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Actors strive for their entire careers to land a role which will set them up for their rest of their lives.

Once they discover that one character the door to other exciting roles often present themselves.

Take Harrison Ford for example. Nobody had heard of him till he was cast as Han Solo in Star Wars and the rest you could say is history.

It doesn't always go to plan though.

Ford's co-star in Star Wars, Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker but struggled to outshine the role and has been associated with it ever since.

Those are two examples of what an iconic part can do for an actors career.

On that note, here are 14 actors who could have landed a major role but missed out for one reason or the other.

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