Acting is an art and for an honest actor it doesn’t matter what the medium or platform is. The same rule applies for the Hollywood stars too. Be it films, television, radio or the stage a fine performance always makes an impact in people’s minds. We often talk about actors making the shift from TV to films. In the list below you will find the names of actors who have achieved success both on TV and films and some of them even managed to have dual career simultaneously. A few names are missing from the list – such as Viola Davis, Brad Pitt, Julianne Moore, Bryan Cranston to name a few – but the list below represents the most noteworthy transitions from being a TV star to a movie star.
20. Jennifer Garner
She was a big shot TV star with her multiple award winning show ‘Alias’ before making inroads into movies via brief roles, most notably in Woody Allen’s ‘Deconstructing Harry’. She is yet to replicate the mega success of her TV career in movies as well but she has done quite well for herself as a popular star on the verge of something big. With a couple of box office winners and big studio movies to her credit she is living the life of a bona fide Hollywood movie star. Her most renowned role till date is that of an early teen miraculously transforming into a 30 year old woman in ’13 Going on 30’.
19. Melissa McCarthy
She is an undeniable force in Hollywood. She broke every prevalent rule of showbiz to emerge as the unlikely American sweetheart of the 21st century. She is goofy, body-confident and talented with a capital T. She first showed sparks of her brilliance with a recurring role in the high rated TV show ‘Gilmore Girls’. However it was after her honest turn as an overweight woman in the show ‘Mike & Molly’ that Hollywood saw the potential in her to become a new age movie icon. Movies came calling next and the way she worked her way to the top is inspiring to say the least. She played a huge role in selling female oriented big budget films to the skeptical audiences. Her films have grossed over hundreds of millions worldwide and today she is a legit bankable star.