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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby vallo » May 6th, 2009, 2:16 pm

> Bill! I love your avatar of sweet Clark! Is that by a famous charicaturist?<

Ms.G, I'm not sure I took/found it from Google as "Clark Gable Cartoon" I love the way Warner Brothers lampooned stars of the silver screen. :mrgreen:


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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby movieman1957 » May 6th, 2009, 2:30 pm

That may be the one where Bugs Bunny thinks he is getting an Oscar. Not sure though.
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Postby MissGoddess » May 6th, 2009, 2:59 pm

Thanks, Bill. It's adorable.


movieman1957 wrote:That may be the one where Bugs Bunny thinks he is getting an Oscar. Not sure though.


Ha! Love those cartoons with the Hollywood stars, they were the best.
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Postby klondike » May 6th, 2009, 3:13 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp1M6xzI2Z8[/youtube]

(Sorry about the racial stereotypes herein; after this feature, check out some of the other "star cartoon" options that appear at bottom of embed! The "Step Out" one's particularly good!)

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Postby MissGoddess » May 6th, 2009, 3:27 pm

That was so cool, Klondike! I'm not sure if I ever saw that one before! Wallace Beery as "little boy blue" was hilarious.
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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby mongoII » May 6th, 2009, 7:42 pm

I just have to add these 3 wonderful character actresses to the rest of the selections:
Esther Howard, Margaret Wycherly & Lucile Watson.
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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby srowley75 » May 7th, 2009, 2:20 pm

Any more modern-day character-type actors that you all are fond of?

I'll name...

*Joan Cusack
*Charles Durning
*Celia Weston
*Catherine O'Hara
*Laurie Metcalf
*Dabney Coleman
*Michael Lerner
*Doris Roberts
*Barry Corbin
*Diane Ladd
*Edie McClurg
*Jerry Stiller
*Irma P. Hall

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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby ChiO » May 7th, 2009, 2:42 pm

Any more modern-day character-type actors that you all are fond of?


John Turturro
Steve Buscemi
John Cazale (only 5 feature films -- gone, but never forgotten)

For those keeping score, that's three Italian Americans, two from Brooklyn.

Judith: Toss in Lawrence Tierney and Timothy Carey and would it then be fair to say that every great actor from Brooklyn is a character?
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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby JackFavell » May 7th, 2009, 2:50 pm

I love that you have mentioned Barry Corbin a couple of times in your posts....

Paul Giamatti
Tom Wilkinson

Edie McClurg and Joan Cusack for sure...

Ian Holm
Paul Dooley
Stephen Root
John Goodman
Steve Buscemi
John Turturro
Stanley Tucci
Tony Shalhoub
Ian Holm
Allison Janney
Alan Arkin

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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby JackFavell » May 7th, 2009, 2:51 pm

I posted at the same time, ChiO, and included two of the same actors....

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Postby jdb1 » May 7th, 2009, 3:12 pm

ChiO wrote:
Any more modern-day character-type actors that you all are fond of?


John Turturro
Steve Buscemi
John Cazale (only 5 feature films -- gone, but never forgotten)

For those keeping score, that's three Italian Americans, two from Brooklyn.

Judith: Toss in Lawrence Tierney and Timothy Carey and would it then be fair to say that every great actor from Brooklyn is a character?


Yes, I think that's true, as far as the great ones are concerned. I keep telling you -- it's the drinking water.

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Postby Professional Tourist » May 7th, 2009, 8:47 pm

srowley75 wrote:Any more modern-day character-type actors that you all are fond of?

Well let's see, I haven't been going to the movies much in the past couple of years, but:

Tilda Swinton
Paul Giamatti
Laura Linney
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Carmen Maura
Javier Bardem
Daniel Auteuil
Juliette Binoche
Hillary Swank
Morgan Freeman

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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby Hollis » May 8th, 2009, 2:24 am

Good morning all,

Wow! I'm simply amazed at the number(and quality) of responses this thread generated (and continues to generate) and the diversity of the actors named. When I said at the outset that It was difficult to limit my choices to 10, I wasn't wrong. The lists that you've provided prove me right. Some of the choices though were people that I would have thought of as leading actors and actresses. But I guess that's why they make vanilla and chocolate, so I really can't argue with anyone's selections. I'm just glad that it generated the replies it has. Keep 'em coming!

As always,

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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby TikiSoo » May 8th, 2009, 6:55 am

Someone mentioned my fave guy Charlie Ruggles. What about Roland Young?
I love James Gleason (sometimes seen with wife Lucille) although he always seems to play the same type of charactor. Whereas Thomas Mitchell is very chameleon like, playing a wide variety of charactors.

Eve Arden has been mentioned....she always reminded me of a female Vincent Price. They resemble each other in manner & stature and pretty much have similar speaking styles. Mmm, never seen them both in the same scene! :?

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Re: ,The Best Character Actors?

Postby ChiO » May 8th, 2009, 12:56 pm

Just watched THE EXPLOSIVE GENERATION (1961), a gem about swinging, Seniors, Schlitz and SEX (education) in high school, with a marvelous cast of William Shatner (righteous and lovable teacher, who the guys dig and for whom the gals swoon: "Those kids are our future."), Patty McCormack (a good girl, not a bad seed, tempted by -- you know -- s-e-x), Billy Gray (a real bud with a nose for trouble), and Beau Bridges (looking like a young Beau Bridges). Why post this here?

Every high school must have a stern, but sympathetic, authority figure under intense pressure as Principal, and The Man was in this one: Edward Platt.

Unfortunately, Whit Bissell apparently was not available as the chemistry teacher.
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