First of all, this isn't a "gush" thread. I want to know who your favorite actors are and why. What actors would you go to see no matter what film they are in? Which of their roles had the most impact on you? When did you first discover them? Please note that when I say "actors", I mean men or women. The first three on my list are Gary Sinise, Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep. I "discovered" Gary when I saw The Stand miniseries when it came out. There is something about his acting style that is so understated and intense. His film work is incredible, but I've seen some of his stage work (only via video) and he truly is a charismatic, thoughful and brilliant (yes, a word to be overused in this thread, I'm sure) actor. Kevin Spacey. What can I say. Again, I think I first saw him when he played Verbal Kent in The Ususal Suspects. Not only was that a great film (yet another discussion topic), I am constantly amazed that I can watch that film over and over and still see new things in his performance. American Beauty, LA Confidential, etc. etc. Meryl Streep is definitely one of the most brilliant (there is is again ) actors of her generation. I think my favorite role of hers is Sophie's Choice. She helps to define what "method acting" means. Okay...there are a few to get us started. Feel free to discuss these actors, or add more of your own. Check out the new thread, please. A hosted discussion of actors.