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For example, in Harry Potter movie series, professor dumbledore character was played by Richard Harris in the first two films. However, due to his death, the character was played by Michael Gambon in the remaining 6 films. Are there any other instances like this, where the production company has to change its actors?

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Hmmmm. This is potentially a list question, which is off topic. –  System Down Dec 24 '13 at 0:10
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If this indeed too close to a list question for comfort, perhaps it could be reworded as there is a potentially interesting question there - more along the lines of "How do production companies change actors during production due to unforeseen circumstances?" –  Nobby Dec 24 '13 at 1:32
    
The latest Fast and Furious springs to mind, as I've read that they are considering using Paul Walker's brother to fill in for the late actor in order to make some sense of the shots paul had already filmed. –  Nobby Dec 24 '13 at 1:34
    
Back to the Future springs to mind for me where they had to replace Eric Stolz because he was just not working as Marty. Had MJF been originally cast J.J Cohen would have played Biff, not Thomas F. Wilson...This kind of casting SNAFU happens all the time, and for many reasons... –  Ben Plont Dec 24 '13 at 3:38
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is question asking for a list of answers. –  coleopterist Dec 24 '13 at 3:52
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The archetypal example is Doctor Who where the lead has now been played by 13 characters (depending on how you count) over 50 years.

But there is a better example that spans both TV and movies: Quatermass. In the three Hammer Movies Quatermass is played by Brian Donlevy in the first two, then by Andrew Kier in the third. The 4th TV series was also released as a movie so we probably have to count John Mills in the film series.

In the 4 TV series he is played by Reginald Tate, John Robinson, Andre Morel and John Mills and that's if you don't count the recent BBC anniversary remake of the original series (incidentally originally broadcast live in 2005 as was the original in 1955) where he was played by Jason Flemyng.

Most of the changes were prompted by illness or unavailability of the key star playing Quatermass.

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