Which role do you associate these actors with?

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There are a few reasons you might associate an actor with a certain role. Maybe you grew up crushing on Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, or you're just a born-and-raised Trekkie who knows William Shatner will always be James Kirk.


Whatever the reason, we want to hear which roles are most memorable for some of classic TV's most famous faces.

See how many people agree with you!

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  1. Is Andy Griffith Andy Taylor or Ben Matlock in your heart?
  2. Will Bob Denver forever be Gilligan or Maynard G. Krebs?
  3. How about Buddy Ebsen? Barnaby Jones or Jed Clampett?
  4. Is Dick Van Dyke Rob Petrie or Dr. Mark Sloan?
  5. Do you think of William Shatner as Captain J. T. Kirk or T. J. Hooker?
  6. Do you remember Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards or Laura Petrie?
  7. When you think of Betty White, do you think of Sue Anne Nivens or Rose Nylund?
  8. Is James Garner Bret Maverick or Jim Rockford to you?
  9. When you think of Ron Howard, does Opie Taylor or Richie Cunningham pop into your head?
  10. When it comes to Kate Jackson, are you more of a Sabrina Duncan or Amanda King fan?
  11. Do you associate Gavin MacLeod with Merrill Stubing or Murray Slaughter?
  12. Do you think of Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner or Tim O'Hara?
  13. Is Bob Newhart actually Bob Hartley or Dick Loudon in your mind?

Which role do you associate these actors with?

Your Result...

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Michaeljscheibn 11 months ago
Somewhat geared by age but 69% here.
RobertK 11 months ago
69%. I gravitated toward all of the older shows.
TheFanFromUNCLE 29 months ago
Not a fan of The Beverly Hillbillies but love Barnaby Jones!
mssquared 38 months ago
Most of the actors I remember from childhood watching TV with Dad. When they did their 2nd roles I was a teen & out with friends or doing homework, not watching as much TV
Randall 38 months ago
I always thought of Bill Bixby as the dad in COURTSHIP OF EDDIE"S FATHER, an important show, also the housekeeper was a female ASIAN AMERICAN for the late sixties, that was a big deal!
idkwut2use 56 months ago
76% similar to the most popular responses
Joe 56 months ago
Longhorn 59 months ago
I always think of Bill Bixby in the TV version of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father".
JeffTanner 59 months ago
''69% similar ---------------69% similar to the most popular responses.
bemibet 59 months ago
Why did every question add up to 99%? It's not like people could choose "no opinion".
JDnHuntsvilleAL bemibet 40 months ago
All of mine added up to 100%. You must have done something wrong. :-)
BrownieMom 59 months ago
ETristanBooth BrownieMom 59 months ago
I'm 84% as well. What are the odds?
jvf 59 months ago
A few of these were hard to choose for me. I associate each actor equally for the choice given in #6, 7, 9, and 13.
cmlpony 59 months ago
Personally I always associated the actor Bill Bixby with the role of DAVID BANNER and not BRUCE BANNER.
djw1120 59 months ago
92% similar
Of course, everything added up to 99% and as far as #'s 2, 8, 11 and 13 go, I couldn't care less which one.
DuanneWalton 59 months ago
Andy Griffith is always Lonesome Rhodes (from A Face in the Crowd) and Ron Howard is always Genius (from Village of the Giants) to me.
UTZAAKE DuanneWalton 59 months ago
53% similar. Definitely Lonesome Rhodes! For me, Ron Howard is the Arrested Development narrator.
GeoRubik DuanneWalton 59 months ago
Winthrop Paroo from The Music Man. Loved his lisp.
Debby 59 months ago
53% similar. I actually think of Dark Shadows for Kate Jackson, which was not a choice.
daDoctah 59 months ago
And now the *really* tough decision: Michael Landon as Little Joe Cartwright, Pa Ingalls, or Jonathan Smith?
ETristanBooth daDoctah 59 months ago
Charles Ingalls for me.
Allison 59 months ago
100% went with my own thoughts
Lacey 59 months ago
#6 is hard as she was iconic in BOTH roles.
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