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by wabuckner created on Jun 26, 2014 (a list of 34 people )
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My favorite actors
1. Gary Cooper
Frank James “Gary” Cooper (May 7, 1901 - May 13, 1961) was an American film actor. He was renowned for his quiet, understated acting style and his stoic, individualistic, emotionally restrained, but at times intense screen persona, which was particularly well suited to the many Westerns he made.... read more...
2. Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 - January 20, 1990) was an American actress. A film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong screen presence, and a favorite of directors including Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang and Frank Capra. After... read more...
3. Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 - January 14, 1957) was an American actor. He is widely regarded as a cultural icon. The American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema.After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a r... read more...
4. James Cagney
James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 - March 30, 1986) was an American actor, first on stage, then in film, where he had his greatest impact. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances, he is best remembered for playing "tough guys." In 1999, the American Fi... read more...
5. Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; Yiddish: עמנואל גאָלדנבערג; December 12, 1893 - January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-born American actor. Although he played a wide range of characters, he is best remembered for his roles as a gangster, most notably as Rico in his star-m... read more...
6. Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne (December 20, 1898 - September 4, 1990) was an American film actress and singer of the 1930s and 1940s. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her performances in Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939) an... read more...
7. George Raft
George Raft (September 26, 1901 - November 24, 1980) was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas (mob films) of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today George Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in Billy Wild... read more...
8. Clark Gable
William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 - November 16, 1960), known as Clark Gable, was an American film actor most famous for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the Wind, in which he starred with Vivien Leigh. His performance earned him his third nomination for the Aca... read more...
9. Van Heflin
Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin, Jr. (December 13, 1910 - July 23, 1971) was an American film and theatre actor. He played mostly character parts over the course of his film career, but during the 1940s had a string of roles as a leading man. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his perfo... read more...
10. Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920 - July 1, 2000) was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach Buttermaker in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. He won an Academy Award f... read more...
11. Jack Lemmon
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 - June 27, 2001) was an American actor and musician. He starred in more than 60 films including Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Mister Roberts (for which he won the 1955 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award), Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, Irma... read more...
12. John Barrymore
John Sidney Blyth (February 15, 1882 - May 29, 1942), better known as John Barrymore, was an acclaimed American actor. He first gained fame as a handsome stage actor in light comedy, then high drama and culminating in groundbreaking portrayals in Shakespearean plays Hamlet and Richard III. His succe... read more...
13. Joe E. Brown
Joseph Evans Brown (July 28, 1891 - July 6, 1973) was an American actor and comedian, remembered for his amiable screen persona, comic timing, and enormous smile. In 1902 at the age of nine, he joined a troupe of circus tumblers known as the Five Marvelous Ashtons which toured the country on both th... read more...
14. Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark (December 26, 1914 - March 24, 2008) was an American actor of films, stage, radio and television.He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death. Early in his career Widmark specialized in similar villainous or anti... read more...
15. Jack Benny
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 - December 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, and actor for radio, television, and film. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of the comic penny-pinching miser, in... read more...
16. Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 - June 12, 2003) was an American actor.One of 20th Century Fox's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play important roles well into the 1980s. His notable performances include that of Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mocki... read more...
17. Spencer Tracy
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 - June 10, 1967) was an American theatrical and film actor, who appeared in 75 films from 1930 to 1967. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Tracy ninth among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. He was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor ... read more...
18. Edward Arnold
Edward Arnold (February 18, 1890 — April 26, 1956) was an American actor. He was born on the Lower East Side of New York City as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider, the son of German immigrants Carl Schneider and Elizabeth Ohse.Interested in acting since his youth (he made his first stage appearance ... read more...
19. Cary Grant
Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 - November 29, 1986), better known by his stage name Cary Grant, was an English actor who later took U.S. citizenship. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and "dashing good looks", Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood's definitive... read more...
20. Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore (April 28, 1878 - November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931). He is well known for the role of the villainous Henry Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful... read more...
21. Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 - December 14, 1993) was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, her career prospects improved foll... read more...
22. Groucho Marx
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (October 2, 1890 - August 19, 1977) was an American comedian and film star famed as a master of wit. His rapid-fire delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers. He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He ... read more...
23. Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford (March 23, 1905 - May 10, 1977), born Lucille Fay LeSueur, was an American actress in film, television and theatre.Starting as a dancer in travelling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initi... read more...
24. Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder (22 June 1906 - 27 March 2002) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wild... read more...
25. Otto Preminger
Otto Ludwig Preminger (5 December 1905 - 23 April 1986) was an Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director.After moving from the theatre to Hollywood, he directed over 35 feature films in a five-decade career. He rose to prominence for stylish film noir mysteries such as Laura (1944) an... read more...
26. Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 - April 23, 1990) was an American film and theatre actress. A former child fashion model and in several Broadway productions as Ziegfeld Girl, she was a major star of the Paramount Studio in the 1940s. She was married to several notable men, including Charlie Chaplin, ... read more...
27. Paul Henreid
Paul Henreid (born Paul Georg Julius Hernreid Ritter von Wassel-Waldingau; 10 January 1908 - 29 March 1992) was an Austrian actor and film director. Henreid's best remembered role is as Victor Laszlo in Casablanca (1942).Born in Trieste, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Henreid wa... read more...
28. Lana Turner
Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 - June 29, 1995) was an American actress.Discovered and signed to a film contract by MGM at the age of sixteen, Turner first attracted attention in They Won't Forget (1937). She played featured roles, often as the ingenue, in such films as Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). ... read more...
29. ZaSu Pitts
ZaSu Pitts ( /ˈseɪzuː ˈpɪts/; January 3, 1894- June 7, 1963) was an American actress who starred in many silent dramas and comedies, although later, her career digressed to comedy sound films. She overcame her looks and voice, which had served her in silent films to play dramatic roles, us... read more...
30. Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff (23 November 1887 - 2 February 1969), whose real name was William Henry Pratt, was an English actor.Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939).... read more...
31. Kay Francis
Kay Francis (January 13, 1905 - August 26, 1968) was an American stage and film actress. After a brief period on Broadway in the late 1920s, she moved to film and achieved her greatest success between 1930 and 1936, when she was the number one female star at the Warner Brothers studio, and the ... read more...
32. Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien (November 11, 1899 - October 15, 1983) was an American film actor with more than one hundred screen credits.O'Brien was born William Joseph Patrick O'Brien to an Irish-American Catholic family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as an altar boy at Gesu Church while growing up near 13th an... read more...
33. Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien (September 10, 1915 - May 9, 1985) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A. (1950) and his Oscar winning role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954). His many memorable films included The Killers, White Heat, The Man Who Shot Libe... read more...
34. Brian Donlevy
Brian Donlevy (February 9, 1901 - April 5, 1972) was an Ulster-born American film actor, noted for playing tough guys from the 1930s to the 1960s. He usually appeared in supporting roles. Among his best known films are Beau Geste (1939) and The Great McGinty (1940). For his role as Sergeant Markoff ... read more...