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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.

  • Chadwick Boseman1

    Chadwick Boseman

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020) was an American actor known for...  more


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  • Chris Hemsworth2

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

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  • Ryan Reynolds3

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

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

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch4

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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

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  • Tom Holland5

    Tom Holland

    Age: age 22

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

    Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the...  more

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  • Dwayne Johnson6

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

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  • Michael B. Jordan7

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California, USA

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  • Donald Glover8

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio9

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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  • John Krasinski10

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Mark Ruffalo11

    BirthplaceKenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Tom Hardy12

    Tom Hardy

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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  • Peter Dinklage13

    BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey, USA

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

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  • Gary Oldman14

    BirthplaceEurasia, New Cross, London, England, United Kingdom

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

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  • Daniel Kaluuya15

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Daniel Kaluuya (born 24 February 1989) is a British actor and writer who was nominated for the...  more

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  • Jordan Peele16

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

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

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  • Michael Fassbender17

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany

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  • Ryan Gosling18

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

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

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  • Denzel Washington19

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Mount Vernon

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

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  • Finn Wolfhard20
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  • Daniel Radcliffe21

    BirthplaceFulham, London, England

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

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  • Nick Offerman22

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • Woody Harrelson23

    BirthplaceMidland, Texas, United States of America

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

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  • Josh Brolin24

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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

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  • Clint Eastwood25

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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

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