My 13 Favorite Actors

I’m an IMDB fanatic.
I have their app on my phone and iPad so I can quickly check who played that guy in that one movie or who voiced the animated guinea pig in that other one. I LOVE IMDB.
That said, I have a few actors that I like more than others. Some not because they’re hot but because they’re quirky or played in a movie I adore. So in the interest of spawning discussion with my readers here is my list of my favorite actors in no particular order.

  • Crispin Glover

    Crispin is quite simply the quirkiest actor ever. If you don’t believe me, watch Willard. He’s capable of being creepy, funny or both (see Hot Tub Time Machine)! But the movie that put Mr. Glover into my favorite list is an old, weirdddd movie called Rubin and Ed about a multi-level salesman (played by Howard Hesseman) who is trying to bring in another convert to his sales cult. Most of the movie involves the quest to find the perfect spot to bury Rubin’s dead cat, a cat that he’s kept in his freezer up until now. The movie with its ridiculously tall platform shoes just makes me laugh, and laugh, and oh gosh, laugh at its absurdity.

  • Paul Reubens

    Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Do I have to say anything else? Yes? Er, okay. Paul was also wonderful as the Spleen in Mystery Men and as the greasy vampire with the never-ending death scene in the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie.

  • Hugo Weaving

    I recall seeing the first Lord of the Rings movie at midnight on opening day and thinking of Agent Smith’s famous line from the Matrix: “Tell me, Mr. Anderson… what good is a phone call… if you’re unable to speak?” when Elrond appeared. It was terribly distracting.
    But then I saw V for Vendetta and that all changed! Hugo earned a permanent spot on my favorites list for his absolutely perfect enunciation of the introductory speech to Evey. And I’ll never again associate him solely with Agent Smith. And this is one actor who isn’t afraid to dress up a little. Check him out as the gorgeous drag queen in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

  • Christopher Walken

    It’s thanks to Walken’s many appearances on Saturday Night Live that he’s earned a place on this list. Skits like The Continental, Bruce Dickinson, and Ed Glosser: Trivial Psychic will always be classics. He’s also great as the floating dancer in Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice video. And I loved him as the South American crime lord in the Run Down.

  • Timothy Olyphant

    I’m not really into southern boys but Timothy is the exception. He came to my attention as the marshall in HBO’s Deadwood (why, oh why did they cancel that!?). And now I watch him as the Marshall on TNT’s Justified. He does a GREAT lawman!

  • Alan Rickman

    Alan does bad so good. From Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd to Snape in the Harry Potter movies, he’s got that menacing look down pat. But it was the Sheriff of Nottingham in the old Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves movie that earned him his spot in my favorites list.

  • Gary Oldman

    Dracula. He is and will always be the only Dracula for me.
    Yes, he’s been great in oodles of other movies but as far as I’m concerned this is the only one that matters.

  • Richard Roxburgh

    While we’re on the subject of Draculas, Mr. Roxburgh has also had a turn at playing the vampire in Van Helsing. But that’s not why he’s on my list. Richard made it into the list thanks to his forehead-vein-popping Duke in Moulin Rouge. I just love me a bad guy and he’s a good one in this.

  • Dwayne Johnson

    “The Rock” is in my list partially because he’s so damn hunky (and built) but because he makes me laugh. Check him out in Rundown with another member of this list (Walken) as well as cute family films like The Game Plan and The Tooth Fairy. But really, just look at those muscles. That’s really all that needs to be said.

  • Gerard Butler

    Gerard played the Phantom of the Opera. And if that isn’t enough, he also bared his abs (and almost everything else) as King Leonidas in 300. He made me laugh as One Two in RocknRolla, as chauvinist Mike Chadway in The Ugly Truth and even as Milo in The Bounty Hunter.

  • Michael Fassbender

    Speaking of ab baring, this next guy on the list is a fellow Spartan, he played Stelios in 300. But I have to admit, with a degree of shame, that the reason Mr. Fassbender is on this list is because of a certain BBC young adult show called Hex. He played Azazeal. And oh. He’s good. You can also see him in the most recent X-Men movie playing Magneto. Sorry Sir Ian, but he’s a way better Magneto. And I’m almost breathlessly awaiting the video release of Jane Eyre staring him as Rochester because it never released in my small city.

  • Joseph Fiennes

    Look at those eyes! Joseph has my favorite intense gaze. Ever. The role that shot Mr. Fiennes into my favorite list is Adam in Killing me Softly, a movie that might as well be softcore porn. But I simply loved how obsessive in love the two main characters were and it certainly helped that Joseph is HOT in it. Oh, and I guess he’s was pretty good in that Shakespeare in Love movie too 😉 Now he’s playing Merlin in the Camelot series on Starz.

  • Johnny Depp

    Mr. Depp is my favorite actor. Period. Not because he’s hot, which, of course he is, but because of the wild range of roles he’s had. Considering Tim Burton is my favorite movie director, you can probably understand why I love Johnny Depp. In any case, I’m not going to bore you or insult your intelligence with a list of my favorite roles.

  • Honorable Mentions

    I’m positive I’m forgetting worthy people in the list above but as I’ve been working on this list for HOURS, I figure it’s a good time to stop. I’m sure there will be an addendum in the future. In the meantime, here are some honorable mentions.

  • Arnold Vosloo

    This one is a little hard to explain. I’d say Arnold’s presence in this list is an example of how I love the villains in movies. He played the mummy (High Priest Imhotep) in the The Mummy movie and oh, how unexpectedly sexy was that? He’s also a better Darkman than the original Darkman.

  • Armand Assante

    I have to admit that this guy is on the list simply because he’s hot, or at least he was hot twenty years ago. I think I first saw him in the movie Mambo Kings. Mm, sexy Latin guy. Yeah, I can dig it. In any case, you might also like him in the mini-series romance Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story, he plays Napoleon of course. Lately he’s played small (but amusing) roles in the series Chuck.

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