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In June, we wanted your choice of the greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years. We also asked two experts for their views: Mark Shivas and Meera Syal, who chose Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy respectively. But BBC News Online users firmly disagreed and chose Amitabh Bachchan as the winner. Below is your top ten - and some of your comments.

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Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is India's number one Bollywood hero, appearing in more than 100 films over three decades. He made his name in the seventies as an action hero, but remains much loved today.
He was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh and became particularly known for thrillers like Sharaabi (1984) and Coolie (1983). When he was seriously injured during the filming of Coolie, much of the Indian public offered prayers for his recovery.

He retired from films more than 10 years ago. But after a stint in politics he is making a comeback with films like Lal Badshah (1998) and Mrityudaata (1997).

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Your Top 10 Greatest Stars of Stage and Screen:
1. Amitabh Bachchan
2. Sir Lawrence Olivier
3. Sir Alec Guinness
4. Charlie Chaplin
5. Homer Simpson
6. Robert De Niro
7. Cary Grant
8. Buster Keaton
9. Marylin Monroe
10. Govinda
What you have said:
Amitabh Bachchan is the greatest and the best and the famous actor of the billion people back in India and all over the world.
Rama Susarla

Amitabh Bachchan dominated the Bombay film industry, by far the most prolific movie production centre in the world, far more so than Hollywood, for more than a decade. His is recognized by far more people in sheer numbers, on the planet, than any other film personality ever - considering that his following comprises primarily of people from the Indian subcontinent which is more than 16% of the world's population!
Ronnie Ghosh

Some things are beyond reason. Amitabh Bachchan is simply a great actor.
Manas Tandon

While there are several talented actors, Amitabh Bachchan has impressed upon more people in this world than others, i.e. He has more fans than others. Western actors are known to the western world and to a very small degree elsewhere. Bachchan is known to the entire south-east, middle-east and amongst the ethnic community in the rest of the world. If 'acting' is the sole criteria, many people will qualify, including Bachchan.
Nirmalya Gupta

Amitabh Bachchan has a terrific screen presence. Unparalleled popularity- illustrated by people's prayers when he was ill.
Amit Anshu

Sir Laurence Olivier was a multi-talented classic star with exceptional talent.
Gill Hanson

No-one held the mirror in a steadier hand than Sir Laurence Olivier.
Steven Archer

No actor, living or dead, has performed with such scale, such grace and with such talent as Sir Alec Guinness.
Laurence Finn

Sir Alec Guinness could turn from comedy to being the most sinister character. I saw him about 10 years ago on stage, in a play with just him and another actor at the Comedy Theatre. It was about two spies meeting on a park bench and he was the Russian. The clarity of his voice and deliverance of his lines was memorable.
Barry Freeman

Great talent, given the silent movies era. Charlie Chaplin opened movies to the world. Not a one-film wonder.
Max Shean

Charlie Chaplin was a timeless character exploring and touching universal themes through all language barriers.
Mick McKenna

Doh. No where else on television, can you find a programme and a character who so successfully gets away with such subversive takes on everything from the networks, to society, to religion. Still fresh and funny after 10 years, Homer Simpson is the everyman who manages to bungle his way through life, just like the rest of us.
James Khattak

Homer Simpson would take it in his stride. Even the acceptance episode would be a human revelation.
Leonard Turton

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