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27th May '17 3:13:28 PM nombretomado
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* Jason Mewes plays a character named "Jay" in Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse movies, as well as some other characters also named "Jay" -- and in the 2006 film ''Jack's Law'', a character named Bobby Mewes.

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* Jason Mewes plays a character named "Jay" in Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse Film/TheViewAskewniverse movies, as well as some other characters also named "Jay" -- and in the 2006 film ''Jack's Law'', a character named Bobby Mewes.
18th May '17 10:45:20 AM thomas0comer
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A character whose name is clearly taken from the actor/actress portraying him/her. This shows up in TV a lot in shows designed as a vehicle for an actor's fame. By lending their name to the fictional character, there's some familiarity created already. The most obvious way to spot this is to see if the title of the show incorporates the lead actor/actress' name, but not always. This seemed to hit its peak in the sitcoms of the late eighties and early nineties. A good majority of sitcoms were based on a stand up comedian's routine (Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr) and many of these comics already were developing fanbases. Creating the Danza was a way to leverage their fame as a comic into success as an actor.

Another common reason for doing this is that if an actor is famous enough, people will always refer to him/her by his/her real name even when discussing him/her as a fictional character (unless, of course, [[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter the character he/she is portraying is even]] ''[[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter more]]'' [[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter iconic]], with the exception of [[TheOtherDarrin said character being played by different actors and/or in multiple media]]). To avoid the annoyance or awkwardness of this character being constantly referred to as "[Famous name's] character", it's often best to just give them the same first name.

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A character whose name is clearly taken from the actor/actress portraying him/her.them. This shows up in TV a lot in shows designed as a vehicle for an actor's fame. By lending their name to the fictional character, there's some familiarity created already. The most obvious way to spot this is to see if the title of the show incorporates the lead actor/actress' name, but not always. This seemed to hit its peak in the sitcoms of the late eighties and early nineties. A good majority of sitcoms were based on a stand up comedian's routine (Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr) and many of these comics already were developing fanbases. Creating the Danza was a way to leverage their fame as a comic into success as an actor.

Another common reason for doing this is that if an actor is famous enough, people will always refer to him/her them by his/her their real name even when discussing him/her them as a fictional character (unless, of course, [[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter the character he/she is they are portraying is even]] ''[[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter more]]'' [[ActorIsTheTitleCharacter iconic]], with the exception of [[TheOtherDarrin said character being played by different actors and/or in multiple media]]). To avoid the annoyance or awkwardness of this character being constantly referred to as "[Famous name's] character", it's often best to just give them the same first name.
15th May '17 3:47:24 PM jormis29
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* Joey Lawrence made guest appearances on both ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' and ''Series/SilverSpoons'' as a kid named Joey before landing the role of Joey Donovan on ''Series/GimmeABreak''. This was followed by Joey Russo on ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' and Joe Roman on ''Brotherly Love'' (in which brothers Matt and Andy play Matt and Andy Roman). He ices the cake by playing himself in the 2008 horror/comedy ''Killer Pad''. As of 2010, he is playing a character called Joe Longo on the sitcom ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'', alongside Melissa Joan Hart.

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* Joey Lawrence made guest appearances on both ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' and ''Series/SilverSpoons'' as a kid named Joey before landing the role of Joey Donovan on ''Series/GimmeABreak''. This was followed by Joey Russo on ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' and Joe Roman on ''Brotherly Love'' (in which brothers Matt and Andy play Matt and Andy Roman). He ices the cake by playing himself in the 2008 horror/comedy ''Killer Pad''. As of 2010, he is playing a character called Joe Longo on the sitcom ''Series/MelissaAndJoey'', alongside Melissa Joan Hart.Creator/MelissaJoanHart.
12th May '17 8:39:44 PM SpukiKitty
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* The Scottish series ''Series/RabCNesbitt'' has an odd {{Rule63}}-ish variant with DavidTennant as the lovely transwoman barmaid, ''Davina''.
9th May '17 4:13:54 AM jormis29
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* Fran Drescher played Fran Fine on ''Series/TheNanny''. In addition, her character's parents, Morty and Sylvia Fine, were named after her parents, Morty and Silvia Drescher. And again as Fran Reeves on ''Series/LivingWithFran''. And for the hat trick, as Fran Lovett on ''Series/HappilyDivorced''.

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* Fran Drescher Creator/FranDrescher played Fran Fine on ''Series/TheNanny''. In addition, her character's parents, Morty and Sylvia Fine, were named after her parents, Morty and Silvia Drescher. And again as Fran Reeves on ''Series/LivingWithFran''. And for the hat trick, as Fran Lovett on ''Series/HappilyDivorced''.
30th Apr '17 3:34:30 PM Golondrina
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** Daisuke Ono is voiced by... DaisukeOno. And Aya Hirano, predictably voiced by Aya Hirano (who also did Konata).

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** Daisuke Ono is voiced by... DaisukeOno.Creator/DaisukeOno. And Aya Hirano, predictably voiced by Aya Hirano (who also did Konata).
19th Apr '17 3:02:55 PM aresef
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* In ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' has Titus Andromedon, played by Tituss Burgess. Zigzagged when we later find out that his birth name was Ronald Effin Wilkerson.
17th Apr '17 10:39:32 AM Animaniacs16
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** Jake Puckerman is played by Jacob Artist.
5th Apr '17 10:52:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The audiobook of Larry Correia's "Tom Stranger: Interdimensional Insurance Agent" features President Baldwin, read by AdamBaldwin.

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* The audiobook of Larry Correia's "Tom Stranger: Interdimensional Insurance Agent" features President Baldwin, read by AdamBaldwin.Creator/AdamBaldwin.
3rd Apr '17 2:17:39 PM Narsil
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** Although not one of these in the strictest sense (since the character predated his casting), season 1 anesthesiologist Ugly John was played by John Orchard.
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