A number of actors have dominated the television industry and the silver screen with same élan. Not everyone has the luck to penetrate the tinsel town or create a niche for themselves in the big world of Bollywood or Hollywood. There are however stars who have been equally successful in both the worlds. Talking about actors who started with television and ended up in the silver screen, one of the first names that comes up is of
The Funny Man: Matt LeBlanc
His portrayal of “Joey Tribbiani” in the 90s show “Friends” put him on the map. He went on to act in movies such as “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle(2003)”. Although he acted in silver screens, he never left the television, starring in “Episode”, “Joey”, “Man with a Plan”, etc.
Mr. Truman: Jim Carrey
Even though you’ve probably not heard about Jim Carrey in a T.V. show, he started off in “The All-Night Show” which aired in 1980.
It was short lived, and was called off in 1981, Carrey later on went to star in movies such as “Dumb and Dumber”, “The Mask”, “Ace Ventura”, “The Truman Show”, “Me, Myself & Irene”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
Teen Heartthrob: Selena Gomez
Child star Selena Gomez’s claim to fame was the Disney show “Wizards of Waverley Place”. Previously she’d played a part in “Barney and Friends”, a show our generation grew up watching. Eventually she gave voiceover for blockbuster hits such as “Hotel Transylvania”, “Hotel Transylvania 2”, and starred in “Spy Kids 3D”, “Monte Carlo” and “Another Cinderella Story”. She’s now a musical prodigy with six top ten entries in the US Billboard Hot 100.
The Dashing Actor: Sushant Singh Rajput
Looking at Bollywood heroes for a change, one of the first names that comes to the mind is that of Sushant Singh Rajput. His career started in the show “ Zara Nachke Dikha “, and “ Kis Desh Mein Hai Dil Mera”. And he gave us superhits like “ Kai Po Che(2013)”, “Ms Dhoni(2016)”.
The Badshah of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan
A crowd favourite, Shah Rukh Khan also started with television, and featured in serials like “Circus” and “Fauji”. King Khan is probably one of the most successful actors of his generation with a number of hits like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, ‘Dil to Pagal Hain”, “Don”, “Baazigar” and “Darr”.
Among the many others who have sizzled in Bollywood are Vidya Balan, Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, and Ashutosh Rana.