No. 2: John Wayne

Another actor who was indelibly typecast (though it's doubtful he really minded) was the Duke himself, John Wayne.

Whether a cowboy or a soldier, you could rely on Wayne being the All-American hero who would ride into town and save the day. Along the way, he'd find time to get the pretty woman, whoop up on the bad guy, down a whiskey, and drawl out some classic line.

Wayne shows that just because you're typecast, doesn't mean you can't act. While some might say his range was limited, for example he could conceivably play a hard-nosed baddie but probably not a sensitive intellectual, he still brought the quality, even earning an Oscar for "True Grit."

Once he'd been associated with several All-American hero successes, there was no way that the film studios were going to change their formula. After all, pilgrim, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Hugh Grant on red carpet

No. 1: Hugh Grant

Now, let's imagine that you need a foppishly attractive English actor for your film. In the words of Ghostbusters, who you gonna call? Well, it's just got to be Hugh Grant, with his mane of lovely hair and his permanently-flustered persona.

Grant's defining moment came in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" where he played the charming but faux-pas prone Charles, who embarks upon a flirtation with an assertive American beauty (played by Andie MacDowell).

Once having found a role that worked for him, Grant seems to have decided to seek out that role the rest of his career, or at least shoe-horn that personality into whatever movie is providing his paycheck for the time being.

He's gone on to perfect this role in films such as "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "Notting Hill" and "Sense and Sensibility," never once having to learn a new accent or change his hairstyle.

Nice work if you can get it but method actor, he is not!

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