Hollywood often favors men over women as stars due to the likelihood that men attract audiences more easily – giving them greater chances at earning higher fees from film studios and networks.
However, this also increases their influence in how their roles are written and films made – but may make them harder to work with than expected.
1. Bill Murray
Bill Murray stands out as one of Hollywood’s most esteemed male actors, thanks to his charming yet resilient performance style that has cemented his place as an American pop cultural icon over decades of filmmaking.
Murray started out his comedy career at Chicago’s Second City improvisational comedy troupe before moving to New York where he would appear in radio’s National Lampoon Hour alongside Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner from 1973-74, before earning himself a starring role on Saturday Night Live.
He is known for his dry wit and impeccable timing, making him the go-to leading man in films like Groundhog Day, Ed Wood and Rushmore. At the same time, however, he can deliver moving performances when needed – something Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola directors have taken notice of.
Murray can be difficult to work with due to his absence of management or agent representation; thus he will usually only accept roles if they appeal to him personally.
However, he often struggles to complete his work on time and within budget, leading to numerous mishaps over the years. Perhaps one of his most egregious mistakes came in 2004 when he starred in a CGI live-action Garfield movie that was mostly an expensive waste.
According to reports, Murray’s behavior was so improper that Geena Davis charged him with harassing her while filming. Davis wrote in her memoirs that Murray aggressively and inappropriately punched, smacked and yelled at her while filming began.
Murray has also featured in many major films over time, such as George Clooney’s World War II ensemble film The Monuments Men, St Vincent and Rock the Kasbah among many others.
Murray has established himself as an actor who can take on various types of roles with ease, earning him a renown for versatility and likeability. This ability enabled him to endure the demands of directors like Joel Coen who co-starred him in Fargo and The Big Lebowski films.
2. Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase was born Cornelius Crane Chase and first gained notoriety as one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live in 1975. Since then he has also made appearances in Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation and has won three Primetime Emmy Awards; currently working on Community.
Chevy Chase, known for his comic characters such as Irwin Maurice Fletcher (Fletch), an investigative reporter with multiple disguises; and Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Vacation have become iconic comedic roles; yet his career has been plagued by misfires and missed opportunities related to egotism and entitlement that comes with growing up in an upper middle class family.
As a result, he has become one of the most entitled male Hollywood actors. Often difficult to work with and taking credit for all ideas himself.
He boasts an extensive list of credits, such as four National Lampoon’s Vacation films. Additionally, he is known for his excellent comic timing and charismatic personality.
Though his film career may no longer be as fruitful, Chase remains an enthusiastic and hard-working actor, appearing in various family films like Snow Day and Dirty Work recently.
His performance in The Entitled is fantastic and is worth watching if you want a comedy that will leave you laughing out loud. Although somewhat short in duration and pace, this comedy still provides enough amusement and entertainment.
This film is a wonderful tribute to those facing their final days or living with life-threatening diseases. It also shows that people can make the most of every last moment they have left; with laugh-out-loud jokes as well as moments that give chills down your spine, this must-see is essential viewing for those facing similar struggles themselves, or who know someone going through similar trials.
3. Edward Norton
Edward Norton is one of Hollywood’s best-known male actors. Having appeared in numerous films and received three Oscar nominations for his performances, Edward has also garnered critical acclaim.
He began his Hollywood career by appearing in several critically-acclaimed movies such as Primal Fear, Everyone Says I Love You and Rounders before eventually transitioning into screenwriting, producing and directing.
His first directorial effort, Keeping the Faith (2000, romantic comedy), starred Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman and grossed $60 million off its $30 million budget, with reviews on Rotten Tomatoes scoring it 69% overall.
American History X (1998) was another emotionally riveting film about young men living under cultural oppression and alienation, earning him another Academy Award nomination for his performance as Derek Vinyard – a white supremacist returning from prison to assist his brother in breaking free of racial animosity and violence.
After this triumphant debut, Norton went on to star in Fight Club (1999), an equally highly-acclaimed film depicting emotionally vacant men who turn to underground combat as an outlet. For his performance in this film he earned himself an Academy Award nomination as well as other prestigious recognition.
Norton continued his acting career after that, appearing in various critically-acclaimed movies like Red Dragon (2002) – a prequel to Silence of the Lambs (1991), as well as Spike Lee’s 25th Hour (2002) as a convicted drug dealer.
Norton is well known as an incredible actor; however, his difficult working style often attracts criticism. He has earned himself the moniker “Difficult Norton”, with directors often accusing him of antagonizing them on set and overstepping their boundaries.
He believes in making every aspect of production his responsibility, from writing and directing to perfectionism, believing his artistic efforts can turn ordinary scripts into something better.
4. Val Kilmer
Kilmer has been a fixture in Hollywood since the late ’80s, having made several hit movies. Over time he has amassed an immense fan base that is particularly fond of him amongst fans of Top Gun franchise.
Val Kilmer was one of the most acclaimed Hollywood actors of the 1980s, known for his dynamic career and unabashed willingness to take on different roles. Ranging from comedy roles to portrayals of real-life heroes, Kilmer excels at finding his ideal roles and performing them with passion.
Even with his distant personality and standoffish charms, actor Michael Caine still manages to deliver some outstanding acting abilities in movies such as Tombstone and Heat. His performances are known for their wit and humor.
Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015 but remains an active participant in film industry, recently appearing in Val. The documentary chronicles his career, his fight against cancer and family life.
Kilmer is also an accomplished actor and passionate spiritual man who follows Christian Science. He deeply values art’s healing powers as a way of dealing with cancer and other health concerns.
Kilmer takes great pleasure in spending his free time with family and friends – especially his two children, Mercedes and Jack, whom he is very proud to call his own.
Kilmer has struggled to cope with the pressures and demands of acting work despite his idealistic and determined nature. A self-proclaimed perfectionist who strives for perfection in everything they do, but often fails due to pressure from work obligations.
Kilmer has always held firm to his Christian faith and does not display it openly, although in an interview with The New York Times in 2015 he acknowledged how his religious views have had an influence over how he treats throat cancer patients.