Top 10 Actors

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6. Paul Newman

Paul Newman was the biggest celebrity in the world during the 1970s. His roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the Sting elevated him to stardom that very few have attained. His resume is very impressive – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Exodus, the Hustler, Hud and Cool Hand Luke were what put him on the map before those two super films came along. He slowed down after this but was still in Slap Shot, the Verdict and The Color of Money. This was the sequel to the Hustler and won him his first Academy Award after 10 nominations. Similar to Al Pacino he arguably won for his weakest performance.

7. Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen was the cool anti-hero of the 1960s and 1970s. That he was the bad boy didn’t harm his reputation at all, in fact it only enhanced it. He was in the Magnificent Seven and from there came a string of classics – Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, the Sand Pebbles, Bullitt and the Thomas Crown Affair. At this time he was seen as the sexiest man in the world. In the 1970s he made Papillon and The Towering Inferno. He died tragically young but in his time he starred in a string of incredible films.

8. Tom Hanks

When Tom Hanks began he wasn’t taken seriously. Roles in Bachelor Party, Splash and Money Pit didn’t help. He changed perceptions in Big when he played the role of a 10 year old in an adult’s body. Everything changed for good in 1993 when he was in Philadephia and won the Academy Award for Best Actor. From that he went from one of many to the hottest actor in Hollywood. Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump (which saw him win back to back Academy Awards), Apollo 13, Toy Story and Saving Private Ryan. This was his golden run. In the 21st century he slowed down but still did Cast Away, The Terminal, Da Vinci Code and Charlie Wilson’s War.

9. Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford has never won Oscars but you can’t argue the quality of his work. Starring in both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises established as the number one star of the early 1980s. His movies have earned over 3 billion dollars. If these wasn’t enough, he was also in such fine films as Blade Runner, Witness, Working Girl, Patriot Games, Fugitive and Air Force One. Now he’s 70 he’s slowed down but you can’t argue with what he achieved in that 10 year span.

10. Al Pacino

For a while Al Pacino was in the shadow of Robert De Niro. After all both starred in the Godfather Part II but it was De Niro who stole the form and took the Oscar. Following Godfather Part II, Pacino was in Dog Day Afternoon and And Justice for All, but for the most part lost some of his heat. He got it all back with Scarface.   He finally won the Oscar for Scent of a Woman which could arguably be the worst of his 8th nominations. Thereafter came Carlito’s Way, Heat where he reunited with De Niro, City Hall, Donnie Brasco and The Insider.

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