By putting together this Prime ten list of most significant leading Hollywood actors of all time I have attempted to be as objective as probable (for instance my private preferred actor is Robert Mitchum, who’s 10th on this list) by applying the following criteria: the importance of their specific roles, the range of their oeuvre, their influence on other actors (as far as can be traced) and the directors they worked with. O.K. Let’s get began:
10) Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)
Robert Mitchum identified for his apparent laconic acting. In addition to his superb performances in the Film-noirs (Crossfire (1947),Out of the Past (1947)) and Westerns (Man With the Gun (1955), Rio Bravo (1959), El Dorado (1966)) of the Fifties he’s almost certainly finest known for his portrayals of the sadistic psychopaths in Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter (1955) and in J.L. Thompson’s Cape Worry (1961) which have been each tangibly sordid performances and amongst his greatest. Mitchum saw acting as a profession and thought of getting a star as a point of minor significance. When he turned down the leading part in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) and instead played a comparable function in Henry Hathaway’s 5 Card Stud (1968) as he did in Night of the Hunter, he claimed that each are Westerns.
9) Robert de Niro (1943)
The cooperation between Robert de Niro and his pal and director Martin Scorsese was essential to the good results of both artists. In their very first project with each other Imply Streets (1973), about a group of young adolescents in New York struggling to make a living out of loan-sharking, de Niro (who’s educated in the “technique acting style”) steals the show as the violent and unpredictable Johnny Boy. Their real breakthrough came with Taxi Driver in 1976, in which de Niro played the introverted Vietnam vet Travis Bickle, who roams the streets in his cab, gradually transforming into a horrible avenger on the derailed globe he witnesses. De Niro won his second Oscar (The Godfather II (1974), his very first as Supporting Actor) for his function as the legendary boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (soon after persuading Scorsese to direct the film). His best films of the Nineties are without a doubt Goodfellas (1990) and Heat (1995). In Matthew McConaughey Total Net Worth is completely cast by Scorsese as the middle-aged Irish hood of considerable ruthlessness and repute who is Ray Liotta’s mentor, Jim Conway. In Michael Mann’s masterly crime epic Heat he plays the master criminal Neil McGauley cast opposite (for the initial time in a film collectively) to the other film icon Al Pacino as his cop nemisis. In Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997) De Niro underplayed, that way providing his colleagues far more space to excel.
8) Burt Lancaster (1913-1994)
Burt Lancaster’s film profession began in the Forties in the stifling melodrama’s of Robert Siodmark (The Killers (1946), Criss Cross (1949). Soon after some “light” films in the early Fifties he returned to the genre of Film-noir in the dark film Sweet Smell of Good results (1957) in which he played the cynical and potent columnist J.J. Hunsecker who destroys his sister’s relationship with her boyfriend. Also memorable is his role in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and his Oscar winning performance in Elmer Gantry (1960). Lancaster also develop an impressive profession in Europe where he worked with the Italian directors Luchino Visconti (The Leopard and The Conversation Piece) and Bernardo Bertolucci (1900). His final essential role was in Louis Malle’s masterpiece Atlantic City U.S.A. (1980)
7) James Stewart (1908-1997)
James Stewart, the lengthy thin man with his famous drawling voice has been an vital major actor for thirty years and a modest and beloved star. His first striking functionality was in Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939) by Frank Capra in which he played a gangly, shy and idealistic senator who exposes corruption. The Fifties has been his most decisive period of his acting profession. His startling performances in Anthony Mann’s Westerns (they created five collectively) in which he primarily personified grim and cynical males (The Naked Spur (1953) and in particular The Man From Laramie (1955)) are diametrically opposite to most of his function prior to and soon after this series of films. Stewart produced 4 films with the suspense maestro Alfred Hitchcock. The two finest (for most likely each the actor and director) are the magnificently staged Rear Window (1954), with Stewart as the immobilised photographer who has a broken leg and witnesses a murder though hunting via his binoculars and the enigmatic and bleak mystery Vertigo (1958) in which he portrayed a neurotic detective who falls in love with his friend’s wandering wife whom he has to trail. The old Hollywood star brought a level of neurotic power to his best roles that few Strategy actors could match.
6) Montgomery Clift (1920-1966)
“He’s a tiny queer, never you consider so?” John Wayne remarked to his secretary following meeting Montgomery Clift his co-star in Red River (1948). Later, when the film was completed he was won more than by the terrific professionalism of the young “strategy” actor. When Clift was 15 he currently played smaller skilled roles. With his slender stature, thin face and expressive eyes he quickly became a romantic hero, specially when persistent rumors arose about a connection with Elizabeth Taylor. With her he co-starred in 3 films (A Spot in the Sun (1951), Raintree Country (1957) and All of a sudden, Last Summer season (1959) and they remained friends for the rest of his life. In the Fifties Clift was the most sought immediately after actor but he was extremely reluctant and critical on the roles he chose. For the duration of the production of Raintree Countree Clift had a terrible car accident, which broken him each physically and emotionally. His life just after that has been described as the longest suicide in the history of Hollywood (alcohol and drug addiction). In spite of of his addiction he continued acting and had some memorable and heartbreaking performances in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and The Misfits (1961). He was nominated for an Academy award 4 instances and died from a heart attack at the young age of 46 years old.
5) Henry Fonda (1905-1982)
Henry Fonda embodied integrity on the screen (and also in his individual life). Nearly all the characters he portrayed breathed dignity, from the young farmer major his family in John Ford’s Grapes of Wrath (1940), the drifter Gil carter defending a convict against an excited mob in William Wellman’s The Oxbow Incident (1943), Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine (1946), the musician Manny Balestrero wrongfully accused of murder in Alfred Hitchock’s The Wrong Man (1957) and Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men (1957). In Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) he proofed he also could play a depraved and unscrupulous villain. The only “flaw” in his magnificent acting career is that he pretty seldom appeared in comedies when he was known as a humorous man in his personal life. For his portrayal of the grubby retired professor Norman Thayer Jr. in On Golden Pond (1981) he finally won an Oscar.
4) James Dean (1931-1955)
Countless books have been published and films have been released on James Dean, its subjects varying from the man behind the legend, his sexual preferences, his so-named death wish and his function as a symbol of the disillusioned youth. With a legacy of only three films, Dean played characters who embodied loneliness, aggravation and anger to whom a young audience (the post war generation) could determine. He was educated in the Approach Acting style, like his idol Marlon Brando, and mainly because of his troubled youth (his mother, of whom he was really fond, died when he was 9) he could empathize with his characters extremely very easily. As Dean proofed in his roles as Cal Trask in Elia Kazan’s East of Eden (1955) in the emotionally charged scenes when he tries to win his father’s (Raymond Massey) respect or as the misunderstood adolescent Jim Stark in Nicolas Ray’s Rebel Without a Trigger (1955) who types a ‘surrogate family’. In his final role (just before his tragic automobile accident) as Jett Rink in George Steven’s epic melodrama Giant (1956) he also showed his capability to play middle-aged guys.
3) Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)
Humphrey Bogart who would turn into a legend with his roles as the snarling and sardonic P.I.’s Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade began his acting profession in the Twenties on Broadway. He had a breakthrough with his efficiency in the film The Petrified Forest (he already played in the stage version the year just before) in 1936, as the savaged Duke Mantee (inspired by John Dillinger). In the Forties he became one particular of the most dominating actors in Hollywood with great performances in Higher Sierra (1941), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), The Significant Sleep (1946), Important Largo (1948), The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948) and The African Queen (1951). The characters Bogart played late in his profession, like Dead Reckoning (1947), In a Lonely Spot (1950) and The Tougher They Fall (1956) have been embittered, self-loathing sorts, and are his most daring and original perform.
two) James Cagney (1899-1986)
The thesis that a film role has to be a projection of the personality of the actor is in particular applicable on James Cagney. His capability to portray heroes, sympathetic villains and psychotic egoists with an electrifying energy, is unmatched in the history of cinema. His 1st leading role in William Wellman’s The Public Enemy (1931) as the gangster Tom Powers produced him an immediate star. In the following years he continued playing gangsters (Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), Roaring Twenties (1939) for the Warner Brothers studio who had been recognized for their gritty and realistic pictures. In 1942 Cagney won the Oscar for Greatest Actor for his part in the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy which showed his diversity. Right after the comedy One, Two, Three in 1961 he retreated only to return one particular more time in the film Ragtime (1981) as the authoritative police chief Waldo.