A very exclusive club: Actors that have appeared in 2 or more separate/unrelated film trilogies; or otherwise portrayed at least 2 different characters in at least 3 films each.
Voice acting is included, but made-for-TV films, straight-to-video releases, and video games are not - only Hollywood theatrical releases.
(I say 'Hollywood' because I'm not really delving into Bollywood, Hong Kong cinema, or other non-U.S. film industries. Nothing against them, I just don't know them as well.)
Actor does not have to appear in all films of a series, or even 3 films consecutively to be counted: As long as he or she has been in 3 or more films in 2 different series, it counts.
Actors are listed chronologically by when they joined this club - based on release year of their second threepeat, which is included in parens.
I'm not as knowledgeable about films from the 70s and earlier. Did I leave anyone off, or make any other mistakes? Please comment below if so. Thanks!
Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney
, Bela Lugosi
and Vincent Price
, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley
book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23...
Mr. Wong ” - TheFirstWave
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
The man with no name / Joe / Manco / Blondie (A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
Dirty Harry ” - TheFirstWave
This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton
or Alec Guinness
; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws...
Barney Ross (The Expendables)
Only the 2nd actor on this list to complete three trilogies, after Hugo Weaving. But unlike Hugo, none of Sly's trilogy acting is done by voice work alone. ” - TheFirstWave
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
Han Solo (Star Wars)
Indiana Jones ” - TheFirstWave
Adrian Balboa (Rocky)
Connie Corleone Rizzi (Godfather)
The 1st of only a few women on the list - and the sole woman to be eligible for the 14-year time span from 1990 to 2004: In my research, I could not find any actresses who have had 2 three-peats, other than those listed here. ” - TheFirstWave
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson
, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
Mad Max Rockatansky / The Road Warrior
Sgt. Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon) ” - TheFirstWave
George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born on February 18, 1925 in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. Following high school graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps...
Joe Patroni (Airport)
Det. Ed Hocken (Naked Gun) ” - TheFirstWave
Darth Vader (Star Wars)
Adm. James Greer (Hunt for Red October; Patriot Games; Clear & Present Danger) ” - TheFirstWave
Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Animal / etc. (The Muppets)
Yoda (Star Wars)
The only one on this list for voice work alone. He was not in the first Star Wars film, but completed the Star Wars threepeat with the 1999 release of Phantom Menace. ” - TheFirstWave
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time traveling between Nigeria...
Agent Smith (The Matrix)
Elrond (Lord of the Rings)
The 1st actor to complete a TRIPLE threepeat that I could find in my research (and the only one until the release of Expendables 3 in 2014), portraying three different characters in separate trilogies. ” - TheFirstWave
Dominique (Three Colors)
Celine (Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight; Waking Life)
Only the 2nd woman on this list, though not a very strong entry. Nothing against her performances, but these are more artsy/lower budget/foreign/limited release films than most of the other blockbuster franchises on this list.
She technically made this list in 2004 because of her voice work cameo as Celine in Richard Linklater's 2001 animated film Waking Life. But the 'Before...' series did become a full trilogy in 2013. ” - TheFirstWave
Educated at Mary Washington College & North Carolina School of the Arts; performed at various regional theatres, including Burt Reynolds
' Dinner Theater in Jupiter, Florida before getting national exposure on TV in the 1970s.
Det. William 'Billy' Rosewood (Beverly Hills Cop)
Dr. Neil Miller (The Santa Clause) ” - TheFirstWave
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek)
Prof. Charles Xavier (X-Men) ” - TheFirstWave
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
Gandalf the Grey (Lord of the Rings)
Eric Lensherr / Magneto (X-Men) ” - TheFirstWave
Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy
and Vernon Lynch
Det. Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop)
Donkey (Shrek) ” - TheFirstWave
Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively. Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he joined Saturday Night Live
Austin Powers / Dr. Evil
Shrek ” - TheFirstWave
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, to an English family then-resident there. The man he briefly knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist who fought for civil rights in South Africa...
Legolas (Lord of the Rings)
Will Turner (Pirates of the Caribbean) ” - TheFirstWave
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston Massachusetts, to Kent Damon
, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige
, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
Linus Caldwell (Ocean's 11-13)
Jason Bourne ” - TheFirstWave
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
Saruman the White (Lord of the Rings)
Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus (Star Wars)
Lee did not appear in Star Wars Episode 1 (Phantom Menace). However, he voiced the Dooku role for a third time in 2008's animated Clone Wars film. ” - TheFirstWave
Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international film star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous film series. He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain...
Gregorio Cortez (Spy Kids)
Puss in Boots (Shrek) ” - TheFirstWave
Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, USA, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real-estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...
Scott Calvin / Santa Claus (The Santa Clause)
Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story) ” - TheFirstWave
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994)...
Mace Windu (Star Wars)
Nick Fury (Avengers) ” - TheFirstWave
John Yohan Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Los Angeles, California as a child, where his father was a Christian minister. Cho was educated at Herbert Hoover High School at Glendale before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley where he studied English Literature. Upon graduation...
John (American Pie)
Harold Lee (Harold & Kumar)
Cho and Thomas (next entry) are the only pair of actors eligible based on the same two sets of movie series (American Pie and Harold & Kumar). ” - TheFirstWave
Eddie Kaye Thomas
Began acting at the age of seven in his hometown of New York City. By 10, he had appeared in "Richard III" with the Brooklyn Shakespeare Company. He made his Broadway debut at 12 as an understudy in John Guare's Lincoln Center Production of "Four Baboons Adoring The Sun". He has numerous other theater credits as well as his many film roles. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.
Paul Finch (American Pie)
Rosenberg (Harold & Kumar)
Thomas and Cho (previous entry) are the only pair of actors eligible based on the same two sets of movie series (American Pie and Harold & Kumar). ” - TheFirstWave
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War, where he saw combat...
Harry Palmer (Ipcress File; Funeral in Berlin; Billion Dollar Brain)
Alfred (Batman Begins; Dark Knight) ” - TheFirstWave
Seann William Scott
Seann William Scott was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, to Patricia Anne (Simons) and William Frank Scott, a factory worker. He was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles, and almost immediately was flown to New York by ABC to test for All My Children
. His face has also been seen from his...
Steve Stifler (American Pie/Wedding/Reunion)
Crash (Ice Age) ” - TheFirstWave
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
Sirius Black (Harry Potter)
Jim Gordon (Batman Begins; Dark Knight) ” - TheFirstWave
Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus". Sheen was born in Newport, Wales, the only son of Irene (Thomas) and Meyrick Sheen...
Aro (The Twilight Saga) ” - TheFirstWave
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller
and Anne Meara
. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
Gaylord 'Greg' Focker (Meet the Parents/Fockers; Little Fockers)
Larry Daley (Night at the Museum)
Ben works fast: After first making the list in 2012 with two threepeats, he's already become only the 3rd TRIPLE threepeat actor here. ” - TheFirstWave
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent
. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York City's Greenwich Village...
Dominic Toretto (The Fast and the Furious)
Richard B. Riddick ” - TheFirstWave
Tyrese Darnell Gibson was born December 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, California, where he was raised. He is an R&B singer, songwriter, actor, author, television producer and model. He is well known for his actor role as Roman Pearce in the The Fast and Furious movie franchise. Other popular movies Tyrese has acted in are Death Race...
USAF Master Sergeant Epps (Transformers)
Roman Pearce (Fast & Furious) ” - TheFirstWave
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!...
Trench (The Expendables) ” - TheFirstWave
Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has also been a fashion model...
Frank Martin (The Transporter)
Lee Christmas (The Expendables) ” - TheFirstWave
Famke Beumer Janssen was born on November 5, 1964 in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and has two siblings, director Antoinette Beumer
and actress Marjolein Beumer
. She studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam. Moving to America in 1984, Famke modeled for Chanel in New York City. Later, taking a break from modeling...
Jean Grey (X-Men)
Lenore St. John (Taken)
Only the 3rd woman on this list. ” - TheFirstWave
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Bryan Mills (Taken) ” - TheFirstWave
Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in Denver...
Basher Tarr (Ocean's 11-13)
James Rhodes / War Machine (Iron Man; Avengers: Age of Ultron) ” - TheFirstWave
Anna Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Karen (Bathurst), a special ed teacher, and Jack Faris, a sociologist. Her ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, French, Dutch, and Welsh. Anna started acting very young but not professionally. She loved watching plays and eventually produced her own with all the neighborhood children...
Cindy (Scary Movie)
Only the 4th woman on this list. ” - TheFirstWave
Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, to Doris (Benjamin), a custodian and hospital clerk, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He first came to public notice as a singer and songwriter with the controversial and influential band N.W.A. His compositions with that group included many of the classic cuts from their debut LP "Straight Outta Compton" (Ruthless/Priority...
Craig Jones (Friday)
Calvin Palmer (Barbershop) ” - TheFirstWave
Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)
Raven / Mystique (X-Men)
Only the 5th woman on this list. ” - TheFirstWave