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
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) 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
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, 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
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
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
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
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
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
John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) 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
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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