Now, this may be a matter of opinion, for now. In the preceding text I’m going to do my best to prove, undoubtedly, that it is true. Enjoy.
This is going to be a sort of “six degrees” showcase, so do try to keep up.
35 Miles from Normal (1997) Ever heard of it? Yeah, me neither. With some investigation we find out that Alan costars with Ethan Suplee, who in turn makes an appearance in the movie Unstoppable, which stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. Denzel Washington is…uh…yeah, he’s Denzel Washington. Not much we need to say about him. On the other hand, Chris Pine is fairly new to the acting business. Chris would go on to star in 2009’s Star Trek as James Tiberius Kirk.
Patch Adams (1998) Actors: Robin Williams, Monica Potter and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Robin’s career started with stand-up and moved onto a television show called Mork & Mindy. He was also the main character in the cartoon movie Robots. Remember this. Monica appeared on Boston Legal, which starred William Shatner…the original James Tiberius Kirk. Seymour Hoffman played in Red Dragon, which starred Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Anthony Hopkins. Ralph Fiennes went on to play He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named in the Harry Potter films. Edward Norton stared as the Incredible Hulk in 2008. Anthony Hopkins is Thor’s dad.
28 Days (2000) Actors: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen and Dominick West. One of Bullock’s first roles ever was the Made-for-TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. She also went on to play roles in Demolition Man, The Net and most recently Gravity. Viggo is Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, and he also starred in A History of Violence. Dominick West played in 300 and starred in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace as “Palace Guard.”
Wonder Boys (2000) Actors: Tobey Maguire, Robert Downey Jr. and Katie Holmes. Tobey played Peter Parker in a trilogy of Spiderman movies. Robert Downey Jr. has played Tony Stark/Ironman in four movies…and has had a couple of appearances in after credit movies as Tony. The first Ironman starred Jeff Bridges as the bad guy. Bridges starred in Tron and Tron: Legacy. Downey Jr. has also starred as Sherlock Holmes in two movies. Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise. She also starred in Batman Begins as Rachel Dawes.
A Knight’s Tale (2001) Actors: Heath Ledger, Rufus Swell, Mark Addy and Paul Bettany. Heath Ledger played The Joker in The Dark Knight. Rufus Swell played Adam in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. (Along with Alan…uh oh, we’re really starting to get somewhere now.) Mark Addy plays in Game of Thrones. Paul Bettany is the voice of Jarvis in Ironman, and all other movies with Ironman so far. Bettany also starred in Inkheart and Priest.
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin and Hope Davis. Once again, Anthony Hopkins is Thor’s father. Hope Davis played Aunt Debra in Real Steal. Yelchin has portrayed Chekov in the last two installments of the Star Trek reboot along with Kyle Reese in the latest Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation. A personal “geek” role of his will be in the upcoming Odd Thomas movie. He will be portraying the title character.
In 2002 Tudyc made the move to television portraying the character Wash in the short-lived, but very popular Firefly…going on to reprise his role in the movie Serenity in 2005. This should be enough…but there is just one more little bit left. He starred in Firefly with Morena Baccarin. Morena went on to star in V (visitors) in 2009, which is a show that Tudyc made a couple of appearances in.
I, Robot (2004) Actors: Will Smith and Bruce Greenwood. First I should point out that in this movie Alan portrays the robot Sonny. He is its voice, and through motion capture he is all of its movements. (Remember when Robin Williams played the robot?) Will Smith stared in Bad Boys, directed by Michael Bay who also directed Transformers…and the sequels. Greenwood has portrayed Captain Pike in Star Trek and its sequel. Bruce is also known for his voice work, often times voicing Bruce Wayne/Batman.
3:10 to Yuma (2007) Actors: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster and Logan Lerman. In 1995’s Virtuosity Crowe played SID 6.7. He also played Jor-El in 2013’s Man of Steel. In case you didn’t know…that’s Superman’s dad. Christian Bale is Batman…and John Connor from Terminator. Bale also starred in Equilibrium and is set to portray Moses in an upcoming movie. Ben Foster portrayed Warren Worthington III/Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand. Logan Lerman portrays Percy Jackson in the two movies that have been released. The second one has a cameo of Nathan Fillion as Hermes. Fillion was the star of Firefly.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) Actors: Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk. Labine also worked on Boston Legal (you know, the TV show with Captain Kirk in it) and he had a part in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This whole thing is about Tudyk…so I will get to that later.
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon (2011) Him just being in this movie is enough.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008 TV series) Alan voiced Barry Allen/The Flash in two episodes.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Actors Dominic Cooper and Anthony Mackie. Cooper portrayed Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger. Mackie had a small part in Real Steal and is set to play Sam Wilson/The Falcon in the upcoming Captain America sequel…and potentially The Avengers sequel also.
42 (2013) Actor: Harrison Ford. This is the big one. In the movie Fanboys it is argued that Harrison Ford is the greatest actor of all time. This is probably because of his portrayal of Hans Solo and Indiana Jones. But wait, there’s more. He also starred in Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick’s book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? He also starred in 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens…and is set to star in Ender’s Game as Colonel Hyrum Graff. (Side note: Alan plays a really nasty character in the movie 42, which I think is a testament of his acting abilities.)
In the near future Tudyk will be voicing Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming Justice League: War.
There you have it. Are there other actors that have more connections than Alan? Maybe…but I like him the best.
Who are your favorite “connected” actors? Kevin Bacon?
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