This is right up my alley!! C. D. Gallant King from "Stories I Found in the Closet" gave his 10 favourite film and TV characters and invited others, one of them being little ole me, to join in on the fun. I gave it some thought and it was dam hard to limit to just 10. I could name 10 favourite characters of John Wayne alone. I mean John Wayne is an amazing actor and I don't care who says otherwise. James Stewart is another man that I adore as all of you, by now, probably know. I am just salivating to showcase my top 10 and I have included TV Characters as well. Now if you notice I have not mentioned any women...I mentioned before I can't limit to just 10. They will have their own top 10 list next Monday. So without further ado (or is that adieu) here is my list:
A great chap from "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" who was minding his own business collecting Cacti in the desert when he happened upon the family of Hell headed by Ethel Merman ("Sylvester!"). Of course he is eagerly brought in to find the money hidden under the Big W. Who doesn't love that gap-toothed grin?
Surprise!! Back in the 70's, much to my mom's chagrin, I would come home from school and watch "Gilligan's Island" followed by "Lost In Space". I think I drove her nuts. Who wouldn't love the stupid oaf who has not quite figured out that he has 2 hot babes (and I don't mean Mrs. Howell) that he could have his way with for many years. Nope! The dumb oaf would get all nervous and then knock himself out when Ginger tried to kiss him. He always caused some trouble and I do believe he was the Skipper's boy toy...just saying.
Was he a bad boy that set women's lib back 500 years? Yup. Shouldn't he be dead by now from cancer from all the smoking he did? Yup! Shouldn't he be dead from cirrhosis of the liver? Yup! Shouldn't his penis (note the small gun) have gotten gangrene and fallen off from all the sex he has had? Yup..actually double yup! I can't get enough of this character and I do like Sean Connery the best. He showed arrogance, posh, swagger and all the other idiotic things that this character has in spades. I never miss a film and can't wait to find out what the main women characters are called (my favourite is Pussy Galore). If he came into my life with bullets blazing only to be dragged into a car being driven by him avoiding the bad guys and then be seduced and left in the dust,,, would I do it? Yup! Just call me Birgie Bosumbottom.
Arthur "Cody" Jarrett
Now you have your psychos and then you have Cody played brilliantly by James Cagney. A man who adores his mom a bit too much and who suffers migraines when things just are not going his way. Now I don't think I would ever want to meet this nut but this character is so well-developed and brilliantly acted that you can't help but root for the crazy ass. Top of the world to ya!
What's not to love about one of the best characters from a book and movie? He seems so sweet and not very strong but whoaaaa! He can kick some ass!! From his old pointed hat to the bottom of his ragged robes at the bottom, this Wizard commands respect and gets it and we know his underwear is in wonderful rainbow colours. He can stand the test of time and will.
Forget about Jeff Bridges' horrible portrayal of this character (Yes I said this so blech-sticking out tongue). Nobody can make this character as wonderful as the Great John Wayne. He doesn't have to create a gravelly voice that sounds like he is trying to hard (sorry Jeff, I like you but not in this role). This character boozes too much, shoots first and asks questions later and can be quite ornery but has a heart that defys the man. He shows no fear and you want him beside you when you feel bullied. This is the best portrayal of this character, hands down. "Fill your reigns you son of a bitch!"
OK, OK, I am breaking, um, bending the rules here a bit but it just wouldn't be me otherwise. Rod Serling was a great writer who wrote "Requiem For A Heavyweight" but is best known for the TV series, "The Twilight Zone". He wrote many of the episodes and he introduced each episode. They were excellent shows that starred many great actors and were often quite eerie and thought-provoking. I can say it just would not be the same without his unique speaking and delivery. He also looked like a typical GI Man or Newsman so that just helped the series even more.
Neal Page and Del Griffiths
Yup, Breaking...bending the rules again because these 2 go hand in hand...except when they are between 2 pillows:) It is like an updated Odd Couple with Steven Martin as the always in control, clean, happily married ad man on the road with John Candy's sloppy, good-hearted shower curtain salesman. Neal Page learns a thing or 2 from his new found friend Del and this has become one of my all time favourite comedies with a heart.
This is a famous scene with John Wayne paying homage to a great silent western star, Harry Carey who had passed away before this film was made. John Wayne made sure his wife and son had parts in the film. Ethan is a driven man who is racist and harbours a secret love for his brother's wife. When they are killed and their daughter is taken by the Indians, he goes on a 5 years search...quest actually, to find little Debbie, and bring her home...or does he plan to kill her instead? A haunted man who dreams of family but will never have one. Brilliant acting!
Yeah...like you didn't know:) If anyone knows me they know this is my favourite film and Jimmy Stewart is my favourite actor. Believe ,me it pains me to have just 1 character portrayed by Jimmy Stewart on this list because I can easily do 10 and Hawkins, his short-lived TV show, would be on this list. George Bailey is flawed-he is a man who always wants to leave his hometown to see the world and resents his entire life that he built. Due to his loyalty and his inability to say no, he keeps the Bailey building and loan alive to fight evil Potter. He reluctantly gives in to his passion( one of the best passionate scenes he ever had) and marries Mary and he creates new homes for people to get out of the slums built by Potter. He never sees what he has until he is pushed to the brink of suicide and an angel intervenes. He is the everyman we all want to have as a neighbour, employer, friend, marriage partner and dad. What is not to love?
So this is my list. Can you name all the men who played Bond? I would love to know if some of you out there in blogland would love to make your own list..how about it? Alex Cavanaugh(Mr. Ninja), Stephen T McCarthy, Mr. Shady Del Knight, Cherdo by the Flipside, and anyone else...love to read what you pick. My women's list(save the best for last-hahahaaaa) will be next Monday.