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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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America
2
Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York
3
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America
4
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
5
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
East Harlem, New York City, New York
6
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
7
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America
8
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America
9
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America
10
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America
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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
12
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, USA
13
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
14
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York
15
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America
16
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Amy Boal added Uvalde, Texas, United States of America
17
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America
18
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
New York City, Manhattan, USA
19
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
20
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
21
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
22
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America
23
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
24
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America
25
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America