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.
Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor

Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer
Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980
 

Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor
Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor
Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor

Zac EfronZac Efron
18 October 1987
Actor, Singer

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian
Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor
Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
11 June 1969
Actor

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist

Chris FarleyChris Farley
15 February 1964
Actor
Jon FavreauJon Favreau
19 October 1966
Actor

O J SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
21 December 1948
Actor

Josh BrolinJosh Brolin
12 February 1968
Actor

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor
Terry CrewsTerry Crews
30 July 1968
Actor, American Football Player

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

Paul RuddPaul Rudd
06 April 1969
Actor

Jeremy RennerJeremy Renner
07 January 1971
Actor
Luke PerryLuke Perry
11 October 1966
Actor

Kevin HartKevin Hart
06 July 1979
Comedian

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971
Actor

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931
Actor

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Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942
American actor
Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke
06 November 1970
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

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

Paul WalkerPaul Walker
12 September 1973
Actor
Bill MurrayBill Murray
21 September 1950
American actor

Seth RogenSeth Rogen
15 April 1982
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director

Dave BautistaDave Bautista
18 January 1969
Wrestler, Actor

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961
Actor

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
 
Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

River PhoenixRiver Phoenix
23 August 1970
Actor

Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker

Sam ElliottSam Elliott
09 August 1944
Actor
Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964
Actor, Producer
Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 

John TravoltaJohn Travolta
18 February 1954
Actor
Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Actor

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor
James MarsdenJames Marsden
18 September 1973
Actor

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
18 January 1955
Actor

John Wayne John Wayne
26 May 1907
Actor, Director, Producer
Liam NeesonLiam Neeson
07 June 1952
Actor

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor
Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor

Channing TatumChanning Tatum
26 April 1980
 

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954
American actor

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
25 September 1944
Actor, Producer
Matthew BroderickMatthew Broderick
21 March 1962
Actor
Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924
Actor

Jaden Smith Jaden Smith
08 July 1998
Actor, Rapper

Tobey MaguireTobey Maguire
27 June 1975
Actor

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
17 November 1944
 
Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor

Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan
16 May 1953
Actor

Dick Van DykeDick Van Dyke
13 December 1925
Actors

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955
Actor
Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967
 
Brandon LeeBrandon Lee
01 February 1965
Actor & Martial Artist

Rob LoweRob Lowe
17 March 1964
 

Ron HowardRon Howard
01 March 1954
Actor
Matt DamonMatt Damon
08 October 1970
Actor

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor
Paul NewmanPaul Newman
26 January 1925
Actor

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949
Comedian, Actor, Musician

James FrancoJames Franco
19 April 1978
Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher

Tom SelleckTom Selleck
29 January 1945
 
Andy SambergAndy Samberg
18 August 1978
Actor

Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey
26 July 1959
Actor
Bill PaxtonBill Paxton
17 May 1955
 

Kurt RussellKurt Russell
17 March 1951
 

Bob FosseBob Fosse
23 June 1927
Dancer

Johnny GaleckiJohnny Galecki
30 April 1975
Actor
Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman
01 June 1937