Hollywood Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV

Jul 12, 2018 at 12:37 p.m. ET
Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV
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It used to be that movie stars made movies and TV stars made TV shows. But those days are past, as some of the juiciest roles in entertainment are cropping up on TV. In fact, in 2014 Emmy presenter Jimmy Kimmel did a hilarious bit on the big names that have made the crossover.

Some of the best roles for actors right now are still being created in TV's writers' rooms, bringing big-name talents right into our living room every week. Maybe the pay is right, maybe they like the opportunity to film closer to home, maybe it's something else, but we the fans are undoubtedly the winners here.

Scroll or click through for a representative list from the past and who we can look forward to in 2018. Note how many roles are on HBO, a channel known for risk-taking. Could that mean even more channels will start producing the same quality soon?

A version of this article was originally published in February 2018.

1 /32: Diane Lane

Diane Lane attends the premiere of HBO's 'Sharp Objects' at The Cinerama Dome
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1/32 :Diane Lane

2 /32: Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate attends the 2017 Industry Dance Awards and Cancer Benefit show at Avalon
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2/32 :Christina Applegate

3 /32: Russell Crowe

Photos of Russell Crowe and Roger Ailes
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3/32 :Russell Crowe

4 /32: Kevin Costner

Still of Kevin Costner in 'Yellowstone,' coming to Paramount Network
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4/32 :Kevin Costner

5 /32: Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon
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5/32 :Octavia Spencer

6 /32: Benedict Cumberbatch

Still of Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Patrick Melrose'
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6/32 :Benedict Cumberbatch

7 /32: Elizabeth Olsen

Film Actors Head to TV – Elizabeth Olsen
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7/32 :Elizabeth Olsen

8 /32: Jennifer Garner

Movie Stars Coming to TV: Jennifer Garner
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8/32 :Jennifer Garner

9 /32: Kristen Wiig

Movie Stars Coming to TV – Kristen Wiig
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9/32 :Kristen Wiig

10 /32: Tiffany Haddish

Movie Stars Coming to TV – Tiffany Haddish
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10/32 :Tiffany Haddish

11 /32: Meryl Streep

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Meryl Streep
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11/32 :Meryl Streep

12 /32: Dwayne Johnson

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Dwayne Johnson
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12/32 :Dwayne Johnson

13 /32: Nicole Kidman

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Nicole Kidman
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13/32 :Nicole Kidman

14 /32: Ewan McGregor

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Ewan McGregor
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14/32 :Ewan McGregor

15 /32: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV | Maggie Gyllenhaal - "The Deuce"
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15/32 :Maggie Gyllenhaal

16 /32: Anthony Hopkins

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV | Anthony Hopkins - Westworld
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16/32 :Anthony Hopkins

17 /32: Jane Fonda

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Jane Fonda
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17/32 :Jane Fonda

18 /32: Naomi Watts

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Naomi Watts
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18/32 :Naomi Watts

19 /32: Liv Tyler

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Liv Tyler
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19/32 :Liv Tyler

20 /32: James Franco

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: James Franco
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20/32 :James Franco

21 /32: Reese Witherspoon

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Reese Witherspoon
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21/32 :Reese Witherspoon

22 /32: Amy Adams

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Amy Adams
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22/32 :Amy Adams

23 /32: James McAvoy

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV | James McAvoy - "Watership Down"
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23/32 :James McAvoy

24 /32: Julia Roberts

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Julia Roberts
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24/32 :Julia Roberts

25 /32: Miles Teller

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Miles Teller
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25/32 :Miles Teller

26 /32: Bill Skarsgård

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Bill Skarsgård
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26/32 :Bill Skarsgård

27 /32: Benicio Del Toro

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Benicio Del Toro
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27/32 :Benicio Del Toro

28 /32: Chris Pine

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Chris Pine
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28/32 :Chris Pine

29 /32: Carey Mulligan

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Carey Mulligan
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29/32 :Carey Mulligan

30 /32: Penelope Cruz

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Penelope Cruz
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30/32 :Penelope Cruz

31 /32: Jennifer Connelly

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Jennifer Connelly
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31/32 :Jennifer Connelly

32 /32: Emma Stone

Movie Stars Who Aren't Above Doing TV: Emma Stone & Jonah Hill
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32/32 :Emma Stone