The Best Irish Actors of All Time

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List Criteria: Male actors from Ireland, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.

Sure, Colin Farrell is a handsome bad boy, but what about all those other great Irish actors? This list of the best Irish actors of all time reaches back in film history to rank the greatest male actors to have ever hailed from Ireland. Hollywood just wouldn't be the same without Lawrence of Arabia and a whole bunch of James Bond films, and those movies wouldn't be what they were without a few of the top Irish actors ranked here.

Who are the best Irish actors ever? The land of Erin has given the world many good actors, who have played iconic roles, been part of blockbuster and classic films, and represented Ireland on the big screen for decades. Great classic Irish actors like Peter O'Toole and Richard Harris are listed here, along with more modern talents like Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, and Pierce Brosnan. Think of your favorite movie, and there just might be a good Irish actor starring as the leading man.
 
This list features the top Irish actors of all time including Peter O’Toole,  Liam Neeson, Noel Purcell, Tony Doyle, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Pierce Brosnan, Richard Harris, and Colin Kenny. Don't see your favorite actor from the Eire? Add him below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best Irish actors to have ever graced the screen.
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    The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

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    Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

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    The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State

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    Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus

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    Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses

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    Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

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    Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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    Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York

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    Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly ...

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    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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    Clash of the Titans, War Horse, A Little Princess

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    Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

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    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux, Under the Skin

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    Bringing Up Baby, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned

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    A Hard Day's Night, Witchfinder General, The Three Lives of Thomasina

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    Moby Dick, The Three Worlds of Gulliver, Mutiny on the Bounty

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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, The Hobbit: The Battle ...

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    Ben-Hur, Fantastic Voyage, The Fall of the Roman Empire

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    Out of Africa, Stealing Beauty, High Spirits

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    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch, Killing Bono ...

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    Harold and Maude, My Left Foot, Far and Away

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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    The Rite, Storage 24

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    RoboCop, RoboCop 2, The Last Starfighter

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, ...

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    Braveheart, Gangs of New York, The General

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    To Kill a Mockingbird, North by Northwest, Mrs. Miniver

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    Ever After, The Boxer, Damage

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    King Arthur Was a Gentleman, It Happened One Sunday, They Flew Alone

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    My Left Foot, The Mission, We're No Angels

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    An Affair to Remember, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Wilson

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    Breakfast on Pluto, Sensation, The Shadow in the North

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