Jesus on the Silver Screen

Jesus has taken many faces on film over the years, culminating in this year's "Son of God." Take a look back at some notable actors who have depicted Christ.

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Portugese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Christ in the latest movie, "Son of God," now in theaters. The movie was made from footage shot for the History channel miniseries "The Bible."
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Mel Gibson's 2004 film, "The Passion of the Christ," was one of the most controversial Christ movies due to its graphic depiction of violence. Jim Caviezel played the role of Jesus.
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Willem Dafoe was cast as Jesus in Martin Scorsese's 1988 film "The Last Temptation Of Christ." The film presented a Jesus conflicted about his identity and vulnerable to earthly temptations.
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Victor Garber (foreground) as a '70s Jesus in a scene from the film "Godspell: A Musical Based On The Gospel According To St. Matthew." The 1973 musical takes place in New York City and is a retelling of the gospels in modern terms.
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Ted Neeley tries to talk to his God in a scene from the 1973 rock-opera film "Jesus Christ Superstar." There are no spoken lines in the movie; everything is sung.
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Max von Sydow looking up in a scene from the film "The Greatest Story Ever Told," 1965. Director George Stevens cast the Swedish actor as Jesus and surrounded him with Hollywood actors like John Wayne, who had one line: "Truly this man was the son of God."
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Jeffrey Hunter in a scene from the 1961 film "King Of Kings." Although Hunter was in his 30s, film was nicknamed "I was a Teenage Jesus" because of his youthful teen-idol looks.
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Claude Heater standing up before his followers in a scene from the film "Ben-Hur," 1959. Heater's face is not shown in the movie; viewers only see him from the back.
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H.B. Warner carrying cross in a scene from the 1927 film by Cecil B. DeMille, "The King Of Kings." The silent movie is in black and white, but the final resurrection scene is in technicolor.
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