Throwback Thursday: Who’s Your Favorite Old Hollywood Actor?

Lauren BacallThe sultry start of screen and stage, Lauren Bacall, died Tuesday at age 89. She was known for movies such as Confidential Agent, The Big Sleep and Dark Passage. Share your favorite old Hollywood actor or actress and the movie they were most famous for in this week’s Hopkins Happenings Throwback Thursday.

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Rose Richardson August 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I really had more than one and they were Betty Davis, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, and my not so old favorite, Bruce Lee.


Bobbie August 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Again so many are listed. I reiterate Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn. Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, and Cary Grant. I love old movies!


Diana August 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

oh, and my favorite "worst actors" are of course, Elvis and Nancy Sinatra!


Diana August 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

Bella Lugosi and other great b&w movie horror film actors. They could scare you to death without a single drop of blood. Watched them during the summer on the Late,Late Show and couldn't fall asleep! I'm still afraid of vampires no matter how 'trendy' they are.


MaryJane August 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Fred Gwynne! with Yvonne DeCarlo, Butch Patrick, Al Lewis, and Pat Priest...the Munsters are my absolute favorite! "Darn, Darn, DARN-DARN-DARN"


Twanda August 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Sidney Poitier in " To Sir With Love", "Guess Who is Coming to Dinner" and Sidney Poitier teamed with Harry Belafonte in "Buck and the Preacher . Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen and the rest of the cast of "The Magnificient Seven". Of course there is also John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson in "Rio Bravo"... fabulous old Hollywood!!


Vickie Souther August 14, 2014 at 7:52 pm

As a native North Carolinian, I gotta go with Ms. Ava Gardner!


Mike August 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Many of my favorites have already been listed, but here's some more

Peter O'Tool - Lawrence of Arabia
John Wayne - The Searchers
Bogart- The Maltese Falcon
Orson Wells- The 3rd Man, Citizen Kane

On the lighter side
Basil Rathbone – Sherlock Holmes
Errol Flynn – Adventures of Robin Hood, pirate and cowboy movies
William Powel and Myrna Loy - The Thin Man

Claude Raines, Charles Laughton, Lionel Barrymore also come to mind


Mike August 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

sorry for the duplicate post


Emeline Thompson August 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

My favorite old movie is 'Gone with the wind by Clark Gable. Second to that is Pretty Woman Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. This movie always reminds me of second chances. I believe that everyone deserves a second chance.


Mike August 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Many favorites are already listed, here are some more from that era which come to mind.

Peter O'Tool - Lawrence of Arabia
John Wayne - The Searchers
Bogart - The Maltese Falcon
Orson Wells - The 3rd Man, Citizen Kane

On the lighter side,
William Powel and Myrna Loy - The Thin Man series
Basil Rathbone – Sherlock Holmes
Errol Flynn – Adventures of Robin Hood, pirate, and cowboy movies

Claude Raines and Charles Laughton come to mind also


Mary Gabinet August 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Vivien Leigh in "Gone with the Wind."


James A. Fischer, RN, MSN August 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

James Dean


Terri August 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Burt Lancaster


Irv August 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Steve Mc Queen...the essence of cool.
James Stewart...spectacularly nice guy in every role even when he was playing edgy characters
Meryl Streep...possibly the best actress ever.


chris August 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Humphrey Bogart, Sophia Loren, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Jimmy Stewart,Sanda Bullock, Robert De Niro,Jack Nicholson, Jonny Depp, Judi Dench Juliette Binoche, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Ingrid Bergman, Morgan Freeman, Will Smith, Al Pacino, Judy Dench, Tom Hanks. too many to list!!!! All Greats!!!!!!

Movies that were memorable: Casablanca, To Kill A Mockingbird, Guess Whose Coming To Dinner, Chocolat, Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1942), Two Women, RainMan, All Jmmy Stewart movies


Elizabeth J. Duvall August 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Cary Grant. Anytime. Anywhere. But absolute favorite in North by Northwest.


Wanda August 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

My favorite Hollywood stars are Sidney Poitier, guess who's coming to dinner and, of course, Robin Williams Mrs.Doubtfire. L


Carol Stopa August 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracey, Cary Grant (hubba hubba), John Wayne, they really knew how to fill a screen!


Judy Reid August 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

I would have to say James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll. I love to watch Claudine over and over again...I especially liked Diahann Carroll in "Julia".


Jo-Ann August 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

Loretta Young- Loved here weekly TV shows and my favorite all time movie with her was Christmas Eve. It was one of her last movies.


Ella Mae Haber August 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

Kathryn Hepburn---she didn't care what the media said about her or her clothes--she was the first woman to wear a pants suit....


Abbey August 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

Paul Newman, if he counts as "old" Hollywood.


Stephanie Price August 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

I think he does! 🙂


Stephanie Price August 14, 2014 at 10:46 am

Bing Crosby is my favorite old Hollywood actor. My favorite Bing Crosby movies are "White Christmas" and "Bells of St. Mary's."


Lori August 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

Gotta say all time fav movie is "Mildred Pierce" with the fierce Joan Crawford......
Second Bette Davis in "All About Eve"
Best male Cary Grant-best all around gentleman!


Cy Governs August 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

Jimmy Stewart!


Dee August 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

john wayne


K Phillips August 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Judy Garland (Dorothy from Wizard of Oz) Dorothy Dandridge, Shirley Temple, Janet Leigh

I'm in my thirties and I grew up watching them on TV 🙂


rose August 14, 2014 at 9:54 am

Clark Gable "Gone with the Wind" such timeless elegance as an actor and person...


Laura August 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

Katherine Hepburn,Gary Grant in the Philadelphia Story, JImmy Stewart classic


Suzette August 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

Kathryn Hepburn without a doubt.


Bob August 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

Jean Harlow - Bombshell...


Karen Feldman August 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

Spencer Tracy. Anything. Especially, anything with Katharine Hepburn.


Bonnie C August 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

Can't leave out The African Queen with both Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. There are so many movie "couples" that have passed on, and so few that are worthy to replace them. How many still remember, or appreciate, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, etc. And now Robin Williams has also gone to join their exclusive club.


Donna Merrill August 14, 2014 at 8:58 am

George Burns


deb August 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

James Cagney-White Heat, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Man of 1000 Faces, Love me or Leave Me, I could go on an on. Back then actors were expected to do it all, act, sing, dance and James C. did it all!


Mary Elizabeth August 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

Bette Davis. Any movie with Bette Davis is great.


Heather August 14, 2014 at 8:30 am

Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain".


Elizabeth Rodriguez August 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

I love old movies and musicals! Favorites are: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Berman in "Casablanca"; Berman and Cary Grant in "Notorious"; Clark Gable and Vivien
Leigh in "Gone with the Wind"; and Frank Sinatra.


Carol Pfeffer August 14, 2014 at 8:07 am

Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and Loretta Young


Chris August 14, 2014 at 7:46 am

My family and I used to always watch old movies. My favorite was Jimmy Stewart.


Mary Jane August 14, 2014 at 7:28 am

Cary Grant in North by Northwest....


Clara August 14, 2014 at 6:47 am

My favorite old school actor is Clark Gable, "Gone with the Wind" fabulous!!!! Close second is Humphrey Bogart, "Casa Blanca".


Cassiea Norris August 14, 2014 at 6:26 am

One of my favorites is Susan Hayward and the movie is "I Want To Live". She was one of the best and "I'll Cry Tomorrow" was another one of hers that I love.


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