The Most Overused Actors on HBO

HBO has a habit of reusing actors for several of its shows. Here are the channel's most frequent faces.

Earlier this month, our Manolo Blahnik-lovin’ hearts skipped a beat when we found out Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO in a new series called Divorce. SJP’s return got us thinking about other actors who have done a second (or third) lap around HBO. Turns out, many actors have worked on more than one of the network’s shows. (Some have even appeared in four.)

Check out these 27 actors who just can’t seem to let go of premium cable.

  1. Michael Kenneth Williams

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    You know him as: Omar Little in The Wire. But he’s also in: Boardwalk Empire (Albert “Chalky” White), The Sopranos (Ray Ray), and Bessie (2015, Jack Gee).

  2. Reg E. Cathey

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    You know him as: Norman Wilson in The Wire. But he’s also in: Oz (Martin Querns) and The Corner (Scalio).

  3. Amy Ryan

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    You know her as: Beadie Russell in The Wire. But she’s also in: In Treatment (Adele Brousse).

  4. Method Man

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    You know him as: Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff in The Wire. But he’s also in: Oz (Carlton “Tug” Daniels).

  5. Paula Malcomson

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    You know her as: Trixie in Deadwood. But she’s also in: John from Cincinnati (Jerri) and Six Feet Under (Woman in Bar).

  6. Luis Guzmán

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    You know him as: Rene Calderon in How to Make It in America. But he’s also in: Oz (Raoul “El Cid” Hernandez) and John from Cincinnati (Ramon Gaviota).

  7. Edie Falco

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    You know her as: Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos. But she’s also in: Oz (Diane Whittlesey).

  8. Stephen Tobolowsky

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    You know him as: Hugo Jarry in Deadwood. But he’s also in: John from Cincinnati (Mark Lewinsky) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (Len Dunkel).

  9. Steve Earle

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    You know him as: Harley Watt in Treme. But he’s also in: The Wire (Walon) and Six Feet Under (Performer).

  10. Paul Ben-Victor

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    You know him as: Spiros “Vondas” Vondopoulos in The Wire. But he’s also in: John from Cincinnati (Palaka), Entourage (Alan Gray), and Curb Your Enthusiasm (Ticket Scalper).

  11. Zeljko Ivanek

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    You know him as: Governor James Devlin in Oz. But he’s also in: Big Love (JJ), True Blood, and John Adams (John Dickinson).

  12. Clarke Peters

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    You know him as: Det. Lester Freamon in The Wire. But he’s also in: Treme (Albert Lambreaux) and Oz (Afsana).

  13. Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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    You know her as: Meadow Soprano in The Sopranos. But she’s also in: Entourage (Jamie-Lynn Sigler).

  14. Domenick Lombardozzi

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    You know him as: Det. Thomas “Herc” Hauk in The Wire. But he’s also in: Boardwalk Empire (Ralph Capone), Entourage (Dom), and Oz (Ralph Galino).

  15. Jim Beaver

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    You know him as: Whitney Ellsworth in Deadwood. But he’s also in: John from Cincinnati (Vietnam Joe) and Six Feet Under (Prison Officer).

  16. Lance Reddick

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    You know him as: Maj. Cedric Daniels in The Wire. But he’s also in: Oz (Det. Johnny Basil) and The Corner (Marvin).

  17. Laila Robins

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    You know her as: Tammy Meswick in In Treatment. But she’s also in: Bored to Death (Priscilla Antrem), Sex and the City (Audra Clark), and The Sopranos (Young Livia Soprano).

  18. James Ransone

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    You know him as: Ziggy Sobotka in The Wire. But he’s also in: Generation Kill (Cpl. Josh Ray Person) and Treme (Nick).

  19. John Doman

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    You know him as: Col. William A. Rawls in The Wire. But he’s also in: Oz (Edward Galson) and The Sopranos (District Attorney).

  20. Kim Dickens

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    You know her as: Joanie Stubbs in Deadwood. But she’s also in: Treme (Janette Desautel).

  21. John Carroll Lynch

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    You know him as: Varlyn Stroud in Carnivàle. But he’s also in: Big Love (Officer Chuck Tuttle) and How to Make It in America (Larry).

  22. Mary Kay Place

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    You know her as: Adaleen Grant in Big Love. But she’s also in: Bored to Death (Kathryn Joiner) and Looking (Sarah).

  23. J.D. Williams

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    You know him as: Bodie in The Wire. But he’s also in: Oz (Kenny Wangler) and Sex and the City (Sweet Sauce).

  24. Cynthia Ettinger

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    You know her as: Rita Sue Dreifuss in Carnivàle. But she’s also in: Deadwood (Claudia) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (Fellatio Teacher).

  25. Cyrus Farmer

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    You know him as: Officer Adrian Johnson in Oz. But he’s also in:The Corner (Stevie Boyd) and The Wire (Devar Manigault, Bug’s father).

  26. Aidan Gillen

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    You know him as: Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) in Game of Thrones. But he’s also in: The Wire (Tommy Carcetti).

  27. Wendell Pierce

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    You know him as: Bunk Moreland in The Wire. But he’s also in: Treme (Antoine Batiste).