It’s red carpet season and the stars are getting ready for the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Some movie stars are more loved than others by the fans. This year, America’s favorite movie star is Captain Jack himself, Johnny Depp who moves up from being number 2 last year.
Denzel Washington also moves up one notch this year from number 3 to number 2. And the Duke, John Wayne, moves from number 7 to number 3. John Wayne also has the distinction of being the only actor to be on this list every year since 1994.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,331 adults surveyed online between Dec. 6 and 13, 2010 by Harris Interactive. The results were announced today, Jan. 12.
In a recent movie The Tourist (pictured above), Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger, informed Columbia Pictures. (Read: Angelina Jolie Meets the Tourist Johnny Depp)
Returning to the list after a one year absence is Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford in the number 4 spot, according to Harris Interactive. Also returning to the list is Lara Croft or Angelina Jolie in the number 5 spot.[ Also Read: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Donate to Help Children ]
Forrest Gump or rather Tom Hanks is tied for 6th on the America’s favorite actor list. They shared the screen in Ocean’s 11 and they also share the 6th place with Tom Hanks – George Clooney and Julia Roberts are also tied for number 6.
Last year’s number one, Clint Eastwood, drops 8 spots this year and is on the list at number 9. Rounding out the top ten is Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock at the number 10 spot, a drop from number 4 last year.[ Also Read: Marilyn All-Time Great Hollywood Sex Symbol ]
This year there are two additions to the list from last year, which means that two actors have dropped out of the top ten.
Last year she was in Julie and Julia, but this year Meryl Streep drops from the number 8 spot to out of the top ten. Morgan Freeman was in the 9th spot last year, but this year is off the top ten as well.[ Also Read: Hollywood Stars Prefer Platinum Wedding Rings ]
Depending on how old you are, where you live and your political leanings, the Harris Poll says, you have different favorite actors.
Men cite Denzel Washington as their favorite while women say it is Johnny Depp. Echo Boomers (those aged 18-33) say Johnny Depp is their favorite actor while for both Gen Xers (aged 34-45) and Baby Boomers (aged 46-64) it is Denzel and for Matures (those aged 65 and older), John Wayne is their favorite actor.[ Also Read: Richard Dreyfuss says it’s Time for a Talk ]
Westerners are a region that stands alone. Those who live in the East, Midwest and South all say Denzel Washington is their favorite while for Westerners, their favorite is Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp is also the favorite actor for both Republicans and Independents, but Democrats say Denzel Washington is their favorite actor.
Political ideology shows differences as well with Liberals citing Johnny Depp as their favorite actor, Moderates saying it is Denzel Washington and for Conservatives John Wayne is their favorite.
Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading custom market research firms.
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