16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses

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These are the most loved, timeless characters played by many different actors/actresses. How do you feel about the change? Do you like 'em or hate 'em? Let us know!

1. Arthur Conan Doyle’s super famous detective Sherlock Holmes was portrayed in many stages, movies or even at radio. Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch are most recent actors playing the character.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s super famous detective Sherlock Holmes was portrayed in many stages, movies or even at radio. Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch are most recent actors playing the character.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s super famous detective Sherlock Holmes was portrayed in many stages, movies or even at radio. Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch are most recent actors playing the character.

For a broader list of actor played Sherlock Holmes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_actors_who_have_played_Sherlock_Holmes

2. The very first Batman was created back in 1939 by artist Bob Kane and Writer Bill Finger. It’s also a character played by a broad range of actors.

The very first Batman was created back in 1939 by artist Bob Kane and Writer Bill Finger. It’s also a character played by a broad range of actors.
The very first Batman was created back in 1939 by artist Bob Kane and Writer Bill Finger. It’s also a character played by a broad range of actors.
The very first Batman was created back in 1939 by artist Bob Kane and Writer Bill Finger. It’s also a character played by a broad range of actors.
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
  • Lewis Wilson (1943)

  • Robert Lowery (1949)

  • Adam West (1966)

  • Val Kilmer (1995)

  • George Clooney (1997)

  • Michael Keaton (1989) (1992)

  • Christian Bale (2005)

  • Ben Affleck (2016)

3. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield cast for Stan Lee's and Steve Dikto's Spider Man

Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield cast for Stan Lee's and Steve Dikto's Spider Man
Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield cast for Stan Lee's and Steve Dikto's Spider Man
  • Tobey Maguire (2002-2004-2007)

  • Andrew Garfield (2012-2014)

4. Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction television show in the world. It’s been played by many actors in years.

Recent actor playing the doctor is Peter Capaldi

  • William Hartnell (1963-1966) First Doctor

  • Patrick Troughton (1966-1969) Second Doctor

  • Jon Pertwee (1970-1974) Third Doctor

  • Tom Baker (1974-1981) Forth Doctor

  • Peter Davison (1981-1984) Fifth Doctor

  • Colin Baker (1984-1986) Sixth Doctor

  • Sylvester McCoy (1987-1989, 1996) Seventh Doctor

  • Paul McGann (1996, 2013) Eighth Doctor

  • John Hurt (2013) War Doctor

  • Christopher Eccleston (2005) Ninth Doctor

  • David Tennant (2005-2010) Tenth Doctor, Meta Crisis Doctor

  • Matt Smith (2010-2013) Eleventh Doctor

  • Peter Capaldi (2013-?) Twelfth Doctor

5. The weirdly hot Mystique. First it’s been played by Rebecca Romijn and then Jennifer Lawrence got the role.

The weirdly hot Mystique. First it’s been played by Rebecca Romijn and then Jennifer Lawrence got the role.
The weirdly hot Mystique. First it’s been played by Rebecca Romijn and then Jennifer Lawrence got the role.

6. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina has many movie adaptations. Latest honoring went to Keira Knightley.

Most famous ones are:

  • Sophie Marceau (1997)

  • Keira Knightley (2012)

For the other actresses:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptations_of_Anna_Karenina#Film

7. It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
  • Kirk Alyn (1948)

  • George Reeves (1951)

  • Christopher Reeve (1978)

  • Dean Cain (1993-1997)

  • Tom Welling (2001–2011)

  • Brandon Routh (2006)

  • Henry Cavill (2013)

8. Superman’s primary love interest Lois Lane. The actress playing her also changed with each Superman actor

Superman’s primary love interest Lois Lane. The actress playing her also changed with each Superman actor
Superman’s primary love interest Lois Lane. The actress playing her also changed with each Superman actor
Superman’s primary love interest Lois Lane. The actress playing her also changed with each Superman actor
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
  • Noel Neill

  • Margot Kidder

  • Teri Hatcher

  • Erica Durance

  • Kate Bosworth

  • Amy Adams

9. In 1933 movie King Kong Ann Darrow was played by Fay Wray. Naomi Watts played the same character in 2005 version.

In 1933 movie King Kong Ann Darrow was played by Fay Wray. Naomi Watts played the same character in 2005 version.
In 1933 movie King Kong Ann Darrow was played by Fay Wray. Naomi Watts played the same character in 2005 version.

There are other some less known versions of the movie.

10. Again create by Stan Lee and also Jack Kirby, Marvel’s green giant Hulk was played by 3 different actors in last decade.

Again create by Stan Lee and also Jack Kirby, Marvel’s green giant Hulk was played by 3 different actors in last decade.
Again create by Stan Lee and also Jack Kirby, Marvel’s green giant Hulk was played by 3 different actors in last decade.
Again create by Stan Lee and also Jack Kirby, Marvel’s green giant Hulk was played by 3 different actors in last decade.
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
  • Eric Bana (2003)

  • Edward Norton (2008)

  • Mark Ruffalo (2002)

11. Created in 1952 by Ian Fleming, James Bond was played by 6 different super handsome actors. This number will increase in time.

Created in 1952 by Ian Fleming, James Bond was played by 6 different super handsome actors. This number will increase in time.
Created in 1952 by Ian Fleming, James Bond was played by 6 different super handsome actors. This number will increase in time.
Created in 1952 by Ian Fleming, James Bond was played by 6 different super handsome actors. This number will increase in time.
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
16 Legendary Characters Played by Different Actors/Actresses
  • Sean Connery (1962–67/ 1971)

  • David Niven (1967)

  • George Lazenby (1969)

  • Roger Moore (1973–85)

  • Timothy Dalton (1987–89)

  • Pierce Brosnan (1995–2002)

  • Daniel Craig (2006– )

12. Star Trek’s Captain Kirk was played by William Shatner and Chris Pine.

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk was played by William Shatner and Chris Pine.
Star Trek’s Captain Kirk was played by William Shatner and Chris Pine.
  • William Shatner (1966)

  • Chris Pine  (2009-2013)

13. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet re enacted in TV and Cinema many times

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet re enacted in TV and Cinema many times
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet re enacted in TV and Cinema many times
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet re enacted in TV and Cinema many times

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  • Greer Garson (1940)

  • Elizabeth Garvie (1980)

  • Jennifer Ehle (1995)

  • Keira Knightley (2005)

14. Total Recall’s Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser was created by Philip K. Dick. The character is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Colin Farrel.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (1990)

  • Colin Farrell (2012)

You probably only remember the three-breasted woman…

15. Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman was also played by many actresses

  • Julie Newmar (1960)

  • Lee Ann Meriwether (1966)

  • Eartha Kitt (1967)

  • Michelle Pfeiffer (1992)

  • Halle Berry (2004)

  • Anne Hathaway (2012)

  • Camren Bicondova (2013)

16. First target of a Termintar sent from future, Sarah Connor was played by many charismatic women

First target of a Termintar sent from future, Sarah Connor was played by many charismatic women
First target of a Termintar sent from future, Sarah Connor was played by many charismatic women
First target of a Termintar sent from future, Sarah Connor was played by many charismatic women
  • Linda Hamilton (1984-1991)

  • Lena Headey (2008)

  • Emilia Clarke (2015)

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