Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Top 100 Actors: Part XII (#45 - 41)

45. Christopher Walken

A bizarre acting presence to say the least, Walken is without a doubt one of the best bad actors ever, with an impressive 40-year decade full of great, awful, and totally unique and wonderful performances. He's a one-of-a-kind performer, with a very particular acting skillset.

Favorite performances:
True Romance
The Deer Hunter
Seven Psychopaths
Catch Me If You Can
King of New York
Pulp Fiction
The Prophecy
Batman Returns

44. Jason Robards, Jr.

I haven't seen many of his movies, but every single screen appearance he's made has left a huge impression on me and basically steals the show every time. He stayed fantastic to the end, giving one of my all-time favorite performances at the very end of his career.

Favorite performances:
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Once Upon A Time In The West
Melvin And Howard
All The President's Men

43. Willem Dafoe

One of the biggest character actors in the business, and among the most intense, emotive, and eclectic who's ever lived. He possesses the ability to be terrifying, sympathetic, and hilarious, sometimes all at once. A master of his craft, to say the least.

Favorite performances:
Shadow Of The Vampire
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Born on the Fourth of July
The Boondocks Saints
Fantastic Mr. Fox

42. Geoffrey Rush

Another great career supporting actor, Rush has been an occasional lead (in which he's been amazing), and has garnered a handful of awards in his 20-year career, all of which totally deserved. Also, he's possibly the best voice actor in film right now.

Favorite performances:
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Shakespeare In Love
The King's Speech
Les Miserables
Mystery Men

41. Liam Neeson

Though he has never been the most impressive actor, Neeson's ability to adapt and change career focus over time has been admirable. Shifting from primarily straight forward dramas to action, and now more into comedy, he's a big presence and is one of my favorite actors to watch. 

Favorite performances:
Schindler's List
The Grey
The Lego Movie
Batman Begins
Five Minutes of Heaven
Gangs of New York
Michael Collins

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