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Least Attractive Leading Man

Who do you thing was the least attractive leading man? I'm talking about an actor that was considered attractive/sexy but you couldn't see it. I would say Humphrey Bogart.

by Anonymousreply 6101/24/2013

Matt Damon

George Segal

Bill Murray

by Anonymousreply 101/21/2013

George Segal was handsome back in the Ship of Fools and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf era.

He went south fast, then leveled out into an okay looking schmo.

by Anonymousreply 201/21/2013

Robert Pattinson is hideous looking.

by Anonymousreply 301/21/2013

Betty White

by Anonymousreply 401/21/2013

I vote for James Cagney. I love him as an actor, but he was not a looker.

Regarding George Segal - he was hot as hell in a movie called King Rat but I agree that he didn't age very well.

by Anonymousreply 501/21/2013

I don't think Bill Murray was ever considered handsome or sexy.

by Anonymousreply 601/21/2013

Dustin Hoffman

Gene Hackman

by Anonymousreply 701/21/2013

Murray was actually looking pretty distinguised and silver daddy-ish on the cover of a recent issue of GQ

by Anonymousreply 801/21/2013

Glenda Jackson

by Anonymousreply 901/21/2013

Karl Malden.

I win.

by Anonymousreply 1001/21/2013

I'd rather fuck Karl Malden than Glenda Jackson.

by Anonymousreply 1101/21/2013

R9 = Marsha Mason

by Anonymousreply 1201/21/2013

Ernest Borgnine

by Anonymousreply 1301/21/2013

Elliott Gould

by Anonymousreply 1401/21/2013

Fred Astaire

by Anonymousreply 1501/21/2013

I bet he loves Photoshop, R8. He hasn't looked that good in 20 years.

by Anonymousreply 1601/21/2013

Audrey Hepburn

by Anonymousreply 1701/21/2013

Chevy Chase

by Anonymousreply 1801/22/2013

Albert Nobbs

by Anonymousreply 1901/22/2013

Sean Penn. Sometimes he looks like he has major ratface.

by Anonymousreply 2001/22/2013

Gerard Butler

Russell Crowe

Martin Sheen

by Anonymousreply 2101/22/2013

Harrison Ford

Tammy Cruise, now and forever

by Anonymousreply 2201/22/2013

Charles Bronson

Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Anonymousreply 2301/22/2013

Shia LaBoeuf

by Anonymousreply 2401/22/2013

Robert Cummings

by Anonymousreply 2501/22/2013

Anthony "Growling Bull Balls" Quinn

Tammy "Unfinished Gomer Face" Cruise

Edward G. Robinson (love him)

by Anonymousreply 2601/22/2013

Tommy Lee Jones.

by Anonymousreply 2701/22/2013

Going back a way, Tom Ewell co-starring with Marilyn Monroe in "The Seven Year Itch." I don't know what they were thinking. He wasn't particularly funny either.

by Anonymousreply 2801/22/2013

"Anthony "Growling Bull Balls" Quinn"

Wow, always found Quinn hot.

And your "growing bull balls" editorializing makes him hotter!

by Anonymousreply 2901/22/2013

People are straying. It's supposed to be a leading man actor that others think is hot. Karl Malden? Edward G. Robinson? No.

Some guys are not hot in real life but the camera makes them hot on film (sometimes): Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas,

I find Australians are often overrated: Eric Bana, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Whatsisname from "Avatar."

by Anonymousreply 3001/22/2013

[quote]Chevy Chase

Are you nuts? That cleft! Those lips! That tan!

by Anonymousreply 3101/22/2013

Rod Steiger

by Anonymousreply 3201/22/2013

Rod Steiger was not a leading man. Neither was Ernest Borgnine or Edward G. Robinson.

Leading man is a term of art. It doesn't mean an actor who plays leading roles. It means an actor who plays roles of romantic, attractive guys.

OP's question asks about those men who play roles of attractive, romantic types who in actuality we don't think were attractive.

by Anonymousreply 3301/22/2013

Bradley Cooper. He looks like an ostrich.

by Anonymousreply 3401/22/2013

Michael Keaton

by Anonymousreply 3501/22/2013

[quote]Bradley Cooper. He looks like an ostrich.


by Anonymousreply 3601/22/2013

He does not -- he looks like a ferret!!

by Anonymousreply 3701/22/2013

Jeremy "The Dwarf Ferret" Renner

by Anonymousreply 3801/22/2013

Ronald Reagan

Steven Seagal

Forest Whittaker

Leonardo diCaprio

Fred Macmuray

Danny Kaye

Van Johnson

Billy Crystal

John C. Reilly

William H. Macy

by Anonymousreply 3901/22/2013

r34: I always thought ferret but the ostrich image is even better. He has a long neck doesn't he? He has nice blue eyes but his face creeps me out. Not even slightly attractive to me--I hate pointy chins.

by Anonymousreply 4001/22/2013

Gale Harrold

by Anonymousreply 4101/23/2013

Is he a leading man or a character actor now?

by Anonymousreply 4201/24/2013

Bradley Cooper.

by Anonymousreply 4301/24/2013

Craig Wasson who for a brief time in the early-80s was considered a leading man.

by Anonymousreply 4401/24/2013

Robert Pattinson

by Anonymousreply 4501/24/2013

Shut it R43.

by Anonymousreply 4601/24/2013

Why is Craig Wasson considered not attractive. Granted, he's no Tom Selleck, but I don't think he was unattractive.

by Anonymousreply 4701/24/2013

George Brent, Warner Bros contract player and Bette Davis' favorite leading man. He also starred opposite Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Ann Sheridan, Kay Francis, Hedy Lamarr, Joan Fontaine, Myrna Loy, etc. You'd think with such high-voltage leading ladies he was the cat's meow along the lines of fellow Warner Bros player Errol Flynn, but he wasn't. His looks were average and his persona was pretty bland.

by Anonymousreply 4801/24/2013

Broderick Crawford

by Anonymousreply 4901/24/2013

Tom Hanks

by Anonymousreply 5001/24/2013

Nicholas Cage

by Anonymousreply 5101/24/2013

Will never understand why Vince Vaughn gets cast as the male lead in romcoms...

by Anonymousreply 5201/24/2013

Ernest Borgnine.


by Anonymousreply 5301/24/2013

Ernest Borgnine doesn't count. He was a character actor who only had the lead role in very rare occasions when the screenplay essentially called for the lead part to be a character part. You could say the same for Edward G. Robinson, Paul Muni, Wallace Beery, and Anthony Quinn. They were all essentially character actors who became so popular they got rare parts that were leads every once in a while. But you never were supposed to thrill to any of them taking the heroine up in his arms, which is what I think what qualifies as a real "leading man."

Humphrey Bogart does count because he got genuine romantic parts (like in "To Have and Have Not"), and was touted as a sex symbol of sorts. I would also vote for Charles Bronson, John Hodiak (an extremely unattractive man, though he often got romantic leading man parts), and Van Heflin.

by Anonymousreply 5401/24/2013

If we're talking about a name to close the thread it would definitely be Sean Penn.

by Anonymousreply 5501/24/2013

James Stewart was not really good looking. He was kind of everyman pleasant looking when he was young.

Spencer Tracey was not handsome at any age but he had wonderful gravitas as he aged and of course was one of the best actors of the 20th century.

Once when I was young and very stoned, I watched Bogart on TV and kept trying to figure out what was so magnetic about his face despite his lack of good looks. There was just something world weary and compelling about him, undefinable. There was a French actor, Jean Gabin, who had a similar quality--such charisma but not really good looks. With the exception of Alain Delon, the French leading men have rarely been conventionally good looking--something I always wonder about. The women always stunningly beautiful, the men almost homely. (FWIW, I am a straight woman.)

by Anonymousreply 5601/24/2013

Many times looks are overpowered by confidence, charisma or humor. I've found myself attracted to guys in the past who make me laugh but are not necessarily good-looking. I once had a fling with a guy who looked like Kevin James but he made me laugh and was really good in bed.

by Anonymousreply 5701/24/2013

[quote]Gerard Butler

Ditto. That guy is so damn ugly and gross I don't know how he keeps getting cast as a "leading man". He looks like a slob most of the time.

by Anonymousreply 5801/24/2013

r39, you're crazy, Reagan was gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 5901/24/2013

Pattinson owns this thread. He's only attractive to overweight angsty teens.

At least Sean Penn, Dustin Hoffman, Bradley Cooper and others have real acting talent to back up on (Cooper did deserve the Oscar nom for SLP).

Pattinson is just god at being a sparkly vampire.

by Anonymousreply 6001/24/2013

I enjoyed them, but

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Jack Benny.

by Anonymousreply 6101/24/2013
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