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Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts top US popularity chart

AGENCIES[ MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2003 10:23:34 PM ] 
HOUSTON: Mel Gibson tops the list of America’s favourite movie stars, while 
Julia Roberts, who was at third position last year, has moved up to number two. 

According to the annual Harris poll conducted online by Harris Interactive, a 
worldwide market research and consulting firm, Mel Gibson, who was at number 
two last year and has retained the top four every year since 1994, recaptures 
the top place, which he held in 1996 too. Julia Roberts, who was numero uno in 
’01 and number three last year, has moved up to number two this year. 

Mel Gibson also topped with women and whites. Julia Roberts is preferred by 
people aged 18-29 for the third year in a row, while Denzel Washington retains 
his number one position among African Americans. Hispanics pick Robert Deniro 
as their favourite. When the replies are analysed by party affiliation, all 
agree on Mel Gibson as their number one. Among independents however, Julia 
Roberts and John Wayne tie for first place. There are a number of changes in 
the top nine places, in addition to Julia Roberts moving up and Tom Hanks 
losing top spot. 

However, most of these changes are very modest and overall, the listing is 
remarkably stable. Sean Connery moves up to three from five last year; 
interestingly Tom Hanks has slipped from the number one position last year to 
four this year; Harrison Ford held the fourth slot last year, but this year he 
shares fifth position with Tom Cruise, who moves up from 9 last year; John 
Wayne, who was first or second in the list almost every year until ’01, slips 
to seventh position this year. 

Clint Eastwood retains the eighth position he held last year, while Denzel 
Washington slips from seven last year to nine this year. Nine of the ten stars 
in this year’s top-ten list were also in last year’s list. The only change, 
Johnny Depp, comes in at ten, displacing Sandra Bullock. Among all the movie 
stars who made this top-ten list, only Johnny Depp had a major box office 
success so far in ’03 (Pirates of the Caribbean). Most of the people on this 
list have not released a major movie this year, and in a few cases, they have 
released movies that have fared less well than usual. 

Also missing from the list are the stars of big box office comedies like Adam 
Sandler, Steve Martin, Mike Meyers and Jim Carrey. The continuing popularity of 
John Wayne is, of course, quite extraordinary. It is now 24 years since he died 
in 1979. No other dead movie star has ever made it into the top ten since 
Harris Interactive began asking this question ten years ago. Most of his fans 
are men, and this year, more men pick him as their favourite than anyone else. 
Tom Hanks is the second most popular star among men 


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