ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Editor/Senior staff writer | Movie Pilot's celebrity savant.
Karly Rayner

Some of the most well respected actors of our time have bared all on the silver screen at some point, and, when you have the eye to select the right sort of movies, it seems like having the gumption to go nude can really help to boost your career.

Having the courage to do whatever it takes to bring a role to life is something every director looks for, and whether this comes in the form of doing your own stunts or getting naked in a room full of people, there is no denying that having the ability to shed your personal inhibitions is an asset to anyone who wants to climb to the top of the Hollywood tree.

Below are 11 great actors who are now some of the most critically acclaimed stars of our day, who have all stripped down at some point - but have you seen the naked proof before?

11. Susan Sarandon

Age Now: 68

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: Joe (1970), Fleur Bleue (1971), The Other Side of Midnight (1977), Pretty Baby (1978), Atlantic City (1980), The Hunger (1983), Sweet Hearts Dance (1988), White Palace (1990) and Twilight (1998)

10, 9 & 8. Gérard Depardieu, Stefania Casini and Robert De Niro

Age Now: 66, 67 and 72

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: The film in question is 1900 (1976).

7. Jessica Lange

Age Now: 66

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: King Kong (1976), Frances (1982), Everybody's All-American (1988), Blue Sky (1994) and Titus (1999)

6. Richard Gere

Age Now: 66

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: American Gigolo (1980), Breathless (1983), and this awesome photo shoot with Gail Harvey!

5. Helen Mirrem

Age Now: 70

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: Age of Consent (1969), Savage Messiah (1972), Hussy (1981) Cause Célebre (1987), Pascali's Island (1988) The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Prince of Jutland (1994),The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999), The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003), Calendar Girls (2003) and Love Ranch (2010)

4. Patrick Stewart

Age Now: 75

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: Safe House (1998)

3. Glenn Close

Age Now: 68

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: The Big Chill (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Fatal Attraction (1987)

2. Gary Oldman

Age Now: 57

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Criminal Law (1987), Track 29 (1988), Chattahoochee (1989) and The Scarlet Letter (1995)

1. Angelina Jolie

Age Now: 40

Nude (Or Nearly Nude) Appearances: Cyborg 2 (1993), Hackers (1995), Foxfire (1996), Mojave Moon (1997), Gia (1998), Hell's Kitchen (1998) and Original Sin (2001)

(Source: Nudography and Mr. Man)

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