Actors who played different characters on a TV show

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Monosterio, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. PonceDeLeroy

    PonceDeLeroy Forum Resident

  2. doublenaught

    doublenaught Forum Resident

    Yvonne Craig played 6 different characters on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis". She also played 4 different characters on "77 Sunset Strip".
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  3. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower

    Out of My Element
    George Petrie and Frank Marth from “The Honeymooners” likely hold the single season record. Everything from Captain Video to bank robbers to a cop to a psychiatrist and way more.
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  4. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Ha! Tambor appeared on "Three's Company" during its "declining years", so I can see that there might be a negative association there.

    Not that I think "TC" was ever a good show. I mean, I liked it as a kid, but it makes me cringe now - and that's watching its prime years! :eek:
  5. questrider

    questrider Forum Resident

    Middle, Nowhere
    Does Sheryl Lee playing both Laura Palmer and Maddy Ferguson in Twin Peaks count?

  6. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

    Another Star Trek example is William Campbell, who played Trelayne in season one's "The Squire of Gothos" and then played the Klingon Captain Koloth on season two's "The Trouble With Tribbles."
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  7. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    I believe there are a bunch in 'Columbo' and 'Murder She Wrote'.
    I don't know the specifics, but watching episodes back to back, showed repeating actors
    in other roles.
  8. Patricia Tallman appeared in a number of different minor roles across Star Trek TNG, Voyager and DS9 and was also Dr Beverley Crusher for a brief moment in Star Trek : Generations at the point where Data pushes Dr Crusher overboard from the holodeck Enterprise sailing ship.

    IMHO Tallman was under-utilised as an actor.

    Diana Muldaur played two different guest starring roles in Star Trek TOS and was also Dr Pulaski for all of Star Trek TNG series 2.
  9. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Detroit Mi USA
    Ted McGuiness played Peg Bundy's alternate husband a couple of years before he became Jefferson Darcy on Married With Children.
  10. jupiter8

    jupiter8 Forum Resident

    NJ, USA
    I saw a repeat of "Mork & Mindy" a couple weeks back which had Jonathan Winters on as a guest star long before he joined the cast as M&M's "son"
  11. evillouie

    evillouie Forum Resident

    I think M*A*S*H had a few actors that played Korean locals, and came back several times as different characters.

    Mako was on at least 3 times, and Soon-Tek-Oh played a North Korean surgeon, a North Korean soldier who surrendered when the doctors were out in the woods on the bus, another North Korean soldier who surrendered to Hawkeye & BJ after they crashed their jeep, and a south Korean who went to the US as part of a PR campaign. And probably others.

    There was also an actor who played a part as a soldier in an early episode and came back later as Col. Potter's son-in-law.
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  12. testikoff

    testikoff Seasoned n00b

    Tracy Kolis => Marlene (The Ex-Girfriend, 1991) & Kelly (The Soup, 1994)
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  13. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Florida
    Man, I'm not sure how that one slipped by me—maybe the accent in “The Girlfriend.” Good one! :righton:

    Now I’m wondering how many other Seinfeld women I’ve missed...
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  14. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Campbell also has played "Paul McCartney" since 1966 as a replacement for the dead Beatle.

    RIP real Paul - 1942-66! ;)
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  15. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    Al Lewis appeared twice in early episodes of Car 54 Where Are You before becoming a regular in the form of our beloved Leo Schauzer.

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  16. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Florida
    Here’s another Seinfeld, though not a woman: Terry Rackham, who had a recurring role as Jake Jarmel, also played one of the cops in the two-part episode “The Trip.”
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  17. wayne66

    wayne66 Forum Resident

    Dennis Franz appeared on Hill Street Blues first playing an out of control cop and then he came back as a regular character called Bunz.
  18. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Houston, TX, USA

    Well Gallllll-lee, that's Sgt. Hacker!
  19. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    My old show- the original Hawaii Five-O- had an array of actors who played different characters.
  20. Vinny123

    Vinny123 Forum Resident

    Lots of people fr the original Law and Order series. One episode a guy could be a homeless dude and in another episode he could be a judge.
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  21. modrevolve

    modrevolve Forum Resident

    Kelli Giddish played a character called Kara Bawson on Law And Order SVU before being hired as series regular Amanda Rollins.
  22. evillouie

    evillouie Forum Resident

    On Barney Miller, Steve Landesberg was in an episode playing the role of a criminal before he was cast as Dietrich.
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  23. evillouie

    evillouie Forum Resident

    On Star Trek: The Next Generation, James Sloyan played a Romulan Admiral and also a Klingon. He also had roles on Deep Space Nine and Voyager.
  24. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    If mentioning animation/anime is allowed (had to check the Behind The Voice Actors Website for some of the following):
    • Dragonball Z (in its various forms)
      • Christopher R. Sabat
        • Vegita
        • Piccolo
        • Yamcha
        • Mr. Popo
        • Burter
        • Recoome
        • Zarbon
        • Jeice
        • Guru
        • Turtle
        • Shenron
        • Porunga
      • Sean Schemmel
        • Goku
        • King Kai
        • Nail
    • My Little Pony - Friendship Is Magic
      • Andrea Libman
        • Pinkie Pie
        • Fluttershy
      • Ashleigh Ball
        • Applejack
        • Rainbow Dash
      • Tabitha St. Germain
        • Rarity
        • Granny Smith
        • Princess Luna
      • Nicole Oliver
        • Princess Celestia
        • Cheerilee
    • Naruto
      • Steve Blum
        • Orochimaru
        • Zabuza Momochi
    • Bleach
      • Kyle Hebert
        • Ganju Shiba
        • Sosuke Aizen
      • Stephanie Sheh
        • Orohime Inoue
        • Isane Kotetsu
    Note: The above list generally features the significant characters that the actors have portrayed in the series. In many cases, there are many more roles for each individual. As an example, per the above mentioned website, Cathy Weseluck (Spike on My Little Pony - Friendship Is Magic) has 30 other voice acting credits on the series).
  25. lv70smusic

    lv70smusic Senior Member

    San Francisco, CA
    Paul Lynde's first appearance on Bewitched was as a driving instructor for Samantha. Of course he subsequently became Samantha's uncle Arthur.

    Paul Lynde played three roles on I Dream of Jeannie, but none were recurring characters.

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