Obi-Wan Kenobi (also known as Old Ben Kenobi) has been played by a number of actors throughout the "Star Wars" saga. Alec Guinness played the Jedi in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope", "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" and "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi". Ewan McGregor played the Jedi Knight in the prequel trilogy which included "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace", "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith". James Arnold Taylor voiced the character in the movie "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" as well as the television shows "Star Wars: Clone Wars" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars".
James Bond has been played by a wide range of actors over the years. Barry Nelson was the first actor to play the character in an episode of "Climax" based on and entitled "Casino Royale". Sean Connery went on to play Bond in "Dr. No", "From Russia with Love", "Goldfinger", "Thunderball", "You Only Live Twice", "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Never Say Never Again" (which was not an "official" Bond film). After Connery left the role, George Lazenby played 007 once in "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service". Roger Moore then took over the role in "Live and Let Die", "The Man with the Golden Gun", "The Spy Who Loved Me", "Moonraker", "For Your Eyes Only", "Octopussy" and "A View to a Kill". David Niven also played James Bond in the unofficial Bond parody "Casino Royale". Timothy Dalton then took over the role in "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill". Pierce Brosnan became the next Bond after Dalton and starred in "GoldenEye", "Tomorrow Never Dies", "The World Is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day". Daniel Craig is the latest actor to play James Bond in "Casino Royale", "Quantum of Solace" and the upcoming "Bond 23"
William "Husker" Adama is a character based off of Commander Adama from the original "Battlestar Galactica" and "Galactica 1980" television shows. Edward James Olmos most famously played the Commander/Admiral in the "Battlestar Galactica" mini-series, the "Battlestar Galactica" television series, as well as made for television/DVD movies including "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" and "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan". Nico Cortez also played a younger version of Adama in the movie "Battlestar Galactica: Razor". Sina Najafi recently played Bill Adama as a child in the prequel television show "Caprica". Luke Pasqualino has recently signed on to play a younger William Adama (around 25) in the upcoming series "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome".
Harry Potter was played by Daniel Radcliffe in all eight Harry Potter movies including "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone", "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2".
Peter Falk portrayed Lieutenant Columbo in the hit television show “Columbo” which started in 1971 and ended in 2003.
Hal Jordan/Green Lantern is a character that has been featured in both live action projects as well as animated projects. Ryan Reynolds recently played Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the motion picture “Green Lantern”. In animation, Adam Baldwin voiced the character in “Justice League”. Kevin Smith voiced Hal Jordan in an episode of “Duck Dodgers”. David Boreanaz also voiced the character in “Justice League: The New Frontier” (he was also rumored to be up for the live action role as well at one point). Christopher Meloni voiced Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern: First Flight”. Nathan Fillion also voiced Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” (interestingly, like Boreanaz, Fillion was once rumored for the live action role). Loren Lester voiced the character in “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”. Finally, Josh Keaton will voice Hal Jordan in the upcoming television show, “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”.
Luke Skywalker is an iconic character and was the focus of the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Mark Hamill played the Jedi Knight in “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”, “The Star Wars Holiday Special”, “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”, and “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” An unknown child played Luke Skywalker as a baby in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”.
Wolverine is an iconic Marvel Comics character who has been brought to the big (and little) screen many times in both live action and animation. In live action, Hugh Jackman played the part of Wolverine in “X-Men”, “X2: X-Men United”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “X-Men: First Class” and the upcoming “The Wolverine”. In animation, Patrick Pinney voiced the character first in “Pryde of the X-Men”. Cathal J. Dodd voiced Wolverine in the hit 90's cartoons “X-Men” and “Spider-Man”. Scott McNeil then voiced the character in “X-Men: Evolution”. Steve Blum took over the voice role in “Wolverine and the X-Men”, “Hulk Vs." and “The Super Hero Squad Show”. Jackson McDonald voiced the character in “Avengers Assemble!” and Kevin Michael Richardson voiced Logan in “Black Panther”. Milo Ventimiglia will next voice Wolverine in G4's “Wolverine” and “Iron Man”.
Wonder Woman is a popular DC Comics character who has appeared in live action shows and animation. Ellie Wood Walker and Linda Harrison played Wonder Womand first in the little seen "Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?". Cathy Lee Crosby then took over the role in the tv movie "Wonder Woman". Lynda Carter played the most iconic version of Wonder Woman to date in "Wonder Woman" and "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman". Adrianne Palicki also played Wonder Woman in the failed NBC pilot "Wonder Woman" earlier this year. In animation, Shannon Farnon voiced Wonder Woman in "Super Friends", "The All-New Super Friends Hour", "Challenge of the SuperFriends", "The World's Greatest SuperFriends" and "Super Friends". Constance Cawlfield went on to voice Wonder Woman in "SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show". B.J. Ward then lent her voice to the Amazon princess in "The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians" and "Superman". Most recently, Susan Eisenberg voiced Wonder Woman in "Justice League", "Justice League Unlimited" and "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse". Vicki Lewis also voiced the character in an episode of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold". Lucy Lawless voiced Wonder Woman in "Justice League: The New Frontier". Keri Russell then lent her vocal talents to the character in "Wonder Woman". Vanessa Marshall has also voiced the Amazon princess in "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths".
Frodo Baggins has made appearances in film in both live action and animation. In live action, Elijah Wood is the only one to have played the character in the films “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, as well as the upcoming films “The Hobbit: Part I” and “The Hobbit: Part II”. Christopher Guard and Sharon Baird voiced Frodo in “The Lord of the Rings”. After that, Orson Bean took over the voice role for “The Return of the King”.
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