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 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Folks, do you have a actor or actress that you like better then anyone else and if you don't do you have a top 5?

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The only acceptable reply to this thread is "Harrison Ford."

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 7:19 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Oh man, this is going to be hard. I love several so much. But I will give it some thought to narrow it to 5.

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

While my friend I don't know who is the best actor but I can name some terrible actors , ROBERT REDFORD, actress MADONNA, etc etc

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

I tried to boil it down to actors that no matter the title, I will always rent the film to see what they did in it.

In no particular order, but Ernest would probably come in number 1 for me anyway:

1. Ernest Borgnine
2. Tim Thomerson
3. Lance Henriksen
4. James Garner
5. Jeffrey Combs

New additions:

6. James Spader
7. Maury Chaykin

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)


 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Favorite Actors

Jimmy Stewart
Van Heflin
Kurt Russell
Claude Rains
Dirk Bogarde

Honorable mention: John Wayne

Favorite Actresses

Anne Bancroft
Rosalind Russell
Olivia De Havilland
Elizabeth Montgomey
Patty Duke

Honorable mention: Julie Andrews

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

The only acceptable reply to this thread is "Harrison Ford."


In my case, though, that would be true. Harrison Ford has always been my favorite. Even when a film has been mediocre (Random Hearts, for example), I've enjoyed watching him. And I think part of the reason is that, despite becoming one of the biggest movie stars in the world, there was never anything pretentious or uppity about him. He was a huge star, but always felt like he could have been, say, your dad or an uncle or the guy next door. A real Everyman quality, which I think is missing from a lot of newer stars these days. And that just appeals to me.

Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner would round out my Top 3, for much of the same reasons.

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

As it happens, I DO have a Top 5:

1. Jack Nicholson (seen all his films except one obscure one from the 60's)
2. Anthony Hopkins
3. Ian Holm
4. Gary Oldman
5. Jeff Goldblum

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)


In no particular order...

Michael Caine
Gene Hackman
Jack Nicholson
John Wayne
Oliver Reed
Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Al Pacino
Anthony Hopkins
Clint Eastwood
Arnold Scwarzenegger
Sylvester Stallone

...and so sooooooooo many more. ( I can't narrow it to a top 5 )

p.s. I'm glad you put the emphasis on favourite rather than good actors. wink

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 2:45 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

My favourite is Kevin Costner. I like his acting style and how he likes his films to be made. I'm pretty sure I have all his films on DVD. My favourite performances are 'Wyatt Earp' and 'Dances With Wolves'.

My second favourite is Gene Wilder, I have all his films as well.

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Not in any particular order

Bill Murray
Bruce Willis
Christopher Walken
Donald Sutherland
Dustin Diamond
Dustin Hoffman
George C. Scott
Harrison Ford (seriously)
Jeff Bridges
Kevin Costner
Max Von Sydow
Morgan Freeman
Richard Gere
Robert Englund
Sylvester Stallone


Heather Langenkamp
Kathy Bates
Naomi Watts
Paris Hilton
Sigourney Weaver
Zelda Rubinstein

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Claude Rains

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Richard Basehart.

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Peter O'Toole, maybe.

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Mr. Ed, no Mr. Bill, wait not sure.

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

The much-maligned Harrison Ford.

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Mr. Ed, no Mr. Bill, wait not sure.

Oh nooooo!

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Rod Steiger
Fredric March
Jack Nicholson
Clint Eastwood
David Warner

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Do people think that generally, favourite actors/actresses changes massively during our own lifetimes?

Composer favourites maybe less so, but actors and actresses I liked as a youth, in many cases I cannot stand now and cant see why I so idolised them.

For instance in the 60s, in my eyes, after the Dollars films and Where Eagles Dare, Eastwood could do no wrong. However, one disappointing crud film after another throughout the 70s and 80s and 90s has put him in the category - as far as Im concerned - as wasted massive potential. He was what he was, but he threw it away spending 30 years using his clout with the studio to show he could be something different - he seemed to put in a nominal amount of energy churning out cheap-rate blockbusters because he was so popular he could bring out any crap, and then put all of his energy producing and directing forgettable but slightly more arty garbage to change his image. Yet I imagine a world where Eastwood did another three decent Italian westerns with Leone and Morricone and a follow-up to Josey Wales (there was a book, btw). And a few more better-scripted Dirty Harry films in the 70s than the total bollox that we did evetually get - you know, it shouldve been more gritty Magnum Force than the bomb in a silly remote controlled toy car in Dead Pool!! All I'm saying is for years he was my favourite actor for his work in Italy but I cant seriously put hand on heart and say hes my favourite actor now. It almost insults the Joe Pesci's and the George C Scott's of this world if I did.

As time has gone on, like Storyteller, I have much more appreciation for people like Ernest Borgnine. And Eli Wallach, who, I realised often stole films with quite comparatively minor roles.

There are always the usual suspects like Pacino and De Niro, Caine, and serious big guns like Laurence Olivier, but its so hard to nail down just one. And it seems pointless listing 20 men and 20 women whose work has entertained me most over the years.

sorry its long but Im struggling to name a favourite.

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