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RISMEDIA, January 20, 2011—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 and this year, America’s favorite movie star is Captain Jack himself, Johnny Depp who moves up from being number two last year. Denzel Washington also moves up one notch this year from number three to number two. And the Duke, John Wayne, moves from number seven to number three. John Wayne also has the distinction of being the only actor to be on this list every year since 1994.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Returning to the list after a one year absence is Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford in the number four spot. Also returning to the list is Lara Croft or Angelina Jolie in the number five spot. Forrest Gump or rather Tom Hanks is tied for sixth on the America’s favorite actor list. They shared the screen in Ocean’s 11 and they also share the sixth place with Tom Hanks—George Clooney and Julia Roberts are also tied for number six.

Last year’s number one, Clint Eastwood, drops eight spots this year and is on the list at number nine. Rounding out the top ten is Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock at the number 10 spot, a drop from number four last year.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
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 eight spot to out of the top ten. Morgan Freeman was in the ninth spot last year, but this year is off the top ten as well.

Analyze This
Depending on how old you are, where you live and your political leanings, 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.

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.

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