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Sundance is almost here, so let’s remember the actors who visited Utah, here’s our own Top Ten. We have photos of all of these men in Utah. The photos are of actors who visited Utah who are on the American Film Institute list of 25 greatest male actors. Read the Deseret News story: Before Sundance: Actors come to Utah

11 Lassie
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Lassie was a fictional charter created by Eric Knight for a short story in the Saturday Evening Post in Dec. of 1938.

There are 11 Lassie movies
and a Lassie radio show ran from 1947-1950

A TV series ran from 1954 - 1973and dozens of books were printed.

10 Robert Redford (1936-)
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Born: Charles Robert Redford, Jr.

Utah Resident, founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

Movies in which he has appeared in: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "The Candidate", "The Sting",
"The Way We Were", "Out of Africa", and "The Natural", to name a few.

9 Jack Benny -1894 – 1974
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Born: Benjamin Kubelsky
(Vaudevillie, Radio, TV and Film)

Mary Livingstone was his wife and co-star.

Running gags: When stopped by a robber, he was asked “your money or your life?” After a long pause, he would answer, “I’m thinking”

His Radio and TV cast: Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Singer, Dennis Day, Band leader, Phil Harris, Announcer Don Wilson and man of a “Thousand voices” Mel Blanc. (The voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many more)

After his death he had a red rose delivered to his wife every day for the rest of her life.

8 Vincent Price - 1911 – 1993
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Born: Vincent Leonard Price
(Radio, TV and Film)

Well know art lover and collector.

Played Joseph Smith, Jr. in the movie “Brigham Young and
Baka the Master builder in “The Ten Commandments”

A king of horror movies he appeared in “House of Wax”, “The Fly”, “House on Haunted Hill”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “House of Usher” “The Raven” and “Edward Scissorhands”.

Best know for his short appearance in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video or Egghead in the TV Batman series.

7 Robert Young (1907- 1998)
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Born: Robert George Young.
(Radio, TV and Film)

Made more than 100 movies, beginning in 1931.

Some movies include, “Tug Boat Annie”, “Northwest Passage”, “ Western Union”, The Canterville Ghost”, “Sitting Pretty”, “Crossfire”, and “That Forsyte Woman”.

He was even better known for his TV work. His series, “Father Knows Best” and “Marcus Welby, MD. Both totaled over 370 episodes.

6 Buster Keaton (1895 -1966) AFI’s # 21
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Born: Joseph Frank Keaton
(Vaudeville, Film and TV)

Due to his deadpan acting, he was called the “Great Stone Face” a pioneer of the of silent comedy.

He was the starred in “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” “Sherlock, Jr.”, and his greatest film “The General”. He was also known for doing his own stunts, which were quite dangerous. He was reduced to smaller roles in the shift to talking movies.

He later made a comeback in movies like, “Beach Blanket Bingo”, “Pajama Party”, and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini”. His last films are classic comedies, “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.

5 The Marx Brothers (1887 -1979) AFI’s # 20
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Many know Groucho, Harpo, and Chico but the other brothers were Gummo and Zeppo. They were known as Minnie’s Boys.

Born as: Julius, Adolph, and Leonard. Then Milton and Herbert
(Vaudeville, Broadway, Radio, Movies and TV)

Movies from 1929 include, “Cocoanuts”, “Animal Crackers”, “Monkey Business”, “Horse Feathers”, “Duck Soup”, “A Night a the Opera” then, with RKO pictures, “Room Service”, “At the Circus, “Go West” and “Big Store” The last two films with UA were “A Night in Casablanca” and “Love Happy”.

Groucho went on to TV and hosting a long running quiz show “You Bet Your Life”

4 John Wayne (1907 -1979) AFI’s # 13
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Born: Marion Robert Morrison
(Movies and TV)

Played roles as a western, military man and general tough guy.

Made movies from 1929, but his breakthrough role was in the Utah filmed movie “Stagecoach” directed by John Ford.

Other movies, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” “The Quiet Man,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “The High and the Mighty,” “The Green Berets,” The Shootist,” and “The Alamo.”

He made many films in Utah and came here to speak on May 10, 1969 on the 100th anniversary of the wedding of the rails at Promontory, Utah.

3 Spencer Tracy (1900 – 1967) AFI’s # 9
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Born: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy
(Stock player, Film, and TV)

Leading man who had 9 Academy Award Nominations, his films include: “Boys Town”, “Captain Courageous”, “Father of the Bride”, Inherit the Wind”, “The Old Man and the Sea”, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” He died only 17 days after filming “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”.

Married but had a long time relationship with actress Katherine Hepburn, he made 9 films with her.

He played in 3 of AFI’s 100 films of all time.

His first Oscar was engraved with “Dick Tracy” and not Spencer.

2 Jimmy Stewart (1908 – 1997) AFI # 3
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Born: James Maitland Stewart
(Broadway, Film and TV)

Active in World War II, became an Air Force, Brig. General.

He had leading roles in: “Mr. Smith goes to Washington”, “Harvey”, “Rear Window”, “Vertigo”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life” After viewing It's a Wonderful Life, President Harry S Truman concluded, "If Bess and I had a son we'd want him to be just like Jimmy Stewart."

Came to Salt Lake City many times, played the title role in the LDS Movie, “Mr. Kruger’s Christmas”

His personal collection of items of his career he gave to Brigham Young University Library, Special Collections.

1 Humphrey Bogart (1899 – 1957) AFI # 1
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Born: Humphrey DeForest Bogart
(Broadway, Film, TV)

He played tough guys, bad guys and smart guys.

Well educated, private schools but expelled from Yale, master chess player.

Greatest male star in the history of American Film, AFI.

Leading roles in “”Angels with Dirty Faces”, The Maltese Falcon”, High Serra” “Key Largo”, “The Big Sleep”, “The African Queen”, The Caine Mutiny” and one of the greatest movies of all time, “Casablanca”

Married young actress, Lauren Bacall, 2 children.