Some of the most popular male actors of all time include Tom Hanks, James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Humphrey Bogart. Other popular male actors include Spencer Tracy, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino.
Some of the most popular male actors of all time rose to prominence in the 1940s and 50s. Some of them, such as Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart and Spencer Tracy, gained fame playing dramatic roles in acclaimed films. Other actors achieved fame in classic, Shakespearean roles. These actors include Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, James Mason and Alec Guinness. Some actors, such as Marlon Brando and Paul Newman, achieved fame in the 1950s and remained famous as their peers retired or lost popularity.
In the 1970s, a new generation of actors rose to fame. These included Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Gene Hackman. In the 1980s, many actors gained fame as action stars, including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis. Some of these actors remained famous into the 1990s, a decade that saw the emergence of stars such as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Tom Hanks. As of 2015, some of the most famous and popular male actors include Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper.