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The Coolest Actors Ever

Updated April 19, 2021 757.9k votes 47.7k voters 320.1k views289 items

List RulesVote up the actors, living or passed, who epitomize cool onscreen and off.

As movie fans, we like to think of our favorite actors as being larger than life. With all of the coverage that these stars get, these cool celebrities know how to function both on and off the screen.

We often think of our favorite actors as being fairly close in personality to our favorite characters that they have portrayed. Most of these guys epitomize the word cool. Beginning with actors like Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant during the Golden Age of Film, the best leading men have had a certain aura about them. James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Steve McQueen are other actors who are considered some of the coolest guys ever.

More recently, tough guy actors like Bruce Willis and Daniel Craig mixed brains with brawn in their iconic roles as John McClane and James Bond, respectively. While they each exemplify a different kind of cool, people are still attracted to these actors because of their coolness factor. These coolest Hollywood actors are the guys you'd want to hang out with, talk shop, and maybe down an adult beverage or two.

Vote up all of the actors you think could compete for world's coolest man. Then check back to see if your favorite actors topped the list! 

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    Tom Hanks

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  • 2

    Keanu Reeves

    The Matrix, Speed
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  • 3

    Cary Grant

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    James Stewart

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  • 5

    Viggo Mortensen

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  • 6

    Al Pacino

    The Godfather, Scarface
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  • 7

    Gregory Peck

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday
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  • 8

    Marlon Brando

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  • 9

    Robert Downey Jr.

    The Avengers, Iron Man
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    Samuel L. Jackson

    Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained
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  • 11

    Sam Elliott

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  • 12

    Liam Neeson

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  • 13

    Morgan Freeman

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  • 14

    Michael Caine

    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins
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  • 15

    Bruce Willis

    The Sixth Sense, Die Hard
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  • 16

    Robert Duvall

    The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II
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  • 17

    Anthony Hopkins

    Hannibal, Red Dragon
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  • 18

    Robert Redford

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting
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  • 19

    Humphrey Bogart

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon
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  • 20

    Matthew McConaughey

    Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street
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  • 21

    Brad Pitt

    Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club
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  • 22

    Alan Rickman

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  • 23

    Hugh Jackman

    The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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  • 24

    Kurt Russell

    The Thing, Stargate
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  • 25

    Tommy Lee Jones

    No Country for Old Men, Men in Black
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