QUIZ: Name These Classic Hollywood Actors

The Golden Age of Hollywood spanned from the 1920s to the 1960s and spawned legendary actors whose work continues to captivate us to this day. These classic stars have left their marks on the big screen and in our hearts, but can they all be named? Take the quiz and get ready to put a name to these famous faces.

This actor was nicknamed the “King of Cool” and his antihero persona made him a box office hit in the 1960s. Who was he?

  • Jack Lemmon
  • Lee Majors
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen was known for being stoic and his characters spoke more with actions than they did with words. After his starring role in the 1958 horror flick “The Blob,” McQueen went on to play a bounty hunter on the TV series “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”

He was an American film actor often referred to as “The King” or “The King of Hollywood." Who was he?

  • James Dean
  • Gregory Peck
  • Clark Gable
  • Rock Hudson

Clark Gable appeared in over 60 films over the course of 37 years, and in most of which he played the leading man. He’s also famous for his role as Rhett Butler in the unforgettable 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind.”

She’s recognized as a film and fashion icon and was even ranked the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. Who was she?

  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Whoopi Goldberg

Audrey Hepburn is a Belgian-born British actress who was considered sophisticated, charming, and radiantly beautiful. Her first major American role was in the 1953 film “Roman Holiday,” where she played a princess who gave up the burden of royalty for a day of adventure and romance.

Though obviously Italian, this actor was nicknamed “The Latin Lover.” Who was he?

  • Fred Astaire
  • Rudolph Valentino
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Cary Grant

Rudolph Valentino was born in Puglia, Italy, but Hollywood moguls dubbed him the Latin Lover because of his association with the Latin Tango. He was also one of Hollywood’s earliest style icons and male heartthrobs.

This British actor rocketed to fame because of his contribution to Hollywood’s silent movies. Who was he?

  • Gene Kelly
  • Errol Flynn
  • Claude Rains
  • Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin gained so much fame doing silent films that although talking films were introduced in the late 1920s, he continued to do silent films until the 1940s. In fact, his first talking picture was the 1940 film “The Great Dictator.”

This actor was famous for films like “King’s Row” and “Cattle Queen of Montana.” He also served as the Screen Actors Guild president for seven years and later became the president of the United States. Who was he?

  • Ronald Reagan
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Cary Grant
  • Daniel Day-Lewis

Ronald Reagan started out as a radio announcer but later took a screen test and wound up making 19 movies in his first two years as an actor. His second wife, Nancy, was in the film “Hellcats of the Navy” with him. Reagan later became the 40th U.S. President.

This handsome Hollywood actor was born Archibald Alexander Leach. Can you name him?

  • Cary Grant
  • Gary Cooper
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • William Holden

Shortly after landing a long-term contract in Hollywood, studio execs reportedly chose to rename the British-born actor Cary Grant because they didn’t feel his birth name sounded American enough.

This Hollywood legend was born way back in 1899, and on Christmas Day no less. Who was he?

  • Spencer Tracy
  • Rock Hudson
  • Gregory Peck
  • Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart often played gangsters and detectives better than anyone else. He’s known for classic films like the 1941 film “High Sierra,” the 1946 film “The Big Sleep” and the 1948 film “Key Largo.” But he’ll always be remembered for playing the romantic lead role in 1942’s “Casablanca.”

She was considered a leading Hollywood lady for over 60 years thanks to her spirited personality and fierce independence. Who was she?

  • Elizabeth Montgomery
  • Barbara Eden
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Judy Garland

Katharine Hepburn was an American actress known for being eccentric. She portrayed strength in her roles which were previously deemed undesirable for lead Hollywood actresses. She also did whatever she wanted in her personal life and wore casual clothes at a time when actresses were expected to be glamorous all the time.

In the 1949 film “Port of New York,” this actor played the ring leader of a group of drug dealers to create this classic crime drama. Who was he?

  • Yul Brynner
  • Charles Bronson
  • Fred Astaire
  • Jeff Bridges

Yul Brynner was a Russian-American actor, singer and director. He was originally born Yuliy Borisovich Briner. He was also popular for his completely bald head, but he had a full head of hair for his role in “Port of New York.”

Which actor starred in “McHale’s Navy” in the 1960s?

  • Errol Flynn
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • John Wayne
  • Dana Andrews

Ernest Borgnine appeared in films like “From Here to Eternity," but it was the 1955 film “Marty" that earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. He was also known for having a charming gap-toothed grin.

He caught his big break playing Tom Joad in the 1940’s film “The Grapes of Wrath.” Who was this lead actor of Hollywood’s Golden Age?

  • Henry Travers
  • Steve McQueen
  • Walter Houston
  • Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda was a Broadway star back in the 1930s. He took time off from Hollywood to serve in the Navy during World War II and then returned to the silver screen for films like “12 Angry Men” and “On Golden Pond.”

In the 1959 comedy film “Some Like It Hot,” this actor managed to play three different roles. Who was he?

  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Tony Curtis
  • Frank Sinatra

Tony Curtis made a great impression playing three characters in “Some Like It Hot.” But he appeared in over 100 other films between the 1940s and the 1950s. He also picked up an Oscar nomination for this role in “The Defiant Ones.”

This actor from the 1930s and 1940s was a legend, but he wound up losing all of his teeth in a terrible accident before he got his big break. Who was he?

  • Walter Brennan
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Robert Warwick
  • James Stewart

Walter Brennan lost all of his teeth during a movie stunt. This allowed him to change his appearance whenever he removed his dentures. Brennan ended up earning three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor.

This Hollywood star co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in “Citizen Kane” when he was 25. Who was he?

  • James Dean
  • Orson Welles
  • Joel McCrea
  • Charlton Heston

Orson Welles was 25 when he landed his first major film role in “Citizen Kane." Before that, he was known for being a radio star in the 1930s, and many still remember him for his rendition of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” on the radio.

She played a young Kansas girl who just wanted to go home, but she wasn’t really as young as she appeared to be. Who was she?

  • Doris Day
  • Judy Garland
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Katharine Hepburn

Judy Garland scored the lead role in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz.” She was actually 17 when she played Dorothy, even though the character in the book is a 10-year-old girl. She downplayed her age for her role as Dorothy Gale to make the character seem more innocent.

This 1950s and 1960s film star was a total heartthrob, but no one knew he was gay until late in his life. Who was he?

  • Gene Lockhart
  • Fred Astaire
  • Rock Hudson
  • Joel McCrea

Rock Hudson was well known for his romantic comedies which he starred in alongside Doris Day, but the actor kept his private life a secret for many years. He passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1985.

Though many considered her Hollywood royalty, she actually played a famous ruler of Egypt, who was romantically connected to a Roman named Caesar. Who was she?

  • Sophia Loren
  • Greta Garbo
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor starred as Cleopatra, the ruler of Egypt, in the 1963 film “Cleopatra.” Taylor won Academy Awards for the 1960 film “Butterfield 8” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She was also famous for her gorgeous violet eyes and eight marriages.

This 1950s actor won the love of many admirers with his good looks, but he broke all of their hearts when he passed away in a horrible crash. Who was he?

  • Errol Flynn
  • James Dean
  • Rock Hudson
  • Humphrey Bogart

James Dean is known as a cultural icon for his acting career, which included roles like Jim Stark, a troubled teen in the 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause.” Sadly, he passed away when he was just 24 years old, having only completed eight films.

This actor fell to his knees by the edge of the shore in front of a half-buried Statue of Liberty when he realized he was back on Earth in the classic 1968 film “Planet of the Apes.” Who was he?

  • Porter Hall
  • Gene Kelly
  • Charlton Heston
  • Bing Crosby

Although he’s popular with sci-fi fans for playing George Taylor in “Planet of the Apes,” his other iconic roles include Moses in “The Ten Commandments” and the lead role in “Ben-Hur.”

This actor was nominated for the Oscar’s Best Actor category a total of nine times. Who was he?

  • Clark Gable
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Robert Warwick
  • Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy received nine Oscar nominations but won only twice. His first win was for his role in the 1938 film “Captain Courageous." His second win came a year later for his role in the 1939 film “Boys Town.”

You can watch him every year during the holiday season. He played George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Who was he?

  • Charlton Heston
  • Fred Astaire
  • Paul Robeson
  • James Stewart

James Stewart has taken on many roles, like when he played a reporter in “The Philadelphia Story,” which earned him an Academy Award. But most people remember him for saving Bedford Falls from the mean Mr. Potter in the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

She co-starred alongside the handsome Hollywood heartthrob Rock Hudson in “Pillow Talk” and was considered the girl-next-door. Who was she?

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Grace Kelly
  • Doris Day
  • Julie Andrews

Doris Day always had that innocent, naïve type of look that resonated with audiences back in the day. Her major big screen role was in the 1948 film “Romance on the High Seas.” But she’s best known for her role in “Pillow Talk.”

She was a singer, a dancer and an actress who took on feisty roles in films like “Susan Slept Here” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Who was she?

  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Rita Hayworth

Debbie Reynolds fell hopelessly in love with actor Eddie Fisher while filming “Bundle of Joy.” She was three months pregnant with future “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher while filming “Singin' in the Rain.”

This Hollywood legend won an Oscar for his role in the 1953 film “From Here to Eternity” and earned a number of nicknames in his life, but he was most famous for being called Ol’ Blue Eyes. Who was he?

  • Joel McCrea
  • Peter Lorre
  • John Wayne
  • Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra released a number of hit songs and albums in the 1940s and 1950s. He was known as Ol’ Blue Eyes because of his bright blue eyes and he was able to successfully juggle both a film and music career for several years.
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