In a recent article, we discussed the idea that there are a number of fairly iconic (or at least well-known) characters who you didn’t know were played by the same actor – and it seemed to garner a fair bit of interest, so we’ve decided to produce a sequel (which, to keep on theme, will be written by the same author!).
Thanks to factors such as the actor in question not being very well-known, the actor in question being hidden behind make-up/a costume, or the fact that the actor in question played two characters many years apart or played two characters so different that you simply wouldn’t associate them with each other, it’s often a surprise to learn that two characters had the same actor portraying them.
Of course, in the case of very famous actors, this doesn’t really happen. For example, everybody knows Michael Keaton played Batman and Beetlejuice, everybody knows Halle Berry played Catwoman and Storm, everybody knows Anthony Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter and Alfred Hitchcock, and everybody knows Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft and Maleficent – but, in the case of not-so-A-list actors, it’s easy to miss that they might have played two recognisable roles.
So let’s get to it – here are ten more pairs of characters you didn’t know were played by the same actor.
10. Jason Voorhees & Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder)
Kane Hodder is an actor and stuntman who, in his acting roles, tends to perform behind make-up, so you can’t tell it’s him most of the time. The heavy-set 6′ 2.5″ giant usually plays intimidating characters – and in the case of two iconic horror killers, that notion definitely applies.
Hodder has played Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise in four different movies – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and Jason X. He has also played Victor Crowley in all three of the Hatchet movies – Hatchet, Hatchet II and Hatchet III.
9. Wesley Wyndam-Pryce & The Other (Alexis Denisof)
Alexis Denisof is, of course, best known for his role of wimpy Watcher-turned bad-ass Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in Joss Whedon’s hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. However, he also took on a much less prominent (and far more disguised) role for Whedon on the big screen.
He played The Other – the lackey of the Mad Titan Thanos and ally of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki – in 2012’s The Avengers movie and later reprised said role in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he was brutally killed by Lee Pace’s Ronan by having his neck snapped with a blast from his warhammer.
8. Luke & The Judge (Brian Thompson)
Brian Thompson is an actor who has appeared in a number of films over the years – The Terminator and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, for example – but he also played two major (and heavily made-up) Buffy the Vampire Slayer villains within the space of a year in 1997 and 1998.
In season one of the show, he played one of the first vampires to appear on it – the Order of Aurelius member and servant of the Master, Luke – and in season two of the show, he played the Judge – an ancient demon that “no weapon forged” could kill (of course, that particular description was as ancient as he was, so Buffy killed him with a modern day javelin rocket launcher).
7. Gozer & The Twisted Nurse (Slavitza Jovan)
Slavitza Jovan is a former Serbian model who also dabbled a little bit into the world of acting. While you might not know her by name, you will almost certainly be familiar with her most notable role, which is undoubtedly that of Gozer the Gozerian – the ancient evil Sumerian shapeshifting god who served as the primary antagonist of the classic 1984 horror comedy movie Ghostbusters.
However, she also played another extremely spooky customer is the 1999 remake of the classic 1959 horror movie House on Haunted Hill. Jovan portrayed the Twisted Nurse – one of the many ghostly inhabitants of the titular house.
6. Buliwyf & The Beast (Vladimir Kulich)
The 1999 Antonio Banderas movie The 13th Warrior is a loose retelling of the classic tale of Beowulf. In the movie, Beowulf (or Buliwyf, as he is known in the movie) is portrayed by Czech actor and former professional ice hockey player Vladimir Kulich – a role which was undoubtedly his biggest.
But he has also had a pretty major role behind a hell of a lot of make-up and costume in Joss Whedon’s Angel. In the show, he portrayed the demon with the rock-like hide known as the Beast. The Beast appeared in season four of the show in 2002 and was initially presented as the season’s big bad, only to be revealed to be the lackey of the season’s real big bad, Jasmine.
5. Commander Strax & Ian The Elf (Dan Starkey)
Doctor Who is a British television show that has captured the imagination of science fiction fans all around the world. It has introduced an abundance of weird and wonderful characters and alien species to the sci-fi zeitgeist and two rather prominent examples of those characters were played by the same actor.
Commander Strax and Ian the Elf were both portrayed by Dan Starkey. Strax is the Sontaran commander who was forced to serve as a nurse to restore the honour of his clone batch and Ian the Elf is one of Santa Claus’ helpers who appeared in the 2014 Christmas special of the show, which was called Last Christmas.
4. John Connor & Yellow Bastard (Nick Stahl)
It’s actually easy enough to forget that Nick Stahl played the leader of the Human Resistance John Connor, given that the movie in which he portrayed him – 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – was awful, but at least you can tell it’s him when you’re watching it. But it’s very difficult to tell that he played a certain vile character in 2005’s Sin City.
Stahl played Roark Junior AKA the Yellow Bastard but, due to heavy make-up and a bunch of much bigger stars stealing the limelight in the movie’s starring roles (Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba etc), he went somewhat under the radar and it’s quite easy to have missed that he portrayed the stinking and sadistic child molester.
3. Quinn Lord (Sam & Annie Smith)
When you think of the brilliant 2007 horror anthology movie Trick ‘r Treat, you undoubtedly immediately think of the little villain of the piece known as Sam. And when you think of Sam, you tend to think of a little boy – because that’s what the character was presented as in the movie – but Sam was actually played by an actress named Quinn Lord.
Lord is the same girl who played Annie Smith – a little girl who died in an amusement park accident and returned as a ghost – in the 2009 Joe Dante offering The Hole. So while both Sam and Annie are horror characters, they’re actually different genders and, as such, it’s easy to miss the fact that the same young performer portrayed them.
2. Silver Surfer & Abe Sapien (Doug Jones)
There are now countless actors who have appeared as multiple comic book characters and, in most cases, it’s very obvious (Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and Halle Berry to name but a few), but one actor who has gone under the radar in more than one comic book role is definitely Doug Jones.
The reason is simple – Jones tends not to speak in such roles and is either heavily made-up or altered with CGI. He has played the Silver Surfer in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Abe Sapien in 2004’s Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy: The Golden Army. The Silver Surfer was voiced by Laurence Fishburne and, in the first Hellboy movie at least, Abe Sapien was voiced by David Hyde Pierce.
1. Alien & Pumpkinhead (Tom Woodruff Jr.)
The various Xenomorph creatures have been played by a number of actors over the course of the Alien franchise – most notably by the eerie, lanky Nigerian design student Bolaji Badejo in the first movie in 1979 – but one of those actors is performer and special effects artist Tom Woodruff Jr.
Woodruff Jr. portrayed the lead alien in the fourth movie in the franchise – 1997’s Alien: Resurrection – as well as having portrayed other Xenomorphs (and the Predator known as Wolf) in other movies in the franchise, but he had also portrayed an equally iconic horror character years before. He was the titular monster in 1988’s Pumpkinhead.