by Sam Juliano
I felt like having a little fun tonight, though some might see this venture as impossible to negotiate. Well, I went year by year and found many more performances than 43, but slowly weeded down the long list to the final designated number. So many great actors didn’t finish on this list–people like Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Yves Montand, Marcello Mastroianni, Toshiro Mifune, Alec Guiness, James Mason, Michael Redgrave, Orson Welles, and so many others. I selected the 43 performances in a lead role, that stand among the greatest of all-time, not the actor who gave them, per se. In any case, I will save you all the qualification rhetotic, and just display the photos. Why an odd number like 43? Well, after making a number of cuts I wound up with 43, and couldn’t cut it down further. Not a single actor place more than one choice on the list, though this wasn’t really by design.
I ask that all who visit this post to name their own choices, if you can do so. This list is not offered up in any kind of an order. Every one in this 43 is as good as the other. I listed them in the way I wrote them up. The list was revised early Wednesday morning to include two performances that were accidentally left off as per reminders by Peter Lenihan and Allan Fish: John Wayne and Bruno Ganz.