Actors With More Than One Iconic Franchise Role?

Actors With More Than One Iconic Franchise Role?

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generationx

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2,622 posts

55 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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How many actors have become well-known for truly iconic rolls in more than one film franchise? I don't want to include the Marvel/DC stuff as (a) they're not really iconic and (b) there's so many of them. Let's kick off with the few I could think of, off the top of my head:

Harrison Ford: Han Solo (Star Wars), Indiana Jones (Um, Indiana Jones)
Silvester Stallone: Rocky and Rambo
Clint Eastwood: The Man With No Name, Dirty Harry
Christopher Lee: Hammer stuff, Star Wars prequels, Lord Of The Rings, and probably a lot more
Sigourney Weaver: Ripley (Alien), and (pushing it) Dana Barrett (Ghostbusters)

Over to you...

belleair302

6,206 posts

157 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Mel Gibson, Mad Max and Lethal Weapon

Patrick Stewart, Star Trek and X Men

Kenau Reeves Matrix and John Wick

And at a long shot Jason Statham Transporter and Expendables.


oddball1313

676 posts

73 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Robert Downey - Sherlock Holmes, Iron-man


paul99

668 posts

193 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator, Conan, Predator, Total Recall, Expendables. I suppose TR was a reboot rather than a full blown franchise.

Jazzy Jag

2,070 posts

41 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Vin Diesel F&F franchise, XXX, Ridick and Groot in Gaurdians of the galaxy. Albeit in voice only and very limited dialogue

belleair302

6,206 posts

157 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Will Smith in Bad Boys and Men in Black

Michael Caine Harry Palmer and Alfred (Batman)

Matt Damon Jason Bourne and Oceans 11,12 and 13.

Mike Myers Waynes World, Shrek and Austin Powers

JimSuperSix

3,286 posts

193 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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belleair302 said:
Will Smith in Bad Boys and Men in Black

Michael Caine Harry Palmer and Alfred (Batman)

Matt Damon Jason Bourne and Oceans 11,12 and 13.

Mike Myers Waynes World, Shrek and Austin Powers
I wouldn't call Matt Damon's role in Oceans "iconic". Same for Caine in Batman.

louiebaby

9,274 posts

141 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Good question, but we need to consider the definition of a Film Franchise.

[quote=Wikipedia]A film series, film franchise, movie series, or movie franchise is a collection of related films in succession that share the same fictional universe, or are marketed as a series.[/quote}

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_series

For me, it's three or more, so for now, Bad Boys doesn't count, although in about 16 months it should...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Boys_(franchise)

Type R Tom

2,643 posts

99 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Hugo Weaving - LOTR / Hobit, Matrix, Marvel and Transformers (voice). Pretty impressive

hornmeister

795 posts

41 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Tom Cruise:
Mission impossible vs Top Gun & Maverick (in filming).
Also Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Colur of Money & Cocktail are basically the same franchise. Brilliant but flawed talent overcomes the odds and gets the girl, with a bit of running thrown in.

Burt Reynolds
Cannonball Run & Smokey & the Bandit

If TV counts how about William Shatner
Stark trek & TJ Hooker smile

louiebaby

9,274 posts

141 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Orlando Bloom was in all the LoTR and Hobbit movies, and a lead in the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise too.

I don't think of him as a Franchise guy like Harrison Ford though...

Gargamel

12,298 posts

211 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Kiera Knightly - Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars ?

curlyks2

858 posts

96 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Anthony Head: the Gold Blend adverts, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Christian Bale: Batman (the Dark Knight trilogy), and Terminator (Salvation).

JimSuperSix

3,286 posts

193 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Gargamel said:
Kiera Knightly - Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars ?
hehe

warch

2,053 posts

104 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Jason Statham

The Expendables
Transporter series
Crank

(really showing his range)


300bhp/ton

37,820 posts

140 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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paul99 said:
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Total Recall.
???

louiebaby

9,274 posts

141 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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hornmeister said:
Tom Cruise:
Mission impossible vs Top Gun & Maverick (in filming).
Also Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Colur of Money & Cocktail are basically the same franchise. Brilliant but flawed talent overcomes the odds and gets the girl, with a bit of running thrown in.
Interesting Study you may be referring to

Coneyhurst Blue

533 posts

142 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Roger Moore - 007 + The Saint ?

paul99

668 posts

193 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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300bhp/ton said:
paul99 said:
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Total Recall.
???
It did get a crap reboot and there's talk of a sequel.

generationx

Original Poster:

2,622 posts

55 months

Tuesday 16th October 2018
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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.