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Posted: 10/11/2007 5:39:55 PM EST
I might have to go with Jack

poll coming
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:40:29 PM EST
Swayze
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:40:32 PM EST
Pacino sucks more dong than a Vietnamese whorehouse.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:41:35 PM EST
I like those guys but I go with an earlier generation. Burt Lancaster had a range these guys don't have.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:41:40 PM EST
The greatest actor of not just our time, but all time past and future, is Gary Sinese. Bar none. No poll needed.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:09:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By Flaco:

Originally Posted By dedfella:
While i like all 3 of the actors listed in the thread title

my pick for that general age group would be Morgan Freeman

for the newer generation I would pick Christian Bale



Yes. A very good choice.

How about Forest Whitaker..


Whitaker would make my short list for sure

As would Anthony Hopkins and Denzel
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:11:51 PM EST
Some good ones tossed out.

I'll still stick with Kevin Spacey, but will add Whitaker and Hopkins. Robert Duvall, as well, while I'm at it.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:13:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 6:13:59 PM EST by Bohr_Adam]

Originally Posted By winemaster:
Ed Norton


THAT'S the name. I couldn't remember his name. Just seeing him from American History X to Fight Club, it was hard to imagine it was the same guy.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:15:54 PM EST
Not necessarily the "greatest" but he definitely has had some of the greatest monologues... Christopher Walken.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:22:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:

Originally Posted By winemaster:
Ed Norton


THAT'S the name. I couldn't remember his name. Just seeing him from American History X to Fight Club, it was hard to imagine it was the same guy.



Norton's best role to me was "Aaron Stampler" opposite hamster gere in "Primal Fear"

His skill almost made up for gere's lack thereof
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:23:16 PM EST
Harrison Ford
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:23:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 6:35:14 PM EST by Bohr_Adam]

Originally Posted By Bloencustoms:
Not necessarily the "greatest" but he definitely has had some of the greatest monologues... Christopher Walken.


Definitely some of the greatest Monologues, but he always plays Christopher Walken.

Damn, though - he gets some good lines. His speeches in "True Romance," "Pulp Fiction," "The Prophecy," and "Man on Fire" are some of the most memorable in movie history.

This reminds me - this thread has been seriously overlooking another great actor - Dennis Hopper.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:25:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By dedfella:

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:

Originally Posted By winemaster:
Ed Norton


THAT'S the name. I couldn't remember his name. Just seeing him from American History X to Fight Club, it was hard to imagine it was the same guy.



Norton's best role to me was "Aaron Stampler" opposite hamster gere in "Primal Fear"

His skill almost made up for gere's lack thereof


Gere sucks hamster balls. I have hated him since "An Officer and a Gentleman."
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:25:27 PM EST
Redford. The Natural is one of my favorite movies of all time AND he was in a Bridge Too Far. Denzel after that.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:25:56 PM EST
pretty close , al pacin and deniero
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:27:40 PM EST
Another vote for Tom Hanks. He is 100% believable in any role he plays.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:29:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By AgHistGrad02:
Redford. The Natural is one of my favorite movies of all time AND he was in a Bridge Too Far. Denzel after that.


His only decent roles were "The Natural" and "Jeremiah Johnson" - but even those were both pretty much the same character. I'll keep him in the "overrated" column along with Pacino.

Heck, Dustin Hoffman could act circles around Redford, and I'm no Hoffman fan.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:30:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:

Originally Posted By Marcbme:
Dispite his left leanings......I'd have to go with Tom Hanks.


+1


Tom Hanks is good, but I have to agree about Robert Duvall, just because he's been in more films and a great variety.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:32:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:


Definitely some of the greatest Monologues, but he alsways plasy Christophe Walken.

Dan, though - he gets some good lines. His speeches in "True Romance," "Pulp Fiction," "The Prophecy," and "Man on Fire" are some of the most memorable in movie history.

This reminds me - this thread has been seriously overlooking another great actor - Dennis Hopper.


You're Sicilian right? Sicilians were spawned by....

I love that movie. I may have to watch that tonight now.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:36:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By Vaquero45:

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:


Definitely some of the greatest Monologues, but he alsways plasy Christophe Walken.

Dan, though - he gets some good lines. His speeches in "True Romance," "Pulp Fiction," "The Prophecy," and "Man on Fire" are some of the most memorable in movie history.

This reminds me - this thread has been seriously overlooking another great actor - Dennis Hopper.


You're Sicilian right? Sicilians were spawned by....

I love that movie. I may have to watch that tonight now.


Dangit, quoted before I could fix the typos...
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:36:47 PM EST
Pacino is the correct answer.

Michael Corleone, Frank Serpico, "Sonny," Arthur Kirkland, Tony Montana, Lt. Col Frank Slade, Ricky Roma, Carlito Brigante, Lefty Ruggiero, Lt. Vincent Hannah.

Game over.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:37:19 PM EST
My top ten American actors in no particular order:

James Stewart

Tom Hanks

John Wayne

Gene Hackman

Humphrey Bogart

Clint Eastwood

Morgan Freeman

Gary Cooper

Gregory Peck

Harrison Ford
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:43:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 6:48:48 PM EST by Spyda]
Morgan Freeman is one of the very best.

Denzel Washington may be getting the best roles, and he deserves them.

Jeff Bridges is doing great work.

Michael Caine is one of my favorites.

Tom Selleck has become a wonderful actor. His latest stuff is subtle yet emotional.

I'm a big fan of Tom Hanks.

Jack, Al, Robert and Paul are great at playing themselves. Like John Wayne, they're always fun to watch. But I like to see an actor stretch, play different moods, types of characters. Viggo Mortensen is doing that lately. I like Eastern Promises a lot.

Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:44:02 PM EST
Morgan Freeman
Ed Norton
Al Pacino
Gene Hackman
Maybe Nicholson, but like Walken, he seems to always be playing Jack Nicholson
Steve McQueen
Gregory Peck
I'll tack on Clint Eastwood.
After seeing Training Day, Denzel Washington


And a post from RustedAce reminded me of how awesome Donald Sutherland was in Kelly's Heroes.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:45:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By killswitch1982:
BRUCE CAMPBELL FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Shop smart, shop S-Mart!
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:47:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Pacino is the correct answer.

Michael Corleone, Frank Serpico, "Sonny," Arthur Kirkland, Tony Montana, Lt. Col Frank Slade, Ricky Roma, Carlito Brigante, Lefty Ruggiero, Lt. Vincent Hannah.

Game over.



I'll give you Michael Corleone and Sonny. Later, he just seemed to get to into playing outlandish versions of the same guy.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:47:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By sirbordsalot311:
Christopher Walken


Yep ..can steal any scene he's in no matter who else is in the movie.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:47:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Pacino is the correct answer.

Michael Corleone, Frank Serpico, "Sonny," Arthur Kirkland, Tony Montana, Lt. Col Frank Slade, Ricky Roma, Carlito Brigante, Lefty Ruggiero, Lt. Vincent Hannah.

Game over.



I'll give you Michael Corleone and Sonny. Later, he just seemed to get to into playing outlandish versions of the same guy.


Has pacino ever been in a film where he doesnt end up yelling at the top of his lungs?
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:51:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By charliedontsurf:
Robert Duvall, probably played a broader range of characters than all listed, combined.



+1 for the Great Santini
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:53:03 PM EST
Alec Baldwin
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:53:36 PM EST

Has pacino ever been in a film where he doesnt end up yelling at the top of his lungs?


Heheheh

He's had a great career, but as an actor, I'll take Dustin Hoffman over him every time.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:54:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By badfish274:

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Pacino is the correct answer.

Michael Corleone, Frank Serpico, "Sonny," Arthur Kirkland, Tony Montana, Lt. Col Frank Slade, Ricky Roma, Carlito Brigante, Lefty Ruggiero, Lt. Vincent Hannah.

Game over.



I'll give you Michael Corleone and Sonny. Later, he just seemed to get to into playing outlandish versions of the same guy.


Has pacino ever been in a film where he doesnt end up yelling at the top of his lungs?



Pacino is a great actor but he has to add a little bit of "over the top" to most of his roles

I enjoy his acting but his range isn't that great IMO

The reason i named Morgan Freeman is because of his range (Hoke Colburn vs. Somerset vs. Jim vs. Col. Kurtz) He owns and becomes the character he portrays
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:56:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By ivchris:

Originally Posted By charliedontsurf:
Robert Duvall, probably played a broader range of characters than all listed, combined.



+1 for the Great Santini

I remember in the late 70's early 80's, when I was a kid, he had some sort of record in the Guiness Book as the most prolific actor onscreen, he had played just about more roles than anybody up to that point. IIRC.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:57:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:

Originally Posted By Marcbme:
Dispite his left leanings......I'd have to go with Tom Hanks.


+1


+2
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:01:02 PM EST
Since you said American, that rules out Anthony Hopkins, who I think is the best all around actor currently working. Also rules out Gary Oldman, who I think is the best character actor currently working.

American?

Pacino has to be in the short list.
DeNiro has to be there, too, but he also had inexcusably "phoned-in" a few roles.



I agree F. Whitaker is very good, too, but needs more time to make any "Greatest" list.
Another actor without enough roles yet, but absolutely with the chops is Don Cheadle.



I would put Walken in a separate category of Character Actors, versus leading men.
He'd have to be very high on that list, along with Harvey Keitel.
Other character actors that are great:
William H. Macy


It's too late to think - I'll ETA any others that come to mind.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:08:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By silentmajority:
Since you said American, that rules out Anthony Hopkins, who I think is the best all around actor currently working.

...


Heh - I would have brought up Anthony Quinn (despite his being dead) but I feared Arfcom would call for my lynching if a mentioned a Mexican-born actor.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:16:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By Frank_The_Tank:
Alec Baldwin




The greatest actor that has ever lived
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:19:43 PM EST
Spencer Tracy

James Cagney
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:21:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
DiCaprio



After watching The Departed and Blood Diamond, I would have to agree.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:26:55 PM EST
Here's an off the wall pick ... Billy Bob Thornton

Think about the differences in some of his roles.

NASA Director in Armageddon

Johnny Tyler in Tombstone

Davy Crockett in the Alamo

Carl in Slingblade

Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:36:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 7:37:49 PM EST by Incitatus]
Anthony Hopkins

Link Posted: 10/11/2007 7:41:51 PM EST
Ed Norton
James Spacey
I will admit, I was impressed with DiCaprio in Blood Diamond.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 8:02:03 PM EST
I'll watch anything Tom Hanks does. And Robert Duvall
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 8:02:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 8:03:43 PM EST
thats tough. deniro is great but i think i will go with pacino. i like scarface tooooooo much
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 8:05:28 PM EST
Fred Thompson
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 9:46:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 9:48:34 PM EST by themagikbullet]
<--- pacino for me



Originally Posted By Burley:
Pacino sucks more dong than a Vietnamese whorehouse.




you're the guy that thought goodfellas sucked right?
no offense intended, but I'll get my cinematic advice elsewhere
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 9:47:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By badfish274:

Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:

Originally Posted By triburst1:
Pacino is the correct answer.

Michael Corleone, Frank Serpico, "Sonny," Arthur Kirkland, Tony Montana, Lt. Col Frank Slade, Ricky Roma, Carlito Brigante, Lefty Ruggiero, Lt. Vincent Hannah.

Game over.



I'll give you Michael Corleone and Sonny. Later, he just seemed to get to into playing outlandish versions of the same guy.


Has pacino ever been in a film where he doesnt end up yelling at the top of his lungs?


I don't think so... you gotta problem with that?
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 10:00:48 PM EST
George C. Scott
Link Posted: 10/12/2007 1:42:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By JS98010:
George C. Scott


He was excellent in Patton.
Link Posted: 10/12/2007 1:43:59 PM EST
Algore. Got a lot of people fooled.
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