Oh, Rob! Rankings: McCarthy the Only Woman in Top 10

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Oh, Rob! Rankings: McCarthy the Only Woman in Top 10


Byline: Lisa Friedman Miner lminer@dailyherald.com

Dick Van Dyke -- the man who created beloved TV character Rob Petrie -- bested big-name former suburbanites Bill Murray, Harrison Ford and Melissa McCarthy to claim the No. 1 spot in a ranking of top Illinois actors.

Now 92, Van Dyke was chosen by online voters as part of the Illinois Top 200 project, which lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on the state's top bands, leaders, inventions and more.

The Top 10 actors, according to the poll, are:

1. Dick Van Dyke. The comic actor, who grew up in Danville, starred in TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Diagnosis: Murder." At the movies, he was Bert the chimney sweep in "Mary Poppins" and Caractacus Potts in "Chitty Chitty

Bang Bang."

2. Bill Murray. The star of "Ghostbusters," "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day" grew up Wilmette. He got his start close to home at Chicago's Second City.

3. Gene Hackman. A two-time Oscar winner, Hackman spent most of his childhood in downstate Danville.

4. Harrison Ford. The man who originated two of film's most iconic characters -- Han Solo and Indiana Jones -- grew up in Park Ridge.

5. Gary Sinise. The star of "Forrest Gump" and "Apollo 13" called Blue Island, Glen Ellyn and Highland Park home before first making his mark at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. …

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