TV Stars Who Refuse to Be Typecast

Edie Falco has gone from the mob to medicine, for one
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2010 5:05 AM CDT
TV Stars Who Refuse to Be Typecast
Bryan Cranston doesn't seem so 'Malcolm in the Middle'-ish in this scene from "Breaking Bad."   (AP Photo/Doug Hyun,AMC)

Some TV actors seem to play the same character over and over again. (Kelsey Grammer, anyone?) Others have managed to escape that fate. From geeky dad to criminal, the 5 who have stepped outside the box best:

  1. Bryan Cranston: Once known as the goofy dad from Malcolm in the Middle, he now plays a crystal meth chef in Breaking Bad.

  1. Edie Falco: From married to the mob in Sopranos to the gritty, but less gun-tastic Nurse Jackie.
  2. Ray Romano: Went from relatively great hubby on Everybody Loves Raymond to gambling addict separated from his wife on Men of a Certain Age.
  3. Julianna Margulies: Spent years as an ER nurse, then changed careers, hopping aboard legal drama The Good Wife.
  4. David Duchovny: Though it seemed like he would forever be Mulder on the X-Files, he's traded aliens for women on Californication.
(Read more David Duchovny stories.)

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