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2012-02-17 07:45:22 PM
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I find it amazing that SpongeBob SquarePants has 2 guys who played evil prison guards: Mr. Krabs is Clancy Brown (Byron Hadley in Shawshank), and Patrick Star is Bill Fagerbakke (Karl Metzger in Oz).

/yeah, I know Fagerbakke isn't in this group
//JK Simmons was also an evil inmate on Oz,
///Red Forman was just as nasty as a criminal in RoboCop, and worse in Dead Poets -- more real
 
2012-02-17 08:19:12 PM
Fails without Glenn Morshower, Clark Gregg and David Morse.
 
2012-02-17 08:24:42 PM
Fails without David Warner.
 
2012-02-17 09:02:05 PM
How have I never realized that Stephen Root was Milton?
 
2012-02-17 09:15:10 PM
I can't believe Chris McDonald looks like that in real person. As if he's gone punk. Are we sure that's the same villain from Happy Gilmore?
 
2012-02-17 09:15:54 PM
What does "character actor" even mean? All actors play characters. And what's the deal with airplane peanuts?
 
2012-02-17 09:17:21 PM
Holy crap! Kurgan is Mr. Krabs?! And Vern is the yellow M&M! How did I not know this.
 
2012-02-17 09:43:17 PM

Mugato: What does "character actor" even mean? All actors play characters. And what's the deal with airplane peanuts?


It's someone who generally plays eccentric or unusual characters, usually in a supporting role
 
2012-02-17 09:52:53 PM

ArkAngel: Mugato: What does "character actor" even mean? All actors play characters. And what's the deal with airplane peanuts?

It's someone who generally plays eccentric or unusual characters, usually in a supporting role


List fails without Wallace Shawn.
 
2012-02-17 10:19:52 PM

GAT_00: How have I never realized that Stephen Root was Milton?


He was also Principal Gary Murray in the 1992 movie, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and more recently he was in Kevin Smith's "Red State" as Sheriff Wynan.

Still, I think Milton Waddams is one of his best roles to date.
 
2012-02-17 10:22:17 PM

simplicimus: ArkAngel: Mugato: What does "character actor" even mean? All actors play characters. And what's the deal with airplane peanuts?

It's someone who generally plays eccentric or unusual characters, usually in a supporting role

List fails without Wallace Shawn.


Inconceivable!
 
2012-02-17 10:25:40 PM

Bathia_Mapes: simplicimus: ArkAngel: Mugato: What does "character actor" even mean? All actors play characters. And what's the deal with airplane peanuts?

It's someone who generally plays eccentric or unusual characters, usually in a supporting role

List fails without Wallace Shawn.

Inconceivable!


Yes, they made one of the greatest mistakes.
 
2012-02-17 10:26:25 PM

Bathia_Mapes: He was also Principal Gary Murray in the 1992 movie, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and more recently he was in Kevin Smith's "Red State" as Sheriff Wynan.


Never watched either. I think of him as Jimmy James.
 
2012-02-17 10:32:14 PM
And no love for Armin Shimerman, from DS9 and Buffy?
 
2012-02-18 12:01:27 AM
I'm not gonna name an unacknowledged character actor and claim FAIL. Instead, I'm going to aver that J.K. Simmons is a bona fide movie star and doesn't belong up there. FAIL.
 
2012-02-18 12:13:55 AM

CitizenTed: I'm not gonna name an unacknowledged character actor and claim FAIL. Instead, I'm going to aver that J.K. Simmons is a bona fide movie star and doesn't belong up there. FAIL.


Well, fine. Gary Cole was the lead in Crusade.
 
2012-02-18 12:32:56 AM
Interactive has now been devalued down to alt text on hover?
 
2012-02-18 12:33:35 AM

GAT_00: How have I never realized that Stephen Root was Milton?


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2012-02-18 12:35:48 AM
Is there an explanation as to why these are the worse possible pictures of these folks?
 
2012-02-18 12:40:01 AM
List fails for not mentioning Judy Greer's amazing voice work in Archer.
 
2012-02-18 12:40:05 AM

simplicimus: CitizenTed: I'm not gonna name an unacknowledged character actor and claim FAIL. Instead, I'm going to aver that J.K. Simmons is a bona fide movie star and doesn't belong up there. FAIL.

Well, fine. Gary Cole was the lead in Crusade.


And he was Sheriff Lucas Buck in 'American Gothic'.

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2012-02-18 12:41:18 AM

suziequzie: simplicimus: CitizenTed: I'm not gonna name an unacknowledged character actor and claim FAIL. Instead, I'm going to aver that J.K. Simmons is a bona fide movie star and doesn't belong up there. FAIL.

Well, fine. Gary Cole was the lead in Crusade.

And he was Sheriff Lucas Buck in 'American Gothic'.

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That was a great show.
 
2012-02-18 12:41:26 AM
I don't see Leland Orser, Xander Berkeley or Garrett Dillahunt,but this isn't a bad sampling.
 
2012-02-18 12:48:32 AM

Shabash: [cdn.uproxx.com image 640x439]

I find it amazing that SpongeBob SquarePants has 2 guys who played evil prison guards: Mr. Krabs is Clancy Brown (Byron Hadley in Shawshank), and Patrick Star is Bill Fagerbakke (Karl Metzger in Oz).

/yeah, I know Fagerbakke isn't in this group
//JK Simmons was also an evil inmate on Oz,
///Red Forman was just as nasty as a criminal in RoboCop, and worse in Dead Poets -- more real


Fun fact: the receptionist that Kurtwood Smith (aka Red Forman) hits on in RoboCop... his actual wife.

Also, he was in a couple of Star Trek movies in heavy makeup. Awesome.
 
2012-02-18 12:51:54 AM
i would hardly call danny trejo a character actor. he plays the exact same character in every movie he's in. that is, a fictional version of himself. character actors are usually able to switch between heroes and villains and play a variety of types.

they also call the kurgan from highlander a "time-traveling" villain, which makes me wonder if they actually watched the movie.
 
2012-02-18 12:54:49 AM
As much as I love Justified, every time I saw Mags and Arlo in Season 2, I kept flashing back to Walk Hard.

/You've gone smell blind, Raylan!
//The wrong kid died, Raylan.
 
2012-02-18 12:57:46 AM

The Whore Of Mensa: Shabash: [cdn.uproxx.com image 640x439]

I find it amazing that SpongeBob SquarePants has 2 guys who played evil prison guards: Mr. Krabs is Clancy Brown (Byron Hadley in Shawshank), and Patrick Star is Bill Fagerbakke (Karl Metzger in Oz).

/yeah, I know Fagerbakke isn't in this group
//JK Simmons was also an evil inmate on Oz,
///Red Forman was just as nasty as a criminal in RoboCop, and worse in Dead Poets -- more real

Fun fact: the receptionist that Kurtwood Smith (aka Red Forman) hits on in RoboCop... his actual wife.

Also, he was in a couple of Star Trek movies in heavy makeup. Awesome.


Also in a 2 part Voyager episode.
 
2012-02-18 01:00:50 AM
Stephen Lang will always be Freddie Lounds to me.....
 
2012-02-18 01:06:37 AM
Danny Trejo looks pretty good for being 67 years old.
 
2012-02-18 01:08:45 AM

simplicimus: suziequzie: simplicimus: CitizenTed: I'm not gonna name an unacknowledged character actor and claim FAIL. Instead, I'm going to aver that J.K. Simmons is a bona fide movie star and doesn't belong up there. FAIL.

Well, fine. Gary Cole was the lead in Crusade.

And he was Sheriff Lucas Buck in 'American Gothic'.

[tvmegasite.net image 640x426]

That was a great show.


Merly!

Surprised the kid turned up in that car movie. Almost remember his real name. Not gonna look it up.

/Merly
 
2012-02-18 01:26:36 AM

enderthexenocide: they also call the kurgan from highlander a "time-traveling" villain, which makes me wonder if they actually watched the movie.


It's almost as if they watched another Highlander movie...with time travel...and aliens. Nah, just like the Immortals themselves, when it comes to the movies, there can be only one.
 
2012-02-18 01:33:43 AM

suziequzie: simplicimus: CitizenTed: I'm not gonna name an unacknowledged character actor and claim FAIL. Instead, I'm going to aver that J.K. Simmons is a bona fide movie star and doesn't belong up there. FAIL.

Well, fine. Gary Cole was the lead in Crusade.

And he was Sheriff Lucas Buck in 'American Gothic'.

[tvmegasite.net image 640x426]


And Mike Brady in "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "A Very Brady Sequel".
 
2012-02-18 01:35:04 AM

enderthexenocide: i would hardly call danny trejo a character actor. he plays the exact same character in every movie he's in. that is, a fictional version of himself. character actors are usually able to switch between heroes and villains and play a variety of types.

they also call the kurgan from highlander a "time-traveling" villain, which makes me wonder if they actually watched the movie.


They were correct. It's subtle, so I can understand if you missed it the first time through, but the Kurgan is steadily moving forward in time throughout the whole movie. Watch it again, I think you'll be surprised.
 
2012-02-18 01:38:30 AM
It's been stated, but throwing Danny Trejo in with serious character actors is a huge reach. I love the dude, but he's basically just a mexican Eddie Bunker. The legitimacy of his real life background makes up for his complete and utter lack of any acting ability. He has a strong presence on screen, sure, but unless you consider the wearing of different hats to be method acting, he ain't exactly a contemporary of Gary Oldman.
 
2012-02-18 01:41:00 AM

neilbradley: The Whore Of Mensa: Shabash: [cdn.uproxx.com image 640x439]

I find it amazing that SpongeBob SquarePants has 2 guys who played evil prison guards: Mr. Krabs is Clancy Brown (Byron Hadley in Shawshank), and Patrick Star is Bill Fagerbakke (Karl Metzger in Oz).

/yeah, I know Fagerbakke isn't in this group
//JK Simmons was also an evil inmate on Oz,
///Red Forman was just as nasty as a criminal in RoboCop, and worse in Dead Poets -- more real

Fun fact: the receptionist that Kurtwood Smith (aka Red Forman) hits on in RoboCop... his actual wife.

Also, he was in a couple of Star Trek movies in heavy makeup. Awesome.

Also in a 2 part Voyager episode.


...oooh... have to check that out.

Saw Clancy Brown in an episode of Enterprise. Yea!
 
2012-02-18 01:55:24 AM
How the hell is Danny Trejo almost 70. What. The. Hell.

Dude looks mid 50s.
 
2012-02-18 01:59:02 AM

d_the_sandman: It's been stated, but throwing Danny Trejo in with serious character actors is a huge reach. I love the dude, but he's basically just a mexican Eddie Bunker. The legitimacy of his real life background makes up for his complete and utter lack of any acting ability. He has a strong presence on screen, sure, but unless you consider the wearing of different hats to be method acting, he ain't exactly a contemporary of Gary Oldman.


Do we really know that Danny Trejo is not a good actor? I mean, until Keanau Reeves started playing something other than stoners, you really couldn't tell that he couldn't act. Maybe Danny has just been so typecast that he just hasn't been given the opportunity to shine for us as a thespian.
 
2012-02-18 02:05:15 AM

Teufelaffe: d_the_sandman: It's been stated, but throwing Danny Trejo in with serious character actors is a huge reach. I love the dude, but he's basically just a mexican Eddie Bunker. The legitimacy of his real life background makes up for his complete and utter lack of any acting ability. He has a strong presence on screen, sure, but unless you consider the wearing of different hats to be method acting, he ain't exactly a contemporary of Gary Oldman.

Do we really know that Danny Trejo is not a good actor? I mean, until Keanau Reeves started playing something other than stoners, you really couldn't tell that he couldn't act. Maybe Danny has just been so typecast that he just hasn't been given the opportunity to shine for us as a thespian.


Keanu Reeves played something other than stoners?
 
2012-02-18 02:13:45 AM

RyansPrivates: Stephen Lang will always be Freddie Lounds to me.....


He'll always be the 'Party Crasher' to me...
 
2012-02-18 02:21:24 AM
Part of an old website devoted to guys like thes (new window), hasn't been updated in like forever, but it's got dozens more of these guys. Even some who kinda slithered into that region between the A- And B-lists since then.
 
2012-02-18 02:22:31 AM

simplicimus: Bathia_Mapes: simplicimus: ArkAngel: Mugato: What does "character actor" even mean? All actors play characters. And what's the deal with airplane peanuts?

It's someone who generally plays eccentric or unusual characters, usually in a supporting role

List fails without Wallace Shawn.

Inconceivable!

Yes, they made one of the greatest mistakes.


They started a land war in Asia?
 
2012-02-18 02:44:15 AM
They couldn't get the ultimate character actor?

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2012-02-18 02:47:08 AM

Teufelaffe: d_the_sandman: It's been stated, but throwing Danny Trejo in with serious character actors is a huge reach. I love the dude, but he's basically just a mexican Eddie Bunker. The legitimacy of his real life background makes up for his complete and utter lack of any acting ability. He has a strong presence on screen, sure, but unless you consider the wearing of different hats to be method acting, he ain't exactly a contemporary of Gary Oldman.

Do we really know that Danny Trejo is not a good actor? I mean, until Keanau Reeves started playing something other than stoners, you really couldn't tell that he couldn't act. Maybe Danny has just been so typecast that he just hasn't been given the opportunity to shine for us as a thespian.



Machete and Breaking Bad were the main reasons I stopped giving him the benefit of the doubt. Both were pretty huge opportunities for him to show off any acting chops in reserve. Nothing.
 
2012-02-18 03:34:11 AM

CZMisfitsFan: They couldn't get the ultimate character actor?

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Damn,you're right!
 
2012-02-18 04:03:50 AM
No love for Rutger Hauer?
 
2012-02-18 04:06:59 AM

CitizenTed: I'm not gonna name an unacknowledged character actor and claim FAIL. Instead, I'm going to aver that J.K. Simmons is a bona fide movie star and doesn't belong up there. FAIL.


True enough, but I still got a smile out of seeing him there.
 
2012-02-18 04:16:37 AM
Failure continues without Harry Dean Stanton.
 
2012-02-18 04:39:04 AM
List needs more females, like Siobhan Fallon (The Negotiator, Men in Black) and Megan Cavanagh (A League of Their Own).
 
2012-02-18 05:31:55 AM

Apos: I don't see Leland Orser, Xander Berkeley or Garrett Dillahunt,but this isn't a bad sampling.


Garret Dillahunt is amazing amazing amazing amazing! I will watch anything that man is in.


Also since I am on my droid and can not see the full site, can someone please confirm for me that my drunk is seeing John Hawkes in that picture. Because he is ALSO amazing.
 
2012-02-18 06:04:53 AM
It's always annoyed me that the ability to actually act relegates one to second tier "character actor."
 
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