You know their faces but you can't recall their names. Those bada$$ actors who don't get much of the glory but they sure make the sidekicks, best friends, villains and henchmen a whole lot more interesting (or at least whole lot more pleasant to look at) and make you hope the bad guy wins.
The characters they've played are too numerous to list, so I'll go with the ones where I first woke up and took notice of them or that are my favorites.
In no particular order other than when they came to mind.
A leading man who is just as comfortable playing scary villains or comic sidekicks, Steve Bacic has gone from strength to strength culminating into a half-decade of non-stop work. Shortly after he moved from his home town of Windsor, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia, he landed a guest-starring role on the TV series 21 Jump Street
“ Rhade ” - GaelinW
“ David Fanning ” - GaelinW
Andrew Daniel Divoff is a Venezuelan film, television actor and stuntman, best known for playing the evil Djinn in the first two Wishmaster films and the villains Cherry Ganz in Another 48 Hrs., Ernesto Mendoza in A Low Down Dirty Shame, Boris Bazylev in Air Force One, Ivan Sarnoff in CSI: Miami and Mikhail Bakunin in Lost...
“ Djinn ” - GaelinW
“ Operations ” - GaelinW
“ Mickey Kostmeyer ” - GaelinW
Stephen Shellen grew up in Victoria, British Columbia where he was his high school's star hockey player before heading north to work as a lumberjack. After catching the attention of a talent scout in Vancouver, he decided to try his hand at acting, spurred on in part by the memory of a less-than-appreciative audience during his first stage performance in junior high...
“ Luke Brenner ” - GaelinW
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...
“ Bishop ” - GaelinW
Michael Connell Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, to Marcia (Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two years later to pursue an acting career in Hollywood...
“ Lt. James Curran ” - GaelinW
“ Col. Jack Riles ” - GaelinW
Dean Winters starred as "Johnny Gavin," Tommy's younger brother and a NYPD police detective on Rescue Me
, the critically acclaimed, one-hour drama from Sony Pictures Television, airing on FX. Dean is best know for playing the cunning "Ryan O'Reily" on Tom Fontana
's hit HBO drama series Oz
“ Ryan O'Reily ” - GaelinW
“ Jack Hale ” - GaelinW
Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor was born on July 10, 1977 in Forest Gate, London, England, to Nigerian parents, Obiajulu (Okaford), a pharmacist, and Arinze Ejiofor, a doctor. Chiwetel attended Dulwich College in South-East London. By the age of 13 he was appearing in numerous school and National Youth Theatre productions and subsequently attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts...
“ The Operative ” - GaelinW
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ Sean Miller ” - GaelinW
A small-town guy with a big heart, William Fichtner has been captivating the hearts of Western New Yorkers for decades. Bill was born in 1956 on Long Island, New York, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. Fichtner was raised in Cheektowaga, and graduated from Maryvale High School in 1974...
“ Tom Underlay ” - GaelinW
“ Sheriff Lucas Buck ” - GaelinW
James is a rugged, intense character player with leading man good looks. Having first gained recognition in 1979 as Ajax
, in his second film, The Warriors
. That same year he garnered acclaim on Broadway with Richard Gere
in the concentration camp drama "Bent". In a career spanning nearly four decades...
“ Nestor ” - GaelinW
Kim's film career began in 1991 with The Last Boy Scout. Two Warner Brothers' hits followed: Innocent Blood and The Client. Since that time he has starred in over forty films, including Academy Award winners Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott, and Pearl Harbor directed by Michael Bay. Other films include Waterworld and Open Range with Kevin Costner...
“ Tig ” - GaelinW
Liev (pronounced Lee-ev) Schreiber was born in San Francisco. His mother, Heather (Milgram), is a painter, and his father, Tell Schreiber
(Tell Carroll Schreiber III), is a theatrical actor who had a small role in The Keeper
. His mother is from a working-class Jewish family from Poland and Russia...
“ John Clark ” - GaelinW
Michael Ironside has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. He was born as Frederick Reginald Ironside on February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in his teenage years...
“ Ham Tyler ” - GaelinW
“ Jackson Yu ” - GaelinW
Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at the age of eight, and later to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was raised...
“ Titus Pullo ” - GaelinW
An accomplished theatre actor, Mr. Bennett appeared on the British stage for fifteen years before moving to Canada in 1986. During this time, he starred in "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole" at the Wyndhams Theatre in London's West End. He also performed in "Ghosts", "Private Lives" and "Rookery Nook" at such theaters as the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester...
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A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation. Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert pianist...
“ Viking Lofgren ” - GaelinW
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on ABC's smash hit series, Grey's Anatomy
. His dramatic arc as heart patient "Denny Duquette", who wins the heart of intern "Izzie Stevens" (Katherine Heigl
) in a star-crossed romance, made him a universal fan favorite. He also had recurring roles on The CW and Warner Bros...
“ Dr. Edward Marcase ” - GaelinW
“ Nicholas Pell ” - GaelinW
Actor, producer, writer, and director Til Schweiger
is Germany's best-known actor and also the country's most successful director. With more than 51 Million admissions no other German filmmaker drew more people to cinemas. He runs his own production company Barefoot Films based in Berlin, Germany...
“ Beau Brandenburg ” - GaelinW
William Thomas Sadler was born on April 13, 1950 in Buffalo, New York, to Jane and William Sadler. He began his acting career in New York theaters, appearing in more than 75 productions over the course of 12 years. His roles included that of Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Neil Simon
's Tony Award winning play "Biloxi Blues"...
“ Col. Stuart ” - GaelinW
“ Mac Swift ” - GaelinW
Sebastian was born in Paris and is of Scottish and French heritage. He is fluent in 4 languages. He is a graduate of the prestigious "Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique of Paris". He has extensive classical theater background and credits, notably in "Salome" with Al Pacino
, "Titus Andronicus" and "The Green Bird" with Julie Taymor
“ Longinus ” - GaelinW
Mark Andreas Sheppard was born on May 30, 1964 in London, England. He is an actor director and producer, known for Supernatural (2005), Battlestar Galactica (2004), Firefly (2002), Leverage (2008), Doctor Who (2005) In the Name of the Father (1993) and many others. He has been married to Sarah Louise Fudge since November 9, 2015.
“ Christopher 'C.J.' Yates ” - GaelinW
Benicio Del Toro
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-'90s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh
. Born on February 19...
“ Caro Quintero ” - GaelinW
Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker. Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher
, he slowly grew to become one of Denmark's biggest movie actors...
“ Tristram ” - GaelinW
Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left in June of 1989 after completing three years of training...
“ Marco Venier ” - GaelinW
“ Thomas Veil ” - GaelinW
Sean Pertwee was born into a theatrical dynasty of actors. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Sean began his acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most notably starring in Titus Andronicus directed by Deborah Warner
. After touring for three years, Sean continued his...
“ Hugh Beringar ” - GaelinW
Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, and Amanda...
“ Charlie Crews ” - GaelinW
Born in Scotland, trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was named most promising drama student. Scott's early work was in Scottish national theatre and television, first appearing in the series Soldier Soldier as well as on the stage in the Tim Fleming directed production of Wallace...
“ Sean Ambrose ” - GaelinW
A tall, handsome, and versatile American actor, Morris Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California, to Shirley (Wynn) and Morris Chestnut, Sr. He first came to be recognized by moviegoers starring as Ricky in Boyz n the Hood
, a role where he played a high school running back using his football skills to escape the violent surroundings of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood...
“ 49er One ” - GaelinW
Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria...
“ Damien Thorn ” - GaelinW
A tall, German actor with a constant villainous and cunning gaze in his eyes is Reiner Schone. Born in Germany on January 19, 1942, Reiner studied acting at the German National Theatre Weimar. He started his acting career in the '60s and since then has enjoyed his share of longevity in television and film...
“ Helmut Gurtman
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4b/Reiner-schoene-by-RalfR.jpg/220px-Reiner-schoene-by-RalfR.jpg ” - GaelinW
Charles Mesure was born Wednesday, August 12, 1970, in Somerset, England. When he was five, his family moved to Australia and he grew up in Sydney. He studied law at Sydney University and was very active in SUDS, the school's dramatic society. He sang tenor in an a capella group called Cinco. After he graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney in 1995...
“ Archangel Michael ” - GaelinW
Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, a trained opera singer and at one time, a trapeze artist in the Hungarian Circus...
“ Borias ” - GaelinW
“ Rodney Skinner ” - GaelinW
Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, he was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of the Bancroft Gold Medal...
“ Manfred Powell ” - GaelinW
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 Music and Drama in London...
“ Robin Hood ” - GaelinW
Chris Vance is best known for his lead role as Frank Martin, in Transporter: The Series, which started airing worldwide in 2012. He is also known for his lead role as Dr. Jack Gallagher in the FOX series, Mental, and as James Whistler in the Emmy-nominated FOX series, Prison Break. Born in London, Vance was raised in the UK...
“ Jack Gallagher ” - GaelinW
“ Scarecrow ” - GaelinW
“ Louis Stevens ” - GaelinW
Jesse L. Martin
Jesse L. Martin (born Jesse Lamont Watkins; January 18, 1969) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for originating the role of Tom Collins on Broadway in the musical Rent and his role as NYPD Detective Ed Green on Law & Order and Detective Joe West on The Flash. Martin, the third of five sons...
“ Kaylen Foster / Mustafa Hawkins ” - GaelinW
Having worked extensively in film, theatre and television in both the UK and the US, and on location in many parts of the world, Payne most recently starred in the fascinating psychological drama One Point O
, which was well received at Cannes. He also starred in the live action feature film Riders
“ Charles Rane ” - GaelinW
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer
“ Wulfgar ” - GaelinW
Born Maximilian Carlo Martini in Woodstock, New York, Martini is a citizen of not only the United States, but also of Canada and Italy. His parents were involved in the arts and instilled in him an appreciation for all things creative. After moving around a bit as a child, he made his way back to New York City and began to study acting...
“ Mack Gerhardt ” - GaelinW
Robert Knepper, the son of a veterinarian, was born in Fremont, Ohio, and was raised in Maumee (near Toledo). When he was growing up, his mother worked in the props department for the community theater, and because of her involvement, he became interested in acting. Robert began his career in theater in his hometown before majoring in theater at Northwestern University...
“ Dr. Peter Roland ” - GaelinW
Marshall R. Teague
Marshall Teague is an American actor who has appeared in over 130 films and Tv shows. His talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters has allowed him to build a varied and pivotal body of work. His theatrical breakout role was as Jimmy Reno in the 1989 cult classic Road House...
“ Mace Petty ” - GaelinW
In his second collaboration with Academy Award-winning Quentin Tarantino, Walton Goggins stars in the writer/director's THE HATEFUL EIGHT. He plays the integral role of 'Chris Mannix,' a southern renegade who claims to be the new sheriff. In the last few years Goggins has had pivotal roles in films by two of Hollywood's most important auteurs: Quentin Tarantino...
“ Robbie Jeffries ” - GaelinW
Daniel Dae Kim
Through the diversity of his roles on stage and screen, Daniel Dae Kim continues to expand our perceptions of the Asian-American man. In characters ranging from the King of Siam, a Shakespearean hero, a social worker for the Chicago needy, to a counter-terrorist agent, his work has consistently proven to transcend the historical barriers of race and stereotype...
“ Lenny Duc ” - GaelinW
“ Frank Duque ” - GaelinW
“ Thomas Krasny ” - GaelinW
Thomas Ian Griffith
Thomas Ian Griffith was born on March 18, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Thomas Joseph, was a college professor and his mother, Mary Ann, was a dance teacher. Griffith trained as an opera singer in New York City with Metropolitan Opera star Delia Rigal. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester...
“ Catlin Ewing ” - GaelinW
“ Dr. David Lee ” - GaelinW
“ George Clark ” - GaelinW
“ Rodney Munson ” - GaelinW
A working actor for over 20 years whose jobs have taken him all over the country and the world, Patrick's credits include playing with everyone from Angela Lansbury
to Xena. Hailing from Central Pennsylvania and armed with a BFA in Performance from Penn State University, Patrick went west to earn an MFA in Performance from Cal State Long Beach University...
“ Hank Landry ” - GaelinW
“ Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner ” - GaelinW
John Slattery was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Joan (Mulhern), a CPA, and John "Jack" Slattery, a leather merchant, both of Irish descent. John landed his first TV gig on the 1988 series Dirty Dozen: The Series
and has worked steadily since then. His television career has included the short-lived series Under Cover
“ Pvt. Dylan Leeds ” - GaelinW
Neal McDonough was born on February 13, 1966 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Catherine (Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who were born in Ireland. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 1988...
“ Kyle Rooney ” - GaelinW
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci
's The Last Emperor
. A US Army brat, he was born in Tokyo and lived in various cities while growing up. His father was in the army, stationed at Ft. Bragg (NC), Ft. Polk (LA) and Ft. Hood (TX). His mother was an actress from Tokyo...
“ Kenji Fujitsu / Tegoro ” - GaelinW
“ Det. Matthew Sikes ” - GaelinW
“ Dr. Alec Holland ” - GaelinW
Adrian Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Rosemarie Pasdar
(née Sbresny), who owns a travel agency, and Homayoon Pasdar, a prominent heart surgeon. His father is Iranian and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of German, and some Polish, descent. At the age of 2, his father moved the family to Powelton...
“ Darstar ” - GaelinW
Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. In 1978, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his career as an actor. He drew the attention of the critics when Yukio Ninagawa
, a famous Japanese director, chose him for the lead role in one of his plays even though Ken was still an acting student...
“ Katsumoto ” - GaelinW
A stage actor of great recognition, Stephen Lang has shaped a formidable career on and off the various stages of the United States and abroad. Though he is arguably most well-known for his acclaimed performance in James Cameron
, Lang began his career in theater. Broadway roles include his Tony-nominated performance as Lou in "The Speed of Darkness"...
“ Honorable Mention: I'm pretty sure everyone knows his name now, but he spent a long time being, "that guy from..." (any number of things). ” - GaelinW
An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant...
“ Honorable Mention: I'm pretty sure everyone knows his name now, but he spent a long time being, "that guy from The Wire." ” - GaelinW
Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator
by Ridley Scott
by Steven Spielberg
“ Honorable Mention: I'm pretty sure everyone knows his name now, but he spent a long time being, "that guy from Gladiator (or Amistad)." ” - GaelinW