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September 18, 2003

Top 10 Best actors living today

— Posted by John Campea

And now, for your reading and debating pleasure, I’d like to present my top 10 list of best actors living today. Fell free to leave your comments to let me know who you didn’t think should be on it, or who you thought I left out. Although this list is a subjective one, I’m always right. :)

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#10 – Edward Norton
Hitting the ground running in his first major film Primal Fear, Ed Norton hasn’t stopped. Great performances in Fight Club, The Score and Rounders all pale in comparrision to one of the most powerful performances ever given by an actor in the film American History X.

#9 – Johnny Depp
Even though this guy is probably forever cursed to be known as “That guy from 21 Jump Street”, Depp has rounded into a fantastic actor. His performance in Blow was just amazing, and I always thought it was a crime that he didn’t get nominated for an Oscar for Chocolat.

#8 – Anthony Hopkins
Ok, even if you take away all the Hannibal Lecter stuff, Sir Anthony still has a long enough list of top notch performances to get him into any Acting Hall of Fame (if such a thing existed).

#7 – Jack Nicholson
I’m trying to remember why on earth I don’t have this guy rated higher on the list. As The Joker in Batman he gave us the best comic villain in film history. In As Good As It Gets he took home an Oscar for making rudeness fun again. He gave us “You can’t handle the truth!!!” in A Few Good Men. Terms Of Endearment, The Shining, Hoffa, man the list goes on and on.

#6 – Daniel Day-Lewis
This guy plays a role with power and passion like few ever have. He’s the sole reason why The Gangs Of New York was nominated for anything at all, and In The Name Of The Father totally hinged on his pure talent. This guy does NOT get the credit he deserves, and I predict he’ll get at least 2 more Oscars before his fantastic career (which is still just starting) is done.

#5 – Russell Crowe
Love him or hate him, you have to bend your knee and acknowledge that this guy has more pure talent in one finger than many other Oscar winners have in their entire bodies. I first had to sit up and take notice of him in The Insider, a film in which he completely out performed Al Pachino (not an easy task). Almost everything he’s been in since has been worthy of Oscars. Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind are wonderful, but many people forget the job he did in films like Mystery Alaska and L.A. Confidential. Like it or not, he’s going to be around for a long time to come.

#4 – Kevin Spacey
Spacey is the kind of actor thats good enough to almost make you think a bad film is actually good just because of his performance in it (films like The Life Of David Gale, Pay It Forward and K-Pax). His role in The Usual Suspects will always be on my top ten of all time. Oh yeah, and he was in that little film American Beauty too that bagged him his second Oscar.

#3 – Brad Pitt
This guy’s worst enemy is his own good looks. A lot of people just can’t seem to see past the “hunk” exterior enough to realize he is one of the finest actors on the planet today. I myself didn’t realize this until I saw 12 Monkeys for the first time. WOW! I also thought it was outrageous that he didn’t get an Oscar nomination for his role in Snatch. Se7en, Legends Of The Fall, A River Runs Through It, Interview With A Vampire, Seven Years In Tibet, Meet Joe Black, Fight Club… he’s just plain good in everything he’s in. Very rare.

#2 – Tom Hanks
This man already has 2 Oscars, a couple of other nominations, the AFI Lifetime award and yet I still get the feeling we have yet to see the best of Tom Hanks. Breaking out of the “Comic Actor” stereotype that Jim Carrey can’t budge from, Tom is almost universally acknowledged as the finest actor in the industry today (except on this list). He is the man, and if you don’t think so, you’re dumb.

#1 – Robin Williams
Ok, I know this one caught you by surprise. Many people think of comedy when they see Robin Williams, and that’s fair. But we often forget that this man has more pure range and as actor than I think I’ve ever seen. He can be wild and wacky (Death to Smoochy, The Bird Cage, Mrs. Doubtfire) but he can turn it on and floor you in a dramatic role too (Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting which he won an Oscar for, Dead Poets Society) and he can freaky you out as a villain (One Hour Photo or the much underrated Insomnia). There is literally nothing that this man can’t do as an actor. He’s been nominated for Oscars 3 times, winning once. And with all due respect to Mike Myers or Jim Carrey, he is still hands down the funniest man in Hollywood.

So there you have it. That’s my list of the top 10 actors living today. What do you think? Is there anyone I left off that should have been on it?

Honorable Mention goes to:
Mel Gibson
Denzel Washington
Peter O’Tool
Ben Kingsley

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  • Sherry

    Sorry guys, always believe that a woman knows a good man who’s genuine, and she certainly knows a man when his acting deserves an Oscar! Take it from me – WE KNOW! Hence my list for top 12 actors alive today and please don’t argue with me.

    1. Robert Dinero
    2. Al Pacino
    3. Anthony Hopkins
    4. Jack Nicholson
    5. Tom Hanks
    6. Denzel Washington
    7. Morgan Freeman
    8. Samuel L Jackson
    9. Mel Gibson
    10. Tom Cruise
    11. Johnny Depp
    12. John Travolta

  • Todd

    Daniel Day Lewis
    Russel Crowe
    Sean Penn
    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Anthony Hopkins
    Edward Norton
    Matt Damon
    Tom Hanks
    Morgan Freeman
    Jim Carrey
    Kenneth Branaugh
    OVERRATED
    Robert De Niro- While good in the parts he acts,he
    is limited. He has 1 facial expression. The raised
    eyebrows and lips pressed together. He virtually plays the same part (or type of part) in almost
    every movie.
    Tom Cruise- Has only 2 ways of acting. The smirky
    look and the slightly confused look. He is very limited.

  • Marla Singer

    -johnny depp
    -brad pitt
    -jim carrey
    -kevin spacey
    -tom cruise
    -tom hanks
    -edward norton
    -dustin hoffman
    -leonardo dicaprio
    -christian bale
    -jude law
    -denzel washington
    -robin williams
    -jack nicholson
    -al pacino
    -mel gibson
    -geoffrey rush

  • Jim

    Disgraceful – no list without Dinero and Pacino is the laughing stock of actor voting. Flawed to the core……..

  • D-Lew

    To Alex, shut up you greasy-ass beaner! Al Pacino’s Cuban accent isn’t very hard to learn. I had a foreign exchange student from Cuba at my school, and though he kind of had the same accent, there was a lot of difference. I’ll admit, Robert De Nero and Al Pacino are pretty good actors, I don’t think they’re close to Johnny Depp. He gets dogged on as being a stupid young actor. WRONG! He may look like he’s only 25, but he’s 41! I think most guys don’t like him because of his looks; they kind of judge him like without his face he would be nothing, which is totally false. He hasn’t been in any top chart movies except Pirates of the Carribbean, but thats because he’s a picky actor. Unlike most of these so called “greatest actors” he doesn’t just go for an acting job on a movie because it’s going to make a lot of money. He reads over the scripts, and if it’s a story line that he enjoys and is interested in, he takes it. It’s increadible how many movies Johnny Depp has turned down. IT’s mainly because he likes playing strange characters. Another thing is, Unlike De Niro and Pacino, he can play any role in the entire fucking world! In every single movie he is in, his character’s voice, personality, and overall feel is completely differrent. If you haven’t actually watched and I mean REALLY WATCH his movies, then you are missing out. I dare you to go rent some of his movies and watch them and see if you can truthfully tell me that you still don’t think he’s worthy of at least the top 10 list. Unless you want to continue with your ignorance of worshiping Robert De Nero and Al Pacino. If you do want to stay a fanatic of theirs, then don’t watch Depp’s movies, because your opinions WILL change.

    Ignorance is bliss

  • crabtree

    Jim Carrey is great in Etertal Sunshine. I watched it a few days ago and it really was a great movie. Started watching it about 4 months ago, but didn’t give it a chance, turned it off about 5 minutes into it. Jim Carrey is great in comedies, I mean ACE Ventura is hilarious but corny, not really great actor stuff. But he is great in serious roles like Eternal Sunshine too. Not sure I would put him in the top 10, but he’s worth mentioning. My top Ten is actors that get me interested when a movie comes out. And there not in any order except for the 1 slot. 1- Russell Crowe, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, Joaquin Phoeinx, John Travolta

  • http://4mferkov marijan

    denzel washington as great!

  • “Eric___”

    I respect your firm resolve in stating your views on this list. My view: Tom Hanks is a superior actor to Robin Williams.

  • crowe

    Kevin Bacon is underrated for a very good reason, he’s a terrible actor. If Bacon was any good he would get more good roles, but he is destined for Tremors sequels til he retires. dean, I think the River Wild is the only other Bacon movie I’ve seen, it was ok. But when you watch Kevin Bacon playing a part you don’t get the same good feeling like when you watch Russell Crowe play a part. Russell Crowe is the greatest actor alive today. Gary Oldman, he doesn’t seriously deserve a top ten spot. There isn’t one actor on the original list that Gary holds a candle too. He belongs in the crap actor category with Bacon, William H. Macy, Richard Gere, Bill Paxton, and there’s more, just can’t think of them right now. But back too Russell Crowe, name any actor today that could possible compare to Russell Crowe on any level. And American Beauty beating out The Insider in the 2000 Academy Awards is screwed up.

  • Ray

    Jim carrey is good…… SHUT UP HE IS!!….

    you should at least have gavin De Niro and Al a honourable mention, I mean come on!!…, but I guess your putting Ed Norton on the list makes up for it

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