The Gangs of New York star made the movie adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel 13 years ago but Men's Health editors still judge his portrayal of rugged Native American Hawkeye as the best example of true manhood ever.
The magazine states, "Name a useful male trait and Hawkeye bleeds it: honor, heart, humor, savagery, loyalty, fraternity, resiliency, cunning, mercy."
Late great Brando's performance in The Godfather is recognized for showing men they can be both macho and family men. Other stars honored in the inaugural Men's Health Movie Awards are Alec Baldwin (Glengarry Glen Ross), David Carradine (Kill Bill Vol. 2) and Nicolas Cage (Moonstruck).
In a related poll, readers chose Indiana Jones as the movie character they most admired; Lethal Weapon's Riggs and Murtaugh as their favorite movie buddies and Darth Vader as the ultimate movie villain.
Salma Hayek beat Halle Berry to the title of sexiest actress of all time and Jodie Foster's Silence of the Lambs character beat out Uma Thurman's butt-kicking Bride (Kill Bill) as readers' most admirable female character.
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