Top 10 American Actors of All Time

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Top 10 American Actors of all Time

The American actors on this list are ranked according to their lifetime success (awards & nominations), along with their acting skills, versatility and role transformation. To me, accuracy when making a Top 10/Top 100 all time list is extremely important. My lists are not based on my own personal favorites; they are based on the true greatness and/or success of the person, place or thing being ranked. In other words, an actor’s commercial success (Oscars & BAFTA Awards), and influential greatness through their acting skill and role transformation, is how I ranked the actors on this list.

1. Tom Hanks
American Actors

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), You’ve Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), The Polar Express (2004), Larry Crowne (2011), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Sully (2016). He is also known for starring in the Robert Langdon film series, and for his voice work as Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series.

Born         Thomas Jeffrey Hanks July 9, 1956 (age 61) Concord, California, U.S.
Residence    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation   Actor, filmmaker
Years active 1977–present
Net worth    $390 million (May 2014)[1]
Spouse(s)    Samantha Lewes (m. 1978; div. 1987) Rita Wilson (m. 1988)
Children 4,  including Colin Hanks
Relatives    Jim Hanks (brother) Larry Hanks (brother)
2. Denzel Washington
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Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954)[1] is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award,[2] and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).

Born         Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. December 28, 1954 (age 63) Mount Vernon, 
             New York, U.S.
Alma mater   Fordham University, B.A. 1977
Occupation   Actor, director, producer
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s)    Pauletta Pearson (m. 1983)
Children 4,  including John David Washington
3. Robert De Niro

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American Actors Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, producer, and director who holds both American and Italian citizenship mostly known for portraying gangster characters.
De Niro was cast as the young Vito Corleone in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2003, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016.

Born               Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. August 17, 1943 (age 74) Manhattan, 
                   New York, U.S.
Residence Gardiner,New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor,  producer with TriBeCa Productions director
Years active       1963–present
Notable work       Filmography
Spouse(s)          Diahnne Abbott (m. 1976; div. 1988) Grace Hightower (m. 1997)
Children 6,        including Drena De Niro
Parent(s)          Robert De Niro Sr. Virginia Admiral
4. Dustin Hoffman

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Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor and director, with a career in film, television, and theater since 1960. Hoffman has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer, and in 1989 for Rain Man.

Born             Dustin Lee Hoffman August 8, 1937 (age 80) Los Angeles, 
                 California, U.S.
Occupation Actor,film director
Years active     1960–present
Spouse(s)        Anne Byrne (m. 1969; div. 1980) Lisa Gottsegen (m. 1980)
Children 6,      including Jake Hoffman
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5. Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, producer and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Invictus (2009). He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Born         June 1, 1937 (age 80) Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation   Actor
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s)    Jeanette Adair Bradshaw (m. 1967–79) Myrna Colley-Lee (m. 1984; 
             div. 2010)
Children 4,  including Alfonso Freeman
6. Jack Nicholson

John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many of his films, he has played the “eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter”, someone who rebels against the social structure.

Born          John Joseph Nicholson April 22, 1937 (age 80) Neptune City, 
              New Jersey, U.S.
Residence     Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation    Actor
Years active  1957–present
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)     Sandra Knight (m. 1962; div. 1968)
Partner(s)    Anjelica Huston (1973–1990) Rebecca Broussard (1989–1994)
Children 5,   including Lorraine Nicholson
7. Clint Eastwood
American Actors

Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s, and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.

Born              Clinton Eastwood Jr. May 31, 1930 (age 87) San Francisco, 
                  California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer, composer, musician, businessman, politician
Years active      1954–present
Net worth         Steady US$375 million 
Political party   Libertarian Independent Republican 
Spouse(s)         Maggie Johnson Dina Ruiz 
Partner(s)        Sondra Locke Frances Fisher 
Children          Kyle Eastwood Alison Eastwood including Scott Eastwood Francesca 
                  Eastwood

8. Samuel L. Jackson

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Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He is a highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), The 51st State (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005).

Born              Samuel Leroy Jackson December 21, 1948 (age 69) Washington, 
                  D.C., U.S.
Alma mater        Morehouse College (B.A.)
Occupation Actor, film producer
Years active      1972–present
Spouse(s)         LaTanya Richardson (m. 1980)
Children          1
9. Johnny Depp
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John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963)[1] is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. He rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol.

Born              John Christopher Depp II June 9, 1963 (age 54) Owensboro, 
                  Kentucky, U.S. Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, musician
Years active      1984–present
Spouse(s)         Lori Allison Amber Heard
Partner(s)        Vanessa Paradis (1998–2012)
Children 2,       including Lily-Rose Depp 
Genres            Rock
Instruments       Guitar
Associated acts   Rock City Angels P Hollywood Vampires
1o. Al Pacino
American Actors

Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an American actor of stage and screen, filmmaker, and screenwriter. Pacino has had a career spanning over five decades, during which time he has received numerous accolades and honors both competitive and honorary, among them an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a British Academy Film Award, four Golden Globe Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the National Medal of Arts. He is also one of few performers to have won a competitive Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony Award for acting, dubbed the “Triple Crown of Acting”.

Born               Alfredo James Pacino April 25, 1940 (age 77) Manhattan, 
                   New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater         Actors Studio, HB Studio
Occupation Actor,  filmmaker
Years active       1965–present
Partner(s)         Jan Tarrant, Beverly D'Angelo 
Children           Julie Marie, Anton James, Olivia Rose

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