10 Aussie Actors/Actresses Who Have Influenced Hollywood

January 6, 2014

1. Errol Flynn

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Starting in the ’30s and gaining fame in the ’40s and ’50s, Errol Flynn played many roles as a swashbuckler. Flynn could be considered the first Australian actor to have made a major impact in Hollywood.

His good looks and reputation as a ladies’ man only added to his appeal at the box office.

2. Russell Crowe

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He won an Oscar in 2001 for “Gladiator,” and despite becoming known for occasional angry outbursts, his work in “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Insider” have earned Crowe lots of respect in Hollywood.

He is a New Zealander by birth, but became a naturalized Australian citizen.

3. Mel Gibson

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Gibson was born in the U.S., but spent most of his formative years in Australia. His Aussie accent and good looks made him a big box office draw. “Mad Max” in 1979 eventually led to his drawing a salary of $25 million and more per picture.

Gibson has also won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award as a director for “Braveheart.” Recent anti-Semitic remarks and anger issues and have all but destroyed his marketability, yet he remains one of the most famous Australian actors ever.

4. Nicole Kidman

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The tall, beautiful redhead made headlines for wedding box office star Tom Cruise, but Kidman went on to create a reputation as a top Hollywood actors all on her own. Her 2002 portrayal of Virginia Woolf in “The Hours” won Nicole Kidman an Oscar. “Days of Thunder,” “Far and Away” and “Eyes Wide Shut” were just some of her other career highlights.

5. Geoffrey Rush

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He won Best Actor Oscar for “Shine,” but Rush might be best known in movies as the ruthless Barbossa in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” He was also nominated for an Oscar in 2011 Best Picture “The King’s Speech.”

6. Heath Ledger

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Gone too soon at 28, a spectacular performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” sealed Heath Ledger’s standing as a famous Australian actor. He is also known for his trailblazing work in the 2005 drama “Brokeback Mountain.”

7. Cate Blanchett

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Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for portraying a four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn in the 2005 hit “The Aviator.” Cate Blanchett has also won two Golden Globes. She continues to excel in both period pieces and sci-fi thrillers.

8. Hugh Jackman

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A versatile performer, Hugh Jackman lights up the Broadway stage as well as the big screen. He won a 2004 Tony Award as well as an Emmy the next year for a performance at the Tony Award Ceremony.

He is best known for action roles in “X-men,” “Van Helsing” and “Wolverine” as well as for his good looks.

9. Naomi Watts

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First getting attention in David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” she gas since starred in numerous films and won a 2004 Best Actress nomination for “21 Grams.” She played Ana Darrow in the 2005 King Kong remake and also starred in “The Ring” movies.

10. Sam Worthington

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Sam Worthington has already made waves in Hollywood starting in sci-fi Blockbusters like “Terminator Salvation” and “Avatar.” His future looks bright and he appears set to continue to do Aussies proud by making a big splash in Hollywood.