7 Actors Who Always Play the Same Old Characters

6. Morgan Freeman

Shawshank Redemption

Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption | Source: Castle Rock Entertainment

Morgan Freeman is by far the most talented actor on this list, but his inclusion shows that even the greatest actors can sometimes become victims of typecasting. Whether it’s Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, the Dark Knight trilogy, or Million Dollar Baby, Freeman has a tendency to take on roles in which he plays a wise, benevolent character who often serves as a moral compass.

Of course, there’s a reason for that — he’s really, really good at it. Since typecasting tends to have a negative connotation, it might seem strange to include Freeman on this list, but there’s no doubt the actor tends to gravitate toward similar roles over and over again, though he does not have the kind of limited body of work that often follows career character actors. The point is, Freeman is definitely not an onscreen chameleon. But he is really great at what he does.