Denzel Washington Remains America’s Favorite Movie Star

Whether it was his appearances in American Gangster or The Great Debaters, Denzel Washington scores the top position as America’s favorite movie star for the second year in a row on The Harris Poll’s annual favorite movie star list. In second place, also for the second year in a row, is Charlie Wilson’s War, or rather, Tom Hanks. Perhaps due to the success of the final Pirates of the Caribbean or his singing skills in Sweeney Todd, Johnny Depp moves from a seventh place tie to third place this year. Finishing out the top five are a Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts (#4), and one of the Men in Black, Will Smith (#5), who were each tied for fifth place on last year’s list. These are the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 1,114 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive® between December 4 and 12, 2007. Rounding out the top ten is one old standard and four movie stars who are new to the list this year, three returning after an absence and one on the list for the first time. In sixth place is John Wayne, who is the only movie star to appear on every Harris Poll top ten movie star list since it first began in 1994. And this is after having died in 1979! Tied for seventh on the list are Matt Damon, who’s Bourne Trilogy may have helped him make his first appearance on the list, and an old James Bond, Sean Connery. At number nine is Miss Congeniality herself, Sandra Bullock, and at number ten is Bruce Willis, who returns after a seven year absence and, perhaps coincidently, had a new Die Hard movie released this past summer. Four actors have also dropped off the list this year. This year, Clint Eastwood (#4 last year), Mel Gibson (tied for #7), George Clooney (#9) and Harrison Ford (#10) were all off the list. While three of the actors did not have any new movies released during 2007, George Clooney did have two, Ocean’s 13 and Michael Clayton, so it is somewhat surprising to see him drop off. Different groups have different favorite movie stars. For men, Denzel Washington is their favorite while women cite Tom Hanks as their favorite. Age also has some differences. For the two younger generations, Echo Boomers (those aged 18-30) and Generation X (those aged 31-42), Johnny Depp emerges as the favorite. Baby Boomers (those aged 43-61) say Denzel Washington is their favorite movie star. Denzel Washington is also the favorite for Matures (those aged 62 and older), but he ties with Tom Hanks in this oldest generation.

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