Hardest-Working Film Actors

Morgan Freeman tops list with 9 films in 5 years
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2008 3:01 PM CST
Actor Steve Carell, cast member of the new action comedy film 'Get Smart', poses for the media during a photo call in London, Thursday, July 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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(Newser) – Who's the hardest-working actor in show biz? Many would lay claim to the title, but Forbes actually tallied which troupers took on the most meaty roles in big-budget films over the past 3 years:

  • Morgan Freeman: Hollywood's top worker, he's played in nine films since 2005, including The Bucket List, Evan Almighty, Batman, and Lucky Number Slevin.
  • Seth Rogen: "He's become Judd Apatow's go-to goof," with eight films over 3 years earning a total of $1.2 billion, more than any other star on the list.

  • Steve Carell: Over eight films, his roles have ranged from Frank Ginsberg in Little Miss Sunshine to Maxwell Smart in Get Smart.
  • Queen Latifah: One of 2 women on the list, she took turns in eight flicks, including Stranger Than Fiction, Hairspray, and The Secret Life of Bees.
  • Samuel L. Jackson acted in 19 films since 2005, including the cult movie Snakes on a Plane.
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