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Kayube: What I heard about Eccleston was that he actually left because (among other things) he wanted to spend more time with his father. The idea that he left to avoid typecasting came from an unauthorized news report. (By the way, I just realized where the word "authorize" came from... weird, huh?)

Red Shoe: There are about a million conflicting reports about why Eccleston left. Some say he didn't want to be typecast. Some say that he thought the show was too gay. Some say he wanted more money. The closest thing to the truth is probably that Eccleston doesn't really like doing regular-series TV work all that much, and he only did it in the first place as a sort of personal favor to RTD. Typecasting appears to be part of the underlying reason for that, but you'd really have to ask him. Given that he also has a history about not liking to talk about projects he's done once they're over, this might be hard to do.
"A narrow escape: Before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves reportedly feared that his gravestone would read, "He played Ted"."

Seven Seals: Actually, I still consider that to be his most memorable role. It's certainly the one where he makes the most of his acting skills. That said, he would probably also have been remembered as "that guy from Speed".

Unknown Troper: I agree but then i saw Bill & Ted when it first came out so it's probably a generational thing too - younger people know him only as Neo but older people know him as Ted and Jack.

Seven Seals: Oh my God, I'm old now, aren't I?
Paul A: I've removed

  • Patrick MacNee became identified as John Steed of The Avengers; his last roles (in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill, and in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues) were homages to his role as Steed.

  1. Patrick Macnee isn't that closely associated with Steed - he's done some Alkazar roles, certainly, but he's done quite a variety of other stuff as well.
  2. That bit about "his last roles" is completely wrong-headed: For one thing, it makes no sense grouping those two roles together, since they occurred a decade apart. For another, even the latter is not his last role - he's had many more since then, and he's not dead yet.


  • The career of George Reeves essentially ended the day The Adventures of Superman was cancelled. In fact, Reeves' scenes were edited out of his final movie role because test audiences would see him, say "Look, it's Superman!", and laugh.
    • What? He was found dead in his home. He had depression from not getting other roles, but his death actually killed his career, and the series.

Set these two asses to grind bread.

Prfnoff: Removed this (sorry, Corahs Uncle), since it sounds a bit more like Typecasting or Alter-Ego Acting than a single part remembered over an entire career:

  • Mel Gibson will forever be known for Lethal Weapon. And as more than a little bit antisemitic.

I'd argue heavily against this; I've never heard anyone refer to him as typecast, and his success in various roles backs this up. Honestly, nowadays, more people probably think of him in Braveheart before Lethal Weapon.

Daibhid C: Whereas I'd say Mad Max. Definitely not typecast.

  • Robin Williams is only a bit more lucky: As much as he does, he's going to be forever known as an alien, a genie, and a cross-dressing nanny.
    • Or Richardo Montalban. This troper dares you to name one role that isn't Khan. Or Mr. Roarke. Or isn't a commercial for a Dodge Cordoba.

If the actor has many different roles they're known for, they don't count here.

pawsplay: A LOT of these examples belong under typecast.

Which gets us to the point of the Rowan Atkinson item; while Black Adder may be a major part of the career, does it really overshadow Mr. Bean?? —hellsop

  • Arguably, Timothy Dalton, up until 2007. Pretty much starring in no (memorable) major roles after his two-film stint as Bond, because that's who he was, he's slowly breaking this mould by playing slimy Magnificent Bastard types, such as Simon Skinner in Hot Fuzz.

Paul A: He played Prince Barin before his two-film stint as Bond.

Were Josh Peck Prince: Does John Kassir go here or the other one? I know he's done some other voice work, but the role he's most known for is the voice of the Crypt Keeper on Tales From The Crypt.

Rothul: Forgive me if I am mistaken, but the definition of the trope seems to be people associated with one particular role. Even if they are similar, or a result of Typecasting, An actor with even two well-known roles is not an example, right? Likewise, even if someone is "Best Known For" something, if they have a continued career, it is not an example. As such I've removed the examples of Rowan Atkinson (as Bean and Blackadder are nearly equally well-known and widely different characters), Tim Curry (who may be best known for his cult role of Frank N Furter, but Natter suggests that the equally-cult roles of Wadsworth, Nigel Thornberry, Pennywise and Rooster aren't that far behind), Michael Keaton (equally well-known for Batman and Beetlejuice), Jack Nicholson (known for a number of roles, if a certain kind), Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick (equally well-known for Ferris Bueller and The Producers), Patrick Warburton (who, though having an eclectic resume, is not dominated by any particular role), and Sylvester Stalone (who is equally known for both Rocky and Rambo).

Matthew The Raven: Should we just start deleting examples that have multiple entries for the same actor? And what about these voice actors? It seems that their careers haven't been overshadowed by one role - it's just that one troper associates them with a role more than others, which really isn't this trope.