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January 19th, 2006 6:18pm EST
Tom HanksOnce again Harris Interactive asked U.S. adults to choose their favorite movie stars, and for the second year in a row, Tom Hanks has emerged as America's favorite. Johnny Depp moves up from #4 to #2 this year, while John Wayne, who died over 25 years ago, and Harrison Ford are tied at #3. Rounding out the top five is Julia Roberts (#5).

These are the results of a nationwide poll of 1,001 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive between December 8 and 14, 2005.

Consistency in the top 10 seems to be the rule of thumb for this year's list, as nine of the 10 stars in this year's list were also on last year's list, though their rankings have been shuffled a bit. Some of these changes include:


  • Mel Gibson drops five places this year from #2 to #7. This excludes him from the top five for the first time since 1994.

  • John Wayne continues to have a large and loyal fan base, as he moves up four places, from #7 to tied for #3.


  • Julia Roberts drops two places from #3 to #5. This year she is not the only woman in the top 10 as Sandra Bullock, who last appeared on the list in 2002, returns at #10.

  • George Clooney and Clint Eastwood both moved up two places this year -- Eastwood from #8 to #6 and Clooney from #10 to #8.



Aside from Tom Hanks remaining at #1, the only other movie star to retain their position from 2004 is Sean Connery, who remains at #9.

Gender and race appear to play a role in deciding a favorite. John Wayne is tops among men, while women choose Tom Hanks. Denzel Washington retains his #1 position among African Americans, while Hispanics are divided between Mel Gibson and Katharine Hepburn as their favorite.

Political ideology also appears to be a factor in choosing a favorite movie star. Conservatives pick Tom Hanks and John Wayne as their favorites, while liberals choose Johnny Depp. Region is another factor. While those in the East, Midwest and West all stick with Tom Hanks as their favorite movie star, Southerners go outside of the top 10, choosing Brad Pitt (who comes in at #11 overall) as their favorite.


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