Name: Heath Ledger
Born As: Heathcliff Andrew Ledger
Birthdate/place: April 4, 1979 in Perth, Western Australia
Claim to Fame: “The Joker” in The Dark Knight
Ledger began his acting career in film and television in Australia in 1992. His first US role was as “Conor” in the short-lived 1997 TV series called Roar. In 2000 he starred as “Gabriel Martin”, opposite Mel Gibson, in The Patriot, and in 2005, Ledger had his most notable role to that time in the highly acclaimed, yet controversial film, Brokeback Mountain.
He appeared in three more films before starring role as “The Joker” in the film The Dark Knight, the last film he completed before his untimely death in January, 2008. He received the Oscar award for his portrayal of the “Joker”, posthumously. He is one of only two actors to receive an Oscar posthumously, the other being actor Peter Finch for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the 1976 movie Network.
Ledger was working on a fantasy film entitled The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus. His death occurred about a third of the way through filming. His role was recast with Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrel portraying transformations is Ledger’s character as he travels through a dream world. The film is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2009.
Born As: Omari Ishmael Grandberry
Birth date/place: November 12, 1984 in Inglewood, CA
Claim to Fame: His 2005 solo album ‘O’
Originally with the multi-platinum group B2K, he split from the group in 2005 to do his first solo album, ‘O‘. Omarion’s second album was titled 21, which was his age when he recorded it in 2006. His third album was a collaboration with rapper Bow Wow and was titled Face Off.
Early 2004 saw Omarion playing the role of “David” film You Got Served. Omarion began his film career when he was the voice of the bully “Reggie” in the animated film Fat Albert later that same year. He appeared in the film Cuts which starred Marques Houston in 2005. Somebody Help Me, a 2007 horror film, also starred Houston with Omarion co-starring as “Darryl Jennings”.
Name: George Clooney
Born As: George Timothy Clooney
Birthdate/place: May 6, 1961 in Lexington, KY
Claim to Fame: “Dr. Doug Ross” in ER
Undoubtedly, his biggest career break was being cast as “Dr. Doug Ross” a role he played from 1994 to 1999. Early in his career he appeared in 11 episodes (1988-1991) of Roseanne as “Booker Brooks” on-again off-again boyfriend of “Roseanne’s: sister “Jackie”. Although he has appeared in several films his best known roles are “Bruce Wayne/Batman” in the 1997 production of Batman & Robin and “Danny Ocean” in the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven, followed by two sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. Nominated for several awards during his long career, he won an Oscar for Best Performance in a Supporting Role as “Bob Barnes” for Syriana released in 2005. Clooney will star in the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats to be released in December, 2009 and Up in the Air, also for release in 2009.
“Time Magazine” named Clooney one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for using the power of his fame and popularity to illuminate the crisis in Darfur.
Outspoken politically, Clooney is known for telling it like he sees it. In response to the possibility of Clooney running for political office he said: “Run for office? No. I’ve slept with too many women. I’ve done too many drugs, and I’ve been to too many parties”.
Name: Eddie Cibrian
Born As: Edward Bryant Cibrian
Birthdate/place: June 18, 1973 in Burbank, CA
Claim to Fame: “Cole Deschanel in Sunset Beach
Shirtless Eddie Cibrian appeared as “Cole Daschanel” in 369 episodes of short lived soap Sunset Beach. Other TV credits include Third Watch as “Jimmy Doherty” and Invasion as “Russell Varon” as well as “Coach Tony Diaz” on Ugly Betty, and “Agent Daniel Lucas” on Vanished. In 2006 People magazine named Cibrian one of the 100 most Beautiful People. He will be starring in the upcoming 2009 TV series Washington Field.
Name: Eric McCormack
Born As: Eric James McCormack
Birthdate/place: April 18, 1063 in Toronto, Ontario
Claim to Fame: “Will Truman” in Will & Grace
McCormack played the role of gay lawyer “Will Truman” on Will & Grace from 1998 until 2006. He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series at the Golden Globe Awards in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. He co-stars with Thomas Cavanagh in 2009s new comedy/drama Trust Me. Multi-talented McCormack is a producer, director, and writer. In addition to these accomplishments, he recorded “The Greatest Discovery”, a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin for an album entitled Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars He wrote and sang a song for the 2004 soundtrack of soundtrack of Will & Grace called “Living with Grace” and sang both the American and Canadian national anthems at the 2004 NHL All Star Game. His most current film was Alien Trespass in 2009.
Name: Eric Balfour
Born As: Eric Salter Balfour
Birthdate/place: April 24, 1977 in Los Angeles, CA
Claim to Fame: As “Gabriel Dimas” on Six Feet Under
Balfour was character “Claire Fisher’s” love interest through most of the first season of hit HBO’s Six Feet Under. At age thirteen he appeared for one season of Kids Incorporated. In 2001 Balfour played character “Milo Pressman” in 8 episodes of the long running series 24. In 2006 the character was brought back for another nineteen episodes. Starring in the 2005 sexually explicit film Lie With Me he played the role of “David” with co-star Lauren Lee Smith as “Leila”.
Name: Boris Kodjoe
Born As: Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe
Birth date/place: March 8, 1973 in Vienna Austria
Claim to Fame: As Damon Carter in Soul Food
Multi-lingual Kodjoe is a former male model. In the role of “Damon Carter’ he was one of the 7 regular cast members of the Showtime drama, Soul Food, which aired from 2000-2004. He appeared in several episodes of Second Time Around as “Jackson Muse”. Kodjoe will play “Anthony Stone” in the film Surrogate, a sci-fi thriller to be released in late 2009.
Name: Dominic Monaghan
Born As: Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan
Birthdate/place: December 8, 1976 in Berlin, Germany
Claim to Fame: Hobbit Meriadoc Merry Brandybuck in Lord of the Rings trilogy
Along with playing the Hobbit “Meriadoc Brandybuck” in The Lord of the Rings trilogy Nude Dominic Monaghan may be best known as “Charlie Pace” in the hit television show Lost. Watch for him as “Chris Bradley” in the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. An avid lover of nature, Monaghan purchased a forest in India in 2003 to help protect the environment.
Name: Daniel Radcliffe
Born As: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Birthdate/place: July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England
Claim to Fame: As Harry Potter
Radcliffe has played the title role in all eight of the Harry Potter movies. His only other film credits are as “Mark Pendel” in the 2001 movie The Tailor of Panama and as “Maps” in December Boys. He has appeared on most TV talk shows including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Inside the Actors Studio, The Charlie Rose Show, Today, Larry King Live and The Ellen DeDeneres Show, to name just a few. Earning $26 million in one year, Radcliffe has ranked second on Forbes.com’s Hollywood’s Top- Earning Teens.
Name: Daniel Dae Kim
Born As: Daniel Dae Kim
Birthdate/place: August 4, 1968 in Busan, South Korea
Claim to Fame: Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost
Shirtless Daniel Dae Kim appeared in episodes of many television series such as CSI: Crime Scene, 24, Charmed, NYPD Blue, ER and Seinfield. He played a recurring role as Gavin Park in 12 episodes of Angel (a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) between 2001 and 2003. Kim has played Korean, Jin Kwon in the popular series Lost since its debut in 2004. Knowing very little Korean himself he frequently makes up words and often refers to the character, Sawyer, as Chewbacca. His film credits include: Hulk (2003), Crash (2004), and The Cave (2005). People Magazine named Kim as one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2005.
Name: Sean Maguire
Born As: Sean Martin Michael Maguire
Birth date/place: April 18, 1960 in Ilford, Essex, England
As well as acting, Nude Sean Maguire has had some success as a singer, mainly in the UK.
Maguire’s acting debut was at the age of 5 when he had a small role in Voyage Around My Father with Sir Laurence Olivier. He appeared in the UK television Grange Hill as “Terence ‘Tegs” Ratcliffe from 1988-1992. He moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and played “Donovan Brink” in Eve from 2003-2006 and “Kyle Lendo” in The Class. In 2008 he played King Leonidas in the film Meet the Spartans. Maguire is currently “Krod Mandoon” in the action/comedy Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.
Name: Dennis Rodman
Born As: Dennis Keith Rodman
Birthdate/place: May 13, 1961 in Trenton, NJ
Claim to Fame: NBA All Star Basketball Player
Known as “Dennis the Menace” Rodman played small forward in his early years and then became a power forward later on. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and was voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year two times. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships (1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998). Rodman also became a part-time professional wrestler becoming a member of the nWo fighting alongside Hulk Hogan at two Bash at the Beach events. He had his own TV show, The Rodman World Tour, and had lead roles in the action films Simon Sez and Double Team alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. Both films were total flops. Double Team earned Rodman a triple Razzie Award. He appeared in several reality TV series and was the winner of the $222,000 main prize of the 2005 edition of Celebrity Mole. He also won the first ever Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament.
Name: Cameron Mathison
Born As: Cameron Arthur Mathison
Birthdate/place: August 25, 1969 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Claim to Fame: Ryan Lavery in All My Children
Bio: Mathison has played Ryan Laver on All My Children from 1998-2009. In 1999 he won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer. He has appeared on several daytime talk shows and had roles in TV series such as JAG, CSI and The Drew Carey Show. In addition to his acting roles Mathison has been in 21 episodes of Dancing With the Stars.
Name: Brendan Fraser
Born As: Brendan James Fraser
Birthdate/place: December 3, 1968
Claim to Fame: Rick O’Connell in The Mummy (1999)
Bio: Fraser starred in two more “Mummy” movies: The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. With over 30 movies under his belt, he is known for starring in and producing family-friendly movies such as George of the Jungle and Dudley Do-Right and 2007s Journey to the Center of the Earth. He has a lead role in the fantasy adventure Inkheart, released in January, 2009.
Name: Benjamin McKenzie
Born As: Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan
Birth date/place: September 12, 1978 in Austin, TX
Claim to Fame: As Ryan Atwood on The O. C.
After graduating from the University of Virginia as a Foreign Affairs and Economics major, McKenzie moved to New York to fulfill his passion to be an actor. He appeared in many stage productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival before moving to LA. McKenzie landed the role of “Ryan Atwood” on The O. C. and was with the show from 2003-2007.
After The O. C. ended in 2007 McKenzie appeared in the 2008 film drama Johnny Got His Gun and the 2009 film short The Eight Percent. He is now starring in the new TV series Southland. It is rumored that he will have a part in the film The Stanford Prison Experiment which is in pre-production.