Top 10 Male Actors
What makes an actor one of the top 10 male actors of our time? Is it big box office? Talent? More likely a combination of the two, and maybe some other things as well. The actors who follow have paid their dues, and will likely continue to be much loved and admired for decades to come.
Johnny Depp. There's not a role this man cannot command. It's funny to look back to his beginnings on "21 Jump Street" and remember how everybody thought he was just a pretty face. For the past 20 years he has had at least one movie out, with the only exceptions being 1992, 1996, 2002 and 2008.
Will Smith. The "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" turned out to be a blockbuster movie machine. From "Independence Day" to "Men in Black" to "Bad Boys," his movies have made mad box office.
Tom Cruise. He may have a reputation for being a bit of a whack job, but he can act, and he can bring hom the box office. He's been on every top male actor list for the past 20 years, starting with his breakout role in "Risky Business" when he was just 21 years old. His "Mission Impossible" movies just keep coming out, and we just keep going in to get more!
Brad Pitt. Mr. Pitt started landing TV roles when he was 24 years old. It would be four long years before he landed his breakout role in "Thelma & Louise." Three years later, he played Louis de Pointe du Lac in "Interview With a Vampire," and he has just continued to grow and change ever since.
Tom Hanks. From his start on "Bosom Buddies," everybody knew Tom was a gifted comedic actor. It wasn't until his arrival on the big screen that we found out how multi-faceted his talent truly is. "Forrest Gump" was the role that made everybody sit up and take notice.
Leonardo DiCaprio. He started acting at age 16, on the small screen. After three years, he landed the lead role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and received much critical acclaim. Titanic propelled him to super stardom. He's careful about what roles he accepts, and that helps keep Leonardo DiCaprio on top of the male actor lists.
Eddie Murphy. Apparently, you don't need to be a great actor to land on top of the box office heap. Eddie Murphy has made 36 movies averaging $102,000,000 box office gross each. I'm sure the "Shrek" trilogy helped boost that bottom line considerably.
Samuel L. Jackson. With the top grossing total of all his movies equaling $4.5 billion, Mr. Jackson can certainly be proud of what he's accomplished over the years. He started his career in 1972 and shows no sign of slowing down.
Nicolas Cage. When your uncle is Francis Ford Coppola, you better be able to perform. He was only 18 when he made "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." That movie gave him a springboard to landing all manner of other quirky, creative roles.
Robert Downey Jr. Despite the fact that drug addiction derailed his career, Robert Downey Jr is an amazing actor who keeps coming back. With the "Iron Man" movies giving him his first blockbuster role as Tony Stark, he should continue his box office reign for a very long time.