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Three Greatest Actors in History

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I love, love, love Joseph Cotten. It's a crime that man did not win an Oscar. More proof that those awards mean very little.

 

Top three would be:

Joseph Cotten

Jimmy Stewart

John Wayne

 

(but Anthony Perkins and Claude Rains are also so very good)

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> {quote:title=HerrZorro wrote:}{quote}

> I love, love, love Joseph Cotten. It's a crime that man did not win an Oscar. More proof that those awards mean very little.

>

> Top three would be:

> Joseph Cotten

> Jimmy Stewart

> John Wayne

>

> (but Anthony Perkins and Claude Rains are also so very good)

 

Joseph Cotten is on my list of most underrated of all time and I want him to be Star of the Month!!!

 

But as far as this topic is concerned, Cagney, Bogart and Stanwyck are mine - but I have quite a few favs but these 3.....I just love them.

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> {quote:title=LoveFilmNoir wrote:}{quote}

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> Joseph Cotten is on my list of most underrated of all time and I want him to be Star of the Month!!!

>

>

 

This is a wonderful idea! Though I would very quickly use up all my dvr memory!

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He was SOTM in December of 2008. I wouldn't mind him again, but unfortunately it will be a while before he's SOTM again. :(

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Just got finished watching one of them....Jack Nicholson....OFOTCN just makes me see the Jack before my generation...him at his finest in the 70's hayday....wonderful....oh and one of the best all time lines in a movie....the dr ask "any more questions?" and Jack says "yeh, where do u suppose she lives?" holding the porno playing card....priceless!....

 

Edited by: emilyvinnilli on May 19, 2010 12:27 AM

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> {quote:title=audreyforever wrote:}{quote}

> He was SOTM in December of 2008. I wouldn't mind him again, but unfortunately it will be a while before he's SOTM again. :(

 

You are right, he was! (I forgot who was the one speaking in the interview they show for the star of the month in between movies back then - was it Patricia Medina? Anyway, I remember I did quite a bit of traveling that month and so I missed some movies/commentary)

 

I just love so many of his films...even if he is just a bit player (Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Money Trap and Soylent Green) or films that are considered "rare" today (Half Angel with Loretta Young). He just seems to have something indescribable in his presence in films be it as a villain or family man. I am trying to find his out of print autobiography. From what I have read about him, he was easy to work with on screen and get along with off. He also never divorced (nor had any children of his own I believe). His first wife died, and then he married Patricia Medina up until his death. Joe Cotten: great actor, great guy.

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Wow, this is a hard one to narrow down to just 3 because there are so many great classic actors so I'm making 2 lists--one for women and one for men.

 

Men: James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson and Fredric March

 

Women: Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Olivia de Havilland

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i believe the answer was for actors only, so here are my 3

 

Spencer Tracey

 

Bogart

 

James Stewart

 

 

if you insist on the gals

 

Garbo

 

Crawford

 

Stanwyck

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actresses:

 

Ingrid Bergman

Bette Davis

Katharine Hepburn

 

actors:

 

Cary Grant

Humphrey Bogart

Henry Fonda

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I can't judge in all of history (which would probably include Eleanora Duse and Sarah Bernhardt), but I think the greatest actors of the 20th Century would be:

 

1. Laurence Olivier

2. Ralph Richardson

3. John Gielgud

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Note that the term 'actor' isn't gender specific but notes a profession. When TCM list the stars they use the term actor for both genders, just like they us the term director.

 

The term actress is useful when it comes to awards like the oscar: Best Actor or Best Actress instead of Best Actor - Male, Best Actor - Female.

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Laurence Olivier -- he deserves his reputation, and more.

 

Marlon Brando -- when he wasn't phoning it in, he was brilliant.

 

Peter Sellers -- the only comic actor whom I'd describe as a genius.

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Miss Stanwyck easily tops my list of screen actors.

 

Barbara Stanwyck

Alec Guinness

Lawrence Olivier

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I picked these folks for sheer versitility--able to do both comedy and drama and be convincing, etc...

 

For the guys:

 

James Cagney

Jack Lemmon

Spencer Tracy or Henry Fonda

from today: Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr

 

For the women:

Barbara Stanwyck

Hattie McDaniels

Katharine Hepburn (at least until she started constantly playing herself in TV movies) or Olivia deHavilland

from today: Helena Bohnam Carter and Cate Blanchett

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Actors: James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando.

 

Actresses: Betty Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Lana Turner.

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For Lana what movies do you feel her acting was at the same level as Davis or Stanwyck (two choices I agree with).

 

To me early Lana was only ok as an actress (but she was the best looking blond on film), and while she did have some nice roles later in her career many of these were too much soap for my taste (but for some reason I don't feel the same way about the Davis soap because these were done in the 40s and in BW.

 

Just curious.

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Two on my list would be Anne Bancroft and Maggie Smith. Both could do it all and are riveting to watch in any role.

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Virtually impossible to answer, especially if you are including both men and women. However, Anne Bancroft would top my list.

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