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5 Most Prolific Actors In Hollywood History

While we like seeing a variety of actors in different roles and movies, there are some who are just so good that they manage to get hired again and again. While this could be because they deliver stereotypes efficiently, being a prolific actor means that you have to build trust that you can be counted on to deliver great performances. Here are some of the most prolific actors in the history of Hollywood:

Ernest Borgnine

Born as Ermes Effrom Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut to parents who were Italian immigrants, he took on sports as a child and did not show any real interest and acting. Later on, he would find his niche as a supporting actor, but he was very flexible and could be counted on the deliver great performances.

His career would turn out to be one of the most prolific of all time as he would appear in 2014 movies and various roles. He has also appeared in a handful of dreadful movies, but that’s understandable why he’s one of the most prolific of all time.

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia was born and raised in New York City. He would, later on, study journalism at the University of Missouri before moving back to New York to pursue his acting career. He engaged in intensive training in the Actors Studio while doing stage work.

He eventually became a familiar face on TV in the 1950s. His career would span across 224 films and acting appearances, which include “Scarface” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” He is often cast as a doctor, judge, a government official or a military officer.

Christopher Lee

With his good looks, impeccable acting talent and real life experiences that allow him to portray his roles effectively, it is no doubt that Sir Christopher Frank Cardini Lee would be one of the most sought after. With 276 movies under his belt, Lee has been widely considered as the most prolific actor of his generation. Some of his notable roles include Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” saga, Dracula and James Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga.

[su_quote cite=”Christopher Lee” class=”cust-pagination”]”The thing I have always tried to do is surprise people: to present them with something they didn’t expect.” [/su_quote]

Mickey Rooney

Born as Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 2910, in Brooklyn, New York, Rooney first took the stage as a toddler in his parents’ vaudeville act when he was just 17 months old. He would later grow up to pursue a life in theater and film acting and would make his first film appearance in 1926.

In his early years, he would take the lead role in a Mickey McGuire short film, wherein he would take on the stage name of Mickey Rooney. His career went on to be one of the most prolific ones in Hollywood as he would later be credited for 320 appearances in films. Some of this most notable works include “A Family Affair,” “Babes in Arms,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s and “The Black Stallion.”

Oliver Hardy

American actor Oliver Hardy holds the record for being the most prolific actor in the history of Hollywood. His record boasts over 417 movie credits, if both feature and short films are to be included. Oliver Hardy is the chubbier half of the comedy duo “Laurel and Hardy” whose popularity has spawned across decades.

Hardy’s work began in the era of silent films and his career lasted for 25 years, from 1927 to 1951. His first film credit was in “Outwitting Dad” in 1914. Hardy died in 1956 after complications following a mild heart attack that eventually led to a stroke.

Some actors are seen very rarely, while there are also some that you might see in every other movie that you watch. While this generation has a handful of actors that are very visible, the ones we’ve listed are the most prolific in history. Do you have anyone else in mind that we could add to this list? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

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