PSH - probably the greatest post 70s American actor
I thought you used to always say that about Sean Penn.
Yes, it's between them and Phoenix too I suppose (I haven't seen Phoenix's most recent work), The Master went a long way with me and was late in his career - I consider it a co-lead .......it's arguable where to place him post 70s guys.
From 1967-88 he can stand with anyone imo. I also agonized over him because I didn't consider theater or TV for anyone on my lists but on the basis of 1 TV performance - Death of A Salesman - he would have jumped up a single spot and he was pretty high so it did matter sort of.
Damn I'm laaaaate. Phoenix too high as I expected. Denzel where I though he would be, he doesn't have the movies from PTA, Scorsese, etc to completely put the kind of cinephiles that are on here in his pocket, still a good place tho. Expected Leo a bit higher.
There are very, very few actors in American film history that have had what Jack Nicholson has - the mix of talent, charisma, a sort of daring in a way (though it doesn't first appear that way) and an uncanny way to know what he can do and what the public wants from him. He's part Bogart, part Brando, but more than any of that he's entirely his own creation.