Your Favorite Character Actors

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  1. Assassin32

    Assassin32 Or: Ronin Iscariot

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    Will Patton
    Sid Haig
    David Keith
    James Rebhorn
    Craig T. Nelson
    John C. Reily
    Tim Curry
    Robert Forster
    Dylan Baker
    Blake Clark
    Christopher MacDonald
    Michael Rooker
    Jay O. Sanders
    Danny Trejo
    Mark Boone Junior
    Bill Duke
    Michael Bowen
    Giancarlo Esposito
    R. Lee Ermey
    Michael Parks
    Eric Roberts
    Kevin Pollack
    Henry Gibson
    John C. McGinley
    Gary Cole
    William Fichner
    Wes Studi
    Edward Herrman
    Joe Morton
    Pete Postlethwaite
    Richard Jenkins
    Ken Foree
    William Forsythe
    David Strathairn
    Powers Boothe
    Saul Rubinek
    Ethan Suplee
    Charles Martin Smith
    Bill Nunn

    I love character actors. Name some other badasses.
     
  2. Danger Mouse

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    Denzel Washington
     
  3. Octoberist

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    Johnny Depp

    Gary Oldman

    Benico Del Toro
     
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    Characters often played by actors:

    -Christopher Walken: the creepy, foreboding crazy guy

    -Christopher Lee: the bad guy

    -Jim Carrey: the overacting, hyperkinetic idiot (this is more evident went he tries to take himself seriously)

    -Tilda Swinton: anything that's not human

    -Patrick Stewart: the wise, British bald guy

    -Adam Sandler: the immature, childish idiot

    -Eddie Murphy: the funny, loud, rambicous black guy

    -Arnold Schwarzenegger: the muscle-bound badass that blows the **** out of bad guys

    -Sarah Michelle Gellar: anything that drives someone with more than one brain cell into a crazed frenzy

    -Alan Rickman: the uptight, nanal-retentive British guy

    -Danny Trejo: the stereotypical Mexican gang member/criminal

    -Robert DeNiro: the mobster/mob boss

    -Chazz Palminitieri: the evilier-than-the-rest-of-the-mobsters mob boss

    -Alan Cumming: imitates Paul Reubens
     
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    Johnny Depp hasn't played a clear character part since Before Night Falls, which filmed 7 or 8 years ago, and he doesn't have one lined up for the next couple years with 'Pirates 2 & 3, Shantaram, and The Rum Diary. Gary Oldman could relatively acurately be called a character actor. Benicio certainly looks to be transitioning out of that, but he's still most known for character parts. Johnny Depp CERTAINLY isn't one. He's an A-plus-list, leading man. The most versatile one perhaps, the coolest one perhaps, but certainly not a character actor. Denzel Washington might be even less a character actor than Depp.
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    the first few who come to mind for me are

    Keith David

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    Noah Emmerich

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    and Nicky Katt

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    Johnny Depp is my hero.
     
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    -Anna Faris
    -Ryan Reynolds
    -Tobey Maguire
    -Topher Grace
    -Tom Hanks
    -Harrison Ford
    -Christian Bale
    -Morgan Freeman
    -Bruce Willis
    -Bryce Dallas Howard
    -Tony Todd
    -Val Kilmer
    -David Spade
    -Owen Wilson
    -Ben Stiller
    -Will Ferrell
    -Kevin James
    -Terry O'Quinn
    -Vince Vaughn
    -Bruce Campbell
     
  8. My vengeance

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    Joe Pesci is easily my favorite.
     
  9. BT18

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    the only people on that list who are character actors are Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Terry O'Quinn, and Bruce Campbell.
     
  10. Carmine Falcone

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    Yes. He's awesome.

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    Christopher Walken is great aswell.
     
  11. green

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    Jim Carrey
    Arnold Schwartzenegger
    Sam L.Jackson
    Brad Dourif
    Hayden Christensen
    James Franco
    Willem Dafoe
    Eric Stoltz
    Johnny Depp
    Orlando Bloom
    Morgan Freeman
    Robert Duvall
    Antonio Banderas
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Dennis Quaid
    Hank Azaria
    Al Pacino
     
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    where the hell is the love for Reginald VelJohnson?! :mad:

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  14. Halcohol

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    Good call. He's always got the creepy, sinister, serial-killer vibe about him. Even when he did his guest appearance on Voyager he was, in the end, the murderer.

    Same with Eric Stoltz. You just can't trust the pale red-headed guy, ever :p

    To keep with the Pulp Fiction vibe, a lot of the actors starring in it were perfect examples of great character actors:

    1. Samuel L. Jackson
    2. Uma Thurman
    3. Ving Rhames
    4. Harvey Keitel

    I don't include John Travolta or Bruce Willis in this list because honestly, Travolta's had some god-awful characters and got his claim to fame by being able to sing & dance. Bruce Willis plays the same character all the time, the tired, reluctant, bitter hero. I WOULD have put Steve Buscemi on this list, but he's more of a comedic actor than a real deep character actor. Go figure, huh :p
     
  15. SuperFerret

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    Walken is awesome, but I've always thought Wayne Knight was one of the better unsung character actors.
     
  16. Assassin32

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    James Woods
    Debi Mazar
    Fairuza Balk
    Michael Ironside
    Rutger Hauer
    Fred Williamson
    The late, great Chris Penn
     
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    Johnny Depp
    Harrison Ford
    Uma Thurman
    Robert DeNiro
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Tom Hanks
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
     
  19. Warhammer

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    My Top 5:

    Christopher Walken.
    Denzel Washington.
    Harrison Ford.
    Samuel L. Jackson.
    Michael Ironside.

    :cool:
     
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    George Clooney.

    And Leo DiCaprio's not so bad, either.
     
  21. Mr. Socko

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    LMAO! Perfect list.
     
  22. cerealkiller182

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    DANNY TREJO. If you need a mexican hes your man!!!!!!!!!!
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    Also, a lot of ppl seem dont seem to be on agreement of character actors. When someone says character actors he usually refers to someone who has starred in many different roles and many different films whose name is prolly not on the poster. Think actors who have been in thousands of supporting roles and you recognize them all the time except you never know their name cause their not the star or the celeb. This prolly isnt the classic definition but most people think this more than the fact that Adam Snadler, Bruce Willis, and VIn Diesel play the same type of character in everything.

    So far, the only person who really succeeded in being the all-time greatest character actor with resonable fame for his acting is Christopher Walken who everyone knows and loves.
     
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    Carl Winslow! :D :p
     
  24. Warhammer

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    Wow, I also forgot Willem Dafoe.
    I really like him as an actor for some reason.
     
  25. Strange

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    Did you watch any of his acting on the Soprano's?
     

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