1.Eastwood, by a mile. I always thought Jack Palance and Bruce Dern were bad dudes as well.
Actually, Wayne was the toughest man south of the Picket Wire. Wayne would have bashed Clint upside his head with the butt of his Colt. Absolutely no contest. Suprisingly, Clint's the tube guy, with Wayne a very early adaptor of solid state. Despite that, when the smoke clears Lee Marvin is the last man standing.
I agree with Onhwy61 - Lee Marvin is the man. If he is in the mood for tubes, he heats up jeep windshields with a flamethrower, rolls them into bulbs, then sucks all the air out of them, and sticks his dogtags inside for getters. If he wants some solid state power, he chews up some KT88s in his mouth and spits them out at high temperature and pressure to make silicon for transistors. I do the same thing with money and things around my house that I don't suspect will be missed, and turn them into audio equipment of both varieties. Like Lee Marvin, I use whatever I am in the mood for at the time, and enjoy both.
Well, I guess I will throw in my 2 bits!
I reckon ol' Clint would freeze the Duke with one of his patented stares, and then blow the top of the Dukes head off with a Colt .45 he drew from under the dirtiest poncho (a real poncho, not a Sear's poncho, mind you!), that you ever saw!
As far as tubes vs. solid state, I would say both. (My Lamm M2.1 hybrid monoblocks use the best aspects of both technologies).
As far as Lee Marvin goes, he would be off drunk in some bar, and would miss the gunfight entirely. :-)
Oh Yeah and tubes,too!
And I wanted to say that all those guys in the old westerns were awesome! All the ones already mentioned like Lee Marvin and Robert Mitchum were just great. Don't forget Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda ( now that dude was mean!). what's really amazing about those old films were that even the small part actors were great. They all just seemed like real guys.
Too Bad they can't make westerns like that anymore.
Please, people! Clint didn't *need* women. Women cramped his style. He took care of number 1 and didn't give a damn what anybody else thought. John Wayne doesn't hold a candle to Clint Eastwood. Aside from 'Stagecoach,' he wasn't even in any quality Westerns. Clint was in the best westerns ever made, and he made one of the best Westerns ever made. (Unforgiven)
oh, and solid state, baby! (although i'm listening to tubes as i type this on my office system)
Both Jack Palance and Burt Lancaster were mentioned. Here's a story about the two of them:
Once, while filming a fight scene with Burt Lancaster, Palance actually punched the unsuspecting Lancaster in the face. Tough guy Lancaster responded by socking Palance in the gut, causing him to vomit.And Palance was a professional boxer before he became an actor.
The film was "The Professionals". It probably had the all-time toughest homebre cast. Lancaster, Palance, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan & Woody Strode.
Joe don Baker was the coolest of em all,i once saw a movie with him it it called (Charley Varrick) where in a scene he slapped his female co star in the mouth for back sassin him then had her fetch him a beer,minutes later they were off to the bedroom for some fun.
the duke or clint could never top that scene.
dont forget about the 1st walking tall.
John Wayne & tubes. Wayne walked with a swagger, and always looked like he was in charge, and would kick your ass if you gave him any crap. Eastwood was more of a silent loner type, that would have to take some crap, or a beating, but would always come out on top!
Some newer Westerns that I enjoy:
2) The Quick & The Dead
3) Quigley Down Under
5) Bite The Bullet
Some other great actors have been mentioned but let's not forget that gentle giant, Dan Blocker [Hoss on Bonanza]. Just don't get him mad, or he turned into the old West's version of the Incredible Hulk!
An interesting footnote: all of Dan Blocker's children studied Karate under Chuck Norris!
These responses are great, and more varied than I anticipated. As long as were at it, how about sharing our favorite western/tough guy movies.
How about the Duke as Ethan Edwards in "The Searchers". Remember his line to Jeff Hunter "I could whup you to a frazzle". If you put Eastwood on Hunters horse that line still works.
Very interesting, and good safety tip everyone: Don't mess with Blocker's kids.
Station: KOW (later named KOWalski).
Town? I'll leave this for another "cultist".
P. S. I just shared this movie with some fellows at work the other night.
These youngsters couldn't quite understand the nature of the movie not growing up a part of the "counter culture".
They did like the scene with the gay carjackers, however.