My Favorite Character Actorsby 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.
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.
Actor | Rat Race
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.