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Poll: Actors Considered to Play John McClane in Die Hard

During the long process of bringing the action classic Die Hard to the screen, a significant number of famous stars (of various generations) were mentioned as contenders for the lead part of John McClane before it was eventually won by Bruce Willis, a little-known TV comedy actor at the time. Which of these alternatives would have been best at playing the combination of a tough New York cop who's an admittedly terrible husband, easily moved to tears and responding to most situations with sarcasm that makes for such a memorable protagonist?

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    Richard Dean Anderson

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    Alec Baldwin

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    Tom Berenger

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    Charles Bronson

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    Robert De Niro

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    Clint Eastwood

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    Harrison Ford

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    Richard Gere

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    Mel Gibson

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    Don Johnson

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    Michael Keaton

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    Christopher Lambert

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    Stephen Lang

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    Michael Madsen

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    Liam Neeson

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    Paul Newman

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    Nick Nolte

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    Al Pacino

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    Bill Paxton

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    Burt Reynolds

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    Mickey Rourke

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    Kurt Russell

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger

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    Frank Sinatra

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    Sylvester Stallone

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    Patrick Swayze

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    John Travolta

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