You've seen them, but you probably didn't know their name

by Tyson-9 | created - 22 Dec 2012 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

These are good (sometimes excellent) actors who have played minor or even principle supporting roles in LOTS of mainstream movies or TV shows....yet whose names are largely unknown. List is a work in progress, so I'm very open to suggestions.

*Not in any particular order.

1. Christine Baranski

Actress | Chicago

Christine Baranski was born on May 2, 1952 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Christine Jane Baranski. She is an actress, known for Chicago (2002), Mamma Mia! (2008) and Into the Woods (2014). She was previously married to Matthew Cowles.

2. Noah Emmerich

Actor | The Americans

Noah Emmerich was born and raised in New York City, to Constance, a concert pianist, and André Emmerich, an art dealer and gallery owner. He attended Yale University, where he sang with the a capella group the Yale Spizzwinks. He attended NYU Film School where he wrote and directed an award winning...

3. Larry Hankin

Actor | El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Larry Hankin was born on August 31, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019), Barry (2018) and Breaking Bad (2008).

4. Ciarán Hinds

Actor | The Woman in Black

Ciarán Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was one of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor who hoped to have Ciarán follow in his footsteps, but that was not to be. It was his mother Moya, an amateur actress, who was the real influence behind his ...

5. Stellan Skarsgård

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where...

6. Harry Dean Stanton

Actor | Alien

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer. Lived in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1944. Drafted into the Navy, he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during ...

7. Fred Ward

Actor | Short Cuts

A marvelous character actor with intense eyes, a sly grin and somewhat grizzled appearance, Golden Globe-winner Fred Ward has nearly 90 appearances under his belt in many tremendous films. He first became interested in acting after serving three years in the US Air Force and studied at New York's ...

8. James Russo

Actor | Django Unchained

A Manhattan-born character player who attended New York University, actor James Russo wrote and starred in a prize-winning short film, "The Candy Store", while attending college. His first big film break was as a convenience store robber in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Possessed with a ...

9. Stephen Root

Actor | Office Space

Stephen Root, one of today's most prolific character actors, is currently starring in the HBO hit series Barry. The show has been nominated for multiple Emmy's and Golden Globes, earning a total of 32 nominations in its first season. Season two airs March 31st on HBO. In 2018, Stephen played a ...

Not sure, this one might be borderline too famous. I think a lot of people who are into movies know who he is; otoh, the casual movie-goer likely doesn't recognize the name.

10. Michael Gambon

Actor | Gosford Park

Sir Michael Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary (Hoare), a seamstress, and Edward Gambon, an engineer. After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn...

He too may be technically too borderline famous for the list, at least after Harry Potter.

11. Kim Coates

Actor | Goon

Kim's film career began in 1991 with The Last Boy Scout. Two Warner Brothers' hits followed: Innocent Blood and The Client. Since that time he has starred in over forty films, including Academy Award winners Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott, and Pearl Harbor directed by Michael Bay. Other ...

12. David Morse

Actor | The Green Mile

David Morse, a 6' 4" tall blue-eyed blond who performed on stage for 10 years before breaking into film, has become established as a respected supporting, character actor and second lead.

He was born the first of four children of Charles, a sales manager, and Jacquelyn Morse, a schoolteacher, on ...

13. Tony Todd

Actor | Candyman

Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk (1986). Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of ...

14. John Glover

Actor | Scrooged

John Soursby Glover, Jr., is an American actor, known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor on the Superman-inspired television series Smallville. In 1993 he co-starred in the dark comedy Ed and His Dead Mother with Steve Buscemi and Ned Beatty.Glover was ...

15. Michael J. Pollard

Actor | Bonnie and Clyde

Michael J. Pollard was born on May 30, 1939 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA as Michael John Pollack Jr. He is an actor, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Tango & Cash (1989) and Scrooged (1988). He was previously married to Beth Howland.

16. William Atherton

Actor | Die Hard

William Atherton's career has spanned motion pictures, Broadway and television. He first achieved international recognition as the leading man in Steven Spielberg's debut feature The Sugarland Express (1974), and next starred in John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust (1975), Robert Wise's The ...

17. Timothy Spall

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in ...

18. Michael Lerner

Actor | Barton Fink

Michael Lerner was born on June 22, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Barton Fink (1991), Godzilla (1998) and Elf (2003).

19. Ian McNeice

Actor | Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Ian McNeice went to Taunton School in Somerset and then had two years at the Salisbury Playhouse as an Acting A.S.M. before going to L.A.M.D.A. 1971-74. The next few years were spent in theatre, including four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, ending with "Nicholas Nickleby" on Broadway. ...

20. Stuart Wilson

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Stuart Wilson was born in Guildford, Surrey in England, on December 25th, 1946. He went to thirteen different schools, as his father worked in the RAF and traveled around the world. After the RAF, his father worked as an engineer in the copper mines in Rhodesia. Stuart moved to London in the mid- ...

21. Regina King

Actress | Ray

Regina King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. She began her career in the television show 227 (1985), followed by a role in Boyz n the Hood (1991). She began to be recognized by a mainstream audience after her role as Cuba ...

Possibly too famous/well-known for list of this kind.

22. Simon Callow

Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Simon Callow was born on June 13, 1949 in London, England as Simon Phillip Hugh Callow. He is an actor, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and A Room with a View (1985). He has been married to Sebastian Fox since June 2016.

23. Michael Shannon

Actor | The Shape of Water

Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.

Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His ...

This guy's perhaps too famous for list; he's been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar after all. Was imo snubbed of a Best Actor in Leading Role Oscar nom for "Take Shelter", too, as he's now getting the occasional leading role. I'm gonna leave him on list, though, because he lacks name recognition and I think that's unfair: AMAZING actor.

24. Tommy Flanagan

Actor | AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Tommy Flanagan was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. In his twenties, Tommy made his living as a DJ for local dance clubs until a violent attack nearly ended his life. In hospital, his friend Robert Carlyle persuaded Tommy to give acting a try. Mr. Flanagan joined Carlyle's Raindog Theatre ...

25. Rhys Ifans

Actor | The Amazing Spider-Man

Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in...

26. John Shrapnel

Actor | Notting Hill

John Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, the son of Norman and Myfanwy Shrapnel. He was brought up in Stockport and south London, attending City of London School and Cambridge University. He was an original member of the National Youth Theatre and has worked extensively in theatre, particularly the ...

27. Cole Hauser

Actor | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Cole Hauser was born in Santa Barbara, California. He is the son of Cass Warner, who founded a film production company (Warner Sisters), and Wings Hauser, an actor. His grandfathers were screenwriters Dwight Hauser and Milton Sperling, and his maternal great-grandfather was film mogul Harry M. ...

28. Bill Cobbs

Actor | Demolition Man

Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents were hard-working people, who instilled in him a sense of self-reliance and humility. As an amateur actor in the city's Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play "Purlie Victorious". Cobbs was an Air Force radar ...

29. Kevin Sussman

Actor | Burn After Reading

Kevin Sussman was born on December 4, 1970 in Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Burn After Reading (2008), Killers (2010) and Almost Famous (2000). He has been married to Alessandra Young since January 3, 2006.

30. Alan Tudyk

Actor | Rogue One

Alan Tudyk was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Plano, where he attended Plano Sr. High. In 1990, he went on to study drama at Lon Morris Jr. College. While there, he was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Drama. He was also named Most Likely to Succeed and Sophomore Beau. During this ...

31. Gary Cole

Actor | One Hour Photo

Gary Cole was born on September 20, 1956 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA as Gary Michael Cole. He is known for his work on One Hour Photo (2002), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). He was previously married to Teddi Siddall.

32. Jeffrey Wright

Actor | Shaft

Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright graduated from Amherst College in 1987. Although he studied Political Science while at Amherst, Wright left the school with a love for acting. Shortly after graduating he won an acting scholarship to NYU, but dropped out after only two months to pursue ...

33. Ian Holm

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sir Ian Holm is one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on ...

He might be too well-known to be on this list, particularly after tLotR trilogy, but oh well....

34. Richard Riehle

Actor | The Man from Earth

Richard Riehle was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to Mary Margaret (Walsh), a nurse, and Herbert John Riehle, an assistant postmaster. He is of German and Irish descent. Richard attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became heavily involved with the University Theatre. Appearing in ...

35. Bob Gunton

Actor | The Shawshank Redemption

Bob Gunton was born on November 15, 1945 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Robert Patrick Gunton Jr. He is an actor, known for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Daredevil (2015) and Mountain Top (2017). He has been married to Carey Pitts since August 26, 2006. He was previously married to Annie ...

36. Oliver Platt

Actor | 2012

Oliver Platt was born in Windsor, Ontario, to American parents, Sheila Maynard, a social worker, and Nicholas Platt, a career diplomat. His parents were both from upper-class families, and his maternal great-grandmother, Cynthia Roche, was the sister of Princess Diana's maternal grandfather, ...

37. Bernard Hill

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Bernard Hill was born on December 17, 1944 in Manchester, England. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Titanic (1997). He is married to Marianne. They have one child.

38. Victor Garber

Actor | Argo

Victor Garber has been in some of the most memorable projects of the past four decades. Victor has recently appeared in The Slap (2015), The Flash (2014), Motive (2013) and Web Therapy (2011). He is currently staring in Greg Berlanti's new DC Comics Superhero series "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" for ...

39. Frances Fisher

Actress | Titanic

Frances Fisher began by apprenticing at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. She spent 14 years based in New York City, playing leads in over 30 productions of plays by such noted writers as John Arden, Noël Coward, Emily Mann, Joe Orton, Sam Shepard, William Shakespeare, Jean-Claude van ...

40. Mike Starr

Actor | Ed Wood

Mike Starr was born on July 29, 1950 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Michael Edward Starr. He is an actor, known for Ed Wood (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Uncle Buck (1989). He has been married to Joanne since 1975. They have three children.

Small parts in lots of mainstream movies in the 1990's. Guest spots in many TV shows since.

41. Sheldon Leonard

Producer | Make Room for Daddy

Sheldon Leonard was born in New York City's lower Manhattan, the son of Jewish parents. He studied acting at Syracuse University and, after graduating, landed a job on Wall Street. Following the Wall Street crash of 1929, he found himself unemployed and resolved to become a professional actor on ...

This one applies only if you like old movies: was a frequent supporting cast player in a lot of movies from the late 1930's to early 1950's (frequently in a "tough guy" kind of role), after which he became a pretty successful television producer.

42. Harry Davenport

Actor | Gone with the Wind

Character fame on film came quite late for long-time stage actor Harry Davenport at age 70, but he made up for lost time in very quick fashion with well over a hundred film roles registered from the advent of sound to the time of his death in 1949. Beloved for his twinkle-eyed avuncular and/or ...

Another prolific supporting cast player from the silent film era all the way to ~1950.

43. Peter Stormare

Actor | Fargo

Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions ...

44. Grant Mitchell

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

You would think stage and film veteran Grant Mitchell was born to play stern authoritarians; his father after all was General John Grant Mitchell. But Mitchell would actually be better known for his portrayals of harangued husbands, bemused dads and bilious executives in 30s and 40s films. Born in ...

Super-prolific in many big time movies from early 1930's to late 1940's.

45. Bruce McGill

Actor | National Lampoon's Animal House

Bruce McGill grew up in San Antonio, Texas. His mother, Adriel Rose (Jacobs) is an artist, and his father, Woodrow Wilson McGill, is a real estate and insurance agent. He graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School San Antonio, where he acted in the department of theatre, and from The University ...

46. Joe Flaherty

Actor | Happy Gilmore

Joe Flaherty was born on June 21, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Joseph O'Flaherty. He is an actor and writer, known for Happy Gilmore (1996), Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Detroit Rock City (1999). He was previously married to Judith.

47. William Sadler

Actor | Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

William Thomas Sadler was born on April 13, 1950 in Buffalo, New York, to Jane and William Sadler. He began his acting career in New York theaters, appearing in more than 75 productions over the course of 12 years. His roles included that of Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Neil Simon's Tony Award winning ...

Very under-recognized actor, imo. Has played a wide array of characters, too.

48. Mark Margolis

Actor | Pi

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and attended Temple University briefly before moving to New York where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at Actors Studio.

49. Jack Weston

Actor | Dirty Dancing

In a 40-year career that spanned Broadway, television and movies, the versatile actor played everyone from sleazy villains to terrifying killers to clumsy comics. His bad-guy roles included a stalker who, along with Alan Arkin terrorized a blind Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 cult classic Wait Until ...

50. Adam Baldwin

Actor | Serenity

Adam Baldwin was born on February 27, 1962 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for Serenity (2005), Independence Day (1996) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). He has been married to Ami Julius since 1988. They have three children.

51. Kurt Fuller

Actor | Midnight in Paris

Kurt Fuller was fortunate to launch his career with the movies "Ghostbusters 2" and "Wayne's World". This led to a role in "Anger Management" with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler and the opportunity to be part of the all-star cast of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris". Others may know him best as ...

52. Jeffrey Tambor

Actor | Transparent

An incisive talent when it comes to playing bent, off-the-wall characters, Jeffrey Tambor has been captivating audiences for nearly four decades.

Tambor was born and raised in San Francisco, to Eileen (Salzberg) and Michael Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor. His family is Jewish (from Hungary ...

53. Tony Goldwyn

Actor | Ghost

Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn just finished a sold-out run of director Ivo Van Hove's Broadway production of "Network" with Bryan Cranston and Tatiana Maslany. He can be seen on the Netflix series, "Chambers," starring with Uma Thurman. Recently he concluded his role as 'President ...

54. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

55. Wes Studi

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention ...

56. Denholm Elliott

Actor | A Room with a View

Much-loved character actor who specialised in playing slightly sleazy/slightly eccentric and often flawed upper middle class English gentlemen. His career spanned nearly 40 years, becoming a well-known face both in Britain and in the States.

57. Kathy Baker

Actress | Picket Fences

For someone who has made an award-winning impact in all three mediums (stage, film and TV), actress Kathy Baker has been strangely denied all-out stardom, yet continues to demonstrate her versatility in whatever material comes her way.

The comely blonde was born Katherine Whitton Baker in Midland, ...

58. James Rebhorn

Actor | Independence Day

James Robert Rebhorn (September 1, 1948 - March 21, 2014) was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films, television series, and plays. At the time of his death, he had recurring roles in the current series White Collar and Homeland.

An early performance was in Butterflies are Free at the ...

59. Whit Bissell

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in more than 200 movies and scores of TV series. He is best known for playing the evil scientist who turned Michael Landon into a half beast in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957). Bissell...

SUPER-proliferative (especially in TV), mostly in the 1950's thru 1970's.

60. Ronny Cox

Actor | Total Recall

Ronny Cox is a superbly talented actor, singer-songwriter and musician who has been consistently active in Hollywood for over 40 years portraying a diverse range of characters. Born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Cox received positive reviews in his first film role for his portrayal of ill-fated ...

61. Harris Yulin

Actor | Ghostbusters II

Another one of those frustratingly nameless but omnipresent and talented faces of stage, film and TV, chameleon-like player Harris Yulin has avoided the severe stereotyping lost to many a prolific actor. Benign, balding and often bearded, Yulin off camera was a stark contrast to the tough, ...

62. Marshall Bell

Actor | Starship Troopers

A tall, imposing character actor with a penetrating stare, Marshall Bell has provided excellent support in a variety of roles and genres. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 28, 1942, and had been working as a consultant, teaching senior executives how to improve their speaking skills, ...

63. Bruce Greenwood

Actor | Star Trek

Bruce Greenwood was born on August 12, 1956 in Noranda, Québec, Canada as Stuart Bruce Greenwood. He is an actor and producer, known for Star Trek (2009), Thirteen Days (2000) and I, Robot (2004). He has been married to Susan Devlin since 1985. They have one child.

64. Tamara Tunie

Actress | Flight

Tamara Tunie was born on March 14, 1959 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA as Tamara Renee Tunie. She is an actress and director, known for Flight (2012), The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She was previously married to Gregory Generet and Greg Bouquett.

65. Ernie Hudson

Actor | Ghostbusters

As a child growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Ernie Hudson wrote short stories, poems and songs, always thinking that his words might one day come to life on stage. After a short stint in the Marine Corps, he moved to Detroit where he became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest ...

66. Jeffrey Jones

Actor | Amadeus

Jeffrey Duncan Jones was born in Buffalo, New York. He is a very tall, fair-haired character actor who is recognized all over for his excellent work. He is a veteran stage actor having such plays as "The Elephant Man" and Neil Simon's "London Suite" under his belt. His first film role was in The ...

Dunno if he's borderline too famous, but whatevs.

67. Edie McClurg

Actress | Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Born on July 23, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, Edie McClurg began her performing career at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She retired when the dance teacher was arrested on a morals charge for "dating" the tall and lissome, yet underage, star dancer in the troupe. That ...

68. J.K. Simmons

Actor | Whiplash

J.K. Simmons is an American actor.

He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music).

He had ...

Borderline too famous, perhaps.

69. Lane Smith

Actor | My Cousin Vinny

Lane Smith was born on April 29, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Walter Lane Smith III. He was an actor, known for My Cousin Vinny (1992), Red Dawn (1984) and The Mighty Ducks (1992). He was married to Deborah Lynn Price and Sydnee Roberta Balaber. He died on June 13, 2005 in Northridge, ...

70. Anna Chancellor

Actress | The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A familiar face on television and film, Anna Chancellor is perhaps best known for her unforgettable role as Henrietta (Duckface) in the hit British film "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Her TV credits include Lix Storm in the Emmy award-winning miniseries "The Hour;" "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be ...

71. Roy Brocksmith

Actor | Total Recall

Roy Brocksmith began his career on the bar at Hap Kuhl's Tavern in his native Quincy, Illinois, at the age of three. As a boy soprano, he performed in churches, schools, and appeared regularly on local radio and television programs. At 16, he taught at the local children's theater. Two years later ...

72. Peter Jason

Actor | 48 Hrs.

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Peter Jason was born on July 22, 1944, in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Balboa. He attended Newport Beach Elementary School, Horace Ensign Junior High and Newport Harbor High School. He originally planned on being a football player, but fell in love...

73. Stuart Pankin

Actor | Congo

A familiar face on both the big and small screen, comic character actor Stuart Pankin is a five-time nominated, CableAce Award winner for HBO's award-winning series "Not Necessarily The News."

He is well-known for providing the voice of Earl Sinclair, the blustery father, on the Emmy award-winning "...

74. Tom Hollander

Actor | Pride & Prejudice

Tom Hollander was born the second child of educated parents, both teachers. He grew up in Oxford, (UK).

Hollander credits the happy atmosphere of the Dragon School with his childhood introduction to acting. There, encouraged by an influential teacher named Andrew Roberts, he won the title role in "...

75. Paul Gleason

Actor | Die Hard

Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go (1965). He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New ...

76. Richard Fancy

Actor | The Girl Next Door

Richard Fancy was born on August 2, 1943 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for The Girl Next Door (2004), Tango & Cash (1989) and Hollywoodland (2006). He has been married to Joanna Fass since December 31, 1965. They have two children.

77. Millard Mitchell

Actor | Singin' in the Rain

Millard Mitchell was born to American parents in Havana, Cuba. He was a popular stage and radio actor in the 1930's in New York, where he also filmed his first cinema appearances (industrial short features). His first Hollywood role was in Mr. and Mrs. North (1942). After World War II, Mitchell ...

78. Enrico Colantoni

Actor | Galaxy Quest

Enrico Colantoni was born on February 14, 1963 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Galaxy Quest (1999), Veronica Mars (2004) and A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). He has been married to Rosanna Francioni since November 11, 2011. They have four children. He was ...

79. Leon Rippy

Actor | Eight Legged Freaks

Leon Rippy was born on October 30, 1949 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA. He is an actor, known for Eight Legged Freaks (2002), Stargate (1994) and Deadwood (2004). He is married to Carol. They have two children.

80. Rene Auberjonois

Actor | Boston Legal

René Murat Auberjonois was born on June 1, 1940 in New York City. René was born into an already artistic family, which included his grandfather, a well-known Swiss painter, and his father Fernand, a writer. The Auberjonois family moved to Paris shortly after World War II, and it was there that René...

81. R. Lee Ermey

Actor | Full Metal Jacket

A talented character actor known for his military roles, Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did ...

82. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...

83. Missi Pyle

Actress | Galaxy Quest

Missi Pyle was born Andrea Kay Pyle on November 16, 1972 in Houston, Texas, and was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Linda and Frank Pyle, she has four older siblings, sisters Debbie and Julie, and brothers Sam and Paul. Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated...

84. Courtney B. Vance

Actor | The Hunt for Red October

Courtney B. Vance was born on March 12, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Courtney Bernard Vance. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), Space Cowboys (2000) and Dangerous Minds (1995). He has been married to Angela Bassett since October 12, 1997. They have two ...

85. Jack Davenport

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Jack Davenport was born in 1973 and is the son of actors Maria Aitken and Nigel Davenport. He studied Literature and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. His first break happened after he wrote to John Cleese to ask to be a runner on Fierce Creatures (1997) where he ended up playing a zoo...

86. Richard Schiff

Actor | Man of Steel

Richard was born in Bethesda, Maryland, the middle of three sons of Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying at the City College of New ...

87. Kevin Dunn

Actor | Transformers

Kevin Dunn was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1956. He is an American actor who has made over 100 appearances in both TV and film.

One of his earliest roles was in the Alan Parker film Mississippi Burning (1988) with Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe. He followed this up with Kathryn Bigelow's Blue Steel...

88. Harry Lennix

Actor | Man of Steel

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor. His recent credits include Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel", The CW's "Emily Owens, M.D.", Fox's "Dollhouse," HBO's "Little Britain," as well as the critically acclaimed series "24" as Walid Al-Rezani.

Harry Joseph Lennix III was born ...

89. James Hong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, but at some point along the way became interested in acting. He graduated from the University of Southern California and practiced for 1½ years as a road engineer with the County of Los ...

90. Troy Evans

Actor | Under Siege

Troy Evans was born on February 16, 1948 in Missoula, Montana, USA. He is an actor, known for Under Siege (1992), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994).

91. Brian Doyle-Murray

Actor | Caddyshack

Brian Doyle-Murray was born on October 31, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Brian Murray. He is an actor and writer, known for Caddyshack (1980), JFK (1991) and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). He has been married to Christina Stauffer since August 28, 2000.

92. Miguel Ferrer

Actor | Traffic

Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, ...

93. David Cross

Actor | Arrested Development

David Cross was born on April 4, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Megamind (2010). He has been married to Amber Tamblyn since October 6, 2012. They have one child.

94. Judy Greer

Actress | 13 Going on 30

Judy Greer was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, as Judith Therese Evans. She is the daughter of Mollie Ann (née Greer), a hospital administrator and former nun, and Richard Evans, a mechanical engineer. She has German, Irish, English, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. After training for ...

95. Jim Beaver

Actor | Deadwood

Jim Beaver is an American character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood (2004) and Supernatural (2005). Born in Laramie, Wyoming a minister's son, he was raised in and around Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Following high school and a year of college, he joined the ...

96. Chelcie Ross

Actor | Major League

Graduated from Pemberton Township High School (NJ) in 1960, while residing in nearby Fort Dix. At PTHS he played Varsity Baseball, Football, and Basketball. He currently lives in the Chicago area.

97. Nick Searcy

Actor | The Shape of Water

In the summer of 1996, Searcy produced, directed and acted in his first independent feature, Carolina Low (1997). Searcy's other film credits include the blockbusters Nell (1994), The Fugitive (1993), Cast Away (2000), Head of State (2003), Runaway Jury (2003), and The Ugly Truth (2009). He broke ...

98. Jack McGee

Actor | The Fighter

Jack McGee was born on February 2, 1949 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as John J. McGee. He is an actor, known for The Fighter (2010), Gangster Squad (2013) and Basic Instinct (1992). He has been married to Stephanie since August 19, 1996.

99. Tomas Arana

Actor | Gladiator

Tomas Arana was born in Auburn, California. He grew up in San Francisco and studied classical theatre at its prestigious American Conservatory Theatre, afterwards relocating to New York and acting in off-Broadway productions. He then hitchhiked throughout Europe and ended up living in Naples, Italy...

100. Geoffrey Lewis

Actor | The Devil's Rejects

Talented and highly capable character actor Geoffrey Lewis, with rustic (sometimes sour-faced) looks, grew up in Rhode Island but was moved out to California at the age of ten. Lewis was very keen on the dramatic arts at high school, but often preferred to put on his own one-man shows rather than ...



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