My Top 10 Favorite Classic Movie Actors


I’m spending this summer day inside due to the unseasonably cool and cloudy weather we’re having here, so I thought this would be a good time to follow up my top 10 favorite actresses list with the list of my favorite actors.

As promised, Jimmy Stewart is firmly planted in the top spot. :-) And as with my actresses list, after number one these are not necessarily in an exact order because I love them all so much, but it’s pretty close.

My top 10 favorite classic movie actors are:

  1. Jimmy Stewart
  2. Cary Grant
  3. James Cagney
  4. Gene Kelly
  5. Joseph Cotten
  6. William Powell
  7. Robert Taylor
  8. Claude Rains
  9. Tyrone Power
  10. Clark Gable

Honorable mention: Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. I didn’t do an honorable mention for actresses, but I just had to for actors. Leaving Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy off my list almost felt like a crime, but I simply ran out of spots. :-)

Who is your favorite classic movie actor? Your top 10?


Malabar Farm: A Getaway for Classic Movie Stars of the 40’s

Even though I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like, I love to travel, and as I mentioned in my recent tribute to Jimmy Stewart regarding the Jimmy Stewart Museum, there are several classic movie related places I’d love to visit someday.

I just found another one to add to my ever growing list, Malabar Farm in Ohio. If you are a big fan of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, you just may be interested in visiting, too.

I learned about Malabar Farm when I found an interesting article regarding a fundraiser called “Hollywood Returns to Malabar” which was held there last month. Stephen Bogart and Tyrone Power, Jr. who both have ties to Malabar Farm through their famous movie star fathers, attended the fundraiser to help preserve what is known as the “Big House” located at Malabar Farm State Park in Lucas, Ohio. Continue reading →

Gone Too Soon: Actor Tyrone Power

This post is my entry in the Gone Too Soon blogathon, hosted by Jessica at her blog Comet Over Hollywood.

Who Was that Handsome Man? Matinee Idol Tyrone Power, Jr.

Even though he didn’t appear on screen until the movie was almost over and his bit part only lasted a few short minutes, audiences watching Girls’ Dormitory (1936) made sure that it wasn’t the last time we’d see the beautiful face of Tyrone Power, Jr. on film.

When movie goers filled out preview cards after screening the movie, they made it very clear that they were interested in seeing more of the handsome young actor. If the story I read is true, even legendary gossip columnist Hedda Hopper was so taken by him that she sat through a second screening of the movie just to make sure she caught his name in the credits. Continue reading →

Rediscovering Actress Ann Blyth

Have you ever watched an actor or actress through an entire movie thinking you’ve never seen them in a film role before only to realize later that you have? And not just in any old movie, but in a major role that they are very well known for? Well, I just had that happen to me the other day when I was watching the movie I’ll Never Forget You (1952) starring Tyrone Power and actress Ann Blyth.

I was thinking I had never seen Ann Blyth before and that I was discovering her for the first time but after reading about her I realized that not only had I seen her in a movie before, it was in the role that she is probably most famous for, that of Joan Crawford’s mean-spirited daughter Veda in the film noir classic Mildred Pierce (1945). In my defense, it has been several years since I’ve seen that movie and her role in I’ll Never Forget You was vastly different, but I still feel a little foolish that I had no idea who she was, or at least I thought I didn’t. Continue reading →

Saturday State Post: Classic Movie Actors from Ohio

Last week was very special for fans of Doris Day as her first album of original studio material in over 17 years, “My Heart” was released in the UK. In honor of that momentous occasion, this week’s Saturday State Post features actors and actresses from Doris’ home state of Ohio.

A few of the actors and actresses from the state of Ohio are:

Clark Gable

Born: February 1, 1901 in Cadiz,OH

Died: November 16, 1960 (age 59)

Married five times including once to actress Carole Lombard

Known for the Movies: Red Dust, Dancing Lady, The Call of the Wild, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, San Francisco, Gone With the Wind, The Misfits

My Favorite Clark Gable Movie: It Happened One Night Continue reading →