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The Most Influential Actors Of 2019  

Jules Burke
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List Rules Vote up the actors who had the biggest impact in 2019.

In 2019, some of the most influential people were those who work in Hollywood. With more films becoming more overtly political and more famous actors realizing they can use their power to inspire others and change things for the better, there are plenty of influential actors and actresses that truly made the public think this year. From breakout stars to veterans of the field, you'll find all the greatest actors of 2019 below!

The push for diversity in film and television, and for supporting women's rights in Hollywood, continues. We're more connected to celebrities than ever and many of them use their powers for good, inspiring and influencing us to do and be better.

Which actors and actresses do you find the most inspiring? Vote up the most influential stars of 2019 below and feel free to add anyone you think is missing!

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3
Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor, producer and singer. His career has been characterized by critical and popular notoriety in his youth, followed by a period of ...more
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Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
The Impossible, Locke, How I Live Now
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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Chris Evans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Snowpiercer
Christopher Robert Evans (born June 13, 1981) is an American actor. Evans is known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic ...more
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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World
Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away (2004–07) before leaving to begin a film ...more
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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal
Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He began his career starring in the Canadian teen soap opera Hillside and ...more
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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Lost in Translation, The Avengers, The Prestige
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is the world's highest-paid actress, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has made multiple ...more
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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, Jackson is the actor whose films have ...more
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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her
Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He rose to prominence for his television roles, particularly as Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation ...more
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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mass
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he ...more
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and former professional wrestler. Johnson was a professional wrestler for the ...more
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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World
Thomas William Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor, film producer, and musician. He is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a Laurence Olivier ...more
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Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Neighbours, About Time, The Wolf of Wall Street
Margot Elise Robbie (born 2 July 1990) is an Australian actress and film producer. She has received nominations for an Academy Award and three BAFTA Awards. In 2017, Time magazine named her one ...more
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle
Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won a Grammy ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. ...more
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Sebastian Stan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Swan
Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian-American actor. On television, he has played Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl, Prince Jack Benjamin in Kings, Jefferson in Once Upon a Time, and ...more
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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Les Misérables, Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015, she has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a ...more
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John Krasinski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
The Office, Away We Go, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
John Burke Krasinski (; born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Besides appearing in and making feature films, he is known for his role as Jim Halpert ...more
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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods
Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress in theater productions. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway ...more
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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, Furious 7
Gal Gadot Varsano (Hebrew: גל גדות‎, [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot]; born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel ...more
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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z
William Bradley Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own ...more
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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wanted
James McAvoy (; born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in The Near Room (1995) and made mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film ...more
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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Gravity, The Proposal, Crash
Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist. She was the highest paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2014. In 2015, Bullock was chosen as ...more
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Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim
Idrissa Akuna Elba (; born 6 September 1972) is an English actor, writer, producer, musician, DJ, rapper, and singer. He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, ...more
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Chadwick Boseman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Actors Of 2019
Chadwick Boseman 42, The Express, Persons Unknown
Chadwick Aaron Boseman (born November 29, 1976, or in 1977) (sources differ) is an American actor known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), ...more