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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5,212 3,512
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
4,545 1,871
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
2,814 2,517
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
dbcahill added The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

4
4,667 3,463
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

5
2,287 1,701
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
1,991 1,289
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
2,361 2,355
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

8
2,598 2,008
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society

9
2,398 1,873
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
2,911 3,226
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
1,445 518
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
1,823 596
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

13
2,957 1,774
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

14
2,102 999
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
1,467 1,025
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

16
1,294 1,029
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
2,756 1,914
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
clash1977 added Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Batman Returns

18
1,257 975
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
pwcabrownie added The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

19
2,235 1,472
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
2,735 1,834
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
1,113 1,130
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
1,130 678
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
1,303 1,058
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
1,791 1,043
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas

25
1,127 966
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
1,789 1,466
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Shining, Batman, The Departed

27
998 1,090
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
1,615 1,255
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
892 500
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
706 388
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
IsabellaSilentRose added Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

31
1,091 1,042
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
1,343 967
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

33
1,881 1,391
Jensen Ackles is listed (or ranked) 33 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

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1,150 1,288
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
676 862
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
831 1,042
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
804 931
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
1,033 949
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
649 893
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
evilgrin32 added Mission: Impossible, Hotel Rwanda, Léon: The Professional

40
879 949
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski

41
588 403
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
990 1,017
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Titanic, Inception, The Departed

43
722 807
Christopher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
629 335
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
kate-mcnally added The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

45
735 616
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack

46
774 741
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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702 600
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
473 509
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer

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539 456
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
663 918
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