The 20 Best Actors of 2010-2011

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1.
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...
“ Words cannot describe how talented this man is. His sexiness is just a bonus! ” - wildatheart95
 
2.
James Gaisford
James Gaisford is an American actor, and singer from Los Angeles, CA known for SAGA: Curse of the Shadow (2013), 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue (2012), The Letter Writer (2011) and playing the male lead the very popular Mainstay Pro shorts "The Hunger Games: The Second Quarter Quell." and "The Finnick and Annie Series."
“ Although you probably don't know who this is, you need to. Look up 'Mainstaypro' on youtube. He plays Finnick in a youtube fan-made series. Fantastic Actor! ” - wildatheart95
 
3.
Sam Claflin
English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level and Norfolk county level...
“ Surprise! For some odd reason I fell in love with his acting skills. His first big roll in Pirates of the Caribbean was so incredibly played that I expect big things to come from Sam! ” - wildatheart95
 
4.
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...
“ Well, although I don't like him and his voice annoys me, his performance in Inception was unbeatable. ” - wildatheart95
 
5.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Iron Man 2, Due Date. Both great roles, great actor. Although Due Date was a huge disappointment, he did a good job playing the role of a dad to be. ” - wildatheart95
 
6.
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ Although Green Zone was pretty much a bad movie, Matt Damon's acting made it worth while. The Adjustment Bureau was very well done and no other actor could have executed that role more perfectly. ” - wildatheart95
 
7.
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...
“ Robin Hood. A lot of people didn't like this movie and I don't know why. I for one loved it and I love Russell Crowe. His performance was great and he really fit the role well. ” - wildatheart95
 
8.
Russell Brand
Russell Brand was born on June 4, 1975, in Grays, Essex, England, the son of Barbara Elizabeth (Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. An only child, his parents divorced when he was only six months old, and he was subsequently raised by his mother. Enduring a difficult childhood that saw...
“ You cannot look at him and not laugh... This guy obviously has no pride and lays it all on the line in his movies. ” - wildatheart95
 
9.
Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
“ Jaden did a great job in The Karate Kid. He is really living up to his father's name. I expect more outta him. ” - wildatheart95
 
10.
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ The Town. This was a great movie with a great storyline and great acting. Ben Affleck executed the role very well and was the cherry on top to a great movie. ” - wildatheart95
 
11.
Jesse Eisenberg
Curly haired and with a fast-talking voice, Jesse Eisenberg is a movie actor, known for his Academy Award nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network. He has also starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks, 30 Minutes or Less...
“ I hadn't heard anything from this kid til' the social network and he was great. It seems extremely difficult to play an ass like Mark Zuckerburg, but Jesse did an amazing job.
Edit: I watched Zombieland and he was great there too. ” - wildatheart95
 
12.
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
“ Probably the actor you have been waiting for. Don't kill me for saying this, but I am not a Harry Potter fan. The Deathly Hollows part 1 is the only movie I have seen. However, I will admit I was very impressed with the actors and actresses in the movie especially Daniel who played Harry very well just like he always has (according to trailers). ” - wildatheart95
 
13.
Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ The King's Speech was such a good movie and Colin had a great performance. The thought of having to play a character with a stutter seems daunting. However, despite the extreme difficulties that come with this kind of role, Mr. Firth did a very good job resulting in a very good movie. (I would have picked someone else to play his wife though, but that's just me). ” - wildatheart95
 
14.
Garrett Hedlund
Born in Roseau, Minnesota, Garrett John Hedlund is the son of Kristi Anne (Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund. He has two older siblings, Nathaniel and Amanda. His father is of Swedish descent and his mother is of German and Norwegian ancestry. Garrett spent his early years growing up on a farm in a small town...
“ I loved both the roles he played in TRON and Country strong. Although I found both movies to be a disappointment, Garrett kept both movies interesting with his great acting skills in both (TRON should not have been done by Disney and Country Strong was just plain boring and depressing). ” - wildatheart95
 
15.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ You gotta love Robert De Niro. Whether it's the tough stuff grandpa in The Little Fockers or the flamboyant/ gay captain of a flying ship in Stardust, De Niro will always guarantee a laugh with his great acting skills. ” - wildatheart95
 
16.
James Franco
Actor, 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
“ The almost solo-played movie, 127 hours, was a shocking movie. Although you kinda already knew the story (at least I did), Franco did a good job not boring the audience to death in this one man mission to survive. ” - wildatheart95
 
17.
Ryan Reynolds
Actor, Deadpool
Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen, a Nickleodeon series taped in Florida with many other Canadian actors...
“ The completely solo movie, Buried, was a good start to an interesting acting year for Reynolds. I first saw him in The Proposal and immediately loved his acting. He's funny, interesting and can play just about any character he wants. ” - wildatheart95
 
18.
Alex Pettyfer
Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born in Hertfordshire and raised in Windsor. His mother, Lee (Robinson), is an interior designer. His father, Richard Pettyfer, is a fellow actor. His parents divorced and Alex now has a younger half-brother, James, from his mother's re-marriage to a property developer, Michael Ireland. James is a junior tennis player...
“ I loved Alex in I am Number Four. And you're probably thinking, 'then why isn't he higher up?' WELL, one word Beastly. Beastly was a bust that was embarrassing and awkward to watch. BUT other than that, Alex is a great new actor to add to the list of 'keep an eye on' because I am sure he will go far. ” - wildatheart95
 
19.
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko. His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English, and Swiss-German...
“ As much as I dislike Jake Gyllenhaal, his acting skills are still great. Source Code was an impressing movie worth watching (take a friends word for it I haven't seen it *slap* I know) ” - wildatheart95
 
20.
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...
“ Ok so, although Neeson is an outstanding actor, both of the big movies he starred in from 2010 to 2011 were kinda suckish. The A-team had a lot to live up to from the previous tv-shows, and it didn't. And Unknown was just kinda stupid. Even though the action was great, it really didn't make any sense til' the last 10 minutes. But Liam Neeson is still a great actor. ” - wildatheart95