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2nd Feb '16 12:34:13 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Roy Atwell dove headfirst from a dramatic actor into a comedic one when he flubbed a line during his first time in Broadway (He was supposed to say, "It is spring and all the little birds are twittering in the tree tops.", but it came out, : "Tis ting and the twits are birdering in the tree flops." ). From then on, stumbling over words became his trademark.
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* Roy Atwell dove headfirst from a dramatic actor into a comedic one when he nervously flubbed a line during his first time in Broadway (He was supposed to say, "It is spring and all the little birds are twittering in the tree tops.", but it came out, : "Tis ting and the twits are birdering in the tree flops." ). From then on, stumbling over words became his trademark.
2nd Feb '16 12:28:19 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Roy Atwell dove headfirst from a dramatic actor into a comedic one when he flubbed a line during his first time in Broadway (He was supposed to say, "It is spring and all the little birds are twittering in the tree tops.", but it came out, : "Tis ting and the twits are birdering in the tree flops." ). From then on, stumbling over words became his trademark.
23rd Jan '16 11:13:39 AM nombretomado
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* Alec Baldwin has seldom been seen near dramatic works as of late, thanks to ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and his frequent hosting gigs on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (hosting so many times that he dethroned SteveMartin as the show's most frequent host). Heck, he's even doing comedy commercials.
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* Alec Baldwin has seldom been seen near dramatic works as of late, thanks to ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and his frequent hosting gigs on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (hosting so many times that he dethroned SteveMartin Creator/SteveMartin as the show's most frequent host). Heck, he's even doing comedy commercials.
8th Jan '16 5:34:35 PM mlsmithca
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* CandiceBergen got her start as a dramatic film actress, working very hard at trying to crawl from under her famous father Edgar Bergen's (think the '50s version of Creator/JeffDunham here) formidable comedic shadow by sticking to serious dramas. Playing Sydney Biddle Barrows in the TV movie ''The Mayflower Madam'' led to a second time hosting SNL. Her performance that night got her cast as the eponymous protagonist in "MurphyBrown".
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* CandiceBergen Creator/CandiceBergen got her start as a dramatic film actress, working very hard at trying to crawl from under her famous father Edgar Bergen's (think the '50s version of Creator/JeffDunham here) formidable comedic shadow by sticking to serious dramas. Playing Sydney Biddle Barrows in the TV movie ''The Mayflower Madam'' led to a second time hosting SNL. Her performance that night got her cast as the eponymous protagonist in "MurphyBrown".''Series/MurphyBrown''.
20th Dec '15 7:52:50 PM jamespolk
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* Creator/FredMacMurray had both this ''and'' TomHanksSyndrome; he was known for "nice guy" roles in movies like ''Film/AliceAdams'' and ''Trail Of The Lonesome Pine'', [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a "heavy" in movies like ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheApartment'' and ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', then switched over to often Creator/{{Disney}}-connected family-friendly roles like ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' and as a TV dad in ''Series/MyThreeSons''.
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* Creator/FredMacMurray had both this ''and'' TomHanksSyndrome; he was known for "nice guy" roles in movies like ''Film/AliceAdams'' ''Literature/AliceAdams'' and ''Trail Of The Lonesome Pine'', [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a "heavy" in movies like ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheApartment'' and ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', then switched over to often Creator/{{Disney}}-connected family-friendly roles like ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' and as a TV dad in ''Series/MyThreeSons''.
20th Dec '15 7:52:25 PM jamespolk
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* Creator/FredMacMurray had both this ''and'' TomHanksSyndrome; he was known for "nice guy" roles in movies like ''Alice Adams'' and ''Trail Of The Lonesome Pine'', [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a "heavy" in movies like ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheApartment'' and ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', then switched over to often Creator/{{Disney}}-connected family-friendly roles like ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' and as a TV dad in ''Series/MyThreeSons''.
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* Creator/FredMacMurray had both this ''and'' TomHanksSyndrome; he was known for "nice guy" roles in movies like ''Alice Adams'' ''Film/AliceAdams'' and ''Trail Of The Lonesome Pine'', [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a "heavy" in movies like ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheApartment'' and ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', then switched over to often Creator/{{Disney}}-connected family-friendly roles like ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' and as a TV dad in ''Series/MyThreeSons''.
21st Oct '15 5:52:50 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/FredMacMurray had both this ''and'' TomHanksSyndrome; he was known for "nice guy" roles in movies like ''Alice Adams'' and ''Trail Of The Lonesome Pine'', [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a "heavy" in movies like ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheApartment'' and ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', then switched over to often {{Disney}}-connected family-friendly roles like ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' and as a TV dad in ''Series/MyThreeSons''.
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* Creator/FredMacMurray had both this ''and'' TomHanksSyndrome; he was known for "nice guy" roles in movies like ''Alice Adams'' and ''Trail Of The Lonesome Pine'', [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a "heavy" in movies like ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheApartment'' and ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', then switched over to often {{Disney}}-connected Creator/{{Disney}}-connected family-friendly roles like ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' and as a TV dad in ''Series/MyThreeSons''.
17th Oct '15 4:24:58 PM nombretomado
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Named after actor Creator/LeslieNielsen, who, after a long career in the fifties, sixties, and seventies as a dramatic lead, turned to comedy in the 80s and thereby rejuvenated his career to the point that, these days, more people know him for his work in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' and ''PoliceSquad'' than they do for any of his prior dramatic or romantic roles.
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Named after actor Creator/LeslieNielsen, who, after a long career in the fifties, sixties, and seventies as a dramatic lead, turned to comedy in the 80s and thereby rejuvenated his career to the point that, these days, more people know him for his work in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' and ''PoliceSquad'' ''Series/PoliceSquad'' than they do for any of his prior dramatic or romantic roles.
30th Aug '15 7:01:13 AM gallium
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* Spencer Tracy gradually shifted to comedy with ''Father of the Bride'', but ''Adam's Rib'' really provided a bigger catalyst for the shift. Though also well respected for his dramatic works, he rounded off his career with ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' and ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner''.
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* Spencer Tracy gradually shifted to comedy with ''Father of the Bride'', but ''Adam's Rib'' ''Film/AdamsRib'' really provided a bigger catalyst for the shift. Though also well respected for his dramatic works, he rounded off his career with ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' and ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner''.
23rd Jun '15 12:43:27 PM Sapphirea2
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Fits Tom Hanks Syndrome better
* Attempted by Creator/PeterSellers. He occasionally tried to expand his resume with straight-up dramatic roles after becoming famous as a comic actor. In 1960's ''Never Let Go'', he plays a vicious gangster. The film flopped, as did later attempts at dramas during his turn-of-TheSeventies career downturn (''Hoffman'', ''The Blockhouse'', and ''The Optimists'').

* Creator/GeneWilder had an abbreviated version of this trope. Although he considered himself a serious actor, he only got one role serious role, a supporting part in ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', before co-starring in ''Film/TheProducers'' and launching himself as a comedic actor.
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* Creator/GeneWilder had an abbreviated version of this trope. Although he considered himself a serious actor, actor when he started out in live theatre (and appeared in a television staging of ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman''), he only got one role serious such film role, a supporting part in ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', before co-starring in ''Film/TheProducers'' and launching himself as a comedic actor.
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