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Defining Film aka Role of a Lifetime

There are actors/actresses who have and will star in great films and give brilliant portrayals - but will always be remembered for that one defining role (Oscar optional).

Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs 1991.
as Hannibal Lector.
This can go on to include the films Hannibal and Red Dragon, but Silence was the one that started him off in this vein. He even won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role.

We all know Sir Anthony Hopkins has been in the business for many, many years, and has starred in such great films as The Elephant Man in 1980, but he will forever be remembered as the chilling Doctor Lector.

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky 1976.
as Rocky Balboa
Rocky...uh, Sylvester has gone on to play Rambo which had numerous sequels, but you see Sly on the screen, you wanna yell out Yo, Adrien!

Sly Stallone gets Oscar's attention with his career defining role with nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, and the film went on to win Best Picture of 1976.
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A few I can think of...

Schwarzenegger - The Terminator
Eastwood - Dirty Harry
Bela Lugosi - Dracula
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Dustin Hoffman - The Graduate
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Originally posted by dunno260
Dustin Hoffman - The Graduate
Now, me - when I think Dustin Hoffman, I think Rain Man.
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For me, too, Dustin is Rain Man.

Another one, I don't care how much success he's had recently, Dennis Haysbert will ALWAYS be Pedro Cerrano to me.
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Peter O'Toole - T.E. Lawrence
Ben Kingsley - Mahatma Gandhi
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Marlon Brando as The Godfather
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Originally posted by evenflowddt
Marlon Brando as The Godfather
Wow. I almost mentioned Brando...

...for On the Waterfront.
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Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
Bruce Willis - John McClane
Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
Robert De Niro - Sam "Ace" Rothstein
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Orson Welles - Charles Foster Kane
Peter Sellers - Inspector Clouseau
Clint Eastwood - Man With No Name
William Powell - Nick Charles
Anthony Perkins - Norman Bates
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Originally posted by Robert
Robert De Niro - Sam "Ace" Rothstein
Two words:

Travis


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Though he played many a great role over the years, George C. Scott will always be remembered for his portrayal of General George Patton.

In addition to Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford will forever be known as Han Solo.

Same w/ Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove.

Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke (or for his role in the Hustler, etc., etc., etc.)
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Jeremy Irons - Claus von Bulow
Jack Black - Barry (High Fidelity)
Michael Douglas - Gordon Gekko
R. Lee Ermy - Sgt. Hartman
Dudley Moore - Arthur Bach
Malcolm McDowell - Alex
Carrot Top - Edison
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John Vernon: Dean Wormer

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Tom Cruise - Pete Mitchell
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Rod Tidwell
Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura
John Travolta - Johnny Barberino/Vincent Vega (depending on your age)
Keanu Reeves - Jack Traven

And I can't believe no one has mentioned:

Christopher Reeve - Superman/Clark Kent/Kal El
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James Stewart as George Bailey
"Mary! Marrryyyy!!"
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Dennis Hopper as Howard Payne
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Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
Michael J. Fox has the distinction of having a defining role in both Film and TV: Marty McFly and Alex P. Keaton
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Ralph Macchio - Daniel LaRusso
Christopher Lee - Dracula (?)
Val Kilmer - Doc Holliday and/or Chris Knight
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Mr. Anderson. . .

Hugo Weaving - Agent Smith
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Originally posted by redcon1
John Vernon: Dean Wormer

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Harold Ramis - Egon Spengler
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Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes - Jay and Silent Bob
Michael J. Fox - Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd - Doc Brown (But don't forget his character Jim from "Taxi", even if it was TV)
Bruce Campbell - Ashley J. "Ash" Williams
Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley
Michael Keaton - Batman/Bruce Wayne
Charleton Heston - Judah Ben-Hur
Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch
Mel Gibson - William Wallace/Martin Riggs


And this is pure spectulation:
Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man
Jake Gyllenhall - Donnie Darko
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Originally posted by Kal Jedi

John Travolta - Johnny Barberino/Vincent Vega (depending on your age)
Vinnie Barberino maybe?
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Originally posted by Kal Jedi
Keanu Reeves - Jack Traven
I would have thought of his role as "Neo" in the Matrix trilogy before his role in Speed.

...and Kal, Val Kilmer will forever be remembered as "Iceman" in Top Gun, w/ "Doc Holliday" coming in a distant second.

And John Wayne will forever be remembered for playing John Wayne in every last one of his wonderful films. Except when he played "Sean Thornton" in the Quiet Man, of course.

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