Top Box Office Actors of the 1990's

Posted on 27 Jun 00:00

The epoch of the 1990's was the era of infinite possibilities and the era of cultural nostalgia for the film industry. Adaptation of computers for anime characters and modern film effects also played part in modernization of cinematography. Here is the list of top movie actors of the forever green decade, the 1990's.

1)  Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson, born on January 3, 1956 in New York, is an eminent actor and director in the industry. Mel Gibson's breakout movie was “Mad Max” (1979) for which he received his first Australian Film Institute Award for best actor. His American film debut was in the movie “The River” (1984) which was also considered a commercial success.

The Lethal Weapon series is still remembered as the most remarkable achievement by the actor. He also starred and directed his most fervent movie to date, “Braveheart” (1995). The movie became one of the most successful endeavors of Mel’s career and earned Oscars in five categories.

Mel Gibson attracted negative medi attention numerous times with his antisemitic and racist evocations. His top performances in movies like “Braveheart” (1995), “The Man without a Face” (1993) and “Ransom” (1996) won him a spot on the list of movie actors of the 1990's.

2)  Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Illinois.  He was one of the greatest comedians and actors of the 1990's. His diverse performances in movies during the decade of the 1990's also won him a best actor Oscar for his role in “Good Will Hunting” (1997).

The era of the 1990's was of huge importance for Robin Williams. Two of his masterpieces for which he won academy award nominations  were “The Fisher King” (1991) and “Good Will Hunting” (1997)  “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) is also one of his most popular movies of the 1990's.

Along with is burgeoning fame in the 1990's, he indulged in cocaine and heavy drinking  later sent him into a spiral of depression and anxiety. On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams committed suicide at his home. His autopsy reports suggested that he died of asphyxia due to hanging.

3)  Julia Roberts

Julia Fiona Roberts is an academy award-winning actress and one of the Hollywood's top stars. She is also known as the highest-paid actress and one of the biggest box office earners in the industry. Born on October 28, 1967, in Georgia. Julia's break out role began with “Steel Magnolias” (1989) which won her a nomination at the Academy Awards.

Her career went into high gear when she played the role of a hooker with a heart of gold in the movie “Pretty Woman” (1990) which also won her another nomination of the academy award for best actress. During her successful film journey, she has also been involved in tempestuous  relationships with numerous men including Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Liam Neeson and Benjamin Pratt. In 2002, Julia married cameraman, Daniel Moder, they are currently still married with three children.  In 2010, Julia Roberts revealed that she practices Hinduism.

Her other notable performances in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997), “Runaway Bride” (1999), and “Sleeping with the Enemy” (1991) won her a  a spot on the list of top movie actors of 1990's.

4)  Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was born in California on July 9, 1956. He was five years old when his parents divorced. Tom was one of the shining stars of the 1990's with his versatile performances in movies like “Forrest Gump” (1994), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), and “Philadelphia” (1993).

Tom made his film debut in 1980 with a low budget movie named “He Knows You are Alone” (1980), after that, in 1984, Hanks landed a leading role in the movie “Splash” (1984) with its surprising success Tom Hanks became a recognizable face of the industry.

Tom Hanks deserves a top spot on the list of top actors of the 1990's and won two Oscars for best actor during this decade, for his formidable performances in “Forrest Gump” (1994) and “Philadelphia” (1993). In 1995, he starred in another box office hit “Apollo 13” (1995) that earned more than 500 million dollars at the box office.

5)  Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner is best known for his movie “Dances with Wolves” (1990) which won seven Oscars. Kevin was born on January 18, 1955 in California. “No Way Out” (1987) and “The Untouchables” (1987) proved to major stepping stones in his acting career, and both were box office hits.

“Dances with Wolves” (1990) was Kevin’s directorial debut. Costner won an Oscar for best director for this movie and the movie won a total of seven Oscars collectively. His remarkable performance in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991), “The Bodyguard” (1992), and “Waterworld” (1995) were major successes of the ‘90's’. Costner married two times to Cindy Silva and Christine Baumgartner and had a total of seven children.

Kevin Costner enjoyed huge success throughout the 1990's and his striking performances as an actor and director will always be remembered.

6)  Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a former governor of California, a iconic bodybuilder and a huge Hollywood star who was born on July 30, 1947 in Austria. Formerly, he gained fame through bodybuilding which started his acting career with the movie “Hercules in New York” (1970) in which he was dubbed by another actor. He became the most famous Hollywood star with the movie “The Terminator” (1984).

In the 1990's he appeared in another sequel of “The Terminator” (1991). His most popular movies of the 1990's include “The Terminator 2” (1991), “Total Recall” (1990), and “True Lies” (1994). During this era of the 1990's, Arnold was actively involved in politics too, and later in 2003 he became the governor of California.

During the epoch of his acting career, Arnold made headlines in 2012 when he admitted his adulterous relationships with his co-star Brigitte Nielsen in the 1980's. In 1986, he wed Maria Shriver and together they had four children.  They divorced in 2011, after it was discovered that Arnold had a child (a son) with the family's housekeeper.

7)  Jim Carrey

Known for comedy and dramatic film roles Jim Carrey, born on January 17, 1962 in Canada, relocated to Los Angeles in 1983, to pursue a career in acting. Jim made his big-screen debut in an unsuccessful movie “Finders Keepers” (1984), his career was kick started with  the movie “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994). After that his brilliance in comedy, drama and mimicry catapulted him to stardom in many other box office hits.

“The Mask” (1994), “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” (1995), and “Liar Liar” (1997) were amid his popular movies of the 1990's. He earned his first Golden Globe for best actor for “The Truman Show” (1998). Throughout his career, Jim never won an Oscar nomination, but he still remained one of the top paid celebrities of Hollywood in the 1990's. In 1996, Jim became the first Hollywood actor to be paid $20 million for a role in “The Cable Guy” (1996).


With the advent of technology in the 1990's, the anime characters and Disney series proved to be posing serious challenges to actors, but many of the legendary actors of the 1990's, through sheer talent, has kept the interest of the audience wanting more.

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