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What does it take to be one of the most valuable actors of all time? 24/7 Wall St. considered this and ranked almost 700 leading actors. They found that in order to top the list, an actor needed to have starred in not just one but several high-grossing franchises. They point out that "Success in the box office is not the same as success with the critics. A look at the top actors on this list makes that clear." But two of the top ten--all men--are also double Oscar winners: Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks, who is #1. Take a look at the top ten below.  Here's how they calculated the list: There are movie stars, and then there are actors whose involvement appears more important than the movie itself. Some are so critical to success that studios will pay them tens of millions of dollars to be in their pictures. To identify »

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