TV Actors that should have (had) a film career

by ricardagruener | created - 23 Aug 2011 | updated - 23 Dec 2012 | Public

1. James Marsters

Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work he finally moved to L.A. to pursue a career in film and television. After appearing in several guest roles...

2. Sherilyn Fenn

Actress | Wild at Heart

Her childhood was filled with change. Sheryl Ann (later "Sherilyn") was the youngest of 3 kids. She and her two older brothers were raised by their musician mom, Arlene Quatro, who moved the family around Michigan. She and her mom went to L.A. when Sherilyn was 17. Within a couple of years, ...

3. Nathan Fillion

Actor | Castle

Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the son of Cookie (Early) and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers, and has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of ...

4. Terry O'Quinn

Actor | Lost

Terry O'Quinn was born on July 15, 1952 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA as Terrance Quinn. He is an actor, known for Lost (2004), The Stepfather (1987) and Young Guns (1988). He was previously married to Lori O'Quinn.

5. Michael Emerson

Actor | Lost

Michael Emerson was born on September 7, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He is an actor, known for Lost (2004), Person of Interest (2011) and Saw (2004). He has been married to Carrie Preston since September 5, 1998.

6. Elizabeth Mitchell

Actress | Lost

Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Los Angeles in 1970. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Dallas, Texas. She was graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Later, she earned a BFA degree in acting from ...

7. Alexis Denisof

Actor | The Avengers

Alexis Denisof was born on February 25, 1966 in Salisbury, Maryland, USA. He is an actor, known for The Avengers (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and First Knight (1995). He has been married to Alyson Hannigan since October 11, 2003. They have two children.

8. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

9. Michael Praed

Actor | Robin of Sherwood

Michael Praed was born in Berkeley, England to Derrick and Kay Prince, but spent his early years in Iran because his father worked as an accountant for a petroleum company. Michael was sent back to England for a public school education, which he did not enjoy. He attended the Guildhall School of ...

10. Judi Trott

Actress | Robin of Sherwood

Judi Trott was born on November 11, 1962 in Plymouth, Devon, England as Judith Trott. She is an actress, known for Robin Hood (1984), Heaven's Gate (1980) and Circles in a Forest (1989). She is married to Gary Spratling. They have three children.

11. Felicia Day

Producer | The Guild

Felicia Day was born on June 28, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as Kathryn Felicia Day. She is an actress and producer, known for her work on TV and the web video world. She has appeared in mainstream television shows and films, including "Supernatural", and a two-season arc on the SyFy series "...

12. Peter Krause

Actor | Six Feet Under

Peter William Krause was born on August 12, 1965 in Alexandria, Minnesota. Both his parents were teachers, and he has a sister and brother. He was raised in Roseville, Minnesota. He graduated in 1987 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, with a degree in English literature. In ...

13. Ian McShane

Actor | Deadwood

From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough, no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains, and all-around badasses.

A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically ...

His film career seems to be slowly taking off, though

14. Tamsin Greig

Actress | Green Wing

Tamsin Greig was born on July 12, 1966 in Maidstone, Kent, England as Tamsin Margaret Greig. She is an actress, known for Green Wing (2004), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Tamara Drewe (2010). She has been married to Richard Leaf since May 1997. They have three children.

15. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. ...

16. Kristin Bauer van Straten

Actress | Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Kristin grew up in Wisconsin playing sports, riding horses, and shooting guns. Her father was an avid horseman and gun collector and her mother a housewife involved in charities. Kristin moved to Los Angeles and began acting in 1994 after studying fine arts in St. Louis, Boston and New York. She ...

17. Sam Trammell

Actor | True Blood

Tony nominee Sam Trammell is most widely recognized for his starring role of Sam Merlotte in HBO's AFI award-winning series TRUE BLOOD. The Alan Ball created fantasy drama set ratings records for the network over its seven year run. Trammell currently guest stars on NBC's Golden Globe nominated ...

18. Elizabeth Perkins

Actress | Weeds

Elizabeth Ann Perkins was born on November 18, 1960, in the borough of Queens, New York, and was raised in Vermont. Her mother, Jo Williams, was a concert pianist and drug treatment counselor, and her father, James Perkins, was a businessman, farmer, and writer. She is of Greek and English descent....

19. Ian Somerhalder

Actor | The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Boating, swimming, fishing and ...

20. Kate Walsh

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Kate Walsh was born in San Jose, California, on October 13, 1967. She grew up partly in San Jose and partly in Tucson, Arizona, later attending the University of Arizona, where she got involved in regional theater. She later moved to Chicago where she began working with the Piven Theatre Workshop ...

21. Robin Weigert

Actress | Deadwood

Robin Weigert was born on July 7, 1969 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is an actress, known for Deadwood (2004), Synecdoche, New York (2008) and The Sessions (2012).

22. Jack Coleman

Actor | Heroes

John MacDonald "Jack" Coleman is an American actor and screenwriter, known for playing the role of Steven Carrington in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty (1982-88), and for portraying Noah Bennet in the science-fiction drama series Heroes (2006-10). Coleman's first major role was in the soap ...

23. Cristine Rose

Actress | What Women Want

Cristine Rose was born on January 31, 1951 in Lynwood, California, USA as Cristine Sue Rose. She is an actress, known for What Women Want (2000), Heroes (2006) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

24. Barbara Marten

Actress | A Passionate Woman

Barbara Marten was born as Barbara Mason on January 3rd 1947. As a teenager she attended the London School of Music and Dramatic Art but claims that it put her off acting and she worked for two years as a teacher, returning to the stage when she joined a theatre group in Coventry and then a touring...

25. Rich Fulcher

Actor | The Mighty Boosh

Rich Fulcher was born on November 18, 1968 in Massachusetts, USA as Richard Fulcher. He is an actor and writer, known for The Mighty Boosh (2003), Snuff Box (2006) and Eleanor's Up & Coming (2009).

Great comedian.

26. A.J. Langer

Actress | My So-Called Life

A.J. Langer was born in Columbus, Ohio. At age 5, her family moved to the San Fernando Valley, just outside of Los Angeles. She first began using her initials to join an all-boys baseball team, and the nickname stuck. She was introduced to Ernie Lively, who became her acting coach. After roles on ...

27. T.J. Thyne

Actor | How the Grinch Stole Christmas

TJ was born in Boston, Massachusetts, attended high school in Plano, Texas, graduated high school in 1993, and moved to Los Angeles to attend college. He attended the University of Southern California's theatre program, graduating in 1997. Through college, he worked as an extra in films (including ...

28. Hugh Laurie

Actor | House M.D.

Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...

29. Aaron Paul

Actor | Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant in Emmett, Idaho, to Darla (Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a retired Baptist minister. While growing up, Paul took part in church programs, and performed in plays.

He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. It was there, in eighth grade, that Aaron ...

He might still be going places...