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Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now? 

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Updated June 12, 2020 212.7k votes 27.7k voters 206k views 134 items

List Rules Vote up the male actors who you think are the most famous in the world right now.

With so many up-and-coming stars, as well as established celebs at the peak of their career, who really is the most famous actor in the world right now? Sure, there's a long list of popular and notable actors starring in roles left and right, but who would top the list as the most famous? Keep in mind, today's greatest actors aren't necessarily the most famous, though this is often the case. Nevertheless, you may also consider factors like who's in the news more, who continually breaks box office records, and who stars in the most films and TV shows. With this in mind, who do you think currently holds the title as the most famous actor?

When it comes to today's top actors, a few of the best actors of all time certainly top the list, such as Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt. While these superstars are and have been some of the most famous actors, plenty of newer stars could also be considered for most famous, like Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds or action-hero Chris Evans. Chris Hemsworth is another of the most popular actors, along with fellow Marvel stars like Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. But can the superhero stars be considered the top 10 famous actors in the world? After his surprise appearance in Always Be My Maybe, Keanu Reeves seemed to be the most popular actor in the world. 

Clearly, this world famous actors list features a great deal of stars to consider in terms of the most famous, and you fans will have to decide just who takes the cake. Vote up who you believe to be the biggest movie star in the world right now. Make sure your favorite star gets the recognition they deserve as a world famous actor.

Who do you think is the most famous actor in the world right now? Cast your votes accordingly below and add any actors that may be missing from the list.

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan

Age: 62

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic

Age: 41

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: [diˈkaːprjo]; born November 11, 1974) is an American actor, film producer, and environmentalist. His accolades include an Academy Award and three Golden ...more

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
FanManGaming added The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

Age: 53

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor, producer and singer. His career has been characterized by critical and popular notoriety in his youth, followed by a period of ...more

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Age: 55

Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards, winning one for Best Actor for his performance of the ...more

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Age: 46

Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States of America

Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and former professional wrestler. Johnson was a professional wrestler for the ...more

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

Age: 50

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith ...more

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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World

Age: 32

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away (2004–07) before leaving to begin a film ...more

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy

Age: 81

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he ...more

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z

Age: 55

Birthplace: USA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

William Bradley Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own ...more

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
BeastMaster1 added Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire

Age: 56

Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America

Thomas Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; July 3, 1962) is an American actor and film producer. He has received several accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Age: 70

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, Jackson is the actor whose films have ...more

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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
dhallam222 added The Matrix, Speed, John Wick

Age: 54

Birthplace: Lebanon, Beirut, Arab world

Keanu Charles Reeves ( kee-AH-noo; born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor and musician. He gained fame for his starring roles in several blockbuster films, including comedies from the Bill ...more

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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal

Age: 39

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He began his career starring in the Canadian teen soap opera Hillside and ...more

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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her

Age: 39

Birthplace: Virginia, Minnesota, United States of America

Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He rose to prominence for his television roles, particularly as Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation ...more

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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Snowpiercer

Age: 37

Birthplace: Sudbury, Massachusetts, United States of America

Christopher Robert Evans (born June 13, 1981) is an American actor. Evans is known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic ...more

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men

Age: 50

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018, a role for which he ...more

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
pepspotbib added Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2

Age: 64

Birthplace: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Chan Kong-sang (born 7 April 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Konger martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic ...more

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Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Kal Ho Naa Ho, My Name Is Khan, Swades

Age: 53

Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Shah Rukh Khan (born 2 November 1965), also known by the initialism SRK, is an Indian actor, film producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the "Badshah of ...more

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Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
maryjanenonog54 added The Impossible, Locke, How I Live Now

Age: 19

Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, London, England

Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the BRIT School in London, he is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so ...more

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mass

Age: 39

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Dustin Rambo Moore added The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall

Age: 71

Birthplace: Thal, Austria

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (; German: [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌʔɛɡɐ]; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American politician, actor, filmmaker, and former professional bodybuilder. He served as the ...more

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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Dustin Rambo Moore added Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Sylvester Enzio Stallone (; born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. After his beginnings as a struggling actor for a ...more

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino

Age: 75

Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (, Italian: [de ˈniːro]; born August 17, 1943) is an American-Italian actor, producer, and director. He is a recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy ...more

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho

Age: 45

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is a Welsh actor who is known for his intense method acting style, often transforming his body drastically for his roles. Bale is the ...more

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle

Age: 44

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won a Grammy ...more

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