In looking up portrayers of presidents for an earlier thread, I was struck with how often an actor would end up playing the same historical character in apparently unrelated roles. In some cases, I knew of some of these, but not of others.
William Daniels was John Adams in the Broadway play 1776 and the film, and in the TV movie of John Jakes’ The Rebels (I thought he played Sam Adams, but ythe IMDB credits him as John, too). He also played him in The Adams Chronicles and the 1994 TV movie The American Revolution.
Howard da Silva was Ben Franklin in stage and film versions of 1776, and in a series of commercials for General Electric, and I’m pretty sure somewhere else as well.
Jopseph Crehan was Ulysses S. Grant in five movies from 1939 to 1949 which don’t seem to be related.
French actor Adrien Cayla-Legrand was Charles deGaulee in four unrelated films (including Day of the Jackal). I can kind of understand this – deGaulle’s appearance is distinctive. But still…
And finally, he’s a fictional character, but Mycroft Holmes was portrayed by Charles Gray (“The Narrator” of Rocky Horror", and Blofeld in “Diamonds are Forever”) in the film The Seven Per Cent Solution and at least four episodes of the Granada/PBS “Sherlock Holmes” series. He seems to have taken over and finished up some episodes when Jeremy Brett was ailing, and I coulda sworn he did more.