100 favorite film actors: #60-#51

The top half of the favorite actors countdown is coming ever closer – where last we left off… (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) … so now that you’ve refreshed your memory of the recent entries on the list, let’s move into the 50s.

60. Gene Kelly
Key Role(s): Joseph Brady (Anchors Aweigh)
Gabey (On the Town)
Jerry Mulligan (An American in Paris)
Don Lockwood (Singin’ in the Rain)

59. Christian Bale
Key Role(s): Jamie Graham (Empire of the Sun)
Cowboy Kelly (Newsies)
Laurie (Little Women)
Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)
Trevor Reznik (The Machinist)
Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)
Dicky Eklund (The Fighter)

58. Kevin Spacey
Key Role(s): Verbal Kint (The Usual Suspects)
John Doe (Se7en)
Jack Vincennes (L.A. Confidential)
Lester Burnham (American Beauty)
Jack Abramoff (Casino Jack)

57. Adrien Brody
Key Role(s): Cpl. Fife (The Thin Red Line)
Wladyslaw Szpilman (The Pianist)
Jack Driscoll (King Kong)
Leonard Chess (Cadillac Records)
Clive Nicoli (Splice)

56. Alec Guinness
Key Role(s): The Cardinal (The Prisoner)
Professor Marcus (The Ladykillers)
Col. Nicholson (The Bridge on the River Kwai)
Prince Feisal (Lawrence of Arabia)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
Godbole (A Passage to India)

55. Robert Redford
Key Role(s): Paul Bratter (Barefoot in the Park)
The Sundance Kid (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
Bill McKay (The Candidate)
Hubbell (The Way We Were)
Johnny Hooker (The Sting)
Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
Bob Woodward (All the President’s Men)
Roy Hobbs (The Natural)
Marty Bishop (Sneakers)

54. Gene Hackman
Key Role(s): Buck Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde)
Gene Garrison (I Never Sang for My Father)
Jimmy Doyle (The French Connection)
Harry Caul (The Conversation)
Pete Van Wherry (Reds)
Coach Norman Dale (Hoosiers)
Little Bill Daggett (Unforgiven)
Sen. Kevin Keeley (The Birdcage)
Royal Tenenbaum (The Royal Tenenbaums)

53. Viggo Mortensen
Key Role(s): Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Tom Stall (A History of Violence)
Nikolai (Eastern Promises)
Man (The Road)

52. James Earl Jones
Key Role(s): Lothar Zogg (Dr. Strangelove)
Jack Jefferson (The Great White Hope)
Darth Vader (Star Wars trilogy)
Terry Mann (Field of Dreams)
Admiral Greer (The Hunt for Red October)
Mufasa (The Lion King)

51. Peter O’Toole
Key Role(s): T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Henry II (The Lion in Winter)
Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha)
Alan Swann (My Favorite Year)
Reginald Johnston (The Last Emperor)
Maurice (Venus)
Anton Ego (Ratatouille)
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