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Old June 24 2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Most Famous Movie Role

In your opinion for the following actors, which movie role is each most famous/well-known for?

A) Tom Hanks

B) Mel Gibson

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger

D) Sylvester Stallone

E) Bruce Willis

F) Tom Cruise

G) Will Smith

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000)

I) Harrison Ford

J) Richard Gere

K) Robin Williams

L) Robert DeNiro

M) Jim Carrey

N) Samuel Jackson

O) Jack Nicholson

P) Morgan Freeman

Q) Danny Glover

R) Joe Pesci

S) Eddie Murphy

Bonus Question: Which of the 3 actors above are most famous for their overall work/roles?
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Old June 24 2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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Old June 24 2013, 11:11 PM   #3
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A) Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

B) Mel Gibson - Martin Riggs

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone - Rocky Balboa

E) Bruce Willis - John McClane

F) Tom Cruise - Ethan Hunt

G) Will Smith - Will Smith (yeah, it's a TV role - deal with it)

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000) - John Doggett (See above)

I) Harrison Ford -Indiana Jones

J) Richard Gere - Edward Lewis

K) Robin Williams - Peter Pan

L) Robert DeNiro - Travis Bickle

M) Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura

N) Samuel Jackson - Nick Fury

O) Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance

P) Morgan Freeman - William Somerset

Q) Danny Glover - Roger Murtaugh

R) Joe Pesci - Leo Getz

S) Eddie Murphy - Axel Foley

Which of the 3 actors above are most famous for their overall work/roles?
Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone
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Old June 25 2013, 01:14 AM   #4
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Well, I'm with Shazam on most counts. But If I had to pick a favorite, that would be a different story.
Tom Hanks - Dr. Henry Goose
Mel Gibson - Martin Riggs
Arnold - Dennis Quaid
Sly - John Rambo
Will Smith - Del Spooner
Tom Cruise - Ethan hunt
Bruce Willis - John McClane
Robert Patrick - T-1000
Harrison Ford - Han Solo (by a hair over IJ and Kimble. Close)
Richard Gere - Lancelot (yeah, I'm going there)
Robin Williams - Dr. Know
Robert DeNiro - Jack Walsh (my far my favorite performance of his)
Jim Carrey - Truman Burbank
Samuel L. Jackson - Jules Winfield
Jack Nicholson - Col. Nathan Jessip
Morgan Freeman - "Red" Redding, God (tie)
Danny Glover - Simon, Tow Truck Driver
Joe Pesci - Vinny Gambini
Eddie Murphy - Axel Foley
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Old June 25 2013, 03:02 AM   #5
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

I haven't read the other posts yet, so that they wouldn't influence my choices. Answers will probably be pretty biased based on my age and preferences, and may not reflect their best performance, just their most famous one.

A) Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump
B) Mel Gibson: Braveheart
C) Arnold Schwarzenegger: Terminator
D) Sylvester Stallone: Don't know his movies
E) Bruce Willis: The Sixth Sense
F) Tom Cruise: Top Gun
G) Will Smith: Men in Black
H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000): Don't know who this is
I) Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones (I chose this over Star Wars because it was more of a leading role)
J) Richard Gere: Some sappy romance, I don't watch those
K) Robin Williams: Mrs. Doubtfire
L) Robert DeNiro: Analyze This
M) Jim Carrey: Ace Ventura
N) Samuel Jackson: Jurassic Park
O) Jack Nicholson: The Shining
P) Morgan Freeman: Driving Miss Daisy
Q) Danny Glover: Haven't really seen many of his movies, not sure
R) Joe Pesci: Don't watch his movies
S) Eddie Murphy: The Nutty Professor

Bonus Question: Which of the 3 actors above are most famous for their overall work/roles?
Tom Hanks
Harrison Ford
Jim Carrey


ETA: I'm impressed that you guys actually named the characters from the films, no way I could come close to remembering that, outside of Forrest Gump, Ace Ventura, and Indiana Jones.
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Old June 25 2013, 05:49 AM   #6
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I'll give it a shot without reading others first, be interesting to see what matches.

A) Tom Hanks Forrest Gump

B) Mel Gibson Max Rokatansky

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa

E) Bruce Willis John McClane

F) Tom Cruise ???

G) Will Smith Will Smith

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000) ???

I) Harrison Ford Indiana Jones

J) Richard Gere The Officer who is also a gentleman

K) Robin Williams Mork

L) Robert DeNiro Travis Bickle

M) Jim Carrey Ace Ventura?

N) Samuel Jackson Sam Jackson self-parody

O) Jack Nicholson Jack Torrance

P) Morgan Freeman Red..."Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'"

Q) Danny Glover Roger Murtaugh

R) Joe Pesci Goodfellas guy

S) Eddie Murphy Axel Foley

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Old June 25 2013, 01:02 PM   #7
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

A) Tom Hanks - Forest Gump

B) Mel Gibson - Braveheart

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone - Rocky

E) Bruce Willis - Die Hard

F) Tom Cruise - Top Gun

G) Will Smith - Men in Black

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000) - has he actually been in anything else???

I) Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones or Han Solo, impossible to choose.

J) Richard Gere - Pretty Woman

K) Robin Williams - Good Morning Vietnam

L) Robert DeNiro - Travis Bickle

M) Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura

N) Samuel Jackson - Pulp Fiction

O) Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

P) Morgan Freeman - Driving Miss Daisy

Q) Danny Glover - Lethal Weapon

R) Joe Pesci - Goodfellas

S) Eddie Murphy - Beverly Hills Cop
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Old June 25 2013, 05:43 PM   #8
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^Good choices! We agree on many but for even for those that we don't have in common I think you've made very logical choices.
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Old June 25 2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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I've put the film in some cases where I can't remember the characters name.

A) Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump/Philadelphia

B) Mel Gibson - Mad Max

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone - Rocky/Rambo

E) Bruce Willis - John McClane

F) Tom Cruise - Nathan Hunt/Born On The Fourth Of July

G) Will Smith - Agent K

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000)

I) Harrison Ford - Han Solo/Indiana Jones

J) Richard Gere - An Officer and a Gentleman

K) Robin Williams - Dead Poets Soceity/Aladdin

L) Robert DeNiro - The Godfather, Part II

M) Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura/Truman

P)Samuel Jackson - Mace Windu/Nick Fury

O) Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

P) Morgan Freeman - The Shawshank Redemption

Q) Danny Glover - Leathal Weapon

R) Joe Pesci - Goodfellas

S) Eddie Murphy - Axel Foley
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Old June 25 2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

Mel Gibson - Mad Max

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator

Sylvester Stallone - Rocky Balboa

Bruce Willis - John McClane (Die Hard series)

Tom Cruise - Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (Top Gun)

Will Smith - Agent J

Robert Patrick - Coach Willis (The Faculty)

Harrison Ford - Han Solo

Richard Gere - Edward Lewis (Pretty Woman)

Robin Williams - Genie (if animation is allowed), Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire (if animation isn't allowed)

Robert DeNiro - Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)

Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura

Samuel Jackson - Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction)

Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance (The Shining)

Morgan Freeman - Hoke Colburn (Driving Miss Daisy)

Danny Glover - Roger Murtaugh (Letal Weapon series)

Joe Pesci - Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas) or Nicky Santoro (Casino)

Eddie Murphy - Detective Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop series)

Which of the 3 actors above are most famous - Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks
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Old June 25 2013, 08:50 PM   #11
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Captain McBain wrote: View Post
In your opinion for the following actors, which movie role is each most famous/well-known for?

A) Tom Hanks
Forrest Gump

B) Mel Gibson
It's probably Braveheart but I think he'll always be linked with Mad Max so that people can make (not unreasonable) Mad Mel jokes.

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone
Probably Rocky, but it's about 51/49% between it and Rambo.

E) Bruce Willis
John McClane

F) Tom Cruise
I would say Top Gun but if people actually had to name the character as oppose to the title, then it'd be Jerry Maguire (though he's both character and title).

G) Will Smith
Probably Men in Black but another tough call.

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000)
I suspect most casual movie and tv fans won't be able to place him in any other roles; for genre fans, it's probably Doggett in the X-Files or else his True Blood character. Personally, I remember him from the Sopranos.

I) Harrison Ford
Despite the popularity of Star Wars, I think Harrison is arguably better known for Indiana Jones, given that he played the lead and got top billing and given that the character's name was in 3 of the 4 movie titles (4, if you count the revisionist title Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark). Plus he's played Indy 3 times since his part in the SW saga ended. Whether or not any reprisal of Han changes his status remains to be seen

J) Richard Gere
Probably a tie between Pretty Woman and an Officer and a Gentleman, which is a shame, as his work in American Gigolo and Breathless is more interesting (ditto Internal Affairs). Actually, I'd plump for Officer... as Pretty Woman is arguably better known for making Julia a star.

K) Robin Williams
It's been so long since he had a decent role that it's hard to say, but despite his Oscar noms for Dead Poets' Society and Good Morning Vietnam, I'd say it's probably Mrs Doubtfire.

L) Robert DeNiro
If impersonations are anything to go by then it's Taxi Driver.

M) Jim Carrey
Another hard one to call but despite his serious roles and the acclaim for the likes of Eternal Sunshine or Man on the Moon, he is often referred to as 'Dumb and Dumber star Jim' or 'Ace Ventura star Jim.'

N) Samuel Jackson
Probably Pulp Fiction, though genre fans will think of Mace Windu or Nick Fury first.

O) Jack Nicholson
Either The Shining or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, with the Joker following behind.

P) Morgan Freeman
Red in Shawshank Redemption.

Q) Danny Glover
Murtagh in Lethal Weapon

R) Joe Pesci
I would say his Goodfellas role just about nudges out his Leo Getz, probably on account of the iconic 'funny how?' scene.

S) Eddie Murphy
Beverly Hills Cop, though to younger audiences, he'll always be Donkey!

Bonus Question: Which of the 3 actors above are most famous for their overall work/roles?
Hanks, Ford and Cruise.
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Old June 25 2013, 10:28 PM   #12
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Of course some of us remember Bruce Willis for his role as David Madison in "Moonlighting"
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Old June 26 2013, 04:36 AM   #13
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

In your opinion for the following actors, which movie role is each most famous/well-known for?

A) Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

B) Mel Gibson - Martin Riggs

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone - Rocky Balboa

E) Bruce Willis - John McClane

F) Tom Cruise - Ethan Hunt

G) Will Smith - Captain Steven Hiller

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000) - Colonel Marshall Sumner from Stargate Atlantis - I really don't know.

I) Harrison Ford - Indy

J) Richard Gere - Don't know/Don't care

K) Robin Williams - Mrs. Doubtfire

L) Robert DeNiro - Jack Walsh

M) Jim Carrey - Ace Venture

N) Samuel Jackson - Nick Fury, or at least it will be after the next 17 Marvel movies come out.

O) Jack Nicholson - Colonel Nathan Jessup

P) Morgan Freeman - Narrator or God

Q) Danny Glover - Roger Murtaugh

R) Joe Pesci - Tommy DeVito

S) Eddie Murphy - Axel Foley

Bonus Question: Which of the 3 actors above are most famous for their overall work/roles?

Tom Hanks
Jack Nicholson
Harrison Ford
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Old June 27 2013, 07:56 PM   #14
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Andrew_Kearley wrote: View Post
A) Tom Hanks - Forest Gump

B) Mel Gibson - Braveheart

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone - Rocky

E) Bruce Willis - Die Hard

F) Tom Cruise - Top Gun

G) Will Smith - Men in Black

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000) - has he actually been in anything else???

I) Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones or Han Solo, impossible to choose.

J) Richard Gere - Pretty Woman

K) Robin Williams - Good Morning Vietnam

L) Robert DeNiro - Travis Bickle

M) Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura

N) Samuel Jackson - Pulp Fiction

O) Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

P) Morgan Freeman - Driving Miss Daisy

Q) Danny Glover - Lethal Weapon

R) Joe Pesci - Goodfellas

S) Eddie Murphy - Beverly Hills Cop
Agree with all above exxcept:

Robert Patrick - o/p, how can you eliminate the T-1000, and why? That is the role for which he is most known. John Doggett to a lesser degree.

Will Smith - Yeah, gotta be Fresh Prince.

Robet DeNiro - Don Corleone

Nice calls on Joe Pesci, Nicholson.
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Old June 27 2013, 10:55 PM   #15
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gblews wrote: View Post
Andrew_Kearley wrote: View Post
A) Tom Hanks - Forest Gump

B) Mel Gibson - Braveheart

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone - Rocky

E) Bruce Willis - Die Hard

F) Tom Cruise - Top Gun

G) Will Smith - Men in Black

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000) - has he actually been in anything else???

I) Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones or Han Solo, impossible to choose.

J) Richard Gere - Pretty Woman

K) Robin Williams - Good Morning Vietnam

L) Robert DeNiro - Travis Bickle

M) Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura

N) Samuel Jackson - Pulp Fiction

O) Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

P) Morgan Freeman - Driving Miss Daisy

Q) Danny Glover - Lethal Weapon

R) Joe Pesci - Goodfellas

S) Eddie Murphy - Beverly Hills Cop
Agree with all above exxcept:

Robert Patrick - o/p, how can you eliminate the T-1000, and why? That is the role for which he is most known. John Doggett to a lesser degree.

Will Smith - Yeah, gotta be Fresh Prince.

Robet DeNiro - Don Corleone

Nice calls on Joe Pesci, Nicholson.
I eliminated the T-1000 because I thought that without question everyone would choose that character for Robert Patrick; I wanted to know what people would choose if that option was terminated.

I do remember Patrick portrayed a police officer or some other authority figure in a movie, but I don't recall which one. And this is movie roles, so French Prince and Agent Doggett are not options. I think Will Smith's most famous role would be the Men in Black character, or perhaps the Independence Day dude.
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