I want to know, what is the record for the highest number associations/collaborations between an actor/actress and a director. Not encompassing porn films for movies or extras for actors.

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  • Thanks for the list. It seems like the record is by John Ford / John Wayne who worked on 21 movies together.
    – Ankit
    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:56
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    On the other hand I'd wager there might be a much bigger chance to find high collaboration rather among the less famous/significant actors. There might be some kind of entirely unknown background/side actor who's made an appearance in every single movie of some director. Or maybe some weird B movie director who produced like 50 movies, all with his pal in a supporting role. But I guess you're looking for more famous examples here.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Oct 8, 2015 at 10:50
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    Do we count directors who appeared in their own films? If so, I'd say Alfred Hitchcock, who appeared as a cameo in nearly all of his films... Oct 8, 2015 at 14:40
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    I'll assume that "in Hollywood" means feature-length movies with a big-ish budget, and not movies actually shot in the Los Angeles area. Because my first thought was, it's got to be a porn actor/actress working with a director. Those are often shot in the San Fernando Valley, where the Walt Disney Studios and Sony are (and which is where I live). And there were a lot more of those movies than big-budget feature films. (Just sayin'.) Oct 8, 2015 at 18:47

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The British Carry-On films franchise consists of 31 films, all directed by Gerald Thomas, the actors and their film appearances in the series who beat the John Wayne record are Kenneth Williams (25), Joan Sims (24) and Charles Haughtry (23) .

  • Hollywood.....?
    – Ankit Sharma
    Oct 8, 2015 at 11:41
  • @AnkitSharma Oh, I completely missed that, too, I admit.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Oct 8, 2015 at 12:40
  • Probably ought to remove this answer as it isn't an answer to the question asked.
    – Raze
    Oct 8, 2015 at 20:30
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    Hollywood not having been explicitly stated in the title, this answer is useful to the rest of the world.
    – Mazura
    Oct 9, 2015 at 2:16
  • @Mazura it was mentioned before the new edit.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Oct 9, 2015 at 6:44

Malayalam director J Sasikumar has done 84 movies with actor Prem Nazir in the lead role. Guess no one is ever gonna beat that.

From Wikipedia

Sasikumar holds three world records: the records for most number of films (141), most number of films having the same actor as hero (Prem Nazir in 84 films) and the most number of films directed in a year (15 films in 1977)


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