Arnold Schwartzenegger and Al Pacino are the only actors on both AFI’s top villains and heroes lists.
The American Film Institute created 100 Heroes and Villains. It is a list of the 100 greatest screen characters of all times created in 2003, with 50 heroes and 50 villains. It was part of the 100 Years…Series done by AFI from 1998 to 2008.
AFI was established as a non-profit organization in 1967 as a national arts organization. Their 100 Years…Series included 100 Movies, 100 Stars, 100 Thrills, 100 Laughs, and more. The presentation program was even nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special.
In the 100 Heroes and Villains list, Gary Cooper was the only person to make the list three times, all for heroic roles. Al Pacino and Arnold Schwartzenegger are the only actors to be on both the Hero and Villain list.
Schwartzenegger made the lists as the Terminator from two different Terminator movies. If you remember, he played an evil Terminator in the first movie, and a modified good one in the second one. Al Pacino was celebrated as heroic NYPD officer Frank Serpico. He was also named in the villains list for playing Michael Corleone in the Godfather part II.