-->''"I'm Troy [=McClure=]! You may remember me from such automated information kiosks as "Welcome to Springfield Airport", and "Where's Nordstrom?". While you're enjoying our hall of wonders, your car will be unfortunately be subject to repeated break-ins... "''
-->-- [[TropeNamer Troy McClure]], TheSimpsons

When an actor with a popular role in the past has a resurgence doing something else.

Similar to HeyItsThatGuy, only this is when someone was famous before, and not just a character actor.

Named for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' Troy [=McClure=], who used to be a character actor, and then did educational films, infomercials, etc. He would introduce himself with "Hi, I'm Troy [=McClure=]! You might remember me from such films as ''AliensStealCable!'' and ''TheAdjectivalSuperhero''." ([[MadLibsCatchphrase The names of the two films were usually relevant to what he was in at the moment]].)

Compare RetroactiveRecognition, where the actor's previous roles weren't nearly as popular as their current one.

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!!Examples:

* Brock Peters, best known for falsely convicted man Tom Robinson in the live-action adaptation of ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', has had appearances in numerous works as a voice actor, star of live-action television shows, and numerous films in various genres, some of his characters recurring. People today recognize him as Admiral Cartwright in both ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Joseph Sisko]], [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Lucius Fox]], Jesse Dillard in ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', and [[WesternAnimation/SWATKats Dark Kat]].
* Yvette Nicole Brown, who starred in ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' as Helen Dubious, makes a guest appearance as the exact same character, six years later, in ''Victorious''.
* Creator/MarkHamill. After spending years known only as [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]], he then got a career in voice acting, particularly as the Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. As well as the Hobgoblin from ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Skips in ''Regular Show'', and the [[EvilOverlord Evil Dad]] role in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. When he appeared in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', the film actually stops and puts "Hey kids! It's Mark Hamill! (Applause)" onscreen.
** When Creator/MarkHamill appeared on ''TheMuppetShow'', he would only appear if he could appear as MarkHamill AND Luke Skywalker, two different characters.
* JohnnyYongBosch, a.k.a. Adam Park, former [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Black Ranger]] and [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Green Zeo Ranger]]...current anime voice actor, his [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] being [[ActualPacifist Vash the Stampede]] from ''{{Trigun}}''. Other roles include a [[TheHero chivalrous]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Soul Reaper]], and [[Anime/CodeGeass another hero]] that's, uh... [[AntiHero not]] [[MagnificentBastard so]] [[PsychicAssistedSuicide much.]]
** [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Pink Turbo Ranger]] and [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Pink Space Ranger]] Cassie Chan, rather Patricia Ja Lee has appeared in a few anime roles as well.
* Olivia, (Raven-Symoné) from ''TheCosbyShow'' as Monique from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
** On that note, Symoné is also know for playing Nicole in ''HanginWithMrCooper'', which serves as this trope for Holly Robinson Peete (''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''), Dawnn Lewis (''Series/ADifferentWorld''), Roger E. Mosley (''MagnumPI''), Nell Carter (''Series/GimmeABreak'') and Omar Gooding (''{{Nickelodeon}}'s Wild and Crazy Kids''). Later Peete would star in the sitcom ''For Your Love'' and Lewis would voice [=LaBarbara=] Conrad in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* Chrissy, (AshleyJohnson) from ''GrowingPains'' as Terra from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* Charles Emerson Winchester, (David Ogden Stiers) from ''Series/{{Mash}}'', Governor Radcliffe and Wiggins in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', as Jumba on ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lane's father in ''BetterOffDead'', and as Cogsworth in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* RobbieRist, the original CousinOliver on ''TheBradyBunch'', now provides the voice of Choji Akamichi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* JohnTravolta used to be "that guy from ''Saturday Night Fever''". Then he was "that guy from ''Film/PulpFiction''". And then "that Creator/LRonHubbard fanboy who inflicted ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' on us". Now he may be known as "that guy in a fat suit and drag in the 2007 version of ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''".
** Or as "that guy from ''Film/{{Grease}}''"
*** He first got fame as Barbarino on TV's ''WelcomeBackKotter''.
** Tween movie watchers might recognize him as ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.
* Becky from ''Roseanne'' as Elliot from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}.'' No, not that Becky[[labelnote:* ]]Alicia "Lecy" Goransen[[/labelnote]], [[TheOtherDarrin the other one]][[labelnote:* ]]Sarah Chalke[[/labelnote]].
* Up until the mid-90s Noel Edmonds was a celebrity Saturday night entertainment show presenter, before which he was a successful DJ. He dropped out of the limelight for several years before reemerging in 2005 as the host of the British version of the game show ''Series/DealOrNoDeal''. Similarly, Howie Mandel was a popular prop comic who played Dr. Fiscus on ''StElsewhere'', then voiced the title character on ''BobbysWorld''. After years of obscurity he resurfaced as host of the US edition of ''Series/DealOrNoDeal''.
* And of course, who can forget Creator/WilliamShatner? First ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries,'' then ''TJHooker,'' and currently Denny Crane in ''Series/BostonLegal.''
** Another ''Series/BostonLegal'' example: Creator/CandiceBergen (a.k.a. Series/MurphyBrown) returns to the small screen after a six-year hiatus.
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'' is a live-action web series featuring Creator/MatthewMercer and Creator/KyleHebert, both well-known anime and video game voice-actors (Mercer [[TheOtherDarrin Darrin'd]] for TroyBaker as [[Persona4TheAnimation Kanji Tatsumi]], while Hebert voiced greats such as [[DragonBallZ Gohan]] and [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]).
* Creator/ChristopherLee played Dracula in a series of horror movies in his younger days. More recently, he's played villains in summer blockbusters such as the ''StarWars'' prequels and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings.'' And a major character in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Going back a bit further, to the mid-70s, Lee was also Scaramanga in ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. He also did some spoken lines for the band RhapsodyOfFire. In fact, Sir Christopher holds the Guinness Record for the highest number of film acting roles ever... but 95% of people know him from this handful of roles.
* Elijah Wood was a famous child actor known as the other Macaulay Culkin (they even co-starred in ''TheGoodSon'') years before being cast as [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]].
* Richard Dean Anderson as ''Series/MacGyver'', then a decade later starred ''Series/StargateSG1''. Extra confusion/amusement in the Spanish dub: Luis Porcar as Jack O'Neill and [[Series/{{House}} Gregory House]].
* Scott Bakula as Samuel Beckett on early-nineties ''Series/QuantumLeap'', then as Captain Archer on early-to-mid 2000s ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. (In between, he did [[WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance some voice acting]] and a [[NecessaryRoughness couple of]] [[MajorLeague sports movies]].)
* Creator/EdenRiegel may be recognized by fans of soap operas as [[AllMyChildren Bianca Montenegro]] and [[TheYoungAndTheRestless Heather Williams]]. Video game and anime fans may recognize her as ''DragonsCrown'''s Elf, [[TigerAndBunny Kaede Kaburagi]], and [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Hitomi]]. Voice acting must [[SamRiegel run in the family]].
* Dean Stockwell, who was a [[FormerChildStar child star]] in the 40's and 50's before (eventually) co-starring in ''Series/QuantumLeap'' as Al, and then appearing in the ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' reboot as Cavil.
* Micky Dolenz became popular in the 1950's as a child actor under the pseudonym Mickey Braddock. He starred in the TV series ''Circus Boy'' as the lead character, Corky. Only until mid-1960's was Dolenz launched into superstardom as one of the members of ''TheMonkees.''
* After his success as [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Dr. Frank-n-Furter]], Creator/TimCurry went on to have a lucrative career in voice-acting along with live-action acting. Many of the roles he voiced include [[TheWildThornberrys Nigel Thornberry]], [[{{Duckman}} Chickenman]], [[BrutalLegend Emperor Doviculus]], [[TheCatReturns the Cat King]], [[WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog King Acorn]], and even '''{{Satan}}''' (in ''Film/{{Legend}}''). He's also done quite a bit of stage acting (including [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a brief reprise as Dr. Frank-n-Furter]]).
* Murdock (Creator/DwightSchultz) from ''Series/TheATeam'' in various video game and animation roles, most notably Harman Smith in ''{{Killer 7}}''.
** And more notably, as Lt. Reginald Barclay, one of the more prominent recurring characters on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Less notably for a one-off role in a ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode.
** Also Mung Daal from {{Chowder}}.
* Of the four kid leads in ''Film/StandByMe'', only Jerry O'Connell didn't have any other major roles as a child actor. He [[Series/{{Sliders}} made up for it]] [[Film/JerryMaguire as an adult]]. Creator/WilWheaton is an odder example, becoming [[CreatorsPet a target of nerd scorn]] on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' before his comeback in the aughties as a target of nerd admiration.
* In the dub of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', SteveBlum did not reprise his role as Gallantmon...instead, the Royal Knight's voice actor was [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Brad Sherwood]]!
* Marcia Wallace was, at one point, sufficiently well-known from her role on ''TheBobNewhartShow'' in the '70s to be the subject of a ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' episode (in which she [[CharacterAsHimself guested as herself]]) later in that decade, as well as an appearance as her ''Bob Newhart'' character on ''MurphyBrown''. Later on, of course, she became the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on ''TheSimpsons''.
* Creator/JackieEarleHaley was best known as Kelly Leak in the original 1970s ''Bad News Bears'', and there's a 13-year gap on his {{IMDB}} page, 1993-2006. Now, he's [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 Freddy Krueger]], and [[HumanTarget Guerrero]].
* Walter Koenig (a.k.a. Chekov from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'') appearing as [=PsiCop=] Alfred Bester on ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* Alyssa Milano, who first became famous playing [[TheDanza Tony Danza's]] daughter' on ''Series/WhosTheBoss?'', then did a couple of seasons on ''MelrosePlace'' before logging eight years on ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* Creator/NeilPatrickHarris first became a household name playing ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'' and went into theater for a while before resurfacing as a {{Jerkass}} version of himself in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', a regular role as Barney Stinson on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', and the titular character of Joss Whedon's supervillain musical ''WebVideo/DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog''.
** Speaking of HowIMetYourMother, one episode had [[Series/{{Angel}} both]] Creator/AmyAcker and Alexis Denisof as guest stars.
* In the TheSixties and TheSeventies, Jerry Orbach was a famous Broadway star. He was in the inaugural cast of ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'', he was the first Billy Flynn in ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', and he even got a few movie roles. Fast forward thirty years, and what is he best known for? Lennie Briscoe on ''Series/LawAndOrder''. If anyone even knows he could sing, they probably know it because they saw him as Lumiere in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* BruceBoxleitner was originally best known for ''Series/ScarecrowAndMrsKing'', but is better-remembered now for the role of Captain Sheridan on ''Series/BabylonFive'', or as {{Tron}}.
* Robert Patrick, a.k.a. the T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', as Agent John Doggett in the late seasons of ''Series/TheXFiles''.
* Creator/AmandaTapping, who played fan favorite character Samantha Carter on ''Series/StargateSG1'' for over a decade, has had another sci-fi hit with ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''.
* Ben Browder is known for two famous sci-fi roles: John Crichton on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', and Cameron Mitchell on ''Series/StargateSG1''. He acted opposite Creator/ClaudiaBlack (Aeryn Sun and Vala mal Doran, respectively) on both series; naturally LampshadeHanging ensued on the latter about the former.
* Music/AshleyTisdale won fame in the mid-2000s for starring as candy counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick on the DisneyChannel's ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''. She later starred as Sharpay Evans in the ''HighSchoolMusical'' series and the made-for-DVD film, ''"Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure"''. Many younger Disney Channel watchers might better know her as Candace Flynn in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', while older TV watchers might know her from her role as Savannah Monroe in ''{{Hellcats}}''.
* Mark Harmon has come back for more stardom at least twice. People who watched ''ChicagoHope'' may remember him from his role in ''Series/StElsewhere''. Now, of course, both of those shows are road markers for fans of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* Keir Dullea appeared as Devon, the protagoinist of the much maligned 70s TV series ''Series/TheStarlost''. Get rid of the 70s mustache he wore in the series, you'll recognize him as Dave Bowman from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
* James Doohan is best known as Scotty from ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. But he got a chance to play TheCaptain for a change in 1979's ''Series/JasonOfStarCommand''.
* Apart from a role in season five of ''Series/LasVegas'', Creator/TomSelleck has mostly been doing TV movies since ''MagnumPI'' wrapped in 1988. Then in 2010 he was cast as Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in ''Series/BlueBloods''.
* Catherine Bell who played Marine lawyer Sarah Mackenzie on ''Series/{{JAG}}'' for 9 seasons was cast in another military-themed series, ''Series/ArmyWives''.
* David Boreanaz spent eight years playing the vampire [[TheAtoner Angel]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and the eponymous spinoff. As of 2013, he's spent another eight as FBI Agent Seeley Booth in the romantic forensic procedural ''{{Bones}}.''
* Emilie de Ravin was probably best known as Claire from ''Series/{{Lost}}.'' Since 2012 she's been Belle (yes, ''that'' [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]]) on ''Series/OnceUponATime.''
* [[TropeNamer Troy McClure]], from many films such as The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Horatio Hufnagel, Android Beach Party, Hitler Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Gladys the Groovy Mule, {{Muppets}} go Medieval, Preacher with a Shovel and many, many more.
* Creator/AlexKingston was best known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Corday in ''Series/{{ER}}'' before she was cast as River Song in ''Series/DoctorWho''. Now she says she's more recognised for ''Who'', which she says surprises her.
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