Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, and Zac Efron, among other Hollywood stars, needed a body double at least once. That’s why we created this ranking with 40 famous actors and actresses with their stunt doubles.
In fact, Hollywood’s biggest stars often use stunt doubles to preserve their bodies while filming action movies. And even though they don’t get paid nearly half as much as their most famous counterparts, our favorite movies wouldn’t be possible without these stunt doubles. Let’s meet them.
40. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
The Rock has been through it all. He went from a failed career in the NFL and bankruptcy to becoming a WWE star and then one of the most popular and beloved actors in Hollywood.
Needless to say, he mostly appears in action movies given his body and character, so he owes a huge cut of his paycheck to his stunt double Tanoai Reed, which also happens to be his cousin.
39. Chris Hemsworth
Well, this picture shows not only one but two Thors. Chris Hemsworth’s popularity rose dramatically thanks to the Avengers saga, but he obviously needed a double for most of the filming.
Bobby Holland has been hit, tossed around, hurt and whatnot during the filming of the Thor saga, but hey, at least he’s had the chance to impersonate the true king of Asgard, so there’s that.
38. Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo has seen his fair share of action throughout the course of his acting career. For starters, he was The Incredible Hulk, a role for which he needed tons of help from his double.
Ruffalo also needed a stunt double for ‘Now You See Me’, and his versatility as an actor, producer, director, and even activist has helped him go through dozens of different roles, so you never know what he’s going to do next.
37. Rupert Grint
It’s been a while since we last saw Rupert Grint on the big screen but there isn’t a soul on earth who wouldn’t recognize him right away. I mean, we’re talking about Ron Weasley.
Grint is currently starring as Julian Pierce on ‘Servant’, and when you take part in anything directed by M. Night Shyamalan, you know there’s going to be action, violence, and the need for a stunt double.
36. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is a badass. Or at least, that’s what she makes us think in the big screen when she’s impersonating Mrs. Smith or Lara Croft, two of the most indestructible and independent women ever.
Obviously, none of that would’ve been possible without a stunt double. Let’s take into consideration that Jolie earned millions of dollars on endorsements so she couldn’t risk as much as a scratch on her face.
35. Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy is one of Hollywood’s biggest badasses. You know he’s going to get the job done at all costs even if he has to get dirty in the way. Given that profile, he’s had to use multiple stunt doubles along the way.
We’re talking about the guy that starred in Mad Max, Black Hawk Down, RockNRolla, Warriors, and even Band of Brothers, so yeah, he’s had his fair share of action, violence, and hits throughout his career.
34. Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman earned the hearts of millions of fans for his magnificent embodiment of Wolverine in the X-Men saga. He perfectly brought to life one of the most popular comic-book characters ever.
But, needless to say, Wolverine has never backed down from a fight and is ripped as hell, so Jackman needed to prepare his body to the fullest for this role and also rely on a stunt double.
33. Taylor Lautner
Taylor Lautner was already a Hollywood sensation way before starring as Jacob Black in the Twilight saga. He’s now one of the most beloved and coveted young actors all across the globe.
But obviously, if you’re a werewolf trying to get at it with the vampires on a nightly basis, you’re likely to get hit a lot. Thus, Taylor Lautner needed a stunt double, well, like half of the filming.
32. Megan Fox
Megan Fox’s journey to the Big Screen has been one for the ages. He went from being a mildly successful model to one of America’s most beloved girls, especially since her breakout in the Transformers saga.
Everybody loves Megan Fox, she’s beautiful, humble, funny, and down to earth. However, even a stunning girl like her has needed a body double every now and then.
31. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has seen a lot of action throughout his career. C’mon, you don’t get to be Tim Burton’s favorite actor by not getting dirty and getting a beating every other day, not even Johnny Depp.
And considering he’s also Captain Jack Sparrow, you know he’s been through thick and thin on every single movie set, tumbling away like a drunk pirate always getting in trouble. Who wouldn’t need several stunt doubles?
30. Margot Robbie
There aren’t many women that look like Margot Robbie, one of Hollywood’s hottest superstars and fan favorites for years who continues to climb the rankings with bigger roles every time.
However, even she has had to use stunt doubles from time to time. I mean, we’re talking about Harley Quinn here. She’s a tough girl that won’t hesitate to go at it, so she’s likely to get hit more often than not as well.
29. Keanu Reeves
Everybody loves Keanu Reeves. There’s not a soul on earth that doesn’t just want to hug the guy and have a drink or a coffee with him. That’s why he must take care of his body by using stunt doubles.
Even though he claims to be a Buddhist and looks like a pretty easy-going guy, Reeves has starred in some iconic films where he’s been a bit of badass, like the Matrix saga and most recently John Wick.
28. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is one of the most versatile actors in the history of Hollywood. He can do it all and excel at every single role he performs. That includes diehard, badass, action kind of movies.
Pitt has been Tyler Durden, Aldo Raine, Gerry Lane, and Samuel Bass. He’s been literally thrown down to the ground, beat down, jumped out of planes, you name it, so obviously he needs multiple doubles.
27. Lily Collins
You’re likely to need a double if you’re Phil Collins’ daughter, that goes without saying, as you could never show your face without paparazzi flooding the scene. Still, Lily Collins has also made a huge name for herself lately.
Collins’ rise to stardom started off when she starred in Priest and Abduction, later showing her versatility with his role in Snow White. She’s one of Hollywood’s rising stars and is also pursuing a career as a writer.
26. Will Smith
Will Smith is one of the most popular actors in the world since his days as the Fresh Prince. However, he’s turned way more into an action film kind of actor rather than a comedian for most of his career.
So, with films like Hancock, Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men In Black, Enemy of the State, Wild Wild West, Ride Or Die, I, Robot, and I Am Legend under his belt; you know he’s been a never-ending source of work for stunt doubles.
25. Cara Delevigne
Cara Delevingne went from winning Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and being one of the breakout models in Europe all the way to the big screen with her role in Anna Karenina.
Now, Delevingne is pretty much focused entirely on her acting career and it’s paid off big time, becoming the Enchantress in the Suicide Squad saga, for which she obviously needed a stunt double.
24. John Travolta
John Travolta was one of the biggest sensations of Hollywood several decades ago for his ability to hit the dance floor, get the hottest chick in town, and still look like a bad boy with a big heart.
However, he then gave up on dancing and turned his attention to action films, including Pulp Fiction and Life on the Line, for which he needed several guys to cover for him as stunt doubles.
23. Emilia Clarke
Most people know Emilia Clarke for her role as “Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons”.
She excelled at Game of Thrones and won the hearts of thousands of fans before the power got to her head. During the filming, she used a body double for her nude scenes.
22. Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman has been through it all. She went from being Mia Wallace and nearly dying from an overdose to going all over the world to pursue vengeance vs. Bill in the Kill Bill saga.
Needless to say, that means one of Quentin Tarantino’s most beloved actresses has needed Zoe Bell’s services a couple of times to perform her stunts. She did dance with Travolta on Pulp Fiction, though.
21. Ashley Benson
Ashley Benson can do it all. She writes, models, sings, and then makes a cameo on a series all before lunch. That’s why she’s fared so well since starring in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.
But when you’re doing it all you’re definitely going to need a lot of help. She uses stunt doubles for most of her action scenes and then leaves the set to record music videos with several artists.
20. Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds is one of the most hilarious guys you’ll ever meet. He’s a natural for the big and small screen and his charisma and personality have paved the way for his successful career.
But when you’re an anti-hero that’s often getting killed, you know you’re in for a major beatdown every time you’re on the streets, thus he’s had to require to the services of a stunt double for his role in Deadpool.
19. Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford has had some of the most iconic roles in action film history. Hell, take the ‘action film’ label away and that would still be true. He was Indiana Jones and Han Solo, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Nevertheless, it’s pretty obvious that he’s needed multiple body doubles throughout the years to live up with the burden and physical toll that comes with raiding temples and traveling the galaxy as a bounty hunter.
18. Jennifer Lopez
You can literally find workouts and diet plans meticulously prepared to be just like Jennifer Lopez, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.
JLO has had multiple stunt doubles for every film she’s done. She takes the finest care of her body in order to stay always fresh and sharp for her duties on stage as one of the biggest pop icons ever.
17. Mila Kunis
Admit it, you also had a crush on Mila Kunis when you were young and she was playing Jackie on That ‘70s Show. Well, she’s grown a lot as an actress and as a person ever since and continues to rise in Hollywood.
Kunis has done a bit of everything thus far, from voicing Meg in Family Guy to starring in American Psycho 2. She was also a part of ‘The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington and whenever Denzel’s on board, you know there’s plenty of action and violence.
16. Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter was arguably the most famous woman on earth in the early 70s. She went from being Miss World USA 1972 to being nonother than the one and only Wonder Woman herself.
And when you pursue a career in acting, singing, songwriting, modeling, and still live up to the responsibilities of a beauty pageant while also fighting for justice, you definitely need multiple stunt doubles.
15. Zac Efron
Even if they deny it, chances are most guys have dreamed of having Zac Efron’s body. Well, there’s a guy that can actually brag about having the exact same body as one of Hollywood’s rising stars.
Efron did most of his dancing when filming High School Musical but he’s needed a lot of help ever since. Who knows? Perhaps he even hires his double to get away from his thousands of teen fans every time he’s out there.
14. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson made his way to stardom by impersonating Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, winning – and breaking – the hearts of millions of teen girls every time he was on the big screen.
However, he needed not even one or two but several look-alikes to make the movie, something that’s likely going to happen again now that he’s set to star on Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’.
13. Alyson Hannigan
We mostly know Alyson Hannigan for being Michelle Flaherty on the ‘American Pie’ saga and later on Lily Aldrin on ‘How I Met Your Mother’. However, she had to get dirty earlier in his career.
Hannigan’s first big role was as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There, she needed quite a bit of help from several stunt doubles to help Buffy Summer keep the evil away.
12. Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen’s most famous role came as Borat. The film features real-life Americans unaware of the fact that they were being used for one of the most hilarious comedy documentaries ever.
However, given the nature of the film, Baron Cohen didn’t have to do it all when he had to film ‘The Dictator’, so he had to use a stunt double for most of the action-related scenes of the movie.
11. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is currently retired from acting but she still continues to work as a producer and author. Back in the 2000s, she was one of Hollywood’s biggest comedy sensations.
However, Diaz also had her fair share of action and drama films, and that versatility made her the highest-paid actress over 40 years old in the world. Notably, she had to use a stunt double on most of those non-comedy films.
10. Chris Evans
Just like pretty much every single one The Avengers, Chris Evans’ popularity took flight since impersonating Captain America, especially considering how he had to build his body for that role.
Evans is now not only one of America’s sweethearts but also one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, so his stunt double Sam Hargrave definitely deserves a lot of credit for that.
9. Emma Watson
Emma Watson has totally come a long way since her first big role as an actress. You must have heard about her, does Hermonie Granger from the Harry Potter saga ring any bells?
We all saw Watson go from an innocent child to a strong woman that advocates for what she feels is right and won’t let anybody stand on her way. For that to happen, she needed body doubles to help her during her early days in Hollywood.
8. Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo has made a living out of always playing the same role. He’s a loyal, tough guy that’s always going to do the dirty work without hesitation, but that always comes at a high price and a lot of fighting.
Needless to say, that means Trejo has often needed stunt doubles to get beat up, thrown out windows, and many more things to help keep up his badass Latino character running and gunning.
7. Jennifer Aniston
We mostly know and remember Jennifer Aniston for embodying Rachel Green on the multi-million dollar success series Friends, and she’s mostly done pretty similar roles ever since.
Regardless, that doesn’t mean that Jennifer Aniston hasn’t needed the services of various body doubles every now and then. Her being one of America’s sweethearts, she’s had to a lot during some scenes.
6. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is one of the most famous actresses from the 2000s, especially since her breakout role in Titanic (1997) with Leonardo Di Caprio, which paved the way for dozens of starring roles.
Winslet, however, has often needed body doubles for her sexiest scenes, something that she’s openly admitted without any kind of hesitation, shame, or embarrassment. Props for that.
5. Bruce Willis
Well, when your most famous movie saga is literally called ‘Die Hard’, you know that you’ve been through hell on every set. That’s why Bruce Willis has needed dozens of stunt doubles over the years.
Willis has starred in some legendary action films throughout his career including Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, Hostage, Ocean’s Twelve, and most recently, Glass.
4. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman has done some of the most impressive roles Hollywood has seen in the past couple of decades and she continues to grow as the ultimate drama actress of her generation.
However, she tricked us all in Black Swan, as she barely danced at all during the film, which was a major disappointment for some. Also, she’s used body doubles in almost every one of her movies.
3. Michael J. Fox
Well, Michael J. Fox’s career has taken a major turn due to his Parkinson’s disease, so sadly, he’s had to take much lesser roles and he’s not likely to find many stunt doubles that could help him out.
However, long before that, he was a natural for action movies and had to use multiple stunt doubles when he was impersonating the legendary Marty McFly in the Back To The Future saga.
2. Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is the ultimate badass. He’s been a wise-guy for as long as we can remember and has some of the most iconic roles in Hollywood history, including Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver and Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull.
So, with him always being in the spotlight, chased by the police or rival gangs, he’s definitely had several stunt doubles to get hit, stomped, shot, and whatnot for him throughout his successful career.
1. Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher was one of the most beloved and iconic actresses ever. Her kind character and personality touched the hearts of thousands of people and she’ll forever be remembered as Princess Leia.
She did most of her filming on Star Wars, but even some of the strongest women in the galaxy need help from time to time and that’s when her stunt and body doubles came in to save the day.