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Table 9 Top 5 actors and actresses by decade, from the 40’s to the 90’s

From: Identification of key films and personalities in the history of cinema from a Western perspective

Rank Name Points Name Points Name Points
  1940-49 1950-59 1960-69
1 Bond, Ward 9, 1, 2 Shimura, Takashi 7, 2, 2 Hawtrey, Charles (I) 7, 2, 1
2 Weissmuller, Johnny 8, 0, 2 Tsuchiya, Yoshio (I) 7, 0, 1 Williams, Kenneth (I) 7, 1, 1
3 Wayne, John (I) 7, 0, 2 Cushing, Peter 6, 1, 0 James, Sidney (II) 6, 1, 1
4 Cotten, Joseph (I) 6, 3, 2 Nakajima, Haruo 6, 0, 1 Lee, Bernard (I) 6, 1, 0
5 Trowbridge, C. (I) 6, 0, 1 Ōtomo, Shin 6, 0, 0 Wayne, John (I) 5, 5, 3
1 Joyce, Brenda (I) 5, 0, 0 Monroe, Marilyn 5, 2, 4 Maxwell, Lois 7, 1, 0
2 McShane, Kitty 4, 3, 1 Jones, Carolyn (I) 5, 0, 1 Taylor, Elizabeth (I) 5, 0, 1
3 Bergman, Ingrid (I) 4, 2, 2 Grahame, Gloria 4, 3, 0 Sims, Joan (I) 4, 1, 1
4 Hayworth, Rita 4, 1, 2 Kelly, Grace (I) 4, 1, 1 Houston, Renee (I) 4, 0, 1
5 Anderson, Judith (I) 4, 0, 2 Jacques, Hattie 4, 0, 1 Thulin, Ingrid 4, 0, 0
  1970-79 1980-89 1990-99
1 Eastwood, Clint 8, 4, 0 Schwarzenegger, A. 8, 0, 0 Jackson, Samuel L. 12, 3, 5
2 Beatty, Ned 8, 1, 2 Aykroyd, Dan 7, 2, 0 Willis, Bruce 10, 4, 2
3 Duvall, Robert 6, 2, 2 Miller, Dick (I) 6, 3, 3 Buscemi, Steve (I) 10, 3, 3
4 Sutherland, D. (I) 6, 1, 4 Ford, Harrison (I) 6, 1, 1 Sizemore, Tom (I) 8, 3, 1
5 James, Clifton (I) 6, 0, 1 Feldman, Corey (I) 6, 1, 0 Cruise, Tom 8, 0, 1
1 Maxwell, Lois 5, 0, 0 Curtis, Jamie Lee 6, 1, 0 Moore, Julianne 6, 2, 3
2 Leachman, Cloris 4, 2, 1 Trainor, Mary Ellen 5, 2, 0 Russo, Rene (I) 5, 4, 0
3 Christie, Julie (I) 4, 2, 0 Fisher, Carrie (I) 5, 1, 0 Ricci, Christina (I) 5, 3, 1
4 Dunaway, Faye 4, 2, 0 Shaye, Lin 4, 1, 2 Graham, Heather (I) 5, 2, 1
5 Shire, Talia 4, 0, 0 Barkin, Ellen 4, 0, 1 Walters, Melora 5, 1, 0
  1. For each individual we report the number of movies he has directed during the decade that reached the top 5%, 10% and 15% influence in their year of release