They shouldn't 'B' so C list!

Here's a list of the lesser-known and possibly unappreciated actors that have lit up the big screen and teased a smile out of the most discerning of viewer.
Be it through talent and charisma...or simply amusing us with astonishingly poor acting.

Essentially, actors that are more deserving of the recognition that is/was currently afforded them.
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John Saxon
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You and George Cukor's A Star Is Born. Born Carmine Orrico on August 5...
Maurizio Merli
Though it can be said that he only gained fame as an actor because he bore such a heavy resemblance to Italian actor Franco Nero, Maurizio Merli was a very versatile and charismatic leading man in Italian cinema throughout the 1970's. His first appearance was in the Luchino Visconti film The Leopard as an uncredited extra...
Michael Sopkiw
Although his moment in the acting spotlight was regrettably fleeting, Michael Sopkiw did nonetheless prove to be a delightfully sincere, spirited and enthusiastic asset in the four enjoyably low-rent mid-80s Italian exploitation features he starred in. Born in 1954 in Connecticut, the handsome and engaging...
“ Star of "Devilfish"(Jaws), "2019: After The Fall Of New York"(Escape From New York) and "Blastfighter"(Rambo). ” - shawhore
Finlay Currie
Actor, Ben-Hur
Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster, who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice and somewhat authoritarian demeanor...
John Quade
Actor, The Sting
Character actor John Quade was born John William Saunders on April 1, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas. Quade transferred from Perry Rural High School in Perry, Kansas to Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas in 1954. John was a football tackle and participated in both track and basketball at Highland Park High School...
“ A real inspiration as "Cholla" - leader of The Black widows in the Clint Eastwood comedies, and the irrepressible "Hank Sinclair" in the abortion hit "No Alibis"(which he directed). ” - shawhore
Jim Kelly
With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's Island in Enter the Dragon...
“ A few of Kelly's film quotes:

Williams: Only at how sloppy your man works.

Pinky: Who the *beep* hit me.
Black Belt Jones: Batman, *beep*

Mr Keyes: Gonna set me up! ” - shawhore
“ Robert Shaw-lookalike; who took Italian crime cinema by the neck of the scruff in the mid-seventies. ” - shawhore
Christopher George
Solidly built, boyishly handsome American leading-man, Christopher George was the son of Greek immigrants. Weaned on stories of the legendary Greek heroes, George and his brother Nick (later a prominent fashion photographer) both quit high school to join the Marines. Completing his education after his tour of duty...
“ Fine. ” - shawhore
John Steiner
Actor, Tenebre
This tall, blond, thin British character actor portrayed some of the most memorable villains of Italian cinema during the 1970s and 1980s. Born in Cheshire county England in 1941, Steiner got his start in films after school with small parts in British productions. Among them was 'The Persecution and...
“ English 'Max von Sydow duplicate' who made a name for himself in the seminal Italian exploitation films of the seventies and early eighties. ” - shawhore
James Remar
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...
“ It's all fun and games, with the man called James. ” - shawhore
“ Burst onto the Australian mid-afternoon prison TV series scene as the much maligned "Frank Burke". ” - shawhore
Fred Williamson
Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet handsome 6' 3" Williamson first came to attention in the TV series Julia playing love interest...
Robert Rusler
Robert Rusler - actor, athlete, writer, and natural performer - was born on September 20, 1965, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He soon moved to Hawaii, where he lived on Waikiki Beach and started surfing and skateboarding on a semi-professional level. At a young age his family moved to Los Angeles, where he began his martial arts career and entered many competitions...
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
Ji-Tu Cumbuka is one of the many U.S. African actors who overcame walls of adversity in the 60s. Born in Montgomery County, Alabama on March fourth, 1940 in an era of oppression, Ji-Tu did not let social norms hold him back from what he loved. Opportunities were slim; a U.S. African actor of the 40s and 50s held roles as house maids or were confined to the parody roles of minstrel shows...
William Marshall
Actor, Blacula
American actor of African and Cherokee heritage, known for his rich bass voice and classically-trained style, and for his impressive performances on stage and television as William Shakespeare's Othello. Marshall was born in Gary, Indiana, the son of Thelma (née Edwards) and Vereen Marshall, a dentist. After graduation from Governors State University...
“ 'Lord of the Sword' - "Duel To The Death". ” - shawhore
Keith David
Actor, Platoon
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...
Actor, Ramana
Vijayakanth, who's affectionately called 'Puratchi Kalaignar' and 'Captain' by his fans and well-wishers, had to face so many challenges and unfriendly situations before he could achieve the fame and popularity he's enjoying to-day in Tamil filmfield. He, whose original name was Vijayaraj, was born on 25th August...
James Smillie
James Smillie is recognized by his deep baritone voice and his head of silver hair. Born in Scotland, he grew up in Australia and has a highly successful career in both countries. His most recent work includes starring alongside Orlando Bloom in the Shamazian Brothers 'Romans' (2016), Guiseppe's Tonatore's 'La Corrispondenza' (2016) with Olga Kurylenko and Jeremy Irons...
“ Class act playing "Steve Wilson" on "Prisoner Cell Block H". ” - shawhore
Michael Paré
Michael Kevin Paré was born on October 9, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Joan (Moroney) and Francis Paré, who owned print shops. His father died of leukemia when Paré was five, leaving his mother to raise their large family of children. Paré was working as a chef in New York City when an agent...
“ Plays a blinder on "Streets Of Fire" and "Moon 44". ” - shawhore
Jon Gries
Actor, Taken
“ Put in a solid performance as the gormless punk on "Joysticks" and really demonstrated his acting range with a thought-provoking performance in the Twilight Zone episode - "Shelter Skelter" ” - shawhore
“ Swift. ” - shawhore
“ Included in this list for his convincing turn as "Sledge" in "Dawn Of The Dead". ” - shawhore
“ The diner scene in Superman 2 isn't the same film without "Rocky" indiscriminately attacking Clark Kent for starters and his comeuppance for dessert. ” - shawhore
Joshua Sinclair
Joshua Sinclair is an eclectic personality. A medical doctor specializing in tropical diseases, he has worked in India with Mother Teresa (Calcutta) and Sister Rosa (Bombay), as well as in various parts of Africa. He is also a professor in comparative theology. Since his acquired professions are obviously "non-profit"...
“ Stole most of the scenes in the Euro films films he died in. ” - shawhore
William Smith
William Smith is probably best known for his portrayal as "Falconetti" in Rich Man, Poor Man. He first came to the screen as a child actor in films such as Going My Way and The Song of Bernadette, before entering the service during the Korean War. There, his fluency in five languages landed him in the N.S.A...
“ Good. ” - shawhore
Edward Mulhare
Suave Irish-born actor with resonant voice and a commanding presence, who made his theatrical debut in 'The First of Mrs.Fraser' (1942) at the age of 19 at the Cork Opera House. Nine years later, after spells with the Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Liverpool Repertory Company, Mulhare appeared in a Laurence Olivier-directed London production of 'Othello' with Orson Welles...
“ Really pushed the boundaries of believability when guest-starring on a single episode of "The Streets Of San Francisco". ” - shawhore