Do actors get set in your mind with a certain role?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by longrider, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 26, 2017
    Elizabeth, CO


    Am I the only one that connects an actor with a certain role? I am not talking about famous roles like William Shatner will always be Captain Kirk but minor roles. This just hit me Sunday when on God Friended Me they had this Alphonse character and my first reaction was Thats J'onn J'onzz father! (Supergirl) I looked it up and sure enough Carl Lumbly who played Alphonse also played M'yrnn J'onzz. A couple others are anytime i see Michael Emerson I think of Harold Finch in Person of Interest and Zachary Quinto makes me remember Sylar in Heroes. Anybody else have this issue?
  2. Allanon

    Allanon Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Just saw Joelle Carter as a patient on Chicago Med and first thought was that's Ava Crowder from Justified.
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  3. jay_man2

    jay_man2 jay_man-also TCF Club

    Sep 14, 2003
    Northern VA
    Opie will always be Opie.
  4. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    I was watching a rerun of the TNG episode where criminals were on the Enterprise during a baryon sweep. When I saw Tim Russ as one of the criminals, I exclaimed "Tuvok!".
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  5. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...


    Opie Taylor or Opie Winston?
  6. jay_man2

    jay_man2 jay_man-also TCF Club

    Sep 14, 2003
    Northern VA
  7. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    Often, yes.
  8. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    Sometimes. There are just so many iconic roles that you can't help think of the character when you see the actor.

    Some of them, for me, are because the character freaked me out so much that whenever I would see that actor again it was that character. One that always comes to mind for me was the actor who played the character who terrorized and intended to rape Edith Bunker. He scared the hell out of me. He's long gone but I could never see him again as anybody else.

    A lot of tv show characters are really hard to separate from the actor. With the 'Friends' actors I will probably always see those characters and there are a number of other shows for which this applies for me. I think getting pigeonholed is the worst possible thing for actors.
  9. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001

    Sulu will always be Sulu

    Oh my..
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  10. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
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  11. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    David Dukes. I met him in NYC during a high school senior trip in 1976. Nicest guy you'd ever want to meet.
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  12. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town
    Lots of them do. Especially long running TV characters. Kelsey Grammer, most of the Friends... Jerry Seinfeld. ;)
  13. Doggie Bear

    Doggie Bear Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    I'm sure there are actors who fall into this category for me, but on the flip side is Walton Goggins -- Shane Vendrell and Boyd Crowder are each so distinctive and memorable that it wouldn't be surprising if Goggins had been typecast that way, and yet he inhabits each role so perfectly that I never found myself thinking of the other character.
  14. Snappa77

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    It took me a loooong time to not see Raymond Reddington from "Blacklist" as Alan Shore from "Boston Legal/ The Practice".

    Now it's vice versa. Caught a few clips of Boston Legal on YouTube and all I could see was Reddington. Either way props to Spader for both of those memorable characters.
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  15. photoshopgrl

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista TCF Club

    Nov 22, 2008
    Boring Ohio
    I feel this way about some actors. I'm not sure if it's because the character was so great or because the acting of that character was so great that it dwarfs all other roles. Snappa77 talked about Spader on Boston Legal/Blacklist, which is funny because I never thought I'd be able to see Shatner as anything other than Captain Kirk but now after BL all I see is. Denny. Crane. He'll never have another role for me.

    There are also characters I have loved so much that I feared I wouldn't appreciate the actors in anything else and was proven wrong. Timothy Olyphant was so great in Justified and then Deadwood (yes I watched backwards) and I never saw the other in either of his characters. Then I thought maybe he was just going to be type of character, hat wearing lawman. Then I started watching Santa Clarita Diet and was reminded of all his roles I loved before Justified and realized he can pull me into any character he plays.

    On the flip side of him is Walton Goggins. I love him and I'll watch him in anything but I am always longing for Boyd in every character he plays.
  16. rharmelink

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    The one I've having trouble with right now is Morris Chestnut. I'm so used to seeing him as a "good guy" that it's always jolting to see him as a reprehensible character on current episodes of The Resident.
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  17. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    The guy who played Warden Norton in Shawshank (he's been in tons of things and I don't know his name) will always be Warden Norton. Whenever he shows up in something my wife and I are watching I'll say. "look, it's the warden".
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  18. DVR_Dave

    DVR_Dave Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2017
    He's Benjamin Linus on Lost.
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  19. jasrub

    jasrub Member

    May 9, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Opie Cunningham
  20. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    Bob Gunton. I remember saying, “Hey, it’s warden Norton” during The Perfect Storm

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