Al Pacino tops poll of 100 greatest film stars

Godfather star Al Pacino has been named the greatest film star of them all - just ahead of his co-lead in the movie, Robert De Niro.

Godfather star Al Pacino has been named the greatest film star of them all - just ahead of his co-lead in the movie, Robert De Niro.

Oscar-winner Pacino, 63, topped a poll of the 100 greatest film stars for a Channel 4 countdown which finished on Monday night.

Pacino is known for a string of gritty roles and was twice nominated for an Oscar for his Godfather performance.

He has won just one Academy Award for his acting, playing a rather more tender role as a blind army colonel The Scent Of A Woman.

A Channel 4 search for the 100 top films many months ago has already demonstrated the high esteem in which film fans hold The Godfather series, ranking them in second place.

Runner-up De Niro, who has appeared in such classics as Taxi Driver and the Deer Hunter, was way behind Pacino in the voting.

He played Pacino’s father in The Godfather II, winning one of his two Oscars for the role.

The highest charting non-Oscar winner is Harrison Ford, loved by audiences for his performances as Han Solo in three Star Wars movies.

He is also hugely popular for his roles as Indiana Jones and is next year expected to begin working on a fourth movie as the archaeologist action hero.

More than 25,000 votes were cast in the Channel 4 poll, for which Scottish star Ewan McGregor is the youngest actor in the top 10 at the age of 32.

Not one woman has made the top 10. Breakfast At Tiffany’s star Audrey Hepburn is the highest woman, charting at 13. The next, at 20, is Sigourney Weaver, best known for the Alien sci-fi series.

North By Northwest and An Affair to Remember star Cary Grant is the highest dead entry at number 10 in the list.

Recent Oscar winner Catherine Zeta Jones is unplaced but her husband Michael Douglas came in at number 100.

The list of candidates was compiled and edited by a panel of film critics and film-makers with voting taking place on the Channel 4 website and by text voting over a six-week period.

Producer and director of the show John Piper said: “The list reveals a few surprises in the way that the British public have voted.

“Although all the classic greats are there, the final top five demonstrates that there are now modern greats who are established and are recognised up there alongside those classic movie stars.”

The countdown was screened in two parts on Sunday and Monday nights.

The top 100:

1. Al Pacino

2. Robert De Niro

3. Tom Hanks

4. Kevin Spacey

5. Harrison Ford

6. Jack Nicholson

7. Anthony Hopkins

8. Sean Connery

9. Ewan McGregor

10. Cary Grant

11. Samuel L Jackson

12. James Stewart

13. Audrey Hepburn

14. Steve McQueen

15. Brad Pitt

16. Paul Newman

17. Mel Gibson

18. Clint Eastwood

19. Robin Williams

20. Sigourney Weaver

21. Nicole Kidman

22. Johnny Depp

23. Jodie Foster

24. Dustin Hoffman

25. Susan Sarandon

26. Russell Crowe

27. Morgan Freeman

28. Denzel Washington

29. Julia Roberts

30. Marlon Brando

31. Christopher Lee

32. Tom Cruise

33. Nicolas Cage

34. Christopher Walken

35. Bruce Willis

36. Humphrey Bogart

37. Cate Blanchett

38. Katharine Hepburn

39. Marilyn Monroe

40. Gary Oldman

41. Jackie Chan

42. Gene Hackman

43. Jack Lemmon

44. Michael Caine

45. Bette Davis

46. John Travolta

47. Jim Carrey

48. John Cusack

49. Bruce Lee

50. Charlie Chaplin

51. Will Smith

52. Sidney Poitier

53. Harvey Keitel

54. Arnold Schwarzengger

55. Kate Winslet

56. John Wayne

57. Peter Sellers

58. Meryl Streep

59. John Malkovich

60. Jude Law

61. Robert Redford

62. Robert Downey Jr

63. Clark Gable

64. James Dean

65. Cameron Diaz

66. Gene Kelly

67. Eddie Murphy

68. Ingrid Bergman

69. River Phoenix

70. Richard Burton

71. Woody Allen

72. George Clooney

73. Hugh Grant

74. Angelina Jolie

75. Meg Ryan

76. Richard Gere

77. Elizabeth Taylor

78. Oliver Reed

79. Vivien Leigh

80. Dennis Hopper

81. Fred Astaire

82. Judy Garland

83. Ralph Fiennes

84. Doris Day

85. Daniel Day Lewis

86. Grace Kelly

87. Winona Ryder

88. Juliette Binoche

89. Gwyneth Paltrow

90. Gerard Depardieu

91. Julie Christie

92. Amitabh Bachchan

93. Kevin Costner

94. Leonardo DiCaprio

95. Uma Thurman

96. Wesley Snipes

97. Burt Reynolds

98. Jane Fonda

99. Halle Berry

100.Michael Douglas.

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