Top Ten Most Underrated Actors


The Top Ten

1 Dylan O'Brien Dylan O'Brien Dylan O'Brien is an American actor. He is known for his lead role as Thomas in the dystopian science-fiction adventure trilogy The Maze Runner and for his role as Stiles Stilinski in the MTV television series Teen Wolf.

After watching season 3b of Teen Wolf for the second time, I am again left in awe at his raw talent and his ability to play 2 vastly different characters, sometimes even playing a character pretending to be his other character. That's some serious talent. Being able to reflect on the season as an adult this time around really helped me better appreciate the complexity of the roles he took on. Void Stiles really opened and expanded his abilities and he killed it! He's going to go places and I've been saying this for years now.

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.

2 Jensen Ackles Jensen Ackles Jensen Ross Ackles is an American actor and director. He is mostly known for his role as Dean Winchester on the CW fantasy series Supernatural. He is also 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 more.

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.

Jensen Ackles is a pretty amazing actor. He can be in a scene where he is asked to cry and he will make you cry. If asked to make you laugh, he can do that too. In fact, he's been in a few horror flicks, comedy films and/or romantic sitcoms, so he knows his way around acting. He can be in a scene where he is asked to make a joke and the joke genuinely sounds like something he would say, but is in fact, scripted. That fact that this guy can make scripted lines sounds to real and true to himself is what makes for good television. He makes you forget that you are watching a show, and that's pretty amazing.

3 James McAvoy James McAvoy James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting début as a teen in 1995's The Near Room and continued to make mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career began and he continued to work in both areas from then on.

He always seems to do well, with his best performance by far in Split for me. - iliekpiez

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!

He is such a talented actor with his amazing varied roles! And he is just so adorable with that little baby face and those gorgeous eyes.

4 Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi is an American actor, comedian, director, and former firefighter. Buscemi has starred and supported in numerous successful Hollywood and indie films.

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

Amazing actor

5 Gary Oldman Gary Oldman Gary 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. He has received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award: more.

Well, he's only # 17 on the "greatest actors" list, while some actors are ranked above him because people think they're handsome, good signer, nice, etc. So...

Won an Oscar, finally - Votebotingsucks

This guy never ceases to amaze me. He's a great character actor - proof includes Sirius Black, Count Dracula, Commissioner Gordon, Dreyfuss from Planet of the Apes, Dr. Norton from RoboCop...this guy is awesome!

He's a great great actor

6 James Spader James Spader James Todd Spader is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape, the action science fiction film Stargate, the controversial psychological thriller Crash, the erotic romance Secretary, and the blockbuster superhero film more.

He is such a good actor with heartfelt passion in all his work

He is so good in every thing he does. You NEED to watch his movies

He can be a very very mean antagonist.

7 Tim Roth Tim Roth

Absolutely extraordinary actor, with tremendous range and charisma. He is completely natural and has given many show stopping performances. Such performances include but not limited to are rob roy, reservoir dogs, pulp fiction, and broken.

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.


8 Giovanni 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!

9 Joseph Gordon Levitt Joseph 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

Brick, (500) Days of Summer - InsertNameHere

He's just the best!

10 Michael Biehn Michael Biehn Michael Connell Biehn is an American actor. He is primarily known for his military roles in science fiction films directed by James Cameron.

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.

The Contenders

11 Willem Dafoe Willem Dafoe William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. A member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Platoon (1986) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000). He is also well known for his performances as Jesus Christ in The Last more.
12 Sam Rockwell Sam Rockwell Sam Rockwell is an American actor who became known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Matchstick Men, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Moon, G-Force, and Seven Psychopaths.

By far the most underrated actor, and my favourite actor on this list. But I don't think making Most Underrated Actor a popular opinion list is a good idea

13 Kevin Pollak
14 Zachary Quinto
15 Jackie Earle Haley

This actor is so underrated but has so much tallent

He is awesome
He fits in every movie
Underrated though

16 Edward Norton Edward Norton Edward Harrison Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman.

Why isn't this man a household name? I hate having to refer to him as "that guy from Fight Club."

Fight Club, American History X - InsertNameHere

Best of the Best.

17 Justin Long
18 Michael Cera Michael Cera
19 Brian Cox
20 Michael Keaton Michael Keaton
21 Guy Pearce Guy Pearce

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

22 John Cusack John Cusack John Paul Cusack is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He began acting in films during the 1980s. Cusack starred in films, including Better Off Dead, Say Anything..., Grosse Pointe Blank, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, 1408, 2012 and The Raven.

Say Anything, High Fidelity - InsertNameHere

23 Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen
24 Colin Farrell Colin Farrell

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

25 Michael Kenneth Williams
26 Ed Harris Ed Harris
27 Dean Cain
28 Sean Bean Sean Bean Shaun Mark Bean, known professionally as Sean Bean, is an English actor. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in a theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in 1983. Retaining his distinctive Yorkshire accent, he first found mainstream success for his more.

Just perfect in every movie since Lord of the rings
Always a great performer no doubts.

And now... Whit the recent job in (Game of Thrones) its getting better and better!...

29 Jesse Eisenberg Jesse Eisenberg Jesse Adam Eisenberg is an American actor, author, playwright, and humorist. He made his television debut with the short-lived comedy-drama series Get Real.

The social network, the squid and the whale, adventureland and NOW YOU SEE ME
Come on, this guy is awesome

30 Kevin Bacon Kevin Bacon Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American actor and musician whose films include musical-drama film Footloose, the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK, the legal drama A Few Good Men, the historical docudrama Apollo 13, and the mystery drama Mystic River.
31 Casper Van Dien

An actor you'd wish to see regularly, a couple of flops isn't really his fault, I really do wish that his career gets a boost soon

Got typecast into a roll after Starship Troopers. Actually, a very talented actor.

32 William Hurt
33 Luke Wilson
34 Forest Whitaker Forest Whitaker Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, producer and director who has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler and Arrival.He has also appeared in blockbusters such more.

Good one. I don't remember seeing Whitaker in the Top Tens best actors survey, and he certainly should have been.

Good list. I don't see one overrated actor in this top 20, and usually there are several.

This is so true I totally forgot about him.

35 Robert Joy

Great film in art Robert Joy serial killer his name Resurrection. Joy his art intellect killer Gerald Demus. Great intellect and good costume. Super scenerie.

Robert Joy is film speed and intelectual master merder. He loke individual people and red bonnet is kill to big small and apostol people.

36 Mark Dacascos
37 Paul Dano

There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine, 12 Years a Slave

38 Eric Bana Eric Bana Eric Bana is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper.

My mom's favorite actor - Ljubo1950

Very intense on screen, makes everyone else look 2D

39 Daniel Bernhardt

D. Bernhard is good fighter to taekwondo, and my love role is Mortal Kombat Conquest (Siro). Dramatic fighter, stale redy, and brave heart. His energy an speed.

40 Antonio Sabato Jr.
41 Gary Daniels

Decent fighting style from Red Bamboo, The Expendables, and the Live-Action Fist of the North Star

42 David Tennant David Tennant David Tennant is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the Harry Potter movie series.

He is awesome.

43 Jude Law Jude Law David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972), is an English actor. He has received nominations for two Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two British Academy Awards, winning one. In 2007, he received an Honorary César and was named a knight of the Order more.
44 Robert Sheehan

He is amazing actor, he makes bad movies good. His emotion and passion he puts in every role is noticeable and it's really amazing to see him preform and do what he loves best

Robert Sheehan is one of the most passionate actors out there. We can see that above all else he loves his craft, often leaving safe roles to go for new chalenges. He has amzing dramatic skills and is one of the few actors that can tell a story with only his eyes. He'll also make you laugh your brains off, he has amazing comedy timing.
This young actor is exciting and deserves a lot more praise and chanllenges.

45 Benicio Del Toro
46 Lee Pace

The fall and the hobbit movies, amazing actor!

47 Harvey Keitel Harvey Keitel Harvey Keitel is an American actor and producer. An Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee, he has appeared in films such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, Ridley Scott's The Duellists and Thelma & Louise, Peter Yates' "Mother, Jugs & Speed", Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp more.
48 Djimon Hounsou Djimon Hounsou
49 Raul Julia Raul Julia Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay was a Puerto Rican actor who received international recognition. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he took an interest in acting while still in school. Upon completing his studies, Juliá decided to pursue a career in acting.
50 Jon Bernthal Jon Bernthal

Plays the punisher from Daredevil, but had many other roles. He was absolutely PHENOMENAL as Shane Walsh from The Walking Dead. - errrr

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Updated 12 Jul 2019

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