Name some actors or actresses who have starred in at least 3 (reasonably) successful TV series
The rules[list=1][li]Each series must have lasted at least 80 episodes (about 3 or 4 seasons)[sup]1[/sup] on U.S. primetime network television[/li][li]The actor must have played a major character on the series for at least 3 seasons (but not necessarily for the entire run of the series).[/li][li]No actor gets credit for playing the same character in a second series[/li][li]Playing the voice of a major character counts (Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson counts, but William Conrad as the narrator of “Buck Rogers” doesn’t) [/list=1]I can think of only a few who (probably) fit the bill:[/li]
Michael Landon: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven
Lee Majors The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy
Heather Locklear: Dynasty, T. J. Hooker, Melrose Place (and Spin City if she stays on the show a total of 3 years)
Bill Cosby: I Spy, The Cosby Show, Cosby
Kate Jackson: The Rookies, Charlie’s Angels, Scarecrow and Mrs. King (I’m not sure she was a major character in “The Rookies”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the show).
Surely there are others. Aren’t there? It kept me up for a couple of hours last night trying to think of some, but these five were the only ones I could come up with. There is no shortage of people who have starred in two successful series.
[sub][sup]1[/sup] I lowered the standard from 100 episodes to 80 episodes specifically to let Bill Cosby slip under the wire.[/sub]