Most movie aficionados know that Western Pennsylvania has been blessed with more than its fair share of A-List movies, from the Oscar-winning “Silence of the Lambs” to cult favorites like “Night of the Living Dead.” Add in other gems like writer-director Kevin Smith’s “Dogma,” Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Rises” and even guilty pleasures like “Flashdance,” and it’s quite impressive for a town that’s about 2,400 miles from Hollywood.
With all these outstanding movies, it got us thinking: Which actor (male or female) with local ties could lay claim to being the “best” one? Here’s our tongue-in-cheek attempt to find out. We started with 32 of the most well-known actors who were born, lived in or went to school in the area. Then we gave everyone a ranking, based loosely on Oscar or Emmy wins, and set it up like a March Madness bracket. Click on any poster to learn more about that particular movie.
Each round consists of a movie role compared to another. So, for example, was Shirley Jones’s Oscar-winning role as a prostitute in “Elmer Gantry” better than Jeff Goldblum’s role in the sci-fi remake of “The Fly”? In order to stress a long career — as opposed to a single, outstanding performance — each role could only be used once. Clearly this favors movie veterans like ‘Birdman’ star Michael Keaton over relative newcomers like ‘Star Trek’ reboot’s Zachary Quinto. With all that said, click the button below to let the games begin.
Steve Segal is a contributing writer.
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