2017 The Best Actors Working Today

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List Rules Working actors who have starred in major films or TV series in the last ~5 years

The best actors working today include Hollywood legends, Academy Award winners and many of the top up and coming actors in the world right now. These talented and beautiful men grace the big and small screen with brilliant performances in our favorite movies and TV shows and do it really, really well. There's no question that many of these top current actors, if they aren't already, will long be remembered among the best actors of all time.

For many of these best male actors, being part of Hollywood's elite is nothing new as they've been starring in our favorite titles for many years. The likes of George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Christopher Walken have been around for decades and lost little of that spark that made them favorites.

Moving into a slightly younger crowd, many of these best current actors are quickly becoming legendary as they continue to see success. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Johnny Depp are not just all hot, but among the best Hollywood has to offer today. But there's another generation of young actors looking for their turn in the spotlight too with up and comers like Aaron Paul, Michael Fassbender, Chris Hemsworth and Henry Cavill all on track to be the next big thing.

How do you compare the newcomers and the veterans to the greatest actors of all time? However you rank them, do so below on this list of the best actors working today!

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump Saving Private Ryan - Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies before achieving success ...more

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Kevin Spacey American Beauty, L.A. Confidential The Usual Suspects - Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in ...more

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en Driving Miss Daisy - Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street Titanic - Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for ten Golden Globe Awards, winning two, and five Academy Awards. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in ...more

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Prestige American Psycho - Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye at the age ...more

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part IICasino - Robert De Niro is an American actor and film producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly and the Martin Scorsese-directed crime ...more

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Denzel Washington Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster Man on Fire - Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as ...more

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jack Nicholson The Shining, The Departed As Good as It Gets - John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer. Throughout his career, Nicholson has portrayed unique and challenging roles, many of which include ...more

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Edward Norton Fight Club, American History X The Illusionist - Edward Harrison Norton is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and ...more

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Hugh Dancy Hannibal, Black Hawk Down King Arthu - Hugh Michael Horace Dancy is an English actor and model. He is best known for his roles as Will Graham in the television series Hannibal and as Prince Charmont in Ella Enchanted. In 2006, he was ...more

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins Hannibal, Red Dragon The Elephant Man - Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at ...more

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Batman Begins - Liam John Neeson, OBE is an Irish actor. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred ...more

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight Léon: The Professional - Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. Oldman rose to prominence in the United Kingdom with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and Joe Orton in Prick Up Your ...more

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man Iron Man 3 - Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor, producer, and singer, whose career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and ...more

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Al Pacino The Godfather, Scarface Heat - Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and ...more

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street - Johnny Depp is an actor.

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie Rain Man - Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He first drew ...more

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood, Lincoln Gangs of New York - Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being ...more

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club World War Z - William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories, ...more

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn ...more

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Matt Damon The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan Good Will Hunting - Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, screenwriter and producer. His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning screenplay, Good Will ...more

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction Catch Me If You Can - Christopher Walken is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, The Dogs of War, Brainstorm, The Dead ...more

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, Batman BeginsThe Prestige - Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made his ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True ...more

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Harrison Ford Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back - Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the ...more

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook, The HangoverAmerican Hustle - Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing. He was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by ...more

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Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Christoph Waltz Django Unchained^! Inglourious Basterds^! Spectre^! Carnage - Christoph Waltz is an German-Austrian actor. He is best known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in ...more

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Russell Crowe Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind L.A. Confidential - Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian. He came to international ...more

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Hugh Jackman The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past X-Men - Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, producer, and singer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, ...more

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bill Murray Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters Lost in Translation - William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, ...more

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Matthew McConaughey Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall StreetDallas Buyers Club - Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, and went on to appear in films such as the ...more

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Robert Duvall The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II Apocalypse Now - Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, six Golden Globes, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors ...more

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, Iron Man True Grit - Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a well-known acting family and began his televised acting in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd ...more

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino Unforgiven - Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's ...more

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ralph Fiennes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel Schindler's List - Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi war ...more

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tommy Lee Jones No Country for Old Men, Men in Black Men in Black II - Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and film director. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the ...more

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
George Clooney Gravity, Ocean's Eleven Up in the Air - George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the ...more

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus X-Men: Days of Future Past - Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor and producer. His first screen role was in the 2000 TV miniseries, Hearts and Bones, followed by the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers. He then ...more

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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad, ArgoMalcolm in the Middle - Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director and producer. Cranston is best known for portraying Walter White in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, Hal in the Fox ...more

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Ewan McGregor Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - Ewan Gordon McGregor, OBE is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 series ...more

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Mark Wahlberg Boogie Nights, The Fighter Lone Survivor - Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and former model and rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, becoming famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band ...more

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator, Walk the Line The Master - Joaquin Phoenix, known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is a Puerto Rican-born American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, ...more

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men, Cheers Zombieland - Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is a double Academy Award nominee, seven time Emmy Award nominee and one time winner. His breakout role ...more

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Colin Firth The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service Love Actually - Colin Andrew Firth, CBE is an English film, television, and theatre actor. His films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. He has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, two ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler Zodiac - Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at the age of ten. Following his first ...more

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island, The Avengers Spotlight - Mark Alan Ruffalo is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He portrayed the Marvel Comics character, Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers, and will reprise his role in Avengers: ...more

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception The Dark Knight Rises - Tom Hardy is an actor.

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men X-Men 2 - Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in ...more

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J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
J.K. Simmons Whiplash, Spider-Man Juno - Jonathan Kimble "J. K." Simmons is an American actor of film, television and stage. He is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order, neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger ...more

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors Working Today
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King A History of Violence - Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable ...more