Interesting 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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5,429 4,080
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

2
5,118 2,042
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story

3
4,799 3,739
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

4
2,934 3,021
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
dbcahill added The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

5
2,138 1,424
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
jflojo added Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

6
2,355 1,835
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men

7
2,689 2,134
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

8
2,420 2,497
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

9
2,471 2,019
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

10
3,017 3,345
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Edward Scissorhands

11
3,033 1,903
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

12
1,526 663
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
ViktorOndskefaSchröderKelly added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

13
1,906 733
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

14
2,185 1,128
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
tabak89 added Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Lion King

15
1,386 1,061
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
pwcabrownie added The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

16
1,376 1,112
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

17
1,508 1,176
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

18
2,847 1,995
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
clash1977 added Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Batman Returns

19
2,312 1,570
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
tothestarz added X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

20
2,810 1,922
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

21
1,166 1,212
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

22
1,194 788
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
SusanTysonStevenson added The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

23
1,354 1,130
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

24
1,179 1,034
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

25
1,849 1,134
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

26
1,830 1,542
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Shining, Batman, The Departed

27
1,033 1,157
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

28
1,644 1,316
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

29
751 437
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
IsabellaSilentRose added Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

30
947 569
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
ViktorOndskefaSchröderKelly added Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

31
1,149 1,088
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

32
1,939 1,468
Jensen Ackles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
bjxmas added Batman: Under the Red Hood, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Ten Inch Hero

33
1,390 1,040
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

34
1,170 1,363
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Batman & Robin

35
694 928
Geoffrey Rush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

36
858 1,090
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

37
837 969
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

38
1,059 988
John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Juno, Being John Malkovich, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

39
907 1,004
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski

40
657 950
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
evilgrin32 added Mission: Impossible, Hotel Rwanda, Léon: The Professional

41
619 447
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
CraigAlarm added Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

42
1,018 1,072
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Titanic, Inception, The Departed

43
667 367
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
kate-mcnally added The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

44
739 853
Christopher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
evilgrin32 added Back to the Future, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

45
763 659
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack

46
739 645
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

47
804 785
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

48
590 486
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
PhillipaDudley added 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

49
505 552
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

50
688 945
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski