It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the roles these celebrities made famous on the big screen. Their performances, from action stars to comedy legends, left a lasting impression on audiences worldwide.

The actors often define characters in movies and TV series. While various actors may play characters, one actor always manages to best fit a character’s shoes, and audiences couldn’t envision anybody else in the part. Some celebrities created iconic roles in movies that are irreplaceable. These roles helped make these actors and actresses into movie stars. While some of these roles may have been small, they left a lasting impression on audiences.

Here are some examples of celebrities who starred in unforgettable roles.

1. Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard

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2. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game Of Thrones

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3. Hugh Laurie as Dr. House

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4. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator

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5. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

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6. Christopher Lloyd as Doc in Back to the Future

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7. Tim Curry as Frank N Furter

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8. Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams

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9. Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn

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10. Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

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11. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley

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12. Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge

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13. Heath Ledger as the Joker

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14. Jack Nicholson in the Shining

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15. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

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16. Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride

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17. Jim Carrey in The Mask

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18. Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

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19. Jody Foster as Clarice Starling

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20. Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin

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21. Ron Pearlman as Hellboy

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22. Christopher Lee as basically anything.

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23. Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator

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24. Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier

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25. Danny Trejo as Machete

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26. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds

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27. Steve Carrell as Michael Scott

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28. Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson

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29. James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

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30. Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane

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31. John C. McGinley as Dr. Cox

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32. Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute

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33. Ronald Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket

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34. Catherin O’Hara as Moira Rose

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35. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

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36. Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

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37. Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean

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38. RDJ for Iron Man, the man was Tony Stark

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39. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

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40. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

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41. Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

The people who inhabit the world of movies make up a special breed. They’re not just actors but also characters and icons we have known and loved for generations. So it’s no surprise that many celebrities go on to create iconic roles in films time after time again—and these are some of them!

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