Who knew so many tough guys could be born in the same month? July brings more than just heat waves, fireworks, barbeques, and star-spangled parades. July has brought us some of entertainment’s toughest stars! In honor of the various Badasses born in the tough-as-nails’ month, DMG Entertainment has compiled a list of the biggest, baddest Leos in Hollywood. So get ready to put down that hot dog and get off the couch, these guys are here…to…pump (clap) you up!
Tom Cruise Born: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV Birthdate: July 3, 1962 Occupation: Actor, Producer
Summary: Born in Syracuse, New York, Tom Cruise started his acting career at 19 in ENDLESS LOVE (1981). From his first film, Cruise fell in love with the silver screen and went on to act in dozens of feature films. Cruise often found himself staring in blockbusting action films, such as TOP GUN (1986), MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996), MINORITY REPORT (2002), COLLATERAL (2004) and JACK REACHER (2012). Considered one of the top hundred movie stars of all time, Tom Cruise has solidified himself as an action film icon. Awards: AFI Film Award, three Golden Globe Awards, three Academy Award nominations, three MTV Movie Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Most Badass Quote: “I feel the need… the need for speed.” TOP GUN (1986)
Most Badass Fact: In his free time, Cruise enjoys to scuba dive, skydive and fly stunt planes.
Sylvester Stallone Born: Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone Birthdate: July 6, 1946 Occupation: Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Summary: Although the lower left side of Stallone’s face was paralyzed during a difficult birth, the famed movie star turned the accident into his signature snarled appearance. With a menacing look and tough upbringing, Stallone easily portrayed a silver screen badass in such films as ROCKY (1976), FIRST BLOOD (1982), DEMOLITION MAN (1993), GET CARTER (2000), and THE EXPENDABLES (2010). Best known for playing Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, Stallone is one of the most popular action movie stars in history. Awards: Three Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critic’s Choice Movie Award, a People’s Choice Award, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory Filmmaker Award, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Most Badass Quote: “When you’re scared, when you’re hanging on, when life is hurting you, then you’re going to see what you’re really made of.”
Most Badass Fact: In the 80s and 90s, Stallone used to bench press roughly 385-400 lbs.
Harrison Ford Born: Harrison Ford Birthdate: July 13, 1942 Occupation: Actor, Producer
Summary: Harrison Ford may have struggled in the beginning of his career, but after George Lucas casted him in AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973), Ford’s career skyrocketed. Ford went on to star in such films as STAR WARS (1977), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), BLADE RUNNER (1982), THE FUGITIVE (1993), and THE EXPENDABLES 3 (2014). Playing such characters as Indiana Jones and Han Solo, Ford established himself as the epitome of action movie star. Awards: Two Saturn Awards, an Academy Award nomination and two People’s Choice.
Most Badass Quote: “Honkey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” STAR WARS (1977).
Most Badass Fact: In STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), Ford ad-libbed the iconic line “I know.”
Jesse Ventura Born: James George Janos Birthdate: July 15, 1951 Occupation: WWF Wrestler, Film Actor, Governor
Summary: With such jobs as U.S Navy SEAL, bodyguard, professional wrestler, actor, and governor, Jesse Ventura effortlessly showcases his nerves of steel. As an actor, Ventura appeared in such films as PREDATOR (1987), RUNNING MAN (1987), DEMOLITION MAN (1993), and BATMAN & ROBIN (1997). Needless to say, Venture is a badass on-screen and off-screen.
Most Badass Quote: “I’ve jumped out of an airplane 34 times. I’ve done 212 feet under water. I’ve done a lot of things that defied death.”
Most Badass Fact: As Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Venture effectively dropped the town’s crime rate and increased citizen interest in the local government.
James Cagney Born: James Francis Cagney, Jr. Birthdate: July 17, 1899 Occupation: Actor, Dancer
Summary: Despite starting his performance career as a tap dancer, James Cagney transformed himself into an intimidating force on-screen. After signing with Warner Brothers, Cagney starred in such films as THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931), ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (1938), THE ROARING TWENTIES (1939), and WHITE HEAT (1949). Who know a tap dancer would end up creating the iconic film role of short-fused gangster? Awards: One Academy Award, one AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, one Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Most Badass Quote: “Made it ma! Top of the world!” WHITE HEAT (1949)
Most Badass Fact: Cagney earned a black belt in Judo.
Ernest Hemingway Born: Ernest Miller Hemingway Birthdate: July 21, 1899 Occupation: Novelist, Journalist
Summary: From the frontlines of WW1 to the safaris of Africa, Ernest Hemingway described his life’s adventures using an understated writing style. Hemingway wrote such novels as THE SUN ALSO RISES (1926), A FAREWELL TO ARMS (1929), FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (1940), and THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (1952). With strong masculine values and an unquenchable desire to explore, Hemingway was as tough as he was creative. Awards: One Pulitzer Prize and one Nobel Prize.
Most Badass Quote: “Courage is grace under pressure.”
Most Badass Fact: During WW1, Hemingway was hit and seriously wounded by mortar fire. Despite his injuries, he still aided Italian soldiers. His actions earned him an Italian Silver Medal of Bravery.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Born: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger Birthdate: July 30,1947 Occupation: Bodybuilder, Actor, Businessman, Politician
Summary: Born in Graz, Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger captured the international spotlight after becoming Mr. Universe at the age of 20. Schwarzenegger quickly ascended to Hollywood, starring in such films as CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), THE TERMINATOR (1984), COMMANDO (1985), PREDATOR (1987), RUNNING MAN (1987), KINDERGARTEN COP (1990), TRUE LIES (1994) and THE EXPENDABLES (2010). After establishing himself as an A-list actor, Schwarzenegger became a two-term governor of California. Whether politics, bodybuilding, or the silver screen, Schwarzenegger proves a real badass always comes back for more. Awards: One Golden Globe, one Primetime Emmy Award, three Kid’s Choice Awards, one MTV Movie Award, a Publicists Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Most Badass Quote: “I’ll be back.” (1984)
Most Badass Fact: The Guinness Book of World Records states Schwarzenegger is, “the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world.”
Laurence Fishburne Born: Laurence John Fishburne III Birthdate: July 30, 1961 Occupation: Actor, Playwright, Director, Producer
Summary: Born in Georgia, U.S, Laurence Fishburne lied about his age to get his first major role in the film APOCALYPSE NOW (1979). Although Fishburne earned himself recognition of being one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, Fishburne’s most memorable characters were tough as nails. Some of his most notable badass films include KING OF NEW YORK (1990), BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), DEEP COVER (1992) THE MATRIX (1999) and MYSTIC RIVER (2003). From spoon bending to gun firing, Laurence Fishburne’s portrayal of badass characters continues to command the attention and respect of audiences around the world. Awards: An Academy Award nomination, a Saturn Award, a MTV Movie Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony.
Most Badass Quote: “Now, you listen to me. I MADE you. You were nothing before you met me, and you’ll be nothing without me.”
Most Badass Fact: Fishburne was the first African-American to play Othello in a motion picture released by a top studio.
Wesley Snipes Born: Wesley Trent Snipes Birthdate: July 31, 1963 Occupation: Actor, Martial Artist, Producer
Summary: Raised in New York, U.S, Wesley Snipes’ martial arts skills gave him access to Hollywood. After an agent took notice of Snipes during a martial arts competition, he began to act in television shows and music videos. It wasn’t long before Snipes acted in such films as KING OF NEW YORK (1991), NEW JACK CITY (1991) DEMOLITION MAN (1993), and BLADE (1998). Come on, what’s more badass than a vampire slaying vampire? Awards: One Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup, four MTV Movie Award nominations, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Most Badass Quote: “I grew up in the Bronx. The Bronx teaches you to survive. It’s like, ‘Bring it on!’”
Most Badass Fact: Wesley Snipes is a degree 5 black belt in Shotokan Karate
To the tough guys of the July, we salute you.
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