I was tagged by the terrific Raquelle at Out of the Past to list my top 20 favorite movie actors. It was a hard order to fill, because I really like so many of them. The first five are according to my esteem for them, the rest are in alphabetical order.
(All images from Dr. Macro, unless otherwise stated)
1. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
2. Tyrone Power
(and the lovely Maureen O’Hara in The Black Swan – I just love the red scarf he wears in this movie!)
3. Robert Taylor
4. Errol Flynn
5. Gary Cooper
6. Marlon Brando
(I adore him in Guys and Dolls as Sky Masterson!)
7. Ronald Colman
(Photo from Arrowsmith)
8. Robert Donat
(This pic comes from The 39 Steps.)
9. William Holden
(from The Bridge Over the River Kwai)
10. Van Johnson
(Shown here with Lana Turner in Weekend at the Waldorf)
11. Jack Lemmon
(From The Apartment which is such a lovely love story.)
12. Victor Mature
(Shown here with Gene Tierney and Phyllis Brooks in The Shanghai Gesture – which, incidentally, if you’ve never seen it, it’s a quirky must!)
13. Robert Mitchum
14. Robert Montgomery
(My favorite Montgomery film is Lady in the Lake, although this photo is not from it)
15. Chester Morris
(The Boston Blackie series is so great!)
(This photo is my scan from a vintage 1942 copy of Modern Screen magazine.)
17. William Powell
(Asta is pretty cute too!)
18. Gene Raymond
(I found this photo on the internet years ago now. I can’t remember where it came from, so if it’s yours or you know whose it is, I’d appreciate a little heads up. Thanks!)
19. Ronald Reagan
(I just adore him in I’ll Wait for You (1941). And, remember, he was Ava Gardner’s husband in the 1951 version of Show Boat!)
This is another photo that I cannot remember where I found it. Link info would be very much appreciated!
Okay, there it is. I know I’m going to feel guilty about who I listed and who I didn’t. I like so many more actors, but when you can only pick 20, it puts a limit on your ardor. Oh well.
Off to finish my art project!
[1/25/09 Edit: I am supposed to pass on this tag, but when I wrote this, I couldn’t decide on who to award it to. Since the lovely Jen was kind enough to be the first to comment on this post (other than my crony in film admiration, Raquelle) I’ll pass it along to her. Here ya go, Jen. Have fun!]