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28 Famous TV Roles That Were Almost Played By Someone Else

Updated 31 Jul 2020 655.7k views28 items

List RulesOnly roles that were recast before the series started or in the pilot, not after.

Casting a good TV show can be tricky. There are lots of characters and both producers and networks want to get the chemistry just right. So it's no surprise that sometimes the first casting choices on television series don't quite work out. There are lots of TV roles that have been recast, either before or during the pilot, taking the show in a new, usually better direction. What classic TV characters and memorable television roles have been recast with new actors? And what top characters were almost played by someone else entirely?

Imagine Rudy Huxtable played by Jaleel White or Louie Anderson as Cousin Larry on Perfect Strangers! If it weren't for the last minute recasting of some of these iconic TV series, characters like Daenerys Targaryen, Don Draper, and even The Incredible Hulk would look and act vastly different than the characters we have grown to love. 

This list compiles the most famous TV roles that were almost played by another actor. Which TV actors and actresses very nearly joined the cast of Desperate Housewives or Sex and the City? Would you have loved Danny Tanner as much if he'd been played by some guy named John Posey?

Read on to find out more about the actors and people in television and get ready to imagine all your favorite TV characters in very different incarnations, played by different actors.

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