List of my favorite character actors, who are awesome.

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Wallace Shawn
Actor, Toy Story
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 ” - bkv1969
Richard Masur
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 roles in A Feminine Ending by Sarah Treem (Playwrights Horizons - 2007)...
“ The Thing - Clark
The Believers - Marty Wertheimer
My Girl - Phil Sultenfuss ” - bkv1969
Steve Buscemi
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 Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
“ Reservoir Dogs - Mr. Pink
Fargo - Carl Showalter
Armageddon - Rockhound ” - bkv1969
Dianne Wiest
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 German and Croatian descent...
“ The Lost Boys - Lucy
Parenthood - Helen Buckman
Edward Scissorhands - Peg ” - bkv1969
John Ritter
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 destined to follow in his parents footsteps...
“ Skin Deep - Zachary 'Zach' Hutton
Sling Blade - Vaughan Cunningham
Bad Santa - Bob Chipeska ” - bkv1969
“ Basic Instinct - Gus
Crimson Tide - Chief of the Boat
Dangerous Minds - Hal Griffith ” - bkv1969
David Strathairn
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 one sixteenth Chinese (the latter three from his paternal grandmother)...
“ A League of Their Own - Ira Lowenstein
L.A. Confidential - Pierce Morehouse Patchett
The Bourne Ultimatum - Noah Vosen ” - bkv1969
Roddy McDowall
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, playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns...
“ Planet of the Apes - Cornelius
The Poseidon Adventure - Acres
Fright Night - Peter Vincent ” - bkv1969
“ Do the Right Thing - Da Mayor
I'm Not Rappaport - Midge Carter
BubbaHo-Tep - Jack ” - bkv1969
Stephen Root
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 Canada with the National Shakespeare Company...
“ Office Space - Milton Waddams
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Radio Station Man
Dodgeball - Gordon ” - bkv1969
Tim Curry
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 Combined Honors...
“ The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Clue - Wadsworth
It - Pennywise ” - bkv1969
Kathy Bates
Actress, Titanic
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 Irish...
“ Misery - Annie Wilkes
Titanic - Molly Brown
About Schmidt - Roberta Hertzel ” - bkv1969
Stephen Tobolowsky
Actor, Memento
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 the intention of studying geology...
“ Groundhog Day - Ned Ryerson
Memento - Sammy
Wild Hogs - Charley ” - bkv1969
“ Good Morning, Vietnam - Sgt. Major Dickerson
A Few Good Men - Lt. Col. Markinson
Sling Blade - Charles Bushman ” - bkv1969
Brian Cox
Actor, Troy
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 descent...
“ Braveheart - Argyle Wallace
The Bourne Identity - Ward Abbott
Trick 'r Treat - Mr. Kreeg ” - bkv1969
“ Fargo - Jerry Lundegaard
Air Force One - Major Caldwell
Wild Hogs - Dudley Frank ” - bkv1969
Oliver Platt
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, Maurice Roche...
“ Flatliners - Randy Steckle
The Three Musketeers - Porthos
Lake Placid - Hector Cyr ” - bkv1969
Kevin Pollak
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 wise and profitable career move...
“ A Few Good Men - Lt. Sam Weinberg
Grumpy Old Men - Jacob Goldman
Otis - Elmo Broth ” - bkv1969
Brendan Gleeson
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 school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
“ 28 Days Later... - Frank
Gangs of New York - Walter 'Monk' McGinn
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 'Mad­Eye' Moody ” - bkv1969
John Turturro
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, a jazz singer...
“ The Big Lebowski - Jesus Quintana
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Pete
Transformers - Agent Simmons ” - bkv1969
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 originally planned to be a singer and studied at the University of Montana to become a composer...
“ Spider-Man - J. Jonah Jameson
Juno - Mac MacGuff
Megamind - Warden ” - bkv1969
“ Step Brothers - Dr. Robert Doback
Let Me In - The Father
Hall Pass - Coakley ” - bkv1969
Alfre Woodard
Actress, Primal Fear
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 cheerleader and track star...
“ Scrooged - Grace Cooley
Primal Fear - Shoat
Beauty Shop - Ms. Josephine ” - bkv1969
Vincent Schiavelli
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 articles on food for magazines and newspapers. In 2001, he received the James Beard Journalism Award.
“ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Fredrickson
Ghost - Subway Ghost
Tomorrow Never Dies - Dr. Kaufman ” - bkv1969
James Cromwell
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 experimental plays...
“ Babe - Farmer Arthur H. Hoggett
The Green Mile - Warden Hal Moores
Spider-Man 3 - Captain Stacy ” - bkv1969
Roscoe Lee Browne
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 ” - bkv1969
George Wyner
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 ” - bkv1969
Bill Cobbs
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 technician for eight years; he also worked in office products at IBM and sold cars in Cleveland...
“ The Bodyguard - Devaney
Ghosts of Mississippi - Charlie Evers
Night at the Museum - Reginald ” - bkv1969
R. Lee Ermey
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 two tours in Okinawa...
“ Full Metal Jacket - Gny. Sgt. Hartman
Se7en - Police Captain
Dead Man Walking - Clyde Percy ” - bkv1969
Keith David
Actor, Platoon
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 ” - bkv1969
Ernie Hudson
Actor, Oz
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 black theatre in the country...
“ Ghost Busters - Winston Zeddmore
The Crow - Sergeant Albrecht
Miss Congeniality - Harry McDonald ” - bkv1969
Robert Prosky
Member of Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage repertory company in 60's and 70s, where he worked with Jane Alexander James Earl Jones Robert Foxworth and others.
“ Christine - Will Darnell
Mrs. Doubtfire - Jonathan Lundy
Dead Man Walking - Hilton Barber ” - bkv1969
Ray Walston
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 with Margo Jones at the Houston Civic Theater for six years...
“ Fast Times at Ridgemont High - Mr. Hand
From the Hip - Judge
Of Mice and Men - Candy ” - bkv1969
Richard Farnsworth
Actor, Misery
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 horse-racing scenes and cavalry charges unbilled...
“ Blazing Saddles - Sheriff
Misery - Buster
The Straight Story - Alvin ” - bkv1969
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 more than a mouse...
“ Annie Hall - Pam
The Shining - Wendy Torrance
Roxanne - Dixie ” - bkv1969
Jack Elam
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 job by trading his accounting services for a role...
“ Once Upon a Time in the West - Snaky
The Cannonball Run - Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing
Uninvited - Grady ” - bkv1969
Frances Sternhagen
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 Good Doctor"...
“ Misery - Virginia
Raising Cain - Dr. Lynn Waldheim
The Mist - Irene Reppler ” - bkv1969
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 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 Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award...
“ JFK - Guy Bannister
Elf - Santa
Up - Carl Fredricksen ” - bkv1969
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
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 ancestry...
“ Twister - Dustin Davis
The Big Lebowski - Brandt
Along Came Polly - Sandy Lyle ” - bkv1969
Forest Whitaker
Actor, Arrival
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, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ Platoon - Big Harold
The Crying Game - Jody
Panic Room - Burnham ” - bkv1969
John Goodman
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 known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne...
“ Raising Arizona - Gale Snoats
The Big Lebowski - Walter Sobchak
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Big Dan Teague ” - bkv1969
Luis Guzmán
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 ” - bkv1969
Parker Posey
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 ” - bkv1969
M. Emmet Walsh
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 Harry Maurice Walsh...
“ Blade Runner - Bryant
Back to School - Coach Turnbull
Harry and the Hendersons - George Henderson Sr. ” - bkv1969
Sam Elliott
Actor, Hulk
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. Although his future wife, Katharine Ross co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed The Legacy Together. Over the years there would be few opportunities to act in feature westerns...
“ Road House - Wade Garrett
Tombstone - Virgil Earp
Hulk - Ross ” - bkv1969
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, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ Private Parts - Kenny
Saving Private Ryan - Sgt. Hill
Lady in the Water - Cleveland Heep ” - bkv1969
“ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Taber
Back to the Future - Dr. Emmett Brown
Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Judge Doom ” - bkv1969
Red Buttons
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 ” - bkv1969
“ Barbershop - J.D.
Hustle & Flow - Key
Transformers - Glen Whitmann ” - bkv1969
Charles Durning
Actor, The Sting
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 dependable and sought after supporting actors...
“ The Sting - Lt. Wm. Snyder
Sharky's Machine - Friscoe
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Pappy O'Daniel ” - bkv1969
Lance Henriksen
Actor, Aliens
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 his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope...
“ The Terminator - Detective Hal Vukovich
Aliens - Bishop
Pumpkinhead - Ed Harley ” - bkv1969
Richard Riehle
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 such productions as "Luther"...
“ Glory - Quartermaster
Casino -Charlie Clark
Office Space - Tom Smykowski ” - bkv1969
Abe Vigoda
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 Lower East Side...
“ The Godfather - Sal Tessio
Look Who's Talking - Grandpa
Joe Versus the Volcano - Chief of the Waponis ” - bkv1969
“ JFK - Jack Ruby
Groundhog Day - Buster
As Good as It Gets - Handyman John ” - bkv1969
Eli Wallach
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, and Al Pacino, to name but a few...
“ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Tuco
Tough Guys - Leon B. Little
The Godfather: Part III - Don Altobello ” - bkv1969
Laurie Metcalf
Actress, Roseanne
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 1977...
“ Uncle Buck - Marcie Dahlgren-Frost
JFK - Susie Cox
Scream 2 - Debbie Salt ” - bkv1969
Ernest Borgnine
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, but took no real interest in acting...
“ Willard - Al Martin
The Poseidon Adventure - Det. Lt. Mike Rogo
The Black Hole - Harry Booth ” - bkv1969
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 Los Angeles...
“ Edward Scissorhands - Bill
Glengarry Glen Ross - George Aaronow
Little Miss Sunshine - Grandpa Edwin Hoover ” - bkv1969
David Keith
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 starring Bette Midler, had a supporting role in Brubaker...
“ An Officer and a Gentleman - Sid Worley
Major League II - Jack Parkman
Behind Enemy Lines - Master Chief Tom O'Malley ” - bkv1969
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 to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run, Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive, Cypher in The Matrix and Teddy in Memento...
“ The Fugitive - Cosmo Renfro
The Matrix - Cypher
Memento - Teddy Gammell ” - bkv1969
David Ogden Stiers
Actor, M*A*S*H
David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, moved with his family to Eugene, Oregon during high school and began his acting career in Northern California, acting in the Actor's Workshop and California Shakespeare Festival. He later moved to New York, where he studied drama at Juilliard, and joined the Houseman Acting Company at its outset...
“ Beauty and the Beast - Cogsworth
Shadows and Fog - Hacker
Mighty Aphrodite - Laius ” - bkv1969
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 armed robbery and drug offenses...
“ From Dusk Till Dawn - Razor Charlie
The Devil's Rejects - Rondo
Halloween - Ismael Cruz ” - bkv1969
“ Annie Hall - Actor in Rob's T.V. Show
Batman - Bob the Goon
The Silence of the Lambs - Lamar ” - bkv1969
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 City's famed Second City comedy troupe from 1974-1980...
“ House - Harold Gorton
Gung Ho - Buster
Guilty by Suspicion - Bunny Baxter ” - bkv1969
“ Dead Poets Society - Mr. Perry
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - Federation President
Deep Impact - Otis Hefter ” - bkv1969
Illeana Douglas
Actress, Ghost World
Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, and producer. She studied at "The Neighborhood Playhouse". While working in New York as a stand-up comedian and sketch comedy artist, she got a job "screaming" for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. This led to a long working relationship in the films, New York Stories...
“ Goodfellas - Rosie
Cape Fear - Lori Davis
Otis - Kate Lawson ” - bkv1969
Kevin Dunn
Actor, Warrior
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 with Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. He followed this up with Kathryn Bigelow's Blue Steel, Ghostbusters II, and the Brian De Palma hit The Bonfire of the Vanities...
“ Only the Lonely - Patrick Muldoon
Dave - Alan Reed
Transformers - Ron Witwicky ” - bkv1969
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 movies. John was born in Washington, D.C., to Helen (Sperling)...
“ Home Alone - Peter McCallister
Awakenings - Dr. Kaufman
Radio Flyer - Daugherty ” - bkv1969
James Best
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 Army during World War II in July 1944...
“ The Killer Shrews - Thorne Sherman
The End - Pacemaker Patient
Hooper - Cully ” - bkv1969
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Vince first started to get noticed for his excellent performances at the start of his career in Shy People and Mississippi Burning. 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 impossible to dismiss his characters as just 'bad' people...
“ Jacob's Ladder - Paul
Natural Born Killers - Deputy Warden Kavanaugh
Identity - Malcolm Rivers ” - bkv1969
Jack Weston
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a shoe repairman, Jack Weston began acting at the age of ten. Encouraged by his father and a perceptive teacher in his public school, he was brought to the Cleveland Playhouse, where he joined their children's theater. He stayed with the company until he was drafted into the army at the age of 19...
“ Cactus Flower - Harvey Greenfield
The Four Seasons - Danny Zimmer
Dirty Dancing - Max Kellerman ” - bkv1969
Dale Dye
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 operations...
“ Platoon - Captain Harris
Natural Born Killers - Dale Wrigley
Saving Private Ryan - War Department Colonel ” - bkv1969
Ron Rifkin
Actor, Alias
“ Wolf - Doctor
I'm Not Rappaport - Feigenbaum
Dragonfly - Charlie Dickinson ” - bkv1969
Marcia Gay Harden
Actress, Into the Wild
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 living in Greece...
“ Miller's Crossing - Verna
Meet Joe Black - Allison
The Mist - Mrs. Carmody ” - bkv1969
“ Close Encounters of the Third Kind - David Laughlin
Best in Show - Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III
Lady in the Water - Harry Farber ” - bkv1969
Frank Whaley
Frank Whaley is a critically acclaimed actor/writer/director. He is best known for the films Pulp Fiction and Swimming with Sharks, and has worked with Oliver Stone multiple times. His feature directorial debut, Joe the King, earned him the Waldo Salt Screenwriting prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival...
“ Field of Dreams - Archie Graham
Pulp Fiction - Brett
Vacancy - Mason ” - bkv1969
Sean Astin
Sean Astin is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies, for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed Rudy, and for his role as the beloved Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King...
“ The Goonies - Michael 'Mikey' Walsh
Rudy - Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger
The Lord of the Rings - Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee ” - bkv1969
Joan Cusack
Actress, Working Girl
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 family is of Irish descent...
“ Broadcast News - Blair Litton
Working Girl - Cyn
The School of Rock - Rosalie Mullins ” - bkv1969
“ Goodfellas - Tony Stacks
Mighty Aphrodite - Boxing Trainer
Deconstructing Harry - Policeman at Jail ” - bkv1969
Brad Dourif
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, after which his mother married Bill Campbell...
“ 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 ” - bkv1969
Paul Guilfoyle
Paul Guilfoyle, the actor best known for playing Capt. Jim Brass on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 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 in New York, and then for 12 years was a member of the Theatre Company of Boston...
“ L.A. Confidential - Mickey Cohen
Air Force One - Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd
Session 9 - Bill Griggs ” - bkv1969
Dan Hedaya
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 and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis). He has also done much stage work, appearing...
“ The Usual Suspects - Sgt. Jeffrey Rabin
The Hurricane - Det. Sgt. Della Pesca
Mulholland Dr. - Vincenzo Castigliane ” - bkv1969
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 Essex mental asylum...
“ Alien - Ash
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Bilbo Baggins
The Day After Tomorrow - Terry Rapson ” - bkv1969
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 independent film projects completed...
“ Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte - John Mayhew
The 'burbs - Lt. Mark Rumsfield
Monster - Thomas ” - bkv1969
Kevin McCarthy
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. He played the disillusioned son Biff Loman in the 1951 screen adaptation of Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman...
“ Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Dr. Miles J. Bennell
The Howling - Fred Francis
Twilight Zone: The Movie - Uncle Walt (Segment #3) ” - bkv1969
Ben Kingsley
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 the 1960s...
“ Gandhi - Mahatma Gandhi
Schindler's List - Itzhak Stern
Shutter Island - Dr. John Cawley ” - bkv1969
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. In 1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work in both Allison Anders' Mi vida loca and Gregory Nava's My Family...
“ Traffic - Manolo Sanchez
Dragonfly - Victor
Devil - Ramirez ” - bkv1969
Maggie Smith
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 Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross...
“ Murder by Death - Dora Charleston
Sister Act - Mother Superior
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Professor McGonagall ” - bkv1969
Ving Rhames
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 at the Juilliard School of Drama...
“ Pulp Fiction - Marsellus Wallace
Con Air - Diamond Dog
Dawn of the Dead - Kenneth ” - bkv1969
Tony Shalhoub
Actor, Monk
Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at the age of 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 ” - bkv1969
John Spencer
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 recurring role on The Patty Duke Show...
“ Sea of Love - Lieutenant
Forget Paris - Jack
The Rock - FBI Director James Womack ” - bkv1969
Alex Rocco
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 late 60s...
“ The Godfather - Moe Greene
The Entity - Jerry Anderson
Dream a Little Dream - Gus Keller ” - bkv1969
“ DeepStar Six - Snyder
The Night Flier - Richard Dees
Traffic - Eduardo Ruiz ” - bkv1969
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 took on...
“ The Graduate - Mr. Robinson
Jaws - Mayor Larry Vaughn
The Amityville Horror - Father Ryan ” - bkv1969
“ My Cousin Vinny - Jim Trotter III
The Mighty Ducks - Coach Jack Reilly
The Distinguished Gentleman - Dick Dodge ” - bkv1969
Michael Beach
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 years...
“ The Abyss - Barnes
Bad Company - Tod Stapp
True Romance - Wurlitzer ” - bkv1969
Bill Irwin
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. He is a graduate in theatre arts from Oberlin College...
“ Popeye - Ham Gravy
Scenes from a Mall - Mime
Lady in the Water - Mr. Leeds ” - bkv1969
Tony Plana
Actor, Ugly Betty
TONY PLANA 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...
“ An Officer and a Gentleman - Emiliano Della Serra
JFK - Carlos Bringuier
Primal Fear - Martinez ” - bkv1969
“ Shadows and Fog - Spiro's Assistant
Land of the Dead - Charlie
The Hills Have Eyes - Lizard ” - bkv1969
“ Maximum Overdrive - Handy
Coming to America - Landlord
The Silence of the Lambs - Barney Matthews ” - bkv1969