The Kennedy Center Honors provide recognition to living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts. The primary criterion is excellence, and artistic achievement in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, and television is considered....Here are 8 actors that should have been honored already!
1. GOLDIE HAWN
The woman is a living legend, starting out her career as a lovable dumb blonde on T.V. in "Laugh-In" and went on to win an Academy Award for her first film "Cactus Flower" , she picked up another Academy Award nomination for "Private Benjamin" a film she also produced. She has starred in such comedy classics as "Foul Play", "Seems Like Old Times" (both with Chevy Chase, in which she had great chemistry with), "Death Becomes Her", "Overboard", "The First Wives Club", "Everyone Say's I Love You", "Shampoo", "House Sitter" and "Wildcats", She gave an Award worthy performance in Steven Spielberg's first theatrical film "The Sugarland Express", and proved herself to be not such a dumb blonde after all!
2. Gene Wilder
Mr. Wilder should receive the award for playing Willy Wonka and Victor Frankenstein alone, starting out on the stage he got his first film role in Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde" playing a kidnapped Mortician. He went on to work with Mel Brooks originating the role of Leo Bloom in the classic "The Producers" which garnered him a Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. he worked with Brooks again in the classic "Blazing Saddles" stepping in for a very drunk Gig Young as the "Waco Kid" , Then went on to write the Screenplay for one the best comedies of all-time "Young Frankenstein" , and I failed to mention that around this time he also starred in all time children's classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", he went on to have a successful partnership with Richard Pryor starring in such hits as "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy".
Besides being a multi-platinum recording artist with a top 40 hit in each decade since the 60's, Cher has been Television star, and activist and a Academy Award winning actress for her work in "Moonstruck", she also had memorable roles in "Mask", "The Witches of Eastwick" and "Silkwood" in which she also received a Academy Award Nomination. she even poked fun of herself in the comedy "Stuck on You", the woman is a force of nature that will just not stop!
4. Michael Caine
Once considered the hardest working actor in Hollywood, it seemed like every month there was a film released starring Mr. Caine, always a powerhouse in every film he appeared from his breakout roles in "Alfie" and "Get Carter", to his supporting roles in every Christopher Nolan movie, you can't take your eyes off him, he has won two Academy Awards for "Hannah and Her Sisters" and Cider House Rules", just a small list of this impressive list of films would include "The Man with Two Kings", "Dressed to Kill", "Slueth", "Deathtrap". "Rabbit Run", "The Dark Knight", "Noises Off", "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" , "California Suite", "Mona Lisa" and "Inception" just to name a few!
5. Teri Garr
Teri Garr is one of the most under valued actresses in Hollywood, despite her 1982 Academy Award Nomination for 1982's "Tootsie", she has never got the acclaim she so richly deserves, getting her start dancing in Elvis Presley movies and moving on to working on "Star Trek" and "The Sonny and Cher Show" she got her first big break in movies in a supporting role in Francis Ford Copola's "The Conversation" , next up is the role that cemented her as a comic genuis as Inga in Mel Brooks classic "Young Frankenstein", she went on to be in such classic films as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Oh' God!", "The Black Stallion", "After Hours", "Mr. Mom", "Dumb and Dumber" and of course "Tootsie"..it is time this woman got her due!
6. Burt Reynolds
The number one box office draw for most of the 1970's is an impressive thing that seems to be forgotten and should not be, Burt makes acting look easy which is why he never gets the credit he deserves , he received an Academy Award Nomination and won the Golden Globe for his role as Jack Horner in the classic "Boogie Nights", and his hits include such films as "Deliverance" , "Smokey and the Bandit", "The End", "Starting Over", "Best Friends", "Gator" and "The Cannonball Run".
7. Faye Dunaway
Faye is so much more than just "No Wire Hangers Ever!!!", anyone that has seen her in her Academy Award winning performance in "Network" knows that!, she was the go to actress in the 70's and early 80's for important film roles, just some of the movies she appeared in were "Chinatown", "Bonnie and Clyde", "The Towering Inferno", "Voyage of the Damned", " Eyes of Laura Mars" and yes "Mommie Dearest" say what you want about the film, but she was great as Joan Crawford!
8. Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke is a national treasure, it is hard to believe that he has yet to get this honor from his classic sitcom to his roles in such films as "Bye Bye Birdie", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and of course "Mary Poppins", he is still going strong appearing in the "Night in the Museum" films, give this man the honor already!