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I thought we might have had a similar list, but I did a search, but couldn't find anything. So lets get to it. This could be an intersting list.

What movie character (major or minor) has been played by the widest variety of actors. I'm hoping to get more than just Shakespearean characters played over the years, but hey, throw them in as well. I'd like to see some characters that most people might not think of off the top of their head. So, here's a few to start...

The Obvious...

James Bond (not counting the 60's version of Casino Royale)

Sean Connery

George Lazenby

Roger Moore

Timothy Dalton

Pierce Brosnan

Daniel Craig

The not-so-obvious...

Felix Leiter

Jack Lord

Cec Linder

Rik Van Nutter

Norman Burton

David Hedison (the only actor to have played him twice... Live and Let Die (1973) and License to Kill (1989))

Bernie Casey

John Terry

Jeffrey Wright

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Hmmmm.... I was looking at Ron's movie clendar list when I started this topic, but it got posted under general film.... should have been under the "lists" forum.

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My first guess was a good one. The following are just from the first 200--there are 237 more--on IMDB's character search. Ifiltered a bunch for character names that contain Napoleon, but are not Bonaparte (but I don't know all these movies, so it's hard.)

Eric Abrahamsson (Napoleon)

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Dan,

What a great list!

Now, rank them for us in terms of "best performance!"

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Good answers, but none of them take the proverbial cake.

There's a whole lot of actors claiming that they are Spartacus.

Don't want to burst any bubbles; I'm just sayin'...

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It's always been my understanding that Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character, and Abraham Lincoln the most portrayed historical figure. Of course, my knowledge on this score is about fifteen years out of date.

These spring less immediately to mind:

Ellery Queen (in no particular order):

Ralph Bellamy (series of B movies)

Eddie Quillan ("The Mandarin Mystery")

Donald Cook (Spanish Cape Mystery)

William Gargan (series of B movies)

Lee Bowman (TV series)

Richard Hart (TV series)

Hugh Marlowe (TV series)

George Nader (TV series)

Lee Phillips (TV series)

Jim Hutton (TV series)

Peter Lawford (TV movie: "Don't Look Behind You")

--Of course, these are mostly TV portrayals; Ellery's not faired well on the big screen.

Bulldog Drummond:

Kenneth MacKenna ("Temple Tower" 1930)

Ronald Coleman ("Bulldog Drummond" 1929 and "Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back" 1934)

Ralph Richardson ("The Return of Bulldog Drummond" 1934)

Atholl Fleming ("Bulldog Jack" 1935)

Ray Milland ("Bulldog Drummond Escapes" 1937)

John Howard (long series of B movies 1937-1939)

Tom Conway ("Thirteen Lead Soldiers" and "The Challenge" both 1948)

Ron Randall ("Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back" 1947)

Walter Pidgeon ("Calling Bulldog Drummond" 1951)

Robert Beatty (Episode of "Douglas Fairbanks Presents" 1953)

Richard Johnson ("Deadlier Than the Male" 1967)

Richard Hainsworth (TV series 1990)

Curtis Armstrong ("Shanghai Noon" 2000 ) [Can't say I recall that particular appearance].

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Quite a few Jean Valjeans. But not 237.

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My first guess was a good one. The following are just from the first 200--there are 237 more--on IMDB's character search.

Eric Abrahamsson (Napoleon)

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I remember reading a quiz that named Dracula as the most portrayed character in film. For him, the IMDb tally nearly reaches 400, but if you broaden that search to include Nosferatu and other such bloodsucking subsidiaries, you'd have quite a long list indeed.

I'd place Christopher Lee at the top of the heap for his ferociously physical performance in Terence Fisher's Horror of Dracula. Lugosi gets the red ribbon, Udo Kier the white ribbon.

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I still reckon Jesus has a good shot at the title! (Not literally, obviously). I'm sorta working on a definitive list at the moment, and got to 100 without consulting either the IMDb, Campbell and Pitts, or Kinnard and Davis.

I also heard Robin Hood was another popular one - from a lazy glimpse at the IMDB - he's on about 200-300.

Of course there may well be some Indian character who is prolific in Bollywood, but whose existence largely passed under the IMDB radar (and that of ours).

We could ask the IMDB I suppose.

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I was curious to find how many "Gidgets" (Frances Lawrence) there were.

Sandra Dee (Gidget) The original

Sally Field (Gidget) The first television series

Cindy Carol (Gidget Goes to Rome)

Monie Ellis (Gidget Gets Married)

Kathy Gori (Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection)?

Caryn Richman (The New Gidget)

Karen Valentine (Gidget Grows Up)

Deborah Walley (Gidget Goes Hawaiian)

There is also "Gidget Meets Hondo," but I couldn't find much information on it. (I didn't search too hard.)

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