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”.
William Shatner played the iconic role of Captain James T. Kirk in all the episodes of the original series of “Star Trek” except for the original pilot (in the original pilot, Christopher Pike was the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise and he was played by Jeffrey Hunter). Shatner also reprised his role of Captain/Admiral James T. Kirk in the movies “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”, “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” and “Star Trek: Generations”. Shatner also voiced Captain Kirk in “Star Trek: The Animated Adventures” which served as a fourth season to the original series (although it is not considered canon).
Peter Parker/Spider-Man has been portrayed in live action and in animation. In live action, Nicholas Hammond first played him in “The Amazing Spider-Man” television show. Tobey Maguire would go on to bring him to life in the motion pictures “Spider-Man”, “Spider-Man 2” and “Spider-Man 3”. Andrew Garfield will next play Spider-Man on the big screen in the upcoming film “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Several voice actors have brought life to Peter Parker in animation including Paul Soles who voiced the character in “Spider-Man”. Ted Schwartz also voiced Spider-Man in “Spider-Man”. Dan Gilvezan would go onto voice Peter Parker in “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends”. Christopher Daniel Barnes voiced the role in “Spider-Man”. Rhino Romano next played the web slinger in “Spider-Man Unlimited”. Neil Patrick Harris voiced the character in “Spider-Man: The New Animated Series”. Josh Keaton went on to voice Spider-Man in “The Spectacular Spider-Man” and “Ultimate Spider-Man”. Vince Pisani voiced Peter Parker in “Avengers Assemble!”. Vincent Martella will next voice Peter Parker/Spider-Man in “Ultimate Spider-Man”.
Bruce Wayne/Batman has been portrayed by many actors over the years in live action and in animation. In live action, Lewis Wilson played Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman” (1943). Robert Lowery took over the role in “Batman and Robin” (1949). Adam West played Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman” (the 1966 television series), “Batgirl”, “Batman: The Movie” and “Legends of the Superheroes“. West also voiced the role in “The New Adventures of Batman”, “SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show“ and “The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians“. Michael Keaton played Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns”. Val Kilmer played Batman in “Batman Forever”. George Clooney also played the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman & Robin”. Bruce Thomas played Batman briefly in “Birds of Prey”. Jack Brewer played Batman (as Adam West) in “Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt”. Most recently, Christian Bale played Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight” and the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises”. Kevin Conway voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman: The Animated Series”, “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”, “SubZero”, “The New Adventures of Batman”, “Superman: The Animated Series”, “Batman Beyond”, “Batman Beyond: The Movie”, “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker”, “Static Shock”, “Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman”, “Justice League”, “Justice League Unlimted”, “Batman: Gotham Knight”, “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” and “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse”. Rino Romano voiced Batman in “The Batman” and “The Batman vs. Dracula: The Animated Movie”. Olan Soule voice Batman in “The Batman/Superman Hour”, “The New Scooby-Doo Movies”, “Super Friends”, “The All-New Super Friends Hour”, “Challenge of the SuperFriends”, “The World’s Greatest SuperFriends”, and “Super Friends” (1983). Jeremy Sisto voiced Batman in “Justice League: The New Frontier”. Michael Dobson voiced Batman in “Batman: Black and White”. Diedrich Bader voiced the Dark Knight in “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”. Daran Norris voiced the Caped Crusader in “DC Super Friends”. William Baldwin voiced Batman in “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths”. Bruce Greenwood also voiced Batman in “Batman: Under the Red Hood” and “Young Justice”. Ben McKenzie will voice Batman in the upcoming animated film “Batman: Year One”.
Doctor Peter Venkman was played by Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters 2". Murray is expected to return for "Ghostbusters III". Murray also provided the voice of Venkman in "Ghostbusters: The Video Game". Lorenzo Music voiced Venkman in “The Real Ghostbusters”. Dave Coulier went on to voice Venkman in “The Real Ghostbusters”, “Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters” and “Extreme Ghostbusters”.
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