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What real historical figure has been portrayed by the most actors

I came across this list on Wikipedia of all the actors and films that have portrayed J. Edgar Hoover. It made me wonder: What real historical figure has been depicted by the most actors and what real historical figure has been depicted in the most films?

Broderick Crawford and James Wainwright portrayed Hoover in the Larry Cohen film The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Ernest Borgnine in both the television film Blood Feud (1983) and Hoover (2000).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Vincent Gardenia in the television film Kennedy (1983).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Jack Warden in the television film Hoover vs. The Kennedys (1987).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Treat Williams in the television film J. Edgar Hoover (1987).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Kevin Dunn in the film Chaplin (1992).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Pat Hingle in the television film Citizen Cohn (1992).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Richard Dysart, both in the television film Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair (1993) and in the 1995 film Panther.
Hoover was portrayed by actor Bob Hoskins in the Oliver Stone drama Nixon (1995).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Larry Drake in the Robert Dyke film Timequest (2002).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Billy Crudup in the Michael Mann film Public Enemies (2009).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Enrico Colantoni in the television miniseries The Kennedys (2011).
Hoover was portrayed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the Clint Eastwood biopic J. Edgar (2011).

My guess would be that Lincoln, Nixon, and Hitler have been played by a lot of actors in a lot of movies. Especially when you take into account comic portrails. Lincoln was even on Star Trek!
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IMDB has 342 listings for the character of Adolf Hitler, although that includes TV shows and shorts:
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0027857/

Lincoln has 300 listings:
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0026778/

Nixon has 65 listings:
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0027234/

Jesus has 354 listings:
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0026778/
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God has 351
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0026790/

Oh wait.... you said "real" hehehe
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Didn't think about Jesus, yeah that would have to be number one.

Meanwhile I bet Muhammad is in last place. Not a lot of movies that depict him.
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most historical figure depicted in a film has to be Wong Fei Hung. Also the most by the same guy too. Fucker made over a 100 movies as WFH.
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On the distaff side, I think Queen Elizabeth I is a solid contender.
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I'll bet when you add things like commercials, Lincoln jumps to the top of the list. Not too many commercials featuring Jesus or Hitler...but I can think of a ton with Lincoln.
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Originally Posted by Solid Snake PAC
most historical figure depicted in a film has to be Wong Fei Hung. Also the most by the same guy too. Fucker made over a 100 movies as WFH.
I thought of this, but there's only 88 listings on IMBD, and only 117 listings on Wikipedia:
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0000742/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Fei-hung_filmography

The actor Kwan Tak-hing portrayed Wong Fei Hung in at least 77 films, but not over 100. He was in over 100 movies total; he did play characters than Wong Fei Hung.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwan_Tak-hing
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Re: What real historical figure has been portrayed by the most actors

George Bush/son
the Pope
Jesus
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Originally Posted by Mabuse
Didn't think about Jesus, yeah that would have to be number one.

Meanwhile I bet Muhammad is in last place. Not a lot of movies that depict him.
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JFK came to mind but IMDb's character function is kind of a PITA because of all the variations, and I don't care enough to figure it out
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Originally Posted by Spottedfeather
George Bush/son
the Pope
Jesus
By "The Pope" are you referring to a specific Pope? Because it's a position, a title, not a person. You might as well say "The President."
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Originally Posted by Jay G.
By "The Pope" are you referring to a specific Pope? Because it's a position, a title, not a person. You might as well say "The President."
Good point. The president would probably win.
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Wyatt Earp?
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Napoleon has 337: http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0027456/
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Originally Posted by Jay G.
By "The Pope" are you referring to a specific Pope? Because it's a position, a title, not a person. You might as well say "The President."
The one before the latest one. John Paul II, I think his name was.
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So why did you say the Pope?
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The guy.
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Originally Posted by Spottedfeather
The one before the latest one. John Paul II, I think his name was.
Did you check IMBD? A whole 18 listings.
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Good point. The president would probably win.
Probably "Girl #1" would win
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I think I've seen more movies featuring Jesse James and Billy the Kid than with Lincoln, Hitler and J. Edgar Hoover.
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I can only think of 2 guys who played Jesus: Caviezal and Dafoe. I can only think of 2 movies I saw Hitler in: Downfall and Inglorious Basterds.

J. Edgar Hoover? Even less than those.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I can only think of 2 guys who played Jesus: Caviezal and Dafoe. I can only think of 2 movies I saw Hitler in: Downfall and Inglorious Basterds.

J. Edgar Hoover? Even less than those.
You're just not thinking hard enough. For Hitler, how about Last Crusade? Or two versions of The Producers, although technically I guess they were characters portraying Hitler.

One of the first Jesus portrayals that came to mind for me was by John Hurt in History of the World, Part I. And of course there was also a Hitler - on ice! (but also a character as Hitler?)

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