10 Best White Male Actors

Thursday, September 1 by D. Michaels

Some of the 10 best white male actors in Hollywood have been around for years and have established quite a fan base over their time in the entertainment industry. Many have won Oscars, while others have appeared in some of the most beloved films of our generation. Who are these amazing actors? Just read below.

Robert De Niro 

“Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” “Deer Hunter.” His ability to completely immerse himself in a role and create something fans have never seen before have made De Niro on of the ten best white male actors and a living legend in the acting community.

Brad Pitt 

Not too many people gave Pitt much of a chance when he first appeared in a beefcake role in 1991’s “Thelma and Louise,” but he proved them wrong, assembling a body of work over the years that proves that he is one of the best white male actors in the business.

George Clooney 

Having spent years in a string of small, underappreciated, and often failing TV shows as the resident beefcake, Clooney established himself as a great white male actor with his role as Doug Ross in the NBC mega hit, “ER.” Clooney wisely turned TV success into a stunning series of hits on the big screen such as the Oceans trilogy and “The Peacemaker.”

Leonardo DiCaprio 

He became one of the best white male actors in the industry early on with his debut role in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” playing a mentally-challenged child so convincingly that fans were shocked to learn that he really wasn’t. Leo’s ability to transform himself into whatever the role required has served him well from one hit film to the next. Films like “Inception,” “Shutter Island” and “The Departed” have made him a household name.

Johnny Depp 

Starting out as a TV star and teen heartthrob is how many actors achieve fame, but Depp took it to new levels by his insistence on appearing in non-traditional films and often on his own terms. While that is a risky move, it’s paid off big with his fans as well as movie studios. His take on a crazy pirate named Jack Sparrow has forever endeared him to audiences worldwide.

Al Pacino 

Pacino, who came out  in Hollywood at the same time as De Niro, is also another example of an actor who brings everything to his roles and makes each of them legendary. It was to the delight of fans when director Michael Mann was finally able to bring them on screen together in 1995 for the crime drama “Heat” (they were both in “The Godfather, Part II,” but did not share any screen time together).

Liam Neeson 

Fans who are not familiar with his early dramatic work at least remember him as rebel Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” or Ra's Al Ghul from “Batman Begins.” However, they are missing out on some quality work by one of the ten best white male actors of the last few years.

Ralph Fiennes 

It’s a bit of a shame that most children will grow up onl knowing this great white male actor as Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, because he has such a wide range of roles that have endeared him to fans for years, from “The English Patient” to “Schindler's List.”

Christian Bale 

While many know him only as the newest Batman, Bale went about breaking that mold with his portrayal of a burned out junkie in “The Fighter.” Playing the role of a once great fighter turned trainer to his younger brother (Mark Walhberg), his transformation from muscle-bound hero to uber-skinny freakshow earned him an Oscar for his efforts.

Robert Downey Jr.

He may not get the credit he deserves for his performances, but there is little doubt in the minds of critics and fans that RDJ is one of the ten best white male actors of his generation. His ability to effortlessly jump back and forth from comedy to drama and back again has also made him one of the most sought-out actors for producers and directors.  

- Mark Dodson