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The Coolest Actors Ever

Updated March 19, 2021 772.8k votes 47.6k voters 318.5k views309 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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    Clark Gable

    It Happened One Night, Gone with the Wind

    BirthplaceCadiz, Ohio, United States of America

    GenderMale

    William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor who is...  more

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    Kurt Russell

    The Thing, Stargate

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. He began acting on television...  more

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    Tommy Lee Jones

    No Country for Old Men, Men in Black

    BirthplaceSan Saba, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received...  more

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    Christopher Walken

    The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction

    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer,...  more

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    Denzel Washington

    Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York, USA

    GenderMale

    Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, director, and...  more

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    Jeff Bridges

    The Big Lebowski, Iron Man

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor, singer, and producer. He...  more

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    James Garner

    The Rockford Files, The Notebook

    BirthplaceNorman, Oklahoma, United States of America

    GenderMale

    James Garner (born April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice...  more

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    Mel Gibson

    Braveheart, Signs

    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is...  more

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    Johnny Depp

    Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

    GenderMale

    John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He...  more

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    Sean Connery

    Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October

    BirthplaceFountainbridge, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a retired Scottish actor and...  more

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    Jason Statham

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    BirthplaceShirebrook, Derbyshire, England

    GenderMale

    Jason Statham (; born 26 July 1967) is an English actor and film producer. Typecast as the...  more

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    Leonardo DiCaprio

    Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    GenderMale

    Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: [diˈkaːprjo]; born November 11, 1974) is an American...  more

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    Sylvester Stallone

    Rocky, The Expendables

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Sylvester Enzio Stallone (; born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946) is an...  more

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    John Wayne

    The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    BirthplaceWinterset, Iowa, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known...  more

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    Christian Bale

    The Dark Knight, The Prestige

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

    Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is a Welsh actor who is known for his...  more

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    Bill Murray

    Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    GenderMale

    William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian,...  more

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    Joe Pesci

    Goodfellas, Home Alone

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an...  more

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    Ed Harris

    A Beautiful Mind, Gravity

    BirthplaceEnglewood, New Jersey, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Edward Allen Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor, producer, director, and...  more

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    Woody Harrelson

    No Country for Old Men, Cheers

    BirthplaceMidland, Texas, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor and playwright. His breakout...  more

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    Jack Nicholson

    The Shining, The Departed

    BirthplaceUSA, New Jersey, Neptune City

    GenderMale

    John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker who has...  more

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    Pierce Brosnan

    GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer,...  more

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    Dean Martin

    The Dean Martin Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour

    BirthplaceSteubenville, Ohio, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Dino Paul Crocetti (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995), known famously as Dean Martin, was an...  more

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    Bruce Lee

    The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon

    BirthplaceChinatown, California, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce...  more

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    Dustin Hoffman

    Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hoffman has been...  more

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    Robert De Niro

    Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II

    BirthplaceGreenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American-Italian actor, producer, and...  more

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