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


By: John Miller

5 Min Quiz

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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

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


James T. Kirk

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.


Rose Nylund

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.


Clarice Starling

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.



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.


Ellen Ripley

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.


Tony Soprano

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.


Han Solo

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.


Walter White

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.



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.


Tyrion Lannister

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.


John McClane

"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.


Hermione Granger

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.


Dr. Gregory House

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.


Fox Mulder

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.


Bridget Jones

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.


Don Draper

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


Luke Skywalker

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.


Buffy Summers

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.


Jean-Luc Picard

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."


George Jefferson

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.


Annie Wilkes

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.


Al Bundy

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.


Dorothy Gale

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.


Daryl Dixon

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.


George Costanza

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


Sophia Petrillo

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.


Eddard Stark

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.


Sheriff Andy Taylor

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."


Jesse Pinkman

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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