http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/ … -all-time, check this out... but morgan freeman is one of the best actors among others, he shouldnt rank less than no.5.
Steven Berkoff is my favourite. Legend
Ronald Colman was one of the biggest stars of the silent era, and then one of the very few to survive the transition to sound films - but Colman didn't merely survive, audiences discovered that one of their very favorite silent film star had the greatest speaking voice in the English language. Colman went on to remain a fan favorite into the 50's winning an Academy Award in 1947 after beginning his career in 1917.
In survey after survey Ronald Colman regularly topped the list of the movie star most women wanted to marry, and this was during the time of Cary Grant & Clark Gable, etc. But few today remember this major film star and very popular fan favorite actor. I think Cary Grant & Jimmy Stewart are more commonly known today because, in addition to their marvelous talent and great films, they fit more readily with today's audiences - Colman had one of those thin 1930s mustaches and an urbane sophistication that seems decidedly of a bygone era.
But Ronald Colman is always a joy to watch and made some of the best movies ever . . . look for "Tale Of Two Cities" (the best film ever made), "Talk Of The Town" (with Cary Grant), "Lucky Partners", "Lost Horizon", and the greatest love story ever "Random Harvest". For those unfamiliar with him, Ronald Colman is a wonderful find . . . my very favorite actor of all time.
Good shout Mickey. Ronald Colman was a superb actor. I loved that scene in Random Harvest when he went to the Tobacconists. But how the hell did he forget about Greer Garson in the first place anyway? Impossible!! .... Whattadoll :-)
Have you seen Colman's "The Talk Of The Town', with Cary Grant? Two of the greatest speaking voices of the English language staying in a quite cottage playing chess and discussing the merits of law and the responsibility of man, etc - great performances, great humor, great story, in my top 5 of all time. AND, significant for another reason. Even as I introduced Ronald Colman as an actor of giant stature in his day who is now largely forgotten, the female lead in "The Talk Of The Town" shares that unfortunate circumstance.
While everyone remembers Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, and many even remember Irene Dunn & Myrna Loy, in a film staring Ronald Colman and Cary Grant, it was Jean Arthur who had top billing . . . and, I don't think I've ever seen any film she was in where she didn't have top billing. She was one of the most popular female starts of the 30s & 40s but, like Colman, somehow largely forgotten today. Which is really too bad because, again, like Colman, Jean Arthur was always very watchable.
I remember the first time I saw her in anything my instant reaction was that she didn't seem terribly pretty and had a distracting voice, etc - it didn't take long at all for her charm to win me over and count her one of the most attractive and appealing stars of the era. She always seemed smart, even when her character was fumbling things up, and she always appeared to me to be far more legitimately strong and independent than either Hepburn or Davis . . . they are always the ones touted as introducing the strong, independent woman into films, but when you watch many of their early films they're just as girly/ditzy/needy as any of the female roles back then - she could play sweet and hurt and flustered, etc, but I've never seen Jean Arthur when she didn't convince you that she was in-charge of her course and not masking decisions based on the man's world around her.
Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood are wonderful actors, but I tend to go more for the classic actors! It's very hard to decide but I think the best actor of all time would be Marlon Brando, followed by Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant!
I think the definition of a great actor is one who gets so lost in a role that you don't recognize them. Kevin Kline comes to mind. I saw him play the lead role in five different movies before I realized they were all the same guy.
It is hard to choose the greatest actors of all time, because different actors have their own style. However, my personal favourites include, Jeremy Brett, Margaret Rutherford, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and John Gielgud.
To pick out just one to claim greatest is a futile attempt. There's been so many great actors and actresses that to claim one is absolutely the best all-time is so difficult considering the elaborate roles each played.
As for my favorites? Too many to list.
by Migodden7 years ago
For me it's George Carlin. He was the greatest comedian ever, and one of the greatest minds.But Micheal Jackson is also an interestingly dead fellow isn't he, What do you think WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE DEAD CELEBRITY?
by hrtr3 years ago
Clint Eastwood for sure.
by Aboubakar7 years ago
I Have watched many movies but I have really come to appreciate the role played by the Indian Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachan in the movie entitled BLACK. Oh...what a great piece of first class work it is? A...
by Steven Escareno2 years ago
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by Helpful Hanna5 years ago
Who is the greatest actor in Hollywood history, male or female?
by 7hourwriter5 years ago
Are you one or the other? A dedicated actor is one who reaches into the soul of the character, researches, becomes. To attempt a poor copy of some known actor - is simply denying the gift within YOU! ...
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