What I mean is, an actor or actress you see in the movies that you wish was still around, even if they weren’t acting anymore, but just kinda miss because you enjoyed their performances so much. (I hope this isn’t too morbid a topic)
My first pick would be James Stewart. I shed a tear when they showed his face during the Oscar’s “In Memorium” the year he died, and it struck me too about Paul Newman being gone now. And even Gloria Grahame…her performance in The Big Heat just always seems to break my heart, or even her small turn in It’s a Wonderful Life – paraphrasing here, from Wonderful Life: “I just throw this dress on when I don’t care HOW I look!” Beautiful.
… and Eileen Heckart, for very personal reasons
Robert Mitchum. It happened a day before Jimmy Stewart, so no one seemed to care.
Jimmy stewart, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Lee van Cleef
I’m going to pick an actor who passed more recently – or at least was still quite active until he died: Heath Ledger.
Terridic performances in BROKEBACK and DRAK KNIGHT (of course) but also in BROTHERS GRIMM and CASANOVA and others.
So much potential obliterated.
And Eileen Heckart didn’t make nearly enough films, dammit!
Jean Seberg. Katrin Cartlidge. Solveig Dommartin. Zoë Lund. Edie Sedgwick. Nico. Marlene Dietrich. River Phoenix, James Dean. Timothy Carey. Klaus Kinski. Oskar Werner. John Cassavetes. RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER.
John Cazale (married to Meryl Streep) died in ‘78, after having made only five features; but, as with Katrin Cartlidge, you can’t see him working without wishing against hope that his body of work were bigger…
I’ll second John Cazale. A true GOD.
I’ll add Mel Blanc. One of the great actors of all time.
Richard Harris, Steve McQueen, Toshiro Mifune, Klaus Kinski, James Coburn, Natalie Wood, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Romy Schneider, Charles Bronson…
I forgot Romy Schneider, yes.
Kate Hepburn; Guiletta Masina, Federico Fellini
anne bancroft and natalie wood…the most.
everytime i watch “home for the holidays” and ann bancroft has one her moments it just makes me so sad from the bittersweetness of her performance.
Definitely second that about Katrin Cartlidge – brilliant performer (even in the okay CAREER GIRLS she was superb and heartbreaking). Wish Cary Grant was still around too. And Paul Newman, of course (“Hell, I’ve got vision; the rest of the world wears bifocals.”)
John Cazale thirdeded and Natalie Wood I agree . . . and poor Bruno Anthony from Strangers on a Train (Robert Walker).
I saw in some Hollywood celeb mag. recently- the Hollywood tombstones of some of our favorites that have recently passed…
I like that Jack Lemmon’s gravestone reads… “Jack Lemmon (dob/dod)
(next line down) in…”
He even knew how to keep us laughing in death!
George C. Scott
John Cazale, Roy Scheider, Dennis Hopper
yes, Jimmy Stewart.. also Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, Lillian Gish, Marlon Brando…
Paul Newman. “Cool Hand Luke” just makes me sad when I see his smile.
Harry Dean Stanton. His gentle wonderful presence in so many films, and his singing.
Orson Welles. His voice alone makes me miss him.
Richard Burton. Same as with Orson.
Klaus Kinski. There will never be another one.
Audrey Hepburn. Timeless elegance without airs.
Natalie Wood. Burning eyes and burning presence.
Harry Dean Stanton is dead?
I kinda miss Brittany Murphy. She was so pretty, you know.
Harry Dean Stanton is well alive and kicking!
Dennis Hopper; the death of an iconic actor never struck me as much as the day I read that he had passed.