Bean-Towns Best Characters Born Before 1960

by Ed_Jones_XLIX2 | created - 6 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Who is your favorite Character Actor or Actress Born in (Bean-Town) Boston, Massachusetts?

List includes just plain Characters too! After voting, please discuss here.

1. Norm Crosby

Actor | Grown Ups 2

Norm Crosby was born on September 15, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Grown Ups 2 (2013), Cougar Club (2007) and Alright Already (1997). He has been married to Joan Crane Foley since November 1, 1966. They have two children.

Not realistically relegated to any of the other Crosby's. Is one of the verifiable few comedicans that catheterizes The Anguish Languish.

"King of the Malapropisms"

2. Leonard Nimoy

Actor | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit ...

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home--Spock-(1986)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country--Spock-(1991)

Star Trek---Spock Prime-(2009)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon--Sentinel Prime -(2011)

3. James Remar

Self | Sex and the City: A Farewell

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 (1979). That same year he garnered acclaim on Broadway with Richard Gere in the concentration camp drama "Bent".

In a career spanning nearly four...

Black Lightning (TV Series)---Peter Gambi -2018

Gotham ---Frank Gordon-2017

Dexter ---Harry Morgan -2006-2013

Sex and the City---Richard Wright -2001-2004

4. Peggy Cass

Actress | Auntie Mame

Mary Margaret Cass was born May 21, 1924, in Boston, Massachusetts. After three years in the Cambridge Latin School drama club without one speaking part, she moved to New York, where she worked as a secretary, telephone operator, advertising solicitor and model. She joined a USO troupe that took ...

Another Game Show panelist from Bean-Town. Mostly on "To Tell the Truth" Also was on almost all Game shows from 1962-1990. Also a favorite of The Tonight Show, not Johnny, but Jack Paar!

5. Jane Alexander

Actress | Kramer vs. Kramer

Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in ...

Kramer vs. Kramer---Margaret Phelps-(1979)

The Cider House Rules---Nurse Edna-(1999)

The Ring---Dr. Grasnik-(2002)

The Great White Hope---Eleanor Backman-(1970)

6. Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Actor | Moan & Groan, Inc.

Allen 'Farina' Hoskins was born on August 9, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Allen Clayton Hoskins. He was an actor, known for Moan & Groan, Inc. (1929), Love Business (1931) and School's Out (1930). He was married to Frances. He died on July 26, 1980 in Oakland, California, USA.

"Our Gang" "The Little Rascals"

7. Arlene Francis

Actress | The Thrill of It All

Arlene Francis, the witty actress and popular television personality, was born Arlene Francis Kazanjian on Oct. 20, 1907, in Boston. Her father was an Armenian immigrant, later painter and portrait photographer; her mother was the daughter of actor Alfred Davis. Even at an early age, Arlene said, "...

Known for one and only one thing. Panelist on "What's My Line"

8. John Cazale

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...

Dog Day Afternoon---Sal-(1975)

The Godfather---Fredo-(1972)

The Godfather: Part II---Fredo Corleone-(1974)

The Conversation---Stan-(1974)

9. Colm Feore

Actor | Chicago

Colm Feore was born on August 22, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Chicago (2002), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Thor (2011). He has been married to Donna Feore since August 8, 1994. They have two children. He was previously married to Sidonie Boll.


The Chronicles of Riddick---Lord Marshal-(2004)

Bon Cop Bad Cop---Martin Ward-(2006)

Thor---King Laufey-(2011)

10. Franklyn Farnum

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Boston-born Franklyn Farnum was on the vaudeville stage at the age of 12 and was featured in a number of theatre and musical productions by the time he entered silent films near the age of 40. He appeared to be at his most comfortable in the saddle, his career dominated mostly by westerns. Some of ...

Well I'll be a Monkey's Undertaker! "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) Another look see for real movie fans. 637 Credits!!! Worked right up until his death in 1961 on "Rawhide" as a Townsman.

11. Joanna Barnes

Actress | Auntie Mame

Joanna Barnes is an American actress and novelist and journalist. Barnes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to Los Angeles, California soon after finishing her education, and took up a contract with Columbia Pictures. She has since had roles in more than twenty films and made guest ...

Auntie Mame---Gloria Upson-(1958)

The Parent Trap---Vicki Blake-(1998)

Spartacus---Claudia Marius-(1960)

The Parent Trap---Vicky Robinson-(1961)

12. Meshach Taylor

Actor | Designing Women

Surrounded by four dazzling Southern-styled ladies on the hit sitcom Designing Women (1986), genial African-American actor Meshach Taylor made a name for himself as the beleaguered male foil consistently at the mercy of the title gals' antics during its popular 7-season run.

The Boston-born actor ...

Designing Women---Anthony Bouvie-(1986-1993)


Damien: Omen II---Dr. Kane-(1978)

Mannequin: On the Move--Hollywood Montrose / Doorman-(1991)

13. John Schuck

Actor | MASH

John Schuck was born Conrad John Schuck in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940, the son of an English professor who took several teaching positions including Princeton College and SUNY Buffalo while John was growing up. Following graduation from Denison University where he appeared in a number of plays, ...

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country---Klingon Ambassador-(1991)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home---Klingon Ambassador-(1986)

MASH---Capt. 'Painless' Waldowski-(1970)

Dick Tracy---Reporter-(1990)

14. Richard Herd

Actor | All the President's Men

Utilitarian character actor Richard Herd is one of those stern familiar faces you've seen countless times on film and TV but can't quite place the name. The stage-trained actor, who shares a striking resemblance to actor Karl Malden, never found the one role that would make him a household name, ...

All the President's Men---James W. McCord, Jr.-(1976)

V: The Final Battle---John-(1984)

Planes, Trains & Automobiles---Walt-(1987)


15. Paul Guilfoyle

Actor | L.A. Confidential

Paul Guilfoyle, the actor best known for playing Capt. Jim Brass on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), was born on April 28, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from Boston College High School in 1968, he attended Lehigh University.

He studied acting as a member of the Actor's Studio...

L.A. Confidential---Mickey Cohen-(1997)

Air Force One---Chief of Staff Lloyd Shepherd-(1997)

The Good Fight---Henry Rindell-(2017-2018)

Primary Colors---Howard Ferguson-(1998)

16. Jack Nance

Actor | Eraserhead

Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the ...

Eraserhead---Henry Spencer-(1977)

Blue Velvet 3---Paul-(1986)


Wild at Heart---00 Spool-(1990)

17. Beth Howland

Actress | Alice

Beth Howland was born on May 28, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for Alice (1976), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) and American Playhouse (1981). She was married to Charles Kimbrough and Michael J. Pollard. She died on December 31, 2015 in Santa Monica, California, ...

Alice---Vera Louise Gorman-(1976-1985)

Mary Tyler Moore---Joan / Linda Foster-(1972-1975)

American Playhouse---Housewife-(1982)

The Tick---Bea-(2002)

18. Jack Haley

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

Jack Haley was a movie and vaudeville actor who is always remembered as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939). The Tin Man role was originally was going to Buddy Ebsen, but due to allergic reaction from the aluminum powder makeup, Ebsen was taken out of the casting and Haley replaced him. To avoid...

The Wizard of Oz---'Hickory' / The Tin Man-(1939)

Sing Your Way Home---Steve Kimball-(1945)

One Body Too Many---Albert L. Tuttle-(1944)

People Are Funny---Pinky Wilson-(1946)

19. Barry Newman

Actor | Vanishing Point

Barry Foster Newman, star of stage, screen and television, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Sarah and Carl Newman. After graduating from the prestigious Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the country, he graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Anthropology. While at ...

Vanishing Point---Kowalski-(1971)

The Limey---Jim Avery-(1999)

Daylight---Norman Bassett-(1996)

Bowfinger---Kit's Agent-(1999)

20. Vaughn Taylor

Actor | Psycho

Reedy, balding, often bespectacled American character actor with pencil-thin moustache, once described as the man with TV's 'most deceptive face'. He looked like - and was - a certified public accountant, graduate from Northeastern University. A struggling actor in his youth, he worked in stock, ...

Psycho---George Lowery-(1960)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof---Deacon Davis-(1958)

The Twilight Zone---Mr. Carsville / Mr. Judson / Mr. Maitland / Salesman / Teague-(1959-1964)

The Gumball Rally---Andy McAllister - Mercedes Team-(1976)

21. Jerry Douglas

Actor | The Young and the Restless

Jerry Douglas was born on November 12, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Gerald Rubenstein. He is an actor, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), JFK (1991) and Good Guys Wear Black (1978). He has been married to Kym Douglas since April 6, 1985. They have one child. He was previously ...

The Young and the Restless--- John Abbott / Alistair Wallingford / Himself- (1985-2015)

JFK---Board Room Man-(1991)

Good Guys Wear Black---Joe Walker - The Black Tigers-(1978)

Cold Case---Eugene 'Skip' Robertson - 2007-(2007)

22. Betty Field

Actress | Of Mice and Men

Thespian Betty Field was born in Boston on February 8, 1916, the daughter of a salesman and his wife. Ancestors on her father's side were Mayflower colonists Priscilla and John Alden. Her parents divorced while she was still young and Betty eventually learned to speak Spanish while traveling with ...

Of Mice and Men---Mae Jackson-(1939)

Picnic---Flo Owens-(1956)

BUtterfield 8---Mrs. Fanny Thurber-(1960)

Blues in the Night---Kay Grant-(1941)

23. Christopher Allport

Actor | To Live and Die in L.A.

Christopher Allport was born on June 17, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Alexander Wise Allport Jr. He was an actor, known for To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Queen (1993) and Jack Frost (1997). He was married to Susan Elizabeth Hayden and Carolyn Jones. He died on January 25, 2008 in ...

To Live and Die in L.A.---Max Waxman-(1985)

Queen---Union Officer-(1993)

Jack Frost---Sam-(1997)

The Young and the Restless---Gene Desmond-(2000)

24. Lauren Koslow

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Born on March 9, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts, Koslow's mother was a docent, and was raised with a strong love for colonial life along with her sister, Linda and her brother, Donald. Koslow was educated at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State ...

Days of Our Lives--- Kate Roberts / Kate Roberts DiMera / Kate Roberts Brady / Kate Roberts Dimera / Kate DiMera / Kate Roberta -(1996-2018)

The Bold and the Beautiful--- Margo Lynley Spencer / Margo Lynley -(1987-2002)

Zork: Nemesis---Madame Sophia Hamilton -(1996)

Great News---Kate Roberts-(2017)

25. Eugene Roche

Actor | Executive Decision

Adept at both comedy and drama, character player Eugene Roche (sometimes billed as Gene Roche) had an extensive four-decade career. Born in Depression-era Boston the son of a Navy man, the moon-faced, intent-looking Roche started on radio at age 15 displaying his knack for character voices, both ...

Soap---E. Ronald Mallu / E. Ronald Mallou, Esq.-(1978-1980)

Executive Decision---Admiral Lewis-(1996)

Foul Play---Archbishop Thorncrest-(1978)

Magnum, P.I.---Luther H. Gillis-(1983-1988)

26. John Snyder

Actor | The Warriors

Anyone lucky enough to have seen his work never forgets the incredible richness that John Snyder brings to film. With his uncanny Christopher Lee demeanor, Joe Strummer looks, and James Mason-esque gaze, it is perhaps his haunting and indelible voice that makes his career so legendarily paved.

Born ...


The Warriors---Gas Station Man-(1979)


Sid and Nancy---Vito-(1986)

27. Richard McGonagle

Actor | (500) Days of Summer

Richard McGonagle was born on October 22, 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Richard Frances McGonagle. He is an actor and producer, known for 500 Days of Summer (2009), Rules of Engagement (2000) and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011).

Has the unusual distinction of being in two titles of the same name that are not related to each other.

500 Days of Summer Narrator (2009)

Rules of Engagement (Movie)---Judge-(2000)

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception---Victor Sullivan-(2011)

Rules of Engagement (TV Series)---Dr. Sachs / Doctor-(2007-2013)

28. Peter Haskell

Actor | Child's Play 3

Peter Haskell was born on October 15, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Peter Abraham Haskell. He was an actor, known for Child's Play 3 (1991), Child's Play 2 (1990) and Bracken's World (1969). He was married to Dianne Tolmich and Annie Compton. He died on April 12, 2010 in Northridge, ...

Child's Play 2---Sullivan-(1990)

Child's Play 3---Sullivan-(1991)

Bracken's World---Kevin Grant-(1969-1970)

Search for Tomorrow---Lloyd Kendall-(1983-1985)

29. Stuart Milligan

Actor | Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Stuart Milligan was born on September 10, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Spy Game (2001) and Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990).

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow---Police Sergeant-(2004)

Spy Game---Vietnam: Captain-(2001)

Cyber City Oedo 808---Sengoku-(1990)

Spies Like Us---W.A.M.P. Technician-(1985)

30. Lenny Clarke

Actor | Fever Pitch

Lenny Clarke was born on September 16, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Fever Pitch (2005), Here Comes the Boom (2012) and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). He has been married to Jennifer Miller since October 19, 1996.

Fever Pitch---Uncle Carl-(2005)

Here Comes the Boom---Loud Dietrich Fan-(2012)

A Series of Unfortunate Events---Gruff Grocer-(2004)

There's Something About Mary---Fireman-(1998)

31. Benny Rubin

Actor | I Love Lucy

Benny Rubin was born on February 2, 1899 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for I Love Lucy (1951), Traveling Saleslady (1935) and Income Tact (1929). He was married to Mary Bolt. He died on July 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Please look at this actors credits. Started in the silent era. There are to many memorable movies that he was a part of to list. Memory Lane Material. Just to name drop...He was in "Citizen Kane"! Also the voice of 'Joe Jitsu' on "Dick Tracy" (1961). With the "Jack Benny Show" (1962-65)

32. Jack Knight

Actor | L.A. Confidential

Jack Knight was born on February 26, 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as John Francis Knight III. He is an actor and producer, known for L.A. Confidential (1997), Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Moneyball (2011).

L.A. Confidential---Detective at Detective Bureau-(1997)

Catch Me If You Can---Man #3-(2002)

Moneyball---Umpire - 1984-(2011)

Baby Face Nelson---J. Edgar Hoover-(1996)

33. Edith Fellows

Actress | And So They Were Married

Edith Fellows was born on May 20, 1923, in Boston, Massachusetts. When she was a year old, she and her father and grandmother moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. As a toddler, Edith was pigeon-toed and had trouble walking, and one doctor suggested that dance lessons might cure this condition. At ...

This is another one that you should look at her body of work. Was in "Madame X" (1929)

34. International Velvet

Actress | Midnight Cowboy

International Velvet was the Andy Warhol "superstar" who was the immediate replacement for Edie Sedgwick in the Warhol retinue. Born Susan Bottomly into a venerable New England family (her father served as a district attorney in Boston), she attended boarding school, but was expelled four times. In...

Born in Boston, as Susan Bottomly. She is the daughter of John Bottomly, a lawyer who prosecuted the Boston Strangler.

She is known for her appearances in several of Andy Warhol's underground films.

35. Lester Dorr

Actor | Riders of the Purple Sage

Lester Dorr was born on May 8, 1893 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Harry Lester Dorr. He was an actor, known for Riders of the Purple Sage (1931), Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950) and Criminals of the Air (1937). He was married to Grace L. Painter. He died on August 25, 1980 in Los Angeles, ...

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