The best all around actors/actresses.

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The best all around actors/actresses.

Post by smitty1931 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:14 pm

Which actor/actress was always in top form, no matter which roles he/she performed?

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Re: The best all around actors/actresses.

Post by Lance » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:24 pm

I would have to say, in my first thinking patterns:

• Spencer Tracy
• Katharine Hepburn
• Claudette Colbert
• Bette Davis
• Claude Rains
• Susan Hayward
• George Brent
• William Powell
• Rod Steiger
• Anthony Hopkins
• Edward G. Robinson
• Loretta Young
• Barbara Stanwyck
• Joan Crawford
• Greer Garson
• Ingrid Bergman
• Charles Boyer
• Joseph Cotten
• Paul Muni
• Ida Lupino
• Anne Bancroft
• Henry Fonda
• Jane Fonda
• Kevin Costner
• Laurence Olivier
• David Niven
• Morgan Freeman
• Alastair Sim (even if for one role: The Christmas Carol)
• Louise Beavers (even if for one role: Imitation of Life)

While I truly "like" all these actors/actresses, I did not use that as my criteria on selecting the names. There are countless others I could add as well. That said, these are still very much the "cream of the crop," as they say.
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Re: The best all around actors/actresses.

Post by moldyoldie » Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:54 am

Lance wrote:• Joseph Cotten
I'm not patient enough this morning to make such a list, but Lance echoes my gut reaction to the thread's subject; i.e., I've never seen Joseph Cotten play a bad role, or perhaps more accurately, play a role badly. His mere presence in a film compels me to watch. I'm not sure I can say that about any other actor, including Bogey and modern movie legends such as O'Toole, Newman, Nicholson, and Hackman.

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Re: The best all around actors/actresses.

Post by Bro » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:39 pm

Lance wrote:I would have to say, in my first thinking patterns:

• Spencer Tracy
• Katharine Hepburn
• Claudette Colbert
• Bette Davis
• Claude Rains
• Susan Hayward
• George Brent
• William Powell
• Rod Steiger
• Anthony Hopkins
• Edward G. Robinson
• Loretta Young
• Barbara Stanwyck
• Joan Crawford
• Greer Garson
• Ingrid Bergman
• Charles Boyer
• Joseph Cotten
• Paul Muni
• Ida Lupino
• Anne Bancroft
• Henry Fonda
• Jane Fonda
• Kevin Costner
• Laurence Olivier
• David Niven
• Morgan Freeman
• Alastair Sim (even if for one role: The Christmas Carol)
• Louise Beavers (even if for one role: Imitation of Life)
Huh ? No Marlon Brando. But Kevin Costner and Jane Fonda make the grade.

I will say that out of all of them you could take Olivier and leave the rest. Claude Rains was a good character actor who made some classic movies but seemed to play the same role in every movie. I would add to your list, Boris Karloff and, in more recent times, Christopher Walken. Check out his truly creepy and hilariously odd cameo in 'Annie Hall".


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Re: The best all around actors/actresses.

Post by John F » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:28 am

The topic is all-around actors/actresses, but Smitty's question seems to be about consistency. I'm more interested in versatility - the ability to act many different kinds of roles, all of them superbly - which is also a kind of consistency. Any actor whose style is so marked and personal that you instantly recognize him or her, whether or not the style is suitable for the particular role at hand, may have a certain charisma, but seems to me very limited.

Lance's list includes many actors of this limited kind, and excludes two extraordinarily versatile actors whom I'd place among the greatest I ever saw: Alec Guinness and Meryl Streep. They have the uncanny ability to disappear into their roles while playing them to the hilt. That's the kind of actor for me.
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Re: The best all around actors/actresses.

Post by Tarantella » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:45 pm

Best actors? Let me see...and not necessarily in order:

Marlon Brando
Daniel Day-Lewis (he can do NO wrong)
Paul Newman
Joanne Woodward
James Stewart
Montgomery Clift
Cate Blanchett
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Louise Brooks (Pandora's Box)
Gregory Peck
Cary Grant (versatility 101!!)
James Dean
William Holden
Judy Holliday
Spencer Tracy
Kate Hepburn
Tony Curtis
Jack Lemmon
Albert Finney
Tom Courteney
Dirk Bogarde
Simone Signoret
Gerard Depardieu
Javier Bardem
Judy Davis
Anna Magnani
Al Pacino
Robert de Niro
Anthony Perkins
Peter O'Toole

No doubt I'll think of others missing from this distinguised list!

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Re: The best all around actors/actresses.

Post by lennygoran » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:49 am

Tarantella wrote:Best actors? Let me see...and not necessarily in order:

Gregory Peck
My Comcast Cable is giving me some DVR trouble right now but the reception is fine--we decided to watch one of their free movies on demand--Mirage--Peck was excellent and we enjoyed the NYC footage of this film we had never seen before:

"An accountant's memory suddenly becomes mixed up starting from the moment the building he is in has a power blackout. He is bewildered that he can't recall even simple particulars of his job and places he does remember don't exist. Believing he has some type of amnesia, he tries to backtrack what happened before the blackout. Aided by a rookie detective and confused by an old girl friend, he tries to make sense of inconsistent facts while people around him are being murdered."

Regards, Len

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