#2. Humphrey Bogart
There’s no doubt that Humphrey Bogart is a cultural icon. Bogart transcended a period of typecasting – starring as a gangster in both The Petrified Forest (1936) and Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) – with lead roles in High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon in 1941. It was the following year as Rick Blaine in Casablanca that cemented Bogie’s trademark film persona. Other notable films include To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Key Largo (1948) – with actress wife Lauren Bacall – followed by The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The African Queen (1950) and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His Oscar came courtesy of The African Queen, in which he plays rough-and-ready boat captain Charlie Allnut.