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  • Michael Madsen (aka Mr. Blonde) as the ultimate gangster/psycho/both (well, except in Free Willy...). Or downplaying the first, a cop\tough guy. Interestingly this is used by filmmakers either to create a certain feeling (in Donnie Brasco, I'm not sure we'd be so reluctant to trust Sonny Black in the first half of the movie if he was played by someone else) or to confound our expectations (in Kill Bill, the assassin played by Michael Madsen actually turns out to be a repentant, down-and-out Punch-Clock Villain who gets Eviler Than Thoued by Elle Driver.
    • Actually used amusingly in the War of the Worlds parody bits of the Scary Movie franchise. When the guy offering the heroines shelter pulls down his hood and reveals his face, you know he's a nutcase before he's done anything because it's Michael Madsen.
    • In recent years, he's been playing American generals and agents in crappy Russian action movies. Why, would you ask?
  • Miyavi's first blockbuster role as an actor was as the villain Mutshuhiro Watanabe (aka, "The Bird")—a cruel Soft-Spoken Sadist Sergeant of the Japanese Imperial Army that was in charge of the Omori POW camp in Tokyo during WWII—in Unbroken. His next role was as Gunpei Ikari in Kong: Skull a fighter pilot in the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII.
  • John Malkovich, Gary Oldman and Christopher Walken are prone to being the inscrutable villain (sometimes Anti-Villain, but mostly not) and/or off-kilter insane. (exceptions: Malkovich: ...himself, Athos and that guy from Empire of the Sun; Oldman: Jim Gordon, Sirius Black and Beethoven; got me now. Walken: Arguably The Deer Hunter)
  • Rizwan Manji's filmography is primarily made up of playing doctors.
  • James Marsden had the misfortune of being typecast as the Romantic Runner-Up, the Dogged Nice Guy, or a Romantic False Lead in most of his roles from the original X-Men Film Series trilogy onward (Superman Returns, Enchantednote , The Notebook) until he did 27 Dresses, in which his character finally ended up with the female protagonist. And later, in Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), his character is married.
  • James Marsters is almost always a Magnificent Bastard of a villain (even if Love Redeems him later on), probably because his incredibly high cheekbones scream "Did I happen to mention I'm the (sexy) villain?"
  • James McAvoy is often cast as a Wide-Eyed Idealist or an intellectual (or both—Professor Charles Xavier is the prime example). He has also acknowledged that he is offered many period roles because of his skinny build.
    "It may sound strange, but I think it's because I'm pale and thin. [...] Me, I look like a malnourished urchin, and there aren't too many of us around. I'm healthy, but I've never been a big guy, which is unusual for a Scottish actor [...]. I'm just a little, skinny, weak guy, and always have been."
  • Christopher McDonald playing a smarmy Jerkass character.
  • Malcolm McDowell has been cast in roles that weren't a villainous or otherwise evil character, but most of them are overshadowed by his roles as a bad guy of some flavor (A Clockwork Orange, Blue Thunder, Star Trek: Generations and Fallout 3, among others).
    • When he's not outright evil, he still tends to be a Bunny-Ears Lawyer, with having a arrogant jerkass attitude being the Bunny Ears.
  • Ian McNeice always plays the Fat Bastard.
  • Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is best known for playing nasty authority figures with a mean disposition who are constantly displeased with their subordinates: a Corrupt Corporate Executive in The Dark Knight Rises, an Imperial officer charged with building the Death Star in Rogue One, the aloof King George VI in The Darkest Hour, and the Sheriff of Nottingham (nuff said) in Robin Hood (2018).
  • Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is very versatile but if he’s in an English speaking and/or franchise role, he’s usually playing a villain. Some examples: the titular character in Hannibal, Le Chiffre from Casino Royale (2006), Kaecilus from Doctor Strange (2016), and the recast Gellert Grindelwald starting with the upcoming third Fantastic Beasts installment.
  • Dylan Moran became famous for playing the misanthropic alcoholic Bernard Black in Black Books, and has been playing similar characters ever since.
  • Rick Moranis has been known for being cast as hyperactive fast-talkers, Deadpan Snarker types, and dweeby guys. According to some sources, he got tired of being typecast as the last of these, which is why he's been on hiatus since 1997 (his primary reason was because he needed to raise his kids).
  • Joel David Moore has been oddly pigeonholed as "That Weirdo Lab Assistant Guy;" he's been on Bones, Forever, and Avatar basically playing the same character.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan always plays the dead guy.
  • Look at Glenn Morshower's filmography. Almost all of his characters have a military rank.
  • John Moschitta Jr, the world's fastest talker was always typecast as men who can talk very fast. Probably the reason we haven't seen him in anything lately.
  • An in-universe example for Mr. Potato Head and Baloney in The Mr. Potato Head Show: PH is invariably The Hero and Baloney is invariably his Sidekick. The other characters aren't nearly as typecasted, however; Queenie and Johnny have played both villains and allies, for instance.
  • Lucien Msamati seems to be becoming typecast as jealous, vengeful characters after playing Iago in Othello and Salieri in Amadeus. He also played con artist Toof in A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes.
  • Cillian Murphy, known for his unbelievably creepy performances in Batman Begins and Red Eye, has vowed never to play a villain again in order to avert becoming typecast (reprising his role in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises doesn't count, as he was under contract). Meanwhile jury's still out on whether his character from TRON: Legacy will be a bad guy or not.
  • Bill Murray plays mostly Deadpan Snarker roles. Ditto for Chevy Chase.
    • Mostly because that's how they are. Both are known for their huge amounts of Improv and most of their roles are just a long Throw It In!.
  • Liam Neeson plays the aged badass with a haunted face and a certain chance of getting killed in his movies. If he doesn't die, he makes other people die in his place. (The last bit can either be about Darkman or Batman Begins)
  • Jack Nicholson usually plays quirky characters with a deep dark secret like in The Shining, and often he's the Large Ham. Except in some of his more sentimental roles.
  • Leslie Nielsen is an interesting case in that his style never changed, but his image did a 180 degree turn: Pre-Airplane! he was the stern authority figure, but post-Airplane!: bumbling slapstick idiot. This because the latter always hinged on him delivering completely, outrageously absurd dialogue with a perfectly straight face. Subverted with Creepshow, where he just plays an evil bastard... although it is over the top.
  • The last guy that tried to type cast Chuck Norris- oh, well, never mind.
  • Dean Norris has been typecast as a cop or soldier for most of his career, Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad being the most notable of these.
  • Steven Ogg has been casted as a villain (or simply as a creepy man) since portraying Trevor Philips in Grand Theft Auto V.
  • Al Pacino, like DeNiro, is always either a mobster or a cop; to put a little spin on his typecast roles, Scent of a Woman has him played a blind retired war veteran.
  • Joe Pantoliano is usually typecast as villains or moles for villains. These include such roles as Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos and Cypher in The Matrix. The only possible exception would be his time as US Marshal Samuel Gerard's second-in-command Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals.
  • Broadway actor Patrick Page is known for playing a wide array of villain roles on the stage. His past roles include Iago in Othello, the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Grinch in the musical adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical.
  • In Home, Jim Parsons once again plays an obnoxious character who doesn't understand human behaviour and annoys everyone around him.
  • Pedro Pascal has a tendency to play father figures with gray moral values, to the extent that the first movie to give him top billing on the poster and the first TV show to give him top billing from the start both consist of space westerns in which he takes life-risking, occasionally unscrupulous measures to protect an orphan.
  • Ever since Profit, Adrian Pasdar has frequently been cast as wealthy and powerful corporate or government authority figures.
  • Dirch Passer ran into this trope hard. A Danish stage and screen actor renowned for his comedy performances, he became so associated with humor that audiences rejected his occasional stabs at dramatic roles. Late in his career, Passer took the lead in a stage drama and the audience started laughing during his first scene, unable to take him seriously. Passer was humiliated by the experience and never again tried to play a serious part.
  • Michael Pate, a white Australian actor, had the odd distinction being typecast as Native Americans in Hollywood Westerns like Hondo, Major Dundee and McLintock!. His only Hollywood role as an Australian came in the John F. Kennedy biopic PT-109.
  • Bill Paxton has played a lot of overconfident, enthusiastic guys who get taken down a peg, sometimes fatally, sometimes not.
  • When Josh Peck was still fat, he was known for playing the nerdy, socially akward goofball kid role.
  • Ron Perlman is usually cast as Man in a Really Good Monster Costume With None of His Lines Dubbed Over.
    • Which is a damned shame as his role as Vincent demonstrated that he is more than capable of expressing subtle emotions and doesn't need to always be The Heavy.
    • Even as the Heavy, his performance as One showed subtle emotions with no monster costume and none of his lines dubbed over even though he doesn't speak French.
    • It wasn't until Hellboy that he was able to play a lead character in a major movie, usually he is a smaller character and under so much makeup you almost can't recognize him. He's one of those actors that everyone respects, at least those who have heard of him.
  • Joe Pesci. Loud, angry, streetwise gangster-type from New York with a Hair-Trigger Temper who may or may not be an Ax-Crazy psychopath. He's currently retired from acting, perhaps to avoid doing such roles forever. Although he averted this in With Honors as the still crazy, but charismatic and educated bum Simon B. Wilder. His performance as Vinny in My Cousin Vinny where he was he wasn't crazy. Though he was still a snarky smart ass in both films.
  • Jeremy Piven is always the talkative jerk/drunk who spouts off asshole lines for no good reason.
  • Jorge Porcel and Alberto Olmedo as the Argentinian Abbott and Costello.
  • Favio Posca as "the family-friendly version of Fernando Peña."
  • Wolfgang Preiss bests even Anton Diffring as a go-to Nazi. Name a WWII movie from the '60s and '70s and he's probably in it: The Longest Day, The Train, Is Paris Burning?, Von Ryan's Express, A Bridge Too Far, even The Boys from Brazil. Additionally, Preiss portrayed a staggering five German field marshals: Erwin Rommel, Albert Kesselring, Alfred Jodl, Gerd Von Rundstedt and Walter von Brauchtisch. When Preiss wasn't a Nazi, he was Dr. Mabuse. Ironically, Preiss made his breakthrough playing Claus Von Stauffenberg in the German film Der 20 Juli - a heroic variant on his later typecasting.
  • Otto Preminger preferred directing to acting, especially after going bald at an early age. He did appear in several productions, almost always in the role of a Nazi. It's ironic that this helped restart his career during World War II, given that he was an Austrian Jew.
  • When Elvis Presley appeared in movies throughout the 50's and 60's most of them were as the happy-go-lucky guy in musical comedies such as Live A Little, Love A Little Kissin' Cousins and Stay Away Joe. Although he did play against type in a Clint Eastwood-style western called Charro!.
  • Vincent Price, as 'the really creepy scary movie actor'.
  • Jonathan Pryce is prone to playing authority figures. Among his most high-profile roles of this type are Juan Perón, Governor Swann, and ultimately the U.S. President. Before that, he was being pursued by authority figures...
  • Need a Tall, Dark, and Handsome type who seems relatively harmless at first glance but hide dark personalities? Zachary Quinto's two most famous television roles on Heroes and American Horror Story: Asylum were twisted Serial Killers hiding under a harmless guise. His film roles since then have varied and even his role in The Slap was that of a Hot-Blooded Jerkass who slapped a child.
  • Jeremy Renner tends to play badass loose-cannon types. See S.W.A.T. and The Hurt Locker for two prime examples.
  • George Reeves, famous for his role of Superman in the 1950s live-action television show, couldn't get himself any serious work, despite many attempts to break that mold. His dead-end career has been one of many theories as to why he shot himself in the head.
    • According to rumor, he gained a role in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity but his part was cut back when audiences, associating him with Superman, chuckled whenever he appeared on-screen. However Fred Zinnemann, the director, insisted that this was not true.
  • Keanu Reeves is the embodiment of spaced-out characters. See The Matrix, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and A Scanner Darkly. There is some debate over how intentional this is.
  • Alan Resnick often winds up playing weird, quirky, and artsy characters, such as the severely autistic Alantutorial, the Eccentric Artist Jack Mann, and the naïve and energetic Westley. Even when playing the violent and murderous Prince in The Call of Warr, he still retained the usual energy and quirkiness common to his characters.
  • To younger American audiences,it would probably be weird to see Alan Rickman as anything but the creepy bad guy with the sexy voice thanks to Die Hard, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Harry Potter (though he's just a red herring bad guy), even though his career has seen him in a very wide variety of roles. (Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Galaxy Quest, Dogma)
    • In his own words: "I don't play villains. I play very interesting people."
  • Eric Roberts really lends himself well to playing Smug Snake villains (quite literally in Doctor Who). Nathan Rabin even said Roberts didn't help by being so good in Star 80 "it became hard to buy him as anything but the kind of violent lunatic who might torture and kill a woman."
    • His career started out promising enough, described by one magazine as having a profile so handsome "it could be struck on a Roman coin." But his serious roles went unregarded, so he willingly became typecast to keep working.
    "I’ll do anything as long as there’s one good thing about it. It can be a good co-star, a good director, a really great wardrobe. As long as it’s fun, I'll do it."
    • His sister's shadow still looms large (and his daughter is quickly catching up), but as a positive, he's proven an acquired taste among critics who grew up watching his schlock. Where once casting Eric Roberts was a sign of full-tilt laziness, the irony meter has gone full circle to where letting Roberts run wild will produce the best scenes in the film.
  • Andrew Robinson made his film debut as the baby-faced serial killer Scorpio in Dirty Harry. He was so associated with the role that, despite winning an Emmy as the lead on Ryan's Hope, he was recast after 2 seasons because they didn't want someone noted for playing a serial killer as a sympathetic lead. He went on to play a whole string of psychotic killers in films like Hellraiser and Child's Play 3, until he finally got to play one of the good guys: former assassin and torturer Elim Garak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Edward G. Robinson, before he was known as the vocal inspiration for The Simpsons character Chief Wiggum, was famous for playing gangster Rico in the unflinchingly violent Little Caesar (1931). In his private life, Robinson was an enthusiastic art collector who hated guns — in fact, when firing blanks on the movie set, he had to tape his eyes open to keep from blinking in horror.
  • Julian Sands is...Julian Sands. No other way to put it, really. He was typecast as a good guy, before Warlock, when he auditioned for the heroic Ferne. After that, it was all comic book villainy for JS.
    • He did play Superman's father, Jor-El, in the Smallville continuity. (You may have noticed Hollywood 'bad guys' tend to play Jor-El on television: Terrence Stamp, David Warner, Christoper Mcdonald.)
  • Andy Serkis is the go to guy for Motion Capture performances. However this enables to play many different roles. Since playing Gollum in Lord of the Rings, he's played King Kong, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot franchise, and Captain Haddock in Tintin The Secret Of The Unicorn. His role in The Force Awakens is also a motion capture performance. That said he does have roles outside Motion Capture such as Nikola Tesla's assistant in The Prestige, and Albert Einstein in Einstein and Eddington, but it's his motion capture roles that get the most attention. Like many a British actor he also plays villains like Rigaud in the BBC's 2008 adaption of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit and was the voice of Screwtape in Focus on the Family's radio play of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters.
  • Tim Roth usually plays thugs/murderers/convicts/all of the above at the same time. And he tends to die violent deaths.
    • He's playing a rare good guy (and television role) in Lie to Me.
  • Mickey Rourke plays criminals. Thuggish criminals, insane criminals, diabolical criminal masterminds; In the twilight of his career, he's defied convention by appearing as...retired criminals. No wonder he briefly retired to take up boxing.
  • Adam Sandler frequently plays the Jerk with a Heart of Gold, is Jewish, just like him. He rarely even changes his hair. He also likes to have weird vocal quirks and act like a social retard, yet somehow get the hot female lead.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, in any action movie he stars in, plays unstoppable badasses. Once he is committed to a given task, nothing (including an invisible alien, shape-shifting robots or Satan) is going to sway him or stand in his way... no, actually, except for Sarah Connor and Batman. And if he is playing a father or is otherwise in charge of kids, do not mess with them if you value your life.
  • Sadly, Jerry Seinfeld will never, ever, ever be able to act in any live-action role whatsoever. At least, not until he is past the age of 70. Fortunately, the fact that he is one of the greatest comedy icons of The '90s doesn't seem to have penetrated his mind, so for ten years he was happy just being a stand-up comedian, as he was before (and within) his prime-time reign.
  • Tom Selleck has been typecast as cops or soldiers, particularly in Magnum, P.I. and Blue Bloods. Selleck himself, however, claims that his support for the NRA has hurt his career.
  • Michael Shannon seems to always play robotic men who are one stubbed toe away from a psychotic break.
  • J. K. Simmons has a tendency to play hardened killers and, in more recent years, blustery boss characters: J.J. Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, Cave "We're Done here" Johnson in Portal 2, and Chief Will Pope on The Closer. (Cave is arguably a blend of the two.) Then, of course, there was his Academy Award-winning role as Sadist Teacher Terence Fletcher in Whiplash.
  • John Simm is the man to go to when you want angst. Up until his late thirties, practically all the roles he played were those of cocky, broody, bratty young men (The Lakes, Human Traffic, Cracker). When he isn't playing angsty Northeners (most notably in Life On Mars), he's playing angsty 17th century mercenaries (The Devil's Whore) or angsty 19th century Russian axe murderers (Crime and Punishment) or angsty Danish princes (Hamlet) or angsty reporters (State of Play, Sex Traffic). He only breaks out of the angst if he gets to play an over-the-top villain (Caligula, The Master). Fitting for a guy who's frighteningly convincing when he cries.
  • Edward Van Sloan plays the same vaguely Germanic, gentlemanly, all-knowing doctor who is willing to take on the supernatural in Dracula (1931, as Dr. Van Helsing), Frankenstein (1931, as Dr. Waldman), and The Mummy (1932, as Dr. Müller).
  • Will Smith always plays the charming, witty leading man/action hero. More specifically, in his blockbuster action movies like Bad Boys (1995), Independence Day, andSuicide Squad, Smith plays a wild card action hero as a foil to a by-the-books Straight Man partner.
  • James Spader's still playing a marble-mouthed sex freak, twenty years after sex, lies, and videotape.
    • Since Boston Legal wrapped up in 2008, he has diversified somewhat by continuing to play Alan Shore. (On The Office (US) and in David Mamet's Race.) He went further from the sex freak part on The Blacklist.
  • You've got a fantasy or horror setting, and your Evil Overlord needs a comically incompetent but very loyal henchman? Timothy Spall is your man, as evidenced by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (and subsequent Potter films), Enchanted, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He's recently tried to break out by playing the goddamn Winston Churchill in The King's Speech.
  • Jason Statham, who is always a bald badass in action movies, often a tough guy with an English cockney accent. Except for a minor role in The Pink Panther remake... and Gnomeo and Juliet.
  • Ray Stevenson seems to be starting to get stuck in a typecast as a hedonistic, laid-back, but still formidable warrior type; In Rome he was Titus Pullo, in Thor he portrayed Volstagg, and in The Three Musketeers, he's the type-codifying Porthos.
  • Patrick Stewart, at least in movies and on TV, he seems to be typecast for the "good, wise non-action leader" role, especially "good king" - which makes it either very funny when he plays against type (see Jeffrey - snarky, somewhat Camp Gay interior designer and Pink Panther activist - and Conspiracy Theory - "evil, wise non-action leader") or rather unsettling (The Lion in Winter - still superficially the affable "good king", but the dialogue establishes really quickly that he's actually a selfish, scheming jerk who has taken someone raised almost as an adoptive daughter as his mistress).
  • Fred Stoller as a drab and socially awkward loser.
  • Mark Strong, as a bald villain with an English accent.
  • Peter Stormare, professional sleazy, violent, Eastern European thug. Or a kooky, over-the-top, scenery-chewing character of pretty much any nationality.
  • Pity the fool who messes with Mr. T.
  • Terry-Thomas always played an upright Quintessential British Gentleman, although sometimes the "upright" only applied to his posture, and not his morals.
  • Billy Bob Thornton was briefly typecast as Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists after Bad Santa became a box office hit.
  • The Three Stooges.
  • Omar Sy often plays in An Immigrant's Tale. His background (born in France from Mauritanian and Senegalese immigrants) kind of helps.
  • One could summarize Danny Trejo's start in acting thusly: He was training another actor how to fight after having networked his way onto the film in prison, when someone says, "You look like an ex-con! Come over here and play and ex-con." And now, he gets a film showcasing his talents.
  • It looks like Michael Trucco is being typecast as "the other side of the love triangle". He played that role to Starbuck and Apollo (sort of; their relationship is more complicated), to Leonard and Penny (contributing in their getting together), to Beckett and Castle, and, briefly to Barney and Robin.
  • Chris Tucker as the effeminate comedy relief.
  • Eric Vale lampshaded that he's often cast as a douchebag.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal as an overweight, washed-up action heroes in direct-to-DVD movies.
    • ... which Jean spoofed in the film JCVD. Seagal has yet to show his sense of humor...
      • He pretty much does this in Machete.
      • Seagal appeared as a parody of his usual roles in The Onion Movie, as the Cock Puncher.
    • Seagal always plays himself in every role. Always a ex-SEAL/military/CIA/cop agent who unreluctantly finds himself back on the job without. He is also without emotion, merciless and invincible.
  • Do you need a snarky, smug, British, bad guy who loves to get into his work? Then you want Mark Sheppard. Seriously, the entries in his resume where he isn't playing a villain are the ones who stand out. Most prominently known as Badger from Firefly, Crowley from Supernatural, Canton Everett Deleware from Doctor Who (one of his few non-villain roles), and Nate Ford's Evil Counterpart Jim Sterling in Leverage. He also was the antagonist for the first half of season five of 24, The Ring Director in Chuck, and the first Villain of the Week in White Collar he later returned in the show's fifth season as its main antagonist.
  • If a movie script includes an Eastern European mobster, general, or scientist, chances are the character will be played by Rade Šerbedžija.
  • Vince Vaughn as the awkward nice guy, whether he's the protagonist or the best friend of the protagonist. He also usually has a hot girlfriend.
    • The remake of Psycho is an exception.
      • Speaking of Psycho, the original Norman Bates - Anthony Perkins - faced typecasting twice. Prior to Psycho, Perkins seemed to be making a career playing the tall-and-gangly, boyishly charming male ingenue-like characters. After Psycho, he ended up playing creepy weirdos/psychopaths a majority of the time.
  • It wasn't particularly imaginative making Reginald VelJohnson's character in Family Matters a policeman, considering he had already played a cop in Die Hard, Turner & Hooch, Ghostbusters (1984), the TV movie One of Her Own...
  • After his Big Bad role in Nochnoi Dozor, Russian actor Viktor Verzhbitskiy has played one villain after another, including at least three evil oligarchs. Thanks to his larger-than-life acting style, he is often the only reason to watch those movies.
  • Italian actor Paolo Villaggio had a huge success in his home country with the Fantozzi series of dark comedies, starring him as an incredibly unlucky, awkward, servile and frustrated office clerk. So much so that he later starred in a lot of movies where he was Fantozzi in all but name and tend to be confused with those other films by unattentive viewers. He played some dramatic parts, but the audience didn't care, so he continued to be typecast as bumbling, goofy schmucks.
  • This was taken Up to Eleven for the Dutch actor Bram van der Vlugt, who went from performing Sinterklaas (the Dutch equivalent to Santa Claus) to being his official performer for TV events and films for 30+ years until he left the role in 2011 and handed it over to Stefan de Walle.
  • Whenever Tom Waits appears in a movie, he's usually crazy and/or magical. The crazy magical hobo schtick is actually a large part of his musical persona too.
    • David Bowie is a similar case of musical and movie personas overlapping as he is usually cast in roles that take advantage of what the trailer for his movie The Hunger (in which he played a vampire) called his "cruel elegance"; whether his character is good or evil, he usually has a mysterious, cool aura. This has served him well in a colorful variety of roles over time. He also isn't afraid to play it for comedy or just play against type on occasion — in the Short Film Jazzin' for Blue Jean he gets to do both!
  • The late, great Eli Wallach always played villains of some sort, from conflicted Bitchin Sheeps Clothing Guido to goofy, likable Anti-Villain Tuco. In fact, after Tuco, Wallach was typecast a couple of times as the schlubby, off-the-wall bandito. In his old age, however, he played more mellow and kind-hearted roles such as in The Holiday.
  • Patrick Warburton is always cast as the big, dumb, lovable guy — Kronk, Puddy, The Tick, and so on.
  • Denzel Washington as either a real life figure or a law enforcer.
  • John Wayne is John Wayne, pilgrim.
  • Robin Williams did voices. And funny stuff. Not so much later, but he continued to entertain and touch hearts. Even in death.
  • Bruce Willis tends to play soft-spoken tough guys - usually some sort of law enforcement, government agent, soldier or a hitman. This is due to the influence of Die Hard. Before that film, Willis was strictly a comedic actor. Apart from that he is always the badass everyman, and is known for being the king of the heroic comeback, getting beaten to shit by the bad guys and then coming back to win out. Unless we are talking about The Sixth Sense. Or The Siege where he plays a rare villainous part. Or In Country (embittered Vietnam veteran), or Death Becomes Her (a nebbishy doctor), or Mortal Thoughts, or Unbreakable, or...
    • Sin City put on a small spin: he killed himself, despite winning in the end.
  • Every role of Henry Winkler aka "Fonzie these days seems to be as an outrageously incompetent lawyer in various sitcoms and movies.
  • All through The '80s, Michael Winslow tended to be The Guy Who Makes Noises. In fact, his entire career is built on being The Guy Who Makes Noises. He even admits this.
    • That's who he is in real life. Though he was a voice in Gremlins.
  • Ray Winstone is invariably some kind of East End thug. Unless he's a boastful Anglo-Saxon thug.
  • Elijah Wood is usually typecast as the wide-eyed innocent charming boy, ten years before playing Frodo from The Lord of the Rings. But since LOTR he's been desperately trying to avoid typecasting as, well, Frodo (wide-eyed innocent + Messianic Archetype). In fact, he was cast as a tough vandal in Green Street (also known as Hooligans) because he represented corrupted innocence.
  • A truly bizarre spin on the trope: judging by his most high-profile roles, Sam Worthington has been typecast as... a Half-Human Hybrid (Terminator Salvation, Avatar, Clash of the Titans).
    • ... A Half-Human Hybrid created by the villains to join up with the heroes and bring them down from within, but eventually changes sides through The Power of Love and plays a pivotal role in defeating his creators.


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