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.
Luke PerryLuke Perry
11 October 1966
Actor
Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr.
04 April 1965
Actor, Producer

Jason MomoaJason Momoa
01 August 1979
Actor

Joe JonasJoe Jonas
15 August 1989
Singer

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper
05 January 1975
Actor

Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
31 May 1930
Actor
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972
Actor

Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
11 June 1969
Actor

Rami MalekRami Malek
12 May 1981
Actor

Leonardo DicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
11 November 1974
Actor, Film Producer
Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947
Former Governor of California

Josh BrolinJosh Brolin
12 February 1968
Actor
Zac EfronZac Efron
18 October 1987
Actor, Singer

Zachary LeviZachary Levi
29 September 1980
Actor

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968
Actor
Tom CruiseTom Cruise
03 July 1962
Actor

Chris FarleyChris Farley
15 February 1964
 
Paul RuddPaul Rudd
06 April 1969
Actor, Comedian

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp
09 June 1963
Actor

Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone
06 July 1946
Actor, Director
Chris PrattChris Pratt
21 June 1979
Actor

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist
Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix
28 October 1974
 

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
21 July 1951
American stand-up comedian

Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
09 September 1966
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Film Producer

Brad PittBrad Pitt
18 December 1963
Actor
Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor
Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
21 December 1948
Actor

Bob FosseBob Fosse
23 June 1927
 

Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
05 June 1971
Actor, Singer

John CenaJohn Cena
23 April 1977
Wrestler, Rapper
Donald GloverDonald Glover
25 September 1983
Actor, Rapper

Nicolas CageNicolas Cage
07 January 1964
Actor, Producer

Tom HanksTom Hanks
09 July 1956
Academy Award Winning Actor

Jeremy RennerJeremy Renner
07 January 1971
Actor

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Jussie SmollettJussie Smollett
21 June 1982
Actor
Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971
Actor

Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor
Jan-Michael VincentJan-Michael Vincent
15 July 1945
Actor

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner
18 January 1955
Actor

Kevin HartKevin Hart
06 July 1979
Comedian
Noah CentineoNoah Centineo
09 May 1996
Actor

Ben AffleckBen Affleck
15 August 1972
Actor
Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen
03 September 1965
Actor

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

Dave BautistaDave Bautista
18 January 1969
Wrestler, Actor

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist
Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey
04 November 1969
Actor, Producer

Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito
17 November 1944
 

Viggo MortensenViggo Mortensen
20 October 1958
Actor

Frankie JonasFrankie Jonas
28 September 2000
Actor
Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980
 

O J SimpsonO. J. Simpson
09 July 1947
Former American Football Player
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
20 October 1979
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin
26 August 1980
 

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro
17 August 1943
Actor
jack nicholsonJack Nicholson
22 April 1937
Actor, Filmmaker

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

Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
09 December 1916
Actor

Ron HowardRon Howard
01 March 1954
Actor
John TravoltaJohn Travolta
18 February 1954
Actor

Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin
03 April 1958
Actor, Producer, Comedian
Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915
Singer and Actor

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando
03 April 1924
Actor

Mel GibsonMel Gibson
03 January 1956
Actor

Harrison FordHarrison Ford
13 July 1942
American actor
Paul WalkerPaul Walker
12 September 1973
Actor
Bruce WillisBruce Willis
19 March 1955
Actor

John Wayne John Wayne
26 May 1907
Actor, Director, Producer

William H. MacyWilliam H. Macy
13 March 1950
Actor

River PhoenixRiver Phoenix
23 August 1970
Actor
Vin DieselVin Diesel
18 July 1967
Actor, Filmmaker

Sam ElliottSam Elliott
09 August 1944
Actor

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas
25 September 1944
Actor, Producer

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
19 August 1969
Actor

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

Jon FavreauJon Favreau
19 October 1966
Actor
Liam NeesonLiam Neeson
07 June 1952
Actor

Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan
16 May 1953
 

Colin JostColin Jost
29 June 1982
Screenwriter, Actor
Timothy OlyphantTimothy Olyphant
20 May 1968
Actor

Seth RogenSeth Rogen
15 April 1982
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director
Al PacinoAl Pacino
25 April 1940
Actor

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935
American bass guitarist

Jaden Smith Jaden Smith
08 July 1998
Actor, Rapper

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949
Comedian, Actor, Musician
Dick Van DykeDick Van Dyke
13 December 1925
Actors

Paul NewmanPaul Newman
26 January 1925
Actor
Andy SambergAndy Samberg
18 August 1978
Actor

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954
American actor

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961
Actor

Michael B. JordanMichael B. Jordan
09 February 1987
Actor
Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman
01 June 1937