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Actors Who’ve Played the Same Character the Most Times

With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.

Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--X-Men (2000),  X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.  

You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, Jackman isn’t the first guy to play the same role eight times or more. So, for the edification of curious film lovers, here’s a list of people who’ve played the same character at least eight times.        

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The Cast of the Harry Potter films…Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, etc.—8 times total

Films: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (2001), HPAT The Chamber Of Secrets (2002), HPAT The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004), HPAT The Goblet Of Fire (2005), HPAT The Order Of The Phoenix (2007), HPAT The Half-Blood Prince (2009), HPAT The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), HPAT The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).

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Robert Englund as Freddy Kruger—8 times total in film (Plus a TV series) 

Films: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984),  ANOES 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), ANOES 3: Dream Warriors (1987),  ANOES 4: The Dream Master (1988), ANOES 5: The Dream Child (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), Freddy Vs. Jason (2003).

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Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock— 8 times total on film (Plus a TV series and a cartoon series)

Films: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

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Christopher Lee as Dracula—10 times total

Films: Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince Of Darkness (1966), Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968), Count Dracula, (1970), Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970), One More Time (1970), Scars Of Dracula (1970), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites Of Dracula (1973), Dracula And Son (1976).

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Bernard Lee as M in the James Bond film series—11 times total

Films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live And Let Die (1973), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979)

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Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan—12 times total

Films: Tarzan The Ape Man (1932), Tarzan And His Mate (1934), Tarzan Escapes (1936), Tarzan Finds A Son! (1939), Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941), Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942), Tarzan Triumphs (1943), Tarzan’s Desert Mystery (1943), Tarzan And The Amazons (1945), Tarzan And The Leopard Woman (1946), Tarzan And The Huntress (1947), Tarzan And The Mermaids (1948).

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Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny in the James Bond film series—14 times total

Films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live And Let Die (1973), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View To A Kill (1985)


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Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson—14 times total on film (plus a radio series)

Films: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942), Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943), Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943), The Spider Woman (1944), The Scarlet Claw (1944), The Pearl of Death (1944), The House of Fear (1945), The Woman in Green (1945), Pursuit to Algiers (1945), Terror by Night (1946), Dressed to Kill (1946)

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Johnny Weissmuller as Jungle Jim…16 Times total

Films: Jungle Jim (1948), The Lost Tribe (1949), Mark Of The Gorilla (1950), Captive Girl (1950), Jungle Jim In Pygmy Island (1950), Fury Of The Congo (1951), Jungle Manhunt (1951), Jungle Jim In The Forbidden Land (1952), Voodoo Tiger (1952), Savage Mutiny (1953), Valley Of The Headhunters (1953), Killer Ape (1953), Jungle Man-Eaters (1954), Cannibal Attack (1954), Jungle Moon Men (1955), Devil Goddess (1956).

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Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy—16 times total

Films: A Family Affair (1937), You’re Only Young Once (1937), Judge Hardy’s Children (1938), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Out West with the Hardys (1938), The Hardys Ride High (1939), Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939), Judge Hardy And Son (1939), Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940), Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1941), Life Begins For Andy Hardy (1941), The Courtship Of Andy Hardy (1942), Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942), Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944), Love Laughs At Andy Hardy (1946), Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958).

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Desmond Llewelyn as Q in the James Bond series—17 times total

Films: From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View To A Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence To Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999).

And the all-time champs…

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Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton as Dagwood and Blondie—28 films in total (Plus a Radio show, and Lake did TV version)

Films: Blondie (1938) Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)Blondie on a Budget (1940)Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)Blondie Goes Latin (1941)Blondie in Society (1941) Blondie Goes to College (1942) Blondie's Blessed Event (1942) Blondie for Victory (1942) It's a Great Life (1943)Footlight Glamour (1943)Leave It to Blondie (1945)Life with Blondie (1945)Blondie's Lucky Day (1946)Blondie Knows Best (1946)Blondie's Big Moment (1947) Blondie's Holiday (1947)Blondie in the Dough (1947)Blondie's Anniversary (1947) Blondie's Reward (1948) Blondie's Secret (1948) Blondie's Big Deal (1949)Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)Blondie's Hero (1950) Beware of Blondie (1950)

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