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The Coolest Actors Ever 

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List Rules Vote 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 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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 62 from Concord, California, United States of America

Credits: The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: California State University, Sacramento, Skyline High School, Chabot College

Major/Field Of Study: Theatre

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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Age 74 from USA, California, Sacramento

Credits: Hulk, Up in the Air, Tombstone, We Were Soldiers

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Schools: David Douglas High School, Clark College

3
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 50 from Sydney, Australia

Credits: The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, Les Misérables

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Schools: Knox Grammar School, Pymble Public School, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, University of Technology, Sydney, + more

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Age 81 from Margam, United Kingdom

Credits: Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man, The Silence of the Lambs

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Film Director

Schools: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, West Monmouth School, Cowbridge Grammar School, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Age 72 from Astoria, New York City, New York, USA

Credits: The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Wedding Crashers

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Hofstra University, Professional Children's School

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Age 73 from Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Schools: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Latymer Upper School, Derwentwater Primary Schooll, Royal College of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Age 69 from Los Angeles, USA, California

Credits: The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit, TRON: Legacy`

Profession: Spokesperson, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Composer, + more

Schools: Palisades Charter High School, HB Studio

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Age Died at 80 (1924-2004) from Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Credits: The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman, On the Waterfront

Profession: Actor

Schools: Actors Studio, The New School, Shattuck-Saint Mary's

Cause Of Death: Cardiovascular disease, Liver tumour, Respiratory failure

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Age 81 from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Credits: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President's Men, Out of Africa

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer, + more

Schools: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Van Nuys High School, Pratt Institute, University of Colorado Boulder

Major/Field Of Study: Painting

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Age 85 from Rotherhithe, England, London

Credits: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige, Inception

Profession: Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Hackney Downs School, Wilson's School

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James Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Dec. at 86 (1928-2014) from Norman, Oklahoma, United States of America

Credits: The Rockford Files, The Notebook, The Great Escape, Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Profession: Soldier, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Schools: University of Oklahoma, Hollywood High School

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Age 72 from San Saba, Texas, United States of America

Credits: No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II, The Fugitive

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Robert E. Lee High School, Harvard College, Harvard University, St. Mark's School

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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
m0000 added Age 54 from Lebanon, Beirut

Credits: The Matrix, Speed, John Wick, The Devil's Advocate

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Schools: De La Salle College, Avondale Secondary Alternative School, Etobicoke School of the Arts

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Age 88 from San Diego, California, USA

Credits: The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now, Deep Impact

Profession: Soldier, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Truck driver, + more

Schools: Principia College, Severn School, Neighborhood Playhouse

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15
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 64 from USA, New York, Mount Vernon

Credits: Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire, Inside Man

Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Oakland Military Academy, Mainland High School, Fordham University, Pennington-Grimes Elementary School

Major/Field Of Study: Journalism

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Age 78 from East Harlem, New York City, USA, New York

Credits: The Godfather, Scarface, Heat, The Godfather: Part II

Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Schools: High School of Performing Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Age 60 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, A History of Violence, The Road

Profession: Painter, Poet, Musician, Film Producer, Author, + more

Schools: St. Lawrence University

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Age 49 from Texas, USA, Uvalde

Credits: Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Mud

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Longview High School, University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 66 from Ballymena, United Kingdom

Credits: Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Taken

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Gaiety School of Drama, Queen's University Belfast

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 53 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

Profession: Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Schools: Santa Monica High School

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21
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 81 from Tennessee, USA, Memphis

Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Schools: Los Angeles City College, Pasadena Playhouse

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986) from United Kingdom

Credits: His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest, Charade

Profession: Actor

Schools: Bishop Road Primary School, Fairfield Grammar School

Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage

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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Dec. at 87 (1916-2003) from La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America

Credits: To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday, The Omen, The Guns of Navarone

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Schools: San Diego High School, Neighborhood Playhouse, St. John's Military Academy, San Diego State University, University of California, + more

Cause Of Death: Bronchopneumonia, Pneumonia

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24
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Countermoon added Dec. at 89 (1908-1997) from Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Credits: Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder

Profession: Pilot, Television director, Military Officer, Actor

Schools: Mercersburg Academy, Princeton University

Major/Field Of Study: Architecture

Cause Of Death: Cardiac arrest, Myocardial infarction, Pulmonary embolism

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Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added Age 74 from Michigan, USA, Detroit

Credits: Magnum, P.I., 3 Men and a Baby, Killers, Blue Bloods

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Schools: Grant High School, Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School, Grant High School, Pepperdine University, University of Southern California

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