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The Most Influential Actors Of 2019

Updated October 3, 2019 9.4k votes 658 voters 10.6k views58 items

List RulesVote 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.1
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    Robert Downey Jr.

    The Avengers, Iron Man

    Age55

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor, producer and singer. His...  more
  • Scarlett Johansson2
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    Scarlett Johansson

    Lost in Translation, The Avengers

    Age35

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is...  more
  • Tom Holland3
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    Tom Holland

    The Impossible, Locke

    Age24

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

    Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the...  more
  • Chris Evans4
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    Chris Evans

    Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers

    Age39

    BirthplaceSudbury, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Christopher Robert Evans (born June 13, 1981) is an American actor. Evans is known for his...  more
  • Chris Hemsworth5
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    Chris Hemsworth

    Thor, The Avengers

    Age37

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence...  more
  • Dwayne Johnson6
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    Dwayne Johnson

    San Andreas, Fast & Furious 6

    Age48

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

    Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an...  more
  • Benedict Cumberbatch7
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    Benedict Cumberbatch

    The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness

    Age39

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has...  more
  • Margot Robbie8
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    Margot Robbie

    Neighbours, About Time

    Age30

    BirthplaceGold Coast, Australia

    Margot Elise Robbie (born 2 July 1990) is an Australian actress and film producer. She has...  more
  • Samuel L. Jackson9
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    Samuel L. Jackson

    Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained

    Age71

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A...  more
  • Ryan Reynolds10
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    Ryan Reynolds

    Deadpool, Green Lantern

    Age43

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film...  more
  • Anne Hathaway11
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    Anne Hathaway

    Les Misérables, Rachel Getting Married

    Age37

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. One of the...  more
  • Emma Watson12
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    Emma Watson

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Age30

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist....  more
  • Chris Pratt13
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    Chris Pratt

    Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World

    Age41

    BirthplaceVirginia, Minnesota, United States of America

    Christopher Michael Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He rose to prominence for...  more
  • Gal Gadot14
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    Gal Gadot

    Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

    Age35

    BirthplaceRosh HaAyin, Israel

    Gal Gadot Varsano (born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was...  more
  • Tom Hiddleston15
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    Tom Hiddleston

    Thor, The Avengers

    Age39

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    Thomas William Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor, film producer, and...  more
  • Brad Pitt16
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    Brad Pitt

    Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club

    Age56

    BirthplaceUSA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

    William Bradley Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has...  more
  • Jennifer Lawrence17
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    Jennifer Lawrence

    The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Age30

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have...  more
  • John Krasinski18
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    John Krasinski

    The Office, Away We Go

    Age40

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    John Burke Krasinski (; born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, director, producer and...  more
  • Bradley Cooper19
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    Bradley Cooper

    Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover

    Age45

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been...  more
  • Charlize Theron20
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    Charlize Theron

    Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus

    Age45

    BirthplaceSouth Africa, Benoni, Gauteng

    Charlize Theron ( shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; Afrikaans: [ʃarˈlis trɔn]; born 7 August 1975) is a...  more
  • James McAvoy21
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    James McAvoy

    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Age41

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, United Kingdom

    James McAvoy (; born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in...  more
  • Anna Kendrick22
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    Anna Kendrick

    Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect

    Age35

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, United States of America

    Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her...  more
  • Sebastian Stan23
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    Sebastian Stan

    Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Age38

    BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

    Sebastian Stan (born August 13, 1982) is a Romanian-American actor. On television, he has...  more
  • Chadwick Boseman24
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    Chadwick Boseman

    42, The Express

    Age37

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020) was an American actor known for...  more
  • Meryl Streep25
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    Meryl Streep

    The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt

    Age71

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, United States of America

    Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the...  more