It’s an ancient Zen koan as old as time itself: Which came first, the character or the actor? Sometimes, actors have trouble breaking character – or they simply take the “method” method a bit too far. When the line between fiction and reality blurs, it can be hard to tell where the part ends and the performer begins. There are a bunch of TV stars who turned into their characters, or is it the other way around?
Either way, be it a strange coincidence or amazing casting, you wonder, who are TV actors who are like their characters? This list answers that question. Here are seven TV actors who ended up sharing a fate with the characters they played on television.