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The Best Living American Actors

Updated April 16, 2021 298.7k votes 23.1k voters 346.6k views170 items

List RulesLiving AMERICAN male actors only. Vote up 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 the ones who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. 

These Hollywood 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? Some other top American actors include Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Harrison Ford. 

We can all agree there are a lot of great American actors. However, which of these male movie stars is the best? That's up to you to decide. Vote up all of the popular male actors that you believe to be the best! Then check back to see which of the famous male stars have topped the list. 

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    Tom Hanks

    Concord, California

    Won for Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia (1994) and Forrest Gump (1995)
    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for Big (1989), Philadelphia (1994), Forrest Gump (1995), Cast Away (2001)
    Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (2020)

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    Tommy Lee Jones

    San Saba, Texas

    Won for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Fugitive (1994)
    Won for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for The Fugitive (1994)

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    Samuel L. Jackson

    Washington, D.C.

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Pulp Fiction (1995)
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Pulp Fiction (1995) and A Time to Kill (1997), and Best Actor Golden Globe for Jackie Brown (1998)

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    Woody Harrelson

    Midland, Texas

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1997) and Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Messenger (2010) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)
    Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1997) and Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for The Messenger (2010)

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    Mel Gibson

    Peekskill, New York

    Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for Ransom (1997) and What Women Want (2001)

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    Christopher Walken

    Astoria, New York City

    Won for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Deer Hunter (1979)
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for The Deer Hunter (1979)

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    Gene Hackman

    San Bernardino, California

    Won for Best Actor Oscar for The French Connection (1972) and Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Unforgiven (1993)
    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for The French Connection (1972) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) and Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Unforgiven (1993)
    Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (2003)

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    Bradley Cooper

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook (2013), American Sniper (2015), and A Star Is Born (2019), and Best Supporting Actor Oscar for American Hustle (2014)
    Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for Silver Linings Playbook (2013) and A Star Is Born (2019), and Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for American Hustle (2014)

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    Harrison Ford

    Chicago, Illinois

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Witness (1986)
    Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for Witness (1986), The Mosquito Coast (1987), The Fugitive (1994), and Sabrina (1996)
    Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (2002)

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    Dustin Hoffman

    Los Angeles, California

    Won for Best Actor Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer (1980) and Rain Man (1989)
    Won for Most Promising Newcomer for The Graduate (1968) and Best Actor Golden Globe for Kramer vs. Kramer (1980), Tootsie (1983), and Rain Man (1989)
    Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (1997)

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    Ed Harris

    Englewood, New Jersey

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Apollo 13 (1996), The Truman Show (1999), and The Hours (2003) and Best Actor Oscar for Pollock (2001)
    Won for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for The Truman Show (1999)

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    Sam Elliott

    Sacramento, California

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for A Star Is Born (2019)

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    Bruce Willis

    Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for In Country (1990)

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    Jake Gyllenhaal

    Los Angeles, California

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Brokeback Mountain (2006)
    Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for Love & Other Drugs (2011) and Nightcrawler (2015)

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    Viggo Mortensen

    Manhattan, New York City

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Eastern Promises (2008), Captain Fantastic (2017), and Green Book (2019)
    Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for Eastern Promises (2008), Captain Fantastic (2017), and Green Book (2019), and Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for A Dangerous Method (2012)

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    Robert Downey Jr.

    Manhattan, New York City

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Chaplin (1993) and Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Tropic Thunder (2009)
    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for Sherlock Holmes (2010)

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    Robert Redford

    Santa Monica, California

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for The Sting (1974)
    Won for Most Promising Newcomer (Golden Globe) for Inside Daisy Clover (1966) and the Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite (1975, 1977, and 1978)

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    William H. Macy

    Miami, Florida

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Fargo (1997)
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Seabiscuit (2004)

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    Robert Duvall

    San Diego, California

    Won for Best Actor Oscar for Tender Mercies (1984)
    Won for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Apocalypse Now (1980) and Best Actor Golden Globe for Tender Mercies (1984)

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    Will Smith

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Ali (2002) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2007)
    Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for Ali (2002), The Pursuit of Happyness (2007), and Concussion (2016)

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    Clint Eastwood

    California, United States of America

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Unforgiven (1993) and Million Dollar Baby (2005)

    Winner of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1995)
    Winner of the Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite (1971) and the Cecil B. DeMille Award (1988)

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    Edward Norton

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Primal Fear (1997) and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2015) and Best Actor Oscar for American History X (1999)
    Won for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Primal Fear (1997)

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    Kevin Bacon

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for The River Wild (1995)

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    Johnny Depp

    Owensboro, Kentucky

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2004), Finding Neverland (2005), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2008)
    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2008)

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    Bill Murray

    Wilmette, Illinois

    Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Lost in Translation (2004)
    Won for Best Actor Golden Globe for Lost in Translation (2004)

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