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The Most Influential Actors Of 2018 

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Updated January 18, 2019 5k votes 456 voters 5.9k views 55 items

List Rules Vote up the actors who had the biggest impact in 2018.

In 2018, some of the most influential people were those who work in Hollywood. With the rise of the Me Too movement and with films in general becoming more political, there are plenty of influential actors that truly made the public think this year. From breakout stars to veterans of the field, you'll find all the greatest actors of 2018 below! 

In 2018, there was a major push for diversity in film and television. Actor and writer Jordan Peele's Get Out, starring upcoming actor Daniel Kaluuya, addressed racial issues in America and proved a massive hit with critics and audiences. There has also been a big push for supporting women's rights in Hollywood. Benedict Cumberbatch made headlines for vowing to only accept roles in projects where actresses are paid equally. Many actors inspire by smashing stigma surrounding taboo topics. Stars like Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson, for example, are raising awareness about mental health by being open about their struggles with anxiety and depression. 

Which actors do you find the most inspiring? Vote up the most influential stars of 2018 below and feel free to add anyone you think is missing! Then see which actors are influential in 2019.

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Chadwick Boseman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Chadwick Boseman Age: 37

Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina

Chadwick Aaron Boseman (born November 29, 1976, or in 1977) (sources differ) is an American actor known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), ...more

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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
holy_stockings added Age: age 22

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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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 35

Birthplace: Edwards Air Force Base, California

Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as ...more

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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 32

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California

Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), boxer Adonis Creed in the ...more

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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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John Krasinski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 39

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Burke Krasinski (; born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Besides appearing in and making feature films, he is known for his role as Jim Halpert ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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Finn Wolfhard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 51

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Mark Ruffalo (; born November 22, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He began acting in the early 1990s and first gained recognition for his work in Kenneth Lonergan's play This Is Our ...more

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 38

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Edward Thomas Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor and producer. After studying acting at the Drama Centre London, he made his film debut in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001) ...more

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Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 40

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

Jordan Haworth Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is best known for his film and television work in the comedy and horror genres.Peele's breakout ...more

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Daniel Kaluuya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 29

Birthplace: England, London

Daniel Kaluuya (born 24 February 1989) is a British actor and writer who was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his ...more

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Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 38

Birthplace: London, Canada

Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club (1993–1995), and went on to ...more

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 64

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 29

Birthplace: Fulham, London, England

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor and producer. He is known for playing the titular protagonist in the Harry Potter film series, based on the novels by J. K. ...more

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 60

Birthplace: Eurasia, New Cross, London, England, United Kingdom, + more

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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 46

Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, USA

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
starwarssuperfan added Age: 57

Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America

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Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 48

Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States of America

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John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 26

Birthplace: Peckham, London, United Kingdom

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 57

Birthplace: USA, Lexington, Kentucky

George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana (2006) and the ...more

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Age: 75

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

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