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Double Take: 16 Actors with Two Great Roles to Their Names

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | June 24, 2014 |

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | June 24, 2014 |

There are actors with iconic roles, no matter what they do, you always think of them as THAT person, like Kyle Chandler, who will forever be known as Coach to me, no matter what he does. Then there are the actors that luck out and get two great (or, at the very least, popular) roles that define their career, like the people listed below. For the purposes of this list, I didn’t really include any character actors, whose faces you always remember, but never quite can place. When you think of the actors/actresses listed below, which role do you think of first?

Michael C. Hall
David Fisher from Six Feet Under, or Dexter Morgan from Dexter?

Claire Danes
Angela Chase from My So-Called Life, or Carrie Mathison from Homeland?

Idris Elba
Stringer Bell from The Wire or John Luther from Luther?

Sandra Oh
Rita Wu from Arli$$, or Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy

Demian Bichir
Esteban Reyes from Weeds, or Marco Ruiz from The Bridge?

Connie Britton
Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights, or Rayna James from Nashville?

Michiel Huisman
Liam McGuinnis from Nashville, Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones, or Cal Morrison from Orphan Black?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Elaine Benes from Seinfeld, Christine Campbell from The New Adventures of Old Christine, or Selina Meyer from Veep?

Michael K. Williams
Omar Little from The Wire, or Chalky White from Boardwalk Empire?

Katey Sagal
Peggy Bundy from Married With Children, or Gemma Morrow from Sons of Anarchy?

Jesse Plemons
Landry Clarke from Friday Night Lights, or Todd Alquist from Breaking Bad?

Lucy Liu
Ling Woo from Ally McBeal, or Joan Watson from Elementary

David Duchovny
Fox Mulder from The X-Files, or Hank Moody from Californication?

Keri Russell
Felicity Porter from Felicity, or Elizabeth Jennings from The Americans?

H. Jon Benjamin
Archer Sterling from Archer, or Bob Belcher from Bob’s Burgers?
And just so you know what he looks like in real life:

Lauren Graham
Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, or Sarah Braverman from Parenthood?

Nadia Chaudhury’s answers are: David Fisher, Carrie Mathison, Stringer Bell, Cristina Yang, Marco Ruiz, Tami Taylor, Liam McGuinnis, Elaine Benes, Omar Little, Gemma Morrow, Landry Clarke, Joan Watson, Fox Mulder, Felicity Porter, Bob Belcher, and Lorelai Gilmore.