17 movie and TV roles you may not have realized were recast with new actors

17 movie and TV roles you may not have realized were recast with new actors
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  • Many iconic TV and movie roles have been recast over time.

  • On "Game of Thrones," the roles of The Mountain and The Night King were recast.

  • Two different actors played Lavender Brown in the "Harry Potter" film series.

The Night King switched actors after season five on "Game of Thrones."

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Richard Brake and Vladimir Furdik as The Night King.HBO

The change in the appearance of the Night King in "Game of Thrones" easily went unnoticed under all the make-up and CGI that the character endures.

However, after season five, Richard Brake was replaced by stunt performer Vladimir Furdik.

Pam's mother on "The Office" was recast after a few seasons.

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It'd been a while since she appeared on the show, so many fans didn't notice.NBC/INSIDER

Throughout the beginning of the NBC comedy "The Office," actress Shannon Cochran plays Pam Beesly's mother.

But on season six, episode five ("Niagara: Part 2"), actress Linda Purl appears as Pam's mother instead.


Two people played Thanos in "The Avengers" franchise.

Damion Poitier and Josh Brolin as Thanos.Walt Disney Studios

At the end of "The Avengers," fans got a tease of what was to come for Marvel's next two phases with a scene introducing the new villain, Thanos.

Damion Poitier filled this role, unceremoniously credited as "Man #1."

When Marvel needed a bigger name to fill Thanos's shoes, Josh Brolin was cast for "Avengers: Infinity War."

Meg was voiced by Mila Kunis and Lacey Chabert on "Family Guy."

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Meg's voice actor changed after the first season.Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

Mila Kunis is now famous for voicing the role of Meg on the animated series "Family Guy," but she was not the original voice actress.

"Mean Girls" star Lacey Chabert was the voice of Meg for the entire first season before leaving due to other obligations. They eventually acknowledged this swap during a season-eight gag.

Carol from "Friends" was played by two different women.

Anita Barone and Jane Sibbett as Carol.NBC

"Friends" has a huge fanbase and many binge-watchers may have likely noticed this change by now. However, when Ross's ex-wife Carol first appears on season one she was played by Anita Barone.

Later on, Barone was replaced by Jane Sibbett, who went on to make the character her own.

Blair's mom on "Gossip Girl" was recast early on.

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Florencia Lozano (left) and Margaret Colin (right).The CW

The CW drama "Gossip Girl" featured actress Florencia Lozano as Blair's mom, Eleanor Waldorf, on the pilot.

But by episode four, she'd been replaced by Margaret Colin.


Two actors played Bloodraven on "Game of Thrones."

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Struan Rodger and Max Von Sydow as The Bloodraven.HBO

During the season-four finale, Bran finally met the Bloodraven, played by British actor Struan Rodger.

But a few seasons later he was replaced by the well-known Swedish actor Max Von Sydow.

Two actors played Lavender Brown in the "Harry Potter" movie series.

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Jennifer Smith and Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown.Warner Bros

In her only credited role, actress Jennifer Smith played Lavender Brown in the "Harry Potter" film, "The Prisoner of Azkaban," which was her only appearance in the franchise.

The role of Lavender was recast as Jessie Cave in "The Half-Blood Prince."

Unnoticed at the time, discussions about diversity in the "Harry Potter" series and spin-offs have ignited debate over whether the recasting of the role was a result of whitewashing.

Emperor Palpatine was played by two actors in "Star Wars."

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Marjorie Eaton and Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine.20th Century Fox

The antagonist of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Emperor Palpatine was played by Marjorie Eaton and then voiced by Clive Revill in his first appearance in "The Empire Strikes Back."

For "Return of the Jedi" and the prequel films, Ian McDiarmid was cast in the role.

Ann on "Arrested Development" was played by two actresses.

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Alessandra Torresani during the first season and Mae Whitman on a later season.FOX

On "Arrested Development," Ann was George Michael's often-forgotten girlfriend. She was played by Alessandra Torresani on the first season but replaced by Mae Whitman on the second.


Dash was voiced by two different child actors in "The Incredibles" and its sequel.

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Two child actors played Dash.NeodeosX/YouTube

In the original Pixar superhero hit, middle child Dash was voiced by child actor Spencer Fox.

In the 2018 reboot, "Incredibles 2" Fox was replaced with Huckleberry "Huck" Milner, due to the fact that the sequel takes place immediately following the original, even though it debuted 14 years after the first movie released.

The Mountain from "Game of Thrones" has been played by three actors.

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Conan Stevens, Ian Whyte, and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as The Mountain.HBO

This role of The Mountain has been recast twice. On the first season, Gregor Clegane was played by Conan Stevens. Recurring "Game of Thrones" actor Ian Whyte took up the Mountain mantle on season two.

From season four on, the role was filled by the strongest man in the world Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.

"Harry Potter" character Griphook was played by two actors.

Verne Troyer and Warwick Davis as Griphook.Warner Bros

In the first "Harry Potter" movie, the Goblin banker Griphook was played by Verne Troyer but voiced by Warwick Davis.

Davis, who also played Professor Flitwick in the franchise, went on to take over the role.

Jennifer Parker in "Back to the Future" was played by two different actresses.

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Claudia Wells and Elisabeth Shue as Jennifer Parker.Universal Pictures

The love interest of Marty McFly, Jennifer Parker was originally portrayed by Claudia Wells.

For parts two and three of the film series, Wells was recast and the role of Jennifer was played by Elisabeth Shue. The time-traveling nature of the second movie forced scenes from the first movie to be remade shot for shot, with Shue as Jennifer instead of Wells.

Clarice Starling in the "Red Dragon" movies was played by two different actresses.

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Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore as Clarice.Orion Pictures

Despite winning an Oscar for her performance in the 1991 film "Silence of the Lambs," Jodie Foster dropped out of playing Clarice in the flick's sequel.

Julianne Moore replaced Foster in the 2001 movie "Hannibal."

"Sesame Street" has seen three Gordon Robinsons.

Matt Robinson, Hal Miller, and Roscoe Orman as Gordon Robinson.PBS

Gordon Robinson is an original Sesame Street resident that has been on the show since its debut in 1969.

Played by Matt Robinson on the first three seasons, Hal Miller took on the role for the following two seasons.

But from season six on, actor Roscoe Orman has been Gordon.

Three different women played Catwoman on the "Batman" TV show.

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Lee Meriwether, Julie Newmar, and Eartha Kitt as Catwoman.ABC

On the 1960 "Batman" TV show, Lee Meriwether, Julie Newmar, and Eartha Kitt all played the caped crusader's nemesis, Catwoman. That's one Catwoman per season.


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