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POLITICAL THEATER: On-Screen Politicians And The Actors Who Play Them

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Karl Rove and Sarah Palin will soon have their lives dramatized in forthcoming movies. So too, will former U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Politicians and political figures have a long history of being portrayed in popular films and TV series. From George Washington to George Bush, there has been plenty of good fodder for parts both serious and satirical, biographical and highly fictional.

The Buccaneer (1958)

Charlton Heston as President Andrew Jackson

Fittingly, former NRA President Charlton Heston played President Andrew Jackson in this war film, set when Jackson was still a gun-slinging general during the War of 1812.



All The President's Men (1976)

Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford as Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Okay, Hoffman and Redford don't play politicians themselves, but they played two of the most well-known political reporters in this epic account of the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon.



LBJ: The Early Years (1987)

Randy Quaid as President Lyndon B. Johnson

Known primarily for his comedic roles, Quaid portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in this dramatized television biography of Johnson's life. Quaid actually won a Golden Globe for his role in the series.



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