List of my favorite character actors, who are awesome.by bkv1969 | created - 21 Apr 2011 | updated - 22 Apr 2011 | Public
And my favorite roles they've had.
Actor | The Princess Bride
American character actor and writer Wallace Shawn has one of those fun, mischievously homely faces just made to entertain. Though he got out of the starting gate rather slowly, he has since excelled on stage, television and film while managing to turn himself into a winner with his loser-type looks...
The Princess Bride - Vizzini Shadows and Fog - Simon Carr Toy Story - Rex
Actor | The Thing
Masur has been active in the theatre with increasing frequency. His Broadway debut was in The Changing Room by David Storey (1973). More recently, Masur returned to Broadway in Michael Frayn's Democracy (2004-05), and, among his many off-Broadway and regional theatre appearances, are recent major ...
The Thing - Clark The Believers - Marty Wertheimer My Girl - Phil Sultenfuss
Actor | Fargo
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to...
Reservoir Dogs - Mr. Pink Fargo - Carl Showalter Armageddon - Rockhound
4. Dianne Wiest
Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of ...
The Lost Boys - Lucy Parenthood - Helen Buckman Edward Scissorhands - Peg
5. John Ritter
Actor | Sling Blade
Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was ...
Skin Deep - Zachary 'Zach' Hutton Sling Blade - Vaughan Cunningham Bad Santa - Bob Chipeska
Actor | Basic Instinct
George Dzundza was born on July 19, 1945 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany as George F. Dzundza. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Basic Instinct (1992), Crimson Tide (1995) and The Deer Hunter (1978). He has been married to Mary Jo Vermeulen since 1982. They have three children.
Basic Instinct - Gus Crimson Tide - Chief of the Boat Dangerous Minds - Hal Griffith
Actor | Good Night, and Good Luck.
David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and ...
A League of Their Own - Ira Lowenstein L.A. Confidential - Pierce Morehouse Patchett The Bourne Ultimatum - Noah Vosen
Actor | Fright Night
Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of ...
Planet of the Apes - Cornelius The Poseidon Adventure - Acres Fright Night - Peter Vincent
9. Ossie Davis
Actor | Do the Right Thing
Ossie Davis was born on December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia, USA as Raiford Chatman Davis. He was an actor and writer, known for Do the Right Thing (1989), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). He was married to Ruby Dee. He died on February 4, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Do the Right Thing - Da Mayor I'm Not Rappaport - Midge Carter BubbaHo-Tep - Jack
10. Stephen Root
Actor | Office Space
One of the most prolific character actors working today, Stephen Root has worked alongside many of the biggest names in Hollywood. Born in Sarasota, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida and remains a die-hard Gator fan. After three years of touring the U.S. and ...
Office Space - Milton Waddams O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Radio Station Man Dodgeball - Gordon
11. Tim Curry
Actor | Congo
Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with ...
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Dr. Frank-N-Furter Clue - Wadsworth It - Pennywise
12. Kathy Bates
Actress | Misery
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as...
Misery - Annie Wilkes Titanic - Molly Brown About Schmidt - Roberta Hertzel
Actor | Mississippi Burning
Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky was born on May 30, 1951 in Dallas, Texas. Over the past three decades, Tobolowsky has racked up a lengthy list of roles in movies and television across many different genres.
While Tobolowsky initially attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with ...
Groundhog Day - Ned Ryerson Memento - Sammy Wild Hogs - Charley
14. J.T. Walsh
Actor | Sling Blade
J.T. Walsh was born on September 28, 1943 in San Francisco, California, USA as James Thomas Patrick Walsh. He was an actor, known for Sling Blade (1996), Breakdown (1997) and A Few Good Men (1992). He was married to Susan West. He died on February 27, 1998 in La Mesa, California.
Good Morning, Vietnam - Sgt. Major Dickerson A Few Good Men - Lt. Col. Markinson Sling Blade - Charles Bushman
15. Brian Cox
Actor | X2
Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline Cox, maiden surname McCann, a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish ...
Braveheart - Argyle Wallace The Bourne Identity - Ward Abbott Trick 'r Treat - Mr. Kreeg
16. William H. Macy
Actor | Fargo
William H. Macy was born on March 13, 1950 in Miami, Florida, USA as William Hall Macy Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for Fargo (1996), Shameless (2011) and Magnolia (1999). He has been married to Felicity Huffman since September 6, 1997. They have two children.
Fargo - Jerry Lundegaard Air Force One - Major Caldwell Wild Hogs - Dudley Frank
17. Oliver Platt
Actor | 2012
Oliver Platt was born in Windsor, Ontario, to American parents, Sheila Maynard, a social worker, and Nicholas Platt, a career diplomat. His parents were both from upper-class families, and his maternal great-grandmother, Cynthia Roche, was the sister of Princess Diana's maternal grandfather, ...
Flatliners - Randy Steckle The Three Musketeers - Porthos Lake Placid - Hector Cyr
18. Kevin Pollak
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Kevin Pollak was born in San Francisco in 1957, to Elaine (Klein) and Robert Pollak. A stand-up comedy performer at age 10, he turned professional comedian a decade later and was puttering around from city to city when film roles beckoned. Pollak refocused thereafter on acting in what would be a ...
A Few Good Men - Lt. Sam Weinberg Grumpy Old Men - Jacob Goldman Otis - Elmo Broth
19. Brendan Gleeson
Actor | The Guard
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...
28 Days Later... - Frank Gangs of New York - Walter 'Monk' McGinn Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 'MadEye' Moody
20. John Turturro
Actor | Barton Fink
Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles.
Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine (...
The Big Lebowski - Jesus Quintana O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Pete Transformers - Agent Simmons
21. J.K. Simmons
Actor | Whiplash
J.K. Simmons is an American actor.
He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music).
He had ...
Spider-Man - J. Jonah Jameson Juno - Mac MacGuff Megamind - Warden
22. Richard Jenkins
Actor | The Visitor
Richard Jenkins was born on May 4, 1947 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for The Visitor (2007), Step Brothers (2008) and Let Me In (2010). He has been married to Sharon R. Friedrick since August 23, 1969. They have two children.
Step Brothers - Dr. Robert Doback Let Me In - The Father Hall Pass - Coakley
23. Alfre Woodard
Actress | Star Trek: First Contact
Alfre Woodard was born on November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children of Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an interior designer. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name written out in gold letters. A former high school ...
Scrooged - Grace Cooley Primal Fear - Shoat Beauty Shop - Ms. Josephine
Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies
Vincent Schiavelli, selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the best character actors in America, had made over 120 film and television appearances. He studied acting at NYU's Theatre Program. Aside from his acting career, Vincent was the author of three cookbooks, and has written numerous ...
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Fredrickson Ghost - Subway Ghost Tomorrow Never Dies - Dr. Kaufman
25. James Cromwell
Actor | The Green Mile
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell, the son of famous film director John Cromwell, studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon. He went into the theater (like both his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to ...
Babe - Farmer Arthur H. Hoggett The Green Mile - Warden Hal Moores Spider-Man 3 - Captain Stacy
Actor | The Cowboys
He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims.
Logan's Run - Box Jumpin' Jack Flash - Archer Lincoln Morgan's Ferry - Peabo
27. George Wyner
Actor | Spaceballs
A native of Boston and graduate of Syracuse University, George has worked extensively in TV and film since 1972. Notable film work includes the Coen Brothers' best-picture nominee "A Serious Man," (Rabbi Nachtner) and Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs," (Colonel Sandurz) and "To Be or Not To Be." Among other...
Spaceballs - Colonel Sandurz The Devil's Advocate - Meisel American Pie 2 - Camp Director
28. Bill Cobbs
Actor | Demolition Man
Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents were hard-working people, who instilled in him a sense of self-reliance and humility. As an amateur actor in the city's Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play "Purlie Victorious". Cobbs was an Air Force radar ...
The Bodyguard - Devaney Ghosts of Mississippi - Charlie Evers Night at the Museum - Reginald
29. R. Lee Ermey
Actor | Full Metal Jacket
A talented character actor known for his military roles, Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did ...
Full Metal Jacket - Gny. Sgt. Hartman Se7en - Police Captain Dead Man Walking - Clyde Percy
30. Keith David
Actor | The Princess and the Frog
Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...
They Live - Frank Armitage The Quick and the Dead - Sgt. Cantrell There's Something About Mary - Mary's Dad
31. Ernie Hudson
Actor | Grace and Frankie
As a child growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Ernie Hudson wrote short stories, poems and songs, always thinking that his words might one day come to life on stage. After a short stint in the Marine Corps, he moved to Detroit where he became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest ...
Ghost Busters - Winston Zeddmore The Crow - Sergeant Albrecht Miss Congeniality - Harry McDonald
32. Robert Prosky
Actor | Dead Man Walking
Christine - Will Darnell Mrs. Doubtfire - Jonathan Lundy Dead Man Walking - Hilton Barber
33. Ray Walston
Actor | Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ray Walston started his acting career as a spear carrier with a local stock company. When the family moved to Houston, Texas, Walston's father wanted to teach him the oil business, but Walston instead joined a traveling repertory company (selling tickets as well as acting). He went on to associate ...
Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Mr. Hand From the Hip - Judge Of Mice and Men - Candy
Actor | The Straight Story
An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in ...
Blazing Saddles - Sheriff Misery - Buster The Straight Story - Alvin
35. Shelley Duvall
Actress | The Shining
Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Houston, Texas, to Bobbie Ruth (Massengale) and Robert Richardson Duvall, a lawyer. During her childhood, Shelley's mother humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse", because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture. Shelley however was ...
Annie Hall - Pam The Shining - Wendy Torrance Roxanne - Dixie
36. Jack Elam
Actor | C'era una volta il West
Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie ...
Once Upon a Time in the West - Snaky The Cannonball Run - Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing Uninvited - Grady
Actress | Misery
Raised in Washington, D.C., Frances Sternhagen taught acting, singing and dancing to school children before first performing herself with the Arena Stage Group. Since that time, she has been seen in numerous Broadway show, has been nominated five times for a Tony Award and received one for "The ...
Misery - Virginia Raising Cain - Dr. Lynn Waldheim The Mist - Irene Reppler
38. Edward Asner
Actor | Up
Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "Mary Tyler Moore (1970) Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a ...
JFK - Guy Bannister Elf - Santa Up - Carl Fredricksen
Actor | The Master
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ...
Twister - Dustin Davis The Big Lebowski - Brandt Along Came Polly - Sandy Lyle
40. Forest Whitaker
Actor | The Last King of Scotland
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American ...
Platoon - Big Harold The Crying Game - Jody Panic Room - Burnham
41. John Goodman
Actor | 10 Cloverfield Lane
John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best ...
Raising Arizona - Gale Snoats The Big Lebowski - Walter Sobchak O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Big Dan Teague
42. Luis Guzmán
Actor | Traffic
Actor of Puerto Rican descent who made many memorable films in the 1980s due to his villainous persona. Presently resides with his wife and many kids in Vermont.
The Bone Collector - Eddie Ortiz Traffic - Ray Castro Anger Management - Lou
43. Parker Posey
Actress | Superman Returns
Parker Posey was born 2 months premature in Baltimore, Maryland, to Lynda (Patton) and Chris Posey. The family moved to Monroe, La. and then Laurel, Mississippi, where Chris became owner of Laurel's own Posey Chevrolet. Parker attended high school at R. H. Watkins High School in Laurel, Mississippi...
Dazed and Confused - Darla Marks Best in Show - Meg Swan Superman Returns - Kitty Kowalski
44. M. Emmet Walsh
Actor | Blood Simple.
Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s.
Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and...
Blade Runner - Bryant Back to School - Coach Turnbull Harry and the Hendersons - George Henderson Sr.
45. Sam Elliott
Actor | The Big Lebowski
Tall, thin, wiry Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. Elliott began his acting career on the stage and his film debut was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Although his future wife, Katharine Ross co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed The ...
Road House - Wade Garrett Tombstone - Virgil Earp Hulk - Ross
46. Paul Giamatti
Actor | Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor (2003), Sideways (2004), and Barney's Version (2010) (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella ...
Private Parts - Kenny Saving Private Ryan - Sgt. Hill Lady in the Water - Cleveland Heep
Actor | Back to the Future
Christopher Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA as Christopher Allen Lloyd. He is an actor, known for Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Addams Family Values (1993). He was previously married to Jane Walker Wood, Carol Ann Vanek, Kay Tornborg ...
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Taber Back to the Future - Dr. Emmett Brown Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Judge Doom
48. Red Buttons
Actor | The Poseidon Adventure
Composer, actor, comedian and author, he joined ASCAP in 1963 and wrote several popular songs (which he often personally performed), including "Strange Things Are Happening" and "The Ho-Ho Song".
Pete's Dragon - Hoagy The Poseidon Adventure - James Martin Alice in Wonderland - The White Rabbit
49. Anthony Anderson
Actor | The Departed
Anthony Anderson was born on August 15, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Departed (2006), Kangaroo Jack (2003) and Transformers (2007). He has been married to Alvina Renee Stewart since September 11, 1999. They have two children.
Barbershop - J.D. Hustle & Flow - Key Transformers - Glen Whitmann
50. Charles Durning
Actor | Dog Day Afternoon
WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...
The Sting - Lt. Wm. Snyder Sharky's Machine - Friscoe O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Pappy O'Daniel
51. Lance Henriksen
Actor | Hard Target
An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch...
The Terminator - Detective Hal Vukovich Aliens - Bishop Pumpkinhead - Ed Harley
52. Richard Riehle
Actor | The Man from Earth
Richard Riehle was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to Mary Margaret (Walsh), a nurse, and Herbert John Riehle, an assistant postmaster. He is of German and Irish descent. Richard attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became heavily involved with the University Theatre. Appearing in ...
Glory - Quartermaster Casino -Charlie Clark Office Space - Tom Smykowski
53. Abe Vigoda
Actor | The Godfather
Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor Abe Vigoda proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles, and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing.
Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the ...
The Godfather - Sal Tessio Look Who's Talking - Grandpa Joe Versus the Volcano - Chief of the Waponis
Actor | Caddyshack
Brian Doyle-Murray was born on October 31, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Brian Murray. He is an actor and writer, known for Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) and Groundhog Day (1993). He has been married to Christina Stauffer since August 28, 2000.
JFK - Jack Ruby Groundhog Day - Buster As Good as It Gets - Handyman John
55. Eli Wallach
Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole,...
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Tuco Tough Guys - Leon B. Little The Godfather: Part III - Don Altobello
56. Laurie Metcalf
Actress | Scream 2
Laurie Metcalf was born June 16, 1955 in Carbondale, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Libby (Mars), a librarian, and James Metcalf, a budget director. She was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. Laurie attended Illinois State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts in theater in ...
Uncle Buck - Marcie Dahlgren-Frost JFK - Susie Cox Scream 2 - Debbie Salt
57. Ernest Borgnine
Actor | Marty
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, ...
Willard - Al Martin The Poseidon Adventure - Det. Lt. Mike Rogo The Black Hole - Harry Booth
58. Alan Arkin
Actor | Argo
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer.
He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to ...
Edward Scissorhands - Bill Glengarry Glen Ross - George Aaronow Little Miss Sunshine - Grandpa Edwin Hoover
59. David Keith
Actor | An Officer and a Gentleman
David Lemuel Keith was born on May 8, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Lemuel Grady Keith Jr. and Hilda Earle. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Theater. Keith had a supporting role in The Rose (1979) starring Bette Midler, had a supporting ...
An Officer and a Gentleman - Sid Worley Major League II - Jack Parkman Behind Enemy Lines - Master Chief Tom O'Malley
60. Joe Pantoliano
Actor | Memento
With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business (1983) to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), Cypher...
The Fugitive - Cosmo Renfro The Matrix - Cypher Memento - Teddy Gammell
Actor | M*A*S*H
David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, moved with his family to Eugene, Oregon during high school. He began his acting career in Northern California, acting in San Francisco at the Actors' Workshop. He later moved to New York, where he studied drama at Juilliard, and joined the Houseman ...
Beauty and the Beast - Cogsworth Shadows and Fog - Hacker Mighty Aphrodite - Laius
62. Danny Trejo
Actor | Machete
Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...
From Dusk Till Dawn - Razor Charlie The Devil's Rejects - Rondo Halloween - Ismael Cruz
63. Tracey Walter
Actor | Repo Man
Annie Hall - Actor in Rob's T.V. Show Batman - Bob the Goon The Silence of the Lambs - Lamar
64. George Wendt
Actor | Cheers
George Robert Wendt III was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to Loretta Mary (Howard) and George Robert Wendt, who was a realtor and navy officer. He attended a strict Jesuit prep school and then dropped out of Notre Dame University after a few uneventful years. He worked with the Windy ...
House - Harold Gorton Gung Ho - Buster Guilty by Suspicion - Bunny Baxter
65. Kurtwood Smith
Actor | RoboCop
Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for RoboCop (1987), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and That '70s Show (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to ...
Dead Poets Society - Mr. Perry Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - Federation President Deep Impact - Otis Hefter
66. Illeana Douglas
Actress | Ghost World
Born with show business in her blood, Illeana is the granddaughter of screen legend Melvyn Douglas. Illeana began studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. In 1987 working for a publicist in New York led to her first movie role. Illeana appeared in several Martin Scorsese films.
Goodfellas - Rosie Cape Fear - Lori Davis Otis - Kate Lawson
67. Kevin Dunn
Actor | Transformers
Kevin Dunn was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1956. He is an American actor who has made over 100 appearances in both TV and film.
One of his earliest roles was in the Alan Parker film Mississippi Burning (1988) with Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. He followed this up with Kathryn Bigelow's Blue Steel...
Only the Lonely - Patrick Muldoon Dave - Alan Reed Transformers - Ron Witwicky
68. John Heard
Actor | Home Alone
John Heard was a very talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early '80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turns as Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin')s father in the Home Alone (1990) movies.
John was born in Washington, D.C., to Helen (...
Home Alone - Peter McCallister Awakenings - Dr. Kaufman Radio Flyer - Daugherty
69. James Best
Actor | The Dukes of Hazzard
American character actor and teacher. Born Jewel Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926, he was orphaned at three and adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who re-named him James K. Best and raised him in Corydon, Indiana. Following high school he worked briefly as a metalworker before joining the ...
The Killer Shrews - Thorne Sherman The End - Pacemaker Patient Hooper - Cully
Actor | Identity
Vince first started to get noticed for his excellent performances at the start of his career in Shy People (1987) and Mississippi Burning (1988). In both these films he played something of a blathering redneck idiot, although there was a streak of pathos in both performances which made it ...
Jacob's Ladder - Paul Natural Born Killers - Deputy Warden Kavanaugh Identity - Malcolm Rivers
71. Jack Weston
Actor | Dirty Dancing
In a 40-year career that spanned Broadway, television and movies, the versatile actor played everyone from sleazy villains to terrifying killers to clumsy comics. His bad-guy roles included a stalker who, along with Alan Arkin terrorized a blind Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 cult classic Wait Until ...
Cactus Flower - Harvey Greenfield The Four Seasons - Danny Zimmer Dirty Dancing - Max Kellerman
72. Dale Dye
Actor | Knight and Day
Dale Dye was born Oct. 8, 1944, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy, but there was no money for college, so he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970, surviving 31 major combat ...
Platoon - Captain Harris Natural Born Killers - Dale Wrigley Saving Private Ryan - War Department Colonel
73. Ron Rifkin
Actor | Alias
Ron Rifkin was born on October 31, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Saul M. Rifkin. He is known for his work on Alias (2001), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Dragonfly (2002). He has been married to Iva Rifkin since 1966.
Wolf - Doctor I'm Not Rappaport - Feigenbaum Dragonfly - Charlie Dickinson
Actress | Mystic River
Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her mother, Beverly (Bushfield), was a homemaker, and her father, Thad Harold Harden, was in the military. The family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was...
Miller's Crossing - Verna Meet Joe Black - Allison The Mist - Mrs. Carmody
75. Bob Balaban
Actor | Gosford Park
Bob Balaban was born on August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Elmer Balaban. He is an actor and director, known for Gosford Park (2001), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Capote (2005). He has been married to Lynn Grossman since April 1, 1977. They have two children.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - David Laughlin Best in Show - Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III Lady in the Water - Harry Farber
76. Frank Whaley
Actor | Pulp Fiction
Frank Whaley is a critically acclaimed actor/writer/director. He is best known for the films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Swimming with Sharks (1994), and has worked with Oliver Stone multiple times. His feature directorial debut, Joe the King (1999), earned him the Waldo Salt Screenwriting prize at the...
Field of Dreams - Archie Graham Pulp Fiction - Brett Vacancy - Mason
77. Sean Astin
Sean Astin is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies (1985), for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy (1993), and for his role as the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the ...
The Goonies - Michael 'Mikey' Walsh Rudy - Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger The Lord of the Rings - Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
78. Joan Cusack
Actress | Grosse Pointe Blank
Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her ...
Broadcast News - Blair Litton Working Girl - Cyn The School of Rock - Rosalie Mullins
79. Tony Sirico
Actor | The Sopranos
Goodfellas - Tony Stacks Mighty Aphrodite - Boxing Trainer Deconstructing Harry - Policeman at Jail
80. Brad Dourif
Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Gaunt character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, ...
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Billy Bibbit The Exorcist III - The Gemini Killer The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Grima Wormtongue
81. Paul Guilfoyle
Actor | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Paul Guilfoyle, the actor best known for playing Capt. Jim Brass on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), was born in Boston Massachusetts on April 28, 1949. After graduating from Boston College High School in 1968, he attended Lehigh University.
He studied acting as a member of the Actor's Studio ...
L.A. Confidential - Mickey Cohen Air Force One - Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd Session 9 - Bill Griggs
82. Dan Hedaya
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Dan Hedaya is a familiar face from his work in films and on TV, where he often plays a villain (although he had a good comic turn as the charmingly sleazy Nick Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband, in Cheers (1982) and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis (1987)). He has also done much stage work, ...
The Usual Suspects - Sgt. Jeffrey Rabin The Hurricane - Det. Sgt. Della Pesca Mulholland Dr. - Vincenzo Castigliane
83. Ian Holm
Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television.
He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the ...
Alien - Ash The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Bilbo Baggins The Day After Tomorrow - Terry Rapson
84. Bruce Dern
Actor | Nebraska
Two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern's tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of lauded performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation. Dern has several high profile ...
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte - John Mayhew The 'burbs - Lt. Mark Rumsfield Monster - Thomas
85. Kevin McCarthy
Actor | Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Handsome, chisel-jawed character actor Kevin McCarthy appeared in nearly 100 movies in a career that spanned seven decades. He also had some starring roles, most notably the horror cult classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). He played the disillusioned son Biff Loman in the 1951 screen ...
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Dr. Miles J. Bennell The Howling - Fred Francis Twilight Zone: The Movie - Uncle Walt (Segment #3)
86. Ben Kingsley
Actor | Gandhi
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...
Gandhi - Mahatma Gandhi Schindler's List - Itzhak Stern Shutter Island - Dr. John Cawley
87. Jacob Vargas
Actor | Luke Cage
Jacob Vargas began his acting career when he was discovered breakdancing in a schoolyard at age 12. His introduction to acting came with a bit part as a breakdancer on the hit TV show Diff'rent Strokes (1978). In 1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work ...
Traffic - Manolo Sanchez Dragonfly - Victor Devil - Ramirez
88. Maggie Smith
Actress | Gosford Park
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...
Murder by Death - Dora Charleston Sister Act - Mother Superior Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Professor McGonagall
89. Ving Rhames
Actor | Pulp Fiction
Strikingly featured and muscular American actor Ving Rames was born Irving Rameses Rhames in Harlem, New York, to Reather, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied ...
Pulp Fiction - Marsellus Wallace Con Air - Diamond Dog Dawn of the Dead - Kenneth
90. Tony Shalhoub
Actor | Monk
Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joseph Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at age ten, later marrying Shalhoub's mother, Helen (Seroogy), who herself was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents...
Barton Fink - Ben Geisler Men in Black - Jack Jeebs Thir13en Ghosts - Arthur Kriticos
91. John Spencer
Actor | The West Wing
John Spencer was born John Speshock, Jr. in New York City, the only son of Mildred (Benzeroski), a homemaker and occasional waitress, and John Speshock, a truck driver. He grew up near Paterson, New Jersey, and left at age 16 to attend the Professional Children's School. In 1963, he landed a ...
Sea of Love - Lieutenant Forget Paris - Jack The Rock - FBI Director James Womack
92. Alex Rocco
Actor | The Godfather
Tough and volatile-looking Italianate character actor Alex Rocco was born in Boston and spent time training with such notable teachers as Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Corey to curb his thick Boston accent. In Hollywood from 1963, he worked as a bartender during the lean years and began his TV career in ...
The Godfather - Moe Greene The Entity - Jerry Anderson Dream a Little Dream - Gus Keller
93. Miguel Ferrer
Actor | Traffic
Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor and director, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and RoboCop (1987). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...
DeepStar Six - Snyder The Night Flier - Richard Dees Traffic - Eduardo Ruiz
94. Murray Hamilton
Actor | Jaws
Murray Hamilton was one of those character actors whose face would be familiar to most movie buffs at an instant, yet his name may not. That's a shame, because Hamilton was one of the most versatile and prolific of performers who was never anything less than completely convincing in any role he ...
The Graduate - Mr. Robinson Jaws - Mayor Larry Vaughn The Amityville Horror - Father Ryan
95. Lane Smith
Actor | My Cousin Vinny
Lane Smith was born on April 29, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Walter Lane Smith. He was an actor, known for My Cousin Vinny (1992), Red Dawn (1984) and The Mighty Ducks (1992). He was married to Debbie Benedict and Sydnee Roberta Balaber. He died on June 13, 2005 in Northridge, California, ...
My Cousin Vinny - Jim Trotter III The Mighty Ducks - Coach Jack Reilly The Distinguished Gentleman - Dick Dodge
96. Michael Beach
Actor | Third Watch
Born and raised in the rough inner city Roxbury area of Boston, Beach was an athlete who never expected to be an actor. After performing in a few high school plays, he auditioned for, got accepted to and later graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School Of Drama in NYC. For the past thirty ...
The Abyss - Barnes Bad Company - Tod Stapp True Romance - Wurlitzer
97. Bill Irwin
Actor | Rachel Getting Married
Bill Irwin was born on April 11, 1950, in Santa Monica, California, to Elizabeth (Mills), a teacher, and Horace G. Irwin, an aerospace engineer. He is the oldest of three children, and is of English, Irish, and German descent. Irwin spent a year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as an exchange student....
Popeye - Ham Gravy Scenes from a Mall - Mime Lady in the Water - Mr. Leeds
98. Tony Plana
Actor | ¡Three Amigos!
Tony Plana recently starred as Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father to America Ferrera's Ugly Betty, in ABC's landmark, groundbreaking hit series for which he received the 2006 Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, an Imagen Award, and an Alma Award. Ugly Betty was the first ...
An Officer and a Gentleman - Emiliano Della Serra JFK - Carlos Bringuier Primal Fear - Martinez
99. Robert Joy
Actor | Land of the Dead
Shadows and Fog - Spiro's Assistant Land of the Dead - Charlie The Hills Have Eyes - Lizard
100. Frankie Faison
Actor | Coming to America
Frankie Faison was born on June 10, 1949 in Newport News, Virginia, USA. He is an actor, known for Coming to America (1988), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and Adam (2009). He has been married to Jane Mandel since December 26, 1988. They have three children.
Maximum Overdrive - Handy Coming to America - Landlord The Silence of the Lambs - Barney Matthews