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Top 50 Greatest Hollywood Actors Of All Time
Aishwarya-Updated May 26, 2022
In all our previous posts and articles, we have spoken about all the great actresses in Hollywood and their fabulous work.
Now, I feel that we might have done a disservice to the great actors by not highlighting their talent and work.
Hollywood and fans constantly praise and idolize their favorite actors and pay millions of dollars for the work they do.
It might appear that we do not need to praise them anymore. However, we need to take a minute and identify the good work they do.
These actors bring to life characters that are flawed and redeem them by portraying their vulnerabilities. They offer us hope that even in the darkest moments, we can look toward them and smile.
They make us laugh, cry, clench our fists in fury, reach a hand out to rescue, pray and improve ourselves.
Today, ENTOIN brings you a list of all the best Hollywood actors who have entertained us, made our troubles seem far away, made us sit up and take notice of injustice, etc.
These actors have each been rewarded with awards and commemorations, but they have also used their platform to give back to the community.
50. Tom Cruise
|Date of Birth||July 3, 1962|
|Place of Birth||Syracuse, New York, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Endless Love|
Tom Cruise started his Hollywood career with minor roles in small films. But his talent and charisma shone through in early films like The Color of Money and Risky Business.
Movies like Days of Thunder, Rain Man, and Top Gun established him as a commercial hit and bankable actor. With his role in Born On The Fourth of July, Cruise got his first Academy Award nomination.
He appeared in many more critical successes like A Few Good Men, Magnolia, Jerry Maguire, Eyes Wide Shut, Collateral, The Last Samurai, Tropic Thunder, etc.
He will be back in cinema halls this year with Top Gun: Maverick, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 and Part 2.
49. Irrfan Khan
|Date of Birth||January 7, 1967|
|Place of Birth||Tonk, Rajasthan, India|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Kaala Jal|
Irrfan Khan was a very talented and celebrated Indian actor. He appeared in multiple international films and TV series. In India, his films like Angrezi Medium, Paan Singh Tomar, Life in a Metro..., etc. earned him National Film Academy Awards.
He also starred in The LunchBox, Gunday, Haider, etc. International audiences in the US and the UK were familiar with his work in The Warrior, Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake, Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-man, Inferno, Jurassic World, In Treatment, etc.
Unfortunately, Irrfan Khan passed away in 2020 after a battle with a neuroendocrine tumor at the age of 53.
48. Liam Neeson
|Date of Birth||June 7, 1952|
|Place of Birth||Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Pilgrim's Progress|
Liam Neeson has played many iconic roles in major franchises, but the most recognizable quality of Neeson is his voice.
He has a deep baritone that resonates with emotion and mesmerizes all its listeners. Liam Neeson worked in critically acclaimed films like Schindler’s List, Kinsey, Michael Collins, The Bounty, Next of Kin, The Mission, etc.
Liam Neeson has been a part of hit franchises like Star Wars as the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, and The Chronicles of Narnia franchise as Aslan.
He also starred in Batman Begins as Ra's Al-Ghul, The Taken trilogy as the father, Gangs of New York, A Monster Calls, Silence, etc.
47. Martin Freeman
|Date of Birth||September 8, 1971|
|Place of Birth||Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||The Bill|
Martin Freeman is an English actor who won multiple accolades like the Primetime Emmy Award, Rose d’Or, Empire Award, SAG Award, etc.
He was nominated for Primetime Emmys, a Golden Globe Award, Critics Choice Award, BAFTA and more. Martin Freeman has appeared in many critical and commercial blockbusters like Sherlock, the Hobbit trilogy, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, and Fargo (TV series).
He also starred in The Office (UK Version), The World’s End, Love Actually, Shaun of The Dead, A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, etc.
46. Oscar Isaac
|Date of Birth||March 9, 1979|
|Place of Birth||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Milltown|
Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born in Guatemala City and migrated to the USA when he was five months old.
After graduating from Juilliard school, Oscar Isaac began working in films and TV series. He played critically acclaimed roles in Body of Lies, Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, etc.
His performances in movies like Ex-Machina, Annihilation, Card Counter, Dune, Scenes from A Marriage, X-Men: Apocalypse, Show Me A Hero, etc., earned him the Golden Globe award and nominations.
His most popular role has been as Poe Dameron in the Star Wars franchise. This year, Oscar Isaac starred as the titular superhero in the Disney+ series, Moon Knight.
45. Antonio Banderas
|Date of Birth||August 10, 1960|
|Place of Birth||Málaga, Andalucía, Spain|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||False Eyelash|
Antonio Banderas is a Spanish actor who gained popularity for his performance in Pedro Almodovar films, including the Oscar-nominated film Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
He continued to work in The Skin I Live in, Frida, Genius: Picasso, Pain & Glory, Dolittle, The Laundromat, etc.
Banderas also worked in commercial hits like Mambo Kings, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Assassins, The Mask of Zorro, the Shrek franchise, Puss in Boots, etc.
For his performances, he won and was nominated for multiple awards like Goya Award, an Academy Award, a Tony Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, etc.
44. Mads Mikkelsen
|Date of Birth||November 22, 1965|
|Place of Birth||Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Blomsterfangen|
Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen is a Danish actor who rose to fame with his roles in European films like the Pusher film trilogy, Rejseholdet, Open Hearts, and The Green Butchers.
He also got praises for his roles in Adam's Apples, After the Wedding, etc. Mikkelsen entered Hollywood with strong performances in Cars, Casino Royale, and Clash of the Titans.
He also acted in The Three Musketeers, Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Chaos Walking, etc. In 2022, Mads Mikkelsen will be back in cinema halls with Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
43. Forest Whitaker
|Date of Birth||July 15, 1961|
|Place of Birth||Longview, Texas, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Making the Grade|
Forest Whitaker is a director, actor, and producer. He is known for his methodical preparation for every role he takes up.
The results of his preparation are on display in his movies like Platoon, Good Morning Vietnam, Bird, The Great Debaters, Arrival, etc.
He also worked with major franchises like MCU’s Black Panther, Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie, etc. Whitaker delivered an Oscar-winning performance in The Last King of Scotland.
He also won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, etc.
42. Harrison Ford
|Date of Birth||July 13, 1942|
|Place of Birth||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round|
Harrison Ford has a career spanning over five decades, and he has been nominated for an Academy Award, four Golden Globes, etc., and won the Cecil B.
DeMille Award. Ford also achieved commercial success, and his movies were among the highest grossers of the year. Harrison appeared in the Indiana Jones film franchise and in the Star Wars film franchise, both of which proved to be huge successes.
He also worked in iconic roles in Blade Runner, Tom Clancy adaptations like The Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, etc.
He is slated to be back next year with the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise.
41. Matt Damon
|Date of Birth||October 8, 1970|
|Place of Birth||Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Mystic Pizza|
Matt Damon is one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood. He has starred in film franchises like the Bourne series, the Ocean series, MCU’s Thor Ragnarok, Thor Love and Thunder.
His other successful hits include Ford vs. Ferrari, Syriana, Dogma, The Departed, etc. Matt Damon has worked in and earned multiple Oscar nominations for The Good Will Hunting, Talented Mr Ripley, The Martian, Manchester By The Sea, Invictus, The Informant!, Behind The Candelabra, Project Greenlight, etc.
40. Jamie Foxx
|Date of Birth||December 13, 1967|
|Place of Birth||Terrell, Texas, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Comedy on the Edge|
Jamie Foxx is an American stand-up comic, musician, actor, writer and producer. He has earned an enviable collection of awards, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a BAFTA, A Golden Globe, a SAG award, etc.
Jamie Foxx’s memorable film and TV performances include Ray, Collateral, The Dreamgirls, and Django Unchained. He also acted in Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, Just Mercy, Any Given Sunday, The Amazing Spider-man, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Miami Vice, etc.
39. Cillian Murphy
|Date of Birth||May 25, 1976|
|Place of Birth||Douglas, Cork, Ireland|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Quando|
Cillian Murphy is an Irish musician, actor and lyricist. He was the frontman of the rock band The Sons of Mr. Green Genes, but he took up acting full time after a short music career. Murphy came to prominence, for the first time, with Disco Pigs in 2001.
Later, Cillian Murphy starred in 28 Days Later, Red Eye, Intermission, and The Dark Knight trilogy. He also appeared in Inception, Sunshine, Dunkirk, Wind That Shakes the Barley, Anthropoid, A Quiet Place Part II, Breakfast on Pluto, Peaky Blinders, Oppenheimer, etc.
38. Jake Gyllenhaal
|Date of Birth||December 19, 1980|
|Place of Birth||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||City Slickers|
Jake Gyllenhaal started young with roles in City Slicker, A Dangerous Woman, etc. However, his parents insisted on graduating from school, so he went back to school.
Gyllenhaal got his big break with the role of a troubled teenager in Donnie Darkko, which became a cult hit.
He followed up with many more well-received roles in The Day After Tomorrow, Brokeback Mountain, and Prisoners. He also starred in Nightcrawler, Nocturnal Animals, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Enemy, Stronger, etc.
Gyllenhaal has garnered nominations for an Oscar, three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, three SAG awards, etc.
37. Tom Hardy
|Date of Birth||September 15, 1977|
|Place of Birth||Hammersmith, London, England, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Tommaso|
Tom Hardy started out as a model and later enrolled in acting classes. He appeared in such movies as Black Hawk Down, Band Of Brothers, Star Trek: Nemesis, RocknRolla, Bronson, Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lawless, Locke, etc.
Tom Hardy had a long association with Christopher Nolan with The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Dunkirk. He also worked in film franchises like Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Mad Max: Fury Road, etc.
He starred in the hit TV series Peaky Blinders, Taboo, etc. For his role in The Revenant, Tom Hardy received an Academy Award nomination.
36. Morgan Freeman
|Date of Birth||June 1, 1937|
|Place of Birth||Memphis, Tennessee, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||The Pawnbroker|
Morgan Freeman is famous for his deep and mellow voice that he uses for narration. Morgan Freeman also garnered five Oscar nominations for Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, and Million Dollar Baby.
He won the award for Million Dollar Baby. He starred in other successful films like Bruce Almighty, the Dark Knight trilogy, and Amistad.
He also acted in Se7en, Unforgiven, Lean On Me, Glory, etc.
35. Hugh Jackman
|Date of Birth||October 12, 1968|
|Place of Birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Law of the Land|
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, singer and theatre actor. He began his career with Australian TV shows and theatre plays.
Jackman garnered two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination. He is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest career as a live-action Marvel character for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.
His other notable performances have been in The Prestige, Australia, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, etc.
34. Ian Mckellen
|Date of Birth||May 25, 1939|
|Place of Birth||Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling|
Sir Ian McKellen is considered a cultural icon in the United Kingdom for his contributions to theater, film, and television.
He was also knighted in 1980 and received his order of Companion of Honour in 2008. McKellan starred in major film franchises like The Lord of The Rings trilogy, the Hobbit trilogy, and the X-Men franchise.
He was cast in King Richard III, Gods and Monsters, The Da Vinci Code, King Lear, etc. Sir Ian McKellan has garnered seven Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award along with two Oscar nominations, five Primetime Emmys and five BAFTA nominations.
33. Robert Redford
|Date of Birth||August 18, 1936|
|Place of Birth||Santa Monica, California, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Maverick|
Robert Redford is a director and actor who won multiple awards like Academy Award, Golden Globe, Presidential Medal for Freedom and more.
He directed award-winning films like Ordinary People, A River Runs Through it, Quiz Show, The Legend of Bagger Vance, etc.
The acting credits of Redford are no less stellar with hits like Situation Hopeless…But Not Serious, The Chase, and Barefoot In The Park.
He also appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Little Fauss and Big Halsy, The Candidate, Three Days of Condor, All The President's Men, Out of Africa, etc.
32. Daniel Kaluuya
|Date of Birth||February 24, 1989|
|Place of Birth||London, England, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Shoot the Messenger|
Daniel Kaluuya is a British actor, who is well known for his film and stage performances. He debuted in films with Shoot The Messenger and played highly praised roles in Psychoville, The Fades, Doctor Who, Black Mirror, Kick-Ass 2, Sicario, etc.
He also performed in plays like SKins, Sucker Punch, etc. Kaluuya had his breakthrough with the Jordan Peele film, Get Out, which was nominated for an Oscar, A BAFTA, etc.
Later, he starred in Black Panther, Widows, Queen & Slim, etc. For his role in Judas and the Black Messiah, Kaluuya won an Academy Award, A Golden Globe, a SAG Award and more.
31. Viggo Mortensen
|Date of Birth||October 20, 1958|
|Place of Birth||Manhattan, New York City, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||George Washington|
Viggo Mortensen is a multi-talented actor, painter, author, poet, musician and more. He can speak up to six languages fluently.
Over the course of his career, he earned nominations for three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, etc., and won a SAG award.
His award-winning performances include Eastern Promises, Green Book, and Captain Fantastic. He also acted in A Dangerous Method, A History Of Violence, Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, Daylight, The Portrait of a Lady, etc.
His most popular role has been in the Lord of The Rings trilogy as Aragorn.
30. Brad Pitt
|Date of Birth||December 18, 1963|
|Place of Birth||Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Hunk|
Brad Pitt is a charismatic actor and producer. We won several accolades, including Academy Awards for his work. Some of his award-winning and nominated films are 12 Monkeys, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball, Se7en, Babel, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Flight Club, A River Runs Through it, etc.
Brad Pit also worked as a producer and made The Departed, 12 Years A Slave, Minari, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Lost City of Z, A Mighty Heart, Moonlight, World War Z, The Big Short, etc.
The other major hits from Pitt are the Ocean trilogy, Ad Astra, Inglourious Basterds, An Interview With The Vampire, Mr & Mrs Smith, etc.
29. Russell Crowe
|Date of Birth||April 7, 1964|
|Place of Birth||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Spyforce|
Russel Crowe has two Academy Award nominations and one win. He is a singer, director and actor who has worked in many acclaimed films and big-budget extravaganzas.
He was nominated for Gladiator, The Insider, and A Beautiful Mind. His hit movies are Virtuosity, Proof of Life, LA Confidential, Heaven’s Burning, and Cinderella Man.
He also starred in Body of Lies, Man of Steel, War Machine, The Nice Guys, Les Miserable, Noah, American Gangster, 3:10 to Yuma, State of Play, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, etc.
28. Samuel L. Jackson
|Date of Birth||December 21, 1948|
|Place of Birth||Washington D.C., USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Together for Days|
Samuel L. Jackson is the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood as his films earned over $27 billion worldwide. He has appeared in many film franchises and successful hits that added to his earnings.
Apart from his role as Nick Fury in the MCU’s Avenger films, he also worked in the Star Wars trilogy, the XXX film series, Incredibles 1 and 2, etc.
Some of his other acclaimed films of Jackson include Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill vol. 2, etc.
He also starred in Coming to America, Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Chi-Raq, Oldboy, Patriot Games, Menace II Society, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Hard Eight, Unbreakable, Shaft, etc.
27. Robert Downey Jr.
|Date of Birth||April 4, 1965|
|Place of Birth||Manhattan, New York City, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Pound|
Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. His inner talent was visible from a young age with films like Chaplin, Weird Science, Less Than Zero, Ally McBeal, etc.
His reputation took a hit when his substance abuse scandal came to light. Consequently, he was institutionalized for a while, yet he made a comeback.
He was back in 2003 with The Singing Detective, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Tropic Thunder, Zodiac, etc. He turned things around for himself with the MCU’s Iron Man films.
He laid the foundation for a super successful Avengers franchise. Downey was nominated twice for Academy Awards, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and more.
26. Will Smith
|Date of Birth||September 25, 1968|
|Place of Birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||ABC Afterschool Specials|
Will Smith is currently very famous for his slap at the Oscar awards ceremony. He won the award for Best Actor for his role in King Richard, later during the same function.
This was not Smith’s first Oscar nomination, as he was nominated earlier for Ali and The Pursuit of Happiness. Barring this incident, Will Smith’s career is filled with huge critical and commercial successes like the Men in Black franchise, Bad Boys franchise, and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series.
He also starred in Suicide Squad, I Robot, Hitch, I Am Legend, Concussion, Aladdin, etc.
25. Jim Carrey
|Date of Birth||January 17, 1962|
|Place of Birth||Newmarket, Ontario, Canada|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Rubberface|
Jim Carrey is a Canadian American stand-up comic, actor, writer and producer. He is well known for his comedy work and physical humor.
Yet, he was also a dramatic actor hidden under the layers of comedy. His films include Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Doing Time on Maple Drive, The Truman Show, Man On The Moon, etc.
Jim Carrey’s comedic genius was on display in his film like Ace Ventura: The Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber.
He also acted in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Batman Forever, Me, Myself & Irene, Bruce Almighty, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Horton Hears a Who!, etc.
24. George Clooney
|Date of Birth||May 6, 1961|
|Place of Birth||Lexington, Kentucky, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Centennial|
George Clooney started his acting career in television with minor roles in series like Golden Girls, Roseanna, Body of Evidence, etc.
He got his breakthrough when he was cast in ER as Dr Doug Ross. George worked in many comedies, dramas and thrillers.
His acting credits include the Ocean trilogy, Solaris, Intolerable Cruelty, Good Night..and Good Luck, and Syriana. He also acted in Ides of March, O Brother Where Art Thou?
The Monuments Man, Michael Clayton, Up In The Air, Syriana, etc. He also produced award-winning films like Argo, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, August: Osage County, Suburbicon, etc.
23. Jack Nicholson
|Date of Birth||April 22, 1937|
|Place of Birth||Neptune City, New Jersey, United States|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||The Cry Baby Killer|
Jack Nicholson is a versatile actor who has worked in all genres and characters. From romantic comedies, comedy-drama, legal drama to horror, suspense thriller, pathological drama, etc.
For all the different roles he played, Nicholson has twelve Oscar nominations. This made him the most nominated male actor in the history of Oscars.
He won the award thrice. Some of his many amazing performances were in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, and Batman.
He also acted in A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets, Terms of Endearment, Something's Gotta Give, About Schmidt, Anger Management, Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, etc.
22. Benedict Cumberbatch
|Date of Birth||July 19, 1976|
|Place of Birth||Hammersmith, London, England, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Fields of Gold|
Benedict Cumberbatch is a British actor known for his roles in MCU as Doctor Strange, Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, etc.
He started acting in theatre and West End plays after graduating from the London School of Drama. He worked extensively in Shakespearean plays before moving to film and TV.
He earned two Oscar nominations, five Primetime Emmy nominations, seven BAFTA nominations etc. He also won an Emmy and two BAFTAs.
His most prominent roles have been in The Imitation Game, The Power of the Dog, Doctor and Strange franchise. He also acted in the Hobbit trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek: Into The Darkness, 12 Years A Slave, The Fifth Estate, Dunkirk, etc.
21. Christoph Waltz
|Date of Birth||October 4, 1956|
|Place of Birth||Vienna, Austria|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Der Einstand|
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian actor with two Academy Awards under his belt. He also won two BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, two SAG Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award and has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy, etc.
Christoph Waltz has starred in hits like Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, Most Dangerous Games, and Big Eyes. He also acted in The Zero Theorem, Carnage, No Time To Die, The French Dispatch, Downsizing, Rifkin’s Festival, Spectre, Epic, Pinocchio, etc.
20. Heath Ledger
|Date of Birth||April 4, 1979|
|Place of Birth||Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Clowning Around|
Heath Ledger was one of the most promising new talents in Hollywood. Born in Australia, Ledger moved to Hollywood in 1998 and starred in films like 10 Things I Hate About You, Lords of Dogtown, A Knight’s Tale, Monster’s Ball, The Patriot, etc.
He worked in critically acclaimed films The Brokeback Mountain, I’m Not There, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, The Dark Knight, etc.
Ledger was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight. He won the Oscar posthumously for The Dark Knight.
He also won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a SAG award and multiple other nominations.
19. Mahershala Ali
|Date of Birth||February 16, 1974|
|Place of Birth||Oakland, California, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Crossing Jordan|
Mahershala Ali is an acclaimed actor and rapper. He has won multiple awards like two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, etc.
He has also achieved many ‘firsts’ in his career of twenty years. The acting credits of Mahershala Ali include Moonlight, Green Book, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Hunger Games film series, etc.
On TV, he worked in series like The 4400, True Detective, Crossing Jordan, etc.
18. Willem Dafoe
|Date of Birth||July 22, 1955|
|Place of Birth||Appleton, Wisconsin, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Heaven's Gate|
Willem Dafoe has always shown a keen interest in experimental cinema. He often collaborated with directors like Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, Julian Schnabel, and Wes Anderson.
For his work, Willem has received recognition. He was nominated for four Academy Awards, four SAG Awards, three Golden Globes and a BAFTA.
Some of Dafoe’s most prominent works are Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, and Shadow of the Vampire.
He also starred in Mr Bean’s Holiday, Antichrist, The Fault In Our Stars, John Wick, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Murder on the Orient Express, The Florida Project, The Lighthouse, At Eternity’s Gate and Togo.
17. Dustin Hoffman
|Date of Birth||August 8, 1937|
|Place of Birth||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Naked City|
Dustin Hoffman is a celebrated actor with many stellar performances under his belt. He started working in Hollywood in the 70s and won critical and commercial success.
His movies include The Graduate, Kramer vs Kramer, Midnight Cowboys, Papillon, The Marathon Man, All The President’s Men, etc. He was nominated for five Oscars, five BAFTAs, a Primetime Emmy, seven Golden Globes and more.
He won two Oscars, six Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, a Primetime Emmy, etc. The other notable films of Hoffman include Rain Man, Tootsie, Death of a Salesman, Ishtar, Little Big Man, Lenny, John and Mary, Wag The Dog, Last Chance Harvey, etc.
16. Ralph Fiennes
|Date of Birth||December 22, 1962|
|Place of Birth||Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Prime Suspect|
Ralph Fiennes is a British actor who specializes in roles with negative shades. He gained fame for his role as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise.
He has been nominated for multiple awards, including two Academy Awards, a Primetime Emmy, five BAFTAs, four Golden Globes and more.
He has starred in highly celebrated films like The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, Schindler’s List, and Bernard and Doris.
He also acted in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Coriolanus, End of The Affair, The Dig, Strange Days, In Bruges, The Reader, Clash of The Titans, etc.
15. Christian Bale
|Date of Birth||January 30, 1974|
|Place of Birth||Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna|
Christian Bale started acting at the young age of 12 years. He was cast in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of The Sun, and the film became his breakthrough performance.
After that, he worked in Kenneth Brannagh’s Henry V, Treasure Island, Newsies, Little Women, Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pocahontas, etc. His big break came when he was cast in American Psycho.
He starred in The Equilibrium, The Machinist, the Dark Knight trilogy, Public Enemies, Out of the Furnace, Vice, Flowers of War, American Hustle, The Fighter, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ford v Ferrari, etc.
For his stellar performances, Bale earned three Academy Award nominations and won the award for The Fighter.
14. Javier Bardem
|Date of Birth||March 1, 1969|
|Place of Birth||Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||El pícaro|
Javier Bardem is a Spanish actor and the son of Pilar Bardem. He was very passionate about painting and took up acting only for pocket money.
He acted in Spanish films like Jamón Jamón, Huidos, Golden Balls, Before Night Falls, etc. The last film brought him an Oscar nomination.
After that, Bardem was cast in critically acclaimed films like The Dancer Upstairs, Collateral, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. He also acted in No Country For Old Men, Love in the Time Of Cholera, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Counselor, Biutiful, Being The Ricardos, etc.
13. Marlon Brando
|Date of Birth||April 3, 1924|
|Place of Birth||Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Actor’s Studio|
Marlon Brando is one of America’s greatest actors and is also notorious for his method of acting. He was one of the earliest actors to introduce the style of Stanislavski system of acting.
He earned his first Oscar nomination for his second film, A Streetcar Named Desire by Elia Kazan, and followed it up with another of his films called Viva Zapata.
He starred in other critically acclaimed films like Julius Caesar, On The Waterfront, The Teahouse of August Moon, and Sayonara.
He also acted in The Young Lion, The Ugly American, The Nightcomer, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, A Dry White Season, Apocalypse Now, etc.
12. Al Pacino
|Date of Birth||April 25, 1940|
|Place of Birth||East Harlem, New York, United States|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||N.Y.P.D.|
Alfredo Al Pacino took up acting to cope with his difficult childhood and the loss of his mother and grandmother.
He struggled through the 60s before he started to get roles in films. His most memorable performances were in The Godfather, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice For All, Scarface, etc.
There was a period of lull in his career and he went back to theater roles. But Pacino bounced back with Scent of a Woman, Dick Tracy, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Irishman, Carlito’s Way, The Insider, Donnie Brasco, The Devil’s Advocate, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, House of Gucci, etc.
11. Sidney Poitier
|Date of Birth||February 20, 1927|
|Place of Birth||Miami, Florida, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Sepia Cinderella|
Sidney Poitier was the last of the actors from the golden age of Hollywood and he passed away in January 2022.
He was the first black actor to win an academy award for best actor. Additionally, Poitier has been nominated for two Oscars, ten Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, etc.
He also won the presidential medal of freedom and a Grammy award. Sidney Poitier has worked in too many great films to list out, but a few are included here; Port and Bees, The Defiant Ones, and To Sir.
He also acted in with Love, Lilies of the Field, A Raisin in the Sun, In the Heat of the Night, A Patch of Blue, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, etc.
10. Robin Williams
|Date of Birth||July 21, 1951|
|Place of Birth||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?|
Robin Williams was one of the greatest comedians of this era. He was known for his improvisational comedy, physical humor, and stand-up routines.
He did extensive voice acting in animation films like Aladdin, Happy Feet, its sequel, etc. Williams was nominated for four Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Good Will Hunting.
He also received two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.
Some of Robin Williams notable performances were in Moscow on the Hudson, Good Morning, Vietnam, and Dead Poets Society. He also acted in Awakenings, The Fisher King, Patch Adams, One Hour Photo, Bird Cage, Jumanji, Mrs Doubtfire, etc.
9. Joaquin Phoenix
|Date of Birth||October 28, 1974|
|Place of Birth||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers|
Joaquin Phoenix is a multi-award-winning actor who has four Academy Award nominations, out of which he won for Joker in 2020.
He was also nominated for three BAFTAs, four Golden Globes, and three Critics Choice Awards and won an award each.
Joaquin Phoenix has an enviable list of film credits, including Gladiator, Quills, Walk The Line, and The Master. He also starred in Joker, Two Lovers, Her, You Were Never Really Here, The Yards, Inherent Vice, Hotel Rwanda, The Village, Signs, etc.
8. Johnny Depp
|Date of Birth||June 9, 1963|
|Place of Birth||Owensboro, Kentucky, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||A Nightmare on Elm Street|
Johnny Depp is an acclaimed character actor. He starred in multiple film franchises and played many iconic roles. Such as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series, Mad Hatter in the Alice in Wonderland series, etc.
Depp has been nominated for three Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, nine Golden Globes, three SAG awards, and more. In recent years, his popularity took a dip due to an ongoing court battle with his ex-wife.
Other major films with Johnny Depp include Platoon, Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Don Juan DeMarco, Nick Of Time, Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, etc.
7. Bradley Cooper
|Date of Birth||January 5, 1975|
|Place of Birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Sex and the City|
Bradley Cooper is an actor-producer with nine Academy Award nominations, six BAFTA nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, etc. He is also a talented musician and won two Grammy awards for the soundtrack of A Star Is Born.
Cooper appeared in many successful films like The Hangover series, Failure to Launch, and The Comebacks. He also acted in Yes Man, He's Not That Into You, A-Team, Limitless, The Place Beyond The Pines, Hit and Run, etc.
The films that garnered him awards are Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper, A Star is Born, Joker, etc.
6. Anthony Hopkins
|Date of Birth||December 31, 1937|
|Place of Birth||Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||A Matter of Degree|
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is a renowned Welsh actor who has a celebrated career in films, television, and theatre. He has also won many awards in these fields, including two Academy Awards, four BAFTAs, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award. etc.
Anthony Hopkins starred in highly acclaimed films like A Bridge Too Far, The Elephant Man, The Silence of the Lambs, and Howards End.
He also starred in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Shadowlands, Legends of the Fall, Meet Joe Black, The Mask of Zorro, the Thor franchise, etc.
He was also nominated for The Remains of the Day, Nixon, Amistad, The Two Popes, The Father, etc.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
|Date of Birth||November 11, 1974|
|Place of Birth||Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Romper Room|
Leonardo DiCaprio started work as a child actor and appeared in This Boys Life, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Parenthood, etc.
Later, he transitioned to mature roles with Romeo + Juliet, Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, The Departed, etc.
He earned seven Oscar nominations, six BAFTA nominations, 11 Golden Globe nominations, etc. He won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, a SAG award, etc.
His award-winning and successful films include The Aviator, J. Edgar, Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island, Inception, Don’t Look Up, Revenant, Django Unchained, Blood Diamond, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, etc.
4. Tom Hanks
|Date of Birth||July 9, 1956|
|Place of Birth||Concord, California, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||He Knows You're Alone|
Tom Hanks is one of the nicest people in Hollywood and works in wholesome entertainers and dramas for the family.
He has worked in comedies and rom-coms like Big, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Turner, and Hooch, A League of Their Own, Terminal, Cast Away, Toy Story franchise, etc.
He also made many drama movies like DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, Catch Me If You Can, and Saving Private Ryan.
He also acted in Road to Perdition, The Green Mile, Bridge of Spies, Band of Brothers, Sully, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, etc.
Hanks won two Academy Awards out of six nominations. He was also nominated for six BAFTAs, thirteen Emmy, ten Golden Globes, and more.
3. Denzel Washington
|Date of Birth||December 28, 1954|
|Place of Birth||Mount Vernon, New York, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Wilma|
Denzel Washington was studying in college when he discovered his love for acting. He began acting in theatre plays and Shakespeare plays when he got his debut role.
Washington starred in A Soldier’s Story, Hard Lessons, Cry Freedom, The Mighty Quinn, Glory, For Queen and Country, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, etc.
Denzel Washington’s collaboration with Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua, and Tony Scott produced most of his memorable roles. His film credits include Pelican Brief, Training Day, Fences, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Magnificent Seven, The Equalizer, Antwane Fisher, etc.
2. Robert De Niro
|Date of Birth||August 17, 1943,|
|Place of Birth||New York City, New York, USA|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Three Rooms in Manhattan|
Robert De Niro is a highly acclaimed and well-regarded actor, director, and producer. His roles have garnered six Academy Award nominations and two awards.
He is famous for his collaboration with Martin Scorsese, which gave us film gems like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, The Irishman, and New York, New York.
The other notable performances of De Niro include Godfather II, The Deer Hunter, Brazil, Midnight Run, Wag the Dog, Analyze This, Meet The Parents, Silver Linings Playbook, Once Upon a Time in America, This Boy’s Life, Joker, etc.
1. Daniel Day-Lewis
|Date of Birth||April 29, 1957|
|Place of Birth||Greenwich, London, England, UK|
|Debut Movie/ TV series||Sunday Bloody Sunday|
Daniel Day-Lewis is widely regarded as the best actor of his generation. He is one of the few actors with three Oscar awards out of six nominations.
His award-winning performances were in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, and Lincoln. Day-Lewis is a reclusive actor who has worked in films like Gandhi, The Bounty, My Beautiful Laundrette, and A Room With a View.
He also acted in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Crucible, and The Age of Innocence, Phantom Thread, The Boxer, etc.
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