actors The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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The best actors and actresses of all time, male and female, ranked by film fans worldwide. This list of greatest actors and actresses attempts to answer the question "Who are the best actors of all time?" by incorporating the views and opinions of all members of the Ranker Community. Keep in mind, as you vote or add a top actor or actress you see missing, that we are rating these actors on their body of work, not just what they have done recently! Some of the greatest actors of all time have not necessarily acted in a project in the past 5 years, but they still deserve to be on this greatest actresses and actors of all time list.

Top actors and actresses in films are judged by their acting ability and their mastery of roles that they have played over the years. Many of these great actors have videos of their best roles for you to view so you can refresh yourself on the best works of your favorite actors as you consider your votes for top thespians of all time. Nominate your picks for the top actors & actresses by making a list of your own. Then come back to the Master List and vote up your favorites!

For lists separated by gender, check out our lists of the best actors of all time and the best actresses in film history.
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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Heath Ledger Died at 29 (1979-2008)

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001)

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Philip Seymour Hoffman Died at 47 (1967-2014)

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alan Rickman age 71

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Elizabeth Taylor Died at 79 (1932-2011)

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Maggie Smith age 83

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sally Field age 71

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bill Murray age 67

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Emma Thompson age 58

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Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Spencer Tracy Died at 67 (1900-1967)

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kathy Bates age 69

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ben Kingsley age 74

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ralph Fiennes age 55

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julie Andrews age 82

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Hugh Jackman age 49

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Steve Buscemi age 60

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Mel Gibson age 61

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Julia Roberts age 50

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Kirk Douglas is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Kirk Douglas age 101

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ian McKellen age 78

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Glenn Close age 70

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Bruce Willis age 62

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Clark Gable Died at 59 (1901-1960)

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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Vivien Leigh Died at 54 (1913-1967)

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Jeff Bridges age 68

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Peter O'Toole Died at 81 (1932-2013)

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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ed Harris age 67

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
John Wayne Died at 72 (1907-1979)

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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Alec Guinness Died at 86 (1914-2000)

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Willem Dafoe age 62

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969)

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Will Smith age 49

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Nicole Kidman age 50

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Ewan McGregor age 46

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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Lauren Bacall Died at 90 (1924-2014)

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Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Peter Sellers Died at 55 (1925-1980)

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
Sean Penn age 57