The late Sean Connery (RIP), among his many roles on stage and screen, played both of the most well-known characters of classic British legend: King Arthur and Robin Hood. Was he the only actor (or, if not, was he the only British actor) to have this distinction?

How many actors have played both King Arthur and Robin Hood during their career?

Question inspired by a meta post at SFF.

  • Not sure how to tag this. Feel free to edit. – Rand al'Thor Nov 1 '20 at 14:09
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    Trying to research this. Monty Python actors come so close - Graham Chapman plays Arthur in Holy Grail and John Cleese plays Robin Hood in Time Bandits. – iandotkelly Nov 1 '20 at 16:07
  • I feel like Errol Flynn should have, although he did not! :p – Darth Locke Nov 1 '20 at 16:46
  • Remarkably, Sean Connery's son Jason is a near miss: he played Robin Hood in series three of Robin of Sherwood, and the magician Merlin in Merlin: the Quest Begins. – Ian Thompson Nov 2 '20 at 9:47
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    @CGCampbell The specific point that this question makes is that both Arthur and Robin are more or less the classic Britisch heroes and that playing them both is thus significant (and rare). This isn't much different from asking who starred in both Trek and Wars (or MI and JB). The question motivates why it's interesting and with fuzzy close-reasons like that, phrasing is the essence. And yes, maybe this is also influenced by Connery dieing, it would be disingenuous to deny that, but that's part of why people should care about the question. – Napoleon Wilson Nov 3 '20 at 16:09

Voice Actor Mel Blanc has played both roles.

In Robin Hood Daffy, Daffy Duck (voiced by Blanc) plays the role of Robin Hood. You might argue that Blanc is actually voicing Daffy Duck, but the character in the short is supposed to be the actual Robin Hood, not a duck merely acting like Robin Hood the way Bugs played a rabbit acting like the character without actually being the character in Rabbit Hood. The character on screen, voiced by Blanc, was supposed to be the actual Robin Hood (in satirical anthropomorphic duck form).

Blanc voiced King Arthur numerous times. He did so--again as Daffy, this time filling the role of Arthur--in Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court. Blanc also voiced an actual human version of King Arthur in Knighty Knight Bugs, in which Arthur assigns Bugs the task of retrieving the Singing Sword. He also played King Arthur in The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie and a 1963 Chuck Jones short called I was a Teenage Thumb.

Blanc was American of course, so it is possible that Connery is the only British actor to play both roles on screen.

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    Great answer. I didn't think there would be one. – iandotkelly Nov 5 '20 at 1:09
  • Upvoted, but I'll wait to accept and see if there's anyone else who either (a) played the characters physically, not just by voice, or (b) was British like Connery. – Rand al'Thor Nov 5 '20 at 6:32

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