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What character/actor combo have appeared in the most movies?

I know Christopher Lee has done at least nine Dracula roles by my count, and a lot of Harry Potter actors reached eight movies in the same role. Hugh Jackman is about to have his seventh Wolverine, and Connery and Moore both have seven James Bond portrayals, but Desmond Llewellyn racked up 17 movies as Q. Does anyone beat that?

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    I thought Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan would beat it, but, not even close at 13 movies. He also did another character, Jungle Jim, for another 13 movies.
    – wbogacz
    Jul 11, 2013 at 12:49
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    Basil Rathbone was close at 16 Sherlock Holmes films
    – Stefan
    Jul 11, 2013 at 16:41
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    Dont forget Leonard Nimoy and his Spock role
    – user6916
    Nov 26, 2013 at 15:12
  • Here's a small top in French (but the name of the actor could be enough and the number): allocine.fr/article/dossiers/cinema/dossier-18592587
    – Larme
    Apr 7, 2014 at 16:48

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If you count short films as eligible, then Larry Fine, Moe Howard, and Shemp Howard (or Curly - doesn't really matter) outweigh all as the Three Stooges with a combined output in the hundreds.

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  • Was it really hundreds? They have coalesced in my mind into only about three movies.
    – wallyk
    Jul 11, 2013 at 20:44
  • @wallyk - Here is your homework, to count how many times Moe appears in a film as 'Moe'
    – wbogacz
    Jul 11, 2013 at 20:55
  • IMDB lists 243 acting roles, and about 11 of those on the first page do not say "Moe", so 233 films would be the first approximation. Wow!
    – wallyk
    Jul 11, 2013 at 22:08
  • Wikipedia says 220 films - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Stooges#Legacy_and_perspective
    – Tom77
    Jul 12, 2013 at 12:07
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Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) had 1024 acting credits from 1937 through 1990

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  • I like it. Nothing saying cartoons don't count.
    – wbogacz
    Jul 12, 2013 at 12:34
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    Unless Mel Blanc was contributing even after his death, hes years of activity ought to be till 1989. Moreover, it'll be unfair to say that Mel Blanc has all credits associated with Bugs Bunny as he was also the voice of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird among many others.
    – Sayan
    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:56
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    @KeyBrdBasher: 1990 is presumably because the credit is associated with the year of release of the work, not the year the voice actor sat in a studio and did it. So yes, he was contributing even after his death, but as you point out calling that a year of "activity" would be misleading. Feb 27, 2016 at 15:07
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Right up near the top would be Mickey Rooney in the Andy Hardy series. There were 16 full length films and one short. Mickey Rooney probably appeared in more films than anyone else, over 320, usually in the leading part.

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