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). ...
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...
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).
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!
Actor | La sfida dei giganti
Robert Shaw-lookalike; who took Italian crime cinema by the neck of the scruff in the mid-seventies.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
20. Damian Lau
Actor | Hung Hei Kwun: Siu Lam ng zou
'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...
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...
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 ...
28. Jon Gries
Actor | Napoleon Dynamite
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
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".
32. Pepper Martin
Actor | Superman II
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".