NOW EXCLUSIVELY FEATURING MY RIDICULOUSLY LONG, AND RIDICULOUSLY DETAILED TOP 10 LISTS
(old lists at the bottom)
10 Of My Favorite TV Characters
10. Susie Green, Curb Your Enthusiasm (portrayed by Susie Essman)
On a show featuring the creator of arguably the most successful sitcom in television history, what makes Curb (and any other show for that matter) are the supporting characters. While Larry David is genius when it comes to handling the situations only he manages to involve himself with, my favorite character on the show is the wife of Larry’s friend and manager, Jeff. Susie Green to me takes the cake in terms of giving the show a burst of energy, whether its calling her loving husband a fat fuck or referring to Larry as a four-eyed fuck, Susie is never dull and never shy about saying what she really thinks, while having a mouth on her which dishes out the sort of profanity that you wouldn’t expect to hear from a middle aged mother and wife.
· [Larry steals the head of a doll from Jeff’s daughter’s collection] “You fat fuck! And you bald piece of shit! Where’s the fucking head?”
· [Thinking Cheryl is yelling at her] “Fuck you, you car wash cunt! I HAD A DENTAL APPOINTMENT!”
· Larry: “Not quite my cup of tea, but… y’know, uh, it’s nice.”
Susie: “All right, you know what? Fuck you… and fuck your tea.”
9. Stewie Griffin, Family Guy (voiced by Seth MacFarlane)
I only recently really started to get hooked on Family Guy. I would occasionally watch the show when it premiered on Fox a few years ago, however after getting cancelled and brought back I never really gave the show a chance. However thanks to my roommates who are big fans of the show, I started watching it more regularly last year, and now I try to watch it as often as possible. One of the reasons is Stewie Griffin, the infant child of Peter and Lois. I, like many others, could not for the life of me figure out whether or not his parents understand him when he talks, while the family dog, Brian, engages in deep conversations with him. Regardless, between the fact that Stewie talks with a sophisticated, witty personality and seems to want nothing more in life than to kill Lois and rid himself of the family around him, Stewie probably ranks second on my list of cartoon characters behind somebody later on the list.
· “Damn you, vile woman, you’ve impeded my work since the day I escaped your wretched womb.”
· Stewie: “What the hell is this?”
Lois: “It’s your favorite honey, tuna salad.”
Stewie: “Oh, really, is that what it is? Because I could have sworn it was mayonnaise and cat food.”
· (to one of the prostitutes at Cleveland’s house): “So, is there any tread left on the tires? Or at this point would it be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway?”
· “Well, I’d love to stay and chat, but you’re a total bitch.”
· (Lois finds a note in Chris’s pocket)
Lois: “Huh, what’s this? You know Stewie, Mommy doesn’t usually read things out of Chris’s pocket. She’s more respectful than that.”
Stewie: “Whatever helps you sleep at night, bitch.”
8. Dr. Mark Greene, ER (portrayed by Anthony Edwards)
On a show that has been on 14 years now, if you can believe it, ER has cemented its place on the NBC go-to programming list, as year after year, despite the changes in characters, the show continues to be one of the more watched shows every week. Among the dozens and dozens of doctors on the show, my favorite was Dr. Mark Green, who always seemed to just make you feel as though everything was going to be alright. He was genuinely nice yet always seemed to be having issues needing his patience, whether it was his teenage daughter who accidentally allowed Mark’s newborn daughter to digest ecstasy, his ex wife his daughter lived with and subsequently left, and eventually his own health, Dr. Green really had a way of extinguishing the flames and ending up on the other side better than he started. One of the saddest and yet most powerful episodes of television I know I’ve ever watched was when Mark died due a brain tumor. Watching him spend his last days with his family while still trying to teach his daughter about living life the right way to the very end was emotional enough, until he saw as he helplessly, but peacefully died in his sleep.
· Dr. Elizabeth Corday: You might consider boarding school. She could use some structure
Dr. Mark Greene: I could sell her off to pirates.
Dr. Elizabeth Corday: You develop a sense of self worth, community, respect… it worked well for me.
Dr. Mark Greene: Yeah, but…
Dr. Elizabeth Corday: But what?
Dr. Mark Greene: You’re British.
· [On a rapist in trauma]
Malik: Let the bastard die.
Dr. Mark Greene: He’s a patient like any other. He gets our best effort.
· Dr. Elizabeth Corday: That’s it, Mark. I’m not stayin’ here anymore. Every faucet leaks; your toilet actually rocks.
Dr. Mark Greene: I kind of like that.
Dr. Elizabeth Corday: There are things scurrying about in the walls. Do you know what scurries about in walls, Mark?
Dr. Mark Greene: Bunnies?
· [to young patient] “Next time you have a pinata, make sure the other kids are done swinging at it before you dive for the candy, okay?”
7. Ari Gold, Entourage (portrayed by Jeremy Piven)
The inner workings of Hollywood were brought to our eyes thanks to the dynamic job of Jeremy Piven who plays Ari Gold, mega-agent to pretty boy Vincent Chase on the HBO hit show Entourage. Another show I was slow to get into, by the time I started getting addicting midway through the second season one of the primary reasons was Ari. Nothing is better on the show then watching Ari rip into his ‘gaysian’ (gay and Asian) assistant, Lloyd, who somehow manages to put up with a never-ending stream of insults and stick by his bosses side when he loses his job. Ari is actually more complex than meets the eye, as he tries (poorly) to balance his personal life with the personal life of his biggest client. While the show is never dull, the writing that goes into Ari’s character seems to be on a different level than the rest of the show, as he is constantly both kissing the asses of those above him and around him, sacrificing his dignity should the situation require it. Ari cares as much if not more about Vince and his career then his own family, however its seeing the love and passion you know he has buried deep down about both which make you forgive him if he ruins his own daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. You know you still want to hug it out with him.
· “So you come to me for advice. I’m gonna fucking cry. All right, here’s what you do. You deal with talent the same way that you deal with women. You have to make them believe that they need you more then you need them.”
· “Listen to me, Lloyd, do you want to make it in this business or fold shirts at a Chinese laundromat? Pledge.”
· [Ari is about to leave his kid’s birthday party for business reasons]
Ari’s Wife: Where are you going?
Ari Gold: They flew in the liver, and I gotta do the transplant.
· “Silence is fucking golden.”
· “Tell Drama he’s on the top of my list of things to do today, along with inserting needles in my cock!”
· “I didn’t go to the Lakers game because they were playing the fucking Bobcats… And I came here today because I thought this was a session on how my wife could learn to communicate, how to answer a question without a question, basic Humanity 101, which I thought, given your wall of fucking diplomas, you could easily fix, or if you couldn’t, you could give her a pill that would either fix it or make her a mute. But now, to turn around and gang up on me? I have work to do. I have hundreds of clients to deal with, and just so we’re clear, I don’t care about ANY OF THEM. They’re ALL just a number, like Wife #1 and Therapist #7… GOOD DAY!”
6. Dr. Perry Cox, Scrubs (portrayed by John C. McGinley)
The second doctor on the list, Dr. Cox has got to be one of the most entertaining characters you’re going to find on television. The mentor of main character J.D., even though he refuses to acknowledge it, Dr. Cox is best known for his fast talking rants and endless supply of girls names for J.D., while at the same time being a damn good doctor who underneath the hard ass outer shell he presents cares deeply about both his patients and fellow doctors, including the one who looks up to him the most. While Dr. Cox likes to walk around with his god-complex and opinionated speeches about how he hates everything from the Yankees payroll to Hugh Jackman. The best aspect of his character is when you get to see the human side he has, whether it was him breaking down at Ben’s funeral (his brother and law) or being an absolute mess when he accidentally kills 3 patients, the few moments where you get to see him connect with the rest of the Scrubs bunch makes a guy you love to hate, but ultimately just flat out love.
· “Okay, think of what little patience I have as, oh, I don’t know, your virginity. You always thought it would be there, until that night Junior Year when you were feeling a little down about yourself and your pal Kevin, who just wanted to be friends, well, he dropped by and he brought a copy of About Last Night and a four-pack of Bartels & James and woo hoo hoo, it was gone forever – just like my patience is now.”
· J.D.: Ooh, Dr. Cox, can I ask you something?
Dr. Cox: The answer is yes, it was me who saw you doing leg lifts in the gym on that inflatable ball. It was quite the display of girl power.
· Dr. Cox: Oh, gosh, Shannon, thank you so much for clarifying my point by repeating it word for word. And now, in a reciprocal gesture, can I be included in the planning of your coming-out party?
J.D.: Is that a gay joke?
Dr. Cox: No, it’s a cotillion joke. My God, Newbie, it’s been two furiously frustrating years – how is it possible that you still don’t get me? I would never compare you to the gays. I like the gays – I like their music, I like their sense of style, I especially like what they’ve done with Halloween – but our thing is that you are a little girl. That’s who you are. But that’s really not fair…
· “You’d better go ahead and enjoy this while you can, Bob, because if your evil genie goes ahead and grants your wish and I’m gone forever, then the only one you’re going to be able to contend with around here is yourself. And when you really get to know *that* person, oh, dear God, you’ll scream so loud that Satan will want to tear up that contract he made with you at birth just so he can get some sleep.”
5. Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano, The Sopranos (portrayed by Dominic Chianese)
In my opinion the most underrated character on what I also would argue is the greatest show in television history; Uncle Junior begins the series as the Boss of the family after Tony, out of respect for his uncle, steps aside to give Junior the spotlight. Unfortunately Junior’s reign is short lived, as he is incarcerated and begins to suffer from dementia. The immediate rise and subsequent fall of the guy they call Uncle June is really incredible, because throughout the entire series, he reminds you of the man he was and has you believing there might really be nothing wrong with him at all. Despite not being a true main character as the seasons progress, he is involved in arguably the most shocking moment in Sopranos history, when he shoots his nephew, apparently unaware he is doing so. Junior, like most of the other characters on the show, is a very complex personality, constantly struggling to deal with the realization he is past his prime while watching his family essentially move on without him. Plus if nothing else, you got to love those frames of his.
· “Tony, if you’re gonna lie to me, tell me there’s a broad in the car waiting to tongue my balls.”
· “You heard about the Chinese godfather? He made them an offer they couldn’t understand”
· “When I was a little kid, no older than that, I always used to wonder why nobody collected prayer cards like they collected baseball cards. Thousands of bucks for Honus Wagner and jack shit for Jesus. “
· “Don’t be so fucking smart. Things could have gone the other way, my little newphew.”
· “That man is one cunt hair away from running all of North Jersey and I am that cunt hair.”
4. Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World (portrayed by Ben Savage)
Call it a backhanded compliment, but a friend of mine always used to refer to me as Cory Matthews, because in his eyes, I- much like Mr. Matthews (as Mr. Feeney referred to him as), I was more or less remarkably average in everything I did. Now I can understand part of what he was saying, and while I know I’m both well below and slightly above average in a number of things, Cory really did give off this vibe that he was nothing more than your average kid. He had a loyal best friend, great parents who loved him and a cliché older brother and younger sister (plus a new born brother towards the end of the show). But Cory was as cool as they came, mixing up being a complete goof-off in class while also managing to reel in a girlfriend like Topanga Lawrence. As he got older, he never stopped being the kid we all knew him to be, and even though it was unrealistically incredible how the whole gang ended up going to college together (including Eric and Jack- Shawn’s), watch them all grow up was a lot of fun.
· “We’re gonna have a child? Wait, we’ve only kissed. I mean, I knew I was a good kisser, but *wow*.”
· “It was raining… you had an umbrella… I grabbed it, stuffed it down your throat, and then I opened it. Shawn, I Mary Poppinsed ya.”
· “Cory: You are going to learn something from life every day. And make mistakes. And you’ll make good friends and Mr. Feeny will probably teach you every grade you’re ever in. And maybe someday you’ll fall in love with a woman as wonderful as Topanga. How would you like that?
Joshua Matthews: Yeah.
Cory: And be lucky enough to make a good friend as Shawn. How’d you like that?
Joshua Matthews: Good.
Cory: And when you’re not a little boy anymore, when the world has taught you how to be a man… Then you’ll still make mistakes. But your family, and all those good friends you’ve made along the way, will help you. And even though you’ll think the world has gone out of its way to teach you all the tough lessons, you’ll realize that it’s the same world that’s given you your family and those friends, you you’ll come to believe that no matter what happens, somehow the world will protect you, too. “Boy Meets World.” Now I get it.
· “Mom, Listen, I haven’t been together with Topanga for twenty-two years, but we *have* been together for sixteen. ‘Kay, that’s a lot longer than most couples have been together. I mean, when we were born, you told me that we used to take walks in our strollers together in the park. When we were two, we were best friends, I mean, I, I knew everything about this girl. I knew her favorite color. I knew her favorite food. Then we became six, you know, and Eric made fun of me because it wasn’t cool to have a best friend that was a girl or even know a girl, so for the next seven years I threw dirt at her. I like to call those “the lost years”. Then when I was thirteen, Mom, she put me up against my locker and she kissed me. I mean, she gave me my first kiss. She taught me how to dance. She was always talking about these crazy things and I never understood a word she said. All I understood was that she was the girl I sat up every night thinking about, and when I’m with her I feel happy to be alive. Like I can do anything. Even talk to you like this. So that’s, that’s what I feel is love, Mom… When I’m better because she’s here… and now she won’t be. So we’re finished.”
3. Dr. Christian Troy, Nip/Tuck (portrayed by Julian McMahon)
I guess you could say that one of the themes of this list would be doctors, because Christian Troy from Nip/Tuck is probably the most complex character I’ve mentioned. Dr. Troy, one half of the very successful McNamara/Troy plastic surgery practice now located out in Hollywood, is the yang to Dr. Sean McNamara’s ying. There are a few things you can count on from Christian in almost every episode: He’ll be having sex as many as two times, with two different women (occasionally at the same time), he’ll make some degrading gay joke to their anesthesiologist Liz, he’ll reveal his emotional side when you least expect it, and you will get a glimpse of his tush. What makes Christian such a deep character is how he is able to have this human side about him you rarely see because of how hard he tries to conceal it. Even though Christian is usually doing his best to sleep with some chick he can then suggest a boob job for, the great thing about him is how much he loves his family, biologically and not. He can be this dark, unsympathetic person which makes you want to hate him, for instance having sex with a woman while making her wear a bag over her head, however seeing his love for his actual son (Matt) and adopted son (Wilbur) convinces you that even without a scalpel, you can see the man Christian really is on the inside.
· “We’re in the vanity business, Sean. It’s what we do. Appearance is everything to a kid. It’s how you fit in. Snip, snip, he feels better about himself, and you, sir, can make that happen. How cool is fatherhood?”
· “The line that divides the porn industry and the plastic surgery is a thin one. We’re both selling fantasy, aren’t we?”
· “I think I work better on women I’ve screwed. Once you’ve seen a woman’s cumface, you’ve seen her soul.”
· “If you’ll excuse me I’m going upstairs to pay somebody to pretend they like me.”
· “None of us get out alive. Now you can huddle in a group and face it one day at a time, or you could be grateful that when your body rubs against someone else’s, it explodes with enough pleasure that you can forget, even for a minute, that you’re only a walking pile of ashes.”
2. Eric Cartman, South Park (voiced by Trey Parker)
You might be asking yourself why a character who is openly anti-Semitic, racist, sexist and any other ‘ist’ you can think of would be not only on my list, but ranked near the top of it. Well in the case of Eric Cartman, there may not be a more brilliantly created character on TV. Since the beginning of South Park, Cartman has always managed to stand out for a variety of reason, most notably his choice of language and intolerant personality. If I had a nickel for every time Cartman made some derogatory Jewish reference, I could probably buy the rights to the show from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. An interesting tid-bit of information I found out, South Park is actually a two-time Emmy award winning show, which shows you how legitimate a show it is, or how lacking the competition in that particular category was. Either way, Cartman is unquestionably the most valuable player on the South Park team, as he is never without a scheme or plan involving everything from getting a much anticipated trip to his favorite Mexican restaurant Casa Bonita or turning his hand into the next Jennifer Lopez. Like him or hate him, you have to respect his authoritay!
· Cartman: You so much as TOUCH kitty’s ass, and I’ll put a firecracker in your nutsack and blow your balls all over your pants.
Stan: Jesus, Cartman.
Cartman: Well, I’m just sayn’, man, seriously, don’t mess with kitty, man.
· Cartman: Yeah, well I sneaked around my mum’s closet too and saw what I’m getting. The Ultravibe Pleasure 2000.
Stan: What’s that?
Cartman: I don’t know but it sounds pretty sweet.
· “I would never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried anything, I’d be like, EH. You get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie. Eh, woman, you shut your mouth, and make babies.”
· “It’s a man’s obligation to stick his boneration in a woman’s separation, this sort of penetration will increase the population of the younger generation.”
· Jewish Kid: Is anyone else having problems concentrating on this? I just can’t seem to concentrate.
Cartman: Maybe we should send you to a concentration camp.
1. Chandler Bing, Friends (portrayed by Matthew Perry)
OH MY GAWWWD! IS THAT CHANDLER BING?! Yes Janice, Chandler Bing from Friends makes the cut because he is probably one of the characters from any TV show I’ve ever watched who I most relate to (I also named one of my cats Chandler after him). First and foremost, could he BE any more sarcastic? Hopefully you picked up on that Chandler-ism, because I pride myself on my ability to turn just about anything into a sarcastic comment, much like Chandler. On top of being (in my opinion) the funniest character on the show, like many of the other characters on my list there was more to him than just being funny. His relationship with Monica highlighted how emotional he can be, while his friendship with Joey showed how much child there was in him, even well into his 30’s. What made Chandler such a great character was how well he could balance being a complete goof off while also being serious when he really needed to be. Whether it was sneaking in watching the Thanksgiving day parade when the guys weren’t around or getting locked in an ATM vestibule with a super model and only having Joey figure out the situation through their own gibberish language, Chandler is pretty much the sort of person I hope I grow up to be, because he had a hot wife, a great sense of humor, an emotional underside and a group of Friends that were always there for him. (Theme song anybody?)
· “Yes, on a scale from one to ten, ten being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely nineteen.”
· “You have to stop the Q-Tip when there’s resistance.”
· “Oh, yeah, I’m a gym member. I try to go four times a week, but I’ve missed the last… twelve hundred times.”
· Ross: I figured after work, I’d pick up a bottle of wine, go over there, and try to… woo her.
Chandler: Hey, you know what you should do? Take her back to the 1800’s when that phrase was last used.
· Chandler: I got her machine.
Joey: Her answering machine?
Chandler: No. Interestingly enough, her leaf blower picked up.
…In Syndication (just missed the cut)
- Jack Bauer, 24 (Kiefer Sutherland)
- Pauly ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri, The Sopranos (Tony Sirico)
- Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham)
- Simon Cowell, American Idol (himself)
- Celia Hodes, Weeds (Elizabeth Perkins)
- Ali G/Borat/Bruno, Da Ali G Show (Sacha Baron Cohen)
- George Costanza, Seinfeld (Jason Alexander)
- Jack MacFarland, Will and Grace (Sean Hayes)
- Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl (Ed Westwick)
- Jim Halpert, The Office (John Krasinski)
My Top 10 Favorite Actors (film)
10- Harrison Ford
Is it possible to consider one of the most famous stars in Hollywood underrated? Harrison Ford is often considered underrated because he lacks an Academy award win, and amazingly has only been nominated once (Witness). However, if you are going to tell me that Harrison Ford isn’t among the biggest stars in the business you’re crazy. When you star in not one, but two of the biggest, mega-blockbuster movie trilogies ever (Star Wars and Indiana Jones), you know you’re a big time star. Although he does have a tendency to play the same type of character- that swashbuckling, action hero, as he did as Indy, as Han Solo, as the President of the United States (Air Force Once), as Richard Kimble (The Fugitive) and so and on and so forth. While he may be getting older (65 to be exact), he’s hardly slowing down, as he is reprising the role of Indiana Jones in the 4th installment of the movie series this spring. Here’s to hoping there is plenty more where that comes from.
Worth Seeing Him in: Air Force One, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Oscar Worthy in: The Fugitive
Deserved the Golden Statue for: Witness (nominated for Oscar)
9- Tom Hanks
While some may actually be more familiar with his voice than his face (for you Toy Story fans), Tom Hanks is a true Hollywood heavyweight. His younger roles in Bachelor Party and Big set the stage for his career to blossom with starring roles in Forrest Gump which won him a Best Actor Oscar, Saving Private Ryan in which he nominated for one and Castaway which earned him yet another Oscar nomination. Hanks has always been likable and even if some of his lesser leading roles in films such as That Thing you Do and a League of Their Own, he is always entertaining and always among the best in the business.
Worth Seeing Him in: A League of Their Own, Catch Me If You Can, That Thing You Do
Oscar Worthy in: Saving Private Ryan (nominated for Oscar)
Deserved the Golden Statue for: Forrest Gump (won Oscar), Philadelphia (won Oscar)
8- Johnny Depp
Despite being notoriously reclusive as he splits his time between Tinsel town and France, Johnny Depp was joined the ranks of blockbuster movie star following the unprecedented success of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Johnny Depp first struck gold with his successful teenage hit 21 Jump Street, and continued his rise to stardom with some of the more interesting roles you’ll come across, including Edward Scissorhands. He was terrific in Finding Neverland (a film I HIGHLY recommend) and put forth a noteworthy effort in an otherwise awful movie as Willy Wonka. However it will be the swashbuckling pirate Jack Sparrow which Depp will be most associated with, as he certainly found the buried treasure as ‘Pirates’ broke box office records. Savvy?
Worth Seeing Him in: Donnie Brasco
Oscar Worthy in: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (nominated for Oscar)
Deserved the Golden Statue for: Finding Neverland (nominated for Oscar)
7- Matt Damon
Although he probably wasn’t receiving the attention he deserved in comparison to his best friend and fellow actor Ben Affleck, Matt Damon quietly turned himself into one of the finest, most versatile actors in the industry. Displaying not only his acting ability but his screenwriting potential as well, his original screenplay he co-wrote with Affleck Good Will Hunting earned the two the Academy Award for Best Original Screen Play. Damon also earned a Best Acting nomination. He has showed off his ability to play all different sorts of characters with roles ranging from action star (Bourne trilogy) to soldier in Saving Private Ryan to bisexual murderer in The Talented Mr. Ripley. He displayed his comedic side in Dogma (as well Jay and Silent Strike Back) and a dynamite performance as a crooked cop in The Departed. While Ben Affleck may have been the first of the two to get the Hollywood spotlight, Damon has become one of the most dynamic actors on the big screen today.
Worth Seeing Him in: The Bourne Trilogy
Oscar Worthy in: The Departed
Deserved the Golden Statue for: Good Will Hunting (nominated for Best Actor Oscar, won for Best Original Screen play)
6- Adam Sandler
Ok, so Adam Sandler lacks an Oscar worthy performance on his resume, but nobody goes to an Adam Sandler movie looking for an academy award winning role. You go because he makes you laugh while never seeming to grow up. His movies usually include the same cast of clowns in supporting roles, and when he isn’t wasting your time with mistakes like Little Nicky and Anger Management, if you know what to expect he rarely disappoints. Aside from the fact several people think I look like him (I disagree), Sandler’s movies usually don’t deviate much from the same formula of cheesy, romantic goofball comedy. He has tried to mix things up with films like Punch, Drunk Love and Reign Over Me, however for the best of Sandler look no further than his classic comedies.
Worth Seeing Him in: The Wedding Singer
Showed Some Depth in: Big Daddy
His Must See Films Include: Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore
5- Jack Nicholson
One of the most established and respected actors in the film industry, Jack Nicholson has become nearly synonymous with Oscar. Jack has been the recipient of a record 12 Academy Award Nominations, including 3 wins for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment and As Good as it Gets. Jack has a screen presence that can only be compared to by the likes of a Marlon Brando. In addition of memorable performances he has given us some of the most memorable lines in movie history, with perhaps none better known than “You Can’t Handle the Truth!” from A Few Good Men. He’s got the talent, the experience and the hardware to undeniably be considered one of the greatest film actors ever. And don’t forget that grin!
Worth Seeing Him in: The Bucket List, Batman, About Schmidt
Oscar Worthy in: A Few Good Men (nominate for Oscar), The Departed
Deserved the Golden Statue for: As Good as it Gets (won Oscar), Terms of Endearment (won Oscar), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (won Oscar)
4- Robin Williams
As great on the screen as he is on stage, Robin Williams is as diverse a performer as you are going to find. Starting way back when from his days on Mork and Mindy (before my time but worth checking out), Robin Williams is good a dramatic actor as he is a standup comedian. He’s been a four time Academy Award nominee, bringing home Best Supporting Actor honors for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He was equally as superb in Dead Poets Society, and combined his dramatic and comedic abilities for his role as Patch Adams. Dude looked like a lady in Mrs. Doubtfire and his voice was behind the Genie in Aladdin as well as Bender in Robots. If you have ever seen his Live on Broadway standup act (and if you haven’t you are missing out) you know just how off the wall he can be. Whether he’s making you laugh or making you cry, Robin Williams is as talented as they come.
Worth Seeing Him in: Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook
Oscar Worthy in: Dead Poets Society (nominated for Oscar), Patch Adams
Deserved the Golden Statue for: Good Will Hunting (won Oscar)
3- Anthony Hopkins
If you want to talk about actors who are best remembered for one defining role, Sir Anthony Hopkins falls into this category with his Oscar winning performance in The Silence of the Lambs. Dr. Hannibal Lector is not only one of the most memorable characters in movie history, he remains one of the most unique. Hopkins was downright creepy in Silence, as he played the cannibalistic doctor serving a life sentence in a maximum security asylum. His scenes with Clarice (Jodie Foster) kept you on the edge of your seat, yet it was the complexity of his character, along with his ability to make you feel compassionate for this psychopathic killer was worthy of Best Actor honors. Hopkins of course has been brilliant in a number of other films, however his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lector is what most moviegoers will likely always associate him with, along with some fava beans, and a nice chiante.
Worth Seeing Him in: The Mask of Zorro
Oscar Worthy in: Amistad (nominated for Oscar)
Deserved the Golden Statue for: The Silence of the Lambs
2- Denzel Washington
There are a class of actors who can take a role or even an entire movie, and by simply being in it make it better. The quintessential example of this is Denzel Washington. When Denzel is in a movie, chances are the movie will be worth seeing. I have been saying for a while now that Denzel Washington doesn’t make bad movies. Sure, some of his films were not as good as others (Out of Time, Déjà vu), however for the most part, his movies are very good and his character is even better. Another knock on him is that he always plays the same sort of characters, whether it is the inspirational oppressed guy (Remember the Titans, The Great Debaters, The Hurricane) or the take no prisoners bad ass/cop/bodyguard (American Gangster, Inside Man, Training Day, Man on Fire). Regardless of the movie, you can pencil Denzel Washington in for a great performance, as he has delivered time and time again. The fact that he has won only two Oscars is probably a sham, however it’s only a matter of time before he adds another statue to his mantle.
Worth Seeing Him in: John Q, American Gangster, Man on Fire, He Got Game, Inside Man
Oscar Worthy in: Remember the Titans, The Hurricane (Nominated for Oscar), Malcolm X (nominated for Oscar)
Deserved the Golden Statue for: Glory (won Oscar), Training Day (won Oscar)
1- Will Smith
Ok, so you probably didn’t expect to find the Fresh Prince topping off my list of favorite actors. However not only is Will Smith an above average actor capable of playing a variety of different characters, he is simply put the epitome of what comes to mind when I think about what a movie star should be. Will Smith doesn’t make movies, he makes blockbusters. There are few actors who can carry an entire movie themselves, yet he was able to pull it off with the recent I Am Legend. He’s smooth, he’s funny and whether it’s trying to give a better life to his son (Pursuit of Happiness), saving the world from some extraterrestrial villain (Independence Day, Men in Black, I Robot, I Am Legend) or portraying the greatest of all time (Ali), Will Smith is Hollywood. He’s no stranger to the romantic comedy (Hitch) and despite his nice-guy image, he knows how to be bad (Bad Boys). It should be surprise that the movies Will Smith makes have consistently had monster opening weekends (he was number 1 on a list of most powerful actors on the planet according to Newsweek), along with the fact that he is one of only 3 actors to release 7 consecutive 100 million dollar grossing films. He has certainly come a long way from his rapping days and wrecking havoc in Bel-Air, and today, this prince has become the king of Hollywood.
Worth Seeing Him in: Men in Black, Independence Day, Hitch, Bad Boys
Oscar Worthy in: Ali (nominated for Oscar), Enemy of the State
Deserved the Golden Statue for: The Pursuit of Happiness (nominated for Oscar)
10 Shows I Would Set My DVR To (while at their peak)
- 10. Rocko’s Modern Life
- 9. Gilmore Girls
- 8. Da Ali G Show
- 7. Scrubs
- 6. Nip/Tuck
- 5. American Idol
- 4. South Park
- 3. 24
- 2. The Sopranos
- 1. Boy Meets World
Top 5 Reasons to be an Optimisitc Yankee Fan
- 5. Since we know how well you all can count, 26 still trumps 7.
- 4. You didn’t have to wait 86 in between any two championships.
- 3. You have 80 more years before you need to worry about that.
- 2. Joba rules.
- 1. Since this years club couldn’t get the job done, I’m sure losing your hall of fame manager and your all-world third basemen will be just what the doctor ordered.
Top 5 Reasons Chad Pennington Should Remain the Starting QB
- 5. He never throws passes with too much velocity.
- 4. He really knows how to stretch a defense. No dink and dunk here.
- 3. He continues to avoid making costly mistakes in game deciding situations.
- 2. He’s a winner, clearly proven by the fact he has more wins this season than any other quarterback on this team.
- 1. He’s by far the best quarterback in the division (Brady who?), conference (whats a Manning?) and possibly league (ok…you win Tavaris Jackson)
No comments yet.