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Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting 

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Here is a list of lucky actors who were considered 2nd-choice casting for classic movie roles. Some of the actors who were considered first were either too young or was not well-suited for the role, while others doubted their acting skills or had issues with payment. Whatever the reason, the actors' issue allowed their runner ups a chance to make it big. Most of these second choice stars were unknown or under-rated actors. Many castings that came off as the quintessential choice often were numbered second, third or even fourth on the 'possibles' list; For this reason, many classic movies became a hit and stars were born. These incredible casting lead accidents have made these films legendary over time. From the state of 'first and only choice', the casting directors ended up signing the last resort actors, but never to regret about it. These are the lucky stars who owe their successes to 2nd-choice casting. This list espouses the 'sour grapes' expression, Hollywood style.
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Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 74 (1931-2005) from New York City, USA, New York
The Graduate
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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 59 (1901-1960) from Cadiz, Ohio, United States of America
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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Age 81 from Los Angeles, USA, California
The Graduate
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Gloria Swanson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 84 (1899-1983) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Sunset Boulevard
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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Age 76 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957) from New York City, USA, New York
Casablanca
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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982) from Stockholm, Sweden
Anastasia
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John Cassavetes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 60 (1929-1989) from New York City, New York, United States of America
Rosemary's Baby
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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969) from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America
Wizard Of Oz
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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003) from Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
Suddenly Last Summer
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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004) from Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
On The Waterfront
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Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Age 74 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
The Great Gatsby, Rosemary's Baby
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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 81 (1932-2013) from Connemara, Republic of Ireland
Lawrence Of Arabia
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Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 85 (1925-2010) from New York City, New York, United States of America
The Defiant Ones
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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 54 (1913-1967) from India, Darjeeling
A Streetcar Named Desire
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William Holden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Lucky Stars: Actors Who Got Lucky With 2nd-choice Casting
Dec. at 63 (1918-1981) from O'Fallon, Illinois, United States of America
Sunset Boulevard