Over 10 million people visit Hollywood’s historic Walk of Fame every single year and it has become one of the most photographed and Instagram-worthy tourist spots in the world. The very first star to ever be set in the sidewalk was for filmmaker Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960. and since then, the Walk of Fame has gained 2,689 more stars that stretch for blocks up and down Hollywood Boulevard.
Not just anyone can get a star on the Walk of Fame. There’s a process:
- A nominee must be nominated by someone else
- A nominee’s work must fall under one of these five categories: motion pictures, television, radio, live performance/theater and recording
- The nominee must have produced something iconic
- The nominee must have been working in their industry for at least five years
- The application must include a letter of agreement from the nominee confirming they want to be nominated
- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame selection committee must select a nominee’s application for approval
- A sponsorship fee of $50,000 is required – half goes to create and install the star, half goes to the Hollywood Historic Trust for upkeep on the Walk
- You must agree to attend your unveiling ceremony
But of those 2,690 stars, which ones are the most popular?
Casumo recently did a study through Verve that figured this out. Using Instagram and the #walkoffame hashtag, they determined which stars on the Walk of Fame were the most popular for 2019.
Overall, Michael Jackson was the most-photographed star with 2,175 mentions on Instagram. But the individual categories are more interesting, and sometimes even surprising.
- Marilyn Monroe – 804
- Walt Disney – 655
- Sandra Bullock – 385
- Guillermo del Toro – 338
- Johnny Depp – 330
- Quentin Tarantino – 244
- Vin Diesel – 232
- Cate Blanchett – 231
- Arnold Schwarzenegger – 211
- Bruce Lee – 206
Understandably in the Instagram age, most of the names on this list are current stars and popular directors. But the inclusion of Monroe, Disney and Lee shows that true icons are appreciated in any era.
- Ellen Degeneres – 204
- Donald Trump – 169
- Jimmy Kimmel – 146
- Wendy Williams – 137
- Lucy Liu – 96
- Guy Fieri – 57
- Seth MacFarlane – 49
- Terrence Howard – 40
- Jim Parsons – 38
- Kaley Cuoco – 34
TV stars aren’t nearly as popular on the Walk of Fame as movie stars, which makes sense. Hollywood movies are a global product while American TV shows tend to stay stateside. Trump’s inclusion on this list makes that $50,000 sponsorship fee do work: Since running for president, his star has been vandalized over half a dozen times from being covered with stickers to scribbled over with Sharpies to being spray-painted to outright smashed with a sledgehammer.
The study also looked at a few other interesting demographic breakdowns.
Stars by Country
- USA – 1,693
- UK – 121
- Canada – 58
- France – 20
- (tie) Italy & Mexico – 18
- Hungary – 17
- (tie) Austria & Germany – 15
- Ireland – 14
It will certainly be interesting to see how many stars are on the Walk of Fame and how the demographics have changed by 2060. That’s the year the time capsule buried under the Walk’s origin point at Hollywood & Highland in 2010 is set to be opened.
You can click here for the full infographic including breakdowns by alma mater and gender.