Can You Match the Iconic Television Character to His or Her Show?

Becky Stigall

What logical Vulcan was a character on the original "Star Trek" series?

Mr. Spock was played by Leonard Nimoy in the original series. Zachary Quinto has played a young Spock more recently.

What cartoon patriarch is married to Marge and raising children Bart, Lisa and Maggie on "The Simpsons"?

Dan Castellaneta is the voice of Homer Simpson. Castellaneta also voices Grampa and Krusty the Clown.

What grumpy conservative was head of household on "All in the Family"?

"All in the Family" ran from 1971 to 1979. Archie was played by Carroll O'Connor.

James Gandolfini played what Italian-American mobster on "The Sopranos"?

Tony is a leader in the fictional DiMeo crime family. Gandolfini graduated from Rutgers University in 1982.

Which "Seinfeld" character is played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus?

Elaine Benes and Jerry are exes and best friends. Louis-Dreyfus won multiple awards for the role.

What special agent was in on "The X-Files"?

The character of Fox Mulder was played by David Duchovny. His partner is Dana Scully.

What "Muppets" character finds it hard to be green?

Kermit first hit the scene in 1955. Jim Henson was the man behind the puppet.

What snarky physician is played by Hugh Laurie on "House"?

House is the head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine where he works to find answers to the toughest medical questions.

What Vampire Slayer was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar?

Buffy Anne Summers was featured in the "Buffy" movie, the series, comic books and even a video game.

What "Family Guy" character is the youngest brother of Meg and Chris?

Seth MacFarlane is the voice of Stewie. MacFarlane has also had a part in "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad."

What "How I Met Your Mother" character marries Robin?

The character of Barney Stinson is played by Neil Patrick Harris. Harris also played the title character in "Doogie Howser, M.D."

What "South Park" character is sweet as candy?

The character of Butters Stotch is voiced by Matt Stone. Stone is co-creator of the show.

What "Seinfeld" character really needed to comb his hair?

Cosmo Kramer was played by Michael Richards. Richards was a medic in the U.S. Army.

What captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise was played by William Shatner on the original "Star Trek" series?

Shatner reprised the role for several full length movies. He went on to star in several television series.

What "The Office" character is a Regional Manager for Dunder Mifflin?

The character of Michael Scott is played by Steve Carell. Carell also starred in several movies, including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

What cartoon fourth-grader calls Homer and Marge his parents on "The Simpsons"?

The voice of Bart Simpson is Nancy Cartwright. Cartwright has written an autobiography, entitled "My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy."

What accidental drug kingpin is known as Heisenberg on "Breaking Bad"?

The character of Walter White is played by Bryan Cranston. Cranston also starred as the dad, Hal, on "Malcolm in the Middle."

Which character is referred to as The Halfman on "Game of Thrones"?

The character of Tyrion Lannister is played by Peter Dinklage. The actor can trace his career all the way back to 5th grade.

What vampy matriarch is married to Gomez on "The Addams Family"?

The character of Morticia Addams was played by Carolyn Jones in the original series and Anjelica Huston in the original movie.

What cartoon dad is married to Lois on "Family Guy"?

The character of Peter Griffin is voiced by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane is also a singer.

What adman is played by Jon Hamm on "Mad Men"?

Don Draper is a primary character on "Mad Men." Bonus points if you remember that Donald Francis Draper is really Richard Whitman.

What "30 Rock" character writes for "The Girlie Show"?

The character of Liz Lemon is played by Tina Fey. Fey got her start on "Saturday Night Live."

What unkempt loner had a brother named Merle on "The Walking Dead"?

The character of Daryl Dixon is played by Norman Reedus. Reedus was formerly a model for Prada.

Which head of Winterfell ended up with his head on a stick on "Game of Thrones"?

The character of Eddard (Ned) Stark is played by Sean Bean. Bean graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

What motorcycle-riding mechanic was a main character in "Happy Days"?

The character of Arthur Fonzarelli was played by Henry Winkler. The character was not originally intended to have a major role, but the popularity of The Fonz made him a main character.

What sassy mother was mom to Becky, Darlene and D.J. on "Roseanne"?

The character of Roseanne Conner was played by comedian Roseanne Barr. Barr began her career as a stand-up comedian.

What staunch Republican was surrounded by liberals on "Family Ties"?

The character of Alex P. Keaton was played by Michael J. Fox. Fox married Tracy Pollan, who played his girlfriend on the show.

What "Dallas" family head was played by Larry Hagman?

J.R. Ewing was the head of Ewing Oil and owned the Southfork Ranch. Hagman once starred in "I Dream of Jeannie."

What "Parks and Recreation" character is the Deputy Director of the department?

The characterof Leslie Knope is played by Amy Poehler. Bonus points if you know the character's middle name is Barbara .

Who was the bumbling deputy on "The Andy Griffith Show"?

The character of Barney Fife was played by Don Knotts. Knotts had a degree in education from West Virginia University.

What First Mate was stranded on an island during a three-hour tour on "Gilligan's Island"?

The character of Gilligan was played by Bob Denver. Actor Jerry Van Dyke turned down the role.

What television character lived his live in 24-hour increments?

The character of Jack Bauer was played by Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer is the son of iconic actor Donald Sutherland.

What original "Walking Dead" character was married to Maggie?

The character of Glenn Rhee was played by Steven Yeun. RIP Glenn!

What "Walking Dead" character is the group's reluctant leader?

The character of Rick Grimes is played by British actor, Andrew Lincoln. Lincoln was born Andrew Clutterbuck.

What single television mom was an inspiration for many real-life single mothers on "Gilmore Girls"?

The character of Lorelai Gilmore was played by Lauren Graham. The character's daughter, Rory, (short for Lorelai), was played by Alexis Bledel.

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Some television characters will remain forever in our hearts and minds. Can you identify what show each of these characters is from, based on a simple description?

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