Can You Identify These Classic Hollywood Actors?

Bambi Turner

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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!

Can you name this Hollywood icon? He played George Bailey in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life."

James Stewart was a Hollywood legend, from his unforgettable speech to Congress in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," to his turn as a reporter in "The Philadelphia Story," which won him an Academy Award. Modern movie fans are probably most familiar with Stewart for his starring role in "It's a Wonderful Life," when he saves Bedford Falls from the clutches of the mean Mr. Potter.

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?

Clark Gable spent the 1920s playing bit parts in films before becoming known as the King of Hollywood in the '30s. He starred in "Mutiny on the Bounty" in 1935 and picked up an Oscar for playing Peter Warne in "It Happened One Night," but his declaration that he doesn't give a d*** in the final scenes of "Gone with the Wind" is what lives on in movie legend.

Who is this actor, who starred in four films with wife Lauren Bacall during the 1940s?

Roles in "High Sierra" and "The Maltese Falcon" made Humphrey Bogart a star at the start of the '40s. In 1942, he played expat cafe owner Rick in "Casablanca," then went on to star in "To Have and Have Not" with newcomer Lauren Bacall—whom he married and went on to make three more films with.

This actor spent the '30s taking on tough-guy roles, including a memorable turn in "The Public Enemy."

James Cagney got pigeonholed as a gangster in the '30s thanks to films like "The Roaring Twenties" and "Angels with Dirty Faces." Despite all the tough-guy roles, it was playing Broadway mogul George M. Cohan in the 1942 musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy" that won him his first Best Actor Oscar.

Which actor with the gap-toothed grin starred in "McHale's Navy" in the '60s, after spending the '50s making hit films in Hollywood?

Ernest Borgnine had supporting roles in some big movies, including "From Here to Eternity" and "Vera Cruz," but it was the 1955 flick "Marty" that earned him the Academy Award for Best Oscar. In the '60s, he starred in "McHale's Navy," a silly series about a group of sailors stationed in the Pacific during WWII.

This actor won an Oscar in the '30s for his role as Tudor monarch Henry VIII. Do you know his name?

Charles Laughton was a Broadway star before moving to Hollywood in the '30s. He played Captain Bligh in the much-celebrated 1935 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and picked up an Oscar for his leading role in "The Private Life of Henry VIII."

Which famous '50s actor rolled around on the beach with Deborah Kerr in an iconic scene in "From Here to Eternity?"

Burt Lancaster transitioned from Broadway roles in the early '40s to tough-guy roles in Hollywood films by the end of the decade. In 1953, he and Deborah Kerr made love on the beach in one of the most memorable scenes in film in "From Here to Eternity." A few years later, he won an Oscar for his work in "Elmer Gantry."

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."

Henry Fonda was a Broadway star in the '30s before getting his big break in Hollywood with "The Grapes of Wrath" in 1940. He took a few years off from acting to serve in the Navy during WWII, then came back to star in classics like "12 Angry Men" and "On Golden Pond," which won him an Oscar.

This Hollywood legend was just 25 when he co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in his first major film, "Citizen Kane."

Orson Welles was a genuine radio star in the '30s, and many remember him for "War of the Worlds." Just a few years later, he directed and starred in "Citizen Kane," which regularly tops critics' list of the greatest films ever made.

Who fell to his knees, lamenting humanity, in the 1968 flick "Planet of the Apes?"

Charlton Heston became a Hollywood icon playing the role of Moses in "The Ten Commandments" and the title character in "Ben-Hur," which nabbed him an Oscar for Best Actor. He lives on in pop culture for his role as George Taylor in "Planet of the Apes," where he is devastated to discover he was on Earth all along.

This supporting actor of the '30s and '40s got his big break after he lost all his teeth in an accident.

Walter Brennan lost all his teeth in a movie stunt, which was a blessing in disguise, as it allowed him to greatly change his appearance by removing his false teeth. He won three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938 and 1940.

Can you identify this actor that played three different roles in the 1959 comedy "Some Like It Hot?"

Tony Curtis acted in more than 100 films in the '40s and '50s. He co-starred with Burt Lancaster in "The Sweet Smell of Success," picked up an Oscar nomination for his role in "The Defiant Ones" and made a splash playing three different characters in "Some Like It Hot."

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?

Mickey Rooney managed to star in more than 300 films—and marry eight times—after hitting it big as a teen movie star in the Andy Hardy movies. While his career faded by the '50s, he did play a questionable role as Mr. Yunioshi in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

This '50s and '60s onscreen heartthrob tragically died of AIDS in 1985.

Famous for a trio of romantic comedies co-starring Doris Day, as well as a turn as a man who causes the death of a doctor in "Magnificent Obsession," Rock Hudson was forced to hide his homosexuality from the public. He died of AIDS in 1985.

Can you name this actor, who was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar a staggering nine times?

Spencer Tracy picked up nine Oscar nominations, winning the award twice—once in 1938 for "Captain Courageous" and again the next year for "Boys Town." He went on to make nine films with Katharine Hepburn, including "Look Who's Coming to Dinner," which was completed just before his death.

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."

Gary Cooper had more than 80 leading roles during his long film career, which stretched from the '20s through the '60s. He won the Oscar for Best Actor twice: first in 1942 for "Sergeant York" and then in 1953 for "High Noon."

Who is this '50s actor, who starred in just a handful of films before dying in a tragic crash at age 24?

James Dean became a tragic hero when he crashed his Porsche Spyder near Salinas, California in 1955. His roles as an angry teen in "Rebel without a Cause" and "East of Eden," and a turn as a ranch hand in "Giant," have allowed his memory to live on long after his death.

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?

Peter Lorre was a major star of stage and screen in his native Germany before moving to the U.S. He picked up small roles in "The Maltese Falcon" and "Arsenic and Lace;" He's also the guy who handed Humphrey Bogart those letters of transit before he was killed at the start of "Casablanca."

What is the name of this screen legend? He enthralled audiences as Atticus Finch in the 1962 production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Before he was Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck had a breakout role in the 1944 film "Days of Glory." Over the next four years, he picked up four Best Actor nominations at the Oscars, then co-starred with Audrey Hepburn in the 1953 flick "Roman Holiday."

Which actor played the title character in "The Adventures of Robin Hood," opposite Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian?

Aussie Errol Flynn got his first lead role in "Captain Blood" in 1935. He went on to make 12 movies with legendary actress Olivia de Havilland, including the 1938 version of "The Adventures of Robin Hood."

Move over, Al Pacino—this '30s icon starred in the original "Scarface" way back in 1932.

Paul Muni was one of the top actors of the '30s. He played Tony Camonte, a Chicago gangster peddling illegal alcohol in the 1932 film "Scarface," and he won an Oscar starring in the 1936 flick "The Story of Louis Pasteur."

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."

William Holden was a Hollywood star in the '50s and '60s. He played opposite Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard," won an Oscar for "Stalag 17" and went on to co-star in the 1954 film "Sabrina," where he entered into a a well-publicized affair with Audrey Hepburn.

This actor has a famous great niece who starred in "E.T." as a child. Do you know his name?

Lionel Barrymore won an Oscar for a turn in the 1931 film "A Free Soul" and also starred in a dozen Dr. Kildare films in the '30s and '40s, but you probably know him best as the villain Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life." His great niece, Drew Barrymore, has carried on the family acting legacy.

Name this actor as famous for his relationship with Vivien Leigh as he is for starring in Shakespeare films.

Laurence Olivier was a star on London's West End in the '20s and '30s before moving on to Hollywood. He starred in classics like "Wuthering Heights" and "Rebecca" before earning an Oscar for playing the lead in the 1948 theatrical adaptation of "Hamlet."

Can you name this actor? He won an Oscar for his portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson in "The Color of Money."

Paul Newman had such a long career that he was nominated for Academy Awards in five different decades. He finally picked up the prize for Best Actor in 1986 for "The Color of Money." Some of his earlier classics include "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

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?

Paul Robeson shattered barriers, first as a football star at Rutgers, then by graduating from Columbia Law School. He went on to dominate the theater in both New York and London during the '20s and '30s, then became the first African-American actor to star in a mainstream film with the release of "The Emperor Jones" in 1933.

Which King of Cool played a bounty hunter in the '50s TV series "Wanted Dead or Alive?"

Steve McQueen relied on winnings from motorcycle races to fund a move to Hollywood in the '50s. He had a bit part in "Somebody Up There Likes Me," with Paul Newman in 1955, then spent three seasons as a rugged bounty hunter on "Wanted Dead or Alive."

Who is this Scottish actor, who starred in seven James Bond movies starting in the '60s?

Sean Connery built an acting career in the theater and on television in the '50s before hitting it big as Bond starting with "Dr. No" in 1962. He played the iconic spy in seven films between the early '60s and early '80s.

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?

As if selling 150 million albums wasn't enough, Rat Pack icon Frank Sinatra also made his mark in Hollywood. He picked up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the 1953 film "From Here to Eternity," and he also starred in three films with Gene Kelly.

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?

Edward G. Robinson acted in more than 100 films in his career, which began in the 1920s. His breakout role as a gangster in "Little Caesar" in 1931 helped to form the gangster image used in later cartoons and comics. You may recognize Robinson as Nazi hunter Mr. Wilson from "The Stranger," or as Johnny Rocco from "Key Largo."

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?

Sidney Poitier broke color barriers as the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar for "Lilies of the Field" in 1963—just five years after a 1958 nomination for his work in "The Defiant Ones" made him the first African-American to receive an Oscar nomination.

Can you name the actor famous for playing Nick Charles in six "Thin Man" films?

William Powell picked up three Oscar nominations for Best Actor, for "The Thin Man" in 1934, "My Man Godfrey" in 1936 and "Life with Father" in 1947. He went on to made five more "Thin Man" flicks and co-starred with Myrna Loy in a total of 14 pictures.

Which of these actors was born born Archibald Alec Leach and appeared in the classic film "The Philadelphia Story?"

Who knows if Archibald Leach would have been a star—but Cary Grant sure was. In addition to his role in "The Philadelphia Story," he made four Hitchcock films and earned two Oscars for Best Actor.

Which of these men had the nerve to reject Scarlet O'Hara's advances as Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind?"

British actor Leslie Howard played the long-suffering Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind." He was also known for his roles in "The Petrified Forest" and "Pygmalion," the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Remember the name of this icon? He famously partnered up with an umbrella for a dance through the rainy streets.

Gene Kelly is best remembered for his role in the 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain," but it wasn't his only Hollywood hit. He also hit it big with "Anchors Away," a 1945 film in which Kelly danced with a cartoon mouse named Jerry.

This dancing man made 10 movies with Ginger Rogers. Can you name him?

Fred Astaire perfected his singing and dancing skills in vaudeville and on Broadway before turning to Hollywood. He is best known for his performance to "Puttin' on the Ritz" in the 1946 film "Blue Skies," as well as his long-time partnership with actress and dancer Ginger Rogers.

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?

Bing Crosby made his film debut in "The Big Broadcast" in 1932. His 1944 portrayal as Father O'Malley in "Going My Way" earned him the Oscar for Best Actor.

After finding mainstream movies success in the '50s, which of these actors starred opposite Walter Matthau in "The Odd Couple" in the '60s?

Jack Lemmon got his start in the '50s with a role in "Some Like It Hot." He went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1955 for "Mister Roberts," then won it again in 1973 for "Save the Tiger."

Which Hollywood legend picked up his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 flick "Champion?"

Kirk Douglas earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of boxer Midge Kelly in "Champion." He starred in "Alexander the Great" and "The Devil's Disciples" in the '50s, and he made a total of seven films with Burt Lancaster.

Nicknamed the Duke, which of these actors is known for his Western work?

Born Marion Morrison, John Wayne made a series of B-movies in the '30s before getting his big break in the 1939 John Ford flick "Stagecoach." Thirty years later, he earned the Best Actor Oscar for his work on "True Grit." Of the 150-plus movies he acted in during his career, more than half were Westerns.

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