Every actor may secretly want to be the best. Being popular doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting work either. Fame is ofttimes fickle and fleeting. Still, some performers manage to rise to the top long enough to leave a lasting impression. Based on several online sources, popular pundits in the Los Angeles, California area, as well as a few informal surveys, here are the top 10 most popular Hollywood actors of 2017:
Most Popular Hollywood Actors of 2017:
10. Will Smith
At number 10 is Willard Carroll Smith Jr. Known as Will Smith, the actor was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He’s also a rapper and producer.
He began his career as the MC of the hip-hop act DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. His first acting gig was in 1990 on NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His resume includes nominations for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.
His first movie was 1992’s Where the Day Takes You. His other film credits include the Men In Black franchise, 2001’s Ali, 2017’s Suicide Squad and his recent release 2017’s Collateral Beauty.
9. Tom Hanks
Actor Thomas (Jeffrey) “Tom” Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. He is also a director, filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter. He made his debut in the 1980 movie He Knows You’re Alone.
He has won two Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People’s Choice Award. His resume is highlighted by such feature films as Splash (1984), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Sully (2017). He is also famous for his voice acting work in the animated Toy Story franchise.
9. Robert Pattinson
Actor Robert (Douglas Thomas) Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986, in London, England. He is also a model, producer, and musician. He made his film debut in the 2005 motion picture Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
As one of the highest paid actors in 2010, TIME magazine listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in The World. He is also well-known for his work in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels between 2008 and 2012. His resume also includes such films as 2009’s Little Ashes, and this year’s The Lost City of Z.
7. Tom Cruise
Thomas Cruise (Mapother IV) was born on July 3, 1962, Syracuse, New York. He is both an actor and producer. He has scored three Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
He began his film career with 1981’s Endless Love. He earned his chops with supporting roles in 1981’s Taps, and 1983’s The Outsiders. His resume also includes such other motion pictures as 1983’s Risky Business, the 1986 action drama Top Gun, and Rain Man and 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July. His most recent release is this year’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
6. Christian Bale
Another popular actor is Christian (Charles Philip) Bale. He was born on January 30, 1974, in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He made his motion picture debut at age 13 in 1987’s Empire of the Sun. He has garnered an Academy Award and additional Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
He is known to go to significant lengths for his art. He is most famous for his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Dark Knight trilogy–2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. He more recently appeared in this year’s movie The Promise.
5. Robert Downey Jr.
Actor Robert John Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York. He made his debut at age five in his dad’s 1970 movie Pound. He has won one BAFTA Award, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Golden Globe Awards.
He appeared in such films as 1985’s Weird Science, 1987’s Less Than Zero, 1992’s Chaplin. He is best known for his recurring role as the superhero Iron Man in both the Iron Man and Avengers franchise. He also played Iron Man in his most recent movie–this year’s Captain America: Civil War.
4. Matt Damon
Matthew (Paige) “Matt” Damon born on October 8, 1970, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an actor, a film producer, and a screenwriter. Damon has received numerous honors including one Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and has even been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards.
His first professional gig was in the 1988 movie Mystic Pizza (1988). He wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck in 1997. His resume also features the films Saving Private Ryan (1998), Dogma (1999), and The Departed (2006). He is most famous for his starring role in the Bourne franchise (2002–present).
3. Brad Pitt
(William) Bradley “Brad” Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is an actor and producer. He has received 61 awards and 147 nominations including an Academy Award as a producer.
Pitt made his film debut in Thelma & Louise (1991). His resume also includes such titles as A River Runs Through It (1992), and Interview with the Vampire(1994). Other highlights include Seven, 12 Monkeys (both 1995), the cult movie Fight Club (1999) and the Ocean’s franchise (2001–2007). His most recent work this year is Allied.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo (Wilhelm) DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California. He is an actor and a producer. He has racked up a total of 47 awards and 168 nominations.
His film debut was in 1991’s Critters 3. His resume also includes such feature films as This Boy’s Life (1993), and Romeo + Juliet (1996). He earned international acclaim in Titanic (1997). Other highlights include Gangs of New York (2002), The Great Gatsby, and The Wolf of Wall Street (both 2013). His most recent work is 2015’s The Revenant.
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1. Johnny Depp
John (Christopher) “Johnny” Depp II was born on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. He is an actor, musician, and producer. He has scored both the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
His made his movie debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). He is famous for his roles in Edward Scissorhands (1990), the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (2006 to present) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
His resume is also highlighted by Platoon (1986), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(2007). His most recent release is this year’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.
There will always be actors who are popular in the industry. There will always be actors who have solid fan bases. Still, Hollywood is in a constant state of flux.
Who knows who will be the most popular Hollywood actors next year? Who knows who will be the most popular actor of 2019? Only time will tell.