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The most beautiful male actor of the silent films era was:

George O'Brien

by Anonymousreply 5311/18/2014

Keanu Reeves I`d be perfect

by Anonymousreply 105/24/2013

Dead ringer for Mickey Rourke, but the most beautiful male actor of the silent era was, of course, Valentino.

by Anonymousreply 205/24/2013

Am I the only one who only sees a little girl in a pink hoodie?

by Anonymousreply 305/24/2013

Valentino could be beautiful from specific angles. From others he was an average Joe.

by Anonymousreply 405/24/2013

I click again and now see some kid on a skateboard. WTF are you people looking at???

by Anonymousreply 505/24/2013

Divorced for the last 37 years of his life,absolutely no info on his private life after that. ?????

by Anonymousreply 605/24/2013

Wallace Reid was the most beautiful

by Anonymousreply 705/24/2013

Crappy link, OP. Try this instead, and check out the nude pose.

by Anonymousreply 805/24/2013

R3/R7 Wins. You beat me to it.

by Anonymousreply 905/24/2013

Nice, but he was no Ramon Novarro.

by Anonymousreply 1005/24/2013

Not really into Ramon, but that is a great candid shot that you found. Very contemporary.

by Anonymousreply 1105/24/2013

Buddy Rogers

by Anonymousreply 1205/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1305/24/2013

John Gilbert

by Anonymousreply 1405/24/2013

I was looking for pictures of Richard Barthelmess. When he was younger he was handsome. Instead I found this. Im not sure what is supposed to be happening here, but I am intrigued nonetheless.

by Anonymousreply 1505/24/2013

More direct link for O'Brien

by Anonymousreply 1605/24/2013

Gilbert Roland and then

by Anonymousreply 1705/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1805/24/2013

Gary Cooper. No one came close.

by Anonymousreply 1905/24/2013

Gary Cooper was the most beautiful male actor of the fact he was the most beautiful man of the 30s period.

by Anonymousreply 2005/24/2013

Although he was a comedian, Harold Lloyd was actually quite nice looking.

by Anonymousreply 2105/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2205/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2305/24/2013

Also, please check out Charles Farrell and Buddy Rogers.

And Ricardo Cortez (nee Jake Stein) if you're interested in a rougher sort.

by Anonymousreply 2405/24/2013

I've never seen Harold Lloyd without glasses, R21. He looks like a cuter Ryan Reynolds.

by Anonymousreply 2505/28/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 2605/28/2013

Dear fucking lord

by Anonymousreply 2705/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2805/28/2013

I always thought that Buster Keaton's tight body and sleek, sharp features were attractive.

by Anonymousreply 2905/29/2013

I don't think Keaton was the most beautiful but I believe he's one of the most photogenic actor in the history of cinema. Top 5

by Anonymousreply 3005/29/2013

Charles Farrell - gay as a goose.

by Anonymousreply 3105/30/2013

Roman Novarro was so beautiful he looks like a girl. I vote for Gary Cooper too.

by Anonymousreply 3205/30/2013

Oh wait, Cooper was not from the silent era was he?

by Anonymousreply 3305/30/2013


by Anonymousreply 3405/30/2013

Gary Cooper hands down.

Watch this short clip of one of his silent films. Beautiful man! If you're at work, hit the mute button right away, there's a loud contemporary song that accompanies the clip.

by Anonymousreply 3505/30/2013

R35, wow, those eyes and the jaw - he really was stunning.

by Anonymousreply 3605/30/2013

Thanks R35 that was great! And thanks for the warning too! LOL

by Anonymousreply 3705/30/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3811/17/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 3911/17/2014

I used to date Wallace Reid's grandson. Or maybe it was his great grandson. At any rate, he was basically a ginger Wallace Reid.

by Anonymousreply 4011/17/2014

Cooper was gorgeous. Thanks, R35.

by Anonymousreply 4111/17/2014

not a silent but Gary Cooper in Morocco.

Charles Farrell in those early Frank Borzage films, he is even naked in swimming in THE RIVER, a 1928 silent of only 55 minutes.

by Anonymousreply 4211/18/2014

Though Farrell married and retired to Palm Springs (and lived to be 89) I get a distinct gay vibe from him.

The unluckier Ramon Novarro too of course.

by Anonymousreply 4311/18/2014

I find Buster Keaton very attractive and he had a great body - if only he were taller...and not straight...and not dead.

by Anonymousreply 4411/18/2014

John Gilbert

by Anonymousreply 4511/18/2014

Dude there's no picture on the link you provided. The most beautiful was Rudolph Valentino, the biggest star of the silent film world. Everyone knows that.

by Anonymousreply 4611/18/2014

Cooper in his 20s would win hands down. His eyes were stunning.

by Anonymousreply 4711/18/2014

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by Anonymousreply 4811/18/2014

The gay genius director F. W. Murnau fell in love with O'Brien during the making of SUNRISE. Easy to see why.

by Anonymousreply 4911/18/2014

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by Anonymousreply 5011/18/2014

I think John Boles was a hottie. Unfortunately he usually had some really ugly moustache which did his face no favors.

by Anonymousreply 5111/18/2014

I agree. that '30s mustache (Don Ameche had one) did nobody any favors, not even Gable.

by Anonymousreply 5211/18/2014

While i won`t say Valentino is the most beautiful, he did no how to work his male sex appeal like no one before him.

by Anonymousreply 5311/18/2014
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