Wise Words from the Sexiest Classic Hollywood Actors

The men who appeared on the big screens in classic movies defined cool. Their talent contributed to some of the best movies in history. They stole the hearts of their audiences. Not only easy on the eyes, leading actors like Clark Gable and Marlon Brando embodied sophistication, charm, and intelligence. Feast your eyes on some of the most talented and sexiest classic Hollywood actors. They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to…

Marlon Brando


“Regret is useless in life. It’s in the past. All we have is now.”

– Marlon Brando

See him in: The Wild One (1953), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Godfather (1972), On the Waterfront (1954), Apocalypse Now (1979)

Paul Newman


“You only grow when you are alone.”

– Paul Newman

See him in: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Sting (1973), Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Hustler (1961), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

James Dean


“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

– James Dean

See him in: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955), Giant (1956)

Clark Gable


“There is something in a man’s eye which gives a woman reason to know she is safe or reason to suspect almost anything.”

– Clark Gable

See him in: Gone with the Wind (1939), It Happened One Night (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Misfits (1964), Cain and Mabel (1936)

Gregory Peck


Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?

– Gregory Peck

See him in: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Roman Holiday (1953), Moby Dick (1956), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), Twelve O’ Clock High (1949)

Cary Grant


“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.”

– Cary Grant

See him in: North by Northwest (1959), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Awful Truth (1937), His Girl Friday (1940), The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Rock Hudson


“Someone asked me once what my philosophy of life was, and I said some crazy thing. I should have said, how the hell do I know?”

– Rock Hudson

See him in: Pillow Talk (1959), Magnificent Obsession (1954), All that Heaven Allows (1955), Giant (1956), Lover Come Back (1961)

Gene Kelly


“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song and dance man.”

– Gene Kelly

See him in: Singin’ In the Rain (1952), An American in Paris (1951), On the Town (1949), Anchors Away (1945), It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

Montgomery Clift


“Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy.” 

– Montgomery Clift

See him in: A Place in the Sun (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Red River (1948), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), The Heiress (1949), The Young Lions (1958), The Search (1948)

Clint Eastwood

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“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”

– Clint Eastwood

See him in: Unforgiven (1992), Dirty Harry (1971), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Gran Torino (2008), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Robert Redford

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“Part of me is drawn to the nature of sadness because I think life is sad, and sadness is not something that should be avoided or denied. It’s a fact of life, like contradictions are.”

– Robert Redford

See him in: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), All the President’s Men (1976), All Is Lost (2013), The Natural (1984), Out of Africa (1985)

Errol Flynn

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“It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper.”

– Errol Flynn

See him in: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Captain Blood (1935), The Sea Hawk (1940), Dodge City (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Steve McQueen

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“I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you’ll fall by the wayside.”

– Steve McQueen 

See him in: Bullit (1968), The Great Escape (1963), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Papillon (1973)