Is greatness something unmeasurable? With all due respect and admiration, it is possible to rank actors according to their lifetime achievements, the number of prizes, and financial success of the projects starring them. That’s what the popular source IMDb did. Their greatest actors list is well worth seeing.
5. Daniel Day-Lewis
61-year-old Daniel Day-Lewis is widely known for his in-depth theater and cinematographic works. He is the only man to receive three Academy Awards as the best male actor: My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2012); his numerous prizes include Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, etc. In 2014, the Duke of Cambridge knighted the artist for his services to drama.
4. Al Pacino
Vibrant and versatile, Al Pacino continues to play in movies and discover new angles of his talent. He has won the so-called “Triple Crown of Acting”: a competitive Academy Award, an Emmy, and a Tony Award for acting. The audience loves him for his roles in The Godfather (1972) and its sequels, Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Scent of a Woman (1992). The list is endless, just like Al Pacino’s mastery.
3. Robert De Niro
Another Godfather star, Robert De Niro has earned the audience’s recognition for New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), Cape Fear (1992), and other movies as well. He is not only the double Oscar winner but also the holder of the AFI Life Achievement prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Golden Globe. Today, the in-service actor has much to offer, too: fans will have the chance to enjoy upcoming pictures.
2. Marlon Brando
The actor devoted 60 years of his life to cinematography and turned into an international cultural icon. Marlon Brando was named the greatest actor debuting before 1950 by the AFI; On the Waterfront (1954) and The Godfather (1972) brought him two Oscars and love of millions. In addition, he received three BAFTAs and two Golden Globes.
1. Jack Nicholson
The 82-year-old movie veteran used to sparkle his talent in diverse genres from comedies to superhero projects and biopics. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1976), Terms of Endearment (1984), and As Good as It Gets (1998) gave him three Academy Awards; he is the front-runner in the number of the Oscar nominations (12). Besides, Nicholson won six Golden Globes. In 2001, he was given the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor.