The Best Actors Whose Names You Might Not Know

These are all actors that have impressed me, but never seemed to make A-List (or sometimes even B-List) status.
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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...
“ From films like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Urban Legends, and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers to TV spots like "Beyond the Sea" (The X-Files) and "Desperate Souls" (Once Upon a Time) this character actor has never disappointed me ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587
 
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Andy Serkis
Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East...
“ The man whose face is seldom seen, but creates movie magic we all love ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587
 
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Giovanni Ribisi
Antonino Giovanni Ribisi is an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents both have careers in the entertainment industry. His mother, Gay Ribisi (née Landrum), is a talent manager for actors and writers, and his father, Albert Anthony Ribisi, is a musician. He has a twin sister...
“ More people might know his name now, but some might still be in the dark. Mr. Ribisi mostly plays supporting roles and had a recurring role on the sitcom Friends. The only main character I've seen him play though was in the Boiler Room. I've always been impressed by his ability to take on just about any character trait ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587
 
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Elias Koteas
Elias Koteas was born on March 11, 1961, in Montreal, Canada. Both his parents are of Greek descent. Elias attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a graduate. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City...
“ I first saw him as Molly's brother Stuart in Look Who's Talking Too and his character was mostly the stock dumb character; however, I've recently seen him in supporting roles in movies like A Haunting in Connecticut and Dream House and television shows like Unforgettable and CSI: NY and I've been very impressed. He really has a good range of emotion. ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587
 
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Rob Benedict
Actor, Waiting...
Rob Benedict is an actor best known for his roles in TV and films including "Felicity", "Supernatural" and the movie Waiting... Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Benedict received a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. After graduating, his passion for theater lead him to performing in regional theaters across the country...
“ In all honesty I haven't seen the movies that are listed under his "best known for" on this site. I am more familiar with his television work. He was wonderful as the Prophet in Supernatural and is even better as The Invisible Prince on the new show Touch. I have found both these performances the perfect balance of humorous and touching. ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587
 
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Nathan Fillion
Actor, Castle
Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the younger son of Cookie and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers. He has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of Alberta...
“ Best known by Sci-Fi fans for his work in Serenity, this actor was marvelous in the very non-science fiction role in the movie Waitress. His performance was both funny and moving and I was very impressed. ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587
 
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“ While X-File fans will know this name as the actor who played the famous and infamous Cigarette Smoking Man, those who did not watch that show might not know him. He has been in many other things, including Passengers, The Messengers, and Look Whose Talking (as well as an episode of Fear Itself directed by John Landis). He always gives a great performance ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587
 
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“ I was really impressed with his roles as psychiatrists in both The Dream Team and an episode of Monk ” - mjjsgirl80-51-380587