At any given time, there are dozens of actors in the limelight. Some of these stay for a very brief moment before disappearing back into obscurity. Others hang around a bit longer, landing roles in whatever blockbuster is the hit of the day, but essentially interchangeable with any one of the other current favourites. Then there are the true greats. The actors who draw your soul from your body, completely convincing you of their character’s reality, and remaining in your heart long after the movie ends.
This list, of course, is purely subjective as different actors resound with different people. This is my list of the top ten actors who are truly deserving of the title of thespian.
Full Name: Thomas Sean Connery
Most Famous For: His voice. His role as James Bond
My Fave Five: Medicine Man (1992)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Time Bandits (1981)
Full Name: William John Hunter
Most Famous For: Muriel’s Wedding, Strictly Ballroom and Gallipoli
My Fave Five: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Red Dog (2011)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Full Name: Willard Christopher Smith, Jr.
Most Famous For: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Men in Black
My Fave Five: I Am Legend (2007)
Shark Tale (2004)
Men in Black (1997)
Independence Day (1996)
Seven Pounds (2008)
Full Name: David Gulparil Gulpilil
Most Famous For: Crocodile Dundee
My Fave Five: Ten Canoes (2006)
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Full Name: Philip Anthony Hopkins
Most Famous For: Silence of the Lambs
My Fave Five: 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Full Name: Donald McNichol Sutherland
Most Famous For: Farewell to Arms and Invasion of the Body Snatchers
My Fave Five: Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
The Hunger Games (2012)
A Time to Kill (1996)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Full Name: John Christopher Depp II
Most Famous For: 21 Jump Street
My Fave Fives: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Benny and Joon (1993)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Full Name: Morgan Freeman
Most Famous For: Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Unforgiven
My Fave Five: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Through the Wormhole (2010 – Current)
Deep Impact (1998)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Full Name: Clinton Eastwood, Jr.
Most Famous For: His westerns. His role as Dirty Harry. Rawhide.
My Fave Five: High Plains Drifter (1973)
Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
Honkytonk Man (1982)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Full Name: Geoffrey Roy Rush
Most Famous For: His stage career, especially his roles in various Shakespeare plays and The Importance of Being Ernest. Also, the film Shine.
My Fave Five: Quills (2000)
Harvey Crumpet (2003)
The King’s Speech (2010)
Children of the Revolution (1994)
Bran Nu Dae (2009)
You will notice these actors are all men. That is because I will be doing a separate list of my favourite actresses. The fave five I have listed for each actor are all very good movies and I highly recommend you look up those you haven’t seen already.
How would your list differ from mine?
- Who’s your best dressed Bond? (debenhams.com)
- Reconciliation – thinking from the heart and not the head (fredleftwich.com)
- Top 10 Hollywood Actors (realtalkrealdebate.wordpress.com)
- Download The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert Full Movie (moviesnewonline.wordpress.com)
- The Time Bandits…30 Years On (thepeoplesmovies.com)