Can You Name These Actors and Actresses From Their Most Famous Character?

By: John Miller

Can You Name These Actors and Actresses From Their Most Famous Character?
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About This Quiz

OK, if we asked you to name the guy who made “Seinfeld” famous, we’re guessing you could come up with the answer. After all, Jerry Seinfeld played a fictional (but identically named) version of himself in the popular show. Very few Hollywood stars, however, are linked to famous characters with their own names. And that, dear readers, is the premise of this quiz.

If we throw out a famous character, say, Marty McFly – do you think you can name the actor who stepped into the famous role? He’s the same guy who played Alex P. Keaton in the popular '80s sitcom “Family Ties,” and these days, he’s also known as a staunch supporter of research for Parkinson’s disease. It is, of course, Michael J. Fox!

Let’s try a famous female. Do you remember which actress soared to fame playing Rebecca Howe in “Cheers,” the bar-based '80s TV series? She also starred in several movies, like “Look Who’s Talking” and “Drop-Dead Gorgeous.” If you said Kirstie Alley, you’re right!

A lot of actors, like Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson, have played so many memorable characters that it’s hard to identify them with just one fictional role. But in this quiz, you’ll see that some stars are inextricably linked to one character that became incredibly famous. Let’s see if you can match these actors to their characters now!

Jack Sparrow
Tom Cruise
Penelope Cruz
Johnny Depp
Sure, Depp was already famous before he took on the role of the stumbling pirate Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. As Sparrow, though, Depp shot to superstardom

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James T. Kirk
Brad Pitt
William Shatner
With his ability to deliver half-serious cheeseball lines and woo alien women, actor William Shatner immediately stood out as Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek." His onscreen presence helped launch an enduringly popular sci-fi franchise.
John Wayne

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Rose Nylund
Audrey Hepburn
Madonna
Betty White
On "Golden Girls," the whimsical (and often confusing) tales of Rose Nylund (Betty White) mesmerized audiences for years. The show's long run made Betty White practically synonymous with her character.

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Clarice Starling
Jodie Foster
In "The Silence of the Lambs," Jodie Foster exuded intelligence and courage of Clarice Starling and helped her face off with a murderous psychopath. Foster's subtle body language portrayed Starling's terror with stark realism.
Natalie Portman
Grace Kelly

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Fonzie
Ryan Gosling
Matt Damon
Henry Winkler
In "Happy Days," the greasy, leather-jacketed Fonzie was supposed to be a minor character. But Henry Winkler so sold our hero to audiences that Fonzie eventually became the show's focal point.

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Ellen Ripley
Greta Garbo
Joan Crawford
Sigourney Weaver
In 1979, Sigourney Weaver morphed into the gun-toting Ellen Ripley for "Alien," and she never looked back. Weaver's panicked breathing and thirst for vengeance struck a chord in audiences worldwide.

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Tony Soprano
James Gandolfini
He died unexpectedly at the age of 51 in 2013, but before that, he made a name for himself as Tony Soprano in "The Sopranos," the HBO drama that followed the life of a crime boss who had a therapist to help him deal with his issues.
Tom Hanks
Michael Caine

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Han Solo
Clint Eastwood
George Clooney
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was already a known quantity in Hollywood when he decided to take up the part of Han Solo in "Star Wars." Once he decided to fly the Millenium Falcon, though, he wasn't just a star -- he was part of a cultural phenomenon.

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Walter White
Mark Walhberg
Bryan Cranston
On "Malcolm in the Middle," he was just a goofy suburban dad. Then, Bryan Cranston transformed into the menacing Walter White in "Breaking Bad," and suddenly, he didn't seem so harmless anymore.
Will Smith

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Spock
Liam Neeson
Leonard Nimoy
Perhaps no other actor of the 20th century was so closely linked to a fictional character -- Leonard Nimoy was Spock, in "Star Trek." Nimoy carried perfectly Spock's arched eyebrows and pointy ears.
Morgan Freeman

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Tyrion Lannister
Peter Dinklage
In "Game of Thrones," Tyrion Lannister is the dwarf that no one takes seriously. Once actor Peter Dinklage got hold of the part, though, Tyrion became one of the biggest stars of the show.
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino

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John McClane
Anthony Hopkins
Gary Oldman
Bruce Willis
"Yippy ki-yay, BLEEP!" Sorry, we had to censor that part, buy anyone who's ever seen Bruce Willis shine in the "Die Hard" movies knows exactly how that catchphrase ends. After "Die Hard," Willis will always be a renegade cop named John McClane.

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Hermione Granger
Emma Watson
The "Harry Potter" movies were as big as the books that spawned them, making worldwide celebrities of several actors … including Emma Watson. She plays Hermione Granger, one of Harry's biggest allies.
Nicole Kidman
Meryl Streep

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Dr. Gregory House
Hugh Laurie
In the early 2000s, Hugh Laurie landed the part of Dr. Gregory House in "House," and played the role of a loose-cannon doctor who pops pills while saving peoples' lives. Laurie's wry demeanor perfectly matched Dr. House's.
Sean Penn
Zac Efron

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Fox Mulder
Heath Ledger
Ashton Kutcher
David Duchovny
David Duchovny is one of those actors who is both blessed and cursed by his iconic role ... of Fox Mulder in "The X-Files." Mulder generated rabid fan response and created a counterculture hero, one whose shadow will always consume Duchovny's career.

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Bridget Jones
Renée Zellweger
In 2001, "Bridget Jones's Diary" was all the rage, and actress Renée Zellweger was the star of the show. She became a weepy-eyed icon for women looking to seize control of their own lives before it's too late.
Julia Roberts
Lauren Bacall

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Don Draper
Russell Crowe
John Hamm
In 2007, a little-known actor named Jon Hamm landed his biggest role, as Don Draper in "Mad Men." His turn as the advertising executive found him as a powerful but troubled man in the mid-20th century
Jude Law

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Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill
Sometimes, being typecast by a single role is a good thing. That's especially true when your biggest role is as Luke Skywalker, played to crooked-faced perfection by Mark Hamill.
Kevin Spacey
Marlon Brando

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Buffy Summers
Jane Fonda
Jennifer Lopez
Sarah Michelle Gellar
In the late '90s, a silly show named "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" appeared on WB. The well-crafted series found Sarah Michelle Gellar stabbing vampires to her heart's content.

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Jean-Luc Picard
Patrick Stewart
As with William Shatner, Patrick Stewart is recognized around the world (galaxy?) as a Starfleet captain. In Stewart's case, he became famous during the run of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Ewan McGregor
Taylor Lautner

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George Jefferson
Freddie Highmore
Orlando Bloom
Sherman Hemsley
Starting in the '70s, Sherman Hemsley took on the role of George Jefferson in "The Jeffersons." Hemsley's cantankerous character boldly confronted issues like racism.

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Annie Wilkes
Kathy Bates
See that slightly crazy look in Kathy Bates' eyes, the barely-concealed murderous rage? The casting director for Stephen King's "Misery" saw it, too, and cast Bates in the role that finds her character Annie Wilkes torturing a poor man shackled to a bed.
Jessica Lange
Helen Mirren

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Al Bundy
Ed O'Neill
In "Married … With Children," Ed O'Neill transformed into Al Bundy, the former high school football star who goes nowhere with his life. It's impossible to picture O'Neill without Al's trademark smirk smeared on his face.
Cody Longo
Robert Downey Jr.

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Dorothy Gale
Judy Garland
Judy Garland will always be famous for one role -- Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Sadly, Garland's life wasn't improved by her stardom, ultimately leaving her life in tatters.
Ava Gardner
Halle Berry

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Daryl Dixon
Norman Reedus
With his squinty eyes and gruff demeanor, Daryl Dixon might be the ultimate hero of "The Walking Dead." His Southern charm is manifested by actor Norman Reedus.
Tom Hanks
Tyler Posey

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George Costanza
Dustin Hoffman
Jason Alexander
"Seinfeld" made stars out of numerous actors, including Jason Alexander. Alexander played George Constanza, the frantically neurotic weirdo with wild male pattern baldness.
Dwayne Johnson

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Sophia Petrillo
Estelle Getty
On "The Golden Girls," the oldest of the bunch was Sophia, played by Estelle Getty. Never mind her diminutive frame, Getty's loud voice and boisterousness filled each episode with hilarity.
Lea Thompson
Morgan Fairchild

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Eddard Stark
Mickey Rourke
Kevin Costner
Sean Bean
Eddard Stark met an early end in "Game of Thrones." But Sean Bean's character has cast a long shadow that affected many storylines in the smash hit show.

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Sheriff Andy Taylor
Christopher Walken
Richard Gere
Andy Griffith
In the 1960s' "The Andy Griffith Show," Andy Griffith was Sheriff Andy Taylor, one of his most famous roles. Griffith later earned accolades as the title character in "Matlock."

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Jesse Pinkman
Corey Feldman
John Cusack
Aaron Paul
With his two first names and paranoid demeanor, Aaron Paul was the right choice to play Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad." Paul is undoubtedly accosted by meth fiends every time he ventures into public.

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