Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010.
Best known for: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Looper, 10 Things I Hate About You, 3rd Rock from the Sun
Denise Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, the older of two daughters of Joni Lee, who owned a coffee shop, and Irv Richards, a telephone engineer. She has German, French-Canadian, Irish, English, and Welsh ancestry.
Best known for: Scary Movie 3, The World Is Not Enough, Starship Troopers
Rene Russo was born in Burbank, California, to Shirley (Balocca), a barmaid and factory laborer, and Nino Russo. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Her father, a sculptor and mechanic, left the family when Rene was just two, and thus her mother raised Rene and her sister, Toni, as a single mom.
Best known for: Thor, Lethal Weapon 3, Outbreak, Nightcrawler
Dominic Purcell. Born in England but raised in Australia by his Norwegian father and Irish mother, Purcell was a bored landscaper who decided to attend a drama school. He became a TV star in Australia before debuting in America as the title character in John Doe (2002).
Best known for: Equilibrium, The Flash, Prison Break
Jeremiah O’Connell was born in New York City, to Linda (Witkowski), an art teacher, and Michael O’Connell, a British-born advertising agency art director. He is of half Irish, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Polish descent.
Best known for: Sliders, Piranha 3D, Jerry Maguire, Stand by Me
Lou Diamond Phillips was born on February 17, 1962 in Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines as Lou Diamond Upchurch. Phillips was named after Marine legend Leland “Lou” Diamond. After his father died, he took his stepfather’s surname “Phillips” as his own. Is 1/8 Cherokee.
Best known for: The big hit, 24, young guns, La Bamba