In the forest of film acting, there are some actors who successfully make their way through to the other side that is television. From unlikely action heroes like Wesley Snipes to one of your favorite Bond Girls, there’s a growing number of TV actors originating from film now that networks like Netflix, Showtime and HBO are getting movie style makeovers and bigger budgets. See if a few of these big name movie actors who switched to TV don’t knock your socks off.

Wesley Snipes
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Blade, really? One of the most unlikely actors to make the jump is the Demolition Man himself, Wesley Snipes. After packing in a number of ’90s action adventures, including “U.S. Marshals” and the first installment of the “Blade” trilogy, Snipes has been fairly quiet, with his last major film credit being 2004’s “Blade: Trinity.” After serving up a three-year prison sentence for failing to pay his taxes, Snipes is back and hitting TV, starting with the Las Vegas crime thriller, “The Player,” on NBC, created by the producers of “The Blacklist.” Snipes — with his new do and nice suits — poses as an undercover pit boss, alongside Philip Winchester and the lovely Charity Wakefield.

Frances McDormand
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Fresh off the Emmy-less Actors list, Frances McDormand — you may recognize her from “Almost Famous” way back when — is now TV’s most compelling actress, winning this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for “Olive Kitteridge.” McDormand was best known for her Oscar-winning role in “1996’s “Fargo,” another film adapted for the small screen.

Zooey Deschanel
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Another “Almost Famous” actress who headed to the weekly scheduled episode life, Zooey Deschanel, got her start in the classic coming-of-age rock film first. Since a number of memorable roles like “500 Days of Summer” and “Elf,” Zooey has become everyone’s favorite Fox girl on “New Girl.” In addition, she’s also a wife, mother, rocker and philanthropist.

Kevin Spacey
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From the misdirecting crime thrillers like “The Usual Suspects” and “Se7en” to poetic films like “American Beauty” and “The Life of David Gale,” Spacey has always shown a flamboyant flair for the dramatic. And nothing serves as more dramatic than his role as President Francis Underwood in the political crime drama, “House of Cards,” for which he’s already been nominated several times for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe. Spacey has been hopping in and out of TV since the ’80s, but his roles have become more regular since 2008 with “Recount.”

Matthew McConaughey
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What really sparked this movie actors turned TV star spectacle was the unexpected role of McConaughey in HBO’s “True Detective” across from another big name actor, Woody Harrelson, for his wayward role as Rust Cole. Following up his 2013 Oscar win for the AIDS- ridden “Dallas Buyers Club,” McConaughey was quickly nominate for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role in “True Detective,” a one-time role that was filled in by some of the next actors.

Colin Farrell
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Trying to fill the big shoes of the first season, the underrated talent that is Colin Farrell was brought to life in his role of season two of “True Detective.” After getting typecast as the hard ass cop — “Pride & Glory, “Miami Vice,” “S.W.A.T.” — Farrell mixed it up with his hilarious role as a horrible coke-snorting womanizer in “Horrible Bosses” in 2011 before jumping back into police work with “True Detective.” His role on the HBO show gives a different perspective of Farrell: defeated, weathered, bad mustache.

Teri Hatcher
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Before she was a desperate housewife (2004), she was a Bond Girl (1997). And before that, she was a guest star on “Seinfeld” — “They’re real, and they’re spectacular” (1993). Hatcher actually got her start in TV on “The Love Boat,” followed by subsequent TV roles before hitting film. From 2004 to 2012, she returned to TV with “Desperate Housewives,” and since then she’s remained in TV, even if just for voiceovers.

Alec Baldwin
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Much of his career has been a mix of TV and film, getting his start in TV in the early 1980s before getting thick with film in the ’90s. But nowadays, Alec Baldwin is split fairly evenly, hitting up rom-coms like “Blue Jasmine” and “Along Came Polly,” mixed with his heavily popular role on NBC’s “30 Rock,” as well as a fan favorite of “Saturday Night Live.” Just recently, Baldwin exited “30 Rock” after its finale, moving into films like the new “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.”

Jane Lynch
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She didn’t get into acting until close to 30 years of age, but Lynch has been one of the most consistently busy actresses since 2000, ranging anywhere from funny films like “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” to “Role Models.” Most of her roles were small guest spots on TV up until 2004’s start on “Two And a Half Men” and 2005’s “40-Year-Old Virgin” when she started getting offered larger roles, which led to her short-lived, but prized role on the Adam Scott-led “Party Down.” That soon led to her 2009 jump back to TV as the awkwardly erotic gym teacher, Coach Sue Sylvester, on “Glee,” where she remained until it wrapped up earlier this year.

Kevin Bacon
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The “Footloose” man found his way from film to TV with “The Following” in 2013. After getting his start in 1978’s “Animal House,” Bacon moved around genres with “Friday the 13th,” “Footloose” and a number of films from the mid-80s to the mid-00s before slowing down a little, which landed him back in TV just before shows like “True Detective” started welcoming film stars back to the regularly scheduled programs. Bacon can be seen in one of the most anticipated fall films, “Black Mass.” Don’t be surprised if you see more big name actors cross the line over to television.



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