Popular Opinion 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. 

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1
6,652 7,511
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

2
4,830 6,338
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting

3
4,885 6,684
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

4
8,867 3,285
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

5
4,840 6,353
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant

6
4,868 3,310
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

7
4,694 3,539
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
4,446 4,030
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added The Shining, The Departed, As Good as It Gets

9
4,877 3,158
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

10
4,536 3,222
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

11
4,500 2,991
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

12
3,848 2,701
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

13
3,046 2,511
Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

14
3,566 2,051
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can

15
3,788 2,673
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

16
3,095 2,283
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

17
2,600 925
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Hulk, Up in the Air, Tombstone

18
3,359 1,773
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

19
3,012 2,063
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest

20
4,035 2,292
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

21
3,117 1,989
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

22
3,571 2,565
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo

23
2,354 1,331
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men

24
3,148 2,346
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

25
3,026 1,697
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins

26
3,950 3,375
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

27
2,181 1,092
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
2,659 1,603
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II

29
2,775 1,735
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

30
2,477 1,008
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man

31
2,338 1,075
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

32
2,577 1,653
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection

33
2,433 1,635
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

34
1,836 979
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
abhijeetyadav4132 added The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional

35
2,038 842
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

36
1,777 775
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

37
2,473 1,396
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
jesstaaaaa added The Dean Martin Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Goodfellas

38
1,952 1,072
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club

39
1,686 831
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added The Lion King, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

40
2,008 1,417
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen

41
2,448 1,161
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
m0000 added The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

42
2,002 1,375
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

43
1,887 1,480
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

44
1,491 722
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Countermoon added Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo

45
2,036 1,747
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

46
2,136 1,769
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air

47
1,730 1,376
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man

48
1,467 680
James Garner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Rockford Files, The Notebook, The Great Escape

49
1,757 792
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now

50
1,618 957
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, A History of Violence