Los Angeles is the city of dreams. Besides being the epicentre of modern day innovation, technological revolution and culture, it is also home to the biggest film industry in the world. While many entertainers come from all across the United States, and in many cases from foreign countries, to be a part of Hollywood, there are some natives who made it big. In this list we will highlight some of the most famous ones;
Born in Berkeley California, Ben Affleck is one of the most successful actors, directors and producers of Hollywood today. Affleck started acting at a young age, but gained popularity after appearing in the film “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. He co-wrote the film with fellow actor Matt Damon, and received an Academy Award as well as Golden Globe Award for best screenplay for the film. From there on, Affleck appeared in countless blockbusters, including Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, DareDevil, State of Play, The Town and most recently Argo.
In 2007, Affleck directed his first movie titled “Gone Baby Gone”, in which his younger brother Casey Affleck also starred. The film received positive reviews and Affleck was acknowledged for his directing skills. Since then, he has gone on to produce “The Town” in 2010 and “Argo” in 2012.
Known around the globe for her role as “Rachel” in the hit 1990’s television comedy series “Friends”, Jennifer Aniston is one of the most successful actresses in Holly wood today. She rose to fame with “Friends”, which was played for 10 years and became one of the most successful shows in the history of television.
From there on, Aniston moved into acting and worked in a number of blockbusters including Bruce Almighty, The Breakup, Just Go With It and Horrible Bosses. She is regarded as one of the most influential women in Hollywood and Forbes magazine regularly lists her among the top earners of Hollywood.
Applegate is known for her role in the hit television series “Married with Children”. She started her film career at a young age when she made a few appearances as a young child in numerous film projects. She appeared as the lead role in “Married with Children” from 1987 to 1997 and has also appeared in many film projects, the most successful of which were “The Big Hit”, “The Sweetest Thing”, “Anchorman” and “Hall Pass”. She has also worked in theatre and Broadway.
Astin is a famous actor, voice artist and producer who became famous after appearing in the “Lord of the Rings Trilogy”. Besides having done numerous roles in both film and television, he has also produced and directed a number of short films that have been featured in movie festivals around the world.
Astin also appeared in hit movies “50 first dates” and “click”, as well as television show “24”. Apart from his acting and directing career, Sean has also done voice over roles for television networks Animal Planet and Disney Channel.
Hailing from a family of acclaimed actors, Barrymore started appearing in films at a very young age, and landed a role in the hit film, “ET – The Extra Terrestial”. She successfully made the transition from child actress to adult star, and featured in a number of hit films including Poison Ivy, Bad Girls, The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
Barrymore formed her own production company in 1997, called Flower Films. The company released many films in which Barrymore starred, including Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates, Music & Lyrics and Donnie Darko. In 2010, she was awarded the Screen Actors Guild as well as Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Miniseries or Television Film for her role in “Grey Gardens”.
Born in London but belonging from Los Angeles, Bell became a famous and familiar face on television after she played the role of Lieutenant Colonel Sarah Mackenzie in the television show “JAG” from 1997 to 2005. Bell has appeared in a number of films as well, including the hit film “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty”. Since 2007, she has been appearing in the Lifetime television series “Army Wives”.
Born in 1986, Berfield became a household name at a very early stage of his life and career when he played the elder brother of Malcolm in the hit television series “Malcolm in the Middle”. Berfield got his first long running television role in 1995 for the series “Unhappily Ever After”, which ran for four years and helped Berfield notch up 100 episodes.
In 2000, he landed the role in Malcolm in the Middle, which became an international sensation and made him an overnight star. He appeared in 151 episodes of the show and hence became the youngest star in television history to appear in 100 episodes of two different shows. Currently, he is the Chief Creative Officer of Virgin Produced, a film and television production company set up in 2010 under the Virgin Group.