Let's Name Them
Forgotten or Obscure Character Actors and Actresses.
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Dame Flora Robson.
Hymie Warner wanted her on a 7 year contract. She refused.
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Something like that. Very minor.
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Florence Bates an absolute scene stealer.
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Have no idea why that was the first person to pop into my head, but there you go.
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R5 I always repeat Richard's line in "All of Me".
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I'm the Burmese man you've never heard of who played 34 ethnicities in his 39 year career.
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Wendie Jo Sperber
She was always so funny but, sadly, died young.
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Blanche Yurka, another scene-stealer. She often played women who were not to be fucked with, most notably Madame DeFarge in "A Tale of Two Cities" and Jennifer Jones' Aunt Bernard in "The Song of Bernadette"
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Blanche Yurka changed her name from Blanch Jurka.
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Thelma, THE Thelma.
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O-Lan Jones - Very obscure but I always liked her
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Vincent Schiavelli - one of the ugliest actors in movies or TV.
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Mary Alice -- I was just thinking about her today. Always so good in everything she does.
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Eldergay extraordinaire John Hoyt
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The inimitable Vera Hruba Ralston.
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Edna Mae Oliver
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I loved Henry Daniel. And so did George Cukor!
He was just on the weird side of handsome in the 30s but still appearing up to the 1960s.
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George Macready. Had a really cool speaking voice and usually played villains. Had some vaguely homoerotic chemistry with Glenn Ford in Gilda.
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I like Margaret Vyner.
Cole Porter mentions her; she made a few satisfactory movies before marrying Hugh Williams.
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Robert Coote. Played Pickering in My Fair Lady on Broadway
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Elvia Allman. She played the chocolate line supervisor on the I Love Lucy episode. She was also played Elverna Bradshaw on Beverly Hillbillies. She was a staple of sitcoms and movies through the 50-60s.
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"Madame Satan" herself -- no, not that one; not that one, either. I'm talking about Kay Johnson, who happens to be the mother of not-so-forgotten character actor James Cromwell.
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This Yank from New York City chooses Joyce Grenfell, so delightfully droll....Kaye Ballard used to imitate her on "The Mothers-in-Law".
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Lucy Lee Flippin
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But it is hard to say an actor is obscure here at DL.
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Anita Louise -- so lovely as Titania in the Max Reinhardt 'A Midsummer Night's Dream".
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Did she play Doris Finsecker in Fame?
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I liked Sammi Davis on Homefront
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r21, my first thought was Edna May Oliver! (and yes, I spelled her middle name wrong too when I looked up pictures of her online)
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Edna May with La Crawford in I Live My Life (I think?)
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R7, ME TOO! Also, “too much couscous”.
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Dudley Dickerson — brilliant reaction and comic timing. Please don’t cancel him.
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Edward Andrews. Perfection as the creepy, quirky old guy.
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Always playing a different character, ugly girl, ugly woman, bad actress, lesbian.....
Here is a candid, at home shot of Ms. Davis away from the camera looking glamorous.
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Edward Andrews was so hateable as the disapproving dad in Tea and Sympathy
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Tracey Walter - I'm not sure how obscure he is since he's been in so much but he's one of those faces I always recognize but can never remember his name. Always a good performer.
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Charlotte Greenwood and her high kicks.
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Maria Ouspenskaya, pictured with Lon Chaney Jr., best known as the gypsy woman in The Wolf Man (1941).
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E. Katherine Kerr
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Jean Muir -- more of a leading lady, quite lovely in Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as Helena, unfortunately she was blacklisted in McCarthy period. Very good actress, too.
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Rafaela Ottiano From The Devil Doll was an interesting presence. I sometimes don’t recognize her until seeing a film’s credits.
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Noel Francis played a few attractive schemers in precode dramatic comedies like Blonde Crazy. And Polly Walters played “broads” and gossips well in precode films, too (also in Blonde Crazy, slapping Joan Blondell and calling her a “dirty little tramp”.
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Kathleen Howard was excellent as the prim housekeeper Miss Bragg in the film Ball of Fire with Gary Copper and Barbara Stanwyck. Miss Bragg tells Stanwyck’s character “we’ll have this room fumigated when your out of it!”. She also played WC Field’s scolding, shrewish wife. She was great. When she is discovered hiding out in Ball of Fire, Stanwyck’s character punches Miss Bragg in the face and knocks her out cold to prevent her from blowing her cover by screaming (“a piercing scream!”). Howard’s character is very prim and indignant and she is repulsed by Stanwyck’s gangster’s moll. So good!
Also, Jody Gilbert, who plays The gruff waitress in a famous Diner scene with WC Fields, had a surprising number of character parts. I loved her reading of the line “you’re about as funny as a cry for help” in The movie Never Give a Sucker and Even Break.
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Marjorie Bennett - In "Baby Jane" played Victor Buono's mother.
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DebraLee Scott, the 70’s who is that girl?
Just learned she died quite young.
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I just saw an old episode of Super Password with DebraLee Scott and Wesley Eure as the celebrity guests. Eure was queening out and DebraLee was just a fabulous fag hag. I bet she would have been a blast. A shame she died so young.
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R24 - another Gilda alumni - Steven Geray. He pops up in a lot of film noirs.
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Ted de Corsia.
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R57 I see Jody Gilbert everywhere. She even played Bernard Gorcey's wife in one of the "Bowery Boys" movies. When she was brought up on charges of being a communist sympathizer, she gave the committee hell.
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Lois Kibbee was the Edna May Oliver of the soaps. "Caddyshack" fans will recall her as the society matron who goes berserk over the caddies in the pool, and even more so when Bill Murray eats the Baby Ruth which she thinks is human shit.
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From Silent Film
Vanished without a trace.
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Arthur O’Connell, Arthur Hunnicutt.
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R17- It looked like his face was experiencing a NUCLEAR MELTDOWN.
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Robert Mandan — Vicky’s father on Three’s a Crowd and guested on seemingly every tv and game show in the 70s and 80s. I admittedly had to google his name — the true sign of a character actor!
I guess he originally became known from Soap, but that was before my time and I never watched.
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I'm happy that Nancy Varden has been mentioned. She was the go-to actress for upper-crust ladies in various tv sit-coms.
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Joseph Schildkraut started off as a leading man; he was Gaylord in the 1929 "Show Boat", won an Oscar for playing Dreyfuss in "The Life of Emile Zola", plays the unctuous cad in "The Shop Around the Corner" and played Anne Frank's father in "Diary of Anne Frank". He's not that obscure though.
Katina Paxinou, that's pretty obscure, even for an Oscar winner. Mira Sorvino, more recently.
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r74 NORMA, not Nancy.
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Franklin Pangborn, though he seemed to pop up in just about everything.
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R59 r60 Evidently her fiance was a police officer who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks
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Joanna Shimkus always wound up in interesting but terrible movies (Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, A Time for Loving, and, of course, BOOM!)
Bland, but compelling at the same time.
Married Sidney Poitier and mostly gave up working.
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Burt Mustin. He was in everything.
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R80 As long as he doesn't end up pooping in everything.
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Two of the best moms who ever graced a movie or TV screen: Beulah Bondi and Beah Richards.
J. Pat O'Malley. Man oh man, that guy was everywhere when I was a kid.
Kenneth MacDonald. Looked like Boris Karloff's brother.
Henry Jones. He never should've crossed paths with Patty McCormack(Rhoda in "The Bad Seed")
Virginia Christine. Despite her hundreds of appearances in films and television, she is probably best remembered as Mrs. Olson in those Folger's coffee commercials. She was married to character actor Fritz Feld, the most famous mouth-popping headwaiter in film history.
And one guy I could NEVER stand, jeez but he was annoying: S. Z. Sakall.
And the "D" twins: Rosemary DeCamp and Billy DeWolf.
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I love S.Z. Sakall! Adorable, but I understand if he wasn't to everyone's taste.
Beulah Bondi is fabulous as the lead in "Make Way for Tomorrow" one of the biggest tearjerkers of all time, and she's great as Fred MacMurray's Mom in the more recently rediscovered Christmas classic starring DL fave Barbara Stanwyck "Remember the Night".
John McGiver used to show up regularly on tv in the 1960s, and he's great as Angela Lansbury's political nemesis in "The Manchurian Candidate". His son Boris McGiver works a lot and was fully naked in the film "Fur" playing the owner of a nudist resort.
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Ken Curtis. Cass Daley.
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Edward Everett Horton. Always a joy to watch. And gay. And out.
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R5 He was fantastic in The In Laws. Apparently he passed away from cancer in 2016.
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r77, Richard Jaeckel was hot when he was young
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Jessie Royce Landis.
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Claude Gillingwater (O), Clarence Wilson (O), Gene Lockhart (F), Eugene Pallette (F), Una Merkel, Lee Patrick (F), Helen Broderick (F), Eric Blore (O), Kate Reid (O), Charles Butterworth (F), Laura Hope Crews (F), Susan Peters (O), Donald Crisp (F), James Burke (O), May Robson (F), Charles Ruggles (F), Andrea Leeds (F), Charlotte Greenwood (F), Cecil Cunningham (O), Alma Kruger (O), Veda Ann Borg (O & F).
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Love this thread! [P] Franke Potente[P] Azura Skye[P] Fairuza Balk
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Dammit, how do you create a line break in this forum?!
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Marcia Mae Jones, Bonita Granville (i.e. good vs. evil in "These Three")
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Dear R95, you press your 'return bar' twice.
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Meg Wyllie. Played four different characters on "Golden Girls", two on "Designing Women" and three on "General Hospital".
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Richard Haydn (Was he gay?)
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R98 this isn’t the Copacabana!!
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We need a whole thread devoted to Debralee Scott! Her early career as the nude girl in the box in 'Dirty Harry', her conflicts with Louise Lasser on the set of 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartma', her other series regulars ('Angie', what else?), the many rock stars she dated, her tragic romance with the fiance cop who died in 9/11, and her gradual slide into chronic alcoholism that killed her in her early fifties.
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April Grace: if she's remembered, it's for her role opposite Tom Cruise in Magnolia. Now, she most often plays psychiatrists, doctors, and therapists.
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Laura Hope Crews will NEVER be forgotten as long as Miss Lindsey is around!
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The other Hattie
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Allen Jenkins, Warner's favorite Brooklyn mug in 1930s B-movies. Dozens of bits in films and TV. Later was the voice of Officer Dribble on "Top Cat". Died of lung cancer in 1974.
Per wiki Jenkins publicized his own alcoholism and was the first actor to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate about it. He was involved in beginning the first Alcoholics Anonymous programs in California prisons for women.
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Hunky little 40s hottie Douglas Dick. Who tried to deflower uptight old virgin Loretta Young in THE ACCUSED (48). And she got all offended, the fool, and bludgeoned him to death.
Douglas Dick was also strangled by two homosexuals in Hitchcock's ROPE (48).
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Dabbs Greer, probably best remembered as Reverend Alden on 'Little House On the Prairie.' I fondly recall him in lots of other bit roles. Lived to the age of 90, and never married. He was probably family.
"A man's got cause to go gunnin' when his daughter's taken!" - Greer as Mr. Bishop, 'The Children of Spider County', 'The Outer Limits,' 1964.
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The dearly departed John Ericson
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^^ John Ericson is pretty enough to deserve a pic to be posted ^^
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Bruce Kirby - great character actor and father of Bruno Kirby...Godfather 2, Donny Brasco, City Slickers. I wonder if they ever appeared in film together.
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R117 Jack Carson in Mildred Pierce. Wow.
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Harry Townes was in damn near everything - well, at least most of my favorite television series.
"It's Landru... He's summoning the Body!" - Townes as Reger in 'The Return of the Archons,' 'Star Trek,' 1967.
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Love Harry Townes! BTW, was he gay?
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Philip Baker Hall -- TV and movies -- Mr. Bookman in Seinfeld's Library episode! Also, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family.
Movies: All Good Things, The Talented Mr. Ripley...etc. etc.
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R121, I wasn't aware that he was, but since you asked, I tried to research it. Townes' biographies have a dearth of personal information, like whether he was married, etc. In 2017, someone tried to edit his Wikipedia article to say, "Harry Townes was gay, and quite open about it when I knew him which was in Huntsville the mid 1990's. He was not the least bit ashamed of being gay and wouldn't mind people knowing that about him. He had returned to Huntsville to take care of his aging mother," but this edit was rejected for being insufficiently sourced.
Like Dabbs Greer, probably.
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Jack Carson could do practically anything -- musicals, comedy, drama. He dated Doris Day and was in her first few films. He and Dennis Morgan played a popular sort of happy-go-luck 2nd string Hope-Crosby in a series of pictures for their studio. Carson played meanies in the Garland "Star is Born" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", among other classics.
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R124 Jack Carson -- He liked to golf and my old hubby caddied for him quite a few times. The caddies fought for him because he was a great tipper and lots of fun to be around. He'd smoke cigars while playing and warn the caddies when he was ready to fart.
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Jeff Corey - character actor, acting coach, blacklisted during the 50s for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee. An honorable man.
"The machines are EVERYWHERE! Oh you'll find them all, you're a zealous people. And you'll make a great show of smashing a few of them, but for every one you destroy hundreds of others will be built. And they will demoralize you, break your spirits, create such rifts and tensions in your society that no one will be able to repair them! Oh, you're a savage, despairing planet; and when we come here to live, you friendless, demoralized flotsam will fall without even a single shot being fired. Senator, enjoy the few years left you. There is no answer. You're all of the same dark persuasion! You demand - *insist* on knowing every private thought and hunger of everyone: your families, your neighbors, everyone - but yourselves." - Corey as Byron Lomax, 'O.B.I.T.' 'The Outer Limits', 1963.
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r123, thanks for the info. I've been a fan of his for years. I assumed he was family but hadn't heard anything definitive
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R10 Wendy Jo Sperber -- She was great in 1942, her dance scene was awesome! Big girl with great moves.
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Regardless of what anybody may have thought of Vera Hruba Ralston, and her talents, she was in no way a "character actress", r20.
She was a leading lady.
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Folks aren't necessarily differentiating here.
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[quote][R74] NORMA, not Nancy.
I don't know who you all are thinking of, but the woman with Marilyn is Bess Flowers, perhaps the most famous of all of the female "dress extras" in classic Hollywood. I assumed every DataLounger would be able to spot her in a heartbeat!
Bess appeared (mostly uncredited) in almost 1,000 films in her long career.
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r129 You are quite right that Vera Hruba Ralston was, indeed, a leading lady. I'm afraid my brain momentarily paused after it processed "Obscure Character." Absolutely no disrespect was intended toward this singular star.
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Some great choices here. I always thought Richard Jaeckel was hot, but even moreso as he aged.
Paul Mantee, from "Robinson Crusoe On Mars".
Douglas Dick was not strangled by the two gay guys in "Rope" , as stated above.He was merely a party guest. He appeared in a lot of Perry Mason episodes, and was a real flamer in one show.
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r132 I was talking about NORMA Varden, who was incorrectly identified as NANCY in R74. And that's definitely Norma, not Bess Flowers, who rarely had a speaking part.
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Ahhhh. Gotcha. Bess Flowers is also in the credits for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
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R117, Jack Carson was a Star, name above the title and everything.
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R131 I’m shocked he’s still alive. Figured he would have had a stroke or heart attack 30 years ago.
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R112 I think Dabs Greer was the guy who strapped Helen Lawson in and advised her to breathe deeply in “I Want an Oscar!”
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Dick Hogan was the murder victim in Rope.
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Harry Townes is often confused with the less talented Alfred Ryder who was the brother of Olive Deering.
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[quote]I was talking about NORMA Varden, who was incorrectly identified as NANCY in [R74]. And that's definitely Norma, not Bess Flowers, who rarely had a speaking part.
R132 This sounds like a clip from The Larry King Show! Just keeps getting more and more confusing, rambling off the original comment.
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^^^...and I just added to it! That comment referred to R135!
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Sir Robert Helpmann, a dancer who became a kiddy nightmare as the childcatcher in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
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Bobby Helpmann was Vivien's confidante.
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R142 I'm the culprit who misnamed Miss Varden. It is NORMA not NANCY.
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Anne Revere. She won an Oscar for "National Velvet." She specialized in worried mothers.
I AM ANNE REVERE.
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R5 and R7 Richard Libertini was a riot. This is one of my favorite 80s movies and this scene is my absolute favorite.
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Oscar Winner Anne Revere replaced Oscar Winner Gale Sondergaard as Marguerite Beaulac on "Ryan's Hope". Just like Broadway musical star Janis Paige replaced Broadway dramatic legend Judith Anderson as Minx Lockridge on "Santa Barbara". Revere highly resembled Sondergaard at that point; they gave the vibrant Paige a cane and a matronly hat to look somewhat like what people recalled about Anderson from a few years before.
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Roscoe Lee Browne
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Margaret Wycherly, the biggest mother of them all in White Heat.
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Geoffrey Lewis, Eastwood-film staple and father of Juliette.
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R5, R7 and R148 I often confused Richard Libertini with Vincent Schiavelli (Mr. Vargas in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. They both have long and varied filmographies. I wonder if they were both considered for the same roles.
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I don't know that Kathleen Freeman is quite forgotten nearly 20 years after her death (during the run of "The Full Monty" on Broadway), but people probably don't know her name. Every time I see her on the screen, I smile. She lights the big and small screens up with her sunny disposition.
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r158 Always liked her. She had a small part as the diction/elocution coach in "Singing in the Rain," and appeared on "Hogan's Heroes," as General Burkhalter's sister.
Any of you guys who like bears remember Henry Kulky, from TV's "The Life of Riley" and "Hennessey"? He appeared in many movies including: "Call Northside-777 and "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T"
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Ralph Clanton (Was he gay?)
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R160 Linda Darnell was a star and a leading lady.
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Evelyn Varden, not to be confused with Norma Varden. No relation.
Evelyn's most famous role was nosy neighbor Monica Breedlove in The Bad Seed.
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Bruce Cowling. Another one for the "Was He Gay?" files
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Another "Was he gay ? " one. Character actor Alan Hewitt.
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Someone upthread mentioned Bruce and Bruno Kirby....they actually appeared in an episode of Columbo together in the 70s
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Judith Evelyn, that Lonelyhearts female on the beach.
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Bruce Kirby was also Blanche's pharmacist boyfriend who returned from the Persian Gulf War (he seemed a little old for that, IMO).
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Bruno Kirby was cute and naked in a few of his films.
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[quote] Nehemiah Persoff
Unbelievably R70 he’s still around. Will turn 101 in August. Hopefully...
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R148 was that movie considered a commercial Success for them (Hawn & Reynolds, respectively)? One of the few comedies of that era I’ve never seen but certainly heard of. He was great in Fletch, too.
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Alfred Molina. I don't think he's obscure but he is under-rated. Comedy and drama. Saw him last as Robert Aldrich in "Feud: Bette & Joan". Was goofy/funny in Angie Tribeca as the medical examiner. Gay in Love is Strange. He's been around for 40 years and never gave a bad performance.
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LOVE Reta Shaw!
Ken Clark, who played Stewpot in "South Pacific" and was also in "Female on the Beach".
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Ken Clark was hot
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Richard Allan - played Marilyn Monroe's love interest in Niagara
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R100, Is The Pope Catholic?
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R158, Kathleen was our sister,
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She was lesbic?! Why am I not surprised.
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[quote] Geoffrey Lewis, Eastwood-film staple and father of Juliette.
He wasn’t traditionally handsome but I remember every time he was on screen he always made me feel a little funny down there.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||06/26/2020|
[quote] Nehemiah Persoff
[quote] Unbelievably [R70] he’s still around. Will turn 101 in August. Hopefully...
HE? This isn’t the bald chick from the first Star Trek film?
|by Anonymous||reply 186||06/26/2020|
They added a tap number just for me. It revived my cahreer! At this point, I was done with men. All I had was my psychic abilities and my extraordinary talent.
|by Anonymous||reply 187||06/26/2020|
They added a tap number just for me. It revived my cahreer! At this point, I was done with men. All I had was my psychic abilities and my extraordinary talent.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||06/26/2020|
This was meant for the Auntie Mame thread. Carry on.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||06/26/2020|
Billy DeWolfe. Mad queen. He was going to be a Baptist minister but chose Hollywood instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||06/26/2020|
Minsky's Top Banana and Hollywood star in the late 30's and early 40's: died of uremia from alcohol abuse at the age of 41 in 1946
Ragland (L) reprising his Broadway role in the 1942 MGM musical, Red Skelton, and Ben Blue from "Panama Hattie."
|by Anonymous||reply 191||06/26/2020|
Helen Gahagan Douglas, now forgotten both as an actress and a California Congresswoman, was the first victim of Richard Nixon's political career: dirty tricks did in the "Pink Lady" when she ran for the Senate in 1950 against Nixon. She was married to actor Melvin Douglas.
Her costume alone from "She" should get an award. Her only starring role in Hollywood made her immortal as She Who Must Be Obeyed.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||06/26/2020|
This list could use some more modern actors.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||06/26/2020|
R193 OK. Name some.
|by Anonymous||reply 194||06/26/2020|
My shout-out goes to character actor Eugene Roche -Always recognized, but seldom remembered by name. Back in the early 90s I was taking an acting class in LA, and used to eat at a small restaurant around the corner from the studio -And I would regularly see him there with his wife. They would recognize me and smile/wave, and I would do the same back. We never chatted, but one night as they were leaving I called out, "Good night Mr. and Mrs. Roche." He paused and looked at me with the biggest grin on his face. "You remember my name?" he asked. His wife pulled him through the door before I could reply. That was the last time I saw them, as my class ended.
|by Anonymous||reply 195||06/26/2020|
Tragic gay Ross Alexander
|by Anonymous||reply 196||06/26/2020|
Another gay one: Eddie Nugent
|by Anonymous||reply 197||06/26/2020|
I saw Kathleen Freeman in The Fully Monty on Broadway about two weeks before she died. She owned the stage and stole every moment. Total pro and a class act. She performed that role until five days before her death from cancer!
|by Anonymous||reply 198||06/26/2020|
Thelma Todd -- wonderful blonde comedic actress known for her roles in two Marx Brothers films: "Monkey Business" and as the College Widow in "Horse Feathers". She also co-starred with Patsy Kelly in some films, but unfortunately she was died young, and I don't know if they ever discovered whether it was a murder or an accident.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||06/26/2020|
"she died young", that is
|by Anonymous||reply 200||06/26/2020|
HE? This isn’t the bald chick from the first Star Trek film?
That was Persis Khambata. She died very young. Nehemiah Persoff is a man.
|by Anonymous||reply 201||06/26/2020|
105-year-old Norman Lloyd
|by Anonymous||reply 202||06/26/2020|
R185 I’m always continually surprised to see what Beverly D’Angelo has been in (before the Vacation movies, that is).
|by Anonymous||reply 203||06/26/2020|
r192 Does John Mortimer know about this?
|by Anonymous||reply 204||06/26/2020|
R195 Eugene Roche - yes, one of those faces I've seen a hundred times. And thanks for the sweet story.
|by Anonymous||reply 205||06/27/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 206||06/27/2020|
Another gay one: C.M Hallard
|by Anonymous||reply 207||06/27/2020|
Does anyone remember the name of a character actor from the 1950s (and maybe earlier) who specialized in roles calling for an older man of diminutive stature with a timid disposition ? He often appeared as a shop keeper or clerk. He had a distinctive voice as if he was struggling to take a breath - wheezy. I'm sure his name popped up on a similar DL thread about character actors. He appeared in a lot of movies over the years. Whenever I see the Mole Man character on The Simpsons I think of this actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||06/27/2020|
r208, Pecry Helton?
|by Anonymous||reply 209||06/27/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 210||06/27/2020|
Frank Nelson -- known for turning around and saying "Yeeeeessssssss?"
|by Anonymous||reply 211||06/27/2020|
R208 John Qualen? He had a breath-y, stammering way of speaking, usually with a slight Swedish accent.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||06/27/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 213||06/27/2020|
Were you thinking of Jay Novello, [R208]?
|by Anonymous||reply 214||06/27/2020|
R209 Thanks. Percy Helton it is. Interesting to see him as a young man since I only remember him from his old man roles. I'll have to visit YouTube just to hear his voice again.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||06/27/2020|
Percy Helton was a hoot in Wicked Woman
|by Anonymous||reply 216||06/27/2020|
When Billy DeWolfe (R190) would return to his hometown of Quincy, MA in the 1960's he'd rent a Cadillac convertible and drive up and down Wollaston Beach leering at the boys. And entertaining some of them later, too. And had encounters with law enforcement that were never formally resolved.
I was a very young gayling - like, prepubescent - when this happened but it was enough of a scandal locally that even I knew about it at the age of 12 or 13.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||06/27/2020|
Over 200 posts, and not one of you bitches mentioned ME!
|by Anonymous||reply 218||06/27/2020|
Mary Wickes was awesome
|by Anonymous||reply 219||06/27/2020|
^ I suspect she was a treasure.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||06/27/2020|
^^^ But hardly obscure - she worked in show business, both on Broadway and in Hollywood, for sixty years. She was in more than 60 films and uncounted tv appearances and saved her money: she left a sizeable estate. Sadly, she was a lifelong Republican.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||06/27/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 222||06/27/2020|
R221 There was no shame in being a Republican 60 years ago. Fuck you, poster, for bringing politics into this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||06/27/2020|
[quote]Over 200 posts, and not one of you bitches mentioned ME!
Mary Wickes sure is NOT forgotten.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||06/27/2020|
R223 Sure there was shame being a Republican. Lots of them were in agreement with Sen. Joseph McCarthy and lined up in getting their friend blacklisted.
|by Anonymous||reply 225||06/28/2020|
Sterling Holloway, previously mentioned, is a good candidate for the ranks of actors with a distinctive voice. Interesting that he never married but was able to adopt a son.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||06/28/2020|
R206 I think your entry was autocorrected from Aline to Alice. She’s a really good addition here. I really liked her in the remake of Kind Lady, where she takes in a scamming artist and is held hostage by his family and associates. It’s so good.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||06/28/2020|
R226 I think Holloway played a character called Pinky in the precode comedy/romance Dancing Lady. He plays a sensitive writer who almost faints at Clark Gable’s character’s revision of a play he’s written. He’s very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||06/28/2020|
Was he a 'mo?
|by Anonymous||reply 229||06/28/2020|
She's also wonderful in The Lady is Willing with Marlene as a Teutonic Lombard. Whoever wrote the script filled her lines with "R"s. It's gweat.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||06/28/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 231||06/28/2020|
James Rebhorn. I'm attaching the thread we did a few months ago. He never got the attention he deserved but he worked constantly in movies and TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||06/28/2020|
Love James Rebhorn. He was really good in The Talented Mr. Ripley
|by Anonymous||reply 233||06/28/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 234||06/28/2020|
Stanley Holloway is wonderful in "Remember the Night" playing Fred MacMurray's mom's ranchhand who sings "At the End of a Perfect Day" on Christmas Eve, in his wonderful Winnie the Pooh voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||06/28/2020|
[quote]Ginger Roger's mother
|by Anonymous||reply 236||06/28/2020|
[quote]Sterling Holloway, previously mentioned, is a good candidate for the ranks of actors with a distinctive voice. Interesting that he never married but was able to adopt a son.
You got a problem with that?
|by Anonymous||reply 237||06/28/2020|
You mean Sterling Holloway, r235.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||06/28/2020|
Yes, sorry Sterling. Stanley Holloway was Eliza's dad in "My Fair Lady". Sterling was Winnie the Pooh.
Lela Rogers, Ginger's mother, was known to be one of the most virulent get-the-Communist chasers in Hollywood during the McCarthy period. She actually has a small role at the end of her daughter's film "The Major and the Minor", playing Ginger's mother in the film.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||06/28/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 240||06/28/2020|
Love Ruth Buzzi -- remember her laughing song, among other skits on "Laugh In".
|by Anonymous||reply 241||06/28/2020|
A better copy of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||06/28/2020|
The Buzzi family business...
|by Anonymous||reply 243||06/28/2020|
Ruth Buzzi guest starred on every old TV show now showing on cable stations such as ME, Antenna TV, COZI, and Charge. "That Girl", "The Love Boat", "Lotsa Luck", "Alice", "The Monkees", "Emergency", "Night Gallery", "Chips". I've seen all these episodes in the past three months. Thanks, Corona!
|by Anonymous||reply 244||06/28/2020|
Because she was funny and she was good!
|by Anonymous||reply 245||06/28/2020|
R237 I think it's great for Sterling. . But how common was it at that time for a single man to adopt a child ?
|by Anonymous||reply 246||06/28/2020|
R237, glad it's "common" now!
|by Anonymous||reply 247||06/28/2020|
Didn't MGM hairdresser and "lifelong bachelor" Sydney Guilaroff adopt a kid?
|by Anonymous||reply 248||06/28/2020|
It would appear so, r248:
Guilaroff never married. In 1938, he became the first single man in the United States to adopt a son whom he named Jon in honor of Joan Crawford. The adoption was opposed by the state of California, which took legal means to prevent the adoption. Guilaroff, however, ultimately prevailed and subsequently adopted another son and some years later a third son, who had been a former employee.
In his memoir Crowning Glories, Guilaroff claimed he had romantic affairs with Greta Garbo and Ava Gardner.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||06/28/2020|
Sonia Darrin. She had only one notable role, but it’s a killer: she played the witchy, cat-eyed Agnes in The Big Sleep.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||06/28/2020|
Sonia Darrin is also the mother of Mason Reese (really!)
|by Anonymous||reply 251||06/28/2020|
The pumpkin doesn't fall far from the vine, apparently.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||Last Monday at 5:11 AM|
r249 here. I was wondering if "Jon" was pronounced "Joan". Well, at least he didn't name him Lucille.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||Last Monday at 6:33 AM|
On today's Route 66:
Widow Julie Brack (Inger Stevens) struggles to mend a rift with her embittered mother-in-law (Beulah Bondi). Frank: Pat Hingle. Buz: George Maharis. Tod: Martin Milner. Laura: Ann Dee. Beth: Lenka Peterson...
|by Anonymous||reply 254||Last Monday at 11:14 AM|
R172 Great suggestion. She played the best drunk lady I can recall.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||Last Monday at 11:48 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 256||Last Monday at 12:09 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 257||Last Monday at 12:09 PM|
She gave a classic performance in The Tingler, r255.
|by Anonymous||reply 258||Last Monday at 12:24 PM|
R258 Brilliant. I never made that connection and I love both these films. As Eloise Crandall in Female on the Beach, she had a small but showy part. I love what she did with her voice when she played the drunk Miss Lonleyhearts. There was a squeaky sound she reproduced and she showed all the confusion and disinhibition so well. Freakishly authentic.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||Last Monday at 1:16 PM|
She had legitimate stage cred...
|by Anonymous||reply 260||Last Monday at 1:27 PM|
Also, she looked just like Martha Mason!
|by Anonymous||reply 261||Last Monday at 1:31 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 262||Last Monday at 1:44 PM|
I'm sure Miss Verna Felton has been mentioned...
|by Anonymous||reply 263||Last Monday at 1:54 PM|
Don Wilson, Jack Benny's announcer, sidekick, and an actor (radio, TV, Hollywood - he was Mr. Kettering opposite Marilyn in "Niagara")
|by Anonymous||reply 264||Last Monday at 2:02 PM|
R264 Niagara is such a cool old film, a rare gorgeous color film noir. It’s like looking into a time machine with the cool old cabin kitchen and the cars and boat (Chris Craft).
|by Anonymous||reply 265||Last Monday at 2:24 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 266||Last Monday at 2:24 PM|
R264 R265 You're right, Niagara is great. The scenery is great, especially those scenes of the falls itself.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||Last Monday at 2:30 PM|
I like Niagara, too
|by Anonymous||reply 268||Last Monday at 4:00 PM|
One - maybe the most important - reason the colors in "Niagara" look so lush is because it was filmed in "three-strip" Technicolor (one of the last films to be made at Fox in that format, as a few months later Fox began converting to CinemaScope, which had compatibility problems with "three-strip" but not with Eastmancolor.) In fact, it was one of the last Technicolor films from any studio to use the three-strip process. Too bad, because the results, as here, were spectacular. It was the Kodachrome (also a more expensive process) of motion-picture film: the colors looked better than nature.
Called Technicolor Process 4, three-strip technicolor worked with light entering the camera through the lens and then divided by the beam-splitting prism into two paths. One strip of film recorded the green record onto black-and-white film, while the other two records were exposed onto two black-and-white film strips in “bipack” (sandwiched together); the front film was blue-sensitive only, while the back film was sensitive to red. The camera captured crisp, vibrant colors that were then recombined in printing.
Lurene Tuttle played Mrs. Kettering in "Niagara," one of hundreds of roles she played in radio, films, and on TV from the 1930's to 1986.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||Last Monday at 4:48 PM|
Gavin Gordon (another one in the Was He Gay? category)
|by Anonymous||reply 270||Last Monday at 5:51 PM|
Lionel Atwill. Known for supporting roles in a lot of the old Universal horror films.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||Last Monday at 6:23 PM|
She guested on hundreds of TV shows, including playing the congresswoman on the Veal Prince Orloff episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||Last Monday at 6:26 PM|
Dack and Dirk Rambo. (Real names: Norman and Orman Rambeaugh).
These beautiful twin gods died tragically young: Dirk at 25 in a car crash and Dack at 52 of AIDS.
|by Anonymous||reply 273||Last Monday at 6:31 PM|
R269 I knew Natalie Kalmus was on the DL!
|by Anonymous||reply 274||Last Monday at 6:33 PM|
Loved her on Julia, r269.
|by Anonymous||reply 275||Last Monday at 6:41 PM|
Robert H Harris
|by Anonymous||reply 276||Last Monday at 6:41 PM|
He appeared in one top-ranking movie in 1968 but handsome John Castle has been ignored since then.
|by Anonymous||reply 277||Last Monday at 11:41 PM|
R266 I remember Ben Cooper from Johnny Guitar. He played a character named Turkey who gets humiliated, injured on horseback and then hanged. Joan Crawford’s character tries to help and save him. In one scene Joan’s character cradles the wounded turkey in her arms, but her white ball gown stays immaculate throughout the scene. There are several accounts of the making of that film, some are pretty delicious (Joan refused to appear in natural sunlight, arriving on location with crates of vodka, ripping up Mercedes McCambridge’s wardrobe after McCambridge drew applause from the crew after a particularly great scene). I remember reading about this in Movieline magazine’s column “Bad Movies We Love”.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||Last Tuesday at 4:55 AM|
If the script called for a sweet looking old lady who was secretly nuts, the casting director always went to Ida Moore. I believe she's the one who told Bob Hope in "The Lemon Drop Kid" after Hope, in drag, claimed that he had an hour glass figure that all the sand had gone to the bottom. She's also the escapee from a lunatic asylum who shows up on Claudette Colbert's door in "The Egg and I". Ida always reminded me of the Fruit of the Loom lady who played a music store owner in "The Purple Rose of Cairo".
|by Anonymous||reply 279||Last Tuesday at 5:13 AM|
R277 I own a dvd of the 1972 movie Antony & Cleopatra (the Shakespeare play) with John Castle as Octavian and Charlton Heston as Marc Antony. Castle reminds me a lot of the late Simon Maccorkindale.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||Last Tuesday at 5:32 AM|
R280 Ironically both John Castle and Simon McCorkindale are in the BBC mini-series "I Claudius".
|by Anonymous||reply 281||Last Tuesday at 5:38 AM|
Gladys Cooper and Carolyn Jones
|by Anonymous||reply 282||Last Tuesday at 6:01 AM|
My favorite - Judy Parfitt - shown in "Girl with a Pearl Earring" - known for the line from another film "Sometimes, Delores........"
|by Anonymous||reply 283||Last Tuesday at 6:22 AM|
r261 Did you mean MARSHA Mason?
|by Anonymous||reply 284||Last Tuesday at 6:40 AM|
r282 Always liked Gladys Cooper(DBE). Whether on TV or in films, she always gave a commanding performance. Classic as the bitch mother to Bette Davis in "Now, Voyager." Endearing as the larcenous mother in the TV series "The Rogues." Heartbreaking in the TZ episode when Death comes for her, in the guise of Robert Redford. Arch and very aristo as Rex Harrison's mother in "My Fair Lady."
She goes back to the silent movie days, began stage work early on, was considered a great beauty in her prime.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||Last Tuesday at 6:51 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 286||Last Tuesday at 6:55 AM|
Hermione Gingold aka Grand Mama from "Gigi"
|by Anonymous||reply 287||Last Tuesday at 6:57 AM|
R287 I adore anyone who writes their autobiography with the title "How to Grow Old Disgracefully".
|by Anonymous||reply 288||Last Tuesday at 7:04 AM|
Rick Hurst, comic actor best known as Cletus in "Dukes of Hazzard."
|by Anonymous||reply 289||Last Tuesday at 7:26 AM|
Eleanor Bron, kind of a big deal in the 60s ("Bedazzled", "Alfie", "Help!", "Women in Love"); probably best known to current audiences as the evil headmistress in the 90's version of "A Little Princess".
|by Anonymous||reply 290||Last Tuesday at 2:46 PM|
Well, I'm grateful for her for hitting Alan Bates in the head with something in "Women In Love" provoking to run away and take off all his clothes for the first time in the film and take full-frontal refuge in the woods.
|by Anonymous||reply 291||Last Tuesday at 4:11 PM|
Bette talks about Gladys Cooper...
|by Anonymous||reply 292||Last Tuesday at 4:24 PM|
Anyone remember John Ashley ? He played third fiddle to Frankie and Annette in those five moronic "Beach Party" flicks, the later produced and starred in a bunch of ultra-low budget horror flicks filmed in the Philippines. Those movies always had a little bit of soft-core porn in them, even giving us a glimpse of John's ass once in a while. Sadly, he died fairly young.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||Last Tuesday at 5:27 PM|
r290 She also played Patsy Stone's mother, in "Absolutely Fabulous."
"Take it away, and bring me another lover....."
|by Anonymous||reply 294||Last Wednesday at 8:11 AM|
Leland Orser should have won every award available for his performance in Seven. Less than 5 minutes but a Master class is acting.
|by Anonymous||reply 295||Last Wednesday at 9:28 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 296||Last Wednesday at 9:28 PM|
Ben Johnson, cowboy, rodeo champion, stuntman, turned Oscar winner for his supporting role in The Last Picture Show.
Just watched an old Bonanza episode, where he plays an army deserter and is being helped by a very handsome and capable David Canary who played Candy, the Pondersoa foreman.
Johnson had a great screen presence. He was friends with John Wayne, but I never thought of him as a conservative. Maybe I'm wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 297||Last Wednesday at 10:46 PM|
Gladys Cooper played a bitch mother to Deborah Kerr in Separate Tables alongside David Niven, Rita Hayworth and Burt Lancaster. Rod Taylor had a small part in the movie as well and he said in an interview some decades later that Cooper was like that in real life too.
Great movie BTW, Lancaster produced it 2 years after his masterpiece Sweet Smell of Success.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||Last Wednesday at 10:54 PM|
R298 So Rod Taylor thought Gladys was a bitch.
R292 Bette didn't seem to notice any bitchiness. Perhaps Bette was so self-obsessed as to be oblivious.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||Last Wednesday at 11:52 PM|
Cathleen Nesbitt, the original Mrs. Higgins on Broadway in "My Fair Lady", was also in "Separate Tables". Both Gladys and Cathleen were once considered two of the most glamorous British models at the turn of the century. They remind me of another 40's model turned actress, Meg Mundy, best known for her work as regal matriarch Mona Croft on "The Doctors", who played Mary Tyler Moore's mother in "Ordinary People" and Anne Archer's mother in "Fatal Attraction". Meg's daughter-in-law on "The Doctors" was played by Kathryn Harrold, Kathleen Turner and Kim Zimmer.
|by Anonymous||reply 300||Last Thursday at 4:33 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 301||Last Thursday at 2:27 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 302||Last Thursday at 2:29 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 303||Last Thursday at 3:34 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 304||Last Thursday at 3:48 PM|
(starting at .50, joined by Debbie Reynolds and Jane Powell and ultimately Ann Miller)
|by Anonymous||reply 305||Last Thursday at 4:36 PM|
Cathleen Nesbitt was the mother on "The Farmer's Daughter" (the TV series--not the movie) and introduced us to the wonderful world of stair lifts.
|by Anonymous||reply 306||Last Thursday at 7:35 PM|
Not a character actress, but the late Inger Stevens isn't too well-known any more.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||Last Thursday at 9:28 PM|
R286 I don’t think he’s forgotten on here!
|by Anonymous||reply 308||Last Friday at 1:00 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 309||Last Friday at 2:07 PM|
She must have been mentioned by now, but....Miss Marie Windsor
|by Anonymous||reply 310||Last Friday at 3:38 PM|
r53, Denise Nickerson didn't age well and I kinda feared she may have had addiction issues before she passed away last year.
|by Anonymous||reply 311||Last Friday at 3:44 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 312||Last Friday at 4:25 PM|
Roy Roberts who appeared as the cruise ship captain along side Zazu Pitts on The Gale Storm Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 313||Last Friday at 4:39 PM|
r312 Excellent choice. One of the best character actresses in either comedy or drama, films or TV. Eldergays will remember her from being on the series "Oh, Susanna,"(sometimes called "The Gale Storm Show") but her credits stretch back to the 1910's.
She had a quiver-y voice, similar to the Olive Oyl character in the Popeye cartoons, and always looked like she was about to break into a million pieces. "Oh dear..... oh my....."
|by Anonymous||reply 314||Last Friday at 4:49 PM|
r313 Hubba hubba!
|by Anonymous||reply 315||Last Friday at 4:50 PM|
Whit Bissell, although I don't know how 'obscure' he is because he was in every other movie in the 1950s, and every other TV show in the 1960s.
Vito Scotti, who was in every other TV show in the late 50s and 1960s. I loved the fact that he was in The Godfather without doing his stereotype Italian accent. He was an incredible actor - I once saw him in a bit part on Columbo where he played a tailor who was measuring Columbo for a suit while being interrogated, and he did that scene with so much 'business' that it was awe-inspiring.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||Last Friday at 6:47 PM|
Elisha Cook isn't forgotten, but, if not obscure, he's not prominent either. he was first class in everything i've seen, not just The Maltese Falcon.
and "Elisha" - excellent, OT name, why do people name their kids "Sunrise" or "India" or "Shaneequa"? is there something wrong with sonorous, biblical names? i ask you.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||Last Friday at 6:57 PM|
I always enjoyed Whit Bissell's work
|by Anonymous||reply 318||Last Friday at 7:04 PM|
I always confuse Whit Bissell and Hayden Roarke.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||Last Friday at 7:06 PM|
Michael Hordern. Did several films with Taylor and Burton during the 1960s. Fine and first-rate actor trained on the English stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 320||Yesterday at 2:32 PM|
Michael Hordern was great in Whistle and I'll Come to You
|by Anonymous||reply 321||Yesterday at 3:16 PM|
A lot of the performers in this thread never got bigger roles because they were rather unattractive if not sleazy.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||Yesterday at 3:29 PM|
[quote]I always confuse Whit Bissell and Hayden Roarke.
Hayden Rorke is the gay one.
|by Anonymous||reply 323||Yesterday at 3:49 PM|
Dear, lord! How many of these guys have been named already?
|by Anonymous||reply 324||Yesterday at 4:04 PM|
Cynthia Stevenson - She's been in practically everything since the late 80s, had a few starring roles in the 90s, but mostly character work, and one episode appearances since then.
She is one of those people who, when you see you, you think - I recognize her from something, but I don't know what.
I've always found her delightful
|by Anonymous||reply 325||Yesterday at 6:29 PM|
R325 ugh I could never stand this one!! And then I remember reading back in the day how she got her tits done because she wanted to break into leading last roles. Like that was ever going to happen.
|by Anonymous||reply 326||Yesterday at 6:59 PM|
John Beck. Hot 70s/80s guy with a Lee Majors/Tom Selleck/Lee Horsley vibe. Was on Dallas for a couple of years but then disappeared after Pam's "dream season".
|by Anonymous||reply 327||Yesterday at 7:05 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 328||Yesterday at 7:54 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 329||Yesterday at 8:08 PM|
Viola Davis isn't the black Meryl. Cicely Tyson is still living and did a Broadway play in her 90s a few years ago!
|by Anonymous||reply 330||Yesterday at 8:24 PM|
The late Wendie Jo Sperber.
|by Anonymous||reply 331||Yesterday at 9:22 PM|
John Beck was a leading man wannabee not a character actor, r327.
|by Anonymous||reply 332||15 hours ago|