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Old 01-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #1
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Daniel Day-Lewis seems like a lock to win his third Academy Award for Best Actor. This is unprecedented and provides a news peg for this debate. We can talk about actresses another day.

I'm not quite ready to rank them, but here are some names I think should be considered:

Day-Lewis
Robert De Niro
Humphrey Bogart
Marlon Brando
Gregory Peck
Paul Newman
Jimmy Stewart
Al Pacino
Dustin Hoffman
Clint Eastwood
Robert Redford
Kirk Douglas
Cary Grant
Jack Nicholson
Sidney Poitier
Harrison Ford
Peter North
Clark Gable
Gary Cooper
Spencer Tracy
Lawrence Olivier
Sean Penn
Robert Duvall
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:56 AM   #2
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You'd better revise that title - because "Mr Technical" (ME) is gonna nit pick you to death about not narrowing the focus - "great actor EVER" includes every actor back to about 1200 BC.

Just ask Vader how picky I am with such a wide open category name
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Well, let's hear those actors and reasons behind why you believe they belong on top. :-D
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Well played

I have an abundance of free time though - and I will take a look around to try to find some examples


Right off the top of my head though - John Wilkes Booth was considered one of the finest actors of his day.

This is under "General Movies" though, come to think of it So we'll use that as a starting point - If it were under "Celebrities" then we could dig back to stage actors
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Unfortunately, I don't have the power to move this thread.

Looking forward to your list. Really am.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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Morgan Freeman
Denzel Washington
Anthony Hopkins
Tom Hanks
Sean Connery
John Wayne
Gene Hackman
Henry Fonda
Charlie Chaplin
Steve McQueen
Orson Wells
James Cagney
Peter O'Toole
Toshiro Mifune
Michael Douglas
Michael Caine
Kevin Spacey
Brad Pitt
Anthony Quinn
Roy Scheider
Jason Robards
Warren Beatty
Jack Lemmon
Burt Lancaster
Robert Mitchum
George C Scott
Peter Sellers
William Holden
James Dean
Edward G Robinson
Gene Kelly
Richard Burton
Buster Keaton
Fred Astaire
James Mason
William Powell
Errol Flynn
Bruce Willis
Charlton Heston
Lliam Neeson
Christopher Walken
Rudolph Valentino
Robert Downey jr
Jeff Bridges
Heath Ledger
Donald Sutherland
John Malkovich
Tommy Lee Jones
Steve Bucemi
Alec Guinness
Ed Harris
Ben Kingsley
Forest Whitaker
Dennis Hopper
Mickey Rooney
Christopher Lee
Martin Sheen
Richard Dreyfuss
Yul Brynner
Christopher Plummer
David Niven
Lee Van Cleef
Ray Milland
Rex Harrison
William Hurt
James Caan
Tony Curtis
Omar Sharif
Rock Hudson
Luis Jordan
William H Macy
Robert Wagner
Lee Marvin
James Cromwell
Charles Bronson
John Turturro
Danny Glover
Mickey Rourke
Malcom McDowell
John Gielgud
Jon Voight
Graham Greene
James Coburn
Jack Palance

Ok my fingers are tired - I noticed you have "Peter North" listed - are you including Porn?
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Morgan Freeman
Denzel Washington
Anthony Hopkins
Tom Hanks
Sean Connery
John Wayne
Gene Hackman
Henry Fonda
Charlie Chaplin
Steve McQueen
Orson Wells
James Cagney
Peter O'Toole
Toshiro Mifune
Michael Douglas
Michael Caine
Kevin Spacey
Brad Pitt
Anthony Quinn
Roy Scheider
Jason Robards
Warren Beatty
Jack Lemmon
Burt Lancaster
Robert Mitchum
George C Scott
Peter Sellers
William Holden
James Dean
Edward G Robinson
Gene Kelly
Richard Burton
Buster Keaton
Fred Astaire
James Mason
William Powell
Errol Flynn
Bruce Willis
Charlton Heston
Lliam Neeson
Christopher Walken
Rudolph Valentino
Robert Downey jr
Jeff Bridges
Heath Ledger
Donald Sutherland
John Malkovich
Tommy Lee Jones
Steve Bucemi
Alec Guinness
Ed Harris
Ben Kingsley
Forest Whitaker
Dennis Hopper
Mickey Rooney
Christopher Lee
Martin Sheen
Richard Dreyfuss
Yul Brynner
Christopher Plummer
David Niven
Lee Van Cleef
Ray Milland
Rex Harrison
William Hurt
James Caan
Tony Curtis
Omar Sharif
Rock Hudson
Luis Jordan
William H Macy
Robert Wagner
Lee Marvin
James Cromwell
Charles Bronson
John Turturro
Danny Glover
Mickey Rourke
Malcom McDowell
John Gielgud
Jon Voight
Graham Greene
James Coburn
Jack Palance

Ok my fingers are tired - I noticed you have "Peter North" listed - are you including Porn?
I was just curious to see if anyone was going to catch it. Good job. LOL.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Danny Glover??? Bruce Willis???
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:08 PM   #9
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Not everyone will agree with everyone els's choices - those two are capable of delivering strong performances in my opinion and have contributed quite a few very successful performances as well - maybe not the best ever, but darn good.
And let's face it - every actor has made a clunker at one time or another - it is unfortunate that those may be their best remembered.


I would add Lionel Barrymore as I am fond of his performances (and he is a Barrymore) and for that matter, John Barrymore.

I also forgot Lon Chaney - the man of 1000 faces, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre (also some classic performances of quality)

I always liked Frank Morgan, Burt Larr, Ray Bolger, and Ray Walston as well
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Should DDL win it would hardly be unprecedented. Jack Nicholson has 3 Oscars. So does Meryl Streep. Katherine Hepburn also won 3 and Walter Brennan holds the record for most acting Oscar wins with 4, albeit all of them were for Best Supporting Actor.
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Were we just talking about Award winners? I didn't use that as a criteria just as a note but that's obvious
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Porn stars should be included in both lists.
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Most of my list is made up of porn stars.
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Should DDL win it would hardly be unprecedented.
He would be the first actor to win three Best Actor awards. He's currently tied with Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, and Sean Penn.
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Jack Nicholson is inarguably a great movie actor. But having done little theater or performed not much Shakespeare or Sophocles, it's a jump ball as to whether or not he can be considered a great actor.

Laurence Olivier, on the other hand, is probably the greatest actor ever to appear on film. Maybe a small handful of others, say Alec Guinness and John Gielgud, maybe even Kenneth Branagh.
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Jack Nicholson was given an apprenticeship at The Players Ring theater, in the mid 50's although I'm not sure how long he was there.

Also, I have been considering adding Groucho Marx because of his consistent performances, but I haven't really seen too many of his non-Marx Brothers appearances - I think I am going to track as many down as I can though - he was definitely one of the greats
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