americans The Best Living American Actors  

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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? 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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1
6,205 876
Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Tom Hanks Concord, California, United States of America

2
2,225 2,621
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert De Niro Greenwich Village, New York City, New York

3
2,635 907
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Gene Hackman San Bernardino, California, United States of America

4
1,709 834
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Duvall San Diego, California, United States of America

5
1,934 1,597
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Jack Nicholson Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

6
1,624 902
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Dustin Hoffman Los Angeles, California, United States of America

7
1,625 782
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Clint Eastwood California, United States of America

8
1,788 1,673
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Al Pacino East Harlem, New York City, New York

9
2,425 2,486
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Morgan Freeman Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

10
1,499 1,202
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Spacey South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

11
1,520 759
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Harrison Ford Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

12
1,457 639
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Samuel L. Jackson Washington, D.C., United States of America

13
1,490 574
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Christopher Walken Astoria, New York City, New York

14
1,526 683
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bill Murray Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

The Best African American Actors in Film

15
1,340 826
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Edward Norton Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

16
1,335 1,020
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Matthew McConaughey Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

17
1,826 488
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Tommy Lee Jones San Saba, Texas, United States of America

18
1,274 651
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Ed Harris Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

19
2,433 3,539
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Leonardo DiCaprio Los Angeles, California, United States of America

20
1,398 712
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Mel Gibson

21
1,323 519
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Woody Harrelson Midland, Texas, United States of America

33 Comedic Actors Who Have Been Nominated for Oscars

22
1,094 647
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Joaquin Phoenix Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

23
1,159 626
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Kevin Bacon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

24
1,186 517
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Peter Dinklage Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America

25
1,386 1,558
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Brad Pitt Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

26
1,143 579
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Viggo Mortensen Manhattan, New York City, New York

27
2,031 2,661
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Denzel Washington Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

28
1,664 2,035
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Johnny Depp Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

30 Things You Didn't Know About American Sniper

29
1,473 1,522
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Robert Downey Jr. Manhattan, New York City, New York

30
1,377 1,680
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Matt Damon Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

31
1,045 459
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Steve Buscemi New York City, New York, United States of America

32
740 441
Kurt Russell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Kurt Russell Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

33
871 558
Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Don Cheadle Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

34
831 490
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Jake Gyllenhaal Los Angeles, California, United States of America

35
923 444
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added William H. Macy Miami, Florida, United States of America

23 Awesome Pics of Actors with People They Played in Movies

36
817 503
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Bradley Cooper Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

37
881 366
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Michael Keaton Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

38
770 418
Bryan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Bryan Cranston Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California

39
944 524
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Will Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

40
705 727
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Sean Penn California, United States of America

41
733 414
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Kevin Costner Lynwood, California, United States of America

42
605 255
James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Earl Jones Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

The Best American Actors Working Today

43
974 392
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Bruce Willis Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

44
760 424
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Robert Redford Santa Monica, California, United States of America

45
603 486
Ray Liotta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Ray Liotta Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

46
846 668
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living American Actors
George Clooney Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

47
620 559
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living American Actors
DebbieSnow added Tom Cruise Syracuse, New York, United States of America

48
733 453
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Michael Douglas New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

49
538 411
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Paul Giamatti New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

50
519 405
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added James Caan New York City, New York, United States of America