Did you know Arnold was already a millionaire from real estate before he became an actor? He's a shrewd businessman, if nothing else.
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My mom also met him when he was Governor and had a similar impression. She was surprised and impressed that he really did seem to listen to and consider people. Potentially just good acting? Maybe, but a very different type than what you see him do on screen so she thought it was sincere.I was lucky enough (?) to meet him multiple times when he was Governor and I was working in the Capitol building in Sacramento. I never agreed with much of his politics (though they'd be more welcome today on the right than what we currently have) but the man could work a room and make you feel like you were the most important thing to him while he was talking to you. The fact that he extended that effort to even interns, like myself, always struck me.
It's Harrison Ford. I just looked at his filmography and immediately jumped him up a dozen spots on this list. Yes, he's Han Solo, and I love Star Wars as much as the next person, but he's also Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard, and Dr. Richard Kimble, and Jack Ryan, and honestly, for me this is mostly a vote for those last two. Yes, Tom Clancy sucks, and the messaging of his work's not great, but I just love me Harrison Ford in a crime/political thriller.
Keith David is one of those actors who has done both a lot of voice work and appeared in front of the camera many times (including, I was reminded, The Thing), but this is primarily a vote for his voice work. He just has one of those deep, commanding, distinctive voices that's instantly recognizable, whether it be as the noble leader of the Gargoyles or The Arbiter in Halo 2. He does a lot of one-off guest roles, and you always know immediately when it's him.
John Goodman has played a lot of roles over his long career, as exemplified by this interaction with my SO as I was making this list: "Oh, John Goodman. I love Roseanne!" Me: "Okay, sure babe, but I was thinking more of his other roles…" Her: "Yeah, The Flintstones was great too!" (Something something Big Lebowski, something something Cloverfield Lane.)
Beneath his more folksy roles, there is an endless amount of classical training and range. Always a pleasure to watch him sink his teeth into something bigger than Dan Conner
Ironically, he was pretty much a lock for my "Number One". If we're talking about who sparks joy for me, then there's no one better. Jean-Luc Picard was a monolithic fixture in my childhood, but he's also great as Professor X, and fun in goofy smaller roles (SNL, Extras, Men in Tights). I'm sure I'd love to see him on stage too. Oh, and he's a great Nazi shithead in Green Room, even.
10 weeks of Woolf (Wikipedia isn’t clear but I think this is a venue) in London