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

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Updated January 5, 2020 160.4k votes 22.6k voters 136.2k views 80 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
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch ...more

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3
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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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire
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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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation
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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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo
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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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
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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
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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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy
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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z
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Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Kal Ho Naa Ho, My Name Is Khan, Swades
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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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Snowpiercer
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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mass
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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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The Matrix, Speed, John Wick
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2
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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal
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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho
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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall
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Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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The Impossible, Locke, How I Live Now
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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino
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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
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