Sunday, April 17, 2016

Top 100 Actors: Part V (#80 - 76)

80. Bela Lugosi

Of all the actors known for starring in classic Universal monster movies, it is Bela Lugosi who has always entertained me the most. With his theatrical demeanor and unique Hungarian accent and annunciation, this guy was a truly one of a kind performer.

Favorite performances:
The Black Cat
The Raven
The Invisible Ray
Island Of Lost Souls
Black Friday

79. Harvey Keitel

One of the many fantastic American actors to emerge in the late '60s/early '70s, Keitel fell into some great early roles, but unlike several of his peers (Pacino and De Niro, for example), has continued to deliver strong performances throughout his entire career. Never quite as highly tauted as he ought to be, he is still one of the best actors out there.

Favorite performances:
Bad Lieutenant
Reservoir Dogs
From Dusk Till Dawn
Taxi Driver
Mean Streets

78. Alan Arkin

One of the most ethnically ambiguous actors of all time, Arkin is one of those rare actors who can slide into basically any role and never make it feel like poor casting. A great dramatic performer as well as being naturally quite funny, he has managed to stay relevant and keep his career strong for 50 years.

Favorite performances:
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Little Miss Sunshine
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Edward Scissorhands
Wait Until Dark

77. Oliver Reed

If you were to ask me which actor makes best use of his eyes, Oliver Reed would be one of the first names I would say. It may be an odd distinction, but he has a very intense and expressive face and he knows how to utilize this to his advantage. A physical actor for sure, Reed's presence is often enough to carry a movie, and that is an impressive talent.

Favorite performances:
The Devils
The Curse Of The Werewolf
The Brood

76. Robert Downey, Jr.

Though his career has basically reached a stand-still over the past 5 years, there is no denying the greatness of his performances leading up to the sea of MCU diarrhea that he's been taking part in almost non-stop lately. An almost disgustingly charming actor with enough range to take on truly difficult roles RDJ may have started treading water lately, but that doesn't take away from the effectiveness of the difficult roles he's tackled over the past 30 years.

Favorite performances:
Tropic Thunder
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Less Than Zero
Iron Man

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