John Wayne gives living movie stars a fight

John Wayne hasn’t made a bad movie in a quarter century, a boast few living movie stars could make. That helps explain why he once again finishes in the top 10 in a Harris Poll that asks adults to pick their favorite movie star. Denzel Washington was the new survey’s top pick (as he was in the prior year’s poll), with Tom Hanks the runner-up and Johnny Depp running third. Julia Roberts, the top-ranking female star in the poll, finished fourth. John Wayne came in sixth, just behind Will Smith and ahead of Matt Damon, Sean Connery, Sandra Bullock and Bruce Willis. Dropping out of the top 10 since last year’s poll: Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, George Clooney and Harrison Ford. Washington was the favorite of male respondents, and Hanks was tops among women.

—Posted by Mark Dolliver