Stars That Made the Jump From TV to Film

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

25 Responses

  1. jcmattasox says:

    True so many actors came up this way. Now its great that there is so many great tv shows that are sometimes better than movies.

  2. jcmattasox says:

    I was going to say Tom Hanks but someone got there first. How about Robin Williams?

    • MovieBabble says:

      That’s another one! Like I’ve been saying, this list would be hundreds of names long if I included everyone lol. Just wanted to put some current prominent stars!

  3. This was a great post! I never knew George Clooney acted in TV before film, that was an interesting thing to know 😊😊

  4. Robert Downey Jr. was an SNL cast member for about a season.

  5. Jason says:

    Good idea for a post and a good list.

    Tom Hanks got his start (or first major role, anyway) as a TV transvestite in Bosom Buddies.

    Also, as I mentioned in my Arrival review, Amy Adams had a bit part in a Buffy, the Vampire Slayer episode and is now a big film star. But I’m not sure if she got her very first part or any major part in TV or not.

    As far as next article, I naturally think of the flipside of movie folks who went to TV though I guess that would be a more of a TV article. Keifer Sutherland, James Spader, etc. Kevin Spacey, if net counts as TV. Of course, some of this is subjective. I started to put Lucy Liu but then wondered, looked, and found she’d done a lot more TV a lot more consistently than I thought. It’s not as clear-cut as in the early days of TV when it was considered the second tier in a much sharper sense than now.

  6. Karandi says:

    Nice list. Johnny Depp is another that comes to mind. Though it would be interesting to see the list of movie actors who are now going back to television.

  7. I was watching a BBC movie the other night, Witness for the Prosecution. I did a search of it and discovered it was based on an Agatha Christie short story. It had been made into a movie and a play, but there were great differences between the versions. For example, the 1957 movie version starred Tryone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton, Now Ben Affleck is planning another version of this. So, after this laborious prelude, I’d like to suggest looking at old variations of new movies as they come out for one of your subjects. Thanks for an enjoyable site! Cheers

  8. Interesting. Thank you.

  9. film4fan says:

    Interesting list!

  10. gary loggins says:

    Let’s not forget Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Steve McQueen, Goldie Hawn, among many others, first gained fame for their TV roles!

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