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Cinematic Tough Guys

Clint Eastwood
Sylvester Stallone
Mel Gibson
Russell Crowe
Vin Diesel
Yul Brynner

Clint Eastwood:
Tall, tough, lean & handsome Clint established himself as America’s favorite tough guy after moving from bit parts in B-grade films to TV’s ”Rawhide” to Italian Spaghetti Westerns to his trademark role of modern day super cop “Dirty Harry” and later Oscar winning Director for “Unforgiven”.

Sylvester Stallone:
Hollywood beefcake Sly, who became known around the world as “The Italian Stallion” went from playing a leather-clad greaser in the teen flick, “The Lords Of Flatbush” to everybody’s favorite underdog “Rocky” to cinema’s ultimate action hero “Rambo” in just under a decade.

Mel Gibson:
After brief appearances on Australian TV & a small role in the teen flick “Summer City”, Mel graduated to a starring role in the action thriller “Mad Max. Mel’s career continued to skyrocket with hit action films such as “Lethal Weapon”, “Braveheart”, “Payback” & “The Patriot”.

Russell Crowe:
Russ first gained attention playing a skinhead gang leader in the controversial Australian flick “Romper Stomper” but it was his portrayal of a tough cop in “L.A. Confidential” that paved the way for his Oscar winning performance in the sword & sandal spectacle, “Gladiator” (2000).

Vin Diesel:
From struggling actor to box office gold, Mark Vincent has established himself, in a few short years, as one of the new millennium’s most popular tough guys after roles in “Pitch Black”, “The Fast & The Furious”, “A Man Apart” & the spy flick “XXX” in which Vin plays a new breed of secret agent.

Yul Brynner:
This charismatic & versatile actor with the trademark bald head & distinct voice won world recognition & an Oscar for his performance in “The King & I”. Other notable big screen films include, “10 Commandments” (56), “The Magnificent 7” (60), “Taras Bulba” (62),“Westworld”(73) & “Ultimate Warrior” (1975).

Charles Bronson
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bruce Willis
John Wayne
The Rock
Will Smith

Charles Bronson:
Playing sympathetic tough guys for over 50 years, craggy faced, Charles Buchinski, known in Italy as “IL Brutto”, starred in westerns (Red Sun), war dramas (Dirty Dozen) & cop thrillers (Stone Killer) before finding his signature role as the vigilante in the “Death Wish” film series.

Arnold Schwarzenegger:
With an accent & a name almost impossible to write, Arnie, “The Austrian Oak”, defied the odds by going from bodybuilder to world’s most popular movie star. From Mr. “Olympia” to “Hercules” to “Conan” to “The Terminator” to bad guy, “Mr Freeze”, Arnie has certainly left his mark.

Bruce Willis:
Charismatic Bruno made an easy transition from playing the wisecracking private eye, David Addison in the popular TV series “Moonlighting” to becoming the big screen action hero, policeman John McClane, in the blockbuster “Die Hard” movie franchise which has spawned 3 successful films.

John Wayne:
After numerous bit parts in B-films, Marion Michael Morrison, nicknamed “The Duke”, got his big break in the 1939 western classic “Stagecoach”. In no time at all Wayne became an A-list superstar & established himself as the world’s favorite movie tough guy, predominately in westerns.

The Rock:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, dubbed “the most electrifying man in sports entertainment” had no trouble moving from the world of championship wrestling to big budget movie blockbusters such as “The Mummy Returns” , the spinoff flick “The Scorpion King” & “The Rundown”.

Will Smith:
This comedian/rapper who began his career on the TV show “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air”(1990-96) became a big screen tough guy with starring roles in “Bad Boys”   (1995), “Independence Day”
(96), “Men In Black” (1997),   “Enemy Of The State” (98), “Wild Wild West” (99), “Ali”   (2001) & “I, Robot” (2004).

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