8 times TV stars appeared as a different character on their own hit shows

Sgt. Schulz may have fooled you with this disguise!

Some of television's biggest stars are also some of the best actors who ever appeared on any screen. These versatile talents did more than just the episodes of their popular shows, they often went on to star in movies, release hit albums or turn heads on Broadway. But there was also another way these dynamic actors found to make themselves new again in the eyes of their audiences: Every now and again, actors would take a totally different role on their own hit shows.

Many times, these actors would be tapped to play their own relatives, taking the pressure off the casting director to find someone who looks close enough to match a major TV star. This happened on The Brady Bunch, Mama's Family, WKRP in Cincinnati and plenty other shows. Other times, an actor would be cast as a guest star before joining the cast. Either way, watching back, it's fun to spot familiar faces in funny roles.

Below, click on the photos to reveal the second role you saw these memorable TV characters take on their own shows. See how many of these repeat appearances you can remember! 


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