Top Ten Favorite Actors of All Time

by alexthestudmeister | created - 15 Sep 2011 | updated - 15 Sep 2011 | Public

1. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

Reason: Jerry was always a favorite of mine because of all the different characters he could create and portray. In the Family Jewels he plays 7 different people, each with a different voice, personality, and physical appearance. Now, THAT is talent!

2. Dick Van Dyke

Actor | Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had ...

Reason: When I was a kid, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were two of my favorite movies! Dick starred in both of those movies, playing somewhat similar roles. I loved the singing, the dancing, and everything else Dick did in those films.

3. Andy Kaufman

Actor | Taxi

Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in ...

Reason: Andy was a one-of-a-kind guy. He was completely insane, but also a creative genius. No one else had ever attempted some of the crazy things Andy pulled off in his time! Some people see him as a total whack-job who needed to be locked up and medicated. I, on the other hand, consider him one of the most original and talented performers in history.

4. Ray Bolger

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bolger on January 10, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Anne C. (Wallace) and James Edward Bolger, both Irish-Americans. Ray began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. ...

Reason: When I was young, my favorite movie was The Wizard of Oz. I watched that movie literally EVERY DAY of my life up until I was about 8 years old. My favorite character in that movie was the Scarecrow. I used to dance around and sing to his song all the time. Ray did an excellent job portraying that character, and he'll always be remembered as one of my first childhood idols.

5. Ron Moody

Actor | Oliver!

Equipped with a crooked, leering smirk and devilish gleam in his eye, the homely, yet beautifully expressive mug of actor Ron Moody will be most assuredly remembered for one signature role, despite the fact that the talented comedian had much, much more to offer. Carol Channing may have had her ...

Reason: Another movie I watched quite often as a kid was Oliver. Ron played Fagin in the film, and that guy was a character to remember! I wasn't too fond of the movie itself; the only reason I watched it was to see Ron's song and dance numbers throughout the story. One of my most vivid childhood memories was dressing up as Fagin and pretending to pick people's pockets around the house. For that, I thank Ron Moody.

6. Jim Carrey

Actor | Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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 (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: ...

Reason: People have always told me I look a little like Jim Carrey. I've been able to do a good Cable Guy impression since I was like 9 - facial expressions and voice. Also, Jim portrayed my #3 favorite actor, Andy Kaufman, in Man on the Moon - yet another movie I find extremely inspiring. I've always admired Jim's comedic abilities as well as his "face made of silly putty". That man can do some of the most amazing facial impersonations.

7. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

Reason: Robin Williams is one of the crudest, most original, clever, hysterical improv comedians of all time. His material is pure GOLD, and his ability to make up this gold on the spot, out of thin air is what I consider to be TRUE TALENT. If I were as talented as this guy, I would be the happiest man alive.

8. Boris Karloff

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...

Reason: I'm a major Universal Horror Film fan, and Boris Karloff is the KING OF HORROR! His portrayal of Frankenstein's Monster was absolutely breath-taking and horrifying! As a kid, I used to watch Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein over and over and over again just so I could study the Monster's movements and gestures and grunts and personality. Karloff also had a really cool voice which I hope to one day be able to imitate.

9. Christopher Lloyd

Actor | Back to the Future

Christopher Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Allen Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Addams Family Values (1993). He was previously married to Jane Walker Wood, Carol Ann Vanek, Kay Tornborg ...