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

Updated June 12, 2020 337.7k votes 31.7k voters 246.3k views132 items

List RulesVote 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?
    13,198
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    Tom Hanks

    The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump

    Age64

    BirthplaceConcord, California, United States of America

    Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both... more

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    Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    5,397
    3,554

    Morgan Freeman

    The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en

    Age83

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator.... 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?
    4,803
    3,159

    Tom Cruise

    Top Gun, Mission: Impossible

    Age58

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Syracuse

    Thomas Cruise (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor and film producer. He has received... more

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    Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    3,923
    2,571

    Ryan Reynolds

    Deadpool, Green Lantern

    Age43

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film... more

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    Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    4,337
    2,848

    Keanu Reeves

    The Matrix, Speed

    Age56

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    Keanu Charles Reeves ( kee-AH-noo; born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor and musician.... more

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    Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    4,041
    2,651

    Samuel L. Jackson

    Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained

    Age71

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A... more

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    Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    3,448
    2,258

    Brad Pitt

    Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club

    Age56

    BirthplaceShawnee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    William Bradley Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has... more

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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    5,681
    3,758

    Will Smith

    Men in Black, I Am Legend

    Age52

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media... more

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    2,816
    1,844

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    The Terminator, Predator

    Age73

    BirthplaceThal, Austria

    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (; German: [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌʔɛɡɐ]; born July 30, 1947) is an... more

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    Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    1,852
    1,199

    Rowan Atkinson

    The Lion King, Bean

    Age65

    BirthplaceConsett, United Kingdom

    Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and... more

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    Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    3,711
    2,455

    Jackie Chan

    Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour

    Age66

    BirthplaceVictoria Peak, Hong Kong

    Chan Kong-sang (born 7 April 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Konger... more

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    Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    6,447
    4,308

    Johnny Depp

    Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd

    Age57

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

    John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He... more

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    Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    3,953
    2,625

    Chris Pratt

    Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World

    Age41

    BirthplaceVirginia, Minnesota, United States of America

    Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He rose to prominence for... more

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    Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    6,263
    4,210

    Dwayne Johnson

    San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6

    Age48

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

    Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an... more

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    Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    6,771
    4,578

    Leonardo DiCaprio

    Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street

    Age45

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: [diˈkaːprjo]; born November 11, 1974) is an American... more

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    Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    2,864
    1,911

    Robert De Niro

    Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II

    Age77

    BirthplaceGreenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (, Italian: [de ˈniːro]; born August 17, 1943) is an... more

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    Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    6,091
    4,133

    Chris Hemsworth

    Thor, The Avengers

    Age37

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence... 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?
    2,649
    1,775

    Sylvester Stallone

    Rocky, The Expendables

    Age74

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Sylvester Enzio Stallone (; born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946) is an... more

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    Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    2,317
    1,555

    Tom Hiddleston

    Thor, The Avengers

    Age39

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    Thomas William Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor, film producer, and... more

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    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
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    464

    Bruce Lee

    The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon

    AgeDec. at 33 (1940-1973)

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Chinatown, San Francisco

    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce... more

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    Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    5,471
    3,803

    Hugh Jackman

    The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Age51

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He... more

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    Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    9,924
    7,023

    Robert Downey Jr.

    The Avengers, Iron Man

    Age55

    BirthplaceManhattan, 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... more

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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?
    3,033
    2,132

    Tom Holland

    The Impossible, Locke

    Age24

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, England, London

    Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the... more
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    Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?
    1,967
    1,375

    Al Pacino

    The Godfather, Scarface

    Age80

    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, USA, New York

    Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940), known professionally as Al Pacino, is an American... 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?
    2,757
    1,957

    Bradley Cooper

    Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover

    Age45

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been... more

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