Robert De Niro has been voted the world's greatest living actor.
The star topped the poll thanks to roles in hits such as The Godfather Part II and Taxi Driver.
De Niro's fellow Godfather star Al Pacino came second in the poll, compiled by Empire magazine, followed by Jack Nicholson.
Silence of the Lambs star Sir Anthony Hopkins is the only Briton to make it into the top 10.
He comes sixth in the list.
Fourth place goes to Paul Newman, star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, followed by the late Marlon Brando - who was still alive when voting for the poll began.
Controversially, there are only 10 Britons and one Irish actor in the top 30.
Sean Connery, the second-greatest living Briton, weighs in a at 13 Lord of the Rings' star Sir Ian McKellen is fifteenth.
Sir Michael Caine fails to make in on the list - but Love Actually's Alan Rickman comes in at a surprise 19.
Empire magazine editor Colin Kennedy said: "I don't think this list is a bad reflection of British acting talent.
"It reflects the fact that American actors are dominant in the movies."
He added: "It is a bit of a surprise to find that Michael Caine isn't in the list. He's would definitely be in my top 30."
Around 10,000 British readers voted for the poll, which is in this week's Empire magazine.
The top 20 Greatest Living Actors:
1. Robert De Niro 2. Al Pacino 3. Jack Nicholson 4. Paul Newman5. Marlon Brando - died before voting was complete 6. Anthony Hopkins 7. Morgan Freeman 8. Dustin Hoffman 9. Clint Eastwood 10. Sigourney Weaver 11. Gene Hackman12. Harrison Ford 13. Sean Connery14. Meryl Streep15. Ian McKellen16. Christopher Lee 17. Sidney Poitier 18. Robert Redford 19. Alan Rickman 20. Judi Dench
do you agree? who would be in your Top Ten list? (or top five or top three)
DeNiro is great. I wish Tom Hanks was on the list,he's great and my favourite
WEll my top 3 would be(this list is on my "fav" actors,and they probably arent rated that good by everyone):
1.Tom Hanks. 2.Brad Pitt. 3.Ben Stiller.
gene hackman is great
7th March 2003
Alan Rickman :thumbsup: though I'm a bit surprised he made it to such a list. He's a fabulous actor, on screen as well as on stage, I just didn't think he was 'popular' enough.
my list would probably be: 1. Avery Brooks (don't give me that geek crap. he's a damn good actor) 2. Sean Connery (no explanation necessary) 3. John Cleese (perhaps the funniest man on screen) 4. Jeremy Irons (a very good actor who I would love to see on stage) 5. Sean Bean (he's just cool) (outsider: Harrison Ford - he's in my favourite film so...)
I'm lying when I say trust me
8th June 2004
DeNiro is a great actor, but best living actor is pushing it in my opinoin. I honestly can't see how Michael Caine isn't on the list, he's been in some fantastic movies. Anthony Hopkins is really good too, Silence of the Lambs scared the piss out of me :lol:
I would have said Sir Alec Guinness, but he's dead. There's always Ed Harris, Sir Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson [except Star Wars], Harrison Ford, some of which were listed there.
1. Damian Lewis (His awesome job in Band of Brothers skyrocketed him to #1 for me) 2. Tom Hanks (I like most of Hanks movies) 3. Robert DeNiro (Hes one of those bada$$ type of people I like) 4. Sean Connery (He did good in the Bond movies, Red October and several others) 5. Christopher Lee (Dracula, Skaramanga in 'The Man with the Golden Gun', and several others)
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
14th April 2004
1, jack nicholson 2,rober deniro 3, marlon brando 4, al pacino 5, sean connery 6, anthony hopkins 7,meryl streep 8, denzel washington and so on
i dont have any favourite actresses. the actors are the best.if i did make a list of fav actresses it would be based on their hotness.