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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? 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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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Concord, California, United States of America
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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added San Saba, Texas, United States of America
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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Bernardino, California, United States of America
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Astoria, New York City, New York
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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living American Actors
CandaceElaineCoble added Midland, Texas, United States of America
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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living American Actors
San Diego, California, United States of America
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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Peekskill, New York, United States of America
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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Washington, D.C., United States of America
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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living American Actors
cwoods80 added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living American Actors
California, United States of America
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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Santa Monica, California, United States of America
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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living American Actors
valqara added Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added Miami, Florida, United States of America
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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America
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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living American Actors
Manhattan, New York City, New York
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living American Actors
looksharp added USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Sam Elliott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living American Actors
AndrewPhillips added USA, California, Sacramento