As of July 2015, some of the most popular actors are those who play superheroes. Robert Downey Jr. is known for playing Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having most recently appeared in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth also appeared in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," playing Captain America and Thor, respectively. Evans and Hemsworth are also popular for standalone films featuring their characters. Chris Pratt played Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and starred in "Jurassic World."
Some actors remain popular over many years due to the enduring popularity of their films. Tom Hanks has remained consistently popular since the 1980s, appearing in films such as "Forrest Gump," "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Da Vinci Code" and providing voice talent for the "Toy Story" franchise. Other actors of this type include Tom Cruise, known for roles in "Top Gun" and "Mission Impossible," and Robert De Niro, whose films include "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas" and "Silver Linings Playbook." Some actors remain popular years after death. These actors include Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Paul Newman.Learn more about Art & Literature