Entertainers of the Year

I am awarding an "Entertainer of the Year" for each year of movies starting in 1971.
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1.
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ 2013- For directing Gravity

Idina Menzel (Frozen)
JJ Abrams (Star Trek: Into Darkness)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) ” - Nuschler
 
2.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (A.K.A. Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ 2012- For his performance in Lincoln

Other Candidates:
Joss Whedon (The Avengers)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises)
Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables) ” - Nuschler
 
3.
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. However, 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...
“ 2011- For his performance in Moneyball

Other Candidates:
Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol)
Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2)
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Steven Spielberg (War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin) ” - Nuschler
 
4.
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ 2010- For directing Inception

Other candidates:
Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon)
John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Christian Bale (The Fighter) ” - Nuschler
 
5.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ 2009- For directing Avatar

Other Candidates:
Christoph Walz (Inglorious Basterds)
Bob Peterson (Up)
JJ Abrams (Star Trek)
Quentin Tarentino (Ingorious Basterds) ” - Nuschler
 
6.
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised nineteen films...
“ 2008- For his performance in The Dark Knight.

Other Candidates:
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) ” - Nuschler
 
7.
Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema. He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
“ 2007- For his performance in No Country For Old Men

Other Candidates:
Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)
Bruce Willis (Live Free or Die Hard)
Michael Bay (Transformers) ” - Nuschler
 
8.
Sylvester Stallone
Actor, Rocky
This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws...
“ 2006- For his performance and direction in Rocky Balboa

Other Candidates:
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)
Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
Martin Campbell (Casino Royale)
Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) ” - Nuschler
 
9.
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ 2005- For directing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Other Candidates:
Peter Jackson (King Kong)
Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins)
Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
John Williams (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) ” - Nuschler
 
10.
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ For directing Kill Bill Vol. 2

Other Candidates:
Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lemony Snicket a Series of Unfortunate Events)
Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 2)
David Carridine (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
Brad Bird (The Incredibles) ” - Nuschler
 
11.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ For his performance in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Other Candidates:
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Kevin Costner (Open Range)
Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty)
Quentin Tarentino (Kill Bill Vol. 1) ” - Nuschler
 
12.
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ 2002- For directing Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Other Candidates:
Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
Steven Spielbergs (Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can)
Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) ” - Nuschler
 
13.
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ 2001- For directing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Other Candidates:
Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal)
Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind)
Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) ” - Nuschler
 
14.
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ 2000- For his performance in Gladiator

Other Candidates:
Hans Zimmer (Gladiator)
Ridley Scott (Gladiator)
Wolfgang Peterson (The Perfiect Storm)
Jim Carrey (Dr. Suess How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Me Myself & Irene) ” - Nuschler
 
15.
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ 1999- For directing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Other Candidates:
John Williams (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace)
Kevin Costner (For Love of the Game, Message in a Bottle)
Mike Myers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix) ” - Nuschler
 
16.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ 1998- For directing Saving Private Ryan

Jim Carrey (The Truman Show)
Bruce Willis (Armageddon, Mercury Rising)
Anthony Hopkins (The Mask of Zorro)
Peter Weir (The Truman Show) ” - Nuschler
 
17.
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ 1997- For directing Titanic

James Horner (Titanic)
Jim Carrey (Liar Liar)
Mike Myers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery)
Harrison Ford (Air Force One) ” - Nuschler
 
18.
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ 1996- For his performance in Tin Cup

Jeff Goldblum (Independance Day)
Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire, Mission: Impossible)
Bill Pullman (Independance Day)
Will Smith (Independance Day) ” - Nuschler
 
19.
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ 1995- For his performance in Heat

Other Candidates:
Mel Gibson (Braveheart)
Gene Hackman (Crimson Tide)
Michael Mann (Heat)
Jon Lasseter (Toy Story) ” - Nuschler
 
20.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ 1994- For his performances in Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and The Mask

Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption)
Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption)
Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption)
Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) ” - Nuschler
 
21.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ 1993- For directing Jurassic Park and Schindler's List

Other Candidates:
Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park)
John Williams (Jurassic Park, Schindler's List)
Sam Neil (Jurassic Park)
Harrison Ford (The Fugitive) ” - Nuschler
 
22.
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ 1992- For his performance and direction of Unforgiven

Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman)
Robin Williams (Aladdin)
Gene Hackman (Unforgiven)
Alan Menken (Aladdin) ” - Nuschler
 
23.
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...
“ 1991- For his performance in The Slience of the Lambs

Other Candidates:
Kevin Costner (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK)
James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)
Billy Crystal (City Slickers) ” - Nuschler
 
24.
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ 1990-For directing Dances With Wolves and his performances in Dances With Wolves and Revenge

Other Candidates:
Macauley Culkin (Home Alone)
John Williams (Home Alone)
Bruce Willis (Die Hard 2: Die Harder)
Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) ” - Nuschler
 
25.
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the early 2000s...
“ 1989- For his performance in Batman

Other Candidates:
Tim Burton (Batman)
Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally)
Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) ” - Nuschler
 
26.
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...
“ 1988- For his performance in Die Hard

Other Candidates:
Kevin Costner (Bull Durham)
Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
Tom Hanks (Big)
Alan Rickman (Die Hard) ” - Nuschler
 
27.
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ 1987- For his performances in Wall Street and Fatal Attraction

Other Candidates:
Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride)
Mandy Patnikin (The Princess Bride)
Oliver Stone (Wall Street)
Steve Martin (Planes Trains & Automobiles, Roxanne) ” - Nuschler
 
28.
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...
“ 1986- For his performance in Hoosiers

Other Candidates:
James Cameron (Aliens)
Jerry Goldsmith (Hoosiers)
Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee)
David Anspaugh (Hoosiers) ” - Nuschler
 
29.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox (née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their ten-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother, Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia...
“ 1985- For his performances in Back to the Future and Teen Wolf

Other Candidates:
Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future)
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future)
Jeff Cohen (The Goonies)
Steven Spielberg (The Goonies, Back to the Future) ” - Nuschler
 
30.
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
“ 1984- For his performance in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Other Candidates:
Bill Murray (Ghostbusters)
Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Gremlins)
Michael Douglas (Romancing the Stone)
John Williams (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) ” - Nuschler
 
31.
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ 1983- For his performance in Scarface

Other Candidates:
George Lucas (Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi)
Chevy Chase (Vacation)
Mark Hamill (Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi)
Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi) ” - Nuschler
 
32.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ 1982- For directing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Other Candidates:
John Williams (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)
Sylvester Stallone (Rocky III, First Blood)
Mr. T (Rocky III)
William Shatner (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn) ” - Nuschler
 
33.
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
“ 1981- For his performance in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Other Candidates:
Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
George Lucas (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
John Williams (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) ” - Nuschler
 
34.
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ 1980- For his performance in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Other Candidates:
George Lucas (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
John Williams (Star Wars Episode V: The Empie Strikes Back)
Harrison Ford (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Jack Nicholson (The Shining) ” - Nuschler
 
35.
Sylvester Stallone
Actor, Rocky
This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws...
“ 1979- For his performance and direction of Rocky II

Other Candidates:
Ridley Scott (Alien)
Burgess Meredith (Rocky II)
Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Francis Ford Copolla (Apocolypse Now) ” - Nuschler
 
36.
Christopher Reeve
Actor, Superman
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney...
“ 1978- For his performance in Superman

Other Candidates:
Richard Donner (Superman)
Gene Hackman (Superman)
John Williams (Superman)
John Travolta (Grease) ” - Nuschler
 
37.
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ 1977- For directing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Other Candidates:
John Williams (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Sir Alec Guiness (Star Wars Episde IV: A New Hope)
Harrison Ford (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) ” - Nuschler
 
38.
Sylvester Stallone
Actor, Rocky
This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws...
“ 1976- For his performance in Rocky

Other Candidates:
Bill Conti (Rocky)
Burgess Meredith (Rocky)
Robert DeNirdo (Taxi Driver)
John Avilsden (Rocky) ” - Nuschler
 
39.
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ 1975- For directing Jaws

Other Candidates:
Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon)
Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
Robert Shaw (Jaws)
John Williams (Jaws) ” - Nuschler
 
40.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ 1974- For directing The Godfather Part II

Other Candidates:
Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II)
Nino Rota (The Godfather Part II)
Robert Duvall (The Godfather Part II)
Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) ” - Nuschler
 
41.
Paul Newman
Actor, Cars
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ 1973- For his performance in The Sting

Other Candidates:
George Roy Hill (The Sting)
Scott Joplin (The Sting)
Robert Shaw (The Sting)
Al Pacino (Scarecrow, Serpico) ” - Nuschler
 
42.
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ 1972- For his performance in The Godfather

Other Candidates:
Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather)
Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
James Caan (The Godfather)
Nino Rota (The Godfather) ” - Nuschler
 
43.
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ 1971- For his performance in Dirty Harry

Other Candidates:
Gene Hackman (The French Connection)
Gene Wilder (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Don Siegel (Dirty Harry)
William Friedkin (The French Connection) ” - Nuschler