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Tuesday, June 15, 1999 Published at 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK


Bosses bank on Hanks

Tom Hanks with his 1995 Oscar for Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks has beaten Tom Cruise to be named Hollywood's most bankable star, according to a poll of 135 top studio executives.

The survey, conducted by the Hollywood Reporter trade newspaper, asked the movie bosses to name which stars they thought would guarantee film finance and distribution deals, as well as pull in the crowds at the box office.

Hanks scored a perfect 100 in the poll, which ranked 525 actors and actresses. He narrowly beat Mel Gibson, ranked second on 99.44 points, and last year's winner Tom Cruise, who came third on 99.05.

[ image: Hollywood's top woman: Notting Hill star Julia Roberts]
Hollywood's top woman: Notting Hill star Julia Roberts
Harrison Ford was fourth on 98.69, Jim Carrey was fifth on 97.22, Leonardo DiCaprio sixth on 96.85, and John Travolta was seventh with 94.74.

Julia Roberts is the only female star in the top 10, coming eighth with 94.63. Robin Williams is ninth with 94.44, and Brad Pitt is 10th with 94.22.

Only three other women rank in the top 20 - Meg Ryan at 16th with 90.49, Jodie Foster at 18th, and Sandra Bullock at 20th. Gwyneth Paltrow is 21st with 85.56.

Sean Connery is the highest ranking British star, at 19th, while Sir Anthony Hopkins (35th) is the only other UK actor in the top 50.

Emma Thompson is Britain's top-rated woman, coming 83rd, one place ahead of Kate Winslet.

Ewan McGregor will be hoping his ranking of 105th improves when the effects of Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace are included in next year's poll. Catherine Zeta Jones (120th) will also be hoping for a boost from the success of her film, Entrapment.

[ image: Sean Connery: Hollywood's favourite British star]
Sean Connery: Hollywood's favourite British star
John Burman, director of the Hollywood Reporter's Star Power project, said the list was a snapshot in time and was designed to show the rise of newcomers, if not to the very top, but at least to the top of the second and third tiers of the list.

He explained Gwyneth Paltrow's score last year was only 59, and Leonardo DiCaprio was not even in the top 10.

This year, Mike Myers - whose Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me took $54m over the weekend - only ranks 53rd on the list.

Burman said: "That shows you the transitory nature of the rankings. The poll was conducted before the film opened."

The Top 20 (figures out of 100):

1. Tom Hanks (100)

2. Mel Gibson (99.44)

3. Tom Cruise (99.05)

4. Harrison Ford (98.69)

5. Jim Carrey (97.22)

6. Leonardo DiCaprio (96.85)

7. John Travolta (94.74)

8. Julia Roberts (94.63)

9. Robin Williams (94.44)

10. Brad Pitt (94.22)

11. Nicolas Cage (93.70)

12. Arnold Schwarzenegger (92.96)

13. Jack Nicholson (92.16)

14. Will Smith (91.67)

15. Brue Willis (90.56)

16. Meg Ryan (90.49)

17. Clint Eastwood (89.18)

18. Jodie Foster (88.52)

19. Sean Connery (87.31)

20. Sandra Bullock (85.63)

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