. Vernon Maxwell

*The tournament to determine a national champion began with 8 teams in 1939, expanded to 16 in 1951, 32 in 1975, and 64 in 1985.
* Alumni are ranked according to eventual success on the professional level.
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The 150 most essential people in the history of popular culture.
  1. Michael Jackson- They don't call him the King of Pop for nothing.  Michael is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for three different acts spanning three generations.  Also, he made Thriller.  Thriller.
  2. Elvis Presley- Mike might be the King of Pop, but Elvis is just the straight up King.  If rock and roll has a birthdate, it probably has a something to do with this guy's hips.
  3. Babe Ruth- The man, the myth, the legend.  Even all these years later, no one even comes close to the Sultan of Swat.
  4. John Lennon-Tough to pick between Paul and John for the higher spot, but Lennon's activism and early death earn enough icon points to be the difference.
  5. Muhammad Ali-So much more than just a boxer, Ali just epitomizes the word icon.
  6. Bob Dylan- The voice of a generation and perhaps the greatest songwriter to ever pick up a guitar.
  7. Marilyn Monroe-Maybe the most beloved movie star ever, Monroe bedded the top athlete, playwright and politicians of her era.  Not too shabby.
  8. Michael Jordan-His Airness, the undisputed greatest sports marketing icon of all time.
  9. Marlon Brando-Brando basically invented acting as we know it today.
  10. Paul McCartney-May be too low on this list.  Paul McCartney is pop music.
  11. Charlie Chaplin-For a solid twenty-year stretch, there was no more famous person on the entire planet than Charlie Chaplin.  Film classics like City Lights and The Gold Rush still hold up today.
  12. Frank Sinatra-The dopest crooner that ever lived.
  13. Alfred Hitchcock-Arguably the greatest director of all time, Hitchcock was also a larger than life figure that brought the cameo to new heights.
  14. Johnny Carson-The guy for thirty years of late night television.
  15. Jackie Robinson-A true sports icon and a damn good second baseman to boot.
  16. David Bowie-If every one of Bowie's personas could have it's own vote, he'd probably be up here five times.
  17. Martin Scorsese-Hitchcock and Kubrick may be the two most important directors ever, but when it comes to modern film, no one's made more classics than Scorsese.
  18. Mickey Mantle-If you were a seven-year-old boy during the fifties and sixties, there was no one you dreamed about being more than The Mick.
  19. Bing Crosby-No recording artist more sold more than Bing in the 20th Century.
  20. Joe Dimaggio-The Yankee Clipper, his 56-game hit streak is one of the most iconic records in any sport.
  21. Steven Spielberg-He invented the blockbuster with Jaws, perfected it with E.T. and Jurassic Park, and ascended to new heights with Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan.
  22. James Brown-The ultimate frontman and the all-time hardest working dude in show biz.
  23. Robert DeNiro-The Godfather.  Goodfellas.  Raging Bull. Taxi Driver.  A movie resume to rival any in history.
  24. Mary Pickford-The OG of pop culture icons, Pickford was the original movie star and possibly the first true celebrity.
  25. Mick Jagger-The most prolific frontman to ever rock an arena.
  26. Al Pacino-Before he started drifting into caricature mode in the late 90's, Pacino played some of the most iconic roles in history.  Michael Corleone and Tony Montana are the quintessential gangster roles of modern day.
  27. Harrison Ford-Han Solo and Indiana Jones.  Does it get any more iconic?
  28. Paul Newman-From playing Fast Eddie Felson to Cool Hand Luke to Butch Cassidy, there was no cooler star in sixies America than Paul Newman.
  29. Tom Hanks-Is there anyone more beloved in Hollywood right now than Tom Hanks?
  30. Stevie Wonder-Stevie signed with Motown at the age of 11 and has been killing it ever since.
  31. Joe Namath-The first true face of football, Namath's marketability was instrumental to the early success of the NFL.
  32. Humphrey Bogart-The ultimate leading man during Hollywood's golden age.
  33. Lucille Ball
  34. Louis Armstrong
  35. John Wayne
  36. Oprah Winfrey-Oprah isn't just a talk show host.  She's a media empire.
  37. Shirley Temple
  38. Eddie Murphy-Arguably the most important star in SNL history, Eddie single-handedly saved the show from extinction following the original cast exodus.
  39. Miles Davis-Miles birthed the cool in more ways than one.  No modern jazz artist looms larger.
  40. Richard Pryor-The father of modern stand-up, Pryor transformed his tragic upbringing into comedy gold.
  41. Bob Marley-10 million dorm room posters can't be wrong.
  42. David Letterman-A titan of late night, Letterman reinvented what was possible in comedy.
  43. Meryl Streep-Meryl Streep is to all other actresses what Tiger Woods is to all other black golfers.
  44. Prince
  45. Mel Brooks
  46. Walt Disney
  47. Bruce Lee
  48. Bill Murray
  49. Elton John
  50. Denzel Washington
  51. Liz Taylor
  52. Bruce Springsteen
  53. Lorne Michaels
  54. Tony Bennett
  55. James Stewart
  56. Buddy Holly
  57. Hugh Hefner
  58. Andy Warhol
  59. Jayne Mansfield
  60. Tom Cruise
  61. Sammy Davis Jr
  62. Audrey Hepburn
  63. Groucho Marx
  64. Jack Nicklaus
  65. Jim Brown
  66. Jon Stewart
  67. Leonardo DiCaprio
  68. Tiger Woods
  69. Kathryn Hepburn
  70. Jerry Seinfeld
  71. Ray Charles
  72. Bill Cosby
  73. Eric Clapton
  74. LeBron James
  75. Madonna
  76. Woody Allen
  77. Robert Redford
  78. Magic Johnson
  79. Beyonce
  80. Jack Nicholson
  81. Joe Louis
  82. James Dean
  83. Sean Connery
  84. Ernest Hemingway
  85. Jerry Garcia
  86. Clark Gable
  87. Jimi Hendrix
  88. Johnny Cash
  89. Clint Eastwood
  90. Jim Morisson
  91. Christopher Walken
  92. Will Ferrell
  93. Dr. Dre
  94. Joan Rivers
  95. Will Smith
  96. Alex Trebek
  97. Wilt Chamberlain
  98. Justin Timberlake
  99. John Belushi
  100. Dick Clark
  101. William Shatner
  102. Jerry Lewis
  103. Michael J. Fox
  104. Jay-Z
  105. 2Pac
  106. Notorious BIG
  107. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  108. Rudolph Valentino
  109. Bo Jackson
  110. Christopher Reeve
  111. Kurt Cobain
  112. Taylor Swift
  113. Derek Jeter
  114. Arnold Palmer
  115. Larry David
  116. Jay Leno
  117. Stephen King
  118. Pamela Anderson
  119. Grace Kelly
  120. Evil Kinevil
  121. Bob Hope
  122. Hulk Hogan
  123. Carol Burnett
  124. Ted Danson
  125. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  126. Cindy Crawford
  127. Mike Tyson
  128. Liberace
  129. Morgan Freeman
  130. Louis C.K.
  131. Samuel L. Jackson
  132. Brad Pitt
  133. George Clooney
  134. Dean Martin
  135. Judy Garland
  136. Wayne Gretzky
  137. Julia Roberts
  138. Stanley Kubrick
  139. Steve Martin
  140. Orson Welles
  141. Diana Ross
  142. Kanye West
  143. Whitney Houston
  144. Sylvester Stallone
  145. OJ Simpson
  146. Britney Spears
  147. Joe Montana
  148. Bono
  149. Shaquille O'Neal
  150. George Carlin
Written by Ben Pogany
1) HBO: Launched in 1972
Top currently-running properties: Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, Last Week Tonight, Veep, Silicon Valley, True Detective, Girls, Togetherness
Top formerly-running properties: The Wire, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Sex in the City, Oz, Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers

2)  FX/FXX: Launched in 1994
Top currently-running properties: Fargo, Louie, The Americans, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Horror Story, You're the Worst, Baskets, Tyrant, The Strain
Top formerly-running properties: The Shield, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck

3)  Netflix: Launched in 1997
Top currently-running properties: Master of None, Making a Murderer, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Bojack Horseman, Bloodline, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jessica Jones, W/Bob & Dave

4)  Comedy Central: Launched in 1991
Top currently-running properties: The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer, South Park, Nathan For You, Broad City, The Nightly Show, Drunk History, Workaholics, Review, Tosh.0
Top formerly-running properties: Chappelle's Show, The Colbert Report, Key and Peele, The Man Show, Upright Citizen's Brigade

5)  AMC: Launched in 1984
Top currently-running properties: Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels.
Top formerly-running properties: Breaking Bad, Mad Men

6)  Amazon Studios: Launched in 2013
Top currently-running properties: Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle

7)  Showtime: Launched in 1976
Top currently-running properties: Homeland, Ray Donovan, Episodes, Shameless, The Affair, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex, Billions
Top formerly-running properties: Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Californication, Weeds, The Tudors.

8) FOX: Launched in 1986
Top currently-running properties: Brooklyn Nine Nine, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Empire, The X-Files
Top formerly-running properties: Arrested Development, 24, That 70's Show, 90210, Melrose Place, In Living Color, Prison Break, House, Married...with Children, Party of Five, Undeclared.

9) CBS: Launched in 1941
Top currently-running properties: Big Bang Theory, NCIS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 60 Minutes, The Good Wife
Top formerly-running properties: CSI, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, Everybody Loves Raymond, Murphy Brown
10) NBC: Launched in 1939
Top currently-running properties: Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Blacklist, Meet the Press, Law & Order: SVU
Top formerly-running properties: Seinfeld, The West Wing, Cheers, Law and Order, Friends, Parks and Rec, ER, Friday Night Lights, The Office, Frasier, Freaks and Geeks, The Cosby Show, Homicide: Life on the Street, 30 Rock, L.A. Law

The Devil in the White City (2017)  Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Dicaprio.  An architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.

Dunkirk (2017) Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Tom Hardy. Tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation, which took place at the beginning of World War II.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)  Directed by Ang Lee and starring Joe Alwyn.  An infantryman recounts the final hours before he and his fellow soldiers return to Iraq.

Legacy of Secrecy (???) Written and directed by David O. Russell.  Carlos Marcello and his possible involvement in the murder of JFK.

Triple 9 (2016)  Starring Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan, and Casey Affleck.  A group of gang members and a corrupt cop plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.

Blade Runner Sequel (2016) Directed by Denis Villenueve and starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Silence (2016) Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe.  In the 17th century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

Strangers (???) Directed by David Fincher, screenplay by Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn, starring Ben Affleck. (Remake of Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train)  A murder plot hatched by two men who meet on a train is considered to be a joke by one of them, and a dangerously real plan by the other.

Jackie (2017)  Directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Natalie Portman.  An account of the days of First Lady, Jaqueline Kennedy,  in the immediate aftermath of JFK's assassination in 1963.

The Magnificent Seven (2016) Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Matt Bomer and Ethan Hawke.  Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

Downsizing (2017) Directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon, Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Jason Sudeikis.  A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

War Machine (2016 on Netflix) Directed by David Michod and starring Brad Pitt.  A satire of America's war with Afghanistan with a focus on the people running the campaign.

Enzo Ferrari (2017)  Directed by Michael Mann and starring Christian Bale and Noomi Rapace.  The life story of Italian sports car entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari.

The Wizard of Lies (2016 on HBO) Directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert De Nero and Michelle Pfeifer.  The story of Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme.

Story of Your Life (2016)  Directed by Denis Villenueve and starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner.  Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Live By Night (2017)  Directed by and starring Ben Affleck.  Based on the book by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone).  A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.

Cortes (???) Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Benicio de Toro.  Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés leads an expedition to bring down the Aztec Empire during the 15th Century.

The Trade (???) Directed by Jay Roach and written by Ben and Casey Affleck.  A chronicle of the 1970s scandal caused by New York Yankees Fritz Petterson and Mike Kekich, who admitted to swapping wives with one another.

Cicero (???) Directed by David Yates and starring Tom Hardy.  Focuses on Al Capone's rise to power moving from the slums of Brooklyn to the top of the food chain in prohibition-era Chicago.

Snowden (2016) Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zachary Quinto.  CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.o.

Ballad of Richard Jewell (???)  Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.  American security guard, Richard Jewell, heroically saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is unjustly vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist.

The True American (2016)  Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Tom Hardy.  A Bangladeshi Air Force officer looking to make his way in the United States is shot by an American terrorist out to kill Muslims in the aftermath of September 11th.

Far Bright Star (???)  Directed by Casey Affleck and starring Joaquin Phoenix. Set in 1916, an aging cavalryman leads a team of men to hunt down the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. However, after an ambush in which most of the men are killed, the cavalryman must struggle to survive in the desert.

Stronger (2016)  Directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.

LBJ (2016) Directed by Rob Reiner an starring Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Jason-Leugh.  The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Weightless (2016) Directed by Terrence Malik and starring Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Benicio Del Toro, Rooney Mara, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Ryan Gosling.  Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

The Kind One (???)  Directed by Ridley Scott.  The film is set in the 1930s Los Angeles and follows Danny Landon, an amnesiac who works for a violent mobster (a.k.a. "The Kind One"), while he falls in love with this man's girlfriend.

The Founder (2016)  Directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson, and Nick Offerman.  The story of McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc.

Reykjavik (2016) Starring Michael Douglas.  A dramatization of the 1986 Reykjavik summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Snowman (2017)  Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One in) and starring Michael Fassbender.  Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Suburbicon (???)  Directed by George Clooney, written by the Coen Brothers, and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Josh Brolin.  A crime mystery set in the 1950's.

The Current War (???) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal.  Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.

Free Fire (2106) Directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Cilian Murphy.  Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

The Irishman (???) Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Boston Strangler (???)  Starring Casey Affleck.  A detective tries to solve the case of a notorious serial killer in Boston during the early 1960s.

Hands of Stone (2016) Starring Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez. The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.

Candy Store (2016)  Starring Robert De Niro, Keira Knightly and Omar Sy.  An undercover agent begins a new life as a beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him.

The Man Who Made it Snow (???) Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  The true story of Max Mermelstein, a Jewish hotel engineer, who transforms a small mom and pop drug organization into a billion-dollar enterprise.

The BFG (2016) Based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Directed by Steven Spielberg.  A young girl is kidnapped by a giant and together they set off to save England from his fellow giants.

Knight of Cups (2016) Written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett.  A man is in search of love and truth.

Passengers (2016) Directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.  A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.

A Quiet Passion (2016) Directed by Terence Davies and starring Cynthia Nixon.  The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

Satchmo (2017)  Directed by and starring Forest Whitaker.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass (Rain Man). A chronicle of the life of jazz legend Louis Armstrong from his early years in New Orleans through his acclaimed career as a trumpeter and improvisational singer.

A Season in the Congo (???)  Directed by Joe Wright and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.  A look at the events surrounding the Congo rebellion in 1960.

Blonde (2018) Directed by Andrew Dominic (Assassination of Jesse James) and starring Jessica Chastain.  A chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

Sinatra (???) Directed by Martin Scorsese. The life story of legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra.

Thrilla in Manilla (2108) Directed by Ang Lee.

Untitled Josh Hamilton Project (???) Directed by Casey Affleck.  Baseball player Josh Hamilton, who was a top draft pick in 1999, hits rock bottom after suffering from a drug addiction that ruins his family life and career, only to clean-up his act and redeem himself with an unexpected comeback.

Untitled Mike Tyson Biopic (???) Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Terrence Winter and starring Jamie Foxx.  A chronicle of champion boxer Mike Tyson's life.

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Marlin Brando once said "To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication."  Just a short generation later, Jim Carrey would observe "Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass."  Yes, there is no recipe for what makes great acting and no surefire way to distinguish it from the talking asses of the world, perhaps in no small part because when it's at it's best, it doesn't seem like acting at all.  Ranking artistry is never easy, if not downright impossible.  It's undeniably subjective, contentious, and almost sure to offend.  Of course, that's never stopped us before.  

Rankings were made taking into account overall ability and range, strength of the roles taken, longevity, influence, and awards won.  Listed alongside are each actor's best works, also loosely ranked according to how each exemplifies their talents.
Actors must have appeared in at least one 21st century feature film for consideration as "modern."

  1. Robert De Niro: The Godfather II, The Deer Hunter, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Jackie Brown, Once Upon a Time in America, Mean Streets, Heat, Cape Fear, Casino, The King of Comedy, Brazil, The Mission, Silver Linings Playbook.
  2. Al Pacino: The Godfather II, The Godfather, Scarface, Heat, Scent of a Woman, Carlito's Way, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Donnie Brasco, The Insider.
  3. Daniel Day-Lewis: There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York, My Left Foot, The Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father, The Age of Innocence, The Crucible, The Boxer, Nine.
  4. Jack Nicholson: The Departed, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, Easy Rider, Chinatown, Batman, A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets, Terms of Endearment, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Pledge.
  5. Peter O'Toole (D): Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett, The Ruling Class, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Stunt Man.
  6. Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Road to Perdition, Cast Away, A League of Their Own, Big, Philadelphia, Apollo 13, Captain Phillips.
  7. Dustin Hoffman: Rain Man, Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Lenny, Marathon Man, All the President's Men, Papillon, Sleepers.
  8. Paul Newman (D): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Sting, The Hustler, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Color of Money, Road To Perdition, The Verdict, Nobody's Fool.
  9. Robert Duvall: The Godfather, The Apostle, Apocalypse Now, Network, Tender Mercies, The Great Santini, Get Low, To Kill a Mockingbird, M*A*S*H, The Natural.
  10. Anthony Hopkins: Silence of the Lambs, The Remains of the Day, Shadowlands, Nixon, Amistad.
  11. Denzel Washington: Malcolm X, Training Day, Glory, American Gangster, Inside Man, Remember The Titans, Courage Under Fire, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, Crimson Tide, Flight, The Bone Collector, The Manchurian Candidate, The Siege, Antwone Fisher.
  12. Gene Hackman: The French Connection, Bonnie and Clyde, Unforgiven, The Conversation, Mississippi Burning, Hoosiers, Superman, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Poseidon Adventure, Get Shorty.
  13. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (D): Capote, The Master, Synecdoche New York, Magnolia, Doubt, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Charlie Wilson's War, The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  14. Leonardo DiCaprio: The Departed, The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Basketball Diaries, Django Unchained, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Blood Diamond, Inception, The Aviator, Catch Me If You Can, Titanic, Revolutionary Road.
  15. Clint Eastwood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Escape from Alcatraz, In the Line of Fire, The Bridges of Madison Country, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Hang Em High.
  16. Morgan Freeman: The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Se7en, Million Dollar Baby, Glory, The Dark Knight, Gone Baby Gone, Driving Miss Daisy, Street Smart, The Sum of All Fears, Batman Begins, Outbreak, Amistad, Along Came a Spider, High Crimes.
  17. Robert Redford: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, All is Lost, The Sting, Out of Africa, The Natural, All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor, The Candidate, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here.
  18. Sean Penn: Mystic River, 21 Grams, Milk, Dead Man Walking, Carlito's Way, The Thin Red Line, I Am Sam, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Colors, Sweet and Lowdown.
  19. Michael Caine: Sleuth, Alfie, The Dark Knight, The Cider House Rules, Educating Rita, Hannah and Her Sisters, Little Voice, The Quiet American, The Italian Job, Harry Brown.
  20. Ben Kingsley: Gandhi, Schindler's List, House of Sand and Fog, Sexy Beast, Shutter Island.
  21. Gary Oldman: Leon, JFK, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Sid and Nancy.
  22. Harrison Ford: Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fugitive, Blade Runner, Witness.
  23. Geoffrey Rush: Shine, The King's Speech, Quills, Pirates of the Caribbean.
  24. Kevin Spacey: Se7en, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, LA Confidential, The Negotiator, A Time to Kill, Glengarry Glen Ross, Outbreak, Superman Returns, The United States of Leland.
  25. Russell Crowe: LA Confidential, Gladiator, The Insider, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind, Romper Stomper, 3:10 to Yuma, American Gangster, Master and Commander, Blood Oath.
  26. Willem Defoe: Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Boondock Saints, Shadow of the Vampire, To Live and Die in L.A.
  27. Dennis Hopper (D): Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, Speed, Apocalypse Now.
  28. Jon Voight: Coming Home, Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance, Runaway Train, Ali.
  29. Martin Sheen: Apocalypse Now, The Departed, Badlands, The American President, Wall Street.
  30. Richard Dreyfus: Jaws, American Graffiti, The Goodbye Girl, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Holland's Opus.
  31. Matt Damon: Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, Rounders, The Martian, The Bourne Identity, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ocean's 11, Syriana, School Ties.
  32. Brad Pitt: Se7en, Fight Club, The Assassination of Jessie James, Twelve Monkeys, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, Sleepers, Ocean's Eleven, Babel, Inglourious Basterds, Snatch, True Romance, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Legends of the Fall, Interview with the Vampire.
  33. Christian Bale: The Machinist, American Hustle, The Prestige, The Fighter, The Dark Knight, American Psycho, Batman Begins, 3:10 to Yuma, Empire of the Sun, Rescue Dawn.
  34. Joaquin Pheonix: The Master, Gladiator, Walk the Line, Her, Inherent Vice.
  35. Ian McKellan: Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Richard III, X-Men, Apt Pupil.
  36. Johnny Depp: Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Blow, Finding Neverland, Donnie Brasco, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Platoon, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood.
  37. Sean Connery: James Bond films, The Untouchables, The Hunt For Red October, Murder on the Orient Express, The Rock.
  38. Ralph Fiennes: Schindler's List, Harry Potter Franchise, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  39. Edward Norton: Fight Club, American History X, Rounders, The Illusionist, 25th Hour, Primal Fear, Birdman, Keeping the Faith, The Italian Job, Red Dragon.
  40. Liam Neeson: Schindler's List, Kinsey, Batman Begins, Taken, Michael Collins.
  41. Tom Cruise: Magnolia, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Born on the Fourth of July, Minority Report, Risky Business, The Color of Money, Jerry Maguire, The Last Samurai, The Firm, Mission Impossible, Tropic Thunder, Top Gun, Vanilla Sky, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicle.
  42. Christopher Walken: The Deer Hunter, Catch Me If You Can, A View to Kill, The Dead Zone, At Close Range.
  43. Tommy Lee Jones: The Fugitive, No Country For Old Men, Lincoln, JFK, In the Valley of Elah.
  44. Harvey Keitel: Mean Streets, Bugsy, Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction.
  45. Samuel L. Jackson: Pulp Fiction, A Time to Kill, Django Unchained, Jackie Brown, The Negotiator.
  46. John Malkovich: Places in the Heart, The Killing Fields, In the Line of Fire, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich.
  47. James Earl Jones: The Great White Hope, Field of Dreams, Jack Ryan Franchise, Coming to America, Star Wars.
  48. Jeff Bridges: The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart, True Grit, Starman, The Fabulous Baker Boys.
  49. Ed Harris: Pollock, Apollo 13, The Truman Show, A Beautiful Mind, The Hours, Gone Baby Gone, A History of Violence, Empire Falls, The Rock, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Abyss.
  50. William Hurt: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News, A History of Violence, Too Big to Fail.
  51. Benicio Del Toro: The Usual Suspects, Traffic, 21 Grams, Che, Sicario, Sin City, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Snatch, Guerrilla, The Argentine, The Pledge.
  52. Michael Fassbender: Steve Jobs, 12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger, A Dangerous Method.
  53. Warren Beatty: Bonnie and Clyde, Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Bugsy, Bulworth.
  54. Javier Bardem: No Country For Old Men, Biutiful, Before Night Falls, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Mondays in the Sun.
  55. James Caan: The Godfather, Misery, Thief, A Bridge Too Far, Brian's Song.
  56. Alan Arkin: Wait Until Dark, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo.
  57. Mel Gibson: Braveheart, The Patriot, Lethal Weapon, Ransom, Mad Max.
  58. Christopher Plummer: The Sound of Music, The Insider, Malcolm X, Beginners, The Last Station.
  59. Nick Nolte: Affliction, The Thin Red Line, Warrior, The Prince of Tides, Cape Fear.
  60. Christoph Waltz: Inglourious BasterdsDjango Unchained, Carnage.
  61. Jake Gyllenhaal: Nightcrawler, Donnie Darko, Prisoners, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, Southpaw.
  62. Mark Ruffalo: Spotlight, Foxcatcher, The Kids are Alright, The Normal Heart, Infinitely Polar Bear, Shutter Island, Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, You Can Count On Me, Avengers.
  63. Will Smith: The Pursuit Of Happiness, Ali, Six Degrees of Separation.
  64. Robin Williams (D): Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, One Hour Photo, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire.
  65. Don Cheadle: Hotel Rwanda, Traffic, Crash, Devil in a Blue Dress, Ocean's Eleven.
  66. Kevin Costner: Dances with Wolves, Field of Dreams, JFK, The Untouchables, Bull Durham.
  67. Michael Douglas: Wall Street, Traffic, Wonder Boys, The American President, Basic Instinct.
  68. John Hurt: The Elephant Man, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Alien, Scandal, The Hit.
  69. Bruce Willis: The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, Sin City.
  70. Kevin Bacon: The Woodsman, Sleepers, Apollo 13, Mystic River, Animal House.
  71. Robert Downey Jr.: Chaplin, Tropic Thunder, Less than Zero, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes.
  72. Max von Sydow: The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Three Days of the Condor, Never Say Never Again.
  73. Paul Giamatti: Sideways, Cinderella Man, American Splendor, The Illusionist, Cold Souls.
  74. Billy Bob Thorton: Monster's Ball, Sling Blade, A Simple Plan, The Man Who Wasn't There, Friday Night Lights.
  75. George Clooney: O Brother Where Art Thou?, Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck, Michael Clayton, Up in the Air.
  76. James Woods: Salvador, Once Upon a Time in America, Ghosts of Mississippi, Casino, Contact.
  77. Bill Murray: Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Rushmore, Ghostbusters.
  78. Joe Pesci: Goodfellas, Raging Bull, My Cousin Vinny, Casino, Lethal Weapon, Home Alone.
  79. Kenneth Branagh: Henry V, My Week with Marilyn, Hamlet, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing.
  80. Heath Ledger: (D) The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You, Candy.
  81. Woody Allen: Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Deconstructing Harry.
  82. Nicholas Cage: Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, The Rock, Raising Arizona, Face/Off.
  83. Josh Brolin: No Country for Old Men, W., Milk, True Grit, Sicario.
  84. Tim Robbins: The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River, The Player, Bull Durham, Bob Roberts.
  85. Forest Whitaker: The Last King of Scotland, Good Morning Vietnam, Bird, Panic Room, American Gun.
  86. Donald Sutherland: M*A*S*H, JFK, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Ordinary People, The Dirty Dozen.
  87. Colin Firth: The King's Speech, A Single Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
  88. Martin Landau: Ed Wood, North By Northwest, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Rounders.
  89. Viggo Mortenson: Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, The Road, Eastern Promises.
  90. Steve Buschemi: Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, Ghost World, Living in Oblivion, The Big Lebowski.
  91. Albert Finney: Murder on the Orient Express, Tom Jones, The Dresser, Under the Volcano, Erin Brockovich.
  92. Gary Sinise: Forrest Gump, Of Mice and Men, Ransom.
  93. Laurence Fishbourne: The Matrix, Apocalypse Now, What's Love Got to Do with It.
  94. Ryan Gosling: Half-Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl, Blue Valentine, Drive, The Ides of March.
  95. John Turturro: Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing.
  96. Tom Hardy: Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson, Max Max: Fury Road, Locke, The Drop, Inception.
  97. William H. Macy: Fargo, Seabiscuit, Boogie Nights.
  98. Daniel Craig: Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Road to Perdition, Defiance.
  99. Casey Affleck: Gone Baby Gone, The Assassination of Jesse James, Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, Out of the Furnace.
  100. Jim Carrey: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber.

*Best Actor/Supporting Actor Academy Award winning performances appear in italics

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1) Will Ferrell (1995 - 2002) 
Signature sketches: Celebrity Jeopardy, More Cowbell, W. Bush, James Lipton, Harry Carry, Robert Goulet, The Lovers.      SNL Rating: 10
Extracurriculars: Anchorman, Old School, Funny or Die.      Post SNL Rating: 9.5
Total Score: 19.5


2) Eddie Murphy (1980 - 1984)
Signature sketches: Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, White Like Me, Buckwheat, Gumby, Prose and Cons, Stevie Wonder, John David Stutts, James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party.        SNL Rating: 9.6
Extracurriculars: Stand-up, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America.      Post SNL Rating: 9.3
Total Score: 18.9

3) John Belushi (1975 - 1979)
Signature sketches: Samurai Futaba, Blues Brothers, Olympia Restaurant, Joe Cocker, The Singing Bee.      SNL Rating: 9.2
Extracurriculars: Animal House, Blues Brothers.   Post SNL Rating:  7.2
Total Score: 16.4

4) Phil Hartman (1986 - 1994) 
Signature sketches: Bill Clinton, The Anal Retentive Chef, The Sinatra Group, Ronald Reagan, Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. SNL Rating: 9.7
Extracurriculars: NewsRadio, The Simpsons.     Post SNL Rating: 6.6
Total Score: 16.3

5) Bill Murray (1977 - 1980) 
Signature sketches: Weekend Update, Nick the Lounge Singer.        SNL Rating: 7.4
Extracurriculars: Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation.       Post SNL Rating:  8.5
Total Score: 15.9

6) Chris Farley (1990 - 1995) 
Signature sketches: The Chris Farley Show, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker, The Chippendales Audition, Bill Swerkski's Super Fans, Bennett Brauer, El Niño, Schmitts Gay Beer.         SNL Rating: 9.6
Extracurriculars: Tommy Boy, Black Sheep.       Post SNL Rating: 6.2
Total Score: 15.8


7) Dan Aykroyd (1975 - 1979) 
Signature sketches: Blues Brothers,  Irwin Mainway, Beldar Conehead, Fred Garvin, Bass-O-Matic, Julia Child, and One Wild and Crazy Guy.        SNL Rating: 8.3
Extracurriculars: Ghostbusters, Coneheads, Blues Brothers. Post SNL Rating:  7.3
Total Score: 15.6

8) Adam Sandler (1991 - 1995)  
Signature sketches: Opera ManThe Hanukkah SongCanteen BoySchmitts Gay Beer.      SNL Rating: 7
Extracurriculars: Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Happy Madison Films.       Post SNL Rating: 8.4
Total Score: 15.4

9) Chevy Chase (1975 - 1976)  Also a 9-time host, the most of any former cast member.
Signature sketches: Weekend Update, Gerald Ford, Land Shark.       SNL Rating: 7
Extracurriculars: National Lampoon, Caddyshack, Fletch, Community.        Post SNL Rating: 8
Total Score: 15

10) Tina Fey
(2000 - 2006) 
Signature sketches: Head Writer, Sarah Palin, Weekend Update.        SNL Rating: 7
Extracurriculars: 30 Rock, Mean Girls. Post SNL Rating: 7.7
Total Score: 14.7

11) Dana Carvey (1986 - 1993) 
Signature sketches: Church Lady, Garth Alger, Hanz, The Grumpy Old Man, Chopping Broccili, Bush I.     SNL Rating: 8.3
Extracurriculars: The Dana Carvey Show, Wayne's World.       Post SNL Rating:  5.8
Total Score: 14.1

12) Seth Meyers (2001 - 2014)  
Signature sketches: Weekend Update, Head Writer.   SNL Rating: 7.8
Extracurriculars: Late Night With Seth Myers, The Awesomes.     Post SNL Rating: 6
Total Score: 13.8

13) Mike Myers (1989 - 1995) 
Signature sketches: Wayne Campbell, Sprockets, Coffee Talk.        SNL Rating: 6
Extracurriculars: Austin Powers Trilogy, Shrek Quadrilogy, Wayne's World.       Post SNL Rating: 7.7
Total Score: 13.7

14) Kristen Wiig (2005-2012) 
Signature sketches: The Target Lady, Kat, Penelope, Michele Bachmann.      SNL Rating: 8
Extracurriculars: Bridesmaids, MacGruber.       Post SNL Rating: 5.6
Total Score: 13.6

15) Chris Rock (1990 - 1993)  
Signature sketches: The Dark Side With Nat X, I'm Chillin'.      SNL Rating: 4.4
Extracurriculars: Stand-up, Everybody Hates Chris, The Chris Rock Show.   Post SNL Rating:  9.1
Total Score: 13.5

16) Jane Curtin (1975 - 1980) 
Signature sketches: Weekend Update, Pymaat Conehead.       SNL Rating: 6.7
Extracurriculars: Kate & Alley, 3rd Rock From the Sun, The Coneheads.     Post SNL Rating: 6.6
Total Score: 13.3

17) Amy Poehler (2001 - 2008) 
Signature sketches: Weekend Update.       SNL Rating: 6.8
Extracurriculars: Parks and Rec, Baby Mama.     Post SNL Rating: 6.4
Total Score: 13.2

18) Al Franken (1977 - 1980, 1985 – 1986, 1988 – 1995) 
Signature sketches: Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley, Prolific writer.      SNL Rating: 6
Extracurriculars: US Senator, Author, Radio commentator.     Post SNL Rating: 7
Total Score: 13

19) Jimmy Fallon (1998 - 2004)  
Signature sketches: Weekend Update, Barry GibbSully and Denise.       SNL Rating: 4.6
Extracurriculars: The Tonight Show, The Jimmy Fallon Show. Post SNL Rating: 8.2
Total Score: 12.8

20) Andy Samberg (2005 -2012)  
Signature sketches: Lazy SundayDick in a BoxMother Lover, I'm On a Boat, Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals.      SNL Rating: 7.5
Extracurriculars: Brooklyn Nine-Nine.     Post SNL Rating: 5
Total Score: 12.5

21) Tracy Morgan (1996 - 2003) 
Signature sketches: Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, Uncle Jemima, Star Jones, Woodrow the Homeless Man.     SNL Rating: 6.6
Extracurriculars: 30 Rock, Stand-up, The Tracy Morgan Show. Post SNL Rating: 5.5
Total Score: 12.1


22) Norm Macdonald (1993 - 1998) 
Signature sketches: Weekend Update, Burt Reynolds, Bob Dole, Stan Hooper.    SNL Rating:  6.7
Extracurriculars: Stand-up, Dirty Work, The Norm Show.    Post SNL Rating: 5
Total Score: 11.7

23) Darrell Hammond (1995 - 2009)  His fourteen seasons is by far the longest running tenure in the history of the show. 
Signature sketches: Sean Connery, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Al Gore, John McCain, Dick Cheney.       SNL Rating: 9
Extracurriculars: Assorted bit roles       Post SNL Rating: 1
Total Score: 10

24) Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1982 - 1985)
Signature sketches: Televangelist April May June, Consuela, Weather Woman.      SNL Rating: 1.5
Extracurriculars: Seinfeld, Veep, The New Adventures of Old Christine.      Post SNL Rating: 8.2
Total Score: 9.7

25) Molly Shannon
(1995 - 2001) 
Signature sketches: Mary Katherine Gallagher, Schweddy Balls, Sally O'Malley.       SNL Rating: 6.9
Extracurriculars: Superstar!, Assorted bit roles.          Post SNL Rating: 2.2
Total Score: 9.1

26) Gilda Radner (1975 - 1980)
Signature sketches: Roseanne RosannadannaEmily LitellaBaba Wawa.      SNL Rating: 7.5
Extracurriculars: Gilda Radner - Live From New York.                Post SNL Rating: 1.5
Total Score: 9.0

27) Kevin Nealon (1986 - 1995) 
Signature sketches: Weekend Update, Franz, Mr. Subliminal.       SNL Rating: 6.2
Extracurriculars: Weeds, Adam Sandler movies.      Post SNL Rating: 2.3
Total Score: 8.5

28) Jon Lovitz
(1985 - 1990) 
Signature sketches: Tommy Flanagan the Pathological Liar, Harvey Fierstein, Master Thespian, Hanukkah Harry.     SNL Rating: 4.7
Extracurriculars: The Client, Newsradio, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club.     Post SNL Rating: 3.7
Total Score: 8.4

29) David Spade
(1990 - 1996) 
Signature sketches: Hollywood Minute, Buh-bye guy.      SNL Rating: 4
Extracurriculars: Just Shoot Me!, Tommy Boy, Rules of Engagement.    Post SNL Rating: 4.3
Total Score: 8.3

30) Garrett Morris
(1975 - 1980) 
Signature sketches: Chico Escuela, News For the Hard of Hearing Translator.         SNL Rating:  4.5
Extracurriculars: The Jamie Foxx Show, 2 Broke Girls, The Downtown Comedy Club. Post SNL Rating:  2.8
Total Score: 7.3


Honorable Mentions:   Tim Meadows (1991 - 2000), Ana Gasteyer (1996 - 2002), Jim Breuer (1995 - 1998), Chris Kattan (1996 - 2003), Joe Piscopo (1980 - 1984), Jason Sudeikis (2005 - 2013), Martin Short (1984 - 1985), Fred Armisen (2002 - 2013), Harry Shearer (1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1985), Chris Parnell (1998 - 2006), Rachel Dratch (1999 - 2006), Cheri Oteri (1995 - 2000), Dennis Miller (1985 - 1991), Horatio Sanz (1998 - 2006), Will Forte (2002 - 2010), Bill Hader (2005 - 2013), Jan Hooks (1986 - 1991), and Kenan Thompson (2003 - present).

Host Hall of Fame: Steve Martin (15 appearances), Alec Baldwin (16), John Goodman (12), Buck Henry (10), Tom Hanks (8), Christopher Walken (7) and Justin Timberlake (5).

Flashes in the Pan Who Went On To Bigger Things: Conan O'Brien (writer, 1987-1991), Robert Downey Jr (1985–1986), Billy Crystal (1984-1985), Steven Colbert (writer, voice in Ace in the Ambiguously Gay Duo), Steve Carell (voice of Gary in The Ambiguously Gay Duo), Christopher Guest (1984-1985), Michael McKean (1994-1995), Sarah Silverman (1993-1994), Chris Elliott (1994-1995), Joan Cusack (1985-1986), Gilbert Gottfried (1980-1981), Randy Quaid (1985-1986).

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