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Like past stars, Cruise stays on top

These elite actors spent years in the spotlight

Humphrey Bogart
Breakthrough starring role: Roy Earle in “High Sierra,” 1941
B.O. slip: “Beat the Devil,” 1953
Last film: “The Harder They Fall,” 1956
Years on top: 15

Cary Grant
Breakthrough starring role: George Kirby in “Topper,” 1937
B.O. slip: “None but the Lonely Heart,” 1944
Last film: “Walk, Don’t Run,” 1966
Years on top: 29

Clark Gable
Breakthrough starring role: Mark Whitney in “Possessed,” 1932
B.O. slip: “Parnell,” 1937
Last film: “The Misfits,” 1961
Years on top: 30

John Wayne
Breakthrough starring role: The Ringo Kid in “Stagecoach,” 1939
B.O. slip: “The Alamo,” 1959
Last film: “The Shootist,” 1976
Years on top: 37

Tom Cruise
Breakthrough starring role: Joel Goodsen in “Risky Business,” 1983
B.O. slip: “Far and Away,” 1992

Latest film: “Lions for Lambs,” 2007
Years on top: 24 and counting

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