It is a truth universally acknowledged that a rainy day becomes much cheerier when one is in possession of a turquoise umbrella.

3/30/11

Favorite Fifteen

Hey y'all! Well, after the lovely springtime weather we enjoyed for so long, a cold snap...happened...and reverted us back to the haunted past I call winter. In other words, hoodies and heaters are again back in style. Not my cup of tea. At all. Because it seems to do something odd and terrible to my mind. Last night, I learned just what happens when I am exceedingly cold...and tired.

I walked into the toasty warm living room and unconciously gave the heater a thumbs up sign.

*taps microphone* A thumbs up sign. In other words, I congratulated an inanimate object on a job well done.

To take my mind off such things as rain, cold, and embarrassing moments, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite fifteen actors. Maybe the ladies will make it in another post, but this one is all about my favorite men of the silver screen.

So enjoy and try to forget the confession this blog author just made. That's something of an order, by the way. ;-)

1. Dean Jones
While the rest are in no particular order, Mr. Jones is most definitely #1 on this list and in my heart. *cough* Well, anyway, he makes the top of the list. 'The Love Bug' and 'That Darn Cat' are two of my favorite movies and guess who is the lead in both? A very cute lead, I might add. With dimples. Dimples get me every time.

Just thought you should know.

2. Dick van Dyke
 I like Dick van Dyke. Especially in such movies as 'Mary Poppins.' Fun Fact: Did you know that, aside from Bert, he also played the head banker in that movie? Now that's versatile.

3. Dale Midkiff (aka Clark)
Aw, and I love Clark from 'Love Comes Softly.' He's so sweet, and gentle, and...sweet. A real diamond in the rough. I could watch this movie for the sole purpose of seeing him.

4. Colin Firth (aka Mr. Darcy)
Before I ask a certain question, let me make sure you know that anyone who says that someone other than Colin Firth can properly portray Mr. Darcy in 'Pride and Prejudice' will be whopped over the head with an umbrella.

So, on to my question: Do you think that someone other than Colin Firth could properly portray Mr. Darcy?

I didn't think so.

5. Johnny Lee Miller (aka Mr. Knightley)
Another actor whom I think should be the only one to portray a certain character...namely, Mr. Knightley from 'Emma.'

The fact that I've never seen any other version of 'Emma' is completely beside the point.


 6. Patrick Dempsey (aka Robert)
 "We're so close to reaching that famous happy end..." Ah, Robert. Be still my 'Enchanted' heart. I don't think this movie would be the same without him. In fact, I know it wouldn't. Without him, they might as well have titled the movie 'Disenchanted.'

Just my thoughts.

 7. Kirk Cameron
I had never before seen Kirk Cameron until I watched 'Fireproof' (Which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time. Hands down.) I love the whole concept of this movie and never grow tired of watching the struggles and triumphs of Caleb Holt as he tries to win back the heart of his wife. I just love Caleb Holt. Oh, and Kirk Cameron, too. In fact, he's pretty good. Great. Awesome.

8. The Three Stooges
Don't laugh. These guys practically made up my childhood movie watching. Hey, I still watch and laugh.  Classic comedy at its best. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

Classic.

 9. Jonathon Crombie (aka Gilbert)
Gilbert! Probably my first love of the silver screen as I can remember being quite small and watching 'Anne of Green Gables' and thinking what a nice guy he was. As I've grown older, my feelings haven't changed--with a small addition. I still think he's a nice guy, but also nice-looking. *grin* He reminds me a lot of my dad...

 10. John Wayne
"Whoah, take it easy there, Pilgrim." The Duke. I love the Duke. I don't think I can count the Friday nights spent with the family in the living room watching this guy. (Combo-pack DVD--you understand).


 11. Don Knotts (aka Barney) 
"Andyyyyyyy!" He never fails to make me laugh. 'Nuff said.

 12. Danny Kaye and 13. Bing Crosby
Although (to my knowledge) they only starred in one film opposite one another, these two are a great comic team. Watch 'White Christmas' and you'll agree, I'm sure.

And if you don't agree, do not come telling me about it. I don't want to hear it. *brandishes umbrella*
 14. Ken Berry
 'F-Troop', 'The Love Bug Rides Again', 'The Cat From Outer Space.' None of these would be the same without the comic genius of this man right here.

15. Ken (aka Toy Story 3)
Um, when I said Ken, I was speaking of Ken Ber-- Just how did you get in here? It surely couldn't be that you're one of Erin's favorite actors because, in reality, you're nothing more than a glamorized Barbie assessory. A toy. 

We better leave it at that.

So do any of these actors make your top fifteen list? If you happen to have a top fifteen list. It might be kind of odd to make one. I really don't know...do you? Wait, don't ask me. You're talking to the girl who practically converses with propane heaters. ;)

11 thoughts:

Sarah-Anne said...

ha. haha. haha!! too.funny. this post definitely made me smile and brought a little sunshine to my rainy Wednesday... :)

Bailey said...

Well, I like Matthew Macfadyen better. Since I've never seen the long series one. And P&P 2005 is my favorite movie of all time.

*ducks turquoise umbrella*

But I agree with Jonny Lee Miller! *swoon* JK. He's just awesome.

Cary Elwes from The Princess Bride is awesome too...just like the movie.

Julia said...

I agree with all of these (especially Gilbert :))!

~Julia

Bethany said...

ROTFLOL - - I couldn't help but die of laughter at the last one. ;)

Vicki said...

Wow - it's a little weird to say a post like this could be "thought-provoking," but you know, I really like Dean Jones, yet I have never once put him on a list of my favorite actors!

Did you know he became a Christian in between The Love Bug and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo? Watch the two movies back-to-back sometime, and you can really see the difference in him. He's much gentler, and also more respectful of his lady costar. I noticed it even before I knew he had become a Christian in between. It's amazing how the Lord changes people!

Oh, Bailey, how could you?? Matthew Macfayden better than Colin Firth, who was BORN to play Mr. Darcy?? Look out, girl, I've got an umbrella of my own, and I know how to use it! *swiping viciously at computer screen*

Have a great day, EVEN those of you who watch the wrong version of Pride and Prejudice!!

Love in Christ,
Vicki

Erin said...

Sarah-Anne- :) Glad you enjoyed it!

Bailey- Goodness, I should be livid at such a statement, but I admire your courage to speak up in the face of such terrible punishment, soooo...no umbrella. ;D Oh yes, Johnny Lee Miller-Agreed!

And I've never seen 'Princess Bride' before though I would dearly like to. :(

Julia- :) Ah, Gilbert. *heartfelt sigh*

Bethany- Haha...that was Elisabeth's suggestion. Poor Ken. ;)

Vicki- I knew that he was a Christian, but I didn't realize it was between those two movies. (Although I knew it had to be after 'The Love Bug.') I really respect him now, too, and all the work he's done for Christian films. Yes, it is amazing what God can do!

And LOL! I think we could probably spend hours debating this issue. ;) A truce might be needed...although I'm still forever loyal to Colin Firth. :)

Elissa said...

Bailey, Bailey, Bailey. How could you? Mathew McFadyen. *sniffs* A good actor in his own right perhaps (brilliant in Little Dorrit) but Mr. Darcy he will *NEVER* be. *swings a polkadot umbrella* Hehe. Ah well,I still love you anyway ;)

Great list Erin! The last one really made me giggle, I love Ken in the latest TS! So funny!

I've never sat down and made a list before, but I think I could sit and talk )for hours about my favorite actors :) :

Cary Grant would be my 1. one, I have seen SOO many of his movies (I actually have pictures of him in my room if that gives you an idea ;) these neat old postcards of him came with a boxed movie set I bought)

Ioan Gruffud would be next

Richard Armitage

Micheal Gambon

Colin Firth

Fred Astaire

William Powell

David Suchet

Hugh Frasier

Johnny Depp

Donald O'Connor

Jimmy Stewart

Gary Cooper

James McAvoy (oops, I guess I lied, he's scottish, not a brit ;) )

Christian Bale

I think that's 15. :) Well you asked didn't you? HAHA.
Wow. All but Johnny Depp are either classic actors or brits (oh and James Mc. is scottish ;) )

fun post!

~Elissa

Elissa said...

Er. Not my "1. one". Woops - that *should* read number one favorite. When will I learn to proof read my comments before I hit publish?

Erin said...

Awesome list, Elissa! I had Cary Grant as one until I had the idea to stick Ken in there...and 'Favorite Sixteen' didn't sound quite as euphonious, so...Cary was eliminated from this post. *hangs head* I do love him though (especially in 'Destination: Tokyo'!) :)

Anyway, love it!

Alexxus K. H. said...

*Aplauds* Go Bailey! I totally agree with her. Pride & Prejudice 2005 is definitley my all-time favorite. My mom and I watched the old version with Colin Firth in it *rolls eyes* and it was nothing compared to its 2005 twin. Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen were meant to be Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. *High Fives Bailey*

My top fifteen fave actors? In no particular order(and I am inner-mixing both genders):

{1} Kirk Cameron
{2} Matthew Macfadyen and {3} Keira Knightley
{4} Dale Midkiff
{5} Hayley Mills
{6} Gywneth Paltrow
{7} Emma Thompson and {8} Kate Winslet
{9} Jeremy Northam
{10} James Drury (I love dear 'ol "Uncle Fred" in the movie "Pollyanna"!)

And dear me, that's all I can think of. ;)

Love in Christ,
Alexxus

Emily Sacra said...

LOVE this! While I do agree that Colin Firth is a fabulous actor, I must disagree that he is the best Mr. Darcy :) I don't think that anyone {playing Mr. Darcy} could be more attractive that Matthew Macfadyen :) True, he's only cute in the movie, but that's all that matters, right?

And I totally agree with Bailey... Why isn't The Princess Bride on this list??? ;) Carey Elwes is SO cute in it!

Oh my goodness!!! I had NO idea that Dick van Dyke was also the head banker!!! But I can totally see it now :)

Aaaaand... I completely agree about Dale Midkiff, Patrick Dempsey, Kirk Cameron, JONATHON CROMBIE {watched AOGG recently, and remembered how much I liked him ;)}, and Don Knotts :)

Wow, I'll stop being a comment hog now :)