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20 Actors Who Actually Do Their Own Stunts

Updated June 14, 2019 54.6k views20 items

This list runs through famous actors who do their own stunts, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Actors and actresses have performed stunts you'd expect to be handled by a stuntman going back to the silent film era. Some of these celebrities have actually based their entire careers on unbelievable physical feats, while others only did stunt work for one film.

Who is the most famous star who does their own stunts? Angelina Jolie tops our list. Jolie has done stunts in films like Salt and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but like many A-listers, she's prevented from performing the most dangerous stunts because of insurance. That hasn't stopped her from earning scars on set, however. Not to be outdone, Cameron Diaz has also been known to enthusiastically sign up for stunts.

By now, mind-boggling stunts are part of Tom Cruise's appeal, with each new Mission: Impossible movie dangling the actor from nauseating new heights. Sylvester Stallone, meanwhile, has injured himself quite a few times doing his own stunt work. While filming The Expendables, he actually broke his neck.

These stars who do their own stunts put themselves in harm's way to provide audiences with that extra thrill that comes with knowing that an actor said "no thanks" to using a stunt performer. Would you do your own stunts if you were an actor? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
  • Angelina Jolie frequently does her own stunts. She actually earned a scar on her head while performing what she called a "ridiculously easy stunt" for the 2010 film Salt.

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  • Cameron Diaz
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    Cameron Diaz did many of her own stunts on the 2010 action-comedy Knight and Day.

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  • Tom Cruise
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    Tom Cruise reliably does many of the most intense stunts in modern blockbusters. Some of his most impressive stunt work comes from the Mission: Impossible series, which has found him climbing the tallest building in the world and clinging to the outside of a plane during takeoff.

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  • Kristen Stewart
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    Kristen Stewart reportedly did plenty of stunts on Snow White and the Huntsman, for which she not only had to learn to ride horses, but also to perform dangerous stunts on horseback.

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