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Top Five Best Actors: (Regardless of era)

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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 19:38:44 GMT
Spin says:
Roger: Agreed. Jeff is a great actor...But we shall let Smith and Depp, in thier pretentious artistry, no doubt to "be" in terms of finance, by effort more than by talent, be remembered, eh? =)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 19:40:26 GMT
Spin says:
R: Brilliant actor (if one views something other than "Silence" Hollywood crap) Excuse me, =)

Posted on 13 Dec 2011 19:42:26 GMT
Spin says:
hopkins fell for hollywood. As do most of our great actors, due to thier comercial, capitalist management, and contracts signed...

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 19:59:02 GMT
Roger Weston says:
So be it. By the way, I agree with your top five except for Sam Rockwell. Not familiar with him.

Posted on 13 Dec 2011 20:40:02 GMT
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Lector says:
I'm going to take this best "actor" criterion to include females, some of which as we know prefer the job title "actor" to actress anyway. Now as (rather embarassingly) I've hardly ever visited a theatre (and never to see a drama), I'm going purely by screen performances. I wonder how many others are doing the same?! I'd bet almost everyone contributing to this are! Ok, well I find choosing my n.r. 1) easy. Laurence Olivier has to claim that position because he's played the most varied roles (although admittedly not many screen comedy roles), and nearly always played them exceeding very well. N.r 2, is quite easy too. Sir Alec Guiness played a huge variety of roles over the years including several comedy roles. The main reason I haven't had him seriously challenge L.O. for n.r 1) spot is because he never played an out-and-out really evil "baddie" in eg. the same mould as Olivier's Nazi Concentration camp Doctor character, Dr. Christian Szell in 'Marathon Man'. N.r's 3),4) & 5) are not so easy and I must admit that on another day I could easily have included some other great actors and actresses in place of my chosen ones, eg. Dame Judy Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, Jodie Foster, Spencer Tracy, Orson Welles, James Mason Gary Oldman and more than a few others. Also, I have my personal favourites who have played what I'd call great roles but not done anything like such a variety of quality roles compared to my top 5) choices. So names like eg. Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, Natalie Wood, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Jimmy Stewart, David Niven, Sophia Loren, Humphrey Bogart, Gene Hackman, Henry Fonda and many others.

1) Sir Laurence Olivier
2) Sir Alec Guiness
3) Sir John Mills
4) Katherine Hepburn
5) Dustin Hoffman

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 20:55:06 GMT
Roger Weston says:
Based on personal favorites I would add:

1.Charles Bronson
2.Sylvester Stallone

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 22:11:55 GMT
Spin says:
And Marlon Brando...

Posted on 27 Dec 2011 22:31:02 GMT
What about Gielgud ?

Posted on 30 Dec 2011 15:13:42 GMT
robert de niro, jack nicholson, clint eastwood, john wayne, leonardo dicaprio (after titanic !).

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2011 16:28:41 GMT
Spin says:
RD: John Wayne?

Posted on 31 Dec 2011 11:50:21 GMT
Ingrid Bergman
Robert de Niro
Penelope Cruz
Dustin Hoffman

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2011 20:32:29 GMT
Spin says:
Cold: Ingrid Bergman. Fantastic actor. Stunning presence.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2012 02:49:39 GMT
to keep this discussion going
Female/male actors
1. Helen Mirren
2. Laurence Olivier
3. Katherine Hepburn
4 Leo DiCaprio
5. Elizabeth Taylor

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2012 02:52:45 GMT
6. Dustin Hoffman
7. Jane Fonda
8. Meryl Streep
9. Henry Fonda
10. Gary Oldman
Ty for reading

Posted on 1 Jan 2012 05:31:24 GMT
0tt0 says:
Al Pacino
Jack Nicholson
Steve Buscemi
Max von Sydow
Walther Matthau

Posted on 1 Jan 2012 05:36:43 GMT
0tt0 says:

Kathy Bates
Halle Berry
Helen Mirren
Joan Hickson
Sofie Graaboel

Posted on 1 Jan 2012 11:08:16 GMT
what about james cagney?
james dean
monty clift
burt lancaster

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 16:39:17 GMT
Liam George says:
jack nicholson
humphrey bogart
christian bale
de niro
mrlon brando
and jcvd, ha ha

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 00:47:15 GMT
Humphrey Bogart
Ingred Bergman
Marlon Brando
Sean Connery
Richard Burton

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 05:18:04 GMT
S. R. Tulip says:
Should perhaps highlight distinction between great actors and film stars. Robert Duvall is a great actor but doesn't have the star quality or screen presence of Bob Deniro or Al Pacino. Steve McQueen and Bogey are great film stars but not necessarily great actors. Also to what extent are you judging whether an actor is charismatic or that you like a great many films by this particular actor who may or not be particularly gifted.

Actor: Bob Deniro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Bob Duvall, Gene Hackman.

Film star: Bogey, Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery.

Ladies: Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon.

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 05:57:56 GMT
Steve McQueen is WAY TOO COOL to be in a Top Five Best Actors: (Regardless of era) poll.

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 06:00:41 GMT
Lector says:
Well now I'm wondering to myself whether or not some people are naming their favourite actors, rather than who they think are/have been actually the "best" actors. I'm sure there must be a distinction here and I would hold my hands up myself to sometimes having done like-wise. And yes, obviously I'm aware that they can be the same thing. I stick by my list true to the criterion for this Customer Discussion forum though.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 06:04:14 GMT
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Lector says:
S.J.B, I'm not at all sure what exactly you mean by that in respect of Steve McQueen. I'd say an actor can be "COOL" and be a "best actor" too, at least in theory.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 06:39:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2012 06:50:10 GMT
Lector says:
S.R.T, Now those are interesting observations there and I agree with them. I like to consider an actor's (/actress'es) all round ability to play a multitude of different parts when considering my choices, though there are plenty of others I love to watch but don't have the flexibility. I mean as much as I love Bogie's films, I have never considered him a great all-round actor. I believe all mine qualify as being just that tough, ie.
1) Sir Laurence Olivier
2) Sir Alec Guiness
3) Sir John Mills
4) Katherine Hepburn
5) Dustin Hoffman

Now Robert Duvall is one of my very favourite actors. I think his portrayals as a lawyer ('The Godfather'), a gung-ho Air-Cav officer ('Apocalypse Now'. I don't think anyone at the time could have matched his Lt.Col. Bill Kilgore, with the exception perhaps of Gene Hackman) and as a cowboy ('Lonesome Dove' and 'Lonesome Trail') in particular. But with the exception of a few roles he doesn't quite have the presence of others you've mentioned. And crucially of course, he has never been the classic 'pin-up' pretty boy type anyway. So I agree with you about "presence" too. Deniro, Pacino ('though I consider him a little overated anyway) or Steve McQueen, John Wayne or Bogie all have that. Not that "presence" counts for everything of course, but it does matter or else people would never go to see films in first place, as we know. Of course some have both presence and great, flexible acting skills. And we must emphasise that "presence" is about more than good looks too.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 19:26:08 GMT
Here is my list of best female actors-latest- Katherine Hepburn,
Meryl Streep,
Glenda Jackson, Julie Christie, Kate Winslet

All can or could play many wildly different types of people.
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