Hitchcock’s favorite actors

By Laurie Bennett

October 26, 2012 at 6:32am

Alfred Hitchcock was notorious for reputedly saying, “Actors are cattle.”

The legendary director claimed he had been misquoted, adding: “What I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”

Yet many of the best worked with him, and he clearly had favorites. The map above shows actors who appeared in more than one Hitchcock film.

Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carroll

Cary Grant and James Stewart each starred in four. Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman each appeared in three. Hitchcock once called Grant “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life.”

But the actor cast most often by Hitchcock was Leo G. Carroll, who had parts in six movies. Carroll’s moustache and British background lent him an authoritative air suitable for supporting roles as a professor, a doctor, a senator.

Like Hitchcock, Carroll also appeared on TV, starring in the 1950s series “Topper” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in the 1960s.

Here’s a version of the map above as a non-interactive image:

Hitchcock's favorite actors

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  • #1.   Paul Hoppe 07.25.2016

    A great and helpful graphic! Super-interesting. But how about John Longden? He was in five of his British movies, including Jamaica Inn, Blackmail,…

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