Let this thread be a celebration of the Ellen Pompeos, David Schwimmers, and Courtney Thorne Smith...actors who never felt bigger/better than the shows that made them rich and...known. For every Shelley Long, Katherine Heigl, or Joe Mangianello, there are grateful (and unremarkable) actors who realize they'll never have it better. That's awesome.
Actors who know their limitations
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Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi)
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Most of the Knots Landing cast knew they were lucky to get nighttime pay for a soap.
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Channing Tatum has given interviews talking about how he knows he isn't a great actor and he is trying to get better.
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Cary Grant...and his recent incarnation, George Clooney.
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R2: is the guy at the link the one who played Jeffrey Bardwell on Y&R?
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Courtney Thorne-Smith has truly had an amazing career. Melrose Place to Ally McBeal to According to Jim to Two and a Half Men. She has literally been on TV almost constantly for 20+ years. Another one is Tiffani Thiessen. Saved by the Bell, 90210, White Collar, and a few less successful things in between. She has worked remarkably steadily for the last 25 years.
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I'm surprised Tiffani Thiessen stuck around this long. Proof that people really can escape from the kid show ghetto.
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Heather Graham. She even admitted in an interview that she didn't master an English accent for "From Hell" and didn't want to do a role that required an accent ever again.
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This describes at least 50 percent of recent Academy Award nominees.
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Joshua Morrow has said a number of times he knows how lucky he has been, playing Nick Newman all these years: "It could be anyone playing this part."
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I always felt Susan Lucci at some level knew her limitations as an actress and knew she had a better chance of making her splash as one of the queens of daytime than leaving to try and make to make it big on primetime. She was savvy enough to negotiate time off for other projects while maintaining and marketing her identity as soap royalty. This branding has kept her a lot busier than had she left her soap and been on a prime time series for a few years in the 80's, and has kept her working steadily when the role of Erica Kane finally ended.
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Most soap actors get it, that they will never do anything except soaps. Some try other things, but they usually fail.
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Tiffani has done very well.
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Yeah, I think Lucci made the right choice by remaining a soap queen and doing the occasional guest spot or tv movie. Worked out well for her.
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Well, you know we're never gonna see Cote de fucking Pablo on the big screen. Ever. This season's Gary Burghoff...
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Steve Carell owns this thread. He's admitted he has no idea why he's become such a star, given that he's not handsome, can't act particularly well, and doesn't play the games.
He's either a great actor in interviews, or he really is modest.
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"Well, you know we're never gonna see Cote de fucking Pablo on the big screen. Ever. This season's Gary Burghoff..."
Gary Burghoff - now there's a name of the "Whatever Happened to..." variety...
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David Schwimmer? Huge asshole while he was doing Friebds. They ALL thought they were going to have huge movie careers. The most realistic of the lot was Lisa Kudrow.
Schwimmer may be better now that he knows he's lucky just to get TV work, much less movies.
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I know David Schwimmer. R19: Please explain further why he supposedly was a 'huge asshole' whole taping "Friends." Schwimmer never thought he would have a huge film career.
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I think Carell is very handsome.
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Brad Pitt probably shouldn't be on this thread, but he did use to say in the 1990s that he wasn't a very good actor, and that he wasn't very smart
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I thought David Schwimmer was interested in stage, not screen? Tell me if Heather Locklear counts, she's been working consistently on TV since the 80's, is not a particularly good actress, and I don't think is known for being a pretentious cunt. I think she's happy doing what she's doing and it made her rich. No stage or feature films for her, right?
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[quote]Most soap actors get it, that they will never do anything except soaps. Some try other things, but they usually fail
I thought a lot of movie actors cut their teeth on soaps.
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Sam Waterston took the train in from CT to NYC everyday reading scripts for L&O. He said he would play Jack McCoy until he couldn't do it anymore or the show was cancelled.
He is a FANTASCTIC actor and realized how lucky he was.
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R25 - FANTASTIC
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