Date: 6th May 2003

Al Pacino tops poll to find 100 greatest film stars

Al Pacino has been named the greatest film star of them all - just ahead Robert De Niro.

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

Top Briton in the list is Sir Anthony Hopkins - acclaimed for his performance as serial killer Hannibal Lecter among other leading roles.

Pacino was twice nominated for an Oscar for his Godfather performance, but he has won just one Academy Award for his role as a blind army colonel The Scent Of A Woman.

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

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.

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.

The top 10:

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.

Source: Press Release



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