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Lassie and actor Jimmy Stewart visit the Deseret News offices with Deseret News staffer Howard Pearson, left.

Sundance is here, so let's remember the actors who have visited Utah over the years. Here are our own top 10 and some photos.

These actors who have visited Utah are all on the American Film Institute's list of 25 greatest male actors.

And for good measure, we've included Lassie, who also has visited the state.

No. 11: Lassie

Lassie was a fictional charter created by Eric Knight for a short story in the Saturday Evening Post in December 1938. There are 11 Lassie movies, and a Lassie radio show ran from 1947 to 1950.

A TV series ran from 1954 to 1973, and dozens of books were printed.

No. 10: Robert Redford (1936-)

Born Charles Robert Redford Jr., he is now a Utah resident and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

He has appeared in many movies, including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Candidate," "The Sting," "The Way We Were," "Out of Africa" and "The Natural."

No. 9: Jack Benny (1894–1974)

Born Benjamin Kubelsky, he was big in vaudeville, radio, TV and film. Mary Livingstone was his wife and co-star.

One of his running gags: When stopped by a robber, he was asked, "Your money or your life?" After a long pause, he would answer, "I'm thinking."

His radio and TV cast included Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, singer Dennis Day, band leader Phil Harris, announcer Don Wilson and "man of a thousand voices" Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many more.

Before he died, he had arranged to have a red rose delivered to his wife every day for the rest of her life.

No. 8: Vincent Price (1911–1993)

Born Vincent Leonard Price, he was a radio, TV and film star, as well as a well-known art lover and collector.

Among his roles were Joseph Smith Jr. in the movie "Brigham Young" and Baka the master builder in "The Ten Commandments."

A king of horror movies, he appeared in "House of Wax," "The Fly," "House on Haunted Hill," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "House of Usher," "The Raven" and "Edward Scissorhands."

He may be best known for his short appearance in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video or Egghead in TV's "Batman" series.

No. 7: Robert Young (1907-1998)

Born Robert George Young, he was a radio, TV and film star who made more than 100 movies, beginning in 1931.

Some of them are "Tug Boat Annie," "Northwest Passage," "Western Union," The Canterville Ghost," "Sitting Pretty," "Crossfire" and "That Forsyte Woman."

He was even better known for his TV work. His series "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D." totaled more than 370 episodes.

No. 6: Buster Keaton (1895-1966)

Born Joseph Frank Keaton, he was a vaudeville, film and TV star.

Because of his deadpan acting, he was called the "Great Stone Face" and was a pioneer of silent comedy.

He starred in "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," "Sherlock, Jr." and his greatest film, "The General." He was also known for doing his own stunts, which were quite dangerous. He was reduced to smaller roles in the shift to talking movies.

He later made a comeback in movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo," "Pajama Party" and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini." His final films are classic comedies: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

No. 5: The Marx Brothers (1887-1979)

Many know Groucho, Harpo and Chico, but the other brothers were Gummo and Zeppo. They were known as Minnie's Boys.

Born as Julius, Adolph and Leonard, then Milton and Herbert, they were stars of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, movies and TV.

Movies starting in 1929 include "Cocoanuts," "Animal Crackers," "Monkey Business," "Horse Feathers," "Duck Soup" and "A Night at the Opera." Then, with RKO pictures, came "Room Service," "At the Circus," "Go West" and "Big Store." The last two films with UA were "A Night in Casablanca" and "Love Happy."

Groucho went on to TV and hosting the long-running quiz show "You Bet Your Life."

No. 4: John Wayne (1907-1979)

Born Marion Robert Morrison, he was a star of movies and TV. Most of his roles were as a Western military man and general tough guy.

He made movies from 1929, but his breakthrough role was in the Utah-filmed movie "Stagecoach," directed by John Ford.

Other movies include "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "The Quiet Man," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "The High and the Mighty," "The Green Berets," The Shootist" and "The Alamo."

He made many films in Utah and came here to speak on May 10, 1969, on the 100th anniversary of the joining of the rails at Promontory, Utah.

No. 3: Spencer Tracy (1900–1967)

Born Spencer Bonaventure Tracy, he was a stock player and film and TV star.

A leading man who had nine Academy Award Nominations, his films include "Boys Town," "Captain Courageous," "Father of the Bride," Inherit the Wind," "The Old Man and the Sea," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." He died only 17 days after filming "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

He was married but also had a longtime relationship with actress Katherine Hepburn — he made nine films with her.

Tracy played in three of AFI's 100 films of all time, and his first Oscar was engraved with "Dick Tracy" and not Spencer.

No. 2: Jimmy Stewart (1908–1997)

Born James Maitland Stewart, he was a Broadway, film and TV star. He served in World War II and became an Air Force brigadier general.

He had leading roles in "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," "Harvey," "Rear Window," "Vertigo" and "It's a Wonderful Life." After viewing "It's a Wonderful Life," President Harry S Truman concluded, "If Bess and I had a son, we'd want him to be just like Jimmy Stewart."

Stewart came to Salt Lake City many times and played the title role in the LDS movie "Mr. Krueger's Christmas."

He gave a personal collection of items from his career to Brigham Young University Library, Special Collections.

No. 1: Humphrey Bogart (1899–1957)

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Born Humphrey DeForest Bogart, he starred on Broadway, film and TV. He played tough guys, bad guys and smart guys and was well-educated in private schools, although he was expelled from Yale.

Bogart was a master chess player and was named the greatest male star in history by the American Film Institute.

He had leading roles in "Angels with Dirty Faces," "The Maltese Falcon," High Sierra," "Key Largo," "The Big Sleep," "The African Queen," The Caine Mutiny" and one of the greatest movies of all time, "Casablanca."

He was married to actress Lauren Bacall and had two children.

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