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Christopher Lee a Sure Thing at Age 83

Proving once and for all that evil is the root of all money, the Guardian--citing a USA Today poll--brings to our attention the fact that Christopher Lee himself was the most bankable Hollywood star of 2005, based on the box-office take of his films "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride" and "Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith." Just another feather in his cap, but a pretty impressive one, considering he's 83 years old. As remarkable and varied as his career has been, it's still difficult not to see a glint of Dracula in his eyes. That's typecasting for you, but what a role to be remembered for!

Next in line, according to the poll, was Ewan McGregor, who starred in five films last year. Third place went to Morgan Freeman, thanks to the six films he starred in (or narrated). Samuel L. Jackson was the fourth most marketable star due to his work in five movies. And I have to admit that the actor who came in at number five was a bit of a pleasant surprise: Gary Oldman (and he did it with just two films). Maybe he'll keep up the momentum when "The Backwoods" comes out later this year.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on January 4, 2006 11:00 PM
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