Sorry to have dragged this one out for so long. Now up to ‘T’, and lots to choose from. I will try to avoid the most obvious choices, as usual.
Rita Tushingham has had a long career. The British actress started out in Stage School, but she soon had a starring role in the film ‘A Taste Of Honey’ (1961), when still in her teens. She went on to appear in ‘The Leather Boys’ (1964), whilst also working regularly on television here. In 1965, she appeared in David Lean’s epic, ‘Doctor Zhivago’, as well as the ‘Swinging Sixties’ comedy ‘The Knack’, with Michael Crawford. Following that, she continued to appear in mainly British productions, occasionally working on international films, including ‘Being Julia’ (2004). Now aged 76, she is still active, most recently in TV drama.
One of my favourite actresses, Kristin Scott Thomas has won numerous awards, and was made a Dame, in 2015. After going to work as an Au Pair in Paris in her teens, she later studied acting there, and speaks fluent French. This has enabled her to appear in many outstanding modern French films. Her award winning debut was in the film ‘A Handful Of Dust’ (1988), followed some years later by her BAFTA-winning role in the highly successful ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral'(1994). In 1996 she received no less than seven nominations for her role in ‘The English Patient’, and further critical acclaim for ‘Gosford Park’ (2001). If you have never seen her act in French, then I recommend the outstanding ‘I Have Loved You So Long’, another award-winning performance, from 2008. Since then, she has been in twenty-four other films, as well as acting on the stage in Britain, France, and America. Still only 58 years old, I am sure we will see much more of her in the future.
John Turturro is an American actor with distinctive looks, and an acting style that matches them. He has appeared in more than sixty films, and worked with some of the most famous modern film-makers, including collaborations with The Coen Brothers, and Spike Lee. Although best known for film roles, the New Yorker has also worked on stage, and in various television shows. His credits include some of the most popular modern films ever made, beginning in 1980 with a role as an extra in ‘Raging Bull’, through to ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ (1985), and ‘Hannah And Her Sisters’ (1996). In 1989, he stood out in ‘Do The Right Thing’, and received praise for ‘Miller’s Crossing’ (1990). The following year he won Best Actor awards for ‘Barton Fink’, and then more nominations for ‘Quiz Show’, in 1994. More Coen Brothers films continued, with ‘The Big Lebowski’ (1998), and ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’ (2000). He has been in many other films since then, and his latest one is awaiting release.
A French actor next, and the star of one of my personal top ten films, Jean-Louis Trintignant. Now 87 years old, and still working, he made his stage debut in 1951, before I was born. He has made films in French, Italian, and English, and has worked with many of the leading directors too, from the French New Wave, to the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski. With such a huge body of work behind him, I will not even try to list all of his most famous films, but here are a few of them. ‘A Man And A Woman’ (1966), ‘Les Biches’ (1968), ‘The Conformist’ (1970), and ‘Confidentially Yours’ (1983). Later films include ‘Three Colours: Red’ (1994), ‘Fiesta’ (1995), and ‘Amour’ (2012), for which he won three Best Actor awards.
Last today is another American, Billy Bob Thornton. As well as acting, he writes and directs films too, including two of his best, ‘One False Move’ (1992), and the marvellous ‘Sling Blade’ (1996). A talented actor who has taken on everything from crime to comedy, even the space adventure ‘Armageddon’ (1998), and has also released four albums of music. You are sure to have seen him in something, even if you don’t know his name. ‘Tombstone’ (1993), ‘U-Turn’ (1997), and ‘Pushing Tin’ (1997). Then came ‘Monster’s Ball’ (2001), ‘The Man Who Wasn’t There’ (2001), and ‘Bad Santa’ (2003). The following year, he played Davy Crockett, in the remake of ‘The Alamo’, and was in ‘Eagle Eye’ in 2008. As well as appearing in the TV series of ‘Fargo’, he continues to make films, with his most recent released in 2018.