Comedic actors often get typecast into comedic roles. Call us crazy, but it does seem to make sense. If you are funny then you should make funny movies. However, every now and again, a comedic actor will try their hand at drama and the results can be spectacular.
I left a few popular examples of comedy actors-turned-drama actors off this list. You will notice that Bill Murray and Robin Williams are both not on the list. This is because they have already set up a nice reputation as actors who can play in both dramas and comedies. This list of actors is a bit more surprising.
6. Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans is known for portraying a lovable or obnoxious stoner (depending on how you feel about the movie) in the horror parody Scary Movie series. Wayans was back up to his old horror movie parody tricks with this year’s A Haunted House.
Wayans can do so much more than just play goofy characters in bad parody movies. He starred in the little-seen independent film Behind the Smile about the dark side of standup comedians in Los Angeles. He also put on a great performance as a drug addict in Darren Aronofsky’s (The Wrestler, Black Swan) Requiem for a Dream. Wayans is currently busy filming A Haunted House 2, so it does not look like he will be flexing his dramatic acting muscles again anytime soon.