Some great faves there chaps-
Miles Malleson ; always a hit and most definitely a scene stealer. That wonderful profile and that stately gait of his just add to his immortality.
Nigel Bruce ; he of the 'comfy' Sherlock Holmeses - the ones you always want to be on just when the season changes to winter. A stalwart performer who was contenet to play a second fiddle character, but who always got a similar amount of praise as the lead.
Finlay Currie was a great barnstormer of a performer. In his later years I got the impression that he got on set, went his own way regardless of the director ! thumbs_u
I would agree that Ian Holm is probably one of the most versatile characters we have today - and he still keeps getting work. His most recent favourite of mine was the nervous, yet determined, priest in THE FIFTH ELEMENT.
Can't comment on the HORNBLOWER cast because I never got into it - isn't Ioan Gruffydd in the new KING ARTHUR ?
George Coulouris - what a career ! Hollywood and back. Excellent performer again - and what about his comic turn as the mad swallower in (was it?) DOCTOR AT LARGE ?
Two more I'd like to add - firmly from the black and white era ;
RONALD SQUIRE - who excelled at genial uncle type roles in several movies, and BREFNI O' ROURKE - maybe not so widely known, but a cracking turn as Lord Chaundyt in DON'T TAKE IT TO HEART among many others...