Wednesday, 15 April 2009

[173] 20 Comedians Turned Actors

Inspired by my chat with comedian-actor Rhys Darby a couple of weeks ago, I decided to start work on a long feature for Den of Geek on famous comedians who have moved into acting. It's long, and took a lot of research and work, but I'm quite happy with it - even if it is just a list at the end of the day. Enjoy.


Everybody loves a comic, but clowning around isn't always the basis of a long and respected career. Many of the most talented funny-people have transcended their initial pigeon-holes on stage, radio or television to become big stars in the film industry, sometimes gaining respect and recognition in more serious, challenging roles. Here are 20 of the more notable comedians-turned-actors. In this case, comedy is a broad church - including stand-up, sketch-based, improvisational and other comedy groups - but on flip-side, we're focusing on proven cinematic success. The list is long, so there are many who didn't make the cut - but feel free to give us a good grilling in the comments.

Read the full article here.

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