30 Best Blonde Actors of All Time

Blonde hair, light or dark doesn’t accompany so many actors as one might assume. There is a thin line between dark blonde and light brown or even ginger hair, but in this article, we aren’t going to focus on these details that much. We made a subjective list, based on our opinion and thoughts and not their awards or accomplishments, in no specific order. This is the list of the 30 best blonde actors of all time.

Brad Pitt 

This versatile actor was born in 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and is famous for his excellent movies where he shows all his talent. For a long time, he was considered a pretty face but has proved to be an excellent actor, by choosing some of the most unforgettable roles in movie history.

He is known for his portrayal of interesting characters and is especially memorable in his depiction of weird and sinister individuals, such as Tyler Durden in Fight Club or Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys. He is a multiple-time Oscar nominee and has won the award for best supporting actor in Tarantino’s  Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Some of his other notable roles are in Interview With a Vampire, Seven, Babel, and Snatch.

Paul Newman

One of the most beloved and skilled actors of the Hollywood golden era is this charismatic actor, winner of one Oscar and leading actor in many classics and masterpieces. He was born in 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and died in 2008. 

Besides his brilliant roles, he is also famous for one of the most long-lasting Hollywood marriages. He was married to Joanne Woodward for more than 50 years and they have made 16 movies together. He won an Oscar for his unforgettable role in The Color of Money but will be remembered for many more, such as Hud, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cool Hand Luke, and The Sting.

Steve McQueen 

Another acting role model is this charming and charismatic Indiana-born actor, famous for his brilliant roles in some of the most famous and beloved movies. Steve McQueen was born in 1930 and died in 1980, leaving an unforgettable movie legacy.

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He will be remembered for playing rebellious and bold characters who always had something to say, such as The Great Escape, Papillon, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Towering Inferno, next to Paul Newman. He was nominated for an Oscar for his excellent role in The Sand Pebbles.

Marlon Brando

Hollywood’s bad boy and one of the most charming, attractive, and skilled actors of all time is this controversial actor who is famous not only for his excellent movies but also for his political and social engagement.

Marlon Brando was born in 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, and died in 2004. He is remembered for his outstanding acting skills and movies that no one will forget. He is a two-time Oscar winner, for his roles in The Godfather and On the Waterfront, but he will be remembered for many other wonderful roles and movies, such as Ultimo tango a Parigi, Viva Zapata!, A Streetcar Named Desire, sayonara and Julius Caesar.

Heath Ledger

This talented Australian actor became famous at an early age, immediately showing his immense acting talent and choice of interesting movies. He was a star back home before he made his big breakthrough in Hollywood with the irresistible romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You where he showed that he is so much more than a pretty face.

He was born in 1979 in Perth and died at the very young age of 28, after filming his most famous and iconic role, the one of The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight. He won an Oscar for this role and will be remembered as one of the best Jokers in movie history. Other movies he will be remembered for are Brokeback Mountain, Monster’s Ball, A Knight’s Tale, Patriot, and Candy. He died during the filming of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus where he got replaced by many other famous actors.

Edward Norton

This is one of those actors who captivate you with their words, facial expressions, and immense talent as you set eyes on them. It was obvious with his first role in the brilliant thriller Primal fear where he played an interesting young man imprisoned after being accused of a crime he says he didn’t commit. It was his first movie role and an instant Oscar nomination.

Born in 1969 in Boston, Edward Norton was one of the most promising young actors in the late 1990s and the 2000s, starring in numerous brilliant movies with portrayals of some of the most iconic movie characters ever, such as Narrator in Fight Club, Derek in American History X, Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk and Walter Fane in The Painted Veil.

River Phoenix

One of the greatest stars of the 1980s and one of the most tragic stars ever, River Phoenix will be remembered for his movie career, but also his personal life and addiction problems. He died of an overdose in front of one of L.A.’s most popular places, in 1993, at the tender age of 23.

He starred in numerous 1980s tv series before making his big breakthrough in Stand By Me, a bitter-sweet coming-of-age story about 4 friends who go on a search for a missing boy and while trying to find him, learn the importance of friendship. He is famous for his role as the young Indiana Jones and his unforgettable portrayal of Mike Waters in My Own Private Idaho. He was nominated for his brilliant role in the movie Running on Empty.

Kiefer Sutherland

Another 1980s big star is this actor who has been famous for his roles as bad boys, often criminals and weird and sick individuals, but also for the leading roles in some of the most iconic movies. He was born in 1966 in London and is the son of a famous father, Donald Sutherland.

Some of his most important and memorable movies are Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, Young Guns, A Few Good Men, and Phone Booth. He hasn’t been that active in the last two decades when it comes to movies but he has made one of the most iconic tv roles, playing Jack Bauer in the excellent adrenaline-packed show 24.

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Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner is one the most successful and beloved Hollywood actors of all time, with more than 60 roles behind him and 2 Oscars. He is also a skilled director and producer. He was born in 1955 in California and is still responsible for memorable performances, the latest being the one of John Dutton in the extremely well-accepted and praised tv-show Yellowstone.

His biggest success is undoubtedly the movie Dances With Wolves where he was nominated for an Oscar for a leading role but received one for directing and best picture. Other famous movies which no one should miss are Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard, Mr. Brooks, and A Perfect World.

Robert Redford

Another Hollywood icon and one of the most famous actors is Robert Redford. He is also a talented director with more than 10 films directed and is a successful producer. Redford was born in 1936 in California and has been making movies for almost 60 years.

He is a winner of one Oscar, for his role in Ordinary People but will be remembered for many more, such as Quiz Show, The Sting, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid, The Natural, and All the President’s Men. His directing skills are also brilliant, which he proved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, Quiz Show, Ordinary People and A River Runs Through It.

Paul Bettany

This talented British actor has proved that he is brilliant in various roles, from comedic and romantic ones to superheroes and villains. He started in tv-series and after a few not-so-significant roles in different movies, he got his breakthrough in a supporting role in the adventure comedy A Knight’s Tale.

With his performance as Jeffrey Chaucer, he received the international claim from both critics and the audience. After this unforgettable role, he starred in numerous memorable movies, such as A Beautiful Mind, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang), and Iron Man. 

James Dean

One of Hollywood’s biggest stars ever and one who left it way too early, after his car accident when he was only 24. By that time he managed to film movies that instantly became classics and proved his undebatable talent. 

He began his career when he was 20 years old and filmed many tv-series but upon receiving the leading role in the masterpiece East of Eden, everyone realized that the star was born. After this unforgettable movie, he filmed two more classics, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant which he will be remembered for.

Jude Law 

Jude Law is a talented British actor born in 1972 in London and has never lost his British charm and cool. He is well-known for his excellent roles but was also at the center of attention many years ago when his personal life ended in the newspaper.

He starred in many big movies and made unforgettable roles, such as the young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts and Dr. John Watson in Sherlock. He is a versatile actor who chooses various roles in different genres in which he excels.

Tom Hiddleston

One of the hottest stars in the last few years is this London-born heartthrob who can be seen in all kinds of roles. He is not afraid to play villains, he is great as a leading man in a romantic comedy and brilliant as one of the most charismatic superheroes of all time.

Tom Hiddleston plays Loki, one of the favorite villains of all time and even though he has made numerous unforgettable roles, this is the one that launched him on Hollywood’s A-list. His other acclaimed movies are Midnight in Paris, Only Lovers Left Alive and Crimson Peak, as well as the brilliant mini-series The Night Manager.

Chris Hemsworth

Tom Hiddleston’s biggest superhero rival and another talented blonde-haired actor is this Australian heartthrob who is so much more than just a pretty face. Chris Hemsworth has proved to be one of the most talented actors in the last few years, starring in various genres and making brilliant performances.

He was born in 1983 in Melbourne, Australia but wasn’t that famous at home before he made it big in Hollywood. He had a minor role in Star Trek and a supporting one in A Perfect Getaway but it was 2011 and his role as Thor that brought him stellar status. 

Leonardo DiCaprio

One of the most popular actors on this list is undoubtedly Leonardo DiCaprio, a child star and one of the long-lasting actors younger than 50. The majority of movies he films become an instant hits and prove his immense talent.

He became internationally famous in Titanic, one of the most successful movies of all time but he made some memorable roles even before, in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Basketball Diaries, Romeo and Juliet, and This Boy’s Life. Some of his other unforgettable movies are Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Django Unchained, Shutter Island, Inception, and The Wolf of Wall Street. 

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Ryan Gosling

Born in 1980 in Ontario, Canada, Ryan Gosling is one of the most Canadian actors of all time. He was featured in numerous Canadian and American tv-series before he got his first roles in movies such as Remember the Titans and The Believer where he received numerous positive reactions for playing a young Jewish man with a dangerous anti-Semitic philosophy.

A few years after The Believer, he gained international success with his role of Noah in the unforgettable The Notebook and this is when his stellar career began. Some of his other memorable movies are Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, Drive, Crazy Stupid Love, and La La Land

Rutger Hauer

One of Europe’s most famous actors of all time was definitely Ruther Hauer, born in 1944 in Utrecht. Unfortunately, he dies in 2009 at the age of 75 but has left a great movie legacy. One of his most famous roles is in 1982’s The Blade Runner where he played Batty, the main antagonist.

He has made several other memorable roles, such as the one of Navarre in Ladyhawke, John Ryder in The HItcher, and Cardinal Roarke in Sin City. 

Aaron Eckhart

This talented actor is somehow always somewhere behind, in the shadows of the more famous stars but has numerous great roles in his portfolio. He was born in 1968 in Cupertino, California, and made his first notable role in 1999 in Erin Brokovich.

He played George, Erin Brokovich’s boyfriend and the big success of this movie made him a star as well. Some of his later memorable roles are in the movies Nurse Betty, The Pledge, Thank You For Smoking, and No Reservations. His most successful role is the one of Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

Evan Peters

One of the biggest Hollywood stars recently is this talented young actor born in 1987 in St.Louis, Missouri. The majority of his roles are extremely memorable and he is brilliant in everything he puts his hands on.

He made unforgettable roles as Quicksilver in the new sequels of X-Men, as a recurrent character in many seasons of American Horror Story, as Pietro Maximoff in WandaVision, and as Colin Zabel in Mare of Easttown. His latest role is the one of Jeffrey Dahmer, known as The Milwaukee Cannibal in the excellent tv-series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.  

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam is a talented actor who was born in 1987 in Newcastle upon Tyne. He made his big international breakthrough in his brilliant portrayal of Jackson “Jax” Teller in the masterpiece Sons of Anarchy, a tv-series about a group of motorcycle outlaws in North California.

Before that, he filmed many excellent movies, such as Cold Mountain, Hooligans, Children of Men, and Pacific Rim. He is not filming extensively but the movies he makes are almost always very well-acclaimed and memorable, such as Crimson Peak and The Gentleman.

Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson was born in 1968 in Dallas, Texas, and is most famous for his unusual and weird character in wacky comedies, often next to Ben Stiller and Will Ferrel. He is one of director Wes Anderson’s favorite actors and has starred in the majority of his movies.

He was nominated for an Oscar in Anderson’s masterpiece The Royal Tennenbaums. He made some memorable roles in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and numerous comedies such as The Wedding Crashers, Hotel Grand Budapest, Marley and Me and Meet the Parents. 

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon made his breakthrough when he was 26 and starred in one of the most beloved 1980s movies of all time, Footloose. He was born in 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has made a great career full of versatile roles, but is mostly known for playing bad characters.

Some of his most memorable movies except Footloose are Sleepers, The Woodsman, Mystic River, and The River Wild. He is still filming and has a few interesting titles in the upcoming months. 

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor is originally red-haired but is very often wearing it blonde and therefore we have decided to put him on this list. He was born in 1971 in Perth, Scotland, and is one of the greatest British movie stars of all time. 

He has made an array of unforgettable roles and the ones that must be mentioned are in Danny Boyle’s movies Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge, George Lucas’s Star Wars, and Tim Burton’s Big Fish.

Chris Evans

One of the most popular superheroes in the last decade is Chris Evans’ Captain America. He made an unforgettable role with this rejected military soldier who is transformed into this superhero after being injected with a “Super-Soldier scrum”. 

This is definitely his most famous role which he played in many Captain America sequels as well as The Avengers movies. Some of his other notable movies are Snowpiercer, Steet Kings, Sunshine, and Cellular.

Alexander Skarsgard

Coming from an acting family, Alexander Skarsgard is one of the most famous Swedish actors in the last few years. Stellan Skarsgard’s son and Bill Skarsgard’s brother, he made his big Hollywood breakthrough in the horror tv-series True Blood where he played the bad vampire Eric.

He was born in 1976 in Stockholm and before his American fame, he was a star in many Swedish movies and tv-series. After True Blood, he made an excellent performance in the acclaimed mini-series Big Little Lies and became the new Tarzan in 2016 The Legend of Tarzan.

Sam Claflin

This light brown/dark blonde actor is one of the biggest upcoming Hollywood stars, ready to accept roles of some of the most disgusting characters seen on television. He was born in 1986 in Ipswich, England, and made his tv debut in the brilliant tv-series The Pillars of the Earth.

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He had a minor role in The Pirates of the Caribbean and after that started getting bigger roles, often as a leading man. His most unforgettable movies are Me Before You, Adrift, and The Hunger Games and the ones where he brilliantly portrays villains are The Riot Club, the Nightingale, and tv-show Peaky Blinders.

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt is an extremely talented actor who has been in the shadow of more famous ones for many years. Born in 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota, he started acting in tv-series and the one that brought him success is the heart-warming drama Everwood. 

After the role of a kind-hearted jock Bright Abbot, he started receiving more and more movie roles in movies such as Moneyball and Her. But he became internationally famous with his role as Peter Quills in the brilliant space adventure The Guardians of the Galaxy.

Daniel Craig

One of the best James Bonds ever is this British actor born in 1969 in Cheshire. He played the most famous world spy in numerous movies, such as Casino Royale and No Time to die but has made some memorable roles in many other movies.

His most notable performances are in Knives Out, Defiance, Munchen, and Enduring Love and he is starring in many more interesting titles we are going to see him in in the next few years.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey was born in 1969 in Texas and is one of the most searched-for actors in the last few decades. He is a very versatile actor who started with romantic and action comedies such as How To Lose a Guy In Ten Days, EdTv, and Fool’s Gold.

But his most unforgettable roles are in serious and often difficult and sad movies, such as Mud, Interstellar, and Dallas Buyers Club where he played a terminally ill man with AIDS which brought him his first Academy Award.

  • Tamara is a big movie, music and book fan since always and writes a blog about all these things. Loves psychological thrillers, noir movies and mysteries of all kind. Enjoys discussing and talking about movies and tv series.