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He got his start as a film critic, and in 1972 he published the seminal book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer. Two years later he released his debut screenplay, co-writing the thriller Yakuza, directed by Sydney Pollack. His collaboration with Martin Scorsese would provide masterpieces like Taxi Driver (76) and Raging Bull (80). In 1978 he debuted as a director with Blue Collar, launching a career that includes titles like Hardcore (79), Cat People(82), Affliction (97), The Canyons (13) or Dog Eat Dog (16).
Bilbao, 1939. She studied classical dance in Madrid and debuted in film hand in hand with Luis García Berlanga, who signed her on for Novio a la Vista (54). Her first starring role was in Jesús Franco’s Tenemos 18 Años (59), which was followed by a career of over six decades in theater, movies, and television. Some of her best remembered films are Fortunata y Jacinta (70), Los Santos Inocentes (84), The Day of the Beast (95), La Celestina (96), which won her the Sant Jordi Award, and Witching and Bitching (13), for which she picked up the Goya Award for best supporting actress.
One of the most charismatic faces in fantastic genre, his career took off with The Evil Dead (81), a little horror movie directed by his friend Sam Raimi. The film grew more and more famous until becoming a cult benchmark that inspired two sequels –Evil Dead II (87) and Army of Darkness (92)– plus a TV series,Ash vs Evil Dead, which the actor starred in and produced. His filmography includes titles like Maniac Cop (88) and Bubba Ho-Tep (02). In 2007, he directed the film My Name Is Bruce. He has also published a novel and his memoirs.
Born in New York and raised in Vermont, she began to study acting in high school. She debuted in the TV series Days of Our Lives and got her first iconic role in Re-Animator (85), which would make her one of the most emblematic actresses in 1980’s genre movies, also appearing in Re-Sonator (86) or Puppet Master (89). Following a period devoted above all to her family, over recent years she has strung together a series of film shoots again, performing in outstanding horror movies like You’re Next (11), We Are Still Here (15) or Beyond the Gates (16).
Born and raised in Stockholm, he dedicated his youth to sports and studying engineering, and was awarded a scholarship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following a friend’s advice, he tried his luck at acting, debuting in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill (85). Immediately afterwards, he was given his first major role, the unforgettable Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (85). He would go on to carve out his filmography as an action movie icon, with titles likeThe Punisher (89), Universal Soldier (92) or The Expendables (10).
Born in Chicago in 1936, he studied Psychology at UCLA. Following a professor’s advice, he began to study acting. One of his first roles in this field was in an episode of the TV series The Lieutenant, created by Gene Roddenberry. Years later, it would by Roddenberry himself who would offer him his best recalled role: Pavel Chekov in Star Trek. Koenig immortalizes this character in the series and the first six cinematic adventures of the USS Enterprise’s crew.
Born in Astoria, Queens, in 1943. As a boy, he started to perform in TV shows and focused his professional career on theater. In cinema, he really came into his own in Annie Hall (77) and The Deer Hunter (78). The second film won him the Academy Award for best supporting actor, making him one of the big names of his generation: whether as a main character, like in King of New York (89), or as a guest star, like in Pulp Fiction (94), his onscreen presence is always magnetic. Over the course of his career, he has worked with important filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg, Tim Burton and Clint Eastwood.
Max von Sydow
Born in Lund in 1929. He studied acting at the Royal Dramatic Theater’s acting school in Stockholm. In 1955, he moved to Malmö, where he met Ingmar Bergman, becoming one of his favorite actors thanks to films like The Seventh Seal (57), The Virgin Spring (60) or Hour of the Wolf (68). Over the course of his career, he has worked with directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese or Dario Argento, and his performances in The Exorcist (73) and Pelle the Conqueror (89) have made him an icon of world cinema, crossing genres and frontiers. Two of his most recent roles were in Star Wars: The Force Awakens(15) and the Game of Thrones series.