23 Actors Who Are Known For Nailing Comedy And Drama

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Comedic actors have the incredible ability to make an audience laugh across multiple different characters and screens. But, often times, it's the actors who make people laugh the hardest that make people feel the most. Redditor u/40oz_2freedom asked: “Who is a good comedic actor that ended up being a great dramatic actor?” and the responses had us remembering the laughter and the tears. 

  • 1
    68 VOTES

    From Redditor u/Brillo_Box:

    Tom Hanks, if you remember him from his early career in the early 1980s, he was a talented comedy actor... but no way would I have imagined him doing dramas, let alone starring in them, let alone a string of hits.

    From Redditor u/brannana:

    Definitely. I remember when Philadelphia came out, thinking, "what on Earth is Tom Hanks doing in this?" then being blown away by his performance.

    From Redditor u/TheOvy:

    This is the best answer. He started on a sitcom, and went on to a decade of comedy films -- Splash, The Money Pit, Big, The 'Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Joe Versus the Volcano. H*ll, he even plays a stand-up comedian in Punchline. Then the 90's came, and bam, Oscar for Philadelphia. Bam, Oscar for Forrest Gump. A League of Their Own, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Green Mile. He closed out the decade with his physically transformative performance in Cast Away. All of Gen Z and the younger half of millennials might think he's only a drama actor, but it was a complete 180* for him.

    68 votes
  • From Redditor u/C0ldC0ffeeAndFish:

    Robin Williams.

    From Redditor u/phred_66*:

    His performance in One Hour Photo is creepy as h*ll. Dude was absolutely a phenomenal actor no matter the genre. Insomnia has another great performance of his as well.

    From Redditor u/GhostOfTheSerpent:

    He was a magnificent actor. I loved his voice acting as the Genie in Aladdin (1992). He was also amazing in Good Will Hunting (1997) and The Fisher King (1991). I'm so glad he won a well deserved Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Good Will Hunting.

    77 votes
  • 3
    54 VOTES

    From Redditor u/toothfixingfiend:

    John Goodman.

    From Redditor u/mrmonster459:

    His performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane was nothing short of perfection. The look of pure evil in his eyes when he k*lled that guy was horror at its finest.

    From Redditor u/watchingsongsDL:

    Walter Sobichek is his finest role. So many great lines. So much tension and fury. He gets pissed at everybody but the Dude.

    54 votes
  • From Redditor u/AdamtheFirstSinner:

    Would Michael Keaton count?

    From Redditor u/amcarls:

    The fact that he was seen as a comedian was precisely why fans of the comic book version of the Batman character (NOT the campy Adam West TV version), were initially extremely ticked off that Keaton was selected to play Batman. They thought it was going to be another 'Adam West'-type performance. Needless to say, Keaton easily won them over with his broody performance.

    From Redditor u/Formal_Coyote_5004:

    Yes! The show Dopesick on Hulu is such a good example.

    55 votes
  • 5
    38 VOTES

    From Redditor u/Distinct-Coconut2512:

    Hugh Laurie. Went from A Bit of Fry and Laurie to Blackadder and then out of nowhere, House MD and then again with Night Manager. That man knows acting!

    From Redditor u/LittleRedTape:

    The way he switches between a British and American accent mid sentence in Avenue 5 is very very impressive. I'm very glad to see him do comedy again.

    From Redditor u/quebecoisejohn:

    I had no idea he was in Black Adder! I loved that wave of British comedy like Fawlty Towers and Red Dwarf!

    38 votes
  • From Redditor u/Shepard_Wrex14:

    Bryan Cranston.

    From Redditor u/rabboni:

    That early episode of Malcolm when their house is getting fumigated and Hal/Lois want to go in to have sex…if I remember correctly, he comes out of an RV in underwear and a gas mask.

    From Redditor u/Camp_Express:

    Me: “oh look Hal is making a show about cooking M*th! That ought to be fun!” Me, five seasons later, curled up in the fetal position sobbing at the bottom of the shower.

    66 votes