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Old 04-06-2017, 10:35 AM
Location: God's Country
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You know, people who were great in one role and the public just couldn't see them as anyone else.

It was written that Dennis Weaver was afraid that no one could see him as anyone other than Chester, Marshal Dillon's crippled sidekick on "Gunsmoke." As it turned out, six years after Weaver left the series, he appeared as the star in "McCloud" for about seven years.

Some writers said that Pernell Roberts feared being stereotyped, but he later said that he wanted out of "Bonanza" because it was beyond stupid for three grown men to bow-and-scrape to their Pa as they did. And you could sense his boredom with the show like it posed no acting challenge. He of course found success in later series.

I'm afraid I might be biased in the case of Patricia Routledge after getting to know her as Hyacinth.
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:58 PM
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Anthony Perkins certainly paid the price for his great performances as Jimmy Piersall (although it was pretty clear that Perkins was no ballplayer) and Norman Bates by being forever typecast as a weird and/or creepy guy.

Then again, I sure can't see John Wayne playing the role of some really wimpy character.
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