It’s been almost three years since the American Film Institute selected a male actor to receive its prestigious AFI life achievement award. Before choosing actress Diane Keaton last year and composer John Williams the year before, the selection committee honored actor and comedian Steve Martin.
If a man is chosen for the 2018 event, who most deserves to be the 46th life achievement award recipient? Vote in our poll below and tell us who you think would be the best person to be honored. And you can continue to vote in our recent poll about a possible actress who could be chosen for 2018.
Other than Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who were 49 and 46 respectively when they were honored, everybody else has been at least in their mid 50s. For our male poll, we set the minimum age as 50. Our list of men includes Oscar-winning actors Jeff Bridges, Michael Caine, George Clooney, Robert Duvall, and Denzel Washington plus Oscar nominees Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, and Brad Pitt (an Academy Award-winning producer).
While certainly deserving, we are not including Woody Allen and Robert Redford since they have reportedly turned down this honor multiple times or Gene Hackman, who has not made public appearances since retiring. This year’s selection could be a director such as Joel and Ethan Coen, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, or Ridley Scott, but our poll is strictly focusing on actors this time.
Prior to picking composer John Williams for the 2016 honor, the AFI had only chosen actors, actresses, and directors starting way back in the 1970s when the recipients were director John Ford (1973), actor James Cagney (1974), director/actor Orson Welles (1975), director William Wyler (1976), actress Bette Davis (1977), actor Henry Fonda (1978), and director Alfred Hitchcock (1979).
Past recipients still living are: actor Kirk Douglas (1991), actor Sidney Poitier (1992), actor Jack Nicholson (1994), director Spielberg (1995), actor/director Clint Eastwood (1996), director Martin Scorsese (1997), actor Dustin Hoffman (1999), actor Harrison Ford (2000), actress/director Barbra Streisand (2001), actor Hanks (2002), actor Robert De Niro (2003), actress Meryl Streep (2004), director George Lucas (2005), actor Sean Connery (2006), actor Al Pacino (2007), actor/director Warren Beatty (2008), actor/producer Michael Douglas (2009), actor Morgan Freeman (2011), actress Shirley MacLaine (2012), director/actor Mel Brooks (2013), actress Jane Fonda (2014), actor/writer Martin (2015), composer Williams, and actress Keaton.
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