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Great Character Actors

Post character actors that amuse, abuse, or refuse you.

I love Leo G. Carroll. He was in the Man from Uncle TV show. Lots of old movies. He had a very distinctive face and voice. Not pretty, but not normal, either. I never heard of his name, but his face is familiar.

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by Anonymousreply 203October 30, 2016 1:47 AM

Ned Sparks delights me at every turn.

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by Anonymousreply 1August 1, 2016 4:27 AM

Billy De Wolfe, Clifton Webb, Jimmy Gleason and Hans Conreid were some of my favorites

by Anonymousreply 2August 1, 2016 4:30 AM

I brake for George Sanders, Henry Daniell, Claude Rains and Laird Cregar.

by Anonymousreply 3August 1, 2016 4:42 AM

Charles Coburn, Charlie Ruggles, Cecil Kellway, William Frawley, Thelma Ritter, Lucile Watson, Margaret Hamilton, to name a few.

by Anonymousreply 4August 1, 2016 4:43 AM

Another vote for Clifton Webb, Thelma Ritter and Charles Coburn

Robert Loggia, Stanley Holloway, Leo J. Cobb, Jack Warden, Burgess Meredith, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Roscoe Lee Browne, Agnes Moorhead, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Delroy Lindo, Paul Winfield.

by Anonymousreply 5August 1, 2016 4:48 AM

Grady Sutton

Edward Everett Horton

E.E. Clive

Una O'Connor

Ward Bond

Alistair Sim

Ernest Thesiger

Joseph Schildkraut

Charlie Ruggles

Dwight Frye

Leon Errol

Cecile Kellaway

Mischa Auer

Franklin Pangborn

Eugene Pallete

Thelma Ritter

Sig Ruman

Ludwig Stossel

Margaret Dumont

Alice Brady

Alan Mowbray

Ian Keith

Percy Kelton

Gavin Gordon

by Anonymousreply 6August 1, 2016 4:52 AM

I have always despised Ned Sparks--he lowers the quality of every film he is in with his bad vaudeville delivery.

I think Meryl is developing into an excellent character actor--at last finding her best category!

by Anonymousreply 7August 1, 2016 4:59 AM

Please stop with the long lists. Instead, name one or a few and say something or post a picture.

by Anonymousreply 8August 1, 2016 5:03 AM

Stephen Root

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by Anonymousreply 9August 1, 2016 5:14 AM

The Celtic guys:

Charles Durning

Paul Dooley (still with us)

Brian Dennehy

Carrol O' Connor

by Anonymousreply 10August 1, 2016 5:16 AM

Whoops, meant "Carroll O'Connor" up there^

by Anonymousreply 11August 1, 2016 5:22 AM

Edna May Oliver was always a hoot.

Charlie Ruggles seemed so comfortable playing his roles.

Beulah Bondi was everyone's Mom.

by Anonymousreply 12August 1, 2016 5:24 AM

Ja, R8, Mein Herr!

by Anonymousreply 13August 1, 2016 5:27 AM

Mary Wickes

Marion Lorne

Alice Pearce

by Anonymousreply 14August 1, 2016 5:28 AM

Don Lake - the age-defying cueball look contributed to his long career. I remember him from the Dream Whip commercials.

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by Anonymousreply 15August 1, 2016 5:35 AM

Current character actors who are always entertaining:

Scoot McNairy

Dale Dickey

John Magaro

by Anonymousreply 16August 1, 2016 5:47 AM

Character Actress Margo Martindale

by Anonymousreply 17August 1, 2016 6:38 AM

Jane Darwell

by Anonymousreply 18August 1, 2016 6:59 AM

Charles Coburn is my very favorite - never better than in "The Lady Eve" and "The More, The Merrier."

It's too bad he was a reactionary racist in real life.

by Anonymousreply 19August 1, 2016 7:07 AM

Robert Newton

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by Anonymousreply 20August 1, 2016 8:14 AM

From the 1930's till his death at 83 in 1949, it seemed like Harry Davenport was in almost everything.

by Anonymousreply 21August 1, 2016 10:55 AM

Dabbs Greer, Actor (312 credits). He was everywhere for decades.

He played the first person saved by Superman in the very first episode of the Adventures of Superman (1952) television series. His last role was in The Green Mile. He shared the starring role with Tom Hanks--Hanks as the younger version, Greer as the much older version--of lead character, Paul Edgecomb. Greer's character narrates throughout the entire film. Dabbs Greer married two of the most well-known couples on television. He played the army chaplain who married Rob and Laura Petrie. Later, he portrayed the minister who married Mike and Carol Brady.

And you're right about Charles Coburn. One of the busiest scene stealers in motion picture history.

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by Anonymousreply 22August 1, 2016 12:13 PM

The late GREAT Warren Oates, especially in Two Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, China 9 Liberty 37, and The Shooting. (And let's not forget Harry Dean Stanton, who just turned 91!)

by Anonymousreply 23August 1, 2016 12:29 PM

How can you forget Coburn in The Devil and Miss Jones?

One of the best comedies nobody knows about. Hilarious send up of both capitalism and workers' rights.

Jean Arthur at her best and that's really saying something.

And then there's Gladys Cooper a holy terror or total pleasure depending on the role.

She never failed to give a commanding compelling performance. How in hell did she never win an Oscar?

by Anonymousreply 24August 1, 2016 1:29 PM

Personally I find the old style of acting and melodrama, the amazing camera work and lighting reach much more expressive and emotional heights in a way the best opera does.

Both of them lost arts.

Just look at the entrance to the ball in Jezebel as Davis and Fonda cross the room.

So little is said yet it is emotionally astounding.

Or Hepburn in Alice Adams.

Nobody but nobody today is that good.

by Anonymousreply 25August 1, 2016 1:51 PM

R25 , what about the pure melodrama of Dancer In The Dark, with Bjork's stunning, largely wordless performance? And the same with Breaking The Waves with Emily Watson. I love and admire those films of yesteryear, too, but there are filmmakers today who were influenced by those very same classics, and have succeeded in recreating certain aspects of them in their own unique pictures.

by Anonymousreply 26August 1, 2016 2:14 PM

Laura Hope Crews- I was just watching "The Flame of New Orleans" with Marlene Dietrich and there is a scene where she offers Marlene (who plays a gold-digging hussy of the first order) advice about the bedroom requirements of the wedding night. Totally hilarious and she completely stole the movie from Marlene during that scene.

by Anonymousreply 27August 1, 2016 2:27 PM

Mary Grace Canfield

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by Anonymousreply 28August 1, 2016 2:30 PM

Wayne Knight

by Anonymousreply 29August 1, 2016 2:35 PM

R23 , you forgot to mention Oates in "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia".

by Anonymousreply 30August 1, 2016 2:46 PM

M. Emmet Walsh.

by Anonymousreply 31August 1, 2016 2:46 PM

Andy Devine

Jack Elam

Mary Wickes

William Demarest

Burgess Meredith

Dabney Coleman

Gladys Cooper

Maria Ouspenskaya

by Anonymousreply 32August 1, 2016 3:33 PM

Reta Shaw - a new DL Fav

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by Anonymousreply 33August 1, 2016 3:38 PM

Another for Gladys Cooper - she was the biggest British pinup in WWI. Gloria Swanson was ours.

by Anonymousreply 34August 1, 2016 3:43 PM

Interestingly though Cooper was considered one of the most beautiful women of her era in England she seems to have had absolutely no vanity about growing older and playing character roles.

She seems to have been playing mothers pretty early on and if she had any plastic surgery done it was very discreet.

She was a confident middle aged and old woman.

Very matter of fact and accepting of what life brings.

Redgrave is similar. Absolutely gorgeous in Camelot and Blow Up and not worried about her aging face.

by Anonymousreply 35August 1, 2016 4:05 PM

Love you r17, came here to type the exact same post.

by Anonymousreply 36August 1, 2016 4:21 PM

Judith Lowry

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by Anonymousreply 37August 1, 2016 4:28 PM

Gary Oldman

by Anonymousreply 38August 1, 2016 4:29 PM

Una Merkel

by Anonymousreply 39August 1, 2016 6:01 PM

Kathleen Freeman

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by Anonymousreply 40August 1, 2016 6:16 PM

R34 Betty Grable was America's pin up girl in WWII, not Gloria Swanson.

by Anonymousreply 41August 1, 2016 6:19 PM

Beth Grant

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by Anonymousreply 42August 1, 2016 6:23 PM

r41 They said WWI not WWII I checked and Swanson was one of several WWI pin-ups.

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by Anonymousreply 43August 1, 2016 6:23 PM

Über-creepy "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" mainstay Robert Emhardt.

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by Anonymousreply 44August 1, 2016 6:43 PM

[quote]Dabbs Greer, Actor (312 credits). He was everywhere for decades.

aka Rev. Alden on Little House on the Prairie

by Anonymousreply 45August 1, 2016 6:57 PM

Virginia Gregg was in dozens of episodes of Dragnet, usually sporting cat's-eye glasses and being bitchy.

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by Anonymousreply 46August 1, 2016 6:57 PM

R43, you're right, R34 did say WWI. Mea culpa

by Anonymousreply 47August 1, 2016 7:03 PM

Milton Parsons.

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by Anonymousreply 48August 1, 2016 8:22 PM

Lois Smith is wonderful.

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by Anonymousreply 49August 1, 2016 8:33 PM

Frank Nelson

If you look at the cast list of I Love Lucy, they used practically every character actor that wasn't under contract to one of the major movie studios. They were like The Love Boat of the 1950s.

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by Anonymousreply 51August 1, 2016 9:01 PM

Carole Shelley is brilliant in everything.

by Anonymousreply 52August 1, 2016 9:20 PM

Charles Bickford

by Anonymousreply 53August 1, 2016 9:48 PM

My favorite current character actor is Michael Stuhlbarg.

Many people know him from playing the Jewish gangster, Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire, but he had the lead role in the Cohen Brother's "A Serious Man" which is a wonderful dark comedy.

He was the lecherous dentist in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," René Tabard in "Hugo," Edward G. Robinson in "Trumbo," Andy Hertzfeld in "Jobs," Lew Wasserman in "Hitchcock," Bobby Fisher's agent in "Pawn Sacrifice."

He has "The Shape of Water," "Doctor Strange," "Miss Sloane," and DL's favorite upcoming movie "Call Me By Your Name," playing the father.

He is the nicest guy in the world, and well as a superb actor who disappears into his character, and he works with amazing directors.

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by Anonymousreply 54August 1, 2016 9:49 PM

Samuel S. Hinds

by Anonymousreply 55August 1, 2016 10:43 PM

I know this is vague, but can anyone name the rubber-faced actor that was in everything in the 1970s? I just saw him in a 1970s move this weekend but neglected to note it. He also had an unusual voice, possibly faux-British.. Possibly appeared in the "Love Boat" and "Love, American Style". Maybe someone was watching AMC this weekend, too.

by Anonymousreply 56August 1, 2016 11:19 PM

Not AMC, I mean TMC. The schedule from Saturday isn't available to me anymore.

by Anonymousreply 57August 1, 2016 11:25 PM

Ahhh, I mean TCM. The guy probably was on Columbo, too.

by Anonymousreply 58August 1, 2016 11:29 PM

Do you mean John McGiver, R56

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by Anonymousreply 59August 2, 2016 12:07 AM

Mary Kay Place

by Anonymousreply 60August 2, 2016 12:20 AM

No, R59, but thank you for playing!

John McGiver is a good one, though.

by Anonymousreply 61August 2, 2016 12:36 AM

Patsy Kelly

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by Anonymousreply 62August 2, 2016 3:33 PM

R31 drop your pants please Mr. Babaar.

LOVED Charles Durning.

Caroline Aaron - always a riot, was in a couple of Woody Allen movies.

by Anonymousreply 63August 2, 2016 4:03 PM

David Morse, 6 ft. 4 in., works all the time. He's in everything. Started in the TV show "St. Elsewhere". I believe he had a speaking part in "Hunt for Red October", but it was uncredited. He probably makes more than most A List actors, but doesn't need to bother with body guards and paparazzi. It's priceless to be able to go to the supermarket without having to do your hair, or be mobbed. Aside from his unusual height, he's otherwise a regular guy that just fits in everywhere. When young, he was handsome, but not too handsome. He's my favorite for working actors, because he is so down-low.

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by Anonymousreply 64August 2, 2016 11:12 PM

I'm watching my second James Mason movie in a week. This is Boys in the Band. The first was Forever, Darling (1956) with Lucy & Desi. I may watch Mandingo next.

by Anonymousreply 65August 4, 2016 12:49 AM

That's nice, R65. I like James Mason too. But he was not a character actor.

by Anonymousreply 66August 4, 2016 2:25 AM

Oh, not The Boys in the Band! I meant The Boys from Brazil! If I used the wrong homophobe DL would be all over it, or God forbid, the word "irregardless". Please don't flame me for calling it a word.

R65, James Mason wasn't a leading man, so what was he then?

by Anonymousreply 67August 5, 2016 3:55 AM

Mason was often a leading man, especially when he was young.

If you check his IMDB listing, you'll see he is very often the top billed male star - although often playing villains.

by Anonymousreply 68August 5, 2016 5:38 AM

Judith Lowry talks about her gay uncle

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by Anonymousreply 69August 5, 2016 5:59 AM

Jean Smart is great in everything

by Anonymousreply 70August 5, 2016 7:06 AM

R65 , I agree with you; James Mason was such a great actor. I always liked his style. But he most certainly was a leading man; Odd Man Out, Bigger Than Life, A Star Is Born (with Judy Garland), and Lolita, to name only a handful. He played occasional supporting parts (Georgy Girl, Julius Caesar and North By Northwest) but he just can't be described as a character actor.

by Anonymousreply 71August 5, 2016 12:14 PM

Does Dan Duryea count? He was in the film version of The Little Foxes, and, most memorably, in the films noir Scarlet Street and The Woman In the Window where he flaunted a sinister sexual allure.

by Anonymousreply 72August 8, 2016 2:31 PM

He counts, R72!

by Anonymousreply 73August 8, 2016 8:23 PM

Philip Baker Hall! "Who?", you ask? Wel, I'm sure you'll recognize the photo, if not the name. He was in Magnolia, Argo, Zodiac, The Sum of All Fears, and a million other movies and TV shoes. He has a distinctive presence.

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by Anonymousreply 74August 8, 2016 8:29 PM

RIP character actor David Huddleston, who died last week. He was memorable in "Blazing Saddles" and "The Big Lebowski," among dozens of other films and TV shows.

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by Anonymousreply 75August 8, 2016 11:04 PM

If Lucille Benson isn't a DL fave, she should be...love her!

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by Anonymousreply 76August 8, 2016 11:29 PM

The criminally-underrated Marlene Warfield, who stole every scene she ever appeared in:

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by Anonymousreply 77August 8, 2016 11:36 PM

Marlene again--remember: don't fuck with her distribution costs!

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by Anonymousreply 78August 8, 2016 11:37 PM

R76, I actually had a tractor-trucker try to run me off the road on a stretch of I95 in Wyoming, RI, just like in the movie. It was decades ago, before the CT casinos, when the road was deserted at night. The truck was likewise unmarked. He hit his breaks to kick-up gravel into my car behind him, and he pulled to the right, when I was on his right, when we were crossing a bridge. There was a concrete divider on my right, and over that was a revine. I was lucky he didn't kill me.

It was the strangest case of road rage I have ever experienced, and I have no idea what, if anything, set him off.

by Anonymousreply 79August 8, 2016 11:41 PM

Arthur Kennedy, Claude Raines

by Anonymousreply 80August 8, 2016 11:43 PM

R77 & R78, what years were those films? Marlene Warfield is news to me.

by Anonymousreply 81August 8, 2016 11:48 PM

r81, "The Great White Hope" (r77) -- 1970

"Network" (r78) -- 1976

by Anonymousreply 82August 8, 2016 11:55 PM

R77 r78 not to be confused with Marsha Warfield.

by Anonymousreply 83August 9, 2016 4:21 AM

Another vote for Claude Rains. I would pay to listen to him read the phone book.

by Anonymousreply 84August 9, 2016 5:33 AM

A restored version of Robert Altman's masterpiece (one of them, anyway), McCabe And Mrs. Miller, is released today on DVD & BluRay. The movie features a slew of character actors from that time period, including John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Shelley Duvall and Rene Auberjonois.

by Anonymousreply 85August 9, 2016 3:16 PM

Good God, r85, you mentioned Shelley! What's this world coming to?

by Anonymousreply 86August 9, 2016 7:50 PM

John McIntire. Lee J Cobb and half the cast of 12 Angry Men.

by Anonymousreply 87August 9, 2016 11:44 PM

Strother Martin played numerous character parts throughout his career, but was at his most iconic in Cool Hand Luke and The Wild Bunch.

by Anonymousreply 88August 10, 2016 3:20 PM

Michael Emmerson,

He was really the best thing about LOST.

by Anonymousreply 89August 10, 2016 3:48 PM

Mmmm skyscraper i love you...

by Anonymousreply 90August 10, 2016 5:13 PM

Lionel Stander, in movies & television from the early '30s till '94. Outstanding in Polanski's black comedy Cul-de-sac from 1966.

by Anonymousreply 91August 10, 2016 6:52 PM

Scarfaced George Macready. Who was imitated by Lenny Bruce. Which is how awesome he was.

by Anonymousreply 92August 10, 2016 7:00 PM

Wise-cracking, no-nonsense Jewish character actor Charles Lane. Lived to be 102. 364 movie credits from 1930-1995.

by Anonymousreply 93August 10, 2016 7:05 PM

Alan Hale

Allen Jenkins

Guy Kibbee

Aline McMahon

Elizabeth Patterson

Ruth Donnelly

Frank McHugh

Richard Farnsworth. Love his oddly high and cracked voice. It really gets to me when he calls Sissy Spacek "Rose, darlin' " in "The Straight Story".

And still another vote for Charles Coburn. His comedy skills have already been noted so I'll recommend sinister/creepy Coburn in "Kings Row' and "In This Our Life".

And Warren Oates is sexy in "Dillinger".

by Anonymousreply 94August 10, 2016 8:11 PM

R94 , Oates is sexy in everything. Hey, Jude?

by Anonymousreply 95August 11, 2016 7:32 AM

r94 is a Warner Brothers/Busby Berkeley fan.

by Anonymousreply 96August 11, 2016 3:02 PM

Rags Ragland

by Anonymousreply 97August 11, 2016 3:27 PM

R96 is correct!

by Anonymousreply 98August 11, 2016 3:52 PM

Florence Bates

by Anonymousreply 99August 11, 2016 4:05 PM

Ruth McDevitt

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by Anonymousreply 100August 11, 2016 4:12 PM

Burt Mustin

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Conniving lesbian Mrs. Danvers in REBECCA

LAURA'S bitchy aunt

An old Indian woman in A MAN CALLED HORSE

Big Mama Pollitt in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Regardless of the part, she excelled !

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by Anonymousreply 102August 11, 2016 5:01 PM

Ruth McDevitt and Burt Rustin were fixtures on sixties and seventies television! They must have been the go-to performers for "guest star Old Woman/Old Man"!

Thanks, r101!

by Anonymousreply 103August 11, 2016 5:02 PM


BRANDON played Cliff Sutton in the Crawford film SUDDEN FEAR

The Indian chief Scar in THE SEARCHERS

Mame's old friend and Patrick's school teacher Acacius Page in AUNTIE MAME

He excelled at playing heavies: Nazis, henchmen, brutal Indians. In real life, the refined MR. BRANDON was the longtime lover of Judy Garland's onetime husband MARK HERRON.

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by Anonymousreply 104August 11, 2016 5:06 PM


another who never gave anything less than stellar performances whether playing a high society murderous in DARK PASSAGE

Charlotte's longtime housekeeper Velma in HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE

Endora on tv's BETWITCHED

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by Anonymousreply 105August 11, 2016 5:10 PM

IMO, one of the best in these times is TILDA SWINTON

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by Anonymousreply 106August 11, 2016 5:11 PM

Tilda really is one of our finest. Beth Grant and Dale Dickey deserve love, too. How about Allison Janney? Sure, she's the lead on a sitcom right now, but she's made a career out of stealing scenes in smaller roles.

by Anonymousreply 107August 11, 2016 7:20 PM

M Emmet Walsh.

by Anonymousreply 108August 11, 2016 8:34 PM

I love this thread! Delroy Lindo is criminally underrated, he is outstanding in everything he does. I love Beth Grant. What about James Rebhorn- he was everywhere.

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by Anonymousreply 109August 11, 2016 11:05 PM

I loved many of the guest stars on the classic show Route 66. Remember the beautiful Lois Nettleton? She had a very long career.

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by Anonymousreply 110August 11, 2016 11:10 PM

R110 yeah of course she hit on me. Many, many times.

by Anonymousreply 111August 11, 2016 11:32 PM

Stephen Tobolowsky.

He played the annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day.

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by Anonymousreply 112August 12, 2016 12:00 AM

R112 He also played SANDY Ryerson on "Glee."

by Anonymousreply 113August 12, 2016 1:15 AM

Edward Everett Horton

In a ton of movies from the 20's to the 70's.

Narrator of Fractured Fairy Tales from the Rocky & Bullwinkle show.

Played Chief Screaming Chicken on Batman in 1966.

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by Anonymousreply 114August 12, 2016 1:55 AM

Geoffrey Lewis, a Clint-Eastwood-film regular; Juliette Lewis's father

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by Anonymousreply 115August 12, 2016 2:42 AM

Donald Trump, best actor ever!

by Anonymousreply 116August 12, 2016 2:56 AM

Richard Deacon - he was in "Bewitched" and in "The Birds", appeared as Mitch's neighbor, who wasn't able to take the lovebirds over the weekend. :)

Robert Keith - Susan Hayward's father in "My Foolish Heart"

Herb Edelman - Murray in "The Odd Couple", my favorite of his roles

by Anonymousreply 117August 12, 2016 3:20 AM

Ron Cook. He's a total scene stealer even without speaking. I made myself sit through most of Mr. Selfridge because he's so much fun to watch.

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by Anonymousreply 118August 12, 2016 3:55 AM

Edie McClurg.

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by Anonymousreply 119August 12, 2016 4:08 AM

Just saw 'The Dark Horse' starring Cliff Curtis as the lead. He gave such an astounding performance - one of the best performances I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 120August 12, 2016 4:12 AM

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by Anonymousreply 121August 12, 2016 4:13 AM

One thing that hasn't been pointed out on this thread is that many of the actors talked about had both the talent and the interest to move seamlessly between lead and character parts, especially between media. For example, Dame Edith Evans had a brilliant stage career in a variety of leading and character roles but is mainly remembered today for her character roles in films such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Tom Jones (Stand and deliver? Stand and DELIVER??? I am no traveling MIDWIFE, SIRRAH!). Nathan Lane is another example of an actor considered a leading player onstage but more widely known for his character performances in film and TV. Brian Dennehy is mentioned above as a character actor but I would him generally consider a leading player over the course of his career who has done important character turns, such as the TV role he did on SVU.

A wealth of film character actresses:

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by Anonymousreply 122August 12, 2016 5:01 AM

I nominate Glennie. She was terrific in that movie with the President's hijacked plane, and as that Stepford wife, and that superhero movie several years ago. Just terrific.

by Anonymousreply 123August 12, 2016 5:18 AM

All actors are portraying characters

by Anonymousreply 124August 12, 2016 5:19 AM

Geraldine Page - The Trip to Bountiful, Interiors Shirley Booth - The Glass Menagerie, The Matchmaker, Come Back Little Sheba Basil Rathbone - David Copperfield

by Anonymousreply 125August 12, 2016 6:36 AM

Jagger, Bowie & Dylan in Performance, The Man Who Fell To Earth and Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid, respectively.

by Anonymousreply 126August 12, 2016 10:36 AM

Daniel Day-Lewis's left foot, in that foot movie.

by Anonymousreply 127August 12, 2016 3:14 PM

R117 excuse me?

by Anonymousreply 128August 12, 2016 5:29 PM

R128 , isn't that the one where Daniel walks around in a zig-zag sort-of-way, and enjoys washing and fetishisising the feet of other's and then

oh forget it

by Anonymousreply 129August 12, 2016 6:07 PM

Geraldine Chaplin.

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by Anonymousreply 130August 12, 2016 6:38 PM

R130 , she looks just like her father, bless her heart.

by Anonymousreply 131August 12, 2016 7:07 PM

Nancy Kulp

a great character actress years before she became "Miss Jane."

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by Anonymousreply 132August 13, 2016 4:19 PM

One of my all time favorite films is "The Palm Beach Story" written and directed by the great Preston Sturges in 1942. In all his films he used a "stock company" of brilliant character actors, the most famous of whom might be William Demarest, but my favorite in that film was the great Robert Dudley who played a loveable curmudgeonly rich man called "The Wienie King."

Here is the Wienie King's best line (one of Sturges' best IMO): " 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 disintegration and grow more lovely with the passing years. Heh! That's hard to say with false teeth!"

I rarely if ever see films more than once, and I've seen "Palm Beach Story" 6 times. It's one of the fastest and funniest screwball comedies ever made, and if you've never seen it, I hope you'll thank me for the tip. Starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea (at his most handsome).

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by Anonymousreply 133August 13, 2016 5:26 PM

Has everyone forgotten Majorie Main?

by Anonymousreply 134August 13, 2016 5:34 PM

See if this link works better.

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by Anonymousreply 135August 13, 2016 5:35 PM

R1333, some of my friends and I always call each other up our birthdays and quote The Wienie King!

Also I love his line "You have a beautiful clear voice like a bell. If I was married to you, I'd hear everything you said, almost.

by Anonymousreply 136August 13, 2016 5:36 PM

Strother Martin

John Turturro

Slim Pickens - so hilarious in DR STRANGELOVE and BLAZING SADDLES

and the late great Madeline Kahn

by Anonymousreply 137August 13, 2016 5:44 PM

I checked the list,how could you Movies Queens forget Jack Carson,Mary Astor and Miriam Hopkins.

by Anonymousreply 138August 13, 2016 6:07 PM

I was NOT a fuckin' "character actor," you pansies! I was always a stah! Even though Willy Wyler would be the only director to respect my stature after all those fool directors said I was wawshed up.

by Anonymousreply 139August 13, 2016 6:36 PM

Mary Astor was also a star R138.

by Anonymousreply 140August 14, 2016 12:05 AM

r139 How many hours do they allow you for daily recreation dear? Tell the night nurse it's time for bed-a-bye.

by Anonymousreply 141August 14, 2016 12:12 AM

Forget it, r130, Geraldine Chaplin was the prissiest actress of all.

by Anonymousreply 142August 14, 2016 12:17 AM

Ann Dowd, Paula Malcomson

by Anonymousreply 143August 14, 2016 12:23 AM

r5, I love Robert Loggia! He began as a star, though, in the TV series "T. H.E. Cat."

by Anonymousreply 144August 14, 2016 12:32 AM

One of my faves is John Williams, the police inspector in "Dial 'M' For Murder."

by Anonymousreply 145August 14, 2016 12:35 AM

r34, I just Googled Gladys Cooper. She was BEAUTIFUL!

by Anonymousreply 146August 14, 2016 12:39 AM

Greg Kinnear

by Anonymousreply 147August 14, 2016 1:02 AM

John Fiedler (has to leave the poker game early in "The Odd Couple").

Conchata Farrell (owner, "Mystic Pizza").

Hans Conried (Danny Thomas's "Uncle Tonoose").

Alex Rocco ("Moe Green").

Lee Van Cleef.

by Anonymousreply 148August 14, 2016 1:02 AM

LOVE Jack Carson.

Thelma Ritter

Eve Arden

Mary Boland

Arthur O'Connell

by Anonymousreply 149August 14, 2016 1:42 AM

I must agree, [R132].

And she kicked ass as Miss Jane ... in an impeccably stylish manner, of course!

by Anonymousreply 150August 14, 2016 2:18 AM


STROTHER MARTIN was a favorite of PAUL NEWMAN'S and he got him roles in some of his pictures.

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by Anonymousreply 151August 14, 2016 3:17 AM

Has anyone mentioned Jack Elam, so memorable in the opening sequence of "Once Upon a Time in the West"? Remember when the fly lands on his face in huge close-up? What a face too!

by Anonymousreply 152August 14, 2016 5:53 AM

r148 Another Conchata Farrell fan? Check out her one appearance on the TV series, "Frank's Place." She plays an oh-so-sweet to your face but tough-as-nails lawyer, determined to get a good settlement for a faithful family retainer(Beah Richards, another fine character actress) who was injured in the titular restaurant. Ms Farrell goes full bore, and I mean FULL DL BORE, on the lawyer representing Frank. The video is on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 153August 14, 2016 6:17 PM

Kevin Corrigan, since at least 1990.

by Anonymousreply 154August 14, 2016 9:44 PM

S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall

by Anonymousreply 155August 15, 2016 5:28 AM

Do you know what S.Z. stands for?

by Anonymousreply 156August 15, 2016 5:37 AM

Dub Taylor

by Anonymousreply 157August 15, 2016 5:51 AM

Here ya go r156: Szőke Szakáll was born Gerő Jenő in Budapest, Hungary, to a Jewish family. During his schooldays, he wrote sketches for Budapest vaudeville shows under the pen name Szőke Szakáll meaning "blond beard" in reference to his own beard, grown to make him look older, which he affected when, at the age of 18, he turned to acting.

by Anonymousreply 158August 15, 2016 1:37 PM

R158 , wow thanks, never crossed paths with the guy but will check him out further (it was so late last night and I didn't have a chance to research him at the time).

by Anonymousreply 159August 15, 2016 2:20 PM


by Anonymousreply 160August 15, 2016 7:00 PM

More love for "Cuddles" Sakall! He was wonderful as Barbara Stanwyck's Uncle Felix in CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT, as well as many other movies.

BEWITCHED had a treasure trove of great character actors from stage and screen.

by Anonymousreply 161August 15, 2016 8:19 PM

SZ "Cuddles" Sakall and some other actor.

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by Anonymousreply 162August 16, 2016 1:11 AM

I love that bit from "Thank Your Lucky Stars'! Actually, I love the whole movie!

Bogart was supposed to do the number with Ida Lupino and Olivia deHavilland that George Tobias did. Can you imagine?!

by Anonymousreply 163August 16, 2016 1:19 AM

It's great seeing Bogart doing a bit of comedy. He looks so skinny though.

by Anonymousreply 164August 16, 2016 5:09 AM

C.C.H. Pounder

by Anonymousreply 165August 16, 2016 6:58 AM

I recognize Sakall after all yea and Bogie was always rather skinny but I like Thank Your Lucky Stars too as well as Best The Devil and I'll always remember my brother showing me a favorite movie of his, Bagdad Cafe, featuring C.C.H.Pounder in one of her best film roles

by Anonymousreply 166August 16, 2016 10:14 AM

^ Beat The Devil, as though you didn't know. Damn word-spell function on this thing always undermining my thoughts

by Anonymousreply 167August 16, 2016 10:18 AM

Vito Scotti. He appeared multiple times in just about every TV sitcom in the 1960s and 1970s. It was nice to see him in the beginning of "The Godfather" not doing a heavy Italian accent.

Elisha Cook, Jr. Loved to see him show up in anything. His career was so long, from "The Maltese Falcon" to "Rosemary's Baby".

by Anonymousreply 168August 16, 2016 10:26 AM

you're the first to mention those two guys on this thread, how could we all have participated in such an oversight, especially Cook Jr.

by Anonymousreply 169August 16, 2016 10:41 AM

Well, let us give some credit to M.

At age 87, she still tries to impress.

by Anonymousreply 170August 16, 2016 4:34 PM

Here's a second vote for Elisha Cook - especially in "Rosemary's Baby."

That movie was chock-a-block full of great character actors.

(Once you've seen Hope Summers shout "Hail Satan" you have seen everything.)

by Anonymousreply 171August 17, 2016 4:39 AM

I liked Hope Summers as Hattie the storekeeper on the first season of "The Rifleman". I wish that character had stayed on.

by Anonymousreply 172August 17, 2016 4:45 AM

The portly, gravel voiced Eugene Pallette.

by Anonymousreply 173August 17, 2016 4:52 AM

Paul Giamatti. I fcking love that guy. Especially in Sideways. Never gotten extremely famous. So underrated. And hope he stays that way

by Anonymousreply 174August 17, 2016 5:31 AM

R171 , actually yours would be the 3rd acknowledgement of Cook, but Hope Summers is a first so you win the cherry Pop Tarts with icing & sprinkles on them

R173 , yes!

by Anonymousreply 175August 17, 2016 10:44 AM

Come, come, r174, Giamatti would have gotten nowhere if his dad hadn't been President of Yale.

by Anonymousreply 176August 17, 2016 7:43 PM

R174 , he's probably not well known because of his fans who "hope he stays... underrated". Actually though he's pretty well known and seems to pop up in everything nowadays. I'm definitely not a fan, but I liked him in his small parts in Cosmopolis & Staight Outta Compton.

by Anonymousreply 177August 17, 2016 8:00 PM

Elisha Cook, Jr. was wonderful in the Vincent Price HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL!

Robert Strauss was on tv in the sixties, and was great fun in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.

by Anonymousreply 178August 18, 2016 2:37 AM

Jonathan Tucker. I just watched The Virgin Suicides. He was also in Sleepers. He was in a lot of movies as a kid. I bet he's worth a lot.

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by Anonymousreply 179August 20, 2016 5:24 PM

Alfre Woodard. What ever happened to her? She was big in the 19990s.

by Anonymousreply 180August 20, 2016 5:39 PM

Mark Ruffalo. I'm watching him in "Now you see me." Be was also in Zodiac. Plays a similar cop in both.

by Anonymousreply 181August 21, 2016 3:24 AM

Mildred Natwick - Barefoot in the Park, The Snoop Sisters, Tammy, The Trouble with Harry.

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by Anonymousreply 182August 26, 2016 4:38 PM

Liz Torres.

She has worked steadily on television for nearly five decades.

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by Anonymousreply 183August 27, 2016 6:02 PM

R182 Mildred Natwick was the very best thing about "Barefoot in the Park".

When she was on the screen, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford disappeared.

And her scenes with another old pro, Charles Boyer, are wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 184August 27, 2016 6:43 PM

r184 Let us not forget her role in "The Court Jester." Along with DL fave(har-dee-har-har) Danny Kaye, actual DL fave Angela Lansbury and the wonderful Glynnis Johns.

"The vessel with the pestle, has the brew that is true."

by Anonymousreply 185August 27, 2016 10:56 PM

Phillip Seymore Hoffman

by Anonymousreply 186August 27, 2016 11:12 PM

Alice Ghostly. Gloria Grahame. Beth Grant. Tess Harper.

by Anonymousreply 187August 30, 2016 3:46 PM

Try this from "The Court Jester" as a seduction technique.

"Tail of lizard, ear of swine,

Chicken gizzard soaked in brine.

Now your eyes with mine entwine,

Your will is broken.

Thou art mine!"

by Anonymousreply 188August 30, 2016 3:55 PM

William Demarest

by Anonymousreply 189August 30, 2016 5:29 PM

Andy Devine

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by Anonymousreply 190August 30, 2016 7:38 PM

Dean Jagger

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by Anonymousreply 191August 30, 2016 7:40 PM

Donald Moffat. He was in "Bonfire of the Vanities" and a million other things, though it looks like his last gig was 2005. He's 85 this year.

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by Anonymousreply 192October 7, 2016 11:33 PM

Ben Foster, born 1980! Ouch!

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by Anonymousreply 193October 29, 2016 10:20 PM

Gary Cole

Peter Weller

by Anonymousreply 194October 29, 2016 10:49 PM

Florence Bates--unforgettable as the repulsive American snob Mrs. Van Hopper, getting her every last's cent's worth out of Monte Carlo, in REBECCA.

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by Anonymousreply 195October 29, 2016 11:21 PM

Patricia Collinge, who gave two unforgettable performances in the early 1940s: as the lonely, abused, nervous alcoholic Birdy in THE LITTLE FOXES, and (pictured) as the chatty, silly, adoring Emma Newton in SHADOW OF A DOUBT.

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by Anonymousreply 196October 29, 2016 11:23 PM

Alfred Hitchcock's daughter Pat was a fine character actress. She's in three of his films, with a sizeable (but unmemorable) role as the theatre student in STAGE FRIGHT, and two much more fun turns in smaller parts, as the co-worker of Janet Leigh in PSYCHO who likes to talk about her relations with her husband Teddy, and (pictured) as Ruth Roman's spunky sister Babs in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN who discovers in pursuing the mystery she's bitten off more than she can chew.

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by Anonymousreply 197October 29, 2016 11:27 PM

MARY ASTOR, bitches!!!!!

How could anyone mention The Palm Beach Story and leave her name out, r133?

Whether playing The Bitch (as in TPBS), The Ingenue (the original Mogambo), The Dame (The Maltese Falcon) , The Perfect Mother (Meet Me in St. Louis) or the Elderly Grande Dame (Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte), Astor weas never less than brilliant and compelling.

by Anonymousreply 198October 29, 2016 11:52 PM

What was the name of that wonderful character actor who was all over 1950s TV, usually playing prissy types like Ricky's boss on ILL who attends the séance at the Ricardos home to speak to his dead wife via Madame Mertzola?

by Anonymousreply 199October 29, 2016 11:54 PM

He's best known as Abner Kravitz on Betwitched but George Tobias was in a shitload of stuff.

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by Anonymousreply 200October 30, 2016 12:11 AM

Jay Novello, r199.

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by Anonymousreply 201October 30, 2016 12:14 AM

Florida Friebus (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Bob Newhart Show, Phyllis,) Richard Deacon (Leave It To Beaver, Dick Van Dyke Show,) Ted Knight (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Too Close For Comfort,) Eve Arden (Our Miss Brooks, Grease,) Shirley Booth (Hazel,) Betty White (no need to list.)

Leo G Carroll was featured in the very popular 1950s tv show Topper.

Many of those I've listed had strong stage and film careers prior to their migration to television in the 50s-60s. They had some memorable bit parts in films too. Richard Deacon was briefly featured in an early scene in The Birds. It's always unsettling to see Ted Knight in a non-comedic role as the police guard in the final scenes of Psycho, given his memorable tv career as a comedic character.

by Anonymousreply 202October 30, 2016 12:43 AM

I know what you mean about Ted Knight, r202.

I remember seeing KLUTE when it first opened. In a tense scene towards the end of the film Jean Stapleton made a brief appearance in a small insignificant role, but she had just started playing Edith Bunker and the audience of KLUTE went wild with amusement hearing her voice and recognizing her.

Though mostly known as a theater actress, Stapleton had appeared in small roles in dozens of NY based films and TV shows before she finally became familiar to millions on All in the Family.

by Anonymousreply 203October 30, 2016 1:47 AM
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