The Longest Careers Playing Single Characters - Who's Played Who the Longest?

The Longest Careers Playing Single Characters - Who's Played Who the Longest?

In a time when actors are returning en masse to reprise their most iconic roles from decades ago, let's take a look at some of the longest-running character portrayals in history!

In 2021, we're all used to seeing actors reprising their most iconic roles from decades ago. So that got at least one user wondering: Who are the actors who have portrayed their characters over the longest periods of time? 

That led to the compilation of this list of 74 actors who have portrayed their characters for thirty years or longer!

This list is based on the release dates of the first and final (or most recent) appearances of these characters. Please keep in mind that this is an amateur list, so if I miss anything, feel free to point it out!

And without further ado, here is a list of the 67 longest-running character portrayals!

74. George Takei as Hikaru Sulu
30 years (1966-1996)
Franchise: Star Trek
Appearances: Many television episodes, 6 films
First appearance: Star Trek - “The Man Trap”  - Sept. 08, 1966
Last appearance: Star Trek: Voyager - “Flashback” - Sept. 11, 1996

The helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise was present in the very first-aired episode of the original Star Trek series, and was there throughout all three seasons, from 1966-1969. Along with most of the rest of the main cast, Takei reprised the role for the short lived animated series from 1973 to 1974, and returned for the film series, appearing in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), in which Sulu was made captain of his own ship, the Excelsior. The latter film was dubbed as the grand finale for the original cast, but most of them made at least one more appearance, including Takei. He showed up in the 1996 episode of Star Trek: Voyager, “Flashback.” in which the character of Tuvok recalls his time serving on the Excelsior during the events of Star Trek VI. The episode marked 30 years of playing the character for Takei, down to the month.

John Cho picked up the role for the rebooted film series.

72. 2-Way Tie

Burt Young as Paulie Penino

Tony Burton as Tony "Duke" Evers

30 years, 1 month (1976-2006)
Franchise: Rocky
Appearances: 6 months
First appearance: Rocky - Nov. 21, 1976
Last appearance: Rocky Balboa - Dec. 20, 2006

The role of Rocky Balboa’s morally-challenged best friend and eventual brother-in-law earned Young an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor of 1976, while Burton portrayed the manager of Rocky’s main rival, Apollo Creed, who would later come to train Rocky. The filmmakers couldn’t even get the name of Burton’s character straight. He was referred to as “Duke” until the fifth film, when Rocky oddly addressed him as “Tony.” The sixth film finally addressed him as Tony “Duke” Evers.

Both actors played their roles in Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), and Rocky Balboa (2006). Both characters were then killed off  offscreen before the events of Creed (2015). Burton then passed away in real life in 2016.

71. Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox
30 years, 6 months (1989-2019) 

Franchise: Batman
Appearances: 1 film, 1 television episode
First appearance: Batman - Jun. 23, 1989
Last appearance: Supergirl - “Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 1” - Dec. 08, 2009

It was through the eyes of reporter Alexander Knox that we were introduced to the world of Batman in the original 1989 film. Despite being such a major presence in that film, he was not brought back for any sequels. Wuhl reprised the role briefly, however, in the opening scene of the major television crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which we see the worlds of several different DC adaptations all faced with an apocalyptic event. Wuhl merely sees the skies turn red and utters the line “I hope you’re watching, big guy.” It wasn’t much, but Wuhl commented on how much fun it was to return to the character after so many years, and it was certainly appealing for many fans as well.

70. Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh
32 years, 1 month (1988-2020)

Franchise: Winnie the Pooh
Appearances: Many television episodes and short films, 7 video games, 8 films
First appearance: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - “Pooh Oughta Be in Pictures” - Jan. 17, 1988
Last appearance: Doc McStuffins - “Lost and Found” - Feb. 08, 2020

Cummings is known for his incredible imitative voice work, and this helped him slide seamlessly into the voice role of Winnie the Pooh, following actors Sterling Holloway and Hal Smith. Cummings incredibly recreates the voice of Holloway.

Cummings also holds the record for the most appearances described on this list, so….*takes a deep breath*

He has played Winnie the Pooh since the first episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1988. That series ran for four seasons, until 1991. During that time, Cummings also voiced the character in the 1990 TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue and the short film Disney Sing-Along Songs: Disneyland Fun (1990). It was followed by the short films Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too (1991), Winnie the Pooh Playtime: Detective Tigger (1994), Winnie the Pooh Playtime: Pooh Party (1994), Winnie the Pooh Playtime: Cowboy Pooh (1994), Winnie the Pooh Learning: Making Friends (1994), Winnie the Pooh Un-Valentine’s Day (1995), Winnie the Pooh Playtime: Fun ‘N Games (1994) the video game Animated Storybook: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1995). At this point he also began voicing the character of Tigger, taking over from the longtime-performer Paul Winchell, who had recently died. He then appeared in the short films Winnie the Pooh Spookable Pooh (1996), Boo to You! Winnie the Pooh (1996), and Winnie the Pooh: Growing Up (1996).

Then came the direct-to-video film Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search  for Christopher Robin (1997), the shorts Winnie the Pooh Learning: Helping Others (1997), Winnie the Pooh Friendship: Three Cheers for Eeyore and Rabbit (1998) A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998), Winnie the Pooh Playtime: Happy Pooh Day (1998), Winnie the Pooh Learning: Sharing and Caring (1998), the video game My Interactive Pooh (1998) shorts Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (1999), the direct-to-video compilation film Seasons of Giving (1999), the shorts Winnie the Pooh Learning: Working Together (1999), Winnie the Pooh Friendship: Pooh Wishes (1999), Winnie the Pooh Friendship: Clever Little Piglet (1999), Winnie the Pooh, Franken Pooh (1999), Winnie the Pooh: Imagine That, Christopher Robin (1999), the theatrical film The Tigger Movie (2000), and the short Sing a Song with Tigger (2000).

He even played Pooh in a parodying episode of Family Guy in 2000! 

Then came the video games Disney Activity Center: Winnie the Pooh, the short Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart (2001),  28 episodes of The Book of Pooh from 2001 to 2002, the video game Kingdom Hearts (2002), the direct-to-video , A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002), the short Playhouse Disney: The Book of Pooh, the Story Without a Tail,  the theatrical Piglet’s Big Movie (2003), the short Piglet’s Big Game (2003), the direct-to-video Springtime with Roo (2004), shorts Winnie the Pooh: 1 2 3s (2004), Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005),, the theatrical  Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005), the direct-to-video Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005), the short Winnie the Pooh: Wonderful Word Adventure (2006), Winnie the Pooh: Shapes and Sizes (2006), video game Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (2007), the TV series My Friends Tigger and Pooh from 2007-2009,  shorts My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie (2007), My Friends Tigger and Pooh: The Hundred Acre Wood Haunt (2008), Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (2009), Super Duper Super Sleuths (2010), the 2011 theatrical feature Winnie the Pooh, the video game Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011), the TV series Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh from 2011 to 2014, a 2017 episode of Doc McStuffins,  the 2018 live-action feature film Christopher Robin, the video game Kingdom Hearts III (2019), the short Real Or: The Short Story of the Mysterious Box (2019), and finally, another episode of Doc McStuffins in 2020.

Of course, this is only the list so far. It seems likely that we will hear Cummings voice the character again before too long.

69. Brent Spiner as Data
32 years, 6 months (1987-2021)

Franchise: Star Trek
Appearances: Many television episodes, 4 films
First appearance: Star Trek: The Next Generation - “Encounter at Farpoint” - Sept. 26, 1987
Last appearance: Star Trek: Picard - “Et In Arcadia Ego, Part 2” - Mar. 26, 2020

Spiner portrayed the lovable android who seeks to be more human for all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, from 1987 to 1994, and appeared in the four feature films that followed, Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). In the final film, the character was apparently killed saving Captain Picard.

In the series Star Trek: Picard, it is discovered that Data’s consciousness has continued to exist inside a computer program, but he asks Picard to disconnect him from it and finally end his life, which Picard does. 

53. 16-Way Tie
Eddie Murphy as Akeem
Eddie Murphy as Randy Watson
Eddie Murphy as Mr. Clarence
Eddie Murphy as Saul
Arsenio Hall as Semmi
Arsenio Hall as Reverend Brown
Arsenio Hall as Morris
Arsenio Hall as Baba
Shari Headley as Lisa McDowell
James Earl Jones as King Joffi Joffer
John Amos as Cleo McDowell
Paul Bates as Oha
Louie Anderson as Maurice
Vanessa Bell Calloway as Imani Izzi
Clint Smith as Sweets
Garcelle Beauvais as Grace

32 years, 8 months (1988-2021)

Appearances: 2 films
First Appearance: Coming to America - Jun. 29, 1988
Last Appearance: Coming 2 America - Mar. 04, 2021

Somewhat amazingly, Coming 2 America managed to find ten actors to reprise their sixteen roles (with Murphy and Hall each playing four characters) for this sequel, thirty-three years after the original. 

52. Frank Welker as Megatron
32 years, 9 months (1984-2017)

Franchise: Transformers
Appearances: Many television episodes, 3 films
First Appearance: The Transformers - “More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1” - Sept. 17, 1984
Last Appearance: Transformers: The Last Knight - Jun. 21, 2017

Welker brought several Transformers to life through his voice on the original animated series, beginning in 1984, including the villainous Soundwave, but it was the voice of the main villain, Megatron, that he became most associated with. Welker reprised both roles in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie. In the film, Megatron is upgraded into Galvatron,and is then voiced by Leonard Nimoy. However, when the series returned for its fourth and final season, ending in 1987, Welker continued to voice the role.

Many hardcore fans were upset that Welker was left out of the 2007 live-action film Transformers, especially since Peter Cullen returned as his heroic counterpart, Optimus Prime. Megatron was instead voiced by Hugo Weaving, while Soundwave was not featured. Due to popular demand, Welker returned to voice Soundwave in the sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). After a falling out between director Michael Bay and Hugo Weaving, Welker returned to his most famous Transformers character, referred to as Galvatron in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), and again as Megatron in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). 

With a new Transformers film, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, hitting theaters next year, it remains to be seen whether or not Megatron will make another return. But it seems likely.

51. Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver
32 years (unknown months, release date pending)
1989-2021 or 2022

Franchise: The Karate Kid
Appearances: 1 film, multiple TV episodes
First Appearance: The Karate Kid Part III - Jun. 30, 1989
Last Apppearance: Cobra Kai, season 4 - 2021/2022

Terry Silver is an old war buddy of evil karate instructor John Kreese, and when Kreese is humiliated by Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi, Silver joins Kreese to teach the two heroes a lesson. Of course, this doesn't work out, and his champion is defeated on the mat. But that doesn't stop Kreese from calling Silver again three decades later for the same reason. Tune in to Netflix to see Silver's return in late 2021 or early 2022!
 

49. 2-Way Tie
Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi

33 years

Franchise: Star Trek
Appearances: Many television episodes, 4 films
First appearance: Star Trek: The Next Generation - “Encounter at Farpoint” - Sept. 26, 1987
Last appearance: Star Trek: Lower Decks - “No Small Parts” - Oct. 08, 2020

Frakes and Sirtis portrayed the famous duo who took eleven years to end up together, first on all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987 to 1994, and then in four feature films: Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) (in which the two finally get together), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) (in which the pair are married). During that time, Sirtis also played Troi in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. The two returned to the roles for the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005, and then for guest roles on Star Trek: Picard in 2020, before voicing the characters in a 2020 episode of the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks.

48. Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman
33 years, 5 months

Franchise: Batman
Appearances: 3 films
First Appearance: Batman - Jun. 23, 1989
Last Appearance: The Flash - Nov. 04, 2022

When Michael Keaton was cast as Batman in 1988, in the words of Kevin Smith, “it broke the internet, and there wasn’t even an internet yet.” The actor was much skinnier and seemed less intimidating than the character should be. However, Keaton surprised just about everyone by performing the role extraordinarily in the 1989 film, and to this day remains many (likely most) fans’ favorite onscreen Batman. 

Keaton reprised the role in Batman Returns (1992), but dropped out of the third film because “it sucked.” In August 2020, it was announced that the actor would be returning to the role after thirty years in the upcoming film The Flash. The aging character is expected to wear a mechanical suit a la the famous comic book Kingdom Come. 

Whatever comes of this remains to be seen, but the prospect of Keaton’s return has many fans very excited.

47. Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood
33-34 years
(unknown months, release date pending)
1988-2022

Franchise: Willow
Appearances: 1 film, several television episodes
First Appearance: Willow (film) - May 20, 1988
Last Appearance: Willow (TV series) - 2022

Over thirty years after the single film Willow (1988) was released, it was announced that the character would be making his return in a new series for Disney+. No other cast members from the original film, including those who played Willow’s wife and children, have been announced, so only Davis occupies this list from the film. It remains to be seen exactly when the series will debut and what other cast members will possibly return.

45. 2-Way Tie
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
John De Lancie as Q

34 years (unknown months, release date pending)
(1987-2022)

Franchise: Star Trek
Appearances: Many television episoFdes, 4 films (Stewart). Many television episodes (De Lancie)
First Appearance: Star Trek: The Next Generation - “Encounter at Farpoint” - Sept. 26, 1987
Last Appearance: Star Trek: Picard - Season 2 - 2022

Q menaced Captain Picard in the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and returned to do so seven more times over the course of the seven seasons, from 1987 to 1994, including the series finale, All Good Things… Both characters also made one appearance each on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, while Q appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.

Picard returned for four feature films: Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), before returning to the small screen for Star Trek: Picard in 2020. Q then made an appearance on Star Trek: Lower Decks later that year.

In 2022, Q will return to menace Picard yet again in season 2 of Star Trek: Picard. Though the exact release date has yet to be revealed, it seems likely to be in the early half of the year.

44. Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk
34 years, 6 months (1977-2012)

Franchise: The Incredible Hulk
Appearances: Many television episodes, 5 films
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (pilot) - Nov. 04, 1977
Last Appearance: Marvel’s The Avengers - May 04, 2012

Ferrigno played the famous monster in the initial TV pilot movie The Incredible Hulk in 1977, and for five seasons, from 1978 to 1982, and returned for three television films: The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988), The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989), and The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990).

Ferrigno played a mute version of the character in these appearances, so it was somewhat ironic that he was brought back to provide the voice of the character for the single season of the animated series The Incredible Hulk, from 1996 to 97. 

Ferrigno again voiced the character in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk. For the Hulk’s appearance in 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers, Ferrigno and others had their growls, yells, and vocal effects mixed in with actor Mark Ruffalo’s to create the voice of the Hulk, but the character’s only full line, “Puny god,” was spoken only by Ruffalo. Still, it counts as Ferrigno’s final time as the character.

41. 3-Way Tie
Tamlyn Tomita as Kumiko
Yuji Okamoto as Chozen

Traci Toguchi as Yuna
34 years, 6 months, 12 days (1986-2021)

Franchise: The Karate Kid
Appearances: 1 film, 3 TV episodes (Tomita). 1 film, 2 TV episodes (Okamoto)
First Appearance: The Karate Kid Part II - Jun. 20, 1986
Last Appearance: Cobra Kai - "Miyagi-Do" - Jan. 01, 2021
 

The central love interest and the main villain from the Karate Kid Part II thrilled fans by showing up 34 years later in season 3 of Cobra Kai. What was even more amazing, the creators actually found Traci Toguchi, the actress who played the little girl Daniel saved from a hurricane, and had her reprise her role as well! In the case of Chozen, the villain actually had a nice redemption arc, where he became an ally of his one-time enemy Daniel LaRusso.

38. 3-Way Tie
Randee Heller as Lucille LaRusso
Rob Garrison as Tommy
Tony O'Dell as Jimmy

34 years, 10 months (1984-2019)

Franchise: The Karate Kid
Apperances: 1 film, 1 TV episode
First Apperance: The Karate Kid - Jun. 22, 1984
Last Appearance: Cobra Kai - "Take a Right"  (Garrison & O'Dell) / "The Glory of Love" (Heller) - Apr. 24, 2019

The main characters of the Karate Kid had (1984), had already returned for the series Cobra Kai, so it was a pleasant surprise in the first season (2018) when Daniel's mother Lucille showed up, and in season 2 when we got even more of the original cast, as Johnny Lawrence's old karate buddies from high school, Tommy, Bobby, and Jimmy, held a special reunion in honor ofTommy, who was dying from cancer.

Actor Chad McQueen declined to reprise his role as the fifth member of the gang, Dutch, so it was stated that the character was in prison (which seemed pretty realistic). Tommy died at the end of the episode, and the actor who played him, Rob Garrison, passed away in real life shortly afterward, with an episode dedicated to his memory.
Lucille then appeared again in a later episode in season 2. But since all the season's episodes were released in a single day, I've decided to include them together on this list.

Bobby, however, appeared in a later episode, putting him higher on this list.
 

37. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor
35 years (1984-2019)

Franchise: Terminator
Appearances: 4 films, 1 theme park attraction
First Appearance: The Terminator - Oct. 26, 1984
Last Appearance: Terminator: Dark Fate - Nov. 01, 2019

Arnold Schwarzenegger would appear on this list right beside Hamilton except for the fact that he plays a different Terminator in each film!

Hamilton appeared as the Mother of the Future in the original 1984 film, and returned as a much more intense version of the character, possibly the most badass female figure ever to grace the silver screen, in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She then returned for the filmed portion of the 1996 theme park attraction T2 3D: Battle Across Time (which is also the only time Schwarzenegger reprised his role as one of the Terminators).

Sarah Connor was described as having died offscreen of leukemia in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and was played by Lena Heady in the alternate sequel, the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, for two seasons, from spring 2008 to 2009.

Hamilton returned in a voice cameo in 2009’s Terminator Salvation, on a tape that Sarah had prepared for her son. Sarah was then played by Emilia Clarke in 2015’s Terminator: Genisys.

Hamilton finally returned to the role in full force after 28 years, in 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate, which also featured the return of her ex-husband James Cameron as producer, in a film that ignored all previous sequels past Terminator 2. The film set up a whole further series for Hamilton to appear in. However, it was a box office flop, and received much criticism for the tragic fate of the Connor family, so it seems unlikely we’ll see Hamilton reprise the role again.

35. 2-Way Tie
Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard
Edward James Olmos as Gaff

35 years, 4 months

Franchise: Blade Runner
Appearances: 2 films
First Appearance: Blade Runner - Jun. 25, 1982
Last Appearance: Blade Runner 2049 - Oct. 06, 2017

Ford and Olmos portrayed their characters in these two films. In the director’s cut of Blade Runner, it was suggested that Deckard was actually one of the replicants that he has been hunting, yet the question of whether or not this was canon was frustratingly not answered in the sequel!

During filming, Ford accidentally laid a real punch on Ryan Gosling, the first of multiple injuries mentioned for him on this list!

33. 2-Way Tie
Tom Cruise as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
Val Kilmer as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky

35 years, 5 months, 27 days (1986-2021)

Franchise: Top Gun
Appearances: 2 films
First Appearance: Top Gun - May 16, 1986
Last Appearance: Top Gun: Maverick - Nov. 19, 2021

Many a nostalgic ‘80s-kid is excited for the return of these characters after a 35-year absence. To be fair, we’re counting these based on the release date, but Cruise and Kilmer finished filming their roles in time for a 2020 release, which was pushed back because of COVID. Were it not for the pandemic, these two would be a little lower on the list, but still very much present on it.

31. Two-Way Tie
Elisabeth Shue as Ali Mills
Ron Thomas as Bobby Brown

36 years, 6 months

Franchise: The Karate Kid
Appearances: 1 film, 2 TV episodes
First Appearance: The Karate Kid - Jun. 22, 1984
Last Appearance: Cobra Kai - "Now You're Gonna Pay" - Jan. 01, 2021

Ali Mills was the ex-girlfriend of Johnny Lawrence who stole the heart of Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid (1984), only to dissapear by the sequel.
One of Johnny Lawrence's high school karate buddies, Bobby became a pastor and, after his appearance in season 2, returns in season 3 to continue to help Johnny along the path of righteousness. Ali then turns up near the end of the season, reuniting with her two ex-boyfriends and convincing them to work together.

Technically, Shue appears in later episodes than Thomas , but since all the episodes of these shows dropped in a single day, I'm counting them together. 

29. 2-Way Tie
Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine
Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warwick

36 years, 7 months (1983-2019)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 5 films (McDiarmid), 4 films (Davis)
First Appearance: Return of the Jedi - May 25, 1983
Last Appearance: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Dec. 20, 2019

Both Palpatine and the central Ewok both made their first appearances in Return of the Jedi. Davis, then only a teenager, then appeared in two made-for-television spinoffs, Ewoks: Caravan of Courage (1984), and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985).

McDiarmid, still in his thirties in Return of the Jedi but covered in makeup, was able to return as a younger version of the character in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). Nick Jameson voiced the character in the micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars, before McDiarmid reprised the role again in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. McDiarmid then 

Ian Abercrombie voiced the role of Palpatine in the film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and for the first six seasons of the subsequent TV series, until his death in 2012. 

McDiarmid reprised his role once more in the much-derided Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, with Davis making a small cameo as Wicket at the end.

In 2020, Tim Curry voiced Palptaine in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

28. Desmond Llwellyn as Q
36 years, 1 month (1963-1999)

Franchise: James Bond
Appearances: 17 films
First Appearance: From Russia With Love
Last Appearance: The World is Not Enough

For the record, Llwellyn holds the record for the greatest number of films as a character, at 17.

The much-loved maker of Jame Bond’s gadgets, who lamented the fact that the agent never brought them back in one piece, and constantly urged him to “grow up, 007,” was portrayed by Llwellyn from the second James Bond film all the way to the 19th, only missing one film in between, 1973’s Live and Let Die.

In an eerie bit of coincidence, Llwellyn’s last film featured the character training his replacement, played by John Cleese, and planning his retirement, even making something of a grand exit, despite the fact that Llwellyn was not officially retiring from the role. Then, shortly after the film’s release, the 85-year-old actor was killed in a car accident. Seamlessly picking up where the last film had left it, Cleese portrayed the new Q again in 2002’s Die Another Day.

When the series was rebooted, a new, younger version of Q was portrayed by Ben Whishaw in 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre, a role he reprises in this year’s No Time to Die.

27. John Fiedler as Piglet
36 years, 2 months (1968-2005)

Franchise: Winnie the Pooh
Appearances: Many short films and episodes of television, 9 films
First Appearance: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day - Dec. 20, 1968
Last Appearance: Pooh’s Heffalump Movie - Feb. 11, 2005

Fiedler has almost as many credits as Piglet as Jim Cummings does as Winnie the Pooh! So lets take another deep breath!

Fiedler created the famous voice of the character of Piglet in the second Winnie the Pooh short, 1968’s short film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, reprising it in 1974’s Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! The three short films were then edited together, with some new footage, for the 1977 feature film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Fiedler continued to play Piglet in the short films Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons (1981), Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983), and then on the television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which aire for four seasons, from spring 1988 to 1991. 

He then appeared in the shorts Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991), Winnie the Pooh Playtime: Detective Tigger (1994), Winnie the Pooh: Spookable Pooh (1996), and Boo to You! Winnie the Pooh (1996).

Then came the direct-to-video film Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search  for Christopher Robin (1997), the shorts Winnie the Pooh Friendship: Three Cheers for Eeyore and Rabbit (1998) and A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998), the video game My Interactive Pooh (1998), shorts Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (1999), Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Wishes (1999), the theatrical film The Tigger Movie (2000), shorts Sing a Song with Tigger (2000) and the Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart (2001), the direct-to-video Mickey’s House of Villains (2001), three episodes of House of Mouse and 32 episodes of The Book of Pooh, both from 2001 to 2002, the video game Kingdom Hearts (2002), the direct-to-video , A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002), the shorts The Tigger Read-Along DVD (2002) and Playhouse Disney: The Book of Pooh, the Story Without a Tail,  the theatrical Piglet’s Big Movie (2003), the short Piglet’s Big Game (2003), the direct-to-video Springtime with Roo (2004), shorts Winnie the Pooh: 1 2 3s (2004), Winnie the Pooh ABCs: Discovering Letters and Words (2004), Winnie the Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005), one episode of Growing Up with Winnie the Pooh (2005), the theatrical  Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005), the direct-to-video Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005), which marked his final appearance as the character before his death that year.

Piglet was voiced by Travis Oates in the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh, and by Nick Mohammed in the live-action 2018 film Christopher Robin.

26. Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo
36 years, 11 months (1982-2019)

Franchise: Rambo
Appearances: 5 films
First Appearance: First Blood - Oct. 22, 1982
Last Appearance: Rambo: Last Blood - Sept. 20, 2019

Rambo went from being a tragic, traumatized figure in 1982’s first blood, to being the ultimate action hero in the subsequent sequels Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), Rambo (2008), and Rambo: Last Blood (2019), the latter featuring a 72-year-old Stallone still taking out bad guys.

25. Henry Thomas as Elliott Taylor
37 years, 5 months

Franchise: E.T.
Appearances: 1 film, 1 short film / commercial
First Appearance: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - Jun. 11, 1982
Last Appearance: A Holiday Reunion - Nov. 28, 2019

I don’t care what anyone says, that commercial is canon. At 4 minutes long, it’s short, sweet, and lets you know that the characters saw one another again after so many years. Now go buy Xfinity!

24. Frank Oz as Yoda
37 years, 6 months (1980-2017)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 6 films
First Appearance: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Last Appearance: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Yoda didn't appear until the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), but quickly became one of the most iconic characters in cinema history, retuning for Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (2002), and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). Tom Kane voiced the character in the micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003), before Oz returned for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). 

Kane then voiced the role again in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), and the first six seasons of the subsequent animated series (2008-2014). Oz then returned in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) before Kane picked the role back up for the final season of The Clone Wars in 2020.

23. Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime
37 years, 9 months (1984-2022)

Franchise: Transformers
Appearances: Many television episodes, 8 films
First Appearance: The Transformers - “More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1” - Sept. 17, 1984
Last Appearance: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - Jun. 24, 2022

Peter Cullen’s voice as Optimus Prime created a heroic and inspiring figure for countless children in the 1980s, portraying the role initially for the show’s first two seasons, from 1984 to 1986. In an attempt to sell more toys, Hasbro had the character killed off in 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie, replacing him with a new leader, Rodimus Prime. Due to great demand, the character made his return in the season 3 finale, The Return of Optimus Prime, although the show only lasted for three more episodes, the three-part The Rebirth making up the entire fourth season.

Cullen was brought back to voice the character in the live-action film series, having done so now in six films: Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), and the reboot Bumblebee (2018). He is scheduled to make his return to theaters next year in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

20. 5-Way Tie
Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso
William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence
Martin Kove as John Kreese

37 years (unknown months, release date pending)
(1984-2021 or 2022)

Franchise: The Karate Kid
Appearances: 3 films, many TV episodes (Macchio). 2 films, many TV episodes (Zabka). 2 films, many TV episodes (Kove).
2 films, multiple TV episodes (Heller). 1 film, multiple TV episodes (Shue)

All these characters made their debut in The Karate Kid (1984), which saw Daniel LaRusso defeat Johnny Lawrence, student of John Kreese, in the Under-18 All-Valley Karate Championship.. Johnny and Kreese made brief appearances in The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and Kreese returned again to menace Daniel in The Karate Kid Part III (1989).

Then came Cobra Kai, which saw Daniel and Johnny return as regulars on a series, back for the first time in three decades. Kreese returned in the season 1 finale to wreak havoc on the karate world of the valley. Johnny and Daniel have finally united to stop him, and we will see the final showdown in the fourth season, due out in late 2021 or early 2022.

19. Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
38 years, 7 months (1977-2015)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 5 films, 1 TV special
First Appearance: Star Wars - May 25, 1977
Last Appearance: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Dec. 18, 2015

Standing at 7’3, Mayhew was an easy choice for the role of Chewbacca after having met George Lucas in 1976. He appeared as Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977) The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). Suffering from health problems that prohibited him even from standing for long periods of time, Mayhew only returned for part of the character’s screentime in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the rest of the character’s screentime being portrayed by the 6’11 Joonas Suotamo. Suotamo reprised the role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), which debuted eight months after Mayhew’s death.


18. Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian
39 years, 6 months (1980-2019)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 3 films
First Appearance: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Last Appearance: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Lando Calrissian became an auxiliary member of the central Star Wars group in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and reprised the role in Return of the Jedi (1983).
When Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, 3PO, and R2 showed back up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), many a fan wondered where in the galaxy Lando was. So they were delighted when Lando showed up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)...even if they weren't delighted with much else.  


17. James Earl Jones as Darth Vader
39 years, 7 months (1977-2016)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 5 films
First Appearance: Star Wars - May 25, 1977
Last Appearance: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Dec. 16, 2016

Jones provided the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983), returning to the role twice more, in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). Jones also lent his voice to the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, but that was actually the voice of Sidious imitating Vader, so I only count Jones’ performances up to 2016 for this list. 

16. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
41 years (1981-2022)

Franchise: Indiana Jones
Appearances: 5 films
First Appearance: Raiders of the Lost Ark - Jun. 12, 1981
Last Appearance: “Indiana Jones 5” - Jul. 29, 2022

Ford appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), before reprising the role at the age of 66 in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). If people thought that was old, he is now reprising the role once again in the still untitled fifth film, being 80 years old at the time of its release!

In what seemed like an ill omen for the film, Ford suffered a shoulder injury shortly into filming while practicing a fight scene. Well, that's what happens when you put a septugenarian in an action film!

15. Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa
42 years (1976-2018)

Franchise: Rocky
Appearances: 8 films
First Appearance: Rocky - Nov. 21, 1976
Last Appearance: Creed II - Nov. 21, 2018

Stallone wrote his way into stardom by writing and starring in Rocky (1976), which earned him dual Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. He then wrote and directed the sequels Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), and Rocky IV (1985), and writing Rocky V (1990). Unsatisfied with the much-maligned fifth film, Stallone returned as the boxer at the age of 60 in Rocky Balboa (2006), believing that to be his final time.

But then Ryan Coogler called, and Stallone found himself playing the character for the first time saying lines he didn’t write in Creed (2015), which he also produced, and which earned him his third Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He took up the role one more time in Creed II (2018), which also co-wrote and produced.

Rocky will reportedly not appear in the upcoming Creed III, but Stallone has an idea for another spinoff in which Rocky will train an undocumented immigrant. It remains to be seen if that will become a reality, though, so for now, Rocky maintains this place on the list.

12. 3-Way Tie
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Harrison Ford as Han Solo

Dennis Lawson as Wedge Antilles
42 years, 6 months, 23 days (1977-2019)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 6 films, 1 TV special (Fisher), 5 films, 1 TV special (Ford), 
First Appearance: Star Wars - May 25, 1977
Last Appearance: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Dec. 20, 2019

Fisher and Ford originated their two iconic roles in Star Wars (1977). Lawson played a much more subtle character, but still one much loved by the fan community, especially fans of Star Wars literature. Fisher and Ford returned for the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), and all three returned for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983).

Everyone assumed for decades that that was the end, but Fisher and Ford then returned for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), which saw Han Solo killed off. Ford also suffered an ankle injury during filming, which means he had some sort of accident in all three places on this list!

Fisher returned for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), which was released a year after her untimely death in 2016. 

Utilizing footage shot for and deleted from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the filmmakers were able to put Fisher in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), which also starred Harrison Ford as an apparition of Han Solo, and a surprise appearance by Lawson, once again piloting his X-wing into battle.

Given that this apparition may or may not have actually been Han Solo, and that Fisher didn’t actually return to film The Rise of Skywalker, there’s an argument to be made for both these roles to be lower on this list. But either way, they would still be on the list, so here they are.

11. Majel Barrett Roddenberry as the Starfleet Computer
42 years, 6 months, 25 days (1966-2009)

Franchise: Star Trek
Appearances: Many television episodes, 5 films
First Appearance: Star Trek - “Mudd’s Women” - Oct. 13, 1966
Last Appearance: Star Trek (film) - May 08, 2009

This might be stretching what constitutes a “character,” but Barrett Rodenberry, wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, was the voice of the computers of Starfleet for 42 years, on five different television series, as well as the eleven films.

She voiced the computers throughout the three seasons of the original Star Trek series (1966-1969), the one season of the animated series (1973-1974), seven seasons each of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (spring 1993-1999), and Star Trek Voyager (spring 1995-2001), and in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005. She also voiced the computers in the Next-Generation-era films Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), and the reboot film Star Trek (2009), which was released after her death in 2008, and dedicated to the memory of her and her husband.

Barrett Roddenberry also appeared as three more characters: The first officer in the original Trek pilot “The Cage,” which was re-edied into the two-part episode “The Menagerie,” nurse Christine Chapel, who appeared throughout the original series and in two of the films, and as Counsellor Troi’s mother Lwaxana Troi on both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

8. 3-Way Tie
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Charles Cyphers as Leigh Brackett
Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace

43 years (1978-2021)

Franchise: Halloween
Appearances: 6 films (Curtis), 3 films (Cyphers), 2 films (Richards)
First Appearance: Halloween - Oct. 25, 1978
Last Appearance: Halloween Kills - Oct. 15, 2021

I’m including Jamie Lee Curtis on this section because, who knows, maybe she won’t survive Halloween Kills! Nothing’s confirmed. 

At any rate, Curtis, Cyphers, and Richards originated these roles back in 1978’s Halloween, and Curtis and Cyphers immediately reprised them in 1981’s Halloween II, in which it was revealed that Laurie Strode was actually the sister of the films’ antagonist, serial killer Michael Myers, who, for the first time, appears to die at the end.

Cyphers’ character of Sheriff Leigh Brackett retired to make way for a new sheriff in subsequent films, while Curtis’ character Laurie Strode was killed off offscreen in a car accident, while Michael Myers terrorized her daughter in Halloween 4, 5, & 6 (Halloween 3 had been a separate story intended to turn the films into an anthology series).

Then, the 1998 sequel Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later essentially originated the trend of making a sequel that ignores previous sequels, ignoring everything past Halloween II. In it, a living Laurie Strode once again facing down her brother and apparently killing him (again). But return he did, and Curtis made a brief appearance in 2001’s Halloween: Resurrection, just enough time for her brother to finally kill her. 

Then, they did it again! 2018’s Halloween ignores all previous sequels, this time since the original Halloween, obliterating the concept of Michael and Laurie being siblings. Curtis returned as Michael escapes for the “first” time in 40 years. This film will be followed by the sequel, Halloween Kills, which will see Cyphers and Richards’ return, the first time for Richards since the first film!

It remains to be seen who will survive, but it’s possible we’ll see all three return for Halloween Ends in 2022. But for now, they go here on this page in the list.

7. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
43 years, 7 months (1977-2020)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 6 films, 1 commercial, 1 television episode
First Appearance: Star Wars - May 25, 1977
Last Appearance: The Mandalorian - “The Rescue” - Dec. 18, 2020

Hamill played Skywalker in Star Wars (1977), The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983), and returned in 1999 to voice over a commercial for the book Star Wars: New Jedi Order - Vector Prime. He then appeared in the films Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Fans thought that would be it. But Hamill made a super-surprise guest appearance in the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian in 2020, with CGI used to make him resemble his youthful self. It was one of the most delicious fan-service moments in nerd history that still makes many fans squeal with delight.

6. Nick Castle as Michael Myers
44 years (1978-2022)

Franchise: Halloween
Appearances: 3 films
First Appearance: Halloween - Oct. 25, 1978
Last Appearance: Halloween Ends - Oct. 14, 2022

One thing that seems certain about the Halloween franchise is that Michael Myers will return in the “final” installment!

Okay, this is definitely cheating. Nick Castle, a film school classmate of director John Carpenter’s, played “The Shape” in the original 1978 classic Halloween, and then went on to a successful writing and directing career, directing films like The Last Starfighter (1984), and co-writing films like Hook (1991), while other actors portrayed the silent killer. 

Director David Gordon Green, when making Halloween (2018), was so intent on creating a feeling of direct continuity with the first film, he cast Castle as the killer again. However, Castle was unwilling or unable to play the role throughout the film (Possibly because The Shape is...a little different shape now, if you know what I mean). So, just to be able to say he’s in the film, Green put Castle in one single shot of the film, and counted it as playing the character alongside the main actor, James Jude Courtney. One more measure was taken to include Castle: It’s his breathing you hear coming out of Michael Myers’ mask.

Both Castle and Courtney were announced as coming back for the sequels Halloween Kills (2021) and Halloween Ends (2022). It seems certain Castle will once again be in one shot per film, and record his breathing. 

This is also sort of cheating because, like Top Gun: Maverick,  the films are coming out a year later than the date they were actually shot in time for, due to COVID. So were it not for the pandemic, these films may have been higher on this list. Yet COVID we had, so here we are.

5. Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
44 years (unknown months, release date pending)

Franchise: Star Wars
Appearances: 11 films, 1 TV special, many TV episodes, 2 theme park attractions, many special apperances
First Appearance: Star Wars - May 25, 1977
Last Appearance: Star Wars: Detours - 2021/2022 (release date pending)

Anthony Daniels has definitely portrayed his character longer and more often than anyone else in the Star Wars universe. He played the role in Star Wars (1977), The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), the single-season animated series Droids (1985-86), the filmed portion of the theme park attraction Star Tours (1989), Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), the micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), and the first six seasons of the series of the same name (2008 to 2014). During that time, after the closure of Star Tours, he appeared in the filmed portion of the updated ride, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011). 

He once again reprised the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and in 2016, made an appearence at the Academy Awards to congratulate John Williams on his 50th Oscar nomination, for The Force Awakens. He continued to appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), before voicing the character again in the final season of The Clone Wars (2020).

Daniels has also voiced the character in Lego video games, the most recent being Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, due out later this year. He has also recorded a role in the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Detours, though it remains to be seen when that will be available on Disney+.

4. Leonard Nimoy as Spock
47 years (1966-2013)

Franchise: Star Trek
Appearances: Many television episodes, 8 films
First Appearance: Star Trek - “The Man Trap” - Sept. 06, 1966
Last Appearance: Star Trek Into Darkness - May 17, 2013

Leonard Nimoy is the only one of the main Star Trek cast members who was there in the original pilot for Star Trek, The Cage, which was later re-edited into the two-part episode The Menagerie, in which Spock flashes back to his past. Nimoy played the role of Spock for all three seasons, from 1966 to 1969, and returned with most of the cast for the animated series for one season, from 1973 to 1974.

Nimoy openly disliked the role and the stigma it gave him, publishing a book in 1975 called I Am Not Spock. He had to be talked into returning to the role in 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and only appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on the condition that the character be killed off in the end.

But then something happened during the making of Wrath of Khan. Nimoy had a complete change of heart, and began to really enjoy himself. He went back to the producers and asked that the character be brought back. An extra little scene was filmed teasing Spock’s return, something which ticked off director Nicholas Meyer who refused to shoot the scene.

Nimoy went so far as to direct the sequel, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which saw the return of the character, as well as the next film, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He continued to star in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which he also executive produced, and which was intended as the final send-off for the Enterprise crew. To promote the film, Nimoy then filmed an appearance in a two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Reunification,” which aired before the film. 

Nimoy later published a new book, reflecting his change of hear on the character, entitled I Am Spock, in 1995.

And that was it. Nimoy turned own multiple offers to reprise the role over the years, preferring the ending that the character was given. But when he was contacted by the filmmakers of what became the 2009 film Star Trek, he fell in love with the idea. Calling the film “wonderful,” he returned to the role after 18 years, while also passing the torch to Zachary Quinto, who played a younger version of the character who meets his older, time-travelling counterpart. Nimoy returned one more time, once again conversing with his younger self, in a brief appearance in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. 

Nimoy passed away in 2015, and his character of Old Spock, or “Spock Prime” was referenced as having died offscreen in 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. 

Where Quinto’s version of the character goes from here remains to be seen. A new film has been announced, but no one really knows if it will feature the Enterprise crew or another cast.

3. Kathryn Beaumont as Wendy Darling
49 years (1953-2002)

Franchise: Peter Pan
Appearances: 1 film, 1 video game
First Appearance: Peter Pan - Feb. 05, 1953
Last Appearance: Kingdom Hearts - Sept. 17, 2002

The 12-year old Beaumont, who made a splash at Disney with her performance as the title character in Alice in Wonderland, was brought back to voice Wendy Darling in Disney’s 1953 adaptation of Peter Pan. 

49 years later, at the age of 63, Beaumont was brought back to voice the character in the video game Kingdom Hearts, with her voice sounding just as it had a half century earlier.

2. Kathryn Beaumont as Alice
51 years (1951-2002)

Franchise: Alice in Wonderland
Appearances: 1 film, 1 video game
First Appearance - Alice in Wonderland - Jul. 28, 1951
Last Appearance: Kingdom Hearts - Sept. 17, 2002

10 years old at the time of her casting as the title character of Alice in Wonderland (1951), it must have been a surreal experience for the 63-year-old to pick up the role again. Beaumont is still alive and well, and must have fond memories of these two roles she played for the great Walt Disney!

It should be noted that Kingdom Hearts is not a sequel to either Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan, but actually features alternate version of the characters in those films, essentially being a reboot. Nevertheless, it counts for our purposes here, and Beaumont nearly holds the all-time record. Nearly...

1. Burt Ward as Dick Grayson / Robin
53 years (1966-2019)

Franchise: Batman
Appearances: Many television episodes, 1 film
First Appearance: Batman - “Hi Diddle Riddle” - Jan. 12, 1966
Last Appearance: Supergirl - “Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 1” - Dec. 08, 2019

Bruce Wayne’s young ward Dick Grayson adventured as Robin in the spring of 1966 in the first season of Batman, following it up with the feature film Batman that summer. He then continued to play the role for two more seasons, until the series’ end in 1968.

No one ever expected to see this version of the character again. But then came the major crossover TV event Crisis on Infinite Earths, which peered into the worlds of several DC Comics adaptations. In the opening moments, we see an old version of Dick Grayson, still wearing his trademark colors, walking a dog that looks awfully like Ace the Bathound from the comics. As the skies turn red, indicating the evil force that is coming, Dick looks up and shouts “Holy crimson skies of death!” That world is then destroyed, but after our heroes bring the entire multiverse back from destruction, we can assume it was brought back much the same.

Some will argue that the character in this scene is not ever actually confirmed onscreen as Dick Grayson and shouldn’t count. But it seems pretty clear what the creators’ intention was, and for this writer’s purposes, Burt Ward takes the top spot on our list!

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