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Actors with Style

by Greg
Not all actors have style. I think there are actors that are cool but don’t necessarily seem like they have a “presence” for style. But what is it that makes an actor have style? Is it the talent? I don’t think anyone will accuse George C Scott of being stylish. Marlon Brando is more of a force of nature. I think it as something to do with charisma. Its also a certain effortlessness in the actor’s way of doing things. This is a list of some of my favorites, vaguely grouped by national origin: The Great Jean Gabin Humphrey Bogart Denzel Washington George Clooney Benicio Del Toro Chow Yun Fat Tony Leung Cary Grant Clive Owen Isaach De… Read more

Not all actors have style. I think there are actors that are cool but don’t necessarily seem like they have a “presence” for style. But what is it that makes an actor have style? Is it the talent? I don’t think anyone will accuse George C Scott of being stylish. Marlon Brando is more of a force of nature. I think it as something to do with charisma. Its also a certain effortlessness in the actor’s way of doing things.

This is a list of some of my favorites, vaguely grouped by national origin:


The Great Jean Gabin


Humphrey Bogart


Denzel Washington


George Clooney


Benicio Del Toro


Chow Yun Fat


Tony Leung


Cary Grant


Clive Owen


Isaach De Bankolé


Marcello Mastroianni

Post Script. My wife thinks I should have added Paul Newman to the list. Its true that he’s incredibly cool. He’s charismatic and has the effortlessness about him. But for some reason, he seems like he’s in a different sort of category from these guys. Not better or worse, just different.

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