50 beste acteurs aller tijden, op alfabetische volgorde

Robert DeNiro - 50 beste acteurs aller tijden, op alfabetische volgorde
Robert DeNiro - 50 beste acteurs aller tijden, op alfabetische volgorde

Beste acteurs aller tijden, op alfabetische volgorde

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50 beste acteurs aller tijden, op alfabetische volgorde

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Fred Astaire

(1899-1987)

Regisseurs waren niet echt onder de indruk van de magere Astaire, maar hij verleidde het publiek in Flying Down to Rio en Shall We Dance.

Beste films: Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance? (1937), Carefree (1938), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), Holiday Inn (1942), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Easter Parade (1948), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Royal Wedding (1951), The Band Wagon (1953), Funny Face (1957), Silk Stockings (1957), On the Beach (1959), Finian’s Rainbow (1968), The Towering Inferno (1974)


Humphrey Bogart

(1899-1957)

Wereldvermaarde Casablanca en The Maltese Falcon-ster Bogart was een mannenman die ook geliefd was bij de dames.

Beste films: The Petrified Forest (1936), Dead End (1937), Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), They Drive By Night (1940), High Sierra (1941), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), Action in the North Atlantic (1943), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Key Largo (1948), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), In a Lonely Place (1950), The African Queen (1952), Beat the Devil (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Caine Mutiny (1954), Sabrina (1954)


Marlon Brando

(1924-2004)

Marlon Brando in 1963
Marlon Brando in 1963

Tientallen jaren na A Streetcar Named Desire was Brando de ster in The Godfather en Apocalypse Now.

Beste films: The Men (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), Julius Caesar (1953), The Wild One (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), Sayonara (1957), One-Eyed Jacks (1961), The Chase (1966), The Godfather (1972), Last Tango in Paris (1972), Superman: The Movie (1978), Apocalpyse Now (1979), A Dry White Season (1989), The Freshman (1990), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)


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Richard Burton

(1925-1984)

Burtons films waren zelden zo goed als hij.

Beste films: The Desert Rats (1953), The Robe (1953), Alexander the Great (1956), Look Back in Anger (1958), The Longest Day (1962), Cleopatra (1963), Becket (1964), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Where Eagles Dare (1969), Equus (1977), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)


James Cagney

(1899-1986)

Niemand kon zo boos worden als de kleine, pezige Cagney in films als White Heat en The Public Enemy.

Beste films: Blonde Crazy (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), Footlight Parade (1933), Lady Killer (1933), G-Men (1935), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Each Dawn I Die (1939), The Oklahoma Kid (1939), The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), White Heat (1949), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), Mister Roberts (1955), Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), One, Two, Three (1961), Ragtime (1981)


Michael Caine

(1933- )

In de jaren zestig bracht Caine arbeidersklasse sexappeal met dieven (The Italian Job) en niet-glamoureuze spionnen (The Ipcress File).

Beste films: The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), Get Carter (1971), Sleuth (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), California Suite (1978), Dressed to Kill (1980), Educating Rita (1983), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Mona Lisa (1986), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), The Cider House Rules (1999), Quills (2000), Get Carter (2000), Miss Congeniality (2000), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), The Quiet American (2002), Batman Begins (2005), Children of Men (2006), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Now You See Me (2013), Interstellar (2014), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Now You See Me 2 (2016)


Charlie Chaplin

(1889-1977)

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin was grappig, maar hij was geen clown – het zijn de vlijmscherpe randen die ervoor zorgen dat The Gold Rush nog steeds een klassieker is.

Beste films: Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914), The Tramp (1915), Easy Street (1917), The Immigrant (1917), A Dog’s Life (1918), The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Limelight (1952), A King in New York (1957)


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Sean Connery

(1930-2020)

Met zijn ruwe uiterlijk en nonchalante mannelijkheid is Connery geboren om James Bond te spelen.

Beste films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Marnie (1964), The Hill (1965), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Wind and the Lion (1975), Robin and Marian (1976), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), In the Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), First Knight (1995), The Rock (1996), Entrapment (1999), Finding Forrester (2000), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)


Gary Cooper

(1901-1961)

Cooper maakte furore met films als Meet John Doe en High Noon.

Beste films: Wings (1927), Morocco (1930), A Farewell to Arms (1932), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), The Plainsman (1936), Beau Geste (1939), The Westerner (1940), Ball of Fire (1941), Meet John Doe (1941), Sergeant York (1941), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), The Fountainhead (1949), High Noon (1952), Vera Cruz (1954), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Man of the West (1958)


Russell Crowe

(1964- )

Crowe heeft een carrière opgebouwd in het spelen van krachtpatsers, van de strijdlustige skinhead van Romper Stomper tot de gedesillusioneerde journalist in State of Play.

Beste films: The Crossing (1990), Proof (1991), Romper Stomper (1992), The Sum of Us (1994), The Quick and the Dead (1995), Virtuosity (1995), No Way Back (1996), Breaking Up (1997), Heaven’s Burning (1997), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Insider (1999), Mystery, Alaska (1999), Gladiator (2000), Proof of Life (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Cinderella Man (2005), A Good Year (2006), 3:10 To Yuma (2007), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), State of Play (2009), Robin Hood (2010), Les Miserables (2012), Man of Steel (2013), Winter’s Tale (2014), Noah (2014), The Water Diviner (2014), The Nice Guys (2016)


Daniel Day-Lewis

(1957- )

Knap, welbespraakt en bijna angstaanjagend intens, Day-Lewis is meedogenloos in Gangs of New York en There Will Be Blood.

Beste films: Gandhi (1982), The Bounty (1984), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), A Room With a View (1985), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), My Left Foot (1989), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), In the Name of the Father (1993), The Age of Innocence (1993), The Crucible (1996), The Boxer (1997), Gangs of New York (2002), The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), There Will Be Blood (2007), Nine (2009), Lincoln (2012), Phantom Thread (2017)


James Dean

(1931-1955)

James Dean
James Dean

Dean laat de essentie van tienerellende zien in Rebel Without a Cause en Giant, en stierf toen voordat hij oud werd.

Beste films: East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without A Cause (1955), Giant (1956)


Robert DeNiro

(1943- )

Robert DeNiro
Robert DeNiro

De Niro is net zo betoverend in films Bloody Mama als in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull en GoodFellas.

Beste films: Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Mean Streets (1973), The Godfather, Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Untouchables (1987), GoodFellas (1990), Backdraft (1991), Cape Fear (1991), A Bronx Tale (1993), Mad Dog and Glory (1993), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), Casino (1995), Heat (1995), Sleepers (1996), Wag the Dog (1997), Ronin (1998), Analyze This (1999), Meet the Parents (2000), The Score (2001), Analyze That (2002), Meet the Fockers (2004), The Good Shepherd (2006), Little Fockers (2010), New Year’s Eve (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Big Wedding (2013), Last Vegas (2013), American Hustle (2013), The Intern (2015), Joy (2015), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Joker (2019), The Irishman (2019)


Johnny Depp

(1964- )

Depp verwierp het stigma van mooie jongen om het soulvolle monster Edward Scissorhands en de travestiefilmmaker Ed Wood te spelen.

Beste films: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), Donnie Brasco (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Astronaut’s Wife (1999), The Ninth Gate (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Blow (2001), From Hell (2001), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Finding Neverland (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), Public Enemies (2009), Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Tourist (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Rango (2011), The Rum Diary (2011), The Lone Ranger (2013), Transcendence (2014), Into the Woods (2014), Mortdecai (2015), Black Mass (2015), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)


Kirk Douglas

(1916-2020)

Douglas’ onzekerheid en aanhoudende wrok gaven diepte aan zijn beste rollen, zoals de cynische verslaggever in Ace in the Hole.

Beste films: Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Paths of Glory (1957), The Vikings (1958), Spartacus (1960), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), Seven Days in May (1964), It Runs in the Family (2003)


Clint Eastwood

(1930- )

In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the Man With No Name maakte hem de perfecte antiheld van de jaren zestig.

Beste films: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Coogan’s Bluff (1968), Hang ‘Em High (1968), Where Eagles Dare (1969), Paint Your Wagon (1969), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), The Beguiled (1971), Dirty Harry (1971), Play Misty for Me (1971), High Plains Drifter (1972), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1975), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Bronco Billy (1980), Sudden Impact (1983), Pale Rider (1985), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Space Cowboys (2000), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Gran Torino (2008), Trouble With the Curve (2012), The Mule (2018)


Errol Flynn

(1909-1959)

Flynn definieerde de guitige swashbuckler in films als Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood en The Sea Hawk.

Beste films: Captain Blood (1935), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Dawn Patrol (1938), Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940), Santa Fe Trail (1940), They Died With Their Boots On (1941), Gentleman Jim (1942), Objective, Burma! (1945), Adventures of Don Juan (1948), The Sun Also Rises (1957)


Henry Fonda

(1905-1982)

Zes decennia lang – in The Grapes of Wrath en Fail-Safe – was Fonda zo goed dat mensen zijn talent uiteindelijk niet meer waardeerden.

Beste films: Jezebel (1938), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Lady Eve (1941), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), My Darling Clementine (1946), Fort Apache (1948), Mister Roberts (1955), The Wrong Man (1956), 12 Angry Men (1957), Advise and Consent (1962), Fail-Safe (1964), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, It.), On Golden Pond (1981)


Morgan Freeman

(1937- )

Als je een acteur nodig hebt die zowel een gemene pooier (Street Smart) als God (Bruce Almighty) kan spelen, dan heb je Freeman nodig.

Beste films: Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Lean on Me (1989), Glory (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Unforgiven (1992), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Outbreak (1995), Se7en (1995), Kiss the Girls (1997), Amistad (1997), Deep Impact (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Under Suspicion (2000), Along Came a Spider (2001), High Crimes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), Guilty by Association (2003), Levity (2003), Dreamcatcher (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Batman Begins (2005), Edison (2005), An Unfinished Life (2005), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), The Bucket List (2007), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Evan Almighty (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), Wanted (2008), Invictus (2009), RED (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Oblivion (2013), Now You See Me (2013), Last Vegas (2013), Lucy (2014), Now You See Me 2 (2016)


Clark Gable

(1901-1960)

Ondanks zijn oren, straalde Gable ongecompliceerde sexappeal uit, vooral als Gone with the Wind’s Rhett Butler.

Beste films: A Free Soul (1931), No Man of Her Own (1932), Red Dust (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), It Happened One Night (1934), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), San Francisco (1936), Gone With the Wind (1939), Boom Town (1940), Mogambo (1953), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), The Misfits (1961)


Cary Grant

(1904-1986)

Grants komische flair kwam tot uiting in The Awful Truth and His Girl Friday, en zijn dramatische gave was te zien in North by Northwest.

Beste films: She Done Him Wrong (1933), Sylvia Scarlett (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Topper (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), Gunga Din (1939), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), My Favorite Wife (1940), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Suspicion (1941), The Talk of the Town (1942), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), None But the Lonely Heart (1944), Notorious (1946), The Bishop’s Wife (1947), To Catch a Thief (1955), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959), Charade (1963)


Gene Hackman

(1931- )

De omweg uit de jaren zeventig van Hollywood naar ruige, sombere films heeft Hackman gered – hij schitterde in The French Connection en The Conversation.

Beste films: Bonnie and Clyde (1967), I Never Sang For My Father (1970), The French Connection (1971), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Conversation (1974), Night Moves (1975), Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Hoosiers (1986), No Way Out (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Unforgiven (1992), The Firm (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Get Shorty (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Enemy of the State (1998), The Replacements (2000), Under Suspicion (2000), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), Heartbreakers (2001), Heist (2001), The Mexican (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Runaway Jury (2003)


Tom Hanks

(1956- )

Hij hield van een zeemeermin (Splash) en kruiste paden met de geschiedenis (Forrest Gump), maar verloor nooit het jongensachtige.

Beste films: Splash (1984), Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Toy Story (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), You’ve Got M@il (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cast Away (2000), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Road to Perdition (2002), The Ladykillers (2004), The Terminal (2004), The Polar Express (2004), Cars (2006), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Angels & Demons (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Bridge of Spies (2015), Sully (2016), The Post (2017), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)


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Dustin Hoffman

(1937- )

Hoffman brak Hollywood’s macho man in de generatiebepalende The Graduate en (op een andere manier) Tootsie.

Beste films: The Graduate (1967), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Little Big Man (1970), Straw Dogs (1971), Papillon (1973), Lenny (1974), Marathon Man (1976), All The President’s Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Tootsie (1982), Rain Man (1988), Dick Tracy (1990), Hook (1991), Hero (1992), Outbreak (1995), Sleepers (1996), Wag the Dog (1997), Sphere (1998), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), Moonlight Mile (2002), Confidence (2003), Finding Neverland (2004), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Meet the Fockers (2004), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Last Chance Harvey (2008)


William Holden

(1918-1981)

Holden analyseerde wereldmoeheid als scenarioschrijver die gigolo werd (Sunset Boulevard) en een cynische krijgsgevangene uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog (Stalag 17).

Best Films: Golden Boy (1939), Born Yesterday (1950), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Stalag 17 (1953), Sabrina (1954), Picnic (1955), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Wild Bunch (1969), Network (1976)


Anthony Hopkins

(1937- )

De filmcarrière van Hopkins was een achtbaanrit door tv, bijrollen en cultfilms, zoals The Elephant Man.

Beste films: The Lion in Winter (1968), A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), 84 Charing Cross Road (1986), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993), Shadowlands (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Nixon (1995), Amistad (1997), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Meet Joe Black (1998), Instinct (1999), Titus (1999), Hannibal (2001), Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Red Dragon (2002), The Human Stain (2003), Alexander (2004), Proof (2005), The World’s Fastest Indian (2005), All the King’s Men (2006), Bobby (2006), Beowulf (2007), Fracture (2007), Thor (2011), Hitchcock (2012), Noah (2014), The Two Popes (2019), The Father (2020)


Buster Keaton

(1895-1966)

The Great Stone Face was de hoofdattractie in innovatieve stille komedies als Sherlock Jr., Seven Chances en The General.

Beste films: Our Hospitality (1923), The Navigator (1924), Sherlock, Jr. (1924), Seven Chances (1925), College (1927), The General (1927), The Cameraman (1928), Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), Spite Marriage (1929), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Limelight (1952), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)


Gene Kelly

(1912-1996)

De viriele Kelly maakte ballet toegankelijk voor reguliere bioscoopbezoekers in klassieke musicals als An American in Paris en Singin’ in the Rain.

Beste films: For Me and My Gal (1942), Cover Girl (1944), Anchors Aweigh (1945), The Pirate (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948), On The Town (1949), Summer Stock (1950), An American in Paris (1951), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Brigadoon (1954), It’s Always Fair Weather (1955), Inherit the Wind (1960)


Burt Lancaster

(1913-1994)

De voormalige circusacrobaat bracht fysieke gratie naar misdaadfilms (The Killers) en swashbucklers (The Crimson Pirate).

Beste films: The Killers (1946), Criss Cross (1949), The Flame and the Arrow (1950), Jim Thorpe – All American (1951), Come Back Little Sheba (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), The Rose Tattoo (1955), The Rainmaker (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Elmer Gantry (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Bird Man of Alcatraz (1962), The Leopard (1963), Seven Days in May (1964), The Train (1964), The Professionals (1966), The Swimmer (1968), Atlantic City (1981), Local Hero (1983), Field of Dreams (1989)


Jack Lemmon

(1925-2001)

Lang voordat dramedy een naam had, perfectioneerde Lemmon de kunst om de lach in emotionele waarheid te wikkelen in Some Like It Hot.

Beste films: It Should Happen to You (1954), Mister Roberts (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Great Race (1965), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Odd Couple (1968), Avanti! (1972), Save the Tiger (1973), Airport ’77 (1977), The China Syndrome (1979), Missing (1982), JFK (1991), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Grumpier Old Men (1995), My Fellow Americans (1996), Out to Sea (1997), The Odd Couple II (1998)


The Marx Brothers

Groucho
(1890-1977)

Groucho introduceerde absurdistische anarchie in de reguliere komedie in Animal Crackers en Horse Feathers.

Beste films: The Cocoanuts (1929), Animal Crackers (1930), Monkey Business (1931), Horse Feathers (1932), Duck Soup (1933), A Night at the Opera (1935), A Day at the Races (1937)


James Mason

(1901-1984)

Odd Man Out zette Mason op de radar en hij bracht een vleugje bedorven klasse naar North by Northwest en Lolita.

Beste films: The Seventh Veil (1945), Odd Man Out (1947), Caught (1949), The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951), 5 Fingers (1952), Julius Caesar (1953), A Star is Born (1954), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), North by Northwest (1959), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), Lolita (1962), Georgy Girl (1966), Heaven Can Wait (1978), The Boys From Brazil (1978), The Verdict (1982)


Steve McQueen

(1930-1980)

McQueen’s merkwaardige opstandigheid maakte hem de ultieme coolheid in The Great Escape.

Beste films: The Magnificent Seven (1960), Hell is for Heroes (1962), The Great Escape (1963), Love With the Proper Stranger (1963), Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Bullitt (1968), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), The Reivers (1969), On Any Sunday (1971), Le Mans (1971), The Getaway (1972), Papillon (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Hunter (1980)


Robert Mitchum

(1917-1999)

Mitchums slaperige, vaag dreigende sensualiteit maakte hem tot een noir-icoon in films als Out of the Past en The Night of the Hunter.

Beste films: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Crossfire (1947), Out of the Past (1947), Pursued (1947), The Lusty Men (1952), River of No Return (1954), The Night of the Hunter (1955), The Enemy Below (1957), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), The Sundowners (1960), Cape Fear (1962), The Longest Day (1962), Two for the Seesaw (1962), El Dorado (1967), Ryan’s Daughter (1970), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), The Yakuza (1975), The Big Sleep (1978)


Paul Newman

(1925-2008)

Newman koppelde zijn knappe uiterlijk aan de ene gladde, verrassende klassieker na de andere, van The Hustler tot Hud.

Beste films: The Silver Chalice (1954), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Left Handed Gun (1958), The Long, Hot Summer (1958), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Exodus (1960), The Hustler (1961), Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man (1962), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), Hud (1963), Harper (1966), Torn Curtain (1966), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Hombre (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Winning (1969), Sometimes a Great Notion (1971), The Sting (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976), Slap Shot (1977), Absence of Malice (1981), Fort Apache, the Bronx (1981), The Verdict (1982), The Color of Money (1986), Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990), Nobody’s Fool (1994), Twilight (1998), Message in a Bottle (1999), Where the Money Is (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Cars (2006)


Jack Nicholson

(1937- )

Nicholsons wilde, uitdagende energie sloot naadloos aan bij de tijdgeest en produceerde films als Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge en Chinatown.

Beste films: Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Last Detail (1973), Chinatown (1974), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), The Shining (1980), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Reds (1981), Terms of Endearment (1983), Prizzi’s Honor (1985), Ironweed (1987), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Batman (1989), The Two Jakes (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Wolf (1994), The Evening Star (1996), Mars Attacks! (1996), As Good As It Gets (1997), The Pledge (2001), About Schmidt (2002), Anger Management (2003), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), The Departed (2006), The Bucket List (2007)


Sir Laurence Olivier

(1907-1989)

Klassiek geschoold benaderde Olivier Shakespeare met dezelfde kracht die hij naar Wuthering Heights bracht.

Beste films: Wuthering Heights (1939), Pride and Prejudice (1940), Rebecca (1940), That Hamilton Woman (1941), Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), Carrie (1952), The Beggar’s Opera (1953), Richard III (1955), The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), The Entertainer (1960), Spartacus (1960), Othello (1965), Khartoum (1966), Sleuth (1972), Marathon Man (1976), The Jazz Singer (1980), Inchon (1981)


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Al Pacino

(1940- )

Pacino omarmde bravoure in publiekstrekkers als Glengarry Glen Ross en The Devil’s Advocate.

Beste films: The Panic in Needle Park (1971), The Godfather (1972), Serpico (1973), The Godfather, Part II (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), …And Justice for All (1979), Scarface (1983), Sea of Love (1989), Dick Tracy (1990), The Godfather, Part III (1990), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Carlito’s Way (1993), Scent of a Woman (1992), Heat (1995), Looking for Richard (1996), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Donnie Brasco (1997), Any Given Sunday (1999). The Insider (1999). Insomnia (2002), S1m0ne (2002), Angels in America (2003), The Recruit (2003), The Merchant of Venice (2004), 88 Minutes (2007), Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), Righteous Kill (2008), Danny Collins (2015), The Irishman (2019), Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)


Gregory Peck

(1916-2003)

Peck kon neurotisch (Spellbound) en onstuimig (Roman Holiday) spelen, maar blonk uit in gerechtigheid (Gentlemen’s Agreement).

Beste films: The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), Spellbound (1945), Duel in the Sun (1946), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), Yellow Sky (1948), Twelve O’Clock High (1949), The Gunfighter (1950), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), David and Bathsheba (1951), Roman Holiday (1953), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), Moby Dick (1956), The Big Country (1958), Beloved Infidel (1959), On the Beach (1959), Pork Chop Hill (1959), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Omen (1976), MacArthur (1977), The Boys from Brazil (1978), Old Gringo (1989)


Sean Penn

(1960- )

Penn’s specialiteit is de intense, gecompliceerde eenling als Dead Man Walking en Mystic River.

Beste films: Taps (1981), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Bad Boys (1983), Racing With the Moon (1984), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), At Close Range (1986), Shanghai Surprise (1986), Colors (1988), Casualties of War (1989), We’re No Angels (1989), Carlito’s Way (1993), Dead Man Walking (1995), The Game (1997), She’s So Lovely (1997), U Turn (1997), Hurlyburly (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), I Am Sam (2001), Mystic River (2003), 21 Grams (2003), The Interpreter (2005), All the King’s Men (2006), Milk (2008), The Tree of Life (2011)


Sidney Poitier

(1927- )

In een tijd dat de meeste zwarte acteurs achter in de bus zaten, nam Poitier het stuur over en won hij een Oscar voor Lilies of the Field.

Beste films: The Blackboard Jungle (1955), The Defiant Ones (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Lilies of the Field (1963), The Bedford Incident (1965), The Long Ships (1965), A Patch of Blue (1965), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), In the Heat of the Night (1967), To Sir, With Love (1967), They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970), Little Nikita (1988), Shoot to Kill (1988), The Jackal (1997)


William Powell

(1892-1984)

Powell was vier decennia lang een leidend en verzamelde een zeer diverse filmografie, waaronder The Thin Man-series, My Man Godfrey en Sherlock Holmes.

Beste films: The Last Command (1928), The Canary Murder Case (1929), One Way Passage (1932), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), The Thin Man (1934) (and five sequels), Reckless (1935), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), My Man Godfrey (1936), Libeled Lady (1936), Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Life With Father (1947), Mister Roberts (1955)


Edward G. Robinson

(1893-1973)

Robinson was overtuigend als een kracht voor gerechtigheid (Double Indemnity), een crimineel (Little Caesar) en een schmuck (Scarlet Street).

Beste films: Little Caesar (1930), The Whole Town’s Talking (1935), Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940), The Sea Wolf (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), The Woman in the Window (1944), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), Scarlet Street (1945), The Stranger (1946), Key Largo (1948), The Ten Commandments (1956), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Soylent Green (1973)


George C. Scott

(1926-1999)

In films als Patton, Hardcore en A Christmas Carol worden morele verontwaardiging belichaamd, goed of fout.

Beste films: Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Hustler (1961), Dr. Strangelove Or: (1964), The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966), Patton (1970), The Hospital (1971), They Might Be Giants (1971), Hardcore (1979), The Changeling (1980), A Christmas Carol (1984) (TV)


Zie hier de rijkste acteur ter wereld is Jerry Seinfeld (de top 10).


Peter Sellers

(1925-1980)

Sellers was bitter leuk: wie anders had Dr. Strangelove en president Merkin Muffley in dezelfde scène kunnen spelen?

Beste films: The Ladykillers (1955), The Mouse That Roared (1959), Lolita (1962), The Pink Panther (1963) films, A Shot in the Dark (1964), Dr. Strangelove Or: (1964), Casino Royale (1967), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968), The Party (1968), Being There (1979)


James Stewart

(1908-1997)

Stewart, gestereotypeerd als een aw-shucks Everyman, voegde intellect toe aan The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance en vele andere rollen.

Beste films: You Can’t Take It With You (1938), Destry Rides Again (1939), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), It’s A Wonderful Life (1946), Rope (1948), Call Northside 777 (1948), Broken Arrow (1950), Harvey (1950), Winchester ’73 (1950), Bend of the River (1952), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), The Naked Spur (1953), The Far Country (1954), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), Rear Window (1954), The Man From Laramie (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Bell Book and Candle (1958), Vertigo (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The FBI Story (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Cheyenne Autumn (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Shenandoah (1965), The Shootist (1976)


Spencer Tracy

(1900-1967)

Praktisch over de kunst van het acteren, Tracy was een onwaarschijnlijke hoofdrolspeler in het sociaal bewuste drama Bad Day at Black Rock.

Beste films: Fury (1936), Libeled Lady (1936), San Francisco (1936), Captains Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938), Test Pilot (1938), Boom Town (1940), Edison, the Man (1940), Northwest Passage (1940), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Tortilla Flat (1942), Woman of the Year (1942), A Guy Named Joe (1943), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), Adam’s Rib (1949), State of the Union (1948), Father of the Bride (1950), Father’s Little Dividend (1951), Pat and Mike (1952), Broken Lance (1954), Bad Day At Black Rock (1955), Desk Set (1957), The Last Hurrah (1958), The Old Man and the Sea (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)


Denzel Washington

(1954- )

Washington speelde de stem van morele autoriteit in films als Glory en Courage Under Fire zonder schijnheilig te lijken.

Beste films: Cry Freedom (1987), Glory (1989), Mississippi Masala (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Philadelphia (1993), The Pelican Brief (1993), Devil In A Blue Dress (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), Courage Under Fire (1996), The Preacher’s Wife (1996), Fallen (1998), The Siege (1998), The Hurricane (1999), The Bone Collector (1999), Remember the Titans (2000), Training Day (2001), Antwone Fisher (2002), John Q. (2002), Out of Time (2003), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), American Gangster (2007), The Great Debaters (2007), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), The Book of Eli (2010), Flight (2012), The Equalizer (2014), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Fences (2016), Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017), The Equalizer 2 (2018)


John Wayne

(1907-1979)

Wayne bracht ’50 jaar door met het definiëren van de Amerikaanse mannelijkheid, terwijl hij de hoofdrol speelde in de carrièremakende Stagecoach en de bitterzoete The Shootist.

Beste films: Stagecoach (1939), The Flying Tigers (1942), Back to Bataan (1945), They Were Expendable (1945), Fort Apache (1948), Red River (1948), The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The High and the Mighty (1954), The Searchers (1956), The Wings of Eagles (1957), Rio Bravo (1959), The Alamo (1960), The Longest Day (1962), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Hatari! (1962), El Dorado (1967), The Green Berets (1968), True Grit (1969), The Shootist (1976)


Orson Welles

(1915-1985)

Citizen Kane toonde Welles’ bravoure acteerstijl en rollen in Touch of Evil en The Lady From Shanghai bewezen dat hij geen toevalstreffer was.

Beste films: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Jane Eyre (1943), The Stranger (1946), The Lady From Shanghai (1948), Macbeth (1948), The Third Man (1949), Moby Dick (1956), Touch of Evil (1958), Compulsion (1959), Chimes at Midnight (1966), A Man For All Seasons (1966)