In Appreciation of Character Actors (S-Z)

(NOTE: The Full List is the only list being continually updated.)

Character actors, the final part:

William Sadler

Where you know him from:

The Shawshank Redemption, as Heywood

Die Hard 2, as Col. Stuart

The Green Mile, as Klaus Detterick

Also look for him in: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, as Grim Reaper, RocketMan, as “Wild Bill” Overbeck, Kinsey, as Kenneth Braun, The Mist, as Jim, Eagle Eye, as Jerry’s Dad, The Pacific, as Lt. Col. Lewis “Chesty” Puller.

John Savage

Where you know him from:

The Deer Hunter, as Steven

Beauty and the Beast, as Beast/Prince

The Godfather: Part III, as Father Andrew Hagen

Also look for him in: Hair, as Claude Hooper Bukowski, The Onion Field, as Det. Karl Francis Hettinger, Inside Moves, as Roary, Salvador, as John Cassady, Do the Right Thing, as Clifton, The Crossing Guard, as Bobby, The Thin Red Line, as Sgt. McCron, Message in a Bottle, as Johnny Land, Summer of Sam, as Simon, The New World, as Savage.

Telly Savalas

Where you know him from:

The Dirty Dozen, as Archer Maggott

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, as Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Birdman of Alcatraz, as Feto Gomez

Cape Fear, as Private Detective Charles Sievers

Also look for him in: The Greatest Story Ever Told, as Pontius Pilate, Battle of the Bulge, as Sgt. Guffy, The Scalphunters, as Jim Howie, Mackenna’s Gold, as Sgt. Tibbs, Kelly’s Heroes, as MSgt. Big Joe, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, as Captain Stefan Svevo, The Muppet Movie, as El Sleezo Tough, Cannonball Run II, as Hymie Kaplan.

John Saxon

Where you know him from:

The Appaloosa, as Chuy

Enter the Dragon, as Roper

A Nightmare on Elm Street, as Lt. Donald Thompson

Also look for him in: The Unforgiven, as Johnny Portugal, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, as Byron, The Cardinal, as Benny Rampell, Joe Kidd, as Luis Chama, Black Christmas, as Lt. Fuller, Beverly Hills Cop III, as Orrin Sanderson, From Dusk Till Dawn, as FBI Agent Stanley Chase, Old Dogs, as Paul. Also, The CSIepisode Quentin Tarantino directed, “Grave Danger,” he’s the dude behind the whole thing.

Vincent Schiavelli

Where you know him from:

Ghost, as Subway Ghost

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as Frederickson

Tomorrow Never Dies, as Dr. Kaufman

Death to Smoochy, as Buggy Ding Dong

Also look for him in: An Unmarried Woman, as Man at Party, Night Shift, as Carl, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as Mr. Vargas, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, as John O’Connor, Amadeus, as Salieri’s Valet, Better Off Dead…, as Mr. Kerber, Batman Returns, as Organ Grinder, The People vs. Larry Flynt, as Chester.

Richard Schiff

Where you know him from:

The West Wing, as Toby Ziegler

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as Eddie Carr

Ray, as Jerry Wexler

I Am Sam, as Mr. Turner

Also look for him in: Young Guns II, as Rat Bag, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, as Gun Clerk, Malcolm X, as JFK Reporter, The Bodyguard, as Skip Thomas, Hoffa, as Government Attorney, My Life, as Young Bill Ivanovich, The Hudsucker Proxy, as Mailroom Screamer, Major League II, as Director, Speed, as Train Driver, Se7en, as Mark Swarr (John Doe’s Lawyer), City Hall, as Larry Schwartz, Volcano, as Haskins, Deep Impact, as Don Biederman, Doctor Dolittle, as Dr. Gene Reiss, Lucky Numbers, as Jerry Green, What’s the Worst That Could Happen?, as Walter Greenbaum, Last Chance Harvey, as Marvin, Solitary Man, as Steve Heller.

Jason Schwartzman

Where you know him from:

Rushmore, as Max Fischer

I Heart Huckabees, as Albert Markovski

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, as Gideon Graves

Bored to Death, as Jonathan Ames

Also look for him in: Spun, as Ross, S1m0ne, as Milton, Bewitched, as Ritchie, Shopgirl, as Jeremy, Marie Antoinette, as Louis XVI, The Darjeeling Limited (and Hotel Chevalier), as Jack, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, as Ringo Starr, Funny People, as Mark Taylor Jackson, Fantastic Mr. Fox, as Ash

Rade Serbedzija

Where you know him from:

Snatch., as Boris the Blade (aka Boris the Bullet Dodger)

EuroTrip, as Tibor (He loves Miami Wice.)

You don’t need any more than this. You know who he is.

Also know him from: The Saint, as Ivan Tretiak, Mighty Joe Young, as Andrei Strasser, Eyes Wide Shut, as Mr. Milich, Mission: Impossible II, as Dr. Nekhorvich, Space Cowboys, as General Vostov, The Quiet American, as Inspector Vigot, Batman Begins, as Homeless Man, Shooter, as Michael Sandor, 24, as Dmitri Gredenko (Season 6), Quarantine, as Yuri Ivanov, Middle Man, as Nikita Sokoloff, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, as Gregorovitch, X-Men: First Class, as Russian General.

Robert Shaw

This is the definition of character actor. What a boss.

Where you know him from:

Jaws, as Quint

The Sting, as Doyle Lonnegan

From Russia with Love, as Red Grant

A Man for All Seasons, as Henry VIII

Also look for him in: The Dam Busters, as Flt/Sgt. J. Pulford, Battle of the Bulge, as Col. Hessler, Battle of Britain, as Squadron Leader Skipper, The Taking of Pelham 123, as Blue, Robin and Marian, as Sheriff of Nottingham, Black Sunday, as Ma. David Kabakov, Force 10 from Navarone, as Mallory.

Stan Shaw

Where you know him from:

Snake Eyes, as Lincoln Tyler

Fried Green Tomatoes, as Big George

Also look for him in: Rocky, as Dipper, The Great Santini, as Toomer Smalls, The Monster Squad, as Detctive Sapir, Cutthroat Island, as Glasspoole, Daylight, as George Tyrell.

Wallace Shawn

Where you know him from:

The Princess Bride, as Vizzini

Toy Story, Toy Story 2 & Toy Story 3, as Rex

Clueless, as Mr. Hall

Also look for him in: Manhattan, as Jeremiah, All That Jazz, as Assistant Insurance Man, My Dinner with Andre, as Wally Shawn, Micki + Maude, as Dr. Elliot Fibel, Radio Days, as Masked Avenger, Shadows and Fog, as Simon Carr, A Goofy Movie, as Principal Mazur, Vegas Vacation, as Marty, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, as George Bond, Duplex, as Herman, The Incredibles, as Gilbert Huph, Southland Tales, as Baron Von Westphalen.

Lin Shaye

Where you know her from:

There’s Something About Mary, as Magda

Kingpin, as Landlady

Also look for her in: The Running Man, as Propaganda Officer, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, as Witness, Dumb & Dumber, as Mrs. Neugeboren, Last Man Standing, as The Madame, Detroit Rock City, as Mrs. Bruce, Say It Isn’t So, as Nurse Bautista, Boat Trip, as Sonya the Coach, Snakes on a Plane, as Grace, My Sister’s Keeper, as Nurse Adele.

Ron Silver

Where you know him from:

Reversal of Fortune, as Professor Alan Dershowitz

Find Me Guilty, as Judge Finestein

Ali, as Angelo Dundee

Also look for him in: Best Friends, as Larry Weisman, Silkwood, as Paul Stone, Romancing the Stone, as Vendor, Enemies: a Love Story, as Herman Broder, Mr. Saturday Night, as Larry Meyerson.

J.K. Simmons

Where you know him from:

Spider-ManSpider-Man 2 & Spider-Man 3, as J. Jonah Jameson

Thank You for Smoking, as BR

Juno, as Mac MacGuff

Also look for him in: The Ref, as Siskel, The Jackal, as FBI Agent T.I. Witherspoon, The Cider House Rules, as Ray Kendell, The Mexican, as Ted Slocum, Oz, as Vern Schillinger, Hidalgo, as Buffalo Bill Cody, The Ladykillers, as Garth Pancake, Harsh Times, as Agent Richards, The Astronaut Farmer, as Jacobson, Rendition, as Lee Mayer, Burn After Reading, as CIA Superior, I Love You, Man, as Oswald Klaven, Extract, as Brian, Up in the Air, as Bob, Jennifer’s Body, as Mr. Wroblewski, Law and Order, as Dr. Emil Skoda, The Closer, as Asst. Chief Will Pope, Megamind, as Warden, True Grit, as the voice of J. Noble Daggett

John Slattery

Where you know him from:

Charlie Wilson’s War, as Cravely

Iron Man 2, as Howard Stark

Mad Men, as Roger Sterling

Also look for him in: City Hall, as Det. George, Intel, Eraser, as FBI Agent Corman, Sleepers, as Fred Carlson, Traffic, as ADA Dan Collier, Bad Company, as Roland Yates, Mona Lisa Smile, as Paul Moore, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, as Bert Miller, Flags of Our Fathers, as Bud Gerber, Reservation Road, as Steve Cutter, The Adjustment Bureau, as Richardson.

C. Aubrey Smith

Where you know him from:

Another Thin Man, as Colonel Buff MacFay

Rebecca, as Colonel Julyan

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), as Colonel Zapt

Also look for him in: Love Me Tonight, as Duke d’Artelines, Morning Glory (1933), as Robert Harley “Bob” Hedges, The House of Rothschild, as Duke of Wellington, Cleopatra (1934), as Enobarbus, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, as Maj. Hamilton, Romeo and Juliet (1936), as Lord Capulet, The Garden of Allah, as Father J. Roubier, The Hurricane, as Father Paul, Waterloo Bridge, as The Duke, Madame Curie, as Lord Kelvin, And Then There Were None, as Gen. Sir John Mandrake.

Charles Martin Smith

Where you know him from:

The Untouchables, as Agent Oscar Wallace

American Graffiti, as Terry the Toad

Also look for him in: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, as Bowdre, The Buddy Holly Story, as Ray Bob, Starman, as Mark Shermin, Speechless, as Kratz, Lucky You, as Roy Durocher.

Kurtwood Smith

Where you know him from:

That 70s Show, as Red Forman

RoboCop, as Clarence J. Boddicker

Quick Change, as Russ Crane/Lombino

Also look for him in: Staying Alive, as Choreographer, Rambo III, as Griggs, Dead Poets Society, as Mr. Perry, Oscar, as Lt. Toomey, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, as Federation President, Shadows and Fog, as Prison Director Poe, To Die For, as Earl Stone, Citizen Ruth, as Norm Stoney, Broken Arrow, as Secretary of Defense Baird, A Time to Kill, as Stump Sisson, Deep Impact, as Otis Hefter, Girl, Interrupted, as Dr. Crumble, Cedar Rapids, as Orin Helgesson.

Lane Smith

Where you know him from:

My Cousin Vinny, as Jim Trotter III

The Mighty Ducks, as Coach Jack Reilly

The Distinguished Gentleman, as Dick Dodge

Also look for him in: Rooster Cogburn, as Leroy, Network, as robert McDonough, Resurrection, as Don, Prince of the City, as Tug Barnes, Frances, as Dr. Symington, Red Dawn, as Mayor Bates, Places in the Heart, as Albert Denby, The Legend of Bagger Vance, as Grantland Rice.

Maggie Smith

I feel like a lot of people know Maggie Smith. But I have a feeling a fair amount of people that know her don’t know her from her early work, but rather from the stuff she’s done recently. Which is kind of a shame. Either way, she counts as a character actor.

Where you know her from:

Harry Potter, as Minerva McGonagall

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as Jean Brodie

Hook, as Granny Wendy

Also look for her in: The V.I.P.s, as Miss Mead, The Pumpkin Eater, as Philpot, Othello, as Desdemona, Travels with My Aunt, as Aunt Augusta, Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing, as Lila Fisher, Murder by Death, as Dora Charleston, California Suite, as Diana Barrie, Clash of the Titans, as Thetis, A Room with a View, as Charlotte Bartlett, Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, as Mother Superior,Gosford Park, as Constance Trentham, Becoming Jane, as Lady Gresham.

Timothy Spall

Where you know him from:

Harry Potter, as Peter Pettigrew

The Last Samurai, as Simon Graham

Enchanted, as Nathaniel

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as Beadle Bumford

Also look for him in: Quadrophenia, as Projectionis, White Hunter Black Heart, as Hodkins, Bush Pilot, Secrets & Lies, as Maurice Purley, Hamlet (1996), as Rosencrantz, Still Crazy, as Beano Baggot, Topsy-Turvy, as Richard Temple, Vanilla Sky, as Thomas Tipp, Nicholas Nickleby, as Charles Cheeryble, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, as Poe, Death Defying Acts, as Sugarman, Appaloosa, as Phil Olson, Alice in Wonderland, as Bayard, The King’s Speech, as Winston Churchill.

John Spencer

Where you know him from:

The Rock, as FBI Director Womack

The West Wing, as Leo McGarry

Also look for him in: WarGames, as Jerry, Sea of Love, as Lieutenant, Black Rain, as Oliver, Green Card, as Harry, L.A. Law, as Tommy Mullaney, Albino Alligator, as Jack, Cop Land, as Leo Crasky, The Negotiator, as Chief Al Travis.

G.D. Spradlin

Where you know him from:

The Godfather Part II, as Senator Pat Geary

Apocalypse Now, as General Corman

Also look for him in: Tora! Tora! Tora!, as Cmdr. Maurice E. Curtis (Kimmel’s Communications Officer), MacArthur, as Maj. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger, North Dallas Forty, as B.A. Strothers, The Formula, as Arthur Clements, The War of the Roses, as Harry Thurmont, Ed Wood, as Reverend Lemon, Canadian Bacon, as R.J. Hacker, Nick of Time, as Mystery Man, The Long Kiss Goodnight, as President, Dick, as Ben Bradlee.

Harry Dean Stanton

Where you know him from:

Alien, as Brett

Escape from New York, as Brain

Pretty in Pink, as Jack Walsh

Big Love, as Roman Grant

Also look for him in: The Wrong Man, as Department of Corrections Employee, How the West Was Won, as Gant Henchman, A Fistful of Dollars, as Prison Warden, Cool Hand Luke, as Tramp, Kelly’s Heroes, as Pvt. Willard, Two-Lane Blacktop, as Oklahoma Hitchhiker, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, as Luke, Dillinger, as Homer Van Meter, The Godfather Part II, as F.B.I. Man #1, Farewell, My Lovely, as Det. Billy Rolfe, The Missouri Breaks, as Calvin, Straight Time, as Jerry Schue, The Rose, as Billy Ray, Private Benjamin, as 1st Sgt. Jim Ballard, One from the Heart, as Moe, Christine, as Detective Rudolph Junkins, Repo Man, as Bud, Paris, Texas, as Travis Henderson, Red Dawn, as Mr. Eckert, The Last Temptation of Christ, as Saul/Paul, Wild at Heart, as Johnnie Farragut, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, as Carl Rodd, Down Periscope, as CPO Howard, Chief Engineer, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as Judge, The Straight Story, as Lyle, The Green Mile, as Toot-toot, The Pledge, as Lloyd Cage, Anger Management, as Blind Man, Alpha Dog, as Cosmo Badabeeti, Inland Empire, as Freddie Howard.

Mike Starr

Where you know him from:

Goodfellas, as Frenchie

Dumb and Dumber, as Joe Mentalino

Ed Wood, as George Weiss

Also look for him in: Cruising, as Patrolman Desher, The Natural, as Boone, The Last Dragon, as Rock, The Money Pit, as Lenny, Radio Days, as Burglar, Funny Farm, as Crocker, Punchline, as Man with Bullhorn, New York Stories, as Hardhat (in Woody Allen’s segment), Lean on Me, as Mr. Zirella, Born in the Fourth of July, as Man #1, Arthur’s Bar, Miller’s Crossing, as Frankie, Billy Bathgate, as Judge Martin, The Bodyguard, as Tony, Mad Dog and Glory, as Harold, On Deadly Ground, as Big Mike (loser of the deadliest slap game in motion picture history, but recipient of greatest Steven Seagal motivational speech in motion picture history…”What makes a man”), The Hudsucker Proxy, as Newsroom Reporter, Clockers, as Thumper, James and the Giant Peach, as Beat Cop, Snake Eyes, as Walt McGahn, Summer of Sam, as Eddie, Knockaround Guys, as Bobby Boulevard, Jersey Girl, as Block, The Ice Harvest, as Roy Gelles, The Black Dahlia, as Det. Russ Milliard, Black Dynamite, as Rafelli, Kill the Irishman, as Leo “Lips” Morceri.

Mary Steenburgen

Where you know her from:

Elf, as Emily

Step Brothers, as Nancy Huff

Back to the Future Part III, as Clara Clayton

Also look for her in: Melvin and Howard, as Lynda Dummar, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, as Adrian, Cross Creek, as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Whales of August, as Young Sarah,Parenthood, as Karen Buckman, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, as Betty Carver, Philadelphia, as Belinda Conine, Nixon, as Hannah Nixon, Life as a House, as Coleen Beck, I Am Sam, as Dr. Blake,The Brave One, as Carol, Four Christmases, as Marilyn, In the Electric Mist, as Bootsie Robicheaux,The Proposal, as Grace Paxton, Curb Your Enthusiasm, as, essentially herself (you know, in that Curb way), The Help, as Elain Stein.

Daniel Stern

Where you know him from:

Home Alone & Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, as Marv

City Slickers & City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, as Phil Berquist

The Wonder Years, as Narrator

Also look for him in: Breaking Away, as Cyril, Starting Over, as Student 2, Stardust Memories, as Actor, Diner, as Shrevie, Hannah and Her Sisters, as Dusty, The Milagro Beanfield War, as Herbie Platt, My Blue Heaven, as Will Stubbs, Rookie of the Year, as Brickma, Bushwhacked, as Max Grabelski, Celtic Pride, as Mike O’Hara, Very Bad Things, as Adam Berkow, Dilbert, as Dilbert, Whip It, as Earl Cavendar, The Next Three Days, as Mayor Fisk

Peter Stormare

Where you know him from:

Fargo, as Gaear Grimsrud (“Where’s pancakes house?”)

The Big Lebowski, as Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel

…and, I guess, also, that means, Logjammin’, as Karl Hungus (He fixes the cable.)

Armageddon, as Lev Andropov

Also look for him in: Damage, as Peter Wetzler, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, as Dieter Stark, Mercury Rising, as Shayes, Seinfeld, “The Frogger”, as Slippery Pete, 8MM, as Dino Velvet, Dancer in the Dark, as Jeff, Chocolat, as Derge Muscat, Bad Company, as Adrik Vas, Windtalkers, as Gunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad, Minority Report, as Dr. Solomon Eddie, The Tuxedo, as Dr. Simms, Bad Boys II, as Alexei, Constantine, as Satan, The Brothers Grimm, as Cavaldi, Nacho Libre, as Emperor, Prison Break, as John Abruzzi, Mercenaries (fucking love this game), as Mattias Nilsson, Entourage, as Aaron Cohen, the ex-Mossad security expert, Weeds, as the Chef at the hotel Andy works at who hates him.

David Strathairn

This dude is one of my favorite actors of all time. I fucking love Strathairn.

Where you know him from:

Good Night, and Good Luck, as Edward R. Murrow

A League of Their Own, as Ira Lowenstein

L.A. Confidential, as Pierce Patchett

The Bourne Ultimatum, as Noah Vosen

Also look for him in: Silkwood, as Wesley, At Close Range, as Tony Pine, Matewan, as Sid Hatfield, Eight Men Out, as Eddie Cicotte, Bob Roberts, as Mack Laflin, Sneakers, as Whistler, Passion Fish, as Rennie, The Firm, as Ray McDeere, The River Wild, as Tom Hartman, Dolores Claiborne, as Joe St. George, Home for the Holidays, as Russell Terziak, Simon Birch, as Rev. Russell, A Misdummer Night’s Dream, as Theseus, The Notorious Bettie Page, as Estes Kefauver, We Are Marshall, as President Dedmon, Fracture, as DA Joe Lobruto, My Blueberry Nights, as Arnie, The Spiderwick Chronicles, as Arthur Spiderwick, Cold Souls, as Dr. Flintstein, Howl, as Ralph McIntosh, The Whistleblower, as Peter Ward, and currently, on Alphas, as Dr. Lee Rosen.

Robert Strauss

Where you know him from:

Stalag 17, as Sgt. Animal

The Man with the Golden Arm, as Schwiefka

Also look for him in: The Bridges at Tokyo-Ri, as Beer Barrel, The Seven Year Itch, as Mr. Kruhulik, Attack, as Pfc. Bernstein.

Mark Strong

Where you know him from:

Sherlock Holmes, as Lord Blackwood

Sunshine, as Pinbacker

Stardust, as Septimus

Also look for him in: Revolver, as Sorter, Oliver Twist, as Toby Crackit, Syriana, as Mussawi, Tristan & Isolde, as Wictred, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, as Nick, RocknRolla, as Archy, Good, as Bouhler, Body of Lies ,as Hani, The Young Victoria, as Sir John Conroy, Kick-Ass, as Frank D’aMico, Robin Hood, as Godfrey, The Way Back, as Khabarov, The Guard, as Clive Cornell, The Eagle, as Guern, Green Lantern, as Sinestro, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, as Jim Prideaux.

Saïd Taghmaoui

Where you know him from: 

Three Kings, as Captain Saïd

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, as Breaker

The Kite Runner, as Farid

Also look for him in: La Haine, as Saïd, The Good Thief, as Paoulo, Spartan, as Tariq Asani, Hidalgo, as Prince Bin Al Reeh, I Heart Huckabees, as Translator, Vantage Point, as Suarez, Traitor, as Omar, Conan the Barbarian, as Ela-Shan.

Jeffrey Tambor

Here’s another one — where don’t you know him from?

Where you know him from:

Arrested Development, as George Bluth Sr.

The Larry Sanders Show, as Hank Kingsley

EuroTrip, as Scotty’s Dad

The Hangover &The Hangover Part II, as Sid Garner

Also look for him in: …And Justice for All, as Jay Porter, Life Stinks, as Vance Crasswell, City Slickers, as Lou, Radioland Murders, as Walt Whalen, Jr., Heavy Weights, as Maury Garner, Doctor Dolittle, as Dr. Fish, There’s Something About Mary, as Sully, Meet Joe Black, as Quince, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, as Coach Wenchell, Girl, Interrupted, as Dr. Potts, Pollock, as Clem Greenberg, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as Mayor Augustus Maywho, Hellboy & Hellboy II: The Golden Army, as Tom Manning, SpongeBob Squarepants, as King Neptune, Slipstream, as Geek/Jeffrey/Dr.Geekman, Superhero Movie, as Dr. Whitby, Entourage, as himself, The Invention of Lying, as Anthony, Tangled, as Big Nose Thug, Paul, as Adam Shadowchild, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, as Mr. Gremmins, Archer, as Torvald Utne & Len Drexler

Jessica Tandy

Where you know her from:

Driving Miss Daisy, as Miss Daisy

But also, as I said with her husband, Hume Cronyn, the two were married for 52 years and acted together many times. Here’s that list:

The Seventh Cross, as Liesel Roeder Blonde Fever, as Diner at Inn The Green Years, as Kate Leckie The World According to Garp, as Mrs. Fields Cocoon & Cocoon: The Return, as Alma Finley *batteries not included, as Faye Riley Camilla, as Camilla Cara

Also look for her in: The Valley of Decision, as Louise Kane, Forever Amber, as Nan Britton, The Birds, as Lydia Brenner, Best Friends, as Eleanor McCullen, The Bostonians, as Miss Birdseye, Fried Green Tomatoes, as Ninny Theadgoode, Used People, as Frieda, Nobody’s Fool, as Beryl Peoples.

Jennifer Tilly

Where you know her from:

Bullets over Broadway, as Olive Neal

Liar Liar, as Samantha Cole

Monsters, Inc., as Celia Family Guy, as Bonnie Swanson

Also look for her in: Johnny Be Good, as Connie Hisler, Let it Ride, as Vicki, The Fabulous Baker Boys, as Monica Moran, The Doors, as Okie Girl, The Getaway (1994), as Fran Carvey, House Arrest, as Cindy Figler, Bound, as Violet, Stuart Little, as Mrs. cAmille Stout, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky & Revenge of Chucky, as Tiffany, The Haunted Mansion, as Madame Leota, Tideland, as Queen Gunhilda.

Stephen Toblowsky

Where you know him from:

Groundhog Day, as Ned Ryerson

Memento, as Sammy Jankis

Glee, as Sandy Ryerson (not even hiding it, were you, Glee?)

Also look for him in: Spaceballs, as Captain of the Guard, Mississippi Burning, as Clayton Townley, Great Balls of Fire!, as Jud Phillips, Bird on a Wire, as Joe Weyburn, The Grifters, as Jeweler, Thelma and Louise, as Max, Basic Instinct, as Dr. Lamott, Single White Female, as Mitch Myerson, Sneakers, as Dr. Werner Brandes, Hero, as Wallace, Radioland Murders, as Max Applewhite, Murder in the First, as Mr. Henkin, The Insider, as Eric Kluster, The Country Bears, as Norbert Barrington, National Security, as Billy Narthax, Freaky Friday (2003), as Mr. Bates (classy, guys), Garfield, as Happy Chapman, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, as Tom Abernathy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Seder,” as Len Dunkel, Failure to Launch, as Bud, Wild Hogs, as Charlie, The Time Traveler’s Wife, as Dr. David Kendrick.

Shaun Toub

Where you know him from:

Iron Man, as Yinsen

Crash, as Farhad

Also look for him in: Bad Boys, as Store Clerk (Michael Bay, racially coating characters? No!), Broken Arrow, as Max, Executive Decision, as Terrorist (Hollywood, racially coating characters?), The Kite Runner, as Rahim Khan, Charlie Wilson’s War, as Hassan, The Last Airbender, as Uncle Iroh.

Danny Trejo

The epitome of the character actor in that, whenever he shows up on screen, you cheer.

Where you know him from:

Desperado, as Navajas

Spy Kids (all of them) as Machete

Once Upon a Time in Mexico, as Cucuy

Machete, as Machete (and Grindhouse, which features the trailer for Machete)

Also look for him in: Runaway Train, as Boxer, Heat, as Trejo, From Dusk Till Dawn, as Razor Charlie, Anaconda, as Poacher, Con Air, as Johnny-23, The Replacement Killers, as Collins, Six Days Seven Nights, as Pierce, Reindeer Games, as Jumpy, The Salton Sea, as Little Bill, xXx, as El Jee, Grand  Theft Auto: Vice City, as Umberto Robina, Anchorman, as Bartender, The Devil’s Rejects, as Rondo, Halloween, as Ismael Cruz (but not the sequel. Which means he don’t make it), Fanboys, as The Chief, Predators, as Cuchillo.

Stanley Tucci

Where you know him from:

The Devil Wears Prada, as Nigel

Road to Perdition, as Frank Nitti

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, as Stanley Kubrick

Big Trouble, as Arthur Herk (Where I first noticed him)

The Lovely Bones, as George Harvey

Easy A, as Dill

Also look for him in: Prizzi’s Honor, as Soldier, Quick Change, as Johnny, Billy Bathgate, as Lucky Luciano, Beethoven, as Vernon, The Pelican Brief, as Khamel, Jury Duty, as Frank, Kiss of Death, as Frank Zioli, Big Night, as Secondo, Deconstructing Harry, as Paul Epstein/Harry’s Character, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as Puck, Joe Gould’s Secret, as Joe Mitchell, America’s Sweethearts, as Dave Kingman, Maid in Manhattan, as Jerry Siegel, The Core, as Conrad Zimsky, The Terminal, as Frnak Dixon, Robots, as Herb Copperbottom, Lucky Number Slevin, as Brikowski, The Hoax, as Shelton Fisher, What Just Happened, as Scott Solomon, Swing Vote, as Martin Fox, Julie & Julia, as Paul Child, Burlesque, as Sean, Captain America: The First Avenger, as Dr. Abraham Erskine.

Alan Tudyk

Where you know him from:

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, as Steve the Pirate

A Knight’s Tale, as Wat

…and I guess a bunch of people apparently know him from:

Firefly and Serenity, as Hoban “Wash” Washburne

Also look for him in: Patch Adams, as Everton, 28 Days, as Gerhardt, Wonder Boys, as Sam Traxler, Hearts in Atlantis, as Monte Man, Ice Age, as Lenny/Oscar/Dab, I, Robot, as Sonny, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, as Cholly, Death at a Funeral, as Simon, Knocked Up, as Jack, 3:10 to Yuma, as Do Potter, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, as Dutch.

John Turturro

Here’s another one where, I know people know who he is, but, I don’t think he’s quite famous enough where everyone is like, “It’s John Turturro!” Plus, he’s another one who epitomizes the character actor, so we can use him as a measuring stick for what a character actor really does.

Where you know him from: 

Barton Fink, as Barton Fink

The Big Lebowski, as Jesus Quintana

Quiz Show, as Herb Stempel

Do the Right Thing, as Pino

O Brother Where Art Thou?, as Pete

Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen & Transformers: Dark of the Moon, as Agent Simmons

Also look for him in: Raging Bull, as Man at Webster Hall Table, Desperately Seeking Susan, as Ray, To Love and Die in L.A., as Carl Cody, Hannah and Her Sisters, as Writer, The Color of Money, as Julian, Mo’ Better Blues, as Moe Flatbush, Miller’s Crossing, as Bernie Bernbaum, State of Grace, as Nick, Jungle Fever, as Paulie Carobne, Fearless, as Dr. Bill Pullman, Clockers, as Det. Larry Mazill, Rounders, as Joey Knish, Summer of Sam, as Harvey the Black Dog, Monkeybone, as Monkeybone, Mr. Deeds, as Emilio Lopez, Anger Management, as Chuck, Secret Window, as John Shooter, The Good Shepherd, as Ray Brocco, Slipstream, as Harvey Brickman, The Bronx is Burning, as Billy Martin, Margot at the Wedding, as Jim, What Just Happened, as Dick Bell, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, as Phantom, Miracle at St. Anna, as Det. Tony Ricci, The Taking of Pelham 123 as Camonetti, Cars 2, as Francesco Bernoulli.

Deborah Kara Unger

Where you know her from:

The Game, as Christine

Payback, as Lynn Porter

Also look for her in: Crash (Cronenberg), as Catherine Ballard, The Hurricane, as Lisa Peters, The Salton Sea, as Katherine, Thirteen, as Brooke LaLaine, A Love Song for Bobby Long, as Georgianna, Silent Hill, as Dahlia Gillespie, 88 Minutes, as Carol Lynn Johnson.

Peter Ustinov

Where you know him from:

Spartacus, as Lentulus Batiatus

The Sundowners, as Rupert Venneker

Topkapi, as Arthur Simon Simpson

Robin Hood (Disney), as Prince John/King Richard

Also look for him in: Quo Vadis, as Nero (he’s awesome here), We’re No Angels, as Jules, Lola Montès, as Circus Master, Billy Budd, as Edwin Fairfax Vere, Post Captain, The Comedians, as Ambassador Pineda, Logan’s Run, as Old Man, Death on the Nile, as Hercule Poirot, Lorenzo’s Oil, as Professor Nikolais.

Lee Van Cleef

Where you know him from:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as Angel Eyes/Sentenza

For a Few Dollars More, as Col. Douglas Mortimer

High Noon, as Jack Colby (the first face you see on screen in the film, too)

Also look for him in: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, as Ed Bailey, The Tin Star, as Ed McGaffey, How the West Was Won, as River Pirate, The Big Gundown, as Jonathan ‘Colorado’ Corbett, Death Rides a Horse, as Ryan, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, as Chris Adams, Grand Duel, as Sheriff Clayton,Take a Hard Ride, as Kiefer, Escape from New York, as Hauk.

Conrad Veidt

Where you know him from:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, as Cesare

Casablanca, as Major Strasser

The Man Who Laughs, as Gwynplaine (Which, as the photo up there clearly suggests, was the inspiration for the original Joker design. Which is fucking awesome.)

Also look for him in: The Hands of Orlac, as Orlac, The Thief of Bagdad (1940), as Jaffar, and a bunch of German silent films that I know 95% of the people reading this would never see. But, he’s awesome.

John Vernon

Where you know him from:

Animal House, as Dean Wormer

The Outlaw Josey Wales, as Fletcher

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, as Mr. Big

Also look for him in: 1984 (1956), as Big Brother (with his voice, it’s perfect casting), Topaz, as Rico Parra, Dirty Harry, as The Mayor, Charley Varrick, as Maynard Boyle, Airplane II: The Sequel, as Dr. Stone, Ernest Goes to Camp, as Sherman Krader, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, as Curtis Mooney.

Abe Vigoda

First, always helpful: (A site dedicated to whether or not Abe Vigoda is still alive.)

Where you know him from:

From the fact that he’s like 276 years old, probably. And also:

The Godfather, as Tessio

Also look for him in: The Cheap Detective, as Detective Rizzuto, Cannonball Run II, as Caesar, Look Who’s Talking, as Grandpa, Joe Versus the Volcano, as Chief of the Waponis, Good Burger (Yes!), as Otis, Farce of the Penguins, as Penguin from Boca.

Does anyone else conflate him with Yogi Berra all the time? Or is that just me?

Frank Vincent

Where you know him from:

Goodfellas, as Billy Batts (“Now go home and get your fuckin’ shinebox!”)

The Sopranos, as Phil Leotardo

Raging Bull, as Salvy

Also look for him in: Wise Guys, as Louie Fontucci, Do the Right Thing, as Charlie, Mortal Thoughts, as Dominic, Joyce’s Father, Jungle Fever, as Mike Tucci, Casino, as Frank Marino, Cop Land, as PDA President Lassaro, Grand Theft Auto 3 and a cameo in San Andreas, as Salvatore Leone (his voice is all over the trailers for this game. This is where I first took notice of him), Shark Tale, as Great White #3.

Joe Viterelli

Where you know him from:

Analyze This & Analyze That, as Jelly (“He stabbed himself in the back four times and threw himself off a bridge.”)

Bullets over Broadway, as Nick Valenti

Shallow Hal, as Steve Shanahan

Also look for him in: State of Grace, as Borelli, Mobsters, as Joe Profaci, Ruby, as Joseph Valachi, The Firm, as Joey Morolto, The Crossing Guard, as Joe, Eraser, as Tony Two-Toes, Jane Austen’s Mafia!, as Dominick Clamato, Mickey Blue Eyes, as Vinnie D’Agostino, See Spot Run, as Gino, Serving Sara, as Fat Charlie.

Eli Wallach

Who doesn’t love Eli Wallach? This man is a national treasure

Where you know him from:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez (known as “The Rat”)

The Magnificent Seven, as Calvera

Also look for him in: Baby Doll, as Silva Vacarro, The Misfits, as Guido, How the West Was Won, as Charlie Gant, How to Steal a Million, as Davis Leland, Mackenna’s Gold, as Ben Baker, Cinderella Liberty, as Lynn Forshay, Movie Movie, as Vince Marlow/Pop, The Hunter, as Ritchie Blumenthal, Nuts, as Dr. Herbert A. Morrison, The Two Jakes, as Cotton Weinberger, The Godfather Part III, as Don Altobello, Keeping the Faith, as Rabbi Ben Lewis, Mystic River, as Mr. Loonie, Liquor Store Owner, The Hoax, as Noah Dietrich, The Holiday, as Arthur Abbott, New York, I Love You, as Abe (great little short with him and Cloris Leachman. Best part of the film, actually), The Ghost Writer, as Old Man, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, as Julie Steinhardt.

J.T. Walsh

One of the great character actors of all time. This man is missed big time.

Where you know him from:

A Few Good Men, as Lt. Col. Markinson

Pleasantville, as Big Bob

Breakdown, as Red (love this movie)

The Negotiator, as Terence Niebaum

Also look for him in: Hannah and Her Sisters, as Ed Smythe, Tin Men, as Wing, House of Games, as The Businessman, Good Morning, Vietnam, as Sgt. Major Dickerson, The Grifters, as Cole, Backdraft, as Alderman Marty Swayzak, Hoffa, as Frank Fitzsimmons, Sniper, as Chester Van Damme, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, as Desk Clerk, Red Rock West, as Wayne, The Last Seduction, as Frank Griffith, The Client, as Jason McThune, Miracle on 34th Street, as Ed Collins, Outbreak, as Chief of Staff, Nixon, as John Erlichman, Executive Decision, as Senator Mavros, Sling Blade, as Charles Bushman.

You know how, in music (I’m totally making this up, but it might be true), they have up beats and down beats? Like, some beats are just there, are played and are part of the song, but other beats are hard, firm beats that are the big, punctuated notes? It feels like this dude’s entire career was full of nothing but punctuated notes. He’s awesome.

M. Emmet Walsh

Where you know him from:

So many things. I’m just gonna list the things that made me first take notice of him.

Back to School, as Coach Turnbull

Blood Simple, as Private Detective Loren Visser

And, honestly…

Wild Wild West, as Coleman (I have to assume this is part of it, because I don’t remember precisely who he played, but I do remember him being in this movie.)

Also look for him in: Midnight Cowboy, as Bus Passenger Alice’s Restaurant, as Group W Sergeant, Little Big Man, as Shotgun Guard, What’s Up, Doc?, as Arresting Officer, Serpico, as Chief Gallagher, Bound for Glory, as Husband, Couple in Trailer Automobile, Nickelodeon, as “Father” Logan, Slap Shot, as Dickie Dunn, Airport ’77, as Dr. Williams, Straight Time, as Earl Frank, The Jerk, as Madman, Ordinary People, as Salan Reds, as Speaker, Liberal Club, Blade Runner, as Bryant, Slikwood, as Walt Yarborough, The Pope of Greenwich Village, as Burns, Fletch, as Dr. Joseph Dolan, Wildcats, as Walt Coes, Raising Arizona, as Machine Shop Ear-Bender, Harry and the Hendersons, as George Henderson, Sr., The Milagro Beanfield War, as Governer, Clean and Sober, as Richard Dirks, Chattahoochee, as Morris, White Sands, as Bert Gibson, A Time to Kill, as W.T. Bass, Albino Alligator, as Dino, Romeo + Juliet, as Apothecary, My Best Friend’s Wedding, as Joe O’Neal, Chairman of the Board, as Freemont, The Iron Giant, as Earl Stutz, Random Hearts, as Billy, Youth in Revolt, as Mr. Saunders.

Fred Ward

Where you know him from:

The Right Stuff, as Gus Grisson

Corky Romano, as Leo Corrigan (This is where I first noticed him. Just sayin’.)

Tremors, as Earl Bassett

Also look for him in: Escape from Alcatraz, as John Anglin, Silkwood, as Morgan Uncommon valor, as Wilkes, Swing Shift, as Biscuits, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, as Remo Williams, Henry & June, as Henry Miller, The Player, as Walter Stuckel, Bob Roberts, as Chip Daley, Short Cuts, as Stuart Kane, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, as Rocco, Road Trip, as Earl Edwards, Joe Dirt, as Joe’s Dad, Summer Catch, as Sean Dunne, Sweet Home Alabama, as Earl Smooter, Masked and Anonymous, as Drunk, Armored, as Duncan Ashcroft, 30 Minutes or Less, as the Major.

Jack Warden

Another one of my legit favorite actors of all time. This man should be in every movie.

Where you know him from:

Heaven Can Wait, as Max Corkle

Shampoo, as Lester Karpf

The Verdict, as Mickey Morrissey

Also look for him in: From Here to Eternity, as Cpl. Buckley, 12 Agnry Men, as Juror #7, Run Silent Run Deep, as Yeoman 1st Class Mueller, Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?, as Dr. Solomon F. Moses (watch this movie. It’s so awesome and surreal. And Warden is incredible in it), Brian’s Song, as Coach George Halas, All the President’s Men, as Harry Rosenfeld, Death on the Nile, as Dr. Bessner, The Champ, as Jackie, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, as Harold Meredith, …And Justice for All, as Judge Rayford, Being There, as President “Bobby,” Used Cars, as Roy L. Fuchs/Luke Fuchs, Problem Child, as Big Ben, Bullets over Broadway, as Julian Marx, While You Were Sleeping, as Saul, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, as Joe Heff, Mighty Aphrodite, as Tireslas, Ed, as Chubb, Chairman of the Board, as Armand McMillan, Bulworth, as Eddie Davers, Dirty Work, as “Pops” McKenna, The Replacements, as Edward O’Neill.

Carl Weathers

Where you know him from:

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III & Rocky IV, as Apollo Creed

Predator, as Dillon

Happy Gilmore, as Chubbs,

Also look for him in: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as Military Policeman, Force 10 from Navarone, as Weaver, Action Jackson, as Action Jackson, The Comebacks, as Freddie Wiseman.

Hugo Weaving

I know we all know him now, but, he counts. The fact that we know him is because he counts.

Where you know him from:

The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded & The Matrix Revolutions, as Agent Smith

The Lord of the Rings, as Elrond

V for Vendetta, as V

Also look for him in: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as Tick/Mitzi, Babe & Babe: Pig in the City, as Rex, Happy Feet, as Noah the Elder, Transformers, as Megatron (and the sequels, obviously), The Wolfman, as Abberline, Captain America: The First Avenger, as Red Skull.

Jack Weston

Where you know him from:

Wait Until Dark, as Carlino

The Thomas Crown Affair, as Erwin

Cactus Flower, as Harvey Greenfield

Dirty Dancing, as Max Kellerman (owner of the resort)

Also look for him in: Imitation of Life, as Tom, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, as George Stickel, The Cincinnati Kid, as Pig, Gator, as Irving Greenfield, Short Circuit II, as Oscar Baldwin

Frank Whaley

Where you know him from:

Pulp Fiction, as Brett

Field of Dreams, as Archie Graham

Also look for him in: Ironweed, as young Francis Phelan, Born on the Fourth of July, as Timmy, The Freshman, as Steve Bushak, The Doors, as Robby Krieger, JFK, as Oswald Imposter, Swimming with Sharks, as Guy, Broken Arrow, as Giles Prentice, Red Dragon, as Ralph Mandy, The School of Rock, as Battle of the Bands Director, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Lewis Needs a Kidney,” as Peter Hagen (the dude who picks up Larry as he tries to walk through the drive thru and later is arrested for a major crime), World Trade Center, as Chuck Sereika, Vacancy, as Mason.

Kim Whitely

Where you know her from:

Next Friday, as Suga

Black Dynamite, as Honeybee

Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Car Pool Lane,” as Monena

Also look for her in: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, as Party Guest, Deliver Us from Eva, as Ormandy, Along Came Polly, as Gladys, Fun with Dick and Jane, as KostMart Training Leader Lucy.

James Whitmore

Where you know him from:

The Shawshank Redemption, Brooks Hatlen

Battleground,a s Kinnie

Give ’em Hell, Harry!, as Harry S. Truman

Planet of the Apes, as President of the Assembly

Also look for him in: The Blackboard Jungle, as Gus Minissi, Kiss Me Kate, as Slug, Them!, as Police Sgt. Ben Peterson, Oklahoma!, as Mr. Carnes, Who Was That Lady?, as Harry Powell, Tora! Tora! Tora!, as Vice Adm. “Bull” Halsey, Nuts, as Judge Murdoch, The Majestic, as Stan Keller.

Dianne Wiest

Where you know her from:

Edward Scissorhands, as Peg

Hannah and Her Sisters, as Holly

Bullets over Broadway, as Helen Sinclair

The Birdcage, as Louise Keeley

Also look for her in: Footloose, as Vi Moore, The Purple Rose of Cairo, as Emma, Radio  Days, as Holly, The Lost Boys, as Lucy, Parenthood, as Helen Buckman, Little Man Tate, as Jane Grierson, Practical Magic, as Aunt Bridget “Jet” Owens, I Am Sam, as Annie Cassell, Law and Order, as D.A. Nora Lewin, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, as Flori, San in Real Life, as Nana, Synecdoche, New York, as Ellen Bascomb/Millicent Weems, Rabbit Hole, as Nat.

Tom Wilkinson

Where you know him from:

Shakespeare in Love, as Hugh Fennyman

The Patriot, as Gen. Lord Cornwallis

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as Dr. Mierzwiak

Rush Hour, as Thomas Griffin/Juntao

Also look for him in: In the Nme of the Father, as Appeal Prosecutor, Sense and Sensibility, as Mr. Dashwood, The Full Monty, as Gerald, In the Bedroom, as Matt Fowler, Batman Begins, as Carmine Falcone, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, as Father Moore, Cassandra’s Dream, as Howard, Michael Clayton, as Arthur Edens, John Adams, as Benjamin Franklin, Valkryie, as General Fromm, Duplicity, as Howard Tully, 44 Inch Chest, as Archie, The Ghost Writer, as Paul Emmett, The Conspirator ,as Reverdy Johnson, The Green Hornet, as James Reid.

Fred Willard

Where you know him from:

Anchorman: The Legend of Run Burgundy, as Ed Harken

Wall·E, as Shelby Forthright, BnL CEO (and the only live-action performer in a Pixar movie, ever)

Waiting for Guffman, as Ron Albertson

Best in Show, as Buck Laughlin

A Mighty Wind, as Mike LaFontaine

For Your Consideration, as Chuck

Also look for him in: Silver Streak, as Jerry Jarvis, This Is Spinal Tap, as Colonel on Military Base,Permanent Midnight, as Craig Ziffer, Idle Hands, as Dad Tobias, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, as Mission Commander, The Wedding Planner, as Basil St. Mosely, How High, as Philip Huntley, American Wedding, as Harold Flaherty, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, as Dro. Willoughby, Date Movie, as Bernie Funkeyerdoder, Epic Movie, as Aslo, Youth in Revolt, as Mr. Ferguson.

Michael K. Williams

Where you know him from:

The Wire, as Omar Little

Boardwalk Empire, as Chalky White

Gone Baby Gone, as Devin

Also look for him in: Bullet, as High Top, Bringing Out the Dead, as Drug Dealer, I Think I Love My Wife, as Teddy, The Incredible Hulk, as Harlem Bystander, Miracle at St. Anna, as Tucker, Brooklyn’s Finest, as Red, Life During Wartime, as Allen, The Road, as Thief.

Olivia Williams

Where you know her from:

Rushmore, as Rosemary Cross

The Ghost Writer, as Ruth Lang

The Sixth Sense, as Anna Crowe

Also look for her in: The Postman, as Abby, A Knight’s Tale, as Philippa Chaucer, The Man from Elysian Fields, as Andrea, Peter Pan, as Mrs. Darling, X-Men: The Last Stand, as Moira MacTaggart, An Education, as Miss Stubbs, Dollhouse, as Adelle DeWitt, Hanna, as Rachel.

Fred Williamson

Where you know him from:

From Dusk Till Dawn, as Frost

MASH, as Dr. Oliver “Spearchucker” Jones

Black Caesar, as Tommy Gibbs (Also Hell Up in Harlem)

Starsky and Hutch, as Captain Doby

Also look for him in: Hammer, as B.J. Hammer, The Legend of Nigger Charley & The Soul of Nigger Charley, as Nigger Charley, Boss Nigger, as Boss Nigger, Three the Hard Way, as Jimmy Lait, Take a Hard Ride, as Tyree, The Inglorious Bastards, as Pvt. Fred Canfield, The Black Cobra 2 & Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection, as Lt. Robert Malone.

If you’re looking for awesome blaxploitation films, this man was in some of the greats.

Mykelti Williamson

Where you know him from:

Forrest Gump, as Bubba

I know you don’t know him from anywhere else. But here’s a big list of other things he did, most of which will shock you, since you had no idea it was the same guy. But before that, this one first. Because I’m about to blow a few people’s minds with this one:

Black Dynamite, as Chicago Wind

Uh huh. Same guy.

Also look for him in: Free Willy, as Dwight Mercer, Heat, as Sgt. Drucker, Con Air, as Baby-O, Primary Colors, as Dewayne Smith, Three Kings, as Colonel Horn, Ali, as Don King, After the Sunset, as Agent Stafford, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, as Charlene’s Stepfather, Lucky Number Slevin, as Sloe, August Rush, as Reverend James, 24, as Brian Hastings (season 8).

Ray Winstone

Where you know him from:

The Departed, as Mr. French

Sexy Beast, as Gal

Beowulf, as Beowulf

Also look for him in: Quadrophenia, as Kevin, Nil by Mouth, as Ray, Ripley’s Game, as Reeves, Cold Mountain, as Teague, King Arthur, as Bors, The Proposition, as Captain Stanley, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as the voice of Mr. Beaver, Breaking and Entering, as Bruno, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as Mac, 44 Inch Chest, as Colin Diamond, Edge of Darkness, as Darius Jedburgh, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as Ares, London Boulevard, as GAnt, Rango, as Bad Bill.

John Witherspoon

Where you know him from:

Friday, Next Friday & Friday After Next, as Mr. Jones (“Hey — young man — you got knocked the fuck out!”)

The Boondocks, as Granddad

Also look for him in: Bird, as Sid, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, as Reverend, The Meteor Man, as Clarence James Carter III, Bulworth, as Reverend Morris, Little Nicky, as Street Vendor, Soul Plane, as Blind Man.

James Woods

Where you know him from:

Casino, as Lester Diamond

Once Upon a Time in America, as Max Bercovicz

Any Given Sunday, as Dr. Harvey Mandrake

Hercules, as Hades

Family Guy, as Himself

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as Mike Toreno (Favorite video game character ever.)

Also look for him in: The Way We Were, as Frankie McVeigh, The Gambler, as Bank Officer, Night Moves, as Quentin, Holocaust, as Karl Weiss, The Onion Field, as Gregory Ulas Powell, Videodrome, as Max Renn, Against All Odds, as Jack Wise, Salvador, as Richard Boyle, Best Seller, as Cleve, The Boost, as Lenny Brown, True Believer, as Eddie Dodd, Diggstown, as Gabriel Caine, Chaplin, as Joseph Scott, The Getaway (1994), as Jack Benyon, The Specialist, as Ned Trent, Nixon, as H.R. Haldeman, Ghosts of Mississippi, as Byron De La Beckwith, Contact, as Michael Kitz, True Crime, as Alan Mann, The Virgin Suicides, as Ronald Lisbon, The General’s Daughter, as Col. Robert Moore, Scary Movie 2, as Father McFeely, John Q, as Dr. Turner, Pretty Persuasion, as Hank Joyce, Be Cool, as Tommy Athens.

Robert Wuhl

Where you know him from:

Batman, as Alexander Knox

Bull Durham, as Larry Hockett

Arli$$, as Arliss Michaels

Also, from these great little half hour comedy specials on HBO called “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl,” where he presents U.S. history in a very entertaining fashion. I highly recommend them if you want some intelligent comedy that the educated individual inside of you will appreciate.

Also look for him in: Flashdance, as Mawby’s Regular, Good Morning, Vietnam, as Marty Lee Dreiwitz, The Bodyguard, as Oscar Host, Good Burger, as Angry Customer

Ed Wynn

Where you know him from:

Alice in Wonderland, as the voice of the Mad Hatter. (Dude had one of the most memorable voices in the history of film.)

The Diary of Anne Frank, as Mr. Albert Dussell

Mary Poppins, as Uncle Albert

Also look for him in: Cinderfella, as Fairy Godfather, Babes in Toyland, as Toymaker, The AbsentMinded Professor, as Fire Chief, The Greatest Story Ever Told, as Old Aram.

Keenan Wynn

Where you know him from:

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, as Col. “Bat” Guano

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, as Winter Warlock

The Great Race, as Hezekiah Sturdy

The Mechanic, as Harry McKenna (“Big Harry”)

Also look for him in: Since You Went Away, as Lt. Solomon, Song of the Thin Man, as Clarence “Clinker” Krause, Annie Get Your Gun, as Charlie Davenport, Angels in the Outfield, as Fred Bayles, Kiss Me Kate, as Lippy, Touch of Evil, as Marcia Linnekar’s Attorney, A Hole in the Head, as Jerry Marks, The AbsentMinded Professor, as Alonzo P. Hawk, The Americanization of Emily, as Old Sailor, The War Wagon, as Wes Fletcher, Point Blank, as Yost, Finian’s RAinbow, as Senator Billboard Rawkins, Once Upon a Time in the West, as Sheriff (auctioneer), Mackenna’s Gold, as Sanchez, Orca, as Novak.

Burt Young

Where you know him from:

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V & Rocky Balboa, as Paulie

Back to School, as Lou

Chinatown, as Curly

Also look for him in: Across 110th Street, as Lapides, Cinderella Liberty, as Master at Arms, The Gambler, as Carmine, Convoy, as Bobby ‘Love Machine’ ‘Pig Pen’, Once Upon a Time in America, as Joe, The Pope of Greenwich Village, as Bed Bug Eddie, Going Overboard, as General Noriega, Last Exit to Brooklyn, as Big Joe, Mickey Blue Eyes, as Vito Gaziosi, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, as Gino, Transamerica, as Murray.

Harris Yulin

Dude vaguely looks like my grandfather.

Where you know him from:

Scarface, as Mel Bernstein

Training Day, as Doug Rosselli

Multiplicity, as Dr. Leeds

Also look for him in: Night Moves, as Marty Heller, The Believers, as RoberT Calder, Ghostbusters II, as Judge Stephen “The Hammer” Wexler, Clear and Present Danger, as James Cutter, Cutthroat Island, as Black Harry, Cradle Will Rock, as Chairman Martin Dies, The Hurricane, as Leon Friedman, Rush Hour 2, as Agent Sterling, Game 6, as Peter Redmond.

William Zabka

Quintessential teen douchebag of the 80s.

Where you know him from:

The Karate Kid, as Johnny Lawrence (and The Karate Kid, Part II, as well)

Back to School, as Chas

Also look for him in: Valley Girl, as Boy helping with prom decorations, Just One of the Guys, as Greg Tolan, European Vacation, as Jack, Hot Tub Time Machine, as Rick.

Grace Zabriskie

Where you know her from:

Norma Rae, as Linette Odum

An Officer and a Gentleman, as Esther Pokrifki

Twin Peaks (and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me), as Sarah Palmer

Seinfeld, as Mrs. Ross

Big Love, as Lois Henrickson

Also look for her in: Leonard Part 6, as Jefferson, The Boost, as Sheryl, Drugstore Cowboy, as Bob’s Mother, Wild at Heart, as Juana Durango, Child’s Play 2, as Grace Poole, My Own Private Idaho, as Alena, Fried Green Tomatoes, as Eva Bates, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, as Magi Lune, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, as Mrs. Hankshaw, The Crew, as Gloria Pierce, Armageddon, as Dottie, Gone in 60 Seconds, as Helen Raines, Inland Empire, as Visitor #1, License to Wed, as Grandma Jones, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, as Mrs. McCullum.

– – – – – – – – – – –

This is, as all things are, incomplete. Of course there are more people I probably forgot. If I remember them, I’ll add them. If you remember them before I do, let me know. The list feels short on actors pre-1970 and women. Definitely women. (Also, as a caveat, I’m not really looking for people who are primarily TV people. I need movies to base it on. Some TV people may be okay, but this is primarily a movie blog.)

Also, tomorrow, I’m putting up this entire list as one giant list that will stay at the top of the page. From here on out, that’s the list that gets updated, not these. From now on, refer to that one and not these.

Part I: In Appreciation of Character Actors (A-F)

Part II: In Appreciation of Character Actors (G-L)

Part III: In Appreciation of Character Actors (M-R)

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