Even if you are the best actor in the world, it isn’t easy to consistently find work every single year of your acting career. After all, movie executives are always scouting for fresh talent. The rigorous schedule of most Hollywood movies also implies that you can only fit so many productions into your schedule.
However, some actors have managed to appear in a ridiculous amount of movies throughout their careers. To set the record straight, we are not talking about extras, voice actors, or Bollywood stars because it’s a whole different ball game. Instead, we’ll focus on well-known actors.
Without further ado, here is a quick list of some of the hardest-working stars in cinema.
The 63-years old has appeared in numerous TV series and films over the years with his first-ever screen appearance being in the 1964 soap, Another World. Currently, the actor has over 488 credits to his name on IMDB. Although a fair amount of his appearances are in TV shows, it is still an insane amount of credits.
Although you may not recognize his name, you’ve undoubtedly watched some of his films and TV series. Richard has appeared in more than 200 films and over 135 TV series. Some of the notable shows he has ‘guested’ in the recent past include NCIS, The Real O’Neals, Drunk History, The Mindy Project, Major Crimes, and Modern Family among others.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Bridesmaids, Casino, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Black Rain are some of the most famous films he has featured in.
He’s also famed for playing Santa Claus 8 times, including in The League, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, and Two and a Half Men.
Danny Trejo’s filmography is even more impressive considering that he started his acting career at the age of 39. This American-Mexican actor who tends to play scary, violent characters has appeared in more than 200 movies and over 75 TV series since his debut in 1985.
He’s most famous for his roles in Spy Kids, Machete, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and From Dusk Till Dawn. He has also appeared in Breaking Bad, Anchorman, and Sons of Anarchy.
Fredrick Willard is an American actor, writer, and comedian who is best known for his impressive roles in films such as Wall-E, Best in Show, Anchorman, and Austin Powers among others.
His famous TV appearances include Friends, Modern Family, and New Girl among countless others. He rarely takes the leading role and his characters are often grinning or exaggerated stereotypes.
However, his skillful timing has always added a unique spin in over 290 films that he has appeared in.
Samuel L. Jackson
If you have watched a few good movies over that past 2 decades, you’ve definitely seen Mr. Jackson. The star is literally everywhere you look.
It seems that no matter what role you want him to play, Samuel L. Jackson is highly likely to say “yes,” an answer that often makes the film automatically a hit. With over 160 acting credits and the number of appearances he set to appear in, he will be at the top of this list sooner.
The next time you think that your schedule is tight, think about these actors. Because we are sure that you can also point out other stars with equally enormous acting credits, we wish to confirm that the actors that made it to this list are those that we noticed in several films for a sustained period due to their excellent acting skills.
We also excluded old Hollywood actors because they would have dominated the list!