Whenever I am bored but too lazy to go out I do a marathon of old Hollywood films. Think of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and her breakout movie Roman Holiday. Actually, before studying fashion I aspired to be a filmmaker that’s why it’s not a surprise that I have a HUGE -and when I say huge, it’s bigger than my closet- collection of DVDs. From old Hollywood films to the latest blockbusters and even the best foreign movies (and animation) from different countries like Japan, South Korea, even Germany and France (though some of it are soft copy that I burned in a blank DVD) I have it.
To be honest my favorites are modern South Korean films and the old Hollywood films especially film noirs where you couldn’t trust anyone. So, I thought for my latest eye candy segment I’ll round up the iconic hunks from the good ol’ days of Hollywood because everyone knows that guys look better in black and white and there’s nothing better than nostalgia mixed with hotness. Enjoy!
Obviously, I’m starting this round-up with James Dean, not that I am bias because he is my most favorite actor ever it’s also because everybody loves him! Seriously, if you don’t love him, you probably need to get your eyes/brain/existence checked. Dean’s enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only three films -Rebel Without A Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955), Giant (1956)- which are all leading roles. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and his premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status. Another thing people loves about him is the ambiguity of his sexual orientation ’cause everyone just loves a real life mystery. Some people describes him as “James Franco with bushier eyebrows”, what do you think?
So maybe I am really bias on choosing the iconic hunks of old Hollywood because Gregory Peck is also one of my most favorite actors of all time but I am sure everyone will agree to me that he is one of the world’s most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. He is best known for his performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. Not only he is one of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time ranking #12 but he was also named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1983. Before Tom Cruise starred in Top Gun, Gregory Peck was actually the one who really brought fame to the classic aviator sunglasses.
The original actor who played the character Jay Gatsby, as far as I know. Honestly, I like him better than Leonardo DiCaprio, at least on playing Gatsby (I love Leo more!). I guess his half-shaved beard and dirty blonde hair are what makes him irresistible to women. Seriously who didn’t like that?!
I don’t know much about him besides he was acting since the 1970s, a teen idol during 1980s and the hot young thing in “The Outsiders” that made being an outcast look pretty cool. And is it just me or those long locks on men are really irresistible?! His time wasn’t really that “old” Hollywood compared to other actors in this list but sorry, my list my bias.
Not far behind James Dean is his co-star in two films, “Rebel With A Cause” and “Giant”. Sal Mineo, was the baby-faced but very troubled teen in Rebel With A Cause. Unfortunately, many of his subsequent roles were variations of his role in that film and he was typecast as a troubled teen. But kudos to him, in the late 1960s Mineo became one of the first major actors in Hollywood to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality.
Steve McQueen is the King of Cool, enough said. Not convinced? The guy threw up a peace sign in his mug shot in Anchorage, Alaska. Who knew people even got arrested in Alaska?! I rest my case. Here’s another fun fact, if you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries you must know Jeremy Gilbert played by actor Steven R. McQueen, well he’s just the Steve McQueen’s grandson!
He is known for a playing a role in movies like The Godfather and the 1978 Superman film as Jor-El. But Marlon Brando could compete against Steve McQueen for the title “King of Cool”. Why? He just used the Oscar that he won for the film On the Waterfront as a doorstop. Need I go on?
I don’t know much about him but I am sure that Paul Newman is one of the hottest men of his time. In this photo I got he is in a damn Marine uniform. Looking at it I’m not sure if I should salute him or kiss him. Or both.
He can sing, he can dance, he can act and most importantly, he’s hot! Of course, this round up will not end without mentioning a guy from the musical film era of Hollywood. Gene Kelly is one of the best athletic dancer and most famous for his performance on the musical film, Singing in the Rain. If you watch Glee I’m sure you’re familiar with that film.
Speaking of dancer, let’s not forget Patrick Swayze. I’m pretty sure everyone would pay good money to be lifted in the middle of a lake like Swayze did it his most famous film, Dirty Dancing. It’s kind of a recurring dream we all have. And if a ghost will hunt me, I hope it will be as hot as him! Like Matt Dillon, Swayze was also in “The Outsiders”, his career was not really on that “old” Hollywood but like I said, my list my bias.
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