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Top 10 Hollywood Actors

Updated on August 19, 2014

1. Johnny Depp

John Christopher Depp II is an American actor, musician and film producer. He won two awards for Best Actor – the Screen Actors Guild award and the Golden Globe Award. He also did the lead role of the famous character of the film, Edward Scissorhands in 1990 and later achieved box office success in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Rango (2011) and also Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003). He has also been selected for top awards several times in his film career and won the Golden Globe’s Best Actor Awards for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the Screen Actors Guild Award for the movie - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He has also been selected for the Guinness Book of World Records in the year 2012 for being the highest paid actor.

2. Tom Cruise

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American film producer and actor par excellence. He has been nominated thrice for three Academy Awards and has also been able to win three Golden Globe Awards. His first lead role was in the film, Risky Business which was released in August 1983. He became a complete movie star in Top Gun in1986. He is also popular for his role on the film series, Mission: Impossible as a secret agent. He also acted in many other Hollywood movies which became blockbusters and the list includes The Last Samurai (2003), A Few Good Men (1992), Jerry Maguire (1996), Rain Man (1988), Vanilla Sky (2001), Minority Report (2002), Collateral (2004) and the War of the Worlds (2005). He became the highest paid actor in Hollywood in 2012.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American film producer and actor. He was nominated eight times as an actor for the Golden Globe Award and he also this award for his role in The Aviator in 2004. He has also been nominated by the Screen Actors Guild, Academy and the Satellite Awards, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He made his debut in films in the comedy science-fiction horror film Critters 3 in 1991 and also got the first notable critical acclaim for his role in This Boy's Life in 1993. DiCaprio got fame for his roles in Marvin's Room in 1996 and What's Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993 besides for lead roles in movies like Romeo Juliet (1996) and for The Basketball Diaries (1995) before he got international fame in 1997 for Titanic.

4. Will Smith

Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. is an American producer and actor. He has earned worldwide gross earnings of more than $100 million in fourteen out of the nineteen fiction films that he had acted. His first chief roles were in the action movie - Bad Boys (1995) and the drama - Six Degrees of Separation (1993). He also got the Best Actor Oscar nominations for the movie - Ali and The Pursuit of Happiness. He has also won two Image Awards out of the ten nominations and he also won 1 Saturn out of the four nominations and four Grammy Awards as well. He has also won four Moonmen from the eighteen nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards. His name was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for attendance of a record breaking three premiere show in a span of twenty four hours.

5. Robert Pattinson

He was an English actor, musician, model and film producer. He started his modeling career when he has just twelve. He got worldwide attention with his role in the popular movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Cedric Diggory. He became internationally famous with his lead role in the movie series – Twilight which was an adaptation of the Twilight novels. He was ranked as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood based on his earnings in 2009 and he was also named one of the hundred Most Influential People in The World according to the Time magazine. He has also starred and produced the movie - Remember Me in 2010.

6. Brad Pitt

William Bradley Pitt is an American film producer and actor. He has received Golden Globe Award nominations and four Academy Award nominations and won one Golden Globe Award. He is regarded as one of the most charming men in the world, and he received a lot of media attention for this label.

Brad Pitt first became famous in the road movie - Thelma & Louise (1991) as a cowboy hitchhiker. His lead roles in some big-budget productions arrived with Interview with the Vampire (1994), A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994). He also received critical acclaim for his roles in the crime thriller – Seven and the sci-fi film – 12 Monkeys and for this movie he got an Academy Award nomination and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also did a role in the international hit movie - Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its many sequels such as Ocean's Twelve (2004) and also Ocean's Thirteen (2007). His best commercial success were - Troy (2004) and also Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). He received his second and third Academy Award nominations for leading roles in the movies - Moneyball (2011) and also for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

7. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey, Jr. is an American actor, singer, songwriter and producer who made his screen debut in 1970. He appeared in his father’s film- Pound at the age of five. Since then he has been working continuously in films and television. His notable role was in 1987 in – Less than Zero and he began lead performances with movies like - Air America in 1990 and in Soapdish in 1991 and many more. He earned worldwide fame in 1992 as Chaplin and for this he got the best actor Golden Globe Award nomination and an Academy Award. Some of his big hits were in movies like Tropic Thunder in 2008, Iron Man series, and in Sherlock Holmes in 2009. These movies earned him international fame and he has also sing for many soundtracks in his own movies. Downey now owns a production company along with his wife Susan called as Team Downey.

8. Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor, producer and director. He is famous for his notable roles in movies like The Green Mile, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Charlie Wilson's War, Catch Me If You Can, Forrest Gump, A League of Their Own, Apollo 13, Big, That Thing You Do!, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and also some animated films like the Toy Story film series, The Polar Express, and The Simpsons Movie. He has been nominated and earned many awards in his film career which include a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor in Philadelphia and a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award besides a People's Choice Award for Best Actor for his meaty role in Forrest Gump, and also earned the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Films from the BAFTAs in 2004. He is popular for his alliance with Steven Spielberg, the film director in the Private Ryan and the mini-series Band of Brothers, which initiated Hanks as a successful producer, director and a writer.

9. Jason Statham

Jason Statham is an English actor, former diver and producer and a martial artist too. He is known for his performances in the crime films such as Snatch and Lock, Revolver, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He also did some supporting roles in many American movies like The Italian Job besides playing the leading role in movies like Death Race, Crank, The Bank Job and War (with martial arts co-star Jet Li) and The Transporter. He also did some famous action movies with great actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables and its sequel The Expendables 2. He also does his own stage combat and stunts too. His life in the press media started when he was seen by an agent who specializes in athletes while he was training at the London's Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Later, he also became a famous model for the brand clothing called as French Connection.

10. Matt Damon

Matthew Paige Damon is an American actor, producer and a screenwriter. His career in films picked up after he succeeded in the film - Good Will Hunting (1997) from a screenplay writer with his best friend Ben Affleck. Both of them won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and also a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their commendable work. He also received the manifold Best Actor nominations which included an Academy Award nomination for his lead role in the film. Damon has then started acting in successful films which were commercial like the Ocean's trilogy, Saving Private Ryan (1998) and the first three movies in the Bourne series. He also got a Golden Globe nomination for playing the title character in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as the Best Supporting Actor in Invictus (2009).

Pick Your Favorite

Best Actor of Hollywood?

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Pick Your Favorite: 2012 Poll

Best Actor of Hollywood?

  • 25% Johnny Depp
  • 6% Brad Pitt
  • 4% Tom Hanks
  • 0% Ben Stiller
  • 7% Robert Pattinson
  • 18% Tom Cruise
  • 2% Adam Sandler
  • 1% George Clooney
  • 14% Leonardo DiCaprio
  • 6% Robert Downey Jr.
  • 8% Will Smith
  • 2% Jim Carrey
  • 1% Keanu Reeves
  • 3% Jason Statham
  • 2% Matt Damon
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    • Marchello profile image

      Marko Vucinic 

      5 years ago from Cuprija, Sebia

      Greatest actor in my choice is Al Pacino especially his role in " Scareface ".

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      6 years ago

      tom crusie is biggest star of hollywood no one can defeat him

      after him leo dicaprio and tom hanks

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      6 years ago

      Tom Cruise is may be the biggest movie star of all time!His longevity on the top is just amazing

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      6 years ago

      Robert Downey Jr................................. thats is

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      7 years ago

      Don't much care for your list. My best are: Nicolas Cage 1) Leo DiCaprio 2) Dustin Hoffman 3) Al Pacino 4) Sean Penn 5) Denzel Washington 6). I always vote for Nicolas Cage. He is only noticed when he plays in bad movies. What about all the good movies. Love his eyes.

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      7 years ago

      According to me Mr.Robert and Mr.Tom hank is the best

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      7 years ago

      I think that johnny depp is always d most amazing actor in hollywood body can comparable with him.

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      Qaisar hayat khokhar 

      7 years ago

      This man of action is my favourite holywood actor...i like tom's movies,realy superb hero

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      Tom Cruise is the best and most handsome actor!!

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      Arohi Sharma 

      7 years ago

      i think robert pattinson on the top of the list....he lokks him a lot.

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      7 years ago


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      Dr Ken 

      7 years ago

      Jack Nicholson is the best of the best. The rest of the supposed best can learn a thing or two from Mr.Nicholson. Period!

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      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      There must be a reason the biggest directors choose Leonardo Di Caprio time and time again. He was a great child actor and he did something so many others don't do, he carried on that acting greatness into adulthood.

      Fun and interesting hub.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Johnny Depp is #1. I also like Tom Hanks and George Clooney. The rest are ok.

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      7 years ago

      Johnny is da best

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      Dilip Chandra 

      7 years ago from India

      Thank you lisa for stopping by and commenting :)

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      7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Good list. Johnny Depp is my favorite. I have to agree with the others that Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, and especially Morgan Freeman should be on it. Jack Nicholson too. Robert Pattison, no way. Sometimes an actor is popular due to a blockbusting big sale and hit movie that comes out but you can't compare them to seasoned pro's. Nicely researched hub. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      There ar still remain who ar best till now.ex-denzel washington and matt damon also can take some space in this list.

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      7 years ago

      johnnys the best! totly agreed with the list

      but y is robert pattinson on it? :P

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      7 years ago

      Denzel Washington...

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      7 years ago

      oh...brad pitt shud b at no.1

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      7 years ago

      hmmmm joney is best

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      7 years ago


      Al PACHINO

      RObert D niro

      jack nicholson

      Morgan freeman

      Marlon Brando

      Joe Pesci

      Leonardo di Caprio

      Johnny Depp

      Tom Hanks

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      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Very good compilation. Leonardo's TV show was "Growing Pains."

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      8 years ago from Oakland, California

      Robert Patterson! What? I can not believe he made a top ten list! Where is Morgena Freeman, Denzel Washington,Jack Nickleson,Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, I could go on, I guess its a matter of taste but Robert Pastterson...please!

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      8 years ago

      dilipchandra12, because I was born and raised in Hollywood, I was quite fascinated by this hub. It is well-written, well-researched and quite informative. Thank you for taking the time to publish it.

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      Fay Paxton 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub. I agree with the first three, the rest would not be on my top ten list.

      voted up

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      8 years ago

      Nice collections, Thanks


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