Monday, September 3, 2012

One Actor - Two Substantial Roles - Part One


Pursuing an acting career is no easy feat - most actors are lucky to work at all.  When one has successful and varied career, they'll have the opportunity to play many different people.   Then there are those who create a character that becomes a legacy for them - Jaleel White's Steve Urkel, Bill Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, Telley Savalas' Kojak ... they may play other parts, but when you say their name, your mind instantly goes to that signature character.

But some actors actually strike lightning twice, portraying two distinct characters that, thanks to the actor's talent, are different enough to warrant a debate: which role will they be remembered for more?

Now you can judge for yourself!  Over the next few days, I'll be listing a series of actors and their two signature roles.  Let me know in your comments which you think is their more memorable character and why!

Michael C. Hall - David Fisher (Six Feet Under) or Dexter Morgan (Dexter)?


Alyson Hannigan - Lily (How I Met Your Mother) or Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)?

Callista Flockhart - Ally McBeal (Ally McBeal) or Kitty Walker (Brothers & Sisters)?

 Joshua Jackson - Pacey Witter (Dawson's Creek) or Peter Bishop (Fringe)?

Larry Hagman - Major Tony Nelson (I Dream of Jeannie) or J.R. Ewing (Dallas)?

Leave your comments below and tune in tomorrow for more!

1 comment:

  1. Okay...

    I think Michael C. Hall will be remembered more for Dexter simply because he's the lead, whereas Six Feet he was part of an ensemble, really. Although I love them both!

    Alyson Hannigan - I don't watch HIMYM, so I'm gonna have to go with Willow.

    Callista Flockhart, DEFINITELY Ally McBeal. The show was so different from anything else that was on at the time that I think that has a lot to do with it. LOVED Brothers and Sisters, though. Still mad it's off the air! (Side note: Rachel Griffiths was in that and Six Feet Under, as well, but I think Six Feet is her iconic role).

    Joshua Jackson - never watched a minute of Dawson's, but I imagine he'll never NOT be Pacey to most people who did, especially since Fringe has had such a rocky go of things since day one as far as whether it was gonna be renewed or not. Not the same size audience, or the same demographic at all.

    Larry Hagman - this one's tough. I watched Jeannie, but wasn't allowed to watch Dallas (mom thought it was too racy). But even I wanted to know who shot J.R. growing up. So I think I have to go with J.R.