Acting is a job of the passionate. There are quite a few actors who have made it big in the film industry. Hollywood is a place that harbors talent and helps one grow on to become a huge star. Many actors take on multiple projects in the span of their careers. Some of them are actors known for more than one film or project. However, some actors are best known for only one role they have essayed like the One role actor. There can be many reasons for this. The very basic reason could be that they have done very few projects or only that one project. The other reason is that the role they are best known for was extremely prominent and hence, very popular.

Ten Actors Associated With Only One Role

Here is a list of those ten actors who have become One role actor because of their association with only one movie role that they have essayed.

Jason Alexander

Who doesn’t remember George Costanza from NBC’s hit series ‘Seinfeld’? All of us remember him for his one role of the self-loathing, cheap, and selfish character. Actor Jason Alexander played this character. Jason was perceived to be like the character he played. He faced great difficulties in finding a new role, which was unlike George. People frequently associated every role he played with this famous character and found every new character, not that interesting.

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill is one of those famous actors best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the grand series of movies called ‘Star Wars.’ Before that, he was known mildly for the steady work he did since the 1970s. But, after ‘Star Wars,’ he couldn’t land a good standout role in any other movie due to this popular character. He then tried giving his voice to other characters of films and projects. After that, he was again seen in the skin of Luke Skywalker in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in 2015 and thus became a One role actor.

William Shatner

William Shatner came from a very humble and knowledgeable background. He was the son of an elocution teacher, and he pursued Shakespearean acting. He portrayed a notable role in ‘The Brothers Karamazov. After that, he took up a role in the famous ‘Star Trek.’ All the characters of this project became so popular that it was almost impossible for these famous actors to find other better roles. Almost no one knew about William’s technical roots, which proved that he was associated only with that one role.

David Hyde Pierce

The series called ‘The Big Bang Theory’ got immensely popular and gave us many famous actors. But, the sad fact is that these actors soon became One role actor. One such actor is David Hyde Pierce, who essayed Sheldon. Although his career in Hollywood went topsy-turvy due to this, he has a bright career outside Hollywood.

Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall is one of those actors known for having portrayed iconic roles. Her character of Samantha from ‘Sex and the City’ is simply iconic. She has almost become a One role actor post this. She has been doing many important and brilliant roles before and after this character. However, Samantha Jones is that one role that has just stayed with her forever.

Daniel Radcliffe

Who has not been a fan of harry potter? Almost everybody! J. K. Rowling has turned a generation’s childhood magical through her world of harry potter and Hogwarts. The books are all masterpieces. However, the movies are the ones that made the story of Hogwarts popular worldwide. And the actor who managed to successfully portray the character was Daniel Radcliffe. However, Radcliffe spent his entire childhood portraying harry potter. Radcliffe and potter grew up alongside each other. To the audience worldwide, he is still their beloved harry potter. Despite playing many decent roles later, Radcliffe hasn’t managed to get out of the image of a wizard.

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr is a classic example of an extremely talented actor stuck in one role. Downey’s career was going extremely well before he kinda ruined it with all the substance abuse and legal trouble. However, he made a fascinating comeback with his commercial superhit role of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. However, after playing Stark’s role for more than ten times before the character’s story was concluded, it seems that the identity of Downey has been mixed with that of Tony Stark. Now, more people know him as Stark instead of Downey. Whether to consider this, the success of the character or the sad cessation of the actor’s versatility is the real question.

Matthew Perry

Friends can undoubtedly be called the most loved rom-com of all time. And Chandler is the favorite character of almost half of the Friends’ fans. Matthew Perry was the perfect option to play the character. He has many qualities of the character. However, since playing Chandler, Perry has failed to be that impressive in other roles and has only left with the identity of Chandler Bing.

Tobey Maguire

Before Andrew Garfield’s reboot and MCU’s rather young Spidey played by Holland, Maguire was the first-ever Spiderman. However, he has failed to establish an identity apart from the OG Peter Parker even after many significant roles.

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson’s comedic portrayal of Mr. Bean is the favorite character of lovers of comedy movies and shows. Everybody loves the innocent and goofy, Mr. Bean. Although being widely admired for it, Atkinson has been stuck in the image of Mr. Bean for years. If the rumors are to be believed, he’ll be playing the role of Adolf Hitler in the upcoming season of Peaky Blinders. Let’s hope that helps him gain versatility.


When listing the actors known widely for a single role, the above names are prominent. However, many such actors, like Robert Pattinson, who worked in the Twilight series, have successfully managed to break their image and come up as versatile actors.

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