If my OP is confusing, I’ll give an example of all three
An example of a memorable character with one line is the woman in “When Harry Met Sally” - “I’ll have what she’s having.” I don’t know who that woman was, if she’s been in anything else, or if she’s disappeared completely, but this could have been one of the best one liners in movie history.
An example of a memorable character with no lines in a movie is Quint’s helper/assistant/whatever in Jaws. The first time we see him, he’s in the town meeting when **Quint **scratches the chalkboard. When he follows **Quint **out in this dirty jacket and a filthy hunter’s orange baseball cap, it is just comical to me.
We see him again when they are loading the boat for their trip to find and kill the great white.
He never says a word.
A character that I thought was good in the movie that I’vce never seen again is in the movie Apocalypto. The little boy who played “Turtles Run” was a natural, and not once did I think I was watching someone coached by an acting teacher since he was one.
Another character in that movie that falls into the one line/one scene category is the little girl who has the sickness, and is pushed away from the slaves by one of the warriors with a hard stick in the chest. She gives a great speech in her only appearance, and I thought she was a professional actress. According to the movie notes, they found her on site at the shoot and hired her for the part. I doubt we’ll ever see her or Turtles Run again.
To answer, you can give as few or as many examples as you wish, and you don’t have to answer for each category. The memorable character that speaks one line can have more than one line if the character isn’t important to the plot. It’s not cut and dried, but I think you should all get my drift. I’m looking for a character that was supposed to be minor, and yet have left an indelible print on the movie.
A silent character shouldn’t be in the entire movie nor an important character, like Kevin Smith’s “Silent Bob”.