30 Toughest Movie Actors

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    • Bandit1

      Nov 15th 2012, 7:37

      That was interesting. I knew about Dennis Farina (great actor), but there's lots I didn't know of. Tyrone Power - what a name. Reminds me of Homer Simpson changing his name into Max Power in one episode. Harrison Ford - well, if he walks away from a helicopter crash I think we shouldn't nag about "Nuking the fridge" anymore....he might even pull that off! And about Buscemi: Actually he did play a quite tough guy before: Garland Greene! Maybe not physically tough, but an insane killer anyways.

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    • NichoiliB

      Nov 15th 2012, 7:47

      Connery famously once beat up a notorious gangster on a movie set, removing a gun from him in the process. Yet you focus on a short spell in the navy during peace time and an appearance in a body building contest as an example of his tough guy credentials??? Have your researchers heard of google?

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    • 2Dglasses

      Nov 15th 2012, 7:48

      I'm disapointed ed harris seemingly didnt do anything badass off-screen, figured he'd be a shoe in.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Nov 15th 2012, 8:54

      I'd have to disagree with Arnie's going AWOL to compete as a bodybuilder being a sign of mental resilience. Mental defectiveness sure, but hardly resilience.

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    • poon12

      Nov 15th 2012, 9:52

      BRUCE f*****g LEE??????!!!!

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    • McSerious

      Nov 15th 2012, 11:58

      Wait so Michey Rourke has an eight fight unbeaten professional run as a boxer but Daniel Day Lewis is higher in the list because his gushing trainer said he might've been able to go professional? Makes sense. Also you failed to mention Brian Blessed is a Judo Blackbelt.

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    • Hadouken76

      Nov 15th 2012, 13:54

      All those actors who put off Hollywood to go and fight in a war can only be admired. Funny that the ultimate patriot John Wayne felt he was too good to fight for his country as he put it " A waste of time, 2 years picking up cigarette butts." Even Elvis Presely enlisted and despite some afforded luxuries ( like living in a hotel, rather than in the army base). he still did the training and is therefore tougher than lily-livered draft dodger John Wayne.

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    • timotey

      Nov 15th 2012, 15:27

      Well, that was... random.

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    • agitatedair

      Nov 15th 2012, 15:50

      Brando was pretty tough. Apparently at school, he did 1000 press-ups before being told by the teacher to stop in case he gave himself a heart attack.

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    • mustangphil84

      Nov 15th 2012, 16:34

      William Smith??? Lifetime Achievement Award from Academy of Bodybuilding and Fitness Record-holder for reverse-curling his own body weight. 2 Time Arm Wrestling World Champion-200lb class Served in the Airforce, National Security Agency, during the Korean War. Had a 31-1 record as an amateur boxer Held the Air Force Light-Heavyweight Weightlifting Championship Performed over 5,100 continuous sit-ups over a five hour period Won a Muscle Beach contest by performing 35 inverted handstand dips Fought California wildfires in the early 1950s Threw the discus 151 feet at a time when the top AAU distance was 150.6 feet. Won the Light-Heavyweight German-Austrian Boxing Championship while in the service.

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    • jasonsierra

      Nov 15th 2012, 17:03

      The guy who plays f*****g Scotty and Mel Brooks really? No bruce willis or stallone?

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    • franciscomoraga

      Nov 15th 2012, 18:01

      patrick dempsey? who did this a teenager chick? where the f**k is tim roth, liam neeson and taylor kitsch? the last one was a joke...and daniel craig? did you see casino royale?

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    • dojj singh

      Nov 15th 2012, 20:27

      lots of folk left out of the list, could have easily been 50 long that one

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    • pizzaman123

      Nov 15th 2012, 20:42

      Hmmm - if we are looking at actors both alive and dead there is no way that Charles Bronson is not on that list....I think this list was made just to get alot of people riled up...it worked!

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    • DravenCage

      Nov 16th 2012, 1:32

      I know that with a list there are going to be people on there who you don't think belong and then people you do think belong will be missing... you can't please everyone, as they say. However, to have a list of "Toughest Movie Actors" and not have Bruce Lee, Jesse Ventura (former Navy Seal) or Jean Claude Van Damme (who was a legit fighter with a professional record of 18 wins and only 1 loss) to name three on there makes the list pretty much null-and-void in my opinion.

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    • JoseyWales

      Nov 16th 2012, 16:25

      I think possibly ppl are missing the point here. This is a list of movie stars with real life bad a*s stories, not movie stars who play bad a*s characters. I don't think Sylvester Stallone has done anything tougher than deal with his scary mom in real life. Ppl should read the title me thinks.

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    • FendersMyFriend

      Nov 17th 2012, 0:57

      Bruce Lee should be no. 1 on this list.

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    • s1monb

      Nov 17th 2012, 12:31

      Interesting topic, but I think you could have dropped a few of the wannabees (Arnie, Sean Bean, Sam Jackson ) for actual tough guys. Like Charles Durning for instance. Here's a bit of C&P for wikipedia: Durning served in the US Army during World War II. Drafted at age 21, he was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals. He participated in the Normandy Invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and was among the first troops to land at Omaha Beach. Durning was wounded by a German Mine on June 15, 1944, at Les Mare des Mares, France. Although severely wounded by shrapnel in the left and right thighs, the right hand, the frontal region of the head, and the anterior left chest wall, Durning recovered quickly and was determined to be fit for duty on December 6, 1944. He arrived back at the front in time to take part in the Battle of the Bulge, the German counter-offensive through the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxembourg in December 1944. After being wounded again, this time in the chest, Durning was repatriated to the United States. He remained in Army hospitals to receive treatment for wounds until being discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 30, 1946.

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    • zxcomplex

      Nov 17th 2012, 23:35

      Shameful that there is no mention for the late Vic Morrow who died on set while saving kids on the set of The Twilight Zone, how tough is that for god's sake.

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    • Darthshellers

      Nov 18th 2012, 20:42

      Chuck Norris should be number 1. He was the World Full Contact Karate Champion (middleweight) for 6 years running! He's also an 8th degree Grand Master!

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    • snesley21

      Dec 5th 2012, 6:59

      Here's a little bit of why Christopher Lee is a badass. And should probably be #1: 6'5" tall world champion fencer, speaks six languages, does all of his own stunts, has participated in more on-screen sword fights than any actor in history, served for five years defending democracy from global fascism as a British Commando blowing the s**t out of Nazi asses in World War II, and became the oldest person to ever record lead vocals on a heavy metal track when, at the age of 88. Source: badassoftheweek . com

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    • sbowesuk

      Sep 21st 2013, 23:39

      This list seems pretty questionable and bias to me, favouring white guys who have served in the armed forces. Also most of the stories they pull out of the bag to qualify someone being tough are pretty poor examples. Harrison Ford flying and crashing a helicopter doesn't make him tough. It just means he can fly a helicopter, and was LUCKY enough to survive a crash. Patrick Dempsey pulling someone from a car crash, although commendable, doesn't make him tough. Most people would do that because it was the right thing to do, period. Also, Bruce Lee would make most of these guys look like school girls, yet he doesn't get a mention? The author if this list doesn't have a clue. They clearly just have a hard-on for the military.

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