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10 Classic Actors Who Belong in Modern TV Shows

1. James Stewart (Gibbs, 'NCIS')

James Stewart acted in a variety of crime dramas. His experience in this genre would translate nicely into the part of Gibbs on NCIS—a highly skilled marksman and leader of the investigative crime division. Besides, who doesn't want to see this handsome man every Tuesday night?

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2. Elizabeth Taylor (Regina Mills, 'Once Upon A Time')

Elizabeth Taylor was known for taking on once-in-a-lifetime roles, so playing Regina on Once Upon A Time would fit in nicely on her resume. Regina Mills is a complex character, but with Elizabeth's experience as Cleopatra and Katharina in Taming of the Shrew, she would be more than equipped to handle it.

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3. Audrey Hepburn (Ann Perkins, 'Parks & Recreation')

Audrey Hepburn is remembered for her beauty and sophistication, so what character fits her better than the gorgeous but sweet Ann Perkins? Her personality perfectly complements that of Amy Poehler, and this role would give Audrey a chance to step out of her comfort zone a little.

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4. James Dean (Neal Caffrey, 'White Collar')

James Dean is practically synonymous with hunk, which is the primary requirement for playing the charmingly elusive con man, Neal Caffrey. James would bring a touch of classic charm to this character, and watching him pull it all off would be incredibly alluring.

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5. Marlon Brando (Ted, 'How I Met Your Mother')

Marlon Brando is known for his work in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, so it would be refreshing to see him take on a role that’s a little more lighthearted. Marlon would make a very captivating Ted Mosby, and we bet that he would find a soulmate in no time!

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6. Marilyn Monroe (Penny, ' The Big Bang Theory')

Penny provides the four nerds of The Big Bang Theory with a little dose of reality and sex appeal, which makes Marilyn Monroe the perfect actress to portray her. With her beauty and ability to deliver a comedic line, Marilyn could certainly give Kaley Cuoco a run for her money. 

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7. Grace Kelly (Claire, 'Modern Family')

Claire is the perfectionist in Modern Family, and Grace Kelly is flawless. This clearly makes her a great fit! Plus, Grace has experience acting in serious films like Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief, so we’d like to see her humorous side as well. 

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8. Brigette Bardot (Hanna, 'Pretty Little Liars')

Brigette Bardot was a French actress known for playing feminine roles with a great depth of character, and Hanna is a beautiful, kind soul who struggles with insecurity. They're clearly a match made in heaven!

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9. Ava Gardner (Temperance Brennan, 'Bones')

Ava Gardner was a beautiful, witty actress. The role of Temperance Brennan on Bones would wonderfully showcase both of those attributes. Also, Ava already has experience in crime dramas, and her winning smile could turn Brennan into a more lovable character. 

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10. Montgomery Clift (Schmidt, 'New Girl')

Montgomery Clift knows how to do drama and romance, both of which are Schmidt’s specialties. Schmidt is a very quirky character, so we would love to see what new quirks this handsome actor would bring to the show!

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