The Top Ten Actors
|| ||Bogart has been adopted as a cult figure by successive generations of fans. He made his reputation as a laconic, wisecracking tough guy but then showed his great acting talents in portrayals of more sympathetic characters in Casablanca and The African Queen.
|| ||Cary Grant was the ultimate romantic lead. His very slight shyness and reserve made him all the more desirable to female moviegoers and he became the perfect, debonair Hollywood star. His nonchalant air hid impeccable comic timing and great acting talent.
|| || James Stewart became a great star by playing the American everyman. He had a very distinctive voice and self-effacing style. An Oscar winner who never lost touch with his roots, he projected an sense of goodness and decency which made him immensely likable and endearing to successive generations of moviegoers.
|| ||Marlon Brando came near to greatness at age 23 with his portrayal of Stanley Polaski in A Streetcar Named Desire. The film made him a star and the champion of the method school of acting. He made other memorable movies but never quite lived up to that opener.
|| || He was graceful, elegant and he could dance better than anyone else. His films with Ginger Rogers transformed the movie musical forever, and in them he proved that he was more than a dancer -- he was a talented actor and light comedian too.
|| ||One of the cinema's most enduring actors, Henry Fonda enjoyed a highly successful career spanning close to a half century. Most often in association with director John Ford, he starred in many of the finest films of Hollywood's golden era.
|| ||When Clark Gable died in 1960 many of the natin's newspapers carried the simple headline "The King is Dead." With his distinctive, powerful voice and athletic good looks he was a natural leading man and became one of the greatest Hollywood legends.
|| ||James Cagney was one of the brightest stars in American cinema history.Although small and rather plain looking, inside, he was a dynamo, able to project an arrogant confidence that made him the ideal Hollywood tough guy, the role in which he is best remembered. He was a good song and dance man too.
1900 - 1967Few stars enjoyed greater or more consistent success than the versatile and talented Spencer Tracy. His consistently honest and effortless performances made him a favorite of both audiences and critics throughout a career spanning well over three decades.
|| || Considered by many to be the greatest comedian of all time, Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London, England in 1889. His Tramp character, with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, cane, and a funny walk is one of the most recognized icons in film history.