10 Best Aussie Actors

Wednesday, January 19 by J Hardy

Australians have been making an impact in Hollywood for years, so who are the 10 best Aussie actors? The answers include many familiar faces, and maybe a few surprises. Most Australian actors use an American or British accent for so much of their work, you might not know their roots.

  1. Guy Pearce. Born in England, but raised in Victoria, Guy Pearce gained praise with his roles in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"  and "L.A. Confidential" and kept it with films like "Memento" and "The Hurt Locker." Pearce brings and intensity to the screen that is hard to ignore.
  2. Geoffrey Rush. With multiple Oscar nominations and a best actor win for "Shine," there is no doubt this Queensland native has the acting chops. His roles have ranged from the Marquis de Sade in "Quills" to comedian Peter Sellers in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers."
  3. Julian McMahon. This handsome star of "Nip/Tuck" was born in Sydney and his father was former Prime Minister of Australia. He started his career as a  model, until he landed a role in in Australian soap. He headed for Hollywood in 1992 where he worked on TV in "Another World" and "Charmed."
  4. Heath Ledger. Not wanting to be typecast as just another pretty face, Heath Ledger took on challenging roles in "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Night." The former garnered an Oscar nomination and the latter an Oscar win. His untimely death in 2008 cut short a very promising career for this Perth native.
  5. Errol Flynn. Old school swashbuckler Errol Flynn was the original Tasmania devil, most famous for leading roles in "Captain Blood" and "The Adventures on Robin Hood."
  6. Ryan Kwanten. The athlete turned actor was born and raised in Sydney, though you'd never know it from the flawless southern drawl he delivers as the oft shirtless Jason Stackhouse on "True Blood."
  7. Hugh Jackman. He put the "X" in sexy with his portrayal of the angst ridden X-men super hero Wolverine. This Sydney native has also done comedic voice over work the animated features "Flushed Away" and "Happy Feet."
  8. Anthony LaPaglia. Despite his penchant for playing New Yorkers, Anthony LaPaglia was born and raised in Adelaide. This star of  the crime drama "Without a Trace," has shown his lighter side the comedy "So I Married an Axe Murderer."
  9. Hugo Weaving. He camped it up in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," creeped us out as Agent Smith in "The Matrix" trilogy, and captured imaginations in the "Lord of the Rings" series. Australian raised Hugo Weaving has proven his range as an actor.
  10. Mel Gibson. Though born in New York, Mel Gibson came to Hollywood via Australia. When not courting controversy, the man delivers great work in both dramatic and comedic roles. The "Mad Max" actor went on to win two Oscars for "Braveheart."

 

Additional Resources:

Julian McMahon

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0573037/bio

Guy Pearce

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001602/

Mel Gibson

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000154/bio

Hugo Weaving

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915989/bio

Heath Ledger

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005132/bio

Geoffrey Rush

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001691/bio