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May 23, 2022 - 9:03:21 PM
283 posts since 12/6/2021

Who are some of your favorite character actors? Most of mine are from the old days of TV and movies, and mostly Westerns and I believe most of them have passed away. These are actors you always recognize but usually never know their names.
My favorites:
Henry Jones
Arthur Hunnicutt
Bruce Dern
Lee Van Cleef
Jack Elam
Simon Oakland
Warren Oates
Lane Bradford
Denver Pyle
Royal Dano
Dennis Weaver
Victor French
Denny Miller
James Griffith
George Lindsay

Shug Fisher
And I'm sure there are a few others I can't remember at the moment.


Edited by - TN Time on 05/23/2022 21:46:14

May 24, 2022 - 3:46:16 AM

4673 posts since 12/6/2009

When I think of character actors I think of, Lon Chaney, Lon Chaney Jr. Charley Chaplin, Charles Laughton, John Wayne, most of the early film actors and actresses. They were always given movie rolls that included famous people, horror movies, western classics.....history characters etc.

May 24, 2022 - 4:15:18 AM
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Gabby Hayes

May 24, 2022 - 4:45:51 AM
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35843 posts since 3/5/2008

The more I hear from the Hollwood types..the less I am I am impressed..

That said...

Clint Eastwood..
Charles Bronson...
James Wood...

Lee Marvin..

Probably a few more just can not think of thier names..

May 24, 2022 - 5:18:32 AM
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strother martin--dub taylor--arthur honey cut--slim pickens

May 24, 2022 - 5:20:47 AM
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ben johnson
john macintire
John Ford's regulars

May 24, 2022 - 5:20:51 AM
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I met a guy in Knoxville last year who looked just like Jack Elam. With the one stray eye and everything. He never even heard of him I was cracking up.

May 24, 2022 - 6:43:30 AM

7962 posts since 9/5/2006

gary cooper
randolph scott
gregory peck
eli wallach
burt lancaster
walter brennen
jack palance
lee marvin
richard boone
william holden
maurren o hara
amanda blake
marlene dietrich
barbara stanwick
and the lovely jane russell

May 24, 2022 - 6:55:40 AM

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Edited by - Sheenjack on 05/24/2022 07:00:14

May 24, 2022 - 7:23:27 AM
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John Fiedler

Jack Warden

Robert Webber

Martin Balsam

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May 24, 2022 - 8:39:45 AM
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Denver Pyle was a good one. I wonder how many different characters he played on Gunsmoke over those years.

I should appreciate the acting of Bruce Dern but he always plays such a detestable scumbag. He's very good at it I just can't ever forgive his character for killing John Wayne in The Cowboys.

May 24, 2022 - 9:09:04 AM

1035 posts since 10/4/2018

I guess my favorite is Stephen Root, but Sean Penn is an excellent character actor as well. Peter Sellers, Margo Martindale, Benicio del Toro, Tatiana Maslani, Johnny Depp, The entire cast of American Horror Story, and future prediction, Gillian Anderson, based on her role as Eleanor Roosevelt in First Wives, check it out, she is fantastic.

*almost forgot Robert Downey jr.

Edited by - Good Buddy on 05/24/2022 09:14:42

May 24, 2022 - 10:37:47 AM
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283 posts since 12/6/2021

Originally posted by Mad Hornet

I met a guy in Knoxville last year who looked just like Jack Elam. With the one stray eye and everything. He never even heard of him I was cracking up.

I met James Griffith in Detroit many years ago when I was a teenager. He was a very nice guy and on the quiet side.


May 24, 2022 - 10:39:06 AM



10288 posts since 7/1/2006

Bryan Cranston

Tom Hanks

May 24, 2022 - 11:07:31 AM

11147 posts since 8/22/2006

Tommy Lee Jones
Clint Eastwood
Kevin Costner
Robert Duvall

These four play pretty good cowboys
In the shadow of the Duke.

He doesn't rate quite as high on my list as the above but he has time.

Brad Pitt in his military roles. Especially the movie Fury every time that movie plays I watch.  

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 05/24/2022 11:13:25

May 24, 2022 - 2:36:45 PM
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TN Time


283 posts since 12/6/2021

Some interesting names suggested here, but some of them are actors who play leading roles and are not considered to be "character actors."

May 24, 2022 - 3:14:51 PM
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John Anderson
Richard Anderson
R. G. Armstrong
Murray Hamilton
J. D. Cannon

J. D. Cannon played a key role in the final episode of The Fugitive. His character added a twist to the plot of the entire series that no one ever saw coming.

May 24, 2022 - 3:57:33 PM
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1495 posts since 5/27/2006

Wiford Brimley, always liked the characters he played. Actually, got to meet him once when he lived in our town.

May 24, 2022 - 4:42:42 PM

3979 posts since 9/12/2016

james best--

peter lorre

katy jurado

Edited by - Tractor1 on 05/24/2022 16:54:30

May 24, 2022 - 7:24:10 PM

3979 posts since 9/12/2016

bruce dern was said to get accolades from other character actors as the man that shot John wayne he is one of the best --the ultimate whiny opinion giver---but Karl Malden would  not be much of an improvement

Edited by - Tractor1 on 05/24/2022 19:29:23

May 24, 2022 - 7:46:30 PM
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283 posts since 12/6/2021

Add to my list:
Harry Lauter
Chill Wills
Morgan Woodward
Dub Taylor
Andy Clyde
Andy Devine
Pat Butram


May 24, 2022 - 11:25:36 PM

2331 posts since 1/16/2010

Bela Lugosi

May 24, 2022 - 11:59:06 PM



64342 posts since 10/5/2013

Speck Rhodes laugh


Edited by - chuckv97 on 05/25/2022 00:00:29

May 25, 2022 - 12:24:05 AM
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My hat's off to whomever cast Dub Taylor and Michael Pollard as father and son in "Bonnie & Clyde"

They've each been in LOTS of other stuff, before and since, but the family resemblance of two unrelated people was spot on.

May 25, 2022 - 1:48:11 AM

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26051 posts since 6/25/2005

Abe Vigoda
Hector Elizondo

Greatest character actor ever, though he was a star: Daniel Day-Lewis.

May 25, 2022 - 3:33:46 AM

4673 posts since 12/6/2009

let us not forget, Marlon Brando ;

after a hiatus in the early 1970s, Brando was generally content with being a highly paid character actor in supporting roles, such as Jor-El in Superman (1978), as Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (1979), and Adam Steiffel in The Formula (1980), before taking a nine-year break from film. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Brando was paid a record $3.7 million ($17 million in inflation-adjusted dollars) and 11.75% of the gross profits for 13 days' work on Superman.

Brando was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth-greatest movie star among male movie stars whose screen debuts occurred in or before 1950. He was one of only six actors named in 1999 by Time magazine in its list of the 100 Most Important People of the Century.[8] In this list, Time also designated Brando as the "Actor of the Century".[9]

Edited by - overhere on 05/25/2022 03:39:10

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