Top 7 Most Influential Actors and Actresses of All Time

Top 7 Most Influential Actors and Actresses of All Time

Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977)

Sir Charles “Charlie” Spencer Chaplin was an English comic actor and filmmaker. He is considered to be the greatest actor of the silent film era. He gained a worldwide fame through his persona “the Tramp”. After all those years he still is considered one of the most important figures of cinema.

In 1919, Chaplin co-founded the movie company United Artists. After 1919 he released some of the most important movies of all time such as The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931) and The Circus (1928), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940). He refused to move to sound movies in the 1930s and continued to make silent movies. He was accused of communist sympathies and marriages to much younger women. Chaplin was forced to leave the US and live in Switzerland.

Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993)

Audrey Hepburn was a Belgium-born British actress and humanitarian. She is aslo considered as a fashion icon. She was ranked as the 3rd greatest female screen actress by the AFI. She was also a World War II survivor. She spoke English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German.

She was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. She won those awards for her role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later on she appeared in many iconic movies of the time such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964). During her career, she won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. She won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress.

John Wayne (1907 – 1979)

John WayneBorn as Marion Robert Mitchell Morrison, John Wayne is known as being the greatest western star of all time. He was an actor,director, and producer. He also won an Academy Award. Wayne is known for being an American cultural icon as well. He was a masculinity symbol for many decades because of his calm voice, nice and slow walk and height.

He appeared in movies such as The Big Trail (1930), Red River (1948), The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956)Rio Bravo (1959) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962)

Marilyn Monroe, who was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, was an actress, who became a major sex symbol during 50s. Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by AFI. She is also accepted as a popular and a cultural icon. She was also among the biggest and earliest sex symbol.

She is known for his movies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Bus Stop (1956), The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959) and The Misfits (1961).

Clint Eastwood (1930 – …)

Clint Eastwood is an actor, director, producer and politician. He gained popularity as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns. He also played many more icnoic roles such as the antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry movies. He is another cultural icon of masculinity, especially during 60s and 70s.

He also directed many award-winning movies such as Unforgiven (1992), Million Dollar Baby (2004) and The Bridges of Madison County (1995), In the Line of Fire (1993) and Gran Torino (2008).

Meryl Streep (1949 – …)

Meryl-StreepMeryl Streep is an actress. During her successful career, she won many awards including 3 Academy Awards, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, 5 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 2 BAFTA awards and 2 Australian Film Institute awards. She is considered to be one of the greatest actresses of all time.

During her career she appeared in classic movies such as Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie’s Choice (1982), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), Out of Africa (1985), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Silkwood (1983), Postcards From the Edge (1990), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Adaptation (2002), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008) and The Iron Lady (2011).

Robert De Niro (1943 – …)

Robert De Niro is an actor. He is considered as one of the most talented actors ever lived. He appeared in more than 90 movies during his career. He is mostly known for appearing in classical crime-dramas of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

He appeared in movies such as Mean Streets (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), Raging Bull (1980), Taxi Driver (1976), Cape Fear (1991), Awakenings (1990), Goodfellas (1990) and New York, New York (1977).