Many years ago, using the weekly TV guide that came with the Sunday Chicago Tribune, I started keeping track of all of the movies I had seen over the course of my lifetime. The guide would list the two main stars for each movie, and that is a tradition that I’ve carried on in my database ever since. So, given those guidelines, it is time to look at all of the actors that have starred in at least 10 films that I have seen, as of May 30th.
Today, we continue with the 11 actors that have starred in 11 movies that I have seen.
I first encountered the rubber faced comedian in his breakout film, 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. For a while there, Carrey became one of the biggest stars in the world. I took in 2 films featuring him in 1997, 1999, and again in 2008. Then, a funny thing happened and Jim Carrey wasn’t much of a star anymore. The last film I saw him in was back 2009, when I saw the previous year’s Yes Man.
Michael Douglas made his first impression upon my movie-going consciousness with 1989’s War of the Roses. My big Douglas year was 1995, when I saw him in Basic Instinct, Disclosure, and 1978’s Coma. Things have been quiet for Douglas here in the 21st century, with the last film of his that I’ve seen, The Sentinel, was in 2006.
In 1992, I headed to the theaters to see White Men Can’t Jump, where I first encountered Woody Harrelson in film. 7 of Harrelson’s films came between 1992 and 2000, after which there was a long lull. Harrelson came back in to my world in 2008, then added 2 more in 2010. 2011 was the last time I saw one of his films, 2009’s Defendor.
Like most of America, I first saw Anne Hathaway back in 2003 in The Princess Diaries. In the intervening 11 years, she has been a steadfast presence on my movie (or television) screen, including 3 films in 2005 and 4 in 2009. In 2011, I saw my last starring vehicle starring Hathaway, 2010’s Love And Other Drugs.
Katherine Heigl burst on to the scene in 1994’s My Father, The Hero, which I took in the following year. She dropped off my radar, went through puberty, and came back in 1999. After achieving television stardom, she leaped back to the big screen in a big way in the mid-2000s, including 4 films in 3 years between 2006 and 2008. The last time I saw a Heigl starring vehicle was 2011, when I took in both Life As We Know It and Killers.
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