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Tue, Jun 6, 2017 6:05 PM

Live Poll: Born in 1942

All these living or dead celebrities have one thing in common, they are all talented and influential in their respective fields, and they're generally considered among the greatest if not the greatest of their generation. Last but not least, all these distinguished persons were born in 1942 and are celebrating their three-quarter century in 2017.

Which of these celebrities born in 1942 would you consider the greatest among the greatest?

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4 years ago

lots of great people...excellent idea for a poll and great homework...

some tough choices, but for more soul, my vote would have to be for...aretha... 

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4 years ago

Stephen Hawking, not Hawkins. :)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0370071/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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I knew there was something wrong somewhere :)
Thanks for the tip!

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Rajesh Khanna was greatest among 1942 births.

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4 years ago

ElM,

This search may help fill out your poll.
Most Popular People Born in 1942
http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_date=1942-01-01,1942-12-31

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Thanks, Dan. I actually used this list as a third source, but I didn't include many of them to be honest.

If I don't include someone, it's less a comment on the talent than the reputation and the large-scale achievement, I love Monty Python member Terry Jones and the late Bob Hoskins but Harrison Ford is THE iconic actor born in 1942. And as much as I enjoy Barry Levinson's movies, he's not in the same league than Scorsese or Herzog.

The angle I took for that poll is the notion of "great", these persons must be considered the greatest of their category or in the Top 3 at least. But if someone checks the list and feels that a name needs to be included, I'll do it, no problem.

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4 years ago

A tie between Martin Scorsese and Roger Ebert

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I am torn between those two also. Roger Ebert probably has a better case for being the greatest among the greatest, at what they do.

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It's really funny to see they both were born in the same year considering Ebert's love for Marty's movies.

Just with an exception of 'The Color of Money', I believe Ebert gave 4 stars to almost each of his movies!

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He did love Marty, but I know there was more than TCOM that he gave less than 4 stars to (off the top of my head, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York and I think even the musical-epic New York, New York). But you're right that most of his films through the 70s, 80s and 90s, Ebert was extremely fond of!

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Sometimes, I thought he was generous with his Scorsese at the expense of objectivity. It is just as if anything Marty made was worthy of at least 3 and half stars. He valued Bringing Out Dead much higher than Fight Club (he compared the two films since they were released the same year), The Departed was of course an absolute masterpiece according to him but the moment I knew Ebert would be incapable to criticize anything from Scorsese is when I read his review of Shutter Island. His review angered me so much that I wrote in mind

I have the biggest respect for Scorsese, and also for Ebert, and the reason I mentioned the latter is because he's certainly Scorsese's number one fan, but he's also one of these privileged persons who've seen so many movies in his life that he would be the least likely to get so easily impressed by a film, that blatantly exploits every single cinematic cliché, considering the story's material. The movie is so 'obvious' that it would be tragic if it wasn't so laughable. And it's obvious because it works on that reverse effect, as movie fans, we know that whatever seems obvious in the first act will probably be contradicted. True BUT whatever seems obvious is exactly the opposite of what is shown during that very first act, because we know we're being tricked by the director. In that case, it's like Scorsese was the 'sprinkled sprinkler', and Ebert's implicit denial of the script obviousness says a lot about his recurrent loss of subjectivity whenever it concerns Scorsese.

The two men are true inspirations for me anyway.and it's sad that Ebert never lived up to watch The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Kyle, that's why I said 'almost'!

What I meant was obviously that Ebert was a great admirer of Scorsese and as Sdk said- probably his biggest fan.

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4 years ago

Ebert or Scorsese is definitely a close one - a pick for another day!

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4 years ago

I think Michael Crichton should be on the list.

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4 years ago

Harrison Ford

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4 years ago

I'd include Michael Haneke.

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4 years ago

Wow, what a list. I have my vote narrowed down to seven, lol - 'just so many greats from which to choose. It's so good to see you back around, ElMo! :-)

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