Top Ten Decade-Defining Actors of the 2000s


The Top Ten

1 Christian Bale Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

Definitely deserves a place on this list thanks to his portrayal of Batman in the Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan - Sa26

2 Will Ferrell Will Ferrell John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Frat Pack, that's all I can say - DJTerrible

One of the unfunniest "funny men" in memory. Would never had made the cut for the original "Saturday Night" cast.

3 Leonardo Di Caprio Leonardo Di Caprio Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s.

Leo is the no. 1 decade defining actor of the 2000s

He is an amazing actor I’m just undecided if he his defining decade as an actor is the 90s or the 2000s.

In the late 90s he was one of the ultimate heartthrobs thanks to Titanic, The Man in the Iron Mask and Romeo and Juliet

Yey in The 2000s is when he became known as a great actor thanks to The Aviator, The departed, catch me if you can and some other important roles which got him a lot of praise as an actor. - Sa26

A flop as an actor, and a fraud as an "activist." A flop because you always know he's ACTING. A fraud as an "environmentalist" owing to his continuous jet-setting parties as he flys off worldwide to preach fabricated doom and gloom, excoriating the little folk for their selfishness in wanting electricity, refrigeration, heat, air conditioning, flush toilets and personal transportation. A net taker with a huge "carbon footprint." A hypocrite of the lowest order.

4 George Clooney George Clooney George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing.
5 Phillip Seymour Hoffman Phillip Seymour Hoffman Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles – typically lowlifes, eccentrics, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman acted in many films from the early 1990s until his death in 2014.
6 Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix
7 Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

Robert should be Number 1.

He was the star of 2008 becoming a huge blockbuster actor thanks to the success of IronMan and was also nominated for The Oscar because of his film Trpic Thunder. - Sa26

8 Jason Statham Jason Statham Jason Statham is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver.
9 Steve Carell Steve Carell

Yes...He's redefining plagiarism and unmitigated chutzpah with "Angie Tribeca," a blatant, low-rent ripoff of "Police Squad! "

10 Denzel Washington

The Contenders

11 Johnny Depp Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.
12 Matt Damon
13 Vin Diesel Vin Diesel Mark Sinclair, better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter.
14 Heath Ledger Heath Ledger Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career.
15 Owen Wilson
16 Rachel McAdams
17 Brad Pitt Brad Pitt William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories and received three further Academy Award nominations, winning one, as producer under his more.
18 Kiefer Sutherland Kiefer Sutherland
19 Daniel Craig Daniel Craig Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor. Craig trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage.

He is Considered the best James Bond after Sean Connery. - Sa26

20 Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980) is an American actor, known for his work in films like "Donnie Darko", "Brokeback Mountain", "Prisoners" and "Nightcrawler". He is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner. Jake and his sister Maggie have been more.
21 Tommy Wiseau Tommy Wiseau Thomas Wiseau is a European-American actor and filmmaker. He wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 2003 film The Room, which has been described by many critics as one of the worst movies ever made and has gained cult film status.
22 Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North. more.
23 Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen Carlos Irwin Estévez, known professionally as Charlie Sheen, is an American actor. Sheen has appeared in films including Platoon, Wall Street, Young Guns, Eight Men Out, Major League, Hot Shots!, and The Three Musketeers.
24 Hugh Laurie Hugh Laurie James Hugh Calum Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author.
25 Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. more.
26 Tobey Maguire Tobey Maguire Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire is an American actor and film producer who gained recognition for his film roles in Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules, Wonder Boys, Spider-Man, Seabiscuit, Spider-Man 2, The Good German, Spider-Man 3, Brothers, and The Great Gatsby. He was nominated for the Screen Actors more.
27 Julia Roberts Julia Roberts Julia Fiona Roberts is an American actress and producer. She became a Hollywood star after headlining the romantic comedy Pretty Woman, which grossed US$464 million worldwide.
28 Reese Witherspoon Reese Witherspoon Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, known professionally as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and producer.
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Top Remixes

1. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Christian Bale
3. Heath Ledger
1. Leonardo Di Caprio
2. Christian Bale
3. Will Ferrell
1. Will Ferrell
2. Christian Bale
3. Denzel Washington


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