|Where does he rank in the Top 10?|
But before doing that, I want to highlight two important statistics. First, the star that received the most votes appeared on 56% of the ballots. That shows how dispersed the votes were among all the stars on the ballot. Second, the top five stars were significantly more popular than all the rest. In other words, the number of votes separating #5 from #6 was substantial. However, the number of votes separating #6 from #10 was just a handful.
Polls like this are, by nature, a popularity contest. However, one could make a pretty convincing argument that most of these performers are indeed the Greatest Stars of the 1940s.
9. (tie) Ann Sheridan and Gary Cooper.
8. Judy Garland.
7. Katharine Hepburn.
6. Clark Gable.
5. James Stewart.
4. Barbara Stanwyck.
3. Bette Davis.
2. Humphrey Bogart.
And, at #1, it's Cary Grant!
By the way, if you missed the post on the rest of the Top 25, click here.