The 30 best actors of all time

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1.
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ All time greatest actor in films like The Godfather Trilogy, Heat, Righteous Kill, Scent of a Woman, Devil's Advocate, Any Given Sunday and so on ” - ethan_dominates
 
2.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ The most diverse actor of his time, In the silver spot for films like Blood Diamond, The Aviator, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Don's Plum, Basketball Diaries, The Departed... pretty much every movie he's been in, most recently Inception which was one of his best. Can't wait for the J. Edgar Hoover movie ” - ethan_dominates
 
3.
Viggo Mortensen
Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
“ Doesn't do many movies but when he does, he does them stupendously. Lord of the Rings Trilogy, History of Violence, Eastern Promises, The Road. ” - ethan_dominates
 
4.
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ A teriffic actor with many impressive roles under his belt, The Batman Movies, 3.10 to Yuma, American Psyco, Terminator Salvation, Shaft, The Prestige, Empire of the Sun, Public Enemies ” - ethan_dominates
 
5.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ Whether he's playing serious or hilarious you have to love Johnny D. No doubt he is fantastic, his roles in Tim Burtons movies earning him the career he has today. Terrific roles in Pirates of the Carribean, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, What's eating Gilbert Grape, Public Enemies, Donnie Darko, Don Juan, Benny and Joon. ” - ethan_dominates
 
6.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ Purely here because he delivered the greatest performance of all time in Gangs of New York as Bill the Butcher and his oscar winning role in There Will Be Blood ” - ethan_dominates
 
7.
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ For great roles such as We were Soldiers, The Patriot and Bravehear and more Mel Gibson is one of the best ” - ethan_dominates
 
8.
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ Great performances in Red Dragon, American History X, Fight Club and so on have proved Edward Norton to be a great actor ” - ethan_dominates
 
9.
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ An actor who has his ups and downs, mostly ups. Brad Pitt has stunned many in Inglorious Basterds, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Assassination of Jesse James, Burn After Reading, Fight Club, Se7en, ” - ethan_dominates
 
10.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s...
“ A great actor who is powerful and frightening in movies such as American Gangster, Training Day, Unstoppable, Book of Eli, ” - ethan_dominates
 
11.
Peter O'Toole
A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish bookie. As a boy, he decided to become a journalist, beginning as a newspaper copy boy. Although he succeeded in becoming a reporter...
“ A great actor with many films over his life that are absoluteky wonderful. From Lawrence of Arabia to Venus Peter O'Toole is a quirky man who plays many different enthralling chartacters ” - ethan_dominates
 
12.
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Ned Kelly (2003), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Casanova (2005), Candy (2006), I'm Not There (2007)...
“ A tragedy happened to the film business when this already fantastic actor with such a bright future died. But he made his mark in the business with films like, 10 Things I Hate About You, Four Feathers, The Dark Knight, Ned Kelly, A Knights Tale ” - ethan_dominates
 
13.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
De Niro's longtime collaboration with Scorsese later earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He also earned nominations for the psychological thrillers Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991), both directed by Scorsese. De Niro received...
“ A great old actor who is impossible to impersonate but easy to love in fims such as Goodfellas, Casino, Godfather Part II, Hide and Seek, The Raging Bull and More ” - ethan_dominates
 
14.
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ For his legendary performance in Ray as Ray Charles Jamie Foxx earns a top spot in the actor category. also with good performances in The Kingdom, Jarhead, Stealth, Any Given Sunday and the Soloist ” - ethan_dominates
 
15.
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ A charming actor with astounding potential, loved him in The Prestige, X-Men, Deception he has plenty more great movies to make a name for himself to come ” - ethan_dominates
 
16.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ A young actor starting from 3rd Rock from the Sun, he has shown the world he is no child any more in films such as Brick, G.I Joe, Uncertainty, Inception, Mysterious Skin, Stop Loss and The Lookout. ” - ethan_dominates
 
17.
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ An actor who has moments of trouble in his acting and yet shines in films such as State of Play, American Gangster, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and more ” - ethan_dominates
 
18.
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ For his great roles in The Batman movies, Shawshank Redemption, Se7en and more ” - ethan_dominates
 
19.
Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
“ for his roles in The Gathering Storm, Into the Storm, In Bruges, The Green Zone ” - ethan_dominates
 
20.
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ For his stunning performances in Book of Eli, Sid and Nancy, Batman movies and more ” - ethan_dominates
 
21.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ for such movies as Saving Private Ryan, Green Mile, Forrest Gump and others Tom Hanks is a brilliant actor ” - ethan_dominates
 
22.
Sam Rockwell
Actor, Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ despite not doing many movies Sam Rockwell is still terrific in every one, such as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Moon, Choke, Green Mile and so on ” - ethan_dominates
 
23.
Ian McKellen
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
“ For his roles in X-men, Lord of the Rings and more ” - ethan_dominates
 
24.
Kevin McKidd
Kevin McKidd was born and raised in Elgin, Scotland, the son of Kathleen, a secretary, and Neil McKidd, a plumber. He was a member of the Moray Youth Theatre, before going on to study Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. While at the university, Kevin became involved with Bedlam Theatre, the university's student theatre company...
“ Purely for his performance in the TV series Rome, Kevin McKidd was amazing ” - ethan_dominates
 
25.
James Purefoy
James Brian Mark Purefoy was born and brought up in Taunton, Somerset, England, the son of Shirley (Taylor), who ran an employment agency, and Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he took a succession of different jobs, including working on a pig farm and as a porter at Yeovil District Hospital...
“ For his role as Mark Antony in Rome and for other performances such as Soloman Kane and Knights Tale he is a very talented man ” - ethan_dominates
 
26.
Ray Stevenson
Actor, Divergent
Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at the age of eight, and later to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was raised...
“ For his role in the tv series Rome as Titus Pullo as well as in Book of Eli, Punisher: War Zone, The Other Guys and More ” - ethan_dominates
 
27.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ For his fantastic roles in Schindlers List, Harry Potter, The Hurt Locker, The Reader, ” - ethan_dominates
 
28.
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ For his roles in Schindlers List, A-team, Taken and more ” - ethan_dominates
 
29.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ For his role in Jerry Maguire, and Wrong turn at Tahoe ” - ethan_dominates
 
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“ For his role as Rorschach ” - ethan_dominates