Hollywood likes experimenting and experimenting often leads to innovative characterizations. While quite a few have failed miserably, some of these characters have left a lasting impression on our senses. Let’s have a look at 12 Iconic Hollywood Characters.

12 Iconic Hollywood Characters

1) Heath Ledger as Joker

Touted as one of the best villains of all time, Joker from the movie Dark Knight redefined terror on the silver screen. Heath Ledger prepared for this role for a year often locking himself behind closed doors. Joker’s impact on the movie was such that Batman felt helpless most of the times while combating his antics. Heath Ledger went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Heath Ledger Joker

2) Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

Dr. Hannibal Lecter was a character from the movie Silence of the Lambs and he was portrayed as a cannibalistic serial killer. Impeccable conviction and flawless adaptation of this character brought Anthony Hopkins an Academy Award. Also, it happened to be the shortest lead role to have ever won an Oscar.

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

3) Samuel Jackson as Jules Winnfield

In the Tarantino classic, Pulp Fiction, Jules was a character who could bring you shivers simply the way he looked and he spoke. Menacing look reciting lines from Bible was the hallmark characteristic of this character’s role and Samuel Jackson, quite appropriately, delivered.

Samuel Jackson as Jules Winnfield

4) Silvester Stallone as Rocky

Penned and characterized by Silvester Stallone himself, this character till date stands as a specimen of inspiration for a lot of people. The physical and mental hardships that the character goes through and the way he overcomes them as a winner truly stands worthwhile to be experienced.

Silvester Stallone as Rocky

5) Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator

One of its kind warrior, Terminator, was brilliantly penned and performed on the screen to cause an impact to the imagination of the movie goers. Arnold, with very few words and lots of action, truly staged this character as one of the most sought after action heroes ever witnessed on 70mm.

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator

6) Al Pacino as Tony Montana

Tony Montana was a commoner wanting to rule the underworld and he went to all extents to successfully become the drug lord. The accent, the expressions, dialogue delivery and the swag with which Al Pacino ornated this character, left everyone in awe of his style and performance. So much so, that even Bollywood could not escape the frenzy and they ended up making Agneepath on the lines on Tony Montana’s character.

Al Pacino as Tony Montana

7) Marlon Brando as Godfather

IF you aren’t aware of this character and you call yourself a movie buff, you got to rethink about the title. No words can describe the magic this character brought onto the silver screen. In order to know more about him, we would suggest you to stop reading this article and start binge watching the Godfather series.

Marlon Brando as Godfather

8) Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

It was this whacky, quirky and artful pirate which made Johnny Depp an A-lister. Everything was spot on with this character. His costume, accent, quotes and the world he got us introduced to. Jack Sparrow never looked invincible and that is what made the character more real and helped to add more flair to it. Jack Sparrow will forever remain as one of the most exciting characters to have captured the silver screen.

Johnny Depp as Captian Jack Sparrow

9) Daniel Craig as James Bond

James Bond, as a character in itself, defines a style which has often gone on to set the trends. He is smart, sexy, bold and brave. What else would you want from a Secret Service Agent? Perfectly carved character to suffice a new age braveheart, James Bond features have always been awaited anxiously by its loyal fan base and they have never failed to rise up to the occasion.

Daniel Craig as James Bond

10) Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta

De Niro’s riveting performance for the portrayal of world middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta stands out as one of the best specimens for method acting. This performance won him the Best Actor Oscar and got him a place in the list of legends forever.

Robert De Niro as Jake Lamotta

11) Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance

When Stanley Kubrick is directing and Stephen King is penning the story, all you need is a Jack Nicholson and a character like Jack Torrance to give you an unforgettable piece of creativity. Touted as one of the best performances of all time, Jack Nicholson led the way with his on-screen brilliance and made Jack Torrance a memorable character.

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance

12) John Travolta as Tony Manero

Just on the basis of his performance in a television series, John Travolta got signed a million dollar contract and he made his debut as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. Receiving his Oscar nomination for his role in the flick, John Travolta had one of the most smashing debuts of all time.

John Travolta as Tony Manero

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