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The Most Influential Actors Of 2018

Updated January 18, 2019 8.6k votes 662 voters 8.1k 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.

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

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    Chadwick Aaron Boseman (born November 29, 1976, or in 1977) (sources differ) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence... more on Wikipedia

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    Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

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

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    Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has... more on Wikipedia

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    Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    Tom Holland

    Age: age 22

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, England, London

    Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

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

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    Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California

    Michael Bakari Jordan (born February 9, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for his film... more on Wikipedia

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    Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

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

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    John Krasinski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    John Burke Krasinski (; born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer and... more on Wikipedia

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    Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Mark Ruffalo (; born November 22, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He began acting in... more on Wikipedia

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    Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    Tom Hardy

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Edward Thomas Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor and producer. After studying... more on Wikipedia

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    Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey, USA

    Peter Hayden Dinklage (; born June 11, 1969) is an American actor and producer. Dinklage... more on Wikipedia

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    Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceNew Cross, London, England, London, United Kingdom

    Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor and filmmaker who has performed... more on Wikipedia

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    Daniel Kaluuya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Daniel Kaluuya (born 24 February 1989) is a British actor and writer who was nominated for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jordan Haworth Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker.... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany

    Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in... more on Wikipedia

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    Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his... more on Wikipedia

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    Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York, United States of America

    Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, director, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Finn Wolfhard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceFulham, London, England

    Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor and producer. He is known for... more on Wikipedia

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    Nick Offerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceUSA, Joliet, Illinois

    Nicholas Offerman (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and carpenter... more on Wikipedia

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    Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceMidland, Texas, United States of America

    Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor and playwright. His breakout... more on Wikipedia

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    Josh Brolin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Joshua James Brolin (; born February 12, 1968) is an American actor. Brolin has appeared in... more on Wikipedia

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    Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2018
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    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and... more on Wikipedia

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