Top American Actors of 2015

Hollywood has no dearth of talent. A range of stars from newbies to academy winners continue to captivate their fans with their talent. An actor can be viewed as successful in a variety of different ways. It can be the creative value of the projects he has been a part of, the directors he works with, or plain and simple – the amount of money he takes home as a performer. Here is a list of the top ten American actors who meet one or more of these factors and have ruled the roost in 2015, in no particular order.

Robert Downey Jr.


He is one of the most controversial as well as exceptional actors that Hollywood has ever seen. Robert Downey Jr. is the highest paid actor in Hollywood and has a huge fan following. He was a young success, but soon got mixed up with drugs, which led to his downfall. He cleaned up his act and got back on the wagon with the television series, Ally McBeal, for which he received a Golden Globe. He did movies like The Singing Detective, Gothika, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Tropic Thunder among many others, that firmly put him back on the map. He reached superstardom over the past decade with roles like Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man. In 2015, he was seen in the Marvel franchise, Avengers, where he was seen fighting his own creation along with his superhero team.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper

The trajectory this actor has followed to become one of the most popular actors in Hollywood is commendable. He was the lead in American Sniper and was part of the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. He is also a part of the successful Hangover franchise. His massively successful movies and looks that can kill have made him the biggest grosser in Hollywood. In 2015, though his movie, Aloha did not do well, he was still on the list of the richest actors. He is also among the handful of actors who have received three consecutive nominations at the Oscars, though he is yet to win one.

Chris Pratt.

Chris Pratt gets pranked on youtube
Chris Pratt gets pranked on youtube

From his humble television beginnings, Chris Pratt has sure catapulted to the big league with big budget hugely successful movies. His first meaty role came as Harold Brighton Abbott for the TV series, Everwood. Then, the part of Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation came his way. This role made him a household name. It also paved way for his debut in lead roles in movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Jurassic World (2015). He was also the voice of Emmet Brickowski in the 2014 Lego Movie. Being counted among the top grossing stars, and signing a multi-film deal with Marvel has definitely cemented the position of Chris Pratt as one of the most successful actors of 2015.

Vin Diesel

vin diesel
Vin Diesel

He has been part of not one, but two successful franchises – Fast and the Furious and The Chronicles of Riddick. As a tough and rugged action star, he has carved a niche for himself in the film industry. He has donned many hats from being an actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He was also the voice behind Groot in the 2014 smash hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. He is one of the most successful American actors of 2015, with the huge success of Furious 7 to his credit in the year, which he produced and acted in. He is presently set for the release of another of his movies, The Last Witch Hunter, in October, 2015.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon in 'The Martian'
Matt Damon in ‘The Martian’

He is an established name in the industry with an illustrious career as proof of his phenomenal acting prowess. He has made his place in the list of most bankable actors published by Forbes and is also one of the richest actors in Hollywood. He has been a part of the legendary Bourne series, the hugely popular Oceans Trilogy, Good Will Hunting, for which he also shared an Oscar for screenwriter, The Departed, Interstellar and too many critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies to mention. He is a part of one of the most awaited movies of 2015, The Martian. He is also very active in promoting social issues and doing charity, which has made him popular among the masses.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant'
Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant’

DiCaprio is one of the most versatile and talented actors that Hollywood has ever seen. He has played all his roles with ridiculous perfection. He gained international fame with one of his initial movies, Titanic, and then there was no stopping him. The movie shot him to the list of top actors in Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor and has proven it time and again with movies like Blood Diamond (2006), The Departed (2006), Inception (2011), Django Unchained (2012), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), among many others. His latest project, Revenant, is set to be released in late 2015 and its trailer has already created quite a buzz. Other than movies, he has also been in the news for his role as an environmental activist.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt in 'The Big Short'
Brad Pitt in ‘The Big Short’

Brad Pitt is another big name in Hollywood, and always remains in news whether it is because of his movies, his great looks, his relationship with Angelina Jolie, their unorthodox family, or his contribution towards humanitarian causes. He is a superstar who has worked in some of the biggest blockbusters of all times, and has been appreciated for his great acting skills. He has starred in cult movies like The Fight Club, worldwide hits like The Oceans Trilogy, Troy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and critically acclaimed movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. One of the most influential actors on Hollywood, Brad Pitt will be seen acting along with his wife, Angelina Jolie in the movie, By the Sea. It is all set to be released in the later half of 2015.

Tom Hanks

tom hanks

He is the one of the greatest actors of our times and he all set to do it all again in his latest movie, Bridge of the Spies. Incidentally, it is his fourth project with the legendary Steven Spielberg. The dream collaboration has earlier whipped out classics like Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me if You Can, and The Terminal. The actor has also appeared in many cult hits, including Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, The Da Vinci Code and Cast Away, among many others. The business his films did in 2014 made him one of the most valuable actors of all time and there is no doubt he will repeat the magic in 2015. He has also been known for his open support to the cause of same sex marriages, alternative fuels and protection of the environment.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in 'Tropic Thunder'
Tom Cruise in ‘Tropic Thunder’

He is one of the richest actors in the world and an international celebrity. Top Gun, the 1986 action flick, was his ticket to fame and he never looked back since then. He is widely known for his role of Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible franchise. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation that was released in 2015, continued the tradition of success and made over $650 million on the global box office. Tom Cruise has been a part of many memorable movies including Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, Knight and Day, and others. He has also made news with his faith in the Church of Scientology and has landed many controversies for advocating it.

Mark Wahlberg

'Ted 2' interview Mark Wahlberg
‘Ted 2’ interview Mark Wahlberg

He has a lot of feathers in his hat. He is an actor, businessman, producer, and has also been a rapper and a model. His filmography includes critical and commercial successes like Planet of the Apes, The Departed, The Fighter, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Lone Survivor, and so on. The actor made news in 2015 for the second edition of the comedy drama, Ted. It was one of the highest grossing movies of 2015 and made Mark Wahlberg one of the top 10 highest earners for the year too.

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