Which is the longest actor-director partnership? I'm talking about movies where a given director works with the same actor/actress in a leading role.

Johnny Depp & Tim Burton is one of the first ones that came to my mind. Another one could be Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese.

  • I have no idea whether this happened, but if these two persons (actor/director) were the same, would that count?
    – Jenayah
    Feb 21, 2019 at 19:52
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    @Jenayah That wouldn't count. Yeah Ben Stiller, I'm talking to you Feb 21, 2019 at 19:59
  • Also this is tagged [american-cinema], but would you be interested in, say, Indian movies as well? (once again I have no idea if the answer lies there, but in case it does, let's clarify the question :) )
    – Jenayah
    Feb 21, 2019 at 20:16
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    – Paulie_D
    Feb 21, 2019 at 20:56

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Arguably, John Ford & John Wayne. - 24 to 35 years (1928/39 - 1963)

Ford directed Wayne in Stagecoach (1939) and continued to feature him until at least 1963 with Donovan's Reef.

In fact, Ford had directed Wayne in several movies prior to 1939 (as far back as 1928) but Stagecoach was Wayne's breakout role.

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