His manner, his style, his delivery of his lines, even his eyes were Michael Corleone. Even though he never won an Academy Award for his portrayl of Michael Corleone, this would be the role he would be best known for. He did finally win an acting Oscar in 1993 for his role in Scent of a Women. Many felt that this Oscar was given for his enduring career. No other actor, except for Marlon Brando was more aligned to a role than Al Pacino.
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I know I already had Jack listed for his role in Chinatown, but what didn’t Jack do well in the 70’s. He is (in my opinion) the greatest actor in our generation, or in any generation for that matter.
His portrayal of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious, brash prisoner/patient set out to destroy the establishment and it’s dictator, Nurse Ratched, played by Louise Fletcher, was spectacular, to say the least. Jack walked away with the Oscar for Best Actor after loosing the year before for Chinatown. Louise Fletcher won Best Actress and the movie for Best Picture and Best Director beating out Speilberg’s JAWS and Altman’s Nashville. Since it’s release Cuckoo’s Nest and Jack’s role has went down as one of the greatest films and portrayals in film history.
Now that I have my first five favorite 1970’s movies posted, I want to change gears and talk about the STARS of the 70’s!
Between the years of 1967 to 1981 there were a lot of great independent movies released. Most of them had unknown stars and unknown directors. Today those unknowns are legends…Speilberg, Lucas, Harrison Ford, Hoffman, Nicholson, and Streep. The list goes on and on. But it also was the decade of the MAN. There were a lot of men movies made in the 70’s. Which for those of us that like men, that was a good thing.
One of the best of those men was my choice for #10, in my list of top ten actors of the 1970’s…
De Niro’s performance is amazing and utterly compelling and fascinating to watch. No holds are barred in this performance. DeNiro comes alive as the unlikely crusader redemptively preparing to clean up the town by his own words… “wash all this scum off the streets“. This coming after a failed date with beautiful blonde political worker (played by Cybil Shepard) and his stalking of political candidate Charles Palantine(Leonard Harris). His target-practice ‘You talkin’ to me?‘ monologue before his mirror remains one of the best known and memorable scenes in film history. DeNiro should have won the Best Actor Oscar that year but lost out to Peter Finch who was awarded the prize posthumously. He did come back in 1980 and win the Oscar for another well played role in Raging Bull.