Hollywood is the biggest film industry in the world. Many talented actors work in this industry. Here is a list of top ten Hollywood actors-
1 Robert Downey Jr (Top Ten Hollywood Actors)
You can call him the “Muhammad Ali” of Hollywood. Just like Ali, Robert Downey rose to fame in the 90s and then lost it all to drugs and then bounced back and took over the top spot. Born to Robert Downey Sr., an actor and filmmaker, and Elsie Ann, an actress, Robert started as a child actor doing minor roles in his father’s films. He starred in his first movie Pound in 1970. He then studied at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York. Downey initially worked in theaters. In 1984, he got his first lead role in The Pick-Up Artist (1987). Over the years, movies like- Less Than Zero (1987), Chances Are (1989) Air America (1990) Soapdish (1991) established him as an actor. In 1992, he even played the role of Charlie Chaplin in the movie Chaplin.
2 Leonardo DiCaprio (Top Ten Hollywood Actors)
Like Downey, Leonardo has been acting from a young age and he has done many great films but it was Titanic (1997) that propelled him to stardom. Born in Hollywood in 1974, California to George DiCaprio and Irmelin DiCaprio, Leonardo did TV commercials as a child. Till 1992, he did small parts in various TV series and soap opera. In 1992, famous actor Robert De Niro handpicked him out of 400 young actors for the movie This Boy’s Life. Released in 1993, the movie revealed that Leonardo is not just another pretty guy with blone hair but knows acting pretty well.
The movie was a commercial and critical success. That same year, Leonardo showcased his acting talent playing the role of mentally challenged teenager in In What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). For his performance received the National Board of Review Award. In 1996, he played the role of Romeo in the movie Romeo + Juliet, a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous romantic tragedy. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes were brilliant in playing Romeo and Juliet. In 1997, James Cameron’s Titanic brought him worldwide fame.
3 Bradley Cooper among Top Ten Hollywood Actors
With movies like American Sniper (2014), The A-Team (2010), Limitless (2011), The Hangover (2009), The Hangover Part II (2011), The Hangover Part III (2013), American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) to his credit, Bradley Cooper is not just about good looks but also serious acting. Born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, Cooper was inspired to become an actor after watching The Elephant Man (1980). After graduating in English from Georgetown University in 1997, he enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University. Cooper started his acting career by appearing opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in popular TV series Sex and the City in 1998. “People” Magazine named him “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2011.
4 Tom Cruise among Top Ten Hollywood Actors
This guy does not need any introduction. Right from TopGun (1986) he simply ruled the industry. Today, he has the highest number of commercially successful movies to his credit in Hollywood. Cruise’s life is one of those many rags to riches stories. Born to a poor family in New York, Cruise had a tough childhood. He made his film debut in Endless Love (1981). In 1983, he appeared in two movies- All the Right Moves and Risky Business-which brought him Hollywood’s attention. Then Top Gun came out in 1986. Cruise Portrayal of a U.S. Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell made him an icon all over the world. The movie inspired numerous young people in USA to join the US airforce. The movie set a gold standard for movies on airforce. Countries around the world made Top Gun inspired movies. Then movies like The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), A Few Good Men (1992) established him as a top star.
5 Brad Pitt (Top Ten Hollywood Actors)
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 at Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S. Pitt started acting career since 1987. He started in films in 1994 with horror film Cutting Class. That same year, Legend of the Fall was released which helped him to cement his position in the movie industry. His major movies include- Fight Club (1999), Babel (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Inglorious Basterds (2009), Moneyball (2011), World War Z (2013).
A two-time winner of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title in 1995 and 2000, Pitt married popular Friends TV series actress Jennifer Aniston in 2000. The couple divorced in 2005. At that time, Pitt was doing Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie and got into a relationship with her. Many held Jolie responsible for the separation of Aniston and Pitt.
Pitt received his first Oscar as a producer for 12 Years a Slave (2013).
6 George Timothy Clooney among Top Ten Hollywood Actors
Actor, screenwriter, producer and director, George Timothy Clooney, popularly known as George Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 at Lexington, Kentucky in U.S.A to Nick Clooney, Nina Bruce. Clooney started his career in television in 1978. Some of his major movies are- Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Far from Heaven (2002), The Big Empty (2005), Leatherheads (2008), Burn After Reading (2008), Solaris (2002), Intolerable Cruelty (2003) In 2002, he directed his first movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Julia Roberts. Clooney married Amal Alamuddin in 2014. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His last movie is Hail, Caesar! (2016).
7 Matt Damon (Top Ten Hollywood Actors)
Matt Damon is another great actor in Hollywood today. He attended Harvard University but dropped out and got into full time acting. At the age of 18, he acted in his first movie Mystic Pizza; a romantic comedy. During his university years, he did small roles in various movies. In 1996, Damon played the role of an opiate-addicted soldier in Courage Under Fire which brought him critical praise. He lost 40 lbs in 100 days for the role. In 1997, Damon got his first success with Good Will Hunting. Damon and Affleck wrote the screenplay of the movie. In 2001, Damon appeared in Ocean’s Eleven where he played the role of a thief named Linus Caldwell. The movie was huge commercial success. Damon then appeared in the sequels Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007).
8 Christian Bale among Top Ten Hollywood Actors
Bale started acting from a very young age. He first appeared in a made for TV film Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna in 1986. In 1987, he acted in Steven Spielberg directed Empire of the Sun. His acting was highly praised and he received the first ever “Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor” award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His role as a serial killer in American Psycho established him in the industry. He worked very seriously to portray the serial-killer’s character. He got into exercise and body-building. He even did not talk with the cast and crew during the filming to create the darker side of the character. The movie received positive reviews from the critics. Bale gained worldwide fame playing the role of Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
9 Matthew McConaughey among Top Ten Hollywood Actors
From an AIDs patient (Dallas Buyers Club) to a stripper (Magic Mike) with ripped abs Matthew McConaughey can play a wide range of roles with great ease. He also acted in few comedy movies including EDtv (1999), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). His upcoming movie, Free State of Jones (2016) is an action drama film. The movie is based on the life of Newton Knight, an American farmer, soldier and leader of rebel group that fought against the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
10 Ben Affleck (Top Ten Hollywood Actors)
If you see the latest remarkable movie named Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a hero played this character he is none other than renowned actor Ben Affleck.
Born on August 25, 1972, in Berkeley , California, Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, popularly known as Ben Affleck is an American actor, and filmmaker. He started his acting career in “PBS” educational series The Voyage of the Mimi. Affleck came to limelight by winning the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997). For his performance in Hollywoodland (2006) he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
Ben Affleck became People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2002. In 2007, he made his directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone (2007). He co-wrote the screenplay. The movie was well-received. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in the crime drama, The Town (2010). In 2012, he directed and starred in the political thriller Argo (2012). That year, he won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Picture.