Not really into Ramon, but that is a great candid shot that you found. Very contemporary.
R11 Thats why I chose the candid shot. You're right, it is very contemporary looking. So many of the pictures of him (and other men from that era) have them with greased back hair and a face full of make up. Not an attractive look. This picture is a good one as well.
I agree with OP's choice of George O'Brien. He was a stunning man with a fabulous body especially given the time.
O'Brien later married "Daughter of Dracula" actress Marguerite Churchill, and that had two sons. One of them, Darcy O'Brien, later went on to become a well-known James Joyce scholar, and wrote a very intriguing and sweet roman a clef about his parents that's still in print (from NYRB Classics); A WAY OF LIFE, LIKE ANY OTHER. It's a very intriguing look at what it's like to have parents who once both were stars (the father once a genuinely giant star) but who have now been forgotten and down on their luck during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Gary Cooper. No one came close.
Gary Cooper was the most beautiful male actor of the 30s...in fact he was the most beautiful man of the 30s period.
Although he was a comedian, Harold Lloyd was actually quite nice looking.
If there had ever been a movie about Wallace Reid, a younger Russell Crowe would have been perfect to play.
It's a shame he's not better known. He was a huge star in his day and was not only a good actor but a well-liked person as well. In those days actors were worked sometimes literally to death. That's what happened to Wallace Reid. He got injured on the set and a studio Doctor Feelgood gave him morphine so he could keep working. He got hooked and became so hopelessly addicted that he died in a sanitarium at age 31.
In "Hollywood Babylon" by Kenneth Anger and entire chapter is devoted to Wallace Reid. It's called "Good Time Wally", his ironic nickname.
Wow, OP, he wouldn't even make my top ten. I agree with the suggestions made by R7, R10, R14 and R19; all of those actors would make my list. I would put Buster Keaton on before George O'Brien.
R12 and R15, I've always found them pretty, but not beautiful.
Also, please check out Charles Farrell and Buddy Rogers.
And Ricardo Cortez (nee Jake Stein) if you're interested in a rougher sort.
I've never seen Harold Lloyd without glasses, R21. He looks like a cuter Ryan Reynolds.
A while ago, there was a silent movie thread on DL and I think the question was asked but I'm not sure if it was answered -- with his good looks, why didn't Harold Lloyd attempt to be a dramatic / romantic lead?
Dear fucking lord
The sexiest silent movie actor was definitely Charles Farrell. And I've always had a thing for Lars Hanson, who was Garbo's frequent co-star.
I always thought that Buster Keaton's tight body and sleek, sharp features were attractive.
R35, wow, those eyes and the jaw - he really was stunning.
Thanks R35 that was great! And thanks for the warning too! LOL
Just watching George O'Brien in Sunrise...he looks like he could be a contemporary actor. I could see his rugged good looks working on any number of television dramas. His acting was fairly natural for the era, too.
I remember being very impressed with both that movie and O'Brien R38. Agree about his having a contemporary look. See link.
Cooper was a beauty. No doubt. Kept his looks for quite a long time too. Frequently noted for packing a huge hammer.