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If I were to now utter "fantastic actor", which men would you say qualify as such?

Asked by ucme (39903 points ) February 8th, 2013

Leading men, all time favourites, your selections are?

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gailcalled's avatar

De Niro
Pacino
Olivier
Branaugh
Sir Ralph Richardson
Sir Derek Jacobi
Alan Rickman
Brando (sometimes and sort of)
Michael Caine
Daniel Day Lewis

Most of the Brits on Masterpiece Theatre. There is something about that accent.

Seek's avatar

Now now, those are two separate questions. I’ll answer the main one.

I just watched a fantabulous movie last night – Spider – so Ralph Feinnes is on my brain.

zenvelo's avatar

Daniel Craig. i saw him on a play on Broadway, completely consumed the role he was in, I lost all thought of him being who he is.

De Niro, as @gailcalled said, and maybe Pacino. Dustin Hoffman for sure.

Jack Lemmon. So good at everything from Ensign Pulver to Save the Tiger.

And Paul Newman!

SamandMax's avatar

Must admit I entirely agree with @gailcalled‘s mention of Sir Derek Jacobi. If anything he was great in a series called “Cadfael” (based on Edith Pargeter’s aka Ellis Peters) books (and she was a fantastic author, I read many of the books of which my Mother has the entire collection.

My own personal favorite actor has always been Harrison Ford. He was great in Star Wars, great in Indiana Jones and great in Patriot Games etc etc.

gailcalled's avatar

@SamandMax: Jacobi was wonderful in “Cadfael,” but he was stupendous in I, Claudius, perhaps the greatest historical drama ever made.

ucme's avatar

Derek Jacobi, the tv series that made his name.

gailcalled's avatar

^^^ There you are. We can agree on something.

ucme's avatar

^^^Was bound to happen eventually, inevitable really.

ragingloli's avatar

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, Marlon Wayans, Christian Bale.
Oh wait, they are the opposite.

ucme's avatar

@ragingloli I’d have given you a GA only you failed to include Dolph Lundgren.

Seek's avatar

If he dies, he dies.

ucme's avatar

“I must break you!”

Seek's avatar

He is not a man, he is like a piece of iron!

ucme's avatar

Was he in gay porn then?

Seek's avatar

For ethical reasons, I can neither confirm nor deny that statement.

fundevogel's avatar

@ragingloli Shut it. Bruce is good, don’t dismiss him just because action is his bread and butter. Check him out in Looper.

ucme's avatar

I just thought of another shit actor, Jean Claude Van Damme…my word, but he’s terrible.

ucme's avatar

Gene Hackman right up there with the greats, The French Connection movies being his finest work.

Seek's avatar

Steven Segal with the shit.

And I think David Tennant will be one of the greats, if given half a chance.

ucme's avatar

I can’t abide Segal, other than the first Under Siege film…ship’s cook my arse!

ragingloli's avatar

And let us not forget Woll Smoth. He is bad, too.

Seek's avatar

^ If I never see another Will Smith movie it will be too soon.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Cary Grant
Daniel Craig
Al Pacino
Sir Ian McKellan
Geoffrey Rush
Gary Oldman
Jeremy Irons

And Johnny Depp. Not because he’s one of the most beautiful men ever, but because he truly is talented. He can slip into any role and really become that character.

ucme's avatar

Yay, we’re back on track!
Christoph Waltz
Paul Newman
Clint Eastwood
Jon Voight
Gregory Peck
Michael Caine

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Leonardo Dicaprio has really surprised me. In his younger days, I thought he was just a piece of fluff, but as he has aged, he has been pretty consistent at starring in really great movies. I loved Shutter Island.

Johnny Depp is just so dang cute, and he usually plays parts that suit him. Willy Wonka was the only absolutely terrible movie he has done.

flutherother's avatar

Jack Nicholson
John Malkovitch
Anthony Hopkins
Al Pacino
Robert de Niro
Kevin Spacey.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Jack Nicholson and Anthony Hopkins give me the creeps, so you are right, they must be really good actors.

flutherother's avatar

Doesn’t John Malkovitch?

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Maybe it would if I knew who he was.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

No wonder I don’t know who he is. I have never seen any of his movies.

janbb's avatar

Anthony Hopkins
Daniel Day Lewis
Derek Jacobi
Kenneth Branagh

wildpotato's avatar

Toshiro Mifune
Jack Nicholson
John Goodman
Billy Bob Thornton
Bill Murray
Benicio Del Toro
Woody Harrelson
Robin Williams
Brad Pitt
Martin Sheen

mazingerz88's avatar

Michael Fassbender

Yeahright's avatar

•Caine
•DeNiro
•Hopkins
•Nicholson
•Malkovich
•Oldman
•Pacino

El_Cadejo's avatar

Bryan Cranston

Shippy's avatar

Jack Nicholson
John Malkovitch
Anthony Hopkins
Al Pacino
Robert de Niro
Kevin Spacey.

@flutherother I agree loll

fundevogel's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate “And Johnny Depp. Not because he’s one of the most beautiful men ever, but because he truly is talented. He can slip into any role and really become that character.”

I want to give Colin Farrell the same due. He’s stupid good looking, but the could act the pants off a nun. Wait…

@ucme Good call with Cristoph Waltz, I love watching him.

Kardamom's avatar

Haven’t yet read anyone else’s answers, will do so after posting.

Alan Rickman

Anthony Hopkins

Morgan Freeman

Michael Caine

Benedict Cumberbatch

Kardamom's avatar

Oh, I forgot:

Patrick Stewart

Peter O’Toole

Gene Hackman

Christopher Walken

And several great actors who have passed away:

Robert Hardy

Nigel Hawthorne

SamandMax's avatar

I forgot to mention I think Colin Firth is a damn fine actor.
Liam Neeson is pretty good too, I think.
But by far and away, my favourite actor – at least an English actor – is Sean Bean, who did an outstanding job as Sergeant/Lieutenant Sharpe in Sharpe’s Rifles (and a boatload of others). Can’t say I really cared much for his involvement in Lord of the Rings though – as I kept falling asleep trying to watch it – but I’m pretty sure he must have done a good job in that too.

wildpotato's avatar

I forgot Heath Ledger and Danny McBride.

jonsblond's avatar

Christopher Walken
Jeff Bridges
Billy Bob Thornton
Morgan Freeman
William H. Macy

Seek's avatar

It’s a it bad to say that I want to have dirty sex with @kardamom’s list? This may or may not be because I’m flunkering right now

SamandMax's avatar

I’m beginning to worry about you

Seek's avatar

Well some of her list. In their respective attractive days of course.

SamandMax's avatar

Ok not so worried now

ragingloli's avatar

@SamandMax
Until you realise she means all of them at the same time.

Seek's avatar

Get out of my brain, Loli.

fundevogel's avatar

Well since it seems we’re going for inclusivity so I’ll add:

Guy Pearce
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Paul Dano
Anton Yelchin
Clancy Brown
Ben Foster
Viggo Mortensen
Lee Pace
Ryan Reynolds (think I’m exaggerating? see the Amityville remake)
Mark Ruffalo
Robert Sheehan
Ryan Gosling
Matt Smith
James Cromwell

Kardamom's avatar

^^ A definite yes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I’ve loved him since he was a kid on Third Rock from the Sun : )

Seek's avatar

I LOVE James Cromwell. ^_^ And Guy Pearce looks like a chipmunk. Good actor, but I swear, he’s part chipmunk.

janbb's avatar

And Paul Dano is amazing in everything he appears in.

fundevogel's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Maybe your chipmunks look like Guy Pearce?

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