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Othello is one of William Shakespeare's most notable tragedies. It addresses themes of racism, love and betrayal that are as relevant today as they were when the work was first published in 1565. Several famous actors have played Othello on the stage and on the silver screen. This list of actors who have played Othello is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous actor who has played Othello? Anthony Hopkins tops our list. Anthony Hopkins played Othello in a 1981 TV movie directed by Jonathan Miller. James Earl Jones was originally cast in the production, but British Equity refused to issue Jones an acting permit because they wanted someone British to play the iconic role. Jones has portrayed Othello on several occasions, the first being in 1955 at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan.

Laurence Fishburne played Othello in the 1995 film directed by Oliver Parker. This movie marked the first time that Othello was played by an African American actor on film.

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30 Actors Who Have Played Othello
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Anthony Hopkins played Othello in a 1981 TV movie directed by Jonathan Miller.

Age: 78

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Film Director

Credits: Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man, The Silence of the Lambs

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30 Actors Who Have Played Othello
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James Earl Jones has portrayed Othello on several occasions, the first being in 1955 at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan.

Age: 86

Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Soldier, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The Lion King, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Conan the Barbarian

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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30 Actors Who Have Played Othello
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Orson Welles played Othello in a 1952 film which he directed and produced.

Age: Died at 70 (1915-1985)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, + more

Credits: Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, F for Fake, Confidential Report

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30 Actors Who Have Played Othello
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Patrick Stewart played Othello at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre in 1997.

Age: 76

Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom

Profession: Television director, Journalist, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand

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