For an actor, or a team of actors to qualify for a slot in NerdyGeek’s list of the all-time greatest, “Legends of Cinema”, who have a significant screen presence in cinematic history, (Though we have some actors who in a short time have left a great influence, ex: Carole Lombard, James Dean, Jean Harlow, Shankar Nag), displaying great talent, skill, versatility, the range of their roles, and their ability to disappear underneath the skin of the characters they portray. Other factors include the amount of films acted in, and its quality; the ratio of strong and weak performances; awards and accolades from peers; and if they are still working, the quality and strength of recent work. Most importantly, the impact their roles have had on generations of people.
Actors have been selected from: Bollywood (Hindi), Chinese Cinema, French Cinema, German Cinema, Hollywood (USA), Hollywood North (Canada), Hong Kong Cinema, Italian Cinema, Kollywood (Tamil), Mollywood (Malayalam), Russian Cinema, Sandalwood (Kannada), South Korean Cinema, Taiwan Cinema, Tollywood (Telugu), UK Film, and Vietnamese Cinema. Actors from other countries/industries are being added.
Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, Al Pacino, Alec Guinness, Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Amrish Puri, Ananth Nag, Ashok Kumar, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner.
Balkrishna, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Bruce Lee, Burt Lancaster, Buster Keaton.
Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Chia-Hui (Gordon) Liu, Christopher Lee, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Colin Baker.
Deborah Kerr, Dev Anand, Dharmendra, Diane Keaton, Dilip Kumar, Donna Reed, Doris Day.
Edward G. Robinson, Elizabeth Taylor.
Gary Cooper, Gemini Ganesan, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, Greta Garbo, Guru Dutt.
Helen Mirren, Hema Malini, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart.
Ian McKellen, Ingrid Bergman, Irene Dunne.
Jack Nicholson, Jackie Chan, James Cagney, James Dean, James Stewart, Jan Sterling, Jane Fonda, Janet Leigh, Jaya Bachchan, Jean Harlow, Jet Li, Jill Clayburgh, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, John Cleese, John Hurt, John Wayne, Jon Pertwee, Judi Dench, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews.
Katharine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Kishore Kumar.
Lauren Bacall, Laurence Olivier, Lee Remick, Leonard Nimoy, Lillian Gish.
M. G. Ramachandran, Madhuri Dixit, Mae West, Maggie Smith, Manoj Kumar, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Marlon Brando, Mary Pickford, Maureen O’Hara, Mehmood, Meryl Streep, Michael Caine.
N. T. Rama Rao, Nagesh, Narasimhraju T. R., Naseeruddin Shah, Norma Shearer.
Olivia de Havilland, Om Puri, Orson Welles.
Pankaj Kapur, Patrick Stewart, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, Peter O’Toole, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Pran, Prithviraj Kapoor.
Raaj Kumar, Raghuvaran, Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Rajinikanth, Rajkumar, Rekha, Richard Attenborough, Richard Harris, Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Robin Williams, Romy Schneider.
Sanjeev Kumar, Sean Connery, Shabana Azmi, Shammi Kapoor, Shankar Nag, Shashi Kapoor, Shirley Temple, Sidney Poitier, Simone Signoret, Sivaji Ganesan, Smita Patil, Sophia Loren, Spencer Tracy, Sridevi, Sylvester McCoy.
Tom Baker, Tom Hanks.
Vishnuvardhan, Vivien Leigh.
William Hartnell, William Holden.
Detailed Bios to follow. – The Librarian
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