Some actors are known for their understated performances marked by delicate body language, longing gazes, and quiet dialogue. The actors on this list, however, are not so subtle.
Whether for tragic, horrific, or comedic purposes, these actors have followed in the screaming footsteps of Marlon "STELLLLAAAAAA!" Brando and Jack "Here's Johnny!" Nicholson to create their most memorable roles. Audiences flock to movie theaters for their next freakout, breakdown, or crack-up. Whose vocal cords reverberate the loudest? Whose cries are the shrillest? Which screaming actors resonate the most?
Grab some earplugs and decide for yourself among this list of actors who scream the best.
Before becoming a film and TV director, Bobcat Goldthwait established himself as a comedic film star, voice actor, and writer. His ragged, high-pitched voice and high-wire energy landed him roles in Police Academy and numerous animated series.
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America
The internet is overrun with montages of Nicolas Cage howling and screeching his way through cinematic history. With his crazed stare and prolific career, Cage is a hard one to top on this list.
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
Like many of the comedians on this list, Will Ferrell got his start on Saturday Night Live, where he parodied the likes of President George W. Bush and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Ferrell is famous for his exaggerated acting style, and several of his most pompous characters have attained cult status.
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of America
For decades, Saturday Night Live alum Adam Sandler starred in hit comedy after hit comedy. His screams and temper tantrums persist in the memories of those who grew up in the 1990s and early aughts.
Birthplace: New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, + more