Did these famous actors get their start in movies or television?

Was their very first role on the big screen or the small one?

Classic television introduced the world to many famous actors. Some of those actors left the small screen to begin long film careers.

On the flip-side, certain actors starred in numerous movies before finding acclaim on television. 

See if you can guess if these famous actors started in movies or on TV!

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  1. William Shatner's first screen acting role came in 1951. Was it in a movie or a tv show?
  2. Dick Van Dyke is known for both his TV and film work. Which one gave him his first acting job?
  3. TV made Harry Morgan famous, but is that where he started?
  4. Where did TV icon Carol Burnett get her start?
  5. Andy Griffith acted in movies before landing his own TV show. But where did he first start acting?
  6. Don Knotts got his first acting job in 1951. Was it in a movie or TV show?
  7. Ron Howard became successful directing movies after acting in television. Which medium did he start acting in?
  8. What was Doris Day's very first role in?
  9. Peter Falk switched from TV to film many times, but his first role was in...
  10. Where did James Arness get his start in Hollywood?
  11. Lucille Ball is known the world over for her iconic TV show. Did she start on the small screen?
  12. Clint Eastwood became a movie star after appearing on TV in 'Rawhide.' Where did his very first role come from?
  13. Where did Jackie Gleason get his start?
  14. Another star of both the silver screen and its living room counterpart is Alan Alda. Which one brought him his first acting gig?
  15. Known for many great films, Jodie Foster also acted in TV shows as a child. Where was her very first appearance?
  16. Steve McQueen is loved by many for his classic films. Is that where he started his career?

Did these famous actors get their start in movies or television?

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ELEANOR 11 days ago
Phil Silvers and Paul Winchell probably launched a thousand faces.
FLETCH 12 days ago
You got 5 out of 16... Ouch!
dujon55 2 months ago
10 out of 16 pretty tricky test
Evan 6 months ago
11/16. Better than I thought.
daDoctah 6 months ago
Was going to claim that someone goofed, that Carol Burnett was in another show before Paul Winchell's. She played Buddy Hackett's girlfriend on "Stanley", but in checking just now it looks like that aired the year *after* Winchell rather than the year before.
booster 6 months ago
8/16 Never heard of some of those movies.
MarioKlein 6 months ago
It was harder than I thought it be. Got 5 correct answers, but hopefully I learned something.
Joe MarioKlein 6 months ago
My "You got 6 out of 16" wasn't much better.
Kevin 6 months ago
Lucy & Henry Morgan got their start on radio



Ravens02 6 months ago
I deal so foolish,
Thank you for the
Privilege,
Ravens02.
Catman 6 months ago
Well I performed in my usual stunning fashion. 5/16. BTW, Lucille Ball was also in an early 3 Stooges short, I believe it was 3 little pigskins.
MarioKlein Catman 6 months ago
I got 5 correct also.
cperrynaples 6 months ago
12/16! and comments! Several stars here worked before TV existed which means that for me 3, 8, 11 and 13 were obvious! Don Knotts was on SFT in 1953, 2 years after its premiere! My misses were 7 [never heard of that movie],9[thought Murder, Inc. was his his first role], 14[didn't know he did Bilko], & 16 [he was in Somebody Up There Likes Me with Paul Newman]!
walligans 6 months ago
You got 9 out of 16
You're just starting your trivia career.
Muleskinner 6 months ago
12/16. A lot of guesses, although the age of the actor was a good clue.
Moriyah 6 months ago
Hi guys, I got half of them right.
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