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David Strathairn

Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 29 films, with $2,645,193,739 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #438)
Best-known acting roles: Admiral William Stenz (Godzilla), William Seward (Lincoln), Noah Vosen (The Bourne Ultimatum), Noah Vosen (The Bourne Legacy), Ray McDeere (The Firm)
Most productive collaborators: Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg, Gareth Edwards, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, C.J. Adams

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting29$1,378,377,091$1,266,816,648$2,645,193,739
Leading4$82,941,014$25,085,683$108,026,697
Inverviewee1$16,164$0$16,164
(Unclassified)25$177,309,652$48,259,178$225,568,830

Career Trend

This graph shows David Strathairn’s score on our annual analysis of leading stars at the box office. The Star Score represents points assigned to each of the leading stars of the top 100 movies (based on box office) in the current year and two preceding years. For appearing in the number one movie in a year a star gets 100 points, the number two movie 99 points and so on..

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

July 20th, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best-Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film that cost just $10 million to make, but pulled in a global box office of $135 million. Needless to say, a sequel was made and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel hit theaters earlier this year. Comedies rarely produce sequels that live up to the original film, but is this one an exception? If not, is it still worth checking out, if it isn't quite as good? More...

Analysis: March Bankability and the Top Dramatic Actors

April 1st, 2014

In the March update to our Bankability Index, our list of industry influencers increases to 14 people and we examine the top actors and actresses in dramatic roles in movies.

Overall, March's chart reflects the relatively modest start to the year at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson moves back into second place in the overall chart thanks to his appearance in RoboCop, Hans Zimmer was helped by his composing for Winter's Tale and Son of God (and will be further helped in April's chart through his involvement in Divergent–does the man ever sleep?). Leonardo DiCaprio continues to benefit from his producing roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Out of the Furnace and Runner Runner. Finally, Frozen helps John Lasseter solidify his 11th place in the chart.

This month's new entry is Morgan Freeman, who got a very handy boost from his voice role in The LEGO Movie, and was also helped by some work we did on our archive of credits. That combination takes him to 14th on the Worldwide Chart, up 3 places from February.

All this activity has kept us pretty busy, but it's our new Bankability feature that really kept us burning the midnight oil this month: The Bankability Index Casting and Hiring Guides... More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Lincoln

April 8th, 2013

Lincoln was an Oscar contender right from the very beginning. Steven Spielberg directing a movie about Abraham Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Of course it was an Oscar contender. Lincoln earned twelve Oscar nominations and earned two wins. Did the film deserve these awards? Or did it coast on reputation alone? More...

2012 Preview: November

November 1st, 2012

October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2018 An Interview With God   $0 $0 $0
12/8/2017 November Criminals Theo Schacht  $0 $0 $0
10/20/2016 American Pastoral Nathan Zuckerman  $544,098 $1,171,630 $1,715,728
11/6/2015 Louder Than Bombs Richard  $163,808 $1,264,196 $1,428,004
2/26/2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Ty Burley  $33,078,266 $57,306,040 $90,384,306
5/14/2014 Godzilla Admiral William Stenz  $200,676,069 $328,400,000 $529,076,069
3/28/2014 No God, No Master William Flynn  $6,796 $0 $6,796
3/21/2014 Maladies Delmar  $0 $0 $0
4/5/2013 Love, Marilyn Himself  $16,164 $0 $16,164
11/9/2012 Lincoln William Seward  $182,207,973 $91,138,308 $273,346,281
8/10/2012 The Bourne Legacy Noah Vosen  $113,203,870 $167,152,050 $280,355,920
8/5/2011 The Whistleblower Peter Ward  $1,120,914 $1,082,740 $2,203,654
12/10/2010 The Tempest Alonso  $277,943 $0 $277,943
9/24/2010 Howl Ralph McIntosh  $617,334 $0 $617,334
8/7/2009 Cold Souls   $905,209 $220,000 $1,125,209
1/30/2009 The Uninvited   $28,596,818 $14,182,143 $42,778,961
6/27/2008 Trumbo Himself  $108,280 $0 $108,280
4/4/2008 My Blueberry Nights Arnie  $866,778 $21,332,218 $22,198,996
2/14/2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Arthur Spiderwick  $71,195,053 $91,644,614 $162,839,667
11/9/2007 The Sensation of Sight Finn  $23,457 $0 $23,457
8/3/2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Noah Vosen  $227,471,070 $214,690,492 $442,161,562
4/20/2007 Fracture Joe Lobruto  $39,004,700 $50,200,000 $89,204,700
12/22/2006 We Are Marshall Donald Dedmon  $43,545,364 $0 $43,545,364
4/14/2006 The Notorious Bettie Page Estes Kefauver  $1,415,082 $364,488 $1,779,570
10/7/2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Edward R. Murrow  $31,501,218 $25,085,683 $56,586,901
2/27/2004 Twisted Dr. Melvin Frank  $25,195,050 $14,924,798 $40,119,848
5/2/2003 Blue Car Mr. Auster  $464,126 $11,241 $475,367
3/15/2002 Harrison's Flowers Harrison Lloyd  $1,843,570 $0 $1,843,570
12/3/1999 A Map of the World Howard Goodwin  $544,538 $0 $544,538
6/4/1999 Limbo Joe Gastineau  $2,160,710 $437,514 $2,598,224
5/14/1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream Theseus  $16,071,990 $8,939,655 $25,011,645
12/31/1998 Bad Manners Wes  $0 $0 $0
9/11/1998 Simon Birch Rev. Russell  $18,253,415 $57,176 $18,310,591
5/15/1998 The Climb Earl Himes  $78,677 $0 $78,677
9/19/1997 L.A. Confidential Pierce Patchett  $64,604,977 $61,600,000 $126,204,977
11/1/1996 Mother Night Bernard B. O'Hare  $363,905 $0 $363,905
11/3/1995 Home for the Holidays Russell Terziak  $17,468,887 $4,650,382 $22,119,269
3/24/1995 Dolores Claiborne Joe St. George  $24,262,193 $0 $24,262,193
3/17/1995 Losing Isaiah Charles Lewin  $7,564,608 $0 $7,564,608
9/30/1994 The River Wild Tom  $46,815,000 $47,400,000 $94,215,000
12/3/1993 A Dangerous Woman Getso  $1,497,222 $0 $1,497,222
6/30/1993 The Firm Ray McDeere  $158,340,892 $112,000,000 $270,340,892
5/14/1993 Lost in Yonkers Johnny  $9,285,189 $0 $9,285,189
12/11/1992 Passion Fish Rennie  $5,414,619 $0 $5,414,619
9/9/1992 Sneakers Erwin 'Whistler' Emory  $51,433,000 $0 $51,433,000
9/4/1992 Bob Roberts Bugs' Attorney, Mack Laflin  $4,300,703 $0 $4,300,703
7/1/1992 A League of Their Own Ira Lowenstein  $107,533,925 $24,906,141 $132,440,066
10/11/1991 City of Hope Asteroid  $1,264,910 $0 $1,264,910
10/12/1990 Memphis Belle Commanding Officer  $27,385,582 $0 $27,385,582
9/1/1988 Eight Men Out Eddie Cicotte  $5,680,515 $0 $5,680,515
6/10/1988 Stars and Bars Charlie  $111,987 $0 $111,987
1/1/1988 Dominick and Eugene Martin Chernak  $3,076,031 $0 $3,076,031
1/1/1988 Call Me Sam  $251,819 $0 $251,819
8/28/1987 Matewan Sid Hatfield  $1,680,358 $0 $1,680,358
4/18/1986 At Close Range Tony Pine  $2,347,000 $0 $2,347,000
9/7/1984 The Brother from Another Planet Man in black  $3,700,000 $0 $3,700,000
4/13/1984 Iceman Dr. Singe  $7,343,032 $0 $7,343,032
12/14/1983 Silkwood Wesley  $35,615,609 $0 $35,615,609
2/18/1983 Lovesick Marvin Zuckerman  $10,143,618 $0 $10,143,618
Movies: 59Totals:$1,638,643,921$1,340,161,509$2,978,805,430
  Averages:$27,773,626$22,714,602$50,488,228

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2018 An Interview With God $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
3/28/2014 No God, No Master $0 5 $6,796 $6,796 100.0%
10/7/2005 Good Night, and Good Luck $421,446 929 $31,501,218 $56,586,901 55.7%
9/9/1992 Sneakers $10,031,145 2,062 $51,433,000 $51,433,000 100.0%
Movies: 4Totals:  $82,941,014$108,026,697 
 Averages:$2,613,148749$20,735,254$27,006,67485.2%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/8/2017 November Criminals $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
10/20/2016 American Pastoral $149,038 70 $544,098 $1,715,728 31.7%
11/6/2015 Louder Than Bombs $24,259 40 $163,808 $1,428,004 11.5%
2/26/2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $8,540,370 2,022 $33,078,266 $90,384,306 36.6%
5/14/2014 Godzilla $93,188,384 3,952 $200,676,069 $529,076,069 37.9%
3/21/2014 Maladies $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
11/9/2012 Lincoln $944,308 2,293 $182,207,973 $273,346,281 66.7%
8/10/2012 The Bourne Legacy $38,142,825 3,753 $113,203,870 $280,355,920 40.4%
8/5/2011 The Whistleblower $61,002 70 $1,120,914 $2,203,654 50.9%
12/10/2010 The Tempest $42,436 21 $277,943 $277,943 100.0%
9/24/2010 Howl $51,185 29 $617,334 $617,334 100.0%
8/7/2009 Cold Souls $63,302 52 $905,209 $1,125,209 80.4%
1/30/2009 The Uninvited $10,325,824 2,344 $28,596,818 $42,778,961 66.8%
4/4/2008 My Blueberry Nights $74,146 69 $866,778 $22,198,996 3.9%
2/14/2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles $19,004,058 3,847 $71,195,053 $162,839,667 43.7%
8/3/2007 The Bourne Ultimatum $69,283,690 3,701 $227,471,070 $442,161,562 51.4%
4/20/2007 Fracture $11,014,657 2,443 $39,004,700 $89,204,700 43.7%
12/22/2006 We Are Marshall $6,114,264 2,608 $43,545,364 $43,545,364 100.0%
2/27/2004 Twisted $8,904,299 2,704 $25,195,050 $40,119,848 62.8%
5/2/2003 Blue Car $30,087 28 $464,126 $475,367 97.6%
12/3/1999 A Map of the World $14,017 19 $544,538 $544,538 100.0%
5/14/1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream $4,285,620 1,099 $16,071,990 $25,011,645 64.3%
9/19/1997 L.A. Confidential $5,211,198 1,625 $64,604,977 $126,204,977 51.2%
11/3/1995 Home for the Holidays $4,007,717 1,000 $17,468,887 $22,119,269 79.0%
3/17/1995 Losing Isaiah $2,520,972 912 $7,564,608 $7,564,608 100.0%
12/3/1993 A Dangerous Woman $0 0 $1,497,222 $1,497,222 100.0%
6/30/1993 The Firm $32,476,785 2,393 $158,340,892 $270,340,892 58.6%
7/1/1992 A League of Their Own $13,739,456 2,084 $107,533,925 $132,440,066 81.2%
12/14/1983 Silkwood $1,218,322 843 $35,615,609 $35,615,609 100.0%
Movies: 29Totals:  $1,378,377,091$2,645,193,739 
 Averages:$11,359,7321,380$47,530,245$91,213,57765.2%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,282 $82,941,014
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 234 $1,378,377,091
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 287 $1,638,643,921
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 329 $1,000,873,335
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 30,601-30,700) 30,680 $33,540,877
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 407 $1,638,643,921
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,963 $25,085,683
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 639 $1,266,816,648
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 665 $1,340,161,509
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 596 $849,041,894
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 32,401-32,500) 32,401 $13,590,037
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 801-900) 878 $1,340,161,509
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,537 $108,026,697
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 438 $2,645,193,739
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 436 $2,978,805,430
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 452 $1,849,915,229
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 32,501-32,600) 32,581 $47,130,914
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 608 $2,978,805,430
Highest Grossing Stars of 1992 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 105 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 1993 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 102 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 1994 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 106 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 301 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 267 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 270 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 277 11
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 253 11
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 255 11
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 300 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 269 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 267 13
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,024 $51,439,796
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 155 $31,501,218
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 149 $25,085,683
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,379 $51,439,796
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 153 $56,586,901
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,023 $82,941,014
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,675 $25,085,683
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,272 $108,026,697
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 801-900) 877 $51,433,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,235 $6,796
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 201-300) 222 $31,501,218
Top International Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 101-200) 195 $25,085,683
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,154 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,344 $6,796
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 101-200) 198 $56,586,901
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 375 $51,433,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 501-600) 511 $31,508,014
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 401-500) 473 $25,085,683
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 501-600) 528 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 401-500) 497 $56,593,697
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 801-900) 833 $51,439,796
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 701-800) 763 $31,501,218
Top International Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 601-700) 660 $25,085,683
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,036 $51,439,796
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 701-800) 730 $56,586,901
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 301-400) 333 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 401-500) 412 $51,433,000


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