5. Samuel L. Jackson
Typecast as: Badass
Notable examples: Snakes on a Plane, Pulp Fiction, The Avengers
Try to wrap your head around this fact: Samuel L. Jackson is now the highest-grossing actor in history. After appearing in mega-blockbusters like the Star Wars prequels, The Avengers, Iron Man 2, and countless other hits along the way, Jackson’s movies have grossed over $7 billion, and he’s done it all by basically playing the same character in each.
Whenever a movie calls for a cool, highly-quotable badass, producers and directors call in Jackson, who seems to say yes to a every project, no matter how good it is. Hell, we’re sure he would take center stage in a community college production of Othello if he was allowed to take as much of the intermission refreshments as he wanted.
But unlike so many other Hollywood thespians, Jackson embraces his typecasting. It’s made him a multi-millionaire, he’s worked with some of the best directors on the planet, and all he has to do is stand around and look cool.