Top Ten Best Film and TV Portrayals of Literary Characters

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I decided to make this list after watching the Hobbit with Martin Freeman. I thought Freeman was wonderful as Bilbo and then I realized that he has portrayed two literary characters now, Bilbo and Watson. And then this got me thinking what is the best portrayal of a literary character, so here is my list of what I think are.

The Top Ten

1 Gregory Peck - Atticus Finch
2 Jeremy Brett - Sherlock Holmes
3 Bela Lugosi - Dracula Bela Lugosi - Dracula Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films.
4 Peter Dinklage - Tyrion Lannister
5 Andy Serkis - Gollum Andy Serkis - Gollum
6 Borris Karloff - The Frankenstein monster
7 Alan Rickman - Severus Snape Alan Rickman - Severus Snape Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21st 1946 - Janurary 14th 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, most notably Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2016
8 Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
9 Anthony Perkins - Norman Bates
10 Peter Cushing - Abraham Van Helsing

The Contenders

11 Ian McKellen - Gandalf Ian McKellen - Gandalf Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards.
12 Sean Connery - James Bond Sean Connery - James Bond Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes.

Of the six portrayals of the iconic gentleman spy (not counting the unofficial portrayals by Barry Nelson in the 1954 T.V. adaptation of Casino Royale and David Niven in the 1967 spoof film also called Casino Royale), Sean Connery's take on the character is the quintessential incarnation of James Bond. Smart, charming and cool but dangerous and skilled, this cemented the James Bond character's status in film history.

13 James Norton - Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky James Norton - Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky James Geoffrey Ian Norton is an English actor best known for playing Reverend Sydney Chambers in the ITV period crime series Grantchester and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in the 2016 BBC mini series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace.
14 Mia Wasikowska - Alice Kingsleigh Mia Wasikowska - Alice Kingsleigh Mia Wasikowska is an Australian actress best known for starring as Alice Kingsleigh in Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
15 Marlon Brando - Vito Corleone Marlon Brando - Vito Corleone Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.
16 Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Splash, Big, Turner & Hooch, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, The Green Mile, the Toy Story Franchise, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. ...read more.
17 Javier Bardem - Anton Chigurh Javier Bardem - Anton Chigurh
18 Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance Jack Nicholson - Jack Torrance John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many ...read more.
19 Malcolm McDowell - Alex DeLarge
20 Edmund Gwenn - Kris Kringle

From the 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street”

21 Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
22 James Mason - Julius Caesar
23 Olivia Hussey - Juliet Capulet
24 Leonard Whiting - Romeo Montague
25 Armand Assante - Odysseus
26 Greta Scacchi - Penelope
27 John Malkovich - Lennie Small
28 Leonardo DiCaprio - Jay Gatsby
29 Natalie Wood - Susan Walker
30 Maureen O'Hara - Doris Walker
31 James Stewart - George Bailey
32 Donna Reed - Mary Hatch Bailey
33 Henry Travers - Clarence Odbody
34 John Payne - Fred Gailey
35 Logan Lerman - Percy Jackson
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