10 Classic Hollywood Actors

Monday, April 25 by George Root

The 10 classic Hollywood actors that everyone knows were made famous in the golden days of Hollywood. Between the 1930's and the late 1950's, these classic Hollywood actors made their mark forever. If you have not seen all of the ten classic Hollywood actors by now, you should spend some time at the DVD rental counter to catch up on what you have been missing.

  1. Humphrey Bogart. Humphrey Bogart started making movies in 1928 and has appeared in some of the greatest Hollywood classics of all time. His most famous movies include "Casablanca" (1942), "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) and "The African Queen" (1951). He was known as much for his distinctive voice as he was his charisma.
  2. Orson Welles. Orson Welles is best know for his movies such as "Citizen Kane" (1941) and "Othello" (1952). But what really makes this Hollywood rebel one of the classic Hollywood actors was his pure talent. For example, his classic sermon as the fiery Father Mapple in "Moby Dick" (1956) was completely unrehearsed and Welles didn't even know the camera was rolling.
  3. Marilyn Monroe. There were many early Hollywood sex symbols, but Marilyn Monroe brought sexy to a whole new level. Her most famous movies were "Niagara' (1953), "Some Like it Hot" (1959) and "Seven Year Itch" (1955).
  4. John Wayne. "The Duke" was Hollywood's original action hero and tough guy. He was just as convincing as an army colonel as he was a rugged cowboy. Some of his best movies include "Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949), "True Grit" (1969) and "The Alamo" (1960).
  5. James Stewart. Most people know James Stewart for his role as George Bailey in the classic holiday movie "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946). But Stewart had classic roles is so many other movies that he has to be considered one of the classic Hollywood actors. Some of his best include "Vertigo" (1958), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) and "The Glenn Miller Story" (1954).
  6. Edward G. Robinson. Many of the characters Hollywood is famous for were played by Edward G. Robinson. He was the snarling mobster, the cut-throat criminal and the smooth criminal that many people identify as staples of the golden age of Hollywood. Some of his best movies are "The Ten Commandments" (1956), "Blackmail" (1939) and "The Whole Town's Talking" (1935).
  7. Bette Davis. Bette Davis always knew her potential and the roles that she could pull off at every point in her career. She was well-respected in the movie business, and one of the most popular actresses of her era. Some of her defining movies were "The Girl from 10th Avenue" (1935), "Satan Met a Lady" (1936) and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962).
  8. Cary Grant. With that distinctive voice and smooth demeanor, Cary Grant became the epitome of cool in Hollywood for many years. He had a comedic wit about him that helped him play the straight man or give the punch line. His dramas are some of the best ever made. Some of his best work includes "North by Northwest" (1959), "Notorious" (1946) and "His Girl Friday" (1940).
  9. Groucho Marx. Groucho Marx was the only one of the Marx Brothers to have a career after they stopped making movies. He is often credited with writing the majority of the Marx Brothers material and for being the business mastermind as well. He made several cameo appearances in many Hollywood films. But his best work was the Marx Brothers movies "Duck Soup" (1933), "A Day at the Races" (1937) and "A Night at the Opera" (1935).
  10. Clark Gable. Clark Gable was considered the premier leading man for the golden age of Hollywood. His trademark smile and distinctive voice made him impossible to forget. Some of his best movies include "Gone With The Wind" (1939), "It Happened One Night" (1934) and "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935).
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