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Cedric
12-11-2007, 01:46 AM
If I missed one you can bring him into the discussion. I don't like Tom Hanks, but I'll put him on anyway :)

Meant for the title to say "top five actors of all time"

macro
12-11-2007, 02:01 AM
Cary Grant

North By Northwest is one of the top ten films of all time.

EDIT: I didn't mean to imply that Grant was the best actor of all time, but rather that his name should be on the list.

macro
12-11-2007, 02:05 AM
Meant for the title to say "top five actors of all time"

Fixed

WMR
12-11-2007, 02:27 AM
1. Marlon Brando
2. Christian Bale
3. Bobby D
4. Al Pacino
5. Ed Norton

Brando for "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now," "On the Waterfront," and "Last Tango in Paris." The breadth and depth of his career is simply astonishing.

Christian Bale for his excellent character acting abilities. His performances in "The Machinist," "Harsh Times," and "American Psycho" sealed his quality in my mind.

Bobby D for "Goodfellas" and "Casino," but ESPECIALLY for "The Deer Hunter," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Mean Streets," and "The Untouchables." Unfortunate the path that he has chosen for his career over the past 10 years or so. He hasn't put forth an especially note-worthy performance since 1997's "Cop Land."

Al Pacino for "Serpico," "The Godfather," "Scent of a Woman," "Glengarry Glenn Ross," "Donnie Brasco," "Any Given Sunday," "Scarface," and "Insomnia." The only thing keeping Pacino from ranking higher is that he often seems to play the same character in every movie. His affectations in his later work ceased to change.

Ed Norton for "Primal Fear," "American History X," "25th Hour," "Kingdom of Heaven," and "Fight Club." What an amazing actor. His performance as the leper-stricken King Baldwin IV is one of the greatest supporting acting roles I have ever seen. "Primal Fear" was also an amazing performance, especially considering it was his acting debut on the big-screen. At the end of that movie, when he reveals his true macabre nature, is one of the biggest surprises I have ever had at the movies.

The rest of my Top 10:

6) Clive Owen - "Children of Men"
7) Morgan Freeman - "The Shawshank Redemption"
8) Bill Murray - Comedic Genius- "Caddyshack" & Later dramatic excellence- "Lost in Translation"
9) Denzel Washington- "Training Day"
10) Paul Giamatti - "Private Parts"

TeamCasey
12-11-2007, 06:43 AM
Clint Eastwood would be at the top of my list.

You also need:

John Wayne
Robert Redford
Morgan Freeman

RedsBaron
12-11-2007, 08:12 AM
Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman should be on the list.

RFS62
12-11-2007, 08:40 AM
Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman should be on the list.

Jack Lemmon too

gonelong
12-11-2007, 10:18 AM
Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise would have to make the list based on Box Office receipts I would think. Probably should add Will Smith and Kevin Costner as well.

No John Wayne?

My personal 5 in no particular order are:

Eastwood
Hackman
Duvall
Freeman
Hanks

GL

Chip R
12-11-2007, 10:30 AM
What, no Master Thespian?

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/85/pics/85dmasterthespian1.jpg

westofyou
12-11-2007, 11:19 AM
MY ten not mentioned

Jack Lemmon
Toshirô Mifune
William Holden
Humphry Bogart
Gene Hackman
Buster Keaton
John Wayne
Henry Fonda
Alec Guinness
Clark Gable

Jack Burton
12-11-2007, 11:38 AM
Daniel Day-Lewis should be on the list.

BUTLER REDSFAN
12-11-2007, 12:29 PM
Dustin Hoffman also

westofyou
12-11-2007, 12:31 PM
Dustin Hoffman also

The list wouldn't be right without him... I'm losing Guinness for Hoffman.

George Anderson
12-11-2007, 12:32 PM
I'd say Harrison Ford and Paul Newman who arent even on the list could act circles around most those listed.

Roy Tucker
12-11-2007, 12:36 PM
Where's the love for Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, and Charlie Chaplin?

westofyou
12-11-2007, 12:36 PM
Where's the love for Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, and Charlie Chaplin?
In the grave?

Nugget
12-11-2007, 01:41 PM
There are some old classic actors like Claude Rains, Edmund Gwynne, Orson Wells, its hard to really make a list of all time especially as the like or dislike of an actor is so subjective.

Blimpie
12-11-2007, 01:42 PM
Val Kilmer gets in for The Doors alone.

Blimpie
12-11-2007, 01:48 PM
Methinks Gary Oldman should have been as well.

pedro
12-11-2007, 01:56 PM
Where's the love for Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, and Charlie Chaplin?

Where's the love for Burt Lancaster?

"From here to eternity"

"Elmer Gantry"

IowaRed
12-11-2007, 02:19 PM
no Edddie Deezen? Come on people

Jack Burton
12-11-2007, 09:06 PM
Methinks Gary Oldman should have been as well.
Agreed.
Sterling Hayden was pretty good, check 'The Killing' and 'Asphalt Jungle'. Classic.

Screwball
12-11-2007, 10:34 PM
Kiefer Sutherland. He's only saved the world about, what, 6 times now...

Handofdeath
12-11-2007, 10:34 PM
In a Harris Poll done during December 2006 1,147Americans were asked to name their favorite movie star. Denzel Washington topped the list followed by Tom Hanks.

John Wayne was #3. I think that says a lot.

Raisor
12-11-2007, 10:43 PM
Crispin Glover for now and forever.

WMR
12-11-2007, 10:47 PM
Benicio del Toro is a notable omission from this list.

vaticanplum
12-11-2007, 10:59 PM
Benicio del Toro is a notable omission from this list.

Benicio del Toro is on my laminated list.

WMR
12-11-2007, 11:01 PM
Benicio del Toro is on my laminated list.

What does that mean? The list is permanent?

vaticanplum
12-11-2007, 11:04 PM
What does that mean? The list is permanent?

http://joeymoggie.wordpress.com/2007/06/19/laminated-list/

WMR
12-11-2007, 11:10 PM
http://joeymoggie.wordpress.com/2007/06/19/laminated-list/
Thanks for the edification!

Would your significant other be allowed to observe?? :devil:

Okay, now you've seriously stoked my curiousity, VP, I want your list, numbered chronologically in terms of who you desire the most.

griffeyfreak4
12-11-2007, 11:14 PM
Sean Connery as 007 and in "The Rock" (greatest action film ever)
Bruce Willis in the original "Die Hard" (the other 3 were bad)
Cary Grant in "North by Northwest" (I agree with Macro)
Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones" (hey, Sean Connery too!)
Jimmy Stewart definitely

pedro
12-11-2007, 11:19 PM
Crispin Glover for now and forever.

Get your numchuks and your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun.


I know that's not a Crispin Glover quote but he reminds me of the movie "Rivers Edge" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQHUrE7Dw4Y)and that's the best quote from that movie.

RFS62
12-12-2007, 09:47 AM
Crispin Glover's best stuff was on Letterman.

Betterread
12-12-2007, 08:39 PM
Lawrence Olivier
Max Von Sydow
Derek Jacobi
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Charlie Chaplin

Degenerate39
12-12-2007, 08:53 PM
Christian Bale
Ewan McGregor
Jack Nicholson
Denzel
Pacino

Raisor
12-12-2007, 09:30 PM
Max Von Sydow


From the Black Hole?

Handofdeath
12-12-2007, 09:37 PM
Val Kilmer gets in for The Doors alone.

" Why Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave. "

If you just watch the last 30 minutes of Tombstone, it still kicks ass.

NoCalRed
12-12-2007, 10:12 PM
Crispin Glover's best stuff was on Letterman.


I don't know I thought he did a fine job of portraying cousin Dell.

"I'M MAKING MY LUNCH!"

dman
12-12-2007, 11:11 PM
Val Kilmer gets in for The Doors alone.

I was thinking Val Kilmer, but more for his role as either Doc Holiday or Batman.

Cedric
12-13-2007, 02:18 AM
Yeah. I tried to post fifteen off the top of my head. Write in votes count ha.

I can't believe James Dean didn't get a vote. Rebel without a cause is one emotional role. He nails it.

cincinnati chili
12-13-2007, 07:26 AM
MY ten not mentioned

Jack Lemmon
Toshirô Mifune
William Holden
Humphry Bogart
Gene Hackman
Buster Keaton
John Wayne
Henry Fonda
Alec Guinness
Clark Gable

What no Tom Green?

Whither Pauly Shore?

vaticanplum
12-13-2007, 02:47 PM
Cliche or not, Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront is THE BEST acting performance ever recorded on film. There was nothing like that style of acting on film at the time. The style of "method" acting came from Russian theater in the late 19th/early 20th century (and was heavily bastardized in America), but never truly made it onto film until that performance. There is a depth and sense of reality to Brando on that film that is almost tangible, and there just had never been anything like that, done so well, before that. Performances since may equal or even surpass it -- but they would never have existed at all without Brando's. Ed Norton, Benicio Del Toro, Johnny Depp -- what they do is impeccable, but it isn't groundbreaking. Even if this isn't your favorite "style" of acting -- there's much to be said for Chaplin or Jimmy Stewart or Clark Cable, all of whom have a totally different style -- this style of acting was the one that completely revolutionized film and, I would argue, entertainment across the board.

For centuries, acting, and most other forms of entertainment, were for escape and theatrics. Reality had nothing to do with them. Even stuff like Shakespeare, which can be very realistic, wasn't performed as such. It was all for show, taking to the audience; understanding a character's "inner" life and relating to others weren't part of it. The Russians Stanislavsky and Chekhov got the ball rolling on that and Brando and his ilk were the ones who brought it to the American masses. All of a sudden, films were about real people, stories based on real lives became more popular, television took off around the same time, so did modern dance, which looks far more like something real people can do than ballet, songs started breaking out with realistic lyrics...on and on. It's hard to say how much of this Brando is directly responsible for, but there's a correlation.

I would say that Lawrence Olivier in "The Entertainer" is a close second.

westofyou
12-13-2007, 02:54 PM
Brando was good.. but he's no Huntz Hall.

5ToolPlaya
12-17-2007, 01:05 AM
I voted for Ed Norton, who would have known?

How about Billy Bob Thornton?

gonelong
12-17-2007, 09:08 AM
Will Smith just dropped a $75M opening with "I Am Legend" this weekend.

GL

SunDeck
12-17-2007, 10:07 AM
I just can't believe Pacino gets any votes. The guy can do one thing.

Maybe this list is too tough to create because there are so many great actors from different eras.

For instance:

Pre-1960
Bogart, Stewart, Gable, Cliff, Peck, Fonda

1960-1975
Portier, Lancaster, Guinness, Brando

1975-1990
Nicholson, De Niro, Redford, Newman, Hackman

1990-Present
Hanks, Hopkins, Clooney, Penn, Washington

westofyou
12-17-2007, 11:00 AM
I just can't believe Pacino gets any votes. The guy can do one thing.

Maybe this list is too tough to create because there are so many great actors from different eras.

For instance:

Pre-1960
Bogart, Stewart, Gable, Cliff, Peck, Fonda

1960-1975
Portier, Lancaster, Guinness, Brando

1975-1990
Nicholson, De Niro, Redford, Newman, Hackman

1990-Present
Hanks, Hopkins, Clooney, Penn, Washington


I'd split it thus

1900-1929 - Silent

1930-1945 - Studio Era

1946-1966 - Technicolor Era

1967-1981 - Realism in Hollywood

1982- Current - Post Isthar

Cedric
12-18-2007, 03:02 AM
Interesting voting IMO. Another actor I forgot to list was Michael Caine. Brilliant actor.

Cedric
12-18-2007, 03:07 AM
I'd say Harrison Ford and Paul Newman who arent even on the list could act circles around most those listed.

Paul Newman is on the list. Harrison Ford lost out because of his earring.

JK

Cedric
12-18-2007, 03:42 AM
Mod's delete if you want.

TeamCasey
12-18-2007, 06:00 AM
1990-Present
Hanks, Hopkins, Clooney, Penn, Washington

Replace Clooney with Mel Gibson and you have it.

SunDeck
12-18-2007, 08:06 AM
Interesting voting IMO. Another actor I forgot to list was Michael Caine. Brilliant actor.

I thought seriously about Cain, who I agree is a brilliant actor. Unfortunately, because he will do just about any movie, he doesn't stand out as much. Morgan Freeman has the same problem.

Another category that I considered would be the greatest stage/movie actors of all time.

John Gielgud, Richard Harris, Laurence Olivier, O'Toole and probably Guinness. There have to be Americans too, but I can't think of any of hand.

As to the silent era- sure it bears mentioning because it existed, but since it's so far removed, I doubt any of us can really come up with a list except for what we have read or heard. Chaplin, Keaton, Garbo, but honestly I have never seen a full length silent film.

westofyou
12-18-2007, 10:23 AM
As to the silent era- sure it bears mentioning because it existed, but since it's so far removed, I doubt any of us can really come up with a list except for what we have read or heard. Chaplin, Keaton, Garbo, but honestly I have never seen a full length silent film.


I have, a bunch (took several silent film classes in film school)

With silents it's more often the director who is the lion in the cage (so to speak) but you have your comic (Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, Arbuckle) and then your ladies (Pickford, Swanson, The Vamp etc) and the action guys (Fairbanks, Chaney, Mixx)

But I get the point, as for films today... blech.. I'm of the opinion that the last 5 years has been the worst five years in film history, just dreadful and uninspiring.