actor, actresses and directors that kept me away from the movies

by karlericsson | created - 21 Jun 2011 | updated - 22 Jun 2011 | Public

This list was really hard to write. I do not like to hate and block out unpleasant experiences subconsciously like most of us, I guess. Not easy to find these in my memory with exception of the first few.

1. Joseph Losey

Director | The Servant

Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair (1948), for RKO. While he was filming ...

I saw The Prowler just the other day and that was quite good. But this director has really done a lot of BORING stuff.

2. Wesley Snipes

Actor | Blade

Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Marian (Long), a teacher's assistant, and SMSGT Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that dance and the theatre were to be his career. He attended ...

So full of himself, which would be quite OK if you were Ossie Davies or Yaphet Kotto but it's not OK if you are this guy. Has so obviously been LAUNCHED by somebody powerful, that it is painful. Avoid.

3. Julia Roberts

Actress | Pretty Woman

Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her ...

Would almost have missed Closer because of her. She was quite good in that. Otherwise - stay away.

4. Fred Astaire

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. ...

Daddylonglegs indeed. Phony or a bad actor? I don't know and I don't care. Dull.

5. Jerry Seinfeld

Writer | Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to ...

Most unfunny. Reminds me of everything that is bad. Promoted by power, no doubt. Very bad vibes.

6. John Gielgud

Actor | Arthur

Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...

Extremely boring. No charisma at all. Cannot get even really upset about him. I just avoid.

7. Anthony Quayle

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Anthony Quayle was born in Ainsdale in September 1913, the son of a Lancashire lawyer. He completed his education at Rugby School and had a brief spell at RADA, before treading the boards for the first time as the straight man in a music hall comedy act in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced and ...

Always looked as if he had wet his pants, or worse. Good as traitor, though, which proves that there were good producers about. Played traitor in Ice-cold In Alec and Operation Crossbow. I should not be too hard on him, however. Except when he played a hero, which has been blocked out from my memory. Was a swine of a minister in Murder By Decree, which was just perfect for him.

8. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999).

8MM was OK. Otherwise one wonders who pays for the garbage he turns out.

9. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked ...

Often in bad films. If I don't no for sure what film it is or what I can expect, then I avoid if she is in it.

10. Jimmy Smits

Actor | NYPD Blue

Jimmy Smits was born on July 9, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jimmy L. Smits. He is an actor and producer, known for NYPD Blue (1993), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The West Wing (1999). He was previously married to Barbara Smits.

Was in some cop-tv-series that aired all the time as if the men in power wanted to thrust in down our throats. I switched channel. Seems stupid - that's all.

11. Ronald Reagan

Actor | Kings Row

Ronald Reagan had quite a prolific career, having catapulted from a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989).

Ronald Wilson ...

Up to no good. Wooden and dull. Seemed to obey whatever power was in power. However, very convincing as crook in The Killers, also starring Lee Marvin.

12. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Director of very unpleasant and extremely opportunist films. Full of lies and mischief of the very dull kind. Avoid at all costs.

13. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Manchester, England as Daniel Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

Trainspotting OK, otherwise unpleasant. Champion of capitalist society, which he tries to disguise.

14. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

Could anyone explain Bottle Rocket to me? And while you're at it, try to explain any of the other movies of this pajazzo!

15. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career ...

Now, if this isn't a BS-artist, there are no BS-artist!

16. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

In Swedish there is a word called "Babbel", a kind of talk that in English is called "horses-t".

17. Guy Maddin

Director | The Saddest Music in the World

Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic...

Avoid, avoid, avoid! Worse than Abbas K. Had me fooled more than once! The way I see it, this guy owes me money!

18. Tomas Milian

Actor | Traffic

Tomas Milian, an American actor born in Cuba; was trained at the Actors Studio. He appeared in a few plays on Broadway, as well as in a show by Jean Cocteau in Spoleto. Mauro Bolognini noticed him and that was the starting point of a rich cinematographic career in Italy, where he played in all ...

Destroyed many westerns. Not as smart as he believed. Not as funny as he believed. How often did I not think: How Good this western would have been if someone else, almost anybody else, would have played the lead instead of this clown.

19. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

In so many outstanding movies, that would have been better still if somebody else would have starred in them.

20. Jim Brown

Actor | Mars Attacks!

Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film ...

No charisma at all. Boring. Dull. Full of nothing.

21. Barbra Streisand

Soundtrack | Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...

As singer OK. As actress - no, please. And that is not because of the nose and instead of the way her films turned out = dull mainstream.

22. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

Ditto, minus the nose.

23. Victoria Principal

Actress | Dallas

Victoria Principal is the elder of two daughters born to Bertha Ree (Veal) and Victor R. Principal. Her paternal grandparents were Italian, while her mother's family was from Gordon, Georgia, and South Carolina. Her father, a United States Air Force sergeant, was often transferred to different duty...

So full of nothing! Still, where is The Naked Ape hiding?

24. Gregory Peck

Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird

Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only ...

Often dull in his early years. Much better later.

25. Fredric March

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...

Sometimes in good films - but not because of him. Mostly wooden and dull.

26. Vincent Cassel

Actor | Black Swan

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

His father was the sympathetic Jean-Pierre Cassel. You can see from the features that this is his son but there the similarities end. Unpleasant and simple in his ways. Would not trust him as far as I could through - which isn't very far, I admit. As bad guy quite OK.

27. Matthew McConaughey

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is ...

Seems to be so very stupid. Couldn't find a good role, even if it ran over him. Trouble is, that one of these days somebody's else with find that role for him and then a movie will be destroyed.

28. Chuck Norris

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman (1991), The Delta Force (1986) and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990). He also starred in Missing in Action (1984) and its sequels, Firewalker (1986) and Sidekicks (1992). He was an executive ...

Always make me think of that expression "White Trash". I do not much wonder why. Should have been named "Kevin" to make the picture complete.

29. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor | Double Impact

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant. "The Muscles from Brussels" started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was ...

Has made one good movie with John Woo, I think. That's it.

30. Garry Marshall

Director | Pretty Woman

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Pretty Woman (1990), The Princess Diaries (2001) and Happy Days (1974). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in Los ...

Committed "Pretty Woman" to celluloid. For this crime alone, this man should be avoided. Having sought him out, I now know why Mork and Mindy stunk so much. Lies upon lies.

31. Sammy Davis Jr.

Actor | The Cannonball Run

Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world".

He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother was of Cuban and African-American ancestry. Davis Jr....

Was it not because he was a Jew, a Black Man and had lost an eye, I do not think this man would have had a career to talk about. Never went to see a film because he was in it.

32. Glenn Ford

Actor | Superman

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school...

Was in many good films but not because of him. How much better would not all these films had been if they had been played by another actor - any actor (except those on this list, of course)!

33. Johnny Hallyday

Actor | L'homme du train

Johnny Hallyday was born on June 15, 1943 in Paris, France as Jean-Philippe Léo Smet. He was married to Laeticia Hallyday, Adeline Blondieau, Elisabeth Etienne and Sylvie Vartan. He died on December 5, 2017 in Marnes-la-Coquette, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

France's biggest B-S-artist. Sang bad, acted ditto and was dull. Looked extreme but that does not save the day in his case. Avoid.

34. Charles Aznavour

Actor | Tirez sur le pianiste

Beloved French chanson entertainer Charles Aznavour, who wrote more than 800 songs, recorded more than 1,000 of them in French, English, German and Spanish and sold over 100 million records in all, was born Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian on May 22, 1924, in Paris, the younger of two children born to ...

Another BS-artist on which France seems to have specialized. At times even unpleasant. Avoid.

35. James Garner

Actor | The Notebook

Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.

James Garner was born James Scott ...

He too was in many good films that would have been so much better without him. What a phony!

36. Quincy Jones

Producer | The Color Purple

Considered to be one of the greatest minds in music and television history, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells), a bank executive, and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr., a carpenter.

Jones found his love for music while he was ...

Boy, this man must have contacts! Terrible music, terrible everything. How he ever could have a career is beyond my understanding if I was to believe in market economy. Since I do not believe there ever existed such a thing and that everything instead is built on conspiracies, open and hidden, I have no problem to explain this man's success. Good contacts, that's all.

37. William Shakespeare

Writer | M the Movie

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

Didn't know you could go this far back in time! Wow, now I'm in business again! This man must be the biggest con man in human history. He was able to make the English language sing, sing without content, but sing. I've heard wonderful interpretations of his texts but when you look at the text in questions you understand that these interpretations are imaginations and nothing else. This man did not have any profundity! But he did have a way with words and was not totally devoid of analysis just like other con men aren't either. "It seems to me, this man protests too much" - that could be a Shakespearean original, proving that it takes one to know one.

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