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27th Apr '17 7:34:40 AM SutairuMasuta
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* ''Malibu Gangster'' had two well-educated, well-trained black actors who were always typecast as thugs. Ironically, they were both somewhat effeminate.

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* ''Malibu Gangster'' ''Film/MalibusMostWanted'' had two well-educated, well-trained black actors who were always typecast as thugs. Ironically, they were both somewhat effeminate.
22nd Apr '17 7:46:06 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max]]: Situation -- Comedy'' features Philo Pennyworth, the stuck-up actor who plays the neurotic landlord, Mr. Featherly, on ''Midtown Cowboys''. Also, he's a [[IntellectualAnimal talking]] [[CluckingFunny chicken]]. Interestingly, though, Philo is actually an aversion of the trope -- he is indeed classically trained, but far from thinking that his role in a critically-panned sitcom is beneath him, he believes true professionalism lies in taking any role you're given and playing it to the best of your ability.
** Of course, the professionalism flies out the window once the show becomes [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff a massive hit in Germany]] and he starts making some serious bank.

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* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max]]: Situation -- Comedy'' features Philo Pennyworth, the stuck-up actor who plays the neurotic landlord, Mr. Featherly, on ''Midtown Cowboys''. Also, he's a [[IntellectualAnimal talking]] [[CluckingFunny chicken]]. Interestingly, though, Philo is actually an aversion of the trope -- he is indeed classically trained, but far from thinking that his role in a critically-panned sitcom is beneath him, he believes true professionalism lies in taking any role you're given and playing it to the best of your ability.
**
ability. Of course, the professionalism flies out the window once the show becomes [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff a massive hit in Germany]] and he starts making some serious bank.
12th Apr '17 9:22:19 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Creator/BelaLugosi considered himself to be the Hungarian Barrymore, forced to give up fame on the Budapest stage and flee to Hollywood as a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution, where his thick accent consigned him to be typecast as a villain in B (and C and D) movies. [[note:(Most of this is pure bullshit, by the way; while he actually was a member of the Hungarian National Theater he only played [[SmallNameBigEgo small roles and bit parts]].)]] But he truly was a critically acclaimed stage actor before he originated his most famous role, playing Dracula in 274 performances on Broadway to rave reviews before heading west to play him in the film. Rumors that he could not act likely stem from his rival Creator/BorisKarloff, with whom he was always fighting for top billing.

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* Creator/BelaLugosi considered himself to be the Hungarian Barrymore, forced to give up fame on the Budapest stage and flee to Hollywood as a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution, where his thick accent consigned him to be typecast as a villain in B (and C and D) movies. [[note:(Most [[note]]Most of this is pure bullshit, by the way; while he actually was a member of the Hungarian National Theater he only played [[SmallNameBigEgo small roles and bit parts]].)]] [[/note]] But he truly was a critically acclaimed stage actor before he originated his most famous role, playing Dracula in 274 performances on Broadway to rave reviews before heading west to play him in the film. Rumors that he could not act likely stem from his rival Creator/BorisKarloff, with whom he was always fighting for top billing.
24th Mar '17 10:53:27 AM Willbyr
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22nd Mar '17 12:58:29 PM Madrugada
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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17201_6-most-depressing-imdb-pages.html Maurice Evans]], pictured above went on a slow descent from Broadway Shakespeare to ''Series/{{Batman}}'' and ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''...
* Robert Reed, who really ''was'' a serious actor and had done Shakespeare in the past, reportedly hated playing Mike Brady on ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' because he felt the role was "beneath" him. This resulted in numerous disputes with producers over the course of the series, even to the point where Reed's character was written out of the series finale.
* Creator/AlecGuinness seems to have felt this way about playing Obi-Wan in ''Franchise/StarWars''; a [[http://www.businessinsider.com/alec-guinness-referred-to-star-wars-as-fairy-tale-rubbish-2013-1 letter to a friend]] at the time of filming describes the film as "fairy-tale rubbish", the dialogue worse, and his character unclear. He predicted that it would be successful (cannily negotiating a share of the profits), and considered it a well-made film, but he stipulated he wouldn't do any promotion of it and claims to have been in favour of the ObiWanMoment at least partially out of a desire not to return for a sequel.
** Another ''Franchise/StarWars'' example is Ian [=McDiarmid=], who played Palpatine. He's a successful theatre actor, and won a Tony Award. He actually enjoyed the role, though, and came back on board for the prequels.

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* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17201_6-most-depressing-imdb-pages.html Maurice Evans]], pictured above went on a slow descent from Broadway Shakespeare to ''Series/{{Batman}}'' and ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''...
* Robert Reed, who really ''was'' was a serious actor and had done Shakespeare in the past, reportedly hated playing Mike Brady on ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' because he felt the role was "beneath" him. This resulted in numerous disputes with producers over the course of the series, even to the point where Reed's character was written out of the series finale.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
**
Creator/AlecGuinness seems to have felt this way about playing Obi-Wan Obi-Wan; in ''Franchise/StarWars''; a a [[http://www.businessinsider.com/alec-guinness-referred-to-star-wars-as-fairy-tale-rubbish-2013-1 letter to a friend]] at the time of filming describes the film as "fairy-tale rubbish", the dialogue worse, and his character unclear. He predicted that it would be successful (cannily negotiating a share of the profits), and considered it a well-made film, but he stipulated he wouldn't do any promotion of it and claims to have been in favour of the ObiWanMoment at least partially out of a desire not to return for a sequel.
** Another ''Franchise/StarWars'' example is Ian [=McDiarmid=], who played Palpatine. He's a successful theatre actor, and won a Tony Award. He actually enjoyed the role, though, and came back on board for the prequels.
sequel.



* Real world inversion: Creator/PatrickStewart was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company before he went on to play Picard in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He reportedly considered it good practice. (He did dip his toes into science fiction with the Creator/DavidLynch adaptation of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' and [[Film/{{Lifeforce}} the Space Vampire movie]].)
** While with the RSC he reportedly advised Lalla Ward not to take the role of Romana in ''Series/DoctorWho'' as doing sci-fi would damage her career.
** Stewart has noted on at least one occasion that he's glad he took the role because it drew more people in to see his performances on stage and helped teach people about Shakespeare.
** The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series have managed to get some surprisingly talented actors over the years. Avery Brooks, aka Cpt. Sisko, has played in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' and ''Theatre/KingLear'', and is an extremely talented stage actor as well as a tenured drama professor.
** Creator/WilliamShatner was trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, played several Shakespearean roles at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, and debuted on Broadway in ''Theatre/{{Tamburlaine}}''.
** Dame Creator/JudiDench is a similar case; she has said that she wants to continue playing [[Film/JamesBond M]] until she dies, just because the movies are so much fun to make. [[spoiler:[[Film/{{Skyfall}} This was not to be, however.]]]]
* Similarly to Stewart, VincentPrice had a lot of Shakespearean villain in the LargeHam characters he tended to play. In fact, in one film, ''Film/TheatreOfBlood,'' his character actually is a hammish Shakespearean actor who murders the critics who panned him. Price had been a member of Creator/OrsonWelles' Mercury Theatre Company early in his career, performing both classical and modern roles.
** Supposedly, Price took that role precisely because he wanted to show everybody he could do Shakespeare. Every time he'd tried previously, he ended up being rejected because of his TypeCasting as a MadScientist or EvilSorcerer.
** Before he became known for horror roles, Price played a swashbuckler matinee idol in ''His Kind of Woman'', a humor-tinged action movie. He gets a rush from a taste of real-life danger and leaps into the fray, belting out Shakespeare in wonderful LargeHam mode.
* Werner Klemperer. Concert pianist. Broadway actor. Appeared in serious dramas like ''Film/TheWrongMan'' and ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg''. Best known for playing the [[Series/HogansHeroes hapless and monocled]] crowning example of a [[ThoseWackyNazis Wacky Nazi.]] He genuinely enjoyed the part after initial misgivings over the premise, and even kept the monocle for years after the show ended.
* Betcha didn't know Jim Varney, who played Ernest P. Worrell, was a respected stage actor.
* Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack Hackett in ''Series/FatherTed'', was a trained stage actor, whose lines were limited to saying 'Feck' and 'Girls' whereas the two leads were stand-up comedians. Frank Kelly would often mutter "feckin' amateurs" during takes.
** One trailer purported to show the cast rehearsing their catchphrases, while Dermot Morgan addressed the viewers. At the end, Frank Kelly interrupted him in a plummy "classically-trained actor" voice.
** Jim Norton, who played Bishop Brennan, is also an acclaimed stage actor who has won multiple awards, including a Tony. In an unusual twist, people in the United States are more likely to know him for his extensive Broadway work while people in his native Ireland would know him only as Bishop Brennan.
* There were two of these in ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''. Arthur Brough, who played Mr Grainger in the first five seasons, was a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the ''founder'' of ''multiple'' repertory companies. John Inman was both a stage actor and a renowned pantomime performer.
* Once, while hosting ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Sir Creator/IanMcKellen gave an opening about how (now Dame) Maggie Smith had once gotten Creator/LaurenceOlivier to see a performance of theirs when they were in a minor stage group together, which ended up with both of them being drafted into his Shakespearean troupe, where they met "a talented young actor by the name of Creator/AnthonyHopkins." He then went on to talk about the irony that, after playing the classics, Hopkins was now famous for "[[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs eating people's faces off]]", Smith was now "that Film/HarryPotter lady", and "they've made me into [[Film/XMenFilmSeries an action]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings figure twice]]!"
** Sir Anthony Hopkins is an interesting case, and possibly an inversion of this trope; once touted as the Next Big Shakespearean Actor, he ''deliberately'' chose to come to Hollywood to make loud, stupid movies because ''that's what he likes to do''. In his own words, "I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash".
** Same for Sir Ben Kingsley. One of the most respected actors around, he says he enjoys tackling non-serious movies and big Hollywood blockbusters, comparing them to a big Roman performance spectacle. He even signed onto ''Film/BloodRayne'' simply because [[AwesomeDearBoy he always wanted to play a vampire and wear fangs on camera]].
** Even Olivier is no stranger to this trope as he spent much of his last few decades appearing in fare so he could have money to leave to his family (famously becoming the TropeNamer for MoneyDearBoy in the process). He seemed to be okay with that or at least didn't make any apologies for making his family a priority above his career, and he would still treat his roles like they were golden, as seen by his portrayal of Zeus in the original ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''.

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* Real world inversion: While Creator/PatrickStewart was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company before he went on to play Picard in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. He reportedly considered it good practice. (He did dip his toes into science fiction with the Creator/DavidLynch adaptation of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' and [[Film/{{Lifeforce}} the Space Vampire movie]].)
** While
with the RSC he reportedly advised Lalla Ward not to take the role of Romana in ''Series/DoctorWho'' as doing sci-fi would damage her career.
** Stewart has noted on at least one occasion that he's glad he took the role because it drew more people in to see his performances on stage and helped teach people about Shakespeare.
** The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series have managed to get some surprisingly talented actors over the years. Avery Brooks, aka Cpt. Sisko, has played in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' and ''Theatre/KingLear'', and is an extremely talented stage actor as well as a tenured drama professor.
** Creator/WilliamShatner was trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, played several Shakespearean roles at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, and debuted on Broadway in ''Theatre/{{Tamburlaine}}''.
** Dame Creator/JudiDench is a similar case; she has said that she wants to continue playing [[Film/JamesBond M]] until she dies, just because the movies are so much fun to make. [[spoiler:[[Film/{{Skyfall}} This was not to be, however.]]]]
* Similarly to Stewart, VincentPrice had a lot of Shakespearean villain in the LargeHam characters he tended to play. In fact, in one film, ''Film/TheatreOfBlood,'' his character actually is a hammish Shakespearean actor who murders the critics who panned him. Price had been a member of Creator/OrsonWelles' Mercury Theatre Company early in his career, performing both classical and modern roles.
** Supposedly, Price took that role precisely because he wanted to show everybody he could do Shakespeare. Every time he'd tried previously, he ended up being rejected because of his TypeCasting as a MadScientist or EvilSorcerer.
** Before he became known for horror roles, Price played a swashbuckler matinee idol in ''His Kind of Woman'', a humor-tinged action movie. He gets a rush from a taste of real-life danger and leaps into the fray, belting out Shakespeare in wonderful LargeHam mode.
* Werner Klemperer. Concert pianist. Broadway actor. Appeared in serious dramas like ''Film/TheWrongMan'' and ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg''. Best known for playing the [[Series/HogansHeroes hapless and monocled]] crowning example of a [[ThoseWackyNazis Wacky Nazi.]] He genuinely enjoyed the part after initial misgivings over the premise, and even kept the monocle for years after the show ended.
* Betcha didn't know Jim Varney, who played Ernest P. Worrell, was a respected stage actor.
* Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack Hackett in ''Series/FatherTed'', was a trained stage actor, whose lines were limited to saying 'Feck' and 'Girls' whereas the two leads were stand-up comedians. Frank Kelly would often mutter "feckin' amateurs" during takes.
**
takes. One trailer purported to show the cast rehearsing their catchphrases, while Dermot Morgan addressed the viewers. At the end, Frank Kelly interrupted him in a plummy "classically-trained actor" voice.
** Jim Norton, who played Bishop Brennan, is also an acclaimed stage actor who has won multiple awards, including a Tony. In an unusual twist, people in the United States are more likely to know him for his extensive Broadway work while people in his native Ireland would know him only as Bishop Brennan.
* There were two of these in ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''. Arthur Brough, who played Mr Grainger in the first five seasons, was a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the ''founder'' of ''multiple'' repertory companies. John Inman was both a stage actor and a renowned pantomime performer.
* Once, while hosting ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', Sir Creator/IanMcKellen gave an opening about how (now Dame) Dame Maggie Smith had once gotten Creator/LaurenceOlivier to see a performance of theirs when they were in a minor stage group together, which ended up with both of them being drafted into his Shakespearean troupe, where they met "a talented young actor by the name of Creator/AnthonyHopkins." He then went on to talk about the irony that, after playing the classics, Hopkins was now famous for "[[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs eating people's faces off]]", Smith was now "that Film/HarryPotter lady", and "they've made me into [[Film/XMenFilmSeries an action]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings figure twice]]!"
** Sir Anthony Hopkins is an interesting case, and possibly an inversion of this trope; once touted as the Next Big Shakespearean Actor, he ''deliberately'' chose to come to Hollywood to make loud, stupid movies because ''that's what he likes to do''. In his own words, "I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash".
** Same for Sir Ben Kingsley. One of the most respected actors around, he says he enjoys tackling non-serious movies and big Hollywood blockbusters, comparing them to a big Roman performance spectacle. He even signed onto ''Film/BloodRayne'' simply because [[AwesomeDearBoy he always wanted to play a vampire and wear fangs on camera]].
** Even Olivier is no stranger to this trope as he spent much of his last few decades appearing in fare so he could have money to leave to his family (famously becoming the TropeNamer for MoneyDearBoy in the process). He seemed to be okay with that or at least didn't make any apologies for making his family a priority above his career, and he would still treat his roles like they were golden, as seen by his portrayal of Zeus in the original ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''.
twice]]!"



** Although it's possible that that's ''[[MetaCasting why]]'' they chose him for the role: a father whose glory days are over, who is now stuck at a dead-end job where his talents go to waste.
* The above mentioned Abe Vigoda (famed for his portrayal in ''Film/TheGodfather'') and his role in ''Film/GoodBurger''. Abe Vigoda was even in ''Film/{{North}}'', where he was sent away on an ice floe due to his age.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Morris Garret Morris]], of ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' and ''The Jamie Foxx Show'', is a Julliard-trained singer. He sang a few times on the former, but felt he was being typecast.
** When WalterMatthau hosted, he was aware of Morris's talent, and insisted he get a spot singing an opera aria perfectly straight.
* Jason Narvy, best known for playing [[TheBully Skull]] on ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', is a Shakespearean trained actor with multiple degrees, including [=PhD=] in Theater Studies and now works as a college professor. However he gained all this after leaving the show but this makes his role as the dim-witted Skull funny in retrospect.
** His castmate Paul Schier (Bulk) has studied animation as well as art, [[DirectedByACastMember directed multiple episodes]] of PowerRangers (as well as several episodes of the english adaptation of HelloKittyAndFriends) as well as the short film "An Easy Thing."
* The Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series received quite a few famous actors in roles as one-time villains. A famous example is Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon, who was a contemporary and even a sort of mentor to Humphrey Bogart.
** The ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' parody of the show has a throwaway line where Batman says "I thought this week's guest villain was Laurence Olivier!"
** Adam West himself qualifies, he was initially seen as "too serious" of an actor for the role until someone saw a ridiculously silly commercial for Nestle Quik he did.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson is a classically trained Thespian who is best known for being a [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi Master]] who [[MemeticMutation has had it]] [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane with motherfucking snakes.]] However, he doesn't regret any of his roles and has said that he [[DoingItForTheArt acts for the pleasure he gets from acting]], regardless of whether or not he thinks the movie will be good.
* Creator/TimothyDalton was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and had done considerably more stage acting than film acting when he was cast as Film/JamesBond.
** He actually did play this trope straight in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', as [[LargeHam Mr. Pricklepants.]]
** Dalton treated ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' like it was a lost Shakespeare play, contrasting wildly with the camp around him. As any connoisseur of B-grade schlock knows, this is a very risky tactic. It worked.
* Creator/OrsonWelles spent plenty of time directing, starring in, and sometimes rewriting classical plays with the Mercury Theatre and throughout his career... and concluded his career by playing Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.
--> "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I play a big toy who attacks a bunch of smaller toys]]."
** Welles also made a deep impression on people of a certain age with his role as Lew Lord in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''. In the 30 seconds of screen time, he still manages to give Lord depth.
** Welles was a literal example in that his acting roles, even in well-regarded films like ''Film/MobyDick'' and ''Theater/AManForAllSeasons'', were often little more than cameos. Which didn't stop him from [[OneSceneWonder being the most memorable thing about the films in question]].
* Creator/RobertEnglund is a graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Art, has done a hell of a lot of stage acting and was given a ten-minute standing ovation after a screening of ''Il Ritorno di Cagliostro'' at the Venice Film Festival. [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] can act you under the table.
* Tony award winner Ron Leibman is more well-known nowadays as Rachel's grouchy father in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Shizuma Hodoshima. Japanese Shakespearian stage actor. If you've ever heard of him, it's because he is also the voice actor for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'''s [[TheHero Cecil]] in remakes and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Given that Cecil is a medieval-style knight, I'd say that Hodoshima was perfect for the role.]]
* Similar to the above Shizuma Hodoshima example, Satoshi Hashimoto is a somewhat prolific actor in most fields of entertainment, ranging from stage plays (The Engineer in ''Theatre/MissSaigon'', Jean Valjean in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'') to live-action movies to TV dramas. However the role that is most synonymous with this name is none other than [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], the [[{{Mascot}} face]] of Creator/{{SNK}} and probably the most [[FountainOfMemes memetastic]] character in ''all of {{fighting game}} history''. [[TheOtherDarrin Up until]] ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XII'', [[TalkingToHimself he also voiced]] fellow ''Fatal Fury'' alum Kim Kaphwan. Also, did you know that [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise he led the Autobots on one occasion?]]
* While not being a Shakespearian actress ''per se'', Creator/JunkoTakeuchi (of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fame) is also a classical trained stage actress and former ''ballerina'' according [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2011-11-01/interview-junko-takeuchi in a recent interview.]] And yes, just like everyone else (both in- and out of universe) she also agrees that Naruto is an ''annoying brat'' at first.
* While not classically trained, Graham Chapman was a very intelligent (he was a fully-qualified MD and deadly serious about it[[note]]he not only maintained his license but would also treat cast and crew for various ailments and injuries during production[[/note]]) and talented actor whose straight laced persona was used to hilarious effect for StraightMan roles. The other Pythons considered him the best and chose him for the lead roles in ''Holy Grail'' and ''Life of Brian''.
* An Aversion. Jim Broadbent, a well respected Oscar winning actor, not only thoroughly enjoyed his role in ''Film/HotFuzz'', but had actually asked Edgar Wright for a part in his next film after meeting him. Timothy Dalton also appeared and [[LargeHam gleefully made a ham of himself]], and Cate Blanchett had an uncredited cameo as Nicholas' ex-girlfriend in one scene, where the entirety of her body and face was obscured aside from her eyes.
* Averted with Creator/AlanRickman who, while a very acclaimed stage actor who has turned down film roles to focus on theater, gets equal praise for film roles and thoroughly enjoys being able to play characters like Snape and Hans Gruber. He liked ''Film/ChasingAmy'' so much that he sought out a role in Creator/KevinSmith's next film, ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
* In ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', Andre Braugher, Creator/ReedDiamond and Yaphet Kotto were all professional actors, with Braugher and Diamond both having attended Julliard. Subverted in that they were not only massively acclaimed, but ''Homicide'' is cited as one of the best acted shows on television.
* Creator/AlecBaldwin, who once wrote a 65-page thesis on method acting, was in the nineties considered one of the best dramatic actors around, mainly due to roles in ''Film/{{Malice}}'' and -- most famously -- ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss''. He is best known now for playing Jack on the sitcom ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Subverted in that he is not only enormously acclaimed for it, but has spoken positively about it on numerous occasions.

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** Although it's possible that that's ''[[MetaCasting why]]'' they chose him for the role: a father whose glory days are over, who is now stuck at a dead-end job where his talents go to waste.
* The above mentioned Abe Vigoda (famed for his portrayal in ''Film/TheGodfather'') and his role in ''Film/GoodBurger''. Abe Vigoda was even in ''Film/{{North}}'', where he was sent away on an ice floe due to his age.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Morris Garret Morris]], of ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' and ''The Jamie Foxx Show'', is a Julliard-trained singer. He sang a few times on the former, but felt he was being typecast.
** When
typecast. (When WalterMatthau hosted, he was aware of Morris's talent, and insisted he get a spot singing an opera aria perfectly straight.
* Jason Narvy, best known for playing [[TheBully Skull]] on ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', is a Shakespearean trained actor with multiple degrees, including [=PhD=] in Theater Studies and now works as a college professor. However he gained all this after leaving the show but this makes his role as the dim-witted Skull funny in retrospect.
** His castmate Paul Schier (Bulk) has studied animation as well as art, [[DirectedByACastMember directed multiple episodes]] of PowerRangers (as well as several episodes of the english adaptation of HelloKittyAndFriends) as well as the short film "An Easy Thing."
* The Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series received quite a few famous actors in roles as one-time villains. A famous example is Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon, who was a contemporary and even a sort of mentor to Humphrey Bogart.
** The ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' parody of the show has a throwaway line where Batman says "I thought this week's guest villain was Laurence Olivier!"
** Adam West himself qualifies, he was initially seen as "too serious" of an actor for the role until someone saw a ridiculously silly commercial for Nestle Quik he did.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson is a classically trained Thespian who is best known for being a [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi Master]] who [[MemeticMutation has had it]] [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane with motherfucking snakes.]] However, he doesn't regret any of his roles and has said that he [[DoingItForTheArt acts for the pleasure he gets from acting]], regardless of whether or not he thinks the movie will be good.
* Creator/TimothyDalton was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and had done considerably more stage acting than film acting when he was cast as Film/JamesBond.
** He actually did play this trope straight in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', as [[LargeHam Mr. Pricklepants.]]
** Dalton treated ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' like it was a lost Shakespeare play, contrasting wildly with the camp around him. As any connoisseur of B-grade schlock knows, this is a very risky tactic. It worked.
* Creator/OrsonWelles spent plenty of time directing, starring in, and sometimes rewriting classical plays with the Mercury Theatre and throughout his career... and concluded his career by playing Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.
--> "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I play a big toy who attacks a bunch of smaller toys]]."
** Welles also made a deep impression on people of a certain age with his role as Lew Lord in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''. In the 30 seconds of screen time, he still manages to give Lord depth.
** Welles was a literal example in that his acting roles, even in well-regarded films like ''Film/MobyDick'' and ''Theater/AManForAllSeasons'', were often little more than cameos. Which didn't stop him from [[OneSceneWonder being the most memorable thing about the films in question]].
* Creator/RobertEnglund is a graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Art, has done a hell of a lot of stage acting and was given a ten-minute standing ovation after a screening of ''Il Ritorno di Cagliostro'' at the Venice Film Festival. [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] can act you under the table.
* Tony award winner Ron Leibman is more well-known nowadays as Rachel's grouchy father in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Shizuma Hodoshima. Japanese Shakespearian stage actor. If you've ever heard of him, it's because he is also the voice actor for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'''s [[TheHero Cecil]] in remakes and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Given that Cecil is a medieval-style knight, I'd say that Hodoshima was perfect for the role.]]
* Similar to the above Shizuma Hodoshima example, Satoshi Hashimoto is a somewhat prolific actor in most fields of entertainment, ranging from stage plays (The Engineer in ''Theatre/MissSaigon'', Jean Valjean in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'') to live-action movies to TV dramas. However the role that is most synonymous with this name is none other than [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], the [[{{Mascot}} face]] of Creator/{{SNK}} and probably the most [[FountainOfMemes memetastic]] character in ''all of {{fighting game}} history''. [[TheOtherDarrin Up until]] ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XII'', [[TalkingToHimself he also voiced]] fellow ''Fatal Fury'' alum Kim Kaphwan. Also, did you know that [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise he led the Autobots on one occasion?]]
* While not being a Shakespearian actress ''per se'', Creator/JunkoTakeuchi (of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fame) is also a classical trained stage actress and former ''ballerina'' according [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2011-11-01/interview-junko-takeuchi in a recent interview.]] And yes, just like everyone else (both in- and out of universe) she also agrees that Naruto is an ''annoying brat'' at first.
* While not classically trained, Graham Chapman was a very intelligent (he was a fully-qualified MD and deadly serious about it[[note]]he not only maintained his license but would also treat cast and crew for various ailments and injuries during production[[/note]]) and talented actor whose straight laced persona was used to hilarious effect for StraightMan roles. The other Pythons considered him the best and chose him for the lead roles in ''Holy Grail'' and ''Life of Brian''.
* An Aversion. Jim Broadbent, a well respected Oscar winning actor, not only thoroughly enjoyed his role in ''Film/HotFuzz'', but had actually asked Edgar Wright for a part in his next film after meeting him. Timothy Dalton also appeared and [[LargeHam gleefully made a ham of himself]], and Cate Blanchett had an uncredited cameo as Nicholas' ex-girlfriend in one scene, where the entirety of her body and face was obscured aside from her eyes.
* Averted with Creator/AlanRickman who, while a very acclaimed stage actor who has turned down film roles to focus on theater, gets equal praise for film roles and thoroughly enjoys being able to play characters like Snape and Hans Gruber. He liked ''Film/ChasingAmy'' so much that he sought out a role in Creator/KevinSmith's next film, ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
* In ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', Andre Braugher, Creator/ReedDiamond and Yaphet Kotto were all professional actors, with Braugher and Diamond both having attended Julliard. Subverted in that they were not only massively acclaimed, but ''Homicide'' is cited as one of the best acted shows on television.
* Creator/AlecBaldwin, who once wrote a 65-page thesis on method acting, was in the nineties considered one of the best dramatic actors around, mainly due to roles in ''Film/{{Malice}}'' and -- most famously -- ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss''. He is best known now for playing Jack on the sitcom ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Subverted in that he is not only enormously acclaimed for it, but has spoken positively about it on numerous occasions.
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* The Observer, or "that creepy bald guy who shows up in the background of every episode" on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', is played by Michael Cerveris, a Tony-winning Broadway leading man who has played [[Theatre/{{Assassins}} John Wilkes Booth]] and SweeneyTodd. And he doesn't even sing in the MusicalEpisode!
* Believe it or not, [[Series/EastEnders Phil Mitchell]] is a RADA graduate.
* Top British stage actor Sir Antony Sher, in a rare movie role, plays Hitler in the comedy flop ''Churchill: The Hollywood Years''.
** He was also virtually an extra in an episode of ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' (he plays a man in a waiting room and doesn't speak a single line)
* Rupert Everett played hammy baddies in the dumb kiddie comedies ''Film/InspectorGadget'' and ''Film/DunstonChecksIn''.
* Playwright and stage veteran Steven Berkoff played 2-dimensional baddies in ''Octopussy'', ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' and ''Film/TheTourist''.
* Charles Dance slums it as the dastardly Deputy Prime Minister in ''Film/AliGIndahouse'' where, at the end of the film, he has get into tight, skimpy womens clothes. And once before he sacrificed his dignity to play a cyborg space pirate with a chainsaw-like motorised penis (complete with rip cord) in ''Film/SpaceTruckers''.
* This can even happen in Shakespeare productions. After all, someone has to play the guards, handmaidens, and servants from the stage directions.
* This is becoming much more common in American TV. More and more American movies and shows are being produced in other countries, often for budget reasons (Canada and New Zealand being the most common). They will usually hire local actors for various parts, and you can end up with some very high-profile Canadian, Aussie and Kiwi actors playing relatively small parts that local audiences might see as way below their caliber. Although, more often than not, the actors themselves love it. Since the American production teams don't have any perceptions of their acting ability, the actors have a greater chance to spread their wings and play against type.
* Similarly, this trope literally occurs when major Hollywood movies or TV shows are filmed on-location in places like Atlanta GA, Richmond VA, Dallas TX, Wilmington NC, etc. Many accomplished actors working on stage in those areas wind up as background actors or with very small speaking parts at best, with most major roles going to actors with agents in New York or Los Angeles.



* Canadian actor John Vernon was a RADA graduate who once played [[Theatre/TwelfthNight Malvolio]] at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He's best known in the United States for playing the [[DeanBitterman hardass Dean Wormer]] in ''Film/AnimalHouse''.
* Peter Lorre was seen as a coming actor on the Berlin stages, particularly working with Bert Brecht, but went into movies, where he often played small supporting or villainous parts after appearing in ''M''. Which he might not have done had Brecht's "A Man's a Man" been more of a success in theatre.
** Speaking of ''M'', Theo Lingen, who appears there as the pickpocket and has a similar role Fritz Lang's next film, ''Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse'' was a prominent member of Brecht's troupe (he also married Brecht's first wife, Marianne Zoff) but got sidetracked into playing servants and the like in countless movies.
** Otto Wernicke was another theater star in the '20s, before playing Kommissar Lohman in both of the Lang films. He spent the rest of his career stranded in minor supporting roles, possibly because his Jewish wife caused difficulties during the Nazi era.
* Creator/WilliamAtherton is a veteran stage actor who has starred on Broadway, worked with Arthur Miller and won numerous awards for his performances. He's best known to the public for playing [[SmugSnake Walter Peck]] in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and [[{{Jerkass}} Richard Thornburg]] in ''Film/DieHard''.
* Jeffrey Jones, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic art and trained Shakespearian actor, once lamented that he was far more likely to be remembered for playing Principal Rooney in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' than for playing the emperor of Austria in ''Amadeus''. Of course given later controversy and scandals, Mr Jones should probably consider himself lucky if that's what he's remembered for.
* Tom Bosley, whose formidable stage career (including a Tony award for the musical ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'') has been overshadowed by playing Howard Cunningham on ''Series/HappyDays''. It's not all bad though, as Bosley enjoyed working on the show.
* Richard Boone, who's best-remembered for Westerns like ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' and ''Hombre'', trained at the Actor's Studio and acted in Shakespeare and Euripides plays onstage before moving into film and television work. He even taught acting at university level later in life.
* Creator/BelaLugosi considered himself to be the Hungarian Barrymore, forced to give up fame on the Budapest stage and flee to Hollywood as a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution, where his thick accent consigned him to be typecast as a villain in B (and C and D) movies. (Most of this is pure bullshit, by the way; while he actually was a member of the Hungarian National Theater he only played [[SmallNameBigEgo small roles and bit parts]].) But he truly was a critically acclaimed stage actor before he originated his most famous role, playing Dracula in 274 performances on Broadway to rave reviews before heading west to play him in the film. Rumors that he could not act likely stem from his rival Creator/BorisKarloff, with whom he was always fighting for top billing.
** Lugosi's favorite role was in ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'', where he got to have his desired romantic role, albeit not the lead.
* Classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' is well associated with this. While the modern show is a well-respected and much-loved institution that can attract top actors who speak fondly of their roles, the Classic series was regarded as trashy ill-made nonsense and stocked with often intensely skilled London theatre actors standing around in silly hats simply for the promise of some cash. Sometimes you'll get truly execrable performances by actors whose other roles have demonstrated them to be talented enough to know better, and other times you'll get [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously generic stock characters played with the quality and intensity of a Hamlet]]. Still at other times you'll see extremely talented actors [[HamAndCheese deliberately acting badly for the fun of it]], seeing the show as akin to {{Panto}} - while at other times, you can hear side characters reeling off {{technobabble}} with Iambic rhythms. The effect of this is part of what makes Classic ''Doctor Who'' so stylistically distinctive and bizarre, especially to American viewers less familiar with the BBC and its tendency to do this.
** The Doctors themselves were all played by trained and highly creative ShakespeareanActors, and yet, due to the contempt in which the show was held, the ability of those playing the part has only been commonly recognised by critics after the New series remarketed the franchise as a thought-provoking SF drama and British cultural institution rather than as mildly scary children's nonsense to watch until the soaps came on. You're much more likely to read an article praising the skill of Creator/TomBaker's, Creator/PatrickTroughton's or Creator/PeterDavison's performances - always beloved, but not until recently technically well-regarded - dating from 2007 than from 1997.
** One of the more beloved [[YouLookFamiliar recurring actors]] was Philip Madoc (best remembered in ''Who'' for his star performance as GothicHorror MadScientist Mehendri Solon in "The Brain of Morbius"), a classically-trained and quality actor who ended his decades-long association with the programme due to his anger over the tiny, badly-written part he got in WriterRevolt episode "The Power of Kroll".
* Creator/JohnCarradine. He was a prolific Shakespearean actor on stage, was a member of Creator/JohnFord's "stock company" and worked with other prolific directors like Creator/FritzLang and Creator/CecilBDeMille. Ninety percent of his film career however was spent appearing in B-grade (or worse) horror movies.
* Creator/JuneForay is a classically-trained Shakespearian actress. Today she's mostly known for her voice acting roles in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
* Creator/CrispinFreeman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Williams College, a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University, and performed on Broadway, at the American Repertory Theater, and on-stage in Los Angeles and Chicago, but he's mostly famous for his voice acting roles in anime and video games.
* Creator/ChristopherSabat is a trained opera singer, which at least came in handy for his many screaming ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' roles.
* Many anime and video game voice actors working for Creator/FUNimation and ADVFilms are accomplished stage actors in the Houston and Dallas areas, many of which have performed in Shakespeare. This did help when the anime adaptation of ''Anime/RomeoAndJuliet'' was dubbed into English.
* Creator/IanMcShane, a highly respected actor with a long history of prestigious roles, joined the monster hit fantasy series ''Series/GameOfThrones'' at age 73 purely for the chance to work with his old friends Charles Dance and Stephen Dillane. Trouble is, his disdain for the show had kept him from learning that their characters had both been killed off, and upon discovering this he came very close to walking off on the job until he figured it was only going to be one episode anyway. He promptly set about making his hatred for the show and all its fans abundantly clear in all pieces of promotion for it, including the memetic line "Get a fucking life, it's just tits and dragons." Though rather awesomely, none of this has actually appeared to have the slightest impact on the fans themselves, who are still just thrilled that he's finally making an appearance after long being pegged as a perfect fit for the show.

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* Canadian actor John Vernon was a RADA graduate who once played [[Theatre/TwelfthNight Malvolio]] at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He's best known in the United States for playing the [[DeanBitterman hardass Dean Wormer]] in ''Film/AnimalHouse''.
* Peter Lorre was seen as a coming actor on the Berlin stages, particularly working with Bert Brecht, but went into movies, where he often played small supporting or villainous parts after appearing in ''M''. Which he might not have done had Brecht's "A Man's a Man" been more of a success in theatre.
** Speaking of ''M'', Theo Lingen, who appears there as the pickpocket and has a similar role Fritz Lang's next film, ''Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse'' was a prominent member of Brecht's troupe (he also married Brecht's first wife, Marianne Zoff) but got sidetracked into playing servants and the like in countless movies.
** Otto Wernicke was another theater star in the '20s, before playing Kommissar Lohman in both of the Lang films. He spent the rest of his career stranded in minor supporting roles, possibly because his Jewish wife caused difficulties during the Nazi era.
* Creator/WilliamAtherton is a veteran stage actor who has starred on Broadway, worked with Arthur Miller and won numerous awards for his performances. He's best known to the public for playing [[SmugSnake Walter Peck]] in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and [[{{Jerkass}} Richard Thornburg]] in ''Film/DieHard''.
* Jeffrey Jones, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic art and trained Shakespearian actor, once lamented that he was far more likely to be remembered for playing Principal Rooney in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' than for playing the emperor of Austria in ''Amadeus''. Of course given later controversy and scandals, Mr Jones should probably consider himself lucky if that's what he's remembered for.\n* Tom Bosley, whose formidable stage career (including a Tony award for the musical ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'') has been overshadowed by playing Howard Cunningham on ''Series/HappyDays''. It's not all bad though, as Bosley enjoyed working on the show.\n* Richard Boone, who's best-remembered for Westerns like ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' and ''Hombre'', trained at the Actor's Studio and acted in Shakespeare and Euripides plays onstage before moving into film and television work. He even taught acting at university level later in life.\n
* Creator/BelaLugosi considered himself to be the Hungarian Barrymore, forced to give up fame on the Budapest stage and flee to Hollywood as a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution, where his thick accent consigned him to be typecast as a villain in B (and C and D) movies. (Most [[note:(Most of this is pure bullshit, by the way; while he actually was a member of the Hungarian National Theater he only played [[SmallNameBigEgo small roles and bit parts]].) )]] But he truly was a critically acclaimed stage actor before he originated his most famous role, playing Dracula in 274 performances on Broadway to rave reviews before heading west to play him in the film. Rumors that he could not act likely stem from his rival Creator/BorisKarloff, with whom he was always fighting for top billing.
** Lugosi's favorite role was in ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'', where he got to have his desired romantic role, albeit not the lead.
* Classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' is well associated with this. While the modern show is a well-respected and much-loved institution that can attract top actors who speak fondly of their roles, the Classic series was regarded as trashy ill-made nonsense and stocked with often intensely skilled London theatre actors standing around in silly hats simply for the promise of some cash. Sometimes you'll get truly execrable performances by actors whose other roles have demonstrated them to be talented enough to know better, and other times you'll get [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously generic stock characters played with the quality and intensity of a Hamlet]]. Still at other times you'll see extremely talented actors [[HamAndCheese deliberately acting badly for the fun of it]], seeing the show as akin to {{Panto}} - while at other times, you can hear side characters reeling off {{technobabble}} with Iambic rhythms. The effect of this is part of what makes Classic ''Doctor Who'' so stylistically distinctive and bizarre, especially to American viewers less familiar with the BBC and its tendency to do this.
** The Doctors themselves were all played by trained and highly creative ShakespeareanActors, and yet, due to the contempt in which the show was held, the ability of those playing the part has only been commonly recognised by critics after the New series remarketed the franchise as a thought-provoking SF drama and British cultural institution rather than as mildly scary children's nonsense to watch until the soaps came on. You're much more likely to read an article praising the skill of Creator/TomBaker's, Creator/PatrickTroughton's or Creator/PeterDavison's performances - always beloved, but not until recently technically well-regarded - dating from 2007 than from 1997.
**
One of the more beloved [[YouLookFamiliar recurring actors]] was Philip Madoc (best remembered in ''Who'' for his star performance as GothicHorror MadScientist Mehendri Solon in "The Brain of Morbius"), a classically-trained and quality actor who ended his decades-long association with the programme due to his anger over the tiny, badly-written part he got in WriterRevolt episode "The Power of Kroll".
* Creator/JohnCarradine. He was a prolific Shakespearean actor on stage, was a member of Creator/JohnFord's "stock company" and worked with other prolific directors like Creator/FritzLang and Creator/CecilBDeMille. Ninety percent of his film career however was spent appearing in B-grade (or worse) horror movies.
* Creator/JuneForay is a classically-trained Shakespearian actress. Today she's mostly known for her voice acting roles in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
* Creator/CrispinFreeman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Williams College, a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University, and performed on Broadway, at the American Repertory Theater, and on-stage in Los Angeles and Chicago, but he's mostly famous for his voice acting roles in anime and video games.
* Creator/ChristopherSabat is a trained opera singer, which at least came in handy for his many screaming ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' roles.
* Many anime and video game voice actors working for Creator/FUNimation and ADVFilms are accomplished stage actors in the Houston and Dallas areas, many of which have performed in Shakespeare. This did help when the anime adaptation of ''Anime/RomeoAndJuliet'' was dubbed into English.
* Creator/IanMcShane, a highly respected actor with a long history of prestigious roles, joined the monster hit fantasy series ''Series/GameOfThrones'' at age 73 purely for the chance to work with his old friends Charles Dance and Stephen Dillane. Trouble is, his disdain for the show had kept him from learning that their characters had both been killed off, and upon discovering this he came very close to walking off on the job until he figured it was only going to be one episode anyway. He promptly set about making his hatred for the show and all its fans abundantly clear in all pieces of promotion for it, including the memetic line "Get a fucking life, it's just tits and dragons." Though rather awesomely, none of this has actually appeared to have the slightest impact on the fans themselves, who are still just thrilled that he's finally making an appearance after long being pegged as a perfect fit for the show.



* In general this tends to be true with older black actors/actresses. Many of them are highly qualified and have a lot of theater experience. However, due to the lack of roles available for black actors, many of them ended up waiting a long time before having their BreakthroughHit.

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* In general this tends to be true with older black actors/actresses. Many of them are highly qualified and have a lot of theater experience. However, due to the lack of roles available for black actors, many of them ended up waiting a long time before having their BreakthroughHit.
11th Mar '17 5:18:04 PM nombretomado
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* Similar to the above Shizuma Hodoshima example, Satoshi Hashimoto is a somewhat prolific actor in most fields of entertainment, ranging from stage plays (The Engineer in ''MissSaigon'', Jean Valjean in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'') to live-action movies to TV dramas. However the role that is most synonymous with this name is none other than [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], the [[{{Mascot}} face]] of Creator/{{SNK}} and probably the most [[FountainOfMemes memetastic]] character in ''all of {{fighting game}} history''. [[TheOtherDarrin Up until]] ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XII'', [[TalkingToHimself he also voiced]] fellow ''Fatal Fury'' alum Kim Kaphwan. Also, did you know that [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise he led the Autobots on one occasion?]]

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* Similar to the above Shizuma Hodoshima example, Satoshi Hashimoto is a somewhat prolific actor in most fields of entertainment, ranging from stage plays (The Engineer in ''MissSaigon'', ''Theatre/MissSaigon'', Jean Valjean in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'') to live-action movies to TV dramas. However the role that is most synonymous with this name is none other than [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]], the [[{{Mascot}} face]] of Creator/{{SNK}} and probably the most [[FountainOfMemes memetastic]] character in ''all of {{fighting game}} history''. [[TheOtherDarrin Up until]] ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XII'', [[TalkingToHimself he also voiced]] fellow ''Fatal Fury'' alum Kim Kaphwan. Also, did you know that [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise he led the Autobots on one occasion?]]
5th Mar '17 9:09:27 PM rodneyAnonymous
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[[caption-width-right:330: Guess which one of these actors played {{Theatre/Hamlet}} four times on Broadway.]]

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[[caption-width-right:330: Guess which one of these actors [[caption-width-right:330:The actor on the right played {{Theatre/Hamlet}} four times on Broadway.]]
26th Dec '16 8:50:15 PM PaulA
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* TimothyDalton was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and had done considerably more stage acting than film acting when he was cast as Film/JamesBond.

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* TimothyDalton Creator/TimothyDalton was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and had done considerably more stage acting than film acting when he was cast as Film/JamesBond.



** Dalton treated ''Film/FlashGordon'' like it was a lost Shakespeare play, contrasting wildly with the camp around him. As any connoisseur of B-grade schlock knows, this is a very risky tactic. It worked.
* OrsonWelles spent plenty of time directing, starring in, and sometimes rewriting classical plays with the Mercury Theatre and throughout his career... and concluded his career by playing Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.

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** Dalton treated ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' like it was a lost Shakespeare play, contrasting wildly with the camp around him. As any connoisseur of B-grade schlock knows, this is a very risky tactic. It worked.
* OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles spent plenty of time directing, starring in, and sometimes rewriting classical plays with the Mercury Theatre and throughout his career... and concluded his career by playing Unicron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.
20th Dec '16 3:04:40 PM AegisP
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* In a [[TropesAreFlexible non-acting-related example]], many young people in TheNewTens are disillusioned because they have gone to college/university (and even studied something worthwhile), only to wind up in [[BurgerFool fast-food]] and [[SoulSuckingRetailJob retail-type jobs]] they could have gotten right out of high school, due to a finite number of jobs and an increasingly large number of job-seekers, and the fact that many entry-level jobs require advanced degrees and years of experience to even be ''considered'' for them. Thus rendering almost any type of degree ADegreeInUseless, which is usually accompanied by large student loans, at least in the US. There are people who hold Ph.D's and are stuck working in menial jobs to pay the bills.
19th Dec '16 9:18:08 AM MegaMarioMan
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* One of the commercials in Sprite's [[TheManIsStickingItToTheMan "Obey Your Thirst"]] campaign is based on this; we're presented with three streetwise, tough-talking street basketball players telling us that they drink [[strike:Sprite]] (fictitious) Turbo Sport 7 -- until the director yells, "Cut!" at which point we find out that all three of them are {{Classically Trained Extra}}s. Tagline: [[DisobeyThisMessage "Trust your gut, not some actor."]]

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* One of the commercials in Sprite's [[TheManIsStickingItToTheMan "Obey Your Thirst"]] campaign is based on this; we're presented with three streetwise, tough-talking street basketball players telling us that they drink [[strike:Sprite]] (fictitious) Turbo Sport 7 -- until the director yells, "Cut!" at which point we find out that all three of them are {{Classically Classically Trained Extra}}s.Extras. Tagline: [[DisobeyThisMessage "Trust your gut, not some actor."]]
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