It used to be a common misconception that actors only jumped from film to television when their career was in the tank. Now, it’s quite the opposite. Making the change from the big screen to the small screen — on a TV series or a mini-series — can be a career game-changer, even boosting a film actor’s career. TV has become such a hot commodity that you can expect to see actors such a Halle Berry, Eva Green, and Josh Hartnett gracing the small screen in 2014. Here are five movies actors that have found success on TV.
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Staring in hit movies Django Unchained, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Ray, Kerry Washington continues to flex her acting chops playing Olivia Pope on the ABC’s hit TV show Scandal. The actress plays a former White House communications director who now runs her own business “fixing” problems before they start. The show has developed quite the cult following and Washington has received both an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
He took home the Oscar for his role in Coming Home back in 1979, and now Jon Voight is impressing viewers and critics alike playing Mickey Donovan on the Showtime series Ray Donovan. Voight plays a father trying to make things right with his sons, and he is so convincing in the role that you forget you are watching Jon Voight. The actor even took home the Golden Globe this month for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Television Series.
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
After years of receiving critical acclaim and winning Oscars for films such as American Beauty and The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey continues to wow audiences playing a revengeful congressman on the TV series House of Cards. Spacey also produces the show and has received rave reviews, even earning himself an Emmy nomination as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Claire Danes, Homeland
After finding success on hit movies such as Little Women, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Claire Danes is now heating up the small screen with her role as Carrie Mathison on Showtime’s Homeland. Danes plays a CIA officer struggling with bipolar disorder, and has taken home two Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a SAG Award for her incredible performance.
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
After making a name for himself on the big screen with movies such as Iron Man 3, Crash, and Hotel Rwanda, the Oscar nominated actor is finding success on the small screen in Showtime’s House of Lies. Cheadle plays Marty — a cutthroat consultant who works hard to get his clients what they want at any cost. Cheadle has received stellar reviews and has earned himself an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win.