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Best Actors of All Time In Hollywood

Updated on May 10, 2013
Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart was born on December 25, 1899, in New York. He began his career on Broadway in the 1920s where he was mainly known for playing boyish society type roles. Then after the stock market crash of 1929 he turned his sights completely to film. From 1928 to his death in 1957, Bogart made 75 films. In my opinion he is Hollywood's most durable star and a performer of considerable skill, subtlety, and character. Bogart was a man's man and the women would chase him down the street. He was not only admired for his great talent, but also for his professionalism. He always arrived on the set knowing his lines and knowing exactly what he was supposed to do. He always cooperated willingly with the directors of his films. At his funeral, director John Huston, Bogart's longtime friend, paid him tribute: "He is quite unreplaceable. There will never be anybody like him."

Bogart appeared in memorable films such as High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The African Queen

Bogart quotes:

“Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.”

"The whole world is three drinks behind. If everyone in the world would take three drinks, we would have no trouble. If Stalin, Truman and everybody else in the world had three drinks right now, we’d all loosen up and we wouldn’t need the United Nations.”

“The only point in making money is so you can tell some big shot where to go.”

“I don’t trust a bastard who doesn’t drink, they’re afraid of revealing their true selves.”

Paul Newman
Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Paul Newman was born on January 26, 1925 in Ohio. He began his career on Broadway in the 1950's with the Production of Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, Picnic. In 1956 Newman's film career began taking off with his second film, Somebody Up There Likes Me; where he portrays boxing legend, Rocky Graziano. By 1958, he was one of the hottest new stars in Hollywood, when he became a hearthrob in the film, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Elizabeth Taylor. Newman's film career spanned 6 decades. He appeared in memorable films such as Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Slap Shot, and The Hustler.

Paul Newman had a huge heart and he used his fame to help others. In 1982 he decided to start selling his own brand of sald dressing. Two years earlier he had given out some bottles that he had made for Christmas presents to realtives and neighbors, but it was such a big hit that he decided to start selling them. He generated over $300,000 in sales the first year alone to which he declared, “Let’s give it all away to those who need it.” Without ever taking personal compensation, Paul shared his good fortune. It was a unique concept at the time giving away all after-tax profits but he believed that helping others was just the right thing to do. Since then Newman has donated alll of his profits which equal out to more than $370 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations helping people in need around the world.

Newman Quotes:

“A man with no enemies is a man with no character.”

“We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”

“I don't like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?”

“The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.”

Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power

Tyrone Power

Tyrone Power was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1914. He began his career when he was only seventeen; he joined his father, who was also an actor, to learn about acting. Unfortunately, his father became ill on the set of the movie, The Miracle Man, and died of a heart attack. Tyrone was in a few small parts but had a tough time finding jobs in film and went off to New York to begin his career in Broadway, where he stayed until Hollywood came calling in 1936. In 1936 Tyrone landed the lead role in Lloyd's of London, where he became a huge success. By the following year, Power was one of Twentieth Century-Fox's biggest box office draws, and would act in every conceivable genre of film. He was in over 19 films between 1936 and 1942, but had decided to enlist in the Marine Corps, where he served in the Pacific theater, with the VMR-352, carrying supplies aboard a R5C into the embattled Iwo Jima and carrying the wounded out, often under heavy fire. Tyrone Power returned to acting in 1946 but remained in the Marine reserves after his active duty was over. Between 1946 and 1958 Tyrone would act in another 22 films, but had a heart attack during a dueling scene with George Sanders on the film, Solomon and Sheba.

He appeared in memorable films such as: Witness for the Prosecution, Nightmare Alley, The Mark of Zorro, The Black Swan, and Captain from Castile

Quotes on Tyrone Powers:

"Ty was everybody's favorite person, and all agreed that he was that great rarity -- a man who was just as nice as he seemed to be. With his flashing good looks, graceful carriage, and easy laughter, it was no surprise that he was a Pied Piper to women -- they followed him in droves wherever he went -- but Ty was a simple person, with a great down-to-earthness and modesty about himself." ~David Niven

"Power was the most agile man with a sword I've ever faced before a camera. Tyrone could have fenced Errol Flynn into a cocked hat." ~Basil Rathbone

"Tyrone Power was one of the genuine professionals among the actors I've dealt with. I suppose "craftsman" might be another proper term." ~Henry King

"He was loaded with natural ability, terrific coordination. Ty and Basil Rathbone were known as the best fencers in the movie world."~Bob Buck

Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

Spencer tracy was born on April 5, 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on Broadway in 1922 and stayed on stage until his film debut Up The River in 1930. In 1935, Tracy started to achieve box office success with his first hit as a leading man in the film, Fury. Within his 37 year career, Tracy starred in 75 feature films and several short films. Spencer Tracy is remembered as an actor's actor, Tracy had the amazing ability to make his performances seem effortless. He made an unlikely box office draw with his look, but became one of Hollywood's most bankable names during his peak with his acting skills.

Some of his most notable roles were in: Captains Courageous, Boys Town, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Spencer Tracy quotes:

"Actors have no damn place in politics, period."

"The kids keep telling me I should try this new "Method Acting" but I'm too old, I'm too tired and I'm too talented to care."

"The physical labor actors have to do wouldn't tax an embryo."

"Write anything you want about me. Make up something. Hell, I don't care."

Bette Davis
Bette Davis

Bette Davis

Bette Davis was born April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She began her career on Broadway in 1929. In 1930 she moved to Hollywood and made her film debut in The Bad Sister. She would act in nine films before she finally got her break in her lead female role in The Man Who Played God. After more than twenty films Bette Davis would finally earn her first major critical acclaim, in the film, Of Human Bondage. Her role in this picture was so well recieved that Life magazine said her performance was "probably the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress". Bette Davis is remembered as one of Hollywood's legendary leading ladies, famous for her larger-than-life persona and for her nearly 100 film appearances. Her final role was in the film The Whales of August, in 1987.

Bette Davis was nominated ten times, plus she had one unofficial write-in nomination in 1934 for Of Human Bondage during her career.

Bette Davis appeared in memorable films such as: All About Eve, The Letter, Jezebel, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

Bette Davis quotes:

“If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.”

“I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packed more sex than two naked bodies in bed”

“When a man gives his opinion he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion she's a bitch.”

"There may be a heaven, but if Joan Crawford is there, I'm not going."

Rudolph Valentino
Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino was born May 6, 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy. He began his career doing operetta's and theatrical productions. He acted in a lot of bit parts from 1914 until 1921 when he earned his first major critical acclaim with the film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It was one of the first films to make $1,000,000 at the box office. By 1924 Rudolph earned $10,000.00 a week plus a percentage of his films; not bad when the average American at the time was earning less than $2000.00 a year. Rudolph would go on to be one of the greatest silent film stars of all time. Unfortunately his life would be cut short at the tender age of 31 due to appendicitis and gastric ulcers which turned into Peritonitis.

Some of his most notable roles were in: The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse, Camille, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son Of The Sheik.

Rudolph Valentino Quotes:

"A man should control his life. Mine is controlling me"

"Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams"

To generalize on women is dangerous. To specialize on them is infinitely worse

Who's your favorite all time actor?

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    • daskittlez69 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from midwest

      Will Ferrell? I hope that is a joke. Mr. Ferrell is a great entertainer but hardly the greatest actor of all time.

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      5 years ago

      No Will Ferrell option?!?

    • daskittlez69 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from midwest

      Thanks for stopping by Alan, your right, Anthony Hopkins is a great actor. I liked him best in Legends of the Fall, I don't think many actors could have pulled that off and made you believe it.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      6 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      It's a hard choice, isn't it. There are several in this list I would have voted for, like Paul Newman, Anthony Hopkins, Alec Guinness, Cary Grant AND Michael Caine. Pushed for a choice of one I have to go for Mr Hopkins. He's shown a greater range - from William Bligh in 'Mutiny On The Bounty' to Major Frost in 'A Bridge Too Far' with a broad choice of flms between and since - than the others. He's an 'actor's actor', sorry Alec.

    • daskittlez69 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from midwest

      Thanks for stopping by RealHousewife. There have been so many great actors, it is a hard choice.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Such great choices! I agree with you too. I had a hard time voting though - Kevin Spacey is awesome but Kline got the vote for me:).


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