This is a game a couple of my friends from work and I play instead of working. Each of the following is a character actor you would recognize if you saw him. Where do you know these fellas from? Give sufficient information to show you have identified each gentleman.
This is a test of your pop cultural knowledge, not your internet research skills. Anybody can go to IMDB and look these guys up. Don’t do that.
I am offering no prize other than pride and the unquestioned right to lord your superior knowledge over the rest of the teeming millions. First one to get all twelve wins.
I’ll do actresses next, if this gets a positive response.
The only one of the dozen I can picture without reference aids is Arnold Stang. (“Sparrow” from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM and the gas station guy that Jonathan Winters terrorizes in IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD).
Best known as Larry from Newhart (“Hi, I’m Larry, and this is my brother Darrel and this is my other brother Darrel”), I’ve also seen him in Bladerunner. He was the toymaker who played chess with Tyrell and who Rutger Hauer and Darryl Hannah hid out with.
If he’s who I think he is, he died recently, didn’t he? He was the pervert in the mental institute in the opening and closing scenes of Slingblade. He made Carl uncomfortable by talking about sexual stuff until, in the end of the movie, Carl finally asked him to stop.
“I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it,” Jack Handy
R. Lee Ermey actually was a drill sergeant, that’s why he keeps getting those roles so often. He was in Space: Above and Beyond, and The Frighteners, and more importantly Toy Story 1 & 2, all in exactly the same role.
He does play other characters occasionally, though.
My favorite Vito Scotti role was the episode of the Dick Van Dyke show titled “Give Me Your Walls!” One of my fave DvD shows, as well. One of the best lines: “Hey walls! Everything’s a-gonna be fine!” Marvelous.
Allan Melvin - Alice’s boyfriend on the Brady Bunch
Frank Nelson - Always played the sales clerk on the Jack Benny Show
Vernon Dent - Three Stooges supporting player.
Lee Ermey - D.I. in Full Metal Jacket
Eric Christmas - never heard of him
Richard Libertini- the Latin American strongman with a Z-shaped scar in The In-laws
William Sanderson - Larry on Newhart
Arnold Stang - co-star in Arnold Scharzenegger’s first picture Hercules in Manhattan
Austin Pendleton - medical examiner on Homicide: Life on the Streets
Burton Gilliam - Slim Pickens’ right-hand man in Blazing Saddles
Vito Scotti - the undertaker in The Godfather