Top Ten Most Underrated Actors

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1Dylan O'Brien

The clear breakout talent of a seemingly mindless and silly teenage-centric supernatural show. The ratings for Teen Wolf have jumped up significantly since season 1, and it has been due to a bit more than just a bunch of shirtless guys running in the woods. People that originally criticized the show due to its campiness do find themselves sticking around to watch Dylan's portrayal of his character, Stiles Stilinski. And for someone who barely decided to jump into acting right out of high school with no actual training or desire to act beforehand (he was going to attend Syracuse for film before deciding to defer his acceptance to pursue acting instead; the only thing he had on his resume for his first gig, which was Teen Wolf, was a link to his Youtube channel), Dylan does a superb job in comparison to his fellow peers on the show. With a proper repertoire under his belt, Dylan is bound to go far in this industry.

He's incredible. Not only in the way that he presents the lines, but the way he lives and breathes his characters. Whilst I have noticed many similarities between Stiles and Dylan, the way he acts in The First Time and in The Internship, has proven that not only does he have exceptional talent for acting, but he sits comfortably in his role and becomes the character himself. What I am most excited for, is his role in an upcoming movie The Maze Runner, in which he will be starring in. It's a contrast, to the other's that he's done as he is now the main role and playing a drastically different character from Stiles. I know this as I have read the book, and I can definitely say that I know Dylan won't disappoint. He is an incredible actor that is, without a doubt, going exceptional lengths in his acting career.

While still quite new to the scene, having done three seasons of Teen Wolf, cameos, and four movies, three of which have already aired, he's definitely come off as someone with raw talent, who just becomes better as he goes.

His versatility in the different characters he portrays shows clearly, and he has the capacity to make you laugh, and to make you cry. Though not yet at the level of Jensen Ackles (or Tom Hiddleston), I have no doubt that one day could very well achieve great things in the movie business, and all we have to do is wait and watch him grow.

Yes Dylan O'brien is defiantly a star in the making

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2Jensen AcklesJensen Ross Ackles is an American actor and director. He is known for his roles in television as Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as well as Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel and Jason Teague in Smallville.

It is extremely difficult to make me cry. I say that because Jensen Ackles has achieved it more than once. The amount of emotion and power he can put in a simple facial expression is stunning. He delivers lines with a skill that is mind-blowing, and his interpretations of the characters he's played are always fascinating and unexpected. Hands-down he is one of my favorite actors of all time, and I wish he was in more so I could own an entire library of him like I do Kevin Spacey and Tilda Swinton.

Jensen Ackles is a really amazing, brilliant actor! The fact that he works on a genre T.V. show sadly means very little to none recognition from the media and the well-known awards. This has to change, because Jensen is a rare talent who deserves not only acknowledgement in terms of awards for his outstanding work on Supernatural for almost 9 years, but also the chance to spread his amazing skills on to the big screen!

Jensen Ackles makes you feel what his character is feeling without ever overacting. He emotes. He is also convincing in action scenes and has a presence whenever he's on camera. He can do comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. While, yeah, he's easy on the eyes, it is his skill at nuancing his performance and adding depth to the story without even lines that deserves recognition.

I met Jensen last summer, he didn't come off as someone who's like, yeah I'm famous and all that. He struck me as a real genuine, humble, respectful guy who would give the shirt off his back to help someone. He's considerate and thoughtful and Keen to the work that he does, he doesn't take all the credit. He's sincere and very humbled by his success and I admire that. He's funny too and can turn on those moments like a light switch. He's a force to be with if he goes to the big screen, he's a very versatile and incredible talent on all levels.

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3Steve Buscemi

Have you seen Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski! This guy is an incredible actor and deep down we all know it!

I've seen him in boardwalk empire and my children have seen him in spy kids and he is an amazing actor - ShadowArceus736

He's a great actor but still terribly underrated - Joicerojo

4James McAvoy

Robbier Turner from Atonement, Nicholas Garrigan from Last king of Scotland, Charles Xavier from X-Men First class and Action machine Wesley Gibson from Wanted, James Mcavoy showed many different faces through brilliant acting. His values are proved to receive BAFTA rising star award, London Critics awards, nominated Golden Globe best actor. Despite big career, he doesn't want to live as celebrities and prefer to enjoy simple life in London instead of living in Hollywood but He is certainly one of the best talented actors in the world.

He has incredible talent of acting and able to deal with various roles from tumnus of Narnia to the pervert cop of Filth. James Mcavoy deserves to win Oscar!

So true his is such a great actor and deserves more acknowledgement than what he gets.

He should win an oscar because he really deserve it. He is a great actor.

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5Tim Roth

Tim Roth isn't just one of the most underrated actors, but he's also one of the greatests. All his performances are incredibly captivating all while being extremely natural. And all you have to do is watch Pulp Fiction's opening scene to know that. But feel free to watch all his other works as well ;) He really needs to do more movies so he can share his talents with the world.

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6Michael Biehn

I hopped onto this list just to find his name. Honestly one of my favourite actors. His most recognizable work are in "The Terminator" and "Aliens" whom he plays badass soldiers. The perfomance he gives in "The Abyss". Had a smaller role in "The Rock" but still powerful.

7Joseph Gordon Levitt

Most of the actors are great, but they aren't underrated. JGL was the best actor in Inception (the fight scene in the hallway) and so cute in 500 Days of Summer!

Amazing actors and I really think that he's going to get an oscar in the future

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8Kevin Pollak
9Jackie Earle HaleyV2 Comments
10Gary OldmanGary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television.

What?! He is the actor's actor. And seriously who the hell is this O'brien

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The Newcomers

?Ted Levine

A portrayal as Buffalo Bill should have been enough for him to at least get nominated for an Oscar. - BoltMarksman

?Hugo Weaving

Think he's considered a legend? Think again! - BoltMarksman

The Contenders

11Justin Long
12Giovanni Ribisi

I have long thought he is one of the best actors of our time. His performances are amazing. I don't understand why he isn't given more kudos!

Yes, Giovanni was best actor in the gift!

13Guy Pearce

I wanted to vote for Sam Rockwell too, but can't : ( most underrated actor of all time. And Paddy Considine. Oh well.

14Michael Kenneth Williams
15Michael Keaton
16Colin Farrell

While a dirt bag in his personal life, he exudes an incredible charm on camera

17John CusackV1 Comment
18James Spader

He can be a very very mean antagonist.

19Dean Cain
20William Hurt
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