People Are Sharing Which Actors They “Can’t Separate From A Character They’ve Played,” And I Wanna Know If You Agree Or Disagree

Redditor u/PM_sexy_granny_pics asked the question, “What actor can you NOT separate from a character that they played?” I genuinely agree with most of them, except for Bryan Cranston. He’ll always be Malcolm’s dad from Malcolm in the Middle to me. But I want to hear what you think!

Here are 25 of the top responses — tell us if you agree or not!

1. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.


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“Robert Downey Jr. is literally just Tony Stark, if he’s in anything else, he’s Tony Stark making an acting cameo.”

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2. Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter franchise.



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“I will never be able to see that actress in something and not hate her with every fiber of my being!”

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3. Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite.



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4. Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.



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“it’s hard to see Nick Offerman as anyone other than Ron Swanson, despite knowing how they would disagree (significantly) on many things.”

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5. Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.



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“I was watching him and Seth Green in that weird movie, Ticks, but I just saw Carlton, and it was so odd.”

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6. Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman.



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7. David Schwimmer as Ross Geller from Friends.



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“I was watching him in The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and thought, ‘Hey, that’s Ross!'”

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8. Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House from House.



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“The eyes, the beard, everything is just House.”

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9. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia from Star Wars.



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10. Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.



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“I’ve seen him in a few other projects, and he is an excellent actor, but I doubt he’ll ever find anything that will help disassociate him from his work on The Big Bang Theory. A gift and a curse.”

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11. Gillian Jacobs as Britta from Community.



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“I’ve seen her in a few things since, but I can’t seem to separate her from that godawful character.”

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12. Ed O’Neill as Al Bundy from Married… with Children.



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“He makes it extra difficult in Modern Family, because he is reading the same newspaper from Married… with Children.”

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13. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones.



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“He will always pay his debts.”

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14. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.



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15. Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.



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“The only other thing I’ve seen him in is Rat Race (which is so underrated), and he’s basically Mr. Bean with narcolepsy.”

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16. Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files.



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17. Mike Myers as Austin Powers.



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“He will forever be Austin Powers before he’s anyone else.”

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18. Elijah Wood as Frodo from the Lord of the Rings franchise.



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“Elijah Wood will always be Frodo.”

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19. Bryan Cranston as Walter White from Breaking Bad.



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20. Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in Orange Is the New Black.



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“Every character she plays just looks…like Piper Chapman.”

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21. Jason Alexander as George Costanza from Seinfeld.



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“He can’t be anything else.”

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22. John Krasinski as Jim Halpert from The Office.



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“Watching Jack Ryan was weird. It felt like he was Jim Halpert trying to be a secret agent.”

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23. Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth from Arrested Development.



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“It kinda ruins Ozark for me.”

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24. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley from Alien.



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25. Ryan Reynolds, as, well, himself.



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“That man is always in character because he’s playing himself.”

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Did we miss any celebrities who can’t break away from an iconic character they’ve played? If so, tell us who and why in the comments below!