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The Coolest Actors Ever

Updated March 25, 2020 824.3k votes 46.9k voters 311.1k views310 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Tom Hanks
    18,467
    5,822

    Tom Hanks

    The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump

    Age64

    BirthplaceConcord, California, United States of America

    ProfessionTelevision director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

    SchoolsCalifornia State University, Sacramento, Skyline High School, Chabot College

    Major/Field Of StudyTheatre

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  • 2
    James Stewart
    2,778
    1,458

    James Stewart

    Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life

    AgeDec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    ProfessionPilot, Television director, Military Officer, Actor

    SchoolsMercersburg Academy, Princeton University

    Major/Field Of StudyArchitecture

    Cause Of DeathCardiac arrest, Myocardial infarction, Pulmonary embolism

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  • 3
    Viggo Mortensen
    3,081
    1,726

    Viggo Mortensen

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Age61

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    ProfessionPainter, Poet, Musician, Film Producer, Author

    SchoolsSt. Lawrence University

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  • 4
    Keanu Reeves
    5,036
    2,336

    Keanu Reeves

    The Matrix, Speed

    Age56

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    ProfessionActor, Voice acting

    SchoolsDe La Salle College, Avondale Secondary Alternative School, Etobicoke School of the Arts

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  • 5
    Al Pacino
    6,200
    3,888

    Al Pacino

    The Godfather, Scarface

    Age80

    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    ProfessionTheatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

    SchoolsHigh School of Performing Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

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  • 6
    Cary Grant
    4,548
    2,910

    Cary Grant

    His Girl Friday, Notorious

    AgeDec. at 82 (1904-1986)

    BirthplaceHorfield, United Kingdom

    ProfessionActor

    SchoolsBishop Road Primary School, Fairfield Grammar School

    Cause Of DeathCerebral hemorrhage

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  • 7
    Marlon Brando
    5,192
    3,323

    Marlon Brando

    The Godfather, Apocalypse Now

    AgeDec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    ProfessionActor

    SchoolsActors Studio, The New School, Shattuck-Saint Mary's

    Cause Of DeathCardiovascular disease, Liver tumour, Respiratory failure

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  • 8
    Robert Redford
    4,147
    2,665

    Robert Redford

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting

    Age83

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    ProfessionActivist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer

    SchoolsAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts, Van Nuys High School, Pratt Institute, University of Colorado Boulder

    Major/Field Of StudyPainting

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  • 9
    Robert Downey Jr.
    7,264
    4,611

    Robert Downey Jr.

    The Avengers, Iron Man

    Age55

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    ProfessionComedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

    SchoolsSanta Monica High School

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  • 10
    Sam Elliott
    5,126
    2,975

    Sam Elliott

    Hulk, Up in the Air

    Age76

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Sacramento

    ProfessionFilm Producer, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsDavid Douglas High School, Clark College

  • 11
    Gregory Peck
    2,432
    1,052

    Gregory Peck

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday

    AgeDec. at 87 (1916-2003)

    BirthplaceLa Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America

    ProfessionFilm Producer, Actor

    SchoolsSan Diego High School, Neighborhood Playhouse, St. John's Military Academy, San Diego State University, University of California

    Cause Of DeathBronchopneumonia, Pneumonia

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  • 12
    Robert Duvall
    2,825
    1,391

    Robert Duvall

    The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II

    Age89

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    ProfessionSoldier, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Truck driver

    SchoolsPrincipia College, Severn School, Neighborhood Playhouse

  • 13
    Anthony Hopkins
    4,063
    1,956

    Anthony Hopkins

    Hannibal, Red Dragon

    Age82

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

    ProfessionFilm Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Film Director

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

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  • 14
    Bruce Willis
    4,942
    3,259

    Bruce Willis

    The Sixth Sense, Die Hard

    Age60

    BirthplaceIdar-Oberstein, West Germany

    ProfessionBusinessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor

    SchoolsPenns Grove High School, Montclair State University

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  • 15
    Samuel L. Jackson
    5,999
    3,911

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained

    Age71

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    ProfessionTelevision producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsMorehouse College

    Major/Field Of StudyDrama

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  • 16
    Michael Caine
    3,782
    2,160

    Michael Caine

    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

    Age87

    BirthplaceRotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

    ProfessionEntrepreneur, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsHackney Downs School, Wilson's School

  • 17
    Morgan Freeman
    7,223
    4,625

    Morgan Freeman

    The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en

    Age83

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    ProfessionBusinessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsLos Angeles City College, Pasadena Playhouse

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  • 18
    Liam Neeson
    4,266
    2,700

    Liam Neeson

    Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Age63

    BirthplaceBallymena, United Kingdom

    ProfessionActor, Voice acting

    SchoolsGaiety School of Drama, Queen's University Belfast

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  • 19
    Matthew McConaughey
    3,724
    1,904

    Matthew McConaughey

    Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street

    Age50

    BirthplaceUvalde, Texas, United States of America

    ProfessionFilm Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

    SchoolsLongview High School, University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

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  • 20
    Humphrey Bogart
    4,598
    3,197

    Humphrey Bogart

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon

    AgeDec. at 58 (1899-1957)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    ProfessionActor

    SchoolsDelancey School, Trinity School, Phillips Academy

    Cause Of DeathEsophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx

  • 21
    Alan Rickman
    4,098
    2,077

    Alan Rickman

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Age74

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    ProfessionFilm Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Actor, Voice acting

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

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  • 22
    Hugh Jackman
    5,729
    3,821

    Hugh Jackman

    The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Age51

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    ProfessionTelevision producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

    SchoolsKnox Grammar School, Pymble Public School, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, University of Technology, Sydney

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  • 23
    Clark Gable
    2,048
    867

    Clark Gable

    It Happened One Night, Gone with the Wind

    AgeDec. at 59 (1901-1960)

    BirthplaceCadiz, Ohio, United States of America

    ProfessionActor

    Cause Of DeathCoronary thrombosis

  • 24
    Tommy Lee Jones
    3,998
    2,289

    Tommy Lee Jones

    No Country for Old Men, Men in Black

    Age74

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, San Saba

    ProfessionFilm Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

    SchoolsRobert E. Lee High School, Harvard College, Harvard University, St. Mark's School

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  • 25
    Tom Selleck
    2,750
    1,265

    Tom Selleck

    Magnum, P.I.

    Age75

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    ProfessionTelevision producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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