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Written by: Sam Fragoso on April 26, 2012

April 26, 2012 | 32 comments | Editorial, Featured, Old Format

Ten Best Actors of All Time Relay Race

Good and fun blogathons are rare. But Nostra, from My Film Reviews, has struck gold again with the newest participatory post.

Here are the directions:

“So what’s the idea behind the relay? I’ve created a list of what I think are the best actors. At the end of the post I, just like in a real relay race, hand over the baton to another blogger who will write his own post. This blogger will have to remove one actor (that is an obligation) and add his own choice and describe why he/she did this. At the end the blogger chooses another blogger to do the same.

The idea is to make this a long race, so that enough bloggers get a chance to remove and add an actor. We will end up with a list (not ranked in order) which represents a common agreement of the best actors. It will also mean that those who follow this relay race will get to know new blogs as well!”

The people who have contributed since the blogathons conception on March 13th:

My Filmviews
The Focused Filmographer
Front Room Cinema
I Love That Film
FlixChatter
All Eyes on Screen
Time Well Spent
The Warning Sign
movieandsongs365
And So it Begins…
cinematic corner.

Andy Buckle’s Film Emporium


Now, the actors who have been selected, and my single addition:

Robert De Niro

Daniel Day-Lewis

Charlie Chaplin

Marlon Brando

Gregory Peck

Paul Newman

Max Von Sydow

Ralph Fiennes

Jack Nicholson

My addition: Humphrey Bogart

My seemingly late inclusion of Humphrey Bogart is a bit surprising, considering he’s one of finest actors ever to hit the silver screen. Whether Bogart was starring in the darkly romantic Casablanca or the hard-nosed crime drama The Maltese Falcon, he has an acting range, an unparalleled skill few actors or actresses could (and will ever) ever match. Not to mention, he’s nearly defined the role of being sly, cool, pragmatic, and yet deviously charismatic.

My Removal: Gary Oldman

This was quite a difficult choice to select one of the many brilliant actors from this list, and take them out of the race. For some simple reasons, I chose English born actor Gary Oldman. First, not to his discredit, but in comparison to the filmographies of the actors around him, he simply doesn’t hold up. Secondly, despite that I have an everlasting respect for the man, I feel we have actors in this list, that sort of project the same emotion and performance on screen. Lastly, my main reason – and again not Oldman’s fault – I haven’t seen enough Chaplin, Brando, or Lewis, to consider removing them. And, well, the rest of the actors – from Nicholson to De Niro to Peck – are just so breathtakingly talented.

I pass the stick to Tyler @ The Southern Vision

Comments

There are 32 comments for this post.

  1. Alex Withrow on April 26, 2012 12:18 pm

    Bold move, but I dig it. Love me some Bogie. Good turnaround on this, brother man.

  2. Sam Fragoso on April 26, 2012 12:30 pm

    Thanks Alex, glad I wasn’t too offending.

  3. Tyler on April 26, 2012 12:36 pm

    Thanks for passing this on to me. I’ll be thinking carefully about my choice all day.

  4. Sam Fragoso on April 26, 2012 12:40 pm

    That’s why I chose you ;)

  5. Squasher88 on April 26, 2012 12:49 pm

    Nice addition. Would have been nice if you had linked the previous blogs though.

  6. Sam Fragoso on April 26, 2012 1:36 pm

    Yeah I’m sorry Squasher, but I’m driving down to a film festival in about an hour, and quickly put together this post in a matter of 20 minutes. Not the best time. I’ll see what I can do.

  7. Jess on April 26, 2012 2:17 pm

    Great list!!

  8. Sam Fragoso on April 26, 2012 2:35 pm

    Thanks Jess!

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  10. Sam Fragoso on April 26, 2012 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the link!

  11. ruth on April 26, 2012 7:05 pm

    Oh no, buh-bye Mr. Oldman! Well, I’ve only seen one film by Bogart, but boy Casablanca was so excellent so I can’t fault you for adding him here. I’m certainly glad the number of classic and contemporary actors are more even now :)

  12. Sam Fragoso on April 26, 2012 8:41 pm

    I know, I know. It was a difficult selection Ruth.

  13. Pete on April 27, 2012 12:01 am

    It’s about time Bogart showed up on here! Very sad to see Oldman go though. I wonder if he will make a return to the list in future.

  14. Sam Fragoso on April 27, 2012 2:58 am

    I was shocked that he wasn’t selected earlier, thus I had to add him.

  15. Jaina on April 27, 2012 3:57 am

    Very sad to see Oldman go :( I’ve not see any Bogart films. For shame! But even then, I can understand his inclusion on this list :)

  16. Sam Fragoso on April 27, 2012 5:59 am

    Really? Not a single film with Bogart? Do watch Casablanca first.

  17. Nostra on April 27, 2012 7:36 am

    Taking out Oldman? I’m shocked, this guy has had so many amazing roles (you can check the overview I made here: http://myfilmviews.com/2011/08/26/the-many-faces-of-gary-oldman/ ) where he completely disappeared that I thought he would stay on forever.
    Have to say Bogart is iconic though. Really respect the quick changes that have been made. Everyone’s got a week to think about their changes, but all of a sudden there are new changes daily. Very happy to see people are enjoying participating in this though!

  18. Sam Fragoso on April 27, 2012 7:40 am

    Well, I was incredibly busy with covering a film festival – and just had publish this piece in about 25 minutes.

    Thanks for creating Nostra.

  19. Andy Buckle on April 27, 2012 7:45 am

    No link to me…the man preceding? I know you’re busy. All good. Nice selection w/ Bogart, though!

  20. Sam Fragoso on April 27, 2012 9:02 am

    My bad Andy. I merely was copy and pasting from your site – especially with the people who’ve participated. Totally forgot about your site. Added it now.

  21. Jack Deth on April 27, 2012 9:14 am

    Hi, Sam and company:

    Excellent choice to for an addition. Bogart rarely turned in a bad performance and made many of them iconic.

    It’s nice to see some of the older, wiser talent getting the love they deserve!

  22. Sam Fragoso on April 28, 2012 7:03 pm

    Hello Jack Deth and thank you for your formal comment ;)

    And I agree, older actors deserve serious recognition.

  23. Eric on April 29, 2012 2:19 pm

    Great call, Sam. I figured Bogart would have been a very early selection, but definitely better late than never. Glad to see the classics getting some love in this blogathon.

  24. Sam Fragoso on April 29, 2012 7:04 pm

    I thought so too Eric – but as you said “better late than never”.

  25. The Focused Filmographer on April 30, 2012 12:21 am

    Ooh, VERY bold move here. Nice.

    While I don’t see Bogart staying on this list for too long, I’m not altogether certain if Oldman would be returning. It seems that so many other names are being mentioned in this fastly moving thread!

  26. Sam Fragoso on April 30, 2012 7:07 pm

    Really? I see Bogart sticking it out till the end. He’s one of the most recognized actors ever.

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    Thank you for the link.

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