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The Best Living American Actors 

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Updated July 13, 2020 284.1k votes 21.1k voters 301.2k views 177 items

List Rules Living AMERICAN male actors only. Vote up and add all of your favorites based on their all-time body of work.

It takes a lot to make a movie great. There has to be excellent writing, production, direction, editing, and of course, acting. While the crew draws out the parameters for a movie, the actors are who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. 

These actors are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. These are the greatest American actors who are alive today. Who are the best actors from the USA? Sure, you have your Oscar winners like Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones. But what about those reliable, underrated guys like Vincent D'Onofrio? That's up to you to decide. This list is votable and rerankable, and if you don't see someone on here that deserves a spot, feel free to add them, but make sure they're still alive. 

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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added USA, California, Sacramento
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York
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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, USA, Kentucky
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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America
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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America
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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, New York, United States of America
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Newark, New Jersey, USA
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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Blue Island, Illinois, United States of America
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Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
pegmeader added New York City, New York, United States of America
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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America
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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America
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Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Lynwood, California, United States of America
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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
denim-skirtsandotherstuff added Edmonton, Canada
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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America
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Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California
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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kansas City, USA, Missouri
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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Cambridge, USA, Massachusetts
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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sergius Bataus added New York City, New York, United States of America
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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
USA, Lexington, Kentucky