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Which stars had maybe ONE BIG ROLE - that they milked and milked forever?
replies 223Oct 23, 2017 8:40 AM +00:00

When did I eat corn?
replies 1Oct 23, 2017 8:48 AM +00:00

Schwarzenegger can't order lunch without mentioning he will terminate the avocado dip or something.

replies 2Oct 23, 2017 8:56 AM +00:00

James O'Neill/Tyrone

Susan Richardson

replies 3Oct 23, 2017 8:57 AM +00:00

If only 9/11 was a movie.

--Rudy Giuliani
replies 4Oct 23, 2017 8:59 AM +00:00

It seems that TV stars who have more than one big role are the exception rather than the rule, OP

So most of them.

replies 5Oct 23, 2017 9:02 AM +00:00

Debra Messing.

replies 6Oct 23, 2017 9:05 AM +00:00

I agree with R5. Adam West and William Shatner immediately come to mind.

This question should be limited to movies but excluding franchises.

replies 7Oct 23, 2017 9:06 AM +00:00

Rowan Atkinson

replies 8Oct 23, 2017 9:08 AM +00:00

Carrie Fisher

replies 9Oct 23, 2017 9:09 AM +00:00

LOL -- R8 picks one of the few TV stars who actually *did* have more than one hit show

Black Adder and Mr. Bean, R8

Both hits. Both still cult hits. Both Rowan Atkinson.

We'll notify you about our Consolation Round

replies 10Oct 23, 2017 9:10 AM +00:00

Tommy Wiseau and "The Room".
replies 11Oct 23, 2017 9:13 AM +00:00

Fassbender: Shame
replies 12Oct 23, 2017 9:15 AM +00:00

Sharon Stone

replies 13Oct 23, 2017 9:25 AM +00:00

I read the title of the thread as, "Which stars had maybe ONE BIG HOLE - that they milked and milked forever?"

--Holes and Poles on My Mind
replies 14Oct 23, 2017 9:28 AM +00:00

Kimmy Gibbler!
replies 15Oct 23, 2017 9:29 AM +00:00

Keanu played Christ in half of his movies.

replies 16Oct 23, 2017 9:30 AM +00:00

Basically anyone from Twilight.

replies 17Oct 23, 2017 9:33 AM +00:00

Queen Elizabeth II

--If shes not a star, aint nobody a stahhhh
replies 18Oct 23, 2017 9:33 AM +00:00

Thank GOD for Tennessee. If it hadn't been for him I'd STILL be doing Peg in Altoona!
replies 19Oct 23, 2017 9:34 AM +00:00

John Walsh

Made a zillion dollar career from his kids murder

Only in America

replies 20Oct 23, 2017 9:34 AM +00:00

Leonard Nimoy

Fred Gwynne

Jim Nabors

George Lindsay

Ted Knight

Vivian Vance

Bert Lahr

Tony Randall


The ENTIRE Brady Bunch

Lucille Ball..To be honest

replies 21Oct 23, 2017 9:38 AM +00:00

Estelle Getty wins hands down, how many different TV shows did she play Sofia?

replies 22Oct 23, 2017 9:41 AM +00:00
The ENTIRE Brady Bunch You forgot to add "with the exception of Jan and Alice
--Eve Plumb
replies 23Oct 23, 2017 9:42 AM +00:00

Bela Lugosi

Leonard Nimoy

Margaret Hamilton

Peter Lorre

Adam West

The Simpsons actors

Paul Giamatti

replies 24Oct 23, 2017 9:42 AM +00:00
Tony Randall

Hardly, he had Mr Peepers, broadway shows, the Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies before he came up on Felix.

replies 25Oct 23, 2017 9:43 AM +00:00

Really? Over 20 replies and no me?
--Is a puzzlement
replies 26Oct 23, 2017 9:43 AM +00:00


No, not even close

--Yeardley "Herman's Head" Smith
replies 27Oct 23, 2017 9:43 AM +00:00

The cunt Hillary.

replies 28Oct 23, 2017 9:48 AM +00:00

Doris Day

John Wayne

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Lucille Ball

Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff

replies 30Oct 23, 2017 9:51 AM +00:00

The cunt r28

replies 31Oct 23, 2017 9:52 AM +00:00

I disagree about Leonard Nimoy. He had an ambivalent relationship with Spock, and had a pretty varied career including some success as a director.

--Three Men and a Bajoran
replies 32Oct 23, 2017 10:20 AM +00:00


--Paris fucking Hilton
replies 33Oct 23, 2017 10:26 AM +00:00

Meghan Markle.

--K. Middleton
replies 34Oct 23, 2017 10:33 AM +00:00

The widows Ono-Lennon and Cobain

replies 35Oct 23, 2017 10:34 AM +00:00

And milk she did, until her very last day on this planet...
replies 36Oct 23, 2017 10:34 AM +00:00

Susan Lucci

--Still actively employed Dee Dee Halls
replies 37Oct 23, 2017 10:35 AM +00:00

Barbra Streisand owns this thread.
--Henry Heretic
replies 38Oct 23, 2017 10:37 AM +00:00

Jennifer Aniston.

John Wayne.

replies 39Oct 23, 2017 10:41 AM +00:00

Yul Brynner. The King & I

Tyler Perry - Madea

replies 40Oct 23, 2017 10:43 AM +00:00

r40 see r26

replies 41Oct 23, 2017 10:54 AM +00:00

Jim Parsons
replies 42Oct 23, 2017 10:55 AM +00:00

Joan, G, and M.

--Had to be said.
replies 43Oct 23, 2017 10:57 AM +00:00

Tatum O'Neal

replies 44Oct 23, 2017 11:01 AM +00:00

Do we mean role as in character? Or one performance in one movie?

Character actors played their character over and over, often to everyone's pleasure. Thelma Ritter.

replies 45Oct 23, 2017 11:03 AM +00:00


replies 46Oct 23, 2017 11:07 AM +00:00

I have no idea who r36 is. Anybody? It is super irritating when someone posts photos with no text as if we are all on your wavelength.

replies 47Oct 23, 2017 11:15 AM +00:00

Miss Donna Douglas, r47

replies 48Oct 23, 2017 11:19 AM +00:00

Clayton Moore played the Lone Ranger on TV in the 50s. In the 80s, when he was in his 70s, he sued to still be able to make public appearances as The Lone Ranger wearing the mask.

replies 49Oct 23, 2017 11:25 AM +00:00

For you, R47, bless your heart

The Beverly Hillbillies' Baby Jane is no longer with us:[quote]PRIDE, LA (WAFB) - Family members say 81-year-old Donna Douglas passed away this morning at the age of 81. Douglas was an actress, best ...
the DataLounge
replies 50Oct 23, 2017 11:58 AM +00:00

Mariska Hargitay and Ice T from SVU. Both still milking it!

replies 51Oct 23, 2017 12:02 PM +00:00

Sorry kids but Ted Neeley who played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, which he did on Broadway as well as in the 1973 movie, has continued to play Jesus in the road tour of JCS until as late as last year. He is now 74 years old. Jesus was crucified when he was 33 so ol' Ted has been Jesus longer than Jesus was Jesus.


replies 52Oct 23, 2017 12:04 PM +00:00

for crissakes who dafuq wants to see a 70 year-old singing and dancing Jesus?
replies 53Oct 23, 2017 12:36 PM +00:00

R26, did Ted Turner colorize Yul's nipples?

I just assumed they'd be brown.

--Does this make me racist?
replies 54Oct 23, 2017 12:41 PM +00:00

Johnny Depp as Capt. Sparrow.

The first two films were good....the rest of them were totally pointless.

replies 55Oct 23, 2017 12:45 PM +00:00


--Samuel L. Jackson
replies 56Oct 23, 2017 12:46 PM +00:00

Damn! Look at Jesus' veiny, arthritic hand.
--Really, Neeley?
replies 57Oct 23, 2017 12:48 PM +00:00

Burt Ward- Robin, Batman (1966-1968)

Butch Patrick- Eddie Munster, The Munsters (1964-1966)

replies 58Oct 23, 2017 12:55 PM +00:00

Danny Aiello: Brooklyn Italian

replies 59Oct 23, 2017 12:58 PM +00:00

59 replies and no one remembered me?
replies 60Oct 23, 2017 12:59 PM +00:00

Jack Lemmon

Kevin Costner

Joe Pesci

replies 61Oct 23, 2017 1:03 PM +00:00

John Wayne

Johnny Depp

Vin Diesel

replies 62Oct 23, 2017 1:07 PM +00:00

Kelsey Grammar

replies 63Oct 23, 2017 1:09 PM +00:00

Carroll O'Connor

replies 64Oct 23, 2017 1:12 PM +00:00

Depends on what you mean by "stars." People are known for their iconic rolls.

replies 65Oct 23, 2017 1:18 PM +00:00

65 posts and nobody mentioned moi?
replies 66Oct 23, 2017 1:31 PM +00:00

Garner peaked with Alias 15 years ago and has had a shitastic career as Mrs. Affleck since then.

replies 67Oct 23, 2017 1:38 PM +00:00


replies 68Oct 23, 2017 1:45 PM +00:00

Yul Brynner in the King and I? I recall a tiny obscure cowboy film he was in...The Magnificent Six maybe?

replies 69Oct 23, 2017 1:52 PM +00:00

Jon Hamm

replies 70Oct 23, 2017 1:53 PM +00:00

"Which stars had maybe ONE BIG ROLE - that they milked and milked forever?"

R70: Connecting Jon Hamm to each of the above thoughts is quite...stirring.

replies 71Oct 23, 2017 2:20 PM +00:00

Depp is known for several roles. He will always be Edward Scissorhands first and foremost, so that disqualifies him from this thread.

Despite Lucci's success on Devious Maids, she qualifies Erica Kane. Soaps stars might be the best examples here actually.

replies 72Oct 23, 2017 2:32 PM +00:00

George Takei. Same role in TV show, cartoons and movies.

replies 73Oct 23, 2017 2:41 PM +00:00

Liza Minnelli

replies 74Oct 23, 2017 2:42 PM +00:00

Paul Reubens owns this thread.

replies 75Oct 23, 2017 2:48 PM +00:00

Tempestt Bledsoe

replies 76Oct 23, 2017 2:49 PM +00:00

Vivica Fox. Independence Day....

replies 77Oct 23, 2017 2:52 PM +00:00

Vince Vaughn played Trent from Swingers for nearly 10-15 years. The wise cracking sharp tongued funny sarcastic guy. He retired the genre, actually.

But played it well, I admit.

replies 78Oct 23, 2017 2:53 PM +00:00

Sally Struthers
replies 79Oct 23, 2017 2:55 PM +00:00

Holland Taylor: Castrating Bitch
replies 80Oct 23, 2017 3:05 PM +00:00

Liza Minnelli

--Sally Bowles
replies 81Oct 23, 2017 4:07 PM +00:00

Dawn Wells has been milking her Gilligan's Island fame to its final bitter drop. She's done cookbooks, infomercials, and other activities related to her role as Mary Ann some 50 years ago.
replies 82Oct 23, 2017 5:11 PM +00:00

Barry Williams owns this thread. He's still doing appearances at colleges across the country as Greg Fucking Brady.

--Chris Knight
replies 83Oct 23, 2017 5:18 PM +00:00

Mary Wilson, former background singer and hand clapper for The Supremes. She's been milking her role of a former Supreme at food truck venues, and other places of pedestrian convergence ever since Diana Ross hightailed it out of the group back in 1970. If you want to see an old Motown act for pennies on the dollar, she's your best bet.
--Darlene Love
replies 84Oct 23, 2017 5:36 PM +00:00

Harrison Ford

Come on- the guy in "American Graffiti", Indiana Jones, "Witness", "Working Girl", the guy in the Tom Clancy movies? They're all just Han Solo!

replies 85Oct 23, 2017 6:25 PM +00:00

Jean Stapleton although she was the character before Edith Bunker, so she had it, then got the ONE BIG ROLE and milked it forever. When she did "Hello, Dolly" she sang look at the dingbat now fellas.

replies 86Oct 23, 2017 6:40 PM +00:00

Jack Nicholson.

replies 87Oct 23, 2017 6:46 PM +00:00

Watching "Casino" on TCM now reminds me of the true owner of this thread: Joe Pesci as the hot-headed little Italian mobster, though that may be more Martin Scorsese's fault, as that's the only role he casts Pesci in.

Joe Pesci kicks Frank Vincent's ass in the film "Raging Bull" (1980) directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro as "Jake LaMotta" Joe Pesci as "Joey L...
replies 88Oct 23, 2017 7:57 PM +00:00

Butch Patrick...been milking the Eddie Munster character since he was 11.

replies 89Oct 23, 2017 8:01 PM +00:00

Joe Pesci is most famous for Home Alone, but everyone knows him from Goodfellas and Raging Bull too. He may play a similar type, but he's not associated with a particular "role."

replies 90Oct 23, 2017 8:03 PM +00:00

Macaulay Culkin for home Alone.

Jason Alexander as George in Seinfeld

Alfonso Ribeiro not only just had 1 known role he's a subset as he's mainly known for his Carlton dance

Rhea perlman Carla from Cheers

replies 91Oct 23, 2017 9:07 PM +00:00

Hayden Christensen springs to mind for some reason.

replies 92Oct 23, 2017 9:21 PM +00:00

Ruth Buzzi

replies 93Oct 23, 2017 10:42 PM +00:00

Susan Lucci

replies 94Oct 23, 2017 10:48 PM +00:00

Marlo Thomas is still milking her "That Girl" status for all its worth.

The actress, also known for the Ms. Foundation and her marriage to Phil Donahue, has created 15 pieces to sell on the Home Shopping Network.
replies 95Oct 23, 2017 10:59 PM +00:00
Marlo Thomas is still milking her "That Girl" status for all its worth.

So many people have such nostalgic feelings for that show. It can work both ways.

replies 96Oct 23, 2017 11:03 PM +00:00

Big only in her mind. But G does go on and on about Alex.

replies 97Oct 23, 2017 11:05 PM +00:00

I thought G was good in Jagged Edge. As I recall, that film gave birth to the shock ending that everyone began using after that. That is to say the "dead" body suddenly springs back to life for more mayhem.

replies 98Oct 23, 2017 11:10 PM +00:00

Sally Kirkland OWNS this fucking thread!

Sally Kirkland accepts the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her role in "Anna". The award is presented by Ann-Margret & Robert Wagner. Sh...
replies 99Oct 23, 2017 11:17 PM +00:00

Paul Lynde--queeny snarky guy.

Pearl Bailey--sassy black woman

Carmen Miranda--Carmen Miranda

Fernando Lamad--self-adoring Latin Lover

replies 100Oct 24, 2017 1:57 AM +00:00

Christopher Reeve. If it hadn't been for that horse-riding accident that made everyone feel sorry for him out of nostalgia, his career was over.

--Superman fan tired of "St. Christopher"
replies 101Oct 24, 2017 2:00 AM +00:00

This schizophrenic thread needs clarification.

From the title, I assumed it would be actors who had a single role as in a single character or performance, but most of the posts have just listed an actor’s name with no role attached. Johnny Depp? I don’t even know what character or role this is about.

And many of those names seem to steer the thread toward actors who play the same type or even variations on themselves in multiple performances. See r100.

--DL Archivist/Prim Librarian
replies 102Oct 24, 2017 2:18 AM +00:00

r102 has stated her boundaries.

replies 103Oct 24, 2017 4:15 AM +00:00


replies 104Oct 24, 2017 4:29 AM +00:00

SJP in Sex and the City. Yes, it turns 20 next year and she still want's to milk it dry. I know she had done things before, but that show was her BIG break after essentially playing the "Carrie" role over and over since she was a teenager.

replies 105Oct 24, 2017 4:43 AM +00:00

Ryan Reynolds should have taken a break after Green Lantern. Who keeps giving him roles?

replies 106Oct 24, 2017 4:45 AM +00:00

These two douche bags have been on that Supernatural show for pushing on 20 years. Have never seen it and I can live with that. The long haired one only came up on my radar because he likes to torment service people using his social media super powers.
replies 107Oct 24, 2017 4:53 AM +00:00

How did Parsons ever make It? Butt ugly, unpleasant voice. No talent or range. He played Sheldon in that aids movie. Girl has zilch appeal of acting a ability on o e of the all time dumbest sitcoms. Same quality as full of shit house.

replies 108Oct 24, 2017 4:56 AM +00:00

I'm going to write this now, so I don't have to write it later...a role is different than a type. All actors get cast according to type and will play the same type until they age out of it and become another type which they will then always get cast as and so on and so forth until they die. That is not the same as milking one big role ala Susan Lucci or Donna Douglass

replies 109Oct 24, 2017 6:05 AM +00:00
Paul Reubens owns this thread.

He's typecast, but not because he milked the role, it was something else he got caught milking. If it hadn't been for that porno theater bust I think he could have had a varied and interesting career.

replies 110Oct 24, 2017 6:18 AM +00:00

R91 Alfonso was on the reality show "lm A Celebrity get me out of here" here in the UK a few years ago. Basically him and a bunch of British has beens and Z listers. On the first live eviction after a public vote it comes down to Alfonso and some else. The other person was least popular and left but they stated live with the rest of them and he clearly could not believe he was one of the two least popular out of about 12. He spent about 20 minutes sulking then had a brainwave, clearly - do the Carlton dance. So he spends about 10 minutes dancing while everyone claps knowing that it will get shown in the highlights of the next show then goes back to sulking . It was tragic.

replies 111Oct 24, 2017 6:51 AM +00:00
This question should be limited to movies but excluding franchises.

Control freak.

replies 112Oct 24, 2017 7:03 AM +00:00

I can't believe r105 spelled "wants" that way. Smh.

replies 113Oct 24, 2017 5:42 PM +00:00

It is Otis Skinner who owns this thread. During the first half of the 20th century, he starred in the original play of Kismet on Broadway multiple times and in between he would tour the show around the country years at a time. He starred in two major film versions, the first a silent in the 1920s and then an extravagant sound remake in an experimental widescreen process in the early 1930s. The later film is considered lost, with only photos and part of the soundtrack surviving.

He did occasionally do other roles, always successfully, but all together, it's estimated he played the part of Hajj over 20,000 times.
replies 114Oct 24, 2017 6:58 PM +00:00

Charlton Heston, in the Ten Commandnebts

replies 115Oct 24, 2017 7:13 PM +00:00

make that the Ten Commandments

replies 116Oct 24, 2017 7:14 PM +00:00

How can you say Heston for Moses, R115, when he is equally famous (if not more so) for playing Spartacus?

Jim Parsons has more range than some are giving him credit for. Now that we've all seen him on stage in Harvey, Normal Heart and Act of God I think we can safely say he's not a one trick pony.

replies 117Oct 24, 2017 7:34 PM +00:00

Spartacus, R117? You think Heston played SPARTACUS???

--DL villian Kirk Douglas, still kickin' at 100 or 101 - I can never remember...
replies 118Oct 24, 2017 7:44 PM +00:00

Louise Fletcher - worked that Nurse Ratched to death. She tells that same joke "Filming this movie made filming in a mental institution like being in a mental institution."

replies 119Oct 24, 2017 7:53 PM +00:00

Half-Pint, Mary, Caroline, The Olseons, Doc, Rev, Hester Sue, Manly, and little dumb Carrie.

replies 120Oct 24, 2017 8:07 PM +00:00

Jennifer Holliday owns this thread.

replies 121Oct 24, 2017 8:30 PM +00:00

Anyone from Hollywood Squares. Like that guy who dressed like a hillbilly - David Arquettes' grampy.

replies 122Oct 24, 2017 8:46 PM +00:00

Cathy Rigby IS Peter Pan

replies 123Oct 24, 2017 8:56 PM +00:00

Lots of thread owners

--Must have gone coop
replies 124Oct 24, 2017 9:36 PM +00:00

Alfonso Ribeiro was the original Tap Dance Kid on Broadway, i.e., the star of a big hit show. Back then, he was touted as the next big dance sensation, receiving career opportunities with Michael Jackson (I know, but hey he was too black for MJ) and feature films, among others.

This is why his participation in Dancing With The Stars was clearly unfair advantage (there was a time when the "Stars" couldn't be professionally trained dancers, but that clearly went out the window with the slew of ice skaters, stage dancers, and ex-ballerinas who have aimed for the mirror ball).

And this is why it is particularly sad that to most of Middle America, he's only known for the Carlton Dance. That may have been his career zenith, but certainly not the peak of his talents.
replies 125Oct 24, 2017 9:50 PM +00:00

Oh, add gymnasts to that DWTS list of hopefuls as well.

replies 126Oct 24, 2017 9:52 PM +00:00

Sorry, but you're hella wrong about Yul Brynner. He was fantastic in the original "Magnificent 7" and iconic in "Westworld" ---don't even get me started on "The 10 Commandments" bitches! Ol Chuck Heston can suck TWO TURDS -Yul was the best thing about that movie.

replies 127Oct 24, 2017 9:59 PM +00:00

Eleven - Millie Whatshername

replies 128Oct 24, 2017 11:18 PM +00:00

Kate Hudson

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Tobey Maguire

replies 129Oct 25, 2017 12:30 AM +00:00

SMG is known for Buffy, Cruel Intentions and All My Children. No way is she a one role actress.

Kate Hudson? Are you implying it's Almost Famous or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? I feel like she's equally known for both.

replies 130Oct 25, 2017 1:02 AM +00:00

No one milked a single role more than Yul Brynner. He resurrected The King and I numerous times, even when obviously ill to the audience with cancer.

replies 131Oct 25, 2017 1:05 AM +00:00

Oh, my! I thought the title said hole and I know one BIG hole.

replies 132Oct 25, 2017 1:15 AM +00:00

Brenda Dickson!

replies 133Oct 25, 2017 7:28 PM +00:00

Chrissy Metz

--I'm posting from 2027
replies 134Oct 25, 2017 7:41 PM +00:00

Fat shamer @R134

replies 135Oct 25, 2017 7:42 PM +00:00

Karen Lynn Gorney

replies 136Oct 25, 2017 7:48 PM +00:00
No one milked a single role more than Yul Brynner. He resurrected The King and I numerous times, even when obviously ill to the audience with cancer.

R131, Brynner is close for role identification but nobody has ever surpassed Otis Skinner (father of Cornelia Otis Skinner) as Hajj in Kismet. As I posted above, over 20,000 stage performances spanning decades and two hit film versions.

Carol did Dolly a little over 5,000 times. Brynner probably follows after that.

I saw Brynner twice on Broadway in his late revivals. He was everything his legend claims. And no one here seems to realize what a huge film star he was in the late 1950s/1960s and justifiably so. Amazing star presence and intelligent performances.

But no one ever owned a role and made a career on one part like Otis Skinner. Ever.

replies 137Oct 26, 2017 12:16 AM +00:00

The same role basically:

Anthony Quinn--Earth Father

replies 138Oct 26, 2017 12:26 AM +00:00

Is there actually an Otis Skinner troll? Some queens here are just too bizarre.

replies 139Oct 26, 2017 12:29 AM +00:00

I've made exactly two posts about Otis Skinner because he's the epitome of OP's original post: "Which stars had maybe ONE BIG ROLE - that they milked and milked forever?"

Guess I'm a troll.

replies 140Oct 26, 2017 12:37 AM +00:00

Melanie Griffith.

replies 141Oct 26, 2017 12:42 AM +00:00

Seth Rogen plays the same guy every time.

replies 142Oct 26, 2017 12:47 AM +00:00

Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. Until her death, she would embody that character in everything she did afterwards.
replies 143Oct 26, 2017 12:53 AM +00:00

Liza. I love her, but she really only ever had one big role. Sally in Cabaret. It's a good one, but really, how many times is she gonna sing that song?

--When I gooooooooooo, I'm NOT goin' like Elsie!
replies 144Oct 26, 2017 2:23 AM +00:00

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff as Dracula and Frankenstein, respectively.

replies 145Oct 26, 2017 2:24 AM +00:00

Aileen Quinn -- Annie

replies 146Oct 26, 2017 2:35 AM +00:00

Dawson owns, well, rents this thread.

replies 147Oct 26, 2017 3:04 AM +00:00

To be fair, R146, Aileen Quinn was never cast in anything else. I know her pain.

--Tami Erin
replies 148Oct 26, 2017 3:43 AM +00:00

Estelle Getty - played the same character (as a regular) in THREE sitcoms.

replies 149Oct 26, 2017 6:49 AM +00:00

R143, see r36.

replies 150Oct 26, 2017 11:24 AM +00:00

All the women from SATC. And in just a few short years they have gone from playing sexy to playing moms and divorcees.

replies 151Oct 26, 2017 11:33 AM +00:00

Jerry Mathers as the Beaver
replies 152Oct 26, 2017 11:41 AM +00:00

Sorry, r150. I thought r36 was the forgotten Rip Taylor.
replies 153Oct 26, 2017 12:42 PM +00:00

Morgan Freeman

replies 154Oct 26, 2017 2:43 PM +00:00

This thread is most amusing.

R5 nailed it with the comment that for most actors, especially TV actors, having more than one big role is the exception.

After 5 or 10 years playing the same character every week, it's hard for most TV actors to become someone else.

replies 155Oct 26, 2017 2:47 PM +00:00

Yes Master
replies 156Oct 26, 2017 2:57 PM +00:00

Sylvia Miles in "Midnight Cowboy". She dined out for decades on the strength of that nomination.

replies 157Oct 26, 2017 3:10 PM +00:00

Rex Reed claimed that Sylvia carried around Midnight Cowboy reviews in her purse for years.

replies 158Oct 26, 2017 3:17 PM +00:00

Everybody's forgotten the most obvious answer to this thread...Anthony Perkins. He milked Norman Bates to the last drop.

replies 159Oct 26, 2017 3:51 PM +00:00

Morgan Freeman has been playing the same benevolent, patient, kind, all knowing and all loving role forevahhhhhhhhh.

replies 160Oct 26, 2017 4:01 PM +00:00

John Amos

--Oh, I thought you said one big ROLL
replies 161Oct 27, 2017 5:43 PM +00:00

Donna Douglass owns this thread. I mean, really, had she ever slipped out of character?

Elly May (or the actress who played the role) has died. I always thought her critter-loving character was cute (and funny). RIP, Donna. From NBC12 : PRIDE, LA (WAFB) - Family members say ...
Daily Kos
--R.I.P. Sweet Elly May
replies 162Oct 27, 2017 6:10 PM +00:00

I don't blame the Gilligan Island 'stars' from milking their roles on that show.

They made nothing from it, despite it being in perpetual re-runs.

replies 163Oct 27, 2017 6:23 PM +00:00

Someone please stop the Otis Redding troll! No one knows who the hell this actor even was.

replies 164Oct 28, 2017 5:14 AM +00:00

I give Donna Douglas a pass on this one. She was always Elly May even before the The Beverly Hillbillies.

replies 165Oct 28, 2017 5:58 AM +00:00

Angelina Jolie - Tombraider. The brief period of time she she both looked decent and carried a mediocre movie at the Boxoffice. It makes me laugh to see articles in 2017 still refer to her as Tombraider star. Really? The movie was ages ago, a lot of other good actresses did the video game/comic book starring role and wouldn't be caught dead still referencing their roles.

replies 166Oct 28, 2017 6:01 AM +00:00

You don't think Leonard Nimoy "milked one big role forever?"

OP didn't say they could do non-acting jobs, too.

Nimoy's other roles were just a supporting role on Mission: Impossible for a short while and playing Tevye on Broadway for Fiddler on the Roof -- which Topol and others made famous first.

Nimoy's non-Spock roles were completely insignificant and short-lived.

replies 167Oct 28, 2017 8:01 AM +00:00

The Arthur movies with Liza Minelli were fairly significant.

They even warranted a remake.

replies 168Oct 28, 2017 8:03 AM +00:00

I loved In Search Of When I was a kid. That is what I will always remember Leonard Nimoy for not just for his iconic Spock role.
replies 169Oct 28, 2017 8:49 AM +00:00

Anthony Perkins was a lot more than Norman Bates. I think most gays at least associate him just as much with Greenwillow and "Nevef Will I Marry."

replies 170Oct 28, 2017 9:26 AM +00:00

Roseanne. Elvis Presley, playing Rick, Steve, Chad, Lucky, etc. --- all the same character, same plot resolution, different locales during the 1950s and 60s. Bill Cosby, in several benign, self-deprecating Dr. Jekyll/Huxtable type of sitcom characterizations between the 1960s and 90s, but transforming into serial rapist Mr. Hyde in real life. Woody Allen -- perpetual neurotic, intellectual horny nebbish in every film where he appeared before the camera.

replies 171Oct 28, 2017 11:06 AM +00:00

You guys are confusing people who play similar character types over and over again with people who are famous for one particular role

replies 172Dec 7, 2017 8:22 AM +00:00

Mariska Hargitay. Still milking it, and terribly, embarrassingly so.

replies 173Dec 7, 2017 8:28 AM +00:00

Sharon Stone.

She had a lot of parts in fairly forgettable flicks till Basic Instint. And though she’s had roles since then - none were as stellar or eclipsed what she did in Basic Instinct in the public eye. I mean - she was fantastic in Casino - but it was more a supporting role - and mostly its forgotten about now. The other films have been meh. And given how white-hot her career was after BI, she hasn’t had that many roles really - wonder what the story was there? She’s bored with it all? She’s that rich? No one likes working with her? What’s the story?

But for Modern Family, Ed O’Neill would be on this list - along with all of his Mariied with Children co-stars. He had to be one of the luckiest men in Hollywood really. Getting second acts that are even more successful is a pretty rare thing.

replies 174Dec 7, 2017 8:38 AM +00:00

Haven't read the whole thread - Johnny Depp if he hasn't been mentioned yet

replies 175Dec 7, 2017 8:44 AM +00:00
John Walsh Made a zillion dollar career from his kids murder .

Why was HE so blessed and not me?????

--Mrs. Patsy Ramsey, formerly of Boulder CO
replies 176Dec 7, 2017 8:51 AM +00:00

Um - R175 - why Johnny Depp?

He’s had tons of roles over a long careeer. Inexplicably really. And in my head, none particularly stand out and dominate. He’s just a melange of mostly forgettable characters in my head at this stage. So unclear as to what you mean...?

replies 177Dec 7, 2017 9:08 AM +00:00

Otis Skinner was around in the late 1800s. My grandparents saw him in several performances. They even named my grandmother Otis, in his honor. She was born in 1890.

replies 178Dec 7, 2017 10:30 AM +00:00

Fenella Fielding.

replies 179Dec 7, 2017 12:45 PM +00:00

Someone needs to compile a list so we don't repeat but I think of Henry Winkler, the Fonz. How about Alfonso Ribeiro who's not just known for 1 role but for 1 dance in that role==the carlton dance from Fresh Prince.

Macaulay Culkin for Home Alone. Not sure he's ever done anything else.

Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker

Anthony Hopkins - Psycho

Jennifer Grey - Baby on Dirty Dancing

replies 180Dec 7, 2017 1:36 PM +00:00

Anthony Hopkins has had a hugely successful, varied career. Yeah, Hannibal was an iconic role, but it's not like he did nothing of note besides that

replies 181Dec 7, 2017 4:09 PM +00:00

Mark Hamill. Thread closed.

replies 182Dec 7, 2017 4:23 PM +00:00

A number of the actors listed tried to escape from that one role rather than milk it.

Like Anthony Perkins.

replies 183Dec 7, 2017 4:38 PM +00:00

R180, Jennifer Grey is equally known for Ferris Bueller, so she doesn’t count. She’s a two hit wonder.

replies 184Dec 7, 2017 4:40 PM +00:00

183 posts and no Roseanne Barr she should own this thread.

Before the Roseanne Barr show she did a stand up comic routine based on the show character. Her talk show was her being herself and now she is bringing her show back once again. All the same person.

replies 185Dec 7, 2017 4:41 PM +00:00

R66 this guy is ugly but his asshole is a work of art. I'd be on that like a fat kid on a milkshake.

--We all love Donna Douglas, she defended gays o many talk shows
replies 186Dec 7, 2017 4:46 PM +00:00

Sylvester Stallone - Rocky

replies 187Dec 7, 2017 4:47 PM +00:00

No way, R187. What about Rambo?

replies 188Dec 7, 2017 4:49 PM +00:00

Jim Parsons is Gomer Pyle ugly and plays the exact same character on tv/movie/ the stage. Either he has a big dick or a big Hollywood connection. Else how did he ever make it in show business. Aunt Merv dead..she couldn't help ugly Jim..

--Jealous bitch
replies 189Dec 9, 2017 6:24 AM +00:00

R82, glad to see Ms Wells was able to make a little bit of money. She made millions for holly-pimp Sherwood Schwartz, as did the rest of the cast on GI and The Brady Bunch.

replies 190Dec 9, 2017 6:35 AM +00:00

Vicki Lawrence - Mama

replies 191Dec 9, 2017 7:20 AM +00:00

"Guess I'm a troll."

You got that right.

replies 192Dec 9, 2017 7:32 AM +00:00

Someone like Sharon Stone was a starlet -- meaning, coasted by on looks without real theater training or work (the mark of a real actor actor who can endure and go on to character work). These women don't age well, professionally speaking. I think she also was a difficult person -- maybe drugs or bipolar or who knows, but it's been written about and even she has admitted in interviews she wasn't the easiest person pre-stroke ... also, if she was a high-class escort (as has been rumored on this site), it's no wonder she never got cast in any family films or stuff like that if everyone in Hollywood knew. But I think the biggest thing was the lack of training or real acting experience to build on. She preferred to just be glam and strut around on screen or red carpets.

replies 193Dec 9, 2017 7:45 AM +00:00

madonna was herself in desperately seeking susan, she ran on that gas for film after terrible awful film. and don't mention evita that was boring and long and awful.

replies 194Dec 9, 2017 7:57 AM +00:00

It's not true about Mark Hamill.

He has done decades' worth of voice-over work (very well liked and respected in that field) with no mention at all about Luke.

The return to the Star Wars movies was because Lucas/Disney wanted it. Didn't he say that if Harrison was going to do it, then he would as well?

replies 195Dec 9, 2017 8:25 AM +00:00

Hamill in The Last Jedi makes me nervous about the film. I'm not convinced he can pull of the gravitas.

replies 196Dec 9, 2017 10:09 AM +00:00

Michael Talbott as Stan Switek on Miami Vice. He looks completely different now but still uses a head shot from the mid 80s.

replies 197Dec 9, 2017 11:00 AM +00:00
It's not true about Mark Hamill. He has done decades' worth of voice-over work

Since when was VO work 'a role'?

replies 198Dec 9, 2017 12:03 PM +00:00


He was starred in Not The Nine O'Clock News (hysterical show) and the funny "Thin Blue Line" also a hit.

replies 199Feb 25, 2018 8:32 AM +00:00

Sharon Stone The guy who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy.

replies 200Feb 25, 2018 8:33 AM +00:00

Omar Sharif just played Sherif Ali in every film that he made after Lawrence of Arabia.

replies 201Feb 25, 2018 8:51 AM +00:00

Barbara Eden, Julie Newmar, Tina Louise. They did many things but not known for them. Tina Louise doesn't really fit because she resented people knowing her as Ginger on that cheap TV show.

replies 202Feb 25, 2018 8:54 AM +00:00

Elder gays will remember Minnie Pearl, who milked her hayseed persona, complete with a price tag attached to her hat, until her dying day.

Found on Google from
replies 203Feb 25, 2018 8:57 AM +00:00

The Merry Mouseketeers!!

replies 204Feb 25, 2018 9:05 AM +00:00

Richard Belzer - John Munch

replies 205Feb 25, 2018 9:19 AM +00:00

Has anybody mentioned Austin Powers I mean Mike Myers?

replies 206Feb 25, 2018 9:27 AM +00:00

Mike Myers doesn’t apply. He is equal famous for Wayne’s World.

replies 207Feb 25, 2018 9:33 AM +00:00
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OK, bitches - I win:
replies 209Feb 25, 2018 9:51 AM +00:00

Suzanne Somers still does "Chrissie" from Three's Company all the time. She'd done lots of other tv shows and some movies, but that's the one part she still clings to.

replies 210Feb 25, 2018 11:50 AM +00:00

Jim Caviezel as Jesus!

replies 211Feb 25, 2018 11:56 AM +00:00

Donna Douglas - Elly May Clampett. She didn't just take similar roles. She wore the hair and clothes just about every day for the rest of her life, thru her 80s so people could identify her. It was funny and charming the first few years, but when she got into her 70s it was pretty sad.

replies 212Feb 25, 2018 12:01 PM +00:00

OK I get it, always the same type. Carol Kane?

replies 213Feb 25, 2018 12:06 PM +00:00

R211 he had a critically acclaimed tv series, Person of Interest, as well. I don't think he counts.

replies 214Feb 25, 2018 12:21 PM +00:00

R213 No, I don't think so. I think OP means one specific role that an actor just kicked into the ground. Another example might be Vicki Lawrence still doing one-woman shows as "Mama".

replies 215Feb 25, 2018 1:19 PM +00:00

Kristin Bell is always Veronica Mars.

replies 216Feb 26, 2018 12:12 PM +00:00

R39 Jennifer "Can't keep a man" Aniston for sure. The collective psychosis that she is good looking, talented, or interesting is crazy to me.

replies 217Feb 26, 2018 1:03 PM +00:00

Most of Lucille Ball’s carrier was a show about her.

replies 218Feb 26, 2018 2:12 PM +00:00

Carreer, sorry.

replies 219Feb 26, 2018 2:34 PM +00:00

Mark Hamill owns this thread. By a country mile. He's been Luke Skywalker for the past 40 years.

replies 220Feb 26, 2018 2:57 PM +00:00

Fran Drescher

replies 221Mar 5, 2018 10:15 PM +00:00

Irene Carra from FAME ( I sing the same song foreverrrrrr!)

replies 222Mar 5, 2018 10:25 PM +00:00

Somebody talking about me?
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