Awesome Action Heroes

Sunday, April 3 by Travis Petersen

Some Hollywood actors are stars, others are leading men, and fewer still are awesome action heroes. The ranks of awesome action heroes are few, guys whose films are blockbusters where one can believe they're cool enough to walk in slow motion away from a building as it explodes without flinching. Here are some awesome action heroes of Hollywood, past and present.

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was Conan the Barbarian first, but his star-making action role was as the villainous killing machine in "The Terminator." Since then, Ah-nuld has played a good Terminator, survived an alien hunter in the Latin American jungles in "Predator," and blown away many a bad guy, always with a wry smirk and heavily accented wisecrack, in tons of other films, ranging from "Commando"—"Let off some steam, Bennett!"—to "Eraser"—"You've been erased." He is truly the king of awesome action heroes, enough so that he became governor of California, terminating the term of Gray Davis.
  2. Harrison Ford. His turn as the smart-aleck smuggler Han Solo, playing opposite the straight-laced Luke Skywalker, would be enough to cement Ford's place among awesome action heroes, but he is also the iconic adventure Indiana Jones. Other awesome action heroes would kill for either one of those roles, but Ford didn't stop there, playing a tough cop in "Witness," CIA operative Jack Ryan in "Patriot Games" and "A Clear and Present Danger," and even an ass-kicking US president in "Air Force One." In real life, he loves to pilot small planes, truly something one of our favorite awesome action heroes should have as a hobby.
  3. Sean Connery. Connery was the first James Bond, making him the smoothest operator among our awesome action heroes, getting the ladies and saving the world in films from "Dr. No" to "Never Say Never Again." He continued his run well into his sixties, as the only man to ever escape Alcatraz in "The Rock," and, alongside one of our other favorite awesome action heroes, Harrison Ford, in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." 
  4. Bruce Willis. Bruce Willis entered the film landscape as the wisecracking, terrorist-defeating detective, John McClane, in "Die Hard." He went on to reprise the role in increasingly ridiculous sequels, as well as playing a worn out version of his tough guy self in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." Willis is still one of the most awesome action heroes around well into his fifties.
  5. John Wayne. The original cowboy badass not only rode the range in films like "Stagecoach," "El Dorado" and "True Grit," he soldiered in different war theaters in "They Were Expendable" and "The Green Berets." The man who defined American masculinity for decades closes out our list of awesome action heroes in style.
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