10 Brilliant TV Actors Who Have Failed At Becoming Movie Stars

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Thanks to the 'Golden Age of Television' we are currently in, there is no longer any stigma attached to a movie star moving to the small screen. With the quality of long-form television now better than it has ever been, the opposite is now true; established names are more than willing to star in an episodic series if the material is good enough.

In recent years Kevin Spacey, Matthew McConaughey, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and countless others have headlined television shows, with the focus on story and characters drawing these talents to the small screen, especially with major movie studios increasingly reluctant to fund like-minded theatrical projects.

Television is also still seen as a proving ground for actors looking to make the jump to the bright lights of Hollywood, as it has been for decades; Will Smith, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, numerous Saturday Night Live alumni and the countless Australians that cut their teeth on Home and Away and Neighbours started on the small screen before making the successful transition to the silver one.

With that in mind, let's take a look at ten actors that have done brilliant work on television over the last decade, but have failed to translate it into any kind of sustained big screen success.

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