Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Thirteen - At the Movies - Mr. President

Since the beginning of Hollywood the President of the United States has been portrayed in movies. With the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States earlier this week it makes one wonder if Hollywood is now going to make a string of movies with the focus being on the Presidency. After all, art gets inspiration from real life and who better to set the stage than our new President.

See if you remember some of these movies in our Thursday Thirteen.

Josh Brolin, played George W. Bush in the movie W. in the year 2008

Ken Howard, played Thomas Jefferson in the movie 1776, in 1972

Tom Selleck, played Dwight D. Eisenhower in the movie Ike: Countdown to D-Day,in 2004

Nick Nolte, played Thomas Jefferson in the movie Jefferson in Paris, in 1995

Anthony Hopkins, played John Quincy Adams in the movie Amistad, in 1997

Charlton Heston, played Andrew Jackson in the movie The President’s Lady, in 1953

Charlton Heston, played Andrew Jackson in the movie The Buccaneer, in 1958

Henry Fonda, played Abraham Lincoln in the movie, Young Mr. Lincoln, in 1939

Brian Keith, played William McKinley in the movie, Rough Riders, in 1997

Kevin Kline, played Ulysses S. Grant in the movie, Wild Wild West, in 1999

Jason Robards, played Ulysses S.Grant in the movie, The Legend of the Lone Ranger, in 1981

Ralph Bellamy, played Franklin D. Roosevelt in the movie, Sunrise at Campobello, in 1960

Caroll O’Connor, played Dwight D. Eisenhower in the movie, Kelly’s Heroes, in 1970



Moira Keith said...

That is a great line-up of both actors and movies. I am embarrassed to say many of which I have not seen.

Rachel Newstead said...

There was also Alexander Knox, who played Woodrow Wilson in Daryl Zanuck's forgotten film "Wilson" from 1944. Edward Herrmann played FDR in two television miniseries, "Eleanor and Franklin" and a subsequent sequel covering his years in the White House. I'm not sure of this, but I think Herrmann even reprised the FDR role for the film version of "Annie."

Book Marketing Buzz said...

Recognize the names but for the life of me can't remember seeing the, must not get out much. I wanted to see W, but never got to there...waiting for it to come out on DVD. Interesting post, Becky!

Morgan Mandel said...

I missed all of those movies, but I did like Ronald Reagan's movies, if that counts.

Morgan Mandel