Top 50 Actors

Favourite thespians?

I’ve had a few.

Maybe a few too many.

Stripping it down to a list of just fifty was no easy thing.

Here you’ll find old school, real old school and not too many new school. Unless of course you count Leonardo DiCaprio as new school, which I doubt few people do.

Notable omissions from this list include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pamela Anderson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and The Hoff (David Hasselhoff). Okay, joking about the last three.

Actors share parts of themselves and the human condition that most of us, most of the time, try to keep hidden. The ones gathered here all manage to lay bare that emotional nakedness while at the same time being captivating and likeable. The innate talent for performing and entertaining shows itself in the way each of these actors move, deliver lines of dialogue and simply just their on-screen presence.

It’s said a good actor can read the phonebook (when we used to have phonebooks) and still hold an audience. That’s how I feel about each of the individuals on this list.

Now with a single wave of my hand and the command “abra-capocus!”, the time has come to hitch your wagon for the next few minutes to the most star-studded show in town and enjoy this chauffeur-driven, chrome-plated ride in all its glory.

Let the star-athon begin!

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1944 –

2

1937 –

3

1940 –

4

1943 –

5

1921 – 2003

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1946 –        An added entry means I should rename this list AREA 51?

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1930 –

7

1949 –   

8

1937 –

9

1925 –

10

1921 – 2004

11

1964 -1997

12

1918 – 1981

13

1951 –

14

1930 –

15

1925 – 2001

16

1927 – 2004

17

1926 –

18

1950 – 1994

19

1930 –

20

1952 – 2009

21

1923 – 2008

22

1963 –

23

1933 –

24

1915 – 1998

 

25 a

1974 –

26

1949 –

27

1916 –  (Yes, ol’ Sparticus is still with us!)

28

1925 – 2010

29

1923 – 2012

30

1930 – 1980

31

1899 – 1957

32

1949 –

33

1917 – 1997

34

1927 –

35

1925 – 1984

36

1963 –

37

1940 –

38

1936 –

39

1935 – 1991

40

1956 –

41

1903 – 2003

42

1966 –

43

1908 – 1997

44

1932 – 1992

45

1948 –

46

1950 –

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1928 -1998

48

1913 – 1988

49

1951 –

 

50

1961 –

Honourable Mentions

A. Elvis Presley    B. Michael Yorke    C. Don Knotts     D. Barbara Stanwyck    E. Christopher Lee   F. James Coburn     G. Lea Thompson

 

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