To typecast someone is to repeatedly identify or represent them as a stereotype. Directors and casting agents routinely typecast actors, choosing them for extremely similar roles over and over again.

Think of the actor John Wayne, who almost always played a cowboy or a soldier. He was typecast in these stoic hero roles throughout his entire career (just try to imagine him playing a lovable clown or turning out to be the bad guy). In some cases, it's bias that causes actors to be typecast — Hollywood has only rarely cast people of color as romantic leads, for example.

Definitions of typecast
  1. verb
    cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
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    type of:
    select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
  2. verb
    identify as belonging to a certain type
    synonyms: type
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    type of:
    consider to be equal or the same
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