Male Actors I Just Really Like...!

by Blue_Eyes_James | created - 04 Dec 2012 | updated - 27 Jan 2013 | Public

And it's not just your usual list of obvious candidates. I love Pacino and Nicholson, Dreyfuss and Hoffman, Depp and Cruise, etc. But here's a few that I watch a lot but somehow forget to name them in my top 5 where they belong!

Some are obvious stars, others rise above the "That Guy" territory in my opinion. Part of it is consitency, but there's something more than just that. Descriptions to come...

1. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

What is this man in that I DON'T like?! And have on dvd, and sometimes forget I have so many of his movies. "The Sound of Music" is a given of course. Let's see...

The Silent Partner, Starcrash, Somewhere in Time, Dreamscape, Dragnet, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Dracula 2000, Nicholas Nickleby, National Treasure, Alexander, The New World, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, 9, Priest, Beginners... and that doesn't evem include some probably better films I haven't seen!

2. Brian Kerwin

Actor | Jack

Kerwin grew up in the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor, Illinois. After graduating from USC's Film School in 1972, he moved to New York City to pursue acting on the stage. After several off-off Broadway productions, he was cast for a brief stint on "The Young and the Restless", in Los Angeles. He ended ...

Another hard-working but low-profile actor. Mostly TV but some grat movie appearances such as the frustrated bis-exual in Torch Song Trilogy, and more recently in 27 Dresses and The Help.

3. Dan Hedaya

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Dan Hedaya is a familiar face from his work in films and on TV, where he often plays a villain (although he had a good comic turn as the charmingly sleazy Nick Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband, in Cheers (1982) and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis (1987)). He has also done much stage work, ...

Nick Tortelli... or Nixon? I'd think that his "Cheers" character was just a one-note sleazeball role but Dan weaves his way into so many movies, sometimes sleazy, or a bit of sleaze-comic relief, like "Alien Resurrection". He jumps between TV and films pretty regularly and seamlessly.

4. Kyle MacLachlan

Actor | Twin Peaks

The "boy next door, if that boy spent lots of time alone in the basement", is how Rich Cohen described Kyle MacLachlan in a 1994 article for "Rolling Stone" magazine. That distinctly askew wholesomeness made MacLachlan a natural to become famous as the alter ego of twisted director David Lynch.


5. Alan Cumming

Actor | The Anniversary Party

Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William,...

6. John Hurt

Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...

7. Hugo Weaving

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...

I first saw him as Mitzi in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert", so it was a bit hard to see him in another role, at first, but then he was everywhere and everyone, esp. in the kind of films I like. Probably most people think of Agent Smith from "The Matrix" or Elrond from "The Lord of the Rings" films, but he's found his way into superb roles like the poetic V for Vendetta in "V for Vendetta", Captain America, Happy Feet, Transformers, Legend of the Guardians and Cloud Atlas. But not always recognizeable with his elfin looks often masked or under make-up.

8. Frank Langella

Actor | Frost/Nixon

Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Angelina and Frank A. Langella, a business executive. He is of Italian descent.

A stage and screen actor of extreme versatility, Frank Langella won acclaim on the New York stage in "Seascape" and followed it up with the title role in the Edward Gorey...

Always Dracula to many people. It usually evident to me when someone has played a role onstage and then repeats it in a film. They have "it" down-pat. Bela Lugosi did it, actors like Tim Curry have brought a role from stage to screen and you can't imagine any other. Mel Brooks' "The Twelve Chairs " was the first time I saw him, now he continues to quietly out-act any top-paid actors in Hollywood. And he's not afraid to tackle Skeletor as well as Shakespeare!

9. Michael Shannon

Actor | The Shape of Water

Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.

Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His ...

10. Peter Gallagher

Actor | American Beauty

Peter Gallagher was born on August 19, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as Peter Killian Gallagher. He is an actor, known for American Beauty (1999), The O.C. (2003) and The Player (1992). He has been married to Paula Harwood since May 7, 1983. They have two children.

11. Michael Nouri

Actor | The Hidden

Michael Nouri was born on December 9, 1945 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Michael David Nouri. He is an actor, known for The Hidden (1987), Flashdance (1983) and The Terminal (2004). He was previously married to Vicki Light and Lynn Goldsmith.

12. James Urbaniak

Actor | American Splendor

James Urbaniak was born on September 17, 1963 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for American Splendor (2003), Henry Fool (1997) and The Venture Bros. (2003). He has been married to Sara Pocock since March 30, 2017. He was previously married to Julie.

13. Lothaire Bluteau

Actor | Vikings

Lothaire Bluteau was born on April 14, 1957 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is an actor and writer, known for Vikings (2013), Black Robe (1991) and Jesus of Montreal (1989).

14. William Mapother

Actor | Lost

William Mapother was born on April 17, 1965 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as William Reibert Mapother Jr. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English. He is the co-founder of the film finance marketplace Slated. He is known for his work on Lost (2004), In the Bedroom (2001)...

15. John Shea

Actor | Mutant X

Handsome, slim-faced, curly-haired actor John Shea is primarily known to TV audiences for his recurring role as the evil Lex Luthor in the early '90s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).

John Victor Shea III was born in 1949 in North Conway, New Hampshire, to Elizabeth ...

16. Richard Tyson

Actor | There's Something About Mary

Richard Tyson was born in Mobile, Alabama but eventually pursued his love of acting and moved to Hollywood, California. Landing one of his first roles on the hit TV show, 'Moonlighting' (with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd), Richard's career took off from there and hasn't shown any sign of slowing...

17. John Pankow

Actor | Mad About You

Born and raised in Chicago, John is the sixth of nine children. He dabbled in drama during high school, but didn't become serious about acting until enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University, where he majored in theater arts.

He left the university in his junior year after he attended a ...

18. Leland Orser

Actor | Daredevil

Leland Orser was born on August 6, 1960 in San Francisco, California, USA as Leland Jones Orser. He is an actor and director, known for Daredevil (2003), Se7en (1995) and Alien: Resurrection (1997). He has been married to Jeanne Tripplehorn since October 14, 2000. They have one child. He was ...

19. Bill Nighy

Actor | Love Actually

Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon.

At school,...

Bill Nighy is EVEYWHERE! Esp. if you like fantasy-action flicks. Underworld, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Wrath of the Titans, Total Recall.

20. Alan Arkin

Actor | Argo

Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer.

He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to ...

What movie is Alan Arkin NOT in?! From Edward Scissorhands to Argo. From Catch-22 to Grosse Pointe Blank. He may be on some people's "That Guy" lists but he surpasses that title IMO.