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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. Clearly, there's a great deal of actors to consider in terms of the most famous, and you fans will have to decide just who takes the cake. 

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 "Tom" Hanks is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies before achieving ...more

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365 170
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
FanManGaming added The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor, producer, and singer, whose career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of legal troubles, and a resurgence ...more

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382 186
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, producer, and singer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, ...more

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320 153
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye at ...more

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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Snowpiercer Christopher Robert "Chris" Evans is an American actor and film director. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ...more

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298 173
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more

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Theo James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Lignod added Underworld: Awakening, Divergent, The Inbetweeners Movie Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis, better known as Theo James, is an English actor. He is known for portraying Jed Harper in Bedlam, Walter William Clark, Jr. in the crime drama Golden Boy ...more

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino Robert De Niro is an American actor and film producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly and the Martin Scorsese-directed ...more

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217 143
Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her Christopher Michael "Chris" Pratt is an American actor. He is known for his television roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood, and Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation. His early ...more

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198 125
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street John Christopher Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Actor. ...more

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
No Country for Old Men, Cheers, Zombieland Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is a double Academy Award nominee, seven time Emmy Award nominee and one time winner. His breakout ...more

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151 85
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mass Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. The son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, he ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 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 is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for ten Golden Globe Awards, winning two, and five Academy Awards. DiCaprio began his career by appearing ...more

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156 137
Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 15 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, also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. Referred to in the media as "Baadshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood" or ...more

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
pepspotbib added Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised ...more

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Men in Black, I Am Legend, I Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him ...more

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 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, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler. Johnson was a college football player for the University of ...more

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
FanManGaming added The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element Walter Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer and singer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage and then in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting. He ...more

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94 81
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing. He was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by ...more

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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World Chris Hemsworth is an Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away and as Thor in the Marvel Studios superhero films Thor, The Avengers, ...more

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he ...more

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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor. Reynolds portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside, as well as Marvel ...more

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
BeastMaster1 added Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise is an American actor, filmmaker and scientologist. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at age 19 in the ...more

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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Dustin Rambo Moore added Rocky, The Expendables, Rambo Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles. Two notable characters he has ...more

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has been described as one of the world's most attractive men, a label for which he has received substantial media ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Dustin Rambo Moore added The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and ...more

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
samiye75 added Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World Thomas William "Tom" Hiddleston is an English actor. He is known for playing the character of Loki in the Marvel Studios films Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World. He has also ...more

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Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Drive, Crazy, Stupid Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, musician and businessman. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to ...more

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, screenwriter and producer. His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning screenplay, Good ...more

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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
samiye75 added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Doctor Who, How to Train Your Dragon David Tennant is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova and ...more

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Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Creed, Fruitvale Station, Chronicle Michael Bakari Jordan is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as East Dillon High School quarterback Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights, teenage drug dealer Wallace in The Wire, ...more

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Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Ant-Man, Role Models, I Love You Paul Stephen Rudd is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, ...more

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51 81
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Community, The Martian, Mystery Team Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick ...more

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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Meidan Einan added Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, Furious 7 Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and fashion model. She won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant. She is the leading fashion ...more

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures ...more

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. Oldman rose to prominence in the United Kingdom with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and Joe Orton in Prick Up ...more

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Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
TheSSJBacca added School of Rock, Kung Fu Panda, Gulliver's Travels Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black is an American actor, producer, comedian, and singer. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. He is best known for his roles ...more

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Josh Brolin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
W., Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, No Country for Old Men Josh James Brolin is an American actor. He has acted in theater, film and television roles since 1985. He is known primarily for his film work. His first role was in the 1985 film The Goonies. ...more

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Salman Khan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Dabangg, Straight from the Heart Salman Khan is an Indian actor, producer, philanthropist and television personality. He is the son of actor and screenwriter Salim Khan. Khan began his acting career with Biwi Ho To Aisi but it ...more

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33 92
Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre, WWE Smackdown! David Michael "Dave" Bautista Jr. is an American actor, former professional mixed martial artist, and former professional wrestler best known for his time in the WWE under the ring ...more

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28 91
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
FanManGaming added Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Donnie Darko Patrick Wayne Swayze was an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Having gained fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, Swayze became popular for playing tough guys and ...more

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Chadwick Boseman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
42, The Express, Persons Unknown Chadwick Aaron Boseman is an American actor, screenwriter, and playwright. He is best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up. He will star as the superhero Black ...more

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John Krasinski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Office, Away We Go, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi John Burke Krasinski is an American actor, director and screenwriter. He is known for his role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office. His film credits include Away We Go, Leatherheads, ...more

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Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
FanManGaming added Two and a Half Men, Wall Street, Anger Management Carlos Irwin Estévez, best known by his stage name Charlie Sheen, is an American actor. Sheen rose to fame after a series of successful films such as Platoon, Lucas, Ferris Bueller's Day ...more

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John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
starwarssuperfan added Attack the Block, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VII John Boyega is an actor.

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Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Key & Peele, Little Fockers, Mad TV Jordan Haworth Peele is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and comedian. He is best known for starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and for his five seasons ...more

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Park Bo-gum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
Park Bo-gum A Hard Day, The Admiral: Roaring Currents Park Bo-gum is a South Korean actor.

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Song Joong-ki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
The Innocent Man, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Five Senses of Eros Song Joong-ki is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame with period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and variety show Running Man. Song played his first TV leading role in the melodrama The Innocent ...more