2018 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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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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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Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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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Chadwick Boseman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Chadwick Aaron Boseman is an American actor, screenwriter, and playwright. He is best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up.
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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick ...more
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Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Michael Bakari Jordan is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as East Dillon High School quarterback Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights, Reggie Montgomery in All My Children, Steve ...more
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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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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John Krasinski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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John Burke Krasinski is an American actor, director and screenwriter. He is known for his role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office. His film credits include Away We Go, Leatherheads, ...more
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Edward Thomas Hardy, CBE (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor, producer, and former model. Hardy made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001), and has since had notable ...more
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Finn Wolfhard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
Finn Wolfhard (born December 23, 2002) is a Canadian actor and voice actor. He is best known for his starring roles as Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things, and Richie Tozier in ...more
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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Mark Alan Ruffalo is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He portrayed the Marvel Comics character, Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers, and will reprise his role in ...more
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Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Jordan Haworth Peele is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and comedian. He is best known for starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and for his five seasons ...more
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Daniel Kaluuya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor, comedian and writer, who is best known for playing Posh Kenneth in the E4 teen-drama Skins. He also appeared in the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville playing ...more
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Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, musician and businessman. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club 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
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Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures ...more
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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent, he starred in many films, such as Elf, Find Me Guilty, Underdog, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince ...more
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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. Oldman rose to prominence in the United Kingdom with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and Joe Orton in Prick Up ...more
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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is a double Academy Award nominee, seven time Emmy Award nominee and one time winner. His breakout ...more
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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. Radcliffe made his acting debut at age ten in ...more
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Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Nick Offerman is an American actor, writer, humorist, and carpenter widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the ...more
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John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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John Boyega is an actor.
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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor and producer. His first screen role was in the 2000 TV miniseries, Hearts and Bones, followed by the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers. He ...more
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Timothée Chalamet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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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