Top 10 Best Comedy Actors of Hollywood
Hollywood has given us some of the best talents, that can be seen nowhere else. Comedy is loved by everyone, and the people who make it happen are loved much more. So, here is our list of Top Ten Comedians that Hollywood has produced.
10. Chris Rock
Christopher Julius Rock is a film director, producer, writer, comedian and actor. The Comedy Central called him the fifth greatest stand-up comedian in the US. Rock began his movie career with a small role in Beverly Hills Cop II, followed by Lethal Weapon 4, Nurse Betty and Down to Earth.
9. Mike Myers
Michael John Myers is a British – Canadian film producer, screenwriter, comedian and actor. He performed on Saturday Night Live between 1995 and 1998. He had major roles in Wayne’s World and Austin Powers (1997), which was a parody of James Bond movies. Myers appeared again in two sequels of the popular movie, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
8. Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson is a popular British comedian and actor, primarily known for the Mr. Bean character. Of a humble origin, he studied Electrical Engineering and later earned a major degree on the same field from the University of Queen. Many of his schoolmates remembered of how Rowan Atkinson skillfully played with hilarious face expressions and this could become the basis for the famous hapless character, Mr. Bean. The series first appeared on Thames Television in half-hour specials and the character was widely considered as a modern version of Charlie Chaplin. His first film debut was Bean in 1997, followed by Johnny English in 2003, Mr. Bean’s Holiday in 2007 and Johnny English: Reborn in 2011.
7. Will Ferrell
John William Ferrell is a writer, impressionist, comedian and actor. Ferrell began his career in NBC’s Saturday Nigh Live in late 1990’s. He starred in various movies, including Elf, Old School, Kicking & Screaming, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Blades of Glory, Stranger Than fiction, Semi Pro, The Other Guys and Land of the Lost. Will Ferrell is considered as one of “Frat Packs”, a group of successful comedians who appeared between 1990’s and 2000’s, which include Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Ferrell received a nomination for Emmy Award for his stellar performance in Saturday Night Live, with one of his most popular impersonation acts as George W, Bush. Will Ferrell is estimated to have a net worth of $80 million.
6. Billy Crystal
William Edward Crystal is a filmmaker, producer, writer, comedian and actor. He studied TV and film at New York University with Martin Scorsese. His first major role was on Soap, as Crystal Jodie Dallas, one of earliest gay characters on US television industry. His first film debut was in Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap as a mime-waiter. Later, Crystal secured bigger roles in other Reiner’s movies, such as the Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally. Other Billy’s popular films are City Slickers and City Slickers 2. Crystal hosted the Academy Awards event nine times, between 1990 and 2012, second only to Bob Hope.
5. Rob Schneider
Robert Michael Schneider is a famous director, writer, comedian and actor, with Filipino descent from his mother’s side. He began the comedy career, shortly after graduated from high school and eventually won a slot on HBO 13th Annual Young Comedians Special. Rob’s appearance on HBO’s show led to his next career as a writer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Rob Schneider is a close friend to Adam Sandler and worked together in numerous movies. His well-known appearances include This Body Is Not Mine, The Animal, Gigolo, The Benchwarmers, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Singles Party, Click, Demolition Man, The Longest Yard, Eight Crazy Nights and 50 First Dates. Rob Schneider is now starring in a CBS series, Rob! with Eugenio Derbez and Claudia Bassols.
4. Robin Williams
Robin Williams is an award winning comedian and actor, known for his roles in Bicentennial Man, Patch Adams, The Dead Poets Society, RV and Good Will Hunting. Born in Chicago, Illinois as the son of automotive industry executive, he showed interest in acting during childhood and early adolescence. Robin Williams was officially recognized by the public in a TV series, Mork & Mindy, where he played as an alien character. The series continued for years and met considerable success. Unfortunately, his first real debut as Popeye didn’t get the expected success, but slowly he progressed into a very successful comedy actor.
3. Ben Stiller
Benjamin Edward Stiller is a film director, producer, comedian and actor. He is well-known for roles in the Meet the Parent, Meet the Fockers, Night at the Museum and There’s Something About Mary. Ben Stiller also appeared in various sitcoms, including an episode of Friend. In Vanity Fair’s 2010 list of richest Hollywood celebrities, he ranked at no. 30 with an estimated earning of $18 millions from films.
2. Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler is a film producer, screenwriter, musician, comedian and actor, who was born into a Jewish family in New Hampshire. Sandler’s first encounter with comedy was when he performed spontaneously in a Boston club. Since then, he performed regularly in various comedy clubs throughout the United States. He has a Fine Arts degree from the University of New York and enjoyed phenomenal successes. He is known for various successful movies, including 50 First Dates, Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore and regularly worked with Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi and Chris Rock. Adam Sandler was ranked at no. 7 in Vanity Fair’s 2010 list of richest Hollywood celebrities, with an estimated net worth of $50 million.
1. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is a Canadian writer, singer, comedian and actor. He has been nominated for Golden Globes four times and won the award twice. Carrey’s successful career began at a club called Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, Canada. He gained first public exposure in the entertainment industry at the Comedy Store, where he was noticed by another comedian, Rodney Dangerfield. Carrey signed up for a tour and eventually landed a role on the “In Living Color”. Jim Carrey starred a number of successful movie titles, including Ace Ventura, Mask, Liar Liar, Dumb & Dumber and Bruce Almighty.