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Part 4: My 25 Favorite Male Actors

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Thanks for joining me, kittens & dawgs! First off, let me apologize. I had every intention of sharing this post with you last Thursday, but my schedule got too full and I couldn’t devote the time needed to it.

Secondly, I truly appreciate your sticking it out with me as I presented My 25 Favorite Male Actors series to you. This will be my final installment. Don’t worry, if you haven’t been following along with me then you can catch up, here.

 

Two wise-cracking, prankster cops assigned to watch an escaped convict’s girlfriend home in the uproariously flick, Stake Out.

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The 70’s cult classic Jaws introduced me to Richard Dreyfuss, but it was in this movie as Detective Chris Lecce I became an instant Dreyfuss fan, along with his side-kick Emilio Estevez (Detective Bill Reimers). This blockbuster hit cranked out a sequel in 1993 with the same fun-loving, witty duo and Rosie O’Donnell in Another Stakeout.

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When you think of Sylvester Stallone, what movie comes to mind? I know what many of you are thinking. Rocky, right? Believe it or not, I have yet to watch these movies. The first movie I saw Stallone in is Rambo: First Blood.

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His dialogue in this movie was very little, but did he really need it? The whole quiet persona of a Vietnam war hero struggling to fit back in with society was executed brilliantly by Stallone. He plays the silent tough guy very well. I have followed his career over the years enjoying many outstanding features with the Italian Stallone, but one of my all-time favorites is Cliffhanger.

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Born Edward Regan Murphy in Brooklyn, New York to one telephone operator, Lillian, and transit police officer, Charles Edward Murphy. Edward Regan or as we better know him, Eddie Murphy, had aspirations as a young child to be in show business and at the age of 19 he got his start on the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players of Saturday Night Live (SNL). I use to not be much of a late night person, so these programs I didn’t watch often and although I knew who Murphy was I didn’t really get to appreciate his talents until he hit the big screen in 1982 in 48 Hrs. as Reggie Hammond, a convict who is forced to help a cop locate a fellow partner in crime who he fears will double cross him. Check out one of my favorite scenes with Murphy singing Roxanne.

 

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My Favorite Male Actor list wouldn’t be complete Steve Martin and the late John Candy. Martin and Candy have starred in various well-written comedies and appeared on SNL over the years, but nothing they did separately compares with their partnership in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles starring as Neal Page (Martin) and Del Griffith (Candy).

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This late 80s smash hit is one of our Thanksgiving traditions. It’s a chock-full of laughs rolled in with a handful of tenderness. Two unlikely people brought together by a common denominator and that is to get home for Thanksgiving. I love, love this movie!

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I was introduced to Tom Hanks in 1980 in the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies.

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 27: BOSOM BUDDIES - Pilot - Season One - 11/27/80, On a co-worker's suggestion, junior copywriter Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari, left) and his buddy, junior illustrator Kip Wilson (Tom Hanks) became "Hildegarde" and "Buffy" to reside in the Susan B. Anthony Hotel, an all-women residence. , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Season One pilot: On a co-worker’s suggestion, junior copywriter Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari, left) and his buddy, junior illustrator Kip Wilson (Tom Hanks) became “Hildegarde” and “Buffy” to reside in the Susan B. Anthony Hotel, an all-women residence. Photo from ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images.

Hanks is an incredibly well-rounded actor. I love him in romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail; he’s wonderful in dramas like Forrest Gump, Apollo 13,  or Catch Me If You Can. No matter what role he undertakes, he does it justice. He’s just that kinda good.

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Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are a dynamic duo in the Rush Hour trilogy.

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I would love to see the 4th production but I am growing weary in seeing this come to fruition. Outside of these fun flicks, Chan has been a limited number of movies. The first thing I ever saw Chan in is The Cannonball Run (1981) and there are few others that are good, but my favorite features by far are the Rush Hour movies. I don’t get it because he’s a natural on screen with his bigger than life smile, quick reflexes, and choppy English. Tucker, on the other hand, has done only one other movie, The Fifth Element, that I’ve seen him in. I’m beginning to question if Tucker even needs to be on my list now. *scratch head* Oh well, I do love him in Rush Hour, so I’ll keep him on till someone boots him off my top 25.

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In doing this list, I just sorta threw it together. There is no rank, no pattern, no rhyme or reason. I allowed the top 25 male actors pop in my head at random. That being said, my final actor is Michael Douglas. The first thing I recall seeing Michael in is Star Chamber. He was great in it! The movies that made me really fall in love with this actor is Romancing the Stone and Jewell of the Nile, too.  He is another actor who does comedy and dramas equally well. The list of fantastic movies is long. To name a few of my favorites: Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Shinning Through, Disclosure, The American President, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Game, A Perfect Murder, Wall Street, The In-laws, The Sentinel, and And So It Goes. In retrospect, I believe Douglas might be my #1 favorite male actor judging the movies that I’ve seen that he starred in over the years.

I reckon I could come up with another 25 favorite male actors, but my brain is frazzled. In the coming months, maybe after the holidays, I will roll up my sleeves to create My 25 Favorite Female Actors list for you.

Which of these actors do you love and why?

Next week I am taking a break for Thanksgiving, but I will be back for my first round of December BoTB on the 1st and I hope you’ll play along with me. Meanwhile, I’m linking up with Ink Interrupted and Stacy Uncorked this morning. One more thing before I scoot, I wanted to remind ya that my #WW linky is set to go live tonight at 8pm and I invite you to get in on the fun!

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Part 3: My 25 Favorite Male Actors

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Thanks for joining me for Part 3: My 25 Favorite Male Actors; you’re welcome to ready Part 1 and Part 2, if you want to see who made my list already. Every one needs a little Bond…James Bond that is n their lives.

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The British spy 007 has changed faces six times over the years, but no one does it better than Sean Connery.

I’ve loved nearly every film featuring Sir Connery. Some of my favorites include: Outland, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt For Red October, and The Rock.

While Connery is my all-time favorite Bond, I am partial to Pierce Brosnan. I pegged him for the role when I first met him on the early 80s TV show.

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I loved his playful boyish charm in this role. It wasn’t until he took on the James Bond character in GoldenEye I saw how natural he was as a more serious actor. He’s a man of many talents, but one of my favorites is Dante’s Peak; a movie I highly recommend.

Which Bond character do you love and why? Do you have a favorite James Bond movie?

Two of my next favorite actors started together in several movies over the years. The flicks I enjoyed them most is was….

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play Grumpy Old Men VERY well! This movie and the sequel had me rolling in the floor. The script is well written, but the way Lemmon and Matthau delivered their was pure talent.

What movies do you like staring this Odd Couple?

The last actor on my list today started his film career in 1969. However, I don’t think I knew who he was until the early 80s as the The Terminator.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was great in The Terminator movies and is immensely talented more so than I first gave him credit. He does action/adventure to comedy equally well. My favorite Schwarzenegger flicks are: Commando, The Eraser, Predator, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, The Expendable movies, and Escape Plan. I really want to see the Terminator Genisys and have it on my iTunes Wish List.

What movie introduced you to Schwarzenegger?

Please, come back next week for part four of My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Do you need a little structure in your blogging? If so, then you’ll want to check out Tuesday Coffee Chat prompts with Rorybore at Ink Interrupted or if you’re like me more of the random-kind of chick, then you’ll find yourself right at home at Random Tuesday Thoughts with Stacy Uncorked. Thanks for dropping by; join me tomorrow for  some Friday fun!

Part 2: My 25 Favorite Male Actors

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Last week I started a the series, My 25 Favorite Male Actors Part 1; I had every intention to share another round this past Tuesday, but that fell through the cracks. I hope you forgive me and join me today for Part 2: My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

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I think the very first thing I ever saw Harrison Ford star in was Star Wars. His rebel spirit, snappy comebacks, and good-looks as Hans Solo made us all cheer for him in the theater, but it was the clever, treasure seeker Indiana Jones that stole the hearts of many.

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I loved Ford in these playful kinds of personalities, but I think I preferred his roles in the Jack Ryan flicks, The Fugitive, Air Force I, What Lies Beneath, and other similar featured movies spotlighted his strengths as the resourceful silent type. Maybe, I’m just a sucker for the strong hero over the flashier persona of his earlier films.

 

Did you know they filmed The Fugitive Train Crash Scene (check out my link of my WW pictures) in Dillsboro, North Carolina? That’s a short drive from Knoxville.

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In all honesty, funny man Jim Carrey didn’t pop up on my radar until the early 90s with his role in The Mask.  He was fabulous playing two personalities in this movie!   However, my all-time favorite movie of his, which totally surprised me, is Dumb & Dumber. My first thoughts were, “Looks like another stupid movie”. It was only after I saw pieces of the movie on broadcast TV peaking my interest enough to give it a shot and found Carrey does a goofy idiot very well


If you want to see more of his signature humor, check out Ace Ventura: The Pet Detective. It’s sure to make you laugh.

Although, I haven’t seen in its entirety Mad Max I think this was the turning point in my next favorite actor, Mel Gibson’s career.

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The movies that I came to appreciate Gibson’s talents in is the Lethal Weapon series as Martin Riggs; a boozing, slightly deranged police detective grieving  the loss of his wife. I saw the action/adventure side (great Marital arts work), as well as the hilarious lines and stunts by Gibson’s character. He’s been in many other good movies, like The Conspiracy Theory, The Edge of Darkness, and The Expendables 3 to name just a few, but if someone says name a movie starring Mel Gibson? You’ll hear not a pause or sight, only my quick response, Lethal Weapon.

 

I said it once, I’ll say it again the 80s totally rocked when it came to the best movies and most talented actors to hit the big screen. When I say, Risky Business (1983) who comes to mind?

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If you said anyone other than Tom Cruise, then shame on you!  That wasn’t one of his best films, but it surely launched his career in a big way and I began an instant fan. He was great in Top Gun (’86) and although he was busy year after year making movies not much captured our attention until 1994 with The Firm; a suspense/drama about  a corrupt law office. It was this movie that I thought, “Wow, this guy is going to be big in Hollywood!” He’s a born natural in the box office hit series Mission Impossible flicks; I’m dying to see the newest one! Let’s not forget his outstanding performance in Knight and Day; this hilarious, action flick is so much fun that you gotta see!

 

Hollywood introduced a new face to me in the mid to late 90s with the release of George of the Jungle (1997) and Dudley Do-Right (1999), Brendon Fraser.

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His ability to play such innocents made these comedies stand up. It was The 1999 series The Mummy is where his talent beamed that clinched his place on my favorite actors list. However there’s one flick from ’99 that I stumbled upon years later which is totally hilarious where Fraser display that his naïve boy charm in Blast From the Past.

 

Which of these male actors do you love and why?

Next Tuesday or Thursday, depending on what my schedule holds, I will share Part 3: My 25 Favorite Male Actors. Anywho, I’m linking up with the amazing blog prompter, Rorybore from Ink Interrupted and the Queen of Random, Stacy Uncorked. Thanks for stopping by and I come back tomorrow for some a funtastic Friday!

My 25 Favorite Male Actors, Part 1

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! A few days ago, Lee posted What Are Your 25 Top Movies Ever Made? Who got the idea from another a mutual blogging pal, Stephen, (Favorite Male Movie/TV Characters) who in turned borrowed the idea from another blogger bud, Brigit who kicked off, Top 10 Favourite Film and TV Characters. And, there are others. I thought why not get in on the action and bring my list to the table for review in a series titled My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Chevy Chase was pure golden in the 80s with the rolls he portrayed.  National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) introduced the Griswold family to the world. Clark Griswold hilarious one-liners will split a rib, but its Christmas Vacation where Chase’s character totally shined!

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Clark to Cousin Eddie quote: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (movie trailer) began an instant classic with my family. We include this in our Christmas movie watching a time or two every year and it never gets old.

Two other great flicks featuring Chevy Chase are Seems Like Old Times and Caddy Shack, both movies will leave you in stitches

Young Frankenstein released in 1974. I always thought this movie came out the year we got married (’79), since that was the first time we saw the movie. This movie is full of fabulous actors and actresses, but Marty Feldman with his buggy eyes and mannerisms nearly had me in tears.

 

Who doesn’t like a hero, especially when it’s Harry McClean better known as “Dirty Harry”.

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Do you feel lucky, Punk? Well, do you?

Clint Eastwood is probably the first tough guys I met on the big screen, excluding John Wayne, that I fell in deep like over. I loved his character as the cop who didn’t tolerate scumbags and wasn’t afraid to take necessary action to protect the public. All of Eastwood’s movie roles have similar characteristics that of a quiet man who carries a big stick and this is why it’s such fun to watch his movies.

In the 80s the popular TV comedy, Moonlighting, introduced the amazing talents of Bruce Willis,  as David Addison – a Private Investigator interested in a good time more than his job.

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David to Maddie: Only a woman? Were the ’27 Yankees only a baseball team? Are the Himalayas only a bunch of hills? Are 36 inches only a yard?

What blew my mind, as so often it does, is when Willis went from a goof-ball to a tough guy who senses trouble before it hits in the Die Hard movies. How is that one person is in the wrong place at the wrong time so often and ultimately brings a bad guy or two or dozen down, like Detective John McClane. Oh yeah, it’s all about the writer! 😉

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Hans Gruber: [on the radio] Mr. Mystery Guest? Are you still there?

John McClane: Yeah, I’m still here. Unless you wanna open the front door for me.

Hans Gruber: Uh, no, I’m afraid not. But, you have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he’s John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?

John McClane: Was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts. Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?

John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***.

Willis’ character is a mix of hard-core seriousness laced with humor that you gotta love!

The 80s was  a wonderful decade for Hollywood featuring some of the best actors.  Although, Bill Murray got his start on SNL in the 70s and made name for himself, which lead to more promising things. It was CaddyShack, (1980) as a fried-brain (drug-induced) groundskeeper that I first came to love his strangeness and then again in Groundhog Day (1983) as the arrogant Meteorologist who lives the same day over and over, but my all-time favorite role is Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters. This is absolutely one of the most memorable, funniest scenes from the 1984 blockbuster movie.

Which of these male actors do you love and why? Please, come back next Tuesday for part two of My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Do you need a little structure for your Tuesday morning blogging? If so, then you’ll want to check out Tuesday Coffee Chat prompts with Rorybore at Ink Interrupted or if you’re like me more of the random-kind of chick, then you’ll find yourself right at home at Random Tuesday Thoughts with Stacy Uncorked.

Beginning tonight at 8pm, I’ll be opening my #WW linky party. So, I hope you’ll hop back over to link up and if not join me tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

My favorite vacation spot – the Pine Tree State #bloghop

Originally posted in 2012, I decided to edit and share again. We all have our favorite vacation destination.  Ours is New England, specifically we LOVE Maine!  In the early to mid 80s, DH got interested in New England.  It took us five years before we actually moved from wishful thinking to actually doing anything about it. June 1988 we celebrated our 10th anniversary and we wanted an extraordinary vacation. We committed ourselves in April of that year to visit the Pine Tree State with our 11-month old baby girl, DD#1.

Our destination was Boothbay Harbor, Maine but we planned to visit nearby states. We drove nearly non-stop, except for filling the tank and bathroom stops, the entire 2,000 miles.  We capitalized on our time when not on the road ~ diaper changes, got snacks out, breast-fed, swapped drivers, … “How did DD#1 do on the long trip,” you ask.  She did beautifully!

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine

We crossed the Maine state line 18-hours after leaving Knoxville. We stopped at the Welcome Center and  I’ll never forget that moment.  The woodsy pine smell filled my nostrils and the gentle waves of the morning fog rolling in made me feel like I was in a story tale.  The nippy air felt more like fall than early June.  Unprepared for the temperature change, I left Knoxville 90º conditions wearing only shorts and a t-shirt. but I did pack accordingly for Maine’s unpredictable weather swings and despite the chill against my skin it was exhilarating…almost breath-taking.

Arriving in Boothbay Harbor a couple of hours later, entering the quaint seaside village transported us into another world.  The absences of city noise was almost deafening, but the peacefulness engulfed my soul with a relaxing sense.  Our hotel was right on the harbor and the ocean was literally under us.  We had a spacious corner room with windows on both sides with two king size beds.  Exhausted, we collapsed into bed for a few hours.  I count myself blessed that our baby girl who slept most of the 20+ hours trip; rested quietly beside me until I got up refreshed.

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We spent the next 9-days eating blueberry pancakes for breakfast and fresh coastal seafood for dinner, scouting and visiting lighthouses, a day trips to Bar Harbor to visit Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor or Mt. Washington Inn in New Hampshire, and having ice cream at the world famous Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont.  This was the first of three trips to Maine.  We returned in 1997 on business and again in 2004 for our 20th anniversary;  all as nice as the first.  In fact, when we talk sometimes about our next vacation we speak of going back to The Pine Tree state, our favorite vacation destination.  Who knows… maybe next time, we’ll get to see the ever elusive moose.

 

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

 

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