Character Actor of the Month

They’re out there. You’ve seen a bunch of their movies. You might recognize their faces but you probably don’t know their names…

July 2014: Noah Taylor

Memorable Roles: Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Max, Game of Thrones, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edge of Tomorrow, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider & Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Shine

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June 2014: David Warner

Memorable roles: Titanic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, The Omen (1976), Tron, Time Bandits, Batman: The Animated Series, In the Mouth of Madness, The Larry Sanders Show, Time After Time, Straw Dogs (1971)

David Warner







Sorry got lazy for a couple months, but I’m back now!

December 2012: Charles Durning (28 February 1923-24 December 2012)

Memorable roles: The Sting, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Tootsie, Rescue Me, Family Guy, State and Main, Evening Shade,  The Hudsucker Proxy, Dick Tracy, To Be Or Not To Be (1983), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, When a Stranger Calls (1979), Dog Day Afternoon

Charles Durning (December)

September 2012: Kevin Corrigan

Memorable roles: The Departed, American Gangster, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Grounded For Life, Goodfellas, True Romance, Community, Unstoppable

August 2012: Nestor Carbonell

Memorable roles: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Lost, Smokin’ Aces, The Tick (live action), and (groan) Suddenly Susan

Much like last time I went a couple months without updating, I am bringing it back on a far less rigorous schedule…

20-26 May 2012: Jared Harris

Memorable roles: Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dead Man, being the son of Richard Harris

13-19 May 2012: Dick Miller

Memorable roles: Gremlins, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Terminator, Small Soldiers, The Howling, Piranha, The Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Terror, Night of the Creeps

6-12 May 2012: Danielle Panabaker

Memorable roles: Friday the 13th (2009), The Crazies (2010), Mr. Brooks, Empire Falls,

29 April-5 May 2012: Barry Shabaka Henley

Memorable roles: Collateral, The Terminal, Miami Vice (movie), Ali

22-28 April 2012: David Dukes (6 June 1946-9 October 2000)

Memorable roles: Gods and Monsters, Dawson’s Creek, All in the Family, having a similar name to that poltiician who was in the KKK

15-21 April 2012: Clancy Brown

Memorable roles: The Shawshank Redemption, CarnivàleHighlander, Starship Troopers, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Green Lantern, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), The Informant!, Lost, The Hurricane, ER, Gargoyles, Earth 2

8-14 April 2012: Michael Ironside

Memorable roles: Scanners, Top Gun, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, The MachinistJustified, ER, Highlander II: The Quickening, VTerminator Salvation, Smallville, Justice League, Superman: The Animated SeriesX-Men: First Class, being fucking terrifying

1-7 April 2012: April Grace

Memorable roles: Magnolia, Lost, American Horror Story, I Am Legend, A.I., Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Constantine, Finding Forrester

25-31 March 2012: Dwight Frye (22 February 1899-7 November 1943)

Memorable roles: Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein

18-24 March 2012: Corey Stoll

Memorable roles: Midnight in Paris, Law & Order: LA, Salt, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Lucky Number Slevin, Push

11-17 March 2012: Kerry Condon (Irish actress for St. Pat’s)

Memorable roles: Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog), Intermission, Luck, The Shore, The Last Station, Rome

4-10 March 2012: Ciarán Hinds

Memorable roles: Munich, Road to Perdition, There Will Be Blood, The Phantom of the Opera, John Carter of Mars, The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Shore, The Debt, The Rite, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, In Bruges

26 February-3 March 2012: Mykelti Williamson

Memorable roles: Forrest Gump, Con Air, Justified, Heat, The Final Destination, Lucky Number Slevin, Boomtown, Ali, The Fugitive (2000 TV series)

19-25 February 2012: Daniel von Bargen

Memorable roles: Seinfeld, Malcom in the Middle, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Super Troopers, The Faculty, Philadelphia

12-18 February 2012: Bill Cobbs

Memorable roles: New Jack CityThe Hudsucker Proxy, Get Low, A Mighty Wind, Demolition ManThe Bodyguard, Night at the Museum, The SopranosSix Feet Under, The Muppets

5-11 February 2012: William Mapother

Memorable roles: Another Earth, Lost, The Grudge, In the Bedroom, World Trade Center, and a couple of his cousin‘s movies

29 January – 4 February 2012: Vincent Cassel

Memorable roles: La haine, Irreversible, Ocean’s Twelve, Black Swan, Eastern Promises, Shrek, A Dangerous Method

Fun fact: Often dubs Woody Allen’s voice for French dubs of Allen’s films.

22-28 January 2012: Billy Drago

Memorable roles: The Untouchables, The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Pale Rider, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

15-21 January 2012: Jeffrey Wright

Memorable roles: BasquiatCasino Royale, Shaft, W., Broken Flowers, Angels in America, Ali

8-14 January 2012: Enrico Colantoni

Memorable roles: Veronica Mars, Just Shoot Me!, Galaxy Quest, A.I. Artificial IntelligenceFlashpoint, Contagion, Person of Interest

1-7 January 2012: Toby Jones

Memorable roles: The Mist, W., Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Frost/Nixon, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Captain America: The First Avenger

It was at this point in the site’s history that a long hiatus was taken from Character Actor of the Day. When it returned it was now Character Actor of the Week.

21 October 2011: Mitchell Ryan

Memorable roles: Lethal Weapon, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Judge Dredd,

20 October 2011: Troy Evans

Memorable roles: E.R., Halloween 5, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Frighteners,

19 October 2011: Dina Meyer

Memorable roles: Starship Troopers, Saw I, II, III, & IV,

18 October 2011: Tom Hollander

Memorable roles: In the Loop, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest & At World’s End, Gosford Park, Hanna

17 October 2011: Matt Frewer

Memorable roles: Max Headroom, Hercules, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Watchmen, 50/50

16 October 2011: Chris Penn (10 October 1965 – 24 January 2006)

Memorable roles: Reservoir Dogs, Footloose, True Romance, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Pale Rider, son of Eileen Ryan, brother of Sean Penn and Michael Penn

15 October 2011 (Sons of Anarchy week, Day 7): Mitch Pileggi

Role on Sons of Anarchy: Ernest Darby

Memorable roles: The X-Files, Shocker

14 October 2011 (Sons of Anarchy week, Day 6): Sprague Grayden

Role on Sons of Anarchy: Donna Lerner

Memorable roles: Six Feet Under, Paranormal Activity 2, 24

13 October 2011 (Sons of Anarchy week, Day 5): Jose Pablo Cantillo

Role on Sons of Anarchy: Hector Salazar

Memorable roles: Crank, The Machurian Candidiate, Disturbia, Redbelt

12 October 2011 (Sons of Anarchy week, Day 4): Dayton Callie

Role on Sons of Anarchy: Police Chief Wayne Unser

Memorable roles: Deadwood, Halloween II, Volcano

11 October 2011 (Sons of Anarchy week, Day 3): Mark Boone Junior

Role on Sons of Anarchy: Robert “Bobby Elvis” Munson

Memorable roles: Memento, Batman Begins, Seven, 30 Days of Night

10 October 2011 (Sons of Anarchy week, Day 2): Kim Coates

Role on Sons of Anarchy: Alex “Tig” Trager

Memorable roles: Hostage, Waterworld, Resident Evil: Afterlife

9 October 2011 (Sons of Anarchy week, Day 1): Charlie Hunnam

Role on Sons of Anarchy: V.P. Jackson “Jax” Teller

Memorable roles: Undeclared, Children of Men, Cold Mountain

8 October 2011: Mark Margolis

Memorable roles: Scarface, Breaking Bad, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Black Swan, π, Californication, Gone Baby Gone

7 October 2011: Max Minghella

Memorable roles: The Social Network, The Ides of March, Art School Confidential, Syriana

6 October 2011: Joe Turkel

Memorable roles: The Killing, The Shining, Blade Runner

5 October 2011: Charles Napier (12 April 1936 – 5 October 2011)

Memorable roles: The Silence of the Lambs, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Philadelphia, The Critic, Rambo: First Blood Part II

4 October 2011: Elias Koteas

Memorable roles: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Thin Red Line, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gattaca, Zodiac, Shutter Island, Let Me InThe Killer Inside Me, looking like Christopher Meloni

3 October 2011: Kevin Durand

Memorable roles: Smokin’ Aces, Lost, 3:10 to Yuma, Legion,

2 October 2011: Peter Mullan

Memorable roles: Braveheart, the Red Riding trilogy (1974, 1980, & 1983), Trainspotting, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

1 October 2011: Sam Anderson

Memorable roles: E.R., Lost, Angel, Forrest Gump

30 September 2011: Chris Bauer

Memorable roles: The Wire, True Blood, Face/Off, The Devil’s Advocate

29 September 2011: Tommy Flanagan

Memorable roles: Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City, Sons of Anarchy, Smokin’ Aces

28 September 2011: Titus Welliver

Memorable roles: Deadwood, Gone Baby Gone, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, The Good Wife, The Town

27 September 2011: Fairuza Balk

Memorable roles: Return to Oz, The Craft, American History X, Almost Famous

26 September 2011: Judy Greer

Memorable roles: Arrested Development, Three Kings, Archer, Adaptation, and a whole litany of romantic comedies way below her talent level

25 September 2011: James Duval

Memorable roles: The Doom Generation, Independence Day, Donnie Darko

24 September 2011: Paula Malcomson

Memorable roles: Deadwood, The Green Mile, Lost, Caprica, Sons of Anarchy

23 September 2011: James Cosmo

Memorable roles: Braveheart, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Trainspotting

22 September 2011: Tom Bower

Memorable roles: The Killer Inside Me, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Die Hard 2: Die Harder

21 September 2011: Kurt Fuller

Memorable roles: Midnight in Paris, Wayne’s World

20 September 2011: Deborah Kara Unger

Memorable roles: The Game, The Salton Sea, Payback

19 September 2011: Matthew Goode

Memorable roles: A Single Man, Match Point, Watchmen

18 September 2011: Ray McKinnon

Memorable roles: Deadwood, O Brother, Where Art Thou?Apollo 13

17 September 2011: Michael Lerner

Memorable roles: Godzilla (unfortunately),Barton Fink

16 September 2011: Raymond J. Barry

Memorable roles: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Justified, Lost

15 September 2011: Amy Aquino

Memorable roles: Action, Freaks and Geeks, The Larry Sanders Show

14 September 2011: Alexis Dziena

Memorable roles: Broken Flowers, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

13 September 2011: Neal McDonough

Memorable roles: Boomtown, Captain America: The First Avenger

12 September 2011: Margo Martindale

Memorable roles: Justified, Paris, je t’aime, Million Dollar Baby, Dexter, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

11 September 2011: Peter Stormare

Memorable roles: Fargo, Minority Report, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Armageddon, The Big Lebowski, Seinfeld

10 September 2011 (The Wire week, Day 7): Andre Royo

Role on The Wire: Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins

Memorable roles: Heroes, Shaft, Fringe

9 September 2011 (The Wire week, Day 6): Leo Fitzpatrick

Role on The Wire: Johnny Weeks

Memorable roles: Kids, Bully, Storytelling, My Name is Earl

8 September 2011 (The Wire week, Day 5): Frankie Faison

Role on The Wire: Police Commissioner Ervin H. Burrel

Memorable roles: The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Do the Right Thing

7 September 2011 (The Wire week, Day 4): Deirdre Lovejoy

Role on The Wire: Assistant State’s Attorney Rhonda Perlman

Memorable roles: Bones, Bad Teacher

6 September 2011 (The Wire week, Day 3): Isaiah Whitlock Jr.

Role on The Wire: State Senator Clay Davis

Memorable roles: 25th Hour, Enchanted

5 September 2011 (The Wire week, Day 2): Robert Wisdom

Role on The Wire: Major Howard “Bunny” Colvin

Memorable roles: Storytelling, How I Met Your Mother, Face/Off

4 September 2011 (The Wire week, Day 1): Gbenga Akinnagbe

Role on The Wire: Chris Partlow

Memorable roles: The Savages, The Good Wife

3 September 2011: Julio Oscar Mechoso

Memorable roles: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Grindhouse (Planet Terror), Little Miss Sunshine, The Legend of Zorro, Jurassic Park III

2 September 2011: Krysten Ritter

Memorable roles: She’s Out of My League, Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad

Why she may not be a “oh that chick” for much longer: She is the lead in the forthcoming sitcom Apartment 23 on ABC.

1 September 2011: Stellan Skarsgård

Memorable roles: Good Will Hunting, Deep Blue Sea, Insomnia (the original), Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest & At World’s End, Thor, Dogville, The Hunt for Red October, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist/Exorcist: The Beginning, being the father of True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård

31 August 2011: Temuera Morrison

Memorable roles: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones & Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (and his voice has been retro-actively applied to the previous Star Wars films in Lucas’ latest “special editions,” Green Lantern, The Island of Dr. Moreau

30 August 2011: Cliff Curtis

Memorable roles: Three Kings, Training Day, Sunshine, The Fountain, Live Free or Die Hard

29 August 2011: Ian Abercrombie (11 September 1934-26 January 2012)

Memorable roles: Seinfeld, Army of Darkness, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Rango

28 August 2011: John Cazale (12 August 1935 – 12 March 1978)

Before dying young of bone cancer, Cazale only made five films. All five were nominated for Best Picture at the Acadaemy Awards. Three won.

Movie roles: The GodfatherThe Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter

27 August 2011: Clifton Collins Jr. (formerly known as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

Memorable roles: Traffic, The Rules of Attraction, One Eight Seven, Star Trek, Crank: High Voltage, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Babel, Capote

26 August 2011: Alan Dale

Memorable roles: Lost, The O.C.

25 August 2011: Richard Riehle

Memorable roles: Office Space, Hatchet, Glory, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

24 August 2011: Illeana Douglas

Memorable roles: Ghost World, Goodfellas, Six Feet Under, Action, To Die For, The Larry Sanders Show, Cape Fear (remake)

23 August 2011: Kevin Dunn

Memorable roles: Transformers, Vicky Cristina Bacelona, Chaplin, Nixon, Dave

22 August 2011: Chris Messina

Memorable roles: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Six Feet Under, Away We Go, Humboldt County

21 August 2011: Glenn Plummer

Memorable roles: Speed, The Salton Sea, Saw II, Showgirls, Sons of Anarchy

20 August 2011: Azura Skye

Memorable roles: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV), The Salton Sea, Zoe…

19 August 2011: Harriet Sansom Harris

Memorable roles: Frasier, Memento

18 August 2011: Ned Bellamy

Memorable roles: Scrubs, Cradle Will Rock, Ed Wood, The Shawshank Redemption 

17 August 2011: David Paymer

Memorable roles: The Larry Sanders Show, Quiz Show, Payback, Get Shorty

16 August 2011: Xander Berkeley

Memorable roles: Kick-Ass, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Gattaca, Heat, Apollo 13Air Force One

15 August 2011: O-Lan Jones

Memorable roles: Edward Scissorhands, Natural Born Killers, The Truman Show, Mars Attacks!

14 August 2011: Stephen Tobolowsky

Memorable roles: Groundhog Day, Glee, Memento, Heroes, Deadwood, Spaceballs

13 August 2011: Arliss Howard

Memorable roles: Natural Born Killers, Moneyball, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Full Metal Jacket

12 August 2011: Bruce McGill

Memorable roles: W., The Insider, Collateral, Timecop

11 August 2011: Richard Edson

Memorable roles: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Do the Right Thing, Stranger Than Paradise, Platoon

10 August 2011: Michael Bowen

Memorable roles: Less Than Zero, Jackie Brown, Magnolia, Kill Bill: Vol. 1

9 August 2011: David O’Hara

Memorable roles: Braveheart, Doomsday, The Departed

8 August 2011: Elya Baskin

Memorable roles: Spider-Man 2, Air Force One, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Larry Sanders Show

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