Who are some of your favorite character actors?

I always liked Slim Pickens. He’s been dead since '83, but I always smile when I think of him. :slight_smile:

Of course, Ned Beatty sure contrasted well with Burt Reynolds in ‘Deliverance,’ making old Burt look even more like the big, handsome Hollywood superstar as a result.

One doesn’t think of women as being “character actors,” no? Not even sure of what the definition of one is, just maybe think they’re not the central actors and tend to play characters that are often in less than glamorous roles.

Do you have any favorites?

Keith David, Brian Cox , John Rhys-Davies , Vincent D’Onofrio , of course the beautiful Madeline Kahn .

Ben Johnson - No matter what, he’ll always be Sgt. Tyree to me.

Captain Brittles: “Were you ever scared, “Captain” Tyree?”

Sgt. Tyree: “Yessir, up to and including now.”
Warren Oates - Most remember him as Sergeant Hulka in Stripes.

Psycho: “You just made the list, buddy. Also, I don’t like no one touching my stuff. So just keep your meathooks off. If I catch any of you guys in my stuff, I’ll kill you. And I don’t like nobody touching me. Any of you homos touch me, and I’ll kill you.”

Sergeant Hulka: “Lighten up, Francis.”

Michael Ironside
Martin Balsam
Vic Morrow

William H. Macy

Harry Dean Stanton

Barton MacLane and Nat Pendleton.

Steve Buscemi, Chris Walken, John Travolta, Nicholas Cage are all character actors made good.

Long-time-ago female character actor- Billie Burke, who is mainly known as Glinda from OZ, but also made a delightful Mrs. Cosmo Topper. If they ever make a
movie of Charles Williams’ C’tian-Occult thriller THE GREATER TRUMPS using CGI to insert period actors, she WILL be Sybil Conningsby.

Ian Holm

Friends and I have done Alan Rickman and Peter O’Toole film-fragment-fests this past year. I’m hoping we can do Ian Holm next, since I’ve already got a good selection of films he’s in–Alien, Brazil, Chariots of Fire, LOTR, Henry V, Time Bandits.

Kevin Spacey

M. Emmett Walsh.

Jeffrey Wright

You might want to run out and look at the latest issue of Woodturning magazine because the other day I saw him on the cover! He was holding up a wooden bowl that he made all by himself. There is a whole article about him and his lathe. It’s all so perfectly William H. Macy of him, I have to say.

J T Walsh

David Strathairn