Well we seem to think that charlton Heston was a tad wooden, but I think John Wayne's one line cameo role in 'The Greatest Story Ever told' click here must be the worst ever delivery of a cinematic line ever to waste celluloid... More dead wood than Doris Day could sing about!
Although John Wayne's acting was awful, for some reason or other I liked him. Mind you, I have always liked a good old Cowboy and Indian film ever since Johnny McBrown and Roy Rogers etc. None of them were really actors. All in all I don't think you can beat the Brits for acting.
Oh I've just realised I don't like Sean Connery either. Is he still a Brit? Perhaps he doesn't count because he's a tax exile.
Don't get me wrong, I love watching John Wayne, Clint and Heston in his epics, but for all their fame, they're very average actors.
Two excellent character actors, one from either side of the Atlantic are John Mills and Tom Hanks demonstrate what an actor that becomes the persona of their character can really do (the village idiot in Ryan's Daughter and Forest Gump).
Clint, John Wayne and Heston all had something very few of todays actors do, screen presence. IMO Clint is a good actor who often gets called wooden but its simply the characters he plays, his famous roles in most of his westerns right through the Dirty Harry films, were all charaters who weren't supposed to show much emotion.
Orlando bloom for me is one of the worst actors about at the minute, damn his good looks!!