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Minor characters in movies you can't forget

They may have just been a walk-on, or had only a few lines. But their appearance was burned in your memory for some reason.

I like the cashier in "Paper Moon".

by Anonymousreply 58002/27/2016

The somewhat masculine woman receptionist with the scratchy voice outside Andre Cassell's office in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

by Anonymousreply 112/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 212/16/2012

The receptionist in "Beetlejuice." She was so resigned and mildly grumpy, with her blue skin and slit wrists.

by Anonymousreply 312/16/2012

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by Anonymousreply 412/16/2012

Thelma Ritter in MIRACLE ON 34th STREET.

by Anonymousreply 512/16/2012

Bronson Pinchot in "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Risky Business"

by Anonymousreply 612/16/2012

The unexpectedly badass Mother in Gremlins who doesn't scream or panic but starts methodically killing all the Gremlins.

by Anonymousreply 712/16/2012

The gym teacher in the original Hairspray who is salivating over dodgeball.

by Anonymousreply 812/16/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 912/16/2012

Thelma Ritter in ANYTHING!

by Anonymousreply 1012/16/2012

R10 beat me to it!

by Anonymousreply 1112/16/2012

Jeremy Piven in Singles.

by Anonymousreply 1212/16/2012

The blonde in the Thunderbird.

Not one spoken word, but it made her a star.

by Anonymousreply 1312/16/2012

The woman holding the cat that Toto jumps out of the hot air balloon to get to in The Wizard of Oz. Gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 1412/16/2012

Peggy Pope as Margaret Foster

by Anonymousreply 1512/16/2012

Laura San Giacomo as Kit "CINDERFUCKINRELLA" DeLuca in "Pretty Woman"

by Anonymousreply 1612/16/2012

R10 beat me to it also.

by Anonymousreply 1712/16/2012

I'll second Bronson Pinchot as Serge in "Beverly Hills Cop."

by Anonymousreply 1812/16/2012

R3 - same. Also the guy in the waiting room with the tiny head caused by voodoo.

by Anonymousreply 1912/16/2012

The American private detective from "The Talented Mr. Ripley," Alvin MacCarron (played by Philip Baker Hall.)

by Anonymousreply 2012/16/2012

The Concierge in The Producers.

by Anonymousreply 2112/16/2012

R19, I wanted to include him, too!

by Anonymousreply 2212/16/2012

The Old Guy in the phone booth in Into the Wild.

by Anonymousreply 2312/16/2012

Awesome, R22.

by Anonymousreply 2412/16/2012

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"

by Anonymousreply 2512/16/2012

Julianne Moore in The Fugitive. Tons of star power in a small role.

by Anonymousreply 2612/16/2012

Jane Lynch is more memorable in "The Fugitive."

by Anonymousreply 2712/16/2012

Atta girl, r15!

by Anonymousreply 2812/16/2012

Liam Dunn, as the judge in "What's Up Doc?".

by Anonymousreply 2912/16/2012

Betty Comden as Garbo in "Garbo Talks".

by Anonymousreply 3012/16/2012

Willem Defoe in his shorts and bobble hat in the Life Aquatic.

by Anonymousreply 3112/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3212/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3312/16/2012

Eddie Fisher in "Butterfield 8" . . . lol.

by Anonymousreply 3412/16/2012

Martin Short as the wedding planner in "Father of the Bride".

by Anonymousreply 3512/16/2012

Barbara Bates in the final scene of "All About Eve".

by Anonymousreply 3612/16/2012

"Gaaaaawd, Fuck youuuu!"

by Anonymousreply 3712/16/2012

Asshole # 4 in "Reform School Gangbang".....sublime!

by Anonymousreply 3812/16/2012

The landlady in "Carnival of Souls".

by Anonymousreply 3912/16/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 4012/16/2012

The guy with the nun chucks in Ghost World.

by Anonymousreply 4112/16/2012

Lambert from Alien. Veronica Cartwright was absolutely brilliant. See the deleted scenes for more of her great acting. Best acting I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 4212/16/2012

R35, he's annoying in that same way that Robin Williams is annoying. You just want him to calm down and shut up.

by Anonymousreply 4312/16/2012

The fat grumpy queeny guy who played the minister in HEATHERS and Otho in BEETLEJUICE ("God save us from L. L. Bean!")

by Anonymousreply 4412/16/2012

Good pick, R44.

by Anonymousreply 4512/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4612/16/2012

Owen from Plane, Trains and Automobile. I cry from laughter whenever I see this clip. It begins and 0:25:

by Anonymousreply 4712/16/2012

That guys is hilarious R41.

by Anonymousreply 4812/16/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 4912/16/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 5012/16/2012

R49, she probably voted for Obama!

by Anonymousreply 5112/16/2012

The ticket agent in Meet the Fockers. Love her!

by Anonymousreply 5212/16/2012

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by Anonymousreply 5312/16/2012

No. 25

by Anonymousreply 5412/16/2012

Tresa Hughes, great old NY character actress who played Doris Finsecker's mom in FAME.

by Anonymousreply 5512/16/2012

melissa mccarthty playing megan in bridesmaids...

by Anonymousreply 5612/16/2012

Naveen Andreus, played Kip in The English Patient

by Anonymousreply 5712/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5812/16/2012

Jennifer Salt's mother in "Sisters", at the 45 min. 45 sec. mark: "There are interesting things going on right here in Staten Island".

by Anonymousreply 5912/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6012/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6112/16/2012

Michael Gough was a great presence in the Batman movies. Very grandfatherly.

by Anonymousreply 6212/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6312/16/2012

Annette Bening's walk on in "Postcards from the Edge."

by Anonymousreply 6412/16/2012

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by Anonymousreply 6512/16/2012

The waiter in "Victor Victoria"

by Anonymousreply 6612/16/2012

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?)...

by Anonymousreply 6712/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6812/16/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 6912/16/2012

"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.

by Anonymousreply 7012/16/2012

The drag queen in The Fisher King.

by Anonymousreply 7112/16/2012

Alice Drummond as Clara in "To Wong Foo..."

"Can I have my shoe please?"

by Anonymousreply 7212/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7312/16/2012

I loved Carrie Fischer's character in "When Harry Met Sally". She was perfect.

by Anonymousreply 7412/16/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 7512/16/2012

Yes, R72!

by Anonymousreply 7612/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7712/16/2012

Mabel Albertson in 'What's Up Doc?'

by Anonymousreply 7812/16/2012

The stuttering of that line was intentional, r58.

by Anonymousreply 7912/16/2012

Wayne Knight and Samuel L. Jackson in "Jurassic Park."

Hold on to your butts...

by Anonymousreply 8012/16/2012

The woman in the diner in THE BIRDS who tells 'Tippi' that she's evil...EVIL!!!

(starts at about 4:00)

by Anonymousreply 8112/16/2012

R77, don't forget Alice Ghostley as Aunt Stephanie Crawford.

by Anonymousreply 8212/16/2012

Speaking of Alice Ghostley, her and Marion Lorne in the hotel front desk scene in The Graduate. And Buck Henry as the concierge.

by Anonymousreply 8312/16/2012

Meryl Streep in Julia.

by Anonymousreply 8412/16/2012

Sean Biggerstaff in the Harry Potter movies. He played Oluver Wood, the Quiddich captain.

by Anonymousreply 8512/16/2012

Maybe not a minor character after all, but... Roberta Maxwell as Jack's mother in Brokeback Mountain. I've never forgotten that performance.

by Anonymousreply 8612/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8712/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 8812/16/2012

David Strathairn as Russell the sad sack in Home for the Holidays.

by Anonymousreply 8912/16/2012

Most likely the bad guy from Titanic.

by Anonymousreply 9012/16/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 9112/16/2012

Norma in Carrie

by Anonymousreply 9212/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9312/16/2012

Annette Bening as Evelyn Ames in Postcards From The Edge

by Anonymousreply 9412/16/2012

Look at me Damien! It's all for you!

by Anonymousreply 9512/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9612/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9712/16/2012

Michael Hitchcock as Steve, the pharmacist with a crush on Corky St. Clair, in "Waiting for Guffman."

by Anonymousreply 9812/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9912/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10012/16/2012

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!"

by Anonymousreply 10112/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10212/16/2012

Miss Lonelyhearts in Rear Window.

by Anonymousreply 10312/16/2012

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."

by Anonymousreply 10412/17/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 10512/17/2012

The disabled computer genius who works for the CIA in "No Way Out."

by Anonymousreply 10612/17/2012

The EMT guy who has a crush on the daughter in "The Family Stone".

by Anonymousreply 10712/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10812/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10912/17/2012

Maximilian Schell in Julia, Lynn Redgrave in Kinsey, Klaus Kinski in Dr. Zhivago.

by Anonymousreply 11012/17/2012


Yes, it is Dylan Baker.

The Russian in 2001

by Anonymousreply 11112/17/2012

Glenn as Alex Forrest. Such a minor character.

by Anonymousreply 11212/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 11312/17/2012

The bellhop in My Best Friend's Wedding is pretty cool. In fact, the entire scene is the best thing about the movie.

by Anonymousreply 11412/17/2012

Mrs. Lefferts in L.A. Confidential

Inspt. Thompson in Gosford Park

by Anonymousreply 11512/17/2012

The boy on the porch in Deliverance

by Anonymousreply 11612/17/2012

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?"

by Anonymousreply 11712/17/2012

The Mike Yanagita character in Fargo.

by Anonymousreply 11812/17/2012

That was such a brilliant movie.

by Anonymousreply 11912/17/2012

The Contessa Magda Terribili Gonzalas

-Lotte Lenya

The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone (1961)

She delivers every line with brilliance. I want to be her.

by Anonymousreply 12012/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 12112/17/2012

"She's dead. You . . . killed her."

Something about this guy in his one scene has drawn me to him since I was a child.

by Anonymousreply 12212/17/2012

[quote]The girl in the jewelery store in Bridesmaids.

She is Peter Frampton's daughter.

by Anonymousreply 12312/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 12412/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 12512/17/2012

Kevin Spacey as the creepy guy "hiring" in the limo with Tess in "Working Girl."

by Anonymousreply 12612/17/2012

The bickering couple on the train and the shoeshine kid in Young Frankenstein.

by Anonymousreply 12712/17/2012

The guy Angie Dickinson picks up in Dressed to Kill. I think he has about half of a line to speak.

by Anonymousreply 12812/17/2012

[quote]Kevin Spacey as the creepy guy "hiring" in the limo with Tess in "Working Girl."


by Anonymousreply 12912/17/2012

Several from two Christmas themed films


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.

by Anonymousreply 13012/17/2012

I love you R37.

by Anonymousreply 13112/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 13212/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 13312/17/2012

[quote]and a young George Chakiris in the nightclub number.

And he is simultaneously in a number at the Inn.

by Anonymousreply 13412/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 13512/17/2012

Charles Grodin as Dr CC Hill in Rosemary's Baby

The cricket-mad gay couple on the train in Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes

by Anonymousreply 13612/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 13712/17/2012

Christopher Walken as Dwayne in Annie Hall.

by Anonymousreply 13812/17/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 13912/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 14012/17/2012

Michael J Pollard and Tessie O'Shea in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

by Anonymousreply 14112/17/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 14212/17/2012

Cool, R142. I didn't know that. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 14312/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 14412/17/2012

The army recruiter who interviewed Joaquin Phoenix in Signs.

by Anonymousreply 14512/17/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 14612/17/2012

The homeless woman and Tim Curry in Home Alone 2.

by Anonymousreply 14712/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 14812/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 14912/17/2012

- 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

by Anonymousreply 15012/17/2012

Mischa Auer in "My Man Godrey"

by Anonymousreply 15112/17/2012

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"

by Anonymousreply 15212/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 15312/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 15412/17/2012

I will never forget Auntie Em.

by Anonymousreply 15512/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 15612/17/2012

"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.

by Anonymousreply 15712/17/2012

Dorothy Malone in The Big Sleep,

by Anonymousreply 15812/17/2012

It's very expensive!

by Anonymousreply 15912/17/2012

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."

by Anonymousreply 16012/17/2012

Fran Drescher encouraging John Travolta to dance in Saturday Night Fever.

by Anonymousreply 16112/17/2012

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).

by Anonymousreply 16212/17/2012

That Barber in "Beetlejuice."

"Just trim it a little!"

by Anonymousreply 16312/17/2012

[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! ;)

by Anonymousreply 16412/17/2012

Rosalie Crutchley as the housekeeper in the Haunting. "I never stay after five. In the house, in the dark."

by Anonymousreply 16512/17/2012

Elizabeth Russell - the cat lady at the Serbian restaurant in Cat People who says "Moya Sestra" to Irina.

by Anonymousreply 16612/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 16712/18/2012

Rizzo in Grease

by Anonymousreply 16812/18/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 16912/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 17012/18/2012

Another vote for Annette Bening in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE.

Judi Dench as Elizabeth I in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.

by Anonymousreply 17112/18/2012

The Dane in Miller's Crossing.

'It was MINK, you sonofabitch, and by GOD I'll hear you say it!'

by Anonymousreply 17212/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 17312/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 17412/18/2012

r174 Nazi

by Anonymousreply 17512/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 17612/18/2012

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).

by Anonymousreply 17712/18/2012

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...

by Anonymousreply 17812/18/2012

Elsa Lancaster and William Demarest as that nosy neighbor and her harried husband in THAT DARN CAT!

by Anonymousreply 17912/18/2012

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."

by Anonymousreply 18012/18/2012

I agree with Carrie Fisher in WhenHarry Met Sally.

by Anonymousreply 18112/18/2012

Patrick Richwood as the elevator operator in 'Pretty Woman'

by Anonymousreply 18212/18/2012

May Eller

by Anonymousreply 18312/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 18412/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 18512/18/2012

The Elderly Woman in Legion.

by Anonymousreply 18612/18/2012

Kenneth Mars as Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein.

by Anonymousreply 18712/18/2012

The janitor who sings with Joe Gideon at the hospital in "All That Jazz." All the dancers in that movie, too.

by Anonymousreply 18812/18/2012

The androgynous blond child in Day of the Locust.

by Anonymousreply 18912/18/2012

In 'Best in Show', the handsome Asian guy in the souvenir shop where Parker Posey tries to replace "Busy Bee" for her dog

by Anonymousreply 19012/18/2012

Large Marge

by Anonymousreply 19112/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 19212/18/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 19312/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 19412/18/2012

The guy in the TRUE GRIT remake who barters with Mattie over the price of the horse. Hysterical performance.

by Anonymousreply 19512/18/2012

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."

by Anonymousreply 19612/18/2012

I think the androgynous kid in "Day of the Locusts" was Jackie Earl Haley.

by Anonymousreply 19712/18/2012

The saggy-titted old man in Jaws.

by Anonymousreply 19812/18/2012

Adore is the most evil thing ever in Day of the Locust.

Juno in Beetlejuice.

by Anonymousreply 19912/18/2012

"I... am... your singing telegram!"

by Anonymousreply 20012/18/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 20112/18/2012

The fat chick Harrison Ford dances with at a crashed wedding in Working Girl. Bitsy?

by Anonymousreply 20212/18/2012

The fat chick who gets shot in the ass in Mulholland Dr.

by Anonymousreply 20312/18/2012

Carmen Alvarez as Moonbeam McSwine in LI'L ABNER.

by Anonymousreply 20412/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 20512/18/2012

The Latina who takes Nomi Malone's personal info when she gets the job at the Stardust.


by Anonymousreply 20612/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 20712/18/2012

Marceline Hugot, R202. I love her. She also plays a recurring role on 30 ROCK.

by Anonymousreply 20812/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 20912/18/2012

R209, I think her name is Kathleen something. She was everywhere in TV movies in the late 60s - early 70s.

by Anonymousreply 21012/18/2012

Fante & Mingo in The Big Combo. Best noir queer couple.

by Anonymousreply 21112/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 21212/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 21312/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 21412/18/2012

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)

by Anonymousreply 21512/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 21612/18/2012

Here's a random one: The sale's clerk in the jewelry store in "Who's That Girl?"

"A tiger? No question."

by Anonymousreply 21712/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 21812/18/2012

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by Anonymousreply 21912/18/2012

Fran Drescher as Bobbi Flekman in This Is Spinal Tap.

by Anonymousreply 22012/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 22112/19/2012

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".

by Anonymousreply 22212/19/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 22312/19/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 22412/19/2012

R219 the location of that scene is Guero's Taco Bar in Austin.

by Anonymousreply 22512/19/2012

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!"

by Anonymousreply 22612/19/2012

"I love this place. It's so um...I don't know um...FUNKY!

by Anonymousreply 22712/19/2012

"R"7 Oh yes, definitely

by Anonymousreply 22812/19/2012

The Hispanic lady cab driver in "Pulp Fiction." Loved the way she said the name of the Bruce Willis character - "Bootch."

by Anonymousreply 22912/19/2012

Latifah's girlfriend who doesn't speak in "Set It Off." She sheds a tear when Cleo dies. Heartbreaker.

by Anonymousreply 23012/19/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 23112/20/2012

The aborigine man who joins in on "I Will Survive" in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

by Anonymousreply 23212/20/2012

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?!

by Anonymousreply 23312/20/2012

[quote]And the parking lot guys in the same movie. Remember them?!

One of them was Richard Edson, who's hard to forget.

by Anonymousreply 23412/20/2012

"Delia, you are a flake. You have always been a flake. If you insist on frightening people, do it with your sculpture."

by Anonymousreply 23512/20/2012


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.

by Anonymousreply 23612/20/2012

Atta girl!

by Anonymousreply 23712/20/2012

R172 - Eddie Dane was played by J.E. Freeman

by Anonymousreply 23812/20/2012

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."

by Anonymousreply 23912/20/2012

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".

by Anonymousreply 24012/20/2012

The prisoner who sang "Down in the Valley" in "Stir Crazy".

by Anonymousreply 24112/20/2012

The sailor in "PT 109" who had a premonition of death.

by Anonymousreply 24212/20/2012

The dimwit musician in Spinal Tap who points to his guitar amplifier and says, "No, no....but this one goes up to eleven."

by Anonymousreply 24312/20/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 24412/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 24512/21/2012

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by Anonymousreply 24712/22/2012

Aretha Franklin as Matt "Guitar" Murphy's wife in the first Blues Brothers movie.

by Anonymousreply 24812/22/2012

The guitar playing retard in Deliverance.

Every part of Burt Reynolds' body in the same movie.

by Anonymousreply 24912/22/2012

The lady in the restaurant in Victor/Victoria who discovers a cockroach crawling up her leg

by Anonymousreply 25012/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 25112/22/2012

The woman who sang "Easy to be Hard" in Hair.

by Anonymousreply 25212/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 25312/22/2012

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).

by Anonymousreply 25412/22/2012

The old lady at the airport in Moonstruck who put a curse on the airplane.

by Anonymousreply 25512/22/2012

The movie producer/pimp with B.O. in "Girls Will Be Girls!"

by Anonymousreply 25612/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 25712/22/2012

The waiter w/Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria.

by Anonymousreply 25812/22/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 25912/23/2012

This woman in the Amityville Horror, but not this scene - the other scene where she gets possessed and starts hollering like a lunatic.

by Anonymousreply 26012/23/2012

The sympathetic red-headed prison guard who walks Bjork in the final scene in Dancer In the Dark.

by Anonymousreply 26112/23/2012

Has anybody mentioned the


cop in Withnail & I? Also from Withnail, the drug dealer (Danny?) didn't have much screen time, but he was very memorable.

by Anonymousreply 26212/24/2012

Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, worst accent ever

by Anonymousreply 26312/24/2012

Sherilyn Fenn. Wild At Heart.

by Anonymousreply 26412/24/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 26512/25/2012

Victor Buono's "mother" in "Baby Jane", who answered the fone as his 'sec a tary'

by Anonymousreply 26612/25/2012

[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."

by Anonymousreply 26712/25/2012

Mary Louise Wilson as the nursing home administrator in "She-Devil". "The one thing we will NOT tolerate at Golden Twilight is....INCONTINENCE!"

by Anonymousreply 26812/25/2012

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by Anonymousreply 26912/25/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 27012/26/2012

The bug eyed semi-catatonic woman in The Snake Pit who Olivia DeHaviland befriends.

by Anonymousreply 27112/26/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 27212/26/2012

[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."

by Anonymousreply 27312/27/2012

The department store Santa and his ill-tempered elves in "A Christmas Story."

by Anonymousreply 27412/27/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 27512/27/2012

Every single thing Florence Bates ever did on film.

by Anonymousreply 27612/27/2012

The two teenaged girls/hookers in Fargo.

by Anonymousreply 27712/27/2012

Elsa Lanchester in Mary Poppins, and 2E from Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Anonymousreply 27801/29/2015

Also in "A Christmas Story": The goofy-grinning kid standing in/on line to see Santa who tells Ralphie, "I like the Wizard of Oz!"

by Anonymousreply 27901/29/2015

The hateful, sniveling kid brother in "River's Edge"

by Anonymousreply 28001/29/2015

The kid who played Curtis Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High couldn't act but I loved his delivery.

by Anonymousreply 28101/29/2015

Another vote for Graham Stark ( the waiter in "Victor / Victoria ).

by Anonymousreply 28201/29/2015

Edie McClurg as the airline representative in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

by Anonymousreply 28301/29/2015

Dick Van Dyke was hardly a "minor character" in Mary Poppins.

by Anonymousreply 28401/29/2015

The mother in "Cycle Vixens" serving her family herbal tea.

by Anonymousreply 28501/29/2015

Elaine in AN UNMARRIED WOMAN: "I hope Martin gets a permanent case of the clap and his pecker falls off."

Played by Kelly Bishop, who'd just been in A CHORUS LINE.

by Anonymousreply 28601/29/2015

I don't think most of these count because they're more than just "walk-on, or had only a few lines" or they're played by a recognisable actor.

by Anonymousreply 28701/29/2015

The boy who plays the flute when they strike up "Dixie" in GONE WITH THE WIND, who can't keep the tears from flowing down his face after his brothers' names are read.

by Anonymousreply 28801/29/2015

R262 That film is full of memorable bit part characters, the big scary Irishman in the pub, the poacher, the unfriendly old lady, the "arseholed on rum" pub landlord with military pretensions, the "huge spade" Presuming Ed.

by Anonymousreply 28901/29/2015

The chubby, dumb and bald suburban next-door neighbor and his chubby kid who answer the door in Poltergeist when the Freelings are stoned and pestered by insects.

by Anonymousreply 29001/29/2015

R262 That police officer is brilliant because he's very camp but at the same time you wouldn't mess with him.

by Anonymousreply 29101/29/2015


Florence Bates showed up in an episode of I Love Lucy as a society matron "looking over" Lucy and Ethel as potential club members.

Sheldon Leonard showed up in an episode of I Love Lucy as the salesman for Handy Dandy products like the vacuum cleaner Lucy buys.

Norma Varden shows up in the I Love Lucy episode as the neighbor who switches apartments with the Ricardo's.

Mary Wickes showed up in an I Love Lucy episode as the French ballet teacher.

Mabel Albertson showed up in the episode of I Love Lucy as the lady who arrives late to the Broadway performance of " The Most Happy Fella" forcing Lucy and Ethel to share the seats of Fred and Ricky.

My favorite is also the concierge in "The Producers" with Zero. "Boids!"

by Anonymousreply 29201/29/2015

Betty White as Senator Bessie Adams in ADVISE & CONSENT. She has only one scene, but it's a great one: where she mops up the floor with the villainous Senator Fred von Ackerman (George Grizzard) in open debate on the Senate floor. Female senators were very rare at the time, and to show one in a movie besting a man (even a villain) in debate was practically unheard of, but White is great. She's funny in how incredibly confident she is sparring with Grizzard.

Also from the same movie but for different reasons: Don Murray's blackmailing ex-boyfriend, with one of the greatest asses in movie history.

by Anonymousreply 29301/29/2015

Of all the fabulous minor characters in Preston Sturges' movies my absolute favorite is the Weenie King from "The Palm Beach Story."

"I'm the Weenie King! Invented the Texas Weenie. Lay off 'em, you'll live longer."

"Cold are the hands of time that creep along relentlessly, destroying slowly but without pity that which yesterday was young. Alone our memories resist this deterioration , becoming more lovely with the passing years. that's hard to say with false teeth."

by Anonymousreply 29401/29/2015

Wilson the volleyball in Cast Away

by Anonymousreply 29501/29/2015

A then young Lena Olin, "Romeo's Bleeding."

by Anonymousreply 29601/29/2015

The male RN in Nightmare on Elm Street part 3 that taunts Tarin..

"A night at club med"

by Anonymousreply 29701/29/2015

The little girl in "The Goonies" who screams after being removed from her bicycle...


by Anonymousreply 29801/29/2015

Hope Summers(Clara fron "Andy Griffith")in "Rosemary's Baby"

The mother who had to identify her daughter's body in "L.A. Confidential"

Pat Hingle, "Bobo" in "The Grifters" was absolutely terrifying. J. T. Walsh as the stock swindler was also brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 29901/29/2015

Ash from Alien.

by Anonymousreply 30001/29/2015

The actress who played the "fat bridesmaid" in Working Girl is none other than Ricki Lake.

by Anonymousreply 30101/29/2015

Yootha Joyce's one scene in "The Pumpkin Eater" as the lady who sits next to Anne Bancroft in a hair salon and goes from polite to deranged in 4 minutes. Full scene here

by Anonymousreply 30201/29/2015

The female sherrif in Signs wearing the huge hat, very deadpan.

by Anonymousreply 30301/29/2015

Cyrus, "The Warriors"

by Anonymousreply 30401/29/2015

The jewish chick pilot who gets killed early in "Aliens":

"We're in the pipe. Five-by-five."

by Anonymousreply 30501/29/2015

The mom with the Texas twang accent in Donnie Darko who looks at one of the other moms and says "You know, sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!"

Edie McClurg as Helen in Carrie. Steals every scene she's in.

by Anonymousreply 30601/29/2015

"I'll have what's she's having" in When Harry Met Sally.

by Anonymousreply 30701/29/2015

The bell hop who operates the elevator and rolls his eyes a lot in Grand Budapest Hotel.

by Anonymousreply 30801/29/2015

The chauffeur from Burnt Offerings.

by Anonymousreply 30901/29/2015

My favorite minor character ever is 'Richard'--DICK from Rules of Attraction. When he lists his classes (Oral Sex workshop, Gang Bang tutorial, Freebasing 101--I'm in heaven)

by Anonymousreply 31001/30/2015

Pyewacket, Bell Book and Candle

Emil Minty, the Feral Kid, Road Warrior

by Anonymousreply 31101/30/2015

The concierge at the George V hotel in Paris who won't acquiesce to the unreasonable requests of ubercunt Meg Ryan, in "French Kiss."

by Anonymousreply 31201/30/2015

The homeless women who sleeps thru the whole thing in the original "The Taking of Pelham, 1,2,3"

She used to crack me up as a kid. (cool movie too)

"42nd Street already?"

by Anonymousreply 31301/30/2015

Michael Oher's birth mother in The Blind Side. She also did an amazing job as Liddy Donaghy's nanny in 30 Rock.

by Anonymousreply 31401/30/2015

Big Bird in "The Muppet Movie".

by Anonymousreply 31501/30/2015

Steven Berkoff's character in Beverly Hills Cop obsessed me sexually for a while.

And not really a minor character, but John Turturro as Jesus absolutely STOLE The Big Lebowski for me.

by Anonymousreply 31601/30/2015

The woman who worked in the bedding department in 9 and 1/2 weeks (When Kim Bassinger and Mickey Rourke are messing around). I later noticed she was Dudley Moore's aunt in "Arthur" when he introduces the hooker as a Princess... from a very small country.

by Anonymousreply 31701/30/2015

Camilla Rhoades... aka "This is the girl." Singing "I've Told Every Little Star" at the 3 minute mark. Found her fascinating.

Also half the showgirls in Barbra's pregnancy number in "Funny Girl". Stunning faces under the headdresses.

And love the one upstream about the cat woman in "Wizard of Oz." I always would study her like she was from another planet -- one of those little boy "dialing with a pencil" thing.

by Anonymousreply 31801/30/2015

r300, you know that Ash in the movie Alien was played by Ian Holm, a great and very well-known English character actor. Also, although he didn't get that much screen time, Ash is actually a highly important character in Alien.

And r303, the female sheriff in Signs is played by Cherry Jones, a DL fave (and an out lesbian).

r307, the "I'll have what she's having" woman in Harry & Sally was played by director Rob Reiner's mother Estelle.

by Anonymousreply 31901/30/2015

I also show acting students the waitress in "Thelma and Louise" who thought she "might have to put out a fire" and then cackles. A great example of how to take one or two lines and make them amazing.

by Anonymousreply 32001/30/2015

Someone probably already mentioned him, but I love (LOVE) the bank manager from "The Dark Knight":

by Anonymousreply 32101/30/2015

"Hairspray" is full of them, actually, every little role perfect except for Ric Ocasek who is embarrassing.

The little cute runt: "I can't see through her hair." Teacher in same scene: "It's a hair-don't." Black guy singing along in the alley under the moon Cute guy who can't believe Ricki chooses Link over him in the Ladies Choice dance. Adorable little kid who does the Gravy dance up front, future gayling. And Pia, of course. 'I AM Odetta."

by Anonymousreply 32201/30/2015

MeMaMa in "Pecker":


by Anonymousreply 32301/30/2015

Edie McClurg stole the show in whatever she was in. She was in a ton of 80s movies in exactly this sort of role.

She did it as the principal's secretary in Ferris Bueller too. And on the GG episode as Sophia's nurse.

Barbara "Stewardess, I can speak jive!" Billingsley, in Airplane. As well as the queeny air-traffic control queen, "I can make a brooooooch, or a pteradactyl..!"

Dementia, who takes an instant interest in Uncle Fester, at the end of "Adam's Family Values", with her shaved head.

by Anonymousreply 32401/30/2015

The guy who gets brutally stabbed in the opening scene of "Cruising".

Martin Landau's character in "North by Northwest".

Fess Parker's small role in the original "Them"

The Irish mother who speaks a soothing lullaby to her soon-to-drown two children, in "Titanic". And she was also the same actress who played the butch Latin soldier in "Aliens".

by Anonymousreply 32501/30/2015

The little girl with the pink coat in Schindler's list.

by Anonymousreply 32601/30/2015

Since this may be the year of J.K. Simmons at the Oscars, let's revisit his hilarious performance as the irritable bowel syndrome-suffering, C4 "expert" Garth Pancake in the remake of "The Ladykillers":

by Anonymousreply 32701/30/2015

Jamie Dornan as the Swedish officer in "Marie Antoinette". First time I had ever seen him. His eyes were absolutely magnetic.

Jeff Goldblum as one of the attackers in "Death Wish". I think it was his first movie role, but I remember him being particularly crazy-eyed in the tiny role.

by Anonymousreply 32801/30/2015

Jeff Goldblum also made an impression in Nashville on that... hog, is it called?

by Anonymousreply 32901/30/2015

Am I allowed to say I thought Jeff Goldblum was smoking hot around the time of The Fly? I'd always thought of him as being thin and dorky like Sheldon on BBT but, dayyam, he had a nice body in The Fly.

by Anonymousreply 33001/30/2015

You aren't alone. It's why he was pretty successful with the transition from character actor to leading man. Very fuckable.

by Anonymousreply 33101/30/2015

Goldlum has charisma from the voice alone.

by Anonymousreply 33201/30/2015

Most excellent r293

by Anonymousreply 33301/30/2015

Dylan Baker as Owen, the guy who arrives at a hotel in a pickup truck (with his wife) to drive Steve Martin and John Candy to the train station in Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

Elizabeth Marvel, the actress who played Mrs. Jolly in an early scene in Lincoln. She and Mr. Jolly had come from Missouri for a private audience with him. She takes over the scene after announcing that "Mr. Jolly's asthma don't cotton to cigar smoke," and runs with it for the next 5-10 minutes. I've seen her in other films. She's a really good actress.

by Anonymousreply 33401/30/2015

The white beleaguered woman who resembled a broke-down Olive Oyl who was working Reception when Eunice Burns attempts to enter the dinner in [italic]What's Up Doc?[/italic]: NY accent, tacky long white gloves, major attitude. "I don't [italic]have[/italic] a badge for a Eunice Burns!" Later, she's being dragged across the floor while holding onto Eunice's leg as the latter hysterically storms the event. Perhaps 60 seconds of total screen time, and she made all of it work.

by Anonymousreply 33501/30/2015

I am not A Eunice Burns! I am THEE Eunice Burns!

by Anonymousreply 33601/30/2015

The con whose tripping Mabel's character in What's Up Doc cracks me up every time.

"You vill make love to her"

"Can't I just kill her?"

by Anonymousreply 33701/30/2015

Two for DePalma

The kid on the bicycle yelling CREEPY CARRIE! CREEPY CARRIE! in Carrie.

The little girl in the elevator in Dressed To Kill.

by Anonymousreply 33801/30/2015

Emry in Boys from the Band.

by Anonymousreply 33901/30/2015

Isn't that Betty Buckley - the "creepy Carrie" voice? She also sings for an Asian woman ('Walking in Space') in the HAIR movie.

by Anonymousreply 34001/30/2015

News to me R340 but now that you mention it , it does sound like it could be her.

by Anonymousreply 34101/30/2015

Florence Bates as the despicable Mrs. van Hopper in "Rebecca," putting out her cigarette in the cold cream.

by Anonymousreply 34201/30/2015

The housewives who bully Susan Sarandon in WITCHES OF EASTWICK.

That nasty cunt, Lisbeth, at lunch with Patsy and Emma in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. I would have pissed on Lisbeth if she talked to me like that.

by Anonymousreply 34301/30/2015

The scary sheriff at the end of Deliverance. "Don't come up here again" he ominiously warns Jon Voight and Ned Beatty.

Scary sheriff was played with sinister perfection by the book's author, James Dickey in a cameo role.

by Anonymousreply 34401/30/2015

the preacher from poltergeist 2 and 3 movies. he was scary cherry

ferris bueller. secretary hes a righteous dude

gwtw. i dont know nothing about birthing no babies.

home alone. kevin. mom on airplane

by Anonymousreply 34501/30/2015

Moose in Pillow Talk.

by Anonymousreply 34601/30/2015

For that matter the doctor and nurse in Pillow Talk.

"Somewhere out there is a man who has crossed a new frontier"

by Anonymousreply 34701/30/2015

Thanks for the reminder, r310--I love DICK!

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by Anonymousreply 34901/30/2015

The old lady counselor from Beetlejuice.

"Be glad you didn't die in Italy."

by Anonymousreply 35001/30/2015

Did anyone say the sheriff's wife in Psycho?

I love her.

"Did Norman take a wife?"

by Anonymousreply 35101/30/2015

The twins in 3 Women

by Anonymousreply 35201/30/2015

Robert Goulet laughing in Beetlejuice.

by Anonymousreply 35301/30/2015

[quote]Isn't that Betty Buckley - the "creepy Carrie" voice? She also sings for an Asian woman ('Walking in Space') in the HAIR movie.

It is her in Hair. She claims it is her dubbing the kid in Carrie but you never know with Betty.

She also takes credit for the tunnel vision effect DePalma used. (and probably the moon landing and the end of WWII if you let her go on long enough---everything was Betty's idea you see.)

by Anonymousreply 35401/30/2015

The voodoo lady in Midnight in the garden of good and evil.

Joan Cusack as Cyn, Melanie's bff in Working Girl.

Why isn't Joan a bigger star?

Beautiful Sunaya, Dev Patel's girlfriend in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The nasty silent secretary in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

by Anonymousreply 35501/30/2015

[quote] Why isn't Joan a bigger star?

She had a good run in the 90s.

by Anonymousreply 35601/30/2015

She's on Shameless and still gets an Emmy nomination every year.

Pretty good career for a woman her age.

by Anonymousreply 35701/30/2015

Everybody loves Kuato, the stomach oracle in Total Recall:

by Anonymousreply 35801/30/2015

He may count more as a supporting character but I loved Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite.

The, Jon Gries, who played him did such a good job.

Rico wanted so badly to go back in time and correct a mistake that he feels changed his life. Ridiculous motivation, ridiculous sub-plot but Gries helped you understand this guy and made you feel bad for him when his time machine didn't work. Poor Uncle Rico.

by Anonymousreply 35901/30/2015

Nurse trainee Pittman (jennifer Elise cox), an episode of will & grace

by Anonymousreply 36001/30/2015

Hunnsecker's secretary in Sweet Smell of Success. She out-Moneypennied Moneypenney.

by Anonymousreply 36101/30/2015

Lloyd the bartender in THE SHINING

Frances McDormand's old high school classmate in FARGO who meets her at the hotel buffet and starts to cry.

The old geezer in the store Nicolas Cage holds up in RAISING ARIZONA...first he explains how to put on the tape on diapers, then he gets tired on crouching behind the counter ("ninety eight..ninety bullshit")

Bonnie Bedelia and Bruce Dern as the desperate hillbilly couple in THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?

Lisa Eichhorn as the doomed alcoholic in CUTTER'S WAY

by Anonymousreply 36201/30/2015

Lloyd the bartender, that's a good one!

Loved the caretaker/butler too. Telling Jack Nicholson that his wife and son needed to be Cor-REC-ted. And I love the line, "You ARE the caretaker, you have always BEEN the caretaker."

by Anonymousreply 36301/30/2015

Lloyd The Bartender (Joe Turkel) was also Dr. Tyrell, the designer of the replicants in "Blade Runner" - another memorable minor character

by Anonymousreply 36401/30/2015

James Spader as the creepy Rick in LESS THAN ZERO

Peter Lorre as simpering Joel Cairo in CASABLANCA


Roman Polanski in CHINATOWN

That creepy child who played lying Mary Tilford in THE CHILDREN's HOUR. Also the grandmother.

And I love that oily hotel clerk in PAPER MOON who knocks on Madeline Kahn's door; when she asks who it is he says "Sheik of Araby."

Slim Pickens in both BLAZING SADDLES and DR. STRANGELOVE. Funny every time.

by Anonymousreply 36501/30/2015

[quote]And I love that oily hotel clerk in PAPER MOON who knocks on Madeline Kahn's door; when she asks who it is he says "Sheik of Araby."

Why aren't you a show dog! Stop you'll tear it.

by Anonymousreply 36601/30/2015

Great character actress ANNA QUAYLE as Frau Hoffner in CASINO ROYALE (1967).

by Anonymousreply 36701/30/2015

R335: Veteran actress Sylvia Sidney

by Anonymousreply 36801/30/2015


by Anonymousreply 36901/30/2015

LIBERACE as Counselor Starker in


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Charles Durning in O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? Love when he daintily dances onstage and plays to the crowd.

Bridget Fonda playing a Lesley Gore type in GRACE OF MY HEART. And the actress playing the gf is great too. She just shoots her this great look.

by Anonymousreply 37101/30/2015

ED FURY as the new protégé of the characters played by Natalie Schaefer & Cecil Kellaway in the Joan Crawford flick FEMALE ON THE BEACH (1955).

by Anonymousreply 37201/30/2015

Richard Jaeckel as Pvt. Johnny "Chicken" Anderson in "Guadalcanal Diary." One of the twinkiest twinks ever to twink in a major motion picture.

by Anonymousreply 37301/30/2015

The elevator boy in 'Pretty Woman'

Bronson Pinchot as Serge in 'Beverly Hills Cop'

Dody Goodman in 'Grease'

by Anonymousreply 37401/30/2015

Florence Stanley as the airport ticket agent in "Outrageous Fortune". Her comic deadpan was brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 37501/30/2015

Selma Diamond, walking in on Peter O'Toole in the lady's room in "My Favorite Year".

Paraphrasing a bit...

Selma: Whaddaya doing in here? This is for lady's only!

Peter (about to whip out his dick): So's this, but every now & then, I have to run some water through it.

by Anonymousreply 37601/30/2015

The foul-mouthed therapist in 'Local Hero'

by Anonymousreply 37701/30/2015

The woman who is giving the vagina pep talk in FRIED GREEN TOMATOES is great.

Miss Millie in THE COLOR PURPLE. ("You get to stay all day. All day.")

by Anonymousreply 37801/30/2015

Jim Broadbent as the fey plastic surgeon in 'Brazil'

by Anonymousreply 37901/30/2015

Lily, the bitch cunt dancer in Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge.

by Anonymousreply 38001/30/2015

The son of the villain in The Count of Monte Cristo. In the movie he had stunning good looks. I bought the book just to be closer to him.

by Anonymousreply 38101/30/2015

Harriet, Priscilla's "old man" and pimp from the film Coffy. She chases Pam Grier down the stairs and hurls a chair leg at her ("ya lousy bitch!") and scolds Priscilla ("white tramp!"). Magic.

by Anonymousreply 38201/30/2015

Una O'Connor in anything, but especially as Minnie the maid in both Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, and as the innkeeper in The Invisible Man (all James Whale pictures, he sure knew his camp icons...!)

by Anonymousreply 38301/30/2015

In Clint Eastwood's Sudden Impact. She later gets killed by Sondra Locke's character...

by Anonymousreply 38401/30/2015

The oily greasy saxophone player from Lost Boys (wearing purple stretch? pants)..." I STILL BEEELIEEEVE" thrusting and gyrating on stage as he plays in 'Santa Carla'....

by Anonymousreply 38501/30/2015

The Pretty Woman boutique ladies. "How much is this, Marie?" "It's very expensive."

The three breasted woman from Total Recall.

Carol Ann Susi as the secretary in the Secret of My Success. "I was having fun on this job. You kept taking your pants off."

by Anonymousreply 38601/30/2015

Malick Bowens as Farah, Meryl Streep's servant in "Out Of Africa". I absolutely love the final closeup of his face as Karen's train is leaving.

by Anonymousreply 38701/30/2015

The old man (Parker Fennelly) in "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming." He's deaf, and calling out to his gagged and tied up wife(Doro Merande) who cannot get his attention. Funny. As. Shit!

Maria Ouspenskaya in, what else, "The Wolfman." 'Even a man who is pure of heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf, when the wolfbane blooms, and the moon is clear and bright.' Chilling.

Lee Strasberg(yes, THAT Lee Strasberg) in the cigarette lighter scene towards the end of "The Cassandra Crossing." The dialogue, the face, the walk, everything gels into a spectacularly upsetting AND uplifting scene.

A second for the elderly man in the picnic table crowd scene in "Cabaret." Broken, weary and he KNOWS what's coming. Again.

What is it with me and these geezer characters? Oh yeah.....

by Anonymousreply 38801/30/2015

In THE TOWERING INFERNO, the woman who has to go between the two buildings in the breeches buoy first. She kinda reminds me of my Mom.

The Blooomingdales saleswoman that helps Madison in SPLASH. She was also Mike TeeVee's mother in WILLY WONKA.

Mary Gross in BIG BUSINESS ("Hi, Rose! How's Duke doing?")

by Anonymousreply 38901/30/2015

The cat in "Diary of Anne Frank"

The deep-voiced Swede, in "South Pacific".

Betsy Palmer, as a nurse who greets Jack Lemmon, with "Hello, Harmless!" in the same pic.

The soldier who hands out the mail, in "Stalag 17". Also, the blond prisoner in the same picture.

by Anonymousreply 39001/30/2015

[quote]In THE TOWERING INFERNO, the woman who has to go between the two buildings in the breeches buoy first.

OMG! I love her! I'd completely forgotten about her.

by Anonymousreply 39101/30/2015

Laureen Hobbs!!!!!!

I want my subsidiary rights!!!!

by Anonymousreply 39201/30/2015

Jerry's Asian butler in The King of Comedy

by Anonymousreply 39301/30/2015

The girl trying to sell the clarinet in Ordinary People.

by Anonymousreply 39401/30/2015

Borden in Plaza Suite

by Anonymousreply 39501/30/2015

It's a TV movie but I love the woman in Sybil who talks about how "if the homeroom teacher asks, I don't think I'll be able to cover for you."

by Anonymousreply 39601/30/2015

R390, the deep voiced blond haired Swede you mention eventually moved to Italy to do B movies. He died in Rome, never married, and no family members claimed his body.

by Anonymousreply 39701/30/2015

The man Cary Grant encounters on the desolate highway in NORTH BY NORTHWEST, who offers a curious observation: "That plane's dustin' crops where there ain't no crops."

Elizabeth Allen as the disturbing salesclerk in the TWILIGHT ZONE episode "After Hours": "Fine - it's none of my business!" and "Please come again. Anytime."

Mrs. Shipley, the Special Ed teacher, in the original HAIRSPRAY: "As you know, today is Special Education's turn at the dodgeball tournament. So let's go into the locker room, get into our gym outfits, and show them that SPECIAL EDUCATION is NOTHING to be LAUGHED AT!"

by Anonymousreply 39801/31/2015

Another vote for Thelma Ritter in anything. Loved her in "The Misfits."

Bill Murray in "Tootsie."

The pregnant hotel owner in "In Brugues."

Colin Farrell in "The Way Back."

by Anonymousreply 39901/31/2015

Robbie Schneider has his name all over this thread.

by Anonymousreply 40001/31/2015

The understudy who takes over for Neely in Valley of the Dolls

Michael Bowen's character in Less Than Zero, something homoerotic about him

by Anonymousreply 40101/31/2015

The little boy in the octopus costume in Love Actually. I don't why but every time that scene comes up that kid has me mesmerized. Also, his "copper".

by Anonymousreply 40201/31/2015

Sue and "House of Pain" from SWINGERS.

by Anonymousreply 40301/31/2015

Hitchcock's appearances in his films.

Skrat in the Ice Age films

The aliens leaving Earth with duty free Marlboros in the departure terminal in Men in Black

by Anonymousreply 40401/31/2015

R314 I remember her! She out-negotiated Jack by peeling a mango while staring at him?

by Anonymousreply 40501/31/2015

DL fave Lainie Kazan as Jewish mother Belle in MY FAVORITE YEAR, uttering one of the greatest lines in film: "Welcome to our humble chapeau!"

by Anonymousreply 40601/31/2015

The German soccer captain in Victory. The German uniforms were sexy. I want one, minus the Nazi symbols.

by Anonymousreply 40701/31/2015

R390, re the blond prisoner--you mean Peter Graves?

by Anonymousreply 40801/31/2015

Joan Cusack as the girl in the neck brace in Sixteen Candles

by Anonymousreply 40901/31/2015

[quote]Florence Stanley as the airport ticket agent in "Outrageous Fortune". Her comic deadpan was brilliant.

Shelly Long pretending to be a refugee: "I tell you from beginning. How do I to say ?"

Florence: "You say it quickly. I'm off in 20 minutes."

by Anonymousreply 41001/31/2015

"Wicki", the member of the "Inglourious Basterds" who was born in the south but spoke fluent German. I don't know, but I find him incredibly sexy in this scene

by Anonymousreply 41102/01/2015

Yes, R381, I've seen every movie he's in!

by Anonymousreply 41202/01/2015

R407, I can't find "Victory" in IMDB. What year?

by Anonymousreply 41302/01/2015

The insurance salesman who is looking for Karl La Fong ("Capital L, small A, capital F, small O, small N, small G: La Fong, Karl La Fong") in the classic porch scene in the WC Fields masterpiece, IT'S A GIFT.

He enters at the 3:38 mark.

by Anonymousreply 41402/01/2015

Me in Funny Girl

by Anonymousreply 41502/01/2015

Edna May Oliver in anything.

by Anonymousreply 41602/01/2015

R413 - 1981

by Anonymousreply 41702/01/2015

Dorothy Louden's cameo in "Garbo Talks" is pretty hilarious. In the same movie, the two little scenes with Hermoine Gingold are bizarrely funny, too.

by Anonymousreply 41802/01/2015

Stanley Kubrick's young daughter, Vivian, as the little girl who takes the picture-phone call from Dr. Heywood Floyd on the outer space station in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

by Anonymousreply 41902/01/2015

The blue creature singing opera in The Fifth Element. Even though I didn't care for opera, I couldn't take my eyes off her.

by Anonymousreply 42002/01/2015

"My husband has three testicles. It's disgusting."

by Anonymousreply 42102/01/2015

Love the choir member in Polyester who bites the tire, she's fabulous. Love when she yells "What's wrong with these kids crazy cracka!"

by Anonymousreply 42202/01/2015

The actor who played Kevin Costner's dad, when they played ball, in "Field of Dreams".

by Anonymousreply 42302/01/2015

The pageant judges in Drop Dead Gorgeous

by Anonymousreply 42402/01/2015

The fat retarded guy in Drop Dead Gorgeous and the perv always hanging out around the contestants with a camera.

DDG had some great characters.

by Anonymousreply 42502/01/2015

Gaylord Felcher, 30 Rock.

by Anonymousreply 42602/01/2015

The chick with Madonna's pap smear in Slacker.

by Anonymousreply 42702/01/2015

The kid who covers his ears BEFORE the gunshots in the restaurant scene. - Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST

by Anonymousreply 42802/02/2015

-One of Melanie Griffith's ex-classmates at the prom reunion in Something Wild (played by 1970's rock chick Su Tissue)

-Yeardley Smith as the whinky knocked up check-out girl in City Slickers

-The Chinese cook who throws soup into Christian Bale's face in Empire of the Sun

-Pizza guy from Home Alone (who really turns me on for some reason)

-The mayor's wife from The Towering Inferno and her horrible pink dress

-The bowing Fraulein Schweiger in The Sound of Music

-The creepy guy who fucks Christiane's boyfriend in Christiane F.

-The fat Italian cleaning lady who finds Audrey Hepburn showering in Gregory Peck's apartment in Roman Holiday and mistakes her for a hooker

-"The chariots, AAAAARGHH, run, run!" woman from The Ten Commandments

-Also from The Ten Commandments, one of Jethro's slutty daughters who sees sleeping Charlton Heston's slave robe and says "Who cares, he's maaaan!"

-That dancer in Showgirls who tries to kill her nemesis by throwing beads on the stage floor and is then shown sporting a huge grin when the black chick falls on them

-The bitchy tranny prostitute from Felinni's Nights of Cabiria who gets into a fight with Giuletta Massina

-The ugly woman who wants to see Adrien Brody's identity card in The Pianist

-The beautiful blonde woman who Sally Field meets at the Quran class in Not Without My Daughter

by Anonymousreply 42902/02/2015

Annette Bening's turn in "Postcards From The Edge"

The French saleswoman who helps Rudy Valee buy a wardrobe for Claudette Colbert in "The Palm Beach Story"

The young bellboy in "Some Like it Hot."

by Anonymousreply 43002/02/2015

Christopher Walken as Annie's weirdo brother Duane in Annie Hall.

by Anonymousreply 43102/02/2015

The woman of the pair of television techs near the end of Miss Congeniality.

by Anonymousreply 43202/02/2015

Mrs. Hobday in [italic]Bedknobs and Broomsticks[/italic] and the way she says "Miss Prrrrrrrrice".

by Anonymousreply 43302/02/2015

YES, R429! I LOVE the ones you mention from "The Ten Commandments"! Have quoted them for years. I have a friend who calls slutty gay men "Jethro's daughters"! Also love the little kid who says "Look, Grandfather! Nubians." during the gathering of the Exodus, and the three women who pose melodramatically a la some famous painting when witnessing the parting of the Red Sea. Oh, and the woman who polishes the golden calf with her hair (parodied on "The Simpsons" when Springfield erects a golden statue of some snake-oil self help guru)

by Anonymousreply 43402/02/2015

In Cat People (1942): Elizabeth Russell as the cat-like stranger who interrupts Simone Simon's wedding dinner to ask her in Serbian: "My sister? My sister?"

by Anonymousreply 43502/02/2015

That Pinoy woman who fires ping-pong balls out of her coochie in Priscilla Queen of the Desert is pretty much my favorite movie character of all times.

by Anonymousreply 43602/02/2015

The homophobic security guard from [italic]Female Trouble[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 43702/02/2015

[quote]Love the choir member in Polyester

Yes! And the woman who cries out, "I don't wanna be on television!" as they film her being carted off on a stretcher after Francine's son Dexter stomps her foot.

by Anonymousreply 43802/02/2015

Oh yes R436, she was wonderful. "You've got the itty bitty ding a ling".

by Anonymousreply 43902/02/2015

Actor Charles Lane in any thing he did. He always played the same character type of a cold hearted banker,lawyer etc. who wastoo willing to disposes a poor widdow and child.

Sheldon Leonard in "It's A Wonderful Life."

Marie Dressler in anything she ever did. A minor character actress by no means, but she died just at the start of the talking film era.Far too little of her work is on film.

by Anonymousreply 44002/02/2015

Get that motherfucker, Clovis!

by Anonymousreply 44102/02/2015

Alexander Siddiq in Kingdom of Heaven, and the Egyptian actor who played Sallahdin, in the same movie.

Madeline Kahn's maid in Paper Moon.

Fisher Stevens in The Flamingo Kid.

by Anonymousreply 44202/02/2015

Liam Dunn in "What's Up Doc?"

by Anonymousreply 44302/02/2015

I loved the faggy coward lion. He wasn't as good as the major characters like the witch or scarecrow but he was just such a dandy lion.

by Anonymousreply 44402/02/2015

Juanita in "Sordid Lives".

by Anonymousreply 44502/02/2015

Redneck mechanic in National Lampoon's Vacation: I never known anyone so shitall stupid to do a thing like that.

by Anonymousreply 44602/02/2015

This lady who has a meltdown and gets slapped in "The Birds"

by Anonymousreply 44702/02/2015

Jan Hooks as the uptight p.r. specialist in "Batman Returns"

by Anonymousreply 44802/02/2015

Lardass in Stand By Me

by Anonymousreply 44902/02/2015

The maid who blackmails a diamond bracelet from Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight.

The hatchet-faced nurse who goes giddy over the birth of Trudie Kockenlocker's sextuplets in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek.

The Porky Pig-like delivery boy in Gold Diggers of 1933 who explains to the chorines that C.O.D. means they have to pay for the hat before he can give it to them.

by Anonymousreply 45002/02/2015

The manicurist who blabs to Mary Haines about evil Christal in "The Women".

by Anonymousreply 45102/02/2015

Jan Hooks also played a memorable role as a tour guide in a Pee Wee Herman movie.

by Anonymousreply 45202/02/2015

seniour undersecretsry delores jane umbridge and her pussy on the wall. so cute id love to have that balancing puppet of her in the twins toy shop. and the little santie claus that flies around when daddys home from snake bite. did u know the snake that hairy potter freed in first movie from behind the glass became the snake that dated lord voldemort. cool beans

special shout out to severus paul snape. aka alan rickman

mad eye mooney and the wondering eye horace slughorn

by Anonymousreply 45302/02/2015

Helena Kallianiotes as Palm Apodaca in "Five Easy Pieces."

by Anonymousreply 45402/02/2015

The gum chewing waitress in Popeye.

by Anonymousreply 45502/02/2015

The police chief from "Night Of The Living Dead" ("Yeah, they're dead, they're...all messed up. That's another one for the fire")

by Anonymousreply 45602/02/2015

Ida Moore in "The Lemon Drop Ki." A hysterically funny little old lady. She must have been in her 70s or 80s at the time.

by Anonymousreply 45702/02/2015

Dudley Manlove (the actor's real name) in "Plan 9 From Outer Space"

by Anonymousreply 45802/02/2015

John Breckenridge as the elegant and very proper space alien in "Plan 9 From Outer Space"

by Anonymousreply 45902/02/2015

roger herren in myra breckenridge! wheww! (not sure though if he was a "minor" character?)

reb brown in "Sssssss" (the most homoerotic shower scene in film history!)....

on a serious non sexual role, roma maffia (pretty much in anything) but especially her role in "disclosure" where she outwits and takes down demi moore's evil bitch character... awesome!

by Anonymousreply 46002/02/2015

r447. i think you are mistaken, she didnt have a meltdown, she had very valid points. when tippi hendrix arrived to the area of bulego bay the birds started acting crazy, flocking together. even the ornithologist confirmed this had never happened before. my theorem is that ms tippi was an electromagnetic conduit for disturbing the birds. this was illustrated when she went into phasic stances during the gas pump car fire scene. she had a way to put the birds in a trance like state as evidenced by the love birds rhythemic movements as the cars turned corners. it is my theory when she was in italy andwas pushed into the pool of water, lightning struck and gave her magnetic pole powers to confuse the birds. i think thats what lfred wastrying to say

by Anonymousreply 46102/02/2015

Mr. Loomis, (the floor manager in Macy's, played by Cris Aljavascript:submitPost();exander) who fires Auntie Mame.

by Anonymousreply 46202/02/2015

Cris Aljavascript:submitPost();exander?

What a fool! He should have changed his name. That would have looked terrible on a marquee.

by Anonymousreply 46302/02/2015
by Anonymousreply 46402/02/2015

Mr. Loomis was Cris Alexander.

by Anonymousreply 46502/02/2015

Karl, that twinky little blond bitch from Dazed and Confused. 13 years old and heckling his buddies that they "wouldn't know what to do" with girls if they had any, but looking like he is waaayyy too into Ben Affleck giving him a serious paddling. I think he stands out so much because he is the only unsympathetic freshman character (and he flames 1000ft, as far as I recall he's the only gay coded character in it).

Whenever I think of D&C, Karl and Slater (Rory Cochrane's stoner guru) are the first characters that come to mind. And McConaughey's sleazy fratboy trying to pick up girls at the bowling alley, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 46601/02/2016

The woman named Nancy on the golden girls episode where they fly to l.a. To be on grab that dough.

by Anonymousreply 46701/02/2016

The retarded ginger woman and chubby blonde woman in Bridesmaids that kissed on the plane.

by Anonymousreply 46801/02/2016

the black hooker in Mask

by Anonymousreply 46901/02/2016

U know, I never saw mask. Looked too white trash for me.

by Anonymousreply 47001/02/2016

Josh Stewart as Bane's right hand man in The Dark Knight Rises.

by Anonymousreply 47101/02/2016

The little boy - young Matt Damon - at the beginning of "The Departed". Pure innocence about to be corrupted!

by Anonymousreply 47201/02/2016

Patricia Hitchcock (the director's daughter) as Barbara in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. What a weird character. I adore every line she says.

by Anonymousreply 47301/02/2016

The deaf boy in Out of the Past....

by Anonymousreply 47401/02/2016

The school bus driver in Forrest Gump played by Siobhan Fallon

by Anonymousreply 47501/02/2016

Everyone talks about Madelyn Kahn stealing the show in What's Up Doc but Mabel Albertson was a hoot . She probably wasn't a minor character. Oh well...

by Anonymousreply 47601/02/2016

Missi Pyle as any minor character she plays.

by Anonymousreply 47701/02/2016

The little boy who played the Ed Harris character as a child in The Hours.

by Anonymousreply 47801/03/2016

I really liked Ram, the actuarial program, in Tron. He was very endearing by feeling good about helping people plan for their future needs.

by Anonymousreply 47901/03/2016

Great thread. Limiting my choices to people who played small roles or minor roles but who had huge impact. There are several where I suddenly found myself wondering "who is THAT"

In no particular order, off the top of my head.

Beatrice Straight as Bill Holden's about to be ex wife in Network

James Riordan as the dad with the roller skates who begs Jack Huston for his life in "Boardwalk Empire" (Its not TV its HBO)

Hope Holiday as the barfly who attaches herself to Jack Lemon in "The Apartment"

Kenneth Mars as Franz in "The Producers"

Liam Dunn as Streisand's father and the Judge in "What's up Doc"

Julie Bavasso s the nurse with secret in "The Verdict"

agree with Meryl in "Julia" (so its been touch and go ever since, but she made an impression)

Annette in "Postcards from the Edge"

Gene Wilder in " Bonnie and Clyde"

by Anonymousreply 48001/03/2016

here is the clip of Beatrice Straight in Network

by Anonymousreply 48101/03/2016

James Riordan in Boardwalk Empire

by Anonymousreply 48201/03/2016

Gene Wilder in Bonnie and Clyde

by Anonymousreply 48301/03/2016

cannot find my other examples online. IF anyone can find the clip of Meryl from Julia that would be worth posting.

by Anonymousreply 48401/03/2016

Someone up thread already mentioned one of my favorites - Dorothy Malone as the smart and seductive book store clerk in The Big Sleep. She had only one scene but it was a great one. Joy Barlow had an even smaller scene in that movie as the cab driver who gives her card to Humphrey Bogart. He asks if he can call day or night and she replies that night was better since she works during the day.

by Anonymousreply 48501/03/2016

The guy who says "How do you feel about Cleveland?" is the greatest casting for a one-liner in film history. He has one line, and you wait for it.

by Anonymousreply 48601/03/2016

Forgot it say Tootsie is the movie, of course.

by Anonymousreply 48701/03/2016

great choices r480 AKA Uta Strasberg Adler

In honor of your namesake I have to add Uta Hagen's one scene performance opposite Olivier in "THE BOYD FROM BRAZIL"

by Anonymousreply 48801/03/2016

The schoolteacher in [italic]Pete's Dragon[/italic]

Moe Greene in [italic]The Godfather[/italic]

Francine's mother in [italic]Polyester[/italic]

Wilford Brimley in [italic]Absence of Malice[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 48901/03/2016

Teresa Taylor or Nervosa ? Totally steals it.

by Anonymousreply 49001/03/2016

Who was the "Leave the gun, take the cannoli" guy in The Godfather? Love him.

by Anonymousreply 49101/03/2016

The King's Secretary from [italic]Bedknobs and Broomsticks[/italic]

Harold P. Harrigan, the security guard in [italic]S.O.B.[/italic]

Peter Dinklage as a little person complaining about indie movie stereotypes of little people in [italic]Living in Oblivion[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 49201/03/2016

The Dancing Patient from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Hallorann, The Twins, Grady, Lloyd, "Great party isn't it?" guy, the entire party in The Gold Room, the Bear and The Man blowing each other in The Shining.

by Anonymousreply 49301/03/2016

Connie Van, who played Lucille Ball's slightly off cousin, "Poor Grace," in The Long, Long Trailer.

by Anonymousreply 49401/03/2016

Jamie Gertz and that other actress as the snobby senior girls in SIXTEEN CANDLES.

"I'm sorry, I don't do that."

"Yes you do...."

"I know."

by Anonymousreply 49501/03/2016

Mary Wickes and Alice Pearce in anything.

by Anonymousreply 49601/03/2016

Ann Wedgeworth as Aunt Fern in STEEL MAGNOLIAS. "I can make anything, really. Except a snake. I don't have the counter space."

Even though he had no lines, SM also had hunky James Wlcek as gay cream cheese, Marshall Marmillion--and Bibi Besch and Janine Turner as his mother and sister.

by Anonymousreply 49701/03/2016

The cute yet cross-eyed entomologist who flirts with Clarice in "The Silence of the Lambs." Paul Lazar

by Anonymousreply 49801/03/2016

And gay Dan Butler as the other bug guy, r498. I was thinking about mentioning them.

by Anonymousreply 49901/03/2016

Nathan Arizona, Sr, in RAISING ARIZONA. "I don't know--they were jammies! They had yodas 'n shit on 'em!"

by Anonymousreply 50001/03/2016

The rapists from "Deliverance"; great job by the actors, because damned if I didn't think they were real hillbillies that were paid in moonshine and tobacco.

by Anonymousreply 50101/03/2016

The bitchy orchestra leader from "Smile".

by Anonymousreply 50201/03/2016

Billy Gilbert as Mr. Pettibone in "His Girl Friday" 1940. "

by Anonymousreply 50301/03/2016

The actress who played the crazy woman in Fatal Attraction made a strong impression.

by Anonymousreply 50401/03/2016

Meryl, darling I'm sorry for being off-topic but I just wanted to say I have been looking for the perfect sympathy card. You must feel so terrible for bombing in so many Oscar bait films this year.You poor poor dear....

I hear your next movie you have been perfectly cast as someone with a bad singing voice but just in case that doesn't work out I hear there is a good role as Sandra Bullock's grandmother You might need some old-age makeup...

by Anonymousreply 50501/03/2016

Jennifer Love Hewitt's character in Sister Act 2

by Anonymousreply 50601/03/2016

Parker Posey in Dazed and Confused...

by Anonymousreply 50701/03/2016

The first minor/impactful character that leapt to mind was the mother of the boy who was eaten by the shark in JAWS. When she approached Scheider's character on the dock and...well, you know the rest.

by Anonymousreply 50801/03/2016

Jennifer Jason Leigh's cough syrup drinking friend in Skipped Parts.

by Anonymousreply 50901/03/2016

John Hughes always delivers great minor characters, I hear ya R495.

My favourite of his is 'sensitive, sexually potent' bouncer Diceman (Andrew Dice Clay) of Pretty In Pink. To this day I am awed by his lighter tricks, his flawless hair and his casual approach to existence.

by Anonymousreply 51001/05/2016

For me, Anthony Kiedis and his surf Nazi buddy Warchild in Point Break epitomise this.

"That would be.....a waste of time."

Highly recommended, the catatonic stoner parents of the Frog Brothers in The Lost Boys.

by Anonymousreply 51101/05/2016

r480, my aunt took acting classes with Julie Bavaso when she was trying to be an actress back in the late 70s early 80s. She said she was crazy but very talented. My mother was just so impressed that my sister was actually in the presence of someone who had been on TV.

by Anonymousreply 51201/05/2016

Sorry R292, but the woman in the theater who has the purse-mixup with Ethel in the "Most Happy Fella" episode of "I Love Lucy" is not Mabel Albertson. That's Gladys Hurlbut, a character fixture in many sitcoms of the late 50's to mid 60's. She was also featured in "The Long Long Trailer".

by Anonymousreply 51301/05/2016

The only thing I remember about Araki's 'Nowhere' is Ryan Philippe and Heather Graham being irrelevant characters who have loud, public and messy sex a handful of times for no real reason midway through.

by Anonymousreply 51401/08/2016

Jodie Foster's four dippy friends in FREAKY FRIDAY: Virginia, JoJo, Hillary, and Bambi

by Anonymousreply 51501/08/2016

Eileen Heckert as the late Claudie Dagle's drunken mom in The Bad Seed. She acted just like my aunt did when she got drunk.

by Anonymousreply 51601/08/2016

Klaus Kinski as a malignant Gestapo bureaucrat in Douglas Sirk's "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" (1958).

Klaus Kinski as a desperate Jewish emigre in "The Counterfeit Traitor" (1962).

A honey-blonde actress, playing a redneck waitress, flirting with Warren Beatty, in "The Parallax View," who jokes, "Why is a martini like a woman's breast? Because one's not enough and three's too many!"

The famous, unnamed extra, playing a Union sentry, in D.W.Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" (1915), who gazes so longingly at crestfallen Lillian Gish, that producers searched for him afterwards, and never found him. Lovely bit. (Can't believe that film came out 100 years ago... Yikes.)

A very young Richard Dreyfus as the exasperated stage manager, trying to get Patty Duke to take "places" onstage, in "Valley of the Dolls" (1967).

A youngish Sylvester Stallone, playing a mugger, who is overcome by Jack Lemmon, in "The Out-of-Towners" (1970).

The crusty, small-town general store owner, in Disney's "So Dear to My Heart" (1949), who, when asked by young lead Bobby Driscoll how to find a beehive, tells him to "follow a bee." When his equally crusty companion says to him, "You're wasting that boy's time," he responds, "What's time to a boy?" Indeed...

by Anonymousreply 51701/08/2016

Ann Miller in Mulholland Drive.

by Anonymousreply 51801/08/2016

Rosalie Crutchley as Acte, the wife of Emperor Nero, Peter Ustinov, in "Quo Vadis" (1951), who, when asked by skittish Christian virgin Deborah Kerr why she is not attending the feast, quips, "The Emperor did not ask me."

Elsa Lanchester in "The Razor's Edge" (1946), in what amounts to a cameo, where she sings, "Loch Lomond."

Ellen Corby, in "Vertigo," as the desk clerk in a kind of residential hotel, where she explains, "I was putting oil on the leaves of my rubber plant."

Jan Clayton, playing a psych patient, singing, "Going Home" in "The Snake Pit" (1948), and this throwaway is just about all she got from her leading role as Julie in the original Broadway cast of "Carousel," several years before playing Tommy Rettig's mother in the TV "Lassie."

"Snake Pit" is full of wonderful cameos from actresses. I love the woman wearing a piece of black cloth over her head, whose face is never seen, but walks around the nut ward, intoning, "I am the First Lady of the Land. I have the right to cover my face...." Or an early appearance by Celeste Holm, as a friend of lead character Olivia de Havilland in the beginning. Or Isabelle Jewell, appearing as another nut case. Or Beulah Bondi as a seemingly well-to-do nut case. And I love that kind of stocky woman, who goes to stand in the middle of the carpet, and sings "Sweet Georgia Brown!" before being told by the staff not to walk on it.

Richard Boone, playing a thoughtful Pontius Pilate, in "The Robe" (1953). After assigning centurion Richard Burton to carry out "an execution," he calls for water, "to wash my hands." When informed by an attendant, "You just did, my lord," he looks down at his hands, and says, "I did? So I did." And exits.

And, like most of you, I love Florence Bates in most anything, but her appearance in "An American in Paris" (1951) is my favorite. Playing a customer in a perfume shop, where ingenue Leslie Caron works, she is charmed when visitor Gene Kelly sweet talks her about perfume, saying, "My husband's always so fussy about the way I smell." Priceless.

by Anonymousreply 51901/08/2016

The riverboat captain, plus cook and teenage soldier on said boat, in 'Apocalypse Now.'

The gruesome ancient gnome-like queen in make-up who Bogarde sees on reaching his destination in 'Death In Venice.'

Teri Garr as the disaffected waitress in 'After Hours.'

The quietly creepy film collector who invites Jake into his capacious basement in 'Zodiac.'

Lynn Redgrave at the end of 'Kinsey.'

by Anonymousreply 52001/08/2016

Aunt Barbara in [italic]Blue Velvet.[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 52101/08/2016

ALL the minor characters and cameos in Trading Places. From the policemen to the servants, the bankteller and the purse guy. Especially the purse guy!

by Anonymousreply 52201/08/2016

Isn't the oiled up guy in tight pants on stage in The Lost Boys Henry Rollins?

by Anonymousreply 52301/08/2016

Miracle on 34th Street (Maureen O'Hara version) - the matron whose husband gives her a few extra martinis and she's lolling on the sofa saying "of course, Santa Claus can come to dinner" or something. That always made my mother crack up.

by Anonymousreply 52401/08/2016

Alice (the little sister) in "The Last of The Mohicans." She barely speaks any words at all. And just when you think the good guys will make it, they start dying off!

Poor Alice : (

by Anonymousreply 52501/08/2016

Another character in Beverly Hills Cop is the gay black guy in the hotel lobby "go ahead, take those bananas" played Damon Wayans, I believe.

by Anonymousreply 52601/08/2016

Multiple Miggs - wish there had been more back story on him. Frederica Bimmels friend - "Big dummy"

by Anonymousreply 52701/08/2016

I like the guy on the NOVA TV show who says "Major funding for NOVA has been provided by..."

by Anonymousreply 52801/08/2016

The two bathroom girls in Drop Dead Gorgeous. They were the ones bitching about the pageant.

by Anonymousreply 52901/08/2016

DDG was great for minor characters. I love the mayor at the beginning "I told those sons a bitches to take that sign down, lazy sons a bitches".

by Anonymousreply 53001/08/2016

Dave Foley as Alicia Silverstone's gay best friend "Troy" in the romantic comedy "Blast From the Past" was the most delightful thing in that surprisingly fun movie... and I usually DESPISE romantic comedies.

by Anonymousreply 53101/08/2016

Foley's character was her brother not best friend.

by Anonymousreply 53201/08/2016

Sophie Thompson in Gosford Park in two scenes: one with Alan Bates when she says she'll say anything to help him and he looks so distressed and especially the scene with Tom Hollander in the downstairs room when Tom is sheepishly eating the jam she made. Her "I believe in love" speech inspires him to action and it's a great moment.

Not a minor character perhaps but underrated: Lew Ayres in Holiday as Hepburn's alcoholic brother who has such great insight about his sister Julia: "The life you want to save her from is the very life she wants to have" - or something like that.

In that same film, Edward Everett Horton as Professor Potter, often called Porter. "Perhaps we shall call ourselves Porter so they'll call us Potter."

Pat the perfume counter lady in "The Women." Beautiful to look at and has some great zingers.

Best one liner from a minor character: Estelle Reiner's "I'll have what she's having" from When Harry Met Sally.

The look that the bakery clerk gives Loretta (Cher) in Moonstruck.

by Anonymousreply 53301/08/2016

[quote]Foley's character was her brother not best friend.

Not that I need to argue this R532. but according to Wikipedia Dave Foley's character IS her friend, not brother.

by Anonymousreply 53401/08/2016

No Country For Old Men: The gas station owner who plays the game of "flip the coin" with Javier Bardem.

by Anonymousreply 53501/08/2016

Everyone in Raising Arizona, especially Dot and the lady handing out paychecks.

Dot: "You take that diaper off your head and you put it back on your sister!"

Payroll clerk: "Government do take a bite, don't it?"

by Anonymousreply 53601/08/2016

The old timer at the Grange in Raising Arizona who makes John Goodman snap.

by Anonymousreply 53701/08/2016

Alice Pearce Nobody comes close.

by Anonymousreply 53801/09/2016

R158 Yes! This!

by Anonymousreply 53901/09/2016

r538 God, I loved her in "True Heart" and "The Thrill of It All". Alice was a scream.

by Anonymousreply 54001/09/2016

Lois Kibbee as Ted Knight's wife in "Caddyshack" - "Would you come loofah my stretch marks?"

by Anonymousreply 54101/09/2016

Eileen Heckart wasn't a minor character in The Bad Seed r516. She was nominated for an Oscar...

by Anonymousreply 54201/09/2016

Bonnie's sad old lady mother in Bonnie and Clyde.

The boy in The Misfits at the saloon with the paddle rubber band ball who seems blind.

The German girl in Sophie's Choice who shows Sophie around when she becomes a maid for the Nazi household.

by Anonymousreply 54301/09/2016

From Airplane

by Anonymousreply 54401/09/2016

I have a feeling a movie like Airplane wouldn't be allowed to get made now what with all the pedo innuendo and stuff.

by Anonymousreply 54501/09/2016

another vote for Dorothy Malone in "The Big Sleep"

I love all of r480 s choices

I would add Constance Collier as Katherine Hepburn's drama coach in "Stage Door"

by Anonymousreply 54601/09/2016

There have been a few Mabel Albertson's mentioned, and I agree. But I have to mention Sorrell Brooke in What's Up Doc trying to trip Mabel Albertson after he is instructed to "charm" her. His classic response," Can't I just kill 'er?!!"

by Anonymousreply 54701/09/2016

Not sure if minor, but Barbara Baxley in Nashville.

by Anonymousreply 54801/09/2016

The fat waitress working the window at the Hamburger drive thru in American Beauty who said, "You are SO busted!"

by Anonymousreply 54901/10/2016

Brian, the flair-weighted waiter, from Office Space.

by Anonymousreply 55001/10/2016

What's Up Doc is probably the last great screwball comedy...

The little girl who gets killed in Frankenstein...

The little girl who gets killed in Jurassic Park...

The little girl with the red coat who gets killed in Schlinder's List..

Julie Hagerty 's boss at a fast food joint that insists on being called Skippy...


by Anonymousreply 55101/10/2016

oops. I meant to say the long forgotten Lost in America...

by Anonymousreply 55201/10/2016

Melissa Mcarthy in "Go"--a year or two before she landed Gilmore Girls.

by Anonymousreply 55301/10/2016

McCarthy, I mean.

by Anonymousreply 55401/10/2016

CLUELESS: The guy who sees Tai fall down the stairs. "Hey, are you okay? That looked really bad."

by Anonymousreply 55501/10/2016

Am I not remembering something? What little girl gets killed in JURASSIC PARK??? Lex lives.

by Anonymousreply 55601/10/2016

Mischa Barton as the dead girl in THE SIXTH SENSE.

by Anonymousreply 55701/10/2016

In the beginning a little girl is feeding what seems to be tiny harmless animals then they start to multiply . You don't see it happen but you see the mother's horrific reaction, r556...

by Anonymousreply 55801/10/2016

The outgoing Mount Rose American Teen Princess in [italic]Drop Dead Gorgeous[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 55901/10/2016

Not to be pedantic, but that's JURASSIC PARK 2, dear/R558.

by Anonymousreply 56001/10/2016

John Candy totally nailed it as hep cat attorney Dean Andrews in "JFK".

by Anonymousreply 56101/10/2016

[quote]The fat waitress working the window at the Hamburger drive thru in American Beauty who said, "You are SO busted!" —Anonymous

Excuse me -- that's Tony Award Winner Marissa Jaret Winokur to you, bucko!

by Anonymousreply 56201/10/2016

Two more from Vertigo: The department store saleslady who purrs "The gentleman seems to know what he wants", and the beauty salon lady, "It's an easy color, sir. We know what you want" when Jimmy Stewart is trying to make over Kim Novak.

by Anonymousreply 56301/10/2016

Martin Short in Inherent Vice. He might have been the only thing in the movie I liked.

by Anonymousreply 56401/10/2016

Jody Gilbert is perfect in this hilarious scene from a WC Fields movie

by Anonymousreply 56501/10/2016

There were so many in HEATHERS The crazy stoner chick Tracy who talks about one of the Heather's suicide notes, the hippie guidance counselor, the Principal...

by Anonymousreply 56601/10/2016

Having heard the DVD commentary for "Easter Parade," it's hard to watch the scenes with Ann Miller's African-American maid Essie knowing that the actress Jeni Le Gon was an accomplished dancer herself but here's she playing a maid especially because they make her look foolish. I guess that's memorable for the wrong reasons, alas.

by Anonymousreply 56701/10/2016

Effie, "the Cleaning Lady" ,In a Lonely Place (1950).

by Anonymousreply 56801/11/2016

Aunt Bethany from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

by Anonymousreply 56901/11/2016

Matta, the jaded waitress from The Emperor's New Groove. Her voice actress is incredible, she sounds like she smokes 20 a day. I like that she had a Long Island accent for no apparent reason, either.

"No problem, Hun, we do that aalllll the time...."

by Anonymousreply 57001/15/2016

Heather Graham was utterly beguiling as Rollergirl in BOOGIE NIGHTS.

by Anonymousreply 57102/23/2016

Pussy Galore!

by Anonymousreply 57202/23/2016

The salesman in Sunset Boulevard who murmurs to Joe "As long as the lady is paying for it, why not take the Vicuna..."

by Anonymousreply 57302/23/2016

"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" is occasionally cute but mostly stylized and annoying. However, I'm almost embarrassed by how hot Kjartan Hewitt's character "Jimmy" got me in his short time onscreen. I just want to run my nose up his neck.

by Anonymousreply 57402/23/2016

The pizza guy from "Home Alone" might be my first, recognizable screen crush.

by Anonymousreply 57502/23/2016

Someone else mentioned Edie McClurg's excellent secretary character in "Ferris Buller's Day Off" but the snooty Maitre D' was hilarious, too. Played by Jonathan Schmock.

by Anonymousreply 57602/23/2016

the grocery delivery kid in REGARDING HENRY; he came in, left the groceries and when the housekeeper went to get his money the door was left open and out walked Henry (who wasn't ready to go out into the world); the delivery kid, I felt, KNEW this was wrong, but he was just enough of a dick to not lift a finger.

The delivery kid was played by JJ Abrams who wrote the movie.

by Anonymousreply 57702/23/2016

The Blues Brothers owns this.

Sister Mary Stigmata (the 'Penguin' who raised the Boys), Curtis the Janitor (Cab Calloway, RIP), Guitar Murphy's wife (Aretha), Jake's murderous Ex (Carrie Fisher, whose scene in the sewer is the best in the movie), the Illinois Nazis, Bob the proprietor of 'Bob's Country Bunker', Rev. Cleophus James (James Brown), Ray of 'Ray's Music Exchange' (Ray Charles), Burton Mercer (John Candy), the Corrections Officer (Frank Oz, the Waiter (Paul Reubens), the Busker that starts a street fight (John Lee Hooker!)...

by Anonymousreply 57802/27/2016

Mary Wickes in anything.

by Anonymousreply 57902/27/2016

r579 Mary Wickes and Alice Pearce together. Priceless!

by Anonymousreply 58002/27/2016

Rob Lowe's weird character in Sex Tape.

by Anonymousreply 58102/27/2016
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