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.

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  • Christian

    Jim Carrey in “The Majestic” is seriously unappreciated.

  • Lockey

    Well yes actually, you left Jim Carrey out of the picture!
    Have you ever seen the movie “The number 23″? He played that role amazingly, without having to act goofy or stupid.

  • Preston

    How can you guys forget about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Jim Carrey’s best role, no contest

  • pwewrestling

    Jim Carrey definitely deserves to be on this list. You could even count The Truman Show as a good dramatic role.

  • Rune

    Jim Carrey did do a great job as a serious actor but the one that I am shocked that wasn’t on the list is Tom Hanks. I figure a lot of people don’t remember his earlier works in Big, Joe Vs. the Volcano, the ‘Burbs, Turner and Hooch, Dragnet…anyway he used to do some really funny movies and now he is an Oscar winner. I think that is the best showing of a transition from comedic to dramatic actor if there was one.

    • TD

      Check out Hanks in the 1986 film “Nothing in Common,” where you’ll witness his comedy/drama transformation first-hand. Bachelor Party put him on the map, but drama was always in his blood.

  • Brandon

    Michael Keaton?

    Do we have a moment of De ja vu now for fans signing petitions for his removal in the late 80’s? 30 years later is Affleck.

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  • Walter White

    I think you forgot the ultimate number one, Bryan Cranston…