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JFK assassination: Who's the best actor in a Kennedy-themed movie?

November 22, 2013|By Steven Zeitchik
  • Kevin Costner stars as New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's 1991 drama "JFK," which won Oscars for cinematography and editing.
Kevin Costner stars as New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in Oliver… (Warner Bros. )

By now you’ve read all the recaps of the JFK assassination and all the "who’s the best actor who played Kennedy" blog posts that you ever thought you would.

But JFK movies go beyond those who played the man himself: to wit, Kevin Costner as crusading New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone’s "JFK."

So before the 50th anniversary of the 35th president's assassination fades into the twilight, a final poll: Who is the best actor in a JFK-related movie? (We’ll keep it limited to the big screen for this one.) Costner? Clint Eastwood in “In the Line of Fire,” who still blames himself for that fateful November day in 1963?

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Bruce Greenwood as the 35th president himself in 2000’s Cuban Missile Crisis movie “Thirteen Days”? Burt Lancaster in “Executive Action,” for you conspiracy-minded types?  Or even Michelle Pfeiffer in the JFK-related drama “Love Field” (she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance). Our poll below lets you choose, democracy-style.


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