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Actors Who Played Themselves In Film And Television

Updated October 13, 2020 149 votes 35 voters 47.4k views27 items

Every once in a while, an actor’s career will lead them to look deep inside themselves in order to bring something unique to their role – especially if that role is based on the actor themselves. On this list we’re looking at actors who played themselves either in a film or on television. Some of these actors portrayed themselves in a fairly accurate light, but most of the folks on this list chose to go over the top, either to make themselves seem like crazy people or like someone who knows their way around a fireman’s axe. If you have a hard time deciphering reality from fantasy, just take a look at this list of actors starring as themselves.

Sometimes it’s nice to kick back and goof around at work, which is exactly what a lot of the actors who played themselves are doing in the films on this list. For the most part everyone seems to be hamming it up, but there are a few actors who tried their best to bring all the gravitas they could muster to the role of themselves (there really should be a better way to say that). Whether they’re playing themselves as pilots, or ecstasy swallowing crazy people, these actors really got into character when they portrayed themselves.

Check out these actors who tackled the hardest role of their lives: themselves, and leave a comment about who you think is most like themselves on the screen or who didn’t even realize that the cameras were rolling.

  • Bill Murray: 'Zombieland'
    Photo: Columbia Pictures
    Bill Murray's cameo in this zombie comedy (zomedy?) was the worst kept secret in film history. His five or six minutes on screen actually serves to make Jesse Eisenberg palatable.
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  • John Malkovich: 'Being John Malkovich'
    Photo: Universal Pictures
    John Malkovich definitely used Being John Malkovich to play a heightened version of himself (i.e. he seems like a total dick), but his character still feels very real. The most interesting part of his portrayal is when he has a conversation with about 50 versions of himself only using one word "Malkovich."
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  • Ben Affleck And Matt Damon: 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back'
    Photo: Miramax Films
    The golden boys of Good Will Hunting popped up in Kevin Smith's big budget buddy film to parody themselves as whiny stars who were cashing in on their award winning film. How do you like them apples?
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  • Emma Watson: 'This is the End'
    Photo: Sony Pictures
    No one's arguing that Emma Watson is the best part of the apocalypse comedy This Is the End, but she's probably as handy with an axe in real life as she is in the movie, right?
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