Actors Who Have Appeared in the Most Movies
Sat, April 10, 2021

Actors Who Have Appeared in the Most Movies

Sir Christopher Lee, the quintessential Dracula in the movies was also best known for playing Saruman in the “Lord of the Rings” films. What a lot of people might not know is that he also appeared in nearly every big fandom movie / Photo by: Siebbi via Wikimedia Commons

 

Some actors are more famous than others because of the quality of the films they appear in. Some take on more projects regardless of the size or quality of the movie. And there are those who manage to balance things out—acting in Oscar-worthy films but also not hesitating to take on projects even of dubious quality. For them, quality and quantity are blurred because for them, making movies is what they have signed up for. So that’s what they do. In the process, they rack up quite an extensive filmography that make them legends in their own rights.

 

Christopher Lee

Acting Credits: 280+  

The quintessential Dracula in the movies was also best known for playing Saruman in the “Lord of the Rings” films. What a lot of people might not know is that he also appeared in nearly every big fandom movie. Due in large part to his role as Saruman, he quickly became a household name in the geek world. According to Fortress of Solitude, a source for entertainment news in gaming, comics, TV, and other fandom-related things, Lee’s body of work will forever put him among the greatest actors of his generation.

Lee’s illustrious career made him such an in-demand actor in 1970 when he starred in a total of 10 movies. In a report by What Culture, a source for news on film, TV, gaming, music, and comics, Lee appeared in so many movies it’s virtually impossible to keep count of all his projects, only that the number has clearly passed the 200 mark. He passed away on June 7, 2015. 

Robert Loggia

Acting Credits: 225+ 

Next up is Robert Loggia, who’s appeared in more than 200 movies as well. Unlike Christopher Lee, who was a household name in his heyday, Loggia was mostly remembered for his roles in movies, not his name, such as when he appeared as the amiable toy store owner in the Tom Hanks movie “Big” where he performed the iconic dance on a giant floor piano. Born and raised in New York City, Loggia studied journalism at the University of Missouri before he moved back to New York to pursue acting, according to IMDb.com, an online database of information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, and streaming content. “He trained at the Actors Studio while doing stage work. From the late 1950s he was a familiar face on TV, usually as an authoritative figure,” the website adds. 

Unlike Christopher Lee, who was a household name in his heyday, Loggia was mostly remembered for his roles in movies, not his name, such as when he appeared as the amiable toy store owner in the Tom Hanks movie “Big” where he performed the iconic dance on a giant floor piano / Photo by: MiamiFilmFestival via Wikimedia Commons

 

James Earl Jones 

Acting Credits: 188+ 

Best known for his voice-over works for the most recognizable villain in the nerd world, Darth Vader, and of course, Mufasa from “The Lion King,” James Earl Jones is also hailed as one of the greatest actors of all time. Although he has retired from acting, he voiced Darth Vader once again in “Rogue One” and, just recently, as Mufasa once more in the live-action version of “The Lion King.” 

Michael Caine 

Acting Credits: 161+

With 161 and then some acting credits to his name, Michael Caine has also distinguished himself as one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. The total number of his works makes sense, too, if you take into account his seven decades of being active in the industry. According to Fortress of Solitude, he is also beloved by many because of a very iconic role he played somewhere in the middle of his career: Batman’s beloved butler, Alfred. 

With 161 and then some acting credits to his name, Michael Caine has also distinguished himself as one of the most successful actors in Hollywood / Photo by: Manfred Werner via Wikimedia Commons

 

Danny Glover

Acting Credits: 161+ 

IMDb.com lists him as an actor, producer, and humanitarian with an amazing track record and is known for his “commanding presence on screen.” He’s been in the industry for 35 years whose career is in no way slowing down. Fortress of Solitude says Glover’s career as a producer is highly successful too, what with him having about 15 films in production. He’s been in “Lethal Weapon,” “The Color Purple,” “Saw,” and “Predator 2.” 

 

Samuel L. Jackson 

Acting Credits: 158+

Samuel L. Jackson is arguably one of the industry greats. He’s also in memes making people laugh with his signature expletive-laden performance in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film “Pulp Fiction.” He has become a favorite in the geek world too for his portrayal of Nick Fury in the Marvel movies, Jedi Mace Windu in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, not to mention his recent projects with M. Night Shyamalan as Glass. According to What Culture, in 2008 alone, he starred in seven movies: “Jumper,” “Iron Man,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “Soul Men,” “The Spirit,” and “Gospel Hill.” 

 

Robert Duvall

Acting Credits: 141+

Before he became an actor and later on a respected director, Robert Duvall actually had a military career in which he became an admiral, IMDb.com report. After his discharge from active duty, he entered the world of movies and found himself cast in classics like “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “Deep Impact.” He’s also got an Oscar under his belt and has already appeared in not only movies but also TV shows and series as well as in video games. 

 

 

Honorable Mention

Bruce Willis 

Record: 6 Movies in 2012 alone

Another household name in Hollywood, Bruce Willis' appearance in many action films has made him a pop culture icon but none so more than in the “Die Hard” movies. According to What Culture, aside from action movies, Willis also starred in the arthouse film “Moonrise Kingdom” of director Wes Anderson.

The actors on this list prove that as far as they are concerned, there is no such a thing as overexposure as their fans continue to love them no matter how many times they see them onscreen, even in movies that are less than stellar when it comes to quality.