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My Top 10 Actors: 2004 Edition

Created on Tuesday, 22 June 2004 21:00
Written by Matthew Toomey

I’ll finish up my third part of my top 10 series. Two weeks ago I listed my favourite directors, last week I listed my favourite actresses, and this week we conclude with my favourite actors. And so without further adieu, here we go.

For each actor, I have listed my favourite role and others I think worthy of note. I’ll also rank them in reverse order. I’ve only considered actors of the modern era (i.e. those still around and working today)…

 

10. Tom Hanks

Best Recent Role: Cast Away (2000)

Other Great Performances: Catch Me If You Can (2002), Road To Perdition (2002), The Green Mile (1999), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Saving Private Ryan (1998)

 

9. Steve Buscemi

Best Recent Role: Ghost World (2000)

Other Great Performances: Big Fish (2003), The Impostors (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), The Wedding Singer (1998), Fargo (1996)

 

8. Elijah Wood

Best Recent Role: The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

Other Great Performances: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004), Deep Impact (1998), The Ice Storm (1997), The War (1994)

 

7. Ed Harris

Best Recent Role: Pollock (2001)

Other Great Performances: The Hours (2003), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Buffalo Soldiers (2001), Enemy At The Gates (2001), The Truman Show (1998), Absolute Power (1997), Nixon (1995), Apollo 13 (1995)

 

6. John Cusack

Best Recent Role: Being John Malkovich (1999)

Other Great Performances: Runaway Jury (2003), Identity (2003), America’s Sweethearts (2001), High Fidelity (2000), Pushing Tin (1999), The Thin Red Line (1998), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

 

5. William H. Macy

Best Recent Role: Fargo (1996)

Other Great Performances: The Cooler (2003), Seabiscuit (2003), Focus (2001), State And Main (2000), Magnolia (1999), A Civil Action (1998), Pleasantville (1998), Wag The Dog (1997), Boogie Nights (1996), Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)

 

4. Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Recent Role: Titanic (1997)

Other Great Performances: Gangs Of New York (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Beach (2000), Marvin’s Room (1996), Romeo & Juliet (1996), The Basketball Diaries (1995), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), This Boy’s Life (1993)

 

3. Edward Norton

Best Recent Role: Primal Fear (1996)

Other Great Performances: 25th Hour (2002), Red Dragon (2002), The Score (2001), Fight Club (1999), American History X (1998), Rounders (1998), Everyone Says I Love You (1998), The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

 

2. Johnny Depp

Best Recent Role: Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

Other Great Performances: Secret Window (2004), Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003), From Hell (2001), Blow (2001), Chocolat (2000), Sleepy Hollow (1999), The Ninth Gate (1999), Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998), Donnie Brasco (1997), Ed Wood (1995), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

 

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Best Recent Role: Boogie Nights (1997)

Other Great Performances: Cold Mountain (2003), Owning Mahowny (2003), 25th Hour (2002), Red Dragon (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Almost Famous (2000), State And Main (2000), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Magnolia (1999), Happiness (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998)