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22nd May '16 7:52:50 AM Prfnoff
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As usual, ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is particularly guilty (although perhaps somewhat understandable, with over 700 episodes across the various incarnations plus 11 movies). Alien makeup helps them get away with this, and using the same actors is actually advantageous. After all, if they've made a Ferengi prosthetic for you before, they don't have to go to quite as much effort to do so again...


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''Franchise/StarTrek'' is particularly guilty (although perhaps somewhat understandable, with over 700 episodes across the various incarnations plus 11 movies). Alien makeup helps them get away with this, and using the same actors is actually advantageous. After all, if they've made a Ferengi prosthetic for you before, they don't have to go to quite as much effort to do so again...
14th May '16 12:56:05 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Main cast members of ''{{Reno 911}}'' frequently play one or more supporting roles in the same episode in which their main character also appears. This is accomplished by having the actor appear as a suspect with his or her face blurred out.

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* Main cast members of ''{{Reno ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' frequently play one or more supporting roles in the same episode in which their main character also appears. This is accomplished by having the actor appear as a suspect with his or her face blurred out.
11th May '16 4:03:44 AM C2
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* ''Series/TheUnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' has Creator/TinaFey in the first season as a terrible lawyer, and a drunk Uber customer in the second season.

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* ''Series/TheUnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' has Creator/TinaFey in the first season as a terrible lawyer, and a drunk Uber customer in the second season.
10th May '16 12:34:46 AM shamblingdead2
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* ''Series/TheUnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' has Creator/TinaFey in the first season as a terrible lawyer, and a drunk Uber customer in the second season.
7th May '16 5:33:17 PM nombretomado
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* The same actress that played a patient in an episode of ''PrivatePractice'' went on to play the (Completely unrelated) regular role of April Kepner in the GreysAnatomy, the show that spawned the former.

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* The same actress that played a patient in an episode of ''PrivatePractice'' ''Series/PrivatePractice'' went on to play the (Completely unrelated) regular role of April Kepner in the GreysAnatomy, ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', the show that spawned the former.
22nd Apr '16 5:05:50 AM longWriter
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*** Dan Starkey played the Sontaran Commander Skor in "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky" and Commander Jast in "The End of Time" before getting the recurring role of your friendly neighborhood Sontaran Strax. He continued playined other Sontarans, including the Sontaran Field Major Kaarsh in The Adventure Games, and an unnamed Sontaran in "The Time of the Doctor", and also played a Skullion in ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''.

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*** Dan Starkey played the Sontaran Commander Skor in "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky" and Commander Jast in "The End of Time" before getting the recurring role of your friendly neighborhood Sontaran Strax. He continued playined playing other Sontarans, including the Sontaran Field Major Kaarsh in The Adventure Games, and an unnamed Sontaran in "The Time of the Doctor", and also played a Skullion in ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''.
17th Apr '16 4:26:43 AM aye_amber
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* The original Japanese versions of both ''Anime/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonballZ'' did this several times, as a seiyuu would voice a minor character character and then return several episodes later now voicing a major role. Notable cases include Creator/ToshioFurukawa voicing General Blue and later Piccolo, Creator/TakeshiAono voicing Murasaki and later both Demon King Piccolo and Kami, Creator/RyuseiNakao voicing Tamborine and later Freeza, Creator/RyoHorikawa reprising one of his roles from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' and then going onto voice Vegeta, and Creator/TakeshiKusao voicing Pigero and then later voicing Trunks.

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* The original Japanese versions of both ''Anime/DragonBall'' ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonballZ'' did this several times, as a seiyuu would voice a minor character character and then return several episodes later now voicing a major role. Notable cases include Creator/ToshioFurukawa voicing General Blue and later Piccolo, Creator/TakeshiAono voicing Murasaki and later both Demon King Piccolo and Kami, Creator/RyuseiNakao voicing Tamborine and later Freeza, Creator/RyoHorikawa reprising one of his roles from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' and then going onto voice Vegeta, and Creator/TakeshiKusao voicing Pigero and then later voicing Trunks.
11th Apr '16 1:13:57 AM erforce
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* A few actors from ''RoboCopTheSeries'' would alter appeared in other installments of the ''Franchise/RoboCop'' franchise, including Blu Mankuma (who played Stan Parks, an {{expy}} of Sgt. Reed, then a version of the actual Reed in ''[=RoboCop=]: Alpha Commando''), Maurice Dean Wint (who played a gang leader in "Officer Down" and John Cable in ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirective'') Geraint Wyn Davies (who played a CorruptCorporateExecutive in "Provision 22" and David Kaydick in ''Prime Directives''), and Creator/DanielKash (who played cartal boss Regie Braga and Detective John Lake [[Film/RoboCop2014 the reboot]]

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* A few actors from ''RoboCopTheSeries'' ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' would alter appeared in other installments of the ''Franchise/RoboCop'' franchise, including Blu Mankuma (who played Stan Parks, an {{expy}} of Sgt. Reed, then a version of the actual Reed in ''[=RoboCop=]: Alpha Commando''), ''WesternAnimation/RoboCopAlphaCommando''), Maurice Dean Wint (who played a gang leader in "Officer Down" and John Cable in ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirective'') Geraint Wyn Davies (who played a CorruptCorporateExecutive in "Provision 22" and David Kaydick in ''Prime Directives''), and Creator/DanielKash (who played cartal boss Regie Braga and Detective John Lake [[Film/RoboCop2014 the reboot]]
3rd Apr '16 11:01:34 AM nombretomado
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* In the first two seasons of ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' Kevin James played Ray's friend [[TheDanza Kevin]]. In the third season, after Kevin was PutOnABus, he played [[Series/TheKingOfQueens Doug Heffernan]] in a few crossover episodes.

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* In the first two seasons of ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' Kevin James played Ray's friend [[TheDanza Kevin]]. In the third season, after Kevin was PutOnABus, he played [[Series/TheKingOfQueens Doug Heffernan]] in a few crossover episodes.



* ''AccordingToJim'' used the same guest actor to play Jim's son in {{Imagine Spot}}s of the future and for various other random roles throughout the series, including a waiter and a lonely guy at the bar.
* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', Hilary Duff plays one of Carmen's friends and later on, Angie's mentor when she starts selling La Marie cosmetics. Lampshaded when Max says, "You look like one of Carmen's friends."

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* ''AccordingToJim'' ''Series/AccordingToJim'' used the same guest actor to play Jim's son in {{Imagine Spot}}s of the future and for various other random roles throughout the series, including a waiter and a lonely guy at the bar.
* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', Hilary Duff plays one of Carmen's friends and later on, Angie's mentor when she starts selling La Marie cosmetics. Lampshaded when Max says, "You look like one of Carmen's friends."
31st Mar '16 8:19:21 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Film/DrKildare'' film series ''Ava Gardner'' had a bit part as a finishing school student in ''Calling Dr. Gillespie'' before starring as a different character in ''Three Men in White.''

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* In the ''Film/DrKildare'' film series ''Ava Gardner'' series, Ava Gardner had a bit part as a finishing school student in ''Calling Dr. Gillespie'' before starring as a different character in ''Three Men in White.''White''.
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