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
6,642 7,489
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven

2
4,820 6,320
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
4,877 6,666
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Great Escape, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Papillon

4
8,841 3,278
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

5
4,831 6,335
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant

6
4,862 3,304
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
4,683 3,532
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
4,434 4,028
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
4,867 3,153
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

10
4,525 3,218
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

11
4,483 2,988
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

12
3,835 2,698
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
3,037 2,508
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
3,557 2,050
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
3,780 2,672
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added The Godfather, Scarface, Heat

16
3,086 2,280
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element

17
2,594 923
Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
slaft added Hulk, Up in the Air, Tombstone

18
3,348 1,771
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
3,004 2,062
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest

20
4,028 2,288
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire

21
3,110 1,989
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman

22
3,566 2,561
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
2,348 1,329
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
3,138 2,343
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

25
3,020 1,693
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
3,936 3,371
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
2,173 1,091
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
2,655 1,599
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
2,761 1,731
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

30
2,468 1,007
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
wiabux added Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man

31
2,330 1,073
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige

32
2,570 1,649
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
2,427 1,631
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation

34
1,829 977
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
2,033 839
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
looksharp added The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, True Grit

36
1,774 771
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Trioxin245 added The Thing, Stargate, Death Proof

37
2,466 1,394
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
1,949 1,068
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
1,683 828
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
2,006 1,414
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
2,441 1,159
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
m0000 added The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

42
1,999 1,371
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
PeteBoyle added Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

43
1,882 1,477
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Skyfall, Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

44
1,487 718
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
2,032 1,742
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

46
2,130 1,766
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air

47
1,724 1,374
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Coolest Actors Ever
Coolza added Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man

48
1,463 677
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
1,754 789
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
1,614 954
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