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See the celebs who turned their small-screen careers into big-screen stardom

Shaun Harrison
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As That '70s Show's Ashton Kutcher and Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl team up in Killers, in theaters Friday, check out some other TV stars who found success on the big screen.
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George Clooney

He grabbed the spotlight in 1994 on ER and never looked back. After five years on the show, Clooney transitioned to the big screen with roles in Batman & Robin and Out of Sight before finding big success with Ocean's Eleven. Now tackling writing and directing as well, Clooney is a regular at the annual awards ceremonies, having already earned two Golden Globes and an Oscar for his work in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Syriana.
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Jennifer Aniston

Life after Friends has been up and down for Aniston, whose films always generate buzz but don't necessarily always blow the doors off the box office. She won acclaim for The Good Girl before Friends ended, but her biggest successes since have been Bruce Almighty, Marley and Me and romantic comedies Along Came Polly and The Break-Up.
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Steve Carell

He put in five years as a correspondent for The Daily Show, which helped him land memorable movie roles in Bruce Almighty and Anchorman. In 2005, he landed a starring role in The Office, but it was The 40-Year-Old Virgin that made him a household name. Although his character is still running Dunder Mifflin each week, Carell's roles in Get Smart and Date Night prove he's got a future on the big screen.
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Will Ferrell

Though he dabbled in films (Austin Powers, Zoolander) throughout his seven-year run on Saturday Night Live, it was 2003's Old School and Elf that really elevated Ferrell's status. He's found continued success with Anchorman, sports movies such as Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory and the buddy comedy Step Brothers.
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Tom Hanks

His role in TV's Bosom Buddies caught the eye of Ron Howard, who cast him as the lead in Splash. After several late-'80s comedies, Hanks earned back-to-back Oscars for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump and made dozens of memorable films, including Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13 and Cast Away. Hanks is also an active producer, most notably producing such extremely successful HBO miniseries as John Adams and World War II sagas Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
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Will Smith

With the help of Bad Boys,Independence Day, Men In Black and I Am Legend, Smith went from rapping sitcom star to popcorn action movie legend. Though he's shown the comedy chops he honed in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in romantic comedies such as Hitch, Smith garnered his best reviews for the dramatic work in Six Degrees of Separation, Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, earning Oscar nods for the latter two.
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Bruce Willis

Willis rose to fame in the late 1980s during his five seasons on Moonlighting opposite Cybill Shepherd. Best known for his role in the Die Hard franchise, Willis has also starred in big-budget action flicks such as Armageddon and The Fifth Element. Success in films such as The Sixth Sense and Pulp Fiction didn't keep him from returning to TV, where he won his second Emmy for guest-starring on Friends in 2000.
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Denzel Washington

Washington's big break came in the form of NBC's St. Elsewhere, on which he appeared for the show's entire run. He earned success (and a supporting-actor Oscar) for his role in Glory, setting off a string of memorable roles in the '90s, including Malcolm X, Philadelphia, Crimson Tide, and Courage Under Fire. The following decade brought even more big roles (Remember the Titans, American Gangster) as well as a best-actor Oscar for Training Day.
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Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio dabbled in TV with Parenthood before landing a steady gig on ABC's Growing Pains in 1991. In the two following years, he earned his breakthrough roles in This Boy's Life and 1993's What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but he found his biggest success in James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic. He's also forged a collaborative bond with Martin Scorsese, who's directed him in Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island.
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John Travolta

Travolta rose to fame in the 1970s thanks to sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, which provided a springboard to back-to-back hit films Saturday Night Fever and Grease and 1980's Urban Cowboy. His career surged again in the mid-'90s with Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, A Civil Action and The General's Daughter. Most recently, he has appeared in Wild Hogs, Hairspray and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.
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Robin Williams

After his role as alien Mork on Happy Days earned its own spin-off, Mork and Mindy, Williams found success with his stand-up comedy on three HBO specials. In 1987, Good Morning, Vietnam launched Williams film career, which includes notable roles in Dead Poets Society, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams and Good Will Hunting, for which Williams won an Oscar. He's also made frequent guest-starring roles on TV, including an episode of Homicide in 1994 and Law & Order: SVU in 2008.
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Jamie Foxx

Foxx starred in three TV shows: In Living Color, Roc and The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran for five years. In 1999, Oliver Stone cast Foxx in Any Given Sunday, and Foxx began to pursue more dramatic roles, including Collateral and Ray, both of which earned him Oscar nominations in the same year. (Foxx won for his portrayal of Ray Charles.) Foxx has since appeared in Miami Vice, Dreamgirls and The Soloist.