Live Poll: Actor Who Could Never Break Free of Their Iconic Role

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No matter how many movies or characters they played, these actors recognized only for a particular role that made them famous. They will forever be known for that one role.

Which one do you think is the hardest to forget?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls024662903/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/V_A2HSeYeFU/
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Christopher Reeve
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Silitonga

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Yes super
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I have no objection against any of these options but most of them concern actors who haven't played a wide range of memorable characters so it's only fair that they're remembered for the most iconic part. Hopkins is an exception because he did play many great roles but Lecter is such a larger-than-life character he instantly overshadows the others.

FYC

Peter Lorre as M
Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly
F. Murray Abraham as Salieri
Anthony Quinn as Zorbas the Greek
Edward G Robinson as Little Ceasar (m'yeah, see?)
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Well, yeah that's the idea, for now on. They will be freed from this list after they broke the curse and find another memorable role. 

Added them, I haven't seen any of their old movies, hope its legit. Thanks
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I definitely second Fox as Marty McFly and Quinn as Zorba the Greek
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Bruce Campbell could work (Ash Williams- Evil Dead film series), if its acceptable that his other subjectively 'memorable' role is a main character on the TV show Burn Notice rather than another movie.  Playing Elvis on Bubba Ho-Tep might pass for memorable as well, depending on who you ask.

Also, I personally don't think Johnny Depp should be on the list. Edward Scissorhands is just as iconic as Jack Sparrow, if not more.
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Hi, groovyvic. Well, it's a difficult list, since some of the people on it are memorable for a number of roles, but seemingly the list is not intended to be limited to including actors who have sort of been typecast.
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Bruce is doing more TVs now, don't know if he could qualify. I'll take him as serious consideration.

Yeah, you got it Jeorj Euler
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I agree Johnny Depp should not be on this list.
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This list in inherently flawed. These may be the actors' iconic roles, but so many of them are NOT recognized for that one role. I mean, DiCaprio? Hopkins?

These should not be on this list:
DiCaprio
Hopkins
Craig
Jackman
Wood
Fox
Abraham
Quinn
Depp
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I move Depp from the list but keep the rest.
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Already remove them but no Anthony Hopkins
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Agree with Jen on removing all listed.

FYC Heath Ledger's Joker
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Linda Blair?
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Silitonga

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Definitely yes. I don't even remember the character's name, its almost to be true for me that the girl name is Linda Blair :D
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My Vote: Rowan Atkinson.
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Silitonga

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Good one
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Schwarzenegger as Terminator?

My vote:Mark Hamill
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He has other memorable role, like Dutch form Predator and other.
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Silitonga, Yes, I agree that he did many great roles.
But I was just suggesting that because Terminator is his most iconic role which is also like a icon of Hollywood. :D
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Mark Hamil rather quickly became the Joker.
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Yes. But only by voice though. :D
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'Great idea and several good options. I would probably remove DiCaprio, Maguire, Craig, Jackman , and Robinson - and maybe Hopkins, although, despite his many memorable roles, Lecter is certainly his iconic role in a big way (but "could never break free?" He, like the others I mentioned, have had such successful careers otherwise so he wasn't bound to that role in a way that trapped or limited him). It would be different if this were a "most iconic role" poll. 
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Remove them but I can't do Anthony Hopkins
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"recognized only for a particular role" is not accurate for Hopkins. For instance, he waa nominated for three Oscars after that role.

But you can change the text instead, I guess.
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Hopkins had so many roles, he really got of the 'only' role Hannibal Lecter. He had roles at shakespeare's 'Titus' as well as 'The Remains of the Day', 'Hitchcock', 'Noah', the 'Thor'-movies, 'The Rite', 'Fracture', 'The Human Stain', Roundevouz with Joe Black', 'Legends of Fall', 'Chaplin', 'The Elephant Man', 'The Bounty' and some more I have seen, he really is not pinned to Hannibal Lecter. I could see another more movie with him in and I would not think of Lecter, as I never did outside his role of Hannibal. He is a great actor. Passionate. Sometimes lovely, the other time hateable. When it comes to Tobey Maguire I think similar, but not so distinctive.
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It seem no one 90% of people didn't agree with me. I guess its a valid assumption. So, Hopkins out :)
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Corrections:

Actors Who Could Never Break Free of Their Iconic Role

No matter how many movies or characters they played, these actors are recognized only for a particular role that made them famous. They will forever be known for that one role.
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Silitonga

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Thank you so much, I'm so bad in English. Its fixed.
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Jessica:

2000 posts! Congratulations! :D
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