Speaker l Known as an "actor's actor" with a widely diverse repertoire of movie portrayals and accents, the Welsh-born English movie star, born Christian Charles Philip Bale on January 30, 1974, was the youngest of four children who spent time travelling throughout Europe with his circus performer mother, Jenny James. Christian began acting work in TV commercials as a young boy. His first screen role came when he was all of 13, appearing in Steven Spielberg's Empire'of the Sun playing an English boy in a Japanese internment camp during World Waf II.
Speaker 2 George Clooney spent almost a decade in acting obscurity before landing the role of television's hottest heartthrob in the medical drama .ER in 1994. Early on, Clooney's only dream was to play professional baseball, but following a failed tryout with the Cincinnati Reds he turned to acting with the help of his father, broadcaster Nick Clooney and his aunt, singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. Beginning in television commercials, Clooney signed on with Warner Bros, in a series of supporting roles. His fame and fortune finally assured with his appearance on ER, Clooney left the cast after four years to pursue a career in film. Speaker 3 Thomas Cruise was a wrestling champ in high school, but turned to*"acting following a knee injury. A struggling thespian in New York, his Hollywood movie debut finally came with an appearance in the film Endless Love in 1980. It was only a short two years later when he appeared in Risky Business in a scene that would forever-after define a teenager's lust for freedom when — following the departure of his parents — Cruise's character dances around the living room in his underwear. The iconic performance put Cruise on the Hollywood map, soon going from success to success with starring roles in Top Gun in 1985, a year later co-starring with Paul Newman in the Colour of Money, and opposite Dustin Hoffman in the megabit, Rain Man in 1988.
Speaker 4 Originally known for his status as a TV teen heartthrob in his role on 21 Jump Street, Johnnie Depp later went on to become a serious adult actor respected for his choice of offbeat roles and sensitive, multi-textured performances. He began his career as a Kentucky-born high school dropout with dreams of making it as a musician, but later fell into acting with a debut performance in the horror shocker, A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, which later led to his winning the TV role on 21 Jump Street. With his teen following assured, Depp's breakthrough performance came in 1990 in the title role of Tim Burton's film Edward Scissorhands. Speaker 5 The top Hollywood actor and box-office record breaker — whose movies have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide — was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. Today, most famous as the wisecracking Hans Solo in the Star Wars film series, and the adventure-seeking archeologist in the Indiana Jones franchise; young "Harry" was reportedly bored at school as a young boy and showed no particular ambition for a career... until the acting bug bit after performing his first drama class at Ripon College in Wisconsin.
Speaker 6 Born in Philadelphia on September 25, 1968, Will Smith be¬gan his career as a rapper with friend Jeff Townes. The teen duo would go on to produce two platinum albums — with such; several megahits. They also happened to distinguish themselves as the first recipients ever to win a Grammy Award for rap. Intelligent and charismatic, Smith caught the attention of television pro¬ducers who cast him in a starring role in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990, an instant hit that ran for six years.