Top Actors of the 2000s
The 2000s spawned a number of superhero films, providing opportunities to actors like Hugh Jackman, whose portrayal of Wolverine in X-Men films earned him international fame. Like the X-Men franchise, Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible franchise also ruled the decade as two of the franchise's films were released in the 2000s. The decade was also dominated by actors like Morgan Freeman, who won an Academy Award in 2004. The list also includes the usual suspects like Tom Hanks and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Also Known As: Willard Carroll Smith II
Nickname: The Fresh Prince
Birthday: 25 September 1968
Born In: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Sun Sign: Libra
The charismatic, versatile and bankable American artist, Will Smith, tasted early success with rapping. A successful transition into films and television soon followed and made Smith a phenomenal success. With solid earnings, he has also frequently secured himself a place in the list of highest paid actors in world.
Also Known As: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Birthday: 23 July 1989
Born In: London, England
Sun Sign: Leo
Gaining international fame as a child actor in the Harry Potter movie series, English actor and producer Daniel Radcliffe has been active in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. After playing Harry Potter, he became one of the highest-paid actors in the world. He supports LGBTQA+ rights and contributes to various charities.
Also Known As: Samuel Leroy Jackson
Birthday: 21 December 1948
Born In: Washington, D.C., United States
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Actor and producer, Samuel L. Jackson is widely regarded as one of the most popular actors of his generation. A highly prolific actor, he has appeared in over 150 films and is especially known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino films. Besides acting, he has voiced for several animated films, television series, and video games.
Also Known As: Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom
Birthday: 13 January 1977
Born In: Canterbury, England
Sun Sign: Capricorn
British heartthrob Orlando Bloom shot to fame fir playing elf warrior Legolas in the fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings and later achieved success with more high profile films like The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Hobbit film trilogy, Troy and Elizabethtown. In between, he made his Broadway debut with Romeo Juliet and was also named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Also Known As: Heath Andrew Ledger
Birthday: 04 April 1979
Born In: Perth, Australia
Sun Sign: Aries
Died On: 22 January 2008
An Australian actor, Heath Ledger grabbed limelight in America with the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. However, it was role in Brokeback Mountain that made him a star and earned him comparisons with greats actors like Marlon Brando. The brilliant actor gave his last performance as Joker in The Dark Knight which became a massive success.