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The Best (Male) Actors Working Today  

Buster McDermott
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List Rules Working male actors who have starred in major films or TV series in the last ~5 years

The best actors working today include Hollywood legends, Academy Award winners and many of the top up and coming actors in the world right now. These talented and beautiful men grace the big and small screen with brilliant performances in our favorite movies and TV shows and do it really, really well. There's no question that many of these top current actors, if they aren't already, will long be remembered among the best actors of all time.

For many of these best male actors, being part of Hollywood's elite is nothing new as they've been starring in our favorite titles for many years. The likes of George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Christopher Walken, among other popular actors, have been around for decades and lost little of that spark that made them favorites.

Moving into a slightly younger crowd, many of these best current actors are quickly becoming legendary as they continue to see success. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Johnny Depp are not just all hot, but among the best Hollywood has to offer today. But there's another generation of young actors looking for their turn in the spotlight too with up and comers like Aaron Paul, Michael Fassbender, Chris Hemsworth and Henry Cavill all on track to be the next big thing.

How do you compare the newcomers and the veterans to the greatest actors of all time? However you rank them, do so below on this list of the best actors working today!

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 62

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: California State University, Sacramento, Skyline High School, Chabot College

Major/Field Of Study: Theatre

Children: Truman Theodore Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Chet Hanks, Colin Hanks

Medical Conditions: Type 2 diabetes

Credits: The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
The Post (2017)
Sully (2016)
Bridge of Spies (2015)

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 41

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, John Marshall High School, Corinne Seeds University Elementary School

Credits: Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic, The Departed

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
The Revenant (2015)

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 41

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Bournemouth School, Dolphin School

Children: Emmeline Bale

Credits: The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho, The Dark Knight Rises

Ford v. Ferrari (2019)
Vice (2018)
Backseat (2018)
The Big Short (2015)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 78

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Schools: Los Angeles City College, Pasadena Playhouse

Children: Alfonso Freeman, Saifoulaye Freeman, Morgana Freeman, Deena Freeman

Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Going In Style (2017)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
London Has Fallen (2016)
Lucy (2014)
Transcendence (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014)

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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age 72

Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, USA

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Actors Studio, McBurney School, Elisabeth Irwin High School, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, P.S. 41 Greenwich Village School, + more

Children: Drena De Niro, Aaron Kendrick De Niro, Julian Henry De Niro, Raphael De Niro, Elliot De Niro, + more

Medical Conditions: Prostate cancer

Credits: Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino, Meet the Parents

The Irishman (2019)
The War with Grandpa (2019)
The Comedian (2016)
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
Joy (2015)
Heist (2015)
The Intern (2015)

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 64

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Oakland Military Academy, Mainland High School, Fordham University, Pennington-Grimes Elementary School

Major/Field Of Study: Journalism

Children: John David Washington, Olivia Washington, Malcolm Washington, Katia Washington

Credits: Training Day, American Gangster American Gangster, Man on Fire, Inside Man

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
Fences (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
The Equalizer (2014)

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 81

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Film Director

Schools: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, West Monmouth School, Cowbridge Grammar School, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Children: Abigail Hopkins

Medical Conditions: Dyslexia

Credits: Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man, The Silence of the Lambs

The Pope (2019)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Westworld (2016)

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 58

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Actor

Schools: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bedales School, Sevenoaks School

Children: Ronan Cal Day-Lewis, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, Cashel Blake Day-Lewis

Credits: There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans

Phantom Thread (2017)

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 50

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Profession: Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Schools: Santa Monica High School

Children: Indio Falconer Downey, Exton Elias Downey

Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

All-Star Weekend (2019)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Chef (2014)
The Judge (2014)
Avengers / Marvel movies (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 70

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Morehouse College

Major/Field Of Study: Drama

Children: Zoe Jackson

Credits: Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hateful Eight

Shaft (2019)
Glass (2019)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Chi-Raq (2015)
Big Game (2015)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Kite (2014)
Avengers / Marvel movies (2019, 2018, 2015, 2014)

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 57

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Schools: Rose Bruford College

Children: Gulliver Flynn Oldman, Alfie Oldman, Charlie John Oldman

Credits: The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Léon: The Professional, Batman Begins

The Woman in the Window (2019)
The Laundromat (2019)
Darkest Hour (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
The Space Between Us (2017)
Criminal (2016)
Man Down (2016)
Child 44 (2015)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
RoboCop (2014)

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 78

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Schools: High School of Performing Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

Children: Julie Marie Tarrant, Olivia Rose D'Angelo, Anton James D'Angelo

Credits: The Godfather, Scarface, Heat, The Godfather: Part II

The Irishman (2019)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Hangman (2017)
The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Misconduct (2016)
Danny Collins (2015)
The Humbling (2014)
Manglehorn (2014)

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 48

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Harvard University, Graham And Parks

Children: Isabella Damon, Alexia Barroso, Gia Zavala Damon, Stella Damon

Credits: The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting, The Departed

Ford v. Ferrari (2019)
Ocean's Eight (2018)
Suburbicon (2017)
Downsizing (2017)
The Great Wall (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Martian (2015)
Interstellar (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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age 43

Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-upon-Trent, United Kingdom

Profession: Model, Actor

Schools: University of Oxford, St Peter's College, Oxford, Dragon School, Winchester College

Major/Field Of Study: English Literature

Children: Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy

Credits: Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, King Arthu, Confessions of a Shopaholic

Late Night (2019)
The Path (2016-)
Hannibal (2013-15)

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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age 49

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Journalist, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: Yale University, Wilde Lake High School

Credits: Fight Club, American History X, The Illusionist, The Incredible Hulk

Collateral Beauty (2016)
Birdman (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 79

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

Profession: Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting

Schools: St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Cambridge University, University of Cambridge, Bolton School

Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Cats (2019)
The Good Liar (2019)
All Is True (2018)
Vicious (2013-16)
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Hobbit movies (2014, 2013, 2012)
Marvel movies (2014, 2013)

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 52

Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Restaurateur, Actor, + more

Schools: Miramar High School, Henry D. Perry Middle School

Children: Lily-Rose Melody Depp, John "Jack" Christopher Depp III

Credits: Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

City of Lies (2018)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016)
Black Mass (2015)
Mortdecai (2015)
Into the Woods (2014)
Tusk (2014)
Transcendence (2014)

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 47

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Schools: Knox Grammar School, Pymble Public School, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, University of Technology, Sydney, + more

Children: Ava Eliot Jackman, Oscar Maximilian Jackman

Medical Conditions: Basal-cell carcinoma

Credits: The Prestige, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, Les Misérables

The Front Runner (2018)
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Logan (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Pan (2015)
Chappie (2015)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 76

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Film Producer, Carpenter, Actor

Schools: Maine East High School, Ripon College

Children: Georgia Ford, Ben Ford, Malcolm Ford, Willard Ford, Liam Flockhart

Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

Call of the Wild (2019)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
The Expendables 3 (2014)

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 55

Birthplace: USA, Shawnee, Oklahoma

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Missouri School of Journalism, Kickapoo High School

Major/Field Of Study: Journalism

Children: Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, + more

Credits: Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, World War Z, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Once  Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Ad Astra (2019)
War Machine (2017)
Allied (2016)
The Big Short (2015)
By the Sea (2015)
Fury (2014)

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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age 59

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Schools: Los Angeles Valley College, Juilliard School, Chatsworth High School, Canoga Park High School

Credits: American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Moon

Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
Baby Driver (2017)
House of Cards (2013-17)
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 66

Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Schools: Gaiety School of Drama, Queen's University Belfast

Children: Micheál Neeson, Daniel Neeson

Credits: Schindler's List, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins, Taken

Men in Black: International (2019)
Cold Pursuit (2019)
Widows (2018)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Silence (2016)
Run All Night (2015)
Taken 3 (2015)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Non-Stop (2014)

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Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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age 46

Birthplace: Uvalde, Texas, USA

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Longview High School, University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

Children: Levi Alves McConaughey, Vida Alves McConaughey, Livingston Alves McConaughey

Credits: Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Mud

The Beach Bum (2019)
White Boy Rick (2018)
The Dark Tower (2017)
Gold (2017)
The Sea of Trees (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
Interstellar (2014)

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
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age 81

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: California Institute of the Arts, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles High School

Children: Jake Hoffman, Max Hoffman, Jenna Byrne, Rebecca Hoffman, Alexandra Hoffman, + more

Credits: Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, The Graduate

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
The Program (2015)
The Cobbler (2014)
Chef (2014)

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best (Male) Actors Working Today
age 75

Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Schools: Hofstra University, Professional Children's School

Credits: The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Wedding Crashers

The War with Grandpa (2019)
Father Figures (2017)
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
The Family Fang (2015)
Jersey Boys (2014)

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