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12th Feb '17 5:01:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Actress Amy Ecklund, who was deaf, was hired to play deaf Amish girl Abigail on ''GuidingLight''. She was given typical soap opera storylines, though an [[NearRapeExperience attempted rape]] was made all the more frightening by the fact that she could not hear her attacker creeping up on her. Towards the end of her tenure on the show, both the actress-and consequently her character-had a cochlear implant.

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* Actress Amy Ecklund, who was deaf, was hired to play deaf Amish girl Abigail on ''GuidingLight''.''Series/GuidingLight''. She was given typical soap opera storylines, though an [[NearRapeExperience attempted rape]] was made all the more frightening by the fact that she could not hear her attacker creeping up on her. Towards the end of her tenure on the show, both the actress-and consequently her character-had a cochlear implant.
2nd Feb '17 10:18:22 PM Medinoc
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* For ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'', Creator/LloydKaufman hired an amputee so Toxie could rip his arm off. Unfortunately, the SFX team was too ambitious and added a fake stump to put over the man's actual stump, [[SpecialEffectsFailure completely defeating the purpose of hiring an amputee]].

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* For ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'', Creator/LloydKaufman hired an amputee so Toxie could rip his arm off. Unfortunately, Of course, the SFX team was too ambitious and added still had to make a fake stump to put over the man's actual stump, [[SpecialEffectsFailure completely defeating to compensate for the purpose of hiring an amputee]].difference between a freshly ripped-off arm and a healed stump.
22nd Jan '17 12:21:14 AM Xtifr
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** He also [[AsHimself played himself]] on an episode of ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where LarryDavid is convinced that Fox intentionally shook up a soda Fox had given him, and used his Parkinson's as an excuse (they had gotten into a bit of a shouting match shortly before Fox offered the soda as a peace offering).

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** He also [[AsHimself played himself]] on an episode of ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where LarryDavid Creator/LarryDavid is convinced that Fox intentionally shook up a soda Fox had given him, and used his Parkinson's as an excuse (they had gotten into a bit of a shouting match shortly before Fox offered the soda as a peace offering).
8th Jan '17 6:10:04 AM Ccook1956
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* The animated ''PunkyBrewster'' episode "Bright Eyes" featured a deaf boy whose voice was furnished by an actual deaf child. Cherie communicates with him through sign language. (The episode earned the cartoon show an Emmy nomination).
8th Jan '17 6:06:57 AM Ccook1956
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* Peter Sellers did his scenes of DrStrangelove in a wheelchair as he was recuperating from a sprained ankle.
4th Dec '16 3:07:30 PM LondonKdS
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* The fifth season of ''Series/{{Engrenages}}'' featured a traffic accident investigator played by an extremely short actor. He was shown to use various aids to use normal-sized furniture but his stature was never discussed in dialogue.
8th Nov '16 5:43:29 AM DaibhidC
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* Jackie Maclean, April's mother in ''Series/Class2016'', was in a car crash that left her in a wheelchair. She's played by the wheelchair user and disability consultant Shannon Murray.
24th Oct '16 6:30:11 AM Clare
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It should be pointed out that there are times when the use of a non-disabled actor in such a role is sometimes justified. For example:

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It should be pointed out that there are times when the use of a non-disabled actor in such a role is sometimes justified. For example:
22nd Oct '16 5:01:24 AM StarTropes
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* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'' has the BlackAndNerdy GeniusCripple Patton "Triple-P" Plame, who uses a wheelchair. His actor, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, has used a wheelchair since being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.
18th Oct '16 7:05:46 AM BigJaredMonkey
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* Actor/musician Jim Byrnes lost both his legs in a car accident. Most of his roles are of the "a guy who just happens to not have his legs" type.
* In a notable inversion of this trope, the late great supporting actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Elcar Dana Elcar]] played a lot of ''sighted'' characters late in his career, ''after'' he went completely blind due to glaucoma (though he often played blind characters as well--most notably on ''Series/MacGyver'', when his condition was written into the show). He was just that good an actor.

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* Actor/musician Jim Byrnes lost both During his legs in a car accident. Most of his roles are of time on ''Series/MacGyver'', the "a guy who just happens to not have his legs" type.
* In a notable inversion of this trope, the late
late, great supporting actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Elcar Dana Elcar]] Elcar's]] slow descent into total blindness due to glaucoma was written into the show as a part of his character's life. But even ''after'' Elcar went completely blind, he still played a lot of ''sighted'' characters late in his career, ''after'' characters, because he went completely blind due to glaucoma (though he often played blind characters as well--most notably on ''Series/MacGyver'', when his condition was written into the show). He was just that good an actor.



* Some of Creator/MichaelJFox's later work skirts this territory. For instance, on his guest appearance on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', he played a character with OCD, which helped explain his somewhat twitchy movements.
** Fox has stated that his tics in recent work (most noticeably in ''Series/TheGoodWife'', where his character has a similar condition) are actually the result of overmedication, as with too little he is completely unintelligible and he prefers to err on the other side.
* Deaf actress Creator/MarleeMatlin is pretty much the go-to person when a female deaf character is wanted (although her deafness is often just a character trait and not the whole point of her being there--she has also {{inverted}} this trope by playing a ''hearing'' person at least once, in the TV movie ''Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story'').
** Deanne Bray does a lot of this as well, although she tends to be cast if they require the deaf actress to do a lot of speaking.
** Ditto Shoshannah Stern.

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* Some of Creator/MichaelJFox's later work skirts this territory. For instance, on his guest appearance on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', he played a character with OCD, which helped explain his somewhat twitchy movements.
** Fox has stated that his tics in recent work (most noticeably in ''Series/TheGoodWife'', where his character has a similar condition) are actually
In addition to the result of overmedication, as with too little he is completely unintelligible and he prefers to err on the other side.
* Deaf actress
already mentioned Creator/MarleeMatlin and Deanne Bray, Soshannah Stern is pretty much the one of Hollywood's go-to person people when a female production features a deaf character is wanted woman (although her deafness is often just a character trait and not the whole point of her being there--she has also {{inverted}} this trope by playing a ''hearing'' person at least once, in the TV movie ''Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story'').
** Deanne Bray does a lot of this as well, although she tends to be cast if they require the deaf actress to do a lot of speaking.
** Ditto Shoshannah Stern.
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