15 Famous Actors Known For Only One Role

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15 Famous Actors Known For Only One Role

Despite achieving the status of a veteran by playing numerous characters, several actors remain in the dark yet many achieve worldwide fame by just one iconic role and become associated with it throughout their careers. Unable to escape the aura of their most well-known character, take a look at some of the 15 famous actors known for only one role:


15. Brendan Fraser (Rick O’Connell)

Brendan Fraser as Rick O Connell in The Mummy Trilogy

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Once hailed as one of the most promising actors in the business, Brendan Fraser enjoyed a fair share of success in Hollywood and was cast as the adventurer Rick O’Connell in The Mummy trilogy.

Unfortunately, that proved to be one of the rare highlights of his career as the actor starred in several flops afterwards. Despite being unable to recover from the damage, Fraser still has fame to his name and owes it to the role of Rick O’Connell.


14. Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black)

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He played Shark-boy before his acclaimed role of werewolf Jacob Black but honestly, does anyone even remembers that? Taylor Lautner hardly starred in any movie after the final installment of The Twilight Saga but the actor is still enjoying the spotlight.

Because of the Twilight role, Lautner became a teen idol and a sex symbol. As a regular sensation in the media, the actor was once the highest-paid teenager in Hollywood and has an enormous fan base by the name of Team Jacob.


13. Christopher Reeve (Super-Man)

Christopher Reeve in And as Super-man

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Without a shadow of a doubt, Super-Man is the greatest superhero of all time and playing him is considered as a big deal by dozens of actors. One of the actors who got the chance was Christopher Reeve who portrayed Super-Man on four separate occasions.

Though the actor always became associated with the role, Reeve was able to build his legacy outside the entertainment industry by founding The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation a charitable organization dedicated to find the cure for paralysis.


12. Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man)

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Speaking of superheroes, Spider-Man is also one of the roles that actors practically beg to be casted as. Though Tobey Maguire portrayed it on three separate occasions, it is a sad spectacle that the actor’s career never took off after his most famous role.

With the help of his long-time friend Leonardo DiCaprio, Maguire had the chance to make a comeback by starring as Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby but that did not lead him anywhere as the actor still remains famous for his role of the web-slinging superhero.


11. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

Daniel Radcliffe As Harry Potter

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With the role of Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe achieved worldwide fame overnight and became one of the richest English actors in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the acting career of the boy who lived never came to its true potential after the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise.

It cannot be denied that Radcliffe is one of the most famous people in the entire world due to his role of Harry Potter but it also cannot be denied that despite continuing his career afterwards, it is the only reason he is still famous for.


10. Zach Galifianakis (Alan Garner)

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As one of the best adult comedy movies of modern cinema, The Hangover was able to amazingly gain a massive following by casting four lesser known actors in the lead with Zach Galifianakis hogging all the spotlight.

Known for his comedy work and getting frequently type-casted as a clumsy oaf, it is safe to say that Galifianakis is reduced to playing the very same character he played in The Hangover Trilogy.


9. Linda Blair (Regan MacNeil)

Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil

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Only 6 years old and Linda Blair made history by planting herself on the mental scars of everyone who dared to watch the 1973 horror movie, The Exorcist. Possessed by a demon, her character of Regan MacNeil was not an easy job yet Blair nailed it perfectly and even received an Academy Award nomination for the role.

Though her career took off with an amazing start, it remained its highest point. In fact, reprising her legendary role in the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic did more damage than good as the movie received overwhelmingly negative reviews but at least Blair’s fame remained intact.


8. Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal Lecter)

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

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As one of the greatest actors alive today, Anthony Hopkins has played a large variety of roles that showcase his skills such as King Richard the Lionheart, Richard Nixon and Alfred Hitchcock but it is the iconic role of cannibal Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs that he is famously known for.

In fact, Hopkins portrayed the deranged psychiatrist on three separate occasions. As amazing as it sounds, the actor won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role despite having a screen time of just about 15 minutes.