Cool Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book  

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List Rules Male actors that you could watch do just about anything, even read the phonebook

List of actors who you would watch do something as mundane as read the phone book. Some of these guys are leading men, considered some of the best actors of all time, and other are great character actors, known for their ability to become completely different people each time they are on camera. A few are just charming, or maybe "interesting," whatever that means. Others on this list are just quirky weirdos known for their off-screen antics as much as their actual acting. Maybe they would liven up the phonebook a bit? It's not always ads for fireworks and prostitutes.

Vote for those actors you think would be fun to watch doing just about anything. If not read the phonebook, maybe they could do the news, or the weather. Be sure to add any who are missing, and click 'rerank' below to make a list of your own.

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Alan Rickman Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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4,202 1,844
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

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4,642 3,167
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Morgan Freeman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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2,797 2,427
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
dbcahill added Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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1,970 1,225
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
jflojo added Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

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2,269 1,685
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men

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2,582 1,937
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Robin Williams Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

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2,348 2,292
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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2,381 1,857
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Liam Neeson The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

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2,885 3,172
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

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1,427 502
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
ViktorOndskefaSchröderKelly added Maggie Smith Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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1,805 584
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Patrick Stewart X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

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2,945 1,758
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Sean Connery Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
tabak89 added James Earl Jones Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

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1,456 1,006
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Hugh Laurie 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

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1,289 1,020
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Jeremy Irons The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
pwcabrownie added Colin Firth The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

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2,743 1,908
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
clash1977 added Christopher Walken Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Batman Returns

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2,220 1,463
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
tothestarz added Hugh Jackman X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

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1,105 1,119
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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2,718 1,830
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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1,115 666
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
SusanTysonStevenson added Tom Hiddleston The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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1,296 1,043
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Gerard Butler How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

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1,779 1,025
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Samuel L. Jackson The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

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1,784 1,448
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Jack Nicholson The Shining, Batman, The Departed

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994 1,079
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Al Pacino The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

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882 490
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
ViktorOndskefaSchröderKelly added Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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1,611 1,245
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Robert De Niro Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

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697 383
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
IsabellaSilentRose added Helen Mirren Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

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1,082 1,035
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
David Tennant Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Harrison Ford Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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1,868 1,380
Jensen Ackles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
bjxmas added Jensen Ackles Batman: Under the Red Hood, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Ten Inch Hero

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1,143 1,277
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
George Clooney South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Batman & Robin

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Geoffrey Rush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Geoffrey Rush Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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825 1,034
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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798 924
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
John Malkovich Juno, Being John Malkovich, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
evilgrin32 added Jean Reno Mission: Impossible, Hotel Rwanda, Léon: The Professional

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875 938
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Steve Buscemi Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski

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582 393
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
CraigAlarm added Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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985 1,004
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic, Inception, The Departed

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717 801
Christopher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
evilgrin32 added Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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728 609
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Bill Murray Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack

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615 330
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
kate-mcnally added Betty White The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

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692 595
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
James McAvoy X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Peter Dinklage X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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465 502
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Meryl Streep The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

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526 450
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
PhillipaDudley added Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski