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Favorite actor/actress?

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I did a search and, to my surprise, didn't find a topic on this subject. So, who will you lay down your money to see in a theatre, on a download or make time to watch on your favorite movie channel everytime just because he or she are in the movie?

For me, I enjoy actors who have diverse roles and who pick interesting scripts. So, for my money and time, I will watch a movie if Brad Pitt is in it. He has many different roles that he has played, with many different looks and there haven't been many bad scripts that I have seen him involved in. I have not seen all of his movies, but what I have seen, I generally enjoy. "Kalifornia", "Troy", "A River Runs Through It", "The Devil's Own" and "Inglourious Basterds" come to mind, but I know I am leaving out a bunch of great roles.

So who is your favorite and why?

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Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep. I think both are just great actors regardless of role.

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I like how diverse DeNiro has become. Doing comedies has added a different dimension. Good picks, everyone!

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Colin Firth, Harrison Ford, George Clooney and Will Smith; Emma Thompson and Reese Witherspoon.

I gravitate more to comedies/adventures; less so to dramas.

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These are roughly my Top 60 Actors and Actresses...from the classics to contemporary times. The order is not in preference, with the exception of the first name listed, i.e., Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are my absolute #1 favourites and I will go see any of their movies at the drop of a hat...or stop the channel if I come across one of their films channel-surfing.

Men: Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, James Mason, John Wayne, William Powell, James Cagney, Jean Gabin, Clark Gable, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peter Lorre, Dan Duryea, Robert Ryan, Richard Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, William Holden, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Peter O'Toole, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Malcom McDowell, Albert Finney, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Warren Oates, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Woody Allen, Daniel Auteuil, Alan Rickman, Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Bruce Lee, John Cusack, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Clive Owen, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Don Cheadle, Steve Buscemi, Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale.

Women: Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Louise Brooks, Lillian Gish, Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Irene Dunne, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Jane Greer, Gloria Grahame, Ida Lupino, Pamela Brown, Ann Savage, Audrey Totter, Lizabeth Scott, Gene Tierney, Peggy Cummins, Grace Kelly, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Anouk Aimée, Anna Karina, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Andersson, Liv Ulman, Hanna Schygulla, Julie Andrews, Diane Keaton, Diana Rigg, Madeline Kahn, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Emmanuelle Béart, Maggie Cheung, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, Gong Li, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Catherine Keener, Penélope Cruz, Amy Adams, Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Hi all,

Walter!Bro,good thread.I would suggest 3 categories? If I may :unsure:

Old school,before your time.

Middle school,as you were growing up and up,... ;)

New school,today's actors.

Da? :D

KB

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Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep. I think both are just great actors regardless of role.

My choices exactly...although I think DeNiro has been phoning it in lately with the movies he's chosen (the Little Fockers...etc)

Streep is just incredible...I've been hooked on her ever since The French Lieutenant's Woman.

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These are roughly my Top 60 Actors and Actresses...from the classics to contemporary times. The order is not in preference, with the exception of the first name listed, i.e., Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are my absolute #1 favourites and I will go see any of their movies at the drop of a hat...or stop the channel if I come across one of their films channel-surfing.

Men: Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, James Mason, John Wayne, William Powell, James Cagney, Jean Gabin, Clark Gable, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peter Lorre, Dan Duryea, Robert Ryan, Richard Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, William Holden, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Peter O'Toole, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Malcom McDowell, Albert Finney, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Warren Oates, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Woody Allen, Daniel Auteuil, Alan Rickman, Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, John Cusack, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Clive Owen, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Don Cheadle, Steve Buscemi, Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale.

Women: Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Louise Brooks, Lillian Gish, Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Irene Dunne, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Jane Greer, Gloria Grahame, Ida Lupino, Pamela Brown, Ann Savage, Audrey Totter, Lizabeth Scott, Gene Tierney, Peggy Cummins, Grace Kelly, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Anouk Aimée, Anna Karina, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Andersson, Liv Ulman, Hanna Schygulla, Julie Andrews, Diane Keaton, Diana Rigg, Madeline Kahn, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Emmanuelle Béart, Maggie Cheung, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, Gong Li, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Catherine Keener, Penélope Cruz, Amy Adams, Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Can't argue much with that list, but I would also add: Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Edward G. Robinson, John Hodiak, Van Johnson, Van Heflin. :)

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Can't argue much with that list, but I would also add: Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Edward G. Robinson, John Hodiak, Van Johnson, Van Heflin. :)

B)

Yeah, I could have easily made it a top 100 list, but...well, gotta draw the line somewhere, haha.

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MEN: Al Pacino, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Geoffrey Rush

WOMEN: Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Emma Thompson

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Clint Eastwood is pretty much one of my all-time favorites.

For a long time, my simple rule was any movie that Gene Hackman was in was gonna be a good movie.

Nowadays, I feel the same way about Denzell Washington.

I love pretty much anything Will Smith is in (and I can add the qualifier that I've never seen Wild, Wild West).

(And yes, you can extrapolate the above information and discover that Enemy Of The State with Will Smith and Gene Hackman is one of my favorite movies).

I like most of Tom Hanks' movies, and I love Forrest Gump.

Tommy Lee Jones is up there with me, also.

I don't know if it makes me sexist (or gay? lulz), but I can't really think of any actresses that make me want to go see a movie.

I like Sandra Bullock a lot.

And Meryl Streep is good in what I've seen her in.

I like Halle Berry, Rosario Dawson, Roselyn Sanchez, Zoe Saldana, and many others, but mostly because they're hot.

Good thread, though.

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These are roughly my Top 60 Actors and Actresses...from the classics to contemporary times. The order is not in preference, with the exception of the first name listed, i.e., Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are my absolute #1 favourites and I will go see any of their movies at the drop of a hat...or stop the channel if I come across one of their films channel-surfing.

Men: Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, James Mason, John Wayne, William Powell, James Cagney, Jean Gabin, Clark Gable, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peter Lorre, Dan Duryea, Robert Ryan, Richard Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, William Holden, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Peter O'Toole, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Malcom McDowell, Albert Finney, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Warren Oates, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Woody Allen, Daniel Auteuil, Alan Rickman, Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Bruce Lee, John Cusack, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Clive Owen, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Don Cheadle, Steve Buscemi, Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale.

Women: Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Louise Brooks, Lillian Gish, Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple, Irene Dunne, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Jane Greer, Gloria Grahame, Ida Lupino, Pamela Brown, Ann Savage, Audrey Totter, Lizabeth Scott, Gene Tierney, Peggy Cummins, Grace Kelly, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Anouk Aimée, Anna Karina, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Andersson, Liv Ulman, Hanna Schygulla, Julie Andrews, Diane Keaton, Diana Rigg, Madeline Kahn, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Emmanuelle Béart, Maggie Cheung, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, Gong Li, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Catherine Keener, Penélope Cruz, Amy Adams, Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Now you sir have excellant taste and have given due respect to actors and actress's of years long ago. They were great actors in the old days. Did not rely on technology to make a film succesfull. I love your list. Many on it are certainly on mine. I just made mine short but yours is perfect.

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Gary Oldman

Al Pacino

Robert De Niro

Marlon Brando

Peter O'Toole

Michael Caine

John Hurt

Laurence Olivier

Richard Burton

Humphrey Bogart

Christopher Lee

Anthony Hopkins

Sean Connery

Rowan Atkinson

David Jason

Mel Gibson

Bruce Willis

Daniel Day-Lewis

Malcolm McDowell

Ian McKellen

Ian Holm

Jean Reno

Clint Eastwood

Christian Bale

Johnny Depp

Ewan McGregor

Edward Norton

Samuel L. Jackson

Morgan Freeman

Sean Penn

Vivien Leigh

Ingrid Bergman

Audrey Hepburn

Kate Beckinsale

Keira Knightley

Katharine Hepburn

Vanessa Redgrave

Kate Winslet

Meryl Streep

Grace Kelly

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Gary Oldman

Al Pacino

Robert De Niro

Marlon Brando

Peter O'Toole

Michael Caine

John Hurt

Laurence Olivier

Richard Burton

Humphrey Bogart

Christopher Lee

Anthony Hopkins

Sean Connery

Rowan Atkinson

David Jason

Mel Gibson

Bruce Willis

Daniel Day-Lewis

Malcolm McDowell

Ian McKellen

Ian Holm

Jean Reno

Clint Eastwood

Christian Bale

Johnny Depp

Ewan McGregor

Edward Norton

Samuel L. Jackson

Morgan Freeman

Sean Penn

Vivien Leigh

Ingrid Bergman

Audrey Hepburn

Kate Beckinsale

Keira Knightley

Katharine Hepburn

Vanessa Redgrave

Kate Winslet

Meryl Streep

Grace Kelly

A good list but would have to add Jimmy Stewart and Errol Flynn for sure.

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I think Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington are brilliant actors

Two that don't seem to have been mentioned are Robert Redford and Marsha Mason

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Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. I will watch anything the two of them are in, even if it's a 30-second commercial for Tampax.

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Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. I will watch anything the two of them are in, even if it's a 30-second commercial for Tampax.

I still cant believe Kate showed it all in that movie "holy Smoke> Very strange film. I believe her first film after Titanic. Depp was good in Donnie Brasco.

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Now you sir have excellant taste and have given due respect to actors and actress's of years long ago. They were great actors in the old days. Did not rely on technology to make a film succesfull. I love your list. Many on it are certainly on mine. I just made mine short but yours is perfect.

Rudolph Valentino

He was great in the silent 'Blood And Sand'

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I could say something really intellectual like my favorite actor/actress' are folks like: Valentino, Barrymore, Garbo and Bergman from the "Golden Age of Hollywood", but I won't. Because for one, most of you younger whipper snappers wouldn't even know who I was talking about; and the rest would just be looking for a chance to talk about their favorite heart throbs like: Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway or that confounded Adam Sandler train-wreck of an actor, which I still don't get.

So I'm just going to say my favorite actor and actress' are John Candy and Raquel Welch...

Because in the end of you aren't making me laugh out loud for some goofball clownery that I am willing to watch over and over again... or I'm not dreaming about your boobs for the last 50 years; then you're just wasting my movie going time.

Cheers,

Mr. Hamilton

Not that many here that know much about Greta Garbo. When you mention Barrymore they probably think you mean Drew and not her grandfather Lionel.

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as far as actors go, patrick swayze (rest in peace) he was amazing in dirty dancing, roadhouse, and ghost. as for actresses, i'd go with queen laitifah, i enjoyed her work in beauty shop and last holiday

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or that confounded Adam Sandler train-wreck of an actor, which I still don't get.

I think Adam Sandler was great in 'Punch Drunk Love' and 'Reign Over Me'

He can be a great actor in serious roles but he seems to want to milk any stupid comedy script mainly just to make money for the movie company, quality be damned.

:^(

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