Top 10 List: Actors by Number of Scenes Shot in San Francisco

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Steven Soderbergh, the acclaimed director of Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic and Erin Brokovich, is coming to San Francisco. Soderbergh will begin filming his new picture, Contagion, a thriller starring Matt Damon, in the city on February 9th. While San Francisco is a world class city, complete with its own film commission charged with luring Hollywood directors, relatively few films are shot here. Notable exceptions include Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Basic Instinct and The Pursuit of Happyness. In celebration of Soderbergh’s upcoming work in the city, Data360 crunched the numbers and came up with a list of actors who appear in the most scenes in San Francisco. Here are the top 10:

Rank – Name – # of Scenes – Film Name(s)

8 (Tie). Sean Connery – 22 Scenes – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Marnie, The Presidio, The Rock
8 (Tie). Goldie Hawn – 22 Scenes – Foul Play
8 (Tie). Chevy Chase – 22 Scenes – Foul Play, Memoirs of an Invisible Man
7. Jacqueline Bisset – 23 Scenes – Bullitt
5 (Tie). Mary Steenburgen 24 Scenes – Time After Time
5 (Tie). Malcolm McDowell – 24 Scenes – Time After Time
4. Michael Douglas – 27 Scenes – The Game, Basic Instinct
3. Liam Neeson – 29 Scenes – The Dead Pool
2. Steve McQueen – 30 Scenes – The Towering Inferno, Bullitt
1. Clint Eastwood – 80 Scenes – The Dead Pool, Sudden Impact, Escape from Alcatraz, The Enforcer, Magnum Force, Dirty Harry

While this post is a bit of a “just for fun” departure from Data360’s core focus on leading economic data, it also serves to shed some light on the impact of the film industry on our economy. The Milkin Institute (a non-profit economic research firm founded by post-incarceration Michael Milkin of Drexel Burnham/junk bond/insider trading/tax evasion fame) finds that the film production industry adds $57 billion to the U.S. economy, just under 0.5%. In 2009, the film industry generated a positive foreign trade balance of $13.6 billion and Dan Glickman, former president of the Motion Picture Association, told Time Magazine in 2005, “Among all the sectors of the U.S. economy, our industry is the only one that generates a positive balance of trade in every country in which it does business.” Perhaps a bit ironically, one of the profiteers of the decline of American manufacturing was Michael Moore, who’s 1989 film Roger and Me chronicles the director’s quest to meet with then General Motors CEO Roger Smith to discuss outsourcing and plant closings.

Source: San Francisco Film Commission

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One Response to “Top 10 List: Actors by Number of Scenes Shot in San Francisco”

  1. State of Data Last Week – #34 « Dr Data's Blog Says:

    […] Francisco in Movies – Data360 crunched numbers and built the list of 10 actors with most movie scenes in San Francisco. Of course, Clint Eastwood tops the […]

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