Skip to comments.Poll: John Wayne 7th Most Popular Star; Beats Clooney, Streep, Damon, Penn
Posted on 04/03/2014 8:39:42 PM PDT by This Just In
Since 1994, when Harris first began polling a large sample (2,311 this year) of Americans with the simple question "Who is your favorite movie star?", only one actor has made the top ten every year and only one actor has made it posthumously: John Wayne. In 2014, The Duke did it again, placing 7th -- holding the same spot he held last year.
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Looking at the other names on the list, I would have put Wayne at first.
And why shouldn’t he be there? His movies are enjoyable (yeah even the really old oaters). I still think The Quiet Man is one of the best movies ever made. His work with Maureen O’Hara over the course of several movies plus he and Late Hepburn in Rooster Cogburn are my go to movies for a truly lovely evening
Unlike the others on the list, he did not consider his celebrity as a reason to push his POV.
George cLooney is the most overrated, one dimensional actor in Hollywood.
Considering the fact that The Duke has been dead for over 30 years, the top ten listing is saying something.
True Grit - Best John Wayne film in this house.
George Clooney is also way overrated as a heartthrob
He’s a narcissist, not even gay, just all about G.
Not a good movie in his catalogue
Good ole John Wayne ... a great actor!
Raise your hand if you have a signed autograph from The Duke.
Uhm I Do!
The Duke passed terds bigger than Clooney, Streep, Damon, etc.
I’ll start a top 4 like Imus’ musical mt rushmore
Just winging it:
Those somewhat-overlooked “rambunctious” ‘60s comedies like “McLintock!” and “North to Alaska” are big fun!
Oops ... Forgot “Donovan’s Reef” as well!
Well I guess the fact that this is about popular and not talented explains the others, Damon, what a hack.
“George cLooney is the most overrated, one dimensional actor in Hollywood.”
John Wayne was also one-dimensional. He was John Wayne playing John Wayne—over and over and over again.Only the wardrobe changed.
I dont’ see Heston on that list, what rubbish.
Well, at least I got Charlton Heston and Rod Steiger! Also Alec Guiness!
I disagree. We own a number of John Waynes films both early as well as later movies. He was a far better actor than George cLooney is.
It is true that he was typecast, but nonetheless, John Wayne was a good actor.
Only current guys I like are Russell Crowe,Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell.&Matthew McConnaughey.Lots iof fine single performances from lower-level non -star actors always more satisfying from the usual star turns in vehicles designed only to promote and sell the star, and hence, the film. Clooney, Damon, and a bunch of others fit this category.The old -timers look better everytime I see them in a movie:Jimmy Stewart, Gable, Lee J. Cobb, Fredric March, Gary Cooper. But towering above them all is my odd favorite movie actor in American film: Walter Huston. See Dodsworth , from the mid-30s, to see the most pitch-perfect performance ever.
Are we looking at American actors, or international as well?
Love that movie. Also McLintock.
You’ve listed some great names.
Some of my favs, in no particular order, are:
Sir Laurence Olivier
Helena Bonham Carter
I must admit that I hate McClintock. I did not like the way in which Maureen O’Hara was treated towards the end of the film, which included stripping the lady of her dress, and spanking her.
"Well come see a fat old man sometime !!!"
I must tell you that I do feel a bit nostalgic and sentimental whenever I watch that scene. It brings a tear to my eye.
“Fill yours hands!, you sons......!”
Gets me fired up every time.
James Stewart, anyone? ? ?
bold talk for a one-eyed fatman!
Wayne considered “Red River” as his best film. He also used the Red River D brand as his own brand and also had that brand on his belt buckle which he was usually filmed wearing.
I personally think “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” was his best. Also liked “The Quiet Man”.
We love Jimmy Stewart. An actor with class and true talent.
jealous Duke lover here
Mclintock is such a classic. The mud fight with he and Maureen still makes me laugh out loud
Backward. I always go backward when I’m backin’ away.
You apparently have never seen The Quiet Man
Those are classics.
Perhaps he’s seen a broken bed? :^)
John Wayne didn’t come to own his own category of actor greatness by simply being himself, even the liberal Hollywood world is starting to recognize his acting.
And how about this line
“The war wagon is coming. Women and children better stay behind”
It is a tribute scene to one from The Quiet Man. Apparently you are unfamiliar with the numerous films these two made together. Each and every one was in part Taming of the Shrew
“John Wayne was also one-dimensional. He was John Wayne playing John Wayneover and over and over again.Only the wardrobe changed.”
Most box office top liners “act” themselves, just themselves in different situations.
Duke was/is the Hollywood characterization of the penultimate American man for his time.
Therefore quite logical to be Duke whether in his role as Ringo, Ethan Edwards, Cole Thorton, Crocket, or Rooster Cogburn. It sold and continues to sell.
That he plays so well for nearly 80 years now, is a testament to the timeless appeal of that American male persona.
Manhood defined: First ask “what would Jesus do?”. Then go about doing it like John Wayne. Strong. Certain. Selflessly.
The Quiet Man is one of Wayne’s classics. And our family’s quite familiar with his pairing with Maureen O’Hara. The two had great chemistry, but I did not care for the way in which Maureen’s characters were often treated. We appreciate the man’s man stereotype in film, but the manhandling was too much for my sense of valor and chivalry.
I always think, though no one at Imus asks, that a Mt Rushmore should certainly represent only those from the U S
He has the Beatles. And I get it, though I disagree, I don’t like the Beatles, I’m one of those few, I get it.
But no it shouldn’t be a group and it shouldn’t be a Brit or anyone outside the US.
It’s Mt. Rushmore.
Further, I think it should represent the different genres. Mt R of music should and it’s really five, so people have a terrible time with it but they don’t know why.
It’s Country, Blues, Rock, Big Band and Classical
Emmy Lou or Hank W or so, Stevie Ray, Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly, Duke Ellington or Ella, and Ira Gershwin. Not set in stone, but something like that.
I learned, coincidentally, on Jeopardy this week, the figures on Mt Rushmore represent, as I’d imagined, certain aspects of our heritage.
So, I think, no, only US
Well, I understand, and it makes perfect sense.......
Although, classical wouldn’t fall into that category, frankly. Well, in the “Classical” sense. Also, you failed to mention jazz.
Popular and American classical - yes.
Well, with that in mind, I’d have to list:
I realize the list is long, but there is no way a person can reduce the list to any less.
meant to type Hoagy Carmichael