Saturday, January 01, 2011

My Favorite Dead Actors

Leading Men

12. Claude Rains... Casablanca, Phantom of the Opera, Notorious

11. Errol Flynn... Robin Hood, Essex and Elizabeth, The Prince and the Pauper

10. Clifton Webb... Sitting Pretty, Laura

9. Clark Gable... Teacher's Pet, Gone with the Wind

8. John Wayne... The Quiet Man, Angel and the Bad Man

7. Gary Cooper... Friendly Persuasion, Sergeant York, Love in the Afternoon, The Westerner

6. Gregory Peck... To Kill a Mockingbird, The Big Country, Gentleman's Agreement

5. Cary Grant... Arsenic and Old Lace, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby

4. Lionel Barrymore... It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take it with You, Key Largo

3. Paul Newman... The Verdict, The Long Hot Summer, The Sting, Butch Cassidy...

2 Jimmy Stewart... It's a Wonderful Life, Anatomy of a Murder, Rear Window

1. Humphrey Bogart... Casablanca, The Caine Mutiny, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep

Honorable Mention: Spencer Tracy, William Holden, Alec Guiness, William Powell, Laurence Olivier, Frederick March, Charlton Heston, Lezlie Howard, Joseph Cotton, Anthony Quinn, Curly Howard

Left out on purpose: Henry Fonda... Nice movies, but he sired Jane.

Best Supporting/Character Actors

10. Tony Randall... Pillow Talk

9. Trevor Howard... Mutiny on the Bounty

8. Jack Palance... Shane, City Slickers

7. Walter Pidgeon... How Green Was My Valley, Advise and Consent

6. Robert Shaw... Jaws, The Battle of the Bulge

5. Sydney Greenstreet... The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca

4. Harry Carey... The Shepard of the Hills, Angel and the Bad Man

3. Victor McLaglen... The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

2 C. Aubrey Smith... Little Lord Fauntleroy, Rebecca, Wee Willie Winkie

1. Ward Bond... The Quiet Man, Fort Appache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon



Bekah said...

I love coming to your blog because I just never know what I might find. :)

I watched a Cary Grant movie (well, the end of it) on my lunch hour right before Christmas. I knew better...I cried. Then I had to go back and explain to the fine folks at work why I was crying over a Cary Grant movie.

This is why I should stick to Wife Swap on my lunch hour

Malott said...


Well it's just a good thing I understand what the "wife swap" program is about. I might of had to make a call to your dad.

SkyePuppy said...

What about Jack Lemmon (The Great Race) as Supporting Actor? He was magnificent as Professor Fate/Prince Hapnick, and he's one of my favorites.

BTW, I once took my son (when he was younger) to the auto museum at Balboa Park in San Diego, and it just happened to be at the time they had Professor Fate's car on loan for display!!! SO COOL! I love that movie.

Malott said...


Never been a fan of Jack Lemmon, except of course "Some Like it Hot"
..."Missing"..."The Odd Couple"...and I've never see "The Great Race."

There are so many good actors I left out.

SkyePuppy said...


I bought The Odd Couple just for the restaurant scene where Felix tries to clear his sinuses. It never stops being funny.

And I recommend watching The Great Race, but only when you're in the right frame of mind for a campy, semi-slapstick movie that doesn't take itself seriously. Tony Curtis (dressed in white), Keenan Wynn his sidekick, Jack Lemmon (dressed in black), Peter Falk his sidekick, Natalie Wood the annoying but beautiful fighter for women's rights. Aahh... Hmmm, maybe I'll watch that again tomorrow.

Delta said...

Some great names and great movies on this list! I love most of them!

An "honorable mention" from me is "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World"! It was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theatre - and I loved the slapstick.

(And no...I'm not THAT old! Our town had drive-in's only. We had to drive to a different town to go to a theatre. ;-D )