Also named the seventh art, cinematography is probably the most popular form of expressing feelings, situations, and depicting characters in the 21st century. And what could be more pleasant than spending quality time with your family over the weekend and watching some of the funniest movies ever?

So, if you want to improve your knowledge of great comedy movies and also learn more about the actors playing your favorite characters, here is everything you need to know about the most talented actors.

 

  1. Adam Sandler

Born Adam Richard Sandler, he is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He has been active in the industry for more than 30 years, and most of his movies were big hits, gathering revenues of over 2 billion dollars at the box office.

In his personal life, Sandler is involved in charity events and runs a film production company, Happy Madison Productions. The company is known for producing most of Sandler’s recent movies.

You’ll find Adam Sandler starring in productions like “Happy Gilmore,” “Little Nicky,” “Anger Management,” “50 First Dates”, “The Longest Yard,” “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” “Grown Ups,” and the “Hotel Transylvania” trilogy.

 

  1. Jim Carrey

Born in Ontario, Canada in 1962, Jim Carrey has an impressive career of almost 40 years. He is an actor, a stand-up comedian, a film producer, and a screenwriter. But, although most people only see Carrey as a comedy actor, he has proved that he can play various roles.

In 2004 he starred in the drama “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” a movie that received critical acclaims and an Oscar nomination for the actor’s co-star, Kate Winslet.

His most famous role remains the one in “Bruce Almighty” where he learns that playing God is not an easy task. You may also recognize him from “The Mask,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Dumb and Dumber,” “Batman Forever,” “Liar Liar,” “Me, Myself & Irene,” “Yes Man” or “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”

  1. Ben Stiller

Born Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller in 1965, he is an American actor, director, and producer. Much like the older generation of actors, he has a solid career of over 30 years and starred in more than 50 movies. Although he mainly specializes in comedies, he is one of the few actors to receive an Emmy Award and a BAFTA Britannia award, which he got in 2011.

His personal life is pretty active too. He used to date various Hollywood actresses, including Amanda Peet and Calista Flockhart.

We’re sure you’ve seen him in at least some of these movies: “Empire of the Sun,” “Meet the Parents,” “Zoolander,” “Meet the Fockers,” “Tropic Thunder” or “Zoolander.”

 

  1. Zach Galifianakis

Born in 1969, Zachary Knight Galifianakis does it all from acting to performing on comedy stages or writing his own scripts. He is of Scottish and Greek ancestry, with his paternal grandparents coming from Crete, Greece.

He had a few minor roles starting from 1999, but he only managed to make a name out of himself in 2001 with his own show on Comedy Central Presents. Ever since then he starred in various comedies, including “What Happens in Vegas,” “The Hangover,” “G-Force,” “Due Date” or “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.”

 

  1. Will Ferrell

This guy started his acting career in the mid-1990s on an NBC sketch comedy show you might have heard of, “Saturday Night Live.” He was born in 1967 and enjoys experimenting with various genres, including improvisation and political satire.

He actively participates in fundraising campaigns, and he is involved in charity and politics. He supported Barack Obama in 2012. He has starred in almost 50 movies so far, including  “Zoolander,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Austin Powers,” “The Internship,” and “Daddy’s Home.”

 

  1. Eddie Murphy

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1961, Murphy rose to fame in the 1980s. He is an actor, a comedian, a writer, a producer, and a singer and used to be a regular cast member of the “Saturday Night Live” show until 1984.

Throughout his career, Murphy was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards four times and actually managed to win one for the Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Dreamgirls.” The same performance also got him an Oscar nomination.

You can see him in movies like “48 Hrs.”, “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “Shrek,” “I Spy” or “Daddy Day Care.”

  1. Martin Lawrence

This multi-talented actor is also a stand-up comedian, a producer, a talk show host, and a writer. He became famous at the beginning of the 1990s, and remained one of the best comedy actors until the present day.

He was born in 1965 in Frankfurt, West Germany to a U.S military couple who were stationed in Europe. He grew up in Queens, New York, and Landover, Maryland and was a great boxer back in the days. He has three daughters and a farm in Virginia.

You can easily recognize him in movies such as “Bad Boys,” “Big Momma’s House,” “National Security,” “Death at a Funeral” or “Wild Hogs.”

 

  1. Robin Williams

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Williams came from a wealthy family and was supposed to study political sciences, but he dropped out of college when he received a full scholarship at the prestigious Juilliard School of Arts.

He was awarded seven Golden Globes for Best Actor, two Emmy Awards, four Grammys, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie “Good Will Hunting.”

Some of his most astonishing movie performances include “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “In Search of Dr. Seuss,” “Nine Months,” “Jumanji,” “Hamlet,” “Flubber,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Bicentennial Man,” A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, “Robots,” and “August Rush.”

 

  1. Woody Allen

He is the type of person that you absolutely love or hate. But, despite his controversial love life, you cannot ignore the genius of Woody Allen. He is one of the most talented actors and movie directors with a career of nearly seven decades.

As an actor, you can see him in movies like “What’s Up, PussyCat?”, “Casino Royale (1967)”, “Play It Again, Sam,” “The Font,” “Scenes from a Mall,” “Picking Up the Pieces” or “Paris Manhattan.”

He also directed over 40 movies, including “September”, “New York Stories”, Match Point”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, “Midnight in Paris”, “To Rome with Love”, “Blue Jasmine”, “Cafe Society” or “Magic in the Moonlight”.

 

  1. Bill Murray

An actor, writer, and a comedian, Williams James Murray was born in 1950. He started performing on the “Saturday Night Live” show, and that’s when he also scored his first Emmy Award.

Although he mainly starred in comedies, he also won a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor for the movie “Lost in Translation” in 2003.

Some of his most famous movies include “Ghostbusters,” “Scrooged,” “Groundhog Day,” “Ed Wood,” “The Man Who Knew Too Little,” “Lost In Translation,” “Broken Flowers” or “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”