Top 10 Most Famous Character actors or who was that?

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Timothy Carey
Timothy Carey had one of the most unusual careers of all Hollywood character actors, obtaining full cult status for his portrayals of the doomed, the psychotic and the plain crazy. Carey's career was an "Only in America" type of story, and he retains his status as a Great American Original a decade after his death...
“ This guy was the ultimate scene stealer. The most methodical of method actors. Actually threw a beer in Brando's face!! Watch for him in The Wild One, The Killing, Paths Of Glory and his smoking in Crime Wave. Off screen he was supposedly just as crazy, with a farting obsession. ” - atkinsfreddy
Charles Lane
Mean, miserly and miserable-looking, they didn't come packaged with a more annoying and irksome bow than Charles Lane. Glimpsing even a bent smile from this unending sourpuss was extremely rare, unless one perhaps caught him in a moment of insidious glee after carrying out one of his many nefarious schemes...
“ With over 300 movie and television roles, I sometimes feel he was in everything. He looked old even when he was young! He lived to be 102 years old. One of his regrets is that he never got to ride a horse on screen. He was an accomplished rider and even trained other actors. He was one of the last survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. ” - atkinsfreddy
Elisha Cook Jr.
He debuted on stage at age 14 and worked in vaudeville, stock companies and Broadway. His only film appearance prior to 1936 was re-playing his stage role, the romantic juvenile lead, in Her Unborn Child. After more work on Broadway, he settled in Hollywood in 1936. From then on, he played type-cast small-time gangsters...
“ Most actors would love to have a career as long spanning as his! Only 5.5, feet tall he was known as Hollywood's lightest heavy. From roles in The Maltese Falcon, The Killing and Rosemary's Baby to many television roles. Seeing ALF in a tent killed him! (Only on the show.) ” - atkinsfreddy
Laird Cregar
Seemingly suave, cultivated actor by nature, definitely huge in both talent and girth, and capable of playing much older than he was, Hollywood of the early '40s tragically lost Laird Cregar before it could fully comprehend on how to best utilize his obvious gifts. He was born Samuel Laird Cregar in a well-to-do section of Philadelphia...
“ Typecast as an older than he was character, and a Sidney Greenstreet type. He tried too quickly to lose his large stature. (He lost over 100 pounds in a very short time!) He never made it out of the 1940's. Born in 1913, he died in 1944, at 31 years old. Vincent Price gave his eulogy. He made his mark in his short career in films such as This Gun For Hire, with Alan Ladd, I Wake Up Screaming, Heaven Can Wait, and The Lodger. It would have been interesting to see what kind of career he might have had, if he had lived longer. ” - atkinsfreddy
Whit Bissell
Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in more than 200 movies and scores of TV series. He is best known for playing the evil scientist who turned Michael Landon into a half beast in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Bissell specialized in playing doctors...
“ What a career this guy had! Mr. Bissell appeared in more than 200 movies and television shows! Known for his role in many "cult" films, such as 1957's, I Was A Teenage Werewolf, in which he turned a young Michael Landon into a werewolf. He also had roles in such films as Soylent Green, Airport, Hud, and The Magnificent Seven. He served on the board of The Screen Actor's Guild for 18 years. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 86. ” - atkinsfreddy
Mike Mazurki
With an intimidating face like craggy granite and a towering 6'5" solid frame, Mike Mazurki (born Mikhail Mazuruski or Mikhail Mazurkiewicz) was one of cinema's first serial thugs and specialized in playing strongarm men, gangsters and bullies for over 50 years on screen. Nearly always portrayed as a lowbrow muscle...
“ Known for his roles as the dim witted heavy, playing intimidating characters in such films as Murder My Sweet, Nightmare Alley and Some Like It Hot. An ex wrestler turned actor who's large stature and 6'5 frame led to an amazing career of 50 years! His real life persona was quite different. He was very well read, highly intelligent and quite witty. He was still working at the age of 83 when he passed away in 1996. ” - atkinsfreddy
Una O'Connor
Delightful character actress who held her own against such acting heavyweights as Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, and Sydney Greenstreet. Often cast by studio heads as comic relief thanks to her thick Irish accent and rubber-faced expressions, most notably in Universal's horror classics...
“ Born in Ireland in 1880, she appeared in many films alongside some Hollywood heavyweights. Known for making faces and high bellowing screams. Universal put her to use in Son of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. One of her final screen roles was in Witness For The Prosecution with Charles Laughton in 1957. ” - atkinsfreddy
Jeff Corey
Jeff Corey was a film and television character actor, as well as one of the top acting teachers in America. Corey was born Arthur Zwerling on August 10, 1914 in New York City, New York, to Mary (Peskin), a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Nathan Zwerling, an Austrian Jewish immigrant. He was an indifferent student...
“ Not only a great character actor, but acting teacher as well! Some of his students included Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, and Anthony Hopkins. Blacklisted by HUAC he didn't work throughout most of the 1950's. He served in the US Navy in WW2. He has been featured in many films such as The Killers, and Brute Force with Burt Lancaster, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and television shows, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery and Barney Miller. ” - atkinsfreddy
Will Wright
Actor, Adam's Rib
One of those familiar character actors who seems to have been born old, Will Wright specialized in playing crusty old codgers, rich skinflints, crooked small-town politicians and the like. A former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, he switched careers and entered vaudeville, then took to the stage...
“ One of those actors that always appeared old. Played a rough edged, grizzled, crabby guy. Actually died at the age of 71 in 1962! He can be seen with Marlon Brando in The Wild One, Cape Fear, and Adam's Rib, with Tracy and Hepburn. Many television appearances including The Andy Griffith Show and Mr. Ed. ” - atkinsfreddy
Una Merkel
Una Merkel began her movie career as stand-in for Lillian Gish in the movie The Wind. After that, she performed on Broadway before she returned to movies for the D.W. Griffith film Abraham Lincoln. In her early years, before gaining a few pounds, she looked like Lillian Gish, but after Abraham Lincoln her comic potential was discovered...
“ Started off her career as a stand-in for Lillian Gish in The Wind in 1928. Her first role was in DW Grffith's Abraham Lincoln. Her comic potential brought in roles in Busby Berkley's 42nd Street, and The Bank Dick with WC Fields. She had a hair pulling fight with Marlena Dietrich in Destry Rides Again in 1939. Was orignally cast as Blondie in 1938, but lost the part. Nominated for supporting role in 1961 for Summer Smoke, she also appeared with Haley Mills in The Parent Trap, 1961. ” - atkinsfreddy