Your Top Ten Favorite Character Actors

This is Step Two on the way to a poll (or more) to decide the SDMB favorites.

Refer to Your Favorite Character Actors (pre-poll data gathering) for some possibilities from which to make your own Top Ten list.

Your list can be totally new and separate from those listed in the other thread. It’s just a memory jogger, if you like.

The names in this thread will be used for a poll (or more) later.

It was fairly easy (okay, tough!) to get down to 25. But I had to make some hard choices to get to these 10:

Harry Dean Stanton
David Strathairn
Walton Goggins
Stephen Root
Michael K. Williams

Strother Martin
Garret Dillahunt
Chris Cooper
Ben Johnson
Frances McDormand

I’m just hoping some of my Top 25 wind up on some of your lists. :slight_smile:

Lee J. Cobb
Chris Cooper
Garret Dillahunt
Ciarán Hinds
Frances McDormand
Claude Rains
David Strathairn
Mark Strong
Jack Warden
Tom Wilkinson

Dick Miller
JT Walsh
Trey Wilson
Elisha Cook Jr
Ned Sparks
Una Merkel
Fred Clark
Jonathan Haze
Harry Dean Stanton
William Smith

UT~

Ah, this was hard.
Clancy Brown
Chris Cooper
Laird Creggar
William Fichtner
John Hawkes

Ciarán Hinds
Jason Isaacs (can’t believe I forgot this guy in the last thread)
Robert Knepper
Frances McDormand
David Strathairn

Honorary mention: Jonathan Pryce

Thanks for the entries. We have 32 unique names so far.

Ward Bond
Steve Buscemi
Richard Farnsworth
Billy Green Bush
Bo Hopkins
Richard Jaeckel
Ben Johnson
Giovanni Ribisi
Harry Dean Stanton
David Strathairn

Yeah, getting to 25 was doable, but 15 was tough and cutting #11, Eli Wallach was brutal. I found myself having to choose between like actors; Buscemi and Roth, Bond and McLaglen, Jaeckel and Ray, etc. Some favorite actors mentioned, like Gene Hackman, I’d really put in a different category.

The list of unique names, along with their IMDb pages, will be updated periodically and reposted. This ought to assist anybody having trouble making up a Top Ten list.

It is indeed a difficult chore! :slight_smile:

Through **lieu **'s list:

Ward Bond http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000955/?ref_=sr_1
Clancy Brown http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000317/?ref_=sr_1
Steve Buscemi http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000114/?ref_=sr_1
Fred Clark http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0163939/?ref_=sr_2
Lee J. Cobb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002011/?ref_=sr_1

Elisha Cook Jr http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0176879/?ref_=sr_2
Chris Cooper (3) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0177933/?ref_=sr_2
Laird Creggar http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0187284/?ref_=sr_1
Garret Dillahunt (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0226813/?ref_=sr_2
Richard Farnsworth http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002070/?ref_=sr_1

William Fichtner http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001209/?ref_=sr_2
Walton Goggins http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0324658/?ref_=sr_1
Billy Green Bush http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0124100/?ref_=sr_1
John Hawkes http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0370035/?ref_=sr_1
Jonathan Haze http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371918/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2

Ciarán Hinds (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001354/?ref_=sr_1
Bo Hopkins http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005019/?ref_=sr_1
Jason Isaacs http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005042/?ref_=sr_1
Richard Jaeckel http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001395/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Ben Johnson (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424565/?ref_=sr_1

Robert Knepper http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0460694/?ref_=sr_1
Strother Martin http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001510/?ref_=sr_1
Frances McDormand (3) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000531/?ref_=sr_2
Una Merkel http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0580916/?ref_=sr_1
Dick Miller http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0588241/?ref_=sr_1

Jonathan Pryce http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000596/?ref_=sr_1
Claude Rains http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001647/?ref_=sr_1
Giovanni Ribisi http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000610/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Stephen Root http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0740535/?ref_=sr_1
William Smith http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0810342/?ref_=sr_1

Ned Sparks http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817021/?ref_=sr_1
Harry Dean Stanton (3) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001765/?ref_=sr_1
David Strathairn (4) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000657/?ref_=sr_1
Mark Strong http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0835016/?ref_=sr_1
JT Walsh http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000687/?ref_=sr_1

Jack Warden http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912001/?ref_=sr_1
Tom Wilkinson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0929489/?ref_=sr_1
Michael K. Williams http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931324/?ref_=sr_2
Trey Wilson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934254/?ref_=sr_4

Well, that was more difficult than I thought it would be. 15 or 20, no problem, but narrowing it down to 10 was tough. Anyway, here’s my list:

Ward Bond
Walter Brennan
Chris Cooper
Jack Elam
George Kennedy
Strother Martin
Tim Roth
Harry Dean Stanton
Lee Van Cleef
J T Walsh

Just a bit of trivia: if we were to stop right now and use this thread’s responses as a guide to the ultimate poll, these actors who have received multiple mentions would be who we would have to choose from:

Ward Bond (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000955/?ref_=sr_1
Chris Cooper (4) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0177933/?ref_=sr_2
Garret Dillahunt (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0226813/?ref_=sr_2
Ciarán Hinds (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001354/?ref_=sr_1
Ben Johnson (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424565/?ref_=sr_1

Strother Martin (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001510/?ref_=sr_1
Frances McDormand (3) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000531/?ref_=sr_2
Harry Dean Stanton (4) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001765/?ref_=sr_1
David Strathairn (4) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000657/?ref_=sr_1
JT Walsh (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000687/?ref_=sr_1

The latest count of unique names is 44, and I’d like to hear from you about how the poll(s) should be created. I don’t think a March Madness approach (like the one in Little Nemo’s “Top Song of the 70s” elimination) would work here, but I’m not sure what else would.

Is “SDMB’s Favorite Character Actor” even what we want to find?

Any list of character actors which omits Abraham Benrubi isn’t worth the pixels!

Very well. I’ll add him to the list.

Got 9 others?

I’m going to make my list all female to balance things out a bit:

Margaret Hamilton
Dawn French
Jennifer Saunders
Jean Marsh
Elsa Lanchester
Hermione Gingold
Penelope Wilton
Carol Kane
Emma Chambers
Maggie Steed

Heavy on the British actresses, but you just don’t see as many American character actresses in large, juicy roles.

Henry Stephenson
Alan Hale Sr
Cloris Leachman
Bruce Gordon
Dwight Frye
Emil Sitka
Una O’Connor
the three Hanson brothers from “Slapshot”

Would they be:

Jeff Carlson … Jeff Hanson
Steve Carlson … Steve Hanson
David Hanson … Jack Hanson

Graham Greene
Billie Whitelaw
Sheila Tousey
Steve Railsback
Peter Coyote

Please check the links to IMDb on the latest batch to be sure I have gotten the actor you meant. I don’t know some of them by name and some pages have no pictures to go by.

Thanks

Abraham Benrubi http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0072344/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Ward Bond (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000955/?ref_=sr_1
Walter Brennan http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000974/?ref_=sr_1
Clancy Brown http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000317/?ref_=sr_1
Steve Buscemi http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000114/?ref_=sr_1

Emma Chambers http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0150324/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Fred Clark http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0163939/?ref_=sr_2
Lee J. Cobb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002011/?ref_=sr_1
Elisha Cook Jr http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0176879/?ref_=sr_2
Chris Cooper (4) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0177933/?ref_=sr_2

Peter Coyote http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001075/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Laird Creggar http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0187284/?ref_=sr_1
Garret Dillahunt (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0226813/?ref_=sr_2
Jack Elam http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001181/?ref_=sr_1
Richard Farnsworth http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002070/?ref_=sr_1

William Fichtner http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001209/?ref_=sr_2
Dawn French http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0294067/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Dwight Frye http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0296859/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Hermione Gingold http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0320006/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Walton Goggins http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0324658/?ref_=sr_1

Bruce Gordon http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330050/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Billy Green Bush http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0124100/?ref_=sr_1
Graham Greene http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001295/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Alan Hale Sr http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002118/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Margaret Hamilton http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002121/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

John Hawkes http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0370035/?ref_=sr_1
Jonathan Haze http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371918/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2
Ciarán Hinds (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001354/?ref_=sr_1
Bo Hopkins http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005019/?ref_=sr_1
Jason Isaacs http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005042/?ref_=sr_1

Richard Jaeckel http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001395/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Ben Johnson (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424565/?ref_=sr_1
Carol Kane http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001406/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
George Kennedy http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001421/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Robert Knepper http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0460694/?ref_=sr_1

Elsa Lanchester http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006471/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Cloris Leachman http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001458/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Jean Marsh http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0550577/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Strother Martin (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001510/?ref_=sr_1
Frances McDormand (3) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000531/?ref_=sr_2

Una Merkel http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0580916/?ref_=sr_1
Dick Miller http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0588241/?ref_=sr_1
Una O’Connor http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0640547/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Jonathan Pryce http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000596/?ref_=sr_1
Steve Railsback http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0706883/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Claude Rains http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001647/?ref_=sr_1
Giovanni Ribisi http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000610/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Stephen Root http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0740535/?ref_=sr_1
Tim Roth http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000619/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Jennifer Saunders http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0766837/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Emil Sitka http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0803238/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
William Smith http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0810342/?ref_=sr_1
Ned Sparks http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817021/?ref_=sr_1
Harry Dean Stanton (4) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001765/?ref_=sr_1
Maggie Steed http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0824353/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Henry Stephenson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0827261/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
David Strathairn (4) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000657/?ref_=sr_1
Mark Strong http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0835016/?ref_=sr_1
Sheila Tousey http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0869721/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Lee Van Cleef http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001812/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

JT Walsh (2) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000687/?ref_=sr_1
Jack Warden http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912001/?ref_=sr_1
Billie Whitelaw http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0925794/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Tom Wilkinson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0929489/?ref_=sr_1
Michael K. Williams http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931324/?ref_=sr_2

Trey Wilson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934254/?ref_=sr_4
Penelope Wilton http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0934362/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Slim Pickins
Chill Wills
Michl Asher
Walter Brennen
Peter Lorie
Sidney Greenstreet
Jay Silverheels
Alan Hale Sr.
Butterfly McQueen
Margaret Dumont (d)?

Lionel Barrymore
Ben Johnson
Richard Jackel
Zazu Pitts
Jack Elam
Woody Strobe
Key Luke
“Big Boy” Williams
Margaret Hamilton
??? Stone (the one who played Andy Hardy’s dad)

Sorry I got carried away. I figured 20 is better than none and I just kept having more and more pop in my head. I know I slaughter some names. Also (for justification of putting too many) I felt some of mine may not have fallen into the “character actor” status. Some like Barrymore, Lorie and Brennen were stars in their own rights.

Not to worry about “too many” TV time and the thing about “character actor” versus “star” is whatever you want it to be. Since this thread is about picking names for a poll where voters will determine the SDMB choice(s) if a name gets votes it’s okay by me. If not, no harm done.

If I can, I will fix the spelling, too.

Slim Pickens! How could I forget Slim Pickens?!? I want to add him to my list. If it has to be 10, I will drop George Kennedy.