Top 50 Most Underrated Actors on Film & TV

by tbell1826 | created - 01 May 2011 | updated - 01 May 2011 | Public

1. Zeljko Ivanek

Actor | Argo

Zeljko Ivanek was born on August 15, 1957 in Ljubljana, Slovenia as Zeljko Simic-Ivanek. He is an actor, known for Argo (2012), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).

2. Callie Thorne

Actress | Necessary Roughness

Callie Thorne was born on November 20, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Calliope Silver Thorne. She is an actress and producer, known for Necessary Roughness (2011), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Prison Break (2005).

3. Dean Winters

Actor | John Wick

Dean Winters is known for his role as Ryan O'Reily on HBO's award-winning series Oz (1997) and as Tina Fey's character's "Beeper King" boyfriend on the Emmy-winning comedy, 30 Rock (2006). His noteworthy comedic performance was recently included in Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" as well as ...

4. Andrea Roth

Actress | Dark Places

Andrea Roth, a first generation Scottish-Dutch Canadian, was born in Woodstock, Ontario. Her first theatrical appearance was in The Miracle Worker when she was eleven. She received her big show business break when she starred in the mini-series A Woman of Independent Means (1995), playing Sally ...

5. Pauley Perrette

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Pauley Perrette is known to millions around the world as Abby Sciuto, the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist on CBS's NCIS (2003), the #1-rated drama in the world. Her additional credits include appearances on such shows as Almost Famous (2000), The Ring (2002), 24 (2001), CSI: Crime Scene ...

6. Jorge Garcia

Actor | Lost

Jorge Garcia (born April 28, 1973) is an American actor and comedian. He first came to public attention with his performance as Hector Lopez on the television show Becker, but probably more known later for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in the television series Lost from 2004 to 2010. Garcia ...

7. Alison Brie

Actress | The Lego Movie

Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California, to Joanne (Brenner), who worked at a non-profit child care agency, and Charles Terry Schermerhorn, a musician and entertainment reporter. Her mother is Jewish and her father has Scottish, Dutch, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry. Brie grew up in ...

8. Jerry Ferrara

Actor | Entourage

Jerry Ferrara began studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King of Queens (1998). Other television parts soon followed. ...

9. Scott William Winters

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Scott William Winters is the brother of actor Dean Winters and writer Brad Winters. His sister Blair is married to executive producer/writer Jorge Zamacona. Scott is married to Jennifer Logan Winters. They have 2 daughters, Grace and Faith. Scott is from New York and attended Northwestern ...

10. Jennifer Esposito

Actress | Crash

Jennifer Esposito was born on April 19, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer.

Esposito launched her career with an appearance on Law & Order (1990) in 1996. She went on to play the character of "Stacey ...

11. BD Wong

Actor | Jurassic Park

BD Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in "M. Butterfly." He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the ...

12. Yvette Nicole Brown

Actress | Community

Yvette Nicole Brown was born on August 12, 1971 in East Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for Community (2009), Repo Men (2010) and Pound Puppies (2010).

13. Josh Radnor

Actor | Liberal Arts

Josh Radnor was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Carol Radnor, a high school guidance counselor, and Alan Radnor, a medical malpractice lawyer. Radnor has two sisters, Melanie Radnor and Joanna Radnor Vilensky. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio, a small city nested inside Columbus. Radnor attended ...

14. Gillian Jacobs

Actress | Community

Gillian Jacobs was born on 19 October 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. Her father, William F. Jacobs Jr., is an investment banker and her mother, Martina Magenau Jacobs, is an alumni relations officer at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an alumnus of Mt. Lebanon High School, Pennsylvania, ...

15. Daniel Sunjata

Actor | One for the Money

Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon on December 30, 1971) is an American actor who performs in film, television and theater. He is best known for his role as "Franco Rivera" in the FX television series, Rescue Me (2004). Sunjata also starred as "Paul Briggs" in USA Network's series, Graceland...

16. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

17. Glenn Howerton

Actor | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Glenn Howerton was born on April 13, 1976 in Japan as Glenn Franklin Howerton III. He is an actor and writer, known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), The Strangers (2008) and Serenity (2005). He has been married to Jill Latiano since September 8, 2009. They have two children.

18. Charlie Day

Actor | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Charles Peckham Day was born in New York City, NY, and raised in Middletown, Rhode Island. His parents are both music teachers - his mother, Mary (Peckham), is a piano teacher, and his father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, was a professor of music at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. ...

19. Mary Elizabeth Ellis

Actress | Masterminds

Mary Elizabeth Ellis was born on May 11, 1979 in Laurel, Mississippi, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Masterminds (2016), Free State of Jones (2016) and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005). She has been married to Charlie Day since March 4, 2006. They have one child.

20. Melanie Lynskey

Actress | Togetherness

At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her astonishing debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures (1994). Her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control was described as "...

21. Jimmi Simpson

Actor | Date Night

Jimmi Simpson is an American actor. He was born in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the youngest of three brothers. After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in theater, he acted for four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

Simpson made his film debut in...

22. Dave Annable

Actor | What's Your Number?

David Rodman Annable was born on September 15, 1979, in Suffern, New York, to Tammi and Rodman John Annable. He has one sister named Rebecca and a half-sister named Stacy. His mother is Jewish and his father has English, German, Irish and French ancestry. Dave grew up in Walden, a small town in ...

23. Tristan Mack Wilds

Actor | Half Nelson

Tristan Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York. In 2005, at the age of 15, Tristan made his television debut as AJ in the mini-series Miracle Boys. After that, he took his talents to a different venue and tried his hand in theater. He worked with Phylicia Rashad and the Roundabout Theater ...

24. Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Actor | Cedar Rapids

Isiah Whitlock Jr. was born on September 13, 1954 in South Bend, Indiana, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Cedar Rapids (2011), 25th Hour (2002) and Pete's Dragon (2016).

25. Melissa Leo

Actress | The Fighter

Melissa Chessington Leo is an American actress. She is known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 2010 film The Fighter (2010). She was born on September 14, 1960, in New York City. Leo starred as the mother of boxer Micky Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. ...

26. Wendell Pierce

Actor | The Wire

Wendell Pierce was born on December 8, 1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor, known for The Wire (2002), Selma (2014) and Horrible Bosses (2011).

27. Shawn Hatosy

Actor | Animal Kingdom

Shawn Hatosy was born on December 29, 1975 in Frederick, Maryland, USA as Shawn Wayne Hatosy. He is an actor and director, known for Animal Kingdom (2016), Southland (2009) and Alpha Dog (2006). He has been married to Kelly Albanese since December 2010. They have three children.

28. Kathryn Erbe

Actress | Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Kathryn Erbe was born on July 5, 1965 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA as Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe. She is known for her work on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Stir of Echoes (1999) and D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994). She was previously married to Terry Kinney.

29. Steve Schirripa

Actor | The Sopranos

Steve Schirripa was born on August 1, 1958 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Must Love Dogs (2005). He has been married to Laura Lemos since April 22, 1989. They have one child.

30. Rebecca Creskoff

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Rebecca Creskoff was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Betty Jane Creskoff, a home maker, and Howard Creskoff a lawyer, and has an older sister. Her father is of Russian Jewish decent and her mother is of mostly English and German ancestry--a true Midwestern ...

31. Rich Sommer

Actor | A Crooked Somebody

Sommer returned to Cleveland in 2008 to teach a master class at the Case Western Reserve University / Cleveland Play House graduate program. He earned an MFA in the program in 2004.

Sommer planned his future in improv comedy during his Play House days. He has performed with the Upright Citizens ...

32. Donald Glover

Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story

The multi-talented Donald Glover is a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director, who performs under the stage names Childish Gambino and mcDJ. He was born Donald McKinley Glover at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (...

33. Kirk Acevedo

Actor | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Born and raised in the Bronx, and spent most of his formative years hanging out in New York City, Kirk Acevedo, who is of Puerto Rican descent, received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and founded a theater company called The Rorschach Group. After guest-starring on several television shows like New ...

34. 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 ...

35. Bobby Cannavale

Actor | The Station Agent

In both career and in real life, Bobby Cannavale tends to choose the unconventional way of doing things. In the beginning, his decisions may have cost the dark, swarthily good-looking actor some acting roles and/or good-paying money but, in the end, his strong work ethic and sense of self, despite ...

36. Jon Bernthal

Actor | The Wolf of Wall Street

Jon Bernthal was born and raised in Washington D.C., the son of Joan (Marx) and Eric Bernthal, a lawyer. His grandfather was musician Murray Bernthal. Jon went to study at The Moscow Art Theatre School, in Moscow, Russia, where he also played professional baseball in the European professional ...

37. Zachary Levi

Actor | Chuck

The middle child between two sisters, Zachary Levi was born as Zachary Levi Pugh, on September 29, 1980, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Susan (Hoctor) and Darrell Pugh. He uses his middle name as his stage surname, because his birth name, "Pugh", which is of Welsh origin, sounds too much like "Pew"...

38. Adam Baldwin

Actor | Serenity

Adam Baldwin was born on February 27, 1962 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Serenity (2005), Independence Day (1996) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). He has been married to Ami Julius since 1988. They have three children.

39. Mary Lynn Rajskub

Actress | 24

Mary Lynn Rajskub is an American actress, comedienne and singer who is best known as a co-star of Kiefer Sutherland on the popular television series 24 (2001).

She was born on June 22, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, into a family of Irish, Czech, and Polish ancestry. She was brought up in Trenton, ...

40. Ellie Kemper

Actress | Bridesmaids

Ellie Kemper, born Elizabeth Claire Kemper on May 2, 1980, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is best-known for her role as "Erin Hannon" in the NBC series The Office (2005), as well as her supporting roles in the films Bridesmaids (2011) and 21 Jump Street (2012)). She plays the ...

41. Ed Helms

Actor | The Hangover

Ed Helms was born on January 24, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Edward Parker Helms. He is an actor, known for The Hangover (2009), The Office (2005) and Vacation (2015).

42. Peter Gerety

Actor | Charlie Wilson's War

Peter Gerety was born on May 17, 1940 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is an actor, known for Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Flight (2012) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009).

43. Archie Panjabi

Actress | I Origins

Archie is an Emmy Award winning British actress best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, for which she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East ...

44. John Francis Daley

Actor | Bones

John Francis Daley began acting in the national and international tour of The Who's Tommy, playing young Tommy - and coming to national prominence in the critically acclaimed, cult classic series, Freaks and Geeks (1999). Formerly a regular on the Fox hit, Bones (2005), John can also be seen in the...

45. Aubrey Plaza

Actress | Safety Not Guaranteed

Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation (2009), and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (...

46. Adam Scott

Actor | Step Brothers

Adam Scott was born in Santa Cruz, California, the son of Anne and Douglas Scott. He has two older siblings, Shannon and David. Scott has said that his brother David "looks like me but is far more cerebral and inherited the intellect of our parents," both of whom are retired teachers. He graduated ...

47. Paul Adelstein

Actor | Land of the Lost

Paul Adelstein was born on April 29, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Land of the Lost (2009), Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce (2014). He was previously married to Liza Weil.

48. Peter Jacobson

Actor | House M.D.

Peter Jacobson was born on March 24, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Peter S. Jacobson. He is an actor, known for House M.D. (2004), Transformers (2007) and What Just Happened (2008). He is married to Whitney Scott. They have one child.

49. Michaela Conlin

Actress | Bones

Michaela Conlin was born on June 9, 1978 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for Bones (2005), Baby, Baby, Baby (2015) and The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).

50. Ken Jeong

Actor | The Hangover

Ken Jeong is an American actor, comedian, and physician. He is known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009) and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover (2009) Trilogy. He appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a motivational ...



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