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(Buzzfeed)   The 25 best "That Guy" actors. It includes the guy from the thing, the guy who's always nervous, the guy who's always playing military roles, the Farmer's Insurance guy, and, for some reason, Tom Wilkinson   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 340
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2012-07-17 02:10:56 AM
Not him?

Or him?

Or even him?

Then what about him?
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2012-07-17 02:31:05 AM

UnderwaterAlly: Most of this list isn't really "that guy" if you've watched any movies or shows from the past 5-6 years. Seriously, some of them have major recurring character roles in some of the biggest tv shows from 2005-present. You cannot consider them a "that guy" when they are that important to the plot line of several shows over the course of just a few years.


No, you're wrong. You're wrong on the internet, even. The whole point of a that guy is they appear so frequently in big projects/roles that everyone recognises their face and can name things they've been in, but are never the lead and are never so important or famous that people bother to learn or remember their name. So they just get referred to as "that guy who plays..."

For example, JK Simmons. Name is news to me, and I will soon forget it. Yes I will recognise his FACE, but I would never have been able to put a name to the face or a face to the name. And that's probably true for the vast majority of people who watch anything he's in.

Titus Welliver though... unf! How can you not know his name? It's as awesome as he is. TITUS!
 
2012-07-17 02:44:46 AM

JasonOfOrillia: phimuskapsi: Kip Raines from Gone in 60 Seconds, Boiler Room, etc.

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I've seen Ribisi in a number of films and I'm impressed with the breadth of his acting ability. The last two roles of his that I've seen are Moberg in the Rum Diaries and Kendall in Basic. it's hard to tell that it is the same person for both. Couple that with his performance in Tykwer's Heaven and you have one good actor.


Agreed, he is good. but he'll still always be "hey it's that guy" as you try and place him.
 
2012-07-17 03:12:52 AM

zeppo: Late 60's/early 70's TV, if you needed a guy who was either a) a hopeless drunk on the edge of DTs or b) on the verge of a nervous breakdown, this was That Guy:

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which is why he was PERFECT as Decker.

Somebody mentioned Burt Mustin being on Dragnet a couple of times...well....NObody appeared on Dragnet just once. Webb basically had his own little rep company - most of whom were his drinking buddies. Guys like Olan Soule, Barney Phillips and Art Ballinger showed up five or six times a year. Or if you were lucky like This Guy

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you worked it into a regular gig on Adam 12, and THEN after A-12 ends, you get a regular gig on EMERGENCY, Webb's OTHER show.

He even showed up a couple of times on TNG as a cop! (name was William Boyett btw)

And lets not forget 70's sitcom's favorite neurotic:

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and their favorite dirty old man, either

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Or these guys:

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2012-07-17 06:11:01 AM
Have we mentioned:

Joey Pants?
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Fred Thompson?
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Vinnie Jones?
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2012-07-17 06:14:02 AM
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MIckey Jones
 
2012-07-17 06:14:29 AM

Doctor Jan Itor: Have we mentioned:



Fred Thompson?
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I dunno... five years on Law and Order kind of kills the whole "that guy" thing, IMO.
 
2012-07-17 07:08:54 AM
What's going on in this thread?
horsesthink.com

/Hot like Gedde Watanabe
 
2012-07-17 07:51:10 AM

Weaver95: Pelleg


It's funny, he's been cast as supernatural characters that are possible hallucinations in the last 3 things I've seen him in (Lost, Supernatural and Being Human (U.S.). Sometimes concurrently! That's an odd bit of typecasting.
 
2012-07-17 08:15:28 AM
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My new favorite "guy".
/Last chance to look at me, Hector....
/Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding!
 
2012-07-17 08:45:10 AM

GypsyJoker: zeppo: Late 60's/early 70's TV, if you needed a guy who was either a) a hopeless drunk on the edge of DTs or b) on the verge of a nervous breakdown, this was That Guy:

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which is why he was PERFECT as Decker.

Somebody mentioned Burt Mustin being on Dragnet a couple of times...well....NObody appeared on Dragnet just once. Webb basically had his own little rep company - most of whom were his drinking buddies. Guys like Olan Soule, Barney Phillips and Art Ballinger showed up five or six times a year. Or if you were lucky like This Guy

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you worked it into a regular gig on Adam 12, and THEN after A-12 ends, you get a regular gig on EMERGENCY, Webb's OTHER show.

He even showed up a couple of times on TNG as a cop! (name was William Boyett btw)

And lets not forget 70's sitcom's favorite neurotic:

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and their favorite dirty old man, either

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Or these guys:

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Which is why Barney Miller is one of the greatest shows of all time - every episode is a PARADE of the best character actors/ bit players of the 70s
 
2012-07-17 08:51:33 AM

Needlessly Complicated: Robert Maschio?


The Todd is not a "that guy"

He is simply The Todd.
 
2012-07-17 09:30:37 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Doctor Jan Itor: Have we mentioned:



Fred Thompson?
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I dunno... five years on Law and Order kind of kills the whole "that guy" thing, IMO.


I think running for president would have killed any "that guy" anonymity.
 
2012-07-17 09:47:50 AM
Read that as "Colm WIlkinson".

Who is he?

nationalpostarts.files.wordpress.com

He's 24601.
 
2012-07-17 09:57:52 AM
By "Farmers Insurance Guy" you of course mean voice of Cave Johnson and Tenzin right subby?
 
2012-07-17 10:40:16 AM

GypsyJoker:
Or these guys:

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He'll always be Yancy Tucker to me
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2012-07-17 11:06:33 AM

scottydoesntknow: WhoIsWillo: FirstNationalBastard: J. K. Simmons is a "that guy"? He's been on Law and Order! Oz! HE WAS J. JONAH. JAMESON IN THE SPIDER-MAN MOVIE SERIES THAT DIDN'T SUCK!

And yet, to a lot of people, he's "Juno's Dad" or "The Farmer's Insurance Ads Guy".

He's awesome, but he's better known for his roles than his name, and for a lot of people, he's OH! HIM!

I also think the JJJ mustache/hair really hid him.

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I didn't recognize him the first time I saw it


He'll always be Schillinger to me.
 
2012-07-17 11:08:39 AM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Probably my favorite Bruce McGill appearance:

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/He was my partner
//You understand?


My favorite Miami Vice episode, hands down.
 
2012-07-17 11:34:41 AM

The_Sponge: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Probably my favorite Bruce McGill appearance:

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/He was my partner
//You understand?

You have excellent taste.


Thanks, I see we share the same taste in shows!

Orgasmatron138: My favorite Miami Vice episode, hands down.


Top 3 for me for sure. Something about the Dire Straits song at the end just does it for me.
 
2012-07-17 11:54:49 AM

GreenThumb: No Michael O'Neill?
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Yes. But he'll always be Ron Butterfield to me.
 
2012-07-17 12:01:14 PM

EKU Colonel: What about Ethan Suplee? Other than "My Name is Earl" he plays a lot of background roles:

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Was he also the fat guy staring at the magic eye poster in Mallrats?
 
2012-07-17 12:18:48 PM

WhoIsWillo: Weaver95: Mark Pellegrino might have started off that way but ever since his stint on Supernatural he's come across as a pretty good actor.

All the guys on this list are pretty good actors. That's why they keep getting work.


Negative. Noah Emmerich is a TERRIBLE actor. His brother is the head of New Line, that's why he keeps getting work.
 
2012-07-17 12:27:55 PM

Keigh: phimuskapsi: Kip Raines from Gone in 60 Seconds, Boiler Room, etc.

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hey get out of my head. I was thinking about him about 6 posts ago. But I know he's Giovanni Ribisi, because I had a crush on him after he played Phoebe's brother


Allow me to ruin your day. Ribisi is a Scientologist.
 
2012-07-17 12:36:14 PM

The Flexecutioner: Keigh: phimuskapsi: Kip Raines from Gone in 60 Seconds, Boiler Room, etc.

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hey get out of my head. I was thinking about him about 6 posts ago. But I know he's Giovanni Ribisi, because I had a crush on him after he played Phoebe's brother

Allow me to ruin your day. Ribisi is a Scientologist.


Seriously?

great.

/i could save him....
 
2012-07-17 12:42:02 PM

Keigh: The Flexecutioner: Keigh: phimuskapsi: Kip Raines from Gone in 60 Seconds, Boiler Room, etc.

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hey get out of my head. I was thinking about him about 6 posts ago. But I know he's Giovanni Ribisi, because I had a crush on him after he played Phoebe's brother

Allow me to ruin your day. Ribisi is a Scientologist.

Seriously?

great.

/i could save him....


Every few years or so I go check out a few websites that have a list of all the celebrities who are Scientologists. Some are categorized as "known" or "suspected" and i remember being slightly crushed to find many people on the list. Others that killed me was Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson. She had (at that time) given the single largest donation to the Church, a $10 million one.

He's still a good actor, but i can't separate the taint from him anymore. I laughed at his criminal idiot character on My Name Is Earl as one of the more redeeming side-characters. That show by and large was mediocre but Ribisi was quite funny in it. Also Jason Lee is a Scientologist.

/the internet told me so
//it must be true
 
2012-07-17 01:12:07 PM

El Brujo: DansLaLuna: Ummmmm...

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Um, but I already know who Luis Guzman, Clint Howard, Matt Forte, and Derrell Revis are.


Um, obviously not, since you got the last 2 wrong...
 
2012-07-17 01:13:42 PM

jim-jim: EKU Colonel: What about Ethan Suplee? Other than "My Name is Earl" he plays a lot of background roles:

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Was he also the fat guy staring at the magic eye poster in Mallrats?


Ahh you dumb bastard, that's not a schooner, it's a sailboat!
 
2012-07-17 02:18:23 PM

CrotchBeard: [i13.photobucket.com image 450x360]
MIckey Jones



CSB:

I met him back in 2002 at a celebrity golf tournament.

/Nice guy.
 
2012-07-17 02:26:08 PM

Orgasmatron138: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Probably my favorite Bruce McGill appearance:
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/He was my partner
//You understand?
My favorite Miami Vice episode, hands down.


That was a damn good one, but the ones centring around Castillo were also awesome, like the two-parter "Golden Triangle", or "Bushido" in which his old KGB nemesis (Dean Stockwell) was trying to get his Japanese wife & kid into hiding. Castillo, however, was barely at all in the 2-our second season opener, "Prodigal Son" which was great even without him -- in no small part due to the all-star cast (Penn Jillette, creepy old Julian Beck with a very memorable monologue, Gene Simmons, Charles S. Dutton, Peter Allen, Luis Guzmán, Anthony Heald, Pam Grier, et al.)
 
2012-07-17 06:10:51 PM

TimSTP: GypsyJoker:
Or these guys:

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He'll always be Yancy Tucker to me
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Or the preacher in High Plains Drifter.
 
2012-07-17 07:19:07 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Read that as "Colm WIlkinson".

Who is he?

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He's 24601.


Speaking of Colm

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Colm Meaney
 
2012-07-17 07:41:39 PM
Hm, Colm Meaney might be one of those asterisks....has he BEEN in anything that isn't sci-fi/fantasy?

Okay I kid, obviously IMDB tells his story. But, is he really a "that guy"? It seems to me you'd recognize him from Star Trek, in which case you'd -probably- know his name as he headlined on DS9 and was a big B-cast guy on TNG, or, you wouldn't recognize him at all. Tricky...

I also think Fred Thompson lost "thatguy" status when he ran for president. He would then fall into that same category, you either know who he is, or you don't.

Oohh....when is the politics tab getting its list of "that guy"?
 
2012-07-17 07:55:13 PM
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How about Rene Auberjonois?
 
2012-07-17 11:21:14 PM

tira: Hm, Colm Meaney might be one of those asterisks....has he BEEN in anything that isn't sci-fi/fantasy?


Yes, lots. Often playing a mick, of course. One of Tommy Lee Jones' men in Under Siege; spoiler: he gets killed by a guy who's just a cook; Con Air as the guy who keeps pointing out what a hippy dipshait John Cusack is, and lots more. His CV on IMDb goes on and on and on.

He was also Gene Hunt in the first American pilot for Life on Mars (set in L.A., not NYC). He was certainly more age appropriate than Harvey Keitel, and is a whole lot more like Philip Glenister than Keitel was.
 
2012-07-17 11:40:52 PM

FirstNationalBastard: I dunno... five years on Law and Order kind of kills the whole "that guy" thing, IMO.


Cave JK Simmons was on L&O for much longer than that.

Of course, there's no way in hell I'd consider him "That guy," but we're going by TFA's standards, not mine.
 
2012-07-18 12:23:49 AM

HopScotchNSoda: tira: Hm, Colm Meaney might be one of those asterisks....has he BEEN in anything that isn't sci-fi/fantasy?

Yes, lots. Often playing a mick, of course. One of Tommy Lee Jones' men in Under Siege; spoiler: he gets killed by a guy who's just a cook; Con Air as the guy who keeps pointing out what a hippy dipshait John Cusack is, and lots more. His CV on IMDb goes on and on and on.

He was also Gene Hunt in the first American pilot for Life on Mars (set in L.A., not NYC). He was certainly more age appropriate than Harvey Keitel, and is a whole lot more like Philip Glenister than Keitel was.


He was also hilarious as the Elvis-worshipping Dad in The Commitments (which also starred a young, very hot Andrea Corr).
 
2012-07-18 12:32:16 AM

tira: Hm, Colm Meaney might be one of those asterisks....has he BEEN in anything that isn't sci-fi/fantasy?

Okay I kid, obviously IMDB tells his story. But, is he really a "that guy"? It seems to me you'd recognize him from Star Trek, in which case you'd -probably- know his name as he headlined on DS9 and was a big B-cast guy on TNG, or, you wouldn't recognize him at all. Tricky...


HopScotchNSoda: Yes, lots. Often playing a mick, of course. One of Tommy Lee Jones' men in Under Siege; spoiler: he gets killed by a guy who's just a cook; Con Air as the guy who keeps pointing out what a hippy dipshait John Cusack is, and lots more. His CV on IMDb goes on and on and on.

He was also Gene Hunt in the first American pilot for Life on Mars (set in L.A., not NYC). He was certainly more age appropriate than Harvey Keitel, and is a whole lot more like Philip Glenister than Keitel was.


GypsyJoker: He was also hilarious as the Elvis-worshipping Dad in The Commitments (which also starred a young, very hot Andrea Corr).



So none of you have seen Hell on Wheels then...
 
2012-07-18 11:00:14 AM
What about that French guy? Has he graduated from the list?

duels.cz
 
2012-07-18 11:20:25 AM

ottosmom: What about that French guy? Has he graduated from the list?

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Jean Reno? Yes.
 
2012-07-18 04:42:26 PM
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Stuart Margolin.
 
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