Runner-up: Jack Nicholson
This was a tough one: in one corner we’ve got Jack, an icon so enshrined in American culture that people generally feel safe referring to him only by his first name. He made Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, Chinatown, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — and that was only in the ’70s. But, hailing from New Jersey, he has to compete with another one-name icon: Meryl. She’s been nominated for 19 Academy Awards, the most of any actor or actress in history, and has won three: Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer, Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice, and Best Actress for The Iron Lady. In case you haven’t figured it out: Meryl wins. That’s just what she does.