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Old June 28 2013, 12:58 AM   #16
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

I think a lot of people are subconsciously picking their favorite roles for the actors, or the ones for which movies they've seen, and not the ones that the most people recognize the actor from... especially if its a role from a movie people may not have seen and still recognize the actor!

For example, Tom Cruise has been in four Mission: Impossible films, but when you say "Tom Cruise" to a random person on the street the first movie they think of is Top Gun, 90% of the time. Only younger people would think M:I, which is fair but not everyone is young.

That being said:

A) Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
B) Mel Gibson - Braveheart
C) Arnold Schwarzenegger -Terminator
D) Sylvester Stallone - Rocky Balboa
E) Bruce Willis - Die Hard
F) Tom Cruise - Top Gun
G) Will Smith - Independence Day
H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000) - Too bad, I'm saying T-1000
I) Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
J) Richard Gere - Pretty Woman
K) Robin Williams - Aladdin (it counts)
L) Robert DeNiro - Taxi Driver
M) Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura
N) Samuel Jackson - Pulp Fiction
O) Jack Nicholson - The Shining
P) Morgan Freeman - Shawshank Redemption
Q) Danny Glover - Lethal Weapon (yeah, not as popular as Mel Gipson.)
R) Joe Pesci - My Cousin Vinny
S) Eddie Murphy - Beverly Hills Cop

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

Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the clear 1 and 2, and 3 is a toss-up. I'd go with Harrison Ford or Tom Cruise, but an equal case could be made for many of them.
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Old June 28 2013, 09:18 AM   #17
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

A) Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump

B) Mel Gibson: Mad Max

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger: Terminator/Conan, actually himself

D) Sylvester Stallone: Rocky

E) Bruce Willis: McClane

F) Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt

G) Will Smith: himself, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000): that makes no sense

I) Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones

J) Richard Gere: that dude he played in Pretty Woman

K) Robin Williams: himself, he is a standup comedian after all

L) Robert DeNiro: Travis Bickle

M) Jim Carrey: Ace Ventura

N) Samuel Jackson: Jules Winnfield

O) Jack Nicholson: Jack Torrance

P) Morgan Freeman: Morgan Freeman

Q) Danny Glover: Roger Murtaugh

R) Joe Pesci: Tommy DeVito/Nicky Santoro, actually just Joe Pesci

S) Eddie Murphy: Axel Foley, but actually Eddie Murphy

Most famous for their overall work I'd say
1. Schwarzenegger
2. Hanks
3. Smith
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Old June 28 2013, 09:21 AM   #18
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

I thought I'd take the liberty of throwing in a few other iconic and/or well-known actors, as this is a very interesting thread:

1. Clint Eastwood

2. Paul Newman

3. Robert Redford

4. Steve McQueen

5. Warren Beatty

6. Burt Reynolds

7. Jeff Bridges

8. Kevin Spacey

9. Michael Caine

10. Donald Sutherland

11. Tommy Lee Jones

12. Tim Robbins

13. Kevin Bacon

14. Sean Penn.

15. Liam Neeson.
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Old June 28 2013, 09:51 AM   #19
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

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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

This list is correct. It may not be everyone's choice-but it is the best answer. Only the De Niro role is open to question-Jake La Motta?
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Old June 28 2013, 12:49 PM   #20
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Captaindemotion wrote: View Post
I thought I'd take the liberty of throwing in a few other iconic and/or well-known actors, as this is a very interesting thread:
OK, I'll bite

1. Clint Eastwood - man with no name, Spaghetti Westerns

2. Paul Newman - Butch Cassidy

3. Robert Redford - Sundance Kid

4. Steve McQueen - Bullitt

5. Warren Beatty - Clyde (Bonnie and...)

6. Burt Reynolds - The Bandit (Smokey and...)

7. Jeff Bridges - Big Lebowski

8. Kevin Spacey - Verbal Kint

9. Michael Caine - Charlie Croker, Italian Job

10. Donald Sutherland - Don't Look Now

11. Tommy Lee Jones - Marshal Gerard in The Fugitive

12. Tim Robbins - Shawshank Redemption

13. Kevin Bacon - he's famous for being in everything! If I had to choose, I'll say Tremors just because...

14. Sean Penn - Dead Man Walking

15. Liam Neeson - Schindler's List
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Old June 28 2013, 12:52 PM   #21
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Captaindemotion wrote: View Post
I thought I'd take the liberty of throwing in a few other iconic and/or well-known actors, as this is a very interesting thread:
1. Clint Eastwood: Dirty Harry

2. Paul Newman: Butch Cassidy (my favorte: Hud)

3. Robert Redford: The Sundance Kid

4. Steve McQueen: "The Cooler King" (my favorte: Jake Holman, The Sand Pebbles)

5. Warren Beatty: Clyde Barrow

6. Burt Reynolds: Bandit

7. Jeff Bridges: The Dude

8. Kevin Spacey: Lester Burnham

9. Michael Caine: Alfie

10. Donald Sutherland: Hawkeye Pierce

11. Tommy Lee Jones: Sheriff Ed Tom Bell

12. Tim Robbins: Andy Dufresne (Shawshank)

13. Kevin Bacon: Footloose

14. Sean Penn: Milk

15. Liam Neeson: Oskar Schindler
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Old June 28 2013, 01:24 PM   #22
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1. Clint Eastwood - Harry Callahan

2. Paul Newman - Fast Eddie Felson

3. Robert Redford - Harry Longabaugh

4. Steve McQueen - Thomas Crown

5. Warren Beatty - Clyde Barrow

6. Burt Reynolds - Bo Darville

7. Jeff Bridges - Jack Baker

8. Kevin Spacey - Roger Kint

9. Michael Caine - Harry Palmer

10. Donald Sutherland - "Hawkeye" Pierce

11. Tommy Lee Jones - Agent K

12. Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne

13. Kevin Bacon - Ren McCormack

14. Sean Penn - Harvey Milk

15. Liam Neeson - Bryan Mills
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Old June 28 2013, 03:43 PM   #23
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Mistral wrote: View Post
Chris3123 wrote: View Post
Mel Gibson - Mad Max
This list is correct. It may not be everyone's choice-but it is the best answer. Only the De Niro role is open to question-Jake La Motta?
Of that list, I'd argue that Mel Gibson as Braveheart is the more well known role than Mad Max. It's almost arguable that Riggs from Lethal Weapon is more well known than Mad Max (although Braveheart is clearly more well known than Lethal Weapon).
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Old June 28 2013, 03:55 PM   #24
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

1. Clint Eastwood-Harry Callahan

2. Paul Newman-Butch Cassidy

3. Robert Redford-Gatsby

4. Steve McQueen-Bullitt

5. Warren Beatty- Guy in Shampoo

6. Burt Reynolds-Bandit

7. Jeff Bridges-The Dude

8. Kevin Spacey- Roger 'Verbal' Kint

9. Michael Caine-"Michael Caine"

10. Donald Sutherland-Hawkeye Pierce

11. Tommy Lee Jones- K

12. Tim Robbins-Bob Roberts

13. Kevin Bacon- None, a solid actor but no "Stand out" role, IMO

14. Sean Penn. Jeff Spicolli

15. Liam Neeson- Qui-Gon Jinn
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Old June 28 2013, 11:40 PM   #25
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Captaindemotion wrote: View Post
I thought I'd take the liberty of throwing in a few other iconic and/or well-known actors, as this is a very interesting thread:

1. Clint Eastwood

2. Paul Newman

3. Robert Redford

4. Steve McQueen

5. Warren Beatty

6. Burt Reynolds

7. Jeff Bridges

8. Kevin Spacey

9. Michael Caine

10. Donald Sutherland

11. Tommy Lee Jones

12. Tim Robbins

13. Kevin Bacon

14. Sean Penn.

15. Liam Neeson.
Respectfully, I'd rather you would have started another thread...
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Old June 28 2013, 11:43 PM   #26
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

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G) Will Smith: himself, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

H) Robert Patrick (other than the T-1000): that makes no sense


K) Robin Williams: himself, he is a standup comedian after all


Most famous for their overall work I'd say
1. Schwarzenegger
2. Hanks
3. Smith
I already explained the T-1000 omission. In that instance, I'm asking for the second most popular choice, since the first choice would be obvious for everyone. And your Robin Williams and Will Smith choices are not movie roles.
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Old June 29 2013, 02:25 AM   #27
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Re: Most Famous Movie Role

Why do the rules need to be so rigid? It's just for fun, right?

Also, out of curiosity, why are there no women on the list?
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Old June 29 2013, 02:44 AM   #28
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Why do the rules need to be so rigid? It's just for fun, right?

Also, out of curiosity, why are there no women on the list?
Well, I did ask for movie roles, and Fresh Prince and Robin Williams the stand-up comedian are not movie roles. I was just making a correction, not calling names or anything like that.

Actor names more readily came to my mind, I suppose.
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Old June 29 2013, 02:47 AM   #29
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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?
A) Woody (though for some great performances see Cloud Atlas).
B) William Wallace.
C) The Terminator.
D) Rocky Balboa.
E) John McClane.
F) Ethan Hunt, though the question barely applies. He's best known for being Tom Cruise.
G) J.
H) Drawing a virtual blank here. That agent from the X Files, maybe.
I) Han Solo.
J) That role in Pretty Woman.
K) Mrs Doubtfire.
L) Jake LaMotta.
M) Ace Ventura.
N) Jules.
O) McMurphy.
P) Red.
Q) Riggs (or was it Murtaugh?).
R) That complete psycho Tommy from Goodfellas.
S) Donkey.

I'd put Cruise, Ford and Nicholson as the most famous.
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Old June 29 2013, 01:56 PM   #30
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A) Tom Hanks - Woody

B) Mel Gibson - Deranged Antisemite

C) Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator

D) Sylvester Stallone - Rambo

E) Bruce Willis - John McClane

F) Tom Cruise - Ethan Hunt

G) Will Smith - Agent J

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

I) Harrison Ford - Han Solo

J) Richard Gere - Edward Lewis

K) Robin Williams - The Genie

L) Robert DeNiro - Travis Bickle

M) Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura

N) Samuel Jackson - Zeus (Die Hard 3)

O) Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance

P) Morgan Freeman - Red (Shawshank Redemption)

Q) Danny Glover - Roger Murtaugh

R) Joe Pesci - The Wet Bandit

S) Eddie Murphy - Axel Foley

Bolding where I differ from the first response. You might notice that I'm privileging roles in kids' movies somewhat. My impression is that far, far more people have seen Home Alone, for example, than have seen Raging Bull or Goodfellas.

The three most famous are Hanks, Ford and Schwarzenegger. The former two were both, at respective times, the number one box-office draw in Hollywood and the latter was independently famous (albeit in a fringe community) prior to acting and has also entered politics - a triple threat, fame-wise.

Edit: I see the OP has specified movie roles only, so I've changed my response for Will Smith from the Fresh Prince to Agent J and for Robert Patrick from John Doggett to Mr Lisp (Spy Kids).
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