Greatest Deceased Actors


The Top Ten

1 Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004) Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004) Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.

The best actor ever, he should've won an oscar for all his roles, definitely deserves top spot

The Greatest Actor who ever lived... his work in the 50s and 70s easily proves that.

He was often mentioned in Madonna's Vogue. - shelleyduvallfan10


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2 Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008) Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008) Heathcliff Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career.

All these actors are amazing but I think Heath Ledger is the best. He was great in all his movies and always chose difficult roles because he was a true artist. His performance as the joker will go down in history because it was absolutely stunning. An wow I had no idea so many people passed away in 2008.R.I. P

Heath is my favorite and always will be, his performance as the Joker (especially considering he was an Aussie) is and will always be the best ever. Incredible actor. RIP Heath. I wish you were in the Dark Knight Rises, but oh well, you were so great in The Dark Knight anyway. I love you, Heath!

I'm Not saying he was the best, I'm saying that we never really got to see his true potential until he died - Hannibalbarka

When he was annouced as Joker, I assumed he was going to suck and fail. But when the trailer was released, I had to see it. And it turned out to be a movie I loved so much. Rest in Peace Ledger. - Mumbizz01

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3 James Stewart (1908 - 1997) James Stewart (1908 - 1997) James Stewart (May 20, 1908 - July 2, 1997) is an American actor, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors. He is known for his roles in Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
4 Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003) Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003) Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an American actor who was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1980s. His performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird earned him the Academy more.
5 James Dean (1931 - 1955) James Dean (1931 - 1955) James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.

Will always live on as America's Rebel. A very rare individual with so much potential and talent, such a shame to see him go so young.

Hilary Duff made a song based on him which is named after the deceased actor (1931-1955). - shelleyduvallfan10

6 Paul Newman (1925-2008) Paul Newman (1925-2008) Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, activist and philanthropist.
7 Bruce Lee - (1940 - 1973)
8 Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967 - 2014)
9 Graham Chapman (1941-1989) Graham Chapman (1941-1989) Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.
10 Richard Burton (1925-1984) Richard Burton (1925-1984)

The Contenders

11 Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) Patrick Swayze (1952-2009)
12 John Wayne (1907 - 1979) John Wayne (1907 - 1979) Marion Mitchell Morrison, known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, director, and producer.

RIP John Wayne, Cinèmas greatest cowboy

13 John Cazale (1935 - 1978)
14 Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era.
15 Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century.
16 Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American screen actor whose performances in iconic 1940s films noir such as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep earned him status as a cultural icon.
17 James Mason (1909-1984) James Mason (1909-1984) James Neville Mason (15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. After achieving much success in the United Kingdom, where he was the top box office attraction in 1944 and 1945, he made the transition to the United States and became one of Hollywood's biggest stars. more.
18 Henry Fonda (1905 - 1982) Henry Fonda (1905 - 1982) Henry Jaynes Fonda was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning more than five decades.
19 Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) Edward Montgomery "Monty" Clift (October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American film and stage actor. The New York Times’ obituary of Clift noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men". He received four Academy Award nominations during his career: three for Best Actor and one for Best more.
20 William Powell (1892 - 1984) William Powell (1892 - 1984) William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984) was an American actor. A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was paired with Myrna Loy in 14 films, including the popular Thin Man series based on the Nick and Nora Charles characters created by Dashiell Hammett. Powell was nominated for the more.
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1. Graham Chapman (1941-1989)
2. Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004)
3. John Cazale (1935 - 1978)
1. Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008)
2. James Stewart (1908 - 1997)
3. Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004)
1. Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004)
2. Richard Burton (1925-1984)
3. Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003)

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