My Favorite Character Actors

by TopDragon | created - 01 Apr 2015 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

1. Jim Beaver

Actor | Deadwood

Jim Beaver is an American character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood (2004) and Supernatural (2005). Born in Laramie, Wyoming a minister's son, he was raised in and around Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Following high school and a year of college, he joined the ...

From Supernatural, Deadwood, Justified, Harper's Island, Timeless, and numerous other appearances.

2. Garret Dillahunt

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

Garret studied journalism at the University of Washington and received an MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He performed on and off Broadway and in theaters around the country before he also began pursuing film and television roles. A self described workaholic, he enjoys a ...

From Deadwood, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Justified, Burn Notice, The 4400, Fear the Walking Dead, and numerous guest roles.

3. Silas Weir Mitchell

Actor | Rat Race

Silas Weir Mitchell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Rat Race (2001), The Whole Ten Yards (2004) and Prison Break (2005).

From Grimm, Prison Break, and several guest appearances.

4. Ryan Robbins

Actor | Sanctuary

Ryan Robbins was born on November 26, 1972 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as Ryan John Currier. He is an actor, known for Sanctuary (2008), Apollo 18 (2011) and Spectral (2016). He has been married to Karyn Michelle Baltzer since 2014. They have one child. He was previously married to ...

From Sanctuary, Falling Skies, Arrow, The Killing, Battlestar Gallactica, Stargate Atlantis, Van Helsing, and numerous guest appearances.

5. Christopher Heyerdahl

Actor | Stockholm

An award-winning Canadian actor, Christopher Heyerdahl co-stars in WGNA's "Pure", USA's "Damnation" Sky Atlantic's "Tin Star", SyFy's "Van Helsing" and AMC's hit series "Hell On Wheels," playing the enigmatic 'Swede." This post-Civil War drama debuted as the second highest rated original series in ...

From Stargate SG-1, Hell on Wheels, Sanctuary, Stargate Atlantis, Van Helsing, 12 Monkeys, and numerous guest appearances.

6. Sam Elliott

Actor | A Star Is Born

Tall, thin, wiry Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. Elliott began his acting career on the stage and his film debut was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Although his future wife, Katharine Ross co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed The ...

From The Sacketts, Gettysburg, Justified, The Big Lembowski, and several TV westerns.

7. Walton Goggins

Actor | Justified

Walton Goggins is an actor of considerable versatility and acclaim who has delivered provocative performances in a multitude of feature films and television series. He won a Critics' Choice Award for his performance in the HBO comedy series "Vice Principals" and landed an Emmy nomination for his ...

From Justified, Tomb Raider, and Sons of Anarchy.

8. Joshua Malina

Actor | A Few Good Men

Joshua Malina was born on January 17, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA as Joshua Charles Malina. He is an actor and producer, known for A Few Good Men (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993) and The American President (1995). He has been married to Melissa Merwin since December 1, 1996. They have ...

From The West Wing, and Scandal.

9. Joe Morton

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Joe Morton was born on October 18, 1947 in New York, New York, USA. He is a television, film, and theater actor, best known for The Brother from Another Planet (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Eureka (2006), and Scandal (2012). He also writes and directs, and is a singer/songwriter.

From Eureka, Scandal, Smallville, and several guest appearances.

10. Glenn Morshower

Actor | The Resident

Glenn Morshower was born on April 24, 1959 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Glenn Grove Bennett. He is an actor and producer, known for The Resident (2018), Bloodline (2015) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). He has been married to Carolyn Elizabeth Lindsley since December 30, 1978. They have two ...

From 24, Bloodline, Supergirl, Friday Night Lights, and numerous guest appearances an small movie roles.

11. Xander Berkeley

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Xander's father was a painter and his mother a school teacher who sewed, providing him with costumes (his preference over toys). School plays and Community Theater were next. An experimental theater troupe in the area (which was an offshoot from Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater in New York) took ...

From 24, Nikita, The Walking Dead, Salem, 12 Monkeys, Longmire, and numerous guest appearances.

12. William Sadler

Actor | Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

William Thomas Sadler was born on April 13, 1950 in Buffalo, New York, to Jane and William Sadler. He began his acting career in New York theaters, appearing in more than 75 productions over the course of 12 years. His roles included that of Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Neil Simon's Tony Award winning ...

From Roswell, Hawaii Five-0 (new one), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Homeland, Jesse Stone Movies, The Highway Men, and numerous guest appearances.

13. Clarke Peters

Actor | The Wire

Clarke Peters was born on April 7, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Peter Clarke. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and John Wick (2014). He is married to Penny. They have one child.

From The Wire, and Jessica Jones.

14. William Fichtner

Actor | Drive Angry

A small-town guy with a big heart, William Fichtner has been captivating the hearts of Western New Yorkers for decades. Bill was born in 1956 on Long Island, New York, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent.

Fichtner was raised in Cheektowaga, ...

From Prison Break, As the World Turns, and several guest appearances.

15. Colin Cunningham

Actor | Elektra

Starring as the mischievous ring master Julian Slink in SYFY's "Blood Drive" (June release.) Colin Cunningham has built a long and storied career as a true 'chameleon'.

For 5 Seasons, Cunningham starred alongside Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood in the Steven Spielberg / Dreamworks produced series "...

From Stargate SG-1, and Falling Skies and Klondike.

16. Keith Carradine

Actor | Nashville

It seems the second generation of acting Carradines -- David, Keith and Robert -- are proudly continuing the family tradition and begetting a third generation of talent. The dynasty began with veteran Hollywood patriarch John Carradine, the son of a surgeon and a correspondent for the Associated ...

From Deadwood, Dexter, Fargo, and several guest roles.

17. Gerald McRaney

Actor | Die unendliche Geschichte

McRaney holds the distinction of being the last guest star to meet "Matt Dillon" in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955) - in the episode, Gunsmoke: Hard Labor (1975), first broadcast on February 24, 1975 (he lost). In fact, in the early portion of Gerald McRaney's career he almost always played the ...

From Major Dad, Longmire, House of Cards, Castle, Deadwood, and numerous guest appearances.

18. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

From The Wire, Fringe, Bosch, John Wick, and other assorted appearances.

19. Aldis Hodge

Actor | Hidden Figures

Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award winning actor, who has built a dynamic career as a versatile performer shining in roles in both film and television. Hodge is perhaps best known for his role as 'Noah' in the WGN hit series "Underground," starring alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni. "...

From Leverage, Turn, Friday Night Lights

20. Stephen Root

Actor | Office Space

Stephen Root, one of today's most prolific character actors, is currently starring in the HBO hit series Barry. The show has been nominated for multiple Emmy's and Golden Globes, earning a total of 32 nominations in its first season. Season two airs March 31st on HBO. In 2018, Stephen played a ...

From The Man in the High Castle, Turn, Justified, Boardwalk Empire, The West Wing, and many other guest roles.

21. Bernard Fox

Actor | Titanic

Endearing, bushy-whiskered Welsh character actor whose screen repertoire seemed to consist for the better part of variations on a similar theme, namely stereotypical stiff-upper-lip or bumbling British gents. The son of an actress and an actor-manager and on stage from early childhood, Fox began ...

From Betwitched, Hogan's Heroes, The Mummy, and many guest roles.

22. Ricardo Montalban

Actor | Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Handsome Ricardo Montalban was the epitome of continental elegance, charm and grace on film and television and in the late 1940s and early 1950s reinvigorated the Rudolph Valentino / Ramon Novarro "Latin Lover" style in Hollywood without achieving top screen stardom. Moreover, unlike most minority ...

From Star Trek (Khan), Fantasy Island, The man from U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, and numerous other guest roles.

23. Charles Lane

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Mean, miserly and miserable-looking, they didn't come packaged with a more annoying and irksome bow than Charles Lane. Glimpsing even a bent smile from this unending sourpuss was extremely rare, unless one perhaps caught him in a moment of insidious glee after carrying out one of his many nefarious...

From TV shoes like Bewitched, Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, etc. to classic movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, etc.

24. David Zayas

Actor | Skyline

David Zayas was born on August 15, 1962 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He is an actor and producer, known for Skyline (2010), The Expendables (2010) and Dexter (2006). He has been married to Liza Colón-Zayas since November 21, 1998. They have one child.

From Dexter, Gotham, Bloodline, and several guest roles.

25. Carlo Rota

Actor | The Boondock Saints

Where are you from? Is a popular question that Carlo has no rapid answer for. Born in the U.K and raised in Italy, Hong Kong, the Bahamas and Canada. Add a family history that spans Spain, France, Italy and time spent in Argentina, India, Morrocco and you have pan- cultural on a good day, ...

From La Femme Nikita, 24, and myriads of other guest appearances.

26. Rufus Sewell

Actor | Dark City

Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left ...

From The Man in the High Castle, The Pillars of the Earth, Victoria, and other assorted roles.

27. Gregg Henry

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Gregg Lee Henry was born on May 6, 1952 in Lakewood, Colorado. Henry studied acting at the University of Washington in Seattle. Right after graduating from college, Gregg moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. He played in a ...

From Scandal, Hell on Wheels, The Killing, The Following, and numerous one-offs.

28. Michael O'Neill

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

Michael O'Neill is an actor, known for Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Transformers (2007) and Seabiscuit (2003).

From NCIS, The Unit, The West Wing, Prison Break, and numerous one-offs.

29. Peter Stormare

Actor | Fargo

Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions ...

From Prison Break, Longmire, The Blacklist, Arrow, and other guest roles.

30. Nick Searcy

Actor | The Shape of Water

In the summer of 1996, Searcy produced, directed and acted in his first independent feature, Carolina Low (1997). Searcy's other film credits include the blockbusters Nell (1994), The Fugitive (1993), Cast Away (2000), Head of State (2003), Runaway Jury (2003), and The Ugly Truth (2009). He broke ...

From Justified, 11.22.63, and The Shape of Water

31. Nick E. Tarabay

Actor | Star Trek Into Darkness

Nick Emad Tarabay is a Lebanese-American actor. He is best known for portraying Ashur on the Starz TV series Spartacus. Tarabay was born in Beirut, Lebanon to a large family. His mother and father still reside in Lebanon as does his younger brother and a large extended family of cousins, uncles and...

From Spartacus, The Expanse, Arrow, Longmire, Burn Notice, Pacific Rim Uprising

32. Aidan Gillen

Actor | Game of Thrones

Aidan Gillen is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), CIA operative Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk (1999), John Boy in the RTÉ Television series ...

From The Wire, Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, and King Arthur

33. Mark Rylance

Actor | Bridge of Spies

Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Sir Mark Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of ...

From Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies, Ready Player One

34. Jerome Flynn

Actor | Game of Thrones

Jerome Patrick Flynn (born 16 March 1963) is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his roles as Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier, Fireman Kenny 'Rambo' Baines in the pilot of London's Burning, Bronn in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, and Bennet ...

From Ripper Street, Game of Thrones, Black Mirror

35. Tobias Menzies

Actor | Casino Royale

Tobias was born in London. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998 and began his acting career in popular UK series such as Foyle's War (2002), Midsomer Murders (1997), and Casualty (1986). He also appeared in the controversial drama A Very Social Secretary (2005). He is ...

From Rome, Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Night Manager

36. Jeremy Davies

Actor | Saving Private Ryan

Jeremy Davies attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. He made his film debut starring in David O. Russell's acclaimed first film, the Indy classic, "Spanking the Monkey", which became a surprise Sundance Film Festival winner, earning Jeremy an Independent Spirit ...

From Justified, Fargo, Lost, Constantine, etc.

37. Lou Diamond Phillips

Actor | Courage Under Fire

Lou Diamond Phillips was born on February 17, 1962 in Subic Bay Naval Base, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines as Lou Diamond Upchurch. He is an actor and director, known for Courage Under Fire (1996), The Big Hit (1998) and La Bamba (1987). He has been married to Yvonne Boismier Phillips since ...

From Young Guns, Stargate SGU, Longmire, 24, Blindspot, and numerous guest appearances.

38. Doug Jones

Actor | Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The youngest of four brothers, Doug Jones was born on May 24, 1960 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in the city's Northeastside. After attending Bishop Chatard High School, he headed off to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications, with a...

From Falling Skies, The Shape of Water, Hellboy, etc.

39. Samuel Roukin

Actor | TURN

Samuel Roukin was born on August 15, 1980 in England. He is an actor and director, known for TURN: Washington's Spies (2014), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and Happy-Go-Lucky (2008).

From Turn, Agents of SHIELD, Salem, The Magicians.

40. Matthew Goode

Actor | Stoker

Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His films include Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me and You (2006), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Watchmen (2009), A Single Man (2009), Leap Year (2010), Stoker (2013) and The Imitation Game (2014). Goode also ...

From The Crown, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey, and numerous guest appearances.

41. Peter Mensah

Actor | Jason X

Peter Mensah has been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, growing up in St. Albans, England, just north of London. A former engineer, Mensah came to Canada 11 years ago. He'd worked for British Gas developing gas fields at Morecambe Bay and had done theatre in school. He comes from an ...

From the Spartacus series of shows, Agents of Shield, 300, etc.

42. Zach McGowan

Actor | Dracula Untold

Zach McGowan was born and raised in New York City, where he started acting at an early age in school productions. His passion for the stage followed him through his high school and college years and landed him on the New York City stage in 2003 where he honed his craft in numerous off Broadway ...

From Black Sails, Agents of Shield, and The 100.

43. Peter Weller

Actor | RoboCop

Peter Frederick Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Dorothy Jean (Davidson) and Frederick Bradford Weller, a federal judge and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army. He traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he ...

From Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, 24, Star Trek, Longmire, Hawaii 5-0, Buckaroo Bonzai, and numerous guest appearances. Awesome director too.

44. Jonathan Pryce

Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies

From Holywell to Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales, internationally regarded as one of the greatest on both stage and screen. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly ...

From Game of Thrones, Taboo, and numerous guest appearances.

45. Zahn McClarnon

Actor | Into the West

Zahn McClarnon was born on October 24, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Zahn Tokiya-ku McClarnon. He is known for his work on Into the West (2005), Strike One (2014) and Dangerous Minds (1996).

From Longmire, Fargo, Westworld.

46. James Frain

Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo

James Frain is one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actors who has a reputation for bold, intelligent performances in a diverse body of work in which he's collaborated with some of the finest actors and directors working today.

Recent film work includes Disney's TRON: Legacy opposite Jeff...

From The Tudors, Grimm, True Blood, Gotham, and numerous guest appearances.

47. Michael Grant Terry

Actor | Bones

Michael Terry was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Will Terry, an English teacher at the Germantown Friends School. He studied cinematography and drama at Emerson College in Boston. He is a Germantown Friends School graduate. In the summer of 2002, Michael was an ...

From Bones and Grimm.

48. David Strathairn

Actor | Good Night, and Good Luck.

David Russell Strathairn was born on January 26, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He is the son of Mary Frances (Frazier), a nurse, and Thomas Scott Strathairn, Jr., a physician. He has two siblings, Tom and Anne. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and ...

From Alphas, The Expanse, The Black List, Billions, and many guest roles.

49. Jesse Plemons

Actor | Game Night

Jesse Plemons was born on April 2, 1988 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jesse Lon Plemons. He is an actor, known for Game Night (2018), Battleship (2012) and Black Mass (2015).

From Friday Night Lights, Fargo, Breaking Bad, Black Mirror, The Post, and others.



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