Archive for the ‘10 Favorite Actors of the 60’s’ category

#1 Favorite Actor of the 60’s ~ Gregory Peck

July 18, 2007

In 1999, Gregory Peck was named among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, by the American Film Institute, ranking at No. 12. With a career that spanned 5 decades, and a list of films that include some of the best ever made, Peck was a true master of the Cinema.
In 1960’s he made 10 films during that decade, such as; The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, How the West Was Won and Mackenna’s Gold. But in 1963 a film was released in which he starred as the soft spoken, yet strong Alabama attorney Atticus Finch. The film was To Kill A Mockingbird, and the role would become the role of a lifetime, and one that would define Gregory Peck for the rest of his life. It would also be the role that gave him the Academy Award for Best Actor. His character from To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Atticus Finch, was voted the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute in May 2003, only two weeks before his death (beating out Indiana Jones, who was placed second, and James Bond who came third).
Peck continued to make films up until his death in 2003, and was also outspoken politically, aligning himself with the Democratic party. Peck was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning once. He was nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, in 1947 for The Yearling, in 1948 for Gentleman’s Agreement, and in 1950 for Twelve O’Clock High. He won the Oscar in 1963 for To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1968, he was awarded with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Peck received many Golden Globe awards. He won in 1947 for The Yearling, in 1963 for To Kill a Mockingbird, and in 1999 for Moby Dick. He was nominated in 1978 for The Boys from Brazil. He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1969, and was given the Henrietta Award in 1951 and 1955 for World Film Favorite — Male.
In 1969, Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
In 1971, the Screen Actors Guild presented Peck with the SAG Life Achievement Award. In 1989, the American Film Institute gave Peck the AFI Life Achievement Award. He received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema in 1996.

#2 Favorite Actor of the 1960’s ~ Paul Newman

July 17, 2007

Name some characters, go ahead. Paul Newman has probably played them. Characters like Brick Pollit, Billy the Kid, Eddie Felson, Hud Bannon, Luke Jackson, Butch Cassidy, Judge Roy Bean, Buffalo Bill, and many more. He began his film career in the 1950’s, but by the 1960’s he was one of the biggest names, and highest paid actors in Hollywood. Not only that, but he was one of the most respected, and still is today.
Some of his greatest roles were made in the 1960’s. Hud Bannon in 1963’s movie of the same name. “Fast” Eddie Felson in 1961’s The Hustler. Luke Jackson in 1967’s Cool Hand Luke and of course Butch Cassidy in 1969’s Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.
Of all the actors I grew up with, Paul Newman was the best in my book, next to Gregory Peck. He was handsome, talented, and gave every performance all he could give. Newman should have won the Oscar much sooner than he did (1987, for his reprisal of the character Eddie Felson, in the Color of Money). Nominated 10 times he was honored in 1986 for an honorary Oscar, and in 1994 with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

# 3 Favorite Actor of the 60’s ~ Sidney Poitier

July 13, 2007

All you need to do is take a look at the list of movies that Sidney Poitier starred in during the 1960’s and you can understand why he is in my top five list of favorite stars of that decade;

A Raisin in the Sun
Paris Blues
Pressure Point
Lillies of the Field
The Long Ships
The Bedford Incident
The Greatest Story Ever Told
A Patch of Blue
The Slender Thread
To Sir, With Love
In the Heat of the Night
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
For the Love of Ivy
The Lost Man

His powerful on screen presence to this day mystifies me when I watch one of his movies. He is adept at playing any role, and each time it is as perfect as the last. Only nominated for the Oscar twice, winning once for his role in Lillies of the Field and winning an Honorary Oscar in 2002, for his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence. Not only is he one of the greatest actors of our time, but one of the greatest humanitarians, civil rights leaders, dignitaries but a true example of a true artist and outstanding human being

#4 Favorite Actor of the 1960′s ~ Steve McQueen

July 9, 2007

Sexy, masculine, rugged and coined the phrase anti-hero, Steve McQueen was an Academy Award-nominated and nicknamed “The King of Cool”. He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen was combative with directors and producers; regardless, he was able to command large salaries and was in high demand. He defined what being “cool” was (and is) and is imitated by today’s major movie actors, but none comes close. There was only one Steve McQueen.
The career of Steve McQueen seems a classic example of the American dream made real, of a small town boy triumphing over adversity-broken home, poor education-to become one of the richest and most sought-after superstars in the world. He was a man who finally found the love he never knew as a child in the adoration of the millions of adoring fans who flocked to every action-packed screen adventure graced by his rugged, tanned, and quizzical good looks. McQueen lived every day as if it was his last, and by doing so he lived an extraordinary life, both on screen and off. McQueen’s films are considered classics. Movies such as The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, (for which he received an Academy Award nomination), Nevada Smith, Bullitt (which became the basis for police action movies and to this day has the most exciting car chase ever filmed), The Getaway (where he met his second wife, actress Ali McGraw), Papillon, and many others.
He died a shocking, early death at the age of fifty on November 7, 1980, after suffering from mesothelioma, a rare and painful form of lung cancer.

#5 Favorite Actor of the 60’s ~ Robert Redford

July 8, 2007

Over the years, Robert Redford has secured himself in Hollywood as an actor, director, producer, and philanthropist. His Sundance Film Festival has grown from a small group of filmakers, introducing the smaller markets and films to an annual event that gives the first look to possible Oscar contenders for the upcoming year.
His work as a director/producer has been hailed by Hollywood stars and critics as some of the best work out there.
But in the 1960’s Robert Redford was just coming onto the Hollywood radar after success on Broadway. Redford made his screen debut in War Hunt (1962), co-starring with Tom Skerritt and Sydney Pollack in an anti-war film set during the Korean conflict. After his Broadway success, he was cast in larger feature roles. He was a bisexual movie star who marries starlet Natalie Wood in Inside Daisy Clover (1965) and rejoined her for Pollack’s This Property Is Condemned (1966)—again as her lover. The same year saw his first teaming with Jane Fonda (Arthur Penn’s pallid The Chase, in which he was a fugitive on the run). Fonda and Redford were paired to better effect in the big screen version of Barefoot in the Park . But what created Redford as a bankable star was his role with Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

#6 Favorite Actor of the 1960′s ~ Clint Eastwood

July 2, 2007

In 1959, Clint Eastwood got his first break with the long-running television series, Rawhide. As Rowdy Yates (whom Eastwood would later refer to in interviews as “the idiot of the plains”), he made the show his own and became a household name across the country. But in the 60’s he became a common face on the big screen in what would come to be known as Spaghetti Westerns, as “the Man with no Name” in Sergio Leone’s loose trilogy of westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). I saw every one of those films from the backseat of my dad’s car at what was known then as the Valley Drive-In. My Dad loved Clint Eastwood, almost as much as he loved John Wayne and as soon as they hit the drive-in theater we were there. There was nothing more bigger than life than Clint Eastwood. Especially on that huge white screen! As kids we would dress like Clint Eastwood did in those films when we would play Cowboy and Indians.
Clint went on into the 70’s and 80’s making an even bigger name for himself, and today is one of the most accomplished and respected director/producers of our age.

#7 Favorite Actor of the 1960′s ~ Robert Duvall

June 30, 2007

In 1972 while watching the Godfather I overhear a conversation between my parents.
“Yeah, he played Boo Radley”
Immediately I asked, who was Boo Radley, as already at the age of 13, To Kill A Mocking bird was my favorite movie ever, and even though I had seen the movie several times by then, I had no idea that Robert Duvall was Boo Radley. It actually was his film debut. By then he had made a name for himself as a bit player in TV, but 1962 came, and his role as Arthur “Boo” Radley brought him into the lime light. He would go on in the 60’s to star in TV shows, and also star in four more films. But to me, from that moment while watching The Godfather, I became a fan of Robert Duvall.

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