10 Best Old Movie Actors

Sunday, March 13 by Shawn Lealos

The best old movie actors set a standard that few of the younger generation ever hope to reach. These men showed everyone who came after what being a great actor was all about. The men on this list appeared in some of the best movies of all time and left their mark on the world of cinema.

  1. Paul Newman. From 1954 until 2008 Paul Newman was one of the best old movie actors to ever appear on film. During his legendary career, Newman was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning one for “The Color of Money.” Other amazing movies on his resume include “The Hustler,” “Hud” and “Cool Hand Luke.”
  2. Gregory Peck. Gregory Peck was one of the most popular actors from the 40's through the 60's, securing his place as one of the best old movie actors. His most memorable role was as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He won his only Academy Award for that performance, although he was nominated five times.
  3. Clark Gable. Beginning his film career in the 30's, Clark Gable is easily one of the best old movie actors in cinema history. While Gable was nominated for three Academy Awards, he only won for “It Happened One Night.” His most memorable role was as Rhett Butler in “Gone With the Wind.”
  4. James Stewart. One of the most famous of the old movie actors is James Stewart, who is seen numerous times every Christmas in the holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ten of his films have been entered in the Library of Congress as of 2010, although his only Oscar win was for “The Philadelphia Story.”
  5. James Cagney. James Cagney legitimized the gangster genre and remained one of the most popular old movie actors thanks to his roles in films like “The Public Enemy” and “The Roaring Twenties.” However, he won his only Oscar for the musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
  6. Kirk Douglas. An elder statesman and the father of actor Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas is one of the best old movie actors in Hollywood history. Douglas never won an Oscar, while receiving four nominations. His career includes movies such as “Paths of Glory,” “Spartacus” and “The Bad and the Beautiful.”
  7. Gary Cooper. This star of countless westerns, Gary Cooper remains one of the best old movie actors of all time. Cooper received five Oscar nominations, winning for “High Noon” and “Sergeant York.” He also personified Lou Gehrig in “The Pride of the Yankees.”
  8. Lon Chaney, Jr. If disappearing into roles while playing other characters is the basis of acting, Lon Chaney Jr. is one of the best old actors to ever star in a movie. Chaney, a makeup maestro, portrayed “The Wolf Man,” “The Mummy,” Dracula in “Son of Dracula” and Frankenstein’s monster in “The Ghost of Frankenstein.”
  9. James Dean. His star shone bright and then burned out quick but, in the time he was alive, James Dean was one of the best old movie actors in cinema history. He impressed the world in “Rebel Without a Cause” and proved to be a great actor in general in “Giant.”
  10. Humphrey Bogart. Humphrey Bogart might be one of the best old movie actors in the history of cinema, eclipsing everyone else. He only won one Oscar but appeared in movies such as “The Treasure of Sierra Madre,” “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon” and “The African Queen.”
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