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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5,502 4,497
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
5,496 2,160
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
4,840 4,093
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
2,991 3,212
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
2,191 1,558
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
2,379 1,941
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
2,719 2,242
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
2,436 2,610
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
2,495 2,128
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
3,062 3,438
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
3,053 2,014
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
2,215 1,233
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
1,926 845
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
1,548 774
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
1,486 1,103
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
1,425 1,182
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
2,879 2,078
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
1,522 1,285
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

19
2,337 1,648
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
2,835 1,995
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
1,190 1,283
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
1,213 876
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
1,378 1,189
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
1,222 1,077
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
1,866 1,210
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
1,843 1,615
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Shining, Batman, The Departed

27
1,659 1,354
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
zxray added Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver

28
1,043 1,205
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface

29
1,190 1,127
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
953 627
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
758 492
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
IsabellaSilentRose added Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

32
1,950 1,520
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
1,397 1,085
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
1,175 1,402
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
698 965
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
878 1,098
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
864 977
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
1,067 997
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
913 1,039
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
769 688
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack

41
660 981
Jean Reno is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
evilgrin32 added Mission: Impossible, Hotel Rwanda, Léon: The Professional

42
625 478
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
CraigAlarm added Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

43
1,025 1,107
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
Titanic, Inception, The Departed

44
620 490
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
675 397
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
kate-mcnally added The Proposal, The Lorax, Hard Rain

46
743 886
Christopher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
744 672
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
807 814
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

49
518 581
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
717 951
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