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The Coolest Actors Ever 

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Updated March 25, 2020 774.4k votes 45.1k voters 301.6k views 330 items

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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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 16 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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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 70 from Washington, D.C., USA

Credits: Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hateful Eight

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

Schools: Morehouse College

Major/Field Of Study: Drama

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 63 from Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

Credits: The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, Armageddon

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Schools: Penns Grove High School, Montclair State University

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Dec. at 58 (1899-1957) from New York City, USA, New York

Credits: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep

Profession: Actor

Schools: Delancey School, Trinity School, Phillips Academy

Cause Of Death: Esophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Age 76 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

Profession: Pilot, Film Producer, Carpenter, Actor

Schools: Maine East High School, Ripon College

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Age 88 from Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Credits: Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Tollcross Primary School

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 25 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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