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List of most popular drama actors (all time)

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Jim Carrey
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Jim Carrey

James Eugene "Jim" Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. Carrey has received two Golden Globe Awards. Known for his highly energetic slapstick perfor...
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Leonardo DiCaprio
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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for ten Golden Globe Awards, winning two, and five Academy Awards.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American actor, producer, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two ter...
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from 17 votes
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Al Pacino
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Al Pacino

Alfredo James "Al" Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on the...
9.2
9.2
from 13 votes
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Morgan Freeman
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Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus, and won the Best Sup...
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from 12 votes
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Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Pitt (née Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood'...
7.2
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Christopher Lee
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Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula...
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from 12 votes
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Robert De Niro
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Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor and producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Martin Scorsese's crime film Mean Street...
8.3
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from 12 votes
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Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail (both 199...
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from 11 votes
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Bradley Cooper
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Bradley Cooper

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award.
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Emilia Clarke
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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke (born 26 October 1986) is an English actress, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Clarke made her Broadway debut in Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly in March 2013...
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from 10 votes
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Meryl Streep
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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress and a three-time Academy Award winner. Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville in 1971, and went on to receive a 1976 Tony Award nomination for Be...
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Brad Pitt
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Brad Pitt

William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories, and received two...
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Marlon Brando
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Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. Brando is most famous for his Oscar-winning performances as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) and Vito Corleone in The Godfather (19...
8.7
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from 10 votes
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Russell Crowe
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Russell Crowe

Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian. He came to international attention...
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from 9 votes
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Ellen Page
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Ellen Page

Ellen Philpotts-Page (born February 21, 1987), known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started her career in Canada with roles in the television shows Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page venture...
8.6
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from 9 votes
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Scarlett Johansson
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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer.
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Ian McKellen
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Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk A...
9.4
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from 9 votes
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Emma Watson
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Emma Watson

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is a British actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 20...
8.5
8.5
from 8 votes
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Mel Gibson
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Mel Gibson

Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker.
7.3
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from 8 votes
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Daniel Radcliffe
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Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series. He made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One's 1999 television film David Copp...
6.3
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from 8 votes
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Anthony Hopkins
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Anthony Hopkins

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal A...
9.5
9.5
from 8 votes
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Matthew McConaughey
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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor and producer.
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from 8 votes
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Johnny Depp
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Johnny Depp

John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor.
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Clint Eastwood
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Clint Eastwood

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of sp...
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from 8 votes
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Jack Nicholson
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Jack Nicholson

John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker. Throughout his career, Nicholson has portrayed unique and challenging roles, many of which include dark portrayals of excitable, neurotic and p...
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Bryan Cranston
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Bryan Cranston

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known for portraying Walter White in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, Hal in the Fox comedy series...
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Liam Neeson
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Liam Neeson

Liam John Neeson, (born 7 June 1952) is an Irish actor. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur (1981). Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five f...
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from 8 votes
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Julianne Moore
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Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith; December 3, 1960) is an American actress and children's author.
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from 7 votes
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Edward Norton
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Edward Norton

Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman. He also starred in o...
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from 7 votes
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Alan Rickman
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Alan Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company i...
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from 7 votes
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Christian Bale
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Christian Bale

Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye at the age of 13,...
8.6
8.6
from 7 votes
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Harrison Ford
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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones...
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from 6 votes
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Hugh Laurie
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Hugh Laurie

James Hugh Calum Laurie (born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, writer, musician, singer, comedian, and author. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, wh...
8.5
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from 6 votes
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Natalie Portman
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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag June 9, 1981) is an actress, producer and director with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but...
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from 5 votes
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Tom Cruise
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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at age 19 in the 1981 film Endless Love. After port...
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David Tennant
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David Tennant

(1971)
David Tennant (born David John McDonald; 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova...
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Heath Ledger
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Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film ca...
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Kevin Spacey
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Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959), better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in supporting ro...
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Ryan Gosling
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Ryan Gosling

Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs in...
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Cate Blanchett
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Cate Blanchett

Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (14 May 1969) is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three Br...
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from 4 votes
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Gene Hackman
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Gene Hackman

Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman (born January 30, 1930) is an American actor and novelist. In a career spanning five decades, Hackman has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two for best actor in The French Connection and...
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Sean Connery
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Sean Connery

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one of them being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award) and three Golden Globes (including the Ceci...
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from 4 votes
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Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–09). She starred in the independent drama Winter's Bone (2010) w...
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Marilyn Monroe
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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe ( Norma Jeane Mortenson, June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer.
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Matt Damon
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Matt Damon

Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor and filmmaker.
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from 4 votes
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Steve Carell
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Steve Carell

Steven John "Steve" Carell (born August 16, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. After a five-year stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell found greater fame for playing Michael Scott on th...
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Benedict Cumberbatch
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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. The son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, he graduated from the Un...
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from 4 votes
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Geoffrey Rush
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Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor and film producer. He is the youngest of the few people who have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award. He has...
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Shia LaBeouf
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Shia LaBeouf

Shia Saide LaBeouf (born June 11, 1986) is an American actor, performance artist, and director who became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. LaBeouf received a Young Artist Aw...
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