Quiz: Can You Identify These Classic Hollywood Actors?
Can You Identify These Classic Hollywood Actors?
By: Bambi Turner
Image: Columbia Pictures Corporation

About This Quiz

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of names like Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Fred Astaire—but do you know what these classic actors look like? See how many you can identify with this quiz.

The period from the 1930s through the mid-'50s is remembered as Hollywood's Golden Age. Why? Not only did the period produce iconic films like "Citizen Kane," "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Philadelphia Story," but the tightly controlled studio system allowed stars to maintain an air of glitz and glamour, without the paparazzi problem that plagues today's actors. Of course, there's also the fact that most people didn't yet have televisions, so entertainment options beyond a trip to the local movie theater were limited, resulting in huge box office takes week after week.

While theaters still draw in the crowds today, that Golden Age of Hollywood is long gone, and yet the actors of the period live on—for their work on the screen and in legend, in the images they leave behind and in the air of reverence that comes when fans utter their names. 

Ready to try and put a face to some of classic Hollywood's most famous names? Take our quiz to try your luck!

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Can you name this Hollywood icon? He played George Bailey in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life."
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This actor swept Scarlett O'Hara off her feet as Rhett Butler in the 1939 film "Gone with the Wind." Do you remember his name?
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Who is this actor, who starred in four films with wife Lauren Bacall during the 1940s?
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This actor spent the '30s taking on tough-guy roles, including a memorable turn in "The Public Enemy."
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Which actor with the gap-toothed grin starred in "McHale's Navy" in the '60s, after spending the '50s making hit films in Hollywood?
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This actor won an Oscar in the '30s for his role as Tudor monarch Henry VIII. Do you know his name?
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Which famous '50s actor rolled around on the beach with Deborah Kerr in an iconic scene in "From Here to Eternity?"
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Do you know the name of this leading man? He got his big break playing Tom Joad in the 1940 adaptation of "The Grapes of Wrath."
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This Hollywood legend was just 25 when he co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in his first major film, "Citizen Kane."
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Who fell to his knees, lamenting humanity, in the 1968 flick "Planet of the Apes?"
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This supporting actor of the '30s and '40s got his big break after he lost all his teeth in an accident.
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Can you identify this actor that played three different roles in the 1959 comedy "Some Like It Hot?"
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He's most famous for playing teenager Andy Hardy in more than a dozen films during the '30s and '40s. Think you can name him?
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This '50s and '60s onscreen heartthrob tragically died of AIDS in 1985.
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Can you name this actor, who was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar a staggering nine times?
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In addition to starring in plenty of Westerns, this actor embodied the role of the common man in "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" and "The Pride of the Yankees."
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Who is this '50s actor, who starred in just a handful of films before dying in a tragic crash at age 24?
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You've seen his face in dozens of films, playing supporting roles throughout the '30s, '40s and '50s—but can you remember this actor's name?
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What is the name of this screen legend? He enthralled audiences as Atticus Finch in the 1962 production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
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Which actor played the title character in "The Adventures of Robin Hood," opposite Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian?
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Move over, Al Pacino—this '30s icon starred in the original "Scarface" way back in 1932.
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Can you name this actor? He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as a solider imprisoned in a WWII POW camp in "Stalag 17."
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This actor has a famous great niece who starred in "E.T." as a child. Do you know his name?
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Name this actor as famous for his relationship with Vivien Leigh as he is for starring in Shakespeare films.
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Can you name this actor? He won an Oscar for his portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson in "The Color of Money."
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This legendary star of the stage became the first African-American to star in a major film thanks to his role in "The Emperor Jones." Do you know his name?
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Which King of Cool played a bounty hunter in the '50s TV series "Wanted Dead or Alive?"
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Who is this Scottish actor, who starred in seven James Bond movies starting in the '60s?
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This beloved singer also hit it big in Hollywood in the '50s and even won an Oscar for his role in "From Here to Eternity." Know his name?
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The image of the classic gangster from old cartoons and comics was largely based on the work of this actor. Can you remember his name?
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This Hollywood legend became the first African-American to receive an Oscar nomination for his role in "The Defiant Ones" in 1958. Who is he?
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Can you name the actor famous for playing Nick Charles in six "Thin Man" films?
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Which of these actors was born born Archibald Alec Leach and appeared in the classic film "The Philadelphia Story?"
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Which of these men had the nerve to reject Scarlet O'Hara's advances as Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind?"
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Remember the name of this icon? He famously partnered up with an umbrella for a dance through the rainy streets.
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This dancing man made 10 movies with Ginger Rogers. Can you name him?
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After spending the '20s and '30s perfecting his singing skills, this music man moved to Hollywood, where he made more than 80 films. What's his name?
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After finding mainstream movies success in the '50s, which of these actors starred opposite Walter Matthau in "The Odd Couple" in the '60s?
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Which Hollywood legend picked up his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 flick "Champion?"
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Nicknamed the Duke, which of these actors is known for his Western work?
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