The Sweetest Thing

by peterdi315 | created - 20 Aug 2012 | updated - 25 Aug 2012 | Public

Actors and actresses who have played some of the sweetest, most innocent, naive (sometimes wise) and appealing characters. At their best they tug at your heartstrings. All-Time. Alphabetically.

Note; Just beginning.

1. Amy Adams

Actress | Arrival

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...

Giselle (Enchanted)

2. Drew Barrymore

Producer | Never Been Kissed

Since melting audiences' hearts at the tender age of six in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Born in Culver City, California to actors John Drew ...

Gertie (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestial), Josie Geller (Never Been Kissed), Lucy Whitmore (50 First Dates), Sophie Fisher (Music and Lyrics)

3. Ruby Bentall

Actress | Robin Hood

Ruby Bentall was born on April 3, 1988 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Robin Hood (2010), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) and Jekyll and Hyde (2015).

Minnie (Lark Rise to Candleford)

4. Patrick Breen

Actor | Galaxy Quest

Patrick Breen was born on October 26, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Galaxy Quest (1999), Men in Black (1997) and Whole Day Down (2011). He has been married to Nadine Van der Velde since 1992. They have two children.

Queliek (Galaxy Quest)

5. Chris Burke

Actor | Life Goes On

Chris Burke was born on August 26, 1965 in Point Lookout, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Life Goes On (1989), Mona Lisa Smile (2003) and North & South: Book 3, Heaven & Hell (1994).

Corky (Life Goes On)

6. Spring Byington

Actress | You Can't Take It with You

The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck (1946)). Although ...

Lily Ruskin (December Bride)

7. Enrico Colantoni

Actor | Veronica Mars

Enrico Colantoni was born on February 14, 1963 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Veronica Mars (2004), Galaxy Quest (1999) and A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). He has been married to Rosanna Francioni since November 11, 2011. They have four children. He was ...

Mathesar (Galaxy Quest)

8. Gary Cooper

Actor | High Noon

Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper. Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (then called Iowa College). His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a ...

Longfellow Deeds (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), John Doe (Meet John Doe), Prof Bertram Potts (Ball of Fire), Melody Jones (Along Came Jones)

9. Claire Danes

Actress | My So-Called Life

New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art ...

Yvaine (Stardust)

10. Harry Davenport

Actor | Gone with the Wind

Character fame on film came quite late for long-time stage actor Harry Davenport at age 70, but he made up for lost time in very quick fashion with well over a hundred film roles registered from the advent of sound to the time of his death in 1949. Beloved for his twinkle-eyed avuncular and/or ...

Old John (The Enchanted Forest)

11. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

Melanie (Gone with the Wind)

12. Johnny Depp

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.

He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.

Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...

Edward Scissorhands, Sam (Benny and Joon)

13. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...

Arnie Grape (What's Eating Gilbert Grape)

14. Georgia Engel

Actress | Mary Tyler Moore

Georgia Engel was born on July 28, 1948 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She was an actress, known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970), Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) and Open Season (2006). She died on April 12, 2019 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Georgette (Mary Tyler Moore)

15. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Henry Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando. He moved to the Cape Cod University Players and later Broadway, New York to expand his theatrical career from 1926 to 1934. His first ...

Charles (The Lady Eve), Lt. "Doug" Roberts (Mr. Roberts)

16. Mel Gibson

Actor | Braveheart

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...

Tim

17. Edmund Gwenn

Actor | Miracle on 34th Street

There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn comes to ...

Kris Kringle (Miracle on 34th Street)

18. Jack Haley

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

Jack Haley was a movie and vaudeville actor who is always remembered as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939). The Tin Man role was originally was going to Buddy Ebsen, but due to allergic reaction from the aluminum powder makeup, Ebsen was taken out of the casting and Haley replaced him. To avoid...

The Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz)

19. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

Forest Gump

20. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was a Dutch noblewoman, while her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, to English and Austrian parents.

After her parents' divorce, ...

Princess Ann (Roman Holiday), Ariane Chavasse (Love in the Afternoon), Rima (Green Mansions)

21. Carol Kane

Actress | The Princess Bride

American stage, screen and television actress, and comedian Carol Kane (b. Carolyn Laurie Kane, June 18, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio), was born to Elaine Joy (née Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due ...

Simka (Taxi)

22. Rob Lowe

Actor | St. Elmo's Fire

Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke ...

Rory (Square Dance)

23. Harpo Marx

Actor | A Night at the Opera

With poofy, curly red hair, a top hat and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing women was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. Harpo was ...

Harpo (The Cocoanuts, etc.)

24. Chuck McCann

Actor | DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

A third-generation performer and the son of a singing band leader, Chuck McCann was already a show business veteran by age eleven. Born in Brooklyn, he began his career as a child actor on radio, and by the age of nineteen had appeared on The Steve Allen Show (1952). He performed on several ...

Spiros (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter)

25. Sophie McShera

Actress | Cinderella

Sophie McShera was born on May 17, 1985 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for Cinderella (2015), Downton Abbey (2010) and Galavant (2015).

Daisy (Downton Abbey)

26. Yvette Mimieux

Actress | The Time Machine

An intelligent, slender leading lady of the 1960s and 70s, Yvette Carmen Mimieux was born in Hollywood, California, to Maria (Montemayor) and René Mimieux, an occasional movie extra. Her father was born in England, of French and German descent, and her mother was Mexican. While she was first ...

Clara (Light in the Piazza)

27. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

Cherie (Bus Stop)

28. Debra Paget

Actress | The Ten Commandments

An acting career was always in the cards for Debra Paget (nee Debralee Griffin) and her siblings, coming from a show biz family and being the offspring of a "stage mother" anxious to get her kids into the movies. Paget's sister Teala Loring got her movie breaks in the 1940s, Lisa Gaye was a film ...

Sonseeahray (Broken Arrow)

29. Missi Pyle

Actress | Galaxy Quest

Missi Pyle was born Andrea Kay Pyle on November 16, 1972 in Houston, Texas, and was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, she has four older siblings, sisters Debbie and Julie, and brothers Sam and Paul. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated...

Laliari (Galaxy Quest)

30. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

Jefferson Smith (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), George Bailey (It's a Wonderful Life), Elwood P. Dowd (Harvey)

31. Henry Travers

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

British-born Henry Travers was a veteran of the English stage before emigrating to the U.S. in 1917. He gained more stage experience there on Broadway working with the Theatre Guild, and began his long film career with Reunion in Vienna (1933). Travers' kindly, grandfatherly demeanor became ...

Clarence (It's a Wonderful Life)

32. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

Rose Nylund (Golden Girls)



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