Ranking in a top-ten list turned out to be not only impossible, but also impractical, since there are just too many actors I love. Therefore, I have decided to simply list and categorize into three different levels:
[all-time favorites; the actors I never tire of]
James Stewart, Steve McQueen, Clark Gable, Dustin Hoffman, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, John Cusack, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Newman.
[I love ’em, but I don’t bend my back to see every film they’ve ever starred in]
Spencer Tracy, Bing Crosby, Claude Rains, David Niven, William Powell, Gene Kelly, William Holden, Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra, Michael Caine, Yul Brynner, Clint Eastwood, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Al Pacino, Alan Rickman, Sean Penn, Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr., Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp.
[actors that I’ve fallen in love with recently, but still aren’t worthy of levels 1 or 2]
Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Dennis Morgan, Kirk Douglas, Peter O’Toole, Edward Norton, Cillian Murphy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Adrien Brody, Sam Rockwell.