Recently I went back and reviewed a 2008 photo post I put together on 20 Favorite Actors.
I found that the majority of the selections still hold true over half a dozen years later, though I would modify it somewhat; at a minimum, I'd now scratch Charlton Heston and Fredric March in favor of Dick Powell and George Brent. I'd consider switching one or two other names, but the rest of the choices still hold true as top favorites several years later.
I was struck that many actors I've come to really enjoy and appreciate didn't even make the "also rans" in 2008 -- a reflection of the fact I've seen approximately 1500 additional movies in the intervening years!
Here's a brand-new list of 20 additional favorite actors. Three of them were "also rans" in 2008, but all of the other names on the list, including this year's runners-up, were not mentioned in my 2008 post.
The 2015 list of 20 More Favorite Actors:
Powell, Brent, and Pidgeon were all just below my Top 20 in 2008 but have since moved even higher in my estimation.
This year's runners-up, lingering just outside the Top 20: Rory Calhoun, Tom Conway, Edmond O'Brien, Audie Murphy, Steve Cochran, Rod Cameron, Richard Conte, Mark Stevens, Glenn Ford, and Fred MacMurray. Maybe I should have made a new "Top 30"! Then there's Macdonald Carey, Stephen McNally, Harold Lloyd...
I included Ward Bond in my original Top 20, and there were a few character actors I considered for this list, but I decided I'd make a separate list of favorite character actors at some point down the road, including favorites such as James Millican, Frank Ferguson, Allyn Joslyn, and more.
Previously (2008): 20 Favorite Actors and 20 Favorite Actresses.