Actors With More Than One Iconic Franchise Role?

Actors With More Than One Iconic Franchise Role?

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300bhp/ton

36,058 posts

129 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Type R Tom said:
Hugo Weaving - LOTR / Hobit, Matrix, Marvel and Transformers (voice). Pretty impressive
Not in the context of this thread. He is hardly iconic in any of those and maybe even unknown to the vast majority and no leading roles...

Type R Tom

2,470 posts

88 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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300bhp/ton said:
Type R Tom said:
Hugo Weaving - LOTR / Hobit, Matrix, Marvel and Transformers (voice). Pretty impressive
Not in the context of this thread. He is hardly iconic in any of those and maybe even unknown to the vast majority and no leading roles...
I think we'll have to agree to disagree there. Agent Smith and Megatron (to an 80's child) are the main antagonist in 8 films. Lord Elrond featured in 6 films and again was a key character and I'd argue an iconic role. Agree red skull is minor at the moment but looks to be coming back in Infinity War

300bhp/ton

36,058 posts

129 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Type R Tom said:
I think we'll have to agree to disagree there. Agent Smith and Megatron (to an 80's child) are the main antagonist in 8 films. Lord Elrond featured in 6 films and again was a key character and I'd argue an iconic role. Agree red skull is minor at the moment but looks to be coming back in Infinity War
None of those are leading roles though, they are all supporting, or not even on the screen if it's only a voice.

I'm not knocking him...

But I think the op was driving more at films around a central or a few key actors. e.g. Rambo is all about one actor and they take the lions share of the screentime. Every other character is a supporting role. Just as Conan the Barbarian is also centered on one actor.

colin_p

1,604 posts

151 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Ian McKellen pops up quite a lot, Lord of the Rings, X-men.

The clear winner though is Harrison Ford;

Star Wars
Indiana Jones
Blade Runner
The Tom Clancy adaptations and practically every (stand alone) thriller made in the 1990's!

And I also think Bruce Willis is worth a mention mainly for the Die Hard series and for being in every other (stand alone) thriller made in the 1990's that Harrison Ford wasn't in.

generationx

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2,115 posts

44 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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I'll pearoast this to clarify as I'm sure, for some, it's on the previous page.

generationx said:
And I really meant that the actor would reprise their role throughout the franchise, so for me examples such as Christian Bale in Terminator and Arnie in Predator don't work. But some good ones here! It's noticable that things don't get much older than the 70s, I guess we simply didn't see so many sequels before then.
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Jazzy Jag

1,600 posts

30 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Sam Neil.

Jurassic Park franchise and the Omen films.

bstb3

2,512 posts

97 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Tara Reid, Sharknado (all 6 of them) and American Pie (3 of em) paperbag

Also, Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop 1-3) and Shrek (as Donkey, in all of them). Also in all of the Shrek movies was Mike Myers (as Shrek), who also starred in the Austin Powers Franchise.

Can a voice role be iconic? I think so.

Deesee

1,593 posts

22 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Andy Serkis, LOR & Planet of the apes. His work on motion capture is industry leading.

Id like to say John Travolta, but Looks Who's Talking is certainly not iconic hehe

Sway

10,752 posts

133 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Val Kilmer:

Iceman in Top Gun.
Jim Morrison in The Doors.
Batman.
Tombstone.
Heat.
Willow.
True Romance - playing Elvis!

300bhp/ton

36,058 posts

129 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Sway said:
Val Kilmer:

Iceman in Top Gun.
Jim Morrison in The Doors.
Batman.
Tombstone.
Heat.
Willow.
True Romance - playing Elvis!
erm.... I think the op meant Franchise as in more than one film. What other Top Gun or Willow films are there? And how many Batman films did he play a leading role in?

Sway

10,752 posts

133 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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300bhp/ton said:
Sway said:
Val Kilmer:

Iceman in Top Gun.
Jim Morrison in The Doors.
Batman.
Tombstone.
Heat.
Willow.
True Romance - playing Elvis!
erm.... I think the op meant Franchise as in more than one film. What other Top Gun or Willow films are there? And how many Batman films did he play a leading role in?
Now your being picky. To my mind, iconic films can be a franchise in their own right - Top Gun 2 is however in filming. Willow spawned animated films and series. He might have only played batman once, but as part of a massive multi film franchise.

Hey ho. Anyone might have thought the original title to be the start of a developing conversation, but I'll leave you to myopic pedantry.

The irony is delicious though, having the chap known for answering "which British lightweight two seater?" with "dodge ram" being the pedant.

98elise

13,882 posts

100 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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bstb3 said:
Tara Reid, Sharknado (all 6 of them) and American Pie (3 of em) paperbag

Also, Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop 1-3) and Shrek (as Donkey, in all of them). Also in all of the Shrek movies was Mike Myers (as Shrek), who also starred in the Austin Powers Franchise.

Can a voice role be iconic? I think so.
I think it counts in this case as Eddie Murphy did a great job voicing donkey and certainly made it his own.

WilsonWilson

396 posts

88 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Jennifer Lawrence. X-Men, The Hunger Games.

And Red Sparrow was part of a trilogy of books so that might be another franchise.

RowntreesCabana

1,138 posts

193 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Carribean
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Dead Man's Chest (2006)
At World's End (2007)
On Stranger Tides (2011)
Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Fantastic Beasts
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Edward Scissorhands II Classy Cuts (1993)
Edward Scissorhands III Curl up and Dye (1994)

voyds9

6,849 posts

222 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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David Jason

Only Fools and Horses
Open All Hours
Frost
Darling Buds of May
Dangermouse


I know it's a stretch to call them franchises but still........

To my mind one of our best actors

ESOG

1,634 posts

97 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Tom Cruise -
Jack Reacher
Mission Impossible


300bhp/ton

36,058 posts

129 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Vin Diesel.

belleair302

6,025 posts

146 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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TV throws open a vast catalogue of actors with multiple franchise leading rolls.

The Hoff in Night Rider and Baywatch for instance.

Don Johnson in Miami Vice and Nash Bridges

Tom Selleck in Magnum and Chicago Blue

Plus a whole load more from Courtney Cox in Friends through to Cougar Town

Michael J Fox in Back to the Future and on TV in Family Ties

Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle

Julia Louis Dreyfus in Seinfeld and Veep

And has anybody mentioned Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing??

Ridealong

159 posts

9 months

Wednesday 17th October 2018
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Chris Evans
Johnny Storm/Human Torch - Fantastic Four
Steve Rogers/Captain America - Avengers Franchise

Zoe Saldana
Nyota Ulhura - Star Trek
Gamora - GOTG/Avengers Franchise

Edited by Ridealong on Wednesday 17th October 02:25

98elise

13,882 posts

100 months

Wednesday 17th October 2018
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voyds9 said:
David Jason

Only Fools and Horses
Open All Hours
Frost
Darling Buds of May
Dangermouse


I know it's a stretch to call them franchises but still........

To my mind one of our best actors
Also in Porridge. Not a main actor but certainly a well known role.