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The Most Influential Actors Of 2018

Updated January 18, 2019 8.6k votes 665 voters 8.2k views55 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • Robert De Niro26

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

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  • John Boyega27

    BirthplacePeckham, London, United Kingdom

    John Adedayo B. Adegboyega (born 17 March 1992), known professionally as John Boyega, is an...  more

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  • Timothée Chalamet28

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York, NY

    Timothée Hal Chalamet (born December 27, 1995) is an American actor. Chalamet started his...  more

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  • Brad Pitt29

    Brad Pitt

    Age: 56

    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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  • Sylvester Stallone30

    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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  • George Clooney31

    BirthplaceUSA, Lexington, Kentucky

    George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the...  more

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  • Seth MacFarlane32

    BirthplaceKent, Connecticut, United States of America

    Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker,...  more

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  • Kumail Nanjiani33

    BirthplaceKarachi, Pakistan

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  • William H. Macy34

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    William Hall Macy Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor and director. His film career...  more

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  • Andy Samberg35

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    David A.J. "Andy" Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, writer,...  more

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  • Sterling K. Brown36
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  • Armie Hammer37

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Tom Cruise38

    Tom Cruise

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

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

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  • Ben Affleck39

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor, director, producer,...  more

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  • Alden Ehrenreich40

    Alden Ehrenreich

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Dylan Minnette41

    BirthplaceEvansville, USA, Indiana, Center Township

    Dylan Christopher Minnette (born December 29, 1996) is an American actor and musician. He is...  more

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  • Brendan Fraser42

    BirthplaceUSA, Indianapolis, Indiana

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  • John David Washington43

    BirthplaceToluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Alec Baldwin44

    BirthplaceAmityville, New York, United States of America

    Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an American actor, writer, producer,...  more

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  • Russell Brand45

    BirthplaceGrays, United Kingdom

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  • Sean Penn46

    Sean Penn

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor, director and filmmaker. He has...  more

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  • Pete Davidson47

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • Craig T. Nelson48

    BirthplaceSpokane, USA, Washington

    Craig Theodore Nelson (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as...  more

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  • Michael Fishman49

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California

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