Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Top 20 Actors (aka Merry Christmas Ladies)

Kate Gabrielle at Silents and Talkies did a post the other day on her top 20 actors. She kindly opened the invitation to anyone who wanted to join in the fun. Well, I definitely want to join in the fun! So here are my top twenty favorite actors. The list is comprised of actors with whom I'm completely in love, the ones who are so great that they can do no wrong and character actors. I have a couple of explanations before I begin: the trend seems to be to list the actors along with your favorite roles they played - I simply couldn't decide with some of the actors and listed two movies (those are usually the ones who can do no wrong). Oh, and I too tag anyone who is interested. From my understanding, this meme has been going on for a while, which may mean I'm late in the game. Just the same, if anyone hasn't done this list yet and would like to then feel free to consider yourself tagged by me!

#1 Cary Grant
Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby

#2 Fred Astaire
The Gay Divorcee and Swing Time

#3 Errol Flynn
The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood

#4 Gene Kelly
Singin' In the Rain and Summer Stock

#5 Danny Kaye
White Christmas and Court Jester

#6 William Powell
The Thin Man and I Love You Again

#7 Ricardo Montalban
Neptune's Daughter

#8 Rudolph Valentino
The Sheik

#9 Gary Cooper
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town

#10 James Stewart
The Philadelphia Story

#11 William Holden
Born Yesterday

#12 Donald O'Connor
Singin' in the Rain

#13 Frank Sinatra
On the Town

#14 Robert Redford
Barefoot in the Park

#15 Yul Brynner
The King and I

#16 Howard Keel *
Kiss Me Kate

#17 Peter Lawford
Easter Parade

#18 Bobby Darin
That Funny Feeling

#19 Charlie Chaplin
The Kid

(I'm a little obsessed with photos of Charlie Chaplin when he's not The Little Tramp. I think they're fascinating and very hard to find)

#20 Tony Curtis
Paris When It Sizzles

Wow! That was fun! Just out of curiosity, has anyone done a list of top 20 actresses or top 20 dancers?

Oh, and I'm going to take this opportunity for a little shameless self-promotion. Another one of my favorite hobbies is video editing. I actually considered pursuing editing as a career but realized I'd have to watch movies I don't like so I've been sticking to it as a hobby. Anyway, I made a movie a little while ago about who I think are the sexiest actors (most of them are on this list) and I thought I'd share it with you. The music is performed and written by a wonderful musician, Emma Wallace, who has a blog of her own.

I hope you like the video and the list! All comments are welcome! Thanks for reading!

* I originally had Edward Everett Horton because he is my favorite character actor. But then I thought about it and realized that I'd titled my entry "Merry Christmas Ladies" and Mr. Horton, though fantastic, is not exactly dreamy. I had just happened to watch Calamity Jane the other day and remembered how much I love Howard Keel, so I decided to name him instead.


  1. Grrreat list! My faves off your list? 1, 4, 11, 14, 17 and 20. Yuummmmm.... And that pic of Charlie Chaplin is so cute! Who knew he was such a looker?

  2. I have so much love for this list.
    So, so much.

  3. What about gifts for the guys? I've been putting off seeing Easter Parade. I love it good?

  4. Great list!! I caved and did more than one film for my favorites too, so hard to narrow it down!! I can't wait to see your favorite actresses list too! :-D

    I don't think I've ever seen a top 20 dancers tag, you should start one!


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