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

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?

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    Actors with two famous roles

    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.

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    Sylvester Stallone may be the most famous two-iconic-roles actor out there, right up with Harrison Ford. Stallone showed off his muscles in both roles, first as boxer Rocky, then as Vietnam vet John Rambo.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his massive muscles, first hit it big in movies when he starred as "Conan the Barbarian," right, in 1981. Those giant biceps came in handy again in 1984 when he played perhaps his most iconic part, that of the original Terminator in the film of the same name. He’d also earn the nickname that would follow him into politics, when he was elected California’s governor in 2003 and was promptly dubbed "The Governator."

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    Gavin MacLeod -

    Gavin MacLeod had iconic roles on two hit TV shows, playing newsman Murray Slaughter on "Mary Tyler Moore" and Capt. Merrill Stubing on "The Love Boat."

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    Neil Patrick Harris -

    Neil Patrick Harris will forever be Doogie Howser to some, thanks to the young medical genius he played as a teen. But it's been long enough now that others think of him first as randy Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother." Please don't say anyone thinks of him first from those two "Smurf" movies.

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus -

    Do you still think of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as "Seinfeld" pal Elaine? GET OUT! She's gone on to win two Emmys for playing Selina Meyer on HBO's "Veep."

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    Mary Tyler Moore -

    Some say Mary Richards, played by Mary Tyler Moore on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," was who Laura Petrie might have become had she divorced Rob Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Petrie was a sweet 1960s housewife, Richards a perky 1970s TV producer. Both were -- and are -- beloved.

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    Dick Van Dyke -

    Like his "Dick Van Dyke Show" co-star Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke also made two roles famous. He wore dirt on his face (and a questionable Cockney accent) as Bert the chimney sweep in the movie "Mary Poppins," and a dapper suit as TV comedy writer Rob Petrie on "Dick Van Dyke."

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    Al Pacino -

    Don't make Al Pacino an offer he can't refuse. He may ask you to say hello to his little friend. Both of Pacino's signature roles -- Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" and Tony Montana in "Scarface" -- were terrifying, and fascinating.

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    Andy Griffith -

    Andy Griffith cornered the market on folksy with his two famous roles, as Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" and renowned attorney Ben Matlock on "Matlock."

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    Harrison Ford -

    Harrison Ford probably ties with Sylvester Stallone as the actor with the two most iconic roles. How does a movie fan choose between daring smuggler Han Solo of "Star Wars" fame and equally daring archeology professor Indiana Jones? Don't choose -- enjoy them both.

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    John Travolta -

    What? Where? How? Vinnie Barbarino may not have been the brightest Sweathog on TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter," but he sure attracted the girls. He kept that attraction when he played Tony Manero, who danced his way to disco fame in "Saturday Night Fever."

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    Johnny Depp -

    Johnny Depp isn't afraid to all but disappear into his roles, but perhaps his two most iconic parts are the quirky "Edward Scissorhands" and the swaggering pirate Captain Jack Sparrow from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.

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    Katey Sagal -

    Katey Sagal's two iconic roles share a fondness for big hair and tight clothes, but there the similarities end. Happy, horny Peg Bundy made 'em laugh on the sitcom "Married With Children," but Peg never had to deal with the grim realities of the murderous life Gemma Teller stumbles through on biker drama "Sons of Anarchy."

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    Keanu Reeves -

    Dude! Keanu Reeves is totally a multi-facted actor! He'll never escape the legend of Ted "Theodore" Logan on "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but he struck a cooler, calmer note as Neo on "The Matrix." He knows kung fu, dude.

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    Will Smith -

    “In west Philadelphia born and raised” … you know the rest. Will Smith’s first breakthrough role was as the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” on the 1990s TV show. Smith has gone on to fame in many movie roles, but his most iconic is the dapper Agent J from the “Men in Black” movie series.

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    Michael J. Fox -

    Michael J. Fox played conservative teen Alex P. Keaton on “Family Ties.” But he may be equally well-known for his movie role as Marty McFly, the ‘80s teen who travels through time in the “Back to the Future” movie series.

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    We've all heard the joke: That Bryan Cranston's meth-making Walter White from "Breaking Bad" goes into the witness-protection program and winds up as jovial dad Hal on "Malcolm in the Middle." The joke works so well because the two characters are so stunningly different, with Cranston pulling both off so well you hardly believe the same actor is playing the roles.

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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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