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Top 10 TV stars turned movie superstars

Jumping from the small screen to the big screen is a bit of a feat and few have been a success in both places. Here are our top 10 picks for the most successful actors to make the transition from TV to film.

10. Sally Field

Long before Brothers and Sisters, Sally Field was wearing a cute little nun’s outfit and winging her way over hills and dales in The Flying Nun and sporting pigtails in 1965’s Gidget.
Sallie Field wins her second Oscar

That was before she stood on the Oscar stage to accept her Academy Awards for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart.

And yes, we really like her.

9. Denzel Washington

Before becoming an action star in films like Training Day (for which he won an Oscar) and Unstoppable, Denzel Washington played Dr. Philip Chandler in St. Elsewhere.

Far right standing up: Yes! That's Denzel Washington in St. Elsewhere!

We’ve been drooling over him ever since.

Denzel Washington in Unstoppable

8. Clint Eastwood

Mr. Dirty Harry himself, director of Oscar-winning films like Million Dollar Baby, appeared on the small screen in the 1960’s TV Western, Rawhide.

Clint Eastwood

He most recently directed Matt Damon in Hereafter.

7. Tom Hanks

Before chatting with a beach ball in Cast Away and voicing the beloved doll Woody in the Toy Story franchise, Tom Hanks threw on a lovely frock and some lipstick in the TV show, Bosom Buddies.
Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies. He's the pretty one.

Sorry Tom, but you just don’t make a pretty woman.

6. John Travolta

Brand new dad John Travolta played the dim-witted but ultimately lovable Vinnie Barbarino in 1975’s Welcome Back Kotter.
Welcome Back Carter starring John Travolta

After years of saying, “Up your nose with a rubber hose,” Travolta went on to star in films like Grease, Pulp Fiction and Hairspray…hmm, that’s the second cross dresser on the list.

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction

Up next! The top 5 TV stars who became movie superstars!

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