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Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book

Updated July 22, 2020 300.3k votes 26.8k voters 203.8k views238 items

List RulesMale 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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    Tom Hanks
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    Tom Hanks

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceConcord, California, United States of America

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  • 2
    Helen Mirren
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    868

    BirthplaceLondon, England

  • 3
    Harrison Ford
    1,391
    1,164

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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    Helena Bonham Carter
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    BirthplaceGolders Green, London, United Kingdom

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    Betty White
    954
    649

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

  • 6
    Vincent Price
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    272

    Vincent Price

    Dec. at 82 (1911-1993)

    BirthplaceUSA, St. Louis, Missouri

  • 7
    Tom Hiddleston
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    1,309

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

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  • 8
    Chris Hemsworth
    640
    407

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

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  • 9
    Sam Elliott
    989
    641

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Sacramento

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  • 10
    Jeremy Irons
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    1,395

    BirthplaceCowes, United Kingdom

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  • 11
    Jensen Ackles
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    1,496

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

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  • 12
    John Cleese
    612
    388

    BirthplaceWeston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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  • 13
    Christopher Walken
    2,674
    1,976

    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 14
    Tommy Lee Jones
    455
    273

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, San Saba

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  • 15
    Cary Grant
    530
    384

    Cary Grant

    Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

    BirthplaceHorfield, United Kingdom

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  • 16
    David Tennant
    1,282
    1,122

    BirthplaceBathgate, United Kingdom

  • 17
    Theo James
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    828

    Theo James

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

  • 18
    Colin Firth
    2,562
    2,278

    BirthplaceGrayshott, United Kingdom

  • 19
    Jeffrey Dean Morgan
    598
    500

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

  • 20
    Maggie Smith
    1,911
    1,803

    BirthplaceLondon, England

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  • 21
    Donald Sutherland
    697
    601

    BirthplaceSaint John, Canada

  • 22
    Keanu Reeves
    713
    443

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

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    Hugh Jackman
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    2,051

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

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  • 24
    Jason Isaacs
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    BirthplaceLiverpool, England

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  • 25
    Leonard Nimoy
    778
    648

    BirthplaceWest End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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