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Whom do you think is the most talented actor working today?

Asked by GeorgeGee (4920points) September 30th, 2010

Male or female. We’re talking shear skill, acting chops.

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cockswain's avatar

Phillip Seymour Hoffman gets my vote.

downtide's avatar

Viggo Mortensen. Not so much for Lord of the Rings; more for his later movies. History of Violence in particular.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Edward Norton or possibly Tom Hanks

lloydbird's avatar

Meryl Streep.

Aster's avatar

Al Pacino. cant stand him but still

Michael_Huntington's avatar

George Clooney
I really love his performance in “Up in the air”.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Johnny Depp

FutureMemory's avatar

Catherine Wayne.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Meryl Streep. She amazes me. Truly.

talljasperman's avatar

Rowan atkinson

fundevogel's avatar

I don’t know if he’s the best, but Guy Pierce has the uncanny ability to never make a bad movie.


@GeorgeGee You should ask about which actors we hatehatehate. That would be interesting.

MeinTeil's avatar

Barak Obama.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Alan Rickman has been #1 for me in recent years. Anyone who can play evil Snape in the Harry Potter movies as well as utterly charming Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, as well as a variety of well-done parts is worthy of watching on the screen.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I’d say Michael Palin, but he’s no longer acting, more’s the pity for us. You see him Brazil as Jack Lint? Man. And he’s done a bunch of work that’s totally under the radar, like that Channel 4 miniseries GBH.

Working. Hmm.

Patrick Stewart or Daniel Day Lewis.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Johnny Depp. That man can totally immerse himself into ANY role and pull it off well.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Yes, Johnny Depp is amazing.

ipso's avatar

Gary Oldman! (Daniel Day-Lewis is gaining fast!)


Naomi Watts


Range. Capital “R”; all of them.

I get goosebumps thinking about it.

gailcalled's avatar

Helen Mirren.

crazyivan's avatar

Dustin Hoffman or Frances McDormand

filmfann's avatar

Edward Norton or… no, there is no one else who compares with him.

ucme's avatar

Robert Downey Jr.

ratboy's avatar

William Shatner.

bippee's avatar

Kevin Spacey.

cockswain's avatar

Here’s Shatner speaking Esperanto:

aprilsimnel's avatar

Actually, Jon Hamm is really, really good. This current series of Mad Men this year has really drilled home to me that beyond being a seriously gorgeous man, he has some serious acting chops. It’s too bad that the movie roles he’s been getting are lame supporting shite or are only based on his good looks.

Plus, he’s funny. He’s like Streep. Except he’s freakishly handsome.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Barbra Streisand (her talents are what makes her number 1 in my list of idols!). She has played some really diverse roles (Yentl, Meet The Fockers, Funny Girl, The Prince of Tides, Nuts etc), she has also directed and she can sing a bit!!!

I also love Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man made him an all time favourite of mine), Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Maggie Smith, Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Cher (yes, I am bias but have you seen Mask? She’s stunning in that.), my list could probably go on!

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Aesthetic_Mess – He is good, isn’t he?

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@aprilsimnel One of my favorites. It’s amazing how he can hide that accent

downtide's avatar

@Leanne1986 I saw Mask years and years ago. very touching movie, and so sad.

OpryLeigh's avatar

@downtide I agree. It’s made more touching by the fact that it’s based on a true story. It was one of the first Cher movies I ever saw and I’ve been a die hard fan ever since. Her talent in that film is underated.

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