Small Roles in Films But That Had a Big Impact

I'm reversing the order so as we count up we're actually counting down to the small role that had the biggest impact.
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“ He stole the show in "The Fisher King" as a homeless cabaret singer with AIDS who delivers a singing telegram. ” - SweetHotAngel
“ This comedic actor and voice artist isn't even listed in the credits of the original Star Wars, but everybody remembers his scene. He voiced the Stormtrooper that stops Luke, Obiwan and the Droids and ends up saying, "These aren't the droids we're looking for." ” - SweetHotAngel
“ He was the Cairo Swordsman in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" who tries to intimidate Indy with his swordplay, only to be be gunned down by Indy who doesn't have time for it. ” - SweetHotAngel
“ His ineffectual character, Woodcock, couldn't stand up to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" when they robbed his train. But his place in the film stands out as much as the two bigger stars, even though they were in almost every scene and he was in two little ones. ” - SweetHotAngel
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946)...
“ He made a big impression in "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" as Pope Innocent III who saw more in Francis than his court could. ” - SweetHotAngel
Ellen Geer
Ellen Geer, the daughter of actors Will Geer and Herta Ware, has worked continuously for 40 years in television and motion pictures since making her debut in Richard Lester's "Petulia" (1968) in support of Julie Christie and George C. Scott. Probably best remembered for her turn...
“ She played Sunshine Doré, who changed things up in "Harold & Maude" as the only blind date of macabre Harold who got him and played along in his suicidal jokes. ” - SweetHotAngel
John Cazale
John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way, he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line"...
“ He was almost always just part of the background as Fredo Corleone, the forgotten brother, until in Godfather II he tried to convince his brother he counted. ” - SweetHotAngel
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William, before moving to the east coast of Scotland in 1969...
“ He was somewhere far down the list of important characters in Goldeneye, but his pen clicking Boris Grishenko stole both scenes he was in. ” - SweetHotAngel
Gloria Stuart
Actress, Titanic
Gloria Stuart was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the University of California...
“ We all got how important her role was as Old Rose in "The Titantic" and she deserved all the acclaim finally her due. But we forget how small the role was objectively. ” - SweetHotAngel
Chris Farley
Actor, Tommy Boy
Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley and John Farley. He was of Irish heritage. Farley studied theatre and communications on Marquette University...
“ This guy kept stealing the show in small roles in film after film until he finally got to star in his own. The one that stands out the most to me is the Angry Bus Driver in Billy Madison. "No Yelling on the Bus!" "HEY! I'll turn this damn bus around. That'll end your PRECIOUS field trip pretty damn quick, huh?" ” - SweetHotAngel