The 10 Most Amusing Actors in History

The 10 Most Amusing Actors in History ...

Acting is a unique skill. In no other profession do you see children as young as ten winning the highest award in a single category alongside adults in their eighties.

The Academy Awards are a very solitary awards ceremony, as campaigns, politics, and personal connections all influence the results, as cant be quantified. This being said, the talent of the men and women on this list is beyond reproach. The fact that they were able to receive such a prize so late in their careers is a testament to that fact.

Anthony Hopkins (83) The Father (2020)

Anthony Hopkins became the oldest person to win an acting Oscar for his horrific performance as an elderly man suffering with dementia in 2021. The film's cast (including Olivia Coleman and Imogen Poots) thoughtfully convey the agonizing misperceptions one must endure when dealing with such a serious illness.

Hopkins' performance as the father in The Silence of the Lambs is easily one of the best for an Academy Award; his iconic portrayal of the evil Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs cannot live up to his masterclass in confusion and havoc here.

Christopher Plummer (82) Beginners (2010)

Before Anthony Hopkins wowed in The Father, Christopher Plummer held the record for the oldest Oscar-winning performance in ten years. Beginners is a feel-good story arguing that it is never too late for you to be true to yourself. Plummer plays Hal, a septuagenarian who comes out of the closet five years before his death, and rekindles his hunger for life.

Plummer gives a superb performance in what is a decent film. His joyous attitude, frantically rushing to live a life's worth of freedom in a few years, will never fail to warm your heart. His smile and the twinkle in his eyes sell the whole film. He is what lasts long after you see it.

Jessica Tandy (80) Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy, one of the most controversial best picture winners ever, is a safe and somewhat inoffensive look at race relations in the American south. Critics were displeased that the much more outspoken Do the Right Thing was never nominated, and the film was accused of catering to white Oscar voters rather than exposing prejudice.

Jessica Tandys plays Miss Daisy, a stubborn wealthy woman who slowly builds a friendship with her personal chauffeur Hoke, played by Morgan Freeman, who is equally talented. At the end, Miss Daisy's mental barriers begin to break down, and she becomes much more vulnerable. This is where Tandys facial accents help the character stand out.

George Burns (80) The Sunshine Boys (1975)

The Sunshine Boys is based on Burns and Walter Matthau, a well-known vaudeville duo who ruled the comedy scene for 47 years. Now, 11 years after their unceremoniously split, they come together for one last show.

Burns Lewis is the deeply sardonic and less animated companion to Matthaus Clark and appears to be the more level-headed and contented of the pair. Burns was a huge vaudeville sensation in the early 20th century, and he said, "If you stay in the business long enough, you'll be new."

Melvyn Douglas (79) Being There (1979)

Being There is a popular film among cinephiles throughout the world. The film about societal inequality, white privilege, and the wealthy is perhaps the most well-known as the film where Peter Sellers almost won an Oscar. Directed by Harold and Maude director Hal Ashby, Being There earned veteran actor Melvyn Douglas his second Academy Award.

Ben Rand, Seller's slow-paced, gardener protagonist, is played by Douglas, who instantly likes him as a warm, caring man. In 1980, he became the second-oldest winning actor, beating fellow nominee, 8-year-old Justin Henry (for Kramer vs. Kramer), the youngest Oscar nominee of all time.

John Gielgud (77) Arthur (1981)

When John Gielgud won the 1981 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the comedy classic Arthur, starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, he was awarded a Grammy, becoming the fourth person in history to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award (an EGOT is an individual who wins an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, or Tony Award)

Hobson, the fan-favorite character with a heart of gold, is a fantastic foil to the spoiled, ignorant drunkard Arthur Bach (Moore). Gielgud is responsible for the most laughs in the whole film, but also for the heart.

Don Ameche (77) 'Cocoon' (1985)

Cocoon is a feel-good sci-fi story starring Ron Howard, who is reincarnating Steven Spielberg's personality. It's a whimsical tale about a group of elderly individuals who stumble upon an alien fountain of youth in which their problems and problems are alleviated by the aliens' life force. It's sort of like Close Encounters of the Third Kind in that it's a feel-good movie.

Cocoon is a layered film, so Don Ameches' nomination for Best Supporting Actor reflects the whole cast. Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, and the others are all great actors, and perhaps it was Ameches' sweet moves on the dance floor in the disco scene that elevated him above the rest of his peers in the Academy.

Peggy Ashcroft (77) 'A Passage to India' (1984)

Peggy Ashcroft had a long and successful theater career. Though her primary interest was performing on stage, she had an impressive filmography, including The 39 Steps and The Nuns Story. David Lean, the filmmaker who directed the desert classic Lawrence of Arabia, has made a number of films about white Britons travelling to a foreign country and contrasting their culture and scenery.

Ashcroft was nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar in 1985, and she is the oldest woman to win the award. She steals the show as Mrs. Moore, one of the few characters to criticize British colonialism's abusive power structures. Mrs. Moore is both gentle and gentle when she needs to be, but brutal whenever anyone attempts to bully her.

On Golden Pond (1981) Henry Fonda (76) and Katharine Hepburn (74)

On Golden Pond is a stage play based on the same name, with legendary actors Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn portraying a retired couple who are vacationing their lake house for the Summer. Norman (Fonda) is a suicidal grump who is preoccupied with death, while his wife, Ethel (Hepburn), refuses to give up her youthful optimism.

On Golden Pond, the film's direction is lacking in any way to justify its adaptation to the silver screen. The music is overly cacophonous, the stakes are high, and the conflicts are often obnoxious. Both actors excel at bringing Norman and Ethel to life, and you immediately recognize their relationship dynamics from the start.