do actors get roles based on their looks?

Auld Phart

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Did Morgan Woodward get most of his roles because he Looked like a mean son of a bitch?

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Charles Lane because he looked like a prune faced asshole?
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William Sanderson and Tracey Walter because they looked like low IQ degenerates?

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First place I remember ever seeing Dabbs Greer was as the preacher on "Little House on the Prairie", but then my TV watching habits changed and I saw him, mostly in kindly every-man roles but also in a few bad guy roles on Westerns.

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But I could never accept him as a bad guy. Versatile character actor.

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Byron Foulger
the perfect Caspar Milquetoast.

Saw him in a '40s serial, in the last episode he found out to be the criminal mastermind. Other than that? Clerks, tellers, etc

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First place I remember ever seeing Dabbs Greer was as the preacher on "Little House of the Prairie", but then my TV watching habits changed and I saw him, mostly in kindly every-man roles but also in a few bad guy roles on Westerns.

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But I could never accept him as a bad guy. Versatile character actor.

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played a bad guy on Adventures of Superman. and the good guy in the same episode. (twins)
 
Did Morgan Woodward get most of his roles because he Looked like a mean son of a bitch?

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Often that matters a great deal. I have a friend who has had some TV rolls and a lot of commercials and his blessing and curse has always been that he is too wholesome looking. Hurts on the tv/movie side but has made some bank doing commercials.
 
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First place I remember ever seeing Dabbs Greer was as the preacher on "Little House on the Prairie", but then my TV watching habits changed and I saw him, mostly in kindly every-man roles but also in a few bad guy roles on Westerns.

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But I could never accept him as a bad guy. Versatile character actor.

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I believe he played the man Superman caught in mid air at the beginning of the series.
 

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