Washington, Hanks, Clooney Top "Most Influential" List
Posted on Tue Nov 11, 2008 09:18 AM PDT

George Clooney 200mostinfluential.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Forbes magazine has put out a list of Hollywood's "most influential actors", not just the top earners, but the ones who actually have an influence over their audience.

The list was topped by Denzel Washington, followed closely by Tom Hanks and George Clooney.

"Actors and actress are often times confused with the characters they play on screen," explains James Houran, a clinical psychologist who researches celebrity worship. "Without even realizing it, we very often blur the two."

Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and Harrison Ford all made the list as well. The only women to make it to the top ten were Angelina Jolie (coming in at number 6) and Julia Roberts in spot number 10.

Also making the list: Robert DeNiro and James Earl Jones.