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The Coolest Actors Ever  

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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 customers know how to function both on and off the screen. Often times we think of our favorite actors as being fairly close in personality to our favorite characters to whom which they portray. Obviously it's impossible for them to be a lot like their famous portrayals, but that doesn't mean that these guys aren't cool. In fact, most of these guys epitomize what cool is. 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 mix brains with brawn in their iconic roles as John McClane and James Bond each. While they each exemplify a different kind of cool, people are still attracted to these actors because this coolness factor. These actors of the guys who you'd want to hang out with, talk shop and maybe down an adult beverage or two with.

Vote for who you think is the coolest actor ever. If you don't see a name on this list and the actor is cool, feel free to add a name to the legendary list of the coolest people history. 

list ordered by
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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven
2
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant
3
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino
4
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon
5
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
6
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan
7
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting
8
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Hulk, Up in the Air, Tombstone
9
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can
10
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets
11
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy
12
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
13
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men
14
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element
15
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Godfather, Scarface, Heat
16
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
17
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
18
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z
19
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
20
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3
21
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest
22
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Die Hard
23
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire
24
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman
25
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo