Clooney, Eastwood, Favreau, and Who? The 5 Best Actor/Directors
These 5 best actor/directors are a rare breed. With The ability to both play a part as well craft other performances to serve a film as a whole these artists showcase their talents in many forms. Also they get to bill the movie studio double for their duel roles. So not only are they talented, they are also filthy rich.
Clint Eastwood was the standard for all American badasses for more than three decades. Whether it’s playing the quintessential cowboy in “Fistful Of Dollars” or the crazed cop in “Dirty Harry” this grizzled veteran has never lacked in testosterone. Eastwood further displayed his awesomeness by consistently directing critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies.
Ron Howard began his career playing Opie on the “Andy Griffith Show.” Playing the precocious youngster would lead him to play some of the most memorable characters of all time. But Howard has truly excelled in his directorial efforts. With classic films like "Apollo 13" and "The Da Vinci Code" he truly has become a formidible director on the world stage.
Jon Favreau had major roles in many classic films. From “Rudy” to “Swingers” his acting talent and ability to portray real human characters have always been evident. His success as a director is more recent but he has seen a meteoric rise from his directorial debut of “Elf” to helming two of Marvel’s summer blockbusters “Iron Man 1 and 2.” In the process Favreau has secured his role as an A-list director, and a solid B-list actor. Neither of which are an easy feat.
George Clooney is undoubtedly one of the largest movie stars on the planet. The star of “Oceans 11, 12, 13,” “The Perfect Storm,” and “Up In the Air” has proven time and time again that he is a commercial draw and a critical success. Clooney’s directing efforts have taken a decidedly less commercial approach. Beginning with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” And continuing through “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Leatherheads” Clooney has made charming smaller movies that ar critically acclaimed.
Ben Affleck may seem like a pretty face who can barely act but in reality this quintessential movie star has proven his worth in front of and behind the camera. When not starring in films like “Armageddon” Affleck has been busy gaining critical acclaim with his directorial efforts “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town.” Add this success to his Oscar for writing “Good Will Hunting” and he is as complete a filmmaker as there is anywhere.