With the year 2008 winding to a close, let’s look back at the most popular male celebrities that have made headlines, as well as, their accomplishments, awards and more. Hollywood is filled with talented actors, but the males on this list are on the top of their game.
Zac Efron is known for his role as Troy Bolton in “High School Musical.” Zac began his acting career appearing in guest roles for TV series such as, “ER” and “Firefly.” He also became a regular cast-member on the WB series, “Summerland,” in 2004. This talented actor has been seen in other hit movies like, “Hairspray,” and on other TV series like, “Punk’d.” He has won a variety of awards, and has had three nominations for all the success he has gained. This Hollywood hottie is currently dating his “High School Musical” co-star, Vanessa Hudgens, and has been since the movie was released in 2006. Look for more of Zac Efron in the New Year, as he is staring in an upcoming film entitled, “17 Again,” which is due to be released in 2009.
Brad began his acting career in guest spots. He landed a recurring role on the soap opera, “Dallas,” in 1987, which aired on CBS. He has also been seen in movies such as, “Interview with a Vampire,” “Thelma & Louise” and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” In 2002, Brad founded a production company entitled, “Plan B,” with this then wife, Jennifer Aniston and Paramount Pictures. Due to their divorce, Jennifer is no longer a part of the company, but she still helps with projects from time to time. In the year 2006, Brad began a project for the Hurricane Katrina victims entitled, Make it Right,” With this project, they will build 150 homes in New Orleans Ninth Ward. His life partner, Angelina Jolie has a daughter together, by the name of Shiloh, and they recently are now the proud parents of twins, Knox and Vivienne. Brad is also a father figure to her adopted children. He has multiple awards and several nominations under his belt, and he will definitely be a household name in 2009 as he stars in the upcoming movie, “Tree of Life,” which is currently in post-production.
Sadly, this amazing actor passed away in early 2008. He was an academy award nominated actor and Australian TV and film star. After moving to the US in 1998, he began his movie career with hit movies such as, “Ten Things I Hate about You,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and most recently, “The Dark Knight.” In 2004, Heath met and dated Michelle Williams, his co-star from “Brokeback Mountain.” They have a beautiful daughter, Matilda Rose, born in October of 2005. In 2007, Heath stated he began having sleep difficulties and some health problems. Again, sadly Heath passed away on January 28, 2008 at the early age of 28 years old. That night, fans gathered in front of his apartment, leaving flowers and other memorial items. Heath had won countless awards during his acting career. He was a well known actor and he will be deeply missed. He will live on through his precious daughter, Matilda. May he rest in peace.
Ben is a successful actor/screenwriter and director. His career began in the 1990’s when he was involved with the film entitled, “Mallrats.” He won an academy award for his 1997 screenplay, “Good Will Hunting.” Since then, Ben has had the pleasure of starring in blockbuster films such as, “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Daredevil.” He married actress, Jennifer Garner in June of 2005 and they are now the proud parents of a little girl named, Violet. The couple is currently awaiting the arrival of their second child. Ben has the honor of being named, Peoples Most Sexiest Man Alive, in 2002. He has also won many awards for his screenwriting, acting and directing. We will surely see more of talented, Ben Affleck in the year 2009.
Forbes Magazine has named Tom Cruise as the world’s most powerful celebrity in 2006. His career took off when he starred in the 1983 film, “Risky Business.” He has also starred in blockbuster films like “Top Gun,” and “Mission Impossible.” Tom holds the title of one of Barbara Walter’s top ten most fascinating people of 2008. When Tom was filming, “Day’s of Thunder,” he met actress, Nicole Kidman and the two began dating and married in December of 1990. Tom and Nicole divorced in August of 2001, but they have two adopted children together and remain friends. In June of 2005, Tom proposed marriage to actress, Katie Holmes, and they were later married in Italy in November of 2006. Tom and Katie became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl named, Suri, on April 18, 2006. Not only was Tom voted most sexiest man alive in 1990, he has won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a motion picture entitled, “Magnolia.” For a bit of trivia on Tom, on October 10, 2006, Japan declared it, “Tom Cruise Day,” as he has visited the country more than any other actor/actress in Hollywood. Tom is currently working on a project with is production company, a screenplay about a New York’s Best Seller book, The Devil in the White City.” Tom Cruise has been the heart throb of women across the world for several years. We have not seen the last of this talented Hollywood star. We will anxiously be awaiting what he has to offer for the year 2009.
Robert is currently the talk of America with is role as, Edward Cullen, in the newly 2008 released movie, “Twilight.” Robert is a very talented actor/singer/songwriter whose music also appears in the highly anticipated film. This London born actor began his career at the age of 15, acting in plays in the Barnes Theater Company. In 2003, Robert won the role of Cedric Diggory in the movie, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which was released in 2005. Robert enjoys playing music and instruments like the keyboard and guitar. This sexy actor ranked #23 on the Moviefone’s ,’The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25 in 2008. This teen heart throb will ring in the New Year with a blast as he is already slated to star in upcoming movies in 2009.
These are just of the few actors that have been in and out of the media throughout 2008, and they will most likely work just as hard to keep their adoring fans happy in the upcoming New Year.