Actors and Characters

 

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (see below)

Many actors portray characters that live on in our minds long after a film ends. But can you recognize the Names of such well-defined fictional people? Here is a quiz to test your memory. Hopefully, this exercise will be more enjoyable than your last high school History quiz. (When was the Magna Carta signed?)

Below, you will find 2 lists of names. One list will be the names of actors and actresses , and the other will be a list of characters they portrayed in films or television. Can you match the names of actors with the individuals they played.   For example: A good answer would be like this = Gregory Peck and Atticus Finch, from “To Kill A Mockingbird”; Meryl Streep and Sophie, from “Sophie’s Choice.” (The answers will follow the quiz.)

 

1) Javier Bardem ……………………………… A) Rick Blaine

2) Ingrid Bergman …………………………….B) Anton Chigurh

3) Halle Berry ……………………………………C) Rooster Cogburn

4) Humphrey Bogart …………………………D) Christina Drayton

5) Marlon Brando ……………………………..E) Matt Drayton

6) Jeff Bridges …………………………………..F) Katniss Everdeen

7) Clint Eastwood …………………………….G) Fantine

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8) Jane Fonda (above) ………………………H) Marge Gunderson

9) Jodie Foster …………………………………I) Grace Hanson ***

10) Anne Hathaway ………………………….. J) Raymond Hoffman

11) Katharine Hepburn ……………………..K) Carl Kolchak ***

12) Dustin Hoffman …………………………..L) Ilsa Lund

13) Jennifer Lawrence ………………………M) Terry Malloy

14) Lucy Liu ……………………………………..N) Troy Maxson

15) Frances McDormand …………………..O) William Munny

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16) Darren McGavin (above) …………….P) Leticia Musgrove

17) Chris Pine …………………………………..Q) Mattie Ross

18) Hailee Steinfeld ………………………… R) Clarice Starling

19) Spencer Tracy …………………………… S) Steve Trevor

20) Denzel Washington …………………… T) Dr. Joan Watson ***

*** A TV show, not a film

 

 

Answers = 1 – B, in “No Country For Old Men”; like his haircut?

2 – L, in “Casablanca”; a great film …still

3 – P, in “Monsters Ball”; first African-American woman to win Best Actress Oscar

4 – A, in “Casablanca”; see 2 – L comment

5 – M, in “On The Waterfront”; his first Oscar, in his 4th nomination in 4 years

6 – C, in “True Grit”; 2010 version

7 – O, in “Unforgiven”; a western that’s different than “High Noon” (20 years earlier)

8 – I, in “Grace and Frankie”; co-starring Lily Tomlin, it must be said

9 – R, in “The Silence Of The Lambs”; anybody want fava beans?

10 – G, in “Les Miserables”; she sang better than Russell Crowe

11 – D, in “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”; her 2nd Oscar, 10th nomination

12 – J, in “Rainman”; 2nd Oscar; how many matches fell on the floor?

13 – F, in “The Hunger Games”; 1 Oscar, 4 nominations, she’s –what?—27?

14 – T, in “Elementary”; I love her and Jonny Lee Miller

15 – H, in “Fargo”; Oh, yah

16 – K, in “The Night Stalker”; 20 years before Mulder and Scully, Kolchak tracked a real vampire; And do you watch (McGavin in) “A Christmas Story” every year? I do

17 – S, in “Wonder Woman”; WW had a woman director, made big $, had last laugh

18 – Q, in “True Grit”; 2010 version

19 – E, in “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”; his 9th Oscar nomination; died after film

20 – N, in “Fences”; no 3rd Oscar for Denzel; no person of color has a 3rd; Hamilton would say “just you wait”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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