50 Movie Remakes With A Cameo From An Actor Who Was In The Original
Some of the most iconic movies of all time didn't stop with a single film or a sequel (or prequel). Years later, several Hollywood directors decided we needed a remake, and some were even better than the originals.
The best movie remakes featured cameos of actors who played in the original. Some reprised their roles and others were cast as entirely new characters. Join us as we look at the 50 top movie remakes with a cameo from an actor who was in the original film.
Gene Barry and Ann Robinson In War Of The Worlds, 1953 & 2005
Gene Barry and Ann Robinson played the two main lead scientists in the original 1953 movie based on the 1898 novel, The War of the Worlds. The movie was a big hit in its heyday, and many people appreciated the "special effects."
When Steven Spielberg remade the classic movie in 2005, Barry and Robinson returned to the big screen in cameos in the new War of the Worlds movie starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. In the remake, the two played Fanning's grandparents.
Gregory Peck In Cape Fear, 1962 & 1991
Cape Fear is an excellent example of how different directors can take the same characters in the same storyline and give a different take. In 1991, Martin Scorsese decided to remake the classic 1962 film, casting Robert De Niro as the violent main character, Max Cody.
Gregory Peck, who played Sam Bowden in the original, was cast as the shady defense attorney Cady hired to represent him. In this scene, we see Peck (as the attorney) help an injured De Niro (as Cady) during a hearing. And yet, he wasn't the only one we get to see in a cameo role in the 1991 film.
Robert Mitchum In Cape Fear, 1962 & 1991
Robert Mitchum played violent criminal Max Cady in the 1962 film Cape Fear. He returned to make a cameo appearance as an entirely different character in the 1991 Scorsese version of the classic movie.
Instead of being the villain, Mitchum played the police lieutenant trying to help Bowden during the Scorsese film. It's kind of ironic how these two somewhat reversed their roles in the movie from bad guy to good guy and vice versa.
Martin Balsam In Cape Fear, 1962 & 1991
Martin Balsam, however, did not reverse his role as a good guy to become a villain in the 1991 Cape Fear. Instead, when he returned with Mitchum and Peck to make cameo appearances in the new film, he went from playing a police chief in the original to becoming a judge in the remake.
Balsam resides over the court case in which Cady (De Niro) hires his shady defense attorney (Peck) to represent him. We see him listening intently as each side makes its case for or against Max Cady.
Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul In Starsky & Hutch, 1975 & 2004
This pair of cameo appearances are from the OG Ford Torino-driving detectives, Starsky and Hutch, played by Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. The original was another television series that turned box office smash nearly three decades later.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson played the iconic duo in the film Starsky & Hutch, but the movie would not be complete without this cameo! In one scene, Glaser and Soul give their on-screen counterparts keys to the Torino in a passing of the torch moment. Classic!
Charlton Heston In Planet Of The Apes, 1968 & 2001
Charlton Heston was well-known in the 1960s for movies like The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, and movie producers were clamoring to cast him as the lead in Planet of the Apes in its 1968 release. He fought to save the world from "those damn dirty apes!"
In Tim Burton's 2001 remake of the iconic film, it seemed only natural to cast Charlton Heston in the movie, but who would he play? Mark Wahlberg was cast as the lead, so what character would be perfect for Heston? Dr. Zaius, of course!
Lou Ferrigno In Hulk, 1977 & 2003
This next cameo was quite incredible... well, nearly. Lou Ferrigno played in the popular '70s television series, The Incredible Hulk. Each time Bruce Banner would transform into the Hulk, Ferrigno was there to play the burley Avenger.
In the 2003 Hulk film, Eric Bana played both the mild-mannered Bruce Banner and the angry Hulk (thanks to the help of CGI). In one iconic scene, Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno both make a cameo appearance. The two are walking out of an office building, Ferrigno dressed in a tight-fitted security guard outfit, and Lee is talking about "tightening up security."
Lou Ferrigno In The Incredible Hulk, 1977 & 2008
This next cameo was absolutely incredible! In the 2008 film, The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner and his alter ego (again with the help of CGI), Lou makes yet another incredible cameo! In a comedic twist, he plays another security guard, this time one who orders pizza.
While that might seem like a bit of "typecasting," Ferrigno said he was happy to don another security guard outfit for his cameo. He jokingly stated that he likes to wear anything that shows off his muscles and makes him look "official."
Well, Lou, you will forever be synonymous with anything Hulk-related! P.S. He even makes a cameo voiceover in The Avengers movies as the Hulk growl.
Ken Foree In Dawn Of The Dead, 1978 & 2004
Any classic zombie film from the '70s is prime material for a 21st-century remake. Dawn of the Dead, released in 1978, was one movie about the undead that director Zack Snyder was dying to reproduce in the early 2000s when zombies were making a theatrical come back.
In the original movie, actor Ken Foree played Peter Washington, one of the lead characters trying to survive the zombie apocalypse with the rest of the world. (Spoiler alert: he does!) In the remake, Foree plays a televangelist warning of end times whose broadcastings keep playing in the background. (Spoiler alert: he becomes a zombie in the remake.)
Johnny Depp In 21 Jump Street, 1987 & 2012
In the 1980s, police dramas and cop comedies were extremely popular, and 21 Jump Street was a great combination of the two. In the original TV series, Johnny Depp and his fellow youthful-looking cops went undercover each week to investigate crimes at schools and other teen venues.
When asked to return to the franchise for the 2012 movie remake, Depp agreed to make a cameo appearance with only two stipulations. One was that he got to be a bad guy, and the second was that they killed off his character. Done and done.
There was a third stipulation, but we'll get to that a little later.
Chris Sarandon In Fright Night, 1985 & 2011
In 1985, the horror film Fright Night starred a young Chris Sarandon, the neighborhood vampire Jerry Dandridge terrorizing the town in a horrifying feeding frenzy. The evil new threat that moved in next door is then hunted by Charlie and a celebrity vampire hunter who team up against the bloodsucker.
In the 2011 film Fright Night, Colin Farrell is cast as Jerry Dandridge. However. the movie would not have been complete without an appearance by Sarandon himself. In his cameo, he played JD (in honor of his original role title), a motorist who meets his demise in an ill-fated run-in with Farrell's Dandridge.
Leonard Nimoy In Star Trek, 1966 & 2009
It's no secret that Leonard Nimoy had a love/hate relationship with his most well-known character, Spock from the TV and movie franchise, Star Trek. So, it surprised audiences when rumors began to circulate that Nimoy would appear in the 2009 Star Trek remake.
To the delight of movie-goers everywhere, Nimoy returned as Spock in an alternate timeline, known as the Kelvin Timeline, to encourage young Spock to embrace emotion and suppress logic. What?! Spock, embrace emotion? Suppress logic? Apparently, Spock learns a few life lessons on his journey.
Sadly, Nimoy passed away in February 2015, so there won't be any more real-life scenes with the OG Spock in future movies.
Bill Murray In Ghostbusters, 1984 & 2016
Bill Murray was one of the main characters of the two 1980s Ghostbuster movies, and arguably the most noteworthy. He was the most enthusiastic member of the team that tried to get everyone to believe him about the ghost invasion the town faced. He faced a lot of ridicule as a result.
When he was brought back in the reboot, he was cast in a role quite different from his original. He played a non-believer who was attempting to debunk the claims of the all-female team of Ghostbusters. It was his turn to ridicule the poltergeist chasers for their attempts to rid the town of all the ghosts.
Dan Ackroyd In Ghostbusters, 1984 & 2016
Murray wasn't the only one to make an appearance. Although he is the only one who counts in one writer's opinion as he made those movies amazing! Yet, more of the OG four popped up in the remake of the Ghostbusters.
Dan Aykroyd, who played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the original, was cast as a catchphrase-dropping cab driver who refused to give Erin Gilbert's character a ride. He drives off, saying, "I ain't afraid of no ghosts." Classic (and iconic)!!
Ernie Hudson In Ghostbusters, 1984 & 2016
Ernie Hudson was another one of the OG four on the Ghostbusters team to make an appearance in the remake of the classic film franchise. In Paul Feig's Ghostbusters, Hudson made a cameo appearance as Patty Tolan's uncle.
It wasn't quite like the memorable scenes of those of Murray and Aykroyd though. The good news is that he was not the last one to make a cameo appearance. Who else do you think agreed to make a cameo in the new film? Stay tuned to find out!
Kevin McCarthy In Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1956 & 1978
Did you watch the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Then you know how iconic it is that Kevin McCarthy made a cameo appearance in the 1978 remake. But he didn't just simply appear in the new movie.
McCarthy was in the opening scene of the remake doing exactly what he was doing at the end of the first film, running hysterically through the street trying to warn people. His cameo goes down as one of the best of all time by beginning the next movie the way he ended the first.
Noel Neill and Kirk Alyn In Superman 1948 & 1978
If you are familiar with the entire Superman franchise, then you were probably pretty excited to see who played young Lois Lane's parents. On the train in one of the opening scenes of the 1978 Superman movie, young Lois is with her parents, who are none other than the OG Clark Kent and Lois Lane from the 1948 television series!
Noel Neill and Kirk Alyn played the iconic lead characters of Superman only three decades before the films starring Christopher Reeve were released. So, Neill and Alyn seemed like a natural fit in the cameo roles.
Sean Connery In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1976 & 1991
The story of Robin Hood has been told time and time again (some of them are more noteworthy than others). However, none were as successful as the 1991 version starring Kevin Costner.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves brought in a worldwide gross of almost $400 million at the box office and introduced us all to a huge Bryan Adams hit on the movie soundtrack.
The film also honored a previous embodiment of the Robin Hood story. Sean Connery appeared as King Richard in a theatrical appearance at the wedding towards the end of the movie. Connery had once played in the 1976 film Robin and Marian as Robin Hood.
McClure In Freaky Friday, 1976 & 2003
The movie Freaky Friday from 2003 was not exactly a remake as much as it was a sequel to the 1976 movie. The characters' names are different, and much of the storyline was altered from the original, like how they switched bodies. (The original doesn't say how, only that it happened on Friday the 13th)
In the remake, the only tie to the original is brought to us by Boris, the mailman. Actor Marc McClure made a cameo appearance in the movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan playing Boris, the name of his character in the original.
Ricki Lake In Hairspray, 1988 & 2007
Ricki Lake was one of the main characters in the 1988 movie Hairspray, and many wondered if she would revise her role as Tracy for the 2007 remake. While the answer to that question ended up being no, Lake did return in a cameo appearance at the end of the film.
She did play the role of Tracy, but she didn't have any significant impact on the storyline. Lake's character may have changed a bit over the years, but one thing remained: her hairstyle! Jerry Stiller also made a cameo appearance, but not as his OG character.
Angie Dickinson and Henry Silva In Ocean’s Eleven, 1960 & 2001
Most cameos either played their original characters or acted as a new character in the remake, however, in Ocean's 11, Angie Dickinson and Henry Silva make cameos as themselves as characters in the movie.
Confused? Well, in the original Ocean's 11 movie, released in 1960, Dickinson played Ocean's wife, Beatrice and Silva played Roger Corneal. In the remake, the two are seen spectating at the UFC fight and mentioned as attendees of the event, just listed as themselves, as characters in the storyline.
James Le Gros and Bojesse Christopher In Point Break, 1991 & 2015
Point Break broke box office records in 1991 when it was first released. With big-name actors like Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, it's no wonder the movie made waves. That's why producers of the remake had high hopes for the new movie.
In the 2015 movie remake, James Le Gros and Bojesse Christopher returned as FBI agents, which is a bit ironic since the pair played robbers Roach and Grommet in the OG version of the film. I guess it was time to change what side of the action to be on in the new movie.
Patty McCormack In The Bad Seed, 1956 & 2018
Audiences were scared of the 8-year-old killer Rhoda in the 1950s release of The Bad Seed, and rightfully so. She was a murderous pre-teen with ambitions to kill anyone and everyone who crossed her path.
In 2018, Rob Lowe decided to remake the iconic film casting a new 8-year-old (obviously) but not forgetting about the OG murder-child from the original movie. Lowe reached out to Patty McCormack, the actress who played Rhoda, to return to the remake as the main killer character's therapist. McCormack was happy to oblige.
Dwight Schultz In The A-Team, 1983 & 2010
If you watched television in the '80s, then you know all about the A-Team. More importantly, you know all about Murdock and Face. Actor Dwight Schultz played wise-cracking, loud-mouthed Capt. "Howling Mad" Murdock.
In the movie remake, Sharlto Copley played Murdock, and in a post-credit scene, the OG Murdock Schultz made a cameo appearance as a doctor overseeing Murdock's electro-shock therapy. The best part of the cameo was that Dirk Benedict (the actor who played the original Templeton "Face" Peck) also made an appearance in that scene.
Only this time, they are the bad guys!!
Faye Dunaway In The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968 & 1999
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway steamed up the silver screen in the 1968 release of The Thomas Crown Affair, a movie about a man who tried to commit insurance fraud after a robbery. In the 1999 remake, it was Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo who starred in this taut thriller.
While McQueen sadly passed away in 1980 and was unable to make a cameo, Dunaway was very much alive and eager to be a part of the new project. She was cast in the remake as Crown's attractive (and unnamed) psychiatrist.
Burt Reynolds In The Longest Yard, 1974 & 2005
Burt Reynolds didn't simply make a cameo appearance in the 2005 movie, The Longest Yard. He had a major role in the remake of the old 1974 football classic as the hard-hitting coach, Nate Scarborough.
In the original film, Reynolds played the pro quarterback turned prisoner who leads a team of inmate football players in a title-winning game. When Adam Sandler remade the movie, he played the pro player and insisted Reynolds take a significant role in the film in homage to the original.
Reynolds even did his own stunts in the new movie. Crazy, considering he was 69 at the time.
Michael Caine In Get Carter, 1971 & 2000
One memorable cameo is Michael Caine in Get Carter. Having just finished working on films like Alfie and The Italian Job, it only seemed natural for Michael Caine to play in the 1971 original Get Carter. He played Jack Carter, a hardened criminal gangster investigating his brother's death.
In the remake of the film, with Sylvester Stallone as Carter, it seemed directors wanted to pay tribute to the original. And so, Michael Caine was cast to play another significant role as Cliff Brumby, the town loan shark, and gangster.
Pamela Anderson In Baywatch, 1989 & 2017
Pamela Anderson in the 1990s was a vision as the beautiful beach-blond first responder working as a lifeguard for the hit show Baywatch. She epitomized what people think of when they think of California beaches, and why the show had eleven successful seasons.
When a movie remake of the popular series hit the big screen in 2017, everyone wondered if there would be any cameos from the original cast. Anderson made an appearance as her original character C.J. Parker. Only this time, she is the new Captain of the Baywatch team after managing the Hawaii division.
David Hasselhoff In Baywatch, 1989 & 2017
Pamela Anderson wasn't the only Baywatch OG to make a cameo appearance in the movie, and everyone speculated whether this big shot would show up. David Hasselhoff played the main character, Mitch, in the television series. When audiences learned Dwayne Johnson would be playing Mitch, people figured Hasselhoff was out!
Those naysayers were wrong (thank goodness!). Hasselhoff made his cameo appearance when he and Johnson's "Mitch" meet off the beach at a Sprint store, where the "old" Mitch gives the new one some sound advice.
Linda Carter In Wonder Woman, 1975 & 2017
In this writer's humble opinion, nothing will ever beat this next cameo appearance to make our list. Linda Carter regaled audiences in her role as Diana Prince in the hit television show Wonder Woman in the 1970s.
When filmmakers announced that they would be remaking the iconic series as part of the DC Comics movie franchise, audiences hoped that Carter would be part of the project. After it was announced that Gal Gadot would be Wonder Woman, hope was not lost for a Carter cameo.
We were not disappointed! Carter made an appearance in an end-credits scene playing Asteria, a character mentioned in the Wonder Woman 1984 movie.
Deborah Foreman In Valley Girl, 1983 & 2020
If you were a teenage girl in the 1980s, chances are you loved the hit movie Valley Girl, a 1983 movie with a Romeo and Juliet-style plot. The film starred Deborah Foreman and Nicolas Cage.
When the movie remake was announced to be released in 2020, people wondered if Cage would make an appearance. While Cage was a no-show, Foreman was glad to make a cameo and has a small walk-on role in the remake.
Jaclyn Smith In Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, 1976 & 2003
There was more than one cameo in the 2003 movie remake of the popular television franchise, Charlie's Angels, but none as notable as Jaclyn Smith's cameo in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
In the scene with Smith, Dillon (Drew Barrymore's character) needs a little pep talk, and who better than one of the OGs to pass on her experiences? Well, that's exactly what Dillon got, and she was once again ready to go kick some ass.
I must admit, Smith was also a vision of beauty in her cameo appearance. These Angels aged like they were heaven-sent.
Christopher Atkins In Blue Lagoon, 1980 & 2012
In 1980, the Blue Lagoon captured audiences as they watched a young Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins navigate adolescence in the romance adventure movie. When the film was first released, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the risque scenes involving an underaged cast.
In 2012, when Lifetime made a telefilm remake of the 1980s classic, people wondered if any of the OG cast would appear and whether there would be any controversy. While there was no controversy, Atkins did make a cameo appearance while hields reportedly declined to work on the project.
Hugh Keays-Byrne In Mad Max: Fury Road, 1979 & 2015
When it was announced that Tom Hardy would play Max in the new Mad Max movie, audiences wondered, with Mel Gibson out, would anyone else from the original make a cameo appearance in the remake? The answer was a resounding "yes!"
Hugh Keays-Byrne was in the original Mad Max as the leader of a motorcycle gang, Toecutter. However, Byrnes returned as the villain in Fury Road as Immortan Joe, allowing director George Miller to pay homage to the earlier movie.
Richard Roundtree In Shaft, 1971 & 2019
There were two movie remakes made of Shaft, both starring Samuel L. Jackson, one released in 2000 and again in 2019. Yet, Richard Roundtree played Shaft in the 1971 movie and made the character so iconic.
In both remakes, Roundtree is given a cameo role for the film, each playing a different family member of the Shaft character. In the 2000 film, he plays Shaft's uncle, but in the 2019 movie, he gets a larger role as Shaft's father.
Joanna Barnes In The Parent Trap, 1961 & 1998
The classic tale of twins being separated at birth and then reunited as young kids was never told better than by the writers and directors of the 1961 movie, The Parent Trap. The original movie starred Hayley Mills as the precocious twins and Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith as their parents.
Joanna Barnes played in the original movie as the father's gold-digging girlfriend, Vicky Robinson, whom the twins (not-so) secretly try to get rid of during a camping trip. Barnes also made a cameo appearance in the 1998 version of the film as Vicki Blake, Meredith's mother. (Meredith was the gold-digging girlfriend in the remake.)
James Garner In Maverick, 1957 & 1994
Back in the day when westerns were all the rage in Hollywood, the '50s brought us an exciting western comedy called Maverick. The show aired each week on TV and starred James Garner, who stole the hearts of the American people as professional poker player Bret Maverick.
In 1994, Mel Gibson starred in the movie remake of the old-timey western. Although, Garner once again stole the show in his cameo role as the funny and flirtatious U.S. Marshal, Zane "Coop" Cooper, who ends up getting fairly entangled in the plot.
Didi Conn In Grease, 1978 & 2016
It doesn't matter what generation you were born in, if you haven't heard of the movie Grease, you have been living under a rock. The classic tale of "good girl gone bad to impress a guy" was released in 1978, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. It also starred Michael Biehn, Stockard Channing, and Didi Conn.
When Grease: Live was scheduled to air as a 2016 made-for-television live-action movie, people wondered if anyone from the iconic cast would make a cameo. There were a couple but none as noteworthy as Didi Conn, who played Vi in both movie and remake. The beauty school dropout made it all the way to head waitress in her career.
Jessica Harper In Suspiria, 1977 & 2018
Suspiria was a haunting thriller about demon possession at an exclusive, all-girl dance school for ballet. The main character, Suzy Bannion, was played by Jessica Harper.
In the 2018 remake of the demonic movie, Dakota Johnson plays Susie, a young ballet student whose time at the school becomes increasingly strange. Harper makes a cameo appearance as one of the dance instructors at the German dance school.
Christopher Reeve In Smallville/Superman, 1978 & 2003
Christopher Reeve will forever go down as the most iconic Man of Steel in Superman history. He played Clark Kent/Superman in the four movies made from his well-known movie series in the late '70s and early '80s.
Yet, one of his most touching Superman performances was in the show Smallville, where he didn't even play Superman. What made the cameo so endearing was that Reeve played Dr. Virgil Swann in an episode of Smallville, where Kent reveals his true identity. It was the last time Reeve would play any type of Superman role before his death in 2004.
Bernie Kopell In Get Smart, 1965 & 2008
Bernie Kopell played Siegfried, the enemy agent in the original Get Smart television series, and had a cameo appearance in the 2008 movie starring Steve Carell. Producers even convinced him to use his "Siegfried" accent in the cameo role.
In the remake, Kopell's scene also features the Opel GT from the original and the Sunbeam Tiger. The tiger shows up earlier in a museum scene alongside other cameo props like the portable Cone of Silence and the shoe phone.
Carlos Gallardo In Desperado, 1992 & 1995
While Desperado is technically a remake of the Mexican film El Mariachi, it was released only three years later, hoping it would gain an American following.
Yet, producers knew they had to change the name of the movie if audiences were to embrace the film. They also replaced the lead character Carlos Gallardo with a big name in Hollywood, Antonio Banderas.
However, Gallardo was not completely shunned from the new production. Instead, he was given a cameo role as one of the Mexican gang members who accompanied Banderas' character on several outings.
Alan Young In The Time Machine, 1960 & 2002
In the 1960 sci-fi thriller The Time Machine, Alan Young plays a time traveler in hopes of altering past events. The only problem is that he continues to make things worse in an attempt to save the world.
In the remake, Young appears in a cameo role where he meets the time traveler in a coffee shop and urges him to reconsider what he is doing.
Buddy Ebsen In The Beverly Hillbillies, 1962 & 1993
The Beverly Hillbillies was an iconic show in the 1960s about a family of Hillbillies who struck it rich and decided to leave the Appalachians to move out to Beverly Hills, California. The problem is that the eccentric family struggles to fit in.
In 1993, the television series was made into a movie reboot starring Jim Varney, Lea Thompson, Lily Tomlin, and of course, Buddy Ebsen. In the original television series, Ebsen plays the main character Jed Clampett and in the movie remake, he plays Barnaby Jones in a cameo appearance.
Jimmy Hunt In Invaders From Mars, 1953 & 1986
In the remake of the classic 1953 sci-fi movie Invaders from Mars, Jimmy Hunt goes from being the young kid who tries to warn civilization about the invasion to becoming a police officer the boy tells about the nearby sandpits.
In the original, young Hunt saves the world from the Martian invasion. In the 1986 remake, he becomes one of the people taken over by the Martians during their attack.
Sigourney Weaver In Ghostbusters, 1984 & 2016
We asked the question, and now it's time to find out the answer. Murray, Aykroyd, and Hudson were not the only ones to make a cameo appearance in the new Ghostbusters remake.
Sigourney Weaver returned in the remake of this haunting comedy. She doesn't return as the professional musician (and first Ghostbuster's customer) in the remake, but instead, she plays a mentor to the new Ghostbuster, Dr. Jillian Holtzmann.
Annie Potts In Ghostbusters, 1984 & 2016
Another surprising cameo was Annie Potts showing up as a hotel receptionist. You can see that the years of working with the Ghostbusters means little phases her these days, even another ghost invasion.
The only question now is, who will be in the latest Paul Feig's Ghostbuster: Afterlife movie? Will any of the OG cast make an appearance? Who will return from the 2016 film? We have questions, and we need answers! Please!!
Peter DeLuise In 21 Jump Street, 1987 & 2012
As promised, it's time for the cameo appearance that only happened because Johnny Depp himself insisted on the casting in this next cameo role. His former co-star Peter DeLuise also made a cameo appearance in the movie 21 Jump Street.
If he was going to make an appearance in the franchise, he said he would not do it without his favorite "police partner." Their final scene in the movie is the two getting violently gunned down. Depp and DeLuise said it symbolized to audiences that the films didn't need to get shackled to the past TV series.
Linda Harrison In Planet of the Apes, 1968 & 2001
Heston wasn't the only Planet of the Apes OG to make a cameo appearance, except she didn't appear as one of those "damn dirty apes." Linda Harrison starred alongside Heston as one of the humans in the original films.
In the 2001 remake of the iconic ape movie, Linda Harrison makes a brief appearance as a captive human. We see Mark Wahlberg's character look at her, almost as though he recognizes her. Was that done by mistake or as an homage to the OG franchise? I guess we'll never know.