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In this topic, we'll name a specific actor, actress or group of them, and then we'll each list our personal favorite film role for each. If you don't like to be forced to pick a favorite, just name one you like a lot. Now, I differentiate between best film of a person, and their best role/performance. For example, Apocalypse Now is my favorite film that Marlon Brando appears in, but not my favorite Marlon Brando performance. I have a list of actors/actresses that I am trying to see all of their work. I'l be pulling my names from that list. Here's the first group of 5:

 

 

Humphrey Bogart:  Casablanca

 

Marlon Brando:  On the Waterfront

 

Charles Bronson:  Death Wish

 

Yul Brynner:  The Ten Commandments

 

Richard Burton:  The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

 

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Vincent Price--"Masque of the Red Death" (1964)

 

Vivien Leigh--"Gone With the Wind" (1939)

 

Susan Hayward--"Rawhide" (1950)

 

Marion Davies--"Show People" (1928)

 

Fred Astaire--"On the Beach" (1959)

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I know very little about Marion Davies. She was Hearst's girlfriend, right? I see a lot of people mention her in a positive light on here, but I usually read negative things, if anything at all, in books. I should learn more about her.

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This will be a fun thread.

 

There are several actors I love that I want to see all of their work or have seen all of their work.

 

Being that my Moniker is GregoryPeckfan and I've seen 99% of his work, I will chose him and some of his co-stars that I've seen most of their work.

 

 

Gregory Peck: The Guns of Navarone (bet you thought it would be Roman Holiday?)

 

Audrey Hepburn: Charade (bet you thought it would be Roman Holiday

 

Richard Widmark: Panic in the Streets

 

Anthony Quinn: The Guns of Navarone -I've still seen only about 50%

 

David Niven: The Guns of Navarone

 

 

 

 

Hmmm. I seem to be picking out the same movie for several people...

I think you can safely guess that anyone who appears in this movie it is my favourite

 

 

 

Edited for spelling

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LawrenceA--Yes, Davies was Hearsts' mistress.  Orson Welles caricatured her as Dorothy Comingore's no-talent opera singer in "Citizen Kane (1941); just one reason I can't stand Welles.  Anyway, her autobiography "The Times We Had" was published in 1959 (she died of cancer in 1961) .  The only good biography of her I'm Aware of is "Marion Davies", by Fred Lawrence Guiles; the paperback edition was published in 1972, and is Hard to find.  I've found two copies in 30 years, and bought both.

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James Cagney:  Angels with Dirty Faces

 

Montgomery Clift:  A Place in the Sun

 

James Coburn:  Our Man Flint

 

Gary Cooper:  Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

 

Peter Cushing:  The Curse of Frankenstein

 

 

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Errol Flynn:  Captain Blood

 

Henry Fonda:  The Grapes of Wrath

 

Clark Gable:  It Happened One Night

 

Cary Grant:  The Philadelphia Story

 

Alec Guinness:  Kind Hearts and Coronets

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Richard Harris:  This Sporting Life

 

Charlton Heston:  Ben-Hur

 

Philip Seymour Hoffman*:  Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

 

William Holden:  The Wild Bunch

 

Dennis Hopper:  Blue Velvet

 

 

*I keep two folders, one with living performers, and the other with the deceased. The one needs constant updating, while the other obviously doesn't. The reason Philip Seymour Hoffman is stuck in the middle of all of these stars of yesteryear is for the unfortunate fact of his early demise, and I'm listing all the people in my "dead" folder. The film I chose for Hoffman also strikes an even deeper chord now knowing the circumstances of his secret substance abuse problems.

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Boris Karloff:  Frankenstein

 

Burt Lancaster:  Sweet Smell of Success

 

Christopher Lee:  The Devil Rides Out

 

Jack Lemmon:  Glengarry Glen Ross

 

Peter Lorre:  The Maltese Falcon

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Christopher Lee: "The Wicker Man" (1973)

 

Bela Lugosi: "Dracula" (1931)

 

Lon Chaney Jr.: "Of Mice and Men" (1939)

 

Lon Chaney Sr.: "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925)

 

John Carradine: "Bluebeard" (1944)

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Bela Lugosi:  Dracula

 

Fredric March:  The Best Years of Our Lives

 

Lee Marvin:  Point Blank

 

Steve McQueen:  The Great Escape

 

Robert Mitchum:  Night of the Hunter

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Marilyn Monroe:  Don't Bother to Knock

 

Paul Muni:  I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

 

Paul Newman:  Cool Hand Luke

 

Peter O'Toole:  Lawrence of Arabia

 

Warren Oates:  Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

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Laurence Olivier:  Marathon Man

 

Gregory Peck:  Twelve O'Clock High

 

Donald Pleasence:  The Great Escape

 

Tyrone Power:  Nightmare Alley

 

Elvis Presley:  Wild In the Country

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Vincent Price:  House on Haunted Hill

 

Anthony Quinn:  Zorba the Greek

 

Oliver Reed:  The Devils

 

Jason Robards:  A Thousand Clowns

 

Edward G. Robinson:  Five Star Final

 

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Roy Scheider:  All That Jazz

 

George C. Scott:  Dr. Strangelove

 

Peter Sellers:  Dr. Strangelove

 

Frank Sinatra:  The Man with the Golden Arm

 

Rod Steiger:  In the Heat of the Night

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James Stewart:  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

 

Gene Tierney:  Leave Her to Heaven

 

Spencer Tracy:  Fury

 

John Wayne:  The Searchers

 

Richard Widmark:  Kiss of Death

 

 

Okay, that's all of them. I'll leave you all to it now.

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Gosh, I have to agree with Lawrence on a bunch of these.

 

Marlon Brando, ON THE WATERFRONT

Gene Tierney, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN

Anthony Quinn, ZORBA THE GREEK

John Wayne, THE SEARCHERS

Tyrone Power, NIGHTMARE ALLEY

 

Check out Marion Davies in SHOW PEOPLE. She was a delightful and talented comedienne.

 

GPFan, I'm also a big fan of THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, one of my three favorite action movies, the others being THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. A solid script and a great cast beat CGI any day.

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A few more favorite roles:

 

Audrey Hepburn, THE NUN'S STORY

George Sanders, ALL ABOUT EVE

Humphrey Bogart, IN A LONELY PLACE

Gary Cooper, BALL OF FIRE

Gene Hackman, BONNIE AND CLYDE

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Some more of My Favourites-These are MGM contracted players:

 

Clarke Gable: Gone With the Wind

 

Frank Sinatra: Some Came Running

 

Debbie Reynolds: Singin' in the Rain

 

Gene Kelly: Singin' in the Rain

 

Cyd Charisse: The Band Wagon

 

Fred Astaire: The Band Wagon

 

Judy Garland: A Star is Born

 

Bing Crosby: High Society

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I'll list my favorites of my first batch of favorite performers:

 

Errol Flynn, "James J. Corbett", Gentleman Jim. (He was great in 'Robin Hood,' but I think he is so fantastic in this role and personality-wise, this role fits him to a T). 

 

Gene Kelly, "Don Lockwood," Singin' in the Rain.  Though I love him as "Jerry Mulligan" in An American in Paris too.

 

Fred Astaire, "Don Hewes," Easter Parade.

 

William Powell, "Nick Charles," The Thin Man

 

Myrna Loy, "Nora Charles," The Thin Man

 

Cary Grant, "John Robie," To Catch a Thief

 

Humphrey Bogart, "Vincent Parry," Dark Passage

 

Rita Hayworth, "Gilda Mundson," Gilda

 

Marilyn Monroe, "Sugar Kane," Some Like it Hot

 

Lucille Ball, "Annabel Alison," The Affairs of Annabel & Annabel Takes a Tour

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Any Whit Bissell fans out there?

Granted he may not have had many big roles but Whit was just on TCM in "The Caine Mutiny" and a few months ago in "Seven Days in May" and before that in "The Magnificent Seven" but my favorite was "Creature from the Black Lagoon".

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Clark Gable: Too Hot To Handle

 

Tyrone Power: Lloyd's of London

 

Mary Astor: Dodsworth

 

 

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Leslie Howard - The Petrified Forest

Bette Davis - The Letter

Humphrey Bogart - In A Lonely Place 

Olivia De Havilland - The Heiress

Cary Grant - His Girl Friday

Barbara Stanwyck - Ball of Fire

Robert Mitchum -  Night of the Hunter

Jean Arthur - Devil and Miss Jones

William Powell - My Man Godfrey

Carole Lombard - Hands Across the Table

James Cagney - Torrid Zone  

Audrey Hepburn - Sabrina

Cary Cooper - Mr. Deeds Comes to Town

Kate Hepburn - African Queen

 

 

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Off the top of my head:

 

Humphrey Bogart: The Caine Mutiny (Bogart does a great job of playing someone slowly losing his mind)

Joan Crawford: Sudden Fear (I'm not a big Crawford fan, but she really pulls me in here, drawing me into the drama)

Gary Cooper: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (I'm not a fan of Gary Cooper, period.  But I like him in this and he actually shows range here.  In the scenes where he is despondent he really touches my heart)

Bette Davis: All About Eve (hers was hard to choose.  This was such a great film, how could I not vote for it?  Stellar writing....)

George Sanders: All About Eve (see above!)

Leslie Howard: It's Love I'm After (makes me laugh)

Spencer Tracy: Desk Set (he plays a really charming character here.  Not a 5-star film, but I like his role in it)

Jean Arthur: The More the Merrier (Jean is a lovable neurotic)

Peter Sellers: The Party (a laugh riot)

Robert Mitchum: Night of the Hunter (so far, in my mind, his best role)

Gene Tierney: Leave Her to Heaven (same reason as above)

Carole Lombard: True Confession (love her screwball, wide-eyed innocence in this one, as she causes trouble for everyone else.  Love the mannerism of her rolling her tongue inside her cheek, raising her eyebrows, looking a bit like a cartoon, as she is thinking/plotting)

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