Breadman's all time favs.

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1.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis (Lowe), from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University...
“ The modern Master. So many brilliant films and he just gets better with age. Training Day, Man on Fire, Inside Man If you don't know...shame on you. One of his best efforts was in a failed remake of the "Manchurian Candidate". Washington showed new range as the tormented, haunted Major. His smaller movies were worthy contributions too. "Antwone Fisher" and "the Great Debaters". ” - breadman8
 
2.
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ To me he is "GENE ! " Small role or large it does not matter.
Always amazing. So many wonderful films for the workaholic. From "French Connection thru Mamet's "Heist" as he parries with Danny DeVito and or Del Roy Lindo. He elevates even a standard formula film. ” - breadman8
 
3.
Cary Grant
Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood...
“ I can only tell younger folk. There will never be another. The best. ” - breadman8
 
4.
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured...
“ Great great movie star. The Swimmer, Apache, Run silent Run Deep, From Here to Eternity. the Train. Can't leave out "Sweet Smell of Success".
Hollywood folk evidently did not really like him. More reason to go with Burt.
Sorry you youngsters may never know. ” - breadman8
 
5.
Li Gong
Actress, 2046
Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated in 1989...
“ One film and I was gone..er Gong for her.
An unreal beauty. Rent her Chinese epics and see she why she is a huge talent whether well known in the USA or not. ” - breadman8
 
6.
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint is an American actress and producer. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Her film career also includes roles in Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960)...
“ Ethereal beauty AND In "On the Waterfront" and "North by Northwest". Enough said. ” - breadman8
 
7.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ an easy choice ” - breadman8
 
8.
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ required choice and glad of it. ” - breadman8
 
9.
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ lends a certain authority to roles. Love him. In the voice overs for "Shawshank Redemption" Movie people said why haven't we done more of this. They do now. ” - breadman8
 
10.
James Stewart
James Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story (1940) and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star...
“ A basic for any movie fan. All time movies. ” - breadman8
 
11.
Wes Studi
Actor, Avatar
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves...
“ One awesome role in "Last of the Mohigans" etched in memory. Only role not specifically Native American was "Heat". Props to Michael Mann for both those choices. More Wes Please. ” - breadman8
 
12.
Delroy Lindo
Actor, Up
On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore. Alhough it was not his first film role, his portrayal of the bipolar numbers boss West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X is what first attracted attention to Lindo's considerable talents. Since then, his star has slowly been on the rise...
“ An unforgettable face became a familiar one. Seems like the name stars and directors are quick to hire Del Roy.
Great line from "Heist" Gene Hackman to Del Roy character. "How yah doing Bobby? response: "Well,..I think your lookin' at it." Mamet lines flawlessly delivered.
Savor such as "Malcolm X", "Get Shorty", "Clockers" ” - breadman8
 
13.
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Just the first "Elizabeth" alone puts her on my list. You get your monies worth everytime. ” - breadman8
 
14.
Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ From "Godfathers" on thru "The Great Santini" "Tender Mercies", and "Sling Blade", you can never top his work in the epic TV's "Lonesome Dove" with Tommy Lee Jones. Only the greatest TV drama ever.
Check out two of his little movies. "The Apostle" and "A Family Thing" with topics that probably got made only because of Duvall's celebrity.
Both deft treatments and deliveries. ” - breadman8
 
15.
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ A guy who could just Take Over. He is as good as he wants to be.
He saved the Batman francishe in Batman Begins though he got lost in the Heath Ledger Batman. Stunning to realize he was the boy Jim in Spielberg's passed over epic "Empire of the Sun".
....An ugly film like "American Psycho" seemed career suicide. Wrong. His apocalyptic genre "Reign of Fire" was dismissed but was rather good. It was the rare action movie animated by strong acting rather than effects or even plot. No one could afford the $$$ for that cast today.
Not forgetting "3:10 To Yuma" and "The Boxer"...all strong entries. ” - breadman8
 
16.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ Ain't it the way. When newer actors get the blockbusters...there is not much to the acting. Joe G-L earned his stripes in small budget films. Especially "The Lookout" where he rocked my world. But then he gets to cash in on summer popcorn efforts like "GI Joe". No acting skills required. But good for this Joe GL. ” - breadman8
 
17.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ An All Time great. Remember him forever as young...not the weird old guy he became.
A line still used around our place...from "the Appaloosa" by John Saxton as a banditto talking to Brando. "You would not want to embarrass me in front of my pistoleros !" (as a threat). Take be back to Viva Zapata, The Young Lions or One Eyed Jacks. ...any time. ” - breadman8
 
18.
Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Belfast High School and the Queen's University, where he studied English. He later trained at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. In 1970s, he acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with the talented Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney. After several stage...
“ OH thats what they meant by Irish wit and charm. "the Crying Game"...also "Citizen X" ” - breadman8
 
19.
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ Can watch him all day. But you didn't see his "Human Stain" ” - breadman8
 
20.
Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ Solid. Can play the everyman that few can. We just like him. ” - breadman8
 
21.
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. But his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ At the end of the day...he's been a very good actor. Be sure and see "Snatch" it was a surprise when he showed up in that one but it worked. Troy was trashed but hey Brad Pitt was doing it !
Jesse James, Ben Button. We excuse "Mr. and Mrs Smith." ” - breadman8
 
22.
Sean Bean
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ Rarely a leading man but always excellant as friend or foe.
Hero, villain or fraud. Two that come to mind "I'll Never Tell" "Ronan". Waiting for "Game of Thrones" series. ” - breadman8
 
23.
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Show stopping bad cop in the The Professional. "I SAID...EVERYBODY !"
This guy can do it all. Can't wait for the new version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. ” - breadman8
 
24.
Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up...
“ He's become the iconic pirate. As much as Margaret !!! became the iconic witch after Wizard of Oz.
Gave weight to the Elizabeth films and should have won the Oscar for the Kings Speech. ” - breadman8
 
25.
Edie Falco
Actress, The Sopranos
Edith Falco, called Edie, was born on July 5, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, English, and Cornish (mother) descent. Edie grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Purchase, where she was trained in acting at the prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film...
“ Never saw the Sopranos until it was off TV. Freakin' unbelieveable.
She made the show 'real". That ran for years...but one 10 min. role as Karen in the film "Freedomland" (C+) blew the doors off again. A world apart from prior TV roles...."Just a nod of the head....it's such a little thing...just a nod" WOW. ” - breadman8
 
26.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He started his career by appearing in episodes of television shows with his brother River Phoenix and sister Summer Phoenix. His first major film release was in the comedy-drama film Parenthood (1989). During his period as a child actor he was credited as Leaf Phoenix...
“ Absolutely: In retirement? What?
His movie rolls that rocked: Gladiator, The Village, Johnnie Cash, Signs. etc etc. ” - breadman8