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[[caption-width-right:350:The cast of '''every''' Creator/ChristopherGuest movie.[[note]] From left to right: Creator/HarryShearer, Creator/EugeneLevy, Christopher Guest, Jennifer Coolidge, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard.[[/note]]]]

->''Johnny Depp creating an eccentric, pale character for Tim Burton featuring Helena Bonham Carter is one of the most bizarrely specific cliches I think I've ever come across.''
-->-- '''Daniel O'Brien,''' ''Website/{{Cracked}}''

A group of people that, whenever one is involved in a production, others are almost guaranteed to show up at some point.

This used to be a very enforced part of media making. Studios expected [[TypeCasting artists to specialize into units]]. An example would be Creator/JohnFord being specialized in westerns, which meant that large parts of the crew—both in front of and behind the camera—would literally always work together. Another aspect of Hollywood filmmaking which used to enforce this in the past was that studios would often have exclusive contracts with big names spanning several years and movies. For instance, the vast majority of HumphreyBogart's films after he made it big were for Warner Bros.

See also ThoseTwoActors. When each member tends to play the same sort of role every time, they're a UniversalAdaptorCast. AssociatedComposer is a subtrope.

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!Examples:

* The RatPack.[[note]]Originally '''Creator/HumphreyBogart''', '''David Niven''', '''Sid Luft''' and '''Cary Grant''', later resurrected with '''Music/FrankSinatra''', '''DeanMartin''', '''SammyDavisJr''', '''Peter Lawford''', and '''Joey Bishop'''.[[/note]]
* The Creator/BratPack.[[note]]'''Emilio Estevez''', '''Molly Ringwald''', '''Anthony Michael Hall''', '''Judd Nelson''', '''Ally Sheedy''', '''Rob Lowe''', '''Andrew [=McCarthy=]''', and '''Demi Moore''', with '''Creator/RobertDowneyJr''' and '''James Spader''' as honorary members.[[/note]]
* The FratPack.[[note]]'''Creator/BenStiller''', '''Creator/JackBlack''', '''Creator/WillFerrell''', '''The Wilson brothers, Luke and Owen''', '''Creator/VinceVaughn''', and '''Steve Carrell'''.[[/note]]
** In fact, there's a whole stable of big time stars like Creator/VinceVaughn and Will Ferrell, supported by many actors (usually because of Second City connections) that could be from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'', or ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Creator/JuddApatow probably plays behind the scenes.
** Any movie produced or directed by Judd Apatow is almost guaranteed to have one or more of the following actors in it -- Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jason Segel, Leslie Mann (his wife) and, more recently, his daughter Maude Apatow.
* The Creator/JohnFord [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ford_Stock_Company Stock Company]].
* Creator/QuentinTarantino writes and directs all his movies. Lawrence Bender, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/HarveyKeitel, Creator/UmaThurman, Creator/BruceWillis, and especially Creator/SamuelLJackson are never too far behind. All of his films were edited by the late Sally Menke (it is unknown if Fred Raskin will succeed her as a stable editor from here on out), and from ''Film/KillBill'' onward he's used Robert Richardson as his cinematographer. Whenever he wants to collaborate with another director, he usually turns to Creator/RobertRodriguez (see below).
** Also of note, as of late, is Creator/ChristophWaltz, who not only became the first actor to win an Oscar for a Tarantino film, but did so ''twice'' (for ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' and ''Film/DjangoUnchained''). The two seem set to work together for quite a while, given how Tarantino has credited Waltz for "saving" the former film from DevelopmentHell (Tarantino was having trouble finding someone who can act in English, German, ''and'' French).
* Creator/RobertRodriguez's regular stable of actors includes Creator/MickeyRourke, Creator/AntonioBanderas, Creator/DannyTrejo, [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]], RoseMcGowan, and he made Creator/SalmaHayek. As for crew? He is the crew. Also, a lot of bit-parts and behind the scenes work involve members of his family, particularly his sons Rebel, Rocket and Racer, credited as consultants for the ''SpyKids'' movies.
** ''SpyKids'' stars Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega could very well end up here as well as he's used them each in each of the two Machete Movies respectively.
* Creator/ChristopherGuest movies all involve the same actors. Guest himself, Creator/HarryShearer, Creator/EugeneLevy, Catherine O'Hara, Creator/ParkerPosey, Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., and Bob Balaban all appeared together in ''Film/AMightyWind'' and ''Film/ForYourConsideration'', all but Shearer appeared in ''Film/BestInShow'', and at least four of the troupe appeared in each of ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' (written, but not directed, by Guest) and ''Film/WaitingForGuffman''.
** Also of note is Michael McKean, who has been in all of the previous films mentioned and has done work behind the scenes, helping to write ''This Is Spinal Tap'' and earning an Oscar nomination (alongside his wife, Annette O'Toole) for writing a song for ''A Mighty Wind''.
* Creator/WesAnderson films: Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, Creator/BillMurray and Indian actor Kumar Pallana, who has been in all of Anderson's films except ''TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou''. Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum have made frequent appearances as well, and Tilda Swinton & Bob Balaban seem to be the most recent initiates. He also usually has Robert Yeoman as cinematographer and MarkMothersbaugh as the composer.
* Actors in JossWhedon projects have a tendency to reappear in his future projects. There's a handy table on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joss_Whedon#Frequent_casting Whedon's page]] on TheOtherWiki showing which of his posse appeared in which of his projects.
** Crossover between ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was to be expected, since they exist in the same universe. But after ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was cancelled, no fewer than three of the main cast (Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, and Gina Torres) were given bit-parts in ''Buffy'' or ''Angel''. Summer Glau was another crossover, but she was on ''Angel'' first and then cast on ''Firefly''.
** Then when ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' hit the air it featured two of them (Alan Tudyk and Summer Glau again) in larger roles, along with ex-Angel actor Amy Acker, ex-Buffy/Angel actor Alexis Denisof, and an ex-Buffy/Angel actor in the lead (Eliza Dushku). FeliciaDay had a bit part in both ''Buffy'' and ''Dollhouse''; Creator/ChristinaHendricks had bit parts in both ''Angel'' and ''Firefly''. Meanwhile, ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' starred both Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.
** And to keep the pattern going, Whedon's feature film ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' stars Amy Acker (again) and Fran Kranz (from Dollhouse) and features Tom Lenk (from Buffy), while Alexis Denisof (again) and Enver Gjokaj (from Dollhouse) show up in ''Film/TheAvengers''. Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in ''Avengers'') previously had a bit part in ''Angel'', and Chris Hemsworth (Thor in ''Avengers'') was one of the leads in ''Cabin''.
** Besides Dushku, Glau and Denisof, there are four less-well-known actors (Jonathan Woodward, Jeff Ricketts, Bob Fimiani, Carlos Jacott) who have appeared in three of Whedon's four TV shows.
** This has now started to carry over to shows featuring former alumni who had worked on ''Buffy''/''Angel'', as an episode of ''Grimm'' produced by David Greenwalt had Amy Acker (again!) as a guest star and will have Alexis Denisof as a recurring character. And Tim Minear's short lived show ''Drive'' on FOX starred Nathan Fillion.
** In the season 1 DVD of ''Dollhouse'', there's a whole behind the scenes look at all the cast and crew who return to work with Joss for the show. He's got a production posse that doesn't just act, but also write, produce, shoot, etc.
** In one further unusual take on this trope, an episode of ''Dollhouse'' was directed by John Cassaday, the artist from Whedon's run on ''[[Comicbook/XMen Astonishing X-Men]]''.
** Actors from Joss productions often appear together even without Joss himself being on scene. In ''Castle'', star Nathan Fillion has often appeared opposite Firefly alums, culminating in "Headhunters", where even the network was promoting the Adam Baldwin/Nathan Fillion reunion. Less well-known is the fact that the Season 2 executive producer was Jose Molina... himself a Buffy and Firefly alum.
** ''Much Ado About Nothing'' marks the reunion for so many Joss alums that it's pointless to count them. And the movie was filmed ''at Joss's house''.
*** To make an attempt:
**** From ''Angel'', Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker play love interests Benedick and Beatrice (no doubt delighting the fans who wished to see them together on the show).
**** From ''Buffy'', Tom Lenk appears as Verges. Riki Lindhome was a guest on the show before appearing in ''Much Ado'' as Conrade. Also, Anthony Head was the original choice to play Leonato.
**** Coming from ''Firefly'' are Nathan Fillion as Dogberry and Sean Maher as Don John.
**** ''Dollhouse'' had Fran Kranz, who plays Claudio here, and Reed Diamond, who plays Don Pedro.
**** ''The Avengers'' has Clark Gregg, who ended up taking the part of Leonato after Head dropped out.
** The pilot episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' had appearances by J. August Richards (Gunn from ''Angel'') and Ron Glass (Shepherd Book from ''Firefly''); both played the same characters in later episodes of the season.
** Even the single episode of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' he directed has this, as he worked with [[NeilPatrickHarris Neil Patrick]] [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Harris]] in that one.
* Jason Reitman has put JKSimmons in all four of his movies
* Toei Company reuses a lot of the same actors for there Tokustatsu production though few end up taking more than one starring role. Plenty who have starred in one series, however may appear in a minor role in another or vice verse. This usually is regulated to their two ongoing series, KamenRider and SuperSentai as well as the parody HikoninSentaiAkibaranger.
* Creator/AdamSandler and his HappyMadison production house:
** Expect any permutation of Rob Schneider, Creator/DavidSpade, Creator/ChrisRock, Kevin James, and Nick Swardson (in more recent movies) to be somewhere among the cast members. Of his crew of actors, some are former ''[[SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' cast members from the early 1990's.
** Sandler's recurring actors also have included Steve Buscemi, Peter Dante, and Allen Covert.
** And with crew members, Sandler has Rupert Gregson-Williams as composer (he's also worked Teddy Castalucci several times), Perry Andelin Blake as production designer, Brooks Arthur as music supervisor and Jack Giarraputo as producer. He also has the Panavision Genesis used on all his projects after working with Dean Semler (one of the creators of the camera) on a pair of projects.
** Sandler's Personal Assistant Jonathan Loughran who appears in most of his movies.
* The KevinSmith gang includes Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/MattDamon, Jason Lee, himself, his wife, Jason Mewes, Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, with Joey Lauren Adams and Ethan Suplee to a lesser extent. Most of his movies took place on [[ViewAskewniverse the same universe]], which meant there were some actors playing multiple characters. Additionally, most of his movies feature crew members Scott Mosier (producer) and Dave Klein (director of photography).
* Where Creator/TimBurton is, DannyElfman is sure to follow, and JohnnyDepp will probably not be far behind. Softer members of the posse include current significant other (Lisa Marie and HelenaBonhamCarter) and Paul Reubens. ChristopherLee or ChristopherWalken (or both) could also feature in there. Burton likes his horror vets. Frequently making appearances have been Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, Glenn Shadix and Michael Gough (who Burton twice got out of retirement). In the early days, MichaelKeaton filled the role that Depp fills now, with starring turns in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' and ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. Early Burton films also had a tendency to feature Danny DeVito, Jan Hooks and JackNicholson.
--> '''Burton:''' Get me Johnny Depp and my wife on the phone!
--> '''Casting Agent''': I can't ever ''not'' do that.
--> ''Casting agent flips open a phone with two giant buttons labeled "Johnny Depp" and "Helena Bonham-Carter".''
--> --[[CollegeHumor "Tim Burton's Secret Formula"]]
* Helena lampshaded this by posting [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=659024907452123&set=a.193817587306193.47504.154639504557335&type=1 this picture]] on her Facebook page.
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki always taps Joe Hisaishi to do the soundtracks for his movies He also had a tendency in the 80's to cast Creator/SumiShimamoto for the lead roles in his films, but stopped that later on.
* Say what? Creator/DarrenAronofsky is making a movie? Expect ClintMansell to do the score, Matthew Libatique to be the cinematographer and Mark Margolis to appear in it.
* When Creator/StevenSoderbergh and Creator/GeorgeClooney got the idea to remake ''OceansEleven'', they went on to form a pretty tight A-List clique themselves. When a movie is directed, or at least produced by the two, it's pretty common to see Clooney, Creator/MattDamon, or Creator/BradPitt starring opposite JuliaRoberts, AngelinaJolie or strangely enough, CateBlanchett. DonCheadle, DavidStrathairn, and CaseyAffleck are commonly in supporting roles.
* The Wachowski siblings have a stable of behind-the-scenes production folks that they use on every movie. Not so much for actors, but Hugo Weaving has started to become their go-to guy when they need a good actor. Yet, somehow, he was nowhere to be seen in ''Film/SpeedRacer''. Huh.
* Creator/EdgarWright, Creator/SimonPegg, Nick Frost and Joe Cornish, Dylan Moran, [[TheMightyBoosh Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding]], [[{{Snuffbox}} Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher]], [[ManToManWithDeanLearner Richard Ayoade]] and [[Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace Matthew Holness]]. They often pop up in each other's various projects.
* Creator/SimonPegg is actually a member of another posse, which includes MarkHeap, KevinEldon, JuliaDavis, AmeliaBullmore and RebeccaFront. ChrisMorris is often leading charge. They've appeared in a number of works including ''Series/BigTrain'', ''Series/{{Jam}}'', ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'', ''LookAroundYou'', ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', ''Series/BrassEye'' and ''Series/NightyNight''. Don't be surprised to see other familiar British comedy faces, such as Creator/CatherineTate and members of ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' popping up.
* Any given ''Franchise/StarTrek'' TV series is likely to share a significant portion of its crew with any other ''Star Trek'' series. ''Trek'' directors are especially likely to have started out as ''Trek'' actors. They also have a pool of actors that they like to pull from for recurring or one-shot characters, such that there are five actors who have played seven or more different ''Trek'' characters: [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Vaughn_Armstrong Vaughn Armstrong]] (12 characters! 13, if you include that MirrorUniverse character), [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Thomas_Kopache Thomas Kopache]] (7), [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Jeffrey_Combs Jeffrey Combs]] (9), [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/J._G._Hertzler J.G. Hertzler]] (8), and [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Randy_Oglesby Randy Oglesby]] (7). [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Joseph_Ruskin Joseph Ruskin's]] only got six, but he's got the distinction of having appeared in five ''Star Trek''s.
** Relatedly, a pizza trophy for the late Majel Barrett, the First Lady of Star Trek, who (unless the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 pre-boot]] gets a SpinOff of its own) will go down in history as the only person to be involved in all seven versions of the franchise (TOS Nurse Chapel and pilot episode's Number One; TAS Lt. M'ress; TNG & [=DS9=] Lwaxana Troi; TNG, [=DS9=], VOY, ENT, ''and'' [=ST2K9=] Computer Voice).
** ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' had a low budget that led to it using the main actors as guest actors, so James "Scotty" Doohan and the aforementioned Majel Barrett voiced ''almost every guest character'' across the series' run.
** This happened even outside ''Star Trek''. ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' started with Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis as part of the main cast. By the end of the series, minor and recurring characters were voiced by Brent Spiner, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nicols, [=LeVar=] Burton, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks, Colm Meaney, and some others.
*** And it happened again on ''Series/TwentyFour''. Former ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' showrunner Manny Coto joined their staff for Season 6; then Brannon Braga came onboard for Season 7. That same year they had [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Trip Tucker, Dr. Phlox]] and [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Worf's brother]] in various one- or two-shot guest roles (hapless dock guard, hapless scientist kidnapped by Tony and Sangalan tyrant General Juma, respectively). At least for Season 8 they branched out to some [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined hotshot]] [[VideoGame/WingCommander pilots]]...
** Likewise, ''Leverage'' had several episodes directed by Jonathan Frakes, and Star Trek alums in recurring or guest roles include Jeri Ryan, Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Armin Shimerman and John Billingsley.
** Michael Dorn once tried to make a film via {{Kickstarter}} called [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akaworf/through-the-fire-life-after-star-trek ''Through The Fire'']]; basically built upon the idea that fans would like to see Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Nana Visitor and Armin Shimerman in something together.
* Practically every Mitchell and Webb production includes Olivia Colman - best known as Sophie from ''PeepShow'', which also stars Mitchell and Webb - and James Bachman.
* See something made by Creator/SamRaimi?
** Keep your eyes peeled for Creator/BruceCampbell and Sam's own Oldsmobile Delta 88. TedRaimi will usually have a cameo. Older brother Ivan used to co-write a lot of his screenplays as well. He's also cast LucyLawless in three different series now: ''Hercules'' and ''Xena'' (as Xena) and ''Spartacus; Blood and Sand''. She also cameos in ''Film/SpiderMan''.
** And more often than not, Rob Tapert will handle producing duties.
** [[http://beckerfilms.com/ Josh Becker]], who grew up with Sam, Bruce and co. and made Super8 Films with them in their teens worked on The Franchise/EvilDead Trilogy and Xena and has used the group in some capacity in all but one of his own Indie Films.
** Joseph [=LoDuca=] has scored the ''Evil Dead'' trilogy and many TV series Raimi and Tapert produced (''Hercules'', ''Xena'', ''JackOfAllTrades'', ''{{Cleopatra 2525}}'' and ''LegendOfTheSeeker'').
** And cinematography duties are usually handled by Bill Pope, but Raimi has returned to his DP from ''EvilDead2'', Peter Deming from ''Film/DragMeToHell'' and up.
** It appears JamesFranco is joining the Raimi posse, taking the lead role in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' after appearing in all three films in the ''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Spider-Man]]'' trilogy.
* Creator/TheCoenBrothers are a two-man posse on their own. They claim to divide the writing, directing and producing credits randomly between them for each film (the editing credit goes to an InventedIndividual because they were embarrassed at their names appearing so often), and people who've worked for them tend to describe them as TheDividual when it comes to artistic decisions.
** They usually draw from the same posse of actors, such as John Goodman, [=Frances McDormand=] (Joel's wife), Creator/SteveBuscemi, Creator/PeterStormare, Creator/GeorgeClooney, John Turturro, Jon Polito, Richard Jenkins and Billy Bob Thornton. And again Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell tends to show up in small parts. They also gave JeffBridges two starring roles.
** Carter Burwell and/or T Bone Burnett have done all their scores.
** Roger Deakins has done cinematography on every Coen film since ''Film/MillersCrossing'' other than ''Film/BurnAfterReading''. Before that it was BarrySonnenfeld for the first three films.
* Many movies directed by Creator/BlakeEdwards have soundtracks by Music/HenryMancini.
* Creator/MontyPython members are known to appear in each others' movies, and in the works of Python-animator-turned-movie director Creator/TerryGilliam. Like ''Film/{{Jabberwocky}}'', ''[[Film/EricTheViking Eric the Viking]]'', ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', ''Film/TimeBandits'', ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'' and ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen''. This has caused some fans to assume that all of these movies are in fact Python productions, despite the fact that the troupe has considered itself to have been disbanded since the death of member Graham Chapman.
* Creator/StevenSpielberg has his AssociatedComposer in Music/JohnWilliams (except for ''Film/TheColorPurple'' and his segment of ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''). He also uses the same editor (Michael Kahn), in all since ''[[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind Close Encounters]]'' except ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'', and has the same cinematographer (Creator/JanuszKaminski) since ''SchindlersList''.
* Creator/RobertZemeckis often casts Creator/TomHanks, who he first worked with on ''ForrestGump''. Zemeckis has declared that Hanks is his "favorite actor" and that "there hasn't been a single situation where we didn't see eye to eye. Not one." In the olden days, he frequently found parts, however minor, for Marc [=McClure=] and Wendie Jo Sperber, who were among the leads of his first professional film ''I Wanna Hold Your Hand''. Yes, they're Marty's brother and sister in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. Creator/AlanSilvestri has scored every Zemeckis film since ''Film/RomancingTheStone''. He worked with cinematographer Dean Cundey from ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' to ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' and from there had Don Burgess as his DP from ''Film/ForrestGump'' up to ''Film/CastAway'', after which he went to performance capture, with Burgess returning for ''Film/{{Flight}}''.
* ZhangYimou (''Film/{{Hero}}'', ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'', ''Film/RaiseTheRedLantern'') worked for a long time with acclaimed actress Gong Li. Unfortunately, they broke up, and now he's adopted Ziyi Zhang (''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'') as a muse instead.
* JohnWoo used to work with Chow Yun-Fat a lot back in his Hong Kong days. About the only big HeroicBloodshed movie he made in Hong Kong that didn't feature him was ''Bullet in the Head''.
* Movies featuring Creator/JohnCusack will usually feature other Cusacks, as well as JeremyPiven, a longtime friend.
** If either Cusack or TimRobbins is the lead, expect the other to make a cameo at least half the time.
* In the early Creator/GeorgeLucas days, it was rare that his films ''didn't'' include Creator/HarrisonFord. Ironically, he was not the first choice for any of his early roles.
* Creator/MelBrooks' movies were known for having Creator/DomDeLuise, Harvey Korman, Dick Van Patten, Creator/GeneWilder, and Creator/MadelineKahn, among others (for instance, Liam Dunn appeared in at least two of Brooks' movies).
* Creator/JohnWaters regularly featured Divine, Edith Massey, and Mink Stole in many of his works.
* Nowadays, if there's a work directed by Creator/JJAbrams, there's secondarily RobertoOrci and Alex Kurtzman as writers and Creator/MichaelGiacchino as the score composer. He tried to give Greg Grunberg (Parkman from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'') a role in every project he did for a while, whether it was major or just a cameo like ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (his cameo in ''Film/StarTrek'' is voice only); he's lessened this over time.
* There is a lot of osmosis between ''FullHouse'', ''StepByStep'', and ''FamilyMatters''; they had the same producers and the same lead vocalist for their theme songs.
** Bob Saget's comedy projects often include his ''FullHouse'' castmates, especially Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin.
* If it's a {{Pixar}} feature film, JohnRatzenberger ''will'' have a voice role in it. And expect music by either Creator/MichaelGiacchino, RandyNewman, or Randy's cousin ThomasNewman (''Brave'', scored by Patrick Doyle, is the only exception to date).
** When Pixar's John Lasseter supervised the dub of ''SpiritedAway'', he even brought over Ratzenberger as a participant due to his "good luck charm" status.
*** Joe Ranft did voices too, until his death.
** Pixar Animation Studios is one of the most close-knit group of artists in history: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Joe Ranft, Lee Unkrich, Bob Peterson and Brad Bird. Most of them were students together at Cal Arts in the late 70s. Each of the filmmakers display their unique vision, [[DoingItForTheArt but all the filmmakers pitch in on each other's work during the process, no egos involved, for the purpose of creating the most entertaining and the most meaningful movies they possibly can]].
** Before Pixar, the DisneyAnimatedCanon has also had its common band of voice actors and composers, starting with the end of the Golden Age: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, George Lindsey, Alan Menkin, Music/RandyNewman, and [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]].
* Creator/RonHoward often Co-produces with BrianGrazer. Also, expect Ron's brother Clint to show up at some point.
* Any movie directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa in the '50s and '60s could be expected to feature some combination of ToshiroMifune, Takashi Shimura, and Minoru Chiaki. (Tatsuya Nakadai took Mifune's place in Kurosawa's later films, after Mifune and Kurosawa had a falling out in the mid '60s.) Part of this was the Creator/{{Toho}} studio system and Japan's relatively small pool of actors after WorldWarII, but after a while Kurosawa started writing parts specifically for Mifune and Shimura.
* Don't be surprised if you see MichaelBiehn or BillPaxton turn up in a Creator/JamesCameron movie. Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is not uncommon to star (at least before he became The Governator). You'll probably find Creator/LanceHenriksen in it or possibly Creator/SigourneyWeaver. The score is most likely either done by Brad Fiedel or Creator/JamesHorner.
* Creator/JohnCarpenter's famous collaboration with Creator/KurtRussell, in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', ''Film/TheThing1982'' and ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. For the rest of the crew? He wrote, directed and often scored his own movies. Creator/RobertRodriguez cited him as his major inspiration in that part. He even played the scores from ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' and ''Film/TheThing1982'' during the shoot of ''Film/PlanetTerror''.
** Creator/JohnCarpenter has also repeatedly worked with Creator/AdrienneBarbeau (and was also married to her at one point), Creator/KeithDavid and Creator/DonaldPleasence.
*** In his early days he often collaborated with Creator/DebraHill as writer/producer, Creator/TommyLeeWallace as production designer/editor and Creator/NickCastle as a writer (he also played the original Michael Myers) and all his movies from ''Film/{{Halloween|1978}}'' to ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' (minus ''Film/StarMan'' and ''Film/{{Christine}}'') were shot by Creator/DeanCundey and from then he's used Creator/GaryBKibbe on all except for ''MemoriesOfAnInvisibleMan''.
* If a movie is directed by Creator/ColinNutley, [[Creator/HelenaBergstrom Helena Bergström]] (his wife) almost invariably plays the female lead.
* Creator/AkiyukiShinbo, the director for all of Creator/StudioShaft's works, has a selection of voice actors that pop up time and time again. Creator/HiroshiKamiya, Creator/ChiwaSaito and Creator/MiyukiSawashiro are the ones most likely to show up.
* Creator/MartinScorsese and his go-to guys Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/HarveyKeitel, Creator/JoePesci, Creator/FrankVincent, and these days, Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio. The editor of all of his movies since ''Film/RagingBull'' is Creator/ThelmaSchoonmaker. Scorsese was also the last film director to work regularly with Creator/SaulBass.
** Additionally, Paul Schrader has written three of his films (''Film/TaxiDriver'', ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' and ''Film/BringingOutTheDead'') and co-written a fourth (''Film/RagingBull''). Scorsese has also used Creator/BenKingsley a few times.
* GuyRitchie and his frequent producer (and now a director himself) Mathew Vaughn often use the same group of actors. Dexter Fletcher and Jason Flemyng have appeared in nearly every film either of them have done.
* When Creator/JuddApatow switched from TV to movies, he obviously kept the section of his old Rolodex with the "freaks" from ''Freaks And Geeks'' (Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel) and one of the "geeks" (Martin Starr). Linda Cardellini and Busy Phillips, not so much.
** Also from his second short lived series ''{{Undeclared}}'' Jay Baruchel and Carla Gallo.
*** Apatow's wife Leslie Mann has been in all four of his movies so far. Their two daughters in three.
* Want to know who's going to star in DanSchneider's next series? Similar to Disney Channel's series and movies just look to the recurring guest stars of the current one.
** This used to only really apply to Disney Channel's movies with many actors such as Ryan Merrimaan appearing in multiple ones some of the show actors would as well but the shows mostly kept to themselves with actors being confimed to there own shows. Eventually more and more actors from the series started appearing in the movies and only very recently has this happened with actors appearing on other shows. Selena Gomez may be one of the first example of this with her appearance on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and later Hannah Montana and eventually landing WizardsOfWaverlyPlace.
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro movies tend to have Creator/RonPerlman, Luke Goss, and/or Doug Jones; ''Film/{{Hellboy}} II'' featured all three of them in notable roles. The cinematography is usually done by Guillermo Navarro and Marco Beltrami scores most of his films. Also, more times than not his films will feature a cameo by Santiago Segura.
* RobZombie often uses the same actors in many of his films; usually the actors from one film will show up in the next. His wife, Sheri Moon, is in everything he's done.
* Two well-known ones in Hong Kong cinema:
** The "Seven Little Fortunes", a subset of which are the "Three Brothers" - Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung (''Martial Law''), and Yuen Biao, and Corey Yuen (martial arts director for ''Film/TheOne'', ''Film/KissOfTheDragon'', ''Film/Cradle2TheGrave'', ''Film/RomeoMustDie'' and others), Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu (''KungFuHustle'') which started out as a Chinese opera troupe but gradually moved on to movies in the 70s, essentially ''defining'' Hongkong action cinema. (Contrary to popular belief, Yuen Wo Ping [fight director of Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon, Franchise/TheMatrix, and Film/KillBill ] was not a member of the Seven Little Fortunes. Yuen is his real surname, the Seven Little Fortunes just adopted it in honor of their teacher whose surname is Yuen.)
** They have a SpiritualSuccessor in a new "Brat Pack" of sorts, a stable of young talents including Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Stephen Fung, Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Chung, Joey Yung, Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi (the last two even record albums under the name ''Twins''). Sadly these kids are better known nowadays for Edison's scandal, wherein the people repairing his laptop went the extra mile to upload his PornStash on the internet - which included nude pics of some of the ladies.
* Creator/EdWood and his posse: Dolores Fuller, Tor Johnson, Creator/BelaLugosi, The Amazing Criswell, Bunny Breckinridge, Conrad Brooks, etc.
* KennethBranagh films are likely to feature appearances by {{BRIAN BLESSED}}, Richard Briers, Geraldine [=MacEwan=], Michael Maloney, and sometimes Derek Jacobi. Before Branagh and Creator/EmmaThompson divorced in 1995, she also played major roles in most of his films. Patrick Doyle usually does the music.
* Creator/SpikeLee has a particularly large one. Members of it include his sister, and are all listed on his page on TheOtherWiki. He also reuses crew members, such as cinematographer Ernest Dickerson.
* The work of the "Black Pack" from the late 80's and mid 90's (Creator/EddieMurphy, Robert Townsend, Arsenio Hall, Paul Mooney and Keenen Ivory Wayans).
* All of Creator/DavidCronenberg's films since ''Film/TheBrood'' (except for ''Film/TheDeadZone'') are scored by HowardShore and he has worked with cinematographer Peter Suschitzky on all of his films since Dead Ringers (before that, his go to guy was Mark Irwin). Robert Silverman often shows up in a smaller role. Viggo Mortensen and Jeremy Irons are also frequent collaborators with him. Carol Spier started off as art director on three of his early films, then became production designer from ''Film/TheDeadZone'' on. His sister Denise has been his costume designer since ''Film/TheFly''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumni tend to work together a lot, usually members of the same cast, however it has been cross-generational as well.
** Creator/BillMurray, and ChevyChase in ''{{Caddyshack}}''. (The only time they've been in the same thing outside of ''SNL''.)
** Murray and Creator/DanAykroyd in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' which was also originally to star JohnBelushi and EddieMurphy as well
** Aykroyd and Murphy in ''TradingPlaces''
** Belushi and Aykroyd in ''BluesBrothers''
** Aykroyd and Chase in ''SpiesLikeUs''
** Murphy and MikeMyers in ''{{Shrek}}''
** Creator/TinaFey and Creator/AmyPoehler turn up together a lot.
*** Their respective {{Sitcom}}s, ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and ''ParksAndRecreation'', have featured their former ''[=SNL=]'' colleagues as {{Special Guest}}s. Will Forte and Fred Armisen have appeared on both shows. Ironically, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have not themselves appeared on each other's shows.
*** While Fey has not appeared on ''ParksAndRecreation'', Amy Poehler has since appeared on a live episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' as a young Liz Lemon.
** Creator/AdamSandler, Creator/DavidSpade, Creator/ChrisFarley, Creator/ChrisRock, RobSchnieder and KevinNealon, in any combination, can be found in a lot of films.
*** Sandler's Happy Madison production company is behind Spade's ''Series/RulesOfEngagement'', though Sandler has no credited involvement. In a WhatCouldHaveBeen, a Sandler-executive produced pilot starring [[Creator/NormMacDonald Norm [=MacDonald=]]] and JonLovitz was also produced.
** Dennis Miller has also been known to collaborate with his ''SNL'' co-stars. [=MacDonald=] appeared frequently on ''Dennis Miller Live'' and his current radio show.
* Creator/ChristopherNolan has a noticeable tendency to cast the same actors in different films. MichaelCaine has appeared in his last 5 films. Creator/ChristianBale, Creator/CillianMurphy, and Creator/KenWatanabe have also had recurring roles. TomHardy, MarionCotillard, and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt appear to be the newest members; after ''{{Inception}}'', all three have roles in ''The Dark Knight Rises.''
** There seems to be an interesting pattern emerging since ''{{Inception}}''. Apart from Michael Caine, Nolan has yet to use the same actor in more than two ''different'' roles. For ''{{Inception}}'' he brought in TomHardy, MarionCotillard, and Creator/JosephGordonLevitt. He reused these three in ''The Dark Knight Rises'' and threw in AnneHathaway. The former three are not present for his upcoming film ''Interstellar'', while Hathaway is (as is Michael Caine, again). If this pattern continues one can harbor a guess who will be in his next film. MatthewMcConaughey and Jessica Chastain might be good guesses.
** He does screenwriting with his brother Jonathan, his wife Emma Thomas will usually be producing, Wally Pfister will be doing cinematography, Lee Smith will be editing, either David Julyan or HansZimmer will be writing the score, and Chris Corbould will be on special effects.
* If Tony Scott's making a new movie, then chances are DenzelWashington's not far behind. See ''CrimsonTide'', ''Film/ManOnFire'', ''Film/DejaVu'', ''TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree'', and ''{{Unstoppable}}''. Denzel also starred in ''AmericanGangster'', made by Tony's brother Creator/RidleyScott.
* Garry Marshall (''PrettyWoman'', ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'') always includes a role for Hector Elizondo.
* Ever since ''{{Gladiator}}'', Creator/RidleyScott and Creator/RussellCrowe frequently reunite.
* If RobertAltman is directing a movie, Shelley Duvall, Lily Tomlin and/or Diane Lane can't be too far behind.
* Ditto Hal Needham (''SmokeyAndTheBandit'') and Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/DomDeLuise and/or Jerry Reed.
* BBS Productions in the late 60s and early 70s. For every film made by the company (with the exception of ''The Last Picture Show''), the producer, director, writer and lead actor jobs were always filled by some combination of BobRafelson, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/DennisHopper and HenryJaglom.
* Toronto-based {{Nelvana}} Studio is prone to using the same actors and actresses in its productions, be they live-action or animation. Common talent includes/included Creator/AlysonCourt, Creator/TaraStrong, Sunny Besen-Thrasher, Michael Fantini, Hadley Kay, Jim Henshaw, Billie Richards, and Creator/CreeSummer, among many, many others.
** Many animation studios often had their own stock company of voice actors. Creator/HannaBarbera's productions usually had Creator/DawsButler, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo, and Creator/FrankWelker among its regulars.
* Creator/{{Funimation}}, while huge, always ALWAYS uses voice actors for the lead roles who had appeared in their previous titles. They do look for new meat, but anime dubbing is so specialized that they really have no choice to cast the same people for the lead roles. Their actors also direct, write, line produce, and sound mix their dubs!
* Creator/{{Filmation}} productions often noticably featured characters voiced by Lou Schiemer, one of the company's co-founders, although he was usually either uncredited, or went by the name "Erik Gunden".[[note]]''WesternAnimation/{{Fat Albert|AndTheCosbyKids}}'' fans will know him as the voice of Dumb Donald; ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' fans will know him as King Randor, Orko, and others.[[/note]] Other regulars included Lou's daughter Erika Schiemer, Jane Webb, John Erwin, Melendy Britt, Linda Gary, and the late George [=DiCenzo=][[note]]Perhaps better known as Sam Baines in Film/BackToTheFuture[[/note]].
** During much of the 1980s, DIC tended to have Bettina (the title character in all of their RainbowBrite productions), Scott Menville, Cree Summer, Danny Mann, Danny Wells, Jeannie Elias, character actress Marilyn Lightstone, and various other Canadian talents who also recorded voices for the aforementioned Nelvana.
* Creator/IngmarBergman frequently worked with the "repertory company" of Creator/MaxVonSydow, Creator/BibiAndersson, Creator/HarrietAndersson, Creator/LivUllman, [[Creator/GunnarBjornstrand Gunnar Björnstrand]] and others, and almost always worked with cinematographer Creator/SvenNykvist.
* Creator/RainerWernerFassbinder frequently worked with the same actors and production crew. Most of the ''Neuer Deutscher Film'' directors did it too.
* KoichiMashimo frequently works with favorite seiyus MiyuIrino, Creator/AyaHisakawa, Creator/MaayaSakamoto among others. Musically he frequents the group Music/AliProject, and YukiKajiura. Also has his favorite screenwriters. In addition he always goes to the same studio for the art direction and in-betweening and completion work of his anime.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare had a stock company which included Richard Burbage (who generally played the leads) and Will Kemp (who played the comic roles). This is lampshaded in ''{{Hamlet}}'' where the actor playing Polonius is the same actor who originally played Theatre/JuliusCaesar (and therefore got stabbed again by Richard Burbage who played both Hamlet and Brutus).
* During the 70s Mexican TV producer Roberto Gomez Bolaños (AKA: "Chespirito") used the same pool of actors on all of his shows, usually playing similar characters. This was particularly noticeable on ElChapulinColorado, which only had one regular character (El Chapulin, played by Bolaños himself) since any other characters in the show where played by actors from his other hit show, ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' (where they played regular characters.) They consisted of some combination of himself, Carlos Villagrán, Ramón Valdez, Florinda Meza, María Antonieta de las Nieves, Edgar Vivar, Ruben Aguirre, and (occasionally) his younger brother Horacio Gomez Bolaños.
* Creator/DonBluth was always followed by Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy, and the three had left Disney at the same time to start Bluth's independent animation studio. Among the actors normally cast, Dom De Luise was a regular, with Will Ryan not to far behind.
* A DisneyChannel Original Movie made these days will likely feature one, or more, or several stars from the channel's original series, and maybe similar directors or writers.
** Likewise, many of the Disney Channel's stars from a six or seven year period started as special guests in the period previous to it. Shows premiering around 2010 or 2011 (''ShakeItUp'', ''ANTFarm'', ''GoodLuckCharlie'') largely star actors and actresses who had a guest role on ''HannahMontana'' and/or ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' beforehand.
*** SelenaGomez started on ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and ''HannahMontana'' prior to ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Before that, she was in a pilot for a LizzieMcGuire spinoff that never caught on as well as one for ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' starring Arwin titled Arwin!.
** MileyCyrus seems to the exception. Aside from a non-speaking Cameo in ''HighSchoolMusical 2'', she never appeared in a Disney Channel Original Movie.
** ''Dadnapped'' from 2009 seems to take this UpToEleven. It stars ''[[HannahMontana Hannah Montana's]]'' EmilyOsment in the starring role, her fellow ''Hannah'' co-stars Moises Arias and [[KickinIt Jason Earles]], DavidHenrie and JenniferStone from ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Phill Lewis (a/k/a Mr. Moseby) from TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody, and Denzel Whitaker, who acted in ''Suite Life'' and {{Nickelodeon}}'s ''Series/AllThat''. Osment's dad Eugene also had a role.
* Every Matthew Vaugh movie has Jason Flemyng in it, is produced by Jane Goldman, probably has Dexter Fletcher, and there's a huge list of regular collaborators (including GuyRitchie and BradPitt) at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Vaughn the other wiki]]
** And until ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', a score by Ilan Eshkeri.
* Creator/OttoPreminger:
** ''{{Laura}}'' stars GeneTierney and Dana Andrews became Preminger's favorite actors to cast at 20th Century-Fox. In the 1960s, Preminger brought them back for a minor role in one film each after their lives had deteriorated, Tierney in ''Advise and Consent'' and Andrews in ''In Harm's Way''. Both those last two films also featured Burgess Meredith, who appeared in four other Preminger films.
** Character actor Gregory Ratoff was a good friend of Preminger from his earliest days working at 20th Century-Fox, and appeared in three films directed by Preminger; Preminger also played a small part in one film directed by Ratoff.
** Doro Merande played small parts in four Preminger films, and was also in several Broadway flops Preminger directed.
** More closely associated with Preminger than any actor was Creator/SaulBass, who did promotional art and title sequences for most of Preminger's films (and a few plays) after he went independent.
** Max Slater, a friend of Preminger's since his years in Vienna, supervised the dialogue on most of Preminger's later films. His last name was Schulz, but he changed it to that of a character he liked in ''Theatre/TheMoonIsBlue''.
* Director [[WalkTheLine James]] [[KnightAndDay Mangold]] almost always has Cathy Konrad as producer, Phedon Papamichael as cinematographer and Arianne Phillips as costume designer. But he never used the same composer twice until ''The Wolverine'' (which reunites him with Marco Beltrami after ''3:10 To Yuma'').
* In the early 1990's, it wasn't uncommon to see a Creator/RogerCorman production with Phedon Papamichael, Creator/JanuszKaminski, Mauro Fiore and Wally Pfister all in the camera crew (usually with Papamichael as the main cinematographer). All four have gone on to respectable careers in the cinematography field.
* DanSchneider in the NickVerse (Nickeldoeon shows ''Series/ICarly'', ''{{Victorious}}'', ''DrakeAndJosh'' and ''Zoey 101'') has certain actors having 3 or 4 different characters in the same shared universe. The main force behind this is that Dan reuses favoured actors as well as finding his future lead stars by casting them in guest or less than starring roles whilst they are younger, for example, MirandaCosgrove having Series/ICarly built around her through her work as Megan on DrakeAndJosh, with Nathan Kress being recruited for the show because of a one-shot guess character named Toplin; JennetteMcCurdy's character Sam is based on a one episode character she played in Zoey101. VictoriaJustice who was in {{Zoey 101}} and Series/ICarly before {{Victorious}} which was built around her when Dan identified her as a future star years earlier when she was on Zoey 101.
** Also Taran Killam seems to pop up in his works somewhere as well.
* Lucky [=McKee=] usually seems to have Angela Bettis as one of his actors (and when Bettis made her directorial debut, [=McKee=] was the lead actor).
* Rob Thomas's ''PartyDown'' features Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, and Ryan Hansen, all of whom appeared on ''VeronicaMars''.
** It also featured a ton of other ''Veronica Mars'' stars and guest stars in the first season and a few in the second including Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, and Alona Tal.
* Justin Lin almost always has Sung Kang in one of his films (this would likely explain why Kang is the only actor from ''TheFastAndTheFurious: Tokyo Drift'' to appear in future installments).
* Virtually every movie that Creator/DavidLean ever directed featured AlecGuinness in a key secondary role (Herbert Pocket in ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', Fagin in ''Literature/OliverTwist'', Emir Feisal in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' and quite a few others), with Guinness only starring in ''TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai''. The two men had a falling out eventually and the next movie Lean made, in which he deliberately did not cast Guinness, was his first critical and financial failure since he began working with Guinness, and so for the rest of Lean's life Guinness always had a role in Lean's films, albeit increasingly smaller ones. The two men never became friends again but Lean still considered Guinness his 'good luck charm.'
** With five Lean films to his credit, John Mills rivals Guinness as Lean's go-to actor. But Lean's earlier films generally feature many recurring actors: Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh (Mrs. Creator/DavidLean for a time), Robert Newton, Stanley Holloway, Francis L. Sullivan, Joyce Carrey, Trevor Howard. Ann Todd also did three films with Lean during their brief marriage.
* Quite a few movies that TylerPerry directs and/or produces will have himself in a lead role, and also will have Tasha Smith, David Mann and Tamela Mann (the latter two are husband and wife).
* Before he left the ChurchOfHappyology in 2010, Paul Haggis usually had Michael Pena as one of his actors and Mark Isham as his composer (the latter two are active members).
* [[Radio/StusShow Stu]] is usually accompanied by his girlfriend Jeanine Kasun, as well as writers/historians Mark Evanier, Earl Kress, and Jerry Beck.
* Clive Doig's puzzle-based {{Edutainment}} shows for TheBBC generally featured one or more of Janet Ellis, Sylvester [=McCoy=], Mark Speight, Phillip Fox and Wilf Lunn.
* MakotoShinkai has not been involved in any project that does not have the name of composer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenmon_(composer) Tenmon]] in it.
* Along with Creator/FrankCapra and Creator/JohnFord, the classic Hollywood director who had the most identifiable stock company was Creator/PrestonSturges. Such actors as Eric Blore, Al Bridge, Jimmy Conlin, Robert Grieg, Raymond Washburn, and most famously of all, William Demarest, appeared in most if not all of the movies Sturges directed for Paramount. He also directed Joel [=McRea=] in three films and Eddie Bracken in two.
* Voice director Jack Fletcher (known for Disney's early dubs of Ghibli films, the numbered ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Fletcher and more]]) seems to work frequently with certain actors, such as John [=DiMaggio=], Sherry Lynn, Matt K. Miller, Debi Derryberry, Roger Jackson, and Dwight Schultz. ''The Animatrix'' got some attention from fans of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' because it featured the entire main cast from the game (the exceptions being Paula Tiso [Lulu] and Gregg Berger [Jecht]), as well as much of the supporting cast.
* Voice acting in general is prone to this. While voice actors are generally freelancers, a lot of studios and casting directors tend to have their own little talent pool, though there is some overlap when it comes to popular and in-demand talent. For instance, while all three studios use Los Angeles-based actors, it's easy to distinguish a dub by Creator/NewGenerationPictures from one by Creator/BangZoomEntertainment or PCB Productions.
* The SherlockHolmes movies are an attempt to enforce this trope. Around the time Game of Shadows came out, interviews with the director and the cast had them quoted saying they wanted to keep largely the same cast and crew for each movie in the series.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Every]] [[WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace show]] [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 created]] by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere will usually feature most of or all of the actors of one of their previous shows. The most common ones being KathSoucie, Pamela Adlon, April Winchell, Eddie Deezen, Justin Shenkarow, E.G. Daily, AshleyJohnson, Anndi [=McAffee=], TressMacNeille, and many more.
* JoeWright has directed KeiraKnightley in 3 out the 5 films he's made (the 2005 adaptation of ''PrideAndPrejudice'', ''{{Atonement}}'' and the upcoming adaptation of ''AnnaKarenina'') and in a commercial for Chanel's 'Coco Mademoiselle' perfume.
* Creator/JoeDante films all notably have an appearance by actor Creator/DickMiller, with Creator/KevinMcCarthy appearing in several as well. Music/JerryGoldsmith scored every single Dante film from 1983 onwards up until his death.
* CraigMcCracken has had 3 animated shows (one of which [[{{WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder}} hasn't aired yet]]), he tends to use some of the same voice actors, often casting them in roles different from the other shows of his they've appeared on. These actors include TomKenny, Creator/TaraStrong, Creator/TomKane and Keith Ferguson. GreyDeLisle and PhilLaMarr, while regulars on ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', had done voices at some point in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** Creator/GenndyTartakovsky (who co-voice directed the first few seasons of ''Powerpuff'' with Craig, as he usually voice directs his shows) tends to use VoiceActors alot as well. He's worked with some of the above [=VAs=] on [[{{Sym-Bionic Titan}} shows]] [[SamuraiJack of]] [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory his]] [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars own]] (such as Strong, [=LaMarr=], Kane, Kenny and [=DeLisle=]). He's also worked with Creator/CoreyBurton, Richard [=McGonagle=], Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson, Creator/JeffBennett, Creator/RobPaulsen and Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor on two or more projects. While he often works with voice actors, he doesn't only cast them, having worked with on-camera actors and comedians (Mako, Tim Russ, Brian Posehn) in a few of his projects.
* Along with some of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples mentioned above, GregWeisman often tends to bring back some of the actors from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' in bit or main characters as well as reusing actors he started working with after ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. This includes Creator/ThomAdcoxHernandez, Creator/JeffBennett, Creator/EdwardAsner, Creator/DeeBradleyBaker, Creator/CreeSummer, Creator/VanessaMarshall, Creator/BillFagerbakke, Creator/ClancyBrown, Creator/SteveBlum, and Creator/KeithDavid, among others.
* Every series that Tom Ruegger and Steven Spielberg collaborated on in the 90s seemed to have some combination of these voice actors: Tress [=MacNeille=], Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche, Frank Welker, Paul Rugg, Cree Summer
** Julie Brown was a guest on one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tiny Toon Adventures}}'', and later became a regular on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
** Tom Ruegger also cast his son Nathan in three of his series.
* The main Series/{{Horrible Histories}} cast comprising of [[GavinAndStacey Mathew Baynton]], [[Series/TheThickOfIt Ben Willbond]], [[PeepShow Jim Howick]], Larry Rickard, Simon Farnaby and Martha Howe-Douglas couldn't bear the thought of not working together after that show ended. This led directly to a new TV series, ''Series/{{Yonderland}}'', and upcoming film ''Bill''.
* Creator/SamPeckinpah had a "stock company" to rival Creator/JohnFord: Creator/WarrenOates, Creator/BenJohnson, Creator/JamesCoburn, Creator/KrisKristofferson, Creator/StrotherMartin, Creator/LQJones, Creator/RGArmstrong, Creator/JohnDavisChandler, Creator/DavidWarner, Creator/SlimPickens, Creator/CassieYates, Creator/AuroraClavell to name the most frequently occurring. He also frequently worked with cinematographer Creator/LucienBallard and composer Music/JerryFielding.
* Creator/DavidORussell has begun to form a production posse so far consisting of Creator/MarkWahlberg, Creator/JenniferLawrence, Creator/ChristianBale, Creator/AmyAdams, Bradley Cooper and RobertDeNiro.
* In music, EVERY RAP GROUP, CREW OR LABEL EVER. Every solo album one member does, you can almost guarantee the others won't be far behind. This is particularly prevalent in the somewhat self-insular rap groups the Music/WuTangClan and OddFuture.
** and Young Money. Any album by any member of YMCMB is probably going to have at least another member of the team on it somewhere ([[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and there are several]]). Being the labels' founding musicians, chances are any YMCMB album will have some sort of vocal involvement from either Birdman or LilWayne.
*** Or {{Drake}} or NickiMinaj. The three of them along with Wayne make up YMCMB's PowerTrio, and are the three most well-known members, so this is a JustifiedTrope to some extent.
** GOOD Music, KanyeWest's [[MythologyGag clique]] and label, does this as well - chances are any album the label releases will have involvement either in production or in vocals from Kanye himself, a hook from The-Dream, and features from any artist on the roster.
*** Kanye himself. Most stuff he's done since the start of his career has involved Common, John Legend, Malik Yusuf, Mos Def and {{Jay-Z}} somewhere along the line. He also gained his childhood friends Really Doe and GLC considerable exposure, along with his cousin Tony Williams. These days, if Kanye has a new album out, you can usually expect any (or indeed all) of these artists to be in hot pursuit - anyone mentioned above, Kid Cudi, [[Music/WuTangClan Raekwon]], The-Dream, {{Jay-Z}}, anyone not mentioned who is signed to GOOD Music, Talib Kweli, [[BonIver Justin Vernon]], LupeFiasco, LaRoux and {{Rihanna}}. You can also always expect his mentor No I.D. to have given some of the tracks a once-over production-wise.
*** And {{Jay-Z}}. Almost every Jay-Z album these days will involve production from one or more of KanyeWest, Timbaland, Just Blaze or Pharrell. Chances are Kanye may have a verse or two as well. Others who are likely to be involved are Jay's wife {{Beyonce}}, JCole, RickRoss, {{Nas}} and {{Rihanna}}.
* BradPaisley, a current country music star with a very healthy respect for country music's history and traditions, seems to not only include the likes of Little Jimmy Dickens, DollyParton, Bill Anderson, the late Buck Owens, George Jones and Bill Anderson in his music videos and album tracks, but they seem to show up often at Brad's public appearances, too, including award shows. Non-country music celebrities Brad's been known to pal with include [[{{Seinfeld}} Jason Alexander]], WilliamShatner and his wife, actress [[AccordingToJim Kimberly Williams-Paisley]].
* Any time BobHope and BingCrosby would [[Film/RoadTo hit the Road]], Dorothy Lamour would invariably be along for the ride. Subsequent Bob Hope movies tended to feature Bing Crosby in a cameo, sometimes stealing the girl away from Bob at the last minute. Jerry Colonna appeared in some of the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies, as well as some other Bob Hope projects. Lampshaded in the theme from "Road to Morocco":
-->Where they're going, why we're going, how can we be sure?\\
I'll lay you eight to five that we'll meet Dorothy Lamour.
* Ever since he took up filmmaking, Creator/BobcatGoldthwait's had one of these. He's stated in interviews he mostly casts his friends. This includes With the exception of RobinWilliams, most of them are only slightly famous. This includes Geoff Pierson, TomKenny, Jill Talley, [[Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete Toby]] [[KingOfTheHill Huss]], author Dan Spencer, Morgan Murphy, Joel Murray, Tony V, Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson among others. Some are people he's worked with when he was acting in movies and television (Murray from ''OneCrazySummer'', Pierson from ''UnhappilyEverAfter'').
* Black British director Steve [=McQueen=] has directed three films so far. All of them starred MichaelFassbender and were edited by Joe Walker. The cinamatographer for all three was Sean Bobbit.
* Many of Creator/StephenSondheim's musicals were created in association with director-producer Harold Prince (''Theatre/{{Company}}'', ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'', ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'', ''Theatre/PacificOvertures'', ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'', the failed version of ''Road Show'' known as ''Bounce'') and writer-director James Lapine (''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge'', ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', ''Theatre/{{Passion}}'', the 2012 revival of ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong''). Almost all of these shows were orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. (Sondheim had a lot of trouble with previous orchestrators when he started composing Broadway musicals in the 1960s.)
* With any Creator/{{Syfy}} show, expect to see several guest appearances by actors from ''other'' Syfy shows. ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' and ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' are the best examples, with the former featuring several ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'' alumni, and the latter featuring guest appearances from almost every other Syfy show that was currently airing at the time.
* To date, MatthewPerry and Bradley Whitford have shared the screen in three different shows, including their stint as co-leads on ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''.
* Every Broadway musical originally starring Creator/EthelMerman, with the exception of ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', had a book written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse or by Herbert Fields with either B.G. [=DeSylva=] or Dorothy Fields. Music/ColePorter wrote songs for five Ethel Merman shows, and she was the only performer whose name he associated with the song ideas in his personal notebook.
* Director Jeff Nichols always work with actor Michael Shannon. Also actor Ray McKinnon appears in his last two fims.
* Director Ryuhei Kitamura has worked together with actors Tak Sakaguchi and Hideo Sakaki in four movies, ''Film/{{Versus}}'', ''Alive'', ''Aragami'', and ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''.
* ''AmericanHorrorStory'' changes its cast and plot every season, but each one to date (including the forthcoming ''Freak Show'') has had Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Evan Peters in common.
* Four movies directed by Creator/JohnLandis have a bit part for singer-songwriter Stephen "Charming Guy" Bishop, though ''Film/AnimalHouse'' is the only one with any sort of musical contribution by him.
* When Bryan Singer left the production of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' he took his one to ''SupermanReturns'', but Brett Ratner brought two of his own collaborators to replace them - cinematographer Dante Spinotti and editor Mark Helfrich - and also actor Ken Leung as a spiked mutant.
* Any show created by DonaldPBellisario (''Series/MagnumPI'', ''Series/TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'', ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'', ''Series/QuantumLeap'', ''Series/{{JAG}}'', ''Series/FirstMonday'', ''Series/{{NCIS}}'') will inevitably include [[TroianBellisario members]] of his familiy both before and behind the camera.
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