Top 10 Actors Who Deserve More Leading Roles

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Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ Start the list off with a man who's already a legend and has had plenty of leading roles, but seems to have disappeared since the disastrous Welcome To Mooseport in 2004. Such talent, would love to see him team up with Wes Anderson again or portray another Royal Tenenbaum-like character. Come back to acting, Mr. Hackman. Don't let the last movie on your resumé be a duel for small town mayor with Ray Romano. ” - joe-seguin
 
2.
Erik King
Actor, Dexter
“ Known to any avid Dexter fan as Sgt. Doakes, there are few characters in the television series I've watched who completely dominate every scene they're in as well as King. There's a certain kudos one must give to a man who can use the term "mother *beep* as a verb, adjective, noun, compliment, etc. Doakes was compelling enough that he could have had his own series, all thanks to King's acting abilities. Deserves a leading role soon. ” - joe-seguin
 
3.
David Paymer
One of modern TV and moviedom's most sturdy and reliable character actors, David Paymer dreamed of being an actor from early childhood. Although he came from a traditional middle-class Jewish family that urged him to become a doctor or lawyer, Paymer felt more at home in the world of the thespian. At 14...
“ Paymer never lived up to the shadow that was cast over him after his oscar nom for Mr. Saturday Night, but that shouldn't take anything away from his talent. He made a living playing small roles on the big screen and throughout various TV programs, but would love to see someone give him another chance. I personally think he'd make a great Larry in the upcoming Farelly brothers Three Stooges. ” - joe-seguin
 
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“ Other than a recurring character on Chuck, Hale's been fairly quiet in the recent years after the termination of Arrested Development. I personally find him hilarious in every cameo he's made on television and was the best thing in the recent Sundance gem HappyThankYouMorePlease. Has the talent and comedic skill to play a leading role. ” - joe-seguin
 
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“ What ever happened to Doc Brown? Lloyd has such talent in both drama and comedy, it's a shame his talent hasn't been put to better use over the past 15 or so years. Would love to see him go back to television, even though he's substantially older than he was during his days on Taxi. ” - joe-seguin
 
6.
Casey Affleck
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects. Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher...
“ When he's not filming spoof hip-hopumentaries about his insane brother-in-law, Casey Affleck occasionally steps in front of the camera and does very good work too (much better than his brother). As the coward Robert Ford to even smaller roles in The Last Kiss, Affleck has the skill and wit to make a great leading man. ” - joe-seguin
 
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Joe Pesci
Actor, Goodfellas
Compact Italian-American actor Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, to Mary (Mesce), a part-time barber, and Angelo Pesci, a bartender and forklift driver. Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor, and by the mid-1950s, was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-1960s...
“ One of the greatest character actors of his generation and of any generation, really. Love to see Joe take on another leading role, preferably in Scorcese picture rather than the Gone Fishing sequel we've all been dying to see go into production. ” - joe-seguin
 
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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"...
“ One of the most talented actors in the business today. Just watch McDonagh's short film Six Shooter. Should've received an oscar-nom for his work in In Bruges. Maybe after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, we'll se Gleeson in a role that better suits his tremedous acting ability. ” - joe-seguin
 
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Vincent Cassel
Actor, Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ Great work in both French and English, Cassel continues to add to a list of strong supporting characters, from Kirill in Eastern Promises to Thomas in Black Swan. I think he would make a great villain in a big budget action thriller, maybe even the next addition of the James Bond series. ” - joe-seguin
 
10.
Jason Mewes
New Jersey born and bred actor, who burst onto cinema screens in 1994, playing the grass smoking, fast talking, foul mouthed and over sexed,...but very likable "Jay" in Kevin Smith's hilarious low budget hit Clerks. The off beat & philosophical drug dealing characters of "Jay and Silent Bob" (Mewes and Smith) cropped up again in four more films directed by the talented Smith...
“ I understand the dip in talent on this list when actors like Pesci, Hackman, Llyod and the rest are followed by an actor primarily known as the recurring Jay. This one's really just guilty pleasure. I personally find Mewes hilarious in almost every Kevin Smith project he's been a cast member. Would love to see him broaden his resumé and take on a new character. ” - joe-seguin