We asked our regular contributors through e-mail Who is a good comedic actor that ended up being a great dramatic actor? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way.
1. John Goodman.
2. I’ve noticed a lot of actors from Breaking Bad mentioned. I believe Vince Gilligan said in an interview that it was on purpose. His reasoning is that if you can do comedy you can probably act, and drama is a lot easier to act than comedy.
3. Would Michael Keaton count?
4. Gene Wilder.
5. Bob Odenkirk.
6. Kurt Russell was a Disney comedy actor for about 10 years until he did a TV movie about a mass shooter then hooked up with John Carpenter.
7. Olivia Coleman.
9. Bryan Cranston.
10. 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!