10 Most overlooked actors and actresses

by kitfox30 | created - 26 Jun 2012 | updated - 24 Mar 2016 | Public

1. Courtney Gains

Actor | Back to the Future

Courtney Gains first achieved success during the 1980s with a variety of roles in films such Children of the Corn (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Can't Buy Me Love (1987), Colors (1988), The 'Burbs (1989) and Memphis Belle (1990). His most recent credits include Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Benny ...

Was in a couple of good movies, "The 'burbs" and "Children of the Corn", but has disappeared.

2. Keith Coogan

Actor | Adventures in Babysitting

Keith Coogan was born Keith Eric Mitchell on January 13, 1970 in Palm Springs, California. The grandson of legendary character actor Jackie Coogan, Keith began his acting career doing TV commercials -- his first gig was as a stand-in in a McDonalds TV spot -- as well various TV shows and ...

Was in a couple of good teen comedies dealing with babysitters, but haven't seen him in awhile.

3. Kane Hodder

Stunts | Se7en

Kane Hodder was born on April 8, 1955 in Auburn, California. He is best known for his role as horror icon Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), and Jason X (2001). He is...

Though he's known as both stunt man and actor, $100.00 says you can't name his best known role, though it's well known. Give up? He played Jason Vorhees in at least two of the Friday the 13th movies.

4. Bette Midler

Soundtrack | The First Wives Club

Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a ...

Watching some of her best movies, "Outrageous Fortune" with Shelley Long, "Beaches" with Barbara Hershey and "Big Business" with Lily Tomlin, makes me realize I haven't heard anything about her in probably 15 years.

5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Actress | Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New ...

Do you remember a completed aged 80's sitcom called "Day by Day"? If you don't , don't worry, but that was the first thing I ever saw her in. Chris Barnes and Courtney Thorne-Smith were in it too, but between that show and "Seinfeld" where was she? I can see her now in "The New Adventures of Old Christine", but I still think she is often overlooked.

6. David Spade

Actor | Joe Dirt

Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. He is the son of Judith J. (Meek), a writer and editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales rep, and is of German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Raised in both Scottsdale (from ...

Never thought I'd add him, but after making great 80's movies like "Police Academy 4", and many movies in the 90's with comic Chris Farley, and cartoon voice-overs in the new millenium with the fantastic "The Emperor's New Groove," and of course his long running sit-com "Just Shoot Me"...but where is he now??

7. Nicholas Sadler

Actor | Scent of a Woman

Nicholas Sadler is an actor and director, known for Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996) and Idle Hands (1999). He has been married to GiGi New since 2003.

Enjoyed his performance in "Twister" as much as I did his performance as "Mad Dog Col" in the highly fictionalized "Mobsters". But he can be seen on TV sporadically, but often overlooked and underrated.

8. Crispin Glover

Actor | Back to the Future

While he's never been a typical leading man, Crispin Glover has distinguished himself as one of the most intriguing personalities in the movie business. His unusual characters and personal projects have inspired a cult-like following that has dubbed him both madman and genius.

The son of actor Bruce...

9. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Walk the Line

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his ...

Has made some really good movies over the years including Gladiator and 8mm. Haven't see him around in awhile.

10. Jake Busey

Actor | The Predator

Jake Busey was born, raised, and is now carrying the family banner in show business. The son of Judy and Gary Busey, Jake spent his childhood in sunny southern California, as well as myriad film sets around the country. Jake enjoyed a childhood similar to a "military brat", as they call themselves....

Liked his performance in Starship Troopers, (he looks like his Dad), but haven't seen him in anything else since. Shame, he's a good actor.

11. Pauly Shore

Actor | Encino Man

Stand-up comic Pauly Shore (né Paul Montgomery Shore) tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show Totally Pauly (1990) hit the airwaves to major fan approval. The show ran for four years, opening the door wide for him for television and film roles. In 1993, he wrote and starred...

The 90's were definitely his time, and even though he has made some major turkeys over the years, I think there will always be a place for Pauly Shore.

12. Michelle Pfeiffer

Actress | One Fine Day

Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it ...

Whatever happened to her??