10 Actors Who Also Appear In Other Major Franchises

Thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings come power rings, the story of how it all began. Now household names, the cast of The Lord of the Rings has not always been so; in fact, when the films first came out, most of the actors were relatively unknown in them – much like the current cast of the prequel.


These days, however, much of the cast from the original trilogy has since appeared multiple times in franchises as big as fantasy monster, casting their net from the MCU to horror, adventure, and beyond. Who knows if the same will ring true for the cast of power rings in the years to come.

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ten Karl Urban: Star Trek, The Boys, Thor

In addition to playing the leader of the Cavaliers du Rohan, Éomer, Karl Urban appears in multiple franchises. During the 2009 reboot of star trek, he portrays Leonard McCoy, bringing charm in a close portrayal of the original character played by DeForest Kelley. Urban also makes appearances in Thor: Ragnarok like Skurge the executioner, and The Chronicles of Riddick like Siberius Vaako.

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Currently, Urban can be found on Amazon The boys portraying the tough Billy Butcher. His franchise appearances have been somewhat eclectic, but since his role as Éomer he seems to have found his niche and done well there; radiating a certain tenacity that allows him to easily portray confident brute forces across multiple franchises.

9 Orlando Bloom: Pirates of the Caribbean

After playing Gimli and Sindar Elf’s best friend, Legolas, Orlando Bloom launched the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. As Will Turner, the swordsmith-turned-pirate apprentice, Bloom exhibits more combat skills and made a name for himself with the bigger role opposite Johnny Depp. His agility makes him a perfect candidate for roles that include hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting.

Although he appears in the first three films, Bloom’s performance is missed in Pirates of the Caribbean: Fountain of Youth. However, he resumed his role as captain of the Flying Dutchman in the fifth film when Turner’s son attempts to break the curse. Although his career since then seems to have been in smaller films, Bloom later returns as Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy, although the character does not appear in the novel.

8 John Rhys-Davies: Indiana Jones

Years before his performance as the dwarf warrior, Gimli, John Rhys-Davies was part of another adventure franchise. Depicting the professional excavator, Sallah, in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rhys-Davies has a penchant for strong, gruff characters. Similar to Gimli’s strength, Sallah is unaware of his immense strength and serves as light comic relief as he often sings. He reprized his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with a desire to return for the next episode.

Rhys-Davies has an extensive filmography and has also developed her talent in franchise voice-over work. Young fans might recognize her voice as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy’s nemesis, Man Ray in Sponge Bob SquarePants. Having been in the industry for many years, Rhys-Davies has developed versatile talents that allow him to easily adapt to any role.

seven Hugo Weaving: Captain America and the Matrix

Hugo Weaving has an impressive resume of mega franchises in addition to representing Elrond. His voice can be heard as the main antagonist, Megatron, and leader of the Decepticons in the Transformers movies. He is also unrecognizable as Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger.

The weave has a knack for portraying villains thanks to its ability to maintain a serious exterior. As one half of the greatest hero/villain rivalries, he played Agent Smith in the first three films of The matrix franchise against Keanu Reeves. His performance is stoic and emotionless, perfect for the character. His expertise in maintaining his composure and apathy allows him to tackle multiple villainous roles across all franchises.

6 Sir Ian McKellen: X-Men

As well as portraying the great and mighty Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, Sir Ian McKellen appears as Magneto in five huge x-men movies. His performance as a mutant who can manipulate various metals is a stark departure from the good-natured Gandalf, showcasing McKellen’s vast acting abilities that kept him at the forefront of the industry for decades.

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Whovians will also recognize McKellen as the voice of The Great Intelligence from the Doctor Who Special Christmas, “The Snowmen”. McKellen serves as the fourth version of the character who does not have a physical form. His vast experience has cultivated a knack for portraying characters, regardless of personality or storyline.

5 Andy Serkis: Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, MCU, DCEU

As a fan-favorite unexpected character from Gollum, Andy Serkis is versatile, from acting to motion capture to directing. He voices Caesar, the leader of the apes, in the Planet of the Apes restart the franchise. Additionally, he voices Snoke in the star wars sequel trilogy, proving his ability to completely alter his voice to become unrecognizable.

Serkis is also joining the MCU and the Batman franchisees. He appears as Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultronand Black Panther. In 2022, Serkis portrayed Alfred Pennyworth opposite Robert Pattinson in The Batman. Serkis has such a wide range that allows him to slip into a role in any medium with just an adjustment to his voice, which makes it seem easy to capture characters from different franchises.

4 Billy Boyd: Child’s Play

Playing Pippin, one of the Shire hobbits who joins Frodo, Billy Boyd has a surprising connection to the horror genre. He lends his voice to the fifth part of the Child’s play series, Seed of Chucky, like Chucky and Tiffany’s offspring, Glen/Glenda. The unexpected role shows Boyd’s ability to tackle more than just supporting roles across multiple genres.

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Although it looks like the character is joining season 2 of chuckythe series, Boyd is unlikely to reprise his role as the character appears to be split between two human bodies. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Boyd recently appeared in an episode of NCIS: Hawaiithe fourth series of NCIS franchise.

3 Christopher Lee: Star Wars and James Bond

As one of the best characters with minimal screen time as Saruman, Christopher Lee is no stranger to major franchises. Known for his commanding presence, Lee has portrayed many villains over his decades-long career, delivering a captivating and memorable performance as Count Dooku in the star wars prequel trilogy. He exudes boldness on the big screen that fits into confident and unwavering roles.

During the first years, he also lent a hand in the james bondfranchise. He once again embodies the antagonist Francisco Scaramanga opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond in The man with the golden gun, the ninth film in the series. After his death in 2016, Lee left behind an impressive filmography of characters and performances.

2 Brad Dourif: Child’s Play

Brad Dourif appears as King Theodon’s whiny advisor, Gríma Wormtongue, in The Lord of the Rings series, but he is most famous for his role in the Child’s play franchise. As the voice of the evil Good Guy doll, Chucky, Dourif flexes his acting muscles as a murderer stuck in a doll’s body across all of the films in the franchise, including the TV series.

However, voicing Chucky isn’t Dourif’s only foray into major horror franchises. He appears as Sheriff Brackett in the Rob Zombie Halloween remakes and in alien resurrection as one of the scientists responsible for cloning Ripley. Dourif has a knack for bringing multi-faceted personalities to what might otherwise be dark, one-dimensional characters.

1 Sean Bean: Game of Thrones

Sean Bean plays Boromir, the heir to the ruling Steward of Gondor who is killed by orcs while trying to protect Merry and Pippin. This isn’t the first time Bean has portrayed a character killed off in a major franchise. Bean has the ability to adapt to any scenario, able to portray both main and supporting characters.

He plays Ned Stark in game of thrones with such class and integrity that his beheading at the hands of Joffrey comes as a shock to those unfamiliar with the books. The bean is also part of the silent Hill franchise, playing Christopher Da Silva, Rose’s husband who goes looking for her in the mysterious city.

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