Going in Another Directionby DrGlitterhouse | created - 06 Mar 2015 | updated - 08 Mar 2015 | Public
The following actors were considered for classic TV parts and either declined the role or were replaced in the series. Which of these actors would you most liked to have seen continue in the role?
1. Gregory Peck
Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only ...
as Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O
Actor | Have Gun - Will Travel
Richard Allen Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, to Cecile Lillian (Beckerman) and Kirk Etna Boone, a wealthy corporate lawyer. His maternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, while his father was descended from a brother of frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Squire Boone.
Richard was a...
as Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O
3. Ray Romano
Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond
Ray Romano grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. He performed in the NYC comedy club circuit before landing a guest spot on The Letterman Show. It was here that he propelled his TV show Everybody Loves Raymond.
He was also the voice of the Mammoth in the extremely successful Ice Age Series Movies.
He is ...
as Joe Giarelli on NewsRadio
4. Bing Crosby
Actor | White Christmas
Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in ...
as Lt. Columbo on Columbo
Actress | Get Yourself a College Girl
Born on February 17, 1937 in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mary Ann Mobley is one of the few Miss Americas to have true success as an actress or television personality (the others are Barnaby Jones (1973) beauty Lee Meriwether, television hostess Phyllis George, Consumer advocate/game show panelist Bess ...
as April Dancer on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
6. Norman Fell
Actor | Three's Company
Norman Fell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924. He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in drama. During World War II, he was an Air Force tail gunner in the Pacific. After the war, he studied acting and obtained small parts in television and on stage. His first ...
as Mark Slade on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
7. Gary Cole
Actor | One Hour Photo
Gary Cole was born on September 20, 1956 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA as Gary Michael Cole. He is known for his work on One Hour Photo (2002), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). He was previously married to Teddi Siddall.
as James Earl "Sonny" Crockett on Miami Vice
8. Buck Taylor
Actor | Cowboys & Aliens
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum "Hall of Great Western Performers" Inductee, and Multi-Western Heritage Award Winner, most recently for roles in the critically acclaimed movie Hell or High Water (2016) (Outstanding Theatrical, 2017), The Road to Valhalla (2013) (Outstanding Documentary, ...
as Danny Williams on Hawaii Five-O
9. Tim O'Kelly
Actor | Targets
Tim O'Kelly was born on March 12, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Timothy Patrick Wright. He was an actor, known for Targets (1968), Hawaii Five-O (1968) and The Monroes (1966). He was married to Evelyn Rudie. He died on January 4, 1990 in Los Angeles.
as Danny Williams on Hawaii Five-O
10. Raymond Burr
Actor | Rear Window
Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He ...
as Hamilton Burger on Perry Mason
11. Will Kuluva
Actor | Odds Against Tomorrow
Will Kuluva was born on May 2, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as William Myron Kuluva. He was an actor, known for Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and Crime in the Streets (1956). He was married to Jane A Johnston. He died on November 6, 1990 in Bequia, St. Vincent...
as Mr. Allison on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (replaced by Mr. Alexander Waverly)
12. Geneviève Bujold
Actress | Dead Ringers
Genevieve Bujold spent her first twelve school years in Montreal's oppressive Hochelaga Convent, where opportunities for self-expression were limited to making welcoming speeches for visiting clerics. As a child she felt 'as if I were in a long dark tunnel trying to convince myself that if I could ...
as Captain Katherine Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager
Actor | Battlestar Galactica
Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered...
as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation
14. Martin Landau
Actor | Ed Wood
Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...
as Mr. Spock on Star Trek
15. Patrick McGoohan
Actor | The Prisoner
Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor ...
as Simon Templar on The Saint
16. Eleanor Bron
Actress | A Little Princess
There is one strange, mesmerizing film scene that easily sums up the disturbing fascination Eleanor Bron brought to her characters on stage, TV and in the cinema. This is the classic fig-eating scene which she shares with Alan Bates in the Oscar-winning drama Women in Love (1969). It is not to be ...
as Emma Peel on The Avengers
Actress | Damien: Omen II
as Emma Peel on The Avengers
18. Robert Logan
Actor | 77 Sunset Strip
Durable Robert Logan, the eldest of seven children, moved to Los Angeles as a child. He pursued sports in high school and had earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Arizona when he was discovered by a Warner Bros. talent agent. He debuted as a young suitor in the trashy soap-styled ...
as Thomas Remington Sloane III on A Man Called Sloane
19. Roy Scheider
Actor | Jaws
Lean, angular-faced and authoritatively spoken lead / supporting actor Roy Scheider obviously never heard the old actor's axiom about "never appearing with kids or animals" lest they overshadow your performance. Breaking that rule did him no harm, though, as he achieved pop cult status by finding, ...
as Jake Webster on The Men: Assignment: Vienna
20. Jean Stapleton
Actress | All in the Family
Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her ...
as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote
21. Lisa Kudrow
Actress | Friends
Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), worked as a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, is a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish families (from Belarus, Russia, and ...
as Roz Doyle on Frasier
Actor | The Producers
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from...
as Walter White on Breaking bad
23. John Cusack
Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American ...
as Walter White on Breaking Bad
24. Mickey Rooney
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. ...
as Archie Bunker on All in the Family
25. Rory Calhoun
Actor | Motel Hell
Rory Calhoun was born Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, the son of Elizabeth Cuthbert and James McCown. Rory starred in over 80 films and 1,000 television episodes. Before becoming an actor he worked as a boxer, a lumberjack, a truck driver and a cowpuncher. Tall and handsome, he benefited ...
as Jim West on The Wild Wild West
26. Katie Holmes
Actress | Batman Begins
Born two months premature at four pounds, Kate Noelle Holmes made her first appearance on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. She is the daughter of Kathleen Ann (Craft), a philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., a lawyer. She is of German, Irish, and English ancestry. Her parents have said ...
as Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
27. Micky Dolenz
Actor | The Monkees
Micky Dolenz was born in Los Angeles on March 8, 1945. His dad, George, had starred in a number of films, and played the title character in the mid-1950s television series The Count of Monte Cristo.
Micky first established himself as a performer at age ten when, under the stage name of 'Micky ...
as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on Happy Days
28. Whitney Houston
Soundtrack | The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.
She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...
as Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show
29. Gene Hackman
Actor | The French Connection
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...
as Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch
30. Lara Flynn Boyle
Actress | Happiness
Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa on March 24, 1970 to 21-year old Sally Boyle. For Sally and young Lara, money was not plentiful so Sally was required to work three jobs in addition to raising baby Lara by herself. Since Lara was mostly around Sally, they developed a bond that still ...
as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex in the City
31. Rosie O'Donnell
Actress | Tarzan
Rosie O'Donnell was born into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island. She is the middle of 5 children, and is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (Murtha) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer for the defense industry. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched ...
as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld
32. Michael Keaton
Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...
as Dr. Jack Shepherd on Lost
33. Anthony Andrews
Actor | The King's Speech
Anthony Andrews made his West End theater debut at the Apollo Theatre as one of twenty young schoolboys in Alan Bennett's "Forty Years On" with John Gielgud. He began his career at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK. His theater credits include spells with the New Shakespeare Company - "...
as Mr. Steele on Remington Steele
34. Martin Shaw
Actor | Inspector George Gently
One of England's most popular actors for more than two decades, Martin is noted for his versatility. He has starred in over 100 TV roles, his long TV career beginning in 1967 with ITV Play of the Week: Love on the Dole (1967). Prior to The Professionals (1977), he had always been careful to be very...
as Robert McCall on The Equalizer
35. Patrick Dempsey
Actor | Grey's Anatomy
Patrick Dempsey has lived two charming but separate lives on film and television. From an exuberant, somewhat awkward charmer in college comedy films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he has morphed spectacularly into a dreamy, wavy-haired television hunk of the new-age millennium and this ...
as Dr. Gregory House on House, M.D.