Who Are Some Prominent 21st-Century Actors?

Who Are Some Prominent 21st-Century Actors?

Some prominent 21st century actors are Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. Another prominent 21st century actor is Brad Pitt, who shot to fame with a small role in the 1990s movie "Thelma and Louise" and whose fame continues with a number of successful roles into the 21st century.

Pitt's stardom rose even further when he married "Friends" actress Jennifer Aniston in 2000, followed by an ensemble performance with actors including George Clooney in "Oceans Eleven" and "Oceans Twelve." Fellow "Oceans Twelve" co-stars Matt Damon and Clooney joined Pitt in a Hollywood movie-star fraternity of sorts which created additional media buzz and added to Pitt's prominence. People Magazine named Brad Pitt the sexiest man alive on two separate occasions.

DiCaprio's movie credits include "The Titanic," "Catch Me if You Can," and "Wolf of Wall Street." DiCaprio's movie fame led him to involvement in politics. In 2014, DiCaprio spoke at the United Nations climate change summit. DiCaprio's passion for environmental conservation led him to use a birthday party to hold a charity fundraiser for his environmental causes. The event raised approximately $3 million.

Liam Neeson is another prominent actor of the 21st century. Following his breakout role in "Schindler’s List," Neeson went on to star in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace." Fans and critics applaud Neeson's acting voice and commanding on-screen presence that continues to land him leading roles into the 21st century despite his advancing age.

Additionally, modern actor Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy Award for best actor on three different occasions. In 2002, Day-Lewis gave an acclaimed performance as Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York." In 2012, Day-Lewis turned in another award-winning performance as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Day-Lewis chooses his roles carefully but he remains a prominent 21st-century actor.