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The Most Influential Actors Of 2018  

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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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Timothée Chalamet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 20
Timothée Hal Chalamet (born December 27, 1995) is an American actor. Chalamet started his acting career in short films before appearing in the acclaimed television series Homeland. He ...more
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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 57
George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting ...more
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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 75
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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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 55
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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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 45
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and co-creator of ...more
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Sterling K. Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Sterling K. Brown is an American actor.
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John David Washington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
lilpunk89 added age 31
John David Washington (born July 28, 1984) is an American actor and former American football running back. He played college football at Morehouse and signed with the St. Louis Rams as an ...more
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Kumail Nanjiani is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 41
Kumail Nanjiani (born February 21, 1978) is a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Nanjiani is best known for being a main cast member on HBO's Emmy ...more
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Dylan Minnette is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 19
Dylan Christopher Minnette (born December 29, 1996) is an American actor and musician. He is known for his role as Clay Jensen in the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why. He has also appeared in ...more
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Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 40
David A. J. "Andy" Samberg is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, ...more
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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 88
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio ...more
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Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 46
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor and filmmaker. Throughout his career, he has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Affleck ...more
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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 68
William Hall Macy, Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher, and director in theater, film and television. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent ...more
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Armie Hammer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 32
Armie Hammer is an actor.
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Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 60
Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an American actor, producer, and comedian. As a member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all well-known actors. ...more
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Lakeith Stanfield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
lilpunk89 added age 27
Lakeith Lee Stanfield (born August 12, 1991), sometimes credited as Keith Stanfield, is an American actor and rapper. He made his feature film debut in Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was ...more
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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
PraveenShankarThooyavan added age 56
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) 44 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
starwarssuperfan added age 72
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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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 58
Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, film director and politician. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River and the biopic Milk. Penn began his acting ...more
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Peer Van Mladen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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More than 8 million dollars in annual revenue and one of the most influential music producers. 

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Pete Davidson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 25
Peter Davidson (born November 16, 1993) is an American actor and comedian. He is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Davidson has also appeared on the MTV shows Guy Code, Wild 'n Out, and ...more
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Patrick Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 25
Patrick Arnold Shriver Schwarzenegger is an American model and actor. He is the son of Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria
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Alden Ehrenreich is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 29
Alden Caleb Ehrenreich is an American actor. He has starred in the independent film Tetro, and played the lead in the 2013 fantasy Beautiful Creatures. Ehrenreich also starred in the films Blue ...more
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Brendan Fraser is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
age 50
Brendan James Fraser is an American-Canadian actor. He portrayed Rick O'Connell in the three-part Mummy film series and is known for his comedic and fantasy film leading roles in major Hollywood ...more