I know what you’re thinking: Harrison Ford. And, if we adjust for inflation, you’re right: Ford has appeared in five of the fifty highest-grossing films of all time, if we take into account how the dollar has shifted over time: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and American Graffiti (and I’m betting that last one is a surprise).
The figures come from Box Office Mojo, and of course are subject to debate, but they’re pretty reasonable.
However, if we forget about inflation, the picture is a little different: by that standard, only three of Ford’s films make the top fifty: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and, perhaps disturbingly, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
So which The Force Awakens actor is the King of the Unadjusted Box Office? One strong contender is Warwick Davis.
After appearing as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, Davis also had a small part (or two) in The Phantom Menace.
Then, of course, he appeared as Professor Flitwick
in the highly-marketable Harry Potter series. the first and the last of which (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt.II) make the top fifty, giving Davis four films in the unadjusted ledger.
But it turns out another actor notches four films in the unadjusted fifty: Andy Serkis.In addition to his motion-capture work as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Serkis’s live-action role as Klaw in Avengers: Age of Ultron gives him the same as Davis.
And their next film won’t break the tie, of course—though it will likely break box-office records—and when we adjust for inflation, Harrison Ford will still be on top.