20th century cinema was all about advancements - technologically, emotionally, artistically and creatively. The era gave us some world-class classics that shall be revered and enjoyed for generations to come in the future centuries. These movies are monumental in all terms – some unforgettable performances, charismatic screen presence, perfect script, brilliant direction and top-notch editing. Be it ‘Casablanca’ or ‘It happened One Night’, ‘North by Northwest’ or ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, ‘The Godfather’ or ‘The Searches’, ‘Top Hat’ or ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, all of these movies and many more are today institutions in their own self. They beautifully portray the tradition and ethnicity of the bygone era, thus bringing out the historical and cultural context of the century. Though due credit for the same goes to the entire cast and crew of the films, one cannot ignore the hard work done by the actors in projecting the vision and making it a reality. Popularly called the face of cinema, American actors of the 20th century largely contributed in turning the fate of films with their inherent acting talent and their brilliant portrayal on screen. Today, it is hard to ignore the contribution made by Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, John Wayne or Fred Astaire in the field of acting. Check this section and find out some of the famous American actors of the 20th century.
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor
Caitlyn JennerCaitlyn Jenner
28 October 1949
Media Personality, Socialite

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor

Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman
29 November 1976
Actor

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961
Actor

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor
Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor

Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor
Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist

Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor
Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
31 December 1937
 

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
Actor
Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor

David SchwimmerDavid Schwimmer
02 November 1966
Actor

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist
Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Matt LeBlancMatt LeBlanc
25 July 1967
Actor
Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer

Machine Gun KellyMachine Gun Kelly
22 April 1990
Rapper

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan
06 February 1911
40th U.S. President
Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor

Stanley TucciStanley Tucci
11 November 1960
Actor
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964
Actor, Producer

Liam NeesonLiam Neeson
07 June 1952
Actor
Jack BlackJack Black
28 August 1969
Actor

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Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor
George SegalGeorge Segal
13 February 1934
Actor

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor

Anthony MackieAnthony Mackie
23 September 1978
Actor
Paul WalkerPaul Walker
12 September 1973
Actor
O. J. SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor

Kurt RussellKurt Russell
17 March 1951
 
Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor

Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
07 February 1978
Actor, Producer, Model, Investor

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924
Actor

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
25 September 1944
Actor, Producer

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor
John TravoltaJohn Travolta
18 February 1954
Actor

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
Actor
James FrancoJames Franco
19 April 1978
Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher

Jason BatemanJason Bateman
14 January 1969
Actor

Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker
Jason SudeikisJason Sudeikis
18 September 1975
Actor

Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor
Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954
American actor

Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor

Nick CannonNick Cannon
08 October 1980
Actor

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942
American actor

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez
12 May 1962
Actor
Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor

Colin JostColin Jost
29 June 1982
Screenwriter, Actor

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931
Actor

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor
George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
06 May 1961
Actor

Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958
Actor, Producer
jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker

Tyler PerryTyler Perry
13 September 1969
Actor

Steven SeagalSteven Seagal
10 April 1952
Actor
Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey
26 July 1959
Actor

Bob OdenkirkBob Odenkirk
22 October 1962
Actor
Justin TherouxJustin Theroux
10 August 1971
Actor

Zac EfronZac Efron
18 October 1987
Actor, Singer

Charles GrodinCharles Grodin
21 April 1935
Actor
Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
18 January 1955
Actor

Tom SelleckTom Selleck
29 January 1945
Actor
John Wayne John Wayne
26 May 1907
Actor

Steve McQueenSteven McQueen
24 March 1930
Actor

Sean PennSean Penn
17 August 1960
Actor

Bill PaxtonBill Paxton
17 May 1955
 
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967
Actor
Jared LetoJared Leto
26 December 1971
American actor

Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
22 April 1966
Actor

Dick Van DykeDick Van Dyke
13 December 1925
Actors

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955
Actor
Danny TrejoDanny Trejo
16 May 1944
Actor

Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937
Comedian

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980
 

River PhoenixRiver Phoenix
23 August 1970
Actor

Donnie WahlbergDonnie Wahlberg
17 August 1969
Singer-songwriter
Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan
16 May 1953
Actor

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor
Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
21 December 1948
Actor

Kevin Norwood BaconKevin Norwood Bacon
08 July 1958
Actor
Matt DamonMatt Damon
08 October 1970
Actor
Dylan O’BrienDylan O’Brien
26 August 1991
Actor