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Ten TV Actors We Will Forever Remember For One Role

Renee Swanberg |
May 11, 2013 | 2:11 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter
Jennifer Aniston and her many funny facial expressions as Rachel Green (NBC).
Jennifer Aniston and her many funny facial expressions as Rachel Green (NBC).
Some actors just can’t escape their most iconic role. Even though same may achieve success in other roles, viewers can’t seem to shake seeing them as that one character. Here, Neon Tommy shows you a few characters that will never be forgotten.
Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, "Friends"
Though Aniston has been successful on the silver screen in a few rom-coms, she will forever be remembered as a part of the legacy that was "Friends," a show that captivated audiences for a full decade. From the moment she barged her way into Monica, Ross, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler’s lives, Rachel won the hearts of viewers everywhere. Her love saga with Ross is one for the books.
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, "Sex and the City"
Who could forget Carrie Bradshaw’s quirky, bold sense of style (and that signature gold Carrie necklace?) No one else pull off that gorgeous Vivienne Westwood wedding dress and headpiece (seen in the movie). Even better, her friendships with Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha are some of the greatest friendships in all of TV history. To quote Carrie herself, they aren’t just friends, they’re soulmates.
Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, "24"
Jack Bauer was the ultimate rugged hero that saved the world from terrorism on a daily basis – literally. It’s hard to believe all the crises Jack escaped in each 24-hour story, as that much drama and trauma in one day would kill most people. Though in his (recently cancelled) new series, "Touch," he continues to try to save the world, he’s not quite the real-life superman he was in "24." 
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, "The Office"
Jim Halpert is everyone’s favorite adorable comedian. We’ve laughed along with his endless pranks on Dwight and followed his sweet crush on Pam to their marriage. He, too, has had some success with supporting roles in romantic comedies, but, even then, he is a reflection of the lovable office sweetheart we all adore.
Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper, "Two and a Half Men"
One could say that Charlie Sheen plays himself on "Two and a Half Men," an irresponsible man-child and ladies man – minus the mental meltdowns and references to tigers’ blood and “winning.” Even his new show, "Anger Management," is a reflection of the drama of his real life. It’s hard to believe he could play a character anything unlike his crazy self.
Carlton's dance moves are legendary (Warner Bros).
Carlton's dance moves are legendary (Warner Bros).
Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Many people probably wouldn’t even recognize this actor’s name, but Carlton and “The Carlton Dance” are infamous and unforgettable. He is a hilarious juxtaposition to Will Smith’s character and it is impressive that he can hold his own next to an actor with such star power. Besides, what nineties kid doesn’t know the rap to this show. “Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside-down…” 
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Despite the success of the new CW series "Ringer," it’s hard for most people to think of Gellar as anyone but the sweet, supernatural evil-fighting Buffy Summers, something that’s easy to do after she starred as the innocent heroine in films such as "The Grudge" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer."
Hugh Laurie as Gregory House, "House, M.D"
Medical drama fans love to hate this cynical, sarcastic, genius-of-a-diagnostician. In addition to being unbelievably witty despite his intense pessimistic outlook on life, it is fascinating to watch his many attempts at catharsis with his crippling leg injury. Though he does grow and change throughout the series, Laurie will always be everyone’s favorite jerk.
John Stamos as Uncle Jesse, "Full House"
Without intending to discredit John Stamos’s successful medical drama career, children and families of the nineties remember him as the “cool uncle” to the adorable family that epitomized unconditional love and one of the catchiest theme songs in history. For the "Full House" families, there was a heart or a hand to hold on to “Everywhere you look.”
Steve Burns as Steve, "Blue’s Clues"
Steve and his adorable comrade, Blue, are favorite childhood memories for an entire generation. Steve himself was actually a musician and had no experience with children, an experience that was reflected in the rumors of drug abuse that circulated upon his departure from the show when he supposedly “left for college.” Despite this less-than-reliable reputation, many will look back on Steve and his green striped shirt fondly.
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