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Poll: Most Deserving Honorary Oscar

Who of these people is the most deserving recipient of an Honorary Oscar honouring a primarily acting related lifetime achievement?

Recipients of honorary awards for child and youth performances and performances in single particular films are not included here, as aren't recipients of not primarily acting-related honorary awards.

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    Fred Astaire

    1949 - "for his unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures."
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    Gene Kelly

    1951 - "in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."
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    Bob Hope

    1952 -"for his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise.”
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    Harold Lloyd

    1952 - "master comedian and good citizen.”
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    Danny Kaye

    1954 - "for his unique talents, his service to the Academy, the motion picture industry, and the American people."
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    Greta Garbo

    1954 - "for her unforgettable screen performances.”
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    Maurice Chevalier

    1958 - “for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century.”
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    Buster Keaton

    1959 - "for his unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen.”
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    Gary Cooper

    1960 - "for his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry."
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    Stan Laurel

    1960 - "for his creative pioneering in the field of cinema comedy."
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    Cary Grant

    1969 - "for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues."
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    Lillian Gish

    1970 - "for superlative artistry and for distinguished contribution to the progress of motion pictures."
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    Charles Chaplin

    1971 - "for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century."
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    Edward G. Robinson

    1972 - "who achieved greatness as a player, a patron of the arts and a dedicated citizen...in sum, a Renaissance man. From his friends in the industry he loves."
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    Groucho Marx

    1973 - "in recognition of his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers in the art of motion picture comedy."
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    Laurence Olivier

    1978 - "for the full body of his work, for the unique achievements of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film."
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    Alec Guinness

    1979 - "for advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances."
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    Henry Fonda

    1980 - "the consummate actor, in recognition of his brilliant accomplishments and enduring contribution to the art of motion pictures."
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    Barbara Stanwyck

    1981 - "for superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting."
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    Mickey Rooney

    1982 - "in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances."
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    James Stewart

    1984 - "for his fifty years of memorable performances. For his high ideals both on and off the screen. With the respect and affection of his colleagues."
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    Paul Newman

    1985 - "in recognition of his many and memorable compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft."
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    Ralph Bellamy

    1986 - "for his unique artistry and his distinguished service to the profession of acting."
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    Sophia Loren

    1990 - "one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form."
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    Myrna Loy

    1990 - "in recognition of her extraordinary qualities both on screen and off, with appreciation for a lifetime's worth of indelible performances."
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    Deborah Kerr

    1993 - "in appreciation for a full career's worth of elegant and beautifully crafted performances."
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    Kirk Douglas

    1995 - "for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community."
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    Sidney Poitier

    2001 - "in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human."
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    Robert Redford

    2001 - "Actor, director, producer, creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere."
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    Peter O'Toole

    2002 - "whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters."
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    Lauren Bacall

    2009 - "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."
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    Eli Wallach

    2010 - "for a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters."
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    James Earl Jones

    2011 - "for his legacy of consistent excellence and uncommon versatility"
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    Angela Lansbury

    2013 - "for her extravagant achievements in cinematic industry of her career of 75 years..."
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    Steve Martin

    2013- "for his excellence achievement as a Stand-Up comedian, Musician and Producer..."