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.

1. Wallace Shawn

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

2. 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 ...

The Thing - Clark The Believers - Marty Wertheimer My Girl - Phil Sultenfuss

3. 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...

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

6. George Dzundza

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

7. David Strathairn

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

8. Roddy McDowall

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

13. Stephen Tobolowsky

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

24. Vincent Schiavelli

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

26. Roscoe Lee Browne

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.

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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

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

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

34. Richard Farnsworth

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

37. 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 ...

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

39. Philip Seymour Hoffman

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

47. Christopher Lloyd

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

54. Brian Doyle-Murray

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

61. 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. 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

Tracey Walter was born on November 25, 1947 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Repo Man (1984), Batman (1989) and Conan the Destroyer (1984).

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

70. Pruitt Taylor Vince

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

74. Marcia Gay Harden

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

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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

Tony Sirico was born on July 29, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Genaro Anthony Sirico Jr. He is an actor, known for The Sopranos (1999), Goodfellas (1990) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995).

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

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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

Robert Joy was born on August 17, 1951 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Land of the Dead (2005), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and The Hills Have Eyes (2006).

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