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Actors and Actors Whose Dramatic Talents Were Underrated or Unrecognised

This is meant to be a counter to "What Very Famous Stage or Screen Actor Do You Think is Hideously Overrated" thread.

Mind, not underrated only because of their beauty (that's another thread), but overlooked for A-list stardom whose work that showed they had real talent.

I'll start: Geraldine Fitzgerald

by Anonymousreply 5611 hours ago

Tara Reid.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Thursday at 1:58 PM

Gina Lollobrigida was really good in comedy especially. Check out "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" and some of her other comedies. Her comic timing is excellent.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Thursday at 2:03 PM

Doris Day was actually a quite talented dramatic actress but was overused in light comedies.

Virginia Mayo - another really decent actress but who ended up in too many B-list films as a cheap blonde floozy.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Thursday at 2:08 PM

Mayo was really good in "The Best Years of Our Lives", a Best Picture winner, playing, well, a kind of good-time girl floozy who sours on Dana Andrews when he's having a hard time adjusting after having been a hero bomber pilot during the war. Actually Dana Andrews is pretty terrific in that film, too and should have been nominated for Best Actor alongside its winner, Fredric March.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Thursday at 2:29 PM

R4 - I thought Andrews way more moving in that film than March, although March was good. I think Andrews was generally underrated. That film has 3-4 deeply moving core scenes, and Andrews is in most of them.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Thursday at 2:37 PM

Elizabeth Montgomery

Corinne Marchand

Garry Shandling

Joel McCrea

by Anonymousreply 6Last Thursday at 2:43 PM

Dick Powell

by Anonymousreply 7Last Friday at 11:08 AM

Gloria Grahame

by Anonymousreply 8Last Sunday at 10:58 AM

Jill Haworth.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Sunday at 10:59 AM

Based on another thread, Barbara Stanwyck was a great actress but was never really given the best roles or movies.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Sunday at 11:09 AM

Stanwyck had plenty of great roles. She just wasn't recognized at the Oscars until the end of her life when she got her life achievement Oscar.

Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity, Stella Dallas, The Lady Eve, Meet John Doe, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers... and everything in between.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Sunday at 11:12 AM

I'll echo Elizabeth Montgomery.

Also Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Mary Kay Place.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Sunday at 11:13 AM

R11, the best line from "Ball of Fire" is when Sugarpuss is trying to convince the professors that she's too sick to leave the house by saying that her throat is "as red as the 'Daily Worker' and just as sore." Priceless.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Sunday at 11:16 AM

Honor Blackman.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Sunday at 11:16 AM

Ginger Rogers

by Anonymousreply 15Last Sunday at 11:21 AM

Terri Garr.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Sunday at 12:42 PM

John Cusak - who deserved to lose because he's such a cunt.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Sunday at 1:11 PM

R17 I'm confused. I thought OP was looking for actors who were underrated. I don't understand your comment about John Cusack...?

by Anonymousreply 18Last Sunday at 1:26 PM

R12 Jean Simmons was so good in The Happy Ending. Fine, she was nominated for Best Actress, but it's a completely forgotten film.

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by Anonymousreply 19Last Sunday at 1:30 PM

Elizabeth Montgomery was great as Lizzie Borden.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Sunday at 2:11 PM

Don't you wish Elizabeth Montgomery had gotten to play Rosalind? Or Millemant? Or any of the the women in Importance of Being Earnest? She had such a great ability to turn a line so that you saw what the character wanted to be understood while also showing what the characters wanted to remain hidden.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Sunday at 2:24 PM

R18, John Cusak is a very good actor. He is also a cunt.

Maybe he more properly belongs in one of our "Actors Who Destroyed Their Careers" thread.

Cusak was recognized for a while but has been crushed under the weight of his own cuntiness and people don't think of him anymore.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Sunday at 4:13 PM

I wish Danny Markel had gotten to continue playing Sam Fowler on Another World.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Sunday at 4:27 PM

I will get creamed but I stand by this: Justine Bateman.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Sunday at 4:45 PM

Jack Carson

He could do any kid of role and play it well.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Sunday at 4:52 PM

Robin Williams

by Anonymousreply 26Last Sunday at 4:56 PM

Ashley Judd

by Anonymousreply 27Last Sunday at 4:57 PM

Mandy Patinkin. Seriously—he’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Sunday at 5:07 PM

Joan van Ark

You look at that work she did when Val lost her babies and she became Verna Ellers.

It's a soap but that doesn't mean that the acting's not great.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Sunday at 11:02 PM

Meredith Baxter - she was absolutely terrific in "The Betty Broderick Story"

by Anonymousreply 30Last Monday at 4:42 AM

One of the most beautiful Best Song nominations of all time, though, R19.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Monday at 5:11 AM

R26 I think his dramatic work was plenty celebrated, lol. I didn’t always care for his dramatic work either — he chose way too baity projects a lot of the time.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Monday at 3:29 PM

I should honestly start watching more movies before I participate in these kinds of threads r32 :) everyone corrects me after, I think my sample size must be too small. I thought he was incredible when he played a psycho in that one movie.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Monday at 3:39 PM

R33 One Hour Photo? Yeah. Patch Adams, not so much. He had a tendency toward the maudlin which grew tiresome.

My favorite role of his was The Birdcage, which was of course a comedy but it was reactive comedic acting, not typical manic Robin Williams shtick. He was wonderful in that.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Monday at 3:44 PM

Another vote for Doris Day. Her talent far exceeded what the audiences loved her in. Still, she brought in so much cash... That's what the studios wanted.

Elizabeth Montgomery had talent and charisma/likeability galore, she should have been remembered for many more roles than just one hit TV series. Legendary, no matter. And there's that Twilight Zone episode.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Monday at 3:48 PM

Annette O'Toole

by Anonymousreply 36Last Monday at 3:49 PM

r34, that's exactly what I meant. I saw One hour Photo, but I never saw the other two lol. my new goal is to google before posting in these ones.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Monday at 3:50 PM

Robin Williams gave an amazing performance on an episode of Homicide as a tourist who watched with his children as his mother was killed on the street. It was really an amazing performance. (Jake Gyllenhaal played one of William's children.)

by Anonymousreply 38Last Monday at 7:31 PM

Janis Paige should have been given better material on screen. She started as conventional leading lady in films, had a big hit on Broadway in "Pajama Game" and later on in supporting performances is vibrant as hell in a comedic musical performance in "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire and hilarious in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" with Doris Day and David Niven.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Monday at 9:17 PM

Mia Farrow, (please don't kill me). Yeah, I think in real life there's a good chance she's a sociopath, but off the top of my head I can think of a bunch of performances that were wonderful, Oscar worthy, but she never was nominated:

Rosemary's Baby, See No Evil, Zelig, Alice, Purple Rose of Cairo, and for me especially, Broadway Danny Rose. She absolutely should have been nominated for that. She was also pretty good in the first movie she made after splitting with Woody, Widow's Peak.

I suspect even Dory Previn would have agreed with me. (hee, hee)

by Anonymousreply 40Last Monday at 10:44 PM

Robin Williams could be a great comedic actor when he wasn't maudlin, which was rare, but he was an even better dramatic actor.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Monday at 10:46 PM

Beverlee McKinsey in so many scenes, but notably Alex taking down Roger at the Country Club on the 4th of July 1991.

"You're fired, Roger. Fired from the company. From the marriage. From this club. From the entire town if I can manage it. I'm sure everyone would find the air a little sweeter without the stench of your presence." (Takes a swig of champagne, plops the glass down and without looking at him says as she's walking away) "Goodbye Rog."

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by Anonymousreply 42Last Monday at 11:02 PM

Coleen Gray and Ida Lupino are two of the finest actresses from the Golden Age of Movies.

Lupino gets some recognition for how talented he was, although never enough for me, because she was overshadowed at Warners by Bette Davis. But she's every bit as good as Davis (maybe even better) in her best films, particularly The Hard Way and Road House.

Coleen Gray mostly did Westerns and (especially) noir, but she stands out in almost everything she did, particularly Nightmare Alley, Kiss of Death, red River, Kansas City Confidential, and The Killing. Pauline Kael once said Gray's performances always seemed "freshly thought out," which is pretty accurate--she never seemed as over-rehearsed, as so many Hollywood actors did before The Method. She didn't make a lot of movies, but she's worth seeing in everything she did.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Monday at 11:05 PM

Funny, some of my least favorite Robin Williams performances are the ones he got nominated for: Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet's Atrocity, and yeah, Good Will Hunting. My favorites were Popeye, Moscow on the Hudson, Insomnia, and the little seen World's Greatest Dad. He did WGD as a favor to his buddy, Bobcat Goldthwait, but check it out. It's a little gem!!

by Anonymousreply 44Last Monday at 11:17 PM

Mary Astor. I know she was a star and was given great roles in some of the best films of the "golden years", but she was never accorded the level of status that went to Davis, Crawford, Stanwyck . . . she was never asked to carry a film, despite being a tremendous actress and, in my opinion, the core performance in "The Maltese Falcon" (not Bogart, who was doing Bogart just as everyone else was being "them").

by Anonymousreply 45Yesterday at 4:44 AM

My bf sat me down to watch Mary Poppins for the first time & I was surprised how good Julie Andrews performance was. I thought she would be a fluffy happy clouds / cuddly grandma but she was firm & kinda aloof. So I wonder how Julie would be in a drama. Maybe she has performed in dramas - not up on her.

by Anonymousreply 46Yesterday at 5:01 AM

R41 Robin was an excellent dramatic actor.

Also, I really liked him in Moscow on the Hudson.

by Anonymousreply 47Yesterday at 5:08 AM


by Anonymousreply 48Yesterday at 5:09 AM

R46 - Try "The Americanization of Emily" for a first-class performance from Andrews. She was also excellent in "The Tamarind Seed" and Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain".

The poster asking "WHO'S MARY ASTOR" has clearly not scene "The Maltese Falcon".

by Anonymousreply 4919 hours ago

There are five stages in the life of an actor: WHO'S MARY ASTOR? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor Type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who's Mary Astor?

by Anonymousreply 5019 hours ago

Betty White. She's well loved as a zany comic, but I've been very impressed by some of her more dramatic moments.

by Anonymousreply 5118 hours ago


by Anonymousreply 5218 hours ago

[quote] Tara Reid.

She did a great job as an alleged rape victim of Biden. And her father. And like 12 other women. Oh wait, that's the other Tara.

by Anonymousreply 5318 hours ago

I like Robin Williams as a dramatic actor. He had one of the best guest star appearances on SVU and he was genuinely creepy. I hate his style of comedy though, he's too manic for me.

by Anonymousreply 5418 hours ago

Rose was my favourite on GG. I think I even had a crush on her!

by Anonymousreply 5518 hours ago

Mary Astor apparently really didn't want to carry any film. She liked being supporting or leading lady if she had a strong leading man carrying the film. She was really beautiful and a fine actress, too. There's a documentary about her and her scandal involving her diaries involving her affair with George S. Kaufman that's been streaming, and it's very good.

by Anonymousreply 5611 hours ago
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