They shouldn't 'B' so C list!

by shawhore | created - 21 Sep 2013 | updated - 15 Nov 2013 | Public

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.

1. John Saxon

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

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 (1954) and George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954). ...

2. Maurizio Merli

Actor | Roma a mano armata

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...

3. Michael Sopkiw

Actor | Shark: Rosso nell'oceano

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 ...

Star of "Devilfish"(Jaws), "2019: After The Fall Of New York"(Escape From New York) and "Blastfighter"(Rambo).

4. 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 ...

5. John Quade

Actor | La Bamba

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 ...

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).

6. Jim Kelly

Actor | Enter the Dragon

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 ...

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!

7. Giovanni Cianfriglia

Actor | La sfida dei giganti

Giovanni Cianfriglia was born on April 5, 1935 in Anzio, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Hercules the Avenger (1965), The Jewel of the Nile (1985) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).

Robert Shaw-lookalike; who took Italian crime cinema by the neck of the scruff in the mid-seventies.

8. Christopher George

Actor | The Rat Patrol

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 ...


9. John Steiner

Actor | Caligola

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 ...

English 'Max von Sydow duplicate' who made a name for himself in the seminal Italian exploitation films of the seventies and early eighties.

10. 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...

It's all fun and games, with the man called James.

11. Romano Puppo

Actor | Fuga dal Bronx

Romano Puppo was born on March 25, 1933 in Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He is known for his work on Escape from the Bronx (1983), Tough Guys (1974) and Uppercut (1978). He died on May 11, 1994 in Trieste.

12. Trevor Kent

Actor | Prisoner

Trevor Kent was born on April 24, 1940 in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. He was an actor, known for Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979), A Cry in the Dark (1988) and Der schwarze Bumerang (1982). He died on November 4, 1989 in Australia.

Burst onto the Australian mid-afternoon prison TV series scene as the much maligned "Frank Burke".

13. Fred Williamson

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

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 ...

14. Robert Rusler

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

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 ...

15. William O'Connell

Actor | Paint Your Wagon

William O'Connell was born on August 20, 1933 in Richmond, Virginia, USA as William L. O'Connell Jr. He is an actor, known for Paint Your Wagon (1969), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and High Plains Drifter (1973).

17. Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Actor | Mandingo

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 ...

18. William Marshall

Actor | Maverick

Dynamic African American leading man and characters actor William Marshall trained in Grand Opera, Broadway and Shakespeare. In films from the 50s and 60s including: Lydia Bailey (1952), Something of Value (1957), To Trap a Spy (1964) and finally known for being in The Boston Strangler (1968) with ...

19. Charles S. Dutton

Actor | Alien³

Charles S. Dutton was born on January 30, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Charles Stanley Dutton. He is an actor and producer, known for Alien³ (1992), Gothika (2003) and A Time to Kill (1996). He was previously married to Debbi Morgan.

20. Damian Lau

Actor | Hung Hei Kwun: Siu Lam ng zou

Damian Lau was born on October 14, 1949. He is an actor and producer, known for The New Legend of Shaolin (1994), Duel to the Death (1983) and Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979).

'Lord of the Sword' - "Duel To The Death".

21. Keith David

Actor | The Princess and the Frog

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...

22. Vijayakanth

Actor | Amman Koil Kizhakkaalae

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...

23. Benoît Poelvoorde

Actor | C'est arrivé près de chez vous

Benoît Poelvoorde was born on September 22, 1964 in Namur, Wallonia, Belgium. He is an actor and writer, known for Man Bites Dog (1992), The Brand New Testament (2015) and Romantics Anonymous (2010).

24. James Smillie

Actor | La corrispondenza

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 ...

Class act playing "Steve Wilson" on "Prisoner Cell Block H".

25. Michael Paré

Actor | Gone

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".

26. Fabio Testi

Actor | Letters to Juliet

Fabio Testi was born on August 2, 1941 in Peschiera del Garda, Verona, Veneto, Italy. He is known for his work on Letters to Juliet (2010), The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) and The Avenger, Zorro (1969). He has been married to Antonella Liguori since January 3, 2015. He was previously ...

27. Daniel Greene

Actor | Falcon Crest

Daniel Greene was born in Miami, Florida, USA. He is an actor, known for Falcon Crest (1981), Kingpin (1996) and Me, Myself & Irene (2000). He has been married to LaGena Hart since February 14, 1990.

28. Jon Gries

Actor | Napoleon Dynamite

Jon Gries was born on June 17, 1957 in Glendale, California, USA as Jonathan Francis Gries. He is an actor, known for Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Men in Black (1997) and The Rundown (2003).

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"

29. Wei Tung

Actor | Lat sau san taam

Wei Tung is known for his work on Hard Boiled (1992), The Accidental Spy (2001) and Operation Mekong (2016).


30. Taso N. Stavrakis

Stunts | Dawn of the Dead

Taso N. Stavrakis was born on July 12, 1957. He is known for his work on Dawn of the Dead (1978), The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

Included in this list for his convincing turn as "Sledge" in "Dawn Of The Dead".

31. Riki Takeuchi

Actor | Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha

Riki Takeuchi was born on January 4, 1964 in Oita, Japan as Chikara Takeuchi. He is an actor and producer, known for Dead or Alive (1999), Blood (1998) and Battle Royale II (2003).

32. Pepper Martin

Actor | Superman II

Pepper Martin was born on September 20, 1936. He is an actor, known for Superman II (1980), Evil Altar (1988) and Police Woman (1974).

The diner scene in Superman 2 isn't the same film without "Rocky" indiscriminately attacking Clark Kent for starters and his comeuppance for dessert.

33. Joshua Sinclair

Actor | Il giardino dei Finzi Contini

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 ...

Stole most of the scenes in the Euro films films he died in.

34. William Smith

Actor | Any Which Way You Can

Biker, bare-knuckle brawler, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, vampire hunter . . . William Smith has done it all. He was born on March 24, 1933, in Columbia, Missouri, on Rolling Acres, a Hereford cattle ranch. After losing everything to the dust bowl, the family moved to California. From 1942, when he ...


35. Edward Mulhare

Actor | Knight Rider

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 ...

Really pushed the boundaries of believability when guest-starring on a single episode of "The Streets Of San Francisco".

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