When it comes to naming the most popular Hollywood actors, honestly the list may just not tend to stop. We have seen hundreds of great actors but if we cut down the list to the most popular Hollywood actors alive and filter it further by naming those actors who have stayed around for years and have been known for over a decade then the names below are what we came up with.
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#1. MATT DAMON
The Bourne series actor, Matt Damon was interested in acting since his school life. He got into Harvard but an opportunity in a film forced him to drop out and since then he only tried luck in acting. Matt Damon’s first gig was in the movie Mystic Pizza with the phenomenal Julia Roberts where he had a one line part; this earned him a considerate acknowledgment in Hollywood. People started recognizing Damon after this and consequently he appeared in several other films. He got his major breakthrough in, Good Will Hunting that earned him his first Oscar and he made it to the A-List celebrity.
Matt Damon is also well-known for his role in the Bourne series, The Talented Mr Ripley, Saving Mr Ryan, The Ocean Series, True Grit, and Invictus.
Matt Damon had several short lived affairs with beautiful actresses, usually the ones with whom he shared screen, of them a few famous are Penelope Cruz, Minnie Driver, Odessa Whitmire, and Winona Ryder to whom he was engaged for short-term as well. He then finally had a stable relationship with Luciana Bozan Borroso to whom he is now married and they have 3 children together.
5 interesting facts about Matt Damon
· He is a close friend to Ben Affleck since their school time
· Ben and Matt used to sit in café in school years and dream on how they would become Hollywood stars
· He dropped 47 pounds in 100 days for his role in “Courage under Fire”
· His wife Luciana Borroso was a bartender in Miami; he met her during the shoots of Stuck on You
· Matt just left Harvard for acting when his degree completion required only 12 credits
#2. JOHNNY DEPP
Johnny just can’t stop surprising the world with his versatility. Those who don’t read star cast may never guess Willy Wonka and Captain Jack Sparrow are the same people.
The 53 years old is known for his phenomenal acting and exceptional good looks. He debuted with a minor role in “The Night Mare on Elms street” and from there onwards he appeared in numerous films. Some of the most renowned movies he starred in are Pirates of Caribbean, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in the wonder land, Once upon a time in México and Dark Shadows.
Depp’s private life has always been very instable; he has dated numerous actresses and models till the date. Of his affairs the most famous was with super model Kate Moss and the others to whom he got engaged was Jennifer grey, Sherilyn Fenn and Wynona Ryder. The guy is twice divorced; the first from his wife not from showbiz and the next one was recently with Amber Heard.
2016 was a controversial year for Johnny Depp first his wife is accused of pet smuggling. Later in the midst of 2016 things aren’t good between Amber and Johnny, Amber accuses him of physically and verbally abusing her and finally the couple separates in august 2016 and Johnny loses $7m as per the divorce deed.
5 interesting facts about Johnny that you may want to know:
· Johnny has a net worth of $400m
· He doesn’t watch his own movies
· He worked as salesman before acting
· He entered Hollywood by following the advice Nicolas Cage
· He dropped out of school at the age of 15
#3. DWAYNE JOHNSON
Dwayne Johnson also widely known as “The Rock” is one of the most popular Hollywood actor. The actor is known for his height, body and of course action stunts. The 6.4 ft. WWE star known for his fitness made it to Hollywood by acting as the main in, “The Scorpion King”. His most famous movies include Fast and Furious, the Tooth Fairy, the Mummy Returns, Hercules, and The Rundown.
The actor’s mainstream fame was due to wrestling, he was considered one of the top celebrities in wrestling. The ratings of his show used to be record breaking high. The guy left wrestling in 2015 and appealed to be called Dwayne Johnson not “The Rock” a name he got from wrestling.
Dwayne is one of the highest paid actors in holly wood. Forbes regarded him as the highest paid actor of 2016; he earned $64.5 m in the period June 2015-june 2016.
He was married for 10 years to Danny Gracia before they got separated in 2007. He has one daughter from that marriage; he is now with Lauren Hashian.
Dwayne is just not famous for his looks, acting and physic but he has done a lot for humanity. As a humanitarian he supports under privileged children and donates for their education and health. He has his own donation channel named “Dwayne Johnson Rock foundation”. Along with his own channel, he supports 11 other charity channels as well.
5 interesting facts about Dwayne Johnson
· He holds world record for most selfies; took 105 selfies in 3 minutes during the promotion of San Andreas.
· He was the second choice for Willy Wonka’s role
· His father Rocky Johnson was a wrestler too
· He has a spider phobia
· For The Scorpion King (2002) he was paid $5.5m which was the highest at that time paid to any actor in world.
#4. Leonardo Di Caprio
Starting from the scratch Leonardo made it to the list of most popular Hollywood actors after a lot of hard work. Leo started by appearing in sitcoms and low budget B-grade movies. Then in 1996 his appearance in Romeo-Juliet and later a lead role in Titanic changed it all from him, and then onwards the world knew about the Jack of Titanic. He appeared in several blockbusters such as Catch Me If You Can, The Great Gatsby, Wolf of Wall Street, and of course The Revenant that won him his first Oscar for the best actor category.
The popular actor has not limited himself to acting he is a humanitarian as well. He has contributed millions of dollar to victims of natural calamity and works actively to promote the conservation of environment. He produced, co-wrote and narrated one of the most disturbing documentaries named the 11th hour to create awareness about environmental degradation.
The actor who is fancied by the ladies for his extra charming looks and style has had several relationships with models and actresses in his life. In 2000 he hooked up with Giselle Bündchen and they stayed together for 5 years. Then he had an affair with the famous model Bar Rafaeli which ended after a short time. A few years back there were rumours of a relationship between him and Blake Lively for a brief period. However, since years he is often seen and heard of to be with models but nothing long-term or serious has yet been heard from Di Caprio.
5 interesting facts about Leo
· He adopted a South African baby girl
· He has never gotten married to anyone in his life
· His name is an inspiration from the name of painter Leonardo da Vinci
· He has never made any sequel
· He can speak German
#5. George Clooney
The 55 years actor started with minor role in the facts of life, E/R and Roseanne and wasn’t yet famous. Mouths started speaking of him when he appeared as Dr. Doug Rous in the serial ER.
The big screen couldn’t just ignore his erotic looks and soon he got casted in leading projects like the Ocean Saga, The Descendent, Syrania (for which he was awarded an academy award ), and From Dusk Till Dawn.
His virile looks never stopped letting him be famous amongst ladies. The actor has been with many famous actresses. Starting from Kelly Preston, then was his 4 years marriage to Talia Balsam, then he dated a French waitress Celine Balitran, then Sarah Larson, then an Italian model Elisabetta Canalis, and several more came and went in his life until he got married to Amal Alamuddin and is with her till the date.
George Clooney didn’t only do some great acting but he also went into production and directions. For projects like Good Night and Good Luck he received an academy award as well.
5 interesting facts about George Clooney
· He was arrested once for protesting outside Sudanese embassy
· He doesn’t like doing makeup or dyeing hair, he thinks it just makes a person look worse
· He had a pet pig which lived with him for 18 years.
· George Clooney supports Hillary Clinton
· He grew up as a die-hard fan of batman and became the 6th actor to play the role of batman.
#6. WILL SMITH
The African-American who has appeared in numerous block buster movies is also one of the most popular actors of Hollywood. The actor entered the industry as a rapper and then did some tremendous appearances on the big screen. His most famous work include Men in Black, Bad Boys, Independence Day, Hancock and his personal favourite The Pursuit of Happiness in which he played the role Muhammad Ali.
Will Smith’s work have been recognised in various platforms; he has been nominated for best actor in Oscars twice and won 4 out of 6 Grammys for which he was nominated.
The actor just doesn’t do some extraordinary acting but it is his pleasant nature, wit, and sense of humour that attracts the audience as well. He was ranked as the 5th smartest Hollywood personality on the entertainment weekly in 2007. He achieved a global fame that no African American in Hollywood had achieved till the date.
Will smith got married to Sheree Zampino in 1991 and they went for separation in 1995 then after some time he married Jada Pinkett in 1997 and they are together till now. Will has 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter.
5 interesting facts about Will Smith
· He can speak Spanish
· First hip-hop artist to be nominated at Oscar
· Was already a millionaire before making it to the age of 20
· His current height, 6.2”, is the same as was when he was 13
· In 2005 made it to the Guinness book of world records for attending 3 premieres in 24 hours.
#7. Brad Pitt
The versatile actor Brad Pitt is well-known all over the world for his casual yet charming personality and his good-looks. Pitt started acting in the 80s from television until he got selected for a horror-movie Cutting-Class in 1989. The actor appeared in some great movies after that and made it to the list of most popular actors in the world. His role in Troy, Ocean Series, Mr And Mrs Smith, World War Z, 12 Years of Slave and Babel received special credits from the audience.
The actor has also produced some movies in his career of which 12 Years of Slave received an Academy award. Pitt has been recently involved in lots of welfare projects especially after his relationship with Angelina Jolie who is considered to be one of the most socially active actresses in the world.
Pitt got married to actress Jennifer Aniston in 2000 and they stayed together for five years. It was a few years after the split that a rumour came out that their break-up was due to his feelings for Angelina Jolie. The actor, however, later after his divorce got into relationship with Angelina for years and they decided to get married in 2014. They have six children in total of which 3 are adopted. Well the marriage may just not last long Jolie filed for divorce and the couple may just break-up.
5 interesting facts about Pitt
· He was banned from china for his role in 7 years of Tibet in 1997
· Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt’s first date was a blind date
· Brad owned a gun at the age of 6 inheriting it from his grandfather
· He actually got his front teeth broken for his movie Fight Club so to get into the skin of the character and has caps on those teeth now
· He got in love with Jolie in the sets of Mr and Mrs Smith
#8. Tom cruise
In his 54 tom cruise is still one of the most desired actor in the world for his intimate looks. Mr Cruise is the most bankable and desired actor of Hollywood. After playing several supporting characters Tom played a main role for the first time in the movie “Losin’ It”. His next movie “Risky Business” earned him a sound name and people started recognizing Tom Cruise.
In his early 20s he had achieved much and was predicted to be one of the most popular actors of Hollywood since then. Tom has made some mega blockbuster movies like Mission Impossible Sega, Oblivion, The Last Samurai, and Day and Knight.
Tom has a pretty sensational private life; the guy entered the institution of marriage thrice. His first marriage was to Mimi Rogers for 3 years after that Tom got married to the Hollywood diva Nicole Kidman. The marriage didn’t prove a successful one and they parted ways. The third time Tom got married was to the gorgeous Katie Holmes and yet again Tom had to go through the misery of divorce in 2012.
5 interesting facts about tom cruise
· He wore braces in 2002
· He proposed to Katie in Eiffel tower
· He doesn’t drink alcohol
· Disney character Aladdin’s face cuts and features are inspired by Tom
· He is a vegetarian
#9. Bradley cooper
Bradley cooper started his career right after graduation by his guest appearance in “Sex and the City”. The guy worked in television and films dually. In the beginning of his career his series Kitchen Confidential earned him recognition. However his major breakthrough was his role in Hangover that did an estimated business of almost $200 million.
Famous for his looks and style he is considered to be one of the most famous Hollywood actors in the 21st century. His works, that made it big, are namely Wedding Crasher, Yes Man, He’s Just Not That into You, All about Steve, Valentine Day, A-Team, American Sniper, American Hustle, and most recently Serena.
Bradley has been nominated and awarded numerously, of which 3 were only Oscar nomination. He is a multi-talented actor who has done romantic, action, comedy, and tragedy roles in his career, with all being performed very well. Cooper is also considered to be one of the most expensive actors in Hollywood.
He has been with Jennifer Esposito, Renee Zellweger, and Zoe Saldana in the past and now he is with the famous Russian model Irina Shayek who is the ex of Cristiano Ronaldo.
5 interesting facts about Bradley Cooper
· He added 37 pounds on to himself for his role in American sniper by taking 6000 calories a day
· He quit drinking when he aged 29
· At one point in his life cooper wanted to be a chef
· He found Hangover to be the most challenging project for himself
· When he moved to New York his first ever job before acting was of a doorman at a hotel
#10. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman’s name comes in the list of Hollywood’s most respected stars. His sensational acting capability, adaptability to diverse roles, and wisdom has earned him a huge name. The 79 years old started his career from small limited roles. He started from the series The Electric Company; he didn’t make it to the A-class actors list until he reached the age 50.
His biggest breakthrough was Street Smart after that he did some big movies as Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption; he won an Oscar for his role in Million Dollar Baby. Freeman has appeared in certain blockbusters as the Batman Begins and its sequels. These movies made him an icon and his acting just made the movies he appeared in better. When he acts, he plays the characters so well that the audience remember his role character forever. His recent mega hits includes Now You See Me, Invictus that won him an Oscar, and Lucy.
Freeman married Jeannate Adair Bradshaw and stayed with her for 12 years the couple had 2 sons together. He then married designer Myrna Colley Lee, they went for separation after a long term marriage of 23 years. Freeman has 4 children in total of which 3 are biological and one is adopted.
5 interesting facts about Morgan Freeman
· He has a private pilot licence
· He is also well known for narration along with acting
· Morgan freeman is a beekeeper
· Freeman can speak French as well
· His adopted daughter is the biological daughter of his first wife
#11. CHANNING TATUM
For his physique and good-looks the cameras couldn’t just ignore him and he stays in limelight all the time. The 36 years old is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. After his debut on screen in Ricky Martins video “she bangs” he got several other opportunities and then the guy never looked back.
He has been a brand ambassador for leading brands of world like Pepsi, Emporio Armani, Aeropostale and Gap. He initially appeared in a drama CSI: Miami and then played a main role in Coach Carter after that he entered Hollywood and got casted in some great movies. Some of his movies which were a blockbuster and are still loved all over the world are Step-Up, She’s the Man, Dear John, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street and Magic Mike XXL.
Tatum isn’t a guy who got all the fame overnight, he actually worked hard to get to where he stands today. He was a model, a dancer, and had accomplished kung-Fu and gor-chor kung-Fu forms of martial arts_ no wonder, this explains the masculine body. Prior to acting he had worked as construction worker, stripper, mortgage broker and a salesman and gradually after a lot of struggle he is now one of the most popular celebrity in the world.
Channing Tatum got married in 2009 to Jenna Dewan her co-star in Step-Up. They had their first child (a daughter) in 2013.
5 interesting facts about Channing Tatum
• Christopher Anderson (actor) is his step-brother
• His first ever pay for acting that was in She Bangs was $400
• Channing Tatum auditioned for fast and furious: Tokyo drift and failed
• Channing Tatum fought against dyslexia as a child
• He loves reading script when in bath tub
#12. Robert De Niro
To call Robert de Niro a famous Hollywood actor would just be an understatement, he is a living legend. Di Niro has given some great contribution to Hollywood. Some of his masterpieces are Once Upon A Time in America, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Deer Hunter, Ronin and the list just doesn’t stop.
As phenomenal as he is, he is very precautious about every detail of the character that he plays. His work is just a piece-of-rare-art and inspiration for all the others in the industry. It’s been almost 43 years of his in Hollywood and the name he has is still the most popular one around.
Some of his recent hits include The Good Shepherd, Little Fockers, Silver Lining Playbook, The Big Wedding, Last Vegas, and The Hands of Stone. De Niro is a name that every film would feel proud to have in their cast, actors and directors feel blessed if they work with him.
De Niro has 5 children in total he was married to Dianne Abbot for 12 years after their separation he was with Toukie Smith and recently he is married to Grace Hightower.
5 interesting facts about Robert De Niro
• He studies extensively before playing any character to give the best output
• His nick name during childhood was Bobby Milk because of his skinny physique
• He went through an operation in 2003 and fought cancer
• He put on to himself 60 pounds for his role in raging bull
• He had his 5th child at the age of 68
#13. Al Pacino
Al Pacino is considered to be an iconic figure of Hollywood. Al Pacino has given some masterpieces in his career. The Godfather actor is an Italian who came from a broken family was broke and loved acting. He auditioned a several times but failed, there were times in his life when he had to borrow money for bus fares to make it to the auditions and often when he had no place to crash in, then he would sleep in streets.
The actor after many bumps and bruises got selected at the actor studio; from there onwards he did small roles in movies, feature films and theatre. It was when he was casted in “Me” that he became a known personality in the Hollywood. He then did lead roles in many movies but of them all Serpico made it huge, followed by The Godfather that became a game changer for Al Pacino.
Al Pacino is one of those few people in Hollywood who never got married. He has 3 children though; the eldest of them was with his trainer Jan Tarrant and twins sons were from his long-term girlfriend Beverly D’ Angelo. They had a 7 years relationship and there were high rumours all the time that they may get married but the couple called it a quit in 2003. Other than this Al Pacino had several short-term relationships.
5 interesting facts about Al Pacino
• He admires Johnny Depp the most in Hollywood
• He started smoking at the age of 9 and there was a time he used to smoke 4 packets a day
• He quit smoking to protect his alluring voice from distorting
• Al Pacino once stated that he really wanted to act in Slap Shot but didn’t make it
• He was once fired from his job in movie theatre because of admiring himself in a mirror
Every single of these actors are worth the popularity after looking at what they have forsaken to become what they are today! One must say to become the most popular Hollywood actor is not an overnight thing there is a lot more serious going on behind the glamour world.