16 Blonde Actors Making Their Mark in Hollywood
As much as talent is important, the look of actors and actresses is equally important. It’s not just how talented they are or the types of clothes they wear, but also how white their teeth are and the color of their hair. Blonde actors are plentiful in Hollywood and most of them don’t match up to the stereotype of the blonde bombshell with no intellect.
Even though people like to say something like hair color has nothing to do with a person’s success, in Tinlestown it’s like an added weapon in an actor’s arsenal. The best blonde actors not only look incredible, but are smart, funny, and talented. Put all this together and it’s easy to see why there are so many fantastic blonde actors in the movie business.
We want to commemorate these blonde actors marking their mark in Hollywood, so we’ve collected our favorites for you to read about below.
16 Blonde Actors Making Their Mark in Hollywood
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
The most famous blonde actor in the industry, Leonardo DiCaprio remains a heartthrob at the ripe old age of 48. With a penchant for young women and a filmography that screams movie star, Los Angeles-born DiCaprio has managed to stay on top of the A-list for a quarter of a century.
Breaking out as a teenager in 1993s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, it was his roles in blockbusters Romeo + Juliet and Titanic that turned DiCaprio into a bonafide star. Since then he’s starred in box office smashes The Beach, The Departed, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while also being a big advocate of climate change and donating millions to his philanthropic efforts.
2. Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth’s golden locks are part of the reason he got cast as Thor in the Marvel big-screen adaptation of the comic book hero. Before his big break, the Aussie actor starred in the soap Home and Away and alongside Sean Bean in the British indie Ca$h. After the first Thor movie made him a household name, Hemsworth has gone on to have a wildly successful career.
Along with featuring in four Avengers movies and a further three Thor sequels, he’s also started his own action franchise, Extraction, appeared as James Hunt in the racing drama Rush, and starred in Men in Black: International, the newest movie in the sci-fi franchise. He also appeared with fan favorite and fellow blonde Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman.
3. Daniel Craig
When it was announced that Daniel Craig was the new James Bond, groans could be heard throughout the world over. A blonde Bond? Well, 16 years and five movies later, Craig has cemented himself as the best Bond in many moviegoers’ eyes. Besides Bond, Craig’s best movies include the gangster flick Layer Cake, David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake, and Rain Johnson’s Knives Out series of murder mystery movies, which also stars Ana de Armas who is playing Marilyn Monroe alongside Adrien Brody, Lily Fisher, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, and Evan Williams in the Andrew Dominik movie Blonde. See the blonde connection?
Married to fellow actress Rachel Weisz, Craig is also a fan of the theatre, having walked the boards on Broadway and starred in the plays Betrayal, Othello, and Macbeth.
4. Ryan Gosling
According to MensHairCuts, Ryan Gosling has honey-blonde hair (basically blonde hair), which only adds to the actor’s heartthrob appeal. Getting his start as part of The Mickey Mouse Club, the Canadian is now one of the biggest draws in the business. The Notebook, Drive, La La Land, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Blade Runner 2049, and The Gray Man are some of his best-known movies.
As well as being a big movie star, Gosling is a father, having had two daughters with partner Eva Mendes. He’s also released an album with his band Dead Man’s Bones, owns a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, and is involved with many charitable organizations, including PETA.
5. Owen Wilson
Rom-coms and comedies are Owen Wilson’s bread and butter. The older brother of Luke Wilson has had an interesting career that started with the Wes Anderson indie flick Bottle Rocket. Wilson soon found himself with small roles in movies such as Anaconda, The Haunting, and Armageddon before he joined forces with Jackie Chan for the smash comedy Shanghai Noon.
This took him to a whole new level of stardom and he soon found himself starring in a long list of hit comedies (Wedding Crashers the highlight) before graduating to rom-coms (Marley & Me the pick of the bunch).
6. Alex Pettyfer
British actor and model Alex Pettyfer has yet to really establish himself as one of Hollywood’s top actors. While always good, his recent output hasn’t matched that of his early work. Stormbreaker, I Am Number Four, and Magic Mike are great films that propelled Pettyfer into the realms of the Hollywood mainstream, but he’s struggled to maintain his grip on the A-list.
Hopefully, now that Pettyfer has his own production company with business partner James Ireland, known as Dark Dreams Entertainment, he will be able to get some better roles and reclaim his spot on the fame ladder.
7. Chris Pratt
While his hair might appear darker, when Chris Pratt first started acting he had strawberry-blonde hair. He’s come a long way from playing Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation too. He is part of the blockbuster Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises and has starred in sci-fi The Tomorrow War and Amazon Prime series The Terminal List.
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing, with Pratt also featuring in the horrendous Movie 43 with the likes of Naomi Watts, Denis Quaid, Hugh Jackman, and Toby Huss a few years back.
8. Austin Butler
Playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biographical ode to the great performer, Austin Butler has well and truly arrived. Before securing the role, Butler appeared in movies The Dead Don’t Die and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and had large roles in the TV shows The Carrie Diaries and The Shannara Chronicles.
Outside of movies, Butler is an avid music fan and is known to have taught himself how to play the piano. He has several projects in the works, including the much-anticipated Dune: Part Two.
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9. Charlie Hunnam
Most people recognize Charlie Hunnam from his role as Jax Teller in the hit bikie drama Sons of Anarchy. Along with having a hit TV series, the blonde actor has also established a fantastic film career, starring in the likes of The Gentleman, The Lost City of Z, Papillion, and Pacific Rim.
The charming and handsome actor’s most recent work includes the Apple TV+ series Shantaram and the mystery movie Last Looks alongside Mel Gibson, Morena Baccarin, Lucy Fry, and Rupert Friend.
10. Kevin McKidd
There has been a lot of conjecture about Scottish actor Kevin McKidd’s hair color, but the actor himself claims he is blonde. Depending on the type of movie and TV show you watch will impact where you know McKidd from. Those who enjoy Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Trainspotting will know McKidd as smackhead Tommy Mackenzie, while those who love horror will likely remember him from the werewolf movie Dog Soldiers.
On the small screen, he’s made his presence felt in the medical show Grey’s Anatomy and the historical drama series Rome. McKidd has also lent his vocals to the video game Call of Duty.
11. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Depending on the way you looked at Philip Seymour Hoffman, his hair was either red or blonde. What is indisputable is that he was one of the best actors of his generation. Hoffman never played the same role twice and appeared in some of the great movies of the 90s and 00s, including Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, The Talented Mr. Ripley, 25th Hour, Capote, Moneyball, and The Master.
Although he never won a Tony Award or a Primetime Emmy, Hoffman did receive a Best Actor award from the Academy Awards, British Academy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards for his captivating performance in Capote.
Sadly Hoffman passed away in 2014 from an accidental overdose. He was 46 years old at the time.
12. Ben Foster
Ben Foster is an interesting case study. The blonde actor has everything needed to be an out-and-out major star, but for some reason seems happy to stay in the background and take roles that pipe his interest and not the Academy’s. This has led to a long and fruitful career packed full of great roles in all types of movies.
Some of his best performances have come in the movies Hostage, 3:10 to Yuma, Alpha Dog, Rampart, Hell or High Water, and The Survivor. A fan of Transcendental Meditation and married to a former Scientologist, Foster is very open to looking at life in different ways.
13. Alexander Skarsgård
The Skarsgård’s are a famous Swedish family who has been in the acting game for decades. Father Stellan got his start in the 60s and of his eight children, four have followed him into the acting: Gustaf, Bill, Valter, and the blonde-haired Alexander. He began acting at age seven but quit when he turned 13 and joined the Swedish military.
Upon leaving the armed forces, his love of acting returned and Skarsgård moved to New York to study for six months where he won a part in the comedy Zoolander. He continued to earn small roles in major motion pictures until finally breaking into America as vampire Eric Northman in True Blood. The supernatural series helped Skarsgård win coveted roles in big pictures such as The Legend of Tarzan, Godzilla vs. Kong, and The Northman.
14. Tom Felton
You probably know him best from playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, but there is more to Tom Felton that that character. He’s an accomplished actor who continues to land plum gigs. After the hullabaloo of Potter died down, Felton found himself starring in action flick Rise of the Planet of the Apes, period drama Belle, romantic drama Ophelia, and World War II epic The Forgotten Battle.
Felton also had main roles in TV shows Murder in the First, The Flash, and Origin. As well as acting, Felton has released several albums, appeared in a music video, and is currently starring in the West End play 2:22 A Ghost Story.
15. Alexander Ludwig
Canada produces a lot of good-looking blondes, with Alexander Ludwig another you can add to the list. Like so many modern actors, he got his start as a youngster, appearing in kiddie flicks like Air Bud: World Pup, The Sandlot: Heading Home, and Race To Witch Mountain.
People began to take notice when he popped up in The Hunger Games with new talents Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. He’s had notable roles in Lone Survivor, Midway, and Bad Boys for Life, but it’s his performance in Vikings as Björn Ironside, the son of Viking king Ragnar Lodbrok, that turned Ludwig into a star.
16. Brad Pitt
Ok, his hair isn’t really blonde these days, but back in the 90s, Brad Pitt sported lushes blonde locks. Just watch Legends of the Fall or Meet Joe Black and you’ll see Pitt with his handsome blonde hair.
With a career spanning over 45 years, Pitt is one of the most popular actors in the world. Just look at his filmography and you’ll see award winners (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Big Short), action flicks (Bullet Train, World War Z, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) compelling dramas (The Mexican, Babel, The Tree of Life), and two Quentin Tarantino movies (Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).
Pitt has done it all and his production company, Plan B Entertainment, is also responsible for some amazing movies that have won all the major awards and made Pitt bank.
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