Tuesday, March 20, 2012

160 Movie Stars and the TV Shows They've Appeared In


This is a list of appearances in TV programs and mini-series by people known
primarily as movie stars. I’ve excluded the likes of Ted Danson, Robert
Vaughn, Ian McShane and Lorraine Bracco because their TV work is
more substantial than their movie work. I have also excluded talk shows
and variety shows, TV movies, one-off TV plays, and voice-only
appearances (for example in a cartoon series).

Most of the roles listed are substantial ones lasting at least three or four
episodes, but there are a few odd cameos, guest appearances and early-in-
their-career bit roles thrown in for fun. It’s presented simply as a quick
reference guide for some of the most famous examples of this phenomenon.
It’s not of course a complete list of movie stars’ TV credits, even for the
movie stars listed here. More information about each role can easily be
found elsewhere on the internet.


  1. Al Pacino - Angels In America
  2. Alan Alda - MASH
  3. Alan Bates- The Mayor of Casterbridge, Hard Times
  4. Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
  5. Alec Guinness - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,  Smiley’s People
  6. Angela Lansbury - Murder, She Wrote
  7. Anna Paquin - True Blood
  8. Anne Bancroft  -  Jesus of Nazareth
  9. Barbara Stanwyck - The Thorn Birds, Dynasty, The Colbys
  10. Ben Stiller - The Ben Stiller Show, Friends
  11. Bill Paxton - Big Love
  12. Billy Crystal - Soap
  13. Bob Hoskins - Pennies From Heaven
  14. Brad Pitt – Dallas, Glory Days, Friends
  15. Brendan Fraser - Scrubs
  16. Bruce Willis - Moonlighting
  17. Burt Reynolds - The X Files, Ed. My Name is Earl
  18. Carey Mulligan - Doctor Who, Bleak House
  19. Catherine Zeta-Jones - The Darling Buds Of May
  20. Charlie Sheen - Two And A Half Men
  21. Chloe Sevigny - Big Love
  22. Christian Slater - My Own Worst Enemy
  23. Christina Ricci - Grey's Anatomy, Ally Macbeal, Pan Am
  24. Christopher Plummer - Jesus of Nazareth, Counterstrike, The Thorn Birds
  25. Claire Danes - My So Called Life
  26. Clint Eastwood - Rawhide
  27. Colin Farrell - Ballykissangel
  28. Colin Firth - Pride And Prejudice
  29. Cybil Shepherd - Moonlighting, Cybil, The L Word, Psych
  30. Daniel Craig - Our Friends In The North
  31. Danny Devito - Taxi, Friends
  32. David Carradine - Kung Fu
  33. David Warner - The Wars of the Roses, Holocaust, Twin Peaks, Wallander
  34. Denis Leary - Rescue Me
  35. Denise Richards - Melrose Place, Spin City, Two and a Half Men
  36. Dennis Hopper - Entourage, Crash
  37. Don Johnson - Miami Vice
  38. Donald Sutherland - Dirty Sexy Money, Commander In Chief
  39. Dustin Hoffman - Curb Your Enthusiasm, Luck
  40. Elizabeth Taylor - General Hospital, North and South
  41. Emma Thompson - Angels In America
  42. Ernest Borgnine - McHale’s Navy, Jesus of Nazareth, Airwolf, The Single Guy
  43. Faye Dunaway - It Had To Be You, Alias, Grey’s Anatomy
  44. Forest Whitaker - North and South, Cagney and Lacey
  45. Fred MacMurray - My Three Sons
  46. Gary Sinise - CSI: New York
  47. Geena Davis - Commander In Chief
  48. George Clooney - E.R.
  49. George Peppard - The A Team
  50. Glenn Close - The Shield, Damages
  51. Goldie Hawn - Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In
  52. Gwyneth Paltrow - Glee
  53. Harvey Keitel - Life On Mars (US)
  54. Heather Graham - Twin Peaks, Scrubs, Emily's Reasons Why Not
  55. Helen Mirren - Prime Suspect
  56. Ian Holm  - The Wars of the Roses, Napoleon and Love, Holocaust, Performance
  57. Ian McKellan - Coronation St, The Prisoner (2009)
  58. Jake Gyllenhaal - Homicide: Life On The Street
  59. James Coburn - Klondike, Rawhide, Perry Mason, Bonanza
  60. James Earl Jones - Roots
  61. James Franco - Freaks ‘n’ Geeks, The X Files, General Hospital
  62. James Garner - Maverick, The Rockford Files
  63. James McEvoy - State Of Play, Shameless (UK)
  64. Jamie Foxx - In Living Color, The Jamie Foxx Show
  65. Jason Bateman - Arrested Development
  66. Jason Schwartzmann - Bored to Death
  67. Jeanne Tripplehorn - Big Love
  68. Jeff Bridges - The Lloyd Bridges Show, Sea Hunt
  69. Jeff Goldblum - Will & Grace, Raines, Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  70. Jennifer Garner - Alias
  71. Jennifer Lopez - In Living Color, Hotel Malibu, How I Met Your Mother
  72. Jill Clayburgh - Dirty Sexy Money
  73. Jim Caviezel - The Prisoner
  74. Joaquin Phoenix - Morningstar/Eveningstar 
  75. Jodie Foster - Gunsmoke, Paper Moon, Frasier, X Files
  76. John Gielgud - Brideshead Revisited
  77. John Goodman - Roseanne, Treme
  78. John Leguizamo - ER, The Kill Point, Miami Vice 
  79. John Lithgow - Third Rock From the Sun, Dexter
  80. John Travolta - Welcome Back, Kotter 
  81. Johnny Depp - 21 Jump Street, The Fast Show
  82. Jon Favreau - Friends
  83. Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce
  84. Kathleen Turner - Californication 
  85. Keith Carradine - Dexter
  86. Kenneth Branagh - Wallander
  87. Kenneth More - The Forsyte Saga (1967)
  88. Kevin Bacon - Guiding Light 
  89. Kiefer Sutherland - 24
  90. Kim Basinger - Charlie's Angels, The Six Million Dollar Man
  91. Kristin Scott Thomas - Body & Soul, Absolutely Fabulous
  92. Laura Dern - Enlightened 
  93. Laura Linney - More Tales of the City, Frasier, The Big C
  94. Laurence Fishburne - Pee-wee's Playhouse, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 
  95. Laurence Olivier - Brideshead Revisited
  96. Liam Neeson - A Woman of Substance 
  97. Lily Tomlin - Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In
  98. Lucy Liu - Ally Macbeal
  99. Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
  100. Malcolm McDowell - Our Friends in the North, Heroes, Entourage
  101. Mark Strong - Our Friends In The North
  102. Mark Wahlberg -  Entourage
  103. Martin Lawrence - Martin 
  104. Martin Sheen - The West Wing, Kennedy
  105. Meryl Streep - Holocaust, Angels In America, Web Therapy 
  106. Michael Cera - Arrested Development
  107. Michael Douglas - The Streets Of San Francisco
  108. Michael Gambon - The Singing Detetctive
  109. Michael J Fox - Rescue Me, Boston Legal, Spin City, Family Ties, Scrubs 
  110. Michael Keaton - Report to Murphy, Working Stiffs, The Company
  111. Michael Moore - Michael Moore’s TV Nation
  112. Michelle Pfeiffer – CHIPS, Delta House, B.A.D. Cats
  113. Michelle Williams - Dawson's Creek
  114. Nick Nolte - Rich Man, Poor Man
  115. Orlando Bloom - Casualty, Midsomer Murders
  116. Orson Welles - Around the World with Orson Welles, The Orson Welles Show
  117. Patrick Stewart - Star Trek
  118. Paul Giametti - John Adams
  119. Paul Newman - You Are There, The United States Steel Hour
  120. Pierce Brosnan - Remington Steele, Noble House
  121. Ralph Richardson  - Jesus of Nazareth
  122. Ray Milland - Rich Man, Poor Man, Columbo, Hart to Hart
  123. Ray Winstone - Fox, Robin Hood, Minder, Vincent, Great Expectations 
  124. Reese Witherspoon - Return to Lonesome Dove
  125. Richard Gere - Kojak 
  126. Ricky Gervais - The Office (UK), Extras
  127. Rob Lowe - The West Wing
  128. Robert Carlyle - Hamish Macbeth
  129. Robert Downey Jr. - Ally Macbeal
  130. Robert Duvall - Lonesome Dove
  131. Robert Mitchum - The Winds Of War
  132. Robin Williams - Happy Days, Mork & Mindy 
  133. Roger Moore - The Saint, The Persuaders
  134. Russell Crowe - The Young Doctors, Neighbors, Police Rescue
  135. Rutger Hauer - Floris, The 10th Kingdom, Smallville
  136. Ryan O’Neal - Peyton Place
  137. Salma Hayek - Ugly Betty, 30 Rock
  138. Sandra Bullock - Working Girl, George Lopez 
  139. Scarlett Johansson - Entourage
  140. Sean Connery - Dixon Of Dock Green
  141. Seth Rogen - Freaks ‘n’ Geeks
  142. Shirley MacLaine - Downton Abbey
  143. Simon Pegg - Spaced, Big Train 
  144. Sissy Spacek - The Waltons, Big Love 
  145. Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
  146. Steve Carrell - The Dana Carvey Show, The Office (US)
  147. Steve McQueen - Wanted: Dead Or Alive
  148. Susan Sarandon - A.D., Rescue Me, 30 Rock
  149. Tim Robbins - St. Elsewhere 
  150. Tommy Lee Jones - Lonesome Dove,The Executioner’s Song
  151. Topher Grace - That '70s Show
  152. Toshiro Mifune - Shogun
  153. Van Johnson - Rich Man, Poor Man, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote
  154. Vanessa Redgrave - Nip/Tuck
  155. Will Ferrell - The Office, 30 Rock, The Oblongs 
  156. Will Smith - The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
  157. William H. Macy - Shameless (US)
  158. William Hurt - Kojak, Damages
  159. Winona Ryder - Friends
  160. Woody Harrelson - Cheers, Will & Grace

Saturday, March 17, 2012

50 Famous Novelists Who Have Appeared In Fiction Films

Top: Kosinski, Rushdie
Bottom: Capote, Auster
I’ve only included people who are famous mainly for their literary work, not film people who have tried their hand at novel writing.

1. Alain Robbe Grillet  Appears in Time Regained (1999)
2. Arthur C. Clarke Plays 'Man on Park Bench' in 2010 (1984), based on his novel
3. Arundhati Roy Has appeared in three Indian films, including Massey Sahib (1985)
4. Chaim Potok Plays a 'Talmud Teacher' in The Chosen (1981), based on his novel
5. Charles Bukowski Had small roles in Barfly (1987) and 2 other films
6. Colette The French author of Gigi was in a film called Hombre acosado (1952)
7. Erica Jong Bit part in Celebrity (1998)
8. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Appears in There Are No Thieves In This Village (Mexico, 1965), which was based on his story
9. Gore Vidal Has acted in many films, including Igby Goes Down (2002), Gattaca (1997), Bob Roberts (1992) and The Best Man (1964)
10. Graham Greene Bit part in Truffaut’s Day For Night (1973)
11. Harlan Coben Has a small role in the French film version of his novel, Tell No One (2006)
12. Harlan Ellison Appears in The Godson (1971)
13. Henry Miller Bit part in Tropic Of Cancer (1970), based on his novel
14. Irvine Welsh Has small parts in Trainspotting (1996) and The Acid House (1998) based on his novels
15. Jacqueline Susann Had small cameos in the movies of her novels Valley of the Dolls (1967) and The Love Machine (1971)
16. James Dickey Plays a sheriff in the movie version of his novel, Deliverance (1972)
17. James Ellroy Plays a party guest in Wonder Boys (2000)
18. James Jones Had bit parts in From Here to Eternity (1953) and Some Came Running (1958), based on his novels
19. Jeffrey Archer Played himself in a bit part in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
20. Jerzy Kosinski Appears in Reds (The film also features Henry Miller and Rebecca West but as themselves, in the documetary-section interviews)
21. JG Ballard Has a bit part as a party guest in Empire of the Sun (1987), based on his novel
22. Jim Thompson Author of The Getaway, The Grifters. The Killer Inside Me and others, he played a judge in Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
23. John Cheever Plays ‘Man at Pool Party’ in The Swimmer (1968), based on his story
24. John Grisham Has a bit part in Mickey (2004), for which he wrote the screenplay
25. John Irving Bit parts in The World According To Garp (1982) and The Cider House Rules (1999), both based on his novels
26. John Le Carre Bit parts in The Little Drummer Girl (1984) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), both based on his novels
27. Julian Barnes Played himself in a bit part in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
28. Ken Kesey Had a bit part In Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993), based on Tom Robbins’ novel
29. Kingsley Amis Had a bit part (alongside the likes of Glenda Jackson and Paul Scofield) in Tell Me Lies (1968)
30. Kurt Vonnegut Bit parts in Breakfast of Champions (1999) and Mother Night (1996), both based on his novels, plus Never Down (2007)
31. Martin Amis Appears as a child actor (aged 15) in A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)
32. Michael Crichton Has a tiny role in The Andromeda Strain (1971)
33. Mickey Spillane Has roles in The Girl Hunters (1963) and Mommy (1995)
34. Norman Mailer Has small parts in Godard’s King Lear (1987) and Ragtime (1981) as well as appearing as himself in many films, including When We Were Kings (1996)
35. Paul Auster Has a part in The Music Of Chance (1993)
36. Paul Bowles He narrates The Sheltering Sky.(1990), which is based on his novel
37. Peter Benchley Appeared in Jaws (1975) and The Deep (1977), based on his novels, and also in Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
38. Ray Bradbury Has a bit part as ‘Literary Party Guest’ in Rich And Famous (1981)
39. Raymond Chandler Has a bit part as ‘Man Reading Book’ in Double Indemnity (1944), for which he co-wrote the screenplay
40. Richard Wright Played the main role of Bigger Thomas in Native Son (1951), based on his novel
41. Salman Rusdie Acted in Then She Found Me (2007) opposite Helen Hunt and played himself in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
42. Saul Bellow Has a bit part in Seize The Day (1986) and appears as himself in Zelig (1983)
43. SE Hinton Acted in The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), both based on her novels
44. Stephen King Had small roles in some of the films based on his novels and stories, including Creepshow  (1982), Maximum Overdrive (1986) and Pet Sematary (1989)
45. Tama Janowitz Had a cameo in Slaves of New York (1989), based on her stories
46. Thomas Keneally Plays the cook in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), based on his novel
47. Tom Robbins Narrates Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993), based on his novel, and has bit parts in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) and Breakfast of Champions (1999)
48. Truman Capote  His acting credits include Annie Hall (1977) playing a ‘Truman Capote Lookalike’ and Murder By Death (1976)
49. William Burroughs Acted in Drugstore Cowboy (1989) as ‘Tom The Priest’
50. Yukio Mishima Had roles in several Japanese movies of the 1960’s, including Human Statue (1969)





Thursday, March 8, 2012

80 British and American Actors Who Have Played Nazis, or Nazi-Era Germans

                                                                   Top: Cruise, Chaplin, Duvall
                                                              Bottom: Gibson, Brando, Guinness

Note: Most of these characters are Nazis but there are also German Jews and German anti-Nazis included here.

I say 'British and American Actors' though in fact there are one or two Canadians and Irish as well.

1.         Alec Guinness - Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) (as Hitler)
2.         Anthony Hopkins - The Bunker (1981) (as Hitler)
3.         Anthony Quayle - Ice Cold in Alex (1958) Operation Crossbow (1965) The Eagle Has Landed (1977)
4.         Bill Nighy - Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) Valkyrie (2008)
5.         Burt Lancaster - Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)
6.         Charles Durning - To Be or Not to Be (1983)
7.         Charlie Chaplin - The Great Dictator (1940)
8.         Charlotte Rampling - The Damned (1969) The Night Porter (1974)
9.         Christopher Lee - Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)
10.       Christopher Lloyd - To Be or Not to Be (1983)
11.       Christopher Plummer - The Night of the Generals (1967) (as Rommel)
12.       Clive Brook - Freedom Radio (1941)
13.       Clive Owen - Bent (1997)
14.       Colin Firth - Conspiracy (2001)
15.       David Morrissey - Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
16.       David Thewlis - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
17.       David Warner - Cross of Iron (1977) Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) (as Heydrich)
18.       Dirk Bogarde - The Damned (1969) The Night Porter (1974)
19.       Donald Pleasance - The Night of the Generals (1967) The Eagle Has Landed (1977)
20.       Donald Sutherland - Eye of the Needle (1981)
21.       Ed Harris - Enemy at the Gates (2001)
22.       Eddie Izzard - Valkyrie (2008)
23.       Eric Portman - 49th Parallel (1941)
24.       Faye Dunaway - Voyage of the Damned (1976)
25.       Gabriel Byrne - The Keep (1983)
26.       Gregory Peck - The Boys from Brazil (1978) (as Mengele)
27.       Harvey Keitel - The Grey Zone (2001)
28.       Henry Gibson - The Blues Brothers (1980) (as an American Nazi)
29.       Hugo Weaving - Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
30.       Ian McKellen - Bent (1997) Apt Pupil (1998)
31.       James Coburn - Cross of Iron (1977)
32.       James Donald - Went the Day Well? (1942)
33.       James Mason - The Desert Fox (1951) The Desert Rats (1953) (as Rommel in both films) Cross of Iron (1977) The Boys from Brazil (1978)
34.       Jason Isaacs  - Good (2008)
35.       Jessica Tandy - The Desert Fox (1951)
36.       John Carradine - Hitler’s Madmen (1943) (as Heydrich)
37.       John Cusack - Max (2002)
38.       Judy Garland - Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)
39.       Kate Winslet - The Reader (2008)
40.       Kenneth Branagh - Conspiracy (2001) Valkyrie (2008)
41.       Kenneth Mars - The Producers (1968)
42.       Kevin Bacon - X Men: First Class (2011)
43.       Laurence Olivier - Marathon Man (1976)
44.       Liam Neeson - Shining Through (1992)
45.       Liev Schreiber - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
46.       Linda Hamilton - Silent Night (2002)
47.       Malcolm McDowell - The Passage (1979)
48.       Mark Strong  - Good (2008)
49.       Marlon Brando - The Young Lions (1958)
50.       Matthew Modine - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
51.       Michael Caine - The Eagle Has Landed (1977)
52.       Michael Elphick - Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) (as Ernst Rohm)
53.       Mick Jagger - Bent (1997)
54.       Nick Nolte - Mother Night (1996) (as an American Nazi)
55.       Noah Taylor - Max (2002) (as Hitler)
56.       Orson Welles - The Stranger (1946)
57.       Paul Scofield - The Train (1964)
58.       Peter Cushing - Shock Waves (1977)
59.       Peter Finch - The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
60.       Peter O’Toole - The Night of the Generals (1967)
61.       Peter Sellers - Dr Strangelove (1964) Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974)
62.       Ralph Fiennes - Schindler’s List (1993)
63.       Richard Basehart - Hitler (1962) (as Hitler)
64.       Richard Jordan - The Bunker (1981) (as Albert Speer)
65.       Robert Carlyle - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) (as Hitler)
66.       Robert Duvall - The Eagle Has Landed (1977) The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996) (as Eichmann)
67.       Robert Shaw - Battle of the Bulge (1965)
68.       Robert Vaughn - The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
69.       Roger Moore - Escape to Athena (1979)
70.       Sig Ruman - To Be or Not To Be (1942)
71.       Stanley Tucci - Conspiracy (2001)
72.       Stockard Channing - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
73.       Terence Stamp - Valkyrie (2008)
74.       Tom Courtenay - The Night of the Generals (1967)
75.       Tom Cruise - Valkyrie (2008)
76.       Tom Wilkinson - Valkyrie (2008)
77.       Vera Farmiga - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
78.       Viggo Mortensen  - Good (2008)
79.       Will Ferrell - The Producers (2005)
80.       Willem Dafoe - Adam Resurrected (2008)


Honorable Mention  Those who have worn World War Two German uniforms as a disguise include :

Harrison Ford - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Jack Benny - To Be or Not To Be (1942)
Michael Fassbender(speaking excellent German) - Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood - Where Eagles Dare (1967)

Note The one example I could find of the opposite situation - a German actor played an Allied officer - was Curt Jurgens in Bitter Victory (1957) (he plays a South African)