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The Coolest Actors Ever

Updated March 25, 2020 792.7k votes 47.3k voters 315.9k 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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  • Tom Hanks1
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    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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  • James Stewart2
    2,711
    1,453

    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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  • Cary Grant3
    4,389
    2,807

    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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  • Keanu Reeves4
    4,955
    2,388

    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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  • Viggo Mortensen5
    3,010
    1,729

    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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  • Gregory Peck6
    2,376
    1,033

    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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  • Marlon Brando7
    5,004
    3,254

    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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  • Robert Downey Jr.8
    7,002
    4,475

    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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  • Al Pacino9
    5,983
    3,860

    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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  • Sam Elliott10
    4,950
    2,910

    Sam Elliott

    Hulk, Up in the Air

    Age76

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

    ProfessionFilm Producer, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsDavid Douglas High School, Clark College

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  • Robert Duvall11
    2,763
    1,362

    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

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  • Robert Redford12
    3,988
    2,606

    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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  • Michael Caine13
    3,685
    2,075

    Michael Caine

    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

    Age87

    BirthplaceRotherhithe, England, London

    ProfessionEntrepreneur, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsHackney Downs School, Wilson's School

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  • Anthony Hopkins14
    3,940
    1,916

    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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  • Liam Neeson15
    4,141
    2,588

    Liam Neeson

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

    Age68

    BirthplaceBallymena, United Kingdom

    ProfessionActor, Voice acting

    SchoolsGaiety School of Drama, Queen's University Belfast

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  • Morgan Freeman16
    6,990
    4,405

    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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  • Samuel L. Jackson17
    5,783
    3,735

    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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  • Bruce Willis18
    4,748
    3,143

    Bruce Willis

    The Sixth Sense, Die Hard

    Age65

    BirthplaceIdar-Oberstein, West Germany

    ProfessionBusinessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor

    SchoolsPenns Grove High School, Montclair State University

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  • Matthew McConaughey19
    3,604
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    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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  • Brad Pitt20
    4,949
    3,308

    Brad Pitt

    Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club

    Age56

    BirthplaceUSA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

    ProfessionTelevision producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsMissouri School of Journalism, Kickapoo High School

    Major/Field Of StudyJournalism

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  • Humphrey Bogart21
    4,419
    3,075

    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

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  • Alan Rickman22
    3,960
    1,990

    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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  • Kurt Russell23
    2,852
    1,622

    Kurt Russell

    The Thing, Stargate

    Age69

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    ProfessionScreenwriter, Actor, Voice acting

    SchoolsThousand Oaks High School

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  • Harrison Ford24
    6,706
    4,946

    Harrison Ford

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Age78

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    ProfessionPilot, Film Producer, Carpenter, Actor

    SchoolsMaine East High School, Ripon College

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  • Tom Selleck25
    2,661
    1,228

    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

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