Most Famous Movie Role

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  1. 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?
     
  2. sojourner

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    You first.
     
  3. Shazam!

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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

    Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone
     
  4. Flying Spaghetti Monster

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    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
     
  5. Spot's Meow

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    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. :lol:
     
  6. Tosk

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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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  7. Andrew_Kearley

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    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
     
  8. Spot's Meow

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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.
     
  9. MacLeod

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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
     
  10. Chris3123

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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
     
  11. Captaindemotion

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    Forrest Gump

    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.

    The Terminator

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

    John McClane

    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).

    Probably Men in Black but another tough call.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    If impersonations are anything to go by then it's Taxi Driver.

    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.'

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

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

    Red in Shawshank Redemption.

    Murtagh in Lethal Weapon

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

    Beverly Hills Cop, though to younger audiences, he'll always be Donkey!

    Hanks, Ford and Cruise.
     
  12. MacLeod

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    Of course some of us remember Bruce Willis for his role as David Madison in "Moonlighting"
     
  13. Kirby

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    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
     
  14. gblews

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    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.
     
  15. 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.
     
  16. tighr

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    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.
     
  17. JarodRussell

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    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
     
  18. Captaindemotion

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    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.
     
  19. Mistral

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    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?
     
  20. Andrew_Kearley

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    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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