All actors and actresses have to start somewhere, so here’s our top five list of relatively unknown actors who were made into a superstars thanks to appearing in a successful movie.
Christopher Reeve achieved worldwide stardom when he played the title role in Superman at the age of 25. Prior to this he had had roles in college plays and then at the renowned Julliard College. Casting directors has previously rejected Reeve three times for the Superman role before the casting director pleaded with the director who eventually gave in. Following a meeting between Reeve, the director and the producer, Reeve was sent a 300 page script. He then went for a screen test after which he was offered the role. The film grossed over $300 million and Reeve received positive reviews. He went onto star in a further 3 Superman sequels and others include Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour which he considered to be his best film and Street Smart for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. Sadly, following a riding accident, he was made a quadriplegic and after many infections, died in October 2004. [Read more…]