Thursday, December 17, 2009

My top 20 favorite actors

I saw Kate's list the other day [link], and I just needed to copy the idea. If anyone else hasn't done this top 20 tag, go ahead and do it now! You may use the header I made if you want to.

There is a problem with me vs. these kind of tags though, and that is that I suck at making lists. I just can't rank favorite actors and point out the best. So what I did was that I first narrowed my favorites down to pre-1960's. Then I just went with those I feel are in the top 20 at the moment, and skipped a lot of my obvious favorites like:

The Marx Brothers
Vincent Price
Clark Gable
Robert Montgomery
Buster Keaton
Orson Welles
Edward G. Robinson
Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Charles Chaplin
Lon Chaney
David Niven
Ricardo Cortez
Tony Curtis
James Dean

Etc etc... I hope they will forgive me, and that I will be able to sleep tonight. Here is my current top 20 favorite actors, in alphabetical order (I'm a chicken, I know):

Favorite role: Tony Hunter in The Band Wagon (1953)

Favorite role: Baron Felix von Gaigern in Grand Hotel (1932)

Favorite role: Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942)

Favorite role: Général André de... in Madame de... (1953)

Favorite role: Rameses in The Ten Commandments (1956)

Favorite role: Cadet White in Wings (1927)

Favorite role: Police Insp. Ed Cornell in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Favorite role: C. K. Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Favorite role: Hjalmar Poelzig in The Black Cat (1934)

Favorite role: Dr. Richard Vollin in The Raven (1935)

Favorite role: Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind (1960)

Favorit role: Prof. Humbert Humbert in Lolita (1962)

Favorite role: Kikuchiyo in Seven Samurai (1954)

Favorite role: Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Favorite role: Henry Gondorff in The Sting (1973)

Favorite role: Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934)

Favorite role: Captain Renault in Casablanca (1942)

Favorite role: Captain Esteban Pasquale in The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Favorite role: Addison DeWitt in All About Eve (1950)

Favorite role: Rupert Cadell in Rope (1948)

An honorary favorite actor award goes to my Swedish favorite actor and drooling object:

Jarl Kulle (1927-1997)

Favorite roles:

Count Carl Magnus Malcolm in Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Don Juan in The Devil's Eye (1960)

Gustav Adolf Ekdahl in Fanny and Alexander (1982)


monty said...

Great list Lolita. I definitely need to make one now. I see Fred is your main man. Cool. Also I see you had my favorite actor make your list- Cary Grant. Do you plan on doing one for the ladies?

Meredith said...

cary grant was such a precious man, i can never get over it! and robert mitchum in night of the hunter never fails to give me chills.

monty said...

I tried posting a comment earlier and I don't know if it took. But I just said great list, now I need to do one. And I see Fred is your main man. Cool. Do you plan on doing one for the ladies?

Kate Gabrielle said...

yay! So happy to see Charles Boyer, Fredric March & James Mason on your list (he would have been on mine if I had more room) :-D

Anonymous said...

GREAT list Lolita!!!! Sanders, Rains, and wow, even Laird Cregar. You are awesome!!!!

And I love the new blog header; you are absolutely hilarious!

PS: Jimmy all the way at 20? What has Millie done to you? ;D

Lolita said...

I get so much spam, so I have activated the comment moderation - therefore your comments won't be visible until I have accepted them! So there's nothing strange :)
Good idea, I should do one on the ladies... I will! About Cary Grant... I love his so much I even named my bicycle after him. It got stolen, though.

You've got great taste, lady ;)

Kate G:
Have you heard Eddie Izzard's James Mason impression? "I sound a bit like Goood, don't I?" It's perfect, haha!

Thanks! And the list was in alphabetical order, so James Stewart is not (I say NOT!) last! I just couldn't decide who was my favorite of them (okay, Rathbone), so I chickened out with the ABC-technique ;)
Millie is awesome, but she could NEVER make me like James Stewart any less!

Lolita said...

Oh, and about the header: I felt quite silly yesterday, and that was the result of that combined with photoshop! Haha.

Tom said...

I too was a little freaked when I saw Jimmy dead-last. Then I remembered it was just ABC order! Paul Newman would make my list of favorites, too. PS Love your new header with Stripe the Gremlin! LOL

Lolita said...

Haha, well, even I wouldn't put James Stewart as low on the list as #20.
Hmm, maybe my craziness just got a little too carried away with that header? ;)

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