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Best Actors Ever

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Top Actors Ever Performing, Past and Present

Rated 323 points - posted 7 years ago by kris in category People.
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Paul Newman Report Abuse
The charismatic brilliance of his presence dominated the screen - there was no angle the camera didn't like...and the power of his blue-eyed gaze was exceeded only by the quality of his acting.
2266 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 5 comments
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IMO, the voters are showing preferences for the more modern method actors as opposed to the classic "legends." All are entitled to their opinions.
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It is obvious that this web site is being manipulated. All the great actors are moving down very fast, while the average or below average get moved up. It looks like one person's favorites have to become the greatest of all time. It makes these lists worthless.
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He didn't dominate the screen. He owned it
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agreed :)
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3/13/10 - You can now vote for your favorite Newman films in the list "Best Films of Paul Newman."
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James Dean Report Abuse
1751 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 3 comments
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Are you kidding? James Dean should seriously be higher on this list. He was one of the first stars to use Method acting, and even though he only made three films, in my opinion they were all incredible performances. No, he wasn't copying Brando. In Dean's own words, "People were telling me I behaved like Brando before I knew who Brando was!" Did you realize that Dean was dyslexic? That's right. He had a natural gift for improvisation. In sum, I think quality matters more than quantity.
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He was only in two films and though his death was unfortunate, he does not belong on a list of the best of all time, let alone very high on that list.
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James Dean, killed in a car accident in his early 20s, was uncredited in 4 films before he made the three that made him famous. He received the first ever posthumous Oscar nomination as Best Actor for East of Eden [1955], made Rebel Without a Cause [1955], and became the only actor ever to receive two posthumous Oscar nominations for Best Actor with Giant [made in 1955, released in 1956].
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Marlon Brando Report Abuse
Absolutely mesmerising, he could take you out of your real world and into the one he was creating in a heartbeat...to the extent that, when the film was over, reality came as a shock.
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Of course Brando is the greatest screen actor.Any other actor will tell you that.Just like Streep is the greatest actress.This list is screwy anyway.DEan and Newman were iconic stars but their acting abilities cant hold a handle to Brando.And what is Don Johnson doing on this list?Its bizarre.
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That may be true, but I think the quality of Dean's work is what matters, not the quantity. He was the first actor ever to be nominated for two Best Performance Oscars posthumously. Although he didn't live long enough to see his success, he's still more of an icon than Brando.
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You can't possibly be comparing James Dean to Brando. Though Dean's death was sad, he still had a very small body of work to compare to Brando's vast body of highly acclaimed work. Dean simply doesn't belong on the list and Brando belongs in at least the top 50.
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Totally overrated. James Dean should be here!
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Seventeen times the vote count for Bing Crosby (two Oscars) or John Wayne, not to mention Yul Brynner or Sidney Poitier? He is way overrated.
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Academy Award for Best Actor in The Godfather. Academy Award for Best Actor in On The Waterfront. Academy Award Nominations for Best Actor for: Last Tango In Paris, A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata!, Julius Caesar, Sayonara. Obviously his industry rated him very highly!
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Completely overrated.
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3/13/2010 - You can now vote for your favorite Brando films in the list "Best films of Marlon Brando."
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You can vote for him in Best Western Films for One Eyed Jacks [1961].
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Charlton Heston Report Abuse
Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, The Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, Touch of Evil, etc.
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Jimmy Stewart Report Abuse
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What can you say. Jimmy was was man. I pity the youth who can't see beyond fx and watch the masters at work,
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Simply a legend!
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John Wayne Report Abuse
1298 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 7 comments
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I'm sorry, what "snide" comments did I make? I simply said that Don Johnson shouldn't be listed with the great actors. That's my opinion, and I have a right to it, the same as you. BTW, I am convinced of my opinion, the same as anyone else. As for John Wayne, I said biggest movie star of all-time, I didn't say greatest actor, even though I always thought him underrated. It's ok for me to think that isn't it? I mean, I'm not going to hell for disagreeing with you am I? As for Gary Cooper not making the top 10 list, no he didn't, but I'm sure he ranked high. Unless you were under a rock your entire life, if your age is correct on your profile, you know what a big star he was. As for Matt Damon, I didn't say he was a top anything, I said he is 'MY' current, at least one of my current, favorites. I'm sorry my opinions seem to upset you so much, but this is the United States. I have a right to free speech the last time I checked.......
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Oh, and there's another list on this website that lists John Wayne as #62 of 75. Just saying...
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By the way, you could have voted Don Johnson down without making snide comments.
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Where is Mr. Wayne on the top 10 list you quote? "Quite possibly the biggest movie star of all-time." You seem so very positive in your opinions, I'm surprised you haven't made your own list. All the lists on this entire site were made by individuals. It's not a requirement of anybody, but I'm sure someone as convinced as you seem to be of your correctness could do us all a service with a list. I didn't see your choices of Gary Cooper or Matt Damon on the AFI list either.
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I didn't know that it was required that I make lists of my own. I'm sure as hell not going to be "shamed" into doing it by someone who knows nothing at all about me. This is an opinion site. What I said about Mr. Wayne is my opinion. If you have a different one, feel free to say so, about him. I'm not the one being critiqued.....
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Maybe underrated for good reason? Tboneya makes critical comments, but doesn't seem to have enough knowledge to create any lists of his own???
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Should be in the top 10 on this list. A very, very underrated actor. Quite possibly the biggest movie star of all-time.
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Clint Eastwood Report Abuse
Body of work is amazing and extremely diversified Westerns, Drama, Comedy and Romance
1275 points - added 5 years ago by Rocker704 - 1 comment
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3/25/10 - you can now vote for your favorite Eastwood films in the list "Best Films of Clint Eastwood."
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Robert Mitchum Report Abuse
1271 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 1 comment
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i am very surprised that mitcum is rated at no 75 considering the amount of great films that he was in and being a very versatile actor that was
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Humphrey Bogart Report Abuse
1238 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 6 comments
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He had an endearing speech impediment which added to his charm. But it was the same in every part since he couldn't alter it, so it always seemed as if he was acting as himself rather than the character. Fantastic in Casablanca and African Queen. No 1 actor? Quite possibly, if you like that type of acting. Personally, I thought his voice was the same old, same old, and I found the impediment distracting. IMO the method actors that came after him are superior.
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Humphrey is one of reasons I have faith in the cinema. Casablanca? African Queen? Definitely deserves No. 1.
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Not my No1 but still belongs right up there.
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I am happy to see that is up at number 1, where he belongs.
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I agree, Bogart was the best ever. From Casablanca to Key Largo to the Caine Mutiny and so many others, he brought something to the screen that no one else ever has.
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This ranking is absolute lunacy .. its ridiculous how the younger generation has no interest in the classics. Im a baby boomer and I still recognize this man as the best... he is number 1..
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Burt Lancaster Report Abuse
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Henry Fonda Report Abuse
1150 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 2 comments
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A legend who is often overlooked.
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3/21/10 - You can now vote for your favorite Fonda films in the list "Best Films of Henry Fonda."
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Gregory Peck Report Abuse
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3/29/10 - You can now vote for your favorite Peck films in the list "Best Films of Gregory Peck."
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Richard Burton Report Abuse
1136 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 2 comments
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When Dick was good he was great, when bad terrible. He is still on top of this list!
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Burton should be in top-5
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Richard Widmark Report Abuse
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Edward G, Robinson Report Abuse
He became his roles,Could do more than play gangsters.Look at his filmography you will be suprised by his versatility.HE could convey an emotion by his expression and body language,only the greats can do that.
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Kevin Costner Report Abuse
1051 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 3 comments
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Let's see here. DANCES WITH WOLVES = he was the star and director, it got Academy Award Best Picture, Academy Award Best Director, Nominated for Best Actor. FIELD OF DREAMS, BULL DURHAM, JFK, THE GUARDIAN, THE UNTOUCHABLES = critically acclaimed in all of them. I saw them, IMHO he was exceptional.
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From someone who has friends in the industry, this guy is not a good actor. Sorry but no way.
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No offence taken, but I'm curious as to your reason. You mean not at all, or just at this height on the list? Thanks for your comment about Steve McQueen - he's one of my absolute favorites.
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Sidney Poitier Report Abuse
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Sidney Poitier is the number 1 African American actor
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Tom Hanks Report Abuse
917 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 4 comments
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Tom Hanks is my 3rd favourite actor. Favourite movies: Forrest Gump, Castaway and You've Got Mail.
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Not just because of the wonderful movies he did but the the actuation is always perfect for the characters. My favorites are The Terminal, Cast Away, Forrest Gump and Philadelphia.
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Another great movie with him is Castaway. A large portion of the movie is him going through the different emotions of being alone on a desolate island. Another example of Tom Hanks disappearing into his character. Awesome actor.
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Forrest Gump is a classic example of an actor disappearing into the character. When you realize this is actually Tom Hanks and not Forrest Gump, you realize what fine acting is. Very underrated and the heir apparent to the "Next Jimmy Stewart" throne.
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Steve McQueen Report Abuse
843 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 5 comments
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"Papion" Was a hard role to capture from 1 actor.He did it really great,that alone makes for a good actor.And i never even seen his other movies.
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Actualy he was damn good..surprising because he was no intellect..just very real on thescreen like Cooper or Stewart.
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blasphemy
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Legend, yes, but not a very good actor and belongs in the bottom 5, not the top.
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LEGEND!!! should be top 5
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Denzel Washington Report Abuse
840 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 1 comment
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"you gotta ask yourself, are you a wolf?...or are you a sheep?"
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Spencer Tracy Report Abuse
703 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 1 comment
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Watch " The Old man and the Sea". Then you will realize 35 is to low for this great man
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Laurence Olivier Report Abuse
681 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 3 comments
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Should be THE best of all time!
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LARRY OLIVIER NO.1
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THERE HAS BEEN ONLY 2 ACTORS EVER AND THAT IS BETTE DAVIS AND LAURENCE OLIVIER ALL THE OTHERS STINK. LAURENCE NO.1 AND BETTE DAVIS NO.2 THOSE TWO ARE REAL ACTORS
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Jack Nicholson Report Abuse
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Gary Cooper Report Abuse
558 points - added 5 years ago by tboneya - 3 comments
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I enjoyed his performance in High Noon, but I liked him better in Sergeant York, The Pride of the Yankees, and A Farewell to Arms. He turned down the role of Rhett Butler because he said the role was too sympathetic to the southern rebellion and romanticized the Confederacy and its racist protection of slavery - which makes him a true hero to me.
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Who can forget his stellar performance in High Noon, one of the best westerns ever.
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At one time Cooper was the biggest and most sought after movie star in the world. A great actor, how soon people forget....
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Al Pacino Report Abuse
466 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 1 comment
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No one delivers a soliloquoy like Pacino. Any Given Sunday, Scent of a Woman, He is terrific.
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Katherine Hepburn Report Abuse
452 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 4 comments
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Once again you're ignoring talent for personal comments. Papasmurf, darlin', your continued defense of a guy that cheated on his wife for decades says a lot. But Tboneya had it right. This is the United States and everyone has a right to their opinion, INCLUDING ME. I find your comments quite amusing, keep them coming! I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH PUTTING THE WOMEN ON THIS LIST. You might consider a remedial reading course.
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It takes two to tango, and her boyfriend is up there in the top 20.
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Golly, I thought this list was for best actors...not your personal dislike of their lifestyles!
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To those who object to women being on this list, I personally entered about 30 ladies in the actress list, none here. That being said, Hollywood uses the words actress and actor both for the women. Anybody who cares to see for themselves can look up the 2010 Oscar tribute to the deceased on the internet - there you will see the word ACTOR beneath the picture of each actress shown. In addition, each lady was [and they all are] a member of SAG in order to work. That stands for Screen ACTORS Guild. Both words are interchangeable in Hollywood and it's unnecessary to criticize those who entered them here.
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Robert De Niro Report Abuse
428 points - added 7 years ago by kris - 3 comments
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The best actor
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Robert DeNiro is the greatest actor in the world.
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make bobby top 10.... screen god
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Jack Nicholson. Report Abuse
389 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Interesting, If you don't like where an actor is rated, just add them again. When they get voted down again, add them again.
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Anthony Hopkins. Report Abuse
363 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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You have got to be kidding...Top 5 all time.
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Robert Redford Report Abuse
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Vincent D'Onofrio Report Abuse
An actor's actor, he's always in the moment and fascinatingly quirky.
327 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 4 comments
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A true actors actor who is terribly underrated. You need to discover all his obscure films.
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Perfect performance in Full Metal Jacket.
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Overactor if ever there was one. Just plain bad!!
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Completely agree. Always interesting and entertaining. He's played a wide range of really great characters and I think he's very underrated.
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Johnny Depp Report Abuse
311 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 5 comments
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Johnny Depp is my 2nd favourite actor! Love love love him! Pirates Of The Caribbean is my favourite, probably then Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
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johnny depp is the greatest actor.how can they put him so low!!!!
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As the other voters realize, quirky parts, elaborate costumes and over-the-top makeup do NOT create an actor. He is the only actor on the list who has relied on these factors in most of his films. They are great fun, but ACTING??
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number 1
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How on earth can people put Orlando Bloom over Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is the best actor in the world for playing excentric roles!
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Jack Lemmon Report Abuse
303 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 1 comment
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Absolutely a top actor!
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300 points - added 6 years ago by zblsmith - 1 comment
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Could play a tough guy as well as anyone ever(arguably the best ever) , and he was maybe 5'5". Could do musicals, singing and dancing his way to steal the show. Could play a boxer, a blind man, pcychopath or a rancher. Could play the romantic lead, the lovable lug, the champion, the loser or the boss. He could make you hate him, love him, feel sorry for him, or root for him, and sometimes make you feel all of these things for just one character he was playing . He could make you laugh, or make you cry. One of the most versatile actors of all time, and easily one of the very top.--cin
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Clark Gable Report Abuse
300 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 1 comment
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3/18/10 - You can now vote for your favorite Gable films in the list "Best Films of Clark Gable."
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William Holden Report Abuse
295 points - added 5 years ago by pandora - 1 comment
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3/19/10 - You can now vote for your favorite Holden films in the list "Best Films of William Holden."
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Robert Duvall Report Abuse
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He is fantastic.
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Cary Grant Report Abuse
282 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 8 comments
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A mans man ,but not my fav
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Yay, tboneya, you have made my point exactly! This IS the United States and we all have free speech. So do the ladies [I'm making an assumption here] that had Don Johnson in first place, or near there, when you entered this list. [He was first when I entered, and I was moving Brando and Newman up the ladder]. Your comment was fine...it was the part at the end, "just wrong" that implied his voters' opinions were not valid. We are all entitled to our opinions. Yes, I'm familiar with actors - I was raised in California and my father was wealthy enough to send me to private schools with lots of celebrity kids. Classmates in college included Bergman's daughter Pia and Casey Cagney. I took some acting classes but didn't care for the lifestyle that went with that profession. I was first blown away by DJ's talent when I saw some scenes in Miami Vice with his little boy Billy. Subsequently I marveled at his depiction of someone close to a mental breakdown in Shadow In The Dark. And I was quite surprised, much as I liked him, to be elated when he plunged to his death in the film Guilty As Sin, in which he was scarily convincing as a serial marry-er of rich women which he then killed for their money. In acting class we studied all the greats in slow motiion. I began to use slo--mo on DJ, and he has more expression in his just his eye/eyebrow area than most of the rest of them have in their entire faces. Watching him in slow motion is a master class in natural acting. My opinion is he was a great actor and for you to tell me I'm "wrong" is just wrong. See how you reacted when your choices were criticized? Maybe now you understand the problem I have with your comments. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. And that reminds me of Mother Goose, which was hysterical. Good idea on the lists. Wish there was one for silent stars too.
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I do agree with you that there should be a list for pre-1960 or so, and another for 1960 to today. It would be much easier, and fair, to vote. As for rating by Oscars, Golden Globes, etc., I don't know if that's really fair. There were years in which some deserving actors, actresses, movies, etc. didn't win an award because of tough competition. Some years two, and sometimes three nominations were deserving. I give you the example of best picture of 1939. The Wizard of Oz and Wuthering Heights were deserving but didn't win because they had the misfortune of going up against Gone With the Wind.
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By the way, I've forgotten to mention that when I first entered this site as a guest 5 months ago, I'm the one who made the entries of Marlon Brando and Paul Newman. Can you imagine they had begun this list without them.
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There are many lists of best actors on the internet. Not all agree with AFI. Charlie Chaplin? C'mon!! Bogart #1 - oh please. By the way, I guess you noticed all of them have passed away - apparently the living actors were not considered for that particular list, ever think of that? Why don't you compile a list of awards - include Oscars, Golden Globes, People's Choice, etc., etc.- for all the actors on this list. It would prove much more accurate than the list you quote.
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I respect your opinion, no matter how wrong I feel it is. Still, let's see what the "experts" have to say. I checked AFI's list of best actors. They had Bogart at # 1. Guess who they had at # 2? That's right, Grant. Here is the top 10: Bogart (#1) Cary Grant (#2), James Stewart (#3), Marlon Brando (#4), Fred Astaire (#5), Henry Fonda (#6), Clark Gable (#7), James Cagney (#8), Spencer Tracy (#9) and Charlie Chaplin (#10). Funny, I didn't see "Don Johnson" listed anywhere on that list. Cary Grant would be my choice no matter what, but it looks like this time the so-called "experts" agree with me, and your attempts at sour grapes are so much hog wash.
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Mr. Grant, while quite charming, doesn't even come close to many of the actors listed after him.
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My personal favorite. IMO, the greatest actor of all-time.....
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Paul Reubens Report Abuse
259 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Is that a joke?
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Pierce Brosnan Report Abuse
222 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Too overrated. He acts like a pretty boy in his James Bond movies (1995-2002). In the voice acting of the video game Tomorrow Never Dies, he almost sounds too feminine when he takes a hit.
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Jim Carrey Report Abuse
My favourite actor. Favourites: 1. Ace Ventura 2. Yes Man. He is brilliant.
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Sean Penn Report Abuse
193 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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How can he be this low on the liss?
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Daniel Day Lewis Report Abuse
170 points - added 5 years ago by Albert Hand - 1 comment
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Belongs higher up.
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Matt Damon Report Abuse
My personal favorite present day actor....
144 points - added 5 years ago by tboneya - 4 comments
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Well, let's see, Papasmurf. I've checked the comments and you criticized three, thereby criticizing the opinion of the person that entered them here: a guest for adding Don Johnson, me for adding Richard Chamberlain, and Checkmate for adding Katherine Hepburn. You're not grinding an axe? Give me a break!!
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Come to think about it, if I had another account I sure wouldn't bother wasting my votes to lower Matt Damon, he's already staying low. I vote in a great many lists, and they seem to limit your time/votes.
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I didn't know a person could have more than one account. Thanks for the suggestion!
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The fact that so many have voted this actor so low is perhaps an indication they have taken your opinion with a grain of salt???
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leonardo dicaprio Report Abuse
129 points - added 5 years ago by saint - 1 comment
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the best actor in this generation
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Channing Tatum Report Abuse
The best actor vor ever!!!Hi is simply the BEEEEEEEEEEST!!!
106 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Hardly! So many greats. He is just another HIMBO!
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Hrithik Roshan Report Abuse
He is one of the most tallent of the India & world
69 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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he is considered as best actor, dancer, stylish man.. macho man.. he should be some more top to the list
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Kevin Kline Report Abuse
66 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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One of the most versatile actors ever
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William Shatner Report Abuse
65 points - added 4 years ago by pandora - 1 comment
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A fun actor,not a great one.Even Bill admits He is a big ham. To all you trekkers it takes more than one role to be top 50.
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Heath Ledger Report Abuse
62 points - added 5 years ago by tboneya - 5 comments
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Heath Ledger deserves the #1 spot,his acting was so unparalleled and phenomenal,he was truly an inspirational actor by bringing an outstanding performance to his films...He lives on everyday through his films and is very missed.
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I checked with an expert I happen to have handy, and I'm not wrong. You made a direct reference to an entry by James Dean that had my name on it. Your reading comprehension REALLY needs some work! I see you haven't made any friends on the list of best women singers either.
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I thought your comment was a little bit pointed, but I could be wrong?
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I made no criticism of Heath Ledger. I merely provided some interesting information about James Dean that most people probably didn't know. What's your problem???
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I always thought this young man was a talented actor, but he raised it to such another level as the Joker that I doubt anyone will ever be able to play that role again. An outstanding performance and well deserving of the Oscar he received.....RIP....
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Judi Dench Report Abuse
54 points - added 7 years ago by checkmate - 2 comments
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During the Oscar ceremonies, there was a section on actors who had passed away. Under the pictures of the females on the list was the word ACTOR. So I guess it can go both ways...
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The list is for actors. It did not say actress.....Read the title next time!
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john cazale Report Abuse
massive tallent!.......... died too young... r.i.p
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