Every actor may secretly want to be the best. Being popular doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting work either. Fame is ofttimes fickle and fleeting. Still, some performers manage to rise to the top long enough to leave a lasting impression. Based on several online sources, popular pundits in the Los Angeles, California area, as well as a few informal surveys, here are the top 10 most popular Hollywood actors of 2017:

Most Popular Hollywood Actors of 2017:

10. Will Smith

Will Smith Popular Actor

At number 10 is Willard Carroll Smith Jr. Known as Will Smith, the actor was born on September 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He’s also a rapper and producer.

He began his career as the MC of the hip-hop act DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. His first acting gig was in 1990 on NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His resume includes nominations for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.

His first movie was 1992’s Where the Day Takes You. His other film credits include the Men In Black franchise, 2001’s Ali, 2017’s Suicide Squad and his recent release 2017’s Collateral Beauty.

9. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks Actor

Actor Thomas (Jeffrey) “Tom” Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. He is also a director, filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter. He made his debut in the 1980 movie He Knows You’re Alone.

He has won two Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People’s Choice Award. His resume is highlighted by such feature films as Splash (1984), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Sully (2017). He is also famous for his voice acting work in the animated Toy Story franchise.

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8. Robert Pattinson


Actor Robert (Douglas Thomas) Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986, in London, England. He is also a model, producer, and musician. He made his film debut in the 2005 motion picture Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
As one of the highest paid actors in 2010, TIME magazine listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in The World. He is also well-known for his work in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels between 2008 and 2012. His resume also includes such films as 2009’s Little Ashes, and this year’s The Lost City of Z.

7. Tom Cruise


Thomas Cruise (Mapother IV) was born on July 3, 1962, Syracuse, New York. He is both an actor and producer. He has scored three Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

He began his film career with 1981’s Endless Love. He earned his chops with supporting roles in 1981’s Taps, and 1983’s The Outsiders. His resume also includes such other motion pictures as 1983’s Risky Business, the 1986 action drama Top Gun, and Rain Man and 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July. His most recent release is this year’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

6. Christian Bale


Another popular actor is Christian (Charles Philip) Bale. He was born on January 30, 1974, in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He made his motion picture debut at age 13 in 1987’s Empire of the Sun. He has garnered an Academy Award and additional Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

He is known to go to significant lengths for his art. He is most famous for his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Dark Knight trilogy–2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. He more recently appeared in this year’s movie The Promise.

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5. Robert Downey Jr.

Most Popular Actors Robert Downey Jr.

Actor Robert John Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York. He made his debut at age five in his dad’s 1970 movie Pound. He has won one BAFTA Award, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Golden Globe Awards.

He appeared in such films as 1985’s Weird Science, 1987’s Less Than Zero, 1992’s Chaplin. He is best known for his recurring role as the superhero Iron Man in both the Iron Man and Avengers franchise. He also played Iron Man in his most recent movie–this year’s Captain America: Civil War.

4. Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Matthew (Paige) “Matt” Damon born on October 8, 1970, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an actor, a film producer, and a screenwriter. Damon has received numerous honors including one Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and has even been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards.

His first professional gig was in the 1988 movie Mystic Pizza (1988). He wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck in 1997. His resume also features the films Saving Private Ryan (1998), Dogma (1999), and The Departed (2006). He is most famous for his starring role in the Bourne franchise (2002–present).

3. Brad Pitt


(William) Bradley “Brad” Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is an actor and producer. He has received 61 awards and 147 nominations including an Academy Award as a producer.

Pitt made his film debut in Thelma & Louise (1991). His resume also includes such titles as A River Runs Through It (1992), and Interview with the Vampire(1994). Other highlights include Seven, 12 Monkeys (both 1995), the cult movie Fight Club (1999) and the Ocean’s franchise (2001–2007). His most recent work this year is Allied.

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2. Leonardo DiCaprio


Leonardo (Wilhelm) DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California. He is an actor and a producer. He has racked up a total of 47 awards and 168 nominations.

His film debut was in 1991’s Critters 3. His resume also includes such feature films as This Boy’s Life (1993), and Romeo + Juliet (1996). He earned international acclaim in Titanic (1997). Other highlights include Gangs of New York (2002), The Great Gatsby, and The Wolf of Wall Street (both 2013). His most recent work is 2015’s The Revenant.

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1. Johnny Depp

Most Popular Hollywood Actors in 2017

John (Christopher) “Johnny” Depp II was born on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. He is an actor, musician, and producer. He has scored both the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.

His made his movie debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). He is famous for his roles in Edward Scissorhands (1990), the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (2006 to present) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
His resume is also highlighted by Platoon (1986), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(2007). His most recent release is this year’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

There will always be actors who are popular in the industry. There will always be actors who have solid fan bases. Still, Hollywood is in a constant state of flux.

Who knows who will be the most popular Hollywood actors next year? Who knows who will be the most popular actor of 2019? Only time will tell.

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    Hollywood is blessed with lots of extremely talented actors but some actors stand out from the rest. Here’s a list of the top 10 most popular actors in 2016.
    10. Tom Cruise

    Tom Cruise has been atop the celebrity food chain for almost thirty years. He is  world famous with a large number of award-winning movies to his name. He has won  three Golden Globe awards and three Academy awards and has been nominated for countless others since he graced the movie scene. At 51 years, Tom Cruise is still in great shape and continues to draw a crowd for all of his movies. His amazing work ethic and diversity in many acting roles have kept him high up on the popularity ladder for many years.

    Having began acting at 19 years old and still being involved in blockbuster movies and being one of the highest paid actors in the world, it’s hard to deny Tom a spot in the popularity list.
    9. Brad Pitt

    Brad pit has been around for many years and has a huge fan-base worldwide. He is one of the original Hollywood heartthrobs and it seems like his popularity among movie-goers has never dwindled. He has starred in many award winning movies such as ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Moneyball’. In his latest role he starred alongside Christian Bale in the Oscar winning movie ‘The Big Short’.  With a wide range of acting skills and an ever increasing public popularity it’s easy to see why Brad  makes the list of top 10 most popular with ease.
    8. Tom Hardy

    This English born actor really hit worldwide fame in Christopher Nolan’s mind bending science fiction thriller ‘Inception’ back in 2010. Since then he has starred in an array of blockbuster movies that really showcase his versatility and talent. It seems the the momentum Tom Hardy has gained shows no signs of slowing down, with 2016 already being an impressive year for the actor as he has starred in the blockbuster movies ‘Mad Max- Fury Road’ and ‘The Revenant’, two multi winning Oscar movies. With this in mind we feel no list is complete without Tom Hardy.
    7. Ryan Reynolds

    Born in Vancouver, Canada Ryan Reynolds started out in television, and has since become one of the most popular movie actors working today. Accepting a wide array of movie roles from party going college student in ‘National Lampoons Van Wilder’ to mutant villain turned superhero ‘Deadpool’ Ryan Reynolds has proven himself to be a dedicated and versatile actor, suitable to all genres-arguably a factor that has made him so popular. In the span of his career Ryan has topped many lists such as People magazines ‘Sexiest People’ and ‘Sexy Renaissance Man’. Ryan Reynolds popularity is so undeniable that it seems no list is complete without his name on it.
    6. Will Smith:

    When discussing the most popular male actors in 2016, its seems obvious that Will Smith has to be mentioned. He is as relevant today as he was he first hit our television screens way back in 1990 in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. It seems since then he has only gotten more popular with blockbusters like ‘Men in Black’  and ‘Independence Day’ being some of the highest grossing movies of the 90’s. Now in 2016 he is still one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood and takes the lead role as Deadshot in possibly the biggest movie of 2016  ‘Suicide Squad’.
    5. Chris Hemsworth

    After becoming somewhat of a heartthrob on Australian television show ‘Home and Away’, Chris Hemsworth made the move to Hollywood to hit the big time and did exactly that. In the space of a few years Chris has had a meteoric rise to the top of the celebrity ladder landing lead roles in some of the biggest budget blockbusters of all time such as ‘Thor’,’The Avengers’ and ‘The Avengers; Age of Ultron’. Having established himself as a fan favorite Chris Hemsworth has kept a busy schedule going into 2016 with ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ scheduled for release later this year.
    4. Eddie Redmayne

    Although he has been working steadily in film and television for many years, Eddie Redmayne achieved international fame for his role as Stephen Hawking in the biographical drama ‘The Theory of Everything’ in 2014. A movie in which he received an Oscar for Best Actor. To follow up that success he was then nominated for Best Actor again for his role in ‘The Danish Girl’ which really cemented his popularity among Hollywood’s Elite. With the lead role in J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ scheduled later this year, it can only be assumed his popularity will continue to grow.
    3. Christian Bale

    Christian Bale is an amazingly talented English actor who has starred in an array of different movie roles that have made him worldly popular with movie-goers around the world. He has no shortage of awards and nominations for his outstanding performances in movies such as ‘The Fighter’ and ‘American Hustle’. Of course his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ series alone has earned him popularity on a global scale. It seems he is intent on keeping busy for 2016 with roles in ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Weightless’ due out later in the year.
    2. Matt Damon

    With no shortage of blockbusters under his belt, Matt Damon has been entertaining fans around the world for years with roles in movies like ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and as Jason Bourne in ‘The Bourne Trilogy’. His wide range of acting skills have kept him at the top of his field for many years and it seems his popularity matches his talent. Matt Damon has been involved in at least one Blockbuster movie a year for almost a decade and 2016 is no exception. With fans anxious for his next movie release as he reprises the role of Jason Bourne and ‘The Great Wall’ scheduled for release later this year also, it seems likely that Matt’s popularity will just continue to grow.
    1. Leonardo DiCaprio – Best of Most Popular Actors in 2016

    Leonardo DiCaprio is the leader among Hollywood popular actors of 2016. Having grown an enormous fan base over the years with highly rated performances in such epic blockbusters like ‘Titanic’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Inception’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, DiCaprio’s popularity is unrivaled. Considered by many of his peers to be one of the greatest actors of all time before he has even turned forty, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the recognition his fans believed he deserved in 2016 with his Oscar win for his role as Hugh Glass in the multi award winning ‘The Revenant’. So it only seems fitting that Leonardo DiCaprio earns the number one spot for Most popular actor in 2016.

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