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02-19-2002, 12:34 AM
I thought this might be a nice topic relating to the oscars thread.

Who are some of your favorite actors and why?

Mine are:

1. Johnny Depp - By far the greatest actor in Hollywood today. He chooses to do films that he likes and doesn't sell out to make a living. Almost every movie he is in is amazing IMO(Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, From Hell, Ed Wood, etc..).

2. Mel Gibson - Mel has really great movies and takes on some amazing roles. Braveheart, The Man Without a Face, The Patriot, Payback, Lethal Weapon series, What Women Want, all great movies IMO.

3. Guy Pearce - He has really grown on me lately. Great in everything I have seen him in and Memento was amazing as well as The Count of Monte Cristo. Can't wait to see the Time Machine.

4. Kevin Spacey - An all around great actor. Seven, American Beauty, Pay It Forward, Usual Suspects, etc... he is amazing.

5. Tom Hanks - Always a great actor to watch. Big, Splash, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Castaway.

Those are my top five anyway. If I can think of any more, I'll post them. Who's yours?

02-19-2002, 01:18 AM
1. Harrison Ford: nuff said
2. Robert DeNiro. Goodfellas, Casino, Godfather2, Taxi Driver, Heat!! He also looks exactly like my Dad
3.Bruce Campbell, I will watch anything he's in with the exception of McHale's navy
4.Jason Lee: I grew up watching him skateboard, so he fascinates me still
5.Vincent Price, The master of horror, among other things
6.Boris karloff: He was Frankenstein for god's sake

there are more but I am tired.

02-19-2002, 01:19 AM
I agree. Nice choices.

02-19-2002, 01:50 AM
My favorite actor is Harrison Ford. I also like Tom Hanks and Patrick Stewart.

Emperor Howdy
02-19-2002, 02:16 AM
Jack Nicholson and Robert DeNiro....who else is there?


02-19-2002, 12:22 PM
Are we talking living or dead or just all time? If it's all time then I choose Cary Grant as the all time greatest ever living actor. Closely followed by Gregory peck. I add people like John Wayne as an honorary because he wasn't a great actor but the best of performers, never a crap film with the Duke. Ray milland is a great actor with some seriously fantastic performances under his belt. Peter Ustinov has turned in some classic turns, peter Sellers shone like a diamond. James Stewart, Lon Chaney Jr. Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Too many to list but the old actors are just too good to ignore. These new 'Hollywooden' actors are nothing but belly fluff in comparison. I rarely watch modern movies and regularly tune in to watch old BW movies. Nothing matches them, not even Star Wars. Although Star Wars has the spunk and character that the old swashbuckler movies had and plenty of suspense to hold the attention. These new movies and actors are just so much style and nothing else, no depth to any of them. You kids will probably disagree because you aren't old enough to have seen that many decent movies from the golden age. All you care about is how pretty somone looks and how well they wear a gun and jump around in the sack with some silicon enhanced bimbo. Go rent some old BW movies and see what real acting and movie making is all about. No effects and no huge budgets just good old fashioned storytelling telling, fine camera work and excellent acting. :)

02-19-2002, 02:28 PM
Wow. I was talking about living actors, but now that we're on the subject, I love older movies. I try to watch TMC and AMC as much as I can. One of my favorite actors is Gene Kelly. I literally have every single movie of his on VHS and am starting to collect his DVD's, although there aren't that many out right now. I love watching his movies because he has so much style. Fred Astaire has always been a favorite of mine as well. Judy Garland movies were always fun to watch (before she got TOO out of control), plus I love watching the Universal Horror classics. Sure they may have been in Black & White, but the films were amazing. I love how you could tell they were filmed in a sound studio and that the sets were fake. The acting is what made these films great to watch. A great new B & W film from 1995 is Ed Wood with Johnny Depp. See it if you haven't, it is amazing. More movies should be fimled in B & W. Plus the grainy feel to the movie and spots that pop up on the screen just add to it. Movies today are TOO perfect and TOO realistic. That is why I love older films. Other greats Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, James Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Alec Guiness, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Ann Miller (Boy could she dance) Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds, etc......

I love all these films and people and I am only 25. It doesn't hurt to appreciate the classics. Age has nothing to do with it. A love for movies does.

02-19-2002, 03:08 PM
Shelley Winters
Katherine Hepburn
Lauren Bacall
Vivien leigh
Spencer Tracey
peter Lorre
Kirk Douglas

I just thought of those as I was reading the last post. All people who kept me enthralled when I was watching movies as a kid.
True you don'r have to have anything other than a love of movies. but these modern movies lack substance. All the gloss and effects detract from the acting which doesn't seem to matter anymore. When you have models starring in movies and popstars getting movie deals and they obviously have the talent of a tree. It makes you think twice about shelling out a few bucks to go and sit for two hours twitching and cringing every time they open their mouths and sound so unconvincing. There's a few modern actors who can do the job but it's mostly about the stars and the kudos of having those stars in the product more than what actualtalent they bring to a role. I find Kevin Spaceyto be a pleasing actor but even he is stretched to pull more than one performance style out of the bag. All the modern actors tend to just play themselves and that isn't acting. maybe that's it, maybe it's a style thing. my tastes are for a more stagey acting style without the insane realism half these movies have. but realism is for documentaries, i want to be entertained not treated to tewo hours of F-ing and blinding and nudity and extreme violence and a barrage of visual effects that leave me feeling numb and with a banging headache from the wild spinning camera work. Computer generated filming styles turn movies into arcade games and the acting gets left behind. The Phantom menace had the worst kind of stilted wooden acting and sufferd at the hands of the effects. The effects were the star. I don't remember feeling that when i watched the original Star Wars all those years ago when the effects were there to supplement the acting. Even if the acting was not the best it was still better. They used real sets back then and grounded the performances. The new bluescreen world of film makingseems to leave actors at a loss for something to hold onto. And that's sad. It means they give a leser performance and don't achieve their best, and it means we as audience members suffer from what looks to be lazy and sloppy acting. The whole movie world has gone mad with 'keeping up with the Jones's' syndrome. Maybe it's time for movies to go back to being more intimate and small affairs. movies like FARGO are a joy to watch because they hold you in a tiny little bubble of a world that is believable because of the stirling job the actors do. I'll get off my soapbox now and hand you back to the point of the thread.....:happy:

02-19-2002, 03:52 PM
ConvegeDW, are you sure we're not the same person?

My pics are:

Harrison Ford, incredible actor, have yet to see a movie with him I didn't like

Robert DeNiro, one of the greatest actors ever, his new comedy stuff is really excellent as well (except Rocky and Bullwinkle)

Bruce Campbell, coolest guy on the planet, I paid $8 to see the Majestic just to see him, McHale's Navy wasn't that bad...

Jason Lee, another situation like BC, real cool guy, doesn't do a lot of movies, so I try to catch everything he's in, ever since Mallrats, he's been one of my faves

Bruce Willis, Im a fan of Bruce Willis, and like 90% of the movies he's made, Die Hard is still one of my all time favorite films, and 6th sense and Unbreakable are incredible

Mel Gibson; real good all around actor, ever since Mad Max, I've been a fan

02-19-2002, 04:09 PM
Favorite Actors:
Mel Gibson. How could you not like the guy who did Mad Max, the Lethal Weapon movies, Braveheart, the Patriot, etc.
Ransom is also a great movie.

Sean Connery. The original James Bond. I guess I am partial to that since the Bond series is one of my favorite film series.
Others like Just Cause and First Knight are good as well.

Alan Rickman. He is not necessarily one of my all time favorites, but if you have seen Die Hard (who hasnt) and Robin Hood you know he can play one mean villain.

Anthony Hopkins. How can you not like Hannibal? And even though it is not a very long performance, he was great in Mission Impossible 2. And if it werent for him, Antonio Banderas wouldnt have been able to survive in The Mask of Zorro.

Ian McKellan. I havent seen but a handful of movies he is in, but they are some good ones. He did a good job as Magneto in X-Men, and did a fine job in LOTR.

Also Natalie Portman and anyone in Monty Python.

master jedi
02-19-2002, 04:46 PM
Harrison Ford is probably my favorite actor followed by Ian McDiarmid.

Darth Cruel
02-20-2002, 03:20 AM
Sean Connery - "Hunt for Red October" says it all.

Harrison Ford - Not for Han Solo but for almost everything else

Val Kilmer - "I'm your Huckleberry." has to be the best one-liner in movie history.

Christopher Walken - How can you not like the world's premier psycho when he dances in an alternative music video.

Brad Pitt - "Your insane!"
"No I'm not."
"You are a genious!"
"#$@% the bozos!"
from "12 Monkeys" must be two of the funniest lines spoken by psycho characters ever put in a film.

Mike Troxell
02-20-2002, 10:34 AM
Harrison Ford
Nicholas Cage
Bruce Willis
Jason Lee
Ben Affleck
Robert DeNiro
Tom Hanks

I can't think of any movies I've seen with the above actors that are bad (with the possible exceptions of Phantoms, Armageddon, and Reindeer Games for Affleck and Gone in 60 Seconds with Cage).

02-20-2002, 03:30 PM
I suggest everyone who likes Harrison Ford take a look at Random Hearts. A horrible movie.

02-20-2002, 03:55 PM
Fred Willard!! I'm frankly surprised not to see him on any other lists yet.......

Mike Troxell
02-20-2002, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by SithDroid
I suggest everyone who likes Harrison Ford take a look at Random Hearts. A horrible movie.

I thought that movie was okay--not exactly stellar, but certainly not horrible.

02-20-2002, 04:18 PM
Ok everyone......3 words.....


02-20-2002, 05:55 PM
Isn't Joe Don baker the guy in all those straight to video movies? :p

kenneth McMillan is another great actor. vastly underated but never turns in a duff turn.

J. Emmet Walsh does his stuff a treat. Jeff Bridges and indeed Beau Bridges. Martin Sheen, Sydney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Ian Holm, Jack Nicholson in his earlier movies was much better than the later ones but still great whatever.

Bruce Dern, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Elliot Gould, Jack Lemmon...

Sorry keep seeing this thread near the top and keep remembering more and more actors that are so good they need mentioning. :) Don't want to hog this thread but don't want folk to be forgotten. I think all the kids who can only remember movies since the eighties should be given a crash course in movie history in order to appreciate what a diverse range of actors have graced the silver screen.

Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Leslie Neilson, Matt Dillon, John Candy, Alan Alda..... The list goes on and on...... :D

02-21-2002, 12:48 PM
I like QL (sorry, I just can't type the name)s suggestion, made me think of ...Rudy Ray Moore, the original Dolemite!! No wait, that wasn't acting........

02-21-2002, 01:29 PM
Oh yeah!

- Ian McKellen
- Tommy Lee Jones
- Whoever it is who plays Cypher in Matrix, and is in Fugitive
- William H. Macy
- Sam Neil
- James Earl Jones (just love that voice)
- Jabba The Hutt, gotta love him:D

Mike Troxell
02-21-2002, 06:51 PM
Originally posted by PloKoon2385

- Whoever it is who plays Cypher in Matrix, and is in Fugitive

That's Joey "Pants" Pantoliano. He was in tons of other movies, including Bound, Memento, and The Goonies :)

02-24-2002, 01:44 PM
Who is your favourite actor/actress in or outside of The Star Wars Saga.

I know I'm probably going to get alot of disagreements with mine, but mine is Sam Jackson. I love all the films he is in from Pulp Fiction to even Jurassic Park. I was thrilled when I heared that he would be in TPM.
But I think I was more thrilled when I found out that he was filming a movie in my home town, Liverpool, called "The 51st State". True it's not the best film in the world but you get to see many places in Liverpool (Unfortunatley you only see all the rough places and don't get the chance to see any of the nice places, and NO we're not all scouse scallys). Also there are scenes filmed in Anfield, home of the best football (soccer to you Americans) team in the world - LIVERPOOL!
Anyway...I think Sam was so funny in that film and we also see a teaser for his lightsaber action. True he is fighting with a golf stick but if he fights like that with his saber in Episode II it will be f***ing brilliant.

Who are all your favourite actors?


02-24-2002, 08:00 PM
pendo, I like your pick of SLJackson. I just re-watched pulp fiction a few days ago, and his work in that film was absolutely fantastic. I can't think of anything I've seen him do which I didn't enjoy. I'm not sure he would make my A#1 all-time favorite, but he IS a great actor. I'm not really sure I could pick a single favorite. It's usually tough for me to pick one absolute favorite of anything. Some of the other actors/actresses who I like the most are:
Anthony Hopkins
Edward Norton
Juaquin (sp?) Phoenix
Dame Judith Dench
Emma Thompson
Jodi Foster
Jamie Lee Curtis
Julianne Moore

and plenty others....

02-24-2002, 10:06 PM
Pendo, since your thread had the exact same title as another one from a few days ago, I merged them together so folks could see all the choices in one spot and wouldn't have to choose between 2 threads. :)

02-25-2002, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by JediTricks
Pendo, since your thread had the exact same title as another one from a few days ago, I merged them together so folks could see all the choices in one spot and wouldn't have to choose between 2 threads. :)

Ok, thanx. Musta missed this thread!


02-25-2002, 07:15 PM
Billy Bob Thornton, is a great actor. His characters are seldom alike.. unlike Harrison Ford , John Wayne, Schwartzeneger, and most popular actors these days. lowsy typecast actors. Sorry Duke!

Darth Rage
02-25-2002, 09:38 PM

Brave Sir Robin
02-26-2002, 09:26 PM
My faves
Johnny Depp
Sean Connery
Bruce Willis
Harrison Ford
Vincent Price
Sam Niel
John Cleese, Erik Idle, all the pythons etc etc.

02-27-2002, 01:51 PM
Here we go:

-Robert Deniro
-Al pacino
-Jack Nicholson
-Mel Gibson...For some reason this guy always cries in his movies, still one of the best.
-Denzel Washington
-Tom Cruise
-Val Kilmer...i liked the way he acted in Toombstone, same goes for Kurt Russel.

There are many more...