- The somewhat masculine woman receptionist with the scratchy voice outside Andre Cassell's office in VICTOR/VICTORIA.
- The lingerie model in The Women who swans around saying "Our new one piece foundation garment. Zips up the back and no bones."
In fact, almost every minor character in that movie fascinates me for some reason.
- The receptionist in "Beetlejuice." She was so resigned and mildly grumpy, with her blue skin and slit wrists.
- Ann Bancroft as the drunken old mother-in-law in Malice. Ten minute scene in which she stole the entire movie.
- Thelma Ritter in MIRACLE ON 34th STREET.
- Bronson Pinchot in "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Risky Business"
- The unexpectedly badass Mother in Gremlins who doesn't scream or panic but starts methodically killing all the Gremlins.
- The gym teacher in the original Hairspray who is salivating over dodgeball.
- R2, my favorite minor character actress is also in The Women, she is also in Stagedoor. The one who is looking for her grandmother, who is Southern!
- Thelma Ritter in ANYTHING!
- R10 beat me to it!
- Jeremy Piven in Singles.
- The blonde in the Thunderbird.
Not one spoken word, but it made her a star.
- The woman holding the cat that Toto jumps out of the hot air balloon to get to in The Wizard of Oz. Gorgeous.
- Peggy Pope as Margaret Foster
- Laura San Giacomo as Kit "CINDERFUCKINRELLA" DeLuca in "Pretty Woman"
- R10 beat me to it also.
- I'll second Bronson Pinchot as Serge in "Beverly Hills Cop."
- R3 - same. Also the guy in the waiting room with the tiny head caused by voodoo.
- The American private detective from "The Talented Mr. Ripley," Alvin MacCarron (played by Philip Baker Hall.)
- The Concierge in The Producers.
- R19, I wanted to include him, too!
- The Old Guy in the phone booth in Into the Wild.
- Awesome, R22.
- Alexis Smith as the socially unimpeachable Mrs. van der Luyden in "The Age of Innocence"
Pat Hitchcock as the secretary working with Janet Leigh in "Psycho"
The fat old lady who stoically burns herself to death in "Fahrenheit 451"
- Julianne Moore in The Fugitive. Tons of star power in a small role.
- Jane Lynch is more memorable in "The Fugitive."
- Atta girl, r15!
- Liam Dunn, as the judge in "What's Up Doc?".
- Betty Comden as Garbo in "Garbo Talks".
- Willem Defoe in his shorts and bobble hat in the Life Aquatic.
- I can't remember the film (or whether it was a theatrical or made for TV film or miniseries) but I remember one scene in which a hippieish, pregnant, free spirited actress whom I want to say was named Dolly Moon (though I can't find any character with that name in IMDB) had a spirited conversation with the leading lady at the craft services table during a film shoot. I thought she was really cool and was disappointed that she didn't have a bigger part in the film.
- John Marley who played Jack Waltz in the Godfather. The Tom Hagan goes to Hollywood scene is one of the best if only for the way Marley says Ridiculous.
Another contender is Rade Sebedzija who played the part of Mr. Milich, the owner of Rainbow Rentals in Eyes Wide Shut.
Final choice is Leonard Barr who played the dirty old comic Shady Tree in Diamonds are Forever who couldn't tell a funny joke if his life depended on it.
- Eddie Fisher in "Butterfield 8" . . . lol.
- Martin Short as the wedding planner in "Father of the Bride".
- Barbara Bates in the final scene of "All About Eve".
- "Gaaaaawd, Fuck youuuu!"
- Asshole # 4 in "Reform School Gangbang".....sublime!
- The landlady in "Carnival of Souls".
- The librarian with the hyper-correct diction who works at the Walter Parks Thatcher Memorial Library in CITIZEN KANE
Louise, Teresa Wright's burned-out high school classmate who works as the waitress at the Til Two cafe in SHADOW OF A DOUBT ("Yes sir, I'd just about die for a ring like that...")
Priscilla Pointer as Amy Irving's lush of a mother in CARRIE ("I'll drink to that!")
Edie McClurg in just about anything, but especially as the principal's secretary in FERRIS BUELLER
The squid-like admiral who says "It's a trap!" in RETURN OF THE JEDI
- The guy with the nun chucks in Ghost World.
- Lambert from Alien. Veronica Cartwright was absolutely brilliant. See the deleted scenes for more of her great acting. Best acting I've ever seen.
- R35, he's annoying in that same way that Robin Williams is annoying. You just want him to calm down and shut up.
- The fat grumpy queeny guy who played the minister in HEATHERS and Otho in BEETLEJUICE ("God save us from L. L. Bean!")
- Good pick, R44.
- The blonde actress in Psycho Beach Party who has a dance-off. She let the gay boys try on her negligees. There was something special about her. I kind of fell in love a little.
- Owen from Plane, Trains and Automobile. I cry from laughter whenever I see this clip. It begins and 0:25:
- That guys is hilarious R41.
- Barbara Billingsley as the nice white suburban woman who speaks jive in "Airplane!" For years and years I had no idea it was the same actress who was Beaver Cleaver's mother!
- The girl in the jewelery store in Bridesmaids. I was looking for it on youtube but couldn't find it. The long unedited version was posted here a long time ago. Fucking hilarious!
- R49, she probably voted for Obama!
- The ticket agent in Meet the Fockers. Love her!
- Actually, [R42} I found Yaphet Kotto as Parker more interesting than Lambert. It seems like he had more to say and do throughout the movie.
- No. 25
- Tresa Hughes, great old NY character actress who played Doris Finsecker's mom in FAME.
"Are we in...or are we out?"
- melissa mccarthty playing megan in bridesmaids...
- Naveen Andreus, played Kip in The English Patient
- The cashier in "Dead Again" at the store where Robin Williams works. He can barely spit out his one line "Try the freezer". I tend to think that the person playing him won a part in the movie as a prize in some contest.
- Jennifer Salt's mother in "Sisters", at the 45 min. 45 sec. mark: "There are interesting things going on right here in Staten Island".
- I may be in a minority here but I think Barbara Bates as Phoebe in All About Eve is the one major misstep of casting in All About Eve.
Well, except perhaps for Anne Baxter as Eve.
- I think the reason we all love Bronson Pinchot in Beverly Hills Cop is because of the way he so effortlessly upstages and steals the scene away from creepy Eddie Murphy.
- Michael Gough was a great presence in the Batman movies. Very grandfatherly.
- R32 - Dolly Moon is a character in Judith Krantz's novel "Scruples". Two miniseries were made from the book but I didn't see a "Dolly" listed in either on IMDB.
- Annette Bening's walk on in "Postcards from the Edge."
- Brad Dourif in pretty much the movie of your choice (esp. The Exorcist III as the "Gemini Killer"). I've always loved his scenery-chewing; as an actor, he is the ultimate scene-stealer.
- The waiter in "Victor Victoria"
- I was going to go with r1 FTW then r66 got my thinking. Actually, all of the minor characters in "Victor/Victoria" are great.
There's also the investigator, the old woman who shows up at the club with Toddy's ex, Stash (would he be considered a minor character?)...
- Edie McClurg in pretty much anything, although especially as the rental car agent in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles.
Another vote for Peggy Pope as Margaret Foster in 9 to 5.
The late, great Doris Belack as Rita the producer in Tootsie.
- For me, it's Shirley Mullholland in the movie Fame. Nobody has ever done pissed off yet hurt as well as she did.
He's in and I'm out, right? Fuck you, Leroy! This was my audition, remember? You're not into high school. We were rehearsing to get me into this school, not you, you fucker! It's not fair! I didn't want to come here anyway. This school sucks. You've done me a favor, shithead. You saved me four fucking years from this ass-licking school! You looking at one happy lady! Who wants to go to a fucking school to learn to dance, anyway?
- "I think the reason we all love Bronson Pinchot in Beverly Hills Cop is because of the way he so effortlessly upstages and steals the scene away from creepy Eddie Murphy."
Exactly. That was such a little throwaway part, and Pinchot was brilliant in it. Too bad he was never that funny again.
Yaaaaaaaas, this is vurry impaaaaartant piece....
- The drag queen in The Fisher King.
- Alice Drummond as Clara in "To Wong Foo..."
"Can I have my shoe please?"
- Since we're talking minor characters, I have a question. I recently watched "Goodbye Columbus". Is Ali MacGraw's brother supposed to be a closet homosexual? In the movie, he keeps smacking her boyfriend on the ass and inviting him to his room to listen to music.
- I loved Carrie Fischer's character in "When Harry Met Sally". She was perfect.
- Children Of Men
during the last 15-20 minutes of the movie a character is inroduced, a little old gypsy woman with a pet dog, who plays a pivitol role in helping CLive Owens character. The scene is a nightmarish battle, bullets are flying, innocent people dying left and right, and by this point in the film we are conditioned to understand that any character could die at any time. You immediately love this kindly woman, and have a tremendous amount of anxiety about her fate, Still, when I think about that movie, the foremost question in my head is: "What happened to the gypsy lady?
- Yes, R72!
- So many unforgettable characters in To Kill A Mockingbird -
Reverend Sykes: Miss Jean Louise. Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing.
Dill Harris: I'm little but I'm old.
Sheriff Tate: I may not be much Mr. Finch, but I'm still sheriff of Maycomb County and Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Good night, sir.
- Mabel Albertson in 'What's Up Doc?'
- The stuttering of that line was intentional, r58.
- Wayne Knight and Samuel L. Jackson in "Jurassic Park."
Hold on to your butts...
- The woman in the diner in THE BIRDS who tells 'Tippi' that she's evil...EVIL!!!
(starts at about 4:00)
- R77, don't forget Alice Ghostley as Aunt Stephanie Crawford.
- Speaking of Alice Ghostley, her and Marion Lorne in the hotel front desk scene in The Graduate. And Buck Henry as the concierge.
- Meryl Streep in Julia.
- Sean Biggerstaff in the Harry Potter movies. He played Oluver Wood, the Quiddich captain.
- Maybe not a minor character after all, but... Roberta Maxwell as Jack's mother in Brokeback Mountain. I've never forgotten that performance.
- Mabel Albertson in 'What's Up Doc?'
So glad you said this.
The scene where she and Sorrell Booke wrestle in the hallway has been justly celebrated (including by Pauline Kael, but I also love the hilarious brief scene where she runs into the lobby and falls to her knees, pounding the carpet, crying, "MY JEWELS!!!" And she has the best age-inappropriate outfits in that movie ever.
- The female trailer park manager in No Country for Old Men. I loved watching her stand her ground to Javier Bardem.
Anton Chigurh: I'm looking for Llewelyn Moss.
Desert Aire Manager: Did you go up to his trailer?
Anton Chigurh: Yes, I did.
Desert Aire Manager: Well, I'd say he's at work. Do you want to leave a message?
Anton Chigurh: Where does he work?
Desert Aire Manager: I can't say.
Anton Chigurh: Where does he work?
Desert Aire Manager: Sir, I ain't at liberty to give out no information about our residents.
Anton Chigurh: Where does he work?
Desert Aire Manager: Did you not hear me? We can't give out no information.
I still can't decide if she was incredibly brave or incredibly stupid.
- David Strathairn as Russell the sad sack in Home for the Holidays.
- Most likely the bad guy from Titanic.
- The dentist's assistant in "10"
The trooper in Psycho
Brad Pitt for his very brief moments as the stoned roommate in True Romance
Rossy de Palma as a receptionist in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
- Norma in Carrie
- Mary Boland as The Countess in "The Women" (L'amour, l'amour . . . toujours l'amour!!! The ingrate !!!! A wee juggy) and the mother in "Pride and Prejudice"
And many others.
The movies were built / grew on all these brilliant supporting actors.
- Annette Bening as Evelyn Ames in Postcards From The Edge
- Look at me Damien! It's all for you!
- In IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE when the stock market crashes and the townspeople rush the Bailey Loan Association, Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed use their honeymoon money to hand out to the people. There's a wonderful woman who comes to the window and asks for $17.50 and Stewart gives her a kiss on the cheek. Love that moment and that actress.
- Yet a third vote for Edie McClurg. She's very popular - the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore her.
- Michael Hitchcock as Steve, the pharmacist with a crush on Corky St. Clair, in "Waiting for Guffman."
- in Regarding Henry, there was an indifferent grocery delivery 'kid,' who brought groceries to Harrison Ford and Annette Benning's apartment.
When the maid went to go get the money, Henry (still not recovered) walked out the open door and had some experiences in New York City.
I thought, 'oh, what a creep! He KNEW something wrong was happening but he was so indifferent.'
I IMDB'd him to see if he'd ever done anything else.
The grocergy delivery guy was J.J. Abrams.
He wrote Regarding Henry.
- The freak chick in Up in Smoke who pulls a straw out of her hair and unknowingly Hoovers the plate full of Ajax cleanser that Chong is holding thinking it's coke. She reacts by having a cartoonish head rush and saying that it was some good shit.
- The use of the actress Hope Summers made the tiny role of Mrs. Gilmore in Rosemary's Baby indelible simply because there was Aunt Bee's friend Clara Edwards from Mayberry RFD saying, "Hail Satan!"
- Mine are oldies:
"Mary Brown" - The Blair Witch Project. She was so weird looking/acting - I always figured SHE was the witch.
"Miriam Joyce Haines" - Strangers on a Train, she was a tramp! Hitchcock's daughter (playing Barbara) was also good in the movie.
I second R40's choice of "Louise" in Shadow of a Doubt and R81's selection of the hysterical Tippi slapping woman in The Birds. "Miss Torso" and "Miss Lonelyhearts" in Rear Window.
"Lucy Schmeeler" - no chin, On The Town.
Strange, I was thinking about starting a thread like this last night.
- Miss Lonelyhearts in Rear Window.
- I love that character too, OP. "Four dollars and sebbinty-fahv cints is yer change, thank yuh very muuuch!"
I also love Imogene, Miss Trixie's handmaid/slave. She gets some of the best lines in the movie. "Tell him about that one time that man tired to crack your head open with a bottle, Miss Trixie."
- The creepy twins and sinister Delbert Grady in The Shining.
Malvin, the nerdy computer programmer in WarGames:
[quote] I can't believe it, Jim. That girl's standing over there listening and you're telling him about our back doors?
- The disabled computer genius who works for the CIA in "No Way Out."
- The EMT guy who has a crush on the daughter in "The Family Stone".
- A few characters from Chinatown -- Jack Nicholson's assistant, the gardener, the man in the county clerk's office, the lieutenant, others as well. Great casting.
- Was that Dylan Baker in Planes, Trains and Automobiles?
My choice: I was going to say Chet! from the Hudsucker Proxy but that's more because of Steve Buscemi being good in everything.
So: Ari Tenenbaum in the Royal Tenenbaums.
The link isn't his funniest moment, but there's not a lot on youtube.
- Maximilian Schell in Julia, Lynn Redgrave in Kinsey, Klaus Kinski in Dr. Zhivago.
Yes, it is Dylan Baker.
The Russian in 2001
- Glenn as Alex Forrest. Such a minor character.
- Dennis the Bellhop in "High Anxiety." He didn't want to get the newspaper because it was too much of a hassle.
The movie itself is only so-so, but I loved Dennis.
- The bellhop in My Best Friend's Wedding is pretty cool. In fact, the entire scene is the best thing about the movie.
- Mrs. Lefferts in L.A. Confidential
Inspt. Thompson in Gosford Park
- The boy on the porch in Deliverance
- The bitchy blonde Tania from "Muriel's Wedding."
"You need to find people who are on your own level. Like I found Chook? He's up on my level?"
The Mike Yanagita character in Fargo.
- That was such a brilliant movie.
- The Contessa Magda Terribili Gonzalas
The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone (1961)
She delivers every line with brilliance. I want to be her.
- The people in the cafe in Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. In particular, the old lady bird watcher, the hysterical mother with three children and the waitress.
Speaking of Hitchcock, Miss Torso in REAR WINDOW.
- "She's dead. You . . . killed her."
Something about this guy in his one scene has drawn me to him since I was a child.
- [quote]The girl in the jewelery store in Bridesmaids.
She is Peter Frampton's daughter.
- I always remember the 'Let's play dodge ball' character from Hairspray, too.
Also, the 'Ted, never has a second cup of coffee at home' lady from Airplane.
the 'I take my coffee black, like my men' little girl from Airplane.
& the 'Stewardess, I talk jive' old lady.
Airplane practically owns this thread.
- Airplane still cracks me up. That scene with the Tupperware party for the African native tribe kills me every time. The inflatable co-pilot and his "blow job". All funny as shit.
- Kevin Spacey as the creepy guy "hiring" in the limo with Tess in "Working Girl."
- The bickering couple on the train and the shoeshine kid in Young Frankenstein.
- The guy Angie Dickinson picks up in Dressed to Kill. I think he has about half of a line to speak.
- [quote]Kevin Spacey as the creepy guy "hiring" in the limo with Tess in "Working Girl."
- Several from two Christmas themed films
THE BISHOP'S WIFE
The blind man at the corner. Cary Grant guides him across the street. He tells Dudley (Grant) that he is going to see his doctor and says "I have hopes."
The three nosy women at Michelle's Restaurant who spot Cary Grant and Julia (Loretta Young) having lunch.
The Columbus Boys Choir scene.
Sara Haden as the secretary for Bishop David Niven.
Vera-Ellen's dance partner in several numbers. Great dancer John Bracia sp?
Mary Wickes as the housekeeper
and a young George Chakiris in the nightclub number.
- I love you R37.
- The two characters in Belvedere, OH in "Silence of the Lambs". Stacy, Fredericka Bimmel's friend, who seems depressed and a little bitchy and talks about her job at the bank. Mr. Bimmel, who I believe says "She never come home" and has the saddest look in his eyes. I don't know why, but they just screamed small, horrible rust belt town to me and added so much to the movie.
- I thought that was the most depressing part of the movie too R132. The sense of economic depression, combined with the winter landscape, was palpable.
- [quote]and a young George Chakiris in the nightclub number.
And he is simultaneously in a number at the Inn.
- r121 That was Mrs. Bundy!! I also love the drunk guy who keeps saying, "it's the end of the world". I still quote that line from time to time and laugh.
- Charles Grodin as Dr CC Hill in Rosemary's Baby
The cricket-mad gay couple on the train in Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes
- I thought Fantine in Les Miz stole every scene. She was just so brilliant in every scene she had. I hear her mother played that role on tour.
- Christopher Walken as Dwayne in Annie Hall.
- The lovely Ms. Lorna Thayer, to whom Jack Nicholson made the kind offer to "hold the chicken...!"
She's no Carol Channing, but what the hell - not everybody can be popular in the regions!
- The bartender at Martini's (Nick's) in Wonderful Life.
The newlywed girl in Casablanca who talks to Rick, and then Rick lets her husband win at Roulette.
Robert Shaw's bodyguard in The Sting. I don't think he says 3 words, but the looks he gives Redford are priceless.
- Michael J Pollard and Tessie O'Shea in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
- [quote] The bartender at Martini's (Nick's) in Wonderful Life.
Sheldon Leonard. Went from playing big screen tough guys to being one of the most successful tv producer/directors in the 50s and 60s.
Characters Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter of the The Big Bang Theory are named in his honor.
- Cool, R142. I didn't know that. Thanks.
- Character actresses who upstaged Marilyn Monroe:
Norma Varden as Lady Beekman in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Joan Shawlee as Sweet Sue in Some Like It Hot.
Thelma Ritter in The Misfits.
- The army recruiter who interviewed Joaquin Phoenix in Signs.
- [quote]"She's dead. You . . . killed her."
Something about this guy in his one scene has drawn me to him since I was a child.
Me too, I guess for me it's his voice and how he spoke that line.
- The homeless woman and Tim Curry in Home Alone 2.
- Susan, Henry Fonda's "overweight" daughter in the original "Yours, Mine & Ours." She eats the rice she's supposed to throw during the wedding; when Lucy and Henry announce they want to adopt each other's children, each kid sulks or stomps away from the dinner table in protest--but only Susan brings her dessert with her. And during the Christmas scene she busies herself slamming and banging around toys, carefully watching the director for her cue to eat the candy canes off the Christmas tree.
- I mentioned "Miss Torso" in Rear Window at R102 and I'm happy to see others refer to her too - I know all of her dance routines after watching this movie so many times and I can't help doing them myself right along with her.
- - Norma Varden, Marion Lorne, Patricia Hitchcock and Laura Elliott (aka Kasey Rogers aka 'Louise Tate' on "Bewitched"..) in Strangers on a Train
- Yes, everyone in the diner scene in The Birds, as well as Ruth McDevitt as the pet store lady
- Ruth McDevitt and Nancy Kulp in The Parent Trap
- Norma Varden in The Sound of Music
- Reta Shaw and Mary Wickes in everything they ever did
- Lee Patrick and Joanna Barnes in Auntie Mame
- Mischa Auer in "My Man Godrey"
- Georgia Harrison in "Caged"-"Fatha, Fatha"
Ellen Corby in everything-esp "Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte" and as Emma in "Caged"
Katie Cassidy in "Caged"-"I'd walk a mile for a cigarette".
The next door neighbor in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane".
The Sheriff's wife in "Psycho".
Hester in "The Snake Pit".
The future mother in law in "Straight Jacket".
Every minor character in "Caged"
An ex contract player
- There are two memorable characters in Gone With the Wind who are primarily seen not heard. One is the young soldier who begs "don't cut!" and screams in pain as they amputate his leg in front of Scarlett. The other is a soldier Melly tends to who gently reminisces about his family to her as he lays dying. His voice was supplied by Cliff Edwards, also known as "Ukelele Ike" and the voice of Disney's Jiminy Cricket.
- R10 - Thelma Ritter - yes! She was golden! She played Doris Day's housekeeper in Pillow Talk and drank Rock Hudson under the table. What a great actress.
- I will never forget Auntie Em.
- The minor character I really remember in "Rear Window" is neither Miss Torso nor Miss Lonelyhearts but the woman who owns the little dog that is killed.
- "Did ya kill 'em because he liked ya, just because he LIKED ya?!
Thorwald's wife is sort of a minor character in Rear Window too, you could see she was hell on wheels. Not that she deserved to be chopped up though.
- Dorothy Malone in The Big Sleep,
- It's very expensive!
- That really hot RN who confronts Tarin a lot in Nightmare on Elm street part 3.
"If you ever need a history lesson, I'm your teacher."
- Fran Drescher encouraging John Travolta to dance in Saturday Night Fever.
- I was just going to post that one R158.
Alan Cumming as the flirty hotel clerk in Eyes Wide Shut.
Doris Dowling in The Lost Weekend (pick at link).
- That Barber in "Beetlejuice."
"Just trim it a little!"
- [quote]Michael J Pollard and Tessie O'Shea in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
Nice R141! ...and you remind me hwo lovely John Phillip Law was! ;)
- Rosalie Crutchley as the housekeeper in the Haunting. "I never stay after five. In the house, in the dark."
- Elizabeth Russell - the cat lady at the Serbian restaurant in Cat People who says "Moya Sestra" to Irina.
- Denholm Elliot as the rough-diamond dad in "Room With A View."
The prime suspect in "Zodiac".
The fresh-faced young man in "The Lives Of Others" who tells a joke he lives to regret.
The President of Harvard in "Social Network."
The sane man at the party in "The Master" who keeps saying 'Excuse me' and challenges Dodd.
- Rizzo in Grease
- [quote]The prime suspect in "Zodiac".
Agreed, he creeped me out and I always think of him in Zodiac even when he's in a different role.
- A Christmas Story has a bunch of memorable minor roles: the cigar-chomping delivery man who brings the leg lamp; the Christmas tree salesman; Santa and his impatient elves; the staff of the Chinese restaurant.
- Another vote for Annette Bening in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE.
Judi Dench as Elizabeth I in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.
- The Dane in Miller's Crossing.
'It was MINK, you sonofabitch, and by GOD I'll hear you say it!'
- The woman in Little Shop of Horrors who comes into the store and says "That plant in the window, wherever'd you get it?" - for years I thought she was Betty White. The voice is identical.
- A lot of these actors were not MINOR characters but featured actors, some of whom even received Oscar nominations and Oscars for their performances.
Stick to the OP's rules, ids.
- In The Hustler, there's an old crippled black man who plays a janitor/flunkie at the pool hall. He has so much dignity that he steals every scene he's in.
The State Trooper in Psycho is another one. He only has a couple lines, but he's so menacing in those scenes where he's observing her through those sunglasses at the used car dealer's.
- Trudi Ames as the very hyper Ursula in "Bye Bye Birdie"
Al Breneman as the bellhop ("that's how I like 'em...big and sassy!") in "Some Like It Hot"
Doreen Lang as the "hysterical mother in diner" in "The Birds"
Wallace Ford as the taxi driver in "Harvey"
Manny Jacobs as Avi in "The Seventh Sign"
Jack Benny as the helpful motorist and Marvin Kaplan and Arnold Stang as Irwin and Ray in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
Peter Boyle as Wizard in "Taxi Driver"
Glenn Shadix as Father Ripper in "Heathers"
Bruno Kirby as Lt. Steven Hauk in "Good Morning, Vietnam"
J. T. Walsh as Charle Bushman in "Slingblade"
"Annie Hall" had a whole slew of unforgettable minor characters: Dwayne Hall (Christopher Walken), Pam (Shelley Duvall), the man in the theatre line, Alvy's classmates, the guys who get excited at meeting Alvy, the couple and old man Alvy approaches on the street, Annie's old boyfriend (John Glover), the terrible comic (Johnny Hamer).
- The record producer in BOOGIE NIGHTS that says "That’s not an MP, that’s a YP, your problem. Come up with the money, or forget it."
Come to think of it, there are quite a few characters in BOOGIE NIGHTS that are like that. That skinny girl that says, "Do you have any coke at this party" and the proceeds to o.d. So many in that movie...
- Elsa Lancaster and William Demarest as that nosy neighbor and her harried husband in THAT DARN CAT!
- My favorite minor character for years was actually the woman in Being John Malkovich who says, "7 1/2 floor? I'll take you through it" and then opens the elevator door with a large metal bar for John Cusack. Then last year, she won an Oscar for The Help! Obviously, Octavia Spencer. Everyone was like, "Where did she come from?" And I was like, "Oh, I've known and loved that actress for years."
- I agree with Carrie Fisher in WhenHarry Met Sally.
- Patrick Richwood as the elevator operator in 'Pretty Woman'
- May Eller
- The prissy butler with the old maid hairstyle in "Maurice."
The girl who offers the creepy principal gum? taffy? "soft" from her pocket at the end of Ferris Beuller.
Imogen, Miss Trixie Delight's teenage maid in Paper Moon. Also, the deskjockey who flirts with Addie and then is manipulated into going to Trixie's room.
The hyperactive bellhop who keeps calling the Tim Robbin's character "buddy" in The Hudsucker Proxy.
- Carrie Fisher in "When Harry Met Sally" is one of the key roles and has multiple scenes, hardly a minor character. But i do love her and her line "everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor..." is one of my favorites.
A minor character in WHMS would be Harry's ex and Ira, her new husband. "Singing 'Surry With a fringe on Top' in FRONT OF IRA!!!"
I love watching that movie at this time of year.
- The Elderly Woman in Legion.
- Kenneth Mars as Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein.
- The janitor who sings with Joe Gideon at the hospital in "All That Jazz." All the dancers in that movie, too.
- The androgynous blond child in Day of the Locust.
- In 'Best in Show', the handsome Asian guy in the souvenir shop where Parker Posey tries to replace "Busy Bee" for her dog
- Large Marge
- Xander Berkeley as Dr. Lamar in Gattaca. It's a film that doesn't require a lot of its actors, except in the last scene with Dr. Lamar which is beautifully done.
- The drug dealer in Atlantic City
The antique dealer in Vertigo
The German waiter in Casablanca
Boo in To Kill a Mockingbird
The soldier who kills himself in Full Metal Jacket
The daughter in Tender Mercies
The dog in 10. The maid in 10
The head in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Jack Elam in anything
The second lover in Witness for the Prosecution
Husband and wife at church picnic in Night of the Hunter
The murderer in Rear Window
The entire cast of Ride the High Country except the leads
John Schuck in Thieves Like Us (1974)
John Schuck in M.A.S.H.
The murderer in Dial M for Murder
The investigator in Deal M for Murder
Elisha Cook Jr. in anything
- The old lady in Blazing Saddles.
Elderly Woman: Good evening, Sherriff. Sorry about the "Up yours, nigger". I hope this apple pie will in some small way say thank you for your ingenuity and courage in defeating that horrible Mongo.
Bart: Well, uh... thank you, much obliged. Good night.
[Bart closes the window and smells the pie... but returns to the window when he hears another knock]
Elderly Woman: Of course, you'll have the good taste not to mention that I spoke to you.
Bart: Of course.
Elderly Woman: Thank you.
- The guy in the TRUE GRIT remake who barters with Mattie over the price of the horse. Hysterical performance.
- The old drunk in "The Russians are Coming" who yells out "come on Norman, they're opening up the bah!" My brother and I always yelled that out to each other when we were kids.
Another vote for the pretty girl holding Toto and the soldier who says "you killed her". I also loved the hotel desk clerk in "Paper Moon" who kept saying "well that opens up a whole new can o' peas".
The models from "Eyes of Laura Mars" who had the great answering machine message "this is Lulu...and this is Michelle, were not here so go to hell. But if you're not a horny creep, leave a message at the beep."
- I think the androgynous kid in "Day of the Locusts" was Jackie Earl Haley.
- The saggy-titted old man in Jaws.
- Adore is the most evil thing ever in Day of the Locust.
Juno in Beetlejuice.
- "I... am... your singing telegram!"
- Bess Flowers in any one of 700+ movies she's appeared in. You've all seen her...she's the silver-haired, very elegant looking lady in the background of so many films. She always stands out in the background!
- The fat chick Harrison Ford dances with at a crashed wedding in Working Girl. Bitsy?
- The fat chick who gets shot in the ass in Mulholland Dr.
- Carmen Alvarez as Moonbeam McSwine in LI'L ABNER.
- The blond boy in "Cabaret" who starts singing 'Tomorrow Belongs To Me.'
The old man with his head in his hands at the end of the same scene when the whole crowd has vigorously joined in.
- The Latina who takes Nomi Malone's personal info when she gets the job at the Stardust.
- The fat chick who gets shot in the leg by Ving Rhames in 'Pulp Fiction'. I don't know why, but that scene always makes me erupt into hysterics.
- Marceline Hugot, R202. I love her. She also plays a recurring role on 30 ROCK.
- I can't believe I'm blanking on her name but that old character actress who was never less than hilarious in anything she did, who played Lina Lamont's voice coach in Singin' In the Rain.
- R209, I think her name is Kathleen something. She was everywhere in TV movies in the late 60s - early 70s.
- Fante & Mingo in The Big Combo. Best noir queer couple.
- R20 mentioned Philip Baker Hall's cameo in The Talented Mr. Ripley. I vote for the poor game show intern that Hall had to but-fuck in a flashback scene in Magnolia. The quiz show intern had no lines but seeing Jimmy Gator, the quiz show host go to town on her on film was very disturbing and certainly memorable. I can't think of another time that I have seen an older actor having sex on film like that since. The image of the elderly having kinky sex is just dirty.
- Curtis Smoot, Fried Green Tomatoes - the detective from Georgia. "You listen here, girly-girl; I KNOW who you are!!" He was so gross & loathesome, you didn't mind that they possibly served him Frank.
- The dykey ornithologist in The Birds
The pissy maitre d' in Ferris Bueller
The Texas Ranger who gets killed in the convenience store at the beginning of From Dusk Till Dawn. Michael Parks also played that same character in both Kill Bill movies.
- City official in Chinatown (John Hillerman)
The Chief in Cuckoo's Nest (??)
Serge in Beverly Hills Cop (Bronson Pinchot)
Scarecrow in Batman Begins (Cillian Murphy)
- R209, you mean Kathleen Freeman, who would'a been a big TV star playing Dom DeLuise's mother if Lotsa Luck had been a hit.
- Here's a random one: The sale's clerk in the jewelry store in "Who's That Girl?"
"A tiger? No question."
- The desk clerk at the George V hotel in Paris who gives Meg Ryan a hard time in "French Kiss" until she has a tantrum to get what she wanted.
- The girl who gave Kurt Russell the "Down in Mexico" lap dance in Death Proof.....man, did she have a spectacular death.
- Fran Drescher as Bobbi Flekman in This Is Spinal Tap.
- Slap Shot is just full of them. Swoosie Kurtz's hilarious hockey wife ("Good crowd"), the awesome Hanson brothers, the announcer with the terrible hairpiece, and my favourite - Ogie Ogilthorpe and his mad afro. No lines, but he's such a presence.
Here's Ned Braden's on-ice striptease, because I couldn't find anything else.
- The woman who played Thelma in "Silkwood"= "This here's my bag wig. It ain't real human hair 'er nuthin'!" Her name was Sudie Bond. She was also in "Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean".
- Mr. kidd and Mr. Wint in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Clint Howard as Lou, the asshole dad in PARENTHOOD
The blonde lady that just says "No" to Chevy Chase when he gets in her bed in EUROPEAN VACATION.
- The dark curly-haired, hairy-chested gymnast who ignores Jane Russell in Ain't There Anyone Here for Love? in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
What's name btw?
- R219 the location of that scene is Guero's Taco Bar in Austin.
- R200, that role was played by Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's.
R202, good call. It was Bitsy.
Jack:"Bitsy, don't break my heart and tell me you don't remember me!"
Bitsy (flabbergasted) "Oh! ...Of course!"
- "I love this place. It's so um...I don't know...you know um...FUNKY!
Melorra (Ghost World)
Oh yes, definitely
- The Hispanic lady cab driver in "Pulp Fiction." Loved the way she said the name of the Bruce Willis character - "Bootch."
- Latifah's girlfriend who doesn't speak in "Set It Off." She sheds a tear when Cleo dies. Heartbreaker.
- The little girl who is a classmate of Ralphie's in "A Christmas Story". She is the one with the straight hair who points out the window when the teacher asks where Flick is (who got his tongue stuck to the flagpole). She is adorable.
- The aborigine man who joins in on "I Will Survive" in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."
- Yes! The pissy maitre d' in Ferris Bueller! He was great!
And also the school secretary that kept pulling one pencil after another out of her ratted hair in Ferris Bueller. She was tremendous!
And the parking lot guys in the same movie. Remember them?!
- [quote]And the parking lot guys in the same movie. Remember them?!
One of them was Richard Edson, who's hard to forget.
- "Delia, you are a flake. You have always been a flake. If you insist on frightening people, do it with your sculpture."
Jimmy Two Times, because he said everything twice. Everything twice.
Sonny Bunz, the Owner of the Bamboo lounge. "I don't wannna say nuthin Paulie, but I look like half a fag here..."
I think he went to jail in real life for extortion.
- Atta girl!
- R172 - Eddie Dane was played by J.E. Freeman
- Triva: The actress who played Bitsy (Harrison Ford's dance partner in "Working Girl") more recently appeared as Kathy Geiss, the Asperger daughter of NBC president Don Geiss, in "30 Rock."
- Jane Darwell feeding the birds, in "Mary Poppins"
Anne Francis, the blonde on the ferry, in "Battle Cry".
The gay man who answers the door in "The Producers" and cautions about tracking the floor, because "White! White! White! is the color of our carpet!"
The nutty Indian, in "The Big Sky".
- The prisoner who sang "Down in the Valley" in "Stir Crazy".
- The sailor in "PT 109" who had a premonition of death.
- The dimwit musician in Spinal Tap who points to his guitar amplifier and says, "No, no....but this one goes up to eleven."
- r243, that was Nigel Tufnel, one of the leads of the film.
But Paul Shaffer as Artie Fufkin from Polymer Records was pretty great in his one scene.
- Charles Smith was a young goony looking actor in a lot of movies at MGM in the 40's. He had two very small parts in films that always makes me tear up. One is in "Shop Around the Corner." He is the new boy at the end that Frank Morgan asks out for supper. He's so innocent and awed by the offer, it chokes me up. But the best is in "A Guy Named Joe." where he plays a young recruit who is homesick. Without his knowing it, Van Johnson's character sets up a call to his mother. When he hears his mother's voice he loses it. It's all of 10 seconds but he's wonderful and you remember him for the rest of the picture.
- That fat, fast-talking, cigar-chomping warden from "Cool Hand Luke" that was ranting that list of infractions that would make you "spend the night in the box."
- That stuffy old bag of a wife in "A Fish Called Wanda." I still remember her "you can take this marriage and stick it up your bottom." And all those "Oh, Portia, do shut up!"
The stuffy old bag of a DMV bureaucrat in "License to Drive." The one who revokes the kid's license and says, "You mustn't fuck with the DMV; the lord giveth but the Department of Motor Vehicles taketh away."
- Aretha Franklin as Matt "Guitar" Murphy's wife in the first Blues Brothers movie.
- The guitar playing retard in Deliverance.
Every part of Burt Reynolds' body in the same movie.
- The lady in the restaurant in Victor/Victoria who discovers a cockroach crawling up her leg
- R248, same here - I was pretty young when I first saw that movie and didn't know that she was a singer in her own right, just thought that she was super cool.
- The woman who sang "Easy to be Hard" in Hair.
- In Garbo talks, Hermione Gingold has a great, brief scene as Elizabeth Rennick, the old, retired grand dame of the theater that they manage to track down for an interview.
- The super cunty lady ("shut up, LESLIE!", to her hen-pecked husband) who runs the motel in Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark. Actually, that movie has a number of great walk on characters. A couple are the gassy gas station attendant, and the lecherous new owner of the TV station: "M'name's Earl, but you can call me long horn" (winks).
- The old lady at the airport in Moonstruck who put a curse on the airplane.
- The movie producer/pimp with B.O. in "Girls Will Be Girls!"
- Crazy Ralph in Friday the 13th parts 1 and 2. Jason should of never killed him off in part 2, he could have made an appearance in all the other sequels as comic relief.
- The waiter w/Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria.
- I like the brunette woman in The Thing From Another World who played a secretary and one of the army guy's girlfriends, she had a nice quality, never saw her in anything else.
- This woman in the Amityville Horror, but not this scene - the other scene where she gets possessed and starts hollering like a lunatic.
- The sympathetic red-headed prison guard who walks Bjork in the final scene in Dancer In the Dark.
- Has anybody mentioned the
GET IN THE BACK OF THE VAN!!!!!!
cop in Withnail & I? Also from Withnail, the drug dealer (Danny?) didn't have much screen time, but he was very memorable.
- Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, worst accent ever
- Sherilyn Fenn. Wild At Heart.
- R262, you reminded me - did I say Uncle Monty already? In terms of the plot, he's not a marginal character, but he's actually not onscreen that much. But everyone in that film is perfect.
- Victor Buono's "mother" in "Baby Jane", who answered the fone as his 'sec a tary'
- [quote]That really hot RN who confronts Tarin a lot in Nightmare on Elm street part 3.
"We are talking pure pharmaceutical high. A night at Club Meth."
Kincaid also had a lot fo great ones, too.
"Yeah, lifestyles of the rich and psychotic."
"Let's go kick the motherfucker's ass all over dreamland."
- Mary Louise Wilson as the nursing home administrator in "She-Devil". "The one thing we will NOT tolerate at Golden Twilight is....INCONTINENCE!"
- Arnold's meat-bullet-shield bystander in the original "Total Recall." Remember that hilarious shoot-out on the escalator?
- The black singer in "Pillow Talk", when she witnesses the Rock Hudson character lying to the Doris Day character. When he finishes, and they start to leave, the singer begins her ballad, with "YOU LIED,..."
The doting elder neighbor of Rhoda, in "The Bad Seed". And in that same film, the handyman who isn't fooled by Rhoda, and tells her he's on to her. He tells her they have "blue electric chairs for boys, and pink ones for girls!" Rhoda pretends she isn't paying attention.
- The bug eyed semi-catatonic woman in The Snake Pit who Olivia DeHaviland befriends.
- Monica and LeRoy are prominently featured roles in THE BAD SEED. The best minor character in that movie is Mrs Daigle. Appearing in only two scenes, Eileen Heckart gives the definitive performance of a grieving drunkard.
- [quote]The bug eyed semi-catatonic woman in The Snake Pit who Olivia DeHaviland befriends.
That was Betsy Blair, who was married to Gene Kelly and starred opposite Ernest Borgnine in "Marty."
- The department store Santa and his ill-tempered elves in "A Christmas Story."
- R272, Eileen Heckart is just as prominently featured in THE BAD SEED as the actors who played Monica and Leroy (if not more so). In fact, she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance.
- Every single thing Florence Bates ever did on film.
- The two teenaged girls/hookers in Fargo.