Statistics and curious facts about acting credits

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Hi, everybody:

In order to offer help in a recent thread about some credits' attributes, I had to process the actors & actresses plain text files (as of 2 Oct 2015). Taking advantage of it, I would like to share with you some curious data about acting credits obtained during the analysis (e.g. haven't you ever wonder who is the actor with most credits on IMDB?, or which film has the largest cast list?, or what do Hillary Clinton and Madonna have in common? Interrogante):

A. LONGEST NAMES
(not counting spaces nor roman numerals)
B. MOST PROLIFIC NAMES
(here the word "title" refers to unique shows, i.e. if an actor has played roles in 21 episodes of a series, it counts as "21 credits" but only "1 title")
  • Any type of title: 25,336,119 credits in 1,002,289 titles
          Names with most credits:
                Any credits:
                      Actor: Alex Trebek (7,225 credits in 166 titles).
                            -- [7,183 of them are self appearances in 135 titles].
                            -- [8 of them are uncredited appearances in 7 titles].
                      Actress: Vanna White (6,188 credits in 68 titles).
                            -- [6,175 of them are self appearances in 56 titles].
                            -- [3 of them are uncredited appearances in 3 titles].
                Excluding self credits:
                      Actor: Frank Welker (4,163 credits in 754 titles).
                            -- [105 of them are uncredited appearances in 60 titles].
                      Actress: Helena Isabel (3,931 credits in 81 titles).
                            -- [2 of them are uncredited appearances in 1 title].
          Names with most titles:
                Any titles:
                      Actor: Tom Byron (I) (1,933 titles) [1,933 credits].
                            -- [41 of them contain only self appearances (41 credits)].
                      Actress: Bess Flowers (880 titles) [880 credits].
                Excluding adult genre titles:
                      Actor: Mel Blanc (1,278 titles) [1,975 credits].
                      Actress: Bess Flowers (880 titles) [880 credits].

  • Films: 6,875,305 credits in 653,971 titles
          Names with most credits/titles:
                Actor: Mel Blanc (1,066 titles) [499 uncredited items].
                Actress: Bess Flowers (831 titles) [799 uncredited items].
          Names with most credits/titles excluding uncredited roles:
                Actor: Brahmanandam (986 titles).
                Actress: Helen (I) (488 titles).

  • Made for video (V): 1,062,518 credits in 129,453 titles
          Names with most credits/titles:
                Actor: Mark Wood (IV) (1,728 titles) [10 self / 24 uncredited items].
                Actress: Nina Hartley (571 titles) [39 self / 6 uncredited items].
          Names with most credits/titles excluding adult genre roles:
                Actor: Desmond Elliot (252 titles).
                Actress: Patience Ozokwor (317 titles).

  • Made for TV (TV): 1,349,431 credits in 103,017 titles
          Names with most credits/titles:
                Actor: Bob Hope (I) (302 titles) [285 self / 12 uncredited items].
                Actress: Whoopi Goldberg (225 titles) [197 self / 12 uncredited items].
          Names with most credits/titles excluding self roles:
                Actor: Jerry Lawler (195 titles) [1 uncredited item].
                Actress: Momiji Yamamura (107 titles) [no uncredited items].

  • Series: 15,961,575 credits in 1,758,156 episodes and 109,746 titles
          Names with most credits (series level credits + episode credits):
                Any credits:
                      Actor: Johnny Gilbert (I) (7,192 credits in 45 titles).
                            -- [31 series level credits + 7,161 episode credits in 14 titles].
                            -- [7,104 of them are self appearances in 14 titles].
                            -- [5 of them are uncredited appearances in 4 titles].
                      Actress: Vanna White (6,161 credits in 41 titles).
                            -- [0 series level credits + 6,161 episode credits in 41 titles].
                            -- [6,153 of them are self appearances in 34 titles].
                            -- [2 of them are uncredited appearances in 2 titles].
                Excluding self credits:
                      Actor: Luís Esparteiro (3,805 credits in 47 titles).
                            -- [7 series level credits + 3,798 episode credits in 42 titles].
                            -- [1 of them is an uncredited appearance in 1 title].
                      Actress: Helena Isabel (3,902 credits in 52 titles).
                            -- [16 series level credits + 3,886 episode credits in 38 titles].
                            -- [1 of them is an uncredited appearance in 1 title].
          Names with most titles:
                Any titles:
                      Actor: William Shatner (302 titles within 1,035 credits).
                            -- [20 series level credits + 1,015 episode credits].
                            -- [477 of credits are self appearances in 174 titles].
                            -- [10 of credits are uncredited appearances in 9 titles].
                      Actress: Dolly Parton (274 titles within 987 credits).
                            -- [6 series level credits + 981 episode credits].
                            -- [971 of credits are self appearances in 264 titles].
                            -- [5 of credits are uncredited appearances in 5 titles].
                Excluding self credits:
                      Actor: Frank Welker (294 titles within 3,703 credits).
                            -- [73 series level credits + 3,630 episode credits].
                            -- [1 of credits is an uncredited appearance in 1 title].
                      Actress: Tara Strong (182 titles within 1,945 credits).
                            -- [10 series level credits + 1,965 episode credits].
                            -- [none of the credits is an uncredited appearance].

  • Videogames (VG): 87,290 credits in 6,102 titles
          Names with most credits/titles:
                Actor: Steve Blum (IX) (330 titles).
                Actress: Lani Minella (227 titles).

C. NAMES WITH MOST ATTRIBUTES/SELF CREDITS
  • Names with most attributes:
          (as...):
                Actor: Tozé Martinho (2,075 credits).
                Actress: Grey Griffin (1,940 credits).
          (uncredited):
                Actor: Herman Hack (1,023 credits).
                Actress: Bess Flowers (855 credits).
          (voice):
                Actor: Frank Welker (4,012 credits).
                Actress: Ikue Ohtani (2,169 credits).
          (archive footage):
                Actor: Adolf Hitler (963 credits) Adolf.
                Actress: Hillary Clinton and Madonna (291 credits each).
          (credit only):
                Actor: Matthew Ashford (I) (1,456 credits).
                Actress: Gaby Milder (591 credits).
  • Names with most self credits:
          Actor: Alex Trebek (7,183 credits).
          Actress: Vanna White (6,175 credits).

D. LARGEST CAST LISTS
E. HIGHEST ORDER/POSITION NUMBERS
(this is wrong info that needs to be amended by someone who knows the correct position numbers)
F. MOST CHARACTER ROLES IN A SINGLE CREDIT

(I'll let some rest to the computer now... poor SPSS has been calculating nonstop for hours...) OrdenadorIndy


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The site had a 'prolific' list but it became pretty useless when tv episodes became titles. It, when canned was all tv show names who were in daily shows and maybe some porn stars. People wondering where John Wayne or others might land actually found no real movie stars. I always thought it was interesting and people ask the question "who is..." all the time.

Nice bunch of stats!

http://www.imdb.com/Prolific/actors
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HI!   ljdoncel, Champion
anything New to add ? ?

Now there are ...
http://www.imdb.com/pressroom/stats/
Titles: 5,626,984  |  Names: 9,572,880
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Hi, ACT_1:

Due to the data contained in the new tsv files, many of the numbers that could be retrieved before, are no longer available. Fortunately, I can recalculate some of them, and even give some new info.

If you wish, I'll wait until the end of the year so I can download data as of 31 Dec 2018, and them give me some days to process them.

Happy holidays!
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and you read this .... add some of Your comments ? ?   I did ;-)

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/imdb-data-now-easily-available-to-contributors
IMDb Data – Now easily available to contributors
Today (20 Dec 2018) we are pleased to announce
the IMDb datasets are easier to access
and now directly from imdb.com.  Using the new interface, contributors can bulk-access subsets of IMDb title and name data for personal and non-commercial use. Each dataset file is in a gzipped, tab-separated-values (TSV) format.ll

To access the datasets and for more information you can go here:
https://contribute.imdb.com/czone

by Stewart, Official Rep

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