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Influential doesn’t always mean hottest or most loved, although it certainly can. Read on to learn about the 10 actors who have made the biggest impact on the industry and in popular culture.

  1. Marlon Brando

Brando is widely considered to be the greatest actor in the history of film, and he has also starred in some of the most important movies. He’s been recognized with two Golden Globe awards, two Oscars, and three BAFTA awards.

  1. Laurence Olivier

Olivier is probably the only actor who could be considered an equal match to Brando. He’s a classically trained stage actor with a special gift for Shakespeare. He’s won an Oscar and been recognized with an honorary Academy Award for the full body of his work.

  1. Paul Newman

More than just a heartthrob, Newman is a skilled actor who can make any role his own, and he’s given a lot of his time, money, and salad dressing to his charitable foundation. Newman is the recipient of three Golden Globe awards, one BAFTA award, and one Oscar.

  1. Charlie Chaplin

The Little Tramp left behind a significant legacy, both in terms of his work and his satirization of Adolf Hitler in The Great Dictator. He won an Oscar for his music.

  1. Jack Nicholson

Nicholson is an incredibly versatile actor with a filmography beyond compare. He has never been afraid to take on tough roles and make them his own. He has the almost-unique distinction of being nominated for an Oscar in every decade since the 1960s.

  1. Dustin Hoffman

With roles ranging from a savant in Rain Man to a cross-dressing soap-opera actress in Tootsie, Hoffman is one of the most versatile actors of his generation. He’s also one of the most awarded with five Golden Globes, four BAFTA awards, and two Oscars.

  1. Sean Penn

Penn has gotten as much or more press for his politics and private life than he has for his acting, but he is definitely a very powerful actor who is not afraid to take on intense and controversial roles.

  1. Morgan Freeman

Freeman has one of the most recognizable voices in modern moviemaking, and he uses it to great effect. He is also one of the most respected actors of this generation for movies such as the Shawshank Redemption.

  1. James Stewart

Stewart is cinema history personified with roles in iconic movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Philadelphia Story.

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio

From sitcom neighbor to teen heartthrob to serious roles in significant films, DiCaprio has shown his range in an incredibly diverse career. He’s been recognized for it with two Golden Globe awards, one BAFTA award, and one Oscar.