Top Box Office Actors of the 2000's

Posted on 4 Jul 00:00


The era of the 2000's is also of significant importance for the movie industry. Hollywood, building on the developments of the 1990's adopted computers to pamper the effects which were previously more expensive than the 2000's. The era of simulations, comics and superheroes have also given us the aptitudes that amused the world with incredible skills. Here is the list of top movie actors of the 2000's.

1)  George Clooney

George Timothy Clooney, a renowned actor, director, and movie producer was born in Kentucky, on May 6, 1961. George Clooney relished a successful career during the course of 2000's after developing his high profile reputation on the medical drama series” ER”.  Clooney was also one of the 'chosen' to play Batman in the blockbuster “Batman and Robin” (1997).

“Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) directed by Steven Soderbergh also proved to be one of his most successful undertakings of his acting career. In 2005, Clooney won an academy award for best-supporting actor for his role in “Syriana” (2005). His efficacious and popular movies of the 2000's include “O Brother, Where Art Thou” (2000), “Good Night and Good Luck” (2005), and “Michael Clayton” (2007).

Clooney married an American actress Talia Balsam (m. 1989, divorced 1993), and after his divorce, Clooney vowed that he would never marry again nor have children. Clooney had many relationships with several TV personalities including Ginger Lynn Allen, Lisa Snowdon, Krista Allen, Sarah Larson, and Celine Balitran. However, in 2014, he married Amal Alamuddin, a human rights attorney, and together, they have 2 children, and appear to be a very happily married couple. Clooney continues to be one of the most successful players in film today.

2)  Will Smith

Willard Carroll Smith was born on September 25, 1968, in Pennsylvania.  After pursuing a career as a rapper, and starring in the TV hit, The Fresh Prince of Be-lair, he began his Hollywood list-A career with the break out hit movie “Bad Boys” (1995). Other movie hits soon followed “Independence Day” and the “Men in Black” movie series.

Will Smith received two Oscar award nominations for the movies “Ali” (2001) and “The Pursuit of Happiness” (2006). His other hits of the 2000's comprise of “I am Legend” (2007), “Hitch” (2005), and “I, Robot” (2004).

Will Smith is immensely fond of chess and video games. He has married twice. His first wife was Sheree Zampino in 1992, and his second and current wife is Jada Pinkett Smith in 1997, they have two children together. His vivid performances in the 2000's made him the most bankable star worldwide, as reported by Forbes. Vanity Fair Magazine lists Will Smith as one of Hollywood’s top 20 earners, he took the eleventh position with earnings of more than $29 million in 2010.

3. Johnny Depp

Regarded as one of the world’s biggest stars, John Christopher Depp was born on June 9, 1963.  His is a multi faceted Hollywood player, an actor, musician, and producer of the 2000's. He is on the list of top movie actors of the 2000's having earned 10 Golden Globe Award nominations and three Oscar award nominations during the course of his acting career.

Depp started his acting career in the smash hit television series “21 Jump Street”. After working as a television star Depp kick-started his Hollywood career with “Cry-Baby” (1990) and “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) both built his reputation as one of the most versatile actors in the movie industry.

The 2000's was the era of eventual distinction and success for the actor in which he won a Golden Globe Award for best actor for his role in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007).

Amid his most popular movies of the 2000's were “Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), and “Finding Neverland” (2004).

4)  Denzel Washington

Denzel Hayes Washington was born on December 28, 1954, in New York.  He won two Oscars, one for “Glory” (1989), he received the award for the best supporting actor role and the other Oscar was for the best actor for the movie “Training Day” (2001).

Denzel's feature film debut was in the movie “A Carbon Copy” (1981) and he received his big break in the movie “Cry Freedom” (1987) for which he received a nomination for the academy award. In the 2000's Denzel Washington starred in as well as directed several hit films. Some of his noteworthy movies during the 2000's were “Man on Fire” (2004), “Inside Man” (2006) and “The Greatest Debaters” in which he both acted and directed (2007). He married once and remains married to the actress Pauletta Pearson in 1983, they have four children.

5)  Brad Pitt

William Bradley Pitt also is known as Brad Pitt was born on 18 December 1963. He began his film career in a horror movie named “Cutting Class” (1989). His most notable movies of the 2000's include “Babel” (2006), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008), and “Inglorious Basterds” (2009). Brad Pitt also won an Academy Award for the best picture for “12 Years a Slave” (2013) as the producer.

Brad Pitt met Angelina Jolie while both filming the movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005), though Brad was married to Jennifer Anniston at the time.  He and Jennifer quickly divorced and he and Jolie were ultimately married in 2014 and divorced in 2018.

Brad Pitt remains deeply involved in both humanitarian and political issue.

6)  Reese Witherspoon

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is among the highest-paid actresses in the world as of 2019. She was born on March 22, 1976, in Louisiana. Reese marked a turning point of her career in the blockbuster film “Legally Blonde” (2001) in which she played the role of sorority girl Elle Wood. Witherspoon fostered her success with commercial hit movies such as “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002).

In 2005, Reese received accolades by appearing in James Mangold’s “Walk the Line” (2005) which was both a critical and commercial success.  During her long career, she  earned an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA for her performances in various films.

Reese married Ryan Phillippe in 1999, they divorced in 2006. In 2011 she married Jim Toth.  Reese has three children, two with Ryan and one with Toth.

In 2013, the actress was penalized with a US$ 213 fine for disorderly conduct when she and her husband, Toth, were pulled over for a DUI, and Reese repeated refused to get back in their car after a cop ordered her to do so. Surprisingly, she attempted to play the 'fame card' and yelled at the police “do you know who I am”, the police arrested her for disorderly conduct.

7)  Matt Damon

Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Massachusetts. His career took off with the movies “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). He won his first nomination at the Academy Awards for the movie "Good Will Hunting". He went on to create  numerous unmatched performances in movies such as “Invictus” (2009), “The Informant” (2009), and “The Departed (2006)”.  He is reknown as the character, Jason Bourne, in the continuing Bourne Identity series. Besides acting, Matt is an accomplished screen writer and film producer.

In 2008, Matt received a lot of media attention for a humorous video with Sarah Silverman; Jimmy Kimmel's then girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, sang a duet with Matt about having a sexual relationship with Matt Damon behind Kimmel's back. It was a joke. The song was shown on Jimmy’s show and went viral on the internet.


The 2000's was the era of effects and technology, where the movies like “Avatar” and “Shrek 2” were amid the top-grossing films of the history. Advanced technological characters were challenging the skills of the legendary actors who, by their performances kept and continue to keep their fans awestruck.

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