American cinema, which emerged in the early 20th century is today the dominant force in world cinema. With several hundred movies made every year, the United States is one of the most prolific producers of films in the world and unsurprising home to many of the best known actors in the international scenario. Acting as a profession thrived in the U.S. even before the advent of motion pictures. Edwin Thomas Booth, a prominent theater actor famous for performing Shakespearean plays is considered by several theatrical historians to be the greatest American actor. Claude Cooper was another theater actor who successfully forayed into films as well. Early 20th century actors Lionel Barrymore, Al Jolson—dubbed as "The World's Greatest Entertainer”, and Warner Oland played a vital role in popularizing American cinema. The Golden Age of Hollywood led to the emergence of many other distinguished actors like "King of Hollywood" Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Paul Stewart. With time American actors adopted a more polished and sophisticated style, and it comes as no surprise that Hollywood in the late 20th century was dominated by stylish stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Steven Seagal. Read on to know about the life and works of famous American actors.
Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
 
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961
Actor
Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 

Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor

Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor
Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor

Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer
Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist

Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor
Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director

Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor
Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
25 September 1944
Actor, Producer

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Jon FavreauJon Favreau
19 October 1966
Actor
Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer

Paul RuddPaul Rudd
06 April 1969
Actor
Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf
11 June 1986
Actor

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian

O J SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player

Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor
Zachary LeviZachary Levi
29 September 1980
Actor
Robert ForsterRobert Forster
13 July 1941
Actor

Cameron BoyceCameron Boyce
28 May 1999
Actor, Dancer

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor

Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze
18 August 1952
Actor
Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor

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John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

Rami MalekRami Malek
12 May 1981
Actor

Terry CrewsTerry Crews
30 July 1968
Actor, American Football Player
John CenaJohn Cena
23 April 1977
Wrestler, Rapper

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
17 November 1944
 
Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker

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

Kevin HartKevin Hart
06 July 1979
Comedian
Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor

Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942
American actor

Dennis QuaidDennis Quaid
09 April 1954
Actor

Colin JostColin Jost
29 June 1982
Screenwriter, Actor
Noah CentineoNoah Centineo
09 May 1996
Actor

Tom SelleckTom Selleck
29 January 1945
 

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer

John TravoltaJohn Travolta
18 February 1954
Actor
Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971
Actor

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924
Actor
Bing CrosbyBing Crosby
03 May 1903
American singer

Dave BautistaDave Bautista
18 January 1969
Wrestler, Actor

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor
Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980
 

River PhoenixRiver Phoenix
23 August 1970
Actor
Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964
Actor, Producer

Jared LetoJared Leto
26 December 1971
American actor

Ashton KutcherAshton Kutcher
07 February 1978
Actor, Producer, Model, Investor
Zac EfronZac Efron
18 October 1987
Actor, Singer

Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958
Actor, Producer, Comedian
Matt DamonMatt Damon
08 October 1970
Actor

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor

Paul WalkerPaul Walker
12 September 1973
Actor

Liam NeesonLiam Neeson
07 June 1952
Actor
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967
 
Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist

Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Actor

James StewartJames Stewart
20 May 1908
Actor

Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor
Rob LoweRob Lowe
17 March 1964
Actor

Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955
Actor

Jeff Goldblum Jeff Goldblum
22 October 1952
Actor

Jaden Smith Jaden Smith
08 July 1998
Rapper

Channing TatumChanning Tatum
26 April 1980
 
Bill MurrayBill Murray
21 September 1950
American actor

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist
Don JohnsonDon Johnson
15 December 1949
Actor, Producer, Singer, Songwriter

Sam ElliottSam Elliott
09 August 1944
Actor

Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey
26 July 1959
Actor
Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker

Steve CarellSteve Carell
16 August 1962
Actor
Kurt RussellKurt Russell
17 March 1951
 

Will FerrellWill Ferrell
16 July 1967
Actor

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

James DeanJames Dean
08 February 1931
Actor
Ron HowardRon Howard
01 March 1954
Actor

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor
Donald GloverDonald Glover
25 September 1983
Actor, Rapper

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955
Actor, Director, Singer-songwriter
John Wayne John Wayne
26 May 1907
Actor

George ClooneyGeorge Clooney
06 May 1961
Actor
Frankie JonasFrankie Jonas
28 September 2000
Actor