The 10 most famous Hollywood actors ever have ruled to box office with critically acclaimed movies as well as blockbusters catering to larger audiences. These men are Oscar winners and have proven capable of opening movies with their name alone. These men are the true royalty of Hollywood.
Tom Hanks – Tom Hanks was one of the most famous Hollywood actors since breaking out in comedies in the ‘80s. When Hanks broke away from broad comedies, he won back-to-back Oscars in 1994 and 1995 in “Philadelphia” “Forrest Gump.” He has earned five nominations in his career as of 2011.
Tom Cruise – Tom Cruise ruled as king on the box office for almost two decades and remains one of the most famous Hollywood actors ever. Over his reign at the box office, Cruise starred in “Top Gun,” “Cocktail,” “Rain Man,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Jerry Maguire.”
Will Smith – Will Smith was once known as the king of Independence Day, starring in a number of movies that ruled the box office during the holiday. One of the most famous Hollywood actors ever, Smith owned the holiday with movies like “Men in Black” and “Independence Day.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the most famous Hollywood actors in the ‘80s when he perfected the adrenaline based action movies that populated the Reagan-era. Schwarzenegger ruled the box office with movies like “Terminator,” “Predator” and “True Lies.”
Denzel Washington – Denzel Washington won his first Oscar in 1990 for the movie “Glory” and, in 2002, won the Oscar for Best Actor for “Training Day.” Washington has become one of the most famous African American Hollywood actors ever over his 30-year career.
George Clooney – While George Clooney got his start on television, starring on the network hit “ER,” he has since become one of the most famous Hollywood actors ever. Since breaking into the movies, Clooney has earned three Oscar nominations, winning for his role in “Syriana.”
Jack Nicholson – Jack Nicholson began his career in the B-level movies by Roger Corman but has built himself into one of the most famous Hollywood actors ever. Nicholson has been nominated for twelve Oscars, winning three of them. His most recent nomination was for “About Schmidt” in 2002.
Robert De Niro – Robert De Niro is one of the most famous Hollywood actors ever, appearing in both Oscar nominated movies and, more recently, family friendly comedies. He has earned numerous Oscar nominations for work such as “The Godfather: Part II” and “Raging Bull.”
Clint Eastwood – Clint Eastwood is an American icon for his roles in western movies like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and remains one of the most famous Hollywood actors ever. He has since become an Oscar winning director with movies like “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby,” in which he also starred.
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Paul Newman &ndash Paul Newman is a legendary actor that remains known as one of the most famous Hollywood actors ever. He became a sex symbol in movies like “The Hustler” and “Cool Hand Luke” and then made a critical splash in movies like “The Sting” and “The Verdict.”