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Doubling up: Actors who've played more than one iconic role

Oct. 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM ET

The prison breakout film "Escape Plan," which opens Friday, stars two longtime powerhouse action stars — Sylvester Stallone, 67, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 66. In other words, Rocky and The Terminator! Or is it Rambo and Conan the Barbarian?

Gavin MacLeod was Murray Slaughter on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' but he also played Capt. Stubing on 'The Love Boat.' Harrison Ford played daring smuggler Han Solo, but he also played daring archeology professor Indiana Jones. A look at celebs who have not one, but two legendary parts.

Most actors would consider their career made if they landed just one iconic role, created only a single character with whom they'll be forever associated. A small number of actors and actresses actually have two.

Stallone broke out as scrappy boxer Rocky, then managed to earn another round of fame as troubled Vietnam vet John Rambo. Schwarzenegger's breakthrough role was that of muscly Conan, and just three years later, he put on a pair of sunglasses and captivated audiences as The Terminator. (He's had many more roles since — but the roles he played in such films as "Kindergarten Cop" aren't parts that moviegoers know by name.)

The two-iconic-roles club is a small one. Harrison Ford is surely a charter member, for playing both Han Solo in the "Star Wars" films and daring archaeology professor Indiana Jones. Some actors have one iconic television role and one in the movies, such as Dick Van Dyke, who charmed as both Rob Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and as Bert the chimney sweep in "Mary Poppins." Women make the list, too — some may best recall Mary Tyler Moore from her "Dick Van Dyke" role as housewife Laura Petrie, but others will forever associate Moore with 1970s career woman Mary Richards on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Take a trip through our slideshow and see which actors created a memorable character not once, but twice.


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