13 Famous Replacements in Television and Film
Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
Most kids probably didn’t know the difference, but sadly, Richard Harris, who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, died shortly after the Chamber of Secrets was released. Michael Gambon took on the role for the remainder of the film series, and did a great job. Richard was a brilliant actor, and will not be forgotten.
Chris Partridge, The Partridge Family
The original child actor who played Chris Partridge, Jeremy Gelbwaks, allegely got fired from the show because of his constant fighting with his fellow child actor co-star, Danny Patridge (played by Danny Bonaduce). Rumor has it, before they were about to start shooting a scene, Jeremy would run over to Danny and kick him in the shins, and a fight would start. One of the adult actors, Dave Madden, would take these moments to have a cigarette break. Because Danny was becoming more of a star on the show than Jeremy, when they were looking to cut one of them, it wasn’t really a question who would go. Brian Forster took over the role. They apparently didn’t care about finding someone with a similar look to Jeremy.
Meg, Family Guy
The voice of Meg Griffin has not been performed by the same person. Lacey Chabert was the voice of Meg for the first season, but left the show because she got a part on Party of Five and had scheduling conflicts. Mile Kunis took over the role, and had her own recent breakthroughs with Forgetting Sarah Marshall and her widely-acclaimed performance in Black Swan. A third voice artist has given Meg a voice when she sings, Canadian Tara Lyn Strong.
Gladys Kravitz, Bewitched
Most people just remember the Darrin/Dick swap in Bewitched, but there was a second swap. Memorable nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz, was originially played by Alice Pearce. She lived across the street from Samantha and was insistent that there was something funny going on across the street. She’d peek in windows and accuse Samantha of funny business, but could never manage to prove it. When Pearce passed away to ovarian cancer, new character Harriet Kravitz (sister-in-law to Gladys) played by Mary Grace Canfield, was brought onto the show until they recast Gladys as Sandra Gould. Sandra played Gladys as more annoyng and much less friendly than Alice had portrayed Gladys. Alice won a posthumous Emmy for the role.