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Trapped Actors Quiz

These actors may have done other stuff, but they will never escape the roles that made them famous. We give you the role, you tell us who did it.
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First submittedAugust 21, 2012
Last updatedAugust 21, 2012
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Role
Actor
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Patrick Stewart
Joey Tribbiani
Matt LeBlanc
Jack Bauer
Kiefer Sutherland
Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe
Kramer in Seinfeld
Michael Richards
Spock
Leonard Nimoy
Ivan Drago
Dolph Lundgren
Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill
Urkel in Family Matters
Jaleel White
McDreamy
Patrick Dempsey
Dwight in The Office
Rainn Wilson
Tony Soprano
James Gandolfini
Role
Actor
Crocodile Dundee
Paul Hogan
Stifler
Seann William Scott
MacGyver
Richard Dean Anderson
Edward from Twilight
Robert Pattinson
Frodo
Elijah Wood
Kevin in The Wonder Years
Fred Savage
Jack McCoy in Law & Order
Sam Waterston
Samantha in Sex and the City
Kim Cattrall
Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV)
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Screech
Dustin Diamond
Sam in Quantum Leap
Scott Bakula
The Fonz
Henry Winkler
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level 61
Oct 1, 2012
More people know Richard Dean Anderson than Sam Waterston?! Come on, man!!!!
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level 77
Sep 18, 2014
I'm not sure why you think that is surprising.
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level 82
Oct 20, 2014
Sam who? I know Law and Order, I think, but wouldn't be able to name a single cast member. Whereas McGyver ... It's not just Stargate you know!
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level 25
Oct 1, 2012
MacGyver is more iconic.
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level 43
Oct 2, 2012
There will be inevitable arguments that a number of these actors did manage to break away from their most famous role which may or may not have merit, but I think suggesting that Kiefer Sutherland wasn't famour until "24" might be going a bit far!
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level 50
Dec 1, 2015
Agreed, to me he's always Ace from Stand by Me! His first big role, after all.
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level 34
Feb 4, 2016
and David from The Lost Boys as well.
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level 22
Jan 30, 2013
I don't know about Mark Hamill. I'd say he's pretty well known as the voice of the joker.
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level 73
Feb 12, 2013
I didn't know he was the voice of the joker until about 3 months ago.
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level 71
May 4, 2014
I didn't know Hamil was the voice of the Joker until I read this comment. I had actually never heard of a single othr thing h'd done besides Star Wars.
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level 67
Feb 3, 2016
Come on. Everybody remembers "Corvette Summer"...hahahaha
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level 72
Aug 22, 2017
Even after reading this comment I still don't know that he is the voice of the joker.
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level 27
Aug 24, 2018
what about as Cocknocker? lol
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level 40
Feb 12, 2013
in what movie/show did Mark Hamill play Joker? i had no idea, but he is way better known for Luke Skywalker. Speaking of Joker, why not include Heath Ledger?
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level 83
Oct 9, 2013
For the same reaon Sutherland shouldn't be on this list--although the role is iconic, it did not make him famous.
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level 72
Apr 26, 2013
So I looked up Mark Hamill because I couldn't think of anything he's in besides Star Wars. Shocked to see IMDB has him listed for 246 titles as an actor (including the Nickelodeon series Avatar. Fire Lord Ozai FTW!)
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level 70
Nov 18, 2013
Surely Leonard Nimoy is better known for the Hobbit song?
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level 63
Sep 27, 2014
That is the best worst thing that ever existed
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level 72
Feb 3, 2016
i know him more as the director of three men and a baby
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level 72
Feb 3, 2016
have never heard of the hobbit song
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level 72
Aug 22, 2017
It is a must see. Click below, no rickroll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU
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level 26
Feb 20, 2014
Really Patrick Stewart, i thought he'd be more known as Professor Xavier
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level 71
May 4, 2014
Stewart and Bakula are the two who presence on the list I'm unsure about as both have two highly iconic roles: Stewart also had Professor X, as you said, and Bakula had Captain Archer in Star Trek Enterprise (That's actually how I remembered him, I went "oh, I think it was Enterprise's captain who was in that Quantum Leap series, what was his name already?"
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level 72
Feb 3, 2016
i know backula as the dude on ncis new orleans and qb in necessary roughness
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level 39
Apr 8, 2014
No Zac Efron (High School Musical) or Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter).
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level 80
Sep 5, 2014
Radcliffe is on there, look again.
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level 55
Jun 1, 2014
I have no idea who Ivan Drago is.
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level 77
Sep 18, 2014
"I must break you"
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level 27
Aug 24, 2018
not alone
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level 82
Oct 20, 2014
Cool. I was typing "Scott Bacula" and I got a bonus answer :)
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level 25
Mar 5, 2015
Live Long and Prosper (Leonard Nimoy, in honour of his death)
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level 72
Feb 3, 2016
missed 2...stiffler and the dude from the office...have never seen either them
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level 61
May 3, 2017
I actually associate Henry Winkler with his other works...
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level 45
Aug 23, 2017
Accept R-Patz for Pattinson? I've always referred to him as that.
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level 45
Oct 21, 2017
To contradict this quiz I also know Elijah Wood in the Sin City movie and I know Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, as well as Dolph Lundgren in the Expendables and as Russian soldier Nikolai Radchenko. I think it's fair to add Mark Hamill as he hasn't really done much in live acting other than Star Wars.
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level 27
Aug 24, 2018
Mark Hamill was in jay and silent bob strike back as Cocknocker ... that is all i can see when i see him now ... I knew Elijah Wood as Sandy from Flipper, Kevin from Sin City, Casey from the Faculty and most recently Todd from Dirk Gently lol ... Sarah Michelle Geller yes i knew her from Scooby Doo but to me she is Buffy as she was a big part of my childhood ...
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level 64
Dec 16, 2017
Gotta disagree with Patrick Stewart. He's "trapped" as Professor Xavier for a whole new generation of folk.
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level 27
Aug 24, 2018
To the Elders like me (at 30 lol) He is Jean-Luc Picard - to the younger generation he is Professor X ... however he is bringing Picard back so you never know lol
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level 71
Dec 23, 2017
I think it's kind of unfair to peg young actors to lifelong movie roles, claiming that's all they'll ever be known for, when they'd barely reached drinking age at the time, and still very active acting careers. For example, Daniel Radcliffe has had a boatload of staring roles since he wrapped up Harry Potter (at the ripe old age of 21), and shows no sign of slowing down. Elijah Wood, on the other hand, was quite a noted child actor *before* he played Frodo, which again, he finished around age 22; he's also continued to act vigorously since then. (I'd also argue that Robert Pattinson is likely to outgrow Edward, should he continue to act, which he shows all signs of doing.) || In general, I think this quiz is way too subjective. Aside from the young-actor problem noted above, many of the listed actors' role notability is quite variable depending on age, region of the world, and viewing preferences (TV vs. film vs. stage) of the audience.
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level 27
Aug 24, 2018
See Robert i knew more as Cedric Diggery than Edward ... but yeah i am sure they will all grow out of their casting ...
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level 73
Oct 25, 2018
Well the quiz may be reviewed in 10 years or something but currently Wood and Radcliffe are known for fantasy roles.
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level 76
Jul 20, 2018
I think, at this point, more people remember Enterprise than Quantum Leap. Bakula would get more responses if the clue was for Captain Archer.
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level 44
Jan 19, 2019
Some of those I don't even know, so I can't really tell. I highly agree with LeBlanc, Nimoy, Hamill, Hogan and Scott. Some are disputable, I agree with Lundgren, since it is really his only "named" role. He is known from other movies, but more as an actor, not as a character. However, I strongly disagree with Stewart, saying he is trapped as JLP and ignoring Prof.X is like saying Harrison Ford is trapped as Han Solo and ignoring Indiana Jones. I also disagree with R.D. Anderson. MacGyver made him famous, but he is much widely known for Stargate. I would suggest to add or replace someone with Peter Weller as Robocop, Christopher Reeve as Superman, Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia or Sam Neil as Alan Grant.