Denzel Washington Flies to Number One and is America's Favorite Movie Star

  Denzel Washington Flies to Number One and is America's Favorite Movie Star

Clint Eastwood is at number two again and Tom Hanks is number three

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NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Denzel Washington played rogue spy and
a hero pilot with a few problems in 2012, the latter role earning him his
sixth Academy Award nomination, among other accolades. Washington also
reclaims a title he last held in 2008 – America's Favorite Movie Star, rising
one place from last year. Clint Eastwood had an "interesting" year and spoke
to a now infamous empty chair, but remains at number two, and all around nice
guy Tom Hanks rises one spot to the number three position.

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These are some of the results of The Harris Poll^® of 2,141 adults surveyed
online between December 12 and 18, 2012 by Harris Interactive^®.

The Magnificent Seven

Or, at least the rest of our top ten list… Falling from number one to a tie
for number 4 is Johnny Depp. The actor who has a lot of the paparazzi
wondering "did he or didn't he" (get married, that is), Brad Pitt, shares the
fourth spot, after not being on the top ten list since 1998.

There is always one constant on the top ten list of America's favorite movie
stars and, yet again, John Wayne is on the list, this year dropping one spot
to number 6. Also dropping one spot this year is George Clooney, who goes from
number 6 to number 7, while Indiana Jones, err, Han Solo, no, Harrison Ford
remains in the number 8 spot.

Rounding out the top ten are two actors making it onto the list for the second
time. She's earned accolade after accolade throughout her career, and for the
second time Meryl Streep makes this list at number 9 (her first time being in
the number 8 spot in 2009). Meanwhile, Matt Damon joins fellow Ocean's stars
Pitt and Clooney on the list at number 10 (his first time on the list was in a
tie for the seventh spot in 2007).

Goodbye Girl (and two guys)

This year there are three additions to the list from last year, which means
that three actors have dropped out of the top ten. Sandra Bullock, who was
number 7; Will Smith, who was number 9; and Adam Sandler, who was at number
10, all dropped off the top ten this year.

Anything Goes

Age, region, gender and political party and leanings can often mean different
favorite movie stars. Men cite Clint Eastwood as their favorite while women
say it is Denzel Washington. Echo Boomers (those aged 18-35) and Baby Boomers
(aged 48-66) agree on Denzel Washington as their favorite actor, while for Gen
Xers (aged 36-47) the #1 spot is a tie between Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. John
Wayne is the favorite among Matures (those aged 67 and older).

The South is a region that stands alone: those who live in the East, Midwest
and West all say Denzel Washington is their favorite (with Tom Hanks sharing
the honor in the Midwest), but Clint Eastwood is the favorite in the South.
The election year may have come and gone, but partisan bickering continues:
Clint Eastwood is the favorite for Republicans and Conservatives, while Denzel
Washington is the favorite for Democrats and Liberals. Independents say Tom
Hanks is their favorite, while for Moderates it is Denzel Washington.

"Who is your favorite movie star?"
Unprompted responses

Base: All adults

                  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Denzel Washington *    4    8    10   10   *    =7   8    7    9
Clint Eastwood    1    2    4    1    =4   4    5    7    8    8
Tom Hanks         5    6    7    *    *    =5   6    2    1    4
Johnny Depp       *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    10
Brad Pitt         *    *    *    *    =6   *    *    *    *    *
John Wayne        2    1    2    4    2    2    2    6    6    7
George Clooney    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *
Harrison Ford     4    *    *    5    1    1    1    3    4    =5
Meryl Streep      *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *
Matt Damon        *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *

*Not in top 10.
"=" prior to a number indicates a tie

TABLE 1, continued
"Who is your favorite movie star?"
Unprompted responses

Base: All adults

                  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Denzel Washington 6    *    1    1    1    3    2    =2   1
Clint Eastwood    8    6    1    *    2    1    9    =2   2
Tom Hanks         1    1    2    2    7    5    =6   4    3
Johnny Depp       4    2    =7   3    8    2    1    1    =4
Brad Pitt         *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    =4
John Wayne        7    =3   3    6    =3   7    3    5    6
George Clooney    10   8    9    *    *    6    =6   6    7
Harrison Ford     5    =3   10   *    5    *    4    8    8
Meryl Streep      *    *    *    *    *    8    *    *    9
Matt Damon        *    *    *    =7   *    *    *    *    10

*Not in top 10.
"=" prior to a number indicates a tie

Sandra Bullock (#7), Will Smith (#9) and Adam Sandler (#10)


Group                Favorite Movie Star
Men                  Clint Eastwood
Women                Denzel Washington
Republican           Clint Eastwood
Democrat             Denzel Washington
Independent          Tom Hanks
Conservative         Clint Eastwood
Moderate             Denzel Washington
Liberal              Denzel Washington
Echo Boomers (18-35) Denzel Washington
Gen X (36-47)        Brad Pitt/Johnny Depp
Baby Boomers (48-66) Denzel Washington
Matures (67+)        John Wayne
East                 Denzel Washington
Midwest              Denzel Washington/Tom Hanks
South                Clint Eastwood
West                 Denzel Washington


This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between
December 12 and 18, 2012 among 2,141 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for
age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted
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The Harris Poll^® #5, January 23, 2013
By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll and Public Relations, Harris Interactive

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