2. Cary Grant
Notable Roles: North by Northwest (1959); Notorious (1946); Charade (1963); His Girl Friday (1940)
One of the true gentlemen actors of his era, prone to improvising edits to his scripts to better fit his moral and social beliefs, Grant brought something of himself to every film he was in. He was a gentleman not only in how he dressed and conducted himself in the presence of others, but also in his virtues and the way he lived his life. Though he was blessed with good looks and naturally charming demeanor, it wouldn't stop him from feeling he wasn't quite right for a role, which is why he would often turn them down or slightly alter scripts to suit him better.