Richard Pryor comes to mind. Pauline Kael raved about one of his end-of-the-1970s concert films. And I thought he was so damn terrific in 1978's [italic]Blue Collar[/italic], I would've loved for him to have garnered a best-actor Oscar nomination. Any other comedians who can really act?
Comedians who can act
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The guy who played Mork on Mork & Mindy is even better at serious acting than his comedy routines.
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Jackie Gleason. He wipes the floor with Paul Newman in the Hustler, and if you've never seen Soldier in the Rain you're missing a treat.
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Jim Carrey and Robin Williams have been good in a couple of things.
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Pauline Kael was a moron and a hack.
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Certainly not Margaret Cho nor Judy Gold.
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Jerry Lewis was good in King of Comedy.
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Carol Burnett. I still remember her performance in FRIENDLY FIRE, and I only saw it once--when it first aired in the late 70s.
I like Anne Meara better as an actor than as a comedian.
The late, great Peter Cook.
Eddie Izzard. He gave lovely performances in THE RICHES.
Jim Gaffigan is underrated as an actor.
Bill Cosby (loved his late-60s-mid 70s work)
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I'm probably opening up a can of worms here, but Eddie Murphy can act. Too bad he's an asshole who can't pick good scripts.
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Steve Martin, Woody Allen, and Albert Brooks have all delivered effective performances but I wouldn't call them particularly good actors.
I think David Cross has potential as an actor.
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I've never seen her act, but Joan Rivers has been acclaimed over the years when she's taken on acting roles. Early on her dream was to be an actress so it makes sense.
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Joan Rivers was pitch perfect in The Joan Rivers Story
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I know Eric Bana started out in standup comedy. I've never seen his work but I think he's a good actor.
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John Candy was always a likable and believable everyman. A lot of people lamented the fact that he died before he could get into some better movies and perhaps some more dramatic roles. He had far more heart and tenderness than the vast majority of actors.
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Jim Carrey is definitely a talented actor. He once made a good point by asking why it was that if you can make someone cry you're eligible for an oscar, but if you make someone laugh(with your acting, not just standup material), it's seen as a much lesser thing. He's one of the few modern stars that is not just some lucky hack being thrown at us, although I think he could choose much better movies.
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Ray Romano. His work in "Men of a Certain Age" is really outstanding. I never expected that from him.
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Bette Midler (remember how she started....)
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And the one and only...
Miss Madeline Khan
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The list of directors who can act is a lot shorter. Sidney Pollock was pretty good. Woody Allen. Who else?
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Spike Jonze is my favorite acting director R29. He was awesome in Three Kings and that Fatboy Slim video.
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All Soup Talk Hosts
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Gerri from The Facts Of Life
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Talk Soup, The Soup, whatever...
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Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin are not really stand-up comedians. Their shows were all acting/had funny stuff/but, were character driven.
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R23 I saw a tv movie years ago where Jim Carey played the alcoholic son in a very repressed family. He was amazing in it.
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Spike Jonze in Three Kings? R30, it wasn't much of stretch for him, though, was it? And the Fatboy Slim video? How was he acting in it?
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[quote]I saw a tv movie years ago where Jim Carey played the alcoholic son in a very repressed family. He was amazing in it.
"Doing Time On Maple Drive".
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jim carrey was good in the truman show, adam sandler was amazing in punch drunk love, will ferrell was amazing in stranger than fiction
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will ferrell in everything must go
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I agree, r14. I just watched the Damages arc with Martin Short. He deserved the Emmy.
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Louis C K
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I saw Friendly Fire with Carol Burnett when I was a kid. I still see it as one of the best performances ever.
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Kevin Pollak - the Usual Suspects, Casino
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Jean Dujardin, he started as a comedian and won an Oscar.
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Jim Carrey was wonderful in the gay-themed indie "I Love You Phillip Morris", which I'm going to recommend to the entire Datalounge.
He plays a man who's crazy and extremely intelligent, and whose personal identity goes through some surprising changes. The story is true and people like the leading character fascinate me, and it's a good movie that was dumped by the studio because of the gay content.
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Jim Carrey was great in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ..... and I don't even like him that much.
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Kevin Pollak, funny stand-up comic, pretty good actor.
I bet Lenny Bruce would have started acting and would have won an Oscar sometime in the 70s or 80s had he lived.
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It kills me to acknowledge that Andrew Dice Clay gives a perfectly acceptable performance in BLUE JASMINE. Of course, there are a number of good or even great performances in a just okay film. Maybe he was inspired by being around good actors for a change.
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[quote]Pauline Kael was a moron and a hack.
Apparently the ghost of Andrew Sarris posts here.
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