The Coolest Actors Ever

Over 53.9K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Coolest Actors Ever
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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 celebrities know how to function both on and off the screen.

We often think of our favorite actors as being fairly close in personality to our favorite characters that they have portrayed. Most of these guys epitomize the word cool. 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 mixed brains with brawn in their iconic roles as John McClane and James Bond, respectively. While they each exemplify a different kind of cool, people are still attracted to these actors because of their coolness factor. These coolest Hollywood actors are the guys you'd want to hang out with, talk shop, and maybe down an adult beverage or two.

Vote up all of the actors you think could compete for world's coolest man. Then check back to see if your favorite actors topped the list! 

Most divisive: Nicolas Cage
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  • Keanu Reeves
    The Matrix, Speed, John Wick
    8,763 votes
    • Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

    Beloved for his humble and kind-hearted nature, Keanu Reeves has captivated audiences for decades. Some of his most notable roles include Neo in The Matrix trilogy, John Wick in the eponymous film series, and the lovable slacker Ted in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Reeves continues to defy age, remaining an action star well into his fifties.

  • Clint Eastwood
    Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven
    14,538 votes
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

    Famous for his rugged good looks and steely demeanor, Clint Eastwood stood as a symbol of masculinity in Hollywood throughout his long career. He first gained international stardom with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's iconic spaghetti westerns, later solidifying his place in cinema history as Dirty Harry Callahan. Eastwood eventually transitioned into directing, garnering critical acclaim and numerous awards for films such as Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

  • Morgan Freeman
    The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy
    12,376 votes
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

    With an unmistakable voice that exudes wisdom and authority, Morgan Freeman has become one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. His extensive career boasts memorable roles such as Red in The Shawshank Redemption, God in Bruce Almighty, and Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight trilogy. In addition to acting, Freeman has lent his iconic voice to numerous documentaries and commercials.

  • Sean Connery
    Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    11,474 votes
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom

    Best known for his portrayal of the original James Bond, Sean Connery's suave demeanor and captivating presence made him a leading man for the ages. Beyond his work as Bond, Connery delivered unforgettable performances in films like The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Hunt for Red October. Though he retired from acting in 2006, his status as a cinematic icon endures.

  • Harrison Ford
    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
    11,602 votes
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

    Few actors can rival Harrison Ford's impact on pop culture, having starred as both Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise and the titular hero in the Indiana Jones series. Ford's versatile talent has also shone in roles like Rick Deckard in Blade Runner and Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Well into his seventies, Ford continues to engage audiences with his magnetic on-screen presence.

  • Denzel Washington
    Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire
    9,731 votes
    • Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, USA

    Renowned for his impeccable acting skill and ability to deliver powerful performances, Denzel Washington has earned his position as a respected Hollywood staple. Washington's celebrated career features roles in acclaimed films like Glory, Training Day, and Fences, where his talents have garnered him numerous awards and accolades. His ongoing dedication to his craft has solidified his place as one of the greats in American cinema.