There are some actors that have so much personality on screen that it doesn’t matter what movie they are in, no matter how bad it is, they elevate any scene they are in. I came up with this idea after watching Charlie Varrick and The Outfit within a couple days of each other, both with Joe Don Baker and he had no trouble keeping up with such major screen presences such as Walter Matthau and Robert Duvall. And, he played almost opposite type characters.
I debated leaving out the major stars like Bogart and Cary Grant, but I figured, hey, I actually will watch anything with those guys. I’m sure most people have a similar list, even if they haven’t formalized it. Some people like Harry Dean Stanton, Henry Silva or John Saxon on their list. While I like each of those guys immensely, they didn’t make the cut. I’m going to do actresses later this week or next.
George C. Scott
Joe Don Baker
Edward G. Robinson