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Birdmonster
02-06-2009, 03:57 PM
Let's start by saying I'm an unashamed, unironic Kurl Russell fan and, in times of trouble, I use his movies as a narcotic. Girlfriend breaks up with me? I watch "Tombstone." Lose my job? Cue up "The Thing."

So, as 2009 has been particularly awful for me (see above paragraph), I've been wallowing with Kurt. A few nights back, I made myself some popcorn, opened a Tecate, and popped in my "Tango and Cash" VHS. Not one of his best movies, admittedly, but it's loveably stupid and that's what I needed. Then I discovered something: James Hong, who plays the counterpart of Jack Palance in T&C, has the most impressive IMDB profile I've ever seen. Seriously. Look at this (http://imdb.com/name/nm0393222/).

Which got me thinking: is there anyone with more roles than this guy? He's amazing! Granted, a lot of them are tantamount to "Asian Guy," but he's worked tirelessly since the mid-50s and has the perfect storm of bit parts needed for a profile this unfathomably long.

My question: Can you beat that?

Morbo
02-06-2009, 04:10 PM
I'm assuming you mean individual line entries for different roles? Because Richard Whiteley has 4,567 entries (http://imdb.com/Prolific/actors) on IMDb, but 3,983 of them were of individual episodes as the host of "Countdown."

WordMan
02-06-2009, 04:11 PM
Let's start by saying I'm an unashamed, unironic Kurl Russell fan and, in times of trouble, I use his movies as a narcotic. Girlfriend breaks up with me? I watch "Tombstone." Lose my job? Cue up "The Thing."

So, as 2009 has been particularly awful for me (see above paragraph).


Dude - sorry to hear about your 2009 to date! :(

I got nuthin' - I seriously doubt Kevin Bacon comes close, even with all of his interconnectedness, but I do bet that someone like lissener or another film buff can comment on what character actors are all over the place...

How about Key Luke?

Robot Arm
02-06-2009, 04:11 PM
Well, there's Mel Blanc (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000305/), 1,019 titles as "Actor".

If you include narration of episodes of TV shows, Steven Zirnkilton (http://imdb.com/name/nm0007064/) is way up there, too. Okay, dopers, without peeking, who is Steven Zirnkilton?

Claptree
02-06-2009, 04:11 PM
Well, I don't know if it's cheating to use pornstars, but Tom Byron's profile (http://imdb.com/name/nm0001000/) lists over 1400 roles.

Birdmonster
02-06-2009, 04:16 PM
Morbo's right: I'm looking for individual roles here, so, though I applaud the out-of-the-box-nicity of pornstars, narrators, voice actors, and game show hosts. I don't mind if our actors have a few of the abovementioned roles (Hong did a voice in "Kung Fu Panda," for example), but I'd rather that those weren't the bulk of the work. Though it's still interesting. So, really, knock youselves out.

Exapno Mapcase
02-06-2009, 04:22 PM
Peter North (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000561/) tops him at 1630.

ETA: Sorry, I didn't see your post while I was searching.

Birdmonster
02-06-2009, 04:32 PM
While I realize that the life of a successful pornstar is grueling in its own way, screwing does not quite equal acting.

Tapioca Dextrin
02-06-2009, 04:41 PM
can we include Bollywood actors? Adoor Bhasi (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0006982/) appeared in 557 movies. No porn, no voice overs etc.

Crown Prince of Irony
02-06-2009, 04:44 PM
Francis Ford (http://imdb.com/name/nm0285643/) (brother of John Ford) was in 475 features (granted, many of them were shorts of the early silent era, but he did a whole boatload of them).

Typo Negative
02-06-2009, 04:47 PM
Charles Bronson (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000314/) had a suprisingly prolific career at 163 roles

williambaskerville
02-06-2009, 04:52 PM
Adolf Hitler (yes, that Adolf Hitler) has 407 IMDB credits. (All as himself, of course).

http://imdb.com/name/nm0386944/

Probably not what you were looking for, but it often shocks and surprises people.

Typo Negative
02-06-2009, 04:57 PM
Dean Stockwell (http://imdb.com/name/nm0001777/) has 189.
The Duke (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000078/) had 171.

Birdmonster
02-06-2009, 05:26 PM
For the record, Richard Whiteley more than doubles Johnny Carson. Found this list (http://imdb.com/Prolific/actors)of "most prolific," but none are individual credits (most just being hundreds if not thousands of appearances on the same show)

Marley23
02-06-2009, 06:39 PM
Christopher Lee (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000489/) gets 264 credits. Plus 116 more as himself, and a few other credits.

garygnu
02-06-2009, 06:43 PM
Walt Disney (http://imdb.com/name/nm0000370/) has a lengthy list as producer, the people above him on the list of prolific producers whose lists are actually longer are producers of shorts in the very early day of cinema.

Exapno Mapcase
02-06-2009, 07:14 PM
Regis Philbin has made more than 10,000 appearances on television. Someone needs to update his profile. :)

Chronos
02-06-2009, 07:34 PM
Adolf Hitler (yes, that Adolf Hitler) has 407 IMDB credits. (All as himself, of course). Not surprising, when you think about it, given how much WWII archival footage gets around.

Christopher Lee gets 264 credits. Plus 116 more as himself, and a few other credits. I've heard that Christopher Lee, not Kevin Bacon as is usually thought, is actually the centermost vertex on the actor connectedness graph. In other words, the game ought to be called "Six Degrees from Christopher Lee".

RealityChuck
02-06-2009, 08:25 PM
If we're sticking to the spirit of the OP (i.e., a actor's appearances in an on-screen role),Charles Lane (http://imdb.com/name/nm0485272/) has 347 acting credits in sound films, so he's still ahead of Howe.

ftg
02-07-2009, 10:54 AM
Adolf Hitler (yes, that Adolf Hitler) has 407 IMDB credits. (All as himself, of course).

I like that the usual IMDB line appears:

"Do you represent Adolf Hitler? Add a resume and photos to this page with IMDb Resume."

Marley23
02-07-2009, 11:22 AM
I've heard that Christopher Lee, not Kevin Bacon as is usually thought, is actually the centermost vertex on the actor connectedness graph. In other words, the game ought to be called "Six Degrees from Christopher Lee".
It was Rod Steiger at one point, but since he died a few years ago and Lee is still working, that may have changed.

Justin_Bailey
02-07-2009, 11:30 AM
I've heard that Christopher Lee, not Kevin Bacon as is usually thought, is actually the centermost vertex on the actor connectedness graph. In other words, the game ought to be called "Six Degrees from Christopher Lee".

http://oracleofbacon.org/cgi-bin/center-cgi

* Christopher Lee averages 2.774 "hops" from every other actor.
* Kevin Bacon averages 2.945 hops.
* Rod Steiger averages 2.766 hops.

It's quite the horse race and if Kevin Bacon appears in a few other huge ensemble movies, he could likely legitimately take the lead.

Justin_Bailey
02-07-2009, 11:44 AM
A few other "better centers" than Kevin Bacon:

* Kiefer Sutherland: 2.919 hops
* Kurt Russell: 2.893
* Dean Stockwell: 2.813
* James Hong: 2.822
* Harrison Ford: 2.839
* Brad Pitt: 2.905
* Michael Douglas: 2.933
* Julia Roberts: 2.896
* Jodie Foster: 2.894
* Al Pacino: 2.906
* Robert De Niro: 2.803

I could probably keep going, but it looks like Kevin Bacon's movie choices in the last few years are hurting six degrees of Kevin Bacon players.

Cisco
02-07-2009, 11:55 AM
As of a few years ago, Christopher Lee had the most IMDB credits, but I see the database has caught up with him and he no longer holds that title.

randwill
02-07-2009, 07:22 PM
John Carradine has 341 credits at IMDB over 6 decades.

Scruloose
02-07-2009, 07:32 PM
Then I discovered something: James Hong, who plays the counterpart of Jack Palance in T&C, has the most impressive IMDB profile I've ever seen. Seriously. Look at this (http://imdb.com/name/nm0393222/).

Wait, hold on a sec...

As a Kurt Russell fan you identify James Hong using his Tango & Cash role? And not as Lo Pan?!?

Tapioca Dextrin
02-07-2009, 07:44 PM
John Carradine has 341 credits at IMDB over 6 decades.

As for his sons, David has a mere 217, Keith has 117 and Robert has 109. Busy family.

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