1. Laurence Olivier
Movies: Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, Spartacus, Hamlet
2. Paul Newman
Movies: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Cool Hand Luke, Exodus, Harper
3. Sidney Poitier
Movies: In the Heat of the Night, Lilies of the FIeld, The Defiant Ones, To Sir, With Love
4. Gene Kelly
Movies: Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris, On the Town, Cover Girl
5. Marlon Brando
Movies: A Streetcar Named Desire, Gyus and Dolls, Mutiny on the Bounty, Julius Ceasar
6. Cary Grant
Movies: Charade, North By Northwest, Notorious, The Bishop's Wife
7. Gregory Peck
Movies: To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday, Moby Dick, Gentleman's Agreement
There are seriously a lot of other great actors. To name a few more not in the poll: Christopher Lee, Peter O'Toole, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Charleton Heston, Elvis Presley, Fred Astaire, James Dean, Vincent Price, Charles Chaplin, Errol Flynn, Boris Karloff, etc. But please let me know your opinion!
- 1. Laurence Olivier
- 2. Paul Newman
- 3. Sidney Poitier
- 4. Gene Kelly
- 5. Marlon Brando
- 6. Cary Grant
- 7. Gregory Peck
Most Helpful Guy
Christopher Lee was a Nazi hunting (for real) death metal vampire-dentist-wizard descended from Emperor Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire who was a world champion fencer, spoke 6 languages and saw countless men die before his very eyes (also for real)
"During his death scene in Return of the King (only included in the Extended Edition to Lee’s disapproval), director Peter Jackson was describing to him what sound people getting stabbed in the back should make. Lee gravely responded that he had seen people being stabbed in the back, and knew exactly what sound they made."
Truly a god among men.
Most Helpful Girl
My Mom and Dad are huge classic film fans, they must own several hundred classic films on DVD and Digital format. They watch them frequently. I love spending a cold weekend night (or day) watching a really great Classic Movie, especially if my guy is beside me to snuggle up to.
I was exposed to nearly all of the actors mentioned, though Morgan Freeman wouldn't make that list because he isn't a classic era actor, (I think he started too late for that, mid to late 70's). Just because an actor was born during the 30's or 40's doesn't make them a classic era actor, it makes them an older actor but unless they made film during the classic era they aren't considered as such. Charles Bronson did film and TV beginning in the early 60's so he would count as Classic Era. Micheal Cain is certainly on the list, the 60's version of the "Itallian Job" is a good one, mix of tongue and cheek humor with a somewhat plausible gold heist. The Mini Coopers are the real stars of the show. Great cliffhanger ending!
I really love the Classic Hollywood Era films from the thirties through the early seventies before Directors felt they had to tell you everything. Film was so much better when there was a real plot which developed like a book. The other thing is just how many of the Classic Era films have been remade and are currently still bein remade that alone is a testiment to the great stories these films told.
Don't get me wrong I like modern movies if they're done well, if not I'd rather not waste my time with them. Just because a movie was made during that Classic Era, doesn't make it great film, it could be trash just like a new film could if it's not directed in such a way that compliments the story.
Sir Laurance Olivier was amazing with Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, has to be one of my all time favorite classic movies. Growing up when I had sleepovers my friends would almost beg to watch Rebecca, it's both kind of creepy and the twist in the plot gets you every time.
Did I say that I just love Classic Movies...