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

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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. 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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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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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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
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) 12 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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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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
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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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
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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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
dhallam222 added The Matrix, Speed, John Wick
Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor, director, producer, musician, and author. Reeves is most well known for his acting career, beginning in 1985 and spanning for more than three decades. ...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
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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Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
maryjanenonog54 added The Impossible, Locke, How I Live Now
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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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 25 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