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TV’s Most Popular Casino Film Actors

Posted on August 22nd, 2019

There is no denying the strong love that exists between Canadians and Casinos. And especially now with the steady rise of casino online in Canada, the bond seems to be even more solid than ever. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the most popular actors in casino movies that are considered to have had a great influence on the Canadian gambling or casino culture.


James Caan

The turning point was when he appeared as Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather (1972)” movie. Ever since, he has been regularly typecast as a soft-hearted and hardened character. And on several occasions, the roles played by him have, in a way, been rooted into the gambling genre. He went on to take the leading role as Ed Deline (a casino magnate) in a TV series titled “Las Vegas”, however, it was his role as Axel Freed in “The Gambler” that truly earned him his identity as a popular casino actor.


Paul Newman

He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest actors to have appeared on the silver screens and deservedly so. Paul Newman acted in quite a bunch of gambling and casino films. The movies include “The Hustler” (1961) and its sequel “The Color of Money” (1986) where he played the role of the famous “Fast Eddie” Felson as well as “The Sting” (1973) as Henry Gondorff.


Matt Damon

The Oscar-winning actor is, without a doubt, one of the most popular actors in Hollywood when it comes to the gambling genre. His most famous role came in the movie “Rounders” (1998) as Mike McDermott. He also played an important role in the Ocean’s franchise which includes Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and it’s sequels Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) as well as the Ocean’s Eight (2018). He’s passion for gambling away from the cameras has definitely played a huge role in his perfect execution of his roles in these classics.


James Woods

He may be better recognized for his cameo audio roles in cartoons like “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons”. However, he has also played significant roles in a number of gambling movies including but not limited to “The Gambler” (1974), “Diggstown” (1992) as well as “Casino” (1995).

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