To what degree do actors stick to just one genre?

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Stephen Follows

Mar 4, 2024, 5:20:10 AMMar 4
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The news that they are remaking The Naked Gun movies starring Liam Neason left me with a surprising reaction - I can't wait!  It's a great piece of casting for a number of reasons, not least playing off of Neason's 'hard man' persona of recent years.

The late great Leslie Nielsen was similarly regarded as a 'serious' actor before his work on the comedy TV series Police Squad, which later spawned the Naked Gun movies.

This put me in mind of some research I did a few years ago, looking at the diveirisety (or lack there of) of genres actors have starred in. You can read what I found at

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To what degree do actors stick to just one genre?

I generated a list of 275 famous actors and actresses, who I will collectively refer to as ‘actors’. All had received high billing in at least ten movies over the past twenty years.

I then looked at the genre of all the movies they have made throughout their career to date.

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